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Friday, February 8, 2008

GPL offers computer/Internet March 5

Are you new to using computers? Do you need to brush up on your computer skills? The Gleason Public Library (GPL) is offering a basic computer/Internet course on Wednesday, March 5, from 10 to11:30 a.m. This is an introductory course focusing on basic searching and navigating through the Internet. Call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898 to register. Registration is required because of space limitations.

Pass It Forward 2008

Carlisle will host its sixth annual charity drive, Pass It Forward Day, at the Carlisle Transfer Station on Saturday, June 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. If you have new or gently used things you no longer use, you are invited to donate them so someone else can use them. If you represent a charity and want to receive donations, or if you have questions, contact Mary Zoll at 1-978-369-5236. This event is sponsored by the Household Recycling Committee.

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 chorus is a familiar sight in the area, especially at Christmas time as they have been a standard part of the Concord Chamber of Commerce Holiday Open House early in December, caroling in stores in Concord Center. This year the chorus was the keynote musical entertainment at the Concord Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

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.

New at the Concord Museum

· American Style: Russell Kettell's Pine Furniture, February 1 to May 18

Antique collector, educator and author of now classic books on furniture, The Pine Furniture of Early New England and Early American Rooms, Russell Kettell (1890-1958) defined an aesthetic that helped shape the appreciation of American art and craft in the 1920s and 30s. Included in the exhibition are over 120 objects. Free with museum admission; members free. Gallery talk presented by curator David Wood on February 3 at 2 p.m. Reservations requested; Free with admission, Members free.

· Afternoon Tea, American Style

Bring a friend, neighbor or family member on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 1 and 3 p.m. for warming tea and delicious sweets in the Concord Museum's elegant Brooke Hall. This year's tea, in theme with our special exhibition, American Style, Afternoon Tea will highlight those great American creations: the chocolate chip cookie, snickerdoodle and blondie. $15/tea; $20/tea and museum admission; on a walk-in, space available basis.

· In Your Neighborhood February 10

This program explores the three villages of West Concord. What started as a triangle of loosely linked villages, today is a large neighborhood with a personality all its own, named West Concord officially in 1928. This illustrated virtual walking tour focuses on the significant industrial history that shaped the character of the neighborhood and the distinctive architecture. French Hall, Concord Museum, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; by reservation. $15/adults, $12/seniors, $10/members. Upcoming programs will focus on the neighborhoods in Conantum/Garfield Road (March 30) and Hubbard Street (April 13).

String Chamber Music February 21

The Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) presents a return performance of the Indian Hill String Chamber Music led by musician Peter Krysa following the annual Valentine luncheon/tea on February 21 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the First Religious Society.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Art reception and dinner for Newcomers

Members of the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers' Club (CCNC) are going to the Soprafina Gallery, 450 Harrison Avenue, Suite 73, Boston, on February 9, to view Anne Krinksy's solo exhibit, "Diagonal Thinking." The artist's reception is from 3 to 5 p.m. at the gallery and members will go to dinner in the North End after the reception.

Information is available at To attend the exhibit and/or to learn more about the club or how to join, call Kathy Cuocolo at 1-978-318-9322.

First Time Moms group starts February 20

The next free eight-week First Time Moms group will begin on Wednesday, February 20, at First Connections. The group meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon and is located on the Emerson Hospital Campus on Route 2. The group is facilitated by Melanie Priestly, M.A., and focuses on a different topic each week. Up to ten moms are registered who have babies under six months. Babies are welcome in the group. To attend, call 1-978-287-0221 or e-mail

Workshop on adoption from China February 21

Considering adopting? Learn more about China's orphaned children and how you can bring a beautiful child into your loving home. Learn about China's eligibility requirements, overcome your fears of the home study process and meet some of the families with their beautiful children who have already completed their Chinese adoption dreams.

This free event is on Thursday, February 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Robbins Library, 700 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington. By attending this Informational China Adoption Workshop, you will receive a coupon for $25 off our application fee and a certificate for two hours credit of Hague Education Training.

