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Friday, January 27, 2006

Carlisle "gossip" appears in The Spitfire Grill. Liz Bishop of Carlisle, left, playing the town gossip, with Shonna McEachern as Percy Talbot, the protagonist, rehearses a scene from Concord Players' production of The Spitfire Grill in the realistic setting of Walden Grille across the street from the theatre at 51 Walden Street. The heartwarming, folk/rock musical opens February 10 and plays weekends through February 25 at 8 p.m. with a matinee on February 19 at 2 p.m. The tickets, at $18, may be ordered online at or call 1-978-369-2990. Tickets are also available on Saturdays only between 10 a.m. and noon at the theater or at the door on performance evenings. (Courtesy photo)


Ten Star All-Star Basketball Camp

Applications are now being evaluated for the Ten Star All Star Summer Basketball Camp. The camp is by invitation only. Boys and girls ages 10—19 are eligible to apply.

Players from 50 states and 18 foreign countries attended the 2005 camp. College basketball scholarships are possible for players selected to the All-American Team.

Camp locations include: Schenectady, New York; Prescott, Arizona; Thousand Oaks, California; Sterling, Colorado; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Babson Park, Florida; Gainesville, Georgia; Champaign, Illinois; North Manchester, Indiana; Towson, Maryland; Ypsilanti, Michigan; Glassboro, New Jersey; Hickory, North Carolina; Lebanon, Tennessee; Commerce, Texas; Blacksburg, Virginia; Lyndonville, Vermont; and Beloit, Wisconsin.

For a free brochure, call 1-704-373-0873 anytime.

Local folk artists to perform at temple

Congregation Kerem Shalom presents its Annual Folk Concert on February 4 at 8 p.m., featuring the local talents of the Blue Hill Base Camp (bluegrass group) with Adam Morse on banjo; Steve Smith and Friends; and George Peabody and Nancy Kaplan. Tickets are $12 for adults, children $3, and are available only at the door.

The concert will be preceded by a special 40+ singles Israeli dinner buffet

at 6 p.m. RSVPs are required for the dinner, and must be received by Monday,

January 30. RSVP to Kerem Shalom, P.O. Box 1646, Concord, MA 01742. The dinner is $13/person, or $25 for dinner and the concert. For information, call 1-978-369-1223 or visit

Intimate Apparel opens at MRT

Merrimack Repertory Theatre presents Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage, which is turning into the most produced play of the season. A touching romance, Intimate Apparel is the heart-wrenching journey of Esther, an African-American seamstress living in turn-of-the-20th century New York. Sewing corsets for both ladies of means and women of ill repute, she struggles to support herself and fulfill her dreams.

Opening night is Sunday, February 12, at 7 p.m. The production runs Wednesdays through Sundays from February 9 to March 5. Single ticket prices range from $32 to $55. Student tickets are always $16 and seniors receive 10% off any ticket purchase. For tickets call 1-978-454-3926 or visit

FinCom seeks new members

Volunteers are needed to serve on Carlisle's Finance Committee. The FinCom is a vital arm of town government that recommends to the Selectmen the distribution of revenues to all town departments and organizations and plans for Carlisle's budgetary needs and responsibilities. Members of the FinCom get to know all about Carlisle through those who serve and volunteer all over town. If you can contribute creative and workable ways for Carlisle to get the most for its dollars, would like to be part of the action and are willing to serve, the Finance Committee needs you. To apply, send a letter to Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie, Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Emerson Hospital offers heart disease lecture

Emerson Hospital cardiac rehabilitation program coordinator Ginny Dow, R.N., B.C., will present a lecture on heart disease titled, "Understanding Heart Disease" on Friday, February 10, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Inn at Robbins Brook in Acton. Topics will include information about coronary heart disease and how it develops, risk factors and symptoms of a heart attack, and a discussion about how to lower your risk for heart disease. The presentation will include case studies and a hands-on opportunity to fill out a personal risk factor assessment.

"Knowledge empowers and allows people to become active participants in their own health," said Dow, who has 28 years of experience in nursing and is board-certified in cardiac rehabilitation nursing.

For more information, call the cardiology department at 1-978-287-3732.

