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Run a Food Drive to Spread More Love, Less Hunger

Did you know that 24% of the food Open Table distributes comes from community food donations?  Your assistance is vital to Open Table.  Please consider running a food drive this autumn if you are hungry to help neighbors experiencing food insecurity.  It's an easy, feel-good community service that is a great activity for neighborhoods, businesses, schools, scouts, clubs, teams, and faith-based organizations.  All size food drives are welcome.  Sandwich boards and other signs are available to help you spread the word.  Go to for information.   Stay up-to-date on our changing needs and news on Instagram and Twitter @opentablema and  
Open Table is the local food pantry supporting those in-need in Concord, Bedford, Carlisle, and 18 other surrounding areas.  If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, email or call (978) 369-2275. 

Between Worlds Concert October 1

CONCORD: Violinist Siri Smedvig, trumpeter William Kasel, and pianist Bonnie Anderson will perform "Between Worlds" on October 1 at 2pm in the Performing Arts Center, 51 WaldenStreet in Concord. This program will treat listeners to the sumptuous sonic worlds of brass, strings and piano, as displayed in compositions of Faure, Biber, Kreisler, Vitali, Bartok, Hindemith, Arutunian and others. The performance will also feature poetry including work by Pulitzer Prize recipient American poet Elizabeth Bishop.

Violinist Siri Smedvig studied violin with Joseph Silverstein, Boston Symphony Orchestra's Concertmaster (1962-1984) while attending Harvard University. She studied and performed five summers at Tanglewood Music Center. Siri has performed with numerous orchestras
including the Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Handel & Haydn Society, Seattle Symphony, and American Symphony. She is currently Concertmaster of Concord Orchestra and Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra and has an active teaching studio.

Trumpeter William Kasel studied with Rolf Smedvig, and Roger Voisin, both former Principal Trumpets for the Boston Symphony while attending Boston University. He studied and performed three summers at Tanglewood Music Center. William has played with Boston
Opera, Empire Brass Quintet. He is currently trumpeter in Concord Orchestra.

Accompanist Bonnie Anderson studied piano at Juilliard School, Michigan State, and French Piano Institute in Paris. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from Boston University. Bonnie is on the piano faculty at Phillips Andover Academy and has an
active teaching studio.

Admission to this performance is free, with donations gratefully accepted to help support the event.
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Concord Conservatory Presents Music & Folklore Concert & Lecture

WEST CONCORD: Imagine listening to a musical performance that transports you to a different time and place, where you can experience the stories and emotions of people from various cultures and traditions. Join the Concord Conservatory of Music, along with the Concord Museum, for Music & Folklore concert and lecture on October 27 at 7:30pm. Celebrate the oral folk traditions of various cultures through music at 1317 Main Street in West Concord.
Folklore is a way of preserving and transmitting the stories, wisdom, and values of distinct cultures across time. Hear musical tales that reveal the similarities and differences between diverse societies and appreciate the richness and variety of our cultural heritage. The guest speaker will be Frank Korom, Professor of Religion and Anthropology at Boston University
and Associate of Folklore and Mythology at Harvard College. His expertise, research, and teaching interests range from South Asian expressive traditions and contemporary religion to diaspora studies and transnationalism.
By combining chamber music and folktales, composers can create works that are rich in narrative, character, and atmosphere. Experience how the works of Schubert, Copland, Bartok, Esmail, Mussorgsky, and others bring to life the spirit and the magic of these narratives, connecting us with our shared roots. This chamber music concert will feature CCM faculty artists soprano Rose Hegele, violinist Angel Valchinov, and pianist Yoko
Tickets are $25 General Admission and are available online at or at the door. Tickets are free for students age 18 and under. Email or call (978) 369-0010 for more information.

MCC Kicks Off “World of Music” with Lowell Chamber Orchestra

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LOWELL/BEDFORD: Middlesex Community College will kick off the Fall 2023 “A World of Music” concert series with a performance by the Lowell Chamber Orchestra (LCO) at 7:30pm on September 16 at MCC’s Richard and Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center in Lowell.

“We are delighted to be opening the fall season with the Lowell Chamber Orchestra,” said Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, MCC’s Chair of Music. “Our Fall ‘World of Music’ concert series will feature a wonderful variety of music, including orchestral music, faculty performances, lecture recitals, an exciting Klezmer Band, and an online concert in collaboration with Dracut Arts. There’s something for everyone!

The LCO, conducted by MCC faculty member Orlando Cela, will present a concert featuring miniature symphonies. Works by Yoko Nakatani, Brittney Benton, Vincent Persichetti, and Arnold Schoenberg will be performed. Other performances at the Academic Arts Center this semester include Literature through Music at 11am on October 14; Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band at 3pm on
October 22; and a second performance by the Lowell Chamber Orchestra at 7:30pm on December 9.

“A World of Music” will also hold performances at MCC’s Concert Hall on the Bedford Campus, including Guitar Music of South African Composer David Hewitt at 11am on October 3 and a Student Recital at 12:30pm on December 4. There will also be an Online Saturday Arts Concert featuring MCC faculty and an alum at 4pm on November 11.

All concerts are free and open to the public. MCC’s Academic Arts Center is located at 240 Central Street in Lowell. With parking not available on site, the nearest public parking facility is the Early Garage on 135 Middlesex Street.
For more information, visit

Fab Four from Bedford Exhibit at Westford’s PCA

WESTFORD/BEDFORD: The Parish Center for the Arts (PCA) welcomes four Bedford artists in a group exhibition running from  October 8-29, with an opening reception on October 8 from noon-3pm.  This is the first in the PCA's 2023-24 "Artist-of-the-Month" series, open to visitors in the Gallery each Sunday from noon until 2pm.This group exhibition of talented artists features a collection of works in acrylic, watercolor, collage and batik.

Dana Holley’s primary medium is acrylic, and she also enjoys drawing and collage. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Bedford Arts & Crafts Society’s Regional Art Shows and the Grace Chapel Art Gallery and was featured on the cover of her Wellesley College 50th reunion Record Book.
Laura Wallace has cultivated her art practice in batik for many years. Since her retirement from the software industry, she has shown her work at various venues, including Gallery Twist, the Concord Art Association, and the Bedford Free Public Library. Laura also enjoys painting in acrylics and watercolor, as well as drawing.
Margo Zelermyer has recently rekindled her longtime passion for making art. She works in acrylics, colored pencil, ink, collage, and watercolor. Margo has exhibited at the Grace Chapel Art Gallery and the Bedford Arts & Crafts Society’s Regional Art Show.
Sylvia Mallory studied watercolor painting and subsequently took up acrylics, now her favored medium. She also works in collage and mixed media. Sylvia’s artwork has hung at the Rockport Art Association, Gallery Twist, the Grace Chapel Art Gallery, the Art Gallery at First Parish, and the Chelmsford Center for the Arts. Her favorite subject matter includes landscapes, floral still lifes, and abstracts.
For more Artist information, contact  For more information about the PCA exhibit, visit or call (978) 692-6333.
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Bedford Cultural Council Grant Applications Open; Deadline October 17

BEDFORD: The Bedford Cultural Council grant cycle for FY24 opened September 1, and the BCC seeks applications from interested individuals and organizations for funding. Eligible projects include a wide range of artistic projects and activities in and around Bedford — including festivals and performances; lectures and workshops; arts education and enrichment programs for children and adults; nature, science, and environmental education projects; and projects celebrating local history and cultural diversity. First-time applicants are given priority in grant decisions.
People of all ages, backgrounds, and affiliations are encouraged to apply for projects that will enhance Bedford as a community. Funding for the grants comes from Mass Cultural Council  with the Select Board also allocating funding. As the Select Board’s liaison to the BCC, Emily Mitchell noted that “Bedford has a long history of community arts and culture, and the Bedford Cultural Council is an integral partner in bringing innovative and inclusive programs to the Town through its annual grant program. The Select Board strongly encourages individuals and community groups to apply for FY23 grants to continue Bedford's rich tradition of cultural and educational opportunities.
"As a former BCC Chair, I'm always proud to see the amazing work that the Cultural Council supports. The dedication of the BCC volunteers exemplifies the best of Bedford. I encourage everyone involved in the arts and humanities to apply and take advantage of this incredible resource," said Bedford's State Representative Ken Gordon.

