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Friday, January 20, 2006

Teen movies: save the dates

The Gleason Library will be hosting a series of movies for grades 5 - 8 after school on the early release days of February 7, March 21, and April 11.Movie titles will be announced shortly.We hope to see you there.

Donations wanted for CEF/CSA Auction

Support the Carlisle Public School by donating an item to the Auction. Do you have a vacation home you could offer? Tickets to sports or other events? A special skill that could be offered as a service? A talent for art or craft? A famous acquaintance who would donate an item or sign a T-shirt? The more the merrier.

For more ideas or to make a contribution, contact Lauren Bakewell at 1-978-287-0318 or

CCHS summer opportunities fair

Concord-Carlisle High School will hold its annual Summer Opportunities Fair on Monday, January 30, (snow date January 31) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the high school, 500 Walden Street, Concord. The fair brings together representatives from over 80 organizations to present information about a large variety of summer opportunities locally, nationally and abroad. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. For more information, call Nancy Flaherty at 1-978-371-0549.

Carlisle Democrats to hold caucus February 4

Registered Democrats in Carlisle will be holding a caucus at the First Religious Society, third-floor conference room, 27 School Street (access through side door on Church Street), on Saturday, February 4 at 10:30 a.m. to elect four delegates and two alternates to the 2006 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women.

The convention will be held on Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3, at the DCU Center in Worcester. At that time, Democrats from across the state will gather to endorse candidates for the office of Auditor, Treasurer, Attorney General, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Lt. Governor, Governor, and U.S. Senator. The names of those candidates who receive 15% of the state convention vote will be placed on the September 19 Democratic Primary ballot.

The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Carlisle. Candidates for delegate and alternate must consent to nomination in writing and must be present at the caucus. All candidates may make a two-minute statement and may distribute materials on their behalf. All ballots will be written and secret. Those not elected as Delegate and/or Alternate, who meet the qualifications, may apply to be add-on delegates in the following categories: youth, minority and disabled.

For more information about the caucus, contact the Democratic State Committee at 1-617-776-2676 or Susan Stamps at

Come celebrate the Year of the Dog

It is the Year of the Dog, and Carlisle is staging a grand party with our elementary and middle school students dancing and singing at the town's second Chinese New Year Celebration, on Saturday, January 28, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Corey Auditorium and Dining Room at the Carlisle Public School.

Performances at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. will include the festive Lion Dance, the Dragon Dance, the Golden Ring Dance, and the elegant Chinese Ribbon Dance. Students will also sing the Chinese New Year Song. Celebrated dancer Chiao Bin Huang will perform the Ribbon Dance.

There will also be exhibits of Chinese paper cutting and brush painting in the school dining room. Both children and adults can learn to write their names in Chinese, and try their hands at Chinese arts and crafts. Chinese food will be available as well. Tickets are $10 per family or $5 per individual if purchased in advance, or $15 per family or $7 per individual if purchased at the door.

For advance tickets, mail a check to Andi Gettys, 21 Oak Knoll Road, Carlisle, MA 01741. Include your name and address, show time preference, and number of tickets needed per family. Checks are payable to the Town of Carlisle; the deadline to purchase advance tickets is January 23.

Cable TV series features "The Power of the Pen"

"The Power of the Pen," featuring ten-year-old reporter Hannah Porten and founder Tom Duggen, tells the story of the very successful "The Valley Patriot" newspaper which is a free newspaper covering the region along Route 495 from Lowell to Haverhill. The story will be presented on the coming week's Speak Out! series on Concord's public access television Channel 8. Check either Channel 8 or website for the scheduling details. Begun in recent years in response to a need for a venue willing to take on the tough stories, "The Valley Patriot" quickly grew. "The Power of the Pen" also includes an entertaining interview with Miguel Guanipa, extraordinary letter-to-the-editor writer whose letters have been published in newspapers clear across the country.

Calling chemistry detectives

Come to The Discovery Museums on Saturday, January 28 at 2 p.m. for "CSI Discovery: Chemistry Crime Stoppers." An important historical document has been stolen from the nation's capital and we need you to identify the thief. Join Professor Jane Van Doren and the Holy Cross Science Ambassadors to review the evidence and solve the crime. Chemistry is the key.

This program is part of a series of programs called, "Super Sleuths: Taking the Mystery Out of Chemistry," focusing on how chemistry is part of our everyday lives.

The Children's Discovery Museum is for toddlers, pre-school children and their families, while the Science Discovery Museum is for school age children and adults. The Children's Discovery Museum is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Science Discovery Museum is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for one Museum, $12 for both Museums on the same day. Call 1-978-264-4200 or visit for information.

First glimpse of "Glimpses of India"

Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 5, between 2 and 4 p.m. in the Corey Auditorium, when an exciting event will bring the politics, customs, dances, gorgeous color, exotic wildlife and delicious culinary aromas of the subcontinent of India right here to Carlisle. Supported by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a steering committee headed by Abha Singhal is planning a gala program called "Glimpses of India," intended to introduce the richness of Indian civilization as interpreted by our own Indian community right here in town.

Assisted by her committee, Anjli Trehan, Seema Peterson, Meetu Gupta and Prem Tanden, Singhal is planning a two-hour production that will include dance, presentations on the political environment of the subcontinent leading up to and following independence, live music, a virtual tour of famous landmarks, catered Indian refreshments, an introduction to the many languages spoken in India and much more. India's culture is huge, abundant and varied, so "Glimpses of India" promises to be a full and vivid afternoon.

