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Friday, March 16, 2007

Mosquito Trash Party March 31

Save the date: Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m. to noon, the annual Mosquito Trash Party is coming to a neighborhood near you and everyone is invited.

This Mosquito-sponsored event is a community-wide roadside pick-up of trash and litter by individuals and civic groups. Everyone is invited to stake a "trash claim" on his or her street or in a neighborhood. All trash that can be moved by one person and will fit into a pick-up truck is fair game. Remember those work gloves.

Free refreshments and trash bags will be available in the parking lot next to Ferns from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Stop by to chat, grab a bag or two and fortify yourself for picking trash with coffee, juice and donuts. Let Lynne Carpenito (see below) know where you will be collecting so we can pick up the bags about noontime.

Volunteers with trucks or trailers who will be available around noon to retrieve the bags and deliver them to the Transfer Station are needed. This is also an opportunity for students and Scouts to earn community service hours.

RSVP to Lynne Carpenito at 1-978 371-7508, to stake your claim, help with trucking or sign up for community service hours.

COA MFA trip

The Council on Aging (COA) will travel to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on April 24 for "Art in Bloom." The COA van will pick you up at your home, if needed; otherwise, park at the Congregational Church, 147 School Street, to leave Carlisle at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $16 per senior. Make checks payable to the Friends of Carlisle COA and mail to Joanne Willens no later than Thursday, April 1. Lunch is on your own at the MFA. Call Joanne at 1-978-371-8023 to sign up for this day trip.

CCYH registrations/evaluations for next year

Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey online registration for next year is now available at for Mites, SQ, PW, Bantam, Girls U10, U12 and U14. Evaluations are the first week of April. Contact Sarah Beguelin, CCYH Registrar, at with questions.

Peter Alden to speak at FRS April 12

Concord naturalist, ornithologist and environmentalist Peter Alden will speak on "Changes in Flora and Fauna in the Concord-Carlisle Area from Thoreau's Time to the Present" on Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Union Hall, First Religious Society (FRS). The Carlisle Historical Society and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library are co-sponsoring this free lecture. Refreshments will be served.

Parent Support Group meeting March 23

If your child struggles in school academically or socially, come to the Parent Support Group meeting and see how you can help your child with these difficulties. The meeting will be on March 23 at 9 a.m. at Kerri Piette's home, 95 Patch Meadow Lane. Call Kerri at 1-978-371-0365 with questions.

Concord Youth Theatre opens Schoolhouse Rock, Live! tonight

Concord Youth Theatre presents Schoolhouse Rock, Live! at the Thoreau Elementary School, 29 Prairie Street, West Concord, beginning tonight at 7:30 p.m. Additional show dates are March 23 at 7:30 p.m. and March 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 2:30 p.m. The show is appropriate for ages four and up. Tickets, at $12 and $9 , are available at 1-978-0371-1482 or

Pirates of Penzance at 51 Walden March 17

A spirited, costumed concert performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta The Pirates of Penzance will be staged at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden Street in Concord at 8 p.m. on March 17. The production is a collaboration of the Concord Orchestra, Concord Band and Concord Players.

Alan Yost will conduct the concert, which is being sponsored by the Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord (FOPAC) as a fundraiser for the stage renovation project at 51 Walden. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students, and will be available at the door. Call 1-978-369-7911 or visit to order tickets.

"Sixty Minutes with Mike and Chris Wallace" is April 24

Middlesex Community College's 2007 Celebrity Forum presents "Sixty Minutes with Mike and Chris Wallace," a conversation between father and son, at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, in Lowell Memorial Auditorium. A book-signing will follow the program. Tickets to the Celebrity Forum are $65 for premier seating, with other seats available at $35. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium box office, located at 50 E. Merrimack Street, in Lowell, and through Ticketmaster in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. To order tickets by mail (service charges apply) or for more information, call Middlesex Community College at 1-978-656-3238 or visit

Passover workshop at Kerem Shalom

Are you getting ready for Passover? Then join temple Kerem Shalom on Tuesday, March 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m., for a workshop for members and non-members led by Rabbi Michael Luckens. You will leave with new ideas to plan your seder, or simply to enjoy one that you attend. Refreshments will be served and our book fair will be open to browse through Haggadot and Passover stories.RSVP by March 14 to 1-978-369-1223 or This event is free of charge.Kerem Shalom is located at 659 Elm Street, Concord.

Visit to the Institute of Contemporary Art on March 28

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club is planning to visit the Institute of Contemporary Art during the last week of March. Club members are invited to join in for an exploration of this new architectural gem and the innovative art within. Meet at 9 a.m. at Crosby's Market for carpooling. For more information, visit or call Barbara Lewis at 1-978-287-0049.

