Friday, July 26

Farmers Market: 3-7 p.m., Williams Barn, Chicopee Row, Groton, July to Oct. 4.

Free dinner, live music, good company: All are welcome to the next Groton Community Dinner at First Parish Church, located at the intersection of Route 40 and Route 119 in Groton, served continuously from 5:45-7 p.m. The menu includes house salad, marinated and grilled flank steak, sautéed vegetables with "wheat meat" beef, corn on the cob with sweet butter, coleslaw and vanilla ice cream with local blueberries. For information, visit www.grotoncommunitydinners.org or call 978-448-0116.

Summer Concert Series -- The Love Dogs: 7 p.m., gates open at 5:30 p.m., Fruitlands Museum. Admission is per carload: $10 members, $15 nonmembers. Join us on the hillside for the rescheduled Love Dogs concert. This popular band provides a mix of New Orleans jump blues and rock and roll. Bring your picnic or purchase food from the Harvard Lion's Club. There is a cash bar and your admission gets you access to the museum buildings until 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or chairs; this is an outdoor venue.

Saturday, July 27

Farm market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pepperell Town Field, Hollis Street.

Free summer concert: Beatles Tribute Concert, 7 p.m., Ashby Common (rain date Sunday, July 28, at 7 p.m.) Concert is free and open to public, sponsored by the Ashby Cultural Council and Mass, Arts Council.


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Sunday, July 28

Volunteers needed to scout and pull Water Chestnuts: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers are invited to help scout and pull water chestnuts from the Pepperell Pond section of the Nashua River. Advanced registration is required by calling the Nashua River Watershed Association at 978-448-0299 or email MarthaM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Tuesday, July 30

Band concert: 6:30 p.m., Bandstand, presented by the Pepperell Business Association and supported, in part, by a grant from the Pepperell Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. This week features Eastwood Peak's classic rock with lawn party sponsored by Pepperell Police Santa Fund.

Thursday, Aug. 1

Take a Look Morning: 9 a.m. Applewild School is hosting an Open House on the first Thursday of each month. Prospective parents are invited to meet at 9 a.m. at the Crocker Building, 120 Prospect St., Fitchburg.No RSVP necessary. For information, call the Admission Office, 978-342-6053, ext. 110 or visit www.applewild.org.

Band concert: Townsend Town Common. Lawn party starts at 6:30 p.m.; concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Summer Concert Series -- Black Marmot Concert: 7 p.m., gates open at 5:30 p.m., Fruitlands Museum, Harvard. Admission is per carload: $10 members, $15 nonmembers.

Aug. 2,3

St. Anthony's Bazaar: Kickoff with the traditional lobster and clam dinners beginning on Friday at 5 p.m. with corn on the cob plus plenty of other food available, including seafood chowder on Friday night and chili on Saturday night, hot dogs, hamburgers and sausages as well as delectable homemade desserts. On Saturday, the culinary feast continues with chicken cooked over the grill accompanied by coleslaw, New England baked beans and rolls. Fun continues with games and challenges for all ages and bargains on new and gently used items for sale. Stop by and choose your bargain. You will not be disappointed.

Saturday, Aug. 3

Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Depot Square, Main Street, Ayer.

Aug. 9-11

131st Annual Bolton Fair: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Lancaster Fairgrounds, Route 117, Lancaster. Cost: Adults $10; seniors $6; ages 7-12, $5; military personnel $5; ages 6 and under, free. Multi-day passes are available. Discounted tickets are available online at www.boltonfair.org through July 31. Parking is free.

REGIONAL BRIEFS

Vacation Bible School

Townsend United Methodist Church is hosting a Vacation Bible School on Monday, Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 9, from 9-11:30 a.m. The VBS is open to all children of the area ages 4 -12. The cost is $5 for the entire week; pre-registration is requested.

The church is located at 265 Main St., at the corner of Routes 13 and 119 in Townsend Center.

For information and to sign up, please call 978-597-2486.

Fall bulb and perennial sale

The Middlesex Conservation District, a not-for-profit environmental agency, will be holding its annual Fall Bulb and Perennial Sale on Friday, Sept. 20 (3-6 p.m.) and Saturday, Sept. 21, (8 a.m. to noon) at the 4H Fairgrounds, 51 South Chelmsford Road, Westford.

All items may be advance-ordered through Aug. 30 by visiting our website at http://www.middlesexconservation.org/ or calling 978-692-9395 for a sale catalog. All proceeds benefit our conservation programs protecting soils and waters in Middlesex County.

July and August at Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, 145 Bolton Road, Harvard.

Providing a community of support, therapeutic services and education to facilitate healing for those experiencing cancer. Please call now to register to prevent cancellation: 978-456-3532

Sexuality and Cancer

Monday, August 19, 3:30-5 p.m.

Cost: $12 for HG member, $15 for nonmember

QiGong

Mondays through Aug. 26, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

For clients ($10) and the community ($12).

August Retreat: "Care for Yourself, Care for One Another"

Saturday, Aug. 10, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Support Groups

Post-Treatment, second Thursday of the month, 1-2:30 p.m., Free

In-Treatment, first and third Monday of the month, 1-2:30 p.m., Free

Young Women, first Monday of the month, 9-10:30 a.m., Free

Journaling, first Wednesday of the month, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Free

Metastatic Cancer, second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 3-4:30 a.m., Free

Metastatic Breast Cancer, first and third Fridays of the month, 1:30-3 a.m., Free

Annual NVCOC Golf Tournament

Red Tail Golf Club, Monday, Aug. 19, noon registration, 1 p.m. shotgun.

All details have been set in place for another successful Golf Tournament. In 1998, the 1st Annual Tournament was a success with 24 foursomes. As the years went by, the tournament has grown. Now, in our 16th year, the committee has decided to cap the event at 32 foursomes. Last year we had 32 foursomes, 28 sponsors, and close to 50 items that were donated for our golfer gift bag or raffle. Overall, the tournament is a huge achievement for the Chamber. If you are interested in being a part of this years successful event, please contact melissa@nvcoc.com or call (978) 772-6976.

Grotonfest

Grotonfest applications for Business, Craft, Nonprofit and Kids booths are available and on the website www.grotonfest.com. The date of the Festival this year is Sept. 21 (rain date Sept. 22) from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information on booth space, call Dale Martin at 978-448-2226; for general information, call Jane Bouvier, 617-448-7240. Like us on Facebook.