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Friday, February 10, 2006

Seminar: "The Sandwich Generation" February 13

Did you know that 64% of elder caregivers are working full or part-time? More than 40% also care for children under 18. If you feel the pressure, this practical seminar is for you. If this doesn't sound like you today, plan ahead. Come and hear about men and women who are juggling work, aging parents and young children. Participants will listen to case stories and have the opportunity to share their own. 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, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Concord Free Public Library Trustees' Room, 129 Main Street, Concord. Space is limited, so call 1-978-202-1146 or e-mail angelamartinez@colonial.net to pre-register.

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.

The Mosquito needs new blood

Reporters: Do you have a few hours a month to report on the inner workings of the town? You could be just what we need.

Feature writers: If you write well and enjoy learning more about the town, feature writing might be right for you. Interesting subjects, flexible hours.

Interested? Call the Mosquito at 1-978-369-8313.

Spring tree, shrub and perennial sale

The Middlesex Conservation District will be holding its annual spring tree, shrub and perennial sale on Friday, April 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 29 from 8 a.m. to noon. The sale will be held at the 4-H fairgrounds on South Chelmsford Road in Westford. All items can be pre-ordered through March 24 and picked up on the sale days. Early ordering is encouraged as all items are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Download an order form from www.middlesexconservation.org or call 1-978-692-9395 to request a brochure. Ask about new customer discount. Offerings will include tree and shrub seedlings, perennials, herbs, fruits, groundcovers, and hardgoods such as compost bins, deer repellent, kitchen scrap buckets, fertilizer and garden gloves. Also available will be excess first quality stock on the sale days.

Proceeds from the biannual plant sales provide programs to improve water quality and quantity, for preservation of open space and erosion control and provide environmental education. For more information visit www.middlesexconservation.org.

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.

Nominations now open for River Steward Award

The League of Women Voters and the River Stewardship Council announce the third Annual River Stewardship Awards. The Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers were federally designated in 1999 as 'Wild and Scenic Rivers' because of their outstandingly remarkable resources. Last year, CC King, environmental activist in Concord, and Louise Hara and the Carlisle Trails Committee in Carlisle were award winners.

The award honors individuals, school, youth and community groups, non-profit organizations, agencies, government and businesses whose actions demonstrate innovative thinking, creative solutions, extra effort, and brave positions that led to the health and preservation of the watershed. Eligible communities include, but are not limited to, the shoreline towns of Framingham, Wayland, Sudbury, Lincoln, Concord, Bedford, Carlisle and Billerica. Twenty-eight individuals or groups in ten communities have been honored since 2003.

Applications can be submitted by the nominee or by a colleague on his/her behalf. Information and applications are available by calling Betsy Sluder, 1-978-369-1851, at lwvcc.ma.lwvnet.org. and at the Concord Town House and Library. Applications are due no later than March 31.

Stewardship projects could involve educational efforts such as water quality testing, recycling or clean up projects, innovative strategies, tools or technologies and advocacy in opposing wasteful and polluting horticultural practices or damaging development practices.

The Selection Committee includes members of the State League of Women Voters and the River Steward Council and a state or regional environmental organization. They will choose finalists in April. The award ceremony celebration will take place in June as part of the festivities planned for Riverfest 2006.

Passport Day on February 26 at Concord Post Office

Are you planning to travel abroad?

Concord Post Office, 34 Walden Street, will make it easier for you by holding a special "Passport Day" on Sunday, February 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Postmaster Mark R. Howell said applications are accepted in Concord Post Office Mondays to Fridays from 9 to 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 to 12 noon.

He said minor children applying for a passport must be accompanied by both parents if they are under 14 years of age, and one parent must be present for children 14 to 17 years old. "This special Sunday 'Passport Day' should prove to be helpful to persons with children who need passports," he said.

The Post Office also takes passport photos for $15, making the procedure a one-stop process.

He recommended persons apply for their passports at least two months or earlier before their departure to avoid extra costs to expedite an application.

Other requirements in applying for a passport, he said, include evidence of citizenship, two passport photos and current photo identification.

Passport fees can be paid by check or cash. Passports cost a total of $97 for persons 16 years of age and over; $82 for persons under age 16, and $67 for passports being renewed.

