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Friday, February 4, 2005

CCHS presents West Side Story

Students at Concord-Carlisle High School have been preparing for the musical West Side Story since the beginning of January. The crew has been building and painting sets; the cast has been learning dances and songs, and the musicians have been rehearsing Leonard Bernstein's great score. The show runs the first two weekends in March. Performances will be March 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and March 6 and 13 at 2:30 p.m. in the CCHS Auditorium. All tickets are for reserved seating and are $15. To order tickets go to

CSEM to present Canadian viola da gamba duo

The Cambridge Society for Early Music, the first of its kind in the nation, will present the third and final concert of its 24th season of Chamber Music by Candlelight concerts in Carlisle on Saturday, February 12 at 8 p.m., at the First Religious Society on the Common. The concert, entitled "Folies! Music of Sainte-Colombe and His Contemporaries," will be performed by the Montreal (Canada) duo Les Voix Humaines, comprised of Susie Napper and Margaret Little, violas da gamba.

The viola da gamba was the favorite instrument of the 17th and 18th century French aristocracy, who provided the cultural ambience that supported and indeed incubated the flowering of a truly unique musical culture.

Napper and Little will perform music of Sainte-Colombe, Marais, Couperin, Rameau and Lebègue — exhibiting the heart and soul of French baroque music. The duo's performances of exotic masterpieces of the 17th and 18th centuries have been delighting audiences for the past 20 years. Les Voix Humaines has recorded over 20 CDs, several of which have received critical acclaim and awards.

Tickets for this concert are $25 general admission, $20 for students and seniors. They can be obtained at the door the nights of the concerts, by telephoning 1-617-489-2062, or by writing to the Society at P.O. Box 380-336, Cambridge, Mass. 02238-0336.

Rep. Atkins to attend ConsCom Coffee

Representative Cory Atkins (D) plans to attend the February 8

The Conservation Morning Coffees are regularly held on the second Tuesday of the month in order to provide an informal opportunity for residents to meet and to discuss a wide range of Carlisle-related conservation and environmental issues. Residents are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Refreshments are provided.

Gleason Friends Community Potluck

Chase away the winter blahs with good food and conversation. Join friends and neighbors at the Community Potluck Supper on Saturday, February 12, 6 p.m. This year's event will be held at the home of David Freedman and Karen Trittipo, 301 Hutchins Road.

Friends of Gleason Public Library will provide ham, lasagna and beverages. R.S.V.P. by contacting Terri McElligot at 1-978-369-0642 or Let her know whether you will be bringing an appetizer, salad, entree or dessert for eight.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Carlisle

Carlisle's Chinese New Year Celebration, sponsored by the Carlisle Cultural Council, will be held on Saturday, February 5, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Corey auditorium. The Ribbon Dance performance will be presented at 2 p.m., followed by craft activities and sampling of traditional foods. Admission fee is $4 per person or $10 per family.

Gleason story time registration has begun

The Gleason Public Library will offer story-time sessions beginning on January 31. For the 2- to 3-year-old groups the child must be 2 by February 4. For the 3- to 4-year-old group the child must be 3 by February 1

Drop-in PJ story times for ages 3 and up will continue at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month with the next story time scheduled for March 2.

For more information or to register, call the children's department at the library at 1-978-369-4898.

Carlisle Parents Connection Beach Party

Come beat the chilly weather and join the Carlisle Parents Connection for a beach party on Saturday, February 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Union Hall at the First Religious Society on School Street. There will be crafts, activities, limbo dancing and pin-the-monkeys-on-a-palm-tree contest. Come and dress for a beach party. Coffee, juice, and snacks will be available. The event is for families with children ages 0 - 5 and the fee is $5 per family or $25 for all CPC events.

Contra dance tonight

The Second Friday Contra Dance will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on February 4. 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.

Trails Committee to lead walk

On Sunday, February 6 at 2 p.m., the Trails Committee will lead a walk/cross-country ski/snowshoe trek, depending on conditions, starting from the Foss Farm parking lot. A shorter and a longer version of the trek will be available. Refreshments will be served afterwards. This event will be cancelled if there is heavy rain. For information, call Marc Lamere at 1-978-369-8210.

Friday Night Live is back tonight

Attention all Middle School students — the February Friday Night Live (FNL) is tonight. What could be better on a cold winter's night than to party with friends? As always, the gym provides a great place to practice jump shots or challenge friends to a game of ping pong. Chess or checkers is also available for those who want to relax and enjoy a quiet board game. For those with more energy, the exercise room is always spinning the latest hits to move and groove to.

