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Friday, November 8, 2002

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Local residents lend talents to Bad Seed

Two Carlisle residents are making their marks on the Concord Players' fall production of Bad Seed, opening this Friday, November 8. Rik Pierce is directing the haunting drama, and Kathy Booth is designing the costumes. Long before he ever dreamed of ordering actors around onstage, Pierce was himself an actor. You may remember him from the infamous "Hai Karate" commercials, in which he became irresistible to women after splashing on the aftershave lotion. His professional acting career included appearances on the original "Bob Newhart Show" and "Sanford and Son," as well as Broadway productions of All My Sons and Avanti! A longtime Concord Players member, Rik has acted on their stage dozens of times, even winning the award for best actor when the Players brought a cutting of Sylvia to the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters (EMACT) festival in 1999. And although he has always enjoyed trying to do what a director wanted, this is the first time he's had the urge to direct others.

Costume designer Kathy Booth backed into her profession by way of the Fenn School. In 1998, she followed director Kirsten Gould into the world of community theater, designing the costumes for the Players' production of Oklahoma! Since that time, she has designed costumes for four other Players' productions, including the bright and fanciful costumes for last fall's Honk!

Bad Seed runs Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., November 8 through 23, with a matinee on November 17

Concord Spelling Bee to raise school funds

Mark your calendars now for the Ninth Annual Concord Spelling Bee and Silent Auction, coming to the Concord-Carlisle High School auditorium on Saturday, November 23. This is one of the town's funniest and broadest-based community events. Participants come from all walks of life, including:

teachers and students from both public and independent schools

local athletes, artists, authors, farmers and members of the clergy

fire fighters, police officers, and postal workers

business owners and managers

selectmen, school committee members, and finance committee members

All strive to outwit each other with their spelling abilities in a spirit of fun and hilarity, with the goal of raising monies for the Concord Education Fund.

The spelling bee will run from 6 to approximately 9:30 p.m. At the same time, all in attendance can bid on items that have been donated to the Silent Auction — vacation getaways, artful treasures, tickets for sports events, gift certificates and much more. Pizza, drinks and desserts will also be available in the Education Fund Cafe.

The evening's proceeds go to the Concord Education Fund, which sponsors the Concord Spelling Bee and Silent Auction. The Fund awards grants for innovative curricula and projects that provide academic enrichment at all levels of our public schools, including Concord-Carlisle High School. During the current school year, the Fund has provided grants totaling nearly $84,000, including over $36,000 to programs at Concord-Carlisle High School. Students at CCHS are able to use a new lab in their photography curriculum, or experiment with geometric design software in their geometry class due to grants made from the Concord Education Fund.

Free parent education evening

On Thursday, November 21, 7 to 8 p.m., Nashoba Brooks School of Concord will present an evening for parents with Anne S. DeBoalt who will speak about " Boys and Development: Foundations in Preschool and Elementary School — Lessons from Families, Schools, and Gender Studies". Ms. DeBoalt is a certified clinical health counselor who is the coordinator of student services at Nashoba Brooks School, and serves on the advisory council of the Collaborative for Integrated School Studies at Harvard University. The evening is free and open to the public. Nashoba Brooks is located at 200 Strawberry Hill Road in Concord. Call 1-978-369-4591, ext. 112 to register.

WBN to meet November 14

The next regular meeting of the Women's Business Network (WBN) will be Thursday, November 14 at 7:15 p.m. at St. Theresa's Church in Harvard. The speaker, Ethel ZCook, is a productivity coach and management consultant. Meetings are open to anyone wishing to visit or considering membership. Participants are encouraged to bring their business cards and brochures to exchange at meetings. For more information call Renee Senes-Goldsmith at 1-978-9600

World AIDS benefit concert tour

All are welcome and urged to attend the World AIDS benefit concert to be held at the Trinitarian Church in Concord on Saturday, December 7 at 7 p.m. This fundraising tour for AIDS relief work in Africa, sponsored by Church World Service, is truly an historical event in that it features the Sinikithemba HIV-positive Choir from Durban, South Africa, together with Tim Janus, who is a nationally-known composer and musician. Besides their evening in Concord, the tour will make stops in Washington, D.C., New York City (Riverside Church), Cambridge (Harvard University), and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Treat yourself, your family, and your friends to a very special evening, All proceeds from the concert and the entire tour go to those suffering from the HIV/AIDS pandemic throughout Africa. A free-will offering (suggested $20 minimum) will be accepted at the door the evening of the concert.

