FRIDAY, DEC. 7

Tree lighting: Mark your calendars for the Devens Holiday Tree Lighting 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.

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.

SUNDAY, DEC. 9

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.

Ballroom dancing at Groton Country Club: The Groton Country Club will have a final ballroom dance for this year 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.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12

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

THURSDAY, DEC. 13

New England Amputee Association: 6-8 p.m., Lutheran Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center, 26 Harvard St., Worcester. Guest Speaker Jessica Santos, manager of the Personal Care Management (PCM) Program, at The Center for Living & Working, Inc. This meeting is free and open to amputees, their families and healthcare professionals. For information, go to www.newenglandamputeeassociation.com or call 978-365-2580.

WBN holiday meeting: The Women's Business Network will hold its annual holiday party at 7:15 p.m. at a member's home in Harvard. Come get to know WBN members informally, share information and enjoy the evening. Women interested in learning more about the group are invited to attend. Please bring finger food: a snack, appetizer or dessert along with business cards and brochures. RSVP to Liz Hawkes at emh38@yahoo.com. Directions will be sent to members and those who RSVP.

SUNDAY, DEC. 16

Christmas Bird Count: 8 a.m. Starting point: The Oxbow Rational Wildlife Refuge's main parking lot at the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard. Join us for a day of birding as part of the 113th National Audubon Bird Count. The CBC is citizen science at its best throughout North, Central and South America. Every year, groups of observers search a given area trying to find as many species and numbers of birds as possible. Dress for cold, adverse weather and bring binoculars, lunch and a drink. For more information and to register contact Rona at 978-779-2259 or Don at 978-897-2259. Program sponsored by the Friends of the Oxbow N.W.R. (FriendsoftheOxbowNWR.org)

NVC Messiah sing benefit: The Nashoba Valley Chorale hosts a Messiah Sing, where the audience (plus chorale members) are the chorus, 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.