'Something Wild' host at NRWA annual meeting

The NRWA will hold its 2012 Annual Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 29, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway in Devens.

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Dave Anderson, host of New Hampshire Public Radio's Something Wild, and director of education for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

We'll be celebrating the accomplishments of the past year, electing officers and directors, and presenting our Conservation and Education Awards. This year's Land and Water Conservation Award will be presented to Michael J. Fleming, and Alden Chadwick will be honored with our Environmental Education Award.

In response to feedback in favor of a more affordable event, this year we have a new format for our evening. The evening will begin with social time, a chance to mingle with NRWA directors, NRWA staff, other members and friends. The evening will include dessert, business meeting, awards and the keynote address.

Ticket price is $20 per person. As always, the business meeting and speaking portions of the evening can be attended at no charge. Reservations are required and may be made online or by calling NRWA at 978-448-0299.

We hope you can join us!

Applewild Annual Rummage Sale

Applewild School Parents' Association will hold its annual Rummage Sale on Friday, Nov. 2, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Simonds Gym at the school, 120 Prospect St. in Fitchburg.

This sale is known throughout the area as one that has gently used items at affordable prices, including clothing, outerwear, shoes, household goods, books, toys and seasonal decor at affordable prices.

Those wishing to donate items (no electronics are being accepted) can do so on Thursday, Nov. 1, or Friday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information, call the school at 978-342-6053.

Singers, dancers needed

Singers and dancers are needed to be part of the Shirley Community Christmas Concert to benefit Loaves &. Fishes. The concert will be held on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Ayer Shirley Middle School.

Teen and adult singers are needed to rehearse chorus numbers and audition for solos on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. starting Nov. 4t Ability to read music is a help but not a requirement. The chorus will be under the direction of Meredith Marcinkewicz, with Susan Dean as accompanist.

Dancers of all ages are welcome to come on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. starting Nov. 13. Both experienced and inexperienced dancers are welcome and will be placed into groups according to their age and talent. The choreographer will be Daisy Guinta.

A participation fee of $20 per person will help cover expenses, but it is not mandatory.

Registering in advance is very helpful through ShirleyArts!, P.O. Box 49, Shirley, MA 01464 or mail@shirleyarts.org.

Coats for kids

It's time to search your closets for warm, gently used coats for men, women and especially children that you don't use. The Ayer-Shirley Lions Club will be conducting a coat drive from Oct. 15, through Jan. 12. North Middlesex Savings Bank in Ayer, Groton and Shirley, Hanscom Federal Credit Union -- Devens and Phoenix Park, Shirley, are drop off locations.

If you have any questions, contact debm@ayershirleylions.com or at 978-772-8502 (ext. 1156) or any member of the Ayer-Shirley Lions Club.

St. Andrew's Church, Ayer, will host Holiday Fair on Nov. 17

The annual Holiday Fair at St. Andrew's Church in Ayer will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church parish hall.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

The highlights of this year's fair include scrumptious baked goods, beautifully handcrafted holiday decorations and gift items, delicious cookies-by-the-pound, locally designed and crafted jewelry, fresh balsam wreaths handmade in Maine, hard to resist raffle baskets (including a gift card tree with more than $200 worth of gift cards), a silent auction of antiques and collectibles, and a wonderful selection of gift baskets. 

St. Andrew's youth will offer face-painting for young children.

Andrew's Attic will feature gently used household goods, toys, holiday decorations, jewelry and decorative accessories at bargain prices.

Come early for the best selection.

The St. Andrew's kitchen will once again be offering its famous beef stew and homemade apple pie along with fresh sandwiches and vegetarian chowder.

St. Andrew's Church is located at 7 Faulkner St., Ayer. The parish hall is handicapped-accessible.

For more information and directions, please check our website www.standrewsayer.org or call the church at 978-772-2615.