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Friday, January 23, 2004

Gleason story-time

ENTHRALLED. Library story time is a perennial favorite. At this session, from several years ago, children listen attentively. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)

The Gleason Public Library will offer story-time sessions beginning on February 2. The three- to four-and-a-half-year-olds will meet either Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11 a.m. or Thursday from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The oldest group will meet Monday afternoon from 1:30 to 2 p.m. These sessions will run through the week of March 22. The six-week session for two- to three-year-olds (with parent or caregiver) will be offered on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. Story times will not be held during the February school vacation week.

Drop-in story times for ages three and up will continue at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month.

In-person registration for the winter story-time session will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 24. Phone registrations will be taken beginning at 11 a.m. For more information, call the children's department at the library at 1-978-369-4898.

TASTY TEMPTATIONS. Dayna Talbot serves Pamela Roles and Ruth Pickard at the January 15 COA luncheon. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)


Hypnotic performance at CCHS

Is mind reading for real? Is ESP a hidden power or a cultivated talent? Join the more than one million people who have witnessed hypnotist Russ Burgess in action. Back by popular demand, Russ Burgess' visit to CCHS on February 7 promises to be his best yet. See friends and teachers do things they never thought they would. He can persuade his subjects that the room is too hot, too cold, or even that the audience is naked.

Come to the upper gym at CCHS at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 7. A limited number of tickets are available, so purchase tickets early. General admission tickets can be purchased for $10 (checks only) at Quilter's Way in West Concord, Ferns Country Store (formerly Daisy's) in Carlisle, Video Revolution in Concord, Brine's Sporting Goods in Concord or from any CCHS freshman. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. This performance will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. For further information contact Joan Popolo at 1-978-287-0128.

Dance for Joy for seniors

The Carlisle COA will present a new program, Dance for Joy for Seniors, with Linda Myers-Tierney, beginning Wednesday, February 11 from 10:45 a.m. to noon at Union Hall, First Religious Society. The class combines a blend of yoga, dance and meditation. Regardless of experience, if one can do a brisk walk, one can do Dance for Joy. The class runs for six consecutive weeks and costs $30, payable to the Friends of the Carlisle COA. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to register.

Programs of prose, poetry and dance coming to Carlisle in February

Save the dates for the events the Carlisle Cultural Council has planned for February. All events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, February 8 at Union Hall, First Religious Society, beginning at 3:30 p.m. the entire family will be entertained by a colorful Celebration of Balinese Dance featuring an internationally acclaimed family of Balinese artists. Master dancer I Nyoman Catra and his wife Desak Made Suarti Laksmi, Bali's foremost female composer and a master dancer will share the stage with their delightful and talented seven-year-old son, Nyoman Driyana Usadhi. They will perform traditional theater and dance from Bali, including Baris, a stately dance for young boys, and Topeng, a masked dance that combines graceful movement with slapstick comedy.

Thursday, February 19 at 7 p.m., in the Hollis Room, upstairs at Gleason Public Library there will be an evening discussion and reading with poets. The poets will read from their works and discuss the craft of poetry. The public is invited to bring their own poems to share with the group.

On Thursday, February 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Hollis Room in Gleason Library, spend the evening with well-known author Gregory Maguire. Among his popular books for children are Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and Mirror, Mirror. The hit Broadway musical Wicked is based on Maguire's novel Wicked which delves into the early lives of Glinda and Elphaba, the witches from Oz. The author will talk about Wicked and how his art developed from his early life. This event, intended for adults, is co-sponsored by the Cultural Council and the Friends of Gleason Library.

Watch the 'Mosquito" for more information.

