Worship services

Shepherd of the Valley Mid-week Advent Services

SOV will have a special three part Advent series on Wednesday nights in December. Please consider joining us at 7 p.m. for this dedicated time of prayer and preparation as we contemplate the Advent of our Lord.

Our pastor, the Rev. Giuseppe Mattei, will offer a brief reflection on the theme of each week in addition to prayers and Advent hymns.

Shepherd of the Valley services are held at the Grange, 80 Champney St. in Groton.

FRIDAY, DEC. 6

EHS Roundtable: 8-9:30 a.m., 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens. Emergency response -- be prepared, with Deputy Devens Fire Chief Tim Kelly. Special training that will help attendees strengthen critical emergency response capabilities in their facilities. Registration fee for nonEcoStar members is $15. Call Dona Neely for info at 978-772-8831 ext. 3304.

Devens Holiday Tree Lighting: 4:30 p.m., Bob Eisengrein Community Center, 100 Sherman Avenue, Devens. Join the community to celebrate the season. Light refreshments provided by the Shriver Job Corps along with a special musical performance by the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School Choir. RSVP to Kim Walsh at 978-772-8875 or kwalsh@massdevelopment.com.

SATURDAY, DEC. 7

Groton Woman's Club's Greens sale: Members of the Groton Woman's Club have assembled hundreds of wreaths for the annual Greens Sale to be held on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Row. This year's sale will feature 402 wreaths, 70 swags and dozens of kissing balls and decorative items, such as "ever-lasting Victorian sleighs" and tablecloths,

Community Church of Pepperell Christmas Fair: The Community Church of Pepperell will hold its annual Christmas Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shop at the Artisan's Corner, visit the Church Mouse Boutique or relax at the Kris Kringle Cafe. The fair will feature a gift basket raffle and silent auction. You can even have pictures taken with Santa from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refuel at lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., browse the used books section with its books, DVDs, CDs and VHS tapes or join us in the Children's area for cookie-decorating and other activities. You can even hunt for treasures in the preowned jewelry section. Community Church is located at 3 Townsend St.

Bake & Craft Sale to benefit the Shirley seniors: There will be a bake and craft sale on Sat., Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shirley Senior Center. They will be selling baked goods, bird houses, quilted bags, pens and Christmas ornaments. Stop by and do your Christmas shopping. Also, if you are a vendor, we still have tables available to rent for $10. Call 978-425-9566 if interested. Make it a Merry Christmas for all.

Dunstable Holiday Craft Fair: A Dunstable community holiday fair will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dunstable Congregational Church. More than 20 craft vendors plus fish chowder and sandwiches for lunch, a bake table, silent auction and lots more at the fair. For information contact Sue at sjt0213@verizon.net.

Trinity Chapel's Christmas Fair: Trinity Chapel's annual Christmas Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parish hall. Trinity Chapel is located at 188 Center Road in Shirley. Homemade baked goods and candy are featured. An Attic Treasures Table offers unique items at bargain prices. A Christmas Gifts Table offers a variety of Christmas gifts, crafts and decorations as well as wrapping paper and holiday essentials. A Silent Auction Table abounds with gift certificates to local restaurants and shops and entertainment.

Science in the Kitchen: Science Saturday for 7- to 11-year-olds: 12:30-2:30 p.m., NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St. (Route 119) in Groton. Come try some traditional and some not-so-traditional kitchen chemistry. The "head chef" for this adventure will be Mary Marro, NRWA environmental education director. 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 at 978-448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

December Outdoor Wellness Walk: 3-4 p.m., Nashua River Rail Trail in Groton. 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 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. Pre-registration is encouraged for planning purposes. To pre-register, or for more information, please contact Mary Marro at 978-448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. FREE.

Littleton Community Christmas Concert: For the eleventh year the choirs of Littleton's churches raise their voices to celebrate the Christmas season with music at 7 p.m. All are welcome to the Littleton Community Christmas Concert. Each choir presents a selection of pieces, after which the choirs unite for a series of combined numbers; culminating with Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus." The concert takes place in the chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 616 Great Road (Route 119) in Littleton. Admission to the concert is free. We will be gratefully accepting donations of nonperishable food items for the Littleton Council of Churches Holiday Food Drive. Delicious refreshments and delightful conversation will be in abundance after the concert!

