The coming week begins early on Sunday morning, with the town’s annual interfaith Easter Dawn service at Fawn Lake; watching Bedford Minutemen and local Marathon runners on Monday, Patriots Day; mid-week activities for kids on April Vacation; the Historical Society lecture on the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy; Bedford’s annual Arbor Day talk and a tree pest identification workshop; the Rotary Club of Bedford’s multi-town food packing event on Saturday; and on Sunday the 27th, a Bedford Lyceum featuring Andrea James, founder of Families for Justice as Healing, and a kite-making workshop at the Job Lane House.
And if you’re visiting Bedford Farms any day until April 30, remember that Bedford schools will benefit through a percentage of all the ice cream sales during April, so visit a lot during vacation week, and also purchase Bedford Farms cards so that your summer cones and sundaes will count too!
Sunday, April 20
Monday, April 21
- Celebrating Patriot’s Day: Bedford Minutemen make an early morning march to Concord, then Bedford’s Cornet leads the parade, carrying the Bedford Flag
- There are 19 Bedford runners in the 2014 Boston Marathon – Click to learn more
Tuesday, April 22
Celebrate Earth Day with a craft program from 2 to 4 pm in the Story Time Room at the Bedford Library
Wednesday, April 23
Lego Challenge for Kindergarten through fifth grade kids, 10:30-11:30 at the Bedford Library
Bedford Historical Society lecture: Presidential Assassinations Click to read the details
Thursday, April 24
“Curious Creatures,” a live animal presentation, with two seatings on Thursday, April 24. You must reserve a space for this program; tickets are available now. This program is intended for pre-Kindergarten age children and their parents or caregivers
Friday, April 25
- On Arbor Day evening, Friday, April 25, the Bedford Arbor Resource Committee, Department of Public Works and Jenks Nature Trail Working Group will be co-hosting Bedford’s Tenth Annual Arbor Day Talk, “Thoreau and the Language of Trees.” Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) wrote about trees as few others have. He admired their beauty, saw poetry in their form and found mythic meaning in them. He studied them as plants, assessed the “character” of individual trees and took them to be his spiritual companions. Former Boston Globe reporter Richard Higgins has studied this key figure in the American Renaissance extensively. In this presentation, he will talk plants, poetry and myth as he matches selections of Thoreau’s writings to current and historic photographs and images of trees. The talk–7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25 in Bedford Town Center’s Flint Room (2nd floor), Mudge Way– is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Saplings (whips) will be distributed free by the DPW. For information, contact Jaci Edwards at email@example.com or 781-275-3536.
Saturday, April 26
- Rotary Club of Bedford’s Pay it Forward food packing event – Click to read more!
- Mollie Freilicher of the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) returns to Bedford to speak on tree pest identification and Bedford’s upcoming tree inventory. The meeting will take place in the 1st floor conference room, or if we won’t fit, the multi-purpose room at Town Hall on Mudge Way, from 10 to 11 am on Saturday, April 26. The actual tree inventories will take place on Saturday, May 10 and Saturday, May 17 Read about the 2014 tree inventory
- Family music with Sarah from 10:30 to 11:15 am in the first floor Meeting Room on Saturday, April 26
Sunday, April 27
- Andrea James, founder of Families for Healing as Justice, will speak at a special Bedford Lyceum at First Parish. Click this link to learn more.
- 4th annual Fly a Kite Day at the Job Lane House, 295 North Road from 2-4 p.m. Make and decorate a kite that is guaranteed to fly in the slightest breeze from a kit; cost for materials ($5). Offered by the Friends of the Job Lane House, www.joblanehouse.org, 781-275-3294. Sorry, no house tours that day.
Save the Date
- Tick Talk – Bedford is invited to a Sudbury program – April 30
- 20th Annual Bedford Schools Art Show – May 2
- Monthly Trail Walk – May 3
- Annual Rummage Sale at First Church – May 3
- 20th Annual Bedford Schools Art Show– May 3
- Reflections in Bloom, a gala party to benefit Emerson Hospital Auxiliary – May 3
- 20th Annual Bedford Schools Art Show – May 4
- Walk/Bike to School Day – May 7
- Bedford Garden Club Geranium Sale – May 10
- First Parish Plant & Craft Fair on Bedford Common – May 17
- Relay for Life – May 17-18
- 5K Run-Walk to benefit cancer support services at Emerson Hospital – May 31
- Bedford High School Graduation – June 5