“The Council works hard to encourage people in the community to apply for grants, then is put to the task of applying limited resources to fund worthwhile projects,” said Bedford’s State Senator Mike Barrett. “These grants ensure that Bedford's wealth of cultural groups will continue to thrive.”

Previously funded projects include such popular programs as:
  • South Asian Association of Bedford: Holi and Diwali celebrations
  • Bedford Mothers Out Front: Pumpkin smash
  • Friends of Job Lane House: Student docent program and Family Field Day
  • Bedford Free Public Library: Traveling maker space
  • Lane Elementary: Lobby Math & Science Corner
  • Sarah Scoville: Bedford Utility Box Murals
  • Bedford Historical Society: “The Preservationist,” mailed to all addresses in Bedford

The application is completely electronic, straightforward, and relatively easy to complete. Bedford funding priorities, local guidelines, and information are available online at and The online application is available at More detailed information on the grant process can be found at If you have any questions, please email the Bedford Cultural Council at or contact Barbara Purchia at or (781) 275-2464.

2023 Ruth Ratner Miller Award Honors Bob Gross

CONCORD: Join the Friends of the Library for the presentation of the prestigious Ruth Ratner Miller Award for Excellence in American History on October 21 at 7pm in the Goodwin Forum of the Concord Free Public Library. This year’s winner is Concord’s own Robert Gross, PhD. He is a prolific author of carefully researched books on American history, starting with the publication of The Minutemen and Their World (1976) which won the Bancroft Prize in American history. It was re-issued in a 25th anniversary edition in 2001 and published by Picador in a revised edition in 2022 to commemorate the upcoming 250th  anniversary of the American Revolution.
Gross' latest book, "The Transcendentalists and Their World" (2021), was chosen by the Wall Street Journal as one of the 10 best books of 2021. He has written numerous works including Thoreau and the Laborers of Concord, published in 2013. A native of Bridgeport (CT), Gross received the B.A. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966 and the M.A. (1968) and Ph.D. (1976) in History from Columbia University. Gross specializes in the social and cultural history of the U.S., from the colonial era through the 19th century. Other works include In Debt to Shays: The Bicentennial of an Agrarian Rebellion (1993). His other recent work examines New England writers — notably, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Emily Dickinson — in historical context.
The lecture is an in-person event. Tickets can be purchased (cash or check only) at the Barrow Book Store and the Concord Book Shop at $15 for adults, $5 for students. Digital tickets are $16 ($6 for students) through Zeffy at This year, advance tickets will not be sold at the Library. Following the lecture and award presentation by the Friends, there will be a book signing and reception in the Library’s Reference Room.
The Ruth Ratner Miller Memorial Award for Excellence in American History was established in 1998 and is sponsored by her four children to honor the life of their mother, who believed passionately that understanding history was not merely desirable but a civic and religious duty.
The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, Inc. is an all-volunteer community-supported non-profit organization which has been supplementing the materials and programs offered by the Concord Free Public Library for over 50 years. The Friends make museum passes, poetry readings, chamber music concerts, the seed lending library, “Direct-to-You” home delivery, multi-lingual entertainment, summer lawn concerts, and so much more available to all library patrons. The Friends also sponsor the annual Concord Festival of Authors each October and professional development opportunities for staff throughout the year.

Garden Club of Concord Seeks Grant Proposals

CONCORD: The Garden Club of Concord invites all local organizations and residents interested in pursuing gardening-related community projects to submit grant proposals. This is an excellent opportunity for passionate individuals and organizations to make a positive impact on Concord’s environment and community life.

For years, the Garden Club, through its grant program, has been able to sponsor a diverse range of community projects.  Past grants have funded planting projects at Concord-Carlisle High School, the Old Manse, the Concord Housing Authority and The Umbrella Community Arts Center.   In addition, the Club supports outreach to citizens through nature and horticulture; Gaining Ground and Minute Man ARC for Human Services have received past grants for garden-related educational and therapeutic programs.

Funding for all grants is made possible through the Garden Club’s much-anticipated annual spring plant sale.  This event, open to the public each year, serves to generate funds for community projects and provides an opportunity for the community to connect and share their love for plants and the environment.

To request a grant application or for more information about the application process, please contact Joan Campbell at or (978) 369-3889.  The deadline for submissions is October 20, 2023. 
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A Show Featuring Contemporary Art from Ukraine is Coming to Bedford

BEDFORD: The Gallery @First Parish in Bedford is pleased to announce the up-coming art exhibit “Affirmation of Life: Art from today’s Ukraine” which will be exhibited September 23-October 7.  The Gallery @First Parish is located in First Parish Church at 75 Great Road. This will be a rare opportunity to see and enjoy contemporary art from Ukraine. Works in this exhibit represent a whole spectrum of art being made by Ukrainian artists today. Much of this art will be on view for the first time in the United States having been collected for this show by Bedford residents Vlad Shapiro and Nataliya Proskura.

The opening weekend will be September 23-24, with an opening ceremony on the 23 at 10am with the exhibit open until 4pm. Then, at 5pm there will be a concert featuring Ukrainian soprano, Olga Abakumova who escaped from Ukraine with her young daughter and now lives in Sudbury.  She will be accompanied by pianist Clemens Teufel playing the music of A. Kos-Anatolsky, H. Majboroda, G. Gershwin, R. Schumann, J. Strauss as well as others. There will be a small reception following the concert.

On September 24 at 11:30am there will be a talk in the gallery about the art and the importance of these pieces. The Gallery will also be open during church hours, 9am-2pm Monday through Friday, for the rest of the exhibit. Private showings can be arranged. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to appreciate the depth and richness of the Ukrainian culture, coming directly from artists currently living and working there.

All proceeds from this show will go to Mriya (, a non-profit organization created by local Ukrainians, mostly young professionals and students, to provide humanitarian support for Ukraine as well as support for the arts.

This show has the support of the Bedford Cultural District Partnership, The First Parish Church of Bedford, and the Ukrainian Cultural Initiatives. For more information, visit
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An Invitation to Share High Holy Days 5784

CONCORD: Kerem Shalom—Vineyard of Peace—of Concord, warmly invites the community to join them for the High Holy Days 5784! This year’s services and programs begin on September 15 with Erev Rosh Hashanah and conclude on September 25 with Yom Kippur. Services will take place both in-person and online and include: Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur, Early Childhood Family Services, Tashlich at the Old North Bridge (in-person only), Torah Study with Rabbi Sam Pollak, Musical Musaf Service with the Tiferet Ensemble (in-person only), and Mindfulness Meditation. See for the full schedule as well as registration and further details.
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Bedford Minuteman Company Needs YOU!

