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July

14 Concerts on the Common: Sponsored by the Shirley Charitable Foundation, 6 p.m. with the Reminisants

15 Remembering Fort Devens: 1 p.m., Former members of the 18th Army Band, stationed at Fort Devens from 1948 to 1993, will speak to the public about their reminisces of Fort Devens during the years they were here. This conversation will surely spark visitors’ own memories of attending events and parade at Fort Devens and around New England where the band played. This talk will take place at the museum on the third floor at 94 Jackson Road, Devens. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on this day.

Buddy Returns: The 250-year-old rooster weathervane returns to the Old Groton Meetinghouse, 10 a.m.

16 Concert: Former and retired members of the 18th Army Band, in celebration of its 100th anniversary, will be performing a full band concert at the 94 Jackson Road quadrangle at Devens. From 2 to 4 p.m., the band will play patriotic music typical of the many public concerts that they gave at Fort Devens during their 45-year stay. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held at Cronin Auditorium at the Bromfield School in Harvard.

17 Community Blood Drive: Make a difference today and donate blood at American Red Cross’ Community Blood Drive at Nashoba Valley Medical Center’s Founders Room, 200 Groton Road in Ayer, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “6350” to schedule an appointment.

18 Band Concerts: 6:30 p.m., sponsored by the Pepperell Business Association, Town Field Bandstand, with an ice cream social. This week: Rubber Soul

Laura’s Cards: 11 a.m. at Pepperell Senior Center. Create a beautiful handmade greeting card. A kit will be provided. Fee $5. sign up at 433-0326

19 Young Ayer Town Plan Slam: 6 to 7:30 p.m., Union Coffee Roaster, 25 Main St., Ayer. Come speak your mind about how Ayer can better design and plan for people in their teens, 20s and 30s.

20 Townsend Military Band Concert: Townsend Common, 7:30 p.m., food and family activities.

21 Concert: The trio ClassiGals will present a concert for the young and young at heart at Ayer Town Hall at 2 p.m. Singers Beth Fowler and Jeanne Masterman and pianist Rachel Muller have developed a fun program aimed at introducing children to the world of classical music, while entertaining their parents and other adults in the community. Using puppets and props, the performers make the songs more interesting to children. The audience will meet a green dog, a white cat, and various insects and farm animals. The texts include poems by Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson and Lewis Carroll, beautifully set to music by composers such as Copland, Barber and Duke. The concert is free and is supported in part by a grant from the Ayer Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For further information, please call Jeanne Masterman at 978-692-8416.

23 Backpack Giveaway: 1 to 4 p.m., Wireless Zone, Townsend.

24 Concert: The Congregational Church in Townsend will host a free concert in the sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. Two of the performers are from the Nashoba Valley region. Nathan French, a music education and trumpet major entering his senior year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is from Townsend. Clarinetist Joe Clark of Pepperell is a recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester. They will be joined by Peter da Silva, a Stoughton native. He won a Downbeat Outstanding Musician Award for saxophone and handclaps with UMass Amherst’s Jazz Ensemble One. The trio will play “The Debutante, by Herbert L. Clarke; “Concerto in Eb,” by Joseph Haydn; “The Hollow Men,” by Vincent Persichetti; “A Song from the Heart,” by Eric Ewazen and “Animal Ditties II,” by Anthony Plog, narrated by da Silva.

The 2nd Annual Panther Youth Football Clinic: Sponsored by the Ayer Parks Department will be held from July 24-27 from 9 a.m. to noon at ASRHS Varsity Football Field. This clinic is open to all players entering 3rd-8th grade. Coordinated by Phil Marchegiani, Head Football Coach for the ASRHS Panthers. Cost of the clinic is $75. For more information you may contact the Ayer Parks Department by email at parks@ayer.ma.us or by phone at 978-772-8217

25 Band Concerts: 6:30 p.m., sponsored by the Pepperell Business Association, Town Field Bandstand, with an ice cream social. This week: Rock City

Toothfairy: Pepperell Senior Center 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Marcy Foreman, RDH, BS will provide dental cleaning and check-ups. Mass Health, Senior Whole Health & most Commonwealth Care insurances accepted. Services are affordably priced. Adult cleanings $65 or less. Reduced fees are available. For more info or sign up: 433-0326

Summer Flowers with Dixie: 9 a.m. at Pepperell Senior Center. Flowers will be provided to create a beautiful arrangement for you to enjoy at home. Fee: $10 All are welcomed to sign up 433-0326.

27 Townsend Military Band Concert: Townsend Common, 7:30 p.m., food and family activities.

28 Concerts on the Common: Sponsored by the Shirley Charitable Foundation, 6 p.m.

29 Comic-Con Fanfest: Townsend Public Library, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Fans are urged to dress up in their favorite cosplay while meeting local comic artist Bob Noberini, cosplay expert Mink the Satyr and participating in a costume contest. Food will be sold at the library “Cantina” and entertainment includes Balloons by Ciel, Doodlebombing with Markus and Leslie and Dario from That’s Entertainment!

Backyard Theater: 5 p.m., Shirley Center Historic District, 41 Brown Rd, Shirley, free admission. See a production of Shakespere’s “The Tempest” fully run by high school and college students from Shirley, Groton, Dunstable, and Ayer.

August

1 Band Concerts: 6:30 p.m., sponsored by the Pepperell Business Association, Town Field Bandstand, with an ice cream social. This week: Russell Hill Band

3 Townsend Military Band Concert: Townsend Common, 7:30 p.m., food and family activities.

5 Harvard Farmers Market opens: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hildreth Elementary School.

8 Band Concerts: 6:30 p.m., sponsored by the Pepperell Business Association, Town Field Bandstand, with an ice cream social. This week: Michigan Frog

10 Townsend Military Band Concert: Townsend Common, 7:30 p.m., food and family activities.

11 Concerts on the Common: Sponsored by the Shirley Charitable Foundation, 6 p.m.

15 Band Concerts: 6:30 p.m., sponsored by the Pepperell Business Association, Town Field Bandstand, with an ice cream social. This week: Nashoba Valley Concert Band

September

17 Free Community Breakfast: All are welcome to the Free Breakfast sponsored by St. John the Evangelist Church in Townsend. 8:15 a.m. to noon at Father Mealy Hall 1 School Street. Enjoy homemade savory and sweet dishes, coffee and tea.

22 Bulbs and Perennials: The Middlesex Conservation District will be holding its annual Fall Bulb and Perennial Sale on Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon at the Great Brook Farm State Park Ski Touring Center, 1018 Lowell Rd, Carlisle. The sale includes tulips, daffodils, specialty bulbs, perennials and fertilizer. All items may be ordered in advance through August 31 by visiting our website at www.middlesexconservation.org or requesting a catalog from middlesexconservation@yahoo.com.

23 Grotonfest: Legion Common in Groton.

October

15 Free Community Breakfast: All are welcome to the Free Breakfast sponsored by St. John the Evangelist Church in Townsend. 8:15 a.m. to noon at Father Mealy Hall 1 School Street. Enjoy homemade savory and sweet dishes, coffee and tea.

November

19 Free Community Breakfast: All are welcome to the Free Breakfast sponsored by St. John the Evangelist Church in Townsend. 8:15 a.m. to noon at Father Mealy Hall 1 School Street. Enjoy homemade savory and sweet dishes, coffee and tea.

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