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LWV Hosts Annual Meeting

WESTFORD: Are you interested in learning more about the League of Women Voters of Westford? Join the League June 7 at 7pm. as the organization hosts its annual meeting. The event will be held in person at the Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road. The League welcomes the chance to meet in person to review the group’s accomplishments over the past year, choose the League leadership team, and decide on activities for the coming year. The meeting is a great opportunity for its members to influence what community issues the League will focus on and learn more about the organization.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League is based on the belief that democratic government depends on the informed active participation of its citizens. The League’s goal is to empower citizens to shape better communities.

Membership in the League provides Westford residents an opportunity to learn more about the town, take a continuing and intensive course in government at all levels, and develop leadership skills. Membership in the League is open to all and operates on local, state, and national levels. Want to learn more? Join the League of Women Voters of Westford on June 7. You can also go to the League’s website for more information at https://lwv.westford.org.
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Rock Out with Mike Payette's Acoustic Roadshow on June 2

WESTFORD: Rock out when Mike Payette’s Acoustic Roadshow visit the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street on June 2 at 8pm (Doors open 7:30pm). Advanced ticketing guarantees you a seat - $25 general admission; $21 PCA members/seniors, and you can bring your own food and drink for a complete evening of entertainment. CLICK HERE for tickets and more information, call (978) 692-6333, visit the PCA online or visit them on Facebook.

With a musical career spanning decades, Mike Payette is a well-known and well-respected member of the Greater Boston musical community. His bass playing and strong vocal ability are always in demand. His Acoustic Roadshow has Payette (bass/vocals) alongside experienced instrumental / vocalists and longtime friends Mike DiBari (guitar/vocals), Chris Leadbetter (guitar/mandolin/vocals), and Eddie Scheer (drums/vocals). With a focus on honing the close harmonies of Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, the Beatles, the Doobie Brothers and other classic rock favorites, Mike Payette's Acoustic Roadshow's unplugged approach to classic and contemporary rock is utter perfection.

Side-splitting Silliness with Deb Seymour & Stan Lyness at PCA

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WESTFORD: Join two of the funniest songwriters you’ll ever know for an evening of satire, parody and silliness!  The duo of Deb Seymour and Stan Lyness will be taking the stage at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street on May 27 at 7pm (Doors open 6:30pm). For ticket reservations and more information, visit pcawestford.org.
 
How exactly does one sum up the whimsical songwriter Deb Seymour? According to a fan, "Joni Mitchell meets Lucille Ball.” Deb Seymour writes songs that tickle your funny bone and pull at your heart strings. She is a master musical storyteller whose songs range from hitch-hiking chickens and tango-dancing Martians to blues-influenced torch songs. She plays at wineries, festivals, house concerts, cafes and listening rooms. Deb is a skilled, award-winning guitarist and singer who counts four albums of original material (currently working on the 5th). She also simulcasts her popular livestream, "Brunch w/Deb" on her Facebook and YouTube channels every Sunday, whether on the road or not. Her fans call themselves "Deb-Heads" and tune in from the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Israel and Australia.
 
Playing alongside Deb is musician and satirist Stan Lyness, a Boston-area songwriter with an unshakeable faith that, at its core, the universe is funny and can be forced to rhyme. Stan will leave you between stitches and tears with his witty repartee and sardonic humor. He was first moved to write by an excruciatingly dull high school social studies class, and has ever since taken up the pen whenever things get slow. He now finds himself in “an enormously productive period.”
 
Sit, chat, sing and laugh ‘til your sides ache during Seymour & Lyness’ fun concert at the Parish Center for the Arts (PCA), located at 10 Lincoln Street on Westford Common. Bring your own food and drink for a complete evening of entertainment. Limited cabaret-style seating. Doors open at 6:30pm; show begins at 7pm. For tickets and more information, call (978) 692-6333, visit pcawestford.org or visit them on Facebook.
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New Book Club at Reuben Hoar Library

LITTLETON: Introducing the Cookbook Book Club, debuting May 27 and meeting monthly on the last Saturday of the month from 11am-1pm. A book club for people who love all things food: love to make it, love to read about it, and, of course, love to eat it! For the kick-off meeting, please make a recipe from the last cook book you borrowed from the library, bought, or borrowed from a friend. so everyone can discuss future themes at this meeting. This is not a cooking competition: the goal is to have fun, share, and (maybe) learn. Please bring a copy of the recipe for the dish you prepare, and call out if it contains any of the top allergens: milk, eggs, fish, shell fish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy, or sesame. Registration is required. Please bring serving utensils. The Library will provide beverages (coffee, tea and water), plates, and eating utensils.  Contact Susan with any questions at spalmer@littletonlibrary.org
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Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library Book Sale

WESTFORD: The Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library Inc. will hold a book sale on June 9, 10 and 11 in the library’s Meeting Room, 50 Main Street. June 9 is a Friends Members Only preview sale, from 6:30-9pm. Memberships are available at the door. Memberships support the Friends and are good for a whole year. It’s $10 for students/ seniors, $15 for and individual, or $30 for a family. June 10 is the Public Sale from 10am-5pm. Most items are $1 or $2. June 11 is a Bag Sale, from 2-4pm. Attendees must purchase a reusable bag for $10 to enter, and can then fill it with items. Scanners may not be used on June 9, but are welcome on Saturday and Sunday.

The sale will include thousands of gently used books plus CDs, audio books, blu-ray
discs, and DVDs. Approximately 95% of the books offered at these sales are donated by Westford residents. Credit card payments are accepted, in addition to checks and cash. This sale is a fundraiser. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the Friends of the JV Fletcher Library. The Friends support the library by running innovative programs for all ages, providing museum passes for discounted entrance fees, supplementing the library’s digital and hard copy collections, and updating furnishings and décor.

Items are still being accepted for the June sale. Please consider giving your unwanted books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, or Blu-ray discs. These materials can be dropped off at the left-hand door just inside the library’s rear entrance. If the library is closed, just drop your donations in the collection box that is located near the back door of the library. Tax deduction forms are available at the library’s main desk.
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Littleton Middle School Recognized as 'Spotlight School' for Effective Programming and Support for Students

LITTLETON: Superintendent Kelly Clenchy is pleased to announce that Littleton Middle School has been recognized as a Spotlight School by the New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) for its effective programming and support for students.

The NELMS list of Spotlight Schools recognizes middle schools across New England that have a record of powerful and research-based learning practices for students. Littleton Middle School was one out of six schools in Massachusetts, and one of 27 throughout New England, to be recognized. The school serves almost 400 students in Grades 6-8.

Littleton Middle School was praised for its positive learning environment, strong and cohesive special education team, thoroughly planned-out advisory program, well-documented Student Support Team (SST), empowered and effective teaching that leads to increased student learning, and a great sense of school pride from students and staff.

"The NELMS Spotlight School recognition identifies schools, educators, students, and partners that demonstrate excellence in middle level education. It takes great effort to accomplish this level of distinction," said Superintendent Clenchy. "We are very proud to see the hard work being done at Littleton Middle School be recognized."

To learn more about NELMS' Spotlight School recognition and view the list of recognized middle schools, click here.
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Earth Day May be Over, but You Can Still Make an Impact!

