Nashoba Valley Knitters' Guild

Knitters of all ages are welcome, from beginners to experts. We meet monthly on the first Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at The Center on the Common (known locally as "the old library"), 7 Fairbanks Street, Harvard. Meeting topics vary from teaching basic to advanced knitting techniques, trunk shows, favorite knitting authors and/or teachers, learning how to dye your yarn, photographing your finished knitted projects, blocking your projects, etc. We have also taken various day trips or "yarn adventures." Check out www.nashobavalleyknittersguild.com.


Opening of new Manufacturing Workforce Certification Center at MWCC Devens campus: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 Jackson Place, Devens, in recognition of the second annual national Manufacturing Day. Learn more about the program, participate hands-on with exhibitions and displays, meet local business leaders.

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


Discover Ayer: Fall Town-Wide Yard Sale and Flea Market, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Depot Square off Main Street in downtown Ayer, free admission. Call David at 978-772-8206 or Alicia at 978-772-8221 for information.

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

Shirley town-wide yard sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Great bargains! Rummage sale!

Huge book sale: A book sale will be held from 9 a.


m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Shirley Historical Society, 182 Center Road. Books for all ages and interests; hardcover, paperback, many signed editions, classroom aids and cookbooks. All proceeds benefit the Shirley Historical Society's programs and operations. "Fill a bag" after 1"30 p.m.

Trinity Chapel/Shirley town-wide yard sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Great bargains! Rummage sale!

Harvest Fair: Celebrate fall and celebrate a wonderful tradition, the 40th annual Harvest Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Union Congregational Church in Groton.

Fall Festival: A Fall Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ayer Shirley Regional High School, 141 Washington St., Ayer.

Science of Autumn Changes: NRWA Science Saturday for 7 to 11 year olds, at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St., Groton. Science Saturday is open to children from all communities ages 7 to 11. Cost: $20 for NRWA members; $25 for nonmembers. For siblings who wish to attend, pay full price for the first child, half-price for the second. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, contact Mary at 978-448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Outdoor Wellness Walk: 3-4 p.m. The Nashua River Watershed Association is offering another opportunity to get some exercise while enjoying autumnal views along the Nashua River Rail Trail in Groton. The Rail Trail is flat and paved; the walk is free and open to all ages. For the comfort of all, no dogs are allowed. We'll meet at the Station Avenue kiosk on the Trail in Groton; Google map and directions available at www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org. Pre-registration is encouraged for planning purposes. To pre-register, or for information, call Mary at 978-448-0299 or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Ham and bean supper: 5:30 p.m., The First Baptist Church of Littleton. Menu: Variety of homemade Boston Baked Beans, ham, hot dogs, cheesy homemade macaroni and cheese, varieties of salads, rolls and desserts. Cost is $6.50 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, $20 for families; 461 King Street on the Common in Littleton. The building is handicapped accessible. Call 978-486-4660 or email office@fbcittleton.org for information.


Masons breakfast: The Ayer Masonic Association will hold its monthly fund raising breakfast at the Ayer Masonic Center, 11 Sculley Road, Ayer. Breakfast will be served 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 an omelet with spinach, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and cheese. Come early and bring your friends.

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.

Trinity Chapel (Episcopal) will celebrate the Feast Day of St. Francis with a Blessing of the Animals: 9:30 a.m. It is customary for Anglican and Catholic churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day each year in October. This is a wonderful opportunity to have blessings bestowed upon your loyal, faithful and beloved pets. In the interest of safety for all pets, please have your pet on a leash, in a pet carrier, cage or aquarium. Trinity Chapel is located at 188 Center Road in Shirley.

Railroad club show, open house: Pepperell Siding Model Railroad Club's Annual Show and Open House will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Varnum Brook Elementary School, 10 Hollis St., Pepperell. Admission: Adults, $5; Seniors and Handicapped, $4; Children (6-12), $2; Children (under 6), free. Family maximum (2 adults and children) $12.

Hollis (N.H.) Annual Apple Festival and Band Concert: 2-4 p.m., Hollis Town Common. Enjoy apple crisp, homemade apple pies, topped with Doc Davis ice cream. Make sure you bring a chair to settle down and enjoy the wonderful music of the Hollis Town Band. For information, email Lynne Dougherty at lynnemdougherty@gmail.com or Diana Kroeger at hwcdiana@aol.com. Rain location will be the Hollis/Brookline Middle School.


NRWA Presents Free "Wild Edibles" Walk: 4-6 p.m., Bolton. Join expert forager Russ Cohen, author of Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten, to learn about at least 18 species of edible wild plants and keys to the identification of each species. For the comfort of all, dogs are not allowed. This walk is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required. The exact meeting location and directions will be provided upon registration. To pre-register and receive directions, or for more information, contact Pam Gilfillan at 978-448-0299, or email PamG@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.


Devens community meeting: The MassDevelopment Board of Directors will hold its annual Devens community meeting at 1 p.m. RSVP to Kathy O'Connor at 978-784-2933 or koconnor@massdevelopment.com. If you have specific questions or topics you would like to discuss at the meeting, please let Kathy know.

Women's Business Network: 7:15 p.m., Center on the Common, 7 Fairbank Street, Harvard. Toastmaster Linda Wasbes will present Taking the Fear Out of Public Speaking. Membership for the coming year is $75. Those who join at or before the October meeting will be eligible for a raffle prize.


KKing 9/24/13 PIC "Hunter"

'4 Paws for ability' golf tournament: The Hunter Specht 4 Paws for Ability golf tournament will be held at Townsend Ridge Country Club. Shotgun: 10 a.m. Cost: $125 per golfer (meal included). Don't play golf? Join us for the meal: $30 per person. Contact Sarah Specht at 978-430-5425 for information. Make checks payable to Pepperell Lions Club, P.O. Box 1353, Pepperell, Mass. 01463. All proceeds go to 4 Paws for Ability in honor of Hunter Specht.

Dan Kirouac at Townsend VFW: 8:30 p.m., Townsend VFW Post 6538, 491 Main St. (Route 119) West Townsend. Free. Dan has been part of the regional music scene for 30 years. When not busy with the tribute band BEATLES FOR SALE, his solo performances showcase versatile vocals accompanied by a six-string acoustic guitar. From the one-hit wonders to the lost classics, from the 50s to today, every show is a different experience, drawing from almost 500 contemporary and oldie songs. More information at www.dankirouac.com.


Saint Benedict Center to hold annual Fall Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., set in apple country! Bring your family for some great fun, food and finds! Giant Yardsale * Apple Pies from local apples * Bake sale * Antiques * Games * Various Food Booths * Raffles. 282 Still River Road, Still River, MA. 01467, www.saintbenedict.com.


How to Go to College...Without Going Broke!

College Planning Services will present a FREE dinner seminar on college financing on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Westford Regency Inn, 219 Littleton Road, Westford, 6:30-8:30 p.m. At this dinner seminar you will learn tips on how to maximize your free scholarship money and which colleges have the most scholarship money to distribute. Reservations are required. Please register at www.CollegePlanningServices.org or call John DeLorey of College Planning Services at 978-462-1666.

Recycle Your Reusables

The annual gigantic recycling day, Recycle Your Reusables, takes place this year on Saturday October 19 at the Ayer Shirley Middle School, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Familiar items like Styrofoam and all kind of household goods can be brought but there's a veritable boatload of other things that you can bring too, including books, plastics (bags and rigid), textiles, bikes, batteries, athletic shoes, electronics, construction materials, paper and media for shredding.

And new this year: arts and crafts supplies, dog and cat toys, tennis balls, soaps, shampoos, wine corks and SO MUCH MORE!!

Recycle Your Reusables is FREE AND OPEN TO ALL with a donation of non-perishable foods or cash/checks.

For information or to volunteer (students receive Community Service credit), contact Ayerrecycles@gmail.com or 978 496 5839.

We look forward to seeing you on October 19!


Oxbow meeting Oct. 26

Friends of Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge will hold its annual meeting Oct. 26, 1-4 p.m. at Fort Devens Military Museum, 94 Jackson Road, Suite 305, Devens. The guest speaker will be Suzanne Chereau, chief archeologist with the Public Archeology Labs in Rhode Island. For more, Rona Balco, 978 779-2259, or ada@friendsoftheoxbownwr.org.

Fall Yard Sale Oct. 26

The Hollis Woman's Club will be holding a Fall Yard Sale at the Lawrence Barn on Saturday, Oct. 26, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are gratefully accepting donations to be sold. Spaces may be reserved for $20 per space or $25 for space and table. For information, donations, or space reservations, contact Jeanne Cleveland at 603-465-2097 or at jeanne3484@yahoo.com.

Eben Alexander event Oct. 27 to benefit the Healing Garden

In the predawn hours of Nov. 10, 2008, Alexander was driven into a coma by a rare and mysterious bacterial meningitis-encephalitis of unknown cause. He spent a week in coma on a ventilator, his prospects for survival dim. On the seventh day, to the surprise of everyone, he started to awaken. Memories of his life had been completely deleted inside of coma, yet he awoke with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm -- more real than this earthly one! Join us for a first-hand glimpse into this fascinating world as described by Dr. Alexander himself.

Tickets -- Attendee: $100; or Sponsor $250 per person (Pre-event reception with Dr. Alexander, 1 seat, plus 1 seat gifted to a Healing Garden client. Purchase tickets online at The Healing Garden or by mail: send check to 145 Bolton Road, Harvard, MA 01451.

This event benefits The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, an educational nonprofit providing therapeutic cancer support for all people affect by cancer.