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Friday, November 17, 2006

Donate holiday prison gift bags

Concord Prison Outreach has announced the guidelines for this year's holiday prison gift bags. Donors may include in the bags:

• 4 to 6 oz. tube of toothpaste

• bar of deodorant soap

• Bic pen (plain stick pen that does not click or come apart in any way, or is made of clear plastic)

• envelopes

• pair of white socks (5 inches or less)

• plastic comb (5 inches or less)

• pocket calendar (no wire)

• 4 to 7 oz. plastic bottles of shampoo

• writing tablet or pad (no wire; up to 8 1/2 by 11 inches)

Also included in each bag should be a generic holiday greeting card (Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, but not Merry Christmas), signed (first name only) and which may contain a short note. Especially valued are (up to 8 1/2 by 11 inches) hand-made cards from children.

Drop-off dates are November 20 to December 3 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord. Contact Beverly Duncan at 1-978-562-5075 or, or Carol Miller at 1-978-369-3755 or

Habitat for Humanity fundraiser November 18

The First Religious Society will host a fundraiser for Habitat For Humanity of Greater Lowell on Saturday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m. Carlisle's own hot blues band, ScrumDaddy, will supply the entertainment.

The festivities will take place at Union Hall. Tickets are $20 at the door but purchasing tickets in advance is recommended. Free appetizers will be served at half time and the event is B.Y.O.B.

For further information, contact Dian Francesca Cuccinello at 1-978-287-5745 or

Minuteman Regional to hold open house November 19

Minuteman Regional High School, 758 Marrett Road in Lexington, will host an open house for eighth- and ninth-grade students and their parents on Sunday, November 19 from noon to 4 p.m. Applications for September 2007 admission are being accepted and interested families are encouraged to attend the open house.

The open house will include a comprehensive overview of offerings across 22 science and technology, service and construction trades career majors plus an emphasis on academic studies, athletics, extracurricular activities and campus life.

Additional information is available by calling the school's Admissions Office at 1-781-861-6500 x285, e-mailing or visiting

Carlisle Chicken Group meeting November 29

If you have poultry, or are thinking about it, come to a meeting of the Carlisle Chicken Group on Wednesday, November 29, at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Library. Terry Golson will speak on America's National Poultry Show. If you would like to get on the Carlisle Chicken Group mailing list, e-mail Terry at

Art and craft fair at Concord Scout House November 25

Photography, ceramics, marbled and handmade paper, baskets, sculptured boxes, wooden bowls, handmade cards, jewelry, hand woven scarves and pillows, gift baskets, wreaths, handcrafted jams and jellies, soaps and fragrances and other fine work by local artisans is for sale at the art and craft fair at the Concord Scout House on November 25.

Several tables will bring an international touch to Concord with a variety imported textiles from India as well as East African crafts.

The Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on November 25. Admission is free. The Country Dance Society is sponsoring the fair and will hold a contra dance from 8 to 11 p.m.

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 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.

Square/contra dance November 25

Saturday, November 25, at 8 p.m., come dance off some of that turkey at the square/contra dance at the Parish Center for the Arts, corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street, Westford. First-time dancers, come at 7:30 p.m. for free instruction and admission.

For information, call 1-978-692-6333, e-mail or visit

Global warming conference November 19

Several Carlisle residents concerned about global warming will attend a Global Warming Action Conference at MIT on Sunday, November 19, and they invite other interested residents to attend. The conference is sponsored by Massachusetts Climate Action Coalition and will offer information about what individuals, towns and states can do about global warming.

For more information, or to carpool to the conference, contact Bob Luoma at 1-978-369-1240. Information on the conference is available at

Carlisle gardens notecards make thoughtful gifts

Looking for the right gift for a teacher, friend, or relative? The Carlisle Garden Club offers sets of eight beautiful notecards, each with a painting of a different Carlisle garden. Sales will support the club's civic activities, such as town beautification and scholarships. Joan Allen, artist and Garden Club member, has generously donated her artwork, allowing the club to offer these unique sets for only $10. Find the notecards at Ferns, or send a check made out to the Carlisle Garden Club to P.O. Box 231, Carlisle MA 01741. Include instructions on where to leave a delivery. For more information, visit or e-mail

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.

