FRIDAY, AUG. 19
Fort Devens Museum open: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 94 Jackson Road, third floor, Devens. Members of the Board of Directors will be available to answer questions and provide information. New material has been added to the display. A new room set up for programs and presentations will also be open. There is an elevator to the third floor; parking signs are now posted along Jackson Road.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, AUG. 19, 20
Performance in Fay Park: 5 p.m., in gazebo at Fay Park in Littleton. The Nonesuch Players present “Much Ado About Nothing” — a Shakespeare in the Park-style performance of one of Shakespeare’s famous comedies. Admission is free for all ages. The Nonesuch Players is a nonprofit, amateur company. This production is being directed by Weston Kulvete and Emily Pike, two graduates of Groton-Dunstable Regional High School. Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks to the performance. “Much Ado” is a lighthearted romantic comedy involving wacky schemes and mistaken identity, which is sure to delight all ages.
SATURDAY, AUG. 20
Friends of Willard Brook: 8:30 a.m., Trails Work Day. Bring work gloves, clippers or loppers if you’ve got them, plenty of water, bagged lunch, and lots of energy. The work party will last until about 4 p.m., but please come even if you can stay only a few hours. Meet at the Pearl Hill State Park parking lot on New Fitchburg Road in West Townsend. Ray Jackson will lead the effort, and he can be reached at 978-597-8813. Please check the website for schedule changes.
Car show, BBQ: noon to 5 p.m., Cherry Hill Ice Cream Too, Main Street, Townsend Harbor. Cancer fundraiser organized by Tubby Boucher, David Lamoureux, Neil Colicchio, and from Pepperell, Kathy Harris. Antique and classic car show with donated prizes, music by D&K Entertainment, and Uncle Moe’s Down Home BBQ. Admission is free. (Rain date: Aug. 21.)
Ashby Barn Tour and Barn Dance: noon, Ashby Historical Scoiety Museum, Main Street, Route 119, Ashby. The tour begins with an architectural history of Nas England bars by Mark Haines, premiere authoritarian on barn restorations in New England. Visit Ashby’s barns and discover the history of each. Each barn will feature artisans demonstrating traditional crafts of bygone eras. Potluck supper is from 5 to 7:30 p.m.. Listen to the sounds of Valley Ramblers playing a mix of bleugrass, traditional folk and a little bit of country. Dance at 8 p.m. with caller Charley McLeod at the Ashby Stock Farm, Route 119. Tickets: Barn tour and dance: $17 (AHS members $15); Barn tour only: $12 (ASH members $10); Barn dance only: $8 (AHS members $7). All proceeds benefit the Old Engine House Building Fund. Questions: email Paula at email@example.com.
MONDAY, AUG. 22
Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce golf tournament: Red Tail Golf Club, noon registration, 1 p.m. shotgun. Contact Melissa@nvcoc.com for details.
TUESDAY, AUG. 23
Genealogy meeting: Explore an interesting research tool for finding your immigrant ancestors by attending the August meeting of the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society where guest speaker Marian Pierre Louis will discuss “Finding Immigrants Through House History Research.” The meeting will be held at the American Legion, 22 Elm St., Gardner, beginning at 7 p.m. As always, the public is invited to attend. There is a suggested donation of $2 for nonmembers. For information, contact CMGS Secretary Mary Hasselmann at 603-899-6806 or at cmgs_secretary@hotmail.
SUNDAY, AUG. 28
Groton Democratic Town Committee: 4 p.m. Setti Warren, Newton mayor and candidate for U.S. Senate, will be speaking at the Groton Senior Center, 163 West Main St. The public is invited to attend the event co-sponsored by the First Middlesex Democrats, and the Ayer, Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell and Townsend Democratic Town Committees. Setti Warren currently serves as mayor of Newton and has worked for U.S. Sen. John Kerry, the Clinton White House and the New England Director for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Warren enlisted in the Navy Reserve after 9/11, and in 2008, completed a tour of duty in Iraq as a Navy Intelligence Specialist. For more information contact GrotonDTC@aol.com or www.settiwarren.com.
MONDAY, AUG. 29 & TUESDAY, AUG. 30
Freshman orientation: Nashoba Valley Technical High School will host freshman orientation for all new incoming students on Monday, Aug. 29, and Tuesday, Aug. 30. On Aug. 29, students should be at the school at 7:45 a.m. Orientation will be held until noon, at which point, they’ll go to Canobie Lake Park, then arrive back at the school at 6 p.m. On. Aug. 30, students will report to the school at 7:45 a.m., and orientation will end at 12:30 p.m.
Orientation will be run by Nashoba Tech’s Kick-Off Mentors, a group of 48 incoming juniors who have been trained to help the new students become acclimated to the school. Incoming freshmen will be able to meet teachers and staff, tour the school and learn how the scheduling works.
Worried About Someone’s Drug Abuse?: 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. 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. No dues or fees. 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.
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.
Second annual Run For the Hills 5K
At 2 p.m. on Sept. 11, The Harvard Conservation Trust, with the Harvard Road Race Association, is sponsoring its second annual 5K trail run/walk through some of Harvard’s picturesque conservation land.
Named “Run for the Hills,” the race will begin at the track in Harvard Park and will follow trails through the park and adjacent fields.
Following the race there will be free massages, product giveaways, light refreshments and an awards ceremony.
For further information and to register go to www.harvardconservationtrust.org.