The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 28, 2001

Diverse Diversions


Lowell Cinema
Hoyt's Acton 4
Lexington Flick
Maynard Arts


How to start an investment club

Investing can be lonely and confusing. An investment club provides the opportunity for members to get together to talk about investment strategies and contribute to a group portfolio. Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education presents a workshop, "How to Start an Investment Club," led by Carlisle resident Deborah Jancek on Thursday, October 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School. Ms. Jancek is a founding member of The Carlisle Exchange, a local investment club started in 1987. Participants will learn how to start an investment club that is effective and well organized.

The workshop will cover how to organize the investment club and handle the necessary record-keeping and compliance issues. "This is not a class in how to chose investments or what your club's philosophy of investing should be," explains Jancek. Rather, "It will cover how to set the club up and what the pitfalls to avoid are." There will be discussion about legal aspects of forming the club, taxes, federal and state regulations, whether to hire an attorney, the duties of treasurer, handling new and departing members, and organizations available for education and support.

The fee is $15. For more information or to register, call Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education at 1-978-318-1540.

MUSIC ON THE LIBRARY LAWN. Musicians Kate Stevens and Romy Ikauniks entertain a bevy of young fans at the Friends of the Gleason Library's picnic in early September. (Photo by Rik Pierce)

Musicians wanted for benefit performance

The Harvard Country House Tour and Craft Show, a benefit for the Village Nursery School and Kindergarten, is seeking musicians to volunteer their time and talent during the event on Saturday, December 8. This year's program will feature a walking tour of homes on or near the Harvard common, with performances by local musicians and vendors displaying unique and hand-crafted items.

Musicians will be asked to contribute one or two hours of their time in exchange for publicity in connection with the event and free production of a brochure or flyer for their personal use. Each performer or group will receive two free tickets.

Tour organizers are particularly interested in solo or small-group musicians performing acoustic or vocal music of any genre well-suited to an intimate environment.

Musicians may contact Cindy Elder at 1-978-456-9580 or email

The Village Nursery School and Kindergarten (VNS) is a non-profit, non-denominational school with more than 45 years of service to Harvard and the surrounding area. As a part of its commitment to the community, VNS provides scholarship money to low-income families, and last year, provided a full scholarship to a child from Sylvia's Haven, a local transitional residence for homeless women and their families.

For information about VNS, contact the school at 1-978-456-3993.

Whistler Museum in bloom this weekend

The Whistler House Museum of Art will open its doors this fall to local garden clubs. An art-in-bloom collaboration will feature the Acton, Andover, Chelmsford, Dracut, Littleton, Lowell and Tewksbury Garden Clubs doing decorative arrangements for paintings at the Whistler. The exhibit will be open on Sunday, September 30, and Monday, October 1. Tickets will cost $12 if purchased in advance and $15 at the door. Refreshments will be served. A preview and cocktail reception will be held on Saturday night, September 29. Tickets for the preview will cost $35. Local artists will have a garden theme show with work for sale and fresh bouquets of flowers will also be available.

For further information and directions, call 1-978-452-7641.

Journalists discuss 'what lies ahead'

On Sunday, September 30, at the Museum of Our National Heritage in Lexington, a panel discussion will address the issue "21st Century Journalists: What Lies Ahead" at 2 p.m. Ed Bell , bureau chief of the Associated Press in Boston; Jim Thistle, director of broadcast journalism at BU; Renee Loth of the Boston Globe; and Robert Giles of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard will investigate current and future trends in journalism. Admission is free; call 1-781-861-6559 for more information.

Wild flora at Concord Museum

The newest exhibition at the Concord Museum opens October 4 with over one hundred prints of pressed plants artfully preserved using an innovative 21st century technique, as well as botanical specimens collected in the traditional manner of the 19th century by Henry Thoreau and other pioneering New England naturalists.

Field biologist and naturalist Erika Sonder has reinvented the centuries-old tradition of collecting and preserving plant specimens in a herbarium. Herbaria are collections of pressed, dried, mounted and labeled plant specimens that are kept in systematic order and used by researchers to further our understanding of the plant world. Sonder's "Portable Herbarium" is a collection of New England botanical specimens that she gathers, prepares, and then reproduces by means of high-tech laser copying. The full-size, true-to-color reproductions are amazingly three-dimensional and visually indistinguishable from actual herbarium specimens. Almost all botanical features necessary for identification are easily seen. Sonder is the assistant curator of vascular plants for the New England Botanical Club.

Specially-designed, hands-on activities accompany the exhibition and engage visitors of all ages. The exhibition continues through January 6.

Free ballet/gymnastic classes

The Dance Academy of Boston in Acton will offer free combination ballet/gymnastic classes for children 3 to 5 years old on Tuesday, October 9 and Thursday, October 11 from 11:30 to 12:25 p.m. The free class will be held at Gymnastic Academy of Boston, 12 Keefe Road, Acton for children who enjoy both ballet and gymnastics.

To register for the free class, call 1-978-369-9034.

Apply now for Cultural Council Grants

If you plan to work as a volunteer on a project that benefits the community in 2002, you may consider applying for a grant to the Carlisle Cultural Council. You can obtain an application at the Gleason Public Library and must submit it by October 15.

The local council subsequently applies for funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for public programs that promote access, education, diversity and excellence in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in the community. Individuals, private nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries can apply.

Last year, the Carlisle Cultural Council received an annual allocation of $3,300, plus a Matching Incentive Award of $500 which gave the group $3,800 to grant. The council kept $600 of unencumbered funds in its account for future projects.

Current members of the Carlisle Cultural Council include Chairperson Jennifer Brook, Maria Conley, Dorothy Harris, Bonnie Miskolczy, Joan Parker, Judith Schartz, Nancy Stadtlander, Andrea Urban, and Malcolm Walsh.

Projects funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2001 include Davis Bates for Imagine That: Stories and Songs, $350; Anne Marie Brako for Wilkins Notebooks Transcription, $500; the Carlisle Historical Society for Archival/Collections Care, $200; Patty Carpenter for Music for Seniors, $350; Alicia Quintano, storyteller, for "How the Stars Came to Be," $275; Mark Retallack for Adventures with Jazz (quartet), $570; and Matt Tavares for "From Artist to Author" presentation, $400, among others.

Family series opens with puppet theatre

The Family Discovery Series at the UMass Lowell Center for the Arts will open on Sunday, September 30, with "Goodnight Opus," a puppet and black light theatre play. There will be two performances of "Goodnight Opus" at 2 and 4:30 p.m.

"Goodnight Opus" is a delightful spoof on the childhood classic, Goodnight Moon. It is performed by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia with large, colorful puppets and rendered in dramatic black light.

In honor of the Discovery Series' 15th birthday this season, patrons are invited to celebrate a family member's birthday by buying a block of tickets and making a performance the main "party event." To make the occasion even more special, the name of the birthday child will be printed in the Discovery program and will be announced from the stage with birthday wishes. To insure inclusion, the box office must be informed two weeks in advance.

Performances last approximately one hour with no intermission. They take place in Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder Street on UMass Lowell's South Campus. The theatre is handicapped accessible and there is free parking nearby. Tickets are $9 per person with discounts for purchasing four or more shows in the series. Additional shows in the series are: "The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion;" "A Christmas Carol;" John McCutcheon; "Grand Derangement;" "Dancing in the Flames;" and "The Alice in Wonderland Follies." There is a group rate of $7 for 10 or more tickets purchased in advance.

For more information, call the box office Monday through Friday from 9 to 4 p.m. Tickets are also available in the lobby one hour before each show.

Register to learn to skate

Learn to Skate classes have opened registration for winter programs at the Chelmsford Forum. Classes are available for all ages and abilities. Programs include the Tiny Blades toddler skating lessons, Tiger Tots intro to ice hockey, Toe-Pic Tots intro to figure skating, and the Golden Edges adult skating program.

Brochures and applications are available at the ice rink or by calling 1-781-871-7681 or by visiting Enrollment is limited and interested skaters are encouraged to register early. Classes begin the week of November 5.

Concord Festival of Authors begins October 14

The 2001 Concord Festival of Authors will begin on Sunday, October 14, when author and chef Stan Frankenthaler discusses his book, The Occidental Tourist: Asian Inspired Recipes, at 3 p.m. in the Concord Bookshop.

The following Thursday night, October 18, is the official opening night of the festival. Authors Diane Ackerman, Sebastian Junger and Paul Kafka-Gibbons, along with moderator Janet Silver, will join in a panel discussion and will take questions from the audience. The evening will begin at 8 p.m. at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow Street in Concord.

Get your tickets now for Breakfast with the Authors on Saturday, October 20, at 8 a.m. in the Colonial Inn in Concord. Award-winning authors Alexandra Marshall, Elizabeth McCracken and Gregory Maguire will take part in an event that combines good food with good conversation. Tickets are $18, available at the Concord Bookshop and the Barrow Bookstore.

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