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Friday, January 14, 2005

Pre-school sing-along at the Gleason Library

The Gleason Library is again hosting a special event for the very youngest of our library patrons. Children ages 0 to 4 are invited to move with the beat and to sing along with Liz Buchanan's collection of original tunes and classic favorites. Liz has been leading sing-along programs for young children in public libraries and elementary classrooms in Massachusetts for the past five years. In 2001, she was named a finalist for Best New Artist for Young Children by the Children's Music Web organization. She will present a half-hour program with guitar and songs from her CD Make it a Song, Song, Song. This free program for children and their parents or caregivers will be held on Thursday, January 20, at 10:30 a.m. at the Gleason Library.

Carlisle Lunch Group talk on celestial secrets

Steve Golson will be the speaker at the next Carlisle Lunch Group meeting on Wednesday, February 2 at Union Hall, 27 School Street. Lunch starts at 12:15 p.m. and the talk on celestial secrets begins at 1 p.m. and is over by 2 p.m. RSVP by January 26 by mailing a $22 check to Fontaine K. Richardson, 121 Skelton Road, Carlisle. For more information, call 1-978-369-8223 or e-mail at

Steve Golson grew up in Texas where the sky was clear and dark and the stars were abundant. A long-time amateur astronomer and astrophotographer, Steve will share his favorite images of sun, moon, stars, eclipses, comets, and planets, and entertain the group with a quick tour of the cosmos.

Steve came to New England to attend MIT and has been here ever since. While at MIT he studied earthquakes and exploration geophysics. Steve has worked for large oil companies, small video game companies, and now designs integrated circuits as a consultant. A Carlisle resident for over 20 years, he lives with his wife Terry, two sons Daniel and Jacob, and assorted animals.

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 and a reception will follow.

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, both involved with senior services for many years.

Please call Nadine Bishop (1-978-369-5080), Paula Trebino (1-978-369-9001) or Deb Pichulo (1-978-369-7830, at the Congregational Church) if you plan to attend. The format of the presentation will vary with the number attending.

Contra dance tonight

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.

COA Luncheon next Thursday

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 at 1-978-371-6690. Reservations are greatly appreciated.

Student Council Dance

The Carlisle Middle School Student Council will hold a dance for Carlisle sixth- to eighth-graders this Friday night, January 14, 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Carlisle School gymnasium. Admission is $4. All profits from the dance will go to the Red Cross to help people affected by the tsunami. There will be a donation box for additional tsunami relief donations.

Von Roesgen to speak on Nepal

Claude von Roesgen will be presenting his video documentary about a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal at the Hollis Room in the Gleason Public Library on Wednesday, January 26 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. There will be a question-and-answer period following the presentation.

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.

Library Story Time

Sign-up for story times at the Gleason Library will start on Saturday, January 22. Sign up in person starting at 10 a.m and by phone starting at 11 a.m. Story times will be offered for ages 2 to 6, divided by age group, and will begin the week of January 31. Check out the next Mosquito for more detailed information. As part of the Early Childhood Grant, story times will be offered for children under age two. Dates for these story times are being finalized and will be available later in the month.

Get your 2005 dump sticker now

Transfer station stickers for 2005 are now available at the police station. You need $15 and your car registration to get one from the police dispatcher.

Accessible recreation at 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 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. 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.

Assessible barn tours will be offered for individuals with disabilities on January 17 and February 21.

To pre-register,or for more information call 1-617-626-1294 (voice) or 1-413-577-2200 (TTY) or visit

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 11 a.m. to elect four delegates and four alternates to the 2005 Massachusetts Democratic Convention to be held in Lowell on May 14. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women.

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.

Don't miss final talk about Carlisle's forests

The final event of the Carlisle Forests: Past, Present, and Future program series will be held on January 19 at 7p.m. in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library. The speakers are 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 and protection within an overarching context of scenic and recreational value.

Dave Small is president of the Athol Bird and Nature Club and actively shares his passion for birds, butterflies and dragonflies and the conservation of the habitats they

require through workshops, lectures and field trips around New England. Michael Mauri is a consulting forester representing private landowners and towns in matters of woodlot management, and Southern New England Coordinator for the Forest Guild, a national network of forest practitioners and supporters. Michael has conducted numerous field trips to help interpret forest conditions and introduce site- and situation-specific management options for private landowners, land trusts and towns. Ken Pruitt is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissioners.

Spend an evening with Jimmy Tingle

On Sunday evening, January 30, at 7 p.m., the CCHS Chinese Class will welcome comedian Jimmy Tingle to the high school to perform in a benefit for the language class's trip to China this spring.

Tingle is regarded as one of the country's top social humorists, appearing on MSNBC, The Tonight Show, Larry King Weekend, The Late Show with Conan O'Brien, the American Comedy Awards, as well as having his own comedy special on HBO.

CCHS students in Mrs. Wu's Chinese class will be traveling to China during April vacation. Tickets for this great night can be purchased for $15 on, or by calling 1-978-505-9540.

Women's soccer

Players are wanted for Acton/Concord area over-30 women's soccer league. The emphasis is on exercise, fun with old and new friends, learning new skills and renewing old ones. Refereed 11x11 games are played on Sunday afternoons. Over-50 players are being sought for a national tournament in North Carolina this June. More info is on the web at or call Miriam at 1-781-442-0750 weekdays.

CCHS Summer Opportunities Fair

Concord-Carlisle High School will hold its 24th annual Summer Opportunities and Jobs Fair on January 31 (snow date February 1) from 5:30 to 8:30 Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street in Concord.In an effort to give students of all ages an opportunity to explore some exciting alternatives to their usual summer activities, the fair brings together representatives from over 80 organizations to present information about summer opportunities locally, nationally, and abroad. Exhibitors will display information on traditional summer camps, special needs programs, wilderness adventures, education and enrichment opportunities, sports camps, foreign language and student exchange programs, volunteer opportunities, and more.This year the fair will be expanded to provide summer employment opportunities.Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available. The exhibit area is handicapped-accessible. All proceeds from exhibitors fund the CCHS Parents Association grants program.For more information call Nancy Flahertyat 1-978-371-0549.

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 ten-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 fifth 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.

Forum on teen suicide at CCHS

The Alliance for Teen Safety is sponsoring a forum, "Every Life Worth Living: Understanding Teen Depression and Suicide" on Wednesday, February 2, in the CCHS Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Gail Griffith, author of a book about her family's personal and powerful experience with the attempted suicide of a son. It is called Will's Choice: A Suicidal Teen, a Desperate Mother, and a Chronicle of Recovery, and it will be released in May 2005. Griffith will be preceded by Boston Globe Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eileen McNamara, whose November 28 column, entitled "Our Silence is Fatal Flaw," about the recent unrelated suicides of three teens in Wellesley and Needham, has touched a raw nerve in suburban Boston.

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, or School Business Manager Steven Moore, 1-978-369-6239, e-mail

Concerts in Concord

The Concord Orchestra concerts will be held on January 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. The concerts are at 51 Walden Street in Concord. Conductor Richard Pittman leads the orchestra in Franz Liszt's A Faust Symphony with local tenor Ray Bauwens and the Worcester Polytechnic Glee Club. Also on the program are Mozart's favorite Magic Flute "Overture" and Lutoslawski's youthful Symphonic Variations.

Special discounts for pre-concert dinners at Concord's Colonial Inn include a donation to the orchestra. Tickets are $18, or $15 for seniors and students. For reservations and subscriptions call 1-978-369-4967. For more information, visit

Daughters of the American Revolution will meet to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Old Concord Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Thursday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. The program is an educational presentation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. film, "I Have a Dream." Call 1-978-369-6014 for further information.


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