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Blue Christmas Service

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Where: United Methodist Church of Westford, 10 Church Street

WESTFORD: If this Christmas brings feelings of hurt, sadness, or loneliness, attend the Blue Christmas Service presented by UMCW’s Stephen Ministers. This meaningful service will include live music from our Bell Choir and Adult Choir. Please consider bringing a friend going through a difficult time. This service will offer solace to those struggling or grieving this Christmas season. All are welcome!
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Monday Movie Matinee: Top Gun: Maverick

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Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

ACTON: (2022, PG-13 for language and intense action). Tom Cruise reprises his role as Maverick, who after 36 years is still pushing the envelope as a top naval aviator. Info: (978) 929-6652; seniorcenter@actonma.gov; www.actoncoa.com; www.facebook.com/actoncoa
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Dealing With Family Conflicts

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Where: Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd.

CHELMSFORD: B07. Through a grant from Mass. Council on Aging and Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Run by professionals from Vinfen Behavioral Health Agency. FREE! Please call (978) 251-0533 or email ndussault@chelmsfordma.gov to register.
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Littleton Country Gardeners Craft

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Where: Reuben Hoar Library, Shattuck Street

LITTLETON: Join Chris McCumber's class and create a holiday greens decoration. This is for children in grades 3-5 and is limited to 12 in a class. Registration for this event is full, however you may sign up to be placed on the waiting list. www.littletonlibrary.org
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Genealogy Group        

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Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

ACTON: Open to out-of-town seniors/free. Whether you are new to genealogy or have been researching for years, come discuss your research, seek some advice or simply share your passion for family history with like-minded people. This month’s meeting’s show-and-tell topic is Military Records. Try to bring a document or story about a military record which helped you learn about your family history. (January: Family tree chart). Whether you are new to genealogy or have been researching for years, come discuss your research, seek some advice or simply share your passion for family history with like-minded people. Our new group facilitator is Jim Yarin, a genealogy enthusiast for over 30 years. Info: (978) 929-6652; seniorcenter@actonma.gov; www.actoncoa.com; www.facebook.com/actoncoa
 
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Teen Advisory Board

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Where: Reuben Hoar Library, Shattuck Street

LITTLETON: Open to tweens/ teens in grades 6-12. Voice want you want from your library and earn community service hours! Share your thoughts on library events, programs, books, video games, and more. Then stay and help create some decor for the YA room. www.littletonlibrary.org
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Yarn Overs

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Where: Reuben Hoar Library, Shattuck Street

LITTLETON: A free knitting and crocheting group for Littleton and surrounding communities.. www.littletonlibrary.org
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One-on-One with Atty. Dale Tamburro

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Where: Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd.

CHELMSFORD: Meet in Rm. B07. Call to make an appointment for a free consultation with Atty. Tamburro. Limited appointments are available. Call (978) 251-0533 or email ndussault@chelmsfordma.gov.
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Covid-19 Bivalent Booster Clinic

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Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

ACTON: Acton Pharmacy along with Acton Council on Aging and Acton Nursing Services will be offering a COVID Bivalent Booster clinic, open to Acton residents 18 years of age and over. Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will be available. Register at https://tinyurl.com/592tteux
 
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Littles and Letters Story Time

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Where: Reuben Hoar Library, Shattuck Street

LITTLETON: In this Story Time, study the letter "L." Sign up online for a space in this fun story time with a craft. For ages 4+. www.littletonlibrary.org
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The Upbeats

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Where: Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd.

CHELMSFORD: Westford’s band The Upbeats will be performing some holiday songs to get you moving. Info: (978) 251-0533; ndussault@chelmsfordma.gov.
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Rest You Merry: Songs for the Holiday Season with Ben & Brad

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Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

ACTON: Open to out-of-town seniors for $5. Spend a nostalgic and fun afternoon with Ben Sears and Brad Conner as they perform some seasonal favorites and a few surprises including "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow," "Marshmallow World," "Silver Bells," and of course, "White Christmas." Info: (978) 929-6652; seniorcenter@actonma.gov; www.actoncoa.com; www.facebook.com/actoncoa
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Teen Anime Club

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Where: Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Mass. Ave.

LUNENBURG: Anime Club is an opportunity for teens to socialize with their friends (and make some new ones!) after school while enjoying Japanese anime and manga. We will be meeting the 2nd Wednesday of each month and will watch one full length film or a couple of individual episodes from a variety of anime titles on Crunchyroll. Some shows will have English subtitles, others will be dubbed into English. This club is open to teens ages 14-18 (grades 9-12). Teens can draw fanart and eat awesome snacks provided by the library (bring your own beverage) while watching! Content shown will be rated PG or PG-13/TV14 (or the equivalent in the case of international ratings). Please sign up ahead of time at lunenburglibrary.org, or by emailing Susan at  selbag@cwmars.org.
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Mystery Reading Group

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Where: Reuben Hoar Library, Shattuck Street

LITTLETON: The December book is Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark. www.littletonlibrary.org
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P.J. Story Time

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Where: Reuben Hoar Library, Shattuck Street

LITTLETON: Mrs. Sill will read some great stories! Come in your PJs or bring a lovey with you for a snuggly time! www.littletonlibrary.org
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Simply Stars and Silence

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Where: Congregational Church of Littleton, 330 King Street

LITTLETON: Also December 21. A candlelight service of prayer, quiet music, and times of silence. This is a soothing pause in the middle of a hectic season. Senior Pastor, the Rev. Jennifer Munroe-Nathans welcomes all. Call (978) 486-3245 for more information.
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Holiday Sing Along with Steve Blunt

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Where: J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street

WESTFORD: Celebrate the season with musician Steve Blunt – ring jingle bells, dance, sing and cover as many December holidays as possible. Registration. This program is for all ages.
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Bell Choir from Aldersgate UMC

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Where: Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd.

CHELMSFORD: Enjoy the sound of bells during this holiday performance! Info: (978) 251-0533; ndussault@chelmsfordma.gov.
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Grief Around The Holidays

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Where: Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd.

CHELMSFORD: B07. Through a grant from Mass. Council on Aging and Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Run by  professionals from Vinfen Behavioral Health Agency. FREE! Please call (978) 251-0533 or email ndussault@chelmsfordma.gov
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Beeyonder Virtual Hanukkah Tour—In the Footsteps of the Maccabees

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Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

ACTON: Open to out-of-town seniors for in-person viewing only/free. Thru a partnership with Beeyonder, a platform for live interactive virtual travel experiences with qualified local guides in locations around the world! In this presentation-style program, tour guide Itamar Ben-David will discuss in real-time the story of the Maccabees. Who are they? Where are they from? Why were they fighting the Greeks? What ultimately happened to their dynasty? Visit Modi'in, Maresha, Mitzpah (known as the Tomb of Prophet Samuel), the City of David in Jerusalem, and much more! You may participate via Zoom from home or from the Senior Center with a group watching on a large screen television. The number of “screens” is limited, so watching from the Senior Center is encouraged. Please register with the COA at seniorcenter@actonma.gov or (978) 929-6652 and indicate if viewing from home or at the Senior Center.
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EMCATOS Holiday Party

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Where: Shanklin Music Hall

GROTON: The Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society (EMCATOS) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1956, ATOS Charter Number One. This is a buffet dinner with full concert featuring Tedde Gibson. Limited seats available. The cost is $40 per person, all inclusive. If you wish to attend, please contact Linda or Jim Duncan via email at Lindakduncan@msn.com or Jamesfduncan@msn.com no later than 5pm on 12/2. Linda or Jim will contact you for confirmation.
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Read to Jubilee

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Where: Reuben Hoar Library, Shattuck Street

LITTLETON: Young readers gain confidence by reading aloud to a non-judgmental, friendly dog! Jubilee is a certified therapy dog and a great listener! She and her owner, Pat, will be here in the Children's Room to listen to readers! So, bring your book or pick up one here in the library and visit with Jubilee! www.littletonlibrary.org
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Historical Swordsmanship Talk with Dan Burns

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Where: Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Mass. Ave.

LUNENBURG: Join local swordsman, Dan Burns Swords, LLC who will bring a selection of real historical weapons to the library and demonstrate their use while discussing their history, form, and function. It'll be a fun night learning about the history of weapons and swordsmanship! This program is appropriate for all ages. Registration is suggested. Register online at lunenburglibrary.org, or by emailing Susan at  selbag@cwmars.org.
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The Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna Tour

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Where: Cary Memorial Hall

LEXINGTON: The illustrious group of child musicians has been delighting music lovers across the globe for six centuries with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and popular repertoire. Christmas in Vienna showcases these gifted musicians with voices of unforgettable beauty in an extraordinary program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs and, of course, holiday favorites. Tickets and gift cards are on sale now at CaryHallLexington.com or by calling 1-800-657-8774.
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Making Memories Photography/Writing Group

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Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

ACTON: Open to out-of-town seniors/free. Join Tracy Wood, a certified Older Adult Peer Specialist, for this group that utilizes a technique called PhotoVoice which involves taking a digital picture and combining with a narrative to produce an artwork. This group started in October and is meeting for eight weeks, talking about our lives and the resulting memories. Bring a charged smart phone or digital camera each week. Join us and make some new memories! Group is facilitated by Tracy Woods, a certified Older Adult Peer Specialist. Making Memories is a joint venture between the Acton Council on Aging and the Lawrence Recovery Learning Community. Info: (978) 929-6652;
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Toddler Story Time

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Where: Reuben Hoar Library, Shattuck Street

LITTLETON: Join Miss Jennifer for an action-packed story time! Explore a different theme each week with books, songs, movement, and instruments. This story time is most appropriate for children ages 18 months-3 years. Registration is required. www.littletonlibrary.org
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Kenny G: The Miracles Holiday & Hits Tour

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Where: Cary Memorial Hall

LEXINGTON: The sound of Kenny G’s saxophone is as iconic as his curly coif; indeed, both are instantly recognizable. His latest release, New Standards, the title of his 19th studio album, fifth for Concord Records and first since 2015’s Brazilian Nights, could well be used to describe his four-decade body of work, a vision of jazz that helped launch both a musical genre and radio format. Tickets and gift cards are on sale now at CaryHallLexington.com or by calling 1-800-657-8774.The illustrious group of child musicians has been delighting music lovers across the globe for six centuries with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and popular repertoire. Christmas in Vienna showcases these gifted musicians with voices of unforgettable beauty in an extraordinary program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs and, of course, holiday favorites. Tickets and gift cards are on sale now at CaryHallLexington.com or by calling 1-800-657-8774.
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Brunch with Santa

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WESTFORD: Including craft area and music by Westford Girl Scouts. Free photos with Santa will be offered (bring your own camera). For reservations, call (978) 692-8200 x520. Visit www.westford.org/funfest  for details and application to be part of the Festival.
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Concord Women's Chorus "Songs of Peace and Promise"

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Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street

CONCORD: Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors and students, $5 children ages 12 and under, available at concordwomenschorus.org and at the door. Masks are required for all attendees. Trinity Episcopal Church is fully accessible. For more information, performance details or to join Concord Women’s Chorus, email Chorus Manager Patsy Eickelberg at manager@concordwomenschorus.org, visit www.concordwomenschorus.org.
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The Annual Sugar & Spice Holiday Marketplace

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Where: Brush Art Gallery & Studios' Annual Members' Exhibition

LOWELL: Enjoy cookies and pick up any last minute gifts you may have on your list. The gallery,  located behind the National Park Visitor Center in Downtown Lowell at 256 Market Street is handicap accessible and validated parking is available at the HCID Parking Garage, located off Dutton Steet. For more information, please call (978) 459-7819 or visit www.thebrush.org.
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Aidan Scrimgeour Jazz Trio: Music from A Charlie Brown Christmas

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Where: Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street

WESTFORD: A family set at 4:30pm is followed by an extended evening set at 7:30pm. This joyful PCA holiday tradition has delighted audiences of all ages for the past three years. Originally from Salem and trained at New England Conservatory, the versatile Aidan Scrimgeour performs regularly with a variety of groups in New York. His projects include Pumpkin Bread, a Boston-based acoustic band, which has been featured on "A Celtic Sojourn" on WGBH, and Lissy & the Jacks, a Brooklyn-based honky-tonk group currently working on their first album of old country classics and original songs. Advance tickets and details available online at pcawestford.org.
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Maynard Community Band 33rd annual “A Christmas Pops”

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Where: Sanctuary, 82 Main Street

MAYNARD: MCB is the longest standing tradition in the town with continual performances since 1947. This concert has become an annual event in town and always proves to be an entertaining and memorable experience... and it’s FREE!!!!  Come early and stay for the main event as the MCB Holiday Concerts have become standing room only by downbeat time.  Doors open at 4pm.  Cash bar open.  Limited seating available. For those unable to attend or wanting to view the concert from home, it will be LIVE streamed on Facebook  https://fb.me/e/2qq0tSLcu?mibextid=RQdjqZ or Youtube https://youtu.be/fwXDkW7hb_0.
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‘Blue Christmas’ Service

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Where: Union Congregational Church, 218 Main Street

GROTON: For all who find the holidays emotionally difficult. This special worship service will take place in the church’s sanctuary, open to all, whether you belong to this church, a different church, or no church at all. www.uccgroton.org.
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McCarthy Festival Orchestra

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Where: Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd.

CHELMSFORD:  Come for lunch early to enjoy holiday music from the McCarthy Festival Orchestra made up of 5th-8th
grade Chelmsford students! Info: (978) 251-0533; ndussault@chelmsfordma.gov.
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A Celebration of Lights

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Where: Rideout Park, 61 Laws Brook Road

WEST CONCORD: Featuring a menorah lighting & blessings, joyous holiday music and interactive songs with Kerem Shalom Family Enrichment Specialist Nancy Kaplan, Director of Congregational Learning Rabbi Sam Pollak, and Kerem Shalom Cantor Rosalie Gerut as well as delicious latkes from Debra’s Natural Gourmet and craft goody bags for kids from bags from the Concord Recreation and Concord Free Public Library, All are invited to come and join the fun celebrating the festival of lights on the fourth night of Chanukah. See visitconcord.org or keremshalom.org for further details.
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Simply Stars and Silence

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Where: Congregational Church of Littleton, 330 King Street

LITTLETON: A candlelight service of prayer, quiet music, and times of silence. This is a soothing pause in the middle of a hectic season. Senior Pastor, the Rev. Jennifer Munroe-Nathans welcomes all. Call (978) 486-3245 for more information.
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Holiday Lunch & 12 Days of Christmas Raffle

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Where: Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd.

CHELMSFORDJoin the Center family in celebrating this holiday season! Register by December 14. Suggested donation, $5. Info: (978) 251-0533; ndussault@chelmsfordma.gov.
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Blue Christmas

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Where: Congregational Church of Littleton, 330 King Street

LITTLETON: This service is a time of facing the darkness and grief of our lives and looking for glimmers of hope together. Call (978) 486-3245 for more information.
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Jim Burbine

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Where: Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd.

CHELMSFORD: Local musician Jim Burbine will lead everyone in a festive sing-along before lunch! Info: (978) 251-0533; ndussault@chelmsfordma.gov.
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Christmas Eve Services

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Where: Congregational Church of Littleton, 330 King Street

LITTLETON: Includes a Children’s Program  at 5pm and a Candlelight service at 7pm. Senior Pastor, the Rev. Jennifer Munroe-Nathans welcomes all. Call (978) 486.3245 for more information.
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Christmas Eve Services - “O Holy Night: A Thrill of Hope!”

