Friends Annual Membership Drive

The Friends of the Hazen Memorial Library provide the funding for Museum Passes, Children's programs, afternoon arts and crafts, animal shows, magicians and the Summer Reading Programs Fizz, Boom, Read! and Spark a Reaction.

The money raised provides all of these programs that residents enjoy and have come to expect from our library. These funds are vital for jump-starting new programs and services.

The Friends look forward to greeting new members and building on their efforts to support what is proving to be a continually surprising resource, the town library. The next meeting will be in September, at the library. Check online calendar for the date.

Mail to: P.O. Box 653, Shirley, MA 01464.

Free children's fishing derby July 12

The Ayer Sportsman's Club, 255 Snake Hill Road, will host a free children's fishing derby on Saturday, July 12, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Free lunch for kids; two-trout limit per pole. No license required.

Public invited, adults $10.

Free poles to the first 20 kids.

Well adult clinic July 15

Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with the Shirley Board of Health, announces that a Well Adult Clinic will be held Tuesday, July 15, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Shaker Meadows, 32 Harvard Road. Drop in for blood pressure, pulse screening and diet teaching. No appointment is necessary.


For information, please contact Nashoba Associated Boards of Health at 978-772-3335 or 1-800-427-9762 ext. 333.

Farmers markets Thursdays

Shirley Center Farmers Market will open for the season on Thursday, July 10, beginning at 4 p.m., on the Shirley Historic Center Common, 3 Parker Road. The market will be open until dusk weekly through Sept. 25.

This year's vendors include local farms, honey, syrup, baked goods, cheeses, meats, goat milk products, locally roasted coffee beans, fine local crafters and much more!

As always, we'll have free live local entertainment on the Center Stage each week to put you in the mood for a lazy summer evening on our scenic and historic common.

Join us on opening day, July 10, for the beautiful sounds of Cooper & Kenneally, who will play an entertaining mix of roots, folk-rock, rockabilly, country and blues. We will also be graced with a visit by Henry David Thoreau, who will be wandering the lawn and giving a lecture inside the historic First Parish Meeting House. Don't miss this exciting day!

New this year will be weekly kids' activities beginning at approximately 4 p.m. These craft- or food-related activities are free, with the exception of tie-dye day, for which you will need to bring your own white T-shirt or pillowcase. Come to the farmer's market to pick up a schedule of all of our kids' activities.

If you would like more information on the Shirley Center Farmer's Market or would like to receive a vendor packet, please contact SCFM Committee Chair Jodie Rachman at 978-425-2112, or

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Celebrate the anniversary of the Mystical Maze July 11

On Friday, July 11, at 6 p.m., the Shirley Historical Society will be celebrating the anniversary of the Mystical Maze and everyone is invited. The event will take place at the Benjamin Hill Recreation Area and is co-sponsored with the Benjamin Hill Committee and some members of the original Mystical Maze Committee.

Shirley Historical Society members will bring hot dogs and paper goods to share and hope that other folks will bring side dishes, desserts and beverages to share.

For the program, there will be a slideshow illustrating the history of the construction and we will dig up the time capsule. The pool will be open until 8 p.m., free of charge. 

For information, contact the Shirley Historical Society at 978-425-9328 or email

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