All Carlisle students (public or private) in grades six to eight who have not attended FNL before are more than welcome to attend in February, but must remember to bring a parent or guardian to fill out the required permission form. 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. 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.

Mount Everest benefit presentation

Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education is hosting a multimedia presentation featuring Daniel Mazur, climber and photographer, and Pemba Doma Sherpa, high-altitude climbing legend, Thursday, February 10, at 7 p.m. at the Thoreau School (old Alcott School), 91 Laurel Street near Concord Center. This presentation is a benefit for the Mount Everest Foundation. An $8 donation is requested ($3 students).

The public is invited to join the climbers for a 75-minute slide and video show. The show details their expeditions to the planet's high places, with images of their ascents of some of the world's most famous peaks, along with some never-before attempted routes in exotic and rarely visited locales.

Fresh Air group seeks local volunteers

Local volunteers to be committee members or host families for Fresh Air families for the summer of 2005 are being sought. The Fresh Air Fund provides two-week vacations with host families for children from New York City's low-income communities.

For more information call Ellen Velez at 1-978-251-7024.

Recreation news

Child Care Training starts Monday, February 7. Four sessions after school from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

Early Release Tuesdays,

February 8 to March 15

For Grades 5 through 8: Ski or snowboard at Mt. Wachusett. For Grades 1 through 7: Snow Tubing at Nashoba Valley (March 15 added).

Gotta Dance - Starts February 18. Space available in the Friday, 4 to 5 p.m. class.

Latin American Dance Class — Starts Wednesday, February 2, for 14 years to adult) from 7 to 8 p.m.

Adult Indoor Basketball — Wednesday evenings from 8:15 to 10 p.m. Corey Gym is now open for new players who have not paid for Tues./Thurs. Basketball. The cost is $25 to play on Wednesdays through May 25.

Badminton — Thursday evenings from 6:45 to 8 p.m. - Corey Exercise Room. Cost is $40.

Space also available in: T'ai Chi, Fitness, Watercolor and 60 minute workout. Call for details and sign up at 1-978-369-9815. Brochures are available at Town Hall, the Recreation Office and Gleason Library.

Tsunami benefit concert

World Talent Quest, a local organization that connects independent musicians with local venues, will present ten hours of live music in a benefit concert to raise funds for the people in South Asia and Africa who were affected by the tsunami disaster. The concert will be held at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord on Saturday February 12. Doors will open at noon, the first act goes on stage at 12:30 and the program runs until 10:30 p.m.

All of the performing artists are donating their time. The music will represent a variety of styles and genres, all by local, independent artists, including folk, rock, country,

Celtic, bluegrass, blues, bossa nova and more. Admission is by donation, with a suggested donation of $15. For more information go to, or call 1-978-371-9664.

Boston Gay Men's Chamber Chorus Concert in Carlisle

On February 12 at 8 p.m. the Chamber Chorus of The Boston Gay Men's Chorus will present music at the Corey auditorium at the Carlisle School. The Chamber Chorus includes 40 of the finest singers of the Boston Gay Men's Chorus.

The Boston Gay Men's Chorus is one of New England's largest and most successful community-based choruses. Now in its 23rd season, the 175-voice ensemble is celebrated for its outstanding musicianship, creative programming, and groundbreaking community outreach.

The concert, sponsored by The First Religious Society, is a community-wide event and all are welcome with no admission charge. The Corey auditorium is fully accessible and general parking is available on Church Street. For more information, call the church office at 1-978-369-5180 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Bicentennial play tickets for sale at Ferns

The Carlisle Bicentennial will kick off for the community on Friday, February 18 at 7p.m, in the Corey Auditorium of the Carlisle Public School with opening night of Under the Chestnut Tree: A Chronicle of Carlisle, Massachusetts. The original play covers the town's history dating back to 1605 with special attention to the town's founding in 1805 and concluding with the 200th anniversary on February 18. On opening night the Carlisle Public School Senior Band and Senior Chorus will perform as well. Tickets are $25 for opening night. The show will also run Saturday, February 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., as well as Sunday, February 20 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices for the 2 p.m. performances are: $15 adult, $10 senior, and $5 child. All tickets for the Saturday night show are $15. Profits from the event will fund future bicentennial activities. All checks should be made out to "Carlisle Historical Society." Tickets are on sale at Ferns. For inquiries about the Carlisle Bicentennial Committee please contact Anne Marie Brako,

MAGIC reschedules two meetings

Due to recent storm cancellations, the Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) is scheduling two different upcoming meetings, each with a snow date. The first will be the regular MAGIC evening meeting, February 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Reading Room, downstairs in Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Aveenue in Lexington. (Note: Cary Hall is in the center building of the three-building town offices complex and not in the Cary Library.) The snow date will be Tuesday evening, February 15, 7:30 p.m., in the Selectmen's Room, which is on the second floor of the left-hand town office building.

The planning issues meeting will be on February 28 at 9 a.m. in the Estabrook Room of Cary Hall. The snow date for the planning issues meeting will be Thursday, March 3, at 9 a.m. in the Selectmen's Meeting Room (again, the left-hand building).

For more information, contact MAGIC Coordinator Judith Alland at 1-617-451-2770, ext. 2022, or e-mail her at

Teens: this summer job will grow on you

Will you be 14 to 16 or 20 to 28 years old by July 2005? Get the summer job that makes a difference to both you and your community. What is more, you'll get plenty of sun, spend your days in both city and country, and enjoy fun and new friends.

The Food Project is now accepting applications for its Summer Youth Program (SYP). SYP brings together young people from all over Greater Boston to grow and distribute fresh produce in a paid summer job that emphasizes teamwork, accountability, civic participation and communication. The program runs June 28 to August 17, 2005.

During the seven and a half weeks, you will cultivate a 31-acre rural farm in Lincoln and over 2.5 acres of urban land in Roxbury, sell produce through two urban farmers' markets and a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, prepare and serve lunches in local soup kitchens and homeless shelters, and help some of Boston's top chefs prepare harvest lunches. You'll also participate in weekly workshops on such topics as diversity, hunger, homelessness, and sustainable agriculture, get fully paid MBTA transportation, and enjoy plenty of fun, friends and games.

Download the application from or get one by calling 1-781-259-8621, ext. 23, by March 4. Crew Worker jobs are for 14-16-year-olds, while Crew Leader roles are for ages 20-28.

Nashoba Valley Chorale in concert

The Nashoba Valley Chorale announces its first appearance with new director, Justin Smith. The Chorale will present "Gloria in Excelsis: Three Centuries of Joyful Noise." Concerts are Saturday, February 12, at 8 p.m. at Union Congregational Church, 220 Main Street in Groton, and Sunday, February 13, at 7 p.m. at West Concord Union Church, 1317 Main Street in Concord. Works include Glorias of Poulenc and Vivaldi, plus festive works by Copland, Gibbons, and Vaughan Williams.

Advance purchase prices are $12 for Adults, $10 for Seniors and Children. At the door prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and children. TIckets for the snowed-out January 22 and 23, 2005 concerts will be honored. For more information call 1-978-842-4044 or visit

Nashoba Players hold auditions

Nashoba Players, a community theater organization, announces auditions for The Saloon Keeper's Daughter, by Sharkey and Reisor, a musical melodrama. Audition dates are February 20 and 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street in Westford. Both musical and nonmusical roles are available in a wide range of ages. Anyone interested in auditioning should call the director, Douglas Cooper, at 1-978-263-1006 to schedule an appointment.

Earth Month Exhibit seeks artists

Each spring leading up to Earth Day, the Musketaquid Arts and Environment Program hosts an Earth Month Exhibit at the Emerson Umbrella in Concord. This year's exhibit will be held April 21 to May 23. This year the non-juried show will celebrate our local environment around the theme "Stories Restore the Wild."

Artists are invited to explore the local environs, collect materials, sketch or paint, photograph or film, weave or sculpt, find words, tunes, combine sounds and sights. Gather stories of this place: stories of a favorite spot or path, stories of growing up here, stories of land in jeopardy or land saved, stories of critters encountered or patterns of nature over time. Tell these stories in the oral tradition, map them, illustrate them, write them in poetry or prose, sing, dance, or act them out.

Artists of all ages in any medium are welcome. If you would like to participate, or have an idea and are wondering if it would be appropriate, call the Musketaquid office at 1-978-371-0820.An opening reception is planned for Friday, April 22 (national Earth Day), from 5 to 7 p.m.

Contra dance in Westford

On Saturday, February 26, at 8 p.m., the Fourth Saturday square/contra dance will be held at the Parish Center for the Arts with Sarah Gregory Smith calling. Oh, CONTRAire! with special guest, "Smitty" on banjo, will provide live music. No experience is required; free instruction begins at 7:30 p.m. BYOB (or wine). Tickets are $5, with a maximum of $12 per family.

The Parish Center for the Arts is at the corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street on Westford Common. Call 1-978-692-6333, e-mail or check out the web page: for more information.

Council on Aging events

The Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) offers many programs for senior citizens. Following is a sampling of upcoming events. For more information, call the COA office at 1-978-371-6690.

Men's Breakfast, Febrary 10. On Thursday, February 10 at 8 a.m. the COA Men's Breakfast will meet in the Sleeper Community Room at Carlisle Village Court on School Street for good food and good conversation.

Valentine's Tea, February 11. Students of the Carlisle Middle School Student Council invite senior citizens to a Valentine's Tea at the Sleeper Community Room. Come anytime between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. to sit down with friends and talk over a cup of hot tea and cookies.

Von Roesgen talk rescheduled

Due to inclement weather, the presentation at the Gleason Public Library scheduled for January 26 has been postponed two weeks. 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, February 9, at 7 p.m. Admission is free. There will be a question and answer period following the presentation.

Friends hosts music appreciation class

Beginning February 16, join the Friends of the COA amd the Friends of the Gleason Library (FOGPL) from 1:30 to 3 p.m.on Wednesday in the Hollis Room at Gleason Library for a six-week course in music appreciation with Elliot Lilien, titled: Bach to Bartok: How to Listen to Music. The class is designed to deepen one's enjoyment and enrich the musical experience. This course will teach skills which will help the student appreciate and enjoy composers from Bach to Bartok. The history and ideas of various musical movements will be considered, along with the periods in which the music was written. Persons of all musical tasstes and knowledge are welcome.

Elliot Lilien, a retired CCHS teacher describes himself as a "musical fanatic" with a record collection of over 2,000. He is a Fellow of the National Humanities Foundation in music and history.

Registration is not necessary but is appreciated. Call 1-978-371-2895 to register or for information. This course is made possible through the generosity of the FOGPL and the Friends of the COA.

New Scrabble Club offered after school

A new Scrabble Club for fifth- through eighth-graders is meeting Tuesday afternoons, 2:30 to 4 p.m., in the Exercise Room of the Carlisle School. Students play Scrabble, expand their vocabulary, improve their math skills, and have fun.

Rebecca Konkle is the coach-coordinator, assisted by Ellen Miller, a Scrabble tournament player. In early April a team from Carlisle will compete in the National School Scrabble Championship in Boston.

New players are welcome to come and play for a drop-in fee of $10. For more information, call Rebecca Konkle at 1-978-369-8931.

This Old House needs volunteers

WGBH is seeking volunteers to assist with the 25th Anniversary This Old House Designer Show House in Carlisle on select dates between April 15 and May 29. Volunteers are needed to give tours, staff the retail store, provide ticket sales and greet visitors. For more information, please contact Liz Hagyard at 1-617-300-5715 or e-mail

Gleason Library needs volunteers

The Gleason Public Library circulates over 115,000 items a year. The business of putting items in their appropriate places is a never ending and essential function of a library. The Library relies heavily on a stellar team of volunteers to ensure that items are shelved and ready for their next use. Now, more than ever, we need volunteer shelvers who can commit to a regular time. Please call 1-978-369-4898 and ask for Angela or Marty.

Visit Angel Street in Concord

The Concord Players will be presenting Angel Street, the staged version of the movie Gaslight. Mark Baumhardt directs this show which will be performed on February 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 20, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for all shows and the theater at 51 Walden Street in Concord is handicapped-accessible. Call 1-978-369-2990 or charge tickets at They can also be obtained at The Harness Shop in Concord.

Auditions planned for The Memory of Water

The Concord Players will be holding open auditions for their April/May production of The Memory of Water. Audition dates are February 17 at 7 p.m. and February 20 at 5 p.m. Callbacks will be at 8 p.m. on February 20. The show is being directed by Fred Robbins. There are roles for four women and three men.

Winter Tunes at The Old Manse February 13

Bring your sweetheart to an intimate piano performance in the parlor of The Old Manse at 269 Monument Street in Concord on Sunday, February 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. This "Winter Tunes" concert, performed by Anahit Treuzyan, will feature classical and romantic music. It is being held to celebrate the completed conservation of the Manse's 19th-century Steinway square grand piano. Admission is $15 per person. Advance reservations are required. Please call 1-978-369-3909 or e-mail to reserve a ticket. This event is not recommended for young children.

2005 The Carlisle Mosquito