Help spruce up the old library!
The Harvard Cultural Collaborative (HCC) will soon throw open the doors to the town’s new culture and community center at the old library building, 7 Fairbank Street. But before HCC can start to book courses, concerts, and art shows, cleaning and freshening is needed. All are invited to help. HCC will supply drinks, snacks, tunes, and supplies.
To volunteer, email HarvardCCvolunteers@gmail.com with the time slot that works for you. If you can’t do a full shift, just indicate what hours will work.
- Cleaning (no special skills necessary)
- Saturday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m. to noon
- Saturday, Aug. 19, noon to 3 p.m.
- Sunday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m. to noon
- Sunday, Aug. 20, noon to 3 p.m.
- Painting (some experience beneficial)
- Saturday, Aug. 26, 9 a.m. to noon
- Saturday, Aug. 26, noon to 3 p.m.
- Sunday, Aug. 27, 9 a.m. to noon
- Sunday, Aug. 27, noon to 3 p.m.
If you have painting experience but can’t make it during a designated slot, please email HarvardCCvolunteers@gmail.com. There might be another day and time that will work.
Already busy during these slots, but want to help? To contribute toward cleaning or painting supplies, email email@example.com.
Host families needed for international students
NW Services PEACE Program, an international student exchange program, is looking for host families for the the fall semester or the academic school year. Exchange students are 15 to 18 years old and are from a wide variety of countries. All speak English, are fully insured medically, bring their own spending money, and would attend a local high school. Host families are asked to provide a loving home, meals, and emotional support. To learn more contact Pat Darby, the local area coordinator at 978-632-8270 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The program’s website is www.nw-services.com.
Community Harvest Project seeks volunteer leaders
Community Harvest Project (CHP) will host a training session for volunteer team leaders at its orchard at 115 Prospect Hill Road Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. Leaders are needed to work with groups that will be visiting the farm in September and October. Team leading, the backbone of Community Harvest Project’s success story, is a hands-on experience that involves guiding groups of volunteers in completing various farm activities. Leaders work with CHP staff and interns to represent the organization and ensure a positive experience for over 10,000 volunteers annually. In Harvard, leaders will help coordinate and direct the work of small groups of volunteers in picking, sorting, and packaging apples for donation to hunger relief organizations throughout central and eastern Massachusetts.
Apples will be harvested from September 1 through October 15 from 9 a.m. to noon several days a week. Volunteer leaders may help out one day a week or more. This is a great opportunity for retirees, at-home parents, or anyone looking to help our community. For anyone interested, CHP asks that you visit the North Grafton farm one time in August to see team leaders in action and come to the training in Harvard August 29. For more information email email@example.com or call 774-551-6544.
School supplies/backpacks needed for Loaves & Fishes
Members of Harvard Girl Scout troops are holding a backpack/school supply drive for Loaves & Fishes. Through August 14, please bring new supplies to collection boxes at the public library or the Congregational Church. If you would prefer to make a cash donation toward purchasing supplies, contact Jessica Beauchemin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Heart Assoc. courses offered
Always On Call Health Services®, Inc. will offer two courses on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 285 Central Street in Leominster. Registration is required in advance at 978-537-9900 ext. 114.
- Basic Life Support for the Health Care Provider CPR, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; for those who work in the health-care field, day care providers, and nursing school students.
- Heartsaver First Aid, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Summer reading program ends
The library’s summer reading officially ends at 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, and readers are reminded to stop counting hours then. Those who have read more than 30 hours and earned a bookplate may come by the library any day from Wednesday, Aug. 30 (the first day of school in Harvard) through Oct. 15 to choose the library book in which the bookplate will go. Please note that readers do not have to come in to the library on Aug. 17 to confirm hours; we can access online accounts or review paper logs after summer reading officially ends.
MWCC offers new veterinary program
Mount Wachusett Community College has launched a new veterinary technician program that will allow graduates to fill a growing need in the job market at a reduced cost compared to other area programs. The two-year associate’s degree program will allow students to gain the knowledge needed to take the veterinary technician national exam test. Students passing that test will be able to fill the role of veterinary technician.
The new program is currently accepting applicants for its first semester, which begins in February. Those interested should apply now for the program in order to ensure they meet requirements.
Video editing contest
Central Mass Skate Festival’s media team offers a unique open-source editing contest for the general public, whether or not people attended and/or filmed at the event. The team compiles and prescreens the footage, which is then made publicly available for anyone to download and edit into the best possible edit, following a few general guidelines. There are cash and gear prizes for the best and most popular submissions. Some of last year’s winners can be found at http://skatecentralma.com/media. The Central Mass 8 Video Editing Contest will go live shortly at skatecentralMA.com/editcontest.