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.

SATURDAY, OCT. 19

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

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. 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.

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 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.

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!

SUNDAY, OCT. 20

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 Home & Garden Tour: 588 Main St., Acton, 1-3 p.m., a fundraising event to benefit The Healing Garden in Harvard. Join us at 588 Main St., an exceptional late 18th century country estate. Enjoy the afternoon touring this historic home, viewing its beautiful collections and connecting with nature, walking the spectacular grounds inspired by noteworthy landscape architect, Alex Emerson. Donations to the Healing Garden graciously accepted. For information, contact 588MainActon@gmail.com or visit 588MainActon.com.

TUESDAY, OCT. 22

Retirement seminar: Workers' Credit Union is hosting a no-obligation retirement planning seminar titled: "Social Security--Will it be enough for a 'secure' retirement" 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.

THURSDAY, OCT. 24

Forum on child care issues and resources: Anita Moeller, Northeast Regional Director of the Massachusetts Dept. of Early Education and Care, will offer a forum open to all at Trinity Chapel, 188 Center Road, Shirley. 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 information on Trinity's forums, see our website: www.trinitychapelshirley.org.

FRIDAY, OCT. 25

Images of multiculturalism film and discussion: 7 p.m. "A Day Without A Mexican: There Goes the Neighborhood," will be shown in the vestry at First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster St., Littleton (across from the Fire Station). The film will be followed by a lively discussion and refreshments. This film series explores the lives and experiences of the "other" and expands our awareness of our neighbors as well as nearby and often marginalized individuals and groups. Storyline: California awakens one day to discover that one-third of its population, the Hispanic third, has vanished. A peculiar pink fog surrounds the state and communication outside its boundaries is completely cut off. Soon the economic, political, and social implications of this disaster threaten California's way of life, the remaining residents have to survive on their own.

SATURDAY, OCT. 26

Electronics recycle day: Christian Union Church, 37 West Main St., Groton, 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.

BhaktiSeva Shawls of Ashby: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. twice yearly retail sale of scarves and shawls from India.All profits go to support after school music programs at the Ma Chetan Jyoti Music School in Rishikesh, India. The sale will be held at the Parish Hall, Ashby Unitarian Universalist Church, Ashby Common. Cash and cheques only.No credit cards. In addition to the sale of imported items, there will be 3 intuitives available for readings on a walk-in basis, chair massage, chai and Bollywood movies. For information, contact info@BhaktiSevaShawls.com.

Oxbow meeting: Friends of Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge will hold its annual meeting from 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: The Hollis Woman's Club will be holding a Fall Yard Sale at the Lawrence Barn from 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.

SUNDAY, OCT. 27

Eben Alexander 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, he started to awaken. Memories of his life had been completely deleted, yet he awoke with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm. 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.

MONDAY, OCT. 28

FREE Halloween crafting: 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. Time: 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.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30

Free surgical weight loss information session: The Emerson-Mass General Weight Loss Program will host a free surgical weight loss information session at 6 p.m. at DoubleTree by Hilton, 99 Erdman Way in Leominster. 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 information, visit www.emersonhospital.org/surgicalweightloss.

NEW THIS WEEK

Nashoba Tech to hold open house

WESTFORD -- Nashoba Valley Technical High School will host its annual Open House on Sunday, Nov. 3, from noon to 3 p.m.

The event is open to all seventh- and eighth-graders in the school's district and their parents, as well as all community members. It will feature guided tours and an opportunity to meet with academic teachers and technical instructors.

Also, students and parents can tour Nashoba Tech's 18 technical programs, which include: Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing; Automotive Technology; Banking, Marketing & Retail; Carpentry/Cabinet Making; Cosmetology; Culinary Arts; Dental Assisting; Design & Visual Communications; Early Childhood Education; Electrical Technology; Electronics/Robotics; Engineering Technology; Health Assisting; Hotel & Restaurant Management; Machine Tool Technology; Plumbing & Heating; Programming & Web Development; and TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts.

Nashoba Tech is at 100 Littleton Road (Route 110), Westford.

For information about the open house, call 978-692-4711 or visit www.nashoba.tech.net.

NRWA November NOWW Walk

Enjoy a 60-minute guided walk on the Nashua River Rail Trail led by Nashua River Watershed Association Environmental Education Director Mary Marro on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 3-4 p.m.

Our focus is on exercise and experiencing our natural world, both parts of healthy living. There are a number of eco-systems along the trail, woods and wetlands, and we'll look for seasonal changes in the flora and for wildlife activity.

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; a Google map and directions are available at www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Pre-registration is encouraged for planning purposes. To pre-register, or for more information, please contact Mary at 978-448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. See you on the trail!

SAVE THE DATE

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.