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January 20
Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Join your friends and neighbors and celebrate our unity in diversity at The Waltham Interfaith Association's Martin Luther King Day Celebration on Sunday Evening, January 20, at 7:00 PM at Christ Episcopal Church, 730 Main Street (next to the post office). Featured speaker: The Rev. Zina Jacques. Special music by the Geoff Hicks Inspirational Gospel Choir. A reception will follow. An offering will be collected during the service. For more information, please call 781-891-6012.

January 24
Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Business Luncheon

The Waltham West Suburban Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its 2002 Annual Meeting & Business Luncheon on Thursday, January 24 at 11:30 AM at the Westin Waltham-Boston Hotel Ballroom, 70 Third Avenue, Waltham, MA.

The program, which is sponsored by AstraZeneca R&D Boston, ChartBank, The Nelson Companies, Shorenstein Company, and the Westin Waltham-Boston Hotel, will open with a networking session and Resource Center, providing the "Ultimate Business Network" to those who attend the luncheon meeting. It will highlight the services and benefits available from the Chamber's Non-Profit Council and is designed to provide a publicity resource to those organizations that benefit the Waltham Community.

Following the luncheon, the ceremony will begin with the Chairperson's official changing of the gavel and the 2001 Leadership Award will be presented to Mr. Peter Koutoujian, Sr., Retired City Clerk, City of Waltham. The program closes with Keynote Speaker Richard F. Syron, Chairman & CEO, Thermo Electron Corporation & former President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

The cost of admission to this plated luncheon is $40.00 per WWSCC member, and $50.00 per non-member or walk-ins.

To reserve, go on-line at www.walthamchamber.com or contact the Chamber at 781-894-4700 extension 127.

84 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453-3537
Voice: 781-894-4700 Fax: 781-894-1708
e-mail: registration@walthamchamber.com

February 8
Joe Cormier CD Release concert

Patio Records will be sponsoring a CD Release concert on Friday, February 8th, featuring renowned fiddler Joe Cormier (Cape Breton born, now a Waltham resident) and his nephew, Cape Breton multi-instrumentalist J.P. Cormier. The album, "Velvet Arm, Golden Hand" is a collaboration between Joe and J.P. of traditional Cape Breton fiddle tunes. Proceeds will go to the Mary Eagan Garden Fund towards the creation of garden patios at hospitals for patients undergoing the rigors of cancer treatments.
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Canadian-American Club
202 Arlington ST
Watertown, MA
Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at door
Information: info@teagan.com or call 781-894-0706

April 6
Hardy Pond Blues Revue

9:00 pm, The Rendezvous, 596 Moody Street, Waltham

Some of New England's finest blues players come together in a benefit performance for Waltham's Hardy Pond. The Hardy Pond Blues Revue features David Maxwell, Brian Templeton, Michael Williams, Marty Ballou, Per Hanson, and very special guests. Admission: $12. For information, call 781-891-1774 or visit www.hardypond.org.

Rounding out the lineup for the evening, a SPECIAL SURPRISE APPEARANCE by an internationally acclaimed blues artist/bandleader promises to make this a very special show.

David Maxwell is internationally known from his piano work with Freddie King, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Rogers, Otis Rush, Ronnie Earl, Levon Helm, and with his own group, Maximum Blues. Maxwell is a 2001 W.C. Handy Award nominee, and has a CD entitled Maximum Blues Piano on Tone-Cool Records. He has toured extensively with James Cotton and is featured on Cotton's 1997 Grammy Award winning album Deep in the Blues.

Also slated to perform is Brian Templeton, a strong and soulful blues shouter who has garnered a large following around New England and beyond, formerly as the vocalist in harmonica master Jerry Portnoy's band, and as the leader of the Radio Kings. Templeton's latest CD, Home, was released on Stone Cold Records. "What a refreshing album...An exceptional CD."-Steve Morse, Boston Globe

Guitar work will be provided by Hardy Pond's own Michael Williams, who has performed and recorded with James Cotton and many others, including David "Fathead" Newman, Michelle Willson, and Mighty Sam McClain. Williams has a CD, Late Night Walk, on Blue Tempo Records, and teaches at Berklee College of Music, where he specializes in blues and jazz.

