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Concord Park & Lincoln COA Partner to Support Those with Dementia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 was written in 1877 while Brahms was staying in a picturesque lakeside town in Austria. It is an audience favorite, with light-hearted, cheerful melodies in the first movement – interrupted briefly by sinister sounding brass and percussion, a passionate slow
second movement that opens with a lovely cello theme, a scherzo that alternates between a lively dash and a relaxed stroll, and a brilliant finale.
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May 20th Rotary Day of Service: People in Action

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A La Luz is a platform and curatorial project founded by environmental artists Gonzaga Gómez-Cortázar Romero, born in Spain and based in New York, and David Cass, born in Scotland and based in Athens. Five of the artists were selected through an open call juried by a panel of founders and directors of the Temporal School of Experimental Geography, The Climate Museum in New York City, Land Art Generator, Green Art Lab Alliance as well as environmental artists, activists and scientists. Including installations by the two curators, the eleven other artists presenting physical works in the exhibition include New England artists Erin Woodbrey and Luke Myers, as well as Bethany Johnson (Texas) Felipe de Ávila Franco (Finland via Brazil), David Ellingsen (Canada), Tanja Geis (California), Miguel Jeronimo (Cambodia via Portugal), Miguel Sbastida (Spain), Adam Sébire (Arctic Circle via Australia), Ulrika Sparre (Sweden), and Planetary Intimacies (Germany). The  remaining fourteen artists from the original online exhibition will be represented on screen and video projection and can be found at
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In the words of Dr. Gary Husband, lecturer at The University of Sunderland, “The artists, capturing both the human spirit and representation of the deeper world around us, offer an insight into the regaining of lost connections to the Earth’s deeper cycles and the building of a new understanding and alignment with longer geological time.” While it may seem that we are racing toward a closing act, we have not yet reached that dreaded “point of no return” and artists are in the unique position of being able to offer scientific data in new ways.

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

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

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Mythic Nature and Artist Books Concord Public Library

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BEDFORD: The First Church of Christ, Congregational at 25 The Great Road will again host a Spring Rummage Sale on two days: May 5 from 1–4pm and May 6 from 9am–2pm. Admission is free and a $1 donation at the door will benefit the Bedford Food Bank. This year’s Rummage Sale will feature a wide variety of white elephants, books, puzzles, household goods and small appliances, sports equipment, children’s toys and games, and costume jewelry. (No clothing, shoes, or soft goods will be sold.) Free parking available behind the church. The Church is handicapped accessible. For more information, visit firstchurchbedforducc.org.
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SAVE THE DATE: "The Power of Angels" 2023 Kitty Angels Fundraiser May 6 & 7

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

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


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

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

Interested in becoming a vendor at the event? Contact Sherry or Rick Tobin, at (603) 672-2535.  
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Choral Performance Celebrates the Joy of a Life Well-Lived

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Greenfield will be joined by Rachel Kalikow, Chief Development Officer of the Friends of the Arava Institute, to talk about the experience of bicycling through Israel as well as the Institute’s work in environmental peace-building. Hear about how environmental cooperation may offer a path to peace-building through efforts including renewable energy and water solutions for some of the region’s most vulnerable communities. The Arava Institute’s unique academic program includes facilitated dialogue between the students, which leads to deeper understanding and builds relationships and trust that lasts far beyond a semester on campus.
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Celebrate a Revival of the Spirit of Public Service April 19

CONCORD: Join We, the People, as we seek to revive together the spirit of public service – while we still can. American citizens of all stars and stripes will gather on April 19 at 3:33pm at Minuteman National Park in Concord to pay homage to Abraham Lincoln’s famous words declaration: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

Stuart-Sinclair Weeks, a native and longtime resident of Concord, is organizer of the inaugural celebration to revive America’s spirit of public service. He is also founder of the  Center for American Studies at Concord and a member of The Society of Cincinnati. As he observes astutely, “The United States has become divided by political partisanship instead of united by public service.”

Sinclair-Weeks points cautiously to the September 19, 1796, farewell address by our nation’s first president, George Washington, who led the successful American Revolution against the British Empire.

Regarded historically as the “Father of Our Nation,” Washington declared, “... Let me now take a more comprehensive view and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the Spirit of Party.”

The Patriot’s Day inauguration to revive the spirit of public service – the hopeful, inspirational mirror image of the spirit of party – will be attended by a wide cross-section of American patriots. They will include the following:

- Veritable servants;
- Public servants from the major American political parties - Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, Green, Constitution, and Independents.
- Gerald Higginbotham, prime minister of the American Slave Nation;
- Native American servant-leaders; and
- Fellow American citizens.

They will contribute their best thoughts about the challenges of and opportunities for reviving our nation’s spirit of public service.

According to Weeks, “Both the foregoing Concordians, near and far, and those who follow will take up to twice the time - seven minutes - Lincoln took in his ‘Four score and seven years ago … ‘ Gettysburg Address, to get to the heart of the matter in – we trust - as memorable an address.”

The Revival of the Spirit of Public Service will take place immemorium where the Minutemen mustered on April 19, 1775, at the ceremonial lawn by the Buttrick Mansion looking directly down to Concord’s Old North Bridge. For more information, contact Stuart-Sinclair Weeks at (207) 481-0479 mobile/text and stuartbweeks@gmail.com.
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Concord Free Public Library Macro Photography Exhibit to Appeal to All Ages

CONCORD: Photographer Paul Scopa will be exhibiting his macro photographs at the Concord Free Public Library thru April 29. Paul is a former science teacher and science textbook publisher. Inspired by memories of when he taught students how to use a microscope, and remembering their excitement, he will display photographs all related to macro photography. This is extreme close-up photography in which the size of the object being photographed is many times greater than it is in real life.

Because of the extremely high definition, you will see objects in a way you never have before. Most macro photos will include common everyday things. Some examples of the 30 photographs will include blueberries, cheerios, raisins, thread passing through the eye of a needle, a baseball, salt crystals, fabric, insect wings, and, yes, even gold slivers and coins.

All photographs will be matted and framed and most will be 11” X 14” prints. To make the exhibit interactive, for some photographs, participants will have to guess what the image is—and, yes, answers will be provided! So, adults, reawaken your memories of when you first viewed objects magnified several times their original size. View all genres of Paul Scopa’s photos at www.paulscopaphotography.com.
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Patriots Day Activities at Concord Museum

CONCORD: The Highland Street Foundation has supported the Concord Museum with their Patriots’ day programming, and Museum admission will be free that day!  There are several activities planned, including:

Patriots’ Day Minuteman Encampment
Monday, April 17, Free
10:30am (following the parade) – 4pm
https://concordmuseum.org/events/patriots-day-minuteman-encampment-2023/

“I haven’t a man who is afraid to go!” Visit the brave Acton Minutemen company in an encampment outside the Concord Museum on Patriots’ Day and see them drilling with muskets to prepare for battle, cooking over a firepit, and demonstrating colonial spinning and sewing.

Made in Horn
Monday, April 17, Free
10:30am (following the parade) – 4pm
https://concordmuseum.org/events/made-in-horn/
Visit a craftsperson in the Museum demonstrating various objects that were made of horn during the colonial period, including powder horns and everyday items like cups and combs.

An Enemy Among Us!
Monday, April 17, Free
10:30am (following the parade) – 4pm
https://concordmuseum.org/events/an-enemy-among-us-2/
When you are visiting the Museum on Patriots’ Day, beware of a Red Coat from the British Army roaming the galleries looking for Provincial rebels.  Talk with him about the experiences of the Red Coats on April 19, 1775.

Patriots’ Day Family Activities
Monday, April 17, Free
Drop-In Programming 10am–4pm
https://concordmuseum.org/events/patriots-day-family-activities-2023/
Celebrate the start of the American Revolution by exploring artifacts in the Museum and then visiting our drop-in activities to learn about life and craft in the colonies.

Free admission to the Museum on Patriots’ Day thanks to the generosity of the Highland Street Foundation.
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Pops Fundraiser at 51 Walden

CONCORD: The Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden is home to several community groups—The Concord Band, The Concord Orchestra, The Concord Players, and Opera 51. The building was erected in 1887 as the Town Armory, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is busy with rehearsals and performances nearly every night of the week, bringing joy to actors, musicians, as well as audiences.
 
The building is owned by the Town of Concord but is managed and maintained by the volunteer Board of 51 Walden, Inc. Unfortunately, last fall leaks developed in the roof of this historic structure. We were able to make temporary patches to see us through the winter, but we need to repair it this spring.
 
They are asking members of the community to help raise the funds to repair the roof by attending a gala Spring Pops concert on April 14. This festive event, which is being sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank, Newbury Court and The Ridick Revis Group, will feature The Concord Band and jazz vocalist Amanda Carr. There will be table seating and refreshments available for purchase. There will also be a mini auction of an array of unique items and adventures with Cory Atkins wielding the gavel. Tickets are $30 a person, $25 for groups of four or more, available at www.51walden.org. This is a chance to enjoy sparkling music and help save a community treasure at the same time. The downbeat is at 8pm.
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Friends Spring Book Sale Scheduled for April 20-23

BEDFORD: The Friends of the Bedford Library are delighted to hold their Spring Book Sale this year on the following dates:
 
  • April 20, 6:30--8:30pm (Special Members Preview)
  • April 21, 1-5pm
  • April 22, 10am-4pm
  • April 23, 1-4pm ($10 Bag Sale)

There will be thousands of fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, games, and other merchandise at great prices. And remember, 100% of all proceeds go directly to support Bedford Public Library programs and acquisitions.

