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Friday, February 16, 2007

Tickets for Evita now on sale

Tickets for CCHS' musical production of Evita are now on sale. Winner of seven Tony awards, Evita is the story of Eva Duarte, a young actress 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, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, March 4, at 2:30 p.m. The show is again performed the following weekend, March 9 and 10, at 7:30 p.m. and March 11 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for all performances are $15, $10 for students and seniors. All seats are reserved, and tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 1-978-341-2490.

Foss Farm garden plots available

Plots of 450-square-feet are available for $10 per plot, maximum of two plots per family. Gardens are plowed and staked each spring, and wells provide water for the gardeners during the growing season. Bob Dennison continues managing the Foss Farm Community Gardens.

To obtain a garden plot assignment, send a check payable to the Town of Carlisle by April 2. Include your name, address, telephone number, registration numbers of the vehicles that will be used at the gardens, along with a stamped, self-addressed return envelope to Bob Dennison, 165 Stearns Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Assignments for garden plot requests received after the April 2 deadline will be made on a space-available basis. It would be helpful if gardeners would include an e-mail address to facilitate communication should the need arise.

During the fall of 2006 soil samples were taken from three plots that represented a wide range of gardening styles. These were submitted for soil testing to the UMass Amherst West Experiment Station. Those gardeners who may wish assistance with their soil amendment decisions may review the test results at the Gleason Public Library or in the Carlisle Conservation Commission office at Town Hall, during regular business hours.

Notice to 2006 gardeners: Remove any remaining garden materials to facilitate plowing for the 2007 growing season.

Volunteer opportunities

The following two events sponsored by the First Religious Society (FRS) are available to those looking for interesting volunteer opportunities.

Jericho Road Project is a non-profit organization based in Concord whose mission is to enhance Lowell's economic sustainability by providing free capacity-building experience to non-profit organizations and small businesses.On Sunday, March 4, Linda Myers-Tierney and Jericho Road director Dan Holin will discuss the Jericho Road Project in a brief presentationat the FRS Sunday service at 10:30 a.m.

On Sunday, March 11, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Myers-Tierney will host a wine and Southeast Asian appetizer event at her home, 46 Lowell Street,to discuss specific opportunities for volunteers.Dan Holin will also be in attendance.RSVP by March 5 to Max Barber at 1-978-369-7943 or

For more information about volunteering with Jericho Road, contact Dan Holin at

CCTV course starts February 28

Learn how to use cameras and microphones at CCTV's three-week course, "Field Production Basics," from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday or Wednesday nights. The Wednesday night classes begin on February 28 and the Tuesday night classes begin March 6. CCTV will teach local residents how to create television programs and play them on Comcast's channel 8. For more information, e-mail or call 1-978-369-5038.

Parenting Workshop March 5

Maguire is a certified parent-to-parent coach offering training classes on parenting ADD children. All are welcome, but space is limited. RSVP to Kris Tocci at 1-978-371-6498 or

FRS to hold open meeting on cell tower March 1

As many townspeople are aware, the First Religious Society (FRS) has been negotiating with two cellular telephone companies, Nextel/Sprint and T-Mobile, to allow them use of the steeple as a base station. The FRS entered into these negotiations only after becoming convinced that this usage would pose no health hazards to town residents, and that, given the need for cellular coverage in the center, an invisible installation in the steeple would be preferable to construction of a free-standing tower near the center.

Cellular companies will shortly apply to the various town boards and committees for the necessary permits. Prior to that, the FRS Parish Committee will discuss the issue and hear the comments of our neighbors and townspeople at an open community meeting on the subject on March 1 in Union Hall at 7:30 p.m. All interested parties are invited. Representatives from the cellular companies will be at the meetings, and will discuss the detailed installation plans, the RF power levels the installations will produce in the area, health-related issues and any other topics that might arise.

Concord Band presents its Winter Concert March 3

The Concord Band will feature works by two American composers, J. Clifton Williams and W. Francis McBeth, in its Winter Concert on Saturday, March 3, at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden Street in Concord. There will also be a special performance by trombonist Don Lucas.

Tickets are $10 each ($5 for students and seniors) and are available at the door.

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 fencing class, starting March 1.

For more information or to register, call Carlisle Recreation at 1-978-369-9815 or visit

Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer extends registration

Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer In-Town (CCYS) has extended spring registration through February 26.If your child entering Kindergarten through Grade 6 in the fall of 2007 wants to play soccer locally, there is a program available.The season runs from April 28 through June 16 on Saturdays, with one practice scheduled during the week.Coaches are needed too; consider helping out the hundreds of registered players with your team-leading skills. To register a player, a coach or get information, visit , click on registration and follow the instructions.Player registrations received after February 26 cannot be guaranteed placement on a team and will be assessed a late fee.For questions, contact Nancy at or 1-978-369-7978.

