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.

Concert at Indian Hill: Tired of relying on computers, phones, and television for your weekend entertainment? Try a live classical music concert by Orchestra of Indian Hill at 7:30 p.m. at Littleton HS Performing Arts Center, 56 King Street (Rte. 495/Exit 30), Littleton. Artistic director and conductor Bruce Hangen and the Orchestra open their 38th season with stunning works by Ravel, Rautavaara and Brahms. Concert tickets: $20-35-48 ($15/students); all seating is reserved. Call 978-486-9524 ext. 116 or visit www.indianhillmusic.org to order online. (Online service available until 4 p.m. on concert day.) There is a pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m. with Maestro Hangen, plus post-concert Q&A with coffee and desserts

SUNDAY, OCT. 21

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.

Tour of Fruitlands archeological sites: 1 p.m. FREE with admission. Join chief curator and archeologist, Dr. Michael Volmar, on a walking tour of the archaeological sites throughout the Fruitlands Museum property.

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.

L&F annual meeting: 5:30-7 p.m., Loaves & Fishes, Barnum Road, Devens. Light refreshments served. RSVP at 978-772-4627 or email tohelp@loavesfishespantry.org.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation: Free Lecture for NRWA Outdoor Wellness Walking Program: 6-7 p.m., Nashoba Valley Medical Center, 200 Groton Road in Ayer. This lecture is free and open to the public, funded in part by a grant from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund. Pre-registration is required; please contact Rosanna at the Nashoba Valley Medical Center by calling 978-784-9204, or email rosanna.casavecchia@steward.org.

Got skeletons?: 7 p.m., American Legion, 222 Elm St., Gardner. "Calling all scoundrels, scandals and other skeletons that may be hiding in the closet" will be the topic of a roundtable discussion at the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society meeting. The public is invited. There is a suggested donation of $2 for nonmembers. For information, call Mary Hasselmann at 603-899-6806 or go to cmgs_secretary@hotmail.com.

SATURDAY, OCT. 27

Night Hunter: 6 p.m. A burning owl fire sculpture by Myth Makers Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein. Celebrate the end of the season with Fruitlands Museum in a dusk ceremony of fire and community. Enjoy this family gathering -- the grand finale of a 40-foot flaming owl as the sun sets and the October Hunter's Full Moon rises over the late fall landscape. This free community gathering sponsored by Fruitlands Museum and Myth Makers Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein.

SUNDAY, OCT. 28

Friend Day at First Baptist Church of Groton: Join us for Friend Day. Come early and enjoy coffee and pastries located in our fellowship from 10-10:30 a.m. The morning worship service will begin at 10:45 a.m. in the main auditorium with a message on "Friendship" by Pastor Tom Faulk. First time visitors will receive a complimentary gift. Be a friend and make a friend on Friend Day at FBC.

NRWA Leads DRLT wildlife preserve walk: 1-2 p.m. The Nashua River Watershed Association will lead a guided trail walk at the Dunstable Rural Land Trust's Wildlife Preserve in Dunstable. Al Futterman, NRWA's land programs director, will lead the walk and provide "naturalist observations" about what can be seen at this property. The trail walk will last approximately one hour and cover roughly two miles. The walk will proceed in a light rain, but not a heavy storm. This walk is free and open to the public, funded in part by a grant from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund. The trailhead for this walk is on Main Street in Dunstable; a map is viewable on the NRWA's website under Programs & Events. There is a parking area at the trailhead. For the comfort of all, no dogs please. Pre-registration is encouraged for planning purposes, and for notification in case of inclement weather at 978-448-0299, or email AlF@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

The future's in the dirt: 2:30-5:30 p.m., Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, 703 Chicopee Row, Groton. Meet farmer Ben Hewitt, author of "The town that food saved," who will hare how a community used farming and food to revitalize a town around sustainable agriculture. Event organized by Freedom's Way and Groton Local.

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

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...

Take a Look Morning

Thursday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m., Applewild School (coeducational independent day school for grades K - 8 serving families in central Mass. 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 more information please call the Admission's Office, 978-342-6053, ext. 110 or visit www.applewild.org.

Dinner & Absinthe Tasting with Jeremy Bell

Fruitlands, Friday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.

Learn how "Absinthe made the Art Grow Fonder" with the inimitable Sir Jeremy Bell! A private dinner by Fireside Catering and Absinthe tasting will be accompanied by a hilarious night of history. Jeremy will tell you how Absinthe influenced art and poetry.

Fruitlands Members: $50, Nonmembers: $75.

RSVP by Nov. 2 to kcastorano@fruitlands.org.

Fair Trade Fair

The annual Fair Trade Fair will be held at the Fellowship Building of the Unitarian Church, Elm St. (near the Common), Harvard, on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair is designed to help industrious women in developing countries support their families and educate their children. It is free to the public.

Artisans from Central and South America, the Middle East, India and Bangladesh will be among those represented by vendors who are area certified in fair trade and/or have signed statements that fair wages were paid for all items being sold. The sales price to you is set by the vendors under Fair Trade laws which regulate the amount of profit allowed.

These beautiful items will be hard to resist as holiday gifts for others and as special gifts for yourself. Raffle items will be donated by the vendors and refreshments will be available for purchase. The Unitarian Women's Alliance and Social Action Committee are sponsors of the event.

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