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Friday, November 16, 2007

Holiday greens and craft sale is December 1

The First Religious Society, 27 School Street, will hold its annual holiday greens sale and craft fair with snack bar on December 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free. Questions? Call 1-978-369-5180.

Post-Thanksgiving trails walk November 23

The public is invited to join the Carlisle Trails Committee for a post-Thanksgiving walk in the Towle Land. This is a great time to start working on your Carlisle Trekker award. The group will visit the new Turtle Trail and the new boardwalk, as well as old favorite trails. The walk is about three miles, taking approximately two hours.

For families with small children, or others wanting a less strenuous outing, we will also offer a one-hour walk at a slower pace. The walks will depart from the Towle Land parking lot on Westford Road at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 23. As always, there will be refreshments at the end. Heavy weather cancels the trip. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Union Hall Coffeehouse presents Brazz Tree band tomorrow night

Union Hall Coffeehouse welcomes the incomparable Brazz Tree band ( from New York City on Saturday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. The opening act is young jazz songstress Zoe Scott with Rick Alpert. Tickets are $18 at the door, or online at An amazing café offers espresso, cappuccino, hot cider swirls, chocolate seductions, Mrs. Darling's Pies, refreshing cold drinks, and you can B.Y.O.B. if you wish. Glasses and ice are available.

Carlisle Police Department open house December 1

The Carlisle Police Department is hosting an open house at the Police Station on December 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take a tour of the station; drop off a toy for the toy drive; sign up for the annual Christmas tree pick up; pick up a safety lock for your firearm; check the Lost and Found for keys, glasses, and other items. New dump stickers may also be available. Stop by for coffee, refreshments, and sociability. Contact Officer Paul Smith at the station, 1-978-369-1155 for information.

CCHS's Animal Crackers opens November 30

Come see the student production of the zany Marx Brothers musical comedy Animal Crackers. Explorer Captain Geoffrey T. Spaulding attends a party in his honor at the Long Island estate of a wealthy society matron and during the party, all sorts of craziness breaks out. Performances are on Friday, November 30, and Saturday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 2, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door. Students and seniors/$10; adults/$15.

Civil war expert speaks November 29

The Carlisle Historical Society's Annual Meeting for members is planned for Thursday, November 29, at the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library. It will start at 7 p.m. with the election of officers for the coming year and a brief business meeting.

At 7:30 p.m., Dr. Paul Carpenter of Carlisle will give a slide-illustrated talk on Civil War artifacts in the Society's collection.

The Carlisle Historical Society holds one of the most significant collections of Gettysburg battle artifacts outside of Pennsylvania. Carpenter will discuss the initial results of his research on the origin and provenance of individual pieces in the collection. The talk is free and open to the public.

HGRM is closed Thanksgiving weekend

HGRM, the Household Goods Recycling Ministry at 530 Main Street, Acton, will be closed on Thanksgiving weekend, from Thursday, November 22, through Sunday, November 25. It will also be closed between December 21 and January 2. Donors should not drop off any goods during these time periods. Before and after the holidays, however, all are encouraged to bring household goods that are in good condition on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday mornings between 9 and noon. Visit, or call 1-978-635-1763 for information about HGRM and its volunteer opportunities.

School food for children with allergies program November 26

The Nashoba Valley Asthma and Allergy Educational Support Group is holding a meeting on Monday, November 26, at 7 p.m. at the Rita Edwards Miller School, 1 Mitchell Way, Westford. Patti Donahue, Director of Food Services for the Westford Public Schools and June McGonagle, Cafeteria Manager at the Miller Elementary School, will be on hand to talk with parents about food service policies and how they affect students with food allergies. The discussion will be led by Jean Claffey, who is a school nurse and mother of a teen with food allergies. There will be time for questions and sharing of ideas and resources. The meeting is free and open to the public. For infromation, call 1-781-444-7778 or visit

Pastel workshop at Gleason December 1

The Gleason Public Library is offering a free workshop for adults in pastel painting with award-winning artist, Gregory John Maichack, at the library on Saturday, December 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. Space is limited, so call 1-978-369-4898 to pre-register for this class. Hundreds of pastels and Canson pastel paper provided. Please bring a simple photo; however, Maichack will provide photos from Venice to work from, too. No experience is necessary.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. To learn more, visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

