FRIDAY, NOV. 12
NRWA 2010 annual meeting: The Nashua River Watershed Association will hold its 2010 annual meeting at the Devens Common Center in Devens. All are invited to join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of the past year, elect officers and directors, and present our annual conservation and education awards. Our keynote speaker will be William “Waterway” Marks, editor of Water Voices from Around the World. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a reception and corporate member recognition at 6:45. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the business meeting, NRWA annual awards, and the keynote speaker at 7:30. Tickets to attend the annual meeting are $60. Reservations are required. There is no charge to attend the Business Meeting and Speaker portion of the evening which begins at 7:30; however, reservations are still required for planning purposes. The public is welcome. To make a reservation or for more information, please contact Pam Gill, NRWA Development Associate, at 978-448-0299, or e-mail PamG@NashuaRiverWatershed. org.
SATURDAY, NOV. 13
Come Join us for breakfast: Venture Crew 260 of Brookline and Hollis is serving breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Brookline Community Church, Main Street, Brookline, NH. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, home fries, juice, coffee and lots more. The price is $7 for adults and $5 for kids under 10 and senior citizens. This is a fundraiser for the Venture Crew 260. Venture Crew is a BSA youth led organization for teens, 14 and over, who enjoy the outdoors and participating in the community. We are working to earn money for a winter trip. Future breakfast dates: Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Feb. 12.
Orienteering: Beaver Brook, Maple Hill Barn, Hollis, N.H. Orienteering is a map and compass sport in which the organizers put out markers on trails in the woods for participants to find. Courses are available for beginners and experienced orienteers and instruction is provided. A beginner’s course takes about an hour to complete and can be done by individuals or groups/families. The club provides the maps and has compasses to loan. There is a small fee of between $5 and $8, depending on the course. Registration and orienteering events from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Directions: From Route 3 exit 6 take Route 130 west to Route 122 in Hollis.Turn left (south) on Route 122. In one mile turn right on Ridge Road. Watch for signs. Meet Director Pete Bundschuh 603-465-3142, firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Arts and crafts fair: The Highlands Adult Day Health, 335 Nichols Road in Fitchburg, will hold its 2nd annual arts and crafts fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be over 20 crafters and a raffle. Admission is free. For more information call Harriet Klayman at 978-353-7268.
Dinner and book launch at Fruitlands: 6 to 8:30 p.m., “Fruitlands: The Alcott Family and Their Search for Utopia,” by Richard Francis. Dinner: 6 to 7:30 p.m.; members, $55; nonmembers, $75. RSVP by e-mail, MDelaney@fruitlands.org or 978-456-3924 ext. 292. Readings and book signing begin at 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY, NOV. 15
Comedy Night to benefit Relay for Life: 6 to 11 p.m. Come to the Destare Martini Bar in support of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life for some great food, yummy dessert and refreshing beverages available for purchase. College Night Special: Only $7 with college ID. Only $10 for everyone else. Proceeds benefit the Relay for Life and its annual walk to fight cancer being held on next June in Ayer. The evening features Boston area comedians including DENNIS WIRTH, E.J MURPHY, TOM DUSTIN, ALVIN DAVID, MATT DONAHER (Matt D), CHRIS PENNIE, JOHN GARRISON, JOE DAHLQUIST and AHMED BHAROOCHA.
Friends Who Care, a team from the Greater Ayer Relay for Life, will be walking a full 24 hours, hoping to raise $25,000 for the cause. The team has raised over $4,000 thus far thanks to many supporters. To be placed on their e-mailing list, please e-mail Christina Morrison at: FriendsWhoCare@rocketmail.com. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease. Destare Martini Bar, 320 Main St., Fitchburg, 978) 345-5734 www.destare.com.
Note: All comedians listed above have graciously donated their time in helping us raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Without their help & your support, this event would not be possible.
TUESDAY, NOV. 16
Fall Job Fair: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wachusett Village Inn, 9 Village Inn Road, Westminster, sponsored by North Central Career Centers.
