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CALENDAR

MONDAY, FEB. 21

Presidents Day: Town offices closed.

TUESDAY, FEB. 22

Bargains in the Belfry: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The resale shop run by the Women’s Group of the Harvard Unitarian Universalist church at the top of the Harvard Town Common, will be open for its $5 a bag sale. Spring season starts on March 1. Proceeds benefit church and community needs.

Water Commission: 5 p.m., Highway Barn

Board of Health: 7 p.m., Hildreth House

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23

Zoning Board of Appeals: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall

Harvard Energy Advisory Committee: 8 p.m., Old Library fireplace room

THURSDAY, FEB. 24

Agricultural Advisory Committee: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall

BRIEFS

Pennies for the Playground!

Shake out your sofa and empty your pockets! Better yet, have your child do it. All that loose change will benefit the HES playground project. Between now and Feb. 18, every classroom has a container to collect the coins brought in by your child. All coins are welcomed and 100 percent goes to the Playground Fund. If every HES child brought in even one dollar’s worth of coins, $531 would be the result!

Volunteers needed

for Celebration 2011

We cannot make Celebration 2011 a success without your help! The subcommittees listed below are still looking for volunteers:

Setup: 30 Volunteers Needed. This group organizes items borrowed from townspeople that are dropped off the night of the event on May 13, and then works alongside other committee heads to coordinate the actual set-up of the event at The Bromfield School.

Cleanup: 35 Volunteers Needed. Arrive at the school the morning after Celebration to dismantle the decorations and help return items to appropriate places and owners.

Decorations: The school is divided into small areas with a decorations sub-group assigned to each. Join a sub-group or gather a group of friends to plan and decorate a specific area.

Food: Help with preparing and serving of food the night of Celebration.

Please contact Jennifer Dexter at jrdexter@charter.net, if you can help us to make Celebration 2011 a memorable event for our children!

Parents of seniors

— baby photos wanted

We’re sure your senior is looking forward to their Prom Night followed by the all night Celebration event. Celebration has a really fun theme chosen for this year and we are quickly moving forward with the plans. As you know, a VERY popular part of Celebration is the area that features a baby photo of EVERY graduating senior. We are now collecting the photos to copy and present at Celebration.

Please ensure that your child will be represented along with all of his/her classmates by sending a baby/toddler photo of your child. You can e-mail a copy of your photo with your child’s name to Krutz1982@aol.com OR you can mail to the photo to Lois Krutz, 14 Barton Road, Harvard, MA 01451.

If you chose to mail a copy, please provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope so the photo can be returned you after. Write your child’s name and address on the back of the photo please.

Don’t risk “forgetting” to send in a photo — do it right away — your child will surely look for his/her baby photo along with all his/her classmates. Send it now so we have time to prepare each photo for Celebration.

SAVE THE DATE

From Harvard PTO…

Parent teacher performance night rescheduled to march 3

The Parent Teacher Performance/Social scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, February 10, has been rescheduled, due to the snow-on-roof. The new date with be Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in the HES Cafeteria. This is the first Thursday after vacation.

Please make a note of this rescheduled date for both children and adults to hear a wonderful concert/social (with refreshments) featuring top Harvard musicians performing jazz, rock, blues, classical, and folk. As evidence of the stellar nature of this performance, Mr. Gilfix has pointed out that occasionally a very good concert will bring the roof down, but this concert promises to be so good it almost brought the roof down before it began.

Again, please join us for the rescheduled Parent/Teacher Performance Social on Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m., at the HES Cafeteria.

Festival of Cultures

March 11

Pick up your passport and travel the world with “Ambassadors” from countries near and far. Your adventure begins in the gym at 6 p.m., followed by cultural performances in the cafeteria at 7:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Celebrations from around the World.”

Countries currently being represented: Armenia, Chile, China, England, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, Turkey, Uruguay, West Africa, Zimbabwe

(Don’t let your country go unrepresented! Sign up to be an “Ambassador” and share your cultural roots with your community)

Also, we will need helping hands on the day of the event. If you are interested in helping out or you have any questions, please contact: Deb Barton, deb.barton@mac.com, 978-456-8755.