Concord Chorus in concert

The Concord Chorus presents Bach's B Minor Mass Cantatas, on Saturday, November 16 at 8 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord. Tickets cost $18, $15 for seniors and children. Call 1-781-646-7186 for more information or log on to www.concordshorus.org.

Concert in memory of local singer

The tenth annual Fall Fling A Cappella Concert, a memorial concert in honor of Tom McMahan of the Sounds of Concord, will be held on Saturday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bedford High School Auditorium. The concert features a cappella singers Nuance of Cincinnati, Ohio, the New England Close Harmony Ensemble, The Beelzebubs, of Tufts University and Groovestand of Syracuse University.

Tickets cost $10, $8 for seniors and students. Proceeds will go to the Bubs Foundation to support secondary school music programs. Donations are tax deductible. The theater is handicapped accessible. Call 1-781-391-0261 for more information.

Carlisle resident's music to be performed

A special performance of music composed and arranged by Carlisle resident Jerry Smith and former Westford resident Mary Poulter has been scheduled at the Belmont meetinghouse of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) on Saturday, November 16, starting at 7 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the performance as well as to tour the grounds of the LDS Boston Temple, adjacent to the Belmont chapel, whose construction was the inspiration for the music's composition.

For this occasion, singers are coming together from a number of towns north of Boston, up through Southern New Hampshire. Smith will be accompanying the singers himself. The performance is expected to last about an hour. Following the music, complimentary refreshments will be served.

The church is located at 2 Ledgewood Place (Exit 57 from Route 2 east), just below the temple. Visitors may park in the church parking lot and walk up from there to tour the temple grounds.

Armchair travels explore Mayan culture

Armchair Travels, a weekly slide show and presentation hosted by the Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education Advisory Committee, concludes its fall 2002 series with David Gutbrod's "Mayan Culture in Belize and Mexico," Monday, November 11 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 their 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, 1-978-318-1540.

Peter Pan flies to Concord Youth Theatre

The Concord Youth Theatre Performance Company will present the original stage version musical Peter Pan. Performances, perfect for ages four and older, will be held on Fridays, December 6 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, December 7 and 14 at 2:30 p.m. and Sundays, December 8 and 15 at 2:30 p.m. at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow Street in Concord. Ticket prices are $12 and $8.50.

For more information, contact Concord Youth Theatre at 1-978-371-1482 or visit the web site at www.concordyouththeatre.org.

COA to sponsor day trip to Portland

Join the Carlisle COA on Wednesday, December 4 on a chartered bus day trip to Portland, Maine. The bus will leave Church Street in Carlisle at 8:15 a.m and return

to Carlisle at about 5 p.m. A narrative city tour of Portland will be provided before we leave the bus in Portland to spend time as desired. A list of restaurants and things to do will be provided to participants. The cost for the bus ride and tour is $25 per person. For more information, call Verna Gilbert at 1-978-369-9278. For reservations, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

The Old Manse celebrates winter

This holiday season, visitors to The Old Manse will be able to observe the season in many ways and many different eras in the Manse's "Winter Through the Ages" program, presented on Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 from noon to 4 p.m. "Winter Through the Ages" is a living history program that enables guests to travel through the ages from the Colonial era to the 1930s. Each room of the Manse is set in a different time period, and visitors can see how people celebrated the holidays in past times by meeting and talking with Ralph Waldo Emerson's extended family. There will be hands-on winter crafts to make, period refreshments to enjoy, and even a sing-along in the parlor.

"Winter Through the Ages" is a fun-filled family event sure to provide enough good spirits to last the winter through. Admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and students, and $5 for children 6-12.

The Old Manse, a property of the Trustees of Reservations, is located at 269 Monument Street in Concord, half a mile from Concord Center, next to the North Bridge. For more information, call 1-978-369-3909.

Westford jazz concert in November

The Mark Greel Band will present a jazz concert on Friday, November 15 at 8 p.m. at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford.

Instrumentalist/vocalist Mark Greel and his five-person band will be presenting the music of jazz masters like Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie.

Tickets are $15 for the general public, $12 for members and $5 for teens. Reservations are recommended. Call 1-978-692-6333 or e-mail PCA@Westford.com.

Old Concord Chapter DAR meeting Nov. 21

The Old Concord Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its next meeting on Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. The speaker for the evening is Sergeant Major Wendell M. Graham, talking on: "National Defense in the 21st Century, A Woman Soldier's Story." 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 and meeting location, contact Sally Evans at 1-978-369-8319.

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