LITTLETON: Earth Day may be over, but it’s never too late for us to reduce our impact on this beautiful world.  Whether that means driving less, weather-proofing our homes, or using less plastic, all of us want to have a clean planet and fresh air to breathe.  There are probably some items that you usually toss in the trash – empty lip balm tubes, cell phone cases, an old manual toothbrush – but these items are actually recyclable through TerraCycle!  Please check the website https://tinyurl.com/littletonmarecycles to find out what other surprising items you can recycle right here in the Acton/Littleton area, and then bring them to the Acton or Littleton Donelan’s grocery store or the Reuben Hoar Library in Littleton and put them in the bin.  If you have a Littleton transfer sticker, there’s a yellow bin there, too.

And THANK YOU for your help in keeping our blue-dot planet just a little cleaner!
 
Terracycle gives points for each item which translate into cash for non-profits such as 4-H, schools, and libraries.  This recycling stream helps fund the Acton C.R.A.F.T. 4-H club’s community service activities.  Still have questions?  Email littletonma.recycles@gmail.com.
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Society of St. Vincent de Paul Sponsors Clothing Drive

LITTLETON: St. Vincent de Paul Conference at St. Anne Parish in Littleton is holding its annual clothing and shoe collection called “Bundle Sunday”.  The conference is looking for clean gently worn, but still usable clothing and shoes to assist those in need. At this time, only clothing and shoes are being accepted; no household items, appliances, or knick-knacks. A SVdP truck will be located in the back corner of the church parking lot at 75 King Street on June 10 and 11.  Donations will be accepted both days from 9am-5pm. Tax deduction receipts will be distributed.
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PEI Comes to Town with Fiddler Cynthia MacLeod & Gordon Belsher

WESTFORD & LITTLETON: Mark your calendars for May 12 and 20!  Grab a taste of Prince Edward Island (PEI) will be visiting the region when Cynthia MacLeod and Gordon Belsher bring their Celtic fiddler extraordinaire experience to the Congregational Church of Littleton and the Parish Center for the Arts in Westford.

Stop by the Parish Center for the Arts on May 12 for some finger-snappin', toe-tappin' tunes from MacLeod and Belsher.  Tickets are $18 (in advance); $20 (at the door, if available) for the 7:30pm (Doors open 7pm) performance at 10 Lincoln Street. For ticket reservations and more information, visit pcawestford.org. At the Parish Center for the Arts (PCA) you can bring your own food and drink for a complete evening of entertainment!

Congregational Church of Littleton is also pleased to welcome their favorite Canadians back to sing and play a delightful evening kitchen concert or Ceilidh (pronounced, of course, KAY-lee.)   This show will be May 20 at 7pm (Doors open at 6:30pm).
Ticket are available via Eventbrite, $22 per person + fees. Visit https://ccolpeiMay2023.eventbrite.com to reserve yours.

Cynthia MacLeod is one of Prince Edward Island’s finest ambassadors of traditional music carving a distinct style of fiddling that embraces both her local roots and her ancestral connection to the Scottish highlands. Since the beginning of her career as a young teenager,Cynthia has spent more than 15 years on stages on PEI, across Canada, into the U.S., and as far abroad as Cuba and Japan, astounding audiences with her entertainingly unique performance style. Live performances are where Cynthia truly shines. Her joyful, charismatic personality is exuded in her playing, and her natural way with audiences of any size turns strangers into instant fans. For more information about Cynthia, visit her online.

Gordon Belsher has been performing in Canada and around the world for more than 40 years. He is a fixture of the Prince Edward Island music scene and has toured across Canada, the U.S., theU.K., Europe, Australia and Japan. His solo CD’s have been up for and won PEIMusic Awards and ECMA’s.

Do not miss your chance to catch these  upbeat shows that’ll keep your toes tappin’, your heels clickin’ and your body completely unable to stay still!
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Sweet Results: St. Mark’s Donates $1,200 to Westford Food Pantry from Chocolate Festival TO GO! Proceeds

WESTFORD: Joan O’Hare of the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Outreach Team recently presented Westford Food Pantry Board of Director President Tim Baker with a check for $1,200, money raised through the 2023 St. Mark’s Chocolate Festival TO GO! More than 200 boxes of homemade chocolate desserts were sold during the annual festival to raise money for local food pantries. Local businesses also donated prizes for two raffles. Baker said the money will go toward purchasing personal care items, such as toothbrushes and feminine products, that are not covered under government food programs. The donation will also help fund the purchase of fresh produce for those in need. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is located at 75 Cold Spring Road. For more information, visit www.st-mark.org.
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Happy 100th Birthday Shattuck Street Building!

LITTLETON: Join the Littleton Historical Society for a birthday party celebrating the Shattuck Street Building (37 Shattuck Street) on May 13 from 11am-1pm. Birthday cupcakes will be first-come, first-served on the front lawn along with displays showing the history of the building.
   
Opened as a school for classes in 1923, it soon became Littleton's only school building for the growing town. This building has served Littleton well, as a school and more recently the library and town offices. As we move toward the possible re-imagining of the building, we salute this Hidden Treasure of Littleton that holds many memories for generations of Littletonians. Learn, tell stories, reminisce, and strengthen our appreciation of this iconic, historic brick building. (In case of rain, the party will be held in the Multi-Purpose room in the rear of the building.)
   
This program is offered in partnership with Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area during the Hidden Treasures Festival of Nature, Culture & History. Learn more at freedomsway.org.
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Westford LWV to Host Evening with State Rep. James Arciero

WESTFORD: The League of Women Voters of Westford’s next Civic Social is an evening with Massachusetts State Representative James Arciero. Join the League for an informal conversation on May 17 at 7:30pm via Zoom. This Civic Social will give residents an opportunity to ask questions and to hear what Rep. Arciero is currently working on. To join the Civic Social, register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUudeyorzkiHNMmvyqxINwR9B8_ufRG6TxQ.

Since 2009, Rep. Arciero has served the 2nd Middlesex District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the towns of Chelmsford (Precincts 5, 7, and 8), Littleton and Westford. In 2021, Rep. Arciero was named House Chair of the Joint Committee on Housing. He continues to lead the committee as it addresses housing issues across the state, including increased housing production, stability, affordability, rental assistance, and homelessness. 

Rep. Arciero has served on a number of other committees, including Higher Education (vice chair); Export Development (vice chair); Ways and Means; Veterans and Federal Affairs; Labor and Workforce Development; Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture; Revenue; and Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure.  Rep. Arciero earned a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. He is a graduate of Westford Academy and the recipient of the Eagle Scout Award, the highest rank in Scouting. A lifelong Westford resident, he resides in town with his wife Bridget and their daughter Angelina. 

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, issues-oriented organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. The League does not support or oppose any candidate or political party. For more information about the organization, go to lwv.westford.org.
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Westford's Parish Center welcomes
W. Marc Bernsau as May's
"Artist of the Month"

WESTFORD: The Parish Center for the Arts is pleased to welcome W. Marc Bernsau as their “May Artist of the Month” with an exhibition of photographs of diverse subject matter entitled “Photographic Potpourri.” The images presented demonstrate an eclectic variety of subject matter, from still lifes, to scenics, to a series of photos taken with an iPhone and manipulated with the app ToonPAINT. This exhibit runs May 2-28. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, May 7, 12-3pm at 10 Lincoln Street. Otherwise, the Gallery is open to visitors each Sunday from noon until 2pm.

W. Marc Bernsau is an award-winning photographer, having worked as a freelancer, photojournalist, studio owner, and corporate photographer. His work has appeared in The Professional Photographer, Studio Photography, Travel Holiday, Yankee Publishing, Business Digest, Time, Woman’s World, Macmillan Publishing, Reader’s Digest Books, Eastman Kodak, plus numerous trade publications as well as appearing on CBS, CNN, and PBS. He holds the Photographic Craftsman Degree for service to the profession and the Master of Photography Degree for achievement in the profession as awarded by the Professional Photographers of America. His work can be found online at www.wmarc.com.

