Gorgeous Iris Show!

 
On Monday May 27 (Memorial Day) the Iris Society of Massachusetts invites you to an iris show
– ‘Dancing with Irises’ – at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main St., West Concord. You will see irises that society members grow in their local gardens and bring to the show to compete for awards. Admission is free, and the show is open to the public from 1-4 pm. The center is accessible and has easy parking. In addition to the array of beautiful, scented
irises to which the judges have given awards, there will be tables of companion plants as well as floral arrangements that use irises and that reflect the show’s theme of ‘Dancing with Irises.’ You are encouraged to vote on your favorite iris in the show as well as your favorite companion
plant. Rhizomes of spring blooming bearded irises and potted siberian irises will be on sale. They usually sell quickly. Society members will be on hand to answer general questions about irises as well as more specific horticultural queries. To find out more about the show and about the iris society, go to the website: massirises.org.

Religious Education Sunday and Bridging – FPC Sunday Service Stow, Mass., May 19

First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC) will hold a special Sunday service celebrating its
religious education program, to include recognition of graduating high school seniors “bridging” to adulthood. The service will also feature our annual “RE Extravaganza”! The service will take place both in person and virtually on May 19 at 10 a.m. Masking is optional. To enter the virtual room, go to tinyurl.com/22-23fpc. FPC warmly welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. The church is located at 353 Great Rd., Stow. Its facilities are wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit www.fpc-stow-acton.org.

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Boxborough Fifer's Day Volleyball Tournament: June 15

The Annual Boxborough Fifer's Day Volleyball Tournament will take place on Saturday June 15 at Flerra Meadows in Boxborough. This year there will again be three coed brackets: "Open", "Players" and "Backyard". All brackets will start at 1 p.m.
· The Open bracket is intended for teams of "serious" volleyball players who play or compete on a regular basis. The entry fee is $75 per team; a $200 cash prize and trophies will be given to the first place team.
· The Players bracket is for teams with some volleyball experience, who may be or have been competing in volleyball league play.  The entry fee is $65, and trophies will be given to the first place team.
· Backyard bracket is intended for teams of neighbors and friends who do not regularly play or compete in volleyball. The entry fee is $60 per team.
Total entrants are limited to 20 teams. Entry is first come first served.  Interested teams should go to www.fifersday.org for information and an entry form. For questions email volleyball@boxboroughminutemen.org
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Lincoln Sudbury Civic Orchestra presents “Symphonic Potpourri”


On Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 3:00 PM, the Lincoln-Sudbury Civic Orchestra (LSCO) presents its spring concert of its 51st season, “Symphonic Potpourri” at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.
The concert is indeed a potpourri – a collage of great music, opening with two concertos with soloists Emil Altschuler, violin, and Dave McLellan, guitar. Works by two great Englishmen whose lives spanned the 19th and 20th centuries, Ralph Vaughan-Williams and Edward Elgar, are featured. The program’s biggest work is Antoin Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony. A special treat of tango by Astor Piazzolla will be performed by the soloists together.
Completing his second season, Alfonso Piacentini, a charismatic, young conductor and percussionist leads the all-volunteer community orchestra.
In an unusual programming twist, Piacentini is joined by two soloists: Violinist Emil Altschuler returns for his fourth performance with LSCO, and guitarist Dave McLellan – normally LSCO’s timpanist -- for his third.  Altschuler will perform Niccolo Paganini’s Concerto #1 for violin, and McLellan will offer the Concerto #1 for Guitar by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.  Altschuler and McLellan will also perform together in selected movements of Astor Piazzolla’s History of the Tango.
The second half of the program highlights two great masterworks of the English orchestral repertoire:  Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations, the Norfolk Rhapsody #1, by Ralph Vaughan-Williams.
The program will close with Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony #9, known as The New World Symphony.
Acclaimed violinist, Emil Altschuler, performs with incredible technique, magnificent expression and a profound artistry across a wide-ranging repertoire. The Boston Globe writes “top notch” of Altschuler’s performance. The Strad praises “Passion and portamento from a young American violinist”, and The Whole Note writes “There’s a decidedly old-style feel to…very reminiscent of Heifetz.” Erick Friedman, master violinist and protégé of the legendary Jascha Heifetz, wrote “…a truly outstanding violinist of his generation…and sound and accuracy of intonation that are truly extraordinary.”
Dave McLellan has performed in the U.S., South America, Great Britain, and Europe since 1976, including debut and chamber appearances in Jordan Hall, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and Wigmore Hall (London). Beginning in 1981, he lived a double life as software engineer and concert guitarist with duo partner Neil Anderson.   The Anderson-McLellan Duo gave several hundred concerts throughout the 1980’s, including two concert tours of Great Britain, and festival performances in the US and South America.  Mr. McLellan’s collaborators include the late guitarist/composer Frank Wallace, the Serata Quartet, soprano Rebecca Grimes, soprano Rebekah Alexander, contralto Emily Marvosh (Handel & Haydn Society, Lorelei), flutist Tracy Kraus, violinist Judith Eissenberg, and guitarist Edward Flower.
Alfonso Piacentini also serves under Benjamin Zander as an Assistant Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and its youth orchestra.  Managing Director William Nicholson said in a recent interview: “We so enjoy Maestro Piacentini on the podium.  He brings great vitality to our eclectic mashup of the two concertos, and the iconic works by Dvorak, Elgar, and Vaughan Williams.”
Admission to the is a suggested donation of $20 per adult. Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School is located at 390 Lincoln Rd in Sudbury. The concert will also be livestreamed on SudburyTV. Go to https://www.sudburytv.org, scroll down on the main page to the Live Stream section and click on Watch Now for the Educational Channel.

Over the Moon - MMMH Spring Concert

June 9 at 3pm
The Umbrella Arts Center, Concord MA
A sing-along performance by the Music Makes Me Happy Chorus, a Concord-based non-profit chorus for adults with special needs.
Our concert will be in collaboration with Boston-based BEYOND THE NOTES and will feature:
• Violinist Sarah Whitney
• The barbershop quartet “Have Voices, Will Travel”
• Owen Leeuwis, tenor sax from Berklee College of Music
• Percussionist Mitchell Gordon
• Soprano Ella McGaunn Geiger
• Chorus pianist Devereux Geiger.
Admission is Free, All Ages Welcome (suggested Donation of $20)

“The Ammo Dump: A Taking of Heritage” Saturday, May 18

What if you received a knock on your door tonight and were told you had to leave? You had no more than a month to do so, and you could only take what was not nailed down. Eighty Massachusetts families faced that predicament on March 25, 1942. The Ammo Dump: A Taking of Heritage tells their story.
Join us at 1:00 on May 18 at the Fort Devens Museum for an afternoon of local lore and history with the authors of The Ammo Dump. Co-authored by Maynard historian Paul Boothroyd and his sons Paul Boothroyd, Jr. and Todd Boothroyd, the book explores the U.S. Army's seizure by eminent domain of some 3,100 acres of land spanning Maynard, Stow, Sudbury and Hudson in the spring of 1942.
At the breakout of World War II, the U.S. government required four square miles to create an ammunition depot. The purpose was to create this munitions storage at a distance from Boston harbor, so that if German battleships appeared off the Massachusetts coast, the munitions facility would be too far inland to be shelled from the sea. An extensive network of railroad tracks and widely spaced 'bunkers' (earth-covered warehouse buildings) would hold munitions until ships docked at harbor to take on supplies for transportation to Europe. Eminent domain was ordered, and the land taken, forever. However, that's only the surface of the tale...
Explore the who, how, and why. Learn about close-knit families in Maynard, Stow, Sudbury, and Hudson, Massachusetts, who lost their farms, their livelihoods. They not only had to find new places to live and work, they had to deal with the loss of all they had built.
The Fort Devens Museum is located at 94 Jackson Road, Devens, MA, on the third floor and is wheelchair accessible. The museum is open on May 18 from 10 AM to 3 PM with the program at 1:00.  This event is free and open to the public with donations gratefully accepted. Thanks to the Harvard Cultural Council. More information at www.fortdevensmuseum.org.
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The MCG Plant Sale is THIS Saturday!

