Friday, January 17, 2003
Museum celebrates Harlem Renaissance
From sculptures of African masks to painted scenes of everyday life, the diverse work on view in "The Harlem Renaissance and Its Legacy" at the Worcester Art Museum, January 18 to April 13, celebrates the artistic achievements of African Americans in the 20th century.
Organized by the Worcester Art Museum, featured are paintings, sculptures, collages, photographs and illustrated books by prominent African-American artists from the Harlem Renaissance and the decades that followed. Works derive from the Worcester Art Museum's permanent collection and from private collections, rarely on public view.
In conjunction with the exhibition the Worcester Art Museum presents a series of related programs and events, including a Black History Month Celebration and Lecture on February 2; a guest lecture on The New Negresse on March 13; Jazz Playroom: A Harlem Renaissance Family Day on March 27; and a special performance of God's Trombones on April 13.
Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (evening hours sponsored by Commerce Bank); and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and full-time college students with current ID and free for members and all youth 17 and under. Admission is also free for everyone on Saturday mornings 10 to noon. The museum is located at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester. For more information, call 1-508-799-4406 or visit the museum web site at www.worcesterart.org.
Tastes of our Towns coming on February 2
Rebecca Swett, harpist since the age of 10, will greet the 400 guests expected to attend Concord Family and Youth Services' 14th Annual Tastes of our Towns 2003 on February 2 at the Westin Hotel in Waltham.
Swett studied at the Boston University School of Music and was a member of the New England Music Festival Orchestra. Rebecca has performed with the visiting Russian Symphony Orchestra in Palm Beach, Florida and the exclusive Admiral's Cover resort in Jupiter, Florida, as well as in a solo engagement at Carnegie Hall in New York. Rebecca has just relocated to Littleton, where her husband, Dr. Vern Swett is the senior minister at the Littleton Congregational Church.
Tastes of our Towns 2003 will benefit Concord Family and Youth Services' array of programs designed to help teenagers, new mothers, homeless youths, foster children, families in need and those who wish to adopt here or abroad.
This event features samples from the finest restaurants in our area, including The Inn at Robbins Brook, Bistro 44, Bread & Circus Whole Foods, Dalya's Restaurant at Bedford Farms, The International Golf Club, Bedford Farms, Nashoba Brook,Verrill Farm Kitchen/Bakery, Walden Grille, The Herb Lyceum at Gilson's, Chloe an American Bistro, Wilson Farms, Monsoon Indian Bistro, Quarterdeck Seafood, Bullfinch's, Creative Entertaining by Roche Brothers, Sudbury Farms Supermarket, Longfellow's Wayside Inn , 70 at Third at the Westin Hotel, Iguana Cantina, Solea Restaurant & Tapas Bar, Tuscan Grill, Jessica's Brick Oven.
Tickets to the event are $125 and are tax-deductible. Corporate sponsorships welcomed. Please call Kim Romano, Director of Development and Community Relations 1-978-264-3602 for further information.
'Armchair Travels' features the Danube
On Monday, January 27, Concord-Carlisle adult and community education advisory committee's weekly slide show and presentation, Armchair Travels, features Carlisle residents Ellen Huber and Eunice Knight's "Biking and Cruising Down the Danube." 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 from 7 - 8 p.m. 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.
Quabbin Reservoir lecture discusses demise of lost towns
Harvard's Warner Free Lecture series continues on Friday, January 24, with a slide presentation by author and naturalist, Michael Tougias, who will treat the audience to a natural history tour of the Quabbin Reservoir.
Michael Tougias, author of Quabbin: A History and Explorers Guide and an outdoor humor book titled, There's a Porcupine In My Outhouse, will present a two-part narrated program featuring a look at the lost towns flooded to create the Quabbin Reservoir, the construction of the massive project, and how the Quabbin works today. Tougias' slides include before and after images of the lost towns, workers building the dams and aqueduct, and wildlife of the Quabbin.
Also covered in the lecture will be the authors misadventures during his early years of exploring New England's back country including encounters with bear, moose and porcupines, close calls from lightning and quicksand and a unique look at outhouses.
The January 24 lecture which is free to the public, will take place at the Unitarian Church on Route 111 on the Harvard town common. The church is handicapped accessible and the presentation begins at 8 p.m. For further information, call 1-978-456-3454.
Three hours can make a difference
Parents Helping Parents (PHP) is a statewide network of support groups for parents who want to improve their relationships with their children. If you have a few hours each week to facilitate a support group and take occasional calls from group members, PHP will provide you with facilitator training and support and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of families in your community. With your guidance, parents will meet in a positive atmosphere of respect and understanding with a focus on recognizing and building on existing strengths while learning new skills. Call 1-800-882-1250 for more information.
Acton Community Chorus Winter Lights concert
The Acton Community Chorus will present its winter concert, "Winter Lights," on Saturday, January 25 at 8 p.m. at the Acton Congregational Church, 12 Concord Road, Acton Center. This year's concert features Franz Schubert's "Mass in G Major," Antonin Dvorak's "In Nature's Realm," and works by Paul Hindemith and John Rutter. As in years past, a silent auction will be held at the concert featuring items that showcase chorus members' other talents. Guests are also invited to join the chorus for refreshments after the concert.
