THIS WEEKEND

Anne of Green Gables: Ayer resident Leah Robinson and Groton residents Larry Lickteig and Roman Meneghini, will be performing in the refreshing telling of the favorite story, Anne of Green Gables, true to the much beloved book. Show dates are Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 25, 26, Nov. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16, at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30; and a matinee on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m. Performances will be held at The Cannon Theatre, 410 Great Road, Littleton. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors/students, and $10 for children 12 and under. There is a $5 discount off tickets purchased for the first weekend of the show. Tickets can be purchased online at MKTIX by visiting www.thecannontheatre.org, calling 978- 456-0060, or by emailing tickets@thecannontheatre.org.

FRIDAY, OCT. 25

Images of multiculturalism film and discussion: 7 p.m. "A Day Without A Mexican: There Goes the Neighborhood," will be shown in the vestry at First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster St., Littleton (across from the Fire Station). The film will be followed by a lively discussion and refreshments. This film series explores the lives and experiences of the "other" and expands our awareness of our neighbors as well as nearby and often marginalized individuals and groups. Storyline: California awakens one day to discover that one-third of its population, the Hispanic third, has vanished. A peculiar pink fog surrounds the state and communication outside its boundaries is completely cut off. Soon the economic, political, and social implications of this disaster threaten California's way of life, the remaining residents have to survive on their own.

SATURDAY, OCT. 26

Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pepperell Town Field, Hollis Street.

Electronics recycle day: Christian Union Church, 37 West Main St., Groton, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring these items to the parking lot: Electronics such as computers, scanners, copiers, etc. ... $5 ea.; Appliances such as dishwashers, dryers, stoves, microwaves, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, air-conditioners, exercise equipment, lawn mowers, small engine items, snow blowers, lawn mowers, etc. ...$10 ea.; TVs 10-25 inch, monitors, $10. No fee: cables, keyboards, cell phones, car batteries, etc. Any questions: Please contact Dennis Wood 508-277-7513.

BhaktiSeva Shawls of Ashby: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. twice yearly retail sale of scarves and shawls from India. All profits go to support after school music programs at the Ma Chetan Jyoti Music School in Rishikesh, India. The sale will be held at the Parish Hall, Ashby Unitarian Universalist Church, Ashby Common. Cash and checks only. No credit cards. In addition to the sale of imported items, there will be 3 intuitives available for readings on a walk-in basis, chair massage, chai and Bollywood movies. For information, contact info@BhaktiSevaShawls.com.

Oxbow meeting: Friends of Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge will hold its annual meeting from 1-4 p.m. at Fort Devens Military Museum, 94 Jackson Road, Suite 305, Devens. The guest speaker will be Suzanne Chereau, chief archeologist with the Public Archeology Labs in Rhode Island. For more, Rona Balco, 978 779-2259, or ada@friendsoftheoxbownwr.org.

Fall Yard Sale: The Hollis Woman's Club will be holding a Fall Yard Sale at the Lawrence Barn from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are gratefully accepting donations to be sold. Spaces may be reserved for $20 per space or $25 for space and table. For information, donations, or space reservations, contact Jeanne Cleveland at 603-465-2097 or at jeanne3484@yahoo.com.

Chamber music series opens: Indian Hill Music's celebrated chamber music series at Groton's Kalliroscope Gallery opens its 2013-2014 season at 8 p.m. with a solo recital by the dynamic Russian-American pianist, Sergey Schekpin. His program features works by Bach (French Suite No. 4), Beethoven (Sonata No. 31 in A-flat), and Schubert (Sonata No. 20 in A). The concert takes place at 264 Main St., Groton, and includes a post-concert wine and cheese reception with the performer. TICKETS: $32 ($15 students): 978-486-9524 ext. 116 or www.indianhillmusic.org.

SUNDAY, OCT. 27

Breakfast: 8-11 a.m., Ayer Sportsman's Club, 255 Snake Hill Road, Ayer. Public welcome. French toast, specials, pancakes, eggs, free juice and coffee. Proceeds benefit children's programs. Room rentals also available. Call 978-772-9748.

