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11 Pepperell Road Knights Classic Car Show: Pepperell Town Field at the Rotary, 1 to 6 p.m.

Veterans Breakfast: 8:30-10 a.m. at the Pepperell VFW. Thank you to the Groton/Pepperell Rotary Club and Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank for sponsoring this month’s breakfast.

Hazardous waste collection: The Pepperell Board of Health will hold a hazardous waste collection day from 9 a.m. to noon at the Jersey Street Fire Station. Positive identification as a Pepperell resident required. For information, call 978-433-0328.

Shredding: The Friends of the Groton Elders will sponsor a FREE shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon at the parking lot of the New Life Community Church, 279 Main St., Groton, (formerly the Sacred Heart Catholic Church). Watch your paper documents being shredded. The shredder will take paper clips and staples. Limit: Four boxes of materials.

Corn-Hole: The Ayer Shirley Regional High School Friends of Football will be hosting a Corn-Hole Tournament at the Shirley War Memorial Building, 8 Church St., Shirley. Entrance fee is $50 per team (2 per team) to participate. $10 donations for nonparticipants. Registration begins at 3 p.m. First bags fly at 4 p.m. First place wins a trip for two to Las Vegas, second- and third-place cash prizes awarded. Music, raffles, food, fun. All proceeds go to support the Ayer Shirley Regional High School Football program. For information contact Tammy at 978-580-7606

12 Trail Hike in Groton: 1 p.m. sharp. Join members of the Groton Trails Committee and the Appalachian Mountain Club on a guided hike. We’ll start by hiking the open-field habitat of General Field and Surrenden Farm conservation areas. Then we’ll continue into the adjacent wooded area, hiking along the banks of the scenic Nashua River. Our hike will take about two hours and is suitable for families with children. Leashed dogs are welcome. The hike will be held unless it is very stormy. From Rte. 119 in Groton center, take Pleasant St. (Rte. 111) southward; continue south on Farmers Row. Shortly after passing Joy Lane, take a right at the Groton Conservation Trust sign for General Field. Proceed 0.1 miles on the driveway through the field to the parking lot. 42.5871N, 71.5858W. Olin Lathrop,, 978-742-9014.

Hope Community Chorus: “Country with a Pop” concert at 2 p.m. at the Townsend Meeting Hall on Dudley Road. Strawberry shortcake will be served following the concert. All for $2.50. Tickets available at the door. Hope Community Chorus is co-sponsored the Townsend Council on Aging and Friends of the Townsend Seniors.

Sunday Family Nature Hike: Ponding in the woods, 1 to 2:30pm. Farandnear, Shirley. Bring your rubber boots or old sneakers, a ponding net, if you have one, and we’ll provide the rest to help you explore the underwater world of our ponds! If you’re fast, you may get a crayfish, frog or even a small fish! We should also see a variety of insects in their nymph stages, birdlife, and lots of beaver action! Adult members: $5; nonmembers $10. Children are FREE! 156 Center Road, Shirley. Reservations not required, but appreciated: or call 413-298-3239 ext. 3016. This event will take place rain or shine, starting at the Visitor’s Pavilion.

Harp Concert: At the new pavilion of the Oxbow N.W.R. at 80 Hospital Road in Devens, singer, musician, storyteller, and poet, Kate Chadbourne, will give one of her spellbinding performances. Come and enjoy a magical afternoon with songs, stories, and harp music. This event will start at 2 p.m., geared to adults and older children, and will be held inside. To help the Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, donations are welcomes. Light refreshments.

15 Consumer University: Educate yourself on avoiding credit card skimming devices found at ATMs and gas stations and other identity-theft tactics. Townsend Senior Center, 6 p.m., with Robin Putnam, research and special projects manager with the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.

Ceramic painting: For Townsend seniors with The Pottery Paintin’ Place of Lunenburg, 6 p.m. Cost $10-$15, depending on the project you choose. Call 978-597-1710 to register.

16 Townsend Military Band Concert: The Townsend Congregational Church will host the lawn party at the Townsend Military Band’s June 16 concert on the Townsend Common. The Townsend Military Band will open its evening program at 7:30 by playing “Bugler’s Holiday” by Anderson and “Pixar Movie Magic'” arranged by Brown. Wechter’s “Spanish Flea,” Coleman’s “Tijuana Taxi,” and King’s “Princess of India” will be performed. Smith’s arrangement of “The Star Wars Epic Part II” by Williams, Barnes’ arrangement of “The Wizard of Oz” by Arlen and Harburg, and “Sea Songs” by Williams will be included in the first portion of the program. “Thunder and Blazes” by Fucik” and “Pasedena Day” by Vessela will be played following intermission. “That Ragtime Regiment Band” by Morris and “The American Legion” by Vandersloot will be performed before the Townsend Band concludes its concert at 9:30 p.m. by playing the “Star Spangled Banner.”