CEF/CSA Auction March 13 at Middlesex School

Break out the sandals — Carlisle is going calypso! Celebrate spring to the beat of steel drums. Join neighbors at the CEF/CSA Dinner/Dance with live auction on Saturday, March 13 at the Middlesex School. Enjoy an elegant evening of great food, dancing to calypso and reggae music performed by Hot Like Fire, while helping fund programs for the Carlisle Public School. Tickets are $75 per person. Seating is limited, so register today and reserve a place at this fun-filled event. From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. there will be drinks, appetizers, and a viewing of the live auction items. Dinner will be served from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. After dinner, there will be an exciting live auction, with Carlisle's own Al Merry as auctioneer. After the auction, it will be time to dance until midnight. Dress for a night in the tropics. Will anyone will do the Limbo? For tickets or questions call or e-mail Ginny Lamere at 1-978-369-8210 or swimmergin

Wanted: Items for the Live Auction including: frequent flier miles or points, vacation homes or timeshares (especially in the Caribbean), limo services, behind-the-scenes visits, sports tickets and memorabilia, hot air balloon rides, or tickets to concerts or to the theater.

Recreation news — winter programs

Youth Programs - Ski Wachusett has limited space available on 2/6, 2/10, 3/17. Limited space available in Karate, Snow Tubing 2/10, 3/16, Silver Jewelry 3/16, Gotta Dance. Classes needing enrollment are Paint & Draw, Bibliomania, PreK Caregiver & Me Crafts.

Adult Programs — Limited space available in Watercolor, Pilates, 60 Minute Workout, Fitness Training, Pottery, Indoor Tennis. Classes needing enrollment are T'ai Chi, Evening Badminton, On the Ball Exercise, Cooking Heart Healthy.

Community Ice Rink — Open for use by anyone for casual (non-hockey) skating when frozen. If we get lights working at Kimball's this year we may reserve time for hockey in the evenings.

Brochures are available at Gleason Library and Town Hall Recreation Office 1-978-369-9815 (email) Fax: 1-978-371-6686.

Notice: All non-school field and gym usage must be scheduled through the Recreation Office. Call or e-mail Terri: 1-978-369-6759,

Acton Memorial Library book sale

The Friends of Acton Libraries will hold their Winter Book Sale Friday, January 30 through Sunday, February 1 at Memorial Library, 486 Main Street. The sale is open to the general public on Saturday, January 30, from 9 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. On Sunday, February 1, is "Give Away Day" from 2 to 4 p.m. The sale will feature thousands of used hardcovers and paperbacks for children and adults; there are also a limited number of audiovisual items.

The library entrance and parking lot are reached from Woodbury Lane, which is opposite the Isaac Davis Monument on Main Street, Route 27 in Acton. The Friends of the Acton Libraries support Memorial Library, West Acton Citizens Library, and the elementary, junior high, and high school libraries.

Luge challenge at Wachusett

On Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25, USA luge athletes will demonstrate proper luge technique and offer those with a "need for speed" the chance to experience the thrill and excitement of luge at the Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton. After instruction and morning practice runs, participants will spend the afternoon tackling the snow-banked track in a race against the clock. Sliders that finish in the top of each age category will receive prizes. The event is free. On-site registration is required. 9 to 12:30 p.m.: registration; 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: practice runs; 1 to 2:30 p.m.: races and award ceremony.

For more information, contact Linda De Vito at 1-212-966-9000 or on Saturday or Sunday at 1-917-699-1770.

Make 2004 a Fresh Air Fund year

In 2004, help the children of New York City by volunteering to be a host family for The Fresh Air Fund.

Since 1877, New York City children growing up in low-income neighborhoods have experienced the joys of summer in suburban and small-town communities through The Fresh Air fund's Friendly Town Program. By welcoming visitors into their homes during the summer, host families give Fresh Air children a break from the sometimes dangerous, hot and crowded city streets.

For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child, please contact Janet Foley at 1-508-460-3473 or The Fresh Air Fund at 1-800-367-0003 or visit The Fund's web site at

Concord Players audition for 1776

The Concord Players will be holding open auditions for the April/May production of the musical 1776. Auditions are at the Fenn School, 516 Monument Street in Concord on January 28 and 29, from 7 to 10 p.m. Callbacks are February 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. Visit the web site for more information.

CSC/Jimmy Fund Ski Challenge at Nashoba Valley

Skiers looking for a challenge in 2004 are invited to head to Nashoba Valley Ski Area on Saturday, February 14, for the annual CSC/Jimmy Fund Ski Challenge. The event includes an outdoor barbecue lunch, team races, an open individual ski challenge, an après ski party and auction, and special guest, free-style legend Wayne Wong. The entry fee for a four-person team is $240; individual racers, $50. Registration is at 9 a.m. Held to benefit the Jimmy Fund, the event is organized by Computer Science Corporation, and will take place at Nashoba Valley, greater Boston's largest ski and snowboard area, located in Westford, Massachusetts. For details, call Alicia Gallo at 1-617-632-3611.

Acton Community Chorus open house

Take a trip down memory lane at the twentieth anniversary Spring "Pops" Concert, titled "Acton Community Chorus Goes Platinum." The chorus will be singing songs from each and every Spring Concert for the last 20 years. The chorus will rehearse every Monday night beginning with two open rehearsals on Monday, January 26 and Monday, February 2.

All area singers are welcome and no auditions are required. Anyone who loves to sing is invited to join the group at 7:15 p.m. at the Faith Evangelical Free Church, located at 54 Hosmer Street at Route 2. Bring a friend, have some fun and be part of this unique celebration. The Acton Community Chorus has more than 80 members from over 15 communities. The ACC is supported in part by a grant from the Acton Boxborough Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For further information, visit or call Julie at 1-978- 266 2790.

Enjoy Dinner With Friends

The Concord Players will present Margulies' Dinner With Friends, directed by Paul Murphy, on February I3, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday February 22 at 2:30 p.m. at 51 Walden Street in Concord Center. Tickets are $15. Call 1-978-369-2990 for tickets or charge tickets at

'Flora in Winter' at Worcester Art Museum and Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Two Central Massachusetts cultural institutions collaborate to present "Flora in Winter," a creative interplay of fine art and floral design, on view at the Worcester Art Museum and Tower Hill Botanic Garden from February 5 to 8.

At the Worcester Art Museum, visitors may stroll the galleries to admire fresh floral arrangements alongside the works of art that inspired them. Tower Hill will exhibit arrangements relating to the theme of "Emotions," offering profound and surprising interpretations of flowers echoing the human experience.

Throughout the four-day exhibition, each venue features related programming, special events, and extended café hours. "Flora Euphorial," an opening celebration at the Worcester Art Museum, kicks off the festivities from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, February 5. Tower Hill hosts a candlelight cabaret performance by Jan Peters on Friday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. At both locations, visitors can join in daily guided tours, and Tower Hill presents lectures and demonstrations at 2 p.m. each day.

Viewing house for "Flora in Winter" at the Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, are Thursday, February 5 from 11 to 9 p.m.; Friday, February 6, from 11 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, February 7 from 10 to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, February 8, from 11 to 5 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston, will be open daily from 10 to 5 p.m. General admission fees apply at each location.

A Sunday concert will be held at 2 p.m. Enjoy a performance by The Choral Arts Group in the Worcester Art Museum's Renaissance Court. The program is free with museum admission of $8 adults, $6 seniors/students with ID, free for members and ages 17 and under. For information, call the Worcester Art Museum at 1-508-799-4406 or visit

February and March fun at Orchard House

Chase away the winter blues with these exciting and unusual programs for children and families. Registration and pre-payment is required by phoning 1-978-369-4118.

A Valentine Party with Louisa May Alcott: On February 14, from 3 to 5 p.m., children ages six and up, including adluts, are invited for a very special time celebrating "Loves Own Day" with games, stories, crafts and more. The cost is $18 per person, $15 for Friends of the Alcotts.

February Fun Week: On Tuesday, February 17 through Friday, February 22, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., children ages eight to twelve are invited to participate in activities the Alcotts enjoyed, such as writing, drama, games and simple crafts. Come for the entire week or choose your days. The cost is $100 for the full week and $30 for each individual day. A two-day knitting workshop is $50. On Tuesday, February 16, in "Scribbles with Scrabble," try your hand at poetry, fiction, sensory writing and more.

