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Concord Currents, What’s happening in town this week

Posted by Laura Gomez  May 29, 2013 05:36 PM

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A unique opportunity to help blind athletes in the Boston area. A new documentary film, featuring Rob Weissman from Acton, will be shown at the Woburn Showcase Cinema on Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. with lunch and a Q&A period to follow. All money raised will help a baseball team for the blind make it to the 2013-2014 World Series. The movie is a feature length documentary about the passion of the Boston Renegades beep baseball team. Beep baseball allows the blind to participate by hearing the action on the field. Here is a link to buy tickets and learn about the Renegades. This film showcases the Boston Renegades and shows the passion, the action and the drama that occurs in your average beep ball season. The movie will be followed by a special event where you can ask questions about the film to the Renegades and learn more about the team and the sport. The Woburn Host Lions will be hosting us and cooking food on the grill and there will be a cash bar. There will be drawings for special prizes, an opportunity to learn to play the game and a chance to experience the team passion. All of the $25 price of admission will go to help the Renegades’ travel expenses to the World Series, Chicago and Long Island.

Here is the schedule of events:
9:30 a.m.: Doors open at the Showcase Cinema
10:00 a.m.: The presentation of the movie will begin
11:45 a.m.: Head across the parking lot to the Woburn Crowne Plaza hotel
12:00 p.m.: Question and answer session begins
12:30 p.m.: Award presentation
12:45 p.m.-2 p.m.: Lunch is served and mingling with the Boston Renegades

Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Concord Museum is hosting a Garden Tour which has become a New England tradition for garden lovers. Each of the eight private gardens reflects the individual interests and passions of the owners and their families and will inspire new gardeners and accomplished landscapers. Call 978 369 9763 for tickets. Tour maps given out on the day of the tour.

Early birds, stay away from Stow Street on Friday May 31. Fox 25 news will be broadcasting a Zip Trip segment at Emerson Playground from 4 to 10 a.m. Parking will be restricted in the Stow Street area. Concord police officers will be in place to assist motorists and pedestrians, and a brief closure of the Stow Street area may be necessary to accommodate set-up crews and larger than normal pedestrian traffic.

Get your toe-tapping on! The Alexander Children’s Theater School presents “Footloose” this weekend at 40 Stow Street. Performances May 31 to June 2. See here for tickets.

Great Reads! The library book sale on the lawn is June 1. It’s an absolute must, where you can find books for every family member, DVDs, CDs, even VHS movies. Plus sheet music and old musty hard covers and hundreds of paperbacks, all donated by the community and sponsored by the Friends of the library.

And take in the first annual giant flea market on June 1 sponsored by the Concord Lions Club at 191 Sudbury Road, Crosby’s Marketplace, starting at 8 a.m. You know you can’t wait to see what’s there!

Watch the eighth annual “Ducky Race” at Emerson Playground on June 1 at 11 a.m. The 2013 Ducky Race and Fair will be held at Emerson Park in Concord on June 1st at 11:00 am. The Rubber Ducky Race and Fair is not just fun - it is Milldam Nursery School’s largest fundraising event annually. Net proceeds from this event support our enrichment and scholarship programs, so that every child - regardless of family income - can participate in a meaningful and nurturing preschool experience during a critical developmental period.

Get outside for the Emerson Hospital 5k run/walk on Saturday, June 1 at 10 a.m. It takes place at the Thoreau Club Field, 275 Forest Ridge Road. fundraising event to benefit cancer care at Emerson Hospital. Kids fun runs and a family funday are part of the festivities. Registration fee of $25 by May 29 and $30 day of the event.

There is a joint School Committee meeting at the Ripley building on Tuesday, June 4 at 6 p.m. and a Planning Board meeting that evening at 7:30 p.m. at 141 Keyes Road.

COA CINEMA Friday Afternoons at 2 p.m. in the Lecture Hall.

A small town choir sets out to win The National Joyful Noise competition despite overwhelming odds. A story of faith and determination by the choir leaders, Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, and the young talent who give their all to beat the competition for the grand prize. (Comedy/Music; 118 minutes, 2012; Rated PG-13)

Jim McManus and Holly Harrison are exhibiting at the Albright Art Gallery on Main Street through July 28 with a reception Saturday, June 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit is called “Strata: Meaning between the lines.”

FOPAC (Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord) presents a fully staged performance of Leher's delightful operetta, “The Merry Widow.” Conducted by Alan Yost, with stage director Kathy Lague, artistic director Robin Farnsley and chorus master Barry Singer. Lead roles sung by Ray Bauwens and Robin Farnsley. Tickets $25. 
On June 14, 15 and 16 Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Friday & Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. See here for more information.

News from the MBTA: Track improvements on the Fitchburg Commuter Line, which runs through Concord, will require the suspension of weekend service from Fitchburg to South Acton through mid-November. In August, the weekend suspension will extend to Concord, Lincoln and Weston.

Work has begun on adding a “flyover” on Route 2 from Crosby’s Corner in Lincoln to Route 2 westbound in Concord. That means single-lane traffic along the heavily traveled highway, although MASS DOT is trying to limit the crunch to off-peak hours. Plan ahead for any trips that require you to traverse Route 2 to Route 128.

There is a new exhibit at Gallery 111 inside Frame-ables at 111 Thoreau Street. Local painter Bobby C. Poole exhibits this month. His panoramic oceanscapes and strong angular scenes of nature reflect his lifelong fascination with the natural world. Early on his family was associated with the Wildlife Protection Agency in North Carolina, an influence which endured through to his professional work as an architect and exhibit designer. He’s become increasingly specialized in aquarium architecture and exhibit content, having been involved with the development and design of projects for aquariums beginning with the National Aquarium in Baltimore and subsequently progressing to facilities in such far flung cities as Osaka, Singapore, Genoa, and Lisbon, as well as aquariums closer to home such as the aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Alaska Sea Life Center; and the National Marine Life Center in Bourne, Mass. In his own words, “My professional architectural and exhibit design career developing major aquariums worldwide has reinforced my love for the natural world and the lessons it offers us about who we are as an integral component of the global ecosystem. This professional focus for almost 40 years has provided me the privilege to visit and study the elements of the natural world creating an abundance of conceptual and visual references for my paintings.” His work is on view until June 1, Tuesday - Friday 9:30 - 5:30, Saturday 9:30 - 5:00. For more information, look here. Meet Poole at the May 18 Art Walk from 2 to 4 p.m.

Concord Carlisle High School will dedicate a day of Community Service in honor of the late David Prifti, a former teacher at the High School on June 3 at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center. Several volunteers will plant the flower boxes and fix shrubs and bushes for the Summer months.

CSA Shares at Verrill Farm

Verrill Farm’s new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program offers ‘shares’ of the farm’s fresh produce for $25 per week for 20 weeks, June 20 – Nov. 21, with an up-front payment of $500. As a welcome for joining, every new CSA member will receive a coupon for a free 8” fruit pie.

“We are introducing a Verrill Farm CSA this year and have designed it so members will benefit from the variety of our crops,” says farm owner Steve Verrill, “and, because of all that we do at the farm, we are able to add extras unique to our CSA.”

CSAs have become popular because they provide an opportunity for consumers to partner with a local farmer by committing to purchase a ‘share’ of the farm’s crops ahead of the season. Some weeks, Verrill Farm’s CSA will offer choices including baked goods and other items made in the stand kitchen. CSA members will also receive weekly recipes and tips on handling produce as well as exclusive farm tours and pick-your-own opportunities. To join, pay by phone, mail or in person using a credit card or check. Information here.

Another CSA opportunity

Have you wanted to try a community-sponsored agricultural (CSA) program? First Root Farm in Concord has CSA shares available for the 2013 season.
We farm on 2.5 acres of historic farmland in Minute Man National
Historical Park using organic and sustainable growing practices. We grow
over 30 different kinds of vegetables including pick-your-own peas,
cherry tomatoes, and flowers. We are looking forward to an exciting
season full of delicious produce and we hope that you will join us!
Regular CSA share: 21 weeks June- October $650Extended CSA share: 25
weeks June- November $750 With additional flower bouquet share and
winter share options.
Pick ups Tuesdays 3-7 pm OR Saturdays 2-5 pm on the farm955 Lexington
Road Concord, MA 01742
For more information and to sign up, please visit us or email

Dispatch from China!

Here’s a chance to donate to a program that provides eye glasses to young students in China. This effort is spearheaded by Caitlin Moss, CCHS Class of 2007 who is currently a 2011 - 2013 Teaching Fellow at Manghuai Middle School as part of Teach for China.

“This is my last semester teaching in China, and I am also participating in a
project that is happening at 12 Teach For China schools, which will bring
free eye exams and glasses for those who need them to our elementary and
middle school students,” Moss writes. “We are partnering with an organization called Education in Sight, and are fundraising so that we can provide exams and
glasses for free. Eye care is unavailable in many areas of rural China, and
what's more, most of our students can't afford glasses anyway. Unfortunately, this becomes a major challenge for them in the classroom if they can't see the board!”

Moss writes that the program has reached 60 percent of its $1,000 goal, “and a
number of wonderful folks from Concord have donated, including friends and
teachers from high school. Here is the link to the fundraising website.

“We've got a few more weeks to go until we will start eye exams at our school,” said Moss.

Seed sharing. With the arrival of spring, Concordians with a green thumb can take advantage of the, dare we say, groundbreaking new Seed Lending Library, and learn about this first-in-the-state initiative. The mission of the Concord Seed Lending Library is to collect and share bio-diverse, locally-adapted plant seeds, cultivated by and for area residents. There is an active advisory board and a strong commitment to ‘grow’ the Seed Library starting this season with easy-to-grow varieties that thrive locally. See here for more information.

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