To learn more about the PCA and its wide array of artistic endeavors, visit them online at pcawestford.org
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Ayer, Boxborough, Littleton, and Westford Police to Share Co-Response Clinician

WESTFORD/LITTLETON: Ayer Police Chief Brian Gill, Boxborough Police Chief John Szewczyk, Littleton Police Chief Matthew Pinard, and Westford Police Chief Mark Chambers are pleased to announce that their police departments will share a new co-response mental health clinician to help improve police services to those suffering from mental health crises and substance use disorder. Co-response clinician Susan Lemere, who has a masters degree from Smith College, and who is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will be available to respond with police to calls for service involving mental health or substance use disorder issues to provide on site counseling and services, as well as follow up care and resources for community-based support.

The addition of Lemere as a co-response clinician is an expansion of the COIN jail diversion program, of which the Ayer, Boxborough, Littleton and Westford departments are members. COIN, a program of Family Continuity, has been working in the community to support residents in getting mental health, substance use disorder, and community-based supports since 2016. This expansion will allow a clinician to respond to 911 calls at the time of crisis to offer more immediate support when needed.

Lemere has worked as a co-responder in Vermont, where she worked with the Montpelier and Barre City Police Departments, as well as Washington County Mental Health Services.

"I believe strongly in the co-response model and look forward to collaborating with police here to serve the community," Lemere said.

"We are very fortunate to have a co-response clinician of Susan’s high quality working with us and enhancing the services we have available through our partnership with the COIN program," said Chief Chambers. "We owe it to our residents to take advantage of these opportunities to provide additional support to those experiencing a mental health or substance misuse crisis."

“When we can provide proper services for an individual experiencing a mental health crisis thereby keeping that individual out of the courts because of an arrest, then we are doing our job promoting the guardian mindset in policing, as opposed to the warrior mindset”, said Boxborough Police Chief John Szewczyk. “What set Susan apart from other candidates was not only her fine work history and impressive educational qualifications, but her empathy and compassion. We are looking forward to having someone of Susan’s caliber become part of the Boxborough community and welcome her to town.”

“This is just one more step we are taking to ensure we are doing our part in assisting with those in need of assistance with mental health needs," said Chief Pinard. "The challenge of our nation's mental health crisis has been thrust upon us, and we are working to meet that challenge with professionalism and compassion."

“Working with Susan as our shared co-response clinician will be a progressive step forward in providing much needed services to those experiencing mental health crisis and/or substance use disorder," said Chief Gill. "It is our hope that by triaging crises in the field with Susan and using the follow-up referral services through our COIN program, we will be able to better serve those in need in our communities.”
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Nashoba Players Presents
"The Lifespan of a Fact"

WESTFORD: Jim Fingal is a fresh-out-of-Harvard fact checker for a prominent but sinking New York magazine. John D’Agata is a talented writer with a transcendent essay about the suicide of a teenage boy—an essay that could save the magazine from collapse. When Jim is assigned to fact check D’Agata’s essay, the two come head to head in a comedic yet gripping battle over facts versus truth in "The Lifespan of a Fact."  Nashoba Players will bring this play to life April 28, 29, May 5 and 6 at Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street.
 
This play was written by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell, based on the book by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal. Featured in the cast are Jason Norman, Beth MacElhiney Venuti and Chris Rose, all directed by Douglas Cooper.
 
The Players last production in October'22 was a complete sell-out, so don't wait to get your tickets ($23.75 online; $25 at the door, if available).  For more information, visit www.nashobaplayers.org, or visit them on Facebook.
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Littleton's Shaker Lane School Invited Into Feasibility Phase by Massachusetts School Building Authority

LITTLETON: Superintendent Kelly Clenchy and the Littleton School Committee are pleased to announce that the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has invited Littleton Public Schools into the Feasibility Phase for the Shaker Lane Elementary School Project.
The MSBA Board of Directors voted unanimously on Wednesday, April 26 to advance the Shaker Lane proposal. Acceptance into this phase means the Town and District will collaborate with the MSBA on working toward the most cost-effective and educationally appropriate solution for Littleton students.

The Feasibility Phase includes documenting existing conditions, generating a space summary, establishing design parameters, and developing and evaluating renovation and construction alternatives.

The District and the Shaker Lane Building Committee also will collaborate with the MSBA to select an Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) and a design firm.
The Feasibility Phase takes 20 to 24 months to complete. Work in this phase will be submitted to the MSBA, which will then consider whether to admit LPS into its Design Phase.

Shaker Lane Elementary School serves all Littleton students in grades PreK-2, about 430 students. Shaker Lane opened in 1961 and was last renovated in 1998. The building faces numerous capital and maintenance issues due to its age. Shaker Lane’s spaces are inflexible, limiting the District’s efforts to effectively deliver a broad range of programming and provide a 21st century education.

“We are extremely grateful for this vote from MSBA, and thankful for the support we have received from the Littleton community,” Superintendent Clenchy said.
Superintendent Clenchy and the School Committee wish to recognize staff and members of the Shaker Lane Building Committee, who have devoted countless hours ensuring its proposal met all MSBA requirements for invitation to the Feasibility Phase.
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Westford LMV to Host Evening with New Town Manager Kristen Las

WESTFORD: The League of Women Voters of Westford’s next Civic Social is an evening with Westford’s new Town Manager, Kristen Las. On April 26 at 7:30pm via Zoom, residents will have an opportunity to meet Ms. Las and learn more about her background and her plans for the future of the town. To join the Civic Social, register at tinyurl.com/CivicSocial4-23.

Kristen Las was most recently Assistant Town Manager for Shrewsbury, a position she held since 2015. Prior to that, she served as Town Planner/Economic Development Coordinator, also for Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury, in Worcester County, is larger than Westford, with a population of about 38,000 and 15,000 households. She has extensive experience in project management and budgeting, strategic planning, personnel management, negotiations, economic development, affordable housing, public hearing and meeting presentations, and grant writing and administration. Ms. Las holds a master’s degree in community development and planning from Clark University, and a bachelor’s degree in geography from Penn State. Las gave a presentation recently at Westford Town Meeting. Interested residents can view it at youtube.com/live/yjMJkXTGZGk?feature=share&t=54.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, issues-oriented organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. The League does not support or oppose any candidate or political party. For more information about the organization, go to lwv.westford.org.
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Westford Earth Month: Walk with WCT!

WESTFORD: Every Saturday in April, Westford Conservation Trust is leading a nature walk in Westford from 9-10:30 am rain or shine. April 15 is A Walk on Burns Hill led by Lenny Palmer. The trail runs over three hills, is steep in places and moderately strenuous. The trail overlooks Vine Brook, and a large marsh which features an impressive heron rookery. Meet Len at the trailhead on Rome Drive. info: (978) 392-9876.
 
April 22: Beaver Brook
April 29: The Peace Trail (off Boston Road).
 
For more information about these walks, call the walk leader for each walk you are interested in, or call Marian Harman at 978-692-3907. For maps, descriptions, and leaders of these walks, visit the Trust’s website WCT Earth Month Walks or click HERE.
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Don White Returns to the PCA for Highly-Anticipated Annual Show

WESTFORD: On April 22, the Parish Center for the Arts (PCA) welcomes back well-loved troubadour Don White for his annual concert appearance. Tickets are $21-$25 for the 7:30pm performance at the PCA, 10 Lincoln Street. BYO food and beverages and make a night of it!  For tickets and more information, visit pcawestford.org.