Emerson Health 5k Run~Walk for Cancer Care – Registration Now Open

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CONCORD/ACTON: Registration is open for Emerson Health’s 24th annual 5k Run~Walk for Cancer Care at www.emersonhospital.org/5k. All proceeds support healing programs for patients who receive cancer care at Emerson.  In addition to the 5k, there will be a one-mile Kids’ Run and medals for the top finishers.

There are two ways to participate: Join the in-person event on May 6 at 8am at Nara Park in Acton, which includes free breakfast from Blackbird Cafe, ice cream from Kimball Farm, lawn games from All in Events MA, and community tables.

Or, sign up to do the virtual event to complete the 5k anytime between May 1 – May 6. Visit the website for details, to register, and make a donation. All registrants receive a high-performance race shirt. 

The Run~Walk event is a great opportunity to meet up with friends, neighbors, and loved ones. Encourage everyone you know to come out and exercise while raising money to support people in the community with cancer. For more information, email runwalk@emersonhosp.org, call Emerson’s Development Office at (978) 287-3084, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @EmersonHealth5K.
Easter celebrations at Concord Park this year included the residents receiving a visit from the Easter Puppy Myles from Golden Moments 4 Elders!

PICTURED (alphabetically): Marie Brady, Bob Clark, Trish & Joe Cooney, Carol Cully, Barbara Hannigan, Jack McBreen and Pat Menesale.
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Talk By the Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies at First Parish

CONCORD: Join First Parish on April 16 at 2pm in the Parish Hall for a talk with Greeley Scholar Dayamani Barla. This event will be multi-platform. For Zoom attendance, Register in advance to receive a Zoom link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You do not need to register to attend in person. There is no charge for this event.

The Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies Award honors a distinguished advocate for peace, noted humanitarian, or faith leader who is asked to serve in limited residency at the University of Massachusetts Lowell during one semester each year. The award is given in memory of the late Rev. Doctor Dana Greeley, former Sr. Minister of First Parish in Concord.

Dayamani Barla’s activism is located at the intersections of environmental justice, gender justice, and indigenous people’s right to self-determination. Over several decades, she has led resistance against dams/hydroelectric power projects and steel plants that displace indigenous people and destroy forests and water that are integral to their survival and sustenance. Her struggles are considered the longest and most successful initiatives to save essential elements needed for the earth to remain habitable for humans at large.
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Celebration of Activist Ellen Garrison April 14

CONCORD: On April 14 from 6-8 pm, a town wide celebration will be held in downtown Concord to commemorate the life and legacy of civil rights activist, Ellen Garrison, who spent her life educating newly freed people and fighting for their civil rights. The celebration will be a free, family friendly program of music, words and poetry honoring Ellen’s life, held at the Holy Family/Unitarian Universalist Church, with a reception to follow at the Town House.

Featured performers will include the Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Youth Choir and Drumline. Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts is committed to the development of Boston's next generation of innovative artists through the celebration and preservation of Black music. This celebration helps honor the history of lived African-American experience in Concord and the role that Ellen played in securing freedom for all people in Concord and beyond.

This event is sponsored by The Robbins House, Concord’s Museum of African American History and the birthplace of Ellen Garrison, along with the Town of Concord, Concord Visitors Center, Holy Family Parish, Concord250 Executive Committee, Concord Museum, Concord’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Commission. This is the first official event of the Concord250 Celebration. For more information, please contact Jen Turner, Executive Director of The Robbins House at jennifertuner1978@gmail.com or (312) 401-0898; or Joe Palumbo, the chair of The Robbins House Event Committee at joe.frank.palumbo@gmail.com.
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Concord Park Partners with Mass Save to Implement Environmentally Friendly Energy Systems

CONCORD: Concord Park Senior Living has recently made some environmentally conscious changes to their energy use and conservation. Amid a major renovation project to their building, the assisted living community had an opportunity to make some other changes to help conserve energy.

In the fall of 2022, Concord Park partnered with Mass Save to assess the energy efficiency of the building and reduce the community’s carbon footprint. Throughout the project, Concord Park converted their energy system from natural gas heating to heat pumps. Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and affordable, and they have a higher endurance than other heating and cooling systems. In the winter, they extract heat from the air or underground to keep buildings warm, then pump heat out in the summer.

Concord Park is one of the first businesses of its kind to install heat pumps in a commercial building in Concord, a welcomed change that will hopefully inspire other businesses to follow suit. Concord Municipal Light Plant (CMLP) offers several rebate programs for businesses who are looking into energy conservation measures. Concord Park was thrilled to participate in this program.