Maynard Community Gardeners Annual Plant Sale May 18th
Head on over to the Maynard Community Gardeners’ Annual Plant Sale, THIS Saturday, May
18th in the Maynard Elks Lodge parking lot at 34 Powdermill Road in Maynard, from 9 a.m. to
12 noon. This is a great opportunity to choose from a wide variety of plants that flourish locally, at bargain prices! Flowers, vegetables, hanging plants, perennials, annuals, herbs, and shrubs will all be available in an assortment of heights, types, and colors. We will also feature a small flea market of deeply discounted garden-related tools and objects. Come early for the best selection!

Maynard Community Gardeners is an organization comprised of seasoned and novice gardeners who make it their mission to beautify our small town. All funds raised at the plant sale go directly to MCG’s ongoing efforts, including the many flower planters along the sidewalks and in public spaces downtown, the beautiful flower-filled alleyway off Nason Street, the seasonally
changing downtown triangle, and Maplebrook Park. Your purchases at the plant sale make it possible for MCG to continue bringing beauty and joy to all who live in and visit Maynard!
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Acton Garden Club Supports The Garlic Mustard Pull!

What is Garlic Mustard? It is a nonnative invasive plant from Europe that takes over, destroys soil and prevents the growth of native species, wildflowers, and other plants in our woodlands, conservation areas & the Acton Arboretum.
Look for it in your yard or by the roadside!
Pull it while flowering with the roots, before it goes to seed in June and spreads. Every Plant Counts! The big ones and the little ones!
Dispose of it in black plastic bags in the trash or special area at the transfer station. Eat it!  It is edible! Clean the leaves thoroughly. Recipes on the Internet.
For more information, go to ActonGardenClub.org or https://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/terrestrial/plants/garlic-mustard
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Plant  &  Craft  Fair  on Saturday, May 18th, 10am – 3pm

The Bedford Garden Club will be at the 68th Annual First Parish  Plant  &  Craft  Fair  will be held on Saturday, May 18th, 2024, from 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM on the Bedford Common
The Club will be selling the new Native Plant guide to Native and invasive plants for $10.00.

MCC’s Adult Learning Center Celebrates Students Who Passed GED® and HiSET® Exams

Through the Adult Learning Center (ALC), Middlesex Community College offers free noncredit, basic education courses for Massachusetts adult learners who are 16+. This includes preparation courses to sit for high school equivalency testing, attending college or job training, or obtaining employment. In April, MCC hosted a ceremony for students who earned their high school credential through the GED® and HiSET® exams. “The Adult Learning Center helped me so much,” said Veble Hann, an ALC student from Lowell. “By the end of the semester, I understood how to write an essay and do math again. I know it was the teachers they had that made it easier. My main advice I will give to future students is to ‘not give up!’” Students in the program attended evening classes to help them get familiar with what college is and how it works. In the free classes, students improve their reading, writing and math skills for a well-rounded academic program. To help them be more competitive in the job market, students are prepared to take the high school equivalency exams, polish their English skills, and boost their knowledge. “The ALC is proud of every student who takes steps toward or achieves their goals,” said Joy DeHaan, MCC’s ALC Program Coordinator. “We were excited to host these students at a small event where we presented them with a certificate of achievement, gifted them a graduation cap, and took pictures to commemorate their success.” Sponsored by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the ALC has been helping students since 1995. At all times, the Center supports 85 or more adult learners – with 25 to 35 different countries of origin represented – who bring with them a wide variety of backgrounds, skills and goals. In 2023, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced that the state will cover the cost of Mass. residents’ initial GED® and HiSET® tests in each subject, as well as two retakes. To qualify to take the free classes, students must be a resident of Massachusetts. In order to complete classes at the ALC, students must also have a computer with a keyboard, speaker, microphone and camera, reliable internet access, be able to attend and participate in live class sessions in-person and online, as well as complete homework outside of class. About the ALC, Alice Sharp, of Tewksbury said,
“You’ve changed my life.” Visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/adultlearning for more information about MCC’s Adult Learning Center.

MCC’s Prepare to Attend College Celebrates Student Success

On Friday, April 5, Middlesex Community College’s Prepare to Attend College (PAC) graduation ceremony celebrated students and honored their success. During the ceremony, graduates reflected on their experiences, received certificates, and had a potluck lunch and sang a celebratory song. Sedighe Rostamiozemchelouei, from Iran and now living in Stow, graduated from MCC’s PAC Two course. Rostamiozemchelouei felt grateful about joining the program after her friend recommended it. “Throughout this experience, I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge,” Rostamiozemchelouei said. “The teachers at MCC are amazing. They are helpful and have made learning fun. It has been a journey of growth and learning for me and opened new possibilities so I am excited to see where this journey will take me.” Rostamiozemchelouei and PAC One student Mariam Ababri spoke at the graduation. Both students talked about how the PAC program helped them feel more confident with their English skills. They were glad to learn about American culture and meet their classmates. Ababri, from Morocco and now living in Dracut, was thankful for the experience. In particular, she was appreciative of class instructor Faithe MacElliott’s teachings. “I have much more confidence with talking to others,” Ababri said. “I would not be in this position if it were not for my brilliant teacher believing in me.” After the PAC graduates spoke, MacElliott gave the graduates their certificates. “Our classroom is often the first opportunity students have to make friends in a new country. These connections can help them better understand cultural differences through shared experiences in a new environment,” MacElliott said. “As time goes by, students gain confidence speaking in front of
others. At the end of most classes, we break into smaller groups, which gives students an opportunity to discuss any topic while practicing their pronunciation and language structures.” In addition, MacElliott introduces students to college resources such as the Academic Center for Enrichment for tutoring, building study skills and additional English practice. The college also offers access to on-campus services such as the libraries and food pantries. As the course finishes, MCC’s academic advisors visit to speak to graduates about continuing their education with various options, including enrolling in credit classes. The PAC program is a part of MCC’s English Learner Institute (ELI) which offers non-native English speakers the opportunity to improve their English skills. The PAC program runs three times a year and learners complete it in eight-weeks. It is free, flexible and split into two levels. “I cannot wait to see what they do next,” said Katy Gentile, MCC’s Assistant Director of Corporate Education and Training. “Watching how proud each student was to receive the certificate, come together to sing a graduation celebration song, and then spend time eating the food they brought for a potluck lunch, was absolutely amazing and uplifting.”

Placement Auditions on May 19 for Concord Conservatory’s Overture String Orchestra

Announcing Concord Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) new program for the fall: Overture String Orchestra—which guarantees to enhance your student’s musicianship and take their skills to the next level! Specifically designed for intermediate violin, viola, cello, and bass students in grades 4 through 8, the Orchestra will improve musical abilities through a comprehensive, creative, and collaborative approach, fostering the joy of making music together. The CCM Overture String Orchestra offers a challenging and rewarding chamber orchestra experience, maintaining a focus on personalized instruction and a curriculum tailored to meet the needs of each student. By encouraging students to listen to their peers, develop leadership and teamwork skills, and perform harmoniously as a group, the Orchestra will elevate their musical talents. Overture String Orchestra players need not be CCM students, but are required to be in private lessons with a qualified instructor and are encouraged to participate in their school orchestra programs, if available to them. Auditions will take place this spring on Sunday, May 19 starting at 3 pm. Sign up now for the no stress 5-minute audition, which will only be used for placement purposes. Don't miss this opportunity for your young musician to become a part of our community of talented musicians! Sign up by either calling CCM at (978) 369-0010 or on the CCM website at concordconservatory.org/programs/overture-string-orchestra/ About CCM Concord Conservatory of Music: It is a community of people who are passionate about music education. CCM enrolls over 500 students annually and offers programs for all ages and abilities. As a non-profit school, CCM serves Concord, MA, and 17 surrounding communities. Its curriculum includes private instruction, group classes, and performance opportunities. Financial assistance is available

Acton Garden Club Plant Sale

The Acton Garden Club will hold its Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 18th, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm rain or shine at the Red House - 468 Main Street, Acton, MA.
Come early for the best selections of Annuals, Perennials, Native Plants and locally grown herbs vegetables, shrubs, and trees. There will be a Raffle Table with great prizes and gardening advice from our Master Gardeners.
Proceeds of the Annual Garden Sale support our community, through scholarships for graduating ABHS seniors, maintenance of town gardens and planters, and educational programs for the club members and the community.

