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Ayer Habitat Restaurant Week

Monday, Aug. 17 to Saturday, Aug. 22

Where: Nashoba Club Restaurant, Union Coffee Roasters and more! Have dinner and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ayer Habitat build!

TED Talks

First Church Unitarian in Littleton (FCU) invites you to join us on Sundays this summer at 10 a.m. for Sunday TED Talk Sharing when we share viewings of our favorite TED talks.

August 23: Yassmin Abdel-Magied: What does my head scarf mean to you?

August 30: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of the single story.

First Church Unitarian is located at 19 Foster Street in Littleton (across from Fay Park).

For information, please visit www.fculittle.org.

Twice-monthly

Devens Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection

(Open to member towns including Ayer, Groton, Harvard, Shirley and Townsend.)

OPEN: First Wednesday of each month and the following Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, March through December, except in July. Next: Sept. 2 and 5.

PLACE: 9 Cook St. (rear), Devens.

WHO: Member communities and their small businesses.

FEE: HHW $20/5 gallons/pounds, $40/10 gallons/pounds, other varies depending on items.

MORE DETAILS: www.DevensHHW.com or call 978-501-3943.

THROUGH AUG. 27

Meet Applewild School Head of School at Coffee with Christie: Thursdays mornings at 9 a.m., 120 Prospect St., Fitchburg, 978-342-6053, www.applewild.org/coffee.

Cruise Night at the Townsend VFW Fridays

For the next eight weeks (every Friday in July and August), the VFW will be hosting “Cruise Night at the V” from 6-9 p.m. There will be entertainment, food, raffles and more.

This is open to all classic, antique and one-of-a-kind hot rods. Motorcycles and trucks also welcome to participate.

On Saturday nights, we will be starting “Saturday Evening Chicken BBQ.” It is our hope to utilize the pond and all that nature has to offer, to make this an enjoyable family experience within the community.

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SATURDAY, AUG. 22

6th annual Shirley Fire Ride: 8 Leominster Road, Shirley. Registration 9:30 a.m. Ride starts at 11 a.m., with a police escort, at the fire station and ends at the American Legion, 4 Church St. Rain date: Aug. 23. Music, food and fun for all. Cookout at 2 p.m. Cost: $25 for singles, $30 for doubles. Food only is $5. Proceeds to benefit Shirley Fire Department Hose Co. #1, which uses funds for local school scholarships, athletic programs, holiday family needs and training. A percentage of funds raised will benefit Downs Syndrome research.

MONDAY, AUG. 24 * TUESDAY, AUG. 25

Youth orchestra auditions: Auditions for the Indian Hill Music String Orchestras will take place at Indian Hill Music School, 36 King St., Littleton. Open to youth string musicians — violin, viola, cello, bass — through pre-college age. Arrange for an audition time at 978-486-9524 (press 0) or www.indianhillmusic.org.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 26

Sunshine School open house: There will be an Open House for Preschool and Pre-K Morning/Fall Openings from 10 a.m. to noon. Sunshine School is a theme-based learning program housed in the new addition of the First Parish Church of Groton. For information, please call: 978-448-6714.

Abstract painter exhibits at Bull Run: 5-7 p.m., 215 Great Road, Shirley. Painter Kellie Weeks speaks confidently and reverently about “another world” that she feels is the source of her inspiration and her artistic ideas. But her description of it does not sound like otherworldly mysticism, much less like traditional religion. Instead, it’s grounded in the very practical, earthy experience of an artist connected just as much to the here as to the hereafter. Visit sitkacreations.com and kellieweeksart.com for more information about Kellie Weeks and her artwork.

SATURDAY, AUG. 29

Free acupuncture: 8:30-11:30 a.m., One World Community Acupuncture, City Place, 98 Adams St., #104, Leominster. 978-342-4400. Sign ups online: www.oneworldacupuncture.com

SUNDAY, AUG. 30

An evening with Tom Rush: 7 p.m., The Amato Center, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford, N.H. 03055. A fundraising event to stop the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline. Tom Rush has been thrilling audiences here and abroad for over 50 years with hits like “No Regrets,” “Circle Game” and “Urge for Going.” He helped shape the folk revival in the ’60s and the renaissance of the ’80s. He’s as vital and engaging as ever! Join us for what is sure to be a memorable performance. Tickets are available online at www.TomRushSTP.eventbrite.com. For information, call 603-878-9046.

COMING IN SEPTEMBER…

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2

Community music school open house and free faculty performances: The Thayer Performing Arts Center and Community Music School (the large yellow mansion on the campus of Atlantic Union College, 438 Main St., South Lancaster) will hold its annual OPEN HOUSE from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Enjoy summer refreshments while touring the historic Victorian manse and listening to faculty and students perform. Observe open rehearsals and lessons or visit the instrument petting zoo. Free. For information, call 978-368-2100, email tpac@auc.edu or visit www.tpacma.org.

SEPT. 12, 18,19

Indian Hill Music School open houses: Ask questions, try instruments, learn about programs, meet faculty and staff, and register. Saturday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., all ages; Friday, Sept. 18, 6-9 p.m., for adults; and Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. to noon, Kindermusik family demos. Indian Hill Music School, 36 King St., Littleton. Learn more at 978-486-9524 or www.indianhillmusic.org.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 13

Ride to Thrive: The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden in Harvard is hosting its inaugural Ride to Thrive, a metric and half-metric fundraising bicycle ride with a staggered start of 8 a.m. for full century cyclists, and 9 a.m. for half-metric century cyclists. Cyclists can register at www.RideToThrive.org.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 15

Habitat for Humanity Building Dreams Golf Tournament: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Shaker Hills Country Club, Harvard. To register or donate: http://www.ncmhabitat.org. For information contact Denise Wortman, 978-852-7955 or by email at denisew1123@verizon.net. 9 a.m. start time, scramble. Space limited. Price includes greens fee, cart, lunch, awards, giveaways, and lunch.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 17

Bach’s lunch’ concert: Indian Hill Music School presents flutist Eileen Yarrison and pianist Stephanie Emberley performing duos by Hoover, Gieseking, and Bach. TWO SHOWS: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., 36 King St., Littleton. Complimentary coffee, tea, cookies; bring your lunch. FREE admission. Reservations required for groups at 978-486-9524 (press 0). Learn more at www.indianhillmusic.org.