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Friday, February 18, 2005


Come see Carlisle's Bicentennial play

The Carlisle Bicentennial will kick off for the community on Friday, February 18, at 7 p.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, contact Anne Marie Brako,

Board of Health hosts Health Fair on March 19

The Carlisle Board of Health, in conjunction with Emerson Hospital, announces the Town of Carlisle Health Fair, to be held March 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Library. Free testing (residents 18 and older) will be available for cholesterol (12-hour fast required), diabetes screenings (fasting preferred), prostate specific antigen (PSA), thyroid, and blood pressure. There will also be free information available regarding many health-related topics. For more information regarding this event, call the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283.

Senior citizens invited to St. Patrick's Day luncheon

The Concord-Carlisle High School students and parents of the class of 2005 will be serving a traditional corned beef and cabbage luncheon for the senior citizens of Carlisle and Concord on Saturday, March 12, at noon. This event will take place in the Concord-Carlisle High School cafeteria and will include musical entertainment. Reservations are required. Call the Carlisle Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895.

Conservation Coffee

on March 8

The Tuesday, March 8 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Nick d'Arbeloff of the Estabrook Council will be available with an update on Middlesex School's proposed development of their land within the Estabrook Woods.

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are regularly held on the second Tuesday of the month during the fall, winter and spring seasons. Their purpose is to provide an informal opportunity for residents to discuss a wide range of land use, conservation and environmental issues. The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. A continental breakfast provided. The next Conservation Coffees will be held on April 12, May 10 and June 14.

Bring pets to Carlisle's Rabies Clinic March 5

The Carlisle Rabies Clinic for cats and dogs will be held on Saturday, March 5, from 9 to11 a.m. at Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street. The clinic is sponsored by the Carlisle Board of Health and volunteers from the Carlisle Animal Hospital. Pet owners must be residents of Carlisle to participate.

State law requires the vaccination of all cats and dogs. Bring your pet's vaccination certificate in order to determine eligibility for a three-year vaccine. A rabies tag is not sufficient. The cost is $10 per animal. Cash is appreciated but checks will be accepted. Dogs must be on leashes and cats brought in carriers.

Dog licenses will be available during clinic hours. A late fine of $20 will be added to the regular fee for any dog not licensed by April 1. Proof of current vaccination status is required for licensing.

Volunteers are needed to help with the processing. Community service points will be awarded to eligible high school students. Contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283 for more information.

Saxophone in the afternoon

On March 1, at 1 p.m., Kenneth Radnofsky, a world-renowned classical saxophone performer and teacher, will hold an afternoon performance at the Gleason Public Library. Radnofsky will be the artist-in-residence at the Carlisle Public School in March. A soloist with orchestras around the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Radnofsky has premiered notable pieces, and released several CDs of music. This free special afternoon performance will be held in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Public Library. All are invited to attend this musical event.

Winter crafts at the Gleason Library

Drop-in winter crafts for ages 4 and up (younger with parental help) will be offered at the Gleason Library on Thursday, February 24, from 1 to 6 p.m. Come by to check out some vacation reading and make a snowflake or a penguin to take home. Questions? Call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.

Drop-in story time

A drop-in story hour for ages 2 to 4 will be held on Friday, February 25, at 3:30 p.m. Additional story times for this age group will be held on Saturday, March 12 at 10:30 a.m. and on Friday, March 25 at 3:30 p.m. Beat the winter blaahs and hear some great stories.

The drop-in story time for ages 3 and up continues at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month with the next one scheduled for March 2. Children are invited to come in their jammies and hear new and classic picture books.

Carlisle author

to discuss globalization and trade

On Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m., local author Corey Lofdahl will discuss his book "Environmental Impacts of Globalization and Trade: A Systems study" in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library. The Seattle trade riots of fall 1999 centered on a fundamental question — does trade help or hurt the environment? Lofdahl provides evidence that international trade hurts the global environment.

Dr. Lofdahl is a senior scientist for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), where he uses complex systems simulation to study questions of U.S. Foreign Policy. He is a resident of Carlisle and half of last year's Ice Cream Social band, Dot-n-Doc.

Club 51 in Concord features Amanda Carr

A jazzy night for dancing or listening with a live, hot swing band, comprised of some of Greater Boston's finest musicians, will happen at the Performing Arts Center, 51 Walden Street in Concord, on Saturday, March 12, from 8 to 11 p.m. Vocalist Amanda Carr will be featured. Members of the band returning by popular demand from last year's event include Robin Verdier, piano; Scott Philbrick, cornet and guitar; Dick Chick of Carlisle, reeds; Ernie Clark, trombone; Dan Boone, bass; and Gary Spellissey, drums.

Refreshments and cash bar will be available. Tickets cost $25 per person and benefit Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord. They may be reserved by calling 1-978-369-7911 or mailing a check to FOPAC, Box 251, Concord 01742. Tickets will also be available at the door. Parties of six or more may request reserved tables.

Looking for long-term care insurance information?

The SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs for Elders) program recently trained several volunteers to assist people who would like to learn more about long-term care insurance. They have several tools to help assess whether long-term care insurance is an appropriate option for an individual. Counselors will also help seniors identify a variety of other options to finance long-term care. SHINE counseling is a free and confidential service. Call 1-800-243-4636 to find a SHINE counselor who is a long term care specialist.

Opportunity for family members of mentally ill relatives

You are invited to take the free Family to Family course for family members of mentally ill relatives. the twelve week course begins Wednesday, March 23, and ends Wednesday, June 8 at 25 The Great Road, in Bedford from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Registration and proceedings at the classes are totally confidential.

Call co-teachers Nancy, at 1-781-275-5133 after March 3, or Janet, 1-781-275-1507 any time, with questions or to register. Register early.The classes fill rapidly.

The Family-to-Family course is sponsored by the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Massachusetts and funded by the Department of Mental Health.

Register your American Cancer Society

Relay For Life team now

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Acton/Boxborough is registering teams now. This "celebration of life" brings the Acton/Boxborough community together in a unified effort to fight cancer. Relay For Life takes place from May 13 until May 14 at Acton-Boxborough High School Leary Field.

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's version of an athletic relay, but with a new twist. Relay For Life is a family-oriented event where participants enjoy the camaraderie of a team and also raise funds to support the activities of the American Cancer Society. Participants camp out at the Relay site, and when they are not taking their turn walking, they take part in fun activities and enjoy local entertainment. The 2004 Relay for Life of Acton/Boxborough raised nearly $53,000 for the fight against cancer.

Information about how to form a team or become involved in Relay For Life is available at Questions can be sent to For more information on cancer, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit

Stress and the middle school student

On Thursday, March 3, from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. at the Peabody Forum, Concord Middle School, two local adolescent counselors will discuss the role that stress plays

in the lives of middle school students, and how parents can help their children limit the stress and manage their busy lives effectively. This program, sponsored by the Concord MS PTG along with the Center for Parents and Teachers, is free and open to the community. For more information, contact the CPT at 1-978-202-1146.

CPT holds film workshops for parents of teens

A film series for parents of teens is sponsored by the Center for Parents and Teachers (CPT) during the month of March.

On Thursday, March 3, "Day for Night: Recognizing Teen Depression," will offer an in-depth look at the signs, symptoms and treatment of teenage depression. This film, from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is shown to all Concord-Carlisle High Students in their freshmen year. This workshop continues the dialogue that began at the community forum on Teen Depression and Suicide, and reinforces the importance of knowing how to detect early warning signs of depression in your child in order to take positive action.

On Wednesday, March 16, "Communicating with Your Teen: Ideas for Effective Discipline and Relationship Building," offers concrete steps for guiding your teen, using clear, honest communication and respectful discipline. This film is from the "Active Parenting of Teens" video library.

Films will be followed by a time for discussion facilitated by Kelli Kirshtein, CCHS Adjustment Counselor. These sessions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Little Theater at Concord-Carlisle High School. Fee: $15 per session. To register, please call the Center at 1-978-202-1146; or send payment directly to the Center for Parents and Teachers, 120 Meriam Road, Concord, MA 01742

Concord Youth Theatre to present The Wizard of Oz

The Concord Youth Theatre will present The Wizard of Oz on March 4 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 5,6,12 and 13 at 2:30 p.m. at 40 Stowe Street in Concord. Tickets are $12 and $9. Recommended for ages four and older. Seating is reserved. Call 1-978-371-1482, mailbox 1 for tickets and information or visit the web site:

Parent workshops offer strategies

Does your child put a lot of pressure on him/herself about performance? Or perhaps you have a child who struggles with you over every matter. Two workshops, sponsored by The Center for Parents and Teachers, will offer helpful strategies to address these issues: "Understanding and Responding to the Perfectionistic Child," facilitated by Deborah Weinstock-Savoy, Ph.D., psychologist and parent educator, is a three-part series that will help parents understand their child and offer ways to nurture important developmental assets such as greater cognitive flexibility, emotional resilience and self-confidence. It will take place on Friday, March 4, 11, and 18 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Ripley School, 120 Meriam Road in Concord.

Bill Gresser, M.A., marriage and family therapist, will present, "You Can't Make Me! Dealing with Your Child's Challenging Behaviors," a three-part workshop to be held on Tuesday evenings, March 15, 22, and 29, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street in West Concord. Bill will offer practical advice for dealing effectively with a variety of conflicts and will help parents think about ways to diffuse problems before they turn into showdowns. (Geared for parents of three- to seven-year-olds.)

The fee for each workshop is $60. Space is limited to 15 participants. Call the Center for Parents and Teachers at 1-978-202-1146 for more information and to pre-register.

Carlisle teachers at Community Education

Join many of your Carlisle and Concord friends and neighbors, meet new people from surrounding towns, and learn something new at one of the many classes offered this winter at Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education. Many of our teachers hail from Carlisle and most classes are offered at Concord-Carlisle High School, unless otherwise noted.

Karin Lemmermann teaches her Pottery Workshop in her home studio on South Street. Six students will learn slab work, pinching and coiling; the stoneware will be high-fired, and students will learn about glazing using a variety of earthy tones. This class meets six Thursdays from 10 a.m. until noon, beginning March 3. The fee is $125.

If you've been snowbound too long, it's definitely time to join John Mattson's class, "Looking for Love and Friendship in all the Right Places." It's not always easy to meet someone new for a friendship or a serious relationship in a small town, but you can use John's innovative approach to find the "right" kinds of people without resorting to a drive into Boston. His classes are always full of humor and creative suggestions. Class meets two Tuesdays, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 8 and 15, at CCHS. The fee is $79 and includes all materials.

A workshop given by Linda Kuramoto will explain how awareness of the way in which we communicate with others facilitates problem-solving. Learn a new approach to solving problems and building understanding of what others are trying to say. The workshop will be held on Monday, March 7, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at CCHS. The fee is $27.

Joan Parker returns on Thursday, March 10, to teach how to make a spring flower arrangement. Learn how to create an original miniature spring garden centerpiece, using fresh and dried materials, which she provides. Bring a wire or greens cutter, and a glue gun if you own one. If you like, you can bring a small (2") sculpture to incorporate into your garden. A materials fee of $10 is payable to the instructor in class. Class runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at CCHS, and the fee is $24.

Our popular Armchair Travel program, held Monday evenings at the Harvey Wheeler Center in Concord, will feature Steve Kirk on March 7, presenting "Fifty years of Sport Fishing: A Healthy Addiction." This presentation is free and open to the public. Arrive at the Harvey Wheeler Clock Tower Room by 7 p.m.

For more information, or to register, call Community Education, 1-978-318-1540. Pre-registration is strongly advised to avoid disappointment. Details on these and all other winter Community Education classes are available on the web at

The Firehouse Coffeehouse presents Fred Small

The Reverend Fred Small, singer-songwriter and pastor, performs at the Firehouse Coffeehouse at First Church Unitarian 19 Foster Street, Littleton at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 4. Before entering the ministry Small toured internationally as a folksinger and has released seven albums. With a strong warm voice and fluid guitar style, Small sings songs of conscience, highlighting the goodness and courage of all kinds of people. His songs call for a greater sense of fairness and justice. While Small takes social issues seriously, he also injects humor into his songs and performances.

Tickets are $18 at the door or $15 in advance available at the Minor Chord in Acton, via our website at or by calling 1-978-742-9957. Proceeds benefit the Dr. Edgar D. Bell Jr. Fund for Social Justice. This event is wheelchair accessible.

Friends host music appreciation class

Beginning February 16, join the Friends of the COA and the Friends of the Gleason Library (FOGPL) from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays 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." 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 tastes and knowledge are welcome.

Registration is not necessary but is appreciated. Call 1-978-371-2895 to register or for information.

Help preserve Carlisle's rural character

The Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee (CRAC) is seeking a member to complete the seven member committee.

CRAC encourages landowners and developers to keep land in its natural state by putting it under a perpetual conservation restriction. The committee helps landowners through the legal process of approval by the Town and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.

Meetings are generally held on the first Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Please send a letter of interest and a resume to Sylvia Willard, Carlisle Conservation Commission and to Madonna McKenzie, Town Administrator, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle.

MAGIC to meet on planning issues

The Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) will host a special morning meeting on planning issues at 9 a.m. on Monday, February 28. This is an opportunity to share information, learn about innovative tools and techniques, and plan cooperative approaches. The meeting will be held in the Estabrook Room downstairs in Cary Hall (center building of the three-building town office complex) at 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington. The meeting is open to all; R.S.V.P. requested. Contact MAGIC Coordinator Judith Alland at 1-617-451-2770, ext. 2022.

Parents seek to de-stress family life

The Concord Carlisle Parent Initiative (CCPI), a coalition of parent volunteers whose purpose is to foster a positive environment that promotes the health and well-being of the community, is launching a month-long campaign in Concord and Carlisle called "March Unmadness." CCPI wants to encourage harried families to pause and focus on relaxing and reconnecting with each other. The campaign aims to encourage all residents to embrace a new set of three R's: relax, reconnect and rejuvenate.

To this purpose, they have developed a family calendar for the month of March which offers day-by-day suggestions to take the madness out of family life. The first week features such suggestions as bringing art into the family by doing an art project at home or taking in the exhibit at the Gleason Library, enjoying a family PJ night, or an ice cream sundae night, a family drama night, offering charades or the CCHS musical and a family safety day. For more information on this project, and to view the entire calendar, go to

Senior moment

or Alzheimer's?

The public is invited to a free participatory seminar on March 9 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Saint Irene Church. This program is presented by Minuteman Senior Services in partnership with the three churches in Carlisle.

This program is designed to answer some questions about memory loss: What is memory? What things affect our memory? What should one do if a loved one has memory loss? The seminar will review the differences between age-related forgetfulness and Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Coping mechanisms and managing challenging behaviors will be discussed.

Leading this caring conversation will be Joanne Chaulk, RN, BSN, a trained Alzheimer's Care Specialist with many years of experience in the field of dementia care.

To reserve a space at this free seminar call Paula Trebino at 1-978-369-9001, Nadine Bishop at 1-978-369-5080 or Deb Pichulo at 1-978-369-7830.

Lowell YMCA swimming lessons

Registration for the next session of swimming lessons at the Lowell YMCA will begin Saturday, February 19 at 9 a.m. at the Greater Lowell YMCA. A variety of classes for children ages 6 months and up and adults will be held for seven weeks beginning the week of February 28.

For more information please contact Karen Provost at 1-978-454-7825 x25.

CEF/CSA Auction

On Saturday, March 19 laissez les bons temps rouler at the CEF/CSA Auction. Enjoy cocktails and dinner while bidding on exotic trips, romantic evenings, and one-of-a-kind items crafted by Carlisle School students. Check out the silent auction items over appetizers, then gear up to compete in the live auction after dinner. Then move

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