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Groton Lions Club plant sale May 10

The Groton Lions will hold its 38th annual Mother's Day plant sale Saturday morning, May 10, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Prescott School on Main Street.

Annuals and vegetables will be on sale, but the special feature is hanging plants for Mother's Day. Proceeds benefit our 2013 Scholarship Fund.

Items for sale this year include: Mother's Day hanging plants, annuals, vegetables, perennials, herbs, geraniums, fertilizer, compost, potting soil, peat moss, seed potatoes, birdseed, ground cover, onion sets.

Also, get planting tips from members with years of garden knowledge to share for a good cause.

Bring your used glasses. We will be collecting them for recycling to those in need.

The Groton Lions have 41 years of giving back to our community. One of the ways we do this is by honoring graduating GDRHS seniors by giving annual scholarships to ease the transition from high school.

We appreciate your support

The Groton Lions Club -- serving the community since May 1968.

Groton Garden Club's annual plant sale May 10

The first day of spring has just arrived, the green buds are poking through last fall's leaves and some early bushes have hints of the flowers-to-come on their branches. This marks the start of the Groton Garden Club's preparations for its Annual Plant Sale, scheduled for Saturday, May 10, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Groton Town Hall. Again this year, the club will feature a selection of plants ideal for shady areas, as well as those that flourish in sunny spots. Members of the club will be happy to assist in the selection of the best plants for your specific locations.

The wide variety of perennial plants are grown in Groton in club member's gardens, and transplanted especially for this annual sale. An excellent selection of herbs and special heirloom tomatoes will also be available.

The plant sale is the day before Mother's Day so you have the chance to pick out a gift of perennials that will return to Mom's garden year after year.

Proceeds from this sale are used for the Club's many beautification projects in Groton

The sale is very popular so be sure to come at opening time. Early birds are invited to wait outside the area until the opening bell at 8:30.

New England Contra Dance May 10

Join with your friends at Groton Grange #7 as we present a traditional New England Contra Dance on Saturday, May 10, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney St. This will be an evening of live music and dancing with Groton's own Contra Banditos along with Dudley Laufman and the Two Fiddles.

Dudley will teach traditional New England style contra, square and line dances to the beat of old time fiddle tunes. Beginners are welcome, no experience is necessary.

Donation at the door is $5, family maximum $20. Refreshments are provided.

Groton Grange is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the sustainability of Historic Groton Grange Hall, raising awareness of agricultural and farming issues, and providing green programs to our community.

For information visit www.grotongrange.com or 978-448-3418.

This dance is sponsored, in part, by a generous grant from the Groton Commissioners of Trust Funds.

Hope to see you there!

Family Fun Day May 17

The Groton Republican Town Committee is happy to announce that they are sponsoring a Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 17th, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Grotonwood, which is off Rt. 119 at 167 Prescott Street in Groton. This event is open to all ages and political persuasions. This event will provide an opportunity to meet and talk with many state wide Republican candidates, Those candidates already planning to attend are Karyn Polito for Lt. Governor, Mike Hefferan for Treasurer, John Miller for Attorney General, David D'Arcangelo for Secretary of State, and Sheila Harrington for re-election as State Representative.

There will be a cookout with classic summer picnic food.  Karaoke, pictures with Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, plus other activities as the weather permits, will be a part of this rain or shine event.

As this will be a fund raiser to aid Republican candidates in the upcoming election, the suggested donation will be $20 per adult, $5 per child under 15, and a $50 maximum per family.

For information, visit the website gopgroton.com and click on Groton Republican Family Fun, or you can contact Vice Chairman of the GRTC, Jeff Wallens at jwallens_era@hotmail.com. If you cannot attend but would like to send a donation, checks can be made out to The Groton Republican Town Committee, P.O. Box 472, Groton, MA 01450.

Public supper at Christian Union Church May 17

A public supper (last one until September) will be held at the Christian Union Church in West Groton on Saturday, May 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Menu will consist of roast pork, homemade baked beans (two kinds), homemade potato salad an cole slaw. Variety of cake will be dessert.

Church is located at 37 West Main St. (Route 225) in West Groton, across from the fire station. Take-outs available and no reservations required. Meal served family-style, continuous-serving.

Cost: $10 adults; $5 ages 6-12; and under six eat free. For more info, call 978 448-5480.

New England Ringers Concert May 17

The New England Ringers, the premier handbell ensemble of the Northeast, will kick off its Spring Tour in Groton on Saturday, May 17, at 4 p.m. at Union Congregational Church.

The New England Ringers is a 15-member handbell ensemble of highly energetic musicians from all over New England. NER amazes listeners of all ages with a blend of lively and beautiful musical moods and styles, a touch of entertaining humor, and an artful visual presentation of this unique instrument.

Concert tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 per person. The public is also invited to stay for a spaghetti supper for a separate cost to benefit the church's youth group mission trip.

Union Congregational Church is located at 218 Main St., Groton.

Guided trail hike May 18

Guided Trail Hike: 1 p.m. sharp. Join members of the Groton Trails Committee and the Appalachian Mountain Club on a guided hike through the Groton Town Forest, which has been managed as a forest reserve for over 90 years. We will explore the varied topography and habitats of this scenic woodland, including eskers, kettle holes, dry upland, marsh, the dead river, and more. Our hike will take about two hours and is suitable for families with children. Dogs must be kept under owner's control, and leashed upon request. The hike will be held unless it is stormy. Take West Main St. (Route 225) in Groton to Town Forest Road. Meet at the end of Town Forest Road.

42.5973N, 71.6052W. Olin Lathrop (978) 742-9014, olin@embedinc.com.

Arbor Day 2014 May 18

Friends of the Trees and the Groton Garden Club will celebrate Arbor Day in Groton on Sunday, May 18, at 1 p.m. The festivities will be held on the triangle common next to the entrance to the Lawrence Playground and the Library. Look for the green Friends of the Trees balloons. We are replacing a Shadbush with a very water tolerant Bald Cypress Our celebration will include tree-inspired music, this year with the addition of stringed instruments, and we will be giving away Black Hills Spruce seedlings, Picea glauca densata.

Arbor Day in Groton is always a festive family occasion and we hope you will join us.

Annual Town Election, Tuesday, May 20.

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