Briefs

Flea market every Saturday

The Federated Church of Ayer will host a flea market every Saturday, Dec. 7 through April 15, weather-permitting, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come and shop or come and sell. Cost per table is $15.

For information, call 978-660-9056 or 978-425-6119. The church is located at 21 Washington St.

Veterans agent office hours

Tuesdays, 5-7 p.m., Town Hall; Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, Town Hall.

Veterans Service Officer Michael Detillion can be reached at 978-772-8212.

Website for information: ayer.ma.us/Pages/AyerMA_Veterans/index?textPage=1

Calendar

Sunday, Dec. 8, youth archery clinic

The Ayer Gun and Sportsmen's Club will sponsor a Youth Archery Clinic on Sunday, Dec. 8, in two sessions: 11 a.m. to noon and noon to 1 p.m. Free and open to all youths ages 8 to 16. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

This program is designed to foster youth interest in archery and provide a basic knowledge of the sports. All youth archers will be taught basic safety and shooting techniques. All equipment needed for the day will be provided. Come join us and have some fun.

Space is limited to 15 archers per session so please call Barry at 978-204-8277 or the club at 978-772-9748 to reserve your place. The club is located at 255 Snake Hill Road, Ayer.

Saturday, Dec. 14, noon to 6 p.m.

* Hayrides with Santa, noon to 3 p.m. Rides start in Depot Square.

* Vote for your favorite storefront along Main Street from noon to 6 p.m.

* Christmas Concert sing-along, 2 p.m. in Town Hall, featuring the Nashoba Valley Concert Band. Free, handicapped-accessible.

* Downtown Holiday Stroll, 6 p.m.

Events sponsored by the Ayer Business Alliance.

Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m.

Tuba Christmas at Town Hall, an entire band of tuba players. If you have never been to this, you are in for a real treat! Free, handicapped-accessible.

Sponsored by the Ayer Business Alliance.

Spring Soccer Sign Up ends Dec. 13

Registration is underway for Spring 2014 Soccer. More information, including registration forms can be found at the Parks Department website. Ayer Youth Soccer hopes to continue to grow in 2014 and beyond. This can only happen with the continued support of our volunteers and townspeople. For more information about this program please contact the Ayer Park Department at (978) 772-8217.

Registrations are due by Dec. 13, 2013.

Yuletide celebration Dec. 21

Ayer Public Library, in partnership with ArtsNashoba, will be hosting a community Yuletide Celebration Dec. 21, from 1-4 p.m. at Ayer Town Hall.

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with family-friendly snacks, crafts, arts, music, games, activities, gift-giving and buying. Local artists, individuals, businesses, vendors and organizations are invited to participate in the festivities by reserving a table/booth to share your talent, your product, your art or something tasty to tempt pallets.

There will be face-painting, crafters, singing and art stations... gift-selling, ornament personalization, cookies, and more! If we're lucky, maybe a jolly old elf in a red suit might even stop by!

This event is a fundraiser for Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry of Devens, so donations of food and funds will be accepted at this event. There is NO FEE to participate, but if you charge for anything, we ask only that a percentage is given back to the cause.

Come share in the wealth of the season and the community!

For information, if you would like to offer a donation, please email JulieAnn or call 978-772-2545.

Winter parking ban

A Winter Parking Ban is in effect through April 15. The Winter Parking Ban prohibits the parking of any motor vehicle on the street or sidewalk throughout the Town of Ayer overnight and during snow storms (12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m.)

The purpose of the parking ban is to assist the town of Ayer's Department of Public Works with snow and ice removal operations.

THE AYER POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ENFORCING THE WINTER PARKING BAN. 

The Ayer Board of Selectmen also wish to remind residents and businesses of their responsibility to keep walkways/sidewalks safe from the natural and unnatural accumulation of snow and ice to prevent injuries from slips and falls on snow and ice, and to not force people to walk into the roadway.