Friday, November 30, 2007
Loaves & Fishes holds free shopping day December 13
On December 13, Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry will be holding its annual Shop for Your Kids Day at the pantry, located at 234 Barnum Road, Devens. On that day all clients can come in and pick out free gifts and books for their children. The pantry needs new books for children from infants through high school age. The staff at Indian Hill Music in Littleton has offered their Music School at 36 King Street, Littleton, to be our primary drop-off point for new books, or for cash donations to purchase new books. New books may be dropped off at Indian Hill or at the Littleton Police Station (20 Foster Street) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. They should be unwrapped so they can be categorized by age. A list of suggested books for all ages is available at Loaves & Fishes' web site, www.devenspantry.org. Help make this a special holiday for the more than 400 families who come to Loaves & Fishes . Bring your new books to Indian Hill Music Center, the Littleton Police Department, or any of the drop-off boxes by December 10. For more information, call Kathy Stamski at 1-978-772-4627, ext. 5.
Emerson Hospital lecture on diabetes December 4
Join Emerson Hospital for a seminar in a series of health-related presentations, 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.
Sarasa presents mezzo-soprano December 2
The Sarasa Chamber Music Series presents a concert entitled, "Shades of Twilight," with mezzo-soprano Krista River on December 2 at 7 p.m. at First Parish Church, 20 Lexington Road, Concord. Tickets are $22; $18/seniors, $13/students; children under 12/free. Order tickets online at www.sarasamusic.org. For information, call 1-617-492-4758, visit www.sarasamusic.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
R/EMM consort sessions December 8
Recorders/Early Music MetroWest (R/EMM) will hold coached consort sessions and grande bande for early instruments at three levels on December 8 and January 12, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord. Admission is free to R/EMM members; $10/consort visitors. For information, call 1-978-264-0584, visit www.recordersearlymusic.org, or e-mail email@example.com.
CPC requests project proposals
The Carlisle Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is currently soliciting project proposals for funding in FY08 and FY09 under the Community Preservation Act (CPA).
Complete project applications should be submitted to Town Hall no later than January 11, 2008. Project Application Forms are available at Town Hall, or by e-mailing Kelly Guarino, Chairman of the CPC, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CPC's objective is to consider and act on CPA requests on a parallel course to the town budget process so that the best possible review and information dispersion can be attained. All project proposals must be recommended to Town Meeting by a majority of the CPC. Project proponents will be notified of the acceptance of their proposal for further evaluation, and will be scheduled to present to the CPC in mid to late January or early February as the CPC develops a final list of projects to recommend at the May 2008 Town Meeting. Project proponents are encouraged to review the Project Application Form carefully for all project requirements.
The funds collected through the CPA are to be expended on projects relating to three areas: open space, historic preservation and community housing. At least 10% of the funds collected must be spent on or allocated to each of these three areas. The remaining 70% can be spent on any of the three areas and also on public recreation.
The town has voted to levy a 2% surcharge to property tax bills according to the provisions of the CPA. This levy occurs annually. In the fiscal year that just ended, Carlisle's CPA surtax raised $297,471. The CPA also provides that the state may elect to match all, part or none of the surcharge collected by the town. The state matched 100% again this last fiscal year.
The CPC will also host a question-and-answer session for all prospective applicants for the 2008-09 funding cycle. The session will take place on Thursday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Carlisle Town Hall. The CPC will answer specific questions about prospective projects, and invite public comment on the needs and preferences of the Town regarding community preservation.
Public flu shot clinic December 3
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 information, call Jan Quinty at 1-978-287-3085.
Post Office asks customers to mail early
Postmaster William J. Ponte advises customers to mail holiday cards, letters and packages early to be sure your everything arrives on time. To speed transactions, provide postal clerks with requirements for insurance, delivery confirmation and desired time for package arrival. Other tips:
· Write, type or print delivery address neatly.
· Always use a return address.
· Always use complete address information. Use Blvd., Ave., St., etc. Use the apartment number or suite number as well as correct directionals, such as N, W, or SW.
· Always use correct ZIP code. Local post offices and the Postal Service web site, www. usps.com., offer ZIP code information, as does the National Call Center at 1-800-275-8777.
· Select a container that is strong enough to protect contents. Leave space for cushioning inside container.
· Use tape that is designed for shipping.
· Plain air-popped popcorn, shredded or rolled newspaper, bubble wrap or Styrofoam peanuts are good for cushioning contents. Pack fragile contents carefully to avoid damage. When mailing framed photgraphs, take glass out of frame and wrap it separately.
· The only addresses on packages for mailing should be the delivery and return addresses. Put a return address inside the package as well.
· Packages that weigh at least one pound must be taken to the post office for mailing.
· When writing to Santa, use a return address. Santa may write back. Also, do not place any cookies for him or hay for his reindeer in your letter as this can gum up the mail-sorting equipment and delay delivery.
Christmas on the Common scheduled for December 9
Join fellow townspeople for Christmas on the Common, Sunday, December 9, at 5 p.m. on the Town Green across from the First Religious Society. Festivities begin with the countdown to the tree lighting, followed by a carol sing as we wait for the arrival of Santa. Once Santa and his entourage arrive by vintage firetruck, everyone is invited into Union Hall for refreshments. This very special annual holiday tradition is sponsored by Ferns Country Store.
Annual CSA ice skating party December 12
Enjoy the day off from school on Wednesday, December 12, by attending the annual ice skating party from 10 a.m. until noon at the skating rink at Middlesex School on Lowell Street in Concord. Bring your skates, helmets, a signed waiver form, and $5 admission fee to gain entry to Carlisle's hottest party on ice. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For information, contact Gail at 1-978-318-6972 or Sarah at 1-978-371-1101. The link to the waiver form can be found at www.carlisleschoolassociation.org/activities/iceskating.html.
Pre-school singalong at GPL December 3
The Gleason Library (GPL) is again hosting a special event for the very youngest of our library patrons. Children ages 0 to four are invited to move with the beat and to sing along with Liz Buchanan's collection of original tunes and classic favorites. Liz returns to Carlisle to present a half-hour program with guitar and songs from her CD, Make it a Song, Song, Song, as well as some old favorites. This free program for children and their parents or caregivers will be held Monday, December 3, at 10:30 a.m. at the library. Funding for this program comes from the Friends of the Gleason Library. For more information, call 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.
First-time mothers group starts December 12
The next First Connections free, eight-week, first-time mothers group will begin Wednesday, December 12, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Emerson Hospital in Concord. The group is facilitated by health educator Melanie Priestly, with the same ten moms each week. Babies up to six months are welcome in the group, where a different topic is featured each week. If you would like join the next group, call 1-978-287-0221 or e-mail email@example.com.
Newcomers benefit party is December 15
The members of the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club are celebrating the holidays together with a house party and benefit on Saturday, December 15, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The holiday open house will be held at the home of one of the club members, and the new toys brought to the open house will benefit the Toys for Tots program.
The club welcomes anyone new to Concord or Carlisle in the past several years. To become a member, or to participate in the holiday party or any of the club's other activities, contact Kathy Cuocolo at 1-978-318-9332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- and 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 www.concordorchestra.com.
Curriculum enrichment in Carlisle schools December 13
The next parent informational coffee, hosted by the Carlisle School Association, will be on Thursday, December 13, at 9 a.m. in the Corey Dining Room. The topic for this meeting is curriculum enrichment. Guest speakers will include curriculum enrichment coordinators Betsy Semonite and Bonnie Sellew. Curriculum enrichment programs bring speakers and presentations directly into classrooms throughout the year at the Carlisle Public Schools.
Concord Chorus holiday concert December 8
The Concord Chorus will present an exciting program of festive works on December 8 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord. Under the baton of Interim Music Director Michael McGaghie, the chorus will feature two main works: Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb and Leonard Bernstein's Chichester
Psalms. Featured Boston area soloists Vince Yi, countertenor, and Stuart Forster, organ, will join soloists from within the chorus. Also on the program are works by Byrd, Chesnokov, and Vaughan Williams and the traditional carol singalong. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from chorus members, or reserve by calling 1-978-263-7404. Prices are $20/Adults, $16/Adults 65+ and $5/children under 12. For information, visit www.concordchorus.org.
· Pastel workshop: The Gleason Public Library will offer a free pastel painting workshop for adults on Saturday, December 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 1-978-369-4898 to pre-registerand for information.
· Podiatry clinic: Podiatrist, Dr. Ayleen Gregorian, DPM, will be at the Sleeper Room from 9:30 a.m. to late afternoon on Tuesday, January 8. The cost is $15 (cash or check made out to Friends of Carlisle COA). Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to make an appointment after December 1. For a van ride, call 1-978-371-6690.
· Flu clinic: If you were unable to get your flu shot at the Board of Health clinic, there will be a public flu clinic at the Concord Elks from 4 to 6 p.m. on December 3 with a fee of $20 per person.
· Armchair travel slide show: On December 4 at 10:30 a.m. in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library, Charlie Allman will present the third of his monthly travelogs. For information, visit www.gleasonlibrary.org.
· Holiday shopping trips: Starting December 5, the van will provide transportation for holiday shopping, on request, leaving Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. Call 1-978-371-6690 to book a place for the December 5 trip for local errands, December 7 trip to outlet stores, December 14 to Pheasant Lane Mall and December 21 for grocery shopping.
· Opera in Carlisle: John Tischio leads the final two opera series meetings on December 5 and 12 from 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.
· Monthly coffee: On Thursday, December 6, 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 a.m. in the Sleeper Room. All Carlisle seniors are invited; no need to sign up, no fee.
· Minuteman Regional HS luncheon: Join the traveling lunch group on the van or on your own on Tuesday, December 11, at the Fife and Drum Restaurant, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington for lunch, with choice of baked stuffed shrimp or grilled chicken teriyaki. Coffee/tea and dessert are included. The time is 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 cash plus tip, to be paid at the restaurant. Reservations must be made by December 6 by calling 1-978-371-2895. For a van ride, call 1-978-371-6690.
· Intergenerational knitting group: The knitting group meets again on Tuesday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the second floor conference room at the First Religious Society. No sign up necessary. For more information, call Angela Smith at the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.
Grasshopper Shop offers benefit calendars
Partners in Health's (PIH) new 2008 calendars, featuring the the work of Dr. Paul Farmer and the PIH community in Boston, Haiti, Peru, Russia and Africa, are available at the Grasshopper Shop, 36 Mainb Street, Concord for a donation of $20. Sales of the calendars benefit PIH in its work to provide healthcare to the poor. Calendars may be mailed to you by e-mailing BEEZA10@aol.com or calling 1-978-930-4629.
Firehouse Coffehouse presents Patty Larkin December 7
Singer-songwriter Patty Larkin performs at First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster Street, Littleton, at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 7.Tickets are $18 and are available in advance at the Minor Chord in Acton, at www.fculittle.org/workspace/coffee.html, or by calling 1-978-742-9957.
Westford art reception December 1
On Saturday, December 1, from 7 to 9 p.m., enjoy a rerception for the work of New England artist Adrien Bisson, entitled, "New England Vision." Refreshments will be served. The public is cordially invited to attend. Bisson's work will be on display at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford, throughout the month of December. Gallery Hours will be noon to 2 p.m. each Sunday beginning December 2. For information, call 1-978-692-6333.
Holiday Market Place at Brush Art Gallery
The artists at the Brush Art Gallery, 256 Market Street, Lowell, invite you to "Holiday Market Place 2007." For the first time, the Brush Art Gallery gift shop is completely stocked and run by the artists at the gallery. Many have expanded their repertoires to include new artful gift items to fill your shopping needs. Gift wrapping services will be available and friendly artists are always on hand to answer questions to help you with any difficult shopping decisions. The market is open now through December 30, Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Sugar and Spice Weekend at the Brush is December 8 and 9, with special hours and refreshments while you shop. For information, call 1-978-459-7819.
