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Friday, December 1, 2006

FOGPL annual meeting

The Friends of Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) annual meeting will be at the library on Saturday, December 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. Carlisle author Sarah Rolph will speak. Books will be available for purchase and autograph, and refreshments will be served.

Holiday potluck and contra dance December 8

New Hampshire caller and fiddler Dudley Laufman will make hisannual appearance at the contradanceinUnion Hall at the First Religious Society on Friday, December 8, at 8 p.m.Before the dance, everyone is invited to a potluck supper that begins at 6:30 p.m. Dudley will share the calling with Walter Lenk, Jacqueline Laufman and Debby Knight. Friends will provide the music. This is your once-a-year chance to dance the Ribbon Dance and the Jingle Bell Square. A $5-per-person admission will be collected during intermission.All dances will be taught. Beginners and singles are welcome. For information, call 1-978 369-1661.

Host the Potluck Supper

The Friends of Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) are looking for a host house for the Annual Potluck Supper on Saturday, February 10, 2007. The Friends will organize, set up and clean up after the event. If you are interested in being the 2007 host, call Verna Gilbert at 1-978-369-9278.

Christmas on the Common is December 5

Join neighbors and friends for a very special kickoff to the holiday season on Tuesday, December 5, on the Town Common. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the Town Christmas Tree by 2006 Outstanding Citizen Award winners Donna and Newell Cantrill. Singers from St. Irene Church will lead the caroling, and Santa is expected to show up for a visit as well. Following the tree-lighting and carols, refreshments will be served in Union Hall. Enjoy an old-fashioned holiday celebration this year, sponsored by Ferns Country Store with support provided by Carlisle's DPW, Police Department and Fire Department, along with several local businesses.

Kid's Connection family skate December 9

The Concord Carlisle Newcomers Kids' Connection has arranged an afternoon family skate at the Nashoba Valley Olympia in Boxborough, on Saturday, December 9, from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. and is open to all club members. If you are interested in attending this event, or any event, visit for more information. If you, or someone you know, is new to Concord or Carlisle in the last several years, and could use the camaraderie and social activities that the Concord Carlisle Newcomers Club is known for, contact Barbara Lewis, president, at 1-978-287-0049 or e-mail her at

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. Tickets are $13, $11 seniors, $9 children and students. For information and reservations, call 1-978-369-4967 or visit

Tot Shabbat services

December 8

Families with young children are warmly invited to Kerem Shalom, Concord, at 7 p.m. on Friday nights once a month for Tot Shabbat services. We will celebrate Shabbat together with blessings over the wine, candles and challah, and with music, movement and midrash (stories about Torah and other writings). After our service, families are invited to stay and enjoy an Oneg Shabbat together.

Tot Shabbat services are geared for children ages 2 to 5, but older siblings (up to early elementary school age) often attend. The next Tot Shabbat service is Friday, December 8. Kerem Shalom is located at 659 Elm Street, Concord. For more information about Tot Shabbat, contact Nancy Kaplan at, or 1-978-369-5780. For more information about the synagogue, contact the office at 1-978-369-1223 or visit

Holiday program at Orchard House

The annual holiday program at Orchard House, "A Very Dickens Christmas," will begin its run Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will run on December 9 and 16 at that time, and on December 3, 10 and 17 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Join the Alcott family for living history and enjoy Victorian carols, crafts, games and recipes. This event is $12/adults; $10/seniors and students, $8/youth (ages 6-17), $4/children under 6; $30/family rate (up to two adults and four youths), by reservation only. For information and reservations, call 1-978-369-4118 X106.

Register now for Lexington Arts and Crafts classes

Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, (LACS) 130 Waltham Street, Lexington, presents winter workshops and classes. Gift certificates and registrations are now available for the winter session of workshops and classes offered at LACS. Classes, many taught by Carlisle artists, will begin in January. For information and fees, pick up a brochure at LACS, visit or call 1-781-862-9696.

"Family Trees" now at Concord Museum

The annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature at the Concord Museum in historic Concord is a literary celebration for children's book lovers of all ages. Giving Concord's renowned literary tradition a creative twist, from December 1 through January 1, 2007, the Museum's galleries are filled with fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by cherished children's storybooks, contemporary picture book favorites, and beloved holiday tales.

The exhibition's focus on children's literature makes Family Trees unique among the many holiday events in Greater Boston. Carlisle residents Judy Blaikie Lane, Mary Beth Stevenson and her children, and Peggy Wang are participating decorators this year.

Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and Thursday evenings until 8 p.m. The Museum will be closed on Christmas Day. The Museum will be open on New Year's Day, January 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission during this benefit event is $14/adults, $10/seniors and students and $6/children (4 to18). Members are free.

