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Friday, March 10, 2006

COA doings

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 another class on creative writing at the library on March 14. It will run from 1:30 - 3 p.m. For more information contact Elissa at 1-978-287-4811.

Blood pressure clinic: On Thursday, March 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 program: 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.

Join the circus: Barnum at CCHS

This is the second and final weekend for the CCHS musical Barnum, with shows on Friday and Saturday nights, March 10 and 11, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoon, March 12, at 2:30 p.m. in the Concord-Carlisle High School auditorium. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door.

The first weekend of performances was very successful as audiences followed the life of P. T. Barnum from his humble beginnings until he joined with James Bailey to create the "greatest show on earth." There are clowns, jugglers, acrobats, dancers, singers, the smallest man, the oldest woman and the biggest elephant in the world, in this colorful, fun and energetic musical. Barnum is not to be missed.

Potluck and contra dance on tonight

A contra dance will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society tonight, March 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, please call 1-978 369-1661.

ConsCom Coffee on Tuesday

The Tuesday, March 14, Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 West Street, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Pat Huckery of the Massachusetts Division Fisheries and Wildlife will be available to speak about suburban living with wildlife. Bring your questions about deer, beaver, fox, turtles, turkeys and more. Continental breakfast is provided.

Save the following Tuesday mornings for upcoming coffees: April 11, May 9, and June 13.

"Music to Our Ears" exhibit opens at Town Hall

Music has always been important to Carlisle residents. Plays, parties, sleigh rides, balls, traveling entertainers, church suppers, and dances were at the heart of Carlisle's social life. Because work was hard and constant, diversions were welcome, and music was always part of the fun.

A new exhibit presented by the Carlisle Historical Society celebrates Carlisle's musical memories. "Music to Our Ears" opens today at Town Hall and runs until April 21. Conni Manoli-Skocay and Stephanie Upton are the curators of this innovative exhibit that takes an historical look at music in the churches, the Carlisle School and the rest of the community in the 19th and 20th centuries. Artifacts and archives from the town's historical collection and the collections of the Historical Society are featured in the exhibit. The Carlisle Cats, the Bingville Band, the Carlisle Public School's outstanding music programs, and the celebrated Walter Woodward Collection are all part of Carlisle's rich musical tradition.

The exhibit can be viewed during Town Hall business hours. Everyone is invited to a reception to be held on Sunday, March 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Town Hall. The exhibit is sponsored in part by the Carlisle Cultural Council.

R/EMM features music of Bach on March 11

Recorders/Early Music MetroWest (R/EMM) invites area early music enthusiasts to a Bach Birthday Party workshop for instrumentalists and singers on Saturday, March 11, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord. The music of Bach is featured in an open playing session for early instruments and a choral program for singers. The consort visitors' (instrumentalists) fee is $12 and the singers' workshop fee is $18. For information, contact 1-978-264-0584 or or visit

Pop Warner Cheerleading meeting March 16

Concord-Carlisle Pop Warner Cheerleading will hold an informational meeting on Thursday, March 16 at 7 p.m. in the Thoreau School Auditorium in Concord. The program is open to children ages 7 to 14. There are no tryouts, and the season runs from August to October or early November. Contact Barbara Fadden at 1-978-369-3030 or with any questions.

March computer course

The library's computer course program will offer a basic group session on using a computer and searching the catalog. Contact the library for more information at 1-978-369-4898. Classes for April and May will be announced in the Mosquito and posted at Space is limited. Reserve your spot soon.

MAGIC legislative breakfast March 13

The Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) will host its Spring Legislative Breakfast on Monday morning, March 13. Topics are likely to include the status of bills pertaining to zoning, land use, and the disposition of surplus state property; state budget priorities, including local aid, planning, and environmental agencies; potential legislative initiatives growing out of recent studies on the impact of local zoning on housing development; transportation; and more. Robust discussion makes legislative breakfasts among MAGIC's most popular activities. The meeting is informal, and MAGIC members and legislators are urged to suggest topics.

