October

7 Monthly Breakfast: The Ayer Masonic Association will hold its monthly fund raising breakfast at the Ayer Masonic Center, 11 Sculley Road. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Menu includes eggs cooked to order or pancakes with bacon, sausage, or hash and potatoes, toast, juice and coffee. Specials for this month are Eggs Benedict and an Italian omelet.

11 Library Friends: The Friends of the Lawrence Library will meet at 10:15 a.m. at the library. All are welcome.

12 "Lives Well Lived": The Groton Council on Aging and Groton-Dunstable High School invite you to a screening of the documentary "Lives Well Lived" on at 8:30 a.m. at the Blackbox Theater at Groton Dunstable Senior High School. "Lives Well Lived" celebrates the incredible wit, wisdom and experiences of adults aged 75 to 100 years old. Call to reserve your seat, 978-448-1170.

13 "Cabaret!": Members of the amethyst chamber ensemble will return to st. andrew's episcopal church to present "Cabaret!" an evening filled with wonderful music and tasty nibbles, at 7 p.m. Performing in the church's Parish Hall, soprano Mary Sullivan, mezzo Joelle Morris, and pianist Scott Nicholas will offer selections by Bernstein, Piazzolla, Weill, Piaf, Gershwin and more. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. They can be purchased on the St. Andrew's website at www.standrewsayer.org.


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Foliage Walk: The Shirley Conservation Commission hosts its annual Fall Foliage Walk at Farandnear, starting at 11 a.m. Events begin at 11 a.m. Walks begin at 1 p.m. (about three hours), and 1:30 p.m. (30-60 minutes). Activities are free, and held in rain or snow.

Harvest Supper: Christian Union Church in West Groton will be holding their annual harvest supper. Menu will be roast turkey with all the fixings. Price $12. Info: 978-448-5480 or 978-272-0145.

Spooky!: A Haunted Trail will be taking place at the VFW pond, 491 Main St., West Townsend, from 7-9 p.m. Admission is $7, or $6. with a canned good donation for Townsend Ecumenical Outreach. Proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Townsend Library and the VFW Auxiliary-Townsend. Strobes will be in use. Good walking shoes, a must! (Yes, it is scary!) Questions: clem6six@verizon.net.

Stories and Tall Tales: Storytellers Mark Jeffreys and Mary Ellen Jones will perform. Jeffreys will perform at Shirley Meeting House. The floor will be open for four to five readings. Touch base with Holly in advance at 978-425-0056.

17 FrankenREADS: UMass Lowell Professor Todd Avery will present a lecture on Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" lead discussion from 7-8:30 p.m. at Lawrence Library in Pepperell.

18 Medicare info: The Groton Council on Aging hosts an information session at 1 p.m. at the Lost Lake Fire Station. Be sure to attend by calling 978-448-1170.

19Dunstable Theater Collaborative: The collaborative presents "Songs for a New World" by Jason Robert Brown, directed by Christina Chadzynski and Valerie Kosick at Dunstable Town Hall on Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 21 at 3 p.m, Tickets are $12, $10 students/seniors, at www.dunstabletheater.org.

20Recycle Day: The 10th annual Recycle Your Reusables, the area's largest recycling drop-off day, takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bemis Associates in Shirley. Info: recycleyourreusables.wordpress.com, call 978-496-5839 or email ayerrecycles@gmail.com.

21Ensemble Lyrae: "Expressions of Light and Dark" with works by Felix Mendelssohn, Zoltán Kodály, Gustav Holst, Adam Guettel, Ola Gjeilo, and many more, begins at 4 p.m. at Shirley Meeting House.

Shaker tour: The Shirley Historical Society has a tour scheduled at 12:30 p.m. at the site of the 1793-1908 Shirley Shaker Village, which is currently part of the state prison system. Tour tickets cost $15. Info, www.shirleyhistory.org, 978-425-9328 on Mondays or Saturdays, or email mail@shirleyhistory.org.

24 Mary Shelley: Lawrence Library will screen the latest movie about "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley at 6:30 p.m. Free.

27Say boo!: A family-fun Halloween gathering on the Common in Shirley Center at 6:30 p.m. Featured will be magic by Stephanie Beach at the Meeting House, a "spooky room" and snacks at the Center Town Hall and a ghost walk on the Common. Admission for this special event, sponsored by the Center Town Hall Committee, is $5, with kids 3 and under free.

November

3Library kickoff: The Friends and Trustees of the Reuben Hoar Library in Littleton is hosting an evening of light appetizers and wine tasting on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Orange Door Kitchen, 251 Arlington St., West Acton, for those committed to supporting the construction of a new library. Tickets are $60 per person, covering the cost of the event. Space is limited; RSVP by Oct. 27. Purchase your ticket at tinyurl.com/RHLFallFundraiser2018, or at the library.