SUNDAY, DEC. 30

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran together with Trinity Episcopal, Shirley, and St. David's Episcopal, Pepperell, will join together in a service of Lessons and Carols at Groton School Chapel at 10 a.m. Please come and join in this celebration of the Christmas Season.

TUESDAY, JAN. 1

First Day Hike: 10:30 a.m. Meet at Pearl Hill State Park parking lot on New Fitchburg Road in Townsend. We'll hike or snowshoe through Pearl Hill State Park on the Friends Trail and then leave that trail to travel alongside Pearl Hill Brook. Total hiking distance will be about 3.5 miles. Bring water and a snack, and dress for the weather. Please register with Emily Norton at 978-597-3553 by 9 PM the day before the hike if you plan to participate.

New Year's Day Hike at the Oxbow Refuge: Starting point is the the parking lot at the new contact station/education center on Hospital Road in Devens just east of the Nashua River, north of Route 2. Walk off some of the extra calories collected during the holidays and hike or snowshoe the newly groomed and enlarged trail to the old and hidden boathouse (remnants) on the Nashua River, learn some of its history while meeting up with old friends and making new ones. If there is enough snow, it should be possible to use cross-country skis. For more information contact Rona at 978-779-2259. Event sponsored by the Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge and co-sponsored by the Lancaster Trust Fund, the Bolton Conservation Trust and the Lancaster Senior Center. The event is free and open to the public. Reminder: To protect the wildlife and the environments that sustain this, dogs are not allowed on national refuges.

SUNDAY, JAN. 6

Masons breakfast: The Ayer Masonic Association will hold its monthly fund raising breakfast at the Ayer Masonic Center, 11 Sculley Road, Ayer. Breakfast will be served from 7:30-10 a.m. Menu includes eggs cooked to order or pancakes with bacon or sausage, potatoes, toast, juice, and coffee. Specials for this month are Eggs Benedict and a spinach, mushroom and sundried tomato omlette...come early and bring your friends.

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICES

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 7 Faulkner St, Ayer, 978-772-2615, www.standrewsayer.org

Dec. 30 9 a.m. Christmas Lessons & Carols

Each week:

Sunday Services 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Nursery 9:45a.m. -- end of second service; Christian Education 9:45 a.m. in the Parish Hall

Children's & Teens Sunday Groups:

Three groups meet on Sundays beginning 9:45 a.m. Classes join the adults in worship.

FRIDAY, JAN. 11

JAZZ JAM: 7 p.m. Amateur jazz instrumentalists and vocalists are invited to an open jam session led by Indian Hill Music School faculty. Bring your music and play in a relaxed atmosphere; 36 King St. (Route 495/Exit 30), Littleton. Admission: $5 donation at the door. Learn more at 978-486-9524 or www.indianhillmusic.org.

SATURDAY, JAN. 12

The Science of Ice and Snow: The Nashua River Watershed Association will be kicking off the new year with science and adventure for children ages 7 to 11 with our first Science Saturday of 2013 from 1-2:30 p.m. Learn about how snow helps insulate the world of small animals. Do experiments with ice and build a snow fort! We'll be engaged in activities indoors and outdoors at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St. (Rt. 119), in Groton. Science Saturday costs $25. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Mary Marro at 978-448-0299 or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

SUNDAY, JAN. 13

MISTRAL: 3 p.m. Indian Hill Music presents musicians from the vibrant chamber music ensemble Mistral with artistic director Julie Skolnik on flute: at The Kalliroscope Gallery, 264 Main St., Groton. Their program will feature Schubert's "Trout" and Beethoven's "String Quintet." TICKETS: $32/adults, $15/students (includes post-concert wine and cheese reception with the artists). Learn more at 978-486-9524 ext. 116 or www.indianhillmusic.org.