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Finance Committee: 9 a.m., Town Hall

Community Talent Show: 7 p.m., Volunteers Hall. Please see below for details.

Sunday, March 29

PTO pancakes: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.;;, The Harvard PTO invites you to eat pancakes and find sporting goods bargains, in the Bromfield cafe and gym. Pancakes served from 10 a.m. until noon; sporting equipment sold from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds to benefit the Harvard Public Library.

Blanchette benefit poker: On Sunday, March 29, the first Ken Blanchette Scholarship Poker Tournament will be held at the Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley. Early registration fee is $75. Tournament day fee is $85. Sign-ups are from 11 to 11:30 a.m.; the tournament starts at noon. Top prize, based on 200 entrants, will be $3,500. All proceeds benefit a scholarship for a student-athlete from each of Ayer High School, Bromfield School, Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, and North Middlesex Regional High School. For further information, contact Derek Blanchette at 603-321-5411 or by e-mail to dj141632@ yahoo.com; or Ken Blanchette at 978-772-0777 ext. 239 or at kblanchette@nashobapub.com.

Monday, March 30

Garden Club: 11:15 a.m., St. Theresa’s Church, 15 Still River Road; Harvard Garden Club luncheon meeting. This month’s program, “Eighty Years of Growing in Harvard,” talks about Mary Abbott’s garden and the colorful past of the club. Meetings are free and open to the public. New members welcome. For more information contact Ruth LovettSmith at 978-456-0062.

Tuesday, March 31

Board of Selectmen: 7 p.m., Town Hall

Wednesday, April 1

Student Council Lunch: 12:45 p.m., Bromfield Student Council Luncheon prepared by Chef Pau. Please do not arrive earlier than 12:30 p.m.. (This will allow the parking lot to clear out after school.) The lunch is free and all are welcome, but we do need a head count. Please call the COA office to make a reservation.

Finance Committee: 7 p.m., Town Hall

Housing Authority: 7:30 p.m., Hildreth House

Thursday, April 2

Conservation Commission: 7 p.m., Town Hall.

Town Meeting 101: 7 p.m., Harvard Public Library, Volunteers Hall; Presentation on how town meeting works, presented by Easton Selectman Colleen Corona from the Mass. Municipal Association, sponsored by the League of Women Votes of Harvard. All are invited to this free presentation. Refreshments will be served.

Briefs

The Harvard Conservation Trust will host its Tree-for-All on Saturday, April 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Transfer Station, and on Sunday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mass Ave by Harvard Realty. This year’s selection: Beach Plum (Prunus maritima)free to members and available for $5 to nonmembers.

Rabies Clinic

A Rabies Clinic will be held Saturday, April 11, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Harvard Town Barn.

Lego Expo

The Harvard Public Library will host a Lego Expo on Saturday, April 4: Group : 10:30 to 11:30 ~ Ages 3 to 5; Group #2: 12:30 to 1:30 ~ Ages 5 to 9; Group #3: 2:30 to 3:30 ~ Ages 9 – 12+

Start building now for this great April event! Participants bring constructions of their own design to the Expo to share with others and be judged. New Lego sets will be raffled off in each age group! No pre-registration necessary. Harvard residents only, please.

Stop by the Children’s Room for construction guidelines and other helpful tips about the Expo.

Program set for Community Talent Show

The slate is set with some truly gifted performers for Harvard Friends of the Arts’ Community Talent Show this Saturday, March 28. Doors open at 6:30 with performances starting at 7 in the Volunteers Hall of the Harvard Public Library. Admission is free. Donations are always appreciated.

The program will feature the following local performers: Helen Batchelder, opera; Justin Bartlett, classical piano, and accompanist for the show; Bill Cordner, Michael Myles and Steve Ormsby, folk band; Conor Deer and Daniel Jackson, guitar, bass and vocals; Joan Eliyesil, banjo; Jeff Ewald, contemporary piano; Graham Feddersen, guitar and vocals; Wendy Feddersen, mandolin and vocals; Emma Hall, show music; Ashley Jordan, guitar and vocals; Emma and Frank Noyes, show music and guitar and vocals; Ken Nygren, show music; Erin Sullivan, ukulele and vocals.

Harvard Friends of the Arts is a subcommittee of the Friends of the Harvard Public Library and was founded in 2007. The mission of HFOA is to stimulate and promote high quality, diverse professional and amateur talent that will enhance Harvard’s quality of life; and to make Volunteers Hall a central gathering place that supports the transformative power of artistic expression.

