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Free Online Wellness Classes for People with Parkinson’s

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

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

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

Visit for more information and to register. Space is limited, and registration is required. For more information, email Emerson’s Parkinson’s Program at

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sponsors: WBUR, Gourmet Catering and Middlesex Savings Bank.

The Umbrella Presents "Something In The Air"

CONCORD: The Umbrella Arts & Environment Art Ramble 2021 will be an outdoor art installation in the Hapgood Wright Town Forest thru November 14 in collaboration with Concord’s Division of Natural Resources (CDNR), supported in part by the Foundation for Metrowest. In keeping with this year's thematic focus on "Air," the 2021 Art Ramble "Something in the Air" Call for Art recognizes that Air is invisible and yet essential to life. Its quality affects our quality of life, as well as that of all living things. Our call seek works that illustrate human, animal and botanical interactions with air, and encourage exploration of the atmospheric aspects of the Hapgood Wright Town Forest. The result was an exceptionally strong slate of regional artists creating what the curators call an exhibition marked by "drama, mystery, change, or movement". For more information, visit
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OARS Annual River Cleanup

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

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

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

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

CONCORD: Get hooked on playing the most infectious and fun instrument, the ukulele! Join Concord Conservatory of Music’s free Ukulele Taster at Reasons to Be Cheerful in West Concord on Thursday, September 9 from 7:15–8:15pm with Covid-19 protocols in place. After an hour, you’ll fall in love with playing this happy and cool instrument and will probably want to join a class with your new friends. Later in the night we’ll also jam, so bring your uke and make some music.

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

CCM faculty member Aaron Jay Myers will guide you and have you strumming along in no time. You’ll learn how to hold the ukulele and learn some basic chords. You’ll end up playing a foot-tapping song by the end of the ukulele taster. Reasons to Be Cheerful is located at 110 Commonwealth Avenue.

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

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

Going Green in your Backyard at the Concord Free Public Library

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

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

This event is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.

Poet Kiki Petrosino to Appear Online September 14

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

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

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

Registration is required. Please visit For more information, contact Jean Maguire, Director, Maynard Public Library,, 978-897-1010 x107.

Concord Orchestra Open Rehearsal - September 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Garden Club of Concord Seeks Grant Proposals

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

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

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

To request a grant application or for more information, please contact Joan Campbell at or 978-369-3889.  Grant applications should be submitted by October 12, 2021.
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Kerem Shalom Invites Community to Celebrate High Holy Days

CONCORD: Kerem Shalom—Vineyard of Peace—of Concord, warmly invites the community to join online for services and special programs for High Holy Days 5782! This year’s service will be broadcast from the sanctuary, and Tashlich will be shared together, in person, at the Old North Bridge. Non-members and friends are welcome to join Rabbi Darby Leigh and KS Cantor Rosalie Gerut in uplifting and spiritual prayer and song as we welcome the new year together. The High Holy Days begin at sundown on Monday, September 6, and conclude at sundown on Thursday, September 16.

Kerem Shalom is a vibrant, diverse, and welcoming Jewish community where tradition and innovation are celebrated.  See for further information or call the Kerem Shalom Office at or 978-369-1223. A full schedule including online Rosh Hashanah Days 1 and 2, Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur, and Early Childhood Family Services, as well as registration and further details can also be found online.

(Photo: Kerem Shalom’s Rabbi Darby Leigh and Kerem Shalom Cantor Rosalie Gerut )

Emerson’s Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind and Body Offers New Osteo Wellness Program

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CONCORD: The Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind and Body is excited to offer the Osteo Wellness Program, empowering people to manage their osteoporosis and osteopenia. More than 50 million people have osteoporosis/low bone mass. Fractures are the results of weak bones and a loss of muscle mass, strength, balance and flexibility. The Osteo Wellness Program follows evidence-based exercises that help you improve bone density, general strength, flexibility and balance. Classes are offered in person or online via Zoom, and are taught by physical therapists and certified instructors who specialize in bone health.

All in-person classes are limited in space and follow strict protocols for health and cleanliness in keeping with Emerson Hospital and Massachusetts state guidelines. All equipment is provided during studio classes. The online classes are as good as in-person classes, with participants enjoying the added convenience of exercising in the comfort of their home. 
Classes include:
  • Living & Moving with Osteoporosis – Each one-hour class uses a multidisciplinary approach to increasing bone density and improving general health and fitness. Through strength training exercise, you increase muscle mass, making it easier to maintain good posture and balance and reduce the risk of falls. Each class also includes bone-healthy nutrition tips. The class is taught by Rhonda Hamer, a Certified Personal Trainer with specialties in Senior Fitness, Functional Aging, Posture, Balance and is a Certified Nutrition Coach. Her passion for educating using play, movements that translate into everyday activities and lots of varied exercise to challenge the body and keep things interesting is apparent in her classes. The 8-week, 16-class session starts Tuesday, September 7 and is held twice a week. Students have a choice of registering for the online class or the studio class.  
  • Strong Bones, Strong Life – Led by physical therapists, this class is designed for those with or at risk for osteoporosis. Derived from evidence-based research in the field of osteoporosis, the class includes a comprehensive approach for whole-body strengthening, postural education, fall prevention and flexibility exercises. The classes are taught by Dr. Tami DeAngelis, DPT, PT, GCS, and Dr. Katie Wadland, PT, DPT, CGS. Dr. DeAngelis is a doctor of physical therapy and a board-certified geriatric clinical specialist. She spends time working with her patients to identify their barriers to wellness and is proud of her success rate in making exercisers out of non-exercisers. Dr. Wadland is a doctor of physical therapy and a board-certified geriatric clinical specialist. She enjoys working with her patients to achieve meaningful goals, use exercise as medicine, and to become stronger, fitter and more functional.  Students have a choice of registering for the online or studio class.  The 8-week studio session begins Wednesday, September 8. The 8-week online session begins Monday, September 13.
  • Pilates for Strong Bones & Muscles – Exercises alternate between standing and laying or seated on the mat, and are integrated with Stott Pilates® principles to lengthen the torso, enhance the cardiovascular system through systemic breath and strengthen core muscles. The class is taught by Susanne Liebich, Certified Stott Pilates and Moving to Heal®. The 6-week session begins Thursday, September 9. Students have a choice of registering for the online class or the studio class.  
  • Yoga for Building Bones – Discover how to improve bone density with simple but effective postures when practiced with correct alignment. Not only do you strengthen your bones, but also cultivate a sense of well-being. The class is taught by Laraine Lippincott, Certified Yoga Instructor, specializing in therapeutic movement for bone health. The 6-week online class begins Wednesday, October 6, and Saturday, October 9

To register or for more about these classes and others taking place through the Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind and Body, visit or call 978-287-3777.

Dr. Tami DeAngelis, PT, DPT, GCS, and Dr. Katie Wadland, PT, DPT, GCS)

Concord Conservatory's Singing with Parkinson's Chorus
Challenge the progression of Parkinson’s with Singing!

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WEST CONCORD: Has your voice decreased in volume or strength? The Singing with Parkinson’s Chorus was started to address just this issue for those living with Parkinson’s disease. The Chorus now meets on Tuesdays from 10:30am until noon at the Concord Conservatory of Music with safety COVID-19 protocols in place. Singing with Parkinson’s brings together Parkinson’s patients, their families, and caregivers to provide strength and camaraderie. This is an ongoing program, and we welcome participants to come at any time during the semester to try out the chorus.

