The Citizen Digest for Wednesday, September 25, 2012

This week’s Community Digest, a weekly compendium of announcements by organizations in Bedford, highlights tomorrow’s Community Table dinner at Town Center; the Bedford Center for the Arts  photo show at Cary Library; Saturday’s Apple Fest at First Parish; registration for Bedford Girl Scouts; Sunday’s Bedford Lyceum at First Parish; the Bedford Arts and Crafts Society’s demonstration meeting, featuring water colorist D’ann Brownigg; a way to turn your grocery dollars to the advantage of Bedford schools; along with news about baseline concussion testing and safe driving programs at Emerson Hospital and health career programs at Middlesex Community College.

Bedford Community Dinner—Thursday, September 27
Submitted by Bedford Community Table/Pantry

Please join us for the next Community Dinner, from 5 to 6 pm this Thursday, September 27. The dinner will be held at Bedford Town Center, 12 Mudge Way, in the dining room downstairs. This week’s menu features roast chicken, prepared and served by volunteers from the First Parish in Bedford, with individual volunteers cleaning up. Community Dinners, which are held most Thursdays during the school year, are free and open to everyone. Please check our website,, or phone 781-275-7355 for more information. We hope to see you there!

Bedford Center for the Arts Photo Group to show work at Cary Library in Lexington
Submitted by the BCA Photo Group

The Pauline, at Somes Cove, ME Image (c) Sy Levine

The Photography Group of Bedford Center for the Arts will present a juried show of members’ work, Water in All Its Forms, at the Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Mass Ave, Lexington, from October 1 through October 31, with an opening reception from 7 to 9 pm on Wednesday, October 3.

Nick Johnson, the show’s juror, is the co-owner of Gallery Seven in Maynard and a faculty member of the New England School of Photography. His photographs have been featured in a number of solo shows in the Boston area and photographic publications, and his work is included in the permanent collections of the Danbury Art Museum and the Fitchburg Art Museum.  Johnson selected 35 of the over 70 photographs submitted by members of the group with at least one from each member.

Water was chosen as the show’s topic because it is synonymous with life. Water is, in all its forms, ubiquitous. Indispensible and devastating, it can be an object of desire, contemplation, ritual, purification, prophecy, and fear. It symbolizes change, chaos, and time. It is fought over, hoarded, and taken for granted. Water adopts surprising shapes and colors and can disappear and emerge again in a completely different form. Water is a perfect canvas for creative interpretation.

Founded in 2010 under the sponsorship of the Bedford Center for the Arts, the BCA Photography Group explores the effective use of photo technology as a way to create better images, and stresses the importance of appreciating both the history and the art of photography. The group typically meets on the first Tuesday of each month in the fully accessible BCA Space on the ground floor of Bedford’s Old Town Hall at 16 South Road. All interested individuals are welcome; to learn more about the group, visit its blog, For more information, please contact Bob Bass at or Bill Davison at

Apple Festival returns to Bedford Common on Saturday, September 29
Submitted by First Parish on the Common

On Saturday September 29th an old tradition is coming back to First Parish in Bedford.  The Apple Festival will be returning to the Church on the Common on Saturday September 29th.

The Apple Festival will be open to all beginning at 11:00am and running until 3:00pm.    There will be apple crisp, an apple Bake Table, cider, cider doughnuts, apple-related products, games, music and more.

This is not the first time there has been an Apple Festival on the Common.  Indeed, the First Parish Apple Festival has a history in Bedford.  According to long-time Bedford resident, Lois Pulliam, “The congregation use to sell apples on the common donated from Damon Mills Cold Storage facility in West Concord”.  she went on, “There was a trailer with a  sign ”First Parish Apple Sale”, they would sell Apples until it got too cold to be outside”.  “We even had a cider press to make our own cider.”  Mrs. Pulliam noted, “It was more of an Apple Market than a festival, but it was a lot of fun even so.”   That all ended in the mid sixties as Bedford moved away from an agricultural-based economy to more a commuter society.  The orchards were replaced by supermarkets, and selling apples on the Common became a distant memory.

With the “eat local” movement gaining popularity, it seems like the timing is right to bring the Apple Festival back.  The apples are all from a local orchard in Stow and the ice cream will come from Bedford Farms.

But beyond selling local apples, the Apple Festival should be a lot of fun too. It should be great for all ages. You can find out more on our web site and see our local sponsors at

Bedford Girl Scout registration underway
Submitted by Sarah Leshay

Girl Scout troops are starting up for another year of fun! Any girls currently in grades K-12 can be a Girl Scout and we’re always looking for new members – both girls and adult. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girls participate in a wide variety of activities including art, science, music, outdoor skills, field trips, earning badges and more. For more information on registering, please contact Andrea Falcone at 781-996-4256 or

Watercolor demonstration at Bedford Arts and Crafts meeting on October 16
Submitted by Bedford Arts and Crafts Society

D’Ann Brownrigg of Carlisle who will demonstrate her skills as a watercolor painter for the Bedford Arts and Crafts Society’s opening fall meeting on October 16 at 6:30 pm in the fully accessible meeting room at the Bedford Free Public Library.

D’Ann brings personality and color to her subjects to make them more “real than real.” She simplifies her paintings and loves the bright warm, rich colors of nature.

She teaches watercolor painting at the Lexington Arts & Crafts Society and also offers some “plein air” classes in the summer.  D’Ann has judged paintings at the Watertown Art Show in 2009 and at the Reading Art Association Spring Show in 2005; she received the Charlotte Alfred Movali Award for excellence in a painting in any medium in 2009; and has had one woman shows at LexMedia in 2009, at the Carlisle Gleason Library in 2000 and again in 2006. She belongs to the Lexington Art Society, the Concord Art Association and the North Shore Art Association.

The Bedford Lyceum at First Parish on the Common  – Reading Adventures for Adults on October 7
Submitted by First Parish on the Common

Ginni Spencer will moderate a discussion of the great places you visited and the discoveries you made over the summer…via the printed page/Kindle/Nook.  Did you travel via the classics, befriend a debut novelist, or achieve insight by way of non-fiction?  Come to the Bedford Lyceum on October 7th and share your reading adventures; this annual conversation is a great source of ideas for your winter book list.  First Parish on the Common, 75 The Great Road, Bedford; please use the fully-accessible Elm Street entrance. The Lyceum meets in Room 202, from 10 until 10:50 am.

Your grocery dollars can support Bedford Schools
Submitted by Nancy Barnes

Did you know that Stop&Shop is giving away $2.5 million dollars to local schools through their A+ School Rewards Program?  Every time you shop at a participating Stop&Shop from October 5 through March 28, 2013, Bedford schools could earn cash through the Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program.   The Bedford schools that can benefit are the Bedford High School, John Glenn Middle School, Lane School and Davis School.   Last year, Bedford received just over $5,000, however, this year we would like to double or triple that amount with wider participation in the program.

To register, log on to or call 1-877-275-2758. Remember, even if you registered your card last year, you must re-register this year for our school to receive credit. After you register your card, each shopping trip at any Stop & Shop using your Stop & Shop card earns cash for our schools!  Each month, the amount of cash awarded will be updated on the Stop & Shop website.  You can track the amount of points you earn for our school by checking your grocery receipt and online when you create an account at  Bedford schools will receive a check at the end of the program. In June, we will let you know how much we received. Also, by participating in the program it does not take away from the points you earn for gas or your Upromise account, if you have one.

Attending to this simple process can make a huge difference to Bedford’s schools.  Encourage your friends and relatives to participate along with you; we need your support!

At Emerson Hospital
Submitted by Emerson Hospital

Baseline Concussion Testing for Student Athletes: For many people, the fall season means football, soccer and other collision sports. Across the U.S., millions of kids and adults are back on the field and taking hits. Some will pay the price in the form of a concussion, either from a blow to the head or whiplash causing the head to snap backward or forward. The Emerson Hospital Center for Sports Rehabilitation and Specialty Services at 57 ORNAC in Concord now offers comprehensive baseline concussion testing so athletes’ physicians can compare pre- and post-concussive cognitive and physical performance. This has proven to be valuable since it shows how the brain functions when it is healthy and can then be compared to data gathered after injury. Emerson’s baseline testing includes ImPACt and two measures of balance, Biodex BS and BESS, which provide a comprehensive evaluation of an athlete’s neurocognitive and physical performance. To learn more or register for comprehensive baseline concussion testing, call (978) 287-8200. The fee is $75 per athlete.

Keys to Independence driving safety series – CARfit on October 13: Cars change, as do driving conditions and the roads we travel each day, so brush up on your driving skills to stay safe! Emerson Hospital’s Center for Sports Rehabilitation and Specialty Services is offering its second annual Keys to Independence Driving Series. CARfit, a program designed to determine a driver’s best fit within their own vehicle, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to noon, at 57 ORNAC in Concord. This program is geared toward senior drivers, as they are most vulnerable in the event of a crash, but it is free and open to all. A 12-point check list takes approximately 20 minutes to complete, and information about community-specific resources designed to enhance safety and/or increase mobility is available. For more information, visit To register, call Kristen Keilty at (978) 287-8244.

Keys to Independence is a comprehensive driver assessment geared toward adults who have undergone a change in health status. The program consists of a clinical evaluation and, if qualified, an on-road driving test. A doctor’s referral is required for this fee-for-service program. For more information, call the Emerson Hospital Center for Sports Rehabilitation and Specialty Services at (978) 287-8244.

Emerson Hospital is a multi-site health system headquartered in Concord, Mass., with additional facilities in Sudbury, Groton, and Westford. The 179-bed hospital provides advanced medical services to more than 300,000 individuals in 25 towns. To learn more, visit

MCC Hosts Health Careers Information Sessions
Submitted by Middlesex Community College

Middlesex Community College offers 15 different Health Career programs. Learn more about these programs at Health Programs Information Sessions to be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Bedford Campus Center, 591 Springs Road; and at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square, on the Lowell campus.

MCC’s Health Careers degree programs include Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Dental Laboratory Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Medical Assisting, Nursing and Radiologic Technology. Middlesex also offers certificate programs in Dental Assisting and Medical Assisting.

MCC’s Associate Degree in Nursing is offered as a full-time day program, or a part-time evening/weekend program. Prospective nursing students must attend a mandatory Overview of the Nursing Program info session, to be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct.18, in the Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square, on the Lowell campus.

The MCC Academy of Health Professions offers short-term training and college-credit courses that could lead to an entry-level position in a health care field. Explore career opportunities such as nursing assistant, medical receptionist, medical secretary, clinical laboratory assistant or phlebotomist.

To learn more about MCC’s Health Career Programs, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit our website:

MCC is one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state. We offer more than 75 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, during the day, evening and weekend, on our Bedford and Lowell campuses, and online. Middlesex – a great place to begin your future!

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