FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, MAY 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21
The Odd Couple: The Stratton Players are presenting the Neil Simon classic, The Odd Couple, on Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, May 13 and 14, and May 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. In addition, Sunday matinee performances will be held at 2 p.m. on May 15 and May 22 at the playhouse at 60 Wallace Ave. in Fitchburg. The Fay Club will feature dinner before the play on May 6, 7, 13 and 14. The price for dinner and the play is $37. Please call the Fay Club at 978-345-4537 for reservations. Tickets for the play alone are $12; reservations can be made by calling the Stratton Players at 978-345-6066, by emailing StrattonPlayers@hotmail.com or by going through www.StrattonPlayers.com.
SATURDAY, MAY 7
GIANT Yard Sale — To benefit the 4-H Mustangs: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. RAIN DATE: May 14, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. LOCATION: 417 Flat Hill Road, Lunenburg. If you would like to make a donation or need more information please contact: Janis Peterson at 978-502-2993. Drop off donations between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturdays.
Electronic and Appliance recycle day: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., parking lot of Saint Anthony’s Church, 33 Chapel St., Shirley. Accepting all electronics to include but not limited to monitors, TVs, computers, printers, fax machines and copy machines for recycling as well as any appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, AC units, dehumidifiers and any item with a cord. In addition we will be accepting snow blowers, lawn mowers with gas removed, exercise equipment. This is a fundraiser for St. Anthony’s Church with low fees of $5 each monitor or computer, $10 any appliance or small TV and $15 each TV over 20 inches. Any cell phones, car and truck batteries, bikes are free. Any questions, J.email@example.com.
Apple Blossom Festival: The 59th annual Apple Blossom Festival, Route 111, Harvard, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, followed by the 21st annual Ducky Wucky River Race (4:30 p.m., Still River Depot Rd, off Rte 110, Harvard). In the event of rain, the festival will move inside to The Bromfield School.
Church supper: The First Baptist Church of Littleton will hold its next Ham & Bean Supper on Saturday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m. The supper menu is a variety of homemade Boston Baked Beans, ham, hot dogs, cheesy homemade macaroni and cheese, varieties of salads, rolls and desserts. Cost is $6.50 for adults, $5.00 for students and seniors, $20 for families. Please join us for a traditional New England Saturday night favorite!
The First Baptist Church of Littleton is located at 461 King St. on the Common in Littleton. The building is handicapped accessible. Please call 978-486-4660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Choral Masterworks: 7:30 p.m. Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia & Mozart’s Requiem — under the direction of Dr. Mark S. Bennett and featuring Susan Minor on piano, Harvard Pro Musica, joined by The Bromfield School Chorus and accompanied by the Orchestra of Indian Hill, will present this exciting evening of choral music at The Bromfield School (14 Mass. Ave, in Harvard, near intersections of routes 110 and 111). Tickets (general seating): $30 in advance or $35 at the door (children 12 and under admitted free). Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.harvardpromusica.org or in person at the Harvard General Store or Indian Hill box office. A portion of all proceeds to benefit the Bromfield choral program.
MONDAY, MAY 9
Masons meet: Caleb Butler Masonic Lodge located at 11 Sculley Road in Ayer will hold its monthly meeting with the work of the evening to be the Fellow Craft Degree. Dinner is be served at 6 p.m. for a donation of $10. Reservations are a must and should be made with the Jr. Warden at 978-772-5055. Lodge will open at 7 p.m. All Master Masons are invited to attend.
THURSDAY, MAY 12
WBN meeting: The Women’s Business Network will meet at Holy Trinity Parish, formerly St. Theresa’s Church, 15 Still River Road, Harvard, at 7:15 p.m. Join us for “A head for business, a heart for nutrition,” with Debra Stark of Debra’s Natural Gourmet. There’s a trailblazing business story behind entrepreneur Deb Stark’s founding of a business that has been cited for Best of Boston 2010 and named one of the country’s top 100 natural product stores. And, great energy will abound at this meeting, since we’ll all be getting the chance to try Zumba, as well! For more information, check go to wbn-ma.org or call Renee W. Senes at 978-456-9600.
SATURDAY, MAY 12 TO 14,
ONE-ACT PLAYS: Lawrence Academy presents its annual one-act play festival at 7:30 p.m. in the Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center on the school’s campus in Groton. The performances showcase the work of eight students in the Honors Theatre Ensemble class, each of whom directs fellow students in short, one-act plays that are either original pieces or adaptations based on the work of others (including Woody Allen, John Updike and Eve Ensler). The performance is free and open to the public. Questions may be addressed to theatre director Joel Sugerman at email@example.com or 978-448-1601.
FRIDAY, MAY 13
Roast pork supper with all the fixings: 4:30 to 6 p.m., Pepperell United Methodist Church. Freshly baked deserts; eat-in or take-out. The cost is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $4 for children. The door prize you are automatically entered to win with a purchase of your supper ticket. Drawing will be at 5:30 p,m. Please come join us. Located at: 1 Chapel Place, Pepperell ( one block behind Dunkin’ Donuts).
SUNDAY, MAY 15
Bresnahan 5K Run for Education: Registration begins at 10 a.m. in the Ayer High School cafeteria for the 7th annual Janis Bresnahan 5K Run for Education which will feature a competitive 5K run throughout the picturesque town of Ayer, as well as a 2-mile, non-competitive walk and a Tot Trot for children up to age 6. The first 300 registered participants will receive a race T-shirt. Pre-registration is available online at http://www.janisbresnahanforeducation.com. This fun community event includes activities for kids (face painting, Lego table, balloons, obstacle course, craft creations, games) and features live music and a BBQ lunch. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Ayer Education Foundation.
THURSDAY, MAY 19
Better Breathers Club: The Better Breathers Club at Emerson Hospital will hold its monthly meeting at Emerson at noon. Music therapist Donna Chadwick will present a lecture titled “Music Therapy: A Healing Modality.” The public is invited to this free lecture. Refreshments will be served. The purpose of the Better Breathers Club is to provide support and information to people with chronic lung disease and their family and friends. From September to May, they meet on the third Thursday of each month. For information, please call the pulmonary rehabilitation team at 978-287-3715.
Adult drop-in grieving and 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 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 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 to 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 the church, on the 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, www.debtorsanonymous.org.
Irish music: The Groton Irish Session musicians meet at The Billiards Cafe in Ayer on Wednesdays to play traditional irish music from 7 to 11 p.m. Musicians, singers and listeners are welcome to join in. For more information about weekly sessions contact Aisling at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Billiards Cafe 39 Main St., 978-772-POOL.
Diabetes Support Group
Date: First Wednesday of the month
Time: 6 to 7 p.m.
Location: Founder’s Room, Nashoba Valley Medial Center
Traditional Irish music
The Billiards Cafe, 39 Main St., Ayer, 7 to 11 p.m. Musicians, singers and listeners are welcome to join in.
Insulin Pump Support Group
Date: Second Wednesday of the month (first meeting Sept. 8, 2010)
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Founders Room, Nashoba Valley Medial Center
Contact Pamela Massucco or Alice Vergados at 978-784-9452
Thursdays at Devens Grill: Every Thursday local musicians perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Visit devensgrill.com for a monthly music schedule, or call 978-862-0060. No cover charge. DevensGrill is at 4 Ryans Way in Devens.
Better Breathers Club: The Better Breathers Club at Emerson Hospital meets on the third Thursday of each month at Emerson at noon. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served. The purpose of the Better Breathers Club is to provide support and information to people with chronic lung disease and their family and friends. From September to May, they meet on the third Thursday of each month. For more information, please call the pulmonary rehabilitation team at 978-287-3715.
Karaoke: 7 p.m., Billiards Cafe, 39 Main St., Ayer, 978-772-POOL.
Bull Run: For ongoing or weekly happenings at Shirley’s Bull Run, see www.bullrunrestaurant.com/daily.htm. No cover charge. Bull Run is at 215 Great Road, Shirley, 978-425-4311.