FRIDAY, APRIL 26
Jimmy Tingle's "American Dream": This arts fundraiser will play at the Ayer-Shirley Regional High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are FREE to ASRSD students; $20 for adults in advance ($25 at the door); $15 for groups and students outside out district. 100 percent of the PROCEEDS go back to the students. For tickets and information, call 978-772-2545 or email AyerShirleyDrama@gmail.com. Tickets are also available online via the ASYD website at www.jacneed.com/ASYD/Tickets.htm.
FRIDAY, APRIL 26 and 27
Annual clothing sale: The First Parish of Bolton, located at 673 Main St. in Bolton, will hold its Annual Clothing Sale from April 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition there will be some household and decorative items. On Saturday, April 27, at noon, all items remaining will be marked to half price, ending at 2 p.m. From 2-3 p.m. on Saturday there will be a bag sale --two different size bags with as many items as you can fit in a bag for one small fee of $2 or $3 per bag! For information contact Linda Skinner Austin at 978-779-6076 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earth Day celebration: Join the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center for an Earth Day community celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
NVC Sings Mozart's Requiem: The Nashoba Valley Chorale will perform its spring concert, "The Eternal Path," at 8 p.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, 75 King St., Littleton. The performance features Mozart's Requiem and several works by Bruckner, Weelkes and Sir John Kenneth Tavener. The Chorale is accompanied by professional musicians affiliated with the Indian Hill Music School, and professional vocalists from the Boston area perform solos. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors/students, and $5 children. Visit nashobavalleychorale.org for information.
SATURDAY, APRIL 27
Recycling: Townsend Recycling Center, 33 Greenville Road, Townsend, is open to all from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., collecting metal, textiles and building materials in good condition for Habitat restore. For nonreusable building materials, visit Devens Recycling. For information Visit www.townsend.ma.us.
Spring safari: Families are invited to join Nashua River Watershed Association naturalist Diane Lauber on an expedition into forest, wetlands and vernal pools looking for signs of life in springtime from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Row. The cost is $6 per person or $18 per family for members, $8 per person or $24 per family for nonmembers. Registration is required. Contact Stacey Chilcoat at 978-448-0299, or email StaceyC@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.
Mozart's Requiem: The Nashoba Valley Chorale performs their spring concert, "The Eternal Path," presenting Mozart's Requiem and several works by Bruckner, Tavener, and Taverner at 8 p.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, 75 King St., Littleton. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors/students, and $5 children. Visit nashobavalleychorale.org for information.
Church supper: Townsend Congregational Church invites you to enjoy an Italian Dinner with pasta, salad, garlic bread and desserts from 5-6:30 p.m. Root beer floats are available for $1. The dinner will be hosted by the teachers and children of the Sunday School program. Tickets, available at the door, are $ 7 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 through 8. As always, children under 3 eat free! Dinners are also available for take-out. Townsend Congregational Church is an open and affirming member of the United Church of Christ. Everyone is welcome to attend our worship and community events. For more information, call 978-597-8925.
SUNDAY, APRIL 28
Breakfast: 8-11 a.m., Ayer Sportsman's Club, 255 Snake Hill Road, every Sunday until Mother's Day. Free coffee and juice.
Concert series: The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden announces the next "Concert at the Garden" at 3 p.m. "The Unexpected," a popular jazz group from Boston, will be playing a variety of jazz standards and original arrangements at the Garden for your listening pleasure. The Healing Garden, a nonprofit organization, is located at 145 Bolton Road in Harvard, and offers support, educational and therapeutic services to those affected by cancer. Admission is $10 for Garden members, $15 for nonmembers. All proceeds benefit the services of the Healing Garden. Visit www.healinggarden.net for event updates or cancellations.
TUESDAY, APRIL 30
STATE PRIMARY ELECTION: The League of Women Voters wants to remind everyone that April 30 is the Special State Primary for the U.S. Senate seat. For more information, go to the website, lwvma.org and look under U.S. Senate Primary Election Voters Guide.
MAY 1 and 4
Devens Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection: OPEN to member communities and their small businesses on the first Wednesday and the following Saturday of the month. 9 a.m. to noon, March through December, 9 Cook Street (rear), Devens. FEE: Household hazardous waste, $20 per 5 gallons/pounds, $40/10 gallons/pounds; other items vary depending on item. MORE DETAILS: www.devenshhw.com/> www.DevensHHW.com or call 978-501-3943.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1
Support Scouting with Scott; Scott Brown Event: The Nashua Valley Council, BSA will be hosting an evening networking and cocktail event with former Senator Scott Brown. Proceeds from this event will be going to support Scouting in the Nashua Valley Council, which represents 32 communities from North Central Mass. The first 75 registrants will receive a copy of Scott Brown's biography, "Against All Odds." This event will be held at the Sheraton?4-Points Hotel at 99 Erdman Way, Leominster, from 6-8 p.m. Business/professional attire, along with a donation that represents your commitment to Scouting are required to attend this event. Please register at http://bit.ly/NVC-ScottBrown by calling 978-534-3532.
THURSDAY, MAY 2
Movie Screening: "Which way is the front line from here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington." FREE, at Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. Photographer Tim Hetherington, whose work is being shown in Fruitlands' Art Gallery, is the subject of this documentary by his good friend and creative collaborator, Sebastian Junger. Junger made this movie for HBO to commemorate Hetherington's ground-breaking work covering conflicts in the Middle East. It was shown at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
SATURDAY, MAY 4
Spring Bird Walk in Groton: The public is invited to join Mark Archambault of the Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) for a free guided "Spring Bird Walk" from 7:30-10 a.m., at the NRWA's River Resource Center at 592 Main St. in Groton. In the event of heavy rain, the excursion will be held Sunday, May 5 at the same time. To reserve a spot, please contact Mark at MarkA@NashuaRiverWatershed.org, or call 978-448-0299. Please indicate the number of people in your party, if more than one, and their names. People who register after the first 25 spots are taken will be placed on a waiting list.
Health and Wellness Expo: Join us at Emerson Hospital's annual Family Health and Wellness Expo , 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at 133 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner in Concord. Registration is required at 1-877-936-3776 for the following screenings: skin cancer; lipid profile/cholesterol (with a 12-hour fast required); prostate specific antigen (PSA); and thyroid function. No registration is required for chair massage, body fat analysis or screenings for blood pressure, bone density, diabetes, oral cancer, respiratory or postural issues. For information, visit www.emersonhospital.org.
Barn Day Celebration: Come and celebrate our Barn Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hélène's Stables, 435 Martin's Pond Road, Groton. This event is sponsored by United Solar Associates and Hélène's Stables and will gather various vendors from the area: Farmers with produce, spinning their wool, with their animals to be petted and with CSA membership available for purchase; crafters, representatives of alternative energy, native drums and art work, horse rides and more. Food will be served and there is plenty of parking. Come and see all the resources we have in our area! Additional vendors welcome. For more info, call 978-448-6370.
Beavers as Engineers: The Nashua River Watershed Association invites young scientists, ages 7 to 11, from all communities to join us for our Science Saturday program on "Beavers as Engineers" on Saturday, May 4, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., at the historic Williams Barn property, 160 Chicopee Row in Groton. Science Saturday costs $25. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, please contact Mary Marro at 978-448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.
Murder Mystery Dinner Show: Country Day School and Theater with a Twist present "What a Drag," which follows a small theater troupe as members go out to eat for a traditional full costume dinner after the dress rehearsal. To raise excitement, they decide to perform a skit from their show, "The Wizard of Osborne," a drag version of "The Wizard of Oz." Things don't go as planned, however, when the Wicked Witch of the West suddenly dies. Find out whodunit, in this anything but traditional mystery. Join us at the historic Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Dinner, desserts and cash bar. Tickets can be purchased at: http://tickets.bullrunrestaurant.com/ for $32.50.
Harvard Pro Musica concert: "Into the Light," a performance of choral music for our times, 7:30 p.m., at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church, 435 Central St., Acton. Tickets $20; seniors/students with ID $16; Children under 12 free. For information: www.harvardpromusica.org.
SUNDAY, MAY 5
Masons breakfast: The Ayer Masonic Association will hold its monthly fundraising breakfast at the Ayer Masonic Center, 11 Sculley Road, Ayer, from 7:30-10 a.m. Menu includes eggs cooked to order or pancakes with bacon or sausage, potatoes, toast, juice and coffee. In addition to the usual menu as outlined above, specials for this month are Eggs Benedict and waffles with strawberries and whipped cream. Come early and bring your friends.
Country Day School presents "King Midas and the Palace of Gold"
King Midas is the powerful ruler who can think only of gold. The musical follows his story as he acquires this special power and how he quickly learns that greed is dangerous! The show offers lively songs and dance numbers and features students from grades three through five. Performances: Friday, May 10, 7 p.m., and Saturday, May 11, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Roy Center, Country Day School, 14 Main St., Groton. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5. For information, call 978 448-5646 or visit www.cdsholyunion.org<http://www.cdsholyunion.org>.
Art-In-Nature Opening and Artist-in-Residence meet & greet
Saturday, May 11, 1 p.m., FREE with Fruitlands Museum admission, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard.
Sculptors from our new Art-In-Nature outdoor sculpture exhibit will discuss their work as we take a guided walk across campus to view the sculptures. Our 2013 Artist-in-Residence, Jodi Colella, will also be on hand to talk a bit about the exciting plans she has for her season-long residency.
The North Central Career Centers will hold a Job Fair on May 15, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens. Thirty local employers will be on hand to take resumes, applications and preliminary interviews for jobs in a variety of industries including manufacturing, social services, retail and healthcare. Bring plenty of resumes and dress to meet HR Managers.
Visit www.ccncm.com for more information and a list of participating companies who are hiring, or call 978-534-1481.
Mirror Lake fishing derby
Mark your calendars for the Devens Youth Fishing Derby at Mirror Lake on May 18. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with fishing from 9 a.m. to noon. For questions or to register, contact Kim Walsh at email@example.com or 978-772-8875.