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Friday, December 9, 2005

C-C Youth Lacrosse sponsors open house for girls

Concord-Carlisle Youth Lacrosse is sponsoring an Open House for girls in grades three through eight. Come to Acton Indoor Sports (Turf 1), Acton on Tuesday, December 13, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and check out lacrosse, the fastest- growing sport in the U.S.

Brine's Sporting Goods will have the latest equipment for sale at a discount. U13 and U15 players will be demonstrating skills and drills and our coaches will answer all of your parents' questions.

Registration forms will be available for the spring 2006 season (deadline Dec. 31) or visit For more information on the open house, call Billie Wyeth at 1-978-369-0039.

Citrus sale to benefit Carlisle School music groups

Place your order today for juicy, fresh citrus fruit, shipped directly from Florida. Carlisle Senior Band & 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 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.

Prices reduced for CCHS musical tickets

This weekend a man-eating plant invades Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) in the musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors.

Ticket prices for senior citizens and students under 18 have been reduced to $10, tickets for adults are $15. Tickets will be available at the door. If you have already purchased tickets online for a student or a senior citizen, the difference in cost will be refunded to you when you pick up your tickets. Contact Erica Karban at for questions about tickets. Call 1-978-287-5031 for information.

Performances are 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.

Library card time for kindergartners

Kindergartners are now eligible for their very own library cards. Kids enjoy having their own cards and it could be a motivator to visit the library more often. Other family members who may have missed out are encouraged to get cards now. Cards are absolutely free and the best bargain in town, so come on down to the Gleason Public Library.

Newcomers to host welcome coffee

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers' Club will host a welcome coffee for new neighbors to town and those members we have not seen recently. It will be held on Tuesday, December 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The club has something for everyone, including special events, luncheons, dinners, children's activities and interest groups. Stop by for some holiday cheer. Contact either Kris Carlson-Lewis at 1-978-369-0387 or Rhonda Penaud at 1-978-341-0467 for further information and directions to our hostess' home.Santa breakfast at Minuteman Regional

Breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 10, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Minuteman Regional High School cafeteria, located at 758 Marrett Road, Lexington. There will be a $5 entrance fee at the door for both children and adults. All proceeds will be donated to Children's Hospital during their holiday telethon. Activities will include pictures with Santa, a pancake breakfast, a wide variety of arts and crafts, a raffle with great prizes, and much more. This event is recommended for children of all ages.

All children attending must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Minuteman student organizers with any questions by calling 1-781-861-6500 ext. 271 or visit

Carlisle Recreation news

Carlisle Recreation's winter brochure is now available, and interested participants may sign up now for the programs beginning in January. Call Carlisle Recreation, 1-978-369-9815 or visit for a full listing. Registration forms are available by phone, on the web site and at Gleason Library.

Get your 2006 transfer station stickers now

Carlisle residents may now purchase 2006 stickers for the town transfer station. The stickers cost $15 for the first sticker, $10 for any other stickers, and may be obtained at any time from the dispatcher at the police station. Applicants need to present a valid vehicle registration to prove residency.

Register now for STEP

The STEP (Science, Technology and Engineering Program) is taking registrations now for its January and February programs:

• "Digital Diaries/Digital Journals:" third-, fourth- and fifth-graders, Wednesdays, from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. in the Carlisle School Library, January 4, 11, 18 and 25 and February 1 and 8. • "Lego Robotics:" third-, fourth- and fifth-graders, Tuesdays, 3:15 to 5 p.m. in Mr. D's classroom, January 3, 17, 24 and 31.

• "Simple Machines Using LEGOs:" kindergartners, first- and second-graders in Mr. D's classroom, February 14 and 28 and March 7.

• "Water, Water Everywhere:" kindergartners, first- and second-graders in Mimi Chandler's room, Thursdays at 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., January 5, 12, 19 and 26 and February 2 and 9.

Register now until December 15. Complete the registration form and send a check made out to "Town of Carlisle" to Joanne Graziano, 83 School Street, Carlisle. You will be contacted only if the session is over-subscribed.

Emerson Umbrella offers winter classes

The Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts is now accepting registrations for its winter session classes and workshops in drawing and painting, sculpture, ceramics, creative writing and movement and dance. Also offered are a variety of one- or two-day workshops such as Alla Prima portrait painting, painting on silk, and a special series of workshops on writing, illustrating and marketing children's books. The session will begin January 7, 2006 and run through March 17. Call 1-978-371-0820 for more information and to register, or visit for complete listings.

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 chance to tour the historical collections, meet new and old friends, enjoy the holiday decorations, sample our wassail and participate in a cookie swap.

Just bring a dozen cookies and a container and take home a delicious assortment to fill up your cookie jar for the holiday season. The brand-new ornament of the Clark Barn, the Town Seal ornament, and the two history books — Images of America: Carlisle and Ruth Chamberlin Wilkins's Carlisle: Its History and Heritage, will be available. The books and the ornaments make great holiday gifts for family members, friends, and neighbors.

42nd Street and Sesame Street Live tickets on sale now

Lowell Memorial Auditorium (LMA) presents 42nd Street and Sesame Street Live: Out of This World.

Tickets are now on sale for 42nd Street for Thursday, January 5, at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $46.50, $38.50 and $27.50..

