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Friday, Aug. 25

Current events: 10:30 a.m., Pepperell Senior Center, Men’s Group is updated on current events by Tom McGrath. Free coffee, free admission.

Comedy night: 8-11 p.m., Spring Hill Suite, Grand Ballroom, Devens. To benefit state Rep. candidate Kevin C. Hayes. Comedy by Joey Carroll, Joe Yannetty and Jack Lynch. Tickets are $40 each. Call Bryan at (978) 835-5861.

A dance party to benefit the post’s handicapped ramp project will be held Friday, Aug. 25, at Pepperell VFW Post 3291, from 7 p.m. to midnight. It will feature country, rock and blues by the Tim Rollo Band. Funds raised will help pay for a handicapped access ramp for a disabled Townsend veteran that both the Pepperell and Townsend VFWs are teaming up to build. Tickets are $10 at the door. For information call the VFW at (978) 433-5877.

Saturday, Aug. 26

Singles dance: 8 p.m., American Legion Hall, Bedford, $8, ages 35 and over.

Democrat picnic: Noon to 4 p.m., Annual Family Picnic at the Nesbeda home on 57 Oak Hill Road, Harvard. Tickets are $15 for adults or $30 for the entire family. Contact Dennis Bradley at DbinNE@aol.com or (978) 456-9719

Plants & Fungi: 9:30 a.m., Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at the refuge entrance on MacPherson Road, Ayer. Rain date Aug. 27. Call Rona Balco at (978) 779-2259.

Sunday, Aug. 27

Singles dance: 8 p.m., American Legion Hall, Bedford, $8, ages 35 and over. Fifties music.

Book signing: 2-4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church hall on Shirley Street, Ayer, author and former Scout leader John Conway signing copies of his book “Letting Go After 50 Years.”

A fund-raising party featuring music, pony rides, food and raffles to help two-and-a-half-year-old Kendra Suprenaut fight Rett’s syndrome will be held Sunday, Aug. 27, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Pepperell VFW. A donation of $45 for adults and $1 for children is requested. For information call Theresa Langlois at (978) 925-9061.

Harvard Town Band will be performing at 5 p.m. on the Common in Harvard, MA, at the intersection of routes 110 & 111 in the center of Harvard. The band will play marches, show tunes and other familiar favorites. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, pack a picnic and enjoy some great live music. For more information on the band visit our web site www.harvardtownband.org.

Veterans cookout: The Pepperell VFW is sponsoring its annual veterans cookout for disabled veterans Sunday, Aug. 27. The veterans are from the Bedford Veterans Administration Hospital and the Scofield House.

In the shadow of Thoreau: Imagine walking from Concord to Mount Wachusett. Henry David Thoreau did it in 1842 and so did Bob Young,163 years later. We have Thoreau’s account in his essay, “A Walk to Mount Wachusett.” Bob Young will offer a lively and personal re-enactment of his journey, In Thoreau’s Footsteps — Concord to Wachusett, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27, at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard.

In July 1842, Thoreau “resolved to scale the blue wall which bounded the western horizon” and thus trekked to Mount Wachusett, a journey of over 30 miles from his home in Concord. When Bob Young made the same journey, he attempted to follow the exact route on a three-day excursion through the towns of Concord, Acton, Stow, Bolton, Lancaster, Sterling, West Sterling, and Princeton. Thoreau slept a night in Harvard on his homeward journey. His account tells of farmers and flowers, of wildlife and quiet evenings. Contrast the 1842 trek with the one undertaken by Young 163 years later.

This Sunday, you’ll also have a chance to meet Henry David Thoreau. Local historian Richard Smith has been portraying Thoreau for over seven years. He’ll be available outside the Fruitlands Farmhouse at 1:30 p.m. to talk about his friend Bronson Alcott and his unique ideas on education and utopian living. At 3 p.m., he’ll be near the Indian Museum with tales of Native Americans in Massachusetts and of finding arrowheads along the Concord River.

The Thoreau Society is Fruitlands’ partner for this month’s Community Treasures program. The Society was founded in 1941 and has a worldwide membership of 1,600 and a mission to foster education about the life, works and philosophy of Henry David Thoreau and his place in his world and ours. The North Middlesex Savings Bank sponsors Community Treasures at Fruitlands this season, and Baskin Robbins and MassDevelopment sponsor Sundays at Fruitlands. More information about this event and other Fruitlands programs can be found at www.Fruitlands.org or by calling (978) 456-3924.

Monday, Aug. 28

Golf Tournament: 1 p.m. shotgun start, noon registration, Red Tail Golf Club, Devens, sponsored by Nashoba Valley Medical Center and hosted by Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce. Entry is $145 per player or $580 for a foursome.

Tuesday, Aug. 29

Wednesday, Aug. 30

Small Business Counseling: 9:15 a.m. to noon, Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce, Michael Holbrook of Clark University offers his assistance to new, expanding and troubled businesses. Counseling services are FREE, chamber membership not required. Call (978) 772- 6976.

Thursday, Aug. 31

Friday, Sept. 1

Saturday, Sept. 2

Singles dance: 8 p.m., American Legion Hall, Bedford, $8, ages 35 and over.

Sunday, Sept. 3

Singles dance: 8 p.m., American Legion Hall, Bedford, $8, ages 35 and over. Fifties music.

Monday, Sept. 4

Tuesday, Sept. 5

Girl Scout registration: 6-8 p.m., Harvard Congregational Church. Bring $10 registration fee, insurance and medical information. Call Liz Hawkes at (978) 456-8358 or Cyndy Karon at (978) 456-3470.

Wednesday, Sept. 6

Open auditions: 7 p.m., Shirley Middle School for parts in “You Can’t Take It With You.” Eight men and six women needed. Contact director Tim Recko at mail@shirleyarts.org.

Open house: 7 p.m., Congregation Shalom, reform Jewish, 87 Richardson Road, N. Chelmsford. Call Susan at (978) 250-1975.

Thursday, Sept. 7

Open auditions: 7 p.m., Shirley Middle School for parts in “You Can’t Take It With You.” Eight men and six women needed. Contact director Tim Recko at mail@shirleyarts.org.

Friday, Sept. 8

Police comedy: 7:30 p.m., Devens Common Center, Tickets $15 for comedy show sponsored by Ayer Police Superior Officers Union. Doors open 6:30 p.m.

Lawn party: 5 p.m. St. Mary’s Church, Ayer. Clams and lobster. Continues Saturday, Sept. 9, with chicken and barbecue. Auction starts at noon.

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