Friday, May 30

Retirement party for Meredith Marcinkewicz: 7 to 10 p.m., Bull Run Restaurant. Marcinkewicz is retiring from Lura A. White School after roughly 37 years of teaching. Musical entertainment will be provided by Ashbrook Haynes.

Monday, June 2

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

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

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

Veterans agent office hours: 5:30 to 7 p.m., veterans agent’s office.

Tuesday, June 3

Ayer-Lunenburg-Shirley Regional School District Planning Board meeting: 7 p.m., Shirley Middle School library.

Wednesday, June 4

Sewer Commission meeting: 7 p.m., Town Offices.

MassDevelopment public information meeting: 7 p.m., 33 Andrews Parkway. This meeting is to update all interested parties on the status of the agency’s ongoing planning for the Devens North Post.

Thursday, June 5

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

Saturday, June 7

Hoe Down: 1 to 7 p.m., Shirley Center Common.

* Meetings were as posted at Shirley Town Offices as of Tuesday, May 27.


Shirley Hoe Down

The traditional flag-raising of the Shirley Hoe Down will take place June 7 at noon.

The Hollis Dixie Land Band will kick off music portion of the afternoon. It will be followed by the Crazy Hat Parade. Young Lewis Sheen and his band will then play a set before Malik the Magician takes the stage. Then there will be a pet show with all sorts of pets invited to take part. Finishing off the day will be a classic rock band that performs songs made famous by Elvis, the Beatles and other well-known performers.

A dunk tank, bouncy castle and other children’s activities will continue throughout the day. Girl Scout Troop 900 will do face painting to raise money for its projects. There will be a traditional egg toss and sheep-shearing demonstration as well.

Local nonprofit groups need everyone’s support at the Hoe Down. ShirleyArts! will grill the hamburgers while Shirley Arts for All will steam the hot dogs. The United Church is in charge of selling water and juice to go with the baked goods provided by the Golden Agers. The Parent-Teacher Association will be selling popcorn. The Republican Town Committee will have ice cream. The Historical Society will have side-dish salads on sale when the Hoe Down opens at noon and will have barbecued chicken available later in the afternoon. The Lura A. White School library staff will be taking orders for its Braise Cookbook and Storybook as well.

Other groups that need your support are Harvard Therapeutic Massage, which will donate its proceeds to Loaves & Fishes food pantry, and the Conservation Commission, which will sell plants to benefit the maintenance of Longley Acres.

At the sales tables there will be items made of cloth, wood and soy. There will be jewelry and pottery. There will be Beanie Babies, books and flowers made of chocolate. Visitors can bring their bags and shop or bring their lawn chairs and sit and watch the fun.

For information contact co-chairman Meredith Marcinkewicz at or co-chairman Kathy Bourassa at (978) 425-4988.

Breakfast at Trinity Chapel

Everyone is welcome to enjoy a hot breakfast of eggs, bacon, waffles and muffins on Sundays, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., at Trinity Chapel.

The 9:30 a.m. Episcopal service is led by the Rev. Marcia Hoecker. Member John Comeau, aka The Computer Van Guy, has taken on this project as a volunteer.

A donation of $2 is requested for the breakfast.

Childcare and Sunday School are also available.

Trinity Chapel, located at 186 Center Road, is a small, welcoming church with lots of warmth to share with new members. For information call (978) 425- 9041.

Summer in Shirley is coming back!

Shirley Recreation is pleased to announce the return of the “Summer in Shirley” program, a fun-filled summer experience for boys and girls that have completed any grades, prekindergarten through grade six.

Weekly activities are designed to spark creativity and smiles in a local, non-competitive setting. The program will be available during the following weeks, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.:

* Summer Get-away: June 23 to 27

* Positively Patriotic: June 30 to July 3

* Up, Up and Away: July 7 to 11

* Jammin’ in July: July 14 to 18

* Barnyard Bash: July 21 to 25

* Rockin’ Rainbows: July 28 to Aug. 1

* Wet and Wild: Aug. 4 to 8

* Sweet Endings: Aug. 11 to 15

Daily enrollment, early-morning and afternoon care are also available. Informational brochures are available at Shirley Town Offices, Hazen Memorial Library, Devens School, Lura A. White School and Shirley Middle School. For information call (978)425-2600, ext. 270.

St. Mary’s 150th anniversary show

St. Mary’s Parish will hold its 150th anniversary Variety Show Nov. 8. The theme this year is The Best of Times: A Night of Nostalgic Variety.

We are seeking volunteers to fill the production staff. We need a stage manager, lighting designer, media technician, graphic designer, musician, and ticket and program committee.

Many special talents are necessary to produce a show. For information or to volunteer call Susie Michaud at (978) 772-3161 or Beth Lewis at (978) 772-9907.

Range Noise Bulletin

DEVENS — The following is a noise bulletin for U.S. Army Garrison Fort Devens:

May 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., MK19 familiarization fire, D MK-19.

May 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., MK19 familiarization fire, D MK-19; 8 a.m. to 5:59 p.m., hand grenade live fam, RG Z2.

Seniors on the go

The Council on Aging invites all Shirley residents over the age of 60 to visit an existing Senior Center to see how it would feel to have one here in Shirley.

Come to the Groton Senior Center June 6, at noon, for a tour of the center, luncheon buffet and entertainment. Transportation is available, if needed.

For information or to register call (978) 425-2600, ext. 285.

Want to be a Scout?

If you enjoy playing games, making models, camping out and trying new things, Cub Scouts is for you.

Through Scouting, boys strengthen their senses of sportsmanship, family and community by participating in many fun activities. Some of the things Scouts do include Pinewood Derby, Lowell Lock Monsters games, Museum of Science sleepovers, community food drives, the Rain Gutter Regatta, fishing derbies, and local parades and outings. Scouting is a great way for boys to form lasting friendships and develop new skills while learning about the world around them.

For information visit the Cub Scouts table at the Hoe Down June 7.