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.
Let’s do this Concord !

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.
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Presentation by Greeley Peace Scholar, Fatemeh Shams

CONCORD: On April 7 at 3:30pm, the Women's Parish Association and the Diversity Committee, in cooperation with UMASS Lowell and the Greeley Scholar for Peace Program, are delighted to invite everyone to a talk at First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road, by the 2024 Peace Scholar, Fatemeh Shams who currently serves as Associate Professor of Persian Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  A reception will follow the talk. There is no charge for this event. Award winning Shams has been living in exile since June of 2009 and her lived experience has served as a springboard for her poetic creativity and her feminist activism. For further information, call (978) 369-9602.
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"Color Splash" at ConcordArt

CONCORD: From March 29-April 28, ConcordArt will be exhibiting "Color Splash," pairing abstract artist Juni Van Dyke and expressionist painting Caryl Hull-Leavitt in a two-person show of renewal and joy. Both artists push color, space and form fused with a distinct awareness of surroundings, and both artists’ works resonate with optimism and energy that reaches out from their canvases while inviting you in. There will be an opening reception on March 28 from 5:30-8pm. For more information, visit ConcordArt at 37 Lexington Road, or go online to concordart.org.

North Shore artist, Juni Van Dyke’s canvases are worlds onto themselves. Vibrant abstractions with shapes and marks reading as characters in play while suggesting a birds-eye view of places you cannot quite identify but you want to visit. Van Dyke is guided by experience and intuition. Van Dyke lives and works in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of The School of The Museum of Fine Arts/Boston, and Tufts University, and is a grant recipient of The St. Botolph Foundation and The Massachusetts Cultural Council. Van Dyke’s work is held in the permanent collection of The Cape Ann Museum.  Her work is represented by The Jane Deering Gallery, and throughout the country by Room&Board. Visit Juni Van Dyke online at fineartists.boston/juni-van-dyke.

Caryl Hull-Leavitt uses her small urban yard, Dutch still lifes, and tablescapes as the jumping off point for exploration and interpretation. Recognizable images morph into vivid colors and shapes, with strong gestural marks injecting life and motion into otherwise still objects and settings. Hull-Leavitt uses her small urban yard, Dutch still lifes, and tablescapes as the jumping off point for exploration and interpretation. Recognizable images morph into vivid colors and shapes, with strong gestural marks injecting life and motion into otherwise still objects and settings. Vist Caryl Hull-Leavitt online at carylh.com.
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Register Now for Kids Spring Group Classes at Concord Conservatory

CONCORD: Want your kids to love music? Introduce them to music through an engaging and fun class this spring. Start your kid’s musical journey off with a Concord Conservatory of Music 10-week class this spring. They will receive excellence in music education, balancing rigor with the joy and fun of creating music.  Small classes give each student individual attention, yet learning is a social experience. We encourage registering as soon as possible due to the maximum enrollment per group class.
 
  • Family Notes group class for newborns through 4 years old offers a comprehensive approach to stimulating your child’s physical, language, social, cognitive, and musical development through musical play. Each 45-minute class incorporates simple percussion instruments, creative movement, improvisation, and playful props. What better way to share time as a family than making music together! Choose the best day and time for you and your littlest students: Wednesday at 9:30am or 10:30am, or Thursday at 9:30am or 10:30am. The spring semester for this class begins on either April 3 or 11.
  • Beginner Vocals, for kids ages 6-8, is an introductory vocal course on Fridays at 4pm designed for young singers who have a passion for singing and want to have fun! Our comprehensive program encompasses breathing exercises, pitch refinement, voice placement, range development, and tone enhancement, all culminating in recital performances. Best of all, singers learn to be expressive, animated, and comfortable performing in front of others. The classes are 45 minutes, and the spring semester begins on March 22nd.