“It’s important to us to strengthen our relationship with the natural environment and do our part to protect the beautiful ecosystems of Concord,” said Concord Park Executive Director Natasha Heimrath. “Concord Park has always been committed to innovation, it’s part of the fabric of our company. Choosing to participate in a cutting-edge program like this, one that can both improve quality of life for our residents and also have a positive impact on our environment, just made perfect sense.”

Concord Park residents, families and staff are excited about the steps the senior community is taking to help reduce their carbon footprint, and they look forward to investigating additional environmentally friendly practices in the future.
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"Beginning Conversations About Race, Culture and Prejudice" at Bedford Library

BEDFORD: First Connections will be offering a free playgroup for children age 3-6 with their parents at Bedford Library this spring called "Beginning Conversations About Race, Culture and Prejudice." Young children notice differences in people like skin color, hair type, eye shape, the foods they eat and languages they speak. We adults can help them learn about these differences and try to prevent them from absorbing prejudiced ideas they may see or hear other places. In this group we will read books together about skin color, race, culture, and the prejudice and discrimination associated with those traits, and explore our own physical appearance and culture through play and art. Each week families will also get to borrow a bag with books to read at home and tips/activities for parents related to the books. Younger siblings welcome. This program will be held on Mondays, 10-11:00, from April 24-June 15. The facilitator is an Early Childhood teacher. To register, email lmatthews@jri.org.
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Charles Williams Scholarship Deadline March 5, 2023

CONCORD: The Williams Scholarship Committee, an initiative of the Concord Free Public Library Corporation, is now accepting scholarship applications from college-bound High School Seniors residing in Concord for The Charles Williams Scholarship for Excellence in Music and The Charles Williams Scholarship for Excellence in the Visual Arts. The deadline for submissions for both scholarships is May 5, 2023.

The Williams Scholarships are named for one of the Library’s original benefactors, Mr. Charles Williams, an enthusiastic supporter of higher education, music and the arts.

Online application forms as well as submission requirements for each Scholarship can be found here.
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CFPL Announces First Writer-in-Residence

CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library (CFPL) and the Trustees of CFPL Corporation are delighted to announce their very first Writer-in-Residence George Jreije. Jreije is the Lebanese-American author of the Shad Hadid children's fantasy series as well as the upcoming graphic novel Tarik’s Bazaar Adventure, all with HarperCollins. He has also written short stories published in collaboration with UNICEF. When not writing (or thinking about writing), he enjoys scouring the world for delicious food, messing with yoga poses, and connecting with eager readers. George can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @ByGeorgeJreije.

A panel of CFPL Corporation/Trustees, Library staff and others reviewed over 60 applications between Fall 2022 and Winter 2023, after which they presented the top applications to a review board of local celebrated authors for final decision. Jreije showed a clear passion for community involvement, including mentoring, leading workshops, and organizing writing retreats. This is just a taste of the offerings he will bring to the Concord community in his role as Writer-in-Residence.

The Concord Free Public Library Corporation has awarded a generous grant to fund the Writer-in Residence, who will receive a stipend and will spend part of his fellowship in the Library writing as well as offering dynamic programming and creative mentorship to the community. Located in the beautiful, newly-renovated part of the Library known as the Library House, the Writer-in-Residence office overlooks the Courtyard Workshop makerspace and the delightful Children’s Garden.

“We are thrilled to welcome our first Writer-in-Residence to continue Concord’s illustrious literary tradition. We created a special space for this purpose during our recent Library expansion,” said Sherry Litwack, President of the CFPL Corporation.

Jreije is expected to begin his tenure in mid-April. The public will be invited to a special welcome event.

Local Playwright Hortense Gerardo's "Middleton Heights" Commission Hits the Umbrella Stage

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CONCORD: The Umbrella Stage Company is thrilled to commission its first full-length play, created by local playwright Hortense Gerardo. "Middleton Heights" is a dark comedy that follows Meena and her Filipino family as they assimilate to life in a fictional Midwestern suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. The play traces historical events from 1967 to 2014 and the pursuit of the American Dream, refracted through the intersectional lens of the Asian American Pacific Islander immigrant experience.

This production is directed by Michelle Aguillon, who has helmed several popular productions for The Umbrella Stage, including this season's sold-out run of Kate Hamill's Dracula, Fences, Joy Luck Club, To Kill a Mockingbird, and True West, which earned a DASH Award for Best Production (Play). Aguillon and Gerardo have collaborated frequently on recent projects, including last season's Incantation for The Umbrella Stage @Home New Works series and Scensation for the Boston Theater Marathon XXIII, among others.