The Boxborough Minutemen Company Wants You!

The Boxborough Company of Minutemen will hold a Company meeting on Sunday May 19 at the Boxborough Community Center at 30 Middle Road starting at 8 p.m. For information please contact Captain Bob Lucas at captain@boxboroughminutemen.org, or 978-263-1540.
The Boxborough Minutemen Company is open to anyone of least 18 years of age, regardless of gender or town of residence, who is interested in service to the Town and/or perpetuating the memory of the Minutemen of 1775. You do not need to be a marcher or revolutionary war re-enactor to join the Company.
Our members may participate in any number of the Company's activities including marching in parades, organizing the annual Fifer's Day town festival, performing seasonal clean-ups on Route 111, sponsoring the Boy and Cub Scouts, providing volunteers to town organizations, and participating in our various social functions. The Company also provides financial support to a variety of service organizations and sponsors a number of annual scholarships to Boxborough students who are continuing their education after high school. All are welcome to come and make new connections with others.
For more information visit www.boxboroughminutemen.org.

Come See Boxborough’s Treasures

The Boxborough Museum at 575 Middle Road will be open from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday May 19. Come see Boxborough’s historic treasures including the 1850’s scale which is sensitive enough to weigh a penny and strong enough to calibrate a 50 pound weight, the “new” hearse built in 1881, and the “old” hearse (come and see how old is old). Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information or if anyone wishes to arrange a private tour for a small group at a different time please call John Fallon at 978-264-0069.

Moving-On

MOVING-ON invites singles age 60 or over, from all towns, to come to their non-denominational meetings on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. The time is 7:00PM and the place is The Church of Our Redeemer, at 6 Meriam St., Lexington. The remainder of Thursdays we meet on Zoom. This nonprofit group of singles has been meeting for many years to discuss diverse topics and engage in social activities. Younger people are also welcome. Come and meet new friends. To get more information and the Zoom link, email info@moving-on-together.org.

MUSIC FEST 2024

Saturday, May 25
1pm-7pm
Rideout Field, West Concord
Headline Act: The Bruce Marshall Group Musical Lineup to include:
1pm CCHS Chamber Music Group
2pm Rockabye Beats
3pm The Joy of Music Clarinet Ensemble
4pm Ya Mon: Mr. Hot Pepper (steel drums)
5pm The Bruce Marshall Group
(Roadhouse BBQ, Ice Cream, Local Vendors-Bring refillable water bottle) FREE COMMUNITY EVENT!
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Bedford Garden Club Plant Sale

May 11, 2024 DPW building, 314 The Great Rd. Bedford The Sale opens at 9:30 am, closes at 2:00 pm. Perennials donated from Garden Club members, floral arrangements, Native Plants, and Geraniums. Our Bedford Guide Native and Invasive Plants will be on sale for $10.00. See our website: https://www.bedfordgardenclub.org

Acton Woman's Club Bake Sale

It's time! The ovens will be baking soon! The Acton Woman's Club is looking forward to another successful pie and baked goods sale.
All home baked! Mark your calendar! Saturday, May 18, starting at 9 am
at the Clubhouse! at 504 Main St. Proceeds support high school scholarships.
 Don't miss out! It always sells out!
And during the sale, you can get a tour of the antique Clubhouse building [ask for Margie or Brenda]. Not only can you experience a gracious living room furnished with antiques, you may want to consider using the building for your next party or private event. And coming by for a visit on a spring day during our bake sale would be a wonderful way for you to see the building from the inside and see how lovely it is...So come along and check out the beautiful space, and buy something scrumptious! for your upcoming dinner party! for a friend! or just for you! We have room for more members, especially if you like to bake or organize events! the Club is a great way to make new friends! More information:www.theactonwomansclub.org

Skylight Astronomical Society, Inc. Presents: A Star Watch at the Stow Minute Man Airfield

Saturday, May 11th from 8:30 PM until 10:30 PM SAS members will set up their telescopes for guest viewing. It’s galaxy season! This Star Watch has a wonderful show, featuring the Virgo supercluster of galaxies, as well as other deep sky wonders like the double galaxy M51, the Sombrero galaxy and the planetary nebula and galaxy pair of the Owl Nebula and M108! See a host of beautiful double stars and, of course, the original Terminator on the Moon! In conjunction with visual scopes, we will also have a digital imaging system showing some of the fainter deep sky objects. There will be a bright overhead pass of the International Space Station (bright as Venus) at 9PM. Don’t miss it!
Masks are not required but will be available. If you have COVID-like symptoms or have been in contact with someone ill, we ask that you refrain from attending.
The weather caused us to cancel our last event, so be sure to check before you come. A cancellation notice will be posted on our website www.sasobservatory.org by 3:00 PM that day. If we do cancel on Saturday, we will try again the next night (Sunday), so stay tuned to our website for updates.
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Acton Garden Club presents:

Living With Wildlife in Massachusetts
Tia Pinney, Biologist, Lead Naturalist, at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm

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"Positive Discipline for Parents of Young Children" 3-Part Workshop Series

This parent education program takes place in Carlisle on Monday afternoons May 6, 13 and 20 from 12:45 to 2:15 PM. There is no fee due to a generous grant from the CHNA15, received by
the Carlisle Board of Health. This series is ideal for parents of children ages 3 to 10 years old.

Based on the best-selling parenting books by Dr. Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott, the positive discipline approach to parenting comes out of the research of Dr. Alfred Adler. Parents of young children (ages 3 to 10 yrs old) will gain from this 3 part workshop series a better understanding
of:
- How to Respond to Challenging Behavior With Encouragement, While Maintaining Firmness, Dignity and Respect
- How to Build a Relationship With Your Children Based on Connection, Cooperation and
Mutual  Respect
Parents will learn new concepts and explore how these techniques and strategies are applicable in their own relationships with their children.
Pre-registration is required by emailing co mm un i tyal l i ancef o rchi l dren@g mai l . co m and note
"Registration for May series" in the subject line of the email. Spaces are limited so sign up soon!
Please be willing to commit to all three sessions. Location details will be shared upon registration.

Groton Garden Club Plant Sale

May 11th, 9:00-NOON, Legion Common
75 Hollis St., Groton, MA
Cash or Checks Only
*Native Plants
*Perennials
*Shrubs
*And More...
www.grotongardenclub.org

Littleton Country Gardeners Plant Sale

Town Common, Saturday, May 11, 2024, 9am-2pm
Perennial • Fairie Gardens • Herbs & Veggies• Pollinator and Native Plants
Ask a Master Gardener and Membership booths!
Keeping Littleton Beautiful
Littleton Country Gardeners maintain 13 civic sites in town with seasonal plantings.
Cash or Check only!

