SATURDAY, APRIL 26
Louis Collins Fishing Derby: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 255 Snake Hill Road, Ayer. Stocked ponds, no license required, bait available. 10 tagged fish and other prizes. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Adults $14; kids 10 and under, $6. Family: $35.
Mother’s Day flower sale: The 4th annual Boy Scout Troop 26 Pepperell Mother’s Day Flower Sale will be held at the Pepperell Family Pharmacy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds help to fund scout outdoor programs such as summer camp and various high adventure trips. There will be New Guinea Impatiens and combinations, each in 10 inch baskets for sale, as well as 6 and a half-inch geraniums & gallery dahlia plants and a nice selection of 4-inch potted herbs.
The Friends of the Library Toy Yard Sale: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us on the front lawn of the library for the Used Toy Sale, held in conjunction with the Town Wide Yard Sale day. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Lawrence Library. You can donate your old toys during the library’s operating hours from Saturday, April 19, to Friday, April 25. Just leave your items in the meeting room. Please, no stuffed animals!
MONDAY, APRIL 28
Children’s May Day Celebration at Evergreen Garden Waldorf School: 9:15-10:45 a.m. at Evergreen Garden Waldorf Playschool, 270 Barnum Road, Devens. FREE. Babies and children up to 5 years old welcome with a parent or caregiver. The gentle and festive morning will include making mini-May Poles, playtime for the children, songs and storytelling, and a shared healthy snack. For information, visit www.evergreengardenplayschool.org, or call 978-772-9595.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30
All-you-can-eat spaghetti supper: The Ayer Shirley Lions Club will host its annual spaghetti supper on Wednesday, April 30, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Ayer Gun and Sportsman Club, 255 Snake Hill Road, Ayer. The menu will consist of spaghetti, meat balls, salad, bread and butter and dessert, all for only $10 for adults, $6 for children (10 and under) and for seniors (60+) and active military with an CAC. There will be a 50/50 raffle as well as items donated by local businesses. Enjoy us for a great meal and support the Lions’. All proceeds for this event will go to the local charities. Interested in becoming a Lion? Just ask!
THURSDAY, MAY 1
27th Annual Scholarship Spaghetti Supper In memory of loved ones lost …sponsored by the ASRHS Student Council, May 1, 5-7 p.m., Ayer Shirley Reg. HS Cafe. Tickets $5 adults, $2 under 12, under 5 free. Tickets can be purchased in advance from a Student Council member or at the door.
Groton School Concert explores piano, song: 7 p.m., 282 Farmers Row. Tom Oesterling, tenor, and Sylvia Berry, fortepiano, explore the early days of art song and the development of the piano in “Ein Liederabend” (An Evening of Song), the last 2013-14 concert in Groton School’s Gammons Concert Series. The concert, free and open to the public, will feature music of Haydn, C. P. E. Bach, Beethoven, and Schubert, accompanied by Groton’s historic Shudi and Broadwood harpsichord, a modern Steinway, and a fortepiano from 1806.
FRIDAY, MAY 2
Groton Democrats host candidates and cocktails fundraiser: Please join the Groton Democratic Town Committee at the Bull Run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for an evening of candidates and cocktails. End your week on a high note! We are holding a fundraiser ($25/pp) and an opportunity to meet the candidates in a relaxed environment. Hope you will be able to join us. Please RSVP at GrotonDTC@gmail.com or to C. Perkins at 978-448-9946 or at Act Blue https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/may2gdtc.
Indian Hill Music School performathon: Indian Hill Music School students and faculty offer two days of free recitals in all musical styles, from classical to jazz: Friday, May 2, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 36 King St., Littleton. Contributions accepted to benefit the Indian Hill Music School Scholarship Fund, which awards more than $55K in need-based scholarships annually. Learn more: (978) 486-9524 or www.indianhillmusic.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 3
Indian Hill Music School performathon: Indian Hill Music School students and faculty offer free recitals in all musical styles, from classical to jazz, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 36 King St., Littleton. Contributions accepted to benefit the Indian Hill Music School Scholarship Fund, which awards more than $55K in need-based scholarships annually. Learn more: 978-486-9524 or www.indianhillmusic.org.
SUNDAY, MAY 4
Masons breakfast: The Ayer Masonic Association will hold its monthly fundraising breakfast at the Ayer Masonic Center, 11 Sculley Road, Ayer, from 7:30-10 a.m. Menu includes eggs cooked to order or pancakes with bacon or sausage, potatoes, toast, juice and coffee. Specials for this month are Eggs Benedict and a Mexican omelet (onions, green peppers, mushrooms, banana peppers and cheese topped with salsa). Come early and bring your friends.
Sheep shearing demo: 1-3 p.m. on the Historic Shirley Center Common, the Good Shepherd Sheep Club will be having its monthly meeting that includes a sheep-shearing demonstration the public is invited to attend. The kids will be bringing some of their sheep to learn techniques on shearing from a professional shearer. Aaron Loux, from Cummington, Mass., will be on hand to educate the children on reasons for shearing, proper technique, handling the sheep and to answer any questions from them or the public.
Spring Fishing Derby Sunday: The Townsend Rod and Gun Club is holding the Annual Spring Fishing Derby on Sunday, May 4. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the derby will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Fishing Derby is at the club pond, off Emery Road on Dann Colburn Way, off Route 13 in Townsend. Watch for direction signs along the way. Entry fee is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. The pond will be stocked with hungry rainbow and brown trout and the kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch. Get out your gear and come down for some spring fun. The fishing derby is open to all area adults and children and it promises to be a fun-filled day! Please bring your own fishing bait. Fishing licenses are not needed and Townsend Rod and Gun Club membership is not required. Call Jon at 978-597-2440 for information about the spring derby.
SATURDAY, MAY 10
Festival and Ducky Wucky Race: Apple Blossom Festival and Ducky Wucky River Race, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Harvard Common. Festival featuring arts and crafts, and live music and entertainment all day. Last chance to buy your ticket to the Ducky Wucky River Race and win dinner for two anywhere in the world. Ducky Wucky River Race starts at 4:30 p.m. off Still River Depot Road, Harvard. Sponsored by Ayer Rotary Club. All the details at www.duckywucky.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 17
Indoor yard sale: Trinity Church Congregational, 14 Wattaquadock Hill Road, Bolton (just off of Route 117), will host its free, indoor yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Household goods, toys, books, movies, sporting goods, clothing, more. All items are free. Enjoy complementary refreshments as well! www.trinitybolton.org or 978-779-5517.
THURSDAY, MAY 22
Community Forum at Trinity Chapel: 186 Center Road, Shirley, 7-9 p.m. The program will feature presentations and discussion of the many diverse outreaches of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts: Common Cathedral — An outdoor church for people experiencing homelessness and their friends, including worship, common art, city outreach and street ministry; Life Together — Up to 30 interns are selected each year to serve for 10 months in a number of institutions and agencies. Social time and light refreshments, 7-7:30 p.m.; program, questions and answers, 7:30-9 p.m.