The Umbrella Stage Company was pleased to present a special program on October 30, 2021 exploring the Filipino American Experience through the dramatic writing and production process as part of the 2021 Concord Festival Authors. An interactive discussion with playwright Hortense Gerardo, director Michelle Aguillon, and actors Jude Torres, Liza Fermin-Granada, and Justin Budinoff presented a scene of an original play examining what it means to be a Filipino American in relation to the American Dream through the lens of a Filipino family in the suburbs of Cleveland. The event included a short scene-in-progress from the commissioned World Premiere!

This production runs March 31 - April 23, at 40 Stow Street. For more information, visit https://theumbrellaarts.org/production/middleton-heights.
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Concord Conservatory’s Spring Group Class Registration Open

CONCORD: Balancing rigor with the joy and fun of creating music, CCM group classes provide excellence in music education. Small classes give each student individual attention while learning and connecting with others. Share time together making music as a family in the group class, Family Notes—a class for parents, caregivers, kids through 4 years old and their siblings. Stimulate physical, language, social, cognitive, and musical development through musical play. Each class will incorporate simple percussion instruments, creative  movement, improvisation, and playful
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If your kids love to sing and belt out tunes, there's Beginner Vocals for ages 6-8, ideal for enthusiastic singers with no previous experience is required.

Adults don’t delay starting or continuing your desire to learn the fun instrument, the ukulele. Whether you're a beginner or have many years of experience, there's a ukulele group class for you to join.

Love bluegrass and would you like to sing in harmony while playing? Sign up for the Bluegrass Harmony Singing—a 10-week course dedicated to deepening our understanding of harmony singing, growing our repertoire, and most importantly getting to practice singing with other folks in a supportive environment.

For more information on the Concord Conservatory of Music, visit
ConcordConservatory.org, email info@concordconservatory.org, or call (978) 369-0010. Concord Conservatory of Music is located at 1317 Main Street in the West Concord Union Church. Financial assistance is available.
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Free Trial Adult Ukulele Classes at Concord Conservatory

CONCORD: Get ready to learn the ukulele, or pick it back up again! Sample a Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) Ukulele group class and see why the Uke is a fun and popular instrument to learn and play with friends. Sign up for a free trial group class for beginners on Wednesday, April 5 at 6pm for the Ukulele Crash Course.

Already have some experience, the Uke 2: The Sequel at 7pm will help to hone your fundamental playing skills. These fun and engaging courses connect you to other like-minded musicians in a social and supportive environment. The 6-week semester begins on April 12.

The Ukulele Crash Course offers a fundamental approach to learning the ukulele for students of varied musical backgrounds. You’ll learn the first position notes and chords on the ukulele and about tablature, basic note reading, chord diagrams, and basic strumming patterns. Get ready to learn how to play single-note melodies and basic chords for songs.

If you’re no longer a beginner and ready for a lot of fun while developing your skills, sign up for the Uke 2: The Sequel trial class. You’ll work on movable chord shapes, more diverse strumming patterns, and fingerpicking while playing a range of genres and styles, including pop and folk songs, Irish tunes, and Renaissance music.

Sign-up for your free trial ukulele group class at concordconservatory.org/instruction-programs. For information on the complete list of CCM offerings, visit ConcordConservatory.org, email info@concordconservatory.org, or call (978) 369-0010. The Concord Conservatory of Music is located at 1317 Main Street within the West Concord Union Church on the 2nd floor. Financial assistance is available.
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Local Residents Named to Simmons University Dean's List

CONCORD/ACTON: Congratulations to the following local students who were named to the 2022 fall semester dean's list at Simmons University in Boston_
 
  • Francesca Servello, Acton (01720)
  • Emma Ely, Carlisle (01741)
  • Annie Kinzlmaier, Concord (01742)
  • Olivia Palmer, Concord (01742)
  • Emma Wilcoxson, Concord (01742)

To qualify for dean's list status, undergraduate students must obtain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, based on 12 or more credit hours of work in classes using the letter grade system.
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Walk, Run & Roll with Minuteman Senior Services

BEDFORD: Join Minuteman Senior Services in May for the Spring Forward Walk, Run & Roll!  You will have the option of completing a 5K (3.1 miles) or 10K (6.2 miles) along the route of your choice anytime from May 20–29, 2023.  Other than the registration fee, there is no fundraising required, however you do have the option to  increase your support by setting up an individual or team fundraising page or joining a team.

This event will benefit all the valuable programs that Minuteman provides and aligns with our mission of enhancing health and well-being, as all who participate will benefit as well. In addition to raising needed funds for agency programs, we hope to get people moving for their health, outside or inside, with family and friends whenever possible.

So, if this is your first race or you are an avid runner, lace up your sneakers and “Spring Forward'' with Minuteman Senior Services in May!  For more information, please visit www.minutemansenior.org.

Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley Awards Scholarships to Local Students for Upcoming (RYLA) Conference in June

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The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley announced that it has awarded scholarships to this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference to be held in June. The lucky scholarship winners are Nevaeh Duplessis, Vincenzo Porfino, Riley Dinjian and Madison Oxnard.

