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Friday, January 19, 2007

Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club events

Swimming for Kids and Families January 26

The Concord Carlisle Newcomers Kids' Connection has arranged an afternoon for families at the Beede Center, Concord. The event will be held on Friday, January 26, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and is open to all club members. The Beede Center offers a pool for everyone: kiddie play pool, a large lap pool, and a diving well.

Fiesta on February 10

The club is planning for members to partake of margaritas and Mexican food at Ixtapa Restaurant and Cantina on Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington. Whether you love enchiladas and burritos, or appreciate fajitas and pollo en mole, this is the event for you. A really fun evening of warm conversation and dining with amigos should put a smile on your face (and maracas in your hand). Reservations must be made.

If you are interested in attending this or any Newcomers events, visit www.concordcarlislenewcomers.org. 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 blglewis@comcast.net.

Carlisle Recreation programs

Many of the Carlisle Recreation winter programs begin on the week of January 22. Call 1-978-369-9815 for class availability.

There are limited openings in the following youth classes: Cooking, Child Care Training, Fencing, Gotta Dance, Chinese, French, Spanish.

There are also openings in the following adult classes: Yoga (10 a.m.), Pilates, Pottery, Watercolor, Sketchbook Drawing, T'Ai Chi.

Recreation brochures can be found at the Recreation Office at Town Hall, the Gleason Public Library, and at www.carlislema.gov/recreation.

Calling all fifth-grade parents on January 29

The Spaghetti Supper is coming and needs to be organized before all the crazy spring activities begin. Come to a short meeting on Monday, January 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room. After a quick review of what needs to be done and what the proceeds are used for, there will be time to sign up for subcommittees. Everyone's participation is needed.

Serve on the Carlisle School Association

The Carlisle School Association (CSA), www.carlisleschoolassociation.org, is currently accepting nominations to serve for the school year 2006-2007. The CSA is the volunteer parent organization for the Carlisle Public Schools. Its mission is to support the school and provide communication to the parent community. CSA meetings are held monthly and the public is welcome. If you are interested in serving on the board or would like to learn more about specific positions, contact nominating chair, Andi, at 1-978-369-2392.

Ladies' spring tennis

Carlisle women who are interested in trying out for any openings in the local spring tennis league (April to June) should call Bobby Lyman at 1-978-369-6185 or e-mail her at bobbylyman@mindspring.com. Those who prefer to play less often may substitute. Spring League is low-key, with morning lessons and games on two days; days depend on skill level. Current players do not need to call.

Upcoming Special Education meetings

There will be a Parent Advisory Council meeting on Tuesday, January 23, at 9 a.m. in the Carlisle Public School cafeteria. Topics will include:

• The purpose and role of Student Support Services,

• Basic rights,

• Differences between IEPs, 504s and CAPs.

There will be time for questions and discussion after the presentation.

There will be a Carlisle Parent Support Group Meeting on Friday, January 26, at 9 a.m. at the home of Cathy Marks, 71 Cutter's Ridge Road. The group will discuss educational concerns and give tips on how to help your children.

Carlisle Chess Club's first winter tournament is January 20

On Saturday, January 20, at 9 a.m., the Carlisle Chess Club will be hosting its first winter tournament. This is an informal, unrated tournament. Players of all experience levels, grades eight and below, are welcome to participate. Medals will be awarded to the top players in each grade level. Special certificates will to given to all participants grade K and below.

The tournament will be held in Union Hall. The cost is $5 for those who pre-register and $8 at the door. In order to pre-register, send the participant's name, age, grade, town and experience level by e-mail to organizers@carlislechess.org or by snail mail to Nancy Szczesniak at 124 Aberdeen Drive.

For more information, visit www.carlislechess.org.

COA doings

Tea and cookies: On Sunday, January 28, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., all seniors are invited to a Girl Scout troop 2645 Cookie Tasting Tea Party in the Sleeper Room. Enjoy the company of the Girl Scouts, their moms and troop leader, Kathy Simpson. Bring your memories and any Girl Scout memorabilia you may have.

New lecture series: Back by popular demand, Elliot Lilien will lead four lectures on World War I on Wednesdays, January 31, February 7, 21 and 28 in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library. The series is sponsored by the Friends of the COA and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. Make a reservation by calling the library reference desk at 1-978-369-4898 after January 1.

