Annual Coolidge Corner Merchants Association 2009 Free Lecture Series Underway

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Brookline's Coolidge Corner Merchants Association launches its fourth annual community-focused Free Lecture Series.

Being part of the Coolidge Corner Community College give us the opportunity to reach out and educate people about how they can help alleviate poverty in the developing world by supporting fair trade.

This year's lecture series, the fourth hosted by the Coolidge Corner Merchants Association (CCMA), offers a varied selection of workshops and classes held through the end of October.

A broad range of topics, including pet care, financial planning, fair trade, blogging basics and self-defense is featured. Area businesses participating in the series this year include Cause to Paws, Ten Thousand Villages, the Bank of Canton, Eureka! Puzzles and Games , Advanced Digital Websites, Inc and the Coolidge Corner Hub.

The CCMA has posted the 2009 lecture schedule online, providing detailed descriptions of the seminars, contact information and locations.

Admission to the lectures and workshops is free, however, space is limited in some cases. Reserving your space in advance is recommended.

In addition to providing free information to the public, workshops offered this year are particularly timely. Many directly address current conditions within the community and around the globe. Terry Meyers, owner of Cause to Paws, for example, encourages participants to make a $10 donation to a Greater Boston Area Shelter with their registration to help offset hardships they face as a result of the economic downturn.

Brian Allsop, Investment Executive with Infinex Financial Group located at Bank of Canton, is leading a discussion of investment opportunities and strategies for navigating the current economic climate.

The brutal assault of a woman in Coolidge Corner this summer prompted the Coolidge Corner Hub to sponsor a workshop on defense and safety featuring Officer Jim Reardon of the Brookline Police Department.

Glenn Whidden, manager of Ten Thousand Villages, a non-profit store selling fairly traded handicrafts, said that he is participating in the program because his customers want to learn more about the fair trade movement. "People who shop in Coolidge Corner seem to be more socially aware than the average shopper," he said. "Being part of the Coolidge Corner Community College give us the opportunity to reach out and educate people about how they can help alleviate poverty in the developing world by supporting fair trade."

About the CCMA : The Coolidge Corner Merchants Association's mission is to function as a collective voice addressing issues concerning Coolidge Corner merchants and to enhance relationships between them, to keep Coolidge Corner a vibrant, thriving business community, maintaining and promoting diverse businesses and community involvement.

Contact :
R. Harvey Bravman
President, Coolidge Corner Merchants Association
Tel : 617-859-9969

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