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Applewild Annual Rummage Sale

Applewild School Parents’ Association will hold its annual Rummage Sale on Friday, Nov. 2, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Simonds Gym at the school, 120 Prospect St. in Fitchburg.

This sale is known throughout the area as one that has gently used items at affordable prices, including clothing, outerwear, shoes, household goods, books, toys and seasonal decor at affordable prices.

Those wishing to donate items (no electronics are being accepted) can do so on Thursday, Nov. 1, or Friday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information, call the school at 978-342-6053.

Singers, dancers needed

Singers and dancers are needed to be part of the Shirley Community Christmas Concert to benefit Loaves &. Fishes. The concert will be held on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Ayer Shirley Middle School.

Teen and adult singers are needed to rehearse chorus numbers and audition for solos on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. starting Nov. 4t Ability to read music is a help but not a requirement. The chorus will be under the direction of Meredith Marcinkewicz, with Susan Dean as accompanist.

Dancers of all ages are welcome to come on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. starting Nov. 13. Both experienced and inexperienced dancers are welcome and will be placed into groups according to their age and talent. The choreographer will be Daisy Guinta.

A participation fee of $20 per person will help cover expenses, but it is not mandatory.

Registering in advance is very helpful through ShirleyArts!, P.O. Box 49, Shirley, MA 01464 or

Coats for kids

It’s 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 from Oct. 15, through Jan. 12. North Middlesex Savings Bank in Ayer, Groton and Shirley, Hanscom Federal Credit Union — Devens and Phoenix Park, 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.

St. Andrew’s Church, Ayer, will host Holiday Fair on Nov. 17

The annual Holiday Fair at St. Andrew’s Church in Ayer will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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.

St. Andrew’s youth will offer face-painting for young children.

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.

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 or call the church at 978-772-2615.