Current Local Events & Programs

Check out event - the event calendar for the Concord & Carlisle community! 

Special Forums and Town Meetings on Articles 6 and 7 CCHS Campus Improvements—The dates are as follows:

Thursday, September 27
Concord Forum on Warrant Articles at 6:30 p.m. in the CCHS Learning Commons

Monday, October 1
Concord Special Town Meeting at 7 pm in the CCHS Auditorium

Tuesday, October 2
Carlisle Special Town Meeting at 7 pm in the Carlisle Public School Auditorium

Below are the links to the warrant articles which outline the items pertaining to the schools.

Concord: Articles 6 and 7 CCHS Campus Improvements, Article 9 Concord Middle School Resource Officer

Carlisle: Articles 1 and 2 CCHS Campus Improvements

Registration is open for tryouts for the Concord-Carlisle Youth Basketball 2018/2019 travel program, now through Friday, 28 September.  The program is open to boys and girls in grades 4 through 8.  Visit for more details.

Join Girl Scouts! Saturday September 29th 10:00 am-noon—Picture this: a safe place to try new things, find a sense of belonging, take on challenges and inspire others! That’s Girl Scouts. Girl Scout troops are organized by school grade (K-12), meet regularly during the year, and are led by a team of parents volunteers. We have large, very active troops here at Alcott and we would love you to join us. We are having a recruitment event at The Concord Scout House (74 Walden St) on Saturday September 29th from 10:00 am to noon. Please come and say hi, ask questions, and meet girl scout leaders. For more details, please contact Lisa Lynch at or to join online go to

The First Annual Mighty Moose 5k and Fun Run/Walk: A New Kicks For Cancer Event—On Sunday, September 30, a 5k and 1 mile Fun Run/Walk will be held at CCHS to raise money to support ovarian cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event is being held in memory of Jenna Swaim, a loving mother and wife who lost her courageous four year battle to ovarian cancer on July 3, 2018. She was 43 years old. Jenna herself had done much of the organizing for this race and her family felt strongly after Jenna passed away that they should continue Jenna’s work and start the event this year.  Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities we welcome! The Race Details: Sunday, September 30th. Registration opens at 8 AM. Start Time: 8:30 am (1 mile) or 9:00 AM (5k). Location: Concord Carlisle High School. Length: 1 mile race for kids, and a 5k for all others to run or walk. Register: CLICK HERE. Event Questions: please contact Amy Davagian at Volunteers to help before or on race day please contact Siobhan Mee at

SEPTEMBER 30: FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL AT THE PLAYSCAPE AT RIPLEY/CIPS PLAYGROUND—Celebrate fall with an afternoon of fun family activities with the Friends of the Playscape at Ripley and the Concord Integrated Preschool (CIPS)! Our Fall Family Festival will take place across the Playscape and the new CIPS Playground (120 Meriam Road at the Ripley School Administration Building) from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, September 30. There will be fun activities for all, including the annual Concord Family Network Fire Truck Wash, pumpkin games with the Friends of the Playscape at Ripley and the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest, a sandbox treasure hunt and tattoos with the Concord Integrated Preschool, animals from Drumlin Farm, music with Hugh Hanley, crafts and coloring with Minute Man Arc, a nature-based art activity with Musketaquid Arts & Environment, fitness- and swim-themed tattoos with the Beede Swim & Fitness Center, and a free play area hosted by Concord Children’s Center. Reasons to be Cheerful will also be selling their delicious homemade ice cream. Event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – suggested donation $5/family (cash only please). Rain date Sunday, October 14. To help with planning, please RSVP via EventBrite. For more info:

Concord-Carlisle Community Chest 8th Annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon: A Legacy of Farming and Community – October 3, 2018—Please join us for the 8th Annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon where we will enjoy good food, good company, and inspiring conversation with Jen and Steve Verrill of Verrill Farm, moderated by Brooke Redmond, Founder and Principal Consultant at Radish Road. To register please click here. Verrill Farm has been a family-run Concord treasure since 1918, currently led by Jennifer Verrill and her parents, Joan and Steve. In addition to the farm's mission to "nourish the body and soul of our customers", the Verrills say that owning a business in a community such as Concord is an honor and a privilege. On this 100th anniversary, Jen and Steve are joined by Brooke Redmond of Radish Road to discuss the history of Verrill Farm, the community it has built and supported, and the importance of giving back. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit

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.

NEW - Third Grade BookEaters at the Main Library! Meeting the 3rd Wednesday of each month @ 4-5pm. Let’s share our favorite books(old & new). Plus games, crafts, and food! Next meeting is 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: visit or (978)318-3358.

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 online 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.

Learn how to Irish Dance! Inishfree Massachusetts provides Irish Dance instruction to boys and girls ages 4+ with new classes in Concord. From beginners to champions, students learn and practice the basics of this traditional art form and sport, including posture, foot placement, and musical awareness, in a friendly and supportive environment. Classes take place on Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 at Starfish Dance & Yoga in West Concord, and Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 at 51 Walden. For more information or to register, visit or email Meghan Danaher at

Concord Recreation is proud to offer year round programs for kids of all ages and abilities.  Classes for the fall/winter will start as soon as 9/12 and will include:  Ice Skating, Art Programs with the Umbrella Art Center, Soccer, Basketball, Golf, Yoga, Guard up Swordsmanship, Tennis, Tae Kwon Do, Adaptive Aquatics (including a swim team), And more! To see a full listing of the classes offered this fall/winter in our brochure, please click here. Questions? We are here to help! Please call Concord Recreation at 978-287-1050.  Financial Assistance is available to residents that qualify.

Parent-child playgroups at Ripley – registration open!  Parent Toddler Program (ages 12-24 months as of Sept. 2018). Classes meet Thursdays from 9:30-11:00 September 13th to December 6th, 2018. 12 classes - $165. Parent Preschool Program (ages 24-36 months as of Sept. 2018). Two programs in one: playgroup for children, parent group for moms and dads. Classes meet Fridays from 9:30-11:30 September 14th to December 14th, 2018 (no class on 11/9). 12 classes $355. For more information go to or call Ingrid Wheeler 978-369-7597. To register please see the website or call 978-318-1432. Click to print/view flyer.

Register for Art Classes this Fall at The Umbrella Community Arts Center! Explore and discover your artistic skills at The Umbrella this Fall! We offer classes and workshops in painting, drawing, woodworking, sewing, collage and more! Registration is open for just a few more weeks, so make sure to check in and register for your next class!

New Roots Offerings, Guitar Classes, and Jams at the Concord Conservatory of Music—More classes and new jams this year at CCM! The Group Guitar classes for kids and teens provide a fun and social experience. While playing with a group of friends, students learn about the fretboard, note reading, basic theory, proper technique, chords, scales, and more. Classes are available in guitar, banjo, fiddling, and bluegrass for kids and adults. It’s not all acoustic music at CCM though. Your aspiring rock stars can join the Rock Lab, where they will be placed with kids of similar age and ability to form a band. They’ll rehearse and explore group dynamics, song choices, and soloing. Reserve your spot and to learn more about CCM’s offerings and concert series visit, email, or call (978) 369-0010. The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s nonprofit community music school, located at 1317 Main Street in the West Concord Union Church. Financial assistance is available.

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.

The Concord Promise - An exciting initiative has started in Concord called the Concord Promise ( 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

The documentary, Generation Zapped, now available on DVD! In less than a generation, cell phones and the Internet have revolutionized virtually every aspect of our lives, transforming how we work, socialize and communicate. But what are the health consequences of this invisible convenience? Generation Zapped investigates the dangers of daily exposure to wireless technologies – including the devastating effects on our health from infertility to cancer – and suggests ways to reduce overexposure. Generation Zapped is also available on these digital platforms: iTunes, Amazon, GP, Vimeo, Vudu, FandangoNow, Xbox, Steam.