Teen/young adult clothing drive

Bring your like-new condition, teen/young adult long-sleeved shirts, pants and jeans to the Carlisle Transfer Station on Saturday, November 18, noon to 4 p.m. Clothing will benefit the House of Hope in Lowell. For more information, call 1-978-369-4965.

Committee openings

The Board of Selectmen announces openings on the following committees:

Cultural Council, Long-Term Capital Requirements, Pedestrian and Bike Safety, Trails, Personnel Board and Youth Commission. If you would like to be involved in town government, send a letter to the Board of Selectmen at 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741, indicating your area of interest.

Post-Thanksgiving trails walk November 24

The public is invited to join the Carlisle Trails Committee for a post-Thanksgiving walk in Estabrook Woods on Friday, November 24, at 1 p.m.Work off some of that extra stuffing in a beautiful setting.The walk will take about two hours, including several stops, and will start at the intersection of Estabrook Road and Kibby Place. There will be refreshments at the end. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Drop-in story times at the Gleason Saturday

Come join the library for stories and fun on Saturday, November 18, at 10:30 a.m. and Tuesday, November 28 at 4 p.m. at the Gleason. These story times are for ages 2 to 4. For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for Children's.

Meet Gleason artists tomorrow

Please come to meet the three artists with work on display at the Gleason Library on Saturday, November 18, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The artists include Rob Diebboll, Gail Erwin and Sarah Jeppson, and the library will feature their work until January, 2007. All three work at studios in Maynard.

Recycle "technotrash"

The Carlisle Household Recycling Committee (CHRC) has established a recycling program for electronic media: CDs, DVDs, diskettes, audio tapes, and video tapes. A "technotrash" container is now in the Swap Shed, next to the bookcase, at the Transfer Station. The small cost of this project is funded by Transfer Station sticker fees. Note: reusable video tapes, such as movies, may still be left on the book shelves for others to enjoy.

Prepaid mailers for recycling empty b/w and color ink jet cartridges are now available at the Swap Shed, on the wall next to the bookcase. These mailers also continue to be available at the library and post office. Proceeds of about $1 per cartridge benefit the Carlisle School. Laser printer toner cartridges can still be recycled using the labeled box in the post office lobby. For more information, contact the CHRC at 1-978-369-1209 or email

Flu clinic for Carlisle seniors December 1

Carlisle residents 65 years of age or older will be eligible to receive influenza immunizations on Friday, December1, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Carlisle Town Hall.

Carlisle residents are also eligible to receive pneumonia and tetanus vaccines on the advice of their physicians. All residents should bring their Medicare and/or HMO insurance cards to the clinic.

The influenza clinics are offered by Emerson Hospital home care and the local Board of Health and Council on Aging. For information, call 1-978-287-8300.

Friends of Gleason Library annual meeting on December 2

The Friends of Gleason Public Library invite you to join them at the annual meeting on December 2 between 2 and 4 p.m. in the Hollis Room at Gleason Library. This year's speaker will be Sarah Rolph, Carlisle resident and author of A1 Diner: Real Food, Recipes, and Recollections. Rolph's book chronicles the anecdotal and culinary history of this colorful diner, located in Gardiner, Maine since 1946.

Come and stimulate your appetite and learn how your annual giving to the Gleason Library benefits all in Carlisle.

FRS Holiday Greens Sale December 2

The Holiday Greens Sale and Crafts Fair will be on Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Union Hall. There will be a raffle, with over 20 items donated by area businesses and friends.

The Holiday Greens Sale and Crafts Fair features fresh greens and craft items ideal for holiday decorating and gift-giving. In addition, there will be a holiday café with beverages, lobster rolls, and roast beef sandwiches on croissants. For information, call 1-978-369-5180.

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.

• 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,, will be a helpful resource during this holiday mailing season, offering a wide variety of links to mailing and shipping tools.

