Red Cross Blood Drive: 1-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, Orchard Hills Athletic Club, 100 Duval Road. For an appointment, call (800) 733-2767 or visit RedCrossBlood.org. Walk-ins welcome.
A House of Refuge: 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13; 129 Bolton Road. Meet new friends, enjoy hot soup, homemade bread, fellowship, a guest speaker and praising Jesus. Attendees can share their testimony, play an instrument or sing. For information, contact Becky Renzi at (978) 870-0266.
Events for Seniors and the Community: Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. For information or to register and reserve a spot, call (978) 733-4076. 9 a.m., Sept. 15, Walk for Alzheimer's, with Lancaster's Team Unforgettables in Worcester. 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept 18, free family fun walk, at the Community Center. Dog dinner (veggie, turkey and "real" hot-dogs supper followed by a family fun walk at 6 p.m. Return by 7 p.m for an ice cream sundae. Door prizes. Short course for strollers, longer course for striders. 9-11:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 23, fall Equinox brunch and fall prevention workshop. Reservation needed.
Land Trust Annual Meeting: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday Sept. 18, Community Center’s kitchen, 695 Main St. Agenda includes election of officers and priorities and plans for the coming year. Light refreshment will be served. For information,contact Bob Lidstone at email@example.com or (978) 367-7747.
Wine and Dine: third Wednesday of the month. Cost is $4, van fee plus food. Sept. 18, Nancy’s Airport Diner; Oct. 16, Forge and Vine, Groton; Nov. 13, El Basha, Westboro; Dec. 18, JP’s and Tower Hill with Holiday Lights. Sponsored by Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. For information or to register and reserve a spot, call (978) 733-4076.
Programs for Children: Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St. To register, or for more information, call (978) 368-8928 ext. 5 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Touchable Tales Story Hour, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. Kindergarten to grade 1. Registration is required. Presented by the EcoTarium. Mommy and Me Bootcamp, 4:15-5 p.m. Tuesdays. Led by Tiffany Normandin. Mom’s work out while the kids play. Designed for all fitness levels. All ages, accompanied by parents and grandparent. North American Animal Trackers with Animal Adventures, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2. Meet a unique group of animals, including a porcupine and fox. This program will show some of their specific traits and how to track them in the wild. Funded by the Rosemary Davis Memorial Fund grant from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Raptor Migration: Who Goes? Who Stays? with Wingmasters, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. This presentation uses six live birds of prey to answer these questions, contrasting migratory species with resident species. Funded by the Rosemary Davis Memorial Fund grant from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Story Hour, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Ages 2 to 5. Children and their caregivers are invited to join Miss Maren for a weekly themed story time with songs, rhymes, finger plays, books and a craft. Snuggles and Stories, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Infants to 24 months and their caregivers will bounce, sing, read and cuddle during this story time with Miss Maren.
Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative: Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St. For information, email email@example.com. Resources for Writers with Joe Mulé, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Library Director Joe Mulé will discuss how to make the most of your local library’s extensive print materials, technologies and online resources, essential supports for your creative work. Mulé will provide a broad overview of the bibliographic tradition of libraries in America and the challenges of retrieving knowledge in the 21st century.
Fall Equinox Brunch and Fall Prevention Workshop: 9-11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23: Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. To RSVP, call (978) 733-4076 by Monday, Sept. 16. Sessions: 9 a.m. Introduction, Falls 101; 9:30 a.m. Tai Chi, QuiGong and Yoga demo; 10:30 a.m. panel discussion with experts on how to prevent falls. Brunch will follow the discussions.
Evening Adult Book Group: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24; Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St., “What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear” by Danielle Ofri (non-fiction). The library will order the book. To register or information, call (978) 368-8928, ext. 4 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays; Lancaster Community Center, 701 Main St.
Lancaster Cultural Council: is accepting online grant proposals from organizations, schools and individuals to support arts, humanities and science including: artistic projects, cultural events and activities in Lancaster and surrounding communities. To submit a grant proposal, visit www.mass-culture.org. Application deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Health and Wellness Fair: 2:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2: Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Free. Come by for a flu or pneumonia shot, bone density and more. For information, call (978) 733-4076.
Horseshed Fair: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5; First Church of Christ Unitarian, 725 Main St.
The Jim Atkinson Band: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5; Lancaster Town Green. Rain or shine. Funded by The Friends of the Thayer Memorial Library.
Registration: is open for free weekly parent-child playgroups for residents of Lancaster. 9-10:30 a.m.; Mary Rowlandson School, 103 Hollywood Drive. Ages 2 to 5. Contact email@example.com to request a link to register online. Offered by the Nashoba Community Partnership for Children.
