Friday, August 15, 2003
Come to the Middlesex County 4-H Fair
On August 22, 23 and 24, the Westford 4-H Fairground on South Chelmsford Road will play host to Middlesex County's 4-H Fair, which is totally run by youth volunteers to showcase the many projects they have worked on over the year. Projects include livestock, art, food preservation, writing and horse shows.
Because of a severe cut in funding, this will probably be the last 4-H Fair held in the state. Hours are Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for a three-day pass, $6 for a one-day pass for ages ten and up, $3 for senior citizens and $1 for ages four to ten. For directions and more information, call 1-781-891-0650, ext. 29.
Adult winter hockey league opens registration for 2003-04
Bay State Hockey is currently conducting registration for its Adult Winter No Check League, which will begin this September at the Chelmsford Forum.
The league is open to Advanced Novice "C-Level" teams. Teams will play a 28-game regular season. Games will be played once a week. A three-round playoff will conclude the season.
Call Bay State Hockey at 1-781-871-7960 for more information or an application.
Liberty Ride extends to Concord's historic Hartwell Tavern
The Liberty Ride, launched last year by the town of Lexington to provide a fun, informative alternative means of transportation to the town's historic sites, will extend to Hartwell Tavern in Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord. The Ride, a 25-seat air conditioned bus, includes an on-board costumed guide who provides a narration of the sites visited and their role during the events of April 18 and 19, 1775. The Ride repeats its loop every hour - the last trip leaves at 4:30 p.m., and the service will be offered until October 13.
It's daylily season at Tower Hill Botanic Garden
The season for daylilies (Hemerocallis sp.) is now approaching its peak at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Thanks to this season's generous rain, thousands of blossoms will unfold over the next month in a kaleidoscope of colors, from palest lemon yellow to scarlet, and rose-pink to deep grape. Many varieties are also sweetly fragrant. The scientific name Hemerocallis is derived from the Greek words meaning "beauty" and "day"·referring to the beautiful flowers that individually last but one day. However, the buds are produced in such abundance that the show continues for weeks.
Daylilies at Tower Hill are primarily featured in the Lawn Garden, in sweeping clumps between shrubs and trees. The daylily display at Tower Hill is a perfect opportunity to become acquainted with these garden gems. Garden tours are offered every Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, located at 11 French Drive, Boylston, is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 to 5 p.m. Members are admitted free, otherwise admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and youth 6 to 18, children under 6 admitted free. On Wednesday evenings through August, the garden is open from 5 to 8 p.m. at half price admission. Call ahead for directions, group rates and special tours. The main information line is 1-508-869-6111 or visit the web site at www.towerhillbg.org.
Hebrew offerings at Kerem Shalom this fall
Beginning on September 3, Kerem Shalom will be offering a 14-week beginning conversational Hebrew class in conjunction with Hebrew College. The class will meet on Wednesdays, from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. To find out more, visit the web site www.HebrewCollege.edu.
Registration is $25 and the course is $450. Register for the class by sending a check for $25, made payable to Hebrew College, with your name, address and email address to Kerem Shalom, Box 1646, Concord, MA 01742.
Prayer book Hebrew will be studied in the Kerem Shalom Hebrew Marathon Class , to be held September 16 and 23, October 14 and 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. Register by September 1, by sending a check for $80 made out to Kerem Shalom. Kerem Shalom is located at 659 Elm Street, just off Route 2, about 1/2 mile east of the Concord Rotary.
Summer concerts at The Old Manse
The Old Manse will continue its summer music series on Sundays during the month of August. The concerts will be held on the grounds of The Old Manse at 269 Monument Street, Concord from 2 - 4 p.m. The Old Manse's spacious landscaped grounds near the banks of the Concord River provide a pastoral paradise for a leisurely Sunday afternoon. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring picnics and lawn chairs. Concerts are free.
For more information, contact The Old Manse at 1-978-369-3909.
Puppet Showplace Theatre summer schedule
The Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline Village offers performances during the summer every Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Admission is $8.50 per person ($7 for members.) Located opposite the Brookline Village T station, it is barrier free, accessible to all children and adults. Prepaid reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling 1-617-6400.
Late August shows are The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on August 20 and 21, and Bingo the Circus Dog on August 27 and 28
Acton-area women's soccer
Play soccer this summer and fall in a low-key, flexible, Acton-area women's league. The emphasis is on exercise, fun with old and new friends, learning new skills and renewing old ones. League play is refereed 11x11 games on Sunday afternoons; drop-in games are weekday evenings. Why should the kids have all the fun? More information is at the website http://www.geocities.com/closetohomesoccer or call Miriam at 1-781-442-0750 weekdays.
