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Friday, December 8, 2006

Early release day movie for grades 5 to 8 December 12

Join Gleason Public Library in the Hollis Room for some perfectly creepy entertainment on Tuesday, December 12, early release day. Come right after school and bring your lunch. The library will supply snacks. The show starts at 12:30 p.m. and ends at about 2:15 p.m. Grades five to eight only. For information, call 1-978-369-4898.

Carlisle Conservation Coffee December 12

The Tuesday, December 12 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Bring your ideas on general conservation or environmental topics you wish to be discussed during upcoming coffees.

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

Holiday potluck andcontra 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 welcome. For more information, please call 1-978 369-1661.

Foss Farm agricultural burn December 9

The Carlisle Conservation Commission, under the authority of 310 CMR 7.07(b) and (c), will be conducting an agricultural burn on the Foss Farm garden plots on Saturday, December 9, weather permitting, for weed, mildew and fungus control. This activity must begin at least two hours after sunrise (7:04 a.m.) and be completed two hours before sunset (4:10 p.m.). It is anticipated that the area to be burned will be limited by the number of volunteers able to help in the time available between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. In the event that it is not raining and that there are low wind conditions, gardeners and volunteers may meet at the Foss Farm parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Potential volunteers should call Bob Dennison at 1-978-369-3795. Equipment needed will be work gloves, water buckets, metal rakes and seasonal outdoor clothing.

For more information you may also contact the Carlisle Conservation Commission office at 1-978-369-0336.

CCPOPS tag sale, December 9

The CCPOPS tag sale will take place 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. On Friday, December 8, items may 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). Contact Chris Rinaldo at 1-978-287-4819 or, or Diane Payne at 1-978-287-5031 or for information.

Historical Society open house December 10

Members of the 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 newly renovated barn.

Among the items of interest in the collections are a Highland School desk, samplers made by 18th-century Carlisle girls in order to practice their sewing and learn the alphabet and an extensive collection of Civil War memorabilia. Join in and get acquainted with Carlisle's past.

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, $10 for seniors, 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.

Lindy Hop for Concord area teens starts January 26

Lindy Hop, a fun, healthy social activity will be offered to Concord-area teenagers beginning in January. Originating in Harlem during the 1920s and 1930s, Lindy Hop is a high-energy form of swing dancing. Elizabeth Miller, a dance instructor and award-winning Lindy Hop competitor, will offer Lindy Hop classes for teens at Emerson Umbrella on Sunday afternoons beginning January 28.

The cost is $75 for six 1.5-hour classes with two instructors. To kick off this program, a teen Lindy Hop dance will take place on Friday evening, January 26, at the Concord Scout House. The 20-piece Beantown Swing Orchestra, directed by Concord resident Frank Hsieh, will play classic big band music from the 1930s and 40s, while several Boston-area Lindy Hop dancers and performance teams will demonstrate this historic form of dance. Miller will give a Lindy Hop lesson before the band begins, and the floor will be open for dancing throughout the night. This event is designed specifically for teens, but parents and other adults are welcome to attend.

Classes are limited in size to facilitate proper individual attention. After the first session, more advanced courses will be offered in addition to the basic course. If there is enough interest and talent, dance teams may be formed to compete and/or perform with the Beantown Swing Orchestra at various area events. For information and online registration,visit and click on LINDY.

Hockey fundraiser December 10

Sunday, December 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Mahoney's Garden Center in Concord will donate 10% of its sales to support the CCHS Girls Hockey/Boys Hockeyand Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey (CCYH) programs. Come out to support these organizations by visiting the Concord Mahoney's Garden Center to purchase your holiday needs.

Rev. Zucker to run support program at FRS December 14

Reverend Robin Zucker will facilitate "When The Holidays Hurt: A Supportive Gathering of Conversation, Contemplations, Readings, and Music" on Thursday, December 14, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., in Union Hall, First Religious Society.

On December 14 you are invited to join with others who may be experiencing a holiday season that is more blue than green to share a quiet oasis of supportive conversation, readings, music, and contemplation. The program is free to all.

