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LANCASTER

Early Voting: for the presidential primary Monday, Feb. 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday to Thursday, Feb. 25 to 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., town clerk's office.

Library Programs for Adults: Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St. Evening Adult Book Group discuses "The Fifth Ris," by Michael Lewis, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m.; the library will order the book. "Short Skirts, Oh My! A Women's History Lecture" with historian/storyteller Anne Barrett, Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 p.m., celebrating Women's History Month. "From Freedom to Flight - Changing Women's Roles During King Philip's War in New England," with author Christine Duffy Zerillo, Monday, March 23, 6:30 p.m.; Zerillo's book, "Still Here," compares Mary Rowlandson and native sachem, Weetamoo.

Library Programs for Children: Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St. Tween Book Group, Wednesday, Feb. 26, "Golden Boy," 6 p.m. Story Hour: Polar bears, Thursday, Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m. Story Hour, Friday, Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m. Leaping Lizards with Rainforet Reptile Shows, Wednesday, March 25, 1 p.m., early release day in Lancaster; program paid for by the Rosemary Davis Memorial Fund grant. To register, or for more information, call (978) 368-8928, ext. 5, or email caulfieldm@cwmars.org. Mommy & Me Bootcamp, led by Tiffany Normandin, Tuesdays, 4:15-5 p.m.

The Life and Times of Clara Endicott Sears: Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m.; Fellowship Hall, First Church of Christ, 725 Main St. Hosted by the Lancaster Historical Society and featuring a presenter from Fruitlands Museum. Free and open to the public; for information call (978) 733-6907.

Lancaster Garden Club Meeting: Sunday, March 15, 7 p.m.; Lancaster Community Center. Learning pruning basics. Presenter is Gretel Anspach. Members free, non-members $5. For details, visit lancastergardenclub.net.

Perkins Speakers Series: Janeway Education Center, 975 Main St. Marjatta Moimas presents Gentle Mindfulness for Wellbeing, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 19.

Bread of Life Brunch Fundraiser: Sunday, March 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; SDA Village Church, 75 Sawyer St. Adults, $10, children $7 for a breakfast buffet to benefit the Bread of Life Ministry, helping to feed those in need. For information, call Becky, (978) 870-0266, or Sandra, (508) 304-4324.

Rabies immunizations: Saturday, March 28, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Town Hall parking lot, 701 Main St. The Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in cooperation with local veterinarians, will provide rabies immunizations for dogs and cats. Cash only. Rabies immunization for dogs and cats over 6 months old, not previously immunized, and those with a (2017) rabies tag must be immunized. The vaccine provided at Nashoba Clinics is effective for three years for dogs and cats over one (1) year of age and currently immunized. Dogs and cats between the ages of 6 and 12 months and those who have let their immunization lapse must receive a booster within one year of the initial inoculation. They are then protected for three years. The charge per immunization is $15. All pet owners must present, to participating veterinarian, proof of current vaccination to receive a three-year rabies vaccination. Cats must be brought in cages or closed boxes during the last half of any clinic.

Bambino Buddy Ball: registration is open. Formerly Lancaster Challenger Baseball. This program is for physically and mentally challenged children and adults ages 5 and up. Games will be played Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. at Thayer Field. Due to growing number of players, the league more buddies/volunteers. No special baseball experience required, just a positive attitude. The Mark Fidrych Foundation has covered registration costs for all players; everyone plays for free. Players must register online at http://www.lancasterlittleleague.com; buddies/volunteers should contact Joe Kennedy at kennedy2004@comcast.net to indicate their interest and for information.

Engraved Brick Fundraiser: to support the Nathaniel Thayer Memorial Park Project, are available to order through the Thayer Field Foundation. Bricks will be used to enhance the playground with an accessible path and also be placed around the splash pad. Bricks start at $50 each and will continue through early spring. For information, visit https://polarengraving.com/thayerfield. Flyers, including an order form, are also available at the Thayer Memorial Library. In addition to purchasing bricks, donations may be made by check to "Thayer Field Foundation, Inc." and mailed to Thayer Field Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 225, Lancaster MA 01523. For questions, contact Sherry Cutler at ThayerParkBricks@gmail.com.