To register for this workshop, go to: For more information about Great Wall China Adoption, visit Contact Catherine D'Arpino, Massachusetts Regional Office Director at or call her at 1-857-928-5144 with questions. Additional workshop locations, dates, and times are also listed at:

Rail Trail meeting February 26

The February meeting of the Friends of the BFRT (Bruce Freeman Rail Trail) will be held on Tuesday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Pedal Power, 176 Great Road (Route 2A) in Acton. The featured speaker will be Cathy Buckley Lewis of the Massachusetts Central Transportation Planning Staff, who will speak on "Trail Usage Counts."

Anyone interested in multi-use trails, or supporting the Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, is encouraged to help with this year's spring usage count. Visit for further information.

Square/contra dance February 23

The regular fourth Saturday square/contra dance at the Parish Center for the Arts, corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street on Westford Common, with Susan Elberger calling and Oh, CONTRAire! providing live music, will be February 23 at 8 p.m. All are welcome. No experience is required. First-time dancers, come at 7:30 p.m. for free instruction and get into the dance for free as well. Also get in free with a student ID card. Regular admission is $5/adults; $3/teens; maximum $12/family.

WBN has events on February 14 and 26

The Women's Business Network meets on Thursday, February 14, at 7:15 pm at St. Theresa's Church in Harvard, for "Are You Listening?" with Jan Stewart and Karen Scibinico, partners in Emerge with Coaching. This program will improve your listening skills and enhance the success of your personal and business relationships.

Celebrate Valentine's Day and beat the winter doldrums by making and swapping a quart container of soup at the February 14 meeting. If you wish to participate, bring your soup in a non-returnable container labeled with your business card.

On Tuesday, February 26, at noon, join the annual connections luncheon at the Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center. Bring a friend, whether she is in business or not. Pre-reservation/pre-payment ($13.75) is required. Sign up and pay at the meeting or send payment, by February 22 to Wolfe Adventures and Tours, WBN c/o Wolfe Adventures and Tours, 29 Groton Road, Shirley, MA 01464; Questions: contact Taunya Wolfe Finn at 1-978-448-2147 or Bring your business cards & brochures to all events. For more information, visit or call Renee W. Senes at 1-978-456-9600.

Kids' chess tourney February 23

A chess tournament for students of all ages (grades one to 12) in the Nashoba Merrimack area will be held at the Cameron Senior Center, Route 225, Westford, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on February 23. This event is sponsored by the Westford Chess Club. Admission will be $8 ($10 at the door), which will include pizza and drinks. There will be multiple sections (beginners, intermediates, advanced) but there will be no clocks or time controls. Prizes for each section. Call Ron at 1-978-692-8285 or for information or a sign-up form.

American justice series begins March 5

Three trials will be discussed over a three-part lecture series led by Professor Gary Hylander on March 5, 12, and 19, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The lecture series is proudly sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and the Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging, Lee Milliken Fund. The lectures will include discussions of the following three trials: Sacco and Vanzetti, The Lindbergh Kidnapping, and The Rosenberg Atomic Spy Trial.

The lecturer, Gary Hylander, Ph.D, is a professor of American History at Stonehill College where he specializes as a Presidential Historian.

To register for this lecture series, call the library reference desk after February 1 at 1-978-369-4898. Space is limited to 50 people. The series will be filmed and made available on CCTV (Concord Carlisle Community Television) and recorded for checkout at the Gleason Public Library, This program is the result of collaboration between the Carlisle Council on Aging and the Gleason Public Library.

Art-Poem-Music concert February 29

There will be an "Art-Poem-Music" concert at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden Performing Arts Center, Concord. Music is by Pamela J. Marshall, with poet Elizabeth Kirschner and artist Sirarpi Heghinian-Walzer. The guest composer is Stephen Tramontozzi. There is a suggested donation $15. Students and children are free. For reservations, call Pam at 1-781-862-0884 or Sirarpi at 1-781-307-7306. Heghinian-Walzer also has a "Body and Soul" art exhibition at 51 Walden until March 3. For information, visit

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.