Christmas caroling and free dinner December 17

Looking for a great way to start your Christmas season?Come join the Carlisle Congregational Church on Sunday, December 17, from 3 to 7 p.m. for an afternoon of Christmas caroling. Meet at the church, board some school buses and the adventure will begin.On Ferns' porch, carolers will serenade people in the Town Center.Then, it is off to surprise some friends and neighbors in and around Carlisle with holiday songs. Finally, the group will head back to the church, where a delicious meal will be waiting, all free of charge.For more information and to RSVP, e-mail, visit or call 1-978-369-7830.Stop & Shop offers flu shots

Stop & Shop Pharmacy at 265 Chelmsford Street, Chelmsford is now taking appointments for influenza vaccinations, which will be administered by specially trained Stop & Shop Pharmacists. Customers interested in receiving vaccinations may obtain information by calling 1-888-767-7772 or visiting The cost for each flu vaccination will be $25 while supplies last.

Stop & Shop offers flu shots

Stop & Shop Pharmacy at 265 Chelmsford Street, Chelmsford is now taking appointments for influenza vaccinations, which will be administered by specially trained Stop & Shop Pharmacists. Customers interested in receiving vaccinations may obtain information by calling 1-888-767-7772 or visiting The cost for each flu vaccination will be $25 while supplies last.

Santa to appear in Concord December 8

On Friday, December 8, from 2:30 to 5 p.m., St. Nicholas will read "The Night Before Christmas" at the Concord Bookshop, 65 Main Street, to benefit The Old Manse. Join us for this special holiday event, featuring a traditional version of Santa Claus. No reservation is required.

There is a $2 per child suggested donation to take a photo with your own camera of your child with St. Nicholas, with all proceeds benefiting a planned kid-friendly "touch-it" room at The Old Manse. "The Night Before Christmas" by Clement Moore will be for sale at the Bookshop, and St. Nick himself will be able to sign your personalized copy!

For more information about this and other special events, call 1-978-369-3909 or visit

A Christmas Carol opens at EU December 15

New Life Fine Arts Musical Theater presents Ebenezer Scrooge: A Christmas Carol, a musical adaptation of the beloved Dickens classic, at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow Street, Concord. Performances will be December 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m., December 17 at 1:30 p.m. and December 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17, $15 for seniors and students, and $12 for children 12 years and under. For ticket informaiton, call 1-508-370-8455 or visit

Vox Lucens to sing December 16

Come to St. Elizabeth's Church in Acton on Saturday evening, December 16, at 8 p.m., for a free choral concert entitled, "The Story of Mary." Offered by the Renaissance choir Vox Lucens, the concert will include motets in Latin and English that tell Mary's story from the Annunciation to the Assumption. Selections will include works by Byrd, Joquin and Palestrina. St. Elizabeth's new acoustics will make you think you have travelled back in time to a 16th-century cathedral. The church is located at 89 Arlington Street, Acton. For more information, call 1-978-897-5372.

Newcomers Kids' Connection to hold family skate party

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 or contact Barbara Lewis at 1-978-287-0049 or

Concord Chamber Music concert December 10

The Concord Chamber Music Society will present a concert on Sunday, December 10, at 3 p.m. at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street in Concord, highlighted by works of Shostakovich, Khatchaturian, and Christ Brubeck. Musicologist Steven Ledbetter will present a pre-concert lecture at 2 p.m.

Ticketing and subscription information, directions and program descriptions can be found online at or by calling 1-978-371-9667.

C-C Community Chest accepting applications for funding

Human service organizations are invited to submit funding applications to the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest by January 12, 2007. Non-profit agencies that serve residents of Concord or Carlisle may apply for the funding cycle that runs from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008.

The Community Chest supports more than 35 local programs and initiatives each year with individual grants ranging from $500 to $75,000. Member agencies provide a spectrum of services for children, teens, families, and senior citizens. First-time applicants should contact the Community Chest at 1-978-369-5250 prior to submitting an application.

For information about the Community Chest and its member agencies, call 1-978-369-5250 or visit

Lexington library exhibits Brownrigg watercolors until December 29

D'Ann Brownrigg is exhibiting new watercolors in the Lexington library following her popular show at Gleason Public Library. The Cary Library presents "Birds and Other Creatures," colorful, exciting watercolors, from December 2 through 29 in the Piper Gallery. See the show during regular library hours. Meet the artist at a gala reception on Saturday, December 16, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Holiday hurricane help

Communities in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama are still struggling to rebuild homes and lives after the hurricanes of 2005. Citizen Action Team (CAT) can help local individuals and groups who wish to collect and ship needed goods. CAT is a locally based group of volunteers who operate a national database,, to help match donations to needs. CAT also has an established, low-cost shipping system for relief goods.

If you wish to make a financial donation to a group doing the actual work of rebuilding and helping those in need, CAT can help you identify such groups, including organizations with 501c3 tax status.