Vampire Talk at Fruitlands: 1 p.m., free with museum admission. Were there vampires in New England? 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard.

Eben Alexander to benefit the Healing Garden: In the predawn hours of Nov. 10, 2008, Alexander was driven into a coma by a rare and mysterious bacterial meningitis-encephalitis of unknown cause. He spent a week in coma on a ventilator, his prospects for survival dim. On the seventh day, he started to awaken. Memories of his life had been completely deleted, yet he awoke with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm. Join us for a first-hand glimpse into this fascinating world as described by Dr. Alexander himself. Tickets -- Attendee: $100; or Sponsor $250 per person (pre-event reception with Dr. Alexander, 1 seat, plus 1 seat gifted to a Healing Garden client). Purchase tickets online at The Healing Garden or by mail: send check to 145 Bolton Road, Harvard, MA 01451. This event benefits The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden.

MONDAY, OCT. 28

FREE Halloween crafting: Evergreen Garden Playschool, a Waldorf preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten, invites you and your young child/ren to join us for a free and wonderful morning of Halloween fun, with a pumpkin puppet story, a craft, a healthy snack, and lots of play! Babies and children to age 5 are welcome. Time: 9:15-10:45 a.m., Parent-Child Room, 270 Barnum Road, Devens; near the corner of Barnum Road and Jackson Road (by the fire station), www.evergreengardenplayschool.org; 978-772-9595.

Monty Tech open house: Monty Tech's annual Career Awareness Night will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Area seventh- and eighth-graders and their parents/guardians are invited to tour the school and see students and faculty working on projects in the school's 20 career and technical programs. Faculty and administrators will be on hand to answer questions regarding Monty Tech's academic offerings, college placement, student services and extra-curricular activities. For information about Career Awareness, contact Student Support Services at 978-345-9200, ext. 5235 or 5236. Monty Tech is at 1050 Westminster St.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30

Free surgical weight loss information session: The Emerson-Mass General Weight Loss Program will host a free surgical weight loss information session at 6 p.m. at DoubleTree by Hilton, 99 Erdman Way in Leominster. Attendees will receive information on who is a candidate for the surgery, the results prospective patients can expect and how support, counseling and education can help achieve long-term weight loss. Registration is required by calling 978-287-3532. For information, visit emersonhospital.org/surgical weightloss.

THURSDAY, OCT. 31

Devens 10th annual Halloween Parade: 5 p.m., intersection of Sherman and Elm streets. Trick-or-treating follows parade. General rule: If porch light is on, the house is participating. Parade spectators encouraged!

FRIDAY, NOV. 1

Book-signing: Second Hand Prose Books, Groton, will host a book-signing by David Adams Cleveland, expert art historian and author of Love's Attraction, at 7:30 p.m. Store owner Katharyn Dawson cordially invites the public to join her for this event in the new store location (the store was formerly in Acton): 30-A Hollis Street in Groton.

SATURDAY, NOV. 2

Regional medical fair for seniors: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ayer Shirley Middle School, Hospital Road, Shirley, sponsored by the Shirley Council on Aging. The fair will provide information so you can make informed medical decisions in the future. It will also be "Medicare Open Enrollment" time so we will have SHINE counselors available to help you understand all the new options available next year. As part of the overall event, we have a "trade show" with over 35 vendors and informational speakers.

NRWA November NOWW Walk: Enjoy a 60-minute guided walk on the Nashua River Rail Trail led by Nashua River Watershed from 3-4 p.m. The Rail Trail is flat and paved; the walk is free and open to all ages. No dogs. We'll meet at the Station Avenue kiosk on the Trail in Groton; a Google map and directions are available at www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org. Pre-registration is encouraged -- contact Mary at 978-448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Craft beer-tasting: 4-6 p.m., Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill, Harvard. Members, $45; nonmembers, $50; designated river, $10. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Advance ticket purchase required: www.fruitlands.org/beertasting

Annual Bonfire Night: 5:30-8 p.m., free. Artist-in-Residence Jodi Colella will construct a special sculpture to light ablaze and celebrate the end of the main season at Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. No reservation needed.

