Calendar of events beginning June 28, 2007

Blood drive at Town Hall today

The Saugus Chamber of Commerce invites Saugonians to a Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored at Saugus Town Hall Thursday, June 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers needed to donate blood.


Volunteer meeting at library tonight

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities at the Saugus Public Library, stop by the Library Thursday, June 28 any time between 5-7 p.m.

If you would like to help but are not able to attend this Thursday, please e-mail Mary Rose Quinn at and give your name, address, phone, e-mail and list the volunteer opportunity in which you are most interested. Include your hours of availability.

Library hours the week of July 1 are:

Monday, July 2 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, July 3 from noon to 3 p.m. The Library will be closed on July 4.

The summer schedule will be as follows beginning July 9:

Mondays and Tuesdays from noon to 5 p.m.

Wednesdays from 10 a.m. 3 p.m.



All DCR beaches/pools open

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) opened all of the state’s pools Saturday, June 16. A number of the most popular ocean and fresh-water beaches as well as spray pools and wading pools, have been open since Memorial Day. DCR operates more than 80 fresh- and salt-water beaches and 29 swimming pools in dozens of communities across Massachusetts. Memorial Day weekend marked the beginning of the swimming season, when many of the most popular beaches began offering lifeguard services on weekends. On June 16, lifeguards will be on duty seven days a week at all life-guarded areas, including the pond at Breakheart Reservation. DCR has hired about 700 lifeguards for its swimming facilities this summer.

In general, DCR pools will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission to all state pools and beaches is free, though parking fees ranging from $5 to $7 are charged at most beaches. For a full list of Massachusetts state beaches and pools, visit and click on “activities” then “swimming.”

DCR welcomes visitors to the state’s beaches and pools and encourages everyone to take these simple steps to keep themselves and their families safe:{}

· Swim within designated swimming areas only.

· Be sure children are monitored by a parent or guardian at all times. Young children{}     should be no more than an arm’s reach away from a parent or other adult.

· Learn how to swim. Both parents and children should learn how to swim.

· .      Read and obey all rules and educational signs. · Beware of getting too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, or too much strenuous activity. · Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts. Stop swimming at the first sign of bad weather. · Enter the water feet first. · Do not mix alcohol with swimming, diving, or boating. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance, and coordination and diminishes your swimming skills. Alcohol is prohibited in all DCR properties.

· Know how to prevent, recognize, and respond to emergencies.

· Practice sun safety as well as water safety: Always wear sunscreen, seek shelter when possible.


Bill Burr at Comedy Connection

Canton native Bill Burr will perform at The Comedy Connection Kowloon, 948 Broadway, Route 1 North, Saugus, on Thursday, June 28, 8 p.m.  Cost $25.

Burr started off in comedy in the early 90s in Boston with the likes of Robert Kelly, Patrice O'Neal and Dane Cook and has come to national prominence since his HBO special "One Nite Stand" and his breakout skits "Racial Draft" and "Sam Jackson" on Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show".{}    Burr has also gained recognition from appearances on NBC's the "Conan O'Brien Show," CBS's "The David Letterman Show" as well as his performance on "Showtime at the Apollo." In addition, Burr has also taped a half hour special for Comedy Central, appeared in VH1's "I Love the 80's," and Comedy Central's "Shorties Watchin' Shorties." He also toured on the "I'm Rich Biatch Tour" with fellow "Chappelle Show" comedians Charlie Murphy and Donnell Rawlings in 2005. Burr is also known for his skits and host duties on the Opie and Anthony XM radio station and regularly hosts a three-hour radio show called “The Saturday Night Virus Show,” where he titles his show, "Uninformed with Bill Burr," on Saturdays, 9 p.m. to midnight. For information, call 617-248-9700, visit or


Farmer’s Market to return July 10

The Cliftondale Square Farmers’ Market on Jackson Street, in St. Margaret’s Church parking lot, will once again run every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from July 10 until October 9, 2007.

The Market, which provides farm-fresh fruit and vegetables, has been very popular among area residents and quite effective in generating increased foot traffic in Cliftondale Square.{}Hopefully the Farmers’ Market will be as successful this season as it has been in the past, and patrons of the market will continue to visit Cliftondale Square on Tuesdays throughout the Summer.{}Saugus River Tour

Instructor Kent Jackson will lead two classes for children ages 12-15 to explore the Saugus River by canoe Sunday, July 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Stocker Playground, Saugus River. Cost$25. Make checks payable to the town of Saugus. For information, call Kent Jackson at 781-233-4853, 617-285-1671 or visit


Candlelight vigil set for July 28

The 15th annual PFC. Richard D. Devine, Jr. Candlelight Vigil to promote POW/MIA awareness and to honor the memory of Cpl. Scott J. Procopio, PFC Richard D. Devine, Jr. Cpl Michael A. DeProfio, Spec. 4 Stanley J. Egan and Sgt. Richard A. Kurt and all other POW/MIA’s and those killed in action in all wars is planned for Saturday, July 28 at 7 p.m.

