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Friday, March 16, 2001

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Ray Suarez to speak at Middlesex College

On Tuesday, March 27, Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for public television's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and former host of NPR's Talk of the Nation, will share his thoughts about current issues facing the Latino community in America. The talk will be held at noon in the lower cafe on the Lowell campus of Middlesex Community College.

Suarez penned the recent book The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration 1966-1999 and contributed to Las Christmas: Favorite Latino Authors Share Their Holiday Memories. His essays and criticisms have been published in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune and The Baltimore Sun, among other publications.

Suarez shared in NPR's DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton Awards for on-site coverage of the first all-race elections in South Africa. He has been honored with the 1996 Reuben Salazar Award, Current History Magazine's 1995 Global Awareness Award, and a Chicago Emmy Award.

Spinners tickets on sale April 7 in Lowell

March came in like a lion with all its snowstorms. However, it's time to start thinking about the summer, which means baseball and summer nights at LeLacheur Park watching the Lowell Spinners.

Individual tickets for the Spinners' 2001 season will be made available for purchase starting on Saturday, April 7, with the Spinners ticket office opening at 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. On that day, tickets will only be available in person at the ticket office,

Phone orders and Internet orders will be accepted starting on Monday, April 9 at 11 a.m. Starting on April 9, the Spinners ticket office will begin its regular schedule, open Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday ticket office hours (also 11 to 3) will begin May 5. The Spinners ticket office phone number is 978-459-1702. Internet orders may be placed any time at the Spinners official website,

The Lowell Spinners have not raised ticket prices since moving into LeLacheur Park in 1998. Premium box seats are $6.50, box seats are $5.50, and reserved seats are $3.50.

Tickets will be available for all 38 Spinners home games. The Spinners begin the 2001 season at home on Tuesday, June 19. Home game times for the 2001 season will remain at 7:05 p.m. for Monday through Saturday games, and 5:05 p.m. for Sunday games.

Last season, the Spinners had standing-room only crowds of 5,000 for all 36 games at LeLacheur Park for a season total of 180,000 fans.

Local student to solo with Harvard ensemble

Carlisle resident Sarah Darling, a student at Harvard University, will solo with the Harvard Divertimento Project under the direction of Benjamin Rous on Saturday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m. in Adolphus Busch Hall. The program will include "Mozart's Divertimento in D", Bartok's "Divertimento" and the "Schnittke Monologue", with Sarah playing the viola solo. This concert is free and open to the public.

Come one and all to the Patriots Day Ball

Spring is on the horizon and our patriotic month is upon us. April is filled with ceremonies and traditions. One of the events that should not be missed is the Annual Patriots' Day Ball, to be held on Saturday, April 21, from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, at the Concord Armory on Everett Street. This Concord tradition dates back to 1875.

The evening's entertainment will range from live music and dancing with the band "The Classiques," to the more traditional performances by various fife and drum corps including the Concord Minutemen. There will be light refreshments, a cash bar and door prizes.

Other highlights of the evening will include the grand march and patriotic sing-a-long, when all ball participants are encouraged to participate. The evening's festivities will conclude with the grand finale of performances and the midnight march to Concord Center where ball participants will witness the re-enactment of Dr. Samuel Prescott's ride on horseback to the Wright Tavern. Dr. Prescott will sound the alarm, warning that the British Regulars are on the march.

Suggested dress is semi-formal attire, ceremonial or military uniforms or 18th-century costumes. Comfortable shoes and a warm coat are recommended for the march to Concord Center.

Tickets are $20 per person. Tables can be reserved for a party of ten for $200. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Laura Chelton at 369-9599.

Best-selling authors coming to the Concord Bookshop

The Concord Bookshop, at 65 Main Street in Concord, will play host to several best-selling authors this spring, beginning on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. with André Dubus III, an Oprah Winfrey Book Club author, whose early book Bluesman has just been reissued. Dennis Lehane will discuss and sign copies of his Massachusetts-based mystery Mystic River on Sunday, April 1, at 3 p.m. Alice Hoffman will introduce her first book for children, Aquamarine, on Thursday, April 5, at 4 p.m. She will also be happy to discuss and sign any of her adult titles as well.

For more information, call the bookshop at 369-2405.

Emerson Umbrella to hold open studios

The artists of the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow Street, Concord and 113 School Street, Carlisle, invite the public to join them at their two locations for their annual Open Studios Event on Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and April 1, noon to 5 p.m.

This is a once-a-year opportunity to meet 75 artists in their studios and view their artwork. A wide variety of art forms is represented including painting, sculpture, jewelry, woodworking, weaving, photography, illustration, ceramics and writing.

Experience the magic of a creative studio environment. Whatever your interests, you'll find a unique vision and superb craftsmanship in the beautiful artwork created by the artists at the Emerson Umbrella -- New England's largest community arts center.

The event is free and open to the public. Call 371-0820.

'Missing: Human Rights for Women in Afghanistan' to be presented in Concord

In recognition of Women's History Month, the Acton Area Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) will be presenting a program entitled "Missing: Human Rights for Women in Afghanistan" on March 19 at 7 p.m. at the First Parish Church on Lexington Road in Concord.

The program will feature Dr. Lynn Amowitz, a member of Physicians for Human Rights. Dr. Amowitz will share information gleaned from her interviews with Afghan women following the takeover by the Taliban. The discussion will focus on the Taliban restrictions that deny Afghan women basic human rights.

A discussion period will follow, focusing on what we in our country can do to help. This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For information about this program, call 263-6092.

Players present scenes from Shakespeare

On Sunday, March 25, at 8:15 p.m., the Concord Players will present scenes from some of Shakespeare's great plays including The Tempest, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, and King Henry VI, Pt. 3. The product of an intensive, two-day workshop followed by additional coaching sessions, the scenes are presented in an informal setting and strive to engage the audience in the art of making Shakespeare's language meaningful. The performance at 51 Walden Street in Concord follows the Players Annual Meeting. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 369-3259.

This is the sixth annual Shakespeare Workshop presentation by the Players, and the fourth under the expert direction of Antonio Ocampo-Guzman, a teacher on the faculties of Emerson College, Boston College, and Shakespeare and Company in Lenox. The idea grew out of preparation for the production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in the 1995 season when director Dorothy Schecter looked for a way to help actors meet the challenge of Shakespeare's language. Each year there have been repeat, as well as new, performers in the group.

Area residents are well represented in this year's company, including Deren Cluff, Pamela Dritt, Patricia Collins, Lida McGirr, Judith Broggi, and Dick Levinson all of Concord, and Dorothy Schecter of Carlisle; Moira McCarthy of Lowell; Arthur Crocker of Needham; and Ronda Yeomans of Framingham.

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