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March 12, 2014

Workshop focuses on nostalgia

The Council on Aging is presenting a free workshop titled “Remembering Home” today at 1 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

A second workshop is March 19 at 1 p.m. Registration is not required. The program, offered by Ken Turino of Historic New England, uses a teaching collection of 20th century objects and images – from Depression glass to Jell-O – to evoke memories of the way we lived. The workshop is designed to stir up conversations about homes and housework, food and consumers, entertainment and communication.

For one man, a meat-grinder brought back the smells in the kitchen when his mother cooked hamburgers. For another, a pair of ice tongs produced visions of summer days when the delivery man doled out ice chips to the neighborhood kids. At the end of each workshop some of these memories are preserved in personalized ‘I Am From’ poems – a creative writing activity that yields vivid imagery. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Community discussion on tap

Somebody Cares New England will host a roundtable discussion for service providers, law enforcement and area churches on March 28 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at 358 Washington St.

Register for free online at somebodycaresne.org or call 978-912-7626. The event is sponsored by Merrimack Valley Hospital, Holy Family Hospital and Team Coordinating Agency.

Folk singer to perform

Folk legend Richard Shindell will perform on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the New Moon Coffeehouse in the Universalist Unitarian Church, 16 Ashland St.

Opening act is Heather Maloney.

An expatriate New Yorker now living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Shindell is a meticulous craftsman of song. Innovative, original and occasionally spiritual, his songs weave tales that champion the downtrodden, exalt the disaffected or wax empathetic to those lost to society’s fringes.

Admission to the show is $25, half price for ages 18 and under. Tickets are available at the door starting around 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be reserved prior to the show by visiting www.newmooncoffeehouse.org or by calling 978-459-5134.

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