FRIDAY, MAY 2

Groton Democrats host candidates and cocktails fundraiser: Please join the Groton Democratic Town Committee at the Bull Run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for an evening of candidates and cocktails. End your week on a high note! We are holding a fundraiser ($25/per person) and an opportunity to meet the candidates in a relaxed environment. Hope you will be able to join us. Please RSVP at GrotonDTC@gmail.com or to C. Perkins at 978-448-9946 or at Act Blue https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/may2gdtc.

Indian Hill Music School performathon: Indian Hill Music School students and faculty offer two days of free recitals in all musical styles, from classical to jazz: Friday, May 2, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 36 King St., Littleton. Contributions accepted to benefit the Indian Hill Music School Scholarship Fund, which awards more than $55K in need-based scholarships annually. Learn more: (978) 486-9524 or www.indianhillmusic.org.

SATURDAY, MAY 3

Indian Hill Music School performathon: Indian Hill Music School students and faculty offer free recitals in all musical styles, from classical to jazz, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 36 King St., Littleton. Contributions accepted to benefit the Indian Hill Music School Scholarship Fund, which awards more than $55K in need-based scholarships annually. Learn more: 978-486-9524 or www.indianhillmusic.org.

Nashua River Outdoor Wellness Walk: The Nashua River Watershed Association invites the public to join us for our free monthly NOWW walk from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the Nashua River Rail Trail in Groton. Your guide on this 60-minute walk, NRWA's Environmental Education Director Mary Marro will share her knowledge of the eco-systems along the path and point out interesting plants and animals as we walk. The Rail Trail is flat and paved; the walk is free and open to all ages. 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; contact Mary Marro at 978-448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

SUNDAY, MAY 4

Masons breakfast: The Ayer Masonic Association will hold its monthly fundraising breakfast at the Ayer Masonic Center, 11 Sculley Road, Ayer, from 7:30-10 a.m. Menu includes eggs cooked to order or pancakes with bacon or sausage, potatoes, toast, juice and coffee. Specials for this month are Eggs Benedict and a Mexican omelet (onions, green peppers, mushrooms, banana peppers and cheese topped with salsa). Come early and bring your friends.

Spring Fishing Derby Sunday: Townsend Rod and Gun Club. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the derby will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Fishing Derby is at the club pond, off Emery Road on Dann Colburn Way, off Route 13 in Townsend. Entry fee is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. The pond will be stocked with hungry rainbow and brown trout and the kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch. Please bring your own bait. Fishing licenses are not needed and Townsend Rod and Gun Club membership is not required. Call Jon at 978-597-2440 for information about the spring derby.

Shaker talk at Fruitlands: 1 p.m., 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. Skinner, Inc. will present a series of lectures leading up to its historic auction of the Andrews Shaker Collection on June 15. The lectures will be given by noted Shaker scholars Christian Goodwillie and Jean M. Burks. In 1923, Edward and Faith Andrews stopped at a Shaker community to buy a loaf of bread, a simple encounter which led to a lifelong involvement with the Shakers. On June 15, Skinner will offer the last portion of the original Andrews Collection not residing in a major institution. The auction will present more than 100 lots including furniture, metalware, boxes, and ephemera. These events are free and open to the public with museum admission.

Sheep shearing demo: 1-3 p.m. on the Historic Shirley Center Common, the Good Shepherd Sheep Club will be having its monthly meeting that includes a sheep-shearing demonstration the public is invited to attend. The kids will be bringing some of their sheep to learn techniques on shearing from a professional shearer. Aaron Loux, from Cummington, will be on hand to educate the children on reasons for shearing, proper technique, handling the sheep and to answer any questions from them or the public.

NRWA Groton Greenway Walk at Fitch's Bridge: Free guided walk (rain date May 10) from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to explore Groton's greenway on the west side of the Nashua River beginning at Fitch's Bridge. This three mile walk is relatively flat but the terrain is uneven. Parking is available on either side of Fitch's Bridge, the meet up point, which can be reached by Fitch's Bridge Road on the east side of the river off of Route 119, and on the west side of the river off of Pepperell Road. A Google Map and directions are available at www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org. In case of severe weather, the walk will be postponed until the same time on Saturday, May 10. Pre-registration is appreciated; contact Al Futterman at 978-448-0299 or email AlF@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Chamber music concert: Indian Hill Music presents a FREE chamber music concert featuring musicians from the Music School faculty and the Orchestra of Indian Hill: 3 p.m. at 36 King St., Littleton. Featuring flutists Ashley Addington and Ona Jonaityte with pianist/composer Eric Kamen, the concert will explore the colorful flute and piano repertoire from the Baroque through the 21st Century.

TUESDAY, MAY 6

From the Tropics to your backyard: The wonders of spring bird migration: The Nashua River Watershed Association invites the public to learn more about New England's spring bird migration, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the NRWA River Resource Center at 592 Main St., Groton. This program is free and open to the public; pre-registration is appreciated at 978-448-0299, or email MarkA@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. And save the date on your calendars for a Bird Walk to look for spring migrants and nesters on Saturday, May 24, at 7 a.m. (rain date May 25), meeting at NRWA and then heading out to the General Fields/Surrenden Farm in Groton.

THURSDAY, MAY 8

Women's Business Network ... will meet at the Center on the Common, 7 Fairbank St., Harvard, at 7:15 p.m. This month WBN offers Tax Issues Facing You and Your Small Business with Barbara Saunders, CPA. There are many forms of doing business -- as a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, and as a limited liability company. Please come with your questions about this important topic.

SATURDAY, MAY 10

May 10 and 18 -- Birding at the Oxbow: Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the parking lot to the Oxbow Refuge at the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard. This is an exciting time of the year with so many birds nesting or passing through on their way further north.Bring binoculars if possible. Be prepared for some muddy patches on the trails. Bird experts Dick and Peggy Knowlton will again be leading these popular events. Birders of all levels are welcome. Please pre-register with Rona at 978-779-2259 or by email at ada.friendsoftheoxbownwr@gmail.com. Programs sponsored by Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge.

Birdwatching workshop for children and their families: The Nashua River Watershed Association and the Groton Public Library invite families to join us for a free birdwatching workshop for children and their families from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. The workshop is structured for ages 5 -12 years and their families, backpack babies are welcome. This free public program is made possible by a grant from the Groton Trust Funds' Lecture Fund. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Directions to the meeting place will be provided upon registration. To register, please contact NRWA River Classroom Director Stacey Chilcoat at 978-448-0299 or email riverclassroom@gmail.com.

Festival and Ducky Wucky Race: Apple Blossom Festival and Ducky Wucky River Race, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Harvard Common. Festival featuring arts and crafts, and live music and entertainment all day. Last chance to buy your ticket to the Ducky Wucky River Race and win dinner for two anywhere in the world. Ducky Wucky River Race starts at 4:30 p.m. off Still River Depot Road, Harvard. Sponsored by Ayer Rotary Club. All the details at www.duckywucky.org.

SATURDAY, MAY 17

Indoor yard sale: Trinity Church Congregational, 14 Wattaquadock Hill Road, Bolton (just off of Route 117), will host its free, indoor yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Household goods, toys, books, movies, sporting goods, clothing, more. All items are free. Enjoy complementary refreshments as well! www.trinitybolton.org or 978-779-5517.

Youth fishing derby: registration at 8:30 a.m., derby from 9 a.m. to noon, Mirror Lake, Devens. Prizes awarded, open to ages six to 15 years, free. For info, call 978-772-8875 or email kwalsh@massdevelopment.com.

Nashua Flute Choir Concert at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church: 7 p.m. The Nashua Flute Choir, an ensemble of 16 accomplished flutists, will present a concert at St. Andrew's in Ayer. The featured soloist is Daesik Cha, organist at St. Andrew's. The concert program includes jazz, classical, modern and popular music. The ensemble includes all sizes of flutes from the piccolo to the 7-foot-tall contrabass flute. Admissions is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $25 for families. The Nashua Flute Choir is a not-for-profit organization.

THURSDAY, MAY 22

Community Forum at Trinity Chapel: 186 Center Road, Shirley, 7-9 p.m. The program will feature presentations and discussion of the many diverse outreaches of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts: Common Cathedral -- An outdoor church for people experiencing homelessness and their friends, including worship, common art, city outreach and street ministry; Life Together -- Up to 30 interns are selected each year to serve for 10 months in a number of institutions and agencies. Social time and light refreshments, 7-7:30 p.m.; program, questions and answers, 7:30-9 p.m.