Welcome to our Home - a living history tour: On Tuesday, Febraury 17, Wednesday, February 18, Thursday, February 19, and Friday, February 20, from 1 to 2 p.m., or on Saturday, March 27 from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., tour the house with a costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends. The cost is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and college students, and $7 for youths 6-17 years.

Renaissance music at Good Shepherd

The Cambridge Renaissance choir Vox Lucens returns to Church of the Good Shepherd, 164 Newtown Road in Acton, on Sunday, February 1, at 3 p.m. The concert will explore music of the English Reformation, and the ways in which composers such as Byrd and Tallis reacted to the changing, and sometimes dangerous, religious climate of sixteenth-century England. Admission is $12, or $8 for students and seniors, and the church is handicapped-accessible.

Ryles Jazz Orchestra to perform in Westford

The Parish Center for the Arts presents the Ryles Jazz Orchestra, directed by trumpeter Frank Vardaros on Saturday, February 21 at 8 p.m.

Admission is $15 for the general public, $12 for members of the Parish Center for the Arts. The seating is cabaret style. Buy a table for six for the price of five admissions. BYOB. Reservations are recommended. For information or reservations, call 1-978-692-6333 or send e-mail to:

Want to be a beekeeper?

The Middlesex County Beekeepers Association (MCBA) in conjunction with Acton-Boxborough Community Educationis offering a six-week course in the Basics of Beekeeping starting Tuesday, February 3, at 7 p.m. The goal of the course is to have students graduate as beginning beekeepers in the spring. Students will receive a complimentarymembership in the MCBA. Register during the month of January. Call Acton-Boxborough Community Education at 1-978-266-2525 to register or for more information, or call MCBA secretary Ted Shylovsky at 1-978-443-7195 or Ernie Huber at 1-978-369-6678 for additional information.

MCD's spring tree and plant sale

It's time to order your spring plants from the Middlesex Conservation District's (MCD) plant sale. Select from over thirty varieties of trees, shrubs, and evergreens specially selected for Middlesex County gardens. This year's sale features apple and pear trees at a special price as well as other fruit bearing plants like berries and asparagus. Groundcovers, perennials and herbs for all types of gardens round out the plant list. Compost and composting supplies are also available.

Proceeds from this sale fund MCD programs; for the full brochure, check or call 1-978-692-9395 for. All sales are pre-orders placed by March 19.

Free support program for mothers under age 21

Healthy Families is a free and confidential program providing intensive home visiting support to first-time mothers under 21. Services are provided from pregnancy up to the child's third birthday, and include assistance with a wide range of issues relating to parenting at a young age. Parents can join at any point before their child's first birthday. The referral process is easy. For information or to apply, call Andrea or Michele at the Healthy Families Office in Concord, 1-978-369-0615.

Free Positive Discipline class in Carlisle

First Connections will be presenting a class focusing on Positive Discipline for 2- and 3-year-olds in Carlisle on Wednesday, January 28 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The group will examine the causes of children's "problem" behaviors and discuss effective strategies for coping with difficult moments. Anyone interested in participating, call 1-978-287-0221 to register and receive directions to the exact location.

Girl Scouts collecting for MSCPA

Girl Scout Troop 2646 is collecting donations for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. Items include new cat and dog toys, grooming brushes, paper towels, liquid hand soap, used and cleaned towels and blankets. To donate, call Lee at 1-978-369-0454, or for a complete list see

Postpartum depression support group

The next meeting of "This Isn't What I Expected" at First Connections will be Monday, January 26 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. This facilitated group is for moms whose experience of motherhood has been colored by some degree of depression, either postpartum or ongoing. The group will share strategies to develop, support and affirm one's parenting efforts. There is no fee to attend the group. Please call the group leader, Ellen Weisstein, M.S., before attending (1-978-287-0221). Childcare is available for babies over 6 months during the meeting which takes place on the grounds of Emerson Hospital in Concord.