Newcomers Club hosts benefit party December 2

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club is getting in the holiday spirit with a holiday house party and benefit on Saturday, December 2, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. that is open to all club members. The group hopes to collect 50 presents to benefit Toys for Tots. The house party will feature appetizers and dessert to mark this festive season. If you are interested in attending this event, or any of our many events, visit If you, or someone you know, is new to Concord or Carlisle in the last several years, and could use the camaraderie and social activities that the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club is known for, contact Barbara Lewis, at 1-978-287-0049 or at

Seminar for cancer patients December 4

The Walden Unit of the American Cancer Society will hold a Look Good. . Feel Better seminar on Monday, December 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bethke Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital, Lovejoy Conference Room, 4th Floor, 133 ORNAC, in Concord. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Lori Noonan at 1-978-287-3237. Look Good . . . Feel Better is a free program which teaches cancer patients hands-on cosmetic techniques to help them cope with appearance-related side effects from chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Cosmetologists who are certified or trained by the American Cancer Society provide the service, which is non-medical and does not promote any product line. The seminar is free. For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

Concord Chorus presents "Seasonal Splendor" December 2, 3

Celebrate the joy, mystery and pageantry of the season as the Concord Chorus presents its annual holiday concert at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord on Saturday, December 2, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 3, at 2 p.m.This year's program is an Italian-inspired feast for the ears and also features favorite carols, with brass accompaniment and audience participation.Chorus members from Carlisle include Gertrud Behn, Tamasin Foote, Jim Paisner and Cynthia Sorn.Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, $5 for children under 12.For information, call 1-978-461-0500 or visit

CCPOPS tag sale, December 9

The CCPOPS tag sale will be on Saturday, December 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the CCHS Cafeteria. Clean out those closets, cellars, garages and attics. Most items are acceptable: general household goods, clothes, books, toys, sports equipment, holiday decorations and small furniture items. Do not bring large furniture, computers and related equipment or non-working electrical items.

Parents who are attending teacher conferences on Thursday, December 7, can drop off donations when they come to meet the teachers. Student volunteers will be at the curb outside the cafeteria entrance to accept and carry donations to the tagging site from 3 to 7 p.m. On Friday, December 8. Items may also be dropped off from 3 to 7 p.m. Come and shop on Saturday. Doors open at 9 a.m. for bargain shopping and there will be a bag sale at 1 p.m. (buy a bag and take whatever you can fit into it).

Students who work at the sale will receive community service credit. Parent volunteers are also needed to help with the sale. There are work opportunities on December 7 and 8, accepting and tagging items, and also on December 9, working at the actual sale and cleaning up afterward. Volunteers or anyone with questions should contact Chris Rinaldo at 1-978-287-4819 or, or Diane Payne at 1-978-287-5031 or

CC Lax open house December 5

Whether you are new to lacrosse or a seasoned fan, come to Acton Indoor Sports, Turf 1, on Tuesday, December 5, from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. for an open house.

Brine's Sporting Goods will have the latest sticks, goggles and other equipment for sale at discounted prices. U15 and U13 players will demonstrate skills and drills and

you can check out the Concord-Carlisle Youth Lacrosse uniforms. Coaches will answer all of your questions.

Registration forms will be available for the Spring 2007 season (deadline December 15). For more information, visit or call Billie Wyeth at 1-978-369-0039.

Historical Society event December 10

Members of the Carlisle Historical Society and their guests are invited to attend a brief annual meeting on Sunday, December 10, at 2 p.m. at Heald House, 698 Concord Street. After the meeting, everyone is invited to tour the historical collections, meet friends and neighbors and admire the renovated barn. Join in and get acquainted with Carlisle's past.

CCHS performs The Learned Ladies tonight

The CCHS fall play is Moliere's domestic comedy, The Learned Ladies. Directed by Benjamin Kendall, the play will be performed in the high school auditorium, 500 Walden Street, on Friday and Saturday evening, December 1 and 2, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday afternoon, December 3, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $8; senior citizens are admitted free. The Learned Ladies is a timeless comedy about family conflicts and competition between the sexes.

Upcoming COA trips

Join the Carlisle Seniors for a trip to Sedona and Scottsdale, Arizona October 5, 2007. Go on train tours, Grand Canyon Railway, Pinnacle Peak Patio. Seven days, nine meals and a double room is $1,699. For a flyer, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or pick one up at the COA office in Carlisle Town Hall.

Last call for tickets to A Christmas Carol on December 9. The cost is $45. Lunch is on your own. All seats are inner circle row. The van is full so you have to drive on your own but we can sit together and chat at a great lunch stop.

On December 5 we go to Yuletide Newport & Lasalette. The $60 cost includes, scrod or baked chicken. We will see Christmas lights, Marble House and beautifully decorated mansions and more. We leave Ferns at 8 a.m.

March 16, 2007: Italy. Included are Rome, Florence and the Italian Riviera, Assisi, Cinque Terre, Portofino, Genoa, Montecatini and more. Interested travelers call Joanne for a flyer or pick one up at the Carlisle COA office in Town Hall. Space is limited and payment must be made to hold your place.

