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Friday, March 31, 2006

Open Studios at Highland this weekend

The public is invited to see the inside of the venerable Highland School, now the Higland Studios, at Spring Open Studios on Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2, noon to 5 p.m. Several new artists will fill the building with creativity.

Kathy Mayer will show how she makes stained glass hangings; Lesia Shaw has hung her exquisite watercolors over the front balcony. Wayne Geehan will display his illustrations for the Sir Cumference series of intriguing math books. Helen Citron Boodman will show her marvelous prints as well as her newer experimental watercolors and collages. Lonnie Harvey will let you try producing prints on her enormous press while Terry Durell will display her extraordinary botanicals and wild acrylic paintings. Upstairs, Sally Hall, Phyllis Hughes, Jack Tyrham, Sarah Goldsmith and Imadiel Ariel will have art and commentary for all.

An active bunch works at the Highland every day, critiquing when asked and sharing tea and ginger cookies regardless, showing that this best-of-all-possible uses is Carlisle's jewel on the hill.

Girls' hockey night program April 4

Concord Carlisle Youth Hockey (CCYH) seeks girls who want to play hockey. Skating ability is a must, CCYH will teach you the game. Girls who were born between 1992 and 1997 and want to get into one of the fastest growing sports, come try hockey at the girls' night of hockey on Tuesday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Sports. Call Sarah Beguelin at 1-978-369-8013 for details regarding what equipment is required. To find out more about the program, visit CCYH will be holding evaluations for team placement for next year on April 10.

Health care panel to be held April 3

"How will Massachusetts health care change in 2006?" will be the topic of a panel discussion on Monday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Union Hall. A reception will follow. An update on current legislative action, its impact on cost, access and quality, and points of view from the consumer's and provider's perspectives will be addressed by four panelists. State Representative Cory Atkins will open with an update on where things stand in the legislature. Responses and additional perspectives will be given by Christine Schuster, CEO of Emerson Hospital, Jeff East, CEO of MassPro and Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. Kerry Kissinger, Carlisle resident and health care consultant, will serve as moderator. There will be time for questions and answers following the panel's presentation. The event is sponsored by the social action committee of the First Religious Society.

Mosquito Trash Party April 8

Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m. to noon, the Annual Trash Party is coming to a neighborhood near you and everyone is invited.

This Mosquito-sponsored event is a community-wide roadside pick-up of trash and litter by individuals and civic groups. The invitation is extended to everyone to stake a "trash claim" on their street or in a neighborhood. All trash (that can be moved by one person and will fit into a pick-up truck) is fair game.

Free refreshments and trash bags will be available in the parking lot next to Ferns from 8:45 until 11:30 a.m. Let us know where you will be collecting so we can pick up the bags about noontime. We need volunteers with trucks or trailers who may be available around noon to retrieve the bags and deliver them to the transfer station. This is an opportunity for students and Scouts to earn community service hours.

RSVP to Lynne Carpenito at 1-978 371-7508 to stake your claim, help with trucking or if you would like community service hours.

Fishing discussion group meeting

The Carlisle Fishing Discussion Group will hold a meeting on Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in Union Hall at the First Religious Society. Slide shows will be given by Carlisle residents Steve Kirk and Dana Booth. Captain Kirk will discuss world-class saltwater recreational fishing opportunities in Massachusetts and Dr. Booth will present a slide show of his recent Alaskan fishing adventures.

Other guest speakers include Steve Patterson of Winchester and Captain Eric Staplefeld of Falmouth. They will review their 2005 fishing successes with tuna, striped bass, largemouth bass, bonita, blues and more. Wire-line jigging, trolling, live lining, fly fishing and other light tackle techniques will be discussed.

Admission is free and is open to all. For more information, call Steve Kirk at 1-978-371-0176 or e-mail

Carlisle Recreation spring/summer programs

Spring and summer purple program brochures have been mailed to every Carlisle household. Many spring classes begin in April. Tennis lessons start May 9. Space may be limited in some classes.

Summer programs begin July 5. Consult the brochure or web site for more details. Applications for summer employment are due this month. Letters of hire will be sent by the end of April.

