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Friday, January 11, 2002

Carlisle Phone Book update

The Red Balloon Nursery School is currently updating the Carlisle Phone Book for 2002 (the spiral bound phone book). In the next few weeks, volunteers may be calling you to verify your information in the white pages.

Are you new in town? Is your name John, but all your friends call you Jack? Would you like your husband/wife to be listed? Do you have a separate phone line for your children, office or fax that you would like listed? This is your chance to ensure that your information in the white pages is correct. Fill out the form on page 202 (last yellow page), and mail it to: Red Balloon Carlisle Phone Book, P.O. Box 558, Carlisle, MA 01741, or put it in the envelope located at the Post Office and the Gleason Public Library. The deadline is February 8.

Library book group to meet on February 13

The Friends of Gleason Public Library book group will hold their February book discussion on Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz on February 13.

The library book group is open to everyone and community members are invited to attend any or all of the book discussions. Book group meetings will be held in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Coffee and dessert is also served. Those present will vote on selections for book discussions from March to August. Bring in your favorite book ideas, both fiction as well as nonfiction, and join us on February 13 for a fun time.

Call to Carlisle Artists

The Artisans' Directory of the Carlisle Phone Book is a valuable guide to the rich diversity of Carlisle talent. A listing in the directory, otherwise known as "the pink pages" can be purchased at a nominal fee and benefits the Red Balloon, a non-profit cooperative nursery school. Contact Heidi Harring at 1-978-369-9174 before February 4 if you are interested, or send the listing to the school at Box 139 in Carlisle.

African dance classes in Carlisle

Have you ever been walking by the First Religious Society on a Tuesday night and heard drumming or peeped into the church to see the elation of dancers as they move to the rhythms across the room? On Tuesday nights, starting on January 22 and running through March 3, you can join in on a unique exhilarating experience. These West African dance classes are open to all ages. The children's class is from 7 to 7:50 p.m. and the adult class starts immediately following. For more information or to register, call the Concord- Carlisle Adult and Community Ed office at 1-978-318-1540 or Alice Heller at 1-617-547-4480.

Alice Heller has been dancing and performing West African dance for 14 years. She is a member of Under the Sun Dance and Drum Troupe, led by Fatou Carol Sylla, and Aconcone dance group, directed by Ibrahima Camara.

Carlisle ladies' spring tennis league

Carlisle women who are interested in trying out for openings in our local spring league (April-June) should call Bobby Lyman: 1-978-369-6185, or email at Substitutes will also be needed in case some cannot commit to a regular position. Spring league is a low-key, social competition with morning games; days depend on the level of playing.

Time to think spring soccer

Registration for the spring season of Concord-Carlisle in-town soccer will take place between January 15 and February 8. Look in the upcoming newsletter for a registration form and all the latest news about the program.

If you do not receive a newsletter and would like to register, you may download a form from their website at, pick one up at Hunt Gym, or register in person on Saturday, February 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Hunt Gym. If you have questions, check their website or call the hotline at 1-978-287-0968.

Contra dance and potluck on January 11

The second Friday contra dance in Union Hall at the First Religious Society will be on Friday, January 11. Before the dance everyone is invited to a potluck supper that will begin at 6:30 p.m. The dance starts at 8 p.m. Sue Rosen will do the calling and Debby Knight, Bruce Rosen, Walter Lenk and friends will provide the music. A $5-a-person collection will be taken at intermission. Beginners and singles are welcome. Call Ellen Huber at 1-978-369-6678 if you have any questions.

Take a moonlit walk at Foss Farm

On Saturday evening, January 26, the Carlisle Trails Committee will lead a moonlight walk at Foss Farm. The public is invited to attend. Meet at the large parking lot on Bedford Road. Prior to the walk, if it is clear, we will view Jupiter and Saturn through telescopes. If you have a telescope and the weather is good, bring it at 7 p.m. If it is cloudy, we will simply meet at 7:30 p.m. and start the walk then. A headlamp or flashlight is recommended for the walk, and participants should dress for the weather. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Louise Hara at 1-978-287-4833.

Gleason offers story sessions

The Gleason Public Library will offer five story time sessions beginning at the end of January: one group of 4 1/2 to 6-year-olds, two groups of 3 to 4 1/2 year-olds, one group of 2 to 3-year-olds and a monthly evening drop in story time for ages 3 and up. For the 2 to 3-year old group, the child must be two by February 2, for the 3 to 4 1/2 year old group the child must be three by January 29; for the oldest group, the child must be 4 1/2 by January 28.

The oldest group will meet Monday afternoons from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The 3 to 4 1/2 year olds will meet Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to 11 a.m. or Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 2 p.m. These sessions will run through the week of March 18. The session for 2 to 3 year olds with parent (or caregiver) will be offered on Saturday mornings from 10:30 until 11 a.m. This session will run for six weeks. New this session will be drop in PJ Story time at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month for ages 3 and up. Come in your pajamas (or not) and bring a stuffed animal.

In-person registration for the winter story time session at the Gleason Public Library will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 12. Telephone registration will be accepted after 11 a.m. For more information please call the children's department at the library, 1-978-369-4898.

Carlisle Lunch Group to gather January 28

The Carlisle Lunch Group will meet in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on School Street in Carlisle Center on Monday, January 28. Lunch starts at 12:15 p.m., the talk begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 2 p.m. The topic of this meeting is "Stupid Marketing Tricks for Small Businesses." The speaker is Gabe d'Annunzio, marketing thaumaturge (miracle worker), who believes that learning from one's own marketing mistakes is a good idea. Learning from the mistakes of others is an even better idea when those mistakes have proven to be harmful to a company's health.

There are countless sources of information about the many smart things you can do to improve your marketing efforts. There is, however, a dearth of information about the marketing activities that, while widely practiced, are sure to fail. We are pleased to offer you an opportunity to learn how to avoid these marketing pitfalls. D'Annunzio has been involved in high-tech marketing in the Boston area for more than three decades. During that time, he has seen the good, the bad and the ugly of marketing programs. He has spent a significant part of his career helping companies recover from the damage done by the latter two categories. In the process, he has catalogued a group of marketing activities that has consistently had the greatest negative impact, especially on companies in their early stages of growth.

RSVP before January 21 by sending your $22 check (payable to Fontaine Richardson) to Fontaine K. Richardson, 121 Skelton Road, Carlisle, MA 01741. For more information, call Fontaine at 1-978-369-8223 or e-mail him at

This will be a popular and interesting talk. Space is limited to the first 100 checks received.

The Lunch Group is an informal gathering of local people that meets three times a year to hear presentations on diverse topics of interest. Let Fontaine Richardson know who else might enjoy attending the luncheons, or if there is a speaker or a topic that you would like to see on the program.

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