Westford PCA and Chorus present Messiah singalong November 25

Welcome the holiday season and raise your voice in joyful song at the annual PCA Messiah singalong on November 25 at 2:30 p.m. at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford. Westford Chorus director Daniel Rowntree conducts chorus soloists and the audience in selections from George Frederic Handel's beloved oratorio. James Barkovic provides piano accompaniment. Chorus members in the audience help the group stay on key. Scores will be provided and there will be cider and cookies at intermission. Admission $8/members; $10/non-members. Purchase tickets online at

Brahms in Carlisle Wednesdays in January

Elliot Lilien returns to Carlisle this January and February for a program series about Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). This series will be held Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on January 23, 30, and February 6 and 13. Registration begins December 3 at the Gleason Public Library reference desk 1-978-369-4898. This program series will be a consideration of Brahms as a composer, the strange history of his reputation, his rivalry with Wagner, the political meaning of his music in 1880, and a glimpse at his personal life. A good portion of the course will involve listening to the music.

This series is presented by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging, Lee Milliken Fund. This program is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. Registration begins December 3 at the reference desk, Gleason Public Library. To learn more about programs at the library, visit or call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898.

Lyme disease support group meets November 27

A Lyme disease support group for anyone interested in learning more about current research, articles and legislation proposals regarding Lyme disease will meet on November 27 at 7 p.m. at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord. For information, call Rose Ruze at 1-978-369-2396 or e-mail

COA to visit UK April 25

Join the COA trip to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales on April 25, 2008. For information, call Joanne Willens 1-978-371-8023 or e-mail her at or pick up a flyer at Carlisle COA office.

Concord Prison gift bag project needs donations

Concord Prison Outreach (CPO) is soliciting donations and volunteer efforts to help produce gift bags to be delivered to every inmate in each of Concord's two correctional facilities for the holidays. CPO is a citizens' group dedicated to fostering positive relations between the Concord prisons and the surrounding communities. For many prisoners, these bags are the only gift they receive for the holidays. Every year after the delivery, poignantly written thank you notes from inmates attest to the importance of this undertaking.

The Department of Corrections maintains very strict standards on what can be included in the gift bags, as listed below. Donors may choose to give one of each item on the list, only a few items, or large quantities of a single item. Volunteers will compile the gift bags, so deliveries may be packaged in any kind of ordinary bag. Lists of items deemed acceptable by correctional officials are as follows:

· 6 ounce tube of toothpaste

· bar of deodorant soap

· 1 pack #6 envelopes (6 inches x 3 5/8 inches)

· 1 pair of white socks (no tube socks or knee-highs)

· Pocket calendar (no wire)

· Bottle shampoo 15 ounces max, plastic bottle

· Stick deodorant (no roll-ons)

· Writing tablet/pad (no wire; 6 inches x 9inches)

· One holiday greeting card: "Happy Holidays," "Seasons Greetings," "Merry Christmas," but no other religious message. Signature optional but use first names only. Short notes are optional but appreciated. Handmade cards from children (no larger than a folded 8.5- x 11-inch sheet) are particularly treasured by the inmates.

· Cash donations that CPO volunteers can use to buy the items above are also welcome. Your tax-deductible check may be made out to Concord Prison Outreach, Inc., earmarked "Holiday Gifts" and mailed to Box 383, Concord, MA 01742. All contributions may be dropped off between November 19 and December 2 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord, at the River St. entrance. Volunteers are also needed from November 26 through December 12 to help fill gift bags. If you have questions, contact Beverly Duncan at 1-978-562-

5075 or Carol Miller at 1-978-369-3755.

Lexington holiday market starts November 30

The Lexington Arts and Crafts Society holiday market will run from November 30 through December 23 at 130 Waltham Street in Lexington. For information, contact: Ron Rossi at or 1-718-862-9636.

CCTV Channel 8

Council on Aging: November 19, 11:30 a.m., November 20, 8 p.m., November 22, 3:30 p.m.

