Be a guest at the Concord Museum for free on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. A winter afternoon is the perfect opportunity. Visit for the first time or revisit favorite galleries – all free on Sunday. Don't miss The Greatest Source of Wealth: Agriculture in Concord, on view through March 17 – this special exhibition explores the changing agricultural landscape of historic Concord over time. The exhibition focuses on the innovations of the 19th century, when Concord was at the forefront of agricultural reform, the 20th-century legacy of immigrant farmers who made Concord home, and the challenges of the 21st century.
The Concord Chamber Music Society performs on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main St. A pre-concert lecture is at 2 p.m. with the concert at 3 p.m. The program includes new work for Piano Quartet (2013), by Yehudi Wyner, commissioned by the Concord Chamber Music Society with generous support from the Harvard Musical Association; Sonata for Violin and Cello by Maurice Ravel; Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 493 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Reserved Seating $28 - $42. Go here for more information.
The Town Caucus is Monday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town House. The public is urged to attend and support local candidates. At the caucus, residents are nominated for office by supporters, or self-identify for a particular office. After the caucus, candidates can still run for local office if they obtain signatures.
The Planning Board meets Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at 141 Keyes Road.
The School Building Committee meets Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at the high school.
The Natural Resources Commission seeks your input. On Feb. 4, the Open Space and Recreation Plan Update Committee will hold the first of two community meetings to help improve Concord’s open space and recreational opportunities. The plan lists existing open space and identifies unprotected open lands in town that are the highest priority for open space and recreation opportunities. The plan will also look at water resources, agricultural lands, natural areas and wildlife habitats, and recreational open space. The Commonwealth requires revision of the town’s open space and recreational plan every five years in order for the Town to qualify for potential land acquisition grants. For more information please contact the Division of Natural Resources at 978.318.3285. The meeting is at 141 Keyes Rd.
It isn’t too early to start thinking about February vacation. There will be a week’s worth of daily activities for the children at the Emerson Umbrella. Dates: Feb. 19 – 22. Ages 4-12. The theme of the week is Visions of the Future. Students will use their imaginations and creativity to explore their hopes and ideas about the future. They can create art such as ceramic buildings or paintings and illustrations of what life will be like on planet Earth 10, 50, or 100 years from now through drawing and painting, 2D and 3D mixed media, ceramics and woodworking. All students will be invited to submit pieces for the art show in April in honor of Earth Day. Registration deadline: Thursday, Feb. 14 at 5 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 8 at 2 PM - Tea Party and Golden Tones Concert at the Council on Aging, 1276 Main St. Join the COA for coffee, tea, and an array of tea sandwiches and sweets. Entertainment will be provided by The Golden Tones, a chorus of men and women of retirement age who sing and dance to lift the spirits of senior citizen audiences. The party will be free of charge for all Concord seniors, thanks to the financial support from Concord Friends of the Aging. Please call to sign up. 978 318 3020.
COA Basket Workshop. Fruitlands Museum offers a wonderful basket workshop. In this series of classes, taught by experienced basket-maker Ruth Bobzin, students will learn how to make a simple Shaker Cat Head Basket, distinguished by a pointed base resembling an upside-down cat’s head. The class will meet on 4 Thursday sessions: Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14 and 21, from 1 -3 p.m. Each session will build on progress made in previous sessions, so students need to attend all classes to ensure enough time to complete the project. The cost is $85 per person (including materials) checks made payable to Fruitlands Museum. A minimum of 6 is needed to run this class. Class limit is 8. Please call to sign up, 978 318 3020.
Concord Curators / Concord Reads
Free book discussion and tour at the Concord Museum on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. Join Concord Museum Curator David Wood and Leslie Perrin Wilson, Curator of the William Munroe Special Collections at the Concord Free Public Library, for a book discussion of the Concord Reads selection, Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education (1991), by Michael Pollan. With a passionate and eloquent argument for reconceiving our relationship with nature, Pollan examines the troubled borders between nature and contemporary life. After the discussion, visit the Emerson Study, Thoreau Gallery, and the agriculture exhibition with the curators to better understand the issues the book discusses.
In business news, LoJack, TomTom form strategic alliance. LoJack Corp. a Canton company known for its stolen vehicle recovery systems, has entered into a strategic alliance with TomTom Inc., a supplier of location and navigation products and services. TomTom, located on Baker Avenue in Concord, will benefit from LoJack’s brand strength and distribution channel by introducing its fleet management technology to new business markets in North America, LoJack said. One benefit: TomTom will get access to existing LoJack relationships with US construction rental companies, auto dealers, and law enforcement agencies.
The Concord Players present “The Musical Comedy of Murders of 1940” by John Bishop with performances on Feb. 8, 9, 15, 16, 17 (matinee), 22, 23 at 51 Walden St. The play is directed by John Pease and produced by Sandy Armstrong and Corinne Kinsman. Don’t miss this comedy in the Players’ 93rd season. Go here for ticket information.
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