Cakes & Comedy Fundraiser: The Tyler Foundation will present Cakes & Comedy from 7-11 p.m. at the Westford Regency, 219 Littleton Road, Westford. Three desserts, three comedians, cash bar, silent auction, all to benefit this foundation dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for families affected by Epilepsy. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at tylerfoundation.org. For questions, email tylerfoundation@yahoo.com.

SUNDAY, NOV. 3

Masons fundraising breakfast: The Ayer Masonic Association will hold its monthly fund raising breakfast at the Ayer Masonic Center 11 Sculley Road, Ayer, from 7:30-10 a.m. Menu includes eggs cooked to order or pancakes with bacon or sausage, potatoes, toast, juice and coffee. Specials for this month are Eggs Benedict and waffles with strawberries and whipped cream. Come early and bring your friends.

Nashoba Tech to hold open house: Nashoba Valley Technical High School will host its annual Open House from noon to 3 p.m. The event is open to all seventh- and eighth-graders in the school's district and their parents, as well as all community members. It will feature guided tours and an opportunity to meet with academic teachers and technical instructors. Also, students and parents can tour Nashoba Tech's 18 technical programs, which include: Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing; Automotive Technology; Banking, Marketing & Retail; Carpentry/Cabinet Making; Cosmetology; Culinary Arts; Dental Assisting; Design & Visual Communications; Early Childhood Education; Electrical Technology; Electronics/Robotics; Engineering Technology; Health Assisting; Hotel & Restaurant Management; Machine Tool Technology; Plumbing & Heating; Programming & Web Development; and TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts. Nashoba Tech is at 100 Littleton Road (Route 110), Westford. For information about the open house, call 978-692-4711 or visit www.nashoba.tech.net.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6

Community Service and Leadership Awards: The Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce will host its eleventh annual Community Service and Leadership Awards (CSLA) at the Holiday Inn, Boxborough. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will include a cash bar and entertainment featuring pianist Donn Hill. Dinner and program to begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $39 each. Advance registrations only. Make your reservations now to honor these special people.

NEW THIS WEEK

Friends of the Townsend Seniors invite you on a Foxwoods Trip

The Friends of the Townsend Seniors are sponsoring a trip to Foxwoods Casino, Thursday, Nov. 7.

The bus will leave the Townsend Senior Center, 16 Dudley Road, at 8:15 a.m. and return at approximately 6 p.m. The price is $28 per person, which includes the bus, coupons for free play and for the buffet lunch.

Seats are still available for this bus trip, which is open to all Townsend adults as well as adults from the surrounding towns.

Foxwoods trips are always fun and popular, so come along and bring a friend! To sign-up for a pre-paid reservation, please call Avis Roy at 978-597-6829 or stop by the Senior Center (978-597-1710.)

Music and dance of Bali

Applewild School announces a rare and special opportunity for the public to see music and dance of Bali from ISI (Institut Seni Indonesia), Denpasar Bali.

This performance, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 2:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center for the Performing Arts at Applewild. The master performers will present traditional repertoire including Kebyar Trompong, Legong Kraton, and Teruna Jaya. The performers will be taking part in the International Seminar and Festival of Indonesian Music on Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, at the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C.

The Performing Arts Center is in the Marshall Building, 98 Prospect St. in Fitchburg. For information, call 978-342-6053 or go to www.applewild.org.

SAVE THE DATE

Friends of Nashoba Tech plan annual craft fair

WESTFORD -- The Friends of Nashoba Valley Technical High School will hold their annual Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the gymnasium.

There will be vendors, crafts and kids' activities. Vendor spots are available for $25. Crafters and vendors who wish to participate can contact Sharon McSweeney at 978-866-6791 or s.mcsweeney@verizon.net.

The Craft Fair benefits Nashoba Tech sports teams and extracurricular activities.