CAT can also use help keeping its extensive database updated. Or help us collect, pack, and transport goods to our donated warehouse space in Methuen.

To donate, to start a collection, or to inquire about shipping, call Christy Barbee, 1-978-369-4343, or Terra Friedrichs, 1-978-266-2778. To become a database volunteer, call Dayle Nugent, 1-503-852-7295.

COA doings

· 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.

· 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. For transportation, call 1-978-371-6690..

· 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.

Seniors: check out the latest Medicare plans

From now until December 31, Medicare Part D will offer an "open-enrollment" period, meaning that recipients can change their prescription drug coverage to pick a new plan that better meets their needs. Many seniors will discover that insurance providers listened to their complaints and are now offering even better plans than before. For example, several plans now cover the much-talked-about "doughnut hole," meaning that out-of-pocket costs have dropped significantly. Many others have lowered the co-pay for drugs. Finally, more plans have added many new medicines that were approved by the FDA as recently as last month. All told, seniors will have more opportunity to lower their out-of-pocket drug costs and tailor their drug plans to their medical needs. This open-enrollment period happens only once per year and makes Part D different from traditional one-size-fits-all government health plans, where there are no options. Under Part D, private companies compete for the business of seniors. Choice is what the new Medicare program — and better health — is all about.

Winter fuel assistance

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.

Carlisle Recreation news

· Now available: three ways to register:


by mail

online at


Set up your family account today. Look for new updates, classes, special programs, news, cancellations, and more.

· Coming soon: payment by credit card.

· New offering: "Sketchbook Drawing" for ages16 to adult. Meets on Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 pm. starting January 24. Limit: 6. For further details see online class offerings.

· Brochure and registration forms are available at the Recreation Office, Town Hall, by calling 1-978-369-9815, at Gleason Library or on the Carlisle Recreation web site.

Messiah sing in Concord December 17

The Concord Orchestra, Concord Band, and Concord Players present a Messiah sing at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 17, at 51 Walden Street in Concord. This event will have a theatrical twist, featuring visits by historic guests. Also on the program are Handel's Royal Fireworks Overture and Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, featuring Carlisle flutist Jan Kinmouth. Other Carlisle residents in the orchestra include Bruce Kinmouth, viola; Richard Chick, bassoon; and Kathy Chick, cello.

Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and students. Scores will be available to borrow. Call Carol Wayland at 1-978-369-7911 for information.

Colonial Spirit Chorus performs December 16

The Colonial Spirit Chorus invites women of all ages to Thursday rehearsals 7:15 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Newtown Road, Acton (off Route 27). The chorus is preparing for performances on Saturday December 16, and for the annual competition in May. Learning CDs are available. For information, call Norma at 1-978-692-2270 or Noreen at 1-978-263-0562.

Gleason Library ornament now on sale

Just in time for the holidays, a new ornament has been announced by the Carlisle Historical Society. The Gleason Public Library is portrayed in an elegant gold design and packaged in a white gift box. The new ornament is available for $16 at Ferns and at the circulation desk at the library.

CEF hosts open house December 19

The Carlisle Education Foundation (CEF) is hosting an open house on December 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Jim and Celia Zimmerman's home at 55 Daniels Lane in Carlisle. All are welcome to come and meet the CEF Board Members and learn about its mission and goals. For 16 years the CEF, a non-profit fundraising organization, has helped maintain the excellence of Carlisle's Public Schools through pilot projects, academic initiatives, multiple opportunities for professional development, and technology enrichment for our classrooms. Come to the open house and call Laura Snowdon at 1-978-287-4351 for more information.

Newcomers Club to visit Concord Museum tree exhibit

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club has arranged a visit to the Concord Museum for club members to enjoy the wonder of galleries 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 event will be held on Monday, December 18,

Following the museum visit, the Club members will enjoy lunch together at Serafina's. If you are interested in attending this event, or any of our many events, visit for information.

Carlisle gardens note cards are great gifts

Looking for a thoughtful and inexpensive gift for a teacher, friend or relative? The Carlisle Garden Club is offering sets of eight colorful note-cards, each with a painting of a different Carlisle garden by Joan Allen, artist and Garden Club member. Sales support the club's civic activities. Find the note cards at Ferns for $12, or receive a discount by purchasing directly for $10. E-mail 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

Meals on Wheels

Minuteman Home Care can provide hot or cold meals on a short- 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. Noontime 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.

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