McArdle presents lastest 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 reading, so join the Friends of Gleason Public Library for this free program.

MRHS fetes alumni

Minuteman Regional High School (MRHS) will showcase and honor the significant contributions of more than 15,000 graduates with its first "Alumni and Friends Awards Night" on Thursday, March 8, at Max Stein's American Restaurant in Lexington.Graduates are encouraged to visit to record their information, including their current address and e-mail address.

Warm up at Drumlin Farm

Drumlin Farm is offering plenty of exciting winter programs to warm the soul and nourish the spirit indoors and out. Creative parents and kids will love the "Natural Artists" program, which visits farm and wild animals to inspire imaginations for making puppets, masks and more, while kids of all ages can warm up by the fire with stories about feathered and furred friends for "Once Upon a Time." For adults, "Working with Wool" gives a unique approach to preparing fleece straight from the sheep at the farm, while "Backyard Chickens" teaches participants how to raise and care for chickens from start to finish. Make plans now to join us during February vacation week (February 19 to 23) for special programs for children pre-K through sixth grade. Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 208 South Great Road, Route 117, in Lincoln. To learn more about programs and pricing, call 1-781-259-2200 or visit

Concord Youth Theatre presents monster puppets February 21

Concord Youth Theatre presents Jim West and his giant monster puppets in "Mozart, Monsters and Matisse" on February 21 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Performances will be at the Sandborn Middle School, 835 Old Marlboro Road, Concord. The show is recommended for ages four and older.

Tickets are $10. Call 1-978-371-1482, mailbox 1 for reservations.

Motor vehicle and trailer excise taxes due March 15

Four thousand, five hundred thirty-four annual motor vehicle and trailer excise tax bills were mailed on February 15. The bills were mailed to the address provided by the registered owner to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.

The value of the vehicle is set by the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and the tax is assessed at a rate of $25 per thousand dollars of the tax value. The Registry provides all the necessary information to the town for the issuance of the bills. The due date of this bill is March 15.

Bills not paid by the due date will be subject to interest and additional charges. Payment is considered on time as long as it is received in the Collector's office by the due date. Postmarks are not acceptable evidence of timely payment.

If you have not received an excise tax bill for a vehicle which was registered as of January 1, or you believe you are entitled to an abatement of the assessed tax, contact the Assessor's Office at 978-369-0392.

Owners of vehicles registered in late calendar year 2006 or after January 1, 2007 will be issued excise tax bills later in the year as data is forwarded from the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Use the return envelope provided to pay by mail, or pay online at, by e-check, MasterCard or Discover. You must have your tax bill number and checkbook or credit card available. Simply click on the red banner which reads "You Can Now Pay Your Taxes On-Line," and follow the instructions.

Nominations now open for River Stewardship Award

The League of Women Voters and the Wild and Scenic River Stewardship Council are pleased to announce the fifth Annual River Stewardship Award. Applications are due no later than April 27 and are available at the Concord Town House and main library, or online at

The River Stewardship Award honors individuals or organizations whose actions demonstrate innovative thinking, creative solutions, extra effort, and brave positions that led to the health and preservation of the watershed. Stewardship projects could involve educational efforts such as water quality testing, recycling or clean up projects, innovative strategies, tools or technologies and advocacy in opposing wasteful and polluting horticultural practices or damaging development practices.

Individuals as well as colleagues, friends or neighbors can submit nominations. Call Betsy Sluder, LWVCC River Awards Co-Chair, for assistance and information at 1-978-369-1851.

Newcomers Club heads to MFA February 28

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club is planning a tour of the Paris Collections 2006 exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) on February 28. Meet at 8:45 a.m. to carpool into the city to enjoy unconventional couture, richly-colored and textured fabrics and some truly extraordinary fashions. Enjoy lunch together at the museum restaurant. Cost per person is $23.

If you are interested in attending this event, or any Newcomers event, visit If you, or someone you know, is new to Concord or Carlisle in the last several years, contact Barbara Lewis, president, at 1-978-287-0049 or

COA doings

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.

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 are 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.

Three local poets to read on February 25

Jonathan Weinert, Leslie Williams, and Mike Perrow will read their poems on Sunday, February 25, at the Concord Poetry Center (CPC), Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow Street, Concord. The reading will begin at 3 p.m. and will be followed by a reception. Admission is free, but donations to the CPC are welcome.

