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. Performances will take place in Parker’s auditorium at 49 Antietam 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.
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. Other choices 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. 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. 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.
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 978-772-2615.
Teen Stewardship Workshop: Love working outdoors? Interested in conservation but don’t know where to begin? Want to make your college application stand out from the rest? The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) invites you to come and join our volunteer work crew at our “Introduction to Trail Maintenance” workshop. The workshop is for 13 to 19 year olds. We’ll meet in the parking lot at Groton Place, Long Hill Road (Rt. 225), in Groton from 1 to 3 p.m. Pre-registration is required for planning purposes; registration is open through 10 a.m. on Saturday the 20th. To register, please contact the NRWA at 978-448-0299, or e-mail AmeriCorpsGaynorB@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. Come and get involved!
Please the entire regional calendar, please see one of our Nashoba weeklies.
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.
SATURDAY, NOV. 27
Christmas Extravaganza Craft Fair: St. Anthony of Padua Church in Shirley will be holding its annual Christmas Extravaganza Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parish hall, 14 Phoenix St., Shirley. A breakfast of homemade donuts will be available for early birds, and lunch will be served.
Benefit Concert: Tim Janis Christmas Concert to be held 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 www.saintbenedict.com or call 978-456-3522. Seated is limited.
TUESDAY, NOV. 30
Educating and Empowering Kids to Manage Their Food Allergies: Speaker Michael Pistiner, MD, an allergist at the Nashoba Valley Asthma & Allergy Educational Support Group, will speak at 7 p.m. at Nashoba Valley Medical Center, 200 Groton Road, Ayer. Free. Pre-registration is not required. For info, call the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America/New England Chapter at 781-444-7778.
Diabetes and Endocrine Center — presents Proactive Versus Reactive Diabetes Management, 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.
Genealogy meeting: The Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society and the Friends of the Gardner Public Library will host a joint meeting begininng at 6:30 p.m. at the library. The featured speakers will be Paul J. Bunnell, U.E. who will talk on “French/Indian Metis Research.” Bunnell is an Abenaki sub-chief, genealogist and author.
THURSDAY, DEC. 2
Caregiver Support Group: Nashoba Valley Medical Center will hold a Caregiver Support Group 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.
SATURDAY, DEC. 4
Greens sale: The Groton Woman’s Club will holds if fifth annual Greens Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Row, Groton.
Christmas fair: Trinity Chapel on Centre Road in Shirley will hold its annual Christmas Fair 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.
Book Fair: Open to the Public: Oak Meadow Montessori School, 2 Old Pickard Lane, Littleton, noon to 2 p.m. Oak Meadow Montessori School welcomes the community to shop our book fair featuring selections from both Scholastic and Barefoot Books (an award-winning children’s book publisher). Just in time for the holidays, shop for gifts for your family and friends! Browse through a large selection of popular books for all ages — from preschool to adult, with prices that beat our neighborhood bookstores. Tell your family, friends and neighbors to stop by!
Tree-lighting: The Devens tree-lighting ceremony will take place at dusk, at the Devens Community Center.
Littleton Community Christmas Concert: The voices of Littleton’s faithful will combine to fill the Christmas season with song at the Littleton Community Christmas Concert featuring singers and choirs from the Congregational Church of Littleton, First Church Unitarian of Littleton, First Baptist Church of Littleton, Saint Anne Catholic Church of Littleton and the Littleton Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The choirs will each will present a few pieces of their own, following which all the singers will join to present some combined numbers. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. in the chapel of the Littleton Ward congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 616 Great Road (Route 119) in Littleton.
SUNDAY, DEC. 5
Christmas Joy: Nashoba Valley Chorale will open its 35th season with Christmas Joy!, a lively celebration of the holiday season at 2 p.m. at Indian Hill Music Center in Littleton. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 students/seniors and $5 for children under 10. For more information, please visit nashobachorale.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.
Worried About Someone’s Drug Abuse?
Do you lie awake worrying about your loved one? Do you feel frustrated trying to control his/her behavior? Are you embarrassed to discuss your situation with family or friends?
Families Anonymous (FA) is a group of concerned relatives and friends whose lives have been adversely affected by a loved one’s abuse of drugs or alcohol. The FA support program follows steps and traditions similar to those of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Help is available at Families Anonymous on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. at First Parish Church of Groton. Meetings will be held in the Parish House next door to the church, at the intersection of Route 119 and Route 40.
For more information, call 978-448-3402.
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.