Minuteman High undergoes DOE review

Minuteman Regional High School (MRHS) in Lexington is preparing for an upcoming Mass. Department of Education (DOE) Coordinated Program Review. The Department's on-site visit will occur during the week of February 6 to 10. Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal and state education requirements to review education programs and services in local school districts.

MRHS Superintendent William Callahan indicated that the DOE Coordinated Program Review process will address the areas of Career and Technical Education, Civil Rights, Title I of the Secondary Education Act of 1965, Special Education, Title V of the No Child Left Behind Act, Nutrition Programs and Services and will include a review of school district program procedures, a study of individual student records, and an on-site visit by a DOE Review Team. The Team will conduct interviews of district administrators, teachers and parents, conduct observations of instructional sites and prepare a report for the Superintendent and Regional School Committee.

A report will describe the status of each program requirement reviewed by the DOE. The findings will note those program standards, the implementation of which the team found to be commendable or substantially implemented. Where program standards are found not to be fully implemented, MRHS must propose to the DOE corrective actions to bring those areas into compliance. Both the DOE report and the school district's response are public information and will be available upon request. The DOE Coordinated Program Review Final Reports are additionally posted at

Callahan also announced that the school personnel preparing the district for review will be led by Assistant Superintendent-Director Thomas Markham and high school Principal James Amara. Callahan stated that he is "confident that the department's program review process will be a useful and positive experience for all staff in the district, and that the report will be a useful planning document for continued development of educational services for all students."

Any member of the public may request to be interviewed by telephone by a member of the DOE visiting team, by calling the Assistant Superintendent's Office at 1-781-861-6500 x326 no later than February 6, or by calling the Department of Education at 1-781-338-3748.

Community Potluck Supper on February 11

Chase away the winter blahs with good food and conversation at the Community Potluck Supper on Saturday, February 11 at 6 p.m. This year's event will be held at the home of Steve and Terry Golson, 388 Stearns Street. The Friends of Gleason Public Library will provide ham, rolls and beverages.

RSVP by contacting Verna Gilbert by February 6 at 1-978-369-9278 or Let her know whether you will be bringing an appetizer, salad, entree or dessert for eight. This event is for adults only.

Disaster readiness classes offered

Would a regional or global event impact us here at home? Are experts correct when they tell us that we have a "window of opportunity" to prepare for a possible pandemic? Concord-Carlisle's Adult and Community Education department has been offering classes in personal safety and emergency preparedness for decades. In a typical month, at least two CPR classes, a first aid class, and other emergency health-related programs are available to the community at Concord-Carlisle High School or another local facility.

In addition to personal and family readiness, with some first aid training and a family shelter "kit," each community in the nation has some plan for community emergency shelters. Concord is working to expand its capacity, as the Red Cross has only a handful of local volunteers.

Local citizens who want to help effectively should a disaster strike are invited to a three-night series of classes offered on Monday nights in February. The program is free, offered as a community service by the Community Education Department and the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay. Adults and teens are urged to attend, and anyone with responsibility for others will find the information of value.

On the first night, "Introduction to Disaster Services," participants will learn about the role of the American Red Cross in disaster response, volunteer roles within Disaster Services and how to help with local disaster readiness and response. This is a prerequisite for the next two classes. This first class meets on Monday, February 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The second of the series, "Mass Care," provides basic information about the Mass Care function that includes feeding and sheltering operations. Participants will learn about the skills and abilities needed to operate a local emergency shelter. Prerequisite is "Introduction to Disaster Services." This class meets Monday, February 13 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The final class, "Shelter Operations," prepares participants to effectively manage shelter operations as part of a team and meet the needs of people displaced by disaster. Prerequisite is "Mass Care: An Overview." This class meets the first Monday after the public school vacation week, February 27 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

To learn more about this series, and upcoming first aid and CPR training, visit the Community Education website at To enroll, call 1-978-318-1540 (1-978-318-1432 nights.)

Family concert

Concord Chamber Music Society will hold a family concert on February 19 at 3 p.m. in the theater of the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts at 40 Stow Street in Concord.

Dillon Bustin, director of the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts and the Concord Chamber Players, tells fantastic musical tales that will delight and enthrall audiences of all ages.

