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Friday, February 3, 2006

FOGPL Community Potluck Supper on February 11

Come to the Community Potluck Supper on Saturday, February 11, at 6 p.m. 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.

Trails Committee to lead walk

Avoid Super Bowl stupor by joining the Trails Committee on Sunday, February 5 at 1 p.m. for a walk/cross-country ski/snowshoe trek, depending on conditions. A shorter and a longer version of the trek will be available and both will start from the Towle Field parking lot. Refreshments will be served afterward. Winter outdoor safety will be discussed. For more information, call Marc Lamere at 1-978-369-8210.

COA doings

Men's breakfast: On Thursday, February 9, 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.

Drum Hill shopping trip: The COA minibus will go the Drum Hill Mall on Friday, February 10, leaving the Town Hall parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and returning by 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be on your own. There are 13 spaces available. To sign up for this trip, call 1-978-371-6690.

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 - 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 cities at the end of September. Reserve your luncheon space by February 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.

As the Mosquito Saw It now on sale

The Carlisle Mosquito still has copies available of its funny, poignant, and all-around entertaining look at Carlisle through the eyes of the town paper. Article excerpts, photos, and cartoons cover Carlisle people and events from 1972 to the present. Remember when the Transfer Station began? When the Acorn Nuts played field hockey? The Mosquito does.

Books are $20 and can be purchased at Ferns Country Store. Books can also be ordered by mail from Carlisle Mosquito, Box 616, Carlisle, MA 01741 for $20 plus $5 for shipping.

Recycle "Technotrash"

The Carlisle Household Recycling Committee (CHRC) is initiating a recycling program for electronic media: CDs, DVDs, diskettes, audio tapes, and video tapes. A "TechoTrash" container is now in the Swap Shed, next to the bookcase, at the Transfer Station. The small cost of this project is funded by Transfer Station sticker fees.

Prepaid mailers for recycling empty black and white and color ink jet cartridges are now available at the Swap Shed, as well as at the library and post office. Proceeds benefit the Carlisle School. Ink jet cartridges can also be returned to a Staples store for a $3 coupon on a Staples purchase. Laser printer toner cartridges can still be recycled using the labeled box in the post office lobby. For more information, call 1-978-369-1209 or e-mail

Casablanca comes to Carlisle

On Monday, February 6, at 6:45 p.m., let Bogie and Bergman roll away the winter blues. Their classic movie, Casablanca, will be showing in the handsome Hollis Room at the top of Gleason Library.

Early film for fifth- to eighth-graders

Fifth- to eighth-graders are invited to meet at the library for an afternoon of adventure and fun at the movies. You never know what treasures are in store with Nicolas Cage, Jon Voigt, and Sean Bean in National Treasure.

Bring your lunch and enjoy a wild historical hunt. On Tuesday, February 7, early release day, the movie starts at 12:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library.

Carlisle Police Department to conduct defense classes

The Carlisle Police Department plans to conduct a Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD) class this year. The RAD system is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women and children. This system is being taught at many colleges and universities. The class is 12 hours long, would be open to women ages 13 and up, and would be held over four nights. Any one interested should contact Officer Andy Booth at 1-978-369-1155 by February 12. For more information about RAD, visit

COA plans European sojourn

Join the Carlisle Seniors September 28 on a trip to Prague, Krakow, Budapest and much more. Twelve days includes airfare, hotel, breakfasts, six dinners and one lunch for $3,199 (double occupancy). Flyers are available at the COA office in Town Hall or call Joanne at 1-978-371-8023.

Seventh grade to present Once Upon a Mattress, Jr.

The seventh-grade play, Once Upon a Mattress, Jr., is coming to Corey Auditorium on Wednesday, March 15, at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m., and Friday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. This is a hilarious musical retelling of "The Princess and the Pea," perfect for all ages.

Tickets will be available from any seventh-grader starting on February 13 and at Ferns on March 4. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.

MRT presents Intimate Apparel

The Merrimack Repertory Theatre will present the regional premiere of Intimate Apparel February 9 through March 5. Written by Lynn Nottage, one of America's most-lauded new playwrights, this recent Broadway success is a touching romance about a young African-American seamstress in early 20th-century Manhattan who pursues life with an independent spirit and a deep soul. A rich and uplifting journey. For tickets call 1-978-454-3926.

Square/contra dance

On Saturday, February 25, at 8 p.m., join the Saturday square/contra dance in the Parish Center for the Arts at the corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street in Westford. Come at 7:30 for free instruction and get into the dance free, as well. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for teens, with a maximum $12 per family. For information, call 1-978-692-6333, e-mail 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 at Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle.