Bassist Marty Ballou is well known for his performances with blues and jazz groups throughout the United States, and overseas. He has recorded and toured with artists such as Duke Robillard, Herb Ellis, Jay McShann, John Hammond, Sugar Ray Norcia, Bruce Katz, Sax Gordon, and many others.

A much-in-demand drummer, Per Hanson recorded and toured around the world for nine years with Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters. He has recordings and performances with many blues artists, including James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, Charlie Musslewhite, Joe Beard, and Michelle Willson.

Join blues fans for the Hardy Pond Blues Revue: a great night of music for a very worthwhile cause, Saturday April 6, 9:00 pm at the Rendezvous, 596 Moody Street, Waltham. For information, call 781-891-1774 or visit www.hardypond.org.

Ticket proceeds benefit the Hardy Pond Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The HPA was formed to restore and preserve Waltham's only Great Pond, and to protect its wildlife and recreation. HPA's citizen activists worked hard to get dredging underway, and are now busily attacking funding problems that threaten the continuation of the project. Help support the people who really make a difference at Hardy Pond.

April 15
Philosophy Foundation's Spring courses

The Philosophy Foundation's Spring courses start April 15 & 16: "Philosophy as a Way of Life" (10 Monday evenings) "Connecting: Effective Communication" (6 Monday evenings) "Socrates and the Examined Life" (6 Tuesday evenings) Please visit our website for course descriptions or call 1-800-423-4553. Classes run from 7:00-9:30 PM with a 20-minute refreshment break for meeting and talking with other students. Pre-register online or come early the first night. Wheelchair accessible. 28 Worcester Lane, Piety Corner, Waltham Tuition: $145 for 10-week course, $75 for 6-week courses. Reduced rate for full-time students.

To register or for more information, call 1-800-423-4553 or visit our website.

April 20
Philosophy Foundation symposium - Truth In Action: The Nature of the Hero

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, includes gourmet vegetarian lunch. Morning talks and afternoon small discussion groups will explore how understanding heroic behavior can inspire us to cast off cynicism and complacency. A look at heroes in myth and history who have connected with some true and eternal principle to re-establish values that have been lost.

April 27
Waltham Fields Community Farm Spring Fling!

Come kick up your dancing shoes to good music while helping feed the hungry in Waltham and elsewhere. Waltham Fields Community Farm is holding its Spring Fling! annual fundraiser on Saturday, April 27th at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at 240 Beaver Street, Waltham, the site of the old University of Massachusetts Research Station. Dinner starts at 7 p.m., and dancing starts at 7:30 p.m. You are encouraged to bring food, but if you don't feel like cooking, just come on out and enjoy yourselves.The band Arlington Feed and Grain will play folk/country/western music. Tickets are $20.

For information, call 781-899-2403

The nonprofit charitable farm runs a variety of programs to provide a food and educational resource for the community. People volunteer at the farm and learn where their food comes from and how it is grown by organic principles. Many community groups from schools, colleges and religious organizations perform community service at the farm, planting, cultivating and harvesting. Last year, the farm donated approximately 27,000 pounds of food to emergency food and shelter providers, including Sandra's Lodge, the Salvation Army and the new Red Cross Food Pantry, all located in Waltham, and Food for Free, a Cambridge food bank.

In the wake of the economic downturn and the events of September 11th, the farm has increased its commitment to serve emergency food providers this year from 30 to 40 percent of total food produced on the farm, while maintaining its existing level of service to its educational activities, community programs and the subscription vegetable program.

To serve urban and suburban children, the farm runs a Children's Learning Garden program during the summer. Children from Cambridge Camping and Patriot's Trail Girl Scout Camp attend a 6-week program learning about soil, seeds, plants and insects and how a farm run by organic principles works with hands-on learning.

To support the farm in part, Waltham Fields has a subscription vegetable program. Consumers pay at the beginning of the season for a weekly share of the farm's output. Members receive not only the freshest produce available, but also the knowledge that food for the needy and farmland conservation are the results of their arrangement.

June 1 - June 15 7th Annual Historic Waltham Days

This 2 week celebration features events all over Waltham. For details, visit the official website

June 13, July 11, August 8, and September 12 National Archives in Waltham Offers Genealogical Workshops

The National Archives-Northeast Region is offering genealogical workshops on the second Thursday of each month from June through September.

