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Concord Currents: What's happening in town this week

Posted by Laura Franzini  October 19, 2012 03:00 PM

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The renowned Concord Authors Festival continues this week. The festival, which brings popular writers and poets to Concord for 10 days, runs through Nov. 4. Visit here for information and a schedule of speakers. Sign up, too, because many of the venues have limited space.
The schedule for the week is as follows:
Sunday, Oct. 21: Medical Lives of Great Writers, Concord Bookshop - Concord
Monday, Oct. 22: The Invisible Wounds of War; Emerson Hospital, Cheney Conference Room - Concord
Tuesday, Oct. 23: Cookies with American Girl author Jacqueline Dembar Greene: The Story Behind the Rebecca Books, Nashoba Brooks School - Concord
Wednesday, Oct. 24: Healing Digestive Illness, Debra’s Natural Gourmet - West Concord
Wednesday, Oct. 24: Tracing Thoreau’s Last Journey, Thoreau Farm - Concord
Wednesday, Oct. 24: America Meets China (see below), Concord Museum - Concord
Thursday, Oct. 25: A Novel Look at Britain’s Queen, Concord Bookshop - Concord
Thursday, Oct. 25: Will There Be Faith? Holy Family Parish - Concord
Friday, Oct. 26 : Mystery Night 2012, Concord Free Public Library - Concord
Saturday, Oct. 27: Robin Hood Adventures, Barefoot Books - Concord

Concord Festival of Authors at the Concord Museum
, Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. 
The Concord Museum is pleased to welcome Eric Jay Dolin, author of When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail. This lecture, part of the annual Concord Festival of Authors, is free, but space is limited. For more information about this speaker and the other events in the Festival of Authors, please click here. 

Looking ahead, Concord resident, renowned physicist and author Alan Lightman is the featured speaker at the Library Friends’ Thursday Author Series on November 8. Dr. Lightman will discuss his latest book, the critically acclaimed “Mr. G, A Novel About the Creation.” Lightman is currently Professor of Humanities at MIT and was the first professor to receive dual faculty appointments in science and in humanities. Prior to his work at MIT, Dr. Lightman was on faculty at Harvard University. Dr. Lightman will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Periodicals Room of the Concord Free Public Library, 128 Main St. A question-and-answer period and book signing and sales, courtesy of the Concord Bookshop, will follow his presentation.

Discover West Concord” takes place on October 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stroll Main and Commonwealth Avenue and browse the shops for special events, music, wellness demos, and wine tastings.

The Concord Orchestra holds its fall concert on October 20 featuring Mahler’s Ninth Symphony. The concert will be at 51 Walden Street at 8 p.m. It is the first concert of the season for the Orchestra. For tickets, go here.

The Concord Montessori School is holding an open house on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is located at Kerem Shalom on Elm Street.

On Tuesday, Oct. 23 the School Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. at the high school library. On Wednesday, Oct. 24, the School Building Committee meets at 6 p.m. in the high school library.

On Sunday, Oct. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. go to Emerson Field for the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Rolls for Good,” a pumpkin roll and family fun outing. $10 per person allows you to enjoy games, a costume parade, pumpkin carving, pie baking, and meet some of the agencies served by the CCCC. Visit here for information and to register.

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 up-coming walks. There is no need to sign up. The group will be walking twice each week, listed below are the walks. Use your best judgment during inclement weather.
Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m.– Annursnac Conservation land
Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.– Sleepy Hollow
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

View the new exhibit at the Concord Art Association, 37 Lexington Rd., for its new exhibit that runs through November 18. It is about art and food. This exhibit brings together artists who work in a variety of media and materials - including edible ones – to express a range of intentions. Some artists use food imagery as a metaphor for human relations and society’s challenges, others to celebrate memory, while others delve into the complexities of the structure of food itself – exploring line, color, pattern, and space. In conjunction with this exhibit, Concord Art Association will be collecting donations of canned goods for Open Table Community Supper and Food Pantry through November 18.

Take in the new exhibit by Armin Musham at the Albright Gallery, 32 Main Street, through November 4. Visit here for more information. And at the Emerson Umbrella, be sure to catch an exhibit featuring Kayo Burmon, resident artist at the Umbrella, with a collection of very diverse works created over the last few years," explains Kayo. "Sleepless nights are common among artists. It is no wonder. Days are replete with action, colors, patterns, images, shapes, sounds, emotions, light and dark, people, stories, news, illness, birth, death, experiences-both painful and pleasant, nature’s best and worst …. To distill all this in a way that can be translated into a work of art is an enigma. The result? "Sleepless nights." Free.

The Concord Museum has a new exhibit, “The Greatest Source of Wealth: Agriculture in Concord,” in the Wallace Kane Gallery through March 17, 2013.

The library has an agricultural exhibit in conjunction with the Museum. Visit 129 Main Street to take it in. The display is part of a collaborative focus on farming between the library, the Concord Museum, and ConcordCAN. The program offerings include two exhibitions (the library's and also one at the Concord Museum), a film series, a lecture series, and a book discussion of "The Dirty Life" by Kristin Kimball (a featured "Concord Reads" book).

The Ruth Ratner Miller Award for excellence in American history is Eric Foner. He is speaking at the Friends of the Library annual benefit event in conjunction with the Concord Author's Festival on Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Foner is a Columbia University professor of history. His most recent book is "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery." Registration is required for this benefit for the Friends of the Library. Visit here.

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

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