Director's Valentine Tea: Kathy Mull, the COA director, is hosting a Valentine Tea on Wednesday, February 14 at Union Hall. This event is for all ladies and gentlemen, singles, couples or sweethearts. Join the COA for tea, coffee, tea sandwiches and desserts. A trio from Indian Hill Symphony Orchestra, will entertain you. Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP by February 7. A $2 donation is appreciated.

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.

Dancers Jeffrey Polston and Deborah Abel in "The World is Breathing." (Photo by Jaye R. Phillips)
Deborah Abel Dance Company performs January 26 and 27

The Deborah Abel Dance Company presents "The World is Breathing," a concert of modern dance performed by an ensemble of ten dancers and ten musicians. Carlisle's Deborah Abel is the producer, choreographer, and a performer in this concert, and her husband, Lee Perlman, is composing and performing the music. The event will be on Friday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, January 27, at 3 p.m. at Kresge Auditorium Main Theater at M.I.T. in Cambridge. Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for children, seniors, students with an I.D. and B.D.A. members. For information and reservations, call 1-978-239-8296 or visit www.deborahabeldance.com

Square/contra dance is January 27

The fourth Saturday square/contra dance at the Parish Center for the Arts will be held on Saturday, January 27, at 8 p.m. with Sarah Gregory Smith calling and Oh, CONTRAire! providing live music. All are welcome. No experience is required. First-time dancers, come at 7:30 p.m. for free instruction and get into the dance free. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for teens, with a maximum $12 per family. The Parish Center for the Arts is at the corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street in Westford. For more information, call 1-978-692-6333, e-mail PCA@Westford.com or visit www.Westford.com/PCA.

DeCordova winter exhibit

The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, 51 Sandy Pond Road in Lincoln, is featuring "Big Bang! Abstract Painting for the 21st Century" from now until April 22, with an opening reception on January 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will also be a wine tasting in the museum galleries on February 10 from 7 to 11 p.m. to celebrate the paintings in the exhibit which surge with energy, explode with color, and immerse viewers in stunning visual and imaginary experience. For information about this and other exhibits and programs, visit www.decordova.org or call 1-781-259-8355.

CCHS summer opportunities fair January 29

Concord Carlisle High School (CCHS) will hold its 26th Annual Summer Opportunities Fair on Monday, January 29 (snow date January 30) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at CCHS, 500 Walden Street, Concord.

Exhibitors will display information on traditional summer camps, special needs programs, wilderness adventures, education and enrichment opportunities, sports camps, foreign language and student exchange programs, volunteer opportunities, and more.

Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available. The exhibit area is handicapped- accessible. All proceeds from exhibitors fund the CCHS Parents Association grants program.

Chocolate on February 11

St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Westford will hold its annual Chocolate Festival on Sunday, February 11, at the Westford Regency, 219 Littleton Road, Westford, to benefit the Westford and Lowell Food Pantries. Seatings are at noon or 3 p.m. Enjoy delicious offerings from area chefs and amateur bakers, live music, raffle prizes, children's crafts and more. Admission is $14 at the door for adults and teens, $7 for seniors and children four and up. In advance online at www.MVArts.info, tickets are $12 and $6. For information, visit www.st-mark.org or www.westfordregency.com or call 1-978-692-8200.

Minuteman 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. 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. Call 1-781-861-7151 for applications and information.

Register now for CCYS spring in-town soccer

Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer's (CCYS) spring in-town soccer registration is open from January 15 through February 12, offering a fun and appropriately competitive soccer program for boys and girls who are entering kindergarten in the fall of 2007 through Grade 6. Play is in Concord and Carlisle on Saturdays from April 28 through June 16. CCYS seeks coaches to register as well.

To register a player, a coach or get more details about the program, visit www.ccysoccer.org . Register early to avoid disappointment. Player registrations received after February 12 cannot be guaranteed placement on a team and will be assessed a late fee.

For further questions, contact Nancy at nancydiromsoccer@comcast.net or 1-978-369-7978.

Folk music at Kerem Shalom January 20

Join Kerem Shalom for a upbeat evening of Bluegrass, Rockabilly and folk music on Saturday, January 20, at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, $10 for adults and $5 for kids. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Kerem Shalom is located at 659 Elm Street, Concord. For more information, contact rosaliege@comcast.net or visit www.keremshalom.org.

