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Friday, November 18, 2005

Concord Carlisle Youth Hockey registration

Concord Carlisle Youth Hockey is registering Concord and Carlisle children in the "Mite" level (born in 1997 and 1998) and the "Squirt" level (born in 1995 and 1996) who are interested in playing approximately eight games of ice hockey in Concord.

The goals of this program are fun, friendly competition, sportsmanship and skill development. The House program will start the first weekend of December and end before public school February vacation. There are no games during Christmas vacation. Games are on Saturdays for Mites and Sunday for Squirts at 8 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. Games are planned to be played at Middlesex School in Concord. The registration fee will be $225, which includes "home" and "away" game jerseys. Players who already have jerseys will be charged $135.

Register by December 1 by downloading a registration form from, by calling the registrar at 1-978-369-6759 or by sending an e-mail with the player and parents' names, phone number, player's birth date, and address to:

The CCYH Learn to Skate program is open to all ages. The first session is Saturday, December 3, at 11:20 a.m. at Valley Sports rink 2. Go to the registration section of for further details. Space is limited, so register today. For more information, contact the registrar at 1-978-369-6759 or president at 1-978-371-1723.

A hypnotic performance at CCHS

See your friends and teachers do things they never thought they would. Hypnotist Russ Burgess has convinced students around the country to "walk on the moon." He can persuade his subjects that the room is too hot, too cold, or even that the audience is naked. Join the more than 1,000,000 people who have witnessed Russ Burgess in action.

Come to the upper gym at CCHS at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, and be amazed. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at CCHS during lunch blocks the week of the show, and at the door. Proceeds benefit CCHS Class of 2007. For further information, contact Joan Popolo at 1-978-287-0128.

Carlisle's 18th- and 19th-century barns

The Carlisle Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on Monday, November 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room at the library. After a brief business meeting for members, the public is invited to hear Larry Sorli, architectural consultant to the Society, discuss Carlisle's barns, their history and architecture.

Sorli will select several barns in town to illustrate how barn framing techniques evolved over two centuries.

This is a great opportunity to learn about these historic reminders of Carlisle's rural past that continue to give the town its character.

Last chance to clear trails before winter

The Trails Committee needs your 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. Wear boots and bring any available bow saws, loppers, swing blades or pruning tools. If you have any questions, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

"Children's Play" at library on November 21

George Scarlett, author of a new book, Children's Play, professor in Tufts University's Department of Child Development and Carlisle resident, will lead a discussion on the play of infants, toddlers and preschoolers on Monday, November 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the library. The focus will be on what makes for healthy, constructive play, on the development of make-believe and imagination, and on parents' concerns about play with violent or sexist themes. This program is for parents, grandparents and all who are concerned for children. It is funded through the Babies and Books grant program.

Girl Scout social November 20

The Carlisle and Concord second grade Brownies cordially invite all Carlisle and Concord Girl Scouts in kindergarten through grade five to the annual fall social on Sunday, November 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Scout House at 74 Walden Street in Concord. The program will feature square dancing with the Roaring Jelly Dance Band and refreshments. Tickets are $14 per adult/child pair. To register, contact Heather Hedden at or 1-978-371-0822.

The FOGPL need help

The Friends of Gleason Public Library seek help in several areas. A home is needed for the annual pot luck supper, to be held on Saturday, February 11, 2006. The average number of attendees is 50. The Friends are also looking for volunteers to help with activities over the next year, as well as officers to fill board positions. Whatever hours you can give are needed and appreciated. For more information, call Verna Gilbert at 1-978-369-9278.

Saturday story time

Come to the Gleason Library tomorrow, November 19, for a drop-in story time for ages 2 to 4. A mix of picture books and rhymes will entertain and enrich your child and you as well. Funding for this program comes from the Early Childhood Grant Program "Babies and Books." For information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898.

Join Acton's rally for American Cancer Society relay

Join millions of other Americans across the country in the fight against cancer for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Find out how to get involved in the third annual Relay For Life event in Acton at a Relay Rally on Tuesday, November 29, hosted by O'Naturals, 149 Great Road in Acton. Ten percent of all dinner receipts, from 4 to 8 p.m., will directly benefit the Relay For Life in Acton. The rally kicks off at 6:30p.m. For more information about Relay For Life, to find out how to volunteer, or to RSVP for the Relay Rally, call Lauren Barrett at your local American Cancer Society at 1-781-314-2676 or e-mail at

American Cancer Society to hold seminar/workshop

The Walden Unit of the American Cancer Society will hold a"Look Good...Feel Better" seminar on Monday, December 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the family conference room, first floor, John Cuming Building at Emerson Hospital, Concord. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Lori Noonan at 1- 978-287-3237.

