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Five Star Friday: Friday nights from 7 to 11 p.m., bluesman singer/songwriter Skip Jackson hosts an evening of acoustic blues and folk music at the Stagecoach Inn in Groton. Jack Kid with special guest Red Hopkins appears tonight. In addition to feature performers, Five Star Friday is also an open mike. Sign up at the door or e-mail Skip (glennsd@aol.com).

Saturday

Crafters: Calling all crafters! The Groton Senior annual craft fair is on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tables are still available for crafters at $15 per table. For more information call Kim at (978) 448-1170.

Cat and Kitten Adoptathon: Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare will host an adoptathon at Pet Source in Stow on Route 117 on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info or to schedule an appointment to meet our cats other than at these times, call (978)779-8287.

October fest: The Nashoba Valley Technical High School Boosters Club will hold two-day October Fest Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and Oct. 9 at 100 Littleton Road (Route 110), Westford. Vendors, crafters and groups wishing to reserve a spot should call Butch Guillemette at (978) 392-0157 or e-mail NTBoosterclub@aol.com.

Flea market: The 34th Annual Columbus Day Weekend Flea Market will be held at the Bromfield School, Route 111, Harvard on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Antiques, collectibles and household treasures. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and children 6-12 years. Flea market info online at www.harvardfleamarket.com, or call (978) 456-9292.

Fall Foliage Walk: Shirley’s Fall Foliage Walk for 2005, “Journey to Paradise,” will start out from Farandnear, 156 Center Road, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. Walkers may choose a short walk or a long walk. Refreshments follow. Significant rain will postpone the walk. For more information, contact Bob Burkhardt at (978) 425-0947 or bob.burkhardt@shirleyconcom.org.

Fall bazaar: St. Benedict Center, 282 Still River Road (Route 110) will hold its annual Fall Bazaar and Yard Sale Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Immaculate heart of Mary School. Fair features home-baked goodies, ethnic foods, games, used clothing, gift baskets, apple pies, crafts and raffles.

Sunday

October Fest: The Nashoba Valley Technical High School Boosters Club will hold October Fest Sunday, Oct. 9 at 100 Littleton Road (Route 110), Westford. Vendors, crafters and groups wishing to reserve a spot should call Butch Guillemette at (978) 392-0157 or e-mail NTBoosterclub@aol.com.

Nature walk: On Sunday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m., join naturalist Nickilas Paulson for a leisurely paced natural history walk. Meet at the Dudley Street trailhead across from Atwood Acres. Call Emily (978) 597-3553 for more information.

Fall walk: The Beaver Brook Valley Preserve will hold its annual fall walk on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. at Boxborough Esker. To reach the esker, drive to the point in Boxborough where Routes 111 and 495 meet. Three-tenths of a mile to the west of the Route 495 overpass, turn north onto Swanson Road. Go to the end and bear right onto Whitcomb Road and go to the dead end, which is the parking area.

Shrine event: Our Lady of Fatima Community Shrine at 47 Heald St. in Pepperell will sponsor a Fatima-related event on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. on site. No fee. Rev. Francisco Paco of St. Rose of Lima Church in Chelsea will speak. At Pepperell traffic circle (Rte. 111), follow Fatima signs to shrine. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors to St. Joseph Church, Tarbell Street, Pepperell.

Tuesday

Trip to yesteryear: The Friends of Groton Elders is sponsoring a day trip to the Berkshires on Oct. 11 to visit the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge and the elegant 42-room home of novelist Edith Wharton in Lenox. The trip will cost $45. Leave Groton by bus at 7:30 a.m. and return about 5 p.m. Sign up at the Senior Center, or call Jean Temple (978-) 448-5413, or Chase Duffy (978) 448-3885.

Ballpark author to speak: On Tuesday, Oct. 11, Alan E. Foulds will present a program titled “Boston’s Ballparks and Arenas” at 7 p.m. at the Groton Senior Center on Route 225 in Groton. Foulds’ talk will highlight examples of the local fields, parks and stadiums remembered by sports lovers of all ages. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (978) 448-0092.

Wednesday

Lifelong learning: Chris Wood will speak about lifelong learning on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m., at the Groton Senior Center, 163 West Main St.. The Elderhostel Institute Network is North America’s largest and most respected educational network for older adults.

Friday, Oct. 14

Open mike: Indian Hill Music School will hold Jammin’ on the Hill open mike night for ages 13 to 18, Friday, Oct. 14, from 7 to 10 p.m. at 36 King St., Littleton. Local bands, solo acts and poets are invited to perform, supervised by Indian Hill Music staff and faculty. Cover charge for audience and performers is $5. Call (978) 486-9524 for more info or to request a spot.

Fall fair: St. Boniface Church will hold its annual fall fair on Friday, Oct. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 817 Massachusetts Ave. (Route 2A), Lunenburg. Food, bake table, Chinese auction, raffles, handmade craft, white elephant table, games, balloons, door prizes.

Live music: Stan Young’s CD release party will be held Friday, Oct. 14, in the Sawtelle Room, and Doug Mitchell will perform in the Ballroom at the Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley. Both shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Stan Young, and $10 in advance and $12 day of show for Doug Mitchell. Call (978) 425-4311 to reserve a seat or for more information.

‘Lullaby of Broadway’: The Harvard Community Theatre presents Broadway performer Karen Luschar in “A Lullaby of Broadway” for one performance only on Friday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Cronin Auditorium at the Bromfield School in Harvard. Tickets are priced at $12 for adults and $8 for students/senior citizens. For more information, call (978) 456-4152 Ext. 557.

Benefit dance: Stand up and dance for the benefit of victims of Hurricane Katrina Friday, Oct. 14 at the Leominster Elks, 134 North Main St. (near the hospital). Dance lessons at 7 and 8 p.m., swing band at 8:30. Also a silent auction. Admission is $10. All proceeds go to the Red Cross.

Saturday, Oct. 15

Baby-sitting course: Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer will hold a baby-sitter training class on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Founders Room for boys and girls in sixth grade or over. Taught by a registered nurse, the course will teach safety issues, care and handling of infants and baby-sitting ethics. Space is limited; reserve your space early by calling (978) 784-9289.

Harvest fair: Applewild School, 120 Prospect Street, Fitchburg, will hold its annual Harvest Fair on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Features children’s activities, food, musical entertainment, grand raffle, more.

Dunstable Artisans: The Dunstable Artisans will hold its annual art and fine crafts show Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16, at the North Middle School gym on Route 119. Unique and original artwork from 24 local juried artisans. Admission is $2. Visit www.dunstableartisans.org.

Grant app deadline: The Ashby Cultural Council has set Saturday, Oct. 15 as the deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. Contact Janet Umphress at (978) 386-7058 for specific guidelines and information.

Borromeo String Quartet: First-class chamber ensemble will perform music of Schubert (Quartet in G Major) and Schoenberg (Quartet No. 3), Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m., at the Kalliroscope Gallery, 264 Main Street, Groton. Tickets are $25. Call (978) 486-0540 or visit www.indianhillmusic.org.

Fall fair: St. Boniface Church will hold its annual fall fair on Friday, Oct. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 817 Massachusetts Ave. (Route 2A), Lunenburg.

Harvest Fair: Ayer Senior Housing Tenants Association will hold its fall Harvest Fair Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with craft tables, white elephant table, baked goods, raffle and gift certificates from local merchants. Contact Stella Autino to reserve a table for $10 at (978) 772-1703. Refreshments will be available.

Antique show and sale: The Pepperell Historical Society will conduct its Second Annual Antiques Show and Sale on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grange Hall on Park Street. The public is invited and food will be provided by the Pepperell 4th of July Committee.

Fall rummage and bake sale: The United Church of Shirley, on the corner of Lancaster and Harvard Road, will hold their annual Fall Rummage and Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oktoberfest Supper: The Townsend United Methodist Church, 265 Main St., is planning an Oktoberfest Supper Saturday, Oct. 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., featuring Pennsylvania Dutch recipes. Takeout available. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children, and free for under Call (978) 597-2486 for more information.

Sunday, Oct. 16

Bowl-a-thon: Bowlers are invited to help fight melanoma at the Schlip Bowl-A-Thon on Sunday, Oct. 16 at Leda Lanes in Nashua, N.H. Proceeds from this first annual bowl-a-thon will benefit research toward finding a cure for this deadly form of skin cancer. The Schlip Bowl-A-Thon will kick off at 9 a.m. at Leda Lanes, 340 Amherst St., Nashua. Call (972) 307-9325 or visit www.TheSchlip.com to register by Saturday, Oct. 1. Cost is $20 per bowler which includes three strings, shoe rental, and a hot dog lunch.

Dunstable Artisans: The Dunstable Artisans will hold its annual art and fine crafts show Sunday, Oct. 16, at the North Middle School gym on Route 119. Unique and original artwork from 24 local juried artisans. Admission is $2.

Guitar festival: Guitarists of all ages are invited to a day of workshops, performances, and demonstrations at Indian Hill Music School, Sunday, Oct. 16, noon to 6 p.m., 36 King St., Littleton. Featured guitarists include Berit Strong, Grisha Goryachev, Eric Baldwin, Greg Passler, Jamie Dunphy and Justin Meyer. Fee is $25. Register at (978) 486-0540 or visit www.indianhillmusic.org.

Meet the music: American Pop Music in the 1960s: From Chuck Berry and the Beatles to Simon and Garfunkel, take a musical tour of this decade of social upheaval with music instructor Edwin Light, Sunday, Oct. 16, from 3 to 4:45 p.m., Indian Hill Music, 36 King St., Littleton. Admission is $10 per person. Call (978) 486-0540 or visit www.indianhillmusic.org.

Scrapbook-crafting: The Congregational Church of Littleton, at 330 King St., is offering a scrapbook-crafters’ evening, Sunday, Oct. 16 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Church’s Parish Hall. All are welcome. Bring your own materials. For more information, please call (978) 486-3245.

Monday, Oct. 17

Democrats to meet: The Democratic Town Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, in Room 1 of Memorial Hall, 272 Main St. All interested persons are welcome. For more information about the Democratic Town Committee, e-mail townsend-dems@yahoo.com, call (978) 597-2643.

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Art lecture: The Nashoba Valley Lifelong learning Exchange will hold its first lecture Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. at the NOA Gallery, Main Street, Groton. Art historian Mary Black will speak on art museums of London and Paris. The lecture is free but donations will be gratefully accepted.

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Big band: Al Mitchell and his trio will play music and talk about the history of jazz on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m., at the Groton Senior Center, 163 West Main St.

Thursday, Oct. 20

Free lunchtime concert: Indian Hill Music School faculty member Justin Meyer (bassist) and his swing trio will play at lunchtime Thursday, Oct. 20, noon to 1 p.m., Indian Hill’s Blackman Hall, 36 King St., Littleton. Free and open to the public; bring your lunch.

Friday, Oct. 21

Coffeehouse: Beverly Rush will perform at the Mustard Seed Coffeehouse Friday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m., in the Pepperell Christian Fellowship Building, 17 Main St. Admission is free or a donation of paper products to assist a local charity. For information about upcoming artists, visit www.pcfchurch.com.

Live music: Morgan Davis will perform Friday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. at the Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley. Tickets are $10 in advance and $14 day of show. Call (978) 425-4311 to reserve a seat or for more information.

Scrapbook-crafting: The Congregational Church of Littleton, at 330 King St., is offering a scrapbook-crafters’ evening, Friday, Oct. 21 from 6 p.m. to midnight and Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Those interested may attend one or both. Bring your own materials. For more information, please call (978) 486-3245.

Saturday, Oct. 22

Anniversary gala: The 75th Anniversary Gala for the Ayer/Shirley Lions Club will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Marriott Devens to celebrate 75 years of community service. Cocktails at 6 p.m. Dinner and dancing to live band at 7. Tickets are $50 per person. Call Russ Smith at (978) 772-5181.

Live music: The Kennedys will perform Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. at the Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of show. Call (978) 425-4311 to reserve a seat or for more information.

Bats: The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) will present Gone Batty! Saturday, Oct. 22, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. October is the perfect time to learn about bats! Appropriate for ages 4 to 7 with accompanying adult. The program fee is $4 for NRWA members, and $12 per family (of three members or more); and $6 for nonmembers, and $18 per family. Registration is required. To register, or for more information please call (978) 448-0299.

Open sewing: Noted sewing and quilting teacher Eleanor Pickard will direct an “Open Sewing” workshop on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Parish Hall of the Congregational Church, 330 King St., Littleton. For more information or to sign up for this workshop, please call (978) 486-3245.

Thursday, Oct. 27

Bunco for a cure: On Thursday, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Oct. 27, a fund-raiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, “Bunco for a Cure,” will be held at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road (Route 2A), Shirley. Register by sending $20 payable to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to Tish Dray, 45 Grant Way, Lancaster 01523, along with your address for confirmation purposes. (Limited to 100 bunco players.)

Friday, Oct. 28

Halloween soiree: “A Frightfully Good Evening” featuring classical and popular songs about ghosts, witches and other things that go bump in the night performed by Indian Hill Music School faculty and students. Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m., at Indian Hill Music’s Blackman Hall, 36 King St., Littleton. Donation is $5; refreshments. Call (978) 486-0540 or visit www.indianhillmusic.org.

Saturday, Oct. 29

Hand drumming: Hear, play and sing songs and rhythms from South America, Africa and the Caribbean on hand drums and other percussion instruments with Bob Bloom. For ages 5 and up, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m., at Indian Hill Music’s Blackman Hall, 36 King St., Littleton. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children; open seating. Call (978) 486-0540 or visit www.indianhillmusic.org.

Fall fair: Lunenburg Friendly Seniors will hold their annual Fall Fair on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eagle House Senior Center, 25 Memorial Drive.

Sunday, Oct. 30

The Bug Opera workshop: Come and watch the birth of a new children’s opera! The Bug Opera is a coming-of-age story about a feisty mosquito who doesn’t want to drink blood and a caterpillar who is reluctant to change. Workshop will be held Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m., at Indian Hill Music’s Blackman Hall, 36 King St., Littleton. Recommended for ages 6 to 12. Free admission; open seating. Call (978) 486-0540 or visit www.indianhillmusic.org.

Saturday, Nov. 5

Tea with Jackie: On Saturday, Nov. 5, the Townsend Historical Society will present Robin Lane as Jacqueline Onassis in a one-woman show. The performance will be followed by a “Tea and Luncheon with Jackie,” in Fellowship Hall at the Congregational Church on Brookline Street. Tickets for the show and tea are $25 per person. Advance tickets will be on sale at the Band Concert on the Townsend Common on Thursday, Aug. 4. For more information, contact Joyce Marinel (978) 597-8608.

Saturday, Nov. 12

Dinner dance: The Townsend 275th Anniversary Committee will hold a dinner dance at the Leominster Lodge of Elks on Saturday, Nov. 12. Tickets are $40. Please call Donna Miller at (978) 597-2975 for information or send her a check, 26 Smith St., Townsend, MA 01469, made out to the 275th Committee.

Saturday, Nov. 19

Country concert: On Saturday, Nov. 19, The Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, presents an Evening with Roger Salloom, America’s best unknown songwriter, and his band live in concert. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 8. For reservations call The Bull Run at (978) 425-4311.

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