Friday, Sept. 19

POW/MIA vigil: 6:30 p.m., Townsend Common; Candlelight vigil to honor all American prisoners of war and missing in action who never came home, especially the 41 Massachusetts residents still unaccounted for after Vietnam. Wear a red ribbon to show your concern for the 88,000 missing or unaccounted for. Hosted by VFW Post 6538 and its Ladies Auxiliary.

Saturday, Sept. 20

A Pirate's Life: 11 a.m., Memorial Hall, Great Hall; Moon Ship Productions presents a unique trip on the high seas, with pirate stories and sea chanties, accompanied by accordion, guitar and a parrot! For ages 3 and up. Call the library at (978) 597-1714

Old Home Day: All day, Townsend Common (rain date Sept. 21); Old Home Day features crafts, food, raffles, antique cars, baked goods and entertainment by Country Dave, with proceeds to benefit the Townsend Fireworks Fund. Kids can play Guitar Hero and other games. Ideas and volunteers are welcome. Contact Marcia at (978) 597-5377.

Autumn Fling: 7 p.m., Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley; "Autumn Fling" by Townsend Republican Town Committee, with expected guests Rep. Bob Hargraves, state GOP Chairman Peter Torkildsen and U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Beatty, who will oppose John Kerry in November. Tickets $10 included appetizers and entertainment by Country Dave. Call Tubby at (978) 597-8876 or by e-mail to tubby1942@yahoo.com.


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Barbecue for Seniors: Noon, Devens Community Center, Rogers Field, Devens; Barbecue chicken dinner free for all seniors, 60 and over. Contact your local senior center or council on aging, or call Dave at (978) 448-9850. Hosted annually by the Ayer Rotary Club, serving the towns of Ayer, Harvard, Shirley and Devens.

Monday, Sept. 22

School Committee: 7:30 p.m. meeting, North Middlesex Regional High School, 19 Main St., Townsend; Regular meeting of the North Middlesex Regional School District School Committee.

Planning Board: 7 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall, selectmen's chambers.

Board of Health: 6:30 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall. room 2.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Turtle discussion: 7 p.m., Memorial Hall, selectmen's chambers. Special meeting of the Conservation Commission to discuss turtles.

Recycling Committee: 7 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall, room 1.

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Conservation Commission: 7 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall.

Picnic on the common: 5-7 p.m., Townsend Common; Bring your dinner and have fun with local families. Children's musician and storyteller Steve Blunt will perform. Hosted by the nonprofit Townsend Cooperative Playschool. Call (978) 597-6966 for more information.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Bible study: 7-8 p.m., West Townsend Reading Room; Weekly group is currently studying the acts of the apostles (New Testament) and new members are always welcome. If you don't have a bible, one will be given to you.

Friday, Sept. 26

Fall Fun Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Townsend Public Library lawn (weather permitting); Storytime with Miss Stacy, if the weather is nice. Call the library at (978) 597-1714.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Tennis court clean-up: 2-4 p.m., Hawthorne Brook Middle School; Join the Townsend Recreational Activities Council (T.R.A.C.) in a volunteer clean-up of the tennis courts near the school. Bring a rake and work gloves and get to meet some of your neighbors. Call Karin at (978) 597-9171 or e-mail questions to traccouncil@gmail.com.

Alpaca Farm Days: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Silver Oak Farm, 1258 West Road, Ashby; Meet the alpacas (a cousin to the llama) and watch hand-spinning, fiber crafts and Angora goat shearing as part of a national open house. Free and open to the public. Visit www.silveroakalpacas.com.

Samuel S. Thorpe: 2-5 p.m., Harbor Church, 80 Main St., Townsend Harbor; Exhibit by Townsend Historical Society of the works of Samuel S. Thorpe. Admission free to Society members or those who join, or else $12 at the door ($7 for non-member seniors and students). Call (978) 597-2106 on Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., to learn more.

Sunday, Sept. 28

Alpaca Farm Days: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Silver Oak Farm, 1258 West Road, Ashby; Day two. See above.

Samuel S. Thorpe: 2-5 p.m., Harbor Church, 80 Main St., Townsend Harbor; Day two. See above.

* Meeting list provided by the town clerk's office on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

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Book bag

contest

Help us design a book bag for the library's Children's Room!

Students ages 12 and under are encouraged to pick up an entry form in the Children's Room starting Tuesday, Sept. 16. All entries are due no later than Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m.

Entries must have the student's name and telephone number on the form and must fit on the entry form. The winner will be chosen by the Friends of the Townsend Public Library and will have their drawing printed on the new book bags!

For more information, call the Townsend Public Library at (978) 597-1714.

Save the date:

Saturday, Oct. 4

William E. May Dinner: Townsend Ridge Country Club; Honoring Connie Giles with the William E. May Endowment Award. Tickets $50 by calling Bob Tumber at (978) 597-8843 or Shirley Kao at (978) 97-6338.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Fishing Derby: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Townsend Rod & Gun Club, Emery Road off Route 13; Registration $15 per person with four-fish limit, then re-register for $10 after four fish. Children under 5 are free, under 15 pay half-price entry. Cash prizes for five biggest fish, 50/50 raffle. No license or club membership required. Call Jim at (978) 302-5616 or visit www.townsend-rod-and-gun-club.org.

Saturday, Oct. 11

Greg Reeves Run: 10:30 a.m., Townsend Congregational Church; Fourth annual Gregory E. Reeves Memorial Scholarship Run, entry fee $15 before Oct. 1, $18 after, with a Kiddie Race and lunch provided. First 300 entrants receive a free T-shirt. Call (978) 597-5859 or e-mail debillr@comcast.net, or register online at www.coolrunning.com.

Ham and Bean Supper: 4:30 to 7 p.m., Townsend United Methodist Church, junction of Routes 119 and 13; Traditional New England supper of baked beans, ham, cheesy scalloped potatoes, coleslaw and rolls. Eat in or take out. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children older than 5. Call (978) 597-2486 for more information.