Davis Bates brings stories to Discovery Museums

Multicultural March continues at The Discovery Museums, with a special show featuring Davis Bates, storyteller. On Thursday, March 22, Davis will present two programs, one at 10 a.m. and the other at 10:30 a.m. featuring "Under One Sky: Stories and Songs for Everyone," a multi-cultural mixture of stories and songs that celebrates diversity and the environment.

Museum admission is $8 per person to visit one museum and $12 per person to visit both museums; children under 12 months are free. For further information, call 1-978-264-4200 or visit

Lexington Arts and Crafts March exhibit

The Lexington Arts and Crafts Society hosts its annual spring show until March 24 at Parson's Gallery, 130 Waltham Street, Lexington. The show, entitled "Brushes and Baskets," combines paintings, fine basketry and painted decorative pieces. Carlisle's Gail Fitzpatrick, herself a well-known portrait painter, will judge the exhibit and award prizes in all media and Best of Show. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For information, call 1-781-862-9696 or visit Admission and parking are free.

Concord Chamber Players March 18

The Concord Chamber Players present a "string extravaganza" with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m. at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street, Concord. There will be a pre-concert lecture with Steven Ledbetter at 2 p.m. For tickets and information, call 1-978-371-9667 or visit

"The Spring Bling 2007" CCHS Step Club Show is March 24

"The Spring Bling 2007," sponsored by the Zeta Phi Delta Step Club at Concord-Carlisle High School, is a talent/fashion show featuring performances by the Step Club and a dance group from Alcott School, as well as other student talent from Boston, Concord and Carlisle schools K-12. Step Club members and other students will model fashions from Boston area designers and popular retailers. The "fashion talent/ extravaganza" takes place Saturday, March 24, at 6 p.m. at CCHS.

CCHS cafeteria will be transformed into a Boston Marketplace for Boston and Concord area venders selling specialty items, as well as pizza and light refreshments. Tickets for a raffle that includes an iPod and other prizes will be on sale at intermission. Winners will be announced during the show.

Tickets can be purchased during lunch blocks at CCHS until March 21. Limited ticket sales will be available the night of performance. Advanced purchace tickets are $7; night of performance tickets are $10, with children (12 and under) $5 and senior citizens (65 and older) $7.

FDVS meets on March 19

The Friends of Domestic Violence Services (FDVS) would like you to learn more about domestic violence, controlling partners and unhealthy relationships, about what this organization does to help your friends, relatives and neighbors and about how you can support them. Join them in the Hollis Room of Gleason Public Library at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 19. Refreshments will be served. For information, call 1-978-318-3421.

Stress reduction classes start March 21

Learn to respond to stress in new, positive ways at a one-night workshop with Pam Ressler on Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. You will learn stress reduction exercises, meditation and relaxation techniques to use at home and at work. The course fee is $35.

Using bio-mechanics, Shirley Lynch's class, "Sitting in Motion," teaches subtle movements to release tension and promote improved posture and comfort while sitting at a desk or computer. This class will meet on Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m. The fee is $25.

To register, call Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education at 1-978-318-1540 days, 1-978-318-1432 evenings, or visit

Union Hall Coffee House grand opening

At the First Religious Society on March 31 at 7:30 p.m., the doors open at 6:45 p.m. and acoustic band City of Roses will sweep Union Hall Coffee House into its big first chapter. Tickets are $12 at the door. Expect two 45-minute sets with a 20-minute intermission time to mingle among friends and enjoy the array of refreshments that will be for sale in the Union Hall kitchen. Also, BYOB if you wish. Visit, and write in about what you think and whom you would like to see at the Coffee House. For information and bookings, contact Dian Francesca Cuccinello, or 1-978-287-5745.

Scholarship Fund phonathon March 18

When your phone rings Sunday, March 18, and it is a member of the CCHS National Honor Society, give generously in support of the Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund (CCSF). With education costs rising every year, and applications up 24% last year alone, the Scholarship Fund has committed itself to significantly increase its ability to help students finance their college education. Community support is crucial. Visit for information. Contributions can be mailed directly to Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 217, Concord, MA 01742.

Wanted: new reporters

Looking for a way to become more involved in the community? The Mosquito needs additonal writers to cover the towns' news and feature stories. Send inquiries to:, or phone 1-978-369-8313.


