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Thursday, December 24, 2009
The United Teen Equality Center
Dear Friend of UTEC,
Having just celebrated our 10th anniversary, we are excited to reflect on our history. In 1999, UTEC was a drop-in center with a volunteer staff and an annual budget of $40,000. Today, we are a multi-service, youth development agency with a budget of $2 million, where hundreds of teens receive crisis intervention, and participate in peacemaking, alternative education, life/work skills-building, cultural and civic engagement programs. Your support has made this growth possible. I want to invite your continued support and partnership as we move into our next decade.
This year, we began construction of a solar panel system that will power 88% of UTEC's electrical needs. We recruited 200 more youth through outreach and welcomed them to our safe haven drop-in programming. We graduated 10 out of 13 eligible students during our first full year of programming in the Alternative Diploma Program in partnership with Lowell High School. We trained and employed 17 teens through our Fresh Roots farm and culinary businesses, and helped youth build the necessary skills to enter the workforce. Over 180 youth participated in such cultural arts programs as breakdancing, spoken word poetry, and sound recording. More importantly, our Streetworker mediation team engaged 8 local gangs through the peace process.
With your support, we'll be able to accomplish even more next year:
- Dozens of young people will be on the path to employment and career development through our on-going Streetworker program and the new Transitional Employment project.
- 25 young people will be employed by the Fresh Roots farm and culinary program.
- 50 youth will participate in education programs, receiving their high school diploma or GED through our Open School project.
- Hundreds of teens will get more involved in civic issues through community service and organizing.
Despite weathering the economic downturn fairly well, we anticipate substantial cutbacks from state funding for programs in 2010. Increased support from you is needed to bridge this potential budget gap. Your gift of $35 or more will make all the difference as we make our way into the New Year. Please visit www.utec-lowell.org/donate to make an investment.
On behalf of the teens of Lowell, we want to thank you again for your support. Your investment has made such a difference in their lives, and we envision even more breakthroughs with your continued support and partnership.
We wish you peace and hope this holiday season, and a Happy New Year!
Gregg Croteau, MSW
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The Countdown is On! Lowell Winterfest 2010
The City of Lowell is pleased to announce the 10th Annual Lowell Winterfest from Friday, February 5 - Saturday, February 6, taking place at various indoor and outdoor locations throughout the downtown area. Activities include the ever popular National Human Dog Sled Competition, "Mittens and Museum Madness" activities for kids, the Glacier Gallery Artisans Market, North Bowl Soup Competition, snowman competition, outdoor ice skating, and more. Winterfest opens on Friday, February 5 at 6:45pm with the kick-off of the National Human Dog Sled Competition on Arcand Drive. The events are capped off on Saturday night with a 5:30pm fireworks display over Tsongas Arena.
Call for Human Dog Sled Competitors
Get your human dog sled team together and join in the fun -- only 6 team members are needed! Deadline for entry is Mon. Jan. 25. For complete details and entry forms, visit Lowell Winterfest 2010.
Please continue to visit Lowell Winterfest 2010 for event details and program updates.
The 3rd Annual Lowell Film Festival Celebrates 1930s Cinema
Don't miss the 3rd Annual Lowell Film Festival, Thursday, April 8 - Saturday, April 10: "Hollywood and the Great Depression: 10-cent Entertainment During Difficult Times"
Come see the films the nation watched during the Golden Age of Hollywood: the 1930s. It was an era of big budget musicals, outsize actors and actresses, crime and gangsters, and many films considered today's movie classics. Using newsreels from the 1930s, cartoon features, and motion picture screenings, the Festival will recreate what a movie goers' experience was like in downtown Lowell during the Great Depression.
Celebrate the Opening Night of the Fest!
Lowell Film Festival Opening Night 1930s Soiree
Thursday, April 8 at 6:30pm
Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Hall of Flags
50 E. Merrimack Street, Lowell
Food | Live Music | Cash Bar | Classic Cars
Don your fedoras and feathered boas -- festive 1930s attire encouraged!
Volunteer at the Lowell Film Festival
Enjoy the movies and meeting great people? Come volunteer with us! Greet visitors, help with venues and film screenings, and assist with organizing the event. Free t-shirts for all volunteers! For complete information, please contact Suzz Cromwell at 978-674-1483 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Saturday at Western Avenue Studios
The northeast's largest concentration of working artists in one facility opens its doors to the public the first Saturday of every month. See more than 160 artists in all disciplines, media and styles located in two converted mill buildings.
Next Open Studios:
Sat. Jan. 2, Noon to 5 pm, Western Avenue Studios,122 Western Ave., Lowell.
For more information about the studios and directions visit www.westernavenuestudios.com.
Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union Supports Local Art Community
The following press release was issued from the Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union announcing their partnership with the Arts League of Lowell to provide art exhibitions in their facility. The credit union's pleasure with the first exhibition has cemented this year-long partnership.
Dec., 18, 2009 Lowell, MA. Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union is pleased to announce they have partnered with the Arts League of Lowell to promote artists in the local community. Throughout the upcoming year, Jeanne D'Arc will host a series of open house, art exhibits at their new corporate headquarters located at 1 Tremont Place in downtown Lowell.
The first art exhibit is scheduled for Tue., Jan., 12, 2010, 6-8pm. All artwork is for sale and admission is free. Those interested in attending must RSVP, by Jan., 8, to Jeanne D'Arc by calling 978-323-3451 or by email to email@example.com.
The Art of Healing at the Brush Gallery
November 1, 2009 - January 10, 2010
THE ART OF HEALING: The Art of Psychotherapists
Curated by Jean Winslow
The Brush Art Gallery & Studios, 256 Market St., Lowell
One of the venues in a multi-arts project that will take place over a ten week period in Lowell, MA, this is an exhibition by artists who are healers. The goal of the project is to emphasize the arts as a catalyst for growth and healing in the community. The exhibit brings in both local artist/healers and others from the Greater Boston area to initiate creative dialogs between disparate factions of the community. The objectives are to find ways of building bridges and healing rifts that exist across cultural, gender, educational and socio-economic lines, as well as raising awareness of the healing arts. Other venues are: the ALL Arts Gallery, the 119 Gallery, the National Visitor Center Theater, O'Leary Library at UMass Lowell.
More information: www.thebrush.org.
Upcoming Events at Indian Hill Music
"Jammin' on the Hill"
Open mic night for teens ages 13-18, Fri., Jan. 8, 7-10pm. Local bands and solo acts are invited to perform in a safe, informal setting. Refreshments served. Admission: $5 cover charge for audience and performers.
Indian Hill Music presents acclaimed chamber musicians Donald Weilerstein (violin) and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein (pinao) performing works by Schumann, Ravel and Enescu, Sat., Jan. 9, 8pm at The Kalliroscope Gallery, 264 Main Street, Groton, MA.
Tickets: $25/adults, $15/students (includes post-concert wine and cheese reception with the artists).
Amateur jazz instrumentalists and vocalists are invited to an open jam session led by Indian Hill Music School faculty. Bring your music and play in a relaxed atmosphere! Fri., Jan. 15, 7-10pm, Admission: $5 per person.
Bach's Lunch Concert:
Indian Hill Music School's monthly faculty series presents jazz standards with fabulous vocalist Paul Pampinella and guitarist Eric Baldwin: Thurs., Jan. 21, 12-1pm.Coffee, tea, cookies served; bring your lunch. FREE admission.
Family Pajama Jam:
Put on your PJs and have fun with us! Young families are invited to sing, dance and play musical instruments at our free musical story hour: Fri., Jan. 22, 6:30 -7:30pm. FREE admission.
Orchestra Of Indian Hill:
BAROQUE & BEYOND! Sun., Jan. 24, 3pm at Littleton High School, 56 King St.,. Pre-concert talk at 2:15 pm with Maestro Hangen. Tickets: $48, $35, $22, and $15/students & seniors.
The Gallery at Indian Hill presents hand-colored lithographs of American Indians of the early 1800s by Joseph O. Lewis, on loan from Fruitland's Museum. On display Jan., 5-March 12 at Littleton High School. Exhibit hours: Mon.-Fri.,10am-8pm; Sat., 10-5pm. FREE admission.
All the above event are happening at 36 King Street (Rte. 495/Exit 30), Littleton, MA. Call 978-486-9524 x128 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a spot.
Chef Anthony Bourdain Brings No Reservations to the LMA
Chef, author of Kitchen Confidential and host of The Travel Channel's No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain has been dubbed "the bad boy of cuisine" for his rock star look and blunt observations about the world of restaurants, chefs and cooking. Don't miss Bourdain as he takes his talents on the road!
Bourdain, the executive chef at New York's famed bistro Les Halles, is the author of the bestselling Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, a candid, hysterical, and sometimes shocking portrait of life in restaurant kitchens that has been translated into over 28 languages. His book, A Cook's Tour, published in conjunction with his series on the Food Network, was also a bestseller in the U.S. and the U.K.
No Reservations, nominated for an Emmy and widely popular all over the world, wrapped up its fifth season in March with a new season set to air this summer on the Travel Channel. Bourdain continues to travel to the farthest reaches of the globe and explores destinations from rural Laos to a struggling New Orleans.
Sat., Jan. 9, 8pm, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell.
To purchase tickets and for complete details, visit www.lowellauditorium.com.
Winter Lights II at the Loading Dock Gallery
The Loading Dock Gallery presents Winter Lights II, on exhibit from Nov. 25 - Dec. 27, featuring the works of Judith Copeland, Barbara Frost, Barbara Guilmet, Betsy Keeney, Kristin Kelley, Heather Wang, and Peter Zimmerman.
For more information, visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com.
CD Release Party with Amy and the Rascals
Come and party with Amy and the Rascals at Lowell's Old Court Irish Pub!
Join us for a CD release party and show on Sat., Jan. 23 at 8pm. upstairs at the Old Court Irish Pub the heart of downtown Lowell.
Come into the city early and eat downstairs at the Old Court or at one of the great restaurants in Lowell, then come to the party at 8PM.!
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on the day.
The party will include give-aways throughout the night (lots of CDs, t-shirts and more!) and a fundraising raffle with GREAT prizes for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.
Dr. Patrick Malone Talks Water Power
Author of and renowned expert on the canal system and water power in Lowell, Dr. Patrick Malone has written the book on what made Lowell the industrial powerhouse of the 19th century. All are welcome to come out and hear the fascinating story of the whole canal system and the designers who went on to develop new machinery still used in the hydropower industry today.
"Water Power in Lowell" is a FREE lecture and book signing event supported by the Moses Greeley Parker Lecture series.
Sun., Jan. 10, 2pm, Lowell National Historical Park, 246 Market St., Lowell
More information: www.nps.gov/lowe
Amish Quilt Exhibition at the New England Quilt Museum
Don't miss Kinder Komforts: Amish Crib Quilts on exhibit March 4 - May 9, 2010. An opening reception on March 6 at 1pm will feature a lecture on the Amish lifestyle and its intimate connection to quilting by guest curator Bettina Havig, an internationally-renowned quilt expert and author. In addition, historical quilting expert Gerald Roy will give a talk on the Amish use of color in conjunction with the exhibition on April 17 at 1pm. During the exhibit, the museum will also feature, in its permanent collection rooms, the work of Dorothy Bosselman. The late artist set out to recreate 60 historical Amish quilts, most dating from the early 20th century, in miniature.
Support for this exhibition is provided in part by A Quilters' Gathering/Eastcoast Quilters' Alliance LLC.
More information: www.nequiltmuseum.org
Lowell Memorial Auditorium, http://www.lowellauditorium.com/eventlistings.aspx
Merrimack Repertory Theatre, www.merrimackrep.org
The Bridge Review: Merrimack Valley Culture, http://ecommunity.uml.edu/bridge/
Website for Lowell artists, www.lowellisart.com
Art community chronicle, www.vyumagazine.com
Arts League of Lowell, www.artsleagueoflowell.org
Western Avenue Studios, www.westernavenuestudios.com
Ayer Lofts, www.Ayerlofts.com
The Brush Art Gallery and Studios, www.thebrush.org
The Image Theater, www.imagetheater.com
Whistler House Museum of Art, www.whistlerhouse.org
American Textile History Museum, www.athm.org
For a fuller listing of links see the COOL website, www.cultureiscool.org
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