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Outdoor concerts

HARVARD — The Concord Band returns to its summer home on July 3 to start its 23rd season of concerts at Fruitlands Museum.

Each Thursday evening in July, music director Dr. William G. McManus and the Band will present a new, lively musical program to delight audiences of all ages. The opening concert, on July 3, will be an “Independence Day” program.

Highlights for the season include “The Music of John Williams” on July 24, with movie theme music.

Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. each Thursday in July at Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. (Gates open at 6 p.m.) Admission is $12 per carload ($10 for museum members) with parking on the grounds.

Pack a picnic, or plan to visit the refreshment center on the grounds. Bring family and friends to enjoy a relaxing summer evening with great music in a spectacular setting.

Call the Concord Band ticketline at (978) 897-9969 for more details each week.

Post graduate

WESTFORD — Did you recently graduate from high school? Are you trying to figure out your next step? Consider the post-graduate programs at Nashoba Tech. The first and best reason to consider the classes is that they’re free!

For details and more information call (978) 692-4711 and mention the post graduate program or visit www.nashobatech.net, or e-mail jladik@nashoba.tec.ma.us.

CCC Camp

ASHBY — In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Emergency Conservation Work Act, also known as the Civilian Conservation Corps. This program helped many families make it through the Great Depression by providing work for young men. In Massachusetts, 100,000 men worked from 68 camps to improve state parks and forests. They built roads, trails, ponds and recreational facilities including campgrounds, beaches, picnic areas and cabins. They also cared for forests by planting millions of trees and selectively pruning and thinning existing woodlands.

To celebrate this year’s 75th anniversary of the CCC, Friends of Willard Brook is sponsoring a program about the Civilian Conservation Corps camp that was located at Willard Brook State Forest. Led by Don Stoddard, the program will be held on Saturday, July 19 from 10 a.m. until noon, rain or shine.

Meet at Damon Pond Recreation Area Pavilion located on Route 119 in Ashby. We will look at some of the construction work accomplished by the CCC, including the stone bridge that forms the Damon Pond Dam across Willard Brook.

To learn more about the CCC, visit www.mass.gov/dcr/ccc/index.htm.

Summer drama

GARDNER — Mount Wachusett Community College and Theater at the Mount is now accepting applications for summer drama programs for children and teenagers.

“The Theater Bug” is for children in first and second grade (by fall of 2008) and is a two-week introduction to the wonderful world of theater for the very young student. Theater Bug is an eight-day program, Monday through Thursday, July 7-10 and 14-17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Lights! Stage! Action!” is for children in grades three through eight (by fall of 2008) and takes a script from page to stage in just two weeks! Classes lead to the thrill of actually putting on a play — the highlight of the final evening. Two 8-day sessions are offered. Session A meets 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, July 7-10 and 14 – 17; Session B meets 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, July 21-24 and July 28-31.

“Spotlight on Musical Theater” is a program for students in grades 9 through 12 (by fall of 2008). Students learn the basics of song and dance while experiencing the thrill of performing. Spotlight on Musical Theater runs eight days, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, July 21-24 and July 28-31.

For more information on summer drama programs visit theatre.mwcc.edu or call Theater at the Mount Director Gail Steele at (978) 630-9162 or at g_steele@mwcc.mass.edu.

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