The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 9, 2007

Mosquito needs friends and neighbors

Would you like to know more about how town government works? Want to meet more people and get closer to where the action is? The Mosquito needs reporters to cover important town committees and feature writers to cover the stories that showcase the unique community that is Carlisle.

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

Don't get stuck without your sticker

Get your new transfer station sticker now at the Police Station. New red stickers are $15 per vehicle. Bring your registration, or if the vehicle is leased, bring proof of residence.

COA Valentine's Day Luncheon and Indian Hill Concert

Join the Carlisle COA on Wednesday, February 14 at Union Hall at noon, for a luncheon of of sandwiches, desserts, and confections, and a variety of special teas (coffee also). Bring your favorite tea cup and/or collection of teapots or tea-related items for the display table. Following the luncheon, there will be a concert by a trio from Indian Hill. A donation of $2 is welcome. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 no later than February 12 to reserve your spot. All area seniors are invited. The Indian Hill concert is supported in part by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency which is sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

COA goes to North Shore Music Theatre

Join the Carlisle seniors for Crazy For You at North Shore Music Theatre May 2. This zany comedy with high-energy singing and dancing and hilarious plot twists is the winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Space is limited. the first 13 get to ride on the Carlisle Van; others will have to car pool.Lunch is on your own at the Sylvan Street Grille. The play is $45for inner circle seats. Call Joanne at 1-978-371-8023 if you want to go. Checks should be made out to the Friends of Carlisle COA and mailed to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741.

The COA also will be going to see Seven Brides for Seven Brothers on June 13.

COA trips

Upcoming COA trips include Quebec, May 14 to17; Sedona, Arizona on October 5; and Prague in March, 2008. For information, contact Joanne Willensat 1-978-371-8023 or joannewillens@comcast.net.

St. Patrick's Day luncheon for seniors March 17

The students of the Class of 2007 at Concord-Carlisle High School cordially invite the senior citizens of Carlisle and Concord to a traditional St. Patrick's Day luncheon on Saturday, March 17. The event will be held at Concord-Carlisle High School at 500 Walden Street, in Concord. Festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. A delicious lunch of corned beef and cabbage will be served at noon, followed by dessert and coffee. Entertainment will include a step dancer and lots of Irish music. The servers and entertainers will all be members of this year's graduating class at CCHS.

The event is free and open to all senior citizens in both towns. Make your reservation by March 9 by calling 1-978-371-2895.

McArdle presents latest book at GPL March 1

Carlisle author Tracy McArdle will present her latest book, Real Women Eat Beef, in the Hollis Room at Gleason Public Library (GPL) at 7 p.m. on March 1. McArdle will provide an entertaining read, so join the Friends of Gleason Public Library for this free program.

Senior tax preparation assistance

Any senior in Carlisle (60+) who needs assistance in preparing taxes can call the Bedford COA at 1-781-275-6825 to set up an appointment. There is no charge for this assistance. This service is being sponsored by AARP and the Bedford COA.

CSC Jimmy Fund Snow Challenge February10

Put on your boots. Grab your skis, snowboards, and goggles. It is time to hit the slopes for the 12th annual CSC Jimmy Fund Snow Challenge, Saturday, February 10. Skiers and snowboarders of all abilities are invited to Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford for team and individual racing to support cancer research and care for adults and children at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The day-long event includes an outdoor barbecue lunch, après ski party and auction. The entry fee for a four-person race team is $240 and for individual racers, $70. For every $150 raised above the registration fee, one second is deducted from the final race time, so everyone has a chance to win. If you do not want to race, you may buy a lift ticket with lunch for $50 to support the Jimmy Fund. For more information go to www.jimmyfund.com/snow, call Didier Putzeys at 1-781-290-1447, or e-mail jfski@csc.com. To sign up, just go to the mountain the day of the event. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., racing at noon, and awards and cancer survivor stories start at 3 p.m.

No Medicare Part D late fee for low-income enrollees

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Leslie V. Norwalk announced the elimination of the 2007 late-enrollment penalty for any beneficiary eligible for the low income subsidy for a Part D prescription drug plan, even if he or she failed to sign up by the program's initial deadline. Generally, Medicare beneficiaries who are qualified to join a prescription drug plan, or Part D, but choose not to enroll during their initial enrollment period, may be subject to a late enrollment penalty (LEP). CMS is now continuing the same protection against the LEP for low-income Medicare beneficiaries as it did during last year's launch of the massive new program. Under the new initiative, certain low-income Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan with no penalty through December 31, 2007.

Carlisle Recreation program openings

Carlisle Recreation, together with Acton Recreation, is offering a day trip to New York City on Friday, February 23 for American Girl doll fans. The trip fee of $155 includes motor coach transportation to American Girl Place on 5th Avenue, reserved seating at the American Girl Revue, luncheon, and time to browse through 5th Avenue shops. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

There are also spaces available for the upcoming:

· Gotta Dance: starting February 9.

· Early Release: February 13, to Nashoba Valley for snow tubing. Chaperones needed.

· Fencing: starting March 1.

For more information or to register, call Carlisle Recreation at 1-978-369-9815 or visit www.carlislema.gov/registration.

