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Friday, November 19, 2004

Ecumenical service Thanksgiving eve

Carlisle residents of all religious faiths are invited to attend an ecumenical service at 7:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving eve at St. Irene Church on East Street. The sermon will be given by the Reverend Timothy Jensen of the First Religious Society.

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 1-978-371-2895 and leave name, address, and telephone number. The Board of Health expects to have enough vaccine for the clinic.

Pianist Kenneth Drake to perform Saturday

The Cambridge Society for Early Music returns to Carlisle with a new season of Chamber Music by Candlelight. Pianist Kenneth Drake's program of Beethoven sonatas and shorter pieces by Schubert will be performed on an 1816 Broadwood piano, an instrument identical to one owned by Beethoven himself. The experience of hearing this music played on the instrument for which it was conceived has been compared to that of viewing a familiar painting for the first time after it has been cleaned of many year's accumulation of dirt and grime.

This performance will be held at the First Religious Society on Saturday, November 20 at 8 p.m. Single tickets at the door are $25; seniors/students, $20; children, $15 and student rush, $5.

Community Chest needs local support to fill United Way gap

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest kicked off its 2005 Annual Campaign on October 1 with an ambitious goal of $615,000. Last year, the Community Chest provided more than $500,000 to support 31 human service agencies that benefit local residents. "Without the generous support of thousands of residents through the annual campaign and special events, the Community Chest could not provide the funding that many of these programs rely on," said Astrid Moeyersoms, Executive Director.

Until recently, United Way workplace campaigns provided a significant source of funding for the Community Chest. "Since 1993, our United Way funding has dropped from over $188,000 to $25,000 or from 50% of our budget to 6%. This deficit has to be made up through local community support," Moeyersoms explained.

While all of the Community Chest agencies serve the local community, last year it was pleased to provide support for three agencies which serve Carlisle residents exclusively: Carlisle Recreation, Carlisle Extended Day and Carlisle Restorative Circle. Maureen Tarca, Carlisle Recreation Commissioner explained, "Without the help of the Community Chest, we would not have the resources to offer scholarships for summer programs to deserving families."

Last year, the Community Chest also supported the following agencies: Concord-Carlisle Adult Ed, Alliance For Teen Safety, American Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Center for Parents and Teachers, Concord Area Preschool Assoc., Concord-Carlisle Parent Initiative, Concord Children's Center, Concord Council on Aging, Concord Family and Youth Services, Concord Housing Authority, Concord Recreation Department, Concord Restorative Circle, Concord-Carlisle High School Health Counselor, Cooperative Elder Services, Domestic Violence Victims Assistance Program, Eliot Community Human Services, FISH, Friday Night Fun Club, Gaining Ground, Household Goods Recycling, Minute Man Arc For Human Services, Minuteman Senior Services, Network for Women's Lives, Open Table, Girl Scouts, Restoration Project, South Middlesex Legal Services.

For more information about the Community Chest and its member agencies, call 1-978-369-5250 or visit

Enter the holiday light competition

Decorate your house with lots of lights — or just a few — traditional, whacky, or just plain fun. The competition will be judged by Girl Scout Troop 2648B, and all proceeds will be used to benefit the troop. Awards will be given to all who enter. To enter, send $5 with your address to: Girl Scout Holiday Light Competition, 67 Heald Road, Carlisle, or sign up at the community bulletin board at Ferns. Call 1-978-371-1270 for more information.

FRS Holiday greens sale and craft fair on December 4

Start holiday shopping with a charitable boost — with a visit to the First Religious Society's annual holiday greens sale and craft fair on Saturday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Absorb small-town holiday spirit along with the scent of pine boughs while browsing amidst boxwood trees, evergreen wreaths, kissing balls, African jewelry, Cambodian ornaments, homemade baked goods, Ernie Huber's locally produced honey, Kerri Piette's decorative soaps, Terry West's stenciling artwork, Art Turner's woodworking, and the perennially popular gingerbread house kits, which come complete with instructions, candy and frosting along with the gingerbread structure itself. Proceeds support a number of charitable causes as well as the First Religious Society itself. Along with shopping opportunities galore, the fair features a visit from Santa, music from the Second Wind Quartet, and a delicious lunch menu. The First Religious Society is located in the center of Carlisle on the Town Common. For more information, call 1-978-369-5180.