Needle Arts Guild offers winter Saturdays

The public is invited to join the Needles Arts Guild of the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society on three winter Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon to knit, sew, crochet or to do your own style of needlework. Join the guild on January 27 and Frebruary 24 in the Parsons Gallery at 130 Waltham Street in Lexington, and on March 24 in a room to be announced. Call the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society at 1-781-9696 or e-mail Diane johnson at Dpj22@aol.com for information.

Sarasa concert February 4

Bask in luxurious music of 17th-century Venice with early music soprano Emily Van Evera and the Sarasa Chamber Music Ensemble on Sunday, February 4, at 7 p.m. at First Parish, 20 Lexington Road in Concord.

Tickets for this concert are $20 general admission, $16 for seniors, $13 for students and children under 12 are admitted free. For information or tickets, call 1-617-492-4758 or order online at www.sarasamusic.org.

Scholarship available

Applications for the Caroline Hill Scholarship are available to Carlisle's current high school seniors and students in college for continuing post secondary education. These need-based awards, typically range from $500— $2,000. The awards are made in late spring. Applicants can pick up the applications from the registrar's office at Concord-Carlisle High School, the Gleason Public Library or at the Selectman's office at the Carlisle Town Hall. Contact Sally Coulter, 1-978-369-6637, with any questions

Conversation groups available for English practice

English At Large invites registration for free spring English conversation groups. English At Large volunteers facilitate groups for adults who are trying to improve their spoken English skills. They are appropriate for intermediate to advanced English speakers who understand at least 70% of the English they hear. Two groups meet in the Acton Memorial Library at 486 Main Street in Acton:

• Group 1: Mondays, 9:30 to 11 a.m., February 5 to April 30

• Group 2: Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., February 6 to April 3

Participants may register and get information by calling the English At Large office: 1-781-395-2374. Because group space is limited, registration is limited to one group per person. Late registrations are accepted.

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RSVP now for the potluck supper on February 10

Come to the Friends of Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) community potluck supper on Saturday, February 10, at 6 p.m. at the home of Uschi Schueller, 60 Hartwell Road. The Friends will provide ham, rolls and beverages. RSVP by contacting Verna Gilbert by February 5 at 1-978-369-9278 or verna_gilbert@earthlink.net Let Verna know if you will be bringing an appetizer, salad, entrée or dessert for eight. This event is for adults only.

Homelessness forum January 28

A public forum focusing on the issue of homelessness will be held Sunday evening, January 28, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Featured will be first-hand accounts of two mothers who have benefited from Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs in Massachusetts, directors of two community college ABE and transition-to-work programs, and a leading statehouse advocate for adequate funding for these programs. The panel will be moderated by Miriam Stein, MSW, consultant for Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries and citizen advocacy trainer. Refreshments will be served before and after the forum period. Organizations that are already helping to remove roadblocks to jobs and homes will be represented with factsheets and persons who can answer questions following the forum.

Call Jean Bell, 1-978-369-5018; or Carl Miller, 1-978-369-3755, for information.

Emerson Hospital offers series of diabetes education classes

Emerson Hospital will offer a series of four diabetes classes, presented by a certified diabetes educator, dietitian, pharmacist and physical therapist. Each class will include time for questions and answers. Classes will be held on Tuesdays (February 6, 13, 20, 27) from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Donaldson Conference Room on the first floor of the John Cuming Building. The cost is $60 for the four-session class (Medicare reimbursed, if eligible).

Registration for the classes is required. For more information or to register, call Cheryl Laundry at 1-978-287-3054.

Recycle cell phones and support our school

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) is participating again this year in a cell-phone recycling program called Race To Recycle. Sponsored by the Motorola Company, it provides an opportunity to help protect the environment while raising funds for Carlisle Public School. Cell phones can be any age or brand. For more information, visit www.racetorecycle.com.

The CSA will be collecting phones through February 17. Collection bins are located at the school's main office, the Gleason Public Library, Town Hall and Ferns.

Sign up now for SAT prep courses

Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education is hosting the following SAT preparation courses at CCHS: Summit Educational Group offers two 12-week courses, Tuesdays, from 6 to 9:30 p.m., January 30 through May 1, or Wednesdays, same hours, from January 31 to May 2. Tuition is $595. Kaplan SAT Preparation is offering three 12-class courses, Wednesdays and some Saturdays from January 17 through March 7 (classes start at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. Saturdays); Mondays and Wednesdays from February 12 to April 25, with classes starting at 6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 13 through May 3, also starting at 6 p.m. Tuition is $899. To register for Summit classes and view course timetables, go to www.ace.colonial.net or call 1-978-318-1540 days, 1-978-318-1432 evenings. Register with Kaplan directly at 1-800-527-8378.

The Mosquito needs new blood

The Mosquito needs reporters to cover important town committees, Wednesday proofreaders and feature writers to cover the stories that showcase the community that is Carlisle.

If interested, call the Mosquito office (1-978-369-8313) and leave a message or e-mail mail@carlislemosquito.org.

Lindy Hop for teens starts January 26

Lindy Hop dancing will be offered to Concord-area teenagers beginning January 26. 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. This event is designed specifically for teens, but parents and other adults are welcome to attend.

For information and online registration,visit www.beantownswing.com and click on LINDY.

Lowell Orchestra invites string students to perform

Valerie Taylor, Music Director of the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra, invites string students to perform with the orchestra in two upcoming concerts. The young musicians will rehearse Mozart's Divertimento for Strings in D with the orchestra at rehearsals during February before concerts on March 4 and 9. This opportunity gives students the valuable experience of performing with adult musicians. They learn the music and its history, improve their playing technique, and practice rehearsal and concert etiquette. Students from elementary through high school in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire are invited to participate at no charge. The young musicians will perform with the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra on March 4 at 3 p.m. as part of its family concert at the Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen, and on March 9 at 8 p.m. at the Sullivan Middle School in Lowell. These programs will also include Ravel's Mother Goose Suite and works by Massenet and Schumann. Both concerts are free and open to the public. Students studying the violin, viola, cello or bass violin are welcome to apply by February 1. For more information, e-mail LPO-news@lowellphilharmonic.org, call 1-603-262-1519, or write to the LPO at PO Box 1403, Lowell, MA 01853.

Magnificat choir to perform January 21 and February 4

Magnificat, a 25-voice chamber choir dircted by Mark Engelhardt, will perform "Evensong for Epiphanytide" at St. John's Chapel at the Groton School, 282 Farmer's Row, Groton on January 21 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and donations are welcome. The choir will perform "Choral Evensong for the Feast of the Presentation on February 4 at 4 p.m. at St.Paul's Episcopal Church, 100 Pine Hill Road in Bedford. Music for these concerts includes works by Byrd, Gardiner, Marenzio, William Smith and Eccard. For information, call 1-978-744-2796.

Register for new Story Times

The Gleason Public Library will offer Story Time sessions beginning on January 29. For the 3- to 4-year-old group, the child must be 3 by February 1 and for the 4- to 6-year-old group, the child must be 5 by July 29.

The 3- to 4-year-olds will meet on Thursday afternoon from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The 4- to 6-year-old group will meet Monday afternoon from 1:30 to 2:10 p.m . These are registered Story Times. Drop-in Story Times for 2- to 3-year- olds (with parent or caregiver) will be held on Friday mornings, starting on February 2 at 10:30 a.m. The under-2 Story Times will meet Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. starting on February 1. Registration is not required for these sessions.

In-person registration for the winter Story Time session will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 20. Phone registrations will be taken beginning at 11 a.m. All sessions run through the week of March 19. For more information, call the children's department at the library at 1-978-369-4898.

School book drive is in February

In each classroom at Carlisle Public Schools, there is a reading center housing books appropriate for that grade level and providing easy access for students to read on a daily basis. These books come from people just like you. If you have some gently-used books, appropriate for any age between kindergarten and eighth grade, set them aside now. During the month of February there will be a box for your books at the main office in the Wilkins Building. There is also a need for volunteers to help sort books as the drive winds down in February. If you have an hour or two to spare and can volunteer for a good cause without a long-term commitment, call Laura at 1-978-371-7758 for more information or to sign up.

Concord Chorus cabaret January 20

The Concord Chorus presents its third annual evening of song benefit, "Come to the Cabaret!" featuring American selections performed by Ryan Turner, tenor, and Susan Consoli, soprano, accompanied by pianist George Lopez.

