FRIDAY, DEC. 20

Faculty concert: Come hear stellar pianist Marianna Rashkovetsky in recital, 7 p.m., at Indian Hill Music, 36 King St., Littleton. Free.

SATURDAY, DEC. 21

Family holiday sing-along: Celebrate seasonal songs and stories, 10 a.m., Indian Hill Music, 36 King St., Littleton. Free admission.

Tour New England Studios: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 100 Studio Way, Devens. Support a local charity and see where the movies are made. We encourage families to take a studio tour and make it a special holiday event. All we ask for is one canned good, for donation to local food pantries, and a small toy, for the Toys for Tots program. For information contact Frank Hartnett at 978-877-1905 or frank.hartnett@catalanocompanies .com.

Yuletide Celebration at Ayer Town Hall: 1-4 p.m. at Ayer Town Hall, sponsored by Ayer Library in partnership with Arts Nashoba.

Yule Service: First Church Unitarian in Littleton invites you join us at 7 p.m. as we gather at the darkest time of the year to open ourselves to the gifts of the Winter Solstice. We gather together in a circle as a spiritual community to honor the darkness and to welcome the eternal return of light, life, love, and hope. Please join us for the potluck before the service. First Church Unitarian is located at 19 Foster St. in Littleton. For information, please visit our website at www.fculittle.org.

SUNDAY, DEC. 22

Breakfast: 8-11 a.m.


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, 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.

Celebrating Winter Solstice and the Holiday Season: First Church Unitarian (FCU) in Littleton invites you to join us for our Sunday Service at 10 a.m. as we celebrate the Winter Solstice and the Holiday Season. Join us as we gather for a festive service full of song, merriment and joy. We will sing songs of celebration and tell the stories that will make your heart sing and your belly laugh. We light our final Advent Candle, that of Joy! Our nursery is available during the service for children under the age of 3. First Church Unitarian is located at 19 Foster St. in Littleton. For information, please visit our website at www.fculittle.org.

Christmas Cantata: First Baptist Church of Groton will host its annual Christmas Cantata Service at 10:45 a.m. The service will include a traditional Christmas Cantata entitled "Have You Any Room For Jesus?" based on Luke 2:1-20. We are located at 365 Main St. in Groton. Call 978-272-1335. Website: firstbaptistofgroton.org; email: pastorfaulk@charter.net.

TUESDAY, DEC. 24

Christmas Candlelight Worship: All are welcome to Christmas Eve worship at Union Congregational Church in Groton. At 5 p.m., Family Worship, geared especially to the young, will include a dramatic reading of the Christmas Story as well as children's choirs, a sermon and passing of the candlelight. At 7 p.m., a traditional service, more for adults and teens, will include Lessons and Carols, the full Christmas story, lots of music, a sermon and the passing of the light. Refreshments will be served from 6-7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. UCC is located at 218 Main St. at Willowdale (near Filho's Cucina). For information, visit www.uccgroton.org or call the church office at 978-448-2091.

Christmas Eve Family Service: First Church Unitarian in Littleton invites you to join us for our Christmas Eve Family Service at 5 p.m. Our service will have carols, laughs and the retelling of one of the best stories of all time, enacted by children of all ages and adults still young at heart. Then, we will sing Silent Night as we go from darkness to light. First Church Unitarian is located at 19 Foster St., Littleton.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: First Baptist Church of Groton will host its annual Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. We are located at 365 Main St. in Groton. All are welcome! For more information, call 978-272-1335. Website: firstbaptistofgroton.org; email: pastorfaulk@charter.net.

Candlelight Service in Littleton: First Church Unitarian in Littleton invites you to join us for our Candlelight Service at 7 p.m., which features the Ceremony of Light, in which the Sanctuary is darkened and each participant holding a candle passes the flame until the entire Sanctuary is again filled with light. This service also includes readings and carols sung by the congregation, the Mixed Choir, and the Artemis Singers. First Church Unitarian is located at 19 Foster St., Littleton.

DEC. 24, 25

Christmas services at Shepherd of the Valley: 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.

Coming in January...

New Year's Day hike: noon. Annual New Year's Day Hike at the Oxbow Refuge. Walk off some of the extra calories collected during the holidays and hike or snowshoe the trails near the main entrance to the refuge, while meeting up with old friends and making new ones. If there is enough snow, it should be possible to use cross-country skis. We'll start from the parking lot at the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard. For information contact Rona at 978-779-2259 or Ada at ada.friendsoftheoxbownwr@gmail.com. The event is free and open to the public. Reminder: No dogs allowed on national refuges.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Take a Look Morning - 9:00 AM - Applewild School (coeducational independent K-8 day school serving families in central MA and southern NH) is hosting an Open House. Parents are invited to tour the school and see teachers and students in action. The morning program also includes parents who are interested the year-round curriculum-based preschool and day care program at the Child Development Center at Applewild. Prospective parents are invited to meet at 9:00 AM at the Crocker Building, 120 Prospect St., Fitchburg, MA. No RSVP necessary. For more information please call the Admission Office, 978-342-6053 x110 or visit www.applewild.org