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Friday, June 22

Friends of the Hazen Memorial Library Tykes Itsy Bitsy Yoga: 10:30 a.m., Hazen Memorial Library. This program is for 2- to 4-year-olds and their caregivers. Developed by Helen Garabedian, this is a fascinating flow of poses, songs, stories and games through which caregiver and child can deepen their bond. It builds a toolbox of calming techniques, healthy activities and supportive friendships. This program is taught by Yoga Instructor Alissa Nicol. For information call (978) 425-2620.

Saturday, June 23

Annual Strawberry Festival: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Shirley’s Episcopal Church, Trinity Chapel. Fresh berries will be picked to sell. There will also be tables of semi-treasured-but-useful items as well as books, tapes, CDs and DVDs. Baked goods and plants will also be available. For lunch there will be hamburgers and hot dogs. Later, there will be a silent auction for various items, services and, of course, strawberry shortcakes. If anyone is willing to get wet, there is also a dunking booth, plus a lot of activities for children. The raindate is June 24, following the 9:30 a.m. church service.

Monday, June 25

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

Board of Assessors meeting: 6 p.m., Town Offices, assessor’s office.

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

Finance Committee meeting: 6:30 p.m., Town Offices, Conference Room 2.

Town clerk’s office hours: 6 to 8:30 p.m., town clerk’s office.

Republican Town Committee meeting/cookout: 6:30 p.m., RAU residence, 91 Great Rd. The Republican Town Committee is excited to announce that its next few summer meetings will be open events and cookouts. This first meeting will be brief and include some good food, conversation and relaxation with some great people. Any like-minded Shirley residents are encouraged to attend. The free menu will include burgers, hot dogs, salads and soft drinks. For information or to RSVP contact the committee’s chairman at (978) 425-2726 or

Tuesday, June 26

Veteran’s Agent office hours: 5:30 to 7 p.m., town clerk’s office.

Conservation Commission meeting: 7:45 p.m., Town Offices, conservation office.

Thursday, June 28

Democratic caucus: 7 p.m., Town Offices, meeting room A.

Friday, June 29

Germ Busters Story Hour: 10:30 a.m., Hazen Memorial Library. Storyteller Tamara Bedard, R.N., hosts this story hour, which focuses on the importance of hand-washing, germs and infection control. This session is presented by the Nashoba Associated Boards of Health and the Nashoba Nursing Service and Hospice. No registration is required.

Saturday, June 30

“When the Animals Danced”: noon, Hazen Memorial Library. Join Bob E. Thomas for this concert. He tells dance-filled stories about helping your friends, being true to yourself and showing generosity to others. Audience participation is a must. This event is part of Catch the Beat at Your Library Summer Reading 2007. Register for the Summer Reading program to win prizes and more.


‘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.

Shaker display only up through June

The display of colonial artifacts and Shaker information will only remain up at the Shirley Historical Society Museum through the end of June.

Our colonial ancestors spun their own yarn and made their own shoes. The tools they used are on display at the museum.

Those who made the tools might add their name by wood-burning it into the handle. One such brand and the yarn winder are on display.

As a group, the Shakers of Shirley were known for the quality of their workmanship, and they are often associated with these old-time crafts.

Part of the display shows the steps the Shakers used in making brooms to sell to benefit the community. Books published by the Shakers and a library of reference materials about the Shakers are also on display. There are even photographs of the Shaker buildings that are now part of the Massachusetts Correctional Facility.

Also featured in the display are souvenirs from various Shaker villages around the country.

The museum, 182 Center Rd., will be open June 23 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On July 7, the new display will be under construction as museum volunteers put together a display representing a 1950s kitchen to celebrate Earl Tupper’s 100th Birthday. Anyone who would like to loan something for the display is encouraged to do so. For information or to contribute call Curator Meredith Marcinkewicz at (978) 425-9328.

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