BEDFORD: The Bedford Minuteman Company is looking for men and women who appreciate history.  There is the opportunity to learn the fife and/or drum.  If not, there are positions to carry flags or become a musket man. They march in parades and participate in local town events (i.e., Town Meeting, etc.). The next event is Bedford Day on September 23. Their booth is on the circle, behind the Town Hall in front of the yellow building.  You will see the Bedford Flag at the booth.  Stop by the booth to say hello, or to request a flyer, email or visit

Choral Ensemble Invites Women to Join for Fall Season

CONCORD: Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC), fostering the power of women’s voices in song, invites new singers to join its ensemble at “Open Rehearsals” on Tuesdays, September 12 and 19, 9:30am, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street. Artistic Director and Conductor Jane Ring Frank welcomes newcomers to join rehearsal, audition and learn more about the fall season. Rehearsals continue through 2023-24 on Tuesday mornings, 9:30am-noon, also held at Trinity.

CWC welcomes singers with prior choral experience including good sight-reading skills, solid intonation and vocal quality, responsiveness to direction and the ability to blend within an ensemble. For auditions, prospective members may be asked to sight-read a short passage and/or sing a familiar tune, arriving with a prepared solo is not necessary. An information form is available to be printed in advance and brought to the audition at Chorus members are expected to attend rehearsals and to participate in performing scheduled concerts. In addition, singers may have the opportunity to perform Vivaldi’s “Gloria” at Carnegie Hall in New York City on November 13, presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY).

The ensemble continues weekly rehearsals in preparation for the upcoming concert “A Celebration of Glorias: Vivaldi’s Signature and More,” performing on December 16 at 4pm.

CWC is committed to the safety of all and requires all singers to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19. Masks are optional during rehearsals, but policies may change as needed. For more information, performance details or to join Concord Women’s Chorus, email, visit, or follow Concord Women’s Chorus on Facebook and Instagram.
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First Connections Offers Fall Play Groups

ACTON: First Connections has two free playgroups with openings for Fall. Groups are open to residents of Acton, Bedford, Boxboro, Carlisle, Concord, Harvard, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Sudbury and Westford. Our Fall session will run from the week of September 11 to the week of December 11. Our playgroups are funded by a grant from the Mass. Dept of Early Education and Care and led by our Early Childhood Teacher. Caregivers and children attend the groups together.

Me, You, We Playgroup for Ages 3-5 is based on a Boston Children's Museum curriculum where children practice social-emotional skills such as taking turns, using words to negotiate conflict, and labeling feelings. Families receive at-home learning materials. Younger siblings welcome. Meets outdoors (weather permitting) at Boxborough Library. Thursdays, 10:30-11:30am.
Language & Literacy Playgroup for Multilingual Families for Ages 1 1/2-5 is for families who speak a language other than or in addition to English as part of their daily life. This group will help foster a love of books in your child and share tips for how to make the most of your shared reading at home. In addition to free play, there will be circle time and activities related to each week's story. Infant siblings in carriers welcome. Held at First Connections in Acton. Wednesdays, 10-11am.

If you are interested in either of these groups, email Linda to register:
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Concord Conservatory’s Music Education Program for Kids with Developmental Needs

CONCORD: The Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) is a place where music helps children with developmental needs grow and flourish. Many parents want their children to try different activities and learn new skills. But this can be hard to do when a child has developmental needs. CCM cares about making music education accessible for everyone and works with the Berklee Institute for Accessible Arts Education to offer Tones of Fun Developmental Music Class for the community.

Tones of Fun meets a special program that meets need in our communities, especially for children diagnosed with learning differences. It helps each child find and explore their individual interests — Tones of Fun is a wonderful program that reinforces finding the absolute best version of their unique self. Tones of Fun is a musical program designed for children with different learning needs. Physical, language, social, cognitive, and musical development are stimulated through musical play in a social group of all ages and skill levels. The program uses simple instruments, movement, props, and improvisation to stimulate physical, language, social, cognitive, and musical growth. A highly trained instructor from the Berklee Institute for Accessible Arts Education who adapts the class to the needs and abilities of each student.

Maura Lyons’s son, Daegan, is a member of the Tones of Fun class. Maura shared, “This class is so important to my family and me; it’s the highlight of our week. It is the only activity in town that Daegan can share with his siblings, myself, and his friends. It brings him so much happiness
and excitement. It truly melts my heart to see him so focused on something he loves.”  In the class, Daegan is focusing, socializing with peers, learning how to take turns and be in a group, and discovering new songs and instruments.

The fall session begins on September 19 and the 45-minute class will meet on Tuesdays at 4:30pm for ages 3 – 6 and 5:15 pm for ages 7 – 9. No previous musical experience is necessary to participate. However, students must be accompanied by an adult to every class, participate effectively in classes, and maintain a safe environment for themselves and others. Parents/Caregivers can apply through CCM at

Concord Conservatory Holds Ukulele Taster

WEST CONCORD: Get hooked on playing the most infectious and fun instrument, the ukulele! Join Concord Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) free Ukulele Taster on September 11 from 7–8pm for adults. After an hour, you’ll fall in love with playing this happy and cool instrument and will probably want to join a class with your new friends.

CCM faculty member Aaron Jay Myers will guide you and have you strumming along in no time. You’ll learn how to hold the ukulele and learn some basic chords. You’ll end up playing a foot-tapping song by the end of the ukulele taster. Ukuleles will be available to use for the evening, but bring your own if possible. Sign-up in advance at or just show up at CCM for an entertaining evening.

After the Taster, you’ll jump at the chance to join a ukulele group class. CCM offers the Ukulele Crash Course for beginners and the Ukulele Club for those already more familiar with the instrument. Jump on the bandwagon with your friends, and join the ukulele craze!

Group classes begin the week of September 18-23. For information on the full list of CCM offerings, visit, email, or call (978) 369-0010. The Concord
Conservatory of Music is located at 1317
Main Street within the West Concord Union Church on the 2nd floor. Financial assistance is available.
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Concord Orchestra Open Rehearsal

CONCORD: The Concord Orchestra will hold an open rehearsal on September 5 from 7:30-10pm at 51 Walden Street. The orchestra has openings for strings. For more information, visit Please email if you are planning to attend, so there will be sufficient music, chairs and stands. To join the orchestra please email to arrange for an audition with the Music Director sometime before or after the open rehearsal.

