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Friday, December 6, 2002


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World AIDS benefit concert tour

A World AIDS benefit concert will be held at the Trinitarian Church in Concord on Saturday, December 7 at 7 p.m. This fundraising tour for AIDS relief work in Africa, sponsored by Church World Service, will feature the Sinikithemba HIV-positive Choir from Durban, South Africa, together with Tim Janus, nationally-known composer and musician.

Treat yourself, your family, and your friends to a very special evening, All proceeds from the concert and the entire tour go to those suffering from the HIV/AIDS pandemic throughout Africa. A free-will offering (suggested $20 minimum) will be accepted at the door the evening of the concert.

WBN holiday meeting

Women in small business, private practice or consulting are invited to come and meet others at the Women's Business Network (WBN) meeting and holiday gathering on Thursday, December 12. WBN member, Pat Cochrane, is our host for the evening. Members are encouraged to bring snacks or desserts to add to the festive air.

This is a wonderful opportunity to update us on your business successes and concerns; help us plan future programs for WBN; meet new friends and reacquaint yourself with old ones. Bring your business cards and brochures. Contact Pat Cochrane at 1-978-456-9132 or to RSVP or for questions or directions.

Regular meetings are held at 7:15 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at St. Theresa's Church in Harvard. Meetings are open to anyone wishing to visit or considering membership. For more information call Renee Senes-Goldsmith at 1-978-456-9600.

CPC sponsors new 'Drop Out' events

A "Drop Out" is a new way to informally join other Carlisle families with young children while enjoying out-of-town activities. Participants are to identify themselves to others by wearing homemade, pinned-on name tags clearly mentioning the Carlisle Parents' Connection. Meet at the designated time and location to find other Carlisle friends. Those who arrive late, just go in and have fun, and keep an eye out for the name tags. Assume outdoor activities are canceled in the case of inclement weather. The following "drop-outs" are planned for December:

Sunday, December 8, 6:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.: Brickstone Square. In Andover's Brickstone Square they erect and illuminate a giant tree and have a Santa's Village.

Tuesday, December 19, 6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.: "Zoolights" show. Meet at the entrance to the Stone Zoo in Stoneham. Call Nancy Szczesniak at 1-978-369-6194 for more information, or visit the Carlisle Parents' Connection web site at

Christmas gifts needed for local kids

Concord Family and Youth Services needs your help to make the holiday season happier for several young people from your own town. Teenagers who are in residential care and children without parents or resources receive help from CFYS all year long. Let these kids know his/her community cares by picking up these gifts while doing your own holiday shopping: certificates to the Burlington or Natick malls, Newbury Comics, or Strawberries; stuffed animals; gloves, hats, scarves, sweatpants and sweatshirts, Barbie dolls, and more. Gifts can be mailed or delivered to 380 Mass. Ave., Acton, MA 01720 (on Rte 111 across from Roche Brothers). If you'd like to help, call Beth Napoli at 1-978-264-3632 or Kim Romano at 1-978-264-3602.

Fenn School sports sale on December 7

The Fenn School, at 516 Monument Street in Concord, will hold its annual sports sale on Saturday, December 7, from 9 a.m. to noon in the new gym. Previously-owned sporting goods of all kinds will be for sale, including downhill and cross-country skis and boots, hockey and ice-skating equipment, roller blades, tennis racquets, bikes and football, soccer and lacrosse equipment. Used ski equipment, including some of last year's models, will be offered at low prices. Outgrown usable sports equipment and clothing are much needed and should be brought to the school on Friday, December 6, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sales will be divided evenly between the consignor and the Fenn Parents' Association, after a $5 handling fee has been assessed on the total. Unsold items from the sale must be picked up on Saturday, December 7, between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. or be considered donations.

For additional information, call 1-978-318-3603.

Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club coffee

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club will be hosting its monthly coffee on Tuesday, December 10, at 10 a.m. Come enjoy new friends and delicious goodies. If you have little ones, bring them — there will be information about children's activities through the Newcomers Club. Don't miss out on the morning fun. Call Judy Hoffman at 1-978-318-9695 to RSVP and for directions to the hostess' home.

Scrooge returns to Groton

New Life Drama Company revives David MacAdam's inspirational and beloved musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story, Ebenezer Scrooge: A Christmas Carol, at the Groton-Dunstable Performing Arts Center on the campus of the Groton-Dunstable Middle School, Route 119 West in Groton, MA.

This musical opens on Saturday, December 14, and completes its run on Sunday, December 22. Performances are December 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., December 15 and 22 at 3 p.m., and December 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be ordered any time by calling their 24-hour ticket line at 1-508-270-7549, at their offices Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-978-369-0061, or by visiting their web page

'Family Trees' brings children's books to life

Beloved children's books will be the inspiration for the Concord Museum's seventh annual holiday exhibition, "Family Trees: Generations of Storytelling." Through January 1, the museum's galleries will feature over 45 trees, fancifully dressed with original ornaments based on the literature of childhood. Works by Jan Brett, Eve Bunting and Holly Hobbie mix with classics by Margaret Sidney, Norman Juster and Ruth Stiles Gannett.