The community planning meetings to be held on March 20 at 7 p.m. at Union Hall at the First Religious Society on the town green and on March 24 at 9 a.m. at Town Hall are being organized by the newly formed nonpartisan group, A Livable Carlisle Community. See letters

Volunteers needed

The Old Manse, on Monument Street in Concord, welcomes interested volunteers for events and projects during the 2007 season. Students: these volunteer opportunities count toward community service credit. Volunteer positions include event supporters (working at the April 16 Patriot's Day tent adjacent to the famous parade route and other events), visitor assistants (helping with front desk and gift shop operations), gardening/maintenance volunteers (assisting with caretaking of historic landscape) and others. Contact Deborah Kreiser-Francis at 1-978-369-3909 or for more information.

Parent forum March 26

Last December, the Carlisle School Council published a survey to all teachers and parents, asking for feedback on topics ranging from bus safety to satisfaction with the administration to provide detailed information that would be incorporated into the School Improvement Plan (SIP). The SIP is a legally mandated document created and published annually by this body, made up of Carlisle teachers/administrators, parents, and community members. Approximately 40% of parents and 55% of teachers provided detailed feedback.

In order to provide more clarity on major parental concerns, the School Council is offering parents an opportunity to provide further information to assist in creating a meaningful SIP, particularly on :

• What are the reasons for tutoring children in core curricular areas?

• What causes dissatisfaction with the level of challenge/differentiation in the classroom?

•What are the reasons for dissatisfaction with the writing curriculum?

An open meeting, giving everyone an opportunity to address these topics, will be held on March 26 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the school cafeteria. You may also provide your input via e-mail to

Summer programs at The Discovery Museums

Summer will soon be here and now is the time to start thinking about fun-filled activities to enrich your child's vacation. "Summer Discoveries," for the younger child, is taught by educators at the Children's Discovery Museum and supports each child's inquisitive nature. "Summer Scientists," taught by educators at the Science Discovery Museum, reflects the older child's capabilities and cognitive thinking level. Explorations, experiments, and inventions provide opportunities for children to build understanding and knowledge while having fun. Find information about the summer programs and a copy of the registration form at or1-978-264-4200.

Lowell Spinners tickets available March 20

Lowell Spinners baseball tickets will be available online at beginning March 20. Box office and phone sales will begin on Monday, April 2, at 11 a.m.

There is no change in ticket prices for 2007. Premium Box seats are $7.50; Box seats, $6.50; Reserved seats, $4.50 and Standing Room tickets (only available when an event sells out) are $3.50.

For more information, contact Jon Shestakofsky at 1-978-805-5117 or via e-mail

Movie at Gleason Public Library March 27

Discover a world that will take you on a fantastic journey: a world of dragons, magic, danger and beauty. Fly with the adventure on Tuesday, March 27, (early release day) at the Gleason Public Library, Hollis Room. The movie starts at 2:45 p.m. and ends about 4:30 p.m. We will provide popcorn and drinks. Grades five to eight only. Call 1-978-369-4898 with questions.

Exploring Parenthood through writing

Parenting young children is an exciting, exhausting and emotion-filled time that, believe it or not, flies by. Are you looking for a way to document and celebrate this unique and time-sensitive period of your life while you still remember the details? Share the similar experiences of other parents. No writing experience is necessary, but bring a love of your child, a sense of humor, and willingness to exchange ideas, brainstorm techniques, and hold the sacred memorable. Tea and cake will be offered.

The six-session journal writing workshop sponsored by the Center for Parents and Teachers will be led by Ruth Herman, writer, storyteller, founder and director of the Concord Writing Center, former Director of the New England Storytelling Center, and adjunct faculty member at Lesley University Graduate School.

The workshop will be held on six Thursdays: March 29, April 5, 12, 26, May 3, 10, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Ripley Building Conference Room 3, (except for April 12, held in the Ripley Building Little Theater). 120 Meriam Road, Concord. Sliding Fee Scale: $60-$120. (Your full fee helps support those who can only afford a portion.) Pre-registration is required at or 1-978-202-1146.

Emerson baby class is March 22

New and expectant parents will learn how to help your baby sleep longer and how to soothe even the fussiest baby in minutes.The Happiest Baby on the Block class will be offered at Emerson Hospital on Thursday, March 22, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.The cost is $45 per couple.For more information or to register, call Lisa at 1-978-287-3268.

Newcomers spring social is April 28

Come April, the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club will roll into spring when they hold their annual spring social in the theme, Casino Royale. Mark your calendars and save the date. Club members are invited to enjoy an evening of food, wine and games. Visit for more information, or call Barbara Lewis at 1-978-287-0049.

New Clark Gallery exhibits on view now

The work of Declan Halpin and Jessica Strauss, featuring metals and found objects, is now on view at the Clark Gallery, 145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln from Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until March 29.For information, visit or call 1-781-259-8303.

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