From the Director’s Desk...

Did you know that we have a medical equipment loan program? It works like this: Someone is finished with a walker or wheelchair, shower chair or cane, etc., so they donate it to us. Then when someone else needs it, we give it to them. The reason why I love this program so much is that it does not cost anyone anything, and we get to help you! We also get a chance to make a connection with someone who just lost a loved one, or with someone celebrating that they got better, or with a caregiver who needs support. Our goal is to be a conduit for kindness, a hub of health, and a home for the reserves of community care. Thank you to all who have donated to this program, and we encourage you to come to us if you need it.

Warmly,

Debi

Dear Residents,

March brings us out of the cold and dark winter months. Please remember to set your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday morning, March 11. Sunset that day will be at 7:42 p.m. as we near the Spring Equinox. The annual Town Election is scheduled for Tuesday, April 3. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. There are contested races for the Board of Selectmen, School Committee and some Town Meeting Representative seats, as well as several ballot questions. If you are unable to make it to the voting location on Election Day, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-250-5205 to obtain an absentee ballot. The 2018 spring annual Town Meeting is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. There are 29 warrant articles under consideration at Town Meeting. All residents have the authority to address the Town Meeting regarding any article under consideration. The Town Meeting sessions will continue on the following Thursday and Monday evenings until action is taken on each warrant article. Chelmsford Telemedia will provide live telecasts of the Town Meeting sessions. Information regarding our town events and activities is available on the Town’s website: townofchelmsford.us. Volunteers are always needed to serve on town government committees, at the public library, and dozens of nonprofit organizations across the community. Please consider offering your time and talents to the community. Wishing you a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day and an enjoyable spring.

Paul Cohen, town manager

Note: Due to Town Elections at the Chelmsford Senior Center on April 3, there will be no Congregate Lunch or BINGO.

AARP Tax Preparation: Free tax appointments are now being scheduled with AARP volunteers for March and April. For information: 978-251-0533.

“Papa”: The Book by Ed Alessi: 2:30 p.m. March 26 and April 2, B01. The Story of an Italian Immigrant and his Family. A two-week workshop. Cost: $12. Participants will read the book in advance so they can discuss it with Alessi in the first session. In the second session, the discussion will focus on the process of his writing and some strategies.

Coffee with the Editor: 11 a.m. to noon March 15, hall. Coffee at the Senior Center with Margaret Smith, editor of the Chelmsford Independent. Drop in.

Irish Step Dancing Performance: 11 a.m. March 16, hall. Features 9-year-old Ella Darling and Irish stew for lunch after the performance.

Estate Planning Maintenance: 1 p.m. March 19, B06. Attorney Dale Tamburro will led a seminar on estate planning and answer questions. Those interested should call to register for seminar or for available one-on-one appointment.

Sheryl Faye presents “Historical Women”: 12:30 p.m. March 21. Free. Save the date for this entertaining and educational one-woman show at the Chelmsford Senior Center.

Rock Painting—Kindness Rocks: 12:30-2:30 p.m. March 22, hall. Paints and rocks supplied. Call to register.

LGBTQ and Friends Pizza Party Social: 6 p.m. March 26, Café. Pizza at 7 p.m. Suggested cost: $3-$5. To register: 978-251-0533.

Spring Holiday Lunch and Raffle, Spring Bonnet/Hat Contest: 11 a.m. March 28. Hat contest starting at 11 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m., raffle at noon. Prizes in three categories: Best Homemade, Most Unique and Funniest. Must register for lunch by March 21.

Friends Facts

Saturday Night Dance: 7-10 p.m. Donation: $10 per person. Tickets are available at the door. Refreshments will be served and there will be a raffle with prizes. Volunteers always welcome to help with preparations for the monthly dances. For information: 978-251-1123. For weather related cancellation information: 978-251-0533.

March 17: Bob Drinkwater Band

April 21: Ray Cavicchio

May 19: Trilogy

June 16: Pete Saran & Orchestra

July 21: Bob Drinkwater Band

Aug. 18: Trilogy

Sept. 15: Pete Saran & Orchestra

Oct. 20: Bob Drinkwater Band

Nov. 17: Pete Saran & Orchestra

Dec. 15: Trilogy

Next Friends board meeting: 9:30 a.m. March 21, B05.

Day trippers

March 22: Day of Beauty at the Greater Lowell Tech Senior Shears, Lowell. Cost: $5, transportation, plus cost of lunch and beauty treatment.

April 5: Parkers Maple Barn, Mason, New Hampshire. Cost: $5, transportation, plus cost of lunch.

April 26: Merrimack Outlets, Merrimack, New Hampshire. Cost: $5, transportation, plus cost of lunch at food court.

May 10: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Cost: $5, transportation, plus cost of ticket.

May 24: Windham Station, Windham, New Hampshire. Cost: $5, transportation, plus cost of lunch

June 7: Concord Museum, Concord. Colonial Inn for lunch. Cost: $5, transportation, plus cost of ticket.