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Friday, November 7, 2008

COA doings

Book club: The COA book club meets next on November 12 at 10 a.m. at the home of Florence Newman, Autumn Lane. The book is Infidel by Aijaan Hirsi Ali. For information, call Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-4618.

Men’s breakfast: On November 13, our mystery chefs will cook up a storm at the Sleeper Room at Village Courts, starting at 8 a.m. No need to sign up; this event is open to all senior men. A donation of at least $3 is appreciated. For van service, call 1-978-371-6690.

Monthly luncheon: Join the COA on November 20 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for a turkey dinner followed by the music of the Indian Hill Swing Trio. The fee is $3. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 no later than noon on November 13 to reserve your space. Call the van line if you need a ride. A free blood pressure clinic will be held from 11 to 11:45 a.m. This lunch is sponsored in part by a grant from the CCCC and Minuteman Senior Services.

Knitting group: Knit for a good cause with the knitting group on November 18 at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the First Relgious Society. No need to sign up. For more information, call Angela Smith at 1-978-371-2895.

Bridge tournament: Join the COA on November 22 at the Copley Marriott Hotel to participate in the annual North American Bridge Tournament. Bridge playing will follow a free continental breakfast and a two-hour lecture. This day is free, except for the van fee of $10/person. Space is limited, so call the COA office to sign up.

Cardio-boost class: Karrie Stang will teach a class designed to help all adults 50+ reach their recommended cardiovascular goals. The class will be held from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Thursdays, November 6 to December 18 (excluding November 27) in the Clark Room at Town Hall. The fee is $25 for all six classes. Call the COA office to register for the program.

FNL is tonight

Friday Night Live (FNL) is tonight, November 7, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Corey gym and exercise room. There will be ping-pong, basketball, pizza and dancing. All Carlisle students in grades 6 to 8 will be admitted if they have have a parent permission form on file. Also, any students who are not from Carlisle must have a chaperone present at FNL.

A $4 contribution will be collected at the door. Pizza and soda will be available for a small fee. Students who leave prior to 9:30 p.m. must be signed out by a parent. For information, call Nicole Bloomfield at 1-978-371-0235 or any other Carlisle Youth Commission member.

Dinner reservations due November 10

Reserve your place for the Carlisle Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving at 2 p.m., in Union Hall, First Religious Society (FRS). Reservations with names of attendees and $20/person (cash or checks payable to FRS) are due at the FRS by November 10.

Carlisle Garden Club coffee November 20

Interested in gardening?  The Carlisle Garden Club invites you to join us for an informal coffee to be held on November 20 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the home of club president Judy Blaikie Lane, 128 Bingham Road. Bring your gardening questions, socialize with current members and find out if Garden Club membership is right for you. Coffee and refreshments will be served. The Garden Club welcomes all gardeners, from novice to professional, and provides horticultural programs, town beautification, social get-togethers, and fundraising for scholarships. For more information, contact Membership Chair Nancy Johnson at or visit

Gordon College Choir performs here November 9

The Gordon College Choir, under the direction of C. Thomas Brooks, will perform at the Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 School Street, on November 9 at 7 p.m. as part of their fall concert tour.

The 45-voice choir will perform an eclectic program of sacred music, 20th-century works and spirituals, featuring works by Bach, Gabrieli, Byrd, Poulenc, Rutter, Barnett, Fleming, O. Young, and others. For information, visit or call the church at 1-978-369-7830.

FRS movie night is November 17

The award-winning documentary A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil will be shown at the First Religious Society (FRS) on November 17 at 7 p.m. Curitiba is an international model for sustainable development, the result of strategic, integrated urban planning. The 1980s were marked by widespread economic recession, rising urban poverty and increasing deforestation rates in Brazil. During this period, Curitiba rolled out a number of ecofriendly and social programs. This documentary focuses on innovations in transportation; recycling; social benefits, including affordable housing; seasonal parks and the processes that transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world. The screening is free and open to the public.

Indie Owned spotlights independent businesses

Indie Owned is coming to Concord and Carlisle. This is a full-color, glossy publication telling the stories of independent business owners in the region. Each business gets a half-page profile including 200 words and two images to tell its story. Businesses may include an online discount or promotion and should feature links to the business’s website. Indie Owned will be sent to every home in Concord and Carlisle at the end of November. Visit and click on Registration to partipate and read related articles. For information, contact Debbie Thompson at 1-617-264-0594 or

Westford presents Celtic music November 14

The Westford Historical Society presents Boston Celtic Music Festival young musicians at the Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road, Westford on November 14 at 8p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

Admission is $11/members of the Westford Historical Society; $15/non-members; $5/teens; under 13/free. Reservations are recommended at 1-978-692-5550, or

