Friday, June 27
Chris McDermott: 8:30 p.m., Stage Coach Inn, Main Street (Route 119), Groton; Guitarist Chris McDermott (and an as-yet unnamed guest) will perform his own songs. Cover $10. Visit www.grotonstagecoachinn.com.
Thirty-One Main: 8 p.m., 31 Main St., Ayer; Live entertainment Thursday through Saturday, no cover charge. Tonight: Ken Selcer & Friends.
Saturday, June 28
Branching Out: Noon to 5 p.m., Fruitlands Museum, Prospect Street, Harvard; Opening weekend for Joe Wheelwright’s “Tree Figures” exhibit of larger-than-life tree-based sculptures.
Grain of Truth: 1-3 p.m., Fruitlands Museum, Prospect Street, Harvard; Woodworker, author and Northeastern University professor Harvey Green will sign copies of his book, “Grain of Truth: Wood and the Human Condition.”
Morning bird walk: 7:30-9:30 a.m., meet at Rail Trail parking lot in downtown (Court Street) Groton; Hike with Peter Alden and the Friends of Willard Brook to seek out local birds in the height of the breeding season. Bring binoculars and field guide if you have one; good hiking shoes and tick repellent are recommended. Call Emily at (978) 597-3553 with questions.
Thirty-One Main: 8 p.m., 31 Main St., Ayer; Live entertainment Thursday through Saturday, no cover charge. Tonight: Chris McDermott.
Jump for a Cure: Skydive Pepperell; Food, crafts, a live radio “remote” broadcast and lots of people skydiving to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.
Sunday, June 29
Artist tour: Noon to 5 p.m., Fruitlands Museum, Prospect Street, Harvard; Take a stroll around the Fruitlands grounds with artist Joe Wheelwright and discover his sculptures. Hourly.
Thursday, July 3
Independence Day: 6-10 p.m., Rogers Field, Devens; RE/MAX hot air balloon rides (tethered), 6:30-8:30; music by Metropolitan Wind Symphony, 7-9:30; huge fireworks display at dusk. Admission free. Visit www.devenscommunity.com for events listing.
Friday, July 4
Brookline fireworks: dusk, Max Cohen Memorial Grove, Lake Potanipo, Brookline, N.H.; Free admission to grove but donation accepted. Contact Carol at email@example.com or (603) 318-8182 for details.
Saturday, July 5
Morning bird walk: 6:30 a.m., Fruitlands Museum parking lot; Join local birder Pat White on a two-mile bird walk to include a Great Blue Heron rookery. Bring binoculars and tick repellent. Call Pat at (978) 456-8127 and get directions at www.fruitlands.org/directions.php.
Save the date:
Friday, July 18
Olde Home Days: Brookline, N.H.; Weeklong celebration, July 18-27, with softball, horseshoe and bocce ball tournaments all week, Fire Dept. “Ribfest,” and Lawnmower Races. Music by The Slakas, Eastwood Peak, the Nettles, Country Kimberly and more. Details as they become available.