FRIDAY, AUG. 30

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

Free dinner, live music, and 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. Dinner is served continuously from 5:45-7 p.m. The menu includes house salad, cold pasta salad with sautéed chicken or cold past salad with "wheat meat chicken" and fresh vegetables, garlic bread and peach cobbler. For information, visit www.grotoncommunitydinners.org or call 978-448-0116.

SATURDAY, AUG. 31

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

SUNDAY, SEPT. 1

Breakfast: 8-11 a.m., Ayer Sportsman's Club, 255 Snake Hill Road, Ayer. Public welcome. French toast, specials, pancakes, eggs, free juice and coffee. Proceeds benefit children's programs. Room rentals also available. Call 978-772-9748.

MONDAY, SEPT. 2

Firemen's Muster: 11 a.m., Hollingsworth and Vose Field, West Groton. Parade, food, games, muster events and more.

Giant Boy Scout flea market: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hollingsworth and Vose Field, West Groton.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 5

Take a Look Morning: 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.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 6

St. Mary's Catholic Church Lawn Party: 5 p.m., 31 Shirley St.; games, raffles, crafts, lobster and clam dinners.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 7

Fine Arts and Crafts Festival: Artists Joni Parker-Roach and Robert Bicknell from Groton and Diane Coyle from Pepperell are participating in Historic New England's 31st Fine Arts and Crafts Festival at the Codman Estate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The arts and crafts festival is a juried show featuring the fine work of more than 100 New England artisans. Items for sale include jewelry, pottery, furniture, toys, glass, photography, knitted sweaters and throws, metal ware, folk carvings, and more. There is also live entertainment, house tours, and food concessions. Admission is $5. Children under 12 are free. For information, call 617-227-3956. To reach the Codman Estate, take Route 2 to Route 126 South. Pass Walden Pond, and turn left onto Codman Road or take the MBTA commuter rail Fitchburg line from North Station.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 8

Breakfast: 8-11 a.m., Ayer Sportsman's Club, 255 Snake Hill Road, Ayer. Public welcome. French toast, specials, pancakes, eggs, free juice and coffee. Proceeds benefit children's programs. Room rentals also available. Call 978-772-9748.

Fall Back at SOV: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran, 80 Champney St., Groton, returns to the fall worship time of 10:15 a.m. Sunday School and Adult Discipleship will resume on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 9 a.m. Also on the 22nd, members of the St. David's Episcopal Church, Pepperell, will be welcomed in worship with the SOV congregation.

St. Mary's Catholic Church Lawn Party: 5 p.m., 31 Shirley St.; games, raffles, crafts, barbecue.

MONDAY, SEPT. 9

Try Irish Dance: The Flying Irish Studio will be offering a chance to try Irish Dance for free at its open house. 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, call the studio at 978-386-2325. For information, log on to the studio's website at www.irishstepdancing.com.

Sing! Join the Nashoba Valley Chorale! The Nashoba Valley Chorale begins rehearsals for its winter concert. We'll be working on Bach's Mass in B Minor. Come to any or all of the first three rehearsals, Monday nights Sept. 9, 16, and 28, to get to know us and see if we are the chorus you want to join. NVC is an SATB nonaudition chorus with members from Arlington to Gardner and from Natick to Nashua. Rehearsals are Mondays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 461 King St., Littleton. Visit nashobavalleychorale.org for more information.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 10

New England Amputee Association Group Meeting: 6-8 p.m., Clinton Hospital, 201 Highland St., Clinton. Dave Qualey, Mobility consultant from Ride-Away Handicap Equipment Corp., will speak on various conversions available for the disabled. Our meetings are free and open to all amputees, their families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. Come enjoy a few refreshments, learn some good info and best of all, meet caring and supportive people.

SAVE THE DATE

Nashoba Valley Medical Center upcoming programs

Diabetes Support Group, a free monthly group for Type 1 or Type 2 diabetics, which is held on the first Wednesday of each month from 6-7 p.m. at Nashoba Valley Medical Center. Join our next session on Wednesday, Sept. 4, as CSS Medical Consultant, Ralph Himber discusses how Medicare patients can continue using their present glucose meters and supplies and where to get them. Nashoba Valley Medical Center is located at 200 Groton Road in Ayer. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Pamela Massucco or Alice Vergados at 978-784-9452.

Insulin Pump Support Group, a free monthly group for help Type 1 or Type 2 diabetics who are currently insulin pumping or for those considering using an insulin pump, and would like to speak with current pump users. Come share the joys and frustrations you may be having with insulin pump therapy. Sessions are held the second Wednesday of each month from 6-7 p.m. at Nashoba Valley Medical Center. Join our next session on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Nashoba Valley Medical Center is located at 200 Groton Road in Ayer. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Pamela Massucco or Alice Vergados at 978-784-9452.

REGIONAL BRIEFS

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.

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.

NRWA leads Hawk Watch

Every Sept., 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.

Open House

The Appleseed Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will host an Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 6-7 p.m. at the Chapman Place Condo Meeting Hall, 1 Chapman Place, Leominster. There will be refreshments and door prizes. Come see what we have to offer in education, networking and leadership development for all administrative professionals. Please contact Amy Ives at iaapappleseed@msn.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.

Nashoba Valley Moms holding Fall sale

Join us at our NEW LOCATION for deep discounts on gently used children's items. Clothes, toys, books, baby gear, Halloween costumes, and more! We have moved to the Chelmsford Senior Center at 75 Groton Road in Chelmsford. Admission is $1 and all payments must be cash, please. Our Fall sale is Saturday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m. to noon. Please 'like' Best Everything Kids Sale on Facebook or contact us at saleinfo@nashobavalleymom.org. Hope to see you there!

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.

Grotonfest

Grotonfest is Sept. 21 (rain date Sept. 22) from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Hollis Street, Groton.