Holiday concerts in MCC's historic homes

Middlesex Community College offers two holiday concerts in its two historic homes. There will be chamber music from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, December 10, in the Middlesex Meetinghouse, 294 Concord Road, Billerica.

Harpist Rebecca Swett will perform from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, December 17, in Nesmith House, 229 Andover St., Lowell. Light refreshments and sherry will be served during concert intermissions.

Donation: $30 per person, per concert. Seating is limited and reservations are required by calling 1-978-458-3722.

Antiquities tour

On Saturday, December 9 (rain date December 10), the New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA) will sponsor a tour of several Indian ceremonial sites in and around Carlisle, guided by Carlisle's Tim Fohl. The tour will start at 10:30 a.m. in the upper parking lot of Great Brook Farm State Park on Lowell Street. The sites feature effigies, astronomical alignments and stone piles. The public is invited.

Animal ID meeting

The Northeast Organic Farming Association, Massachusetts Chapter (NOFA/Mass.) will hold an informational meeting on December 12 at 7 p.m. on the subject of the proposed National Animal Identification System (NAIS). The meeting will be held at the Clough home, 649 Sudbury Road, Concord, and the speaker will be Jack Kittredge, NOFA/Mass. Social Action Coordinator and owner of Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre. This will be an opportunity to learn about and discuss this proposed federal program and its potential effects on farmers and consumers.

More COA doings

Knitting group: Come knit to support a worthwhile cause. Currently the group is knitting to help keep homeless folks in Boston warm, by providing hats and scarves to Common Cathedral. The group will meet on December 5 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Union Hall and will meet monthly throughout the winter, with future dates on January 9, February 13 and March 13.

Coffee: Join the COA in the Sleeper Room on Thursday, December 7, at 9:30 a.m. for a delicious assortment of pastries, coffee and tea.

Holiday wreath-making workshop: The COA and the Garden Club will hold their annual wreath-making workshop on Thursday, December 7, at 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Union Hall. Feel free to bring lunch. The COA will provide dessert, coffee and tea. To reserve your space, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 no later than December 4. For a van ride, call 1-978-371-6690.

Lunch Bunch outing: The COA is sponsoring a lunch outing at Nashoba Valley Tech High School's restaurant "The Elegant Chef" on Tuesday, December 12. The cost of $10 per person includes lunch and tip. Menu choices include baked crumb chicken breast or baked haddock stuffed with crabmeat and walnut dressing preceded by chicken rice soup. Dessert is crème brûlée. Call the COA now if you would like to have your hair cut at their salon that day (cost is $10-12). There will also be time to shop for jewelry, handbags and other holiday items at the Village Mini-Mall. For reservations or more information, call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 by Wednesday, December 6. Call 1-978-371-6690 for a van ride.

Book club: The COA book club meets on Wednesday, December 13. If you are interested in joining this group, call Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-4618.

Men's breakfast: On Thursday, December 14, 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.

Blood pressure clinic: On Thursday, December 21, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., a registered nurse from Emerson Hospital will provide blood pressure screening in Union Hall at the First Religious Society. No appointment is necessary.

Holiday luncheon and entertainment: Join the COA on Thursday, December 21 at 11:45 a.m. in Union Hall for a gala holiday lunch followed by musical entertainment by the COA's Line-Dancing Group. Door prizes will also be given away. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 by Friday, December 15 to make your reservation. A $2 donation is appreciated. To get transportation, call 1-978-371-6690.

Medex Special Enrollment: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is holding an open enrollment period for their Medex Core and Bronze plans. Applications received before December 31 will have a coverage date of January 1, 2007. Applications received January 1 through January 31, 2007 will have a coverage effective date of February 1. For more information, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

Winter fuel assistance program: If you need assistance paying your fuel bills this winter, you may be eligible for the state's Fuel Assistance Program. Call Angela Smith, the COA Outreach Coordinator, who has been trained to assist in this application process, at 1-978-371-2895. This program is open to all Carlisle residents, not just seniors.

Quilting and handwork group: This informal group meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Sleeper Room. Bring your handwork along. Refreshments will be served.

Meals on Wheels: Minuteman Home Care can provide hot or cold meals on a short term or long term basis. If you have just come home from the hospital, have a family member who is alone during the day, or do not want to go out in the winter, you may be eligible for home-delivered meals. Noon-time meals are hot, with meat, fish or other protein, vegetable, roll, butter, milk, juice and dessert. Meals are also available for diabetics. Frozen meals are provided for weekend needs. For more information, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

Volunteers needed: The COA needs your help. If you can give just one hour a month (or more) to drive a senior to an appointment, shopping or to a hospital, you will be assisting seniors who are trying to maintain their independence. If you can volunteer to drive, or volunteer in another area, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

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

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, which are $15, 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, and Cynthia Nunan and Wendy Davis. For information, call 1-978-369-0839.

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.

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