Schools get out this week for the holidays, but before they close down, the boys' and girls' swim and dive teams face off against Newton South High School at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday at the Beede Center, 500 Walden Street. Classes will end on Dec. 23, with an all-school assembly marking the start of Winter Recess. School will be closed Dec. 26 through Jan. 2, 2012. Classes will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.
On Thursday night, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m., there is a holiday band concert at the high school.
Following the untimely death of popular photography and art teacher David Prifti, the David Prifti Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to honor Dave's life and contributions. The first David Prifti Memorial Scholarship will be awarded this spring to a member of the Class of 2012. Further, it is expected that this fund will become sufficiently endowed to provide annual David Prifti Memorial Scholarships in perpetuity. All who choose to do so may do this either by mail or on-line as follows:
• Mail: Issue checks payable to "CCSF" and include a note specifying that the contribution is in memory of Dave to ensure that it will be credited properly. The mailing address is: CCSF, PO Box 217, Concord MA 01742-0217.
• On-line: Go to www.ccscholarshipfund.org and select the "Donate Now through Network for Good" icon located on the CCSF homepage. Then follow the instructions provided. Network for Good will provide an opportunity to designate your donation to The David Prifti Memorial Scholarship Fund.
On Wednesday, Dec. 21, the Concord Friends of the Aging invite Concord seniors to a Christmas Luncheon and Party on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at noon at the Concord Elks Hall on Baker Avenue. All guests will be treated to a catered meal and holiday entertainment. Kindly call the COA to sign up for the party and indicate if you need transportation. There is a limit of 200 people, so please sign up early to avoid disappointment. The Friends are happy to host this Christmas Celebration! We look forward to having terrific food, wonderful entertainment, and maybe even Santa will come!
Are you caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or related dementia? Come to a meeting of the Caregivers’ Support Group at the COA on the third Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. of each month. Please call Sally (978) 318-3020 with any questions. It will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 20 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in Conference Room B (downstairs).
Join members of the COA on Thursday, Dec. 22 for “A Day in Pompeii.” Start with lunch at Bambara Restaurant in Cambridge (most items $10 to $12) followed by a tour of the A DAY IN POMPEII exhibit at the Museum of Science. Get a glimpse of daily life in Pompeii, one of Imperial Rome's most cosmopolitan cities. Hundreds of artifacts — including body casts of the volcano's victims — bring to light the vibrancy of this bustling resort town. The cost is $25 and this includes the van fee. We will be departing HWCC at 11 a.m. and will return before 4 p.m. Please sign-up!
Go to the Discovery Museums in Acton for their Hanukkah celebration on Thursday, Dec. 22. At 10 a.m. Joan Holub will tell the story of the Lighted Candles that signify the week-long Jewish festival. Afterwards, make your own flame hat and play a game of dreidel. The museum is at 177 Main St., Acton. Call 978 264 4200 for information.
On Saturday, Dec. 24 at 7:15 p.m., make your way to Monument Square for a Christmas Eve Carol Sing with your friends and neighbors. The gathering around the town tree is an annual tradition for the whole family. Sing songs of the season!
Betsy Levinson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.