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Friday, October 22, 2004

CCHS musical Forever Plaid opens October 22 in Carlisle

Forever Plaid includes some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the '50s, performed in close harmony with delightful choreography. This popular musical comes with the energy and enthusiasm that audiences have come to expect from Concord-Carlisle High School performances.

The four "Plaids" are veterans of musical theater at CCHS, and include: Carlisle seniors Alex Brewer and Michael Johnson, junior Dylan Levers, and senior Travis Minor.

Forever Plaid will be performed on October 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Corey Auditorium at the Carlisle School, and on October 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Concord-Carlisle High School. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door or at

Howl-o-ween party

The public is invited to a spooktacular pet party with the staff of the Carlisle Animal Hospital on Saturday, October 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. The party will include Halloween snacks for pets and people, a Best Pet Costume contest, free pet bandanas, free Clifford Books, Find the Bone, and more. Plus, enter a contest to win a free microchip for your pet.

Gleason Pumpkin Spectacle on October 26

For the twenty-first year, the Gleason Public Library will host its Great Pumpkin Spectacle, an event that has become a Carlisle Halloween tradition. This year the event will be held on Tuesday, October 26. Each year kindergartners, first-, second- and third-graders display extraordinary creativity and imagination in their pumpkin decorating.

To register, bring a pumpkin to the children's department at the Gleason Public Library between 3 and 6:30 p.m. on October 26. Those who come in the afternoon will have a chance to view the pumpkins in a leisurely fashion. Registrations before 6 p.m. are preferred. Pumpkins will be judged separately on each grade level. This year there will be three categories: carved, decorated, and carved and decorated. A lucky winner will be drawn for each age group. Those who do not wish their pumpkins to be judged may bring them to a special "display only" table.

At 6:45 p.m., the Toe Jam Puppet Band will perform in the Corey Auditorium at the Carlisle Public School. The Toe Jam Puppet Band will entertain the audience with all-original Halloween songs, and stories featuring Frankenstein, The Blob, Skeleton Man, and Slime Monster. The Friends of the Gleason Library are providing funding for this performance as well as for prizes and refreshments.

Following the performance, there will be an informal parade from the school to the library (children are encouraged to bring flashlights). The three judges will announce their decisions by 8 p.m.

Watch the Halloween Parade with the COA

Join the Carlisle Council on Aging in the Sleeper Room at 145 Church Street for coffee, cider and breakfast treats on Friday, October 29 at 9:30 a.m. Following coffee, the group will watch the Carlisle school children parade through Village Court in their wonderful Halloween costumes.

CPC Halloween Event

The annual Carlisle Parents Connection Halloween Event will be held Saturday, October 30 at Diment Park from 1 to 3 p.m. Bring your ghosts and goblins to enjoy many bewitching activities, including crafts, games, a hay treasure hunt, and the Halloween Trick-or-Treat parade. It is sure to be a "spook"tacular time!

This party is for families with children from birth to age 5. The cost is $10 per family, or $25 to join Carlisle Parents Connection and enjoy all the year's activities. The rain date for this event is Sunday, October 31 at Diment Park from 1 to 3 p.m.

Carisle School "Buzz" now on-line

From now on the Buzz will be on-line at the Carlisle Public Schools web-site,, rather than being sent home with each student. During this transition we will be sending home with students a 1-page "Buzz Table of Contents" to alert parents that the next Buzz issue is on line. For a printed copy of the Buzz, call the school at 1-978-369-6550. This process is expected to save many thousands of sheets of paper, a great deal of copier wear, and much printing and collating labor each year.

Tour the Carlisle School November 15 to 19

All Carlisle parents and residents are invited to visit the Carlisle Public Schools during American Education Week, November 15 to 19. The schools will be open to the public each day during American Education Week from 8 to 10 a.m. for grades 5 through 8 and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for the elementary school PK to 4. You may visit classrooms and see students and staff in various learning environments.

The Congregational Church has generously agreed to permit parking in their lot during these times. Please reserve the front and side slots for church business, and proceed to the back of the parking lot.

All visitors are asked to check in at the Main Office in the Wilkins Building for a welcome packet and visitor's pass before proceeding to visit classrooms.

Faucher talks about history of Great Brook

Thursday, October 28 at noon in the Sleeper Room, the Carlisle Council on Aging is pleased to host a special program in collaboration with the Gleason Public Library. The guest speaker will be Ray Faucher, Supervisor of Great Brook Farm State Park. Faucher will talk about the history of the farm and describe what the farm is today, including information on the various programs, activities, and trails that the park hosts. Lunch begins at noon, with the program following at 1 p.m. Reservations appreciated: call 1-978-371-2895.

Carlisle educators join team to take on Harlem Wizards in benefit for C. C. Pools October 29

Carlisle educators have joined the C. C. Pool-A-Hoops team to take on the Harlem Wizards in a benefit basketball game for the Concord-Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center. The Wizards, a traveling team of former collegiate basketball standouts, street ball stars, and wily hoops tricksters will face Superintendent Marie Doyle, Assistant- Superintendent Michael Giurlando, Principal Stephen Goodwin, teachers Gene Stamell, Bill Gale and Liz Gray at an acrobatic slam-dunk event, Friday, October 29 at 7 p.m. at the Concord-Carlisle High School. Other C.C. Pool-A-Hoop members include Concord teachers, administrators, police anda selectman. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and food will be available for purchase at that time.Tickets are $15 (two and under enter free) and are available at Ferns, or by contacting the C. C. Pools office, 66 Commonwealth Avenue, Concord, MA, 1-978-371-4936, or info

The Concord-Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center is being built with private, tax-deductible donations from individuals, businesses and foundations.Upon completion, the Center will be given to the Town of Concord, and available to everyone in the towns of Concord and Carlisle, as well as town employees and their families. It will be located on the grounds of the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School.

Halloween Hunter Pace event

The Old North Bridge Pony Club is sponsoring a Halloween Hunter Pace Event for riders of all levels and ages at Great Brook Farm State Park on Sunday, October 31, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Costumes are encouraged, but optional. Sign up early for $25, or sign up at the event for $30 per rider. For information call Paulette Tattersall at 1-978-369-0783.

Savoyards perform The Secret Garden

The Savoyard Light Opera Company brings The Secret Garden to Carlisle's Corey Auditorium in November. Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, book and lyrics are by Marsha Norman, with music by Lucy Simon. Corey Jackson and Fred Frabotta direct the performances which will be held November 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m., and November 14 and 21 at 2 p.m.

For more information call 1-978-371-SLOC or visit

COA events for seniors

• Drop Inn Luncheon: The COA is hosting a special program in collaboration with the Gleason Library's grant program on Carlisle Forests on Thursday, October 28. The guest speaker is Ray Faucher, supervisor of Great Brook Farm State Park. He will talk about the history of the farm and what it is today. Lunch begins at noon, with the program following at 1 p.m. Reservations appreciated at 1-978-371-2895. The program is free; a donation of $2 is appreciated for lunch.

• Athenian Corner Dinner: Reserve October 29 for a return visit for dinner at the Athenian Corner, 207 Market Street in Lowell at 6:30 p.m. sharp, so that dinner can be completed in a leisurely way before the band starts. The cost per person is $23.50 for a buffet dinner, coffee, dessert, tax and gratuity. Make checks payable to James Elgin. For more information or for reservations, call by October 21 either the Elgins (1-978-371-0728) or the Dunkers (1-978-369-5681).

It's playgroup time

The Carlisle Parents Connection organizes playgroups for children age 0 to 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. This is a nice way for families to get connected and for parents/caretakers to meet each other. Existing groups for other ages are open to new members as well. For more information about joining a group, contact Nancy West at 1-978-369-6515, or

Recreation Commission news

Carlisle Youth Basketball programs

Volunteer opportunities: Carlisle Recreation is in need of a coordinator for Girls Basketball, grades 5 through 8. Someone is needed to organize teams/coaches and schedule practices, etc. Recreation is also in need of coaches for both boys and girls teams. If you are interested in helping develop these programs, call the Recreation Office at 1-978- 369-9815 or e-mail:

Fall youth classes:

Space is available in Early Release on November 2; Time to Clay on December 14; Holiday Crafts and Cards; Ice Skating and Hockey. In fall adult classes, there is room in Fitness, Card Making, Pottery, Watercolor, Tai Chi, Wednesday Soccer and Basketball.

Starting November 14, Adult Sunday Soccer, a new program, will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Corey Gym, coordinated by Khaled Bounar. Call the Recreation Office for details and registration forms.

Winter classes:

There is limited space available in Ski Nashoba and Ski Wachusett. Brochures are available at the Town Hall Recreation office (1-978-369-9815) and the Gleason Library.

"Naturally Beautiful Gardens" offered by CPAG

Carlisle residents are invited to a free public slide lecture on "Naturally Beautiful Gardens: Adventures in Landscape Ecology," sponsored by the Carlisle Pesticide Awareness Group (CPAG) in association with the Carlisle Board of Health and the First Religious Society Environmental Action Committee. The talk will be held in Union Hall, at the First Religious Society, from 10 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, November 13.

Two local landscape designers will present a slide lecture about landscaping methods safe for your family and for the environment. The designers will share some interesting history on lawns and landscapes, as well as specific information about our town's ecological profile. The talk will provide inspiration as well as helpful tips for making wildlife-friendly gardens, conserving the town's aquifers, avoiding the use of toxic chemicals, tips for reducing yard work, and more.

Dori Smith, M.A., M.Ed., is a landscape designer, writer, and educator. She is accredited in organic land care by the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), and a member of several local ecological, environmental and horticultural organizations. Her business, Gardens for Life, based in Acton, specializes in designs and installation of non-toxic, low-maintenance and drought-tolerant landscapes, as well as bird, butterfly, and hummingbird gardens. She offers workshops on topics related to "Nature and Human Nature," "Gardening for Life," and "Sanctuary Gardens."

Mary L. Whitney, a landscape designer and planner from Littleton, MA, is a member of the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation's Low-Impact Development (LID) Working Group, a group that is working on low-cost ways that homeowners, towns, and developers can reduce storm run-off, protect local water resources, and preserve open space. She has worked on a variety of design and planning projects, including open space planning, bike paths, and wellhead protection. She specializes in ecological design, land use planning, and public education and outreach.

For information, visit CPAG's website

Check it out Services for book discussion groups

submitted by Conni Manoli-Skocay, Gleason Public Library Reference

The reference librarians at the Gleason Public Library can help you optimize your book group experience in several ways. One is to request a book kit. There are now over 100 book kits available through MVLC, ranging from bestsellers like The Red Tent, Seabiscuit, and The Da Vinci Code to modern classics like Cry, the Beloved Country and Brave New World. There are also book kits for children including The Trolls and Because of Winn-Dixie. Each kit contains 15 copies of the book, as well as supplementary materials to inform readers and enrich the discussion.

The library collection has an assortment of books that can help with book choices. Among them is Reading Group Choices (374.22), an annual guide that offers a wide variety of books and suggested discussion topics. In addition,there are The Book Group Book (374.22), The Reading Group Handbook (374),and Nancy Pearl's Book Lust (011.73), which is rich in ideas and suggestions for every taste.

We are also happy to compile a customized information packet to accompany your reading group choice, whether you are a facilitator or just enjoying the discussion. Packets contain background on the book, book reviews, literary criticism, and biographical information on the author. Together,these resources support and enhance the discussion of any book. If you have questions, call 1-978-369-4898 and ask for reference.

Friends of the Gleason Library seeks new board members

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the services of the library, is actively seeking board members. Your volunteer hours could have a direct impact right here in Carlisle. Join a group of dedicated Friends as they work to support an exciting variety of library programs, such as the Art History lecture series and the Great Pumpkin Spectacle, and to enhance the library's integral role in our community. The time commitment is flexible and responsibilites vary. Interested? Contact Anjli Trehan, president, at 1-978-371-0374, or for further information.

Just arrived at Gleason

Enjoy the autumnal ambiance provided by a good classical music CD, while watching the fall's colorful landscape. Some recent arrivals to the Gleason Public Library music collection include:

Frederic Chopin: Piano Sonatas 2 & 3; Scherzi; Ballades. Cecile Ousset on piano

Tchaikovsky: violin concerto in D major, op. 35

Myaskovsky: Violin Concerto in D minor, op.44. Kirov Orchestra, Vadim Repin on violin

Des Prez: Missa "Faisant Regretz" & From Motetti De Passione.The Clerks' Group, Edward Wickham

Allegri: Miserere, William Mundy, Vox Patris caelestis

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli. The Tallis Scholars

Berlioz: Requiem, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo, The Monteverdi Choir

The English Baroque soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Bach: The Art of Fugue & Musical Offering. Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner

The Gleason Public Library is a great source for music on CD. Tune in at the library.

Eye ease — large-print books at the library

The Gleason Public Library holds a collection of books published in large print. These books are what they sound like, the same titles, the same words, but with a larger and often bolder printed font. Some recent large-print titles purchased through a grant from the Timothy Wheeler House in Concord, include: Harlan Coben, Just One Look; Dorothy Garlock, Song of the Road; Bob Woodward, Plan of Attack; Richard A. Clarke, Against All Enemies; Jane Heller, Best Enemies; Sarah Dunant, The Birth of Venus; Jane Feather, Bride Hunt; Michael Dibdin, Medusa; Leon Wagener, One Giant Leap; Nora Roberts, Opposites Attract; Alexander McCall Smith, Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations; Tony Hendra, Father Joe; Robyn Carr, Blue Skies; Judith Guest, Tarnished Eye; Marika and Howard Stone, Too Young To Retire; Charlotte Armstrong, A Little Less Than Kind; Charles Osgood, Defending Baltimore Against Enemy Attack. Mysteries, poetry, databases, and more are available at the Gleason Public Library. Call a librarian at 1-978-369-4898.

CCYH Learn-To-Skate registration begins

The first session of the Learn-To-Skate program sponsored by Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey (CCYH) will begin Saturday, October 30, from 11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. at the Valley Sports Arena on Route 62 in West Concord. Registration will take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Back Rink. The cost is $230, which includes 20 sessions and a hockey-style practice jersey. Warm clothing and gloves are recommended. A HECC-approved hockey helmet and face mask are required. This fee includes a $30 non-refundable registration fee.

Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey will limit the size of each session to a maximum of 100 skaters.Skaters must be five years of age by January 1, 2005. On-ice volunteers are welcome. More information can be obtained by calling the registrar of CCYH at 1-978-369-6759, the president of CCYH at 1-978-897-7680 or LTS director of CCYH at 1-978-369-4664. Visit for up-to-date information.

CCHS chorus students for hire

Need help with yard work this fall?Looking for a babysitter? CCHS chorus students are available and eager to work to earn money for their concert tour this spring to Prague, Vienna and Salzburg.Call parent coordinator Debbie O'Kelly at1-978 371-2645.

CCHS football workday

On Saturday, November 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date is Sunday November 21), Concord-Carlisle High School football players will rake leaves and perform other light yard work to raise money to support the high school football program. The fee is $10 per player with a minimum of two players for three hours. An appointment is required. Please call Susan Mills (1-978-369-5346) or Medha Ganmukhi (1-978-287-4701) to sign up.

COA trip to the Alps

Come join the Carlisle seniors on a trip to Alpine Country from March 7 to 20, 2005. The cost is $2549 for twin occupancy and includes air fare, hotels, sightseeing, all breakfasts and dinners. The trip will visit Innsbruck, Vienna, Lucerne, Munich, Zermatt, Lake Geneva, St Moritz and more. For information or to sign up call Joanne Willens or e-mail her at or pick up a flyer at the Carlisle COA office at Town Hall.

Election day coffee

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