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Friday, November 2, 2007

Town Clerk's office to remain open during Hinton's absence

Charlene Hinton, Town Clerk, will be having knee replacement surgery on Friday, November 2, and will be out of the office for about four weeks. Irene Blake, Assistant Town Clerk, will be working full time while Hinton is out on leave.

The Town Clerk's office will try to maintain regular office hours (9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday) but if you need to meet with the Clerk, please call ahead to confirm that the office is staffed. Hopefully, this will have no effect on residents and the Town Clerk's office will do its best to provide full service to everyone during this time.

Friday Night Live is back tonight

The popular Friday Night Live (FNL) program continues tonight, November 2, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Carlisle School. If you are in grades six to eight, come out for basketball, ping pong, games, dancing and pizza at the Carlisle School. Bring a parent or guardian with you to fill out the permission and CORI Release Authorization forms. Guests of Carlisle students are allowed to attend if the Carlisle student's parent or guardian remains at FNL to chaperone.

A $4 admission fee is collected at the door. Pizza, soda and water are available for a small additional charge. For information, contact PJ Jewell at 1-978-371-8995 or, or contact any member of the Carlisle Youth Commission.

Daughters of the Appalachians at Union Hall Coffeehouse tonight

The Union Hall Coffeehouse at The First Religious Society presents a live performance of the play, Daughters of the Appalachians — Six Unique Women, by Linda Goodman, adapted for the stage by Marc Clopton, produced by Dian Francesca Cuccinello and directed by Arlene Barnard and Marc Clopton, on Friday, November 2, and Saturday November 3 at 8 p.m. EJ Ouellette, the composer for Daughters, will play live Appalachian music at 7:30 p.m. B.Y.O.B if you wish for cabaret-style seating in Union Hall. Tickets are $18 at the door, $16 for seniors over 65 and students.

RecCom, ConsCom and BOH offer calendar

A lovely 2008 calendar titled, "Plants For Shade" is being offered as a collaborative effort between the Carlisle Recreation, Conservation and Health Departments to raise awareness about gardening without pesticides. Samples of the calendar can be found at the Town Hall and the calendars may be purchased in the Recreation office for $8 each while quantities last. The calendars may also be purchased through the UMass extension web site for $12 each.

Each date on the calendar offers times of sunrise and sunset and helpful gardening tips. Beautiful photos of shade tolerant plants suitable for Massachusetts gardens, accompanying plant descriptions and other helpful UMass Extension services are included in the calendar. Stop by the Recreation office and pick one (or more) up for yourself and your gardening friends.

Marcella Pixley speaks November 10

Marcella Pixley 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. Books will be available for sale. 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 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, with continental breakfast, will end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow.

Potluck and contra dance on November 9

The first contra dance of the season will be held Friday, November 9, in Union Hall at the First Religious Society in Carlisle center. In the old New England tradition, a potluck supper will precede the dance at 6:30 p.m.; dancing begins at 8 p.m. Calling by Sue Rosen; music by the 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 are welcome. For more information, call 1-978 369-1661.

Help the Trails Committee build boardwalks November 3 and 4

The Carlisle Trails Committee will lead a group of volunteers to build boardwalks: on Saturday, November 3, in the Davis Corridor and on Sunday, November 4, at the Towle Land. Join in any time from 9 a.m. until the job is done. On Saturday, park at the Malcolm Meadows trail parking lot off Stearns Street, 0.6 miles from Bedford Road (look for signs). If you arrive after 9, follow signs to the work area (about 0.5 mile). On Sunday, park near the trail entrance on Bingham Road, 0.2 mile from Concord Street (look for signs). All ability levels are welcome. Bring hammers, nail aprons, gloves, eye protection and waterproof boots. Students may 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 more information, call Henry Cox at 1-978-371-0316 or Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Encore on greenhouse warming November 3

Tomorrow (November 3), Carlisle Climate Action joins several other towns to bicycle or carpool to Concord to join the Revolutionary Energy Rally at the Minute Man National Historical Park to support the fight to reduce greenhouse gases so as to help protect our children's quality of life.

