Friday, Nov. 23
Cribbage: 10 a.m., Hildreth House. Let the Council on Aging know if you plan to join.
Saturday, Nov. 24
Thanksgiving weekend classical concert: 7 p.m., Harvard Public Library’s Volunteers Hall. As a community service project, The Bromfield School students Lizzy Douglas and Kristina Kronauer are arranging this free concert. The Bromfield String Quartet and recent Bromfield graduate Justin Bartlett, pianist, will perform.
Saturday Storytimes: 11 a.m., Harvard Public Library. For children aged 3 to 7. Teen volunteers lead these fun, drop-in, half-hour storytimes for children and their caregivers. These enthusiastic Harvard teen volunteers read a fun mix of stories. You do not need to sign up for this event.
Monday, Nov. 26
School Committee meeting: 7 p.m., Harvard Public Library.
The story of Norah Lindsay: 9:30 a.m., St. Theresa’s Church Parish Hall. The Garden Club of Harvard will host Allyson Hayward, an internationally known garden historian. Hayward will present the story of Norah Lindsay, a garden designer of Europe’s rich and famous. Her story connects women’s history, garden design and an insider’s view of the life of aristocrats, social luminaries and movie stars. Refreshments will be served. For information call Marty Green at (978) 456-3547.
Toddler Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Harvard Public Library. For children aged 2 to 3. This half-hour program consists of stories, songs and fingerplays for young children and their caregivers. You do not need to sign up for this event.
Tuesday, Nov. 27
Devens Enterprise Commission meeting: 6:45 p.m., 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens.
Board of Health meeting: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall.
Wind Energy Conversion Systems Committee meeting: 7:30 p.m., Harvard Public Library.
Bargains in the Belfry: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church. Bargains in the Belfry, the resale shop of the church’s Women’s Alliance, sells gently used women’s and children’s clothing. Consignments and donations are welcomed. Bargains is the alliance’s major fund-raiser. Proceeds have helped fund church needs, most recently junior choir robes, the new couch and reupholstering the chairs in the sanctuary. Donations were also made to Loaves & Fishes, The Bromfield School’s after-prom party and other community organizations.
Infant Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Harvard Public Library. For children aged 0 to 2. This 20-minute program consists of stories, songs and fingerplays for young children and their caregivers. You do not need to sign up for this event.
Bagels’n’Books Group: 4 to 4:45 p.m., Harvard Public Library. For sixth-graders. The book is “Operation Red Jericho” by Joshua Mowll. Join this once-monthly book group for a lively discussion and afternoon snack of bagels and cream cheese. Group members should read all of the book prior to the meeting. Preregister, and we’ll request the book for you.
Wednesday, Nov. 28
Zoning Board of Appeals meeting: 7 p.m., Town Hall.
School Starting Time Study Group meeting: 3 p.m., The Bromfield School Faculty Room.
Thursday, Nov. 29
Community Preservation Committee meeting: 8 p.m., Town Hall.
Finance Committee meeting: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall.
Preschool Storytime: 10 a.m., Harvard Public Library. For children aged 4 to 7. This half-hour program consists of quiet and interactive stories and fingerplays with occasional crafts and special appearances from the library’s puppets. You do not need to sign up for this event.
Game Hour: 4 to 5 p.m., Harvard Public Library. For third- to sixth-graders. This drop-in, after-school game hour is facilitated by teen volunteers. Play an assortment of fun games, including Set, Scrabble, Mille Bornes, Apples to Apples, Slamwich, Quiddler and Hoopla.
Friday, Nov. 30
Cribbage: 10 a.m., Hildreth House. Let the Council on Aging know if you plan to join.
* Meetings were as posted at Harvard Town Hall as of Monday, Nov. 19.
Ski program registration
HARVARD — Registration for the ski program at Wachusett Mountain for grades five to 12 is now open.
The program, sponsored by the Harvard Park and Recreation Commission, will run for six consecutive Wednesdays starting Jan. 2. On the early-release days — Jan. 9 and Feb. 6 — buses will leave The Bromfield School at 12:15 p.m. and return at 6:30 p.m. On regular Wednesdays the buses will leave at 2:30 p.m. and return at 7:30 p.m.
Grade five will leave from Harvard Elementary School after dismissal on both early-release and regular Wednesdays and return at 7:30 p.m.
The bus fee is $72. All students in the program must purchase a six-week ski badge for $93 or a bronze, silver or gold century pass for the stated amounts to be eligible to ride the bus.
Details of the program — equipment rental and the six one-hour lessons offered, which are required for new skiers — can be found in the brochure in the Bromfield or elementary school office.
Faculty, parents and siblings are eligible to purchase ski passes through this program. Registration forms are available at the Bromfield and elementary school offices and should be returned as soon as possible. The program is offered on a “first come, first served” basis. When the buses are full, no more applications can be accepted.
All forms must be returned to Liz Narbonne, P.O. Box 4, Lancaster, MA 01523 by Nov. 23. Chaperones are needed and ski free each week.
For information call Liz Narbonne at (978) 368-3558 or Cindy Glade at (978) 456-8768.
The Harvard Girl Scouts are continuing the tradition of helping others this holiday season with the Mitten Tree.
