FRIDAY, OCT. 12

Entertainment: 8 p.m. Pepperell Music Center presents an evening with Sarah Blacker and the Blacklisters. Come on by to hear one of Boston's finest artists perform some great music. Tickets are available at Pepperell Music Center or by calling 978-433-8247. Support local music!

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.

Healing Garden Homecoming Celebration: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Oct. 13 is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. See how the Healing Garden helps our neighbors who are experiencing cancer. Join us in a Homecoming Celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, 145 Bolton Road, Harvard. Bring the whole family for a special afternoon of refreshments, music, movement and art, and learn more about the Healing Garden and the Just 'Cause Walk. We will be honoring our clients, present and alumni and celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Just 'Cause Walk, benefactor of the Healing Garden and Mass General's Gillette Center for Women's Cancers. Rain or shine. www.healinggarden.net or info@healinggarden.net.

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.

Ham & Bean Supper: The First Baptist Church of Littleton will hold its Ham & Bean Supper at 5:30 p.m. The supper menu will be a variety of homemade Boston Baked Beans, ham, hot dogs, cheesy homemade macaroni and cheese, varieties of salads, rolls and desserts. Cost is $6.50 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, $20 for families. Please join us for a traditional New England Saturday night favorite! The First Baptist Church of Littleton is located at 461 King St. on the Common in Littleton. The building is handicapped-accessible. Please call 978-486-4660 or email office@fbcittleton.org for more information.

OctoberFest at Lawrence Library: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sample a variety of wines and beers while enjoying light refreshments and listening to live music. Bring home a complimentary wine glass. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library and all proceeds will benefit the library. Tickets are $20 and are available now at the Lawrence Library and Ray's Package Store, Main Street, Pepperell. This event has sold out the last 2 years...buy your tickets today! Questions: call 978-433-0330.

SUNDAY, OCT. 14

Townsend Rod and Gun Club Fall Fishing Derby: Registration begins at 7 a.m., derby 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the club pond, off of Emery Road on Dann Colburn Way, just off Route 13 in Townsend. There will be directional signs along the way. Entry fee is $15 for adults and is FREE for children under 12. Anglers can reregister for $10 after the three-fish limit. There will be prizes and drawings for the kids. The kitchen will be open at 7 a.m. for breakfast and also at lunchtime. The derby is open to all area adults and children and promises to be a fun-filled day! A fishing license is not needed. Fishing bait will not be sold, so be sure to stock up before the derby. For information check the club website at www.townsend-rod-and-gun-club.org or call Jon at 978-597-2440.

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.

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.

TUESDAY, OCT. 16

"Carrying On" for suicide survivors: The next meeting of the support group "Carrying On" will be held from 7-9 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.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17

Appleseed: The monthly dinner meeting of the Appleseed Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Chapman Place Condo Meeting Room, Chapman Place, Leominster. Please contact Amy Ives at ives.amy@gmail.com for info.

THURSDAY, OCT. 18

Rearing the Right Kind of Individual in an Age of Individualism: The Mom to Mom program offered at Trinity Church in Bolton is designed to encourage and support mothers, grandmothers and caregivers with biblically based teaching on parenting, women's health and relationships. On Oct. 18, we welcome Linny Dey, cofounder and academic cean of The Imago School, speaking on, "Rearing the Right Kind of Individual in an Age of Individualism." This program is free so join us anytime in Fellowship Hall at Trinity Church, 14 Wattaquadock Hill Road (just off Route 117) in Bolton. We start with refreshments and coffee and follow the lecture with small group discussion. Nursery care is available for infants through Kindergarteners. A full schedule of speakers/topics is available at www.trinitybolton.org For more information, please call the church at 978-779-5517.

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.

Mystery dinner theater night: Ashby Elementary School Council will host a Dinner and Show, "Deadly Chateau Shenanigans," upstairs in the Ashby American Legion Hall at 5 p.m. Meet the actors and then, at 5:30, start dinner. Tickets: $25 per person. Menu: Pasta, meatballs, bread and Olive Garden salad. Call Susan at 978-386-7572.

Pot roast supper: The Townsend United Methodist Church will host a fall supper with continuous servings from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The menu features pot roast and potatoes, vegetables, salad, rolls and delicious desserts! You may eat-In or take-out. Ticket are adults, $10, seniors, $9, children, $6, and free for under 7. It's the perfect time to celebrate the beautiful fall season at the historic "Meetinghouse Church on the Hill" located at 265 Main Street in Townsend Center, at the junction of Routes 13 and 119. Please call the church at 978-597-2486 for information.

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