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CALENDAR

MONDAY, MAY 3

Board of Assessors: 6 p.m.

Board of Selectmen: 7 p.m.

Finance Committee: 7 p.m.

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

Tax Collector, evening hours: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Zoning Board of Appeals: 8:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, MAY 4

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

PTA meeting: 8 p.m., Shirley Middle School

THURSDAY, MAY 6

Well adult clinic: 10 to 11 a.m. Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with the Shirley Board of Health, announces that a Well Adult Clinic will be held at the Senior Center, 9 Parker Road. Drop in for Blood Pressure, Pulse Screening and Diet Teaching. No appointment is necessary. For further information, please contact Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice at 978-425-6675 or 1-800-698-3307 or visit us at www.nashoba.org.

Shirley Senior center announces — new craft classes coming to the Shirley Senior Center. This first one is called: MAKE A BASKET USING LEFT OVER YARN. It will be held at 1 p.m. Bring 1 darning needle and a pair of scissors. All other supplies will be provided. Class fee: $3. See all you creative types there.

FRIDAY, MAY 7

Town Offices Closed

Community Red Cross Blood Drive — sponsored by Arthur F. Eddy, D.M.D., PC and the Ayer-Shirley Lions Club, from 1 to 6 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Parish Hall, Shirley. Appointments preferred by calling 1-800-733-2767 or e-mail – www.redcrossblood.org.

Donors will receive free Red Sox T-shirt and raffle ticket for 2 Boston Red Sox tickets.

ShirleyArts! performance: 7:30 p.m. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Please see below for details.

Meetings held in Town Offices unless otherwise noted, subject to change with 48-hours posted notice.

SATURDAY, MAY 8

Golden Agers mini fair: noon to 4 p.m. The Shirley Golden Agers will hold a Mini-Fair at the new Senior Center on Parker Road — bake sale, hot dogs, drinks and crafts.

ShirleyArts! performance: 7:30 p.m. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Please see below for details.

BRIEFS

Players wanted!

Players for the Shirley American Legion Junior Baseball Team are being recruited from Shirley and the surrounding towns. Fifteen (15) games have been scheduled for the season beginning Sunday, June 13, 2010. Tryouts will be held the second week of May and team roster will be finalized by the third week in May. For more details contact Coach Canning at jimcanning@charter.net This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SAVE THE DATE

ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION: May 11, polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Shirley Hoe Down plant sale

Attention all gardeners! Are you interested in supporting Longley Acres Conservation Area while improving the health of your perennial beds?

Consider making a donation of your perennial divisions for the Shirley Hoe Down plant sale! On or before Friday, June 4, pot up and bring your extra divisions to the Longley Acres farmhouse at 27 Whitney Road in Shirley. While you are there, please feel free to look around the property.

Please include identification labels on the plants and leave your name, so we can acknowledge your donation. It is best to divide and pot plants at least a week in advance and keep them in a shady spot, so that the roots will establish and they will look good for the Shirley Hoe Down plant sale on Saturday, June 5. All proceeds from the plant sale support the Longley Acres Maintenance Fund.

We are also looking for donations of items for the silent auction at the Hoe Down booth. If you have an item you would like to contribute, this would be greatly appreciated. Recognition for all donations will be given, and donations are tax exempt.

Also, with June quickly approaching, we will soon be organizing to hay the fields at Longley Acres. We rely on an entirely volunteer effort and are fortunate to have so much community support. If you are interested in volunteering to help “bring in the hay,” let us know.

Contact Conservation administrator Chuck Katuska at 978-425-2600, ext. 245, or e-mail conservation@shirley-ma.gov.

At the Senior Center

New programs to be available soon at the New Shirley Senior Center

Beginning Thursday April 29, we will be offering “Chair Yoga” for seniors at 9 a.m. This 45-minute session is simple and effective. All motions are done either sitting in a chair or standing. NO lying on the floor is required. This is a great way to begin to improve your flexibility to continue your therapy if you just had some injury or surgery. Almost anyone can do this and its fun. The cost for the whole 8 weeks will be $25. Sign up sheets are available at the drop-in center or from the Director.

If you like to read and to discuss the books afterwards, we have a Book Club which will meet once a week at the senior center — time and day to be set by the participants. Stop by the Senior center and sign up.

In May we will have “Craft Classes” on Thursdays at 1 p.m. We have a list of 5-6 classes that will be offered based on expressed levels of interest. They include Knitting, crocheting, jewelry making etc. To see the full list, come by the drop in center and sign up, IF enough people are interested in a particular class, we will offer it. The cost is just $3/class for Shirley seniors.

Starting May 4, we will be offering Line Dancing from 2-3 p.m. every Tuesday. The cost is $3/person payable at the session. If we have enough interest, we may expand it to a beginners and an advanced class later in the year. Contact the COA director if interested.

In the coming weeks we hope to announce other programs such as Oil or Water Color painting, Tai-Chi, and even BINGO (the friendly version). Also, we are developing a monthly speaker series on topics specific to the needs of seniors. We expect this information to be very useful to a wide range for seniors. Topics include Senior driving issues, Prescription drug interaction, changes to Medicare, etc. All these are being finalized over the next few weeks. We may even see “ZUMBA” in Shirley this fall.

All this will be available soon at YOUR SENIOR CENTER.

Meals on Wheels – call 978-425-2600, ext. 285