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Friday, July 4

TOWN OFFICES CLOSED: Independence Day.

Saturday, July 5

LIBRARY CLOSED: Independence Day weekend

Monday, July 7

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

Board of Appeals: 7:30 p.m., Town offices, Keady Way.

Tuesday, July 8

Nashoba Tech: 7:30 p.m. meeting, 100 Littleton Road, Westford; Regular meeting of the Nashoba Valley Regional Technical High School Committee.

Benjamin Hill Park Comm.: 5:30 p.m. meeting, Building Department office.

Friends Book Club: 6:30-8 p.m., Hazen Memorial Library; Group will discuss “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson. Bring a snack (instead of the former pot luck supper) and enjoy the conversation. All are welcome.

Wednesday, July 9

Mother Goose on the Loose: 10:30 a.m., Hazen Memorial Library; Rhymes and songs for ages birth to age 2. No registration required and no crafts involved.

Thursday, July 10

Personnel Board: 5:30 p.m., Selectmen’s Meeting Room.

Portable planetarium: 3 and 3:45 p.m., Hazen Memorial Library; Boston Museum of Science staff will bring their portable planetarium for two shows only. Recommended for ages 6 and older, ages 6-8 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. Call the library at (978) 425-2620.

Friday, July 11

Preschool Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Hazen Memorial Library; For ages 3-5, involves stories, fingerplay, songs and dance, with crafts. No registration required. Call the library at (978) 425-2620 to learn more.


Golden Agers to meet

The next meeting of the Shirley Golden Agers will be held at noon on Wednesday, July 16 at the War Memorial Building in Shirley. Lunch will be served at noon followed by a business meeting then old-time music by John Pross. For additional information, contact Jean Bowden at (978) 425 2600, ext. 285.

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.

Child care 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

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.:

* Up, Up and Away: July 7-11.

* Jammin’ in July: July 14-18.

* Barnyard Bash: July 21-25.

* Rockin’ Rainbows: July 28 to Aug. 1.

* Wet and Wild: Aug. 4-8.

* Sweet Endings: Aug. 11-15.

Daily enrollment, early-morning and afternoon care are also available. Informational brochures are available at the 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

Variety Show

St. Mary’s Parish will hold its 150th anniversary Variety Show on 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 committees.

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.

Save the date:

ShirleyFest: July 26, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain date July 27). Rockin’ event of music, food and community at Benjamin Hill Park to benefit Habitat for Humanity.


11:30 a.m.: Chris Reddy

Noon: Ashbrook Haynes

1 p.m.: Danielle Miraglia & Tom Bianchi

2 p.m.: Matt Zeiner Band

3 p.m.: The Installers

4 p.m.: Bill Kirchen, the Grammy-nominated “King of Blues-A-Billy.”

Guest MC is Carter Allen from WZLX’s “Sunday Morning Blues.”

Enjoy finely crafted microbrews from Harpoon Brewery, Gardner Ale House, Berkshire Brewing Co., and Mayflower Brewing.

Delicious barbecue burgers, franks, chicken and more provided by the Devens Grill, Piccolino Restaurant, Phoenix Bar & Grill, Brothers in Smoke, Ayer Rotary and more.

Tickets are $25 (includes 10 1-ounce tastings or three 12 oz. nonalcoholic drinks. Children under 12 free with paid adult admission.

Purchase tickets at City Music, Leominster (17 Sack Blvd., Leominster) and Gardner (266 Main St., Gardner), Keystone Properties (12 Ayer Road, Shirley), or online.

For more information, visit or e-mail

All proceeds will benefit the Shirley Local Partner Committee of Habitat for Humanity of North Central Mass. to build a Habitat home in Shirley. This event is blanket seating. Food and beverage may not be brought into the festival.

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