Tickets for the concert are $12 and are available at Roche Bros., Donelan's, or from any chorus member. Depending on advance sales, tickets may also be available at the door.
The Acton Community Chorus has more than 70 members from over 15 communities. The ACC is supported, in part, by the Acton/Boxborough Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For further information, please visit www.ActonCommunityChorus.org or call Tim at 1-978-263-8427.
Learn about the Alpers Gallery artists
Find out more about the art on display by meeting gallery owner Peter Alpers at an open reception for the artists at the Gleason Library on Saturday, January 18 from 2-4 p.m. (Poor weather forced the cancellation of the original reception scheduled for January 4.) The reception at the Gleason is free and open to the public.
CCYH annual parents social
The Concord/Carlisle Youth Hockey Organization is once again holding its third annual CCYH Parents Social. There will be a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. It is a fun evening out. CCYH parents and friends get a chance to socialize, enjoy a sumptuous meal and dance. The event takes place at the Sheraton Lexington Hotel on Friday evening February 7 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. There are a limited number of tickets so please purchase as soon as possible. Tickets are also being sold at the Valley Sports rink during practices. For additional information, contact Kevin Feeney at 1-978-371-1086.
Community theater audition notice
The Concord Players, 51 Walden Street in Concord Center, will be holding open auditions for the April/May 2003 production of Ebb and Fosse's Chicago, directed by Maryann Swift.
Audition dates are January 19, 4 to 10 p.m., January 23, 1 to 3 p.m. Callbacks January 24, 3 to 6 p.m; all at 51 Walden Street. Please prepare a section of an up-tempo piece in the style of the show.
For further info, visit either website: www.concordplayers.org or e-mail Chicago@concordplayers.org.
D'Ann Brownrigg to exhibit paintings at Inn at Robbins Brook
Carlisle's D'Ann Brownrigg is exhibiting new watercolors in the Inn at Robbins Brook (10 Devon Drive, Acton) during the months of January and February. A reception will be held on February 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. The gallery is also open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout both months. Her colorful paintings are an antidote to the winter blahs.
Brownrigg also has a painting in the current Concord Art Association Members' Juried Show (Jan.) and in the Member's Show at Sharon Arts in Peterborough (Jan. 18-March 16, reception Jan 18, 5-7 p.m.). She has previously exhibited in a variety of venues including the Concord, Carlisle, and Winchester libraries and a small group show in the Cambridge Art Association gallery in Harvard Square. Her website is: www.gis.net/~brownrigg
D'Ann was just notified that one of her paintings was accepted in the New England Watercolor Society New England Juried Show at the Attleboro Museum Center for the Arts. The show is open from March 16 - April 18, with a reception on March 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Her latest adventure is to teach a beginning/intermediate watercolor class at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society (1-781-862-9696). Students will work on projects of their own choice.
Photo club holds exhibit
Come see the first exhibit of photos by members of the First Parish photo club at the First Parish Church in Concord. Photos will hang in the back entrance to the sanctuary from January 12 to February 13.
Join the club members for refreshments at a reception on January 19, at 4 p.m., in the hall at the back of the church (come in through the entry off the parking lot).
Hockey programs now accepting registrations
Bay State Hockey is now accepting applications for teams and individuals for the upcoming spring and summer programs at the Chelmsford Forum in North Billerica. Leagues and programs are available for all ages beginning in May. Programs include learn to play hockey, youth leagues, high school leagues, adult leagues, weekly powerskating and various camps and clinics.
Information is available at the ice rink by calling the Bay State Hockey office at 1-781-871-7960 or by visiting www.fmcarenas.com/bsh. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged.
'Do Not Call' list info
The state has launched its "Do Not Call" registry that allows residents to block most telemarketing calls to their homes. A new law requires telemarketers doing business in Massachusetts to buy the "Do Not Call" list and will issue fines if they call any listed numbers.
Consumers can add their name to the list anytime between January 1st and March 1st to be included in the first "Do Not Call" list, which will be given to telemarketers on April 1. All residential and private cell phone numbers can be registered.
Sign up for the Do Not Call Registry in any of three ways:
1. Register online at www.Mass.gov/donotcall. The website may be accessed 24 hours day, 7 days a week.
2. Call toll-free (866) 231-CALL (2255). This automated system is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
3. Print out a registration form and mail it to the following address: Massachusetts Do Not Call Program, P.O. Box 1348, Boston, MA 02117. When writing, include name, address, and phone number.
Minuteman opens registration
Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington is now accepting registrations for its adult evening classes, most of which begin in February. Classes are available in such categories as computers, crafts, languages, home maintenance, cooking, auto damage appraisal and flower arranging. For further information, call Minuteman's Community Education Office at 1-781-861-7150.
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