Community News 10/18/2018

View the 10/18/2018 Thoreau Announcements in full here

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CEF Friday Night Pub Trivia! – Nov. 30

Join us for a night of fun, friends and trivia Friday November 30th at Waxy’s Pub in Lexington. Click here to register and/or learn more about the Concord Education Fund’s support of CPS/CCHS teachers and students.


Would you like to learn more about out of district placements?

Do you think it would help to meet other parents and caregivers in a similar position?

Please join Marielle Wintersteen and Jessica Murphy, to learn about the role and responsibilities of the Out of District Coordinator and to get some answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

When: Thursday, November 1st 2018 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm

Where: Conference Room 1, Ripley Building, Meriam Road

We would ask you to please keep your questions general in nature and not talk specifically about your child in this setting. If you already have a question you would like to ask Marielle, please submit it by 25th October to Any questions submitted to SEPAC in this way will be given to the Special Education team anonymously and addressed within the presentation.

For planning purposes, please RSVP via Eventbrite at our website

Silent Auction and Masquerade Concert – Oct. 30

Concord Middle School’s Wind Ensemble is holding an online auction at throughout October, ending with a free costumed concert on October 30 at 7 p.m. at Sanborn Building, Concord Middle School, Old Marlboro Rd.

The CMS Wind Ensemble is a by-invitation group of young musicians in grades 6-8 who rehearse after school. Music Director Mr. Christopher Noce has arranged an amazing travel and performance opportunity to New York, in April 2019. This trip will include a clinic by the renowned Dr. Boonshaft and a performance on the plaza at Lincoln Center.

Many have generously donated incredible items so that we can make this trip affordable for all the families involved with Wind Ensemble. You can find event and auction information at:

An Empowerment Workshop for Mothers and Daughters, Ages 8 to 12 – Nov. 4

In its 11th year, GirlPower! has been guiding girls to find their unique voices through creative movement, discussion, journaling, art and nature. This year, mothers and daughter are invited to learn about each other through activities designed to build confidence, self-advocacy and self-care. Girls and moms will find new ways to connect to each other and find community with other mothers and daughters. The GirlPower! experience provides a safe, nurturing and supportive environment to explore, relax and renew.

Date: Sunday, November 4th, 2018
Time: 1:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind & Body, 310 Baker Ave., West Concord
Cost: $110 for mother-daughter pair, includes program, supplies and snacks
Register: or call 978-287-3777

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.

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.

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

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.