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Current Edition - 10/22/21
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The Space Torah: An Extraordinary Journey into Outer Space

CONCORD: In 1996, NASA astronaut Dr. Jeff Hoffman, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, brought a small Torah scroll on board Space Shuttle Columbia. On Shabbat, while orbiting Earth, he read from the book of Genesis, “In the beginning God created heaven and the earth.” On Sunday, December 5 at 3pm, join the Kerem Shalom community to watch the inspiring documentary, "Space Torah," about Hoffman’s journey into outer space. After the screening, Hoffman and Kerem Shalom member Alan Lightman, Professor of the Practice of the Humanities at MIT, will discuss the many dimensions explored in the documentary—religious, spiritual, scientific, educational, and personal. Rachel Raz, an educational consultant and the documentary’s executive producer, will moderate the discussion. Visit www.keremshalom.org for additional information & registration for all events.
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It’s Halloween! Party at Concord Free Public Library

CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library is excited to host a Halloween celebration on Friday, October 29, 4pm - 5:30 pm. Get a sneak peak at the future Children’s Room and Makerspace! See the new Children’s Garden! Wear a costume! There'll be spooky stories, crafts, cookies and a pumpkin decorating contest. All ages are welcome. Library staff as well as representatives from the Concord Free Public Library Committee, the Concord Free Public Library Corporation and the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library will be on hand to welcome you to the future space, along with some special VIP guests from the community!  For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), or visit www.concordlibrary.org.

Emerson Hospital Receives Donation from National Alliance on Mental Illness

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CONCORD: The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Central Middlesex affiliate recently donated $5,000 to the Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital’s Anchor Down Campaign to support behavioral health programs at Emerson. Part of NAMI’s donation will provide therapeutic kits, called Anchor Bags, for pediatric patients who are experiencing a mental health crisis and are evaluated in Emerson’s Emergency Department (ED). The Anchor Bags include relaxation tools, breathing exercises, and items for creative expression. The bags help patients maintain a sense of calm and “anchor” them in the present moment in order to work effectively with clinicians and begin to recover from a crisis. Additional funds from NAMI will provide technology to enable patients in Emerson’s adult behavioral health unit to participate in online therapeutic programs.

“The demand for mental health and substance use services has grown dramatically during the pandemic,” explains Lori Krinsky, President of NAMI Central Middlesex. “We are honored to partner with Emerson Hospital, a leader in delivering behavioral health care to the community, to help bring important supports to those in need.”

“NAMI Central Middlesex is a key partner in improving the lives of those living with mental health conditions throughout our community,” said Christine Schuster, RN, MBA, President and CEO, Emerson Hospital. “At Emerson, we are caring for more patients who need behavioral health care than ever before. We are very grateful for NAMI’s support to provide important resources to help patients recover. Through the Anchor Down Campaign, Emerson’s Auxiliary shines a very important spotlight on mental health and ways the community can help.”

The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital’s Anchor Down Campaign for Mental Health is accepting donations through November 1, 2021. To learn more about the Campaign, see videos with clinicians about mental health care, and learn about the need for community support, visit www.emersonhospital.org/supportmentalhealth.

A Fall Outdoor Concert to Benefit Under-Resourced South African Schools

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CONCORD: In the beautiful but historically neglected Eastern Cape region of rural South Africa, 9-year-old Siphelele carries his shoes the 8km to and from school every day so as not to wear them out. In the classroom, eight children squeeze around a desk for four and share a small dry erase board because paper is precious. And yet, these students are so hungry for education that they choose to do Saturday school and evening classes. Yes, that's the 8km walk all over again. In these remote villages, more and more young people are discovering the value and possibilities of education.

And this is thanks to Axium Education (axiumeducation.org), a non-profit of dedicated South Africans working in the very heart of these rural communities to raise student awareness and create opportunities and a meaningful future for the children there. Axium has a strong connection with Concord as, for years, a sizable group of residents, including many students, has supported their work, and volunteered in the village schools.

On October 30 at 12:30pm, you can learn more about the important work Axium is doing, at an outdoor concert with local Concord talent, folk rock singer-songwriter, Sawyer Lawson, on Old Bedford Road. Complimentary refreshments will be provided and you are welcome to BYO picnic lunch, lawn chairs and of course friends and family to enjoy the afternoon with you. To help support Axium's work and get full event details, please sign up and donate at: https://ubuntuconnects.org/axium-education-double-header/.
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MCC’s “World of Music” to Hold a Halloween-themed Performance

LOWELL/BEDFORD: Middlesex Community College is celebrating Halloween early with a live, in-person performance of their Fall 2021 “A World of Music” concert series. Audience members can experience “The Black Cat” by Larry Bell for cello, piano and narrator, based on the poem by Edgar Allen Poe. 
“Larry and I overlapped at Juilliard many years ago, and I have been an admirer of his compositions ever since,” said Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, MCC’s Chair of the Music Department. “He truly captures the gothic quality of Poe’s writing in this work. This is a program which everyone will enjoy, and we are so delighted that we can present this live!”

Additional haunting music by Gabriela Lena Frank, Edvard Grieg and Camille Saint-Saëns will be featured. MCC faculty members Rodríguez-Peralta, piano, and Orlando Cela, flute, will be joined by Sam Ou, cello, and Bell, composer/narrator.
The performance will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 29 at MCC’s Concert Hall in Bedford. While all of the performers and speakers have agreed to be fully vaccinated, the college is requiring audience members to wear masks to performances throughout the duration of the Fall 2021 concert series.

Other performances in the semester include a concert featuring the Lowell Chamber Orchestra in “Opera: As One,” at 7:30pm on Saturday, November 20 in Lowell, and a Middlesex Student Recital at 12:30pm on Monday, December 13 in Bedford. 

All “World of Music” concerts are free and open to the public. For more information about MCC’s Fall 2021 concert series, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/worldofmusic/ or contact Rodríguez-Peralta at peraltac@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3923. Visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/transportation/ for directions to campus and more information about parking.
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Holiday Kindness for Our Prison Neighbors

CONCORD: It’s not too early to think about helping out for the holidays. Concord Prison Outreach (CPO), a local non-profit, offers high-quality, transformative programs that focus on education, personal growth, and increased opportunity for incarcerated people and their families. CPO’s work began over 50 years ago, when a group of Concord women made curtains for the prison infirmary and initiated holiday programming at MCI-Concord. Today, CPO offers educational, vocational, socio-emotional, and parenting programs in jail and prison locations throughout Massachusetts.

Ensuring that incarcerated people feel remembered during the holidays has been a mainstay program for CPO. For close to 40 years, a group of Concord-based volunteers has worked with CPO to create Holiday Gift Bags for men in the two Concord prisons: MCI-Concord and Northeastern Correctional Center.  Each gift contains toiletries, writing materials, a calendar, and greeting card; for many of the men, this is the only holiday gift they receive. Some use the first page of their new writing tablet to write a note of thanks. One man wrote, “I’ve been incarcerated since I was 18.  I’m 26 now so I haven’t gotten an actual gift from someone since I was 17. What you all are doing is very thoughtful and it goes a long way so Thank You!”

For the 2021 holiday season, the Massachusetts Department of Correction intends that all men and women incarcerated in Massachusetts will receive a gift. The DOC is working with CPO and Bethany House Ministries, based in Millis, to create 5,000 gift bags. CPO is pleased to expand its Holiday Gift Bag program to cover MCI-Concord, Northeastern Correctional Center, MCI-Shirley, Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, and MCI-Framingham. It’s a daunting task, but one that is possible because of the approximately 150 volunteers who support CPO.

2020 gave most people a sense of what it is like to be separated from loved ones, made even more difficult by the arrival of the holidays. We value the opportunity to remember incarcerated men and women during this holiday season.

To learn more about CPO, volunteer opportunities, or to donate, please visit www.concordprisonoutreach.org.

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Thoreau Society Honors Best-selling Author Robin Wall Kimmerer

CONCORD: The Thoreau Society will be honoring botanist and best-selling author Robin Wall Kimmerer with the 2021 Henry David Thoreau Prize for Literary Excellence in Nature Writing. The event is scheduled to take place on October 29, as part of the Concord Festival of Authors, at First Parish at 8pm. A book-signing with the author will follow her talk. Event tickets are available at www.thoreausociety.org.

Kimmerer, a forest ecologist, and advocate for the rights of native peoples, is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. She is a professor of environmental biology at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry of the State University of New York and is the founder and director of its Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Braiding Sweetgrass weaves together indigenous Native American and traditional Western scientific ways of looking at nature. The Thoreau Prize committee noted that its focus on the reciprocal and ethical relationship between people and plants captured the spirit of Thoreau’s nature writing. Braiding Sweetgrass became a New York Times Bestseller in January 2020, seven years after Milkweed Editions published it in 2013.

A specialist in mosses and the author of numerous scientific articles, Kimmerer describes herself on her website first as a mother, then as a scientist, professor and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, won the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing. In 2015 she addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on a central theme of both her work and of Thoreau’s writing, “Healing Our Relationship with Nature.”

The Henry David Thoreau Prize for Literary Excellence in Nature Writing was established as an annual award in 2010 by Dale Peterson to honor a writer of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry whose work embodies Thoreau’s legacy as a gifted stylist, keen naturalist, and social thinker. The Thoreau Society became administrator of the prize last year.
It is named for Thoreau, who wrote, “I wish to speak a word for nature, for absolute freedom and wildness, as contrasted with a freedom and culture merely civil” and who said one of his aims was to “regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society.”

It is given as a lifetime achievement award or to honor mid-career nature writers of exceptional promise. Previous winners of the Thoreau Prize have included the poets Mary Oliver and Gary Snyder, the author-naturalists Sy Montgomery, Peter Matthiessen, Diane Ackerman and Gretel Ehrlich, the poet, novelist and essayist Linda Hogan, biologist E.O. Wilson and the ecologist and nature writer Bernd Heinrich.

Founded in 1941, The Thoreau Society is the largest and oldest organization devoted to an American author. The Society has members from more than twenty countries around the world, the Penobscot Nation, and all fifty U.S. states.
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Concord Conservatory Presents 21st Century Classical Composers Lecture

CONCORD: Discover the world of today’s classical composer on Thursday, October 21, 7–8pm at Concord Conservatory. In a talk on 21st Century Classical Composers, presented by CCM faculty member Nicole Parks, you'll learn about composers making exciting music with new technology. Gone are the days of putting pen to paper. Contemporary composers take advantage of the latest technology, blending musical styles and genres. Today’s composers are pushing the boundaries and exploring creative sounds for audiences of the 21st century. 

Joan Tower, Du Yun, Aaron Jay Myers, Angélica Negrón, and Evan Williams are a few of the composers you will be introduced to. Parks will discuss their music and lives and what makes them an individual voice in the "classical" music world. She’ll delve into their music and share how it is influenced by their experiences and the world around us.

CCM’s Covid policy requires those over 12 must show proof of vaccination. Please wear your mask in the building at all times. Kids under 18 are FREE, and General Admission tickets are $15 each. Tickets:  https://concordconservatory.org/events/21st_century_composers/.  Email  info@concordconservatory.org or call (978) 369-0010 to learn more about CCM.

Halloween Harvest: Ghosts, Goblins & More with Storyteller, Davis Bates

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CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library is excited to host a Halloween storytelling program with Parents’ Choice Award-winning performer Davis Bates on Tuesday, October 26 at 4pm. The program is recommended for ages 5 years and older, as well as adults. In case of inclement weather, the program will take place at Hunt Recreation Center, 90 Stow Street.

This is the perfect way to celebrate the fall season, with traditional and true life ghost stories, supernatural tales, and songs about the harvest and turning of the earth. The program will include amusing folktales about spirits and shapeshifters, and a couple of not-too-scary true-life ghost stories that Davis has collected over the years, including one from his own family. It also includes trick or treat and harvest sing-alongs with very sing-able choruses that will be taught to the audience. Some of the songs will be accompanied by rhythms played on spoons from a kitchen drawer and percussion instruments from around the world. There will be an appearance by a dancing wooden dog named “Bingo.”

Pete Seeger calls Davis "thoughtful, creative, human, and a fantastic storyteller."  Davis' traditional and participatory style of telling is a refreshing change from videos and passive televised entertainment, empowering and encouraging audiences of all ages to join in the fun, and to take the stories home with them to share with others. He also encourages listeners to remember and tell stories from their own family and cultural tradition.

Davis Bates has been telling stories for over forty years, in schools, libraries, colleges, and community settings around New England and across the country.  His recording of Family Stories won a Parent’s Choice Gold Award, was named one of that year’s best Audio Recordings by Booklist Magazine and is available as a free download on his website, www.davisbates.com. Davis has also served as director and consultant for several local and regional oral history and folk arts projects. Davis lives in the village of Shelburne Falls, MA, and when he isn't collecting or learning stories he spends his time working with the Hampshire College Alumni Advisory Group and gardening on the Hampshire campus and at home.

For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), or visit www.concordlibrary.org.
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Bedford Unwanted Gun Buy-back Program

BEDFORD: The Town of Bedford has an ongoing gun buyback program organized by the Bedford Police Department under Chief Robert Bongiorno. If you have a gun, ammunition, a knife or other lethal weapon that you would like to get rid of, call (781) 275-1212 - the Police general inquiry line - and tell them. They will come to your house to pick it up. Do not transport it to the Police station yourself. A payment will be made to you, if you wish.
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CROP Walk for the Hungry

CONCORD: At 2:15pm on October 17,  concerned residents from Concord, Carlisle, Bedford, Sudbury, Lincoln, Acton and other area towns will step off from First Parish, 20 Lexington Road in Concord for the 41st annual Concord Area CROP Walk for the Hungry.  A scenic 2.25 mile route through Minuteman National Park across the Old North Bridge, the Walk takes about one hour. The Concord-Carlisle High School Band will provide music during registration, beginning at 1:30pm. 

In 2020, despite the COVID pandemic, Concord CROP Walk raised $20,400 in a virtual walk, bringing the 40 year total to $1.26 million. 75% of funds raised by the walk help Church World Service (CWS) programs to fight the causes of hunger and provide emergency response to disasters in the U. S. and worldwide. 

Locally, 25% of funds raised go directly to support hunger relief programs in nine area towns including Open Table in Concord and Maynard, Acton Community Supper and Food Pantry, Bedford Community Table and Pantry, and Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry serving Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton and Shirley.

In the COVID-19 pandemic, all local food programs have had to respond quickly and creatively to meet the rising need.  For health safety, community suppers have been suspended and pantries moved outside.  In January, 2021, the Greater Boston Food Bank reported that in Eastern Massachusetts one in eight individuals are now food insecure. One in five children in Eastern Massachusetts, a 117% increase, now live in a food insecure home.   

In 2021, Open Table, with the help of local chefs and hundreds of new volunteers, launched a rapidly growing prepared-meals program with a goal of serving 1,000 meals per week.  In the first week of August, 981 meals including 195 sandwiches for kids were created and distributed.  Meals and prepacked groceries are available for those in need residing in twenty-one central Middlesex County towns.  More information is available at www.opentable.org.  All local programs have websites with details about location, days and times for food distribution.

CROP Walk events will be held outside with COVID safety protocols.  Those who prefer may do a virtual walk.  For more information, to donate or sponsor a walker, visit www.concordcrop.org.
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Steinberg Wellness Center Offers Yoga for Pelvic Pain

CONCORD: The Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind and Body is offering a new class, Yoga for Pelvic Pain, with Dr. Briana Meagher. The 6-week series starts October 21, 4-5pm, and is being offered online and in-person at the wellness center.

This series uses an evidence-based perspective on the value of yoga for those with chronic pelvic pain. The classes focus on two of the eight limbs of Patanjali’s eight-fold path: pranayama (breathing) and asana (postures) and how they can help those with have hip, back and pelvic pain.  It focuses on bringing mobility to muscles in and around your pelvic floor. If you spend too much time tensing any muscle, the muscle can’t relax enough to contract properly, so your muscles can become weaker. Other muscles may try to do the job of the muscle that isn’t functioning properly, creating bodily imbalances and spreading the cycle of pain. 

Dr. Bre Marie Meagher has extensive training in yoga and pelvic physical therapy and guides you through this series to learn how to incorporate yoga as therapeutic exercise and neuromuscular re-education to help you build a home practice.

To register or for more information about the Yoga for Pelvic Pain program, visit www.emersonwellness.org or call the Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind and Body at 978-287-3777. 
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Concord Orchestra Begins 2021-22 Season

CONCORD: The Concord Orchestra presents the first concert of its 2021-2022 season, with five programs planned and conducted by finalists auditioning for the position of Music Director. Orchestra musicians are very excited to be able to work with these accomplished candidates this season. Patrons are invited to meet the candidates, share their reactions, and be a part of the journey as the orchestra chooses its next Music Director. 

The first program of the season, “East Meets West”, planned and conducted by Geneviève Leclair, takes place on October 16 at 8pm and October 17 at 2pm.  There is a pre-concert lecture by Leclair at 7:15pm on October 16.  The orchestra performs Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture, Alan Hovhaness’  Artik with French horn soloist  Lauren Winter, Chen Yi’s  Ge Xu  (Antiphony), and Claude Debussy’s La Mer.

Canadian conductor Geneviève Leclair was appointed Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music in 2016. Very active with organizations across Canada, the United States and the UK, she is also a guest conductor with Northern Ballet (UK) and a member of the Board of Directors of
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In recent years, Leclair has had the opportunity to guest conduct various orchestras both in
Canada and the United States, including National Ballet of Canada, Boston Ballet, Winnipeg
Symphony, Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, McGill Chamber Orchestra, Symphony New Hampshire, Guelph Symphony, Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra and New England Conservatory Chamber and Youth Philharmonic Orchestras. Her performances have been hailed as “impeccable” (Boston Phoenix), “ravishing” and of “exemplary pacing and reading” (Hugh Fraser) while her conducting style is praised for its “verve and precision”,
“confident dynamics and tempos, crisp rhythms, and crystalline phrasing creat[ing] powerful forward momentum” (Carla DeFord).

Lauren Winter is principal horn of the Portland Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Symphony Orchestra.  She is also third horn with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, and formerly Principal Horn of Symphony New Hampshire. Lauren also can be seen performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and Emmanuel Music.

Highlights of the season will also include guest appearances with Symphony New Brunswick and Orchestre Classique de Montréal. Tickets for adults and seniors are $25.  Admission for youth under 18 is free.  For tickets and information, call 978-369-4967 or visit www.concordorchestra.com.

Scarecrow Festival at the Concord Free Public Library

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CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library will host the 6th annual Scarecrow Festival on October 16 - 31. Gather your family and visit the Main Library's front lawn and the Fowler Library’s lawn to enjoy all the creative scarecrows made by local organizations! This year’s participants include: Appleton Design Group, Artscape at Bradford Mill, Beede Center, Children’s Meeting House Preschool, Colonial Inn, Concord Conservatory of Music, Concord Middle School, Magic Garden Preschool, Nashoba Brook Bakery, Nashoba Brooks School,  Open Table, Orangetheory, Village Art Room, and the Visitor Center.  For more information, contact Royce McGrath, Supervisor of Children’s Services at RNMcGrath@minlib.netFor more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), or visit www.concordlibrary.org.
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Award-Winning Poet and Writer to Speak at Middlesex CC

BEDFORDAs part of the Visiting Writers Series, Middlesex Community College will host poet and writer DeMisty D. Bellinger at an outdoor event. By speaking at the college, she hopes to “show students that writing is a possibility, both as a career and hobby.”

“I want to help them understand the art of writing – and like any other art – its worth of exploration for the sake of beauty alone, as well as commentary,” Bellinger said. “Furthermore, I want them to know that there are writers who are active now, who are living people that create and try to interpret the world in the way that they know how.”

She also wants to emphasize to students the importance of writing as communication, whether it be through poetry and fiction or in more general ways, such as text messages, emails or articles. “We write to present our perceptions and to persuade others to see the world as we do,” she said.

A poetry editor at Malarkey Books, Bellinger is also an alumni reader at Prairie Schooner. At Fitchburg State University, she teaches creative writing, African American studies, and women, gender and sexuality studies. For her work, she has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and The Marge Piercy Intensive Poetry Workshop. Bellinger has published two books of poetry, “Rubbing Elbows” (2017, Finishing Line Press) and “Peculiar Heritage” (2021, Mason Jar Press). Her fiction and nonfiction writing have been published in a variety of literary journals and magazines, including Necessary Fiction, Modern Poetry Quarterly Review, Kweli, The Ekphrastic Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Eureka and Forklift, Ohio. Her poetry, fiction and essays have been included in anthologies, including From the Ashes: An International Anthology of Womxn’s Poetry, Best Small Fictions 2019, Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, and Teacher Voice.

Bellinger’s event will take place in the Bedford Campus Quad Canopy Tent at 12:30pm on Wednesday, October 20. MCC Visiting Writers Series is co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the Office of Student Engagement. Contact StudentEngagement@middlesex.mass.edu or call 978-656-3363 or visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/english/creative.aspx for more information.

Minuteman High School Launches Animal Science Program
Veterinary Jobs To Grow 16% Nationally By 2029

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LEXINGTON: Minuteman High School has added Animal Science to its list of career technical education (CTE) majors for the 2021-22 school year – addressing the needs of the veterinary industry that is growing rapidly nationwide.
 
With the addition of the Animal Science program, Minuteman now hosts a total of 19 CTE majors for students in grades 9-12. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved Minuteman’s Animal Science program for Chapter 74 career/vocational technical education status in June.
 
“Many young people are passionate about animal welfare, and there is a clear need for skilled professionals in this growing field,” said Edward A. Bouquillon, Superintendent-Director of Minuteman. “Minuteman is fortunate to have several respected industry partners working closely with us to provide real-world, hands-on opportunities for students as we grow the Animal Science program.”
 
A student-operated veterinary clinic, which would be open to the public, is being planned for the Minuteman campus within the next few years as part of the new program. The Animal Science program is beginning with this year’s ninth grade class and will increase by one grade level each year.
 
