Volunteer for the Horse Shed Fair

The annual Horse Shed Fair, to be held Saturday, Oct. 3, on the lawn at First Church of Christ, Unitarian in Lancaster, may well feature a record number of craft booths. And given a little luck with the weather that day, a large crowd may be expected.

Anyone wishing to help church members serve food, soda and baked goods, or willing to help with a variety of tasks including set-up, clean-up or assisting booth holders at times, is encouraged to contact fair committee members Sarah Spencer, 978-368-0731, or Ann Frantz, 978-365-7822, or call the church office at 978-365-2427 and leave your name and phone number. Interested persons can also e-mail fair committee members at or

There may be room for new applications, although they are filling fast. Contact Ms. Spencer at the above address or phone number to have an application sent or faxed to you.

Apple Festival

and Band Concert

Fall will be here before you know it, and right on its heels is the Hollis (New Hampshire) Woman’s Club and Town Band’s Apple Festival and Band Concert! Held this year on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the Common, this annual event promises to be a wonderful afternoon of enjoying apple crisps and pies while listening to the wonderful tunes from the Hollis Town Band. Local artisans will be selling their wares, and children will enjoy visiting the Sweet Shoppe, having their face painted or playing some of the children’s games. You’ll want to buy a raffle ticket for your chance to conduct “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Mark your calendars and please plan to join your neighbors and friends at this wonderful fall event. For more information, call Jane Taylor at 603-465-2849.

Fall Festival/Yard Sale

The Pepperell Community Church will hold its Fall Festival/Yard Sale on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the church lawn at Three Townsend Street. (Rain date: Oct. 10). The event will feature Grandma’s Attic, Book Table, Lunch on the Grill, Children’s Bounce House and Gently Used Toys.

Tables are available to rent at $20. If you are interested in renting a table for the yard sale or in donating gently used items to the church for the sale, please contact the church office Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at 978-433-2055. For more, see The fair is sponsored by the Community Church of Pepperell.

Craft Fair

The Groton Senior Center will host a Craft Fair on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tables for vendors/crafters are still available for $15. Call 978-448-1170 to save a table, offer to volunteer or to donate small new or like new items for our White Elephant table.


Reeves Memorial Run

The 5th annual Gregory E. Reeves Memorial Scholarship Run will be held Saturday, Oct. 10, starting at 10:30 a.m., rain or shine. Lunch will be provided to all entrants.

Last year’s race raised approximately $10,000, which was awarded to North Middlesex seniors in May. To take part in this event, go to For more information, call 978-597-5859 or go to


Be part of Gardner’s newest fall tradition!

“RotoRide 2009,” a family-oriented cycling event produced by the Rotary Club of Gardner, is scheduled for Sept. 26. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with short and long course, starts at 10 and 10:30 a.m.

This third annual event kicks off the all-day Oktoberfest celebration, in conjunction with the Gardner Ale House, which features great food, beer, entertainment, and more. This is a great event in support of a worthy cause. Proceeds will support youth activities in the Greater Gardner area, such as the “Summer Up” program of Mount Wachusett Community College. Registration includes directions for the ride, lunch at the Gardner Ale House, a complimentary beverage, and a T-shirt. A raffle will include outdoor activity items, trips and more plus other local features. Registration is $20 for individuals/maximum for a family is $40 for short course or $40 per person for long course. Rain date is Sept. 27. See for more; or call 978-884-6596 or e-mail


New York City Day Trip

The Hollis (New Hampshire) Woman’s Club is sponsoring a luxury bus day trip to New York City on Saturday, Dec. 12. For $60 per seat, you’ll enjoy a relaxing ride to Manhattan, guidebook and map, snacks, and surprises! We leave at 6 a.m. and return by midnight. See the holiday decorations in the stores, catch a Broadway show matinee or visit a museum — the itinerary is up to you! This sells out annually, so please call Susan Benz at 603-465-3607 to reserve your seat today. All are welcome, members or not, kids, friends, adults, family members!

Public invited to free monthly forum

Second Sundays at Second Hand Prose, a monthly forum from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month, features a range of topics of interest to the public: Oct. 11 features John MacKinnon, owner of MacKinnon Printing, who will address the topic of self-publishing. For more information, contact Katharyn Dawson, Second Hand Prose Books, 168 Great Road (2A), Acton, MA, Tel. 978-263-3158,

World Wide Day of Healing

Spirit and the Word Healing Room is locally participating in the World Wide Day of Healing, Saturday, Sept. 19, under the direction of Hunter Ministries, Joan Hunter Ministries and the International Association of Healing Rooms. The event offers individual prayer from trained prayer ministers for any need.

Spirit and the Word Healing Room is a chapter of IAHR, which began in 1999 with one Healing Room in Spokane Wash., as a reopening of the work of John G, Lake, and has multiplied to more that 1000 Healing Rooms around the world. Many documented healings have come out of the Christ-centered move of God. Everyone is invited to come and receive prayer on the 19th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Spirit and the Word’s location, Pilgrim Covenant Church, at Chase and Beals Streets, Lunenburg. For more, call 978-342-6874.