Join the Harvard Historical Society Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Still River Meeting House, 215 Still River Road, for a living history program, hosted by Trumbull Bull, an esteemed citizen of Harvard in the mid-19th century. There will be guest appearances from others, including members of Harvard’s Wetherbee family, friends, acquaintances, and even a prize-winning author. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.
Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece of architectural design built in 1935 in southwest Pennsylvania, is dramatically sited over a waterfall and is known worldwide for its soaring cantilevers. In 1995 it was found that some of the cantilevers might be in danger of falling. On Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. in Volunteers Hall, the Warner Free Lecture Trust presents structural engineer Robert Silman, who will share his experience and perspective in connection with the efforts to save this iconic building.
at 6 p.m. at the Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway in Devens. Enjoy wine, spirits, craft beers, and samplings from local restaurants and bakers, including a chocolate tasting. There will also be an auction, prizes, and fun, all to support Habitat for Humanity, providing affordable housing for families in need.
The Harvard Conservation Trust will host its eighth annual Run for the Hills Trail Run/Walk Sunday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Harvard Park and McCurdy Track on Lancaster County Road. This year, in addition to the 5K trail race, there will be a non-competitive 2.5K (1.5-mile) walk on the same wooded trails and paths abutting the track that the runners follow. Participants of all ages are welcome. Same-day registration is available at 8:30 a.m. at the track, or register online at www.runforthehills.org. Entry fees are discounted for early registration, families, and Conservation Trust members. Free t-shirts are available through Sept. 15. Proceeds benefit the Harvard Conservation Trust’s work to preserve the unique character and natural resources of Harvard. More information at harvardconservationtrust.org.
On Saturday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Volunteers Hall, Harvard Friends of the Arts will present Brooks Williams in concert. Williams is a mean finger-picker, a stunning slide guitarist, and a singer with a voice, according to AmericanaUK, “that you just melt into.” Ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, with 22 albums to his name and a vigorous touring schedule in the US, the UK, and Europe, he is one of acoustic roots music’s guiding lights.
Annie Smith Peck (1850-1935) was one of the most accomplished women of the twentieth century that you've never heard of. Peck was a scholar, educator, writer, lecturer, mountain climber, suffragist, and political activist ... a feminist and an independent thinker who refused to let gender stereotypes stand in her way. On Friday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Volunteers Hall, the Warner Free Lecture Trust presents author Hannah Kimberley, who has written a biography of Peck. Kimberley describes her research of Peck’s original letters, artifacts, and ephemera, and brings Peck to life.
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9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ayer-Shirley Middle School, 1 Hospital Road in Shirley. A huge variety of items will be accepted, most at no charge. Charitable and nonprofit organizations will also be on hand to receive certain items. Donations of cash or non-perishable food for Loaves and Fishes are appreciated. Volunteers are needed for 2-hour shifts to unload cars, direct traffic, and help vendors. Training, breakfast, and lunch are provided. For more information call 978-496-5839 or visit https://recycleyourreusables.wordpress.com,