Concord Museum presents Outdoor Film Screening “Summer Under the Stars Film Series: Women in History””

As part of the exhibition Every Path Laid Open: Women of Concord and the Quest for Equality the Concord Museum is hosting a three part film series Summer Under the Stars: Women in History starting on Thursday, June 10, 2021. The movies made by and about women, will address historical and contemporary issues of women’s rights, reform, and activism –

celebrating female heroes – the fictional, historical, and super!

 

 

On Thursday, June 10th the film series kicks-off with the 2019 film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel, Little Women. On the eve of Juneteenth, to celebrate and to continue the conversation raised by Harriet Tubman’s heroic efforts to free enslaved people through the Underground Railroad, the Museum will host Harriet, Thursday, June 17, 2021.

 

The heroes of Concord turn super with the screening of Captain Marvel on Thursday, August 19th the first female-led superhero movie to gross over $1 billion, and the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film led by a female superhero.

 

Concord Museum’s Summer Under the Stars movies will be held on the Museum’s lawn from 8:15 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. All of the movies are free with a suggested donation. Advanced registration is required www.concordmuseum.org 

 

All of the movies are in partnership with The Robbins House, Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, and The Umbrella Arts Center.

 

Summer Under the Stars is supported by Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area.

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Celebrates its Day of Giving!

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest was thrilled to host its annual Day of Giving event in person on June 3rd, outdoors at Verrill Farm. Nearly 100 Community Chest Board Members, recipient organizations, business supporters, donors, and community members attended the event where $488,393 in grants were awarded to 25 local organizations that serve Concord and Carlisle residents.

PHOTOS: Kate Eden Renyi Photography

 

Grant recipients for 2021 include: Carlisle Council on Aging, CCHS – Partners in Rhyme, Center for Parents and Teachers, Concord Area Preschool Association, Concord Children’s Center, Concord Council on Aging, Concord Prison Outreach, Concord Youth Theater, Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education, Cooperative Elder Services, The Decibels Foundation, Dignity in Asylum, Domestic Violence Services Network, Eliot Community Human Services, Gaining Ground, First Connections, Mass211, MetroWest Legal Services, Minute Man Arc for Human Services, Minuteman Senior Services, Nashoba Learning Group, The Nature Connection, Open Table,ThinkGive, Town of Concord Recreation Department.

In addition to grants to local nonprofit organizations, the Community Chest impacts the community through targeted funding opportunities such as their Camp Scholarship Fund, which is helping 18 children attend camp in 2021 with over $3,100 in scholarships; the When-In-Need Fund which distributed more than $15,000 in support for emergency needs such as rent, car repairs, and utility bills this year; and the Cornerstone Fund which established a Scholarship in collaboration with the Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle and awarded its inaugural $5,000 scholarship to a graduating CCHS student.

 

This past year also provided the Community Chest a unique opportunity to support the local business community by joining the efforts of Concord Together and establishing The Concord Together Business Fund to offset the costs incurred by the COVID pandemic. Through this short term fund the Chest provided 53 grants totaling $259,000 to local businesses.

The Community Chest was honored to celebrate its business donors at this event including longtime supporters Cambridge Savings Bank, Cambridge Trust Company, Middlesex Savings Bank, and Verrill Farm, as well as its newest business supporter, Suzanne & Company.

For more information about the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest, visit www.cccommunitychest.org.

PHOTOS: Kate Eden Renyi Photography

Wacky Wednesday Concord Toy Box 20% off Science Kits this week!

Have an aspiring scientist in your family or on your gift list?

The Concord Toy Box Science kits will inspire anyone to tap into their inner scientist! Stop June 9-12 and pick up a science kit or two, receive 20% off each kit when mentioning “Wacky Wednesday”!

June Journeys, coordinated by COAR

June Journeys is a month-long series of community events focused on racial justice and social equity, hosted by local organizations to promote learning, unlearning, and action. June Journeys, coordinated by COAR (Communities Organizing Against Racism), features events sponsored by over 20 different organizations in Concord and Carlisle. Find all June Journeys events at coaraction.org or on instagram (coar_junejourneys).

 

Communities Organizing Against Racism (COAR) was founded by parents coming together to share experiences and learn from one another, so that we could engage in courageous conversations about race with each other and with our children.

Today, COAR is committed to racial equity and social justice by promoting inclusiveness, valuing diversity, facilitating healing, and addressing disparities in our community with an emphasis on our schools. We do this with respect, self-awareness, authentic engagement, and a willingness to learn from one another.

We strive to challenge ourselves and support each other to make a collective impact with tools and strategies that improve awareness for the well-being of all children, families, and community members.

Our Mission
  • Support self-learning and unlearning to be anti-racist

  • Actively engage in anti-racism efforts as individuals and as a community

2021 Goals
  1. Host a monthly community discussion group to promote self-learning

  2. Connect with schools and community groups to share, listen, build understanding, and serve as collective anti-rascist voices

  3. Identify needs in our community and schools regarding anti-racist learning and policies, and develop action plans to address them

 

 

Wacky Wednesday! Albright Art, Marie’s Moolah with $20 purchase!

Shop in store at Albright Art and receive $5 in Marie’s Moolah with purchase over $20!

(May 26- May 30)

32 Main Street, downstairs

Albright Art is open:

Monday-Saturday: 10-6

Sunday 12-5pm

Learn about LookUp!

LookUp is a “by youth for youth” 501(c)(3) social venture dedicated to helping young people thrive in the digital world.

