Friday, November 22, 2002
Spelling bee, auction to raise school funds
If you are looking to do some exciting shopping while supporting Concord's public schools, attend the Ninth Annual Concord Spelling Bee and Silent Auction, coming to the Concord-Carlisle High School auditorium on Saturday, November 23. In addition to the humor, drama, and excitement of the Spelling Bee, the Concord Education Fund has lined up a fabulous Silent Auction. Items include vacation oppor-tunities, hard-to-get tickets, fabulous parties at your home, professional services, and original crafts and artworks.
The spelling bee runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m., with bidding on auction items and purchasing of raffle tickets until roughly 8:45. Pizza, drinks, and desserts will also be available in the Education Fund Café.
Proceeds from the Concord Spelling Bee and Silent Auction will go to the Concord Education Fund, which sponsors this evening of community fun. The Concord Education Fund awards grants for innovative curricula and projects that provide academic enrichment for kindergarten through high school seniors enrolled in our public school systems. The Fund seeks to make public schools better, one grant at a time, with the continued support of folks from every corner of our communities.
State announces a telemarketing "Do Not Call" registry
The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) charged with implementing telemarketing registration and the "Do Not Call" Registry under Chapter 265 of the Acts of 2002, the act regulating telemarketing solicitation, has begun the work of establishing the consumer sign-up list. The heart of the Massachusetts "Do Not Call" program will be a web site that will allow both consumers and telemarketers to sign up for the program.
The state web site, www.Mass.gov, will soon host information about the law for both consumers and telemarketers.
The OCABR cautions consumers to beware of fraudulent schemes in which they are contacted by bogus telemarketers claiming affiliation with official "Do Not Call" programs. These groups, sometimes called "Fraud Stoppers" or the "National Association Against Fraud," claim they can stop telemarketing calls but seek fees and private information, which they can then use for identity theft.
Beginning in January of next year, consumers will be able to enroll in the first "Do Not Call" list. It will take effect in April and will be updated quarterly thereafter, bringing an end to most so-called "cold calling" telephone solicitation for residential customers who sign up. Consumers will be able to sign up on the Internet, by phone, or through the mail. The Massachusetts "Do Not Call" program will have no fee and consumers will not be asked to provide personal information, such as a social security number.
Interfaith Thanksgiving service
A wide array of religious and spiritual communities will come together for an annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service on Wednesday, November 27. The service, which will begin at 7:30 p.m., is being held at Congregation Kerem Shalom, which is located at 659 Elm Street in Concord.
Kerem Shalom Rabbi Michael Luckens, who is organizing this year's service, says that the evening will be a unique spiritual experience for both children and adults. Participants at the service will include: The Skyloom Dancers, who will perform a harvest dance and a dance of peace; Sheila LaFarge, a Zen Buddhist priest; Jimi Two Feathers, a Native American, who will tell part of the Medicine Story; Abla Shocair, who will read from the Koran and lead attendees in singing Ya Dunya, Ya Gharami — This World, My Love; and clergy from the region's various other faith communities, who will share readings of gratitude and peace.
For more information contact David Luberoff at 1-781-863-0810 or e-mail david_Luberoff@harvard.edu.
Local dancers in The Nutcracker
Two students from Carlisle are performing in this year's production of José Mateo's Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker, choreographed by artistic director Mateo. The students joining the professional cast are Allison Blair as Cherub and Polichinelle, and Katrina Puffer as Cherub.
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Performances will be held Thursday through Sunday at the Sanctuary Theater, 400 Harvard Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, from November 29 through December 29
Greeley Foundation presents Angkor Dance Troupe
The Dana Greeley Foundation for Peace and Justice will sponsor an appearance of the Angkor Dance Troupe on Friday, November 22 at 8 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street in Concord. The troupe specializes in dance of the Cambodian Khmer tradition — nearly lost as a result of the Khmer Rouge holocaust. Brilliantly attired in striking native dress, the dancers will perform a variety of pieces spanning an array of styles from folk to Cambodia's Royal Dance.
As meticulously trained and professional as this ensemble is, however, the organization's mission is not primarily an artistic one. Angkor's instruction and performance opportunities are part of a comprehensive outreach program to those Cambodian young people in Lowell who are at risk of gang involvement, dropping out of school and teen pregnancy. There are more than 70 apprentices being served and trained in these programs, ranging in age from 4 to 18.
This performance is for the benefit of the Dana Greeley Foundation for Peace and Justice — a donor-supported charitable foundation funding grass-roots organizations in the Greater Boston area that directly serve youth at risk. Established in 1985 to honor the life and work of the Rev. Dana McLean Greeley, a minister and international peace activist, the foundation works to give life to his vision of one world, tolerant and just, and his belief in the power of human beings to bring about social change.
Tickets for this performance are $25 for adults and $15 for students. They may be obtained by mail from The Greeley Foundation, 33 Bedford Street, Concord, MA 01742, or by calling the office at 1-978-369-7386.
'A Visit from St. Nicholas' at Orchard House
On Saturdays, December 7 and 14, from 10 to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays, December 8 and 15, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. join the Alcotts as they bring to life one of Louisa May Alcott's holiday stories, "A Christmas Dream, and How It Came True." Then enjoy a visit with "St. Nicholas" himself as he readies for his holiday travels and peek into the transformed School of Philosophy to see Bronson Alcott's vision of a Christmas world.
All tickets available on a first-come basis. No reservations accepted. The cost is adults, $10; seniors/college students, $9; youths (ages 6 to 17), $7; members admitted at half-price. Family rate (two adults, up to four youths), $25. Holiday museum shop is also open.
For more information, call 1-978-369-4118. Please note that canned goods and non-perishables and winter coats can be donated for local charities during this program.
