CALENDAR

FRIDAY, MARCH 8

Big game: The schoolhouse tradition of students versus teachers is once again making an appearance at Hawthorne Brook Middle School -- not in the classrooms, of course, but on the basketball courts. The annual student/faculty basketball game, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the high school gym, has been the parent-teacher organization's biggest fundraiser for years, said PTO President Heidi Stadler.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

"Gardening for the Spirit": Pepperell garden Club, Pepperell Senior Center on Nashua Road at 6:45 p.m. Be inspired to create a new space in your garden or reinvent an older space that will bring joy to your soul. Using handouts and slides, the program will help you take a look at different types of gardens and what helps to create or define them. Learn simple tips and tricks that will help you plant a garden designed especially to delight you and will connect your garden to your five senses. Guest fee is $5 or $2 for seniors. For information call Diane at 978-433-5751.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

Day of ballet: Enjoy a perfect day of ballet fun for the budding dancers and story lovers in your family at 11 a.m. when ballerinas from Harvard Academy of Dance take center stage at the Lawrence Library, 15 Main St. Author David Ira Rottenberg will read his picture book, "Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig," while the dancers perform the story. As an added treat, a mini-movement lesson will be offered to the children in the audience after the performance and Rottenberg will sign copies of his book. "Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig" tells the tale of Gwendolyn and Omar, two best friends who have big dreams. Gwendolyn longs to dance ballet and Omar wants to join the football team. There is just one problem -- they are both pigs!

SAVE THE DATE

Kindergarten registration

Varnum Brook Elementary School

Registration for 2013-2014 kindergarten at Varnum Brook Elementary School, 10 Hollis Street, will take place on.

Monday, March 11, from 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 9-10:30 a.m.

Registration packets are available from the school office. Please have all your paperwork completed and supporting documentation with you when you come to registration.

**Students must be 5 years old as of August 31, 2013 to be eligible for kindergarten.

Please call the school at (978) 433-6722 for more information.

The Katrina Project

NMRHS and the New Orleans Service Learning Group present "The Katrina Project: Hell and High Water," a short play by Michael Marks and Mackenzie Westmoreland.

Thursday, March 21, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Friday, March 22, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at North Middlesex Regional High School.

BRIEFS

Accepting applications for fuel assistance

This program provides financial assistance to low income households to help with heating bills throughout the winter season. When you book your appointment, be sure to ask what you need for documentation prior to your appointment. The Senior Center's front desk has the list and will be glad to assist you. Reach the center at 978-433-0326.

For more Council On Aging news and events, go to www.town.pepperell.ma.us/coa

Pepperell Army Community Covenant current list of sponsors for the 2013 Veterans Breakfast:

April 6: Masy Systems

May 4: Groton/Pepperell Rotary Club

June 1: Pepperell Business Association

July 13: C&S Pizza

Aug. 3: Pepperell Family Pharmacy

Sept. 7: 1A Auto Parts

Oct. 5: MA State Senator Eileen M. Donoghue

Reminder that all breakfasts are on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. at the Pepperell VFW Post 3291 (55 Leighton St.).

We welcome all our past and present warriors: our veterans, active duty military and reservist, spouses, family and friends.

-- Stephen Themelis