The orchestra will be conducted by Music Director Zeke Fetrow. The orchestra will be reading music of Beethoven, Sibelius, and Howard Hanson. The Concord Orchestra, is composed of 70 volunteer musicians living in Concord and the greater Boston metropolitan area. A season of five concert programs is planned.
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The Concord Free Public Library Celebrates 150 Years of Stories

CONCORD: On October 1, the Concord Free Public Library will mark its 150th Anniversary! Join the BIG celebration on this special day and for other exciting Anniversary activities and events:
  • October 1st, 2-4pm at the Town House and Main Library. Visit the Town House at 2pm to hear local and state officials commemorate this historic day and hear special guest “Ralph Waldo Emerson” re-enact excerpts from his original Library Dedication speech on October 1st 1873. Immediately following, the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School Pep Band will kick off a parade to the Main Library’s Front Lawn, where the celebration will continue with special guests, music, cake, activities, and giveaways for all ages.
  • September 23, 2-4pm in the Workshop at the Main Library will be a workshop for all ages - “Make-A-Sign,” where patrons can create their own sign to carry in the October 1 Anniversary parade.
  • September 29, 7-8:30pm in the Rotunda at the Main Library will be a swing era jazz concert co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Concord Conservatory of Music. New Orleans revival quintet “The Easy Winners” will perform tunes by the great jazz masters, including Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman.
  • September 30, 2-4:30pm in the Goodwin Forum at the Main Library, the Library Corporation will host the world premiere of the film Ralph Waldo Emerson: Give All to Love. This film features an “essay on film” by Michael Maglaras and will provide a new and deeply personal perspective on Emerson, his writing, his life, and his importance to contemporary life. The film also features author and editor James Marcus, whose new and probing book on Emerson, Glad to the Brink of Fear: A Portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson, will be released in 2024.
  • October 2, 7-8pm, in the Goodwin Forum at the Main Library, the Friends of the Library will present a lecture entitled “150 Years of Cinema” with Films at Fowler host Randall Warniers in the Goodwin Forum.
  • October 14, 7-9 PM at the Main Library will be an adult evening of fun and festivities - After Hours @ the Library - sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Library Corporation. The Library will come alive with music, art, puppetry, theater, storytelling, and more. Delicious food and drink from local purveyors. Proceeds will benefit the new makerspace Workshop. Tickets available on September 5.
  • October 1-December 22 in the (newly-renovated) Art Gallery at the Main Library, visit "Connecting the Community: An Exhibition to celebrate the 150th  Anniversary of the Concord Free Public Library," a special exhibition curated by the William Munroe Special Collections, highlighting the history of the Library's buildings, services, and staff.  Special Collections will also feature a display on early circulation procedures and a selection of books checked out to Concord residents, including Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar, in the first decade of the Library's operation. The art displayed at the Concord Museum for the exhibition "A Perpetual Invitation: 150 Years of Art at the Concord Free Public Library" will be back home at the Library.

All activities are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information and to register for these events, visit and follow @concordlibrary on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and the Library's weekly enewsletter.
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Ryan B Hebert Kicks Off 2023-24 PCA Season with the Great American Songbook

WESTFORD/CARLISLE: Fresh off a stint on Season 21 of ABC’s hit talent competition “American Idol,” entertainer Ryan B Hebert is stopping by the Parish Center for the Arts (PCA) for an evening of ‘Sinatra, Standards & the Great American Songbook,’ September 2, 2023 at 7pm (Doors open 6:30pm). Pack a beverage, a bite to eat, and prepare to coast down memory lane with Hebert as he sings a collection of songs featuring Sinatra classics and standards to the sounds of Robert Goulet, and more. For tickets and information, call (978) 692-6333 or visit

Ryan B Hebert is an American actor and singer, (not to mention a Pokémon Master). He grew up in Carlisle (MA), spent some time in Chicago (DePaul University Theatre School graduate), and is currently spending his time performing around New England. Ryan most recently returned for his third summer residency at The Leavitt Theatre in Ogunquit (ME), including a performance backed by the New Hampshire Jazz Orchestra.

For the past 25 years, the PCA has brought the arts alive for residents of Westford and surrounding communities. A fine art gallery, a concert hall, a dance hall, or a general purpose hall for your private recital or family event, the PCA offers many ways to celebrate the visual and performing arts in a convenient and family-friendly venue. For more information, call (978) 692-6333, or visit them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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Concord Chorus Open Rehearsal

CONCORD: Concord Chorus is holding open rehearsals on Mondays, September 11 and 18, at 7:30pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street. Interested singers are invited to sing with the Chorus and may have a short audition with Director Kevin Leong during the rehearsals if they choose. The Concord Chorus is a wonderful group of welcoming people who enjoy singing and learning excellent choral repertoire and performing at the highest level. Share in a musical experience that will be fun and fulfilling. For audition information, please visit

The Chorus' 78th season is very exciting! On December 9, sing Bach's Christmas Oratorio (Parts 1-3).  And for the spring, on May 11 and 12, sing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Brahms's Song of Destiny with Masterworks Chorale and the Lexington Symphony Orchestra. We hope to welcome many new singers! If you have questions, please contact Chairperson, Stephanie Keep at

TriCon Collects Backpacks & School Supplies

CONCORD: Trinitarian Congregational Church (TriCon) collected backpacks and school supplies for the hundreds of children in the Lowell school system, between K-8th grade, who are living in temporary housing, shelters, or are unhoused. As they enter a new school year in less than ideal circumstances, and with caregivers who may not be able to afford the annual back-to-school shopping trip, we asked our congregation for support. Our parishioners dropped off a total of 91 backpacks, filled with crayons, pencils, markers, glue sticks, papers, notebooks, and all sorts of miscellaneous supplies. TriCon's Social Action Committee organized the drive, made sure each backpack had supplies in it, loaded up their cars, and delivered all 91 packs to the Lowell Salvation Army.

Help Support Those Affected by Domestic Violence in Our Communities

Free Training to Become a Volunteer Domestic Violence Advocate

CONCORD: Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc. (DVSN) is looking for interested community members to participate in their fall 2023 Volunteer Advocate Training program at the Concord Police Department. The 40-hour training is designed to familiarize the volunteers with the many aspects of domestic violence and give them the skills necessary to provide confidential and appropriate services to DVSN’s clients. Once trained, DVSN’s volunteer Advocates provide direct service over the phone, at the Concord District Court, and at Emerson Hospital to people affected by domestic violence.

The fall 2023 program will be held over three weeks from September 18-October 6 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during daytime hours. The training sessions will consist of a mix of long (9:15am-3:30pm) and short (9:15am-12:30pm) days. For those who wish to activate as Advocates, an additional 10 to 12 hours of individual field training will take place after successful completion of the classroom segment. The training is provided at no cost to attendees. All necessary materials will be provided.

DVSN is a community-based organization that works to combat domestic violence in collaboration with the police departments of its twelve member towns (Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Maynard, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, and Weston), Hanscom AFB, the Concord District Court, and Emerson Hospital. To learn more about DVSN and its programs, services, and events, visit

Those interested in more information about the training or want to request an application should call (978) 254-1761 or send an e-mail to Applications are due no later than September 8, 2023.
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Water Safety Reminders

According to the American Red Cross, 10 people die each day from unintentional drowning, and on average two of those deaths are children under age 14. Additionally, drowning is the leading cause of death for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. To ensure everyone’s safety in the water this summer, the Hudson Fire Department would like to remind residents of the following safety tips for kayakers, paddlers and recreational boaters courtesy of the American Canoe Association:
  • Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when boating or fishing, even if you don’t intend to enter the water.
  • Children under the age of 12 must always wear a life jacket in a public body of water.
  • Be a competent swimmer with the ability to handle oneself underwater, moving water, surf or current. Keep the craft under control. Do not enter a rapid unless you are reasonably sure you can navigate it or swim the entire rapid in case you capsize.
  • Keep a lookout for hazards and avoid them. Watch for fog, especially on coastal waters.
  • Know your physical limitations.
  • Group members need to constantly assess the behavior of others in their group.