The tree will be in the children’s room of Harvard Public Library from Nov. 24 to Dec. 13.
Everyone is encouraged to stop by and decorate the tree with a new pair of gloves or mittens in adult and child sizes. The mittens will be taken to Loaves & Fishes food pantry in time for its holiday gift distribution.
For information call Liz Hawkes at (978) 456-8358.
Made in Harvard: Calling
For Art’s Sake is a nonprofit art association dedicated to encouraging imaginative and creative thinking in children and adults, while involving people in the process and appreciation of the visual and performing arts.
The For Art’s Sake Community Association offers opportunities to bring residents together members through exhibitions, workshops, readings, performances and a directory connecting artists with residents to explore artistic expression.
For Art’s Sake opened its first community exhibition Nov. 15 titled, “Made in Harvard: Calling All Artists,” featuring over 30 artists from town.
The exhibit, made possible in partnership with the Harvard Cultural Council, will be open for viewing Thursdays through Saturdays, until Dec. 15, from 1 to 6 p.m., in the old library.
The exhibit highlights the diversity of artistic talent within the community and celebrates creativity in painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, fiber and metal.
A reception for the artists will be held Dec. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the old library.
The exhibiting artists are Susan Barber, Amy Bernhardt, Libby Bourquin, Kent Boynton, Robin Campbell, Alicia Dwyer, Rita Fagan, Sue Fitterman, Connor Garrison, Helen Hill, Linda Hoffman, Paula Hult, Rachel Leicher, Dug North, Mary Morazzi-Henderson, Greta Minervini, Robert Over, Andrew D’Eramo, Sue Ginouves, Larry Malam, Melissa Yahia, Fred Karotkin, Sr. Marie-Jean, Elizabeth Roy, Natalie Ohlin, Judith Warner, Colleen Pearce, Carol Panek-Clark, Kathy Williams, Pam Watson and Geoffrey Koetsch.
The Harvard Congregational Church will hold its annual Christmas Fair Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Santa will arrive at 11 a.m. You can also make reservations for lunch with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and their elves for 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Purchasing your tickets at the church in advance is recommended.
The fair will have something for everyone.
For the kids, along with lunch with Santa, there will be the popular Gingerbread House decorating and Grandma’s Attic. For the adults, we will have handmade crafts and other traditional items for the discerning shopper.
The Tea Room will be open for lunch, and a wide assortment of delicious baked goods will also be on sale.
A special addition to the fair will be the Festival of Trees and Wreaths. This is an impressive display of decorated items for viewing and possibly winning. Christmas trees and wreaths of all sizes are decorated in a wonderful variety of creative themes.
Visitors are welcome to purchase tickets for a chance to win the items. Winners will be announced at the end of the fair. For information contact Dennis Bradley (978) 456-9719 or DbinNE@aol.com.
Harvard in 2007: a photo history
The Historical Society is planning a December photography show depicting the essence of life in Harvard in 2007, the 275 anniversary of the town.
All are invited to share pictures and stories with the society for inclusion in the show. The photographs may be color, black and white or digitally enhanced.
A selection of 20 photographs will be enlarged, printed by the giclee method and framed by the Historical Society. These reproductions will be offered for sale during the show to support the society’s operations.
The society would like to keep a copy of each picture with a description and story to go with it to create a synopsis of life in Harvard in 2007 for future generations. Pictures may be of anything that says “2007” to you: people, places, events, etc. How about the pond drawdown from the beach, the Fourth of July parade, the opening of the new library?
The deadline for submitting pictures is Nov. 15, 2007. For information or to submit a photo contact the Historical Society at (978) 456-8285 or email@example.com.
Harvard Woman’s Club hosts annual holiday luncheon
Harvard Woman’s Club will host its annual holiday luncheon Dec. 3, at 11 a.m., at St. Theresa’s Church Parish Hall.
The event will include a catered lunch and festive program of musical entertainment provided by Bill Cordner and friends. Members are asked to bring an unwrapped gift to donate to Loaves & Fishes for its annual holiday family shopping nights.
For information call Sharon Kerns at (978) 456-1240, Chris Hoeske at (978) 772-2972 or Sharon Schmidt at (978) 772-1453.
Save the date
Saturday, Dec. 1
Christmas Fair: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Harvard Congregational Church. Santa will arrive at 11 a.m. You can also make reservations for lunch with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and their elves for 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Advance tickets is recommended. For information contact Dennis Bradley (978) 456-9719 or DbinNE@aol.com.
Monday, Dec. 3
Holiday luncheon: 11 a.m., at St. Theresa’s Church Parish Hall. This Harvard Woman’s Club event includes a catered lunch and festive program of musical entertainment provided by Bill Cordner and friends. Members are asked to bring an unwrapped gift to donate to Loaves & Fishes for its annual holiday family shopping nights. For information call Sharon Kerns at (978) 456-1240, Chris Hoeske at (978) 772-2972 or Sharon Schmidt at (978) 772-1453.
Monday, Dec. 10
Holiday tea: 4 to 5 p.m., Congregational Church. This lovely afternoon is presented to Harvard’s seniors as a gift from some of the Girl Scout troops in town. Call the COA office to RSVP.