The performance takes place Saturday, January 20, at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden Street, Concord. Cash bar and refreshments start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30. Online ticketing is available at www.mktix.com/cch, or call 1-978 443-8407. Proceeds benefit the Concord Chorus.

Discover Sedona with the COA

Come join the Carlisle seniors on October 5 for a seven-day trip to Sedona, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Peak Patio,Verde Canyon Railroad, Sedona Trolley, Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon Railway, Black Barts Saloon and more. The cost is $1,699 per person double room. Five breakfasts and four dinners, round-trip air from Logan and hotel stays are included. Call Joanne at 1-978-371-8023 , e-mail her at joannewillens@comcast.netor pick up a flyer at the Carlisle Council on Aging office at Town Hall.

Lowell's 119 Gallery offers Pratt exhibit

The 119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street, Lowell, will exhibit prints by Vivian Pratt from January 23 to March 17 as part of "Lowell Celebrates Printmaking" with the Boston Printmakers Biennial. Also participating in the printmaking celebration are the Brush Art Gallery, the Ayer Lofts Gallery and the Whistler House Museum of Art. For information, call 1-978-452-8138 or visit www.119gallery.org.

Community Ed now offers boating courses

Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education is offering three boating courses this winter. "Sailing Fundamentals" will be taught by officers of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary at CCHS on four Wednesdays, January 24 through February 14, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuition is $25. A companion course, "Boating Skills and Seamanship," follows, beginning February 28 and continuing for 12 weeks. For the advanced boater, "Coastal Piloting" is available during the same weeks and hours. Tuition for the latter two courses is $50. Call Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education weekdays at 1-978-318-1540, evenings at 1-978-318-1432, or visit www.ace.colonial.net.

Register for spring baseball/softball now

Concord-Carlisle Youth Baseball/Softball (CCYB/S) announces that registration for the spring 2007 Baseball/Softball/Tball is now through February 4. Online registration is available at www.ccyb.org. Paper registration forms are available at Hunt Gym and Carlisle Town Hall. There are T-ball offerings for kindergartners, baseball opportunities for grades one through ten, and softball opportunities for grades K through eight. E-mail wakelt@comcast.net with any questions.

Folk music at FRS January 19

Come for an evening of folk music featuring Joe Jencks, Michelle Cummings and Matt Meyer on Friday, January 19, at 7 p.m. at the First Religious Society in Carlisle.Admission is free and donations for the performers will gratefully be accepted at the reception following the concert.

Check out JoeJencks.com and MichelleCummingsMusic.com.For more information, call 1-978-369-5180.

Sketchbook drawing begins January 24

Carlisle Recreation offers a new course in sketchbook drawing, focusing on sketching techniques and the fun and spontaneity of drawing in a portable sketchbook, beginning January 24 and meeting on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Brochures, information and registration forms are available at the Carlisle Recreation office at Town Hall, at Gleason Library or at www.carlislema.gov.

Moonlight trail walk January 27

On Saturday, January 27, at 7 p.m., the Trails Committee will lead a walk (cross-country ski/snowshoe, weather permitting) under the winter moon starting from the Cranberry Bog house on Curve Street. All are welcome. A shorter and a longer version of the walk will be available. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Refreshments will be served afterward. For information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Citrus update

Due to the devastating 90% loss of the orange crop in California, we will be substituting juicy Florida oranges on all of our citrus orders, with no additional costs to you. We appreciate your understanding. Thanks to you, our fundraiser was a huge success. The senior band and middle school choir students will be delivering your fruit in early February.

Help in the recovery

Are you a contractor, painter, plumber, or electrician with surplus materials, like tools, paint, valves, pipe sections, fixtures, and other equipment in good condition or a homeowner who has recently completed a remodeling or building project and has usable leftover materials? Citizen Action Team (CAT) is still collecting items to help in the rebuilding of the Gulf region wracked by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. CAT can take construction materials that can be boxed and placed on pallets. At this point, CAT cannot transport large items such as windows and doors, but they are working on it.

CAT also needs computers for distribution to recovery organizations working in the Gulf region. PCs should be capable of running Windows 98 or better; Apple computers of iMac vintage or later are acceptable. The greatest need is for computers themselves. CAT accepts monitors with CPUs, but not alone, spare parts, peripherals, software, and other office machines. Other needed items are: sports equipment, bed linens, and towels.

