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SATURDAY, JUNE 4

Yard sale: The Ayer Council on Aging will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Town Hall, rain or shine, to benefit the COA gift fund. Tables are still available at $20; call the COA.

SUNDAY, JUNE 5

Masons breakfast: The Ayer Masonic Association will hold its monthly fund raising breakfast at the Ayer Masonic Center, 11 Sculley Road, Ayer, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Menu includes eggs cooked to order or pancakes with bacon or sausage, potatoes, toast, juice and coffee. This will be the last breakfast until fall. Come early and bring your friends.

TUESDAY, JUNE 7

Parks Department: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 9

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

Meeting listings taken from town of Ayer website on May 31.

BRIEFS

Town beach opens

The town beach opened on Saturday, May 28, for the Memorial Day holiday weekend and will continue to be open on weekends leading up to June 20, at which time the beach will be open daily until Labor Day.

The hours when lifeguards are on duty for public swimming are noon to 7 p.m. All lifeguards are Red Cross-certified.

There is no swimming at the town beach when lifeguards are not on duty.

For more information call 978-501-1531.

Swimming lessons

Swimming lessons Swim lessons begin July 11 with new and returning Red Cross certified swim instructors. Levels go from 1 to 6 with level 1 for those who are age 4 and up and are beginners with very little swimming experience. There are also courses for those younger than 4 (Mommy/Daddy and me) and an Intro to Water Safety course for those over 12 interested in learning lifeguard skills.

Lessons are available in morning or evening sessions.

Level 1: 11:30 a.m. or 6 p.m.

July 11 to July 22 for session I

Aug. 1 to Aug. 12 for session II

Emphasis for beginners is water safety and gaining confidence in the water by learning how to float and hold their breath briefly under water. By the end swimmers should be able to float on their stomachs and backs and hold their breath under water.

Level 2: 10:45 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.

July 11 to July 22 for session I

Aug. 1 to Aug. 12 for session II

Swimmers learn basic back stroke and front crawl and continue to work on their confidence in the water.

Level 3: 10 a.m. or 7 p.m.

July 11 to July 22 for session I

Aug. 1 to Aug. 12 for session II

Teaches back stroke and side stroke and continued work on front crawl and other basic strokes..

Level 4: 9:15 a.m. or 7:30 p.m.

July 11 to July 22 for session I

Aug. 1 to Aug. 12 for session II

Swimmers should be very comfortable in the water, are already familiar with basic strokes, learning dives, students at this level will be going out to the large dock.

Levels 5 and 6: 8:30 a.m. or 7:30 p.m.

July 11 to July 22 for session I

Aug. 1 to Aug. 12 for session II

Levels 5 and 6 are for slightly older children who would like to work on endurance swimming, diving and learning more advanced water safety and rescue skills.

Intro to Water Safety: 11 a.m.

July 9 – July 30, 2011

Saturday mornings

Cost for 4 classes is $30

This class offers an introduction to life guarding skills and is designed for ages 12 and up. Participants must be strong swimmers. There will be a swim ability test at the beginning of the first session. Cost for 4 classes is $30

Mommy/Daddy and Me

July 9 – July 30, 2011

Saturday mornings from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

$5 per class or $20 for four lessons

For ages 6 months through 3 years, this is a parent and child class so each child must have an adult accompanying them. The classes are designed for parent/child swim in which our certified instructors introduce your children to the water and also to teach parents water safety and how to help their child develop early swimming skills. This should be a fun course with plenty of games and excitement for the kids!

Registration forms can be downloaded at www.ayer.ma.us/Pages/AyerMA_ParksRec/lessons or picked-up outside the Parks office on the third floor of Town Hall. Lessons range in price from $45 to $55 for residents and $55 to $65 for nonresidents, depending on the level being taught.

SAVE THE DATE

Spaghetti supper

Ayer/Shirley Lions Club will hold its 4th annual spaghetti dinner on June 14 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Dan’s Place, 200 West Main St., Ayer. Beer and wine available. Proceeds to benefit Ayer/Shirley Lions Club charities. Cost: $7 per person; $5 for seniors and children 10 and under. Tickets available at Closets by Design, Dan’s Place, Moore Lumber and North Middlesex Savings Bank (Ayer, Groton and Lunenburg branches).

Ongoing…

FIRST AND THIRD SATURDAY

Teen hangout kickoff: The Gate Youth Group will meet the first and third Saturday of each month from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the United Church of Shirley, 4 Lancaster Road, Shirley (parking lot located on Harvard Road). This is a free all-teen hangout for teenagers 13 to 18. This black-light event will have free food, music, games, air hockey, pool, challenges, great speakers and more! For information, call 978-425-4065 or e-mail TheGate@blumail.org.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 4

Yard sale: The Ayer Council on Aging will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Town Hall, rain or shine, to benefit the COA gift fund. Tables are still available at $20; call the COA.

