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Friday, February 6, 2004

Pre-school sing-along at the Gleason Library

The Gleason Library is hosting a special event for the very youngest library patrons. Children ages 0 - 4 are invited to move with the beat and to sing along with Liz Buchanan's original tunes and classic favorites. In 2001, Buchanan was named a finalist for Best New Artist for Young Children by the Children's Music Web organization. She will present a half hour program with guitar and songs from her CD Make it a Song, Song, Song. This free program for children and their parents or caregivers will be held on Monday, February 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the Gleason Library.

Upcoming programs of prose, poetry and dance

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

On Sunday, February 8, at Union Hall, beginning at 3:30 p.m. the entire family will be entertained by a colorful Celebration of Balinese Dance

On Thursday, February 19 at 6:45 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, spend the evening with well-known author Gregory Maguire. Among his popular books for adults 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 Friends of Gleason Library.

Join a playgroup

The Carlisle Parents Connection organizes playgroups for children ages 0-5 and their parents/caretakers. Groups are structured around children of similar ages, and usually meet at members' homes. A group for new babies is currently forming. Existing groups for other ages are open to new members as well. For more information, contact Nancy West (1-978-369-6515; or Ali Walsh (1-978-287-9593;

CCHS registration for private school students

Concord-Carlisle High School will offer an evening registration session for all Carlisle and Concord eighth and ninth grade independent school students and their parents on Wednesday, February 25, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the CCHS library. Prospective students should bring completed registration materials to this meeting. For registration materials, call Mrs. McDonald at the CCHS Guidance Office, 1-978-318-1417, extension 120.

Library story time

Openings remain in the weekday story times for 3- to 6-year-olds. Call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department to register.

CCF offers tours of the Benfield property

The Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) invites townspeople to join them for a walking tour of the Benfield "Parcel A" property that is being considered for town purchase at the March 23 Special Town Meeting. Beginning this weekend, February 7 and 8, and continuing every Saturday and Sunday up to and including the weekend of March 20 and 21, CCF will conduct walks beginning at 2 p.m. unless there is extremely inclement weather.

These easy walks will begin at the open field on South Street that is approximately 1/4 mile east of the intersection with West Street and will take no more than 90 minutes. There is parking on the field while it is frozen and on West Street near the intersection with Pope Road.

For background information on the Benfield property and/or on the proposal being considered by the town, consult CCF's website at

FNL is tonight

Even though it is a professional day and there is no school, there will be Friday Night Live on Friday, February 6.

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.

Community Ed offerings during school vacation week

Vacation weeks are an active time at Concord Carlisle Community Education, when traditional school activities take their holiday. There are several unique programs for young people in the schools over the February break.

The popular "TKO" vacation week program is a long-running partnership with the Thoreau Club, one of dozens of school-community alliances that the department maintains for local citizens. At TKO, kindergarten through fourth grade students will have a lively, daylong program of aquatics, outdoor adventure, arts, games and more. It meets at the Thoreau Club and Camp on Forest Ridge Road from 9 to 5, February 17-20. The fee is $250 for the 4-day week. A full and nutritious lunch is included in the fee. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, sneakers, and clothes for outdoor play each day.

"DNA Detectives" is a new program for grades 5-7. This 4-day workshop will be held at the Concord Middle School, Sanborn Building from 1 to 4:30 pm, February 17 -20. The program expands upon the life science curriculum, and students will explore DNA, heredity and the relevance of genetics to everyday life. Their inquiries include, what is DNA and what does it look like? How do scientists study DNA? Where do you find it and what does it tell us? Lorraine Pazaris, PhD., of Concord conceived this program and will be the teacher. Pazaris, a biologist and biotechnologist, will have her student detectives run simple experiments, conduct research, and participate in informal discussions. The fee is $119 and space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Classes are open to all. Non-residents of the Concord-Carlisle school districts pay a $3 non-resident fee. To enroll call (978) 318-1540 days or (978) 318-1432 nights. Complete course listings are at

Chuck Schwager, Linda Goetz, Eric Ruben, and Kerrie Miller

The Concord Players invites you to 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

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

Put your heart into the fight against cancer on Valentine's Day

Ski or snowboard enthusiasts and novices alike are invited to show they care and to put their heart into the fight against cancer this Valentine's Day at the ninth annual CSC/Jimmy Fund Ski Challenge at Nashoba Valley Ski Area on Saturday, February 14. Both fundraising efforts and speed determine race winners in this friendly competition that helps others in their battle with cancer. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts offices of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), the CSC/Jimmy Fund Ski Challenge is open to companies, families and friends. All are invited to enjoy the day's competitions and festivities as four-person teams ($240) or as individual competitors ($50). The race course is set for all skill levels and being the fastest is not the only way to win. For each $150 raised over the registration fee, teams will have one second deducted from their race times.