Memory Lane Café at the
Acton Senior Center

May 28, 2024, 12:00-1:30 pm at the Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road, Rear, Acton. A Memory Café is a welcoming place for people with memory impairment and their care partners /caregivers. Cafés are a place to talk with others, enjoy lunch and an activity or entertainment together. We do ask attendees to bring their care partners. Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by Concord Park Assisted Living and Memory Care Community and Cooperative Elder Services, Inc. RSVP by calling 978-929-6652. Groups will be held on the last Tuesday of each month.
Concord Park Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support is a project of the nonprofit Volunteers of America Massachusetts, which has supported local seniors with specialized services for over 75 years.

Hearts, Hugs & Hope: A Virtual Alzheimer’s Support Group Offered by Concord Park

May 9, 2024, 12:00 pm, hosted by Concord Park Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, 68 Commonwealth Avenue, West Concord. Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia isn’t easy, so it is helpful to share your concerns and personal experiences with others who completely understand what you’re going through. You will also learn about proven strategies to help you better care for your family member. Please call 978-369-4728 or email mking@concordpark.org for the details and a Zoom invite.
Concord Park Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support is a project of the nonprofit Volunteers of America Massachusetts, which has supported local seniors with specialized services for over 75 years.

MOVING-ON

Invites singles age 60 or over, from all towns, to come to their non-denominational meetings on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month.  The time is 7:00PM and the place is The Church of Our Redeemer, at 6 Meriam St., Lexington.  This non-profit group of singles has been meeting for many years to discuss diverse topics and engage in social activities.  Younger people are also welcome.  Come and meet new friends.

Goddard House Welcomes Sarah Le Roy to Board of Trustees

Concord, MA -- Goddard House recently welcomed Sarah Le Roy to their Board of Trustees.
Le Roy serves as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for Saama Technologies in Boston. She brings more than 25 years of global human capital leadership experience across a variety of industries, with a focus on transforming businesses and building cultures to accelerate innovation and drive growth. Previously, she served as Chief People Officer for Forrester Research in Cambridge. She was also the CHRO at RSA Security, where she oversaw the development and implementation of its human resources strategy and a successful carve-out from DELL Technologies. Prior to RSA, Le Roy was the CHRO for Decision Resource Group, overseeing all aspects of human resources leading to its sale in 2020.
“I have been so impressed by the team at Goddard house,” shared Le Roy. “One particular highlight of the work they do is the extraordinary community programming both at Goddard House and in the broader greater Boston community. I truly believe this is an organization that is well on its way to becoming the gold standard for elder care.”
“The Goddard House Board is very fortunate to gain Sarah’s extensive human capital experience,” noted Board Chair, Alexandra Schweitzer. “Her background in strategic workforce development is impressive and aligns with the Goddard House core values and workforce philosophy.”
Le Roy graduated from Williams College and holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.
Goddard House embraces the aging experience for seniors living in the Boston area by operating a high-quality assisted living community and by creating innovative programs which support our need for purpose, engagement, autonomy and choice as we age.
The Goddard House Board advances the organization’s mission by guiding its strategic directions and bringing innovative ideas that enhance quality of life for its assisted living residents and for the older adults in the Greater Boston community who participate in its community-based programs.

Heritage Chorale 2024 Spring Concert:
Hold Fast to Dreams

Please join us for our Spring Concert, “Hold Fast to Dreams,” to be held on Sunday, May 19 at 4 pm at the Fuller Middle School, 31 Flagg Drive, Framingham. We’ll be presenting Roland Carter’s “Hold Fast to Dreams,” based on a poem by Langston Hughes, Florence Price’s “Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight,” based on a poem by Vachel Lindsay, and Margaret Bonds’s “Simon Bore the Cross,” based on a poem again by Langston Hughes. The concert will also feature baritone soloist Philip Lima. The Heritage Chorale, an auditioned mixed chorus, brings the joy of music to Metrowest communities. Visit heritagechorale.org for more details and to purchase advance tickets online, saving $5 per ticket versus the price at the door.

Bedford Garden Club Plant Sale
Mother’s Day weekend

The Bedford Garden Club’s annual sale of native plants and other perennials, various annuals including geraniums, and fresh cut flower arrangements is Saturday, May 11, at the Bedford DPW Building, 314 The Great Road, Bedford. From 9:30 AM to 2 PM.
The sale will offer floral arrangements in two sizes that are great gifts for Mother’s Day the next day, Sunday, May 12.  Native plants and other perennials donated from the yards of Garden Club members will be featured, along with colorful annuals – all to raise funds for the Club’s civic activities and scholarship program.
The Garden Club is promoting the sale of native plants because these plants support pollinators, birds, and other wildlife.
The Club’s new pocket guide will be on sale, Native and Invasive Plants of Bedford, Massachusetts and the Surrounding Area.  The guide has been produced for the home gardener and landscaper interested in selecting native species that promote diversity and perform well.
This event is the Garden Club’s big fundraiser for the year and is held rain or shine. Check our website at:  https://www.bedfordgardenclub.org.

Joy Bible Study Spring Luncheon

Joy Bible Study invites area women to attend our annual Spring Luncheon
Date: Wednesday, May 8
Time: 9:45-11:45
Acton Joy Bible Study is a friendly community of women from different denominations who  desire to study the Bible, share laughter, develop lasting friendships, and share personal  insights. It has been meeting for 41 years.
The Spring Luncheon includes personal testimonies from two of our members, worship through  music, and announcement of our next study beginning September 2024. The morning  concludes with a complimentary luncheon provided by our members. Come see what we are all  about!
We meet at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 54 Hosmer St, Acton, MA  www.joybiblestudy.com

First Church Bedford to Host Two-Day Rummage Sale

Bedford’s First Congregational Church, 25 Great Road, will host its 2024 Rummage Sale on two days: 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 3; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4.  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 is available behind the church, and the Rummage Sale is handicapped accessible. For more information, call 781-275-7951 or visit the First Church website:  https://firstchurchbedforducc.org
First Church of Christ Congregational, 25 Great Road in Bedford, Mass., is a member congregation of the United Church of Christ. We welcome all, grow in faith, and joyfully serve.

Beyond The Notes Brings Another Unique Concert To Concord!


