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March Reading Month

TEWKSBURY — The kindergarten class at Building Blocks Preschool and Kindergarten celebrated March Reading Month by reading and acting out the Dr. Seuss book “Wacky Wednesday.” The students wore mismatched shoes, wacky socks, shirts were on backwards and changed first names to begin with the letter “W.”

Friday COVID clinics

LOWELL — The Lowell Community Health Center continues to have COVID-19 and flu vaccine clinics for existing patients every Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 161 Jackson St. For information, call 978-937-9700.

Govang named business manager of PCA

WESTFORD — The Board of Directors of the Parish Center for the Arts at Westford Common welcomes JulieAnn Govang, of Ayer, as its new business manager. Govang, who starts her new role on April 1, will be the primary contact for all communications, program scheduling, tours and facility rentals, as well as bringing a background in visual media branding and social media experience to the organization.

She most recently worked at the Action newspaper in Concord, was the drama director for Ayer Shirley Regional High School, a founding member of Groton’s youth arts organization ArtsNashoba and an adjudicator for the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild through 2020.

The Parish Center for the Arts is a member-driven nonprofit whose mission is to promote community participation in the visual and performing arts. For more information, call 978-692-6333 or email, or visit

Black cowboys

Author Mia Mask discusses “Black Rodeo: A History of the African American Western,” in her virtual program on Wednesday, March 29, from 7 to 8 p.m.  Attendees will learn about the figure of the Black cowboy while examining the intersection of African-American film history and the western. To register, visit Hosted by the Ashland Public Library in collaboration with other Massachusetts libraries. For information, call 508-881-0100.

Book group

TEWKSBURY — The Page-Turners Fiction Book Group meets Wednesday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m., at the Tewksbury Public Library 300 Chandler St. The in-person group meets to discuss the book “Counterfeit,” a novel about intrigue in personal relationships, by Kirstin Chen. New members are always welcome, and copies of the book are available at the front desk prior to meeting. The book is also available in eBook format through OverDrive and the Libby app on No registration required. For information, call the library at 978-640-4490, or email Nicole Goolishian at

Cambodian Heritage Month

LOWELL — The National Council for the Traditional Arts presents Yary Livan, a ceramicist and 2015 National Heritage Fellow, in a celebration of Cambodian Heritage Month, Saturday, April 1, at Lowell National Historical Park, 246 Market St. The 5:30 p.m. reception is followed by 6 to 8 p.m. performances by the Angkor Dance Troupe and the Wong Pleng Khmer Band. Translation and interpretive services will be provided by the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at For information, call 978 970-5000.

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