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Friday, Dec. 12

Town offices closed.

Saturday, Dec. 13

Holiday tea: Celebrate the “SPIRITS” of the season at the Holiday Tea! Friends of the Hazen Memorial Library will host the annual Holiday Tea with doors opening at 12:30 p.m., so arrive early, snack on some delicious goodies and tea, and get ready for a Holiday Tea with Dickens at 1 p.m. Read and performed by Shirley’s very own storyteller Gaynor Bigelbach, the timeless holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” is sure to delight young and old. A holiday sing-along is also being planned, so join right in and add to the joyful voices of the chorus! Seating is limited, so please call the library at (978) 425-2620 to reserve. If you would like to help by baking a festive holiday treat for this event, we’d be happy to have them. Hope to see you at the Holiday Tea!

Sunday, Dec. 14

Breakfast: Shirley American Legion will host an “all you can eat” breakfast from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the War Memorial building on Church Street in Shirley. Adults, $8; seniors 65 and over and kids under 10, $6.

Children’s party: The American Legion will host a Shirley Children’s Christmas Party with Santa arriving at 1 p.m. All children 10 tears and younger are welcome. Come and see Santa and get a gift!

Monday, Dec. 15

Town Clerk: evening office hours, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Board of Assessors: 6 p.m.

Recreation Commission: 6 p.m.

Board of Selectmen: 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Veterans Agent: 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Historical Commission: 6:30 p.m.

Habitat for Humanity: 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Budget Committee: 7 p.m.

Rockapella: 7 p.m., Shirley Middle School; Holiday concert is a fund-raiser for the Shirley Meetinghouse and the local arts group ShirleyArts! Seats are all reserved, so get your tickets now! The price is only $25, and the parking is free. Go to tickets@shirleyarts.org for an order form or purchase tickets in person at the Shirley Historical Society museum Mondays and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

Planning Board: 7 p.m.

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

Friday, Dec. 19

Town Offices Closed

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at Town Offices, Keady Way. As an energy-saving measure this winter, most board meetings will be held on three evenings: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Building is closed on Friday.

Sunday, Dec. 21

Special Christmas Worship Services: Family Christmas Service Sunday, 5 p.m., and Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 at 11 p.m. Join us this Christmas as United Church of Shirley presents the meaning and purpose of Christmas in a visually stunning experience showing video, music, scripture reading and a message that tells the story of Christmas coming to earth and how this event continues to change lives today.

Briefs

Marin Luther King Jr. essay contest

Nashoba area middle schools and high schools have been invited to have their students take part in the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest. This year’s theme is non-violence and students were asked to give examples of how they could solve problems in a non-violent way, the same way Rev. King did.

The winning essays will be part of the program at the MLK Day breakfast at the Bull Run on Monday, Jan. 19, and the essay winners will receive their prizes at that time. Besides guest speakers, there will also be an art display and a children’s choir as part of the breakfast program.

Essays must be mailed to MLK Breakfast Committee, P.O. Box 893, Ayer, MA 01432 and must be received before Christmas.

Save the Date

Get your tickets!

Rockapella is a five-man American a cappella musical group, originally made famous by their appearances on the children’s television game show “Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?” Since those early days, the group has appeared on the Today Show, recorded Folgers commercials, sung with the Boston Pops, and toured the world giving concerts in Germany and recording albums in Japan. In December they will perform in North Central Massachusetts, doing a Holiday Concert at the Shirley Middle School.

The program on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. is a fund-raiser for the Shirley Meetinghouse and the local arts group ShirleyArts! Seats are all reserved, so get your tickets now! The price is only $25, and the parking is free. Go to tickets@shirleyarts.org for an order form or purchase tickets in person at the Shirley Historical Society museum Mondays and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

ShirleyArts! Touring Christmas Choir

The ShirleyArts! Touring Christmas Choir Concert to benefit the Shirley Friendship Fund will be held Sunday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Bull Run Restaurant Brunch. The Friendship Fund benefits Shirley families in need both at Christmas and throughout the year.

This annual Christmas Concert features new songs and traditional carols of the season from dancing reindeer and a jingle bell hop to shepherds, angels and wisemen. Thirty boys and girls from grades 2 through 5 will sing and dance and tell the Christmas story under the direction of Meredith Marcinkewicz, accompanied by Micheal Hoffmann.

To reserve your table at this great family event, phone the Bull Run at 978-425-4311 and make your Brunch reservations soon.

Fuel Assistance for Shirley seniors

The Shirley Council on Aging is holding a special Fuel Assistance registration for seniors only on Jan. 6, 2009 at the St. Anthony’s parish Hall on Phoenix Street. As you may know, Fuel Assistance is a Helping Hand; not a hand out. It is paid for by your tax dollars and is intended to help people over a rough patch when the weather is cold.

The assistance is available to single family home owners or renters whose gross income is less than $27,877 for a single person or $36,464 for a two-person household. The information will be retained by the Partners for Community Group only. None of the information will be kept locally. The Partners Group is funded by a state and federal grant. This is one of the best uses of your tax payer dollars as it directly benefits the people who need the help the most. Applications are done in person for the first year of enrollment but once you are enrolled, the information will be sent to you by mail in the following years. Renewal of the requests can be done by mail thereafter.

To further help seniors enroll, we will be taking reservations at our Shirley COA office rather than having to deal with the agency’s busy telephone number. If you are interested, please contact me (John Oelfke) or Jean Bowden at the COA office: 978-425-2600 X285. All information is strictly confidential.

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