BRIEF

Bid on a host of local goods and services at First Parish Church of Groton auction

A fabulous night at the theatre, an original work of art or those long-awaited music lessons are just a few of the local goods and services on the block at First Parish Church of Groton's Goods and Services Auction, Saturday, Nov. 2, at First Parish Church, Unitarian Universalist, 1 Powderhouse Road, Groton. Silent auction bidding begins at 6:30 p.m. Live auction bidding begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Enjoy an evening of wine, hors d'oeuvres, laughter and goodwill and discover a rich array of local goods and services -- all while supporting First Parish's good works in Groton and beyond. First Parish Church of Groton is a Unitarian Universalist welcoming community of adults, youth, and children seeking to deepen spiritually, to take care of one another, and to be a blessing to the world.

To donate goods and services to auction, please contact Donna Nowak at dmnowak28@gmail.com, or June Adams Johnson at june@commongroundmediation.net. For event information and updates, visit www.uugroton.org.

Calendar

Guided trail hike, Oct. 13

Guided Trail Hike: 1 p.m. sharp. Join us on a guided hike on Shepley Hills, led jointly by the Groton Trails Committee and the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). This conservation area, owned by the Groton Conservation Trust, is a great place to experience New England woods in fall splendor, featuring hardwood and pine forests, a soapstone quarry, eskers, hills to climb, and a pretty stream. Our walk on Shepley Hills is about three miles and two hours long and is suitable for families. Dogs must be well behaved and kept under owner's control. Wear comfortable hiking shoes. The hike will be held unless it is very stormy. We will meet to start our hike where Nod Road/Sand Hill Road crosses the Rail Trail in Groton (Coord. 42.6324N, 71.5758W). No registration required. For information, contact: Olin Lathrop, olin@embedinc.com, 978-742-9014.

Women's Club Luncheon at the Senior Center, Oct. 16

The Groton Senior Center hosts the Groton Women's Club Luncheon Wednesday, Oct. 16, at noon with a Neil Diamond Tribute.

Just in time to enjoy Baseball's Post Season play, we can pretend we are in Fenway park as we belt out Sweet Caroline. Our October entertainment will be Neil Diamond tribute artist, Bill Reidy.

Before enjoying, "Solitary Man, A Tribute to Neil Diamond," we will be served Italian casserole, summer squash casserole, and dinner rolls with pumpkin upside down dessert. Seating is limited please call for you reservation by Friday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m., 978-448-1170.

Woman's Club to host Indian Hill Music director

On Friday, Oct. 18, the Groton Woman's Club will be meeting at the Union Congregational Church, 220 Main St., Groton. Following the luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Susan Randazzo, executive director of Indian Hill Music, will be presenting the program, "Indian Hill's Music Performance, Education and Outreach." Hostess chairmen for the luncheon are Jan Dillon and Mildred Wells.

Those attending are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the monthly Loaves and Fishes collection. An item for breakfast, lunch and dinner would be most welcome. Also, there will be a collection of winter outerwear -- jackets, hats, gloves, etc. that will be taken to Loaves and Fishes.

For information about this program and the Groton Woman's Club, please visit the website www.grotonwomansclub.org.

Public Harvest Supper, Oct. 19

Keep Saturday, Oct. 19, open for the Harvest Supper at Christian Union Church in West Groton. The menu will be a complete turkey dinner with all the fixings and apple crisp for dessert, served family-style, continuous-serving from 5-7 p.m. No reservations needed and take-outs are available. The church is located at 37 West Main St. (Route 225) in West Groton, diagonally across from the fire station. More information may be obtained by calling 978 448-5480.

Annual pie sale, Oct. 19, 26

On Saturday, Oct. 19 and Oct. 26, the Ladies Aid of the Christian Union Church will hold its annual pie sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You may purchase freshly baked apple pies, frozen apple pies (baked and unbaked) and in addition to other kinds. Pies will also be sold at the Harvest Supper on Oct. 19, from 5-7 p.m.

Dinner theater, "Mission: Possible," Nov. 16

Keep Saturday, Nov. 16, open as The Christian Union Players will return with its dinner theater, " Mission: Possible."

This year's play is a sequel to last year's play, "Murder, Mayhem and Marshmallow Salad" -- no murder this time, but there's plenty of mayhem -- and marshmallow salad, of course! Features the same cast of quirky characters as they attend the annual budget meeting of the church. Nobody can agree where the money should go or even what the church's (or any organization's) mission truly is. Suddenly super-slick PR consultant Stuart Ship crashes the meeting! He delivers a fiery pep talk to pump up the bickering bunch.

Also included are hilarious TV-inspired bits: an "extreme church makeover" and a TV talk show host plugging a multitude of self-help books.

And there's a cooking infomercial where the marshmallow gets tweaked and some audience participation. If you attended last year, you won't want to miss this one.

Tickets are $25 each and includes a full-course dinner while enjoying the performance. Seating is limited, however, so reserve your seat early. Tickets may me purchased with check made payable to Christian Union Church and mailed to P.O. Box 223, West Groton, MA 01472.

Information can be obtained by calling 978 448-5480. All proceeds will benefit the new furnace fund.