FRIDAY, MARCH 11
Voter registration: 9 a.m., Town Clerk’s Office.
MONDAY, MARCH 14
School Committee: 7 p.m., Town Hall
Harvard Public Schools Budget Hearing: The Harvard School Committee will hold a public hearing on the budget at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall Meeting Room. Copies of the budget will be available at the meeting, can be viewed online at www.psharvard.org, or can be requested from the Superintendent’s Office (97456-4140, email@example.com).
TUESDAY, MARCH 15
Board of Selectmen: 7 p.m., Town Hall
World of Difference info session: In response to the Mass. anti-bullying initiative, Bromfield’s new World of Difference® program (in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League) has been established and strives to eliminate bias and stereotyping in our schools. Community members and parents are welcome to come learn about the program and participate in an intriguing activity facilitated by the high school Peer Trainers. An information session is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Volunteers Hall, Harvard Public Library. If attending, please consider sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (WoD in subject line). Questions can also be e-mailed to this address or to our student leader, email@example.com
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16
Finance Committee: 7 p.m., Town Hall
Community Preservation Committee: 7 p.m., Hildreth House
THURSDAY, MARCH 17
Capital Planning & Investment Committee: 8 a.m., Town Hall
Conservation Commission: 7 p.m., Town Hall
SUNDAY, MARCH 20
First annual TGIS (Thank God it’s spring) dinner and benefit concert: chicken dinner by Chef Paul (a vegetarian alternative is available upon request) and a benefit concert for Loaves & Fishes at the Congregational Church Parish Hall with appetizers at 4:30 and dinner at 5 p.m. During dessert the “Will Play for Food Jazz Trio” will play. Admission is $15 (due at time of reservation) and a full bag of groceries for Loaves & Fishes. Please sign up by March 15 so we know how much food to order.
Devens Neighborhood Watch
State Police will hold Neighborhood Crime Watch meetings starting April 5 at 7 p.m. in the State Police Conference Room in Devens. The meetings are open to all residents and will occur the first Tuesday of the month. The first meeting will work to establish a Neighborhood Watch program in Devens and move forward with any topics residents would like to discuss. Contact Lt. Charles McPhail or Ann Taylor with any questions at 978-772-8800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Congregational Church of Harvard invites students of the third grade, both church members and nonmembers alike, to participate in our upcoming Communion Series.
Three classes will be held that will explore what Communion is, what it means and how to take part in it within the United Church of Christ Community. The classes will be led by a Christian education parent volunteer at the Congregational Church of Harvard on early release Wednesdays, March 9 and 23, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. A final Bread-baking fellowship session on Saturday, April 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. will end the series.
All students are invited to participate in their first congregational Communion experience during Sunday Service on April 3. To register or find out more information, please contact the church office at 978-456-8788.
A new way to contribute to Celebration
Does your employer make a product that they would be willing to donate as a prize to Celebration? Does your company have sports tickets they’d be willing to donate to Celebration? In past years we have received a few such contributions: A speaker system from BOSE and a flip video camera from CISCO, and Red Sox tickets from residents in town. At 4:30 a.m. we give away the grand prizes of the evening. As you can imagine, the kids hang around to see if they win.. or who goes home with those big series. (By the way, that’s the purpose… keeping the kids at the event and safe). We usually give out 5 or 6. If your company is willing to make a donation of a product that would appeal to the kids, then you’re just who we are looking for. We will acknowledge the company at the event, in the newspaper and on the cable television network. We hope there might be a few of you out there. If so, please contact Ellen Sachs Leicher, chair of the Prize Committee at email@example.com.
Host families needed
A group of 30 Japanese high school students will be visiting the Harvard area for a week in March (March 21 through 27) and need host families to stay with!
The students will be busy during the day with conversational English classes each morning and local activities each afternoon.
As a volunteer host family, you will have two students staying with you for the week and you will receive a $30/night stipend. You will be responsible for the students between 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. and you are encouraged to make the students feel like part of the family (assign chores, take them grocery shopping, etc.).