To donate, contact Christy Barbee, 1-978-369-4343, crittyb@pobox.com. CAT is an all-volunteer organization that seeks to match donations to needs in the Gulf region. See www.reliefdatabase.org for more information.

Play women's soccer

Women's soccer players are wanted for Acton/Concord area over-30 women's soccer league.The emphasis is on exercise and fun with old and new friends. Refereed 11x11 games are played on Sunday afternoons, April 1 to June 17.The cost for new players is $55 for the season (includes a team shirt).Visit www.geocities.com/closetohomesoccer, callLynne Loriat 1-978-369-8149or e-mail ready_set_ggoweightloss@comcast.net for information.

Levinson piano recital is January 21

A piano recital by Max Levinson, "Musical Images," on January 21 at 4 p.m., will be the second concert in the new Piano Heritage Series of classical concerts. A pre-concert talk will be at 3:15 p.m. The concert will be at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford. Tickets are $12 for members, $15 for non-members, $8 for teens and students, $5 under 13. For more information, call 1-978-692-6333, or visit www.westford.com/pca.

Recorders program on February 10

Recorders/Early Music MetroWest invites area early music enthusiasts to its Saturday morning program on February 10 exploring French chansons. The program for all types of early instrumentalists begins at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord. The registration fee for this session is $12; register by February 7.

Register for Minuteman courses now

Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington is now accepting applications for its winter/spring 2007 evening classes for adults. Courses will be offered in such categories as computer aided drafting, art, languages, cooking, home maintenance, woodworking, landscape design and auto damage appraisal. Courses available to teenagers include SAT prep and certification classes for lifeguards and water safety instructors. For more information, call 1-781-861-7150 or 1-781-861-7151 or visit www.minuteman.org. Telephone registration is available with MasterCard and VISA.

New Middlesex courses

Thinking about a new career in the new year? Check out these courses at Middlesex Community College (MCC). Classes are held days and evenings at the Bedford and Lowell campuses.

Exploring Careers in Meeting and Event Planning (CE 2779 30). This course explores the career opportunities in meeting-and-event planning, a rapidly growing industry. Find out what skills and interests it takes to become a meeting-and-event planner, and what professional organizations provide support. This course meets from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, January 27, on the Bedford campus. Cost is $49.

Real Estate Salesperson (CE 2731 30). MCC is partnering with American Real Estate Academy to provide 24 hours of classroom instruction to prepare for the Massachusetts state real estate exam. After successful completion of this course, students will be provided with the certificate necessary for the exam and the toll-free phone number to schedule an exam date. Students must be 18 years of age and have completed a state-approved course to be eligible for a salesperson license. Textbook will be provided. Please bring a notebook, pen and highlighter to each class. This course meets from 6 to 10 p.m. Mondays, February 5 through March 26 on the Bedford campus. Cost is $245. (Course not eligible for waivers or vouchers).

To register, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining/.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Once again the award-winning Chinese New Year Celebration for the whole community will be held at the Carlisle School Corey Building on Saturday, February 10, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Students from the Chinese classes will be singing Chinese folk songs, performing Ribbon, Lion and Dragon Dances and demonstrating martial arts. Crafts include Chinese calligraphy and traditional Chinese paper-folding. Chinese food will be served buffet-style. Admission at the door is $5 per person or $20 per family. This event won the Massachusetts Cultural Council's 2006 Gold Star Project Award and is not to be missed.

Concord Orchestra concerts begin January 26

The Concord Orchestra is presenting Mediterranean Journeys: a program of music inspired by composers' travels in Italy and the Mediterranean on January 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. The concerts will be held at 51 Walden Street, Concord. Tickets are $20, $16 for seniors and students. For reservations call 1-978-369-4967 or visit www.concordorchestra.com.

New Clark Gallery exhibit

The Clark Gallery, 145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln, is featuring the work of Randall Deihl, Phillip Gabrielli and Fred Lynch in an exhibition called "Rendering Reality," from now until January 25. These are works that depict reality in unique and unexpected ways, challenging traditional notions of realistic painting. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 1-781-259-8303.

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