Library 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. Board game mania, Friday, Oct. 25, 3 p.m. Read to therapy dogs, 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28. Family Movie, "Hocus Pocus," 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30. 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.
Pumpkin Carving Party: 1-3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27; Lancaster Community Center. Free pumpkins while supplies last, or bring your own. Bring your own carving tools. Free hot cocoa and cider doughnuts. Carved pumpkins must be left to be entered into the contest on Halloween Night.
College Fair: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29; South Lancaster Academy, 198 George Hill Road. All high school juniors and seniors in the area are welcome. More than 30 colleges, universities and trade schools will be represented, as well as people from DHE, FAFSA and MEFA to answer questions. For information, contact Home and School at email@example.com
Adult Library Programs: Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St. To register, or for more information, call (978) 368-8928 ext. 4 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Evening Adult Book Group, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29; the book is "H is for Hawk" by Helen MacDonald. The Art of Bird Photography with Peter Christoph, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, for young adults to seniors. Program paid for by the Rosemary Davis Memorial Fund grant. Restoration of the American Chestnut Trees with Curt Laffin, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18. Laffin is a wildlife biologist who will discuss efforts to save these trees by the American Chestnut Foundation.
Halloween on the Town Green: 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31. Spooky church, trunk or treats, photo booth, live magic show, food, haunted horsesheds, Halloween portraits (a fundraiser), and Jack O Lantern Contest, judged by local celebrities. Prizes for different age groups: Kindergarten and younger, decorated pumpkins; first grade through adults, carved pumpkins. Drop off at Town Hall Halloween from 3:30-5 p.m. For information, email email@example.com.
Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative: Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St., unless otherwise noted. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Mic, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, Reuben Hoar Library, 41 Shattuck St., Littleton. Write a Children's Book Now With Sally Cragin, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16. Winter Writing Groups and Classes, register beginning Wednesday, Nov. 27, for workshops in Lancaster, Littleton or Worcester. Groups are free, but registration is limited. For information visit https://sevenbridge.org/seven-bridge-sessions/groups/writing-groups. The group meets weekly.
Perkins Speakers Series: Janeway Educaiton Center, 975 Main St. Dan Babib "Intelligent Lives" film screening and discussion with the director, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7. Preregistration suggested at www.perkinsprograms.org/conroy-speakers-series. "Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience," 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6. Following the film, a discussion will be facilitated. Marjatta Moimas presents Gentle Mindfulness for Wellbeing, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 19.
Democratic Town Committee: seeking new members for a four-year term beginning 2020. Members of ward and town committees represent their part at local and neighborhood levels, promote the objectives of the part and work for the nomination and election of candidates. All Democrats registered as of Aug. 20 are eligible. Nomination papers are due by Nov. 8. For information, contact chairman Donald Adams at email@example.com or (978) 365-4870.
A House of Refuge: 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays, 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.
Pasta Dinner: 5-7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9; Immaculate Conception Parish of Lancaster, Main Street in the church hall. The cost $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children. All proceeds benefit the youth programs. Take out will be available.
Mothertown Quilters Guild Meeting: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12; Fellowship Hall of the Village Church, South Lancaster (park in the fenced lot at the corner of Sawyer and Prescott streets; enter through the back door). This is an outreach workshop that will include making pillowcases for families staying at Transitions at Devens. The guild meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm, with social time at 6:30 pm, from September through June. Visitors are welcome with a $5 guest fee. Dues are $25 a year.
Wine and Dine: third Wednesday of the month. Cost is $4, van fee plus food. 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.
Perkins Community Open House: 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13; Janeway Education Center, 975 Main St. To learn about Perkins' dynamic programs, get answers to your questions, and mix and mingle with the staff. Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.Stop in any time: 6-8 p.m., welcome reception with light hors d’oeuvres; 6:15–6:45, Perkins Programs: Overview and updates; 6:45-8, exploratory time with staff. Pre-registration is encouraged. Contact Tracy Tallman, chief of staff, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (978) 368-6401.
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.
New Recycling Center Procedures: To keep the recycling center open, there will be a fixed charge of $3 per vehicle to enter the yard. Booklets of five coupons will be available for purchase for $15 at the recycling center during normal hours (Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to noon) and at the town clerk's office in the Prescott Building. Other fees continue as normal.
Ongoing Library 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. Mommy & Me Bootcamp led by Tiffany Normandin, Tuesdays, 4:15-5 p.m., mothers work out while children play; designed for all fitness levels. Children of all ages welcome, accompanied by adult. 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 the Thayer Memorial Library is actively seeking donations, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks for their annual book sale. Items can be dropped off in the lower level of the library near the coat rack. No textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias, Reader's Digest condensed books or books is poor condition.
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.
Wachusett Reservoir Watershed Events: at the Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Road. Nature Play Group, Friday, Oct. 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Young children explore the fields and forests. Dress for the weather for this outdoor, unstructured playtime. Creatures of the Forest, Saturday, Oct. 26, 10-11 a.m. Find out what the creatures of the watershed are up to in autumn. Hike the forest loop to a rocky outcrop to investigate signs of wildlife. Family friendly hike for all ages, about 1.5 miles. Bring sturdy shoes. Open House, Saturday, Nov. 9, noon-2 p.m., showing off the 1790's farmhouse with displays. Maps, Saturday, Nov. 9, 1-2 p.m. Visit the floor map and map collection. Create your own realistic or fantastic 3-D map. All ages welcome. Hike, Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m., meet at Wachusett Reservoir Gate 35, intersection of Route 110 and Chace Hill Road. Hike, Saturday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m., meet at Wachusett Reservoir Gate 36 North Dike, Route 110. Dress for the weather. In case of inclement weather, check hike status by calling (774) 261-1809.
Allenwood Trail Hike: 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27; Allenwood Trailhead and kiosk are located on the east side of Heywood Road, a third of a mile from Rowley Hill Road. Jim French, co-founder of the Sterling Land Trust, will lead the four-mil hike, which will offer views toward farmlands along Tuttle Road, then cross the Wekepeke Brook on a new bridge, turning around at North Row Road. Expect a two or two-and-a-half hour hike. There are options for a shorter route depending on weather. Rain date is Nov. 3.
Wellness Programs: at the Sterling Senior Center, 36 Muddy Pond Road. For information, call (978) 422-3032. Caregivers Connect, 9:30-11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28; Sterling Senior Center.
Adult Library Programs: Conant Public Library, 4 Meetinghouse Hill Road. For information or registration, call (978) 422-6409. Meditation, 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28, at the Sterling Senior Center, 36 Muddy Pond Road for all ages. No registration required. Adult coloring program Monday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. All supplies are provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own. No registration is required. Contemporary Book Club, Thursday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m. will be reading the fantasy novel "The Bear and the Nightingale" by Katherine Arden. Copies of the book are available at the library for checkout. No registration is required. Holiday Cookie Swap, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m. Bake seven dozen of your favorite holiday cookies, some to enjoy, others to pass out. Registration required and will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Call (978) 422-6409 to register and let officials know which type of cookie you are bringing.
AMVETS Post 38 Meeting: 7 p.m., Oct. 28, 7 p.m.; Leominster Veterans Memorial Center, conference room, 100 West St. For information, call (978) 537-1541.
Housing Production Plan Presentation: 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30; Room 205 of the Butterick Municipal Building, 1 Park St.. Learn more about Sterling’s proactive strategy for planning and developing affordable housing. The draft plan is on the town's website, www.sterling-ma.gov.
Senior Center Programs: 36 Muddy Pond Road, call (978) 422-3032 for information and reservations. Ten-week program dealing with the loss of a loved one, Thursdays through Dec. 26, 4:30-6 p.m., with clinic social worker and bereavement instructor Peggye Arcouette. Halloween party featuring mummy-wrapped dogs, tater bugs and eyeball beans, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 31. Costumes all day. Sign-ups requested. Artists' reception honoring Catherine and Julie Fox, Thursday, Nov. 7, 6-8 p.m. The History Club program, "The British are Coming," Friday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m.; discussion led by Pat Fox. Veterans Day luncheon, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m., featuring beef bourguignon, mashed potato, broccoli and cannolli; preferred seating to veterans and their guests, reservations required. Volunteer Fair, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6-8 p.m. at the Sterling Senior Center, featuring organizations including the American Cancer Society-Road to Recovery, Sterling Village Nursing and Rehabilitation, The CASA Project, Central Mass. Disaster Animal Response Team, Sterling schools, WHEAT Community Connections and the Alzheimer's Association. Peer Leaders intergenerational card-writing, Monday, Nov. 18, 8:30 a.m. Trinity Big Band, Tuesday, Nov. 19. Armchair Travel with Bill Ayadi, "From Tunisia to America," Thursday, Nov. 21, 3:30 p.m. History Club program, "Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad," Friday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m., discussion led by Bob Kimball.
Community Lunch: noon, Saturday, Nov. 2, and the first Saturday of the month; First Church of Sterling, Parish Hall, 6 Meetinghouse Hill Road. Free. No reservation required. Italian appetizer, chicken parmesan pasta, mixed vegetables and apple cranberry bars 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.
Wachusett Chamber Salute Breakfast: 7:30-9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6; Sterling Senior Center, 36 Muddy Pond Road. Among the honorees are Sterling Selectman Maureen Cranson and Boylston teacher Patty Inwood, founder of Hope Lives here. Sponsored by Christopher House of Worcester. The cost is $20 for Chamber members and $25 for nonmembers. To register visit: www.wachusettareachamber.org.
Boy Scout Troop 189 Bottle and Can Drive: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9; Sterling Municipal Light Department, 50 Main St. All Mass. returnable bottles and cans are accepted. If you are unavailable Nov. 9, and have a large collection of bottles and cans, or if you are not able to bring your collection to the Light Department, Scouts can arrange for a pick up. Call Mike at (978) 422-7756. All proceeds help fund camping trips, purchasing and maintenance of equipment, and administrative costs. Boys ages 11-17 can find out more about joining by attending a troop meeting. To find out dates and times, call Mike at (978) 422-7756.
Legion 100th Anniversary: Ham and bean supper, Saturday, Nov. 9, 5:30 p.m.; First Church Parish Hall. Historical articles from the Hiram O. Taylor Post 189 American Legion will be there. Donation is $10, take out available. Call for reservation to make sure enough food is available: Bob Temple, (978) 479-0086, Dough Harvey, (508) 450-9965; and Joe Chiaravalloti, (978) 870-0575.
Wachusett Booster Club Craft and Artisan Fair: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, Wachusett gymnasium, 1401 Main St., Holden; Student clubs and teams create and sponsor the food court. Admission is $3, seniors and students, $2. Free shuttle from the parking lot. Proceeds benefit extra-curricular activities at Wachusett Regional High School.
Veterans Day Parade: Sunday, Nov. 10, noon, hosted by Hiram O. Taylor Post 189, American Legion. The parade starts at the Butterick Municipal Building on Park Street, proceeds down Main Street for the program at Memorial Park on Cross Street. Veterans are invited to march with the Legion, along with the Fire Department, Boy and Girl Scouts, Brownies and Cub Scouts.
'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.
Bugles, Boxes and Bells: A 200-year history of sounding the alarm, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Legion Hall, School Street. Lt. Tom Kokernak, of the Sterling Fire Department will look at the different ways society responded to the discovery of fire and the evolution of technology for modern fire systems. Hosted by the Sterling Historical Society, call (978) 422-6139 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
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 Nov. 14. Or email email@example.com. Membership forms are available at the library. To join online, visit SterlingLibrary.org, click on "About the Library," then "Friends of the Library."
Monty Tech Comedy Night: 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14; Wachusett Mountain, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. Tickets are $25 and proceeds go to Monty Tech student scholarships. To purchase tickets, visit: www.montytech.net/ComedyNight or call Katy Whitaker at (978) 345-9200, ext. 5253. Doors open at 6 p.m.; cash bar, snacks, raffles, silent auction and live auction.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.