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Night of healing song: Indian Hill’s Threshold Singers will offer an evening of songs of comfort and healing from 7-9 p.m., Indian Hill Music School, 36 King St., Littleton. Drop in and join the Threshold Singers in song, or just listen; no registration necessary. Free. Learn more at or 978/486-9524.


Blessing of the Animals: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran, 10:30 a.m., at Helene’s Stables at 435 Martin’s Pond Road, Groton. Be sure to bring along a folding chair or two as the service will be held in the barn area. Also bring your family pet(s) to have their blessing from Pastor Giuseppe Mattei. With questions, contact Janet Vesper at 978-597-8605.

Chili cook-off: Devens Grill will host its 10th annual chili cook-off from 1-4 p.m. at 4 Ryans Way in Devens. Over 20 varieties of chili, all-you-can-eat, plus fun events for the kids. To enter your chili, fill out a registration form at No fee, prizes awarded. For those attending the cook-off, a $10 donation is requested, children under 10 free. Proceeds and donations will benefit the Autism Resource Center of Central Mass.


New England Amputee Assoc. to meet: 6-8 p.m., Clinton Hospital. This will be an informational sharing meeting for all amputees and their caregivers to ask any questions or to share their experiences with other amputees. Refreshments will be served along with a free surprise raffle for all who attend. Our meetings are open to all amputees, caregivers and healthcare professionals. For information visit or call 978-365-2580.

Managing health care costs in retirement: Workers’ Credit Union is hosting a complimentary seminar at 6 p.m. at Townsend Ridge Country Club, 40 Scales Lane. In a hands-on workshop, participants will learn how health care costs can impact retirement income, what Medicare covers and planning options to prepare for health care expenses. The workshop is open to the general public, but seating is limited. To reserve a place, please call 978-353-7175 or register on Facebook at or

OCT. 15-19

“Little Shop of Horrors”: Concord Youth Theatre’s Main Stage Company presents “Little Shop of Horrors” Oct. 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 and 19 at Concord Youth Theatre’s black box space at 358 Baker Ave., Concord. The cast includes Groton resident Callum McLaughlin. Tickets are $13 and since seating is limited, it is suggested that you purchase them online with a credit card at Limited tickets may be available at the door for cash or check only. The performance is recommended for ages 8 or older. Please call 978-371-1482 with questions.


Eagle Restoration at Quabbin Reservation: with Laurie Davis, Mass Wildlife, will be presented at 4 p.m. at the Lancaster Community Center. This program will be hosted by the Friends of Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge as part of their annual meeting. Public invited. Contact Rona Balco at 978 779-2259 for information and/or directions.

OCT. 17, 18

Quilts around the town, past to present: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster St., Littleton. Eighty quilts from 1842 to the present will be displayed in honor of Littleton’s 300th anniversary. Admission is $5. The building is handicap accessible. Crafts, jams, jellies and a light lunch will be available in the tearoom. For information call (978-486-3273) or email


Harvest Fair: Applewild School’s annual Harvest Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Join the fun with children’s games, pony rides, apple pie baking contest, pumpkin-decorating, gift basket raffles, chicken barbecue and bake sale.


Bald Eagles in Massachusetts: 4 p.m., Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road, Lancaster. Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge offers a special presentation on the Mass. Fish and Wildlife project to restore the Bald Eagle to Massachusetts and the northeast U.S. Our presenter is Dianne Benson Davis, author of “Eagle One: Raising Bald Eagles, a Wildlife Memoir.” The program will be followed by a potluck social for all who wish to stay, socialize and dine on good food. If staying, please bring a dish for four or more people. The event is free and open to the public. Please, RSVP at 978-779-2259. Donations gratefully accepted.


Women’s Business Network fall luncheon: noon, at The Healing Garden in Harvard with a sandwich and salad buffet provided by Stevie’s Eatery of Marlboro. A portion of the $13 fee will be a donation to the Healing Garden. Additional donations are welcome. Please RSVP by Saturday, Oct. 18, including your check payable to The Healing Garden, and mail to Pat Cochrane, 11 Partridge Hill Road, Harvard, MA 01451. For info, email Pat at: Location: The Healing Garden, 145 Bolton Road, Harvard 01451.

Blood Drive at Trinity Church, Bolton: 2-7 p.m. Red Cross will be at Trinity Church on the second floor in Fellowship Hall (Route 117 to Wattaquadock Hill Road, and the church is on the left). Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of others. Save as many as three lives with each donation! Walk-ins welcome or call 1-800-Red-Cross or to make an appointment.

Apple Valley Center Fall Harvest Celebration: 4:30-7 p.m., Apple Valley Center atrium, 400 Groton Road, Ayer. Join us for an evening of autumn treats, live music, raffle prizes, games and vendor giveaways.


Recycle Your Reusables: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ayer Shirley Middle School. Many new recyclables will be accepted this year, including bubble wrap, Brita filters, wood pellet bags and pallet wrap, packing peanuts, tires, and so much more! Free and open to all. Donations of nonperishable food items or cash/checks for Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Devens are accepted.

Volunteers are actively sought to help unload cars and staff various recycling stations. Community service credit is available for students. For information and to volunteer, see, email or call 978 496 5839.

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