Free-style legend Wayne Wong will be on before the races to offer advice and tips to competitors looking to improve their style. In addition to the competition, skiers, snowboarders and supporters are invited to participate in the auction, raffle and awards ceremony after the main event. There will be two grand prize raffle winners, each taking home two round-trip American Airlines tickets. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on February 14 at the Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford, Mass. Located just 45 minutes from Boston, Nashoba is Greater Boston's largest ski and snowboard area. For more information call Alicia Gallo at 1-617-632-3611 or visit

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" (This should answer many questions. Any additional questions can be submitted to the soccer hotline at 1-978-287-0968.) 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.

Open burning season

The dates for the open burning season in Carlisle are January 15 - May 1. Residents may have open fires between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Fires must be attended at all times and require a permit, which can be obtained on the day of burning between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. by calling the Carlisle Fire Department at

1-978-369-1442. The dispatcher will request a name, address and telephone number and will advise if conditions are acceptable for burning on that day.

2004 transfer station stickers available

It is time to purchase new stickers for 2004 for depositing household trash at the Carlisle transfer station. Vehicles without a valid sticker will not be permitted to deposit their trash.

Stickers may be purchased by residents at the Carlisle police station dispatcher's window by presenting proof of residence and vehicle identification. The cost of a sticker will be $15 each, and a second sticker may be purchased for a second vehicle for an additional $10. While there, be sure to pick up a copy of the Household Recycling Committee's newsletter. Residences whose household disposables are picked up by local collectors must also obtain residential stickers, and such firms must maintain lists of the residential addresses that they serve. The stickers must be displayed on vehicles by April 1, 2004.

February 14 is Heartsaver Day in Carlisle

Concord-Carlisle Community Education and the American Heart Association want every citizen to know the lifesaving steps of CPR. Concord-Carlisle High School hosts CPR courses year-round, through the school district's self-funded community program. Its outreach efforts also include courses closer to home, in the Carlisle Schools and more recently at the Carlisle Extended Day facility on East Street.

A morning CPR-AED course will meet at Carlisle Extended Day on Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14, from 8:30 to noon. It teaches the basic techniques of adult CPR, and use of the lifesaving automatic external defibrillator (AED) now found in many public places. Also learn about universal precautions and disease prevention in rescue situations, and how to provide first aid for choking. The course first reviews how to recognize four major emergencies: heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrest, and airway obstruction; then, how to respond.

David Askey, one of the volunteers with the Extended Day Program, was instrumental in making the training available. "Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) are now common in many public places, and are being introduced in our local school facilities. Educating the community is critical for prompt lifesaving intervention. The Carlisle Extended Day Program is pleased to join with Community Ed, as partners for community health education right here in Carlisle."

Classes are open to all. Non-residents of the Concord-Carlisle school districts pay a $3 non-resident fee, in addition to the $50 course fee. The tuition includes a textbook, equipment and supplies, and certification. To enroll call 1-978-318-1540 days or 1-978-318-1432 nights. Complete course listings are at

CCHS to offer Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof will be presented at the CCHS auditorium on February 27, 28, March 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays, February 29 and March 7, at 2:30 p.m.

All tickets are $15. Ticket order forms are now available at Ferns. Tickets may be purchased using a new online ticket system, at or by mailing a check (made payable to "CCHS Music") and the order form to Erica Karban, CCHS, 500 Walden Street, Concord, MA 01742. Call Margaret Coughlin at 1-978-371-0865 or e-mail at with any questions.

Plan to get tickets for the 7th grade play: Dear Edwina, Jr.

Spend an afternoon in Paw Paw, Michigan watching the Dear Edwina Show, where folks from around the world send letters to Edwina Spoonapple seeking her invaluable advice. Be prepared to laugh and enjoy plenty of song and dance. Performances will be on Thursday, March 25 at 3:30 p.m., Friday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available from all seventh graders and at convenient locations around town. Ticket sales will begin on February 24.

Nashoba Valley Chorale looks forward to spring

The Nashoba Valley Chorale prepares for its 2004 Spring season with a call to area singers to join the men and women who hail from more than 20 communities in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Open rehearsals for the Spring season are held on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Littleton, beginning February 9.

Director Brian O'Connell plans a celebration of New England composers for the next Nashoba Valley Chorale concert. Scheduled for May 22 and 23, the program will include music by New England's own — Leonard Bernstein, William Billings, Randall Thompson, Vivian Fine, George Walker and others.

O'Connell also serves as Director of Choral Activities at Lexington High School. His background includes a variety of directing and teaching experience. He is past president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and an adjunct faculty member of the New England Conservatory of Music. A Berklee College of Music faculty member for more than fifteen years, he served as chair of the Voice Department for nine years. An accomplished singer, O'Connell has performed with the Handel & Haydn Society and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and has served as Director of the Handel & Haydn Society's Youth Chorus.

President Jim Paradis explains, "The Chorale invites singers to attend two open rehearsals before deciding whether to join. We are a group of men and women with varying musical experience — there are no qualifying auditions — the director listens to each singer only so that he can properly place singers in the appropriate voice group. We welcome all those who enjoy singing and who are dedicated to performing at their very best." He added, "We are fortunate to have Brian O'Connell as our director. Working with him is both a pleasure and a privilege. The depth of his musical knowledge, combined with his genial manner and sense of humor, brings out the very best in each member of the Nashoba Valley Chorale."

The First Baptist Church of Littleton is located on Route 110 in Littleton Common. For more information, call Olwen Gardiner at 1-978-448-0428 or check the Nashoba Valley Chorale at

Conservation Morning Coffee on February 10

The February 10 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlise Town Hall, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Ed and Beverly Humm, who have gardened at Foss Farm for many years, will be available to talk about what they have done to create their outstanding garden. The Humms have lived in Carlisle for 17 years, and first began gardening at Foss Farm in 1993.

The Conservation Coffees began two years ago, and are regularly held on the second Tuesday of the month. Their purpose is to provide an informal opportunity for residents to meet and to discuss a wide range of issues concerning land use, conservation and the environment. The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Refreshments are provided.


Minute Man National Historical Park celebrates Black History Month

Two living history programs — one focusing on slavery on the eve of the Civil War, the other examining life as a black soldier in Revolutionary America — will be offered by Minute Man National Historical Park in its salute to Black History Month in February.

On Saturday, February 21, members of the Concord Junior Volunteers and former Park Ranger Bruce Harris will present "An Impressive Lesson to My Children" at the Minute Man Visitor Center. The program, offered at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., examines the Abolitionist movement from the perspective of the Alcott family as Louisa and her sisters present a conversation with their unusual house guest — a runaway slave.

Bronson Alcott was among the leaders of the local Abolitionist movement who offered his home to organizers of the Underground Railroad. Documentary evidence suggests that the Alcott family provided refuge for at least two slaves, though undoubtedly assisted many more. This evidence provided the basis for the designation of The Wayside, home to the Alcotts from 1845 to 1848, as an official site of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

On Saturday, February 28, Bruce Harris will invite visitors to "Meet Peter Salem" at the Minute Man Visitor Center at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Peter Salem was a slave from Framingham who obtained his freedom through military service in the American Revolutionary War.

From the first shots fired in Concord to Bunker Hill to Saratoga, Salem served with distinction throughout the duration of the war. On April 19, 1775, he was among the nearly 1500 Minutemen and militia who descended on a wooded section in Lincoln, now called "bloody angle," a site preserved at Minute Man National Historical park.

Admission to both programs is free. The Minute Man Visitor Center is located on Route 2A/The Battle Road in Lexington. For additional information, call 1-978-369-6993 or visit the Park's web site—

Poetry reading, sponsored by the Carlisle Cultural Council

The Carlisle Cultural Council is sponsoring an evening of poetry. John Hodgen, Sue Ellen Kuzma, George Stalker, and Jean Keskulla will read poems on the theme "Fire and Ice." The event, free and open to all, will be in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library, Thursday, February 19, and begin at 6:45 p.m. No poetry experience is necessary.

All four participants are published poets, and all have a special interest in performance, in spreading the magic and excitement of poetry, the humor, pathos and meaning of this form of literature. They will read from their own works and also from works by Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens, and others.

John Hodgen has won many awards for his poetry. In 1993, his first book, In My Father's House, won the Bluestem Award. His second volume of poetry, Bread Without Sorrow, published in 2002, won the Balcones Prize for Best Book of Poetry. His work is published in many journals, including Field, The Massachusetts Review, Boston Monthly and The American Review. He lives in Shrewsbury and teaches at Assumption College in Worcester.

Jean Keskulla's first reading in Carlisle was of wildlife poetry in September 2000. She has written for the Mosquito. Her poetry has appeared in various journals. She lives in Carlisle with her husband George Stalker.

Sue Ellen Kuzma, a singer and voice teacher, is on the faculty of Trinity Brown Consortium in Providence. Her poetry has appeared in Sahara, Diner, BlueLine, Ekphrasis and other publications.

George Stalker, also a musician, has published his poetry and received contest prize recognition in Massachusetts and elsewhere. He has been a featured reader, performing his own work in numerous Boston-area poetry venues.

Join these four accomplished poets for a stimulating evening of poetry reading. Audience members are invited to bring favorite poems to read.

February Council on Aging events

Book club. Wednesday, February 11 at 9:30 a.m., the COA Book Club will meet to discuss Mystic River by Dennis Lehane. Call the COA office for location and directions.

Men's breakfast. Enjoy a hot, made-to-order breakfast by Chef Ed Lemire in the Sleeper Room on February 12. The suggested donation is $2.

Concord Players free dress rehearsal. Enjoy a free production of Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies on Thursday, February 12 at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden Street, Concord.

Regal luncheon. The next step in the International Luncheon series is a buffet at the Westford Regency Hotel at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 24. The cost is $12.30, payable at the restaurant. Call Betty and Jim Elgin at 1-978-371-0728 or Tom and Karen Dunkers at 1-978-369-5681 for reservations or questions.

CEF/CSA Dinner and Auction on March 13

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. For tickets or questions call or e-mail Ginny Lamere at 1-978-369-8210 or swimmergin

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

CPC Winter Social

Families with young children are invited to 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 and make crafts. Admission is $10 per family for non-members and free for members. For more information call Terry West 1-978-287-5174, or Madeleine Blake at 1-978-371-3956.

Girl Scouts collecting for MSPCA

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

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito