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Saturday, July 14

Tupperware party: See brief below.

Monday, July 16

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

Vacation Bible School: 6:30-8:30 p.m., United Church of Shirley, Lancaster Road; What do a space station, spy glasses and the Bible have in common? Come to Vacation Bible School at the United Church of Shirley and find out! On Friday there will be a family banquet. All children ages 3 through grade eight are welcome. Senior high students are welcome to become helpers, assisting with classes, games or snacks. There is also an adult class. There is no charge.

Thursday, July 19

Planning Board: 7:00 p.m., Town Offices.

Gothic Knights: 6 p.m., Hazen Memorial Library; Presentation of armor and weapons by the Higgins Armory Outreach Program, sponsored by the Friends of the Hazen Memorial Library, registration required. Sign up at the library, or call (978) 425-2620.

Friday, July 20

Itsy Bitsy Yoga: 10:30-11:15 a.m., Hazen Memorial Library; Free yoga program for children ages 2-4 with their caregivers, sponsored by the Friends of the Hazen Memorial Library. Space is limited so call (978) 425-2620 to register.

“Mother Goose Inc.”: 7 p.m., Shirley Middle School auditorium. Comedic musical story about the competition between Mother Goose, the Brothers Grimm and all their familiar fairy tale characters. The cost of tickets is $5. E-mail to have tickets held or buy them at the door.

Saturday, July 21

“Mother Goose Inc.”: 7 p.m., Shirley Middle School auditorium. See above.

Sunday, July 22

“Mother Goose Inc.”: 2 p.m., Shirley Middle School auditorium. See above.


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 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

* Gone with the Wind: July 9 to 13.

* Discovery Daze: July 16 to 20.

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.

Tupperware display

opens July 14

Earl Tupper would have been 100 years old this July. He was a native of Shirley and the inventor of Tupperware.

For the summer months, the Shirley Historical Society Museum’s display room will go back in time to the 1950s to salute Tupper and his creations.

A 1950s kitchen table and chair set, plus an early television and a wringer washer, will be set up for visitors to enjoy. Old dishes, clothes and utensils will be on exhibit around the room.

The Leominster Plastics Museum will be loaning some early Tupperware products to go in the showcases.

Society members and friends are encouraged to loan some of their favorite souvenirs from the 1950s to display for the summer.

The opening reception for the display will be a Tupperware party to be held July 14, at 7 p.m., at the museum, 182 Center Road. Women are welcome to come dressed in something from the 1950s. They will be given the chance to order Tupperware products with the sales benefiting the museum.

For information call (978) 425-9328 or e-mail

St. Anthony’s Bazaar

St. Anthony of Padua Church, located on Phoenix Street across from the railroad depot in Shirley, will be holding their 102nd annual bazaar on the church grounds on Friday, Aug. 3 and Saturday, Aug. 4, from 5-10 p.m. Rain dates will be Friday, Aug. 10 and Saturday, Aug. 11. An invitation to all is extended, so bring family, friends and neighbors.

Friday evening will feature a dinner of lobster, clams and corn on the cob. The lobsters and clams will be cooked on Friday, Aug. 3, rain or shine.

Saturday’s specialty will be chicken barbecue, with homemade pies and desserts. Hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, french fries, fried dough and drinks can be purchased both evenings.

The auction will again be held at noon on Saturday. Craig Erban will be the auctioneer. Visit the White Elephant table inside the Religious Education Center for some bargains, or try some of the many games for adults and children.

Wheeler Communications will once again provide music for all ages. If the day is too hot, try the dunking booth run by the Shirley Fire Department.

Winners of the giant raffle will be picked on Saturday evening.

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