Playing fields on Banta-Davis and Spalding Field will be open for scheduled practices and games starting on April 8. Consult the website or call the Recreation office at 1-978-369-9815 for contact information for scheduling field time.

Registration forms are available at the Recreation Office at Town Hall for the Lacrosse Leading Edge Programs, the week of June 26 thru 30 on Spalding Field; the MLS Soccer Camp on Banta-Davis Field the week of August 14 thru 18; and the Field Hockey Clinic Monday thru Thursday the week of August 14 to 17 at Spalding Field.

Old North Bridge Jr. Pony Club's ten-week program begins April 15 for children in kindergarten thru grade 4 on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call Lucy at 1-978-369-2868 to register.

Recreation brochures can be found at the Recreation Office at Town Hall, the Gleason Public Library, or online at

New name for Concord Madrigals

The Concord Women's Chorus is the new name of the former Concord Madrigals. The group is an established local chorus for women of all ages and experience, with a repertoire that spans a wide range of material, including classical, contemporary and newly- composed music. Director Jane Ring Frank prepares the group for two major concerts a year, plus occasional benefit performances.

The chorus began in 1960, when a small group of Concord women gathered together to sing madrigals. Over the years, the Concord Madrigals expanded to about 50 members from 14 communities. Adopted in December 2005, the new name, Concord Women's Chorus, describes the group and its repertoire as it is today.

Frank, director of the chorus since 1995, is also Artistic Director and founder of the vocal arts ensemble The Boston Secession. In addition, she is a Resident Scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, a faculty member at Emerson College and Director of Music at the First Congregational Church in Winchester.

The Concord Women's Chorus will present their spring concert on May 7. Chorus singers from Carlisle include Wendy Davis, Cynthia Nunan, Cynthia Sorn, Stephanie Smith, Penny Zezima and Priscilla Stevens. Watch for further information.

Enroll now for summer school courses

Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington is now accepting registrations for Summer School, as well as two-week sessions of all-day Computer Experience. Classes are available for children from grades 1-12 in many academic and practical areas of study. To register, call 1-781-861-7150 or 1-781-861-7151. For information, visit

Atkins to attend Carlisle Conservation Coffee April 11

Representative Cory Atkins (D), 14th Middlesex District, will attend the April 11 Conservation Morning Coffee, sponsored by the Carlisle Conservation Commission. The coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Representative Atkins will be available to answer questions and discuss proposed legislative initiatives of interest to the environmental community.

Italian Master Painters series begins April 10

A series of seminars on Italian Master Painters, XIV-XVI century, will be held at the Gleason Public Library, Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The series will run April 10, 24 and May 1, 8, 15, 22 and highlight the visual, cultural, religious, and historical context of the artists and art schools: "From Byzantine art to Sienese School," "The Birth of Modern Painting in the Florentine School," "Humanism and Early Renaissance in Tuscany," "The Second Renaissance in Florence and Rome," "The Mature Renaissance in Rome," "The Renaissance in Venice," "The Baroque," and "The Caravaggio 'Phenomenon'."

This series is presented by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and the Carlisle Council on Aging, Lee Milliken Fund. The sessions are open to the public. For more information, call 1-978-371-2895. Please note the series originally was scheduled to begin April 3. This date has been cancelled.

Fifes and fiddles program on April 11

Carlisle's musical spring continues with a presentation by distinguished expert Darcy Kuronen of the Museum of Fine Arts, who will speak on "Fifes, Fiddles and Rocking Melodeons: Musical Instruments of Early New England," on Tuesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Union Hall.

This multi-media presentation will introduce many of the musical instruments enjoyed by early Carlisleans and complements the current musical exhibit at Town Hall. Slides and sounds of early instruments will help the musical traditions of early New England come alive. Kuronen, a specialist in early American instruments, has written and lectured widely on this subject.

This event is sponsored by the Carlisle Historical Society and supported in part, by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for members of the Historical Society and seniors, $3 for students and $15 for family.

Free alcohol screening on April 6

Know the facts about alcohol and understand more about how, when and why you drink. National Alcohol Screening Day originated to make it easier to get a confidential, professional evaluation regarding your use of alcohol. The free, private screening provided will give you the information you need to decide whether it is important to change your drinking habits and, if so, what your next steps might be. Szifra (Shifra) Birke, a licensed mental health and certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor with 30 years experience, is one of over 2,000 professionals participating nationwide in National Alcohol Screening Day, April 6. She is offering free and strictly confidential screenings at her office in Chelmsford. Call anytime up to April 6 to set up a free, private appointment: 1-978-446-9600. For other locations offering this screening, visit:

Newcomer's Club meets April 4

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomer's Club will be hosting a welcome coffee for new and old neighbors in town. It will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 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 Kris Carlson-Lewis at 1-978-369-0387 for further information.

MAGIC meeting on April 6

On Thursday, April 6, the Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) will learn about Low Impact Development (LID) tools, strategize about how to address issues raised at the Legislative Breakfast, do a Community Exchange, and learn about upcoming Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) elections. The legislative issues segment is a follow-up to discussion with legislators about recent studies. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Town Hall, 16 Lincoln Road, Lincoln. The public is welcome. For information, contact Judith Alland at 1-617-451-2770, extension 2022, or

Old North Bridge Junior Pony Club offers course

The ONBPC (Old North Bridge Pony Club) offers a 10-week horsemanship course for children ages six to nine with Lucy Cornish, covering horse body parts, horse behavior, equipment, gaits, breeds, how to pick the right pony and instructor and learning how to be safe around horses and the barn. Each session will be divided between class time, games and time in the barn. There will be no riding.

Sign your child up to be a "mini-whinny" and join the fun. The course will be on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. beginning April 15, and the cost is $180. Call Lucy Cornish at 1-978-369-2868.

Teen movie at Gleason Public Library

The next early release day film, open to fifth to eighth graders, will be held Tuesday, April 11, from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. Guess the movie title: four London children discover a magic wardrobe which leads to a mystical land. Find out about upcoming programs at

Artist in action April 8

Stop by the library on Saturday, April 8, at 2 p.m. for a fun art demonstration by local artist, D'Ann Brownrigg. Currently showing her work throughout the Gleason Public Library, Brownrigg will paint, explain, entertain, and beguile guests as she completes a work of art from beginning to end. This program is fun, interesting, and appropriate for all. Events at the library can be found at

UML presents Russian/American Kids Circus

The UMass Lowell (UML) Center for the Arts will present the Russian/American Kids Circus on Sunday, April 2, at 2 p.m. and at 4 p.m. as part of the Family Discovery Series. The event will be held at Durgin Concert Hall on the university's South Campus at 35 Wilder Street in Lowell.

The circus features children aged 6 to 18, who demonstrate state-of-the-art techniques in soaring acrobatics, synchronized unicycling, tight-rope routines, expert juggling, daring aerial feats and acts of precision balance.

Tickets are $12 per person. Group rates of $10 per person are available for 10 people or more. For information or to order tickets, call the box office at 1-978-934-4444 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday to Friday. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour prior to each performance.

Minuteman announces new evening classes

Early April evening workshops at Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington begin Monday, April 3. All classes begin at 7 p.m. as follows:

• Starting and Succeeding in Any Type of Business, taught by Mel Epstein, will meet on Monday, April 3. Class fee: $29.

• Improving Your Landscaping with Herbs, taught by Seija Halva, will meet on Monday, April 3. Class fee: $19.

• Avoiding Allergies Naturally, taught by Dr. James Belanger, will meet on Tuesday, April 4. Class fee: $19.

• Time Management and Overcoming Avoidance, taught by Mel Epstein, will meet on Wednesday, April 5. Class fee: $29.

For information and registration, call 1-781-861-7150. For a full description of classes, visit

The Wiz opens tonight

The Open Door Theater will present The Wiz at the R. J. Grey Junior High School in Acton on March 31, April 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. and April 1, 8 and 9 at 2 p.m. There will be an ASL/English interpreter at the 2 p.m. show on April 9.

Computer courses in April and May at GPL

The library offers a group session on April 12, 10 to 11 a.m., focusing on creating and using basic Internet e-mail, and May 17, 10 to 11:30 a.m., focusing on the basics of using a computer and searching the Internet and library catalog.

Tutoring sessions can be reserved evenings, April 10 to 13, or May 9 to 11. Focus this session on basic computer use or searching the library catalog. To register for any computer course, call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898. Space is limited, so reserve your spot soon.

COA Spring Coffee April 6

On Thursday, April 6, at 9:30 a.m. the COA invites everyone to come to the Sleeper Room for coffee and goodies while enjoying the spring decorations.

Thanks, Carlisle!

About 150 pairs of old sneakers have found new use as part of athletic equipment and gymnasium floor surfaces. The Carlisle Household Recycling Committtee thanks you for your support of this project. Please continue to save your athletic shoes. There will be another collection next year.

Rape Crisis Services offers free courses

The Rape Crisis Services of Greater Lowell is pleased to offer three new spring groups that are free of charge: a gentle yoga class for adult female survivors of sexual assault, a class on coping skills for adult femal survivors of sexual assault, and a parent drop-in group for non-offending parents of survivors. Please call 1-978-452-7721 for more information.

CSEM presents Renaissance music concert

The Cambridge Society for Early Music presents its final concert of the 2005-2006 season on Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m. at the First Religious Society.

This concert will feature Exsultemus vocal ensemble in a program entitled "a Lily Among Thorns: Renaissance Music of Love and Lament."

Tickets for this concert are $25 (seniors: $20, students with ID: $10 and children 12 and under: $5).

FOGPL Book Sale is coming July 1

The Friends of Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) Book Sale is coming July 1 (rain date, July 2) and will be part of the Old Home Day celebration. Save the date and begin to gather your gently used books, CDs, videotapes and DVDs. Drop off begins June 1 at Gleason Public Library. More information will follow.

Panel discussion: post-secondary transitions

The Concord Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SPEDPAC) is hosting a panel discussion on post-secondary transitions Wednesday, April 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at CCHS Little Theater. The panel consists of five professionals representing a four-year college, two-year college, the UMass Institute for Community Inclusion, a social worker on the 688 referral process, and a vocational and career counselor. See our web site, for more information.

Boston Gay Men's Chorus at CCHS April 9

On Sunday, April 9, at 3 p.m., the internationally renowned Boston Gay Men's Chorus will perform a benefit concert for Greater Boston PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). The concert is sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle High School Gay-Straight Alliance, Spectrum and CC-POPS (Patrons of Performing Students), and will also feature members of the award-winning CCHS Select Chorus performing an opening set. All proceeds will benefit Greater Boston PFLAG. The concert will be held in the auditorium at Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Sreet, Concord.

Tickets will be available at the door for $15 for students and seniors for $10. For information, contact or

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Friday, March 31, 2006

David Sibley to speak in Harvard April 7

World-renowned ornithologist David Allen Sibley will speak Friday evening, April 7 at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 9 Ayer Road in Harvard. Sibley will speak about the universal appeal of birds and the pleasures and challenges of creating a field guide to birds.

Sibley is the author of the fastest-selling bird guide of all time, The Sibley Guide to Birds, a comprehensive field guide to North American birds, published in October 2000. He has also published several regional field guides which are the new standard for use in the field.

There will be refreshments following the lecture and the Harvard Conservation Trust will have information about Harvard's trails and conservation resources. The lecture is free to the public. For more information or to be added to the e-mail list, call 1-978-456-8865 or e-mail

Donate old bicycles

Do you have old bicycles gathering dust in your basement or garage? If so, bring them to the Concord-Carlisle High School parking lot on Sunday, April 2, between noon and 3 p.m. Bikes Not Bombs, a non-profit organization, will be there to collect the bicycles and redistribute them to people in need all over the world. By donating your bikes, you will help aid community development and provide alternative transportation in countries in need.

If you have questions or concerns, call Tess Guttadauro at 1-978-618-5257.

WBN meets April 6

The Women's Business Network (WBN) will meet on Thursday, April 6, at 7:15 p.m. at St. Theresa's Church in Harvard.

Taking preventive measures to avoid common tech pitfalls enables a business to turn its office equipment into strategic technology tools that can promote and reinforce business growth. Presenter Ann Westerheim is the founder of Ekaru in Westford, a strategic information technology consulting firm.

Bring your business cards and brochures. For information, visit or call Renee W. Senes at 1-978-456-9600.

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