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Friday, January 11, 2008

FOGPL potluck supper is February 9

Come to the Friends of Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) annual community potluck supper on Saturday, February 9, at 6 p.m. This year the potluck will be at the Erickson home, Black Brook Farm, at 886 Lowell Street. Bring your favorite dish. Contact Verna Gilbert by February 4 at 1-978-369-9278 or to RSVP. Let Verna know if you will be bringing an appetizer, salad, entrée or dessert for eight. This event is for adults only.

COA doings

· Luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, January 17, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for lunch followed by entertainment by Bingo. Blood pressure screenings will be provided from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP by Monday, January 14. Let the COA know if you need a van ride when you make your reservation. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated.

· Brahms series: Elliot Lilien will be presenting four lectures on Brahms, on January 23 and 30 and February 6 and 13, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Gleason Library. Registration is limited. For more information, visit or call the reference desk at the library at 1-978-369-4898. This program is funded by the Friends of the GPL along with the Friends of the COA Lee Milliken and Jean Rourk funds.

· Women's breakfast: Join other senior women for a fabulous Italian-themed breakfast with "Lady Di" on January 31 (snow date February 4) in the Sleeper Room at Village Court at 8 a.m. The cost of this breakfast is $2 or more. Call the COA office to reserve your space, as seating is limited.

· CPS senior intergenerational program: The COA and the Carlisle elementary school will soon start a new program with the third grade and continue the pre-school intergenerational poetry project. The third grade needs senior volunteers to work as mentors or buddies and to support a general classroom project or assist with reading or math skills. Seniors are also needed to share their memories about times they have lived through or hobbies they have. If you are interested in any of these activities, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895. The poetry program is supported by a grant from the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Three-church potluck supper January 19

Three of the "faith communities" of Carlisle, the First Religious Society, St. Irene Church and the Carlisle Congregational Church, invite all in the town to a potluck dinner/singalong to be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church (147 School Street) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on January 19. Anthems from the choirs are planned, followed by a group singing of favorite popular songs from the 1890s to the 1940s. If you would like to come, register by calling Deb Pichulo at the Congregational Church at 1-978-369-7830.

Opera offered on CCTV

Popular opera expert John Tischio's series will air on Channel 8, CCTV starting January 14. The five-part opera lecture series recently offered at the Gleason Public Library is now available for CCTV viewers on Monday at 6 p.m., Tuesday at 3 p.m., Wednesday at 7 p.m., Thursday at 10:30 p.m., Friday at 9 a.m. and Saturday at 9 p.m.

This series is presented through a partnership between CCTV, Friends of the Gleason Public Library, and Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging. For a current schedule of CCTV programs visit or

Meet local artists at GPL on Saturday

Stop by the Gleason Public Library (GPL) on January 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. to meet the Carlisle artists who created "The Year of Jumping Boy Show." The exhibit, running through February 29, presents photographs that David Freedman took of his son Aaron jumping every day of 2006. (See the article on page 11 for more information.)

Dinner and family fun at Congregational Church January 20

Once a month, folks from Carlisle Congregational Church and members of the community join together for family night. This month, you are invited to join in for a delicious home-cooked dinner, free for newcomers, some special music and a super-secret activity for all ages. Come on down and check out family night, a place with real faith, real friends and real fun. For more information, e-mail or call Deb at 1-978-369-7830.

Get the Gleason e-newsletter

Anyone with an e-mail address can sign up for the Gleason Public Library's e-newsletter, "Library Latest." These monthly mailings keep Gleason patrons current on upcoming library events, great books, music and movies, plus much more. Short, sweet and fun, the e-newsletter is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. To sign up, visit or call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898.

TOGA group meets today

The next monthly meeting of Teens of Gleason Advisors (TOGA) will be today, January 11, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Gleason Library. Snacks will be served. Visit or contact Erica at 1-978-369-4898 or if youhave questions.

CCHS musicians perform January 16

The CCHS Chorus and Orchestra, with students from the Concert Band, will perform Vivaldi's Gloria on Wednesday, January 16, in the CCHS Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature student soloists and additional performances by the CCHS Select Choir, Women's Ensemble and Orchestra. The concert is free, and there will be a reception with light refreshments at its close. For information, contact Prisl Dumka at or Lisa Brem at

Carlisle School Parent Advisory Council meeting January 18

The next parent support group meeting will be Friday, January 18, at 9 a.m. at the home of Lonnie Harvey at 63 Rodgers Road. All parents of children with special needs are welcome.

Call Kris Tocci, 1-978 371 6498, or Lori Tucker, 1-978 371 3292, with any questions.

Trails Committee to lead moonlight walk January 19

On Saturday, January 19, at 7 p.m., the Trails Committee will lead a public walk/cross-country ski/snowshoe under the nearly full moon starting from the Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road. A shorter and a longer version of the walk will be available. One group will ski to Greenough Pond and back if conditions are good. Dress for the winter weather and bring a flashlight. Note that this walk is for people only, as dogs are not allowed in the wildlife refuge where the walk will take place. Refreshments will be served afterwards. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Carlisle seventh grade to present Willy Wonka, Jr.

Willy Wonka, Jr. is this year's exciting Carlisle School Seventh Grade Musical. Performances will be at the Corey Auditorium on Sunday, February 10, at 6:30 p.m., Monday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m., and Tuesday, February 12, at 3:30 p.m. (early release day). The musical is based on Roald Dahl's timeless story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This new musical version is sure to be a family favorite. Tickets are $8 and can be ordered by e-mail at, or purchased at Ferns starting on January 21. Tickets will be available at rehearsal pick-up time at the school (5 p.m.) starting January 28. Contact 1-978-369-2875 with any questions.

Local Democrats to hold caucus February 2

Registered Democrats in Carlisle will be holding their annual caucus at the First Religious Society, third-floor conference room, 27 School Street, (access through side door on Church Street) on Saturday, February 2 at 10 a.m. The caucus will elect four delegates and two alternates to the 2008 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women.

The convention will be held on Friday, June 7, at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell. At that time, Democrats from across the state will gather to endorse candidates for the office of U.S. Senator. The names of those candidates who receive 15% of the state convention vote will be placed on the September 16 Democratic Primary ballot.

The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Carlisle. Candidates for delegate and alternate must consent to nomination in writing and must be present at the caucus. All candidates may make a one minute statement and may distribute materials on their behalf. All ballots will be written and secret. Those not elected as delegate and/or alternate, who meet the qualifications, may apply to be add-on delegates in the following categories: youth, minority and disabled.

For caucus information, contact chair Susan Stamps at 1-978-369-8462 or

Gilbert and Sullivan on January 20

Come see an All-Star Boston cast and Roberta Morrell in a full concert of Gilbert and Sullivan's most beloved and best music at Corey Auditorium at the Carlisle School on Sunday afternoon, January 20, at 2 p.m.

The Savoyard Light Opera Company is bringing British Gilbert and Sullivan director and performer Roberta Morrell to Carlisle the weekend of January 20 for a special concert and a series of master classes. Morrell has been engaged by the Savoyard Light Opera Company to create the program specifically for this performance. She will be the on-stage host, sharing her unique experiences and insights with the audience.

Tickets to the concert are $15 and are available at and will be available at the door.

In addition to the concert on Sunday, January 20, Morrell will teach master classes in Carlisle on Saturday, January 19. Here is an opportunity to have a true Gilbert and Sullivan expert help you perform like a seasoned professional. A few openings are still available. Contact Larry Millner at or 1-781-583-0206 for more information.

GPL offers workshop for adults January 14

On January 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the Gleason Public Library (GPL) and Louis P. La Bella M.Ed., LSW, Bereavement and Volunteer Programs Coordinator for the Merrimack Valley Hospice and local college professor, will present the informative Five Wishes Program.

The Five Wishes Program gives participants a way to control their treatment if they are faced with serious illness or unexpected injury and cannot speak for themselves. Participants will receive an easy-to-complete booklet that helps them record exactly what they want or do not want in their care. Once the booklet is filled out and properly signed, it is valid under the laws of Massachusetts.

This program is presented by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and the Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging. The program is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. To learn more, contact the Carlisle Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895. In case of snow, this program will be held January 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Representative Atkins to hold Carlisle office hours February 1

Representative Cory Atkins (D-Concord) will hold office hours at the Town Hall in Carlisle onFebruary 1 in the Clark Room from2:30 to3:30 p.m. Representative Atkins urges Carlisle residents to stop by to share their requests and concerns regarding local and state issues."I am excited about the work we can get donethis year and I look forward to hearing from my constituents," said Atkins.

If you would like to meet with Representative Atkins and cannot make it at this time, call 1-617-722-2013 to set up an additional meeting either in your district or in Boston at the State House.For more information, contact Natalie Kaufman at 1-617-722-2013 or

Parents Connection to visit Sesame Street Live January 26

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club announces the new beginning of its Parents Connection with a trip to Sesame Street Live, Saturday January 26.

For more information on attending this or any Newcomers event, visit or contact Kathy Cuocolo, president, at or 1-978-318-9332.

Senior tax credit available

If you are a homeowner or renter 65 years old or older, you may qualify for cash or credit from the state if you pay rent or property taxes, under the Massachusetts "Circuit B=reaker" tax program. For information and/or forms for the past three years, call the Massachusetts Department of Revenue at 1-617-887-6367.

Sign up for Story Time

Registrations for the winter Story Time sessions will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 12. All sessions run through the week of March 10. Story Times do not meet during public school vacation weeks. For more information, call the children's department at the library at 1-978-369-4898.

Newcomers afternoon tea at Colonial Inn Tuesday with Louisa May Alcott

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club has planned an English-style afternoon tea at the Colonial Inn in Concord on Tuesday, January 15, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The tea will provide a light lunch and an opportunity to visit with others new to Concord and Carlisle. We are expecting a visit from Louisa May Alcott, who often stops by the Inn to visit her dear friend Henry David Thoreau. Join the club for an interesting afternoon

For more information, visit If you, or someone you know, is new to Concord or Carlisle in the last several years, and could use the camaraderie and social activities that the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club is known for, contact Kathy Cuocolo, President, at 1-978-318-9332 or e-mail her at

Drop-In Story Time January 15

Come to the Gleason Library for a drop-in Story Time on Tuesday, January 15, at 4 p.m. for stories, songs and more. This Story Time is for ages two to four. For more information, call the Library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.

Three-quarter time tomorrow night

The annual Waltz Night at 51 Walden in Concord is tomorrow, January 12, from 8 to 11 p.m.Waltz Leaders Julia and Dexter Wang will lead a Grand March, a Snowball dance and will provide instruction as needed. Tickets, that benefit the Performing Arts Center, are $50/person (this includes desserts and beverage). Reservations are recommended at 1-978-369-7911 or

"Thoreau's Country" at GPL January 28

Decorating the Gleason Public Library's (GPL) stairway to the Hollis Room is a collection of Carlisle photographic images from the early twentieth century. On Monday, January 28, at 7 p.m., join curator Leslie Perrin Wilson of the William Munroe Special Collections, Concord Free Public Library, for a slide show selected from "Thoreau's Country," an early twentieth-century slide lecture created and presented by Herbert Wendell Gleason. The digital slides for this presentation were made from a set of Gleason's original glass lantern slides, which were beautifully hand-colored by Lulie Gleason, the photographer's wife. The Concord Free Public Library holds the slides for Gleason's program and his accompanying typed notes.

This presentation is presented by the Friends of the GPL and Carlisle Historical Society. The photograph exhibit now showing in the Library was funded by the Friends of the GPL and curated by Conni Manoli-Skocay. The snow date for this program is Monday, February 4. This program is free and open to the public.

Concord-Carlisle youth softball

The Doug White Memorial Athletic Fund is sponsoring a free weekly softball pitching clinic at the Corey Gym in Carlisle. The clinic runs from 5 to 7 p.m. every Sunday from now through March 30. Softball players age seven to 18 can show up and work on their pitching. Each pitcher is required to bring someone to catch for him/her to the clinic. Pitching instruction will be available at the clinic on a roving, one-on-one basis. This is a great opportunity for all softball pitchers to work on their mechanics during the cold winter months.

CCMS presentsJanuary 13 concert

The Concord Chamber Music Society (CCMS) will present the accomplished Peabody Trio in concert on Sunday, January 13, at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street in Concord. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. following a 2 p.m. pre-concert lecture by musicologist Steven Ledbetter. Works by Maurice Ravel, Franz Schubert and Zhou Long will be featured.

Tickets are $35, $30 and $25. Ticketing and subscription information, directions and a program description can be found at or by calling the Concord Chamber Music Society at 1-978-371-9667.

Register now for CCYS spring 2008 in-town soccer

Registration for Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer (CCYS) in-town spring soccer is open now through February 25. CCYS offers outdoor soccer for children in grades Pre-K through six. To be eligible to play in our Pre-K division, players must be entering kindergarten in fall 2008. Games are played on Saturdays from May 3 through June 14. Practices for the kindergarten through grade six divisions are usually hosted once per week and are determined by the player's coach just before the season starts.

Registration fees are $95 per player with a $10 discount for each additional child registering within the family. If new to our program, a player may purchase a shirt for $20. Returning players may wear the blue and white reversible shirts purchased in the past. CCYS is actively recruiting coaches and other volunteers to help run our program. Consider volunteering when registering your player.

To register, go to, click on Registration and follow the directions from there. Returning users can log into their accounts using the e-mail address and password assigned during the fall season. After February 25, a late fee of $20 applies and player team placement is not guaranteed.

For further information, visit and choose "In-Town" from the left-hand menu selections. For more information, contact Nancy by e-mail at or by phone at 1-978-369-7978.

Girl Scout cookie sale underway

The annual Girl Scout cookie sale is underway and will continue through March 16. All cookies are zero trans-fat per serving, and some are available in 100-calorie packs. Cookies are $4 a box.

For more information, visit and watch for Carlisle Girls Scouts at local venues.

CCHS Parents Association meets February 5

Join Athletic Director Barry Haley on Tuesday, February 5, at 7:30 p.m. for an open dialogue about CCHS sports entitled, "Educational Athletics: How Can We Make Them Better at CCHS?" Bring your questions and thoughts about interscholastic and club sports at CCHS. You may also send questions or thoughts in advance to Sue Myers at, or submit written questions at the meeting.

Armchair Travels explores animal behavior January 14

Carlisle's Kathryn Lord takes center stage next week as the Concord-Carlisle Community Education program begins its winter series of the popular Armchair Travels program. The Monday night series begins on January 14 as Lord presents "The Origins of Behavior in Wolves and Dogs." There is no charge for the program and all presenters volunteer their time.

Lord will present her experiences rearing and observing wolf, German shepherd, Border collie and mixed-breed puppies during her ongoing six-year study on the development of behavior in dogs and wolves. Her work takes her to Ontario, Montreal, and Indiana's Wolf Park and Wolf Creek. Lord will explain her research, and how it is revealing aspects of wolf and dog behavior that have long been the object of myth and folklore.

Armchair Travels meets Monday nights at 7 p.m. for about one hour, at West Concord's Harvey Wheeler Community Center. The series will not meet on January 21, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and resumes on January 28 with Tom and Maryann Goblick's nature photos from the Orkney Islands off the north coast of

Scotland. For more information and to volunteer to share your pictures and travel stories, call Community Education at 1-978-318-1540.

Concord Art Association presents Marla Greenfield exhibit

"Seeing the Light," an exhibit of watercolors by Marla Greenfield, is running now at the Concord Art Association, 37 Lexington Road in Concord, until January 28. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

Election information

· Absentee ballots should be in the Town Clerk's office by today, January 11.

· Wednesday, January 16, is the last day to register to vote or change party affiliations for the Presidential Primary Election. Town Clerk's office will be open until 8 p.m. on January 16 to accommodate voters.

· The Presidential Primary Election will be on Tuesday, February 5, in the Clark Room at Town Hall, 66 Westford Street. Polls will be open at 6 a.m. Voters are encouraged to carpool with others, as a large turnout is expected. Parking will be tight.

· Results will be posted on the front door of Town Hall before the election staff leaves on Election Night. They will also be available at Gleason Library, the Post Office, and the Police Station.

· Questions regarding voter registration or the election should be directed to the Town Clerk's office at 1-978-369-6155 or

Volunteers needed for Carlisle Medical Reserve Corps

The Board of Health is looking for volunteers to form an executive committee in order to enhance the capabilities of the Carlisle Medical Reserve Corps. This committee will be responsible for preparing a mission statement, prioritizing objectives and assisting the Board of Health with administrative tasks such as organizing trainings, recruiting volunteers and identifying potential response partners. The initial meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Call the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283 if you are interested in attending.

Items needed for seventh-grade play

The following items are needed to borrow/keep for the seventh-grade musical, Willy Wonka, Jr. They will be needed from January 28 through February 13. Contact Kelly Driscoll at or 1-978-318-9202 if you can contribute.

· Clean packing peanuts

· One brass bed, full or queen, condition not important, mattress or box spring

· Fake plastic chains, approximately six to ten feet

· Shabby valance or café curtain

· One park-style bench

· Two Victorian floor lamps

· Plain table three to four feet, by two feet. Drop-leaf okay.

· Twosix- or eight-footsafety step ladders (folding portable ladders, hinged at the top).You must be willing to let us paint your ladderblack and return it to you painted.)

· German alpine hat for boy

· 100 fresh AA batteries (or as many as possible)

CCHS summer opportunities fair January 28

Concord-Carlisle High School will hold its summer opportunities fair on Monday, January 28 (snow date January 29) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Concord- Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street, Concord.

The fair brings together representatives from 90 organizations to present information about summer opportunities locally, nationally, and abroad. Exhibitors will display information on traditional summer camps, special needs programs, wilderness adventures, education and enrichment opportunities, sports camps, foreign language and student exchange programs, volunteer opportunities, and more.

Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available. All proceeds from exhibitors fund the CCHS Parents Association grants program.

Newcomers social January 26

Join the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club on Saturday evening, January 26, at 7 p.m. This house party will provide our members an opportunity to enjoy each other's company and extend a welcome to our new town residents. A great evening is anticipated.

If you are interested in attending this or any Newcomers event, visit If you, or someone you know, is new to Concord or Carlisle in the last several years, and could use the camaraderie and social activities that the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club is known for, please contact Kathy Cuocolo, president, at 1-978-318-9332 or e-mail her at

League of Women Voters essay contest open to students

The League of Women Voters (LWV), in partnership with Stop & Shop as the sponsor for the League's ninth annual online student essay contest, has chosen as its theme this year: "Making Democracy Work: Vote 2008."

The contest is open to all Massachusetts students in grades four to 12 in public and private schools and to those who are home-schooled. Students in these grades will receive a U.S. Savings Bond and their teacher or advisor will receive a classroom education grant in recognition of the support they give their students. This year there is a question for 18- to 24-year-olds as well with a $1,000 prize for the best essay in this category. All winners will read their essays at a special event on Sunday, April 13, joining the historic line of patriotic speakers who have passionately proclaimed their views at Faneuil Hall in Boston.

The contest deadline is March 4. Contest rules, essay questions and instructions for submitting the essay via email can be found only online at

Say goodbye to Bob Koning

Join your fellow Carlisleans on Tuesday, January 15, between 3 and 7 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall, to thank Bob Koning for his over 40 years of service to Carlisle as Building Commissioner/Electrical Inspector.

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