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October

7 Jacqui Hawk: Artist reception 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lawrence Library, 15 Main St., Pepperell. Hawk is a nationally collected, award winning artist living in Dunstable. Her work has been featured in solo, invitational juried state and national exhibitions and represented in private and corporate collections in the US, Europe and Asia. She is a native of Edinburgh, Scotland and began her career in the arts over 25 years ago.

Harvard Flea Market: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., more than 170 booths of antiques, collectibles and household treasures at the Bromfield School, Rte. 111. Admission $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12.

Fall Bazaar: Join us at the Saint Benedict Center, 282 Still River Road, Still River, for a day of good ol’ country fun in a beautiful New England setting. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be food, fun and fundraising! Delicious apple pies made by the Sisters! Various ethnic food booths. Enormous Yard Sale. Baked Goods, Raffles, Prizes, Games, and more!

10 Harvest Auction: Groton Grange #7 is hosting a Harvest Auction and Neighbors Night at 7 p.m., at Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney St. Harvest vegetables, jams, soaps and related garden items will be featured. Donations to the auction will be welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

12 “Dirt”: North Middlesex Regional High School, doors open 5:30 p.m. Written and performed by John Morello, sponsored by NM Cares.

Groton School Concert: 7 p.m., join Groton music faculty Mary Ann Lanier (voice), Robert Baughman (piano), Kenji Kikuchi (saxophone) and Greg Passler (bass) for an evening of fun and jazz.

Breast Health Day: The Women’s Imaging Center at Nashoba Valley Medical Center will be holding its Annual Breast Health Dayfrom 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Nashoba Valley Medical Center, 200 Groton Road, Ayer. Walk-in screening mammogram appointments will be offered throughout the day, as well as giveaways, breast health information, refreshments, and a free raffle drawing for a picnic basket filled with goodies. For more information about the Breast Health Day or to schedule an appointment, call 978-784-9272.

Friends of Lawrence Library Pepperell: 10:15 a.m. at the library. Come discuss plans for activities at the library. FLL is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to foster closer relations between the Library and the community; to promote awareness of the Library’s services and programs; and to raise funds for Library purchases. Free babysitting is available and refreshments served. For more info: Diane at 433-0012

13 Ready for an emergency: Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) – Preparing for an Emergency. Chief of Response and Field Services at MEMA, Mike Russas, will provide an overview of the inner workings of MEMA and outline what businesses should do to be ready for emergencies. Roundtables are open to all and take place 8-9:30 a.m. at 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens. Registration is $30 for non-members; refreshments will be served. To RSVP, visit http://tinyurl.com/EHSRT-RSVP or contact Tracy Pierce at tracypierce@ecostardevens.com, 978-772-8831 ext. 3314.

14 Hunger Run 5K: Nashoba Valley Medical Center’s 6th annual Hunger Run 5K road race, benefits Loaves & Fishes. The race begins at Nashoba Valley Medical Center, 200 Groton Road, at 11 a.m. and travels along the scenic back roads of Ayer and Groton. Walkers are also welcome to participate. In addition to the Hunger Run, children are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costumes (optional) and enjoy the “Harvest Half Mile Run.” Fun activities for the whole family will be available at the finish line. Registration is $20 in advance, $5 for the Half Mile Kids Run and $10 for 5K walkers. Register by Sept. 15 and receive a free T-shirt. Registration the day of the event is from 9 to 10:15 a.m. To register, visit www.nashobamed.org/hunger-run-5k. For more information or questions, please email gary.donia@steward.org.

Craft Fair: Middlesex GWOT Veterans Monument will be hosting a craft Fair at the Pepperell Senior Center, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 35 local artisans and crafters will have their items displayed for sale. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and support a local nonprofit goal to erect a monument in Pepperell to honor our Veterans.

Stuff-A-Truck for PACH: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Pepperell Fire Department Open House on Jersey Street. PACH is in great need of pasta, rice, canned fruits, vegetables, and personal care items. All items will go to refill the PACH food pantry for local residents.

Tree dedication: In Memory of Fire Chief John S. Marriner’s 45 plus years of service at the Jersey Street Fire Station in Pepperell at noon. Public is welcome.

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 St. Enjoy homemade savory and sweet dishes, coffee and tea.