White is equal parts storyteller-comedian-author-troubadour-folk singer-songwriter, and has been bringing audiences to laughter and tears for 30 years. His arc as an award-winning songwriter and performer has taken him from his industrial hometown of Lynn, MA across the country as hitchhiker, through Boston’s comedy clubs and coffeehouses, and onto the stage with greats like Arlo Guthrie, Taj Mahal, Ritchie Havens, Patty Larkin, Bill Morrissey, Tom Rush, Louden Wainright III and Christine Lavin, with whom he toured for 8 years all across North America in a co-bill called ‘The Funny Side of the Street.’ At every point, White has been the ultimate observer, infusing his work with his experiences as a husband, a father, a seeker, and a joker. In 2011, he won the Jerry Christen Memorial Award, given out by Boston Area Coffeehouse Association, for his work with the community.  Learn more about Don White online at donwhite.net.

Opening for White is PCA’s own John Ferullo. Ferullo has been playing his own songs and others’ folk and acoustic music in coffeehouses, restaurants, festivals, bars and anywhere else for about ten years. His music is influenced by Woody Guthrie, Bill Morrissey, Steve Goodman, Greg Brown, John Hurt and others. For more information, visit John online at johnferullo.com.

Do not miss your chance to catch this high profile show in your own back yard. At the Parish Center for the Arts (PCA), located at 10 Lincoln Street on Westford Common, bring your own food and drink for a complete evening of entertainment. Doors open at 7pm; show begins at 7:30pm. Limited seating. For tickets and more information, please visit pcawestford.org or visit them on Facebook.

Direct Ticket Link: https://parisharts.square.site/product/don-white/57
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Westford Earth Month Events

WESTFORD: Westford Climate Action is hosting their 2nd annual Earth Month in April 2023. There will be events throughout the month at the library and a family-friendly Earth Day Festival on the Westford Town Common on April 22 from 2-5pm. Rain date is April 23.  (Please see below for more Festival details.).
 
The next three Saturdays in April, the Westford Conservation Trust is leading a nature walk in Westford from 9-10:30am rain or shine. These include April 15 Burns Hill, April 22 Beaver Brook and April 29 the Peace Trail (off Boston Road). For more information about these walks, call the walk leader for each walk you are interested in @ WCT Earth Month Walks, or call Marian Harman at (978) 692-3907. For maps and descriptions of these and more WCT areas, check out the Trust’s website westfordconservationtrust.org/earth-month-guided-hikes-april-2023.
 
Children’s activities in April at the J. V. Fletcher Library in April include Upcycle Book Crafts on April 18 from 3:30-5pm Register; “Alpaca Therapy” on April 20 at 2pm Register, and the Library's own Earth Day Celebration on April 20 from 11am-noon. For more information, visit westfordlibrary.org/events.
 
Westford Climate Action is sponsoring an evening of stargazing at the Stony Brook Middle School on April 23! Free and open to all! Enjoy stargazing with members of the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston. They will bring their telescopes to get a great look at the night sky. We will need clear skies, so check westfordclimateaction.org for updates. If you have a question, contact westfordclimateaction@gmail.com. Rain/cloud date: Monday, April 24. Register in advance at tinyurl.com/westford-stars.
 
MIT Haystack Observatory in Westford is presenting in a hybrid format (both in-person and live online) on Thursday, April 27 at 6:30pm at the J. V. Fletcher Library. More details to come.
 
Sustainable Westford, in collaboration with Westford Climate Action, has received a generous from the Mass Cultural Council through its Festivals Program to support this day’s events, organized by WCA.
At the Festival, the Animal Craze Traveling Zoo will once again allow children to feed, brush and hold a lamb, baby goat, piglet, chicks, ducklings, and baby bunnies. Children will also be able to make Earth Day posters. Experts on alternative energy, sustainability, recycling, solar energy, and Mass Save rebates will be there to answer questions.  The Westford Museum will be displaying Native American artifacts from its collection. There will be a 2023 Ioniq 5 Electric Vehicle on display. Music will be provided by Oh Contraire, Momentum Rocks, Estella Cui, and Malvike Bhardwaj.
 
Please visit westfordclimateaction.org/earth-month for more information on all events.
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April is Earth Month in Westford

WESTFORD: Westford Climate Action is hosting their 2nd annual Earth Month! There will be events throughout the month at the library and a family-friendly Earth Day Festival on the Westford Town Common on April 22 from 2-5pm. Rain date is April 23. Music will be provided by Oh Contraire, Momentum Rocks, Estella Cui, and Malvike Bhardwaj. Please visit:  Earth Month - Westford Climate Action for more information on all events.
 
At the Festival, the Animal Craze Traveling Zoo will once again allow children to feed, brush and hold a lamb, baby goat, piglet, chicks, ducklings, and baby bunnies. Children will also be able to make Earth Day posters. Experts on alternative energy, sustainability, recycling, solar energy, and Mass Save rebates will be there to answer questions. The Westford Museum will be displaying Native American artifacts from its collection. There will be a 2023 Ioniq 5 Electric Vehicle on display.
 
Every Saturday in April, the Westford Conservation Trust is leading a nature walk in Westford from 9-10:30am, rain or shine. April 8 Sassafras Trail, April 15 Burns Hill, April 22 Beaver Brook and April 29 the Peace Trail (off Boston Road). For more information about these walks, call the walk leader for each walk you are interested in, or call Marian Harman at (978) 692-3907. For maps and descriptions of these areas, check out WCT Earth Month Walks.
 
Everyone is invited to WCA's webinar, co-sponsored by Westford Conservation Trust, on April 10 at 7pm.  “Gardening for Wildlife in an Era of Climate Change” by Design and Education Manager Trevor Smith of Weston Nurseries.  Register here in advance for this webinar.
 
Other children’s activities at the J. V. Fletcher Library in April include Upcycle Book Crafts on April 18 from 3:30-5pm. Register; Alpaca Therapy on April 20 at 2pm. Register; and the Library’s own Earth Day Celebration on April 20 at 11am.  Find Out More.
 
Westford Climate Action is sponsoring an evening of stargazing at the Stony Brook Middle School! Free and open to all! Stargaze with members of the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston. They will bring their telescopes to get a great look at the night sky. Clear skies are required so visit westfordclimateaction.org for updates. If you have a question, contact westfordclimateaction@gmail.com. Rain/ cloud date: April 24. Register in advance at tinyurl.com/westford-stars.
 
Organizations partnering during Earth Month with Westford Climate Action include Westford Clean Energy and Sustainability Committee, Westford Recycling Commission, First Parish Church United, J.V. Fletcher Library, League of Women Voters of Westford, Mass Heat Smart Alliance, Mass Save, Sustainable Westford, Westford Conservation Trust, Westford Museum, MA Cultural Council and the Westford Boy Scouts.
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Nashobah Praying Indian Book Signing & Open House

LITTLETON: Join Strong Bear Medicine and Quiet Storm of the Nashobah Praying Indians at the Littleton Historical Society on April 23 from 1-3pm for an open house celebration of the newly released book: "History of the Nashobah Praying Indians."  Meet and mingle with Strong Bear and Quiet Storm, and author, Littleton historian, Daniel V. Boudillion.  Have your books signed, partake of refreshments, and enjoy Native music performed by Strong Bear and Quiet Storm.

