The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 11, 2005

AVAST! Swabbies Larry Milner and Philip Drew do the bright work on the H.M.S. Pinafore in preparation for the Savoyard Light Opera's production, which opens this weekend. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)


Democratic Town Committee to meet on November 16

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee will meet on Wednesday evening, November 16, at the Stamps residence, 273 Cross Street. Carlisle Democrats and friends will gather at 6:30 p.m. for conversation and the business meeting will start at 7:00. There may be an appearance by local elected representatives and candidates for office. For more information, or to be added to a Carlisle Democrats and friends e-mail list, contact Susan Stamps, Chair of the Democratic Town Committee, at

Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club Coffee

The Concord Carlisle Newcomers Club will be hosting a welcome coffee for new neighbors to town and members absent recently. It will be held on Tuesday, November 15, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The club has something for everyone: 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- 341-0467 for further information and directions to the hostess' home.

Carlisle conservation coffee on November 15

The Tuesday, November 15, conservation coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. This is a change from original date. There will be a general discussion of Carlisle's first year with a Farmer's Market. Gale Constable and Annette Lee, organizers and John Lee, farmer and Conservation Commissioner, will be available. Bring your observations from this past season and your suggestions for next year.

Carlisle conservation coffees are usually held on the second Tuesday of the month during the fall, winter and spring seasons 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. Continental breakfast is provided.

Save the following Tuesday mornings for upcoming coffees:

December 13, January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9, and June 13.

Pre-school singalong at the Gleason Library

The Gleason Library is again hosting a special event for the 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 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 Monday, November 14, at 10:30 a.m. at the Gleason Library.

CCHS String Orchestra to perform November 16

The Concord-Carlisle High School String Orchestra will perform its first concert of the year on Wednesday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the CCHS Auditorium. The orchestra, under the direction of Scott Knopf, will perform works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Holst and Datshkovsky. Knopf, in his first year with the orchestra, comes to CCHS with many years of experience as a string teacher and free-lance performer. The public is invited and admission is free.

The Buzz will be posted online

Beginning with the issue of November 17, the Carlisle School newsletter, the Buzz, will be distributed electronically, rather than in printed form. On the publication date for each edition, the Buzz will be posted on the Carlisle School website,

Parents on our list serve will receive an e-mail link to the new Buzz as soon as it is online. A few printed copies will be available in the school's main office for those who do not have access to the Internet. Through this new distribution system we hope to provide timely communication to the extended school community, while saving paper and printing costs. We appreciate everyone's support; the saved dollars will go directly back to the classrooms.

Mosquito gift book available for holiday shopping

Looking for the perfect gift for that kid at college or the friend who recently moved out of town? Feeling nostalgic for the Carlisle that was? The Mosquito proudly announces As the Mosquito Saw It, a funny, poignant, and all-around entertaining look at Carlisle through the eyes of the town paper. Article excerpts, photos, and cartoons cover Carlisle people and events from 1972 to the present. Remember when the Transfer Station began? When the Acorn Nuts played field hockey? The Mosquito does.

To order your copy, look for our advertisement next week or send $20 with your name and address to Carlisle Mosquito, Box 616, Carlisle, MA 01741. Orders can be picked up at the Mosquito office: watch our advertisements for details. For information, call 1-978-369-8313.

Last chance to clear trails before winter

The Trails Committee needs help with trail clearing on Sunday, November 20. Meet at the Town Hall parking lot at 9 a.m. This is a community service opportunity for middle school and high school students. Work generally lasts for two to three hours, but any time you can spare is appreciated. Wear boots and bring bow saws, loppers, swing blades or pruning tools. Many trails need to be cleaned up before winter. Those with questions, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Trails Committee to lead Thanksgiving walk

On Friday, November 25, the Trails Committee will lead a walk on the Davis Corridor, Two Rod Road and the Estabrook Woods. The public is invited to attend. We will meet at 1:00 p.m. at the Bedford Road end of Canterbury Court. A shorter and a longer version of the walk will be offered, with the shorter version covering about 2.2 miles and taking about 1.5 hours and the longer version over 4.6 miles and taking about 3 hours. Refreshments will be served after the walk. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Greg Hopkins Quintet performs December 3