For those swimming in the ocean, lakes, ponds or pools, the Hudson Fire Department also provides the following safety tips from the American Red Cross:
  • Never leave children unattended while they are near or in a body of water, and make sure they have an adult to accompany them into the water. Young or inexperienced swimmers should always wear a life jacket or inflatable arm floats.
  • Never swim alone; swim with lifeguards and/or water watchers present. Even if lifeguards are present, you (or another responsible adult) should stay with your children.
  • If a child is missing, always check the body of water that they were near or swimming in first.
  • Understand and adjust for the unique risks of the water environment you are in, such as river currents, ocean rip current, underwater hazards including vegetation and animals, and more.
  • Don’t use alcohol or drugs (including certain prescription medications) before or during swimming or diving, or while supervising swimmers.
  • Recognize the signs of someone in trouble and shout for help. A swimmer needs immediate help if they:
    • Are not making forward progress in the water.
    • Are vertical in the water but unable to move or tread water.
    • Are motionless and face down in the water.
  • If someone is drowning or experiencing an emergency in the water:
    • Rescue and remove the person from the water (without putting yourself in danger).
    • Ask someone to call emergency medical services (EMS). If alone, give 2 minutes of care, then call EMS.
    • Begin CPR.
    • Use an AED if available and transfer care to advanced life support.
  • Take a CPR course for adults and children to be prepared if an emergency occurs. Update skills regularly.

Concord Youth Theatre Auditions "Little Women"

CONCORD: The Concord Youth Theatre Teen Company is open to young people in grades 9 through 12. It will be holding auditions August 28 and 29. Sign up here.

Based on Louisa May Alcott's American classic, and her life, this Civil War story of love and family stands the test of time. The adventures of the four March sisters are brought to vivid musical life in Little Women. The Civil War is in full swing, and the March sisters -- Meg, the oldest, a romantic, the spirited and tomboyish Jo, sweet and loving Beth, and irascible, playful Amy -- live in Concord, Massachusetts with their Marmee while their father is on the battlefield. Filled with adventure (both lived and imagined), heartbreak, and a deep sense of hope, the struggle of these “Little Women” to find their own voices mirrors the growing pains of a young America. With buoyant, joyful melodies, memorable characters, and a big-hearted message, Little Women reminds us that “sometimes when you dream, your dreams come true.”

Audition: Monday, August 28 from 6:30-8:30; Call Backs Tuesday, August 29 from 6:30-8:30. Plan to stay the full time.
Rehearsals: Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30pm; Saturdays 2:00 – 4:00pm; Sundays 5:30 – 9:30pm
Tech week will require additional days and times.
Performances: October 13 @ 7:30; October 14 @ 4:00; October 15 @ 2:30
Tuition: $485

All auditions will be held at 53 Church Street. If you have any questions, please call (978) 371-1482 or send an email to 
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The Rotary Club of Concord Honors Beloved Rotarian June Grace with a Habitat Build Day

CONCORD: In memory of June Grace, Rotarians from clubs in Concord and Bedford volunteered at a Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell home being built in Concord. June once mentioned that a nice way to honor someone who has passed away is to volunteer for something that was important to them and so when she died in May the idea was born. Sharon Spaulding reached out to Suzanne at Habitat for Humanity who loved the idea of honoring a previous volunteer by hosting a Habitat Build Day!

June and her husband, Buck, very much enjoyed volunteering at Habitat. June had volunteered at the Carter Way Bedford Habitat project as well as a house in Concord. June was a member of Rotary Club of Concord since 2002 and the Rotary Club of Worcester for 9 years prior. Actively involved in all aspects of the club, she was a Past President and Public Relations Chair. She worked tirelessly on youth engagement, international projects and local initiatives including cooking for Open Table. In addition, she could be found hosting events for Minute Man Arc and Gaining Ground, serving slush at Picnic in the Park and marching in the Patriots Day parade. June was involved in outreach to the service people at Hanscom, prison outreach for gifts to the children at the holidays and she was the champion of the Rotary Pops Concert Fundraiser. June was an active and engaged volunteer, always kind, encouraging and thoughtful to all her fellow Rotarians and is greatly missed.

Her spirit was very much felt as more than two dozen Rotarians from Concord and Bedford clubs gathered to help paint walls and ceilings of a habitat home in Concord in two shifts on Thursday July 27. During a lunch break between shifts several Rotarians spoke and shared their memories of working on projects with June. Jean Goldsberry, President of the Rotary Club of Concord said, “This was a wonderful tribute to our beloved June Grace who epitomized the Rotary mission of Service above Self.”
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Riverfest Summer 2023 at the Old Manse, August 5

CONCORD: Celebrate 24 years of Wild & Scenic designation for the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers.  Come to the riverbank by foot, or paddle, bring a picnic, and enjoy a day of entertainment at the historic Old Manse, 269 Monument Street, August 5 from 10am-4pm. Begin the day with outdoor yoga. Join local artists for plein air painting. Children will enjoy “The Story about a Butterfly” and make their own butterfly out of recycled materials, learn about the history of our rivers, become a Junior River Ranger, or have fun with arts and crafts by the river. Enjoy an Encore Dance Ensemble performance, or Ron McAdow’s readings and commentary about the literary history of our rivers. Take a guided walk through the pollinator gardens at the Buttrick House. There is something for everyone! For details and timing of these events, and to see a full listing of Riverfest Summer 2023 events taking place through August 13, visit These events are courtesy of the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord River Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Council and all the local nonprofits working to protect our rivers.

Virtual Films at Fowler Continues in Summer 2023

CONCORD: Virtual Films at Fowler continues in summer 2023 with the theme of Finding Family. These selected movies are in some way about the varied  pleasures, problems, and pitfalls of belonging to a family, whether conventional or unconventional.

A Place in the Sun (1951), August 2, 7pm. (Discussion Date on Zoom)  Winner of six Oscars - An eager young man starts a factory job and falls in love with a pretty co-worker, but he is lured away by a glamorous socialite.

Please watch the film on Kanopy  before the discussion. To register for the discussion and receive a Zoom link, send an email to the Coordinator of the program Randall Warniers at

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.

[View Summer 2023 Virtual Film at Fowler Schedules]
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Open Table Receives $168,529 Food Infrastructure Grant from Commonwealth of Massachusetts

MAYNARD/CONCORD: Open Table, the MetroWest charity dedicated to fighting hunger and building healthy communities, today announced that it has received a Food Security Infrastructure Grant (FSIG) in the amount of $168,529 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Open Table was one of 165 organizations selected from across the state to receive funding to help promote food security and resiliency.

The grant will be used to help renovate the Open Table Annex at 39 Main Street in Maynard and, specifically, to purchase a walk-in freezer and refrigeration. Located adjacent to Open Table’s  existing pantry and offices, the new annex space will enable Open Table to keep more food onsite and, in turn, better support its growing client base with both on-site food distribution as well as its prepared meals and its growing mobile programs.

