11 Boutwell House: Guided tours of the Boutwell House, 172 Main St., Groton, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Tour the newly renovated and decorated 1851 Boutwell House "Dressing Room" now open to the public for the first time. Free admission. Donations appreciated.

Sensory Playtime: At Harvard Public Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. We will have several sensory stations with things to smell, touch, see, and hear in this interactive program that is designed to encourage sensory exploration for young children and their caregivers. (Sensory play sometimes gets a bit messy.)

Vets Breakfast: The Pepperell Army Community Covenant holds its next veterans breakfast 8:30-10 a.m. at the Pepperell VFW. Sponsors are Catalano Companies aka Dunkin Donuts, and Main Street Bank.

13Lego Club: Ages 5 and up, 3-4:30 p.m., Harvard Public Library. Have fun building creations with other Harvard Lego fans. Please register.

14 Cooking for One Series: Class at 2 p.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center. Learn to be a healthier, happier and thriftier cook. Free and open to all.

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

15 "Darkest Hour:" Movie at the Pepperell Senior Center 12:30 p.m. Free and open to all.

16 Reading the Rocks!: Archaeologist and Groton native Michael Danti. Michael Danti discusses his adventures in Syria, Iraq, and Iran over the last 30 years and current efforts to preserve and protect the endangered cultural heritage of the "Cradle of Civilization.


" Groton Public Library, 7-8:30 p.m.

Mother Goose on the Loose : Infant story time at Harvard Public Library (no sign-up). at 10:30 a.m.

18Yard Sale: Christian Union Church in West Groton will once again be holding its annual yard sale, and its second annual wiener roast, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 37 West Main St. in West Groton. There will many tables of treasures and books. The weiner roast is two hot dogs, bag of chips and a soda for $5. Hot dogs sold until 2 p.m. or sold out whichever comes first. Info: 978-448-5480 or 978-272-0145.

21 Hear Better: Hearing test and hearing aid cleanings at the Pepperell Senior Center. Small repairs are done on site for no charge. 978-433-0326 for an appointment or more info.

24 Your Tax Dollars: Learn where Pepperell spends its tax dollars during a presentation by the Pepperell town assessor. 10 a.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center. Free and open to all.

Shirley Summer Concerts: Dan Gable and the Abletones performs at 6:30 p.m. on the Common at 1 Parker Road (at the Shirley Meeting House). Concerts are sponsored by the Shirley Charitable Foundation.

25 Farm to Brew: Sponsored by the Groton History Center, music, food and beer tasting, from 3-7 p.m. at Williams Barn. John Ott will be back to tell us all about hops and the history of beer making. Tickets are $40 for music, food, and beer tasting, and $30 for food and music only and may be purchased online at"

30 Meet the Chief: The Groton Council on Aging hosts a welcome reception for Police Chief Michael Luth at 10 a.m. a the Central Fire Station. Get to know him, his philosophy, leadership style and vision for the police department. Space is limited. Please register by calling the COA at 978-448-1170.


8 Ayer Crafts: The Friends of the Ayer Library and the Ayer Cultural Council invite you to Ayer Crafts, a local arts fair and plant sale. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the library.

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.

Arts and Crafts Fair: The Townsend Historical Society's 37th Annual Arts and Craft Fair on the Common is fast approaching. Are you an artist or artisan? Spaces are quickly filling but you still have time to get your application into the Society for the fair on Sept. 15 and 16.Applications are available at or call 978-597-2106.

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. All items may be ordered in advance for best selection through Aug. 31. Orders may be placed online at or by requesting a catalog from, and mailing in a check.


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.