SATURDAY, MARCH 8

Chamber music: The Jupiter String Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. at The Kalliroscope Gallery, 264 Main St., Groton. Tickets at www.indianhillmusic.org or call 978-486-9524 ext. 116.

SUNDAY, MARCH 9

Concert at the Healing Garden: The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden will hold a "Concert at the Garden" on Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m. The Garden welcomes Harmonie Transverse, a flute ensemble of up to 14 members playing piccolo, C Flute, G Alto Flute, Bass Flute and Contra Bass Flute. The Healing Garden is located at 145 Bolton Road in Harvard and offers support, educational and therapeutic services to those affected by cancer. Admission is $10 for Garden members, $15 for nonmembers. All proceeds benefit the services of the Healing Garden. Visit www.healinggarden.net for event updates or cancellations.

MONDAY, MARCH 10

Sing Rossini with the Nashoba Valley Chorale! The Nashoba Valley Chorale, still exhilarated from singing Bach's Mass in B Minor in February, is now gearing up for spring. We will perform Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle May 31. Our first few rehearsals of the season are open, so that new people can try us out before committing to the group. Rehearse with the NVC Monday, March 10, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Littleton to see if we are the singing group for you. Visit nashobavalleychorale.org for more information.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12

Learn to create a low maintenance garden: 7 p.m., Pepperell Senior Center. Design-less Gardening: A Naturalistic Approach, will be presented by the Pepperell Garden Club. Adults, $5, $2 for seniors, free for members. For info: Call Kathy at 978-433-8031.

THURSDAY, MARCH 13

Foxwoods Casino Trip: The Friends of the Townsend Seniors are planning a trip to Foxwoods Casino open to all area adults. It includes round-trip bus from Townsend, and coupons for the buffet lunch and free play. Sign-up and prepaid registration may be made by calling Avis Roy at 978-597-6829 or the Townsend Senior Center, 978-597-1710. The cost of the trip is $28. It's always s a fun trip and you are invited to come with friends.

Women's Business Network meets: 7:15 p.m., Center on the Common, (old Harvard Library) 7 Fairbank St., Harvard, for "Balancing Career and Family." State Rep. Jen Benson will discuss women finding a balance between their career and families.

FRIDAY, MARCH 14

Love in Motion benefit concert: 7 p.m. Free admission, Ashby Elementary School, Main Street, Ashby. The "Love in Motion" benefit concert brings together the members of the community of Ashby and the surrounding towns to raise funds for the Roland Barrette Care Fund and the Ashby Food Pantry. The evening is jam-packed with events that include 50 raffle items, silent art auction, silent auction for "Muppets" style puppets, refreshments and live music by "The Shift." The Roland Barrette Care Fund was established to provide financial resources to Roland Barrette, a resident of Ashby who was injured in November while volunteering his time to fix the backboards on the town basketball court.

The Ashby Food Pantry is just starting up again, and is in need of nonperishable food items to take care of those in need in town. After opening in February, it will provide services to Ashby residents twice per month, on the second and fourth Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. They are handicapped-accessible and located in the Ashby Town Hall.

For information or to donate to the benefit, please call Debbie at 978-906-5081 or email Scherrie at scherrie@sanctuaryashby.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 15

Maple Sugaring: NRWA Family Workshop (rescheduled from March 8): Come to the Nashua River Watershed Association River Resource Center from 1-2:30 p.m. for a Maple Sugaring Workshop. Families will have a chance to identify, drill and tap maple trees, get to taste sap coming from the tree, and learn how to boil it down to syrup. We will play an active sugaring game, read a book about maples, and enjoy a delicious sample. Open to all ages, this program is most appropriate for ages 4 to 10 years and their families; backpack babies welcome. The NRWA River Resource Center is located at 592 Main St. in Groton. Fee: NRWA members: $6/person or $18/family; nonmembers: $8/person or $24/family. Pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Mary Marro at 978-448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Ayer-Shirley Lions Club Karaoke Night: Billiards Cafe, 39 Main St., Ayer. Join us for a night of music, dancing, raffles and fun! Karaoke DJ -- Lion Mark Demarais. Tickets,- $10. Available at the door or in advance at: Closets by Design, Shirley; North Middlesex Savings Bank, Ayer and Shirley branches. All proceeds to benefit Lion charities, Mass Lions Eye Research Fund and local scholarships.

TUESDAY, MARCH 18

Taste of Nashoba: 5:30-8 p.m. The Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce will host its 13th annual Taste of Nashoba Valley at the Lawrence Academy Stone Athletic Center in Groton. Tickets are $25 in advance and for seniors, and $30 at the door. For information call 978-772-6976 or visit nvcoc.com/taste.

THURSDAY, MARCH 20

Living Locally: A conversation about knowing and connecting with your community: Nashua River Watershed Association, 7 p.m. at the NRWA River Resource Center at 592 Main St. in Groton. Our conversation will be led by Tim Castner, a veteran social studies teacher at Nashoba Regional High School. Tim has taken a recent sabbatical to develop a new interdisciplinary course on this subject for his students, but the topics are of equal interest to adults. We'll discuss how to better understand our communities and engage in the real challenges that face them. This program is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is appreciated for planning purposes. To pre-register, please contact Al Futterman at 978-448-0299, or email AlF@NashuaRiverWatershed.org