SUNDAY, JUNE 5

Masons breakfast: The Ayer Masonic Association will hold its monthly fund raising breakfast at the Ayer Masonic Center, 11 Sculley Road, Ayer, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Menu includes eggs cooked to order or pancakes with bacon or sausage, potatoes, toast, juice and coffee. This will be the last breakfast until fall. Come early and bring your friends.

TUESDAY, JUNE 7

Parks Department: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 9

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

Meeting listings taken from town of Ayer website on May 31.

BRIEFS

Town beach opens

The town beach opened on Saturday, May 28, for the Memorial Day holiday weekend and will continue to be open on weekends leading up to June 20, at which time the beach will be open daily until Labor Day.

The hours when lifeguards are on duty for public swimming are noon to 7 p.m. All lifeguards are Red Cross-certified.

There is no swimming at the town beach when lifeguards are not on duty.

For more information call 978-501-1531.

Swimming lessons

Swimming lessons Swim lessons begin July 11 with new and returning Red Cross certified swim instructors. Levels go from 1 to 6 with level 1 for those who are age 4 and up and are beginners with very little swimming experience. There are also courses for those younger than 4 (Mommy/Daddy and me) and an Intro to Water Safety course for those over 12 interested in learning lifeguard skills.

Lessons are available in morning or evening sessions.

Level 1: 11:30 a.m. or 6 p.m.

July 11 to July 22 for session I

Aug. 1 to Aug. 12 for session II

Emphasis for beginners is water safety and gaining confidence in the water by learning how to float and hold their breath briefly under water. By the end swimmers should be able to float on their stomachs and backs and hold their breath under water.

Level 2: 10:45 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.

July 11 to July 22 for session I

Aug. 1 to Aug. 12 for session II

Swimmers learn basic back stroke and front crawl and continue to work on their confidence in the water.

Level 3: 10 a.m. or 7 p.m.

July 11 to July 22 for session I

Aug. 1 to Aug. 12 for session II

Teaches back stroke and side stroke and continued work on front crawl and other basic strokes..

Level 4: 9:15 a.m. or 7:30 p.m.

July 11 to July 22 for session I

Aug. 1 to Aug. 12 for session II

Swimmers should be very comfortable in the water, are already familiar with basic strokes, learning dives, students at this level will be going out to the large dock.

Levels 5 and 6: 8:30 a.m. or 7:30 p.m.

July 11 to July 22 for session I

Aug. 1 to Aug. 12 for session II

Levels 5 and 6 are for slightly older children who would like to work on endurance swimming, diving and learning more advanced water safety and rescue skills.

Intro to Water Safety: 11 a.m.

July 9 – July 30, 2011

Saturday mornings

Cost for 4 classes is $30

This class offers an introduction to life guarding skills and is designed for ages 12 and up. Participants must be strong swimmers. There will be a swim ability test at the beginning of the first session. Cost for 4 classes is $30

Mommy/Daddy and Me

July 9 – July 30, 2011

Saturday mornings from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

$5 per class or $20 for four lessons

For ages 6 months through 3 years, this is a parent and child class so each child must have an adult accompanying them. The classes are designed for parent/child swim in which our certified instructors introduce your children to the water and also to teach parents water safety and how to help their child develop early swimming skills. This should be a fun course with plenty of games and excitement for the kids!

Registration forms can be downloaded at www.ayer.ma.us/Pages/AyerMA_ParksRec/lessons or picked-up outside the Parks office on the third floor of Town Hall. Lessons range in price from $45 to $55 for residents and $55 to $65 for nonresidents, depending on the level being taught.

SAVE THE DATE

Spaghetti supper

Ayer/Shirley Lions Club will hold its 4th annual spaghetti dinner on June 14 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Dan’s Place, 200 West Main St., Ayer. Beer and wine available. Proceeds to benefit Ayer/Shirley Lions Club charities. Cost: $7 per person; $5 for seniors and children 10 and under. Tickets available at Closets by Design, Dan’s Place, Moore Lumber and North Middlesex Savings Bank (Ayer, Groton and Lunenburg branches).

Ongoing…

FIRST AND THIRD SATURDAY

Teen hangout kickoff: The Gate Youth Group will meet the first and third Saturday of each month from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the United Church of Shirley, 4 Lancaster Road, Shirley (parking lot located on Harvard Road). This is a free all-teen hangout for teenagers 13 to 18. This black-light event will have free food, music, games, air hockey, pool, challenges, great speakers and more! For information, call 978-425-4065 or e-mail TheGate@blumail.org.