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January 2021

Tea: Its Many Varieties, How It Changed the World, and How to Brew the Perfect Cup

January 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online Concord, MA 01742 United States + Google Map

“Tea's proper use is to amuse the idle, relax the studious, and dilute the full meals of those who cannot use exercise,” declared the 19th-century English writer Samuel Johnson. Join us for a slideshow on the fascinating history of this world’s most-popular beverage--from China, Tibet, and India, to England, Russia, and the U.S. Along the way, we’ll also discuss the many types of tea, tips and hints for brewing it, its health benefits—and how tea influenced human societies: cultural mores…

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Moonlit Snow: An Introduction to Haiku

January 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Concord, MA 01742 United States + Google Map

Join award-winning haiku poet Brad Bennett for a Zoom introduction to haiku, the most popular form of poetry in the world. Following an introduction to haiku, a short history, and a discussion of the major elements of the form, we’ll try our hand at writing a few using a prompt. Everybody is welcome to join us!

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PSAT results are back. Now what?!

January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online Concord, MA 01742 United States + Google Map

The PSAT provides students with an introduction to college admissions testing. Now that you've received the scores, it's time to formulate a plan. In this seminar-style class, families will learn how to interpret PSAT results, how to decide which test to take, and how to build a smart and effective testing calendar that maximizes student success. Families may bring their PSAT reports with them, but this is not essential.

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Active Hope: Facing the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy

January 20 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
CCHS Concord, MA 01742 United States + Google Map
$75

To prepare for what Joanna Macy calls "The Great Turning, we need to develop strength and cultivate new perspectives and even behaviors more in alignment with this new phase of our evolution. During these 4 weeks, through reading, exercises and conversation, we will open new perspectives as we nurture and sow seeds of hope that will help us move forward in changing times. We encourage you to read or have available the book Active Hope: Facing the Mess We're in…

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Knitting: Crest of the Wave Cowl

January 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CCHS Concord, MA 01742 United States + Google Map
$75

Unlike a scarf, a neck cowl takes much less yarn & time to complete and has great potential for skill-building. It also makes a quick winter project. We will knit a cowl in-the-round on circular needles while practicing the rippled lace pattern called “Crest of the Wave.” This class will also cover reading the symbols on a stitch chart. Prior knitting experience required.

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Breaking the Sugar Cravings

January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Concord, MA 01742 United States + Google Map

Does that morning Danish leave you craving another treat two hours later? Do you grab a candy bar to cope with your afternoon slump, and then reach for a cola or coffee to get out of your post-slump slump? If you’ve found that munching sugary snacks just makes you crave more sugary snacks, you’re not alone. Learn how to kick the sugar habit without giving up sweets—a total transformation that can lead to feeling better and wanting to make a…

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Energy Medicine: Self-Care for the New Year

January 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online Concord, MA 01742 United States + Google Map

Want to feel more vital, grounded, and centered no matter the swirl of activities and stressors in your life? Are you looking to boost your stamina and enhance your sense of wellbeing and joy? Experience a “daily energy routine” that can take as little as five minutes but keeps your body and psyche humming. You will learn the WHY and HOW of eight fun, easy-to-do but powerful techniques to galvanize your personal energy. You will be emailed a handout of the energy exercises ahead…

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New Strategies for Success in a Changing School Environment

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Concord, MA 01742 United States + Google Map

The one thing we know about the upcoming school year, is that students will be challenged by the unexpected. They are offered hybrid and remote learning, and educators are planning more project-based and “asynchronous” learning. This one hour intensive will guide students through finding and applying tools that match their learning style – helping them stay on track, whether in school, at home, or in a new campus environment. Topics will include planning, self advocacy, brain health, effective note-taking, and…

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Fresh Start: Starting 2021 with Healthy Habits ~ Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online Concord, MA 01742 United States + Google Map
Free

Join us for another virtual event in our wellness series as panelists discuss behavior and food. There will be suggestions for healthy snacks, comfort foods, and lifestyle changes. We will also explore ways to stay active and exercise ideas at home during the winter months. Panelists include: *Molly Deisroth-Kim - Clinical Exercise Specialist *Amy Noordzij, MEd - Culinary Instructor at The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Founder of Love Soup *Julia Elliott, RD, LDN - Emerson Hospital Cardiac Rehab Clinical Dietitian…

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Cope during Covid: A Mindful New Year

January 22 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Be Well Be Here, 91 Main Street, Suite 302
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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Free

Step from stress to start a new year of mindfulness and intention. Join mindful guide Natasha Johnson for a 30-minute meditation session to cope with Covid. This calming practice will help you to reset and discover simple skills to relax mind and body that can be accessed all year long. Meditation, a mindful practice backed by evidence-based science, has been shown to boost the immune system, induce the relaxation response, and help improve mood and sleep. Start 2021 with a…

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