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Concord Currents: What’s happening in town this week

Posted by Shivaji Mudambi  April 30, 2012 03:05 PM

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Property Taxes are due on Tuesday, May 1. You can pay online or in the yellow envelope, but the payment must be at the Town House by Monday afternoon.

There is a Conservation Coffee on Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. at 141 Keyes Road.

On May 2, a number of meetings will be held: at 6 p.m. the Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee will meet at the Town House; at 7 p.m. the Cemetery Committee meets at the same building, at 7 p.m. the Natural Resources Commission meets at 141 Keyes Road, and the Comprehensive Sustainable Energy Committee meets at 7:30 on Keyes Road as well.

On Wednesday, May 2, seniors can attend a “Bereavement and Good Grief” support workshop at the COA, 1276 Main Street. The group is facilitated by Michele MacDonald, an experienced volunteer from Parmenter Hospice and will be at 10:30 a.m. Please call COA Social Service Coordinator, Sally Lopez 978-369-3020 to voice interest or ask questions.

Other programs at the Council on Aging this week: The World’s Greatest Paintings program continues on Thursday, May 3 and 10 at 1:30. This series of DVD lectures by art historian Will Kless continues this month with presentations featuring Titian, El Greco, Reubens, and Rembrandt among others. You may attend any one or more lectures in this series. Please call the COA at 978-318-3020 to sign up – you needn’t call again if you let us know last month that you planned to attend. This event is facilitated by Jini McCoubrey.

The Fitchburg Art Museum presents “Art in Bloom” on Friday, May 4th at 11:30 a.m. Florists, nurseries, garden clubs, and inspired individuals display magnificent floral creations in the Museum galleries. We will be leaving the COA at 11:30a.m. for the museum, where we will enjoy a box lunch (cost $8.00). After lunch, we will tour the exhibit and enjoy complimentary light refreshments. We will return early afternoon. Admission to this event is $9 and the van fee is $3. Please have your $20 ready when you board the van. Call the COA at 978-318-3020 to join us as we welcome spring!

Then hit COA Cinema on Friday, May 4 at 2 p.m. to view the Academy Award-nominated film “The Descendants.” Matt King (George Clooney), a husband and father of two girls, must re-examine his past and navigate his future when his wife is in a boating accident off Waikiki. He awkwardly attempts to repair his relationship with his daughters – 10-year-old precocious Scottie and rebellious 17-year-old Alexandra - while wrestling with a decision to sell his family's land. When Alexandra drops the bombshell that her mother was in the midst of a romantic fling at the time of the accident, Matt has to take a whole new look at his life. Along the way, in encounters alternately funny, troublesome and transcendent, he realizes he's finally on course toward rebuilding his life and family. You do not need to sign up in advance.

Be sure to keep up with CCHS athletics. Check here for a complete schedule of games. Get out and root for the Patriots!

There’s always a ton of activities at the Concord Library. This week there is a Thursday Author’s Talk with Nancy Aronie, founder of the Chilmark Writing Workshop, and author of “Writing from the Heart” on May 3 at 7:30 p.m. sponsored by the Friends. Free.

And on Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m., you can attend the season’s last concert, “Improvised Spaces” featuring Hans Poppel, piano, with Curt Newton and Aaron Trant, percussion. Sponsored by the Friends, the concert is free but reservatios are required. Call 978 318 3301.

On Friday, May 4, the library hosts “First Friday Food and Flicks for Teens” at the main library at 3 p.m. Perfect for the middle school crowd to meet friends, see a movie and eat!

Three events to keep in mind for the days ahead: “Artrageous” at the Emerson Umbrella is on May 12. Featuring comedian Jimmy Tingle, the event is an auction to raise money for the arts collaborative on Stow Street.

And a new twist on fundraising opens on May 20 when Communities for Restorative Justice holds its online auction. You will be able to bid on fabulous items and help the 12 towns that participate in the restorative justice program. See here for more information, and stay tuned to Concord Currents for more on this novel fundraising approach.

A don’t miss opportunity: Little Women Continuous Read at the Concord Free Public Library: The book “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott is beloved by readers all over the world. In honor of the Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House’s 100th birthday, there will be a continuous read of the book beginning Friday afternoon, May 18 at 1 pm, continuing during the day on Saturday, May 19 and ending Sunday, May 20 in the afternoon. Numerous readers will take part in this celebratory program, co-sponsored with the Orchard House, in the Children’s Room of the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord. Costumed characters will add color to the weekend of reading. Come for part or all and hear members of the Orchard House staff, Library staff, patrons and Town officials reading from the book. The birthday celebration will be complete with birthday cake served after the final reader on Sunday afternoon.

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