WORSHIP SERVICES

Holy Week and Easter Services at Union Congregational Church of Groton

April 13 Palm Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship Service.

April 17 Maundy Thursday/Tenebrae Worship Service, with Holy Communion and the Extinguishing of the Light: 7:30 p.m.

April 18 Good Friday Worship: 12:30 p.m. We gather to read the Biblical account and reflect on Jesus' death.

April 20 Easter Sunday: 10 a.m. Traditional Family Worship Service, featuring Children's and Adult Choirs and the celebration of Holy Communion, followed by coffee and fellowship.

No Sunday School: childcare is available for infants and toddlers. Located at 218 Main St., on the corner of Willowdale Road. For information, contact the church office at 978-448-2091 or visit www.uccgroton.org.

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran, 80 Champney St., Groton, 978-302-6995

Sunday, April 13: Palm Sunday Service: 10:15 a.m. with special music by the choir.

Thursday, April 17: Seder with dinner and communion beginning at 6 p.m. If you would like to attend, please call Janet Vesper at 978-597-8605 so that seating can be arranged.

Friday, April 18: Stations of the Cross Service 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 19: Easter Vigil 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Easter Service at 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

St. Andrew's Church, Ayer, 978-772-2615

A traditional, family-friendly Easter at St. Andrew's Church in Ayer. Holy Communion is open to all. Our intergenerational and thoughtful children's programs will touch your family's hearts and remind you of the hope found in the Easter story.

Sunday, April 20: Easter Sunday services are 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Music and a children's sermon at both services. Easter Egg Hunt between the services at 9:30 a.m. Uplifting music, thoughtful messages and a warm welcome.

FRIDAY, APRIL 11

Sacred Circle Dance: First Church Unitarian in Littleton invites you to join us from 6-9 p.m. for Sacred Circle Dance. Easier Dances: 6-7 p.m. Community Circle: 7-9 p.m. Circle dance builds community and enables personal healing and growth. NO experience is needed -- all dances are taught -- newcomers always welcome. Don't forget your water bottle and a willing attitude. For information, email Circle@fculittle.org. First Church Unitarian is located at 19 Foster St., Littleton.

SATURDAY, APRIL 12

Attention gardeners!: 10:30 a.m. to noon. President of the North American Rock Garden Society Peter George will addresses local garden club, the Gardeners Exchange, at the Hazen Memorial Library in Shirley. The topic, an introduction to rock gardening, is "Evolution of my garden, or, how my garden proves that there is no such thing as intelligent design." For info, contact Dina Samfield, 978-448-9311, or visit http://gardeners-exchange.org.

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.

Why all this Fuss about Vernal Pools? 1:30 p.m. Rona Balco will lead a walk to one of the vernal pools in Shirley. Rona has given many presentations and innumerable walks on the uniqueness, inhabitants and value of vernal pools, and she will answer that question. The pace will be casual. The event is suitable for children and adults alike. (But please, leave your pets at home.) Dress for exploration; long pants and sturdy footwear are necessities. The ground will be uneven and, most likely, wet and muddy. Meet at the triangle formed by the intersection of Bishop Road and McPherson Road in Shirley. Letting Rona know that you are planning to attend would be appreciated: 978-779-2259. The event is sponsored by the Shirley Conservation Commission and co-sponsored by the Friends of the Oxbow NWR, and is free.

NRWA April NOWW Walk: The Nashua River Watershed Association 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. 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 at 978-448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

SUNDAY, APRIL 13

Devens Annual Easter Egg Hunt: 1 p.m., Bob Eisengrein Community Center. Donations of candy and eggs are always welcome. For information, contact Recreation Manager Kim Walsh at kwalsh@massdevelopment.com.

Country Day School open house: 1-3 p.m., 14 Main St., Groton. Families are also encouraged to visit the school's website at www.cdsholyunion.org.

Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra headlines Jazz Festival: 6:30 p.m., Groton School, 282 Farmers Row, Groton. Free, public is welcome.

TUESDAY, APRIL 15

Brook Trout Populations and Watershed Dynamics: 7-9 p.m., NRWA River Resource Center, at 592 Main St., Groton. Jason Stolarski, Ph.D., aquatic biologist at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, will discuss how flowing water links natural processes to Brook Trout populations over large scales. This program is co-sponsored by the Nashua River Watershed Association and the Squan-A-Tissit Chapter of Trout Unlimited, which is based in Pepperell. Pre-registration is appreciated. To pre-register, or for information, please contact Mark Archambault, 978-448-0299 or email MarkA@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

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.

MONDAY, APRIL 28

Children's May Day Celebration at Evergreen Garden Waldorf School: 9:15-10:45 a.m. at Evergreen Garden Waldorf Playschool, 270 Barnum Road, Devens. FREE. Babies and children up to 5 years old welcome with a parent or caregiver. The gentle and festive morning will include making mini-May Poles, playtime for the children, songs and storytelling, and a shared healthy snack. For information, visit www.evergreengardenplayschool.org, or call 978-772-9595.