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Concord Currents, What’s happening in town this week

Posted by Laura Gomez  March 7, 2013 04:39 PM

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The Concord Library Book Group will be meeting Tuesday March 12 at 9:30 a.m. at the Main
Library to discuss the book, "You Know When the Men Are Gone,” Siobhan Fallon's award winning book of
short stories about what happens when the troops deploy.

In an added twist, book group leader Mary Taylor said members of the Military Family Support Group, also
based in Concord, will join in.

“We have been in two wars but few people meet others or read about the soldiers and
their families who are involved,” said Taylor.

Copies of the book and audiobooks are available at the Circulation Desk, but
there is never any requirement that you have read the book before hand.

Taylor said it was important to include Concord military families as they discuss the book of short stories because it gives more context to the words, and show support for the families of servicemen and women in combat.

The first annual Winter Tea at the Concord Council on Aging was a success, judging by the robust attendance and lively conversation.

According to COA Activities Director Tina Close, the tea came about “because it cheers people up, and it’s been such a long winter.”

Volunteers from the COA gift shop, Harvey’s Treasure Chest, gleaned the delicate china cups and saucers from the store shelves. With cloth table coverings, and crustless sandwiches, and accompanied by Littleton harpist Rebecca Swett, it is a tradition that will continue.

“It’s our little bit of Downton Abbey,” said Mary Taylor.

The Board of Selectmen meets on Monday, March 11. The joint school committee meets Tuesday, March 12 and the Finance Committee meets on Thursday, March 14. Meetings are in the Town House beginning at 7 p.m. Check here for agendas.

Don’t forget to vote in the town election on March 19. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check your polling place so you don’t go to the wrong one. It’s all listed here. There are four candidates for two spots on the School Committee: Kathleen Snook, Johanna Boynton, Cynthia Rainey and Lisa Bergen. Eric Van Loon is seeking another year as town moderator; for Housing Authority, the caucus nominee is Dennon Roderigue. Join unopposed candidates for selectman: Alice Kaufman and Carmin Reiss at Nashoba Brook Bakery on Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
for coffee and conversation.

Town Clerk Anita Tekle provided information about voting absentee: Availability of Absentee Ballots. If you are unable to get to the polls in person on Election Day due to absence from Concord during polling hours, disability, or religious beliefs, then you are eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots are not available just for convenience in Massachusetts. Ballots are now available in the Town Clerk’s Office. The deadline for applying for a ballot is noon on Monday, March 18. Absentee balloting may be done either in person at the Clerk’s Office during office hours, or by mail. No ballots may be carried out from the Clerk’s Office. The Clerk’s Office is open Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Completed ballots must be received in the Town Clerk’s Office by 8 pm on Election Day, so if the ballot is to be mailed, be sure to allow ample time for delivery both ways. Do not return absentee ballots to the polls. An absentee ballot application may be downloaded from the Clerk’s web site, or you may send a fax or e-mail requesting that a ballot be mailed to you—use of the form is not required. Family members may apply on behalf of another family or household member who is unable to get to the polls in person.

In preparation for this year’s 23rd annual Musketaquid Earth Day,
Musketaquid Arts & Environment is hosting weekend workshops in March and April. These hands-on workshops provide instruction and materials
for making large and small puppets, costumes, instruments and more as
Musketaquid prepares for its Earth Day Celebration on Saturday
April 27. The Parade Making Workshops, led by artist and environmentalist Morningstar
Medaye along with the Musketaquid Parade Team, will be held from 1- 5 p.m. at
Emerson Umbrella on the following Sundays: March 10, 17, & 24. Suggested donation for each workshop is $5-$25.

Turning toward spring, as March begins, 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.

Related to the seed sharing effort, on March 14, four environmental groups are sponsoring a talk by Brian Connolly, botanist for the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program for the state. Called The Seeds of Success, the lecture is presented by ConcordCAN!, Gardening for Life, the Concord Seed Lending Library and the Thoreau Birthplace. The talk is at 7:30 p.m. at the Thoreau Farm, 341 Virginia Road. See here for more information.

Connolly will talk about the how and why of saving locally adapted non-GMO (not genetically modified) seeds in the context of climate change. Connolly brings his experience as a field botanist, author of a Northeastern Organic Farming Association (NOFA) seed production handbook, homestead farmer and FEDCO seed saver. Free admission, though donations are welcomed. Please RSVP to deb01742@comcast.net.

Speaking of gardening, don’t miss out on a scholarship opportunity. The Garden Club of Concord is accepting scholarship applications for a students pursuing degrees or certificates in a gardening-related, environmental studies or agricultural field. The scholarship is available for students attending accredited colleges or universities, or for Continuing Education Programs. Applicants must have resided in Concord for at least one year, and demonstrate financial need. The deadline for the application is Friday, March 15, and the scholarship will be awarded in June 2013.

For a description of scholarship eligibility and the application, please e-mail Pam Hixon at pkhixon@gmail.com or call 978.287.4492. All applications must be postmarked on or before March 15, and must be submitted to: Pam Hixon, 73 Wayside Road, Concord.

Concord businesswoman and health care advocate Pam Ressler, owner of Stress Resources on Lowell Road, has written an online continuing education course on social media for nurses. It launched Feb. 28. Ressler said, “It is amazing that social media is now a large part of our lives and it is necessary for nurses and others to learn to use it effectively to communicate, collaborate and engage with colleagues and the public.” She said social media “has a bad name,” but with patients connecting through blogs, Facebook, Twitter and similar platforms, she feels nurses need to be educated.

“It’s a tool for patient engagement,” said Ressler. The nine-hour course took her about nine months to write. “We don’t hear the good useful side around social media,” she said. “I see great potential in communication and nurses need to understand social media to communicate better.” Click here for more information.

The Concord-Carlisle High School spring musical, “A Chorus Line,” begins six performances on Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m., continuing on the 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. respectively. Shows continue on March 15 at 7 p.m.; March 16 at 8 p.m. and the final matinee on Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m.

State Rep. Cory Atkins is holding a town hall constituent meeting on March 12 at the Town House to answer questions about past and future happenings on Beacon Hill and how they affect her district. It is one in a series of three meetings in the district.
The meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 12 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Concord Town House, 22 Monument Square. The final meeting will occur on Thursday, March 14 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Acton Police Station, 371 Main St.

You are invited to watch two new “Video Exchanges” from the Concord-Nanae Connection. The videos are a project between the Concord-Carlisle Sci-Fi Club and the Nanae (Concord’s Japanese sister city) High School English Club to create an ongoing video exchange. See the first one here. The video was created by David Nurenberg, Sci-Fi Club faculty representative. Visit Concordnanae.com to learn more about this intercultural program between sister cities. There is a second video here.

Join the Natural Resources Division staff at the second Community Meeting on March 13, at 7 p.m. in the first floor conference room at 141 Keyes Road to provide additional input and to ensure your visions are appropriately addressed in the 2013 Open Space and Recreation Plan.

The Friends of Minute Man National Historical Park is offering two lectures in March at Bemis Hall at 15 Bedford Rd in Lincoln, on Sunday March 10 and Sunday March 17 at 3 p.m.

The March 10 Lecture will present speaker J.L. Bell who will speak on Washington's Spy Ring. Mr. Bell will discuss the challenges that General Washington faced in gathering intelligence on the British Military in Boston. The talk reveals secrets and names the names!

On March 17, Joan Walsh, the Director for Bird Monitoring at Mass Audubon, will look at the results of Mass Audubon's recent State of the Birds of Massachusetts and Breeding Bird Atlas II and discuss the role that our shifting land-use practices have had upon our native bird population.

Check out the new exhibit at the library on the antislavery movement in Concord. Look here for details. The online exhibit contains scores of documents about leading abolitionists, lectures and correspondence.

At the COA, take in the Gary Hylander Lecture series on The Roaring Twenties, “Flivvers, Flappers and Fitzgerald,” which covers the prosperous period in US history from the end of World War I to the beginning of the Great Depression. The lectures are on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. on April 2, 9, 23, and 30. This series is being presented free of charge through a generous contribution by the Concord Friends of the Aging.

There’s a new art exhibit at the COA. A new display of large, colorful photographs from around the world by journalist/author/photographer Robert Cooke, is now available for viewing at the Concord Senior Center, at 1276 Main St. The photos were taken in recent years during trips to exotic locations such as India, Bhutan, China, Cambodia, Iceland, Italy, northern Canada, and various parts of the United States -- including Concord and Sudbury. The Senior Center is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. There is no admission fee. The show will continue through April 4.

Verrill Farm has some yummy things on hand for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and Passover. St. Patrick’s Day is a three-day celebration at Verrill Farm.
From Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17, Chef Kevin Carey is preparing a traditional Irish boiled dinner of corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots. The meal will be available packed to go in the cold case. On St. Patrick’s Day only, the meal will also be available hot, to go, from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Hot or cold, each dinner is $10.95.

Easter Sunday, March 31, the Verrill Farm stand open 9 am – noon offering
spiral cut ham, quiches, side dishes and desserts. Easter and Passover are at the end of March and some items are suitable for both celebrations including Potato Latkes and Flourless Chocolate Cake. Passover items will be available at the stand first come, first served; the Easter menu will be available online and at the stand in early March, orders must be placed by March 28 for pick up on March 30.

The gallery Artisans Way, 18 Walden St., has a new exhibit featuring the work of artist Nan Hass Feldman. Since 1981 Ms. Feldman has had more than 40 one-person shows, numerous museum exhibits, and scores of group exhibits. She has received many awards on the national, state, and local levels. She has also continued to teach at the Worcester Art Museum, the DeCordova Museum, and the Danforth Museum of Art (which she helped found) as well as at Framingham State College. Since 1999 she has been teaching painting in France and Italy, a source of inspiration for many of her recent landscapes.

And if you like art from the East, check out the exhibit at Gallery 111 in Frame-ables on Thoreau Street by Chinese artist Jinghua Gao Dalia. Delicate watercolors in pastels are featured in the collection. Take a peek here.

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