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Friday, January 30, 2004

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 in 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.

Sign up for spring soccer

Spring in-town soccer registration has begun. To register, go to the Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer website at and click on "In-Town" and read the information about the spring program. (This should answer many questions. Any additional questions can be submitted to the soccer hotline at 1-978-287-0968.) Next, click on "Register" and complete all fields on the registration form and click "Submit." One can also download the registration form and mail to: P.O. Box 429, Concord, MA 01742. No registrations will be accepted after February 15 - no exceptions.

Jazz Vespers at FRS

On Sunday, February 29, the First Religious Society will hold its first Jazz Vespers at 4 p.m. A jazz trio will perform, with Marcus Pinney at the piano, John Clark on string bass and Harvey Nosowitz on the drums. This service will be a combination of music and spoken and silent reflections, with music taking up about 75% of the hour-long vespers. Families are encouraged to attend. Child care will be provided at no cost by experienced senior high youth downstairs in the Red Balloon area, but reservations are required at least ten days in advance (by February 19). For more information, call the church office at 1-978-369-5180.

Friday Night Live is back again on February 6

The first FNL of the new year takes place on Friday, February 6. Even though it is a professional day and there is no school, there will be FNL that night, so let's get out and make the most of it.

A reminder to anyone who has not yet attended a Friday Night Live — bring a parent and don't forget to fill out a permission form. No students will be permitted to attend without a signed form. Any students who are not from the Carlisle school district must have a chaperone present at FNL. As always, many thanks go out to all the parents who have chaperoned FNL.

A $3 contribution is collected at the door to keep the program self-supporting. Pizza and soda are also available for a small fee. Students who leave prior to 9:30 p.m. must be signed out by a parent. All others should be picked up at 9:30 p.m. sharp. For more information, call Kathy Hassey at 1-978-287-4284 or any other member of the Carlisle Youth Commission.

Library story time openings remain

Openings remain in the Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon story times for 3- to 4-year-olds and the Monday afternoon story time for 4- to 6-year-olds. Call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department to register.

Winter picture books will be featured at the PJ story time on Wednesday, February 4, at 7 p.m. No registration is required for this drop-in story time for ages 3 and up.

Pre-school sing-along at the Gleason Library

Songwriter Liz Buchanan will present a half-hour musical program with guitar and songs for ages 0-4 and their parents or caregivers on Monday, February 9

Carlisle Parents Connection to hold Winter Social

Families with young children are invited to come join the fun at the Carlisle Parents Connection Winter Social on Saturday, February 7, from 10 a.m. to noon at Union Hall at the First Religious Unitarian Church. Nappy's Puppets, featured on PBS and HBO, will perform a shadow puppet show and sing-along. Families can play games, make crafts, meet old and new friends and have a good time. Admission is $10 per family for non-members and free for members. For more information about the Winter Social, call Terry West 1-978-287-5174, or Madeleine Blake at 1-978-371-3956.

Interested in the school budget for next year?

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) will sponsor a presentation by Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson and School Business Manager Steven Moore about the FY 2005 Carlisle Public School's budget on February 3 at 7 p.m. in the school library. All are welcome to attend.

Cub Scout Pack 135 Pinewood Derby

Cub Scout Pack 135 will hold its annual Pinewood Derby competition on Sunday, February 1, in the Corey dining room from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited. The Pinewood Derby involves racing small wooden cars that the boys have built themselves. Awards are also given for most creative design.

Call Steve Golson, Cubmaster, with questions at 1-978-371-9959.

Pop Warner football comes to Concord and Carlisle

Beginning next fall, Concord and Carlisle will be offering Pop Warner football for boys and girls entering grades five through eight.

To learn more about this exciting new program and to register a child, parents and players are invited to attend an informational session on Saturday, February 28, at Concord-Carlisle High School's upper gym between 10 a.m. and noon. Enter the building via the lower gym parking lot. Registration packages will be available at that time. (Note that the actual number of teams, age and weight groups offered will be determined by the number of registrants.)

For additional information, visit the Pop Warner Football web site at:, or email: Bill Barrett at; Scott Bird at; Kevin McNamara at; or Lorraine Stone at

"This Just In" new books at Gleason Library

These audio-book purchases were made possible through a grant from the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System.

For Adults

Pompeii by Robert Harris (CD). The New York Times calls Pompeii a "terrific and prodigiously researched thriller even though you know how his story ends, you still can't put it down as the inevitable comes closer."

Idyll Banter: Weekly Excursions to a Very Small Town by Chris Bohjalian (tape). You may recall some of Bohjalian's earlier successes: Midwives, Trans-Sister Radio and The Buffalo Soldier. This collection of stories, some sad, some humorous, are drawn from weekly columns he wrote for the Burlington Free Press, beginning in 1992. They reflect on life in rural Vermont.

The Bridge of Sighs by Olen Steinhauer (CD). In this mystery set in 1948, an inexperienced homicide detective battles crime in the lawless streets of a post-World War II Eastern European city. The novel holds "lots of humor, lots of threads," according to J. Robert Janes, author of Dollmaker.

The Burma Road: The Extraordinary Story of the China-Burma-Indian Theater of Operations During World War II by Donovan Webster (CD). "Applying concrete visualization of the mud, leeches, and heat of tropical combat, Webster renders the misery experienced by soldiers on both Japanese and Allied sides, blending them with the tactical details of the war's ebb and flood in Burma." (Booklist)

For Children

Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath (tape). At the Girl on the Red Swing Restaurant everything on the menu is served on a waffle — even fish and chips! Here orphaned (or is she?) Primrose Squarp not only learns to cook, but also finds a sympathetic ear. This humorous story is a Newbery Honor winner.

The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh (CD). Eight-year-old Sarah Noble travels into the wilderness with her father to build a homestead for the family. Facing wild animals and an uncertain reception by the native people, Sarah remembers her mother's words to "Keep up your courage, Sarah Noble!" Dalgliesh won a Newbery honor for this book, which is set in New Milford, Connecticut.

COA presents Caravaggio: an Explosion of Realism

The Carlisle Council on Aging will offer a free program on the Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio on Wednesday, February 25 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Clark Room at the Town Hall. The program will be presented by Mr. Chiodini, a native Italian with many years experience teaching technical and cultural subjects. The lecture is free, but participants are asked to register by phone at 1-978-371-2895 or via e-mail at

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 a 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 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 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 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 and the theater.

Recreation news — winter programs

HAVING FUN WITH FITNESS. The Carlisle Recreation Program's adult fitness training group exercises their abdominal muscles through plenty of laughter. Pictured from left are: Teresa Kvietkauskas, Delaine Williamson, Brenda Bhavnani, Cindy Craft, Judy Richardson and the instructor, June Miller. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)

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, Pre-K 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,

Accessible cross-country ski program at Great Brook State Park

SKI TRIO. Skiing home on the Concord River at the end of a winter afternoon are (left to right) Steve Loutrel, Tim Eliassen and Liz Loutrel. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)

A variety of recreational opportunities for people with and without disabilities are being offered at the state park this winter, sponsored by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation's Universal Access Program.

Activities include cross-country skiing, sit-skiing, snowshoeing and kick sledding for people with disabilities, their family and friends. These activities will take place on the following Monday and Thursdays: January 15 from noon to 7 p.m., January 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; January 29 from noon to 7 p.m., February 5 from noon to 7 p.m., February 12 from noon to 7 p.m., February 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., February 26 from noon to 4 p.m., and March 4 from noon to 4 p.m.

Park at the ski concession at Great Brook Farm State Park on Lowell Road. For more information, call Tom McCarthy, Director of DCR's Universal Access Program at 1-413-545-5353.

A 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.

The Concord Players invites you to Dinner With Friends
Eric Ruben, Chuck Schwager, and Kerrie Miller rehearsing for "Dinner With Friends" (picture by Rik Pierce)

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

Middlesex Community College Celebrity Forum presents 'An Evening with Barbara Walters'

This year the Middlesex Community College Foundation Celebrity Forum proudly presents "An Evening with Barbara Walters," at 8 p.m. on Monday, June 7, in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

Tickets to MCC's Celebrity Forum go on sale Saturday, February 21. Prices are $65 for Premier Seating, with other seats available at $35 and $20. There is also a special $20 rate for students and seniors (60 and older). They can be purchased in person at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium box office located at 50 East Merrimack Street in Lowell and through Ticketmaster in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. To order tickets by mail, or for more information, call MCC at 1-978-656-3238 (service charges apply).

"A World of Music" features composer/pianist Alfred Watson

"A World of Music," Middlesex Community College's concert series, will begin with a program by composer and pianist Alfred Watson to be held at noon on Thursday, February 12 in MCC's Concert Hall on the Bedford campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

During the program Watson will talk about inspiration and how some composers were inspired to write their music. In addition to his own compositions, he will perform works by Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Debussy, and share interesting anecdotes about the composers.

A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music (where he was a classmate of Van Cliburn), Watson has appeared in musical events, radio programs and concerts in the United States and Europe. His music bears the influence of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Debussy. Romantic Reflections, his current compact disc, is a group of 11 piano pieces selected from 80 Watson has written.

MCC's Concert Hall is located in North Academic Hall (Building 6) on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. For more information about "A World of Music," call Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta at 1-781-280-3923.

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