More information can be obtained by calling the Post Office at 1-978-369-7613. To save time, passport applications can be downloaded at www.usps.com/passport, Howell said.

Join the Carlisle Seniors on a day trip to New York City

Saturday, June 10, join Carlisle seniors on a motorcoach day trip to New York. See Fifth Avenue, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trump Tower, Ground Zero and the World Trade Center, or whatever you would like for the day. On the way home we will stop at Rein's Deli (food on your own). The trip cost is $55.00 and includes round-trip motor coach transportation. For info or flyer call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or pick up a flyer at Carlisle COA office in Town Hall.

Intergenerational trip to Washington, D.C.

Come join the Carlisle seniors, parents and school age students for an April 7 to 10 trip, which includes charter deluxe round trip motorcoach; three nights at the Sheraton Suite Hotel in Alexandria, VA, at the very edge of Washington D.C.; five complete meals — three breakfasts, two dinners; and at Cherry Blossom time we will have time at the Smithsonian, War Memorials, Arlington Cemetery, the White House and lots more. Price start at $495 (twin occupancy).

The trip is for grandparents, parents and children, and space will be limited so if interested, call Joanne at 1-978-371-8023 or pick up a flyer at the COA office in Carlisle Town Hall. The cutoff for signing up in February 24.

Rabies clinic at Town Hall on March 4

The Carlisle Rabies Clinic for cats and dogs will be held on Saturday, March 4 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Town Hall, 66 Westford Street. The clinic is sponsored by the Carlisle Board of Health and volunteers from the Carlisle Animal Hospital. Pet owners must be residents of Carlisle to participate. The cost is $10 per animal.

Dog licenses will be available during clinic hours. Proof of current vaccination is required for licensing.

Volunteers are needed to help with processing. Community service points will be awarded to eligible high school students. Contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283 for more information.

COA trip to North Shore Music Theater

Join the Carlisle Seniors for a day trip on May 10 to see the musical, Damn Yankees. The price is $35 a seat and lunch will be on our own on the way to the north shore. Transportation will leave Carlisle at 10:30 a.m. for a 1:30 p.m. curtain. Space is limited, so send a check to Carlisle COA to reserve your space. Call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 with questions.

Concord Band presents Winter Concert

Everything that makes the Concord Band unique among community concert bands across the country will be included in the band's Winter Concert on Saturday, March 4, at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden Street in Concord. The lively program features a wide range of repertoire for the wind ensemble, including a new work for concert band by a New Hampshire composer, plus three conductors and an exceptional guest soloist.

Tickets are $10 each ($5 for students and seniors) and are available at the door.

A New Song Coffeehouse presents Jud Caswell

A New Song Coffeehouse presents Jud Caswell in concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 25.

Jud Caswell has won dozens of songwriting contests. This Dartmouth College Alumnus gave up the bassoon for the guitar and the life of a singer- songwriter.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $12. Tickets are available at Bedford Video & Photo in Bedford or by sending a check payable to A New Song Coffeehouse with SASE to C. S. Christen, 3 Robinson Drive, Bedford, MA 01730.

Concord Band presents Winter Concert

Everything that makes the Concord Band unique among community concert bands across the country will be included in the band's Winter Concert on Saturday, March 4, at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden Street in Concord. The lively program features a wide range of repertoire for the wind ensemble, including a new work for concert band by a New Hampshire composer, plus three conductors and an exceptional guest soloist.

Tickets are $10 each ($5 for students and seniors) and are available at the door.

Concord family concert

Concord Chamber Music Society presents 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, and the Concord Chamber Players tell fantastic musical tales that will delight audiences of all ages.The program includes The Emperor's New Clothes by Peter Schickele, composer, musician, author and satirist.

Three weeks left to buy CEF/CSA auction tickets

Before winter break, be sure to reserve your spot for the CEF/CSA Silver and Gold Auction. It takes place Friday, March 24 at 6:00 p.m. at the Westford Regency Ballroom. Step out for a festive evening of cocktails, a sit-down dinner, and dancing to a live band. Silent and live auctions include an original, fully restored 1947 jukebox complete with 45s, a week on South Padre Island, a cocktail party for 30, Red Sox and Patriots tickets, and many others. Tickets are available for $75 per person or $750 for a table of ten at www.carlisleschoolassociation.org/auction. Ticket sales end March 3.

Rooms at the Westford Regency can be reserved at a discounted rate of $115 by calling 1-978-692-8200 and mentioning the Carlisle School. For more information, contact Lori Jiménez at 1-978-369-4703 or ldj4@columbia.edu.

WBN Connections Lunch

On Thursday, February 16, at 11:30 a.m. the Women's Business Network will hold a relaxed mid-winter event at Not Your Average Joe's, Route 27 in Acton between Routes 2 and 111. Bring a friend whether she is in business or not. RSVP and $13.75 pre-payment are required by Monday, February 13. Checks should be made payable to Not Your Average Joe's and sent to Joan Rubin-Deutsch, 11 Meadowbrook Road, Acton, MA 01720. For more information, e-mail jsr.deutsch@verizon.net. or 1-978-263-1214. The snow date is March 2.

Arts and crafts with Musketaquid

During February vacation week, students ages 12 and up are invited to join Musketaquid Arts and Environment for a two-session workshop to create masks, banners, and musical instruments inspired by the theme, "Language of the Land, Rhythm of the Water: Living in Harmony." The workshops will be at the Concord Free Public Library, February 21 and 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. Participation in the workshop is free, but pre-registration is requested, by stopping at the Children's Room Information Desk or calling the library at 1-978-318-3358.

In this creative workshop, led by Musketaquid Steering Committee member Pam Bracco, art and craft activities will be combined with nature study of our local environment. Participants will be encouraged to bring their creations and be a part of Musketaquid's Earth Day parade on April 29. For more information, call the Musketaquid Program Coordinator at 1-978-371-0820.

Wire jewelry making workshop in Concord

Join Concord Middle School student and craft instructor Helen Titchener in a wire jewelry making workshop to be held at the Concord Free Public Library on Friday, February 24 at 2 p.m. The class will cover wire jewelry techniques, tools and materials, and jewelry design. Participants will make a bracelet during the workshop that runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The library will supply material. Bring a long needle-nosed plier if you have one. Ages 12 and up. Registration required for this free workshop. Call 1-978-318-3358 to register.

February vacation week camp at Thoreau Club

The Thoreau Club and Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education have teamed to offer TKO, a fun, action-packed four-day program for local children held at the Thoreau Club and Outdoor Center in West Concord. At TKO (The Kids Only Club), children from Kindergarten to grade 4 will enjoy a fun, challenging and enriching vacation week filled with aquatics, outdoor adventure, arts, social skill building, sports and games, and more.

The camp is held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Tuesday, February 21, to Friday, February 25. The leaders are educators and recreation specialists and there is a 1 to 6 counselor-to-student ratio. The program, headed by Danielle Campbell of Thoreau's Outdoor Center, uses the recreational and educational facilities at The Thoreau Club and Outdoor Center and children play both inside and out. The cost is $250 for four days or $70 per day.

For more information and an application call Camp Thoreau at 1-978-369-4095 or Community Education at 1-978-318-1540 (318-1432 nights).

Open auditions

Nashoba Players, a Community Theater organization, is holding open auditions for Neil Simon's The Dinner Party on Sunday, February 19 and Monday, February 20, at 7 p.m. at the Parish Arts Center, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford.

Cold readings from the script is all that will be required. Roles include three males ages 40s to early 60s and three females ages 30s to early 50s. The story line is that six strangers are invited to a dinner party at which we discover the person who did the inviting is not coming. And the supposed strangers are not really strangers at all. The setting is a contemporary restaurant in Paris. For more information, visit www.Nashobaplayers.org.

Business resources at the library

The Gleason Public Library offers a wealth of business resources. Journals, investment reports, and books are available during open hours and thousands of articles are available at any time from home.

The electronic database, Infotrac, provides two databases dedicated to business: General Business File ASAP (GBF) and Business and Company ASAP (B&C). GBF offers 2,445 business-related journals, newspapers, and reports in full-text online. They are searchable by keywords, subjects, authors, and more and can be limited to bring up the most pertinent results. Examples of journals include: Banker, Economic Indicators, eWeek, Financial Executive, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., Investor's Business Daily, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Kiplinger's Mutual Funds, Kiplinger's Stocks, and Money. GBF has an additional 800 journals for which citations are given without full-text. B&C also holds many journals in full-text and citation form but focuses on providing information about companies, markets, and industries. To access Infotrac go to www.gleasonlibrary.org, click on Research Databases, and then follow the links. A library card will be needed for log-on.

The Library subscribes to the following print journals: Business Week, The Central Register, Consumer Reports, Harvard Business Review, Inc., Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Forbes, and Fortune. Newspapers subscriptions are Barron's, Boston Business Journal, Boston Globe, New York Times, Wall Street Journal. Stock and mutual fund reports subscriptions are Value Line and Morningstar. For more information, call 1-978-369-4898.

CSA cell phone recycling

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) is participating in a cell phone recycling program called "Race To Recycle." The Motorola Company will give the Carlisle Public School at least $3 for every cell phone that we collect. Cell phones can be any brand. Motorola will repair and reuse the phones, or recycle them. For more information, visit www.racetorecycle.com.

The CSA will collect phones until February 17. For your convenience, collection bins are located at the school's main office, the Gleason Public Library, the town hall, and Ferns.

Warm words festival at Concord Museum

The Concord Museum announces its Warm Words Storytelling Festival to be held Saturday to Monday, February 18 to 20, at the museum. Storyteller Steve Wood, Sharon Kennedy, Merrill Kohlhofer, Devon Kurtz, and George Moore will perform stories from around the world and portray famous figures from American history.

For a complete calendar of events, call 1-978-369-9763 or e-mail cm1@concordmuseum.org Registration fees run from $5 to $15, and include same-day museum admission.

Antique Radio flea market

On Sunday, February 19, the Greater Boston Antique Radio Collectors will sponsor an antique radio flea market at the Westford Regency Inn on Route 110 in Westford. Hundreds of vintage radios from the 1920s to the 1960s will be offered. Also for sale will be old radio books, price guides and magazines, telegraph keys, novelty radios and other related radio items.

Exhibitors should pre-register. Flea market hours are from 8 a.m. to noon. For further information, contact Antique Radio Classified, Pat Wedge, P.O. Box 2-W20, Carlisle, MA 01741, call 1-866-371-0512, or e-mail arc@antiqueradio.com.

Emerson offers free blood pressure screenings

In celebration of the Emerson Hospital cardiac rehabilitation program's 25th anniversary and in honor of cardiac rehabilitation week from February 13-17, the Emerson Hospital cardiac rehabilitation team will offer free blood pressure screenings and risk factor assessments each day at the hospital from 12 to 1 p.m. in the lobby outside of the coffee shop. No appointments are necessary.

GPL Trustees raise awareness

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 www.gleasonlibrary.org.

GPL Trustees raise awareness

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 www.gleasonlibrary.org.

DCR to offer accessible Great Brook Farm tours

The Department of Conservation and Recreation's (DCR) Universal Access Program will offer adaptive recreation opportunities this winter. These opportunities are free of charge for people with disabilities and a nominal charge may apply if a family member or friend needs to rent equipment.

An accessible dairy barn tour as well as cross-country skiing, kick-sledding and snowshoeing for individuals with disabilities, family and friends, are available at Great Brook Farm State Park, Carlisle on Monday, February 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cross-country skiing, sit-cross-country skiing, kick-sledding and snowshoeing for individuals with disabilities are available on Thursday, February 16 and Thursday, March 2 from 3 to 7 p.m.

For directions, see www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/northeast/gbfm.htm. For further information about the event, contact DCR's Universal Access Program at 1-617 626-1294 Voice or 1-413-577-2200 TTY.

Moses Greeley Parker lecture series begins February 12

Assistant Professor Marie Frank of the Cultural Studies Department of UMass Lowell will give the first talk of the Moses Greeley Parker lecture series, "Lowell Architecture at the Turn of the Century." She will present a slide show investigating Lowell's public and civic structures during the American Renaissance (1880-1930), including the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

The free lecture will be on Sunday, February 12, at 2 p.m. at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor's Center, 246 Market Street in Lowell. For more information, contact series director Paul Lappin at m_g_parker@hotmail.com.

V-Day Concord 2006 is this weekend

V-Day 2006 Concord, a benefit production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, will be presented at the newly restored Emerson Umbrella Theater, 40 Stow St., Concord, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 10, and Saturday, February 11. Proceeds from these performances will support the Education and Outreach efforts of The Network for Women's Lives, Rape Crisis Services of Greater Lowell and the V-Day 2006 Spotlight Campaign. General admission tickets are available for $15 (adults) or $10 (student/seniors), and can be purchased online at www.networkforwomenslives.org, or in person at Debra's Natural Gourmet in West Concord, Cambridgewear, or Curves in Acton.

CCHS musical Barnum is coming

Barnum, the tale of one of the greatest showmen in American history, will come to life on the Concord-Carlisle High School stage in March 2006. Barnum (music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Stewart) is the story of Phineas Taylor Barnum and the remarkable life he led, from sideshow promoter to museum owner to politician to circus co-owner. The show includes acrobatic and circus performers along with the usual actors, singers, and dancers. Barnum opened on Broadway in 1980 and was nominated for 11 Tony awards that year.

Performances are March 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and March 5 and 12 at 2:30 p.m. in the CCHS Auditorium, 500 Walden Street, Concord. Tickets are $15. All seats are reserved so order soon for the best seats. Ticket order forms may be picked up at the main office at CCHS or at the Carlisle or Concord libraries or downloaded from www.ccpops.org.

MetroFuture briefing

On Thursday, February 23, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Fairbanks Center, 40 Fairbanks Road, Sudbury, MAPC, the MetroWest Growth Management Committee (MWGMC), and the Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) invite you to a special briefing on MetroFuture, a regional initiative to develop a plan to guide the region's growth through 2030. MAGIC seeks your continued involvement in this project.

Following the briefing, there will be a presentation and solicitation of input on the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the Regional Transportation Plan. For more information, contact Donna Jacobs or Margaret Sleeper at 1-508-907-6740, or Judy Alland at 1-617-451-2770, ext. 2022, or e-mail djacobs@mapc.org, msleeper@mapc.org, or jalland@mapc.org.

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.

Kids ID project

In 1989, the recovery rate for missing children was only 66%. Today, the recovery rate is over 91%. You can help improve that rate. The most effective tool in recovering lost children is a recent photograph of the child, and an accurate description of the child. The most critical time is the first few hours following a disappearance.

The Knights of Columbus in St. Irene Parish and the Carlisle Police Association are sponsoring a Child Identification program at St. Irene Parish Hall on Saturday, February 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to ensure that parents have the vital information about their children should an emergency ever occur.

At this free event, you will be given a booklet to keep in a safe place. This booklet will contain your child's photograph, fingerprints, dental record, and a DNA sample (a piece of hair). A dental hygienist will prepare the dental record, and the Carlisle Police will do the fingerprinting. If you do not have a current "portrait style" photo (e.g., a school yearbook type of photo), one will be provided as part of this program.

This free program is open to all. For more information, visit: StIrenes.org/kofc/kids.

February school vacation movie

The Gleason Public Library is pleased to present a movie for school- age children on Thursday, February 23 at 1:30 p.m in the Hollis Room of the Library. Come in and enjoy this free film with some popcorn and a cool drink. For the title of the film and more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.

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, Massachusetts, 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. Due to space constraints, both Sargent Memorial Library, Boxborough, 1-978 263-4680, www.boxlib.org, and Gleason Public Library, Carlisle, 1-978 369-4898, www.gleasonlibrary.org, request that participants sign up in advance for sessions at those locations. Acton Memorial Library's contact information is 1-978-264-9641, www.actonmemoriallibrary.org.

Emerson Hospital needs volunteers

Emerson Hospital invites Carlisle residents to become volunteers. Volunteers are needed in the Emergency Department Liaison, Endoscopy Greeter, Rehab Dept-Physical Therapy, and on the Transitional Care Unit. Non-clinical placements are also available. Those interested in more information or in setting up an appointment for an interview, call the Community Services office at Emerson at 1-978-287-3200.

Lynn Duryea exhibit at Lacoste Gallery

Lacoste Gallery, 25 Main Street, Concord, presents a solo exhibition of the work of noted American ceramicist Lynn Duryea opening on February 25 with an artist reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will include terracotta sculptural vessels, metal sculptures, tall, stacked pieces that incorporate both materials and photographs, and will continue until March 16.

New MCC courses

Photography I

Bring a 35-mm camera and learn about exposure, lighting, composition, camera use, film, lenses and other photographic equipment, portraiture, landscape and still-life photography. Cost of materials is additional; (21 hours). Course # CE 7150 30; 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, February 21 to April 11, Bedford Campus, Room HH-210; tuition: $189.

Writing for Comics

Learn how to write for comic books: script format, story structure, writing the proposal, protecting your work, and marketing the script; (10 hours). Course # CE 7162 80; 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 21 to March 21, Lowell Campus, Room LC-111; tuition: $99.

Fast Track II Computer Applications Certificate

This will enhance your knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. Upon completion, you will be able to tackle intermediate and advanced projects commonly used in business. Project-based learning will allow you to produce a portfolio; (42 hours). Course # CE 3425 80; 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, February 21 to May 23, Lowell Campus, Room LC-201; tuition: $599.

To register for these courses and others, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu.

BOS seeks Animal Inspector

The Board of Selectmen seeks qualified applicants for the volunteer position of Animal Inspector for the Town of Carlisle. This position has become vacant because of the recent resignation of Sally Lakness, who devotedly served the Town of Carlisle for nearly five years. The Animal Inspector is responsible for and administers state regulations relative to animal and barn inspections.

The Selectmen also announce vacancies on the following committees:

Finance Committee

Long Term Capital Requirements Committee

Personnel Board

Anyone interested in becoming involved with town government in any of these positions should submit a letter including special area of interest to the Board of Selectmen, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

CCYS registration deadline is February 12

If you would like your child to play spring soccer with the local in-town group and have not yet registered him/her, go to www.ccysoccer.org now and click on Registration to assure your child a place on a team.

Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer (CCYS) in-town offers soccer for Pre-K (starting K in September 2006) through Grade 6 with games played in Concord and Carlisle on Saturdays starting May 6 and ending June 17. Scholarships forms are available if needed from the in-town page of the CCYS web site.

CCYS also needs coaches. Consider volunteering to help your child's team and register to coach by going to www.ccysoccer.org and clicking on Registration. For additional information please contact Nancy DiRomualdo at nancydiromsoccer@comcast.net or at 1-978-369-7978.

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 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.

Cell phone recycling continues

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) is participating in a cell phone recycling program called "Race To Recycle." Sponsored by the Motorola Company, this program provides us with an opportunity to help protect the environment while supporting the Carlisle Public School. The Motorola Company will give the Carlisle Public School at least $3 for every cell phone collected. The cell phones can be any brand. Motorola will repair and reuse the phones, or recycle them. For more information, visit www.racetorecycle.com.

The CSA will collect phones until February 17. For your convenience, collection bins are located at the school's main office, the Gleason Public Library, the town hall, and Ferns.

CPC Winter Carnival

Come beat the snow and cold and join us for a Winter Carnival on Saturday, February 11, from 10 a.m. to noon at Union Hall. There will be lots of activities to interest your little one, including games, crafts, and entertainment by Jenny the Juggler. Refreshments will be served.

For more information or if you would like to volunteer to help at this event, e-mail Lauree Eckler at lacameroneckler@comcast.net or Heidi Kidder at hkidder@comcast.net.

Potluck and contra dance tonight

A contra dance will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on Friday, February 10, at 8 p.m. Before the dance, everyone is invited to a potluck supper that begins at 6:30 p.m. Sue Rosen will call the dances; Debby Knight, David Titus, Bruce Rosen, and Walter Lenk will provide the music. A $5-per-person admission will be collected during intermission. All dances will be taught. Beginners and singles welcome. For more information, call 1-978 369-1661.

Drop-in story times

Come to the Gleason Library this Saturday, February 11, at 10: 30 a.m. for a drop-in story time for ages 2 to 4. A mix of picture books and rhymes will entertain and enrich your child and you will enjoy them, too.

Another drop-in story time for ages 2 to 4 will be held on Tuesday, February 14, at 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.

Poets to read on the theme of grace

Four area poets will read from their own work and from the works of others in a presentation called "The Poetry of Grace." George Stalker of Carlisle and others will read in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Public Library, on February 16 at 6:45 p.m. Audience members are invited to bring a favorite poem or a poem of their own to read. The event is free and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For information, visit www.gleasonlibrary.org, or call 1-978-369-7609.

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