FRIDAY, SEPT. 14

Farmers market: 3 to 7 p.m., Williams Barn at 160 Chicopee Row in Groton.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15

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

Seniors Chicken BBQ: The Ayer Rotary will hold its annual Senior Citizen's Chicken BBQ at the Devens Community Center located next to Rogers' field on Devens. This event is free to the seniors in Ayer, Devens, Harvard and Ayer. No reservations needed. Please come at 11:30 a.m. and enjoy the music provided by the Nashoba Valley Concert Band. This event is sponsored by the Ayer Rotary Club, which services the citizens of Ayer, Devens, Harvard and Shirley. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dave Swain at 978-448-9850.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 16

Forks over knives: 4 to 6 p.m., iinformative DVD and discussion about a new way of eating that can result in optimal health. This new lifestyle can prevent obesity, heart disease and diabetes. This class will be held at the West Townsend Reading Room, Dudley Road, West Townsend. It is free, yet worth millions in better health for you. For informatiion, please call 978-597-8116.

MONDAY, SEPT. 17

How we pay for water: 6:30 p.m., 52 Washington St., Ayer. Water is life, and to protect our local water systems we must plan our future carefully. Community members are invited to join Clean Water Action and State Senator James Eldridge (Acton) discuss public water infrastructure -- current threats to our drinking water, opportunities for moving forward, and how we all can take action for clean water.


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Marion Stoddart, Founder & Director Emeritus of the Nashua River Watershed Association, will speak on her experience as a local advocate, and the need to work proactively to protect our environment. Issues of water management affect all people: to ensure safe and healthy communities we cannot wait to create strong, durable water systems in Massachusetts. RSVPs requested. For information, call the Wool family at 978-772-2925 or email jwool@cleanwater.org.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 18

Carrying On for suicide survivors: The next meeting of the support group "Carrying On" will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Great Room of the Parish House of First Parish Unitarian Church on Powder House Row in Groton. Anyone who has survived the loss of a loved one to suicide is welcome to attend this meeting. "Carrying On" was formed in the spring of 2010 as a peer led support group for people who had lost a loved one through suicide. We strive to provide a safe place to talk about those we have lost and to provide a supportive environment to help each other heal. It seems each month new people attend as the word is spread through contacts and the media. Refreshments are served. Anyone with an interest in the subject matter is welcome. For any further information call Steve or Deb Boczenowski at 978-448-5013. INTERFACE is available in Groton-Dunstable and coming soon to Ayer-Shirley. If you need a mental health referral, call the helpline during business hours at 888-244-6843 ext. 1411 and they will set you up with a mental health specialist who has an opening with your insurance within two weeks. Outside business hours, call and leave your information for a return call.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20

Blood Drive at Trinity Church, Bolton: 2 to 7 p.m., Trinity Church in Bolton (Route 117 to Wattaquadock Hill Road. Home-baked cookies and T-shirts! Please join us and save as many as three lives with each donation! Walk-ins welcome or call 1-800-Red-Cross or www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.

Shirley Center Farmers Market: Featuring fresh local fruits and vegetables, baked goods, jams and jellies, maple products and honey, Farmstead cheeses, flowers and plants, meat and seafood, fresh eggs, "functional crafts. Live Music! 3-7 p.m. on the Common. Weekly event, July through October.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 22

Grotonfest 2012: Legion Common, Groton, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE to all ages and handicapped-accessible. Entertainment: Irish entertainer Brian Cocoran; Animal Adventures, Centerstage Dancers; Powderhouse Gang; Nashoba Valley Dance Academy; and demonstrations by Buddha Nest Yoga; Planet Gymnastics and Luth's Karate will entertain throughout the day, more than 165 artisan, business, nonprofit and food booths will circle the field. (Rain date Sept. 23) For more, go to www.grotonfest.com.

COMING UP...

TUESDAYS

Bible study

Every Tuesday evening from 7 to 8 p.m., there is an informal bible study at the West Townsend Reading Room, Dudley Road, West Townsend. Come and join us for a real spiritual treat as we study God's word together.

For information, call 978-597-8116.

