Five Star Friday: Friday nights from 7 to 11 p.m., blues-man singer/songwriter Skip Jackson hosts an evening of acoustic blues and folk music at the Stagecoach Inn in Groton. In addition to presenting feature performers, Five Star Friday is also an open mic. Sign up at the door or e-mail Skip at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Dec. 16 event will feature a performance by Sam Bayer.
“Amahl and the Night Visitors”: Indian Hill Music presents a fully-staged production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” Gian-Carlo Menotti’s Christmas opera on Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 17 at 3 and 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $12 for adults and $8 for children. The performances will take place at Indian Hill Music, 36 King St., Littleton. For more information, call (978) 486-0540 or visit www.indianhillmusic.org.
Music from Renaissance Germany: The Church of the Good Shepherd, 164 Newtown Road, Acton, will host, “Ein Weihnachtskonzert,” an evening of Christmas music from Renaissance Germany. The concert is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. For directions, visit www.goodshepherdacton.org. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. For more information, call (978) 897-5372.
Concert and Christmas program: The Immaculate Heart of Mary School will host a concert and Christmas Program at Nashoba High School Auditorium, 626 Main St., Bolton, on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
Chris Smither: Bluesman Chris Smither will perform at the Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley, on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. Ellsworth and Hicks will provide the opening performance. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. For more information, call (978) 425-4311 or visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.
Birth families’ adoption discussion: On Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon, a discussion will be held to help participants understand the complex issues of living with adoption whether that adoption is open, closed or somewhere in between. Each meeting will have a focus, but allow plenty of time for a frank and open discussion. This program is free of charge, but but 24-hour reservations are requested.The group meets monthly at ODS Adoption Community of New England, Inc., 1750 Washington St., Holliston. For more information, visit www.odsacone.org or call (508) 429-4260.
Christmas fair: On Saturday, Dec. 17, the Union Congregational Church, 219 Main St., Groton will host a holiday fair. The event will feature a pancake breakfast with Santa between 8 and 11 a.m. The cost for breakfast is $2 for children and $5 for adults. Crafts and baked items will be available as well as a “Make and Take” craft table for kids. Santa will leave Groton’s main Fire Station at 8:50 a.m. and travel down Main Street throwing candy canes to children. Upon arrival at the church, he will sit for photos.
Holiday family open mic: The Mountain Lakes Club will host a family open mic at Lost Lake Fire Station, Lost Lake Drive, Groton, on Dec. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served and luminarias will be available for purchase. Contact Kate Pike at (978) 448-6940 for more information.
Holiday concert: The Fitchburg Art Museum, Merriam Parkway, Fitchburg, presents pianist Cindy Schilling on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 1:30 p.m. The Wachusett Chamber Musicians will also perform on this date at the museum at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, children under the age of 12 are admitted free. For more information, call (978) 345-4207 or visit www.fitchburgartmuseum.org.
Annual Messiah Sing: The Harvard Unitarian Church, Town Common, will host their Annual Handel’s Messiah Sing on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. The sing-along is free and open to anyone who would like to participate. The program will include all pieces in Part One and will close with “Hallelujah.” Bring your own music score if you have one. A small number of scores will be available for sale. Refreshments will be offered after the event.
Ceremony of Carols: The Concord Madrigals will present a Ceremony of Carols on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm St., Concord. Tickets are $12, $10 for students and seniors and are available at Brooks Pharmacy, Concord, or by calling (978) 369-3369 or (978) 369-7718. Refreshments will be served following the concert.
TubaChristmas: The annual TubaChristmas Concert in Ayer will be held on Sunday, Dec. 18 at Town Hall at 2 p.m. A band made up entirely of tuba players will play traditional carols and other holiday favorites. TubaChristmas is performed each year in various cities around the country, including Boston and New York. All players of conical lower brass instruments are invited to play. Players must register at town hall at 10:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Rehearsal is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit www.tubachristmas.com/info.html for more information. This event is free of charge.
Weight Watchers: Mondays, at 5 p.m., at the Groton Senior Center, 163 West Main St. Call (978) 448-1170 for more information.
Military Moms: Has your son or daughter been deployed? Do you need some moral support? Military Moms Support Group meets Mondays at 7:30 p.m. at the Townsend Congregational Church, 5 Brookline St.
Quilting: Mondays, at 2 p.m. at the Groton Senior Center, 163 West Main St. Drop-ins welcome. Call (978) 448-1170 for more information.
Knit and crochet: Donna Acquaviva teaches knitting and crocheting to all levels of experience on Mondays, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at the Dunstable Library, 588 Main St.
Line dancing: Donna Shea will offer line dancing classes to seniors on Mondays, from 10 to 11 a.m., at her studio on 280 Ayer Road (Nashoba Nursing Services building), Harvard. The cost is $3 per class. Call Donna at (978) 772-1255, ext. 22 for information.
Cards: Play Hand and Foot, Tuesdays, at 12:45 p.m. at the Groton Senior Center, 163 West Main St. Call (978) 448-1170 for information.
Thrift shop: Bargains in the Belfry thrift shop is open at the Harvard Unitarian Church on Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gently-used women’s and children’s clothing and small houseware items are available.
North Post information session: A follow-up information session concerning the master plan for the North Post (Moore Army Airfield and MacPherson Road Corridor) will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. in Ayer Town Hall. This fourth public session will provide an update on the planning process, attempt to gain consensus on a preferred reuse scenario and advise of next steps. MacPherson Road upgrades are already a consensus point in the plan but will also be discussed.
Beginner strength training: Wednesdays, from 11 to 11:30 a.m., at the Groton Senior Center, 163 West Main St. Call (978) 448-1170 for information.
Rotary Club: The Groton Pepperell Rotary Club will meet on Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. at the Groton Senior Center, 163 West Main St., Groton. If you would like to learn more about the Rotary, call President Bert Tompkins at (978) 448-2654 or Mark Erickson at (978) 449-3119.
Senior gathering: The community room of the Dunstable Library is reserved on Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for use as a senior center, open to anyone 60-years-old or over. A luncheon is served weekly from noon to 1 p.m. for $2, and various activities are planned. Call (978) 649-7830 for information.
Whist: Play whist on Thursdays, at 12:45 p.m., at the Groton Senior Center, 163 West Main St. Call (978) 448-1170 for information.
Yoga: Thursdays, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Groton Senior Center, 163 West Main St. Yoga is supported by the Friends of Groton Elders and costs $2 per session. Call (978) 448-1170 for information.
Friday, Dec. 23
Five Star Friday: Friday nights from 7 to 11 p.m., blues-man singer/songwriter Skip Jackson hosts an evening of acoustic blues and folk music at the Stagecoach Inn in Groton. In addition to presenting feature performers, Five Star Friday is also an open mic. Sign up at the door or e-mail Skip at email@example.com.
Saturday, Dec. 31
New Years Eve performance: Blues performer Ronnie Earl and his band will perform at the Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley, on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. The Installers will be the opening performance. Tickets for the event are $65 and include dinner as well as the show. Reservations should be made in advance. For more information or to make reservations, call (978) 425-4311 or visit www.bullrunrestaurant.com.