The workshops, titled "Genealogical Treasures in Federal Records: Resources at the National Archives", will be presented by Mr. Walter V. Hickey, Archives Specialist, at the National Archives-Northeast Region.

The workshops will be offered at the Regional Archives building, located at 380 Trapelo Road in Waltham, from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM on June 13, July 11, August 8, and September 12. Workshop space is limited to 20 participants. Please register in person or call (781) 647-8100 to register. There is no fee.

For the experienced genealogist as well as the novice, these workshops will be an overview of the records available at the Regional Archives in Waltham. These records include Federal Census, Naturalizations, Passenger Arrival lists (including Canadian Border Crossing records), Military Draft Registrations, and more. Participants will learn what they need to know in order to locate a record as well as what one might expect to find in the record.

The NARA facility in Waltham has extensive microfilm holdings and some collections of original records for genealogy research. These collections include Federal population censuses, 1790-1930; Revolutionary War military and pension records; 19th century passenger records for most East Coast United States and Gulf of Mexico ports; some 20th century records for Boston, New York, and Canadian Border Crossings; World War I draft registration records (New England states only); and naturalization records (New England states only). Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., and the first and third Saturday of each month 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., excluding all Federal holidays.

The mission of the National Archives is to ensure, for the Citizen and the Public Servant, for the President and the Congress and the Courts, ready access to essential evidence.

June 15 - October 26 Waltham Farmers Market - 2002 information; vendors and concert series
July 9 - August 29 Concerts on Waltham Common

All concerts start at 7:30 pm. In case of rain concerts will be made up as stated below. If there is a question about a concert rain date please call 781-893-ARTS. Program subject to change without notice. Coffee, Soft Drinks, Popcorn, Pastry and Pizza are available during the concerts.

DatePerformerTypeRain date or location
July 9John Penny Band featuring Jilly MartinStandard CountryJuly 11
July 16Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra (Sponsored by Citizens Bank)Pops ConcertGov't Ctr.
July 23Soft Touch Dance Band (Sponsored by Watertown Savings)Big Band & SwingJuly 25
July 30Reminisants (Sponsored by Chart Bank)50's & 60's MusicAugust 1
August 6Waltham American Legion Band (Sponsored by The Chateau Restaurant) Also Waltham Police Department National Night Out Against CrimeOld Fashioned Band ConcertAugust 8
August 13Bob Bachelder's Totem Pole Orchestra (Sponsored by Hitachi Corporation)Big Band & SwingGov't Ctr.
August 20The Middlesex Concert Band (Sponsored by RCN Cable)Pops ConcertAugust 22
August 27The Suburbanaires with Ray Leach (Sponsored by Astra Zeneca)Big Band & SwingAugust 29
June 21
Mass Central Rail Trail Golden Spike II Conference

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Wachusett Greenways, MassBike and the Wayside Rail-Trail Committee will hold The Golden Spike II Conference, focusing on the nearly dozen separate projects underway along the Mass Central corridor that stretches 104 miles across the Commonwealth from Boston to Northampton. As amazing as it seems, 64 years after the railroad was shattered by hurricane, most of the route is clear and passable to a hiker. Come learn more about the official trail project, show your support, or learn how your concerns can be heard in future design meetings.

11am-Noon, food & music until 2 pm. Bentley College, Waltham. For more information, call 508-755-3300 or visit the website.

June 22
Waltham Day for Housing Justice

207 units at Northgate, 49 units on Myrtle and Alder Streets, 26 units on Walnut and Crescent Streets, plus hundreds of others throughout the City, and now 696 units at Gardencrest? Losing affordable housing is hurting Waltham!

The Gardencrest Tenants Association and the WATCH CDC invite you to this important event:

10:00 am Đ 2:00 pm on the Waltham Common rain location: Government center Auditorium, 119 School STreet

Special guests: Mayor David Gately, State Senator Susan Fargo, State Rep. & Councillor Tom Stanley, Waltham tenants and other community leaders. Resources & Info: Tables representing various community & housing-related organizations with information and other goodies to share. And Fun: Food & Drink, Activities for kids, Music and more!