“This grant will be used to strengthen Open Table’s infrastructure and ensure that individuals and families throughout the MetroWest area have access to food,” said Alexandra DePalo, executive director, Open Table. “We are most grateful to the State for its commitment to fighting food insecurity by partnering with local organizations like Open Table.  We, like many other food pantries, are seeing a significant increase in demand, and are working hard to make sure that everyone has food on their table.”

In addition to meeting the current needs, Open Table is aware that almost 50 percent of food insecure households in the Metro West area are not currently accessing a food pantry.  With the added capacity from this grant, Open Table  hopes to expand programs and partnerships with local organizations that serve individuals and families in need. 
Currently Open Table distributes bags of groceries, which include fresh produce, proteins, dairy, baked goods, and shelf-stable products, to over 300 households each week and provides over 1000 prepared meals to clients that hail from the Metro West suburbs.  The organization offers food through its on-site drive-through model as well as a number of delivery programs. Open Table has received incredible support from the communities it serves through donations of food and funds, making it possible to continue to address food insecurity in the MetroWest area.

The FSIG program was created to provide grants for capital infrastructure investments that increase access to locally produced food for families and individuals throughout the state who may be facing food insecurity, live in gateway cities or food deserts, or otherwise face unequal access to food. The program seeks to ensure that farmers, fishers, and other local food producers are better connected to a strong, resilient food system to help mitigate future supply chain issues.

Help Support Those Affected by Domestic Violence in Our Communities
Free Training to Become a Volunteer Domestic Violence Advocate

CONCORD: Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc. (DVSN) is looking for interested community members to participate in their fall 2023 Volunteer Advocate Training programat the Concord Police Department. The 40-hour training is designed to familiarize the volunteers with the many aspects of domestic violence and give them the skills necessary to provide confidential and appropriate services to DVSN’s clients. Once trained, DVSN’s volunteer Advocates provide direct service over the phone, at the Concord District Court, and at Emerson Hospital to people affected by domestic violence.

The fall 2023 program will be held over three weeks from September 18-October 6 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during daytime hours. The training sessions will consist of a mix of long (9:15am–3:30pm) and short (9:15am-12:30pm) days. For those who wish to activate as Advocates, an additional 10-12 hours of individual field training will take place after successful completion of the classroom segment. The training is provided at no cost to attendees. All necessary materials will be provided.

DVSN is a community-based organization that works to combat domestic violence in collaboration with the police departments of its twelve member towns (Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Maynard, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, and Weston), Hanscom AFB, the Concord District Court, and Emerson Hospital. To learn more about DVSN and its programs, services, and events, visit

Those interested in more information about the training or want to request an application should call (978) 254-1761 or send an email to Applications are due no later than September 8, 2023.
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Concord Conservatory Collecting Ukuleles for Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley

CONCORD/MAYNARD: Do you have a ukulele sitting in a closet that you haven’t touched in years? Consider donating your ukulele to a program offering free music classes for kids. The Concord  Conservatory of Music (CCM) provides free weekly ukulele group classes to kids attending the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley in Maynard. Most of the kids at the Club do not own a ukulele, making practicing their instrument at home holding them back from making greater strides in their musicianship. CCM, in partnership with the Concord Cambridge Savings Bank, will have a collection box for either new or gently used soprano-sized ukuleles. The collection box is located in the branch located at 202 Sudbury Road, Concord.

Help put a ukulele in kids’ hands who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience music instruction. Studying music is like nothing else—providing emotional, social, and linguistic benefits. You’ll be giving the gift of music that keeps on giving. The goal is to collect at least 30 ukuleles allowing Club members to keep a ukulele at home to practice during the week and to be able to play their tunes for their family and friends. Thank you in advance for helping make a difference—one instrument at a time.

Contact CCM with any questions you may have about your ukulele donation. To learn more about CCM, visit, email, or call (978) 369-0010.

Open Table Appoints Three New Members to Board of Directors

CONCORD: Open Table, the MetroWest charity dedicated to fighting hunger and building healthy communities, announced that it has appointed Vivek Kamath, Glen Murphy and Alissa Weinberger to its 2024 Board of Directors. The three new board members bring a variety of skills – from supply chain expertise, to finance, and immigration law – to Open Table.
“Vivek, Glen, and Alissa are talented individuals, each one with a unique professional history of dealing with some of the biggest challenges facing both Open Table and its clients today,” said Mary Siegel, president, Open Table Board of Directors. “As we look forward to a new fiscal year where fully one-third of our local residents are facing food insecurity, their input will be invaluable in guiding our strategic and tactical decisions for the year ahead.”
Vivek Kamath - For the past 27 years, Vivek has helped transform supply chain organizations and operations across seven unique industries and in more than 30 countries. A Stow resident, Vivek is currently an executive supply chain partner with Gartner, Inc., where he provides advisory services to chief supply chain officers from around the world. In his spare time, Vivek likes to golf, cook, and volunteer in the community. He is happily married for 28 years and has two amazing and accomplished daughters and two fur babies that keep him and his wife young and busy.

Glen Murphy, CFA – Glen has spent 30 years in the financial investments industry focusing on institutional and mutual fund portfolio management. This included serving as Global Head of Portfolio Management for the Invesco Quantitative Strategies Group, where he managed a team of portfolio managers based in the United States and Europe. Today, he helps run his family’s Blue Meadow farm in Sudbury, which is a combination of equine facility (training, boarding, and lessons) and “U-Pick” blueberry farm.
Glen enjoys community service with volunteer experience with the Boy Scouts of America, Boston Cares, and Smile Mass in addition to Open Table. His volunteer efforts with Open Table began when a blueberry customer recommended Open Table as a benefactor of their farm’s “Pick for the Community” efforts, donating blueberries picked by volunteers to local food pantries. Glen was impressed by the scope of activity and organization when he delivered his first batch of blueberries to Open Table. He quickly became an active volunteer, assisting in the unloading of trucks and preparing mobile food pantry deliveries. Glen has a BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an MSF from the Boston College Carroll School of Management, and is a CFA charter holder.  He lives with his wife and daughter in Sudbury. 

Alissa Weinberger – A staff attorney with MetroWest Legal Services’ Immigration Unit in Framingham, Alissa represents immigrant youth before the Boston Immigration Court. Previously, she worked with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault providing individual counseling and led batterer intervention groups. A Maynard resident, Alissa has been volunteering with Open Table since 2020 where she worked on the pick and pack team and helped take phone orders in English and Spanish. Alissa was drawn to Open Table’s model of promoting food security in a manner that fosters autonomy, dignity, and meets the community’s diverse needs. Alissa is excited to support Open Table’s mission and crucial community work. Alissa also serves as secretary on the Board of Directors for MetroWest Worker Center in Framingham. She holds a J.D. from Northeastern University’s School of Law, a Masters in Community Counseling from New Mexico State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. In her free time, Alissa loves to hike, dance, knit, and bake.

PHOTO: Newly appointed Open Table board members Glen Murphy, left, and Alissa Weinberger, center, are welcomed by existing board member Jonathan Magasanik in front of the organization’s Maynard food pantry.

