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Friday, March 17, 2006

Once Upon a Mattress: last performance tonight

Twenty mattresses + one small pea = what exactly? A supposedly perfect test to find out whether Winnifred the Woebegone is a real, genuine, "bona fide" princess suitable to marry Dauntless the Drab. This is some of the plot of Once Upon a Mattress, this year's seventh grade play, a delightful twist on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Princess and the Pea."

Winnifred is not what you would call your typical princess. When she arrives at the castle, she is dripping wet. No, it isn't raining out she swam the moat! That makes her very unpopular with the queen, who devises a test which, if and only if she passes, may she marry Prince Dauntless. The queen is too overprotective of her son so, with her confidante the Wizard, she devises a test that looks fair, seems fair, and sounds fair, and isn't fair. Will Winnifred pass? See the play to find out.

The last show is tonight, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. You can get tickets at Ferns or from any seventh-grader. They are $7 for adults and $5 for children (eighth grade and younger) and seniors.

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.

Chip will also discuss the management of turf and athletic fields at the municipal level. Bring all of your questions and let this spring be the season to go chemical-free.

Information is available at


Concord-Carlisle High School band concert

On Tuesday evening, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. the bands of CCHS will be performing in concert at the CCHS Auditorium, 500 Walden Street, Concord. The concert is open to the public and admission is free.

The CCHS Concert Band, Repertory Band, Jazz Band 'A' and Jazz Band 'B' will all be performing, under the direction of Alfred W. Dentino. The Repertory Band and Concert Band have been preparing for the upcoming Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Concert Festival and should be at their best. The Concert Band is one of the finest high school bands in the state, earning a gold medal rating at MICCA each of the past 13 years. Jazz Band 'A,' with all-state trumpeter David Condon and all-state saxophonist Chris Ting, is sensational. For more information about the band program at CCHS visit

Watercolors at Gleason Library

Meet D'Ann Brownrigg and her watercolors at a gala reception at the Gleason Public Library on Saturday, March 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. The welcome colors of spring and summer adorn the library walls. Brownrigg will do a demonstration painting in the Hollis Room on April 8 at 2 p.m.

Drawing class

Carlisle Recreation will offer adults (ages 16 and up) a new art class during the coming spring session. Taught by Carlisle artist, Gail Fitzpatrick, the class will focus on sketching techniques and on the fun and spontaneity of drawing in a portable sketchbook. Classes will meet in Fitzpatrick's Church Street art studio on Wednesday evenings, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., starting April 26.

A preview demo workshop will be held on Saturday, March 25, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. Call 1-978-369-9815 to register. The cost is $10, payable on the day of the workshop. Materials will be provided.

CHRC wants shoes

The Carlisle Household Recycling Committee is sponsoring athletic shoe recycling days in cooperation with the Nike Reuse-a-Shoe program. 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.

COA doings

· 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 centuries. Classes will be held on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Gleason Library on April 3, 10 and 24 and May 1, 8, 15 and 22. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up for the seminars.

Community service hours available

The Board of Health needs high school students to help with a town-wide mailing. Community service hours will be awarded. The mailing will be done on March 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Town Hall. Students may choose how many hours they want to volunteer. Contact the Board of Health office at 1-978-369-0283.

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 starts at 12:30 p.m. and lasts until 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. This year's class features some of the best, brightest

and most powerfully gifted super-teens ever assembled. Find out about

this and upcoming programs at

MRT's Auntie & Me opens Sunday

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.

Kemp drops everything to care for an aunt he hasn't 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.

Opening Night is Sunday, March 19

Antiques appraisal program comes to town

Most TV viewers are familiar with the PBS series, Antiques Roadshow. The Carlisle version, featuring Kerry Shrives, senior appraiser at Skinner, Inc., who has often appeared on the popular TV show, will be held on Tuesday, March 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Carlisle Congregational Church (doors will open at 6:30 p.m.). The program is sponsored by the Carlisle Historical Society.

Shrives will appraise only 60 objects and attendees are asked to bring no more than two items per person. The appraisals will be shared with the entire audience, so attendees who choose not to bring items are encouraged to attend. Please do not bring coins, stamps, jewelry or musical instruments. If you have a large or fragile item, you may bring a good-quality photograph instead.

Admission is $3 for Carlisle Historical Society members and seniors, and $5 for non-members. The charge for objects is $12 each (includes admission), and $10 for each additional object.

Check out the attic or basement for those treasures now and have them appraised on March 30 by a professional — right here in Carlisle.

CCYH registration now underway

Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey (CCYH) is thrilled to announce that its new on-line registration for the 2006-2007 travel team season has begun and will continue through March 31. Hockey players can be registered at

Evaluations for placements for next year's Mites, Squirts, PeeWees, Bantams and Girls will be held the week of April 3 at Valley Sports. CCYH will place every skater on a team. Evaluations are held to ensure that each child is placed in the best environment for their hockey skill development and enjoyment. The schedule for evaluations will be posted on the web site.

If you have questions about registering your hockey player, contact Sarah Beguelin at or call 1-978-369-8013.

Emerson Umbrella presents strings tonight

Emerson Umbrella presents the award-winning Borromeo String Quartet tonight, March 17, at 8 p.m. at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow Street in Concord Center.The program includes Mozart's String Quartet in G Major, K.387, Janácek's Intimate Letters, and the Dvorák String Quartet in A-flat.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors 65+ and $10 for children under 18. Tickets are available at, or by calling 1-978-371-0820. Tickets will also be for sale at the door, cash or check only.

Emerson Umbrella Presents is a new initiative of Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, a non-profit cultural organization committed to nurturing and encouraging the arts throughout the community. Emerson Umbrella Presents will bring music, theater, dance, film, and readings to the 435-seat Emerson Umbrella Theater. In addition to its performing arts program, Emerson Umbrella provides studio space for more than 60 artists in the former Emerson School building in Concord and in the former Highland School in neighboring Carlisle; classes and workshops for children and adults in four large teaching studios; exhibition space in the Blanchard Trust Gallery; and community arts initiatives including the Musketaquid Arts & Environment program and the Concord Arts Quarterly.

Parking is free. Emerson Umbrella is a short walk from the Concord Center stop on the MBTA commuter rail (Fitchburg line), and close to numerous shops, restaurants, and historical attractions. The Theater is accessible to patrons using wheelchairs.

Concord Orchestra concert

On March 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden Street, Concord, renowned pianist Stephen Drury plays Ravel's dark and beautiful Concerto for the Left Hand, Anton Bruckner's massive and grand Symphony No.4 in E-flat (Romantic), and William Kraft's delightful Vintage Renaissance. Tickets are $20, $16 students & seniors. For information and reservations, call 1-978-369-4967 or visit

Girls' hockey needs new players

Concord-Carlisle girls' hockey program is looking for new players in both the U12 and U16 division to participate in a skills/scrimmage program to be held this spring. The Hayden Rink in Lexington will host an all-girls seven-week session on Wednesday nights beginning March 29. Beginners are welcome and the cost is only $80 for all sessions. Any questions, call Tom Bilodeau at 1-978-287 4383 or contact Hayden Rink, directly.

SWEET AND YOUNG. Carlisle Daisy Scouts explore the process of tapping trees and making maple syrup and sugar at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln last Friday. (Courtesy photo)
"Sap-to-Syrup" farmer's breakfast

The Drumlin Farm Sanctuary Committee will host its second annual Sap-to-Syrup farmer's breakfast on Saturday, March 25, to help raise funds for conservation and education efforts. The tasty meal, which includes Drumlin Farm's own roasted potatoes and sausage, takes place from 8 a.m. to noon at the farm's Nature Center, located at 208 South Great Road (Rte. 117) in Lincoln. Pancakes, orange juice, coffee, tea and cocoa will also be served.

The unique New England tradition of producing syrup from sugar maple trees will be demonstrated in ongoing tours of the Drumlin Farm sugarbush and sugarhouse. Breakfast seatings are at half-hour intervals. Price is $13 per adult and $10 for children, under 3 free. For tickets, call 1-781-259-2206.

Seeking book donations

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 Hurricane 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.

Annual kindergarten talk 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 Robbins Library of the Carlisle Public Schools. Those with questions should call Sharon Grossman or Joanne Graziano at 1-978-369-6550.

Drop-In Story Time

Come to the Gleason Library tomorrow, March 18 at 10: 30 a.m. for a drop-in story time for ages 2-4. A mix of picture books and rhymes will entertain and enrich your child and you may enjoy them, too!

Funding for this program comes from the Early Childhood Grant Program Babies and Books received by the Gleason Library and made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Amy Nosowitz and Sam Petrie
Concord Youth Theatre presents You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Concord Youth Theatre presents You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown on Fridays, March 17 and 24 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, March 18 and 25 at 2:30 p.m.; and Sundays, March 19 and 26 at 2:30 p.m. at Nashoba Brooks School, 200 Strawberry Hill Road in Concord. Tickets are $12 and $9 depending on seat location. Recommended for ages 4 and above.