CCM recently welcomed Jay Lane to lead the Chorus. He earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Ph.D. in musicology from Yale University and is a Certified McClosky Voice Technician & Master Teacher. Jay’s passionate about strengthening and improving the voices of people dealing with Parkinson’s and aims to have them thoroughly enjoy singing. 

Singing with Parkinson’s offers people in the community an opportunity to participate in voice therapy while singing, performing, and experiencing the joy of making music. The chorus covers songs from various genres, and input from the group will help guide the repertoire. The focus is on vocal fitness, with a new exercise introduced each week. Light refreshments are served during the mid-session break. Visit for more information.

The American Parkinson Disease Association Massachusetts Chapter ( has generously provided partial funding support for the Singing with Parkinson’s Chorus. 
The cost for participants is $50 for 10 sessions during the fall semester (or prorated from your start date), and there’s no cost for caregivers and family members to attend. Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) is located at 1317 Main Street in the West Concord Union Church. Financial assistance is available.

Ongoing Fall Kids and Teen Programs at the Concord Free Public Library

CONCORD: Join the Youth Services Department at the Concord Free Public Library for exciting programs for kids and teens throughout the Fall beginning Tuesday, September 7.
  • On Mondays at 10:30am, the library will host an Outdoor Storytime in the Sudbury Street Garden with stories, songs, and rhymes.
  • On Wednesdays at 10:30am, visit the Main Library for Alphabet Storytime, featuring stories, songs, and crafts and highlighting a different letter of the alphabet each week! Recommended for ages five and under.
  • Every Wednesday at 4:30pm, teens are invited to join college graduate, published writer, and library staffer Cary Stough for College Essay Bootcamp. Brainstorm topics, learn shortcuts, and upgrade your sentence skills to level 100. Registration is required, but you can register after the program has started if there is space. 
  • On Thursdays at 10:30am, enjoy some of the library staff’s favorite picture books as we explore the picture books highlighted in our 101 Picture Books Program. These storytimes feature our new favorite picture books and promote early literacy skills in newborns, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  • The second Thursday of each month at 11:30am (September 6, October 14, November 18 & December 9), register to read live to a certified therapy dog at the library! Reading to dogs boosts not only reading skills but also emotional and social skills in children.
  • On Fridays at 10:30am, stop by the Main Library for Concord Puppet Theater: Live! Each week will feature different puppets, new songs, and the occasional craft.

Register for College Essay Bootcamp or Read to Luna by visiting The other programs highlighted do not require registration. For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), sign up for their e-Newsletter, or visit

New Music & Movement Classes at CCM

CONCORD: New music and movement group classes at the Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) provide students ages 3 - 15 a unique experience to feel positively challenged and encouraged to grow. Now partnering with a music-focused, nonprofit organization, Integral Steps, CCM will offer integrated learning experiences that allow students to experience music joyfully from the inside out!

Introduce your kids to the world of music through singing, dancing, and games. Kids will develop social, cognitive, and emotional skills while having fun with music in a group class. Complete with dancing and creative games, young musicians will explore all the qualities of music through movement—learning about pitch, phrasing, accent, and all of the richness of music. They won’t even realize that they’re gaining ear-training skills and other musical concepts.
  • Music Makers for 3-year-olds will surely get kids moving while learning music at such a young age. Kids absorb musical concepts visually presented while making music with shakers, bells, hand drums, and more.
  • Musical Gateway for 4- and 5-year-olds will use movement to shape and internalize musical concepts. Solfège reading exercises are included to develop a keen sense of pitch, timing relationships, and inner hearing. It’s the ideal class to develop your kids’ listening skills and ability to focus.
  • Rhythmic Solfège classes are divided by age group and skill level: ages 6 – 9, 9 – 13, and 11 – 15. Rhythmic Solfège builds on the principles of learning music through movement with the addition of focused musical study on keyboard percussion; the end goal of the sequence is comprehensive musicianship! It’s a fun group class that students and their peers expand and hone their skills—identifying notes, scales, meters, and so on.

By joining a CCM music and movement class, you’ll be encouraging your kids to connect their minds, bodies, and emotions while unknowingly building their musical foundation that supports their expressive skills, intellectual and physical development. Financial assistance is available. To register, call (978) 369-0010 or visit

Girls Who Code at the Concord Free Public Library

WEST CONCORD: The  Concord Free Public Library is excited to host a Girls Who Code Club for girls in grades 5 -12 during the academic year. Starting Sept 22, the Club will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm on Zoom. They will meet in person once a month outdoors at the Fowler Branch Library.

In preparation for this year’s club launch, club facilitators will be holding an information session on Wednesday, September 15 at 4pm-5pm over Zoom. All interested girls, parents, and caregivers are encouraged to attend. Register in advance to receive the Zoom link at

Started in 2012 with the single mission to close the gender gap in technology, Girls Who Code is a national program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare girls with computing and problem solving skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.  For more information, visit more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), or visit

CWC Open Rehearsal Invitation for September 2021

CONCORD: Are you ready to sing? The Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC) is celebrating the start of the 2021-2022 season and welcoming vaccinated singers to three open rehearsals on September 14, 21, and 28. Safety is a major key, so please bring a singers’ mask and proof of vaccination, and have a wonderful time blending your voice with us in the well-ventilated, airy sanctuary at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street.  Rehearsals are 9:30 to 11:00, with a mask break mid-rehearsal. Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank welcomes you to stay after rehearsal to audition.

CWC Chorus Manager Patsy Eickelberg would like to know you are coming, so please email and she can answer any questions you may have. for more information, visit

CWC is a 45-voice ensemble from Concord and greater Boston. Directed by Jane Ring Frank, CWC performs a wide range of classical and contemporary music with emphasis on works written for women’s voices.

NAMI Offers 9-Week "Family to Family" Mental Health Educational Program

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UPDATE: All programs, due to the increase in active Delta Covid transmissions and illness on the rise in MA, will be be conducted only on Zoom.

: Does a “Loved One” have Mental Health concerns? Mental health conditions touch one in five people, so it is likely a spouse, partner, child, parent, sibling or dear friend of yours may be living with a mental health condition. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, is offering an eight week free family educational program called “Family to Family”. It is a designated evidence-based program taught by trained NAMI family member volunteers who have been there. Curriculum includes presentations, discussions, videos and interactive exercises.                                                                                

What will you gain? The class provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love and you’ll also find - you are not alone! The group setting offers mutual support and shared positive impact – You will experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through sharing your own experiences.    

You’ll learn about: Latest up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain ~ Current treatments; medications – their side effects and evidenced-based treatments and therapies ~ Local mental health services and supports ~ Managing crisis, solve problems and communicate effectively ~ The impact of mental illness on the entire family ~ Taking care of yourself and managing your stress. 

The program will be held IN-PERSON starting October 12 and November 30 from 6:30 -9PM. Proof of vaccination is required. To register contact Sara at 339-223-3146 or  or Phyllis at 978-973-3995, Additional course offerings and info at

Discovery Day Open House at Concord Conservatory of Music

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CONCORD: Bring your entire family to the CCM Discovery Day Open House on Saturday, September 11th, from 1 – 3 pm for a fun and interactive event. Whether you are 3 or 94, our Instrument Petting Zoo enables you to explore a host of instruments in a safe environment with COVID-19 protocols in place. You and your kids can figure out which instrument is the one to start learning today. CCM faculty—highly accomplished instructors and musicians, will demonstrate how to hold, play, and experience various instruments. The event is not limited to beginners. Students already playing an instrument have the opportunity to meet instructors to find the right match.

Introduce your kids to the world of music through singing, dancing, and games! Explore what the new CCM Early Childhood and Music & Movement group classes will offer your student.
Kids will develop social, cognitive, and emotional skills while having fun with music in a group class. Complete with dancing and creative games, young musicians will explore all the qualities of music through movement—learning about pitch, phrasing, accent, and all of the richness of music. They won’t even realize that they’re gaining ear-training skills and other musical concepts. Sign-up in advance for a free Music & Movement demo class at the Open House (1:30pm for ages 3-7 and 2:30pm for ages 8-13) or kids ages 5 through 7 can try the Group Keyboard Demo Class at 2pm and 3pm. 

At Discovery Day, you’ll also learn about the CCM Music Achievement Program (MAP)a free, private lesson enrichment program created to give our students access to a broader musical education. MAP enhances a student’s experience by increasing their musical fluency and engaging them with other students, their audiences, and various genres of music. Find out what CCM provides to students beyond exceptional private lessons, all included in their private lesson fees.

Registering for lessons at CCM welcomes you to a music community that offers workshops, masterclasses, ensembles, and numerous performance opportunities. A thorough CCM placement process ensures that every student takes lessons with a faculty member best suited to their needs.

At Discovery Day, you can enter a raffle for a chance to win a free CCM Group Class for the 2021 fall semester! Additionally, anyone registering for a group class at the Open House will receive a 15% discount. For new students seeking private lessons, visit and submit a Student Interest Form, or call (978) 369-0010 so that we can learn more about you. Financial assistance is available.  CCM is located at 1317 Main Street in Concord (within the West Concord Union Church on the 2nd floor).
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Rockabye Beats Concerts
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CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library will host monthly free, family-friendly concerts featuring Rockabye Beats this fall on the Main Library’s front lawn on Thursdays at 10:30am on September 9 and October 14.  Rockabye Beats’ music is reminiscent of founder Marcos Valles’ Puerto Rico. Their songs offer a range of styles from rock n’ roll to calypso to funk and even blues. Their music will have you bopping and moving along in no time! In case of rain, the concert will be rescheduled for a date to be announced. No registration is required. Come sing, dance, and get a little loco with the Rockabye Beats Band! For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), sign up for our e-Newsletter, or visit us online at

All concerts are generously sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
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Rotary Club of Concord Hosts 33rd Annual Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament

CONCORD: Register now to play in the Rotary Club of Concord’s 33rd Annual Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, August 30. Proceeds will benefit Rotary’s Scholarship Fund and charitable projects. The entry fee of $275 includes 18 holes of golf at the Concord Country Club, use of the putting green, golf cart, lunch, tournament gifts and prizes, and awards banquet. The shotgun start is at 1pm preceded by registration at 11am. 

Not a golfer? Sponsor a wounded veteran to play instead. Rotary has teamed up with the Salute Military Golf Association to provide an opportunity for wounded veterans to play in the tournament. 

Register online to play or sponsor at Click on GOLF in the banner at the top, and select pay online in the left column. Questions?  Contact Phyllis Maurer, 508-254-7900,, Joe Saia, 978-369-3872,, or Karl Kussin, 978-287-3081,

College Admissions Workshops at the Concord Free Public Library

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CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library invites teens and their parents to  join a free weekly series on college admissions. Educational consultants Richard Montauk and Renate Gundermann will cover a wide range of topics and answer all your questions. The program will take place every Thursday from 6:30pm - 8pm in the Periodical Room at the Main Library (129 Main Street), beginning September 2 and running through December 16. Topics include:
  • Sept. 2:    Selecting Colleges
  • Sept. 9:    Applying to the Top Colleges
  • Sept. 16:  Crushing Your College Essays
  • Sept. 30:  Backdoor--But Legal--Routes into the Ivy League
  • Oct. 7:     The Advantages of Doing a Degree Abroad
  • Oct. 14:   Priceless Education on a Tight Budget
  • Oct. 21:   Crushing Your College Essays
  • Oct. 28:   Selecting Colleges
  • Nov. 4:    Applying to the Top Colleges
  • Nov. 18:  Crushing Your College Essays
  • Dec. 2:    Interviewing for College and College Scholarships
  • Dec. 16:  Surviving the Last-Minute College Application Scramble

Richard Montauk is the author of a series of best-selling guides, all published by Prentice Hall, including How to Get Into the Top Colleges and How to Get Into the Top MBA Programs. His most recent books include College Interviews: The Definitive Guide and Getting into Brown: Successful Applicants’ Essays, Resumes, and Interviews. He received a BA in literature from Brown University, an MA in government from Harvard, and an MS in finance as well as a JD from Stanford Law School. Pursuant to a graduate fellowship, he also studied at the London School of Economics and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (University of London). Learn more at

Renate Gundermann grew up in Carlisle and attended Concord Academy and Concord-Carlisle High School. She graduated cum laude in English from Harvard and had a finance career in Boston before returning to her love of English. She then completed her master’s degree and taught English for a decade. She counseled hundreds of students and helped them make their college essays powerful and captivating. Learn more at

For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), or visit us online at

Baby Massage Classes at CFPL

CONCORD: Learn to communicate, soothe, connect with your baby through massage! The Children’s Department at the Concord Free Public Library will offer a free weekly baby massage program every Tuesday morning in September at 10:30am. Instructor Sheryl White of Baby Kneads has been teaching programs and working with families since 1999. She is a Certified Educator of Infant Massage, Baby Signer, Reiki Master, and mother of three. Her role in these classes is to facilitate and help strengthen the connection between infant and caregiver through early communication. The workshops are intended for newborns and pre-crawlers. Bring a blanket for your baby, and meet at the Main Library’s Sudbury Street garden. Space is limited. Register at:
This event is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), or visit

Dangerous Heat Advisory Continues!

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a potential period of prolonged oppressive heat through Friday (8/13) in most of the Commonwealth. During this period, daytime temperature highs will be 90-99 degrees. Heat index (Apparent Temperature) values will be 95-110 degrees. Scattered showers/thunderstorms are possible in the afternoons, with the potential for a few strong to severe thunderstorms late Thursday. There is a low probability that the heat wave could continue through Saturday.
Impacts/ Potential Impacts:
- Very hot temperatures with moderate humidity. Little relief at night especially in urban population centers.
- Potential of heat related issues to at risk population and those doing higher levels of outdoor physical activities.
- Damaging straight line winds and localized street flooding are possible on Thursday in areas where severe thunderstorms occur.
Preparedness and Safety Information:
- Safety and preparedness tips for extreme heat:
- Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20°F within 10 minutes.
- Check with your local officials to find locations of cooling centers near you.
- Know the symptoms of and watch out for heat-related illnesses like heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies.
- Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, those who may need additional assistance, and those who may not have air conditioning.
Power outage preparedness and safety information:
Preparedness and safety tips for thunderstorms and lightning:
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Join the Maynard Folds Virtual Origami Exhibition Contest

MAYNARD: Be an origami museum exhibitor in The Origami Museum, founded and led by artist and teacher, Lisa B. Corfman.  Corfman announces Maynard Folds, a virtual origami exhibition contest – come exhibit in the upcoming Origami Museum Community Gallery. The origami museum welcomes EVERYONE to submit from children and adults, and from novices to experts to be in the spotlight.

Entries can be anything you can do, neatly folded, nicely presented (with fitting paper used, etc.), without cutting, gluing, or drawing on the model.  Just share something you are happy with for fame in the origami museum’s online gallery.  Don’t fret, just enjoy and do your best.  Origami can be simple, fun, or even amazing.  A personal note with questions, comments or concern is always welcome.