Tips for Safe Fourth of July Celebrations

According to the state Department of Fire Services and State Police, Massachusetts fire departments reported nearly 1,000 fires related to illegal fireworks between 2013 and 2022. In addition to the 42 fire service injuries, five civilian injuries, and $2.5 million in damages attributed to these fires, Massachusetts medical facilities reported about 30 severe burn injuries extending to 5% or more of the victims’ bodies that were caused by illegal fireworks. In 2022 alone, fire departments reported 106 fires and explosions attributed to fireworks, an increase of nearly a third over the prior year.

It is illegal for private citizens to use, possess, or sell fireworks of all kinds in Massachusetts without a license and a permit. This includes fireworks purchased legally elsewhere and brought into Massachusetts. It includes sparklers, firecrackers, cherry bombs, and other fireworks. Fines range from $10 to $1,000, and some violations could carry a one-year prison sentence.

Residents are encouraged to report any misuse of fireworks they notice in the community to your local Police Department.

In case of a firework-related or other emergency, always dial 911.

Additionally, residents are reminded of these key safety tips for Fourth of July celebrations:
  • Attend organized and permitted fireworks displays only.
  • Report illegal fires to the police.
  • Remember that alcohol/drugs and fireworks do not mix.
  • Keep pets indoors and away from fireworks. The loud noises and flashing lights can be frightening and overwhelming for pets. Pets can become frightened and run from familiar environments and people, becoming lost. Read more here.

The Department also urges residents to observe the following tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on getting home safely following Fourth of July celebrations:
  • Be mindful of pedestrians.
  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. From 2017 to 2021, 1,460 drivers were killed in motor vehicle crashes over the Fourth of July holiday period — 38% of the drivers killed were drunk.
  • Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, do not plan on driving. Instead, designate a sober driver or use a ride-share service to get home safely.
  • Take keys away from individuals who are under the influence and are planning to drive. Alcohol and drugs impair perception, judgment, motor skills, and memory, which are critical for safe and responsible driving.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, safely pull over and call 911.
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Concord Conservatory Children’s Chorus, Beginner Vocals & Voice Instruction

CONCORD: Gain confidence, learn proper techniques, and get that feel-good spirit while singing. Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) can help you and your kids achieve all that by joining a chorus, group class, or one-on-one individual voice instruction.

The new Concord Conservatory Children’s Chorus nurtures singers ages 9-13 in a comprehensive approach that allows them to develop and thrive. Featuring a challenging, performance-oriented, and fun curriculum, chorus members will receive training in vocal technique and musicianship and explore a wide variety of musical genres including folk, jazz, pop, Broadway, and world music.

No Experience required to join—just a love of singing and enthusiasm for music is essential. Singing in a group builds students’ self-esteem and helps form strong friendships, as they work towards a common goal. Kids will play musical games and perform full-body exercises leading into each rehearsal. These activities allow students to work on their vocal technique and musicianship in a low-pressure environment, which helps improve their performance.

Kids ages 6-8 also have their own Beginner Vocals group class that will help develop their singing voice. Young singers will learn the basic elements of breathing, pitch, voice placement, range development, and tone while working towards a performance of songs from a well-known musical.

CCM offers one-on-one private voice instruction. You and your kids can improve the tone and control of your voices. Take the time, while having fun, to discover a wider range of music and vocal best practices. Our accomplished and talented voice instructors, Rose Hegele, Holly Jennings, and Jay Lane, have all received formal music training along with their wealth of performance experience. They know and understand what it means to perform on a stage in front of a live audience. Voice instruction provides continuous feedback. You’ll learn proper breathing and posture for singing while you increase your repertoire and explore
new genres.

Visit for more information. Concord Conservatory is located at 1317 Main Street in the West
Concord Union Church. Financial assistance is available.
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CCM's West Side String Program

CONCORD: Concord Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) West Side String Program (WSS) allows violin and viola students to learn to play their instrument at a high level while becoming part of a music community. Now, new beginner violin and viola students, ages 5 and up, enrolling at CCM during the 2023-2024 academic year will participate in the WSS Program, providing them with a path for successful learning. They’ll realize their full potential as a musician while building their musicianship and life skills.

The Program includes 17, 30-minute private lessons and 15 group classes—students receive benefits from one-on-one instruction as well as from learning and playing with others. WSS blends Suzuki philosophy, Paul Rolland’s movement in string playing, and traditional string pedagogy. Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy embraces the idea that all children are born with a musical ability that can be nurtured at an early age through their environment, listening, imitation, and working closely with a parent at home.

The traditional string pedagogy enhances these approaches by incorporating the
development of technique and musicianship through scales, etudes, music reading, and a variety of repertoire. This approach assures teaching tailored to the individual student’s needs, with a strong emphasis on building confident solo performing, fluent music reading, and skillful ensemble  participation, whether they lead to music-making at the highest level or a lifetime of enhanced musical enjoyment.

Students will study a range of music in this program. WSS students progress through the program with their peers in group classes, and later join ensembles or pursue studies in the fiddling track. The CCM student placement process ensures that students take lessons with a faculty member best suited to their needs and placed in the most appropriate WSS group. Consideration for placement may include age, repertoire level, technical,
musical, ensemble, performance and reading skills, fluency, attendance, emotional maturity, musical maturity, lesson preparation, and consistency of review.

To learn more, visit and submit a Student Interest Form, or call (978) 369-0010. Financial assistance is available.
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Concord Conservatory's Summer Ensemble Group

CONCORD: The Concord Conservatory of Music’s Summer Ensemble Group for kids and teens is an enrichment program that provides excellent practice sessions, encourages musical conversations, and creates friendships among musicians of various abilities. CCM welcomes wind instruments, viola, cello, and double bass players to participate. Interested pianists and violinists can also inquire about the possibility of joining a group.

When they join a Summer Ensemble Group, students receive feedback and guidance, which undoubtedly strengthens their musicality and confidence. They learn how to communicate with other group members while becoming an integral part of an ensemble. Group members will learn how to listen properly to make music together.

Intermediate and advanced ensemble groups will cater to musician abilities—with no more than 5 musicians per group. Each group performs in a concert at the end of the session, and ensemble performers may also perform individual solos.

To learn more about the Summer Ensemble Group visit Call (978) 369-0010 or email with questions. Financial assistance is available.

Concord Carlisle Community Chest Makes $30,000 Grant to Open Table

CONCORD/MAYNARD: Open Table announced that it has received a $30,000 grant from the Concord Carlisle Community Chest 2023 Grants program. This is the 28th consecutive year that Community Chest has supported Open Table, and this gift will go towards Open Table’s general operational expenses.
In a break from past Giving Day fund raising events, this year the Concord Carlisle Community Chest will host a full Giving Month program, with posts on social media on different days for each of the 24 grant recipients.
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“The Concord Carlisle Community Chest continues to be a consistent, long-time partner for Open Table,” said Alexandra DePalo, executive director, Open Table. “This grant will help us keep the lights on, pay staff, and keep our facilities in good repair; all of which are critical to ensuring we can provide healthy food to those in need in our community. We are most grateful for their continued generous support.”
PHOTO: The Concord Carlisle Community Chest makes $30,000 grant to Open Table (left to right): Elizabeth McKneely, CCCC Grant Allocation Committee; Kaitlin Waterson, CCCC Grant Allocation Committee; Alexandra Deplo, Open Table Executive Director; Mary Siegel, Open Table President; Barbara Fisher, Open Table Vice President; Jessica Kirkwood, Open Table Grants Manager/Financial Analyst
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CCM Takes Over Fowler Library Storytime

WEST CONCORD: Get your young kids excited about music! Concord Conservatory of Music is taking over two Fowler Library Storytimes on June 20 and July 18. CCM will present a fun and free Family Notes music class led by CCM faculty member Holly Jennings. As a early childhood educator and voice instructor, she’ll introduce music to your kids and get them moving.

