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Concord Currents: What's happening in town this week

Posted by Laura Franzini  September 28, 2012 02:07 PM

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Calling all children who love to dance: Emerson
 Umbrella and the newly titled Boston Urban Ballet will hold an 
Urban Nutcracker dance workshop at the Emerson Umbrella. The workshop will
 begin with an orientation and placement on Sept. 29 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and continue with
 rehearsals up until the performance on Dec. 1 at the Umbrella.
 Boston Urban Ballet Artistic Director Tony Williams brings his critically
acclaimed Urban Nutcracker, the holiday classic with an inner-city twist, to 
Concord. They are looking for children ages 8 and up to dance alongside the
 Boston Urban Ballet professional dancers and apprentices. See here for more information.

The School Committee meets on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the high school.

The Planning Board meets on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at 141 Keyes Road.

The Natural Resources Commission meets on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at 141 Keyes Road.

The Citizens Committee to Study School Transportation has a two-part meeting on Thursday, Oct. 4 beginning at 6 p.m. at the CCTV cable studio where the breakout sessions from the Sept. 19 meeting will be aired, then reconvening at Harvey Wheeler, 1276 Main Street, at 7:30 p.m. where the final report will be discussed.

The library has a new program, “Concord Seed” lending library, and a logo contest is underway. For more information, look here.

On Oct. 5 at 3 p.m., all middle schoolers are invited to the First Friday Flicks at the main library. It’s free. Meet your friends, have some food, and catch a movie.

On Friday, Oct. 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the library Friends are hosting the opening of a new exhibit in the gallery. Presented by Special Collections as part of Concord Reads, it is entitled, "This Garden Spot of Concord, Mass: Farming at Nine Acre Corner.” Light refreshments will be served.

Margot Livesey is the featured speaker of the October Thursday Author Series, held Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m., in the Periodical Room of the Concord Free Public Library. She is the author of a collection of stories and six novels, including "Eva Moves the Furniture," and "The House on Fortune Street," which won the L.L.Winship/PEN New England award. Her new novel, “The Flight of Gemma Hardy,” was published in 2012 and won the New England Independent Booksellers Award. She looks forward to an open dialogue with guests after speaking. Paperbacks of "Gemma" will be available, as well as hardbacks of her earlier works. The books will cost $15 each. Checks and cash are accepted.

The Thursday Author Series is another free event of the Friends of the Free Concord Library. There is no charge to attend and all are welcome.

Programs at the Council on Aging: COA CINEMA: Friday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. Our first movie in October -- "The Ides of March" -- takes place during a fictional election. As Ohio's primary nears, Gov. Mike Morris (George Clooney) seems a shoo-in to win the nomination over his opponent, Sen. Pullman (Michael Mantell). Morris' press secretary, Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling) believes in his candidate's integrity and the democratic process. But, Meyers' meeting with Pullman's campaign manager (Paul Giamatti) and a dalliance with a young intern (Evan Rachel Wood) set in motion a chain of events that threaten Morris' election chances. No need to sign up; please join us.

LUNCH BUNCH to PAPARAZZI: Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 11:30 a.m. Join us for delicious meal of simple recipes, fresh ingredients, and passionate chefs. Inspired by the modern trattoria, meals are made in wood-fired ovens. There is much to choose from with many entrees at $10 to $12. We will plan to meet at the restaurant at 11:30 a.m. If you need a ride, please call the COA to get on the van that day. In any case, please be sure to call 978-318-3020 to sign up.

The COA Senior Walking Club, which began this summer, will continue with walks throughout the fall and early winter season along Concord’s beautiful paths and trails. Please check the Town’s website for walk information, maps, and walking tips. Once there, click on Town Departments and then the Division of Natural Resources. You will see a link to “Senior Walking Program.” If you do not have a computer, please call Lori Capone at 978-318-3285 or email her at to find out about upcoming walks. There is no need to sign up. The group will be walking twice each week; listed below are the walks scheduled for October. Use your best judgment during inclement weather.
Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. -- Mattison Field
Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. -- Walden Woods
Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. -- Great Meadows
Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m.– Annursnac Conserv.
Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. -- Sleepy Hollow
Friday, Oct. 5 at 9 a.m. – Old Rifle Range
Friday, Oct. 12 at 9 a.m. – Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Friday, Oct. 19 at 9 a.m. -- Punkatasset
Friday, Oct. 26 at 9 a.m.—Walden Woods
Friday, Nov 2 at 9 a.m. – Old North Bridge

Swap off/Drop Off Day coming! Clean out the garage, the attic, the den: Saturday, Oct. 13 will be the day of the Drop Off/Swap Off held on the grounds of the Concord Public Works on Keyes Road. For more information, please contact the Concord Public Works Department at 978-318-3240.

The town runs on volunteer energy and commitment. The following boards and committees have openings. If you are interested in service, please follow up with the appointing authority listed below. See the website for more information.

