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Diabetes and Endocrine Center — presents Proactive Versus Reactive Diabetes Management Speaker: Judith Pentedemos, FNP,BC,CDE. Date: Thursday, Nov. 30, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Location: Room 109

Tuition: $60, you can use your education reimbursement.

To register, please call 978-784-9496.

Caregiver Support Group

AYER — Nashoba Valley Medical Center will hold a Caregiver Support Group on Dec. 2 from 5:30-8 p.m. in Conference room B. The facilitator is Rosanna Casavecchia, OTR/L, MT. Nashoba Valley Medical Center is at 200 Groton Road in Ayer. For questions contact Rosanna at 978-784-9204.


Benefit Concert

Tim Janis Christmas Concert to be held on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Nashoba Regional High School, 12 Green Road, Bolton. Benefit Concert for Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River. For tickets go to or call 978-456-3522. Seated is limited.

Christmas Joy!

The Nashoba Valley Chorale will open its 35th season with Christmas Joy!, a lively celebration of the holiday season, on Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. at Indian Hill Music Center in Littleton. The concert features beautiful and exciting Renaissance motets by Josquin, Sweelinck and Victoria, and the joyful and expressive Magnificat by Antonio Vivaldi. The chorale will also sing several fantastic Christmas carol arrangements by John Rutter and Sir David Willcocks as well as the recently-composed “Christmas Joy” by crowd favorite Stephen Chatman.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 students/seniors and $5 for children under 10. For more information, please visit


Nature and Art: NRWA After-School Program

There are still spaces available in the Nashua River Watershed Association After-School Discovery program, “The Outer Artist.” We have five more weeks to explore outdoors with NRWA naturalists learning about our local ecosystems and translating our discoveries into art. The program is for 8- to 10-year-olds and meets on Wednesdays, Nov. 17 through Dec. 15, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St. (Rt. 119), in Groton. Please note that on Dec. 1, the program will meet from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. due to the scheduled school half-day in Groton.

Join us to try your hand at wildlife sketching, stamping with plants, nature photography, and more! Students will take home a collection of handmade creations, perfect for the pre-holiday season.

The cost for the program is $85 for NRWA members, and $100 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Lauren Parente Noone, NRWA Eco-Adventures Coordinator, at 978-448-0299, or e-mail

The NRWA is a non-profit environmental organization that depends on memberships for support.


Christmas Extravaganza Craft Fair

St. Anthony of Padua Church in Shirley will be holding its annual Christmas Extravaganza Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parish hall, 14 Phoenix St., Shirley. The Craft Fair has become a popular venue for Christmas shopping in the area, with talented crafters from all over Massachusetts. The selection of handmade crafts is extensive, and includes dolls, quilted items, country crafts, table runners, children’s clothing, crocheted jewelry, baby blankets, glassware, and much more. In addition to the crafts, a small portion of the hall is dedicated to new children’s toys, books, games, puzzles, and gently used Christmas decorations and gifts. A breakfast of homemade donuts will be available for early birds, and lunch will be served.

Trinity Christmas Fair aids homeless congregation

On Saturday, Dec. 4, Trinity Chapel on Centre Road in Shirley will hold its annual Christmas Fair. Always a local favorite, the Christmas Fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A visit to Trinity provides good gift opportunities as well as providing you with delicious light refreshments, while you are attending the fair.

Tables with baked goods and candy provide opportunities to buy enjoyable foods at the fair. We will also feature attic treasures, Christmas decorations and crafts with plenty of items to choose from, and a silent auction with gifts such as restaurant vouchers and meat items from New England farms.

New this year, Trinity will offer for sale very attractive items that are created by members of Ecclesia Ministries in Boston. Ecclesia Ministries is a ministry within the Episcopal Church which offers a congregational experience and various services of assistance to the homeless in Boston. It is a ministry with which Trinity Chapel has collaborated for many years.

We believe you will find attending our Fair on Saturday, Dec. 4 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to be great for gift selections, enjoyable for all ages, and helpful in serving others. We hope you’ll agree.


Coats for Kids

Time to search your closets for warm, gently used coats for men, women and especially children that you don’t use. The Ayer-Shirley Lions Club will be conducting a coat drive through Jan. 8. North Middlesex Savings Bank in Ayer, Devens & Shirley are drop off locations.

If you have any questions, contact or at 978-772- 8502, ext. 1156, or any member of the Ayer-Shirley Lions Club.

Baby-Sitting Class

Two-day class with certificate provided upon completion of both classes Nov. 29 and Nov. 30, to 5:30 p.m. (both days). Minimum age of 12 is required. Hosted by Nashoba Valley Medical Center, 200 Groton Road, Ayer.

RSVP required: Rosanna Casavecchia at 978-784-9204 or e-mail