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Library entertains kids; Musicians come together to form town band.

Byline: Betty Lilyestrom

COLUMN: LEICESTER NOTEBOOK

Leicester's youngsters will have little opportunity to complain that they don't have anything to do this summer, if the schedule of Public Library activities dropped off yesterday by children's librarian Jennifer Carey-Robinson is any indication.

The 2007-'08 local school year ends with a half-day Monday and the library's summer program begins with two activities the next day.

First off Tuesday is a Red Cross training class from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for youngsters 11 and older. Cost of the class, taught by Red Cross certified instructor Linda Freeman, is $35, to be paid to Ms. Freeman the day of the class. A minimum of six students are necessary for the program. The maximum number of

is 15. Those interested should sign up at the library.

Tuesday's other event will be a jungle encounter, "Wild Animals," at 6:30 p.m. The family program will give everyone a chance to meet and greet some exotic animals from various parts of the world. The event, the first in the library's summer series of "Wild Reads," will be sponsored by the Community Partnership for Children.

Other June events include "Wild and Crazy Shoes" at 10:30 a.m. on June 19. For youngsters of all ages, the program will provide an opportunity to decorate a pair of inexpensive canvas shoes, complete with laces, brought from home. The library will provide the decorations.

"Wildly Silly Stories," with Susie Magooey, will be the library's event at 3:30 p.m.

June 24. An interactive program for children 2 and older, the event will include stories, dancing and puppets and is also sponsored by the Community Partnership for Children.

Youngsters 3 and older will hear a story, learn a wild, rumpus dance and make monster masks and monster cookies at "Where the Wild Things Are" at 10:30 a.m.

June 26. Advance registration at the library is requested.

A group of alumni of Leicester High School's bands, augmented by a pair of teachers, is attempting to organize a Leicester town band to keep music going hereabouts year-round.

Kristina Looney, a 2007 graduate of Leicester High and one of the organizers, said the band is modeled after a town band in a New Hampshire community;

"We have 37 people signed up so far, mostly students, recent graduates and teachers but we would also welcome older people," she said. "We are a concert ensemble open to all ages and experience levels, (and will accept) Leicester residents as well as those from surrounding towns."

Ms. Looney, who played trumpet in the Leicester High Concert Band and the Jazz Band, said she will be one of four conductors for the town band. The others are fellow 2007 graduate Kayla Engvall, high school music director Nicola B. Narcisi and Middle School music director Ann Emond.

"Hopefully, as we grow, we will be able to perform at town functions and around Worcester County," Ms. Looney said. "Brass, woodwind, percussion, string and electronic instruments are welcome and we will be playing everything from concert band music to swing and even a touch of jazz."

There is no cost to participate, she said, and the primary commitment is rehearsals two to four times a month, the first of which was last night at Leicester High School,

Folks interested in joining are asked to e-mail

leicestertownband@yahoo.com or to call Ms. Looney at (508) 498-7444.

Christ Episcopal Church will have its annual Strawberry Festival and Chicken Dinner from 4:30 to 6 p.m. June 21 at the church, 1089 Stafford St., in the Rochdale section of Leicester.

The menu will include marinated chicken strips, baked potato, tossed salad and strawberry shortcake topped with whipped cream from Coopers Hilltop Farm in Rochdale.

Tickets are $12, $11 for seniors, and $6 for children younger than 12. To order advance tickets, make reservations, schedule take-out or obtain additional information, call Lois at (508) 892-8156.
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