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Friday, December 16, 2005

Caroling on the Common

All who play musical instruments are welcome to join other musicians on December 24, Christmas Eve, under the tree on the Town Common. Be there at 6:15 p.m. ready to play. Bring your own music stand. If you have any questions or want music to practice, call Walter Woodward, whose grandfather previously did this, at 1-978-369-0468.

COA doings

New Year's coffee: Come to the Sleeper Room on Thursday, January 5, at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate the new year with other seniors and enjoy delicious refreshments.

COA book club: The next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 11, at 10 a.m. at the home of Elizabeth Benedict in Chelmsford. The selection is The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald. New members are welcome. Call Betty Lang at 1-978-369-3382 if you plan to attend.

Men's breakfast: On Thursday, January 12, starting at 8 a.m., the Mystery Chef and his helpers will prepare another gastronomic extravaganza for Carlisle senior men at the Sleeper Room. A $2 donation is appreciated.

Blood pressure clinic: On Thursday, January 19, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. a registered nurse from Emerson Hospital will provide free blood pressure screening at the Sleeper Room. No appointment is necessary.

Luncheon and speaker: Join the COA on Thursday, January 19, at 11:45 a.m. in the Sleeper Room for a catered lunch followed by a program entitled, "Everything You Need to Know About Eldercare But Didn't Know Whom to Ask." This presentation focuses on how to find community programs, resources and public benefits available to seniors. Reserve your luncheon space before January 16, by calling 1-978-371-2895. A $2 contribution is appreciated.

Out to Lunch Bunch: Reserve Monday, January 23, at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at Amici's Restorante in Billerica on the shores of the Concord River. Prices range from $12.50 to $15. To get additional information or to make a reservation, contact the Elgins at 1-978-371-0728 or the Dunkerses at 1-978-369-5681.

Drop-in story time Saturday

Come to the Gleason Library this Saturday, December 17 at 10:30 a.m. for a drop-in story time for ages 2-4. 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.

For more information call the library at 1-978-369-4898.

CCHS Bulletin updates

Community Service has a new bulletin board at CCHS near the main door. One-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities are posted. New opportunities in Concord, Carlisle, Boston and Lowell are posted. If you have questions, need community service, or want to discuss how and where to get involved, e-mail:

CCTV is the new TV studio at CCHS. It is in I Building, down the hall from WIQH. The studio opens at 2 p.m. weekdays, so stop by and check it out. "Don't just watch TV. Make TV!" Every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. the studio is open for Youth Productions. High school students are invited to meet with Mr. Joyce and TV producer Charlie Stuart to plan some very cool TV productions.

Recent CCHS grads

TheSenior/Faculty/Alumni Reception will be held in the school library on Thursday, December 22, from 2:15 until 3:30 p.m. If you are from the class of 2005, 2004 or 2003 and are home for the holidays, make this gathering a great start to your vacation. Reconnect with classmates and teachers and the class of 2006.Parents, let your high school graduates know about this event now, and spread the word. If you have any questions, call 1-978-287-0049.

CCHS musical groups give concerts next week

The CCHS combined choruses: the select chorus, women's chorus, and concert chorus will give their winter concert on Wednesday, December 21, at 7:30 p.m. The CCHS bands: the repertory band, the concert band, jazz band A and jazz band B, will follow with their winter concert on Thursday, December 22, at 7:30 p.m. Both concerts will be in the CCHS auditorium. These are large and popular groups, so come early to be assured of a good seat.

Carlisle Democrats to hold caucus February 4

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee will hold a caucus on Saturday, February 4, at Union Hall to elect delegates to the Democratic State Convention, scheduled for June 2 and 3, 2006. All Carlisle Democrats are welcome to participate in the caucus and run for delegate. Any Carlisle resident who wishes to participate in the caucus must be registered as a Democrat with the town clerk by December 31. For more information, call or e-mail Susan Stamps, Chair of the Democratic Town Committee, at 1-978-369-8462 or

C-C Adult and Community Ed winter courses are coming

Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education announces that the Winter Course Bulletin is complete and will be mailed to all Concord and Carlisle homes at the end of the month. Classes begin mid-January through February. The bulletin lists over 200 courses and workshops on a wide variety of subjects from the purely practical to the esoteric: languages, history, drawing, quilting, computer programs, and more. There are offerings for people of all ages. Programs like the Armchair Travel series are free and open to all.

Courses are all listed online at The office will be open weekdays through the holiday season, 1-978-318-1540. Evening hours resume in January.

CEF/CSA auction ticket sales start soon

Friday, March 24, 2006 is the fourth annual CEF/CSA "Silver and Gold Auction." This year's auction will be at the Westford Regency Ballroom, and 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 chance to support the Carlisle Public School while enjoying a fun evening with your friends and neighbors. Online ticket sales start January 15, 2006, at

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? We are looking for variety, so give us your ideas. Call Lauren Bakewell at 1-978-287-0318 or visit

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.

Be aware: "Jury duty" calls are a fraud

Consumers are reporting to the Better Business Bureau that callers, claiming to represent the court system, tell the consumer that they failed to show up for jury duty. When the consumers tell the callers that they never received a summons for jury duty, the callers ask for Social Security and personal account information to verify their identities. The callers may scare the consumer by threatening a warrant or fine. Unfortunately, many consumers only contact the BBB after giving information to the caller. No one from the judicial system will ever call a consumer and request personal information for any reason. Providing this information can lead directly to an identity theft.

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 loan.
• 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

Post Office never closes at

The frantic shopper can take the hassle out of the holidays by taking advantage of the online holiday offerings and services at the Post Office that never sleeps —

The USPS web site offers a customer-friendly, easy-to-use holiday guide to the many holiday offerings and services available online including:

• Save a trip to the Post Office by printing a label online with Click-N-Ship. With Click-N-Ship service, print shipping labels online, with or without postage, then schedule a pick-up.
• Stamps may be purchased online and at many ATMs, vending machines and local stores, as well as the Post Office. Find alternative stamp locations on the web site.
• Personalize holiday greetings by designing cards online and sending them with a click of a mouse at Net Post CardStore.
• Find a ZIP code.
• Track and Confirm Delivery Service. Verify a package's delivery status online.
• Hold the mail by making arrangements quickly and easily with USPS online service and schedule a date for redelivery.
• Returning holiday merchandise is hassle-free using Click-N-Ship, and don't forget to use the Carrier Pick-up Program.

Concord Madrigals perform Sunday

The Concord Madrigals women's chorus 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 concert. 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 the chorus from Carlisle are Wendy Davis, Cynthia Nunan, Priscilla Stevens, Cynthia Sorn, Stephanie Smith and Penny Zezima.

Emerson Hospital may hold more flu clinics

Additional flu clinics may be scheduled. Call 1-978-287-3085 for more information.

Walk-In admissions sessions at Middlesex

Learn more about Middlesex Community College's spring semester programs at two walk-in admissions and information sessions, to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 4, in the Bedford Campus Enrollment Center (Building 9), 591 Springs Road; and from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 5, in the Lowell Campus Enrollment Center (located on the ground floor of the City Building), 33 Kearney Square.

Middlesex Admissions representatives will be present at both information sessions and interested students will be able to apply for admission to the college, receive academic planning services and register for courses, all in one visit. Transfer counseling will also be available; transfer students should bring their transcripts.

Get more information about MCC's 79 degree and certificate programs and financial aid, as well as info about academic counseling, tutoring, career counseling, disability support, special programs and more. Hear about the many transfer options with four-year colleges and universities.

For more information about MCC's spring-semester programs, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit our web site:

Indian Hill presents Amahl and the Night Visitors tonight

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.This presentation is recommended for ages 6 and up. Tickets are $12/adults, $8/children.

