The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 13, 2002

COA upcoming events

Holiday Party: Carlisle seniors are invited to the COA annual holiday party on Tuesday, December 17 at 11:45 a.m. in Union Hall in the First Religious Society on the town common. There will be a hot luncheon, music and line dancing. The suggested donation will be two dollars. There will be an optional collection of toiletry items for the Middlesex Homeless Shelter of Lowell. Donations of soap, toothpaste or shampoo are appreciated. For reservations, call 1-978-371-2895.

New Year's coffee: Join the COA at 9:30 a.m. on January 2 in the Sleeper Room for coffee, pastries and good conversation.

Lunch at Riverview: On Thursday, January 9, the COA is planning a luncheon at the Riverview, Concord Road, Billerica. House Greek specialties include baked lamb, spinach pie and galactobouriko. Traditional specialties include steak, seafood tps, chicken and Italian sausage. The COA van will provide transportation for those who do not wish to drive. For more information, call Jim and Betty Elgin at 1-978-371-0728 or Tom and Karen Dunkers at 1-978-369-5681.

Carlisle Parents Connection holiday open house

All families with young children are invited to the Carlisle Parents' Connection's holiday open house on Monday, December 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a cookie exchange for those who wish to participate. There will be singing with piano accompaniment, dancing with the kids, and refreshments will be provided. The open house will be held at the home of Nancy Szczesniak, at 124 Aberdeen Drive. For information, call 1-978-369-6194.

Christmas Eve carols on the Town Green

Young and old are invited to dust off their instruments and voices, and join the carolers on the Town Green under the lights between the trees on Christmas Eve, December 24 from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.

The instrumental group the Carlisle Cats is always seeking new members, and even has a few extra instruments that players can borrow. Available instruments include the famous Charley Horn, a pre-Sousaphone helicon that served the Carlisle Music Department in the 1960s under Mrs. Peckham. Another odd instrument available for a B-flat baritone player is a baritone trumpet. Call Walt Woodward, 1-978-369-5893, to borrow instruments and to allow the Cats to plan for all harmony parts. The Glockenspiel needs an amplifier to compete with the brass section, and the group is seeking someone to donate one for the evening.

Annual Christmas contra dance/potluck

The Christmas contra and square dance and carol sing will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on Friday, December 13, at 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome. A potluck supper before the dance will begin at 6:30 p.m. Call 1-978-369-6678 for more information.

Representative Cleven at Town Hall, Dec. 20

State Representative Carol Cleven will hold office hours at the Carlisle Town Hall on Friday, December 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. Appointments are not necessary.

2003 transfer station stickers available

The transfer station stickers for 2003 are now for sale at the police station. Carlisle residents should bring their car registrations and $15 per sticker to the dispatcher's window. Up-to-date stickers must be displayed on vehicles before entering the transfer station.

COA holds Lowell shelter fund drive

The council on aging is holding its annual drive for the Lowell Transitional Living Center, a homeless shelter for men and women. This year the COA is collecting much-needed toiletry items — such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes — for the facility. If anyone in the community would like to donate items for the drive, bring them to the COA office in the Town Hall and leave them in the available box. The collection will be held until December 20. Last year the Lowell Transitional Living Center provided shelter and food to over 100 individuals daily, and transitioned 200 individuals out of the shelter and into permanent housing. The facility also gave safe shelter to more than 30 elders. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 with any questions.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito