Boott Cotton Mills Museum -- 115 John St., Lowell. Lowell Talks: A Conversation with Benjamin Butler, Sun., Nov. 4, 11 a.m.-noon; Robert Scott portrays the Lowell native and 19th-century lightning rod. Lowell's Urbanscape: A Legacy of Newcomers, an exhibition of black-and-white photographs by Jen Bauer and Jeff Caplan, through Sept. 18, 2019.
Chelmsford Center for the Arts -- 1 North Road. Pencils Down, works by the Colored Pencils Society of America, New England chapter, through Oct. 28.
Western Avenue Studios -- Western Avenue, Lowell. Fiber De-Stash Sale, Sun., Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., yarn, thread, fiber, fabric and patterns at discounted prices, $8, kids free; benefits Women & Textiles Expo; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discovery Museum -- 177 Main St., Acton (programs are free with admission unless noted). Paper Drop, Thur., Oct. 25, 10-11 a.m. Forest Fridays, Oct. 26, 10-10:45 a.m. Chemistry Is Out of This World, Fri., Oct. 26, 2-4:30 p.m. Pumpkin Take Aparts, Tues., Oct. 30, 10-11 a.m. Spooky Science, Tues., Oct. 30, 2-4:30 p.m. Halloween Trail Walk and Treasure Hunt, Wed., Oct. 31, 10-11:30 a.m. Finger Painting, Thur., Nov. 1, 10-11 a.m.
Merrimack Premium Outlets -- 80 Premium Outlets Blvd., Merrimack, N.H. "Vampirina"-Themed Disney Junior Play, Sat., Oct. 27, 4:30-7 p.m.; come in costume, photo booth, coloring, pumpkin craft, samples and more
Pheasant Lane Mall -- 310 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, N.
Silver Unicorn Bookstore -- 12 Spruce St., Acton. Saturday Morning Story Time Series, Saturdays, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 11 a.m.-noon.
Tsongas Center -- 300 MLK Jr. Way, Lowell. Sesame Street Live! Let's Party, Sat., Nov. 10, Sun., Nov. 11, 6 p.m., $28-$88.
NAtional Active and Retired Federal Employees Association -- Monthly meeting, Mon. Nov. 5, 1:30 p.m., at Chelmsford Bicle Church Hall, 128 Gorham St., Chelmsford.
Animal Rescue Network of New England -- Pelham Congregational Church, 3 Main St. Pet Adoption Day, Sat., Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
JFK Plaza -- 50 Arcand Drive, Lowell. Remembrance and Recovery Vigil, Thur., Oct. 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m., hosted by city of Lowell; 978-674-4304.
Films, Books, Lectures
Luna Theater -- Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St., Lowell. Halloween (original), horror, Fri., Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 27, 5 and 8 p.m.; Tues., Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. Coraline, animated, Sat., Oct. 27, 11 a.m.; Sun. Oct. 28, 11 a.m. Nico, drama, Sat., Oct. 27, 2 p.m. Beeteljuice, comedy, Sun., Oct. 28, 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Weirdo Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Showcase Cinema -- 32 Reiss Ave., Lowell. Fright Fest, "Beetlejuice 30th Anniversary," Tues., Oct. 30; "Night of the Living Dead," Thur., Oct. 25, 10 p.m.; "The Conjuring," Thur., Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Oct. 28, 1 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera's La Fanciulla del West, Sat., Oct. 27, 12:55-3:55 p.m., $28.
Silver Unicorn Bookstore -- 12 Spruce St., Acton. Author Visit: Lou Cover, Thur., Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Author Event: Kelly DiBenedetto, Jennifer Eckert and Katie Gorczyca, Thur., Nov. 1, 7-8 p.m.
Hannaford -- 777 Rogers St., Lowell. Reusable Bag Program, for every reusable bad purchased in October, $1 will go to Habitat for Humanity for month of October.
Lenzi's -- 810 Merrimack Ave., Dracut. Laughs for Love, Fri., Nov. 9, casino night at 7 p.m., comedy at 9 p.m., featuring Wes Hazard, Lamont Price and Dan Crohn; $35 in advance, $60 couple, $15 students, $40 at the door; benefits Mustard Seed Communities in Jamaica; www.mustardseed.com/laughsforlove.
Lowell Humane Society -- 951 Broadway St. Fourth Annual Paws for Celebraton, Fri., Nov. 2, at UML Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St.
Health & Wellness
Merrimack Valley Hospice -- Grief Support for Loss of Adult Child, first and third Tuesday of each month, through Dec. 18, 2-3:30 p.m., at High Pointe House, 360 North Ave., Haverhill; free; 978-374-9257. Grief Support for Coping with the Holidays, Tuesdays, Nov. 6,20, Dec. 4,18, 6:30-8 p.m., at St. Michael's Parish, 196 Main St., North Andover; Wednesdays, Nov. 7,21, Dec. 5,18, 10-11 a.m., at Amesbury Senior Center, 68 Elm St.
Westford Health Department -- Flu Clinics, Westford residents only; School-based, Mon., Nov. 5, through Wed., Nov. 7, before school; call 978-692-5509 to register. Parent Support Group, Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m., Nov. 13 (Positive Parenting), Jan. 8 (Understanding ADD/ADHD), Feb. 12 (Therapy Options), April 9 (Substance Use/Abuse), May 14 (Impact of Mental Illness on Family); 978-692-5509.
