Body Mind SystemsThe Body Mind Systems Training Center in Woburn is hosting an open-house starting Monday, August 11 and continuing until Friday, August 15. Come join us for a vigorous workout that will engage your mind, help you deal with the stress from you daily life, and teach you practical self-defense skills. All ages and abilities are welcome. Adult classes (ages 16 and up) start at 7pm and last an hour. Call the school at 781-933-8868 for more information and for child class schedules.

The Bedford Big Band

The Citizens Park Summer Concert Series had its third concert last Friday, featuring the Bedford Big Band. This fantastic concert was sponsored by Artisan Music Studios. The week's stormy weather let up just in time for the Friday event, and a large number of residents from Woburn and surrounding communities used this as a great opportunity to have a relaxing evening outdoors.

Audience members were delighted by the band's classic repetoire spanning from the 30's straight up to today. Playing standards from classic big band composers, the 24-piece band from Bedford New Hampshire featured both instrumental renditions of classic vocal pieces as well as the fantastic vocal arrangements. The concert was a real hit!

This summer, Boston Cares is pleased to be in a partnership with John Hancock Financial Services and The Boston Globe to support the 2008 Boston Summer Scholars Program. The Boston Summer Scholars program is providing 500 teenagers with on-the-job training in a corporate or non-profit environment, in addition to weekly skill-based workshops. Boston Cares is teaming up with The Boston Globe and John Hancock Financial Services to coordinate the Friday morning workshop series, which is covering topics such as personal finance, interviewing skills, and leadership.

Volunteer mentors are needed support the workshop sessions, which are held on Friday mornings, from 8:30 AM -10:30 AM – there are 4 left in need of volunteers – July 25 through August 15. (Volunteers are asked to get to the session by 7:45am). Volunteers are not required to attend all sessions, but are encouraged to sign up for as many as they are able to attend. Volunteers sit at a table with 9 youth, take attendance, participate in group activities during workshops, and distribute and collect surveys at the end.

The program still needs to recruit between 5 and 10 additional mentors for each week. Volunteers must be 21 years or older.

Here is the schedule for those workshops:

July 25 - Great Applications: How to Get it Right
Patrick Dwyer from UMass Boston
Chip Greenidge, the Bostonian Founder and President of the National Black College Alliance

August 1 - Interviewing: Before, During & After
John Hancock and Boston-native Lynette Correa of Career Coaching 4 Kidz. Lynette is a first-generation high school and college graduate Akrobatik, a performance artist from the Codman Square area of Dorchester and the voice of sports on JAMN 94.5

August 8 - In the News: Why Should You Care?
Boston Globe columnist Derrick Z. Jackson

August 15 - How a Boston Summer Scholar Leads!
Carol Fulp from John Hancock
Robert Lewis, Jr. of the Boston Foundation and two New England Revolution Soccer Players

To sign up, people only need to fill out an online form by clicking here.



The Citizens Park Summer Concert Series continues with its third concert on Friday, July 25, featuring The Bedford Big Band. The concert runs from 7-9 p.m. in Citizens Park, located on Main Street (Route 38) across from the Common. This concert is sponsored by Artisan Music Studios.

The Bedford Big Band has a repertoire spanning yesterday's classics to some of today’s best pop songs. Their tunes come from the classic big band composers such as Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Count Basie and Bennie Goodman, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich and Stan Kenton. This Bedford-based band brings to the stage snappy instrumentals, sultry vocals and fun vocal quartets.

The Citizens Park Summer Concert Series continued with its second concert last Friday with ska band Beat Soup. The concert was sponsored by Michael de la Maza. The weather was perfect for an outdoors performance, and a large crowd of all ages gathered to see the show.

Audience members were treated to Beat Soup’s ska-influenced stylings that included both instrumental dance pieces and vocal numbers. Playing originals and covers, the 8-piece dance band from Boston featured a classic sax/trombone/trumpet horn section as well as guitar, keyboard and drums. As the sun set, audience members of all ages got up to dance to the lively beats.

This is the sixth year that the Citizens Park Summer Concert Series will entertain Woburn residents. The concerts are a great way to enjoy summer nights with your fellow community members, and at the great location also a chance to shop and have dinner in Woburn Center.

The next Concert will be on July 25th, featuring The Bedford Big Band. For a full schedule including dates, band line-up, and sponsors please click here.

Bring your family, friends and lawn chairs to Citizens Park to enjoy free concerts every other Friday throughout the summer. With generous support from local businesses, the Concert Series is free to the public.

The Citizens Park Summer Concert Series is coordinated by Social Capital Inc. (SCI), Woburn Residents’ Environmental Network (WREN) (, and the Woburn Redevelopment Authority.

Hi Working Moms –


Don’t forget our next meeting is this Thursday, July 17 @ 7pm at The Restaurant. 


I was trying to think about an agenda, and then it just came to me….


A few weeks ago, I invited you all to a timely discussion under a title that might have been catchy, but did not mention the well-known pain it addressed. I think that title was a poor choice. Here's a second try.

For the heating season to come, fuel purchases commence soon, if they haven't begun already. Before long, prices probably will be nearly double, if not double, last season's prices. Of course, this is in addition to the higher prices we're paying to fuel our vehicles and buy nearly everything.