18 Protecting Ayer’s Waterways: What is being done to protect the Nashua River and its tributaries? The Nashua River Watershed Association invites the public to a free presentationfrom 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Ayer Public Library, 26 Main St. Martha Morgan, NRWA water programs director, and Gaynor Bigelbach, NRWA environmental education assistant, will discuss the history of the cleanup of the Nashua River since the 1960’s, and the water quality issues facing Ayer’s waterways today. Appropriate for adults and young adults. This presentation is free and open to the public, supported by a grant from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. For more information, please contact Martha Morgan at 978-448-0299, or email MarthaM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

20 Melodic Jazz with Soul: The Elliot Steger Trio, 8 p.m., Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church, 9 Ayer Road (Top of the Common), Tickets: $20 at the door or http://uuharvard.tix.com/Harvard

21 Recycle Your Reusables: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ayer Shirley Middle School. It is open to residents of all towns. Over 30 vendors, including charitable and non-profit organizations will be in attendance, giving you the opportunity to recycle an enormous variety of household goods, baby gear, books, art supplies, and so much more.

Kelly Girls: The Shirley Meeting House welcomes The Kelly Girls — a lively and talented four-piece, all-female band. Enjoy rousing renditions of songs and tunes rooted in Irish, Scottish, American and Canadian musical traditions. The Kelly Girls play fiddle, banjo, bodhran, tin-whistle, flute, ukulele, accordion, bouzouki, guitar and mandolin. A reception will follow the concert. Admission: $15, performance 7:30 p.m.

Rabies Clinic: Dr. John Lindermuth, Pepperell Veterinary Medicine Clinic, will be hosting a rabies clinic for your pets. Bring your cats and dogs and get them protected for the year. The clinic will be held at 23 Maple street in Pepperell from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All Donations will benefit Middlesex GWOT Veteran’s Monument. Middlesex GWOT is a local nonprofit raising money to erect a monument in Pepperell.

May dinner; The 17th Annual William E. May Endowment Fund Award Dinner will be held at Townsend Ridge County Club. Friends of the Townsend Seniors, the Townsend Council on Aging, and the Endowment Fund Award Committee are pleased to announce Alice Struthers as the 2017 honoree. Dinner tickets are available at the Townsend Senior Center, 978-597-1710 and Ruth Gibbs, 978-597-6837.

Caleb Butler Open House: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Caleb Butler Masonic Lodge, 11 Sculley Road, Ayer. Learn about Freemasonry.

29 Seasonal Nature Journal: The Nashua River Watershed Association is offering adults, and children ages 12 and up, the opportunity to attend a free Nature Journaling Workshop with author Clare Walker Leslie from 1to 3:30 p.m., at the Williams Barn Conservation Land, 160 Chicopee Row in Groton. Attendees should bring a sketching journal or paper with pencil or pens and any field guides you might find useful to your area. Dress for outdoors, Williams Barn is not a heated space. Limited to 40 registrants; registration is required. To register, call Stacey Chilcoat, NRWA environmental education and river classroom director, at 978-448-0299 or email StaceyC@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

November

2 Annual Meeting: Nashua River Watershed Association invites the public to our 2017 Annual Meeting, at 7 p.m., at the Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens. Speaker David Vallee is the Hydrologist-in-Charge of the National Weather Service’s Northeast River Forecast Center, which provides detailed water resource and life-saving flood forecasting services to National Weather Service Forecast Offices, and the hundreds of federal, state and local water resource entities throughout the Northeast and New York. Ticket price for dessert and coffee is $20 per person. The business meeting and speaking portions of the evening can be attended at no charge. Reservations are required; RSVP deadline is Oct. 25. Reservations can be made online at www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org, under Programs & Events, or by calling NRWA at 978-448-0299.

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 St. Enjoy homemade savory and sweet dishes, coffee and tea.

25 NMRHS 1967 Class Reunion: Townsend VFW, Main Street, West Townsend, 7 to 11 p.m. Contact people for more information John Whittemore: Arrowseptic@yahoo.com or 978-840-4338; Michael Jastrab: MikeJastrab@msn.com or 603-689-5783; Lynda Landry Heywood: bakerbabe27@gmail or 978-386-7902; Nancy Ovaska Sullivan: Genasully@verizon.net or 978-597-8932; Patty Schulze Ladue: Pattiladue@yahoo.com or 978-512-9508; Ann Thatcher Adams: Ann_M_Adams@hotmail.com or 978-597-8886

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