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Sunday, May 11

Annual Mother’s Day Buffet: 7 to 11 a.m., Ayer Gun and Sportsmen’s Club, 255 Snake Hill Road. The cost of this all-you-can-eat breakfast is $10 for adults and $6 for seniors and children aged 12 and younger. This is last breakfast until September.

Monday, May 12

Annual Town Meeting: 7 p.m., Ayer Middle-High School. The meeting will continue to May 13 and 19, if necessary.

Residents’ meeting with MassDevelopment: 7 p.m., 33 Andrews Parkway. The agency is also requesting a list of issues residents wish to discuss. Suggestions may be e-mailed to Kathy O’Connor at koconnor@massdevelopment.com. Residents may also call (978) 784-2933.

Tuesday, May 13

Parks Commission meeting: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall.

Wednesday, May 14

Finance Committee meeting: 7 p.m., Town Hall.

Coffee House: 7 p.m., in the Page Hilltop School Cultural Arts Room. Sponsored by the Ayer Music Boosters, this event will feature talented acts by the AMHS band and chorus. Your $5 donation will be used to support the AMHS music program. Coffee and pastries will be served during the performances.

Thursday, May 15

Devens Restoration Advisory Board meeting: 7 to 9 p.m., Devens Commerce Center, 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens. The Army invites the community to discuss topics relating to the Superfund Cleanup at the former military base. For information call Robert Simeone at (978) 796-2205.

Saturday, May 17

Basic pistol safety course: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Ayer Gun and Sportsmen’s Club, 255 Snake Hill Road. The cost is $100. This two-day program is taught by National Rifle Association-certified instructors. Topics will include reviewing firearm safety basics, pistol types and their operations, ammunition types and components and basic marksmanship skills with live fire exercises. This course is open to anyone aged 13 or older. For information contact Dan D’Amato at (978) 772-2131 or the Ayer Gun and Sportsmen’s Club at (978) 772-9748. Preregistration is required.

Passport Day: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Post Office, 1 Columbia St. Residents of Ayer, Harvard, Shirley, Groton and Bolton are invited. There are new regulations requiring a passport for all air travel to and from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Bahamas and Caribbean. The Post Office takes passport photos for $15. Passports, which must be paid for by check, cost $100 for individuals aged 16 and older and $85 for those younger than 16. Passport renewals cost $75. To apply for a passport, you must have on-hand evidence of citizenship, two passport photos and current photo identification. For information call (978) 772-6896.

Creating Great Compost: 10:30 a.m. to noon, library. Discover how to make superior compost and enhance the quality of your garden’s soil. All programs are free to the public. For information call the library at (978) 772-8250.

Sunday, May 18

Basic pistol safety course: 8 a.m. to noon, Ayer Gun and Sportsmen’s Club, 255 Snake Hill Road. See May 17 entry for details.

13th annual Parker Road Race, Springfest: 9 a.m., Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School, 49 Antietam St., Devens. See briefs for details.

Briefs

Adopt-A-Duck, win dinner anywhere in the world

HARVARD — Want to win dinner for two anywhere in the world?

Adopt a duck — or a flock of ducks — for the 18th annual Ducky Wucky River Race, and that dream could come true.

The Ducky Wucky River Race, sponsored by the Ayer-Harvard-Shirley-Devens Rotary Club, will be held during the May 10 Harvard Apple Blossom Festival. You can adopt one duck for $5, a flock of five ducks for $20 or a flock of 13 ducks for $40 to qualify for over 50 prizes, including dinner for two plus airfare and hotel accommodations for two nights anywhere in the world.

All tickets sold by Loaves & Fishes will benefit the pantry. To get your duck adoption papers stop by the pantry during regular pantry hours — listed at www.devenspantry.org — or call Judy Grande at (978) 486-1090. Make checks payable to the Rotary Club. For information, you can also e-mail development@devenspantry.org.

Flushing notice

The Ayer Department of Public Works will begin the semi-annual flushing program of the town’s water mains the week of May 12.

The flushing, which will continue for approximately four weeks, will take place from 3 to 11 p.m. Flushing will discontinue from 5 to 7 p.m. to keep residential pressure loss to a minimum during peak usage time.

During flushing, residents may experience reduced water pressure and some discoloration of their water. The discoloration should subside within 24 hours. If you’re still experiencing problems after this period, call (978) 772-0666.

The flushing program is mandatory maintenance. It will be conducted as efficiently as possible under current water restrictions. The maintenance program allows us to continue to provide residents with water that’s as aesthetically pleasing as possible.

Parker Road Race, Springfest slated for May 18

DEVENS — The 13th annual Parker Road Race and Springfest, featuring two- and five-mile courses certified and sanctioned by U.S. Track and Field (USATF), is scheduled for May 18.

All runners and walkers are welcome. The event is hosted by the Parker Essential Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the educational experience of students at Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School, a public school for students in grades seven to 12.

Trophies will be awarded to the three fastest male and female runners in each of the following age divisions: under 14, 15 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59 and over 60. Trophies will also be awarded for the two fastest teams registered under the Coaches Challenge. Yankee Timing will provide timing services.

A Tot Trot for children aged 5 and under begins at 9:30 a.m. The two-mile run and two-mile walk begin at 10 a.m. The five-mile run will kick-off at 11 a.m. All events will take place at the Parker School, 49 Antietam St.

Racers can pick up bibs and racer packets at the Parker School May 17, from noon to 3 p.m., or on race day, from 9 a.m. until 15 minutes before the start of each race.

Register online at www.signmeup.com/58267. For information visit www.parker.org.

Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School was founded in 1995 as one of the state’s first charter schools. A six-year, public secondary school, Parker currently educates 360 students from more than 40 communities throughout Massachusetts.

Compost bins for sale

Now that gardening season is here, you should know the Ayer Recycling Committee sells compost bins for $30.

Two styles are available. For descriptions visit www.mass.gov/dep/recycle/reduce/compgnt.htm.

This offer is open to residents of Ayer and any surrounding towns.

For information, or to reserve your bin, e-mail Laurie Sabol at Laurie.sabol@tufts.edu. Bins will be available for pickup May 17 and thereafter.

U.S. postal service to hold May 10 food drive

The national Association of Letters Carriers (NALC), in conjunction with the postal service, will collect non-perishable food items May 10 for Loaves and Fishes, which will distribute the food items to local communities.

The NALC food drive is the largest in the country. More than 500 million pounds of food have been collected by letter carriers since the annual event started in 1999.

Persons wishing to participate in the food drive are asked to put non-perishable food items near their mailbox for pickup by the letter carriers when they’re delivering mail.

St. Mary’s 150th anniversary show

St. Mary’s Parish will hold its 150th anniversary Variety Show Nov. 8. The theme this year is The Best of Times: A Night of Nostalgic Variety.

We are seeking volunteers to fill the production staff. We need a stage manager, lighting designer, media technician, graphic designer, musician, and ticket and program committee.

Many special talents are necessary to produce a show. For information or to volunteer call Susie Michaud at (978) 772-3161 or Beth Lewis at (978) 772-9907.

Range Noise Bulletin

DEVENS — The following is a noise bulletin for U.S. Army Garrison Fort Devens:

May 9, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MK19 familiarization fire, D MK-19; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., mortar live fire, RG O.

May 10, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MK19 familiarization fire, D MK-19; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., mortar live fire, RG O.

May 11, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MK19 familiarization fire, D MK-19; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., mortar live fire, RG O.

May 14, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., demolitions training, RG Z1.

May 16 to 18, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., MK19 familiarization fire, D MK-19.

May 20, 21 and 29, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., demolitions training, RG Z1.

May 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., MK19 familiarization fire, D MK-19.

May 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., MK19 familiarization fire, D MK-19; 8 a.m. to 5:59 p.m., hand grenade live fam, RG Z2.

Compliance stings will be conducted over the next four months

The Ayer Police Department will be conducting compliance testing stings on businesses in town that are licensed to sell and serve alcoholic beverages.

During these stings, a minor, who looks and is under 21, will attempt to purchase alcohol at every restaurant, bar and package store in town. Officers will also be checking the IDs of patrons in these businesses to ensure they are of legal drinking age. They will also be targeting adults who are procuring alcohol for minors.

These stings, and other prevention efforts, will occur at various times within the next four months.

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