Friday, March 14, 2003
Manage tax-time stress for free
As the countdown to tax day continues, many local residents can count on AARP to help manage tax-time stress. Through April 15, the organization offers a free tax-counseling program, AARP Tax-Aide, to assist taxpayers with the preparation of federal, state and local basic income tax returns.
Available to middle- and low-income taxpayers, AARP Tax-Aide provides face-to-face tax counseling services at hundreds of sites across the state, including senior and community centers, libraries and other convenient locations. More than 500 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers have been trained in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue to perform these services.
To find an AARP Tax-Aide site in the community, or a neighboring community, call 1-888-AARP-NOW (1-888-227-7669) or log on to www.aarp.org/taxaide.
The Concord Orchestra celebrates 50 Years
The Concord Orchestra continues its 50th season on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29. Music director Richard Pittman will conduct the concerts, featuring Boston Symphony violinist, Wendy Putnam, performing the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major. The concert also includes Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy, and The Firebird, the original 1910 ballet music. Both concerts will be held at 51 Walden, Concord, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students. To purchase tickets or receive the full season brochure, call 978-369-4967.
The Concord Orchestra season will continue with four Concord POPS concerts,
May 16, 17, 23, and 24. "Wine, Women & Song" is the theme
carried out by music of Prokofiev, Gershwin, Porter, Johann Jr. and
Richard Strauss, and others. The pops seating includes table service
for snacks and drinks, and promises to be festive night. Tickets for
Pops are $18, with special rates available for groups of twelve or more.
Call 1-978-369-4967 for tickets.
An evening with David McCullough
The Middlesex Community College Foundation Celebrity Forum presents "An Evening with David McCullough: History as a Source of Strength," at 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 7 in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.
David McCullough's biographies of Presidents Harry Truman and John Adams were Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times best-sellers and have sold more than a million copies each. His books have also won National Book Awards, the National Humanities Medal, the St. Louis Literary Award, the Carl Sandburg Award and the prestigious Francis Parkman Prize.
Tickets to MCC's Celebrity Forum will go on sale on Monday, March 10. The prices are $65 for gold circle seating (includes invitation to book signing), with other seats available at $40 and $25. There is also a special $20 rate for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium box office located at 50 East Merrimack Street in Lowell and through Ticketmaster in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. To order tickets by mail or for more information call MCC at 1-978-656-3238 (service charges apply).
Wakefield church hosts annual antiques show
First Parish Congregational Church, 1 Church Street in Wakefield, will hold its 32nd annual Antiques and Collectibles Show Friday, March 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 29 from 10 to 4 p.m. Church Street is located just a short ride from exits 39 or 40 off of Route 128/95 overlooking Lake Quannopowitt.
Choose from one-of-a-kind vintage jewelry, lovely glass and china, pottery, antique linens, country and fine furniture, decorative lamps, paintings and prints, silver, vintage clothing and handbags, rugs, books, primitive and country décor, vintage and collectible dolls, books, toys and much more.
Appraisals will be offered on Friday evening by Frank Kaminski of Cabot Street, Beverly. So bring along that family heirloom or jewelry item you have always wondered about. Cost for each appraisal is $5 but you can have three for $10. Numbers will be given so that there will be no waiting.
Luncheon prepared by church members will be available throughout show times at very reasonable prices.The church is handicapped accessible and there is ample free parking. For further information, call 1-781-245-1539. For exhibitor information 1-781-246-0994.
New England Artists Series chamber music
The New England Artists Series at the Parish Center for the Arts presents the Colorado Quartet in a special benefit concert including: Mozart - Quartet in E-flat, K. 428 Dvorak - Quartet in G major, Op. 106
Winners of both the Banff International Quartet Competition and the Naumberg Chamber Music Award, these dazzling musicians thrilled Westford last year and are back for an encore.
The concert will be on Sunday, April 6, at 4 p.m. at the Parish Center for the Arts at the corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street on Westford Common. Reservations are recommended: 1-978-692-6333 or PCA@Westford.com. Benefactor tickets (includes post-concert reception) are $35 for members of the PCA, $40 for nonmembers and $5 for teens. Concert only tickets are $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers, $5 for teens and free for under 13. For more information, view www.Westford.com/PCA or send e-mail to PCA@Westford.com.
The Nightingale at UMass Lowell
The UMass Lowell Center for the Arts will present the classic fairy tale The Nightingale as part of the family Discovery Series. Two performances will be given on Sunday, March 30 at 2 and 4 p.m. The play, featuring original music and choreography, is part of the Kennedy Center's Imagination Celebration on Tour. The one-hour performances are appropriate for ages 6 and up.
Tickets for The Nightingale are $10 per person. There is a group rate of $8 per person when purchasing ten or more tickets in advance. There is also a popular birthday option available. Patrons are invited to celebrate a family birthday by buying a block of tickets (ten or more) and making a Discovery Series performance the main party event. The name of the birthday child will be printed in the program and will be announced from the stage with birthday wishes. The box office must be informed two weeks in advance to insure inclusion in the program.
Performances take place in Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder Street, on the UMass Lowell South Campus. The theatre is handicapped accessible and convenient, free parking is nearby. All performances are approximately one hour without intermission. For more information, to request a brochure or to order tickets by phone with Mastercard or Visa, call the box office at 1-978-934-4444 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Monday through Friday. The box office is also open in the lobby one hour prior to each show.
Spring book fair at Congregation Kerem Shalom
Congregation Kerem Shalom will hold its annual Spring Book Fair, from April 7 to April 13 at the temple, which is located at 659 Elm Street in Concord. The book fair features a wide selection of children's Jewish literature as well as Haggadah choices. It will be open on Monday through Thursday from 3:45 to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Books may be bought by cash or check; no credits cards are accepted.
For more information, contact the Kerem Shalom at 1-978-369-1223.
DAR to meet in March
The Old Concord Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its next meeting on Thursday, March 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Village of Nagog Woods Clubhouse in Acton. For further information, contact Sally Evans at 1-978-369-8319.
Boston AIDS Shelters seek help
Boston AIDS Shelters are suffering with all the recent cutbacks. Several local women work directly with the Boston Shelters and are hoping you can contribute some of the following items (gently used and clean): clothing (newborn to teen); baby crib/baby items; car seats; portacribs; hands-on kits; art supplies; legos/Brio; educational games and blocks.
All drop-offs go to the Grasshopper Shop or call Mary for a Thursday pick-up at 1-978-369-8295.
Open house at CCHS on March 26
There is now another way for parents and community members to learn more about daily life at Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS). For those who wonder what their children do every day; for those who wonder what the teachers do every day; for those who would like to investigate the daily life at CCHS; for those who yearn to relive their own adolescence; CCHS invites the public to an open house. The opportunity is open to any adult member of the community.
Open house day is Wednesday, March 26. Visitors are invited to accompany a student through three classes to see the school through the eyes of a student. This is an opportunity to ask the staff questions.
For more information, call 1-978-318-1417, ext. 108 by March 20 and speak with Mrs. Coleman, who will take your name and number. For those accompanying students to classes, be prepared to arrive at school by 8 a.m. The morning classes end at 11:24 a.m.
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