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October

19Dunstable Theater Collaborative: The collaborative presents “Songs for a New World” by Jason Robert Brown, directed by Christina Chadzynski and Valerie Kosick at Dunstable Town Hall on Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 21 at 3 p.m, Tickets are $12, $10 students/seniors, at www.dunstabletheater.org

Nashoba Park show: Pianist Barry Gould performs a mix of musical genres at 2 p.m. at Nashoba Park Assisted Living Community, 15 Winthrop Ave., Ayer.

20Recycle Day: The 10th annual Recycle Your Reusables, the area’s largest recycling drop-off day, takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bemis Associates in Shirley. Info: recycleyourreusables.wordpress.com, call 978-496-5839 or email ayerrecycles@gmail.com.

Concord Youth Theatre: CYT hosts an exclusive wine-and beer- tasting event to support CYT’s programs at Union Hall, 27 School St., starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at concordyouththeatre.org/tickets or at West Concord Wine and Spirits, 1216 Main St., Concord.

Pie sale: Christian Union Church in West Groton will be holding their annual pie sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church on West Main Street (Route 225), West Groton. Stop by and purchase a homemade pie. Apple, blueberry, pumpkin and possibly some other goodies.

21Ensemble Lyrae: “Expressions of Light and Dark” with works by Felix Mendelssohn, Zoltán Kodály, Gustav Holst, Adam Guettel, Ola Gjeilo, and many more, begins at 4 p.m. at Shirley Meeting House.

Shaker tour: The Shirley Historical Society has a tour scheduled at 12:30 p.m. at the site of the 1793-1908 Shirley Shaker Village, which is currently part of the state prison system. Tour tickets cost $15. Info, www.shirleyhistory.org, 978-425-9328 on Mondays or Saturdays, or email mail@shirleyhistory.org.

Power of stories: Storytelling master and internationally bestselling author Matthew Dicks will be leading the service at First Parish Church of Groton starting at 10 a.m. speakinh on the power of stories Dicks will teach a 1.5-hour workshop on the art and science of storytelling following the service. Dicks is a 35-time Moth StorySLAM champion and six-time GrandSLAM champion whose stories have been featured on their nationally syndicated Moth Radio Hour and their weekly podcast. Register for the workshop at dwebster@uugroton.org or calling 978-448-6307.

23Basket workshop: Starts at 11 a.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center. Creating a harvest basket centerpiece of fall plants for your front door step or a wonderful hostess gift. Cost is $13. Info: 978-433-0326.

Nashoba Park show: George Parker will share his classical, Spanish, and electric guitar program at 2 p.m. at Nashoba Park Assisted Living Community, 15 Winthrop Ave., Ayer.

24 Mary Shelley: Lawrence Library will screen the latest movie about “Frankenstein” author Mary Shelley at 6:30 p.m. Free.

26Nashoba Park show: Vocalist Heather Marie presents her “Spookytunes” program at 2 p.m. at Nashoba Park Assisted Living Community, 15 Winthrop Ave., Ayer.

27Say boo!: A family-fun Halloween gathering on the Common in Shirley Center at 6:30 p.m. Featured will be magic by Stephanie Beach at the Meeting House, a “spooky room” and snacks at the Center Town Hall and a ghost walk on the Common. Admission for this special event, sponsored by the Center Town Hall Committee, is $5, with kids 3 and under free.

Turkey dinner: Townsend Congregational Church invites you to enjoy a turkey dinner with all the fixings from 5-6:30 p.m. Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-8. and $25 for a family. As always, children under 3 eat free. Dinners are also available for take-out. Everyone is welcome to attend our worship and community events. Info: 978-597-8925.

28Opening concert: Saxophonist, flutist and vocalist Stan Strickland performs at 3 p.m. at the The Healing Garden, 145 Bolton Road, Harvard, Admission is $15 (tickets only sold at the door). Proceeds benefit the services of Healing Garden.

31Justice Denied: Margaret Yamamoto will present an illustrated lecture telling the story of the Japanese incarceration during World War II, at 12 p.m. at the Groton Council on Aging. This program is supported by RiverCourt Residence. Register: 978-448-1170.

November

3Library kickoff: The Friends and Trustees of the Reuben Hoar Library in Littleton is hosting an evening of light appetizers and wine tasting on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Orange Door Kitchen, 251 Arlington St., West Acton, for those committed to supporting the construction of a new library. Tickets are $60 per person, covering the cost of the event. Space is limited; RSVP by Oct. 27. Purchasetickets at tinyurl.com/RHLFallFundraiser2018, or at the library.

Trail tour: Tour Townsend’s trails starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with guides from local organizations. Meet at the top of Meetinghouse Road or at the Harbor Church.

13Mom’s letters: Writer and poet Corinne Smith talks about her project to return World War II correspondence with her mother to the writers’ children. 7 p.m at Lawrence Library, Pepperell. Info: 978-433-0330 or dandreason@cwmars.org.