The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 15, 2002

Carlisle Council on Aging news

Join us on Thursday, February 28, for a trip to the Cracker Barrel in Tewksbury. Enjoy a terrific lunch (breakfast is always available on the menu, too) and browse in the extensive gift shop. Van transportation will leave 145 Church Street at 11 a.m. Call 1-978-371-2895 for reservations.

The COA book club will hold its March meeting on March 13 at 9:30 a.m. at Sally Bull's to discuss Stolen Lives: 20 Years in a Desert Jail by Martha Oufkir. If you are interested in joining the COA book club, a monthly discussion group, call 1-978-371-2895 for further information.

Do you enjoy COA day trips to museums and the theater? Would you like to find out what some of the neighboring towns are offering to Carlisle seniors? If so, join our new e-mail list. E-mail, let her know you are interested, and she will keep you updated on the latest happenings. If you do not have e-mail, call Joanne at 1-978-371-8023.

Before you rent or buy costly medical care equipment, call the COA. We have medical equipment for loan: wheelchairs, walkers, canes, shower seats, etc. If you are in need of something, call the COA at 1-978-371-2895. We will make arrangements for delivery and pick up.

The COA offers two weight-strengthening classes per week. They meet Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 10:45 a.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. The 45-minute classes are led by certified fitness instructor Karrie Stang. You will notice immediate results in your upper body strength. Two- and three-pound weights are available. For costs and information, call 1-978-371-2895.

If you are 60 years or older and do not receive the Senior Connection newsletter from the Council On Aging, please call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 and ask to have your name on the mailing list. This is a free monthly publication filled with information of value to seniors.

Minuteman High School open house on March 3

Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington will host an open house for students in grades six through nine and their parents on Sunday, March 3, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Minuteman is located at 758 Marrett Road (Rt. 2A) in Lexington.

This past November, Minuteman mailed a CD-ROM brochure to every eighth-grade student in the district's sixteen-town region. The ten-minute-long CD video brochure, nestled in a full-color sleeve, is designed to draw attention to the numerous and diverse technical aspects of the award winning school. Tom Markham, Minuteman's director of community relations and development, explained that they really wanted a recruitment piece that would both stand out and capture the essence of the school. He said, "We decided that the best way to promote the school was to make the vehicle part of the message. Minuteman is a cutting edge school and we believe that not only our message, but the CD-ROM brochure itself will help us to really show what Minuteman is all about. This is a unique learning environment and what better way to highlight that than to incorporate a high-tech method into delivering our message to the communities we serve."

Students in grades six through nine and their families are encouraged to attend the March 3 Open House and see first hand how Minuteman Regional High School is a unique, exciting and challenging place to learn. Interested local residents may call the school's admissions office at 1-781-861-6500 ext. 245 to request a CD video brochure or other Minuteman information.

Meet award-winning filmmaker and comedian

Join Boston filmmaker Gary Roma for a sneak preview of a documentary about dental floss at the Gleason Library on Thursday, February 21, in the Hollis Room. The program runs from 6:45 to 9 p.m. The offbeat film explores how to change ingrained habits through imagination.

Roma will share his previously released "Off the Ground & Off the Wall: a Doorstop Documentary" and "Puss in Books: Adventures of the Library Cat." His work has been screened at a dozen film and video festivals, including the National Gallery of Art, and won Best Documentary accolades in the U.S. and England. Roma also excels in standup comedy, and was named "Punster of the Year 2001" by the International Save the Pun Foundation. His routine features his story about making a film based on his favorite book, The Dictionary, where a word travels back in time to try to prevent another word from coming into usage.

This is the third in a series of Thursday night events sponsored by the Carlisle Cultural Council.

Kids yoga begins

Calling all athletes! Get in shape for the spring season with a full body and mind tune-up featuring a seven-week program of stretching, breathing and yoga postures. Yoga will help to build strength, flexibility and balance. It will also help calm and focus the mind. Program meets at Union Hall-First Religious Society on Thursdays beginning February 28; grades 5-8 from 2:25 to 3:20 p.m.; grades 2-4 from 3:30 to 4:25 p.m. Cost is $70. Please call Karen Verrill at 1-978-369-7294 to register.

Putting Carlisle in community ed

Is there enough "Carlisle" at Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education? It serves the whole district of Concord and Carlisle, and endeavors to reflect the talents and needs of both towns. Yet most of the offerings require residents to trek to CCHS.

Residents with skills to share with the community are urged to consider teaching in a Carlisle spot or at CCHS. There is still time to develop a class for the upcoming Spring 2002 semester, which will run May through June, and ample time to consider the summer or fall. Contact the office at 1-978-318-1540 for more information on how to teach for Community Education.

Classes beginning soon by local area experts include Nancy Shohet West's popular Circle of Writers on six Wednesdays from February 27 through April 3, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at CCHS. The course will feature in-class writing exercises, and centers around discussion of participants' current writing projects. The fee is $59. To register, call 1-978-318-1540 days, or 1-978-318-1432 evenings.

Eighth-grade graduation help needed

Volunteers are needed for the class of 2002 graduation committees. There will be a meeting on Wednesday, February 27 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria to organize each of the committees. Call Sue Koning at 1-978-369-1582 or Marguerite Widell at 1-978-369-0912 if you have any questions.

Summer soccer camp

Major league soccer will return to Carlisle for two weeks of soccer this year. Introducing a half-day goalie camp for ages 8+ the week of July 15 through 19, and the week of August 12-16 for a 90-minute, 3-hour, or 6-hour soccer camp. Look for registration forms at the Gleason Library or Carlisle Post Office in late March. For further details, please call Karen Verrill 1-978-369-7492.

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