The program includes The Emperor's New Clothes by Peter Schickele, composer, musician, author and satirist.

Library computer courses

The Library offers basic computer courses, including group sessions on Monday, February 13, from 10:30 to noon, focusing on creating and using basic Internet e-mail, and on March 15 from 10:30 to noon focusing on the basics of using a computer.

One-on-one, 45-minute tutoring sessions on Library Catalog Training or Basic Computer Use will help you search the library catalog, find the items you want, and improve your computer skills in general. These sessions will be held February 13 through 16 and March 6 though 9 from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

To register for any computer course, call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898. Space is limited.

Emerson Scholarship award to Interlochen Arts camp is offered

Top high school musicians around the country have the opportunity to apply for an Emerson Scholarship award to the world-famous Interlochen Arts camp in northern Michigan. Fifty-two students from across the United States will receive a full $5,802 scholarship for the 2006 camp, which provides full tuition, private lessons, and room and board for the six-week program. Interlochen's 2006 camp dates are June 24 through August 7.

Emerson scholars must be in grades nine through 12 and demonstrate exceptional proficiency on harp, string, wind, or percussion instruments. An audition submitted on tape or CD is required with the application. Applications must be postmarked by February 15. Winners will be announced April 15. For information, visit or call 1-231-276-7856.

Family dance February 12

A family square/contra dance will be held on Sunday, February 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the The Parish Center for the Arts, Corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street on Westford Common. Linda Leslie will be the caller and Oh, CONTRAire! provides live music. No experience required; all dances taught. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids, with a maximum of $12 per family.

Kerem Shalom accepting scholarship applications

Congregation Kerem Shalom is accepting applications for the 2006 Ann Geisinger Scholarship Award. Two awards are made annually. Both will be given to individuals whose high school experiences reflect the Jewish tradition of Tzedakah, or good works. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to community service through volunteer work, service to the school, or paid work experience.

One scholarship will be awarded to a Concord-Carlisle High School senior who plans to attend an institution of higher learning within two years of graduation, regardless of race, religion, residency, or affiliation with Kerem Shalom. The other will be awarded to a senior who is Jewish and who has an affiliation with Kerem Shalom, either individually or through his or her family.

Applications may be made by calling 1-978-1223, by writing Kerem Shalom at P.O. Box 1646, Concord, MA 01742, or by downloading and sending in an application form from All applications are due by March 1.

More COA doings

COA book club: The next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 15 at 10 a.m. at the home of Jean LaBroad. The selection is 1776 by David McCullough. New members are welcome. Call Jean at 1-978-369-6768 if you plan to attend.

Blood pressure clinic: On Thursday, February 16, 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 speaker: Join the COA on Thursday, February 16, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall, for a catered lunch followed by a travelogue of Prague, Krakow and Budapest - Cities of Enchantment. The COA is planning a trip to these spots at the end of September. Reserve your luncheon space by January 13 by calling 1-978-371-2895. A $2 contribution is appreciated.

Lunch and movie matinee: The COA minibus will go to the Lowell Showcase Cinema on Monday, February 27 to see a matinee and have lunch at a local restaurant. For further information and to sign up for this trip, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

Men's senior golf league planning meeting: Join your peers for a nine-hole gold league on Tuesdays, May through August. The golf will cost $20 and carts are available for $5. There will be a meeting of those interested on Tuesday, February 28 at 9 a.m. at the Cameron Senior Center in Westford to answer questions and set guidelines for the league. If interested, call the Westford COA at 1-978-692-5523.

Bedford bikeway meeting

The topic for discussion at the Monday, February 6 meeting of the Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail will be the proposed extension of the Minuteman Bikeway from the Bedford Depot to Route 62 near the Concord town line. Guest speakers will be Bedford Bikeway Advisory Committee Chair Joel Parks and Bedford Friends of the Minuteman Bikeway Membership Coordinator Robert Sawyer. The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m., at the Fenn School, 516 Monument Street, Concord.

Minuteman accepts registrations now for evening classes

Minuteman Regional High School, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington, is now accepting registrations for more than 125 upcoming evening classes, most of which begin in early February. The full catalog of courses is available online at by clicking on Community Services and Continuing Education. For a catalog or further information, call 1-781-861-7151. Telephone registration is available with selected credit cards.

