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

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.

Stew and chowder at Shirley Legion Dec. 14

On Saturday, Dec. 14, the Shirley American Legion is again having its "Stew and Chowder" event at the War Memorial Building. Bring your favorite stew and/or chowder for others to enjoy!

Cost is $6 at the door. There will be various stews, chowders and desserts served between 5 and 7:30 p.m.

Tuba Christmas 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.

Holiday concert Dec. 19

Ayer-Shirley Regional High School presents a holiday concert with A Goodlie Companye on Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Ayer-Shirley Regional High School Auditorium, 141 Washington St., Ayer.

The event is a fundraiser for Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, so donations of funds and nonperishable foods will be graciously accepted, though the concert itself is free to the public.

For information, call 978-772-2545, or visit goodlie.org.

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.