All contestants who submit will exhibit within the origami museum website, receive a certificate of participation, have a mention on Instagram and Facebook and receive a selection of origami paper.  Awards for one top child and one adult winner features a certificate of honor, a solo Instagram and Facebook post and an online membership to OrigamiUSA.

There are three jurors and the just listed prizes.  Jurors are Ruthanne Bessman, Susan Dugan and Lisa B. Corfman.  Bessman is a long-term curator of origami exhibitions and contests.  Dugan is a 40-year veteran of origami and is a photography professor.  Corfman makes, sells, teaches, and showcases origami inspired art and she is bringing this opportunity to you!

There are the two categories for origami model submissions: under 18 and adults.  Eligible contestants are within a 20-mile radius from Maynard, whether home, work, or school.  Here are the towns in this eligible catchment area:

Acton | Ashland | Arlington| Ayer | Bedford | Belmont | Berlin | Billerica | Bolton | Boxborough | Boylston | Carlisle | Chelmsford | Clinton | Concord | Devens |Dover | Framingham | Groton | Hanscom AFB| Harvard | Hudson | Lancaster | Lexington | Lincoln | Littleton | Marlborough | Maynard | Natick | Northborough | Sherborn | Shirley | South Lancaster | Southborough | Sterling | Still River | Stow | Sudbury | Waltham | Watertown | Wayland | Wellesley | Westford | Weston

The juried contest is sponsored by the Maynard Cultural Council and OrigamiUSA.  The goal is to increase folds!

Find out more at: Maynard Folds information, statement about the jurors, and the application can be found there.

Help For Families: Mental Health Challenges

UPDATE: All programs, due to the increase in active Delta Covid transmissions and illness on the rise in MA, will be be conducted only on Zoom.

Mental illness touches one in five people. It is likely a spouse, partner, child, sibling, parent or dear friend of yours may be living with a mental health condition. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI is offering a FREE 8 session family educational program called “Family to Family”. It is a designated evidenced-based program. The program is taught by NAMI trained family member volunteers who have been there - and includes presentations, discussion, and interactive exercises.

What will you gain? The class provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, and you’ll also find out – you are not alone! The group setting provides mutual support and shared positive impact – you will experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through your own experiences.

You’ll learn about: The latest up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they impact the brain. Current treatments: Medications - their therapeutic use and side effects, current treatments and therapies. Local mental health services and supports. Managing crisis, problem solving techniques and effective communication. The emotional impact of mental illness on the entire family. Taking care of yourself and managing your stress.

Two Programs are sponsored by NAMI Central Middlesex for fall 2021.  Thursdays via ZOOM, Sept 16 – Nov 4th, 6:30 – 9:00 PM. To register contact Steve at 978-621-3253, or Lindsay at 781-864-7003, Tuesdays IN PERSON in Littleton MA Oct 12th – Nov 30th, 6:30 – 9:00 PM. proof of vaccination is required. To register, contact Sara at 339-223-3146, or Phyllis at 978.973.3995,

New “ Patient Navigator “ Program Offers Concord’s Older Adults Ability to Live Independently – Volunteers Needed

CONCORD: The Concord Council on Aging (COA) announces a new program and volunteer opportunity that makes a significant difference in the lives of older adults. 

“Patient Navigator” is a unique program that matches up a dedicated volunteer with an older adult in need of assistance with medical appointments.  A Patient Navigator will give most of their time preparing the older adult for medical appointments; providing transportation and accompanying the older adult to the appointments; review the information discussed and help to ensure there is a plan for the follow through of the medical recommendations. This program will lead to improvement in the older adult’s quality of life and ability to live independently in the community.   

Interested volunteers are asked to attend five hours of comprehensive training and make a minimum 6-month time commitment. Volunteers will need to present a valid driver’s license and a copy of their auto insurance. Seniors served will be over 60 yrs. of age, able to enter and exit a vehicle on their own and identified by the by the COA.

Lauren Barretta, COA Assistant Director, adds “…the COA is excited to offer the Patient Navigator program, which has been a goal of ours for some time. It is well known that having an advocate or support person can positively impact the care an older person receives. This is an opportunity to help Concord’s older residents remain independent and feel supported by their community. We are hoping a wide array of people will step up and volunteer for this worthy program. “

COA Geriatric Nurse Valerie Boggia, will coordinate the Patient Navigator program and can be reached for information Tuesday-Thursday at 978-318-3016;  Potential volunteers may also call the Concord COA at 978-318-3020 during weekday business hours.

Concord Conservatory's New Chamber Music Ensemble Program Beings this Fall

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CONCORD: Music students can unlock opportunities for advancement, skill development, and fun by joining a chamber music ensemble this fall at Concord Conservatory. Once matched with other intermediate to advanced strings, winds, and piano musicians, they’ll take their playing to a higher level. Here’s their chance to play with their peers and develop as an individual in an engaging music program. Kids ages 10+ and adults get weekly coaching plus access to excellent workshops and performance opportunities. Musicians will be grouped by age, ability, and instrumentation to get the most out of this rewarding learning experience.  Students will develop skills in technique, music reading, and solo performing, in addition to:
  • Learning about teamwork, being prepared, and how to contribute to a music group'
  • Developing leadership and interpersonal skills'
  • Learning about instruments other than their own and what these instruments bring to the group.

Guarantee a challenging, fulfilling and memorable musical experience with an ongoing supportive and immersive learning experience. For Program details, visit
The Concord Conservatory of Music is located at 1317 Main Street in the West Concord Union Church. For info, visit or call (978) 369-0010. Financial assistance is available.
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Mark Mahnfeldt Joins Emerson Hospital

CONCORD: Mark Mahnfeldt, RN-BC, MBA, MSN NEC-A, recently joined Emerson Hospital as its Chief Nursing Officer. In this role, he is responsible for the planning, growth, and operations of nursing and patient care services throughout Emerson’s health system. 

“I am delighted to welcome Mark to Emerson,” said Christine Schuster, RN, MBA, President and CEO, Emerson Hospital. “He brings a wealth of leadership experience in acute care and outpatient ambulatory services, and a deep commitment to outstanding patient care. Mark’s tremendous knowledge of nursing and his ability to collaborate with clinicians and patients, while developing strong relationships, align well with Emerson’s focus on providing outstanding care.” 

Since 2016, Mark served as Vice President of Acute Care Nursing Operations at South Shore Hospital, During this time, the hospital received numerous awards for exemplary acute care and nursing excellence. Prior to this role, Mark was South Shore Hospital’s Director of Medical/Surgical/Critical Care/ Cardiovascular Nursing, Inpatient Surgical, and Ambulatory Surgical Services. He has also held nurse leadership positions at Hallmark Health, Melrose-Wakefield Healthcare, and North Shore Medical Center. 

“I am very excited to join Emerson, a health system I have long-admired for its dedication to providing the best care to patients at every spectrum of life,” said Mark Mahnfeldt. “One of the aspects working in a community health setting that I enjoy most is creating relationships with people who live and work in the area. I look forward to serving the community and continuing Emerson’s focus as the hospital of choice for everyone in its service area.” 

Mark earned a BSN from Northeastern University, and received his MSN and MBA from Salem State College. He lives with his family in Lynnfield, MA. 

