Jul 052015

2015 Groton Fireworks are on July6Jennifer Petersen

2015 Groton Fireworks are on July6

The Board of Selectmen is accepting Interest Forms for an Invasives Species Control Committee.  Proponents for the new committee hope to make it a “boots on the ground” committee, similar to the Trails Committee for tackling invasive plants. They will also help educate the public and investigate grant opportunities when appropriate. Anyone who wants to be part of this committee can find the Interest Forms at www.townofgroton.org. Click on Town, then Boards and Committees.

Fireworks  Monday, July 6,  Town Field off Broadmeadow Road and behind the Groton Public Library. Entertainment and food begin at 6 p.m; the fireworks start at dusk.

The Devens Regional Household Hazardous Products Collection Center is open to Groton residents Wednesday, July 8, and Saturday July 11, 9 a.m.- noon. Proof of residency is required, and there is a charge for disposal. For more information www.devenshhw.com

Friday July 10, will be the opening day for 2015 Groton Farmers Market. The hours will be 3-7 p.m. and 3- dusk as the season progresses. Music Performers are July 10-Sara Durkin,  July 17-Kenny Selcer,  July 24-Back to the Garden, July 31-Scottish Fiddle, Elizabeth and Ben Anderson.

Native Caterpillars of New England: Live Caterpillar Show and Moth-Lighting Hour, Tuesday, July 14, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St. (Rt. 119) Stop in any time to join Sam Jaffe and the Caterpillar Lab for a close-up look at live caterpillars. An outdoor moth-lighting will occur from 9-10: p.m. to attract and identify nocturnal insects. Appropriate for all ages. FREE, with support from the Groton Trust Funds’ Lecture Fund. Preregistration is requested. Please indicate if you are coming to the exhibit open house only, or if you plan to also attend the moth-lighting hour. Contact Pam Gilfillan, (978) 448-0299, or email PamG@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

NRWA Aquatic Plant Identification Workshop, Thursday, July 16, 6- 8 p.m., at Petapawag Boat Launch off Nod Road. Led by State Aquatic Ecologist, Tom Flannery. FREE, but limited to 20 people. To preregister, contact Martha Morgan (978) 448-0299, or email MarthaM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Ecology of Sound, Wednesday, July 15, 1-1:45 p.m., Groton Public Library. Musician, Ricardo Frota, a percussionist and violinist, entertains and educates while playing multicultural songs from indigenous peoples around the world.  Inspired by the sounds and rhythms of the Brazilian rain forest, this is a performance for all ages. Funded by a Groton Cultural Council Grant.

West Groton Summer Ramble, Tuesday, July 21, 6-8:30 p.m.  Join the Groton Historical Society to explore the past and present of West Groton’s architecture and stories. Meet at Clover Farm at 6 p.m. to carpool for a tour of: Hollingsworth & Vose, St. James Church, the Carvers’ Guild, Rivercourt, and Christian Union Church. Enjoy homemade ice cream and some West Groton reminiscences. Free, courtesy of the Town of Groton Lecture Funds.

NRWA Summer Eco-Adventures

Wild World of Water Week for Ages 6 to 8
July 13 — July 16, (Mon. — Thurs.), from 9 a.m. — 2 p.m.
Escape the heat of summer with a fun-filled four days all about water! Collect aquatic critters from the Nashua River, make a fresh water aquarium, do water experiments, make mini-boats to race on mini streams, and stay cool each day with lots of water games. Program fees are $180 for NRWA members or $210 for nonmembers.

All Things Animal: Incredible Insects, Secretive Salamanders & Outrageous Otters for Ages 9 to 11
July 20 — July 23, (Mon. — Thurs.), from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
From reptiles to mammals, this four-day program focuses on the amazing lives of our local wildlife. Collect fascinating insects, practice summer tracking skills, hike local trails and play animal camouflage games. Build animals homes and feeders with natural and recycled materials. Program fees are $190 for NRWA members or $220 for nonmembers.

Pre-registration is required; space is limited. To preregister or for more information: Stacey Chilcoat, at (978) 448-0299, or StaceyC@NashuaRiverWatershed.org

Nashoba Paddler Nature Tours

Full Moon Canoeing, Friday, July 3, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Trip difficulty: Easy, flat-water, 5 miles round trip.
Cost: $40pp-canoes only. Refreshments included.

Family Paddling With Turtles, Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Trip difficulty: Easy, flat water, 3 miles round trip. Cost: $65 per canoe- canoes only. (Box lunch available for an additional cost or pack your own.)

Registration Required for both events at www.nashobapaddler.com 398 West Main Street.

Food For Thought Film Series: Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle, Wednesday, July 8, 7 p.m., tells both sides of the story of Cape Wind, America’s first offshore wind farm. Fruitlands Museum 102 Prospect Rd. Harvard MA      www.fruitlands.org $5 suggested donation.

Exploring Clinton With Thoreau,  Saturday, July 11, 2-5 p.m.  Meet at Bigelow Free Public Library for an exploration of the Central Park neighborhood followed by a trolley ride to Rauscher Farm and walk with Thoreau. Register at www.freedomsway.org

Growing Organic Small Fruit: Raspberries, Blueberries, Currants and Goumis , Sunday, July 12, 2- 4:30 p.m.  Old Frog Pond Farm, Harvard, MA.
Join Linda Hoffman and Charlotte Trim for an afternoon of berry talk. Linda grows 1/3 acre of fall raspberries for her pick your own operation and blueberries for their farm stand. Charlotte grows berries, goumis, and currants at her home in Lincoln and sells her crop to local restaurants. Talk about remineralizing the soil, foliar sprays, and getting raspberries healthy enough to ward off the Asian fruit fly that arrived in the Northeast in 2011 and has been a challenge for small fruit growers. NOFA/Mass Member — $25 (Walk-In cost, $30) Nonmember — $31 (Walk-in cost, $36) www.nofamass.org