Jul 302014
This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series A Swarm of Drumlins

Katydid on zinniaMary J. Metzger

Katydid on zinnia

Groton Farmer’s Market Fridays 3 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Row. A variety of homegrown products plus these live musicians: August 1-Sarah Durkin, August 8-John Niemoller, August 15– Nancy Beaudette, August 22-Brian Weeks, August 29-John Niemoller.

Groton Local is hosting a food table at the above Groton Farmer’s Market to collect produce from home gardens and cash donations to purchase food from local farmers at the Market, to be taken to local food pantries. Anyone interested in volunteering to sit at the table can sign up by using Doodle https://doodle.com/eayycs4pis5unqgc (click on Table View and then click blue Save box at the far right before you close out), or contact Sally Hensley shensley@sprynet.com, Ph: 978-272-1210

Free Outdoor Music, Saturdays 6:00- 8 p.m. at the town gazebo behind the library, sponsored by the Main Street Café and the Groton Parks Commission (weather permitting).

August 2Patty Axford Trio An evening of jazz & folk favorites.

August 9 — Main Street Cafe’s open mic host GS Picard and friends Cooper & Kenneally, Marty

Nestor, Bob Pope: Mix of originals & covers, folk rock, and more.

August 16Soul Flyer Rock & blues for the soul.

August 23Elizabeth Lorre, The Rafters, and Back to the Garden: “Rockin’ Summer” mix of summer classics from the past 60 years.

August 30Snow Crow: Groton’s own “Earth Sol” music makes you feel good.

The Groundhogs PMC Express is a group of charity cyclists based in Groton who raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through their August 2nd & 3rd Pan-Mass Challenge ride from Sturbridge to Provincetown. Check out their Facebook page for donation information.

The Devens Regional Household Hazardous Products Collection Center is open to Groton residents Wednesday, August 6, and Saturday August 9, 9 a.m.- Noon. Proof of residency is required, and there is a charge for disposal. For more information www.devenshhw.com

Groton Conservation Trust monthly walk Wednesday, August 6, 6 p.m. at the Bates/Blackman conservation land on Old Ayer Road. One mile hike through fields, pines, and climb to summit of Indian Hill with views of Mount Wachusett and Monadnock. Parking available.

What to Do About CO2? (Grades 6-12), Thurs, August 7, 7-8 p.m. Global Climate Change Lab: Put your critical thinking skills to the test when Kate Anderson from Beyond Benign leads experiments and sparks ideas. Space is limited. Please sign up!  Groton Public Library

The Friends of the Groton Trails Network have scheduled trail maintenance projects for Saturday August 9, and Saturday, August 23, time and location TBD. To sign up for email notices contact gtc@grotontrails.org.  Check out their work on Groton Trails Network on Facebook.

Nashoba Paddler, 398 West Main St., Groton, is offering Full Moon Canoeing, Saturday, August 9, 7:30-10:30 p.m. and Bertozzi Wildlife Management Area Paddle, Saturday, August 23, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.  Registration is required. http://www.nashobapaddler.com/

Check out the new side garden at Groton Historical Society’s Boutwell House, 172 Main Street. Museum is open to visitors Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In the Area

Solar Empowerment Workshop, Saturday, August 2, 2 p.m.  Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

Visitor Center at 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA.   Learn how a solar panel system works, the optimal location for a system and the various financial avenues to get you there. To register contact  kizette_ortizvanger@fws.gov or 978-562-3527 x 117

Volunteers are needed for an American Eel Survey to be conducted August 4-8, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. on the Sudbury River to help determine baseline population data of this species in the Merrimack River watershed. Data will help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service evaluate effective management actions of this species, which is being considered for inclusion on the endangered species list.  Volunteers must be good swimmers, comfortable in small boats, able to haul 20 pound eel pots, and willing to handle eels.  Contact Libby Herland at 978-443-4661×11 or libby_herland@fws.gov.

The Caterpillar Lab in Keene, New Hampshire is open Mondays 12 p.m.- 5 p.m. and Thursdays 8. a.m.- 12 p.m. Talk to a caterpillar expert and get up close to many native caterpillars, cocoons, and moths. The lab facility is located upstairs in The Colony Mill building, 222 West Street above Elm City Brewery and down the hall from the Cheshire Children’s Museum.  Check out the 2014 Summer Season Schedule for other traveling events at their Facebook Page.

Squan-a-Tissit Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold a River Cleanup, Sunday August 17. Evening Sun Fly Shop is coordinating the event with a cookout at the shop in East Pepperell afterward. Contact: Charlie Shadan 978-433-4910 or Charlie@eveningsunflyshop.com

As part of their Citizen Science program Mass Audubon is requesting reports of Chimney Swift Nest and Roost Sightings. No natural nesting sites were found for this species in the Breeding Bird Atlas 2 survey, they were all in chimneys. Monitoring and saving their nesting and roosting sites may be a key to slowing or stopping the rate of decline of North America’s only swift.www.massaudubon.org

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