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SATURDAY, MAY 1

Finance Committee: 8:30 a.m., Bromfield gym

Annual Town Meeting: 9 a.m., Bromfield gym

SUNDAY, MAY 2

Harvard Conservation Trust & Harvard Conservation Commission announce the annual Trail Clean-up Day: Any trail … any 2 hours. After the snows of winter, we look forward to clearing away the fallen branches and debris from the trails simply by dragging them 10 feet to the side (minding the vegetation underfoot), where they will eventually decay. Both the Harvard Conservation Trust and the Harvard Conservation Commission are asking for walkers/hikers/trail enthusiasts to volunteer two hours on May 2 on any trail of your choice, helping to bring the trails back to their normal condition. Please leave the large trees and precarious debris to the chainsaw crews who will follow — but please report those to Phil Knoettner at 978-456-8477 or pknoettner@ aol.com, so he can coordinate. We encourage your safety by being aware of what’s around and above you and thank you so much for your time in this community effort.

Regional Health, Wellness, and Fitness Fair: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 30 health, wellness, and fitness practitioners will demonstrate and discuss their services and products at the first annual regional Health, Wellness, and Fitness Fair at The Bromfield School in Harvard. Nutrition, holistic health, yoga, massage, reiki, fitness, acupuncture, herbal care, integrative medicine, and other health-related practitioners will showcase their services at booths, classes, demos, and other activities. A $3 general admission will include entry in drawing of more than $2,500 in prizes, and a free regional Health, Wellness and Fitness Directory. A special $12 admission will also include a massage or reiki session and a stainless steel water bottle. The first 500 attendees will receive a goodie bag of coupons and products from the vendors, sponsors, and advertisers. Kids activities include karate classes, yoga, crafts, and other activities. Farmer’s Market vendors and healthy food and drink will round out the offerings. Sponsored by the Bare Hill Rowing Association; outdoors or indoors as weather suggests. For more information contact Kelly at 978-400-6514 or visit www.barehillrowing.com.

MONDAY, MAY 3

Harvard Woman’s Club annual luncheon: Members and their guests with reservations will meet for the annual luncheon of the Harvard Woman’s Club at Ristorante Via Alto in Clinton. The gathering starts at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. The meeting is a celebration of friendship and the year’s accomplishments. Members who need rides can contact Maria Day or Margaret Murphy.

Cemetery Commission: 3 p.m., cemetery office

Library Trustees: 7 p.m., Library conference room

Park & Recreation Commission: 7:30 p.m., Old Library, main room

Planning Board: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall meeting room

Town Center Wastewater Policy Committee: 7:30 p.m., Old Library, downstairs

TUESDAY, MAY 4

Annual Town Election: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Bromfield School cafeteria

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

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5

Massachusetts Walk to school day: Hildreth Elementary School can walk, bike or carpool to school on May 5 to celebrate Earthday and Massachusets Walk to school day. Walking School buses will meet-up at Carlson’s Orchard’s and the Bolton Road/ Armstrong Triangle and will depart at 8:15 Sharp!

Finance Committee: 7 p.m., Town Hall meeting room

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

THURSDAY, MAY 6

Devens Enterprise Commission: 7:30 a.m., 33 Andrews Parkway, Conf. Rm. 1, Devens.

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

SATURDAY, MAY 8

Apple Blossom Festival: Ayer Rotary Club’s 58th annual, Route 111, Harvard, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, followed by the 20th Annual Ducky Wucky River Race, 4:30 p.m., Still River Depot Road, off Route 110, Harvard. In the event of rain, the festival will move inside to the Harvard Elementary School gymnasium. Festival features craft vendors, live music, children’s games and food, as well as fire truck rides. Festival vendors include fine jewelers, painters and others offering fashion accessories, organic and specialty foods, children’s books and toys, memorabilia and much more.

The Ducky Wucky River Race offers a grand prize of dinner for two anywhere in the world, including airfare and two nights hotel. Tickets will be available at the Apple Blossom Festival.

All proceeds from the Apple Blossom Festival and Ducky Wucky River Race benefit the charities supported by the Ayer Rotary Club.

Concert: 7:30 pm, the Christian Union Church, W. Groton and the Congregational Church of Harvard are hosting a concert by the Allegra Regional Girls Choir of CT. This talented group of singers is a traveling chorus of the United Choir School, founded in 1993 to provide an opportunity for girls in the greater New Haven community to sing choral music at the highest possible artistic standard. The school has become New England’s most higly acclaimed girls’ choral program, and has over 400 students ages 6-17. This concert is free and open to all, children and adults alike will enjoy this remarkable choir. The concert will be held at Christian Union Church, Rte 225 (W. Main St), W. Groton. For more information, please contact Carole @ 978 448-5480 or Sharon @ 978 772-1453.

Harvard Cable TV schedule

Friday, April 30

10 a.m., 4 & 10 p.m., “Highlights from The China Study,” with Prof. T. Colin Campbell [from Benton Health Promotions, Walla Walla, Washington].

1 & 7 p.m., “What are Vegetarians Consuming and Avoiding?” with Dr. Karl Seff.

Saturday, May 1

Selectmen Meeting – Recorded April 27

Town Meeting – Live 9 a.m. Channel 13

Sunday, May 2

LWV Candidates Night – Recorded April 13

Monday, May 3

Candidates Night – Recorded April 13

Tuesday, May 4

Town Meeting – Recorded May 1

Wednesday, May 5

School Committee Meeting – Recorded April 26

Thursday, May 6

Town Meeting – Recorded May 1

Friday, May 7

10 a.m., 4 & 10 p.m., “McDougall Made Irresistible,” with Dr. John and Mary McDougall.