Writer's Spotlight: November 19, 1 p.m.

CC Pop Warner Football: November 19, 2:20 p.m.

Global Warming Symposium: Noivember 19, 7:30 p.m.

CCHS Sports

Football: November 17, 1 p.m., 7 p.m.; November 22, 7 p.m.

Girls Soccer: November 17, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer: November 17, 5:05 p.m.; November 21, 10 p.m.

CCHS Music and Video

Film Leader: November 17, 3:20 p.m., 9:20 p.m.

Video Production: November 17, 11:44 p.m.

Chorus: November 17, 11 p.m.; November 21, 9 p.m.; November 22, 11 p.m.; November 23, 8:30 a.m.

Band: November 19, 8 p.m.; November 21, 1 p.m.

Orchestra: November 21, 2 p.m.

CCHS Experience: November 17, 3:10 p.m., 9:10 p.m.; November 21, 2:46 p.m., 9:44 p.m., 11:39 p.m.

Channel 9

Board of Selectmen: November 17, noon; November 18, 8 p.m.; November 19, 8 a.m.; November 20, 7 p.m.; November 21, 4 p.m.; November 23, 8 p.m.

Pathways: November 17, 8 a.m.; November 20, 4 p.m.; November 22, 8 a.m.

Regional School Committee: November 18, noon; 20, noon; November 21, 8 p.m.; November 22, 8 p.m.

2008 calendar available from RecCom, ConsCom and BOH

A lovely 2008 calendar titled, "Plants For Shade" is being offered as a collaborative effort among 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.

Learn to skate and play hockey beginning tomorrow

Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey's (CCYH) Mosquitos (Hockey 101) program begins November 17, from 7 to 8 a.m. at Middlesex School. This program is open to boys and girls ages four to eight, and will run through early March. Experienced USA Hockey certified coaches will instruct your child in the fundamentals of hockey and skating. Register for Mosquitos at

CCYH's Learn to Skate program begins Saturday, December 1, at Valley Sports, Route 62, West Concord. The program is open to boys and girls ages three to ten, and runs through early March. The cost is $200, and you can register at Your registration fee includes a jersey for your child. USA Hockey certified instructors will teach your child the fundamentals of ice skating, an activity children will enjoy thoughout their lives.

CCYH's Hot Shot progam also begins this month. This program is geared for children ages nine to 13 who have little to no experience in the game of hockey and would like to learn to play the game for fun in a relaxed atmosphere. Register for Hot Shots at

Discovery Museums' Anniversary Gala November 17

Celebrate The Discovery Museums' 25 years of bringing discovery and science education to our communities. The Discovery Museums in Acton is kicking off their quarter-century at their 25th Anniversary Gala, "Giving Thanks and Celebrating 25 Years of Wonder," on Saturday evening, November 17, 6 to 10 p.m., at the Concord Country Club. The semi-formal evening features fine food, a silent auction to benefit the museums and dancing to the Carlisle and Concord-based rock band, The Hip Replacements. Show your support for the gem right next door, pull out your dancing shoes, and plan to attend on Saturday, November 17. For information, contact Claudia Veitch 1-978-264-4200X24, or visit

Fenn School open house November 18

The Fenn School, located at 516 Monument Street in Concord, will hold an admissions open house on Sunday, November 18, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. For information, visit or call 1-978-369-5800.

Jazz in Westford November 17

Hear the stunning swing-jazz music of acoustic guitarist Guy Van Duser and clarinetist Billy Novick on Saturday, November 17, at 8 p.m. at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford. There is cabaret seating at this concert; BYOB and appetizers. Tickets are $12/PCA members, $5/teens, $15/everyone else. Reservations are recommended: call 1-978-692-6333, e-mail, or buy tickets at

Square/contra dance November 24

Work off some of that turkey and stuffing at the square/contra dance at the Parish Center for the Arts on Saturday, November 24, with Susan Elberger calling and Oh, CONTRAire! providing live music. All are welcome. No experience is required. First-time dancers can come at 7:30 p.m. for free instruction and get into the dance free. Also get in free with a student ID card. Admission is $5/adults; $3/teens; maximum $12/family. The Parish Center for the Arts is located at the corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street on Westford Common.