Looking for volunteers

Concord-Carlisle Angels helps residents during difficult times. Angel volunteers deliver meals, run errands, drive patients to medical appointments or simply offer an act of kindness. Volunteerism is central to the CC Angels. Angels utilize a web site to organize volunteers into a community network of support. Concord Carlisle residents can join angels by sending an e-mail to When you join the Angel network, you will receive a password to access the web site. Volunteer Angels receive an e-mail when there is a community member who needs help. C-C Angels make it easy for a volunteer member to help a resident in crisis. Now is the perfect time to join the Angel network: there are several needs that need to be filled. Visit If you have a question, please call Lynda Voghel at 1-978-369-9382.

Community Chest unveils auction theme

The Community Chest auction returns on April 5, featuring a "Wheel of Philanthropy" theme to highlight the 33 human service organizations supported through local donations. In addition to the gala event, everyone in the community is invited to participate this year in the Chest's online auction beginning on March 10, when dozens of exciting items will be available to bid on from the comfort of your home or office. With more than 100 items, there is something for everyone to bid on. Visit the auction at to view items and dates.

On April 5, the gala evening will commence with cocktails, a silent auction and two raffles. An elegant four-course dinner will then lead to a live auction of top items by professional auctioneer Douglas W. Stinson. Only 350 gala tickets will be sold and orders are now being accepted.

Submit your e-mail address to the Chest at (it will not be shared with any other organization) and by purchasing tickets to the gala event. For details, contact the Chest at 1-978-369-5250.

Elliot Steger performs jazz March 7

On Friday, March 7, at 8 p.m. experience an exceptional evening of music performed by Dr. Elliot Steger. The program includes original selections from Dr. Steger's CDs as well as songs from The Beatles, Billy Joel, Duke Ellington and other favorites. Concert proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Cabaret-style seating. BYOB and appetizers. Order your tickets today. Tickets are $15/PCA members, $18/non-Members. Call 1-978-692-6333 or order online at under the "Special Events" page. The Parish Center for the Arts (PCA) is located at 10 Lincoln Street, Westford.

Young Parent program meets on Thursdays

The Young Parent program is a weekly group for moms age 25 and under. The group meets from 3 to 4:30 on Thursdays, with free childcare and parking. Moms in the group are single, married, at home, working or in school. The group is facilitated by Sue Green, M.Ed., and meets at First Connections on the Emerson Hospital Campus in Concord. If you are interested in attending, contact Sue at 1-978-287-0221 or

Carlisle Rec offers musical theater experience

Join Carlisle Recreation and Elaine Jarvis for The Musical Experience: Mary Poppins. The program will meet in Corey Auditorium on Mondays from March 3 to May 19. The fee is $225/participant in grades one through six, which includes costumes and a party. Register early and get information at the recreation office at 1-978-369-9815

Mardi Gras concert to benefit Emerson Umbrella February 17

The New Orleans Jazz Band will perform in the theater at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow Street, Concord, on February 17 at 2 p.m. The concert is a benefit for the Umbrella. The band, comprised of talented local musicians, will play music that could be heard in New Orleans at Mardi Gras in 1908.

Tickets are $10/general admission and $5/seniors and students and are available in advance or at the door. For information, call band manager Larry Zuk at 1-978-369-6668 or the Emerson Umbrella at 1-978-371-0820.

Author Nancy Garden speaks on February 27

Share your thoughts, experiences and ideas about combatting bullying with Carlisle resident and author Nancy Garden on Wednesday, February 27 at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room of Gleason Public Library. She will lead a discussion about what makes kids bullies or victims, what victims, bystanders, schools and parents can do to combat both "real-life" bullying and cyberbullying and how schools, including Carlisle's, have reacted to bullying. Nancy is the author of some 35 books for children and teens, several of which touch on bullying and one of which, Endgame, is about a 14-year-old victim of bullies who retaliates with violence. This community conversation is designed to help us effectively combat bullying.

