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Richard Higgins' Photography Exhibit at Concord Free Public Library

When: Jun. 29, 9:00AM
Where: Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street


CONCORD:The Concord Free Public Library is featuring an exhibit of Richard Higgins’s photographs of trees through November 30.“An Eye for Trees, in Thoreau's Concord and Today” is in the library art gallery. It is free during library hours, which are 9am-9pm, Monday through Thursday,  9am-6pm Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday and 1-5 pm Sunday. Higgins, the author of Thoreau and the Language of Trees, said it was inspired by Thoreau’s way of seeing trees, which combined poetic insight with keen observation. Most of the 40 photographs depict common trees in Concord and surrounding towns. Higgins said he took many of the photographs in winter, when snow and ice transform trees and disclose them anew.“If there’s an artistic aesthetic, it’s finding beauty in the familiar and ordinary—a skill Thoreau  developed to a high degree,” said Higgins, a writer and editor who lives in Concord. For more information, visit www.concordlibrary.org.

Umbrella Arts Center &amp; Environment Art Ramble 2021

When: Sep. 1, 9:00AM
Where: Hapgood Wright Town Forest


CONCORD: In keeping with this year's thematic focus on "Air," the 2021 Art Ramble "Something in the Air" Call for Art recognizes that Air is invisible and yet essential to life. Its quality affects our quality of life, as well as that of all living things. Our call seek works that illustrate human, animal and botanical interactions with air, and encourage exploration of the atmospheric aspects of the Hapgood Wright Town Forest. The result was an exceptionally strong slate of regional artists creating what the curators call an exhibition marked by "drama, mystery, change, or movement". For more information, visit https://theumbrellaarts.org/art-ramble.

Presented in collaboration with Concord’s Division of Natural Resources (CDNR), supported in part by the Foundation for Metrowest.

Parents of One Year Olds Coping with Depression / Anxiety Support Group

When: Sep. 9, 1:30PM
Where: First Connections via Zoom


ACTON: First Connections, through grants from The Nordblum Family Foundation and Sage Therapeutics, is expanding their Emotional Wellbeing After Baby weekly support group to include an 8-week group for parents of one year olds. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased the rates and duration of anxiety and depression among parents of young children. We are providing additional support and strategies through a free, time-limited, virtual group facilitated by Heather O'brien, LICSW, who is also certified in parent-infant mental health. To participate in this group, which meets on Thursdays, email hobrien@jri.org for the connecting link. If you need assistance with finding a therapist, locating other support groups, or have questions about postpartum depression or anxiety, Heather can also help with these issues.

Plastic Bags and Wraps Collection

When: Sep. 13, 9:00AM
Where: Westford Rotary Club


WESTFORD: The Westford Rotary Club is collecting PLASTIC BAGS and WRAPS to participate in the Recycling Challenge by TREX. The collection goal is 500 pounds. 

· Roudenbush Community Center, 65 Main St. (side door).
· Brookside Convenience Store, 64 Brookside Rd. (inside store).
· Cameron Senior Center, 20 Pleasant St. (front porch).

Trex Outdoor Furniture will turn the collected plastic into a bench that will be placed locallyWestford saves money by keeping plastics out of the trash.

Art in the Time of the Pandemic

When: Sep. 15, 9:00AM
Where: Concord Council on Aging, Wheeler Community Ctr., 1276 Main Street


CONCORD: The Concord Council on Aging (COA) closed its doors in March 2020 through June 2021.  During those 15 months, the COA concentrated on numerous drive-through activities and original programs on Zoom for all Concord residents age 60+.  The COA was aware that while it was working, many of its members were, too.  Art in the Time of the Pandemic is currently being enjoyed by senior residents at the Concord Council on Aging thru October.

West African Drum Class

When: Sep. 23, 6:00PM
Where: Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio


HARVARD: Calling all drummers! Join Blase and Moussa for an 8-week drum series diving into West African rhythms. This series will take place Thursdays, outdoors by the pond or indoors in the studio. If you don’t have a drum, no worries, there will be extras to borrow. The full 8-week class series is $200.00 or $30.00 for a walk-in class. You can pay Moussa via Venmo, cash or check. Please let Blase and/or Moussa know ASAP by emailing Blase at blaseofire@gmail.com and Moussa at djembe.moussa@gmail.com.

Reverie Terrain: Recent Paintings by Jill Goldman-Callahan at Concord Library

When: Oct. 1, 9:00AM
Where: Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street


CONCORD: Recent paintings by Jill Goldman-Callahan (The Umbrella Arts Studio 303) are on view in the Concord Library Main branch gallery. Join the artist October 16 11:00am-12:30pm, or on October 14 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Masks are required re: library event policy. Info: jillgoldman-callahanstudio.com. Instagram: @goldmancallahan.