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Friday, December 14, 2007

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 pot luck and whether you will help clean up afterwards.

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, contact Kathy Cuocolo at 1-978-318-9332 or

Seniors: Part D open enrollment ends December 31

Enrollment for the Medicare Part D prescription drug plans ends December 31. However, Massachusetts residents can still join a Medicare Part D plan after December 31 by enrolling in Prescription Advantage, the state's pharmacy assistance program. Medicare allows Prescription Advantage members to join a Medicare plan without having to wait until next November.

There is no charge for Prescription Advantage for members with an annual income less than $30,630 for a single person and $41,070 for a married couple. Depending on your income and the Medicare prescription drug plan you choose, Prescription Advantage may help pay all or part of your Medicare prescription drug plan's monthly premium, deductible and drug co-payments.

There is no reason not to have coverage for your prescription drugs. Call Prescription Advantage today toll-free at 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636) or TTY for the deaf and hard of hearing at 1-877-610-0241, for an application form.

Salvation Army kettle at Ferns

Remember to contribute to the Salvation Army Kettle at Ferns. 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. All contributions made to our "Town Kettle" remain in town and will allow us to support residents with fuel, food and other essentials when the need arises. Your generous support is very much appreciated.

Drop off Toys for Tots at Ferns and Police Station

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 or the Carlisle Police Station.

Carlisle ladies spring tennis league

Carlisle women who are interested in trying out for openings in our local spring tennis league (April - June) should contact Bobby Lyman: 1-978-369-6185 or Substitutes will also be needed in case you do not want to play twice each week. Spring league is a low key, social competition with morning lessons and games; days depend on skill level.

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 and 30, and February 6 and 13. 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. As there are only a few more places available, call the reference desk, Gleason Public Library as soon as possible. To learn more about programs at the library, visit or call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898.

Democratic caucus registration ends December 31

Any Carlisle resident who wishes to participate in the annual Democratic caucus, scheduled for February 2, 2008, must register as a Democrat with the Town Clerk by December 31. The caucus, held by the Democratic Town Committee, will elect delegates to the Democratic State Convention scheduled for June 7, 2008. All Carlisle Democrats are welcome to participate in the caucus and run for delegate to the convention. For more information, contact Susan Stamps, committee chair, at 1-978-369-8462 or

Last chance for citrus January 8

Place your order today for juicy, fresh citrus fruit, shipped directly from Florida. Carlisle Concert Band and Middle School Choir members will be taking orders at the Carlisle Transfer Station on January 5, 2008. You can place an order with any Concert Band or Middle School Choir member now, 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.

Christmas caroling and dinner December 16

This Sunday, December 16, at 3 p.m., folks from Carlisle Congregational Church and the surrounding community will meet at the church (147 School Street), board school buses and go Christmas caroling. After caroling, a free dinner will be waiting for participants at the church. Kick off your Christmas season with a great family activity. RSVPs are not necessary. Call Deb at the church (1-978-369-7830) or e-mail with questions. Join in for some old-fashioned fun with a new-fangled twist.

Caroling on the Green Christmas Eve

Get ready for the annual Christmas Eve Caroling on the Green. Musicians should plan to be at the Town Christmas tree by 6:15 p.m. on December 24. Musicians will play as the Unitarian Church service ends and before the Congregational Church service begins at 7:15 p.m. Dress warmly, bring your music stand and join your friends to play or sing the familiar Christmas carols. If you have questions, call 1-978-369-5893.

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 visiting Employers often sponsor Matching Donor Programs for their employees.

CCTV Channel 8 CCHS

CCHS Experience: December 15, 2:30 p.m.; December 19, 8:41 p.m.

CCHS Film Leader: December 15, 2:50 p.m.; December 19, 10:50 a.m.

Band: December 15, 3 p.m.

Band Tour: December 15, 6 p.m.; December 17, 9 p.m.; December 19, 9:01 p.m.; December 21, 10 p.m.

Girls Soccer: December 15, 8:02 p.m., 9:29 p.m.

Boys Soccer: December 19, 11:01 p.m.

Chorus: December 17, 6 p.m.; December 19, 10 a.m.; December 21, 12:30 a.m.

Theater: December 17, 7:30 p.m.; December 19, 1 p.m.

Orchestra: December 19, 8:30 a.m.; December 20, 1:14 a.m.

Video Production: December 19, 9:16 a.m.

Media Club: December 19, 10:44 a.m.

Council on Aging: December 17, 11:30 a.m.; December 18, 7 p.m.; December 20, 4 p.m.

Global Warming Symposium: December 18, 3:32 p.m.

Channel 9

Board of Selectmen: December 15, noon; December 16, 8 p.m.; December 17, 8 a.m.; December 18, 7 p.m.; December 19, 4 p.m.; December 20, 8 p.m.; December 21, 8 a.m.

Regional School Committee: December 15, 8 p.m.; December 16, noon; December 18, noon; December 19, 8 a.m.; December 20, 4 p.m.

WBN holiday party rescheduled to December 20

The Women's Business Network (WBN) holiday party has been rescheduled to Thursday, December 20, at 7:15 p.m. Women in small business, private practice and consulting are invited to attend the meeting and gathering at a member's home to get to know each other better in a casual setting. Everyone is encouraged to bring appetizers, finger foods or desserts to add to the festive air. E-mail to RSVP and for directions.

Seniors: 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, School, and others. Currently tax workers can earn up to a $700 credit on their property taxes by being matched with a Town Department's needs and working 87.5 hours before June 30, 2008. If you would like 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 Children's Center enrolls morning program

Concord Children's Center is currently enrolling children in their morning program for two-year-olds. This program is located in the Community Agencies Building on the campus of Emerson Hospital. Children attend the program on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The nine-child program is led by a team of two experienced early childhood teachers.

Concord Childrens Center is a private, non-profit, early childhood program accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. For more information about this program, contact the Concord Children's Center at 1-978-369-3747.

Post Office asks patrons to keep rural boxes and paths safe

The Post Office has asked patrons to remember to shovel around rural mailboxes and keep pathways clear, so that delivery of mail can proceed unobstructed and without risk to mail carriers.

CCHS evening registration session January 23

Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) will offer an evening registration session for all Concord and Carlisle eighth- and ninth-grade independent school students and their parents/guardians on Wednesday, January 23, 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the CCHS library. Prospective students should bring completed registration materials to this meeting. Families that have not received registration materials should call Mrs. McDonald at the CCHS Counseling Office, 1-978-341-2490, extension 7108.

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.

Middlesex spring semester courses begin January 22, 2008, and registration is now open. For more 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.

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.

Stop by the Recreation office and pick one (or more) up for yourself and your gardening friends.

First Connections parenting program December 17

The next meeting of "This Isn't What I Expected" will be on Monday, December 17, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at First Connections on the Emerson Hospital campus in Concord. Facilitated by Liz Torres, Psy.D., this group helps moms who may be experiencing sleeplessness, anxiety, racing thoughts, lethargy, difficulty making decisions or worries about their baby. There is no fee to attend this group, and moms are welcome to participate as long as they feel it is helpful to them. Call Ellen at 1-978-287-0221 if interested in attending. Child care is provided. Hospital parking fees apply unless validation is requested.

First Connections young parent program meets Thursdays

The First Connections young parent program (YPP) is a weekly group for moms age 25 and under that meets at First Connections every Thursday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The group helps young moms who are living in areas without similarly-aged parenting peers connect and support each other. YPP is facilitated by Sue Green, M.A., and experienced childcare is provided. If interested, call Sue at 1-978-287-0221. First Connections is located on the Emerson Hospital campus in Concord.

Discovery Museums vacation events

Children, families, and educators : explore the wonders of science, nature, humanities, and the arts hands-on. All programs are free with museum admission .

• December 26, Make a Puppet:,9:30 a.m., Children's Discovery.

What will you make? Use your imagination to create a puppet to use in our Adventure Fort puppet theater.

•December 27: Winter Wonderland, 9:30 a.m., Children's Discovery. Use your fingers to paint a wintry scene.

• December 28: Meet The Devil Dawg Hockey Mascot, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Children's Discovery. Meet the mascot of The Lowell Devils AHL hockey team. Fill in the blue lines of your own knock-hockey table-toy to take home.

• December 28: Twigs, Bark and Buds, noon, Science Discovery. Take a winter walk with educatior Frank Meehan and learn how trees are adapted to cold climates. Snow, rain or shine; dress appropriately.

• December 31: Time For 2008, 9:30 a.m., Children's Discovery. Ring in the New Year with calendars and clocks.

• January 4, Snow Globes, 1 p.m., Children's Discovery. Softly the snow falls down until it is all shaken up again. Design a winter landscape in a jar.

• January 4: Icy Investigations, 3:30 p.m. Science Discovery. Sleet, snow, icicles, and black ice! Discover the unique chemistry of water and experiment with sand, salt, ice melt, and Magic Salt. Learn about the environmental impact of the different methods of ice control. Sponsored by the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation.

• January 8, Ice Capades, 9:30 a.m.,Children's Discovery Museum. A winter chill is in the air. We have some ways to use the cold for science fun. Make icy fruit slush, ice sculpture, and investigate the scientific properties of ice.

• January 10, Music With Miss Karina, 10 a.m. Children's Discovery. Come and explore sound through singing and playing. Making music and sharing music together can be educational and fun! Miss Karina has 10+ years of certified musical teaching experience. Find out more at

• January 10, Plastic Designs, 3:30 p.m., at Science Discovery. Find out about the amazing properties of different kinds of plastic with high school teacher Cheryl Mamalis. Design your own decoration or tag for your backpack. Sponsored by the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation.

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 works by Andrew Carter, Daniel Pinkham, Larysa Kuzmenko and Randall Thompson, 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. For information, visit Singing with the chorus from Carlisle are Wendy Davis, Cynthia Nunan, Stephanie Smith, Cynthia Sorn and Penny Zezima.

Sing Messiah December 16

Join the Community Messiah sing, 51 Walden Street, Concord, (1-978 369-7911, 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.

Democracy in the Middle East December 16

Join Congregation Shalom on Sunday, December 16, at 10:30 a.m. for an informal conversation with Joy Kolin on Israel and democracy in the Middle East. Kolin has lived 18 years in Israel, and has served in multiple important roles promoting peace and democracy in the Middle East. The discussion will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions. Light refreshments will be served. Congregation Shalom is located at 87 Richardson Road, North Chelmsford.

New Year's Eve party at 51 Walden Street

Reserve your tickets now for the New Year's Eve Bash on December 31 from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 51 Walden Street, Concord. Tickets are $45 per person and include champagne toast, hors d'oeuvres, party favors and the Orion Big Band, featuring vocalist Sarah Telford. The Bash benefits the Performing Arts Center. Call 1-978-369-7911 or visit for tickets and information.

Lexington Arts and Crafts Society holiday market now through December 23

This year the annual holiday market, sponsored by the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, is ongoing now through December 23 at the Society's facilities at 130 Waltham Street in Lexington. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; Sunday hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Extended Thursday hours are 6 to 8 p.m. With representation from all nine arts guilds, there will be something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. For more information, contact Ron Rossi, LACS director, at or 1-718-862-9636.

MCC student art show now through December 20

An exhibition of works by art students at Middlesex Community College (MCC) are on view now through December 20 at the Henderson Hall Gallery on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information, call Margaret Swan at 1-781-280-3803.

Minuteman presents "Breakfast with Santa" December 15

Minuteman Regional High School is hosting its 18th annual "Breakfast with Santa" to benefit Children's Hospital on Saturday, December 15, from 8 to 11 a.m. The breakfast will be in the school cafeteria, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington. There is a $5 entrance fee for each child and adult. Activities, pictures with Santa, raffles and breakfast will make this a fun-filled morning. For reservations or questions, contact Merrissa Shock or Michelle Pierre at 1-781-961-6500 ext. 271 or More information is available at

Community Chest launches online auction

On April 5, 2008, the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest will host an elegant and exciting live auction gala for 350 people. 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 now. 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 the Chest office at 1-978-369-5250 if you would like to contribute to the auction through a donation or by volunteering on an auction committee.

Everyone may 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 the Chest at or mail it to 111 ORNAC, Concord, MA 01742. Your address will remain confidential and will not be shared with any other organization.

For information about the Community Chest and its member agencies, call 1-978-369-5250 or visit

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. 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; however, the application is shared with many local organizations that give merit based awards as well. For more information, e-mail

Merrimack Rep presents 2 Pianos, 4 Hands in January

The Merrimack Repertory Theatre presents 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, Wednesday through Friday evenings beginning January 4 at 8 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. performance on January 9. Tickets are $26 to $56 with student, senior and group discounts available. For information, call the box office at 1-978-654-4678 or visit

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 write to After a friendly conversation, the GPL staff will make sure you get something delivered to your home that matches your interests. Do not let an injury, healing from surgery or an illness, or lack of access to transportation deprive you from the many great resources at Carlisle's library. This program is made possible by a grant from the Concord Carlisle Community Chest in collaboration with the Council on Aging and Gleason Public Library,

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 artsists at the gallery. 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. For information, call 1-978-459-7819.

Colonial Spirit Chorus seeks singers

Would you like an opportunity to perform with a dynamic, talented group of women? The Colonial Spirit Show Chorus is eager to teach you. Come to a Thursday night rehearsal and meet this fun-loving chorus.We are women of all ages from many towns and sing a wide variety of music. Rehearsals are Thursdays, 7:15 p.m., at the Church of The Good Shepherd, Newtown Road (off Rt. 27) in Acton.

For information, call Norma, 1-978-692-2270, or Noreen, 1-978-263-0562, or visit www.colonial

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

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 proposals 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.

Animal control issues? Call the Police Department

All animal control issues are handled by the Carlisle Police Department, and by no other office. Contact the Police Department's Communication Center at 1-978-369-1818 and the appropriate response will be provided. If there is an emergency, call 9-1-1. Do not contact individuals at their homes. For nuisance animals in the home and yard, contact a private pest control service. Any animal control issues should be directed to Sergeant Cardonne at the Carlisle Police Department.

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 Road, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Waltz at 51 Walden January 12

The annual "Evening of Waltz" will be held on Saturday, January 12, at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden Street, Concord. The 51 Walden Waltz Orchestra, conducted by William McManus, will provide live music. Waltz leaders Julia and Dexter Wang will lead a Grand March and a snowball dance, and provide individual instruction as needed. Tickets at $50/person include gourmet desserts and coffee. A wine and champagne bar is also available. Reservations are recommended at 1-978-369-7911 or

Infant massage classes begin January 12

Studies show that babies who are regularly massaged fall asleep quicker, feel relief from the discomfort of colic, constipation, teething, and congestion, and experience enhanced neurological development. Learn more through Emerson Hospital's four one-hour sessions. The trained infant massage instructor educates parents on how to communicate with their babies through touch.

Classes begin Saturday, January 12, 2008, from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Classes are held at the Emerson Hospital Health Center in Westford, located on Route 110. For information, call Lisa Bates at 1-978-287-3268.

Volunteers needed for AAI

Animals As Intermediaries (AAI) brings animals and nature programs to people with limited access to the natural world. It connects individuals with nature's capacity to heal and to teach. AAI serves youth-at-risk, people with disabilities and elders and visits foster care, nursing homes, and mental health facilities.

Animals As Intermediaries is seeking volunteers to train as facilitators. A minimum commitment of five to ten 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 at 40 Stow Street in Concord. For more information, visit, or contact Executive Director Janey Tallarida at 1-978-369-2585 or

New classes offered by Concord Art Association

The Concord Art Association announces new classes for the upcoming winter and spring sessions. In addition to returning classes in "Chinese Ink Brush Painting and Watercolor," the Association is adding new classes. Beginning in January, some new offerings are:

For the kids:

"Art Around The World," for kids ages six to ten;

"Super Hero: Creating Your Own Comics," for kids nine to 13;

"Art Innovation!" For kids ages seven to ten.

A wide range of painting classes includes "Oil Painting for Beginners" taught by Paul George, "Pastel Techniques" with Jeanne Smith, "Painting the Garden" led by Grace Vasta-Carr, "The Art of the Watercolor" with Marla Greenfield and "Spontaneous Watercolor" with Tom Sutherland.

Printmaking classes include "Introduction to Silkscreen Printing" taught by Jean Carter and "Introduction to Japanese Woodblock Printing" taught by Matt Brown.

The Concord Art Association is located at 37 Lexington Road, Concord. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

For more information on the gallery and educational programs, call 1-978-369-2578 or e-mail gallery@concordart.

org. Visit for updated information on exhibitions, lectures and tours.

COA to visit UK April 25

Join the COA trip to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales on April 25, 2008. For 15 days, visit London,Stonehenge, Bath, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh,York, Stratford-Upon-Avon and much more. Double occupancy tickets at $3,499 include13 breakfasts, nine dinners, airfare and hotels. For information, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or e-mail here at or pick up a flyer at Carlisle COA office.

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. Sales of the calendars benefit PIH in its work to provide healthcare to the poor. They are available at the Grasshopper Shop, 36 Main Street, Concord for a donation of $20. Calendars may be mailed to you by e-mailing or calling 1-978-930-4629.

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.

COA van transportation

The COA provides transportation for seniors and disabled persons in the COA van or by friendly volunteer drivers. If you have made a medical appointment, call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 as soon as you know the date of the appointment, even if it is weeks away. A minimum of two business days notice is requested. Transportation is available for all COA events. There is no fee for riding the van. However, if you feel you would like to contribute to the van maintenance, donations can be mailed to the Friends of the COA.

Weekly scheduled van trips include second and fourth Wednesdays, for errands, grocery shopping on Fridays with the first and third Fridays including grocery and mall shopping. Pick up for these trips is at Carlisle Village Court at 10 a.m. Home pick up can be arranged.

Donations needed at Loaves & Fishes

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry 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 still offers clients holiday food distribution on Friday, December 21.

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, 234 Barnum Road, Devens, will be open for extended drop-off hours from December 14 to 20. For information, visit If you have any other questions or need additional information, call 1-978-772-4627x5 or e-mail

Grant funds part-time COA/BOH social worker

The Board of Health (BOH) and the Council on Aging (COA) recently received a grant to hire Peter Cullinane, a licensed social worker who has many years of experience working with families and elders. He will be available approximately six hours per week working with the BOH and the COA. The grant was received from Northwest Health Alliance Community Health Network Area for their collaborative project "Community Initiative for a Healthy Carlisle."

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