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Friday, October 26, 2007

Savoyards present The Gondoliers November 9 to 18

The Savoyard Light Opera Company presents Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers, from November 9 to 18, at the Corey Auditorium.

Prepare to glide the canals of Venice and to set sail with the engaging "Gondolieri," the lovely Contadine and "the Royal Infants married at birth who have never met." The Gondoliers is awash with infectious tunes and witty dialogue.

As always, this Savoyard Light Opera Company production will feature a full orchestra, original scenery and professional lighting. The music director is Fred Frabotta, with stage direction by Donna DeWitt. The talented cast hails from numerous towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Performances of The Gondoliers will be Friday and Saturdays, November 9, 10 and 17 at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday and Sundays, November 11, 17, 18 at 2 p.m., at the Corey Auditorium. Ticket prices for all performances are $24 for adults, $22 for seniors and students and $16 for children (12 and under). For tickets, call 1-978-371-SLOC (7562) or visit

Rick Irving speaks at CCHS October 30

On October 30, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Rick Irving will speak on "How to Foster and Maintain Protective and Satisfying Interactions with your Adolescent" in the CCHS Library, 500 Walden Street, Concord. Pre-registration appreciated. Contact the Center for Parents and Teachers (CPT) at or 1-978-202-1146. A free-will offering of $8 to $10 will be collected at the door.

Kids' book discussion group meets November 20

The Concord Free Public Library is forming for young people in grades four and five, meeting monthly on the third Tuesday of the month with a variety of facilitators. The November 20 book will be From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg, facilitated by CCHS students Molly Copeland and Maria Whelan. Multiple copies of the title will be available for circulation at the Main Library. This group will meet at 7 p.m. in the Concord Free Public Library's meeting room. For more information, call either Karen Ahearn at the Main Library, 1-978-318-3358, or Pat Pluskal at the Fowler Library, 1-978-318-3301.

Honoring 137 years of public service

Help Carlisle honor Esther and Waldo Wilson and their daughter Sarah Andreassen's 137 years of public service to our town. Donations are needed to purchase commemorative plaques and other memorabilia for the Fire Station, Police Station and Town Hall.

Waldo Wilson served as Fire Chief for over 50 years and Town Accountant for 45 years. Esther Wilson served as a one-woman Communications Department as Town Dispatcher for 52 years. Sarah Andreassen served as Town Clerk for 14 years and as Town Accountant for 28 years. The fitting tributes are being funded privately. Your donation will make it possible to recognize these extraordinary people and their dedication to Carlisle. Your check may be made payable to the Wilson-Andreassen Gift Fund and sent to Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Flu shots for seniors on November 30

Carlisle residents 65 years of age and over will be eligible to receive influenza vaccinations on Friday, November 30, from 10 a.m. to noon at Town Hall. Carlisle residents are also eligible to receive pneumonia and tetanus vaccines on the advice of their physicians.

Land Stewardship Committee seeks volunteers

The Carlisle Conservation Commission is seeking volunteers to join their Land Stewardship Subcommittee (LSC). The purpose of LSC is to assist the Commission with its management needs of approximately 1,100 acres of town-owned conservation land. The LSC oversees the implementation of broad objectives such as development of management plans and prioritization of the maintenance needs for each parcel under the Commission's care. The LSC also is working on outreach programs to promote conservation in Carlisle.

If you are interested in researching town history, reviewing and documenting habitat and site conditions, are willing to commit to walking conservation property, and assisting development and writing of management plans for Carlisle's crown jewels, send a letter of interest to Sylvia Willard, Conservation Administrator, Carlisle Conservation Commission, Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle Massachusetts, 01741.

Help build boardwalks November 3 and 4

The Carlisle Trails Committee will lead a group of volunteers in building boardwalks in the Davis Corridor on Saturday, November 3. Join in any time from 9 a.m. until the job is done, whatever your schedule permits. Park at the Malcolm Meadows trail parking lot off Stearns Street, 0.6 mi from Bedford Road (look for signs). If you arrive after 9, follow the signs to the work area (about 0.5 mile). On November 4, the committee will be working at the Towle Land. Park near the trail entrance on Bingham Road, 0.2 mile from Concord Street (look for signs); again the start is 9 a.m. All ability levels are welcome. Bring hammers, nail aprons, gloves, eye protection and waterproof boots. This is a good chance for students to earn community service hours. Coffee, donuts, drinks and sandwich materials will be provided. In case of heavy rain, the work will be postponed to the following weekend. For information, call Henry Cox at 1-978-371-0316 or Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Early release day movie November 6

Come see a superhero adventure full of flights, fight, and special effects on Tuesday, November 6 (early release day) at the Gleason Public Library, third floor Hollis Room. The movie starts at 2:45 p.m. and ends at about 5 p.m. The library will provide popcorn and drinks. Grades five to eight only. The movie rating is PG-13. Call 1-978-369-4898 with any questions. Also, remember to check out the Carlisle Recreation open gym from noon to 2:30 p.m. (grades five to eight) before the movie. Open gym requires you bring a permission note including a cell phone number from parents, in order to attend.

