Friday, January 7, 2005
Friday Night Live is tonight
Attention all middle schoolers — get out and kick off the New Year in style with the first ever January Friday Night Live (FNL). What could be better on a cold winter night than to party with classmates? The gym is the place to practice jump shots or whack away at the ping pong table. The exercise room always has the latest music to dance and groove to. The hallway outside the exercise room is set up for a challenging game of chess or checkers.
All Carlisle students (public or private) in grades sixth to eighth who have not attended FNL before are more than welcome to attend, but must remember to bring a parent or guardian to fill out the required permission form. Also, 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 will be available for a small fee. Parents, 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.
Carlisle contra dance next Friday
The Second Friday Contra Dance will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on January 14. 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.
Accessible recreation events coming to Great Brook Farm State Park
Great Brook Farm State Park, located at 984 Lowell Road, will offer cross-country skiing, kick-sledding and snowshoeing for individuals with disabilities on January 8, 17, and 29, and February 5, 19 and 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on January 20 and February 10 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. as part of the Department of Conservation and Recreation's (DCR) "State Parks for Everyone" program.
For persons with disabilities, free use of accessible equipment is available. Conventional equipment may be rented from, and groomed trail fees paid to, Great Brook Ski Touring Center, 1-978-369-7486.
Meet the cows
Assessible barn tours will be offered for individuals with disabilities on January 17 and February 21.
The program is sponsored by DCR's Universal Access Program, which provides recreational accessibility to state park facilities for individuals with disabilities, their families and friends. Cross-country skiing is made accessible for people with disabilities by the use of sit-skis and other adaptive equipment, supportive techniques and volunteer assistance as needed.
Along with opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and kick-sledding, DCR's Universal Access Program will also provide ice-skating, sit-skating, sled-skating, snowmobiling and other winter activities for individuals with disabilities at other various state and urban park facilities. The program also offers accessible cycling, boating, hiking, horseback riding and camping programs in the summer and fall.
Pre-registration is required.
To pre-register, call Venture Into Well-Being at 1-413-257-0009. For more information on DCR's Universal Access Program and a schedule of activities, call 1-617-626-1294 (voice) or 1-413-577-2200 (TTY) or visit www.mass.gov/dcr/universal_access.
Carlisle Forests talk
The final event of the "Carlisle Forests: Past, Present, and Future" program series will be held on January 19 at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room at Gleason Public Library.The speakers include Dave Small and Michael Mauri, with an introduction by Ken Pruitt. This interactive presentation will draw together elements from all previous evenings, to focus specifically on Carlisle's land concerns and options. The discussion will include both timber and habitat management or protection within an overarching context of scenic and recreational value.
Dave Small is president of the Athol Bird and Nature Club. Michael Mauri is a consulting forester. Ken Pruitt is the executive director of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissioners.
Plan to attend this evening of discussion and ideas about "Carlisle Forests: Past, Present, and Future."
The Tuesday, January 11, 2005 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. There will be a general discussion of conservation land use in Carlisle.
The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Continental Breakfast is provided. The next Conservation Coffee will be held on February 8.
Mexican baroque concert tonight
The Cambridge Society for Early Music, the first of its kind in the nation, will present the second concert of its 24th season of Chamber Music by Candlelight concerts in Carlisle on Friday, January 7 at 8 p.m., at the First Religious Society, School Street, on the common. The concert is entitled "A Mexican Baroque Nativity Celebration" and will be performed by the Mexico City ensemble La Fontegara, including Maria Diez-Canedo, recorder and traverso, Gabriela Villa Walls, viola da gamba, and Eloy Cruz, baroque guitar. They will be joined in these performances by the Boston-based soprano, Lydia Heather Knutson.
La Fontegara (www.lafontegara.com) specializes in the baroque music of Mexico and has gained access to this rich musical store. Together with the singer Lydia Heather Knutson, the group will perform music of the Nativity — drawing on these sources as well as those of Old Spain — and will provide a unique view of a season familiar to all of us and celebrated by many. Tickets for this concert are $25 general admission, $20 for students and seniors.
