Cooperative Elder Services Valentine’s Challenge!

At Cooperative Elder Services, we love LOVE! Join us in a handmade Valentine project/challenge! If you or someone you know would enjoy the chance to create a valentine (or a few), we know some wonderful people who would love to receive them. Simply send your creations by snail mail by February 5th postmark to:

Cooperative Elder Services

2352 Main Street

Suite 108

Concord, MA 01742


Valentine creations can also be emailed to Share the LOVE and this message with local groups such as: schools, daycares, youth groups, companies, etc. We can’t wait to see your valentine creations!



Center for Parents and Teachers Shares Resources & Education Sessions

(1) Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital and the Cambridge Health Alliance offer free sessions through their Center for Mindfulness and Compassion.  These guided daily online practices are secular and open to all. Over 20 teachers offer ongoing sessions in mindful movement; bringing kindness to our stress, anxiety, grief and fear; supporting care giving during this difficult time, and expressing appreciation and love for each other.  You can also choose to listen in on previously recorded sessions. To learn more and to sign up go to:


(2) Free Recording on Having Difficult Conversations (with Kindness) featuring Dr. Roxy Manning

Description:  Though conflict is part of life, many of us struggle with how to communicate during challenging situations. In this program, Roxy Manning, PhD, psychologist and expert in Nonviolent Communication, will offer strategies to address conflict (and stand up for ourselves and others) using a compassionate approach.

Click here to listen in:


(3) Free Webinar on Thursday Jan 27  7-8PM via Zoom when Domestic Violence Service Network presents A “Creative Heart” Toolbox: A Survivor’s Reflections on Healing At this online presentation composer, performing artist, writer, singer, and animal advocate “Saoirse” will share her story, exploring the intersections of trauma, compassion, animals, and healing through the arts.

Learn more details about this and other presentations at:

Pre-register by signing up here:


(4) Free webinar on Thursday, February 3, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST on LGBTQ+ Basics and Beyond presented by OUT MetroWest 

Curious about some part of the LGBTQ+ acronym? Want to support transgender people but not sure where to start? This presentation will equip participants with up-to-date vocabulary, answers to frequently asked (and frequently awkward!) questions, and basic tools for effective allyship.
ASL interpretation will be provided at this event.
The mission of OUT MetroWest is to build communities where LGBTQ+ youth thrive.  They offer several programs for youth. Learn more about OUT MetroWest at their website here:

Pre-register for this presentation here:


(5) Did you miss Dr. Rachel Kramer’s presentation on Strategies for Coping with School Avoidance?  You can watch the recording of it here:

Also, you can choose from other topics that Dr. Kramer offered presentations on here:


(6) Free Webinar February 22, 2022 6:00 PM EST Pediatric Immune Resilience (PLEASE NOTE this presentation is taking place on the west coast so their registration site lists the start time as 3 PM Pacific Standard Time)

The past two years has focused attention on the importance of immune resilience. Many conferences have been held discussing immune issues in adults, but there has been a lack of similar focus on immune-related problems in children. This free-of-charge virtual educational program has three renowned pediatric opinion leaders teaming with the PLM Institute to discuss the development of immune resilience in children.

Robert Lustig, MD is a pediatric endocrinologist from the University of California- San Francisco Medical School who is a New York Times best-selling author with his books Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and DiseaseThe Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains, and his most recent book Metabolical.

Sheila Kilbane, MD is a Functional Medicine certified pediatrician with a very busy private practice in North Carolina and the author of Happy Kids- Happy Moms. Deborah Allen, RPh is a Functional Medicine focused pharmacist working with Dr. Kilbane in the delivery of pediatric care.

This program will address common immune-related problems in children and the building of immune resilience in kids. It will integrate concepts related to the evolving understanding of the development of the immune system in children with clinical “news to use” from the experience of three leaders in pediatric health care. This topic is of critical importance during this time of immune stress and its impact on children’s health.

Learn more at:



The Center for Parents and Teachers is grateful to be supported in part by a generous grant from the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.  Learn more about CPT at


Concord Community Compost Drop Off Pilot 

Concord is launching a pilot Community Compost Drop Off program for residents. Once you’re registered, you will be able to drop off household food scraps and compostable kitchen waste at two locations for FREE starting February 1st, 2022. Businesses interested in composting should review the information provided by Concord’s Public Health Department (

To participate:

1. Review what items are accepted in Concord’s Community Compost Drop Off collection bins:  
Even if you’re very familiar with how composting works in general, please review the list of Acceptable and Unacceptable items specific to our program. 

2. Test your knowledge of what items our collection bins accept and provide your registration information below. This will require signing off on our User Agreement (Question 8). 

