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Saturday, July 28

Herding demonstration: 5 p.m., Longley Acres Conservation Area, 27 Whitney Road. Dee Woessner, of Lunenburg, has been training her border collies at Longley Acres Conservation Area since last fall, in addition to grazing some of her sheep around hard-to-mow areas of the property. Last November, she gave a demonstration of her dogs herding and explained how they are trained. She has volunteered to give this latest demonstration in the big field behind the farmhouse. All are welcome, and disabilities can be accommodated. For information contact the Conservation Commission at (978) 425-2600, ext. 245, or agagnon@shirley-ma.gov. The rain date for this event is July 29. Call Anne Gagnon at (978) 692-4224 on the day of the event if weather is questionable.

Sunday, July 29

Annual chicken barbecue and car show: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Camp David, Reservoir Road, Lunenburg. This event, sponsored by The Lake Shirley Improvement Corp. (LSIC), will feature a coffee and bake sale, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a chicken lunch from noon to 2 p.m. The day will feature music, swimming, boating, fishing, games, raffles and prizes. The cost of tickets is $9 in advance or $11 at the door. The Hot Rod Club will display vintage automobiles on the ball field across from Camp David. For information or tickets contact Joanna Bilotta at (978) 582-9090 or any LSIC director at www.lakeshirley.com.

Monday, July 30

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

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

Tuesday, July 31

Veteran’s Agent office hours: 5:30 to 7 p.m., veteran’s agent’s office.

Historical Commission meeting: 6:30 p.m., Town Offices.

Recreation Commission meeting: 3 p.m., selectmen’s office.

Wednesday, Aug 1

Tax bills due: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., tax collector’s office. Fiscal Year 2008 first quarter Real Estate and Personal Property tax bills are due.

Benjamin Hill Pool Committee meeting: 5:30 p.m., Town Offices.

Thursday, Aug. 2

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

Jim Ogonowski meeting: 6:30 p.m., Hazen Memorial Library, 3 Keady Way. This town-style meeting is a great opportunity for people to meet the 5th District congressional candidate and ask him questions.

Friday, Aug. 3

St. Anthony’s Bazaar: See briefs for details.

Saturday, Aug. 4

St. Anthony’s Bazaar: See briefs for details.

Briefs

St. Anthony’s Bazaar

St. Anthony of Padua Church, located on Phoenix Street across from the railroad depot, will hold its 102nd annual bazaar on the church grounds Aug. 3 and 4, from 5 to 10 p.m. Rain dates will be Aug. 10 and 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 Aug. 3, rain or shine.

Satuurday’s specialty will be a 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.

‘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.

* 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.

Ogonowski for Congress

Jim Ogonowski, candidate for Congress in the 5th District, would like to invite all residents of Shirley and the surrounding communities to a town-meeting-style discussion with him to be held Thursday, Aug. 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the Hazen Memorial Library meeting room. Light Refreshments will be served.

Annual Membership Drive underway

The Friends of the Hazen Memorial Library Annual Membership Drive is underway.

Your tax deductible contribution will help continue opening a world of discovery and adventure for hundreds of people. Make donations payable to Friends of the Hazen Memorial Library, P.O. Box 653, Shirley, MA 01464. You can also drop donations off at the library, 3 Keady Way. Donation forms are available at the library. You may send in a check without the form, but remember to note whether you can also volunteer. The group’s membership levels are individual, $15; family, $20; patron, $30; sponsor, $50; or sustaining, $100. Other amounts are welcome as well.

There’s a full calendar of events planned for next year, including Halloween storytelling, the Nov. 3 Holiday Fair and the Holiday Tea in early December.

Programs like the new Tykes Itsy Bitsy Yoga, and the ever-popular Eyes on Owls are sponsored by the friends. In addition, the group purchases a venerable assortment of passes to area venues, which are listed at www.shirleylibrary.org and the front desk of the library. New passes this year included the JFK Library and Museum, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln and the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester. Popular passes have included the Butterfly Place in Westford, Museum of Science, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fruitlands Museums in Harvard and Davis Farmland in Sterling.

The Friends of the Hazen Memorial Library is a non-profit corporation whose goals are to promote the library and raise funds for programs, much-needed materials and passes to regional attractions such as museums and zoos. Funding is generated largely through this annual membership drive. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month, from September to May, at 6:30 p.m.

For information or to join call friends President Frances Stetson at (978) 425-0097 or the library at (978) 425-2620.

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