The program is free and open to the public. To register, call the library reference desk at 1-978-369-4898. Space is limited to 50 people. This program is made possible through a grant from the Manton Foundation. Learn about other programs at

Ice harvesting demo February 9

Join park staff and practicing ice harvester and museum professional Dennis Picard on Saturday, February 9, from 11 noon for an ice harvesting demonstration at Walden Pond. Meet at the main beach at 11 a.m.

The event is free and appropriate for all ages. There is a $5 parking fee year round. No dogs permitted. For more information, call 1-978-369-3254.

Community Ed ham license course starts February 12

Carlisle residents interested in Amateur Radio Communications will have an opportunity to attend a seminar given at CCHS by experienced volunteer amateur radio operators from the Colonial Wireless Association ham club. These "Elmers" will help you to pass the examination given at the fourth session. Participants will also learn Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations and how to operate an amateur radio station. When you pass the exam you will receive your license from the FCC.

Registration is $20; instruction is free. The FCC exam fee is $14, and the textbook is available at cost for $25. There will be four sessions, each from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., on February 12 and 14, and February 26 and 28. Call 1-978-318-1540 weekdays, 1-978-318-1432 evenings, or visit to register.

Lexington Arts and Crafts presents Robert Weinstein

The Lexington Arts and Crafts Society Painters Guild Demonstration Series welcomes Robert Weinstein as he demonstrates his energetic style of color and movement in oil pastels. The demonstrations, on February 10 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., allow guests to enjoy an evening with the artist, an opportunity to ask questions, refreshments and to meet with members of this guild.

They take place in the Plummer Studio, Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, 130 Waltham Street, Lexington. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 1-781-862-9696 or visit

Drop-in craft afternoons at GPL

Through March 14, the Gleason Public Library (GPL) is offering a drop-in craft program on Fridays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the library's Children's Room. The library will supply all of the materials and instructions for parents and caregivers to help the children make simple crafts. This activity is suggested for ages three to nine. Stop by and try it out..

The Yeomen of the Guard opens February 22

The Sudbury Savoyards present Gilbert and Sullivan's The Yeomen of the Guard or The Merryman and His Maid, February 22 through March 1, at the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Theatre. Tickets are $20/adults, $15/seniors and students, $12/children under 12; all tickets are $12 for the Thursday night performance on February 28. The Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Theatre is located at 390 Lincoln Road in Sudbury and is handicapped accessible. Seating is general admission.

For tickets and information, visit, e-mail or call 1-978-443-8811 and leave a message.

COA doings

· Knitting group: If you like to knit for a good cause, the knitting group is meeting on Tuesday, February 12 on the second floor of the FRS. No need to sign up. Just drop in when you can. For more information, call Angela Smith at 1-978-371-2895.

· Book club: The next book club discussion will meet on Wednesday, February 13. For the selection of the month and more information and location, call Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-6318.

· Men's breakfast: On Thursday, February 14, Valentine's Day, the mystery chefs will be cook up breakfast at the Sleeper Room at Village Court, starting at 8 a.m. No need to sign up; this event is open to all senior men. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated. For van service, call 1-978-371-6690.

· Van trips: The van will go to the Wrentham outlets on February 15 and will go to Wal-mart/Hannaford's in Chelmsford either February 25 or 27. The fee is $5 per person. Call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 ASAP if you are interested in these trips as there are only 13 seats on the van.

· Luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, February 21, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for a luncheon/tea followed by entertainment by the Indian Hill chamber ensemble, sponsored in part by the Carlisle Cultural Council. Blood pressure screenings will be provided from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP by Friday, January 15. Let us know if you need a van ride when you make your reservation. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated.

