[Hpn] 'Shake it for Shelter' helps needy

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
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"Shake It for Shelter 2007: Shelter from the Storm" will be held =
Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hayden Ice Rink in Lexington.=20

Now in its sixth year, Shake It for Shelter is the original fund raising =
event for Parenting Resource Associates' COMPASS for homeless families =
program.=20

A festive, casual evening of dancing to live music spanning several =
decades of rock and roll, Shake It also features a dazzling auction and =
raffle, food that fits the mood, and a cash bar. Attendees will dance =
the night away to familiar tunes provided by the high energy Captain =
Miles Band, splitting the bill with the Belltones.=20

Since its premiere in 2002, more than 700 Lexington households and =
businesses have been involved in Shake It for Shelter - as volunteers, =
attendees, sponsors, donors, underwriters, auction and raffle prize =
donors, and more.=20

This year's Shake It for Shelter theme, Shelter from the Storm, reflects =
Shake It for Shelter's move from tents on Hayden Field, indoors, to the =
Hayden Ice Rink. Shake It - and the volunteers involved - were ready for =
a more permanent, drier location. The families served by COMPASS for =
homeless families are also getting ready to be successful in permanent =
housing - looking forward to moving beyond their difficult living =
conditions in large, under-resourced homeless shelters.

Getting involved with Shake If for Shelter means supporting hundreds of =
homeless families in Greater Boston's shelters, ensuring their access to =
education, empowerment and support services provided by COMPASS for =
homeless families. COMPASS provides services that nurture and support =
adult and child development, family strength, and economic =
self-sufficiency, helping to ensure that families are successful in =
communities beyond shelter. COMPASS also works tirelessly to engage =
supporters, advocates, and other service providers in an effort to =
mitigate the impacts of and find solutions to family homelessness.=20

Shake It for Shelter 2007 is in need of volunteers - as well as in need =
of additional sponsors, and auction and raffle prizes. If you would like =
to get involved with this community wide event, please contact Marybeth =
Sheehan, Shake If for Shelter Event Coordinator at Parenting Resource =
Associates (PRA), 781-862-4446, Ext. 205 or marybethpra@aol.com. To =
learn more, visit www.shakeitforshelter.org.

Mentors needed for homeless children
Horizons for Homeless Children is still seeking 30 volunteers to =
interact and play with over 40 children living in four family shelters, =
teen parenting, and domestic violence programs in Lexington and =
neighboring communities.=20

A commitment of two hours a week for six months is required. Day and =
evening shifts are offered, so there is likely to be one that fits your =
schedule.=20

The next training sessions will be Saturday, April 28 from 9:30 a.m. to =
4:30 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday, June 4 and 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. Call =
Tiffany at 617-445-1480 for more information, or visit =
www.horizonsforhomelesschildren.org.

Calendar raffle to benefit Melanoma Education
Tickets are available for the Melanoma Education Foundation's seventh =
annual calendar raffle to support skin cancer teacher-training and =
student materials in New England schools.=20

There are 31 prizes and each ticket remains in all 31 drawings, starting =
July 1. Prizes include a golf foursome at the Georgetown Club, an =
overnight stay for two at the Sheraton Boston, Red Sox tickets and gift =
certificates to restaurants and stores including Legal Seafoods and =
Cheesecake Factory.=20

Tickets are $5 each, 3 for $10, or 7 for $20 and are tax-deductible. To =
order tickets by mail, send check or money order to MEF Calendar Raffle, =
PO Box 2023, Peabody, MA 01960. Tickets may also be ordered by credit =
card by calling 800-259-1633.

The foundation is also seeking volunteers to sell tickets and distribute =
skin cancer literature outside of Eastern Massachusetts stores on =
Fridays and Saturdays from May 25 to June 30. Volunteers must be at =
least 18 years old and will work in pairs. For more information, e-mail =
info@skincheck.org or call 800-259-1633.=20

Walk-ride benefits ALS work
On Saturday, May 12, participants will gather in Lexington for the third =
annual "A Cure is Coming!" a 14-mile ALS awareness walk/wheelchair ride. =
The course loops through the nation's most historic battleground four =
times, and the "shot heard 'round the world" is fired, this time, to =
honor the patients and families that fight this disease everyday and to =
let them know A Cure is Coming!

Starting at 9 a.m., participants will depart Lexington High School and =
head out to complete four three- and-a-half mile loops, each time =
passing through the historic Lexington Battle Green. The event will =
raise money and awareness for the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS =
TDI), a nonprofit biotechnology company in Cambridge, MA committed to =
curing this disease.=20

Event organizers are expecting about 150 participants, and have =
partnered with a few area businesses including local favorite Jasper =
White's Summer Shack who will be setting up a full barbecue to feed =
hungry walkers and riders.

