Briefs

THURSDAYS...

Summer concerts at Fruitlands

Concord Band, Thursdays through Aug. 7, at 7:15 p.m. Admission is per car: Members $10; nonmembers $15. Bring blanket or chairs. The Harvard Lions Club will be grilling, alcohol is permitted and well-behaved pooches are welcome. Prospect Hill Road in Harvard.

Mosquito control, Devens

Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP) will be in Devens on July 14, 21 and 28 to investigate resident complaints regarding the mosquito population. For the spray schedule for July, which is subject to change due to inclement weather and/or high mosquito populations, go to http://www.cmmcp.org/current.htm. CMMCP posts an updated spray schedule to its phone system after 3:30 p.m. every day. To have your property excluded from spraying, notify the CMMCP at 508-393-3055 or no_spray@cmmcp.org.

World Radiosport Team Championship July 8-14

Devens has been selected as one of 16 New England communities to host the World Radiosport Team Championship, a competition that tests the skills of amateur radio operators in simulated emergency situations, from July 8 to 14. For more information, go to: bit.ly/1lWU5YC

SATURDAY, JULY 12

"Ride to End Alzheimer's: Hundreds of people from around the country will cycle from Devens in the Family Ride or along 30, 62, or 100 mile-routes to raise funds for finding a cure for Alzheimer's.


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Families are welcome to join the fun at the post-ride BBQ, which includes live music, massages for cyclists, children's activities, an exhibitors' fair, and more. For info, go to: http://www.alzmass.org/ride/

Oxbow -- Who's there?: 8 p.m. Come and find out what there is to see, hear and smell at the Oxbow at night. We will be helped by a FULL MOON. Bring a flashlight outfitted with a red light or cover your light with a piece of red cellophane. Meet at the parking lot at the entrance to the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge at the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard. If using bug spray, please apply in the parking lot. RSVP to Rona at 978-779-2259 or email Ada at ada.friendsoftheoxbownwr@gmail.com. Older children welcome. Program provided by the Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge.

SUNDAY, JULY 13

Concert at The Healing Garden: The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden will host its next "Concert at the Garden" at 3 p.m. welcoming Bill Harriman, solo guitarist, from Indian Hill Music in Littleton. The Healing Garden is located at 145 Bolton Road in Harvard. Admission is $10 for Garden members, $15 for nonmembers (no pre-sale of tickets). All proceeds benefit the services of the Healing Garden. Visit www.healinggarden.net for event updates or cancellations.

SATURDAY, JULY 15

Free disc golf clinic, Devens: 1 to 3 p.m. at Antietam Field and the Devens disc golf courses. To RSVP for the weekly sessions or the disc golf clinic, contact Recreation Manager Kim Walsh at kwalsh@massdevelopment.com.

THURSDAY, JULY 17

Thursday band concerts: The Townsend Military band will perform a concert on the Townsend Common Thursdays this summer, starting at 7:30 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m. Before and during the concerts, lawn parties will be held on the common offering food and games, sponsored by local nonprofit groups. All are invited to attend!

FRIDAY, JULY 18

Devens Blood Drive: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the 31 Andrews Parkway Conference Center. Sign up at www.redcrossblood.org or 1-800-733-2767; walk-ins are welcome, bring positive ID. Donors will be entered into raffle for several prizes including Red Sox tickets, hotel stays, $50 Devens Grill gift certificate.

A magical journey "Into the woods" at Indian Hill Music: A cockeyed fairy tale comes to life this summer in Littleton as Indian Hill Music School's Children's Summer Musical Theater, in partnership with ArtsNashoba, presents four fully-staged performances of "Into the Woods Jr.," on July 18 at 7 p.m.; July 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and July 20 at 2 p.m., at 36 King St., Littleton. All tickets are $10 general admission. Order tickets at 978-486-9524x116 or www.indianhillmusic.org.

SATURDAY, JULY 19

Electronic Recycle Day and bike collection: All towns welcome to Our lady of Grace Church Electronic Recycle Day and bike collection, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,, 28 Tarbell St., Pepperell. Accepting all electronics with low fees. Any cell phones, car, truck batteries are free. We have no shipments oversees or in landfills. Bike collection: Do you have a older/newer bike. Please bring bike; they will be fixed and reused. A portion of proceeds for sold bikes goes to the church.

MONDAY, JULY 21

Ice cream social, Devens: 1-2 p.m., Devens Community Center, 100 Sherman Ave. RSVP to Melissa@nvcoc.com by July 18. Held as special thanks for taking the MassRIDES survey: http://bit.ly/massrides. Survey available till July 18.

SATURDAY, JULY 26

Oxbow -- What is a turnpike doing on the refuge?: 9 a.m. to noon. We will walk along the Tank Trail enjoying the different habitats, sights and sounds until we reach the Turnpike Trail. Why was this turnpike built here and by whom? Come and walk along history's intriguing past and be part of nature at the same time. We will also cover the history of this national refuge during the walk along the Nashua River where much more history took place among the Native Americans, early settlers and the animals that now call this home. This is an easy walk which loops back to the parking lot and takes about one and a half hours. Families are welcome. Bring snacks, water and insect repellent. Meet at the parking lot at the entrance to the Oxbow NWR at the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard. Organized by the Friends of the Oxbow, Freedom's Way Heritage Association and the Fort Devens Museum. Pre-register at freedomsway.org.