Seeking Singers: for the Atlantic Wind Symphony's Christmas Spectacular, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1; Machlan Auditorium, 338 Main St. For rehearsal and repertoire details, ask your community chorus and/or church choir director to contact Earl Raney, at (508) 339-3742 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Massachusetts Railroads: 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14; Bulfinch Church, Fellowship Hall, 725 Main St. For railroad buffs and anyone interested in local history. Free. For more information, email LancasterHistoricalSociety@yahoo.com. Hosted by The Lancaster Historical Society.
Lancaster Cultural Council: is accepting online grant proposals from organizations, schools and individuals to support artistic projects, cultural events and activities in Lancaster and surrounding communities. For information or to submit a grant proposal, visit www.mass-culture.org. Application deadline is Monday, Oct. 15.
Seed Saving: 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21; First Church of Christ Unitarian, 725 Main St. Members free, nonmembers $5. Gretel Anspach will speak about the reasons for saving seeds and examine some basic techniques for ensuring genetic purity. The talk will include discussions about the home garden plants from which seeds can be easily saved and stored for future use. Hosted by the Lancaster Garden Club.
Rosemary Davis Nature Series: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays; Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St. Discover Birds of Costa Rica, Oct. 16. Puffins and Auks and Muirs … Oh, My, Nov. 6. Discover the Owls of New England, March 19, 2019. The World of Owls, April 8, 2019. Wiggles and Waggles!, April 23, 2019. Ani-Motion, April 29, 2019. Edible Landscaping: The Latest Garden Design, June 4, 2019. In the Grove: World Stories and Songs that Celebrate Trees, June 18, 2019. For information, contact Karen Silverthorn at (978) 368-8928, ext. 4, or email@example.com.
Open Gym: 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17; Unified Health and Performance, 121 Mill St. Free. The community is invited to visit the only inclusive gym for people with all ranges of ability/disability for strength and conditioning. Dress to exercise. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by the Lancaster Commission on Disability.
Lancaster Land Trust: annual meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17; Lancaster Community Center, 695 Main St. Come with your input and questions. Agenda includes plans for the coming year and election of officers.
Quilting Class Series: 12:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 24 and 31; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Create the perfect holiday gift by learning how to make a quilt. Registration required. For a supply list, visit http://mothertownquilters.com. Lancaster residents $20, all others $25. To register, call (978) 733-4076 or email email@example.com.
Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative: Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Revitalize Your Brain: Spur Your Creative Muse, 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 17 and 24. Workshop with Paula Castner. Open to all ages. Wear comfortable clothing. Writing at Fruitlands with Winona Wendth, 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 17 and 24; Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. Discover how a sense of place affects a writer’s work as you complete one draft and revision of a personal essay or a very short piece of fiction. The workshop has a fee, register through Fruitlands at http://fruitlands.thetrustees.org/events. Writing More Than Your Book: Queries and the Business Side of Writing, 10:30-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Open Mic, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. An opportunity for local writers to share their work with other writers and the community.
Family Fishing Clinic: 4:30 p.m.-dusk, Thursday, Oct. 18; The Old Stone Church, 180 Beaman St., West Boylston. Free. Lancaster Recreation has teamed up with Mass Wildlife to offer a fishing clinic. Learn all the basics. Equipment provided. Children should be at least 6 years. Those younger than 12 must be accompanied by a parent. To register or for information, contact Andrea Kiuru-Shepard at email@example.com.
Cheryl Wheeler: with special guest The Rafters, 7 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.) Saturday, Oct. 20; Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church, 9 Ayer Road, Harvard. Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 day of the show. To purchase tickets online, visit www.wachusettmusic.net. By mail, send a check to: Wachusett Music Series, P.O. Box 592, South Lancaster, MA 01561. Checks should be made out to Wachusett Music Series. To purchase in person, visit The Clinton Item, 156 Church St., Clinton, or Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church, 9 Ayer Road, Harvard. For information, call (978) 365-2043 or visit www.wachusettmusic.net. Presented by Wachusett Music Series.
Accessibility Awareness Sabbath: 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20; The College Church, 337 Main St. The service will focus on emergency preparedness. Sponsored by the the Lancaster Commission on Disability.
'The Theory of Everything': featuring physicist Stephen Hawking, 5:30-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24; Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St. October is Accessibility Awareness Month, which was developed by the Lancaster Commission on Disability (COD) to create awareness and education surrounding the importance of accessibility for the disabled.