Meet at 1 p.m. at the Carlisle Town Common. For the latest details, see Click on "Join an Action" and get to the Carlisle information for our event, and to Concord for the main rally.

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.

Sports sale at Fenn School November 3

The Fenn School, 516 Monument Street, Concord, will sponsor its annual sports sale on Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m. to noon in the school's new gym.

Sporting items typically available for budget-conscious shoppers include previously owned ski clothing and equipment, ice skates, helmets, pads, athletic shoes, hiking boots, bats and gloves, tennis rackets, bicycles, exercise equipment and fishing gear. Items offered this year include a brand new toboggan, a car bike rack, jogging stroller and a portable driveway basketball hoop. Boys' blazers, dress pants and sweaters will also be on sale.

Library computer course November 7

Would you like to learn more about electronic databases available to you through the library? The Gleason Public Library is offering an introductory electronic database course on Wednesday, November 7, from 10 to 11 a.m. This is an introductory course focusing on basic searching and browsing through a database. Call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898 to register. Registration is required due to space limitations.

PJ Story Time at the Gleason Library

Story Time, aimed at ages three and up, will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, at the Gleason Library. Come with your little one and share some stories and rhymes. Children (adults too) are welcome to come in their PJs and to bring a stuffed animal. For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898.

New England Winds ensemble November 2

Join us for a delightful evening of music by the New England Winds of the United States Air Force on Friday, November 2, at 7 p.m. This five-piece ensemble includes Staff Sergeant Andrew Fordham on horn, Staff Sergeant Avril Claytor on flute, Staff Sergeant Richard Hobson on clarinet, Senior Airman Kate Nettles on oboe and Staff Sergeant, Christopher Stahl on bassoon, who will play a selection of popular, Broadway, patriotic, folk and jazz tunes. BYOB and appetizers to enjoy during the show. The concert will be at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford. Call 1-978-692-6333 or visit for more information. This program is free and open to the public.

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 at

Guitarist Farrell plays Westford November 9

The Westford Historical Society presents guitarist, Tim Farrell, on Friday, November 9, at 8 p.m. at the Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road, Westford. Potluck refreshments. Tickets are $10/ members of the Westford Historical Society; $15/ non-members; $5/teens; under 13/free. Reservations are recommended at 1-978-692-5550 or For information, visit

Free asthma workshop November 5

Parents are invited to a free workshop about childhood asthma on Monday, November 5, at 7 p.m. at Children's Hospital/Beth Israel Medical Care Center, 482 Bedford Street, Lexington. Pediatric Asthma Educator Debra King, RN, will explain how to recognize the signs and symptoms of asthma, understand the things that trigger them, and how to use asthma medications properly.

For more information, or free educational brochures, call 1-781-444-7778 or visit

COA upcoming trips

The COA will visit Prague, Vienna and Budapest for 15 days, March 25 to April 8, 2008. The per-person cost includes air, hotels, all breakfasts and dinners and sightseeing. Prices start at $2749 + $285.20 for airport taxes and departure fees. Deposits are due by November 15.

The COA is planning an April school vacation trip for grandparents, parents and students to Sorrento, Italy, from April 19 to 27, 2008. The trip includes hotel, airfare, sightseeing and visits to Naples, Pompeii, Isle of Capri, the Amalfi coast, Monte Cassino and much more. Prices start at $2,199. Deposits are due by December 25.

Call Joanne Willens for any of the above at 1-978-371-8023.

Concord Youth Theatre presents Honk!

Concord Youth Theatre is proud to announce the November 2 opening of its fall Mainstage Performance Company show, "Honk!" The hilarious musical is based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, "The Ugly Duckling," with a decidedly modern and humorous flavor. Local Carlisle youth Amy Nosowitz and Miles Petrie appear in featured roles.