For more information or directions call 1-781-323-5181, or visit

Documentary will screen on February 23

Documentary filmmaker Mike Shiley, who recently returned from a two-month "tour" of Iraq working for ABC World News, Nightline and other news outlets,will introduce and screen his new film, Inside Iraq: The Untold Stories, Friday, February 23, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, in Middlesex Community College's Bedford Campus Center Cafeteria, 591 Springs Road. For information, call Rebecca Newell at 1-781-280-3763.

AAI guides woodland walk February 26

Explore conservation land with Animals As Intermediaries (AAI), a Concord non-profit organization that brings nature programs to underserved youth and elders in institutional settings. Open to the public and guided by AAI staff and volunteers, these monthly outings explore the beauty and richness of local habitats. AAI's next outing is on Monday, February 26, at 10:30 a.m. The group will meet at Animals As Intermediaries' offices at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow Street, Concord. Directions are available at For more information, contact Sophie Wadsworth at or 1-978-369-2585.

Model engineering show February 17

The New England Model Engineering Society will hold its annual show on Saturday, February 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Charles River Museum of Industry off Moody Street in Waltham. It will include a wide variety of precision working models powered in various ways and built by society members. Adult admission is $5, children six to 12, $3, and children under six, free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit or, or call Dave Stickler at 1-978-369-0214.

Rock music dance program at 51 Walden February 25

"Don't Stop the Rock," a dance show to rock music by Led Zepplin, Elvis,

The Beatles, Rob Zombie, the Grateful Dead and more, will be staged at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden in Concord on Sunday, February 25, at 6 p.m. Choreographer and dance teacher, Karrie Stang, is producing the show. Participants will include students at her "Gotta Dance" studio in Billerica and members of the Concord Players. Tickets are $15, and will be available at the door or may be reserved by calling 1-978-369-7911. Proceeds from the show will benefit the stage renovation project at 51 Walden in Concord.

CSEM features clavichord concert on March 8

The Cambridge Society for Early Music ends its 2006-2007 "Chamber Music by Candlelight" series with a concert by Peter Sykes and David Yearsley on clavichords performing a program entitled "An Evening in Bach's Circle" on March 8 at the First Religious Society on the Common in Carlisle. Tickets are $25, seniors $20, students with ID $10 and children 12 and under $5. For more information call 1-617-489-2062 or e-mail

John Burrows to lecture at Concord Museum March 1

Design historian John Burrows presents the Concord Museum's 2007 Mary M. Lesneski Memorial Lecture, "Decorating with Blue: From Washington to Whistler," at the museum on March 1, at 1 p.m. Burrows will present a selection of period rooms and patterns to show how blue was used in interiors in the Georgian, Federal and Victorian periods.

Reservations for the lecture and afternoon tea, organized by the museum's guild of volunteers, are required and may be made by calling 1-978-369-9763.

Exhibits at Whistler House

From February 28 to April 14, in the Parker Gallery at the Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street, Lowell, the work of landscape painter Ellen Perantoni will be on view. There will be a reception for the exhibit on March 3, from 2 to 4 p.m.

From March 31 to May 12, in the Members Room, multi-media artist Dorothy Simpson Krause will exhibit "Book + Art," in conjunction with the Boston Cyberarts Festival. The exhibit reception wil be on May 5, from 2 to 4 p.m.

For information, call 1-978-452-7641 or visit

Concord Band presents its Winter Concert March 3

The Concord Band will feature works by two American composers, J. Clifton Williams and W. Francis McBeth, in its Winter Concert on Saturday, March 3, at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden Street in Concord. There will also be a special performance by trombonist Don Lucas.

Tickets are $10 each ($5 for students and seniors) and are available at the door.

"An Evening in Transylvania" in Concord

"An Evening in Transylvania" will be held on Saturday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Parish in Concord. Hungarian Jazz pianist Laszlo Gardony will be the featured guest artist, with the First Parish Choir. Following the concert, Hungarian dances will be played in the Parish Hall. European desserts and coffee will be served. A silent auction of Transylvanian and travel items will be held. A demonstration of the Hungarian folk dance, the csardas, will be given, and noted photographer, Stephen Spinder, will speak about his book, Ten Years in Transylvania. The concert will benefit the choir's Summer 2007 Musical Pilgrimage to Transylvania.

Jury Commissioner warns against jury duty scam

The Office of Jury Commissioner is warning the public to beware of a jury duty telephone scam, after receiving a flurry of reports that this nationwide identity theft con has reached Massachusetts. Citizens from around the state have received calls from people claiming to be court officials chasing scofflaws who have missed jury duty. When

the target protests that he knew nothing of the supposedly missed jury duty, the caller demands personal identifying information (such as Social Security numbers and dates of birth) to confirm that the target is not at risk of fine or arrest.

