SATURDAY, NOV. 20
Pilot Project at the Old Library: 4 to 6 p.m. Bring your ideas. Be part of the experiment! Food, music, zentangle, mystery murals, a special art exhibit and more. All are invited to come and be part of the experiment! Sponsored by The Pilot Project@The Old Library Working Group, www.harvard.ma.us/pilotproject.
MONDAY, NOV. 22
Holiday plant sale: The annual FANFARE holiday plant sale will take place during teacher conferences from noon to 4 p.m. on Nov. 22 and from noon to 7 p.m. on Nov. 23. The public is welcome to attend this event. Look for the colorful and fragrant tables in the lobbies at both HES and The Bromfield School. We will have holiday plants and paperwhite narcissus grown in clear glass vases. Either will look fantastic decorating your home or as a hostess gift. All of the funds raised at this event benefit the music programs in the Harvard Public Schools. Please show your support and brighten the start of the holiday season with plants from FANFARE. Please call Jan Steranka (978-456-3718) with any questions you may have about this fundraiser.
School Committee: 7 p.m., Town Hall
Bare Hill Pond Watershed Management Committee: 7:30 p.m., Hildreth House
TUESDAY, NOV. 23
Bid for the sale of surplus used equipment: Harvard will receive bids until 11 a.m. for the sale of surplus used equipment as described in bidding documents provided by the town of Harvard. Sealed bids shall be mailed or delivered to the Town of Harvard, Office of the Board of Selectmen, Town Hall, 13 Ayer Road, Harvard, Massachusetts 01451, with the designation, “Bid for Surplus Used Equipment” on the envelope. The bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at the place and time designated above. Notice of Sale, Information and Instructions and bid forms may be obtained Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Office of the Selectmen.
Board of Health 7 p.m., Hildreth House
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24
Harvard Energy Advisory Committee: 7:30 p.m., Old Library fireplace room
Zoning Board of Appeals: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall
THURSDAY, NOV. 25
Thanksgiving Day: Town offices closed.
Heating Assistance Application for 2010-2011
HARVARD ENERGY ASSISTANCE TEAM
LOW-INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE GUIDELINES
The fund has been established to provide energy assistance for low-income Harvard residents.
Applicants must provide documentation of income earnings in order to be eligible to participate in this program. Income shall include all income such as pensions, interest from savings accounts, IRA’s, stocks or bonds, etc. Submit copy of utility bill to be considered as well.
Extraordinary circumstances (e.g. an unusual expense burden) will be considered.
B. APPLICATION PROCESS
A copy of documentation demonstrating participation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (if eligible) or other earnings records must accompany the application. Applications will be accepted November 1, 2010 through March 1, 2011.
All information received will be held in the strictest confidence.
C. DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS
Funds will be disbursed on a rolling basis. Since funds are derived from volunteer contributions, no set dollar amount can be established.
The funds that are granted to applicants will be paid directly to the energy source provider: natural gas, heating oil, or electric company.
For further information contact Council on Aging Director Ginger Quarles at 978-456-4120, Town Administrator Tim Bragan at 978-456-4100, ext., 13, or Executive Assistant Julie Doucet, at 978-456-4100, ext.. 12.
(You can download the application online at http://harvard.ma.us/Pages/HarvardMA_News/01620915-000F8513)
From Harvard PTO…
Scrip GIFT CARDS; IT COULDN’T BE EASIER
The Scrip Gift Card Program has been part of the PTO as a fundraiser for more than five years. In the beginning parents were ordering twice a month and the first year we earned about $10,000. Most recently, with sales dwindling, we decided to promote the program only for the holidays. As the holidays approach we would like to encourage parents to purchase the gift cards to support the schools. These cards cost you nothing but their face value (the merchants give us a percentage of the sale). We have four options for purchasing, two on line options that couldn’t be any easier. Once you register for the on-line ordering and presto-pay (bank withdrawal method for payment), you can order cards at any time.
1. Order with a paper form. Go to harvardpto.org, complete the form, mail it to the PTO post office box or drop it off at Bromfield or HES. Your cards can be mailed to you or picked up at the superintendent’s office
2. Order on line using the presto-pay system. Go to shopwithscrip.com to set up an account. Your cards can be mailed to you or picked up at the superintendent’s office
3. Reload existing card: If you have purchased cards from us in the past, you can reload many of these online. If you are only re-loading cards, they will be useable instantaneously. Go to shopwithscrip.com and click on reload.
4. E-cards: You can purchase e-cards for many businesses. E-cards will be available for you to print on your at home printer immediately upon purchase. Go to shopwithscrip.com and click on e-cards.
Ellen Sachs Leicher will help anyone through this process; e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also will be selling inventory at the November conferences and also taking orders at that time. (Cash or check will be required)
BROMFIELD PARENTS: CELEBRATION IS IN CRITICAL NEED OF VOLUNTEERS
Learn More About Celebration: Bromfield’s Post Prom Substance Free Event
Are you interested in joining the Celebration committee, and you want to know more about it and have the opportunity to ask questions? A Celebration “information” meeting was held on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Teachers Lounge at Bromfield School to engage the next generation of parent volunteers in order for Celebration to continue. Co-chairs, Lois Krutz and Deb MacKenzie were and are available to detail each committee’s tasks and answer all questions.
SKI PROGRAM — Bromfield & 5th Grade, sign up by Nov. 19
Skiers/Boarders Wanted: Snow season is approaching and the Bromfield and HES 5th Grade ski clubs, sponsored by Harvard Parks and Recreation, are accepting registrations for the 2011 Wednesday afternoon programs. Registration pamphlets for the clubs are available at the Bromfield School and HES offices, town hall and the town library. Space is limited so sign up soon and get your registration pamphlet back as soon as possible. Deadline: Nov. 19.
SAVE THE DATE
The Harvard Congregational Church will hold its annual Christmas Fair on Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in its newly renovated building on the Common.
Come visit this beautiful addition to the Harvard community. Santa will arrive at 11 a.m. and reservations for lunch with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and their elves will be available for 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended. Tickets are available at the church or by calling 978-456-8788.
Along with Lunch with Santa, the fair will feature the popular Festival of Trees and Wreaths. This is an impressive display of Christmas trees and wreaths that are decorated in a wonderful variety of creative themes.
A giant raffle will be held for all the decorated trees. Visitors are able to purchase chances on the items throughout the day, and winners are announced at the end of the fair.
Also featured at the fair will be handmade crafts and activities for kids including Gingerbread House decorating. The Tea Room will be open for lunch and delicious snacks. Grandma’s Attic will sell gently used treasures.
For more information contact Dennis Bradley at 978-660-5854 or DbinNE@aol.com.
DATES TO REMEMBER at the Senior Center
Mondays and Wednesdays, Aerobics 9 to 10 a.m. at the Fellowship Hall
Tuesdays and Thursdays, Tai Chi 9 to 10 a.m. at the Fellowship Hall.
Tuesdays, Hildreth Café at noon at Hildreth House
Wednesdays, Men’s Club 8 to 9 a.m. at Hildreth House
Thursdays, Mixed Bridge 1 p.m. and Men Only at 7:45 p.m.
Thursdays, Brown Bag lunch at noon at Hildreth House
Fridays, Yoga 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the old library
Fridays, Computer drop-in 9:30 to noon at Hildreth House.