FRIDAY, JAN. 18

Navigating the Chamber: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Sponsored by The Catalano Companies (Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin Robbins/Dolce Wood Fired Italian Grille). Events, networking, business development resources, etc. it's all available to you through your Nashoba Valley Chamber membership. This session is free and open to new, current and future members. Register and more info at www.nvcoc.com

Ham and Bean Supper: to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, Chaffin Congregational Church, 155 Shrewsbury St., Holden, 6 p.m.; $8 (free under 12). Reservations: 508-829-2146.

FRIDAY, JAN. 19, AND SATURDAY, JAN. 20

Honk! Jr. anti-bullying musical: Don't miss the acclaimed musical "Honk! Jr." at the Groton-Dunstable Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical of 2000, this contemporary version of The Ugly Duckling story is a fun-filled adventure that tackles the difficulties and joys of being different. The show is presented by The Groton Dunstable Community Education Program in conjunction with Groton Dunstable Middle School. Tickets, which are sold at the door, are $7 for students, children, and seniors and $10 for adults. The Performing Arts Center is located at 344 Main St. in the Middle School South Building.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23

Devens Roundtable: 8:30-9:30 a.m., 100 Sherman Ave., Devens. Guest presenter: Shirley Public Access Corp.

RFP for Devens police: 6 p.m. MassDevelopment will hold a meeting to provide information to and receive input from Devens residents and businesses on the request for proposals for Devens police services at 33 Andrews Parkway in Conference Room 1. For information about the RFP, go to: http://www.devenscommunity.com/sites/default/files/downloads/mediadvisory_01072012-policeRFP.pdf

THURSDAY, JAN. 24

Wonders & Smiles at Applewild: Stories, Crafts and Activities for children ages 3-5. Applewild School Marshall Building, 98 Prospect St. in Fitchburg, 2:15-3:15 p.m. For information go to www.applewild.org or call 978-342-6053 ext. 110.

Collecting Payments Past Due: (Snow date: Tuesday, Jan. 29), 6-7:30 p.m. If you have had problems with collecting on your invoices, you may know how much time and expense it takes to collect a payment. Join us as we discuss several options including: Changing the way you invoice, adding different payment options like reoccurring payments, the need for a contract (and how it will help you increase the odds of collections), and more. Register and more info at www.nvcoc.com.

FRIDAY, JAN. 25

Job Fair: The Nashoba Valley Job Fair, featuring local companies hiring for various positions, will be at the Devens Common Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Employers, job seekers, and sponsors can register and read more about the fair at http://nashobavalleyjobfair.com/.

Classical Pianist Bruce Pratt at Nashoba Park: Nashoba Park Assisted Living invites the public to enjoy the winter program of classical pianist Bruce Pratt at 2 p.m. Nashoba Park is located at 15 Winthrop Ave., Ayer. For information, call 978-772-0707 or visit www.NashobaPark.com.

SATURDAY, JAN. 26

Applewild hosts open house: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Crocker House, 120 Prospect St., Fitchburg. Students entering kindergarten through grade 8 and their families are encouraged to come and find out about the school, meet teachers and students, learn about the exceptional curriculum offerings and small class sizes, generally under 15 per class. Information will be available on financial aid and on the AppleCore scholarships, for entering fifth- and sixth-graders. There are wide-ranging busing options from both central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. More information is available online at www.applewild.org or by calling 978-342-6053, ext. 110. 

Church supper: The United Church of Shirley will be holding a turkey dinner from 5-6:30 p.m. The menu will include turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, vegetables, rolls, coffee, soft drinks, a salad bar and a selection of desserts. Tickets will be available at the door: $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and children 5 and under are free. The United Church is located at 4 Lancaster Road in Shirley Village. Telephone 978-425-4065 or email ucs.susan@gmail.comwith any questions.

SUNDAY, JAN. 27

Evergreen Garden Playschool: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 270 Barnum Road, Devens. Join us for a tour, talk to our teachers and learn more about our school. Evergreen Garden offers parent/child classes, preschool, and kindergarten. Among many areas, Evergreen Garden, a Waldorf School, encourages creative play, a respect for nature, and social engagement.

Guided tour at Oxbow: 1 p.m. Come and enjoy a few hours of snowshoeing or cross country skiing in the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge. The terrain is relatively level except for one small hill. Depending on the snow cover, we will see various animal tracks. January is also the time of year that barred owls are hooting to attract a mate. Gather in the parking lot at the main entrance to the refuge at the end of Still River Depot Road, Harvard. Bring water to drink. In case of lack of a good snow cover, we'll hike. Families are welcome. The event is free but donations are appreciated. Sponsored by the Friends of the Oxbow N.W.R. (friendsoftheoxbownwr.org) For information and to let us know of your intention to participate, call Rona at 978-779-2259 or email ada@friendsoftheoxbownwr.org.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30

Workplace Management Council Luncheon: noon-1:30 p.m., $20 members advance, $30 nonmembers and at the door. Join us and our panel of speakers to learn more about the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund and how your company can benefit. Register and more info at www.nvcoc.com.

Partner for Profits: The Devens Eco-Efficiency Center's Great Exchange will host "Partner for Profits" from 3-5 p.m. at 33 Andrews Parkway. The program facilitates reuse of unwanted materials to reduce purchase and disposal costs. Businesses and nonprofits can obtain free office supplies and clear crowded space by offering unneeded products.

ONGOING PROGRAMS

Mom to Mom

The Mom To Mom program is being offered in Bolton, January through April. Mom to Mom is designed to encourage and support all mothers, grandmothers, and caregivers with biblically-based teaching on parenting, women's health and relationships.

The program runs for 10 Thursdays starting Jan. 31, from 9:15-11 A.M. We meet in Fellowship Hall at Trinity Church in Bolton, 14 Wattaquadock Hill Road (just off Route 117).

The program starts with refreshments and coffee, then there is either a guest speaker or video followed by small group discussion. Nursery care is available for infants through kindergartners.

A full schedule of speakers/topics/video titles and brochures will be available at www.trinitybolton.org/momtomom.htm. There is no charge for this program. Come learn and be encouraged in one of the most important roles God has given you!