Friday, Nov. 23

Texas Hold ‘Em tournament: 8 p.m., War Memorial Building. American Legion Post 183 hosts this event, from which the proceeds benefit our troops in Iraq this holiday season. The American Legion is a non-smoking hall.

Saturday, Nov. 24

Christmas Extravaganza and Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., St. Anthony of Padua Parish Hall, 14 Phoenix St. Crafters will offer a wide variety of handmade items such as jewelry, Christmas decorations, dolls, linens, country creations, knitted and crocheted items, Christmas table runners, freshly-dried spices, candles and more. We also have new games, books, dolls, trucks and other toys for children of all ages in addition to our gently-used Christmas decorations and gifts. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. For information call St. Anthony’s rectory at (978) 425-4588.

Sunday, Nov. 25

Community blood drive: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Shirley Middle School. This event is open to the public, and donors are in critical need. Donors must be at least 17 years old, 110 pounds and in good general health. A form of identification is required. All donors will receive a free movie pass to Regal Cinemas. The need for blood is constant. Help to ensure that blood is available for hospital patients in need. To ensure less time waiting, make an appointment by calling the American Red Cross at (800) 448-3543 or visit

Monday, Nov. 26

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

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

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

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

Cribbage: 6 p.m., War Memorial Building. American Legion Post 183 invites members and townspeople to join its weekly Cribbage games. All are welcome, and non-members may sign in as guests. The American Legion is a non-smoking hall.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

Devens Enterprise Commission meeting: 6:45 p.m., 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens.

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

Wednesday, Nov. 28

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

Friday, Nov. 30

Texas Hold ‘Em tournament: 8 p.m., War Memorial Building. American Legion Post 183 hosts this event, from which the proceeds benefit our troops in Iraq this holiday season. The American Legion is a non-smoking hall.

Sunday, Nov. 2

Tree-lighting ceremony: Whiteley Park. The annual tree-lighting ceremony will include Christmas caroling led by the Shirley Childrens’ Touring Christmas Choir. Santa has promised to arrive by fire engine and will even bring along a reformed Grinch to help hand out candy canes. The Scouts have once again promised to provide hot chocolate and cookies while waiting for the big moment.

* Meetings were as posted at Shirley Town Offices as of Monday, Nov. 19.


Why are we here?

The United Church of Shirley invites everyone to a church-wide campaign to discover the meaning and purpose of life as they study “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren.

We will explore the meaning and significance of life in our 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning classes, 10:30 a.m. Sunday services, youth groups and life community groups, which meet on alternate Wednesdays. Our mission is to explore the most significant question, “What on Earth am I here for?”

For information and specific dates, contact The United Church of Shirley at (978) 425-4065.

Tours of Shaker Village

Future tours of Shirley’s Shaker Village may be arranged in advance through the Historical Society.

Tours are Sundays, beginning at the Museum for an introductory talk, then visitors board the MCI-Shirley van for transport to the prison site of the former Shaker Village. The group is able to go into some of the former Shaker buildings and walk the paths that Shakers traveled from 1793 to 1908 while learning what made this communal religious group so special.

The cost is $12 per person. You must reserve your spot and pay in advance. For information call (978) 425-9328.

Save the date

Thursday, Dec. 6

Children’s concert: 6 to 7 p.m., Shirley Middle School, 1 Hospital Road. With his legendary “bag full of surprises” of guitars, dulcimers, mandolin, animal costumes, puppets, whistles and kazoos, Stephen Baird will present this free children’s concert.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Elisabeth Von Trapp holiday concert: 7:30 p.m., at Shirley Middle School. Von Trapp will continue an annual tradition of highly anticipated holiday performances that was established by the Von Trapp Family Singers by singing holiday music from around the world. Because of the generous support of the Shirley Charitable Foundation, the cost of tickets is only $25 for general admission and $15 for seniors aged 65 or older and children aged 12 and younger. Ticket order forms are available at Hazen Memorial Library, the municipal building, Lambert Hardware, North Middlesex Savings Bank, Fidelity Bank and