“Carrying On” for suicide survivors: The next gathering of the peer support group “Carrying On” will be on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Gardner Room of the School House at Groton School. The topic of discussion is, “Coping on a bad day.” Refreshments are served and time is made for one on one conversation.
“Carrying On” was initiated in the spring of 2010 in response to the perceived need for a forum where suicide and the effects on family and significant others could be openly discussed. From the initial attendees it was discovered that suicide is never a closed issue in the families who experience it, even sometimes after years and years of silence.
Planned for the third Tuesday of each month, the December gathering will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Great Room of First Parish Church on Powder House Road off from Main Street, Groton. The date is close to Christmas, but sometimes that is the time of most need for support from others for the survivors of suicide. The topic will be, “Taking stock of the last year.”
For further information or to talk through whether the group would be appropriate for a particular person call Steve Boczenowski at 978-448-5013 or June Johnson at 978-448-2223, or just come.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17
Ladies Night Out: 5 to 9 p.m., Devens Common Center, 27 Andrews Parkway, Devens, hosted by Women’s Healthcare of Nashoba Valley Medical Center. Please RSVP at email@example.com or 978-784-9289. Evening includes Trade Show, boen density screening, acupuncture and trigger point release for relaxation and cleansing, exercise demonstration, raffles, chair massage, Reiki and reflexology, cosmetic tips and samples, mini spa makeovers and more.
Black Bears: Learn about “Black Bears in Massachusetts” at 6 p.m. at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton. Laura Hajduk, the Furbearer and Black Bear Project Leader for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, will follow a black bear through the seasons while discussing the biology and ecology of this very interesting and often misunderstood creature. Seating is limited; pre-registration is required. Seating will be held for pre-registrants until 5:55 p.m., at which time unclaimed seats will be given to walk-ins.
Pre-registration is required. The programs is free and open to the public, and appropriate for all ages. To pre-register or for more information, please contact the NRWA at 978-448-0299, or e-mail WynneT@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) is a non-profit environmental organization that depends on memberships for support.
THURSDAY-SATURDAY, NOV. 18, 19, 20
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: 7 p.m. Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School is excited to present one of Shakespeare’s classics, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” one of Shakespeare’s great comedies, depicting misunderstood teenage love, identity mishaps, and the supernatural. The play is set in Athens, Greece, where fair Hermia (Kayleigh Kane, class of 2012), chastised by her father for shunning the marriage he has arranged for her, elopes into the forest with her beloved, Lysander (Aaron Meneghini ’13). They are pursued by two other youths, Demetrius (Denys Godwyn ’13) and Helena (Maeve Grady ’12). These woods, however, are not the safe haven the four young lovers assume. They are the domicile of the Fairy Lord, Oberon (Sarah Dugan ’12), and his mischievious squire, Puck (Jane Weinstock ’12). The supernatural miscreants amuse themselves by toying with the unwitting mortals, casting spells and playing tricks, and the bonds of love are shaken and twisted as the night plays out. Performances will take place in Parker’s auditorium at 49 Antietem St. in Devens. Admission is $7; proceeds will support future theatre performances. Ticket reservations can be made by phone or e-mail, and can be purchased at the door. For tickets, contact Nicky Dudensing, Office Manager, at 978-772-3293, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY, NOV. 19
Nocturnal Creatures of Our Watershed: Free NRWA Family Walk: Who wakes up when the sun goes down? Find out on the Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) evening hike, “Nocturnal Creatures of Our Watershed,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Row, Groton. NRWA educators and naturalists will lead this not-so-spooky night hike, followed by hot cocoa and a story. This family-friendly program is free to the public. All ages welcome; strollers not recommended due to the terrain. This is the first in our 5-part 2010-11 workshop series, supported in part by the Groton Trust Funds’ Lecture Fund. Pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Lauren Parente Noone, NRWA Eco-Adventures Coordinator, at 978-448-0299 or e-mail LaurenP@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. The NRWA is a non-profit environmental organization that depends on memberships for support.