The event will be held rain or shine outside of Saugus Town Hall, 298 Central St.


Attendees should bring a candle.{}Figli D’Italia Lodge trips

The following trips are being offered by the Figli D’Italia Lodge #2692 of Saugus. For information, call Angela Maraia at 781-233-7660. Foxwood trip, July 2, leaving Blessed Sacrament at 9:45 a.m. Cost: $25 per person, includes driver’s tip, full buffet and $10 for Keno.

Portland by land and sea, Aug 6: Lunch at Captain Newick’s Restaurant, 90-minute harbor cruise of Casco Bay aboard the Bay View Lady, Cost: $61.

Pennsylvania Dutch, Aug. 13: 4-day trip. Six meals. Cost: $449.

Castle in the Clouds in the heart of the Ossippee mountains: Aug. 24: Lunch at Hart’s Turkey Farm, visit to Pepi Herrman’s Austrian Crystal, Moultonboro Country Store. Cost, $60 per person.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Sept. 14. Lunch at Maggianos Restaurant, family style. Cost: $66.

Johnny Appleseed/Indian Trail Foliage trip: Tuesday, Oct. 16. Cost: $51. Includes lunch at Bull Run Restaurant, a pre-Revoutionary tavern, Colonial candy store. Tour guide is a local historian.

Sorrento, Taormina and the Italian/French Riviera in October and November. Call Angela Maraia for information, 781-233-7660.


Out of town

Local strawberry patches

            Over the next few weeks, strawberry patches are ripening across the commonwealth, heralding the start of summer as well as Massachusetts’ first major “pick-your-own” produce season. The approximately 155 Massachusetts farms that cultivate strawberries produced over 1.6 million pounds of the ruby red fruit last year, accounting for over $3.3 million in gross sales. Mid-June through early July is peak season for Massachusetts strawberries. Fifty-nine farms from the Berkshires to Barnstable County allow people to pick their own strawberries. For a list of farms, visit For tips on selecting, storing and preparing strawberries, visit

 Local farms include: Essex County, Brooksby Farm, 38 Felton St., Peabody. For information, call 978-531-1631.

Connors Farm, 30 Valley Road, Route 35, Danvers. Open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information, call 978-777-1245 or visit

Morehouse’s Wheeler Brook Farm, 57 Jewett St., Georgetown. Open daily in season 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For information, call 978-352-8289.

Russell Orchards, 143 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information, call 978-356-5366 or visit

Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 978-682-6332 or visit


Summer in the state parks

The summer recreation season is just around the corner, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has exciting recreation opportunities available throughout the Commonwealth's 450,000 acres of state and urban parks and watershed lands. In late June, DCR will complete the Cape Cod Rail Trail Rehabilitation Project, and the full trail will be reopened to the public. The trail has been widened, repaved, and made safer for users, among other improvements. In addition to rail trails like the Cape Cod Rail Trail, DCR has many trails and paths for a wide range of activities, including hiking, walking, mountain biking, horseback riding and more.

 A full list of DCR trails can be found at DCR will offer many interpretive programs and special events at its parks throughout the summer.  A list can be viewed online at DCR's groundbreaking, nationally renowned Universal Access Program (UAP) will be offering two new accessible boating programs: sailing at Community Boating on the Esplanade in Boston and kayaking at Spot Pond, Middlesex Fells, Stoneham. The Accessible Recreation Fair will also be held at Artesani Park, Boston, June 2.

 For more information about UAP, including a full list of summer adaptive recreation opportunities, visit

All DCR campgrounds, with the exception of the Boston Harbor Islands, have opened for the season, including October Mountain State Forest, Lee, which now offers yurt camping. Yurts, canvas sided cabin-like structures that can accommodate 4 to 6 people, are also available at Nickerson State Park, Otter River State Forest and Shawme-Crowell State Forest. Due to construction on its historic parkway, Mount Greylock State Reservation will only offer hike-in camping this season.  For more information on DCR campgrounds, visit; for reservations, call 877-I-CAMP-MA or visit


Old Time Carnival

The Old Time Carnival will be held Friday, July 6, 6-11 p.m., Saturday, July 7, 3-11 p.m. and Sunday, July 8, noon to 8 p.m., at the Georgetown Middle High School, 11 Winter St. There will be rides, food, midway games and activities. All proceeds will benefit Georgetown All-Sports Boosters.