The town of Littleton was originally the 1654 Praying Indian Plantation of Nashobah, and the Nashobah tribe its people. Told in its entirety for the first time, this is the story of the Nashobah Praying Village and the Nashobah Praying Indians.  Books may be purchased on amazon.com or at the book signing at the Houghton Memorial Building 4 Rogers Street.  For more information, call (978) 486-8202.
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BSA Troop 437 Bike & Spring Sporting Goods Sale May 6

WESTFORD: BSA Scout Troop 437’s annual Bike & Spring Sporting Goods Sale is back in 2023!  The sale will be held on the Westford Common, at the corner of Main and Lincoln Streets, on May 6 from 9am-1pm, rain or shine.  Shop gently-used bikes and Spring sporting goods, including bikes of all sizes, camping gear, accessories for baseball, lacrosse, tennis, soccer and other Spring & Summer sports, exercise equipment, boating gear, canoes, kayaks and much more!  Cash payments are preferred; Venmo is also accepted.  This year, there will also be a Bake Sale and Silent Auction, with proceeds targeted to help our Scouts attend summer camp and high adventure trips.

The Troop accepts donations and consignments for the sale. Donate your gently-used Spring and Summer sports goods and bikes, or consign them and earn 75% of the selling price.  Donations/ consignments accepted May 5 from 6-8pm at the American Legion Post 437, 114 Dunstable Road, or May 6 from 7-9am on the Westford Common. There is a consignment fee of $1 per item, with a $5 maximum per household.  Unsold items should be picked up on May 6 from 1-2pm; any unclaimed items will be donated to charity. More information available at www.WestfordTroop437.us. Email bikesale@westfordtroop437.us with questions or to coordinate a donation dropoff or pickup.
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Westford Household Hazardous Waste Collection

WESTFORD: On April 15, from 9am-1pm, the Westford Recycling Commission will hold a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection at the Westford Highway Department at 28 North Street.  The collection is only for Westford households (no businesses) and proof of residency is required. Please note there is a fee. Checks are preferred, made out to Town of Westford.
 
Some types of hazardous waste such as motor oil, batteries (including automotive/tractor lead acid batteries, button batteries, and rechargeable batteries), and fluorescent tubes and light bulbs can be recycled locally, year-round, and for no fee.  For details, please refer to the Westford Recycling Commission's "A to Z list: Where Can My Items be Reused or Recycled" document: https://westfordma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2924/How-to-Recycle-Most-Everything-PDF.
 
For more information, refer to www.westfordma.gov/recycling. You can also review your copy of the 2022-2023 Westford Recycling Guide for details on what to bring and what NOT to bring to the collection.
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Musicians from PEI return to the Congregational Church of Littleton

LITTLETON: Save the date for more finger-snappin', toe-tappin' tunes from our Prince Edward Island, Canadian neighbors. It's been a few years since they were here (thanks, Covid!) and we could not be more excited. Gordon Belsher and Cynthia MacLeod will perform at the Congregational Church of Littleton on May 20 at 7pm (Doors open at 6:30). Tickets are $22 pp+ fees, and are available online at https://ccolpeiMay2023.eventbrite.com. Refunds are available until 30 days before the concert. All sales are in advance with none available at the door. Your Eventbrite receipt serves as your ticket. There is ample parking at CCoL, 330 King Street (Route 2A). Please enter through the lower front doors on the left. The current COVID policy at the church recommends face coverings but does not mandate them.
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SAVE THE DATE: "The Power of Angels" 2023 Kitty Angels Fundraiser May 6 & 7

AMHERST, NH: Plans are coming together for another fabulous fundraiser for Kitty Angels, Inc., so mark your calendars! This year’s event will take place on May 6 & 7, from 9am-5pm at Treasures Antiques and Collectables, 106 Ponemah Road (Route 122). Yes, pets are always welcome! The kitties and vendors have taken the necessary precautions and are excited to have you get out of the house and come visit with them for some fabulous finds, great “free” entertainment and most important of all, to help Kitty Angels!

Look for all your favorite vendors, including artist Eric Nickola, dba WolfpacStudios, Artist
Lori-Ellen Budenas of Respect the Wood, Monica Gesualdo of Trading Faces, Food Vendor B’s Grumman Grub, Heart’s Design Jewelry. Forever Clean Soaps, Gabe’s Creations, LAB House, Shire Enduring Creations, Dubz Dyes, Morel Woodworking, Baby Snuggz, SoGo Metal Art, Happy Cat Creations, Vinyl Revival, Dusty Finds, Blueberry Cove Creations, Damsel In Defense, Willey’s Whirleys, Baboosic Lake Gourds, Anthony Acres, Color Street, Paws & Spas, Lynda’s Felted Critters, Custom Care Designs, Fiber Art by Eve Huston, Cam’s Shop, Amherst Animal Hospital and so many more. The bands and soloists for the event, consist of keyboardist/band member Joey Peavey, Side Effects, Jensing, North Sound Duo, Jeff Damon, Sunset Rhythm and Wildwood.


Featured throughout the fundraising weekend and into the month of June, is an electrifying raffle of numerous and diverse prizes, all generously donated by local and national businesses, professional sports teams, private individuals and some of the awesome on-site vendors.

Kitty Angels, Inc. is the sole beneficiary of this event. They are a no-kill cat shelter and are made up of all unpaid volunteers, dedicated to rescuing stray and abandoned cats and kittens, furnishing them with treatment for injuries or other health issues and then placing them into new forever homes with compatible owners. They are a non-profit, 501(C)3 charitable corporation where all donations are fully tax-deductible and every penny of every donation is used in the caring of cats. Consider adopting a new life-long forever-friend!

Interested in becoming a vendor at the event? Contact Sherry or Rick Tobin, at (603) 672-2535.  
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LCTV Hosts Dr. Elizabeth Chen

LITTLETON: Dr. Elizabeth Chen, Secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, was invited and recently spoke on Littleton's Cable Network.  This meeting was quite informative, and will be on LCTV's Littleton CommonChen was invited by Barbara McRae, Hostess of the show, who is a retired President of the Friends of the LCoA. While she was here, Dr. Chen was able to stop by and meet the EHS staff, COA board, the Select Board, and was briefed about Littleton's plans for a new Senior center. Save the date and watch this interview with Secretary Chen on the "May show of "Littleton Common", which will debut on May 1, 2023.
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IBMA Inductees Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard Bring The Hazel Project to PCA

WESTFORD: On April 14 at 7:30pm, the PCA Coffeehouse Music Series presents The Hazel Project, a New England-based band paying tribute to the music written and/or recorded by legendary International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) inductees Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard. As pioneers of women in bluegrass music, Hazel and Alice tackled subjects from social injustice to the hardships of workers as well as love and loss.

The Hazel Project band was formed late 2019; all are excellent instrumentalists and vocalists with startling harmonies. They feature Diane Kordas mandolin, guitar; Lindsay Lassonde, bass; Whitney Roy, guitar; Gretchen Bowder, banjo; Betsy Heron, fiddle. The group features sweet soaring harmonies and tasteful tunes - traditional grass roots music to fill your heart and soul.

At the Parish Center for the Arts (PCA), located at 10 Lincoln Street on Westford Common, bring your own food and drink for a complete evening of entertainment. Doors open at 7pm; show begins at 7:30pm. Limited seating. For tickets and more information, please visit pcawestford.org or visit them on Facebook.