"Revolutionary Energy Rally" November 3

As part of Step It Up's support for curbing global warming, there will be a "Revolutionary Energy Rally" at the Old North Bridge on Monument Street in Concord on November 3 at 2 p.m. to call for leadership on global warming. Participants, some in colonial garb, will call for key priorities: no new coal plants, 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 and five million new green jobs. Meet at the Carlisle Town Common at 1 p.m. to bicycle or carpool. Speakers will include State Representatives Jamie Eldridge, Jim Marzilli and Bill Brownsberger and State Senator Susan Fargo. Everyone is urged to attend. For information, visit

Adult Ed offers computer courses November 7 and 8

Learn the basics of using a computer. Concord Carlisle Adult and Community Education is offering courses through DCR of West Concord to give you the skills and the confidence you need to make your computer work for you. Call 1-978-318-1540 weekdays, 1-978-318-1432 evenings, or register online for either the Basic Mac or Basic PC course. The PC course will be held on Wednesday, November 7, and the Mac course will be held on Thursday, November 8, both from 9 to 11:30 a.m., at DCR, 1260 Main Street, West Concord. The fee is $100.

Watch the birth of a painting October 27

D'Ann Brownrigg will demonstrate her exciting watercolor technique on Saturday, October 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. as part of her continuing exhibit "Nature: Bold and Free" at Re/Max Premier Property, 15-17 Depot Square, Lexington. The exhibit will be open until January 4, 2008 (hours: Monday to Friday 9 to 5 p.m., weekends 10 to 3 p.m.). Her rich colorful paintings emphasize the beauty and character of her natural subjects. She teaches watercolor at Lexington Arts and Crafts Society.

Musicals available on CD at GPL

Thanks to the generosity of Rik Pierce, the Gleason Public Library (GPL) now has hundreds of musicals on CD to offer. Check out the great collection, including shows from Broadway to the silver screen. For information, visit

COA doings

Halloween parade: Come watch the Carlisle Public School children march in costumes through Village Court on October 31 at 145 Church Street at 10:30 a.m.

Monthly coffee: On Thursday, November 1, join the COA, hosted by Jim and Betty Elgin and Tom and Karen Dunkers, for coffee, teas, pastry, fruit and other morning treats at 9:30 a.m. in the Sleeper Room. All Carlisle seniors are invited; no need to sign up.

Concord Players play: Seniors are invited to an open dress rehearsal on Thursday, November 1, of The Odd Couple at 51 Walden Street, Concord.

Armchair travel slide show: On Tuesday, November 6, at 10:30 a.m. in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library, local travel enthusiast Charlie Allman will present a program on the Canary Islands. For information, visit

Opera in Carlisle: The Friends of the COA Lee Milliken Fund and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library bring back John Tischio to lead a five-part series of operas on November 7, 14, 28 and December 5 and 12. The free series, limited to 50 people, will take place on Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library. Register by calling the library reference desk at 1-978-369-4898.

Men's breakfast: On Thursday, November 8, our mystery chefs will be cooking up a storm at the Sleeper Room at Village Court, starting at 8 a.m. No need to sign up; this event is open to all senior men. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated. For van service; call 1-978-371-6690.

Marcella Pixley to speak at library November 10

Marcella Pixley, middle school language arts teacher at the Carlisle Public School, will talk about her new book, Freak, at the Friends of the Gleason Library (FOGPL) annual meeting on Saturday, November 10, at 2 p.m. in the Hollis Room, Gleason Public Library. She will share her own memories and experiences of being an outsider in middle school and the universal feelings of being different and separate at a time when group dynamics are very intense. Pixley will also share advice with teens interested in publishing their own stories. Books will be available for sale.

Seating is limited to 50 people. If you are interested in attending, reserve your seat by calling 1-978-369-4898 or stop by the library reference desk. There is a limit of two people per reservation.

Carlisle veterans invited to Carlisle School November 9

Carlisle School's kindergartners and third-graders are hosting a Veteran's Day celebration for Carlisle veterans on Friday, November 9. The school requests that any interested veterans who are residents of Carlisle and have not received an invitation contact the school at 1-978-369-6550, ext. 4115. The celebration will last from 9 to 10 a.m., and will include students and school personnel. Veterans are welcome to wear their uniforms and medals. Refreshments will be served.