Nashoba Brooks holds country fair November 15

Nashoba Brooks School, 200 Strawberry Hill Road, Concord, will hold its annual Country Fair on November 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event offers family fun and the chance to support local charities. Admission is $1/person and all game tickets are $1. Children under three are admitted free. Raffle tickets are $2 each or six for $10. Prizes include a $250 Amex shopping spree, iPod Nano, and more. For information, contact fair committee chair Kate Galusza at 1-978-369-9880 or

Emerson hosts sleep disorder program November 13

Emerson Hospital will host an A.W.A.K.E. New England Chapter meeting, a free educational event on sleep disorders.“Sleep apnea and the heart” will be presented by Terese Hammond, M.D., of the Sleep Disorders Center at Emerson Hospital on November 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Donaldson Conference Room at Emerson Hospital.

For more information or to register, call 1-800-432-8808 or visit Visit for information.

Forever Plaid comes to Westford November 13

  Forever Plaid, the off-broadway musical sensation will be performed on November 13, 14, 15 at 8 p.m. at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford.

  For tickets and further information, call the Nashoba Players Box office at 1-978-692-9911 or visit for online ticketing.

Minuteman to hold open house November 16

Minuteman Regional High School prepares students for success in today’s global economy through 22 relevant career majors and professional trades. Visit the Minuteman Regional High School open house in Lexington on Sunday, November 16 from noon to 3 p.m. Call 1-781-861-6500, or go to for information.

Holiday mailing dates

The post office recommends the following holiday mailing guidelines:

• November 13: Parcel Post to military APO/FPO addresses.

• December 3: Priority and First-Class Mail to Africa and Central or South America.

• December 4: First-Class Mail letters and cards or Priority Mail to military APO AE ZIP 093 addresses.

• December 10: Priority and First-Class to other international mail locations.

• December 11: First-Class letters and cards or Priority Mail to all other military APO/FPO addresses.

• December 12: Express Mail to Africa and Central and South America.

• December 17: Express Mail International to all other countries except Canada.

• December 18: Express Mail International to Canada; Express Mail Military Service to all military APO/FPO addresses except APO ZIP 093.

• December 19: Global Express Guaranteed to Africa, Asia/Pacific Rim, Australia/New Zealand, Central and South America and the Middle East.

• December 22: Canada, Caribbean, Mexico and Europe.

Baby Story Times at GPL are Thursdays

Have you ever wondered what Gleason Public Library’s (GPL) Baby Story Times are like? Designed to provide language enrichment and creative movement for babies and toddlers through the repetition of songs and rhymes, they start babies on the road to reading readiness in a fun way. GPL incorporates sign language, finger plays, nursery rhymes, music and books. Come see for yourself on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. through December 11. For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 or visit

Camp Becket info evening is November 12

Learn more about the camp rated number one in America: Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA, with camp directors, members of the staff and current campers from Camp Becket for boys and Chimney Corners for girls in Becket, Massachusetts. The information session will be at the home of Jen and Steve Hart in Concord on November 12, at 7:30 p.m. Call either Sarah Hart, 1-978-371-1101, or Jen Hart, 1-978-318-0068, for more information. You can also learn more at

LoCaL program at GPL November 13

Interested in learning how you can reduce the size of your carbon footprint while cutting your household energy costs? Studies indicate 30 to 50% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions come from residential energy usage. In the Hollis Room at Gleason Public Library on November 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. there will be an information session on the Low Carbon Living (LoCaL) program, a user-friendly way to reduce home based CO2 emissions to help the environment and reduce household expenses. Contact number for questions: 1-978-287-4270.

Buy locally handmade gifts November 8

  At 74 Walden Street, in the Concord Scout House, the 12th annual Holiday Craft Faire hosted by Concord artist, Gaetana Frenière will feature local and faraway artists and crafts people including jewelers, quilters, hat-makers, photographers, a local author, potters, painters and paper artists including makers of handmade papers and cards will be on hand.

The Faire is open November 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with free admission. The Country Dance Society, Boston Centre sponsors the event and will hold a Contra Dance that same evening and location from 8 to 11 p.m. No dance partner necessary; all are welcome.

Alcotts return to Concord November 8

Louisa May Alcott, author, and her sister May, artist, portrayed by Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House staff, will be at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, on November 8 at 2 p.m. Children age 8 years and up will be able to view examples of May Alcott’s art and will be able to draw their own pictures under her guidance, using the technique in use by Bronson Alcott with his daughters. For more information, call 1-978-318-3358.

Local historian to speak on Tophet Swamp November 20

On November 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Hollis Room at Gleason Public Library, the Carlisle Historical Society will hold a brief Annual Meeting, which will be followed by a talk by Daniel Boudillion on “Tophet Swamps: Devils and Indians in Colonial Massachusetts.” Boudillion is a noted local historian with an avid interest in historical research as well as the unusual and forgotten tales of Massachusetts. His articles and photography have been published in a number of magazines.