Step into a realm where music transcends the ordinary. Beyond the Notes is a concert that promises to ignite your curiosity and shatter expectations happening on May 17th at 7:30pm at First Parish Church in Concord. Renowned violinist and Concord native, Sarah Whitney, joins multifaceted singer Joelle Lurie for an evening defying convention presenting a tapestry of solos and duos for violin and voice that push musical boundaries. Experience their groundbreaking programming, including a fusion of violin, loop pedal, and voice igniting your senses.
But Beyond the Notes is not just about the music—it’s about connection. Prepare to embark on a journey of discovery as the artists invite you to peek behind the curtain, sharing intimate stories and insights that go beyond what can be found in their bios. During the show, you’ll have the chance to engage directly with the artists, submitting your questions that will be answered live on-stage. Artistic Director and Founder Sarah Whitney says, “Too often there is a boundary between the performers and the audience. Beyond the Notes is an experience that breaks down that wall.” This interactive element is just one of the elements that makes Beyond the Notes like no other concert out there. 10% of proceeds will be donated to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to support their climate change disaster relief. Prelude music will feature students from the Concord Conservatory of Music as well as showcasing artwork from Powers Gallery.
Since this series began in 2015, Beyond the Notes has brought in guest artists from around the world, including Grammy-winning cellist Mike Block and tabla player, Sandeep Das, the unique and boundary-pushing PUBLIQuartet from NYC, guitarist David Leisner, pianist Natalia Lavrova and more. Additionally, Beyond the Notes has partnered with The Umbrella Arts Center and Powers Gallery, and featured special guest appearances from Sarah Kenner, creator of The Hungry Musician blog, composer Jonathan B. McNair, and composer Jessica Meyer. When the pandemic decimated live concerts, Whitney created a COVID-safe live mini-concert series highlighting Black composers’ works and supporting social justice, donating 10% of all proceeds to a selected organization for each show. Beyond the Notes has raised funds for The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), The Center for Constitutional Rights,Direct Relief, Common Cause, The Voter Participation Center, Southern Poverty Law Center , and Campaign Zero among others . Beyond the Notes is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization and supported in part by grants from the Concord Local Cultural Council and Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council - local agencies that are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
Having continually presented COVID-friendly concerts throughout the pandemic, Whitney has been creating lots of buzz in the Concord community with her innovative, fresh take on presenting concerts. “I wanted to bring a unique experience to the Concord community,” says Whitney. “Beyond the Notes deepens the connection between the audience and the performers, which changes the audience’s experience.”
Praised by the Washington Post for her “marvelous violin acrobatics,” violinist Sarah Whitney is known for her musical versatility. She has been heard worldwide across stages in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and the United States. She is recognized as a performer, speaker, entrepreneur and advocate for bringing fresh new ideas to classical music. As a former founding member and violinist of the NYC-based string quintet SYBARITE5, Sarah performed over 1,000 concerts around the world, had three albums reach the top ten on the Billboard Charts, premiered the first-ever Concerto for String Quintet and Orchestra, was the first string quintet to win the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Aspen, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Grand Teton and Ravinia Festivals.
Beyond the Notes’ guest artist, Joelle Lurie, is a vocalist, songwriter, voiceover artist and bandleader. Her vocal range and unique ability to switch between musical genres with ease prompted Michael Feinstein to call her “a chameleon” in the one-hour NPR feature he hosted about her on his show, “Song Travels”. She performs an extensive catalog of The Great American Songbook as well as contemporary and original jazz/pop songs as a solo artist and with the bands she co-founded, Joelle Lurie Band and JoJo & The Pinecones, a popular band for family audiences. She maintains a busy performance schedule of concerts and special events in the U.S. and abroad. Highlights include her regular longtime residency at the iconic Tavern on The Green in NYC, as well as performances at Lincoln Center, The Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Center, Birdland Jazz Club, Lollapalooza, and more. Based in Boston and New York City, she grew up in Weston Massachusetts.
So, are you ready to go beyond the ordinary? Join us on May 17th at 7:30pm for an unforgettable evening of music, innovation, and connection at Beyond the Notes. This is more than a concert—it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.
Tickets cost $30/person and $15/student for advanced purchase. Tickets will be available at the door for $35/person and $15/student cash or check only.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gobeyondthenotes.com

Flea Market

West Acton Baptist Church will be holding a Flea Market May 11th from 12 noon to 3:00 in the parking lot, 592 Mass Ave. during the West Acton Merchants Village Association Spring Fling.  Spaces available for a small donation. Limited number of tables, first come, first served.
Slated to date: Acton Police Dept with Zane their comfort dog! Handmade Greeting cards, Vintage used jewelry & the church membership will be offering vintage teacups for sale. Contact church office 978-263-5902 or wabcadmin@verizon.net.

The Concord Players Present
Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

April 26 – May 11
51 Walden Street, Concord Center

This beloved musical classic tells the tale of the fast-talking salesman Harold Hill as he arrives in River City with plans to charm the town and make a quick buck. What happens next takes the entire town by surprise, especially himself and Marian, the town’s uptight librarian.
In 1957, The Music Man became a hit on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for 1,375 performances. The cast album won the first Grammy Award for “Best Musical Theater Album” and spent 245 weeks on the Billboard charts. The show’s success led to numerous Broadway and West End revivals, a popular 1962 film adaptation, and a 2003 television adaptation.
Nick Miller of Concord stars as Harold Hill and is thrilled to be sharing the stage with his teenage daughter, Sage, as Gracie Shinn, along with other Concord residents Tim Daughters as Oliver Hix, a member of the Barbershop Quartet, and Charlie Layton in the Kids’ Ensemble.  Sudbury residents are Mike Lague as Olin Britt, another member of the Barbershop Quartet, and Barry Ahern as a Salesman and member of the Adult Ensemble. 
Other local residents include Chuck Holleman of Carlisle as Mayor Shinn, Andrew Swansburg of Groton as Marcellus Washburn, Laurie Penney of Acton as Maud Dunlap, and Michael Govang of Ayer as Salesman Charlie Cowell. The Adult Ensemble includes Erika Wilde of Maynard along with Bedford residents Alexia Towne and Tahlia Butler as members of the Teen Ensemble.
Meredith Willson was inspired by his boyhood in Mason City, Iowa, to write and compose his first musical, The Music Man, and began developing this theme in his 1948 memoir, And There I Stood With My Piccolo.  The character Marian Paroo was inspired by Marian Seeley of Provo, Utah, who met Willson during World War II, when Seeley was a medical records librarian.
Join The Concord Players as they travel back to 1912 Iowa on this wonderful musical adventure suitable for all ages, including the memorable production numbers “Till There was You,” “Marian the Librarian,” “Wells Fargo Wagon,” and “Seventy-Six Trombones.”
With Musical direction by Kathryn Denney of Marlborough, Stage direction by Paul Murphy, and Choreography by Brad Robinson, you won’t want to miss this full-scale musical production with a live 14-piece orchestra and talented cast of 34 adults, teens and children.
Performances: April 26, 27, May 3, 4, 10 & 11 at 8:00 pm with Matinees on April 28 & May 5 at 2:00 pm.
For Tickets and more information: concordplayers.org or call 978-369-2990

Stand Up for Ellen, Lets Do This Concord!

In nearly 400 years, Concord has never named a public building  after a person of color  and an attempt to break that pattern is challenging the community to reveal itself.
For well over a year now, a grassroots effort to name a newly constructed middle school after a Black, native daughter and heroine of the town Ellen Garrison, continues to spark discussion , controversy and charges of bias and historical erasure.
What seemed like an easy win  for elevating BIPOC  history and citizens in the town was defeated by a slim vote of 2 yes, 2 no and 1 abstain at the Concord  School Committee this February.
The town’s DEI commission,  with the support of the Select Board , the LWV and a growing group of grassroots volunteers, insisted the issue go before Town Meeting to let the entire community weigh in.
Weeks of letter writing, public hearings , campaigning and emerging serious discussions about what this means for the community will come to a head at the Concord Town meeting on Monday, April 29 at 7pm.
Why Ellen Garrison? She is a Concordian and an Educator. She was a Patriot who stood for Concord’s founding values of freedom, democracy, and liberty for all. These are the same values that helped spark the birth of our great Nation.
She was a Freedom Fighter. As a product of Concord’s public schools, she contributed to our town’s rich history as a woman...educator... freedom fighter, and... champion of civil rights. Ellen stood up for others her entire life. It’s time for us to stand up for her. We can honor her legacy for today’s generations. And every generation that follows.
This is a chance to acknowledge — with an institution we hold dear — our collective respect for a Black woman, raised and educated in Concord, who excelled in academics and gave generously to her community and country in the face of insurmountable obstacles.
Additionally, what many are most excited about — what a beautiful opportunity to present Ellen Garrison as a platform for educating and preparing our children about the complexities of our nation’s history and how and why she, though constantly challenged, dedicated her life to the meaning of liberty, justice and the pursuit of happiness.
The  story of Ellen Garrison will make  a meaningful impression on all students and families .  The community will  have had Garrison in name and story lodged in their sub-consciousness with Thoreau, Walden, Alcott, and Emerson.
As noted historian  Robert Gross reminds us   “ The past we honor  often shapes the future we desire, and so it is with the proposal to name the new middle school in honor of Concord native and civil rights activist Ellen Garrison
In Ellen Garrison, we can affirm our community’s dedication to the larger American project of inspiring and sustaining the rights and achievements of all our citizens. Let her legacy chart a path to the future.”
To learn more about Ellen Garrison and the movement to name the school in her honor, please go to  https://standupforellen.com/ and join us at Town Meeting April 29 at 7pm CCHS 500 Walden St, Concord MA.
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Eileen Williston Announced as Umbrella’s Next Executive Director

CONCORD: The Board of Directors of The Umbrella Arts Center announced today the appointment of Eileen Williston as the Center’s next Executive Director, effective July 1, 2024. Williston, an experienced arts administrator with over 16 years of proven success in nonprofit management, joined the organization in 2020 and currently serves as The Umbrella’s Deputy Director.
“Eileen has made the arts the center of her life’s work. Her proven track record, strategic vision, and operational expertise, as well as her deep understanding of the arts landscape in our region, make her the perfect candidate to lead The Umbrella into its next chapter.” said Board Chair Ellen McHale. “After a thoughtful and detailed selection process over several months, the Board has voted to unanimously and enthusiastically welcome Eileen as the next Executive Director.”
In her new role, Williston will oversee the strategic direction of The Umbrella Arts Center, working closely with staff, artists, patrons, and the broader community to advance its mission of enriching lives and building community through the arts. She will also be responsible for cultivating partnerships, developing programming, and ensuring the organization’s financial sustainability.
“The arts are more critical than ever with their intrinsic ability to inspire, educate, and catalyze conversation and connections across communities,” shared Williston. “It’s an honor to be chosen to lead The Umbrella Arts Center, with its unique, interdisciplinary approach to the arts, and its extraordinary staff.”
Williston will succeed the current Executive Director, Jerry Wedge, who will be retiring from The Umbrella after 12 years of leadership marked by the renovation and expansion of the arts center. “I am absolutely thrilled the Board has selected Eileen to take over as The Umbrella’s new Executive Director.” said Wedge. “She has been central to our planning and growth over the past four years, and she is exceptionally well-equipped to lead this organization into the next generation of growth and success.
As Deputy Director, Williston spearheaded initiatives that resulted in significant organizational growth and impact across The Umbrella’s Performing Arts, Education, and Visual Arts programs. She restructured the organization’s administrative and operations teams and led fundraising through the COVID-19 pandemic achieving a record-setting 64% increase in contributed revenue. In her new role, Williston will work with the Board to initiate a strategic planning process to guide what has become a well-regarded regional visual, performing, and educational arts destination in the Greater Boston MetroWest region.
Prior to joining The Umbrella, Williston was the Managing Director at Boston Lyric Opera where, as a member of the leadership team, she helped to strategically guide the company and led its first comprehensive campaign. Her career began as a performing artist in the Boston region and beyond including roles with SpeakEasy Stage, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Wheelock Family Theatre, The Gloucester Stage Company, and more. Before moving to arts administration, she worked at Fidelity Investments coordinating client events around the country.
Williston holds a degree in communications and performing arts from Marywood University in Scranton (PA).
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Concord Conservatory Hosts Bluegrass Band Scramble

WEST CONCORD: Join the Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM)'s Bluegrass Band Scramble and become a member of a new band for the afternoon. This event is perfect for anyone who loves bluegrass and wants to perform with other enthusiastic and experienced musicians. On April 27 from 12-4pm, accomplished banjo player and CCM faculty member, Rich Stillman, will lead the Scramble with CCM faculty and Bluegrass Jam leader, Maxfield Anderson.

To create well-formed bands, individuals sign up for the Scramble and are paired with other musicians by picking names out of a hat, one for each instrument. Bandmates then have over two hours to practice and prepare songs and stage patter for a three-song turn performing for a live audience, with a professional sound system and engineer. There is no need to feel stressed; the Bluegrass Band Scramble is a competition-free zone. It is an opportunity to gain experience and hone skills while having fun with like-minded individuals.

To reserve your spot in advance, participants can sign up and pay the $35 registration fee at ConcordConservatory.org. But if you decide to join us at the last minute, you can still register at the door on April 27 at 1317 Main Street.

Following the Scramble, everyone is invited to attend a live and free concert at 4pm. The newly formed bands will perform, and we welcome the public to enjoy great bluegrass music. If you have any questions, please call (978) 369-0010 or email info@ConcordConservatory.org.
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Eileen Williston Announced as Umbrella's Next Executive Director

CONCORD: The Board of Directors of The Umbrella Arts Center announced today the appointment of Eileen Williston as the Center’s next Executive Director, effective July 1, 2024. Williston, an experienced arts administrator with over 16 years of proven success in nonprofit management, joined the organization in 2020 and currently serves as The Umbrella’s Deputy Director.

“Eileen has made the arts the center of her life’s work. Her proven track record, strategic vision, and operational expertise, as well as her deep understanding of the arts landscape in our region, make her the perfect candidate to lead The Umbrella into its next chapter.” said Board Chair Ellen McHale. “After a thoughtful and detailed selection process over several months, the Board has voted to unanimously and enthusiastically welcome Eileen as the next Executive Director.”

In her new role, Williston will oversee the strategic direction of The Umbrella Arts Center, working closely with staff, artists, patrons, and the broader community to advance its mission of enriching lives and building community through the arts. She will also be responsible for cultivating partnerships, developing programming, and ensuring the organization's financial sustainability.

“The arts are more critical than ever with their intrinsic ability to inspire, educate, and catalyze conversation and connections across communities,” shared Williston. “It’s an honor to be chosen to lead The Umbrella Arts Center, with its unique, interdisciplinary approach to the arts, and its extraordinary staff.”

Williston will succeed the current Executive Director, Jerry Wedge, who will be retiring from The Umbrella after 12 years of leadership marked by the renovation and expansion of the arts center. “I am absolutely thrilled the Board has selected Eileen to take over as The Umbrella’s new Executive Director.” said Wedge. “She has been central to our planning and growth over the past four years, and she is exceptionally well-equipped to lead this organization into the next generation of growth and success.

As Deputy Director, Williston spearheaded initiatives that resulted in significant organizational growth and impact across The Umbrella’s Performing Arts, Education, and Visual Arts programs. She restructured the organization’s administrative and operations teams and led fundraising through the COVID-19 pandemic achieving a record-setting 64% increase in contributed revenue. In her new role, Williston will work with the Board to initiate a strategic planning process to guide what has become a well-regarded regional visual, performing, and educational arts destination in the Greater Boston MetroWest region.

Prior to joining The Umbrella, Williston was the Managing Director at Boston Lyric Opera where, as a member of the leadership team, she helped to strategically guide the company and led its first comprehensive campaign. Her career began as a performing artist in the Boston region and beyond including roles with SpeakEasy Stage, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Wheelock Family Theatre, The Gloucester Stage Company, and more. Before moving to arts administration, she worked at Fidelity Investments coordinating client events around the country.

Williston holds a degree in communications and performing arts from Marywood University in Scranton (PA).

GCC Hosts Annual Plant Sale: A Blooming Event for Mother’s Day

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CONCORD: The much-anticipated annual plant sale hosted by the Garden Club of Concord will be held on May 11 from 8:30am-12:30pm, rain or shine, at the Tri-Con Church located at 54 Walden Street. This cherished event promises a wide array of plants sourced from the flourishing gardens of the club's members, as well as garden tools for those looking to cultivate their own green spaces.

The Garden Club of Concord, renowned for its commitment to horticultural excellence and community enrichment, has been organizing this beloved plant sale for years.  One of the hallmarks of the Garden Club of Concord's plant sale is its dual purpose: to provide the community with access to high-quality plants and to raise funds for local projects through its grant program, to provide a college scholarship and to fund outreach projects.  The grants support a variety of initiatives aimed at enhancing the natural beauty of Concord and fostering environmental stewardship. From beautification projects to conservation efforts, the impact of these grants reverberates throughout the community, leaving a lasting legacy of greenery and sustainability.

