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Friday, April 11

Donkey basketball game: 7 p.m., Ayer Middle-High School gymnasium. Tickets cost $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Proceeds benefit the classes of 2008 and 2011. A faculty/administrative team will be playing along with a squad of distinguished alumni and current students. For information call Kevin Nessman at (978) 772-8600, ext. 218.

Saturday, April 12

Button party: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Historical Society Museum, 182 Center Road. American Girl Dolls and their friends are invited. The girls and their dolls will learn about different types of buttons and see some very historic and fancy ones. They’ll also be taught how to play some traditional button games. A $1 admission fee will also give the girls a chance to make a button craft to take home and enjoy refreshments. This program is co-sponsored by the museum and Lura A. White School library under the direction of Kathryn Lyon. For information call the library at (978) 425-2630 or the museum on Saturday morning at (978) 425-9328.

Monday, April 14

Zoning Board of Appeals meeting: 7 p.m., Town Offices.

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

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

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

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

Finance Committee meeting: 7:30 p.m., Town Offices.

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

Tuesday, April 15

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 16

Let’s get together: 10 a.m. to noon, War Memorial Building. Council on Aging invites Shirley Golden Agers and all Shirley residents aged 60 and older to discuss the budget plan for the new director, Senior Center site location and needs assessment. Coffee, tea, donuts and muffins will be served. Transportation, if needed, will be provided. RSVP by April 11 by calling Jean Bowden at (978) 425-2600, ext 285.

Thursday, April 17

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

Habitat for Humanity meeting: 7 p.m., Town Offices.

* Meetings are as posted at Shirley Town Offices as of Monday, April 7.


Eldridge announces office hours

SHIRLEY — State Rep. James Eldridge, D-Acton, announced district office hours for the month of April. He encourages residents to join him during this time to discuss any community, regional or statewide issue.

This is also a unique opportunity to meet the representative, if you have not already, while he is in your community.

His hours for April will be held April 18, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., at Shirley Village Pizza, 1 Front St.

Residents who can’t Eldridge’s office hours, but would like to speak with him should contact his State House office via his legislative aide, Neel Chaudhury, at (617) 722-2060 or

Eldridge represents the 37th Middlesex District, comprised of Boxborough, Harvard, Shirley, Lunenburg, Acton precincts 3 to 5 and Lancaster precinct 1.

Membership night

The Ayer-Shirley Lions Club will host a membership night for anyone interested in joining April 21, at 6 p.m., at the Devens Common Center.

The group is part of Lions Clubs International, the largest charitable organization in the world. Much of its work revolves around helping people who have sight problems, including raising money for eye research to help eliminate baby blindness and diabetes-related blindness.

Money is raised through local fundraisers like the Railtrail Walkathon, slated for May 18, and a spaghetti supper at Dan’s Place, June 18.

For information e-mail Lion Tracy at Dinner will be served, so reservations are needed.

Save the date

Saturday, April 26

Karaoke Night: 7 to 11 p.m., Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley. Sponsored by the Ayer-Shirley Lions Club to benefit Lions Club charities. Tickets cost $15 with free appetizers from 7 to 8 p.m. Tickets are available at North Middlesex Savings Bank in Ayer and Groton and Bull Run Restaurant, at the door or by calling (978) 772-8502, ext. 1111.

Sunday, April 27

Pancake breakfast: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., at St. Anthony’s Church, 14 Phoenix St. Hosted by the town’s Relay for Life team, this fund-raiser will benefit the American Cancer Society.