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Pepperell Music Center presents “Fresh off of his tour with Jeff Beck” guitarist Gary Hoey: 7 to 9 p.m. Gary will be here for a guitar clinic & meet & greet. Tickets are on sale now at the Pepperell Music Center or by calling 978-433-8247.


Shirley Hoedown and Plant Sale: noon till dusk. Annual Shirley Hoe Down will be held in Shirley Center in the field next to the old Center School (the new Senior Center). If it rains on Saturday and we need to postpone to Sunday, the event will take place on the Center Common.

Electronics and Appliance Collection Day: Townsend Common from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will unloads your car; cash preferred to pay disposal fees.


Masons breakfast: The Ayer Masonic Association will hold its monthly fund raising breakfast at the Ayer Masonic Center 11 Sculley Road, Ayer, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Menu includes eggs cooked to order or pancakes with bacon or sausage, potatoes, toast, juice, and coffee. Come early and bring your friends.

Sun ‘n Fun: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Benefit for Relay for Life, tickets $10, lots of activities for all ages on the Townsend Common.

Nature Hike at Oxbow NWR: 10 a.m. to noon. Join Rona Balco of the Friends of the Oxbow NWR for an interpretive walk on the Esker Loop trail located off of Walker Road in Shirley, MA. This walk includes moderate hiking at times and will explore the dynamics of the area’s geological formation along with discovering local flora and fauna. To find out more and to pre-register, please call Rona at 978-779-2259.


Summer evening walk in Lancaster: Walk route offers two 5 km loops (3.1 mile each). The first loop traverses the Atlantic Union College campus, Dexter Drumlin and ambles along the Nashua River. The second loop passes the Town Green with its Bulfinch Church, library and Town Hall. The walk routes have some unpaved surfaces making the route suitable for baby joggers but not for wheel chairs. Leashed pets are welcome but clean-up laws apply. The walk will start between 3 to 6 p.m. at Atlantic Union College, Thayer Performing Arts Center, 438 Main St (Route 70) , South Lancaster. There will be an Ice Cream Social after the walk. All are invited. For further information contact 978-365-5021, or visit

Fruitlands & Freelands: 7 to 8 p.m. Joseph Palmer’s “Freelands,” was the lesser known, yet more successful experiment created following Alcott’s experiment, “Fruitlands.” The two experiments will be presented and discussed. Dr. Michael Volmar will be showing guests the Palmer prison diary which records his daily trials during his year long imprisonment for wearing a beard. The Freelands experiment journal will also be on display, along with Alcott manuscripts, actual Alcott handwriting, objects from their home, Abba’s (Louisa May’s mother) rocker, May Alcott artwork, and even clippings of the Alcott girls’ hair, held at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard.


Spaghetti dinner: The Ayer-Shirley Lions Club is having a Spaghetti Dinner on at Dan’s Place, West Main St., Ayer from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $8; children 10 and under and seniors 65 and older $6. There will be a 50/50 raffle and the winner drawn at the end of the dinner. Tickets are available at North Middlesex Savings Bank, Closets By Design, Moore Lumber and at the door. All proceeds donated to Lion Charities.

NRWA-led evening stroll at Gateway Park: Join the Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) on a Mid-Week Evening Stroll from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., to learn about the proposed Gateway Park on Sheldon Street in Fitchburg. Gateway Park will be a “gateway” to the North Nashua River and the historic mill district and will eventually feature a variety of recreational spaces including community gardens, a picnic area, parking as well as easy access to extensive conservation lands to the north. An outdoor classroom and environmental education venue are also planned for the park. The walk proceeds along the proposed trail looping the Park. Please wear sturdy shoes. We’ll meet at the Sheldon Street entrance. This free guided walk is made possible in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, and supported by the Fitchburg Greenway Committee. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Al Futterman, NRWA Land Programs and Outreach Director, at 978-448-0299, or email The NRWA is a non-profit environmental organization that depends on memberships for support.

For Insulin Pumpers — Getting the Most from CareLink Personal Software: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Medtronic’s CareLink Personal software is a free, online tool that allows insulin pumpers to discover the patterns and problems that meter software and logbooks do not uncover. Learn how to download data from your pump, and print reports using the CareLink Software for Diabetes. Location: Room 109 in Nashoba Valley Medical Center, 200 Groton Road, Ayer, presented by Heidi Sifferlen and Karen Lynch, R.N., BSN, CDE, MedTronic Corp. For more information, call Pam Massucco or Alice Vergados at 978-784-9534.


Veterans fishing derby: Ayer Gun & Sportsman’s Club, 255 Snake Hill Road, Ayer,will host a Veterans Fishing Derby from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Home-made food; no license required; poles provided. Open to all Veterans

“New England Bats in Danger:: Friends of Willard Brook will host its Annual Meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. at the new Townsend Community Room, Townsend Public Library. Join us for a potluck supper at 6, followed by the program at 7. “New England’s Bats in Danger – White Nose Syndrome” will be presented by Tom French, assistant director at the Mass. Fisheries and Wildlife, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. Find out why New England bat populations are plummeting and what scientists are trying to do to save them. The potluck supper is free to members of Friends of Willard Brook, and new members may join at the door. Please contact Joellyn Nevins at 978-597-8151 if you plan to join us for supper. The bat program is free to all; it is not necessary to register in advance.



Church yard sale: The United Parish of Lunenburg, at the corner of Main Street adn Mass Ave., will hold its annual all-church Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to benefit the United Parish and its Missions [programs. A wide selection of items will be offered for sale. The event is sponsored by the Global Missions Committee of the UPL and is free and open to the public.

5K Walk/Run: The Central Mass Chapter of One More is pleased to sponsor the 2nd Annual 5K WALK/RUN Raising Awareness for Human Trafficking. Modern-Day Slavery Still Exists! Dunn Park, Route 101, Gardner; registration begins at 8 a.m., Run/Walk 9-11 a.m. $15 Advance Registration ($25 day of) includes t-shirt and bottled water. Please call 978-895-1740 for further information. Register on line at

Flea Market: Spring Flea Market & Craft Sale to benefit the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the United Parish Hall, 39 Main St, Lunenburg. All proceeds support rescue and care of homeless cats & kittens.

Documentary World Premiere: “Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000,” tells the story of Groton resident Marion Stoddart and how she led the charge in the 1960s to clean up the Nashua River. At Lawrence Academy’s Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center, the evening will begin at 6:15 p.m. with mingling and light hors d’oeuvres. At 7 p.m., the film will be screened. And at 8 p.m., all are invited to a celebration party, held across the street at the Groton Inn’s Carriage House. Tickets to the pre-premier mingle and the screening are free but must be reserved. Tickets to the celebration party are $25. For more information about reserving and/or purchasing tickets, please visit



Debtors Anonymous: Wednesdays 6:45 – 8:15 p.m. at First Parish Church of Groton, 1 Powderhouse Road; Route 40 and Route 119. Meeting is in the Parish House, beside church, on second floor. The first half hour of meeting is quiet time to work on numbers. No dues or fees. Everyone welcome! Outreach number is 617-728-1426,

Bull Run: For ongoing or weekly happenings at Shirley’s Bull Run, see http://www.bullrunrestaurant. com/Daily.htm. No cover charge. Bull Run is at 215 Great Road, Shirley, 978-425-4311.

Thursdays at Devens Grill: Every Thursday local musicians perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Visit for a monthly music schedule, or call 978-862-0060. No cover charge. Devens Grill is at 4 Ryans Way in Devens.

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