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Monday, August 3

Cemetery Commission: 3 p.m., Bellevue Cemetery

Planning Board: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall meeting room; hearings — 8 p.m. AT&T re: Poor Farm Road, and 8:30 p.m. AT&T re: Old Shirley Road.

Parks and Recreation Commission: 7:30 p.m., Old Library main room

Tuesday, August 4

Historical Commission, 7:30 p.m., Old Library main room

Wednesday, August 5

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

Thursday, August 6

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

Devens Enterprise Commission: 7:30 a.m., Devens Common, 33 Andrews Parkway

Friday, August 7

Water Chestnut harvest: The Harvard Bare Hill Pond Water Management Committee will sponsor a second water chestnut weed harvests on Aug. 8. Water chestnut is a nonnative species of plant that threatens swimming, boating and fishing by crowding the shorelines with a mass of underwater vegetation. The weeds can easily be eradicated by volunteers and water enthusiasts willing to help out for a couple hours of time. Bring your canoe, boat or kayak to the town beach and we’ll give you buckets and instructions on how to help remove the weeds. Don’t have a boat? Some town canoes are typically available on a first-come, first-served basis. State law requires all boaters to have mandatory safety gear, which includes life jackets and a whistle or other auditory warning device.

Briefs

Battle of the Bands

Harvard and Bolton police departments In conjunction with the Harvard Lions Club “Fall Festival” Presents “BATTLE OF THE BANDS,” Sept. 18 (rain date is Saturday, Sept. 26) 6 to 10 p.m. (Gates open 5 p.m.), 150 Ayer Road, Harvard. Cost: $5 per person collected at gate.

All are welcome to this first year event. Hear local bands as they battle for top bragging rights. Trophies to be awarded to the top three bands, picked by audience appreciation. Space is limited to approximately 10 competing bands. Call early for an application to participate: Det. Jack Izzo; Harvard Police; 978-456-8276 leave message if not there. Leave name, address, and phone number of band leader.

Refreshments will be available on site for purchase. Concessions will be operated by the, Harvard Lions Club. And much more…

Transfer Station Stickers: Now available at the Town Hall, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday until 7 p.m. Bring car registration(s) or copies. Go to www.harvard.ma. us for more details.

Veterans Services office closing for vacation: The Office of Veterans Services, town of Harvard will be closed on Tuesday, July 28 and Tuesday, August 4: VSA Lyddy will be on vacation.

Library events:

Children’s Programs

Infant Storytime: Mother Goose on the Loose (no sign-up required), up to 2 years: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

Mother Goose on the Loose is an early literacy program that uses rhymes and songs to help prereading children get ready for reading. It incorporates music, movement, ritual, repetition, positive reinforcement, developmental tips, nursery rhymes, illustrations, puppets, musical instruments, colored scarves, and book reading into a fun-filled 30 minute session for infants to 2-year-olds and their caregivers.

Toddler Storytime (preregistration required): Ages 2, 3: Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

This 20- to 30-minute, interactive, theme-based storytime includes songs, simple stories, feltboard stories, creative dramatics, and fingerplays appropriate for toddlers ages2 and 3 years old. Pre-registration required: Limit of 10 children and their caregivers per time slot.

Preschool/Kindergarten Storytime: ages 4-7, Thursdays at 2 p.m. (no sign-up required) .

This 30- to 45-minute program consists of a mix of quiet and interactive stories, songs, and fingerplays, with three special activities that rotate weekly: storytelling with guest visits from the library’s puppets; feltboard stories; and art projects that encourage preschoolers to explore art materials, colors, shapes, and their own creativity. This storytime is appropriate for children ages 4-7 and their caregivers.

Pajama Storytime: Ages 4-7: Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

Come in your jammies to this evening, a 30-minute storytime appropriate for children ages 4 to 7. We’ll read theme-based stories, share songs, and learn fun fingerplays as we wind down our day and get ready for bedtime. (no signup required).

Bagels n’ Books Groups: For third- through sixth-graders. Each group will meet one time over the summer vacation; dates will be announced in the summer reading calendar. New members are always welcome; please preregister.

Adult Programs

The Brown Bag Book Club is usually held on the third Wednesday of every month at noon. Bring a lunch.

Library Summer Hours

The Harvard Public Library will be open from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturdays during July and August. Scheduled hours of operation on all other days remain unchanged. Drop-ins are welcome!

Harvard calendars

The calendars for July 2009-December 2010 are now for sale with all proceeds going to benefit the Harvard PTO. The calendar includes 15 gorgeous color photos of Harvard taken by local photographers, and is filled with significant school and community event dates.

Available for sale for $20 at the following locations: The General Store, Harvard Cleaners, Sorrentos, Westward Orchards.

For more information refer to our Web site at www.harvardpto.org.

Save the Date

Nature of apples: Art and memory

On Saturdays, Aug.15 and Sept. 19, at 2 p.m., Fruitlands Museum will offer a tour of its new exhibit of artwork on apples that highlights both the beauty of the fruit and its role in the agricultural economy of Nashoba Valley. Collector, Sam Robbin will also offer a lecture about the collection. If you mention the Council on Aging, there will be no charge to seniors.

Opportunities for lunch

at Hildreth House

The Hildreth Café serves lunch each Tuesday at noon. Requested donation $2.

Every Thursday, enjoy a relaxed Brown Bag lunch with fellow seniors at noon. All are welcome.

Long-range planning day

The Board of Directors is holding a long-range planning day on Monday, Aug. 17, at the home of Sharon Briggs. All seniors who have thoughts to share regarding the future goals of the Council on Aging or a vision of what services we should be providing are encouraged to contact any board member to offer your input.

When a family member has memory loss…

The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a helpful overview of Alzheimer’s disease at a workshop, August 21, 2009, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Harvard Council on Aging that is free and open to public. “Getting Started: What to do when a family member has memory loss” covers diagnosis, addressing behavior and communication problems, and how to find local resources. Registration is required, call 800-272-3900.

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