Viva Vivaldi! November 18

A Vivaldi concert will be held at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford, on Sunday, November 18, at 4 p.m. Members of the Worcester Chamber Music Society join forces with Westford favorites Mela Tenenbaum and Carolyn Fryer in an all-Vivaldi program.

Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $20,17/members, $10/students, under 12/free. Call 1-978-692-6333 or visit for tickets, or www.worcestercham for more information.

Rabbi Larry Milder performs at Congregation Shalom November 17

Award-winning singer/songwriter Rabbi Larry Milder will perform at Congregation Shalom, 87 Richardson Road, North Chelmsford, tomorrow, November 17, at 6:30 pm. All proceeds will be used to support and expand the music program at Congregation Shalom's Religious School.

Tickets are $10/adult and $5/child in advance, $12/adult and $6/child at the door. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. For additional information or to reserve tickets, contact Eileen Hirsch at

"Family Trees" opens at Concord Museum December 1

"Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature" returns to the Concord Museum December 1 through January 1, 2008. The Museum's galleries are filled with fanciful trees, decorated with original ornaments inspired by children's storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites. This year, the museum asked a host of New England luminaries, "What is your favorite children's book?" "Family Trees" displays the surprising answers of Keith Lockhart, Joyce Kulhawik, Jasper White, Bill Littlefield, Gregory Maguire, Laurel Ulrich, Senator Ted Kennedy and more. A complete list of books featured in this year's "Family Trees" can be found at

Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and Thursday evenings December 13, 20 and 27 until 8 p.m. The Museum will be closed on Christmas Day. The Museum will be open on New Year's Day, January 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission during this benefit event is $14/adults, $10/seniors and students, $6/children (four to18), Members/$5 suggested donation. For information, contact the museum at 1-978-369-9609 (taped information); 1-978-369-9763 (reservations); e-mail:; web site:

Seniors may earn money to reduce property taxes

If you are a Carlisle property owner and 60 years old or older, you are eligible to apply for our Senior Tax Worker Program. Approved applicants provide work assistance to town departments such as the Police, Council on Aging, School, Selectmen, Library and others. Currently tax workers can earn up to $700 credit on their property taxes by being matched with a town department's needs and working 87.5 hours before June 30, 2008. To apply or learn more about this program, contact the Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895. Add value to your town and get a tax credit at the same time.

Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund 2007/2008 applications

Applications for the 2007/2008 Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund are now available online at Final applications are due by April 1,

2008. In 2007, the CC Scholarship Fund awarded over $160,000 to local students to help finance their college educations. Applicants must reside in Concord or Carlisle or have attended school in one of these towns. All fund scholarships are need-based, but the application is shared with many local organizations that give merit-based awards as well. For more information, e-mail

Community Chest launches online auction

On April 5, 2008, the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest will host an exciting live auction gala. For two weeks prior to the fundraising event, anyone can take part in the Chest's online segment of the auction by bidding on exotic vacations, fine jewelry, elegant dinners and many other valuable items.

The Community Chest is gratefully accepting donated auction items at this time. Examples include vacation home rentals, services such as catering, landscaping or wine tasting, sporting event tickets and memorabilia, fine furniture, paintings and other home goods. Call 1-978-369-5250 if you would like to contribute to the auction through a donation or by volunteering on an auction committee.

Everyone is welcome to view and bid on auction items online, beginning on March 17, by going to and clicking on the auction link. If you would like to receive prior notice of auction items, send your e-mail address to or mail it to 111 ORNAC, Concord, MA 01742. For more information, call 1-978-369-5250 or visit

COA van transportation

The COA provides transportation for seniors and disabled persons. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 as soon as you know the date of an appointment, or to ride the van to COA events.

Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Carlisle. The maps can be viewed by the public at the Town Administrator's office, 66 Westford STreet, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Petition initiative papers due November 21

Anyone wishing to drop off petition initiative papers can do so on Wednesday, November 21. Leave them with the Town Clerk between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. or with dispatch from 3 to 5 p.m.