The show opens at the Ephraim Curtis Middle School, 22 Pratts Mill Road in Sudbury, for six performances, November 2 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., and at 2:30 p.m. on November 3, 4, 10 and 11.

Tickets for "Honk!" are $12 and $9 and can be purchased by cash or check at the door, or by calling the CYT box office at 1-978-371-1482, select option 1.

Concord Players present Neil Simon's The Odd Couple

What happens when a highly allergic, very neurotic and just-a-little-suicidal neat-freak moves in with a free-wheeling, beer-swigging slob? Come see The Concord Players production of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple to find out why audiences have been laughing since 1965.

Show dates are: November 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 at 8 p.m. and November 11 at 2 p.m. at 51 Walden Street in Concord. Tickets and Information: or 1-978-369-2990. Reserve for opening night and enjoy a pre-performance reception.

Square/contra dance November 11

Join the Parish Center for the Arts (PCA) for a family square/contra dance at the with Lisa Greenleaf calling on Sunday, November 11, from 3 to 5 p.m.

The PCA is at the corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street on Westford Common. For more information, call 1-978-692-6333, e-mail or visit

MCC hosts info session November 7

Middlesex Community College (MCC) will host an information session especially for evening, weekend and online students from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on November 7 in the Bedford Campus Center, 591 Springs Road.

To reserve a spot at MCC's Information Session, or for more information, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit

COA doings

· 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.

· Thanksgiving luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, November 15, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for a gala holiday lunch, followed by entertainment by the Carlisle Line Dancers and door prizes. Blood pressure screenings will be provided from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP by Thursday, November 8. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated.

· Nutcracker: Join the COA to see The Nutcracker, presented by the Boston Ballet at the Opera House on Sunday, December 9, at 1 p.m. Tickets ($54 per senior) must be reserved by Friday, November 9. The van will leave Town Hall at 11:30 a.m. To reserve your space, contact Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or e-mail her at Send a check made out to the Carlisle COA to Kathy Mull at the Carlisle COA, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

· Nashoba Technical HS luncheon: Join the COA on the van or on your own on Tuesday, November 13, at 11:45 a.m. at Nashoba Tech's restaurant at 100 Littleton Road for lunch. Choice of baked sea scallops with crab and cracker stuffing or lemon boneless chicken breast with a béchamel sauce. Coffee, tea and dessert are included. Cost is $10 cash, plus tip. Reservations must be made by November 8, by calling 1-978-371-2895.

· Podiatry clinic: Dr. Ayleen Gregorian, DPM, will be at the Sleeper Room from 9:30 a.m. to late afternoon on Tuesday, November 13. The cost is $15 (cash or check made out to Friends of Carlisle COA). The Friends of Carlisle COA partly fund this program. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to make an appointment.

· COA book club: The COA book club resumes its monthly schedule (second Wednesday) on November 14, at 10 a.m. The book for November is Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. December's book is The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr. For more information, call Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-6318.

· CCHS Thanksgiving lunch: The CCHS junior class will host their annual senior Thanksgiving lunch on Saturday, November 17, at CCHS at noon. Call the COA office for reservations no later than November 7.

Armchair travel in Carlisle November 6

Local travel enthusiast Charlie Allman will host a monthly open discussion series about world destinations. Join the next adventure on November 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the Hollis Room of the library. Each month, a short video travelogue will be shown, followed by an open discussion, shared experiences, photographs and recommendations for the selected destination. This is the first in an ongoing series and participants are encouraged to help frame the discussion. Participants are welcome to bring their own visuals (photos, mementos) or come prepared to take notes. Library items, such as DVDs, books and complementary materials will be displayed for easy access. Sessions are limited to 90 minutes; the videos are produced by Allman.