The telephone call is a clear indication that the call is bogus, according to Jury Commissioner Pamela J. Wood. She reports that neither the Office of Jury Commissioner nor the courts ever contact jurors by telephone regarding their jury service. All communications are sent through the mail.

The Office of Jury Commissioner offers the following guidelines to anyone who gets a call about missing jury duty: under no circumstances should you give the caller any personal information about yourself or anyone else. Hang up and call the Office of Jury Commissioner at 1-800-THE-JURY (843-5879), or send an e-mail to, requesting confirmation of your juror status.

For more information on identity theft, how to avoid it, and what to do if you've been victimized, the following resources are available: Massachusetts Attorney General's Consumer Hotline: 1-617-727-8400; www.Mass.Gov Home Page (currently features Identity Theft); Identity Theft.pdf; Home Page "Hot Topics" link: Avoid ID Theft.

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.Minuteman Senior Services looking for SHINE counselors

Currently Carlisle does not have a SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs for Elders) counselor. We use Acton's but would benefit from having our own. SHINE will provide training sessions, starting April 10.

The sessions are: Tuesday, April 10 - Orientation/Medicare Part A and B, April 11 - Medigap/Medicare Advantage, April 17 - Medicare Part D/Internet and Medicare web site/other prescription drug coverage, April 18 - claims and appeals/quality assurance/fraud, April 25 - public benefits/other insurance, April 30 - public benefits, May 3 - Long term care/cultural competency/counseling guidelines, May 8 - catch up/review/practice. The training terminates with a review exam/reporting requirements/graduation on Thursday, June 7. All sessions are generally held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an hour off for lunch. Continental breakfast is provided; lunch is on your own. For more information, contact Cindy Phillips at 1-781-221-7070 or

Seussical needs props

This year's seventh-grade play, Seussical, needs props. They will be well cared for and will be returned to you after the production. Needed are: crutches, bandages (splints slings and collars), a kangaroo puppet, plastic or silk autumn leaves, musical instruments (keyboard, wind, string) that are sturdy and can be decorated, and a tricycle. Call Becky Konkle at 1-978-369-8931 and leave a message if you would like them picked up, or drop them off on the porch of 358 Autumn Lane with your name and address. Many thanks.

UNICEF event March 1

Pine Brook Road resident Annie Halvorsen will help host a reception for actress and UNICEF Activist Téa Leoni at the historic Gamble Mansion, 5 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, on March 1, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Four acclaimed Boston chefs will cater the cocktail reception and Leoni will speak on her knowledge and experience with UNICEF. Reception tickets begin at $125. Tickets for the dinner which will follow the reception range from $350 to $10,000. All proceeds will directly benfit UNICEF's programs for the advancement of children worldwide.

For more information, call 1-617-266-7534 ext. 105 or e-mail

Antique radio flea market on February 18

Antique Radio Classified is organizing the annual antique radio flea market for the Greater Boston Antique Radio Collectors on February 18 at the Westford Regency Inn in Westford from 8 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Admission is $10 (spouse and children free). For more information, call 1-978-371-0512 or e-mail

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 event rescheduled

The COA lunch, tea and Indian Hill concert will be held on Wednesday, February 21 at Union Hall at noon. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to reserve your spot. The Indian Hill concert is supported in part by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council.

Baseball/Softball clinics

Concord-Carlisle Youth Baseball/Softball (CCYB/S) clinics for kindergarten to eighth grade are held every Sunday at the CCHS Lower Gymnasium. All players who have signed up for spring 2007 CCYB/S or sign a waiver at the clinic are eligible to participate. The clinic is free but donations are welcome.The schedule for remaining winter clinics is as follows:


Sundays, February 18 and 25

• noon to 1:10 p.m.: ages 6 to 9

• 1:15 to 2:25 p.m.:ages 10 to 13

Sundays, March 4 through 18

• 10:30 to 11:40 a.m.: ages 6 to 9

• 11:45 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.: ages 10 to 13


Sundays, February 18 and 25

• noon to 1:10 p.m.: Grades K to 3

• 1:15 to 2:25 p.m.: Grades 4 to 8

Sundays, March 4 to 18

• 10:30 to 11:40 a.m.: Grades K to 3

• 11:45 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.: Grades 4 to 8.

All players should bring a glove and a pair of sneakers to change into. This is a great opportunity to sharpen your skills. The spring season will be here before you know it.

Great Brook offers adaptive recreation

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will offer adaptive recreation opportunities at Great Brook Farm this winter, free of charge for people with disabilities. A nominal charge may apply if a family member or friend needs to rent equipment. Cross-country skiing, sit cross-country skiing, kick-sledding and snowshoeing for individuals with disabilities will take place on Thursday, March 1, from 3 to 7 p.m.

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