Rotary Club of Concord Awards 6 Scholarships

CONCORD: The Rotary Club of Concord has announced six winners of 2021 Rotary Scholarships, awarded with thanks to the sponsors, donors and golfers who supported of its underwriting Covid-Safe 2020 Golf Tournament.
  • 2021 CCHS graduate Sofia Congram won the Thomas Hudner scholarship. Sofia will be studying at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR where she plans to study environmental science and architecture as she explores the possibilities of home as a natural biome.
  • Marin Gerstmyer will use her second Rotary Scholarship as a junior at the University of Delaware where she is majoring in communications and psychology. She experienced the challenges of online learning this past year and is now looking forward to regular classes and an internship. Winner of the William L. Eaton Memorial Scholarship, Marin is committed to community service and working with children.
  • Sara Fein will be a junior at the New School – Parsons School of Design in New York City where she is majoring in strategic design and management. She was awarded the Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Scholarship, her second Rotary scholarship, because of her commitment to international peace and communication and her involvement in community service.
  • Janesse Asare-Danquah, winning a Richard Hale Rotary Scholarship for the second time, will continue her studies as a sophomore at UMass Boston where she is majoring in biology. She aspires to work in a healthcare profession. Jamesse was selected for her involvement in community service and her desire to help people by providing healthcare.
  • Sofia Raffel won an Interact Scholarship. Interact is a club for young people who want to connect with others in their community and school. The CCHS Interact club carries out service projects and learns about the world. While CCHS’s Interact receives guidance from the Rotary Club of Concord it governs and supports itself. As 2020-2021 President of the Interact Club Sofia led projects for Worthy Village in Guatemala, a food drive for Lazarus House and a fund raiser for Operation Gratitude. Her scholarship is in honor of Capt. Thomas J. Hudner, Jr.
  • Ryan Nigborowicz won an Interact Scholarship.  As an Interact member and a busy volunteer, Ryan has participated in many programs to eliminate food insecurity including Rise Against Hunger, Open Table and Lazarus House. His many volunteer contributions include raising money for Operation Gratitude to send care packages to people in the military and working for Cradles to Crayons to provide toys and clothing to underprivileged children.

This year the Rotary Club of Concord will hold its 33rd Annual Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday August 30, 2021 at the Concord Country Club. As in the past, the event will benefit the Rotary Scholarship Fund and Rotary charitable projects. To register to play in or learn more about the event, visit and click on Golf in the banner at the top of the page.

Go Out Doors @ Minute Man National Historical Park: Call for Proposals

CONCORD: Mission: “Go Out Doors” inspires discovery and exploration of outdoors spaces and trails, and the intersection of place, history, community, spirit, and nature.

What happens if you open the door at the end of challenging times and step outside to reflect and engage with nature, each other, and the past? What might we discover if, on foot or wheel, alone or with friends, we find ourselves on a path through woods, gardens or parks – off the roads we travel daily? What happens if we leave our electronics behind, reconnect with natural settings and inspiring stories? What might we feel? What might change? How can we, as artists, inspire more people as we re-emerge from the pandemic and rediscover the joys of travel, nature, and places like our National Parks?

Go Out Doors @ MMNHP extends The Umbrella's "Go Out Doors – Neighbors" regional exhibition of artfully upcycled, painted doors installed in towns throughout Battle Road, Metrowest and beyond. Site specific designs are sought that combine a sense of place and history to bear on contemporary conditions and personal reflection. Non-literal, non-politicized designs that convey inspiration, whimsy, irony, reflection, connection, curiosity, spirituality, traditionally underrepresented perspectives and/or joy are particularly welcomed. The Umbrella invites designs for a temporary art installation that are inspired by, respond to, and creatively interpret themes from one of 4 major sites in the Park. While researching each site here are some questions to consider:
  • The literary families who made The Wayside a famous home of written word and thought influenced and mirrored society as a whole for centuries, from the Revolutionary War to the Underground Railroad to its gifting to the Park in the 60s. What writing influences your thoughts today? Who came before you in your artistic history? Who will come after? What text from those authors still feels relevant to your life today?
  • As stewards of history, Minute Man Visitor Center reveals the stories of the past to foster connection and meaning to the present day. Consider the story of Parker's Revenge, and the Park's efforts to rediscover its true location. How do you mark the sites of important moments in your life? What personal discovery in your life brought you to a place of greater understanding? Where and for what do you stand and fight?
  • In Buttrick Garden, people find beauty in their relationship with the outdoors. How do you interact and make meaningful connections with nature? What role do gardens play?
  • On April 19th, 1775, at Old North Bridge, families and individuals found courage and took action for what they believed in. How do you summon courage and decide what matters to you? What brings your community together and what do you fight for?

  • Standard Doors (@ 30” x 80”) can be provided. Note: most doors will be paneled surface; hollow-core doors are brittle and should be avoided unless necessary for design and reinforced.
  • Doors must be submitted ready to install – weather-proofed as needed to last the duration of the exhibit. The back side should be painted, even if it is painted a solid color.
  • Chosen exhibitors will help install doors in Park-approved areas where people can pause and enjoy the art.
  • Stipend and Park interpreter consultation will be provided to chosen exhibitors.
For some past examples, visit

Originally inspired by the spring 2020 En Plein Air door installation on NYC’s High Line, Go Out Doors – Neighbors expands on The Umbrella's summer 2020 installation celebrating the opening of The West Concord section of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail. Additional "Go Out Doors" projects were later commissioned and previewed last fall in neighboring Concord Center, and the towns of Arlington and Lexington, and have now blossomed in several more towns celebrating outdoors art and healthful outdoors activities as the region re-emerges from Covid isolation.

Submit via the form below by July 23, 2021 for early consideration, or on a rolling basis through July 31 pending capacity. If you have any trouble with form, contact .

Go Out Doors @ Minute Man National Historical Park: August 15, 2021 – November 15, 2021
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Karl Kussin New Rotary President

CONCORD: Karl Kussin has accepted the reins as President of the Rotary Club of Concord from Immediate Past President David Robertson at an Installation Banquet at Verrill Farm.  Kussin’s current position as Vice President of Development and Chief Philanthropy Officer at Emerson Hospital as well as previous experience as Director of Development at Nashoba Brooks School, Suffolk University, and Minuteman Arc will serve him well as he leads the Club in its 90th year of service. 33 years ago Kussin chaired the first Rotary Golf Tournament and in recent years has again chaired successful Tournaments.

2020-2021 President David Robinson steered the Rotary Club through a successful year despite the many constraints of the pandemic. New members were added, the Club started an Interact (Rotary) Club at Concord Middle School, distributed masks and shields to crucial locations, held a Covid-safe Golf Tournament to support scholarships, supported bed building for disadvantaged children at “Sleep in Heavenly Peace”, prepared meals for Open Table and Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen in Waltham, moved to complete landscaping and installation of a water fountain at Monument Square Veteran’s Memorial Park, and initiated its 90th Anniversary with a special program. During the year Rotary awarded scholarships to CCHS graduating seniors and sophomore college students, presented Class Act awards to CCHS students and Academic Awards to 8th grade Middle School students.

As starters for the 2021-2022 year, Rotarians will embark on many service projects including holding a field day at the Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley, participating in a Build Day at Habitat for Humanity’s home in West Concord and continuing to prepare meals for Open Table families and the homeless in Waltham. A highlight of the summer is Rotary’s Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament Monday August 30 at the Concord Country Club.

Rotary invites the public to play or support the Aug. 30 Golf Tournament. To registers visit and click on Golf in the top banner.

To help with Rotary’s outreach projects, send a message to info@rotaryclubofconcord.

Iris Society Plant Sale

CONCORD: Looking for beautiful irises to add to your garden?  Now is the time to plant.  The Iris Society of Mass. (ISM) is having a sale in Concord on Sat. July 31 from 11 am to 3 pm at Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road. You will be able to choose from a large selection of named irises, all of which are from gardens of society members and grow well in our area.  There will be bearded irises, from tiny miniature dwarfs to tall beardeds, as well as beardless siberian irises, woodland iris cristata, and many other types. And, the price is right – very reasonable. Cash and checks only.