Independent filmmakers speak at Gleason Library

Ever dreamed of writing or directing a feature film? Attend the Friends of Gleason Library annual meeting on Saturday, December 4 from 2 - 4 p.m. for a glimpse into independent filmmaking. Learn how two of Carlisle's own have recently created a feature length film. Writer, director, producer Gabrielle Savage Dockterman and co-writer Nancy L. Babine will present sneak preview clips and slides from the set of their film, Woodcutter. The film stars Danny Glover, Ron Perlman, Linda Hamilton and David Strathairn.

Prior to the guest speakers, the Friends board of directors will begin the afternoon's event by presenting a brief summary of this past year's activities and fundraising efforts on behalf of the Gleason Library. Seating in the Hollis Room at the library is limited to 50 people. Anyone interested in attending may reserve a seat by calling 1-978-369-4898 or stopping by the Gleason Library Reference desk. There is a limit of two people per reservation.

Upcoming COA events

Join the Carlisle Council on Aging and Carlisle Garden Club on Thursday, December 2 at 9:30 a.m. in the Sleeper Room at 145 Church Street. There will be a holiday coffee and music. Following, Garden Club members will assist you in making a holiday wreath for your home. This program is free through the generosity of the Garden Club, but registration is required at 1-978-371-2895.

The COA will host a book club coffee on Wednesday, December 8 at 9:30 a.m. at 555 Autumn Lane. Interested in joining the book group? Then meet club members for coffee and a discussion of plans for upcoming book groups. R.S.V.P. to 1-978-287-5480.

Carlisle seniors: anyone 60 years or older who would like to receive the Senior Connection newsletter from the Council on Aging, may call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to have your name added to the mailing list. This is a free monthly publication filled with information important to seniors.

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. Call the Carlisle Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895 for reservations by November 15.

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 seeks patched referees

Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey (CCYH) is seeking patched referees to work at their in-house league games. The in-house program begins mid-November and runs from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Middlesex rink. Anyone interested who has the certification should call 1-978-371-2771.

Recreation news

Ski/SB Nashoba. Now is the time to sign up for Recreation Ski and SB Program at Nashoba Valley — Fridays Starting January 7 for Grades 2-4 and Grades 5-8. Chaperones are needed and a discount is available.

Wachusett sking. For Grades 5 thru 8 — Ski and Snowboard on Early Release Tuesdays — January 11, February 8, and March 15. Chaperones are needed and a discount is available.

Carlisle Youth Basketball Programs. Co-ed Rec. BB - Grades 4, 5, 6 and Recreational travel basketball: Grade 6 (girls) and Grade 6 (boys) Referees are needed.

Register early for these programs as space is limited.

Volunteer opportunities. The recreation program is in need of coaches for both Boys and Girls Teams. If interested in helping develop these programs, call the Recreation Office.

Adult Sunday Soccer. This is a new program, starting December 5 from 2 - 4 p.m. in the Corey Gym. Call Recreation Office for details and registration forms (1-978-369-9815.) or e-mail:

Brochures and flyers are available at Town Hall, the Recreation Office and Gleason Library.

Concord Chorus in concert, December 3,4

The Concord Chorus will be performing its annual holiday concert on December 3 at 8 p.m. and December 4 at 3 p.m., featuring Vivaldi's Gloria performed with orchestra. Lush a cappella motets by Busto, Ives and Young and a work by Framingham composer Stanley Hoffman will convey the beauty and mystery of the season, while festive carols will invite audience participation.

Carlisle residents performing in the chorus include Gertrud Behn, Jack Campbell, Mary DeGarmo, Tamasin Foote, Sally House and Cynthia Sorn. Performances are at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord. Tickets are $15; $12 for students and seniors. Children under 12 are free. Call 1-978-579-8984 for more information.

Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts holiday sale

Celebrate the holidays at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts Holiday Sale. The artists at the Emerson Umbrella and Highland School invite you to join them on Friday, December 3, 1 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, December 4, 10 to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, December 5, 1 to 5 p.m. for their annual Holiday Sale at 40 Stow Street in Concord.

This is a unique opportunity to meet the artists of the Emerson Umbrella and Highland School and visit their creative working environment. The Holiday Sale is a

wonderful opportunity to buy gifts for the holidays. For more information, call 1-978-371-0820.

Promote Peace

Make a difference in your community by volunteering with the Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program (DVVAP). DVVAP has served over 800 families in crisis as a result of domestic violence since its inception in 1998 and is starting a 36-hour volunteer training program in January. Training will be held January 11 to February 17 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Bedford Police Department. DVVAP is a collaboration among the Acton, Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln, Maynard, and Stow Police Departments, Hanscom Air Force Base, and a non-profit partner called Domestic Violence Services of Central Middlesex, Inc. Come experience the power of promoting peace and positive change. Call 1-978-318-3421 for details.

Town seal ornaments for the holidays

This holiday season start a Carlisle tradition with a unique gift — an ornament of the town seal, custom-etched with a 24-karat gold finish, to commemorate the town's upcoming 200th anniversary in 2005. These ornaments are collectibles, produced by the same company that designs the annual White House ornaments. They were commissioned by the Carlisle Historical Society, which hopes to produce additional ornaments celebrating Carlisle's history.

The ornament, festooned with a red ribbon, costs $15. Proceeds will benefit the Carlisle Historical Society, and the price includes a $3 donation to the Bicentennial Committee. Ornaments are available at Ferns and Carlisle Antiques (549 Bedford Road), and will be sold at the December 4 First Religious Society's Greens Sale. Also, Stephanie Upton of the Historical Society will take phone orders at 1-978-369-5409 for ornaments that can be picked up at her house.

New girls ice hockey team seeks members

The Concord-Carlisle Girls hockey Club is a newly formed group that is seeking players. Girls in grades 7-11 are invited to join.The group will attempt to identify players who might like to be involved in forming a new CCHS girls ice hockey team next fall. The club will target one event per week of either ice time or dry land practicebeginning in mid-December. No previous experience is necessary and we are looking for pond skaters, retired figure skaters, roller bladers, field hockey players and anyone interested in working hard to help start a new program. The emphasis will be on fun and basic skills development. Any girl interested in participating call Mady or Tom Bilodeau at 1-978-287-4383. Parents willing to help with organizational work would be greatly appreciated.

Girl Scouts collect winter coats, hats, mittens for area shelters

The fifth-grade Junior Girl Scout troop will be collecting warm coats for shelters in Lowell and Boston. Last year more than 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).

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.

Gleason Library surveying patron interests

The Gleason Public Library is gathering information about what residents most want in children's programs and services. A survey is available at the main desk and at the children's desk for parents, grandparents, and caregivers to offer ideas on library programming for kids and adults. Stop by the Gleason Public Library before December 1 to pick up the survey.

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CCHS Dance Club performs December 3

Student-choreographed dance pieces will be featured at a Dance Performance on December 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door.

The CCHS Dance Club regularly attracts about 30 students who come for thelove of danceand camaraderie with fellow dancers. Weekly sessions are attended by guys and girls alike — experienced dancers and those who think they have two left feet (but really don't).

Ms. Dora Golding, a teacher in the English department at CCHS, is leading the Dance Club this year. She is teacher, organizer, and supportive mentor for the students, and is directing the Dance Performance. She has taught ballet, tap and jazz to adults and children, and is now sharing her loveof dance with the CCHS students.

Student choreographers have been working on their dances all fall and learning how to teach their choreography to others. A group of 25 dancers will perform eight dance pieces, choreographed by students and Ms. Golding. Come support the CCHS Dance Club and see the creativity and enthusiasm of these talented dancers.

Remember local prisoners in holiday gift-giving

Concord Prison Outreach (CPO), a group of local citizens whose mission is to foster good relations between the community and Concord's two prisons, urges those who wish to practice acts of charity to include prisoners in their gift-giving plans. For the past 30 years, the group has been soliciting small gifts for inmates and overseeing their distribution. To many prisoners who have lost all contact with the outside world, these seemingly trivial items — toothbrushes, shower shoes, writing paper — are a seasonal reminder of human kindness and an assurance that people, even strangers, are willing to extend a generous hand.

Prisons maintain strict rules as to what givers can offer to prisoners. For that reason, CPO provides a "wish list" of items from which it compiles gift bags for inmates. CPO's goal is to provide gift bags for 1,600 prisoners, with each bag containing the following: one white facecloth, one 4- to 6-oz. tube toothpaste, one bar of soap, one toothbrush, five disposable shavers, one pair large flip-flops, eight first-class stamps, one pack envelopes, one writing pad (no wire bindings), smaller than 8x11, a greeting card (homemade if possible) signed with first name only.

All items are available for purchase at the West Concord 5 & 10, which also offers a discount on the whole package if you buy one of each item listed. Donors may choose to fill one bag with each item on the list or just donate select items; CPO volunteers will ensure fair distribution of any items provided. Interestingly enough, homemade greeting cards are among the most highly valued gifts on the entire list.

Drop-off dates are now through Friday, December 3, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord (River Street entrance). Call either of the following with questions: Joan Kaufman at 1-978-369-8487 or Joanne Mente at 1-978-369-4479.

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito