FRIDAY, NOV. 9

3Rivers Arts gala: The 3Rivers Masquerade Ball -- an unforgettable night and celebration of new beginnings at Devens Common Center, Devens, 6-11 p.m. Dinner tickets for the event are nearly SOLD OUT. However, a number of party tickets are still available to enjoy the after-dinner events and dancing from 9-11 p.m. Party tickets are $30 at ww.3RiversArts.com. Guests are invited to wear their own mask or purchase a handmade mask at the door. The night's events include a cocktail reception with signature Tres Rios cocktails, a seated dinner with a Mayan flair, pop-up art gallery, silent auction, "end-of-the-world" photobooth and plenty of dancing and mingling.

Dinner & Absinthe Tasting with Jeremy Bell: Fruitlands, 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. Fruitlands members: $50, nonmembers: $75. RSVP by Nov. 2 to kcastorano@fruitlands.org.

SATURDAY, NOV. 10

Fort Devens Museum: A Veterans Day open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 94 Jackson Road, third floor, museum. Guest speakers on the hour. For more, go to www.fortdevensmuseum.org or call 978-772-1286. Free and open to the public. Handicapped-accessible.

Holiday art show and sale: "The Gift of Art," the Hollis Arts Society's 5th annual holiday show and sale, will be held Nov, 10-11 at the Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Road, Hollis, N.H., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Faculty concert: Indian Hill Music School presents American guitar duos (ragtime, blues, jazz and Hawaiian styles) with faculty member Jamie Dunphy (parlor guitar) and Olav Chris Henricksen (parlor and Hawaiian guitars) at 3 p.m. on 36 King St., Littleton. Free admission. Learn more at 978-486-9524 or www.indianhillmusic.org.

Kilimanjaro: 7 p.m. Renowned photographer and wildlife observer, Peter Christoph, will share his experiences climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via a slideshow enhanced with music and pithy comments. Peter will present his program at the Lancaster Community Center, 695 Main St., Lancaster. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge. Kindly register for this presentation by phoning Rona at 978-779-2259 or by emailing ada@friendsoftheoxbow.org.

SUNDAY, NOV. 11

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.

Shirley Veterans Day Ceremony: 11 a.m. Whiteley Park, Phoenix Street, Shirley. "A salute to all our veterans, past and present, " public welcome. Keynote speaker: LTC Egan, commanding officer, Fort Devens. The guest of honor will be a 100-year-old WWII Women's Army Corps. veteran.

Veterans Day: Townsend VFW Post 6538, its Ladies and Men's auxiliaries and American Legion Post 199 and its Ladies Auxiliary will honor all those Americans who currently serve in the military and all veterans of earlier generations, including those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to maintain our country's freedom at a Veterans Day ceremony at the VFW Park Monument in West Townsend beginning at 11 a.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will follow.

TUESDAY, NOV. 13

New England Amputee Association meeting: 6 p.m., Clinton Hospital, 201 Highland St., Clinton. Open and free forum including discussion and information on living with limb loss. For information, call 978-365-2580 or visit NewEnglandAmputeeAssociation.com.

Seminar on annuities: 6 p.m., Workers' Credit Union, 308 Main St., Groton. Open to the public, but seating is limited. To reserve a place, please call 978-353-7175 or register on Facebook at www.facebook.com/workerscreditunion/events.

THURSDAY, NOV. 15

Concert: 6:30-7:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. "L'Infinito," a new work for voice and piano by Fitchburg State University faculty member Michele Caniato based on a text by Giacomo Leopardi, will be discussed and performed together with other Italian songs about love, wonder and the universal plight of existence by soprano Maria Ferrante at the university's Kent Recital Hall in the Conlon Fine Arts Building, 367 North St. The program is free and open to the public.

FRIDAY, NOV. 16

Ayer Shirley Regional High School Powderpuff football games: 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Admission is $3.

SATURDAY, NOV. 17

Our Lady of Grace Parish Christmas Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., lower Hall of St. Joseph Church, 28 Tarbell St., Pepperell. Handmade crafts, baked goods, music, food, raffles and fun. Get a start on the Christmas season! For info contact Pat Buckjune: 978-433-7897, pbuckjune1@charter.net.

Holiday fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Andrew's Church, 7 Faulkner St., Ayer. Baked goods, raffle baskets, cookies-by-the-pound, crafts, candy, silent auction, gently used household and gift items and more. For info, visit www.standrewsayer,org or call 978-772-2615.

Holiday bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., First Parish of Bolton, 673 Main St., Bolton. For information, visit www.firstparishofbolton.org.

Greens fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Townsend Congregational Church, UCC, 11th Annual Holiday Craft & Greens Fair, 3 Brookline St., Townsend.

Christmas Fair: Congregational Church of Hollis will hold a Christmas Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3 Monument Square in Hollids, N.H. Something for everyone and all ages: custom arts and crafts for sale, a pet boutique, holiday greens sale, used books, our "angel loft" offering inexpensive gift items for the children to buy, homemade bake goods, raffle baskets and our popular soup and bread luncheon! Talented musicians and carolers will provide a lively holiday atmosphere. Open to the public, all are invited. For information, contact Julie Kopser at 325-5745 or Julie@kopser.net

Bear Affair: Families are invited to join Nashua River Watershed Association naturalists for our fun "Bear Affair" program from 1-2:30 p.m., at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St., Groton. We'll learn all about black bears with indoor activities and a walk in the woods to look for signs of bears. Fee: NRWA members, $6/person or $18/family; nonmembers $8/person or $24/family. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Mary Marro at 978-448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Applewild School open house: 1-3 p.m., 120 Prospect St., Fitchburg. Tour campus of this K-8 day school, meet teachers and students.

SATURDAY, NOV. 17 and SUNDAY, NOV. 18

The Pied Piper: March on over to the Richardson Mees Performing Arts Center at Lawrence Academy, 26 Powder House Road, Groton, for the 3Rivers Arts Junior Company Production of The Pied Piper, for three shows only, Saturday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children under 12 years. Tickets also available at the door. For information go to www.3RiversArts.com or call 978-448-3001.

SUNDAY, NOV. 18

Fair Trade Fair: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fellowship Building of the Unitarian Church, Elm St. (near the Common), Harvard. The fair is designed to help industrious women in developing countries support their families and educate their children. It is free to the public.

COMING UP...

SUNDAYS

Pepperell Christian Fellowship

Worship schedule: Early service 8:30-9:45 a.m. followed by adult and children's Sunday School from 10-10:45 a.m. The second service is from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Nursery care is available for children up to age 5 during the worship services and children's church is offered for children between the ages of 5 and 7 during the sermon. We are located at 17 Main St. in Pepperell, 978-433-6360.

Shirley, Trinity Chapel Episcopal

Church services with Eucharist begin at 11 a.m.; breakfast is offered from 10 to 10:45 a.m., Sunday School starts at 11 a.m. and child care is available.

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...

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.

Christmas CD release party

The Firehouse Band will perform a free concert and Christmas CD release party on Friday Nov. 30 at 7:30 pm at First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster St., Littleton. Each song tells a piece of the Christmas story. The band plays American contemporary folk with a touch of country. On Nov. 30, the band will play for 45 minutes, followed by a free reception and opportunity to buy a signed CD, "The Firehouse Band Christmas Music Collection."

For information, go to http://www.fculittle.org/firehousecoffeehouse.php or call 978-742-9957.