LATIN BRASS FOR EVITA. Carlisle's Nathan Hsieh (left) and Jon deAlderete rehearse for the CCHS production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita. Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 10. Winner of seven Tony awards, Evita is the story of Eva Duarte, who rose from obscurity to become the first lady of Argentina. As the wife of President Juan Peron, she became a national icon until her death from cancer at age 33.

Performances are in the CCHS auditorium on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, and March 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 4 and March 11, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for all performances are $15, and $10 for students and seniors. All seats are reserved, and tickets may be purchased online at www.ticketstage.com or by calling 1-978-341-2490. (Courtesy photo)

Potluckandcontra dance onFebruary 9

Come to acontra dancetonight, February 9,inUnion Hall at the First Religious Society. A potluck supper will precede the dance at 6:30 p.m.; dancingbeginsat 8 p.m. Sue Rosen will call the dances; music will be provided bythe Carlisle Band (Walter Lenk, Debby Knight, David Titus, Bruce Rosen) and friends.A $5-per-person admission will be collected during intermission.All dances will be taught. Beginners and singles welcome.

Early release day movie is February 13

Bring your lunch, your friends, and the library will provide the entertainment and snacks. The early release day movie for grades five to eight on Tuesday, February 13, will be shown starting at 12:30 p.m., third floor Hollis Room, Gleason Public Library. Call 1-978-369-4898 for information.

Library computer course March 7

Are you new to using computers? Do you need to brush up on your computer skills? The Gleason Public Library is offering a basic computer/Internet course on Wednesday, March 7, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This is an introductory course, focusing on basic searching and navigating through the Internet. Call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898 to register. Registration is required due to space limitations.

COA doings

· Knitting group: The knitting group will meet Tuesday, February 13, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the First Religious Society. They will make items to help homeless folks in Boston.

· Line dancing: Line dancing classes meet Friday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Union Hall. Each session is $3.50. To sign up or ask questions, call Nadine Bishop at 1-978-369-5080.

· Luncheon outing: Join the COA on Tuesday, February 13, at noon at Nashoba Valley Tech High School for lunch. Choices include fried filet of sole or baked chicken cordon bleu, soup, vegetable, starch, dessert, coffee or tea, all for $10 plus tip. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 by February 7 with your menu choice.

· Quilting and handwork group: This informal group meets in the Sleeper Room at Village Court on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 1 to 3 p.m. The next meeting is February 21.

· Bridge lessons: Roy Green will teach beginner and intermediate bridge lessons in March. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 as soon as possible so enough books can be ordered. The beginner class will be on Mondays at 7 p.m. and the intermediate class will be on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Both classes will meet in the Sleeper Room. Each course costs $60 plus $10 for a bridge book.

· Podiatry clinic: This clinic will be held on Tuesday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Sleeper Room. Appointments are necessary. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895. A fee of $15 (cash or check) is required. The rest of the fee is funded by the Timothy Wheeler House of Concord Fund and the Friends of the COA.

Carlisle community dance party February 17

On Saturday night, February 17, from 7:30 to 11 p.m., the whole community is invited to a Valentine Dance Party in Union Hall at The First Religious Society of Carlisle, 27 School Street.

A DJ with a fabulous mix of music will entertain the young and the young at heart. There is something for everyone. E-mail your musical requests.

Tickets are $10 at the door (and any spare change you want to throw in the "share-the-love" container for our sweethearts over at the Lowell Food Pantry). B.Y.O.B. There will be complimentary appetizers. Dress to kill. Glad Rags, boas and blinking heart rings are totally acceptable. For more information, contact Dian Francesca Cuccinello at dianfrancesca@comcast.net, or Alison Saylor at saylorfarm@comcast.net.

Newcomers Club fiesta

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club is planning for members to partake of margaritas and Mexican food at Ixtapa Restaurant and Cantina on Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington on February 10. 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.

Chinese New Year Celebration schedule

Chinese New Year will be celebrated in the Corey Building at Carlisle School on Saturday, February 10. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5/person, $20/family.

Cafeteria activities:

· 1:30 to 3:45 p.m., food served buffet-style,

· 1:30 to 4 p.m., arts and crafts, including calligraphy, good luck fish and Chinese paper folding

Auditorium activities at 2 p.m.:

· Dragon dance by eighth-grade Chinese class

· Lion dance by sixth-grade Chinese class

· Gold Ring Dance by kindergarten students

· Chinese folk songs sung by parents and fifth- to seventh-grade Chinese classes

· Chinese martial arts demonstrations by high school and seventh- and eighth-grade students

· Flute performance by seventh-grader

·Summer Peacock dance by Biyun's Chinese Children Dance School

· Chinese Ribbon dance by Chiao Bin Huang and seventh- and eighth-graders

· Chinese New Year song sung by students in Carlisle Chinese language classes

Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund applications

Applications for the Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund are now available online at www.CCscholarshipfund.org. Students seeking support for the 2007-2008 academic year must submit their applications by April 1. Applicants must reside in Concord or Carlisle or have attended school in one of these towns. Metco students are eligible. CCSF scholarships are primarily need-based, but also consider character, academics, and special talents.

Direct questions about applications or donations to ccsf@colonial.net.

Independent school students register at CCHS March 7

Concord-Carlisle High School offers an evening of registration for all Concord and Carlisle eighth- and ninth-grade independent school students and their parents on Wednesday, March 7, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the CCHS library. Families who have not received registration materials should call Mrs. McDonald at 1-978-341-2490, ext. 7108.

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