The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 3, 2004

Holiday Tree Lighting

Get in the holiday spirit with Carlisle's annual holiday tree lighting! The event will take place at the Carlisle Town Green on Monday, December 6 from 6 to 7 p.m. There will be holiday music and a visit from Santa. Refreshments will be served in Union Hall. This event is sponsored by The Red Balloon Preschool.

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.

Winter Holidays Concert at FRS

The public is invited to an evening of music celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas at The First Religious Society on Sunday, December 5. The program will start at 7 p.m., and end before 8:30 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome. The building is fully accessible. This is a child-friendly program. A reception will follow in Union Hall. Questions? Call the church office, 1-978-369-5180.

Kindergarten library card time

Kindergartners are now eligible for their very own library cards. 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.

Girl Scouts collect winter coats, hats, mittens

Junior Girl Scout and Brownie troops will team up at the Carlisle Transfer Station on Saturday, December 4 and 11 to collect warm clothing for the needy.

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. 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. For more information, call Stephanie Randazzo at 1-978-369-8161 or drop off items at 296 Brook Street.

Holiday Open House at Heald House

Everyone is invited to the Carlisle Historical Society's first Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. at its home, Heald House, 698 Concord Street (next door to "This Old House."). This is a unique opportunity to tour the historical collections, meet new and old friends, drink our cider and enjoy a cookie swap.

Just bring two dozen cookies and a container, and take home a delicious assortment to fill up your cookie jar for the holiday season. Do a little holiday shopping too, and get ready for Carlisle's Bicentennial in February. Ruth Chamberlin Wilkins's book, Carlisle: Its History and Heritage, and the Historical Society's brand-new ornament of the town seal will be available. The book and the ornament make great holiday gifts for Carlisle friends and neighbors.

Filmmakers speak at Gleason Library tomorrow

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 tonight

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 six to eight 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.

Girls hockey club seeks players

The Concord Carlisle Girls Hockey Club will be holding its first practice on Saturday evening, December 4. The team is open to girls in grades 7-11, with all levels of skill. Beginners are welcome. Any girl who is interested in playing should call Tom Bilodeauat 1-978-287-4383 for details.The cost will be $10 for the initial practice.Minimum equipment for the first night will include skates, helmet, gloves,and stick.Parents willing to help with fundraising, scheduling, and organizational activities are needed.With some community support the club hopes the program will grow into a CCHS girls hockey team in the near future.Helppromote this equal opportunity for Carlisle's female athletes.

WIQH Radio broadcast schedule for December 3 through 10

WIQH, 88.3 FM, is the student-run radio station at the Concord-Carlisle High School. WIQH is on the air at least from 2 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Hours vary slightly by day with details available in the following schedule.

88.3 FM is happy to publicize your non-profit organization's events and community services. You can mail public service announcements to WIQH, 500 Walden Street in Concord. You can e-mail information to You can fax information to WIQH at (978)-318-1435 or you can phone us by calling 1-978-369-2440.

Friday, December 3

1:15 to 2:15 p.m., Ross Wagner

2:15 to 4 p.m., Ahmed Okeowo

4 to 5 p.m., "The Happy Hour" with Kurt Gilbert and DJ Scorpion

5 to 6 p.m., Campbell Payne and Brian Casey

6 to 7 p.m., Justin Negrin and Jason Fidler

7 to 8 p.m., Joyce Corrao-Clanon and Doug Packard

8 to 9 p.m., Greg Proulx

9 to 10 p.m., Jeff Penfield

Saturday, December 4

2 to 3 p.m., Alicia LaTores

3 to 4 p.m., Dan Brodeur

4 to 5 p.m., Tom Phillips

5 to 6 p.m., Mike Jamison

6 to 10 p.m., To Be Announced

Monday, December 6

2 to 4 p.m., Patrick Offenheiser and Ron Sadan

4 to 5 p.m., "Stone Cold Krazy" with Christian Gudmand and John Eldridge

5 to 6 p.m., "The Highlander Show" with Alex Brewer and Ben Brewer

6 to 7 p.m., "The Beat" hosted by Joe Carpenito. The radio version of CCHS's literary magazine features original poetry, stories and music from some of the high school's most creative students.

7 to 8 p.m., "Upgrade" with Peter Daigle

8 to 9 p.m., Brian Thomsen and Doug Wieand

9 to 10 p.m., Emily Larson and Anna Olsen

Tuesday, December 7

2 to 4 p.m., Lizzie Curran and Katie Ingegneri

4 to 5 p.m., Annie Pauler

5 to 6 p.m., "5 to 6..." with Tom Trudeau and Gerald Audette

6 to 7 p.m., "Ish" with Rosie Nevins

7 to 8 p.m., Lauren Zwicker and Jim Pearse

8 to 9 p.m., "THE Sports Show" with Matt Hammer and Colin Corr

9 to 10 p.m., Jazz with Graham Jenkins

Wednesday, December 8

1:15 to 2:15 p.m., Kristina Slonevskaya

2:15 to 4 p.m., Arielle Spivey

4 to 5 p.m., To Be Announced

5 to 6 p.m., Alicia LaTores

6 to 7 p.m.,"Back In The Mudd" with Alex Levin and Peter Lesser

7 to 7:30 p.m., "The Third Wing" with Al Lietzau, Graham Jenkins, Eamonn Hart and Ravi Ramanathan. Political talk from all sides.

7:30 to 9 p.m., John Munday and Dave Jubinsky

9 to 10 p.m., John Kilfoyle and Steve Chehames

Thursday, December 9

2 to 4 p.m., To Be Announced

4 to 5 p.m., "The Time Warp" with Sarah Twomey-Mercurio and Gary Noke

5 to 6 p.m., "B-Side" with Alex Ostrom and Mike Leonard

6 to 7 p.m., "Sports Etc." with Kris Chatlosh and Dave Condon

7 to 8 p.m., "Robin Basil" with Rob Brandon and Basil Bourque

8 to 9 p.m., Adrienne Zak and Tom Schnitzer

9 to 10 p.m., Hayley McHugh

Friday, December 10

1:15 to 2:15 p.m., Ross Wagner

2:15 to 4 p.m., Chris Parke

4 to 5 p.m., "The Happy Hour" with Kurt Gilbert and DJ Scorpion

5 to 6 p.m., Campbell Payne and Brian Casey

6 to 7 p.m., Justin Negrin and Jason Fidler

7 to 8 p.m., Joyce Corrao-Clanon and Doug Packard

8 to 9 p.m., Greg Proulx

9 to 10 p.m., Jeff Penfield

Concord Chorus performs this weekend

The Concord Chorus will be performing its annual holiday concert on December 3 and 4, featuring the festive Vivaldi Gloria with orchestra. A cappella motets by Busto, Ives and Young and Land of Crystal Dreams by Framingham composer Stanley Hoffman will convey the beauty of the season.

Performances are at Trinity Episcopal Church at 81 Elm Street in Concord at 8 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $15, and $12 for children and seniors. Children under 12 are free. For more information, call 1-978-579-8984 or visit Carlisle members of the chorus include Gertrud Behn, Jack Campbell, Mary DeGarmo, Tamasin Foote, Sally House and Cynthia Sorn.

Acton Memorial Library hosts Indian cultural program

The Acton Memorial Library will present 'The Art and Culture of India' on Monday evening December 6 at 7:30 p.m. This multimedia presentation explores the arts, culture and society of India. It will briefly look at the historical roots of the cultural heritage of India's dance, music, handicrafts, painting, sculpture and architecture. The program will also give insight into the pluralistic society of India where a number of different religions, communities and language groups live together, influenced by each other.

The presenters are Dr. Vanita Shastri and Kavita Katti of Meru Education Foundation, Lexington. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Acton Libraries.