Drop-in Story Time at GPL October 30

Shake, rattle and roll right into Story Time and scare up some fun with a drop-in Halloween Story Time. Join in at the Gleason Public Library (GPL) on Tuesday, October 30, at 4 p.m. for stories, songs and more. These Story Times are for ages two to four. For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.

Friends of COA meet November 14

The Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) will meet in the Heald Room at Town Hall on Wednesday, November 14, at 10 a.m.

H.E.L.P. workshop November 8

How to Enjoy Living with a Pre-adolescent (H.E.L.P.) presents a workshop on Thursday, November 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Carlisle Public School Library.

With great humor, Dr. Kathryn Yamartino will help parents see the world through the eyes of their budding adolescents, and will offer both theory and practical suggestions for constructive responses. This workshop is free, but let the Center for Parents and Teachers know if you plan to attend by contacting Angela at or 1-978-202-1146.

Carlisle Conservation Morning Coffee November 13

The Tuesday, November 13, Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Jeff Brem, chairman of the Carlisle Board of Health (BOH) will be available to discuss changes to the local BOH septic system regulations currently under consideration. If adopted, these would be the first major changes in nine years and could affect how land is developed in Carlisle in the years to come.

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.

Save the following Tuesday mornings for upcoming coffees: December 11, January 8, February 12, March 11, April 8, May 13, and June 10.

Town-wide flea market October 27

Come one and all and clean out those closets. The Carlisle Farmers Market is sponsoring a town-wide flea market on October 27 (rain date October 28) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kimball's Ice Cream Stand on Bedford Road. If you are interested in participating, call Gale or Annette at 1-978-371-1925 or 1-978-369-0599.

Say farewell to Sharon Colvin

The Gleason Public Library says thank you and farewell to Sharon Colvin, young adult librarian. In her short time with the library, Sharon has done a lot for the teens in town. She has updated the books to include something for everyone. She started the TOGA group, where teens take an active role in deciding what the library does for teens. She developed a teen blog with great book picks and led the Harry Potter program for 2007. Sharon will be missed by us all. Please stop by the Library and send Sharon off with a fond memory of Carlisle. Her last two days will be Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3.

Newcomers welcome-to-town coffee November 6

Fall is in the air and it is always time for coffee and companionship. Most every month, on the first Tuesday of the month the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club meets for coffee to welcome new and not so new neighbors. The monthly coffee is a great way to "drop in" and see if the club could be for you. On November 6, coffee will be at the Nashoba Brooks Bakery at 152 Commonwealth Avenue on the west side of Concord, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

For information, contact Kathy Cuocolo, President, at 1-978-318-9332 or e-mail her at

Halloween equestrian event October 28

Great Brook Farm State Park will host a Halloween hunt pace equestrian event on October 28. Groups of up to four riders participate over the marked course; there are three different paces for riders and horses of all ages and abilities. Costumes are encouraged. There will be awards through tenth place in each division as well as costume awards. Food will be available for purchase. Entry forms and information are available at or from Barbara at 1-978-369-6469.

Carlisle Education Foundation auction November 2

The Carlisle Education Foundation (CEF) has unleashed its license-to-thrill with "For Your School Only!," its annual auction and dinner dance for the Carlisle Public School on Friday, November 2. Join in for a delicious gourmet dinner and live entertainment set in the rustic charm of the Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton. Items on the auction block include time at luxurious vacation homes, private catered dinners, four tickets to the December 16 Patriots game, orthodontic treatment, tennis packages, private concerts, artwork, children's activities and more. CEF's goal for 2007-08 is to raise $100,000 to purchase Mac computer labs for each grade level and support efforts to upgrade, renovate and rebuild our school campus.

For more information on the auction or to purchase tickets, contact Peg Gladstone at 1-978-246-6793.

CPC Halloween Party is October 27

The annual Carlisle Parents Connection (CPC) Halloween Party will be held Saturday, October 27, at Diment Park from 10 noon.

Bring your ghosts, goblins, pirates and princesses to enjoy many bewitching activities: face painting, temporary tattoos, crafts, our annual Halloween Trick-or-Treat parade and some extra special "treats." It is sure to be a "spook"tacular time for families with children from birth to age 5. Older siblings are always welcome as are families from surrounding towns. The cost is $5 per family and is free to current CPC members. The rain date for this event is Sunday, October 28, at Diment Park from 1 to 3 p.m. See for more information.

Grandparents, parents and students: trip opportunity

An April school vacation trip to Sorrento, Italy for parents, children, grandparents or families is offered by the COA. Prices, starting at $2,480, include hotels, airfare, meals and sightseeing in Naples, Pompeii, Capri, the Amalfi Drive, Positano and Monte Cassino. The trip will take place April 19 to 27, 2008. For a flyer, call Linda or Joanne Willens 1-978-371-8023 or 1-978-287-6029. Deposits are due by November 1.

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