CALENDAR

APRIL 13-27: Pepperell annual Spring Green-up: The 17th annual Pepperell Green-Up continues through Sunday, April 21. The Green-Up is a town-wide volunteer clean up of litter and trash on roadsides and public lands in Pepperell. A map of Pepperell and a sign-up list is posted in the Lawrence Library. Stop by to sign up and pick up some orange/clear garbage bags. Public lands to pick up include roadsides, sidewalks, parking lots, schools, the rail trail, conservation lands, hiking trails and other areas. Anyone can participate â¤" individuals, families, scout groups, organizations, businesses, etc, and everyone's efforts make a difference! Filled bags can be left curbside. The Pepperell Highway Department will pick up the bags along the roadside beginning Monday April 22. Thank you for participating and for Taking Pride in Pepperell !

SATURDAY, APRIL 20

LIVE@ Lawrence Library presents Nemes: 7 p.m. Nemes is a unique rock/folk band from Worcester. Led by duel frontmen Dave Anthony (guitar/vocals) and Josh Knowles (violin/vocals), the band brings what Worcester Magazine calls "a nuclear power plant's worth of energy" to any venue they enter. Since being named one of Alternative Press's top five unsigned bands in 2010, Nemes has embarked on two tours of the Eastern U.S., continued building a local fanbase, and recently released a full length album entitled "Don't Flush Me." The performance is free and open to the public.


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Light refreshments will be served; sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Coffee provided by Starbucks Coffee, Nashua, NH. Join us on the third Saturday each month from 7-9 p.m. for live performances.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21

Fundraiser: The Committee to Elect Michelle Gallagher is holding a fundraiser at the VFW from noon to 3 p.m. Michelle Gallagher is running for Board of Selectmen. Cost per ticket is $10 with a $25 maximum.

MONDAY, APRIL 22

Health fair: The Senior Center is having its Annual Health Fair from 1-3 p.m. There will be information on health care and services, which include nursing, rehab, home care, vision and hearing. We will also have local pharmacies, SHINE and area hospitals represented. Free screenings such as blood glucose, vision and blood pressure. It's open to the public.

Candidates Night at the Senior Center: 7 p.m. This will offer a chance to meet and hear from the candidates running for office in the upcoming Annual Town Election, scheduled for April 30, 2013. All candidates for all offices will be invited to speak, including the two candidates for Board of Selectmen and two candidates for Board of Health.

Board of Selectmen: 7 p.m., Town Hall.

Planning Board: 7 p.m., Town Hall.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

Charter Commission: 7 p.m., Town Hall.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

7th Annual Used Bike Sale & 6th Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale: Please see below for details.

SAVE THE DATE

Art in Bloom

...at the Lawrence Library art gallery through April 21, during library hours. Enjoy the beauty of spring with flower arrangements by the Pepperell Garden Club members and art work created by local artists. Free to the public and sponsored by the Pepperell Garden Club and Friends of the Lawrence Library.

7th Annual Used Bike Sale & 6th Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale

The Friends of Pepperell will be holding its 7th Annual Used Bike Sale, Saturday, April 27, 2013.

The Friends of Pepperell Recreation is seeking your gently used bikes for our annual fundraiser sale! In our continued efforts to be "green", we are hosting our 7th Used Bike Sale. Each year, residents have been amazingly wonderful in donating their gently used bikes, trikes, scooters and ride-ons. On average we start our Sale with about 250 bikes!!!!

All unsold bikes at end of sale are donated to Worcester Earn A Bike. Our pay it forward objective keeps the bikes local and ensures area families can purchase a gently used bike for their kids & grandkids at affordable prices, the Earn-A-Bike program benefits, and keeps these bikes out of the landfills! And, we are able to do great things for Pepperell!

Donate your outgrown, no longer used bikes, scooters and bicycle accessories NOW! Drop them off at 152 Heald Street in Pepperell (call 978-835-0133 for other locations to drop bikes. 

The Friends of Pepperell will hold its 6th Annual Town Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, April 27, 2013 (rain or shine) in conjunction with the Used Bike Sale. Sure to be the area's busiest yard sale day of the season!

With registration (fee is $15 and deadline is April 15th to be included on the map), you will receive:

* A brightly colored number corresponding to your registration on our map

* Advertising in multiple area newspapers, banners, signs, yard stakes & more

* Emailed arrow signs for you to hang in the area to bring people to your sale!

* On-line Publicity (Craigslist, americantown.com, Yankee magazine, and more)

Our goal this year is to register at over 50 yard sales throughout town and on town field on that day...Please note if you choose to have your yard sale on Town Field, the hours will begin 7 a.m. or later and end by noon.

Download Town-Wide Yard Sale Registration Form at the town website.

YOU WILL NEED TO PICK UP YOUR YARD SALE NUMBER SHORTLY BEFORE THE DAY OF SALE. THE NUMBER IS HOW YOU WILL BE IDENTIFIED THAT DAY.

Maps available at the Community Center - day of sale - starting at 7 a.m. for $3.

Call 978-835-0133 for information visit: www.friendsofpepperell.org.

Townsend Earth Day, April 27

The Town of Townsend's Earth Day celebration will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, April 28, from noon to 4 p.m. Planners are actively recruiting volunteer entertainers to perform on the gazebo. "Bats, bees, birds, bugs and butterflies" will be the theme this year! We are sure to attract a large, enthusiastic crowd!

If you want to join the group, just send me your Facebook info! Vendor booth space (12 feet by 12 feet) is $25 for profit, and free for nonprofit groups. $25 checks can be made out to the Town of Townsend (Board of Health in memo line) and mailed to Karen Clement, 101 Main St., Townsend, MA, 01469. Please e-mail clem6six@verizon.net to verify your interest.

Spring Fair at Squannacook in Townsend, April 27

Supporters of the Ashby Elementary School will hold a Spring Fair for children and adults at Squannacook Elementary School (right behind the Townsend police station on Route 13) on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get great deals from 70 local crafters, vendors, and comfy tables. Bring the family in for lunch, kid games, bake sale, and prizes.

Any questions call Susan 978-386-7572 or email SUSANCLEMENT49@YAHOO.COM. All proceeds go to benefit Ashby Elementary School's flooring project for our students.

Pepperell Garden Club Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, May 18, Lawrence Library, 8 a.m. to noon. Hanging plants, perennials, vegetables, annuals and many unusual varieties that the Pepperell Garden Club members gladly share to be sold at the plant sale. The plants are excellent quality and low prices.

BRIEFS

Pepperell Army Community Covenant current list of sponsors for the 2013 Veterans Breakfast:

May 4: Groton/Pepperell Rotary Club

June 1: Pepperell Business Association

July 13: C&S Pizza

Aug. 3: Pepperell Family Pharmacy

Sept. 7: 1A Auto Parts

Oct. 5: MA State Senator Eileen M. Donoghue

Reminder that all breakfasts are on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. at the Pepperell VFW Post 3291 (55 Leighton St.).

We welcome all our past and present warriors: our veterans, active duty military and reservist, spouses, family and friends.

-- Stephen Themelis