Friday, March 15, 2002
Diverse Diversions Video evening for teens
Prism and the West Concord Union Church invite high school students in Concord, Carlisle, and surrounding communities to a free spaghetti supper and big-screen showing of the film "The Wedding Banquet" on Saturday, March 16, from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Come at 6 p.m. for the supper, which will be held in the Fellowship Hall (basement level) of the West Concord Union Church at the corner of Main Street (Route 62) and Pine Street in West Concord. Then cross the street for the movie, dessert, and a discussion at the Fowler branch of the Concord Public Library.
Although admission is free, signed permission slips for everyone under the age of 17 are required. Call the CCHS guidance office at 1-978-318-1417, ext. 110 or 119 for permission slips.
Grandparenting support group
Do you disagree and/or agree with how your child is parenting? Do you want to help out, or do you feel imposed upon? When should you speak up vs. keeping quiet? An honest, constructive grandparentparent relationship can enhance the childrearing experience for all involved. First Connections will run a group for grandparents on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on March 20, April 10, May 1 and May 22. It will be facilitated by one of their trained group leaders, who is a grandmother. They are located on the grounds of Emerson Hospital in Concord. Call 1-978-287-0221 to register. There is no fee.
Emerson Hospital seeks patient transport volunteers
Want to put a spring in your step? Spring is a good time to get some needed exercise and help people as well. Emerson Hospital is seeking volunteers in the patient transport department to move patients in wheelchairs and stretchers to areas within the hospital.
Day, night and weekend positions are available. For more information about patient transport volunteers or other volunteer opportunities at Emerson, please call the Community Services Department at 1-978-287-3200.
Free lecture on dealing with Alzheimer's
Joanne Chaulk, elder consultant and Alzheimer's care specialist, will discuss community resources available to care for your senior parents. This discussion will examine the medical, psychosocial, legal and ethical issues involved in planning for their needs. You will also find out what you can do to insure that their home environment is a safe one. There will be a question-and-answer session following the lecture.
This free lecture will be held at Emerson Hospital on Tuesday, March 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. in North Assembly Room A. Registration is not required. Call 1-978-287-3777 for more information.
Violin virtuoso Gil Shaham in Concord
Advance tickets for Gil Shaham's performance on March 24 are limited. Tickets are $30 ($20 for seniors 65+ and students). A limited number of benefit tickets, that include attendance at the Distinguished Artist Fund champagne reception with Gil Shaham immediately following the concert, are also available. Information regarding concert tickets and the Distinguished Artists Fund reception is available by calling 1-978-371-9667 or online at www.concordchambermusic.org.
Full-day genealogy program in Carlisle
On April 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Massachusetts Genealogical Council will hold its annual program at the Corey Auditorium. The program will include four main speakers, lunch, vendor booths, and a brief meeting talk which will include updates on current public record access issues and legislation.
One speaker is Walter Hickey from the Waltham National Archives. He will discuss strategies to use the 1930 Federal census, which is being released on April 1. Maureen Taylor, a national lecturer, will offer techniques to utilize family photographs in your research. Barbara Mathews speaks on document and source location. The fourth talk is by Ann Lainhart, the state historian for the Mass. Society of Mayflower Descendants. She will suggest unusual sources for records of Boston institutions such as truant and poor lists, sources applicable to research in other cities and towns as well.
Registration forms are available on the Carlisle Post Office bulletin board or print out a copy from the web site http://massgencouncil.org. The registration deadline is March 26. For more information, call Bobby at 1-978-369-6185.
Count Basie Orchestra at Stoneham Theatre
The Count Basie Orchestra, led by Grover Mitchell, will play two shows at the Stoneham Theatre on Sunday, March 24, at 4 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. The 7:30 show has been sold out for several weeks.
Winners of 17 Grammy awards, today's Basie Orchestra includes six original members hand-picked by the Count himself: Grover Mitchell, William Hughes and Clarence Banks on trombone; John Williams and Kenny Hing on saxophone; and Butch Miles on drums.
Tickets to the 4 p.m. concert are $32 ($30 students/seniors) and may be purchased by calling the box office at 1-781-279-2200. The Stoneham Theatre is at 395 Main Street in Stoneham, Massachusetts (11 miles north of Boston). The theatre is handicapped- accessible, offers state-of-the-art sound with excellent acoustics, and plenty of free parking. For more information, call Dawn Singh at 1-617-522-8633 or 1-617-501-7436.
First Connections has openings in its free playgroups for children 7 months through 23 months with a parent. They are located on the grounds of Emerson Hospital in Concord and their groups are facilitated by a staff member. Call 1-978-287-0221 to register for the following groups: 7-to-12-months-old babies meet on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m., 13-to 17-month-old toddlers meet on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 18-to 23-month-old toddlers meet Thursdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. All groups begin the week of March 18, but registration is ongoing.
Community Chest offers a chance to contribute
"A Chance to Contribute," the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest's spring Auction and Dinner, is set for the evening of Saturday, April 6. The gala fundraiser will be hosted at 300 Baker Avenue in Concord. The newly renovated office building will offer a fun and festive atmosphere as guests enjoy a celebration with a Monopoly theme. Tickets are $100 per person.
A live and silent auction features an eclectic collection of items from the elegant to the essential. Highlights include a jersey signed by New England Patriot Tom Brady, a trip to a dude ranch, vacation rentals in Maine and Martha's Vineyard, sports tickets, golf outings, one-of-a-kind home accessories, custom crafted jewelry, catered meals, a BMW skateboard, and much more. A complete list of auction items is available at www.cccommunitychest.org.
To purchase tickets or to find out more about the Community Chest and its member agencies, call 1-978-369-5250.
Gleason Library offers 'The Ends of Civilization' program
The Gleason Public Library is among 27 libraries across the Commonwealth selected by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities to host a reading and discussion program developed especially for the millenium. "The Ends of Civilization" is a five-part program that examines the status of politics and government, science, education, the environment, and social relations in America. It explores the question, "Where do we go from here?"
The program will consist of five sessions held two weeks apart beginning on Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m., in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Library. The program is open to the public free of charge, but participation is limited to the first 30 registrants.
The series begins with The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School and concludes with Benjamin R. Barber's Jihad vs. McWorld. Also included are Orlando Patterson's The Ordeal of Integration: Progress and Resentment in America's "Racial" Crisis; Bill McKibben's The End of Nature; and John Horgan's The End of Science: Facing the Limits of Knowledge in the Twilight of the Scientific Age.
The books are provided by the Humanities Foundation and loaned to the first thirty registered participants through the library. Each two-hour session will begin with a brief presentation by a humanities scholar, teacher, or writer, who will then lead the discussion. The leaders include scientists, historians, political scientists, philosophers, journalists and ecologists from Massachusetts colleges and other cultural institutions.
"The Ends of Civilization" brochures describing the program in more detail are available at the library. To register, call 1-978-369-4898 or stop in at the library.
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