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Friday, June 1

The Mohawk Club reunion: Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 8 p.m., at the Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley.

Saturday, June 2

Shirley Hoedown: 1 to 8 p.m., Town Common. There are currently 24 booths planned, but there’s room for more. To rent a table, obtain a registration form at the Town Offices or online at For food there will be hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, barbecue chicken, salads, popcorn, soft drinks, beer, wine, baked goods and ice cream. For crafts there will be jewelry, pottery, wood products, portrait sketching, cloth products and the chance to decorate your own hat. For children there will be beanie babies, face painting, a bouncy castle, temporary tattoos and other novelty items. Also on sale will be new and used books, plants, Shirley souvenirs and 10-minute massages. The collector coins from the 250th Anniversary will also be on sale at reduced prices: $10 each or the set of three for $25. There will be information from the Conservation Commission, Benjamin Hill Pool, Nashoba Nurses, and Republican and Democratic town committees. The entertainment will start with the Hollis Dixie Land Band at 1:30 p.m. They will be followed by the Crazy Hat Parade and a Magic Show at 3:30 p.m. and Ashcroft and Hayes at 4:30 p.m. with their own style of acoustic rock. The day will finish with a concert in the Meetinghouse featuring soprano Liz Ankler. This year’s hoedown fund-raiser will benefit Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, First Parish Meetinghouse, Golden Agers, Shirley Education Foundation, Conservation Commission, Youth Ventures, Benjamin Hill Pool, Republican Town Committee, Democratic Town Committee, Shirley Art Association, Trinity Chapel, United Church, Loaves & Fishes, Habitat for Humanity, the Historical Society and ShirleyArts!

Plant sale: noon, Shirley Center. This fund-raiser will be hosted by Longley Acres Conservation Area. Homegrown, divided and greenhouse plants will be sold along with the poetry book, “As Seasons Change,” by Shirley’s Melvin Longley Sr. and Elizabeth Colburn’s book “Vernal Pools.” The profits will benefit the Longley Acres Maintenance Fund. Also available will be information on Longley Acres and trail maps of other Shirley conservation properties. To make a plant donation or volunteer to help with the sale call conservation administrator Anne Gagnon at (978) 425-2600 ext. 245 or e-mail

Monday, June 4

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

Finance Committee meeting: 7:30 p.m., Town Offices.

Recreation Commission meeting: 6 p.m., Town Offices.

Board of Assessors meeting: 6 p.m., Town Offices.

Zoning Board of Appeals meeting: 7:30 p.m., Town Offices.

Tuesday, June 5

Board of library trustees meeting: 7 p.m., Hazen Memorial Library.

Wednesday, June 6

All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner: 5 to 8:30 p.m., at Dan’s Place, 200 West Main St. Beer and wine will be available. The cost of tickets is $9 for adutls and $7 for seniors and children. Proceeds from the event, hosted by the Ayer-Shirley Lions’ Club, will benefit the Massachusetts Lions’ Eye Research Foundation.

Sewer Commission meeting: 7 p.m., Town Offices.

Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing: 7:30 p.m., Town Offices.

Thursday, June 7

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

Well Adult Clinic, blood pressure screening: 1 to 3 p.m., Hazen Memorial Library.

Evening of Remembrance: 6 p.m., Hazen Memorial Library. Come view the World War II Veteran’s Art Exhibit by local artist Kim Mellema. All veterans and their families are welcome to share the history of their military service. A video camera will be set up to capture anyone willing to share their stories on film for future generations. Family members of those men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country are also invited to commemorate their family members. Interviews will be conducted by Shirley resident and National Guardsmen Allen Flagg, who will start his second tour in Iraq this January. Light refreshments will be available. Anyone willing to bring in military memorabilia for display that evening should call (978) 425-2620.


Ayer-Shirley Lions Club meetings

The Ayer-Shirley Lions Club holds its board of directors meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at O’Hanlon’s on Main Street in Ayer. The luncheon meeting begins at 11:45 a.m.

The general meeting of the Lions Club takes place on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m., at Devens Common Center. There is also a social hour and dinner meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.

‘We’re Not Making This Up!’

Hear from true crime writers about what really goes on behind the scenes during “We’re Not Making This Up!” The program, provided by the Friends of Hazen Memorial Library, will be held June 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the library.

Back by popular demand is Kate Flora, the author of seven mysteries in the Thea Kozak series. Also speaking are authors Margaret Press, who has written mysteries and true crime stories based in Salem, and Jayne Hitchcock, an expert on Internet crime.

Reservations are not required. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Candidates for PTA needed

SHIRLEY — The Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is searching for candidates for a president or copresident to fill the one-year, unexpired term from July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2008.

The PTA has one interested candidate for president so far.

The PTA seeks interested candidates who allow for diversity in the community. For the continued future of the PTA, we want to entice new leadership. To better ourselves with a variety of ideas, and changes that could occur next year, meeting schedules may change to every other month.

The PTA has an option for a copresidency. This opportunity could lessen the load, and responsibilities could be split. Candidates will be elected June 6, at 6:30 p.m., in the Shirley Middle School teachers’ lounge. Refreshments will be served.

All interested candidates should call (978 )425-9841 or e-mail before the June 6 meeting.

‘Summer in Shirley’

Shirley Recreation is pleased to announce the return of the “Summer in Shirley” program for kindergartners to eighth-graders. Weekly activities are designed to spark creativity and smiles in a local, non-competitive setting.

Our program will be available during the following weeks, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

* Holiday Hullabaloo: June 25 to 29.

* Gone with the Wind: July 9 to 13.

* Discovery Daze: July 16 to 20.

* Surfin’ Shirley USA: July 23 to 27.

* Animal Antics: July 30 to Aug. 3.

* Simply Summer: Aug. 6 to 10.

* Smile-A-While: Aug. 13 to 17.

Daily enrollment and early-morning and afternoon care are also available.

Informational brochures are available at the Town Offices, Hazen Memorial Library, Devens School, Lura A. White School and Shirley Middle School. For information call (978)425-2600, ext. 270.

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