FRIDAY, AUG. 16

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

SATURDAY, AUG. 17

Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pepperell Town Field, Hollis Street.

Electronics Recycling Day: All towns welcome, Our Lady of Grace, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the parking lot at 28 Tarbell St., Pepperell. Accepting all electronics to include monitors, computers, computer games, stereo equipment, copy and fax machines, printers, TVs and items that have a plug. We are also accepting any appliances, such as washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators as well as lawnmowers and snowblowers with the gas removed, exercise equipment and grills. The recycling event will have low fees of $5 each computer, $10 any monitor or small TV less than 19 inches, $15 each TV between 19 and 26 inches and $20 each TV over 26 inches wide and wood console TVs and projection TVs $25 each. Any appliance $10 each. Any cellphones, car or truck batteries are free. All scrap metal free.

Peach Festival: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Carlson Orchards, 115 Oak Hill Road, Harvard. Rain or shine. Live music, hayrides, product sampling/selling, cookout by Harvard Lions Club. Information, call 978-456-3916 or go to carlsonorchards.com.

Pruning workshop: What's the best way to make the cut? Find out during the Gardeners Exchange's Summer Pruning Workshop from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hazen Memorial Library in Shirley, 3 Keady Way. You'll get hands-on practice and expert advice on summertime pruning of trees and shrubs with renowned horticulturist Denis Wagner on the library grounds. Participants will learn techniques to keep their trees healthy and beautiful, and are encouraged to bring their own pruning tools. Free, but nonmembers must register. Contact Gardeners Exchange co-Chair Dina Samfield, 978-448-9311.

Walk around Dean Swamp: 11:30 a.m., Friends of Willard Brook. Meet at the Fessenden Road Gate, wear good walking shoes and bring some water. Call Suzanna if you have questions, 978-448-5301.

SUNDAY, AUG. 18

Peach Festival: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Carlson Orchards, 115 Oak Hill Road, Harvard. Rain or shine. Live music, hayrides, product sampling/selling, cookout by Harvard Lions Club. Information, call 978-456-3916 or go to carlsonorchards.com.

MONDAY, AUG. 19

NVCOC Golf Tournament, Red Tail Golf Club, noon registration, 1 p.m. shotgun. If you are interested in being a part of this years successful event, please contact melissa@nvcoc.com or call 978-772-6976.

TUESDAY, AUG. 20

"Carrying On" for suicide survivors: The next meeting of the support group will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the Great Room of the Parish House of First Parish Unitarian Church on Powder House Row in Groton. Anyone who has survived the loss of a loved one to suicide is welcome. "Carrying On" was formed in the spring of 2010 as a peer led support group for people who had lost a loved one through suicide. We strive to provide a safe place to talk about those we have lost and to provide a supportive environment to help each other heal. Refreshments are served. Anyone with an interest in the subject matter is welcome. For information call Steve or Deb Boczenowski at 978-448-5013.

THURSDAY, AUG. 22

Beasts of the Southern Wild: Free Film Screening: Enjoy a great film, air-conditioning, lemonade and popcorn at the Nashua River Watershed Association's free public screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild at 7 p.m., at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St. (Rt. 119) in Groton. Nominated for four Academy Awards, Beasts of the Southern Wild follows the story of 6-year-old Hushpuppy living in a southern Louisiana bayou coping with a major flood event. A thought-provoking story about the interconnectedness of humans with each other, and with nature. A staff pick! Free and open to the public; film length approx. 1 1/2 hours, rated PG-13. Pre-registration is appreciated for planning purposes to Pam Gilfillan, 978-448-0299, or PamG@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

FRIDAY, AUG. 23

Free admission to Fruitlands Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, sponsored by The Highland Street Foundation as part of Free Fun Fridays. (No large groups, please.) For information, reach Fruitlands at 978-456-3924.

TUESDAY, AUG. 27

Evening hike at Johnny Appleseed State Park: Enjoy lovely wooded trails along the North Nashua River in this hidden gem of a park in Leominster. Join Al Futterman, NRWA's Land Programs director, and Dick O'Brien of the Montachusett Regional Trails Coalition from 6-7:30 p.m. for a pleasant evening hike. Learn about the eco-system there, as well as the park's history related to the Lake Leominster recreation site built in the late 1800's to rival Lake Whalom amusement park. We'll meet in the parking lot by the Babe Ruth Baseball fields at intersection of Lancaster Street and Old Willard Road; a Google map for directions is available at www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org. In the event of heavy rain or thunderstorms, the walk will be postponed to Wednesday, Aug. 28. This guided hike is free and open to the public; pre-registration is appreciated for planning purposes; please contact Al Futterman at 978-448-0299 or email AlF@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

REGIONAL BRIEFS

Take a Look Morning at Applewild

Thursday, Sept. 5, 9 a.m.

Applewild School (coeducational independent day school for grades K - 8 serving families in central MA and southern NH) 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, for an opportunity to tour the school and see teachers and students in action. No RSVP necessary. For information please call the Admission Office, 978-342-6053, ext. 110 or visit www.applewild.org.

Food drive for L&F

MassDevelopment is accepting donations for the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry now through early September. You can donate nonperishable items to Kathy O'Connor at 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens. For information, contact Kathy at 978-784-2933 or koconnor@massdevelopment.com.

Try Irish Dance

The Flying Irish Studio will be offering a chance to try Irish Dance for free at its open houses on Tuesday, Aug. 20 and 27 in Ashby, and on Monday, Sept. 9, in Shirley. Trial lessons are for dance lovers ages 7 and up and run from 5:30-6 p.m. From 6-7:30 p.m., prospective families can observe a class in progress and get information about the Flying Irish's recreational, performance and competition programs. Pre-registration for the trial classes is advised. To register, please call the studio at 978-386-2325. For information, log on to the studio's website at www.irishstepdancing.com.

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.

Alumni Night

GARDNER -- Mount Wachusett Community College alumni are invited to a special performance of "Shout! The Mod Musical" as part of the college's 50th anniversary celebration.

The Theatre at the Mount production of this Broadway musical provides a trip back to the 1960s, which is when MWCC first opened its doors. Created by Phillip George and David Lowenstein, the musical revue tracks five groovy gals as they come of age during those liberating days that made England swing.

Tickets to the Oct. 10 event are available to alumni through August at the 1960s price of $6. A reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the performance at 7 p.m. For tickets, contact the box office at 978-632-2403 or order online at http://mwcc.edu/tam.

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

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.