CALENDAR

FRIDAY, SEPT. 21

Energy Committee: 8 a.m.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 22

3rd annual Shirley Fire Ride: Registration at 10 a.m., rides begin at 11 a.m.; cookout at 2 p.m. Music, food, fun for all. $25 singles; $30 doubles. (Rain date: Sept. 23.) Food with no ride: $5 per plate. Ride starts at DPW garage North Station Route 2A, 158 Great Road, Shirley. Ride, with a police escort, ends at American Legion Post 183, 4 Church St., Shirley. Proceeds to benefit Shirley Fire Department Hose Co. 1 to be used for school scholarships, athletic programs, holiday family needs and training. Please make checks payable to Shirley Hose Co. 1, 8 Leominster Road, Shirley, MA 01464. Pre-register online at www.shirleyfireride.weebly.com. For information, call Brandon at 978-580-9275.

MONDAY, SEPT. 24

Board of Health: 6:30 p.m.

Board of Selectmen: 6:45 p.m., Middle School.

Town Clerk, evening office hours: to 8:30 p.m.

Veterans Services Officer: 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Special Town Meeting: 7:15 p.m., Middle School auditorium. Warrant includes 12 articles: Pay prior year bills of $47,313.18 (sewer payment) and $2,571.61 (ambulance repair); amend appropriations for fiscal 13; appropriate funds for a new police cruiser ($33,500), new DPW pickup truck ($40,250) and repairs to Harvard Road ($15,000); amend town bylaws re: alcoholic beverages in open containers prohibition; amend article re: marijuana use prohibition; amend regional school agreement by adding new subsection re: assessment of debt service; and transfers of land for sale by selectmen, to general stabilization fund and to the CIP stabilization fund.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 25

Conservation Commission: 7:15 p.m., Town Offices.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26

War Memorial Trustees: 4 p.m., War Memorial Building.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 27

Ayer-Shirley Regional High School open house: 6:45 p.m.

Shirley Center Farmers Market: Featuring fresh local fruits and vegetables, baked goods, jams and jellies, maple products and honey, Farmstead cheeses, flowers and plants, meat and seafood, fresh eggs, "functional crafts. Live Music! 3-7 p.m. on the Common. Weekly event, July through October.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 28

Energy Advisory Committee: 8 a.m.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 30

Holdenwood Trail Run and Day of Play: The sixth annual Holdenwood Trail Run, a major fundraiser in support of the local schools sponsored by the Ayer-Shirley Education Foundation, will be held rain or shine on the Common in Shirley Center. This year, the 2K will start at 10 a.m. and the 5K will start at 11 a.m. with Day of Play activities during and after the races. Please see below for more details.

For an up-to-the-moment meeting schedule, please check the official Posting Board outside the Town Offices. All meetings are held at the Town Offices unless otherwise noted.

SAVE THE DATE

Holdenwood Trail Run and Day of Play

The sixth annual Holdenwood Trail Run, a major fundraiser in support of the local schools sponsored by the Ayer-Shirley Education Foundation, will be held rain or shine on Sunday, Sept. 30, on the Common in Shirley Center. This year, the 2K will start at 10 a.m. and the 5K will start at 11 a.m. with Day of Play activities during and after the races.

This race's course is set through rolling fields, forests and gardens. There are families who just walk the course together enjoying the scenery. There are also serious runners who will try to beat last year's winning times of 19:50 for the women and 18:01 for the men. For the 2K race, a local 9-year old finished at 8:15, a definite challenge for other youngsters and oldsters.

Runners can register at www.active.com. Those who register before Aug. 31 will receive a free race T-shirt, tech shirts for the adults and cotton shirts for the kids. Registrations will be taken through Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Activities on the Common will include music, face painting, Zumba, hip-hop, and games. There will also be food and drinks for sale by several local charities.

The premiere sponsor for the day is the Bull Run Restaurant. Other generous donations have come in from Bemis Company, Fidelity Bank, Phoenix Park, the Shirley Charitable Foundation, the Nashoba Club, Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Eddy, Bodylines, Squannacook River Runners, ISS, Clif, Squg, GU, Dicks Sporting Goods, Duval Signs, Pinards Florist, Trader Joes, C.H. Robinson Worldwide Foundation, Robin Terhune and Acton EMS.

For photos and other information, look for Holdenwood Trail Run on Facebook and at www.holdenwoodtrailrun.org.