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Monday, June 4

Cemetery Commission meeting: 3:30 p.m., cemetery office.

Parks and Recreation Commission meeting: 7:30 p.m., Harvard Public Library.

Planning Board meeting: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall.

Municipal Affordable Housing Trust meeting: 6:30 p.m., Hildreth House.

Special education audit: 7:30 p.m., The Bromfield School library.

Tuesday, June 5

Board of Selectmen meeting: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall.

Historic Commission meeting: 7:30 p.m., Hildreth House.

Town Center Planning Committee meeting: 7:30 a.m., Town Hall.

Cardiology talk: 1 p.m., Hildreth House. Dr. Rick Birkhead, from Nashoba Valley Medical Center, will speak.

End-of-season sale: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Harvard Unitarian Church. Early birds will get the best selection. On closing day, June 12, come and fill a grocery-size bag for just $5. Bargains will reopen in the fall. Watch for the date.

Wednesday, June 6

Housing Authority meeting: 7:30 p.m., Hildreth House.

Thursday, June 7

Conservation Commission meeting: 7 p.m., Town Hall.

Devens Enterprise Commission meeting: 7:30 a.m., 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens.

Saturday, June 9

Historical Society house tour: Show 10 to 4 p.m., reception 4 to 6 p.m., Historical Society, 215 Still Rive Road. The theme is kitchens, barns and gardens: Then and now. Among the sights on the tour are a house with a spectacular Western view, an old barn adapted to new use, a garden with “rooms,” award-winning sheep, a kitchen (both gourmet and family), and many other barns, kitchens and gardens. An exhibit of Harvard kitchens, barns and gardens of the past will complement the present-day venues. Artisans will exhibit work for sale including jewelry, kitchen items, garden decorations, art and other crafts. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 the day of the tour. To purchase tickets call Toni Purdy at (978) 456-8657 or e-mail All proceeds support the Harvard Historical Society.

Hazardous Waste Day: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Transfer Station. For information visit

Sunday, June 10

Fourth of July Committee meeting: 7 p.m., Hildreth House.


Tickets for House Tour, artisan show on sale

Tickets are on sale for this year’s House Tour, with eight locations in Harvard featuring new and historic barns, gardens and kitchens. The tour concludes with a reception at the Historical Society’s headquarters. Artisans will display work for sale in the houses, so bring a shopping list for unique gifts and treasures.

There will also be an exhibit about gardens, kitchens and barns from Harvard’s past along with music and refreshments.

Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event. For information visit To purchase tickets call Toni Purdy at (978) 456-8657 or e-mail

Yeehaw! Top Gun shootout

The 2007 Shootout at Sawyer Flats is scheduled for June 1 to 3 at the Harvard Sportsmen’s Club.

Cowboy-action shooting is a timed competition where participants dress in period attire and use original or replica firearms from the late 19th century.

Spectators are welcome to attend for free, but eye protection must be worn and will be available at the registration table.

Starting Friday, at 10:30 a.m., competitors will vie for awards and bragging rights in categories such as fastest shotgun, pocket pistol, speed pistol, long-range rifle and speed rifle. Dinner follows at the Sportsmen’s Club at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday’s events start with the mandatory safety meeting at 8:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., qroups of 20 will head to their designated ranges. Following the day’s events, participants will relax at a Cowboy Social featuring dinner, dancing and award presentations.

The competition starts Sunday at 9 a.m., followed by a Top Gun Shootout featuring the top 16 male and female shooters at 1 p.m. The award ceremony will start at 3 p.m.

This Single Action Shooting Society-sanctioned event hosted by the Harvard Ghost Riders. For information visit For information on the Ghost Riders visit

Community call for information

The Fourth of July Committee is looking for contact information for Harvard residents who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, are Centenarians and own convertibles who are willing to drive dignitaries in the parade.

We are also looking for floats. We want neighborhoods to join together and participate in the parade and select a theme or activity from 1732 — farmer, blacksmith, baker, politician, teacher, mill-worker, child, etc.

For information or to help out call Piali De at (978) 456-8577 or e-mail or call Kathy Farrell at (978) 456-9533 or e-mail

Bargains in the Belfry

Bargains in the Belfry’s end-of-season half-price sale will be held June 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Harvard Unitarian Church.

Early birds will get the best selection. On closing day, June 12, come and fill a grocery-size bag for just $5.

Bargains will reopen in the fall. Watch for the date.

Council on Aging news

* Tax assistance: American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) tax volunteers will offer free assistance with tax preparation for elderly individuals with low to moderate incomes. Volunteers are trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For a list of available sites, contact the COA office.

* Brown bag lunch time: The COA will hold a brown bag lunch time at noon on Thursdays, at noon, at Hildreth House.

* Computer refresher course: A computer refresher class, sponsored by the COA, runs Fridays, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Hildreth House.

* Walking Club: The COA Walking Club will meet Tuesdays, at 9 a.m., at Harvard Park.

* Aerobics course: The COA holds an aerobics course every Wednesday, at 4 p.m., and Friday, at 3 p.m., at the Congregational Church. All are welcome to attend.

Fun Fair 2007: Save the date

It takes a village to run the Fun Fair –150 volunteers are needed. The Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Fun Fair will be held June 15, from 3 to 7 p.m., with a rain date of June 14, from 3 to 7 p.m. For information e-mail Suzanne Dutkewych at, Deb Vellante at or Risa Tracey at

COA’s upcoming events

* June 5, Cardiologist to speak: 1 p.m., Hildreth House. Dr. Rick Birkhead, from Nashoba Valley Medical Center, will speak.

* June 13, Butterfly Place: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., leave from Hildreth House. The cost is $10 plus the cost of lunch. The trip is to the Butterfly Place in Westford and the Stonehedge Inn for lunch.

* June 24, Hildreth House Open House: 2 to 4 p.m., Hildreth House. Extensive work has been going into this historic house this year, thanks to a grant from the Community Preservation Fund and the many hours being put in by volunteers. The Friends of the Council on Aging and the board of directors teamed up to plan this celebration.

* June 27, Newport, R.I., trip: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., leave from Hildreth House. The stops on the trip include the Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, and Fort Adams State Park to watch the arrival of some of the tall ships. The cost is $20 plus the cost of lunch. Call early to reserve a seat.

* July 12, “The King and I”: 1 to 5:30 p.m., leave from Hildreth House. The Reagle Players will perform this show in Waltham. Tickets, which cost $35 each, must be ordered in advance, so you must sign up by May 18.

Friends seek to bring live performances to Volunteers Hall

With the new library at Old Bromfield open, the Friends of the Harvard Public Library are forming a Steering Committee to bring live performances to Volunteers Hall.

The restored Volunteers Hall in the Old Bromfield houses a stage and seating for about 90 people. The friends envision hosting acoustic-based music, poetry slams, storytelling and staged reading performances among other activities. Proceeds from these events will fund library programs and equipment.

The friends are seeking volunteers to form the Steering Committee who are willing to assist in planning these events on an ongoing basis. Those interested can e-mail friends Copresident Chris Frechette at

Library news

Library summer hours

Harvard Public Library will begin its Saturday summer schedule June 2. The library will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from June to August. Scheduled hours of operation on all other days remain unchanged.

Children’s programs

Tuesdays, at 10:30 a.m., Drop-In Story Time for infants to 3-year-olds. This program consists of stories, songs and finger-plays geared toward toddlers and their caregivers.

Thursdays, at 2 p.m., Drop-In Story Time for 3- to 5-year-olds. This program is a mix of quiet and interactive stories and finger-plays geared toward preschool children and their caregivers.

June 2, 9 and 16, at 11 a.m., Saturday Storytimes for 3- to 7-year-olds. Teen volunteers lead these drop-in, half-hour storytimes for children and their caregivers. These enthusiastic Harvard teen volunteers present a mix of interactive stories and fingerplays. No sign up is required.

June 20, at 3 p.m., Ice Cream Social and Summer Reading Kickoff. Come make your own sundaes and enjoy children’s songs with a rock n’ roll beat and classic rock songs to celebrate the summer theme of “Catch the Beat at Your Library,” performed by the talented local band Electric Orange. Please pre-register, so that we know how much food to purchase. (Rain Date: Thursday, June 21)

June 27, from 3 to 4 p.m., Heifer International presentation for grades two and up. Once again, as part of the summer reading program, the library will incorporate a donation from the Friends of the Harvard Public Library to Heifer International to benefit hungry families around the world. A representative from Heifer International will lead some fun games, including “Building a Water Buffalo,” and teach children about how Heifer benefits people around the world.

Family movie nights for all ages. June 21, at 6:30 p.m., Flushed Away (PG); June 28, at 6:30 p.m., Shrek (PG). Please preregister for all movie nights.

June 5, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Teen Book Groups for grades six to eight and nine to 12. Each group will read and discuss a different book. The book for grades six to eight is “Finding Miracles” by Julia Alvarez. The book for grades nine to 12 is “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. Book group members should read all of the book prior to the meeting. Other summer meeting dates for the Teen Book Groups are July 17 and Aug. 14, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Please preregister, and we will request a copy of the book for you.

July 9, from 4 to 4:45 p.m., Bagels’n’Books Group for fifth-graders; July 23, from 4 to 4:45 p.m., Bagels’n’Books Group for fourth-graders. The fourth-grade books are “The Tail of Emily Windsnap” and “Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost.” The fifth-grade book is to be announced. For the summer sessions, just-graduated fourth-graders will be in the fourth-grade group, and just-graduated fifth-graders will be in the fifth-grade group. You’ll move up a book group grade for the September book group meeting. Join us for a lively book discussion and a yummy snack of bagels and cream cheese. Preregistration is required.

Adult programs

The Brown Bag Book Club

This is an adult, drop-in discussion group. Just read the book and show up. It meets at noon on the third Wednesday of every month, from September to June, in the Hapgood Room. The next meeting will be held on June 20 in the Elizabeth Turner Room (the anteroom to Volunteers Hall) to discuss “Fun Home,” by Alison Bechdel, a graphic novel and a memoir billed as a “tragicomedy.” For information or to reserve a book call Ann Levison at (978) 456-3394.

June 14, at 7 p.m., in Volunteer’s Hall, Author Visit.

Award-winning The Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy discusses his new book, “Senior Year: A Father, a Son and High School Baseball.” Preregister by calling the library at (978) 456-4114.

June 26, at 7:30 p.m., in Volunteer’s Hall, Author Visit. Former Harvard resident Caroline Preston discusses “Gatsby’s Girl” and “The Great Gatsby” in a talk and slide show presentation titled “The Real Gatsby.” Pre-register by calling the library at (978) 456-4114.


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