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Concord Currents: What's happening in town this week

Posted by Laura Franzini  August 16, 2012 11:53 AM

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The selectmen meet on Monday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Town House.

The Concord-Carlisle High School Building Committee is hosting a community forum on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. at the high school.

Hear “Music at the Manse,” 269 Monument St., as its free Sunday concert series continues on Aug. 19 and runs through Sept. The schedule is:

August 19 Jerry Bell
August 26 Bound for Glory
September 2 John Ferullo, Bob Morse, and Jon Swenson
September 9 Bound for Glory (rain date)
September 16 Bob Phillips, Linda Abrams, Nina Bohlen, & Tom Roach; and Sara Nelson & Bob Phillips
September 23 The Chadbourne Chanticleers

Farm Favorites at Verrill Farm on Saturday, Aug. 18. Join in the fun at the annual corn and tomato festival. Taste over 30 varieties of tomatoes and up to eight varieties of corn. There will also be samples of dishes made in the farm stand kitchen. Additional food and beverages available a la carte. Pony rides by Giddy Up Ponies & Hayrides. Live music by Monadnock Blue Grass.

Step back into the pages of history at the Orchard House on Thursday, Aug. 23 and discover what it was like to live in the time of the Alcotts. Expert, authentically costumed staff and volunteers portray Alcott family members to introduce youngsters ages 7 and up to life in the 19th century generally and within the Alcott home particularly. An interactive tour, old-fashioned games, songs, stories, and refreshments are all part of this highly popular and unforgettable experience! $18 per person (Members - $15). Reservations and pre-payment required. 978-369-4118.

At the library, teens can participate in a Teen Book Group on Aug. 20 with “Rocky Road the Book and the Ice Cream." On Aug. 22, there will be library-sponsored “Frisbee Fun” with Todd Brodeur at Emerson Field; and on Aug. 24, bring the kids to a singalong with Ed Morgan at the main library.

Join other seniors at the COA Summer BBQ on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 5 p.m. As always, there will be delicious food and wonderful entertainment. However, this year the Concord Rotary Club will be grilling hamburgers and hotdogs. In addition, there will be side salads and dessert. Following the meal, you can be entertained by the country band, Hooper and Beckwith. The evening will cost $5, due to the generosity of the Concord Friends of the Aging, who will be picking up the remainder of the bill. Please call 978-318-3020 with your reservation.

The state primary is on Sept. 6. The last day to register to vote is Friday, Aug. 17. The three political parties in Massachusetts – Democratic, Republican, and Green-Rainbow – will be choosing candidates to represent the party in the Nov. 6 state election. Positions on the primary ballot are U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative in Congress, Governor’s Councillor, State Senator, State Representative, Clerk of Courts, Register of Deeds, and Sheriff. Sample ballots may be viewed on the Town’s website.

Absentee ballots are now available for the Sept. 6 state primary, for those voters who are unable to get to the polls in person on Election Day due to (1) absence from Concord during polling hours, (2) a physical disability preventing you from going to the polling place, or (3) religious beliefs. You may vote absentee in person at the Town House during regular office hours, or request in writing that a ballot be mailed to you. Family members may request a ballot on behalf of a family or household member. The deadline to apply for absentee ballots is noon on Wednesday, Sept. 5 and the deadline for receipt of all returned ballots is Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. Allow ample time for mailing. Contact the Town Clerk’s Office for further information: 978-318- 3080, or via e-mail at or fax at 978-318-3093. If faxing a request for an absentee ballot, please include a signature on the fax.

Betsy Levinson can be reached at

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