Friday, Nov. 7

TOWN OFFICES CLOSED: Closed on Fridays until further notice.

Saturday, Nov. 8

Holiday Fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hazen Memorial Library; Discover holiday nirvana at the Hazen Memorial Library’s annual Holiday Fair, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Browse artisan wares, home essentials and unique gift items, plus the chance to take home a holiday inspired “tin” filled with your choice of over 800 homemade cookies, generously baked by over 32 local residents. To learn more about the Holiday Fair, the Friends of the Library or to volunteer, call Friends President Doreen Manning at (978) 235-2903 or e-mail her at, or give Cheryl Gregory a call at (978) 448-8887.

Ham and beans: The Shirley American Legion will hold a Ham & Bean Supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Legion home; $6 per person for ham, beans and brown bread.

Monday, Nov. 10

Recreation Commission: 6 p.m.

Town Clerk office hours: 6-8:30 p.m.

Board of Assessors: 6 p.m.

Board of Selectmen: 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 11

Veterans Day: Town Hall closed

Wednesday, Nov. 12

Council on Aging: 10 a.m.

Democratic Committee: 7 p.m.

School Committee: 7 p.m., Shirley Middle School library

Thursday, Nov. 13

MassDevelopment board meeting: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens

Joint Boards of Selectmen: 7:30 p.m., 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens

Town Offices closed on Fridays until May.

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at the Town Offices.


Christmas Extravaganza Craft Fair

St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Shirley will be holding their annual Christmas Extravaganza Craft Fair and More on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the church hall. The Craft Fair has become a popular venue for Christmas shopping in the area, with talented crafters from all over Massachusetts in attendance. The selection of handmade crafts is extensive, and includes wood crafts, quilted items, scrapbooks, country crafts, many Christmas items, rag bags, glassware, and much more. In addition to the crafts a small portion of the hall is dedicated to new childrens’ toys, books, games, puzzles, and gently used Christmas decorations and gifts. If you would like to participate as a crafter please call the church office at (978) 425-4588 days and (978) 425-4604 evenings for an application.

Senior drop-in center to open

The Shirley Council on Aging is pleased to announce that conference rooms A and B of the town offices on Keady Way will be utilized as a Senior Drop-in Center starting in November. Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday unless the building is closed for a holiday. A grand opening was held on Wednesday, Nov. 6 with normal operation beginning on Thursday, Nov. 13.

This endeavor will provide seniors the opportunity to socialize and discuss important (and maybe not so important) issues of the day while enjoying a cup of coffee and/or other light refreshment. Puzzles, cards and board games will also be available. Periodically there will be various speakers and programs scheduled as we become more experienced with the interests of our senior community

The council wishes to thank the Board of Selectmen and the town administrator for allowing us this opportunity, with a special thanks to a member of the Library Trustees for the suggestion.

Save the Date


Tickets are now on sale for a holiday concert by Rockapella, which will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at the Shirley Middle School.

ShirleyArts! and the Shirley Meetinghouse are sponsoring this concert as a fund-raiser for their groups with a ticket price of $25 for a reserved seat. These two nonprofit groups are very grateful to the Shirley Charitable Foundation for their generous contribution to the project.

Ticket order forms are available at Hazen Library and at the town clerk’s office or by e-mailing Tickets are also on sale at the Shirley Historical Society Museum on Mondays and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. with payment by cash, check or money order.

Rockapella is the premiere a capella men’s singing group, first made famous on the children’s television show “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?” They went on to tour college campuses across the country, film commercials, sing with the Boston Pops, and tour Japan and Germany. They performed in Shirley two years ago to a very appreciative audience. Go to to learn more about the music of these five talented guys.