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

GPL presents Brattle Book Shop's Kenneth Gloss

Brattle Bookshop proprietor Kenneth Gloss, among friends. (Courtesy photo)

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." 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. See for more information.

Adoption agency informational meeting

The Florence Crittenton League Adoption Agency will hold a general information meeting on Wednesday, January 11, at 7 p.m. at the Florence Crittenton League, 119 Hall Street in Lowell.

Some adoptive couples will speak, and the programs of the agency will be outlined. The Florence Crittenton League does identified adoptions, and has programs in Russia and China, and sources for Guatemala.

The Florence Crittenton League has been a long-standing, non-profit agency since 1907. It offers adoption expertise in a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

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

Emerson Umbrella offers winter classes

The Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts is now accepting registrations for its winter session classes and workshops. Emerson Umbrella offers a wide array of classes for adults, teens, and children, 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 winter 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.

42nd Street and Sesame Street Live tickets on sale now

Lowell Memorial Auditorium 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

Exploration of the Jewish origins of Christianity

On Tuesday, December 20 at 7 p.m., Professor Barbara Geller of Wellesley College will be speaking at Kerem Shalom in Concord. Professor Geller will explore the origins and evolution of the Jesus movement in the contexts of first-century Palestinian Judaism and Roman rule of Palestine with attention also to the letters of Paul and the separation of Judaism from Christianity.

This year, Christmas and Hanukkah will closely overlap on December 25. We invite people of all faiths who wish to know more about the history of our religions to participate in the presentation.

There is a suggested donation of $10 to attend this lecture.

Kerem Shalom is an unaffiliated synagogue located at 659 Elm Street in Concord. To learn more, contact the office at 1-978-369-1223 or visit

Register for Concord Youth Theatre winter classes

Concord Youth Theatre offers a variety of classes for students from pre-school to grade 12. Registration is open now for classes in theatre experience. Investigate titles like, "Fairy Wings and Hairy Things" to "Broadway Dance" and find out what fits the needs of your aspiring performer.

Visit or call 1-978-371-1482 for information and registration forms.

Christmas music from Renaissance Germany

Cambridge-based Renaissance choir Vox Lucens (Jay Lane, director) presents "Ein Wiehnachtskonzert" ( A Christmas Concert), featuring seasonal music from Renaissance Germany, on Saturday, December 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd, 164 Newtown Road in Acton.

The 12-voice ensemble will sing masterpieces by Schütz, Regnart, Utendal, and Lechner, as well as Ludwig Senfi's Ave Maria.

The concert duration is approximately 90 minutes. A reception will follow. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $12, $10 for students and seniors. Vox Lucens CDs will be for sale.

This concert will also be repeated Sunday, December 18, at 3 p.m. at University Lutheran Church, 66 Winthrop Street, Harvard Square in Cambridge.

Visit for more information and sound clips, or call 1-978-897-5372.

Concord Chamber Music Society presents January concert

On Sunday, January 8, at 3:00 p.m., the Concord Chamber Music Society presents the Claremont Trio, joined by members of the Concord Chamber Players in a concert of music for violin, cello, and piano. The program will include Beethoven's Piano Trio in E-flat, Op.1 No. 1 and "Kakadu" Variations, Op. 121a, and Brahms' Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34. The concert will be held in the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center off Main Street, Concord. Tickets are $25 and $30, with a $5 discount for Seniors and students.

Winter classes at Lexington Arts and Crafts

The Painters' Guild of the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society offers a wide variety of classes for novice, intermediate and advanced painters in the media of oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel. Our instructors are locally and nationally known artists who will share their expertise and guide your hand in portraiture, landscape and still life. Classes are held in the Plummer Gallery at 130 Waltham Street in Lexington. Winter classes (January) are forming so stop by the Society and pick up a brochure listing all the choices, or visit or visit

For more information and directions call 1-781-862-9696.

Citrus sale benefits Carlisle school band and choir

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.

Band and choir members will be taking orders at the Carlisle Transfer Station on January 7. You can also 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.

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