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Concord Currents: What’s happening in town this week

Posted by Shivaji Mudambi  June 8, 2012 02:55 PM

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The selectmen meet Monday night, June 11 at 7 p.m. at the Town House. On Friday, June 15 at 8 a.m. the Local Option Local Income Tax Committee meets at the Town House.

We know you love a good bargain. And who doesn’t love books? The semi-annual library book sale is coming June 9 on the lawn at the corner of Main and Sudbury roads. It is postponed from last Saturday’s huge rain out. Get there early because the best books go fast. While you are there, you can join the Friends of the Library and take advantage of their programs throughout the year.

On Wednesday of this week at Fowler library, take in the Afternoon Film Series which is showing films based on books. “The Lincoln Lawyer” is airing on June 13 on the lower level meeting room.

On Thursday, June 14, join the Thursday Authors Series with Wendy Swart Grossman this week at the main library. Grossman is the author of “Behind the Wheel: A Mother’s Journey of a Year on the Road,” and will be offering signed books after her talk.

Sunday, June 10 is the last day you can see the student art show at the Concord Art Association. Some striking pieces in all media this year. Across the Milldam at the Albright Art Gallery, take in the Helen Popinchalk show until July 15. Enjoy the colorful works of art.

In the mood for great opera? To celebrate its 40th year of incorporation, Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord will present Puccini’s “La Boheme” on Saturday, June 9 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 at 2 p.m. The work will be performed in Italian with surtitles (English translation above the stage). Conducted by Alan Yost and stage directed by Kathy Lague, the work will have a children’s chorus rehearsed by Kathryn Denney. Chorus master is Paula Eldridge. John Tischio, president of the New England Opera Club, will give a free lecture about La Boheme at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6 at 51 Walden. Musicologist Laura Prichard will give an introduction to the opera prior to both performances starting at 7:15 on Saturday and 1:15 on Sunday. Tickets are $25. Call 978 369-7911 or buy on line.

A grand flea market/recycle sale is on June 9 at the First Parish Church, 20 Lexington Road, and tables are still available. Sponsored by the Women’s Parish Association, the sale starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. There are a few tables left to rent. If you would like to rent a table, contact Pat Kane at or at 978-369-8418 as soon as possible. Tables are going fast! Table rentals are $35. Snacks and lunch items will be sold throughout the day. This event will be held rain or shine. Open to the public. Handicapped accessible.

Folk and pop music lovers alert! Patty Larkin is performing at a benefit for the Nature Connection on June 9 at the Emerson Umbrella. There is a reception at 7 p.m. and the concert is at 8. Admission is $30 in advance (see here or call 978 369 2585); and $35 at the door. For $100, get premium seating and a catered pre-show reception with Patty Larkin. The Nature Connection brings educational and therapeutic nature programs to people with limited access to the natural world. Founded in Concord, MA 28 years ago, The Nature Connection connects at-risk youth, people with disabilities and elders with nature’s capacity to heal and to teach. For a sample music video, go to MusicFog Video: "Dear Heart"

The Council on Aging has several summertime programs that are getting underway. Take advantage of this active town department.

Calling all walkers! The COA and Concord’s Division of Natural Resources are interested in meeting with local seniors who would like to participate in an outdoor walking club. Different outdoor walking areas such as parks, recreation property, and local sidewalks will be discussed, taking into consideration walkers’ abilities. Call the COA at 978 318 3020 to sign up.

Job alert: The COA has an opening for a part time van driver. We are looking for an individual who has an exemplary driving record and enjoys interacting with seniors as they are transported around Concord and nearby communities for medical appointments, shopping excursions, trips to the COA for activities and various other personal errands. Drivers typically work an 8-hour day once or twice a week. A commercial driver’s license is not required to drive the COA vans, but you must be comfortable driving and parking a large vehicle. The pay rate is $12 per hour. If interested in applying, please contact the Human Resource Department for the Town of Concord at 978-318-3025. Deadline for application: June 15.

