FRIDAY, SEPT. 28 and SATURDAY, SEPT. 29

Presented by the Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge

Friday evening: "Introduction to Backyard Geology": 7 p.m., Fort Devens Museum, 94 Jackson Road, Suite 305, Devens, followed by Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., "Field Trip: Backyard Geology." Attending the Friday evening introduction is not required, but is encouraged. Did you ever wonder why rocks grow in your garden? Why is the Wachusett Reservoir where it is? Why do streams entering the Nashua River go in the wrong direction? These and other features are a result of the area's glacial past. Come explore the glaciers' influence on our backyard geology.

Our journey will begin with a visual overview on Sept. 28. We will look at two current glaciers, Gulkana Glacier, in Alaska,and Fox Glacier, in New Zealand, and how similar glaciers that covered our landscape 10,000 years ago shaped specific local features. On Sept. 29, join us in viewing on-the-ground glacial features: drumlins, eskers, kettle holes, ancient deltas and kame terraces, bounder trains among others. We will meet at the Nashoba Valley Overlook on Prospect Hill Road near Fruitlands Museum, drive to the Oxbow National Refuge on Still River Road and car pool to various locations on and off the Refuge. As there will be road travel, space will be limited for the fieldtrip. Please contact Rona Balco, 978-779-2259, to reserve a space.


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Programs sponsored by the Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to protect and preserve the environmental values of the Refuge for present and future generations.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29

Brookline Fire Dept Open House Duck Race and Comedy/Dinner: 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.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 30

Concert series at the Healing Garden: The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden announces the next "Concert at the Garden" 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 Healing Garden, a nonprofit organization, is located at 145 Bolton Road in Harvard. 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, 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.

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

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 our final open rehearsal Sept. 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.

In October...

Take a Look Morning, Oct. 4

Applewild School (coeducational independent day school for grades K - 8 serving families in Central Massachusetts and southern N.H.) is hosting an Open House on the first Thursday of each month. Prospective parents are invited to meet at 9 a.m. at the Crocker Building, 120 Prospect St., Fitchburg, for an opportunity to tour the school and see teachers and students in action.

No RSVP necessary. For information, call the Admission Office, 978-342-6053, est. 110 or visit www.applewild.org.

Blessing of the animals

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals service at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 7. Please note that this service has a special venue: Helene's Stables, 485 Martin's Pond Road, Groton. Bring your animals and your own seating. Stuffed animals are also welcomed. There will be guitar music and refreshment fellowship at the end of the service. For further information, please call Janet Vesper at 978-597-8605.

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.