Mothertown Quilters: meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., with social time at 6:30 p.m., from September through June; Fellowship Hall of the Village Church, South Lancaster (park in the fenced lot at the corner of Sawyer and Prescott streets and enter through the back door). Visitors are welcome for a $5 guest fee. Membership is open; dues are $25.

Seven Bridge Writers Collaborative: Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St., unless otherwise noted. For information, email 7bridgewriterscollaborative@gmail.com. The group meets weekly, and there is a free writing workshop the third Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. For information, visit https://sevenbridge.org/seven-bridge-sessions/groups/writing-groups. The Scene Workshop with Richard Marcello, Saturday, Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Lancaster library. Writing People: How Characterization Works in Fiction, with Dave Daniel, Saturday, March 21, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Lancaster library; participants are encouraged to bring along a piece of their writing that introduces a character. Open Mic, Thursday, March 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Reuben Hoar Library, 41 Shattuck St., Littleton; five-minute limit to readings. Book Publishing and Marketing with Ursula Wong, Wednesdays, April 1 and 8, 6-9 p.m.; class size limited and fee based, at https://sevenbridge.org/seven-bridge-sessions/classes/publishing-and-marketing/. Deadline March 15.

New Recycling Center Procedures: The Lancaster Recycling Center will be open on the first and third weekend of the month from 10 a.m.-noon from January through March. There is a fixed charge of $3 per vehicle to enter the yard. Booklets of five coupons will be available for purchase for $15 at the recycling center during normal hours (Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to noon) and at the town clerk's office in the Prescott Building. Other fees continue as normal.

Ongoing Library Programs: Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St. For information, call (978) 368-8928, ext. 2, or visit thayermemoriallibrary.org. Monday movie matinee at 1 p.m., call to get the title. Knitting Group, 6-7:45 p.m. Tuesdays. Learn to knit from the pros or enjoy time together. All levels of experience welcome. Wachusett Toastmasters 7677, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. This organization helps people develop speaking and leadership skills. Arrive 15 minutes early for networking. The Friends of the Thayer Memorial Library is actively seeking donations, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks for their annual book sale. Items can be dropped off in the lower level of the library near the coat rack. No textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias, Reader's Digest condensed books or books is poor condition.

Preschool Screenings: The Nashoba Regional School district is scheduling developmental screenings for all children 3 and 4 years old. This screening is a brief assessment of developmental milestones. Call Amy DeCiero at (978) 368-8482, ext. 1193, to schedule an appointment at Mary Rowlandson, 103 Hollywood Drive.

Veterans Services Department: The veteran services department provides healthcare applications, disability claim applications, widow pension applications, widow/survivor benefit applications, burial benefits applications, veteran cemetery applications, grave markers/symbols, state veterans benefits applications and obtain military discharge. For information, contact Richard Voutour, 1st Sgt. Marine Corps, Ret. veteran services officer, at rvoutour@leominster-ma.gov, or call (978) 706-1758, 8 a.m.-noon Tuesdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road.

Volunteer Drivers Needed: to deliver Meals on Wheels on Mondays and Thursdays for the Lancaster Council on Aging. Call (978) 733-4076. Angel drivers are also needed occasionally for those who cant drive for medical appointments, grocery or drug store errands.

Medical Equipment Loan Program: Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Crutches, canes, commodes, wheelchairs and some first aid/incontinence supplies are available. For more information or questions, call (978) 733-4076 or email aturner@lancasterma.net.

Wellness Clinics: 8-10 a.m. first and fourth Tuesdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. VNA Care and Nashoba Nursing Services will assist with blood pressure, blood sugar and weight monitoring, cardiopulmonary assessments, teaching about medication, diet, disease management, etc.

