Temple Shalom Emeth’s Second Seder and Dinner ~ Saturday, April 20

Submitted on behalf of Temple Shalom Emeth

The Temple Shalom Emeth community invites you to their annual Passover Second Seder and Dinner, Saturday, April 20 at 6 pm. The Temple’s Passover Community Second Seder is both spiritual and entertaining.  The lively musical Seder and dinner feature Rabbi Susan Abramson, the temple band, and our famous: “Haggadah Get Outta This Place” as well as a Passover skit featuring State Rep. Ken Gordon and possibly Middlesex DA Marian Ryan and Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno, who will also be present. 

The seder includes a chicken dinner with matzah ball soup, potato kugel, and tzimmes. The kids get to search for the afikoman and everyone gets a treat.   

Bedford Explained: The Bedford Minuteman Company ~ Pole Capping

By Town Historian Sharon McDonald

Every year, on a Saturday morning in early April, hundreds of Minutemen and women from nearby towns appear on the Bedford Common. At 10:30, fifing and drumming begin. The colonial units, company by company, step off and march down the Great Road, banners waving. With a puff of smoke, muskets now and again fire unexpectedly and onlookers start.

Editor’s Note: Bedford’s 2019 Pole Capping ceremony will begin with a parade to Willson Park, stepping off from Bedford Common at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 6

Tales of Survival in 1630 Boston ~ Bedford Historical Society Program ~ Sunday, March 24

Submitted by the Bedford Historical Society

In the summer of 1630, a thousand people with dwindling supplies of food and medicine stepped off their boats into the wilderness.  These early Massachusetts settlers lived in caves or wigwams or tents; food began to run out.  In winter, Boston Harbor froze solid for two months. Almost half of the original Puritans died or fled back to England during these early, dangerous years when the only occupants of the area that became Bedford would have been native Americans.  How the early English settlers survived in the place that became the City of Boston will be the subject of an illustrated talk by John Morrison, Trustee and Treasurer of the Partnership of Historic Bostons (PHB), on Sunday, March 24.

Philanthropist Bill Cummings to Address MILES Program Spring Opener

Submitted by Middlesex Community College

Middlesex Community College will feature entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Cummings as the keynote speaker in the spring Opening Session of MILES (Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education for Seniors) at 2 p.m.Wednesday, March 27, in the Bedford Campus Center’s Café East, 591 Springs Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Strings Vertical Concert ~ Featuring Orchestral String Ensembles from Bedford Schools

Submitted on behalf of the Performing Arts Department in the Bedford Schools

The Performing Arts Department of the Bedford Public Schools is excited to announce next week’s “Strings Vertical Concert,” which will feature performances by the orchestral string ensembles at Lane, John Glenn Middle, and Bedford High Schools. The concert will take place at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 19th, in the BHS auditorium.

Ensembles from grades four through twelve will perform pieces in a folk-inspired theme, as directed by Brianna Creamer, Orchestra Director for BPS, and accompanied by pianist Arlene Kunardi. The concert culminates in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s thunderous “1812 Overture,” blending nearly two hundred musicians from across the three schools.

The 2019 PMC Bedford Kids Ride Seeks Volunteers

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The PMC Bedford Kids Ride has a need for a dedicated, core group of leaders to continue the planning of the annual Bedford Ride which raises awareness and funds for Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund.

The current co-chairs are stepping down due to work and life commitments but several committee members have agreed to stay on and mentor new members. The ride typically takes place in the second week of June and is a wonderful community event that supports an important cause.

Troop 194 Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pancake Breakfast!

Submitted on behalf of Boy Scout Troop 194

Boy Scout Troop 194 will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 17th. This fun, family-friendly event is a great way to start your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, juice, and coffee, served by Scouts and adult leaders from Troop 194.

Families can enjoy children’s games, glitter tattoos, music, a photo booth, arts & crafts, and “leprechaun slime.”

What’s Going on in the Neighborhood?

Submitted by Steve Hagan

Courtesy image (c) all rights reserved

Bedford prides itself on its small-town character, diversity, and mission to provide bike/pedestrian-friendly and multi-modal transportation systems. Over the past several months, informal discussions have led to an interest in locating 2-3 bus stop shelters in Town.

DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS Phone-A-Thon ~ Please Answer the Call!

Submitted on behalf of Bedford Dollars for Scholars

Editor’s Note: Don’t let an unknown telephone number get in your way this weekend: The call may very well be from a Bedford High School student working to raise scholarship funds for Bedford Dollars for Scholars, an important event that raises funds for graduating seniors.

The Bedford Dollars for Scholars Phone-A-Thon will solicit pledges from Bedford residents on Saturday, March 2nd & Sunday March 3rd. High School Students will seek donations to this annual college scholarship fund drive. This year, Bedford Dollars for Scholars is celebrating its 54th year of scholarship support to Bedford High School graduates, including the Hanscom AFB community, and Shawsheen Tech graduates.

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