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, 6-7:45 p.m. Tuesdays. Learn to knit from the pros or enjoy time together. All levels of experience welcome. Wachusett Toastmasters 7677, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. This organization helps people develop speaking and leadership skills. Arrive 15 minutes early for networking. The Friends of Thayer Memorial Library are seeking donations of books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks for the annual book sale in October. Not accepted: Textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias or books in poor condition. Items can be dropped off at the lower level of the library.
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 Amy DeCiero at (978) 368-8482, ext. 1193, to schedule an appointment at Mary Rowlandson, 103 Hollywood Drive.
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.
Medical Equipment Loan Program: Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Crutches, canes, commodes, wheelchairs and some first aid/incontinence supplies are available. For more information or questions, call (978) 733-4076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wellness Clinics: 8-10 a.m. first and fourth Tuesdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. VNA Care and Nashoba Nursing Services will assist with blood pressure, blood sugar and weight monitoring, cardiopulmonary assessments, teaching about medication, diet, disease management, etc.
Senior Outreach: for help with transportation, housing, food stamps, fuel assistance, health insurance, budget and taxes, fitness, caregiving and visits. For information, call (978) 733-1249, ext. 1109, or email email@example.com.
Pickleball: reserved play: 9-11 a.m. Mondays; 9-11 a.m. 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays; 1-3 p.m. Thursdays; 9-11 a.m. Fridays. Open play: 1-3 p.m. Mondays; 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays; 7:15-9:15 p.m. Thursdays; 7-11 a.m. Saturdays, Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. All sessions are $3 per person. Bring clean, dry sneakers. Shawn Parker will coach and instruct beginners. Advanced players sign up for Wednesdays, with Dennis Prinos. For information, contact Marilyn Largey, community service liaison, at call (978) 733-4076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. The class combines cardio, strength, flexibility and core work. Bring water and a towel.
Gentle Hatha Yoga: with Louise, 11 a.m. Monday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. Saturdays 9:30 a.m.; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Cost is $5 per class, $25 for six classes, $10 per session. For information, call (978) 733-4076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Taught by Louise Dorian. Mats and water provided.
Tai Chi and Quigong: with Jeff, 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 5:30 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.
Computer Help: with Jon Roper, 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Drop in for help with your laptop, iPad or phone. For information, call (978) 733-4076.
Pancake Breakfast: 8 a.m. Tuesdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Suggested donation, $3. For information, contact Dave at (978) 263-7962 or email@example.com. 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.
The Backstage Gym: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. Free. All are welcome with signed training release.
Puzzle Swap: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road.
Bingo: 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. For information, call (978) 733-4076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. Swap seeds, notes and ideas, and always something to eat.
Mahjong Lessons: 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays; Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road. For information, call (978) 733-4076
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. Bring a pair of dry, clean shoes to change into.
'Mamma Mia!': Sept. 13, 14, 20 and 21, 7:30; Sterling Community Theatre in the First Church Parish Hall, 6 Meetinghouse Hill Road. There is also Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (65 and older) and children (12 and under). For tickets, visit sterlingtheatre.com.
Nature Story Hour: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 13, meet at Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Road. Stories followed by a short walk and craft for children of all ages. Hosted by the DCR.
Children's Library Programs: Conant Public Library, 4 Meetinghouse Hill Road. For information or to register, call (978) 422-6409. Storytime, Monday, Sept. 16 though Monday, Oct. 7. Storytime features songs, movement, scarf and instrument play, as well as books. The following days and times will be offered: Mondays, ages 2½ to 7 years; Tuesdays, ages 18 months to 2½ years; Wednesdays, ages 2½ and 7 years; Thursdays, drop-in baby storytime for ages birth to 18 months. Registration required. Older and younger siblings welcome. No registration is required for drop-in baby storytime on Thursdays. Registration required. Drop-in Pajama Storytime, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 6 p.m., children under 10 must be accompanied by their caregivers. no registration required. Picture Book Club for children in kindergarten through grade 2; read-aloud book discussion and themed activity; Thursday, Sept. 26, 1:30 p.m., reading "Linus, The Little Yellow Pencil," by Scott Magoon. Copies of the book available at the library. Registration required; call the library. Spooky Kids Cook and Scary Stories, Thursday, Oct. 24, 1:30 p.m., for grades 3 and older; participants can check out a Halloween-themed cookbook, prepare a recipes at home and bring it to sample while reading tales filled with creatures that go bump in the night. Registration required.
Meditation: 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 23 and 30, at the Sterling Senior Center, 36 Muddy Pond Road. Adults of all ages, no registration required. Offered by the Conant Public Library, call (978) 422-6409 for information.
Contemporary Book Club: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19; Conant Public Library, 4 Meetinghouse Hill Road. The club will be reading "All the Stars in the Heavens" by Adriana Trigiani, a romantic novel set during the golden age of Hollywood. Copies of the book are available at the library for checkout. For information, call the library at (978) 422-6409.
Farm to Forest Hike: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, meet at Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Road. Discover Autumn's changes on this forest loop Hike. The hike is uphill with some steep areas, with frequent breaks to enjoy the scenery. The moderate, 1.5-mile hike welcomes all ages. Sturdy shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen and water recommended. Hosted by the DCR.
Adult Coloring: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23; Conant Public Library, 4 Meetinghouse Hill Road. All supplies are provided, but participants may choose to bring their own as well. For information, call the library at (978) 422-6409.
September Cookbook Club: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25; Conant Public Library, 4 Meetinghouse Hill Road. Choose a recipe from "Chinese Soul Food: A Friendly Guide for Homemade Dumplings, Stir-Fries, Soups, and More" by Hsiao-Ching Chou. Enjoy great conversation and rich, colorful recipes to sample. Cookbooks are available at the library for checkout. Registration is required. To register, call (978) 422-6409.
Wellness Programs: at the Sterling Senior Center, 36 Muddy Pond Road. For information, call (978) 422-3032. Foot Clinic with a foot care nurse, 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. By appointment. Cost for first visit, $45. Parkinson's Support Group, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. The group is open to anyone with Parkinson's and/or their caregivers/partners. Caregivers Connect, 9:30-11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30; Clinton Senior Center.
Community Lunch: noon Saturday, Oct. 5, and the first Saturday of the month; First Church of Sterling, Parish Hall, 6 Meetinghouse Hill Road. Free. No reservation required. Cheese and crackers, pulled pork on a bun, coleslaw and ice cream will be served. Vegetarian dishes are also offered. The Parish Hall is handicap accessible. For volunteer opportunities, visit Signup.com/go/RRcJmPy or call (978) 422-6657.
Friends of the Library: seeks board members to support programs and resources for children and adults in Sterling. Learn more about the Friends at a board meeting the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the library in Sterling center. The next meeting will be on Oct. 10. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Membership forms are available at the library. To join online, visit SterlingLibrary.org, click on "About the Library," then "Friends of the Library."
Sterling Republican Town Committee Meeting: 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7, in Town Hall (specific location to be announced. All registered Republican residents are welcome. Or if you would like to register, committee members can help. For any questions or concerns, contact email@example.com for information or call (978) 399-4186.
Toe Jam Puppet Band: has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct 18; First Church in Sterling, 6 Meetinghouse Hill Road. The band offers a brand of hands-on children’s entertainment that grown-ups can enjoy. Sponsored by the Conant Public Library. For information, call the library at (978) 422-6409.
The Sterling Farmers Market: is open, 3-6 p.m. every Friday through October; 1 Park St. (in front of the Butterick Building). A wide variety of local vendors will be offering fresh, home grown and homemade products. Additional vendors and crafters are featured throughout the season. Vendor and crafter applications are being accepted. For information, email Mike Pineo, market manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Sea Gas Concert: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3; Chocksett Middle School, 40 Boutelle Road. Free. North Sea Gas, a Scottish folk band from Edinburgh. No registration is required. Hosted by The Conant Public Library. For information, call (978) 422-6409.
Classic Book Club: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9; Conant Public Library, 4 Meetinghouse Hill Road. The club will be reading "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck. Copies of the book are available at the library for checkout. No registration is required. For information, call the library at (978) 422-6409.
'Sail Away on the Craft of Pastel Painting': with Gregory Maichack, 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Sterling Senior Center, 36 Muddy Pond Road. Free hands-on workshop where participants will experiment with professional grade pastels and pastel pencils in order to create their own 12-by-18 pastel painting. Offered by the Conant Public Library, this workshop is designed for adults and teens ages 18 and older and registration is required. Call the Conant Public Library at (978) 422-6409 to register. This program is supported by a grant from the Sterling Cultural Council.
2020 Medical Mission to La Romana: Volunteers from the First Church in Sterling are gearing up for the mission to La Romana, Dominican Republic, Feb. 28-March 8, 2020. Volunteers are needed who are medically trained, construction capable or anyone who wants to help. If you are interested in volunteering, or supporting a volunteer, contact Doug Davis at (978) 265-7547, or check out CentralMALaRomana.org.
Wachusett Area MSNME Support Group: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every third Monday of month; Sterling Senior Center, 36 Muddy Pond Road. This support group is for people with any form of Multiple Sclerosis, for caregivers, family and friends to learn about current information, talking and sharing, snacks, games, etc. A home-cooked meal will be offered at 11:30 a.m. for $3. For information, call (978) 660-4744, or email email@example.com.
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.