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

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.

Christmas services at Shepherd of the Valley Dec. 24, 25

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 80 Champney St., Groton, would like to extend an invitation to all to join in a celebration of Christmas at their Christmas services.

On Tuesday, Dec. 24, SOV will have two Christmas Eve Candlelight services at 5 and 7 p.m. with a half-hour of caroling preceding each service, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Holy Communion will be offered at each service. Children from the congregation will have musical offerings for the 5 p.m. service and the adult choir will sing at the 7 p.m. service.

On Wednesday, Dec. 25, SOV will have a Christmas Day service at 10 a.m.

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.)

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.