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Friday, November 26, 2004

Congregational Church Fair December 4

Come and enjoy the Carlisle Congregational Church Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church on 147 School Street. We will be featuring homemade lunch, crafts and baked goods, crafts for children to make, new and vintage jewelry, incredible attic treasures and more.

FRS holiday greens sale and craft fair

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.

December 3 flu clinic for 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. 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.

COA wreath making

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 holiday coffee and music, and Following, Garden Club members will assist you in making a holiday wreath. This program is free through the generosity of the Garden Club, but registration is required at 1-978-371-2895.

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 to 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.

Friday Night Live is coming December 3rd

Attention all Middle schoolers — get out and enjoy the last Friday Night Live (FNL) in the year 2004. The gym is the place to practice jump shots or whack away at the ping pong table. The exercise room will provide music to dance and groove to. The hallway outside the exercise room is set up for a challenging game of chess or checkers. So get out on a cold December night and have some fun.

All Carlisle students (public or private) in grades sixth to eighth who have not attended FNL before are more than welcome to attend in December, but must remember to bring a parent or guardian to fill out the required permission form. Also, please note that any students who are not from the Carlisle School District must have a chaperone present at FNL. No students will be permitted to attend without a signed form.

A $ 3 contribution is collected at the door to keep the program self-supporting. Pizza, soda and water are also available for a small fee. Parents, please remember that FNL now goes from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Students who leave prior to 10 p.m. must be signed out by a parent. For more information call Karen Huntress at 1-978-371-9284.

Kindergarten library card time

Kindergartners are now eligible for their very own library card. Other family members who may have missed out are also encouraged to get a card. It is absolutely free and the best bargain in town, so come on down to the Gleason Public Library.

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, has, for the past 30 years, 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.

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. Donors may choose to fill one bag with each item on the list or just donate select items. 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.

Girl Scouts collect winter coats, hats, mittens

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.


Warm coats are ready for donation. (Photo by Susan Goodall)


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.

Carlisle Police sponsor Christmas for Kids

The true spirit of the holidays has always been helping those less fortunate than ourselves. The staff at the Police Department is asking for Carlisle's help again this year. The greater Lowell area is in need of donated children's toys. Without this community's help, many of these children will likely do without on Christmas day.

Beginning December 1, officers and staff will be collecting toys at the police station. These toys will then be delivered to the Lowell office of the Department of Social Services in time for Old Saint Nick's arrival. Anyone interested in helping is asked to drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the police station no later than December 19.

Toys for Tots

For the eighth consecutive year, Toys for Tots is underway in Carlisle. The nationwide program, operated by the United States Marine Corps, relies on local businesses Coldwell Banker Real Estate and Ferns Country Store to assist in the effort.

"Our neighbors in Carlisle have been generous over the years," said Lynn Nelson of Coldwell Banker who has served as the town chairman for the past eight years. "Annually we collect over 1,000 toys that are distributed to children in need within the local region. And this year, we're especially pleased to have Ferns Country Store maintain our tradition of having the store as the drop-off point."

New toys of any type for all age levels may be dropped off at Ferns any time during regular store hours. Toys should not be wrapped but must be in their original packaging. The collection will continue through December 18.

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. Proceeds will benefit the Carlisle Historical Society, and the $15 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.

Help the school while shopping

Shop for the holidays at www.schoolpop.com and let the retailers give donations to the school. Go to the website and type in Carlisle Public Schools Start. A percentage of the sale will go to the CSA to benefit the Carlisle Public Schools.

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, has, for the past 30 years, 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.

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. Donors may choose to fill one bag with each item on the list or just donate select items. 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.

Get your 2005 dump sticker

2005 transfer station stickers will be available at the police station December 1. You need $15 and car registration to get yours. They are a bright, trendy orange and you will be very conspicuous without one.

CCHS Dance Club performs December 3

Student-choreographed dance pieces will be featured when the Concord-Carlisle High School Dance Club presents "A Choreographer's Workshop" on December 3. The performance will include a wide range of dance styles from ballet to jazz to hip-hop.


CCHS Dance Club members rehearse for their upcoming performance on December 3. (Front row, left to right) Erica Israel, Grace Ames, Rachael Ward, Sarah Hoffmann, (back row) Aimee Clark, Katrina Walker, Amy Langevin, Kim Bowen, Laura Stiffler, Lisa Yanofsky and Claire Amorello. (Courtesy photo)


The CCHS Dance Club meets weekly for an hour-long technique class attracting about 30 students who come for the love of dance and camaraderie with fellow dancers. This is followed by a second hour devoted to choreography and rehearsal for the show. Dora Golding, an English teacher at CCHS, is leading the Dance Club for the first time this year. She has taught ballet, tap and jazz to adults and children, and is now sharing her love of dance with the CCHS students.

Seniors Laura Belkner, Meaghan Riley and Samantha Stern, juniors Kim Bowen and Kristen Lawson, and sophomores Laura Stiffler and Katrina Walker have choreographed five dance pieces among them, and Ms. Golding has choreographed two, for the group of 22 dancers.

There will be one performance only on December 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door.

COA senior happenings

· Choice Meal Day. Come join the Carlisle seniors and Minuteman Senior Services Eating Together at the First Church of Christ, 25 Great Road in Bedford, "Choice Meal Day" holiday special. Food will be catered by Gourmet IndiaDecember 17, at 11 a.m. There will be a choice of traditional or Indian food. For Infromationand sign up call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or e-mail her at joannewillens@comcast.net.The deadline for registration is December 13.

· Trip to Alps. Come join the Carlisle seniors on a trip to Austria, Germany and Switerland from March 7 to 20, 2005. The trip will feature Innsbruck, Vienna, Lucerne, Munich, Heidelberg, Black Forest, Rothenburg, Zermatt, Lake Geneva, St. Moritz and many more places.The price is $2,499 plus departure taxes and fees, double occupancy. The 14-day/12-night trip includes air fare, all breakfasts and dinners and sightseeing. For information call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or e-mail joannewillens@comcast.net or pick up a flyer at the COA office in Town Hall.

·Book club. 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.

·COA newsletter. 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.

Adult soccer game on Thanksgiving

There will be a special Thanksgiving outdoor adult coed pickup soccer game this Saturday, November 27, at Spalding Field from 2 to 4 p.m. This game tends to bring back a number of familiar faces, as well as plenty of new folks. All skill levels are encouraged to come, the game is coed, and the teams are informally selected. Please bring a dark and white shirt and come out for some fun exercise. Any questions, call Scott Forsberg at 1-978-369-1631.

Concord Carlisle Youth Hockey 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.


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