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Friday, November 3, 2006

Mosquito to hold coffee for potential reporters on November 9

Do you like to write? The Carlisle Mosquito invites anyone who enjoys writing or has a nose for news to a coffee at the Mosquito office, 872 Westford Street, on Thursday, November 9, at 10 a.m. Staff members will be on hand to answer questions and introduce you to news reporting and feature writing at the town newspaper. Join the Mosquito: it is a great way to get to know Carlisle, meet your neighbors, and make new friends.

2006 Great Pumpkin Spectacular winners

Kindergarten

Carved Martin Cunningham

Decorated Matt Battista

Carved and Decorated John Troast

Drawing Hannah Yelle

First grade

Carved Wyatt Hickman

Decorated Melissa Sturtz

Carved and Decorated Somil Teabo

Drawing Ethan Klickstein

Second grade

Carved Josh Szczesniak

Decorated Ryan West

Carved and Decorated Will Gonzalez

Drawing Emma Keeler

Third grade

Carved Ryan Ewing

Decorated Valerie Ziehler

Carved and Decorated Briana Cohen

Drawing Nicola Durham

Choosing a preschool program is November 6

The Center for Parents and Teachers sponsors a free panel discussion for parents on Monday, November 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library about choosing a preschool for your child.

The panel, made up of Carlisle childcare providers, will give parents information on the different types of preschools available in Carlisle. Parents will have be able to meet area directors and find out what each program offers, as well as to bring their questions before the panelists. No registration is necessary. More information on the program can be found at www.gleasonlibrary.org.

COA doings

· Book club: The COA book club meets on Wednesday, November 8. Call Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-4618 if interested.

· Men's breakfast: On Thursday, November 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.

· Thanksgiving luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, November 16, at 11:45 a.m. in Union Hall for a gala turkey dinner followed by entertainment by the Stone Street Strummers, a Dixieland groupwhich includes Carlisle's Santo Pullara. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 by Monday, November 13 to make your reservation. A $2 donation is appreciated. For transportation, call 1-978-371-6690.

· Blood pressure clinic: On Thursday, November 16, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., a registered nurse from Emerson Hospital will provide blood pressure screening in Union Hall Church at the First Religious Society. No appointment is necessary.

· Thanksgiving luncheon and entertainment: Join the COA on Thursday, November 16, at 11:45 a.m. in Union Hall for a gala turkey dinner with all the fixings followed by musical entertainment by the Stone Street Strummers, a Dixieland group. Carlisle's Santo Pullara is a member. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 by Monday, November 13 to make your reservation. A $2 donation is appreciated. To get transportation, call 1-978-371-6690.

· New York City shopping/sightseeing: Saturday, November 18, the COA is sponsoring a shopping and sightseeing trip to New York City. The trip includes stops at Rockefeller Center and Macy's. There will be free time to enjoy the Big Apple. The trip departs at 6:30 a.m., returns about 10 p.m. and costs $46 per person. For more information, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or e-mail her at joannewillens@comcast.net.

· Flu shot clinic: On Friday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to noon, a clinic will be held at Town Hall. For more information, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895. If you need a ride, call the van line at 1-978-371-6690, by November 28.

Choosing a preschool program is November 6

The Center for Parents and Teachers sponsors a free panel discussion for parents on Monday, November 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library about choosing a preschool for your child.

The panel, made up of Carlisle childcare providers, will give parents information on the different types of preschools available in Carlisle. Parents will have be able to meet area directors and find out what each program offers, as well as to bring their questions before the panelists. No registration is necessary. More information on the program can be found at www.gleasonlibrary.org.

Election coffee Tuesday

Join the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club at their election day welcome coffee on Tuesday, November 7, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 193 Hutchins Road. Let Ros Pullman, 1-978-318-7928, or Leslie Gardner, 1-978-371-7235, know you are planning to come.

Post office announces Christmas mailing dates

Plan now for overseas holiday mailings, says Postmaster William J. Ponte.

Below are the major dates recommended for mail to be delivered by December 25.

· November 13: Parcel Post to military APO/FPO addresses

· December 4: First-Class cards and letters of Priority Mail to military APO AE ZIP 093 addresses

· December 4: Global Airmail letters, cards and Global Airmail Parcel Post to Africa and Central or South America International Mail locations

· December 11: First-Class cards and letters of Priority Mail to all other military APO/FPO addresses

· December 11: Global Airmail letters, cards and Global Airmail Parcel Post to other international mail locations

· December 19: Global Express Guaranteed International Mail (except Canada, December 20)

Ponte says the Postal Service's web site, www.usps.com, will be a helpful resource during this holiday mailing season, offering a wide variety of links to mailing and shipping tools.

Carlisle Conservation Coffee November 14

The Tuesday, November 14, Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Members of the Carlisle Conservation Land Stewardship Committee, a subcommittee of the Carlisle Conservation Commission, will discuss their progress on stewardship of our conservation land since they began in January.

The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Continental breakfast is provided.

