The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 14, 2001


Lowell Cinema
Hoyt's Acton 4
Lexington Flick
Maynard Arts


Westford Studio of Ballet Arts opens

On January 2, the Westford Studio of Ballet Arts will open its doors to residents of Westford, Carlisle, and neighboring communities. The thrust of the school is to provide
Alison Smith-Vaniz
quality classical ballet instruction to adults, teens, and children at all levels. To maximize learning, class sizes will be limited to eight, and free in-house demonstrations will occur in place of lavish recitals.

While the focus of the school is classical ballet, jazz/musical productions will also be offered, given the director's strong musical theater background, in addition to classical ballet. Summer camp programs are also planned, combining ballet, acting, and jazz/musical productions.

The school is located at 4 Anne Teresa Way in Westford, which is four streets north from the intersection of Routes 225 and 27 in Carlisle. This new studio features a resilient dance floor and two walls of mirrors and bars.

For more information or for a free trial class, call Alison Smith-Vaniz at 1-978-692-8001 or send e-mail to


Snowboard program begins

The Concord Recreation Department is now offering a snowboard program at Nashoba Valley Ski Area for interested CCHS students. The package includes transportation to the ski area and six "Twilight Lift Tickets" on designated Mondays in January and February. The bus will leave promptly from CCHS at 2:30 p.m. and will return at 7 p.m. Students can enjoy three and a half hours of free time on the mountain each week without the hassle of coordinating transportation. Cost of the program is $175. Rental packages are also available at a discounted rate of $75 for the entire six-week season. Register at the Hunt Recreation Center by December 31 to reserve a spot. Seats are limited. Call the recreation office at 1-978-369-6460 for information.

Volunteers needed

Substance Abuse Helpline seeks volunteers for a 24-hour, seven days per week information and education phone service to persons affected by alcoholism and substance abuse. For more information on becoming a Helpline volunteer, call 1-617-536-0501, extension 201. Visit our web site at

Family Shabbat service tonight

Temple Shir Hadash will host a family-centered Shabbat service on Friday, December 14, at Fellowship Hall in the First Parish Church (48 Main Street, next to Fletcher Library) in Westford. A children's craft program will start at 6:15 p.m. and the service will begin at 6:45 pm. The public is warmly invited to join this lay-led service which will include a candle-lighting, a children's service, and an adult discussion. Bring your favorite appetizer or dessert. To RSVP or for more information, contact Joe Diamond at 1-978-692-2559.

CYT students use arts to cope with 9/11

Fifteen students of the Concord Youth Theatre (CYT) teamed up with professional musicians to record two original songs in tribute to the victims of September 11. This opportunity afforded the kids a way to express their feelings about what happened, while also being able to contribute to the relief effort. The CD will be sold for $10 at CYT, The Minor Chord and the Concord Music Cellar.

When a tragedy occurs, children, even those not directly affected, experience a wide range of emotions. These young people, feeling powerless, often have a hard time expressing grief. Performing and music provide kids with an outlet through which to express their emotions in a healthy, positive manner. Nancy Peck, a CYT board member, and Elaine Jarvis led the project. Nancy said, "CYT is in a unique position to help these children through a difficult time by doing what CYT does best. It was obvious that the tragedy of 9/11 had affected them, but they were not willing to talk about their feelings. This project helped them to open up and turn their anxiety into action."

Cancer Society's 'Relay for Life'

The American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life" event is a time to celebrate cancer survivors, to remember those who are no longer with us, and to dedicate ourselves to the task of helping find a cure for cancer. The "Relay for Life" is an18-hour overnight event where walkers, who have collected pledges from family, friends and co-workers, round a track, around the clock, to raise vital funds that benefit the American Cancer Society's programs of research, education, advocacy, and patient services. The Society is looking for volunteers who have the time and dedication to work on this event in the Walden area. Volunteer opportunities include logistics, public relations, registration, entertainment and others. If interested, contact Pam Bonaguide with the American Cancer Society at 1-508-652-4355. Note: the Walden area consists of Lincoln, Bedford, Stow, Littleton, Boxborough, Acton, Maynard, Concord and Carlisle.

Quilt Guild to meet

On December 17, the Chelmsford Quilt Guild will meet at 7 p.m. at Aldersgate Road on Route 4 in Chelmsford. This Monday night meeting will be the annual holiday dessert party. Guest fee is $3.

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