Farmers Market

Groton Farmers Market is held Fridays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Road.

A variety of home-grown products are offered plus live musicians, scheduled as follows: Aug. 8, John Niemoller; Aug. 15, Nancy Beaudette; Aug. 22, Brian Weeks; Aug. 29, John Niemoller.

Groton Local is hosting a food table at the Farmers Market to collect produce from home gardens, and cash donations to purchase food from local farmers at the market, to be taken to local food pantries. Anyone interested in volunteering to sit at the table can sign up by using Doodle https://doodle.com/eayycs4pis5unqgc (click on Table View and then click blue Save box at the far right before you close out), or contact Sally Hensley shensley@sprynet.com, or 978-272-1210.

Free outdoor music

FREE Outdoor Music will be performed Saturdays from 6-8 p.m. at the town gazebo behind the library, sponsored by the Main Street Café and the Groton Parks Commission (weather-permitting).

Aug. 9: Main Street Cafe's open mic host GS Picard and friends Cooper and Kenneally, Marty Nestor, Bob Pope, mix of originals and covers, folk rock and more.

Aug. 16: Soul Flyer rock and blues for the soul.

Aug. 23: Elizabeth Lorre, The Rafters and Back to the Garden: "Rockin' Summer" mix of classics from the past 60 years.


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Aug. 30: Snow Crow: Groton's own "Earth Sol" music that makes you feel good.

Hazardous waste collection

The Devens Regional Household Hazardous Products Collection Center is open to Groton residents Saturday Aug. 9, 9 a.m. to noon. Proof of residency is required, and there is a charge for disposal. For more information www.devenshhw.com

Trail maintenance

The Friends of the Groton Trails Network has scheduled trail maintenance projects for Saturday Aug. 9, and Saturday, Aug. 23, time and location TBD. To sign up for email notices contact gtc@groton trails.org. Check out their work on Groton Trails Network on Facebook.

Full moon canoeing

Nashoba Paddler, 398 West Main St., Groton, is offering Full Moon Canoeing, Saturday, Aug. 9, 7:30-10:30 p.m. and Bertozzi Wildlife Management Area Paddle, Saturday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is required. nashobapaddler.com.

New Boutwell House garden

Check out the new side garden at Groton Historical Society's Boutwell House, 172 Main St. Museum is open to visitors Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Grotonfest 2014

Looking ahead, Grotonfest 2014 is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20. Sponsorships at every level and booth space will be available until Friday, Aug. 15. Applications are available at www.grotonfest.com. For more info, contact Dale Martin 978-448-2226.

In the area

Merrimack River Watershed survey...

Volunteers are needed for an American Eel Survey to be conducted Aug. 4-8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Sudbury River to help determine baseline population data of this species in the Merrimack River watershed. Data will help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service evaluate effective management actions of this species, which is being considered for inclusion on the endangered species list. Volunteers must be good swimmers, comfortable in small boats, able to haul 20 pound eel pots, and willing to handle eels. Contact Libby Herland at 978-443-4661 ext. 11 or libby_herland@fws.gov.

The Caterpillar Lab in Keene, New Hampshire...

is open Mondays noon to 5 p.m. and Thursdays 8. a.m. to noon. Talk to a caterpillar expert and get up close to many native caterpillars, cocoons and moths. The lab facility is located upstairs in The Colony Mill building, 222 West St. above Elm City Brewery and down the hall from the Cheshire Children's Museum. Check out the 2014 Summer Season Schedule for other traveling events at their Facebook Page. 

River cleanup

Squan-a-Tissit Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold a River Cleanup, Sunday Aug. 17. Evening Sun Fly Shop is coordinating the event with a cookout at the shop in East Pepperell afterward. Contact: Charlie Shadan 978-433-4910 or Charlie@eveningsunflyshop.com.

Bird sightings sought

As part of their Citizen Science program MassAudubon is requesting reports of Chimney Swift Nest and Roost Sightings. No natural nesting sites were found for this species in the Breeding Bird Atlas 2 survey, they were all in chimneys. Monitoring and saving their nesting and roosting sites may be a key to slowing or stopping the rate of decline of North America's only swift. www.massaudubon.org.