Feb 192013

March is looking like Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry month in Groton. First Parish Church, Community Chiropractic, and the Groton Grange are holding separate fund and food-raising efforts for the Devens regional food pantry. Late winter and early spring is a busy time at the pantry — there’s a pressing need for supplies, but donations often drop off.

To help solve that seasonal problem:

  • First Parish Church is kicking off its annual “200 Bags=1 Day” food drive on February 27, running through March.
  • Doctors Pam and Steve Jarboe are hosting their annual Family Fun FOODdrasier on Friday, March 1, featuring a Boston street busker and a contortionist. Admission is free with one bag of food per individual or two bags for a family admission.
  • The Groton Grange is hosting two internationally known Celtic musicians, Robbie O’Connell and Aoife Clancy, in concert on March 8.

Community Chiropractic FOODrasier

Community Chiropractic of Groton is pleased to present its annual Family Fun FOODraiser for the Loaves & Fishes food pantry on Friday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center at Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA, writes Julie Pampinella in a press release.

Admission is FREE with a generous donation of needed items for the Loaves and Fishes food pantry in Devens. One bag per person or two per family is suggested, and may be donated at the door. Doors open at 6:30, and guests can visit local vendors in the gallery ahead of the show and during intermission. Seating is general admission.

The event is co-sponsored by Body Mind Spirit Eco-chic Day Spa; Groton Board of Trade; Groton Therapeutic Massage; Groton Veterinary Hospital; Jane Allen, Realtor; Lawrence Academy; Linda Blaschke, DDS; Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce; Solas Therapeutic Massage; Squg, LLC; and The Groton Line.

This fun family show features Faneuil Hall favorite The Jim Show (www.smirk.com), and Alakazam, The Human Knot (www.thehumanknot.com), Australia”s most flexible export, and a grand finalist on Australia”s Got Talent!

The Jim Show

The Jim Show

High energy physical comedy, impressive juggling, daring balancing, offbeat humor and naturally curly hair are the hallmarks of The Jim Show! The Jim Show”s appeal is truly broad – earning laughs and awes from both children and adults.



Alakazam presents a 100% high-energy, family-friendly show that will have you reeling with laughter and twisting in your seat as you witness his freaky body contortions, cheeky comedy and ridiculous, sky-high feats of danger! He has performed in 27 different countries, including private events for Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and Woody Harrelson.

Community Chiropractic aims to respond to Loaves & Fishes’s annual need with an annual FOODraiser to pack the pantry with its most needed items during this typically lean month. Most needed items at the pantry include: cereal, canned soups, canned meats, canned white tuna, pasta and pasta sauce, canned pasta, canned vegetables, helpers and sices, baking goods, coffee, tea and cocoa, 100% juice, diapers, deodorant, shaving supplies, and soap.

The family practice of Drs. Pamela and Stephen Jarboe of Groton, Community Chiropractic serves hundreds of individuals and families in the Groton area, specializing in extraordinarily gentle chiropractic wellness care. The practice sponsors several local aid events every year as a part of its mission to foster a strong, healthy, happy community, and was awarded a 2011 Community Service Award from the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Grange Presents Robbie O’Connell and Aoife Clancy

Robbie O'Connell and Aoife Clancy

Robbie O’Connell and Aoife Clancy

Sally Smith, spokesperson for Groton Grange #7, said,”The Grange putting a concert together with some pretty heavy hitters in the Celtic music world to benefit the Grange and Loaves and Fishes.”

This warm-up for St.Patrick’s Day features Robbie O’Connell and Aoife Clancy in concert at the Grange Hall on Friday, March 8, at 8:00 p.m. in the Champney Street Grange Hall. Tickets are $20 per person ($15 for Grange members) and reservations are strongly encourages because of the small venue and prominence of the performers. To reserve tickets, contact Smith at 978.449.9787.

Listen to one of O’Connel’s songs, “Christmas InThe Trenches”:

Aoife Clancy in concert.

First Parish 200Bags=1 Day Food Drive

Every March, First Parish Church of Groton holds a month-long “200 Bags=1 Day” food drive. The name comes from the fact that it takes 200 bags of groceries to stock the shelves at Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry in Devens for just one day of grocery distribution.

The pantry distributes more than 7,700 pounds of food each week; during 2012 it served more than 900 area families, including come clients in Groton. Each year the need increases, according to Patty Stern, Executive Director of Loaves and Fishes, and late winter is an especially difficult time of year for the pantry to keep their shelves stocked.

First Parish accepts all general food and toiletry items (and you can view the pantry’s “want” list here) at the church office in the Parish House on Powderhouse Road, adjacent to Lawrence Academy during the week or at coffee hour after church on Sundays through April 1.