SATURDAY, OCT. 6

Devens Household Hazardous Products Collection Center open: 9 a.m. to noon, open to residents and pre-qualified businesses of member towns only: Ayer, Bolton, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Townsend. The facility is located at 9 Cook Street (Rear), Devens.

The 41st Annual Harvard Flea Market: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (alternate date, Sunday, Oct. 7) at The Bromfield School.

39th Annual Harvest Fair: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Union Congregational Church.

Harvest Fair: Come to the 143rd annual Harvest Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton located at 353 Great Road on the Common in Stow (at the intersection of Routes 117 and 62). There is ample free parking and the event will be held inside the church buildings in case of rain. A full lunch and snacks will be served and the famous apple pies will be available. Free, all buildings are handicapped accessible. Call 978-897-8149 or check www.fpc-stow-acton.org for information.

SUNDAY, OCT. 7

Masons breakfast: The Ayer Masonic Association will hold its monthly fund raising breakfast at the Ayer Masonic Center, 11 Sculley Road, Ayer, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Menu includes eggs cooked to order or pancakes with bacon or sausage, potatoes, toast, juice, and coffee. In addition to the usual menu as outlined above, two specials for this month are Eggs Benedict and Greek Omelet with spinach, tomatoes and Feta cheese.


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Sunday breakfast: The Ayer Sportsman's Club resumes its Sunday Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., until Mother's Day. The breakfast menu includes pancakes, French toast, omelets, sausage, bacon and ham, and free coffee and juice. Full breakfast $7. Orders-to-go also available. Proceeds benefit the children's fund. (Room rentals also available." The club is located at 255 Snake Hill Road, Ayer.

Blessing of the animals: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals service at 10:30 a.m. at 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.

Eighth annual Devens Charity Chili Cook-Off at the Devens Grill: 1 to 4 p.m., Devens Common. More than 20 varieties of chili; proceeds benefit the Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts, which helps children affected by autism. For information, go to www.devensgrill.com/happenings.html.

TUESDAY, OCT. 9

New England Amputee Association: 6 p.m., Clinton Hospital, 201 Highland S., Clinton. The Center for Living & Working Inc. will be speaking about services they provide for the disability community. Meeting is free and open to all amputees, their families, caregivers and health professionals. For information call 978-365-2580 or visit www.NewEnglandAmputeeAssociation.com.

First-time homebuyer classes: The Home Ownership Center of North Central Massachusetts is hosting a first-time home buyer class beginning Oct. 9 at the Twin Cities CDC office. The program includes four classes per session: Oct. 9, 11, 16 and 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Twin Cities CDC, 470 Main St. The fee for the class is $50, which includes the course book and all program handouts. To learn more or to register call 888-978-6261 or homesncm.org. The Home Ownership Center of North Central Massachusetts is a collaborative of five nonprofits that provide homeowner education and resources.

THURSDAY, OCT. 11

WBN meeting: The Women's Business Network will meet at Holy Trinity Parish, formerly St. Theresa's Church, 15 Still River Road, Harvard, at 7:15 p.m. The evening's topic: Converting website visitors to paying clients with Kim Reddington. Bring your business cards & brochures to all events. The Women's Business Network (WBN) is a group of women in small businesses and professional practices who meet monthly for mutual education, support and business referrals. Membership includes more than 70 women from area towns. For information, go to www.wbn-ma.org, or call Renee W. Senes at 978-456-9600.

SATURDAY, OCT. 13

Bicycle Recycle Day: 9 a.m. to noon, Saint John the Evangelist Parish, 1 School St., Townsend. Drop off your unwanted bicycle at the church parking lot and it will get a new home. Some bikes go to Ghana, some stay in the US. Our aim is to keep bicycles from being thrown away and find new owners for them.

Homecoming Fall Festival: ASRHS, 41 Washington St., Ayer, noon to 3:30 p.m. (rain or shine). Food, carnival games, prizes!

Drive One 4UR School: ASRHS parking lot, 41 Washington St., Ayer, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (rain or shine), sponsored by Gervais Ford. Look at a new car and Ford will donate $20 to the school.

MONDAY, OCT. 15

Raising happy and moral children: 7 p.m. Applewild School will be offering a free presentation by nationally known educator and psychologist Dr. Richard Weissbourd. Parents, educators and those involved in education policy discussions will find his approach to "Raising Happy and Moral Children" thought-provoking and practical. Part of the Applewild Speakers Series, this presentation is open to the public and will be held at the Alumni Center for the Performing Arts, 98 Prospect St. in Fitchburg.

SATURDAY, OCT. 20

Recycle Your Reusables: Ayer-Shirley Middle School, 1 Hospital Road, Shirley, 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 information, contact http://recycleyourreusables.wordpress.com, 978 496-5839 or Ayerrecycles@gmail.com.

TUESDAY, OCT. 23

Spaghetti dinner: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., St. Anthony's Parish Hall, Shirley, sponsored by the Ayer-Shirley Lions. Adults -- $8, seniors and children under 10 -- $5. Come and support this annual fundraiser with proceeds to help local children.

COMING UP...

SUNDAYS

Shirley, Trinity Chapel Episcopal

...welcomes all newcomers to our parish. Church services with Eucharist begin at 11 a.m.; breakfast is offered from 10 to 10:45 a.m., Sunday School for our young people starts at 11 a.m. and child care is available. At various times throughout the year we also have social afternoons or evenings: Scrabble, Uno, Phase 10, Cribbage with pizza or other foods.

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.

In November...

Attention runners!

Registration is now open for the Ayer Fire Department's 8th Annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race on Thursday, Nov. 22. The first 475 to register will receive a T-shirt! Registration ends on Nov. 18. Race begins at 8 a.m. sharp regardless of weather. For more, go to www.ayer.ma.us/Pages/ AyerMA_Fire/info