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Friday, October 21, 2005

Great Pumpkin Spectacle on October 27

For the 22nd year, the Gleason Library will host an annual tradition, the Great Pumpkin Spectacle.The event will be held on Thursday, October 27. Each year kindergartners, first-, second- and third-graders display extraordinary creativity and imagination in their pumpkin decorating.

To register, bring your pumpkin to the children's department at the Gleason Public Library between 3 and 6:30 p.m. on October 27. Registrations before 6 p.m. are preferred. Pumpkins will be judged separately on each grade level. There will be three categories: carved, decorated, and carved and decorated, plus a lucky winner drawn for each age group. Those who do not wish their pumpkins to be judged may bring them to special "display only" table.

At 6:45 p.m., storyteller Tony Toledo will perform in the Corey Auditorium at the Carlisle Public School. Tony will entertain the audience with his spellbinding, scary stories, appropriate for grades K-3.

After an informal parade from the school to the library at approximately 7:45 p.m. (children are encouraged to bring flashlights), the three judges will announce their decisions. Families and friends are invited to share in this traditional evening of fun with their children by viewing the pumpkins on display and enjoying refreshments at this time. The Friends of the Gleason Library provide all funding for this event.

CCHS coffee house "Unplugged"

On Friday night, October 28, the CCHS class of 2006 will host its second "Unplugged." Beginning at 7:30 p.m., 12 student musical acts will entertain the audience in the school cafeteria, which will be turned into a casual coffee house setting, with seating at tables and refreshments served.

Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door. Performances will include vocal duets, instrumental solos, acoustic rock bands and much more. Students and adults are welcomed. Come explore and enjoy the musical talent and creativity of the students of CCHS.

Newcomer's Club hosts welcome coffee

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomer's Club will be hosting a welcome coffee on Tuesday, October 25 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Celebrate the arrival of fall by meeting new neighbors and enjoying a fresh cup of coffee. The club has something for everyone, including special events, luncheons, dinners, children's activities and interest groups. Contact either Kris Carlson-Lewis at 1-978- 369-0387 or Rhonda Penaud at 1-978-371-0467 for further information and directions to the hostess' home.

Travel Soccer registration

Registration has begun for Concord- Carlisle Youth Soccer's Spring 2006 Travel Soccer program. Players can be registered online at the CCYS web site The deadline for registration is October 31. The spring season begins the second week in April and lasts ten weeks. Games are held on Saturdays and teams usually practice twice during the week. Home games are held in Concord and Carlisle and away games are played throughout Middlesex County.

Carlisle Parents Connection to host Halloween Party

The Carlisle Parents Connection is hosting a Halloween Party for children ages 0-5 on Saturday, October 29, from 10 a.m. to noon at Diment Park on Church Street. Bring your little ghosts and goblins to enjoy games, prizes and a costume parade. Raindate is Sunday, October 30, from 10 noon at Diment Park.

Gala evening at CCHS

Tomorrow night, Harvard University's premier co-ed a cappella group, the Harvard Opportunes, will be featured at "A Time To Shine," a gala fundraiser to support the Concord-Carlisle High School performing arts program. Enjoy an evening of talented performers, fabulous desserts and fantastic raffle prizes. "A Time To Shine" is sponsored by Concord Carlisle Patrons of Performing Students (CCPOPS).

Admission is $25 per person and includes dessert and entertainment. Raffle tickets for an array of prizes will be available at the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Concord-Carlisle High School Cafeteria. For tickets go to For information, contact Diane Payne at 1-978-287-5031or

Middlesex to host PBS Community and College Dialogues

Middlesex Community College will host two By the People Community and College Dialogues on its Bedford and Lowell campuses as part of a select group of citizen gatherings held across the country to be included in a national PBS broadcast.

The Lowell campus By the People dialogue will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 25, in the Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square. The Bedford campus By the People dialogue will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 26, in the Campus Center Café East, 591 Springs Road. All events are free and open to the public.

By the People is an initiative created by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions to enhance the national conversation on important issues of the day. MCC's By the People dialogues will bring community and college participants together to explore the question: "What knowledge or skills will students need most to be effective citizens in our world in the future?"

By the People dialogues at Middlesex will be included in a national By the People broadcast to air at 9 p.m. Thursday, November 10 on PBS.

For more information, call Sheri Denk, coordinator of MCC's Service-Learning Program, at 1-978-656-3159 or visit

Renowned environmentalist to speak at the FRS

John Harte, a professor of Environmental Science at the University of California at Berkeley, will give a talk entitled "On Nature and Numbers: Counting our Blessings" at the First Religious Society (FRS) Unitarian Universalist service on Sunday, October 23, at 10:30 a.m. Dr. Harte has authored over 150 scientific publications. A world-renowned expert in his field, he appeared on Bill Moyers' TV show NOW in 2004 to discuss ecological effects of global warming. John Harte is the brother of Ken Harte of Carlisle.

Pianist Russell Sherman to play with Concord Orchestra in October

World-renowned pianist Russell Sherman joins the Concord Orchestra and conductor Richard Pittman to perform Beethoven's Concerto No.5 (Emperor) tonight and tomorrow, at 8 p.m. The concerts will be at 51 Walden Street, Concord, and will also include Schumann's Spring Symphony and Robert Kurka's Music for Orchestra. Tickets are $20, $16 for seniors and students. Season subscriptions are available. For reservations and subscriptions, call 1-978-369-4967 or visit

Emerson Hospital offers free lecture

Emerson Hospital will present a free lecture on "New Breakthroughs in Breast Cancer Treatment" on Tuesday, October 25, at 7 p.m. in North Assembly Room A at the hospital. Presenting speakers from Emerson's Bethke Cancer Center will be: Susan A. Sajer, M.D., a hematologist and oncologist, and Robin Schoenthaler, M.D., a radiation oncologist.

"Our goal at the Bethke Cancer Center is not only to treat breast and other cancers, but to learn about and utilize the latest treatments to prevent the disease from spreading or coming back. Participating in clinical trials keeps the Center in the mainstream of national research. This ultimately benefits every patient in our service area," says Dr. Sajer.

To register for the lecture, call 1-978-287-3085.

Concert to benefit Alzheimers's Association

On Friday, October 28 at 7 p.m., a dessert reception followed by a concert at 8 p.m. by Elliot Steger and Trio will take place at the Center for the Performing Arts, 51 Walden Street, Concord.

Acton physician Dr. Elliot Steger will perform original jazz compositions as well as a repertoire of standard jazz pieces, accompanied by drummer Jon Hazilla and bassist Lello Molinari of the Berklee College of Music.

Concert proceeds will benefit the Massachusetts Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at The Minor Chord, 77 Great Road, Acton, at The Music Emporium, 165 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, or by contacting Sharon Johnson at 1-781-674-2885, X33.

Council On Aging doings

Intergenerational art show: Middle school students have invited the COA to an art exhibit on Monday, October 24 at 2:30 p.m. at the Carlisle School Library. The exhibit will have original art from the DeCordova Museum. The museum will provide a tour guide who will give a 45 minute presentation. For more information or to sign up for transportation, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

Halloween coffee and parade: On Monday, October 31 at 9:30 a.m., there will be coffee, doughnuts and cider at the Sleeper Room followed by a parade of school children in their Halloween costumes. Call the COA office if you need transportation.

Music lectures: Back by popular demand, Elliot Lilien will give a series of lectures on famous and not-so-famous composers. The series will be held on Wednesdays from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library, starting on November 2 and finishing December 14. There will be no lecture on November 23. Reserve space by calling the COA office at 1-978-371-2895. This program is cosponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and the Friends of the Council on Aging, Lee Milliken Fund.

Speaker on Medicare D: Mary Jane Costello from the SHINE program at Minuteman Senior Services will return to the Sleeper Room on November 3 at 9:30 a.m. to provide further information about the Medicare D Drug Prescription Program.

Girls Travel Basketball

Concord-Carlisle Girls Travel Basketball will hold tryouts for sixth- and seventh-grade girls on Sunday, October 23, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Hunt Gym in Concord. Tryouts for eighth-grade girls will be on Sunday, October 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Hunt Gym. The season runs from November through the beginning of March with games most weekends. For more information call Kathy Miner at 1-978- 369-0107.

Interested in helping?

To volunteer for appointment to the newly formed Land Stewardship Committee (LSC), send a letter of interest by November 18 to Sylvia Willard, Conservation Administrator, Carlisle Conservation Commission, Carlisle Town Hall, , 66 Westford Street, Carlisle Massachusetts, 01741.

Carlisle Recreation programs

These fall programs have space still available:

Early Release Tuesdays November 1: Mad Science December 13:Time to Clay

Youth Basketball

Girls, grades 4 and 5 : Tuesday/Thursday Boys, grades 4, 5, 6 and 7 and Girls, grades 6 & 7: Monday/Wednesday Starts: Week of November 28

Student Basketball

15 Years to College Age

Mondays, 8:15 to 10 p.m., Corey Gym

Starts: Monday, October 24 Adult Basketball

Tuesday/Thursday, 8:15 to 10 p.m., Corey Gym

Starts: Tuesday, October 25

Ski or Snowboard Nashoba

Grades: 2 through 8, Fridays Important pre-fit date for rentals Wednesday, November 16,

6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Exercise Room

Program Starts: Friday, January 6 Ice Skating Tiny Blades : 2 to 5 years Learn to Skate: 6 to 12 years

Register now as space is limited for all programs. Registration forms are available at: Carlisle Recreation, 1-978-369-9815, or visit

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