SUNDAYS AT TRINITY CHAPEL

Services at Trinity Chapel, 188 Center Road, Shirley, are now at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. Trinity is an Episcopal church. All are welcome. Breakfast is served every Sunday at 8:30 a.m., free of charge.

FRIDAY, OCT. 11

'4 Paws for ability' golf tournament: The Hunter Specht 4 Paws for Ability golf tournament will be held at Townsend Ridge Country Club. Shotgun: 10 a.m. Cost: $125 per golfer (meal included). Don't play golf? Join us for the meal: $30 per person. Contact Sarah Specht at 978-430-5425 for information. Make checks payable to Pepperell Lions Club, P.O. Box 1353, Pepperell, Mass. 01463. All proceeds go to 4 Paws for Ability in honor of Hunter Specht.

Dan Kirouac at Townsend VFW: 8:30 p.m., Townsend VFW Post 6538, 491 Main St. (Route 119) West Townsend. Free. Dan has been part of the regional music scene for 30 years. When not busy with the tribute band BEATLES FOR SALE, his solo performances showcase versatile vocals accompanied by a six-string acoustic guitar. From the one-hit wonders to the lost classics, from the 50s to today, every show is a different experience, drawing from almost 500 contemporary and oldie songs. More information at www.dankirouac.com.

OCT. 11 AND 12

Harvest Weekend: Celebrate autumn at beautiful Fruitlands Museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can learn how to preserve the fall harvest with jams and jellies and the secrets of making the best apple pie from Eileen Kronauer. Watch the Franklin Pierce University Atlatl team, meet bunnies from the Bolton Bunny Club and live alpacas from Plain View Farm. They can make cornhusk dolls, pomanders from apples and see weaving demonstrations from the Nashoba Weaver's Guild and so much more. All free with admission! Visit www.fruitlands.org/harvestweekend for a complete schedule.

SATURDAY, OCT. 12

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

Saint Benedict Center to hold annual Fall Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., set in 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.

SUNDAY, OCT. 13

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.

THURSDAY, OCT. 17

Better Breathers Lecture Series: The Better Breathers Club at Emerson Hospital will hold its monthly meeting from noon to 1 p.m., in the hospital's Cheney B conference room located at 133 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner in Concord. Rob Steinberg, RRT, CPFP will explain pulmonary function testing. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The Better Breathers Club provides support and information to people with chronic lung disease and their family and friends. From September through May, meetings take place on the third Thursday of the month at Emerson Hospital. For information, call Claire Rindenello, RRT, at 978-287-3715.

How to Go to College... without going broke! College Planning Services will present a FREE dinner seminar on college financing at the Westford Regency Inn, 219 Littleton Road, Westford, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Please register at www.CollegePlanningServices.org or call John DeLorey of College Planning Services at 978-462-1666.

SATURDAY, OCT. 19

Learn about Freemasonry: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Caleb Butler Masonic Lodge, 11 Sculley Road, Ayer. Tour the lodge, hearing about our history and what it means to be a Mason, discover the meanings behind Masonry's many symbols, enjoy complimentary refreshments and lunch, ask us what it takes to become a Mason. calebbutlerlodge.com

Recycle Your Reusables: The annual gigantic recycling day, Recycle Your Reusables, takes place at the Ayer Shirley Middle School, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Recycle Your Reusables is FREE AND OPEN TO ALL with a donation of nonperishable foods or cash/checks. For information or to volunteer (students receive Community Service credit), contact Ayerrecycles@gmail.com or 978 496 5839.

Benefit Road Race for Nashoba Tech Athletics: The second annual Friends of Nashoba Valley Technical High School Road Race starts at the school, 100 Littleton Road (Route 110), Westford. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., a fun run starts at 11, and the 5K race starts at 11:30. First 100 entrants get a free T-shirt. The fees before Oct. 12 are $25 for adults, $15 for students under 19, and $10 for over 65. After Oct. 12, the fees are $35 for adults, $20 for students under 19, and $15 for over 65. To register before race day, go to www.coolrunning.com or www.nashobatech.net, or mail a check, payable to NVTHS, to Friends of Nashoba 5K, NVTHS, 100 Littleton Road, Westford, MA 01886. (Note your age, gender and T-shirt size.) It is an official timed race, with awards presented in several categories. Proceeds go to the Nashoba Tech sports, clubs, extracurricular activities and scholarships.

Harvest Fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine. Applewild School's annual fall celebration. Fun for the whole family. Gift basket raffles, children's games and inflatables, bake sale and lunch. Tours available; 120 Prospect St., Fitchburg, 978-342-6053.

NRWA leads nature walk for families at Gamlin Crystal Spring in Groton: 1-2:30 p.m. Families are invited to join Nashua River Watershed Association naturalists on an adventure exploring spectacular hemlock forest, glacial rock outcrops and erratics, porcupine territory and beaver ponds at this fascinating conservation property owned by the Groton Conservation Trust. Appropriate for all ages; backpack babies welcome. Please bring your own drinking water. The fee is: $6/person or 18/family for NRWA members; $8/person or $24/family for non-members. Pre-registration is required; exact meeting location and directions will be provided upon registration. To pre-register, please contact Stacey Chilcoat at 978-448-0299, or email StaceyC@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Billy Hamilton Scholarship Fund benefit: 8 p.m., Billiards Cafe, Main Street, Ayer, with Eastwood Peak performing. $5 donation at the door. Costumes, please, and raffles!