MCD's fall bulb and perennial sale
Plan now for your spring enjoyment. Orders are being taken for the Middlesex Conservation District's (MCD) fall bulb and perennial sale. Select from 12 varieties of tulips, 7 different daffodils, as well as alliums, hyacinths, muscari and other small bulbs including fall blooming crocus. Perennials, hostas and daylilies round out the list to provide an easy way for you to add spectacular color to your gardens. New this year is a group of products for fall decorating. Hay and barley bales, cornstalks, fall blooming asters and chrysanthemums will get your yard ready for a beautiful fall. Place orders before September 5.
MCD serves as a link to bring together federal and state agencies with local municipalities and landowners for education and conservation programs including decreasing soil erosion and flooding, wetlands management and increasing water supplies. Proceeds from this sale fund MCD programs so call 1-978-692-9395 for a brochure.
Pickup is Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27 at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Chelmsford. Volunteer opportunities available.
Join the Carlisle Cultural Council
Right now, the Carlisle Cultural Council is looking for some new members. Each year, the Council reviews grant applications, and awards a select number of artists with funds allocated to them by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. This is an exciting process as they read proposals from many worthwhile individuals and organizations. Past recipients have included numerous children's workshops at the Gleason Public Library ranging from magic shows to astronomy, folk music concert at Great Brook Farm State Park, Hip-Hop Dancing presentation at Old Home Day, Carlisle Historical Society project, Concord Chamber Music Society, Cambridge Early Music Society performance and a Thanksgiving performance at the Council on Aging, etc.
Volunteers need not have any arts or town committee experience to join. Call Jennifer Brock at 1-978-287-9551 to learn more. Free "Art of Living" Tote Bag to new members.
The Carlisle Cultural Council has produced and sponsored a number of successful arts and sciences related projects for the town of Carlisle.
Projects include an environmental sculpture exhibition in 1999, which brought together 10 different artists who each created site-specific pieces for the Conant Land. The Council sponsored the "The Art of Living in Carlisle 2000" · a millennium celebration that incorporated a cultural tour of 14 sites illustrating all phases of Carlisle's history. In 2002, the Cultural Council started an annual Carlisle tradition sponsoring Thursday evening local cultural events during the month of February. The schedule included a documentary film maker, a comedian, a musician/inventor, environmental puppet makers, local poets and local authors David Sibley and John Hanson-Mitchell.
Prescription drug enrollment for seniors
The Prescription Advantage Program for seniors has a one-month open enrollment which ends August 31. This deadline applies for seniors 66 and over who have not previously applied. Seniors may obtain the application at their local Council on Aging or downloaded from www.800ageinfo.
Prescription drug benefits will be effective October 1.
Power wheelchairs available
The Senior Mobility Program makes power (electric) wheelchairs available to senior citizens and the permanently disabled at no cost to the recipient, if they qualify. The power wheelchairs are provided to those who cannot walk and cannot self-propel a manual wheelchair in their home, and who meet the additional guidelines of the program. No deposit is required.
Call 1-800-451-0971 to see if you qualify.
Literacy volunteers needed
The Eastern Massachusetts Literacy Council (EMLC) needs volunteers to tutor adults who live or work in Middlesex County. There are 245 prospective students waiting to learn to read, write and communicate in English in order to gain job skills, support their families and achieve other important life goals. Student/tutor pairs meet at their local public library or another public space.
Any person from any town interested in learning more is invited to attend an informational orientation session. There will be an orientation session at EMLC's home office at 400 High Street in Medford on Wednesday, September 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. Enter through the rear door of the Congregational Church of West Medford. A second orientation session will be held on October 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Burlington Public Library located at 22 Sears Street in Burlington.
After the two-hour orientation, volunteers may sign up for a free 15-hour tutor-training course. If a prospective volunteer cannot attend a scheduled orientation session, an individualized session will be scheduled, and the prospective volunteer may attend the subsequent tutor-training course.
After training, volunteers are certified and paired with an adult learner in their own communities. The tutor and student negotiate the time and location of tutoring sessions, held once or twice a week. Tutors or students that have disabilities and require special accommodations will receive reasonable accommodations with the assistance of the EMLC office.
More information is available at the EMLC web site: http://www.emlc.org. To pre-register, please contact EMLC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-781-395-2374.
Change your latitude at the Concord Museum
This summer the Concord Museum is host to an exhibition featuring 72 rare, beautiful and useful maps associated with some of the great explorers, events and geographic discoveries that shaped the creation of America. The exhibit includes many "firsts"·the first English map that illustrated the American flag, the first road map of the new nation, and the first time the term "United States" was mentioned in the title of a map. "Degrees of Latitude: Maps of America from the Colonial Williamsburg Collection" runs through October 19, but the public is invited to visit free on Wednesday evening, August 20 from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Concord Museum is located in historic Concord at the intersection of Lexington Road and Cambridge Turnpike. The museum is wheelchair-accessible and has ample free parking on Cambridge Turnpike. For further information, call 1-978-369-9609 or see www.concordmuseum.org.
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