MCC Financial aid workshops in December
Students and parents are invited to attend one of Middlesex Community College's (MCC) financial aid information workshops to be held on the Bedford and Lowell campuses.
The Bedford financial aid workshops will be held at noon, Monday, December 3 and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11, in the Bedford Financial Aid Office (Room 214), in the Enrollment Center (Building 9), 591 Springs Road.
The Lowell financial aid workshops will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, December 5 and at noon, Thursday, December 13, in MCC's City Building (Room 302), 33 Kearney Square.
At the workshops, financial aid counselors will answer questions and provide information about sources of financial aid. They will also guide you in filling out the 2007-2008 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
If you would like assistance filling out the FAFSA during the session, bring the following 2006 income documents with you to the workshop:
· 2006 U.S. income tax return (IRS Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ)
· W-2 Forms and other records of money earned in 2006
· Records of 2006 untaxed income, such as Social Security benefits, Workers' Compensation or Welfare benefits
· If you are under 24 years of age, the same documentation is required for your parents
For more information about financial aid information workshops at Middlesex, call the financial aid offices in Bedford (1-781-280-3650) or Lowell (1-978-656-3242).
Winter Market at Emerson Umbrella begins today
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.
"Holiday Originals" at Concord Art Association now
The Concord Art Association is pleased to present "Holiday Originals:
Artful Gifts to Give or Receive," an annual holiday sale featuring the work of the association's members, priced for holiday giving. The exhibit and sale runs now until Wednesday, December 19.
The Concord Art Association is located at 37 Lexington Road, Concord. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.concordart.org.
"Day of Merriment" at Acton Woods Plaza December 8
The shops at Acton Woods Plaza will be hosting a "Day of Merriment" Saturday, December 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. As part of a continuing effort to offer "supportive shopping," a portion of the proceeds from the day's sales will be donated to the Acton Food Pantry, Acton Community Supper (feeding the needy in Acton and surrounding communities) and Loaves & Fishes (providing food, clothing, emergency shelter and referral services to families in need in Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton & Shirley).
Included in the festivities will be live festive holiday music provided by the Music Makers School in Acton; a combined fashion show hosted by Café Ziba from 1 to 2 p.m., featuring fashions from CambridgeWear, Jeri James, Ltd., and JoKaren; and in-store specials and demonstrations at Kitchen Outfitters, J. Olson and Wireless Explosion. Refreshments will be served. Please join in the day and the spirit of giving during this season. For further information, call CambridgeWear at 1-978-264-0121 or any of the other participating shops.
Register now for spring courses at Middlesex
Registration is now open for Middlesex Community College's spring semester. The complete spring semester schedule is now available at www.middlesex.mass.edu. Credit courses begin Jan. 22, 2008.
MCC's enrollment counselors can provide registration assistance and information. Middlesex also offers free tutoring, career counseling, disability support and special programs.
Register on either campus Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. To learn more, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu.
Band and choir citrus sale begins December 4
Place your order today for juicy, fresh citrus fruit, shipped directly from Florida. Carlisle Concert Band and Middle School Choir members are taking orders for a quality selection of fresh fruits: Indian River red grapefruit, navel oranges, Red Delicious apples and d'Anjou pears. The fruit is offered in an assortment of packages and at competitive prices. It will be delivered to your door in February. Proceeds from the sale will be used for new music and instruments, travel expenses to competitions and performances and a new sound system for the auditorium.
The fruit can be ordered at the winter concerts on December 4, 11 and 13. Band and choir members will also be taking orders at the Carlisle Transfer Station on Saturday, December 8 and January 5, 2008. You can place an order with any Concert Band or Middle School Choir member, or by calling Beth Clarke at 1-978-369-5190. Please support the school's excellent music program, while treating your friends and family to delicious fresh fruit, delivered to your doorstep.
Carlisle School concert series starts December 4
The Carlisle School music department fall concerts, featuring instrumentalists and vocalists in grades four to eight, will be held on December 4, 11 and 13. Students in 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 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 www.pagusafrica.org/projects/airfield.htm.
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