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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 or (603) 318-8182 for details.

Harvard 4th: Events all day starting with Great Harvard Fourth of July Race registration at 7:30 a.m. Events at Bare Hill Pond begin at 3 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

Pepperell 4th: July 5 at noon: Parade begins in front of Town Hall and ends at Varnum Brook School parking lot. A barbecue will immediately follow. Fireworks begin at dusk.

Ayer 4th: Parade begins at 1 p.m., festivities at Pirone Park, fireworks at dusk.

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

Monday, July 7

Groton 4th: July 7, 6 to 7 p.m.: The celebration starts on Town Field with Chef on Wheels serving food followed by a musical performance featuring the Band Snow Crow. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

Thursday, July 10

Concord Band: 7:30 p.m. (gates open at 6), Fruitlands Museum, Prospect Street, Harvard; Weekly outdoor concert by the Concord Band, this week “A Salute to Leroy Anderson.” Admission $12 per carload ($10 for museum members). Call Concord Band at (978) 897-9969 for details.

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

Saturday, July 12

Blueberry picking: 10:30 a.m., Mount Watatic parking lot, Route 119, Ashburnham; Join the Friends of Willard Brook in a hike up Mount Watatic but don’t forget to bring buckets for the blueberries, plus a bag lunch and water. Call Emily at (978) 597-3553 with questions.

The Fools: 8 p.m., Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley; From “Psycho Chicken” to “Life Sucks, Then You Die,” The Fools have assembled a loyal following. Opening act The Ragamuffins of Love. Tickets $16 in advance, $20 on day of show. Call (978) 425-4311.

Sunday, July 13

Singles dance: 7-11 p.m., Irish-American Club, 616 Middlesex Turnpike, Billerica; salad and sandwich bar, $10 each. Visit to learn more.

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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.

Saturday, July 19

Sports benefit: 2 p.m. on, Stagecoach Inn, Route 119, Groton; Benefit for Townsend Youth Sports will see swimming, games, raffles and a family barbecue 2-6 p.m., then a 6:30 concert by Country Dave. Tickets $10 for adults, $5 for kids under age 12, sold at McNabb’s Pharmacy, Sovereign Bank at the Harbor Mall and the Townsend town clerk’s office.

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