Get to the root of mushrooms

LEOMINSTER -- Did you know that when you encounter a mushroom on the forest floor, it's not just a mushroom?

Find out about these fascinating organisms at "Mushrooms of the Northeast," with naturalist and educator John Root, on Tuesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m., at Leominster Public Library, 30 West St.

Root will describe some of the Northeast's edible species, such as the chanterelle and black morel, as well as poisonous ones to be avoided, such as the aptly named death cap and destroying angel.

For more information, call 978-534-7522.

Free health classes at Bigelow Library

CLINTON -- Bigelow Free Public Library will offer free health classes on Thursdays, starting May 2, 6:30 p.m., at the library, 54 Walnut St.

The first class will be "Feed your Gut for a Healthier You," presented by Pat Iorio. What do depression, arthritis, IBS, anxiety, asthma, obesity and celiac disease have in common? The conditions are associated with bacterial imbalances in your gut. Take this opportunity to sample gut-friendly foods.

The next four classes will be "Yoga and Ayurveda," co-led by Julianna Record and Mary Sullivan.

The four-week series will introduce those in attendance to the sciences of ayurveda and yoga, and teach techniques to build health, fitness and enjoyment.

Take this opportunity to experience and explore these systems for your own benefit.

Yoga focuses in on spiritual growth and evolution, ayurveda on building a healthy body and healthy life.


In combination, they give you the structure and tools to shape and evolve your life and health for the better.

For more information or to register, call 978-365-4160.

Break out your light sabers in Fitchburg

FITCHBURG -- Fitchburg Public Library will host a Star Wars Day on Saturday, May 4, at the library, 610 Main St.

Join the library staff as starting at 10 a.m., for a "Star Wars" movie marathon of the original trilogy, screened in the auditorium. Answer trivia questions for prizes.

Children 12 are welcome to visit the Youth Library from noon to 2 p.m., for "Star Wars" crafts, games, snacks and scavenger hunt. Create a Jedi name, or participate in light-saber or fighter-pilot training.

Ages 12-18 are welcome for a special after-hours celebration. Arrive by 3:45 p.m., for food, games, movies and more.

The program is free. For information about this or other programs, call 978-829-1780, or