August

31 Public Response Event: The Amends Project is hosting a gathering on Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Green Room, 62 Bow St. Somerville. Facilitators are now inviting concerned families to have an open forum with alumni and associates from Lawrence Academy about these issues. All families deserve the reassurance that, if anything happened to their child at school, the needs and well-being of the child would absolutely come first. Information: www.amendsproject.org

September

1 Bicycle Recycle Day: First Baptist Church, Littleton, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., rain or shine. Bring unwanted old or new bicycles: mountain, road, BMX, cruiser, old (1940s to current)/new, kids, etc. Our aim is to keep bikes from being thrown out when they can be reused. Questions: Dennis Wood, 508-277-7513

"A Step Back In Time:" A special history event will be held at Willard Brook State Forest in Townsend from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information or directions, call 978-597-8802. Reasonable accommodations upon advance request.

2 Friend Day: First Baptist Church, 365 Main St., Groton, holds a Friend Day, starting with coffee at 9 a.m. Classes follow at 10 a.m., with the main worship service at 11 a.m. featuring with special music and a friendship message.

3 Yard Sale: Troop 1 West Groton Boy Scouts annual Labor Day Yard Sale at the H & V Field, 220 Townsend Road, West Groton.


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4 Friends of Pepperell Seniors: Meeting at 1:00 pm at the Pepperell Senior Center. All meetings are held at the Senior Center and open to all from all towns. Come help make decisions. $7 membership.

5 Sir Williams Singers: 10:30 a.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center. All are welcome to come sing! Meet new friends and learn new songs. 978-433-0326 for information

6Spaghetti Dinner: The VFW Auxiliary to Townsend Post No. 6538 will hold a spaghetti dinner starting at 6 p.m. at the VFW Post Home, 491 Main St., West Townsend. Cost is $8. A meat-less sauce will be available for those who would prefer it. Dessert is $2. The dinner is open to the public. Proceeds will be donated to the National Veterans Service (NVS) which provides a network of VFW Service Officers to help veterans, service members, and their families obtain the benefits they deserve at no cost.

7 Clear Captions: 10 a.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center. Can't hear well on the phone? Learn how you can qualify for a no cost caption phone that allows you to read the conversation, so you never miss what is being said. There are no income verifications for this federal program. You must have a land line and internet service. Free and open to all.

Reiki: 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Friday at the Pepperell Senior Center with Ann. Free to all but donations are appreciated. Please sign up now for an appointment at 978-433-0326.

8 Ayer Crafts: The Friends of the Ayer Library and the Ayer Cultural Council invite you to Ayer Crafts, a local arts fair and plant sale. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the library.

Share a Memory: Pepperell Veterinary Hospital invites the community to celebrate the memory of Dr. Bradbury Smith from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the hospital, 110 River Road. Food and soft drinks will be provided. Music will be performed by Dr. Smith's band, The Contra Banditos.

Pig Roast: Townsend VFW Post No. 6538 will hold a pig roast at 4 p.m. at its 491 Main St., West Townsend, Function Hall. Tickets are $12 and may be reserved by visiting or calling the Townsend VFW Post Home (978-597-5644). Proceeds will go directly to veterans.

9Economics of Heritage: Alan Manoian, director of Ayer Office of Community and Economic Development, will speak at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church at 11 a.m. after the Sunday worship service. His talk is entitled "Historic St. Andrew's Episcopal Church & Ayer's Economics of Heritage & Place." St. Andrew's is located at 7 Faulkner St.

Patriots Party Grandparents Day: Let's get the football season started together at 12:30 p.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center. The Patriots will be playing (hopefully beating) the Houston Texans and it is also Grandparents Day. So, if you would like to bring your grandchildren, we will have some fun games, sub sandwiches, soda and other football favorites to share. Cost $5.

10Auditions: Nashoba Valley Chorale holds open rehearsals for the new season Monday nights Sept. 10, 17, and 24. First Baptist Church, 461 King St., Littleton, from 7:15-9:30 p.m. We will be getting familiar with parts of "Revelations of Divine Love" by Carson Cooman for our January concert. Visitnashobachorale.org to learn more.

11Honoring First Responders: The Groton Council on Aging invites senior residents to the Central Fire Station at 12 p.m. as we honor Groton's first responders. Lunch will be provided through the generosity of Groton residents Ebi and Desiree Masalehdan, with music provided by John Murphy, also a Groton resident. Reserve by Thursday, Sept. 7, by calling 978-448-1170.

9/11 Memorial & First Responders Recognition: 9-11 a.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center. On the solemn anniversary of 9/11, please join us for breakfast, as we honor, celebrate and thank the Pepperell's first responders for their service and dedication to our seniors and town residents. Breakfast will be sponsored by state Rep. Sheila Harrington. Please sign up now at 978-433-0326.

13 Farmers' Market: Celebrate the revival of Shirley Farmers' Market on from 3-7:30 p.m. on the Shirley Green at 7 Keady Way (in front of the Shirley Town Offices). This "pop up market" is a prelude to the 2019 season.

14 TAYBS Fundraiser: Doors open at 7 p.m., at Townsend Ridge Country Club, 40 Scales Lane. PG-rated adult show, Cash bar, BYOS (bring your own snacks), raffles, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, live auction. Tickets are $25 per person.

15 4th Annual Pepperell Fall Festival: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pepperell Town Field, 4 Hollis St.

14th Annual Duck Race: noon to 1 p.m., Pepperell Town Field.

Arts and Crafts Fair: The Townsend Historical Society's 37th Annual Arts and Craft Fair on the Common is fast approaching. Are you an artist or artisan? Spaces are quickly filling but you still have time to get your application into the Society for the fair on Sept. 15 and 16.Applications are available at townsendhistoricalsociety.org or call 978-597-2106.

21 Bulb and Perennial Sale: The Middlesex Conservation District will be holding its annual Fall Bulb and Perennial Sale on Friday, Sept. 21, 3-6 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 22, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Great Brook Farm State Park Ski Touring Center, 1018 Lowell Road. Carlisle. The sale includes tulips, daffodils, specialty bulbs, perennials and fertilizer. All items may be ordered in advance for best selection through Aug. 31. Orders may be placed online at www.middlesexconservation.org or by requesting a catalog from middlesexconservation@yahoo.com, and mailing in a check.

22 Bring your friends and neighbors to the lawn in front of the Shirley Meeting House at 41 Brown Road from 2-6 p.m. to enjoy a fundraiser with fine craft beer, wine and food truck fare accompanied by folk rock, classic rock and blues from The Glue Factory. Tickets ($15) to this 21+ event include a souvenir tasting glass and a choice of three complimentary tastings. Tickets may be purchased online at www.shirleymeetinghouse.org or by emailing Ron Banay at ron.banay@gmail.com. Tickets will also be available at the door. Proceeds from ticket sales support the Meeting House Handicapped Accessibility Project.

October

1 Trip to New York: Join the Groton Council on Aging as we travel to New York's Hudson Valley for a two day trip, Oct. 1-2. The trip includes tours of West Point Military Academy and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's beloved Hyde Park. We will also enjoy a cruise on the beautiful Hudson River. Also included is transportation on a luxury coach bus, three meals and drivers gratuity. Cost is only $309 per person double occupancy and $379 for a single. For information call 978-448-1170.