Robert Johnson, local Committee Chairperson, said that the chosen students will be among the more than 150 Massachusetts high school sophomores who will attend the RYLA Conference. Aimed at developing the leadership potential of young men and women, the conference will feature many thought-provoking events including interactive Leadership Labs, exciting guest speakers, and challenging mental and physical activities that will provide the participants with a chance to excel amongst and with their peers. Topics will include decision-making, critical thinking, communicating effectively, ethics, and public service. To be chosen, the candidates needed to qualify by showing leadership potential and good citizenship characteristics and showing a strong desire to attend and benefit from the conference. Additionally, in their individual interviews, they needed to stand out from the other applicants.

Congratulations from the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley to this year’s scholarship winners and their families! Anyone interested in obtaining further information should visit www.ryla7910.org or contact
Robert Johnson at johnson@itesafety.com, (978) 875-3143 or any other member of the Nashoba Valley Rotary Club.
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Open Table Benefits from Local Rotarians' Grant Funding & Donation Drive

Open Table is benefitting from local Rotarians’ grant funding and donation drive. The Maynard-based charity is dedicated to fighting hunger and building healthy communities in 21 local communities, including Acton, Boxborough, Concord, and Maynard. Open Table’s mission is to end hunger by providing healthy food in ways that respect the dignity and diversity of the people it serves.

"We are so grateful for this partnership with the Rotary Club of Concord and the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough," states Alexandra DePalo, executive director of Open Table. "Many of the individuals and families we serve need the personal-care items that these clubs will collect. This initiative will have a major positive impact on so many members of our community."

The Concord and Acton-Boxborough clubs have partnered to provide a total of $5,000 in Rotary grant funding to Open Table. The two clubs are also conducting a donation drive to provide Open Table with personal-care items are not covered by the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as SNAP.  They are seeking donations from the general public of the following five sets of personal-care items:

- Diapers: Sizes 3, 4, 5, and 6. Each month, Open Table needs 260 each of these sizes. The largest box of any brand in those sizes will be great because Open Table needs two (2) boxes of each size per month.
- Baby Wipes – Standard Size: 24 to 36 packets per month.
- Laundry Detergent and Dish Soap: 400 units per month.
- Toothpaste and Shampoo: 400 units per month.

Here, alphabetically, are Concord’s and Maynard’s nine donation-bin locations:

- Action Unlimited, 100 Domino Dr., Concord
- Coldwell Banker, 11 Main Street, Concord
- Concord Teacakes, 59 Commonwealth Ave., Concord
- Frame-ables, 111 Thoreau St., Concord
- Keller Williams Realty Boston Northwest, 200 Baker Ave. Suite 205, Concord
- Middlesex Bank, 64 Main St., Concord
- Minute Man Arc Early Intervention, 1269 Main St., Concord
- Spirits Liquor Store, Maynard Crossing, 4 Digital Way, Suite 3,  Maynard (next to
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- The Thoreau Club, 275 Forest Ridge Rd., Concord

And here, alphabetically, are Acton’s and Boxborough’s seven donation-bin locations:

- Boxborough Liquors & Convenience, 1233 Massachusetts Ave., Boxborough
- Citizens Bank, Gould’s Plaza, 270 Great Rd., Acton
- Donelan's Supermarket, Gould’s Plaza, 248 Great Rd., Acton
- Extra Steps Pediatric Therapies, 222 Main St., Acton
- Gould’s Clothing, Gould's Plaza, 260 Great Rd., Acton
- Roche Brothers Supermarket, 387 Massachusetts Ave., Acton
- Stop & Shop Supermarket, Powder Mill Plaza, 100 Powder Mill Rd., Acton

Members of both the Rotary Club of Concord and the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough are "People of Action" in "Service above Self" - both locally and worldwide. To learn more, visit RotaryClubOfConcord.org and ActonBoxboroughRotary.org. For additional information, contact Acton-Boxborough President Steve Jones-D'Agostino at either abrotaryclub@gmail.com or email the Concord at info@rotaryclubofconcord.org.
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Some Spots Remain in Spring Classes for Middle & High School Students

CONCORD: Have some Springtime fun at Concord Youth Theatre! Classes start next week - don't miss our fun, active, creative options for middle school and high school aged students!

Playmaking (Grades 5-8; Tuesdays 5-6pm)
Ready for a “change of scene?” In Playmaking, students work together to imagine characters and visualize how their relationships form on stage. Guided by Amy Nosowitz, students explore how dialogue, movement, and song can build stories as they collaborate on original pieces. Like comedy? moving monologues? expressing yourself through song or dance? There is something for everyone in Playmaking, just bring your playfulness, sense of adventure, and willingness to try! Limit: 18 students. Tuition $300.

