Coming-EventsThere are several interesting Bedford events coming up: C4RJ – Communities for Restorative Justice’s annual meeting and film screening; the 63rd annual First Church Fall Harvest Fair; a family-centered Ice Cream Social to celebrate Bedford Unplugged; a Masterworks Chorale concert with Bedford voices in the chorus; and a public hearing on Bedford’s FY2014 tax rates.

Thursday, November 14

Communities for Restorative Justice – Annual Meeting and Film Screening
Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) will hold its Annual Meeting, Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 5:30 PM at Bedford’s Old Town Hall, 16 South Road, across from Bedford Common and First Parish, just off The Great Road, Bedford.

A screening of the film Finding Courage: Addressing Harm with Restorative Justice Circles will follow the business meeting. The film event is free (donations gratefully accepted), but pre registration is required. Please register at or call 978-318-3447.
C4RJ is a non-profit partnership of community members and twelve area police departments, including Bedford, that offers restorative justice in the wake of crime. Our aim is to provide a process by which victims are heard and understood, offenders take responsibility for harm, and where loved ones and community members offer support.  To read more about Communities for Restorative Justice, please visit
Further information: Jennifer Larson Sawin, Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ)

Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16

63rd Annual Fall Harvest Fair at First Church of Christ, Congregational

The First Church of Christ’s 63rd annual Fall Harvest Fair will take place from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, November 15 and  from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm on Saturday, November 16. Bring your children, your grandkids, your extended family members, your friends and neighbors!  There is something for everyone!

  • Kids’ Activities:   There will be make-and-take activities, games, balloons, popcorn, prizes, and candy…it goes on and on…   We have many events to share with you:  Pony Rides Saturday 12:00 – 2:00 PM (weather permitting); Animal Show Friday evening at 6:30 & 7:30 PM; Bouncy House all weekend
  • Auctions:   Care N’ Share  Auction featuring services offered by our membership where we will be offering things like tickets, dinners, rentals and services! Silent and Open Bid Auction  including gift certificates to local merchants and restaurants. We will also auction antiques, furniture, crystal, like-new items, and artistic creations.
  • Crafts and Baked Goods: Our Yuletide Treasures room is bursting with holiday crafts to purchase.  You will find an abundance of ornaments, some newly crafted and some gently used.  We have wreaths, lighted trees and baskets, candles, sleighs, skates, lighted garlands, and our famous lighted bottles with new designs this year!  The General Store will feature First Church’s homemade goods offering food and baked items, handicrafts, hand knits, pot holders, crafts, and hostess gifts.
  • Used Goods:  Lower Fellowship Hall will be transformed into bargain central offering previously owned items in the White Elephants and its boutique, Used Books/Media and Kids Toys/Games.
  • First Church Café will be serving delicious meals Friday evening at 6:00 PM and Saturday from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM in Upper Fellowship Hall.

First Church is handicapped accessible, and there is plenty of parking behind the church (access via Mudge Way).

Friday, November 15

Bedford Unplugged Ice Cream Social

As part of Bedford Unplugged month, Bedford Family Connection and Bedford Youth and Family Services are co- sponsoring an ice cream social featuring Bedford Farms ice cream on Friday, November 15, from 5 to 8 pm in the Shawsheen Room, Town Center Building.

Drop in and make your own sundae with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, jimmies and more! The cost is just $2.00 per sundae. Give the kids an early dinner and join us for a Friday night ice cream treat!

The Masterworks Chorale’s opening concert includes Bedford voices

Bedford residents Beverley Matthews and Rick Spofford will be part of the chorus in the opening performance of the Masterworks Chorale’s 74th season, Mozart vs. Salieri, Chorale conductor Steven Karidoyanes pits Mozart’s turbulent Requiem against Salieri’s bright Grand Mass in D, featuring the Masterworks chorus and orchestra, along with a fine roster of soloists.

The concert takes place on Friday, November 15, 2013 in Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre and begins at 8 PM.  Tickets are now on sale; call the Harvard Box Office at 617-496-2222 for details..  A Pre-Concert Talk by Dr. Laura Stanfield Prichard precedes the concert at 7:30 PM.  Prichard is a regular pre-concert speaker and writer for the San Francisco and Chicago Symphonies, and is the Principal Lecturer for Boston Baroque and Boston Opera Collaborative. The performance is an Awareness Through Music event, an outreach initiative of Masterworks Chorale.  The local charity partner is Fragile X LINKS Group of Eastern Massachusetts.

For more information, call 617-858-6785 or click on

Monday, November 18

Hearing on Bedford’s Fiscal Year 2014 Tax Rate Setting

There will be a public hearing during the November 18, 2013 meeting of the Bedford Selectmen at which time the Bedford Selectmen will determine the percentages of the tax levy to be borne by each class of real property:  residential, open space, commercial, industrial and personal property for the Fiscal Year 2014  (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014).

It will be held at the Town Hall, 10 Mudge Way on November 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room.  The Selectmen will consider whether or not to continue the previous year’s decision to effect a 175% allocation of the tax burden from the residential/open space property classes to the commercial/industrial/personal property classes and to grant an open space discount of 25%.  Persons are encouraged to present oral and written information on the subject.

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