Senior Outreach: for help with transportation, housing, food stamps, fuel assistance, health insurance, budget and taxes, fitness, caregiving and visits. For information, call (978) 733-1249, ext. 1109, or email mlargey@lancasterma.com.

Pickleball: reserved play: 9-11 a.m. Mondays; 9-11 a.m. 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays; 1-3 p.m. Thursdays; 9-11 a.m. Fridays. Open play: 1-3 p.m. Mondays; 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays; 7:15-9:15 p.m. Thursdays; 7-11 a.m. Saturdays, Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. All sessions are $3 per person. Bring clean, dry sneakers. Shawn Parker will coach and instruct beginners. Advanced players sign up for Wednesdays, with Dennis Prinos. For information, contact Marilyn Largey, community service liaison, at call (978) 733-4076 or email mlargey@lancasterma.com.

Insanity Live: 7 p.m. Mondays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Cost is $10 per class. To reserve a spot, contact Pam Weir at (978) 430-6753 or pamweirfitness@gmail.com. The class combines cardio, strength, flexibility and core work. Bring water and a towel.

Gentle Hatha Yoga: with Louise, 11 a.m. Monday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. Saturdays 9:30 a.m.; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Cost is $5 per class, $25 for six classes, $10 per session. For information, call (978) 733-4076 or email aturner@lancasterma.net. Taught by Louise Dorian. Mats and water provided.

Tai Chi and Quigong: with Jeff, 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. First class is free, then $5 per class, six classes for $25. For information, call (978) 733-4076. All ages and abilities welcome. No need to reserve.

Computer Help: with Jon Roper, 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Drop in for help with your laptop, iPad or phone. For information, call (978) 733-4076.

Pancake Breakfast: 8 a.m. Tuesdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Suggested donation, $3. For information, contact Dave at (978) 263-7962 or drjames@james.net. All-you-can-eat breakfast with pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit, muffins, choice of beverages and seasonal pancake selections. Sponsored by the Friends of Lancaster Seniors.

The Backstage Gym: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Free. All are welcome with signed training release. Free for Lancaster residents. Use equipment or attend classes. To sign up or ask questions, call (978) 733-4076, or email coaadmin@lancasterma.net.

Puzzle Swap: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road.

Bingo: 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. For information, call (978) 733-4076 or email aturner@lancasterma.net. Free coffee, treats and prizes.

Keep Moving Walking Club: 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Free. For information, call (978) 733-4076. Come early for pancakes, then walk it off. There is a striders and a strollers group. Bring a dog, water and your sneakers. Water and companionship are provided for a safe walk.

Chair/Arthritis Yoga: with Julianna, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Cost is $5 per person, $25 for six. For information, call (978) 733-4076. This class is designed for all ages and abilities.

Garden Chat: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Thursdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. For information, call (978) 733-4076 or email aturner@lancasterma.net. Swap seeds, notes and ideas, and always something to eat.

Mahjong Lessons: 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. For information, call (978) 733-4076

Bridge: 1-4 p.m. Fridays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Calling ahead suggested, (978) 273-2418. Area residents are invited for friendly bridge games. Don't play? Watch and learn. Free. Suitable for all levels, novice to pro. Cards, teacher and friends provided.

Ballroom Dancing: 6-7 p.m. Thursdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Drop in for $13, or a three-week session for $30. For information, call (978) 733-4076. A fun, casual class with Jim Cole, for beginners and pros alike. Come alone or bring friends. Bring a pair of dry, clean shoes to change into.

STERLING

Wellness Programs: at the Sterling Senior Center, 36 Muddy Pond Road. For information, call (978) 422-3032. Movement as Medicine, all access PT, Friday, Feb. 21, 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, Caregivers Connect at the Sterling Senior Center, 9:30-11 a.m. MSNME Support Group (usually third Monday of the month), Monday, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m. Senior Strong returns Fridays, 1 p.m., March 20-May 8; free, but a $25 deposit will be refunded if you meet attendance requirements. Call for more information. Parkinson's Support (usually third Wednesday), Wednesdays, Feb. 26 and March 18, 3:30 p.m. Walking Club, Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Zumba, Thursdays at 8 a.m., $5.

