Everything You Need to Know About the “BEST RYLA EVER!”

By Samantha Gallant

As the school year wrapped up this past June, twelve Bedford sophomores jumped from final exams to packing, as they headed off to Fitchburg State University for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.

The weekend-long conference began on Friday, June 22, and concluded the following Sunday evening. The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, commonly referred to as RYLA, aims to provide a weekend jam-packed with opportunities and challenges that serve to promote growth in its participants, as leaders, and as people.

Collecting Bikes for Botswana ~ August 26 to September 2

Submitted by Lily Nemirovsky

For the third year in a row, our family is running a bike drive to collect used bikes (and bike parts!) to send to Botswana, Africa as part of an organization called Bicycles for Humanity.

These bikes provide communities in need with cheap and easy transportation and provide the locals with jobs repairing the bikes and keeping the station up and running.

Submit Your Bikeway Haiku by August 20 ~ Celebrate the 25th Birthday of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway Celebration

Submitted by Suzie Enos
Bedford Friends of the Minuteman Bikeway

The Minuteman Commuter Bikeway will turn 25 years old this year. The towns of Arlington, Lexington and Bedford will celebrate on September 29th (the week after Bedford day) from 11 am to 3 pm. To celebrate 25 years of going places, Arlington Public Art has championed Bikeway Haiku, asking for submissions of haiku from local users of the Minuteman Bikeway. Dozens of haiku will be selected and painted (temporarily) on the bikeway for the celebration.

Bedford’s Free Summer Walkabout and First Summer Concert ~ Thursday, July 12

Submitted by the 2017Summer Walkabout Team

Join family, friends, and neighbors at the Town of Bedford’s Annual Summer Walkabout, Thursday, July 12, 6PM-8: 30 PM at Bedford’s Town Center and Activity Complex on Mudge Way. This year will include the season’s first Summer Concert, featuring the ever-popular Party Band. The Walkabout begins at 6:00 where you can stroll about the Town Center area, visiting local establishments and Town departments featuring a variety of activities for all ages.

Grab dinner and a blanket or folding chairs, and picnic at the Town Center Activities Complex area, where you will be able to play and dance with your family, friends, and neighbors while enjoying giveaways and activities for all ages offered by local businesses and community partners.

Bedford’s Summer Concert Series Begins on Thursday, July 12

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Residents are invited to join the fun of Bedford’s Summer Concert Series. Bring the kids, a picnic if you choose, and a blanket or a lawn chair!

Bands will perform on a slightly elevated stage on Thursday evenings at 7 pm at the ‘Activity Complex’ located along Mudge Way, across from the Bedford Library and the High School

The concert venue is surrounded by a playground, outdoor basketball courts, tennis courts, a walking track, a skate park and numerous athletic fields. It boasts a vast lawn for concert goers.

Celebrate July 4th with a Community Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Submitted by Jon OC O’Connor

A group of Bedford residents will continue an Independence Day tradition begun many years ago by John Filios, a member of the Bedford Minuteman Company, who passed away recently at age 101.

Gathering at Bedford’s Patriot statue, near the edge if Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to the Rail Trail, at 11 am on Wednesday, July 4, they will read the Declaration of Independence to honor Filios’s tradition, and keep it alive in his memory. He openly displayed his love of country, tradition, and all that the Bedford Flag meant to our community and the Revolutionary War.

Bedford PMC Kids Ride 2018 in Pictures

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

While there will be more specifics later, Saturday morning was a great time for pictures, and we have a lot to share. The images captured at JGMS are all by the inimitable Jeff JHO Hoyland.

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