July

7 Concert: 7 p.m. Catherine O'Kelly will perform a solo concert at the Shirley Meeting House at 41 Brown Road in Shirley. Catherine is a DMA candidate in classical guitar performance at the Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, CT and has performed in three previous concerts at the Meeting House: Once as Tedesco Duo with flutist Arielle Burke and twice in solo performances. The concert is sponsored by Golden Girl Granola of Shirley. A suggested donation of $15 can be given at the door with proceeds to benefit the maintenance and upkeep of the Meeting House. For more information please visit www.shirleymeetinghouse.org

9Groton Fireworks: The traditional July event will begin with members of the Groton Fire Department preparing hot dogs, hamburgers, fried dough and other great treats, starting at 6 p.m. The fireworks will follow with a spectacular display of color and sound after sunset.

10 Pepperell Summer Concert Series: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., town field bandstand.

11 Dunstable Summer Concert: 5 to 8 p.m. on the town common. For more information: facebook.com/dunstablesummerconcerts

12 The Wall That Heals: On display from July 12 to 15 at Crocker Field in Fitchburg.

Townsend Military Band: Lawn party on Townsend Common starts at 6:30 p.m., music starts at 7:30 p.m.


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14 Freedom Ride and Chicken BBQ: Motorcycle Benefit ride for the Middlesex GWOT Veterans Monument. This event will be at the Pepperell VFW on Leighton St. Registration 8-9:30 a.m. with Kick stands Up at 10 a.m. The ride will be 3 hours with one stop and returning to the VFW for a chicken BBQ at 1 p.m. Cost for riders: $25 (includes BBQ); Chicken BBQ, $15. All proceeds help build the Middlesex GWOT Veterans Monument. This is a rain or shine event.

Electronics Recycling: Our Lady of Grace Parish, 28 Tarbell St, Pepperell, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Accepting any and all electronics, prices for disposal vary. Contact Jim Wood J.wood36@Yahoo.com

15 Groton History Center: Opening of Destination Groton exhibit.

16Calumet is coming: For the first time, Calumet Lutheran Ministries will be partnering with Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church to host "This Changes Everything" on July 16-20. Calumet's camp counselors will join with the church's VBS Team in Ayer to offer a full week of fun for children ages 4 to 14 - with games, crafts, science and music! The registration form is available at: http://sov-lc.org/wordpress/documents/2018-vbs-brochure.pdf There is still space available. "This Changes Everything" is offered free. For information, contact Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church at 978-540-0768.

17 Pepperell Summer Concert Series: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., town field bandstand.

18 Dunstable Summer Concert: 5 to 8 p.m. on the town common. For more information: www.facebook.com/dunstablesummerconcerts

Friends of the Ayer Library Executive Board: 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ayer Library. Stay for the entire meeting, or as much as you'd like. We're happy to have you join us! An agenda will be posted two weeks prior to the meeting.

19 Townsend Military Band: Lawn party on Townsend Common starts at 6:30 p.m., music starts at 7:30 p.m.

24Pepperell Summer Concert Series: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., town field bandstand.

25 Dunstable Summer Concert: 5 to 8 p.m. on the town common. For more information: facebook.com/dunstablesummerconcerts

26 Townsend Military Band: Lawn party on Townsend Common starts at 6:30 p.m., music starts at 7:30 p.m.

28 World War I Living History Weekend: July 28 and 29, Fort Devens Museum.

August

1 Dunstable Summer Concert: 5 to 8 p.m. on the town common. For more information: www.facebook.com/dunstablesummerconcerts

7 Pepperell Summer Concert Series: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., town field bandstand.

8 Dunstable Summer Concert: 5 to 8 p.m. on the town common. For more information: www.facebook.com/dunstablesummerconcerts

Lecture and Private House Tour: The Center for Painted Wall Preservation (CPWP), a not for profit organization dedicated to the preservation of 18th and 19th century paint decorated walls, will host a lecture and tour of four unique residences with amazing original wall murals, three of which are in private residences. These untouched beauties represent some of the best extant examples of the itinerant muralists of the first half of the 1800s. Linda Lefko, President of CPWP and co-author of Folk Art Murals of the Rufus Porter School, will take the audience on a visual tour of the walls to be seen in the various venues discussing the various artists represented before the actual tour begins. The lecture will begin at 1 p.m. at Townsend's St. John's Catholic Church Hall, 1 School St. Townsend, followed immediately by the tour of homes. Reservations for the lecture and tour are necessary because there is limited space for this unique viewing experience. To reserve your space, send a non-refundable tax deductible donation to CPWP at Box 187, Hallowell, ME, 04347 or to website www.pwpcenter.org and make a donation with PayPal followed up by sending your name, address, phone and email to info@pwpcenter.org

14 Pepperell Summer Concert Series: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., town field bandstand.

25 Farm to Brew: Sponsored by the Groton History Center, music, food and beer tasting. John Ott will be back to tell us all about hops and the history of beer making.

September

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.