Radio Dramas: presented by Sterling Community Theatre, Friday Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m.; Parish Hall of the First Church in Sterling, 6 Meetinghouse Hill Road. "Treasure Island" and "Around the World in Eighty Days" will be presented as a cabaret style, dessert theater. The radio drama will have actors voicing multiple characters and creating live sound effects. Tickets are $25, including gourmet desserts, and can be purchased online at http://www.sterlingtheatre.com.

AMVETS Post 38 Meeting: Monday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.; Leominster Veterans Memorial Center, conference room, 100 West St., Leominster. For information, call (978) 537-1541

Adult Library Programs: Conant Public Library, 4 Meetinghouse Hill Road. For information or registration, call (978) 422-6409. Meditation for all ages, Monday, Feb. 24, 4:30 p.m.; Sterling Senior Center, 36 Muddy Pond Road. No registration required. Adult Coloring, Monday, Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m.; coloring books, colored pencils, markers and other supplies are provided, but participants can bring their own. No registration required. Cookbook Club, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m.; participants will choose a recipe from "Bobby at Home: Fearless Flavors from my Kitchen," by Bobby Flay, and bring it to share. Call to register. Watercolor Painting, Tuesday, March 10, 1 p.m.; participants will learn tips and create their own painting. Free program for adults of all ages; registration required. Contemporary Book Club will be reading "Where the Crawdads Sing," by Delia Owens, on Thursday, March 19, 6:30 p.m. Copies of the book are available at the library; no registration required. Fused Glass Workshop, Tuesday, March 24, 4 p.m., with artist Deenie Pacik at the Sterling Senior Center; each participant will make a fused glass pendant, which the instructor will fire in her kiln. Participants can pick them up at the library at a later time. Adults, as well as children 9 and older, can participate for free; children 9-12 must be accompanied by their caregivers. Registration required. Women's Suffrage Satire: "Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire," Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m.; Chocksett Middle School, 40 Boutelle Road. The show pairs pro-Suffragist Marie Jenney Howes 1913 An Anti-Suffrage Monologue with a lecture explaining why womens voting would lead to anarchy, financial ruin, and make every home a hell on earth. Performed by professional actress Michle LaRue and directed by Warren Kliewer. No registration. Appetizer afternoon, Tuesday, March 31, 1 p.m. Prepare any appetizer at home, bring it and sample others. Registration required; let the staff know what you will bring.

Democratic Caucus: Monday, Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m.; Butterick Building, Room 205, 1 Park St. to elect delegates and alternates to the 2020 Mass. Democratic State Convention on May 30 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell. The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Sterling. Pre-registered Democrats who will be 16 by Feb. 15 can participate and run as a delegate or alternate. Sterling can elect three delegates and three alternates. Youth, minorities, people with disabilities and LQBTQ individuals who are not elected as a delegate or alternate may apply to be an add-on delegate at the caucus or at http://www.massdems.org. Those interested in getting involved with the Sterling Democratic Town Committee should contact Fionuala Dullea at griffonlula@gmail.com.

Early Voting: for the March 3 Presidential Primary Election, Feb. 24-28, during normal town clerk business hours, Monday through Thursday, Feb. 24-27, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 28, 7:30-11:30 a.m. Voting is in Room 112, Butterick Municipal Building, 1 Park St.