There will be color pictures of all the irises. So, if you are looking for a specific named iris or just irises of a particular color to compliment your garden, you can easily find what you want.  But come early for the best selection! 

Members of the society will be available to help with making selections and to provide information on the planting and care of the irises.  There will a demonstration on dividing and transplanting irises.  

ISM is an affiliate of the American Iris Society and is a not-for-profit organization.  Funds raised from this plant sale go toward the expenses for iris shows, meetings, and speakers.  All ISM meetings are free and open to the public.  ISM welcomes new members.  Membership information, as well as directions to the plant sale and other upcoming events, can be found on the ISM website:

Beyond the Notes Brings Collaborative Multimedia Concerts to The Umbrella Arts Center

CONCORD: This summer, Concord native and violinist Sarah Whitney will take The Umbrella Arts Center stage with guest cellist Ani Kalayjian with her highly acclaimed concert series Beyond the Notes for an unforgettable weekend of indoor and outdoor concerts! The two performers will take the audience on an extraordinary journey with an eclectic program of solos and duos that highlights the works of Black composers. The program will also feature a unique collaboration with experimental animator Sarah E. Jenkins, one of the many artists represented in The Umbrella's mixed media exhibition gallery, Dazzleship.
The series will be presented live on Saturday, July 31 at 7:30pm indoors on The Umbrella’s newly constructed Main Stage with limited capacity to allow for distancing and on Sunday, August 1 at 3:00pm outdoors under a tent. Sunday’s outdoor concert will be followed by a private tour of the exhibition led by Dazzleship curator Michael MacMahon. 20% of all proceeds will be donated to The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty nonprofit advancing policy solutions for low-income people. CLASP develops practical yet visionary strategies for reducing poverty, promoting economic opportunity, and addressing barriers faced by people of color. 

Praised by the Washington Post for her "marvelous violin acrobatics," violinist Sarah Whitney is known for her musical versatility and has been heard worldwide across stages in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and the United States. She is recognized as a performer, teacher, entrepreneur and advocate for bringing fresh new ideas to classical music. She is a member of the acclaimed string quintet SYBARITE5, one of the fastest-rising chamber-music ensembles in the United States, whose latest album reached #2 on the Classical Billboard Charts.

Tickets are $30/person; $15/students and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Sunday attendance includes free admission to a post-show curator’s tour of the Dazzleship art exhibition in The Umbrella Main Gallery. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Robin Wall Kimmerer to Receive 2021 Thoreau Prize

CONCORD: The Thoreau Society announced today that the botanist and best-selling author Robin Wall Kimmerer will receive the 2021 Thoreau Prize for Excellence in Nature Writing. The $2,500 prize and commemorative gift will be awarded in Concord on October 29, as part of the Concord Festival of Authors.

On July 10 during its annual conference, the society will also honor the 2020 Thoreau Prize winner, the conservationist, author and internationally recognized field biologist George Schaller. The awarding of the prize last July was cancelled due to the pandemic. This year’s conference of the 80-year-old society devoted to Thoreau will be held virtually.

Kimmerer, a forest ecologist, and advocate for the rights of native peoples, is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. She is a professor of environmental biology at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry of the State University of New York and is the founder and director of its Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

Braiding Sweetgrass weaves together indigenous Native American and traditional Western scientific ways of looking at nature. The Thoreau Prize committee noted that its focus on the reciprocal and ethical relationship between people and plants captured the spirit of Thoreau’s nature writing. Braiding Sweetgrass became a New York Times Bestseller in January 2020, seven years after Milkweed Editions published it in 2013.

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

The German-born Schaller, one of the world’s preeminent field biologists, is a wildlife researcher specializing in mammals. His books include The Year of the Gorilla, The Serengeti Lion, which won a National Book Award, The Last Panda, and Tibet’s Hidden Wilderness. Schaller has received National Geographic's Lifetime Achievement Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the World Wildlife Fund Gold Medal for promoting understanding and the conserving of endangered species.

The Henry David Thoreau Prize for Excellence in Nature Writing was established as an annual award in 2010 by Dale Peterson to honor a writer of fiction, nonfiction or poetry whose work embodies Thoreau’s legacy as a gifted stylist, keen naturalist and social thinker. The Thoreau Society became administrator of the prize last year.

It is named for Thoreau, who wrote, “I wish to speak a word for nature, for absolute freedom and wildness, as contrasted with a freedom and culture merely civil” and who said one of his aims was to “regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society.”

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

The Thoreau Society is the oldest and largest independent author society in the nation.

AARP Massachusetts Fraud Watch Update: July 2021

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Did you know that someone’s identity gets stolen every two seconds?  The AARP Fraud Watch Network provides you with tips and resources to help you spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you can protect yourself and your family.  Our watchdog alerts will keep you up to date on con artists’ latest tricks.  It’s free of charge for everyone:  AARP members, non-members, and people of all ages.  Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at for more information on fraud prevention.

Warm weather is here which means door-to-door sales crews are here, too. But what they’re selling isn’t always legit. Be cautious anytime a stranger comes knocking, especially if the visitor is trying to sell you goods or services. Be wary of contractors who say they stopped by because they just happened to be in the neighborhood. The good ones are usually too busy to roam around in search of work. Also be on guard for high pressure tactics to make a quick decision for a steep discount, and requests for payment upfront. Your best bet is to proactively seek out services if you need them, versus reacting to an unexpected sales pitch. It’s always okay to explain you don’t do business at your front door (or to not answer when strangers knock).

Many scams originate right at your fingertips through your computer or smartphone. The good news is the way to block them is also within your grasp. Here are three tips to keep your devices safe from criminals. Make sure your devices’ operating systems are up to date; you should be able to set an auto-update feature that downloads the latest software when available. Next, make sure to change the password on your Wi-Fi router so it’s different from the password it came with. If you have a lot of devices connected to it, they could be vulnerable if the router is compromised. Lastly, a password manager is a great way to create unique and hard-to-guess passwords for all of your online accounts and apps.

America is open for business again and millions of people are traveling, or planning to. One thing you may run into is sticker shock – especially with rental cars. The lack of travel in 2020 led rental companies to sell a lot of their inventory of cars. Now that demand has spiked, supply is tight and prices are high.
Unfortunately, criminals are paying attention and posting fake rental car deals at rock bottom prices online. While everyone loves a good deal, doing business with an entity you aren’t familiar with could be risky. Whatever your travel needs, stick to reputable websites with proven track records. If you do find a deal with an unfamiliar provider, do your research: look up the company name with “scam” or “complaint” and see what appears, and check out reviews.

Who doesn’t love something for free? But beware, that “free trial offer” might mean months of payments that you didn’t know you signed up for and will have a hard time canceling. These types of sales tactics are called negative options – a customer signs up for a free trial and unwittingly accepts a subscription – sometimes for a questionable product – often by not seeing a pre-checked box in the very tiny print. When it comes to free trials, research before you enroll. Fully understand the terms and conditions by reading the fine print. Keep a close eye on your credit and debit card statements so you spot unexpected charges right away. Contact your bank or credit card company to address the issue; calling the company you inadvertently signed up for a subscription with will likely get you nowhere.

Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Report scams to local law enforcement. For help from AARP, call 1-877-908-3360 or visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network at

Richard Higgins' Photography Exhibit at Concord Free Public Library

CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library is featuring an exhibit of Richard Higgins’s photographs of trees through November 30. “An Eye for Trees, in Thoreau's Concord and Today” is in the library art gallery. It is free during library hours, which are 9am to 9pm Monday through Thursday; 9am to 6pm Friday; 9am to 5pm Saturday; and 1pm to 5pm Sunday. For more information, visit
Higgins, the author of Thoreau and the Language of Trees, said it was inspired by Thoreau’s way of seeing trees,  which combined poetic insight with keen observation. Most of the 40 photographs depict common trees in Concord and surrounding towns. Higgins said he took many of the photographs in winter, when snow and ice transform trees and disclose them anew.

“If there’s an artistic aesthetic, it’s finding beauty in the familiar and ordinary—a skill Thoreau  developed to a high degree,” said Higgins, a writer and editor who lives in Concord.

“Thoreau said that we only truly see when we look, and he was ever looking to discern the expressions, character and beauty of trees.”

Higgins displayed in his photographs of trees earlier this year at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Many of the exhibit photos were in Higgins's Thoreau and the  Language of Trees, published last year by the University of California Press.
A former longtime Boston Globe reporter, Higgins is also coauthor of Portfolio Life: The New Path to Work, Purpose, and Passion after 50, and the editor of several books.  His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Christian Century and Smithsonian.

Dazzleship Comes to the Umbrella

CONCORD: A common question for artists over the past year has been, “How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your work?” and the answers haven’t always been easy to articulate. Beyond the impact on his or other artists’ individual work, however, painter and curator Michael MacMahon wants to embrace the unknown, and celebrate how the art community around him has adapted and evolved over the past year. It’s this exploration at the heart of Dazzleship, a mixed media exhibition curated by MacMahon for The Umbrella Arts Center Main Gallery, running July 21-Sept. 12.

In addition to hosting work in The Umbrella, Dazzleship will feature an experimental animation program curated by Sarah E. Jenkins, in a multimedia collaboration with violinist Sarah Whitney’s interactive classical music series, Beyond the Notes, hosted by The Umbrella Performing Arts on July 31 and Aug. 1. The exhibition will be on display in The Umbrella Main Gallery, 40 Stow Street, Concord, from July 21 - Sept. 12, 2021. Additional special artist events will be announced at a later date.

Local Residents Named
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CONCORD: The following local students were named to the Dean’s List at Saint Michael’s College for the Spring 2021 semester.

* Danielle Butler, a senior biology major from Acton (01720) and a graduate of Acton Boxborough Regional High School.

* Daniel Armstrong, a junior criminology major from Acton (01720) and a graduate of Acton Boxborough Regional High School.

* Clea Edelman, a May 2021 graduate art and design major from Concord (01742) and a graduate of Chapel Hill - Chauncy Hall School.

* William Meehan, a senior business administration & economics major from Concord (01742) and a graduate of Concord Carlisle Regional High School.

Saint Michael’s College, founded in the great Catholic intellectual tradition, which also recognizes the principles of social justice and compassion, is a selective, fully residential Catholic college in Vermont’s beautiful Green Mountains. Our closely connected community delivers internationally-respected liberal arts and graduate education near Burlington, one of the country’s best college towns. To prepare for fulfilling careers and meaningful lives, young adults here grow intellectually, socially, and morally, learning to be responsible for themselves, each other and their world.

DONORS URGENTLY NEEDED: Red Cross Still Facing Severe Blood Shortage

The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage that is negatively affecting blood product availability across the country. Donors of all blood types – especially type O and those giving platelets – are urged to make an appointment to give now and help ensure hospital shelves are stocked with blood products over the Fourth of July holiday and beyond.

Right now, the Red Cross is working around the clock to provide blood products to hospitals responding to an unusually high number of traumas and emergency room visits, as well as overdoses and resulting transplants. As a result of the blood shortage, some hospitals are being forced to slow the pace of elective surgeries until the blood supply stabilizes, delaying crucial patient care. 

In addition, while summer is traditionally a time when blood donations decline, this year is particularly challenging as many Americans receive their vaccinations and resume summer activities after more than a year of limited interactions and travel, leading to lower donor turnout. The need for blood doesn’t take a holiday break − patients still depend on lifesaving transfusions.

Donors are needed now to prevent further delays to patient care. Schedule an appointment to give blood now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a thank-you, all those who come to give July 1-6 will receive a Red Cross embroidered hat by mail,* while supplies last. And, donors who come to give July 7-31 will receive a $10 Gift Card by email, plus a chance to win gas for a year (a $5,000 value). (Terms and conditions apply; visit 
In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility.
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Concord Conservatory's Fall Group Classes and New Programs

CONCORD: Get inspired and tap into your music potential with a group class. CCM’s highly accomplished faculty build a strong foundation of technique, theory, and musicality, which encourages a lifetime of continued musical education and enjoyment. Plan to join a fun group class and connect with other musicians who value music like you! Sign-up today for a social and collaborative learning experience.

CCM’s group classes offer an opportunity for all ages and ability levels—some with no experience necessary. From singing, guitar, and keyboard classes for kids to banjo, ukulele, and acoustic guitar classes for teens and adults, you can choose the right course for all family members. Secure your place in the class now.

Introducing New Early Childhood Group Classes at CCM! Engage and motivate your young learner with CCM’s Music Makers class for 3 year-olds or the Musical Gateway class for 4 and 5 year-olds. Your kids will be immersed in a positive and supportive learning experience while soaking up musical knowledge and getting active! 

CCM’s West Side Strings Program! Young violinists and cellists benefit greatly from this ongoing supportive and immersive CCM learning experience. They’ll receive benefits from both private lessons as well as the group class experience. Organized by age and experience, students will develop skills in technique, music reading, solo performing, and ensemble participation. 

Chamber Music Ensemble Program! Intermediate to advanced strings, winds, and piano players can now join a weekly Chamber Music Ensemble—guaranteeing them a challenging, rewarding, and memorable musical experience. Taking part in an ensemble assures the development of their leadership and interpersonal skills, critical thinking, and being an integral part of a team. With weekly coaching sessions, master classes, special events, and performing, musicians will elevate their playing to the next level.

Maybe a jazz or rock ensemble interests you or your kids more? CCM can help there too. If you’re dreaming of cranking out a Miles Davis Quintet piece or a Rolling Stones song, we’ll provide expert coaching and instruction so you can master the music you want to play. 

The Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) is the area’s non-profit community music school, located at 1317 Main Street in the West Concord Union Church. Explore CCM offerings or set up private lessons at or call (978) 369-0010. Financial assistance is available.

Anchor Down: The Campaign to Support Emerson Hospital's Behavioral Health Services in a Year of  Unprecedented Storm

CONCORD: The Auxiliary's flagship behavioral health fundraiser, EmerSong, is cancelled this year due to COVID-19. Yet they are proud to announce Anchor Down, their fundraising appeal designed to continue this vital mission of supporting mental health services -- at a time when our community needs it most. They encourage you to watch these videos produced exclusively for the Auxiliary. The goal for this campaign is two-fold: first to raise funds to support those in our community struggling with mental health; and second to share with you a global view of the state of mental health services in Massachusetts, particularly the pandemic's impact on it, and Emerson Hospital’s role in this crisis. Join the Auxiliary, contribute to Anchor Down, and learn how your donations can fill the gaps to support inpatient and emergency Behavioral Health care. To learn more, please visit:

Bullet Journaling at the Concord Free Public Library

CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library will host a free four-part class on Bullet Journaling for ages 12 and up beginning on July 12 at 4pm. The workshops will take place on Mondays at 4pm on July 12, 19, 26 and August 2 at the Main Library Sudbury Road Garden.