Volunteers are needed for setup and decorations. lighting and sound, and serving refreshments. Community service hours will be provided to high school students. For information or to volunteer, contact Anjli Trehan at 1-978-371-0374 or

Concord Orchestra performs

On January 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden Street, Concord, the Concord Orchestra will perform Mozart's Symphony No. 40, "Jupiter," Mendelssohn's Ruy Blas Overture and Sibelius' En Saga. Extraordinary pianist and Young Artist winner Jung Eun Yoon will play Prokofiev's Concerto No.3. Tickets are $20, $16 for students and seniors. For information and reservations, call 1-978-369-4967 or visit

Pop Warner information night

Concord-Carlisle Pop Warner Football will hold an informational session for prospective players and parents, Thursday, January 26, at 7:15 p.m. in the Thoreau School auditorium on Laurel St. in Concord. For more information, go to or call Kevin McNamara at 1-978-369-2563.

Children's books wanted

Gently used children's books for the classroom libraries at the Carlisle School suitable for kindergarten to grade 5 are wanted. Fiction, fact and favorites are needed. Drop them off at the Main Office February 1 through 28.

Make room on your shelves for all those lovely new books you're going to read this year by donating and sharing outgrown favorites.

"Wingmasters" program at Carlisle School

Julie Anne Collier and Jim Parks, licensed raptor rehabilitators in Massachusetts, will present an educational program to Carlisle fourth- graders on owls on January 23 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the exercise room at the Carlisle School. This program is sponsored by the Carlisle School Association's Cultural Enrichment Committee.

With the prevalence of owls in Carlisle and their important role in the "Harry Potter" books, these birds have become especially popular with children. However, few may have come up close to a live bird of prey.

February travelogue and luncheon

The next COA luncheon will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society at 11:45 a.m. on February 16. A delicious catered lunch will be served,after which an informative travelogue of Prague, Krakow and Budapest will be presented. The COA is planning a trip to these spots at the end of September.

Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 on or before February 13 to reserve your luncheon space. A $2.00 donation is appreciated.

CEF/CSA Auction tickets on sale

Glitter and shine for a fabulous time at the CEF/CSA "Silver and Gold Auction" to be held Friday, March 24, at the Westford Regency Ballroom. Step out for a festive evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing to a live band and support the Carlisle Public School. Silent and live auctions include vacation getaways, party packages, sports tickets, and unique decorative items. New offerings this year include a Broadway weekend, a week on South Padre Island, and many others.

Tickets are available for $75 per person or $750 for a table of ten at Have your credit card ready, or follow the instructions for mailing a check. Ticket sales end March 3. For more information, contact Lori Jiménez at 1-978-369-4703 or

Gleason Friends community potluck supper

Chase away the winter blahs with good food and conversation. Join friends and neighbors at the Community Potluck Supper on Saturday, February 11 at 6 p.m. This year's adults-only event will be held at the home of Steve and Terry Golson, 388 Stearns Street.

Friends of Gleason Public Library will provide ham, rolls and beverages. RSVP by contacting Verna Gilbert at 1-978-369-9278 or by February 6. Let her know whether you will be bringing an appetizer, salad, entree or dessert for eight.

Register for story times

Story time introduces new and classic books to your child, fostering a love of literature while making new friends.

The Gleason Public Library will offer story times beginning on January 30. The 3- to 4 1/2-year-olds will meet Thursday afternoon from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The 4 1/2- to 6-year-old group will meet Monday afternoon from 1:30 to 2:10 p.m. These sessions will run through the week of March 20. The 2- to 3-year-olds (with parent or caregiver) will meet on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. This session will run for six weeks.

In-person registration for the winter story-time session will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 21. Phone registrations will be taken at 11 a.m. For information, call 1-978-369-4898.

Drop-in story times for the under-twos will meet Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.for six weeks, with the first session starting on February 2.

Offenheiser to speak Sunday at FRS

President of Oxfam America Ray Offenheiser, a Carlisle resident, will speak at the 10:30 a.m. service at The First Religious Society this Sunday. The year 2005 was a year of unprecedented natural disasters and human suffering. It was also a year of unprecedented generosity of citizens from around the world who have stepped forward to offer support in many ways.

Oxfam's staff is on the ground responding to these emergencies abroad and at home. In addition, Oxfam continues to work on its non-emergency projects worldwide. The people of Carlisle have been generous supporters of Oxfam through the Katrina Cajun Festival in September and through fundraisers for tsunami and Pakistani relief efforts. Offenheiser will offer reflections on these experiences and offer an update on how things are proceeding in Oxfam's efforts.

All are invited to the service. A coffee hour with light refreshments will follow.

Choosing the right preschool

There are many different preschools in and around Carlisle and choosing a preschool for your child can be difficult. On Thursday, January 26, at 7 p.m., the Gleason Public Library will host a panel discussion with representatives from some Carlisle area preschools sharing information, including Noah's Ark, Concord Montessori, Children's Meetinghouse, Carlisle Early Literacy and Red Balloon. More information about this program will be available on

Carlisle Recreation winter programs begin

Many of the Carlisle Recreation winter programs begin the week of January 23. Limited openings are available in the following youth classes: Child Care Training, Cooking, Golf, Fencing, Karate, Gotta Dance, Pottery, Scrabble, Skating, Chinese, French and Spanish. There are also openings in the following adult classes: Yoga, Men's Basketball, Sunday Soccer, 60-Minute Workout, Pilates, Pottery, Watercolor, and T'ai Chi.

Recreation brochures are available at the Recreation Office at Town Hall, the Gleason Public Library and online at Call 1-978-369-9815 to check for class availablity.

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