FRIDAY, MARCH 28

Big Band Concert: The Indian Hill Big Band, led by trumpeter/composer Jerry Sabatini, will present a free jazz concert at 8 p.m., at Mount Wachusett Community College, 444 Green St. in Gardner in the theatre of the Raymond M. LaFontaine Fine Arts Center with open seating. Learn more at 978-632-6600 or www.mwcc.edu.

ArtsNashoba presents: Schoolhouse Rock-LIVE!: March 28 and 29, Lawrence Academy, Groton. Schoolhouse Rock runs Friday, March 28, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 29, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the LA Richardson Mees Performing Arts Center, Groton. Tickets are $12 adults and $8 seniors/students under 12 years. Tickets can be purchased at the Main St. Café in Groton, online at artsnashoba.org or by calling 978-844-9271.

Stratton Players present Habeas Corpus: March 28, 29, April 4,5 at 8 p.m. plus 2 p.m. matinees March 30 and April 6, First Parish Unitarian Church, 923 Main St., Fitchburg. Tickets are $12 online at www.strattonplayers.com or by mail at P.O. Box 2122, Fitchburg, Mass. 01420. For info, call 978-345-6066.

SATURDAY, MARCH 29

Cat shelter dinner/auction fundraiser: Townsend Ridge Country Club, 40 Scales Lane, Townsend. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner served at 6 p.m. Silent jewelry and collectibles auction 5-7 p.m. and live auction begins at 7:15 p.m.


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An exciting evening with over 50 items including Red Sox tickets, Kindle Fire, Metalfest concert tickets, Pet Reiki sessions, tattoo parlor gift card, handmade quilt, handblown glass and much more to bid on! Tickets at $30 can be purchased at www.catsontheweb.org or call 978-582-0486. All proceeds benefit Pat Brody Shelter for Cats.

SUNDAY, MARCH 30

Free chamber concert: Indian Hill Music presents a free chamber music concert featuring musicians from Orchestra of Indian Hill at 3 p.m. at 36 King St., Littleton. The performers are all well-known throughout New England as orchestral and chamber soloists, collaborative musicians, and teachers: Deborah Feld-Fabisiewicz (harp), Melissa Mielens (flute), Todd Hamelin (violin), Emily Rome (viola), and Shay Rudolph (cello). Their program will highlight the harp and feature works by Debussy (Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp); Villa-Lobos (Quintette Instrumental for Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello and Harp); Persichetti (Serenade No 10 for Flute and Harp); plus, Massenet, Ibert, and Ray Bono. The concert is free (no tickets required) and is made possible by the Marjorie Besas Memorial Fund.

FRIDAY, APRIL 4

Opening reception at Conant Gallery: 6-7:30 p.m., live music and refreshments. The Conant Gallery welcomes a diverse group of artists from the Trumpet Fine Arts Gallery in Peterborough, New Hampshire. The Peterborough gallery owner, nationally known artist Mona Adisa Brooks, will display her intriguing porcelain characters alongside a wide variety of pieces from others, including work in clay, oil and encaustic paintings, and drawings. The exhibit will remain on display until June 2. Gallery visiting hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; noon to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The Conant Gallery is located in Lawrence Academy's Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center (off Route 40) in Groton. Visit www.lacademy.edu for directions.

Children's musical theater open house: Learn about Indian Hill Music School's Summer Musical Theater program at 7 p.m. on 36 King St., Littleton. "Into the Woods Jr." will be presented in partnership with Arts Nashoba in July. Come and meet the directors and staff, ask questions, register for the program. Learn more at 978-486-9524 or www.indianhillmusic.org.

SUNDAY, APRIL 6

Applewild School open house: noon. Includes campus tour and information on the kindergarten through grade 8 program, Child Development Center, preschool and day care for ages 3 and 4. For more, go to www.applewild.org or call Emily at 978-342-6053, ext. 110. 

A Celebration of Spring in Song: The Mixed Choir and the Artemis Singers of First Church Unitarian (FCU) in Littleton, invite you to their spring choral concert: "A Celebration of Spring in Song," at 1 p.m. at First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster St., Littleton. The choirs will perform music by such composers as Abbie Betinis, John Rutter and Gwyneth Walker, as well as the congregation's own Niela Miller. Several pieces will feature soprano soloist Lindsay Rinaldi and clarinetist Karen Luttik, who will also perform solo works. Admission is free. A dessert reception will follow. For information and directions, visit www.fculittle.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 12

Spring Emergence Exploration: NRWA Science Saturday for 7- to 11-year-olds: We will explore the forest and look for signs that winter is melting away. Children ages 7 to 11 are invited to join Nashua River Watershed Association naturalists for our "Spring Emergence Exploration" from 12:30-2:30 p.m., at Williams Barn, a town-owned conservation property, at 160 Chicopee Row in Groton. We will see what aquatic creatures may be active near two ponds, explore the forest for freshly emerged salamanders or insects and look for newly sprouted plants, such as the famous and smelly skunk cabbage -- favorite food for waking bears! Cost: $20 for NRWA members; $25 for nonmembers. For siblings who wish to attend, pay full price for the first child, half-price for the second. Pre-registration is required -- contact Mary Marro at 978-448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

NRWA April NOWW Walk: The Nashua River Watershed Association believes that by mid-April the Nashua River Rail Trail will be snow free. To celebrate, NRWA will be leading its first Outdoor Wellness Walk of the season from 3-4 p.m., on the Rail Trail beginning in Groton. The public is invited to join us for this 60-minute guided walk. Our focus is on exercise and experiencing our natural world, both parts of healthy living. There are a number of eco-systems along the trail, woods and wetlands, and we'll look for signs of spring along the way. The Rail Trail is flat and paved; the walk is free and open to all ages. For the comfort of all, no dogs are allowed. We'll meet at the Station Avenue kiosk on the trail in Groton; a Google map and directions are available at www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org. Pre-registration is encouraged for planning purposes. To pre-register, or for information, please contact Mary Marro at 978-448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

SUNDAY, APRIL 13

Country Day School open house: 1-3 p.m., 14 Main St., Groton. Applications are now available at Country Day School of the Holy Union, a private, independent, co-educational Catholic school serving 135 students in grades pre-K through 8. Located on Main Street in Groton, Country Day School draws students from Groton, as well as many surrounding towns. Parents and prospective students will be able to tour the classrooms and talk one-on-one with teachers and administrators. Information about the academic program, extracurricular activities and student life will be displayed throughout the school. Families are also encouraged to visit the school's website at www.cdsholyunion.org for more information about the school.

FRIDAY, APRIL 18

Good Friday Walk: The Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry will hold its 30th annual Good Friday Walk from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To participate, each walker is asked to raise a minimum of $25 to benefit Supports Sharing, Inc., which helps impoverished youth in the rural South. For information or to volunteer, contact Jeanie Colony at 978-456-1239 and jecolony@charter.net or Becca Day-Newsham at 978-456-8717 and newsha@aol.com.