The next destination will be the Canary Islands. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 6, and Tuesday, December 4, at 10:30 a.m. These programs are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. Refreshments will be provided. For information on this program series and other offerings at the Gleason Public Library, visit

All-club dinner November 10

Autumn is in full bloom, the children are busy at school, and its time to have a night out before the hustle and bustle of the holidays. The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club decided to let someone else do the cooking and washing up. Join in on Saturday evening, November 10, at 7 p.m. at Papa Razzi Restaurant for a leisurely evening of socializing and dining, featuring a sampling of some of the restaurant's most popular dishes. The club appreciates the hospitality that Papa Razzi and other merchants extend to welcome our new town residents. A great evening is anticipated. Don't forget to mark your calendar for December 15, the club's upcoming holiday party.

If you are interested in attending this event, or any of our many events, visit 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 Kathy Cuocolo, president, at 1-978-318-9332 or

both. Love arias, notably "Ah, well Beloved" and "There was a Time," were performed with exaggerated poses, simultaneously rendering them as sweet as a love scene in a silent movie, acknowledging their origins in grand opera, and communicating them as sparkling, comic moments.

A typically convoluted plot

Like all G&S operettas, The Gondoliers is fully loaded with an incredibly convoluted plot, send-ups of political and social figures (jokes involving "Wesleyan Methodists" who are converts from Spanish nobility come to mind), and plenty of Gilbert's famous rapier thrusts at snobbery and class distinctions. There are mistaken identities, babies switched in infancy, an arranged marriage that goes wrong, boys-meet-girls-lose-girls-and-get-girls, and a parade of increasingly farcical characters and plot devices resulting in twice the usual number of lead singers. The music keeps pace with the repartée, and the effect, in the capable hands of the Savoyards who have returned to their roots with this operetta, will delight faithful Gilbert and Sullivan fans as well as a new generation of theater-goers.

Productions are November 9, 10 and 17 at 7:30 p.m., and November 11, 17 and 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $24/adults, $22/seniors and students, and $16/childen 12 and under for reserved seats and may be ordered by sending a check and SASE to: Savoyard Light Opera Company, P.O. Box 333, Carlisle, MA. Tickets may also be ordered online at or by phone at 1-978-371-7562. They will also be available at the door about one hour before showtime.

Concord antiques sale November 2

The annual Concord antiques sale will be held on November 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on November 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Trinitarian Congregational Church at 54 Walden Street, Concord. The sale features 36 exhibitors and will offer a wide variety of quality, affordable antiques. The Tri Con Coffee Shop will be serving lunch and homemade desserts during the event. Admission is $7 per person. Proceeds benefit greater Boston and local outreach programs. Door prizes will be offered. For information, call 1-978-369-4837.

Concord art fair November 10

Come to the annual holiday art and craft fair at the Concord Scout House, Concord Center, Saturday, November 10, at the Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Meet local artists and crafters as they present their work for sale. Choose from photography, marbled and handmade paper, blank journals, sculptured boxes, ceramics, wooden bowls, one-of-a-kind knitted, crocheted and sewn clothing and accessories. View a diverse selection of jewelry, handmade cards, gift baskets, ornaments, jams and jellies and soaps. Several Concord authors will have their books on hand to sell and sign. The Country Dance Society is sponsoring the fair and will hold a contra dance from 8 to 11 p.m.

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, please send a letter of interest by to Sylvia Willard, Conservation Administrator, Carlisle Conservation Commission, Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle Massachusetts, 01741.

Chamber Players perform November 18

The Concord Chamber Players, with violist Steven Ansell will present works by Hindemith, Dvorak and Brahms on November 18 at 3 p.m. at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street, Concord. For tickets and information, call 1-978-371-9667 or visit

"River Visions 2007" November 10

The ninth SuAsCo watershed forum, "River Visions 2007," will take place on Saturday, November 10, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Clock Tower Place in Maynard. The keynote speaker is U.S. EPA Region 1 Administrator Robert W. Varney. For information, visit or contact Nancy Bryant at 1-978-461-0735 or

Seminar on mutual funds November 13

Financial consultant Barbara Allison will offer a seminar at CCHS on Tuesday, November 13, from 7 to 9 p.m., designed to help people read the literature on their

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