FRIDAY, SEPT. 13
Farmers Market: 3-7 p.m., Williams Barn, Chicopee Row, Groton, July to Oct. 4.
"Wreck-it Ralph": A screening of "Wreck-it Ralph" will be held at 6 p.m. at the Bob Eisengrein Community Center on Devens. A game night will take place at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 27. For more, email email@example.com.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 14
Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pepperell Town Field, Hollis Street.
NRWA leads Hawk Watch: 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 Sept. 15. Convene 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 head back to the cars around 1:30 p.m. 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. No dogs please. To register or for more information, contact Mark Archambault, at 978-448-0299, or email MarkA@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.
Science of Seeds: NRWA Science Saturday for 7- to 11-year-olds: Nashua River Watershed Association, 12:30-2:30 p.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 15
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.
Oxbox National Wildlife Refuge Monarch Butterfly environs observance: 2 p.m. in the Watt Fields off Still River Depot Road in Harvard. (off Route 110) Suggestion: Wear sturdy shoes or boots and long pants, and bring a butterfly net if you have one. Explore a field full of milkweed plants (the host plant). Observe all the cycles of the butterfly and see what other butterflies and insects live here in the field. Perhaps we will see a hawk looking for mice hiding in the grass.
MONDAY, SEPT. 16
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 in the evening 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18
Massport director at NVCOC speaker series: Registration 7:30 a.m., breakfast buffet at 7:45 a.m., program 8-9 a.m., at Hilton Garden Inn, 59 Andrews Parkway, Devens. Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce Presents Edward Freni, director of aviation of the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport). Freni will discuss the arrival of JetBlue to the Worcester Regional Airport and its plans to provide service to the region. Learn how Worcester Airport's revitalization is strengthening the economy and its exciting plans for future growth. Cost: $20 members in advance, $30 future members and at the door. Register: By phone, 978-722-6976; email, Melissa@nvcoc.com ; or visit www.nvcoc.com.
Open House: The Appleseed Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will host an Open House 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 email@example.com.
SEPT. 21, 22
Silver Oak Farm opens its gates for its annual Open Farm Days, from 10 am to 4 p.m., welcoming guests to join in a variety of activities including farm tours, meeting and learning about alpacas, hand spinning and weaving demonstrations, children's fiber crafts, making scarecrows, and refreshments. Free admission. Silver Oak Farm, currently home to over fifty alpacas, is located at 1258 West Road in Ashby. See SilverOakAlpacas.com for directions.
NEW LISTINGS THIS WEEK
Dance for Peace
Workers' Credit Union employees and friends on the Fireflies Team will be kicking up their heels at the YWCA Central Massachusetts fourth annual Dance for Peace, a dance-a-thon fundraiser to benefit North Central Massachusetts' domestic violence prevention programs. The event will be held on Sept. 27 at the Fitchburg Senior Center, 14 Wallace Ave. Fitchburg. To learn more, register or to support your local team, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ywcacentralmass.org.
Mom to Mom
The Mom To Mom program is being offered in Bolton, Sept. 19 to Nov. 21. Mom to Mom is designed to encourage and support all mothers, grandmothers, and caregivers with biblically-based teaching on parenting, women's health, and relationships. We meet in Fellowship Hall at Trinity Church in Bolton, 14 Wattaquadock Hill Rd. (just off Route 117) from 9:15-11 a.m. on Thursdays. The program begins with refreshments and coffee, followed by a guest speaker or video and small group discussion. Nursery care is available for infants through Kindergarteners. A full schedule and brochures will be available at www.trinitybolton.org/momtomom.htm. There is no charge for this program.
Scavenger hunt by Digital camera for the entire family
Saturday, Sept. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m., Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge in Harvard. Take Route 110 and then go down Still River Depot Road to the main parking lot.
This event gives families a chance to enjoy walking some of the trail on the refuge and observe animals and their signs, including birds (calls), and plants that call this area their home. See how many items on the list given to you, you and your family can find by being nature detectives and receive a prize at the end for your efforts. Perhaps some of your pictures could be shown on our website.
Please wear sturdy shoes and long pants for your hike. You might want to bring a snack and drinks for a break along the way.
To register ahead or have questions answered, please call Rona at 978-779-2259, or email Ada at ada@FriendsoftheOxbowNWR.org. Programs sponsored by the Friends of the Oxbow N.W.Refuge.
SAVE THE DATE
Ayer's Fall Town-Wide Yard Sale and Flea Market will be held Saturday, Oct. 5.
Whether you're a homeowner, non-profit or a full-time vendor, all are welcome to participate from anywhere in the area.
Set-up time for vendors is at 7:30 a.m., the event is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Depot Square off Main Street in downtown Ayer, with free table space and free admission.
Call David at 978-772-8206 or Alicia at 978-772-8221 to reserve your spot or for any questions.
Friends of the NRA
The Ninth Annual Central Mass. Friends of the NRA Banquet and Auction will be held Friday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m., at the Doubletree by Hilton, 99 Erdman Way, Leominster.
All tickets must be purchased by Sept. 16. Order online at www.centralmassfnra.org or by calling Dick Burnap, 978-582-6548.
Grotonfest is Sept. 21 (rain date Sept. 22) from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Hollis Street, Groton.
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 email@example.com. Hope to see you there!
Friends of Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge will hold its annual meeting Oct. 26, 1-4 p.m. at Fort Devens Military Museum, 94 Jackson Road, Suite 305, Devens. The guest speaker will be Suzanne Chereau, chief archeologist with the Public Archeology Labs in Rhode Island. For more, Rona Balco, 978 779-2259, or firstname.lastname@example.org.