Highland Study Group seeks members

The Board of Selectmen is seeking individuals interested in participating on the Highland Study Group. This committee will be reviewing the options for the future of the Highland Building and making a recommendation back to the Board of Selectmen. All interested individuals should send a letter of interest to the Board of Selectmen, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741 by November 22, 2007. If you have any questions or need more information, call Madonna McKenzie at 1-978-371-6688.

Free First Connections newsletter

First Connections will be mailing their winter newsletter next month, which will include programming for January through March 2008. Most seminars, support groups, playgroups and parent-child activities are free, and available to anyone with at least one child in the family under age four living or working in Acton, Bedford, Boxboro, Carlisle, Concord, Harvard, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Stow, Sudbury or on Hanscom Air Force Base. Call 1-978-287-0221 or e-mail to be added to the mailing list by including your name, address, and month and year of your children's births. First Connections is a Massachusetts Family Network program primarily funded by the Department of Early Education and Care, with additional local funding.

Out of Balance to show on November 27

On Tuesday, November 27, the film Out of Balance, ExxonMobil's Impact on Climate Change, will be shown at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center in West Concord from 7 to 9 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by the North Bridge Alliance for Democracy and the Green Sanctuary Committee of First Parish in Concord. Following the film, there will be a discussion led by its director, Tom Jackson, and well-known environmental activist, Ross Gelbspan.

Travel program November 19 features CCHS band

CCHS band director Al Dentino and students will present a slide show, music and commentary from the band's trip this past spring to Hokkaido, Japan. The trip last April continues the Hokkaido connection started in 1876 with Concord's William Wheeler and his work there. The Monday night program meets at Harvey Wheeler Community Center at 7 p.m. Community Education and the Armchair Travels series is a community service of the Concord-Carlisle Schools.

The fall series will close on Monday, November 26, with a presentation by Ken and Dorcas Miller on their recent trip to South America. The winter series

will begin in January, with details published in the upcoming Community Education course bulletin. For information, visit or call 1-978-318-1540 days, 1-978-318-1432 nights.

MRHS open house is November 18

Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington (MRHS) will host an open house and college and career expo for eighth- and ninth-grade students and their parents on Sunday, November 18, from noon to 4 p.m. Minuteman is located at 758 Marrett Road (Rt. 2A) in Lexington. Interested families are encouraged to attend the Open House and see first-hand how Minuteman Regional High School is an exciting and challenging place to learn. Applications now being accepted for September 2008 Admission into grades nine and ten.

Students and parents interested in learning more about Minuteman Regional High School are strongly encouraged to attend the open house, hear remarks from administrators, talk with teachers and current students and begin to understand the real value Minuteman Regional High School could be to a child's education.At the college fair and technical careers expo, visitors will be able to meet with college admissions staff and representatives of companies known to need the technical skills possessed by Minuteman graduates.

Additional information is available by calling the school's Admissions office at 1-781-861-6500 x244, sending an e-mail to or by visiting

Let the library come to you

When getting to the library is difficult, call 1-978-369-4898 and let the Gleason Public Library (GPL) come to you. Ask for Martha or e-mail The GPL staff will talk with you and see that you get a home delivery that matches your interests. This program is made possible by a grant from the Concord Carlisle Community Chest with the Council on Aging and Gleason Public Library.

Senior flu clinic November 30

If you are a senior, 65 years old or older, and you have not already had your flu shot this season, stop by Town Hall on November 30 from 10 a.m. to noon. Pneumococcal vaccine is also available at this clinic. The vaccinations are free with your Medicare card. If you need a ride, call the COA van line at 1-978-371-6690 a week in advance.

If you are not yet 65, there will be a public flu clinic on December 3 at the Concord Elks from 4 to 6 p.m., for a fee of $20 per person.

GPL armchair travel December 4

The next destination for "Travel Time" will be central Louisiana. Enjoy the beautiful gardens, a local carnival, an alligator nesting area, a boat trip through a Louisiana swamp and Saint Louis Square in New Orleans. Come travel at the library.

Local travel enthusiast, Charlie Allman, will host a monthly open discussion series about world destinations. Join the Louisiana trip on December 4 at 10:30 a.m. in the Hollis Room of the Library. 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

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