The addition of the Animal Science career major comes amid an increased demand for skilled workers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of veterinarians is projected to grow 16 percent by 2029, which is much faster than the 4 percent growth rate for all occupations. About 20 percent of all U.S. households acquired a dog or a cat during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent survey by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
 
Minuteman students receive industry-recognized credentials that allow them to obtain entry-level jobs upon high school graduation, or to continue their education to pursue technical or professional careers. Examples of entry-level animal science careers include veterinary assistant, animal lab assistant, and farm assistant; technical careers requiring advanced certifications or an associate’s degree include certified veterinary technician, animal lab technician, shelter director, zookeeper, or farmer; and professional careers requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher include zoologist, veterinarian, animal welfare lawyer, veterinarian technician specialist, animal educational roles, and more.
 
Several representatives animal science-related or workforce development organizations are serving on Minuteman’s Animal Science Advisory Board. Partner organizations include BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, Zoo New England, the UMass Amherst/Mt. Ida College Veterinary Technology Program, Hingham Animal Clinic, Education Alliance, Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School, and the MassHire Workforce Development Boards.
 
PHOTO: Ninth-grade students from Minuteman High School who are interested in enrolling in the new Animal Science program recently visited BluePearl Speciality and Emergency Pet Hospital in Waltham. BluePearl is an industry advisor for the new Minuteman program.
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Job Lane House Farm Museum Hosts Mini Barn Raising 

BEDFORD: The Friends of the Job Lane House will host their annual Mini Barn Raising for kids ages 6 to 12 on October 16, 10am-Noon at the Job Lane House, 295 North Road.

Instructors Tom Musco & Deb D’Amico, Timber Framers, present an exercise of teamwork as the children raise a one-quarter size barn model. The small pegs and large mallets are a “big deal” for  participants. Along the way, the children learn about types of wood, history of rural structures, parts of a barn, and most importantly, why teamwork is critical - one person cannot raise a barn. It is a 3-D puzzle that teaches students (both young & old) about how barns were made, touching upon science and humanities. A short film about the history of New England barns will be shown and discussed before the barn raising.

The fee for this event is only $28 per child. There's room for just 10 kids and their adults, so sign-up is required. Register through the Bedford Recreation Department, https://apm.activecommunities.com/bedfordma.
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Emerson Hospital Announces RFP to Enhance Mental Health Care
Community-Based Organizations and Non-Profits Invited to Apply

CONCORD: Emerson Hospital is pleased to announce a Request for Proposal (RFP) to address the mental health needs of the community, as part of the health system’s commitment to improve the accessibility of mental health care services.  Community-based organizations, non-profits, and municipal agencies that address mental health needs and serve residents in any of the towns within Emerson’s service area are invited to apply to receive a grant of approximately $190,000 total. The application deadline is Monday, October 18 at 5pm.

The grant is designed to improve the availability and access of mental health services for people living in Emerson’s service area. Earlier this year, Emerson conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment to gain a deeper understanding of the issues community members face, and discover opportunities to address these issues. Mental health care was identified in the assessment as a critical need across all age groups, income levels, and racial/ethnic groups.

Recently, Emerson received approval by the Massachusetts Department of Health for a new ambulatory surgery center that will provide endoscopy procedures. Funding for the grant is based on this capital investment, For more information, including the RFP application, please visit: www.emersonhospital.org/community-programs.  For questions about the RFP, please email communitybenefits@emersonhosp.org.
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If you’ve ever dealt with someone making threats against you, been the subject of physical or verbal attacks, had rumors floated about you, or been purposely excluded from a group, then you know what it’s like to be bullied. During October, we recognize National Bullying Prevention Month and raise awareness and focus on bullying.

Bullying is any unwanted and aggressive behavior that involves a power imbalance, whether real or perceived. It’s typically behavior that is repeated again and again over a period of time.

Technology, with all the benefits it provides, also has made bullying easier and more widespread. Cyberbullying includes the distribution of mean or inappropriate email or text messages, the use of social media to post rumors or embarrassing photos, videos, messages, and even fake profiles.

For more information on ways to prevent, respond, or act against bullying, visit stopbullying.org, which is a special initiative from the Department of Health and Human Services.

If your child has been the victim of bullying and you’ve noticed a change in his or her mental health as a result, or if your child or someone you love is struggling with depression or thinking about suicide, get help now. In Massachusetts, every 5.28 days on an average a young person (ages 10-24) is lost to the silent epidemic of youth suicide.
 
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is a free resource, available 24 hours a day for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Crisis Text Line is a free 24/7 text line where trained crisis counselors support individuals in crisis. Text “Jason” to 741741 to speak with a compassionate, trained Crisis Counselor. Confidential support 24/7, for free.

The Jason Foundation is another available resource.  The Jason Foundation is dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide through educational programs that equip youth, parents, educators, and the community with the tools and resources to identify and assist at-risk youth. One element of these tools and resources is free online training that anyone may utilize. Among the training modules available is one dedicated to the study of bullying and suicide. Visit jasonfoundation.com and click Training for more information. 
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Minuteman Auto Students Repair Car Provided To Veteran

LEXINGTON: Recently, a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe that was repaired by Minuteman High School automotive technology students was provided to a U.S. Army and Navy veteran in a ceremony with Second Chance Cars and Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Boston.
 
Automotive teacher John Primpas was on hand with students Cole Traywick of Acton and Samuel Staiti of Arlington, both juniors, when the car was transferred to veteran John Harrold as part of Vertex’s 13th annual Day of Service. Employees spent the morning detailing 10 cars that will be provided to veterans at low-cost, no-interest loans through Second Chance Cars, including the one Harrold received.
 
All of the vehicles were donated to Second Chance Cars. The vehicle Harrold received was donated by the widow of a Korean War veteran who passed away last year.
 
“This is amazing,” Harrold said. “To a homeless veteran, this is a ‘hand up’ in the right direction.” Harrold recently had hip and knee surgery. He was walking two miles to his job at a medical company, but no longer has to do that. In addition, he said he will use his vehicle to help other veterans travel to and from work. Harrold currently lives in housing for veterans in Devens.
 
“I take immense amount of pride in it,” Traywick, one of the Minuteman students, said of his work. “It’s a really cool sense of community and working for someone who you know needs it.”
 
“It’s important for us to help veterans however we can,” Staiti said. “Something as small as a car could be the difference between getting to work or ensuring safe travels for their kids.”
 
Second Chance Cars is a non-profit organization that awards affordable, donated cars for veterans and low-income people in need to get to work. Donated cars are refurbished by a network of vocational schools and are worth, on average, about $5,000. Once fixed up, the cars are detailed and awarded to recipients via a $900, no-interest loan through Metro Credit Union.
 
Second Chance Cars works with Veterans Inc., a Massachusetts-based organization dedicated to ending homelessness for veterans.

MCC’s Concert Series Turns 20 & Returns to Live Performances 

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BEDFORD/LOWELL: Celebrating 20 years of the “A World of Music” concert series, Middlesex Community College will return to in-person performances. Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, MCC’s Chair of the Music Department, is “delighted to celebrate this milestone” and once again perform for a live audience. “The performers enjoy connecting directly with students and the community through the great variety of music we offer, and we all look forward to these live performances,” Rodríguez-Peralta said. “This fall, we will present new compositions set to the text of Jack Kerouac, offer a Halloween concert, feature a ground-breaking opera examining the trans experience, and conclude with an MCC student recital.”