The meeting will take place at the Lexington Sheraton, 727 Marrett Road, on Monday, March 13, at 7:45 a.m. The meeting is open, but advanced registration is required. Please RSVP to MAGIC Coordinator Judith Alland at 1-617-451-2770, ext. 2022, or at

Nobel Prizewinner to speak at Minuteman RHS

On Wednesday, March 15, at 7 p.m., Dr. Henry David Abraham, Consultant in Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Former Chief of Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services at Butler Hospital/Brown University, will come to Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington to talk with parents and educators about the findings in his new book, What's a Parent To Do? Straight Talk on Drugs and Alcohol. Dr. Abraham will share a three-pronged approach that shows parents how to take practical steps to prevent teenage drug and alcohol abuse. He will also help parents know the drugs that put their children at risk and how to take positive action if drugs or alcohol are already being used.

The March 15 event is free to the public. Minuteman Regional High School is located at 758 Marrett Road in Lexington. In the event of inclement weather, check television cancellation announcements. The snow date will be Thursday, March 16 at 7 p.m.

Concord Youth Theatre presents the Peanuts gang

The Concord Youth Theatre will present You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown on March 17 and 24 at 7:30 p.m., and March 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 2:30 p.m. at Nashoba Brooks School, 200 Strawberry Hill in Concord. The show is recommended for ages four and older. Tickets are $12 and $19 and seating is reserved. Call 1-978-371-1482, mailbox 1 for tickets and information or visit

Fighting abuse: inspiring healthy relationships in teens

The Network for Women's Lives invites Clergy, Pastoral Staff, Youth Ministers, Pastoral Associates, Directors of Religious Education, Lay Leadership, and all who are concerned with teenage relationships and the need to understand the dynamics of abusive dating behavior, to the 2006 Interfaith Clergy Symposium on Thursday, March 16, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

• About 1 in 5 high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship.

• 40% of girls age 14 to 17 report knowing someone who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.

• A survey of adolescent and college students revealed that more than half the women raped knew their rapist either as a boyfriend, friend or casual acquaintance.

The workshop will include discussion and suggestions for faith communities to raise awareness and become involved in prevention efforts and how to create a safe and supportive environment for our teens.

For registration information for this event, contact the Network for Women's Livesat 1-978-287-4089, or online at

UMass Lowell presents Willy Wonka

On Sunday, March 12, at 2 and 4 p.m., the UMass Lowell Discovery series will present two performances of the family musical, Willy Wonka, based on Roald Dahl's beloved book, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Performances will be at Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder Street, Lowell, on the university's south campus. The one-hour performance is appropriate for children ages six through 12. Tickets are $12 per person. Group rates are available. Call the box office at 1-978-934-4444 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for information. Tickets will also available at the door.

Democratic Town Committee to meet on March 16

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee will meet on Thursday evening, March 16, at the Stamps residence, 273 Cross Street. Carlisle Democrats and friends will gather at 6:30 for conversation and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. For more information, or to be added to a Carlisle Democrats and friends e-mail list, contact Susan Stamps, chair of the Democratic Town Committee, at

Newcomer's Club to hold coffee

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomer's Club will be hosting a welcome coffee for new neighbors to town and those members we haven't seen recently. It will be held on Tuesday, March 14, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The club has something for everyone, including special events, luncheons, dinners, children's activities, and interest groups. Please contact Rhonda Penaud at 1-978-341-0467 for further information.

Teen movie at the Gleason Public Library

The next early release day film will be held Tuesday, March 21. Attendance is open to fifth- to-eighth-graders. The mystery movie runs from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Can you guess the movie title? It all begins at a secret school in the clouds like none on earth, the first and only high school for kids with super-human powers.

Bringing out the best in your child

Marilyn Buckler, former Carlisle school psychologist, returns for a repeat offering of "Bringing Out the Best in Your Child." Participants will learn specific ideas and activities to implement with their families as they strive to raise happy, productive children.

Space is limited for this workshop to be held on Tuesday, March 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Robbins Library at the Carlisle Public School. Contact Marilyn Buckler today at or 1-781-259-8886 to reserve your spot.

This event is Part Three of "It Takes a Village — Raising Children in the 21st Century," and is open to all members of the Carlisle community.

Program for parents of teens

The Concord-Carlisle High School Parent Association, in collaboration with the Center for Parents and Teachers, is offering a special evening with local author, Jenifer Marshall Lippincott. Ms. Lippincott, who wrote, 7 Things Your Teenager Won't Tell You And How To Talk About Them Anyway, will shed light on what these issues are. She will also offer a simple set of rules to help parents and caregivers keep pace and peace with their teens.