· Podiatry clinic: The next COA podiatry clinic is March 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sleeper Room at Village Court Housing. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 for an appointment. The fee is $15, payable to the Friends of Carlisle COA (FCOA). Home visits may be done that day also. This clinic is supported in part by the FCOA.

Concord Band concert March 1

The Concord Band winter concert will be Saturday, March 1 at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden Street, Concord. For tickets, call 1-978-897-9969.

Congregational Church Valentine evening February 10

Come on down to the Carlisle Congregational Church (147 School Street) on February 10 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for a delicious Valentine ham dinner. Dinner is free for all newcomers. After dinner and dessert, there will be special music, singing and a fun activity for all ages. For information, e-mail or call Deb at 1-978-369-7830.

Jeff Klein speaks at FRS February 10

Jeff Klein, peace activist and commentator on Middle East issues, will speak about the issues which must be resolved to achieve peace in the contested regions of Israel and Palestine on February 10 at 7 p.m. in Union Hall in the First Religious Society (FRS). All are encouraged to attend. Call Maxine Barber at 1-978-369-7943 with any questions.

Last chance for tickets to Willy Wonka, Jr.

This week is the last chance to buy tickets for Willy Wonka, Jr. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at Ferns Country Store, in the Corey Auditorium lobby, Monday through Friday from 2:20 to 3:15 p.m. or ordered by e-mail at Performances are on February 10, 11 and 12. For questions, call 1-978-369-2875.

Carlisle Kids' House upcoming events

· Parents' Night Out: On February 16 from 5 p.m. to midnight, bring your kids to CKH for a fun-filled evening while you enjoy some free time. Proceeds support CKH's fundraiser to purchase playground equipment and renovate the CKH garage.

· February Vacation: Planned activities for kids include snow tubing, the Wheelock Theatre, swimming at Cedarland Fun Center and more.

· Playdate at Extended Day: February 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a winter barbeque, great activities and more. Your $10 donation will support the CKH fundraiser.

· Summer planning: CKH has the only all-day summer programs in Carlisle. Register for a day, week, or month.

CKH programs are open to all children in Carlisle and surrounding towns from kindergarten through sixth grade. For information, visit, e-mail or call 1-978-369-5558.

Fifth grade parents meet February 28

There will be a brief meeting for all parents of children currently in the fifth grade at Carlisle Public Schools on Thursday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room for information about organizing and hosting next year's Spaghetti Supper. The help of all sixth-graders and their parents is crucial to make this event an annual success. Get an overview of the supper, its purpose, how it works and sign up for your favorite committee. If you cannot attend or for more information, contact Kathleen at

Guided nature walk on Towle Land tomorrow

Impress your friends on your next winter walk when you are able to identify leafless trees and shrubs. Join Michele Grzenda, local naturalist, for a tour of the Towle Land in Carlisle. The class will examine bark patterns, twigs, buds and fruit to identify many common shrubs and trees. Meet at Carlisle Towle Land, Westford Street on Saturday, February 9, at 1 p.m., for a relaxing two-hour walk. The fee is $15 or $20 for a parent and child. Call 1-978-318-1540 weekdays, 1-978-318-1432 evenings, or visit, to pre-register. A community service of the Concord-Carlisle Schools.

Carlisle Conservation coffee is February 12

The February 12 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Pat Huckery, District Manager of the Northeast Wildlife District of the Massachusetts Division Fisheries and Wildlife, will be available for the first hour of the coffee to answer your wildlife questions about local animals or how to report an unusual sighting.

The coffee will end promptly at 9 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Continental breakfast is provided.

Save the following Tuesday mornings for upcoming coffees: March 11, April 8, May 13 and June 10.

CSA meets in Clark Room February 28

The next Carlisle School Association (CSA) parent informational coffee will be held on February 28 at 11 a.m. at the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall. This is a very important meeting for all parents and community members to attend as we will be discussing the current state of the buildings that comprise the Carlisle Public Schools, what changes need to occur and how much it is going to cost. Lee Storrs, chair of the Building Committee, will be the featured speaker for this discussion.

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