Children's Library Programs: Conant Public Library, 4 Meetinghouse Hill Road. For information or to register, call (978) 422-6409. The library will be collecting donations of new pajamas for babies, toddlers and teens for the Boston Bruins PJ Drive, in partnership with Cradles to Crayons. Third- and fourth-grade book club, reading "Waylon! One Awesome Thing," by Sara Pennypacker, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m.; discussion and themed activity. Registration required. Drop-in sensory playtime for children up to 3 years and their caregivers, Thursday, Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m.-noon; featuring different interactive sensory play station. No registration. The new six-week session of Storytime starts March 22 and ends April 6. The following days and times will be offered: Mondays at 1 p.m., ages 2.5-7 years; Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., 18 months-3 years; Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., 2.5-7 years; and Thursdays at 11 a.m., drop in for babies up to 18 months old. Registration opens Monday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. Older and younger sibling welcome. Call (978) 422-6409.

Sterling Business Forum: Thursday, Feb. 27, 5-7 p.m.; Sterling National Country Club, 33 Albright Road. Business networking forum hosted by the Sterling Economic Development Committee and Sterling Business Association. There will be appetizers and a cash bar.

Senior Center Programs: 36 Muddy Pond Road, call (978) 422-3032 for information and reservations. Pancake breakfast, sponsored by the Friends of the Sterling Seniors, Friday, Feb. 28, 7:30-9 a.m.; celebrity server, Rep. Kim Ferguson. Saturday Night Pitch, Saturday, March 7, 6:30 p.m.; sponsored by the Grange. Dull Men's Club, Tuesday, March 10, 9 a.m., Mass. Wildlife. Art reception for Jon Mack, Tuesday, March 10, 6-8 p.m. March birthday cake, Friday, March 13, noon; sponsored by Sterling Village. History Club, Friday, March 13, 1 p.m., "The Guns of August, Part 2." St. Patrick's Day luncheon (corned beef and cabbage dinner with soda bread and dessert), Wednesday, March 18, 11:30 a.m.; $3 suggested donation, sign-up required. Entertainment will be American-Irish step dancers. A Taste of Sterling, Sunday, March 22, 4-6 p.m.; Sterling Country Club. Tickets $15, available at the senior center. Peer Leaders pickleball tournament, Wednesday, March 25, 8:15 a.m.; Chocksett School. Meet at the senior center, sign up required. St. Patrick's dinner, Wednesday, March 25, 6 p.m., featuring Irish music with Larry; tickets $5 by March 20. Armchair Travel, Russia and Icons with Jim Woovis, Thursday, March 26, 3:30 p.m. Pancake breakfast, Friday, March 27, 7:30-9 a.m.; sponsored by the Friends of the Sterling Seniors. Dull Men's train excursion, Tuesday, March 31, to view Rich Hopkins' collection; van leaves at 1 p.m., returns at 3 p.m. Limited seats, sign-ups required. History Club, discussion led by Pat Fox of "A World Lit Only by Fire," by William Manchester, Friday, April 17, 1 p.m.

Home-cooked lunch served daily, 11:30 a.m., no reservation required; $3 suggested donation. ALFA Modern Italian Literature, Mondays, 2:30-4 p.m. SSC Singers, Mondays, 9:15 a.m. Advanced photography, Mondays at 1 p.m. Computer help sessions with Peter Cummings, Tuesdays, noon-3 p.m.; sign ups required. Bridge, Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Beginners acrylic painting, Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.; $5. Acrylic painting, Thursdays, 12:30 p.m.; $5. Beginners ukulele lessons, Thursdays, 1:30-2:15 p.m. Ukulele Club, Thursdays, 2:30 p.m.; Veterans services office, Fridays, 8 a.m.-noon.

2020 Medical Mission to La Romana: Volunteers from the First Church in Sterling are gearing up for the mission to La Romana, Dominican Republic, Feb. 28-March 8. Volunteers are looking for donations for the medical clinics in the sugarcane villages, Days for Girls feminine hygeiene and construction projects. Monetary donations can be sent to First Church in Sterling, PO Box 40, Sterling, MA 01564, checks made out to "First CHurch in Sterling" with "La Romana Mission" in the memo. Online payments can be made through CentralMALaRomana.org. Supplies can be dropped off at the church office or contact Doug Davis at (978) 265-7547. Needed are pain relievers, vitamins (prenatal, children's chewable, not gummy, adult multi-vitamins with iron), antibiotic and anti-fungal creams (clotrimzole, miconazole, lotrisone) and allergy medicines.

