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Calling All Crafters for 33rd Annual Spring Craft Fair

Amateur and professional craftspeople are invited to display and sell their original works at Townsend's 33rd Annual Spring Craft Fair, Saturday, May 17. Registration is $25 for a 12-by-12-foot site. Fifty-five craftspeople can be accommodated in a friendly and busy outdoor area on Townsend Common, located at the junction of routes 13 and 119 in Townsend Center.

The Craft Fair is sponsored by Townsend United Methodist Church and is a long-time favorite Springtime event for crafters and fair-goers. The fair offers crafts from all across New England, a full food-court, baked goods, music, plants, silent auction, plenty of free parking, and restroom facilities.

Registration forms are on the church website, www.townsendumc.com, or by calling the church office at 978-597-2486.

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Animal Adventures at Earth Day May 3

RESCHEDULED DUE TO RAIN: Earth Day will be held Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Town Common.

Music, crafts, animals, environmental organizations, food and fun! This year's theme, "Jump and Slither" with frogs, snakes and turtles.

Animal Adventures will be presenting its interactive animal talk from 1-2 p.m.

The textile competition, between all of the school district towns (Ashby, Pepperell and Townsend), will be held in the rear parking lot.


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We are expecting 45 vendors, 15 nonprofit groups and we have an amazing line up of talent, both on the bandstand and on the green!

There is no smoking on the Townsend Common. Porta-Potty available on site. Parking for vendors at the three churches surrounding the common.

Free coffee, muffins for veterans May 3

The Townsend United Methodist Church will be honoring all veterans and those serving in the military by serving free coffee and muffins on Saturday, May 3, between the hours of 9 a.m. to noon. Curbside service will be available as well as indoor seating. The church is located at 265 Main St. in Townsend Center.

Auction at Townsend Congregational Church May 3, 6:30 p.m.

Fun for all ages! Unique goods and services plus pasta supper.

*Silent Auction *Live Auction *Raffle

Plus special children's raffle.

All a fundraiser for the church!

Spring Fishing Derby Sunday May 4

The Townsend Rod and Gun Club is holding the Annual Spring Fishing Derby on Sunday, May 4. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the derby will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Fishing Derby is at the club pond, off Emery Road on Dann Colburn Way, off Route 13 in Townsend. Watch for direction signs along the way.

Entry fee is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. The pond will be stocked with hungry rainbow and brown trout and the kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch. Get out your gear and come down for some spring fun.

The fishing derby is open to all area adults and children and it promises to be a fun-filled day! Please bring your own fishing bait. Fishing licenses are not needed and Townsend Rod and Gun Club membership is not required. Call Jon at 978-597-2440 for information about the spring derby.

Well adult clinic May 7

Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with the Townsend Board of Health, announces that a Well Adult Clinic will be held on Wednesday, May 7, from 1-3 p.m. at the Townsend Senior Center, 12 Dudley Road. Drop in for blood pressure, pulse screening and diet teaching. No appointment is necessary. For further information, please contact Nashoba Associated Boards of Health at 978-772-3335 or 1-800-427-9762, ext. 333, or visit us at www.nashoba.org.

Friends of the Townsend Seniors Foxwoods trip May 8

The Friends of the Townsend Seniors are sponsoring a trip to Foxwoods Casino, Thursday, May 8. The bus will leave the Senior Center, 16 Dudley Road, at 8:15 a.m. and return late afternoon, at approximately 6 p.m. The price is $28 per person. This trip is open to all adults from Townsend and from the surrounding towns. Come along and bring a friend!

Everyone will receive coupons for free play and for the buffet lunch. These trips are always fun and popular. To sign-up for prepaid reservations, please call Avis Roy at 978-597-6829, or stop by the Townsend Senior Center, 16 Dudley Road ( 978-597-1710).

Pete Seeger Songfest with Jim Scott May 9

7:30 p.m., First Parish Church, Ashby

Suggested donation: $8 -$12, family: $20

We'll honor Pete Seeger, singing many of his well-loved songs such as "If I Had a Hammer," "Turn, Turn, Turn," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and many others. All interested singers welcome, no experience necessary. Led by composer/guitarist Jim Scott, who knew Pete well and collaborated on many projects with the folk legend, we'll raise our voices for the causes Pete championed and pledge to continue that spirit.

Jim will share stories, quotes and songs to remember the great contributions to our American heritage Pete made in his 94 years of life. We have lost an icon, but not his legacy of poetry and song to guide and inspire us.

Some written music Jim has arranged will be provided, and all will be able to join in by ear and on-the-spot teaching,

Jim Scott is known to many as guitarist with the Paul Winter Consort and co-composer of their celebrated "Missa Gaia/Earth Mass." A prolific composer, Jim has become a student of the movement for peace and justice in song, compiling and arranging the "Earth and Spirit Songbook," a collection of over 100 songs of earth and peace by many contemporary composers, including Pete Seeger.

Find out more about Jim and his music at his YouTube channel <http://www.youtube.com/user/JimScottMusic>; and website <http://www.jimscottmusic.com/>;.

The Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale May 9, 10

Book sale dates and times: Friday, May 9, 4-7 p.m.; Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Friends Spring Plant and Flower Sale will be held Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Dinner to celebrate TEO's 30th year of service May 10

May 10, at 6 p.m., at Townsend Ridge Country Club, 40 Scales Lane, Townsend, Greensview Ballroom.

$30 per person, tickets may be purchased from a TEO member at your church or McNabb Pharmacy.

The dinner will include a dedication of our facility on Bayberry Hill Road and a memorial celebration of co-founder Jim Clish.

Nonperishable food items are always welcome.

Tickets will be available until May 2, or until sold out.

Ashby Spring Festival May 17

Bring your favorite lawn chair to the Ashby Common on Main Street on Saturday, May 17, and spend the day with our crafters and vendors. We'll have a great variety of food and wares for you to shop and sample.

We have a kid's corner with games and prizes along with a bouncy slide. There are even crafters selling items just for kids. There is a bake sale table and food provided during the day by our own Ashby Fire Department and the Square and Compass organization.

At the gazebo, the magic show starts at 10:30 a.m. with Ed, the Wizard; at 11:30 a.m., there'll be a FitCamp 360 Demo with Lisa Stamm; music starts at noon courtesy of Driftwood Creek; and at 2 p.m., there will by a Zumba Demo by Julie Quirk

The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date: May 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and is sponsored by Ashby Elementary School. Inquiries: Susan 978-386-7572.

Plant sale May 17

Annual plant sale by Pepperell Garden Club -- 8 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, May 17, at (NEW location) the Pepperell Senior Center, Route 111, on Nashua Road. Beautiful healthy unusual annuals, member's hardy perennials, wildflowers and groundcovers, shrubs and trees, vegetables and herbs, and hanging baskets. Plenty of parking at the Senior Center location. This plant sale is always a sell out. Rain or shine. For more info: Lisa 433-3672

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