Minuteman announces adult dental assisting interviews

Minuteman Regional High School is now scheduling interviews for its spring adult dental assisting program.

The class will run from 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday from February 5 through mid-June 2007. Residents of Minuteman's 16-town district who are accepted into the program do not pay tuition.

Applicants must have either a high school diploma or a GED and must perform satisfactorily on a reading test and during an interview. The first portion of the program consists primarily of training in Minuteman's fully equipped classroom and laboratory facilities. The second portion includes an internship at local dentists' offices.

Applications and further information are available from Minuteman's Community Education Office (1-781-861-7151).

CYT presents Fractured Fairy Tales December 1 and 2

The Concord Youth Theatre (CYT) will present Fractured Fairy Tales ("Sleeping Beauty," "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "The Elves and the Shoemaker") on December 1 at 7:30 p.m. and December 2 and 3 at 2:30 p.m.

The performance will be at The Sanborn Middle School Auditorium, 835 Old Marlboro Road in Concord. Tickets are $12 and $9, reserved seating. The show is recommended for ages four and older.

Call 1-978-371-1482, mailbox 1, for tickets and information or visit

Concord Conservatory registration begins November 20

Registration for The Concord Conservatory of Music's winter semester group classes will be available online beginning November 20. The music school offers a broad array of fun-filled, developmentally appropriate 10-week music classes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children. The Concord Conservatory's Dalcroze Eurhythmics class incorporates movement, improvisation, ear training, games and activities designed to allow students ages 12 months to six years to experience music and song in a variety of ways. Depending upon the child's age, classes are offered with or without parent involvement.

Keys for Kids is a new group keyboard class that provides the perfect musical introduction for young children. Designed as a multi-year course of study, Keys for Kids introduces children to pitch training, rhythm, singing, solfege and keyboard performance. The school provides keyboards for the group lessons. Classes are structured in small groups of parent-child teams, and carefully organized according to the children's age and skill level. Parents are encouraged (and for the youngest students, required) to learn along with their children and enjoy the experience. The introductory level is again being offered this semester.

Visit our web site at or call The Concord Conservatory of Music at 1-978-369-0010 for more information about these classes as well as private instrument lessons. Classes and lessons are held at the West Concord Union Church.

Chamber music concert December 10

The Concord Chamber Music Society will present an intriguing program on Sunday, December 10, highlighted by works of Shostakovich and Khatchaturian. An original work commissioned by the CCMS for the Concord Chamber Players, composed by Chris Brubeck, son of the legendary jazz icon will also be featured. The concert will start at 3 p.m. at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street in Concord. Musicologist Steven Ledbetter will present a pre-concert lecture at 2 p.m. Mr. Brubeck will be on hand for the premiere of his work and will join Mr. Ledbetter for a few pre-concert remarks.

Ticketing and subscription information, directions and program descriptions can be found online at or by calling 1-978-371-9667. Seating is limited and the performances frequently sell out, so chamber music lovers are advised to order early.

Concord Orchestra concert December 3

Concord Orchestra presents its family concert, "Introducing the Orchestra," on December 3. There are performances at 2 and 4 p.m. at 51 Walden Street in Concord. Joyce Kulhawik of CBS 4 News narrates The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra by Britten and leads a Christmas singalong with choirs from First Parish Church. Music Director Richard Pittman also conducts Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and Dvorak's Karneval Overture. Tickets are $13, $11 seniors, $9 children and students. For information and reservations, call 1-978-369-4967 or visit

Kindergarten library card time

Kindergartners are now eligible for their very own library cards. Other family members who may have missed out are encouraged to get a card now. It is absolutely free and the best bargain in town, so come on down to the Gleason Public Library.

Brush Art Gallery offers holiday shopping event

The Brush Art Gallery and Studios is holding a holiday shopping event the month of November, Tuesdays through Saturdays,11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m.Thirteen artists will be featured offering jewelry, ceramics, textiles, paintings, stained glass, sculpture, photography and more.

The gallery is located at 256 Market Street in Lowell. There will be a special holiday Sugar and Spice Weekend to warm up your holiday spirit on Saturday, December 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 10, noon to 5 p.m.

