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Free Vacation Bible School

"Weird Animals: Where Jesus' Love is One-of-a-Kind"

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church will be hosting "Weird Animals," a free Vacation Bible School for children ages four to fourth grade graduates at Groton Grange Hall (located at 80 Champney St.) mornings July 7-11.

In the Bible stories each day, we will see Jesus' love in action as he heals a group of lepers, reaches out to a needy Samaritan woman, washes the disciples' feet and willingly goes to the cross.

We will dramatize these stories each morning when we gather together for our large group sessions. Following the skit and singing time, we will rotate in small groups through the VBS stations: Crafts, science, small group sharing, games and snacks.

Please visit Shepherd of the Valley's web-site www.sov-lc.org where you will find the VBS registration form. The registration deadline is June 27. If you need a registration form mailed to you or for information, contact Margaret Doyle at 978-772-7095.

Dunstable Summer Concerts

Are you ready to party? Well, the summer concerts will begin June 18 and run through Aug. 6 and we think we've got a great line-up.

June 18: The Old Enuff To Know Better Band, (pony rides)

June 25: Studio Two-Beatles Tribute ( Reza from Hoop About)

July 2: The 45's , & Dakota O'Driscoll (strawberry shortcake)

July 9: Monadnock Blue Grass (pony rides)

July 16: Brian Templeton (yard sale)

July 23: The Transistors (vehicle night)

July 30: The Kim Poesse Band, Country Western

Aug. 6: The Rampage Trio (Reza from Hoop About)

As usual, the Common Chefs will be on hand to cook up great hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage, and the concert committee will be selling ice cream. This year in case of rain the concert will be held the following night (Thursday).

So spread the word. If you are interested in helping, contact any committee member or email sjt0213@verizon.net -- Sue Tully, Paul Debreceni, Jean McKinney, Linda Druwing, John Callahan, Laura Rothman, Lori Pestana, David Price, Peggy Lynch, Peter Reagan.

Calendar

Boy Scout car wash June 14

On Saturday, June 14, the Troop 1 West Groton Boy Scouts will be holding a car wash at the Prescott School from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., just in time for Father's Day. Funds raised during this car wash go towards funding the Scout's annual program as well as towards the many community service and Eagle service projects performed around the Groton community by the troop.

Free Shredding Event sponsored by The Friends of Groton Elders Saturday, June 21

Gather your old tax records, bank records, credit records and other papers. Bring them to the (now closed) Sacred Heart Church parking lot on Main Street, Groton, on Saturday, June 21, from 9 a.m. till noon. The Friends of The Groton Elders is sponsoring this FREE "Shredding Event." You can watch your items being shredded. Please note that the machine accepts papers that are stapled or paper-clipped together in addition to individual papers.

Boutwell open house at Groton Historical Society June 21

On Saturday, June 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Groton Historical Society is sponsoring an open house of its headquarters, the Boutwell House at 172 Main St. It will be a chance to celebrate summer and see the changes made over the last three years with new exhibits, new gardens and repair of previous damage. The new gardens were sponsored and installed by the Groton Garden Club, the Groton Woman's Club and the Friends of the Trees.

The new exhibits tell the stories of the Boutwell family and the house itself, which was built in 1851 and used as a museum for the town of Groton since the 1930s.

The open house is free for all, and refreshments will be served.

Guided Trail Hike June 22 at 1 p.m. sharp

Join of the Groton Trails Committee and the Appalachian Mountain Club on a guided hike through the Rocky Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, owned by Mass Audubon. is a great area to hike in, with a beautiful observation point on Long Pond, a beaver marsh, hills and impressive ledges, a true bog, and extensive woodlands. The sanctuary supports moose, beavers, and porcupines, as well as nearly 100 species of birds and more than 240 plant species. Our hike will take about two hours and is suitable for families with hiking-experienced children.

Dogs are NOT permitted on this specific hike per this land owner's policy. The hike will be held unless it is stormy. Take Boston Road (Routes 119/225) in Groton to Robin Hill Road at the Rocky Hill Sanctuary parking area off of Robin Hill Rd in Groton. 42.5811N, 71.5311W. Lathrop 978-742-9014, olin@embedinc.com.

Organ Concert June 22

Organist Hans U. Hielscher will present a concert at the Union Congregational Church, 220 Main St., Groton, on Sunday, June 22, at 4 p.m., on the church's historic 1932 Estey pipe organ.

The performance is being jointly sponsored by the Union Congregational Church and the Estey Organ Museum in Brattleboro, Vt.

The Estey organ was installed as part of a bequest to the church in 1932 from the estate of John H. Robbins, in memory of his father Andrew Robbins. The Estey Organ Company, at a cost of $10,575, constructed the organ.

The Estey Organ Museum, located in a part of the original buildings of the Estey Organ Company, seeks to preserve and celebrate the heritage of this iconic organ manufacturing company. From its founding in 1846 until the company closed in 1960, some 520,000 reed organs were built and shipped all over the globe, as well as 3200 pipe organs, and, in the years before it closed, and unknown number of electronic organs.

In 2009, after 77 years of service, the organ was restored by the Andover Organ Company (www.andoverorgan.com).

Admission to the concert will be by free-will donation. A brief reception will be held following the event.

Dunstable Gardening Group June 26

A meeting will be held Thursday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m. for a Mass. Dept. of Wildlife program, Co-existing with black bears.

Black bears have been increasing in numbers and distribution for the past 35 years. The statewide population of bears is estimated to be over 4,000 animals.

Black bears live and breed in Worcester County, northern Middlesex County and west to the Berkshires. Bears, mostly young males, have been seen in other eastern Massachusetts communities.

We know that there have been many bear sightings in Dunstable and the surrounding communities. Come and find out how we can co-exist with our newest neighbor.

Patriotic Sunday July 6 at First Baptist of Groton

First Baptist Church of Groton will present a patriotic musical entitled "Stars and Stripes Forever" on Sunday, July 6, at 10:45 a.m. This powerful 40-minute presentation takes us through the history of our American flag and the legacy on which it was founded. Join us and show your patriotism to the greatest country on earth -- America! First Baptist Church is located at 365 Main St. in Groton. Website: firstbaptistofgroton.org; phone: 978-272-1335.

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