Chinese Club to celebrate the Year of the Dog

The Concord-Carlisle Chinese Club will celebrate the Year of the Dog with a cultural program in the Concord Free Public Library Children's Room on February 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. It will include crafts, a lion dance, music played on Chinese instruments, Chinese opera and Chinese dance, all performed by young members of the club. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. For information, call 1-978-318-3358.

Apply now for financial aid for college

Representative Cory Atkins (D—Concord) urges constituents to apply for financial aid now for the upcoming fall 2006 semester.

Last year, Massachusetts students received over $1.4 billion in grants and low-interest loans from the federal and state governments. In addition, Massachusetts colleges and universities awarded students millions of dollars in scholarships from their own funds. Free help is available to assist applicants through the process of identifying sources

of, and applying for, financial aid.

Representative Cory Atkins said "While substantial aid is available, students should apply early, preferably before March 1, and investigate all possible sources of aid."

Students begin the process of applying for both federal and state aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This document is available online at, and it is hoped that students complete the application online. In addition, many colleges and universities also require a completed PROFILE form, available online at

Paper copies of the FAFSA form and general information about sources of financial aid are available through high school guidance offices, college financial aid offices, public libraries, American Student Assistance (ASA), Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) and the TERI College Access Centers in Boston and Chelsea. To contact TERI call 1-877-ED-AID-4U or visit

Children's book workshops

The Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts presents workshops by children's book author and illustrator Ilse Plume, and award-winning children's author Melissa Stewart.

Saturday, February 4: Elements of Children's Fiction: a hands-on workshop conducted by Melissa Stewart on how to craft stories. 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: Conducted by Ilse Plume, this workshop will cover the process of creating a children's picture book, an overview of the publishing world, demonstrations, and time for experimentation and questions. Call for recommended supplies. 1 to 4 p.m. both days. Tuition $80 for 2 sessions.

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

GPL Trustees publish bulletin

The Trustees of the Gleason Public Library have mailed an informational bulletin to each household in Carlisle to raise awareness of this town treasure and to raise funds for its endowment. Since the library building project was completed in 2000, there has been no fundraising effort to build back the endowment, but now, in an effort to provide for the library's future needs, the Trustees would like to increase the disposable amount of the endowment to $500,000 by 2007. More information about the library and this fundraising campaign is available at the library by calling 1-978-369-4898 or by visiting

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.

What to expect in college

In conjunction with the Concord-Carlisle High School's "My Focus Is On The Future" Health Week, The Center for Parents and Teachers presents an evening with Dr. Richard Kadison, co-author of the best-selling book, College of the Overwhelmed, and Chief of the Mental Health Service at Harvard University Health Services. Dr. Kadison will discuss what parents, students and colleges can do to foster a positive experience on campus, and will explore the many issues that parents and students will want to be aware of beforehand, such as academic pressure and competition, identity development, interpersonal relationships, social fears and the shrinking job market. He will offer parents and college-bound students suggestions for dealing with college life and keeping communication open.

The program will be held at the Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium, 500 Walden Street, Concord, on Tuesday, February 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. The fee is $5. Pre-registration is appreciated. Call the Center for Parents and Teachers at 1-978-202-1146 to register or e-mail

Competitive swim clinic

A competitive swim clinic, run by CCHS swim coach Jerry Moss, is offered to fifth- through eighth-graders in Carlisle and Concord. It is a great opportunity for youth who are interested in competitive swimming to see what it is like to be on the Concord-Carlisle Swim Team. The clinic will be held on Monday, February 6, from 5 to 7:15 p.m. at Minuteman Technical High School, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington. The fee is $25 per person. Make checks payable to "Friends of Swimming and Diving" and mail c/o 70 Revolutionary Road, Concord, MA 01742. Write on the check the student's name and grade, "swim clinic" and the parent's phone number.

Refer swim clinic questions to Coach Moss at or call him at 1-978-973-2919, or call Cynthia Ellis at 1-978-371-7058.

CYT presents "Laugh Me to the Moon"

The Concord Youth Theatre is sponsoring Stephen Stearns in a one-man show, "Laugh Me to the Moon." The show is February 21 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at 51 Walden Street in Concord. Tickets are $9 per person and the show is recommended for children four and older. Call 1-978-371-1482, mailbox 1, for tickets and information.

Carlisle Conservation Coffee February 14

The Tuesday, February 14 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford St.reet, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Laura Dooley, Massachusetts State Forester for our region, will speak about how she advises property owners with their tree and forest management projects.

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are held on the second Tuesday of the month during the fall, winter and spring seasons. The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Continental breakfast is provided.

Newcomer's Club coffee on February 14

The Concord Carlisle Newcomer's 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, February 14 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Contact either Kris Carlson-Lewis at 1-978-369-0387 or Rhonda Penaud at 1-978-341-0467 for further information.

