Briefs

Bargains in the Belfry -- additional sales

On Dec. 10, additional discounts will be available at Bargains in the Belfry, a men's and women's clothing consignment shop.

In additional to the current 10 percent discount on items with a green dot, there will now be a 10 percent discount on items with a red dot. There are lots of great items available.

Bargains is located upstairs at the Unitarian Universalist church on the Common in Harvard and is open each Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the first and third Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Entrance is through the side door near the front of the church.

For information on placing consignments or donating items, contact Janice Goodell, 978-456-8090.

Calendar

Harvard Pro Musica Holiday concert Dec. 7

Holiday concert by Harvard Pro Musica, featuring Poulenc's "Gloria," choral pieces by Franz Biebl and Randall Thompson, and assorted carols. Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church on the Common in Harvard.

Tickets: $20 or $15 seniors/students, available at the door.

Christmas Carol Program with St. Benedict Choir Dec. 8

St. Benedict's Choir will perform traditional Christmas Carols at the Harvard Historical Society on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m.

The choir is comprised of Brothers and Sisters from the Immaculate Heart of Mary school in Still River. Leading the group is Brother Peter, who also conducts the award-winning IHM marching band.

Donations are appreciated and will benefit the Immaculate Heart of Mary school building project and the HHS organ restoration project. Reception to follow the performance.

Location: Harvard Historical Society, 215 Still River Road, Harvard, 978-456-8285 or harvardhistory.org for information.

Make a holiday centerpiece Dec. 9

Create your own holiday centerpiece! On Monday, Dec. 9, the Garden Club of Harvard will be making arrangements for housebound residents at their Holiday Greens Workshop.

The public is welcome to attend to make their own centerpiece. Bring your own container or buy one. Florist foam and trimmings will also be sold.

The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish/St. Theresa's Church.

Republicans meet Dec. 11

Harvard Republican Town Committee will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church.

Holiday Gingerbread Party Dec. 13

Village Nursery school invites you and your toddler to a morning of gingerbread-themed activities and crafts, on Friday, Dec. 13, from 10-11:30 a.m. at our school located at 40 Poor Farm Road, Harvard, as we celebrate the holiday season.

Led by one of our talented teachers, children can create a gingerbread project, participate in toddler holiday games and enjoy exploring one of our large, open rooms with a variety of activity centers or our playground area; a great alternative on a chilly day.

There is no cost and feel free to bring a friend.

RSVP by Dec. 11 to info@villagenurseryschool.org or 978-456-3993.

"It's a Wonderful Life" Dec. 14

Harvard Friends of the Arts presents a staged radio-play presentation of "It's a Wonderful Life," Dec. 14, in Volunteers Hall at Harvard Public Library. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Performance features Tim Clark, Bob Eiland, JuliaAnn Govang, Keith Myles and Mary Helan Vesenka Turner.

Yuletide celebration Dec. 21 for L&F

Ayer Public Library, in partnership with ArtsNashoba, will be hosting a community Yuletide Celebration Dec. 21, from 1-4 p.m. at Ayer Town Hall.

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with family-friendly snacks, crafts, arts, music, games, activities, gift-giving and buying. Local artists, individuals, businesses, vendors and organizations are invited to participate in the festivities by reserving a table/booth to share your talent, your product, your art or something tasty to tempt pallets.

There will be face-painting, crafters, singing and art stations... gift-selling, ornament personalization, cookies, and more! If we're lucky, maybe a jolly old elf in a red suit might even stop by!

This event is a fundraiser for Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry of Devens, so donations of food and funds will be accepted at this event. There is NO FEE to participate, but if you charge for anything, we ask only that a percentage is given back to the cause.

Come share in the wealth of the season and the community!

For information, if you would like to offer a donation, please email JulieAnn or call 978-772-2545. .

Save the date

Mass GOP Convention

The Massachusetts Republican State Convention will be held March 22, in Boston. The purpose of the convention is to nominate Republican candidates for statewide offices in preparation for elections to be held in 2014.

The Harvard Republican Town Committee, at its monthly meeting on Jan. 15, will select our town's delegates and alternates to the convention.

For information contact Jim De Zutter, chairman of the Harvard Republican Town Committee, at jdezutter@earthlink.net.