SEPT. 20, 21

Fall bulb and perennial sale: The Middlesex Conservation District 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 proceeds benefit our conservation programs protecting soils and waters in Middlesex County.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 20

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

Artists Reception of "A Sense of Place" Landscape Show at NOA Gallery: 7-9 p.m., Main Street, Groton. Please join us for our latest artist reception at NOA Gallery, "A Sense of Place." It is a landscape show featuring several of NOA Gallery's artists. The paintings of Linda Puiatti, Linda McCluskey, Betsyann Duval, Betsy Craumer, Dinora Felske-Justice, Joelle Feldman, Alexia Rosoff Wilber and Joni Parker-Roach are represented in oil, watercolor and pastels. Come view some beautiful art, meet some artists, have some refreshments and enjoy a fall art community gathering at NOA Gallery in gorgeous Groton Center. For information, please call 978-448-2690 or email joni@noagallery.com.

SEPT. 21, 22

Silver Oak Farm -- opens its gates for its annual Open Farm Days, from 10 a.m. 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.

Shirley Fire Ride: The 4th annual Shirley Fire Ride will offer "music, food and fun for all." The approximately 63-mile motorcycle ride starts at DPW garage at North Station on Route 2A, 158 Great Road. Registration is at 10 a.m., ride starts at 11. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 22. A police escort will accompany the ride that will end at American Legion Post No. 183, 4 Church St., Shirley. Ride (includes cookout): $25 for singles, $30 for doubles. Cookout at 2 p.m. only, $5 a plate. Please make checks payable to Shirley Hose Co. 1, 8 Leominster Road, Shirley MA 01464. For information, contact Brandon at 978-580-9275.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 21

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

Grotonfest: (rain date Sept. 22) from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Hollis Street, Groton. Food, entertainment, vendors and much, much more!

Scavenger hunt by Digital camera: 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.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 22

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.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24

Genealogical Society: 7 p.m., 22 Elm St., Gardner. Topic: "Census Reports: Where do they lead? For information, contact Mary at 603-899-6806 or cmgs_secretary@hotmail.com.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 27

Employee safety roundtable: 8-9:30 a.m., 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens. Chris Francis, Senior EHS Specialist at Bristol-Myers Squibb, will review strategies to define an effective Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) program; will discuss the requirements for LOTO and requirements of NFPA 70 E, the standard for electrical safety in the workplace, and how they affect employees working on electrical equipment. Additionally, Chris will touch on Confined Space Entry. Registration fee for non-EcoStar members is $15; coffee and pastry will be available. Call Dona Neely at 978-772-8831 ext. 3304 for information.

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

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 at the Fitchburg Senior Center, 14 Wallace Ave., Fitchburg. To learn more, register or to support your local team, contact lsheldon@ywcacentralmass.org or visit www.ywcacentralmass.org.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 28

Nashoba Valley Moms Fall sale: 8 a.m. to noon. 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. Contact us at saleinfo@nashobavalleymom.org.

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

NEW BRIEFS THIS WEEK

Saint Benedict Center to hold annual Fall Bazaar

Annual festive fall event Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., set in the apple country! Bring your family for some great fun, food and finds!

Giant Yardsale * Apple Pies from local apples * Bake sale * Antiques * Games * Various Food Booths * Raffles

282 Still River Road, Still River, MA. 01467, www.saintbenedict.com.

Red Hattitudes

A Red Hat Society local women's group is currently seeking new members.

If you are active and over 50 and would enjoy the fun and fellowship of experiencing our unique monthly events, please consider joining our group called the "Red Hattitudes."

Our members live in Littleton and many surrounding towns. You may be attending a high tea, a boat cruise on the Concord River, Greek dancing lessons, a walking tour or great theatre events, to name a few.

If interested, please call Rhonda at 978-597-6756.

NRWA October Outdoor Wellness Walk

The Nashua River Watershed Association is offering another opportunity to get some exercise while enjoying autumnal views along the Nashua River Rail Trail. We'll lead an October Outdoor Wellness Walk on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 3-4 p.m. on the Nashua River Rail Trail in Groton.

Enjoy the fall foliage, wildlife sightings and good company. This 60-minute walk will be led by Mary Marro, NRWA's environmental education director. The Rail Trail is flat and paved; the walk is free and open to all ages. For the comfort of all, no dogs are allowed.

We'll meet at the Station Avenue kiosk on the Trail in Groton; Google map and directions available at www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Pre-registration is encouraged for planning purposes. To pre-register, or for information, please contact Mary at 978-448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Science of Autumn Changes:

NRWA Science Saturday for 7 to 11 year olds

Why do leaves change color in autumn? How do birds know it's time to migrate? We'll investigate the answers to these and other questions related to our change of seasons using the scientific process and experimentation during Nashua River Watershed Association's "Science of Autumn Changes" program on Oct. 5, 12:30-2:30 p.m., at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St., Groton.

Science Saturday is open to children from all communities ages 7 to 11. Cost: $20 for NRWA members; $25 for nonmembers. For siblings who wish to attend, pay full price for the first child, half-price for the second.

Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, please contact Mary Marro, NRWA environmental education director, at 978-448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Fall Yard Sale

The Hollis Woman's Club will be holding a Fall Yard Sale at the Lawrence Barn on Saturday, Oct. 26, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are gratefully accepting donations to be sold. Spaces may be reserved for $20 per space or $25 for space and table. For information, donations, or space reservations, contact Jeanne Cleveland at 603-465-2097 or at jeanne3484@yahoo.com.

BRIEFS

Mom to Mom

The Mom To Mom program is being offered in Bolton through 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 kindergartners. A full schedule and brochures will be available at www.trinitybolton.org/momtomom.htm. There is no charge for this program.

SAVE THE DATE

Discover Ayer Oct. 5

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.

Oxbow meeting Oct. 26

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 ada@friendsoftheoxbownwr.org.