We’re on a mission to discover, empower, and mobilize courageous youth leaders who are speaking up and taking action to challenge the digital ecosystem and our unrealistic social norms so we can level the playing field and improve the mental health and well-being of young people for generations to come.

GenZ is the loneliest generation in America

— Cigna 2020 Loneliness Index

Young people are succumbing to the pressure of digital overload, 24/7 connectivity, and social media, which is fueling alarming rates of anxiety, depression, loneliness, and suicide.

Instead of having adults solve a problem they haven’t lived through, we get right to the source: by listening to and backing Gen Z, we can use personal experience as fuel for changing the way digital technologies are designed, regulated, and used.

LookUp is a “by youth for youth” 501(c)(3) social venture dedicated to discovering, empowering, and mobilizing youth leaders who are speaking up and taking action to address the youth mental health crisis through digital wellbeing and ethical technologies. Because youth agency is at the heart of our mission and programmatic DNA, we don’t tell them what to do. We ask them.

Since our launch in the fall of 2019, we have mobilized and reached more than 8,000 youth from 38 countries, invested in 70 social innovators and activists, and spawned LookUp India, UK, and Africa. By 2025, we aim to reach and mobilize 100,000 youth across the world by discovering and backing youth pioneers and risk-takers willing to challenge our digital ecosystems and social norms.

Learn about LookUp EVENTS

Your Brain on Social Media

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Gen Z Activists and Allies Examine the Promise, Peril, and Future of Being Born Digital.

If technology’s promise to keep us more connected is real, then why is Gen Z considered the loneliest generation in America? Why is youth anxiety, stress, depression, and suicide increasing at alarming rates? What role did and should big digital media companies, governments, and schools play in reversing these trends?

Join Julia Hoppock (The Social Dilemma), Bob Wigley, (Born Digital), Jon Gedney (MTV News), and youth activists Lars Bjork (17), Maddie Freeman (19), Hannah Chung (17), and Aliza Kopans (18) for a lively and candid discussion about what this generation is doing to “mount a revolution against harms from technology and create the future that they deserve.”

As MTV News recently posted, “The quantification of popularity on social media exploits our natural tendency for social comparison to create addiction for profit. It can make you the perfect target for advertisers… at the expense of your mental health and free will.”

Get your FREE Tickets here

This is a Mental Health Awareness Month Event

 

 We’re looking for a highly analytical candidate interested in the program and organizational impact. Framed around our theory of change, this internship will work closely with the executive director and an external program consultant to evaluate the effectiveness of our current StartUp program, ensure the correct metrics and indicators are being used to accurately monitor, evaluate, and communicate our impact. Following a human-centered design framework, you will research and benchmark other organizations, make recommendations to improve our framework.

How you will benefit:

  1. Gain experience using a human-centered design framework to evaluate and improve programs

  2. Learn how to use logic models and a theory of change to translate a social venture’s mission into high impact program activities and outcomes

  3. Gain knowledge and experience researching best practices for social impact monitoring, evaluation, and communication for multiple audiences

Preferred Qualifications

This is not your typical internship. We are definitely a “lean-startup” and intend on remaining so, which is why we rely on and follow the lead of our youth leaders and interns. If you want to do real work, be heard, be a part of strategic discussions, and be a part at the forefront of a youth-led movement, then we want to hear from you.

  • Self-starter, outgoing, friendly, driven, personable, not afraid to talk to strangers

  • Familiarity with Design Thinking and Human-Centered Design

  • Able to work independently and part of a team

  • Proven background in research and analytical skills

  • Passion for youth mental health, digital wellbeing, and ethical technologies

  • Enrolled in a higher-education degree program

  • Strong desire to work in the social sector

Stipend: Varies by position

Approximate Hours/Week: 10-20 hours week, flexible schedule

Dates: June 8 – August 13th, 2021

Hiring Manager: Julie Barrett O’Brien

Learn about LookUp Social Innovators

One of 45 youth leaders awarded the LookUp StartUp Social Innovation Grant in 2021 for designing a ground-breaking solution to digital wellbeing and humane technology.

Spring into West Concord Junction!

So much happening in West Concord!

May 19th – May 22nd:

Sidewalk sales, plant sales, art displays, scavenger hunt, gift card giveaway, music, ice cream, arts & crafts, story walk, blood pressure clinic, free samples & the Art Scramble Mural!

The Big Reveal of the Art Mural, Art Scramble II : Our Local Farms happening May 20th!

Art Scramble II: Our Local Farms is a community made mural that celebrates the past and present of Concord’s farm, with an emphasis on those close to West Concord center. It is the second mural initiated by the West Concord Junction Cultural District Committee to develop a sense of history and identity, as well as bringing beauty to the cultural district of West Concord.

Be sure to participate in the Scavenger Hunt!

Wacky Wednesday: Concord Flowers!

CONCORD FLOWERS:

Receive 20% off a purchase off any green or flowering plant when you mention WACKY WEDNESDAY, May 19th- May 22nd.

135 Commonwealth Avenue, Concord

(Sorry, not available on deliveries or online)

 

Wacky Wednesday: Joy Street! Free mask with $50 purchase

Joy Street is  JOY Central!

Stop by to stock up on items for your next celebrations and gifts for family & friends. Treat yourself to something, too – there is so much to choose from in this wonderful shop. Good news – you can also shop online!

Spend $50 and receive a new mask (while supplies last)