Friday, Nov. 7

The Visit: 7:30 p.m., Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center, Lawrence Academy, Groton; Play by Friedrich Durrenmatt. Admission is free but reservations are recommended by calling (978) 448-1601.

NRWA annual meeting: 6 p.m. reception, Devens Common Center, Devens; Keynote speaker will be Akiko Busch on “Nine Ways to Cross a River: Midstream Reflections on Swimming and Getting There from Here” along with annual awards presentation. Tickets $60 by calling (978) 448-0299 or visiting

Saturday, Nov. 8

The Visit: 7:30 p.m., Lawrence Academy. (See above.)

Don White: 8 p.m., Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley; Don’s new DVD, “Family Man” will be available. Opening act: The Loomers. Tickets $15 in advance, $19 on day of show. Call (978) 425-4311.

Wild cranberries: 9 a.m., meet at Pearl Hill State Park, W. Townsend, then carpool to the bog, about 45 minutes away; Join the Friends of Willard Brook for a trip to a wild cranberry bog. Wear waterproof boots and bring a basket. Limit 10 participants, so preregistration required by calling Emily at (978) 597-3553.

Indian Cultural Center: Ayer Masonic Association will host a trip to the Indian Cultural Center in Uncasville, Conn. For details please contact Rick Skoczylas at (978) 772-2663, Clark Paige at (978) 772-2789 or Charlie Jones at (978) 772-9289.

Christmas Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Joseph Parish, 28 Tarbell St., Pepperell; Crafts tables, DJ, baked goods, face painting and pictures with Santa. Breakfast and lunch available for purchase.

Spaghetti & meatballs: 4-7 p.m., United Parish Building, 39 Main St., Lunenburg; to benefit Scout Troop 1728. Tickets $5, children 3-10 $3, under 3 free.

Sunday, Nov. 9

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

Chamber Players: 3 p.m., Indian Hill Music, 36 King St. (Route 2A), Littleton; Peformance by the Indian Hill Chamber Players. Tickets $20 for adults, $15 for students, at the door. Call (978) 486-9524 or visit

Monday, Nov. 10

Women’s Connection: 9:30-11 a.m., Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley; Monthly meeting of the Nashoba Valley WOmen’s Connection with annual auction and brunch. Tickets $12. Call Judy at (978) 597-5509 or Charlotte at (978) 456-8320. Held in affiliation with Stonecroft Ministries. Complimentary nursery is included.

Masons: 7:30 p.m., Masonic Apartments, Suclley Road, Ayer; Regular Communication of Caleb Butler Lodge. Dinner of beef stew will be at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are a must by Nov. 7. For those members on the Permanent Reservation List, no action is required and $10 donation is expected at the door. For other members or guests, contact Rick Dickson Jr., Warden, at (978) 400-1100.

Tuesday, Nov. 11


Veterans’ Day observance: 11 a.m., VFW Park monument, Main Street; Join Townsend VFW Post 6538 and American Legion Post 199 and their ladies auxiliaries in a public Veterans’ Day ceremony. All area residents are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served in the VFW Function Hall following the ceremony.

Wednesday, Nov. 12

Smart Development & Sustainability: 7-9:15 p.m., Nashua River Watershed Association’s River Resource Center, Route 119, Groton; Join NRWA and Groton and Harvard Locals in a two-night workshop with NRWA’s Mark Archambault, Ayer planning director Chris Ryan, Catherine Miller of the Pioneer Valley Regional Planning Commission and Neil Angus from the Devens Enterprise Commission. Free and open to all. Call (978) 448-0299 to learn more.

Veterans Support: 6-8:30 p.m., Townsend Rod & Gun Club, 46 Emery Road; Monthly support group meeting for veterans and their families. Club will shut down the target range during meetings. Veterans meet in one room while families meet in another. Free and open to all.

Thursday, Nov. 13

Smart Development & Sustainability: 7-9:15 p.m., Nashua River Watershed Association’s River Resource Center, Route 119, Groton. Second night, (see above).

Confluence: 7 p.m., Groton Public Library, Route 119, Groton; Visit from Nathaniel Tripp, author of “Confluence,” who will discuss local and global environmental issues. Program co-sponsored by NRWA and Groton Trust Fund Lecture Fund. Free and open to all. Call the library at (978) 448-8000.

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

WBN meeting: 7 p.m., St. Theresa’s Church, Harvard; Women’s Business Network will meet for a double header of two events: A members holiday gift product display and shopping followed by Jay Wallus, the speaker of the evening. Pre-reservations for vendors are required, but it’s not too late to join. Vendors may contact Rebecca Bell (978) 562-6909 or to reserve a space. Bring your checkbooks!

Friday, Nov. 14

Comedy Night: 7:30 cocktails, 8:30 show; Pepperell VFW, Groton-Pepperell Rotary Club Comedy Night featuring Robbie Printz, Larry Norton and Pat Napoli. Tickets reduced to $20 and now available at Ten Broeck Insurance, (978) 433-6300, and the Groton Senior Center, (978) 448-1170. Proceeds to benefit the many Rotary Club charities.

Wine tasting: 6-9 p.m., Indian Hill Music, 36 King St. (Route 2A), Littleton; Wine tasting presented by Jack O’Lantern Wine & Spirits of Ayer, to benefit the Orchestra of Indian Hill. Tickets $25 at the door, by calling (978) 486-9524, ext. 116, or by visiting Jack O’Lantern.

Saturday, Nov. 15

Morning walk: 9-10:30 a.m., meet at Squannacook Elementary School, Route 13, Townsnd; Join Rhonda Plamondon and the Friends of Willard Brook on a leisurely walk through town and state property. Call Rhonda at (978) 877-8489 with questions.

Sunday, Nov. 16

Oxfam Hunger Banquet: 5-7 p.m., FIrst Church Unitarian, 19 Foster St., Littleton; Dinner, of sorts, in which guests will randomly receive the same portion of food as people in different locales. Donation of $5 requested, along with a non-perishable food donation for Loaves & Fishes. To sign up or learn more, call (978) 263-5779 and ask for Alice, or e-mail to Advance sign-ups preferred.

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Saturday, Nov. 22

Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., First Parish of Bolton, 673 Main St., Bolton; Kitchen nook with baked beans bythe pint or sharp cheddar by the pound, Nana’s Attic, Toy Box and a Chinese raffle of gift baskets of all sorts including “Teen Beauty” and “Chocoholic.” Call Linda at (978) 779-6427.

Hollis Hoe Down: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Lawrence Barn, Depot Road, Holls; Hosted by the Hollis Woman’s Club, event will feature caller Frank Woodward and his band offering square and contra dancing instruction. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for ages 13-19, $5 for ages 6-12 and under age 6 free. Seating is limited to call Diane at (603) 670-5764 or e-mail

Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Catherine’s Church, 107 North Main St., Westford; Over 30 artisans and crafters, raffles, baked godos and more. Free admission.

New England Village Fair: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Leominster First Baptist Church, West and Church streets; Antiques, jewelry, baked goods, books and a “not so silent” auction. Luncheon served and snack bar available.