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Friday, November 25, 2005

CCHS presents Little Shop of Horrors

On December 9, 10 and 11, a man-eating plant invades Concord-Carlisle High School in the musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors.

Performances will be Friday, December 9, and Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 11, at 2:30 p.m. in the CCHS Auditorium, 500 Walden Street, Concord. Tickets are $15 at ccpops.org and at the door. Call 1-978-287-5031 for more information.

After-Thanksgiving soccer game Saturday

If you fear that your Thanksgiving feast is threatening to add an extra inch to your waistline, come out and work off that turkey in the Adult Co-ed 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. All skill levels are encouraged to come. The game is coed and teams are informally selected. Please bring a dark and white shirt and come out for some fun exercise. Anyone with questions, call Scott Forsberg at 1-978-369-1631.

Recent CCHS graduates

You are invited to the annual Senior/Faculty/Alumni Reception to be held in the school library on Thursday, December 22, at 2:15 p.m. Spread the word.

FRS greens sale features raffles

The Holiday Greens Sale and Crafts Fair will be on Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Union Hall. There will be a raffle, with over 30 items donated by area businesses and friends, including a life-sized, soft Black Labrador stuffed animal from The Toy Shop in Concord. Raffle tickets for these items are $2 each, six for $10. All proceeds from the Greens Sale and this raffle support the First Religious Society's general fund.

A celebration of Thoreau's Seasons is the subject of a lavish gift basket worth $1500, filled with one-of-a-kind antiques and other useful and festive gifts, to be raffled off as well at the Holiday Greens Sale and Crafts Fair. Basket raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20 and will be sold before and during the sale. The drawing will be at 12:30 p.m. All of the proceeds will benefit recent repairs to the FRS organ.The basket was created and donated by Dian Francesca Cuccinello of Wildest Dreams Gifts and Designs of Carlisle.

The Holiday Greens Sale and Crafts Fair features fresh greens and craft items ideal for holiday decorating and gift-giving. In addition, there will be a holiday café with beverages, lobster rolls, and roast beef sandwiches on croissants. For information, call 1-978-369-5180.



More COA doings

• Holiday coffee: On Thursday, December 1, at 9:30 a.m., there will be a holiday coffee in the Sleeper Room. Come to socialize and enjoy the refreshments.

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

• Pheasant Lane Mall shopping trip: On Friday, December 9, the new COA minibus will go to the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua. The bus will leave the Town Hall parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and return by 1:30 p.m. Lunch is on your own. The 13 seats on the bus will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Call 1-978-371-6690 to reserve a seat. The regular Friday shopping trips to either Stop and Shop in Bedford or Market Basket in Westford will take place on December 2 and 16.

• COA book club: The next meeting is on Wednesday, December 14, at 10 a.m. at the home of Betty Lang. The selection is No Second Chance by Harlan Coben. New members are always welcome. Call Betty at 1-978-369-3382 if you are planning to come.

• Luncheon and wreath-making workshop: Join the COA on Thursday, December 15, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall for a lunch catered by Donelan's Supermarket. After lunch, the Carlisle Garden Club will conduct a wreath-making workshop. Reservations must be made in advance for this luncheon and workshop so the Garden Club knows how much material to bring and the caterer knows how many meals to prepare. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 before December 10 to make your reservation.

Children's literature at the Concord Museum

The Concord Museum celebrates the joys of children's literature and gives Concord's renowned literary tradition a creative twist during the 10th annual "Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature." From December 1 through January 1, the museum's history galleries and period rooms are filled with fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by cherished children's storybooks, contemporary picture book favorites and beloved holiday tales.

Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday evenings until 8 p.m. The museum will be closed on Christmas Day. The museum will be open on New Year's Day, Sunday, January 1 from noon to 5 p.m. Admission during this benefit exhibition is $12.50 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $6.50 for children (4—18), members free.

For further information, contact the Concord Museum at 1-978-369-9609 (taped information); 1-978-369-9763 (reservations); e-mail: cm1@concordmuseum.org; or web: www.concordmuseum.org.

Hunting season reminder

Deer hunting is now underway, and people are advised to wear orange and exercise caution when walking on land where hunting may be occurring.