Broadway Dance (Grades 6-12; Tuesdays 7:15-8:15pm)
Love all those big musical theater dance numbers? Come see how it’s done and try it yourself! Join us to learn choreography to musical theater songs and astound yourself as you perform a full fledged dance number. A fun experience for all dance levels. Take a homework break and come dance with us! Limit: 20 students. Tuition: $300.

For more information and to sign up for classes, visit concordyouththeatre.org.
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Women's Business and Leadership Luncheon at Concord's Colonial Inn

CONCORD: Join the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce Professional Women’s Network for an informative and uplifting luncheon at Concord’s historic Colonial Inn, April 5, 11:30am-1:30pm. The program focus is Resources for Success. How you combine your business and life experiences can shape your future! Lisa Gonzalez Welch, Economic Development Specialist for the Small Business Administration, will share highlights from more than 30 years of experience guiding businesses to success. Jennessa Durrani, Empowerment Coach and host of "A Daily Practice" will share insights and inspiration for realizing your personal goals. The program will also highlight the innovative work being done by the Boston Area Gleaners. Raffles will be available to benefit the non-profit group. Members $30/ Guests $45 (Tickets include one raffle ticket!) More info and register is available at https://business.mwcoc.com/events/details/professional-women-s-network-business-and-leadership-luncheon-7151.
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"A Perpetual Invitation: 150 Years of Art" at the Concord Free Public Library

CONCORD: In honor of the Concord Free Public Library’s 150th anniversary, the Concord Museum and the Library’s William Munroe Special Collection have collaborated on a special exhibition featuring the Library’s art collection. Featured objects will include paintings by Washington Allston, N.C. Wyeth, May Alcott Nieriker, Charles Hovey Pepper, Alicia Keyes, and Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts, among other artists, as well as sculptures depicting noted Concord authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Louisa May Alcott. The exhibition will also highlight Concord’s artist communities, local art collectors, the history of institutions promoting public access to works of art, and the stories of specific artists, including May Alcott Nieriker, Alicia Keyes, Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts, and others who have lived and worked in Concord.

A Perpetual Invitation: 150 Years of Art at the Concord Free Public Library will be on view at the Concord Museum from March 24-September 4, 2023. On Opening Day, March 24, you are invited to view the exhibit 10am-4pm. Curators from the Concord Museum and the Library’s William Munroe Special Collection lead guided tours of the exhibition on March 24 and 31 at 11am and 2pm.

For more information, visit https://concordlibrary.org.
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The Concord Orchestra presents
“The Power of Nostalgia”

CONCORD: The Concord Orchestra presents “The Power of Nostalgia” at 8pm on March 25 and 3pm on March 26 at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden. The orchestra, directed by Channing Yu, performs a program of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s "Bamboula: Rhapsodic Dance," Edward Elgar’s "Cello Concerto," and Max Bruch’s "Symphony No. 3." A prelude recital by violinist Henry Lee precedes the concert on Saturday at 7:15pm. A pre-concert talk by the conductor is scheduled for Sunday at 2:15pm.

Guest conductor Channing Yu is Music Director of the Mercury Orchestra in Cambridge and Associate Artistic Director of the Refugee Orchestra Project in New York City. He is the national winner of the 2010 American Prize in Orchestral Conducting in the community orchestra division. He has served as Music Director of the Dudley Orchestra in Cambridge, and Music Director of Bay Colony Brass in Watertown. He has also served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Lowell House Opera, the oldest opera company in New England, where he conducted over thirty fully staged performances with orchestra, including Tchaikovsky’s "Eugene Onegin," Richard Strauss’s "Der Rosenkavalier," Puccini’s "Turandot," Verdi’s "Otello," and Puccini’s "Tosca." For his musical direction of "Tosca," he was awarded second prize in the 2011 American Prize in Opera Conducting national competition.

Max Bruch (1838-1920) wrote his Third Symphony in 1884. A less familiar work than his frequently performed Violin Concerto No. 1, it has a lovely, lyrical slow movement, cheerful scherzo, and exciting
finale. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875 -1912), an English composer whose father was born in Africa, wrote Bamboula: Rhapsodic Dance in 1910. The bamboula is the name of a drum and a dance that was brought to America and the Caribbean by African slaves.

Each season, the Concord Orchestra features a young performer selected by the annual young artist competition. The competition is open to musicians of high school age or younger who live in eastern
Massachusetts. This year’s winner was chosen by a panel of orchestra members and Channing Yu. Lazar Kaminsky (pictured), age 16, performs Edward Elgar’s "Cello Concerto." Throughout his life, Lazar has won competitions, and performed major solo, chamber, and orchestral works around the world. He won the AIMS Festival concerto competition in 2015 and 2019, the NEC Solo Competition, the IMO New York Solo Competition and the Waltham Philharmonic Concerto Competition. Lazar has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras. He was co-principal cellist of the NEC Youth Symphony during their 2019 season and is now co-principal cellist of the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Lazar has performed in many parts of the world, including NEC’s Jordan Hall, Italy, Spain, Israel, France, and Mexico.