Clare Beaton at Concord Library
Clare Beaton, an illustrator of handcrafted picture books, presently living in England, is making a rare appearance at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street in Concord on December 4 at 7 p.m. Clare will give a workshop on making winter holiday decorations for children age five years and up. Participants will be able to create their own decorations under Clare's instruction. All the materials will be supplied. This free workshop is being sponsored by Barefoot Books and requires no registration. There will be books available for autographing. For more information, please call 1-978-318-3358.
Concord Orchestra begins season
The Concord Orchestra's 50
The concert version of Hansel und Gretel is a delightful re-telling of the fairy tale, enjoyable for both adults and children. The SunBridge Auditorium is located in Concord, just off of Route 2, on Route 62, across from Emerson Hospital. Tickets for the Family Concerts are $13 adults, $11 seniors, $9 children and students. Tickets for these concerts and the remainder of the season are available by calling 1-978-369-4967.
Jewish film program explores China
Spend a winter afternoon in China with the film "Minyan in Kaifeng: A Modern Journey to an Ancient Chinese Jewish Community" as it tells the personal journeys of a dozen Jews in search of an ancient Chinese Jewish community. The guest speaker will be Matthew Stephenson, who used his language skills to help forge bonds with a number of the Jewish descendants during the creation of the film in 2001. Discussion and light refreshments will follow immediately after the movie on Sunday, December 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Congregation Kerem Shalom in Concord. It is co-sponsored by three local Hadassah chapters and Congregation Kerem Shalom. Admission is $5 for Hadassah and Kerem Shalom members, $7 for non-members, and is free to new Hadassah members. For more information, call Linda Skolnik at 1-978-287-0824.
Concord Band offers Holiday Pops Concert
Celebrate the season at the Concord Band's annual Holiday Pops concerts to be held at 51 Walden Street in Concord on Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14 at 8 p.m. The cabaret-style concerts will feature traditional holiday music and an audience sing-along.
The Concord Band Holiday Pops is a tradition in Concord and sells out early. Table seating is available at $15 per person, $60 for a table of four, which includes beverages and snacks.
For reservations, call 1-978-897-9969.
Human Rights Day Breakfast
On Monday, December 2, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at the Trinitarian-Congregational Church in Concord, the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council will sponsor its annual Human Rights Day Breakfast. At this year's breakfast, the Council will announce the winner of its fourth Climate for Freedom Award. This bi-annual award is given to a group or organization that has contributed significantly to the climate for freedom within the two towns.
The name of the award refers to the Climate for Freedom Declaration written in 1978 after a community forum grappled with racial incidents that had occurred at the high school. The forum concluded that the climate of the community was the responsibility of the community. Several initiatives resulted, including the founding of both the Concord- Carlisle Human Rights Council and the Cooperating Family Program for METCO. The Climate for Freedom Award was created to honor and affirm groups or organizations in our communities that continue to promote the ideals of the Declaration.
The terms of the award stipulate that the award winner and keynote speaker will be announced at the breakfast. A continental breakfast will be served. The breakfast is
free and open to the public. Donations to the Human Rights Council are welcome.
The Old Manse celebrates 200 winters
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 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, period refreshments, and a sing-along in the parlor.
"Winter Through the Ages" is a fun-filled family event. 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.
Coffeehouse to present Lucie Blue Tremblay
French Canadian singer/songwriter Lucie Blue Tremblay performs at the Firehouse Coffeehouse at the First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster Street in Littleton at 8 p.m. Friday, December 6. Lucie Blue, one of Canada's finest vocalists, is a powerful, funny, gutsy, romantic, sexy performer.
Tickets are $15 and available in advance at the Minor Chord in Acton, via our website at www.fculittle.org/workspace/coffee.html or by calling 1-978-742-9957. This event is wheelchair accessible.
Casey Carle bubblemania show
Casey Carle will present a witty, imaginative bubble art form show appropriate for the entire family. On Saturday, December 14, two shows, at 1 and 3 p.m., will be held at the wheelchair-accessible R. J. Grey Jr. High School Auditorium, 16 Charter Road in Acton. Tickets cost $6 in advance from Roche Brothers Supermarket, Learning Express, and Concord Toy Shop) and $7 at the door. Children under two, sitting on their parents' laps, do not need a ticket. Proceeds will benefit the Acton Barn Cooperative Nursery School. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Kathy at 1-978-952-6498.
Keeping our children drug and alcohol free
The Center for Parents and Teachers has invited Renee Soulis, a representative from Freedom From Chemical Dependency (FCD) to Concord to meet with parents and school personnel, on November 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the CCHS library to explore strategies for reducing drug and alcohol use by teenagers.
Teenage alcohol and other drug abuse has become an issue of national concern, as well as a local problem. The FCD presentation to parents will provide the latest facts about chemical dependency and the physiological and psychological effects of alcohol and drug use. The forum will also explore the unique and essential role parents can play in keeping their kids drug and alcohol free through childhood and adolescence and give parents the tools and confidence to address these issues with their children
Concord teachers and school personnel have also been invited to attend a workshop with FCD which will address the role of the school community in influencing attitudes and reducing teenage alcohol and drug use.
For more information about either of these programs, please contact the Center for Parents and Teachers at 1-978-318-1510 ex. 145.
Public flu clinic on December 4
The Home Care and Public Relations/Marketing Departments of Emerson Hospital will be conducting a flu clinic for the general public (open to anyone 18 or over) on Wednesday, December 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Concord Elks on Baker Avenue in Concord. Registration is required. The cost of each vaccination will be $12. Call Jan Quinty at 1-978-287-3085 to schedule an appointment.
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