Chicken barbecue at War Memorial Building

SHIRLEY -- A Chicken BBQ will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, at the War Memorial Building, 8 Church Street in Shirley.

The event is sponsored by Shirley American Legion Post 183 and is open to the public. Everyone is welcome

You will be served an entire half chicken, plain or BBQ In addition, potato or macaroni salad, rolls and butter and desserts.

All this for a $10 donation.

Hours are 4-8 p.m.; come early.

Last year's BBQ was fun and delicious.

We hope to see you and the whole family there again this year.

Next Yoga session

Come join Shirley Recreation for our next Adult and Senior Yoga session. Classes will be held Oct. 9 through Dec. 18, at the Hazen Library on Wednesday evenings.

Senior Yoga is held at 5:30-6:30 p.m. and is a system of gentle stretches, centering and breathing techniques. During the class you will release stiffness in joints, gain better flexibility and balance, feel energized and leave with the calming sense of well-being. The cost for the eight week session is $30 for Shirley residents and $35 for nonresidents.

Adult Yoga is held 6:45-8 p.m. and the cost for the eight week session is $65 for Shirley Residents and $70 for nonresidents. We are offering a "Drop-in rate" at $10 per class if you don't want to sign up for the entire eight week session.

Registration forms can be found at the Shirley Town Hall and Hazen Library or please visit our website

'Shining a Light' to focus on young people and mental health

SHIRLEY -- The Ayer Shirley Education Foundation proudly presents "SHINING a Light" on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. at the ASRMS auditorium, 1 Hospital Road, Shirley.

This presentation for parents, educators, coaches and counselors is being brought to the community by the SHINE Initiative.

The SHINE Initiative's mission is to be a leader in the effort to recognize that concerns such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and other diagnoses in children and young adults are a mainstream health issue.

It is estimated that as many as 300,000 young people in Massachusetts may suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder, yet the overwhelming majority are unscreened and untreated.

During the 45-minute presentation, families from North Central Massachusetts will candidly describe the paths they have traveled, and the experiences they and their loved ones have endured, while coping with mental illness.

A very poignant message will also be delivered by a recent Central Massachusetts high school graduate, now a freshman at Anna Maria College, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

The audience will also be warmly invited to engage in dialogue with the presenters. The presentation is free and open to the public.