Meet the Alpacas today, at 2 p.m., at Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Massachusetts Ave. See a real alpaca from In the Meadow Farm of Lunenburg.
Meet the Alpacas today, at 2 p.m., at Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Massachusetts Ave. See a real alpaca from In the Meadow Farm of Lunenburg. 978-582-4140.

Summertime Jazz Band to jazz up the Shirley Meeting House

SHIRLEY -- Welcome summer early with a spirited performance by the Summertime Jazz Band, featuring renderings from vocalist giants of the '30s and '40s, classic jazz and reconstructed popular songs, Sunday, May 5, starting at 5 p.m., at Shirley Meeting House, 41 Brown Road.

Vocalist and composer Emilie Faucher offers polished lyrical stylings that pay homage to Judy Garland, Keely Smith and Amy Winehouse. Rob Compagna, guitar teacher and owner of two Massachusetts-area guitar schools, brings the heat of rock to the Summertime world of jazz guitar, while Joe Compagna, composer and music teacher, plays the six-string bass, and Peter Elwyn, composer and drummer extraordinaire, provides the back beat that pins it all down.

Suggested donation is $15, with proceeds supporting preservation of the historic Meeting House, an all-volunteer, non-profit, charitable organization.

For more information, to become a Shirley Meeting House member or to make a donation, visit

Montachusett Chorale's Spring Concert set for Sunday, May 5, in Leominster

LEOMINSTER -- The Montachusett Chorale will perform its Spring Concert on Sunday, May 5, starting at 2 p.m., in Tata Auditorium at Leominster City Hall, 25 West St.

The concert will benefit the rebuilding of Cherry Hill Farm in Lunenburg.


Selections from Broadway and film musicals "Cover Girl," "Oklahoma," "Singin' in the Rain," "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," songs highlighting life's journey, and closing with a tribute to the armed services performed with the orchestra.

Tickets are available at the Leominster Mayor's Office, 25 West St., Elena's Gourmet Grocery, 1 Main St., Lunenburg, and Stillman Dairy Farm, 991 Lancaster Ave., Lunenburg. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and under 18 free.

Discussion of 'Being Mortal' on May 21 in Leominster

LEOMINSTER -- "We all die, so why don't we die well?" asks renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande in his book "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End," a sensitive, intelligent and heartfelt examination of the processes of aging and dying.

Leominster Public Library will hold a discussion of Dr. Gawande's book Tuesday, May 21, starting at 7 p.m., in the library's Community Room, 30 West St.

Kathy Benson, LICSW, of Nashoba Nursing Service and Hospice, will lead the discussion on "Being Mortal," which explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life.

Those interested can register by calling the library at 978-534-7522, ext. 3, or visiting Copies of "Being Mortal" will available to all those who sign up and can be picked up at the Information Desk at the Leominster Public Library.