Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Upcoming Lexington Events

Spring is a great time in Lexington and there are some exciting events coming up.

Lexington Battle Green
April 21, 2014 - April 21, 2014
Annual Re-enactment of the First Shot of the American Revolution between the Lexington Militia and His Majesty's 10th Regiment of Foot … more

Depot Square, Lexington, MA
May 1, 2014 - May 1, 2014
Celebrate May Day with a traditional dance around the Maypole. Children will enjoy the hands-on activities and festive music.  … more

Sites throughout Lexington
May 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014
A month-long dynamic celebration of Lexington's history, arts, culture, recreation, fine shopping and dining. Activities throughout the month for family and friends that will make you want to "Linger in Lexington!" … more

Minute Man National Park Visitors Center, Lexington, MA
May 2, 2014 - May 2, 2014
A colonial music concert presented by four fife and drum corps including The William Diamond Jr. Fife and Drum Corps 781-862-1907 … more

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tomorrow is Spring in Lexington

Tomorrow is officially the first day of Spring. Although the weather may not seem it right now, the weather will start to warm and the days will start to get longer. The whole family is itching to get outside. Try accomplishing some of these 30 activities to get you over the doldrums of winter here in Lexington.

  1. Open the Windows
  2. Plant something green
  3. See the cherry blossoms
  4. Have a picnic at the park
  5. Jog outside
  6. Take a hike
  7. Play softball
  8. Ride a bike
  9. Go Roller Skating
  10. Sit outside at a cafe`
  11. Visit a farm to see animals or an animal shelter
  12. Walk on a beach
  13. Play a round of golf
  14. Go horseback riding
  15. Fly a kite
  16. Jump in puddles
  17. Look for four leaf clovers
  18. Blow bubbles
  19. Play with chalk
  20. Climb a tree
  21. Go to a playground
  22. Feed the ducks
  23. Skip rocks in a pond
  24. Plan a vacation
  25. Make some lemonade
  26. Look for rainbows
  27. Play in the rain
  28. Visit the zoo
  29. Go to an aquarium
  30. Put away your winter clothes!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Monday is St. Patrick's Day

Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated each year on March 17th. This day marks the accepted date in 493 CE of St. Patrick's death. The day's spirit is to celebrate the universal baptization of Ireland.

As St. Patrick is the figure most prominently associated with bringing Christianity to Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland as a solemnity and holy day of obligation. The holiday is also officially celebrated by the Church of Ireland, the Irish branch of the Anglican Communion. The day is marked with special liturgical programs and a breaking of Lenten fasts. The Catholic feast day for this most loved of Irish saints has become a holiday in celebration of the Irish and Irish culture.

Few historical details are known about St. Patrick's mission to Ireland, although innumerable popular legends are associated with his work and play a major role in Irish culture. The shamrock's association with St. Patrick's Day comes from the popular myth that says St. Patrick used the three leaves of the plant to explain Catholicism's holy trinity to the Irish.

The Leprechaun is also associated with the Irish and is an Irish fairy. He looks like a small, old man (about 2 feet tall), often dressed like a shoemaker, with a cocked hat and a leather apron. According to legend, leprechauns are aloof and unfriendly, live alone, and pass the time making shoes. They also possess a hidden pot of gold.  Treasure hunters can often track down a leprechaun by the sound of his shoemaker's hammer. If caught, he can be forced (with the threat of bodily violence) to reveal the whereabouts of his treasure, but the captor must keep their eyes on him every second. If the captor's eyes leave the leprechaun (and he often tricks them into looking away), he vanishes and all hopes of finding the treasure are lost.
The holiday is also widely celebrated as a secular celebration of Irish culture. Cities around the world hold St. Patrick's Day parades and festivals to mark the occasion, with many people participating in the "wearing of the green." Popularized by Irish immigrant communities, festivities usually include traditional Irish food and drink such as corned beef and Guinness beer.

So people of Lexington get out there and celebrate!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Free Shingles Vaccine For Lexington Residents

Free Shingles Vaccine - free Zostavax (Shingles) Vaccine clinic for Lexington residents on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 10:00a.m. to noon at the Senior Center

To participate, you must:
• be 65 years or older,
• not be a Medicare Part D subscriber,
• never have received the Shingles vaccine, and
• be medically eligible to receive the Shingles vaccine.
Since there are a limited number of doses, please call the Senior Center at (781) 861-0194 to be placed on the list to be vaccinated, (if you meet the criteria above). You may contact David Neylon, Public Health Nurse by email or call (781) 862-0500 x281 if you have questions.

Description of Services:
The Health Division works with the Board of Health (the appointed decision- making body) to:
Assess the health needs of the town; 
Develop initiatives to protect the public health;
Monitor communicable and infectious disease;
Provide annual flu vaccine clinics;
Respond to general nuisance complaints;
Respond to housing complaints;
Inspect summer camps for children
Monitor mosquito control programs;
Inspect semi-public swimming pools;
Monitor the "Old Reservoir" swimming beach;
Inspect food establishments;
Staff the household hazardous and medical waste collection programs;
Manage a Medical Reserve Corps; and
Participate in Emergency Preparedness Planning with other agencies in town. 

Health Division
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
General Information Line:  781-862-0500 x200
FAX:  781-861-2780