Cub Scout Pack 135 Pinewood Derby
Cub Scout Pack 135 will hold its annual Pinewood Derby competition on Sunday, January 23 in the Corey Dining Room from 1 to 4 p.m. The public is invited. The Pinewood Derby involves racing small wooden cars that the boys have built themselves. Awards are also given for most creative design. Any questions call Steve Golson, Cubmaster, at 1-978-371-9959.
View Ed Sundin's art and delight your senses
Visit the Hudson Arts Alliance's reception for artist Ed Sundin and treat more senses than just your eyes. View Sundin's charming acrylics and monotypes while tasting the treats generously offered by Harvest Café of Hudson and listening to old-time fiddle music by October Rose, also of Hudson. The reception is free and open to all at Hudson Town Hall, 78 Main Street, Hudson, on Tuesday, January 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Ed Sundin of Framingham is a long-time Arts Alliance member and frequent exhibitor at its Fall Juried Art Exhibit and its Spring Members' Exhibit. He won first place for drawing/printing for his monotype "Sunflower" at the Arts Alliance's 2003 Fall Juried Art Exhibit.
His paintings are currently in national and local collections, and he has won numerous awards in group and juried shows, including "Best of Show" at the Danforth Museum Members Show. View his works online at: www.wetpaintgallery.com.
Sundin's work will be displayed at Hudson Town Hall through mid-March. For more information visit the web site: www.upwitharts.org or call the Arts Alliance at 1-978-562-1646.
Get your 2005 dump sticker now
Transfer station stickers for 2005 are now available at the police station. You need $15 and car registration to get one from the police dispatcher.
Concord Children's Center Open House on January 9
The Concord Children's Center will host an Open House on Sunday, January 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. Families who are interested in learning more about the Center or who would like to enroll their children for 2005-2006 school year are welcome to visit one of our three locations. The Emerson Program located at 134 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner (ORNAC) provides child care for infants and toddlers. The West Concord Program at 1300 Main Street and the Ripley Program at 120 Meriam Road provide programs for preschoolers and after kindergarteners. For more information about enrollment, call 1-978-369-6790. The Concord Children's Center also has a few current preschool openings.
Parent Education program on January 13
Nashoba Brooks School, 200 Strawberry Hill Road in Concord, will host a Learnabout Night highlighting humanities and technology for parents on Thursday, January 13. Interested parents will have an opportunity to step into the shoes of students and participate in hands-on, minds-on lessons facilitated by NBS faculty. An optional dinner will begin at 6:15 p.m. and the program will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information contact Huyen Truong at 1-978-369-4591 x112.
January contra dances in Westford
On Sunday, January 9, from 3 to 5 p.m., the Parish Center for the Arts (PCA) is presenting a family contra/square dance at the PCA. Oh, CONTRAire! provides live music and Marcie Van Cleave is calling. No experience is required; all dances are taught. Adults are $5; kids are $3; the maximum is $12 per family.
On Saturday January 22, at 8 p.m., PCA will hold their fourth Saturday square/contra dance with Susan Elbergercalling. Oh, CONTRAire! provides live music. No experience required; free instruction will be held at 7:30 p.m. BYOB (or wine). Tickets are $5 with a maximum $12 per family.
The Parish Center for the Arts is at the corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street on Westford Common. Contact them at 1-978-692-6333, e-mail PCA@Westford.com, or check the web page http://www.Westford.com/PCA.
Concord-Carlisle Community Chest accepting applications
Human service organizations that serve residents of Concord and Carlisle are invited to submit applications to the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest for the funding cycle from July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006. Applications are due January 14, 2005.
Each year the Community Chest supports local programs with individual grants ranging from $500 to $75,000. Member agencies provide a variety of services for children, youth, families, and senior citizens. First-time applicants should contact Community Chest staff prior to submitting an application.
For more information about the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest call 1-987-369-5250 or visit their website at: www.cccommunitychest.org.
Music from Renaissance Spain
Renaissance choir Vox Lucens will present "Oyd, Oyd: Music for Epiphany from Renaissance Spain" on January 8 at 8 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd at 164 Newtown Road in Acton. Highlights include carols by Guerrero and a mass by Victoria based on the famous motet O Magnum Mysterium. Admission is $12, $10 for students and seniors. Visit www.voxlucens.org or call 1-617-491-7001 for more information.
Jazz concert in Westford on February 5
On Saturday, February 5, at 8 p.m., the Parish Center for the Arts (PCA) presents saxophonist Dan Moretti and his Latin Jazz Ensemble in an intense, passionate, and unforgettable evening of jazz. Dan Moretti is a concert veteran and recording artist that UPI called "a forceful, dynamic player and an outstanding conceptualist."
The concert will be held at the PCA, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford, and will have cabaret seating. Reserve a table for six for the price of five. BYOB. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $12 for members of the Parish Center for the Arts and $5 for teens. Reservations are recommended. Call 1-978-692-6333 or e-mail PCA@Westford.com.
Flu clinic sponsored by Emerson Hospital
The Home Care and Public Relations Departments of Emerson Hospital will be conducting a flu clinic on Thursday, January 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Concord Elks on Baker Avenue in 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 50 years or older.
• Individuals aged 18 to 49 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.)
• 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.
Emerson Hospital, a 177-bed acute care medical center located in Concord, Massachusetts, is well-known for its medical and surgical specialists, outstanding nursing care and patient-centered services. The hospital provides advanced medical service to more than 250,000 individuals in 25 towns.
Create treasure boxes for children
On February 15 and April 19, at 7 p.m., The Merrimack Valley Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc. will present the program "Treasure Box Project for Children" at the Tewksbury Congregational Church, Main and East Streets, Tewksbury.
Bring the child or beginning stitcher of your choice to these meetings and introduce them to the wonders of embroidery. The project is a delightful treasure box made using plastic canvas, watercolors, and pearl cotton. Each child must be accompanied by a responsible adult who can help with the stitching. Pre-registration is required by January 18. There is no kit fee for children under the age of 18, and kits for adults may be purchased for $8 each.
Newcomers are welcome. For more information on membership, contact Rosemary Carter at email@example.com or 1-781-893-0959. For more information about the Chapter and the events coming up this year, feel free to check out www.neonflamingo.com/ega-mvc.
The Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc. is a national non-profit educational organization dedicated to the teaching and preservation of needlework as an art form. The Merrimack Valley Chapter is a lively group with members spanning a wide range of ages and abilities.
The Children's Meetinghouse will host the Tanglewood Marionettes
The Children's Meetinghouse (TCM), an early childhood development program in Concord, will host a performance of Cinderella by the Tanglewood Marionettes on January 30 at 1 p.m. at the Wood Theatre at Middlesex School, 1400 Lowell Road, in Concord.
The nationally renowned Tanglewood Marionettes have been performing since 1993. These skilled puppeteers' repertoire includes many classic tales including Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty and The Fairy Circus.
All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the activities and programs at TCM.
Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Tickets will go on sale January 5 at the following locations: the Concord Toy Shop in Concord, the West Concord 5 & 10 in Concord, Learning Express in Acton, Talbots Kids in Acton, and Ferns Country Store in Carlisle. Tickets may also be purchased at TCM. Call 1-978-371-0678 for more information.
Families interested in learning more about TCM are encouraged to attend an Open House on Saturday, February 5 from 9 to 11 a.m. or visit their web site at: www.thechildrensmeetinghouse.org TCM is located in a renovated farmhouse at 1413 Lowell Road, across from the Middlesex School.
Providence Whompers to perform in Westford
On Friday, January 14, the Westford Historical Society presents the incomparable Providence Whompers, featuring the virtuosio harmonica of Chris Turner and the groovy old-timey fiddling of Rachel Maloney, with Jay Atwood on didgeridoo and accordion, and Mance Grady on bodhran and bones. This is a sure sellout; reserve your ticket early. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.
Refreshments are potluck and BYOB. Bring something to share. The concert is at the Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road. Tickets are $9 for members of the Westford Historical Society; $15 for non-members, $5 for teens, under 13 is free.
Reservations are recommended by calling 1-978-692-5550 or by e-mail at Museum@Westford.com. For more information, see web page www.Westford.com/Museum.
Carlisle Democrats to hold caucus on January 29
Registered Democrats in Carlisle will be holding a caucus at the First Religious Society, third floor conference room, 27 School Street (access through side door on Church Street), Carlisle on Saturday, January 29, at 11a.m. to elect four delegates and four alternates to the 2005 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women.
