FRIDAY, NOV. 16

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

Turkey Raffle: Shirley Hose Co. No. 1 will host its annual Turkey Raffle at 7 p.m. at the Leominster Road, Shirley, fire station. For information, call Bill at 978-870-8771.

SATURDAY, NOV. 17

Holly Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Federated Church of Ayer, 21 Washington St. The Fair features a home cooked lunch of turkey or ham & all the fixings. Santa will be visiting & taking pictures with kids of all ages 10am-12. There will be a 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction items of theme baskets & gift certificates, a handmade quilt raffle, pies & candy to buy, craft and toys for kids.

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

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.

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.

TUESDAY, NOV. 20

Service of Thanksgiving: 7 p.m. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran together with Trinity Episcopal and St. David's Episcopal would like to extend an invitation to join with them in a service of Thanksgiving at Groton School Chapel. All three congregations will be taking part. The service will have special music by a combined choir and a soloist. Please come and take a few moments before the crush of the holidays to reflect on all the many gifts we share.

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. Refreshments are served. Anyone with an interest in the subject matter is welcome. For information call Steve or Deb Boczenowski at 978-448-5013.

THURSDAY, NOV. 22

AFD Road Race: Ayer Fire Department's 8th Annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race. 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.

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.

COMING...

'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.

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.

Holiday Fair

The Congregational Church, Dunstable, will hold a Holiday Fair on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A delicious breakfast and lunch will be served. Shop the local artist and crafters as well as a Silent Auction Table. For space call 978-649-6750.

Greens Sale

The 7th annual Greens Sale sponsored by the Groton Woman's Club will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (snow date: Dec. 2) at historic Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Row, Groton. Holiday greens, homemade cookies, handmade ornaments and a raffle for a handmade quilt and a gift basket. For information, call Eileen at 978-448-2904 or Pat at 978-448-5250.

Concert series at The Healing Garden

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of jazz, classical and contemporary music!

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden announces the next "Concert at the Garden" on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. Mozart to Monk, a musical ensemble that will play from a variety of composers such as Mozart, Faure, Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk and others for your listening pleasure.

The Garden, in collaboration with Indian Hill, brings talented musicians and dancers to perform in this monthly series. The Healing Garden, a non-profit organization, is located at 145 Bolton Road in Harvard, and offers support, educational and therapeutic services to those affected by cancer. Admission is $10 for Garden members, $15 for nonmembers. All proceeds benefit the services of the Healing Garden. Visit www.healinggarden.net for event updates or cancellations.