Friends Annual Membership Drive

The Friends of the Hazen Memorial Library provide the funding for Museum Passes, Children's programs, afternoon arts and crafts, animal shows, magicians and the Summer Reading Programs Fizz, Boom, Read! and Spark a Reaction.

The money raised provides all of these programs that residents enjoy and have come to expect from our library. These funds are vital for jump-starting new programs and services.

The Friends look forward to greeting new members and building on their efforts to support what is proving to be a continually surprising resource, the town library. The next meeting will be in September, at the library. Check online calendar for the date.

Mail to: P.O. Box 653, Shirley, MA 01464.

Benjamin Hill Pool open

The pool is now open daily. Now is the time to complete and return the forms for your family membership application and swim lesson registration.

BHP is operated using no tax dollars and is completely funded by your memberships, walk-in daily use fees, swim lessons and party rentals. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again this year!

Meat raffle June 27

Shirley Amercian Legion Post 183 will host a Meat Raffle on June 27 at 7 p.m. at 8 Church St., Shirley. All are welcome to attend.

Strawberry Festival at Trinity Chapel June 28

Plans are well underway for the annual Trinity Chapel Strawberry Festival to be held at 161 Center Road in Shirley on Saturday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, June 29, from noon to 3 p.m.

Strawberry Shortcake will be featured, along with hotdogs, hamburgers and baked goods.

There will be live music, and a yard sale, NEW this year.

One popular feature is the silent auction, which will include specialty foods, gift certificates to restaurants and stores, tickets to music events and series, personal services such as baby-sitting or garden planning as well as fancy gift baskets.

Another favorite is the plant table with annuals and perennials of all kinds and sizes.

Come and browse the selection of "white elephants," books and CDs.

For a day of fun, food and "finds," plan to attend the Trinity Chapel Strawberry Festival, June 28.

Farmers markets Thursdays starting July 10

Shirley Center Farmers Market will open for the season on Thursday, July 10, beginning at 4 p.m., on the Shirley Historic Center Common, 3 Parker Road. The market will be open until dusk weekly through Sept. 25.

This year's vendors include local farms, honey, syrup, baked goods, cheeses, meats, goat milk products, locally roasted coffee beans, fine local crafters and much more!

As always, we'll have free live local entertainment on the Center Stage each week to put you in the mood for a lazy summer evening on our scenic and historic common.

Join us on opening day, July 10, for the beautiful sounds of Cooper & Kenneally, who will play an entertaining mix of roots, folk-rock, rockabilly, country and blues. We will also be graced with a visit by Henry David Thoreau, who will be wandering the lawn and giving a lecture inside the historic First Parish Meeting House. Don't miss this exciting day!

New this year will be weekly kids' activities beginning at approximately 4 p.m. These craft- or food-related activities are free, with the exception of tie-dye day, for which you will need to bring your own white T-shirt or pillowcase. Come to the farmer's market to pick up a schedule of all of our kids' activities.

If you would like more information on the Shirley Center Farmer's Market or would like to receive a vendor packet, please contact SCFM Committee Chair Jodie Rachman at 978-425-2112, or grovehouse@comcast.net.

You may also visit us at shirleycenterfarmersmarket.com, or www.facebook.com/ShirleyCenterFarmersMarket.

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