Sunday, Dec. 27
Children’s choir concert rescheduled: The Shirley Children’s Christmas Choir Concert to benefit the Shirley Friendship Fund had to be postponed due to last weekend’s snowstorm. It has been rescheduled to Sunday, Dec. 27 at he Bull Run Brunch. New audience members are encouraged to phone ahead to 978-425-4311 for their noontime brunch reservations in advance of the 1 p.m. concert. People who had reserved for the 20th had their reservations moved to the 27. If you can not make the new date, please phone the Bull Run to let them know and they can give your table to someone else.
The Children’s Choir performed last Saturday night as part of the Community Christmas Concert, which raised $600 for Loaves & Fishes. They enjoyed singing “Holiday Blessing” in two part harmony and dancing to the “Reindeer Boogie.” They also enjoyed putting on costumes to act out the story of the first Christmas. It was nice to see the children singing with the adult choir and then dancing with the madrigal choir.
The children will have the stage in the Sawtelle Room at the Bull Run all to themselves as they perform “Jingle Bell Hop,” “Children Go Where I Send Thee,” and many other favorite Christmas songs and carols. The more people who attend the performance, the more money can be raised for the Friendship Fund.
Holiday Shutdown: Town offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 28 through Friday, Dec. 31.
Next Board of Selectmen’s meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Monday, Dec. 28
H1N1 Flu clinic: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with member Local Boards of Health, announces that an H1N1 Regional Flu Clinic will be held for residents of its member towns* at St. Anthony of Padua Parish Hall, 31 Chapel Street, Shirley. Vaccine will be administered in accordance with the current guidelines from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Please visit our Web site at www.nashoba.org to download the necessary forms to be completed and brought to the clinic. Any clinic cancellations will be posted on this site.
For further information please contact Nashoba Associated Boards of Health at 978-772-3335, ext. 333.
Member towns: Ashburnham, Ashby, Ayer, Berlin, Bolton, Boxborough, Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend.
Christmas ornaments for sale
The Shirley Historical Society has new Shirley Christmas tree ornaments for sale just in time for stuffing stockings. The ornaments show our historic First Parish Meetinghouse inside a wreath border. The ornaments are available at the Museum at 182 Center Road, every Monday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among other Shirley items on sale there are books, stationery, art prints, Anniversary videos, wooden Cats Meow buildings and Shaker style boxes. Phone 978-425-9328 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
The rising cost of food is a concern for everyone. The Serve Program is a wonderful possibility; it is the smart alternative to food shopping. Save up to 50 percent and more in high-quality fresh foods by buying your meats, fruits, veggies and other staples offered through this program. Debit, credit, EBT cards and cash are accepted. Call 1-888-742-7363 for details or go online to www.servenewengland.org and follow directions to sign up.
The local chapter is New Hope Baptist Church in Ayer. Donna Snowden (Ayer) and Barbara Eubanks (Shirley) are the contacts. Come to New Hope Baptist Church and check out Serve.
Sand for Shirley Seniors
The Shirley Council on Aging announces that it will be repeating last year’s highly successful “Sand 4 Seniors” program thanks to the efforts of the Shirley Boy Scouts and the Shirley DPW.
The rules are simple.
If you are 60 years old or older and you would like someone to deliver you a bucket of salted sand to help you with walking down the stairs or the side walk this winter, call us!
The Boy Scouts will deliver a bucket to your house within a couple of days and if we have a bad winter, you can ask for a refill. If you have a bucket from last year, please DUMP the contents (it’s probably hard and useless) and give us a call so we can pick up the empty container.
Please call the COA office, 978-425-2600, ext. 285, to sign up for this year’s program. Don’t let ice and snow to cause you to be house bound or to slip and fall.
Shirley Historical Society to open new display
The Shirley Historical Society is planning for its January program and new display and needs help. The first program of the new year will be held Sunday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Ialeggio carpentry shop, Architectural Detail in Wood, 41 Parker Road.
Have you always wanted to know what the parts of a window are, how windows are made, and how they work? Jim Ialeggio, owner of Architectural Detail in Wood and a well-known local maker of custom windows, will shed light on the many aspects of windows and their construction.
On Saturday, Jan. 23, the new museum display on glass will open. Among the items on display will be antique bottles, prisms, eyeglasses, dishware and other objects made of glass. There will also be an exhibit of photos of some of Shirley’s most interesting windows. If you have anything you are willing to loan for two months, please stop by the museum any Monday or Saturday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Note that the museum will be open Jan. 2 but closed Jan. 11. If the weather is questionable, phone 978-425-9328 to check if someone is there.
Save The Date
H1N1 vaccine available
Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with the Shirley Board of Health, announces that on Thursday, Jan. 7 from 10-11 a.m. at Town Hall Senior Drop in room, H1N1 Vaccine will be offered to residents of its member towns and will be administered in accordance with the current guidelines from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Please visit our website at www.nashoba.org to download the necessary forms to be completed and brought to the clinic. For further information please contact Nashoba Associated Boards of Health at 978-772-3335, ext. 333.
*Member towns: Ashburnham, Ashby, Ayer, Berlin, Bolton, Boxborough, Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend.
Fundraiser for the Shirley Senior Center
Ziti supper, to be held at the St. Anthony’s Parish Hall, Saturday, Jan. 16, from 4-7 p.m. Tickets $7. Come and help the SeniorCenter and enjoy a good meal.
A series of educational forums … have been announced in both Ayer and Shirley to provide more detail and explanation on the Ayer/Shirley School Regionalization study and process.
Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at Ayer Middle/High School Auditorium or cafeteria, to be determined
Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at Shirley Middle School Auditorium
Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at a place to be determined in Shirley
Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at a place to be determined in Ayer.
More information is also available at www.ayershirleyregion. com and www.ayershirleyregion.org.