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Friday, November 12, 2004

Pre-school sing-along November 15 at 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 collection of original tunes and classic favorites. Liz has been leading sing-along programs for young children in public libraries and elementary classrooms in Massachusetts for the past five years. In 2001, she 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, November 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the Gleason Library.

Chamber Music by Candlelight on November 20

The Cambridge Society for Early Music presents Kenneth Drake, pianoforte, in a concert entitled "England's Gift to Beethoven: Sonatas on an 1816 Broadwood Piano." The concert will be held on Saturday, November 20, at 8 p.m. at the First Religious Society on School Street.

Drake is an eminent Beethoven scholar-interpreter, who plays a rare 1816 Broadwood piano that resembles the piano used by the composer, and which is credited with expanding Beethoven's palette: power, richness, and intimate inflection.

Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for students and seniors. For more details visit the web site:

Try the new boardwalks on a River Trail Walk November 26

The Trails Committee will sponsor a River Trail Walk on the day after Thanksgiving, November 26, starting at the Foss Farm parking lot at 1 p.m. The route travels through meadows and forests on trails paralleling the Concord River and will traverse the two new boardwalks that many in town helped to build. A shorter (about one hour) and a longer version (about two hours) will be offered. This walk is open to the public and is a great opportunity for families to work off some of their Thanksgiving dinner. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Turkey dinner for senior citizens

The Concord-Carlisle High School class of 2006 will be hosting their annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Concord/Carlisle senior citizens on Saturday, November 20. Come share a traditional Thanksgiving meal and enjoy the music and entertainment provided by the students. Dinner is served in the high school cafeteria at noon, but come as early as 11:15 a.m. to mingle. Make reservations by November 15 by calling the Carlisle (1-978-369-3119) Council on Aging.

Carlisle contra dance

The Second Friday Contra Dance will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on November 12. Before the dance, everyone is invited to a potluck supper that will begin at 6:30 p.m. The dance starts at 8 p.m. Sue Rosen will do the calling and Debby Knight, David Titus, Bruce Rosen, and Walter Lenk will provide the music. A $5-a-person collection will be taken at intermission. Beginners and singles are welcome. All dances will be taught. Call Ellen Huber at 1-978-369-6678 with questions.

Flu clinic for Carlisle senior citizens

Due to the limited supply of influenza vaccine, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has prioritized the distribution of flu shots to those at greatest risk for severe complications or life threatening illness from influenza. In keeping with this order, the Board of Health working with the Council on Aging will hold a flu clinic for Carlisle residents, age 75 years and older on Friday, December 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Town Hall in the Clark Room. To participate, pre-register and bring proof of age. To register, call the COA at 1-978-371-2875 and leave name, address, and telephone number. The Board of Health expects to have enough vaccine for the clinic. As additional influenza vaccine supply becomes available, the state will add groups to the prioritization list.

Trails need clearing

The Trails Committee needs volunteers to help with trail clearing on Sunday, November 14. Meet at the Town Hall parking lot at 9 a.m. The group generally works for two to three hours, but any time one can spare is appreciated. Wear boots and bring bow saws, loppers, swing blades or pruning tools if you have them. Many trails have suffered wind damage recently and need to be cleaned up before winter. Call Steve Tobin with questions at 1-978-369-1680.

Cub Scouts collecting CARE packages

The Carlisle fifth-grade Cub Scouts are collecting CARE packages for American soldiers fighting in Iraq. The holiday season is a particularly difficult time to be away from home and the Scouts plan to ship the items by the end of the month so they reach the men and women fighting in Iraq by mid-December. The Scouts ask that people take a moment to write a letter or purchase a few items that would mean a great deal to our soldiers overseas.

On November 13 at both the Transfer Station and at Ferns Country store, the Scouts will be on hand to collect non-perishable food items such as gum, hard candy, packaged cookies and crackers and beef jerky as well as letters, batteries, cushioned socks, CDs/DVDs and crossword puzzle books. Money can also be donated and will be used to defray some of the shipping costs.

The Scouts will also have receptacles at the library and at the post office until November 20 where items may be dropped off at any time, or items can be dropped off at the Carlisle Public School on November 16 on the upper level of the plaza from 7:30 to 11 a.m.

For additional information about the Iraq CARE Package Program, call Dale Ryder at 1-978-371-9673 or Alison Thompson at 1-978-369-6160.

COA Choice Meal Day November 19

Come join the Carlisle Seniors and and Minuteman Senior Services on Friday, November 19 at 11 a.m. at the First Church of Christ, 25 Great Road in Bedford for "Choice Meal Day" Diwali/Thanksgiving. Choose a traditional menu or an Indian menu. The event is catered by Gourmet India. If interested call 978-371-8023 or e-mail by Monday November 15. Specify which menu you prefer. Suggested donation is $2.

