Coming Events: October 9 through 19

Coming-EventsAnother busy time coming up: International Bike/Walk to School Day; National Fire Prevention Week and an Open House at the Bedford Fire Station; a financial planning seminar at the Bedford Library; this year’s inaugural MILES (Middlesex Institute  for Lifelong Learning for Seniors) session at MCC Bedford; flu shots at the Senior Center; an evening meeting of the Bedford Garden Club; and more flu shots — this time for all ages.

See you around town!


October 9

International Bike/Walk to School Day
Join the walkers and riders to school participating in International Bike/Walk Day. As in previous years there will be chaperoned rides or walks to Job Lane and Davis – see school flyers for details.
Walking is rain or shine, and morning only; The chaperoned Job Lane bike rides are morning plus afternoon return, on the Narrow Gauge Bike Path leaving from and returning to Marshall’s parking lot (canceled if bad weather is forecast).  Parents are always welcomed to join us!
JGMS parents who would like assistance with a student group bike ride to school, may email for help.
All bicycle riders must wear helmets. Students and parents are encouraged to test ride bikes, and their bike route if first time participants.

Bedford Garden Club Evening Meeting
On Wednesday, October 9, the Garden Club will host Neal Saunders with an intriguing topic – Gardening is Murder.  Neal is the author of six mysteries, several of which use garden settings.  However on Wednesday evening he will focus on a more mundane side of gardening – why you you should never compute the value of your labor in the garden.  Neal is informative, humorous, and poignant.
The meeting will take place in the Bedford Library Meeting Room at 7 p.m.  For further information call 781-275-6131.

Thursday, October 10

Council on Aging Flu Clinic
Bedford seniors over the age of 65 can receive flu vaccine in an open clinic to be held at the Council on Aging on Thursday, October 10th from 9 AM to 11 AM. Additionally, appointments are being accepted at the Council on Aging for a limited supply of high dose flu vaccine to be administered on Thursday, October 17th. Contact the Council on Aging at 781-275-6825 for an appointment to receive high dose flu vaccine.

We ask that anyone receiving a vaccination wear clothing that allows for easy access to their arm for vaccine administration. If you have any questions about the clinics or the Flu Vaccine please contact the Board of Health at 781-275-6507 or visit the Board of Health website at

Saturday, October 12

National Fire Prevention Week – Open House at the Bedford Fire Station
In honor of National Fire Prevention Week, October 6 – 12, the Bedford Fire Department cordially invites the community to an open house at the Fire Station from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, October 12. Click here to learn more about Fire Prevention Week 2013.

Wednesday, October 16

Financial Planning Program at the Bedford Library
Estate Planning: An Introduction To The Essentials with Peter Hoffman will be presented at 7 pm in the Meeting Room at the Bedford Free Public Library.

Peter Hoffman, MBA, CFP, RLP, is a Certified Financial Planner professional who helps clients in every life stage achieve their goals. As a Financial Planning Association (FPA) member, Peter adheres to a strict Code of Ethics and brings unbiased advice to his clients.

Estate Planning is not just for seniors and the wealthy: It is the way to ensure that what is important to you happens when you are not around. No matter what your life situation, you have estate planning needs that you owe to yourself and your family to understand. This program is sponsored by the non-profit Financial Planning Association of Massachusetts as part of its mission to bring financial planning education to the public.

Middlesex MILES Program to Host Free Opening Session
Middlesex Community College will host the fall Opening Session of the Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education for Seniors (MILES) at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Bedford Campus Center’s Café East, 591 Springs Road. This event is free and open to the public.

MCC’s MILES program offers active, older adults stimulating, interactive daytime seminars and workshops with no term papers, tests or grades. This informational and entertaining opening session provides community members an opportunity to learn more about MILES and the course being offered, and is a good opportunity to meet instructors and peers. Light refreshments will be served.

The MILES Opening Session will feature a keynote address by David Brody, author of “The Cabal of the Westford Knight.” Brody’s suspense novel is inspired by the legend of the Westford Knight, which recounts how Scottish explorers secretly visited Westford, Mass., in 1398 and carved a stone effigy to commemorate a fallen comrade. Brody will showcase artifacts and sites from the novel, as well as speak about the production of the upcoming movie inspired by his book, to be filmed locally.

The fall session of MILES runs from Oct. 16 through Nov. 25 on the Bedford campus. The two-hour study groups meet from 2 to 4 p.m., in one- to five-week sessions, and are facilitated by individuals with expertise in their field, including some MCC faculty and staff. The workshops and seminars focus on a variety of topics, including movies, literature, health and environmental issues, religion, history and global relations.

Each MILES course is $15 or participants may take as many MILES courses as they wish (on a space-available basis) for $95. All MILES participants enjoy free use of the MCC Fitness Center and library. For the complete schedule of MILES courses, contact Chris Lindsey at 781-280-3570 or visit To register for MILES courses, call 1-800-818-3434.

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!

Saturday, October 19

Town-wide Flu clinic for all ages
The Bedford Board of Health is pleased to announce that the Town Wide Flu Clinic is scheduled for Saturday, October 19th, 9 AM – 1 PM at the John Glenn Middle School Cafeteria. It is estimated that up to 2,800 people in Bedford will get the flu this season. Influenza (flu) is contagious and can be spread by coughing, sneezing and close contact.

The Bedford Town Wide Flu Clinic is open to residents of Bedford 6 months of age and older. It is free of charge for everyone; however, the Board of Health will bill your insurance company, if you have insurance.  As such it is important for you to bring insurance cards to these clinics as we may be able to be reimbursed for the cost and administration of the flu vaccine. These reimbursements pay for the vaccine we provide each year and enable this program to continue.

At the clinic, children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children 8 year of age or younger may need a second dose depending on their previous flu vaccination. Please speak to your pediatrician if you have any question or concerns about the influenza vaccine for your child.


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