Rhapsody in Bloom Garden Tour 2013: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Harvard and Boxboro. This year's gardens include a variety of plantings and personalities, including woodland venues, full sun gardens, formally planted landscapes, evolving gardens, plus unusual and common flower species. Visitors may also have an opportunity to chat with some of the garden owners throughout the day. (Note: The gardens are not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.) Pets are not allowed in the gardens. Please wear comfortable footwear! Tour is held rain or shine. Reserve your tickets at $30 or $35 on the day of the tour by calling 978-486-9524 ext. 116 or go to

Fort Devens Museum annual meeting and Italian POW program: Between the years 1944 and 1946, over 5,000 German and Italian prisoners-of-war were held at Fort Devens. The Fort Devens Museum has memoirs, photographs and other items pertaining to the German prisoners but information about the Italians has been harder to identify. At 1 p.m., historian Anne Marie Reardon will give a talk on the many Italian POWs that were imprisoned in Massachusetts during WWII. The museum will be open, as part of its regular operating schedule, on that day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reardon's presentation will be followed by the museum's annual business meeting. This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


The museum is located on the third floor at 94 Jackson Road, Devens. For information call the museum at 978-772-1286 or email


Father's Day Fishing Derby: 7 a.m. to noon, Ayer Gun & Sportsmen's Club, 255 Snake Hill Road, Ayer, 978-772-9748. New rules and prizes -- biggest fish, all species. Kids compete with adults. Kids and adults: $10. Family max.: $30 (Family includes parents and their children, 15 and under.) Breakfast and lunch served; free lunch for Dads. Public invited. No license required.


The Buzz on Bees: 9 a.m., presented by bee keeper and naturalist, Michael Veits, at the Lancaster Community Center, 695 Main St., Lancaster. There will be a slide show highlighting their life cycle and their important role in pollination, followed by a field trip to the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge to observe the bees in their natural habitat. Bring water, sunscreen, and binoculars for close-up viewing. Sponsored by the Friends of Oxbow NWR. Contact Ada Woolston at


Don't Risk Stockpiling Hazardous Products

Devens Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection, June 8

OPEN: first Wednesday and following Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, March through December.

PLACE: 9 Cook St. (rear), Devens

WHO: Member communities and their small businesses.

FEE: HHW $20/5 gallons or pounds; $40/10 gallons or pounds, other varies depending on items.

MORE DETAILS: or call 978-501-3943.

JUNE at Virginia Thurston Healing Garden

145 Bolton Road, Harvard, providing a community of support, therapeutic services and education to facilitate healing for those experiencing cancer. Please call now to register to prevent cancelation: 978-456-3532

Morning Yoga


Thursdays, through June 27th, 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Cost: $10

Increase your sense of well-being, relaxation, and health by neutralizing physical and emotional stress.

Strong Women -- Strength Training

Meets: June 7, 14, 21, 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Clients ($10), Community ($12)

This gentle, progressive weight training program increases strength, halts bone loss and controls weight. Particularly important for those in cancer rehabilitation, this program rebuilds muscle loss, addresses muscle imbalance, improves posture and reduces pain.

Mindful Movement -- Tai Chi and Qi Gong Mondays, 10-11 a.m.

Meets: June 10, 17, 24

Cost: $10 for HG members ($60 for series), $12 for non-members ($70 for series)

Combining the vehicles of Tai Chi and Qi Gong this practice incorporates ancient healing art practices to promote living mindfully. This is done through movement, breathing exercises, meditation and posture strengthening.

Support Groups

Post-Treatment, second Thursday of the month, 1-2:30 p.m., Free

In-Treatment, first and third Monday of the month, 1-2:30 p.m., Free

Young Women, first Monday of the month, 9-10:30 a.m., Free

Journaling, first Wednesday of the month, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Free

Metastatic Cancer, second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 3-4:30 a.m., Free

Metastatic Breast Cancer, first and third Fridays of the month, 1:30-3 a.m., Free