Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist Marcia Ball   the official 2018 Texas State Musician   is celebrating her 50th year as a
Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist Marcia Ball the official 2018 Texas State Musician is celebrating her 50th year as a professional musician with her new album, Shine Bright, and a live performance on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley. Ball will be inducted along with Los Lobos and Ray Charles into the Austin City Limits Hall Of Fame. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 on the day of the show. For information: www.bullrunrestaurant.com.

September

14 TAYBS Fundraiser: Doors open at 7 p.m., at Townsend Ridge Country Club, 40 Scales Lane. PG-rated adult show, Cash bar, BYOS (bring your own snacks), raffles, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, live auction. Tickets are $25 per person.

15 4th Annual Pepperell Fall Festival: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pepperell Town Field, 4 Hollis St.

14th Annual Duck Race: noon to 1 p.m., Pepperell Town Field.

16 Open House: Loaves & Fishes hosts an open house for its reconfigured pantry, 2-5 p.m, at 234 Barnum Road, Devens.

17 Open rehearsals: Nashoba Valley Chorale is a non-audition chorus with high standards. This season we're exploring a contemporary oratorio, one of Bach's most joyous works, and he much-loved Requiem by Gabriel Fauré. Join us at 7:15 at the First Baptist Church, 461 King St., Littleton to try us out. Info: nashobachorale.org.

Music By Jack: 2 p.m. at Nashoba Park Assisted Living Community, 15 Winthrop Ave, Ayer. Music by Jack will feature tunes from the 30s through 60s and a bit of country.

18Free hearing tests. cleaning: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center. Dr. Chris Streeter, from Affordable Hearing LLC, will provide free hearing tests and hearing aid cleanings. Small fixes on hearing aids can be done on site. Holes or cracks in hearing aids can be fixed for a small fee. Batteries are available at a discounted rate. Please call 978-433-0326 for an appointment.


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Friends of Seniors: The 18th annual meeting of the Friends of Townsend Seniors will be held at 7 p.m. at the Townsend Meeting Hall, 14 Dudley Road. The brief business meeting will include the election of officers, financial report, and review of 2017 projects and programs and a preview of coming events. State Rep. Sheila Harrington will be the guest speaker. Light refreshments will be served.

19 Blood Pressure Clinic: 10 a.m.-12 p.m at the Pepperell Senior Center. Susan Hoag from Nashoba Nursing Service will provide free blood pressure screenings and check your blood sugar level if needed. Free and open to all.

Community Forum: At Trinity Chapel, 188 Center Road, Shirley. Light refreshments and socializing at 7 p.m. with a quest speaker from SHINE presenting the program at 7:30 p.m. SHINE stands for Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone. Their representatives provide free unbiased health insurance counseling information and assistance to Massachusetts residents with Medicare, their caregivers and those approaching Medicare eligibility. Info: 978-425-9041.

Virtual Dementia Tour: Rivercourt Residences. 8 West Main St., Groton, hosts a tour starting at 5:30 p.m. The Tour enable caregivers and professionals to experience physical and mental challenges facing those with dementia. RSVP: Lauren McCaig, lmccaig@rivercourtresidences.com or 978-448-4122.

20Clutter Control: Dave Downs, a retired schoolteacher, has found a second career with his humorous Clutter Control program. Participants will leave armed with a few practical tips and that his program is for the average American who has too much stuff. Starts at 6:30 p.m. at Hazen Memorial Library, Shirley.

Confident Women Consortium: The consortium holds its first dinner event at 6:30 p.m. at the Groton Inn. The speaker is Maureen Weisner, founder and Managing Partner of Kickstart Your Transition. Cost is $50. Sign up at Eventbrite.

21 Bulb and Perennial Sale: The Middlesex Conservation District will be holding its annual Fall Bulb and Perennial Sale on Friday, Sept. 21, 3-6 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 22, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Great Brook Farm State Park Ski Touring Center, 1018 Lowell Road. Carlisle. The sale includes tulips, daffodils, specialty bulbs, perennials and fertilizer.

