Friday, August 16, 2002
First annual Pumpkin Festival in Concord
Sunday, October 20 is the day to celebrate all things pumpkin in Concord. The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest will hold the First Annual Pumpkin Festival on Sunday, October 20 at Emerson Field from 3 to 6 p.m. Activities and events will appeal to pumpkin lovers of all ages. Scheduled activities include a pumpkin costume procession, hundreds of carved pumpkins that will be illuminated at dusk, a juried pumpkin recipe contest, a pumpkin pie eating contest, a chili cook-off, pumpkin carving and decorating demonstrations, a live band, children's entertainment, a raffle, old-fashioned games and craft activities; food, refreshments, and more. Additional activities will be added throughout the coming months.
"We envisioned the festival as a great way for the Concord-Carlisle community to get together to celebrate the fall season," said Kate Yoder, a Community Chest board member. "October is when the Community Chest kicks off our annual fund-raising campaign and we hope that the festival will help create awareness of the Community Chest and the work it accomplishes throughout the year."
Individuals who wish to volunteer their time in planning or staffing the event should contact Karen Long, festival co-chair, at 1-978-318-7910. The festival is co-sponsored with the Concord Recreational Department. For more information about the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest, visit www.cccommunitychest.org.
American folk song singalong for families
Singer, songwriter, and musician John Fitzsimmons will present a folksong singalong at the Concord Free Public Library Children's Room on August 28 at 7 p.m. This family event will bring our summer reading program to a rousing conclusion. This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. For more information, call 1-978-318-3358.
Used equipment sale to benefit youth hockey
The Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey Association will be holding their first annual used equipment sale on Saturday, September 7
Donations of outgrown sports equipment may be dropped off at the Valley Sports ice rink in West Concord as follows: Tuesday, September 3, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the back rink, Thursday, September 5, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the front rink, and Friday, September 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the front rink. Donors have the option to receive a percentage back from the sale. For additional information, contact Peter Sundquist at 1-978-287-0971 or Kevin Feeney at 1-978-371-1086.
Democrats to hold candidates forum
Democrats in the Third Middlesex Senatorial District, including Waltham, Weston, Lincoln, Sudbury, Concord, Carlisle, Bedford, Lexington and Chelmsford, are sponsoring a forum featuring all of the Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor and for treasurer on Wednesday, August 28 at the community room of the Weston Public Library, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The three candidates for lieutenant governor are: Lois Pines, John P. Slattery and Chris Gabrieli. The four candidates for treasurer are: Jim Segel, Michael P. Cahill, Tim Cahill and Steve Murphy. All of the candidates have been invited to a reception also open to the public just prior to the forum.
The Weston Public Library is located at 87 School Street, one block south of the traffic light at the intersection of School Street and Route 20 in Weston. For further information, contact Cindy Schweppe at 1-978-369-5738.
Sculpture Park Family Day in Lincoln
Keep the excitement of summer going by meeting your friends and family at DeCordova's third annual Sculpture Park Family Day, in Lincoln, on August 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. Rain or shine, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park will present a memorable day of live entertainment, hands-on art making, and fun and games for all ages.
Participate in art activities, relay races, and an art-themed obstacle course. Plan to be enraptured by 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. interactive theatre performances of "The Tale of the Three Little Pigs" with City Stage Company, a 2 p.m. interactive drumming experience with Bob Bloom of Drumming About You, and balloon sculptures throughout the afternoon by Ed Popielarczyk's Magical Moments.
Admission is free for all DeCordova members and corporate members. Non-member general admission is $5; children age 2 and under are admitted free. Admission includes access to the museum.
Reservations are required. Call 1-781-259-3629 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. In case of rain, the event will be held inside the museum.
Arts in the Park 2002
Winchester Town Common (on the rotary at Church Street and Main Street) becomes an outdoor gallery and theatre for the arts on Saturday, August 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interactive displays include Zen painting, pottery, wheel throwing, clay sculpture, easels and art boards for painting in the park. See Winchester artists at work, a chain-saw carver creating five-foot sculptures, enjoy live jazz and classical music, story telling, ballet and theatre performances and an art sale in the big tent. Fifty local artists will be on display throughout downtown businesses. This event is free to the public. There is no rain date. For more information contact Debbie (Downtown Business Association), 1-781-729-0456, or Bob Hesse (Winchester Artists' Network), 1-781-729-5013.
Join Relay for Life in D.C.
On September 19, the American Cancer Society will hold its Relay for Life Celebration on the hill on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The event honors volunteers and cancer survivors at the forefront of the struggle to eradicate cancer.
Thousands of people will gather around the reflecting pool in front of the U.S. Capitol in a day-long event to remember loved ones lost and celebrate those living with cancer. Volunteers representing cities and towns nationwide will meet with their legislators to spread the word: cancer is a community issue that touches everyone. This call to action will help secure the attention and support of our nation's elected officials for the fight against cancer.
Join the American Cancer Society on September 19 to ask your elected officials for their support in the cancer cause. For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org. It promises to be a historic, memorable and moving event.
Junior Ranger programs continue
Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle is offering the Junior Ranger programs again this summer to families with children ages 8 to 12. This program promotes exploration and discovery of the natural world. Workbooks may be picked up for individual study or you may sign up for the program facilitated by park interpretative rangers who will assist you with a workbook and additional programs. The ranger-led program will be held weekly on Thursdays in August from 1 to 3 p.m. Reservations are required, as there is a limit of 20 participants.
The workbook program consists of self-guided activities where you may examine tree rings, animal tracks, natural history, Native American history or optional night activities. The additional programs include nature sketching, owl and owl pellet studies, wild edibles, and natural history.
The entire program is free. Workbooks are available at the office of Great Brook Farm State Park, located at 984 Lowell Street in Carlisle.
Come and experience first hand the excitement of nature and earn a patch and certificate. For the Interpretative Ranger led programs, please call in early to reserve a space at 1-978-369-6312, box 3. Otherwise, come in to pick up your workbook and get started.
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