For more information, contact Erica at Watch: 781-891-6689

July 4
Fourth of July Celebration

The Waltham Celebration Committee and the City of Waltham will sponsor a Fourth of July Celebration at Leary Field on Thursday, July 4. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. and include music, carnival rides, novelties, the Bacon Street Food Court, and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Free transportation will be provided to and from Leary Field by the Waltham Citibus from 6:30 to 11 p.m.

Lawn chairs will not be permitted on the track or grass on Leary Field, but will be allowed in all other areas.

The stands will also be available for additional seating. Rain date will be Friday, July 5.

July 31
Records of New England Customs Houses: Resources at the National Archives

The National Archives-Northeast Region, will present a free lecture entitled, "Records of New England Customs Houses: Resources at the National Archives" on Wednesday, July 31, 2002, from 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. The presentation by Mr. Michael T. Moore, an archivist at the National Archives-Northeast Region, will be held at the facility, located at 380 Trapelo Road in Waltham.

Following the presentation, National Archives staff will offer a behind the scenes tour of the National Archives-Northeast Region's archival collection. Space is limited to 20 participants. Please register in person or call (781) 647-8100 to register.

Fishing, whaling, and shipping were an integral part of the history of New England and the many Customs Houses were the official witnesses to much of it. This presentation will introduce attendees to the exciting research potential of Customs House records. Participants will learn about the different types of records held at the National Archives Northeast Regional Center that document seamen, passengers, vessels, and trade at New England ports. Included will be a look at examples of records dating from the 1790s to the 1940s.

The National Archives Northeast Region (Boston) has more than 25,000 cubic feet of archival material dating from 1789 to the 1970s, including primarily textual documents but also some photographs, maps, and architectural drawings. These records were created or received by the Federal courts and over 80 Federal agencies in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

Among subjects of local interest are: War of 1812 prize cases in Massachusetts; fortifications, lighthouses, life saving stations, and other coastal facilities; the 1930s Passamaquoddy Tidal Power Project in Maine; World War II era research projects at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Federal court, naval, Coast Guard, and customs activities. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., and the first and third Saturday of each month 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., excluding all Federal holidays.

The mission of the National Archives is to ensure, for the Citizen and the Public Servant, for the President and the Congress and the Courts, ready access to essential evidence.

Saturday and Sunday
August 10 and 11
The Jackson Homestead Museum, Newton, Presents: Waltham Community Days

Try something different, meet neighbors, learn about your area's history! As part of The Jackson Homestead Museum's community outreach efforts, Waltham Community Days are offered. On Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11, 2002, museum admission is free to all Waltham residents. This is a perfect opportunity to view the museum for the first time or re-visit it and see the new exhibit about Charles Maynard, an area naturalist.

The Jackson Homestead Museum, a nationally accredited museum and documented station on the Underground Railroad, serves as center for local history. The museum is included in the National Park Service's National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and was selected by White House Millenium Council to be a member of the National Underground Millennium Trail. The Homestead's schedule of exhibitions, publications, and programs highlight the area's rich and diverse past. Activities for children of all ages are throughout the museum. The museum's collections include paintings, decorative arts, photographs, maps, manuscripts, and building histories. Current exhibits are: Walks and Talks with Nature: Charles Maynard - Newton's Naturalist, Rivers, Road & Rails: Mapping Newton, Stuff Worth Remembering, and Picturing Children. Permanent exhibits: The Children's Gallery, and The Abolition Room. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Call 617-552-7238 or visit www.ci.newton.ma.us/jackson.

September 20
128 Business Expo

Waltham- The 128 Business Expo, a partnership event of the Waltham West Suburban and Newton-Needham Chambers of Commerce, will be held September 20, 2002 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Westin Waltham-Boston Hotel, 70 Third Avenue, Waltham, MA. The Expo will feature over 100 exhibitors, free giveaways and show promotions all day long.

Last year, the 128 Business Expo featured Exhibitors from the following business and organizational categories: Advertising Agencies; Athletic Clubs; Balloon Décor; Banking; Business Forms; Batteries – Auto & Truck; Business Outreach; Cable Television Services; Career Schools; Career Training; Catering; Cellular Phones & Plans; Chiropractors; Coffee Services; Colleges & Universities; Commercial Real Estate Firms; Computer Sales & Services; Conference Centers; Contract Cleaning Services; Credit Services; Digital Printing & Copying Services; Disc Jockeys; Employment Training; Entertainment; Facility Maintenance Services; Financial Services; Graphic Designers; Health Insurance Providers; Health & Fitness Facilities; Hospice Services; Hospitals; Hotels; Human Services Agencies; Incubator Office Space; Insurance Products; Internet & Computer Training; Internet Providers & Services; Investment Products; Limousine Services; Long Distance Telephone Services; Marketing Agencies; Mobile Phones & Services; Multimedia Agencies; Museums; Newspapers; Nursing Homes; Occupational Health Services; Office Furniture; Office Products & Supplies; Package Stores; Pagers & Services; Payroll Services; Photocopiers; Photographers; Preparatory Schools; Promotional Products; Public Relations Firms; Real Estate Services; Recycling & Waste Services; Rehabilitation Services; Restaurants; Roofing Contractors; Security Systems; Short-Term Apartments; Spring Water Services; Staffing Firms; State & Local Agencies; Systems Integrators; Telecommunications; Telephones; Therapeutic Massage; Trade Show Displays; Utilities; Videoconferencing; Web Design, and Youth Clubs & Services.

Admission to this annual event is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Waltham West Suburban Chamber of Commerce at 781-894-4700 or the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce at 617-244-5300. Information is also available On-line at www.walthamchamber.com or www.nnchamber.com.

October 16
Sportsmanship 101: Parents, Players and the Positive Values of Youth Athletics

Parents, youth atheletes, and coaches throughout Middlesex County are invited to join District Attorney Martha Coakley for this program about youth sports violence. 7-9 pm at Arlington High School.

November 2
First Parish Church Craft Fair

50 Church Street. 10 AM - 4 PM. Crafts, Cafe for Lunch, Raffle, Fun, Gifts. Free Admission.

November 2/3
Waltham Mills Artists Association Open Studios

From Noon until 5 PM each day. Over 60 Artists Studios and over 70 Artists. 144 Moody Street. info@wmaastudios.org

November 4
Ronnie Dugger Speech and Discussion

First Parish in Waltham Universalist-Unitarian is pleased to present reporter, author and social activist, Ronnie Dugger. He will speak on Monday, November 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel.

Mr. Dugger is the founding editor and longtime publisher of the Texan Observer, the journal of dissent out of which came Molly Ivins and John Hightower. He is the author of four books, and hundreds of articles on politics and public policy for the Nation, New Yorker, Harpers, Atlantic and others.

In 1996, he became the founding co-chair of the Alliance for Democracy, a national grass-roots populist organization committed to ending big-corporate control of our country, elections and government. Recently he was asked to be a write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate by those upset with John Kerry's vote for Bush's war resolution.

His speech, entitled "The American Emergency" views George W. Bush as out of control and a threat to American Democracy and the peace of the world. He will outline what he thinks can be done about this situation.

First Parish is at the corner of Church and School streets. It is a handicapped-accessible facility. Directions and parking information is available at: http://www.waltham-community.org/FirstParishUU/directions.html

November 9/10
ArtWorks art and craft exhibition

Eastern Massachusetts Women's American ORT will hold its third annual ArtWorks, Works of Art, a juried art and craft exhibition and sale on November 9 and 10, 2002 at Waltham High School, 617 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA. Show hours are Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 per person. The show will feature the finest in contemporary American crafts by artists from around the United States. A jury consisting of well-known craft professionals has chosen the artists from a national pool of applicants. Proceeds benefit ORT technical and vocational schools and programs in the United States and worldwide.

Women's American ORT is a non-profit national organization that strengthens the worldwide community by empowering people to achieve economic self-sufficiency through technological and vocational education within the global ORT network of schools and programs. Women's American ORT advocates on behalf of quality education, democratic values and human rights. In our local community,Eastern Massachusetts Women's American ORT is involved in many programs and projects including scholarships for local vocational school graduates, a yearly Camp Fair, and volunteer participation in the tutoring program at the MozartSchool in Roslindale.

November 17
Boston Guitar Show

10 AM - 4 PM - Open to the Public - Buy-Sell or Trade your unwanted gear! Waltham High School 617 Lexington Street. Admission $7.00 for more info 508-865-5935.

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