FRIDAY, AUG. 23

EHS Roundtable: What Devens businesses should know: 8-10 a.m., 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens, with Deputy Chief Tim Kelly. Also, environmental planner Neil Angus from the DEC will update on current and proposed development projects. Info? Call Dona Neely at 978-772-8831 ext. 3304 or email donaneely@ecostardevens.com.

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.

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

SATURDAY, AUG. 24

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

MONDAY, AUG. 26

NVC Choral Skills Workshop: Bach's Mass in B Minor: Anne Watson Born, music director of the Nashoba Valley Chorale, will present a choral skills workshop from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 461 King St., Littleton. This fun and engaging workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more about choral singing. Topics covered include vocal technique and warm-ups, scanning a piece of music, marking music (articulation, breaths and so on), singing fugues, practicing and rehearsal do's and don'ts. The examples used in this workshop will be from Bach's Mass in B Minor, which the chorale will perform at its Feb. 9 concert. A $5 donation is requested to cover the cost of handouts. To register, please email Anne Watson Born at awborn@comcast.net. To learn more about the chorale, visit nashobavalleychorale.org.

TUESDAY, AUG. 27

Evening hike at Johnny Appleseed State Park: 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; pre-registration is appreciated; contact Al Futterman at 978-448-0299 or email AlF@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

"Revolutionary War Myths," speaker, Tim Abbott: 6:30 p.m., Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society, Leominster Public Library, West Street, Leominster. For information, contact CMGS Secretary Mary Hasselmann at 603-899-6806 or at cmgs_secretary@hotmail.com.

THURSDAY, AUG. 29

Simply Shaker Storytime: Handwork & Sewing: 11 a.m., FREE with Museum admission. Reconnect with the traditions of the past during this hour-long story and craft program. Children will make a simple sewing card and learn a basic sewing stitch. Materials provided. Limited space. RSVP requested to groups@fruitlands.org or 978-456-3924 ext. 239.

REGIONAL BRIEFS

NRWA leads Hawk Watch and Hike

Every September, thousands of hawks from New England and Canada ride the thermals of the Wapack Range as part of their southward migration. On a good day in mid-September, a keen-eyed observer may see up to 3,000 hawks from the various peaks of the range, such as South Pack Monadnock in New Hampshire and Mount Wachusett in Massachusetts.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, the Nashua River Watershed Association will lead a free "Hawk Watch and Hike" up Mt. Watatic in Ashburnham,. In the event of a steady rain Saturday, the event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15.

After convening at the trail-head off Route 119 at 9 a.m., we'll hike up Mt. Watatic, a 30- to 40-minute hike, moderately difficult with a few steep sections. We'll spend about 3 hours at the summit, watching for hawks and observing whatever else nature presents. Many of the broad-winged Hawks will be in kettle formations, which can be spectacular to behold. Other species such as Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks may also be seen. We'll head back to the cars around 1:30 p.m. If the birding is exceptionally good, people can choose to stay longer.

Bring along binoculars (a must), spotting scopes, bird book, food and water, hat, hiking seat and a windbreaker. The hike is free and open to the public; limited to the first 20 people who register. Children should be old enough to hike on their own (12 years and up) and be patient enough to spend several hours at the summit staring into the sky. For the comfort of all, no dogs please.

To register or for more information, please contact Mark Archambault, NRWA Smart Growth Circuit Rider, at 978-448-0299, or email MarkA@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. Because the trip is limited to 20 people, anyone registering after that number is reached will be placed on a waiting list. Directions to the meet-up location will be given upon registration.

Science of Seeds: NRWA Science Saturday for 7- to 11-year-olds

Calling young scientists from all communities for the beginning of the Nashua River Watershed Association's fall season of Science Saturday! On Saturday, Sept. 14, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., we'll be exploring the "Science of Seeds." Investigate seeds in the forest and field, learn about how seeds travel, and experiment with their physical properties. Led by NRWA Environmental Education Director, Mary Marro, Science Saturday is open to children ages 7 to 11. The program is based at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St. (Route 119) in Groton. Cost: $20 for NRWA members; $25 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, please contact Mary Marro, NRWA Environmental Education Director, at (978) 448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. The NRWA is a nonprofit environmental organization that depends on memberships for support.

TCNE holds auditions

The Treble Chorus of New England announces fall auditions for its three choirs; Training, age 6-9, Concert, age 9-13 and Schola, age 13-18. Auditions will be held on Monday, Sept. 9 and 16, evenings at the West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover. Additional dates may be available. Please call Anna Choi at 978-470-8263 or email at tcnemanager@treblechorusne.org to schedule an audition. For information about the choir and our upcoming concert season, go to www.treblechorusne.org.

Take a Look Morning

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.

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. 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

QiGong

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

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

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.