Upcoming Fivesparks events
Go to fivesparks.org for more information or to sign up for these programs:
- Pumpkin Palooza carving event in partnership with Carlson Orchards. Sunday, Oct. 25, 4-6 p.m. Preregistration required.
- You Can Afford College If ... Zoom seminar on college financial aid, Thursday, Nov. 12, 7 to 9 p.m. Preregistration required.
- October Photo Contest. Submit your photo via fivesparks.org for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Flowers at Westcott Barn.
- Zoom Felting with Rachel Benson. Kitty on Pumpkin 10/20, Wizard Chest Craft 10/22, Wet-Felted Journal Cover 10/22 and 10/29, Journaling for Self-Discovery 10/23 and 10/30, Painting with Wool 11/4, Wet-Felted Acorns 11/5. Times and additional classes at fivesparks.org.
Library hosts virtual storytimes and book groups
All virtual storytimes and book groups take place via Zoom. To learn more, or to be added to a storytime or book group, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate your child’s age. There is a unique Zoom link for each meeting. These links are emailed to storytime and book group members the day before each meeting.
- Infant Storytime for infants to 2-year-olds; Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
- Storytime for 2s and 3s; Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
- Stories for 4s and 5s; Mondays at 1:30 p.m.
- Book Group for Fourth-Graders; Monday, Oct. 19, 4 to 4:45 p.m.
- Book Group for Sixth-Graders; Tuesday, Oct. 27, 4 to 4:45 p.m.
- Write Stuff for Grades 4-6; Tuesday, Oct. 20, 4 to 4:45 p.m.
- Book Gobblers for Grades 1-2; Monday, Oct. 26, 4 to 4:45 p.m.
- Playful Engineers; for kids and parents Wednesday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m.
- Children’s Literature Book Group for Grownups; Thursday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
- Teen Connections Book Group; Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 to 8 p.m.
Run for the Hills (virtually)
The Harvard Conservation Trust invites everyone to celebrate and support its mission of preserving Harvard’s natural resources by participating in its annual Run For the Hills (RFTH) event. This year’s event will be virtual. All are invited to participate by running, walking, or riding local trails during the weekend of Oct. 24-25. In lieu of a registration fee, a donation to the Conservation Trust will get you a 2020 RFTH T-shirt. More information, including course suggestions, is available at www.runforthehills.org.
Women’s Business Network meets
The Women’s Business Network (WBN) will hold its annual fall luncheon at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the open air pavilion at the Bolton Common, 715 Main Street in Bolton. This hybrid live/virtual event will give each attendee, whether live or virtual, an opportunity to introduce herself and her business.
RSVP and prepayment are necessary: Lunch orders for those attending live (or requesting a bag lunch to accompany their virtual participation) may be selected from a limited menu. Those wishing Zoom links should also RSVP. All should RSVP to Deb Oliva, email@example.com
WBN is a business and professional networking organization promoting and supporting women in business, professional practices, and the arts. Go to www.facebook/com/WomensBusinessNetwork for more information.
Healing Garden Walk & Ride
The Healing Garden Cancer Support Center is hosting its annual Walk & Ride event as a virtual fundraiser through Oct. 18. Community members of all abilities can walk, run, bike, hike, or any other physical activity they choose, anywhere they choose. The event, “QuaranTEAM 2020: Walk, Run, Hike or Bike to Thrive,” raises funds to ensure that integrative therapeutic support programs and services are available to those affected by cancer. New this year is a free scavenger hunt intended to engage families and children. For details and to sign up go to https://bit.ly/2EN5NqT.
Devens Farmers Market
Stop by the Devens Farmers Market on Devens Common Wednesdays from 2:30 to 6 p.m. for fresh fruits and vegetables. Place an order online for a produce box ranging from $25 to $40. Orders must be received by 2 p.m. on Tuesday for curbside pickup at that week’s Wednesday market. Visit dicksmarketgardens.com for more details.
Indian Hill hosts livestream concert series
Indian Hill Music announces “Live from Indian Hill,” its new virtual concert series featuring acclaimed artists in jazz, roots, global contemporary music, and more. The first concert, livestreamed from Indian Hill’s Blackman Hall stage is Saturday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. The featured musician is internationally acclaimed Celtic harpist/singer-songwriter Maeve Gilchrist, a member of Yo Yo Ma’s renowned Silkroad Ensemble. Go to indianhillmusic.org/performances for tickets and more details.
Ayer Cultural Council hosts online arts and crafts event
From Nov. 1 through Dec. 20, the Ayer Cultural Council will host dozens of local artists, crafters, and businesses for a holiday arts and crafts fair. Participants are offering their wares via a Facebook page, as well as an online site. To be notified when sites are live, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit facebook.com/ayermalcc.
Harvard Firefighters Turkey Raffle
Although the Harvard firefighters' annual turkey raffle won’t be held in person this year, there will be a drawing for prizes on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Winners will be notified by phone. To purchase tickets ($20 for five tickets, $5 for one), email Jen Schoenberg at email@example.com, stop by the fire station, or reach out to any Harvard firefighter. Also, firefighters will be selling tickets on the Common; dates and times to be announced soon.
In addition to turkeys, prizes include a 50" TV, a backpack leaf blower, Gibbet Hill gift cards, a Disney+ Nintendo Switch, and many donations from local businesses.