In collaboration with the “Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival” and the Lowell Chamber Orchestra, this event will feature a panel discussion on Jack Kerouac’s works and how to craft musical meaning when setting his text to music. Three new compositions by MCC faculty member Aaron Rosenberg, former MCC faculty member Mark Berger and Karl Henning, set to selected texts by Kerouac, will be premiered. MCC President Phil Sisson will conclude the program by reading a Kerouac poem while Todd Brunel, bass clarinet, improvises a Jazz solo. Performers will also include members of the Lowell Chamber Orchestra with soprano Rose Hegele and MCC faculty members Rodríguez-Peralta and Rosenberg playing the piano on different selections.

The performance will take place at 7:30pm on October 7 at MCC’s Richard and Nancy Donahue Academic Arts Center in the Recital Hall in Lowell. While all of the performers and speakers have agreed to be fully vaccinated, the college is requiring audience members to wear masks to performances throughout the duration of the Fall 2021 concert series.

Other performances throughout the semester include a Halloween concert featuring MCC faculty members, “The Black Cat” at 8pm on October 29 in Bedford; the Lowell Chamber Orchestra in “Opera: As One,” at 7:30pm on November 20 in Lowell; and a Middlesex Student Recital at 12:30pm on December 13 in Bedford.

All “World of Music” concerts are free and open to the public. For more information about MCC’s Fall 2021 concert series, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/worldofmusic/ or contact Rodríguez-Peralta at peraltac@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3923. 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 St. in Lowell. Visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/transportation/ for more information.

Emerson Hospital Receives Highest Award for its Care of Stroke Patients

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CONCORD: The American Heart Association honored Emerson Hospital recently for its excellence in treating stroke patients. Emerson earned the Gold Plus Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Quality Achievement Award to recognize the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate treatment to stroke patients, according to research-based
guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Stroke is the fifth cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. Someone in the country suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Early stroke detection and treatment are essential to improve patients’ survival, minimize disability, and speed recovery times.

Emerson meets or exceeds key quality measures established by The American Heart Association for the care of stroke patients. “We are pleased to receive the highest honor by the American Heart
Association for our work to reduce the debilitating effects of stroke and help patients have the best outcomes,” said Christine Schuster, RN, MBA, President and CEO of Emerson Hospital. Every patient who comes to Emerson with stroke symptoms receives the highest quality care based on the latest
guidelines that our clinical teams are continually trained on.”

Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines has benefited more than nine million patients since 2001. For information about Emerson’s care of stroke patients, and warning signs of stroke, please visit www.emersonhospital.org/stroke.

"The Last Wide Open" Kicks Off Umbrella Stage Co. Season

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CONCORD: The Umbrella Stage Company returns to live theater for the 2021/2022 season  with a fresh, intimate staging of Audrey Cefaly's romantic comedy, The Last Wide OpenStarring Watertown actress Rebecca Shor (pictured), with Ethan Butler and Kayla Shimizu, the play tells  the story of Lina, a young waitress, and Roberto, an Italian immigrant, who have been working  together for years but rarely talk. If they do talk, it’s from a distance or gets lost in translation.  But when a late-night thunderstorm finds them alone in the restaurant at closing time, they  find their lives intersecting in surprising and mystical ways. Over wine and conversation, they  test the waters of happiness and intimacy. 

The purposefully modest cast size is consistent with The Umbrella's plan to help ease audiences back into live theater with Covid safety in mind. Seating is capped at half-capacity to allow for  distancing – both from other audiences members and from the performers. Other Covid safety  measures include mask requirements, requiring proof of vaccination or negative test results,  and meeting union-mandated rules for maintaining The Umbrella as a "fully vaccinated  workplace".  

The rest of the season will build modestly from there – forgoing the large casts of previously  planned musical spectacles such as War Paint in favor of smaller, diverse and lesser known  productions, including a world premiere commission. 
The Last Wide Open runs in the Main Stage Theater144 at 40 Stow Street, from September 24 - October 10. Performance times are 8PM Thursday through Saturday, with 3PM matinees on  Sundays. See http://TheUmbrellaStage.org.

Concord Free Public Library Announces Children’s Author Talk with Lucia Van Bebber 

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CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library is excited to host a virtual author talk with children’s author Lucia Van Bebber on October 6 at 2pm on Zoom. Learn more about how she writes stories for children in the hope of inspiring them to learn more about wildlife and wildlife conservation. Lucia’s goal is to help educate young minds in order to save animals that are now on the endangered species list and are on the verge of extinction.

Lucia started The LVB Project to promote education about wildlife as well as wildlife conservation and the protection of animals in all countries. A portion of all proceeds received through the sale of all Life of Kai books and products on the LVB Project website will go to organizations that help protect endangered or abused animals.

Lucia currently lives in Gaborone, Botswana where she continues her passion of wildlife photography and writing children’s adventure books.

For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), or visit www.concordlibrary.org.

Concord Free Public Library Announces Fall and Winter Nature Connection Programs 

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CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library (CFPL) is teaming up with The Nature Connection for monthly programs and storytimes! Children are invited to a nature themed storytime where they get to meet an animal and explore nature hands-on. Programs will take place in-person at the Main Library.

On Tuesday, September 28 at 4pm, there be a special program for all ages exploring the theme of climate change. Storytime for pre-K children will be held on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:30am (October 12, November 9 & December 8). They will also offer a program for elementary students on the second Wednesday of each month at 2pm (October 13, November 10 & December 14).

We encourage families to register ahead of time on the CFPL website so that we can provide enough materials, but registration is not required! The Nature Connection designs programs to be accessible and inclusive for children of all backgrounds and abilities. We welcome all children to attend!

For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), or visit www.concordlibrary.org.

" Art In the Time of the Pandemic "
Older Adults' Spirits and Talent are Alive & Extremely Well

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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.

In July 2021 a call for sharing was put out in the Senior Spirit, the COA's monthly newsletter, asking for submissions of creativity produced during the rise and continuation of Covid19.   Lauren Barretta, Assistant Director at the COA, sparked the idea of Art in the Time of the Pandemic and offers “Isolation is really a matter of perspective. For some this time might have felt like a retreat, and a time to reconnect with their creativity. For others art was a way of finding a community while physically distant. We wanted to bring together the work of those that used art as a form of expression during this otherwise difficult year. And the results are fantastic!” 

Over the course of the remaining summer, projects, from writings to watercolor works to fabric/basketry work, trickled in.  Each submitter modestly made the point that they are not a professional artist but admitted to dabbling at their endeavor for years. In addition to displaying their pieces, everyone was asked, “What did your creativity during the pandemic do for you? " Answers varied but the unifying response was no surprise - creating during the pandemic brought, peace, stability and purpose.  Concord residents featured in the exhibit are: Reni Archibald, Linda Benua, Nancy Brown, Gerry Boyle, Nan Conway, Carolyn Gold, Kristina Joyce, Barbara Krebs, Barbara McKenna and Nobuko Yamasaki (pictured).   

Art in the Time of the Pandemic is currently being enjoyed by senior residents at the Concord Council on Aging in the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street through October. 

Local Students Named to The Dean's List at MCPHS University

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ACTON/CONCORD: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) is pleased to announce the students who have been named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2021 semester:

* Joelle Perron is a native of Acton and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree. Joelle will graduate from the Boston, Massachusetts campus in 2023.

* Maria Rofail is a native of Acton and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Predental-Dental Hygiene degree. Maria will graduate from the Boston, Massachusetts campus in 2022.

* Mahera Malek is a native of Concord and is pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Mahera will graduate from the Boston, Massachusetts campus in 2025.

* Owen Haddadeen is a native of Concord and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Premedical Health Studies degree. Owen will graduate from the Boston, Massachusetts campus in 2023.

The Dean's List recognizes those students with a full-time course load who have achieved outstanding scholarship with a 3.5 GPA or higher for the academic term.

The mission of MCPHS University is to prepare graduates to advance health and serve communities worldwide through excellence, innovation, and collaboration in teaching, practice, scholarship, and research. Founded in 1823, the University currently offers more than 100 unique baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree programs and certificates covering a variety of health-related fields and professions.
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Read to Luna the Dog Live!

CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library invites children to “Read to Luna the Dog Live!” on the Main Library Lawn the third Wednesday of each month between 3pm-4pm. The upcoming dates to read to Luna are September 15, October 20, November 17 and December 15. When the weather gets cooler or if there is rain, Luna will meet with readers inside the Main Library.

Luna is a certified therapy dog through Pets and People Foundation. Did you know that reading to dogs boosts reading skills and emotional and social skills for children?

This event is for children ages 5 and up. Children are invited to register for their own individual 15 minute session with Luna. Register in advance at
https://concordlibrary.org/news-events/events-calendar

For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), or visit us online at www.concordlibrary.org.
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John Boynton IV Joins Board of Directors at Emerson Hospital

CONCORD: John Boynton IV, Concord-based entrepreneur and investor, has been elected to Emerson Hospital’s Board of Directors.

“We are very pleased to have John join Emerson’s Board of Directors,” said Gloria Clough, Chair of the Board, Emerson Hospital. “As a highly-regarded business entrepreneur who has led organizations through tremendous growth and expansion, John brings an essential perspective to the Board.” 

John co-founded several companies and runs Firehouse Capital, Inc., a privately-held investment company that focuses on healthcare services, real estate, technology, and other industries. He also serves as the Chairman of Yandex, Russia’s largest internet company. In addition, he is committed to serving non-profit organizations. John was honored as Concord’s Business Person of the Year and has a degree in American History from Harvard College. 

“I am grateful to have John join our Board as we make critical decisions to expand advanced access to high quality care throughout our region,” explains Christine Schuster, RN, MBA, President and CEO, Emerson Hospital. “John brings tremendous business expertise, leadership, and vision for successful growth.” 

“As a long-time resident of Concord, my family relies on Emerson for medical care,” said John Boynton. “I am honored to give back to Emerson, as a member of the Board. My career is driven by a deep belief in the power of community, and that authentic human interactions are essential to our daily lives. I look forward to helping lead Emerson’s growth as a health system that is intrinsic to our entire community and beyond.” 
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101 Picture Books Concord Free Public Library Loves!
Early Literacy Campaign

CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library is excited to offer an early literacy campaign titled “101 Picture Books Concord Free Public Library Loves”! The mission of this program is to promote early literacy skills for children and to encourage parent and child bonding through reading. This is a fun, exciting, and free program to start your child on the right path to learning.  All children ages birth to five years can participate in this year round program. Educators are also able to register an entire classroom.

The Library has curated a list of 100 critically acclaimed, recently published picture books, many of which focus on themes of inclusion, diversity, and kindness. Children are encouraged to read all 100 books. The 101st book is up to the child’s choice! Every time a young reader reads 25 titles, they win a book prize. When a reader completes 101 books, the Library celebrates their progress by entering them into a raffle and awarding them a very special surprise!

The Library will host weekly storytimes on Thursdays at 10:30am to highlight these 100 Picture Books over the course of the school year. For more information about this program, email Royce McGrath at RNMcGrath@minlib.net.

For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), or visit www,concordlibrary.org.
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Free Playgroup for Multilingual Families

ACTON/BEDFORD: First Connections has openings in its Monday morning Language and Literacy Parent & Child Playgroup held outdoors in Acton from 10-11am. The group is appropriate for children aged 18 months to 5 years and will meet from September 20 to November 22. The group is facilitated by an early childhood educator who will read different versions of fairy tales and nursery rhymes, and will share traditional stories and rhymes from families' home languages and cultures. The group includes a circle time with songs and a story, and activities related to the week's story. Masks are required for ages 2 and older to allow children to interact safely. In case of rain the program will take place on Zoom. If you would like to participate in this group, please email your contact information, your child's first name and age, and the language other than or in addition to English that your family uses at home to lmatthews@jri.org. This program is also scheduled for Wednesdays, 2-3:00 in Bedford if that schedule is preferable.

College Admissions and Community Service During COVID-19 at the Concord Free Public Library

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CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library will host a free Zoom presentation to help families understand how COVID-19 has changed the college admissions landscape on Tuesday, October 5 at 7pm and Wednesday, October 20 at 7pm. This workshop is geared toward freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and their parents. The presentation will be led by Ron Feuchs and Jackie Tepper, partners at Stand Out For College, LLC. (www.standoutforcollege.com). Register at www.concordlibrary.org to receive the Zoom Link.

This recent college admissions cycle has turned out to be the most competitive to date. The reason is that most colleges went test-optional due to the pandemic and colleges increased their virtual outreach to high school students resulting in a record number of candidates applying. With record high numbers of applications come record low acceptance rates at many popular colleges and universities.

As many colleges have announced that they will continue to be test-optional at least in the short term, applicants will face a similarly challenging admissions environment.

Discussion will include the holistic admissions review process and focus on the greater consideration admissions officers are giving to extracurricular activities as most students will have had a year and a quarter or more of grades earned during remote/hybrid learning which will carry less weight when applications are reviewed.

This program covers how admissions officers are handling the current situation and how students can position themselves to develop a compelling narrative to increase their chances for admission. The importance of community service will also be discussed, how it can provide an opportunity for personal growth and an opportunity to showcase a student’s character. Admissions officers place great emphasis on a student’s character and how the student has been able to give back and help others, especially during these challenging times.

For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), or visit www.concordlibrary.org.

Be a fraud fighter!
If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

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Did you know that someone’s identity gets stolen every two seconds?  The AARP Fraud Watch Network provides you with tips and resources to help you spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you can protect yourself and your family.  AARP's watchdog alerts will keep you up to date on con artists’ latest tricks.  It’s free of charge for everyone:  AARP members, non-members, and people of all ages.

SCAM ALERT #1: AARP Impostor Scams
One of the most effective things that criminals can do to gain your confidence is impersonate an organization that you do business with and trust. Sadly, no one is immune from this - not even AARP. Recently, the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline has been receiving calls about a scam involving phone calls from someone claiming to be with "AARP Security Systems" (or something similar sounding). The first question they ask is whether you own your home and then they hang up. Rule of thumb...Don’t engage with anyone claiming to be from AARP Security Systems, and if you get a call like this, call the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline at 1-877-908-3360, or reporting it on zour scam map (www.aarp.org/scammap). Anytime you are directed to pay a debt or other obligation with a gift card, it is a scam.

SCAM ALERT #2:  “Smishing”
As more of us catch on to scam calls to our smartphones and block them or don’t answer them, scammers have taken to texting. “Smishing” is the term of art: SMS + phishing. Just as scammers phish by casting a wide net with email, so they do with smishing. The same things that we suggest in order to avoid phishing attacks apply to smishing.  But texts live in this space of immediacy – scammers know we are likely to respond much faster to a text than an email. To thwart their efforts, take a pause and consider the message. Is this really my bank, or Amazon, or PayPal, or the IRS texting me? Don’t click links – access the company or agency in a way you know to be safe and see if there’s an issue. Otherwise, don’t engage.

SCAM ALERT #3: Grandparent Scams
Criminals know that fear is the best motivator, and nothing drives fear more than a loved one in trouble. This is why scams targeting grandparents seem never to go away. If someone calls claiming to be your grandchild, or some authority calling about your grandchild who is in trouble or danger, it’s most likely a scam. It’s certainly a scam if the caller directs you to send money fast to resolve the problem. Your best move is to hang up and call your grandchild or reach out to family who would know his or her whereabouts.

SCAM ALERT #4: Utility Scams
Utility scams heat up as the temperatures rise (and when they fall), so much so that the Federal Trade Commission ranks utility impostors among the top reported scams. In this one, you typically get a call, email or text saying your account is past due and you must pay immediately, or they will cut off your power.  Another tactic is the “utility” claiming you overpaid your bill, and they request your bank account information to issue a refund. Utility scammers can also show up at your door after a power outage or severe storm offering to get your power back on for a fee. Utility companies typically don’t do business this way. Any unusual communication from your utility should raise a flag. Disengage and contact your provider at a number you know to be legitimate (off of a recent statement, for example). Chances are you’ll learn that there is no problem to address.

Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork for more information on fraud prevention.
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Free Online Wellness Classes for People with Parkinson’s

CONCORD: Emerson Hospital’s Parkinson’s Program offers popular online wellness classes free for patients and caregivers thanks to a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation. Certified instructors teach the lessons that include “Introduction to Speak Out! and Loud Crowd” speech therapy, internationally-acclaimed “Dance for PD,” and “Circuit Training for People with Parkinson’s.” Sessions are comprised of a series of eight classes and are offered throughout the year. Participants are welcome to register for each session once at no cost.

The Parkinson’s Program of Emerson Hospital offers specialized programs and resources to help improve the quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Emerson neurologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists combine their knowledge, expertise, and resources to develop individualized treatment plans. Participation in the classes promotes an active lifestyle and valuable social and community support for patients with PD and their caregivers.

“We are excited to offer these outstanding wellness classes to the community, made possible by the Parkinson’s Foundation,” said Terrie Enis, PT, MSPT, Director of Ambulatory Service Line Development, Emerson Hospital. “The classes help patients stay active, connect with others who have PD, and learn tips and techniques to enhance their daily lives.”

Visit www.emersonhospital.org/parkinsonsclasses for more information and to register. Space is limited, and registration is required. For more information, email Emerson’s Parkinson’s Program at PDCoordinator@emersonhosp.org.

Supported by a Grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation
 
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It's a Celebration: Concord's Birthday & the All-New Concord Museum

CONCORD: In celebration of Concord’s 386th Birthday and the opening of the Concord Museum’s 16 new permanent galleries, the public is invited to a week of activities including Forums, Gallery Talks, Encampments, and Family events starting Labor Day, September 6 through September 12. In addition to free programs and outdoor events, the weeklong celebration includes complimentary Museum admission for all Concord residents on September 11 and  12.

On Tuesday, September 7, the public is invited to a panel discussion “Concord Farms: Resilience, Revolutionaries, and Renegades” on the history of agriculture in Concord that is both informative and celebratory as we help spread the word about the resilience of the Concord farmer. On Wednesday, September 8 join Jacqueline Jones, the president of the American Historical Association and Concord resident, in a conversation about her prize-winning books including: Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family from Slavery to the Present.

Drop by the Museum to experience the history of Concord’s incorporation as a town! Families can participate in activities that explore life and craft in the era of the 1600’s Concord from September 10 through 12.

Free outdoor community activities are scheduled on the weekend! Meet baby lambs and a fluffy angora rabbit outside the Museum. Watch as their wool and fur are carded and spun into fine yarn with a master weaver at work at a loom. On Sunday, visit an encampment with the Acton Minutemen for cooking, music, crafts, and musket drills as the men and women prepare for battle.

Concord Museum just completed a decade-long $16 million redesign and renovation project. Ten of the Museum’s newest galleries include a renewed focus on Concord’s famous Transcendentalists Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, the women who led the effort to abolish slavery, and African Americans who lived in Concord before and after the Civil War.
For a full program listing of Family Activities visit www.concordmuseum.org

Sponsors: WBUR, Gourmet Catering and Middlesex Savings Bank.
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The Umbrella Presents "Something In The Air"

CONCORD: The Umbrella Arts & Environment Art Ramble 2021 will be an outdoor art installation in the Hapgood Wright Town Forest thru November 14 in collaboration with Concord’s Division of Natural Resources (CDNR), supported in part by the Foundation for Metrowest. 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.
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OARS Annual River Cleanup

It's OARS 35th Annual River Cleanup September 17-19. Join staff and volunteers as they spread out across the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord River Watershed to clean up our rivers, streams, ponds and trails. This year, to accommodate the comfort and needs of volunteers, there are two options.

Team Up Clean Up: During the weekend, gather family and friends for a walk or a paddle near or along the river, stream or pond. Pick up what trash and recycling you can and send OARS photos of your group cleaning up! People love to see what trash is no longer in our rivers.

Cleanup Day: Saturday, September 18, from 9am–noon. A team of volunteers will tackle sites in needing a larger group effort in towns including Framingham, Westborough, Hudson, Maynard, Concord and Billerica. The morning of hard work will be followed by a celebration with pizza. Registration is required. Details and registration information is available at www.oars3rivers.org

OARS is the watershed organization working to protect, improve, and preserve the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers, their tributaries and watersheds for the purposes of public recreation, water supply, and wildlife habitat. 
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Concord Conservatory's Ukulele Taster: Free Class September 9

CONCORD: Get hooked on playing the most infectious and fun instrument, the ukulele! Join Concord Conservatory of Music’s free Ukulele Taster at Reasons to Be Cheerful in West Concord on Thursday, September 9 from 7:15–8:15pm with Covid-19 protocols in place. 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. Later in the night we’ll also jam, so bring your uke and make some music.

Ukuleles will be available to use for the evening, but it is advisable to bring your own if possible. Plan to learn a song and treat yourself to ice cream, what could be more enjoyable? Sign up at https://bit.ly/UKETASTER or show up for an entertaining evening and please bring your face mask to wear in the building.

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. Reasons to Be Cheerful is located at 110 Commonwealth Avenue.

Concord Conservatory of Music offers the Ukulele Crash Course for beginners as well as the Ukulele 2 and More and Ukulele Club for those already more familiar with the instrument. Jump on the bandwagon with your friends, and join the ukulele craze! Deadline to register for a class is Thursday, September 16thFor information on the full list of CCM offerings, visit www.ConcordConservatory.org, email info@concordconservatory.org, or call (978) 369-0010. Financial assistance is available.
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Beede and Books at Concord Free Library

CONCORD: The Beede Swim and Fitness Center and the Concord Free Public Library are teaming up to bring you BEEDE AND BOOKS in the Beede Center lobby and Children’s Play Pool - a collaboration of reading and swimming.  A librarian will read books from 11:30am-11:50am, then children get a half hour of swimming fun from noon-12:30pm. This free program happens once a month in 2021 on the following Fridays: Sept 24, Oct 22, Nov 19, and Dec 17. 
 
All are welcome! Families do not need to have a Beede membership, but caregivers do need to be in the water with their child for the 30 minutes of Children’s Pool time. Space is limited so register in advance at: https://concordlibrary.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/beede-books/.
 
For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), or visit www.concordlibrary.org.
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Going Green in your Backyard at the Concord Free Public Library

CONCORD: The Children’s Department at the Concord Free Public Library is excited to host Going Green in Your Backyard on Wednesday, September 29 from 2-3pm on the front lawn of the Main Library. Celebrate Climate Preparedness Week and also learn about local wildlife and what you can do to help the environment beginning in your own backyard! This program is open to all ages! In case of rain, the program will be rescheduled. No registration required.

For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), or visit www.concordlibrary.org.

This event is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
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Poet Kiki Petrosino to Appear Online September 14

MAYNARD: The Friends of the Maynard Public Library and the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library are pleased to announce that Rilke-Prize-winning poet Kiki Petrosino will discuss and read from her fourth and latest book, White Blood, in a free online event on Tuesday, September 14, at 7:00 pm EDT. In White Blood, Petrosino turns her gaze to Virginia and digs into her genealogical and intellectual roots, while contemplating the legacies of slavery and discrimination. The poems grapple with such subjects as DNA test results and the complex history of Monticello.

In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called White Blood “an important and remarkable exploration of heritage” in which the poems “achieve brilliance.” Southern Review of Books calls Petrosino “a marvelous poet. No matter the form or subject matter, each poem demonstrates her mastery. White Blood is a timely reminder of the importance of acknowledging the past, whether so as not to repeat it, in some cases, or to celebrate those who came before.”

Kiki Petrosino is the author of White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia (2020) and three other poetry books. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her poems and essays have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Best American Poetry, The Nation, The New York Times, FENCE, Gulf Coast, jubilat, Tin House, and on-line at Ploughshares. She teaches at the University of Virginia as a Professor of Poetry. Petrosino is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Fellowship in Creative Writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, an Al Smith Fellowship Award from the Kentucky Arts Council, and the UNT Rilke Prize.

Registration is required. Please visit https://www.maynardpubliclibrary.org/petrosino. For more information, contact Jean Maguire, Director, Maynard Public Library, jmaguire@minlib.net, 978-897-1010 x107.
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Concord Orchestra Open Rehearsal - September 7

CONCORD: The Concord Orchestra will hold an open rehearsal on Tuesday, September 7 at 7:30pm at 51 Walden Street.  Prospective members are invited to read Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture, Alan Hovhaness’ Artik, Chen Yi’s Ge Xu, and Claude Debussy’s La Mer.  Violins and string basses are especially needed this season.  Woodwind and brass players are needed as substitutes or additional players.   Regular rehearsals will continue on Tuesdays at 7:30pm.  For a full season schedule visit www.concordorchestra.com.  For more information, email info@concordorchestra.com or call 978-369-4967.

The Orchestra's 2021-2022 season includes five programs planned and conducted by finalists auditioning for the position of Music Director. Patrons are invited to meet the candidates, share their reactions, and be a part of the journey as the orchestra chooses its next Music Director.  A volunteer selection committee of orchestra members chose the finalists,  assisted by Henry Fogel,  the former CEO of the American Symphony Orchestra League and former Executive Director of the Chicago Symphony.  The selection committee began this challenging process in the fall of 2020, receiving applications from many qualified candidates. 

On October 16 and 17,  the first finalist, Geneviève Leclair , conducts “East Meets West”, a program of Richard Wagner, Alan Hovhaness, Chen Yi, and Claude Debussy.  Lauren Winter, principal French horn  of the Portland Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Symphony Orchestra is soloist for Alan Hovhaness’ mystical Artik.  Music director finalist Leclair is Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music where she has been teaching since 2016  and is an active guest conductor with organizations across Canada, the United States, and the U.K. 

In December, finalist Zeke Fetrow, directs “Restoring Balance” with music  of Christopher Theofanidis, Edward MacDowell, and Sergei Prokofiev.  Esteemed pianist Randall Hodgkinson performs MacDowell’s lyrical  Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor.

Finalist Fetrow  has been invited to participate in several prestigious international conducting competitions.  He is an accomplished singer and experienced college instructor, teaching most recently at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

The January concert, “Spanish Passions and Nordic Vistas” features music of Manuel de Falla, Edouard Lalo, and Jean Sibelius.  Robert Lehmann,  Professor and Director of string studies at the University of Southern Maine School of Music, directs this program.  Charles Dimmick, concertmaster of the Portland Symphony and the Rhode Island Philharmonic, is the violin soloist for Edouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole.

For many years, The Concord Orchestra has held an annual Young Artist Competition. This season, two  winners of the Ehlers Young Artist Competition will be soloists at the March and May concerts.  The  competition honors outstanding student soloists of high school age or younger.

In March, Filippo Ciabatti  directs “Poetry without Words” with music by George Walker and Antonin Dvorak.  A native of Florence, Italy, Filippo Ciabatti is the Music Director of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, and Interim Music Director of the Dartmouth’s Choral Ensembles.

In May, Jeffrey Rink conducts “American Voices”, featuring music by Jan Swafford, Charles Griffes, and Aaron Copland. Mr. Rink received the Jacopo Peri Award for outstanding contributions to the art of opera in New England During his 20 years in Boston, Mr. Rink served as Music Director of Chorus pro Musica, the Newton Symphony Orchestra, the New England Philharmonic, Concert Opera Boston and was Assistant Conductor to Sir Christopher Hogwood with the Handel and Haydn Society.  From 2007 to 2018 he served as Music Director of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.

Season subscriptions are available for $100. Individual tickets go on sale in September.  Visit www.concordorchestra.com for the complete schedule, as well as more details about the concert programs and Music Director finalists.

The Concord Orchestra, is composed of 70 volunteer musicians living in Concord, Massachusetts and the greater Boston metropolitan area.  Five concert programs are planned. Each program will be directed by finalists auditioning for the position of Music Director.  The open rehearsal will be conducted by Geneviève Leclair.  We require all orchestra members and substitute players to be fully vaccinated, and we request that players wear masks whenever possible.
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Concord Ag Committee Invites the Community to Ag Day 2021

CONCORD: The Concord Ag Committee invites you to return of the annual Farmers’ Market on Main Street September 11. Ag Day has become a favorite end of summer activity for friends of , area residents, and Metro-west guests to enjoy what Concord farmers grow…tomatoes, greens, corn, squashes, flowers and herbs.

After a trying growing season the Concord farms will come together in Concord center to show the fruits of their labors. These farms were the link to fresh food last year as they remained open through the pandemic and made many concessions to get their customers food safely. Last year the activity was changed to AG WEEK with each farm holding smaller events on site, but this year we are back with the center market and nonprofit information tables and games.

Be sure to bring your shopping bags, allow safe distancing, walk your bike or dog, and feel free to wear a mask at the AG DAY market, Sept 11, 10-2 in Concord Center.
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Garden Club of Concord Seeks Grant Proposals

CONCORD: The Garden Club of Concord is, once again, soliciting proposals from local organizations and residents seeking funding for Gardening-related community projects.

Each year, the Garden Club sponsors several projects in the Concord community.  Past grants have funded projects at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, the Old Manse, the Concord Housing Authority and The Umbrella Community Arts Center.  Grants have also supported organizations engaged in the preservation of open space and the environment in Concord.  Grants for garden-related educational and therapeutic programs have been received by Minute Man ARC for Human Services, Cooperative Elder Services and Gaining Ground.

Funding for all grants is provided by the Club’s annual Spring Plant Sale.

To request a grant application or for more information, please contact Joan Campbell at joancampbell74@gmail.com or 978-369-3889.  Grant applications should be submitted by October 12, 2021.