FRIDAY, NOV. 30

Christmas CD Release Party: The Firehouse Band will perform a free concert and Christmas CD release party at 7:30 p.m. 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.


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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.

New England Voices in Harmony holiday concert: 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Dunstable Congregation Church in the center of Dunstable on Route 113. FREE concert featuring the all-women's a cappella chorus. New England Voices in Harmony is composed of women of all ages from various parts of southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts. They are currently the International Bronze Medalist Chorus of Harmony, Inc. Following the concert we will gather on the adjacent town common for a carol sing and the official lighting of the Christmas tree. Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided.

SUNDAY, DEC. 2

Masons breakfast: The Ayer Masonic Association will hold its monthly fund raising breakfast at the Ayer Masonic Center, 11 Sculley Road, Ayer, from 7:30-10 a.m. Menu includes eggs cooked to order or pancakes with bacon or sausage, potatoes, toast, juice and coffee. In addition, specials for this month are Eggs Benedict and a Mexican Omelet (onions, green peppers, mushrooms, banana peppers, cheese and topped with salsa). Come early and bring your friends.

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.

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.

Cook Conservation Area Walk: The Nashua River Watershed Association will lead a guided trail walk at the Cook Conservation Area in Lancaster from 1-2 p.m. Al Futterman, NRWA's land programs director, will provide "naturalist observations" about what can be seen. The walk will last about one hour, cover roughly two miles and proceed in a light rain, but not a heavy storm. This walk is free, funded in part by a grant from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund. The trailhead is located a mile and a half from Route 117 on the west side of Lunenburg Road (Route 70). The area is just past the Solar Field on the right and has a Cook Conservation Area sign that is somewhat set back. There is a parking area at the trailhead. Do not park in the paved area across the highway at the Fort Devens gate as you may be ticketed. For the comfort of all, no dogs please. To register, please contact Al Futterman at 978-448-0299, or email AlF@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

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 cancelations.

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.

THURSDAY, DEC. 6

Take a Look Morning: 9 a.m. Applewild School (coeducational independent day school for grades K-8, serving families in central Mass. and southern N.H.) is hosting an Open House on the first Thursday of each month. Prospective parents are invited to meet at the Crocker Building, 120 Prospect St., Fitchburg, for an opportunity to tour the school and see teachers and students in action. No RSVP necessary. For more information please call the Admission Office, 978-342-6053, ext. 110 or visit www.applewild.org.

FRIDAY - SUNDAY, DEC. 7,8,9

"How to Eat Like a Child": Concord Youth Theater's Junior Company presents the entertaining musical Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 8 and 9, at 2:30 p.m. at the Thoreau Elementary School. Based on the book by Delia Ephron, this musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child is hilarious. CYT's Junior Company is a newly formed company, consisting of children in grades 2-4. The cast includes Ayer resident Christopher Govang and Shirley resident Megan Powell. This will be the company's first production. The Thoreau Elementary School is located at 29 Prairie St., West Concord. Tickets are $13 each and may be purchased either online with a credit card at www.concordyouththeatre.org or to pay with cash or check, call our ticket line at 978-371-1482 to reserve them. Tickets will also be available at the door with cash or check only.

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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.

Ballroom dancing at Groton Country Club

The Groton Country Club will have a final ballroom dance for this year on Sunday, December 9th, from 6-9 p.m.

Music will be provided by the "Comeback Kids." Get into the holiday season at a dance evening with friends.

Admission is $10 each at the door. For information, call 978 448-5822.

Concert Band to give holiday concert

Come hear the Nashoba Valley Concert Band perform its annual concert of Christmas and Holiday music on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. inside The Mall at Whitney Field in Leominster. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Nashoba Valley Concert Band is comprised of over 50 musicians from many local towns. The band rehearses weekly and performs at many concerts and events throughout the year.

For more information on the band, please visit our web site at www.nashobavalleyconcertband.org.

NVC Messiah Sing Benefit Dec. 16

The Nashoba Valley Chorale hosts a Messiah Sing, where the audience (plus chorale members) are the chorus, Sunday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Littleton, 330 King St., Littleton.

Get in the festive spirit by joining in to sing Handel's traditional piece under the direction of Anne Watson Born. Bring your own score or borrow one from the chorale.

Admission is $5. All proceeds will be donated to the Loaves & Fishes food pantry.

For more information, please visit nashobavalleychorale.org.