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Friday, November 23, 2007

Holiday Greens Sale and Craft Fair is December 1

The First Religious Society, on the Common in Carlisle (27 School Street) will hold its annual Holiday Greens Sale and Craft Fair on Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Preparations are underway for a festive occasion this year with the church hall glorious with the aroma of fresh greens and colorful, decorated boxwood. Artfully decorated wreaths will be hanging from the rafters and tables will be covered with centerpieces just waiting for your holiday table. We will also be selling delicious, festive Christmas and seasonal foods for your holiday giving, along with undecorated wreaths, lovely bows and kits for Gingerbread Houses. There will be crafts for sale and a snack bar as well. Admission is free. Handicapped access. Questions? Call 1-978-369-5180.

Congregational Church Christmas Fair is December 1

The annual Christmas Fair at the Carlisle Congregational Church, located at 147 School Street, will be Saturday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A delicious lunch of homemade soups and sandwiches prepared by the Senior Youth Group will be served throughout the day with tables available to enjoy each other's company. Hand-crafted gifts and ornaments, African crafts and jewelry, inspiring note cards by our talented in-house photographer, home-baked breads and desserts, new and vintage jewelry, crafts for kids to make and oodles of attic treasures will be available. Come join in for a delightful time.

Carlisle Chess Club meets November 30

The Carlisle Chess Club has completed its fall session and will begin its winter session on Friday, November 30. The club has a rolling admission policy, so signing on mid-session is fine. This year it has expanded to include a middle school program. The Carlisle Chess Club will host the First Knight Chess Tournament and Carlisle School Championship on Sunday, December 30, from 4 to 7 p.m.

CCHS presents Animal Crackers beginning November 30

The Marx brothers' zany comedy movie classic, Animal Crackers is coming to CCHS in its original form as a Broadway musical. The production features a lavish set built by the student technical crew, talented student actors, and a student-conducted, on-stage pit orchestra.

This is the show that Concord-Carlisle High School is taking to the world-renowned Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in August of 2008. CCHS is honored to be one of only a select number of schools in the country to be invited to participate in the American High School Theatre Festival there. All proceeds from snack items sold during intermission at this show will benefit the students' travel plans.

Performances are Friday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 2, at 2:30 p.m. in the CCHS auditorium. Seating is general admission only. Tickets are $15/adults, $10/students and senior citizens. Tickets will be sold at the door starting one hour before curtain.

Police Department open house is 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 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.

Remember the

post-Thanksgiving walk today at 1 p.m.,

Towle Land parking lot Register now for learn-to-skate and hockey

Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey's (CCYH) 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 who would like to learn and play the game for fun in a relaxed atmosphere. Register for Hot Shots at

Winter market at Emerson Umbrella begins November 30

The Emerson Umbrella (EU) Center for the Arts in Concord announces the annual winter market, November 30 and December 1 and 2, offering a wide variety of fine art and crafts for holiday gift-giving. EU's resident artists, artists from the Highland Studios building in Carlisle and 16 additional guest artists will participate.

Hours are Friday, November 30, from 1 to 7 p.m., Saturday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, December 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. The entire Emerson Umbrella building at 40 Stow Street, Concord, will be open for browsing, and many artists will have their studios open for those interested in the creative process. For more information, call 1-978-371-0820.

November 29 info session on MCC's transition program

Learn about Middlesex Community College's (MCC) nationally recognized transition program, a two-year, non-credit certificate program for students with learning/cognitive disabilities, at a public information session from 9 to 11 a.m., Thursday, November 29, in MCC's Bedford Campus Center, Café East, 591 Springs Road.

To register for MCC's Transition Program Public Information Session, call 1-781-280-3630. For more information about The Transition Program at Middlesex, contact Kathy Matheson, Disability Support Services, at 1-781-280-3525.

Arts League of Lowell show now to December 2

The Arts League of Lowell, 246 Market Street in Lowell, offers a member-run exhibit featuring the work of seven artists who work in three dimensions. The exhibit runs now until December 2, when it will conclude with a gallery talk at 1 p.m. For information, call 1-978-970-2100.

