NEW - Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) offers Free Trial Lesson Week —Start the fall out right by learning a new instrument or polishing your current skills. Free Trial Lesson Week begins on Tuesday, October 15th and runs through Monday, October 21st. Students ages 4 through adults can sign-up for a free trial lesson for banjo, bass, cello, clarinet, flute, guitar, percussion, piano, trumpet, violin, viola, or voice lessons. View trial lesson open slots per instrument: https://concordconservatory.org/Free_Trial_Week Choose a time that can be your lesson time for the semester (one trial lesson/person). Interested in instruments not listed in trial week? Call (978) 369-0010 or email info@ConcordConservatory.org to schedule a time. CCM is the area’s nonprofit community music school, located at 1317 Main Street, Concord. Financial assistance is available. (10/10)
NEW - Nashoba Valley Ski Club Information Sessions—Wednesday October 16 | 7-8:30pm | Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, Rm 142S and Thursday November 7 | 7-8:30pm | Concord Main Library Lower Meeting room. Come and learn about Nashoba Valley Ski Club (NVSC) which is an alpine ski development and racing program for skiers aged 5 - 18. At the open house you can learn more about the program and have questions answered. Questions? visit https://www.nvscracing.com/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (10/10)
NEW - An Empowerment Workshop for Mothers and Daughters, Ages 8 to 12—In its 12th year, GirlPower! Has been guiding girls to find their unique voices through creative movement, discussion, journaling, art and nature. This year, mothers and daughters 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. This workshop was sold out last spring so reserve your spot early. Instructor: Susanne Liebich, founder and experienced facilitator with certified therapeutic movement background. Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Location: Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind & Body at Emerson Hospital, 310 Baker Ave., West Concord Cost: $120 for mother-daughter pair, includes program, supplies and snacks Register: www.emersonwellness.org or call 978-287-3777 (10/10)
NEW - GirlPower! Empowerment workshops for 11 to 14 year old girls—In its 12th year, GirlPower! Be Who You Are™ empowerment workshops provide a way for girls to unplug from social media as well as to discover their unique voices through experiential learning. Activities are designed to discover fun and creative ways to move and express feelings, make connections with other girls and explore ways to add zest and vitality in life. Spend a fall evening exploring yoga, dance, martial arts, journaling and circle discussion. Be who you are while building new friendships. Empower yourself with self confidence and choices. Instructor: Susanne Liebich, founder and experienced facilitator with certified therapeutic movement background. Date: Friday, November 8, 2019 Time: 4:00-7:00 pm Location: Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind & Body at Emerson Hospital, 310 Baker Ave., West Concord Cost: $80 includes program, supplies and dinner Register: www.emersonwellness.org or call 978-287-3777 (10/10)
Tiny Treks - Outdoor Exploration Program for You and Your Little One! Join Alcott parent Liz Stoll for weekly mini-hikes and outdoor exploration, snack, story time, and nature crafts in local parks and conservation areas. Ideal for ages 18 months - 5 years, with a parent, grandparent, or other loving adult. Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11:30 AM, Sept-Nov. It's not too late to join us! Spaces are still available and we are offering free trials to Alcott families. Visit www.tinytreks.com/boston or contact email@example.com or 650-722-0059 for more information. (9/26)
The Center for Parents and Teachers announces a parent workshop "INSPIRE", a Free Professionally-facilitated 6-week Support Group for Parents/Grandparents of Children age 4-9 with a Special Need. Sessions begin Tuesday, October 15, 9:30-11 AM and continue through November 19. Due to limited spots, pre-registration is required (see link below). Held at the Ripley Bldg., 120 Meriam Rd., Concord. Learn strategies to feel more emotionally balanced, nurture your identity beyond parenting, cope with and reduce the stress of relentless advocacy, restore trust and hope by creating positive connections, and gain new perspectives on having more satisfying interactions with your child. Facilitated by Patricia Marquis, LICSW. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-202-1143. Pre-register HERE. or go to www.centerforparentsandteachers.org. (9/26)
Third Grade Book Eaters 10/16 @ 4PM—Let’s share our favorite books (old & new) plus games, crafts, and food! October 16th @ 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. For more info: concordlibrary.org. (9/26)
CPS Integrated Preschool OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, October 22 from 6:30-7:30PM—Ripley Building, 120 Meriam Road. Children welcome. Concord Public Schools Integrated Preschool Program is designed to foster a love of learning through a positive first school experience. We provide the foundation for lifelong learning by encouraging children to become independent, self-confident, and inquisitive learners. Our program provides educationally enriched, and stimulating environments, where children learn through play and developmentally appropriate activities. CIPS offers highly trained staff and an exceptionally creative curriculum. Full and half day classes available. Please visit us our website at www.concordps.org or brand-new Twitter page at Concord Integrated Preschool@ConcordIPS. (9/26)
The Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is recruiting children between the ages of 8 and 12 years to participate in research studies funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health (NIH). Study 1. This is a longitudinal study that follows children over a period of 3 consecutive years. Our goal is to improve understanding of learning in children. The study consists of 1 in-person visit (about 2.5 hours) per year for 3 years (weekdays/weekends). During this visit, children play several games on the computer and complete several language/memory tasks. The lab visit includes safe and noninvasive EEG recording. The day after the visit, kids complete a quick follow-up task from a home/library computer. More information can be found here. Study 2. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the learning patterns of children with typical and atypical language development. The study will involve 2 visits to the lab at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. During this visit, children play several games on the computer and complete several language/memory tasks. The lab visit includes safe and noninvasive EEG recording. A visit will last about 3 hours. A week after the second lab visit your child will be asked to complete follow up tasks on a home computer or a mobile device. We are looking for children who were late to develop language, and who still receive services for language or learning difficulties. More information can be found here. Payment is $60 for each in-person visit to the lab. We provide free all-day parking at the Navy Yard. Please email us at email@example.com or call us at (617) 643-4821 if you are interested or if you have any questions. (9/26)
Garden Club of Concord Seeks Grant Proposals—The Garden Club of Concord is soliciting proposals from local organizations and residents seeking funding for gardening-related community projects. Each year, the Garden Club sponsors a range of projects in the Concord community. Past grants have funded planting projects at the Old Manse, the Concord Housing Authority and The Umbrella Community Arts Center. Grants have also supported organizations engaged in the preservation of open space and the environment in Concord. In addition, the Club supports outreach to citizens through nature and horticulture; Gaining Ground, Minute Man ARC for Human Services, 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, open to the public each year. To request a grant application or for more information, please contact Maryrose Sykes at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 978-866-8623. Applications are due by October 11, 2019. (9/12)
Playtime Theater is back for another season of fun! Spend Saturday mornings with Concord Youth Theatre’s PLAYTIME THEATER - a delightfully interactive theater experience! CYT actors will inspire you with new and improved versions of familiar children’s stories, complete with a sing-a-long! Outgoing audience members may even join the actors on stage to tell a joke or share a special talent. And everyone gets a prize at the end!!! So put on your performing hats and come play with us!!! Performances at CYT’s new home – 53 Church Street, West Concord beginning October 26th. Playtime Theater will perform at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, West Concord on September 14, September 28 & October 12. Click Here for the playtime schedule. All shows at 10:30am. $5/person, cash or check only - no advance sales. Suggested audience ages 2-9. (9/12)
Join the Concord Association of Music Parents! The Concord Association of Music Parents (Concord AMP) is a newly-formed parent group that supports the music performance ensemble programs (band, orchestra and chorus) in the Concord elementary and middle schools. Membership includes all parents and guardians of students in these programs. Our mission is to support the music performance ensembles through fundraising, advocacy for music education, and community engagement with the goal of ensuring access to music education and an enriching musical performance experience for all children. Please join our email list so we can communicate with you about upcoming activities and events, by signing up here. To learn more about Concord AMP, go to www.concordamp.org or email email@example.com. (9/12)
Music lessons with IMSCC—IMSCC's Fall session is enrolling now - beginners and students of all levels welcome! Lessons are given after school and in the evenings at CCHS, Sanborn and Carlisle schools. Submit a lesson inquiry here to start the enrollment process; visit the website for information about lessons, tuition rates and faculty. For more details please contact program coordinator Debbie Levine. (8/22)
Etiquette Boot Camp for Children—Get your child in shape for the next family dinner, social gathering or formal event at Etiquette Boot Camp! The course is designed for ages 7 to 12 and will teach them basic manners, table manners, conversation skills, friendships, family etiquette, social graces for public spaces and much more. Etiquette Boot Camp for Children is a 3-module program. Each module is 3 hours, 9 hours total, and modules can be taken independently or together. The fee is $155 per module. The program will take place on Sunday, 10/13, 10/27 & 11/3 at Marriott Residence Inn Boston-Concord. For more information and to enroll visit theetiquetteacademy.org or call 617-608-3920. (9/4)
Concord Carlisle Youth Wrestling!—Registration is open for Concord Carlisle Youth Wrestling's 2019 Fall Clinic & 2019-'20 Winter Season for students in grades 4-8. CCYW Fall Clinic - Runs October 15, thru November 21, 2019 - A fun warm-up to the winter season and a great introduction to wrestling for newcomers to the sport. CCYW Winter Season - Runs December 3, 2019 thru February 12, 2020 (Between Thanksgiving & February recess.) - An introduction to wrestling fundamentals as well as an opportunity to practice & compete with other USA Wrestling programs. No experience necessary - Practice located @ CCHS - Coached by CCHS Alumni & Varsity Coaches Visit www.concordyouthwrestling.com to register and for more information. (8/22)
Did you know that Concord Recreation offers a variety of adult group exercise classes during the school day? For more than 25 years, Concord Recreation has been host to over 30 group exercise programs a season serving more than 800 participants a year! Classes run early in the morning, during “parent hours” and in the evening assuring that you can always get your exercise in. Most classes run for 10-12 weeks meeting one time per week for one hour. Facilities are located at the Hunt Recreation Center and at our new facility in West Concord, 55 Church Street and at times, at the Beede Swim and Fitness Center. Drop ins welcome for $15 per class, otherwise, prices vary based on Beede Center membership and number of weeks/class. To see the upcoming SCHEDULE, click here. Interested in registering, have questions or want to try a class? Please call 978-287-1050.
Sign up for School Committee News! Interested in knowing more about what The Concord School Committee and Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committees do? Want to hear the latest updates on school budgets and informational events? Sign up for the "School Committee News" Subscriber List. We’ll send periodic updates with meeting dates and agendas, minutes, event announcements, and the School Committee Report. Click here to sign up: http://www.concordps.org/school_committee_subscriber_list/. To reach the School Committees, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The Concord Promise - An exciting initiative has started in Concord called the Concord Promise (www.concordpromise.org.). It is modeled after the national Wait Until 8th campaign which encourages parents to delay giving smartphones to children until at least 8th grade. Due to recent information that is being published on the negative impact that smartphones have on developing brains we are hoping, as a town and as a school, we can begin to make a change. The Promise’s objective is to reduce, if not eliminate, the social pressure to have a smartphone. Our goal is to make smartphone use by our kids the exception, not the rule. The Concord Promise is also a community-base support platform that provides resources to educate parents and kids on the risks and responsibilities of smartphone use. Down the road, we hope to use the Concord Promise for more community conversations and forums to discuss the challenges of raising kids during the digital age. To learn more about the Concord Promise, and to join, please visit www.concordpromise.org.