Towns Now Offer Rain Barrels
TYNGSBORO -- Tyngsboro and Pepperell are encouraging residents to reduce their water bills and help the environment by purchasing a Great American Rain Barrel in March. In addition to an estimated $200 in savings on annual water bills, rain barrels help stressed trees, gardens and lawns during summer dry spells when water bans are in effect. The 60-gallon barrels will also help the two towns manage water supplies and stormwater runoff. To take advantage of the discounted price of $69, residents must order rain barrels before midnight on March 31 at https://www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com/community/ .
-- PRUDENCE BRIGHTON
Self-defense class for women
WILMINGTON -- Women are welcome to attend a free self-defense class taking place on March 24 at Wilmington High School, located at 159 Church St. The class, taught by IRON CLAD, will be open to women and girls age 12 and up from 2 to 4 p.m. Donations of toiletries are welcomed for the Everett Grace women’s shelter. To sign up, visit www.bit.ly/freesafetyclass. For information, call 978-658-8288.
-- KORI TUITT
A deal for engineering students
LITTLETON -- The Littleton Electric Light and Water Department has launched two new programs to encourage college-bound students to study engineering or environmental science. LELWD has partnered with Littleton High School to start a dual enrollment program that will allow students to take college courses. Through this program, LELWD will cover the cost of one class and books. Application deadline is April 1. The district also created the Denise M. Pagacik Memorial Scholarship, honoring an integral member of the Littleton community. Students who complete dual enrollment and meet scholarship criteria will receive a one-time $2,000 scholarship. For information, visit www.lelwd.com .
-- SUN STAFF
Happiness Week at local library
TEWKSBURY -- Next week is Happiness Week at the Tewksbury Public Library. On Tuesday, March 12, Thursday, March 14 and Saturday, March 16, the library will hold events on how to be happier. The March 12 event will start with a discussion on “The Five Hurdles To Happiness & How To Overcome Them.” Author and psychologist Mitch Abblett will lead the discussion at 7 p.m. Happiness Week will continue on March 14 with a discussion on how to feel happier by changing your mindset. Lizzie Linn Casanave, professor of philosophy at Northern Essex Community College will lead the talk, which starts at 1 p.m. “Everything You Know About Happiness is Wrong” wraps up the week on March 16. Author, educator and social worker Mary Jacobson will lead the conversation which will start at 2 p.m.
--EMMA R. MURPHY
Go bald for a cause
PEPPERELL -- A St. Baldrick’s event is scheduled in town for March 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event, which will be held at the Pepperell Park Street Fire Station, located at 38 Park St., helps raise money and awareness about childhood cancer. Volunteers have come to shave their heads and raise money. In the last 16 years, more than $271,000 was raised. For more information, visit www.stbaldricks.org .
-- KORI TUITT