Friday, October 11, 2002
Community Chest hosts Pumpkin Festival
Join us on Sunday, October 20, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Emerson Field in Concord to celebrate "Everything Pumpkin."
Highlights include a pumpkin procession, a pumpkin recipe contest, a pumpkin pie eating contest, pumpkin-carving and decorating demonstrations, entertainment, raffles, old-fashioned games and craft activities, refreshments and more.
"The festival will be a great way for the Concord-Carlisle community to come together to celebrate the fall season," said Kate Yoder, a Community Chest board member. "October is when the Community Chest kicks off our annual fundraising campaign. The festival will help create awareness of the Community Chest and the valuable work it accomplishes throughout the year and will help support the campaign."
The Pumpkin Festival will open with a grand pumpkin procession during which children and adults will parade with their carved, unlit pumpkins and place them on a stage. At dusk all of the pumpkins will be lit for a grand pumpkin illumination event.
Individuals who wish to volunteer their time in planning or staffing the event should contact Karen Long, Pumpkin Festival co-chair, at 1-978-318-7910. The festival is co-sponsored with the Concord Recreation Department.
This year Concord-Carlisle Community Chest is providing more than $500,000 in financial support to 31 human service organizations that serve Concord and Carlisle residents. Organizations include Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education, MinuteMan Arc for Human Services, Cooperative Elder Services, Inc. and others. For more information about the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest, visit http://www.cccommunitychest.org.
Community education classes have local flavor
In 1987, a group of Carlisle area residents got together to talk about investment opportunities and formed an investment club, The Carlisle Exchange. Clubs like this can provide a supportive environment to begin an investment portfolio among friends. Deborah Jancek, founding member of the Carlisle Exchange, will run a one-night workshop, "How to Start an Investment Club," on Thursday, October 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School. She will provide suggestions on how to organize the club and handle the necessary record-keeping and compliance issues, as well as providing information about organizations available for education and support. The fee is $19.
Carlisle freelance writer Mary Zoll leads a "Technical Writing Workshop" on three Wednesdays, November 6 to 20, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School. This class is for anyone who wants to improve technical writing skills and to communicate complex scientific, technical or medical information in a clear, comprehensible, concrete, consistent, concise and considerate way. Zoll will introduce the basic skills of technical writing for new technical writers and review them for those with some experience. Participants will read and discuss pieces of each other's professional and technical writing, and should bring examples of their writing, one to two pages long, about any aspect of science, technology, medicine, law or finance. The fee is $75.
For more information or to register, call Community Education 1-978-318-1540.
Armchair Travels explores South Africa
Armchair Travels, a weekly slide show and presentation hosted by the Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education Advisory Committee, presents Carlisle resident Ellen Huber's "South African Travels," on Monday, October 21, from 7 to 8 p.m.
The Armchair Travel program is a community service project of the advisory committee, led by dedicated volunteers who share their travel experiences with the community. The hour-long presentations are held in the Duvall Chapel at Rivercrest Deaconess Homes, just past the Emerson Hospital entrance on Old Road to Nine Acre Corner. They are free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, call Community Education at 1-978-318-1540.
'Quilts, Expressively Korean' in Lowell
"Quilts, Expressively Korean" is an exhibition at the New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street in Lowell, featuring twenty-six quilts made by twenty-one South Korean women. Koreans began making traditional Western-style patchwork and applique quilts in the 1980s. By the early 1990s, a quilting style based on Korean cultural designs began to emerge.
Korean quilters use traditional Korean motifs combined with western quilting techniques. Inspired by temple and palace paintings, roof tiles, folk tales, brick walls, and many other aspects of Korean culture, the quilters have created unique and beautiful expressions of their land and heritage.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday; in addition Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for students/senior citizens; museum members are admitted free. Handicapped parking is available. On Saturday, November 8, at 1 p.m., Barbara Eikmeier will present a lecture entitled "Korean Culture in Contemporary Quilts." Reservations are requested; the cost is $10 for members, $20 for non-members. Call 1-978-452-4207.
Learn about the hidden world of black bears
Join Dr. Lynn Rogers, the leading authority on black bear behavior, for a slide show and discussion on November 4, at 8 p.m. at the Emerson Umbrella at 40 Stow Street in Concord. The talk is free and open to the public. Donations for bear research and public education will be gratefully accepted.
The presentation will be preceded by a dessert reception at 7:30 p.m. View other opportunities for walks (including November 3, with tracker John McCarter) and lectures with Lynn Rogers throughout New England at www.bearstudy.org. Or call Lydia Rogers at 1-978-371-2905.
Nashoba Brooks to hold open house
An Open House will be held at Nashoba Brooks School on Sunday, November 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. Families may tour the school and talk with faculty, parents, and students. Nashoba Brooks is an independent school for girls and boys, age 3 - grade 3, and for girls, grade 4-8. The school, located at 200 Strawberry Hill Road in Concord, is now accepting applications for the 2003-2004 school year. To learn more visit www.iibsc.ori4 or call 1-978-369-4591 ext. 112.
Community Chest's annual campaign
This week the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest kicks off its 55th annual campaign with an ambitious goal of $615,000 to fund a variety of programs that serve Concord and Carlisle residents. For over half a century the Community Chest has raised money to support local human service organizations.
Over the next week residents and businesses in Concord and Carlisle will receive their annual appeal letters in the mail. Co-chairs Cappetta and Kugler hope that contribution forms are returned quickly. Sending reminder notices is expensive and agencies need to know as soon as possible how much Community Chest funding to expect. The 2002 annual campaign concludes on December 31.
For more information about the C-C Community Chest and its member agencies, call 1-978-369-5250 or visit www.cccommunitychest.org.
SHINE to discuss health insurance changes
The Minuteman Senior Services SHINE program will hold several informational meetings for seniors this fall to help them learn about the health insurance changes that will be occurring in 2003. For example, most of the Medicare HMO premiums will increase significantly and will have new co-payments, some of the major Boston hospitals will contract with no Medicare HMOs, and some doctors will be leaving the HMOs. The meetings will discuss the options that will exist for seniors in 2003 and ways they may save money on their health insurance and prescription drug costs. The meetings scheduled in October are October 28, 1 p.m. at Acton Council on Aging, 50 Audubon Hill, and October 30, 1 p.m. at Bedford Council on Aging, 12 Mudge Way.
For directions or to make an appointment with a SHINE counselor, call the senior center or Council on Aging. November meetings are scheduled in Boxborough, Lexington, Somerville, Wilmington and Winchester. For more information call Cindy Phillips, 1-781-221-7070 at Minuteman Senior Services or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) program is funded and managed by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs in coordination with local elder service agencies.
DAR to meet
The Old Concord Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its next meeting on Thursday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m. The program for the evening is "A Visit with Abigail Adams and Rebecca Barrett."
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a volunteer service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. The Old Concord Chapter supports memberships and activities in Concord, Carlisle, Acton, Bedford, Billerica, Marlborough, Hudson and Maynard. For further information, contact Sally Evans at 1-978-369-8319.
The spirit of poet Walt Whitman visits Concord
Trinity Episcopal Church's parish life committee invites you to spend an afternoon with poet Walt Whitman in the Parish Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord on Sunday, October 27 at 4 p.m. Concord-based actor Stephen Collins portrays Whitman at different periods in his life in Michael Keamy's one-man play, Unlaunch'd Voices.
Walt Whitman was a unique and sometimes controversial American poet writing in the last half of the 19
Admission to Unlaunch'd Voices is $10, $5 for students. Trinity's facilities are fully accessible to handicapped persons. For more information, contact Trinity Episcopal church at 1-978-369-3715 or visit www.trinityconcord.org.
Concord Orchestra Young Artists contest
The application deadline for the Concord Orchestra Young Artists Competition is November 4. Auditions will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, November 20 and 21, 2002. The winner will be the featured soloist on the Concord Orchestra's concerts on January 31 and February 1, 2003, and will receive the Ehlers Memorial Scholarship. The competition is open to high school and younger instrumental students, including pianists. A complete concerto or other work suitable for performance with orchestra must be memorized for the audition. For more information and an application form, call 1-978-371-1491.
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