17 Relay For Life: Hundreds of community members are expected to participate in the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Ayer at the Ayer Shirley Regional High School, 141 Washington St., Ayer, from 6 p.m., Friday, June 17, through June 18. Closing ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The Cancer Survivors’ Lap will take place Friday at 6:20 p.m. A luminaria ceremony is set for 9 p.m., which honors cancer survivors and those who are no longer with us. Luminaria will line the track and light the way throughout the night, reminding participants of the incredible importance of their contributions.

18 Child passenger safety event:10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 270 Barnum Road, Devens. Of course your child rides in a car seat. But is it the right seat for your child, and is it properly installed? Nationally certified technicians will be available to check your install, help with any new seat or to answer your car safety questions. NO CHARGE. Reservations appreciated but not necessary. Can’t make the day? Call for an appointment: 978-772-1999 ext. 146.

Beatles for Sale: Outdoor concert at Farandnear, Shirley, 4 to 6 p.m. Join us for this family concert. If you love the Beatles, you’ll love hearing their music in the trees! Adult members: $10; nonmembers $15; Kids 12 and under are FREE! For information, see or acll 413-298-3239 x 3016. Advance tickets recommended.

More events in the online Regional Calendar at

Block Party: At St. Mary’s Church, 31 Shirley St., Ayer, 1 p.m. to sundown. Grand raffle, themed basket raffles, casino tent, live entertainment from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring the Beatles tribute band “No Reply.” All-day food court features lobsters and clams, midway and kiddie games for all ages. Visit

Finnish Summer Festival: Food, games, fun chess tournament (register 9:30 a.m.), music, dancing, festival artist, cultural program, Raivaaja book sale! Finnish Center at Saima Park, 67 Scott Road, Fitchburg, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For schedule, see

Big 4: It’s that time of year when Christian Union Church holds their Big 4 fundraiser. Yard sale where everyone can find that special treasure they are searching for, bake sale even homemade frozen pies (apple), car wash, and course what would a Big 4 be without the 4th event? A luncheon consisting of lobster rolls, chicken salad rolls, meatball subs and homemade seafood chowder.Runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 37 West Main Street (rte 225) W. Groton. In the event, of rain the sale will take place inside. More information may be obtained by calling 978 448-5480.

19 Monthly Community Coffee: St. John the Evangelist, Townsend, 8:15-9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to noon, following 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses. Coffee, pastries and homemade baked goods. Free.

Clambake and Chicken Barbeque: Townsend VFW Post #6538 and its Auxiliaries will hold their annual Clambake and Chicken Barbecue at the 491 Main Street, West Townsend, VFW from noon until the food is sold out. Barbecued chicken dinners complete with potato salad, corn-on- the-cob, cranberry sauce, and roll with butter, boiled lobsters with drawn butter, potato salad, corn-on- the-cob, and roll with butter, steamed clams with broth and drawn butter, and clam chowder will all be available at market prices. The public is cordially invited to attend, but it is highly recommended that one arrive close to noon to ensure that their favorite food choice will still be available.

22 UTEC + Whole Foods Market fundraising dinner: 6 to 9 p.m., at UTEC’s historic green building in downtown Lowell. more than 25 vendors and chefs for Whole Foods Market will stage a food and wine extravaganza to benefit proven-risk young people at UTEC. Dinner will also include live music by Duo2, a silent auction, and an introduction to UTEC for many guests. Event tickets include extensive appetizers and wine pairings from dozens of vendors from the North Atlantic Region, along with the multi-course meal prepared by Whole Foods Market chefs.Tickets and tables of 10 seats are available now at:

Annual Police Picnic: For Townsend Seniors, noon. You must sign up by June 17 to attend.

26 Bare Hill Triathlon: This USAT Sanctioned Sprint Triathlon will consist of a half mile swim in Bare Hill Pond followed by a 10.5 mile bike ride and ending with a 5k run to the finish line. The Harvard Lions Club hosts this event to help support its many charities including those serving the blind, disabled and terminally ill children, wounded veterans, Loaves & Fishes as well as local families experiencing severe hardships. Those interested in entering can register online now or on the day of the event. The cost is $75 per person plus the USAT daily fee of $15 ($12 under 18). Team registration costs $85 plus the USAT daily fee for each athlete. The registration area and finish lines will be on the grounds of the Harvard Public Library. Each person registered will receive a Bare Hill Triathlon T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to top male and female finishers overall and in each age group, and to the top male and female relay teams. If you are unable to compete, we hope you will come out to cheer on the athletes and enjoy the festivities. For more information, visit or email To register for the race go to

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