There are several Tophet Swamps, and with very few exceptions, all are unique to Massachusetts. According to Boudillion, the word “tophet” means “an extremely unpleasant or painful condition or place; i.e., hell,” and Carlisle is itself home to one such swamp. Boudillion will reveal why these swamps were named “tophet.”

He will also explore the relationship between swamps and Indians, and between Indians and devils in the Colonial mind. Boudillion maintains a collection of over 100 devil-related place names in Massachusetts and will discuss some of them. In addition, he will also examine the possibility of an Indian underground railroad of sorts that may have utilized a network of Tophet Swamps in the King Philip’s War era. All are welcome and there is no charge.

An evening with Bill McKibben November 21 

The Concord Climate Action Network (ConcordCAN) presents a free evening with Bill McKibben on November 21 at 7:30 p.m. This event will be held at the Trinitarian Congregational Church at 54 Walden Street in Concord. McKibben’s topic is “The Most Important Number in the World: Join the Fight Against Global Warming.” Discussion will follow the talk; refreshments and book- buying opportunities will be provided in the Parish Hall.

This program is co-sponsored by ConcordCAN, the Alliance for Democracy, Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education, Concord Conserves, the Global Warming Educational Network, Kerem Shalom, Massachusetts Climate Action Network, Musketaquid Arts and Environment, the Green Sanctuary Committee of First Parish Church, Tri-Con Church and the Walden Woods Project.

Public forum on climate change November 12

On November 12, at 7:30 p.m., the League of Women Voters, Concord Climate Action Network (Concord CAN), Carlisle Climate Action and Concord Land Conservation Trust will host a public forum, “Responding to Climate Change,” at the Alcott School Auditorium, 93 Laurel Street, Concord. The panel discussion will feature distinguished guests State Senator Pamela P. Resor; Joint Committee on Environment and Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change; Peter Del Tredici, Ph.D., Arnold Arboretum Botanist and Harvard University Lecturer; Brian Crounse, Concord Comprehensive Sustainable Energy Committee; and Andy Proulx, AGP Energy Solutions and EnergySavvy, Inc. For more information, visit, email or call 1-978-369-3842.

Eating disorder support group meets November 19

If your child suffers from an eating disorder, you can join a support group being formed for parents/caregivers of adolescents with eating disorders to discuss your dilemmas and concerns and share your successes. Confidentiality will be upheld at each meeting. Dr. Jean Fahey, family therapist, will lead the first discussion.

The first meeting will be on November 19, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., in the Ripley Building, Conference Room 2, 120 Meriam Road, Concord. No registration is required but an RSVP to Sally Quinn Reed at (write “support group” in the subject line) or 1-978-202-1145 is appreciated for planning purposes.

Concord antiques sale November 7

The 39th annual Concord antiques sale, sponsored by the Trinitarian Church, will be held on November 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on November 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church is located at 54 Walden Street in Concord. The sale features over 25 exhibitors and will offer a wide variety of quality, affordable antiques.

The Tri Con Coffee Shop will be serving lunch and homemade desserts during the event. Admission is $7/person. All proceeds benefit Greater Boston and local outreach programs. In addition, door prizes will be offered. For information, call 1-978-369-4837.

Savoyards present Annie Get Your Gun November 14 to 23

Annie Oakley is coming to Corey Auditorium in this high-stepping, song-filled, Wild West musical extravaganza. The Savoyard Light Opera Company presents the 1999 Tony-winning version of Irving Berlin’s classic musical comedy, Annie Get Your Gun. Originally written in 1946 for Ethel Merman, the show has been recreated in a show-within-a-show format, while preserving all of Irving Berlin’s most memorable songs. Order your tickets today to see a talented cast from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, full orchestra, original scenery and professional sound and lighting.

Performances are in Corey Auditorium at Carlisle Public School. All seats are reserved. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, November 14, 15, 21, 22 at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, November 16 and 23 at 2 p.m.Ticket prices for all performances are $24/ adults, $22/seniors and students and $16/children 12 and under. For tickets, call 1-978-371-SLOC (7562) or visit

SPED rights program November 17

“Basic Rights: Denied” is a new workshop that teaches participants how to overcome the most common obstacles that occur at each stage of the special education process: referral, initial evaluation, eligibility determination, IEP development, placement and reevaluation. Taught by SPEDWatch founder and executive director Ellen Chambers, the workshop teaches the strategies and techniques she has used as a successful special education advocate. The fee is $35/person ($25/person for SPEDWatch members.) Workshops are currently scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Westford on November 17 and in Bedford on December 1. Call 1-978-433-5983 or email to register.

Board of Health holds septic loan program meeting November 18

The Carlisle Board of Health will hold an informational meeting for residents interested in Carlisle’s new septic loan program on November 18 at 8 p.m. at Town Hall. This program provides low interest loans to homeowners needing to replace failed soil absorption systems. Funding is provided from the State Revolving Fund and paid off as a betterment assessment against the property. Residents are invited to learn about the program and ask questions. Application packages will be available. Additional information is available at the Board of Health office, 1-978-369-0283, and at

Bedford church fair November 14 and 15

No matter the weather, come in and enjoy the 59th annual fall fair at First Church of Christ Congregational UCC, 25 the Great Road, Bedford on November 14, 6 to 9 p.m. and November 15,  9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Enjoy toys, games, white elephants, books, baked goods, maple products, handicrafts and a beautiful and creative collection of holiday decorations. On Saturday, enjoy a pulled pork BBQ plate in the vestry. Call 1-781-275-7951 for more information. 

Men and women: divorce support group meets on Thursdays

Are you looking for a peer-support group for men and women who are thinking of separating or are going through the divorce process? An informal, confidential group with no religious affiliation meets every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. downstairs at the South Acton Congregational Church, 35 School Street. For more information, call Brian at 1-978-369-7346.

November 18

On November 18, at 7 p.m., the Gleason Public Library (GPL) will host an introduction for parents to some of the area preschools. Whether selecting a program for your toddler, thinking far ahead, or just curious about the variety of programs available, this is your opportunity to meet school staff and talk with other parents. This panel discussion will be facilitated by Sally Quinn Reed, Center for Parents and Teachers, and will include representatives from some area preschools. Members of the GPL Children’s Advisory Committee will be present to provide additional information and parent suggestions. More information regarding this program and others can be found at

Discovery Museums upcoming events

• November 15: Fun with Blocks, 10 a.m., Children’s Discovery.

Is the joy in building the stack of blocks or knocking it down? Find out as you build with toddler blocks in the Sensations room.

• November 15: Turning Your Home Green,10 a.m. at Science Discovery. The Discovery Museums have installed low flow toilets, energy saving light bulbs, insulation, a solar path light and other energy and water-saving devices with funds from the Sudbury Foundation. Tour the museums with Dan Cook of Conservation Solutions to see the changes and hear about their impact. Learn how to do a self-audit of water and energy usage in your own home. Try hands-on activities, “do the math” of water and electricity usage, and take home information that will put you on the road to energy savings and sustainability. Sponsored by the Sudbury Foundation.

•Tuesday, November 18: Pee Wee Worm at Castle Compost, 10 a.m. at Children’s Discovery. Join naturalist Clare Nuget for a puppet show with Pee Wee the Worm. Explore the basics of worm biology and meet a few visiting specialty worms called Red Wigglers. Find out more at

• November 19: Origami Takes Flight, 4 p.m., Science Discovery.

Enter the uplifting art of paper-folding with artist Lisa Corfman. Learn to fold several simple designs as well as the famous origami crane.

• November 20: Thanks for Family, 10 a.m. at Children’s Discovery. Family time is special time. Design your own family tree to take home. Maybe a special relative will fill in some of the names from your family history. You can also make a handprint poem to remember just how big you are today.

For a complete listing of programs, visit

CCMS to feature cellist and pianist November 23

The Concord Chamber Music Society (CCMS) will present the renowned cellist, Lynn Harrell, accompanied by pianist Victor Santiago-Asunciòn and CCMS Music Director Wendy Putnam on violin in a concert to be held at the Performing Arts Center at Concord Academy at 3 p.m. on November 23. Tickets are $35, $30 & $25.The Performing Arts Center at Concord Academy is located at 166 Main Street in Concord. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the CCMS at 1-978-371-9667.

CCHS students serve dinner to seniors November 22

        The Concord-Carlisle High School class of 2010 invites all senior citizens in the communities of Concord and Carlisle to a Thanksgiving luncheon at noon, November 22, in the Concord-Carlisle High School cafeteria. This annual event sponsored by the junior class, provides not only turkey with all the trimmings, but an opportunity to share a meal with friends old and new.

        Transportation will be provided. To sign up, call the Council on Aging, 1-978-371-2895.

CCHS Football Work Day is November 22

If your yard needs some work or you need some chores done around your home, Work Day is here. On November 22 (rain date: November 23) members of the CCHS Football team will be raising funds for the program by doing yard work and/or chores for the residents of Concord and Carlisle. During Work Day you can hire two CCHS players for a three-hour block of time for $15/player/hour. There are still some afternoon slots available. If you are interested, email Alex Ward at jeffrey.r.ward@verizon or call Alex at 1-978-369-2914.

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