Friday, March 23, 2001
Literacy volunteers needed
The Eastern Massachusetts Literacy Council (EMLC) needs volunteers to tutor adults who live or work in Acton, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Boxborough, Burlington, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Medford, North Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Waltham, Winchester, Wilmington and Woburn.
People interested in learning more about tutoring and volunteer opportunities with EMLC are invited to attend one of our orientation sessions: Robbins Library Community Room in Arlington on May 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. or at Temple Isaiah in Lexington on May 23 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
After the two-hour orientation, volunteer tutors may sign up for 18 hours of training by an EMLC staff member. At the end of the training period, volunteers will be certified and paired with adult learners in their local community. Tutor and student choose the time and location of tutoring sessions, held once or twice a week, in a public place such as the local library. Tutors or learners who have disabilities and require special accommodations should contact the EMLC office for assistance.
For registration and directions, please call the EMLC office at 781-395-2374. Visit the EMLC web site: http://members.aol.com/emlc1/emlchome.htm.
Handel's 'Messiah' in Bedford
The Bedford Choral Society will perform Handel's "Messiah" at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 8 in the Bedford High School Auditorium. The choir, under the direction of Loryne Koebele for 25 years, will be accompanied by orchestra and renowned soloists from New York and Boston. Tickets are available from choir members and at the door for $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. For more information call 781-275-1981.
Public forum addresses local water concerns
The SuAsCo Watershed Community Council will hold its River Visions 2001 Watershed Public Forum on Saturday, March 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Intel Corporation in Hudson. Everyone who lives, works or has an interest in the Sudbury-Assabet-Concord (SuAsCo) River Watershed is encouraged to attend this conference.
Municipal officials such as selectmen, health officers, conservation commissioners, water department officials, and planning board members are encouraged to participate in this fourth annual event. Businesses, environmental organizations, and concerned citizens will be able to raise their concerns in plenary sessions and workshops. State and federal agency officials will have an opportunity to share their knowledge and hear from the public.
A morning plenary session will present current information about the state of the SuAsCo Watershed, covering topics such as land use protection and wild and scenic river designation. Following the plenary session, two sets of nine concurrent workshops will focus on community preservation and planning for growth, biodiversity days, certifying vernal pools, and a virtual river tour on the web. After lunch, provided courtesy of Intel, watershed awards will be presented to an outstanding business, municipality, and volunteer. Attendees will then hear from two influential guest speakers, former EPA Region 1 Administrator Mindy Lubber and Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs Assistant Secretary Sharon McGregor. Lastly, attendees will enjoy an inspiring slide show on the biodiversity of the SuAsCo Watershed.
The registration fee for the River Visions 2001 Forum is $20. Contact Nancy Bryant, Executive Director for the SuAsCo Watershed Community Council, for more information at (978) 461-0735 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Westford folk music series continues
On Friday, April 20, at 8 p.m. Tony Ellis and the Musicians of Braeburn will play traditional and original Appalachian music (five-string banjo, fiddle, guitar, Celtic harp and chaplain's organ) as part of the Westford Museum Folk Music Series.
Appalachian eloquence best describes Tony Ellis & the Musicians of Braeburn. Their unusual blend of instruments includes a five-string banjo, fiddle, guitar, Celtic harp and a small
chaplain's pump organ. The ensemble plays captivating folk music from the Celtic and Appalachian traditions as well as original music written by Tony Ellis, who reaches beyond his inherited tradition, yet continues its aura. Ellis recordings "Dixie Banner" and "Farewell My Home" were nominated for Grammy Awards. Highly recommended by the US State Department, Tony has been a musical ambassador to Japan, Latin America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. He played at the 1986 Statue of Liberty Celebration, on the national Masters of the Banjo tour and at the 1996 Olympics. He received a 1996 Ohioana Music Citation and has been nominated for a National Heritage Fellowship.
The warm-up group is the Forsythe Family Singers, who start at about 7:15. Doors open at 7:00 at the Parish Center for the Arts, Westford Common, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford. Reservations are recommended; call (978) 692-5550 or email Museum@Westford.com. The concert costs $6 for members of the Westford Historical Society, $15 non-members, teens $5, under 13 free. For more information, see http://www.Westford.com/Museum.
Emerson Auxiliary will Swing into Spring
The Concord Band will "Swing into Spring" at 51 Walden Street in Concord to perform a POPs Concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 7. Sponsored by the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary, the concert will celebrate the 25th anniversary of this event. Modeled after the informal Pops concerts in Boston, guests will be seated at small tables and refreshments will be offered throughout the evening, served by Auxiliary waiters and waitresses. All proceeds from ticket sales, sponsorships in the program booklet and refreshments will go to fund the New 6th Floor Patient Family Waiting Room at Emerson Hospital.
Under the direction of Dr. William McManus, the band will play a lively mix of classical and contemporary favorites, including marches by Sousa and Bagley, the "Russian Sailors Dance" by Gliere and selections from Richard Rodgers music for the "King and I." The highlight of the evening will be the guest appearance of Commander Lewis J. Buckley, director of the Coast Guard Band. Buckley will be the trumpet soloist for his own composition "Bell Flight." He and the band will also perform the world premiere of his composition "Dixieland Alive!", commissioned by the Concord Band and funded by long-time band percussionist and Dixieland enthusiast, Ned Tischler and his wife Regina.
This lively spring concert provides an opportunity for the community to support Emerson Hospital. Tickets are $20 per person and are available for advance purchase by calling Leslie Cheney at 369-9501.
Proposal writing for cultural non-profits
There is a way to write effective proposals. There is a way to organize yourself and keep up with proposals and grants management. On April 11, a workshop will be held on Research and Writing for Proposals. On April 12, a workshop will be held on Your Own Grants Program. Both workshops will be held at the Carlisle Institute from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Staff and volunteers for museums, historical societies, arts programs, and preservation organizations will benefit most. Come join a small group for a relaxed look at what it takes to win grant awards, how to realistically manage a grants program, find institutional donors, learn to develop fundable projects, write so that your proposal rises to the top of the pile. Then keep it up month after month in order to create a progressive grant program.
Workshop leader Sarah Brophy has written winning proposals to the National Endowment for the Humanities, Mass. Department of Environmental Management, Edward C. Johnson Fund, The Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund and many other private foundations.
The cost of $125 for one workshop ($200 for both) includes registration, resource notebook and coffee, tea and lunch. Call or e-mail for brochure.
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 UmbrellaNew England's largest community arts center.
The event is free and open to the public. Call 371-0820.
Greeley Foundation presents Alan Khazei
Alan Khazei, co-founder and CEO of City Year, will be the featured speaker at an event honoring The Greeley Foundation's fifteenth year on Sunday, April 1, at 1:45 p.m., at the Fenn School, 516 Monument Street, Concord. City Year is the nationally acclaimed community service program for diverse youth aged 17-24. The Greeley Foundation seeks social justice through its philanthropic grants to youth and community programs. High school dancers from the Topf Center for Dance Education, one of The Greeley Foundation's grantees, will perform a program of African dance following Mr. Khazei's presentation. This event is free and open to the public and will conclude at 3:00 p.m. with a chance to meet Mr. Khazei and the dancers while enjoying cider and cookies. Questions? Call The Greeley Foundation at 369-7386.
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