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The Insiders: Move to the rhythm of your own drum and others.

Well it’s the first Friday of the new year and do we have some fun stuff for you to try.

If your resolution was to step out of the old comfort zone, then why not make your way over to the Unitarian Universalist Church at 274 Pleasant St. for the Concord Community Drum Circle.

The evening of rhythmic African drumming and new music creation begins at 6 p.m. with a beginner drum class and opens for everyone at 7 p.m. And it goes all the way until 9 p.m. But you don’t have to stay for the whole time. There is no harm in going to the beat of your own drum at this circle. The event is free, open to all abilities and held the first Friday of each month.

Just think of the possibilities. You could be a part of the first multi-platinum drum circle from Concord. But you won’t know unless you check it out.

If music is not your idea of a great way to spend a Friday night and want something more for the whole family, then the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center has a night of fun all planned out. Family Science Night includes the planetarium shows; Magic Tree House: Space Mission and Tonight’s Sky; hands-on activities to engage the entire family; scavenger hunts; night sky viewing in the observatory; and storytelling. We’re not 100 percent sure about all the activities, but anything that has a magic tree house involved sounds like the place to be.

The program, which runs from 6:30 to 10 p.m., is free for members and children 2 and younger. It is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students, $7 for children (ages 3 to 12) and for groups of 15 or more.

(Email the Insiders at theinsiders@cmonitor.com.)

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