CCHS accreditation presentation on Nov. 14

A team of sixteen evaluators, made up of teachers and administrators from around New England, will be at Concord-Carlisle High School from November 14 through November 17 as part of the accreditation review directed by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). This visit will be the culmination of a process of self-study that began two years ago.

The visit will begin on Sunday afternoon, November 14, with a presentation by a panel of teachers and students. This event will take place at 1:45 p.m. in the school library and is open to the public. The members of the panel will review key points from the various committee reports, including discussion of the school's mission and expectations for students' learning as well as an overview of issues and challenges facing the school. At 4:45 p.m. there will be a brief reception in the high school library to welcome the visiting committee. This reception is also open to the public.

There are also two times set aside for smaller group meetings with parents. The first is Sunday, November 14 from 3 to 3:40 p.m. in room A8, and the second is Monday, November 15, from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. in room A8. The size of the group will be limited to approximately the first 20 who call or e-mail Sharon Trainor in the CCHS office.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges is a voluntary membership organization of approximately 1,800 public schools, colleges and universities, independent schools, and vocational, technical, and career institutions. The Commission works with individual public schools to improve the quality of education through a continuous process of accreditation and evaluation.

The Mosquito needs new blood

Are you ready to get involved in the community? Want to know more about town government works? Want to meet more people? The Mosquito needs reporters to cover the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) and Planning Board. We also need feature writers.

The RSC meets once a month, usually on the last Tuesday, at 7 p.m., at CCHS. It is an ideal assignment for a parent of a CCHS student, or anyone interested in the broad range of issues related to our regional high school. With reaccreditation and a reassessment of building needs, it will be an interesting year.

The Carlisle Planning Board usually meets twice a month on Monday evenings. The Board reviews plans for new housing subdivisions , roads and other land issues. This year the board will also work on a Community Development pPlan which will be submitted to the state.

Still uncertain about your new career in journalism? Read Cecile Sandwen's "How I became a Mosquito reporter" which appeared in the September 24 issue and is available on the Mosquito web site, "My need was less for a high-paying job than one that provided flexibility, cameraderie, and a chance to make a contribution," says Cecile.

If interested, call news editor Maya Liteplo at 1-978-369-7848, or feature editor Marilyn Harte at 1-978-369-2044.

"A World of Music" continues with free violin-piano concert

"A World of Music," Middlesex Community College's fall concert series, continues with a performance by Anatole Wieck, playing violin, viola and viola d'amore, with Carmen Rodriguez—Peralta, on piano and harpsichord, to be held at 8 p.m. Friday, November 19 at MCC's Concert Hall on the Bedford campus. Free and open to the public, the concert will feature works by Biber, Casadesus, Schumann, Brahms, Nin and Wieniavski.

Wieck has performed and given master classes worldwide. He owns an 18th century viola d'amore and regularly performs Baroque music. Wieck is professor of violin and viola and conductor of the University of Maine Orchestras at Orono, Maine.

Rodriques-Peralta, a professor of music at MCC and coordinator of the Music Program, has appeared as a solo pianist throughout the United States.

A World of Music concludes with a Middlesex student recital to be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, December 6 in the MCC Theatre, 5 East Merrimack Street in Lowell. MCC's Concert Hall is located in North Academic Hall (Building 6) on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. For more information, visit or contact Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, series director at or 1-781-280-3923.

Bookmark Gleason:

Visit the Gleason Public Library at any hour, any day of the week, by going online to The new web site provides basic information about the library including hours of operation, quick access to the library catalog, easy management of patron accounts, and current information about programs at the Library. Funds were provided by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library to design and develop this web site.The web site was designed by Carlisle residents Mary-Lynne Bohn of Accent Design and developed by Heather Hedden of Hedden Information Management.

Gleason hosts talk on private land planning

How do you plan to manage your land? On November 17 at 7 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library, Si Balch, Director of Forest Stewardship, New England Forestry Foundation, will discuss the ways in which a landowner might plan and manage land, from gardens to forests. This event is scheduled as part of the "Carlisle Forests: Past, Present and Future" grant program at the Gleason Public Library, funded by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and through a grant from the USDA Forest Service and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Ready for a hypnotic performance?

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 as he performs at Concord-Carlisle High School at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, in the upper gym.

Back by popular demand, Russ Burgess' visit to CCHS is sponsored by the CCHS Class of 2007, and promises to be his best yet with a demonstration of ESP and hypnotism. See students and teachers do things they never thought they would or could. Russ can persuade his subjects that the room is too hot, too cold, or even that the audience is naked!

Come and be amazed. Tickets will be for sale during lunch at the high school.

CCHS Feasibility Study needs volunteers

The Regional School Committee (RSC) is forming a group, the Concord- Carlisle High School Feasibility Study Committee, to consider improvements to the high school. The RSC invites all interested citizens to submit their names to help with this.The Feasibility Study will be an extension of the previous work, and will include a full analysis of all systems in the building, as well as an examination of cost differential to build a new building. The final work will be

the basis of the request for design funds for future building/renovations at CCHS. Of particular interest would be citizens who have a background in building and/or finance. The study will be complete by June 2005, but the volunteers will be needed to assist in educating the community through next year.

If interested, submit your name by November 20 via e-mail to the Ripley administrative offices at lpalmaccio@ with the subject being CCHS Study Project. Include name, address, phone number, e-mail address, background and why interested.

C-C middle school Holiday Dance

The third annual Holiday Dance for Concord and Carlisle seventh and eighth graders will be held on Saturday, November 20, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Hunt Gym on Stow Street in Concord. There will be games, prizes, food, and music by Peter Walters.The $10 admission charge at the door includes a snack and beverage. The event is sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle Friends of Softball, and proceeds will go toward a new fence for the high-school soccer field. For more information, call Sherry Cabot at 1-978-369-2459.

Scrabble club looks for members

Enjoy word games like scabble? All students in grades 5 through 8 are invited to join a new Scrabble Club which will meet weekly on Tuesday afternoons starting on January 18. Enjoy playing the game of Scrabble while learning and practicing some of the tips and techniques that can dramatically improve your score. There are plenty of local tournaments available for anyone who becomes serious about competition. In 2003, two sixth-graders from Cambridge won a tournament prize of $5,000.

Learn more by calling Becky Konkle at 1-978-369-8931. Join the club and become a champion wordsmith.

CCYH Mite House League registration

Concord Carlisle Youth Hockey (CCYH) is registering Concord and Carlisle children in the Mite level (born in 1996 and 1997) who are interested in playing approximately ten games of ice hockey in Concord. The goals of this program are fun, friendly competition, sportsmanship and skill development. At the current time, planning is underway for a Mite in-house program that will start in mid-November and will end before public school February vacation. Games are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 to 10:30 a.m.

Newly-registered players will be assigned to teams along with players already playing travel hockey. The Registration fee for Mites will be $250, which includes "Home" and "Away" game jerseys. For anyone who already has jerseys, the cost will be $160. Those players enrolled in travel hockey do not need to register again and have no additional charge.

Full hockey equipment is required (HECC-approved helmet and mask, neck guard, shoulder and elbow pads, gloves, hockey pants, jock/athletic protector, shin pads, hockey skates and stick).

Register by calling the registrar at 1-978-369-6759 or by sending an e-mail with the player's and parents' names, phone number, player's birth date, and address to:

Come to the Girl Scout Square Dance

On Sunday, November 21, join the Concord and Carlisle Girl Scouts and their dance partners for their annual westem-style square dance. Meet at the Concord Scout House from 2 to 4 p.m. for a fun afternoon of dancing and socializing. Wearing comfortable clothing is encouraged — cowboy hat and boots are optional. A professional caller will be on hand, offering basic instruction and refreshments will be offered.

Girl Scouts should R.S.V.P. to their troop leader by November 14 if planning to attend. For all others, the cost is $7 per person at the door.

Girl Scouts collect winter coats for area shelters

The fifth-grade Junior Girl Scout troop will be collecting warm coats for shelters in Lowell and Boston. Last year over 800 coats were collected. Contributions will be donated to shelters in Lowell and Boston.

The Girl Scouts will be at the transfer station on Saturday, November 27, December 4 and December 11 for contributions. For more information call Darragh Murphy at 1-978-318-0319 or drop off items at the Murphy-Langrind home at 8 Bedford Road (on the rotary, between Fleet Bank and Gleason Library).

Warm hats, mittens and gloves needed

Carlisle second-grade Brownie troop 2653 will be collecting warm hats, mittens, gloves and scarves for the homeless. Contributions will be donated to shelters in Lowell and Boston. The Girl Scouts will be at the Transfer Station on Saturday, November 27, December 4 and December 11 for contributions. For more information, call Stephanie Randazzo at 1-978-369-8161 or drop off items at 296 Brook Street.

Arts and Crafts fair to be held in Bedford

Middlesex Community College's annual Arts & Crafts Fair will be held from 10 to 4 p.m., Saturday, November 20 on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. More than 80 crafters will be selling their work this year. Among the many unique and handmade items on sale will be fine woodcrafts, baskets, jewelry, glassware, holiday decorations, doll clothes, quilts, watercolors, pottery, metal and wood sculpture, decorative folk art, herbal dips, candles and soaps. On sale will be MCC's first cookbook, Memorable Edibles, a collection of special-occasion and family recipes submitted by Middlesex faculty.

The public is also invited to tour the Middlesex Meetinghouse from11 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 20. MCC's newly renovated historic farmhouse, located nearby at 294 Concord Road, now serves as a center for college, community and corporate gatherings.

Admission is free. For information, please call Craft Fair Coordinator at 1-781-280-3541.

Artists display wares at Minuteman Tech

Artists and crafters from throughout New England will join together in a celebration of the arts as Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington hosts the 2004 Artistic Romp, a fine arts and crafts show and sale, on Saturday, November 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the show is $3 per person with children twelve and under admitted free. A portion of the event's proceeds will benefit the Minuteman Scholarship Fund and the Minuteman Alumni Association.The event is being organized by the Stow Artisans, a local group of artists and art professionals.

The event will also boast raffle prizes, a menu of breakfast and lunch selections prepared by Minuteman's culinary art students and numerous sale items of clothing, photography and paintings, handmade soaps and candles, woodworkings and much more. Directions to Minuteman Regional High School are available on the school's website at and questions about the show may be sent via e-mail to

Festive Family Fair and Marketplace in Concord

"Festive Family Fair and Marketplace" will be held at Nashoba Brooks School located at 200 Strawberry Hill Road in Concord on Saturday, November 20 from 9 to 1 p.m. Many activities and games for children, including an arts and crafts room where children can make gifts. More than 25 vendors offering a range of holiday shopping. Campus tours and fireside chat with Head and Assistant Head of School and Director of Admissions will begin at 11 a.m. To learn more about Nashoba Brooks School, visit or call 1-978-369-4591, ext. 112. Proceeds will benefit Concord Family and Youth Services and the NBS Parents Association.

Exhibition of Champions to support Project Bread

The Colonial Figure Skating Club will host an Exhibition of Champions and Silent Auction on Saturday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Nashoba Valley Olympia, Rte. 111, Boxborough, in support of Project Bread, Massachusetts' leading state-wide anti-hunger organization. Scheduled to appear are New England Regional Champions, Adult Nationals Champions, The Colonials synchronized skating team, and special guest skaters.

The Silent Auction items will be available for viewing from 6 to 9 p.m. and a detailed listing of silent auction items will be available to bidders on the Colonial website at a week before the event.

The Colonial Figure Skating Club, with over 400 members, is one of the largest figure skating clubs in the country. More information about the Colonial Figure Skating Club and its programs can be found at For questions about this event or to donate a silent auction item, contact the Colonial Figure Skating Club office by calling 1-978-263-3450. Tickets will be available at the door the night of the event.

Maris Platais' paintings and drawings at Whistler House Museum of Art

From November 18 to December 31, the Whistler House Museum of Art at 243 Worthen Street, Lowell, is pleased to host an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Carlisle artist Maris Platais. The exhibit will feature Platais' luminous landscapes and exquisitely detailed drawings featuring the New England woodland scenes and seaside imagery for which he is best known. Many of his signature works depict the majestic trees that surround his studio near Concord. He paints year-'round in various locations throughout the Northeast, including the lakes and woods near his Carlisle studio and the coastline of Maine.

Platais has lived in New England since 1949. He is a graduate of Tufts University and the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston. After graduation, he began his career as an ad design artist while teaching drawing at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Since 1982, he has devoted his energies to painting, drawing, and etching while continuing to lecture and demonstrate technique to art associations throughout the Northeast. He is a member of The Guild of Boston Artists, the Academic Artists Association, the American Society of Marine Artists, and the Concord Art Association. His work has been shown regionally and nationally, including exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution and the Worcester Art Museum. He has received many awards, including the John Stobart Boston Harbor Award in 2001, and his work has been featured in Yankee Magazine and the Boston Globe.

The free opening reception is Thursday, November 18, 6 to 8 p.m. Lunch with the Artist will be held December 9 at noon. This event is free with museum admission; bring a bag lunch, drinks will be provided. Admission to Whistler House is $5 adults, $4 seniors and students, members free. Hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 11 to 4 p.m. The Parker Gallery is wheelchair-accessible. for more information call 1-978-452-7641.

Sarasa Ensemble to play in Concord

Join the Sarasa Ensemble for the second of their season's concerts on Sunday, November 14 in the sanctuary of First Parish Church, 20 Lexington Road in Concord (ample free parking available). The music on this program features two works by Robert Schumann, the Piano Quartet, Op. 47 and Piano Trio, Op. 80, both written in the first years of his marriage to Clara Schumann.

Tickets for this concert are $19 general admission, $16 for seniors, $12 students; children under 12 admitted free. For information, call 1-617-492-4758 or e-mail or visit us on the web at

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito