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Concord Currents: What's happening in town this week

Posted by Laura Franzini  October 5, 2012 09:25 AM

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The School Committee meets on Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ripley Building. The Assessors meet on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Town House, while the Board of Appeals meets the same night at 7 p.m. at 141 Keyes Road.

Celebrate Fall with Thoreau's "Autumnal Tints.” Scholar Robert Richardson and illustrator Lincoln Perry will give a presentation and slideshow on the new edition of Thoreau's essay, "October, or Autumnal Tints" at First Parish in Concord on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Originally delivered as a lecture shortly before the writer’s own death, Henry David Thoreau’s classic “Autumnal Tints” is an ode to autumn not as the season of death and decay, but of ripeness, fullness, and maturity. Thoreau’s meditations are framed by a biographical essay by Richardson and colorful slides by Perry. A reception and book signing will follow. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by The Thoreau Society, The William Munroe Special Collections at the Concord Free Public Library, and the Transcendentalism Council of First Parish.

The Concord Area Humanists meet on Oct. 10 at 7:15 p.m. at the First Parish at 20 Lexington Road, featuring Herb Silverman, president of the Secular Coalition of America. He will speak about his new book, “Candidate without a prayer.” Free. All are welcome.

Margot Livesey is the featured speaker of the October Thursday Author Series, held Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m., in the Periodical Room of the Concord Free Public Library. She is the author of a collection of stories and six novels, including "Eva Moves the Furniture" and "The House on Fortune Street," which won the L.L.Winship/PEN New England award. Her new novel, “The Flight of Gemma Hardy,” was published in 2012 and won the New England Independent Booksellers Award. She looks forward to an open dialogue with guests after speaking. Paperbacks of "Gemma" will be available, as well as hardbacks of her earlier works. The books will cost $15 each. Checks and cash are accepted. The Thursday Author Series is another free event of the Friends of the Free Concord Library. There is no charge to attend and all are welcome.

Listen and learn! Go to “History of the Supreme Court” with Gary Hylander Thursday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Council on Aging, 1276 Main Street. Hylander is back to offer another informational and entertaining program. Almost every major problem in American history has found its way to the Supreme Court. Who could forget the 2004 presidential election? Join us as we investigate how justices, in their efforts over the years to secure “the blessings of liberty” for Americans, have interpreted the broadly worded language of the Constitution. This lecture series is made possible through the generosity of the Concord Friends of the Aging, there is no charge to attendees. Please call 978-318-3020.

The Concord Museum kicks off its new exhibit, The Greatest Source of Wealth: Agriculture in Concord, in the Wallace Kane Gallery from Oct. 12 to March 17, 2013. Its Farm to Lectern Speakers Series will bring nationally recognized agrarian activists to Concord. On Oct. 12, the Concord Museum welcomes Gary Hirshberg, the educator, activist, and co-founder of the successful organic yogurt company, Stonyfield Farm. Author of "Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World," Gary is an advocate for change in national food and agriculture policies and a passionate speaker on the profitability of green business, sustainability, and organic agriculture. In his talk, "Inventing a Truly Sustainable Future," Hirshberg proposes that it won't be possible to have a truly sustainable future if our food makes us sick. The organic and sustainable food movement is about much more than healthy food. It's about decreased fuel use, reducing our carbon footprint, reducing water use, reducing healthcare costs to society, and creating healthy jobs and a healthy economy. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Wood Theater and Arts Center at Middlesex School. The speakers series is free, but reservations are requested: 978-369-9763, ext. 216.

The library has an agricultural exhibit in conjunction with the museum. Visit 129 Main Street to take it in. The display is part of a collaborative focus on farming between the library, the Concord Museum, and ConcordCAN. The program offerings include two exhibitions (the library's and also one at the Concord Museum), a film series, a lecture series, and a book discussion of Kristin Kimball's "The Dirty Life" (a featured "Concord Reads" book).

Bring all the children and grandchildren to the hands-on Family Farm Day at the Concord Museum on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in collaboration with Drumlin Farm, Gaining Ground, Trail's End Café, and Reasons to Be Cheerful. Use a cider press, decorate pumpkins, make and taste sauerkraut, and more.

Swap off/Drop Off Day coming! Clean out the garage, the attic, the den. Saturday, Oct. 13 will be the day of the Swap Off/Drop Off held on the grounds of the Concord Public Works yard on Keyes Road. For more information, please contact the Concord Public Works Department at 978-318-3240.

Communities for Restorative Justice has two upcoming fundraisers that you will want to take in. On Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., go to the Acton Oktoberfest on Main Street in West Acton to support local merchants. Drop by the C4RJ booth to say hello. And the Acton Woods Plaza has chosen C4RJ as its featured nonprofit for the day on Thursday, Oct. 18. Shop and contribute at the same time.

The library has a new program, “Concord Seed” lending library, and a logo contest is underway. For more information, look here.

LUNCH BUNCH to PAPARAZZI: Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 11:30 a.m. Join us for delicious meal of simple recipes, fresh ingredients, and passionate chefs. Inspired by the modern trattoria, meals are made in wood-fired ovens. There is much to choose from with many entrees at $10 to $12. We will plan to meet at the restaurant at 11:30 a.m. If you need a ride, please call the COA to get on the van that day. In any case, please be sure to call 978-318-3020 to sign up.

The COA Senior Walking Club, which began this summer, will continue with walks throughout the fall and early winter season along Concord’s beautiful paths and trails. Please check the town’s website for walk information, maps, and walking tips. Once there, click on town departments and then the Division of Natural Resources. You will see a link to “Senior Walking Program.” If you do not have a computer, please call Lori Capone at 978-318-3285 or email her at lcapone@concordma.gov to find out about upcoming walks. There is no need to sign up. The group will be walking twice each week; listed below are the walks. Use your best judgment during inclement weather.
Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. -- Walden Woods
Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. -- Great Meadows
Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m.– Annursnac Conservatory
Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. -- Sleepy Hollow
Friday, Oct. 12 at 9 a.m. – Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Friday, Oct. 19 at 9 a.m. -- Punkatasset
Friday, Oct. 26 at 9 a.m.—Walden Woods
Friday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m. – Old North Bridge

Concord-Carlisle sports calendar for Oct. 8 to 12. Come out and root for the Patriots:
10/8/12 9 a.m. Girls varsity volleyball away Volleyball Hall of Fame Tourney at Holyoke
10/8/12 11 a.m. Boys junior varsity football away Boston Latin School at Joe Moakley Field
10/9/12 3:45 p.m. Boys freshman soccer home Weston High School, Facility: High school grass

10/9/12 4 p.m. Girls freshman soccer away Weston High School
10/9/12 4 p.m. Girls varsity field hockey away Lincoln-Sudbury R.H.S 

10/9/12 4 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball away Bedford Public Schools
10/9/12 5:15 p.m. Girls junior varsity field hockey away Lincoln-Sudbury R.H.S

10/9/12 5:30 p.m. Girls junior varsity volleyball away Bedford Public Schools

10/10/12 3:30 p.m. Boys varsity cross country away Boston Latin School
10/10/12 3:30 p.m. Girls varsity cross country away Boston Latin School 

10/10/12 3:30 p.m. Boys varsity golf away Weston High School
10/10/12 3:45 p.m. Girls varsity soccer home Westford Academy, Facility: White Field Turf 1

10/10/12 3:45 p.m. Girls junior varsity soccer home Westford Academy

10/10/12 4 p.m. Boys varsity soccer away Westford Academy 

10/10/12 4 p.m. Boys junior varsity soccer away Westford Academy

10/11/12 3:45 p.m. Boys freshman football home Westford Academy, Facility: Stadium Field

10/11/12 3:45 p.m. Boys freshman soccer home Bedford Public Schools, Facility: High school grass

10/11/12 3:45 p.m. Girls varsity field hockey home Bedford Public Schools, Facility: White Field Turf 1

10/11/12 4 p.m. Girls freshman soccer away Bedford Public Schools 

10/11/12 4 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball home Westford Academy, Facility: Hayes Gym

10/11/12 4 p.m. Girls freshman volleyball home Westford Academy

10/11/12 5:15 p.m. Girls junior varsity field hockey home Bedford Public Schools

10/11/12 5:30 p.m. Girls junior varsity volleyball home Westford Academy

10/12/12 3:45 p.m. Boys varsity soccer home Acton-Boxborough, Facility: White Field Turf 1

10/12/12 3:45 p.m. Boys junior varsity soccer home Acton-Boxborough

10/12/12 4 p.m. Girls varsity soccer away Acton-Boxborough
10/12/12 4 p.m. Girls junior varsity soccer away Acton-Boxborough

10/12/12 7 p.m. Boys varsity football away Westford Academy

10/12/12 7 p.m. Boys junior varsity football away Westford Academy 

10/12/12 7 p.m. Girls varsity cheerleading away Westford Academy

10/12/12 7 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball away Boston College event (practice)

The town runs on volunteer energy and commitment. The following boards and committees have openings. If you are interested in service, please follow up with the appointing authority listed below. See the website for more information.

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Committee, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Board of Appeals – Associate Member, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Concord Housing Development Corporation, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Concord Cultural Council, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Conservation Restriction Stewardship Committee, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Library Committee, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Personnel Board, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Public Ceremonies & Celebrations Committee, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Records & Archives Committee, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
2229 Main Street Committee, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Youth Coordinator Advisory Board, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Board of Assessors, Associate Member, appointed by: Town Manager with Board of Selectmen Approval
Historical Commission, Associate Member, appointed by: Town Manager with Board of Selectmen Approval
Natural Resources Commission, Associate Member, appointed by: Town Manager with Board of Selectmen Approval
Board of Health, appointed by: Town Manager
Light Board, appointed by: Town Manager

Harvey’s Treasure Chest is open for business. Over the summer months a number of “treasures” were donated for sale. Shop hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds from the Treasure Chest go to the Concord Friends of the Aging.

Betsy Levinson can be reached at betsy.levinson@gmail.com.

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