Seminar on annuities

Workers' Credit Union is hosting a no-obligation seminar titled: "Straight Talk About Annuities" on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. at the credit union's Groton branch, 308 Main St.

In a hands-on workshop, participants will find out what role annuities play in a retirement plan, expected income stream today and in the future, tax benefits and implications.

The workshop is open to the general public, but seating is limited. To reserve a place, please call 978-353-7175 or register on Facebook at www.facebook.com/workerscreditunion/events.

Open House at Old Towne Village Apartments

Join the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Nov. 9, at noon as we celebrate recent renovations at the Old Towne Village Apartments at 10 Old Towne Road in Ayer. An Open House will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend the celebration which will include lunch, a tour of the recently renovated community center and free giveaways.

Old Towne Village Apartments offers one, two and three bedroom units. Enjoy the serene and rural New England setting from your own private patio or balcony, get in shape at our state-of-the-art fitness center, free for all residents, or relax with friends in our activities and billiards room.

If you are interested in joining, please RSVP to Melissa@nvcoc.com. All are welcome!

Winter Readiness

Are you ready for the winter winds, piles of snow and falling tree limbs? Snow blowers, chain saws and small gas powered engines -- all are a part of winter in New England! Take this course at Nashoba Tech and learn how these simple engines works, how to keep yours in good working condition and the tricks to keeping them healthy for another cold winter. Preregistration is mandatory.

Call Continuing Education at NVTHS, 100 Littleton Rd., Westford, 978-692-4711 est. 1001 or email communityed@nashoba.tec.ma.us or register on line at www.nashobatech.net. The class is held on Wednesdays, Nov. 7 and Nov. 14, from 6-9 p.m. Residents who are over 65 are honored with a 10 percent discount.

Open house and tour

Hollis Preschool will host an open house and tour on Monday, Nov. 19, and again on Monday, Dec. 10, at 9:30 a.m. at 5 Hollis Village Marketplace, Hollis, N.H.

Call 603-465-3089 or email registrar@hollispreschool.com to register.

Holiday bazaar

The First Parish of Bolton, 673 Main St., Route 117, in Bolton, will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A gallery of beautiful hand-made items from local artisans will be on sale as well as smaller handcrafted gifts and ornaments. Our wonderful bake shop will be filled with pies, breads and other goodies. The candy shop offers traditional fudge and peanut brittle as well as other specialty confections made by skilled hands.

Traditional bazaar offerings are the kitchen nook selling homemade jams, jellies, aprons and potholders as well as baking mixes and specialty knives; Nana's Attic where you can find gently used items for bargain prices -- books, tapes, decorative items, kitchen cast-offs and knick-knacks. The Toy Box will appeal to your children. Costume jewelry will be sold by the youth group members.

Enjoy a hot dog, sandwich or a piping hot bowl of homemade chili or corn chowder, bakes potatoes or fresh apple crisp in our bakery café.

For information, visit www.firstparishofbolton.org.

'Something Wild' 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.

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!

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 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.