Hiram O. Taylor Post 189: American Legion meeting, Monday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.; post hall, 32 School St. Cheeseburgers, hot dogs and beans at 6:30 p.m. Executive Board at 6 p.m. Sterling Association drawing will be held. All are welcome.

Daughters of American Revolution: Capt. John Joslin, Jr. Chapter award ceremony, Saturday, March 7, at 10:30 a.m.; Leominster Veterans Center, 100 West St., Leominster. Elaine Perreault, DAR Good Citizen chairman, will present pins and certificates to seven area seniors elected DAR Good Citizens from their respective schools. Following the ceremony, a light lunch will be served. Chapter members will remain for the monthly business meeting in the afternoon.For more information contact Regent Brenda Morse at (508) 596-2095.

Meat Raffle: Sunday, March 15, 1 p.m.; Eight Point Sports Club, 147 Beaman Road. Put on by Hiram O. Taylor Post 189.

Sterling Grange Public Dinner: Saturday, March 28, 5:30 p.m.; Sterling Senior Center. Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, green beans, cole slaw and dessert will be served. Following dinner, a local Irish Step Dancing troupe will entertain. Cost for the dinner and entertainment is $15 for adults, $8 for children 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Grange Hall Renovation Fund and community service projects. Reservations can be made by calling (508) 886-2341 or emailing your name and number of tickets to sterlinggrange53@gmail.com.

Village Green Preschool Scholarship: applications available in the guidance department of local high schools or via email from the preschool. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating senior who attended VGP and plans to attend a two- or four-year accredited college or university. Completed applications must be postmarked by April 1. For information contact Preschool Director Linda Greene at (978) 422-8256 or sterlingvgp@gmail.com, or Scholarship Committee Chairman Kate Ingano at (774) 364-5835 or k_ingano@verizon.net.

Sterling EMS Scholarships: available for Sterling residents enrolled in a medically-related training program, both general and memorial scholarships. Deadline is April 30. Recipients of the Memorial Scholarship must be Sterling residents who are recent graduates entering an undergraduate post-secondary educational program in a medically-related field. Applicants must be graduates (or soon to be graduates) of an accredited high school, possess a GED, HiSET (or alternative) or have taken the Commonwealth of Massachusetts test of competency for home schooled/alternatively schooled individuals. Interested students can pick up an application form at: Sterling Fire Department, Conant Public Library and Butterick Municipal Building, as well as, guidance offices at several local high schools.

Community Lunch: noon, the first Saturday of the month; First Church of Sterling, Parish Hall, 6 Meetinghouse Hill Road. Free. No reservation required. Vegetarian dishes are also offered. The Parish Hall is handicap accessible. For volunteer opportunities, visit Signup.com/go/RRcJmPy or call (978) 422-6657.

Friends of the Library: seeks board members to support programs and resources for children and adults in Sterling. Learn more about the Friends at a board meeting the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the library in Sterling center. Or email friendsofconant@gmail.com. Membership forms are available at the library. To join online, visit SterlingLibrary.org, click on "About the Library," then "Friends of the Library."

Wachusett Area MSNME Support Group: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every third Monday of month; Sterling Senior Center, 36 Muddy Pond Road. This support group is for people with any form of Multiple Sclerosis, for caregivers, family and friends to learn about current information, talking and sharing, snacks, games, etc. A home-cooked meal will be offered at 11:30 a.m. for $3. For information, call (978) 660-4744, or email mdkralc@aol.com.

Art/Photography Opportunity: The Sterling Senior Center Art Committee invites local artists and photographers interested in being considered for a future two-month showing to contact the center. For information, call (978) 422.3032. Candidates should have a minimum of 30 framed pieces suitable for hanging in the lobby and multipurpose room.

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