"Look Good...Feel Better" is a free program that teaches cancer patients hands-on cosmetic techniques to help them cope with appearance-related side effects from chemotherapy or radiation treatments. All participants will receive a free makeup kit. Cosmetologists who are certified or trained by the American Cancer Society provide this non-medical service,which does not promote any product line. The seminar is free.

Concord Orchestra benefit concert

The Concord Orchestra will present a benefit afternoon tea concert on December 11 at 2 p.m. at 51 Walden Street, Concord. Cabaret pianist Jean Kelly opens, followed by a chamber orchestra performing Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with Grant Anderson soloist and Copland's Appalachian Spring, conducted by Alan Yost. Proceeds benefit the orchestra's general and piano funds. Tickets are $20, $10 students/seniors. Info is available at 1-978-369-4967 and at

Animal Inspector needed

The Board of Selectmen is seeking qualified applicants for the volunteer position of Animal Inspector for the Town of Carlisle. This position has become vacant due to the recent resignation of Sally Lakness, who devotedly served the Town of Carlisle for nearly five years. The Animal Inspector is responsible for and administers state regulations relative to animal and barn inspections.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest to the Board of Selectmen, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle by November 30.

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.

The Buzz is now online

The Carlisle School newsletter, the Buzz, is now distributed electronically, rather than in printed form. On the publication date for each edition, the Buzz will be posted on the Carlisle School website,

Influenza immunizations available to Carlisle senior citizens

Carlisle residents 65 years of age or older will be eligible to receive influenza immunizations on Friday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Carlisle Town Hall.

Carlisle residents are also eligible to receive pneumonia and tetanus vaccines on the advice of their physicians.

All residents should bring their Medicare and/or HMO insurance cards to the clinic.

The influenza clinics are offered by Emerson Hospital Home Care and the local Board of Health and Council on Aging.

For more information, call Emerson Hospital Home Care Department at 1-978-287-8300.

Outdoor adult coed pickup soccer

November is here, and everyone is invited to come out and participate in the adult coed pickup soccer league's annual Saturday-after-Thanksgiving game. The game will be played on Saturday, November 26, at Spalding Field, from 2 to 4 p.m. This is a reunion of sorts for past and present Carlisleans, and past and present soccer players. All skill levels (high school age and up) are encouraged to come, the game is coed, teams are informally selected. Bring a dark shirt and a white shirt and come out for some fun exercise. Any questions, call Scott Forsberg at 1-978-369-1631.

Winter Market at Emerson Umbrella

Please join the artists of the Emerson Umbrella and invited guest artists for their first annual Winter Market, a celebration of fine art and craft.

Hours are: Friday, December 2, 1 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, December 4, 1 to 5 p.m. There will be a raffle, music and other entertainment.

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.

Family square/contra dance on December 11

On Sunday, December 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. there will be a family square/contra dance at the Parish Center for the Arts in Westford with Lisa Greenleaf calling. Bring the kids. Oh, CONTRAire! provides live music.No experience is required; all dances are taught.

Adults are $5; kids $3; maximum $12 per family.The Parish Center for the Arts is located on the corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street on Westford Common. For information, call 1-978- 692-6333, e-mail, or visit

Emerson Hospital offers women and anger class

This class will help demystify anger and its effect on relationships. Participants will learn about the primary causes of anger and how to constructively express angry feelings as well as communicate needs, priorities and values. Presented by Frances Bigda-Peyton, Ed.D., certified psychoanalyst.

The class will be held Monday, November 21, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Lovejoy Conference Room. The fee is $30.Call 1-978-287-3777 to register.

COA doings

• 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. to noon on December 2.

First Religious Society special holiday events

The First Religious Society is planning several special holiday events.

On November 27 at 3:30 p.m., there will be advent wreath-making for all ages.

The Holiday Greens Sale will be held on Saturday, December 3, from 10 to 2 p.m.

A winter holidays concert will be held on December 4 at 7 p.m. The concert will include singing, bell ringing, piano, guitar, flutes, and drumming.

Minuteman Regional High School to hold open house November 20

Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington will host an open house for eighth- and ninth- grade students and their parents on Sunday, November 20, from noon to 4 p.m. Minuteman is located at 758 Marrett Road (Route 2A) in Lexington. Applications are now being accepted for September 2006 admission into grades nine and10.

Students and parents interested in learning more about Minuteman Regional High School are strongly encouraged to attend the open house, hear from counselors and administrators, talk with teachers and current students and receive a comprehensive overview of program offerings across 23 science, human service and technology career majors plus an emphasis on academic studies, athletics, extracurricular activities and campus life.