Feng Shui classes

The Carlisle Recreation Commission's Feng Shui class, "The Art of Placement" will be held on Friday, January 30 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The class presents correct placement of the three most important objects in the home. Participants are invited to bring floor plans for a brief analysis. Spring Cleaning with Feng Shui meets on Friday, February 27 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Receive guidelines for clearing clutter. To register, call Carlisle Recreation at 1-978-369-9815.

2004 Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund

Applications for the Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund (CCSF), including application instructions, forms, and links are now available via the website at Applications are also available in the main office at CCHS, Minuteman Tech., Middlesex School and Concord Academy.

The CCSF is a private, non-profit organization founded over 30 years ago, dedicated to providing scholarships to deserving students. In 2003, over $100,000 was awarded to local students.

Applicants must reside in Concord or Carlisle or have attended school in one of these towns. The CCSF scholarships are need-based and are shared with other local organizations, such as the Concord Women's Club, the West Concord Women's Club, the VFW, the Concord Public Library and the Carlisle Garden Club, which award merit- and need-based scholarships.

CCYH Annual Parents' Social Dinner Banquet

The Concord/Carlisle Youth Hockey (CCYH) Organization is holding its Annual CCYH Parents' Social on Friday evening, February 6, at the Sheraton - Lexington Inn from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Nationally known comedian Tom Gilmore will be performing with his bring-down-the-house clean humor. The Lexington-Sheraton will be serving up their sumptuous buffet and decadent dessert bar. There will be music, dancing, a silent auction and the 50/50 raffle. Last year's winners split $2500.All tickets can be ordered by either contacting Bob Donelan at 1-978-369-2021 or Kevin Feeney at1-978-371-1086. All net proceeds go to support CCYH.

Democrats to hold caucus in Carlisle

Registered Democrats in Carlisle will be holding a caucus at the First Religious Society, 27 School Street at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 24 to elect four delegates and four alternates to the 2004 Massachusetts Democratic Convention in May. Delegates will be equally divided between men and women. Call Cynthia Schweppe at 1-978-

369-5738 for more information.

CCHS summer opportunities fair

Concord-Carlisle High School will hold its 23rd annual summer opportunities fair on February 2 (snow date February 3) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street, Concord.

In an effort to give students of all ages an opportunity to explore some exciting alternatives to their usual summer activities, the fair brings together representatives from over 70 organizations to present information about summer programs locally, nationally and abroad. Exhibitors will display information on traditional summer camps, wilderness adventures, education and enrichment opportunities, sports camps, foreign language and student exchange programs, volunteer programs and more.

Admission is free and open to the public. The exhibit area is handicapped accessible. All proceeds from exhibitors fund the CCHS Parents' Association grants program. For more information call Marie Fiedrich at 1-978-369-0076.

Registration begins at Minuteman for adults

Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington is now accepting registrations for its evening Adult High School, which begins during the first week of February.

The program gives high school dropouts originally scheduled to graduate in 2002 or earlier an opportunity to earn a high school diploma by taking evening classes at Minuteman. (Such students will be exempt from the state MCAS requirement that became law in 2003, provided that all their required courses are completed by the state mandated deadline of June, 2005.)

Current high school students who need to make up English, math or science courses may also enroll in the program in order to complete courses required by their high schools.

Tuition is $249 per course for all students. For further information, call Minuteman's Community Education office at 1-781-861-7150.

Admissions info night at Minuteman for parents

A wealth of information about academic programs, career majors, learning styles, campus life and more will be available at the parent-student information night at Minuteman Regional High School on Wednesday, January 28, at 7 p.m. Parents of eighth- and ninth-grade students will tour the school, meet teachers and get answers to any and all questions. For more information, visit Minuteman Regional High School is located at 758 Marrett Road in Lexington.

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito