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Friday, December 7, 2007

Historical Society holiday open house is December 9

Heald House, home of the Carlisle Historical Society at 698 Concord Street, will hold its holiday open house on Sunday, December 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. If the Civil War talk by Paul Carpenter on November 29 sparked your interest in Carlisle's priceless collection of civil war relics, come and see these unique artifacts right here in town.

Everyone is invited to come to the house, tour the rest of the historical collections, meet friends and neighbors and visit the barn with its relocated farm exhibit. The town hearse, too, is in its permanent home in the barn.

Admission is free, all are welcome and holiday refreshments will be served. This is a great way to spend part of a Sunday afternoon, reliving Carlisle history.

Carlisle Conservation Coffee is December 11

The Tuesday, December 11, Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Bring discussion ideas on local conservation and/or environmental topics for this and future coffees.

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are held on the second Tuesday of the month during the fall, winter and spring seasons to provide an informal opportunity for residents to discuss a wide range of land use, conservation and environmental issues. The coffees 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 coffees in 2008: January 8, February 12, March 11, April 8, May 13 and June 10.

Band and Choir citrus sale in progress

Place your order today for juicy, fresh citrus fruit, shipped directly from Florida, from Carlisle Concert Band and Middle School Choir members. The fruit is offered in an assortment of packages and at competitive prices and 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.

Order fruit at the winter concerts on December 11 and 13 or at the Carlisle Transfer Station on Saturday, December 8, and January 5, 2008. Place an order with any Concert Band or Middle School Choir member, or call Beth Clarke at 1-978-369-5190. Support the school's excellent music program, and treat your friends and family to delicious fresh fruit, delivered to your doorstep.

FNL is tonight

Attention all middle school students: be there at the last Friday Night Live (FNL) of 2007. The music and games begin at 7 p.m. tonight in the Corey Gym and pickup is at 9:30 p.m. All students in grades six to eight are invited to join the fun. If you have not attended FNL yet this year, you must bring a parent to complete the permission form. For more information, contact PJ Jewell at 1-978-371-8995 or, or contact any member of the CYC.

Christmas on the Common is December 9

Join fellow townspeople for Christmas on the Common, Sunday, December 9, at 5 p.m. on the Town Common 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.

Christmas potluck in Union Hall

If you (or you and your partner) are alone this Christmas without family nearby, come to a Carlisle community potluck dinner on Tuesday, December 25, at 5 p.m in Union Hall at the First Religious Society. No religious traditions. No gifts exchanged. Just dinner in the company of other Carlisle folk. Casual dress. Reservations are required by December 20, to 1-978-369-5180. Leave your name, phone number, whether one or two people, what you will bring for the potluck, and whether you will help clean up afterwards.

Children's singer/songwriter performs December 8

Children's singer/songwriter Wayne Potash and his Music Fun Band perform a fun, original blend of folk, bluegrass, pop, blues, and world beat at the Raymond J. Grey Junior High Auditorium on Charter Road in Acton on Saturday, December 8, at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $9 at the door, $8 in advance at The Concord Toy Shop or Learning Express in Acton. Children under two are free if seated in a parent's lap. Proceeds will benefit the Acton Barn Cooperative Nursery School. Learn more about Wayne Potash at E-mail for more information.

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. Held at the skating rink at Middlesex School on Lowell Road in Concord, this event has become a tradition for Carlisleans of all ages. Bring 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 additional 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

CPAC to meet December 13

The Carlisle Parents Advisory Committee (CPAC) will meet Thursday, December 13, at 9 a.m. in Karen Slack's office. The school psychologists will be joining us for a question/answer session regarding school bullying. Contact Kris Tocci at 1-978-371-6498 or Lori Tucker at 1-978-371-3292 with questions.

There will be a parent support group meeting Friday, December 14, at 9 a.m. at Ellen Felhofer's home (100 Carriage Way). Contact Kris Tocci or Lori Tucker with any questions.

Opera comes to CCHS December 14

Opera is coming to the Concord-Carlisle High School. Under the direction of Mrs. Paula Eldridge, a local voice teacher, a select group of 11 students at CCHS, aged 15 to 18, are studying, rehearsing, and performing a series of opera scenes this December. The presentation consists of scenes from such varied works as West Side Story, Porgy and Bess, The Magic Flute, Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro and more.

"This is a wonderful program for both the audience and its students," says Mark Nimar, a 15-year-old baritone. "Mrs. Eldridge's students gain excellent experience vital to a musical career and the community is exposed to music that is sophisticated, but approachable." The performance is Friday, December 14, at 3:30 p.m. in the CCHS auditorium. Admission is free of charge, so come and enjoy the show.

Early Release Day movie at GPL December 11

Come visit a school full of magic where doing your homework includes casting spells, mixing potions, and defending your existence. Join in the battle of good versus evil, where truth prevails. When? Tuesday, December 11, starting at 2:45 p.m. and ending about 4:30 p.m. Where? Gleason Public Library (GPL), third floor Hollis Room. The movie rating is PG13. Grades five through eight only. Snacks and drinks will be available. Call 1-978-369-4898 with questions. Check out the Carlisle Recreation open gym from noon to 2:30 p.m. (grades five through eight) before the movie. The open gym requires you bring a permission note, including a cell phone number, from parents in order to attend.

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. 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 reserved by calling 1-978-263-7404. Prices are $20/Adults, $16/Adults 65+ and $5/children under 12. For information, visit

Holiday potluck and contra dance December 14

New Hampshire caller and fiddler Dudley Laufman will make his annual appearance at the contra dance in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on Friday, December 14, at 8 p.m. Before the dance, everyone is invited to a potluck supper that begins at 6:30 p.m. Dudley will share the calling with Walter Lenk; Jacqueline Laufman, Debby Knight and friends will provide the music. This is your once-a-year chance to dance the Ribbon Dance and the Jingle Bell Square. A $5/person admission will be collected during intermission. All dances will be taught. Beginners and singles are welcome. For more information, call 1-978 -69-1661.

Concord Women's Chorus concert is December 16

The Concord Women's Chorus (formerly known as the Concord Madrigals), Jane Ring Frank, conductor, and Scott Nicholas, pianist, will present "Starry Night" on Sunday, December 16, at 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord. The program features Andrew Carter's A Blake Triptych, Daniel Pinkham's Manger Scenes, Larysa Kuzmenko's Stars and Night and Randall Thompson's Choose Something Like a Star, as well as traditional carols and songs. Tickets are $15, $10/seniors (65+) and students, and are available at the Rite Aid Pharmacy (formerly Brooks) in Concord, or call 1-978-369-0839. Refreshments will follow the concert. Visit for information. Singing with the chorus from Carlisle are Wendy Davis, Cynthia Nunan, Stephanie Smith, Cynthia Sorn and Penny Zezima.

Toys for Tots drop-offs in Carlisle and Concord

Provide new, unwrapped gifts, appropriate for children ages one to 16 at two local locations this year until December 20, and help children in need to have a happy holiday season. Drop off your contributions at Ferns Country Store in Carlisle Center or at the Coldwell Banker office at 11 Main Street, Concord.

Messiah sing December 16

Join the Community Messiah sing, 51 Walden Street, Concord, (1-978 369-7911 or on December 16 at 1:30 p.m. It will be conducted by Alan Yost, with musicians from the Concord Orchestra and Concord Band and historic figures costumed by the Concord Players. Soloists include Jodi Hitzhusen, soprano, Miranda Loud, alto, Ray Bauwens, tenor and Bryan McNeil, bass. Admission is $15, $10/seniors and students. Scores are available.

Volunteers needed for Animals As Intermediaries

Animals As Intermediaries (AAI) brings animals and nature programs to people with limited access to the natural world. AAI serves youth-at-risk, people with disabilities

and elders and visits foster care, nursing home, and mental health facilities.

AAI is seeking volunteers to train as facilitators. A minimum commitment of 5 to 10 hours per month is required. A half-day training is provided, as well as ongoing guidance from on-site professional staff.

AAI also seeks volunteers for new publicity and Internet research projects.

AAI is located in the Emerson Umbrella building at 40 Stow Street in Concord. For more information, visit, or contact Executive Director Janey Tallarida at 1-978-369-2585 or

Scholarships available at MCC

Middlesex Community College (MCC), in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation (DMR), has scholarships available for its Direct Support in Human Services certificate program.

Designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of direct-support workers, the program offers courses with credits that can be applied to an associate or bachelor's degree. Under a special tuition-assistance program, students currently working in DMR-funded programs or agencies can enroll in the certificate program at a cost of $50 per course.

The Direct Support in Human Services Certificate program includes seven college courses, offered over four semesters. Courses meet one afternoon/evening per week in Lowell. An additional basic writing course is also offered.

Middlesex spring semester courses begin January 22, 2008, and registration is now open. For information about MCC's Direct Support in Human Services Certificate program and the scholarships, contact Julie Mirras at 1-978-656-3200 (ext. 3189) or

To register for the Direct Support in Human Services Certificate program, call 1-800-818-3434.


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Band Tour: December 9, 12:10 a.m.

Band-Japan 2004: December 13,10:30 p.m.

Band: December 8, 9:30 p.m.December 10, 10 p.m.; December 12, 9 p.m.; December 14, 8:30 a.m.

Boys Soccer: December 8, 2 p.m.

Girls Soccer: December 8, 7:30 p.m.; December 12, 11:01 p.m.

Soccer Alumni: December 8, 7 p.m., 11:42 p.m.; December 13, 12:51 a.m.

Spirit Assembly: December 8, 3:49 p.m.

Football: December 8, 4:30 p.m.

