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Devens Household Hazardous Waste Center open Nov. 6, 9.

Don't risk stockpiling hazardous products

Devens Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection is OPEN on the first Wednesday and following Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, March through December.

PLACE: 9 Cook Street (Rear), Devens

WHO: Member Communities and their small business

FEE: HHW $20/5 gal./lbs., $40/10 gal./lbs., other varies depending on items.

MORE DETAILS: <http://www.devenshhw.com/>; www.DevensHHW.com or call 978-501-3943.

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First Parish Church goods and services auction Nov. 2

A fabulous night at the theater, 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.


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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.

Community Book Swap at Shepherd of the Valley Nov. 3

What better thing is there to do on a cold November day then to curl up with a good book?

A community book-swap is being hosted at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 80 Champney St., Groton, on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 2-4 p.m.

Bring books you've already read and swap for books you'd like to try. There is no cost. All types of books are welcome: Nonfiction, fiction, cookbooks, inspirational books and children's books.

Cider donut holes will be served and there will be story-reading for children.

Guided trail hike Nov. 3

Join members of the Groton Trails Committee on a guided hike through the woods of the Gamlin Crystal Springs conservation area in Groton, owned by the Groton Conservation Trust.

This is a beautiful parcel accessed via skillfully routed trails and features dense woods, rocky outcrops, beaver ponds, huge boulders and an old "lost" quarry.

The hike will take about 1 and a half hours and is suitable for families with children. Dogs must be under owner's control or leashed upon request. Wear comfortable hiking shoes as there are some short rocky sections.

The hike will be held unless it is very stormy. We will meet at the trail head on Old Dunstable Road. Take Lowell Road (Route 40) to Old Dunstable Road. Proceed north on Old Dunstable Road, passing the intersection with Bridge Street after one and one-quarter miles. Then continue for another quarter-mile on Old Dunstable Road. The trail head and parking are on your left, just beyond the sign for the Gamlin Conservation Area.

Republicans meet Nov. 6

The Groton Republican Town Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Groton Senior Center at 7:30 p.m.

One topic of discussion will be how to be elected as a delegate to the Massachusetts Republican State Convention, which will take place on March 22 at Boston University. Delegates to this convention will officially choose the Republican nominees for statewide offices of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor and attorney general. To be elected a delegate, you need to be registered as a Republican by Nov. 1, and become a member of the Groton RTC. Membership to the GRTC is open to all registered Republicans, but the meetings are open to all interested citizens in all towns.

Other topics of discussion will include getting involved with the repeal of the automatic gas tax, Massachusetts Republican Party updates and ongoing fundraising efforts.

Your presence at this meeting on Nov. 6 would be most welcome.

Well adult clinic Nov. 14

Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with the Groton Board of Health, announces that announces that a Well Adult Clinic will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Senior Center, 163 West Main St. Drop in for blood pressure, pulse screening and diet teaching. No appointment is necessary.

For information, contact Nashoba Associated Boards of Health at 978-772-3335 or 1-800-427-9762 ext. 333.

Dinner theater, 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.

All proceeds will benefit the new furnace fund.

Caring for Our Own After Death Nov. 16

Workshop offered free of charge

When: Nov. 16, 1-4:30 p.m., First Parish Church, 1 Powderhouse Road, Groton

For thousands of years families have taken care of their loved ones at home after death. It is a choice that is still possible.

Some facts you may not be aware of: The deceased can be kept at home (two to three days is usual); embalming is not required; a family can transport the deceased to the cemetery or crematory.

A traditional home wake/funeral is a family-centered response to death. It is different from a conventional funeral by its emphasis on the family maintaining control and decision-making in the days after a death. Home funerals allow time to honor your loved one and to grieve in the privacy of your own home. The experience is unique and personal. It can also be more affordable and respectful to the environment.

Registration will be limited: Contact Peg Lorenz at 978-425-6602 or peglor@comcast.net.

This workshop will be led by Peg Lorenz, a Home funeral guide, consultant and founder of Peaceful Passage at Home. Peg has 20 years of experience with hospice care. Peg is on the Board of Directors of the National Home Funeral Alliance and is chair of the legislative committee. She has a certificate in end-of-life care from the University of Southern Maine and has completed the training taught by Crossings: Caring for Our Own at Death, a resource center for home funeral care. She is a member of the Threshold Singers, a volunteer group that sings at bedsides of people who are dying.