At the Town Caucus last week, eight candidates were nominated for elected office, including Moderator, Selectmen, School Committee and Housing Authority. For selectman, incumbent Carmin Reiss is running for another term, along with caucus nominee Alice Kaufman. For School Committee, with two seats open, Kathi Snook, Johanna Boynton, Cynthia Rainey and Lisa Bergen got caucus nods. Moderator Eric Van Loon received backing for another year at the helm of Town Meeting. Dennon Rodrigue was nominated for a five-year term on the Housing Authority.
The Town election is scheduled for March 19 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Town Clerk Anita Tekle also reports that Special Elections are scheduled for April 30 and June 25. Please don’t wait to register to vote if you are 18 or over and live in Concord.
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.
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, there will be a public bid opening for the new high school construction at 2 p.m. at the Town House.
See a controversial film about Charles Darwin presented by the Concord Area Humanists on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the First Parish, 20 Lexington Road. “Creation” sparked fierce debate on US Christian web sites, with a typical comment dismissing evolution as "a silly theory with a serious lack of evidence to support it despite over a century of trying.” Shown in honor of Darwin Day and his 204th Birthday. Social time at 7 p.m. Program 7:15. Donation $5 at door. Serving popcorn and drinks. See www.ConcordAreaHumanists.org.
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 lift the spirits of senior citizens. 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.
Do your Valentine's Day shopping in West Concord and enjoy sweets, treats, and free gifts and giveaways all over town. During the West Concord Valentine's Day Crawl, Saturday Feb. 9 from 10-4, six West Concord stores will offer free food and drink, special deals, and a raffle for a $100 West Concord gift basket.
At the town's newest store, All Ways Organic & Natural, enjoy free organic wine and brownies as you shop, and leave with a free package of organic bath salts. Next door at noa, there will be locally made chocolates and you can purchase a Snooty Jewelry "wild heart" Swarovski necklace for a special price of $25. Dabblers is serving free latte and espresso and has a surprise giveaway. Order your flowers at Concord Flower Shop while sipping cider and enjoying cheese and crackers and leave with a free rose. 1 on 1 Self Indulgence Spa is offering a complimentary lavender paraffin hand treatment with the purchase of a gift card for $50 or more. Firefly is participating too, so stop by for your mystery gift.
Be sure to enter the raffle for a gift basket from all the participating stores, valued at over $100.
Friday Flicks at Fowler will feature an award-winning Japanese film on Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. The series features unique and critically-acclaimed international films. Free admission. Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. Call 978-318-3350 for more info.
Join Leslie Wilson, our Special Collections Curator and Concord Museum Curator David Wood for a book discussion of the “Concord Reads” selection, Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education, by Michael Pollan on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11:00 a.m. at the Concord Museum. After the discussion, visit the Emerson Study, Thoreau Gallery, and the agriculture exhibition with the curators to better understand the issues the book discusses. Free event. Open to all.
Weekend Poetry Reading will start the season with two dynamic poets Tanya Larkin and Katie Peterson on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. in the Trustees Room. Open to all. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
Haiku Walk at Great Meadows on Sunday, Feb. 10 from 2-4:30 p.m. Thoreau Farm shares this upcoming event offered by Cherrie Corey and Brad Bennett. Join naturalist Cherrie Corey and Haiku poet Brad Bennett for a seasonal haiku experience at Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge in Concord. Following a short introduction to the landscape, and the technique of haiku, you will walk in the refuge, deepening your attention, and welcoming its beauty to inspire your writing. Then travel a short distance to Thoreau Farm, the birthplace of Henry David Thoreau, to share poems and warm refreshment with each other. No prior haiku experience necessary. Class limited to 12, ages 17+. Fee: $35.
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.
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 3 Thursday sessions: 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.
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.
If you are able to donate blood, be sure to call the Emerson Hospital Blood Donor Room and schedule a donation. It’s easy and the reward far outstrips the needle. You will save a life! There is free parking at the John Cuming Building, and a snack. Call 978 287 3390. The need is constant.
Betsy Levinson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.