3. Review the results and write down THE COMBINATION CODE to access our locked collection bins.

4. Start composting your food scraps!

5. Tell your friends and family to join the composting community by registering to participate to receive the combination code.  

FILL OUT FORM (required)

Learn about: 
– Yard waste drop off options:
– Backyard composting:
– Curbside options through private vendors:

Concord Author, John Della Volpe’s new book: “Fight: How Gen Z Is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America”

Local resident John Della Volpe is the Director of Polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics, where he has led polling initiatives on understanding American youth since 2000.

The Washington Post referred to John as one of the world’s leading authorities on global sentiment, opinion and influence. John appears regularly on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and has been featured in many national media outlets including the Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Get your signed edition of John Della Volpe’s “Fight: How Gen Z Is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America” from the Concord Book Shop!


Compelling and hopeful, FIGHT combines first-hand interviews with Gen Z members, drawing on their stories and experiences, with fresh data and insight. The book looks at how a generation that’s been faced with an onslaught of unprecedented events – September 11, the war on terror, Hurricane Katrina, the 2008 financial crisis, the housing crisis, the opioid epidemic, mass school shootings, climate change, racial injustice, the whiplash between the election of the first Black president and Donald Trump, and COVID-19 to name a few– has become more politically engaged aiming to disrupt the status quo.

“Perceptive and informative… This is the rare sociological study that manages to inspire.”  ―Publishers Weekly



“A provocative pleasure for demography geeks and political trend-watchers.” ―Kirkus Reviews


“Scrupulously documented.”  ―Booklist



“A compelling, comprehensive, and intensely readable roadmap for why Gen Z is so angry at the political reality they’ve inherited—and why they’re stepping up to stop their parents and grandparents’ generations from destroying their future…urgent, essential reading. It’ll put you in a fighting mood—and give you hope for a better tomorrow.”

—Charlotte Alter, Senior Correspondent, TIME, and author of The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For



And, it was Amazon Editors’ Pick for Best Nonfiction, January & #1 Best Seller in the Democracy, Political Advocacy and Human Rights categories on first day!




CCM Listening Project

The Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) is excited to introduce the new CCM Listening Project—a community-wide opportunity for people to expand their musical horizons and grow their listening skills.

Each month, CCM will provide a new and thrilling playlist that can be found on both Spotify and YouTube. In addition to sharing a monthly playlist of diverse and exciting songs, the CCM website will also have background information on each piece, and questions to think about while you’re listening.

Think book club, but for listening to music! We’d greatly appreciate it if you would share the information below with your community members! Thank you!


Concord Conservatory of Music Presents the Listening Project—it’s a community-wide opportunity for people to expand their musical horizons and grow their listening skills. Think book club, but for listening to music! Each month, CCM will provide a thrilling playlist that can be found on both Spotify and YouTube, which can be accessed from CCM’s website will also have background information on each piece and questions to think about while you’re listening. Get introduced to new music and genres and become an active listener. January’s Listening Project playlist is already on the CCM website. Sign-up at to receive monthly alerts.


CMS Building Commitee hosts “Virtual Coffees” before January 20th Town Meeting

The last three virtual “Coffees” highlighting the design and plans for the proposed new middle school building will be held:

Wednesday, January 12 at 11:00am;

Thursday, January 13 at 7:00pm;

and Wednesday, January 19 at 1:00pm.

Come learn about the project before voting January 20 at the Special Town Meeting.

Wednesday, January 12 – 11:00 AM

Meeting ID: 913 4188 4727
Passcode: 313351
Find your local number:



Thursday, January 13 – 7:00 PM

Meeting ID: 978 8621 6289
Passcode: 548756
Find your local number:



Wednesday, January 19 – 1:00 PM

Meeting ID: 975 2495 9103
Passcode: 422564
Find your local number:

A limited number of parking spaces will be available for voters who wish to participate in the Meeting from their cars. 

To participate from your car:

  • Arrive early to secure a spot (voter check-in begins at 6:00 pm)
  • Park in the area designated for car participation (Officials will direct you; anyone parked outside of the designated will not be able to participate from their car.)
  • Come inside the Cafeteria (masks required) to check in and collect your voting slip and handouts
  • Listen to the proceedings broadcast live on WIQH 88.3 FM on your car radio or watch on your own device at
  • Speak (if you wish) from the outdoor microphone
  • Vote from your car by holding your paper voting slip outside your window for tellers to count

See here for full details on the Special Town Meeting, happening Thursday, January 20, 7:00 PM at the Concord-Carlisle High School, along with a video of the December 16 Public Hearing on the proposed building project: