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Friday, January 25, 2008

FOGPL potluck supper is February 9

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

"Thoreau's Country" presentation at GPL January 28

On Monday, January 28, at 7 p.m. in Gleason Public Library's (GPL) Hollis Room, 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 20th-century slide lecture created 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 not only the slides for Gleason's program but also his accompanying typed notes.

This event is presented by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and Carlisle Historical Society. The photograph exhibit now showing in the Library was funded by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. Conni Manoli-Skocay curated the photographic show. The snow date for this free program is Monday, February 4. To learn more, or call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898.

Accessible outdoor winter recreation at Great Brook Ski Touring Center

The Department of Conservation and Recreation's (DCR) Universal Access Program will offer night-time-accessible cross-country skiing, sit cross-country skiing, kick-sledding, and snowshoeing for individuals with disabilities on Thursdays, January 31 and February 28, from 3 to 7 p.m. Enjoy starry skies on a lantern-lit groomed trail over moderate terrain. Kicksled and snowshoe on ungroomed trails. Enjoy a hot beverage at the bonfire circle where warmth and camaraderie are guaranteed. For persons with disabilities, free use of accessible equipment and staff assistance are available.

Pre-registration is required. Call Venture Into Well-Being: 1-413-259-0009. Also, ask about volunteer opportunities.

For more information on DCR's Universal Access Program and a schedule of activities, and to confirm program status, call 1-617-626-1294 (voice) or 1-413-577-2200 (TTY) or visit and click on "universal access program."

Get your tickets now for Willy Wonka, Jr.

The Carlisle School seventh grade musical, Willy Wonka, Jr., is based on Roald Dahl's timeless story, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.

Performances, in the Corey Auditorium, are 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). Tickets are $8 and can be ordered by e-mail at, and purchased at Ferns. Tickets will be available at rehearsal pick-up time at the school (5 p.m.) starting January 28. Call 1-978-369-2875 for information.

Seventh grade parents: There will be a seventh grade play party in the Corey dining room on Tuesday, February 12, immediately following the last performance. Parents are welcome to stay or pick up their seventh-graders no later than 7 p.m. Pizza and beverages will be served. If you have questions, e-mail

Carlisle's Chinese New Year is tomorrow

Be sure to be at Corey Auditorium at 2 p.m. tomorrow, January 26, to celebrate Chinese New Year. This annual, award-winning community event includes performances of traditional Chinese dances, martial arts demonstrations, a buffet of Chinese food and arts and crafts. Carlisle Public School students, teachers and parents are among the performers and demonstrators.

Tickets are $5/children and $7/adults and are available at Ferns, from any Carlisle student studying Chinese or at the door. For information, e-mail

Election information

· 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 should be directed to the Town Clerk's office at 1-978-369-6155 or

Carlisle Democrats caucus on February 2

Registered Democrats in Carlisle will hold their annual caucus at the First Religious Society's 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 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 percent 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 categories of youth, minority and disabled. For information, contact Susan Stamps at 1-978-369-8462 or

American Textile History Museum offers events and classes

On Saturday, February 9, from noon to 6 the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, the American Textile History Museum (ATHM) joins "Museum Madness" at Winterfest with craft activities for kids.

On Tuesday, February 19, from 10 a.m. to noon and Friday, February 23, from 1 to 3 p.m., the ATHM offers a Kids' Week program at the museum on playing and toys in the 18th century.

Ongoing at the ATHM at 491 Dutton Street, Lowell, are classes in a variety of types of weaving, spinning, felting and quilting.

For information, contact the museum at or call 1-978-441-0400.

Antique radio flea market February 17

On Sunday, February 17, the Greater Boston Antique Radio Collectors will sponsor an old radio flea market at the Westford Regency Inn on Route 110 in Westford. Come to antique radio heaven to learn what that old radio in your attic is worth, or to buy that old radio of your dreams.

Hundreds of vintage radios and other electronics from the 1920s to the 1960s will be offered for sale. Also for sale will be old radio books, price guides and magazines, telegraph keys, novelty radios, and many other radio-related items.

Admission is $11 (spouse and children free). Exhibitors should pre-register. Flea market hours are from 8 a.m. to noon. For information, contact Antique Radio Classified, Cindie Bryan, P.O. Box 2-W20, Carlisle, MA 01741, telephone 1-866-371-0512 or e-mail

String quartet at Kerem Shalom February 2

The Auvergne String Quartet will perform February 2 at 8 p.m. at Temple Kerem Shalom in Concord. This wonderful quartet with area locals Edward Ru, Joyce Ru, Susan Gottschalk and Pip Moss returns for another evening of inspiring, exciting and informative music. Small charge at the door. Questions? Contact Rosalie at or call 1-978-369-1223.

CYT offers classes and performances

The Concord Youth Theatre (CYT) is offering a series of winter classes for children ages three to 17, as well as performances of fairy tales, classic children's stories, and Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. For information about auditions, classes, fees and performances, call 1-978-371-1482.

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 at this time. 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 is welcome to 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 more information about the Community Chest and its member agencies, call 1-978-369-5250 or visit

Check CCTV Channels 8, 9 and new channel 10 for a complete schedule of local cable TV shows Emerson Hospital offers "Getting Ready for Multiples" February 3

Emerson Hospital will offer a three-hour class entitled "Getting Ready for Multiples," which addresses the special concerns of a pregnancy for multiples (twins or more). Topics include pre-term labor, pregnancy discomfort, delivery, managing feedings, organization and resources. This is not a prepared childbirth class. The class will be held on February 3 from 3 to 6 p.m. If you miss the February class, it will be held again on April 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information or to register, call Lisa at 1-978-287-3268.

Westford square/contra dance February 10

Come to a family square/contra dance at the Parish Center for the Arts (PCA), corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street on Westford Common, on Sunday, February 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. Bring the kids. Oh, CONTRAire! provides live music and David Kaynor calls. No experience required; all dances taught. Tickets: adults/$5; kids/$3; maximum $12/family. For more information call 1-978-692-6333, e-mail or visit

Needed for the seventh grade play

Items needed to borrow/keep for seventh grade musical, Willy Wonka, Jr.:

· Garment racks with wheels (borrow)

· 2 tripods that would hold 2 large video/TV-style cameras (borrow)

· 100 AA batteries

· Clean packing peanuts (we need enough to fill 8 large garbage bags)

· Dry cleaner clear plastic bags

· Foam/batting for stuffing costumes

· Unscented hair gel

· Unscented hair spray

The play will need these items from January 28 through February 13. Contact Kelly Driscoll at or 1-978-318-9202.

Jazz workshop series starts January 28

Local musician Larry Zuk and Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education begin the next series of Jazz Workshop at the Sanborn School in Concord on January 28 at 7:30 p.m. Call 1-978-318-1540 weekdays, 1-978-318-1432 evenings, or visit, to register or for more information. The course fee is $50.

Happy baby class February 7

Learn an extraordinary approach to calm your baby. New and expectant parents will learn step-by-step how to help their baby sleep longer and how to soothe even the fussiest baby in minutes.

The Happiest Baby on the Block class will be offered at Emerson Hospital on February 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. If you cannot make the February class, it will be held again on April 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $45 per couple. For more information or to register, call Lisa at 1-978-287-3268.

Send your love on Valentine's Day

Can you imagine your loved one's surprise when he or she answers the phone and hears a singing phonogram? Colonial Spirit Chorus will sing a song to anyone in the continental USA on February 14, between 7:30 and 10 p.m. It is just $20 ($25 for a specific time). Call Noreen Row at 1-978-263-0562 by February 12.

MCC to host "College Goal Sunday" January 27

Middlesex Community College (MCC) will be a host site for "Massachusetts College Goal Sunday," a series of free financial-aid presentations to be held around the state on Sunday, January 27. "College Goal Sunday" at Middlesex will be at 2 p.m. in MCC's Lowell Campus City Building, 33 Kearney Square.

The moderated information session will help students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you would like assistance filling out the FAFSA , please bring the following documents with you:

· 2007 U.S. income tax return (IRS Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ)

· Social Security number

· Driver's license (if any)

· W-2 forms and other records of money earned in 2007

· Records of 2007 untaxed income, such as Social Security benefits, Workers' Compensation or Welfare benefits

· 2007 business and investment, mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records

· Your alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

· If you are under 24 years of age, the same documentation is required for your parents

· If 2007 information is not available, 2006 information would be helpful.

Call 1-978-656-3242 or visit for information.

Minuteman open house is January 30

Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington will host an open house for eighth- and ninth-grade students and their parents on Wednesday, January 30, at 7 p.m. Minuteman is located at 758 Marrett Road (Route 2A) in Lexington.

The open house will include a comprehensive overview of program offerings across 22 science, human service and technology career majors plus an emphasis on academic studies, athletics, extracurricular activities and campus life.

Additional information is available from the school's Admissions office at 1-781-861-6500 x244, sending an e-mail to or by visiting the school web site at

Armchair travel February 5

The next destination for Travel Time will be Banff. Charlie Allman hosts a monthly open discussion series about world destinations. Join in the next adventure on February 5 at 10:30 a.m. in the Hollis Room of the Library. See a short video travelogue and share experiences, photographs and recommendations for the selected destination. Participants are welcome to bring their own visuals (photos, mementos) or come prepared to take notes. Library items, such as DVDs, books and complementary materials will be displayed for easy access. These programs are free and open to the public without registration. Refreshments will be provided. For information, visit

Notorious plays in Westford February 8

The Westford Historical Society presents Notorious, a group blending traditional and contemporary acoustic music from around the world.

The concert will be at the Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road, Westford, on Friday February 8 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $10/members of the Westford Historical Society, $15/non-members, $5/teens and under 13/free. Reservations are recommended. Call 1-978-692-5550, e-mail or visit

Gleason seeks volunteers for restoration committee

Gleason Public Library is seeking volunteers to serve on a restoration committee, which will research and write a plan for the restoration and repair of the library's brick and granite façade. If you have an interest in preserving the library or have historical, architectural, or contruction expertise, you are invited to call Library Director Angela Mollet at the library at 1-978-369-4898, and set up a time to meet with her and the Gleason Public Library trustees. Volunteer to help preserve one of Carlisle's most treasured landmarks.

Carlisle Recreation presents Baby Signs® workshops

Child development experts Linda Acredolo and Susan Goodwyn developed the Baby Signs® program for infants and toddlers ages six to 36 months. Their National Institutes of Health research showed that this program:

· reduces frustration and builds trust

· strengthens the parent/infant bond

· promotes positive emotional development

· helps babies learn to talk sooner

· jump starts intellectual development.

Get started with the program with workshops offered on January 30, February 6, 13 and 27 and March 5 and 12. To enroll, contact the Carlisle Recreation Department at 1-978-369-6155 or Kristiana Kurth at or 1-978-835-9400.

CCHS summer opportunities fair

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.

Still room in Story Times

Openings remain in the Monday afternoon Story Times for four- to six-and-a-half-year-olds. Story Time themes planned for the winter session include dinosaurs and valentines. Hear some great stories, sing some songs and make a craft or two. Call the Gleason Library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department to register.

Concord Players present The Lion in Winter in February

The Concord Players present James Goldman's powerful play, The Lion in Winter, at 51 Walden Street, Concord, beginning February 8. Performances will be February 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. and February 17 at 2 p.m. Seating is reserved and tickets are $15. Tickets are available online at or call 1-978-369-2990, ext. 1.

Sounds of Concord to deliver singing valentines on February 14

Can you imagine surprising your significant other or good friend by sending a real live barbershop quartet to sing a valentine love song at home, at the office, or just about anywhere else? Over the years, quartets from the Sounds of Concord have fanned out over the region, delivering musical messages of love and happiness. Memories of the event last forever.

The Sounds of Concord quartets will deliver singing valentines again this year on February 14 as well as Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, February 12 and 13. They are taking delivery orders at 1-866-537-1584 or A quartet will arrive in the appointed range of time and offer a song or two, along with candy, a rose, and a picture of the occasion.

Red Balloon event February 2

The Red Balloon Preschool will host its second annual night out. Enjoy dinner and dancing, featuring the Hip Replacements and Blue Ribbon Barbeque, on Saturday, February 2, at the Concord Rod and Gun Club. All adults are welcome to attend. Visit or contact Danielle Fries at 1-978-369-3237 for ticket information and other details.

WOW: Writers Only Writing starts February 12

Join local writers of fiction or non-fiction for an informal group gathering on Tuesday, February 12, at 10:30 a.m. This is an opportunity for those who would like to suggest ideas, critiques and generally share the process. This writers group is for would-be authors/writers and published authors who would like to talk about writing and the publication process. There will be no homework or tests. Come and join in for "how to get started" and "keep going." The group plans to have occasional guest authors to lend thoughts and expertise. Meetings will be at 10:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month starting in February in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library. Contact Joan Parker at 1-978-369-3973 for more information. Open and free to the public. No registration is necessary.

DeCordova opens winter exhibitions February 2

The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, announces the opening of "Presumed Innocence: Photographic Perspectives of Children," on February 2, to run through April 27, with a reception on February 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. For information on this exhibition, events, programs and tours, visit or call 1-781-259-8355.

Plastic surgery lecture February 5

Join Emerson Hospital for a seminar entitled, "Plastic surgery in 2008." The free lecture, presented by Jeffrey Smith, MD, plastic surgeon and service chief, will take place on Tuesday, February 5, at 7 p.m. in the North Assembly Room at Emerson Hospital. To register, call 1-978-287-3085. Light refreshments will be provided.

Kadar Qian piano recital February 2

Ten-year-old Kadar Qian of Westford will perform his debut solo piano recital at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, at the Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 School Street, Carlisle. This recital will showcase the remarkable talent of a fourth-grader performing music many conservatory students twice his age would find very formidable. It is a performance you will remember.

Kadar has studied piano since age four with Ronald Kmiec of Carlisle. The program: Bach's Italian Concerto; Chopin's Berceuse, Waltz, Opus 18, Nocturne, Opus 55, No. 1, 2 Etudes-Opus 25., No. 7 and Opus 10, No. 5 (Black Key); Scriabine's Prelude, Opus 9, No. 1 and Marxsen's La Ricordanza, which are for the left hand; and Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata. Admission is free and open to the public.

COA doings

· 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 are starting a new program with the third grade and continuing the preschool intergenerational poetry project. The third grade needs senior volunteers to work as mentors or buddies who support a general classroom project or assist with reading or math skills. Also seniors are needed to share their memories about times they have lived through or hobbies they have. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895. The poetry program is supported in full by a grant from the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

· Paper cutting workshop: Come have a fun afternoon with local artist Phyllis Hughes on February 4 at 1 p.m. in the Sleeper Room.. To register, call the COA at 1-978-371-2895.

· Computer classes: The COA and the Carlisle School present two computer classes for seniors taught by students. The first class is "How to Set Up and Use E-mail," from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5. The second class is "Using a Digital Camera," from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. on March 4 at the Carlisle Public School Library. Both classes will meet at the Carlisle Public School Library and are limited to 15. To register, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

· Monthly coffee: On February 7, 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. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 if you need a ride.

Caroline Hill scholarship applications available

Applications for the Caroline Hill scholarship are now available to Carlisle's current high school seniors and students in college for continuing post-secondary education. The awards, which are need-based, typically range from $500 to $2,000. The awards are made in late spring. Applicants can pick up the applications from the registrar's office at Concord-Carlisle High School, the Gleason Public Library or the Selectmen's office at Town Hall. Contact Sally Coulter, 1-978-369-6637 with any questions.

Clark Gallery exhibits run to January 31

The Clark Gallery in Lincoln is showing the work of Mary Jane Bradford, digital artist, and Timothy Harney, painter and collage artist, from now until January 31. For information, visit or call 1-781-259-8303.

GPL movie February 12

Be at Gleason Public Library (GPL) for a movie that cooks up bountiful laughs, wonder, and great animation. Date: Tuesday, February 12 (early release day). Place: GPL Hollis Room. Time: 2:45 to 4:40 p.m. Movie rating is G. Grades five to eight only. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Call 1-978-369-4898 with any questions.

Mosquito needs reporters, proofreaders

Start the new year right, and start early. Join the Mosquito's reporting staff and be the first to know all the important news and events in Carlisle. 2008 is going to be an exciting, news-filled year.

If you have an hour or two to spare, come to the Mosquito office on Wednesday mornings and proofread the newspaper before it goes to press. For information, call 1-978-369-8313 or drop by the office Mondays through Wednesdays.

Help from VNA Care Network and Hospice's Health Watch

VNA Care Network and Hospice, a non-profit home health care, hospice and wellness provider serving Eastern and Central Massachusetts, offers Health Watch technologies to help those who have limited mobility, risk of falling or complicated medication regimens maintain their independence and quality of life. Systems include a fall detection sensor that accesses emergency assistance even if the wearer cannot press the help button, medication reminders and dispensers, and personal emergency response units. Call VNA Care Network and Hospice toll free at 1-888-663-3688, ext. 5459, or visit for more information.