Sesame Street Live: Out of This World will be presented on Thursday, January 26, at 7 p.m.; Friday, January 27, at 10:30 a.m.; Friday, January 27, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, January 28, at 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, January 29 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets for these performances are on sale now for $21, $17 and $14.

Tickets are available in person at the LMA box office located at 50 East Merrimack Street in Lowell, by phone at 1-978-454-2299, and through Ticketmaster at 1-617-931-2000 or 1-603-868-7300 and on

COA book club

The COA book club will meet on Wednesday, December 14 at 10 a.m. in the home of Betty Lang. The selection is No Second Chance, by Harlan Cober. Call Betty at 1-978-369-3382 if you are planning to come.

COA lunch/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 before December 12 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.

Apply now for FY07 CPA funding

Carlisle's Community Preservation Committee is accepting applications for the upcoming fiscal year between now and January 25, 2006 for projects to be funded commencing July 1, 2006. Applications are available at the Selectmen's office at Town Hall.

Any individual, group or committee is encouraged to familiarize themselves with state CPA (Community Preservation Act) guidelines, find a sponsoring town board and submit a preliminary application by this deadline. The CPC reviews the application and makes a recommendation to Annual Town Meeting in May. Town meeting must approve all projects.

CPA funds are generally used to purchase, create, preserve, rehabilitate or restore buildings and/or open space for the purposes of community affordable housing, recreation, historic preservation and conservation. Town meeting has voted to fund a number of projects including the purchase of the Benfield property, physical improvements to the town-owned trails, a consultant to assemble a plan for affordable accessory apartments, and exterior improvements and painting to the Heald House Barn on Concord Street owned by the Historic Society.

In the past, the following committees/boards have served as sponsors: Board of Selectmen, Historical Commission, Housing Authority, Recreation Committee and Conservation Committee. Signoffs from sponsoring committees should be obtained prior to submittal to the Community Preservation Committee.

The next meeting of the CPC will be held on December 15 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. All potential applicants are encouraged to attend to discuss any upcoming plans.

GPL presents Brattle Book Shop's Kenneth Gloss

On Thursday, January 19 at 7 p.m. in the Carlisle Public School library, Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of Boston's Brattle Book Shop, will give a talk entitled, "Treasures in your Attic: Old and Rare Books." The talk is sponsored by the Gleason Public Library, Friends of the Gleason Public Library and the Carlisle Historical Society.

"New England homes are treasure-troves for old and rare books that have increased in value over the years," says Gloss. "We invite the public to bring any volumes they want to know about to the lecture for a free verbal appraisal." Gloss will bring to the lecture several examples of books, magazines and ephemera from the Brattle Book Shop's private collection. There will be a question-answer session following the talk.

Because of limited seating, reservations are required and may be made by calling the library at 1-978-369-4898 and asking for Reference. Information about the talk is available at

Indian Hill holiday programs

The Orchestra of Indian Hill presents a holiday pops program of favorite carols with special arrangements from Irving Berlin's White Christmas to Duke Ellington's Nutcracker. Tickets are $46, $33 and $20. This program will be on Sunday, December 11, at 3 p.m.

Amahl and the Night Visitors will be performed on Friday, December 16 , at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 17, at 3 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 18, at 3 p.m.Tickets are $12/adults, $8/children.

All performances are at Littleton Performing Arts Center, 56 King Street in Littleton.

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 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hunt Gym, 90 Stow Street in Concord. It will be an evening of games, prizes , refreshments and great music, with Basil Bourque, a junior on the team, as DJ for the evening. Team parents will chaperone the dance.

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

Dear Edwina, Jr. at Nashoba Brooks on December 15

Nashoba Brooks School, 200 Strawberry Road, Concord, presents the third and seventh grade production of Dear Edwina, Jr. on Thursday, December 15, at 7 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., join us for dessert and conversation to learn more about the Nashoba Brooks School. Admission is free. RSVP to Huyen Truong at 1-978-369-4591, ext. 112.

Did you know?

The Gleason Library Survey demonstrated how the community feels about the library, what Carlisle likes and what Carlisle wants. Books top the list in all categories. Books are still a big chunk of our business, but media and electronic resources are high on the list as well. The survey also revealed that the library has services and important resources that some patrons are not aware of. We have:

• Online databases: business, finance, scholarly, health, and more.

• Current travel guides for travel abroad and on this continent.

• Science and math textbooks used by the Carlisle schools.

•College prep books: Finding a college, preparing for exams.

• CD-Roms: children's educational and some adults' as well.

• Regular children's story times.

• No charges for reserves or inter-library loans.

• A wide variety of foreign language-learning materials.

• University courses in DVD, CD, tape, and VHS.

Curious? Just ask Reference if we have it at 1-978-369-4898, e-mail, or visit

Sanders Family Christmas returns to Merrimack Repertory

For a limited two-week run, Sanders Family Christmas is a delightful evening of song, transporting us back to Christmas Eve 1941 at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in North Carolina, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and barely two weeks after President Roosevelt declared war. Twenty-year-old Dennis Sanders has enlisted and is about to go off to boot camp. World War II provides the dramatic underpinning for this joyous and poignant Christmas gathering at Mt. Pleasant.

Sanders Family Christmas performs from December 9 to 18. 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. Tickets 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.

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