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GROTON — Dr. David Spiegelman, a Groton resident, shares the light side of medicine with a reading from his new book “Medical Malaprops.” All are welcome to this program on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Groton Public Library. After the reading, Dr. Spiegelman will sell and sign copies of his book.

This program is free and open to the public. Please register each person wishing to attend by going to www.gpl.org and clicking on “What’s Happening” or call the library at (978) 448-8000.

Haunting help

TOWNSEND — Townsend Recreation needs more community involvement to create the best Haunted House Townsend has ever seen! Meet with us on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. in Room 2 of Memorial Hall. The haunting will take place at the Townsend Congregational Church on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. Families, groups, individuals and middle and high school students are urged to join in the fun! Contact Karen Clement at 978-597-5914 or e-mail clem6six@verizon.net for more information.

Flint knapping demo

HARVARD — Native Americans have made stone tools for at least the last 10,000 years. Join Fruitlands Curator Mike Volmar for a demonstration of stone tool manufacturing techniques on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. Done outside of the Native American gallery, you’ll enjoy Fruitlands’ colorful views while trying your hand at a ancient technique. Included with price of museum admission. For additional information on programs, fees, and the labyrinth, visit www.fruitlands.org, or call Fruitlands at (978) 456-3924, Ext. 239.

Hands-On Art

SHIRLEY — Three art projects are free with admission or membership at the Hands-On Art Museum. Walk into HOAM, and you will find the projects that change monthly in addition to the museum exhibits.

Pennant — Design a pennant and root for your favorite football team this season.

Story quilts — Be inspired by Faith Ringgold’s painted story quilts. Make a quilt painting of your own.

Teeny Weenie Ghosts: Decorate your home with these sweet little spooks.

Hours are Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on Saturday, Sept. 3. Admission is $6 per person. Children under the age of two are free.

For more information visit us at www.handsonartmuseum.com or call (978) 425-6161.

Auditions

AREA — Village Theatre Project’s “Young Company” youth theatre education wing will conduct a nine-week workshop in the fall, culminating in a performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at the Groton Dunstable Performing Arts Center, Dec. 8-10. Auditions have been extended and are available by appointment only through Oct. 16 for performers ages 7-18. To sign up for an audition appointment or for more information, e-mail info@villagetheatreproject.org. or call (978) 621-2989.

Toastmasters

FITCHBURG — The Twin City Toastmasters will meet Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army Center, 739 Water St., Fitchburg. Twin City Toastmasters gather to polish their public speaking skills. For more information, contact club president Rene Roy at (978) 827-4006 or visit www.twincitytoastmasters.com.

Band concert

HARVARD — The Harvard Town Band will be playing this Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Apple Pie Festival on Harvard Common. Join us for some apple pie and great music on the common at 10 a.m. The Harvard Town Band is a volunteer band with members from many surrounding towns. New members are always welcomed, no audition required. We rehearse at Ayer High School on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. For more information visit our Web site, www.HarvardTownBand.org.

Townsend run/walk

TOWNSEND — On Saturday, Oct. 8, the first Annual Gregory E. Reeves Memorial Scholarship Run will begin on the Townsend Common at 10 a.m. Pre-registration for the race begins at 9. Registration fee is $18. This is a 4.6 mile run through Townsend. Runners will be professionally timed and prizes awarded. There will be music, a chicken barbecue, hot dogs and hamburgers on the Common following the race. Meal is provided free of charge to all registered participants. Participants may choose to walk or run the course. Over 260 participants have already pre-registered.

Haunted Hill

ASHBY — 4-H Camp Middlesex, at 1031 Erickson Road, will host the 2nd Annual Haunted Happening Spooky Walk Saturday, Oct. 22 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Ashby.

Come in costume for a guided walk through Haunted Hill, enjoy scary stories in front of the fire, games, face-painting, crafts, tasty treats and drinks, and a costume parade at 7:30. Fun for all ages.

Tickets will be sold at the entrance: Adults $7, under 12 or over 60, $5, under 3 free. Proceeds to support Camp Middlesex and County 4-H Programs. To support our local food bank, there will be a box at the bridge for dry food/can donations. For further information, please visit www.campmiddlesex.com, contact us at hauntedhappening@comcast.net or call (978) 386-7704.

Yard sale

N. CHELMSFORD — The Brotherhood and Sisterhood of Congregation Shalom in North Chelmsford, will host its annual Giant Yard Sale on Sunday, Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will feature kids’ items, as well as clothing, furniture, books, toys and more. No early birds, please. Rain date is Oct. 30. Congregation Shalom’s members are residents of Billerica, Chelmsford, Dunstable, Groton, Littleton, Lowell, Nashua, Westford, Tewksbury, and Tyngsboro.

Congregation Shalom is at 87 Richardson Road, N. Chelmsford, MA (near Chelmsford High School).

Bike ride

GROTON — On Saturday, Oct. 29, at 9 a.m., Rollin Willis, Groton resident and board member of Friends of Willard Brook, will take you for a leisurely ride along the Nashua River Rail Trail, stopping at historic and natural points of interest along the way. Meet at the Sand Hill Road parking area in Groton. Call Rollin (978) 448-8222 for more information.

Lichen hunting

ASHBY — On Sunday, Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m., Friends of Willard Brook will present Looking at Lichens with Doug. Doug Greene, Reading conservation commissioner, will find and identify lichens growing on trees, rocks or soil. Meet at the Damon Pond parking lot of Willard Brook State Forest on Route 119 in Ashby. Costumes optional! Call Emily Norton at (978) 597-3553 for more information.

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