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Committee, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Board of Appeals – Associate Member, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Concord Housing Development Corporation, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Concord Cultural Council, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Conservation Restriction Stewardship Committee, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Library Committee, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Personnel Board, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Public Ceremonies & Celebrations Committee, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Records & Archives Committee, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
2229 Main Street Committee, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Youth Coordinator Advisory Board, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Board of Assessors, Associate Member, appointed by: Town Manager with Board of Selectmen Approval
Historical Commission, Associate Member, appointed by: Town Manager with Board of Selectmen Approval
Natural Resources Commission, Associate Member, appointed by: Town Manager with Board of Selectmen Approval
Board of Health, appointed by: Town Manager
Light Board, appointed by: Town Manager

Harvey’s Treasure Chest is open for business. Over the summer months a number of “treasures” were donated for sale. Shop hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds from the Treasure Chest go to the Concord Friends of the Aging.

The Concord Area Humanists meet on Oct. 10 at 7:15 p.m. at the First Parish at 20 Lexington Road, featuring Herb Silverman, president of the Secular Coalition of America. He will speak about his new book, “Candidate without a prayer.” Free. All are welcome.

Eurhythmics Class for Seniors. The Council on Aging and the Concord Conservatory of Music are pleased to once again offer a Music and Movement class. This 10-week class will meet on Thursdays at 1 p.m. Eurhythmics is unique because it offers many benefits without being in the gym. Concord Conservatory of Music faculty member Haeeun Shin will once again be leading this class at HWCC on the following dates: Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25, and Nov. 1, 8, and 15. Cost will be $50. Checks made out to Concord Conservatory of Music. Please call 978-318-3020 to sign up.

Root for the team! The Patriots of CCHS compete this week in the following games:
Friday, Sept. 28
4 PM Girls Varsity Soccer away Peabody Veterans Memorial HS 

4 PM Girls Junior Varsity Soccer away Peabody Veterans Memorial HS

4 PM Girls Freshman Soccer away Bedford Public Schools 

4 PM Girls Varsity Volleyball away Waltham High School
4 PM Girls Freshman Volleyball away Waltham High School

5:30PM Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball away Waltham High School

7 PM Boys Varsity Football home Newton South High School
Facility: Stadium Field

Saturday, Sept. 29
12 PM Girls Varsity Field Hockey away Stoneham High School

1:15 PM Girls Junior Varsity Field Hockey away Stoneham High School

3:30 PM Boys Junior Varsity Soccer home Lincoln Sudbury R.H.S
Facility: High School Soccer Grass lower field

7 PM Boys Varsity Soccer home Kicks for Cancer Game vs Lincoln Sudbury
Facility: White Field Turf 1

Art Space News at Harvey Wheeler. The next artist to exhibit is painter and printmaker Ellen Milan, whose work will be on exhibit now through Oct. 26. As a painter and printmaker, Ellen finds the basis for her work in her drawings, which are of images around her. Her paintings on silk are of landscape and garden.

Looking ahead, the library Friends are hosting a lineup of authors for its Thursday Authors Series, including the Sept. 27 appearance by Dr. Catherine Mann, a professor of Global Finance at the International Business School, Brandeis University, Dr. Mann’s talk at 7:30 p.m. will focus on America’s economic recovery through the lens of globalization and technological change.
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Mann, a Concord resident, has written four books and many articles that focus on the United States and global economies. She appears frequently on Bloomberg TV and on National Public Radio and is often quoted in Business Week, The Economist and other major media. Following each presentation, books are typically available for purchase and guests are welcome to continue conversations with the author. For more information, please call the Library at 978 318 3300 or visit Upcoming programs (all in the Main Library – 129 Main Street) include:
Nov. 8 – Alan Lightman, “Mr. G"
Jan. 10 – James Chu, MD, “Rebuilding Shattered Lives: The Responsible Treatment of Complex Post-Traumatic and Dissociative Disorders”
Feb. 2 – Malissa Wood, MD, “How to Heal Your Whole Heart”
April 4 – Geoff Edgers, Author of children’s book on Rock and Roll greats

Friends of the Concord Agriculture Committee invite you to join them in feasting on locally grown produce at their Fifth Annual Stone Soup Dinner to be held at Verrill Farm on Sunday, Sept. 30. The event is 4 to 7 p.m., starting with drinks and hors d’oeuvres at 4, followed by dinner at 5. Tickets are $40 and available now at three Concord locations: The Cheese Shop, Debra’s Natural Gourmet, and Verrill Farm. As in past years, participating Concord establishments are donating their produce and mouth-watering food. All ‘profits’ from the sale of tickets will again go to help young farmers. To learn more, visit Participants include Hutchins and Kenny Farms, Colonial Gardens, Pete and Jen’s Backyard Birds, and Debra’s Natural Gourmet. For a complete list of contributing businesses go to

Plan on attending the first annual Lexington Antiques show. The Lexington Historical Society will present the first annual "Antiques at the Depot" on Sunday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This multi-dealer show will take place inside and behind the Society's headquarters at the Lexington Depot in Lexington Center. Up to 70 dealers from all over New England will display for sale a wide selection of antiques, vintage, and decorative items.

Some dealers will set up their wares inside the historic Depot while most will be located in the town parking lot behind the Depot. There will be a fun and informal atmosphere similar to what you would find at the Brimfield Mass. antiques flea markets. Rancatore's Ice Cream will set up an outdoor stand at the event and several restaurants will participate by supplying discount coupons. Admission is $5 for adults, children will be admitted free with an adult. More information may be obtained by calling 781-862-4039 or on the website.

The town has two job openings: an activities coordinator at the COA and a library page. Check the town website for more information.

Betsy Levinson can be reached at

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