For more information or to participate in this year's "A Cure Is =
Coming!" visit www.cureiscoming.org.

Junior Fife & Drum Corps hosts muster
The fifth anniversary of the William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps =
will be celebrated at the annual Lexington Muster to be held on May 4-5, =
2007 at the Lower Hayden Fields on Worthen Road in Lexington.=20

The schedule of events includes:=20
=B7 Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m.: A short tattoo. A tattoo is a small =
concert featuring select fife and drum corps. The venue for the tattoo =
is Hasting Park, located in the center of Lexington. Three featured =
corps will be performing.=20

=B7 Saturday, May 5, at 11 a.m.: The parade steps off from the center of =
Lexington at the historic Lexington Battle Green and ends at the muster =
field on Worthen Road. At the end of the parade, the muster activities =
will immediately commence. Twenty-five fife and drum corps from around =
the country will be performing music typical of Colonial America. In =
addition, there will be a colonial fair run by the Lexington Rotary Club =
where one can purchase all types of colonial crafts, toys and food. =
Provincial and British re-enactors will also be present, setting up camp =
to depict daily life in the 18th century.=20

The William Diamond Junior Fife & Drum Corps comprises youth from 6 to =
16 years of age from Lexington and the surrounding towns. Members learn =
to play on a six-hole fife and rope-tension drums, the signature sound =
of colonial New England, from experienced corps instructors. For more =
information about the corps and its activities, visit =
http://williamdiamondjrs.org.

Garden club holds annual plant sale
On Wednesday, May 16 the Lexington Field and Garden Club will host its =
annual plant sale on the grounds of the National Heritage Museum on =
Marrett Road in Lexington.=20

Rain or shine, from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., the club will offer =
perennials, annuals and shrubs; some will be from Lexington's Historic =
Houses and others are from members' gardens. Also for sale will be =
organically grown herbs donated by Rita Wollmering of the Herb FARMacy, =
small trees donated by Matt Foti, house plants, and unused and gently =
used garden tools.

The National Heritage Museum is on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue =
and Marrett Road (Route 2A.) Parking is free. For more information, call =
781-961-6163.

Forum focuses on schools
Lexington League of Women Voters member and LexTALK! co-producer Jessie =
Steigerwald will lead a discussion with members of the school staff, the =
school committee, and the community exploring what the Lexington Public =
Schools were like 10 years ago, what they really are like today, and =
looking to the future.

The May 4 First Friday Forum will be a collaboration with LexTALK! and =
will be taped for future broadcast on LexMedia.=20

First Friday Forums are hosted by the League of Women Voters of =
Lexington to promote awareness and understanding of public policy =
issues. Refreshments will be available at 9:30 a.m. and taping of the =
forum will begin at 9:45 in the Community Meeting Room on the lower =
level of Cary Memorial Library. The library is easily accessible by =
Lexpress and from the Minuteman Bikeway. For more information or to =
carpool, contact the League at 781-861-0123. All League forums are open =
to the public at no charge.=20

Dump your yard waste here=20
The curbside collection of yard waste will resume beginning the weeks of =
April 23-27, May 21-25, and June 18-22, 2007.=20

Place open/uncovered yard waste barrels/containers or biodegradable bags =
at least 8 feet away from regular trash containers and recycling bins on =
your regular trash collection day.=20

Approved yard waste is defined as leaves, grass clippings, dead =
vegetable and flower plants, weeds, pine needles and cones, wood chips, =
hedge clippings and small cut or broken branches up to 1 inch in =
diameter.=20

For more information, call the Lexington Public Works Department =
weekdays at 781-861-2757.

Benefit concert for Rediscovery House
Lexington residents Jeff Garland and William Redpath, along with the =
other 73 voices of Saengerfest Men's Chorus, will present a benefit =
concert for Rediscovery House of Waltham on Friday, May 11 at 8 p.m. at =
the Regis College Fine Arts Center, 235 Wellesley Street in Weston.

Rediscovery House is a service agency that provides an integrated, =
wrap-around continuum of residential, educational, vocational and =
clinical services for youths ages 16-22 exiting state custody and the =
foster care system.

Ticket proceeds will go to Rediscovery House. Admission is $25. For =
tickets contact Emily Archibald at 781-894-1222 Ext. 114; James W. Burns =
Jr. at 617-594-6640; or any chorus member. Tickets will be sold at the =
door if the concert is not sold out in advance. The Fine Arts Center is =
wheelchair accessible.