The Council on Aging and the Concord Conservatory of Music announce the start of a Music and Movement class. This 6-week class will meet after lunch on Wednesdays. Musical rhythm is powerful, it can be irresistible, and it enables us to come to life physically and mentally. While in class you will be actively listening to music, and your body and mind will be responding to the music by developing stronger coordination skills, long and short term musical memory, and more fluid whole body movement. Eurhythmics is unique because it offers all of these benefits without being in the gym! Come by the Council on Aging on Wednesday, June 13 at 1 p.m. to observe or take part in a free demo class. The class will be led by Concord Conservatory of Music faculty member, Haeeun Shin. Cost will be $30 for the 6-week program. With enough interest, the first class meeting will be July 18th. Please call to sign-up at 978 318 3020.

Window air conditioner installation: The Council on Aging will be making arrangements for seniors to get some help installing their window air conditioners. The charge will be $10 per unit. Please call the COA at 978-318-3020 to take advantage of this service. They will ask for your name and address, and will call you back once a specific installation date and time has been set.

Volunteer Needed: Bill and Jane Mercaldi have faithfully planted and tended to the outside flower boxes at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center for many years and they are retiring. We are very grateful for all of their assistance over the years and we now need to find a replacement for them. If you would be willing to take this task on or want to learn more please call Carol at 978-318-3020.

The COA Library is a great place to come on hot summer days to pick up a book, sit on a comfortable chair, and relax and enjoy the air conditioned environment. Our library operates on the honor system. No check out and no due dates!

Donations of recent titles are always appreciated.

Attorney Betsey Crimmins of the Senior Citizen’s Law Project is available to provide free civil legal services for a variety of elder law matters including housing eviction cases, benefits such as Social Security and SSI, food stamps, health care issues such as Medicaid and Medicare, nursing home issues, and consumer issues. You can reach the Project by calling the Senior Helpline at 866-778-0939. The Project is located at Greater Boston Legal Services, 197 Friend Street, Boston. Attorney Crimmins is available to make home visits or nursing home visits when necessary.

Lunch and Learn: “Age Wise, Age Well” Thursday, June 14 from 12 – 1 p.m.

This lively, sometimes humorous power point presentation highlights a positive, proactive perspective on aging as a natural process. It addresses the paradox of aging, the strengths and challenges, and how to optimize all aspects of our lives. The discussion includes insider tips on healthcare navigation, self- advocacy, and advance planning for optimal control in senior care decision making.

African Safari with Jill Colpak, June 12 at 3 p.m. Join an armchair photographic safari with Jill Colpak, COA Board member and world traveler, to Tanzania, South Africa, and Namibia. Visit the animals and surroundings of Ngorongoro Crater and the Seregeti in Tanzania; Kruger National Park and Cape Town in South Africa; Etosha National Park, Sossusvlei’s red- orange sand dunes, the southern Skeleton Coast in Namibia; and a few stops in between. Please call 978-318- 3020 to sign up for this extraordinary adventure!

Muriel Dyas returns to the COA to bring Mary Surratt back to life on Thursday, June 14 at 2:30 p.m.. Although we are very familiar with the Lincoln assassination and John Wilkes Booth, few of us know about the participation of others in his killing. Mary Surratt was a 42 year old, pious, Southern sympathizer known to keep Confederates as houseguests. Mary’s actions would cause her to be the first woman hanged in the United States. Find out if President Johnson was correct in stating that she provided “the nest that hatched the egg” or was innocent as she proclaimed. Please join us at HWCC for Muriel’s performance followed by a question and answer period with snacks from the era. Call 978-318-3020 to sign up for this fun and informative presentation.

Interested in town service? The following boards and committees have vacancies. If you want to join one of the committees listed below, pick up and fill out a green card at the Town House or see here. The selectmen and/or town manager make the appointments.

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Committee

Board of Appeals associate member

Concord Housing Development Corporation

Concord Cultural Council

Conservation Restriction Stewardship Committee

Library Committee

Personnel Board

Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee

Records and Archives Committee

2229 Main Street Committee

Youth Coordinator Advisory Board

Board of Assessors associate member

Historical Commission associate member

Natural Resources Commission associate member

Board of Health

Light Board

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