SUNDAY, DEC. 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.

Townsend's Reed Homestead Open House: Townsend Historical Society's Holiday Open House at the Reed Homestead, 72 Main St. (Route 119) in Townsend will be held from 1-4 p.m. Tours of the c. 1809 house will tell about the Reed family and why the house is still unspoiled by modern renovations. Visitors will see the hand-painted "wood-grained" woodwork, a sink pump, the working hearth and bee hive oven, the vast clothing collection, and the remarkable Rufus Porter murals. This event is free.

NVC Messiah Sing: The Nashoba Valley Chorale will host a Messiah Sing at 2 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Littleton, 330 King St., Littleton. Join us in singing Handel's traditional piece under the direction of Anne Watson Born. Bring your own score or borrow one of ours. Admission is $10; all profits will go to Loaves and Fishes. We also will be collecting nonperishable food for the food pantry at the sing. For information, visit nashobavalleychorale.org.

Holiday Crafting Fair: Evergreen Garden Playschool and the Oxbow Schoolhouse will hold its annual Holiday Crafting Fair from noon to 4 p.m. at 270 Barnum Road. The event will feature a puppet show, live music and refreshments. Admission is $5 per adult and $12 for children, the cost of which includes creating seven different crafts. Visit www.evergreengardenplayschool.org or call 978-772-9595 for information.

THURSDAY, DEC. 12

WBN holiday meeting: The Women's Business Network (WBN) will hold its annual holiday party at 7:15 p.m. at a member's home in Harvard. Come get to know WBN members informally, share information and enjoy the evening. Women interested in learning more about the group are invited to attend. Please bring finger food: a snack, appetizer or dessert along with business cards & brochures. RSVP to Liz Hawkes at emh38@yahoo.com. Directions will be sent to members and those who RSVP.

FRIDAY, DEC. 13

Sacred Circle Dance: First Church Unitarian in Littleton. Join us for dances to bring peace, healing and wholeness to our local and global communities, and we will also have some fun. This is a community dance experience that enhances mind-spirit-body awareness. No experience is needed. No partners are needed; dance with the circle. Join us for Community Circle (easier dances) from 7-9 p.m., with more challenging dances for experienced dancers at 6 p.m. Please bring your water bottle and a willing spirit. For information email Circle@fculittle.org. First Church Unitarian is located at 19 Foster St. in Littleton. Please visit our website at www.fculittle.org.

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

Outdoor Living Nativity: Townsend Congregational Church. Please join us at 4 p.m. on the lawn behind the church for an outdoor Christmas pageant with live animals, put on by TCC Sunday School! It will be chilly, so bundle up and after the show come inside our hall to warm up with hot drinks, soup, desserts and good cheer. The Church is at 3 Brookline St., Townsend.

Today in Ayer: noon to 6 p.m.

* Hayrides with Santa, noon to 3 p.m.

* Christmas Concert sing-along, 2 p.m.

* Downtown Holiday Stroll, 6 p.m.

Sponsored by the Ayer Business Alliance.

SUNDAY, DEC. 15

Christmas Bird Count in HARVARD, AYER, AND SHIRLEY: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Starting Point: The refuge's main parking lot at the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard. If you are an experienced birder, join Friends of the Oxbow NWR for a day of birding as part of the 114th National Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The CBC is citizen science at its best throughout North, Central and South America. Every year groups of observers search a given area trying to find as many species and number of birds as possible. Dress for cold adverse weather and bring binoculars, lunch/drink. For information and to RSVP contact Rona at 978-779-2259 or Don MacFarlane at 978-897-7567.

Tuba Christmas: 1 p.m., Ayer Town Hall. An entire band of tuba players. If you have never been to this, you are in for a real treat, sponsored by the Ayer Business Alliance.

The Nashua Flute Choir: Please come help us celebrate our 30th anniversary 2013-2014 Concert Season at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 7 Faulkner St., Ayer, at 7 p.m. Donation: Adults, $15; Senior/Students, $10; Children, $5; Families, $25. Our group provides wonderful mental therapy, musical challenges and most of all, lots of fun for us all.

Coming up...

Saturday, Dec. 21, 1-4 p.m.

Yuletide Celebration at Ayer Town Hall, Call 978-772-2545 for more information.

Sponsored by Ayer Library in partnership with Arts Nashoba.