SATURDAY, NOV. 24

Christmas Extravaganza Craft Fair: St. Anthony of Padua Church in Shirley will hold its annual Christmas Extravaganza Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parish hall. The selection of handmade crafts is extensive and includes woodcrafts, quilted items, country crafts, many Christmas items, glassware, jewelry, cookie walk and much more. In addition to the crafts, a small portion of the hall is dedicated to new children's toys, books, games, puzzles and gently used Christmas decorations and gifts. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

SUNDAY, NOV. 25

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.

TUESDAY, NOV. 27

Beyond Pension Files! Discover Your Civil War Ancestors in Federal Publications and Documents: Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society meeting, 7 p.m., American Legion, 22 Elm St., Gardner. Public invited to attend; suggested donation of $2 for nonmembers. For information, contact CMGS secretary Mary Hasselmann at 603-899-6806 or at cmgs_secretary@hotmail.com.

THURSDAY, NOV. 29

'Something Wild' at NRWA annual meeting: 7 p.m., Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway in Devens. 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. 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 may be made online or by calling NRWA at 978-448-0299.

FRIDAY, NOV. 30

Christmas CD Release Party: The Firehouse Band will perform a free concert and Christmas CD release party at 7:30 pm at First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster St., Littleton. Each song tells a piece of the Christmas story. The band will play for 45 minutes, followed by a free reception. For information, go to http://www.fculittle.org/firehousecoffeehouse.php or call 978-742-9957.

SATURDAY, DEC. 1

Holiday Fair: The Congregational Church, Dunstable, will hold a Holiday Fair 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.

Flea market and craft fair: Christmas Flea Market & Craft Fair to benefit the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the United Parish Hall, 39 Main St., Lunenburg. Lots of Christmas gift items, flea market items, decorations, handmade cat crafts, costume jewelry and homemade baked goods. All proceeds support the rescue and care of homeless cats and kittens.

Greens Sale: The 7th annual Greens Sale sponsored by the Groton Woman's Club will be held 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.

NRWA Science Saturday -- Adventures for Young Scientists, ages 7-11: The Nashua River Watershed Association invites young scientists to join us at our next "Science Saturday" from 1-2:30 p.m. at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St., Groton. The fee for Science Saturday is $25. pre-registration is required; contact Mary Marro at 978-448-0299 or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

SUNDAY, DEC. 2

Crafting fair: Evergreen Garden Playschool and Oxbow Schoolhouse will hold their annual holiday crafting fair from noon to 4 p.m. Activities include crafting gifts, refreshments, local musicians, and a puppet show. For information, call 978-772-9595.

Concert series at The Healing Garden: The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden announces the next "Concert at the Garden" at 3 p.m. The Garden, in collaboration with Indian Hill, brings talented musicians and dancers to perform in this monthly series. The Healing Garden is located at 145 Bolton Road in Harvard. 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.

Create a Gingerbread House: First Baptist Church of Littleton will hold its Gingerbread-decorating contest during the open house and town tree lighting and arrival of Santa Claus. The open house is held between 4-6 p.m., and the gingerbread houses will be judged during the tree lighting. Please see www.fbclittleton.org for information. The First Baptist Church is located at 461 King St., on the common in Littleton.

COMING...

Tree lighting

Mark your calendars for the Devens Holiday Tree Lighting on Dec. 7 at 4:30 p.m. at the Devens Community Center. It will feature refreshments and a special musical performance by the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School Choir.