Info Night: The Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America (Fuad Court #30) will be holding an informational night on starting at 7 p.m. at Caleb Butler Lodge, 11 Scully Road, Ayer. All ladies are welcome to attend. Learn who we are, what we do, and why. Information: 978-337-3624, 978 204-5774 or 508-341-4511

Home Care Presentation: 10 a.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center. Presentation by Montachusett Home Care Corp. Did you know that you may qualify for little or no cost for help around the house? Montachusett Home Care helps elders remain independent, by providing services like home making, grocery shopping, laundry, and personal care. Free and open to all.

22Ales and Trails: Bring your friends and neighbors to the lawn in front of the Shirley Meeting House at 41 Brown Road from 2-6 p.m. to enjoy a fundraiser with fine craft beer, wine and food truck fare accompanied by folk rock, classic rock and blues from The Glue Factory. Tickets may be purchased online at www.shirleymeetinghouse.org or by emailing Ron Banay at ron.banay@gmail.com.

Harvest Fair: A Harvest Fair will he held at the Union Congregational church, 218 Main St., Groton, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a silent auction, crafts, a chili-tasting contest an outdoor pizza oven and more. All proceeds will be donated to Teen Challenge, a Christian-based solution to drug and alcohol addiction.

23 RBG: The award-winning documentary will be shown at 2 p.m. at Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center, Lawrence Academy, 26 Powderhouse Road. Discussion will follow with District Court Judge Mary McCabe, and Patricia Sullivan Talty, an attorney specializing in U.S. courts and constitutional Law. Sponsored by Groton Neighbors and the Groton Public Library with support by the GPL Endowment Trust.

24Open rehearsals: Nashoba Valley Chorale is a non-audition chorus with high standards. This season we're exploring a contemporary oratorio, one of Bach's most joyous works, and he much-loved Requiem by Gabriel Fauré. Join us at 7:15 at the First Baptist Church, 461 King St., Littleton to try us out. Info: nashobachorale.org.

Silent Auction: Library Trustees will hold a silent auction to benefit the Hazen Memorial Library Endowment Fund. Art and antiques were donated by Tom and Judy Creamer. There are 37 different items open for bidding, including a set of (two) brass Asian birds, China bowl and pitcher, Gainsborough prints, Temple altar candlesticks, Dresden set(s), Alfred Meakin Windemere serving dish, G. Vander Wetering landscape and much more. Items will be on display in the library through Sept. 24. The auction will close at 6 p.m. on Sept. 24 and the winning bidders will be notified shortly thereafter.

25 Patio Party: 4:30 p.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center, Come check out our new patio. Andy Ross will entertaining. We will be serving Italian sausages with peppers and onions, potato salad and yummy S'mores. Cost: $5. Please sign up at 978-433-0326.

27 Gospel Concert: Robert Pate and his ensemble of four singers and five instrumentalists perform contemporary gospel music to open the Gammons Concert Series, at 7 p.m. in Edward B. Gammons Recital Hall, in Groton's Schoolhouse, 282 Farmers Row. Concerts free and open to the public.

28 Llama Lounge: For grades 5-8, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Groton Public Library. Drop in with your friends and play Wii games or board games, do a craft, go online, enjoy some treats, listen to music, and/or get your homework done. Held every middle school half-day.

29 Chili and Chowder Fest: 1-3 p.m. at Nashoba Park Assisted Living Community, 15 Winthrop Ave., Ayer. Nashoba Park's Annual Chili & Chowder Fest will feature music by the Yankee Stompers, chili and chowder, and our residents' fund rummage sale.

October

1 Trip to New York: Join the Groton Council on Aging as we travel to New York's Hudson Valley for a two day trip, Oct. 1-2. The trip includes tours of West Point Military Academy and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's beloved Hyde Park. We will also enjoy a cruise on the beautiful Hudson River. Also included is transportation on a luxury coach bus, three meals and drivers gratuity. Cost is only $309 per person double occupancy and $379 for a single. For information call 978-448-1170.