The Storytime Takeovers meet at the Labyrinth Garden at CCM, 1317 Main Street, with starting times at 10am and 11am. In the case of poor weather, the free Family Notes music classes will be held in Fowler’s large meeting room. CCM’s Family Notes music classes incorporate simple percussion instruments, creative movement, improvisation, and playful props. Children’s physical, language, social, cognitive, and musical development are all stimulated through musical play. What better way to share time as a family than making music together!

To learn more about Family Notes and all CCM programs, visit, call (978) 369-0010 or email Financial assistance is available.
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Hanscom Federal Credit Union Awards $25K to Veteran & Gold-Star Family-Owned Business

BEDFORD: Hanscom Federal Credit Union awarded a total of $25,000 to veteran and Gold Star Family-owned businesses during the 2023 InnoVets Pitch Competition held on May 24, in Boston’s Innovation District. Through their partnership with  InnoVets  and Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, Hanscom FCU has donated a total of $50,000 to support a wide range of veteran businesses.

First-place winner Michael Kerwin, a U.S. Army veteran from Groton, received $12,500 in seed money to support YouV Sunscreen, a blacklight and fluorescent sunscreen. Second place was awarded to U.S. Army Sergeant veteran Patrick Sherman from Malden, who received $7,500 to support his company, a rental marketplace where people can search and rent gear or equipment for their next adventure. The fans at this year’s competition were also given the opportunity to vote for their favorite entrepreneur who would receive $5,000. This prize was awarded to Steve Chang, an Army Special Forces veteran and founder of CEO Headlamp, a Veteran Transition Accelerator that helps veterans leaving service secure employment.

“Studies by the Small Business Administration and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families show that veterans have better business success rates than their non-veteran counterparts,” said Peter Rice, Hanscom FCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “There are almost two million veteran-owned businesses in the U.S. generating $1.3 trillion in sales and employing over five million Americans. Military experience cultivates discipline, resilience, and adaptability, the very traits a successful entrepreneur needs to succeed. But despite this experience and what the data shows, veteran entrepreneurs have a harder time getting financing. This is something our country, specifically the financial services industry, needs to change.”

“At Hanscom, we’re totally committed to supporting those who have served our country and who know its best days are yet to come,” he continued. “As the largest financial organization in Massachusetts that’s serving veterans, military members, and their families, it’s part of our mission to help these, and other, veteran-owned businesses thrive financially, and we couldn’t be more pleased to be working with InnoVets and Massachusetts Fallen Heroes to help make this happen.”
PHOTO: Ed Brzychcy, Entrepreneurial Consultant and InnoVets Pitch Competition Master of Ceremonies; first-place winner, Michael Kerwin, founder of YouV Sunscreen; Peter Rice, President & CEO of  Hanscom  Federal Credit Union; and Dan Magoon, Executive Director of Massachusetts Fallen Heroes. (Photo by Rich Prager)

Keep Kids Learning and Having Fun This Summer at Middlesex CC

LOWELL: In Middlesex Community College’s summer programs, kids 8 to 17 can dive into the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in new and exciting ways. MCC’s College for Kids classes provide unique opportunities for students to explore their interests.

“This summer, MCC has a line-up of interactive STEM courses students will love, from veterinary science to aviation, all about science to introduction to coding, and Lego Mindstorms Robotics & Battlebots to Minecraft,” said Audrey Nahabedian, MCC’s Dean of Workforce Development. “These classes offer many hands-on opportunities that will keep students engaged, learning and having fun.”

In Introduction to Veterinary Science, students who love animals can learn more about working with animals for a career and gaining tips on how to care for small and large animals.

“There are hundreds of career paths the allow you to work with and for animals,” said Kimberly Febres, MCC College for Kids Instructor. “This camp will introduce careers such as animal trainers, veterinarians and everything in-between, including first aid for your dog and cat. Students will also enjoy a special visit from Millie the guinea pig!”

Co-sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration, an Aviation course will introduce students to different careers and experts in the field. Students can learn about designing, building and testing their own model aircrafts and rockets.

Students who sign up for All About Science learn through experimenting. Topics including chemistry, biology, physics and animal science will teach students how science works in the real world. For students in the introduction and intermediate coding for teens classes, they will gain a better understanding of different programming languages. While the Lego Mindstorms Robotics & Battlebots class will teach students to work in teams to build, program and battle their own robots, MCC’s Minecraft class allows students to think critically about the way they approach the game.

College for Kids classes are taught by public school teachers and professionals who are experts in their fields. In addition to STEM classes, topics include cooking and baking, arts and crafts, photography and filmmaking, graphic and web design, writing, fashion design.

Programs are offered in Bedford and Lowell, featuring six weeks of full- and half-day programs from July 10-August 17, Monday-Thursday. Full-day programs run 9am-4pm, and half-day programs run 9am-noon or 1pm- 4pm. Students who take two half-day programs to make a full day can stay on campus for lunch in between the two sessions.

Students will also have a chance to be part of a production of “The Addams Family,” taught by MCC’s Performing Arts Chair Karen Oster. The theatre program will run at MCC’s Academic Arts Center in Lowell from 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday, July 24-August 12.

PHOTO: In MCC’s summer programs, kids 8-17 can dive into the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in new and exciting ways. MCC’s College for Kids classes provide
unique opportunities for students to explore their interests.
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NVTHS Craft Fair Seeks Vendors

WESTFORD: The Nashoba Valley Technical High School Foundation's 11th Annual Craft Fair will be held November 18 from 10am-3pm (set up 8am-9:30am) at NVTHS, 100 Littleton Road (Rt. 110). Register now for this well-attended event - only 100 spots available! Vendor fees are $75, which includes an 8' spot and 2 chairs. Bring your own table or display. Click HERE for more information and to complete the online registration/payment. Any questions, email
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Music & Arts Festival in Bedford

BEDFORD: The Bedford Cultural District Partnership is sponsoring a Music and Arts Festival 2023 on June 17 at the Bedford Common in front of First Parish Church, 75 The Great Road. The festival will feature a variety of music performances, plus artisan and community vendors, art demos, mural painting, and more. Nearby galleries and cultural institutions will host open houses, and there will be a book sale and activities for the kids at the Bedford Free Public Library.

The music performance schedule will be:
  • 11am: Zach Shen & the Funky Bunch - Jazz/funk fusion
  • 12pm: Fretless - A cappella quintet harmonies
  • 1pm: Mark Zelermyer & Friends (pictured) - Contemporary folk
  • 2pm: Kadak Chai Band - Bollywood rock

The festival will also be an opportunity for the Cultural District Partnership to explore local interest in the proposed launch of a new music venue/coffeehouse in Bedford. Excited about the music venue/ coffeehouse proposal? Please let them know your opinions by completing the
brief survey HERE.

For more on the festival, click HERE. This event will take place rain or shine!  For inquiries, contact Jeff King at or call (781) 275-1111.