In addition to supporting local projects, the Garden Club of Concord also recognizes the importance of investing in the future. To this end, the club offers a $500 college scholarship to a deserving student with a passion for horticulture or environmental studies.

With Mother's Day just around the corner, the plant sale offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate the special women in our lives with a beautiful and meaningful gift. Whether it's a vibrant flowering plant or a unique shrub, there's something for every mom to cherish and enjoy.

So, mark your calendars and join the Garden Club of Concord for a day of blooming beauty and community spirit.

Lawns and Lawn Alternatives: The Garden Club of Concord's Annual Community Meeting

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CONCORD: Each year, the Garden Club of Concord invites the public to join them in their annual community meeting, a gathering eagerly awaited by green thumbs and nature enthusiasts alike. This year, mark your calendars for May 15 at 7pm, as the Club opens its doors at the Tri-Con Church located at 54 Walden Street, for an enlightening program on "Lawns and Lawn Alternatives."

Led by Gretel Anspach, a retired systems engineer for Raytheon and a Trustee of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.  Gretel brings a wealth of knowledge as a lifetime master gardener with the MMGA (Massachusetts Master Gardener Association). She enjoys the elements of science and math involved in horticulture. For nine years Gretel oversaw the Food Pantry Garden at Raytheon. In 2016 she won the MMGA Lifetime Achievement award. Gretel has gone on to establish and maintain a 20,000 square foot food production garden that has provided fresh produce to the Marlboro and Maynard Food Pantries for the last twelve years.
During this program, Gretel will focus on alternatives to conventional lawn care and the traditional grass lawn, a topic gaining increasing traction in today's environmentally conscious world. The “perfect” lawn is a major drain on water supplies, a source of pollution and a lot of work! Instead of the traditional approach that often demands countless hours of labor and expensive chemical treatments, Gretel will explore innovative strategies to tailor lawns to individual needs.

Embark on a journey towards more sustainable living. The Garden Club of Concord's annual community meeting will serve as a beacon of inspiration and education.

MCC to Highlight Student Singers & Instrumentalists in End-of-Semester Recital

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BEDFORD/LOWELL: In a celebration of their hard work throughout the semester, Middlesex Community College is excited to host a Student Recital as part of the Spring 2024 “A World of Music” concert series. The performance will take place at 12:30pm on April 22 at MCC’s Bedford Campus Concert Hall.

"I've been working with Professor Dr. Daniel Fridley this semester doing an independent study in voice,” said Emily Holway, an MCC Music student from Westford. “He has pushed me to explore new terrain in music and it's rewarding to hear my voice develop. I'm excited I get to perform an original composition I wrote over a year ago and share it. It's a piece I'm most fond of and I hope everyone will like it!"

The line-up will feature MCC student singers and instrumentalists showcasing their talents on stage in front of a live audience. A few electronic works by Music Technology students will also be featured.
“We are so looking forward to our upcoming student recital, which will feature student singers, pianists, guitarists, percussionists, cellist, music technology compositions, and our new MCC Music Club Band,” said Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, MCC’s Chair of Music. “Music ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Amy Winehouse will be performed."

Two additional A World of Music concerts include a performance by the Lowell Chamber Orchestra (LCO) at 7:30pm on May 4 at MCC’s Academic Arts Center in Lowell and Duo du Sud at 3pm on June 2 at MCC’s Bedford Concert Hall, 591 Springs Road. All concerts are free and open to the public. Parking is available on campus. Visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/worldofmusic for more information.
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“After the Rain: Music for the Journey” at Concord Women’s Chorus

CONCORD: Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC), fostering the power of women’s voices in song, presents the spring concert “After the Rain: Music for the Journey” on May 4, 4 pm, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street. The performance is conducted by CWC Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank, with accompaniment by Scott Nicholas, piano.

A concert of captivating new music written for women’s voices, “After the Rain: Music for the Journey” tracks the twists and turns of our life stories: the joys, the disappointments, the stumbles, and the redemption along the journey. From Gwyneth Walker’s reflective Maid of Constant Sorrow, to the hope of Elaine Hagenberg’s contemplative Song of Miriam and exploration of wonder in By Night; from the dream of taking flight in Jocelyn Hagen’s The Sky Falls to the triumph of Anthony Trecek-King’s I’m on My Way, the entire program serves to uplift and to delight, to overcome and to ultimately sing with joy!

Concord Women’s Chorus is a 45-singer ensemble fostering the power of women’s voices through song, hailing from Concord and the greater Boston area. Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank conducts the chorus performing a wide variety of choral music, ranging from early music to contemporary repertoire, with an emphasis on works written for women’s voices. CWC’s commitment to the mastery and performance of a dynamic repertoire for women transforms the act of choral singing into an instrument for collaboration, education, and connection. The ensemble features confident singers who care deeply about creating, through women’s voices, a source of strength and inspiration for themselves, the audience, and the world around us.

Tickets to “After the Rain” are $30 adults, $25 seniors and students, $10 children ages 12 and under, available at concordwomenschorus.org and at the door.  Trinity Episcopal Church is fully accessible.  For more information, or to join Concord Women’s Chorus, email manager@concordwomenschorus.org, visit concordwomenschorus.org, and follow Concord Women’s Chorus on Facebook and Instagram.
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Laughter is the Best Medicine

BEDFORD: Said Charles Dickens, "There is nothing in the world so irresistably contagious as laughter and good humor."  Join the Friends of the Bedford Council on Aging (FBCoA) on May 7 from 10:30-11:30am in the Parish Hall at St. Michael's Church, 90 Concord Road for an interactive program with Robert Rivest.  Rivest will stretch minds, some body parts, as well as ensure that everyone strengthen their ability to breath and laugh out loud as much as possible.

Rivest is the creator and founder of Wellbeing Laughter and The Rivest Method of Joyful Living.  He is an internationally-regarded performer, teacher and public speaker.  A talented mindfulness and stress-relief education, Rivest has given over 8,000 presentations in Europe, Asia, Africa and across the U.S.  His mission is to use laughter, mindfulness and the performing arts to bring greater health, happiness and joy to as many individuals as possible.

To reserve your place for this performance, including light refreshments, RSVP by May 3 by phone (781/275-9574) or email (lwhite2@juno.com).
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Concord Band Spring Pops Features Guest Artist Olga Lisovska

CONCORD: 51 Walden presents the Concord Band performing its annual Spring Pops concert as a fundraiser for 51 Walden building repairs. The concert will be held on April 13 at 7pm on the music stage of the 51 Walden Performing Arts Center. The program will feature a guest artist, Ukrainian soprano Olga Lisovska, singing opera and popular solos including "My Kyiv" and George Gershwin’s "Somebody Loves Me." Tickets are available online at www.ticketstage.com/T/51WALDEN, at $30 single, or $25 per person at tables of four. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Hailed as "soprano extraordinaire" by WBUR, Olga is a critically acclaimed classical soprano, whose career involves both singing and producing. A native of Kyiv, Ukraine, Olga Lisovska holds degrees from Middlebury College, École Normale de Musique d'A. Cortot in Paris, France and L'Institut des Sciences Politiques in Paris, France. Olga founded Music, Arts and Fashion Productions, whose mission is to promote the arts. Olga produced award-winning operas at Commonwealth Lyric Theater and Talents of the World's Annual Music Festival at Carnegie Hall. Since the start of Russia’s war in Ukraine, Olga co-founded Sky Philanthropy and produced two Boston Ukrainian Festivals. Ms. Lisovska has been giving performance lectures about Ukrainian music and song literature to audiences ranging from children, university students, and adults. Olga’s life purpose is to inspire positive change through connections for life, coaching, and art performances.

The Concord Band will also perform Gershwin's An American in Paris, Eduard Strauss' Clear Track Polka, selections from John Williams' Star Wars motion picture soundtracks, among other audience favorites.

51 Walden is home to the Concord Band, the Concord Players, the Concord Orchestra, a dance studio, as well as hosting annual Opera 51 productions. 51 Walden is a non-profit organization, which in 1974 was entrusted by the Town of Concord with conservation and maintenance of the historic Veterans Building. 51 Walden has operated and improved the Performing Arts Center these last 50 years.
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Musicians from Boston Symphony Orchestra to Join MCC for “World of Music” Concert Series

BEDFORD: Middlesex Community College is excited to welcome musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) as part of the Spring 2024 “A World of Music” concert series. The performance will take place at 8pm on April 5 at the MCC Concert Hall on the Bedford Campus.

"I have had the great pleasure of collaborating with the wonderful musicians John Ferrillo and Elizabeth Klein for many years,” said Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, MCC’s Chair of Music. “I am so looking forward to our upcoming concert at Middlesex.”

John Ferrillo, Principal Oboe of the BSO, and Elizabeth Klein, Associate Principal Flute of the BSO, will join Rodríguez-Peralta, piano, for a program of works for oboe/piano, flute/piano and flute/oboe/piano by Benjamin Britten, Ludwig van Beethoven, Charles-Marie Widor, and Madeleine Dring.

Additional performances of “A World of Music” include an MCC Student Recital at 12:30pm on April 22 and Duo du Sud at 3pm on June 2 at MCC’s Bedford Concert Hall, as well as a performance by the Lowell Chamber Orchestra (LCO) at 7:30pm on May 4 at MCC’s Academic Arts Center in Lowell. All concerts are free and open to the public.

MCC’s Concert Hall is located in Henderson Hall at 591 Springs Road in Bedford. Parking is available on-campus. For more information, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/worldofmusic.
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MCC to Host In-person Open House on College’s Bedford Campus

BEDFORD/LOWELL: The path to a brighter future starts at Middlesex Community College. To help prospective students and their families learn all about what the college has to offer, Middlesex is hosting a Spring Open House at 5pm on April 3.
“MCC helps students explore new paths and discover their passions to transform their lives and gain long-lasting success well after graduating from the college,” said Jennifer Migliozzi, MCC’s Assistant Dean of Admissions.

“Open Houses present prospective students and their families with an opportunity to hear directly from faculty and staff on how MCC makes getting an education affordable and flexible. Learn about how our variety of course formats and award-winning student support services and resources meet the needs of every learner who comes to the college.”
During the in-person Bedford Open House, students and their families can meet with faculty and staff from all of MCC’s programs and student services areas. The Open House will cover experiences, such as academic and career counseling, dual enrollment, financial aid, tutoring, student access and support services, the Commonwealth Honors Program and more.

There will also be an opportunity to take a campus tour of the Bedford facilities and apply to the college.

Middlesex will host an additional Open House this spring. The Lowell Open House will take place at 5pm on May 1. Prospective students and their families can learn more about MCC’s resources and offerings, while touring the Lowell campus.

“Attending an Open House is one of the best ways to get an inside look at MCC before starting,” Migliozzi said. “Whether in Bedford or Lowell, we hope to see you there!”

Visit middlesex.mass.edu/admissions for more information and to register for MCC’s Open Houses!
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Journeys of Transformation Book Signing

CONCORD: Join Kerem Shalom of Concord for a special celebration at their Journeys of Transformation book signing event, where they recognize the recent publication of “Journeys of Transformation: Confronting the Legacies of Conflict, War and Genocide” by Wilma Busse, Martina Emme and Kerem Shalom Cantor Rosalie Gerut. This event will take place on May 5, 2pm, at Kerem Shalom, 659 Elm Street. The program will include selected readings from the book, film clips, and moderated discussion, including comments by Gerut, her co-authors, and Kerem Shalom's Rabbi Darby Leigh. Light refreshments will be offered. There is no fee to attend this program, but RSVPs are required for both in-person and online attendance. Email ap-registration@keremshalom.org for in-person registration by May 2, 2024.

Rosalie Gerut is a co-founder of One-by-One, an organization that brings together three generations of individuals impacted by the Holocaust and the Nazi regime for life-changing dialogues. Their work has spread around the world, with the hopes of breaking the cycles of intergenerational trauma. The organization has been presented with the Charlotte Bloomberg Award for its important work. The book features a description of the Dialogue Group Model, personal accounts, art, music, and films.
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Spirited & Progressive Bluegrass by The Ruta Beggars at Concord Conservatory

CONCORD: The Concord Conservatory of Music is set to host an extraordinary evening of traditional bluegrass music with a twist on April 27 as The Ruta Beggars take the stage. The band is made up of talented musicians who studied together in the American Roots Program at Berklee College of Music. Micah Nicol on guitar, Sofia Chiarandini on fiddle, Ariel Wyner on mandolin, Trevin Nelson on banjo, and Noah Harrington on bass make up the impressive ensemble.

The Ruta Beggars are celebrated for their imaginative musical arrangements, their intricate vocal harmonies, and their impressive musicianship. They have earned a well-deserved place among the top-tier of the bluegrass community, and their live performances are known for their vibrant energy and engaging showmanship. Combining bluegrass with early swing, The Ruta Beggars' music is a unique and captivating sound that's not to be missed.

This talented group of musicians has received recognition for their musical talents and was the winner of the Thomas Point's band competition in 2019. Now, they're set to thrill the audiences at the Concord Conservatory of Music with their infectious melodies and dynamic musicianship. Tickets for the show are now available at ConcordConservatory.org.

The concert is part of the 2023-2024 CCM Concert & Lecture Series, made possible thanks to the generous support of our Lead Sponsor, Emerson Health, and our Supporting Sponsor, Middlesex Savings Bank. The Concord Cultural Council and Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council, local agencies that the Mass Cultural Council supports, have also provided grants to support the event.

Semi-Finalist Concepts Unveiled for Lex250 Monument Project

LEXINGTON: The semi-finalists have been unveiled in the national search for an artist to build the Lex250 Monument, a key feature of Lex250: the 250th Anniversary celebration of the Battle of Lexington in 1775. The Semiquincentennial Commission (Lex250), a committee of the Town of Lexington, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (“MAPC”), an official partner of the project, unveiled the four semi-finalists on Wednesday evening in an event held in the Estabrook Auditorium inside the Issac Harris Cary Memorial Building in Lexington. A total of 35 artist teams responded to the December 20, 2023 call for submissions.

As adopted by a working group last fall, the vision asks artists to consider what the Battle of Lexington means to Americans today; how the town has reflected ideas of liberty throughout time; and, whether/how, the U.S. represents those ideas today. The values seek a resulting monument that is engaging, timeless, inclusive, interactive, inspirational, and site-specific. The four finalists are:
 
  • "Spark" by Mark Aeling, MGA Sculpture Studio, of Saint Petersburg, FL
  • "The Path to Liberty" by Miriam Gusevich, GM2 Studio, of Washington, D.C.
  • "Lex250 Monument" by Zaq Landsberg & Thomas Robinson, Studio North, of New York City, NY
  • "Reflection" by Jonathan & Saori Ide Russell, Ride Art Studio, of Berkeley, CA

The final selection will be made by a volunteer Selection Panel consisting of community members. To view the full video presentation from each of the artists, visit https://youtu.be/CaGhSF866wc. Community members can also review each of the full project proposals online at www.mapc.org/resource-library/lex250-monument.

"I want to thank all the artists for their thoughtful and creative submissions, and thank all those who attended the unveiling," said Commission Chair Suzie Barry.

The final artist will be announced on April 15. They will receive a grant of $250,000 to develop and install their artwork at Belfry Park, across from the Lexington Battle Green.

The award is funded by a generous donation from a member of the Lexington community who has chosen to remain anonymous.