SATURDAY, JUNE 7

RESCHEDULED -- Ashby Spring Festival: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the Ashby Common, hosted by Ashby Elementary School. Entertainment by "Driftwood Creek starts at 11 a.m. Food, games, 50 crafters and vendors, prizes, FitCamp 360 demo and a visit by Andy, the Texas Roadhouse mascot, who will pass out lunch coins to the youngsters. For info: susanclement49@yahoo.com.

Shirley Hoe Down: noon, Town Common. Entertainment, food, fun!

NRWA Science Saturday for 7 to 11 year olds: Butterflies, bees, beetles, ants and the warm days bring out a seemingly endless variety of insects. Join Nashua River Watershed Association for a fun exploration of The Science of Insects from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street, Groton. This Science Saturday program is open to children from all communities. Cost: $20 for NRWA members; $25 for nonmembers. For siblings who wish to attend, pay full price for the first child, half-price for the second. Pre-registration is required at 978-448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Pepperell Greenway Walk Along the Nashua River: Join Nashua River Watershed Association Land Programs Director Al Futterman to explore riverfront greenway in Pepperell from 2-3:30 p.m. Many residents of our region are familiar with the Nashua River Rail Trail that runs along the east side of the Nashua River, but very few are aware of the abandoned rail corridor on the west side, owned by the Pepperell Conservation Commission.


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We'll hike this 2-plus mile trail in a walk that is free and open to the public. The trail is relatively flat but has uneven terrain, no dogs, please. Meeting location off Route 111 in Pepperell; view a Google map and directions at www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org. Pre-registration is appreciated for planning purposes and for notice of a weather postponement. Contact Al Futterman at 978-448-0299, or email AlF@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

NRWA June NOWW Walk: The Nashua River Watershed Association free monthly NOWW walk from 3-4 p.m. on the Nashua River Rail Trail in Groton. Your guide for this 60-minute walk, NRWA's Environmental Education Director Mary Marro will help identify plants and animals along the trail, and will share interesting facts and stories about them. The Rail Trail is flat and paved, and the walk is open to all ages. No dogs are allowed. Meet at the Station Avenue kiosk on the Trail in Groton; a Google map and directions are available at www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org. To pre-register, or for information, 978- 448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

FRIDAY, JUNE 13

Benefit auction and dinner: Gala benefit fundraiser to support Indian Hill Music. Elegant buffet dinner, music by the Justin Meyer Swing Trio with Billy Novick, and live auction by Skinner, Inc., featuring unique Indian Hill items and experiences: 6-10 p.m. at 36 King St., Littleton. TICKETS: $100 per person. Learn more at 978-486-9524 ext. 107 or www.indianhillmusic.org.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18

Edible wild plants: Naturalist and landscaper John Root will lead a 90-minute edible wild plants walk at 6:30 p.m. at Carraig Farm, 179 West Road, Ashby. The event is free, and native plants will be available for sale. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Ashby Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

'BACH'S LUNCH' CONCERT: Indian Hill Music School's free monthly concert series presents cello and piano duo, Arkady Beletsky and Jennifer Morlock, performing music by 'Russians in America,' including works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Irving Berlin, and George Gershwin. TWO SHOWS - Thursday, June 19 at 11 am and 1:30 p.m., 36 King Street (Rte. 495/Exit 30), Littleton, MA. Coffee, tea and cookies served; bring your lunch. FREE admission. Group reservations at 978-486-9524 x116. Learn more at www.indianhillmusic.org

SUNDAY, JUNE 22

Concert at the Garden: 3 p.m. Virginia Thurston Healing Garden welcomes back "Custom Blend," an 11-person semi-professional mixed voice a cappella group singing an eclectic mix of musical styles, 145 Bolton Road in Harvard. Admission is $10 for Garden members, $15 for nonmembers (no pre-sale of tickets). All proceeds benefit the services of the Healing Garden. Visit www.healinggarden.net for event updates or cancellations.