Museum hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. amd Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and students and $5 for children. Members are admitted for free. The museum is located at 200 Lexington Road in Concord. Call 1-978-369-9763 for more information.

Annual Christmas contra dance/potluck

The Christmas contra and square dance will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on Friday, December 13, at 8 p.m.

Dudley Laufman will make his annual pilgrimage to Carlisle from New Hampshire to join in the festivities. He will join Sue Rosen in calling the dances, will lead carol singing and play the fiddle and concertina. Dudley's wife Jacqueline will join musicians Debby Knight, Bruce Rosen and Walter Lenk.

All dances will be taught; no partners or experience necessary. Everyone is welcome. A $5 contribution is requested at intermission. A potluck supper before the dance will begin at 6:30 p.m. Call 1-978-369-6678 for more information.

Bubblemania in Acton

Casey Carle will present a witty, imaginative bubble art form show appropriate for the entire family. On Saturday, December 14, two shows, at 1 and 3 p.m., will be held at the wheelchair-accessible R. J. Grey Jr. High School Auditorium, 16 Charter Road in Acton. Tickets cost $6 in advance (from Roche Brothers Supermarket , Acton; Learning Express, Acton; and Concord Toy Shop, Concord) and $7 at the door. (Children under two sitting on their parents' laps do not need a ticket.) Proceeds will benefit the Acton Barn Cooperative Nursery School. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Kathy at 1-978-952-6498.

Arts and Crafts in Lexington

The Lexington Arts and Crafts Society will be holding its annual Holiday Marketplace at the Society, 130 Waltham Street in Lexington, from December 6 through 21. The hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The Marketplace will feature many examples of members' work for sale. All the guilds, ceramics, painting, needlework, weaving, jewelry, woodworking, decorative arts, basketry, and miniature arts will be represented as well as a wide selection of jewelry. The Society is handicapped accessible with ample parking. Call 1-781-862-9696 with any questions.

The Old Manse celebrates winter

This holiday season, visitors to The Old Manse will be able to observe the season in many ways and many different eras in the Manse's "Winter Through the Ages" program, presented on Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 from noon to 4 p.m. "Winter Through the Ages" is a living history program that enables guests to travel through the ages from the Colonial era to the 1930s. Each room of the Manse is set in a different time period, and visitors can see how people celebrated the holidays in past times by meeting and talking with Ralph Waldo Emerson's extended family. There will be hands-on winter crafts to make, period refreshments to enjoy and even a sing-along in the parlor.

Admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and students, and $5 for children 6-12. The Old Manse, a property of the Trustees of Reservations, is located at 269 Monument Street in Concord, half a mile from Concord Center, next to the North Bridge. For more information, call 1-978-369-3909.

Artist grants program announced

The Massachusetts Cultural Council's Artist Grants Program is now welcoming on-line applications for artists working in the following disciplines: crafts, film & video, music composition, photography, playwriting/new theater works and sculpture/installation.

Fellowship grants of $5,000 will be given this year, an amount down 60% from last year due to budget cuts. Applicants are judged solely on the artistic strength of their work by a panel of artists and arts professionals in an anonymous review process.

The postmark deadline for all materials is December 16, 2002.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is holding public information sessions this month to demonstrate the on-line application process and share best practices for

preparing applications and work samples. For details on these sessions, to receive a paper copy of the application, or for further information about these grants, please visit or contact MCC Communications Director John Michael Kennedy at or 1-617-727-3668 x343.

Winter holidays concert at the FRS

Come early to get a seat at the annual concert of holiday music at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 8 at the First Religious Society. The joyful music will include flute, guitar, piano and bell ringing, as well as singing by the audience and the choirs of the First Religious Society.

The following Christmas Eve services will be held at the First Religious Society:

3 p.m. — Service for all ages.

5 p.m. — Concert of classical and seasonal music played by Sarah Darling, viola; Margaret Baltz Darling, piano; Janice Saul, piano; and Marguerite Shaw, organ.

5:30 p.m. — The Christmas Story in lessons and carols.

11 p.m. — Candlelight service.

For more information, call 1-978-369-5180, or visit

Open house at Emerson Umbrella

Forty artists at the Emerson Umbrella for the Arts, 40 Stow Street in Concord, will open their studios this weekend for their Annual Holiday Sale. Window lights, refreshments, and special offerings for the holiday gift-giving season will be on hand on Friday, December 6, from 1 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. Choose from a wide array of ceramics, textiles, jewelry, woodworking, painting, photography, and illustrated books. Also showing work in the second floor dance studio are artists from Carlisle's Highland Building, which is affiliated with the Emerson Umbrella.

A cappella chorus seeks singers

Colonial Spirit Chorus is announcing a guest night for singers, on Thursday, January 16, at 7:30 p.m. This active, four-part a cappella show chorus is looking for fifty energetic, hardworking singers. Each rehearsal includes personal voice instruction.

If you would like to develop your vocal and performing skills, visit the Colonial Spirit Chorus on January 16 in the meeting room at The Church of the Good Shepherd on Newtown Road (just off Rt. 27) in Acton. For further information, call 1-978-692-2270 or 1-978-287-4445.

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