Sign up now for library database course

The Gleason Public Library will offer hands-on training for the many electronic databases it subscribes to on December 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sign up in advance at the reference desk, or call 1-978-369-4898. Registration is limited to 6 people. Bring your library card with you, as you will need it to log on to the databases.

Appointment days at Minuteman SHINE

Anyone who has not been able to schedule a SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) counselor in Carlisle may come into Minuteman's SHINE office in Burlington by appointment on Friday, November 3; Wednesday, November 8; Friday, November 10; Monday, November 13; or Friday, November 17. Call 1-781-221-7029 to schedule the session.

If you are a senior and need transportation to this appointment, call the Van Line 48 hours in advance at 1-978-371-6690.

Prescription Advantage: enroll by November 15

Open enrollment in Prescription Advantage ends November 15.Prescription Advantage is available to most seniors age 65 or older, and disabled individuals under 65 years old.

Join Prescription Advantage

· Because there is no monthly premium

· Because it supplements your Medicare Prescription benefit by helping to pay co-payments and other gaps in coverage.

· Because it limits the amount of money you will pay for your prescriptions.

If you have Medicare, Prescription Advantage will work with your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) to lower your prescription drug costs.If you have not enrolled in a Part D plan yet, you can still apply for Prescription Advantage now, and join a Part D plan later this year.If you are not eligible for Medicare, you can still join Prescription Advantage.For information, call 1-800-age-info (1-800-243-4636), TTY 1-877-610-0241, or visit www.800ageinfo.com.

Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee (CRAC) seeks member

The Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee (CRAC) is seeking a member to complete the seven member committee. CRAC encourages landowners and developers to keep land in its natural state by putting it under a perpetual conservation restriction. Once land is under a conservation restriction, the committee walks the land periodically to ensure the restriction is being respected. The committee helps landowners through the legal process of approval by the Town and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.

This Committee was established by the Board of Selectmen in 1991. Meetings are generally held on the first Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Send a letter of interest and a resumé to Sylvia Willard, Carlisle Conservation Commission, and to Madonna McKenzie, Town Administrator, 66 Westford St., Carlisle.

CCHS football work day

On Saturday, November 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date: Sunday, November 19) Concord-Carlisle High School football players will rake leaves, perform light yard work (no ladders or machinery) to raise money to support the football program. The fee is $10 per player per hour with a minimum of two players for three hours. Call Barbara Cannon at 1-978-371-0093 to sign up.

Operation Big Chill is November 18

Drop by the lower gym at CCHS anytime between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, and pretend to be a "shelter guest" in Concord's Operation: Big Chill, an emergency exercise drill. Learn what it would be like to spend time in an emergency shelter at the high school. Find out about weathering emergencies at home and be ready to evacuate if you need to.

For information, contact Concord's Community Emergency Response Team coordinator, Debbie Bier, at 1-978-369-8454.

Middlesex health programs information sessions

Considering a career in health? Middlesex Community College (MCC) offers 12 health careers degree and certificate programs. Learn more about these exciting career programs at health programs information sessions on our Bedford and Lowell campuses.

The Lowell campus health info session will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, November 14, in the Student Lounge (Room G-05) in the Lowell Campus City Building, 33 Kearney Square.

The Bedford campus health info session will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, November 30, in the Alcott Room, Bedford Campus Library (Building 1), 591 Springs Road.

For more information about MCC's health careers programs, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu.

Carlisle SPEDPAC meeting November 8

The Parent Special Education Advisory Council (SPEDPAC) will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, November 8,

The Carlisle SPEDPAC will host a showing of the video documentary, F.A.T. City, Frustration, Anxiety, Tension, by renowned author Richard Lavoie on Friday, November 17, from 9 to 10:45 a.m. in the Carlisle School cafeteria. This video is a real eye-opener for parents of children with or without learning differences. A 30-minute discussion will follow. A second evening showing can be scheduled if there is enough interest. Contact Kris Tocci for information.

Experts to talk about ADHD treatments November 8

The Sudbury Special Education Advisory Council (SSEAC) is sponsoring a talk by three ADHD experts, Dr. Edward Hallowell and Rebecca Shafir of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury, and Wynford Dore, founder of the worldwide Dore Centers. The talk, "The Latest in Non-Medicinal Treatments for ADHD," will be on Wednesday, November 8 at the Curtis Middle School Auditorium, 22 Pratts Mill Road, Sudbury, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. There is no charge for the talk or for a reception to meet the speakers from 6:15 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.sseac.org or call 1-617-842-0637.

Prius raffle for pool

C. C. Pools, Inc. is offering a chance to win a 2006 Toyota Prius, one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the market, to benefit the Beede Community Swim and Fitness Center. The goal of the raffle to pay construction loans on the Beede Center, which was designed and built with private donations by non-profit C. C. Pools, Inc.

Four fantastic prizes have been donated to the cause:

First Prize: The 2006 Toyota Prius, donated by Bob Moran's Acton Toyota, Acton.

Second Prize: A Segway, donated by Segway, Inc. Bedford, N.H.

Third Prize: A BMW Cruise Bicycle, donated by BMW of Peabody, Peabody.

Fourth Prize: A Giant OCR Road Bicycle, donated by ATA Cycle, Concord.

Only 999 tickets are available, priced at $100 each. Tickets may be purchased with checks, cash or credit cards at C. C. Pools, Inc. 498 Walden Street, Concord, at J. M. Barrett & Company Real Estate, 33 Walden Street, Concord, by calling the C.C. Pools' office at 1-978-371-4936, or buy on line at www.ccpools.org .

The winners of the 2006 Toyota Prius and other prizes will be drawn on January 28, 2007.

Emerson Hospital physician holds benefit jazz concert November 4

Dr. Elliot Steger, Emerson Hospital internal medicine physician, will hold a benefit jazz concert on Saturday, November 4, at 8 p.m. at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow Street, Concord. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Emerson Hospital's cardiac rehabilitation program by helping to replace outdated machinery. Tickets are $20 ($10 for students) and include concert admission and dessert, generously provided by Savoury Lane. The evening will be sponsored by Concord Health Care Center. Tickets can be purchased by calling Pat Walsh at 1-978-287-3080.

"Race, class, gender character" opens November 4

The Revolving Museum, 22 Shattuck Street, Lowell, will exhibit a portion of the American Visionary Art Museum's internationally-acclaimed "Race, Class, Gender [does not equal] Character" exhibit, running from November 4 through February 4, 2007 in the Museum's main gallery. An opening event will be held on Saturday, November 4, from 7 to 10 p.m. The featured guest, Rebecca Hoffberger, is the Director/Founder of the American Visionary Art Museum. Tickets for this event are $10.

The exhibition is a riveting collection of paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media pieces that convey the message that, just as a book cannot be judged by its cover, a person's character cannot be judged by race, class, gender, politics, nationality, religion or other broad associations.

November 5 reading/audition of Ensler play

Women sixteen and over are invited to an open reading audition, a benefit production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, on Sunday, November 5, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Continental Café in West Acton. The production will be in February 2007 at the Maynard High School. Nobody will be turned away. While men may assist with behind the scenes jobs for the production, all on-stage roles are for females in this highly acclaimed play.

For more information, contact Liza Cormier at 1-978-263-8283 or visit www.networkforwomenslives.org. For more information on V-Day, go to www.vday.org. Pottery exhibit at Frame-ables

is November 4

Frame-ables Gallery and Frame Shop, 111 Thoreau Street in Concord, will have a pottery exhibit on Saturday, November 4 from noon to 4 p.m. Sharon Schaffer of Cape Cod will demonstrate and talk about her techniques and inspiration in her pottery-making. For more information, visit www.frame-ables.com or call 1-978-369-5053.

Savoyards present Camelot November 10 to 19

The Savoyard Light Opera Company presents Camelot, the classic Lerner and Loewe musical, from November 10 through 19, at Corey Auditorium. Performances of Camelot will be Fridays and Saturdays, November 10, 11, 17, 18, at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, November 12 and 19, at 2 p.m. Camelot reminds us there is always hope for a more civilized and fair world, and that it is our duty to pass this hope along to future generations. Like all its productions, this Savoyard Light Opera Company presentation will feature a full orchestra, original scenery and professional lighting.

Ticket prices for all performances are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and students and $16 for children (12 and under). For tickets, call 1-978-371-7562 or visit www.savoyardlightopera.org.

Garden Club wreath-making workshop

The Carlisle Garden Club and the Council on Aging will offer their annual wreath-making workshop on Thursday, December 7, at 10:30 a.m. at Union Hall at the First Religious Society. Anyone interested in this free workshop has to pre-register no later than Monday, November 20, so that we order the correct number of wreaths. To register for this class, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

Family square/contra dance in Westford on November 11

A family square/contra dance at the Parish Center for the Arts, corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street in Westford, will take place on Sunday, November 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. Beth Parks will be calling. Oh, CONTRAire! provides live music. No experience is required; all dances are taught.Adults: $5; kids: $3; maximum $12 per family. For information, call 1-978-692-6333, e-mail PCA@Westford.com, or visit www.Westford.com/PCA.

Special Destination ImagiNation day

The Discovery Museums will host a special day for local Destination ImagiNation teams and their families on Saturday, November 4, during their regular hours, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Teams can drop in from noon to 2 p.m. for special structure challenge workshops led by last year's Global Finals silver medal winners. This is a great way to get a start on this year's structure challenge by trying to hold over 100 pounds using only playing cards and hot glue.

For more information, visit the Massachusetts DI web site at www.madikids.org. A coupon is available at the site which will return $1 per person of the admission cost to the Destination ImagiNation Scholarship Fund.

Four-hand piano concert November 5

Bonnie Anderson and Donna Gross-Javel will perform piano music for four hands on Sunday, November 5, at 4 p.m., with a pre-concert talk at 3:15 p.m. The venue is the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford. Tickets: $12 members, $15 non-members, $8 teens and students, $5 under 13. For tickets or more

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