Direct Ticket Link: https://parisharts.square.site/product/the-hazel-project/80
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Littleton Police Department Welcomes New Comfort Dog

LITTLETON: Chief Matthew Pinard and the Littleton Police Department are pleased to announce that their department has grown by four paws. Rhett, the newest member of the Littleton Police Department, is a 6-year-old chocolate lab who is working on his certification to become a comfort dog. Rhett is the personal pet of Detective Megan Wodzinski, who is the school resource officer and offered to get him certified for the comfort program.

Rhett and Detective Wodzinski have attended several basic trainings and have been given the green light to start his on-the-job training. As part of the training, Rhett will be observed over the course of 10 visits by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs to be a fully certified Canine Good Citizen.

"Our goal with promoting Rhett to a comfort dog in the department is two-fold," Chief Pinard said. "We hope the program will offer emotional support and comfort for students and staff in the schools, as well as provides another opportunity for us to connect with our community."

Comfort dogs have been shown to reduce stress, anxiety and feelings of loneliness. They can also serve as a calming presence in times of crisis or trauma. The comfort dog program aims to provide emotional support and comfort to students, staff and the school community. Rhett will be regularly accessible to all schools and age groups in the district, and can be available even on days that he is not physically present in the schools.

"Rhett has always had an air of comfort and love that surrounds him," Detective Wodzinski said. "The idea to get him certified and let him give all that love to students and staff is one that we hope benefits everyone who needs support in our district."

To learn more about the importance of comfort dogs and the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, click here.
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Westford PCA Welcomes Olga Hunyadi as April Artist of the Month

WESTFORD: The Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, welcomes Olga Hunyadi as the April Artist of the Month with an exhibition of oil paintings capturing scenes from all over the world. Hunyadi is a graduate with honors from Kazan Art College, Russia.  She studied at the high school of Arts Dresden, Germany and joined the Union of Artists of Russia where she received a scholarship of Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. Since 2018, Olga has lived in Lowell. She has participated in group and regional exhibitions in the Boston and New York area as well as in Russia, Germany, Switzerland, and Canada. She recently exhibited her work in New York at the National Opera Center. Her work is well know both in the united States and over the world with works in private collections in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, Estonia, China, Israel, Canada and the USA.

The Gallery will be open to guests each Sunday, March 29 through April 30, from noon until 2pm. Stop by, meet Olga and view her stunning oil paintings created with a unique perspective and vision. Olga can be reached for art purchases at olyahunyadi@gmail.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/olga.sushkova.50.  
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Candidates Night

WESTFORD: The League of Women Voters of Westford is hosting a Candidates’ Night on April 12 at 7pm in the J.V. Fletcher Library’s first floor meeting room. Candidates’ Night gives voters an opportunity to hear from those who are running in the May 2 Town election for Select Board, Board of Health, Library Trustees, Town Moderator, Planning Board, and School Committee. Questions for the candidates can be submitted  prior to Candidates’ Night by going to the LWV website at lwv.westford.org. Attendees may also submit written questions during the event. Jo-Ann Berry of the Acton Area League will moderate the evening.

Westford CAT will be on hand to record the event, and will then post the recording on its cable channel shortly thereafter. 

To give voters even more information about the candidates, the League will be publishing its Voters’ Guide on its website on April 3. All candidates – including those who are running unopposed – have been asked to answer questions about their background, their reasons for running, and their priorities if elected. 

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, issues-oriented organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. The League does not support or oppose any candidate or political party.

Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley Awards Scholarships to Local Students for Upcoming (RYLA) Conference in June

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The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley announced that it has awarded scholarships to this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference to be held in June. The lucky scholarship winners are Nevaeh Duplessis, Vincenzo Porfino, Riley Dinjian and Madison Oxnard.

Robert Johnson, local Committee Chairperson, said that the chosen students will be among the more than 150 Massachusetts high school sophomores who will attend the RYLA Conference. Aimed at developing the leadership potential of young men and women, the conference will feature many thought-provoking events including interactive Leadership Labs, exciting guest speakers, and challenging mental and physical activities that will provide the participants with a chance to excel amongst and with their peers. Topics will include decision-making, critical thinking, communicating effectively, ethics, and public service. To be chosen, the candidates needed to qualify by showing leadership potential and good citizenship characteristics and showing a strong desire to attend and benefit from the conference. Additionally, in their individual interviews, they needed to stand out from the other applicants.

Congratulations from the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley to this year’s scholarship winners and their families! Anyone interested in obtaining further information should visit www.ryla7910.org or contact
Robert Johnson at johnson@itesafety.com, (978) 875-3143 or any other member of the Nashoba Valley Rotary Club.
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Westford Household Hazardous Waste Collection

WESTFORD: On Saturday, April 15 from 9am-1pm, the Westford Recycling Commission will hold a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection at the Westford Highway Department at 28 North Street. The collection is only for Westford households (no businesses) and proof of residency is required. Please note there is a fee. Checks are preferred, made out to Town of Westford.
 
Some types of hazardous waste such as motor oil, batteries (including automotive/ tractor lead acid batteries, button batteries, and rechargeable batteries), and fluorescent tubes and light bulbs can be recycled locally, year-round, and for no fee.  For details, please refer to the Westford Recycling Commission's "A to Z list: Where Can My Items be Reused or Recycled" document:  https://westfordma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2924/How-to-Recycle-Most-Everything-PDF.
 
For more information on Westford's Hazardous Waste Collection, visit www.westfordma.gov/recycling. You can also review your copy of the 2022-2023 Westford Recycling Guide for details on what to bring and what NOT to bring to the collection.
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Mini-Golf at the Reuben Hoar Library is Back! 

LITTLETON: The Reuben Hoar Library, 35 Shattuck Street, will be transformed into a unique, custom-designed 18-hole mini golf course on March 31 and April 1. From 6-9pm on Friday evening, a ticketed event for adults aged 21+ will include unlimited rounds of golf, food, and a silent auction. On Family Day, April 1 from 10am-3pm, participants of all ages can try their skills at the 18-hole mini-golf course for $5 per round. Details and tickets can be found at https://auctria.events/RHLminigolf.
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Chick Singer NIght Boston Hosts Showcase Benefit at PCA

WESTFORD: Chick Singer Night (CSN) Boston brings their popular live music showcase back to The Parish Center for the Arts for an all-ages show on March 18 at 7pm.  The stage will feature eight talented singers/songwriters each performing a 15-minute set. Four of the eight performers are from Westford. Taking the stage are Carol Wing (Westford), Dale Knowles (Westford), Kathryn Fitzgerald (Westford), Ali Manion (Westminster), Connie Diamond (Lowell), along with the "R U Man Enough" featured artist Russell Watts (Ayer) and CSN Boston Directors Marcia J. Macres (Westford) and Jennifer Truesdale (Arlington). Ticket link and more info about the performers can be found at http://chicksingernight.com/chapters/boston.

The evening is hosted by Chick Singer Night Boston Directors Marcia J. Macres (pictured) and Jennifer Truesdale, both local musicians, entrepreneurs and music business owners. The artists are backed by the incredible CSN Boston Band made up of seasoned musicians Justin Kolack on bass, Alizon Lissance on keys, Jerry Velona on drums, and Joe Musella on guitar. These musicians have to learn an average of 24 songs for each show in a short period of time.

Tickets are available in advance for $15 online at https://chicksingernight.com/chapters/boston. If not sold out in advance, there will be tickets available at the door for $20. This is an all-ages show and is BYOB drinks and snacks. 

Since CSN Boston was created in 2004, they have seen so many venues close down, so proceeds from this show will be donated to The Parish Center for the Arts venue (pcawestford.org); a visual and performing arts center providing concerts, art exhibits, community events, and more - a true Merrimack Valley gem. If you cannot make it to the show, please consider making a donation via: 1) Venmo@ChickSingerNightBoston or 2) PayPal.me/CSNBoston
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March Events at the Parish Center for the Arts

WESTFORD: There's always something happening at the Parish Center for the Arts (PCA)!  Here are some highlights from the PCA's March program calendar:
 
  • In the Art Gallery you'll find the March "artists-of-the-month." Brooke Lambert and Kurt Hanss present “Aqua Terra”, a high color exhibition of paintings and prints currently on view through March 28.
  • On March 18, enjoy Chick Singer Night (Boston), an all-ages music talent showcase concert highlighting local singers/songwriters. Proceeds benefit the PCA's programming.
  • Souvenirs, Suites and Rhapsody in Blue for Four Hands at One Piano takes place on March 19. Pianists Bonnie Anderson and Stella Owen return to the PCA to perform music by Debussy, Ibert, Ravel, Barber and Gershwin.

For the full schedule of concerts, art exhibits, and community events including open mics, jazz and bluegrass jams, and art gallery hours, visit the website at pcawestford.org
 
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Rabies Immunization Clinic Schedule

Rabies immunization for dogs and cats over six (6) months of age, not previously immunized, and those with a red heart (2020) rabies tag must be immunized. Depending on the vaccination status of your dog or cat the veterinarian will inform you of the effective vaccination duration for the vaccination given. The charge per immunization is $20, payable to Vet. Residents of Nashoba member towns may attend any of the following clinics. Cats must be brought in cages or closed boxes during the last half of any clinic. The tag for 2023 will be a green bell.

Times & Places:

Ayer Animal Hospital, 196 W. Main Street
Bryan Clifford | 3/24, 5-6pm
Corynne Orzech | 3/31, 5-6pm
(CASH ONLY)

Highway Barn, 88 S. Acton, Bolton/Stow Gould | 3/30, 6-7pm

Highway Barn, 112 West Street, Berlin Bianco | 3/25, 10-11am

Lancaster Fire Station, 1055 Main Street
Bianco | 3/25, 11:30am-12:30pm

Pepperell Fire Station, Jersey Street
Flanagan | 4/1, 9-10:30am

Townsend Highway, 177 Main Street
Flanagan | 4/1, 11am-12:30pm

Littleton Animal Hospital, 29 King Street
Brooks | 2/25, 1-3pm
(CASH ONLY)
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Westford Holds Town Meeting March 25

WESTFORD: The Annual Town Meeting will be held in person on March 25 at 10am in the Westford Academy gymnasium, 30 Patten Road. Town Meeting is the legislative branch of Westford’s government, and all registered voters may attend, speak, and vote. Voter registration deadline for Town Meeting is Wednesday, March 15, at 5pm.There are 24 articles on this year’s Annual Town Meeting warrant. Of particular note are Articles 6, 7, and 23:
 
  • Article 6 would appropriate $12.4 million for the construction of a new municipal building at 51 Main Street (site of the former fire station on the Common) contingent on voters’ approval of a debt exclusion.
  • Article 7 would appropriate $6.4 million to replace the roof on the Lloyd G. Blanchard Middle School, located at 14 West Street. The Town may be eligible for a school grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority. 
  • Article 23 would request that the Select Board ensure the agricultural preservation restriction (APR) held by the Town on the land at 66-68 Boston Road – the Drew Garden property – be enforced. 

During the Town Meeting preview on March 16, town officials will go over each item – or article – on the warrant, giving residents a chance to familiarize themselves before attending Town Meeting. More information about Town Meeting can be found on the town’s website at  westfordma.gov/393. The Town Moderator’s webpage, westfordma.gov/891, offers even more details about Town Meeting.
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Long Live the Queen!: A Bus Tour of Acton, Concord, and Littleton Queen Anne Homes

ACTON/CONCORD/LITTLETON: Many Queen Anne buildings have stood the test of time and still grace the streets of these three towns over a hundred years later. On April 30 at 1pm, join Histoury as they explore the picturesque and playful style that reigned in the last decades of Queen Victoria’s era, glimpsing into the lives of many locals along the way. The Long Live the Queen! Bus tour is a one-time cultural experience in the Massachusetts area. Spots are very limited!

Histoury is an organization that brings to life architectural tours that are both entertaining and educational. Made up of experts in tourism and history preservation, our team creates one-time tours in the New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts areas that both inform and inspire!  For more information, visit https://histoury.org.

LWV of Westford, Westford Climate Action Hosts Senator John J. Cronin

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WESTFORD: The League of Women Voters of Westford and Westford Climate Action are hosting Massachusetts State Senator John J. Cronin on March 15 at 7:30pm in a
virtual Civic Social. The event – open to all – will give residents an opportunity to talk informally with Senator Cronin. The Senator was elected to the Senate in 2020 and, as a result of redistricting, now represents the communities of Fitchburg, Leominster, Westford, Shirley, Groton, Lancaster, Lunenburg, Ashby, Townsend, and Clinton, which make up the Worcester and Middlesex District. Email info@lwv.westford.org to get a link to the Zoom meeting.

Senator Cronin's legislative agenda aims to achieve mental health parity in the Commonwealth, to increase social mobility through equitable access to workforce development pathways, and to promote the revitalization of Gateway Cities. Senator Cronin serves as Chair of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure and as Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. He is also a member of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, and the Joint Committees on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, Labor and Workforce Development, Municipalities and Regional Government, and Financial
Services.

Senator Cronin is a graduate of West Point and Suffolk University Law School. He is a former U.S. Army Infantry Officer and a combat veteran with multiple deployments to Afghanistan. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served as a veteran advocate at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School.

Civic Socials are the League’s informal monthly get-togethers, open to all, where people can learn what’s happening in and around town and about what the League is doing. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, issues-oriented organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. The League does not support or oppose any candidate or political party. For more information, go to lwv.westford.org. Westford Climate Action is a grassroots organization of town residents who are concerned
about the climate crisis and advocate for mitigating actions that can be taken locally. To find out
more, visit westfordclimateaction.org.
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Expand Your Soul with Unitarian Universalism

LITTLETON: You will find a spiritual community at the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Congregation, not a typical church. The UU faith doesn’t want to save your soul, instead the goal is to help you unfold the awesome soul you already have. Love is the core value, topped by caring for the Earth, each other, and interdependent web on the planet that we belong to. Visitors are always welcome to experience Sunday gatherings at 10am at  19 Foster Street, where music, connection, community, singing and sometimes clapping and dancing happen. Children and families are part of their worship. About 15 minutes into the service, young people leave the sanctuary for broad-based spiritual education and activities that reflect their principles. Instead of a doctrine, UUs learn from art and science, different philosophies and world faiths. Everyone is invited to sing not only hymns, but popular songs with a spiritual twist. Their talented keyboard artist leads the choir, which sings each week. The church community also offers many activities outside of worship, such as social and environmental justice task forces, the UU-Ukes, Sacred Circle Dance, a men’s group, a women’s sing-along group, the Women’s Alliance, a youth group and more. Annual events include a fall fair, a community camp out for all ages at a nearby state park, and the men’s ski weekend.