Tickets for adults and seniors are $25. Admission for youth under 18 is free. Masks are required in the concert hall. Full immunization against COVID is strongly recommended, but proof of vaccination will not be required for attendance. For tickets and information, call (978) 369-4967 or visit www.concordorchestra.com.
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Jacob Wren Throckmorton Memorial Art Show

BEDFORD: The Bedford Council on Aging will be hosting the annual Jacob Wren Throckmorton Memorial Art Show on April 8 from 10am-3pm. Jacob's artwork along with pieces submitted by local artists age 55 and older will be on display at 12 Mudge Way. A reception will be held at 1pm to recognize and honor all artists submitting works. There will also be a Kindness Rock Painting activity from 11am-2pm. Participation is free and open to all.

Jacob Wren Throckmorton was 19 years old. He died unexpectedly in his sleep, of Myocarditis on July 22, 2014. Jacob was a lifelong resident of Bedford and had been volunteering at the Bedford Council on Aging since seventh grade. He worked with Pat Le Van and Vicki Umanita for the Saturday parties and birthday events. Jacob would serve food and drinks, sit and chat with the seniors, and on occasion, bring his guitar and play and sing. He wanted to be helpful and to bring a smile to their faces, in any way possible. Jacob was preparing to attend Lesley University College of Art and Design, September 2014. He was excited to be starting art school and was also excited that he would be close enough to be able to come back for his Saturdays with Vicki and his senior friends. Jacob would be so proud and honored to be part of this event that would allow and encourage the senior citizens of Bedford to display their creativity and talents. In the past, submissions were made from many local residents, including the Bedford VA.

Please contact the Bedford Council on Aging at (781) 275-6825 or COA@bedfordma.gov for detailed information regarding submitting artwork. The event is open to the public and  attendance is free. Donations are welcome and appreciated. All donations are used to help fund COA art programs in Jacob’s name. Following the 2nd annual Jacob Wren Throckmorton Memorial Art Show, a fund was created which now supports art classes and art programs throughout the year at the COA. The classes have been well attended and greatly enjoyed. Pieces from these classes are encouraged to be submitted in the art show. The hope is that more seniors will have the opportunity to experience the world of art that was so important to Jacob.
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Music for Passover with Stephen Pixley & Beth Rubens

CONCORD: Join Kerem Shalom of Concord for "Music for Passover," an evening of Jewish vocal music by classically-trained soprano and cantorial soloist, Beth Rubens, and classical  vocalist Stephen Pixley on March 25 at 8pm ( in-person). This eclectic program will feature well-known musical theatre songs, traditional Ladino music, and newly composed musical settings by Pixley, especially for Passover, with original poetry by Barbara Joan Tiger Bass, an Oakland (CA)-based poet. The concert will include world premieres, as well as a few other well-known hits by Jewish musical theater composers, a gorgeous traditional Ladino song, and a few additional selections from my own compositions on poems by Balzac, Yeats, and Rilke. There is no fee to attend this program, but kindly RSVP in advance to Rosalie@KeremShalom.org. Learn more about this event at keremshalom.org/current-events/music-for-passover. Kerem Shalom is located at 659 Elm Street.
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Toastmasters Spring Open House

CONCORD: On April 10, the Alcott Toastmasters Club will be holding their Spring Open House at The Monument Hall, 62 Monument Square from 7-9pm. This is a free event open to the public and designed to show what Toastmasters is all about by providing leadership, public speaking, and communication opportunities for personal and professional growth and success.

The club is a community-based group of members from Concord and many surrounding towns. Their members take the opportunity to improve their public speaking and leadership skills in a warm and supportive environment. During the Open House, you will have an opportunity to ask questions, meet new people, and experience an actual Toastmasters meeting including prepared speech presentations, speech evaluations, and impromptu speaking with Table Topics questions.

Everyone realizes that the ability to communicate and lead confidently is important to realizing success. The degree to which you can get your point across, and engage your listeners is important to making difference in your personal and professional life. At Alcott Toastmasters they pride themselves in pursuit of those goals for over 43 years. The Alcott Club is recipient of Toastmasters International's President’s Distinguished Club awards, signifying excellence in achieving its goals and providing the membership with excellent educational, speechcraft, and leadership opportunities. Alcott Toastmasters meet twice a month on the second and fourth Mondays. They operate in hybrid mode i.e., you are also welcome to join remotely via Zoom. For more information visit https://alcott.toastmastersclubs.org.