SATURDAY, OCT. 16
Square and Compasses Day: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join Members of Caleb Butler Lodge for Square and Compasses Day at 11 Sculley Road in Ayer. This is an open house for everyone interested in the Brotherhood of Freemasonry. Masons, their friends and the community are welcome. Tour the Lodge building. See what Masonry is all about. Hear about Masonry’s charitable work today and the organization’s historic contribution to our nation’s founding. Learn how Masonry offers good men opportunities to pursue greatness.
Indoor/outdoor Yard Sale/Flea Market/Bake Sale: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 491 Main St., West Townsend. The Townsend VFW Post 6538 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a bake sale to raise money for the Auxiliary Cancer Aid and Research Fund. In the event of rain, it will be held Sunday, Oct. 17.
Applewild Harvest Fair: A day of fun family games and activities will be at Applewild Harvest Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Raffles, food, games and prizes. There will be an Admission Open House and Tour from 1-3 p.m. Applewild School is at 120 Prospect St., Fitchburg.
Indian Hill’s Kalliroscope Gallery Chamber Season opens: 8 p.m., Violinist Malcolm Lowe and pianist David Deveau at 264 Main St., Groton. Tickets $25, $15 for students, includes wine and cheese reception with the musicians.
FRIDAY, OCT. 22
Play, art at Village Nursery School: 10 to 11:30 a.m. The Village Nursery School invites you and your toddler to take a break from the cooling weather and join us for a morning of play, art, and refreshments at 40 Poor Farm Road, Harvard. Children can visit different art stations to decorate a pumpkin for Halloween with one of our talented teachers, and explore one of our large, open rooms with a variety of activity centers. There is no cost. Feel free to bring a friend. To attend, RSVP by Oct. 20 to 978-456-3993.
SATURDAY, OCT. 23
Recycle Your Reusable — multi-town reusable collection in Ayer: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ayer Public Schools Parking Lot, 141 Washington St., Ayer Come and recycle your reusables! The event is open to all individuals and businesses from all towns. Six vendors will be in attendance, with opportunities for you to:
* Recycle styrofoam (at no charge)
* Get paper shredded (at no charge)
* Donate gently used household goods to the Lowell Wish Project and Loaves and Fishes
* Donate used athletic shoes to Nike Reuse a Shoe
* Donate used bicycles to Bikes Not Bombs (10$ fee requested)
There will also be:
* A used winter sporting goods sale, proceeds to benefit PACE (People of Ayer Concerned about the Environment) and the Ayer schools.
* Jodie Gilson from Groton selling herbs
* Beth Suedmeyer from Ayer selling pumpkins and other produce
* The Wholesome Cafe of Ayer
5K and Fun Runs: 10 a.m., Evergreen Garden Playschool, 270 Barnum Road, Devens. Celebrate childhood and join us for this family-friendly event. There will be a Tots Trot for the littlest ones, a 1-mile fun run/walk and a 5K run/walk. Walkers and strollers are welcome in the 1 mile and 5K runs. Bring a picnic and stay awhile; we’re going to have some fun games for all. Proceeds will go to Evergreen Garden and building a tuition assistance program. For questions and registration visit www.evergreengardenplayschool.org (978-772-9595).
National Make a Difference Day Charity Sew-In: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In honor of Make a Difference Day, there will be a free charity sew-in at Leominster Veteran’s Center, 100 West St., Leominster. Bring your sewing machine and supplies as well as your charity quilt project(s) or participate in a group project (instructions and fabric provided at no charge). Quilters of all ability levels are encouraged to attend. Bring your lunch in a cooler or there are numerous pizza/sub shops close by. Free door prizes and drawings for attendees! For additional information or to reserve your spot, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvest House Tour: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Townsend Historical Society’s Harvest House Tour is a not to be missed opportunity to visit five Townsend houses. Each house is distinct with its own history: A c.1730 Saltbox, a late 1700s home, an early 1800s home, a charming home in the countryside and the society’s 1809 Reed Homestead, all decorated for fall and open to the public for this special one-day tour. Tickets are $10 through Oct. 15 and after that, $15. Tickets are available at three Townsend businesses: Bailey’s Bar & Grille, Evans on the Common and McNabb’s Pharmacy or by calling the Townsend Historical Society at 978-597-2486 for tickets and more information.
SUNDAY, OCT. 24
Taste of the Town: 5 to 8 p.m., UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center in downtown Lowell. Tickets are available for the Lowell General Hospital Auxiliary’s 24th annual Taste of the Town — gathering restaurants from around Greater Lowell for an evening of scrumptious tasting and fun. Funds raised benefit the patients and services at Lowell General Hospital. The cost is $65 per person — advance-ticket purchase required. Call Lowell General Hospital’s Philanthropy Office at (978)-937-6430 for tickets.
Groton Town Forest Trail races: The 13th annual Groton Town Forest Trail Races will feature two races (walkers are also encouraged in the 3.4-mile race) that take place in the Groton Town Forest. The 9.5-mile race begins at 12:30 p.m. and the 3.4-mile race begins at 12:40. They start and finish on the south side of Route 225, on Newell’s Crossing, across from the Groton Senior Center driveway (163 West Main St.) in West Groton. Parking is available around the senior center, which is the race headquarters. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. on race day, but mail-in or online registrations are encouraged. There will be water stops on the courses plus post-race refreshments and all participants will receive a special forest-green long-sleeved T-shirt. The entry fee is $15 before Oct. 17 and $20 after. The maximum combined entry fee for a family is $35 before Oct. 17 and $45 after. Entries are nontransferable and fees are nonrefundable, with proceeds used to support the maintenance of trails throughout Groton. Application forms are available at Moison’s Ace Hardware or at http://www.GrotonTFTR.freeservers.com.
Brookline Networking Group — For people in the Brookline and surrounding areas seeking employment to network together and get support. Meets at the Brookline, N.H., library on Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m.
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, http://www.debtorsanonymous.org.
FIRST WEDNESDAY: Care-giver support group for anyone caring for a loved one with Dementia/Alzheimer’s disease, 6 p.m., RiverCourt Residences, West Groton. Light refreshments served. To attend, please call Debby Fagone at 978-448-4122.
Thursdays at Devens Grill: Every Thursday local musicians perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Visit http://devensgrill.com for a monthly music schedule, or call 978-862-0060. No cover charge. Devens Grill is at 4 Ryans Way in Devens.
Groton farmers market at the Williams Barn, open from 3 to 7 p.m. The market will be held behind the Barn at 160 Chicopee Row in Groton, just 1.5 miles north of Main Street, www.williamsbarn.org.
Saturdays Pepperell farmers market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pepperell Town Field on Hollis Street near the routes 111 and 113 traffic circle.
The Ayer farmers market is sponsored by the Downtown Business Alliance and will occur every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October.
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.
Adult drop-in Grieving & Healing support groups — Now being held at two locations on the Second Tuesday of each month, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Hazen Memorial Library in Shirley, and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer. No fee, no registration required. Bereaved individuals are welcome. For more information, contact Karen Campbell at 1-800-698-3307, ext. 320.
Care Giver Support Group: For anyone who is caring for a loved one with Dementia/Alzheimer’s disease, a support group is being held at RiverCourt Residences in West Groton on the first Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. Light refreshments are served. If you would like to join us, please call: Debby Fagone, director/Reflections Program, 978-448-4122.