On Saturday, December 3 , at 8 p.m. the Greg Hopkins Quintet will performa at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford. Greg's quintet is on the Summit label and includes Boston's finest jazz musicians, including Reedman Bill Pierce and Guitarist Mick Goodrick. There will be cabaret seating, and BYOB. Admission for the general public is $15, members, $12, teens, $5. Reservations are recommended. Call 1-978-692-6333 or e-mail

Thanksgiving weekend with fine feathered friends at the Concord Museum

Bring all the family to the Concord Museum for a full Thanksgiving weekend of activities featuring our fine feathered friends. "David Sibley's Birds" exhibits over 50 original watercolor paintings by America's most gifted contemporary illustrator of birds and will run through January 1, 2006. This is a rare opportunity to see together the art and expertise of this innovative, nationally -recognized Concord resident. Spend time enjoying the accompanying birdsong audios and the hands-on gallery activities, some of which were designed for us by David Sibley. Two special events will also entertain the whole family: on Friday a visit from the Audubon Ark's live birds of prey (and plenty of touchable wings, tails and talons) and on Saturday, a visit from origami master Michael LaFosse. La Fosse will entertain and astound visitors to the museum with his intricate craft, demonstrating a variety of birds, including his classic cardinal, using a variety of origami techniques.

Museum hours are Monday—Saturday 9 to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 to 5 p.m., closed Thanksgiving Day. Admission is $8 adults, $7 seniors and students, $5 children. Concord Museum members free. All Thanksgiving weekend activities included free with museum admission.

The Concord Museum is located in historic Concord, at the intersection of Lexington Road and Cambridge Turnpike. The museum is wheelchair

accessible and has free parking at the entrance on Cambridge Turnpike.

Information: 1-978-369-9763 or 1-978-369-9609 (taped information); web:; e-mail:

Friends contribute to Gleason Library collections

The Friends of Gleason Library have made considerable contributions to the library recently, among which are the MUZZY language courses for children. This BBC series includes DVDs, CDRom, and workbooks to help children develop language skills. The library will now have available French, German, Spanish, ESL and Chinese, inlcuding new advanced Pimsleur courses in French and Mandarin Chinese and a series of short language courses in Arabic, Dutch, Greek, Korean, Polish Portuguese, Swedish, and Thai. In addition, the Friends have purchased DVD and VHS films as well. Check the library catalog at

"The Progress of Acceptance" discussion on November 18

On Friday, November 18, the Welcoming Committee of the First Religious Society will host an open discussion on the evolving status of gay rights in our state. Entitled "The Progress of Acceptance," the discussion commemorates the second anniversary of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling affirming the constitutionality of gay marriage.

The evening will begin with a potluck supper at 6 p.m., followed by the discussion at 7 p.m. Afterward, coffee and dessert will be served by the Welcoming Congregation Committee. Child care will be provided throughout the evening.

Guest speakers whose lives have been directly affected will share their experiences with growing up gay in our community, the effect of gay-straight alliances in high schools, and the impact of the SJC decision on their lives and those of their families. Bring an appetizer, main dish, or salad and join us for the potluck supper. Admission is free and the discussion is open to all. For more information, call 1-978-369-1475.

Carlisle Recreation programs

Register for the following programs now as space is limited. Forms are available at 1-978-369-9815, Gleason Library, or

Ski or Snowboard Nashoba Starts: Friday, January 6 Grades 2 through 8, Fridays Prefit dates for rentals and helmet purchase: Wednesday, November 16,

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Exercise Room, Corey Building Youth Basketball Starts: week of November 28 Girls, grade 3: TBA Girls, grades 4 and 5: Tuesday and Saturday Girls, grades 6 to 8: Wednesday and Saturday Boys, grades 3 and 4: Tuesday and Saturday Boys, grades 5 and 6: Monday and Thursday Boys, grades 7 and 8: Monday and Friday Student Pick-up Basketball (15 to 21 years) Monday and Thursday,

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

$100 per season or $5 at the door Adult Pick-up Basketball Tuesday and Thursday,

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

$100 per season or $5 at the door Early Release Tuesday A Time to Clay: December 13

In addition, Carlisle Recreration sponsors a Red Cross Holiday Toy Assistance Program drop-off box, located in the lobby of Town Hall. It is specifically for gifts for ages 12 to 17 years.