Lexington Arts and Crafts Society Holiday Marketplace

The Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, 130 Waltham Street, Lexington, announces its Holiday Marketplace, opening on Friday, December 2 and running through December 18, daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. This is a yearly opportunity for shoppers to find unique handmade items for their holiday gift giving. The members of the ceramics, woodworking, polymer clay, decorative arts, weavers, metalworkers, painters, basketry and needleworkers guilds will have new and unusual items each day for sale. Patrons will be supporting local artists, craftspeople and the LACS as they shop. For more information, visit www.lexingtonma.org/LACS/Calendar.

Holiday events at The Old Manse

Come and join in the fun at The Old Manse at 269 Monument Street in Concord this winter. On Saturday, December 3, Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11, the Manse will host a variety of holiday-related programs.

Children young and old will love "Tales from Holidays Past," on Saturday, December 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. A jolly St. Nicholas and other costumed interpreters will be reading The Night Before Christmas and other nineteenth-century stories. Admission is $8/adult and $5/child, while members of The Trustees of Reservations receive a discounted admission of $4/adult and $3/child. Pre-registration is highly recommended.

On Saturday, December 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. will be "Deck the Halls," where adults can create holiday crafts in the historic setting of The Old Manse. Learn how to crochet an ornament and stitch a sampler. These crafts are oriented for the beginner level while still fun for the more experienced crafter. Fees are $12, or $6 for members of The Trustees of Reservations. Pre-registration is necessary in order to receive a materials list.

"Parlor Songs and Holiday Music," an intimate piano and singalong performance in the parlor of The Old Manse, will be on Sunday, December 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. This concert will celebrate the holidays with music from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Local music teacher and composer Katherine Stevens will be at the Manse's unusual Steinway square grand piano. This event is not recommended for very young children. Admission is $14, or $7 for members of The Trustees of Reservations. Reservations and pre-payment are required.

Space is very limited for all programs. Call 1-978-369-3909 to reserve your ticket. Visit www.oldmanse.org for more information about The Old Manse.

Beginners chess for all at the Gleason Library

Chess is the most popular game in the world. In one hour you will learn the basics of playing chess, from setting up the chess men to ten tips for playing a better game, to how to win a game in four moves, and practice what you learn by playing against other beginners. Everyone is welcome.

Glenn Davison presents this class, on December 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library. Davison is a lifelong chess player, chess teacher, and advocate, and is a member of the Massachusetts Chess Association and the U.S. Chess Federation. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

Westford Chorus performs Judas Maccabaeus

The Westford Chorus presents "Handel and Hayes: Songs of the Season", including one of Handel's best known oratorios, Judas Maccabaeus, featuring soloists Petra Pacaric and Thomas Gregg. Musical arrangements by Mark Hayes offer a new twist on traditional seasonal favorites. Additional works will be presented by Center Stage Singers and Dancers. Performances will be December 10 at 8 p.m. and December 11 at 3 p.m., at Stony Brook School, 7 Farmer's Way, Westford. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for youth, with special group rates available by contacting GroupDiscounts@westfordchorus.org for more information.

Carlisle Recreation news

Sign up now for Youth Basketball, starting the week of November 28. The fee is $120 for all groups. Girls, grade three schedule is to be announced; girls, grades four and five will play Tuesdays and Saturdays, girls, grades six through eight play on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Boys, grades three and four play Tuesdays and Saturdays; boys, grades five and six play Mondays and Thursdays; boys, grades seven and eight play Mondays and Fridays.

Sign up now as well for Ski or Snowboard Nashoba. The program starts Friday, January 6, 2006 and is open to grades two through eight.

To register, call 1-978-369-9815, or visit Gleason Library or www.carlisle.org/recreation.

Firehouse Coffeehouse presents Susan Werner

Susan Werner performs at the Firehouse Coffeehouse at First Church Unitarian 19 Foster St., Littleton at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 2.

With four nationally released albums to her credit, Susan Werner is widely regarded as one of the most riveting performers on the acoustic circuit.

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at the Minor Chord in Acton, via our web site at www.fculittle.org/workspace/coffee.html or by calling 1-978-742-9957. Proceeds benefit the First Church Unitarian in Littleton. This event is wheelchair accessible.

Human Rights Day breakfast

On Monday, December 5, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council will present its Human Rights Day breakfast at Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street Concord. Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley will speak on how local communities are working to protect citizens with the adminstration of equal justice, and what are the responsibilities of citizens and community leaders to achieve this goal. This annual event is Concord-Carlisle's observance of United Nations Human Rights Day, and all are welcome. Call 1-978-369-1911 for information.

Center Stage performs White Christmas

Come see local youth theater, Center Stage, and their third annual holiday production, White Christmas. Performances will be on Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3, at 7 p.m. at Stony Brook Middle School Auditorium, 9 Farmers Way, off of Route 40 in Westford.

Tickets are $10, and can be purchased by calling 1-978-392-3433, or e-mail csyouththeater@yahoo.com. Tickets are also available at Teaching Toys in Westford, 160 Littleton Road.

Council on Aging 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. Visitors will be transported comfortably by bus leaving from Church Street at 9 a.m. The fee is $20. The trip is supported by the Friends of the COA. Attendees may treat themselves to lunch in the café or cafeteria and browse 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.

• Men's breakfast: On Thursday, December 8, starting at 8 a.m., the Mystery Chef and his helpers will prepare another gastronomic extravaganza. A $2 donation is appreciated.

• Pheasant Lane Mall shopping trip: On Friday, December 9, the new COA minibus will go to the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua. The bus will leave the Town Hall parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and return by 1:30 p.m. Lunch is on your own. The 13 seats on the bus will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Call 1-978-371-6690 to reserve a seat. The regular Friday shopping trips to either Stop and Shop in Bedford or Market Basket in Westford will take place on December 2 and 16.

• COA book club: The next meeting is on Wednesday, December 14, at 10 a.m. at the home of Betty Lang. The selection is No Second Chance by Harlan Coben. New members are always welcome. Call Betty at 1-978-369-3382 if you are planning to come.

• Blood pressure clinic: On Thursday, December 15, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., a registered nurse from Emerson Hospital will provide free blood pressure screening at Union Hall. No appointment is necessary.

• Luncheon and wreath-making workshop: Join the COA on Thursday, December 15, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall for a lunch catered by Donelan's Supermarket. After lunch, the Carlisle Garden Club will conduct a wreath-making workshop. Reservations must be made in advance for this luncheon and workshop so the Garden Club knows how much material to bring and the caterer knows how many meals to prepare. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 before December 10 to make your reservation.

Join the Mosquito

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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.

To learn more, call the Mosquito office and leave a message at 1-978-369-8313 or send e-mail to the newspaper at mail@carlislemosquito.org.

Concord Orchestra concerts

On Sunday, Decmber 4, Joyce Kulhawik of CBS4 News narrates Babar the Elephant by Poulenc and leads a Christmas sing-along. There will be two performances at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at 51 Walden Street, Concord. Music director Richard Pittman also conducts dances for various animal characters from Martinu's Spalicek and Stravinsky's Circus Polka to complete the animal theme. Tickets are $13, $11 seniors, $9 children and students. For more information and reservations, call 1-978-369-4967 or visit www.concordorchestra.com.

On Sunday, December 11, at 2 p.m. at 51 Walden Street, Concord, there will be an afternoon tea and concert featuring cabaret pianist Jean Kelly. The chamber orchestra will perform 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 $20, $10 students/seniors. For information, call 1-978-369-49 or visit www.concordorchestra.com.

Holiday mini-fair December 3 at Memorial Library

Twenty-one non-profit organizations serving Acton will offer a wide range of gift items at the Holiday Mini-Fair. The fair will be held Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the meeting room of Memorial Library, 486 Main Street, Acton. The snow date is December 10.

Items available include calendars, dishtowels, notepaper, cookbooks, T- shirts, sweatshirts, school supplies, garden items, key rings, scarves, books, flavored coffees, jewelry, baked goods and Beanie Babies. The Friends of the Acton Libraries will offer a selection of books, and their annual tradition — pewter snowflakes. There will also be several raffles.

The Mini-Fair is a wonderful opportunity for people to do holiday shopping among friends and find unique local gifts while supporting organizations that are part of the greater Acton community.

Recorder players: celebrate holiday music

Recorders/Early Music MetroWest (R/EMM) presents a morning of festive holiday music on Saturday, December 10, at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord.

R/EMM program director Sheila Beardslee of Acton will be joined by coaches Eric Haas and Bruce Randall for a celebratory morning of music for the winter holidays, including traditional carols, motets and dances.The first morning sessions offer three compatible consorts divided by ability, and each coach offers tips on technique, interpretation and performance practice. The second session is a true "Grande Bande" for all players, which all three coaches will direct. Renaissance reed and brass players and string players are always welcomed at R/EMM playing meetings.

The R/EMM program is open to all interested in the recorder and its repertoire. R/EMM welcomes visitors for a modest $12 fee. For further information, call 1-978-264-0584 or

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