Lippincott holds a master's degree in human development from Harvard University and has worked with adolescents for more than 20 years as a teacher, dean and consultant. The program will take place on Monday, March 27, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Concord-Carlisle High School Library. This program is offered free of charge and no registration is required. Call 1-978-202-1146 for more information.

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.

CHRC wants shoes

The Carlisle Household Recycling Committee is sponsoring athletic shoe recycling days in cooperation with the Nike Reuse-a-Shoe program. The Nike Company collects athletic shoes from several countries, separates the soles, midsoles and upper fabric and processes the materials into various athletic equipment and floor surfaces. Nike accepts shoes of any brand, regardless of condition. However, they should not contain metal.

Bring your used athletic shoes to the transfer station Thursday, March 23 and Saturday, March 25. Look for the special containers near the swap shed.

Seeking book donations for the New Orleans Public Library

The New Orleans Public Library is asking for any and all hardcover and paperback books for people of all ages in an effort to restock the shelves after Katrina.

The staff will assess which titles will be designated for its collections. The rest will be distributed to destitute families or sold for fundraising. Please send your books to: Rica A. Ings, Public Relations, New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112.

If you tell the post office that they are for the library in New Orleans, they will give you the library rate which is slightly less than the book rate.

Auntie & Me to open at MRT

The Merrimack Repertory Theatre presents Morris Panych's lively play Auntie & Me, a deliciously dark and off-beat comedy with a surprising heart. Auntie & Me unfolds in a mosaic of tight, fast scenes; Mr. Panych has crafted a stylistic cross between Samuel Beckett and Monty Python's Flying Circus. This production draws from the deep pool of local New England talent including performers Tim Donaghue and Nancy Carroll, director Munson Hicks and designers Richard Wadsworth Chambers, Jane Alois Stein and Jamie Whoolery.

Kemp drops everything to care for an aunt he has not seen in years who has written to him that her death is imminent. After arriving in her home, he soon discovers that she was premature in assessing her demise and in his frustration he begins plotting to speed up the inevitable. Over his months there, however, a surprising bond develops between them. A wonderful yet cautionary tale of caregiving, it is a revealing portrait of two lonely people connecting over a year spent together.

Opening Night is Sunday, March 19

Chemical-free lawn care talk

Come to a free talk "A Living Lawn, a Lawn for Living — Natural Lawn Care for the Homeowner and Organic Athletic Field Management: Choices and Challenges" on Saturday, March 25, at 10 a.m. at Union Hall, First Religious Society.

Chip Osborne, co-director of Marblehead's Living Lawn Project, will share some of the compelling reasons why we should consider chemical-free lawn care and will outline a "Simple Steps" approach for the homeowner either to "do it yourself" or convey this information to a landscape contractor who would follow your instructions.

Osborne will also discuss the management of turf and athletic fields at the municipal level. A brief overview of what has happened in Marblehead and concrete examples of how a natural program can be successfully implemented will be presented. Bring all of your questions and let this spring be the season to go chemical-free.

The talk is paid for by a grant from TURI at UMass Lowell and sponsored by the Carlisle Board of Health, the Carlisle Pesticide Awareness Group, the Environmental Action Committee of the First Religious Society, and Healthy Lawns for Healthy Families.

Treble Chorus of New England performs March 11

On Saturday, March 11, at 7 p.m., at the Emerson Umbrella Theatre, 40 Stow Street, Concord, the Treble Chorus of New England will present John Blow's opera, Venus and Adonis.Tickets ($12 adults, $8 students & seniors) are available at the door, by calling 1-978-837-5461, or by visiting early opera includes baroque dancing and the Concordia Consort recorder ensemble.Treble Chorus of New England is a classical-music-based youth choir.

Corned beef and cabbage for seniors March 18

The Concord-Carlisle High School Class of 2006 will be hosting a Saint Patrick's luncheon for senior citizens of Carlisle and Concord in the high school cafeteria on Saturday, March 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Students and their parents will serve a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner with coffee and dessert. Call the Carlisle Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895 for information and reservations.

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