The library is located at 486 Main St. (Route 27), next to Town Hall. The parking lot and entrance are reached by Woodbury Lane.

Recreation news

Carlisle Youth Basketball Programs:

Referees are needed for programs for grade 8 and up. There will be a training program on Wednesday, December 8. Anyone interested in being trained to referee the Recreation Commission's middle school basketball program, call 1-978-369-9815.

Students may sign up now for Co-ed Recreation Basketball for grades 4, 5 and 6, and Recreation Travel Basketball for grade 6 (girls) and grade 6 (boys.) Sign up early as space is limited.

Ski/SB Nashoba:

Now is the time to sign up for Recreation Ski and Snowboard Program at Nashoba Valley. The program will be held Fridays, starting January 7 for grades 2-4 and grades 5-8. Space is limited - register early. Chaperones are needed, and a discount is available.

Ski Wachusett:

Ski and Snowboard for grades 5 thru 8 on Early Release Tuesdays January 11, February 8, and March 15. Register early as space is limited. Chaperones are needed, and a discount is available.

Adult Sunday Soccer:

This new program will begin December 5, and will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Corey Gym at the Carlisle Public School. Call the recreation office for details and registration forms.

All programs:

For more information on these programs call the recreation office at 1-978-369-9815, or e-mail: Brochures are available at the recreation office in Town Hall, or at Gleason Library.

Get your 2005 dump sticker now

Transfer station stickers for 2005 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.

Deer hunting season is open

Deer hunting season is here, so it is time to wear something visible and bright when you go in the woods. In general, hunting is prohibited in Carlisle, but individuals may hunt on their own property or with written permission from the property owner on their person. The Department of Fish and Wildlife has set the following hunting season dates: shotgun: 11/29 to 12/31; black powder, musket: 12/13 to 12/31.

Hunting hours are from a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset. Persons in the woods during these hours should be alert. More detailed information from Fish and Wildlife is available at Town Hall.

The Discovery Museums holds Simply Sensational programs

On Thursday, December 16 at 10 a.m., The Discovery Museums will hold the last of their Simply Sensational series of programming, Follow Your Nose. Focusing on toddlers from 18 to 36 months old, the program will let your nose lead the way to this sense-ational painting experience and make an animal nose to take home.

The Simply Sensational Series have been held throughout the fall focusing on the youngest of The Museums' visitors. The programs were in conjunction with the opening of the new exhibit at the Children's Discovery Museum, Sensations! Sensory exploration for the very young. They offer parents the opportunity to slow the pace, get comfortable on the floor and experience sight, sound, touch, and smell from your young toddler's perspective.

Museum admission is $8 per person to visit one museum and $12 per person to visit both museums, children under 12 months are free. The Discovery Museums encourage children, families, and educators to explore the wonders of science, nature, humanities, and the arts by engaging visitors in hands-on experiences. The Children's Discovery Museum is especially for toddlers, pre-school children, and their families. The Science Discovery Museum is especially for school age children and adults. Please call 1-978-264-4200 or visit our website for the most current information.

Concord Orchestra Young Artists Competition

Auditions for the Concord Orchestra Young Artists Competition will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, January 12 and 13, 2005. The winner will be the featured soloist in the Concord Orchestra's concerts on April 1 and 2, 2005, and will receive the Ehlers Memorial Scholarship. The competition is open to high school and younger instrumental students, including pianists. A complete concerto or other work suitable for performance with orchestra must be memorized for the audition. Applications are due by December 29. For more information and an application form, call 1-978-371-1491.

Pet pictures with Santa

Have your pets take their picture with Santa. Proceeds go to the Billerica Cat Care Coalition and the Carlisle Stray Animal Fund.

Come to the Carlisle Animal Hospital at 998 Bedford Road on Thursday, December 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. and introduce your pet to Santa. Two choices of digital picture packages will be offered at $15 per choice. For more information, call the animal hospital at 1-978-369-9364.

Dance Prism presents local dancer in The Nutcracker

Dance Prism will present its twenty-second annual production of The Nutcracker in Littleton on Sunday, December 5, at 1 and 5 p.m. The ballet will be presented at the Franco Performing Arts Center at Littleton High School on King Street.

Dance Prism's production brings to the stage the full spectrum of magical wonders for which the ballet is cherished: falling snow, a growing Christmas tree, a reindeer-drawn sleigh, and angels floating on billowing clouds. It features a cast of 140 performers from five states, including both professional dancers and a cadre of talented children that tour with the troupe.

Sarah Khederian of Carlisle will appear in the tour as a Snowflake in the Snow Forest, an Angel and a Flower at the Land of the Sweets. Sarah has been studying dance for eight years, and has performed with Dance Prism for the past five years. She is a junior at Concord-Carlisle High School and studies ballet and jazz at L'Ecole De Ballet in Littleton.

Tickets for most performances may be obtained through phone charges or mail orders by calling 1-978-371-1038 or visiting Admission is $14 for children and seniors, $20 for adults; discounts are available for groups.

"Winter Through the Ages" at Old Manse

The Old Manse in Concord prepares for the season with a living history program called "Winter through the Ages."On December 4 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and December 5 and 12 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Junior Volunteers of Concord will offer guided tours of the house while in historic character.Each room will be tied into a particular point in time, from 1780 through 1939, the years when the Emerson-Ripley-Hawthorne families occupied the house.

The Old Manse will be fully festooned with appropriate period décor, and visitors will experience sights, sounds, memories, and tastes of holidays past.End the visit with a trip to The Old Manse's bookstore, where books and historical items and toys, including exclusive editions of Wee Forest Folk, make great holiday gifts. Many of these bookstore items will be on sale.

Now a property of The Trustees of Reservations, The Old Manse is open for regular tours from mid-April through October.For more information, visit or

Auditions for Sisters Rosensweig

Nashoba Players auditions for Sisters Rosensweig (four women, four men), will be on January 2 and 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street in Westford. There will be a cold reading from script. The play is directed by Harriet Friedman. Visit the web site at for more information.

Family Folk Chorale opens reading event

Concord will kick off its community reading event, "One Book, One Concord," with a concert featuring The Family Folk Chorale, a group with singers from ages 4 to 81, on Sunday, December 12. The concert, which begins at 5 p.m., will be held at the First Parish Church, 20 Lexington Road in Concord. This event is free and open to the public.

"One Book, One Concord" is Concord's first annual town-wide book initiative, and the book chosen to be read by the town is Tracy Kidder's Mountains Beyond Mountains — Healing the World: the Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer. The initiative aims to promote a culture of reading and discussion by bringing the town together around one great book during the winter months through a series of community-wide events. These events are sponsored by Concord Reads, Concord-Carlisle Community Education and the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council. For more information, call Kristin Nelson at 1-978-287-4134.

Corrected date for Summer Fenn

The Summer Fenn Day Camp Open house will be held at the school this Sunday, December 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. The school is located at 516 Monument street in Concord. Call 1-978-318-3614 for more information.

Concord Madrigals present holiday concert

The Concord Madrigals will present "Dancing Day," a concert of carols and songs of the season. Conductor Jane Ring Frank has created a performance featuring Faure's Messe Basse, Giacomo Puccini's Te Deum, Niles Cantata of Appalachian Christmas Carols, as well as works by Rutter, Shields and O'Regan. There will also be a traditional holiday carol sing with audience participation.

The concert, at 4 p.m. Sunday, December 19, will be held at a new location this year: Trinity Episcopal Church at 81 Elm Street in Concord. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children, and are available at Brooks Pharmacy in Concord, or by calling 1-978-369-7718 or 1-978-369-3369. The Concord Madrigals is a women's chorus whose Carlisle members include Wendy Davis, Stephanie Smith, Cynthia Sorn, Priscilla Stevens and Penny Zezima.

Aladdin & the Magic Lamp and puppet-making workshop

On Wednesday, December 29, a Focus on Kids program at Hildreth School, 85 Sawin Street, Marlborough, will feature Gerwick Puppets performing Aladdin and the Magic Lamp. In this classic tale, an evil magician has discovered that there is a magic lamp hidden in a cave — but any magician who enters the cave will die! So the magician must trick Aladdin into getting the lamp for him. Children are encouraged to give their advice and opinions as Aladdin tries to defeat the magician. Two one-hour performances, appropriate for grades 1 to 5, will take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

From 2:30 to 4 p.m., Gerwick Puppets co-founders Deborah Costine and Len Gerwick, who have built over 200 puppets, will conduct a Puppet-Making Workshop for grades 1 to 6. Each participant will make a high-quality hand puppet that can be used to interpret a story or historical event. Pre-registration is required for the workshop only.

Tickets are $5 per person for the performance, and $15 per child for the workshop. For more information, visit or call the Arts Alliance at 1-978-562-1646.

Climate for Freedom Award at Human Rights Day Breakfast

Local residents and community leaders will recognize Human Rights Day, December 6, at a community breakfast sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council. The event coincides with the United Nations observance of Human Rights Day, recalling the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. That declaration brought nations around the globe together to recognize and protect the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all people.

The entire community is invited to the Human Rights Day breakfast, held from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 6 at the Trinitarian Congregational Church in Concord Center. The event is free and no reservation is necessary.

As 2004 comes to a close, the world is divided in many ways; tom by war, poverty and famine. However, local citizens are actively making a difference. The Human Rights Council has been dedicated to human rights in the community for three decades, with the belief that a concern for humankind must include a local perspective and commitment.

Every two years at the Human Rights Day breakfast, the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council presents the "Climate for Freedom" Award. This award is made to a group that has contributed significantly to that climate in Concord and Carlisle. Nominations were received over the summer and presented to a panel of judges.

The Domestic Violence Victims' Assistance Program (DVVAP) is the 2004 recipient, and the organization will be honored at the December 6 event. DVVAP was chosen for its hands-on, volunteer-intensive work, since its founding in 1998, on behalf of persons who are victims of domestic violence.

Council on Aging events

Create holiday cards: Join Peggy Wang on Wednesday, December 8 in the morning to create unique and beautiful holiday cards. Materials for three designs are included for the class. This program is sponsored by the Carlisle Recreation Department and is free to seniors. Register with the COA at 1-978-371-2895.

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.

Men's breakfast: Join chef Ed Lemire at the monthly men's breakfast on Thursday, December 9 in the Sleeper Room at 145 Church Street. A $2 donation is suggested.

Holiday concert. Join the COA for a concert of festive music performed by Carlisle Public School students in the Sleeper Room at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22. The concert will include a variety of choral and instrumental works. Refreshments will be served after the concert.

Chess club: The COA chess club meets weekly on Tuesdays in the Sleeper Room at 145 Church Street from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Call 1-978-371-2895 with any questions.

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, for a "Choice Meal Day" holiday special. Food will be catered by Gourmet Indiaon December 17, at 11 a.m. There will be a choice of traditional or Indian food. For Informationand sign up call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or e-mail her at by December 13.

COA plans 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 double occupancy price is $2,499 plus departure taxes and fees. 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 or pick up a flyer at the COA office in Town Hall.

Check out the prizes at the FRS Greens Sale Raffle

Don't forget to buy tickets for the FRS Greens Sale raffle. A long list of enticing prizes includes treasures for every taste. Handmade ceramics; gift baskets; gift certificates to the Concord Toy Shop, Serafina's and Callahan's Karate; and a weekend at the Colonial Inn in Concord are just a few of the highlights. Tickets can be purchased at the Greens Sale this Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. until the drawing at noon.

CCHS Dance Club performs tonight

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.

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.

CCHS presents Steel Magnolias

Concord-Carlisle High School presents Steel Magnolias, a drama set in a small-town Louisiana beauty parlor. This play, which has also been made into a popular movie, centers on a group of six southern women who share the ups and downs of life with wit and tenderness. The characters all have idiosyncrasies that create some hilarious moments, but tragedy brings out their strength and love.

Directed by Chuck Brown (CCHS Choral and Drama Director), assisted by Alex Spence (CCHS English Department) and Sam Charm '05, this play features a cast of new talent and some faces you've seen before in new and different roles. Take a break from your holiday shopping and come share the laughter and tears of Steel Magnolias.

Steel Magnolias will be performed December 11, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m., and December 12 and 19 at 2:30 p.m., in the CCHS Little Theater. Tickets are $12 and will be available at the door or at

CCHS chorus tag sale on December 4

Treasures abound at the CCHS Chorus Tag Sale and you won't need a map to find them! The sale will raise money for the chorus' European tour this April to Prague, Vienna and Salzburg. One hundred and forty chorus students will sing at venues such as the Prucely Basilica, Stefansdom, the Abbey of Melk, and the Salzburg Dome. The tag sale is Saturday, December 4 in the CCHS Cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The chorus is seeking donations for the sale. Small furniture and appliances in good working order will be accepted, but no mattresses, large appliances or large pieces of upholstered furniture. Please drop off items at the main entrance of CCHS on Thursday, December 2 from 2 to 8 p.m. and Friday, December 3 from 2 to 7 p.m. Students will be on the curb to take your donations and give you a receipt.

So save Saturday December 4 for the Tag Sale. Enjoy big buys and hidden treasures for little bucks.

Questions? Contact Brenda Delsener

Citrus Sale to benefit Carlisle Band

Place an order today for juicy fresh citrus fruit shipped directly from Florida. Carlisle Senior Band members are taking orders for a quality selection of fresh fruits: Indian River red grapefruit, Florida navel oranges, Red Delicious apples and D'anjou pears. The fruit is offered in an assortment of packages, and at competitive prices. It will be delivered to customers less than 100 hours after it has been picked, in time for President's Day or can be drop shipped to your extended family anywhere in the U.S.

Proceeds from the sale this year will be used for instruments and equipment, bus transportation expenses, and a visiting musician program. The fruit can be ordered at the Winter Concerts. Band members will also be taking orders at the Carlisle Transfer Station on Saturday, December 11, and January 8. One can place an order with any senior band member or by calling Melinda Howe at 1-978-318-9582. Support the school's excellent band program, treat friends and family and counter the winter doldrums with fresh citrus fruit.

Help the Carlisle School while shopping

Shop for the holidays at 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.

Conservation Morning Coffee

The Tuesday, December 14 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 West St., from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Lynn Knight, a member of the Land Stewardship Planning Committee will present the preliminary set of objectives for Conservation Land Stewardship and invite public input.

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are regularly held on the second Tuesday of the month during the fall, winter and spring seasons. The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Continental Breakfast provided. The next Conservation Coffees will be held on January 11, and February 8, 2005.

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.

Public flu clinic sponsored by Emerson Hospital

The Home Care and Public Relations/Marketing Departments of Emerson Hospital will be conducting a flu clinic on Thursday, December 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Concord Elks, Baker Avenue, Concord. Pre-registration is required.

In accordance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines for the administration of influenza vaccine, the following eligible criteria will be observed: individuals aged 65 years or older; individuals aged 18 to 64 years with one or more chronic medical conditions requiring frequent or ongoing medical management (a doctor's note will be required); pregnant women (a doctor's note will be required); all health- care workers aged 50 years and older who provide direct patient care and those 49 years of age and younger who provide direct patient care to severely immune-compromised patients in protected environments (a doctor's note will be required.)

The cost of each vaccination will be $20. People 65 years of age or older will receive the flu vaccine free of charge. Bring Medicare and/or HMO insurance cards to the clinic. Call Jan Quinty at 1-978-287-3085 to register.

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.

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.

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito