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2 Fall Fair: Shirley Historical Society’s Annual Fall Foliage Fair, 9 a.m to 2 p.m., featuring books, baked goods, drinks and spicy chili. Funds will support museum programs. For shoppers who are driving around Shirley and visiting various yard sale sites that day, restroom facilities will conveniently be available at the Museum. For more information, email or phone 978-425-9328.

3 Health Fair: A Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center, 37 Nashua Road, 978-433-0326, with Montachusett Home Care, Nashoba Valley Medical Center for hearing and bone density testing, Pepperell Family Pharmacy, Pepperell Fire and Ambulance, Pepperell Police, Bio One Boston, Apple Valley Medical Center, Senior Helpers, Rite-Aid, SHINE, Law Center Mediation, Melanoma Foundation, NE Division Leader of the Worcester Regional Medical Reserve Corps, Well Being Total Home Care, CTI, Home Instead and Foot Care Focus.

Train Show: The Pepperell Siding Model Railroad Club, Inc., is celebrating its 30th anniversary at its annual Train Show and Open House, 10 to 4 p.m. at the Varnum Brook Elementary School, 10 Hollis St., and the club house at 41 Lomar Park Drive. Admission to the show is $5 for adults $4 for seniors, $2 for children 6-12 and $12 for families of two adults and children. There is no admission fee. Shop for new or used trains and accessories from a variety of model railroad dealers who will be on hand. We can be found at

Fall fair: 42nd Annual Harvest Fair at UnionCongregational Church of Groton 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Silent Auction,children’s clothing, yard sale, toy sale, book sale, craft tables, Christmas table, woodworking and bake sale featuring our delicious homemade pies. Profits will go to Common Cathedral, an outdoor congregation for the housed and un-housed on Boston Common. Admission is free. Union Congregational Church of Groton is located at 218 Main St. (Route 119) on the corner of Willowdale Road.

4 Breakfast: The Ayer Masonic Association will hold it’s monthly fund raising breakfast Sunday, October 4th, 2015 at the Ayer Masonic Center 11 Sculley Road, Ayer. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Menu includes eggs cooked to order or pancakes with bacon, sausage, or hash and potatoes, toast, juice and coffee. In addition to the usual menu as outlined above, specials for this month are eggs benedict and a bacon cheeseburger omelet.

NAMI: Candlelight Vigil, Carter Park, Leominster 7:00 p.m. Featured speakers: Dawne Benoit, Alison Raymond, and Patricia Larsted. For information, call Guy Beales, 508-736-3887. Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of North Central Massachusetts.

6 Groton Historical Society Annual Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Groton Historical Society will host the Annual Meeting at the Boutwell House, 172 Main St. in Groton, open to all members and people who are interested in joining. At 7 p.m. we will be celebrating Lili and John Ott, who have contributed so much to Groton and the Groton Historical Society. Tour the current exhibit and enjoy the refreshments. For more information, call 978-448-0092 or check the web:

7 Calling Republicans: The Groton Republican Town Committee will be holding a meeting at 7:30 p.m., at the Senior Center in West Groton. Rep. Sheila Harrington will be discussing the bill she has submitted to the Legislature last year to address the state of affairs that currently exists at the Department of Children and Families. Dennis Galvin, a member of the Westford Republican Town Committee, will be present at the meeting to discuss his candidacy for State Committeeman. The Groton Republican Town Committee welcomes all Republicans in Groton and the area to their meetings, which are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Please contact Deirdre Slavin-Mitchell at or Ellen Hargraves at for further information.

8 Christianity Explored: If you would like to learn more about what Christianity is all about in a comfortable, non-pressure setting, Pepperell Christian Fellowship would like to invite you to join us for Christianity Explored. We meet Thursdays at 7:00 PM from October 1 to November 12 for a couple of hours, sharing dessert and talking about Christianity. Feel free to come to some or all of these sessions. If you are interested in attending or just want to learn more about Christianity Explored, please email us at, or just drop in.

10 Road race: 11th Annual Greg’s Run, Oct. 10 at Townsend Common. Registration for the USA Track and Field sanctioned 4.6-mile run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m. at 5 Brookline St. Advance registration on Free lunch for all participants and a free T-shirt to the first 300 entrants. All proceeds benefit the Gregory E. Reeves Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Rosary Rally: A public square rosary will be held at noon in Mary’s Garden, behind St. John Church, School Street, Townsend, to honor Mary, Our Mother. Bring your own chairs.

