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Friday, March 27

Meat raffle: 7 to 10 p.m., Ayer Gun & Sportsmen’s Club will hold its annual spring meat raffle at 255 Snake Hill Road in Ayer. Turkeys, ham, pork loins, sirloin strips, prime ribs, prizes and more!

Saturday, March 28

Masons open house: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Caleb Butler Lodge will celebrate the 150th Masonic Anniversary with an Open House at the Caleb Butler Lodge, 11 Sculley Rd., Ayer. (Off West Main Street heading towards Devens.)

New Neighbor Fair: 10 a.m., This first time event will be held in Town Hall. Come and meet some of the neighbors who help to make Ayer the town it is!

Greenway Committee: 10:30 a.m., Town Hall

Karaoke Night: 7 p.m., Billiards Café, downtown Ayer; Ayer/Shirley Lions Club hosting its second annual Karaoke Night, with free appetizers and pool. Tickets $10 each, raffles and more.

Sunday, March 29

Sportsmen’s breakfast: 8-10 a.m., Ayer Gun & Sportsmen’s Club, Snake Hill Road. Full breakfast menu, every Sunday until Mother’s Day.

Scholarship poker: 11:30 a.m. sign-ups, game at noon, Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley; No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament, $85 buy-in, first-ever Ken Blanchette Scholarship Poker Tournament will benefit a student-athlete scholarship each for Ayer High School, Bromfield School, Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, and North Middlesex Regional High School. Contact Derek at 603-321-5411 or by e-mail to dj141632@ yahoo.com; or Ken at 978-772-0777 ext. 239 or at kblanchette@nashobapub.com.

Monday, March 30

Fitchburg Line Working Group: 8:30 a.m., Town Hall

Tri-board: 5:30 p.m. at Page Hilltop Professional Development room.

Tuesday, March 31

Zoning Board of Appeals: 7 p.m., Town Hall

Wednesday, April 1

Spaghetti supper: 5-8 p.m., Federated Church, Washington Street; Spaghetti supper sponsored by Ayer Community School.

Cribbage tournament: 7 p.m., Ayer Gun & Sportsmen’s Club, Snake Hill Road; Weekly cribbage tournament hosted by American Legion Post 139. Entry fee $5 covers the entire night, draw for partners, prizes split between high and low winners. Call Doug at 978-772-4223 with any questions.

Personnel Board: 7 p.m., Town Hall

Community Preservation Committee: 7 p.m., Town Hall

Thursday, April 2

Planning Board: 7 p.m., Town Hall

Briefs

Billiard classes

The Ayer Community Adult Ed. Program, in conjunction with the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District Community Ed. Program, will again be offering beginner Billiard classes taught by BCA accredited instructors. There are three six-hour sessions scheduled. The final session is scheduled for April 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. Log onto www.ayer.k12.ma.us/communityed for complete course descriptions and registration forms.

Lenten Services at The Federated Church of Ayer

During the next few weeks, give yourself a gift of peace. Come to the Lenten Meditation Services at The Federated Church of Ayer. The Federated Church is a congregation that includes American Baptist, United Methodist, and United Church of Christ members as well as those from other faith traditions. Everyone is invited to join in our worship.

The 30-minute Lenten Meditation Services will be held at 7 p.m. and includes 10 minutes of meditation music. They began on Ash Wednesday and will end Thursday, April 2. The Tenebrae Service will be on Maundy Thursday, April 9, and Good Friday Service will be at noon on April 10.

This is a place to find small lights of meaningfulness in dark, dark times; a space for honoring questions, doubts and grief in a life of faith. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are always welcome here.

The Federated Church, A Beloved Community in Ayer, welcomes your visit. We are located at 21 Washington Street (across from the old fire station). The church is handicapped accessible. You may call 978-772-2044 for more information or just come by for our Lenten Meditation evening services or our Sunday morning worship services which begin at 9:45 a.m. Sunday School for children is held during church services. The middle school-age youth meet at 9 a.m. so that they are able attend the worship service.

Save the Date

Devens Advisory Committee

Meeting schedule: April 6 and 21, at 7 p.m. at 33 Andrews Parkway in Devens. Meetings are to be held in the first floor conference room except on April 21 when the meeting will be in conference room 2.

Ayer/Shirley Lions

The Ayer/Shirley Lions Club holds their general meeting on the fourth Monday each month at the Nashoba Club Restaurant in Ayer. Social hour is 6 p.m. and meeting at 6:30 p.m. New members are welcome.

Psalms and Slippers

Do you want a church where you can feel welcome just as you are?

Come to Psalms and Slippers on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Supper at 6 p.m.; worship at 7 p.m., held at the Old Town Hall in Shirley Center. Children are welcome, even in their PJs!

This is a new worship experience from Trinity Chapel, the Episcopal Church in Shirley Center.

Well Adult Clinic

Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with the Ayer Board of Health, will hold a Well Adult Clinic free of charge for the general public on Wednesday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center, 18 Pond St., Ayer. Drop in for blood pressure, pulse screening and diet teaching. No appointment is necessary. For further information, please contact Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice at 978/425-6675 or 1-800-698-3307 or visit us at www.nashoba.org.

A Cleaner Ayer

The annual town wide roadside trash pickup, A Cleaner Ayer, will be held Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. Individuals, families, service organizations, schools, churches, scouts and 4-H groups are invited to save the date and plan to participate. Trash bags and gloves will be provided from 8:30 a.m. at Depot Square, next to the Medicine Shoppe and commuter rail station on Main Street, and street assignments made. For information, contact susan.tordella@gmail.com or at 978-772-3930.