SATURDAY, NOV. 20
Holly Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Holly Fair Raffle Table at the Federated Church of Ayer will feature a Wii Gaming System as the door prize. Other choices for this raffle table will be theme baskets, gift certificates, and many other prizes of new products and services. All prizes will be drawn at the close of the fair. Tickets for the quilt raffle, which features a beautiful hand made, blue and yellow queen-size, hand-tied quilt, will also be available and the winner will be drawn at the close of the fair. There is also a 50/50 raffle and tickets are available for that as well. Plan to come and pick up some home-made desserts and confections for Thanksgiving and the holidays. Pies, cookies, cakes, and candies will all be available. The boutique and other tables offer some wonderful ideas for Christmas and holiday gifts and decorations. Come and enjoy a hot turkey or ham luncheon with all the trimmings, or sandwiches and soup. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
By special arrangement with the North Pole, Santa Claus will be visiting the Holly Fair! Take the time to give him an idea of your wishes and have a picture taken with that jolly old man.
The Holly Fair is held on the south side of the building in Fellowship Hall. Parking is available in marked spaces in the adjoining parking lot, in the lot behind the building, or on adjoining streets. All are welcome and the church is handicapped accessible from the rear parking area.
Holiday Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The annual Holiday Fair at St. Andrew’s Church in Ayer will be held in the church parish hall. Admission is free and all are welcome. The highlights of this year’s fair include scrumptious baked goods, beautifully handcrafted holiday decorations and gift items, delicious cookies-by-the-pound, locally designed and crafted jewelry, fresh balsam wreaths handmade in Maine, hard to resist raffle baskets (including a Gift Card Tree with more than $200 worth of gift cards), a silent auction of antiques and collectibles and a wonderful selection of gift baskets. Andrew’s Attic will feature gently used household goods, toys, holiday decorations, jewelry and decorative accessories at bargain prices. Come early for the best selection.
The St. Andrew’s kitchen will once again be offering its famous beef stew and homemade apple pie along with fresh sandwiches and vegetarian chowder. An interactive energy conservation display, free children’s activities and a chance to win energy saving door prizes will be fun for the whole family.
St. Andrew’s Church is located at 7 Faulkner St., Ayer. The parish hall is handicapped accessible. For more information and directions please check our website www.standrewsayer.org or call the church at 978-772-2615.
SUNDAY, NOV. 21
Thanksgiving service: 7 p.m. All are invited to the Littleton Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at the First Baptist Church of Littleton on the Common. The service is a combined service with First Church Unitarian, the Congregational Church of Littleton, St. Anne Parish, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and First Baptist Church. Lay persons from each church will be sharing their thoughts on Gratitude & Giving Thanks and members of the combined choirs of Littleton will be singing. An offering will be taken for Loaves & Fishes food pantry in Devens. Refreshments and a time of fellowship will follow the service. First Baptist Church is located at 461 King St. on Littleton Common. The church is handicapped accessible and handicapped parking spaces are located on the Goldsmith Street side of the church. Please call the church for more information at 978-486-4660 or visit our website at www.fbclittleton.org.
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.
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.
SECOND WEDNESDAY: Insulin Pump Support Group: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Nashoba Valley Medical Center Founders Room. For more information, call Pamela Massucco or Alice Vergados at 978-784-9452.
Adult bereavement support groups meet Thursdays
SHIRLEY — Grieving & Healing Journey through Grief — Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice provides a safe and comfortable environment to express the thoughts and feelings you may experience due to the loss of a loved one. Joining a grief support group can be a healthy step in working through your grief at your own pace and assist in your recovery. Topics of grief and healing will be discussed.
Journey through Grief groups will meet for six weeks on Thursdays.
Daytime sessions will meet from 10-11:30 a.m. Evening sessions will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. The meetings are Nov. 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, and 16. Registration is free. Space is limited. Contact the Coordinator of Bereavement Services, Karen Campbell, at 1-800-698-3307, , ext.. 320, for registration and location.
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.
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.