Friday, Sept. 18
Works of Joshua Baptista: Lawrence Academy’s Conant Gallery will display the work of Joshua Baptista, beginning with an opening with the artist from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit, which will be in place until Nov. 13, is open to the public weekdays from 8 to 5 p.m.
Concert: 8 p.m. Back for third time — Amy Black and The Red Clay Rascals; $12 in advance, $15 day of the show. Performs mix of blues, Americans, old country and folk.
Saturday, Sept. 19
Festival of Quilts: The Squanicook Colonial Quilt Guild will hold a quilt show at North Middlesex Regional High School on Sept. 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Besides the quilts, the show will have vendors selling fabric and the latest supplies.
Three times a day visitors can see demonstrations to help improve skills and enhance their quilts. Each day new small quilted items will be in silent auctions.
For the fabric collectors there will be a “Stuff the Bag” table. Baskets of related items will be in a Chinese-style raffle. Hungry? The Golden Thread Cafe will have snacks, beverages, sandwiches, and desserts. Hourly throughout the two days door prizes will be awarded to the lucky. For questions, contact Jeane Brown at email@example.com.
Church supper: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Pepperell United Methodist Church is hosting a Ham & Bean Supper; cost is $7 adults, $6:50 for seniors and $4.50 for children. We will be serving ham, beans, salad, homemade apple pie and drinks. Located at 1 Chapel Place (one block behind Dunkin Donuts) Pepperell.
Church supper: 4 to 6 p.m. Congregational Church of Christ, UCC, 583 Main Street, Leominster, will host a buffet including Roast Pork, potatoes, vegetables and homemade pies for dessert. Tickets are $7 at the door.
Sunday, Sept. 20
NRWA Guided Paddle: The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) invites families to join us for a guided paddle on the spectacular section of the Nashua River from the Ayer Ice House Dam downstream into Groton. This river trip will take place from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., beginning and ending in Ayer. There is no charge if you bring your own boat; paid rentals are available through Nashoba Paddler. Space is limited: pre-registration is required, whether or not you bring your own boat. To pre-register, or for more information, call Nashoba Paddler at 978-448-8699, or e-mail Diane@NashobaPaddler.com.
Organ concert: 3 p.m. Legendary Concert Organist John Weaver to perform in Groton at Union Congregational Church, 218 Main St., Groton. Advance Tickets: $20/adults, $10 seniors/students. Call 978-448-2091. At the door: $25/adults, $15 seniors/students. Proceeds benefit the UCC historic Estey organ restoration fund.
Monday, Sept. 21
Sing! Remember how much fun it was to sing with friends around a campfire, or to sing the school song at a football game? Get that feeling again by coming to an open rehearsal of the Nashoba Valley Chorale. You’ll get a chance to meet the members and find out what the chorale is all about. Join us Sept. 21 and 28 at 7:15 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 461 King St., Littleton. We’ll be practicing parts of The Messiah. Call 978-842-4044 or visit nashobachorale.org for more information.
Tuesday, Sept. 22
A Worcester Treasure: 7 p.m. “The American Antiquarian Society” will be the topic of senior cataloguer Elizabeth Pope’s talk at the meeting of the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society in the upper hall of the American Legion, 22 Elm St., Gardner. As always, the public is invited to attend; there is a $2 guest fee for nonmembers. For more information, contact Secretary Mary Hasselmann at 603-899-6806 or cmgs_secretary@hotmail.
Confronting Climate Change: 8 p.m. ; St. Andrew’s Church Parish Hall, 7 Faulkner St., Ayer. For more information, contact Faith Salter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978/375 5288.
Friday, Sept. 25
Bull Run: 8 p.m. Buskin & Batteau will perform at the Bull Run in Shirley. Call 978-425-4311 for tickets; $18 in advance or $22 at the door.
Saturday, Sept. 26
Family Health Festival: Nashoba Valley Medical Center, 200 Groton Road, Ayer, will host its annual Family Health Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information visit our Web site at www.nashobamed.com or contact 978-784-9000.
Harvest Fair: Kick off the fall season at the 36th annual Harvest Fair in Groton from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Union Congregational Church. Location: 218 Main Street. Rain or shine. For more, call 978-448-2091 or visit www.uccgroton.org.
Comedy Night: Dave Rattigan headlines Loaves & Fishes Comedy Night. Comedy Night will include live and silent auctions, as well as dinner and the comedy show. The ticket price of $50 includes a buffet dinner and the show, and all of the proceeds will go to the Loaves & Fishes Endowment Fund. To order tickets or see a current list of auction items, visit our web site at www.loavesfishespantry.org. The doors will open at 6 p.m., and the show will start at 7:30. Only full tables of 8 or 10 may be reserved in advance, but there will be plenty of open seating as well. For more information, contact email@example.com, or call 978-486-1090.
Sunday, Sept. 27
Shaker Village tours: The Shirley Historical Society has set the dates for the Fall tours of the Shirley Shaker Village site. The tours will begin at 1 p.m on Sundays Sept. 27, Oct. 4 and Oct. 11. They last about 90 minutes and cost $12 for nonmembers.
The tours begin with an introductory talk in a restored Shaker room in one of the prison buildings at MCI Shirley. Visitors will learn about the life of the Shakers and the transition of the property. Then they will walk up the road and go inside two other Shaker buildings.
Reservations must be made in advance by mailing payment to Shirley Historical Society, PO Box 217, Shirley, MA 01464. Then confirmation and directions will be sent.