The convention will be held on Saturday, May 14, at the Paul E. Tsongas Arena in Lowell. At that time, Democrats from across the state will gather to review and approve the party platform, a document which will serve as the official political agenda of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.
The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Carlisle. Candidates for delegate and alternate must consent to nomination in writing. All candidates may make a two minute statement and may distribute materials on their behalf All ballots will be written and secret. Those not elected as delegate and alternate, who meet the qualifications, may apply to be add-on delegates in the following categories: youth, minority and disabled.
For more information about the caucus, contact the Democratic State Committee at 1-617-472-0617 or Susan Stamps, chair of the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee, at 1-978-369-8462.
Auditions tonight for Carlisle bicentennial play
The Town Cow Theater Company of Concord will conduct open auditions for an historical play celebrating the bicentennial of Carlisle. All are invited to try out for a part in the Corey Auditorium at the Carlisle Public School on Friday, January 7, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Rehearsals will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m., and early Saturday afternoons in Carlisle. Performances are on: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 18, 19 and 20.
The play requires an ensemble of nine men and four women, aged 20 to 65. Father/son and mother/daughter pairs are welcome. The members of the cast will play multiple roles, as the script covers the span of 400 years. Actors should prepare a short speech to read or perform from memory from the Shakespearean play of their choice. For further information visit www. thetowncow.org, or call 1-978-318-7979.
COA Doings — January is Bring-a-Friend Month
• Book club: On Wednesday, January 12, the book club will discuss The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home, by George Howe Colt. For more information, call 1-978-371-2895.
• Men's breakfast: The monthly men's breakfast will be on Thursday, January 12 at 8 a.m. in the Sleeper Room at 145 Church Street. This is an informal gathering of men over 60.
• Luncheon: On Thursday, January 20, join the COA for lunch at noon at the Sleeper Room at 145 Church Street. A $2 donation is suggested. Transportation is available by calling the van line. Reservations are greatly appreciated.
• That's Amore: Reserve Tuesday, February 8 for lunch at Mama's Italian Grill, 285 Chelmsford Street (Route 110) in Chelmsford. Call the Dunkers (1-978-369-5681) or the Elgins (1-978-371-0728) to make a reservation by January 28. The charge is $15.75 per person, which includes the meal, tax and gratuity.
• T'ai Chi Class: Carlisle Recreation is offering this 10-week course on Wednesdays, starting January 26, in the Clark Room at Town Hall at 9 - 10 a.m. or 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. The cost for seniors is $90. There will be a free demo class on Saturday, January 15 from 8 - 9 a.m. Learn how these slow dance-like movements can improve strength, balance and well-being.
Ongoing COA programs
• Line Dancing: The COA line dancing class meets on Fridays at Union Hall at 9:30 a.m. with instructor Janice Micarelli. Each class costs $3. For further information or to sign up, call Dorothea at 1-978-369-3118.
• Chess Club: Join fellow chess players every Tuesday in the Sleeper Room at 145 Church Street from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Call 1-978-371-2895 with any questions.
• Quilters and Craftspersons: On the first and third Wednesday of each month the COA Quilting group meets from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Sleeper Room. Bring handwork of any kind (knitting, crocheting, hooking, sewing) and join others for an exchange of ideas, sociability and a cup of tea. Call 1-978-371-2895 with any questions. Please call Nadine Bishop (1-978-369-5080), Paula Trebino (31-978-69-9001) or Deb Pichulo (31-978-69-7830 at the Congregational Church) if you plan to attend. The format of the presentation will vary with the number attending.
Carlisle's three churches sponsor talk for family caregivers
How to find help when you feel responsible for an older relative, spouse or friend will be the subject of a free participatory seminar presented by Minuteman Senior Services in partnership with the three Carlisle churches. This Caring Conversation will be held Thursday, January 20, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Carlisle Congregational church. The event is free and open to the public.
Participants will learn about the resources available in the community and how to access them. Issues associated with long-distance caregiving will also be discussed. Leading this Caring Conversation will be Hilary Viola and Cynthia Sawyer. Viola is a caregiver specialist and the supervisor of the Aging Information Center at Minuteman Senior Services and has been working in the elder care field for five years. Sawyer is director of Plannng and Programs at Minuteman Senior Services and has been involved with elders and elders service programs for 18 years.
The churches are planning two additional Caring Conversations on subjects supporting family caregivers. The next will be at St. Irene in March and the third will be at the First Religious Society on a date not yet scheduled. The public may attend any or all of the three.
Please call Nadine Bishop (1-978-369-5080), Paula Trebino (31-978-69-9001) or Deb Pichulo (31-978-69-7830 at the Congregational Church) if you plan to attend. The format of the presentation will vary with the number attending.
Citrus sale to benefit Carlisle Band
Carlisle Senior Band members are taking their final orders for fresh fruit to benefit the band program. The package assortments include Indian River red grapefruit, Florida navel oranges, Red Delicious apples and D'Anjou pears, all at competitive prices and delivered to your door in time for President's Day. The fruit can also be shipped directly anywhere in the U.S.
Proceeds support the purchase of instruments and equipment, bus transportation and a visiting musician program. Place orders with any senior band member, or by calling Melinda Howe at 1-978-318-9582. Band members will also be taking orders at the Carlisle Transfer Station this Saturday. Support the school's excellent band program, treat friends and family and counter the winter doldrums with fresh fruit delivered to your doorstep.
Rotating reads at Gleason Library
Gracing Gleason's shelves for the next couple of months are over 30 books on CD from authors like Marian Keyes, Rita Mae Brown, Robert Parker, Jeffery Deaver, Benjamin Cheever, T.C. Boyle, David Robbins, and Janet Evanovich and two dozen large-print titles. On loan, these items will rotate on to the next library in a couple of months. Come check them out while the getting is good. The Gleason Public Library is open Monday-Saturday, 1-978-369-4898.
Announcing a girls skating & ice hockey clinic
A clinic is starting for girls who want to explore the sport of ice hockey, enjoy themselves and get fit, and consider the future of local girls hockey. For girls interested in learning and developing their stick handling and skating skills while having fun and practicing in a game-like environment.
A 10-session girls skating and ice hockey clinic will be held on Sunday nights, from 8:20 to 9:20 p.m. at the Middlesex School rink starts January 9. Girls in 5th grade and up are eligible, and the cost is $200. Call 1-978-318-1540 in the day or 1-978-318-1432 in the evening to register with Adult and Community Ed.
Clinic instructor Carroll McCaffrey was a four-year varsity ice hockey player and two-year captain at Boston College. She has coached youth hockey for three years, and is currently coaching girls for the third season at the high school level.
Full equipment is preferred. Required are helmet, gloves, and stick. Bring a water bottle, and your name should be visible on the helmet.
Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey (Mosquito) still has openings
The CCYH Organization still has openings in their Mosquito program (DOB 1996). It is not too late to join in the fun and learn how to play hockey. For information, contact the Registrar at CCYH 1-978-369-6759 or the president of CCYH at 1-978-897-7680. Visit the web site at www.ccyh.org for up-to-date information on all CCYH activities.
League of Women Voters invites public to a conversation with school superintendents
The League of Women Voters of Concord/Carlisle (LWVCC) is sponsoring a public forum, "A Conversation with Our School Superintendents," Wednesday, January 12, at 7 p.m. in the Corey Auditorium at the Carlisle Middle School.
The LWVCC will welcome superintendents William Callahan of Minuteman Regional High School, Marie Doyle of Carlisle Public Schools and Dr. Brenda Finn of Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District at this evening event in Carlisle.
Join members of the Concord and Carlisle communities for an evening discussion on the future of education in our towns. The LWVCC believes education for everyone is the bedrock of a good democracy.
Bring questions, opinions and concerns and enter into the dialogue. Members of the Concord and Carlisle communities are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided.
Carlisle School Building Committee seeks volunteer
The Carlisle School Building Committee seeks a volunteer to fill a vacancy on this five-member board charged with planning for school expansion and for the wastewater treatment facility. Experience in construction, construction planning, engineering, or cost management (particularly in the public sector) is a plus, but not required. The SBC generally meets once or twice a month. All meetings are on weekday evenings. Please contact SBC chair Christy Barbee, 1-978-369-4343, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or School Business Manager Steven Moore, 1-978-369-6239, e-mail email@example.com.
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