Barbara Sutherland and Dorit vander Wilden, Isabel Wilber & Ruth Johnson indulging in a bit of flower arranging, a program offered by Concord Park Assisted Living.
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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.
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Film & Art Talk Event at Umbrella Spotlights Intersection of Art with Climate & Water Science

CONCORD: On June 10, The Umbrella Arts Center and A La Luz present "Into the Oceanic: A Documentary Film and Creative Projection," a companion dual-film screening event to accompany the visual arts exhibition, Points of Return. Focusing on restoring underwater habitats, the documentary film examines how artists and scientists can apply their skills to provide foresight and clarity in regard to the climate emergency, our relationship with the environment and our historical responsibility for what occurs in it. The documentary will be screened at 7:30pm in The Umbrella’s newly constructed Main Stage Theater 144 along pre-recorded  remarks by Dr. Gary Husband.

Prior to the screening, visitors are invited to participate in a host of related, guided activities at The Umbrella to round out the film and exhibition experience. From noon to 2pm, families with young children are invited to a Free Family Art Drop-In workshop with ocean-themed crafts. At 4:30pm, A La Luz (curators Gonzaga Gómez-Cortázar and David Cass) will lead a guided tour of the expansive Points of Return exhibition, which will include a special one-day creative video projection installation in The Umbrella’s Black Box Theater. Optional boxed dinners from Saltbox Kitchen may be pre-purchased while RSVPing for the screening, and will be served at 5:30pm prior to the film. Additional light refreshments will be available for purchase from The Umbrella concessions. The events are free and open to the public, but RSVP required.

Featuring 27 international artists exploring wide-ranging aspects of the climate emergency and creative solutions, Points of Return is the first physical exhibition of the acclaimed online exhibition of the same name, and will remain on view through June 25 in person, or in The Umbrella’s 360 VR enabled virtual gallery tour viewable at The Umbrella is ADA accessible, offers free lot and street parking, and is conveniently located
off Route 2 and 2 blocks from the Fitchburg Line.
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First Church Bedford to Host 72 nd Strawberry Festival

BEDFORD: First Congregational Church, 25 Great Road, will celebrate summer with its 72nd Strawberry Festival to be held from 6-8pm on June 15. This popular event will feature strawberry shortcakes on sale, rain or shine. Enjoy fresh strawberries, old fashioned biscuits and Bedford Farms vanilla ice cream, topped with homemade chocolate sauce and real whipped cream. Hot fudge sundaes will also be available. Prices range from $5 to $7, with discounts for military, first responders, health-care workers, and teachers. Live music will be provided to enjoy while you eat. Admission is free and free parking is available behind the church, off Mudge Way. For further information, please
visit or call (781) 275-7951.

PHOTO (credit Allyson Printz): Enjoying strawberry shortcakes are Lynne & Roy Webster of Littleton, and Holly Webster of Bedford.

Concord Art Presents Quiet Light, Curated by Nina Nielsen + John Baker

CONCORD: Beginning June 8, Concord Art presents "Quiet Light," curated by Nina Nielsen and John Baker. This exhibition brings together the work of 23 artists across a variety of media. The show honors the unique, intimate relationship between art and viewer —an ephemeral experience, as if shrouded in quiet light. It will be on view through August 8.

As celebrated Boston gallerists, Nielsen and Baker have sought out artists whose work expands upon the “intimacy so difficult to put into words” which exists between a viewer and a work of art. Nielsen and Baker emphasize the power of art to prompt deep questions; as Baker says, “Great paintings and sculptures are mysterious gifts. They offer us potential entrance into the rarest faith in life.”

Artists in the exhibition: Sachiko Akiyama, Jake Berthot, Robert Contois, Damien DiBona, Porfirio DiDonna, Maureen Gallace, Gregory Gillespie, Anne Harris, Mildred Howard, Sungjoon Joh, Carol Keller, Willy Meyer-Osburg, Sue Miller, Nina Nielsen, Harvey Quaytman, Martin Ramirez, Paul Rotterdam, Vincent Sferrazza, Duane Slick, John Walker, Christopher Wilmarth, Albert York and
Daisy Youngblood.

Nielsen founded Nielsen Gallery in 1963, at 179 Newbury Street in Boston, with the goal to provide challenging art exhibitions that emphasize the timeless questions we individually face in our daily life. Nielsen Gallery was presented the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) award for Best Show in a Commercial Gallery in the United States in 2005, for the exhibition The Privilege of Solitude: Alfred Jensen and Forrest Bess, and again in 2009 for the exhibition of West Coast artist Jay DeFeo’s Applaud the Black Fact. Today, after many years, Nielsen Gallery enjoys the honor of representing the estate of Porfirio DiDonna.

A catalog of the exhibition will be available at Concord Art. For more information, contact Executive Director Kate James at or Assistant Director Natalie Reiser at You may also call Concord Art at (978) 369-2578.

Open Table Fuel Up for Summer Program Provides Weekly Snack/ Lunch Bags to Summer Campers

Free, safe, and private program for financially challenged families

Open Table, the MetroWest charity dedicated to fighting hunger and building healthy communities, is bringing back Fuel Up for Summer, a weekly summer lunch bag program designed for local families who find it financially difficult to provide daily nutritious lunch and snacks for their children over the summer months. The summer program is free, safe and private for all participants. Parents can select a lunch, snack and drink each day for their child’s lunch box or bag. The lunch packs are always peanut free. No photo ID or proof of financial need is required.

Open table's weekly kid lunch and snack pack contains:
  • 3 lunches such as wrap sandwiches, veggies and dips, fruit salads and cheese, and pasta salads;
  • 3 individually portioned snack foods, such as granola bars, goldfish crackers, apples, raisins, and fruit cups.

Kids packs are available starting June 20 for pick up at Open table 33 Main Street, Maynard, Tuesdays: 3-6:30pm; Thursdays: 1-4:30pm. To guarantee availability, packs must be reserved in advance by Monday at noon for the week of pick up.
Online form:, (978) 369-2275;

“Kids’ summer programs may be free. And yet, many families still find it challenging to provide their children with healthy nutritious lunches,” said Alexandra DePalo, executive director, Open Table. “With most public school meal programs suspended for the summer, Open Table is filling the gap by providing free box lunches for kids to make sure that they get the most possible out of their summer experiences.”

Music Makes Me Happy Chorus Presents "Shine Bright: Songs About Sunshine"

CONCORD: On June 11 at 3pm on the Umbrella Arts Center Main Stage (40 Stow Street), the Music Makes Me Happy Chorus will present a sing-along concert of songs about the sun and sunshine, to be  enjoyed by people of all ages. The concert opens with a rock song called “Why Does the Sun Shine?” A  talented and captivating performer from Acton, Theodore Jensen-Fellows (who  prefers to be called “Spaghetti”), brings the sun’s scientific facts to life with his  lively interpretation, accompanied by guitar and drums. Following that great  opening, the chorus invites you to sing along on We’ll Sing in the Sunshine, Here  Comes the Sun, I Got the Sun in the Morning, Sunny Day, Sunshine on My  Shoulders, On the Sunny Side of the Street, You Are My Sunshine, and other  favorites. (Lyrics are provided.) There will also be some songs that possibly are new  to you, such as A Place in the Sun, one of the chorus’s favorites. The songs are  from many different styles: folk, musicals, country, gospel, rock, swing era – truly  something for everyone.

In addition, there will be a featured Hang Drum performance “A Sunshine  Meditation” by the fabulous percussionist Mitchell Gordon, well-known by many  as a musician, mediator, mindfulness meditator, teacher of Spirituality and Sacred  Drumming.

The chorus pianist is the multi-talented Devereux Geiger of Interlude Music in  Maynard ( You will love singing along with his piano  playing – as do the chorus members. Marsha Martin conducts.

After the concert, the audience members are invited to a Reception in the garden.
Admission is a suggested donation of $20.  The Umbrella is handicapped accessible.

Founded in 2015, the
Music Makes Me Happy Chorus is comprised of special needs adults who love to  sing, make new friends, and give back to the community. The chorus motto is:  “Making the world happier one song at a time”. “With music as the connection,  our members share their gifts of exuberant love, Joy, living in the present moment,  and heartfelt gratitude.” Their spirit enlivens and inspires those who come to listen  and sing-along with the chorus at their concerts. This year the chorus has given concerts at the Umbrella Arts Center, the West Concord Porchfest, and Concord’s Annual Tree Lighting. For more information on joining, volunteering or donating, please visit

Rotary Club of Concord to Hold its First Outdoor Music Festival

CONCORD: On May 27, The Rotary Club of Concord will host their first annual outdoor music festival from 1-7pm at Rideout Field. Rockin’ for the Kids will feature several local musical ensembles, children’s activities, raffle prizes, and more, with a goal of benefiting Concord Children’s Center’s (CCC) tuition assistance program. A local nonprofit early education institution in Concord for over 45 years, CCC provides tuition support to qualifying families seeking childcare and early education for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Bruce Marshall, a well-known rock, blues, and rhythm and blues musician will headline the event. Bruce has shared the stage with Bo Diddley, Blood Sweat and Tears, Joe Cocker, Boz Scaggs, The Doobie Brothers, The Band, and several other internationally known acts. Bruce will be joined by folk musician Terry Kitchen, Shon Gordon of kids’ musical group Rockabye Beats, The Joy of Music student chamber music ensemble, and guitarist Seth Connolly.

Speaking for the Rotary Club of Concord, President Ingrid Detweiler said: “We look forward to welcoming everyone to an afternoon of music and fun in support of Concord Children’s Center.”

Along with supporting the Concord Children’s Center, proceeds from the event will support Rotary’s many local and international efforts. Each year the Rotary Club of Concord provides five scholarships for CCHS students and 10 scholarships for CCHS sophomores to attend a Rotary sponsored leadership weekend (RYLA). Rotarians are people of action helping people around the world.

“We are thrilled and grateful to be part of this special event,” commented CCC Executive Director Pat Nelson. “This is going to be a fun afternoon of great music that will also help CCC remain accessible to all families.”

All are invited to bring a picnic and be a part of this musical family afternoon. Tickets for the event are $20 per family; $10 per person and can be purchased at the event or in advance via the Rotary Club website. Information about the day’s events, how to become a festival sponsor, and more can also be found at the Rotary Club website.
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Bedford's 2023 Memorial Day Ceremonies

BEDFORD: Honor our veterans, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom. Bedford's Memorial Day events begin at:

- 8:30am American Legion/VFW Memorial & Shawsheen Cemetery:  Ceremonies begin at the American Legion Post on the Great Road
- 10am Old Burying Ground Ceremony
- 10:45am BHS Fallen Veterans Memorial Tribute by Bedford HS JROTC cadets
- 11am Town Parade - Starts from Mudge Way with brief stop at WWI Memorial on Town Common
- 11:15 Veterans Memorial Park (next to Bedford Funeral Home): Town Ceremonies
Contact Paul Purchia for more information at (781) 275-2464(H); 781-789-8974(C).  
Note: In case of heavy rains, outside activities will be canceled. Veterans Memorial Park ceremonies will be moved to Bedford High School Auditorium starting at 11am.
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Concord Park & Lincoln COA Partner to Support Those with Dementia

CONCORD/LINCOLN: The Lincoln Council on Aging (COA) and Concord Park Senior Living recently collaborated to provide Emerson Hospital with valuable “Emergency Department Kits.” The kits, which included items like a stress ball, trivia activity sheets, and blankets - knitted by the Lincoln COA’s Knitters Group - are designed to help alleviate stress and pass the time for seniors who are admitted to the emergency department, especially if they are experiencing Alzheimer’s or dementia symptoms.

The kits are a component of Concord Park Senior Living’s Dementia Friendly Communities Initiative, a public education program intended to combat the social stigma and misconceptions that can often accompany dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and related cognitive impairments. Through community resources and interactive trainings, the ultimate goal of the initiative is to promote a community culture of understanding, compassion and patience towards those living with dementia and memory loss.

Over the years, Concord Park has also conducted several educational programs for the seniors at Lincoln’ Council on Aging, on the topics of dementia, brain health and more. Lincoln COA Director Amy Rettig shared, “Our partnership with Concord Park is one to be valued. Together we help our seniors receive the services and education they deserve."

PHOTO: Lincoln Council on Aging knitters Arlene Morgan (left) and Suzanna Szeto (right) with Maryellen King (center), Director of Community Relations at Concord Park
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Concord Orchestra Presents "Songs of Spring"

CONCORD: The Concord Orchestra presents “Songs of Spring” at 8pm on May 20, and 3pm on May 21 at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden. The orchestra, directed by guest conductor Nathaniel Meyer, performs a program of Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco Overture, Franz  Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture, and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. A pre-concert talk by the conductor is scheduled for Saturday at 7:15pm. Patrons are invited to stay after the performance on Sunday to chat with new Music Director Zeke Fetrow and learn about the concerts planned for next season. Subscription cards for the 2023-2024 season will be available at the concert and also available online starting in May. Tickets for adults and seniors are $25. Admission for youth under 18 is free. For tickets and information, call (978) 369-4967 or visit

The winner of the inaugural Vincent C. LaGuardia Conducting Competition and a finalist and prizewinner of the American Prize in Conducting, Nathaniel Meyer received the Wrexham Prize in Music from Yale and the Artistic Excellence Award from Indiana University's Jacobs School
of Music, where he studied with David Effron and Arthur Fagen, earning a M.M. in Orchestral Conducting, and serving as assistant conductor of the Opera and Ballet Theater.

Says Meyer, “It is so moving, and so thrilling to encounter the tremendous harmonic mastery and sheer melodic inventiveness of these three great Romantic artists at the height of their compositional power! They have such passion, inspiration, and heartfelt emotion to share with all of us, as musicians and audience members, through their timeless scores - expressions of their deepest joys and sorrows, heroic victories and moments of tragic despair. Their music has as much relevance and resonance today, as ever before—these compositions are truly a soundtrack to our lives. Like Spring itself, we return to these beloved pieces again and again, experiencing the beauty and fragrance of the flowers, the birds, the sunshine, as if for the first time. And we experience the spirit of renewal, the awakening of nature, embodied in their Song.”

Nabucco was Verdi’s first successful opera. The overture contains many of the familiar themes from this opera, based on the biblical story of King Nebuchadnezzar. Despite the serious subject, the music is delightful with many dramatic contrasts. Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture, written
early in his career, begins with a lovely, lyrical Andante section, followed by an exciting Allegro Vivace.

Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 was written in 1877 while Brahms was staying in a picturesque lakeside town in Austria. It is an audience favorite, with light-hearted, cheerful melodies in the first movement – interrupted briefly by sinister sounding brass and percussion, a passionate slow
second movement that opens with a lovely cello theme, a scherzo that alternates between a lively dash and a relaxed stroll, and a brilliant finale.

May 20th Rotary Day of Service: People in Action

CONCORD: On May 20, the Rotary Club of Concord will conduct a one-day donation drive of personal care items not covered by food stamps for Open Table food pantry in Maynard. The following items are requested: Diaper Sizes:  3, 4, 5, 6, Baby Wipes, Laundry Detergent, Dish Soap, Toothpaste and Shampoo. These are the same items we collected earlier this year, but this will be a ONE-DAY event as part of a Rotary Day of Service. Items can be brought to two locations from 10am-3pm: A New Leaf parking lot, 74 Commonwealth Ave., W. Concord and Crosby’s Marketplace on Sudbury Road in Concord. 

More than 500 Rotary clubs, over 15,000 Rotarians spanning five states and three countries will join forces on May 20 to tackle wide-ranging projects. Throughout the day, Rotarians will undertake dozens of projects including planting vegetable, flower, and pollinator gardens, clearing walking and hiking trails, collecting food and other essentials for veterans, and preparing and serving meals to those experiencing homelessness. 

This international initiative includes projects in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Bermuda, and Brazil.  The Day of Service is a coordinated network of Rotary Clubs and their members dedicated to improving the communities they serve. Literally every community from each of the eight Rotary Districts involved will be impacted by what happens on May 20. For more information on Day of Service projects, please visit,
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West Virginia Music Fest - Live Appalachian Folk Music & Supper

BEDFORD: First Church of Christ, 25 Great Road, is hosting a benefit West Virginia Music Festival from 5:30-8:30pm on May 20. Tim & Maggie, a popular West Virginia duo, will perform live Appalachian folk music during the evening. A pulled-pork buffet dinner, along with children’s activities and a bake sale will also be featured. Admission (including dinner) is $15 per person; $40 per family. The buffet will feature pulled pork, baked beans, cole slaw, corn bread, plus a variety of desserts. Vegan chili will also be served. Plenty of free parking is located behind the church. First Church will donate all proceeds from this event to support the purchase of a new pick-up truck for the Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem, West Virginia.

Highlighting this year’s Music Festival is the authentic music of Tim & Maggie, who hail from Athens, West Virginia. They have spent decades studying and performing early American/Appalachian music, as well as tunes from England, France, Ireland and Scotland. They play a variety of instruments, including banjo, guitar and flutes. Tim & Maggie will perform three musical sets during the evening: 5:30-6pm (first set will be geared toward children); 6:30-7pm; and 7:30-8pm.

For eight years, First Church’s West Virginia Mission Project has helped fight poverty in Appalachia by supporting nonprofit organizations in and around Princeton, West Virginia, located in one of the poorest counties in the state. These community groups are dedicated to making home repairs for local residents, supporting after-school and summer children’s programs, and hosting arts activities for at-risk youth. To donate directly to the First Church West Virginia Mission Project, please visit FirstChurchWVMissionProject.

The entire community is invited to the 2023 West Virginia Music Festival to sample the fine cooking of the First Church chefs and enjoy some lively Appalachian folk music. This benefit will also help bring hope and optimism to a naturally beautiful part of the United States with deep and distinctive cultural roots. For further information, please visit: or call (781) 275-7951.
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Visit Six Beautiful Concord Gardens at the 34th Annual Concord Museum Garden Tour

CONCORD: The Concord Museum Guild of Volunteers is pleased to present the 34th Annual Garden Tour on June 2 and 3. Garden lovers will be able to tour six glorious private gardens, many on historic and spectacular properties, from 9am-4pm, rain or shine. Each of the private gardens reflect the individual interests and passions of the owners and their families and will inspire both new and accomplished gardeners. For example, one garden features a traditional knot garden with formal boxwood hedges and colorful flowers inside the beds, raised gardens, cutting gardens, and many flowering trees.  Another garden includes an exact replica of Henry David Thoreau’s cabin, built by the homeowner’s son, as well as other unique garden features, perennial beds, and a recently installed pollinator garden, all overlooking the Concord River. While photography is not permitted during the tour, the Garden Tour booklet provided to each ticket holder provides a detailed description of each garden and the plants found there.

The Garden Tour is self-guided and self-paced. Ticketholders may visit the gardens on either or both days, however each garden may only be visited once. Tickets may be purchased online in advance at or on the days of the tour at the Concord Museum. Early Bird tickets, available online only through May 12, are $30 for Concord Museum members or $40 for non-members.  Tickets purchased from May 13 through the day of the tour are $35 for Concord Museum members and $45 for non-members.  Ticket booklets, with a map and address for all six gardens, can be picked up at the Concord Museum on June 2 from 9am-4pm, or on June 3 from 9am- 2pm. Ticket booklets are not available for pickup before June 2.

Proceeds of the Garden Tour fundraiser provide critical support to the Concord Museum’s education initiatives. The Garden Tour is coordinated by the Museum’s Guild of Volunteers; Pam Nelson is chairing this year’s Garden Tour committee.
The Concord Museum educates visitors of all ages about the history of Concord and its continuing influence on American political, literary and cultural life. The Museum’s nationally significant collection serves as a catalyst for changing exhibitions, extended classroom learning, dynamic programs and publications relevant to an ever-changing world. Founded in 1886, the Museum is the center of cultural enjoyment for the region and a gateway to the town of Concord for visitors from around the world. In 2021, the Museum completed a decade-long renovation project, including a complete redesign of its 16 permanent galleries and construction of the Rasmussen Education Center.
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67th Annual Plant and Craft Fair at First Parish on the Bedford Common

BEDFORD: The First Parish Plant Fair’s long-time tradition began in the side yard of the Fitch Tavern—about 70 years ago. The Joslins lived there, and were members of First Parish. Avid gardeners, they and their fellow members, Betty Balfour and Eva Schafer, and friends thought it would be a lovely idea to share their plants. It was such a good idea, it eventually outgrew the side yard, and moved across the street to the Town Common.

That’s where it will be again this year—after a hiatus of 3 years, the event is returning May 20 from 10am-3pm (rain or shine), as not only a Plant Fair with knowledgeable people available for advice about your plants or garden, but a Craft Fair with a good number of vendors - including local artists and crafters. Children will enjoy the day as well, with Chip-In Farm sharing farm animals to pet and touch. Crafts and other children’s activities will also be available! Jersey Mikes and other food vendors will be there to supply sustenance!

Proceeds from the plant and craft sale will support the work of The First Parish. In addition to other programs, First Parish supports local initiatives including Bedford Community Table and the weekly Food Bank; Bedford Embraces Diversity; the Annual Tenacity Challenge at the Bedford High School; and the Bedford Family Connection.

For more information, find this event on Facebook. Do you want to be a vendor at the Fair? Sign up HERE.

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The Umbrella Arts Center presents International Multimedia Climate Exhibition, Points of Return

CONCORD: What began as an online environmental art exhibition created during the pandemic, Points of Return, curated by A La Luz, will see its premiere as a large-scale physical exhibition – including installation, sculpture, sound, photography and video art – at The Umbrella Arts Center. Occupying two floors of gallery space, converted lobby space, and Black Box Theater, the curators have created a series of themed “rooms”, mapping out a journey from Eclipse to Return. Each room allows visitors to experience the work of diverse international artists who have immersed themselves in a wide range of global environments undergoing different stages of the climate crisis. The end destination: resolute optimism.

The Umbrella’s Visual Arts Manager, Stephanie Marlin-Curiel comments, "It is as if the Earth is telling its own story of destruction and hope, and the artists have become vessels for the telling.”

A La Luz is a platform and curatorial project founded by environmental artists Gonzaga Gómez-Cortázar Romero, born in Spain and based in New York, and David Cass, born in Scotland and based in Athens. Five of the artists were selected through an open call juried by a panel of founders and directors of the Temporal School of Experimental Geography, The Climate Museum in New York City, Land Art Generator, Green Art Lab Alliance as well as environmental artists, activists and scientists. Including installations by the two curators, the eleven other artists presenting physical works in the exhibition include New England artists Erin Woodbrey and Luke Myers, as well as Bethany Johnson (Texas) Felipe de Ávila Franco (Finland via Brazil), David Ellingsen (Canada), Tanja Geis (California), Miguel Jeronimo (Cambodia via Portugal), Miguel Sbastida (Spain), Adam Sébire (Arctic Circle via Australia), Ulrika Sparre (Sweden), and Planetary Intimacies (Germany). The  remaining fourteen artists from the original online exhibition will be represented on screen and video projection and can be found at

In the words of Dr. Gary Husband, lecturer at The University of Sunderland, “The artists, capturing both the human spirit and representation of the deeper world around us, offer an insight into the regaining of lost connections to the Earth’s deeper cycles and the building of a new understanding and alignment with longer geological time.” While it may seem that we are racing toward a closing act, we have not yet reached that dreaded “point of no return” and artists are in the unique position of being able to offer scientific data in new ways.

The exhibition will be on display May 1-June 25, with the following special events:
  • May 6, 5-8pm - Opening reception. Curator remarks and introduction to artists at 6pm.
  • May 7, 12pm - Guided tour followed by Return to Resonance, a sound bath performance by Amy Duncan.
  • May 13, 4-5pm - American Literature Before, Through and After the Climate Emergency. Talk by Dr. Joseph Donica (CUNY) and presented in partnership with The Thoreau Society.
  • June 10, 6:30-9pm - Into the Oceanic: Double screening event by artist-filmmakers Elizabeth Ogilvie and Robert Page, focussing on underwater habitats and the importance of educational entry points in environmental artwork. Documentary screening and pre-recorded talk by Dr. Gary Husband from 7:30pm in the main theater, preceded by a creative oceanic projection in the Black Box and exhibition viewing. Refreshments available for purchase.

The exhibition and events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Visit to register. The Umbrella is ADA accessible, offers free lot and street parking, and is conveniently located off Route 2 and 2 blocks from the Fitchburg Line.

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Mythic Nature and Artist Books Concord Public Library

CONCORD: Coming May 3–30, Concord Public Library, 129 Main Street will be presenting Sally Chapman, a photo-based artist who gravitates towards tactile methods of printing and shaping her photographic work.  There will be a reception in the Gallery on May 6, 2-4pm, and a hands-on experience with the artist books on May 20, 2-4pm.

Chapman will be presenting 25 of her framed pieces from her series Mythic Nature along with her sculpted artist books at the Concord Library Gallery. In the series Mythic Nature, she creates imaginary worlds by decoupling statuary from their stark plinths and recontextualizing them within landscapes created from formal gardens, farmlands, and watery hideaways. She then prints the resulting imagery with cyanotype, a 19th century process, and further adds her hand to the final works by drawing and hand-coloring them with pastels.

The artist books move her photography into sculptural pieces that transform as the piece is unfolded or opened. Some of the pieces are inspired by her imagery and the shape evolves from that idea. Others may start with a given shape such as a wooden block or a cigar box, and the imagery is sculpted, cut, and folded around that shape.

Sally Chapman is a photographer living in Lowell. After earning a BFA in ceramics and photography from Michigan State University, she worked for over twenty years as a ceramic artist exhibiting widely. When she returned to photography in 2010, she was inspired by night photography. She continued to study different photographic processes and techniques and has worked extensively with the 19th century photographic process, cyanotype. Her solo shows include the Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY; The Halide Project, Philadelphia, PA; Three Stones Gallery, Concord, MA; and the Arts League of Lowell. She won the Grand Prize in the Living Image 2022 exhibition at The Halide Project, Directors Award from A Smith Gallery, Honorable Mention in the 18th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, and Excellence in Photography Award at the Rockport Art Association and Museum National Show. In addition to her BFA in ceramics and photography from Michigan State University, Chapman has studied photography in workshops offered by the New England School of Photography, Griffin Museum, MIT and Harvard University.

Concord Players Recognizes RJ Grey Junior High Student’s Essay on "Little Women"

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ACTON/CONCORD: Every ten years, the Concord Players produces Louisa May Alcott’s 'Little Women.' This year, for the first time, they put on the musical version, based on the 2005 Broadway musical. To accompany the show, which closes May 13, there was a Birthday Bash kick-off in November, a film festival in February, and a Tea in March.

In addition, to try to engage some younger members of the community, the Players hosted an essay contest. They asked 6th-12th graders from schools in the Metrowest area to answer a question about a deeper aspect of Little Women. Two winners were chosen and one, Aaron Wang, is from Acton. Aaron is a 7th grader at the RJ Grey Junior High School. The title of his essay was “Breaking the Gender Mould: How Jo March in Little Women Challenges and Defies Female Stereotyping”.

As the play’s producers presented Wang with his award, they said his essay rose to the top of an impressive group of entries, and they commented on his mature writing style and the historical evidence he gave to support his claim. Wang’s essay and the other winning essay are available to read at The website quotes Wang: “It is quite an empowering feeling when you can break gender stereotypes and be unique from others, and that's what I like most about this novel and its characteristics of Jo.”

The Concord Players trace their history to 1857 and the Concord Dramatic Union, which Louisa May Alcott and her sister, Anna helped to found. In 1872, the Union became the Concord Dramatic Club and, ultimately, in 1919, the Concord Players. In 1932, in celebration of Louisa May Alcott's 100th birthday, the Concord Players could do no less than perform a dramatized version of the novel. The show was such a success that they vowed to perform the play every ten years and – with the exception of 1942, because of WWII – they have.

Chef Ben Elliott of Concord’s Salt Box Kitchen Wins Open Table’s Chopped for Charity Competition

CONCORD/MAYNARD: Open Table, the MetroWest charity dedicated to fighting hunger and building healthy communities, today announced that chef Ben Elliott of Concord’s Salt Box Kitchen, was the winner of the cooking competition at its recent Chopped for Charity Gala, which took place on April 28 at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord. More than 250 people took part in the event, which raised $190,000 for Open Table and its programs.

Chef Ben Elliot won the competition by impressing judges with his ability to fully cook chicken thighs using a small burner in a small amount of time to create braised chicken thighs in a black garlic & mushroom agrodolce sauce with fresh ricotta crostini topped with peas, lemon zest, pistachios, and mint. Chef Kelcy Scolnik won the audience voting with her black garlic ricotta gnocchi in roasted mushroom and basil brown butter sauce, and a spring pea salad with shallot mustard vinaigrette. Chef Matt Kenah busted out the creativity with a ricotta, chopped pea, black garlic, and ‘za’atar spice donut in a yogurt sauce with peas and mint and a composed salad with roasted peas, shaved mushrooms, and chopped bacon, which he topped with toasted almonds in the “28 seconds” he had to spare.

The judging panel included Tiziana Dearing, host of Radio Boston on WBUR; Andy Husbands, the award-winning chef, author and pitmaster behind The Smoke Shop BBQ, Boston’s acclaimed barbecue restaurants; Peter Malloy, executive chef at Nashawtuc Country Club; and Marc Herdegen who won the fourth judging position in an auction prior to the start of the competition. The evening’s master of ceremonies was Joe Gatto, a private chef, culinary instructor, author and host of the cutting-edge cooking show From Scratch.

Jill Block and Wade Rubenstein and, in memoriam, community leader Debra Stark of Debra’s Natural Gourmet, were honored at the event. Local dignitaries in attendance included State Senator Jamie Eldridge and State Representative Kate Hogan.

“Open Table’s supporters came out in force for this year’s Chopped for Charity Gala,” said Alexandra DePalo, executive director, Open Table. “With 250 in-person attendees and an overflow crowd watching online, the event surpassed our fundraising goal and will provide much needed resources to meet the growing demand we are seeing. We are fortunate to have such a strong, supportive coalition of people willing contribute to our mission to end hunger in our local community.”

Concord Players Present "Little Women" featuring Alcott Contemporaries

CONCORD: You’ve probably never heard of Josiah Bartlett, Edward Bartlett, Ann Keyes, and Mary C. Wheeler, but these ordinary 19th-century Concordians will appear onstage alongside the March sisters in the Concord Players’ upcoming production of "Little Women." Actual townspeople who were contemporaries of the Alcotts, these men and women were unearthed from the archives by dramaturg Emma Futhey to give the ensemble actors real people to work from. Not as a caricature or pastiche, but to make them more than just background players. Explained Futhey, “(Director) Katie Swimm wanted the ensemble to be invested in their characters, just as the principals are. She wanted them to be actual people who might have interacted with the Alcotts.”

To find them, Futhey first searched the census for people who would have been the same ages and genders as the cast members, then scoured the archives for the finer details on their everyday lives. She looked at occupations and household set ups to get a fuller idea of who these people were and what they did.

“The fun thing, and what my whole jam is, is what people mark down and what they leave off,” said Futhey. “Men get occupations, while most women associate with their husbands. It was interesting to see that Mary Wheeler, who was living in her father’s household at the time of the census, listed herself as a scholar, not a teacher. Is this an Emily Dickenson situation, a secret genius hidden away?”

Futhey also looked for photographs and other items to more firmly root these citizens in the town. Her favorite is from the Concord Museum: a piece of paper showing that Edward Bartlett, played by Tom Marsh, owned a boat on the Concord River. In 1877, Edward was the marshal for a regatta held on the river. “For everyday people, so much of what we have of their quotidien experience is small pieces of paper or material, marriage licenses, etc.,” Futhey explained. “We can use those little pieces to build whole characters and worlds. It honors real members of community while also giving actors room to play and grow.”

These immortalized townspeople will appear nightly alongside Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy starting April 28 at 51 Walden Street. Little Women mementos and treasures from the Orchard House gift shop will be on sale at performances May 11-13. All proceeds from sales that weekend will support Orchard House in its efforts to preserve this cherished history and Louisa May Alcott's formidable legacy. For tickets and more information, visit But don’t wait - this play only happens once every 10 years!
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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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Concord Conservatory Presents Southern Rail, A Bluegrass Concert

WEST CONCORD: Experience high-energy bluegrass with riveting harmonies, irrepressible good humor, and sparkling banjo, guitar, and mandolin solo work on April 29 at 7pm when the Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) presents the band, Southern Rail. Southern Rail celebrates more than four decades of performing together. CCM faculty member Rich Stillman (banjo and harmony vocals), Jim Muller (guitar and lead vocals), Sharon Horovitch (acoustic bass and harmony vocals), and John Tibert (mandolin and harmony vocals) give us rich vocals on beautiful and creative bluegrass arrangements. The group has 11 recordings to their credit, one of which was nominated for a Gospel Album of the Year award by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Purchase $25 General Admission tickets in advance from or at the door. The concert is free for kids age 18 and under. Email or call (978) 369-0010 to learn more about CCM, located at 1317 Main Street.
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“Walk in Their Shoes 5K” to Raise Funds for Rural South African School Children

CARLISLE: Join Concord’s Ubuntu Global Connections on April 30 for the 3rd annual “Walk in Their Shoes,” a community fundraiser to benefit Axium Education. Axium has been bringing high quality educational programming, options and opportunities to students in deeply disadvantaged villages in rural South Africa for 12 years. Many Concord and Carlisle residents have traveled with Ubuntu’s Founder, Amy Gleason, to visit and volunteer with Axium in recent years, and will take part in the event.

Gather your friends and family for this year’s walk, to be held at Great Brook Farm. All are welcome! The 5K (approximately 1 hour) route represents the distance that children typically walk to and from school in rural South Africa, over much more challenging terrain.Meet at 2pm  with complimentary refreshments and to learn a little about Axium’s work...then we will hit the trails! More details will be provided upon registration.

Please visit www.ubuntuconnects/walk to sign up to walk/donate or sponsor a walker. The suggested minimum donation is $35. Donations support Axium Education’s ( ongoing and effective work to raise student achievement in rural South Africa. This event is hosted by Ubuntu Global Connections ( a MA 501(c)(3) non-profit established by Concord resident and Middlesex School math teacher, Amy Gleason, and a team of passionate Axium fans and Concord residents, most of whom have personally visited South Africa and volunteered  with Axium.
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Rummage Sale at First Church of Christ, May 5 & 6

BEDFORD: The First Church of Christ, Congregational at 25 The Great Road will again host a Spring Rummage Sale on two days: May 5 from 1–4pm and May 6 from 9am–2pm. Admission is free and a $1 donation at the door will benefit the Bedford Food Bank. This year’s Rummage Sale will feature a wide variety of white elephants, books, puzzles, household goods and small appliances, sports equipment, children’s toys and games, and costume jewelry. (No clothing, shoes, or soft goods will be sold.) Free parking available behind the church. The Church is handicapped accessible. For more information, visit

SAVE THE DATE: "The Power of Angels" 2023 Kitty Angels Fundraiser May 6 & 7

AMHERST, NH: Plans are coming together for another fabulous fundraiser for Kitty Angels, Inc., so mark your calendars! This year’s event will take place on May 6 & 7, from 9am-5pm at Treasures Antiques and Collectables, 106 Ponemah Road (Route 122). Yes, pets are always welcome! The kitties and vendors have taken the necessary precautions and are excited to have you get out of the house and come visit with them for some fabulous finds, great “free” entertainment and most important of all, to help Kitty Angels!

Look for all your favorite vendors, including artist Eric Nickola, dba WolfpacStudios, Artist
Lori-Ellen Budenas of Respect the Wood, Monica Gesualdo of Trading Faces, Food Vendor B’s Grumman Grub, Heart’s Design Jewelry. Forever Clean Soaps, Gabe’s Creations, LAB House, Shire Enduring Creations, Dubz Dyes, Morel Woodworking, Baby Snuggz, SoGo Metal Art, Happy Cat Creations, Vinyl Revival, Dusty Finds, Blueberry Cove Creations, Damsel In Defense, Willey’s Whirleys, Baboosic Lake Gourds, Anthony Acres, Color Street, Paws & Spas, Lynda’s Felted Critters, Custom Care Designs, Fiber Art by Eve Huston, Cam’s Shop, Amherst Animal Hospital and so many more. The bands and soloists for the event, consist of keyboardist/band member Joey Peavey, Side Effects, Jensing, North Sound Duo, Jeff Damon, Sunset Rhythm and Wildwood.

Featured throughout the fundraising weekend and into the month of June, is an electrifying raffle of numerous and diverse prizes, all generously donated by local and national businesses, professional sports teams, private individuals and some of the awesome on-site vendors.

Kitty Angels, Inc. is the sole beneficiary of this event. They are a no-kill cat shelter and are made up of all unpaid volunteers, dedicated to rescuing stray and abandoned cats and kittens, furnishing them with treatment for injuries or other health issues and then placing them into new forever homes with compatible owners. They are a non-profit, 501(C)3 charitable corporation where all donations are fully tax-deductible and every penny of every donation is used in the caring of cats. Consider adopting a new life-long forever-friend!

Interested in becoming a vendor at the event? Contact Sherry or Rick Tobin, at (603) 672-2535.  

Choral Performance Celebrates the Joy of a Life Well-Lived

CONCORD: Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC), fostering the power of women’s voices in song, presents a spring concert “Come Day, Come Night,” on May 13, 4pm, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street.  The performance is conducted by CWC Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank, with accompaniment by Scott Nicholas, piano.  From love songs to boat songs, “Come Day, Come Night” celebrates the joy of a life well-lived. CWC’s 45-voice vocal ensemble performs Emma Lou Diemer’s “When You Wake,” Gwyneth Walker’s “Love is a Rain of Diamonds” and “Mornings Innocent,” Kevin Siegfried’s “Boat Song,” Stephen Chatman’s “Love Songs” – stirring works that reflect the textures and rhythms, joys, and challenges of each new day.

Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors and students, $5 children ages 12 and under,  available at, and at the door.  Masks are required for all attendees.  Trinity Episcopal Church is fully accessible.  For more information, performance details or to join Concord Women’s Chorus, email Chorus Manager Patsy Eickelberg at, visit, or follow Concord Women’s Chorus on Facebook and Instagram.

Concord Women's Chorus (CWC), based in Concord, Massachusetts, is a 45-singer ensemble fostering the power of women’s voices through song. Singers hail from Concord and the greater Boston area. Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank conducts the chorus singing a wide variety of choral music, ranging from early music to contemporary repertoire, with an emphasis on works written for women’s voices. 

Garden Club of Concord Hosts Plant (& More) Sale

CONCORD: The Garden Club of Concord will hold it's annual plant sale on May 13 from 8:30am-12:30pm, rain or shine, at the Tri-Con Church, 54 Walden Street.This year's sale promises to be better than ever with a wide variety of plants on offer, most of which come from the established local gardens of Club members. The plant sale will also feature a bake sale with items home-baked by Club members, as well as the sale of garden tools.

The sale serves as a fundraiser for the Garden Club's grant program.  All funds raised are distributed to local projects through the grant program as the Garden Club of Concord is committed to giving back to the community. Additionally, the Club provides a $500 college scholarship to a high school student who plans to pursue a career in horticulture or environmental studies. Celebrate Mother's Day with the gift of a beautiful plant. For more information, visit

Nature Connection Offers Hands-On Program in Tranquility & the Spirit of Nature

CONCORD: Are you interested in growing an herb garden this spring to fuel all your culinary adventures but aren’t sure where to begin? Here’s your opportunity to sign up for a one-hour workshop to get started. This workshop offers an introduction, tips, and growing information for herbs like mint, lavender, basil, thyme, sage, and parsley. We’ll also cover how to use these lovely herbs in the kitchen. From tea and dips to baked goods, these ideas are sure to inspire some fabulous recipes this year. Cooking with homegrown herbs can be a very rewarding process and we’re excited to see where it takes you!
  • Programs take place entirely indoors and are accessible to people of all abilities. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult participant.
  • Please make known if there are any reasonable accommodations that you require to help you enjoy your nature moment.
  • The Nature Connection is proud to participate in the Card to Culture program, a collaboration between the Mass Cultural Council and the Department of Transitional Assistance, the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, and the Massachusetts Health Connector, by broadening accessibility to cultural programming. Email if this is the case for you will be sent a promo code – for C2C, this workshop is $3.

This is a hands-on program that focuses on the journey, not the destination. The goal is for you to walk away feeling relaxed and restored – and ready to jump into spring! The Nature Connection is located inside The Umbrella Arts Center, Studio #112 on the first floor. The Umbrella is ADA accessible with free public & street parking. Registration Required – Space is limited. For more information, visit
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Biking Across Israel with Carole Greenfield and Rachel Kalikow

CONCORD: Join Kerem Shalom of Concord online on April 23 at 10:30am for a "Broth Hour"Biking Across Israel with Carole Greenfield and Rachel Kalikow. Kerem Shalom member Carole Greenfield participated in the 2022 Israel Ride, a bicycle tour from Jerusalem to Eilat. Join online to learn about Greenfield's experience, and see the country through a different lens! Register at:

The scenery along the way included the hills of Jerusalem, rolling farmland to the Mediterranean, the Arava desert, and finally Eilat, on the Red Sea.Beyond the highlight of exploring Israel by bicycle, Greenfield and 170 other cyclists learned about environmental cooperation throughout the region through conversations with alumni of the Arava Institute for International Studies, who today are scientists, activists, and researchers. This bike ride fundraiser supports the Arava Institute, an environmental academic and research institution dedicated to preparing future leaders (Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian, and international students and interns) to cooperatively solve the region’s environmental challenges. 

Greenfield will be joined by Rachel Kalikow, Chief Development Officer of the Friends of the Arava Institute, to talk about the experience of bicycling through Israel as well as the Institute’s work in environmental peace-building. Hear about how environmental cooperation may offer a path to peace-building through efforts including renewable energy and water solutions for some of the region’s most vulnerable communities. The Arava Institute’s unique academic program includes facilitated dialogue between the students, which leads to deeper understanding and builds relationships and trust that lasts far beyond a semester on campus.