Concord Conservatory of Music 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 and 17 surrounding communities. Its curriculum includes private instruction, group classes, and performance opportunities. Financial assistance is available.
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Opting for Growth by Embracing Stress & Emotions

CONCORD/CARLISLE: Join a presentation by Dr. Karin Hodges on March 21 from 6-8pm at Willard Elementary School Auditorium, 185 Powder Mill Road in Concord.  Concord Public and Concord-Carlisle Regional Schools SEPAC is presenting "Opting for Growth by Embracing Stress & Emotions," in which Dr. Hodges will shed light on the systems and professions that have inadvertently contributed to the rise of childhood mentall illness and the widespread mental health crisis.  Hodges will explain the mechanisms that grow mental illness versus emotional well-being, and describe the essential resources that children require today for health and healing.  She will provide a glimmer of hope in the fight against teen mental illness, offering a widely applicable solution that has the potential for global impact.  If you are aiming to help kids heal or if you want them to thrive, do not miss out on this enriching educational experience.  For more information, visit concordsepac.org or email concordsepac@gmail.com.

LHS Gives Away Free Tickets to the Battle of Lexington

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LEXINGTON: For the third year in a row, Lexington Historical Society is giving away viewing spots for six people at the Reenactment of the Battle of Lexington on April 15! The Reenactment is THE central event of Patriots' Day weekend, and attracts thousands of people each year. Enjoy a relatively late arrival to the Green (4:45am suggested; the event starts at approximately 5:15am), and claim viewing spots just outside Buckman Tavern. As dawn breaks across the eastern sky, see the Lexington militia stream out of Buckman Tavern. Hear the ringing alarm bell and the steady drumbeat of the British Regulars. Witness the confrontation that sparked the American Revolution. This is history come to life!

Please note that your viewing area will be the ramp and path outside the staff entrance to Buckman Tavern. This area is not open to the public, and offers unobstructed views down Massachusetts Avenue and across to the Green. Feel free to stand or bring your own folding chairs.
Simply make a donation online at https://lexingtonhistoricalsociety.betterworld.org/giveaways/reenactment-battle-lexington-202-204 for a chance to win! The deadline to enter is April 11 at 9am. The lucky winner will be notified by email by April 12.
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Concord Orchestra Presents "Momentum"

CONCORD: Concord Orchestra is excited to share their March 23 (8pm) and March 24 (2:30pm) concerts, "Momentum," featuring Young Competition Winner, Jiyu Oh on violin. Also included in the program are Anna Clyne's This Midnight Hour; Samuel Barber Violin Concerto Op. 14; and Paul Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber.  Tickets are available now online at concordorchestra.thundertix.com/events/215304.

Jiyu Oh is a violinist from Seoul, South Korea. She is currently studying with Prof. Soovin Kim at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Boston, MA. She is also enrolled in the Chamber Music Intensive Performance Seminar and plays as co-concertmaster of Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of NEC Preparatory School. Her most recent highlights include full scholarship participation at the Chamber Music Northwest Young Artist Institute and Morningside Music Bridge, 1st place of Concord Young Artist Competition and 2nd place in the BSO Concerto Competition and NEC Preparatory School Concerto Competition and Jack Kent Cooke Award from NPR’s From the Top.
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Concord Park Presents Dementia Education Program to Concord Academy Students

CONCORD: Concord Park Senior Living welcomed students from Concord Academy to go through their Dementia Awareness & Sensitivity Training, offering them the opportunity to learn more about the experiences of those living with dementia as well as how to interact with them in ways that make them feel seen and heard in the community.

Concord Park’s Director of Community Relations, Maryellen King, presented Making Sense of Dementia to the students, which encompassed the definitions of Alzheimer’s and dementia, skills for listening to and communicating effectively with those living with dementia, and how to approach them with compassion, patience, and kindness.

The Making Sense of Dementia presentation is just one component of Dementia Friendly Communities, an initiative launched by Concord Park’s management company, Senior Living Residences. The movement aims to fight the stigma against those living with dementia. Through empowering and befriending people with dementia, Dementia Friendly Communities helps them feel valued in their communities so that they can have their voices heard and their contributions appreciated.

This eye-opening presentation was a great way for students to discover more about the unique issues and experiences those living with dementia face. It also introduces them to the possibility of working in the senior living industry in the hopes of younger generations making a positive impact in the lives of seniors.

For more information visit www.ConcordPark.org or call (978) 369-4728. To learn more about the Dementia Friendly initiative and how Concord Park can bring this training to you, contact Maryellen King at mking@concordpark.org.
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Be Happy. Volunteer with the MMMH Chorus

CONCORD: If you've ever attended a Music Makes Me Happy Chorus concert, you've experienced the joy of making music together with an enthusiastic and genuine community. The chorus itself is a tight-knit group of singers and volunteers under the direction of Marsha Martin, accompanied by pianist Devereux Geiger. They are thrilled to perform for supportive audiences who are also invited to sing along with them, and in so doing, come to feel a part of the "chorus family". The Concord-based non-profit organization comprises people of varying ages and abilities who love to sing, make friends, and give back to the community. They meet September through June at the Umbrella Arts Center.

The Music Makes Me Happy Chorus is looking for a new team member to help with publicity and communication.  Consider bringing your love of music, desire to support a diverse community, technical and communication talents to support our organization. The position is around 10 hours per month, reports to the Chorus Director and will collaborate with and have the support of the chorus Advisory Council. Specific responsibilities include:
 
  • Social media posting on chorus activities
  • Organize and maintain the MMMH Chorus supporter email list and assist with mailings to support fundraising efforts
  • Concert promotion activities
  • Create publicity materials
  • Community outreach

The chorus is always welcoming new members and volunteers. Contact Marsha Martin with any inquiries: marsha@mmmh-singers.org or (978) 897-6142.
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Neil Simon Play Continues at Concord Players

CONCORD: The Concord Players continue their run of the Neil Simon favorite "Brighton Beach Memoirs" thru February 24 at 51 Walden Street. This coming-of-age comedy focuses on Eugene Morris Jerome, a teenager obsessed with baseball, girls, and writing (definitely not in that order) while living with his mother, father, and older brother in 1937 Brooklyn. Eugene's widowed aunt and her two daughters have come to live with the Jeromes, stretching their family resources and testing their relationships. And with fear and violence mounting in Europe, their family dynamics are about to change even more dramatically. For updates and more information, visit concordplayers.org.

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Free Organ Concert with Katherine Ou

BEDFORD: On February 25 at 3pm, organist Katherine Ou will perform a solo recital at Lutheran Church of the Savior, 426 Davis Road. Katherine has been serving as organist at the Lutheran Church for three years, and began her training at the age of 13 in Waco (TX). The 45-minute program will include Trio Sonata No. 1 by J. S. Bach, Fanfare by Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens,“Nimrod” from Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar, as well as several Jazz pieces. Admission is free, reservations are not required, and there will be a light reception following the concert.
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Concord Art Presents Reshaping Abstraction

CONCORD: Beginning March 28, Concord Art, 37 Lexington Road, presents Reshaping Abstraction, curated by Adria Arch. It will be on view through May 12. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4:30pm; Sunday 12-4pm.  There will be an Opening Reception March 28 from 5:30-7pm.  There will be an Artist Panel April 4 at 6pm. You can also enjoy a three-day Painting Workshop with Adria Arch: Big, Bold, and Beautiful Abstract Painting, April 12-14, Friday and Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday, 12-4pm.

Reshaping Abstraction features a selection of contemporary artists whose exuberant non-figurative work is a direct response to our times. Sculptural approaches abound, characterized by the manipulation of painted wood, plastic, paper, canvas, dyed yarn, and fiber. The exhibition celebrates a spirit of vitality and “the radical act it is to be joyful and buoyant against a world that has so much difficulty,” says curator Adria Arch. “That’s the heart of it.” Like the earlier Abstract Expressionists, these artists embrace their materials’ physicality, pushing the boundaries to reshape abstract painting and sculpture into new hybrids and formulations of color, shape, and line.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Jennifer Amadeo-Holl, Adria Arch, Allison Baker, Olivia Baldwin, Lisa Barthelson, Catherine Bertulli, Gregg Blasdel, Steven J. Cabral, Kim Carlino, Donnabelle Casis, Cyrille Conan, Maya Erdelyi, Cadence Giersbach, Kate Holcomb Hale, Jai Hart, Damien Hoar de Galvan, Vanessa Irzyk, Bonny Leibowitz, Frances Lerner, Beth O’Grady, Destiny Palmer, Katrina Sanchez, Suzan Shutan, and Karen Snouffer.
Arch is a Boston-based mixed media artist, educator, and arts advocate. She is a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery, and her work is housed in both private and public collections. Arch has completed residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sanskriti Foundation in Delhi, and in Auvillar, France.

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

Concord Center for the Visual Arts was founded a century ago by Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts, an American Impressionist and philanthropist whose mission—to promote and advance the visual arts and artists, and to sustain our cultural community —still stands today. Concord Art provides a place for contemporary art exhibitions and art education.

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Music & Invention: A Concert & Lecture with Tod Machover & Friends

CONCORD: How does music inspire new ideas and inventions? How do composers use invention to create new sounds and experiences? How does music reflect and transform the world we live in? These are some of the questions that will be addressed at the Music & Invention Concert and Lecture, presented by the Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) on March 8 at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at ConcordConservatory.org.

Join renowned composer, inventor, and educator Tod Machover of the MIT Media Lab to explore the multi-faceted relationship between invention and music. Performed by CCM faculty artist, pianist Yoko Hagino, guest violinist Charlie Lovell-Jones, guest cellist Ariana Falk, and graduate students from the MIT Media Lab, this promises to be a wild ride of music and celebration of bold but beautiful ideas.

Featuring works by J.S. Bach, Frederic Rzewski, Liza Lim, Marianne Amacher, Pauline Oliveros, and three recent compositions by Machover, including the U.S. Premiere of Resolve Remote for violin and electronics. Witness how a musical idea can develop into a full-length composition, how music can mirror and adapt to its environment, and how composers can challenge and expand our listening habits. From bow-and-string to new interactive interfaces and from AI to singalong, join in for a very unusual evening of sounds and ideas that will spark imaginations, open minds, and bring delight. Whether you are interested in classical, experimental, or electronic music, you will find something to appreciate and enjoy.

Help Support Those Affected by Domestic Violence in Our Communities

CONCORD: Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc. (DVSN) is looking for interested community members to participate in their FREE March 2024 Volunteer Advocate Training program at the Concord Police Department. The 40-hour training is designed to familiarize the volunteers with the many aspects of domestic violence and give them the skills necessary to provide confidential and appropriate services to DVSN’s clients. Once trained, DVSN’s volunteer Advocates provide direct service over the phone, at the Concord District Court, and at Emerson Hospital to people affected by domestic violence.

The March 2024 training will be held over three weeks from March 4-22 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:15am-12:30pm, and Fridays 9:15am- 3:30pm. For those who wish to activate as Advocates, an additional 10 to 12 hours of individual field training will take place after successful completion of the classroom segment.

The training is provided at no cost to attendees. All necessary materials will be provided. To learn more about DVSN and its programs, services, and events, visit DVSN.org.

Those interested in more information about the training or want to request an application should call (978) 318-3421 or send an e-mail to training@dvsn.org. Applications are due no later than February 26, 2024.
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Oppenheimer: The Movie & Man—with Professor Stephen Whitfield

CONCORD: Kerem Shalom of Concord is delighted to have Professor Steve Whitfield present "Oppenheimer: The Movie & Man" on March 3 at 10:30am. Christopher Nolan’s 2023 biopic of “the father of the atomic bomb” raises the most harrowing questions about the formation of scientific genius and the exercise of military power. What the movie could not cover in more than three hours—or could not treat adequately or clearly—from the Jewish dimension to the perils of the Cold War, will be the subject of this presentation. Of note…Oppenheimer has been nominated for more Oscars than any other movie. There is no fee to attend, but kindly RSVP to rosalie@keremshalom.org.

Professor Whitfield taught American Studies at Brandeis University from 1972-2017 and is now Brandeis Professor Emeritus. He won a number of major teaching awards and is the author of ten books on twentieth-century American history and on American Jewish history.
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