AUG. 9-11

131st annual Bolton Fair: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Lancaster Fairgrounds, Route 117, Lancaster. Cost: Adults $10; seniors $6; ages 7-12, $5; military personnel $5; ages 6 and under, free. Multi-day passes are available. Discounted tickets are available online at through July 31. Parking is free.


Farmers Market: 3-7 p.m., Williams Barn, Chicopee Row, Groton, July to Oct. 4.


All Towns Welcome to Electronics and Appliance Recycle Day: Sacred Heart Church in Groton, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring these items to the parking lot at 279 Main St., Groton. Electronics such as: monitors, computers, scanners, copiers, etc., $5 each. Appliances such as: dishwashers, dryers, stoves, microwaves, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, air-conditioners, exercise equipment, lawn mowers, small engine items, snowblowers, lawn mowers, etc., $10 each. TVs $10-20; glass monitors, $10; flat panel, $5. Items that are collected for FREE: Car batteries and cellphones. Any questions: Please contact Dennis Wood at 508-277-7513.

Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Depot Square, Main Street, Ayer.

Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pepperell Town Field, Hollis Street.

The Nines Festival, a live music, comedy, and arts festival: 1-11 p.m., 27 Antietam St., Devens. Gates open at noon, parking opens at 11 a.m. Companies who purchase 25 tickets or more receive 10 percent off the regular admission price of $55 and VIP admission price of $115.


Contact or 978-597-3289 for information. Residents can purchase early-bird tickets at $49 for ages 10 and up and $109 for VIP tickets. Residents can email to purchase. Go to for more.


Band concert: 6:30 p.m., Bandstand, presented by the Pepperell Business Association and supported, in part, by a grant from the Pepperell Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


Band concert: Townsend Town Common. Lawn party starts at 6:30 p.m.; concert begins at 7:30 p.m.


Electronics Recycling Day: All towns welcome, Our Lady of Grace, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the parking lot at 28 Tarbell St., Pepperell. Accepting all electronics to include monitors, computers, computer games, stereo equipment, copy and fax machines, printers, TVs and items that have a plug. We are also accepting any appliances, such as washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators as well as lawnmowers and snowblowers with the gas removed, exercise equipment and grills. The recycling event will have low fees of $5 each computer, $10 any monitor or small TV less than 19 inches, $15 each TV between 19 and 26 inches and $20 each TV over 26 inches wide and wood console TVs and projection TVs $25 each. Any appliance $10 each. Any cellphones, car or truck batteries are free. All scrap metal free.

Pruning workshop: What's the best way to make the cut? Find out during the Gardeners Exchange's Summer Pruning Workshop from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hazen Memorial Library in Shirley, 3 Keady Way. You'll get hands-on practice and expert advice on summertime pruning of trees and shrubs with renowned horticulturist Denis Wagner on the library grounds. Participants will learn techniques to keep their trees healthy and beautiful, and are encouraged to bring their own pruning tools. Free, but nonmembers must register. Contact Gardeners Exchange co-Chair Dina Samfield, 978-448-9311.

Walk around Dean Swamp: 11:30 a.m., Friends of Willard Brook. Meet at the Fessenden Road Gate, wear good walking shoes and bring some water. Call Suzanna if you have questions, 978-448-5301


NVCOC Golf Tournament, Red Tail Golf Club, noon registration, 1 p.m. shotgun. If you are interested in being a part of this years successful event, please contact or call 978-772-6976. 


Food drive for L&F

MassDevelopment is accepting donations for the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry now through early September. You can donate nonperishable items to Kathy O'Connor at 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens. For information, contact Kathy at 978-784-2933 or

Try Irish Dance

The Flying Irish Studio will be offering a chance to try Irish Dance for free at its open houses on Tuesday, Aug. 20 and 27 in Ashby, and on Monday, Sept. 9, in Shirley. Trial lessons are for dance lovers ages 7 and up and run from 5:30-6 p.m. From 6-7:30 p.m., prospective families can observe a class in progress and get information about the Flying Irish's recreational, performance and competition programs. Pre-registration for the trial classes is advised. To register, please call the studio at 978-386-2325. For information, log on to the studio's website at

Fall bulb and perennial sale

The Middlesex Conservation District, a not-for-profit environmental agency, will be holding its annual Fall Bulb and Perennial Sale on Friday, Sept. 20 (3-6 p.m.) and Saturday, Sept. 21, (8 a.m. to noon) at the 4H Fairgrounds, 51 South Chelmsford Road, Westford.

All items may be advance-ordered through Aug. 30 by visiting our website at or calling 978-692-9395 for a sale catalog. All proceeds benefit our conservation programs protecting soils and waters in Middlesex County.

Alumni Night

GARDNER -- Mount Wachusett Community College alumni are invited to a special performance of "Shout! The Mod Musical" as part of the college's 50th anniversary celebration.

The Theatre at the Mount production of this Broadway musical provides a trip back to the 1960s, which is when MWCC first opened its doors. Created by Phillip George and David Lowenstein, the musical revue tracks five groovy gals as they come of age during those liberating days that made England swing.

Tickets to the Oct. 10 event are available to alumni through August at the 1960s price of $6. A reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the performance at 7 p.m. For tickets, contact the box office at 978-632-2403 or order online at

August at Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, 145 Bolton Road, Harvard.

Providing a community of support, therapeutic services and education to facilitate healing for those experiencing cancer. Please call now to register to prevent cancellation: 978-456-3532

Sexuality and Cancer

Monday, August 19, 3:30-5 p.m.

Cost: $12 for HG member, $15 for nonmember


Mondays through Aug. 26, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

For clients ($10) and the community ($12).

August Retreat: "Care for Yourself, Care for One Another"

Saturday, Aug. 10, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Support Groups

Post-Treatment, second Thursday of the month, 1-2:30 p.m., Free

In-Treatment, first and third Monday of the month, 1-2:30 p.m., Free

Young Women, first Monday of the month, 9-10:30 a.m., Free

Journaling, first Wednesday of the month, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Free

Metastatic Cancer, second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 3-4:30 a.m., Free

Metastatic Breast Cancer, first and third Fridays of the month, 1:30-3 a.m., Free


Grotonfest applications for business, craft, nonprofit and kids booths are available and on the website The date of the Festival this year is Sept. 21 (rain date Sept. 22) from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information on booth space, call Dale Martin at 978-448-2226; for general information, call Jane Bouvier, 617-448-7240. Like us on Facebook.