Football Highlights: December 8, 10:30 p.m.

CCHS Experience: December 8, 3:30 p.m.

CCHS Film Leader: December 8, 6:50 p.m.; December 15, 12:22 a.m.

Theater: December 10, 7:30 p.m.; December 12, 1 p.m.; December 14, 10 p.m.

Carlisle Council on Aging: December 11, 8 p.m.

Peter Alden in Carlisle: December 14, 1 p.m.

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Carlisle Pathways: December 8, 8 a.m.; December 11, 4 p.m.; December 13, 8 a.m.

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Hearing: December 7, 4 p.m.

Selectmen: December 7, 8 p.m.; December 8, 8 p.m.; December 9, 8 p.m.; December 10, 8 a.m.;December 11, 7 p.m.; December 12, 4 p.m.; December 13, 4 p.m.; December 14, 8 p.m.

Concord-Carlisle School Committee: December 8, 4 p.m.; December 10, 4 p.m.; December 11, noon; December 12, 8 p.m.

Carlisle School concert series continues December 11

The Carlisle School music department fall concerts will continue on December 11 and 13. Students in the fourth-grade band and chorus will perform on December 11. 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. 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

Holiday donations needed at Loaves & Fishes

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry is gearing up for several holiday events and needs your help. The pantry provides year-round food, emergency shelter, resource referral and other temporary services; however, the holidays are traditionally a time of increased need, and this year is no exception. Loaves & Fishes offers clients three special days in December to help make their holiday season brighter: Shop for Your Parents Day on Saturday, December 8, Shop for Your Kids Day on Thursday, December 13 and Holiday Food Distribution on Friday, December 21.

Due to high energy prices and the economy, Loaves & Fishes predicts higher numbers than ever for these upcoming events. Donations of new, unwrapped gifts or non-perishable food are critically needed. Another important way you can help is by writing a tax-deductible check to: Loaves & Fishes, PO Box 1, Ayer, MA 01432.

Loaves & Fishes, located at 234 Barnum Road in Devens, will be open for extended drop-off hours from December 9 to 12 and December 14 to 20. For information, visit Further contacts by e-mail: Holiday Food Distribution —; Shop for Your Kids Day —, Shop for Your Parents Day — or If you have any other questions or need additional information, call 1-978-772-4627x5 or e-mail

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. Information about the club can be found at: To become a member, or to participate in the holiday party or any of the club's other activities, ccontact Kathy Cuocolo at 1-978-318-9332 or

Doug White Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund announces the establishment of a permanent scholarship in memory of Doug White. Initiated by family and friends, the fund honors Doug's life as a quiet community leader, wonderful family man, loyal friend and avid sportsman both on and off the field. Doug grew up in Concord, graduated in 1976 from CCHS and devoted his life to the people and community around him.

The Doug White Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to two CCHS students, one female, one male, who exhibit Doug's love of community and sports and whose generosity of spirit and self is extended without desire or expectation of recognition.

To contribute to the Doug White Memorial Fund, you may make a tax- deductible contribution by sending a check, payable to CCSF, to the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 217, Concord, MA 01742-0217. Indicate on your check or in a cover letter that your gift is for the Doug White Fund. You may also make a credit card donation on-line by visitng Employers often sponsor Matching Donor Programs for their employees.

First Connections 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

Post Office asks residents to mail early

Postmaster William J. Ponte asks customers to mail holiday greetings and packages early. Expedite your transactions by providing complete mailing information, including zip codes and return addresses, and address your mail clearly. Be sure package contents are properly cushioned and use packing tape too secure them. Be sure to use a rerturn address when writing to Santa as well — he may write back.

CRAC seeks a member

The Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee (CRAC) is seeking a member to complete the seven-member committee.

CRAC encourages landowners and developers to keep land in its natural state by putting it under a perpetual conservation restriction. Once land is under a conservation restriction, the committee walks the land periodically to ensure the restriction is being respected. The committee helps landowners through the legal process of approval by the Town and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. Meetings are generally held once a month from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Send a letter of interest and a resume to Sylvia Willard, Carlisle Conservation Commission, and to Madonna McKenzie, Town Administrator, both at 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Hanneke Cassel Trio performs December 14

The Westford Historical Society presents the Hanneke Cassel Trio. Cassel is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and holds a bachelor of music in violin performance from Berklee College of Music. The performance will be at the Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road, Westford, on December 14, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15

p.m. There will be potluck refreshments. Admission is $10/members of the Westford Historical Society; $15/non-members; $5/teens; under 13/free. Reservations are recommended at 1-978-692-5550 or

Art show now through January 13

Francesca Anderson Fine Art Portraits North, 56 Adams Street, Lexington, presents its annual almost miniatures show now through January 13, 2008. Among the works exhibited this year are five paintings by Carlisle's Maris Platais. For information, call 1-781-862-0660 or e-mail Francesca@PortraitsNorth.

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