If you are interested in hosting students or becoming involved with any aspect of this great opportunity, or you have any questions, concerns, or would like to learn more, please contact Beth O’Malley by e-mail ASAP (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Harvard Fire Department
You must obtain a burning permit from the Harvard Communications Center at the police station prior to burning. A burn permit must be completed and then a burn permit number will be issued.
A new permit is required each year.
Open burning is allowed between Jan. 15 and May 1 each year. Approval to burn on a given day can be granted (once you have obtained a permit) by calling the Harvard Communications Center at 978-456-8276 after 9 a.m.
All fires must be out by 4 p.m.
Detailed information regarding the state rules and regulations pertaining to open burning can be viewed here.
All dogs in the Town of Harvard must be licensed annually, by April 1. Puppies must be licensed by six months of age. New, older dogs and those belonging to new residents must be licensed within 30 days.
Dog licenses are available at the Town Clerk’s Office.
In order to license your dog(s), we will need:
1. A valid rabies certificate.
2. The mail-in renewal form, or the renewal form mailed out with the annual census.
3. The appropriate fee.
4. A certificate of spaying/neutering, if applicable.
Please send the application form, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and the appropriate fee made payable to the town of Harvard to the Office of the Town Clerk. We will mail the tag back to you as soon as possible. If it is more convenient for you, please feel free to stop by the Town Clerk’s office during regular business hours.
As a reminder, all dogs must be registered by April 1, according to Harvard’s Dog By-Law. Dogs registered after that date will be assessed a late fee of $15 per month in addition to the licensing fee. Failure to license your dog will result in a criminal complaint being issued, along with the additional fines.
Fees: Spayed females $15; un-spayed females $25; neutered males $15; un-neutered males $25; four or fewer dogs $45; five to 10 dogs $65; over 10 dogs $100.
Harvard Community Ed — Crosslinks, Spectrum & Adult Ed
Feeling housebound with all the snow? Now is a good time to try an online class with Harvard Adult Education and Education 2 Go! There are hundreds of classes to choose from! Go to www.ed2go.com/harvardaded and see the possibilities! Payment for Ed2go classes can now be done online at the Online Payment Center at psharvard.org.
Still Life with Cupcake art class offered for grades 2-5.
Are you registered for Edline? Some Harvard Community Ed information will be sent through Edline. Don’t miss out!
A new class to be offered for grades 9-12, Creative Digital Photography. Watch the school website for the flyer (www.psharvard.org, click on Parents and Community, After School, Crosslinks).
Do you have a Table Tennis table (ping pong) that Community Ed could borrow or that you would like to donate for use by the new Table Tennis Club? Please contact Judy Cavanaugh at 978-456-4118 or e-mail email@example.com.
SAVE THE DATE
Historically speaking: Marie Antoinette
On Friday, March 25 at 11 a.m. in Volunteers Hall at the Public Library, please join us for a free performance by Muriel Dyas, who returns as Marie Antoinette.
Marie Antoinette was the beautiful Queen of France who became a symbol for the wanton extravagance of the 18th century monarchy. As she and her husband, Louis XVI, led the country into financial deficit leaving their citizens starved and overtaxed. The French people rebelled by stripping the monarchy of its riches, imprisoning the royal couple, and eventually giving them both a date with the guillotine.
Watch this travesty unfold during what historians now call “The French Revolution.” Although there is plenty of room, please RSVP to the Council on Aging for the library so that enough seating and snacks can be arranged.
Celebrate the Creative Arts on Saturday, March 26 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Old Library at 7 Fairbank St., Harvard Common.
Experience performances in the movement studio, explore the fiber arts, meet local artists demonstrating their craft and preview upcoming classes in the area. Event schedule and details can be found online at www.artsoupharvard.com.
For more information or to participate as a Creator at this event contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brought to you by MOSAIC — a creative community.
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.