The summer season at the library is in full swing. The popular “Music on the Lawn” series is back with the first concert on July 11. Featuring Sol y Canto, the music starts at 7 p.m. on the front lawn, Main Street and Sudbury Road. The concert is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Rain location is at Emerson Umbrella.
On Monday, July 9 there is a “teen movie” at Fowler Library at 4 p.m. The following night, July 10 at 7 p.m., gather the kids for the “Pajama Story Time” for ages 3 and older. On Thursday, July 12, at 10 a.m. the library hosts a drop in story time for ages 3 and up.
Ed Morgan will hold a singalong on Friday, July 13 at 10 a.m. at Fowler library, and at 1 p.m. there will be a free movie at the main library.
On Friday, July 13 the Library will host two programs as part of Celebrating 150 Years of Thoreau's Life, Works, and Legacy. From 3 - 4:30 p.m., Curator Leslie Wilson will conduct a tour of Special Collections. From 1 - 2:30 p.m., Allan Schmidt will give a presentation in the Trustees Room called "Thoreau's Illustrated Atlas." Pre-registration is required. The Annual Gathering takes place from July 12 - 15. For registration and the full program, click here or call 978-369-5310.
Join others from the Council on Aging at a workshop: Pictures say a thousand words: a memory collage on Thursday, July 12 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Do you have photographs and magazines that you don’t know what to do with? Join Sally Montgomery, who leads our memoir-writing group, to make your own memory collage. A memory collage puts photographs, pictures and possibly a few words onto one page to tell a story about a special occasion, a person, or an era. This page can then be put into a memory binder or album. So bring your photographs, old magazines, and scissors to Harvey Wheeler Community Center. You will be provided with glue and archival tape, as well as heavy paper and page protectors. Call the COA to reserve a spot. If you have any questions about the event, please call Sally at 978-254-5880.
The Concord Academy Teen Adventure Summer Camp program will be holding a car wash and doing some yard work this summer for seniors in town. The campers will be available to assist seniors in raking, planting, or other yard chores on Monday July 9, Wednesday, July 11 and Friday, July 13. The teens will arrive with rakes, but will happily use yours if available. They will not cart off your leaves or lawn clippings, but will bag any brush for you if you provide the bags. This is a volunteer, community service activity, so the campers will not accept payment, but certainly a cold drink would be appreciated. Please call the COA at 978-318-3020 to get on their schedule for one of these three days.
The Council on Aging and the Concord Conservatory of Music are pleased to announce the start of a Music and Movement class beginning July 19. This six-week class will meet on Thursdays. Musical rhythm is powerful, it can be irresistible, and it enables us to come to life physically and mentally. We all need to keep moving, keep our mind focused and alert, and it’s more fun to do this in a social environment. While in class you will be actively listening to music, and your body and mind will be responding to the music by developing stronger coordination skills, long and short-term musical memory, and more fluid whole body movement. Eurhythmics is unique because it offers all of these benefits without being in the gym! Concord Conservatory of Music faculty member Haeeun Shin held a demo class for us last month, and she is excited for the classes to begin! The classes will be held here at HWCC at 1:00pm on the following dates: July 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16, and 23. Cost will be $30 for the 6-week program, checks made out to Concord Conservatory of Music. Please call to register.
The Concord Museum is showing a special exhibit of photographs by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz in a show, ”Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage.”
“Unlike her staged and carefully lit portraits for magazines and advertising clients, the photographs in this exhibit were taken simply because Leibovitz was moved by the subject,” noted Museum PR Director Carol Haines. There are nine Concord scenes in the collection of 70 photos taken between April 2009 and May 2011. Haines said the show is presented in collaboration with Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House.
“Concord made a deep impression on Leibovitz when she visited in the fall of 2010, Haines said. Of Concord, Leibovitz said, (it) is a deep well of stories about people and places.”
Among the objects that she photographed are May Alcott’s drawings on the walls of the Orchard House, the hat that Ralph Waldo Emerson wore on his walks and that still hang in the Emerson House, and the caned frame of the bedstead that Thoreau used at Walden Pond on view at the Museum.
The Concord Art Association is exhibiting ”Present/Future: A Showcase of Emerging Artists” from now until Aug. 15. Opening reception is June 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 37 Lexington Road. The exhibit features the work of graduate students from Rhode Island School of Design Fine Arts Department (RISD) and Boston University Master of Fine Arts Program (BU). The work in the exhibit represents each student’s unique experience in the graduate programs at RISD and BU, which resulted in a body of work created to support their individual thesis. Students had several years to research, experiment, and develop their critical thinking, artistic skills and viewpoints.
The Recreation Summer Camp started June 25 with weekly sessions for seven weeks. Call 978 369 6460 to register.
The art space at Harvey Wheeler will be featuring local artists Acey Welch and M.A. Bramhall until Aug. 3. One of Acey’s favorite areas to paint is the U.S. Southwest. The colors, rock formations, and big sky provide magnificent vistas. The paintings in her exhibit are mostly of Monument Valley in the Navajo Reservation. M.A. Bramhall has been an active member of the Concord Art Association for years as an artist, teacher, volunteer, and as former President. Although watercolor is her signature medium, she has experimented widely with other forms including faux painting, set painting, textile art, and architectural rendering, which she studied at Harvard Graduate School of Design. An avid traveler, she prefers her sketch book to a camera to document her travels.
Calling all walkers! The COA and Concord’s Division of Natural Resources are interested in meeting with local seniors who would like to participate in an outdoor walking club. Different outdoor walking areas such as parks, recreation property, and local sidewalks will be discussed, taking into consideration walkers’ abilities. Call the COA at 978 318 3020 to sign up.
Window air conditioner installation: The Council on Aging will be making arrangements for seniors to get some help installing their window air conditioners. The charge will be $10 per unit. Please call the COA at 978-318-3020 to take advantage of this service. They will ask for your name and address, and will call you back once a specific installation date and time has been set.
Volunteer Needed: Bill and Jane Mercaldi have faithfully planted and tended to the outside flower boxes at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center for many years and they are retiring. We are very grateful for all of their assistance over the years and we now need to find a replacement for them. If you would be willing to take this task on or want to learn more please call Carol at 978-318-3020.
The COA Library is a great place to come on hot summer days to pick up a book, sit on a comfortable chair, and relax and enjoy the air conditioned environment. Our library operates on the honor system. No check out and no due dates! Donations of recent titles are always appreciated.
Attorney Betsey Crimmins of the Senior Citizen’s Law Project is available to provide free civil legal services for a variety of elder law matters including housing eviction cases, benefits such as Social Security and SSI, food stamps, health care issues such as Medicaid and Medicare, nursing home issues, and consumer issues. You can reach the Project by calling the Senior Helpline at 866-778-0939. The Project is located at Greater Boston Legal Services, 197 Friend Street, Boston. Attorney Crimmins is available to make home visits or nursing home visits when necessary.
Interested in town service? The following boards and committees have vacancies. If you want to join one of the committees listed below, pick up and fill out a green card at the Town House or see here. The selectmen and/or town manager make the appointments.
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Committee
Board of Appeals associate member
Concord Housing Development Corporation
Concord Cultural Council
Conservation Restriction Stewardship Committee
Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee
Records and Archives Committee
2229 Main Street Committee
Youth Coordinator Advisory Board
Board of Assessors associate member
Historical Commission associate member
Natural Resources Commission associate member
Board of Health