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MVES Seeks Volunteers for a Variety of Services

Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES) is seeking volunteers who have a passion for giving back to the community, and the skills, knowledge and temperament (empathy, compassion and patience) to volunteer in their program of choice.  MVES volunteers donate their time to perform a variety of tasks such as serving nutritious meals to elders at local meal sites, participating in our Social Engagement program, acting as money management and SHINE counselors, and leading our Healthy Aging programs. Volunteers are essential to the success of MVES, helping older adults and adults with disabilities live independently.

National Volunteer Week—April 17-23, 2022—celebrates the impact volunteers have on our lives and encourages active volunteerism in generations to come. During this week, and all year long, we salute our volunteers for their unwavering services to our agency and communities and hold aloft their examples to inspire everyone towards volunteerism.

National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges, to build stronger communities and be a force that transforms the world. Each year, we shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve, recognizing and thanking volunteers who lend their time, talent and voice to make a difference in their communities.

For more information on current volunteer opportunities in Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Stoneham, Wakefield and Winthrop through MVES, please call Volunteer Engagement Manager, Nicole Sanders O’Toole, at 781-388-2375 or visit

Everett Singer Performs “Bravo Beethoven!”

Music lovers will not want to miss Dedham Choral Society’s live concert on Friday, May 6, at 8:00 p.m. at Holy Name Church, 1689 Center St., West Roxbur.  Helen Shedden, past DCS president and Everett resident sings in this spring’s concert.

Originally scheduled for spring 2020, “Bravo Beethoven!” was to celebrate the musical genius’s 250th birthday, but alas! Covid-19 caused its cancellation.  Now the DCS chorus, accompanied by soloists Katrina Holden (soprano), Caroline Olsen (mezzo soprano), Brendan Buckley (tenor), Ulysses Thomas (bass-baritone), and a full orchestra, will perform the concert in celebration of the composer’s 252nd birthday. The main composition is the Mass in C Major, Opus 86. Two smaller works, the first movement of the “Moonlight” Sonata (arranged by a Beethoven contemporary) and the rarely performed “Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage” open the program.

Fifty choral members from 20 communities in greater Boston have been rehearsing in-person since February for this concert. Under the baton of longtime director Jonathan Barnhart and rehearsal pianist Julia Scott Carey, DCS prides itself on being a “musical family,” not only by performing great choral works together, but also by fostering a supportive network of social relationships that value both long-term members of our inter-generational ensemble and new singers. Weekly rehearsals are held in Dedham’s historic Allin Congregational Church. To inquire about an audition for next season, please email [email protected]. For general information see website:

Concert tickets are limited. They may be purchased from any DCS member or at the door, subject to capacity restrictions. Adults-$35 / Seniors-$30 / Students-$20 / Children-$5 (ages 5-12). Audience members are required to wear masks at all times.

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