21st-Century Applications: of the Buddha's Eight-Fold Path, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through Oct. 30; First Church of Christ Unitarian, 725 Main St. This eight-part series is led by Eowyn Ahlstrom, faculty member of the UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness. Each session includes 45 minutes of meditation and 45 minutes of teaching. Donations accepted. Practitioners of all levels are welcome. Enter through the office door facing Main Street. Arrive early because of film crew shooting. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fiction Essentials: with Rich Marcello, 5-8 p.m. Mondays, through Nov. 19; Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St. This three-hour, introductory class will be divided into two sections. In the first half, explore different aspects of the craft of fiction. In the second half, focus on scenes written by students and provide positive, constructive feedback on how each author might develop his or her work. Class size is limited and fee-based. Registration is required. To register, visit https://sevenbridge.org/seven-bridge-sessions/classes/fiction-essentials/. For more information, visit email@example.com or https://sevenbridge.org/. Sponsored by the Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative.
Attention Snowmobilers: within the Nashaway Region of Lancaster, Sterling, Clinton, Berlin and Bolton. The club is looking for volunteers and members interested in teaming up for the purpose of local snowmobile trail riding, maintenance and stewardship with landowners and business owners. The club meets the fourth Tuesday of the month. For more information or questions, contact club president Susan Smiley at (978) 365-1829 or Todd Washburn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ongoing Programs: Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St. For information, call (978) 368-8928, ext. 2, or visit thayermemoriallibrary.org. Movie Matinee, Mondays, 1 p.m. A new movie will be shown each week. Call the library to find out what is showing. Knitting Group, 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Learn to knit from the pros or just enjoy time together. Beginners and/or all levels of experience welcome. Wachusett Toastmasters No. 7677, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. This organization helps people develop speaking and leadership skills. Arrive 15 minutes early for networking.
Preschool Screenings: The Nashoba Regional School district is scheduling developmental screenings for all children 3 and 4 years old. This screening is a brief assessment of developmental milestones. Call Diane Kilcoyne at (978) 368-8482, ext. 1155, to schedule an appointment at Mary Rowlandson, 103 Hollywood Drive.
Volunteers: needed for the Recreation Committee. Help the committee discover areas of public interest in both passive and active recreation. Attend monthly meetings and occasional meetings with other boards or committees. For information, email Joe Kennedy at email@example.com.
Veterans Services Department: The veteran services department provides healthcare applications, disability claim applications, widow pension applications, widow/survivor benefit applications, burial benefits applications, veteran cemetery applications, grave markers/symbols, state veterans benefits applications and obtain military discharge. For information, contact Richard Voutour, 1st Sgt. Marine Corps, Ret. veteran services officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (978) 706-1758, 8 a.m.-noon Tuesdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road.
Morning Bible Discussion: 10 a.m. Fridays; Evangelical Congregational Church of Lancaster, 793 Main St., lower level. For information, call (978) 365-6259 or email email@example.com. Meetings are one hour, led by Frank Mitchell.
Evening Bible Study: 7 p.m. Wednesdays; Evangelical Congregational Church, 793 Main St. For information, call (978) 365-6259. This series, taught by Ken Stenton, presents evidence that confirms the biblical account of creation.
Volunteer Drivers Needed: to deliver Meals on Wheels on Mondays and Thursdays for the Lancaster Council on Aging. Call (978) 733-4076. Angel drivers are also needed occasionally for those who can’t drive for medical appointments, grocery or drug store errands.
Insanity Live: 7 p.m. Mondays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Cost is $10 per class. To reserve a spot, contact Pam Weir at (978) 430-6753 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The class combines cardio, strength, flexibility and core work. Bring water and a towel.
Gentle Hatha Yoga: with Louise, 11 a.m.-noon Mondays and Thursdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Cost is $5 per class, $25 for six classes. For information, call (978) 733-4076 or email email@example.com. Taught by Louise Dorian. Mats and water provided.
Tai Chi: with Jeff, 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 6 p.m. Tuesdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. First class is free, then $5 per class, six classes for $25. For information, call (978) 733-4076. All ages and abilities welcome. No need to reserve.
SHINE Counseling: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. By appointment only, call (978) 733-4078. Free counseling on all aspects of health insurance for seniors.
Computer Help: 9 a.m. Tuesdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. For information, call (978) 733-4076. Hone your skills with Jon Roper.
Pancake Breakfast: 8 a.m. Tuesdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Suggested donation, $3. For information, contact Dave at (978) 263-7962 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All-you-can-eat breakfast with pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit, muffins, choice of beverages and seasonal pancake selections. Sponsored by the Friends of Lancaster Seniors.
Bingo: 1 p.m. Tuesdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. For information, call (978) 733-4076 or email email@example.com. Free coffee, treats and prizes.
Keep Moving Walking Club: 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Free. For information, call (978) 733-4076. Come early for pancakes, then walk it off. There is a striders and a strollers group. Bring a dog, water and your sneakers. Water and companionship are provided for a safe walk.
Chair/Arthritis Yoga: with Julianna, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Cost is $5 per person, $25 for six. For information, call (978) 733-4076. This class is designed for all ages and abilities.
Garden Chat: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Thursdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. For information, call (978) 733-4076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Swap seeds, notes and ideas, and always something to eat.
Bridge: 1-4 p.m. Fridays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Calling ahead suggested, (978) 273-2418. Area residents are invited for friendly bridge games. Don't play? Watch and learn. Free. Suitable for all levels, novice to pro. Cards, teacher and friends provided.
Ballroom Dancing: 6-7 p.m. Thursdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Drop in for $13, or a three-week session for $30. For information, call (978) 733-4076. A fun, casual class with Jim Cole, for beginners and pros alike. Come alone or bring friends. Great exercise, good for the body and mind and yes, your social life. Bring a pair of dry, clean shoes to change into.
Conant Library Open House: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13; 4 Meetinghouse Hill Road. Find out the resources available, complete a treasure hunt and listen to Library Director Patricia Campbell at 11:30 a.m. Meet members of the Friends of the Library. For information about the Friends, email email@example.com, or visit sterlinglibrary.org and click on "About the Library," then "Friends of the Library."
Storytime: Mondays, through Oct. 15; Conant Public Library, 4 Meetinghouse Hill Road. Storytime features songs, movement, scarf and instrument play, as well as great books. The following days and times will be offered: 1 p.m. Mondays, ages 3 and up; 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, ages 18 months to 3; 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, ages 2½ and older; 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, drop-in baby storytime for ages birth to 18 months. Older and younger siblings welcome. No registration is required for drop-in baby Storytime on Thursdays. To register, call (978) 422-6409.
Civil War Program: 7 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 16; Legion Hall, School Street. Historians Dave and Sue Gallagher will discuss what life was like during the Civil War and the perspective of both the soldier and civilian. For information, call (978) 422-6139 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hosted by the Sterling Historical Society.
Trinity Big Band: 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16; Sterling Senior Center, 36 Muddy Pond Road.
October Children's Library Programs: Conant Public Library, 4 Meetinghouse Hill Road. For information or to register, call (978) 422-6409. Middle School Book Club, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. Grades 5 to 8. The club will be reading "Spirit Hunters" by Ellen Oh. Copies of the book are available at the library. Registration required. LEGO Club, 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17. Kindergarten and up. No registration required. Not-So-Spooky Stories, Session I: 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22. Ages 3 and older. Session II: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. Ages 18 months to 3 years. Get into the Halloween spirit with Not-So-Spooky Stories. Registration required. 3rd and 4th Grade Book Club, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. The club will be reading "Inspector Flytrap" by Tom Angleberger. Children will enjoy a snack, book discussion and a themed activity. Copies of the books are available at the library. Registration required. Spooky Kids Cook and Scary Stories, 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. Participants choose a Halloween recipe from the library's spooky cookbooks, make it at home and bring it in to share while listening to spooky stories. Cookbooks available for checkout. Registration required. Drop-In Spooky PJ Storytime, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. Ages 3 and older. No registration required.
Author Talk: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17; Conant Public Library, 4 Meetinghouse Hill Road. Author E. Raymond Tatten, a 40-year resident of Sterling, will share excerpts from his essay collection, "And Another Thing, I’m Just Saying …" and will discuss his experience with self-publishing. Registration required, call (978) 422-6409.
Sterling Senior Center Wellness Programs: 36 Muddy Pond Road. Parkinson's support group, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17. Foot Clinic with a foot care nurse, 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. By appointment. Cost for first visit, $45.
Music Through the Decades: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18; Chocksett Middle School Theater, 40 Boutelle Road. Free. Musician David Polansky showcases music inspired by major world events, from 1895 through 1960. Registration is not required. For information, call Conant Public Library at (978) 422-6409. Supported by the Sterling Cultural Council and the Friends of the Conant Public Library.
Sterling Garden Club: meets 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18; First Church of Sterling, Houghton Room, 6 Meetinghouse Hill Road. The presentation is “Cooking and Gardening from an Edible Garden” presented by Liz Barbour. For information, call Sheila Battles at (978) 422-8527, email email@example.com, or visit www.gcfm.org/sterlinggardenclub.
Armchair Travel: 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18; Sterling Senior Center, 36 Muddy Pond Road. Travel to the Galapagos Islands with Robert Farmer.
Octoberfest Dinner: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18; Sterling Senior Center, 36 Muddy Pond Road. Cost is $5, signup required. Call (978) 422-3032.
October Cookbook Club: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24; Conant Public Library, 4 Meetinghouse Hill Road. The club will feature recipes from the new cookbook "Giada's Italy: My Recipes for La Dolce Vita" by Giada De Laurentiis. Registration required, call (978) 422-6409.
Pancake Breakfast: 7:30-9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26; Sterling Senior Center, 36 Muddy Pond Road. Celebrity servers are Sterling Lancaster Cable TV's Matt Downing, Chris Detsikas and Melissa Jellie. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sterling Seniors.
Adult Coloring: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29; Conant Public Library, 4 Meetinghouse Hill Road. Supplies provided, but participants may bring their own as well. No registration required. For information, call (978) 422-6409.
Take It Or Leave It: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31; Sterling Senior Center, 36 Muddy Pond Road. Decorate pumpkins with peer leaders from Chocksett Middle School.
Halloween at the Sterling Senior Center: 11 a.m. Halloween party; 1 p.m. Halloween Jingo, Wednesday, Oct. 31; 36 Muddy Pond Road. For information, call (978) 422-3032.
Bottle and Can Drive: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3; Sterling Municipal Light Department, 50 Main St. All Mass. returnable bottles and cans accepted. If you will be unavailable, have a large collection of bottles and cans or are not able to bring your collection to the Light Department, call Mike at (978) 422-7756 to arrange a pickup. Hosted by Sterling Boy Scout Troop 189.
Blanket Making for Project Linus: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3; Conant Public Library, 4 Meetinghouse Hill Road. Make a blanket for a child in need. No sewing required. Fabric will be cut and prepared beforehand, and assembly consists of looping the fringe through slits along the edge of the blanket. Registration required by 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Materials fee is $8 for a baby blanket, $10 for a child's blanket and $12 for a teen blanket. Sign up at the library or contact Meredith Tufts at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations of new, handmade blankets that meet the criteria of Project Linus also accepted. For information on Project Linus, visit www.projectlinus.org.
Parent’s Night Out Book Club: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6; Conant Public Library, 4 Meetinghouse Hill Road. The club will be reading the psychological thriller "The Perfect Mother" by Aimee Molloy. Copies of the book are available at the library for checkout. No registration required. For information, call (978) 422-6409.
Living Reenactment: 89 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10; Sterling Historical Society, museum grounds, 7 Pine St. Free. Bring your family to see this event.
Contemporary Book Club: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15; Conant Public Library, 4 Meetinghouse Hill Road. The club will be reading the "The Hurricane Sisters" by Dorothea Benton Frank. Copies of the book are available at the library for checkout. No registration required. For information, call (978) 422-6409.
Artist Reception: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15; Sterling Senior Center, 36 Muddy Pond Road. This opportunity is for parents and children to not only see the work of local artists, but to meet and speak with the artist. Youngsters will be inspired to pursue a vocation or avocation in photography, the graphic arts and painting. Refreshments will be served.
Applications: are being accepted from craft vendors to participate in the Friends of the Conant Public Library Arts and Crafts Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; First Church in Sterling, 6 Meetinghouse Hill Road. For applications, visit SterlingLibrary.org, click on "About the Library" in the top menu bar, then "Friends of the Library" or email Nancy Billings at email@example.com. First-time participants are asked to provide photos of their work, or a link to a website that features their work. Space is limited, and vendors will be selected through a rolling jury process.
Meditation: 6 p.m. Mondays, through Dec. 10; Sterling Senior Center, 36 Muddy Pond Road. Free. The class will not meet Nov. 12 or Nov. 19. For adults. No registration required. For information, call (978) 422-6409. Sponsored by the Conant Public Library.
Seeking Volunteers: by the First Church in Sterling, for a Medical Mission Trip to La Romana, Dominican Republic, March 1-10, 2019. Medically trained, construction capable, or anyone who wants to join the team is welcome. This mission provides needed services to impoverished Haitian workers and families living in the bateyes of the Dominican Republic. If interested, contact Doug Davis at (978) 265-7547 or CentralMALaRomana.org.
Community Lunch: noon, the first Saturday of each month; First Church of Sterling, Parish Hall, 6 Meetinghouse Hill Road. Free. Vegetarian dishes will be offered this season. The Parish Hall is handicap accessible. For information, call (978) 422-6657.
Sterling Farmers Market: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays; 1 Park St., in front of the Butterick Building. The third Friday of the month will feature live music and non-farmer vendors.
Little Free Library: on Lake Waushacum joins the movement to share books, bring people together and create communities of readers. Built by the Conant Public Library and welcomed by the Sterling Recreation Department, the Little Free Library replicates the original Conant Free Public Library and offers the community an opportunity to take and leave books while visiting the town beach. To learn more, visit Littlefreelibrary.org.
Art/Photography Opportunity: The Sterling Senior Center Art Committee invites local artists and photographers interested in being considered for a future two-month showing to contact the center. For information, call (978) 422.3032. Candidates should have a minimum of 30 framed pieces suitable for hanging in the lobby and multipurpose room.