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Friday, May 9

“Man of La Mancha”: 8 p.m., Theatre III, Central Street, West Acton. For reservations call (978) 263-9070 or purchase tickets online at www.ticketstage.com.

Ronnie Earl benefit: 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 461 King St. (Route 2A), Littleton; Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters in a concert to benefit the Lowell Transitional Center. Donation of $10 per person requested.

Blood drive: Noon to 6 p.m., St. Anthony’s Parish Hall, 33 Chapel St., Shirley; Donors must be 17 or over, weigh 110 or more and be in generally good health. American Red Cross requires positive ID.

Saturday, May 10

Forget-Me-Not Day: All day, Shirley and Ayer; Members of Shirley DAV Chapter 43 will be selling Forget-me-Not flowers, with all proceeds to benefit the Community Care Service Department of Edith Nourse Rodgers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford. Give generously.

“Man of La Mancha”: 8 p.m., Theatre III, Central Street, West Acton. For reservations call (978) 263-9070 or purchase tickets online at www.ticketstage.com.

Rory Raven: 8 p.m., Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley; Master mentalist will have you believing in ESP. Tickets $12 in advance, $16 on day of show. Call (978) 425-4311.

Afternoon hike: 4-5:30 p.m., Meet at Squannacook Elementary upper log, Route 13 just north of Townsend center; Join Rhonda Plamondon on a leisurely walk through town and state property, hosted by the Friends of Willard Brook. Call Rhonda at (978) 877-8489 with questions.

Loose Tongues: 8 p.m., J.P. O’Hanlon’s Irish Pub, downtown Ayer; Rock and roll band Loose Tongues.

Apple Blossom: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Harvard Town Common; 56th annual Apple Blossom Festival will feature crafts, food, games and prizes, followed by the 18th annual Ducky Wucky River Race on the Nashua River at 4:30 p.m., with a grand prize of dinner for two … anywhere on Earth.

Janis Bresnahan 5K: 10 a.m. (main event start), Ayer Middle/High School; Fourth annual road race to benefit the Ayer Education Foundation in honor of Janis Bresnahan. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., Tots Trot (to age 6) at 9:15, 5K run at 10 and 2-mile walk at 10:05 a.m. Visit www.janisbresnahanforeducation.com.

Sunday, May 11

Historical piano: 4 p.m., Ashburnham Community Church, Route 12 and Chapel Street, Ashburnham; First of four chamber music concerts by Historical Piano Concerts, this with a piano built in Vienna circa 1805-1810. Admission $10, children and students free. Visit www.FrederickCollection.org to learn more.

Fruitlands brunch: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fruitlands Museum, Harvard; Mom admitted to the museum free for the day. Call (978) 456.3924, ext. 223 or e-mail catering@fruitlands.org.

String honors recital: 7 p.m., Indian Hill Music, 36 King St. (Route 2A), Littleton; Free recital by string honors students. Call (978) 486-9524 or visit www.indianhillmusic.org.

Monday, May 12

Bible school registration: 5-7 p.m., Congregational Church of Littleton, 330 King Street; Refreshments served. Bible school (Aug. 4-8) is limited to 85 children, cost $15 per child or family max or $40.

Free supper: 6 p.m., Apple Valley Baptist Church, 12 Columbia St., Ayer; Free meal every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, to stretch your budget or if you’re tired of eating alone.

Tuesday, May 13

Shakespeare audition: 6-8:30 p.m., Groton-Dunstable Regional High School drama room, Chicopee Row; Upside Down Theater additions for Romeo & Juliet. Rehearsals on Tuesday evenings for Aug. 1-2 show. Call Paul at (978) 302-6400 to arrange an audition time slot.

Buy Local forum: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Brookline Fire Station meeting room, Bond Street, Brookline, N.H.; Sponsored by Brookline Public Library, learn the benefits of buying and growing locally. Call the library at (603) 673-3330.

Sustainable community: 7 p.m., Volunteers Hall, Harvard Public Library, 5 Pond Road, Harvard; Join NRWA in a conversation about “Creating an Ecologically Sustainable Community: The Challenge and Opportunity for Global and Local Citizenship” with presenter Dr. Larry Buell, executive director of Earthlands in Petersham. Free and open to the public but registration is urged by calling (978) 448-0299.

Thursday, May 15

Bach’s Lunch: Noon to 1 p.m., Indian Hill Music, 36 King St. (Route 2A), Littleton; Free concert by soprano Nancy Leinonen Howells with pianist Michelle Kelly. Coffee and tea provided, bring your own lunch.

Devens Grill: 7-10 p.m., Devens Grill lounge, 4 Ryans Way, Devens; No cover charge for after dinner live music. This week, The Rafters. Visit www.DevensGrill.com or call (978) 862-0060.