WEDNESDAYS

Prayer Service

All are Welcome

Is there a lot going on in your life these days? Are you worried for family or friends who are going through difficult times? Do you feel weighted down by burdens beyond your control? Or do you simply need an excuse to stop, rest and reflect?

All are invited to join us for an evening of prayer on Wednesdays, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at Union Congregational Church in Groton, 218 Main St. There will be music, candles, Scripture, sharing and silence.

Like to sing?

Enjoy classical choral music? Then join us for open rehearsals Sept. 17, and 24 to see if we are the group you have been looking for. The Nashoba Valley Chorale is a non-audition SATB chorus that performs under the artistic leadership of director Anne Watson Born.

This season, we will perform Mendelssohn's Elijah and Mozart's Requiem. Rehearsals are held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday nights at the First Baptist Church, 461 King St., Littleton. Visit nashobavalleychorale.org or call 978-897-4340 for information.

Children's items sale

Gently used children's items including baby equipment, toys, clothes, books and more! Saturday, Sept. 22, 8 a.m. to noon. $1 admission, under 14 free. Central Congregational Church, 1 Worthen St., Chelmsford. Cash only. Sponsored by the Nashoba Valley Mothers of Multiples, a nonprofit organization. For information visit us at www.nashobavalleymom.org or call 978-376-2939.

Concert at Hollis's Lawrence Barn

The Hollis Arts Society presents, "Acoustics," by Ed Mottau, Bob Drew and Jimmy Clark. The concert will be a mix of contemporary, blues and folk music.

The program will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Road, Hollis, N.H.

Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door, or can be purchased at the HAS meeting at the Lawrence Barn on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. and from JoAnne Gauthier (joanne gauthier@live.com) 603-475-7475.

Brookline Fire Dept Open House Duck Race and Comedy/Dinner

Sept. 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., duck race will be started at 1 p.m.

Events: Target shoot with hand lines; apparatus viewing; antique fire truck rides; live burn demo; coloring contest; kids photos.

Duck Race Prizes: first-place, $500, second-place, $250, third-place, $100, in addition to various other prizes donated by area merchants. Tickets are $5 each or a book of 5 for $20. See any Brookline Fire Department member and watch for area local sales.

Comedy/dinner: Dinner served at 6 p.m., followed by comedy show at approximately 8 p.m. Dinner menu: Roast beef, butternut squash, baked potato, green beans, rolls and apple crisp with ice cream. Tickets are $25 each. Tables can be reserved for eight and no more than 10 people.

Contact Sheryl Corey, cecorey@aol.com, for information on the dinner or Barry Doyle for information on the duck race at gofor2bd1@yahoo.com.

Concert series at the Healing Garden

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of Contemporary Folk and Acoustic music!

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden announces the next "Concert at the Garden" on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. The Saturdays, a musical group that blends folk, bluegrass, rock and the blues, will be playing original arrangements of contemporary and traditional favorites.

The Garden, in collaboration with Indian Hill, brings talented musicians and dancers to perform in this monthly series.

The Healing Garden, a nonprofit organization, is located at 145 Bolton Road in Harvard, and offers support, educational and therapeutic services to those affected by cancer.

Admission is $10 for Garden members, $15 for nonmembers. All proceeds benefit the services of the Healing Garden.

Visit www.healinggarden.net for event updates or cancellations.

Vegetarian cooking class

There will be a vegetarian cooking class held at the West Townsend Reading Room on Dudley Road, West Townsend, on Sept. 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. The instructor will be the former manager of the Country Life Restaurant and will show us how to prepare tasty new meatless dishes. This class is free. For information call 978-597-8116.

In October...

Recycle Your Reusables

Mark your calendars for the 4th annual Recycle Your Reusables day! NOTE NEW LOCATION: Ayer/Shirley Middle School, 1 Hospital Road, Shirley, Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free and open to all with a donation of nonperishable foods for Loaves & Fishes.

For a complete list of items wanted, see bit.ly/ryrbring. We will also have a gently used sporting goods sale. Donate used sporting gear and pick up what you need at bargain prices.

For more information or to volunteer, contact http://recycleyourreusables.wordpress.com, 978 496-5839 or Ayerrecycles@gmail.com.