New site for TV/computer collection
The Lexington Department of Public Works has scheduled a one-day =
drop-off collection of Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT) and other electronics for =
Lexington residents at the Hartwell Avenue Compost Facility located at =
60 Hartwell Ave. on Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.=20

A licensed contractor collects, sorts and transports the units to a =
recycling facility where they are deconstructed and either repaired or =
disposed of properly.=20

Residents may bring working or non-working units as follows:
=B7 Televisions, including big screen and consoles.

=B7 Computer monitors and computer related electronics, including =
processing (CPU) unit, keyboard, mouse, printer, etc.

=B7 Other electronics: VCRs, video game systems, camcorders, stereos, =
cell phones, radios.

Lexington no longer allows curbside collection of CRTs due to the =
Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) prohibition of CRT =
disposal at solid waste facilities in Massachusetts. CRTs are the glass =
picture tubes found in televisions and computer monitors. The average =
CRT contains about five pounds of lead and other metals. Since 2000 =
Lexington has diverted nearly 800,000 pounds of CRTs and electronics =
from disposal.

For more information on CRT recycling, call the Department of Public =
Works at 781-861-2757 or visit http://ci.lexington.ma.us  and select =
Solid Waste under Quicklinks.


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<P>=93Shake It for Shelter 2007: Shelter from the Storm=94 will be held =
Saturday,=20
June 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hayden Ice Rink in Lexington. </P>
<P>Now in its sixth year, Shake It for Shelter is the original fund =
raising=20
event for Parenting Resource Associates=92 COMPASS for homeless families =
program.=20
</P>
<P>A festive, casual evening of dancing to live music spanning several =
decades=20
of rock and roll, Shake It also features a dazzling auction and raffle, =
food=20
that fits the mood, and a cash bar. Attendees will dance the night away =
to=20
familiar tunes provided by the high energy Captain Miles Band, splitting =
the=20
bill with the Belltones. </P>
<P>Since its premiere in 2002, more than 700 Lexington households and =
businesses=20
have been involved in Shake It for Shelter =97 as volunteers, attendees, =
sponsors,=20
donors, underwriters, auction and raffle prize donors, and more. </P>
<P>This year's Shake It for Shelter theme, Shelter from the Storm, =
reflects=20
Shake It for Shelter=92s move from tents on Hayden Field, indoors, to =
the Hayden=20
Ice Rink. Shake It =97 and the volunteers involved =97 were ready for a =
more=20
permanent, drier location. The families served by COMPASS for homeless =
families=20
are also getting ready to be successful in permanent housing =97 looking =
forward=20
to moving beyond their difficult living conditions in large, =
under-resourced=20
homeless shelters.</P>
<P>Getting involved with Shake If for Shelter means supporting hundreds =
of=20
homeless families in Greater Boston=92s shelters, ensuring their access =
to=20
education, empowerment and support services provided by COMPASS for =
homeless=20
families. COMPASS provides services that nurture and support adult and =
child=20
development, family strength, and economic self-sufficiency, helping to =
ensure=20
that families are successful in communities beyond shelter. COMPASS also =
works=20
tirelessly to engage supporters, advocates, and other service providers =
in an=20
effort to mitigate the impacts of and find solutions to family =
homelessness.=20
</P>
<P>Shake It for Shelter 2007 is in need of volunteers =97 as well as in =
need of=20
additional sponsors, and auction and raffle prizes. If you would like to =
get=20
involved with this community wide event, please contact Marybeth =
Sheehan, Shake=20
If for Shelter Event Coordinator at Parenting Resource Associates (PRA), =

781-862-4446, Ext. 205 or marybethpra@aol.com. To learn more, visit=20
www.shakeitforshelter.org.</P>
<DIV><STRONG>Mentors needed for homeless children</STRONG></DIV>
<P>Horizons for Homeless Children is still seeking 30 volunteers to =
interact and=20
play with over 40 children living in four family shelters, teen =
parenting, and=20
domestic violence programs in Lexington and neighboring communities. =
</P>
<P>A commitment of two hours a week for six months is required. Day and =
evening=20
shifts are offered, so there is likely to be one that fits your =
schedule. </P>
<P>The next training sessions will be Saturday, April 28 from 9:30 a.m. =
to 4:30=20
p.m. and Monday and Tuesday, June 4 and 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. Call Tiffany =
at=20
617-445-1480 for more information, or visit=20
www.horizonsforhomelesschildren.org.</P>
<DIV><STRONG>Calendar raffle to benefit Melanoma =
Education</STRONG></DIV>
<P>Tickets are available for the Melanoma Education Foundation=92s =
seventh annual=20
calendar raffle to support skin cancer teacher-training and student =
materials in=20
New England schools.&nbsp;</P>
<P>There are 31 prizes and each ticket remains in all 31 drawings, =
starting July=20
1. Prizes include a golf foursome at the Georgetown Club, an overnight =
stay for=20
two at the Sheraton Boston, Red Sox tickets and gift certificates to =
restaurants=20
and stores including Legal Seafoods and Cheesecake Factory. </P>
<P>Tickets are $5 each, 3 for $10, or 7 for $20 and are tax-deductible. =
To order=20
tickets by mail, send check or money order to MEF Calendar Raffle, PO =
Box 2023,=20
Peabody, MA 01960. Tickets may also be ordered by credit card by calling =