"Stopping by Woods: Poetry Reading and Tea" February 9

On Saturday, February 9, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Tea Room Restaurant, Fruitlands, Museum in Harvard, Susan Edwards Richmond, 2007 Poet in Residence, will read from her new poetry collection, Purgatory Chasm, and other poems inspired by the season, including the work of Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and contemporary writers. Tea and hot beverages will be served, along with savory and sweet treats.Museum grounds are available forstrolling, cross country skiing, and snow shoeingbefore and after the program.Admission is $10/Members and guests, $15/others. To register or for more information, call 1-978-456-3924 ext. 239 or e-mail

Spring plant sale coming up in April; order plants now

The Middlesex Conservation District will hold its annual spring plant sale on Friday, April 25, from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. noon at the 4H Fairgrounds, 51 South Chelmsford Road, Westford. The sale fatures tree and shrub seedlings, perennials, herbs, fruits, groundcovers and garden supplies. All items may be ordered in advance through March 28 and picked up on the two sale days. Call 1-978 692 9395 for a brochure or visit All proceeds benefit the District's conservation programs.

MCC hosts health programs info sessions

Thinking about a career in health? Middlesex Community College (MCC) offers 12 health careers degree and certificate programs. Learn more about them at Health Programs Information Sessions to be held on the Bedford and Lowell campuses.

The Bedford Campus Health Information Session will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 5, in the Alcott Room in the Bedford Campus Library (Building 1), 591 Springs Road. The Lowell Campus Health Information Session will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, February 20, in MCC's Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square. To learn more, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit

UMass Lowell presents Snow White February 3

On February 3 at 1 and 4 p.m., the UMass Lowell Center for the Arts will present the Lille Kartofler Figurentheater from Germany in a magical production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.Children from four to nine years of age are invited to enter the world of Snow White as they have never seen it before.

Mattias Kuchta of the Lille Kartofler Figurentheater (Small Potatoes Puppet Theater) brings ageless, European-style puppetry to Fisher Recital Hall. The children sit closely around Kuchta as he manipulates children-size puppets in telling the popular fairy tale.At times, the children participate in the production with the puppets playing among them and a child becoming a prince, a witch, or even stormy weather or sunshine.As the story progresses, the familiar world fades away and the audience enters the land of imagination.

This event will take place at Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder Street, on the UMass Lowell South Campus.Tickets are $12 and are limited to only 150 each performance.Tickets may be purchased by phone with Visa or Mastercard by calling the Box Office at 1-978-934-4444 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by visiting where directions to the concert hall and to parking may be found.

'Eyes on Owls'benefits Animals As Intermediaries

Join Animals As Intermediaries and naturalists Marcia and Mark Wilson for an afternoon program featuring six live owls from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 3, at Alcott School, 93 Laurel Street in Concord. Take part in a hooting lesson and learn tips on how to attract and protect owls near you. Marcia Wilson and former Boston Globe photographer Mark Wilson bring 30 years of experience and a lifelong passion for these wild and wise creatures. Refreshments and your chance to win a print of a snowy owl in flight will be available.

Tickets are available in advance at The Concord Bookshop, at Willow Books in Acton, through Animals As Intermediaries, or at the door. $15/adults, $10/children ($35 max/family). For more information or for tickets please call: (978) 369-2585 or visit AAI on the web:

Converting from analog to digital television

The Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable announces the upcoming conversion from analog to digital television. At midnight on February 17, 2009, full-power broadcast stations will be required to stop broadcasting in analog format. Digital TV will replace the analog system. There are several ways to prepare for this:

· Buy a new TV that has a built-in ATSC tuner.

· Buy a Digital-to-Analog Converter Box.

· Subscribe to a Cable TV or Satellite TV service.

Since VCRs and DVD players also have built-in analog NTSC tuners, they are also subject to the effects of the analog cut-off date.

To help curb the cost impact for analog TV owners, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce developed a converter box program to allow analog TV owners to request coupons towards the purchase of a digital-to-analog converter box. The coupons will be available from January 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009. All households that own a TV using over-the-air analog reception are eligible. Coupons will be redeemable through local electronic stores. Households may request two $40 coupons toward the purchase of digital-to-analog converter boxes beginning by calling 1-888-388-2009 or online at Coupons will be forwarded via U.S. mail.

Enter the League of Women Voters essay contest

The League of Women Voters (LWV) 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 homeschooled. This year there is a question for 18 to 24 year olds as well. All winners will read their essays at a special event on Sunday, April 13, at Faneuil Hall in Boston.

The contest deadline is March 4. Information can be found only online at

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 and grocery shopping on Fridays with the first and third Fridays including both grocery and mall shopping. Pick-up for these trips is at Carlisle Village Court at 10 a.m. Home pick-up can be arranged.

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