Cast members from Carlisle include

Amy Nosowitz, playing Peppermint Patty, and Sam Petrie, playing Schroeder.

Few characters capture the innocence of childhood like Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy. Their dilemmas are common. Let them take you into a typical day and watch as they struggle through that time.

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.

"Colors Alive" opens in Lexington

The Weavers Guild and Painters Guild of the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society presents a new exhibit called "Colors Alive,"opening on Sunday, March 26, with a free reception for the public from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Parsons Gallery, 130 Waltham Street, Lexington. The exhibit will run through April 8. For information, call 1-781-862-9696 or visit

Jazz and swing night tomorrow

The popular Jazz and Swing Dance will be at the Friends of the Performing Arts Center, 51 Walden Street, Concord, on Saturday, March 18, from 8 to 11 p.m. The featured vocalist is cabaret singer Amanda Carr, who will perform with the Silver Fox Jazz Band. A beverage bar will be available. Tickets are $35 per person and are available at 1-978-369-7911 or or Tickets will also be available at the door.

Kerem Shalom book fair

Temple Kerem Shalom's spring book fair will be held March 20 to 26. There will be Judaica titles for children and adults, Haggadahs (Passover seder books), and cookbooks. Multiple copies of the Haggadahs can be ordered and will be delivered in time for Passover.

A Bat Mitzvah student will be collecting empty ink jet cartridges, empty laser printer cartridges, and old or unused cellphones to recycle. Proceeds will benefit Noah's Wish, an organization that rescues animals during disasters. These items can be dropped off during book fair hours.

The fair will be March 20 to 23, from 3:45 to 6 p.m. and March 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. Kerem Shalom is located at 659 Elm Street in Concord. Information is available at or 1-978-369-1223.

Jamaica Kincaid to speak at MCC

Middlesex Community College will host award-winning writer/novelist, Jamaica Kincaid, in a special One World Series presentation, titled "The Coming of Age in a Small Place," to be held at noon, Tuesday, March 28 at the Lowell DoubleTree Hotel, 50 Warren St. A book-signing will follow the program, which is free and open to the public on a space-available basis. Call 1-978-656-3185 for information.

Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund applications available

Applications for the Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund are available

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

The CCSF scholarships are awarded strictly based on need, not merit. However, applications are shared with many local organizations, such as the Concord Rotary, the West Concord Women's Club, the Concord Women's Club, the VFW, the Concord Public Library, Welch's, the Rivercrest Deaconess, the Concord Chamber of Commerce and the Carlisle Garden Club, which award merit and need based scholarships.

Direct questions about applications or donations to

New scholarship fund announced

The Trustees of the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund (CCSF) are pleased to announce a new named fund, The Tama Ishihara Memorial Scholarship Fund. Established by her husband, Concord resident Jiro (Jiggs) Ishihara, the fund honors Tama's many years both as a volunteer and board member of CCSF.

The Ishihara family continues to support higher education and giving back to their community. In 1988, Jiggs and Tama established two named funds in honor of their parents who, along with all persons of Japanese ancestry, were interned by the US Government during WWII. To date, those funds have provided over 30 scholarships to college bound Concord and Carlisle students. This new fund will immediately add another annual scholarship award with additional awards as the fund increases.

Donations to the Tama Ishihara Memorial Scholarship Fund can be sent to the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 217, Concord, MA 01742-0217.

Discovery Museums offer a special Carlisle program

Dinosaurs in science magazines, knights in armor, dragons in classic books, and pirate games are just a few examples of illustrator Wayne Geehan's famous artwork. Known for his illustrations in the Sir Cumference Math Adventure series, Geehan's studio is in the Highland School Studios in Carlisle. Wayne will join with The Discovery Museums to present The Artist and the Scientist Together, a special program in Carlisle for middle school students. On Wednesday, March 29, from 3:15 to 5 p.m., students in grades six to eight are invited to join Geehan for a special opportunity to see his paintings, books, puzzles and games and to learn about the process of creating books and artwork, with oppportunities to experiment.

The program will take place at Union Hall in the First Religious Society at 27 School Street. Refreshments will be provided by Ferns Country Store and Welch's. The program is free, but space is limited. Interested students are encouraged to register as soon as possible by calling The Discovery Museums at 1-978-264-4200, ext. 20. The deadline for registration is March 22.

COA theater trip

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 your own on the way to the North Shore Music Theater. 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.

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