NEW BRIEFS THIS WEEK

Retirement seminar

Workers' Credit Union is hosting a no-obligation retirement planning seminar titled: "Social Security--Will it be enough for a 'secure' retirement" on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. at Townsend Ridge Country Club, 40 Scales Lane.

The workshop is open to the general public, but seating is limited. To reserve a place, please call 978-353-7175 or register on Facebook at www.facebook.com/workerscreditunion/events.

Children's Fund fundraiser

The Rob Compagna Guitar School, located in West Groton, is having a fundraiser to support the Groton Community Children's Fund on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 6-8 p.m. in the old Shirley Town Hall on 3 Parker Road in Shirley. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to this charity.

Friends of Nashoba Tech plan annual craft fair

WESTFORD -- The Friends of Nashoba Valley Technical High School will hold their annual Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the gymnasium.

There will be vendors, crafts and kids' activities. Vendor spots are available for $25. Crafters and vendors who wish to participate can contact Sharon McSweeney at 978-866-6791 or s.mcsweeney@verizon.net.

The Craft Fair benefits Nashoba Tech sports teams and extracurricular activities.

Trinity Chapel offers a forum on child care issues and resources, Oct. 24

Anita Moeller, Northeast Regional Director of the Massachusetts Dept. of Early Education and Care, will offer a forum open to all on Oct. 24, at Trinity Chapel, 188 Center Road, Shirley.

Several topics related to child care will be covered in the session, including:

* the different types of child care available to families,

* how parents can choose the best care for their child,

* subsidies available for eligible families to help pay for child care, and

* for those considering starting a child care program -- the basics of what to know before you start.

The session will begin at 7 p.m. with gathering and refreshments. Presentation and discussion will be from 7:30-9 p.m. There is no charge for the forum, which is open to all.

For more information on Trinity's forums, see our website: www.trinitychapelshirley.org.

FREE Halloween crafting event

Evergreen Garden Playschool, a Waldorf preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten, invites you and your young child/ren to join us for a free and wonderful morning of Halloween fun, with a pumpkin puppet story, a craft, a healthy snack, and lots of play! Babies and children to age 5 are welcome. Monday, October 28, 2013, 9:15-10:45 a.m., Parent-Child Room, 270 Barnum Road, Devens; near the corner of Barnum Road and Jackson Road (by the fire station), www.evergreengardenplayschool.org; 978-772-9595.

Free surgical weight loss information session Oct. 30

CONCORD -- Sometimes diet and exercise aren't enough. If you are considering surgical weight loss, the first step is to become educated about the different procedures, what to expect and how to live a long, healthy, energetic life.

The Emerson-Mass General Weight Loss Program will host a free surgical weight loss information session on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. at DoubleTree by Hilton, 99 Erdman Way in Leominster.

David Lautz, MD, medical director of the Emerson-Mass General Weight Loss Program, will discuss comprehensive surgical services including laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic banding and sleeve gastrectomy, a new surgical option in which the stomach is shaped into a narrow pouch.

Dr. Lautz and the other members of the bariatric surgical team have performed hundreds of laparoscopic weight loss surgeries with positive, long-term results.

"Each operation has its own personality, as well as risks and benefits. Our job is to describe all of that to patients, answer their questions and let them decide if bariatric surgery will fit into their life," said Dr. Lautz, one of 12 surgeons asked to join the Governing Committee of the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network, which accredits bariatric surgery centers of excellence nationwide. Emerson achieved Level 1A accreditation in 2010.

Attendees will receive information on who is a candidate for the surgery, the results prospective patients can expect and how support, counseling and education can help achieve long-term weight loss.

Registration is required by calling (978) 287-3532. For more information, visit www.emersonhospital.org/surgicalweightloss.

All Towns Welcome to electronics recycle day

Christian Union Church, 37 West Main St., Groton

Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bring these items to the parking lot:

Electronics such as computers, scanners, copiers, etc...$5 ea.

Appliances such as dishwashers, dryers, stoves, micowaves, dehumidifiers, refrig., air-conditioners, exercise equipment, lawn mowers, small engine items, snow blowers, lawn mowers, etc...$10 ea. TVs 10-25 inch, monitors $10

No Fee: cables, keyboards, cell phones, car batteries, etc.

Any questions: Please contact Dennis Wood 508-277-7513.

SAVE THE DATE

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.

Fall Yard Sale Oct. 26

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.

Eben Alexander event Oct. 27 to benefit the Healing Garden

In the predawn hours of Nov. 10, 2008, Alexander was driven into a coma by a rare and mysterious bacterial meningitis-encephalitis of unknown cause. He spent a week in coma on a ventilator, his prospects for survival dim. On the seventh day, to the surprise of everyone, he started to awaken. Memories of his life had been completely deleted inside of coma, yet he awoke with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm -- more real than this earthly one! Join us for a first-hand glimpse into this fascinating world as described by Dr. Alexander himself.

Tickets -- Attendee: $100; or Sponsor $250 per person (Pre-event reception with Dr. Alexander, 1 seat, plus 1 seat gifted to a Healing Garden client. Purchase tickets online at The Healing Garden or by mail: send check to 145 Bolton Road, Harvard, MA 01451.

This event benefits The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, an educational nonprofit providing therapeutic cancer support for all people affect by cancer.