Annual meeting features local author

The Friends of Gleason Public Library will hold their annual meeting on Saturday, November 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Hollis Room. The featured speaker will be Tracy McArdle, author of Confessions of a Nervous Shiksa. (See Mosquito article, November 4.) McArdle will autograph and sell copies of her book at the meeting. Refreshments will be provided.

Historical Society presents chestnuts and barns in November

On Monday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m., the Carlisle Historical Society joins the Bicentennial Committee and the Carlisle Garden Club in presenting a program titled, "Restoring the American Chestnut." In the Hollis Room of Gleason LIbrary, Guy Shepherd, of the American Chestnut Foundation, will introduce efforts to restore this majestic tree to North American forests.

The annual meeting of the Historical Society will be on Monday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room. THe featured speaker is Larry Sorli, architectural consultant to the Society, who will present a program on the history and architectire of Carlisle's barns.

LVWCC to host Carlisle open house

The LWVCC will hold an open house for interested Carlisleans on Wednesday, November 30 from 7p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library. Both men and women are welcome. Carlisle members will be available to explain different roles and opportunities to become involved in local actions. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to RSVP, call 1-978-287-0049.To learn more about the LWVCC, visit the web site,

Council on Aging doings

Blood pressure clinic: On Thursday, November 17, from 11 - 11:45 a.m. a registered nurse from Emerson Hospital will provide free blood pressure screening at Union Hall, before the Thanksgiving luncheon and entertainment by Patty Carpenter. No appointment is necessary.

CCHS Thanksgiving dinner: The class of 2007 at CCHS invites seniors to a traditional Thanksgiving meal at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 19 at the high school. The students will provide entertainment including a sing-a-long. Transportation will be by COA van and private carpool. Reservations must be made by November 14. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

MFA Ansel Adams exhibit: The Carlisle COA invites seniors to a Monday, December 12 day trip to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts to view the stunning black and white photography of Ansel Adams. A veritable feast of magnificent scenery including his early work and large format shots adorn several spacious areas at the museum. Visitors will be transported comfortably by bus leaving from Church Street at 9 a.m., arriving in time for a leisurely tour of the gallery with the option of using audio tapes. All this and more for $20, as the trip is supported by the Friends of the COA. Attendees may treat themselves to lunch in the cafe or cafeteria and browse through the gift shop for holiday gifts. Also on display are musical instruments from Asia and the American West: Dust and Dreams. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to reserve your space.

Flu clinic: A flu clinic will be held at Town Hall from 10 a.m. - noon on December 2.

Friends of Carlisle Council on Aging annual meeting

All members of the Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging are invited to a brief annual meeting on November 17 at 11:30 a.m. in Union Hall at the First Religious Society. Following the annual meeting, the COA monthly luncheon will take place in Union Hall.

Special regional forum on emergency preparedness

On December 8, the MAGIC subregion of MAPC will host a half-day, morning forum on emergency preparedness. Presenters will include the Northeast Homeland Security Council, MEMA, Department of Public Health Emergency Preparedness Region 4A, and FEMA. They will briefly describe their purview and role, activities, plans, procedures, and links to other components of emergency preparedness picture.

Presentations will be followed by dialogue and questions designed to clarify how various plans and agencies fit, identify gaps and needs, and offer ideas on how communities or the subregion can contribute to planning efforts and/or coordination. The focus will be on emergency preparedness for both natural and man-made disasters. The snow date will be December 13. More information will follow.

The meeting will be at Hudson Town Hall, 78 Main Street, Hudson. It is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required. Please RSVP to Judith Alland at MAPC, 1-617-451-2770, extension 2022, or

Computer training in December

There is still space in the December computer training opportunities at the Gleason Library.

Want to learn something new or brush up on your computer skills? A group session on basic computer skills will be held on Wednesday, December 7, at 10 a.m. There are also opportunities for one-on-one tutoring with a librarian. In the tutoring session, participants will choose from either library catalog training or basic computer use for a 45- minute session. Search the library catalog, find the items you want, and improve your computer skills in general. Only one tuturing session is available: Wednesday, December 7, 7 to 7:45 p.m. To sign up, call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898. More sessions will be held in February. Feel free to drop by the reference desk to get a quick lesson in using the library catalog, anytime.

CCPools' Million Dollar Challenge Campaign Update

C. C. Pools, Inc. has raised over $300,000 for the Concord Carlisle Community Swim & Health Center. The Million Dollar Challenge, issued by an anonymous donor, seeks to drive completion of the capital campaign for the center. All donations are tax-deductible. Checks may be sent to C. C. Pools, Inc., 66 Commonwealth Avenue, Concord, MA 01742, or by calling 1-978-371-4936.

Forum on Iraq to update the wider community

Congressman John Tierney will speak and answer questions about the war in Iraq at the First Parish on Bedford Common on Sunday, November 20, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Third Middlesex Area Democrats, the forum will develop and share fact-based information on the economic and human costs of the war, including current books, web sites and articles. Brian Hart, a gold-star father who has developed a web site informing the public about the needs of troops in Iraq, will also speak. Representative Charles Murphy, Senator Susan Fargo, and other elected officials will report on legislative initiatives to support returning Massachusetts troops, and Joseph Dooley, from the Bedford VA hospital, will speak on ways to help returning veterans.

Following the forum, there will be a reception with light refreshments, conversation and opportunities to join a book club, sign petitions, join organizations, and participate in other follow-up activities.

For information, contact Tom Larkin at 1-781-275-8175 or or Cynthia Schweppe at 1-978-369-5738.

Annual meeting for Concord-Carlisle Youth Baseball/Softball

On Monday, November 14, 7:30 to 9 p.m., the annual meeting for Concord Carlisle Youth Baseball/Softball will be held at the Hunt Gym Conference Room, 90 Stow Street in Concord. New board members and officers will be voted in and issues for the coming year will be discussed. The public is welcome to attend.

ConsCom's Land Stewardship Committee needs volunteers

The Conservation Commission's new ad hoc Land Stewardship Committee needs volunteers to help oversee the preservation of conservation lands, trails, cultural landscapes, agricultural lands, and rural vistas. Anyone with questions or interest in joining this committee, call Conservation Adminstrator Sylvia Willard at 1-978-369-0336.

ConsCom's Land Stewardship Committee needs volunteers

The Conservation Commission's new ad hoc Land Stewardship Committee needs volunteers to help oversee the preservation of conservation lands, trails, cultural landscapes, agricultural lands, and rural vistas. Anyone with questions or interest in joining this committee, call Conservation Adminstrator Sylvia Willard at 1-978-369-0336.

Author George Scarlett to speak on November 21

On Monday, November 21, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Carlisle resident George Scarlett, author of a new book, "Children's Play," will lead a discussion on healthy, constructive play for infants, toddlers and preschoolers and on the development of make-believe and imagination, and parents' concerns. This program is funded through the Babies and Books grant program.

Crittenton League meets on adoption

The Florence Crittenton League Adoption Agency will hold a general information meeting on Wednesday, November 30, at 7 p.m. at the Florence Crittenton League, 119 Hall Street, Lowell.Some adoptive couples will speak, and the programs of the agency will be outlined. The Florence Crittenton League does identified adoptions and has programs in Russia and China and sources for Guatemala.The League, a non-profit agency since 1907, offers adoption expertise in a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Call the office at 1-978-452-9671 or visit our web site, for more information.

League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle host Carlisle open house

The LWVCC will holding a membership open house for interested Carlisleans on Wednesday, November 30 from 7p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library. Both men and women are welcome. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the League and our plans for the coming year. Carlisle members will be available to explain different roles and opportunities to become involved in local actions. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to RSVP, call 1-978-287-0049.To learn more about the LWVCC, visit the web site,

Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra presents fall concert

The Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Valerie Taylor, presents the

first concert of its 2005-06 season on November 18. Featured on the program will be Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, along with works by J. S. Bach, Haydn, Vaughan Williams, and Sibelius. The concert will be held at 8 the auditorium of the Sullivan Middle School, 150 Draper Street, Lowell. Parking is available in the rear of the school building via Douglas Road. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information,

Concord Poetry Center's Community reading series

On Sunday, November 13, at 3 p.m., the Concord Poetry Center's Sunday Community Reading Series will feature poets Steven Cramer and Susan Edwards Richmond, and will introduce

Diane Randolph, an M.F.A. graduate of the Lesley University writing program.

Admission is at the door and is $6 (Students, $3).The readings will take place at the Concord Poetry Center at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow Street, Concord. Check the web site,, for directions

or call 1-978-371-0820. Refreshments and informal conversation follow in Room 204.

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