COA party

Celebrate the holidays in style with the annual Council on Aging Holiday Extravaganza gourmet lunch and show featuring entertainment by Liz Saunders on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at noon.

Tickets are $9. Reservations are required, space is limited and transportation is available. Call 508-945-5190 to sign up.

Need books?

The bookstore located on the lower level of the Eldredge Public Library offers a big inventory of old and new books, CDs, and DVDs at bargain prices.

It is open during library hours through the holiday season.

More than 1,000 items have been priced and shelved this fall. Patrons seeking a gift or wanting to add to their personal library will find plenty of possibilities, the library promises.

On the main shelving area are items published in the last 15 years. Older books move to the bargain shelves. A few of the featured groups are mysteries and thrillers, biography and nonfiction, large print books, quality paperbacks and bargains. Examples of current prices: recent hard covers, $3; older hard covers, $2; quality paperbacks, $1.50; books on CD, $1; music CDs, 2/$1.

Annual report

Historical commission chairman Frank Messina gave a committee review to selectmen at Tuesday’s meeting, explaining the role of the commission and the progress made in the past year.

Under the historic preservation bylaw the commission hears applications for renovations and proposed demolitions of properties 35 years or older. The commission reviews every application and decides if the property is historically significant or not. So far this year the commission has heard 26 applications.

This bylaw also adheres to properties in national registered districts – currently the Old Village and Marconi Maritime Center are the only places in town that are national registered districts. If there is a proposed renovation or demolition to a property that is in a national registered district then the historical commission refers a mandatory review to the Cape Cod Commission.

The chairman said the historical commission has submitted requests to the Massachusetts Historic Commission for both the Stage Harbor area and South Chatham Village area to become national registered districts and the MHC concurred that these areas are eligible as national registered districts.

Since the areas have been deemed eligible the historical commission has a certain amount of discretionary authority to refer a demolition or renovation of historic property in these areas to the Cape Cod Commission for review. If the areas do become national registered districts, then that referral becomes mandatory.

This year the commission completed an update in generating new historical surveys required for properties 75 years or older. The last time this was done by the commission was in the 1990s, according to Messina. “We now have an inventory of all homes 75 years or older that we can refer to,” he said.

Messina said the commission continues to seek volunteers as alternates and invites young people to volunteer or learn more about the commission. He added that the interpretive sign program, which recognizes properties over 100 years old, has been run by Don Edge but is seeking new leadership.

The leader of this program searches records to find properties that are over 100 years old and approaches the owners asking them if they’re interested in having an interpretive sign over the building marking its significance, according to Messina.

For volunteer information or about the historical commission in general contact staff liaison Michele Clarke at 508-945-5168 or mclarke@chatham-ma.gov.

Holiday cheer

Reaching Heart School of Ballet in West Harwich is ringing in the holiday season at the Eldredge Public Library with excerpts of Tchaikovsky’s "Nutcracker" on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 10:30 a.m. in Forgeron Hall.

The full-length show is offered at one of four performances at Monomoy High School, on Dec. 15, 16, or 17. Tickets are available at tututix.com.

Also located in Forgeron Hall is a holiday sing-along for all ages. Enjoy festive music, and holiday refreshments at 3 p.m. After the family sing-along, Santa comes to the EPL. Children are invited to visit the Children’s Room to speak and take a photo with Kris Kringle from 4 to 4:45 p.m. No registration is required.

Meetings

Monday, Dec. 11

Council on aging, 9:30 a.m.

Affordable housing committee, 11 a.m.

Human services committee, 3 p.m.

Bikeways committee, 5 p.m.

Aunt Lydia’s Cove Committee, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 12

Board of assessors, 4 p.m.

Planning board, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

Conservation commission, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 14

Finance committee, 1 p.m.

Zoning board of appeals, 4 p.m.

Waterways advisory committee, 4 p.m.

Monomoy Regional School Committee, 6:30 p.m.