4 & 7 p.m., “Hearts and Minds about Animals and Foods,” with Mr. Gene Baur [of Farm Sanctuary].

BRIEFS

Senior Center wish list

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 1/2 x 11 reams of paper, Stamps, Sympathy cards, Paper cups, Paper plates, Plastic silverware, 8 1/2 x 11 ruled note pads. Scrap pads, Paper towels, Murphy Oil Soap, Address labels (30 per sheet), 11 X 17 reams of paper for the newsletter, Clorox wipes, Coffee, Zip lock bags, Large garbage bags.

Any help is appreciated! There is a donation box by the front door of Hildreth House for any contributions.

Book Sale collections

The Friends of the Harvard Public Library will hold its annual book sale at the Old Library on Fairbank Street. This is the main fundraising event for the Friends. Funds have been used 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. We also make a scholarship available for a local high school student through our annual Whitcomb Poetry Award. Thank you for your support!

Book Collection Dates: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon through May 3

Book Sale Dates:

Friday, May 7: Preview Sale for Friends of the Library only, 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 8: Early Bird Admission 8 to 9 a.m. at $10 per person. Free admission from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 9: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (free admission)

Saturday, May 15: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (free admission)

Celebration help needed

Ten more parents of students in any grade needed

This event needs the help of parents to assist with set-up and tear-down to make this event possible. It only requires a few hours of your time on May 7.

Setup: This group organizes items borrowed from townspeople that are dropped off the day of the event on May 7, and then works alongside other committee heads to coordinate the actual set-up of the event at The Bromfield School.

Tear-Down: Arrive at the school the morning after Celebration to dismantle the decorations and help return items to appropriate places and owners.

Please contact Jennifer Dexter at jrdexter@charter.net if you can volunteer a few hours to help with set-up and/or tear-down!

Bromfield parents survey

The Bromfield School Council would like parents input. The information gathered truly helps guide the thinking and decision making to continually improve your child’s experience at The Bromfield School. Please take the survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BromfieldParentSurvey.

Creativity for soccer club patch

Harvard Soccer Club needs a new Patch. We are looking for volunteers to submit ideas for a new patch design. All you need to do is sketch out an idea for a new patch and place it in one of the boxes displayed at HES or Bromfield. A new design will be chosen by June 8th and the new patch will be handed out starting in September.

SAVE THE DATE

“Who were the Hildreths?”: The Harvard Historical Society will present an illustrated lecture entitled “Who were the Hildreths?” on Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Still River Meetinghouse, 215 Still River Road. Former society president Dianne Newton will give a history of the Hildreth family and describe some of their numerous inventions and gifts to the town of Harvard. Attendees will learn why the Harvard Elementary School recently changed its name to honor this illustrious family. The lecture is part of the society’s new “Discover Your Town” outreach. Refreshments will be served, and the public is encouraged to view the extensive collection of Harvard artifacts and paintings on display in the recently renovated building.

Annual Plant Sale

The Garden Club of Harvard will hold its 49th annual plant sale on Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine, on the Common. The sale offers a large assortment of perennial plants from Harvard gardens, and a wide variety of annuals, vegetables, and herbs. Proceeds from the sale support the Garden Club and its civic work, which includes horticultural, educational, and civic beautification projects in town.

Volunteer Fair …

…will be held Saturday, May 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Harvard Public Library. Current vacancies include: Bare Hill Pond Watershed Management Committee, 1 vacancy; Community Cable Access Committee, 2 vacancies, 2 student member vacancies and 1 alternate vacancy; Conservation Commission, 1 associate member vacancy; Energy Advisory Committee, 2 associate member vacancies; Fourth of July Committee, volunteers needed; Finance Committee, 1 associate member; MBTA Advisory Board, 1 vacancy; Personnel Board, 1 vacancy; Transfer Station Committee, 2 vacancies.

Fellowship Building grand opening

Harvard Unitarian Church will hold a grand opening celebration of its new Fellowship Building on Saturday, May 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The community is invited to attend. The church is located off Elm Street.

Have a Jessie Day

On Saturday, May 22 at 9 a.m., come run in the Have a Jessie Day 5k Road Race! Sponsored by the Bromfield Class of 2012, the race is a way to honor Jessie Peterson and raise money for the Jessie Peterson Scholarship fund. Go to www.haveajessieday.com to get your registration sheet and sign up now!

Kid’s Fair and Touch-a-Truck

Saturday, May 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hildreth Elementary School

Rain date: Sunday, May 23

Get on board and join us at a Kid’s Fair and Touch-a-Truck event. Climb aboard a fire engine, see the inside of a bus and ambulance, check out police vehicles, farm and construction equipment, All on hand for kids to view and explore. At least a dozen trucks are expected. The kid’s fair will feature entertainment, face painting, games, craft tables, a balloon twister, a bouncy house and slide, fire department activities, child safety information, and a number of raffle baskets, in addition to other activities. Live musical performances by Mister Vic (10:15-11 a.m.), Lil’ Iguana and Ashley Jordan, and sports clinics led by Teamworks Acton throughout the day. All activities are included in the admission price of $7 per person, $25 max per family (children under 2 are free). Raffle tickets, vendor items and food from Great Brook Farms, Harvard Lions Club, Juniper Farms, and Fiesta Shows available for purchase. Thank you to our sponsors Nikopoulos Insurance Agency, Alpha Cars, Little Towne Toys and Teamworks Acton. This event is hosted by Village Nursery School, Harvard. Bring the whole family out for a day full of fun. For more information and a full schedule of activities visit: www.villagenurseryschool.org or call 978-456-3993.