Federated Church of Ayer -- 21 Washington St. Haunted House, Fri., Oct. 26, 4-6 p.m. for kids' trick-or-treating, 6-9 p.m. for Halloween Spooktacular; $3 for 10 and younger, $5 for 11 and older; hosted by ASRHS Drama Club; 978-772-2545.
Kiwanis of Greater Lowell -- Monster Bach and Halloween Stroll, Sat., Oct. 27, Haunted House and kids' games, noon-3 p.m., at Lowell High School; Costume Contest, through age 12, 1 and 2 p.m.; Trick-or-Treating, noon-2 p.m., downtown Lowell (bring a treat bag); free.
Townsend VFW -- 491 Main St. Haunted Trail, Tues., Oct. 30, 7-9 p.m.; $7 ($6 with a canned-good donation); benefits Friends of the Townsend Library and VFW Auxiliary; email@example.com.
Chelmsford Public Library -- 25 Boston Road. Tech Talk: Getting the Most out of Excel, Thur., Oct. 25, 7-8 p.m. Film Screening: "Dislecksia," Mon., Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m.
Nashua Public Library -- 2 Court St., Nashua, N.H., 603-589-4610, www.nashualibrary.org. National Novel Writing Month Kickoff, Sat., Oct. 27, 3 p.m., Nevertheless Writers, collaborative of five authors who will share writing and publishing experiences.
Parker Memorial Library -- 28 Arlington St., Dracut. Book Discussion, "My American Dream" by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Sat., Oct. 27, 2-3 p.m. Massachusetts Cranberry Culture with Robert Cox, food tasting to follow, Mon., Oct. 29, 6:30-8 p.m. Love in the Stacks: A Romance Book Club, Wed., Oct. 31, 6:30-8 p.m., new club, October book is "Smooth-Talking Stranger" by Lisa Kleypas.
Pelham Public Library -- 24 Village Green. Top Frauds & Scams, Tues., Oct. 30, 7-8 p.m.
Pollard Memorial Library -- 401 Merrimack St., Lowell. No registration required except where noted. LEGO Club, Sat., Nov. 10, 9:30 a.m. Mother Goose on the Loose, Tuesdays, Nov. 6, 13, 27, Dec. 4,11, 18, 10:30 a.m. Saturday Special Friends: A Playgroup for Special Needs Children and Their Families, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. UNScary Halloween Party, Tues., Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m. Halloween Crafternoon, Sat., Oct. 27, 1 p.m. BInteractive Fiction, Mondays, Oct. 29, Nov. 5,12,19, Dec. 3,10,17, 3 p.m.
Tewksbury Public Library -- 300 Chandler St.; registration recommended, 978-640-4490, ext. 205, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tewksburypl.org. Lunchtime Lecture: Help The Merrimack & Shawsheen Rivers, Thur., Oct. 25, 12:30 p.m.; Author Visit: Lessons From A 4,000-Mile Walk Across From America by Andrew Forsthoefel, Thur., Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Film Screening: Jurassic World-Fallen Kingdom, Fri., Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Tewksbury Job Seekers: How To Use Lynda.com In Your Job Search, Mon., Oct. 29, 2 p.m. Fright Night: An Evening with Paranormal Investigator Ron Kolek, Mon., Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Halloween Concert for Adults with Jessica Mercy, Wed., Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m. Minerals of Massachusetts, Thur., Nov. 1, 7-8 p.m.
Tyngsboro Public Library -- 25 Bryants Lane. Family Music Time, Thur., Nov. 1, 10-11 a.m.
Finnish Center at Saima Park -- 67 Scott Road, Fitchburg. Pannukakku Breakfast, Sat., Oct, 27, 8-10 a.m., Finnish oven pancakes, bacon, sausage, juice, Finnish coffee bread, coffee, tea, cocoa; $8.
Hellenic Cultural Center -- Holy Trinity Philoptochos Greek Food Fair, Sat., Nov. 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., roast chicken and potatoes, pastichio, moussaka, green beans and tomatos, Greek salad and pastries, raffles, crafts; benefits philanthropic efforts of the Holy Trinity Philoptochos.
Holy Trinity Parish Hall -- 338 High St., Lowell. Annual Fall Festival and Polish Food Sale, Sat., Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., hosted by Holy Trinity Senior Citizens Club.
North Billerica Baptist Church -- 39 Old Elm St. Fall Fair, Sat. Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., home-baked goods, hand-made items, vendors, sandwiches, fish chowder.
Tyngsboro Elementary School -- 205 Westford Road. 15th Annual Holiday Marketplace , Sun., Nov. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., hand-crafted items, gifts; hosted by and benefits Tyngsboro Scholarship Trust; tables still available; www.tyngsboroughscholarshiptrust.org; email tyngsborough email@example.com.
VFW Post 662 -- 190 Plain St., Lowell. Country Store, Sun,. Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., raffles, 50/50, gift cards/certificates, scratch tickets, white-elephant table, food and beverages; hosted by and benefits VFW Auxiliary; 603-394-5159, 978-934-0120.