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Friday, December 2, 2005

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, adorns 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.

• 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 - 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. Afterwards, 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.

Citrus sale for band and middle school choir

Place your order today for juicy, fresh citrus fruit, shipped directly from Florida. Carlisle Senior Band and Middle School Choir members are taking orders for a quality selection of fresh fruits: Indian River red grapefruit, navel oranges, red Delicious apples and d'Anjou pears. The fruit is offered in an assortment of packages and at competitive prices. It will be delivered to your door in early February. Proceeds from the sale will be used for instruments and equipment, bus transportation expenses, an artist-in-residence program and a trip to Gettysburg.

The fruit can be ordered at Winter Concerts December 8, 13 and 15. Band and choir members will also be taking orders at the Carlisle Transfer Station on Saturday, December 10 and January 7. You can place an order with any Senior Band or Middle School Choir member, or by calling Nancy Roberts at 1-978-371-6481. Support the school's excellent music program, while treating your friends and family to delicious fresh fruit, delivered to your doorstep.

Public flu clinic sponsored by Emerson Hospital December 7

The Home Care and Public Relations Departments of Emerson Hospital will be conducting a walk-in flu clinic on Wednesday, December 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Concord Elks, Baker Avenue, Concord. Pre-registration is not required.

The flu clinic is open to anyone 18 and over. The cost of each vaccination will be $20. People 65 years of age or older will receive the flu vaccine free of charge. For those over 65, please bring Medicare and/or HMO insurance cards to the clinic. Please call Jan Quinty at 1-978-287-3085 for more information.

Holiday potluck and contra dance on December 9

Get into the swing of the season by coming to a special holiday potluck and contra dance on Friday, December 9. The event will be held in Union Hall. Walter Lenk will share the calling with special guest Dudley Laufman, who will call the Ribbon Dance and other seasonal favorites. Jacqueline Laufman, Debby Knight, David Titus and a host of others will provide the music.

Everyone is invited to the potluck supper that begins at 6:30 p.m. Dancing starts at 8 p.m. All dances will be taught. Beginners, singles, and families are welcome. A $5-per-person donation will be collected during intermission. For more information, call 1-978 369-1661.

Kindergarten registration for fall 2006

Do you have a child who is eligible for kindergarten in 2006? If so, have you received a kindergarten postcard in the mail? To receive a postcard or to let our guidance office know of new families in town, please call Sharon Grossman or Joanne Graziano at 1-978-369-6550, so that we may be certain to include all eligible children in our planning for the 2006-2007 school year.

Drop-in story times at Gleason

Come to the Gleason Library this Friday December 2 at 4 p.m. for a drop-in story time for ages 2 to 4. A mix of picture books and rhymes will entertain and enrich your child. Funding for this program comes from the Early Childhood Grant Program Babies and Books and made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

PJ story time for ages 3 and up will take place on Wednesday, December 7, at 7 p.m. Come in your jammies and have a cozy time. For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898.

Musical and Christmas fair at the Carlisle Congregational Church

Carlisle Congregational Church will not be having their Christmas Fair the same weekend as the First Religious Society's Greens Fair. Instead, on Friday, December 2, at the Carlisle Congregational Church,147 School Street, Pastor Steve Weibley will be directing a children's Christmas performance, Three Wise Men and a Baby, with a cast of 38 children. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. with a suggested donation of $4.

Our Christmas fair will be Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will feature handmade crafts and ornaments, delicious home-baked goodies, new and vintage jewelry, crafts for kids to make, oodles of attic treasures and of course, our homemade lunch of soups and sandwiches. Hope to see you there.

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." 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.

Film adventure

Join Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart on an African adventure. During WW1, a gin-swilling riverboat owner/captain is persuaded by a straitlaced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship. The local screening of this 1951 cinema classic, The African Queen, will be Monday, December 5 at 6:45 p.m. at Gleason Library. Come join the new monthly film event. For questions call 1-978-369-4898 or visit

Post Office notices

Postmaster William J. Ponte has asked that postal customers keep walkways and curbside mailboxes clear of snow and ice to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of mail this winter. "Your help in this regard is deeply appreciated by your letter carrier and all the many men and women who work together to make sure you receive the best possible mail delivery," Ponte said.

Ponte also advises customers to mail holiday items early: "Although we have taken extra measures to handle the added volume [of holiday mail], we are asking customers to mail early to avoid a backup of mail the last days before Christmas."

Customers can speed post office transactions by providing insurance requirements, delivery confirmation, and desired time for package arrival, writing or printing delivery addresses neatly, using a return address, and providing accurate and complete address information. ZIP code information is available at the Postal Service web site,, or at the National Call Center, 1-800-275-8777.

Police Toys for Tots collection begins

The annual Toys for Tots collection has begun at the police station and citizens who have been asking when they can make their donations are being given a hearty "Come on in!" Every year Carlisle residents have made generous donations of new toys to be distributed by the Lowell Department of Social Services. Some years they have

filled the police station lobby until the weekend before Christmas, when they are all collected and taken to Lowell.

Toys may be brought to the station at any time. Since the station is open all the time, this is a 24-7 time frame. Presents should not be wrapped so that people at the Lowell end can determine what age and sex they will best fit.

Holiday open house at Heald House

Everyone is invited to the Carlisle Historical Society's annual Holiday open house on Sunday, December 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Heald House, 698 Concord Street (next door to "This Old House."). This is a unique opportunity to tour the historical collections, meet new and old friends, enjoy the holiday decorations, sample our wassail and participate in a cookie swap.

C-C youth lacrosse '06 spring registration

Invented by the Native Americans, who called it Baggataway, lacrosse is truly an American game. Anyone can play: the game requires and rewards coordination and agility, not brawn.

For over ten years the Concord-Carlisle Youth Lacrosse program has brought this exhilarating sport to our children and registration is now open for the spring season. A variety of programs are available for beginners and experienced players . Online registration for both girls and boys in grades 3 though 8 (ages 6 to 15) is on the web site, Registration forms are also available at the Carlisle Recreation Department. All registrations and payments must be made by December 31. Any registrations received on or after January 1, 2006 will be subject to a late fee if spaces still remain open. Come on out and join the fun.

Judaica book fair at Kerem Shalom

Kerem Shalom's annual fall book fair begins Sunday December 4. The fair includes a wide variety of literature for children and adults. A special feature will be holiday cookbooks and Hanukkah titles for children.

In addition to books, some of our Bar and Bat Mitzvah students will be selling other items to raise money for their social action projects.

The fair will be open on December 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and then December 5, 6, 7, and 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Kerem Shalom, 659 Elm Street, Concord.

For more information about Kerem Shalom, visit our web site at, call our office at 1-978-369-1223.

Beauty and the Beast at Concord Youth Theatre

The heartwarming tale of Beauty and the Beast will be performed this weekend and the next by Concord Youth Theatre at the Sanborn School, 835 Old Marlboro Road in Concord. Carlisle residents Sam Petrie, Lucas Abend, Miles Petrie and Jonathon Mayer are all performing in the play. The musical will be shown Friday, December 2 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, December 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 and $12 and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. They can be ordered in advance by calling Concord Youth theatre at 1-978-371-1482 or can be purchased at the door.

Piano concert in Westford on December 4

Pianist Leslie Hitelman will perform at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street in Westford at 3 p.m. on Sunday, 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, and Brahms' Intermezzo from Opus 118.

Hitelman made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1989, and has performed numerous solo and chamber music recitals, and as soloist with orchestra. She is on the piano faculty at the Middlesex School in Concord 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

Meehan to host town meeting on war in Iraq

Congressman Marty Meehan (D-MA), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, will host a town meeting on the war in Iraq this weekend to provide a forum for a community-wide discussion on how to return Iraq to the Iraqi people and safely bring our troops home.

"I believe the time has come to implement an exit strategy with a responsible timetable to accelerate the training of Iraqi security forces and start bringing our troops home," Meehan said. "It's important for Americans to continue to engage in a dialogue about how to best achieve these goals in Iraq."

The town meeting will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, at the Concord Middle School, Peabody Building, 1231 Old Marlboro Road, Concord.

Holiday dance for seventh and eighth graders

The Concord-Carlisle Swim and Dive Team is hosting a holiday dance on Saturday, December 10, for seventh and eighth graders in Concord and Carlisle. The dance will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. at Hunt Gym, 90 Stow Street in Concord. This will be a fun evening of games, prizes and refreshments, with great music provided by SoundTrak Entertainment.

The CCHS Friends of Swimming is co-sponsoring the evening with the CCHS Swim Team. Tickets are $6 per person and will be available at the door. Proceeds will help support the Team's upcoming swimming and diving season and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to C.C.Pools, Inc. for the new Concord Carlisle Community Health Center. Team parents will chaperone the evening.

Easy on the eyes and ears

The Gleason Public Library has a large and growing collection of audiobooks and large print books. The library would like to express its gratitude to the Friends of the Council on Aging, whose funds allowed the purchase of the following titles:

• AudioBooks

Alice in Jeopardy, Ed McBain

Bookman's Promise, John Dunning

Dangerous Women, Otto Penzler

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

Last Coyote, Michael Connelly

Mermaid Chair, Sue Monk Kidd

Pirate, Ted Bell

Wedding in December, Anita Shreve

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,

Jules Verne

• Large Type Books

A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

Finding Betty Crocker, Susan Marks

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling

Interruption of Everything, Terry McMillan

Lone Calder Star, Janet Dailey

Love Overboard, Janet Evanovich

Luckiest Man, Jonathan Eig

Marker, Robin Cook

Never Let Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

No Mountain High Enough, Linda Armstrong Kelly

Prep, Curtis Sittenfeld

Speak Softly, She Can Hear, Pam Lewis

The World is Flat, Thomas L. Friedman

1776, David McCullough

The library can come to you at or call 1-978-369-4898.

Musketaquid winter solstice celebration

Join us on the longest night as we celebrate the return of the light, at the Musketaquid winter solstice celebration, Wednesday, December 21. The evening begins at 6 p.m. at the Old Calf Pasture, off Lowell Road in Concord. Earth Drum Council, keepers of the solstice fire, will have a blaze going to welcome you, and Voices for the Earth will offer choral songs of the season for your listening and singing pleasure. Bring a token for the solstice fire in remembrance of the old year or as a wish for the new. Wear an animal mask and join the guisers' dance. This celebration of the midwinter mystery is appropriate for adults and children of all ages.

At 7 p.m., gather at the Emerson Umbrella at 40 Stow Street, Concord, for a potluck party with music and merriment by Snow Crow. Bring a favorite finger food and drink to share, and enjoy the warmth and conviviality of the season. For more information, call 1-978-371-0820 or e-mail Musketaquid is the Arts and Environment Program of the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts.

Art and craft sale at the Concord Scout House

On Saturday, December 3, the annual Holiday Art and Craft Faire will take place at the Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Four Carlisle residents will be among more than 30 artists and crafters as they present their unique work for sale. Carlisle resident Florence Goulet will have East African crafts for sale. Dorothy Harris and Yvonne Filip will be selling cards, journals, ornaments and boxes. Pamela Brewster will have beaded jewelry. There will also be handmade paper, candles, ceramics, paintings, photography, sterling silver jewelry, sculptured boxes, wooden items and other fine work.

MCC hosts health programs information sessions in Bedford and Lowell

Considering a career in health? Consider Middlesex Community College. MCC offers 12 health careers degree and certificate programs. Learn more at one of three MCC health programs information sessions, scheduled at 6 p.m., Tuesday, December 6, in the Lowell Campus City Building (Room G05), 33 Kearney Square.

In the new year, health information sessions will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday January 9, in the Bedford Campus Center (Room 216), 591 Springs Road; and 6 p.m. on Monday January 16, in the Lowell Campus City Building (Room G05), 33 Kearney Square.

Middlesex offers degree and certificate programs in Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Dental Laboratory Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Fitness Management, Medical Assisting, Nursing and Radiologic Technology, as well as medical imaging certificates in Adult Echocardiography, Breast Sonography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Vascular Technology.

For more information about MCC's health careers programs, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit

Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts winter market

The artists at the Emerson Umbrella will hold their winter market on 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. at 40 Stow Street in Concord. Artists from the Highland School in Carlisle will join in this Emerson Umbrella winter market.

The Umbrella artists and other local potters, jewelers, weavers, furniture makers, painters, sculptors, creators of art to wear and more will offer their work for sale. Visit the Emerson Umbrella Theater and enjoy an open rehearsal of the Spencer Brook Youth Orchestra on Saturday. For more information call 1-978-371-0820 or visit the Umbrella on the web at

UML Art History Club arts and crafts fair

The UMass Lowell Art History Club will hold its annual arts and crafts fair on Saturday, December 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Campus Recreation Center, UML East, Perkins and Aiken Streets in Lowell.

The public is invited to enjoy music, treats, hot cider and great raffle prizes. For more information, call 1-978-934-3329.

CCHS presents Little Shop of Horrors
Eric Stengrevics rehearses with an oversized and exotic plant in the musical 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. Meek and mild Seymour is working in a flower shop when he discovers an exotic plant with an unusual appetite and a diabolical secret, in a look at the comic side of the horror genre. The drama director is George Kendall and the music director is Concord Middle School music teacher Isaac Brody. Student assistant director is Jane Bird and student assistant music director is Laura Henderson.

The cast includes Annalee Mulhall (Audrey), Carlislean Eric Stengrevics (Seymour), David Jubinsky (Mr. Mushnik,) and Campbell Payne (Orin Scrivello). Student musicians for the show include John Eldridge (piano), Jared Rose (guitar), David Dawson (bass), Chris Lorch (drums) and Joyce Corrao-Clanon, Keith Lewis and Chris Ting all on keyboards. Behind the scenes, many students are involved in set construction, lighting, sound, publicity, props and more.

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 available at and at the door. Prices are $10 for senior citizens and students, adults ar $15. Call 1-978-287-5031 for more information.

FRS caroling party December 18

Looking for a way to make the holiday season less about shopping and more about old-fashioned traditions? Join friends and neighbors of all ages for a night of door-to-door Christmas caroling on Sunday, December 18. The group will meet at Union Hall in the First Religious Society at 6 p.m. and begin singing at Carlisle Village Court, and then move through Carlisle Center, stopping at homes along the way. Afterward, carollers will return to Union Hall for cookies and warm beverages. This event is sponsored by the First Religious Society. Call Jane Mosier at 1-978-371-2844 with questions. Donations of cookies are welcome but not required.

COA family trip to Washington

Come join the Carlisle seniors on a trip to Washington,D.C. April 7-10, 2006. The trip includes charter round- trip motor coach, three nights at the Sheraton Suite Hotel in Alexandria,VA (right at the very edge of Washington, D.C.), three breakfasts and two dinners. The group will visit the Smithsonian, War Memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, plus lots more.

This trip is for grandparents, parents and children. Space is limited. Prices start at $495.00 (twin occupancy). For more information, call Joanne at 1-978-371-8023 or pick up a flyer at the COA office in Carlisle Town Hall.

Friday Nite Live returns this week

Attention all middle school students: Friday Night Live is tonight from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the school gym. Come on out and have some fun.

There is something for everyone — basketball, ping pong, dancing, chess, or just hanging out with friends. Pizza and soda are available for a nominal fee. Admission is $3, which the Carlisle Youth Commission (CYC) will donate to Boston's Pine Street Inn. Remember that the CYC follows the Carlisle Public School's rules for behavior and dress. Parents, remember that FNL ends promptly at 9:30 p.m. For questions, call Jim Harris, Chairperson at 1-978-2494.

CEF/CSA auction seeks donations

Save the date of Friday, March 24, 2006 for the fourth annual CEF/CSA "Silver and Gold Auction." This year the auction will be held at the Westford Regency Ballroom, and once again includes a full evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing to a live band. Both silent and live auctions will give opportunities to bid on items large and small. This is a wonderful chance to support the Carlisle Public School while enjoying a fun evening with your friends and neighbors.

We are currently seeking donations of all kinds. Could you offer tickets to an event, use of a vacation home, or airline miles? Can you contribute a unique decorative item? Plan a dinner party? We are looking for variety, so give us your ideas. Call Lauren Bakewell at 1-978-287-0318 or visit

Minuteman announces adult dental assisting program

Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington is now accepting applications for its spring 2006 adult dental assisting program.