Participants will learn the basics of bullet journaling and explore the different elements of bullet journaling. Participants will set up weekly spreads, create lots of cool trackers, and play around with different styles of journaling.
Each participant will receive a free packet of supplies. Space is limited so register in advance:

Instructor Claire Sun is a local artist from Carlisle (MA) who has been brush lettering and bullet journaling for over five years. She's taught multiple workshops at local libraries and organizations and runs the bullet journal Instagram account (@suncerulean) with over 9k followers. Other than her artistic endeavors, Claire also enjoys listening to podcasts and playing the guitar. She's very excited to share her passions with this community!

For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), sign up for our e-Newsletter, or visit us online at

Teen Driver Safety Classes at Concord Free Public Library 

CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library invites teens to driver safety classes, Wednesdays, July 14, 21 and 28 at 4pm. This is a free series hosted by AAA to learn about driving safety.  Attend one, two or all three workshops. Teens will learn about the risks of driving while impaired by marijuana. Attitudes about the use of marijuana have shifted in recent years. Marijuana is now prescribed for medicinal purposes and the legalization or decriminalization of recreational marijuana in many states resulted in greater societal acceptance of the drug’s use.  This curriculum also intends to correct misconceptions about marijuana’s potential risks to teenagers.

On July 21, teens will learn how to handle driving emergencies. Knowing what to do in an emergency is something every driver should know. This program will advise drivers what to do if they break down, how to stay safe on the road, and items to keep in your vehicles.

On July 28, teens will learn about the risks of distractions. Get tips to avoid becoming a distracted driver. Every day, motorists who read or send a text while driving take their eyes off the road for up to 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the entire length of a football field with your eyes shut. Texting - along with other activities like phone calls, eating, drinking, setting your GPS or working your car's entertainment system - takes your mind and your eyes off the road. 

To receive a Zoom link, register at more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), or visit

Read to Luna the Dog Live! at the Concord Free Public Library

CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library invites children to Read to Luna the Dog on the Main Library lawn the second Friday of each month beginning in June between 11:30am-12:30pm. Luna is a certified therapy dog through Pets & People Foundation, Inc. Did you know that reading to dogs boosts reading skills and emotional and social skills for children? This event is for children ages 5+. Children are invited to register for their own individual 15 minute session with Luna. Register in advance by visiting the library's events calendar online at
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Local Residents Receive Academic Honors

CONCORD: Northeastern University is pleased to recognize those students who distinguish themselves academically during the course of the school year. The following students were recently named to the University's dean's list for the Spring semester, which ended in May 2021.

In addition to achieving distinction through the dean's list, these students are members of the University Honors Program, which offers high caliber students the chance to further hone their studies and interests, live in special interest residential communities, participate in enriched, interdisciplinary courses, and engage in research and creative endeavors, service, and global experiences. Invitation into the University Honors Program is highly competitive and students must maintain a high GPA to maintain membership.

To achieve the dean's list distinction, students must carry a full program of at least four courses, have a quality point average of 3.5 or greater out of a possible 4.0 and carry no single grade lower than a C- during the course of their college career. Each student receives a letter of commendation and congratulation from their college dean.

* Concord (01742) resident Kasey Lee, majoring in computer science/ mathematics

* Acton (01720) resident Christina Pathrose, majoring in computer science

* Acton (01720) resident Iris Wang, majoring in electrical and computer engineering

* Acton (01720) resident Summer Weidman, majoring in environmental studies/political science

* Acton (01720) resident Joshua Chun, majoring in undeclared
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June is PTSD Awareness Month

June is PTSD Awareness Month. Though most often associated with veterans who experienced atrocities of war, anyone, including children and teens, can suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Children typically recover quickly from stressful events, but when it comes to severe stress, especially serious injuries, the death of a close family member or friend, sexual assault, living through a disaster, or witnessing a violent act such as a school shooting, children can often suffer the long-term effects of PTSD.
The National Center for PTSD estimates that 7-8% of people will experience PTSD during their lives. Worse yet, over 65% of children who are exposed to a traumatic event will, at some point, attempt to take their own lives.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the symptoms of PTSD are different for young children than those of older teens and adults. Children younger than 6 will often wet the bed, forget how or refuse to talk, act out the traumatic event during routine play, or become unusually clingy with a parent or other adult.

Research shows that depression rates increase after a trauma and tend to be especially high among children with PTSD. If your child or someone you love is struggling with depression or thinking about suicide, get help now. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is a free resource, available 24 hours a day for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Crisis Text Line is a free 24/7 text line where trained crisis counselors support individuals in crisis. Text “Jason” to 741741 to speak with a compassionate, trained Crisis Counselor. Confidential support 24/7, for free.

The Jason Foundation is another available resource.  The Jason Foundation is dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide through educational programs that equip youth, parents, educators, and the community with the tools and resources to identify and assist at-risk youth. Many times, a young person will exhibit clear warnings signs prior to an attempt. By knowing the warning signs, and knowing how to help, you could save a life.  Visit The Jason Foundation’s website to learn more about youth suicide, the warning signs, and how you can help make a difference.  The Jason Foundation has never charged a school, community, or individual for the use of their programs or resources.
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Emerson Hospital & IMPACT Melanoma Team Up to Protect the Public

CONCORD: Emerson Hospital and IMPACT Melanoma, a national non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the incidence of melanoma, have teamed for the third consecutive year to protect residents from skin cancer. The organizations have deployed touchless, automatic sunscreen dispensers at 16 high-traffic locations, including parks and recreation facilities, beaches, rail trails, and athletic fields throughout Concord and the greater area. The dispensers provide complementary sunscreen throughout Acton (at The Discovery Museum), Bedford, Chelmsford, Concord, Harvard, Hudson, Maynard and Westford.
Jen Melanson, Community Service Coordinator for the town of Chelmsford, reported after the 2020 season, “The program was so well received, we had positive feedback on social media and from citizens who were very excited and appreciative. We are grateful to Emerson Hospital for providing the dispensers and are excited to support the program again this year.”
“We are pleased to work with Emerson Hospital on this invaluable initiative for the third year,” said Deb Girard, IMPACT’s Executive Director. “It is imperative to educate communities at all levels – residents, government, employees, and visitors – to create a broad sense of sun-safe practices aimed at healthier lifestyle choices for our skin. With this initiative in motion, we can achieve exactly that with the fleet of free sunscreen dispensers, and educational messaging. We are excited and hope that neighboring towns take notice. Together we can make a great IMPACT and practice of safe skin.”
Emerson Hospital is sponsoring bright yellow sunscreen dispensers that are filled with SPF 30 sunscreen. The dispensers are monitored regularly and replenished as needed, ensuring that everyone in the area who needs sunscreen has easy access to it. SPF 30 or higher sunscreen is rated and recommended for use by children ages six-months and up, and adults. All sunscreen ingredients are safe and approved by the FDA.
“Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in our service area, according to our latest Community Health Assessment,” notes Christine Gallery, Senior Vice President, Planning and Chief Strategy Officer, Emerson Hospital. “We are proud to support IMPACT Melanoma again this year, so that people throughout our towns can have fun this summer, while easily protecting themselves from skin cancer. We anticipate the community will use the sunscreen often and it will become a routine part of their summer safety regimen. We encourage the community to be in touch with a physician with any questions or concerns about their skin.”
To learn more about the importance of sunscreen and where the complimentary sunscreen dispensers are located, please visit