Lecture on diabetes December 4

Join Emerson Hospital for a seminar entitled, "Diabetes update: Advice from the physician, nurse and patient perspective." The free lecture, presented by Aldona Finkle, MD, endocrinologist, and Cheryl Laundry, RN, CDE, diabetes educator, will take place on Tuesday, December 4, at 7 p.m. at the Emerson Hospital Center for Specialty Care, 54 Baker Avenue Extension, Concord. Registration is not required. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 1-978-287-3085.

Emerson Hospital lecture on concussions November 28

Dr. Robert Cantu, chair of the department of surgery, chief of neurosurgery and director of sports medicine at Emerson Hospital, will present a lecture on concussions, titled "More Than Just a Bump on the Head." The lecture, offered by the Concord-Carlisle Parents Initiative (CCPI), will take place on Wednesday, November 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concord-Carlisle High School.

At the lecture, attendees will learn about the many symptoms of concussions (headache, double or fuzzy vision, fatigue and memory problems, among others). Dr. Cantu will discuss why anyone exhibiting any of these symptoms should be removed from play and immediately examined by a physician. James Orrigo, a high school junior who suffered a concussion in May 2007 while playing lacrosse, will share his experience and discuss his recovery. For more information on the lecture, contact Pat McCarthy at 1-978-369-3582.

First Connections meetings November 29 and December 1

There will be an American Heart Association Pediatric First Aid class held at First Connections in Concord on Saturday, December 1 from 9 to noon. The class will cover management of shock, bleeding, wounds, burns, and accidental poisoning, as well as bone and joint injuries for infants through age 8. Cost of the class is $40 per person. Please call 1-978-287-0221 to register.

The next "Calling All Grandparents!" group will meet on Thursday, November 29, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at La Provence Restaurant in Concord. The group is facilitated by the Director of First Connections, Ellen Weisstein, and social worker and grandparent, Margie Cahn. The group focuses on sharing and supporting each other as grandparents of young children, whether your grandchildren live down the street or across the country. Grandfathers and grandmothers from a variety of towns are active members of this group which is always open to new members by contacting Ellen at 1-978-287-0221.

Concord Orchestra family concert December 2

On December 2, the Concord Orchestra presents two performances (2 and 4 p.m.) of Alice and Pinocchio in Wonder-land Fun-land at 51 Walden Street, Concord. Steve Aveson, WPRI-CBS Providence news anchor, narrates Pinocchio's Adventures in Funland by Michael Gandolfi. Music Director Richard Pittman also conducts Rossini's overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers. The Concord Academy Chorus sings Three Choruses from Alice in Wonderland by Irving Fine. Tickets are $13, $11 seniors, $9 children and students. For more information and reservations, call 1-978-369-4967 or visit

Deadline for Medicare drug plan looms

The Minuteman Senior Services SHINE program wants reminds seniors to purchase or make changes to their Medicare drug plans by December 7 to guarantee that the new

plan is in effect January 1, 2008; waiting until the end of December may not guarantee a January 1 effective date.

SHINE program counselors are available to help in the Council on Aging. They review current insurance plans and use the Internet site,, to find an alternate plan to meet seniors' health care and prescription drug coverage needs. They also review an individual's eligibility for programs that help pay for Medicare, for the drug plans and for the state's Prescription Advantage Plan. For information or an appointment, call the Council on Aging or the SHINE Program at Minuteman Senior Services at 1-781-221-7070 or 1-978-263-8720.

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.

Emerson Hospital sponsors public flu clinic December 3

The home care and public relations departments of Emerson Hospital will conduct a walk-in flu clinic on Monday, December 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Concord Elks on Baker Avenue in Concord. Pre-registration is not required.

The flu clinic is open to anyone 18 years of age and older. The cost of each vaccination is $20. People 65 years of age and older will receive the flu vaccine free of charge. For those over 65, please bring Medicare and/or HMO insurance cards to the clinic. For more information, call Jan Quinty at 1-978-287-3085.

Civil war expert speaks

November 29

At 7:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library, Dr. Paul Carpenter of Carlisle will give a slide-illustrated talk on Civil War artifacts in the Historical Society's collection. The talk is free and open to the public.

This collection of Gettysburg battle artifacts is one of the most significant outside of Pennsylvania. It contains relics of the battle including weapons and other military accoutrements collected from the battlefield. Carpenter will discuss the initial results of his research on the origin and provenance of individual pieces in the collection. All Civil War buffs are invited to attend.

GPL armchair travel December 4

The next destination for "Travel Time" will be central Louisiana. Local travel enthusiast Charlie Allman hosts. Join the Louisiana trip on December 4 at 10:30 a.m. in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library (GPL). These programs are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. Refreshments will be provided. For information, visit

Carlisle School offers fall concert series

The Carlisle School music department announces that their fall concerts, featuring instrumentalists and vocalists in grades four to eight, will be held on December 4, 11 and 13. The fifth-grade band and chorus will perform on December 4; the fourth-grade band and chorus will perform on December 11 and the jazz band, middle school symphonic and concert bands, choir and advanced choir will perform on December 13. All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. in the Corey Auditorium. The choral program features Ghana with its songs and a multi-media presentation. Following the performance, the students will collect a voluntary donation to benefit Pagus: Africa, an organization helping to build a school outside of Ho, Ghana. For information, visit

Human Rights day breakfast December 4

The Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council (CCHRC) will hold its annual Human Rights Day Breakfast on Tuesday, December 4, at 7:30 a.m. at the Trinitarian Congregational Church on Walden Street, Concord. This year's topic is "Discovering Concord's Black History." All are invited; there is no charge for any CCHRC event.

COA doings

· Intermediate bridge class: The second session of the intermediate bridge class, with instructor Roy Green, starts on Thursday, November 29, at 7 p.m. in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. For more information, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

· Natick Mall van trip: Join the COA on a van trip to the newly renovated Natick Mall on November 29. The van leaves Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. (home pickups are available upon request) and returns about 3:30 p.m. Lunch is on your own. The cost is $5 per person to cover transportation. Call 1-978-371-6690 for reservations.

· Holiday wreath-making workshop: The COA and the Garden Club will hold their annual wreath-making workshop on Monday, December 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Union Hall in the First Religious Society. The COA will provide desserts, coffee and tea. This workshop is for Carlisle residents. To reserve your space, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 no later than Monday, November 26.

Salvation Army returns to Carlisle

In case you have not seen it, there is now a Salvation Army Kettle in Ferns (thanks to Larry Bearfield and Robin Emerson of Ferns for doing this). Again, Carlisle has its own Salvation Army Service Unit to service our residents in need. All contributions made to our "Town Kettle" remain in town and will allow us to support residents with fuel, food, and other essentials. Residents of all ages who have needs are encouraged to call the Carlisle Council on Aging at 1-978-369-7673. Complete confidentiality is assured. Thanks also go to Ray Taylor, treasurer of the Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging, for handling the deposits. Your generous support is very much appreciated.

Women's Networking Luncheon December 4

There will be a "Healthy Lifestyle" professional women's networking luncheon on Tuesday, December 4, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Chelmsford Radisson Hotel's Independence Grille. Bring a healthy appetite, an inquiring mind, plenty of business cards and a one-minute commercial to share. Enjoy lunch and discuss the connection between eating, aging and disease prevention with science author and wellness educator Luann Colombo, M.Ed. To register, send a check for $17 payable to Kathleen Veth to P.O. Box 475, Chelmsford, MA 01824. For more information, call 1-978-256-9391.

Out of Balance to show on November 27

On 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 showing of the film, there will be a discussion led by its director, Tom Jackson, and well-known environmental activist, Ross Gelbspan.

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