Visit
www.fculittle.org for more information. For a different twist on “church,” give UU a try in person or online on a Sunday morning followed by coffee hour.
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PCA Gallery of Westford Call for Artists

WESTFORD: The Parish Center for the Arts Gallery of Westford is inviting artists to submit applications for solo and group exhibitions to be shown between October 2023 and June 2024. If accepted, the artist(s) will display their work for one month. The PCA Gallery provides the gallery space and guidance to the artist for making a successful exhibition. The artist is responsible for most publicity, hanging, hosting a reception (if desired) and gallery sitting. The artist retains 80% of all sales.

To be considered, submit 6-8 images by email (.jpg file format). For each image include the title, dimensions and media. In addition, include a brief artist biography including the artist email, address and phone number. Email submissions to gallery-manager@pcawestford.org.  If you wish to submit via mail, send to PCA, P.O. Box 411, Westford, MA 01886. Please provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you'd like your submission packet returned. The deadline for submission is April 15, 2023.

The Parish Center for the Arts (PCA) is located at 10 Lincoln Street. For more information about how to become an artist of the month visit https://parisharts.square.site/artist-faq.

LIRA Invites Retirees to Join Spring Semester

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LOWELL: The Learning in Retirement Association (LIRA) invites all retirees to join their Spring semester classes (some live, Zoom or hybrid. A sampling of offered Spring classes includes:
 
1. The U.S. Constitution, based on material from the National Constitution Center.
2. Our Immune System & how it works.
3. Groton Hill Music Center, tour this new incredible teaching and performance facility.
4. Police Reform, presented by Ed Cronin - Former MA Police Chief & International Police advisor & author.
5. What, Why & How of EV’s; benefits, brands, selection resources and rebates/incentives.
6. Waste Management Recycling Center tour, 2 billion pounds in, sorted & sold.
7. Heroes & Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature
8. The Peloponnesian War, UML Assistant Professor Jane Sancinito covers the lead up to the messy end.
9. The Old Manse Tour, built 1770 overlooking the North Bridge.

10. Critical Issues in K-12 Public Schools. Curriculum, national models of school effectiveness & more.
11. That THINK You Do, Author Joseph
Carrabis shares 60 ways to be happy.
12. Exploring the Universe, an overview of the Universe, Our Solar System, Stars & Citizen science projects.
13. The Politics of the United Kingdom, UML Emeritus Professor John Wooding; politics, history, culture, parties & the UK constitution.
14. A Greek Odyssey, historical & current context of its history, photos & experiences as a Fulbright Fellow.
15. A Three-Week Course on Frankenstein by UML Professor Bridget Marshall
16. Searching the Exoplanetary Atmospheres for Clues by UML Professor Emeritus Bob Gamache
15. Great Decisions discussion group topics; Energy Geopolitics, War Crimes, China & the US, Economic Warfare.
16. Book discussion group; The Age of Innocence, The Revolutionary, Clara, and the Sun.
17. Film discussion group; Dances with Wolves, Chariots of Fire, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
18. 150 years of Bridal Fashion – tour at the Nashua Historical Society.
19. UML South Campus Art tour; paintings, sculpture, mosaics & the artist who made them.


Detailed descriptions, schedules, and information to join LIRA www.UML.edu/LIRA. Some classes begin March 6. Half year membership fee is only $75; $125/couple. You can take as many classes as you wish. For questions, email LIRA@uml.edu.
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Town Election Season is Here!

WESTFORD: Littleton’s website and the League of Women Voters-Acton Area (LWVAA), www.lwv-actonarea.org, have everything you need to participate in local elections as a voter or as a candidate. The LWVAA has resources to help you get started as a candidate including videos with advice from former candidates and candidate checklists for our member towns. What to consider when you decide to run? They’ve got you covered. Explore the links below to learn about open elective positions in Littleton and key dates for voter registration, elections, and Town Meeting. Littleton has vacancies to fill this spring with skilled and engaged citizens like you!

IMPORTANT DATES:
Deadline for pulling nomination papers: Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Last day to submit nomination papers: Friday, March 17, 2023

Open Positions (Position, # pos, Term)
Select Board, 2, 3-year term
School Committee, 2, 3-year term
Town Moderator, 1, 3-year term
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Littleton Lyceum Reschedules Eric Jay Dolin Appearance

LITTLETON: The Littleton Lyceum has rescheduled its snowed-out January program, welcoming back best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin on March 3 at 7:30pm in Littleton High School’s Performing Arts Center at 56 King Street. Dolin will discuss his latest book “Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution”, sharing exciting tales of the little-known role of this ragtag fleet of private vessels who contributed to the war effort by tormenting the British with daring maneuvers and deadly encounters in the Atlantic Ocean. Season tickets to the Lyceum are available for families or individuals for $25, and single tickets may be purchased at the door for $8; $5 for seniors and students.  For more information, visit littletonlyceum.org.
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PCA Gallery Presents Brooke Lambert & Kurt Hanss

WESTFORD: Artists Brooke Lambert and Kurt Hanss have come together to present a new, high color duo exhibition at Parish Center for the Arts Gallery: Aqua Terra, February 28-March 28. This exhibition of new paintings and original collagraph prints is a vibrant exploration of land and sea through color and design using both representational and abstract imagery.  Aqua Terra is on view from February 28 - March 28. The Opening Reception will be held on March 3 from 6-9pm at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street. The Gallery will be open to guests on Sundays from 2-4pm.

Lambert’s work is largely influenced by the emotions and memories of natural environments and the ocean – the floating shadows you see submerged underneath a wave, the red tinge behind your eyelids while lifting your face to the sun, the pattern of a honeycomb or a fishing net, and all the beautiful shapes, forms, and color in nature. Her collagraph prints are made using discarded and recycled materials, such as string and plastic netting, the very materials that are choking the ocean. It is Brooke’s hope that the moments of unexpected beauty captured in her images inspire a deeper appreciation of the natural world and her use of sustainable practices encourage us all to protect our environment. Lambert is a professional printmaker and painter. She received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has shown her work widely in New England, New York, and beyond. She is currently represented by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Gallery in New York and is sponsored by Akua Inks and Speedball Art Products. Brooke teaches adult art classes in MA, ME, & NH. Her work can be found in Western Avenue Studios in Studio 447 and online at www.brookelambertartist.com.

Kurt Hanss is a painter and maker currently working out of Lowell. His  current creative focus has been painting, and his work has recently included exciting new experiments with color theory and design. Kurt’s work invokes a sense of vibrant movement, combining kaleidoscopic colors in unexpected ways to breathe life into favorite objects and refreshing scenes. Some of his preferred subjects include vintage vehicles, machinery, and iconic New England landmarks. Raised in Rochester NY, Hanss began his studies in art at a young age. He went on to study painting and Art History at Alfred University, in Alfred NY. Kurt has a studio presence at Western Ave Studios in Lowell, MA. He teaches art at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence and throughout New England. His work can be found online at www.hanssart.com.
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MBLC & Bruins PJ Drive at J.V. Fletcher

WESTFORD: The J.V. Fletcher Library has once again teamed up with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Boston Bruins to participate in their annual pajama drive to benefit DCF Kids and Cradles to Crayons. The PJ Drive’s goal is to collect new pajamas for children and teens in need.   The PJ Drive runs through March 15. The library will be collecting new pairs of pajamas from size 0-3 months through adult size medium. The drop off bin is located next to the Library's Main Desk, 50 Main Street.  For more information, please call (978) 692-5555.