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

St. Mary's Catholic Church Lawn Party: 5 p.m., 31 Shirley St.; games, raffles, crafts, lobster and clam dinners.


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

Fine Arts and Crafts Festival: Artists Joni Parker-Roach and Robert Bicknell from Groton and Diane Coyle from Pepperell are participating in Historic New England's 31st Fine Arts and Crafts Festival at the Codman Estate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The arts and crafts festival is a juried show featuring the fine work of more than 100 New England artisans. Items for sale include jewelry, pottery, furniture, toys, glass, photography, knitted sweaters and throws, metal ware, folk carvings, and more. There is also live entertainment, house tours, and food concessions. Admission is $5. Children under 12 are free. For information, call 617-227-3956. To reach the Codman Estate, take Route 2 to Route 126 South. Pass Walden Pond, and turn left onto Codman Road or take the MBTA commuter rail Fitchburg line from North Station.


Breakfast: 8-11 a.m., Ayer Sportsman's Club, 255 Snake Hill Road, Ayer. Public welcome. French toast, specials, pancakes, eggs, free juice and coffee. Proceeds benefit children's programs. Room rentals also available. Call 978-772-9748.


UCC Groton Worship and Sunday School: Union Congregational Church of Groton will resume 10 a.m. worship. All are invited to attend. Nursery care for infants and toddlers is available. Sept. 8 is also Sunday school registration day. The Sunday School serves children from pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade and will be introducing a new curriculum this year. The church is located at 218 Main St., on the corner of Willowdale Road. UCC Groton welcomes all individuals and families. For information, visit or call 978-448-2091.

Fall Back at SOV: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran, 80 Champney St., Groton, returns to the fall worship time of 10:15 a.m. Sunday School and Adult Discipleship will resume on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 9 a.m. Also on the 22nd, members of the St. David's Episcopal Church, Pepperell, will be welcomed in worship with the SOV congregation.

St. Mary's Catholic Church Lawn Party: 5 p.m., 31 Shirley St.; games, raffles, crafts, barbecue.


Try Irish Dance: The Flying Irish Studio will be offering a chance to try Irish Dance for free at its open house. 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, call the studio at 978-386-2325. For information, log on to the studio's website at

Sing! Join the Nashoba Valley Chorale! The Nashoba Valley Chorale begins rehearsals for its winter concert. We'll be working on Bach's Mass in B Minor. Come to any or all of the first three rehearsals, Monday nights Sept. 9, 16, and 28, to get to know us and see if we are the chorus you want to join. NVC is an SATB nonaudition chorus with members from Arlington to Gardner and from Natick to Nashua. Rehearsals are Mondays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 461 King St., Littleton. Visit for more information.


New England Amputee Association Group Meeting: 6-8 p.m., Clinton Hospital, 201 Highland St., Clinton. Dave Qualey, Mobility consultant from Ride-Away Handicap Equipment Corp., will speak on various conversions available for the disabled. Our meetings are free and open to all amputees, their families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. Come enjoy a few refreshments, learn some good info and best of all, meet caring and supportive people.


NRWA leads Hawk Watch: Nashua River Watershed Association will lead a free "Hawk Watch and Hike" up Mt. Watatic in Ashburnham. In the event of a steady rain Saturday, the event will be held Sept. 15. Convene at the trail-head off Route 119 at 9 a.m. We'll hike up Mt. Watatic, a 30- to 40-minute hike, moderately difficult with a few steep sections. We'll head back to the cars around 1:30 p.m. Bring along binoculars (a must), spotting scopes, bird book, food and water, hat, hiking seat and a windbreaker. The hike is free and open to the public; limited to the first 20 people who register. Children should be old enough to hike on their own (12 years and up) and be patient enough to spend several hours at the summit staring into the sky. No dogs please. To register or for more information, contact Mark Archambault, at 978-448-0299, or email

Science of Seeds: NRWA Science Saturday for 7- to 11-year-olds: Nashua River Watershed Association, 12:30-2:30 p.m. 592 Main St. (Route 119) in Groton. Cost: $20 for NRWA members; $25 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, please contact Mary Marro, NRWA Environmental Education Director, at (978) 448-0299, or email


Massport director at NVCOC speaker series: Registration 7:30 a.m., breakfast buffet at 7:45 a.m., program 8-9 a.m., at Hilton Garden Inn, 59 Andrews Parkway, Devens. Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce Presents Edward Freni, director of aviation of the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport). Freni will discuss the arrival of JetBlue to the Worcester Regional Airport and its plans to provide service to the region. Learn how Worcester Airport's revitalization is strengthening the economy and its exciting plans for future growth. Cost: $20 members in advance, $30 future members and at the door. Register: By phone, 978-722-6976; email, ; or visit


Discover Ayer

Ayer's Fall Town-Wide Yard Sale and Flea Market will be held Saturday, Oct. 5.

Whether you're a homeowner, non-profit or a full-time vendor, all are welcome to participate from anywhere in the area.

Set-up time for vendors is at 7:30 a.m., the event is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Depot Square off Main Street in downtown Ayer, with free table space and free admission.

Call David at 978-772-8206 or Alicia at 978-772-8221 to reserve your spot or for any questions.

TCNE holds auditions

The Treble Chorus of New England announces fall auditions for its three choirs; Training, age 6-9, Concert, age 9-13 and Schola, age 13-18. Auditions will be held on Monday, Sept. 9 and 16, evenings at the West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover. Additional dates may be available. Please call Anna Choi at 978-470-8263 or email at to schedule an audition.

Open House

The Appleseed Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will host an Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 6-7 p.m. at the Chapman Place Condo Meeting Hall, 1 Chapman Place, Leominster. There will be refreshments and door prizes. Come see what we have to offer in education, networking and leadership development for all administrative professionals. Please contact Amy Ives at

Friends of the NRA

The Ninth Annual Central Mass. Friends of the NRA Banquet and Auction will be held Friday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m., at the Doubletree by Hilton, 99 Erdman Way, Leominster.

All tickets must be purchased by Sept. 16. Order online at or by calling Dick Burnap, 978-582-6548.


Grotonfest is Sept. 21 (rain date Sept. 22) from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Hollis Street, Groton.

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.

Nashoba Valley Moms holding Fall sale

Join us at our NEW LOCATION for deep discounts on gently used children's items. Clothes, toys, books, baby gear, Halloween costumes, and more! We have moved to the Chelmsford Senior Center at 75 Groton Road in Chelmsford. Admission is $1 and all payments must be cash, please. Our Fall sale is Saturday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m. to noon. Please 'like' Best Everything Kids Sale on Facebook or contact us at Hope to see you there!