The Five Minute Reading – Lowell Sun

Opening of the ‘Inside & Out’ gallery on December 5

WESTFORD – “Inside & Out,” an exhibition of paintings by Jill Crossman Anderson, will be on display at the Parish Center for the Arts from December 5 to 30.

An opening wine and cheese reception for the exhibit will take place on December 5 from noon to 2:30 pm The Parish Arts Center is located at 10 Lincoln St., Westford.

The exhibition includes larger landscapes of canvas stained in acrylic and smaller landscapes and still lifes painted in acrylic and watercolor. Many landscapes have been painted during the COVID-19 closures and are the result of searching for landscapes closer to home.

Anderson is an iconic member of the New England Watercolor Society and studied with Rob Moore at the Mass College of Art and Design and the Graphic Workshop. She holds two bachelor’s degrees and a certificate in graphic design. Anderson’s experience as an artist is in drawing, painting, screen printing and prints.

Anderson has also won awards from the Boston Art Directors Club and has had work reprinted in “Print” magazine.

The gallery of the Parish Arts Center is open every Sunday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The Groton Light Walk and Community Tree Lighting are scheduled for December 4th

GROTON – At 4:15 p.m. on December 4, the Groton Interfaith Council will be hosting its annual Community Tree Lights and Lighting Walk.

The event is designed to celebrate the beauty of various religious traditions. The celebration will begin on the sidewalk in front of the Prescott Community Center at 145 Main Street and volunteers will donate battery operated candles for the lights walk. From Prescott, the walk will descend Main Street to Groton Tree near Filho’s Cuccina.

Participants are invited to bring a lamp or light from their own religious tradition. Throughout the event spontaneous Christmas carols can occur and there will be happy jokes.

The lighting of the Groton tree has both religious and non-religious significance. The tree symbolizes many meanings in different cultures. All are welcome to attend as the Groton Interfaith Council seeks to bring some peace and joy at the start of the holiday season.

Ayer police call for help with toy collection efforts

AYER – The Ayer Police Department is asking the community for help in finding new toys for families in need this year.

This is the 21st annual public holiday organized today by the Ayer Police Department and last year the department was able to collect enough toys to help around 50 children.

Collection boxes are in place at the police station, the town hall and the municipal library. In addition, the department will be organizing three “Fill-A-Cruiser” events on December 4, 11 and 18. All three events will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the police station, located at 54 Parc St.

Concord Indigenous Peoples Walking Tour Saturday

CONCORD – Saturday at 2 p.m., Concord Recreation will host a 75-minute walking tour designed to retrace more than 10,000 years of the history of the Indigenous peoples of Concord.

The 3 km tour will examine how the indigenous peoples lived along the city’s three rivers and what happened when two cultures collided after the arrival of European fur traders and English settlers in 1635.

The tour will depart from the Concord Visitor Center at 58 Main Street. To purchase tickets, visit

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