CCHS parent-teacher conference day is December 7

CCHS is providing its annual opportunity for parents to meet with their children's teachers and guidance counselors to discuss the students' progress on Thursday, December 7, from 2 to 8:20 p.m. Contact Mrs. Coleman at 1-978-341-2490 ext. 7101 with questions about conference day.

Concord Orchestra young artists competition

Auditions for the Concord Youth Artists Competition will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, January 17 and 18, 2007. The winner will be the featured soloist on the Concord Orchestra's concerts on March 23 and 24 and will receive the Ehlers Memorial Scholarship. The competition is open to high school and younger instrumental students, including pianists. A complete concerto or other work suitable for performance with orchestra must be memorized for the audition. Applications are due by January 2. For more information and an application form, call 1-978-371-1491. Applications can also be printed from

Still time to enter Prius raffle

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. This is a top-of-the-line Prius, worth $29,530. It features an estimated annual fuel cost of $601.

The 2006 Toyota Prius is just one of several prizes that are part of the raffle. The winners of the 2006 Toyota Prius and other prizes will be drawn by C.C. Pools' on January 28, 2007.

Tickets at $100 each may be purchased with checks, cash or credit cards at C. C. Pools, Inc. 498 Walden Street, Concord, at J. M. Barrett and Company Real Estate, 33 Walden Street, Concord, by calling the C.C. Pools' office at 1-978-371-4936 or by e-mailing

Author Mia de Laire to speak on November 27

On Monday, November 27, Gleason Public Library will host Mia de Laire, author of And the Truth Shall be Told. This suspenseful novel of espionage and survival takes place on an international stage between New York, Sweden and the Belgian Congo. De Laire has lived in many places around the world and worked in a variety of fields including public relations and as an interpreter for U.N. forces in Kinshasa. Join in at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room for an evening of international scope and intrigue.

Children's entertainer performs December 9

Award-winning children's entertainer Rick Goldin performs two shows on Saturday, December 9, at the R.J. Grey Junior High School Auditorium on Charter Road in Acton. Children will love this live performance and get the thrill of singing, jumping, dancing and laughing along with Rick and his singing animal puppets Henry the Horse, Quackleberry Duck and others.The program is appropriate for preschool children and up. Shows start at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Acton's Roche Bros., Acton's Learning Express, The Concord Toy Shop, The Toy Shop of Westford and Acton's Talbots Kids. Children under 2 are free if seated on parent's lap.

Learn more about Rick Goldin at Proceeds will benefit the Acton Barn Cooperative Nursery School.

FRS special holiday events

Special holiday events at the First Religious Society (FRS) begin November 26 at 3:30 p.m. with Advent wreath-making for all ages. The annual Holiday Greens Sale follows on December 2 at 10 a.m. The Winter Holidays Concert is December 3 at 7 p.m. and Christmas caroling will be December 17 at 6 p.m. The FRS invites everyone to participate and enjoy the holiday season at these events.

Saengerfest Men's Chorus presents Christmas concert

The Saengerfest Men's Chorus, based in Weston, will present a benefit Christmas concert on Sunday, December 17 at 4 p.m. at the Regis College Fine Arts Center in Weston.

Admission is $20. Tickets may be obtained from any member of the chorus. Carlisle's William Bovey sings with the chorus.

Concord Women's Chorus presents "Carols and Lullabies" December 17

On Sunday, December 17, at 4 p.m., the Concord Women's Chorus will sing a concert of eclectic holiday music for women's voices called,"Carols and Lullabies" at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord. There will be a reception following the concert.

Featured will be Jean-Baptiste Lully's Regina coeli, Andrew Carter's Three Oxford Carols, Imant Raminsh's Christmas Lullaby for a New-Born Child and carols and songs in styles ranging from classical to jazz.

Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and students, and are available from any chorus member or at the door.

Carlisle singers in the Concord Women's Chorus are: Penny Zezima, Priscilla Stevens, Cynthia Sorn, Cynthia Nunan and Wendy Davis. For information, call 1-978-369-0839.

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