Book Sale and book collection

The annual Book Sale is the main fundraising event for the Friends of the Library with proceeds supporting the Harvard Public Library. Funds have been used to help build the new library, to buy computer equipment, purchase museum passes, provide children’s programs and produce events organized by the Harvard Friends of the Arts. The group also awards a $500 scholarship each year to local high school juniors through our annual Whitcomb Poetry Award.

2009 Book Sale Dates: (more information to follow)

Friday, May 8 (Friends only), Saturday, May 9, Sunday, May 10, and Saturday, May 16

Donated book collection for the sale:

Drop off Books at the “old” Library, Saturdays between 9 a.m. and noon starting April 4. (Please do not drop off books at the new Library on Pond Street.)

Volunteer for Celebration ’09!

Volunteers are needed to help with Celebration ’09, the after-prom party for Bromfield juniors and seniors to be held this year on Friday, May 15. Help decorate according to a special secret theme or serve on the set-up, clean-up and prize committees. Over 150 volunteers of all ages and interests served on the Celebration committee last year, making it an event the students called “awesome.” Townspeople attending the pre-function Open House from 9 to 10 p.m. called the transformation of Bromfield “absolutely amazing.”

To be part of this fun event, e-mail Tammy Wilkinson at tamra_wilkinson@charter.net or call her at 978-456-9093. For more information on Celebration, contact co-chairs Pat Wenger at wenger.pat@gmail.com; Debbie MacKenzie at macfam@charter.net or Lois Krutz at Krutz1982@aol.com.

FOR SENIORS ONLY

Fuel assistance deadline nears

The town of Harvard has an energy assistance fund to help residents (not just seniors) with their energy costs. Eligible residents may apply to the Harvard fund after applying for federal and state aid. For more information, please call Town Hall at 456-4100 or the COA. Deadline for applications is March 31.

Friendly visitor program

We are accepting volunteer applications for our Friendly Visitor Program. After proper background checks and orientation have been completed, volunteers will be assigned a senior member of our community that we feel could benefit from regular “friendly” visits. If you are interested please contact our outreach coordinator, Maria Holland.

Council on Aging’s

supply wish list

In order to help us cope with recent budget cuts, if you can donate any of the following items, it will help us stretch our budget dollars further: Dell printer ink cartridges (Black J5566 or Color J5567), 8 and a half by 11 reams of paper, stamps, sympathy cards, paper cups, paper plates, plastic silverware, 8 and a half by 11 ruled note pads, scrap pads, paper towels, hot pads or oven mitts, dish soap, Murphy’s Oil Soap, Lysol toilet cleaner, address labels (30 per sheet), Clorox wipes, coffee, ziplock bags, liquid hand soap, light bulbs, snow shovel and large garbage bags. Any help is appreciated!

Income tax help

AARP volunteers will be available through April of 2009 to assist those with low-to-moderate income with their 2008 taxes. The COA office has a list of available sites where you can go to receive assistance. If you are homebound and cannot get to a nearby community, please let the staff in the office know and an attempt will be made to have a volunteer come to your home.

Property tax assistance

The Elderly and Disabled Taxation Aid Committee urges eligible Harvard property owners to apply for assistance with property taxes. Eligibility criteria include being at least 65 on or before July 1, 2009 or disabled; having resided in Harvard and held title to the property for the past calendar year; and total income not exceeding $35,000 for an individual or $45,000 for a couple. Eligibility guidelines and applications are available at the Town Hall, Library, and Council on Aging office. They also may be downloaded from the town Web site: www.harvard.ma.us. They are due in town hall by April 30, 2009. Residents may contact Vicki Smith at Town Hall (978-456-4100) with questions. All inquiries and applications are confidential.

29th annual Senior Conference

Sen. Jamie Eldridge will host the annual Senior Conference on Thursday, April 23 at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School. The conference will offer seniors the opportunity to attend workshops, visit informational tables, obtain health screenings, enjoy lunch and entertainment, and have a chance at winning one of dozens of door prizes. The conference is free. Coffee and donuts will be served in the morning and a hot lunch at 11:30 a.m. For questions about the event please call Peggy at 508-786-3040.

Save the Date

Devens Advisory Committee meeting schedule: April 6 and 21, at 7 p.m. at 33 Andrews Parkway in Devens. Meetings are to be held in the first floor conference room except on April 21 when the meeting will be in conference room 2.

Biathalon clinic: Harvard Sportsmen’s Club will hold a biathalon clinic on Saturday, April 18.

Attendees will practice 65-yard range (biathalon) shooting and from 9 a.m. to noon, break for lunch until 1:30 p.m. in Ayer, then return for roller-ski coaching on the Nashua River Bike Trail until 3 p.m.

Fee for members is $7.50, payable at the gate, and $10 for non-members.

Anyone wishing to take part is urged to contact Fred at tigermuskie@gmail.com before April 16.