It’s the holiday season, come and celebrate with us at The Groton Center! Preregistration required.

Veteran’s Drive Thru Breakfast at the Central Fire Station
Friday, November 12, 10:00 a.m. Pre-registration required.

Professional Firefighters of Groton Local 4879 and the Groton Firefighter’s Association sponsor a free drive thru breakfast for our area’s veterans and spouses. Head Chef, Fire Lieutenant Tyler Shute, with the assistance of Groton’s First Responders will serve up a hearty meal with the promise no one will be hungry! Deliveries will be made to those Groton Veteran residents choosing to stay home. Please let us know if you need a home delivery upon registering for this event.

Gibbet Hill Holiday Dinner Thursday
November 18,5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Our much anticipated annual dinner is back at the Gibbet Hill Barn and provided through the generosity of Mark Lynch and his team. This event is free to residents of Groton 60 and older. Tickets are required and will be available starting on Thursday, November 4.

Home delivered meals are available by request and provided by Groton Fire and Police Departments please express interest by Monday, November 15.

Groton Woman’s Club Sponsored Luncheon
Wednesday, November 17, 12:00 noon
Menu: Ham and noodles, green bean and grape toma- to salad and a pineapple delight cake

After the luncheon enjoy a Mindfulness, Kindness and Compassion program by Neil Motenko as you gear up for the holiday season. Please make your reservation by Friday, November 12. This program is made possible through the generous support of the Groton Trust Program and Lecture Fund.

Groton Woman’s Club Sponsored Luncheon
Wednesday, December 15, 12:00 noon
Lunch: Stuffed shells with meat sauce, tossed green salad with Italian dressing, rolls, peppermint stick ice cream and cookie. After lunch Joy Marzolf, will facilitate a program on Mammals of NE. There is a wide range of mammals found around NE, from the woods, fields and suburbs to the seashore. From the shy fisher to the comical chipmunk, rabbits, foxes, deer, coyotes and even black bear might visit neighborhoods. Learn about mammal behavior, tracks and signs to help who is in your neighborhood! Please make your reservation by Friday, December 10. This program is made possible through the generous support of the Groton Trust Program and Lecture Fund.

Holiday Fraud
Wednesday, November 10, 12:30 p.m.
Robin Putnam, Research and Special Projects Manager from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Busi- ness Regulation will lead a discussion on topics such as: Black Friday shopping tips, return policies, defective merchandise, warranties, lost or stolen packages, gift certificates, credit card skimming devices and how to spot them, and identity theft and fraud prevention. Light lunch provided.

Get to Know Your Community Leaders
Join us for an exciting opportunity to meet your community leaders and learn what is happening in our Town. Pre-registration required; refreshments served.

Michael Bouchard, Town Clerk
November 12, 10:30 a.m.
Michael Bouchard will discuss Town Clerk operations as it affects many seniors, including absentee ballots, annual sign up for absentee ballots, changes in elections, dog registration, census and the results of the town meeting vote on an elected or appointed town clerk.

Michael Luth, Chief of Police
December 17, 10:30 a.m.
The Chief of Police will discuss his experience, history of law enforcement and how the GPD works with the Community to meet the needs of the Citizens’ it serves. How to balance law enforcement for the protection of people and property with public safety and the quality of life issues daily in a professional, transparent and compassionate manner.

Can We Talk   Civil Discourse
November 29  1PM Topic: TBD
December 27  1PM Topic: TBD
Call the front office for additional information.

The Groton Civil Discourse Project is pleased to announce its plans to hold monthly, in person conversations at the Center on the fourth Monday of the month at 1 PM.

The conversations will be modeled after the “Talk with Tom” discussions hosted by Tom Hartnett for many years. Tom was a retired Tax Collector/Treasurer and Selectman who met with seniors every month to talk about what was on their minds especially local, controversial issues including Town Meeting warrant articles and ballot questions.

Space is limited so advance registration is required. Call 978-448-1170 to register.

Brunch (Sponsored by Rivercourt Residences) and Learn (The Fashions of Downtown Abbey)
Wednesday, November 24, 10:00 a.m.

Brunch: Danishes, muffins, pastries, bagels and cream cheese and juice.

Are you a fan of Downton Abbey? If yes, join us for an informative presentation about the lives and fashions of the residents of Downton Abbey. Travel with us through time while we explore the styles of 1912, represented in Season 1 of Downton Abbey, through the 1920s, when major changes occurred both in fashion and in society. Immerse yourself in Downton Abbey, where we will explore all of the changing fashions of this intriguing period.

Holiday Harmony Histories
Wednesday, December 8, 1:00 p.m.

Presenter Frank King will reveal the surprising backstories behind eight well known holiday songs, including Jingle Bells, White Christmas, The 12 Days of Christmas, Silver Bells, Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel and others. You’ll learn how the songs began, hear lyrics you’ve never heard before, and of course, have a chance to tap your toes to many of these
classic tunes!

Holiday Musical Bingo Wednesday,
December 22, 1:00 p.m.

Listen to holiday music during a themed bingo activity hot chocolate bar included.

Excerpts from The Nutcracker Performed by The Methuen Ballet Ensemble
Monday, December 27, 1:00 p.m. OR 3:00 p.m.

Methuen Ballet Ensemble will perform Excerpts from The Nutcracker and ballerinas will guide you through the Land of Sweets in Tchaikovsky’s second act of the holiday classic. All of the company members are working professionals but continue to share their passion of dance through performing.

Brunch (Sponsored by Rivercourt Residences) and Learn (Resilience, Relationships and Relief2Using Positive Psychology to Thrive in Tough Times2 Pam Garramone, M.ED)
Wednesday, December 29, 10:00 a.m.

Brunch: Quiche, fresh fruit, pastry, muffins and juice Really 2021? Do you feel like “I’m still standing better than I ever was” or do you feel more defeated, stressed and anxious or a bit of both and lots of other feelings? Are you one day thinking “I got this” and next wishing that this was over and things could go back to normal? This year has been full of challenges. How do we handle and recover from difficulties that we face? In this session, you will learn simple strategies to build resilience, relationships and feel a sense of relief. Jumpstart your energy, release stress and feel happier!

Noon Year’s Eve Thursday,
December 30, 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Cost: $5.00

Why stay up until midnight when you can count down to noon at The Groton Center? The Groton Center will have the noise makers ready and sparkling cider chilled. Following the TICK TICK TOCK TRIVIA countdown there will be a buffet lunch. Grab your trivia team and come on down registration required.