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Friday, February 17, 2006

Kids ID project

In 1989, the recovery rate for missing children was only 66%. Today, the recovery rate is over 91%. 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. For more information visit:

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. This PG movie is 86 minutes long. For the movie title, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.

Seventh-grade play tickets available

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 are available from any seventh grader now and at Ferns starting on March 4. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.

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. 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. Ticket order forms may be picked up at the main office at CCHS at the Carlisle or Concord libraries, at Ferns or downloaded from

MAGIC meeting

On Thursday, February 23, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council's (MAPC) Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) and MetroWest Growth Management Committee subregions are co-hosting a public meeting to discuss recent findings from the MAPC "MetroFuture" project. Participants will explore what the region will look like in the year 2030, if current conditions persist. The meeting, in the Fairbanks Center, 40 Fairbanks Road, Sudbury, is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, contact Judith Alland at MAPC, 1-617-451-2770, extension 2022, or or Donna Jacobs or Margaret Sleeper, 1-508-907-6740,,

Writing workshops with Pamela Wight

The Carlisle Cultural Council and the Gleason Public Library present a free, two-class session on creative writing on Tuesdays, March 7

Financial assistance for child care available

Did you know that your infant or toddler may be eligible for subsidized child care once he/she turns two years nine months of age? There are many excellent and diverse kinds of programs affiliated with the Community Partnership for Children serving the towns of Concord and Carlisle. Subsidies are awarded through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Care and Education to help working families cover the cost of quality child care for children between two years nine months to five years whose families meet the eligibility guidelines. Availability of funding is always subject to approval of the Massachusetts Department of Early Care and Education.

To be eligible:

· Both parents must be working either full or part time

· The family must live in Concord or Carlisle

· They must meet the state mandated income requirements.

· Their child must be between the ages of two years nine months and five years and enrolled in one of the ten participating child care centers or family care providers.

For information about the Community Partnership for Children and the grant, call Sally Quinn Reed or Betsey Sweet at 1-978-202-1143.

Kindergarten talk will be March 30

Parents of children eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall of 2006 are cordially invited to attend our annual kindergarten talk on Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in the Carlisle School Library. Those with questions should call Sharon Grossman or Joanne Graziano at 1-978-369-6550.

Sign up now for family trip to D.C.

Join the Carlisle seniors, parents and school-age students at cherry blossom time for an April 7 to 10 trip to Washington, D.C., including charter deluxe round-trip motorcoach, three nights at the Sheraton Suite Hotel in Alexandria, Va. at the very edge of Washington, five complete meals, three breakfasts, and two dinners. There will be time at the Smithsonian, War Memorials, Arlington Cemetery, the White House and lots more. Prices start at $495 (twin occupancy).

The trip is for grandparents, parents and children, and space is 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 is February 24.

Bring out the best in your child

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) is bringing back Marilyn Buckler, former Carlisle school psychologist, for another installment of "Bringing Out the Best." Participants will learn specific ideas and activities to implement immediately at home with their families as they strive to raise happy, productive children.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Carlisle Public Library. This event is Part Three of "It Takes a Village — Raising Children in the 21st Century." Space is limited for this workshop. Contact Marilyn Buckler at to reserve a spot.

Musketaquid Earth Day parade workshops begin March 5

The Musketaquid Earth Day Parade is coming on April 29, with its menagerie of giant puppets representing the wildlife of our local environment. Each year, Musketaquid offers workshops to make puppets, banners, costumes, or props that will become part of the parade. This year's parade and puppet workshops will take place on four Sundays in March (March 5, 12, 19, and 26), from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts. These workshops are led by Mark Dannenhauer, and are offered for no charge, though a $25 donation for materials is appreciated.

To make a giant puppet, plan to attend all four workshops. Other projects may be completed in fewer sessions. Children are welcome with an adult partner. Materials and technical assistance will be provided. For more information, call the Musketaquid Program Coordinator at 1-978-371-0820.

Early Music concert February 18

The Cambridge Society of Early Music will present its second concert of the season at the First Religious Society in Carlisle tomorrow, 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." These two principal players from one of America's preeminent baroque orchestras, Apollo's Fire, will play works by Biber, Schmelzer, Walther and Bach. Tickets will be available at the door.

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.

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. A late fine of $20 will be added to the regular fee for any dog not licensed by April 1. Proof of current vaccination is required for licensing. A rabies tag is not sufficient.

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.

Buy CEF/CSA Auction tickets before March 3

Before winter break, be sure to reserve your spot for the CEF/CSA "Silver and Gold Auction" which takes place Friday, March 24, at 6 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 a Colorado ski vacation, a week on South Padre Island, a cocktail party for thirty, Red Sox and Patriots tickets, an original, fully restored 1947 jukebox complete with 45s — check the web site to see the list.

Credit card and check sales are at

Tickets are $75 per person or $750 for a table of ten. For more information, contact Lori Jiménez at 1-978-369-4703 or Ticket sales end March 3.

Open auditions

Nashoba Players, a Community Theater organization will hold 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 are 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. Visit for further information.

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.

Early spring adult Hebrew class at Kerem Shalom

Join the Kerem Shalom Adult Hebrew Marathon Class and learn to read Hebrew. The class will meet for four two-hour sessions at Kerem Shalom, 659 Elm Street, Concord. Class dates are Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. Optional follow-up on March 29 and April 5 is recommended. The deadline for registering is February 21.

Instructor Doris Goldstein has many years of experience teaching this special program that allows adults to jump-start their ability to read Hebrew.

The cost of the class is $65 for Kerem Shalom members and $85 for non-members. This includes the cost of the textbook. To register, please send a check made out to Kerem Shalom, attn: Nancy Kaplan, PO Box 1646, Concord, MA 01742.

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 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.

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

Requirements in applying for a passport include evidence of citizenship, two passport photos and current photo identification. The Post Office also takes passport photos for $15, making the procedure a one-stop process.

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.

For more information, call the Post Office at 1-978-369-7613. Passport applications can be downloaded at

Apply now for Concord-Carlisle Scholarships

Applications for the Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund are available

online at Students seeking support for the 2006-2007 academic year must submit applications by April 1 and must reside in Concord or Carlisle or have attended school in one of these towns.

These scholarships are awarded based strictly on need. However, applications are shared with many local organizations which award merit- and need-based scholarships. Direct questions about applications or donations to

Independent school student registration at CCHS

Concord-Carlisle High School will offer an evening registration session for all Concord and Carlisle eighth- and ninth-grade independent school students and their parents on Wednesday, March 1, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the CCHS library. Prospective students should bring completed registration materials to this meeting. Families that have not received registration materials should call Mrs. McDonald at the CCHS Guidance Office, 1-978-341-2490, ext. 7108.

Adoption information meeting to be held March 8

The Florence Crittenton League Adoption Agency will hold a general information meeting on Wednesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Florence Crittenton League, 119 Hall Street, Lowell. The League does identified adoptions and has programs in Russia and China, as well as sources for Guatemala. Visit or call 1-978-452-9671 for information.

Folk music concert March 10

The Westford Historical Society presents The Snee Duo, Rushad Eggelston and Aoife O'Donovan at the Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road, Westford on Friday, March 10, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

Admission is $10 for members of the Westford Historical Society; $15 for non-members; $5 for teens; under 13 free. Reservations are recommended at 1-978-692-5550,, or

Middle East series continues

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. 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.

· 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. Sign up in advance at Sargent Memorial Library, Boxborough, 1-978 263-4680,, and Gleason Public Library, Carlisle, 1-978 369-4898, because of space constraints. Contact Acton Memorial Library at 1-978-264-9641, or visit

Latest MCC courses

Mastering the New SAT I: Verbal & Written

This course analyzes each of the test-question areas, giving special attention to techniques aimed at relieving test anxiety. The study of the writing portion of the SAT I will include an explanation of how the essay will be graded. Students will practice sentence and paragraph error correction and writing an essay quickly and effectively with actual SAT test questions; (9 hours). Course # CE 9449 30; 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, March 4 to 18, Bedford Campus, Room HH 109; cost $217.

Flash MX Animation Workshop

This animation workshop is for students who want to create animations using Macromedia Flash MX. Students will learn the basics of creating objects and animating in Flash MX, then build a simple Flash movie, complete with each type of symbol (button, movie clip, graphic) and add some interactivity to it. Students will learn to create hyperlinks; (6 hours). Course # CE 3311 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 4, Bedford Campus, Room AR 108; cost $99.

Intro to PCs and Windows

This course is for new computer users. Students will learn about the basic hardware components of a personal computer and how to use Microsoft Windows to run programs, format disks, create folders, and copy and delete files. A textbook and two 3.5 inch diskettes are required the first class (available at the MCC Bookstore); (15 hours). Course # CE 3001 30; 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesdays, March 28 to April 25, Bedford Campus, Room AR 101; cost $229.

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

COA doings

· 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.

Nashoba Brooks to hold Sudanese benefit evening

On Friday, February 24, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Nashoba Brooks School will host a Sudanese dinner, followed by a performance of young Sudanese dancers and musicians. In addition, guests may purchase various crafts in a "Village Bazaar." Tickets are $15 for dinner and the performance. The Bazaar is free. All proceeds will benefit the Sudanese Education Fund that is helping survivors of the political tragedy in the Sudan find new lives in the United States. All are welcome. Limited tickets are available by calling Pat Dresden at 1-978-369-4591, ext. 112.

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