Friday, May 16

Geoff Muldaur: 8 p.m., Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley; One of the great voices in folk/blues music. Opening act Terry Kitchen. Tickets $25 in advance, $29 on day of show. Call (978) 425-4311.

“Man of La Mancha”: 8 p.m., Theatre III, Central Street, West Acton. For reservations call (978) 263-9070 or purchase tickets online at www.ticketstage.com.

“A Little Night Music”: 8 p.m., Indian Hill Music, 36 King St. (Route 2A), Littleton; Opera Workshop presents Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music.” Tickets $15 by calling (978) 486-9524 or visit www.indianhillmusic.org.

Saturday, May 17

Rail Trail cleanup: 10 a.m., Ayer entrance, Sandy Hill Road in Groton, Pepperell Center, or Nashua end; Join Friends of Willard Brook in a Rail Trail cleanup. Bags and gloves available at all starting locations. Call Emily Norton at (978) 597-3553 with questions.

“Rust Never Sleeps”: 8 p.m., Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley; Neil Young tribute band; tickets $12 in advance, $16 on day of show.

“A Little Night Music”: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Indian Hill Music, 36 King St. (Route 2A), Littleton; See above.

“Man of La Mancha”: 8 p.m., Theatre III, Central Street, West Acton. For reservations call (978) 263-9070 or purchase tickets online at www.ticketstage.com.

“Carmina Burana”: 8 p.m. at the Durgin Concert Hall, University of Massachusetts Lowell, South Campus. Nashoba Valley Chorale, Harvard Pro Musica and the Schola group from the Treble Chorus of New England will perform “Carmina Burana.”

Unity Days powwow: 1-5 p.m., Devens P-5 building, 29 Antietam St., Devens. Continues Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

North Shore A Capella: 8 p.m., J.P. O’Hanlon’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Main Street, Ayer.

Town-wide Yard Sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Town of Shirley, sponsored by the Shirley Volunteer. Call (978) 425-9555.

East of Shirley: 8 p.m., Westford Parish Center for the Arts, Westford Common; CD Release party for the band East of Shirley. Tickets $8 in advance by e-mailing mike@eastofshirley.com or $10 at the door. BYOB.

Sunday, May 18

“Man of La Mancha”: 2 p.m., Theatre III, Central Street, West Acton. For reservations call (978) 263-9070 or purchase tickets online at www.ticketstage.com.

Flapjack Fund-raiser: 8-10 a.m., Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, 251 N. Main St., Leominster; Benefit to support the Blue Star Mothers, Mass. Chapter 1; tickets $6 each.

Chamber music: 4 p.m., Union Congregational Church, 218 Main St., Groton; Free concert (donations accepted) by pianist David Sears; organist and violist Permelia Sears; violinist Rebecca Sears; Sandy Reismann, principal cellist with the Arlington Symphony Orchestra; and former BSO member and bassist Robert Olson. Concert followed by a pot luck supper in Fellowship Hall. Bring a dish, labeled with your name, to take part in the supper. Call Peg at (978) 448-3328 to learn more.

Spring Pops Concert: 4 p.m., Mt. Wachusett Community College, Gardner; Concert by the Greater Gardner Community Choir, directed by Diane Cushing and Mary Chapin Durling. Tickets 45 at the door or by calling (978) 632-2403.

Trap Shoot: 12:30 p.m. sign-up, Ayer Gun & Sportsmen’s Club, Snake Hill Road, Ayer; Three rounds of single trap (16-yard), 12 gauge maximum with field shells only, cost $7.50 per round, hearing and eye protection required. First prize is a coupon for a keg of beer. Call Dan at (978) 772-2131 or the club at (978) 772-9748.

Save the date:

Wednesday, May 21

Blue Star Mothers: 7 p.m., Leominster Veteran’s Center, 100 West St., Leominster; Monthly meeting of Mass. Chapter 1 of Blue Star Mothers (those with children in the military); Guest speaker will be Floyd Truitt, master woodcarver who started the “Eagle Cane Project.” Visit bluestarmomsmassch1.org to learn more.

Saturday, May 31

Fishing Derby: 9 a.m. to noon; Mirror Lake, Patton Road, Devens; Third annual Devens Youth Fishing Derby. Registration (free) begins at 8:30 a.m. Contact Devens Recreation at (978) 772-8875 or visit www.devenscommunity.com.

Sunday, June 1

Camp open house: Noon to 4 p.m., 4-H Camp Middlesex, 1031 Erickson Road, Ashby; Learn more about day camp and overnight camp while touring the facility and meeting the staff.

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