800-259-1633.</P>
<P>The foundation is also seeking volunteers to sell tickets and =
distribute skin=20
cancer literature outside of Eastern Massachusetts stores on Fridays and =

Saturdays from May 25 to June 30. Volunteers must be at least 18 years =
old and=20
will work in pairs. For more information, e-mail info@skincheck.org or =
call=20
800-259-1633.&nbsp;</P>
<DIV><STRONG>Walk-ride benefits ALS work</STRONG></DIV>
<P>On Saturday, May 12, participants will gather in Lexington for the =
third=20
annual =93A Cure is Coming!=94 a 14-mile ALS awareness walk/wheelchair =
ride. The=20
course loops through the nation=92s most historic battleground four =
times, and the=20
=93shot heard =92round the world=94 is fired, this time, to honor the =
patients and=20
families that fight this disease everyday and to let them know A Cure is =

Coming!</P>
<P>Starting at 9 a.m., participants will depart Lexington High School =
and head=20
out to complete four three- and-a-half mile loops, each time passing =
through the=20
historic Lexington Battle Green. The event will raise money and =
awareness for=20
the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), a nonprofit =
biotechnology=20
company in Cambridge, MA committed to curing this disease. </P>
<P>Event organizers are expecting about 150 participants, and have =
partnered=20
with a few area businesses including local favorite Jasper White=92s =
Summer Shack=20
who will be setting up a full barbecue to feed hungry walkers and =
riders.</P>
<P>For more information or to participate in this year=92s =93A Cure Is =
Coming!=94=20
visit www.cureiscoming.org.</P>
<DIV><STRONG>Junior Fife &amp; Drum Corps hosts muster</STRONG></DIV>
<P>The fifth anniversary of the William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum =
Corps will=20
be celebrated at the annual Lexington Muster to be held on May 4-5, 2007 =
at the=20
Lower Hayden Fields on Worthen Road in Lexington. </P>
<DIV>The schedule of events includes: </DIV>
<P><SPAN>=B7</SPAN> Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m.: A short tattoo. A tattoo =
is a small=20
concert featuring select fife and drum corps. The venue for the tattoo =
is=20
Hasting Park, located in the center of Lexington. Three featured corps =
will be=20
performing. </P>
<P><SPAN>=B7</SPAN> Saturday, May 5, at 11 a.m.: The parade steps off =
from the=20
center of Lexington at the historic Lexington Battle Green and ends at =
the=20
muster field on Worthen Road. At the end of the parade, the muster =
activities=20
will immediately commence. Twenty-five fife and drum corps from around =
the=20
country will be performing music typical of Colonial America. In =
addition, there=20
will be a colonial fair run by the Lexington Rotary Club where one can =
purchase=20
all types of colonial crafts, toys and food. Provincial and British =
re-enactors=20
will also be present, setting up camp to depict daily life in the 18th =
century.=20
</P>
<P>The William Diamond Junior Fife &amp; Drum Corps comprises youth from =
6 to 16=20
years of age from Lexington and the surrounding towns. Members learn to =
play on=20
a six-hole fife and rope-tension drums, the signature sound of colonial =
New=20
England, from experienced corps instructors. For more information about =
the=20
corps and its activities, visit http://williamdiamondjrs.org.</P>
<DIV><STRONG>Garden club holds annual plant sale</STRONG></DIV>
<P>On Wednesday, May 16 the Lexington Field and Garden Club will host =
its annual=20
plant sale on the grounds of the National Heritage Museum on Marrett =
Road in=20
Lexington. </P>
<P>Rain or shine, from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., the club will offer =
perennials,=20
annuals and shrubs; some will be from Lexington=92s Historic Houses and =
others are=20
from members=92 gardens. Also for sale will be organically grown herbs =
donated by=20
Rita Wollmering of the Herb FARMacy, small trees donated by Matt Foti, =
house=20
plants, and unused and gently used garden tools.</P>
<P>The National Heritage Museum is on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue =
and=20
Marrett Road (Route 2A.) Parking is free. For more information, call=20
781-961-6163.</P>
<DIV><STRONG>Forum focuses on schools</STRONG></DIV>
<P>Lexington League of Women Voters member and LexTALK! co-producer =
Jessie=20
Steigerwald will lead a discussion with members of the school staff, the =
school=20
committee, and the community exploring what the Lexington Public Schools =
were=20
like 10 years ago, what they really are like today, and looking to the=20
future.</P>
<P>The May 4 First Friday Forum will be a collaboration with LexTALK! =
and will=20
be taped for future broadcast on LexMedia. </P>
<P>First Friday Forums are hosted by the League of Women Voters of =
Lexington to=20
promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. =
Refreshments will=20
be available at 9:30 a.m. and taping of the forum will begin at 9:45 in =
the=20
Community Meeting Room on the lower level of Cary Memorial Library. The =
library=20
is easily accessible by Lexpress and from the Minuteman Bikeway. For =
more=20
information or to carpool, contact the League at 781-861-0123. All =
League forums=20
are open to the public at no charge. </P>
<DIV><STRONG>Dump your yard waste here</STRONG> </DIV>
<P>The curbside collection of yard waste will resume beginning the weeks =
of=20
April 23=9627, May 21=9625, and June 18=9622, 2007. </P>
<P>Place open/uncovered yard waste barrels/containers or biodegradable =
bags at=20
least 8 feet away from regular trash containers and recycling bins on =
your=20
regular trash collection day. </P>
<P>Approved yard waste is defined as leaves, grass clippings, dead =
vegetable and=20
flower plants, weeds, pine needles and cones, wood chips, hedge =
clippings and=20
small cut or broken branches up to 1 inch in diameter. </P>
<P>For more information, call the Lexington Public Works Department =
weekdays at=20
781-861-2757.</P>
<DIV><STRONG>Benefit concert for Rediscovery House</STRONG></DIV>
<P>Lexington residents Jeff Garland and William Redpath, along with the =
other 73=20
voices of Saengerfest Men=92s Chorus, will present a benefit concert for =

Rediscovery House of Waltham on Friday, May 11 at 8 p.m. at the Regis =
College=20
Fine Arts Center, 235 Wellesley Street in Weston.</P>
<P>Rediscovery House is a service agency that provides an integrated,=20
wrap-around continuum of residential, educational, vocational and =
clinical=20
services for youths ages 16-22 exiting state custody and the foster care =

system.</P>
<P>Ticket proceeds will go to Rediscovery House. Admission is $25. For =
tickets=20
contact Emily Archibald at 781-894-1222 Ext. 114; James W. Burns Jr. at=20
617-594-6640; or any chorus member. Tickets will be sold at the door if =
the=20
concert is not sold out in advance. The Fine Arts Center is wheelchair=20
accessible.</P>
<DIV><STRONG>New site for TV/computer collection</STRONG></DIV>
<P>The Lexington Department of Public Works has scheduled a one-day =
drop-off=20
collection of Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT) and other electronics for =
Lexington=20
residents at the Hartwell Avenue Compost Facility located at 60 Hartwell =
Ave. on=20
Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. </P>
<P>A licensed contractor collects, sorts and transports the units to a =
recycling=20
facility where they are deconstructed and either repaired or disposed of =

properly. </P>
<DIV>Residents may bring working or non-working units as follows:</DIV>
<P><SPAN>=B7</SPAN> Televisions, including big screen and consoles.</P>
<P><SPAN>=B7</SPAN> Computer monitors and computer related electronics, =
including=20
processing (CPU) unit, keyboard, mouse, printer, etc.</P>
<P><SPAN>=B7</SPAN> Other electronics: VCRs, video game systems, =
camcorders,=20
stereos, cell phones, radios.</P>
<P>Lexington no longer allows curbside collection of CRTs due to the =
Department=20
of Environmental Protection=92s (DEP) prohibition of CRT disposal at =
solid waste=20
facilities in Massachusetts. CRTs are the glass picture tubes found in=20
televisions and computer monitors. The average CRT contains about five =
pounds of=20
lead and other metals. Since 2000 Lexington has diverted nearly 800,000 =
pounds=20
of CRTs and electronics from disposal.</P>
<P>For more information on CRT recycling, call the Department of Public =
Works at=20
781-861-2757 or visit http://ci.lexington.ma.us&nbsp; and select Solid =
Waste=20
under Quicklinks.</P></DIV></DIV>
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