For more information, please visit the Harvard PTO website and click on “Festival of Cultures”

Rabies clinic

Nashoba Associated Boards of Health will be holding a Rabies Clinic on March 26 at the Harvard Town Barn from 9 to 10 a.m. The event is open for cats and dogs, but please bring cats for the last half hour only. Also please no loose cats; cats should only be brought if they’re contained in a cat carrier or properly outfitted box. The charge is $10 per animal vaccinated — cat or dog.

Harvard seniors — DATES TO REMEMBER IN Feb. from your Council on Aging

Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 23, 28 Aerobics 9-10 a.m. at the Fellowship Hall

Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 22, 24, Tai Chi 9-10 a.m. at the Fellowship Hall

Tuesdays Feb. 22 Hildreth Café at noon at Hildreth House

Wednesdays, Feb. 23 Men’s Club 8-9 a.m. at Hildreth House

Thursdays, Feb. 24, Mixed Bridge 1 p.m. and Men Only at 7:45 p.m. at the Hildreth House

Thursday, Feb. 24 Tai Chi 6-7 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall

Fridays, Feb. 18, 25 Stretch Yoga 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Congregational Church

Fridays, Feb. 18, 25 Women’s Social 9:30-11 a.m. at Hildreth House

Fridays, Feb. 18, 25 Computer drop-in 9:30 a.m.-noon at Hildreth House

Friday, Feb. 18 COA trip Boston Public Library/organ concert. Leave Hildreth House at 9:45 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 19 Concert at Indian Hill (see below) Music 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 21 COA OFFICE CLOSED

Friday, Feb. 25 COA trip to the Gilbert and Sullivan plays in Sudbury. Leave Hildreth House at 7 p.m.

INDIAN HILL TICKETS

Thanks to the generosity of Indian Hill Music and a grant from the Harvard Cultural Council, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a few lucky seniors are going to be able to attend concerts at Indian Hill Music free of charge in 2011. These tickets are intended for seniors who probably would not be attending if it were not for this incentive. The concerts will be as follows:

Feb. 19 — Off to the South of France; March 12–A tip o’the Hat to St. Patrick; April 9 — The Inside Scoop

Winners of the tickets will be chosen randomly approximately 10 days before the concert from among those expressing interest. Please call the COA office to add your name to the list of the concerts you are interested in attending. The COA is happy to participate in the effort to allow more seniors to experience the excellent quality of music at Indian Hill.

HANDYMAN ASSISTANCE

Need help with small tasks around the house? Please call and request assistance from the Handyman program.

TAX ASSISTANCE

AARP tax-aid volunteers will be available to assist those with low-to-moderate income with their 2010 tax returns. If you would be interested in receiving assistance, please call the COA office to be given a list of locations where you can call for an appointment.

PODIATRY CLINIC

The next podiatry clinic will be on Tuesday, March 15, at the Hildreth House. There is a $25 fee payable to Dr. Gregorian at the time of the visit. Call to schedule an appointment.

SPECIAL VOLUNTEER

OPPORTUNITY

Across our community many Medicare beneficiaries and their families are unaware of, or overwhelmed by, their health and drug insurance choices. Medicare and Medicaid are complex programs and due to recent legislative action will continue to change over the next few years!

Our population is maturing within our region. About 20 percent of the population in our area is over 65. This is well above the national average of 13 percent, and this percentage is expected to grow.

SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) provides free, unbiased and confidential information. It assists people with Medicare (including those under 65 with disabilities) to get the most value from their health insurance dollars (and your tax dollars). SHINE is part of a national program funded by the federal government and administered through each state. Extensive training is provided which you can be proud to include on your resume.

If you are looking for a satisfying volunteer opportunity, this is a great choice. You can volunteer to help out in your own, or a nearby town if you prefer. You will find joy and great satisfaction in helping individual beneficiaries and their families’ best meet their individual needs.

After the initial training, schedules are flexible. A few hours per week make a huge difference! The 2011 training program begins in late March. If you want more information or to participate, please call 781-221-7006 or send an e-mail to m.kennedy@minutemansenior.org.