26Nashoba Park show: Vocalist Heather Marie presents her "Spookytunes" program at 2 p.m. at Nashoba Park Assisted Living Community, 15 Winthrop Ave., Ayer.
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.
Turkey dinner: Townsend Congregational Church invites you to enjoy a turkey dinner with all the fixings from 5-6:30 p.m. Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-8. and $25 for a family. As always, children under 3 eat free. Dinners are also available for take-out. Everyone is welcome to attend our worship and community events. Info: 978-597-8925.
28Opening concert: Saxophonist, flutist and vocalist Stan Strickland performs at 3 p.m. at The Healing Garden, 145 Bolton Road, Harvard, Admission is $15 (tickets only sold at the door). Proceeds benefit the services of Healing Garden.
Town Committee: The Groton Democratic Town Committee will hold its monthly meeting at 4 p.m. at Legion Hall, 75 Hollis St.. Conversation on the elections, current events, and preparing for the November election. All Democrats and friends are welcome. Info: www.GrotonDemocrats.
31Justice Denied: Margaret Yamamoto will present an illustrated lecture telling the story of the Japanese incarceration during World War II, at 12 p.m. at the Groton Council on Aging. This program is supported by RiverCourt Residence. Register: 978-448-1170.
Halloween Boo: 10:30 a.m., Townsend Public Library, 12 Dudley Road, Townsend. Children ages 2 and over are invited to enjoy trick or treating, followed by a silly (not scary) concert.
1 Ham and bean supper: The VFW Auxiliary to Townsend Post No. 6538 will hold a ham and bean supper at 6 p.m. at the VFW Post Home, 491 Main St. The meal of homemade beans, ham, cole slaw, and bread and butter will be served for $10 per person. Dessert is $2. The supper is open to the public.
Book Sale: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Townsend Public Library, 12 Dudley St. 978-597-1714. Continues on Sunday, Nov. 3.
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. Purchasetickets at tinyurl.com/RHLFallFundraiser2018, or at the library.
Trail tour: Tour Townsend's trails starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with guides from local organizations. Meet at the top of Meetinghouse Road or at the Harbor Church.
7Paint Party: 6:30 p.m.; Townsend Public Library, 12 Dudley St. Learn to create a copy of the Fall in Paris oil canvas painting; $12 materials fee. To register, call 978-597-1714.
13Mom's letters: Writer and poet Corinne Smith talks about her project to return World War II correspondence with her mother to the writers' children. 7 p.m at Lawrence Library, Pepperell. Info: 978-433-0330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
17 Christmas crafts: The Lawrence Library in Pepperell invites children 11 years old and under to make a variety of Christmas ornaments using puzzle pieces, popsicle sticks, yarn, origami paper and more. Sessions are 10:30-11:30 a.m., and 12:30-1:30 p.m. Space is limited. Please register for one session only, at lawrencelibrary.org under Upcoming Events or by calling 978-433-0330. Adults must stay with the child(ren). Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.
Holiday fair: St. Andrew's Episcopal Church holds its annual Holiday Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 7 Faulkner St. in Ayer.
Contra dance: Groton Grange #7 invites you to join the fun at our traditional New England Contra Dance on from 7:30-10 p.m. at Historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney St. Donation at the door is $5.00 per person, children under 3 are free, and family maximum is $20. Refreshments are provided. Made possible by a grant from the Town of Groton's Trust Fund Lecture Series.