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Where: Mt. Calvary Community Church, 472 Massachusetts Ave

ACTON: Everyone in the community is invited to attend Christmas Eve services starting with service for young kids with the whole family and make memories together while singing Christmas carols and experiencing the Big Give (3:30pm). A joyful Christmas cookie reception follows. Or, join Mt. Calvary’s spectacular and festive candlelight services at 6pm and 9pm with solo instruments, Joyful Praise Choir, bells and organ.Parking is available off Prospect Street. Handicap parking is available at the Massachusetts Ave. circle drive and the Prospect St. parking lot. Overflow parking is available in the Acton Funeral Home parking lot right next door. For more information, visit www.mtcalvaryacton.org, call (978) 263-5156, or send an email to info@mtcalvaryacton.org.
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Math Club

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Where: J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street

WESTFORD: Join YA Librarian Jess and library volunteer Patrick for a meeting of mathematical minds. Each meeting we will learn theories, solve problems, and build upon your math knowledge with fun activities and games. For Grades 6-8. Register here.
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Art Talk Series: John Singer Sargent: Master with a Brush

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Where: Sargent Memorial Library via Zoom

BOXBOROUGH: From September to December, on the evening of every last Wednesday of the month, the Library will be hosting Jane Oneail, an educator and the founder and CEO of Culturally Curious, to do a series of art talks over Zoom. A look at the masterful 19th-century artist and his celebrated Grand Manner portraits. Registration is required. Please the Event Calendar at http://boxlib.org for more information.
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Veterans Breakfast

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Where: Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd.

CHELMSFORD: 8:30am coffee, 9am breakfast, hall. Call (978) 251-0533 to register. Veterans are welcome to bring a guest.
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Council on Aging Board Meeting

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Where: Bedford Council on Aging, 10 Mudge Way

BEDFORD: The Friends of the Bedford Council on Aging (FBCOA) plans to meet on the 3rd Tuesday of January, April and June. Share what programs you would enjoy on ZOOM and in-person, and give your input on the programs that are now being presented. You DO NOT have to be a member to come to a board meeting. There are people of all ages helping to assist Bedford's senior adults and take part in the many benefits of FBCOA sponsored programs. The Friends of the Bedford Council on Aging (FBCOA) was established as a private, non-profit 501c (3) organization over 20 years ago to financially support the programs and services of the Bedford Council on Aging (COA). It is entirely supported by donations and fundraising. For more information, call (781) 275-6825 or visit www.facebook.com/FBCOA.
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Friends Board Meeting

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Where: Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd.

CHELMSFORD: Room B03. Friends and guests are invited to attend bimonthly meetings to learn how to support the Chelmsford Senior Center. Director Debi Siriani attends to update how monthly giving to the Center is being put to good use. The meeting is open to all.
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Littleton Lyceum 2022-23 Season: Eric Jay Dolin

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Where: Littleton Lyceum, LHS Performing Arts Ctr., 56 King Street

LITTLETON: Best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin will discuss the role of privateers during the American Revolution, the topic of his latest book. Admission is just $25 for an entire family for all four programs in the season. For more information, visit www.littletonlyceum.org.
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Nashoba Symphonic Band Concert 

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Where: Nashoba Regional High School, Route 117 (12 Green Road GPS)

BOLTON: “Unexpected Developments!” features Variations for Wind Band by Ralph Vaughan Williams with Arthur Fracknpohl's Celebration Overture and the Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn by Norman Dello-Joio, plus marches by Kenneth J. Alford and Leon Jessel. Admission is free and open to the public. Info: https://nashobamusic.wordpress.com/nashoba-symphonic-band.
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DC's Reflecting Fools

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Where: Cary Memorial Hall

LEXINGTON: The stairway to heavenly political satire originally laid by the Capitol Steps continues upward with DC’s Reflecting Fools—the new musical parody group created by the performers and co-writer from the Capitol Steps.
Tickets are $39-$59 at www.caryhalllexington.com or by calling (617) 531-1257.
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Tales from the Field: Stories of Botany

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Where: Native Plant Trust

FRAMINGHAM: Native Plant Trust, the nation’s first plant conservation organization and the only one solely focused on New England’s native plants presents Tales from the Field: Stories of Botany, an evening of storytelling with some of the world’s top botanists, horticulturists, and fellow plant enthusiasts as they share their most memorable, harrowing and hilarious experiences. For more information and to register for programs, visit www.NativePlantTrust.org/education.