"Guiding good choices"

Beginning in March, Kathy Bowen, health coordinator and parent educator, will present a four-part series in Concord on "Guiding Good Choices" for parents of children in middle school. A free introductory 90-minute program on Wednesday, February 8, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Wilkins Library at the Carlisle Public School is an abbreviated version of the longer March program. Following the same format as the March series, Bowen will lead parents to a better understanding about their teenagers' social environment and values in relation to it.

"Sandwich Generation" seminar February 13

Sixty-four percent of elder caregivers are working full or part-time and more than 40% also care for children under 18. If you feel the pressure, this practical seminar is for you. Problems will be addressed and solutions sought for finding balance, harmony, and success in both personal and professional life. The seminar is on Monday, February 13, 7:30 to 9 p.m., in the Concord Free Public Library Trustees Room, 129 Main Street, Concord. Space is limited, so call 1-978-202-1146 or e-mail to register.

Gleason Book Discussion Group meets on February 9

The Gleason Book Discussion Group will meet on February 9 to discuss Ursula Hegi's Stones from the River in the Hollis Room from 7 to 8:45 p.m. The library has obtained additional copies of this book, which are on reserve behind the circulation desk.

At this meeting, we will also be brainstorming a syllabus for a book list for March to September. Paperbacks between 200 and 300 pages are generally preferred as book choices. Each attendee should come prepared with a brief summary or review of two or three favorite books. The library book group is open to the community and all are welcome.

Acton Community Chorus open rehearsals

The Acton Community Chorus (ACC) begins rehearsing for its spring concert with an open Monday rehearsal on February 6. If you love to sing and enjoy community spirit, join in (no audition required) at 7:15 p.m. at the Faith Evangelical Free Church at 54 Hosmer Street off of Route 2 in Acton. The 75-member chorus rehearses on Monday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. This year's concerts, to be held June 16 and 17, will be performed at Nashoba Regional High School in Bolton. The concert theme is "Night Skies" and will feature songs of the moon and stars. For information, call Letty at 1-978-263-3557 or Patty at 1-978-369-5689.

Call for chocolate desserts

St. Mark's sixteenth Annual Chocolate Festival will be held at the Westford Academy, Patten Road, Westford, on Sunday, February 12. Professional and amateur bakers are invited to submit their favorite chocolate dessert recipes for judging. First, second and third place, as well as the "People's Choice" awards, will be presented in both professional and home-baked categories.

Live music, raffle prizes and children's entertainment promise to make this a fun and festive "all-you-can-eat" occasion for all. All proceeds benefit the Westford and Lowell Open Pantries.

"All-You-Can-Eat" admission is $12 for adults & teens, $6 for seniors and children four and up. Kids three and under are admitted free. To guarantee admission at your preferred seating time, buy online tickets now at To request an entry form for your favorite recipe, call the festival sponsor, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, at 1-978-692-7849.

Agencies ask $621,401 from Community Chest

Thirty-six human service agencies throughout the area have recently applied for grants from the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest,representing a 10% increase in funding requests over last year.

Astrid Moeyersoms, executive director, said, "This reflects the escalating need for services in our area at a time when there continue to be cutbacks in state and Federal funding."

During the Community Chest's annual campaign, charitable donations from residents and sponsorships from local companies are collected to help fund human service programs that address a host of social issues. In addition, profits from the Chest fundraisers, the silent auction and dinner on April 1 and the triathlon challenge event on June 4, are allocated to agencies in support of their programs. The board will vote to allocate the funds in May and funds will be released beginning in July. Auction tickets can be purchased from the Chest office or by visiting

For more information, call 1-978-369-5250 or visit

CSC Jimmy Fund Challenge at Nashoba

Local snowsports enthusiasts can hit the slopes at Nashoba Valley Ski Area on February 11 for the CSC Jimmy Fund Snow Challenge. Skiers and snowboarders of every ability are invited to participate. There will be team and individual ski and snowboard races, an outdoor barbeque lunch, and an après-ski party and auction. Free style legend Wayne Wong will offer a celebrity ski clinic.

The entry fee for a four-person race team is $240 and for individual racers, $70. For every $150 raised above the registration fee, one second is deducted from the final race time, so anyone has a chance to win. If you do not want to race, buy a lift ticket and lunch for just $60 to support the Jimmy Fund. To sign up, call Didier Putzeys at 1-781-290-1447 or e-mail You may also sign up on the day of the event. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Library computer courses

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

Books wanted for school libraries

Gently used children's books for the classroom libraries at the Carlisle School suitable for kindergarten to grade 5 are needed. Fiction, fact and favorites are welcome.

Drop off at the Carlisle School 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.

Apply for Caroline Hill Scholarship

Applications for the Caroline Hill Scholarship are available to Carlisle current high school seniors and students in college for continuing post-secondary education. The awards, which are need-based, typically range from $500 to $2,000. The awards are made in late spring. Caroline Hill left money to the Town of Carlisle for continuing education of Carlisle residents as well as for other financial needs. The Town also has other funds which are used for scholarship purposes. Applicants can pick up the applications from the registrar's office at Concord-Carlisle High School, the Gleason Public Library or the selectman's office at the Carlisle Town Hall. Contact Sally Coulter, 1-978-369-6637, with any questions.

Women's Business Network meeting

The Women's Business Network will meet on Thursday, February 9 at 7:15 p.m. at St. Theresa's Church in Harvard. Debby Hoffman will provide her "Top Tips for Networking Success" examples of what to do and what not to do while building networking relationships. Hoffman has over 28 years experience as an entrepreneur.

Bring your business cards and brochures. For more information, visit or call Renee W. Senes at 1-978-456-9600.

Westford Historical Society presents concert

The Westford Historical Society presents Notorious, with Larry Unger on guitar and banjo and Eden MacAdam-Somer on fiddle. This handicapped-accessible event will be held at the Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road, Westford, on Friday, February 10, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Potluck refreshments will be available.

Tickets are $10 for members of the Westford Historical Society, $15 for non-members, $5 for teens and free for under 13. Reservations are recommended. Call 1-978-692-5550 or or visit

Area libraries offer series on Middle East

Gleason Public Library, Carlisle, Acton Memorial Library, and Boxborough's Sargent Memorial Library present "Understanding The Modern Middle East," a lecture and discussion series exploring the past and future of the Middle East. The six programs will be held on alternate Thursday nights beginning February 16.

A scholar will begin each program with a 30-minute talk on the evening's topic and then lead participants in discussion. Optional reading for the series is Between Memory and Desire: The Middle East in a Troubled Age by R. Stephen Humphreys. Each library has a limited number of copies available for loan.

• February 16, Acton Memorial Library, "A Brief History of the Geography, History and Culture of the Middle East" led by George Lane, Visiting Faculty in Government at Clark University and Political Science Lecturer, College of the Holy Cross.

• March 2, Gleason Public Library, Carlisle, "Why Are There No Democracies in the Arab World?" conducted by Vickie Langohr, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, College of the Holy Cross.

• March 16, Sargent Memorial Library, Boxborough, "Women in Public Life" led by Barbara Petzen, A.B.D., Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

•March 30, Acton Memorial Library, "Oil, Arms and Instability" conducted by Mona Russell, Ph.D., History Lecturer, MIT.

• April 13, Gleason Public Library, Carlisle, "Islamic Political Ideas" led by Keith Lewinstein, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, Bridgewater State College and Affiliate in Research, Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

• April 27, Sargent Memorial Library, Boxborough, "Fundamentalism in the Middle East" conducted by Mona Russell, Ph.D., History Lecturer, MIT.

All programs begin at 7:30 p.m.; refreshments will be served. Sargent Memorial Library, Boxborough, 1-978 263-4680,, and Gleason Public Library, Carlisle, 1-978 369-4898,, request that participants sign up in advance for sessions at those locations. Acton Memorial Library's phone number is 1-978-264-9641,

Early Music concert

The Cambridge Society of Early Music will present a concert at the First Religious Society in Carlisle on Saturday, February 18, at 8 p.m. The concert will feature Emlyn Ngai, baroque violin, and Jeannette Sorrell, harpsichord in "The Beautiful and Strange Pearl: Bringing Order Out of Fantasy — Bach & His Precursors."

Earth Day workshop

A three-dimensional banner and animal face-making workshop for young adults ages 12 years and up will be held at the Concord Free Public Library on February 21 and 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants must attend both sessions and registration is required. This event is free. For more information or to register call 1-978-318-3358.

CSA's Cultural Enrichment Committee brings owls and other programs

The fourth graders were fascinated by Jim Parks, licensed raptor rehabilitator, of Wingmasters and his feathered friends on Monday, January 23. Mr. Parks proved to be engaging, informative, funny, and on occasion, surprising. The owls themselves were, of course, the big hit of the hour, as Mr. Parks brought forth a long-eared, a barred, the great-horned, and a tiny saw-whet owl. Visit The fourth graders will be dissecting owl pellets later this year as part of their science class.

Dan Cripps set up a tipi on Wednesday, February 1, at the school and shared Native American stories with the third grade. Currently the children are studying cultures, customs,and histories of Native Americans.

February 8 finds Valerie Tutson, renowned storyteller from Providence, Rhode Island, at the Carlisle school. Grades 1 to 7 will be enthralled by her presentation of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" and certain to learn more about the man and his ideals.

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