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Calendar…August 19, 2016




Habitat for Humanity of North Central Massachusetts will host a showing of the film “The Finest Hours” at Randall Library in Stow on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m. The movie depicts a Coast Guard rescue off Cape Cod, in which Stow’s own Ed Mason was one of the servicemen sent to save those aboard two sinking ships.

Mason is also part of the Habitat NCM Critical Home Repair program, and crews will be at his home in Stow during August and early September. Guests are invited to come learn more about Ed’s amazing life of service, Habitat’s Critical Home Repair program and Local Project Committees, and how to get involved in Habitat’s mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat NCM, with offices in Acton and Leominster, offers a hand up, not a hand out to hard-working, low-income central Massachusetts families seeking affordable homeownership. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat NCM builds and repairs simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner partner families. For more information, call 978-346-2749 or email [email protected].


The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center in Harvard announces its second annual Ride to Thrive on Sunday, Sept. 11. This metric and half-metric fundraising bicycle ride winds through the picturesque Nashoba Valley, with a staggered start of 8 a.m. for metric cyclists, and 9 a.m. for half-metric cyclists. This is a supported ride and includes T-shirts for the first 100 riders, water stops during the ride, and chili and suds after the ride. All proceeds will benefit clients of the Cancer Support Center, which provides therapeutic services for cancer patients from more than 165 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Cyclists can register at The Healing Garden is an educational nonprofit organization that relies completely on community support. For more information visit


The Friends of the Oxbow’s annual Nighthawk Watch will take place Saturday, Aug. 20 and 27, and Sept. 10, from about 6:35 to 8 p.m. Experienced birders will be on hand to offer help with identification .However, if those days are not convenient for you, you can take your chair and binoculars and watch any other evening from now until about Sept. 12. Enjoyable for beginners as well as expert birders.

Nightawk Watchers should meet near the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard, near the entrance to the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge. There is parking along the road where you can look out over the fields, and there will be a sign. Bring binoculars, field guides and a chair if you want. For more information, call Don MacFarlane at 978-897-7567.

This programmed is being offered by the Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge in conjunction with Fish and Wildlife and the Brookline Birding Club.


There are still spaces available for the 41st annual Horse Shed Fair, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, , from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the First Church of Christ, Unitarian (the Bulfinch Church), Main Street, in Lancaster Center. Customers look forward to this popular event, which is held for one day only, rain or shine, and they come ready to buy.

For more information and to download an application, visit


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