By Betsy Levinson, Globe Correspondent
The Concord Festival of Authors continues this weekend with some terrific programs around town. On Sunday, Oct. 30, Barefoot Books on Thoreau Street is hosting “Monster Stories, Halloween Adventures.” And the Emerson Umbrella presents “Poetry Reading/Open Mike” at the Concord Poetry Center at the Umbrella.
At the library, two events are worth checking out. in conjunction with the Concord Author’s Festival. On Saturday at 7 p.m. Chris Van Allsburg will deliver the 2011 Leslie Riedel Memoral Lecture for Young People. And on Sunday, Joel Myerson will lecture on “Collecting Transcendentalism: A Scholar-Collector’s Perspective at 5 p.m. at the main library, 129 Main St.
If you need help with your fall clean-up, the Council on Aging is scheduling teams of young people, 10 to 12 at a time with a supervisor, to help you. Sign up by calling 978 318 3020. On Oct. 30, Kerem Shalom will supply the workers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You are required to be home, and the COA suggests that a cold drink would be appreciated.
You can appreciate all things West Concord on Sunday with the neighborhood’s Open Studio weekend. Stop by Merlin’s Silver Star on Beharrell Street, then walk over to the Bradford Street Studios, stopping on Main Street to admire the work of local artisans.
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