Community News 10/11/2018

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Concord Carlisle Community Drive for Cradles to Crayons

It’s time to clean out the kids’ closets for donations to Cradles to Crayons! Items Needed: Gently Used Children’s Clothing: All sizes, infant to 20 (or appropriate clothing for kids in adult size S – M). Please no holes, stains, etc. Socks, underwear, PJs must be new. Children’s Shoes: Sneakers, sandals, boots — items children would wear to school (i.e., no cleats or sport/dance footwear). Please rubber-band. Toys and Baby Items: Gently used, must have all pieces and instructions please. No stuffed animals or ride-on toys. Baby Equipment: Especially strollers and car seats (within five years old only). Books: Board books, picture books, easy readers, early chapter books, young adult books, foreign language books. Gently used, no tears, writing, etc. No family, religious, or holiday books. Please see items C2C can/cannot accept. Drop Off: The C2C Collection Bin is located at the Concord District Court, 305 Walden Street, Concord. Please bring all donations by October 27 latest. If you have larger items that meet donation guidelines, but won’t fit in the bin, please do not leave them outside. Ideally, you could bring them to Nashoba Brooks School on October 28 between 12-1pm. (200 Strawberry Hill Road, Concord). Or, contact Karen Graziani at and we can try to make other arrangements. Thank you!

A Toast to CYT

Concord Youth Theatre (CYT) is pleased to announce an upcoming fundraising event. Please join us on Saturday evening October 20 for “A Toast to CYT,” an exclusive wine and beer tasting event to support CYT’s programs! Starting at 7PM in Union Hall at 27 School Street in Carlisle center, tastings of fine wine and craft beer from around the globe will be available, provided by West Concord Wine & Spirits. All of the unique vintages offered will be available for purchase in time for the holidays!

The evening will also feature a silent auction. Tickets are $20 and are available at or in person at West Concord Wine and Spirits, 1216 Main Street, Concord. This event is open to the public, 21 or over only please!

Union Hall is part of the First Religious Society in Carlisle and free parking is available along School Street and in the Carlisle School parking lot on School Street.

Chess Tournament

The new Concord-Carlisle Chess Society welcomes students from Concord, Carlisle and beyond to join them for their first chess tournament of the year this Sunday, October 14th, 11:30am at CCHS. Students new to tournaments will learn to use a chess clock, record their moves, and at the end they will have an nationally recognized US Chess Federation rating! For details visit or write Matt at

Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer Night At the New England Revolution

Mark your calendars for October 13 for the CCYS Night at the New England Revolution. Join the CCYS community of families, players and coaches for an evening of fun, food and the finest soccer in town as the New England Revolution battle the Orlando City FC. Before the game, join CCYS at 5pm until game time, for a fun family pre-game tailgate party with food, drink and games for the kids. Discounted CCYS $28 tickets available now. Go to for more information and to buy tickets.

Concord Promise

Concord Promise unites parents with a promise to delay giving their child a smartphone until at least 8th grade and is committed to education opportunities for all parents. Supported by recent research regarding the impact of smartphones on developing brains, our hope is that, together, we can make a change and give our kids the gift of a hands-free, heads-up childhood. Even if you have checked out our site previously, please visit again as we have added many new resources to educate all parents (even if your child already has a smartphone) and kids on the risks and responsibilities of smartphone use. We will also add more events this fall, including community conversations and forums to discuss the challenges of raising kids during the digital age. To learn more, click here:

Free Trial Lesson Week at Concord Conservatory, Oct. 15 -20

Whether you’re a child or an adult, individual instruction is the most effective way to make significant progress in musical skills. Students ages 4 – adult can sign-up for a free trial private lesson on the instrument of their choice. Explore your musical options by signing up for a free trial lesson at the Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) for the week of October 15th through October 20th. The trial lessons are available for — banjo, bass, cello, clarinet, flute, guitar, mandolin, piano, saxophone, trumpet, violin, viola, and voice. If you choose to sign-up for a trial lesson, that lesson slot will be your lesson time for the semester. View the trial lesson openings.


As a non-profit school, Concord Community of Music serves Concord and the surrounding 15 communities. CCM is an energetic community of people who are deepening their involvement in music education. Each year, CCM opens its doors to more than 400 students, offering programming for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

Concord Library Book Groups- Third Grade BookEaters

Meeting the 3rd Wednesday of each month @ 4-5pm

Let’s share our favorite books(old & new), plus games, crafts, and food!

October 17th @ 4pm

Let’s talk about… Mysteries & Scary Stories
Show & Tell… Bring a favorite Mystery or Scary Book to Share
Activity… Touch & Feel Terrifying Tale!
Food… Stir Up a Slimy Snack!

Concord Free Public Library
129 Main Street
Concord, MA

For more information:

Music Lessons with IMSCC – Fall Session is underway, please join us!

IMSCC offers one-on-one music lessons with professional musicians and educators. We have lessons for a wide variety of band and orchestra instruments as well as piano, guitar, ukulele and voice. Lessons take place after school and evenings and are conveniently located at CCHS, Sanborn, and the Carlisle school campus. Tuition for lessons starting mid-semester will be prorated. More information about IMSCC, including faculty bios, tuition rates and more, can be found at

Please visit to fill out a lesson inquiry form, or download a printable form at We will follow up within a day or two and put you in touch with a teacher to set up a lesson schedule.

Questions? Please contact Debbie Levine at, 978-341-2490 ext. 7653.

6 and Under Girls’ Soccer at Teamworks

Are you looking for an indoor soccer league for your 4.9 to 6 year old girls? Teamworks in Acton is starting a 4 vs 4, Ages 6 & Under “Girl’s Only” soccer league on Sunday mornings starting on 10/28 that runs for 7 weeks.

The cost is $525 per team per session. Games are 45 minutes and could be at 8am, 9, and or 10am; times vary every week.

If you are interested it is ideal to pull together your own team made up of 6 to 8 players along with your own coach and contact Christine Bennett for more information and or to register at


Monday, November 12 at 9:30 am. For more information visit the Lynn Woods Cross-Country website at

Garden Club of Concord Seeks Grant Proposals

The Garden Club of Concord is soliciting proposals from local organizations and residents seeking funding for garden-related community projects. Each year, the Garden Club sponsors a range of projects in Concord. Past grants have funded planting projects at The Umbrella Community Arts Center, CCHS Weeds Club, and the Concord Housing Authority. Grants have also supported organizations engaged in the preservation of open space and the environment. In addition, the Club supports outreach to citizens through nature and horticulture; Gaining Ground, Minute Man Arc for Human Services. Grounds for Learning at Thoreau School and Cooperative Elder Services have received past grants for garden-related educational and therapeutic programs.

Funding for all grants is provided by the Club’s annual Spring Plant Sale which is open to the public.

To request a grant application or for more information, please contact Andrea Meyers at, or 781-799-0387. Applications are due by October 12, 2018.

CCYH Learn to Play Hockey

The CCYH Learn to Skate and Mosquitos (Learn to Play Hockey) programs are now open for registration. Both programs are held at the Middlesex School in Concord from mid November through the end of February. Learn to Skate sessions are held Saturday mornings and Mosquitos sessions are held Saturday and Sunday mornings. Please visit for more information and to register.