Friday, Nov. 23
Joey & Maria: 7:30 p.m., Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley; If you enjoyed their wedding, don’t miss “Joey & Maria’s Family Reunion” at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 for cocktails and seating. Tickets are $49 each and include dinner. Call (978) 425-4311 for tickets.
Chelmsford reunion: 6 p.m., Radisson Hotel, Chelmsford; Class of 1977 30th reunion. Contact Sheila Kelly Vaughan at (978) 251-4512 or e-mail to WHVaughan@comcast.net. Tickets $25 at the door.
Parents Afternoon Out: Last chance to reserve a sitter for Parents Afternoon Out on Dec. 2, 1-5 p.m., hosted by Hollis (N.H.) Woman’s Club and area Girl Scouts. Cost $15 per child or $40 max per family. Pre-registration required by calling Susan at (603) 465-3607.
Saturday, Nov. 24
Bill Kirchen: 8 p.m., Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley; Former front man for “Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen” takes the stage, with opening act Johnny Girouard & the Darlings. Tickets $16 in advance, $20 on day of show. Doors open at 6 p.m. for dinner. Call (978) 425-4311.
Christmas Extravaganza: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., St. Anthony of Padua, 14 Phoenix St., Shirley; Christmas craft fair with expanded selection of juried crafters offering a wider variety of handmade items.
Singles dance: 8 p.m., Irish-American Club, 616 Middlesex Turnpike, Billerica. Cost $9 at the door.
Sunday, Nov. 25
Post-Thanksgiving Hike: 1:30-3 p.m., Damon Pond parking lot, Route 119, Ashby; Join the Friends of Willard Brook in walking off Thanksgiving dinner with a hike along a new trail. Call Sussie at (978) 502-6137.
Tuesday, Nov. 27
Sweet Temptations: 5:30-8 p.m., Riley’s Design Center, 25 Main St., Ayer; Sample fine wine and treats to help raise money to fight breast cancer, co-hosted by Jack O’Lantern Wine & Spirits. Tickets $25 by calling (877) 4-RILEYS or Holly at (508) 958-6200.
Ecological subdivisions: 7-9 p.m., Townsend Memorial Hall, Route 119, Townsend; The Nashua River Watershed Association presents Carter Scott and Donald Sienkiewicz on “Ecological Subdivision Design” including energy efficient buildings, renewable energy systems, and low-impact site development. Free and open to the public. Call (978) 448-02399 or e-mail MarkA@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.
Wednesday, Nov. 28
Ayer/Shirley Lions: 6 p.m. social hour, Devens Common; Monthly general meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 29
Chris McDermott: 7-10 p.m., Devens Grill, 4 Ryans Way, Devens; No cover charge in the lounge on Thursday nights. This week: singer-songwriter Chris McDermott. Call (978) 862-0060 to learn more.
Friday, Nov. 30
Holiday Tree Lighting: 4:30 p.m., Devens Community Center, 100 Sherman Ave., Devens; Sponsored by Mass Development. Light refreshments served. To learn more call Jane at (978) 772-8875.
Saturday, Dec. 1
Family sing-along: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Indian Hill Music, 36 King St. (Route 2A), Littleton. Free holiday sing-along. Children are invited. Bring your camera for a “special” guest. Call (978) 486-9524.
Veterans party: 1-5 p.m., VFW Post 6539, Route 225, Westford; Holiday party for all veterans, to celebrate 50th anniversary of DAV Minuteman Chapter 28. Door prizes, food, raffles and more. Marines will accept new toys for Toys for Tots campaign.
American Girl tea: Noon to 2 p.m., Townsend United Methodist Church; Holiday tea party with American Girl doll “Samantha Parkington” from 1904 as the hostess. All American Girl dolls and their owners are invited and costumes are welcome. Cost $15 per person and children must be accompanied by an adult. Call the church at (978) 597-2486 to reserve, as seats are limited.
Santa Claws plants: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., First Parish Church of Bolton (Route 117); Purchase holiday plants and wreaths to benefit the Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare. Includes a boxwood tree workshop from 1 to 12:30 p.m. E-mail email@example.com to register for workshop.
Jay Geils anniversary: 8 p.m. Stagecoach Inn, Main Street, Groton; Jay Geils celebrates 40 years in the music business. Tickets $22 in advance at Strawberries records or by calling (877) STAGE-IN or $25 at the door.
Christmas trees: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dunstable Conservation land; Cut your own Christmas tree at the Unkety Woods preserve (trees for $20) or Amos Kendall Conservation Land ($30 trees). Call Dunstable Conservation for more information at (978) 649-4514, ext. 230.
Sunday, Dec. 2
Bare Bones Botany: 1 p.m., Mt. Watatic, start on Bennett Road, Ashby; Join Emily Norton and the Friends of Willard Brook and learn to identify dried remains of summer wildflowers. Call Emily at (978) 597-3553 for more information.
Tree lighting: 4:30 p.m., Littleton town common; First Baptist Church open house follows, with Christmas town and train display and gingerbread house decorating contest.
Tree lighting: 4:30 p.m., Brookline, N.H.; 23rd annual event, music by PB&J Christmas ensemble, mitten and socks collection by Brownie troop, and much more. Bring a candle (in a jar is best).
Save the date:
Monday, Dec. 3:
Christmas wreath workshop: 7 p.m., West Townsend Reading Room; Dixie Picard from The Bronze Bell will conduct a Christmas wreath workshop. The $10 registration fee includes wreath and materials but students must bring their own wirecutters. Register at the Townsend public library by calling (978) 597-1714.
Friday, Dec. 7:
A Fine Winter’s Night: 8 p.m., Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley; Celebrate the holidays with Matt and Shannon Heaton as they launch their CD of traditional Irish music to brighten winter nights. Tickets $12 in advance, $15 on day of show. Call (978) 425-4311.
Sunday, Dec. 9:
Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pepperell VFW Hall, 55 Leighton St. (Route 113). To register call Donna at (978) 855-6013 or Amy at (978) 660-4802.