Fall walk: Celebrate the season with friends, family and the community and help dedicate the new interactive visitor center pavilion at Farandnear, Center Road, Shirley. Live music, food, games, tree planting and a scavenger hunt exploring the special places of Farandnear, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The annual fall foliage walk follows, 2 to 5 p.m. Modest cost for cash bar and food from the Bull Run Restaurant. Wrap it up with a short or long guided hike, finishing at Valley Farm where the Field family will offer free refreshments. Parking is at Shirley Center, with free shuttle service all day for Farandnear and Valley Farm. Call 413-532-1631 ext. 10 for information or

Ham and bean supper: Pepperell United Methodist Church, 1 Chapel Place, will be serving ham, beans, coleslaw and a variety of homemade desserts, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Cost is $1 adults, $8 seniors and $4 children

Night of comedy: The Ayer Rotary Club is partnering with the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce to host a fun filled Night of Comedy at the Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley). Headliners are Rob Steen, Paul Landweahr, Mike Murray and Mark Scalia.The show will begin at 8:30 p.m. but the Bull Run will offer seating at 6:30 p.m. for those that want to arrive early and eat before the show. Proceeds from A Night of Comedy will be distributed to the Ayer Rotary Club and the Nashoba Valley Chamber Richard T. Fletcher Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at or by calling 978-425-5761

10 Guided Hike in Groton: Join members of the Groton Trails Committee and the Appalachian Mountain Club on a guided hike through the J. Harry Rich State Forest at 1 p.m. The hike will take 2 hours. The hike is flat and suitable for families with children. Wear comfortable hiking shoes. Dogs must be kept under owner’s control, and leashed upon request. The hike will be held unless it is stormy. Meet at the trailhead on Nod Road in Groton.Take Rt. 119 west from Groton to Nod Road, found across from a retail garden store, at the Nashua River. Turn right onto Nod Road and proceed 0.6 miles east to the intersection of Common St.

17 Recycle Your Reusables: area’s biggest recycling and reuse event, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ayer-Shirley Middle School, 1 Hospital Road, Shirley. As usual, RYR is free and open to all with a donation of nonperishable foods, cash or checks for Loaves and Fishes. For more information or to volunteer: , 978-496-5839, Sponsored by the Ayer, Groton and Shirley Recycling Committees, and the towns of Littleton and Townsend.

4th Annual 5K Road Race: benefits Loaves & Fishes — activities, food and fun. The 5K is professionally timed and prizes will be awarded. Registration (9:15 a.m.); Harvest 1/2 Mile Run for Kids (10:30 a.m.); Hunger Run 5K (11 a.m.); Race award presentations (12 p.m.). Nashoba Valley Medical Center, 200 Groton Road, Ayer. Advanced registration recommended: 978-784-9000 or

West Townsend walking tour: Ryan Hayward, Preservation Collaborative, explores the history of “West Village” on a tour of West Townsend sponsored by the Townsend Historical Society. Once the elite part of town with its female seminary, and later the Charles Homes, West Townsend provides many a fascinating story. Free to members, call for details (978-597-2106). Partially funded by the Townsend Cultural Council.

Fall supper: The Townsend Methodist Church will host their annual fall supper from 4:40 to 6:30 p.m. Included in the menu are roast pork with gravy, mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes, green beans, salad, hot rolls, and our delicious homemade desserts. Adults $10, seniors $8, children $5, children under 6, free. Take-outs are also available. The historic “Meetinghouse Church on the Hill” is located at 265 MainSt. in Townsend Center, at the junction of routes 13 and 119. Call (978) 597-2486 for more information.

Harvest festival: The Townsend Congregational Church Sunday School program will be hosting a harvest festival, 5 to 7 p.m., featuring games, prizes, crafts and food.

22 Concert: Nashoba Regional High School Concert Band, Advanced Jazz Ensemble, and Intermediate Jazz Ensemble will present the first concert of the year at 7 p.m. in the NRHS Auditorium at 12 Green Road, Bolton. They will be featuring the music of Robert W. Smith (ASCAP), Bob Crosby, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin. Admission is five dollars. Senior citizens and students are free. Questions? Email

23 Costume Party: ArtsNashoba’s Arts Hallows Eve Costume Party being held October 23, 2015 from 5:30pm to midnight at the Devens Common Center on Andrews Parkway in Devens! Tickets are just $50 adults; $25 children 5-10; $5 children under 5. Group rates also available, and all proceeds go towards ArtsNashoba’s performing and visual arts programming for kids 8-18. To make reservations or for more information, call 978/842-1255, email or visit

24 Friends of Nashoba 5K Road Race: Nashoba Valley Technical High School will host the fourth annual Friends of Nashoba 5K Road Race on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. It is an official timed race, with awards presented in several categories. Registration starts at 8 a.m., and there is a free fun run at 9:30. The early registration fee (before Oct. 17) is $25 for adults, $15 for students under 19, and $10 for runners over 65. Register online at before Oct. 17 and receive a free race T-shirt. After Oct. 17, the fees are $35 for adults, $20 for students under 19, and $15 for runners over 65. Nashoba Tech is at 110 Littleton Road (Rte. 110) in Westford.

25 Reed Homestead open house, tours: 1-4 p.m., 72 Main St., Townsend. A perfect time to visit the Townsend Historical Society’s Reed House and enjoy a roaring fire with cookies baked in the beehive oven. Costumed docents will lead the way and show you how five generations of the same family created the house’s history.

30 Haunted Trail: “Panic at the Pond” will be taking place at the VFW pond on Main St., in West Townsend from 7 to 9 p.m. Rain date is Oct. 31. Admission is $6. or $5. with a canned good donation for TEO. Proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Townsend Library and VFW-Townsend. Cherry Hill Too will be providing a free kiddie cone certificate to the first 200 children. Strobes will be in use. Good walking shoes, a must!

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