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Friday, March 3, 2006

COA doings

Men's breakfast: On Thursday, March 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.

Pheasant Lane Mall shopping trip: On Friday, March 10, the new COA minibus will go to Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua. The bus will leave the Town Hall parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and return 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.

New England Spring Flower Show: The COA minibus will go to the Flower Show at Bayside Mall in Boston on Monday, March 13. Individuals will purchase tickets at the door and lunch is on your own. Tickets are $17 for 65 and over and $20 if under 65. The bus will leave Carlisle at 10 a.m. and return by 3 p.m. 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, March 15, at 10 a.m. at the home of Jean LaBroad. The selection is On Beauty by Zadie Smith. New members are welcome. Call Jean at 1-978-369-6768 if you plan to attend.

Exercise your creativity: The Carlisle Cultural Council and Gleason Public Library are presenting two free classes on creative writing. The classes will be held at the library on March 7 and 14 and will run from 1:30 - 3 p.m. For more information contact Elissa at 1-978-287-4811.

Luncheon and speaker: Join the COA on Thursday, March 16, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall, for a catered lunch followed by Chicken Soup Cabaret, a one-woman musical performance featuring songs from the early 1900s to the 1950s. In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, Irish songs will be featured. Reserve your luncheon space by March 13, by calling 1-978-371-2895. A $2 contribution is appreciated.

Saint Patrick's Day luncheon: On Saturday, March 18, the CCHS class of 2006 will host a luncheon for seniors at the high school. The menu is corned beef and cabbage, dessert and coffee plus entertainment by the CCHS Select Chorus and an Irish sing-a-long. The meal will be served at noon with the doors opening earlier. To make a reservation, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 by March 10.

Exercise your mind: Middlesex Community College offers the Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education for Seniors (MILES). Classes range from current events to liberal arts, fine arts and computers. The Potpourri Program offers individual seminars, workshops and walking tours on various topics. The opening session is March 29 at 2 p.m. at the Bedford Campus Center. There will be an opportunity to meet the MILES facilitators and tour the campus. Call Ann Marie Flynn (1-781-280-3663) or Phyllis Beck (1-781-280-3617) with questions.

Spring Italian art seminars: Virginio Chiodini will present a new series of seminars on Italian Master Painters - XIV - XVI. The classes will be held on Monday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Gleason Library on April 3, 10 and 24 and May 8, 15 and 22. Call the COA office for more information and to sign up for the seminars.

Rabies clinic tomorrow

The Carlisle Rabies Clinic for cats and dogs will be held tomorrow, March 4, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Town Hall. The clinic is sponsored by the Carlisle Board of Health with the assistance of Jackie Jacobs, DVM, of Countryside Animal Hospital and Bob Dennison, Carlisle Dog Officer. Pet owners must be residents of Carlisle to participate.

State law requires vaccination of all cats and dogs. You must bring your pet's vaccination certificate in order to determine eligibility for a three-year vaccine. A rabies tag is not sufficient. The cost is $10 per animal. Cash is preferred but checks are acceptable. Dogs must be on leashes and cats in carriers.

Dog licenses will be available during clinic hours. Proof of current vaccination status is required for licensing. A late fine of $20 will be added to the regular fee for any dog not licensed by April 1.

Volunteers are needed to help process. Community service points will be available. Contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283 for information.

Last call for CEF/CSA auction tickets

Ticket sales end Sunday, March 5, for the Carlisle Education Foundation/Carlisle School Association "Silver and Gold Auction." It takes place Friday, March 24, at 6 p.m. at the Westford Regency Ballroom and includes cocktails, a sit-down dinner, and dancing to a live band. Silent and live auctions offer a Colorado ski vacation, a week on South Padre Island, a cocktail party for 30, Red Sox and Patriots tickets and more. All proceeds benefit the Carlisle Public School.

Order tickets now with credit card or check ($75 per person or $750 for a table of ten) at For more information, contact Lori Jiménez at 1-978-369-4703 or

Glimpses of India on March 5

Come to Glimpses of India in the Carlisle School auditorium on Sunday, March 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. This exciting event will include presentations on Indian history, culture, wildlife, travel and art, as well as music, dances and refreshments. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. for purchasing tickets for catered refreshments, which are $4 per platter and $1 per drink. The show itself is free and open to the community. For the first time ever, sitting right here in Carlisle, you can get an authentic Indian experience. This program has been organized by the Indian community in Carlisle and is sponsored by the Carlisle Cultural Council.

Barnum opens at CCHS tonight

Concord-Carlisle High School presents Barnum, the musical tale of P. T. Barnum, one of the greatest showmen in American history. There will be jugglers and stilt-walkers, acrobats and trapeze artists when Barnum comes to town. See the smallest man, the oldest woman and the biggest elephant in the world as CCHS students bring the story to life.

The show opened on Broadway in 1980 and was nominated for 11 Tony awards that year. The CCHS production features many talented dancers, singers and circus performers; the energetic choreography of CCHS English teacher Dora Golding; and a live pit orchestra made up of student musicians conducted by CCHS Band director Al Dentino. CCHS Drama teacher, George Kendall, is directing.

The cast includes senior Gene Delsener as P. T. Barnum; junior Annalee Mulhall as Jenny Lind, the Swedish soprano; and sophomore Lisa Yanofsky as Chairy Barnum, P. T.'s wife.

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. Tickets are $15. All seats are reserved. Tickets for this weekend or next may be purchased at the door. Ticket pre-orders for the second weekend must be mailed by Monday. Order forms may be picked up at the main office at CCHS, at the Carlisle or Concord libraries, or at Ferns, the Cheese Shop or the West Concord 5 & 10. They may also be downloaded from Call 1-978-287-5031 for more information.

Sixth-grade "Ballroom Dance and Etiquette" starts March 10

Plans are well underway for this year's Ballroom Dance and Etiquette program. This popular program has been enjoyed by sixth graders for many years. Students learn to waltz, rhumba, swing and line dance to today's popular music. Get your dance shoes ready because the four-week session starts Friday, March 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. Call Karen Verrill for registration details at 1-978-369-7294.

Seventh-grade musical opens March 15

Get ready for the seventh grade musical! This year, the play is going to be Once upon a Mattress, an adaptation of the widely known fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea." It's the tale of Winnifred, one of many princesses who are competing to marry Dauntless the Drab, a young prince whose mother chooses which princess he shall marry, that is, if he marries. Winnifred must face a perilous test set up by the wicked Queen if she wishes to marry Dauntless. Will she be able to outwit the Queen, and pass the test? Come see the performance and find out!

Everyone is getting excited about this year's seventh grade play. The director is Megan Fitzharris, our music teacher and chorus director at Carlisle Public Schools. Also joining us in this year's production are vocal coach Alexandra Granato and choreographer Barb Caddell. Some students from CCHS have returned to the Carlisle Public Schools to help out with this year's musical, including Nikki Wortel, Heather Risso, Melissa Judson, Chris and Oliver Bojanic, and Ben Brewer.

The whole seventh grade is involved, whether it's building the set or acting onstage. Many kids are working backstage or with the sound crew and lighting team. Some seventh graders have also signed up for other committees, like costume designing, publicity, makeup, or props. It's going to be a great show.

Shows are Wednesday, March 15, at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday and Friday nights, March 16 and 17, at 7:30. Tickets are available at Ferns or from any seventh grader. They are $7 for adults and $5 for children (eighth grade and younger) and seniors.

Foss Farm garden plots available

The 450-square-foot plots at Foss Farm are available for $10 per plot, maximum of two plots per family. The gardens are plowed and staked each spring and wells provide water for the gardeners during the growing season. Bob Dennison continues managing these community gardens.

To obtain a garden plot assignment, send a check payable to the Town of Carlisle by April 1. Include your name, address, telephone number, registration numbers of the vehicles that will be used at the gardens and a stamped, self-addressed return envelope to: Bob Dennison, 165 Stearns Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. Assignments for garden plot requests received after the April 1 deadline will be made on a space-available basis.

Notice to 2005 gardeners: Please remove your remaining garden equipment and materials to facilitate plowing for the 2006 growing season.

FRS upcoming events

The First Religious Society announces its winter and early spring calendar of events:

• March 5: Bring a Friend to Church Sunday

• March 12: Jazz Vespers, at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary; reception to follow

• March 25: Natural lawn care for the homeowner and natural athletic field management program at 10 a.m. in Union Hall

• April 3: Health care delivery panel discussion in Union Hall, 7:30 p.m.

• April 9: Palm Sunday

• April 13: Maundy Thursday service at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

• April 16: Easter sunrise service at Clark Farm; Easter morning service at 10:30 in the Sanctuary

• Children with AIDS benefit concert in late May.

MCC hosts exhibition of Mary Lang photography

Middlesex Community College (MCC) will host "Recent Work: New Photographs of Water by Mary Lang," an exhibit of large-scale color photographs by Newton photographer Mary Lang, March 1 to 30 in Henderson Hall Gallery on MCC's Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Margaret Swan, director of Henderson Hall Gallery, at 1-781-280-3803or

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.

Umpire clinics for CCYB

Concord-Carlisle Youth Baseball (CCYB) offers umpire instruction clinics for new and returning umpires who would like to become umpires for CCYB in the Spring 12-and-Under Baseball League. There will be five classroom clinics at the Hunt Gym from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 7. There will also be two on-field clinics at a time and location to be determined.

The class will provide students an overview of the rules of baseball. The program is open for students aged 14 and older. The course is mandatory for first-year umpires. Graduating umpires will be assigned to AAA and Majors games starting April 29 and will be paid $30 per game called. Fully-patched umpires (by the MBUA or other approved agency) will receive $40 per game called. There will be an MBUA patching clinic this summer for umpires interested in continuing the program to higher levels of baseball.

Contact information is: Mark Spears, 1-978-369-8318 (evenings) or

Gleason Library book group to tackle Empire Falls

The April meeting of the Gleason Library book discussion group will cover the novel, Empire Falls, by Richard Russo. Copies of the book will be available for loan at the library. All readers are welcome and the meeting will start promptly at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room. Light refreshments will be served. Call the library at 1-978-369-4898 for information.

Musketaquid Earth Day parade workshops begin March 5

The Musketaquid Earth Day Parade is on April 29, with its menagerie of giant puppets representing the wildlife of our local environment. 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.

Concord Chorus celebrates Mozart

Music director Ryan Turner leads the Concord Chorus on Sunday, March 5, at 3 p.m. in an all-Mozart program, including the Domincan Vespers, choruses and arias from several of the composer's operas, and other selections. Guest soloists are Susan Consoli, Deborah Rintz-Moore, Matthew Anderson and Thomas Jones. Members of the chorus from Carlisle are Gertud Behn, Tamasin Foote, Sally House, Jim Paisner, and Cynthia Sorn. The concert will be at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Strreet, Concord. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for Seniors and students, and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available at the Concord Bookshop, the Minor Chord in Acton, and at the door. For information, call 1-978-314-9047 or visit

Acton book sale this weekend

The Friends of Acton Libraries will hold their winter book sale on Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5, in the Meeting Room of Memorial Library, 486 Main Street.

The preview sale for Friends members and Acton Memorial Library Foundation donors is Friday night, March 3,

The Friends of the Acton Libraries support Memorial Library, West Acton Citizens Library, and the elementary, junior high, and high school libraries.

Writing workshop with Carlisle's Pamela Wight

The Carlisle Cultural Council and the Gleason Public Library are presenting a free, two-class session on creative writing on Tuesdays, March 7 and 14, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Gleason Library. The workshop will be led by Carlisle resident and writer Pamela Wight. The 90-minute classes will help participants explore their hidden stories. Creative writing will be encouraged through in-class writing and shared reading. A zeal for the zany and poignant, a sense of humor, and a willingness to be open and honest are the only prerequisites for success in the class. Advanced sign-up at the library would be appreciated, but not required.

Funding to support this program comes from the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as local fundraising.

Discovery Museums offer multicultural March

The Discovery Museums are celebrating arts and culture during the month of March, offering special programming for young children. These programs, funded in part by the Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council, will highlight a wide range of cultures. The first program will be held on Thursday, March 2,

Japanese Day of the Dolls — Hinamatsuri features decorating a paper kimono to take home as we celebrate future health and happiness for your family. Participants are encouraged to bring a special doll or stuffed animal to share.

Other programs are Native American Dream Catchers on Thursday, March 9

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

MAGIC legislative breakfast March 13

The MAGIC Subregion will host its "Spring" Legislative Breakfast on Monday, March 13, at the Lexington Sheraton, from 7:45 to 9:30 a.m.Given the many important legislative issues of regional importance, we anticipate lively dialogue.To help us plan the agenda, send your suggestions for priority topics for discussion. RSVP by March 6 to Judith C. Alland Chief Housing Planner MAPC 60 Temple Place Boston, MA 02111, 1-617-451-2770, ext. 2022 (phone) or 1-617-482-7185 (fax)

Guitar and cello concert March 10

Depot Square Gallery presents classical guitarist Berit Strong and cellist Cynthia Forbes, performing Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 and Bach's Arioso, and Bach Suite cello solos and Villa Lobos guitar solos. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at Depot Square Gallery, 1837 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington. Tickets are $10 and $8 for Seniors and students. For information, call 1-978-263-3418 or Sirarpt Heghnian Walzer at 1-781-863-1597, or visit

Boy Scout fertilizer and birdseed sale begins on March 18

Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135 is holding its annual Fertilizer and Birdseed Sale starting March 18 and ending on March 25. Products for sale include Scott's quality fertilizer and grass seed products, Loft's garden fertilizer and Carlisle's finest all-natural fertilizer. Premium Birdseed containing Sunflower Hearts is also for sale this year. Donations are also welcomed.

The scouts will be at the town transfer station and in Fern's parking lot on March 18 and March 25 to take orders. The boys will also be phoning our past customers to check on this year's order. The products will be delivered to customers' homes on April 1. Proceeds from the sale, plus donations, help to defray the costs of Troop 135's many programs. More than forty Carlisle boys are registered in the troop.

WBN roundtable on March 9

On Thursday, March 9, the Women's Business Network (WBN) offers a roundtable discussion on topics of interest for small business owners. Attendees may select from the following facilitated discussion topics:

• Marketing and promotion strategies • Issues in women-run businesses
• Jumpstart your newsletter

• Using creative approaches to problem-solving

• Maintaining boundaries between work and home

• Sales and follow-up Networking

• Managing work flow through boom and bust cycles

WBN is a group of women in small businesses and professional practices who meet monthly for mutual education, support and business referrals. Membership includes

over sixty women from a number of local towns. Unless otherwise specified, WBN meets at 7:15 pm on the second Thursday of each month at St. Theresa's Church in Harvard. For more information, check or call Renee W. Senes at 1-978-456-9600.

Interfaith Bridge to Biloxi: info this Sunday

A number of area faith communities (St. Irene in Carlisle, First Parish, Trinitarian Congregational, and Temple Kereth Shalom in Concord) have formed a Concord Area Interfaith Project to bring hands-on help to the Mississippi Gulf Coast communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The project, "A Bridge to Biloxi," will provide opportunities for adult and teenaged volunteers to travel to the Biloxi area to help the recovery effort and identify ways in which those who cannot travel there can help from our own communities.

There will be an informational meeting and volunteer fair this Sunday at Temple Kereth Shalom in Concord from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Meet volunteers who have been to Biloxi and to learn how you can help. For information, call Kate Bauer Burke at 1-978-371-0925, or visit

Chocolate event rescheduled

St. Mark's Chocolate Festival to benefit the Westford and Lowell food pantries will be held on Saturday, March 18, at Nashoba Valley Technical High School, Westford, from noon to 3 p.m. Buy tickets on-line at This is a delicious opportunity to help people in need.

Used audiobooks for sale at GPL

Looking for a good audiobook for the winter? The library has a great

collection of both books on CD and books on cassette. In addition, there is

a temporary selection of donated audiobooks for sale by the Friends of the

Gleason Public Library. All audiobooks are $2. This sale will last only as

long as the supply. Stop by the library. For more information, visit

Parenting workshops begin March 14

The Center for Parents and Teachers offers the following parenting

workshops. Call 1-978-202-1146 or e-mail to register.

• " 'You Can't Make Me!' Dealing withYour Child's Challenging Behavior" presented by Bill Gresser, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapist, presents a variety of conflicts and helps parents think about ways to diffuse problems before they turn into showdowns. For parents of children up to nine years old. Three Tuesdays, March 14, 21, 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Gleason Public Library, Hollis Room. $30 for all three sessions, Limited to 15.

•"From Cartwheels to Car Wheels" with Kelli Kirshtein, LICSW, CCHS School Adjustment Counselor, covers what parents of young children need to consider and put into action now to help build character and coping skills in their future adolescents, by discussing issues of discipline and self control, hurriedness, over-scheduling, popularity and fitting in. Three Tuesdays, March 28, April 4,and11, 9:30 to11 a.m. Ripley Building, $20 for all 3 sessions, Limited to 12, Child-care$15.

MAGIC: dates and events

• March 11, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference, Worcester.Information:


March 13, 7:45 to 9:30 a.m.: MAGIC Legislative Breakfast, Lexington Sheraton. RSVP by Mar. 6 to Judy Alland

March 18, 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.: Advanced Tools & Techniques for Planning & Zoning. 5th Annual Conference, Citizen Planner Training Collaborative, Worcester. For details, visit<<ZoningBrochure LexNoho.pdf>>.

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