Free: Ashby Pumpkin Festival: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ashby Town Common, Main Street, Ashby, sponsored by the Friends of the Ashby Library. There will be live entertainment throughout the day, food and craft vendors, games and activities for children, a pumpkin-decorating contest, tractor parade, pumpkin pie eating contest and more. All of the proceeds from the festival support the educational programs at the Ashby Public Library. Please visit for more information and like us on Facebook!


Community Garden farmers and artisans market: 3 to 6 p.m., in front of North Middlesex Regional High School, 19 Main St. Interested in being a vendor? Email Market continues Thursday through October.

Townsend Library Presents: Introduction to Your Local Government: 7 p.m., Memorial Hall. Local government is the level of government that most closely touches people s lives and over which people have the greatest influence. But do you know how your local government works? How your tax dollars get spent? Are you intimidated by the regulars at Town Meeting? This session will explain how Town government works. The presenters will discuss how the various branches of local government operate, including Town Meeting, the Board of Selectmen, other elected and appointed officials, and staff.


They will also give a summary of Proposition 2 1/2, the state's property tax limiting law. Let the presenters dispel the myths so you can fully participate. After all, it's your democracy. Presented by Sue Lisio and Town Administrator Andy Sheehan.


Townsend Rod and Gun Club Fall Fishing Derby: Registration begins at 7 a.m., derby 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the club pond, off of Emery Road on Dann Colburn Way, just off Route 13 in Townsend. There will be directional signs along the way. Entry fee is $15 for adults and is FREE for children under 12. Anglers can reregister for $10 after the three-fish limit. There will be prizes and drawings for the kids. The kitchen will be open at 7 a.m. for breakfast and also at lunchtime. The derby is open to all area adults and children and promises to be a fun-filled day! A fishing license is not needed. Fishing bait will not be sold, so be sure to stock up before the derby. For information check the club website at or call Jon at 978-597-2440.


Service of Prayer and Healing

Townsend United Methodist Church is holding a Service of Prayer and Healing on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. All are welcome to this special worship time. The church is located at 265 Main St. in Townsend Center.

As Christians, we believe God is the source of wholeness in our lives. We, therefore, gather for a time of prayer, seeking healing mentally, physically and spiritually for ourselves and others. With so much going on today in our world and in own lives, we seek God's healing presence to give us that sense of wholeness and hope.

For further information, please call the Rev. Joan-Anne Westfall at 978-433-2185.

Mystery dinner theater night

Saturday, Oct. 20

Ashby Elementary School Council will host a Dinner and Show, "Deadly Chateau Shenanigans," upstairs in the Ashby American Legion Hall at 5 p.m. Meet the actors and then, at 5:30, start dinner. Tickets: $25 per person. Menu: Pasta, meatballs, bread and Olive Garden salad. Call Susan at 978-386-7572.

Pot roast supper

The Townsend United Methodist Church is planning a fall supper Saturday, Oct. 20, with continuous servings from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The menu features pot roast and Potatoes, vegetables, salad, rolls and delicious desserts! You may eat-In or take-out. Ticket are adults, $10, seniors, $9, children, $6, and free for under 7. It's the perfect time to celebrate the beautiful fall season at the historic "Meetinghouse Church on the Hill" located at 265 Main Street in Townsend Center, at the junction of Routes 13 and 119. Please call the church at 978-597-2486 for more information.