For more information, call the school's Admissions Hotline at 1-781-861-6500 x286, send an e-mail to or visit

Transition Program for students with learning/cognitive disabilities

Learn about Middlesex Community College's nationally recognized Transition Program, a two-year, noncredit certificate program for students with learning/cognitive disabilities. This program is designed for students without the skills necessary to complete requirements for an associate degree.

Transition Program students attend classes designed to teach independent-living skills, computer and job-survival skills and social skills. They are also placed in internship programs. Transition students may participate in all Middlesex student activities while receiving specialized coursework and training tailored to meet their needs.

Transition Program candidates should have a high school diploma or GED credential, interest in training for entry-level work in business and industry, fifth- to eighth-grade level reading and math skills, and the maturity and emotional stability to effectively participate in a program on a college campus.

A public information session for prospective students and their families will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, December 1 in MCC's Bedford Campus Center's Café East, 591 Springs Road.

To register for the session, call 1-781-280-3630. For more information about The Transition Program at Middlesex, contact Susan Woods at 1-781-280-3641.

FRS Holiday Greens Sale coming up December 3

The First Religious Society, on the Green in Carlisle (27 School Street), will hold its annual Holiday Greens Sale and Craft Fair on Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church hall will be filled with the aroma of fresh greens and colorful boxwood trees decorated with ribbons and ornaments. Decorated wreaths will hang from the rafters and tables will be covered with centerpieces just waiting for your holiday table. There will also be plenty of delicious Christmas and seasonal foods for sale for your holiday giving, along with undecorated wreaths and lovely bows. The Holiday Café will feature lobster rolls and croissants with roast beef.

Hand-turned wooden bowls by Art Turner, crafts from Cambodia to benefit the Sharing Foundation, gifts from the Historical Society and the newly published Mosquito book, Carlisle, As The Mosquito Saw It, will all be on sale. Admission free. Handicapped access. Those with questions should call 1-978-369-5180.

Concord Chorus presents "Magnificat - A holiday concert with brass"

Celebrate the season with glorious works for brass and voice as the Concord Chorus, lead by Ryan Turner, presents its annual holiday concerts.

The program features Daniel Pinkham's Christmas Cantata as well as Pachelbel's Magnificat. These pieces from very different musical periods showcase the perfect combination of brass and chorus, along with favorite carols with audience participation.

Throughout this 60th anniversary season, the Chorus will be celebrating the rich musical history of Concord. The holiday concert program features the Little Drummer Boy by Concord composer and Concord Chorus co-founder Katherine K. Davis.

Performances are Friday, December 2, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 3, at 3 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, $5 for children under 12. Advance tickets are available at the Concord Bookshop and at The Minor Chord in Acton. Tickets are also available at the door. For more information call 1-978-440-9396 or visit

Thanksgiving Day football classic

The CCHS football team will play Beford for their annual Thanksgiving Day special in Concord at 10 a.m. Tickets are on sale in the CCHS main office, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. during school days and from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 23. Pregame tickets are $4; they are $5 at the game.

Middlesex to host Avian Influenza pandemic conference

Middlesex Community College's Program on Homeland Security will host an Avian Influenza pandemic conference to be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 in The Federal Building on the Lowell campus, 50 Kearney Square.

Designed to explore the probability of a major world-wide epidemic of avian flu and the history of previous influenza outbreaks, the day-long conference will also address the state of public health emergency preparedness in case of a new influenza pandemic.

"This conference will provide a history of the avian flu virus (H5N1), where it erupted, how it has made its way around the world, and what this may mean for the U.S. in general and Massachusetts in particular," said Terrence Downes, Executive Director of MCC's Program on Homeland Security.

MCC's avian flu conference is designed for public health officials, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators and allied-health professionals. It will also target school, college and university officials (including those with student dormitories), plus local, state and federal emergency-planning officials, Downes explained.

Several public-health and communicable disease-control specialists will participate in the conference, which will conclude with a panel of local specialists discussing the public health preparedness of northeastern Massachusetts and the Merrimack Valley.

The cost of MCC's Avian Influenza Pandemic Conference is $85, including continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments. Members of the general public may enroll on a space-available basis beginning Nov. 28.

For conference registration and further information, call 1-800-818-3434. (Only credit card payment accepted.)

Middlesex Community College hosts two open houses

Middlesex Community College will host open houses on its Bedford and Lowell campuses. The Lowell Campus open house will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 1, in The Federal Building, 50 Kearney Square. The Bedford Campus open house will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday Dec. 3, in the Campus Center, 591 Springs Road.

Learn more about MCC's 79 degree and certificate programs and financial aid, as well as many student services. Find out why it is smart to begin your bachelor's degree at Middlesex. Hear about the many transfer options with four-year colleges and universities. Learn how to get funding for your education, meet division deans, faculty and staff. Take a tour of the campus and enter a drawing for a free course. Refreshments will be served.

To reserve a spot at an MCC open house, or for more information, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit

Emerson Hospital offers reiki classes

Discover reiki: the hands-on energy therapy that can be used to provide relaxation, manage pain and promote overall wellness. Non-invasive and with no side effects, reiki serves as a complement to traditional therapies. Reiki Master Libby Barnett, MSW, of the Reiki Healing Connection, integrates her healing skills with past experience as a hospital social worker to provide an introduction to this ancient energy therapy tomorrow, November 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in North Assembly Room B. The fee is $135. Participants will receive Reiki I level certification.

Learn to use three ancient reiki symbols to advance your effectiveness as a reiki practitioner with Libby Barnett. Practice using these symbols and experience the benefits on Sunday, November 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Donaldson Conference Room in the John Cuming Building. The fee is $135. Participants will receive Reiki II level certification. Call 1-978-287-3777 to register for either class.

Emerson Hospital offers holiday survival guide class

There is nothing more depressing than feeling "out of synch" as people celebrate the holiday season. Family conflicts and memories of happier times can leave people feeling alone and isolated. Trying to produce an ideal holiday for loved ones can be a burden when financial stressors take the fun out of the season. Join Nancy Sweeney, Psy.D., to look at ways to survive and thrive by using our natural feelings to turn the holiday season into a more profound opportunity for growth.

This class will be held Tuesday, December 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. in North Assembly Room B at Emerson Hospital. The fee is $30. Call 1-978-287-3777 to register.

Westford pianist to perform December 4

Pianist Leslie Hitelman will perform at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street in Westford Center, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, the December 4. The program will include the Fifth French Suite by J.S. Bach, Mozart's Sonata K.330 in C Major, Schubert's Impromptus Opus 90 Nos. 2 and 4, Brahms' Intermezzo from Opus 118.

Ms. Hitelman is on the piano faculty at the Middlesex School in Concord, MA and teaches privately in Westford.The suggested admission is $12; children's admission is free. For more information, call 1-978-513-3006 or visit

Special 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.

Presentations will be followed by dialogue and questions. The focus will be on emergency preparedness for both natural and man-made disasters. The snow date will be December 13.

The meeting will be at Hudson Town Hall, 78 Main St., 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

Hockey East to host goaltending clinic

Bay State Hockey in partnership with Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna and Bertagna Goaltending will be offering a special one-day goaltending clinic at the Chelmsford Forum on Friday, December 30.

Two 90-minute sessions will be held with players ages 10 and under on the ice from 12 to 1:20 p.m. and ages 11 to 14 from 1:30 to 2:50 p.m.

Information is available at the ice rinks by calling the Bay State Hockey office at 1-866-HOCKEY-3 or by visiting Space limited to 24 skaters per group and pre-registration is required. Cost is $29 per person.

Computer training in December

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

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.

Concert at the Westford Museum

The Westford Historical Society presents Stambandet, the Scandinavian vocal ensemble and instrumentalists. The concert is at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford on Friday, December 9, at 8 p.m. Potluck refreshments will be served. Tickets are $15, $5 for teens and free for under 13. Reservations are recommended; call 1-978-692-5550.

The Mosquito needs new blood

Are you ready to get involved in the community? Want to know more about how town government works? Want to meet more people? The Mosquito needs reporters to cover important town committees. Most committees meet once or twice a month. Training is cheerfully provided.

Also needed are feature writers, and a photographer to take pictures on assignment. Mosquito photographers work in rotation, each covering approximately one week a month.

Still uncertain about your new career in journalism? Read news reporter Cecile Sandwen's "How I became a Mosquito reporter" which appeared in the September 24, 2004 issue of the Mosquito and is available on the Mosquito website, "My need was less for a high-paying job than one that provided flexibility, cameraderie and a chance to make a contribution," says Cecile.

If interested, call the Mosquito office and leave a message at 1-978-369-8313 or e-mail us at

Town committee vacancies

The Board of Selectmen wishes to announce that there are openings on the following committees:

• Cable Communications Advisory Committee

• Celebrations Committee

• Finance Committee

• Household Recycling Committee

• Long-term Capital Requirements Committee

• Personnel Board

If you would like to become involved in town government, please send a letter to the Board of Selectmen, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, indicating your area of interest.

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