The class will run from 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from February 6, 2006 through mid June 2006.

Applicants must have either a high school diploma or a GED, and must perform satisfactorily on a reading test and during an interview. The first portion of the program consists primarily of training in Minuteman's fully equipped classroom and laboratory facilities. The second portion includes an internship at local dentists' offices.

Applications and further information are available from Minuteman's Community Education Office (telephone: 1-781-861-7151).

Masters Singers present Christmas concert

The Masters Singers will perform "Carols and Lullabies," on Saturday, December 10 at 8 p.m. at the First Parish Church (on the Battle Green), 7 Harrington Road in Lexington.

General admission is $16, $14 for seniors and students. Discounts are available for WGBH members and Choral Consortium members. For reservations, call 1-781-862-6459.

Carlisle Parents Connection potluck

The Carlisle Parents Connection will hold a holiday potluck on Tuesday, December 6 at 124 Aberdeen Drive from noon to 3 p.m. In addition to enjoying time with friends, activities will include painting decorations, singing holiday songs, visiting with Santa, lighting a menorah and dancing the hora. Participants should advise the CPC of any other winter holidays so that they may be included in the grand celebration. Also, everyone is asked to bring a dish or snack to share. Call Nancy Szczesniak at 1-978-369-6194 with questions or suggestions.

Concord Orchestra family concert

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

Concord Orchestra benefit concert

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

Recorder music celebrates winter holidays

Recorders/Early Music MetroWest (REMM) 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.

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..

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

Beginners chess for all at the Gleason Public Library

Chess is a strategy game and 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 special moves, ten tips for playing a better game, and how to win a game of chess in four moves. You will have a chance to practice what you learn by playing against other beginners. Everyone is welcome.

This class, on December 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library is presented by Glenn Davison, a lifelong chess player, teacher and advocate. Glenn 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.

Attention recent CCHSgraduates

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

"Author and Illustrator Days" at Concord Museum

On Sundays, December 4, 11 and 18, the Concord Museum welcomes some of the wonderfully talented and award-winning authors and illustrators whose books inspired the museum's "Family Trees" exhibit. During these afternoon events, (1 to 4 p.m.), these special guests will be located throughout the museum near their "Family Tree," happy to talk with visitors and sign copies of their books. Books are available for purchase in the museum shop. "Author and Illustrator Days" are free with Museum "Family Trees" admission; members are free.

Sunday, December 4: Nancy Poydar (author and illustrator of Brave Santa); Elizabeth Cody Kimmel (author of My Penguin Osbert); Rebecca Guay (illustrator of The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories); Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple (authors of The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories); and Rebecca Doughty (author and illustrator of Lost and Found).

Sunday, December 11: David Allen Sibley (author and illustrator of The Sibley Guide to Birds); Carey Armstrong-Ellis (illustrator of Happy Bees!); Maria Tatar (editor of The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales) and more to be announced.

Sunday, December 18: Sonya and Amy Kurzweil (authors of Forever Poems for Now and Then: Poetry by Mother and Daughter) and more to be announced.

From December 1 through January 1, "Family Trees" fills the museum's history galleries and period rooms with trees of all shapes and sizes fancifully dressed for the occasion with charming original ornaments inspired by a dazzling selection of cherished children's storybooks, contemporary picture book favorites, and beloved holiday tales.

Admission during this benefit exhibition is $12.50 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6.50 for children (4—18). Members are free. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9 to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 to 5 p.m. and Thursday evenings til 8 p.m. The museum is closed on Christmas Day. The museum is open on New Year's Day from noon to 5 p.m. For further information call 1-978-369-9609 taped information, 1-978-369-9763 for reservations, e-mail at or web site

Concord Women's Chorus to perform December 18

The Concord Women's Chorus, formerly The Concord Madrigals, will perform its annual holiday concert on Sunday, December 18, at 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord. Directed by Jane Ring Frank, the program will feature Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, Randall Thompson's Frostiana, Brahms' Ave Maria, songs by Willametta Spencer, and traditional carols and songs, with a carol singalong to close the conert. The piano accompanist is Scott Nicholas, with harpist Franziska Huhn.

Tickets are $12, $10 for students and seniors. They are available at Brooks Pharmacy, Concord, or call 1-978-369-3369 or 1-978-369-7718. Refreshments will follow the concert.

Singing with chorus from Carlisle are Wendy Davis, Cynthia Nunan, Priscilla Stevens, Cynthia Sorn, Stephanie Smith and Penny Zezima.

Lessons and carols at Good Shepherd

Join us on Sunday, December 4 at 4 p.m. for a joyful candlelit service of nine Bible readings that tell the Christmas story. The lessons will be interspersed with anthems and congregational carols. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

The Church of the Good Shepherd is located at 164 Newtown Road, Acton. For more information please call the church office, 1-978-263-5782, or check the web site

Holiday fare at The Old Manse

The children's program "Tales from Holidays Past" will be on Saturday December 3 from 2 to 4 p.m.

On Saturday, December 10, from 1 to 4 p.m., adults may "Deck the Halls," creating holiday crafts in the historic setting of The Old Manse.

On Sunday, December 11, from 2 to 4 p.m., enjoy "Parlor Songs and Holiday Music with local pianist and composer Katherine Stevens.

Call 1-978-369-3909 for information and pre-registration.

Sanders Family Christmas returns to MRT

For a limited two week run, Sanders Family Christmas is a delightful evening of song bringing down-home holiday cheer to Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Sanders Family Christmas is a snowflake-covered glimpse at a seemingly simpler time and a lovely holiday tale, transporting us back to Christmas Eve 1941 at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in North Carolina. This Christmas Eve is a critical time, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and barely two weeks since President Roosevelt declared war. Dennis Sanders, one of the 20-year-old twins in the family, has enlisted and is about to go off to boot camp. Pastor Oglethorpe, who has recently lost his mother, brings together the Sanders family for one last wonderful evening of music, inspiration and fun. World War II provides the dramatic underpinning for this joyous and poignant Christmas gathering at Mt. Pleasant.

Director Alan Bailey commented on how real-world crises both tested and fortified the American home front, "This is the story of a family forced to be apart and how they are making the most of their limited time together." The Sanderses are modeled after traveling family singing groups who wrote their own songs and relied on the kindness of congregations to get by during the Depression.

Sanders Family Christmas performs in a limited run from December 9 to18. Performances are: Friday, December 9 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 10 at 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Wednesday, December 14 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Thursday, December 15 at 8 p.m.; Friday, December 16 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 17 at 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 18 at 2 p.m. All tickets for this special holiday show are $43 for adults, $40 for seniors and $20 for students. (Not suitable for children under five.) Contact the Merrimack Repertory Theatre Box Office at 1-978-454-3926.

Middlesex to host avian influenza pandemic conference

Middlesex Community College's Program on Homeland Security will host an avian influenza pandemic conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, at the Lowell Doubletree Hotel, 50 Warren Street. Note the change of venue.

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.

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.

Influenza has caused more deaths around the world than any other disease. The 1918 Spanish Flu, which first broke out right here in Massachusetts at Camp (now Fort) Devens, killed 500,000 to 650,000 people in the U.S. alone.

The cost of MCC's Avian Influenza Pandemic Conference is $85, including continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments. For conference registration and further information, call 1-800-818-3434. (Only credit card payment accepted.)

For information about MCC's Program on Homeland Security, contact Terrence Downes at 1-978-656-3103 or e-mail:

please join us for the...
Carlisle Parents' Connection Holiday Potluck!!!
Tuesday, December 6th 2005
Noon til 3:00pm
124 Aberdeen Drive (east to icepond to aberdeen to last house)
Please bring a dish or snack to share.

In addition to enjoying time with friends (parents and kids alike!)....
We will paint decorations, sing holiday songs, visit with Santa, light the menorah and dance the hora!!
Would you like us to acknowledge any other winter holidays?? Let us know and we will try to include them!!

Call Nancy Szczesniak for more information or with any questions.
No RSVP is necessary, but if you are planning on joining us, it would be helpful if you could let us know.

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