Concord Conservatory spring registration now open

Registration for The Concord Conservatory's spring semester is now underway. The Conservatory offers a broad array of group and private instrument and voice lessons, as well as comprehensive early childhood and school-age group music classes. The course catalog and class schedule are available at, or call 1-978-369-0010 for more information.

The Concord Conservatory of Music opened in September in the West Concord Union Church to provide a home for music in the Concord-area community with high-quality music education and performance opportunities for students of all ages.

Register now for MCC courses

Crash course in computers

Designed for the beginner, this course provides an overview of the PC. Your $25 tuition can be applied toward the cost of taking Intro to PCs, Let's Open the Windows or Fast Track Computer Applications Certificate I, if taken during the same semester; (3 hours). Course # CE 3500 30; 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, February 4, Bedford Campus, Room AR-101; cost: $25. Or, course # CE 3500 80; 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, February 4, Lowell Campus, Room LC-202; cost: $25.

Meeting and event management certificate

The Meeting and Event Management Certificate will provide the practical skills and knowledge to successfully plan, organize, manage, promote and evaluate meetings and events and related career opportunities. Course # CE 2791 30; 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, February 7 to April 11, Bedford Campus, Room HH-112; cost: $499.

Learn to read music as an adult

This class provides and introduction to the concepts of basic note reading in both clefs, and rhythmic notation. You will leave the class with music literacy. Price of course includes materials; (6 hours). Course # CE 7160 30; 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, February 8 to 22, Bedford Campus, Room NA-117; cost $80.

Creating comic books

Want to learn how to write, draw and create comic books, but are unsure of how to break into the business? (3 hours). Course # CE 7161 80; 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, February 8, Lowell Campus, Room LC-111; cost $39.

To register for these courses and others, call Middlesex Community College at 1-800-818-3434 or visit our web site at

Writing and publishing children's books

The Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts presents a series of workshops by children's book author and illustrator Ilse Plume, and Melissa Stewart, the award-winning author of more than 70 books for children.

Saturday, February 4: Elements of Children's Fiction: a hands-on workshop conducted by Melissa Stewart on how to craft stories that children, and children's editors, will love. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuition $50.

Saturday, February 4: Marketing to Children's Editors: Melissa Stewart teaches how to determine a story's marketability, how to target publishers, the difference between queries and cover letters, and the manuscript acquisition process. 2 to 4 pm. Tuition $40.

Sundays, February 5 and 12: Children's Book Illustration Workshop: This two-session workshop conducted by Ilse Plume will take a step-by-step look at the process of creating a children's picture book and will include an overview of the publishing world, demonstrations, and time for experimentation and questions. Open to all levels of experience. Call for recommended supplies. 1 to 4 p.m. both days. Tuition $80 for 2 sessions.

Call the Emerson Umbrella at 1-978-371-0820 for more information and to register, or see

Trivia contest to benefit CCHS '07

Test your knowledge of all things unimportant at the third annual CCHS Trivia Contest. Teams of four to six players will answer questions on TV, literature, music, math, science, sports, current events, etc. If you want to play, but do not have a full team, come and teams will be formed that evening, Friday, February 3, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the CCHS cafeteria. Tickets are $6 for students and $10 for adults and are available at the door. Proceeds benefit CCHS Class of 2007. E-mail questions to

Handworks Gallery hosts exhibit

New England artists and craftspeople will be featured in the "Expressions of Love" exhibit February 4 to 28 at the Handworks Gallery at 161 Great Road, Acton. The exhibit works embody the spirit of Valentine's Day, as each piece was made for a loved one or to honor or remember a loved one.

There will be a reception on Sunday, February 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. Handworks is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Thursday nights until 8 p.m. For information, call 1-978-263-1707.

Firehouse Coffeehouse presents duo

Lowen and Navarro perform at the Firehouse Coffeehouse at First Church Unitarian (FCU),19 Foster St., Littleton, at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 3. For more than a decade, Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro have written, recorded and toured for a growing national audience.

Tickets are $15, available at the Minor Chord in Acton, via the web site at, or by calling 1-978-742-9957. Proceeds benefit FCU. This event is wheelchair accessible.

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