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Friday, November 14, 2008

BEDTIME STORY. PJ Story Time at Gleason Public Library fascinated and delighted several pajama-clad participants last Wednesday. Looking wide awake, left to right, are Brodie Clark, Zachary Clark, their mother Sara Clark, Alexander Clark (hidden), Adam Synnestvedt, Maya Hamilton, and librarian Seana Rabbito. (Photo by Jane Hamilton)

GPL Teen Space celebration and grand opening November 21

In honor of its new teen space, Gleason Public Library (GPL) will host a celebration and grand opening on November 21, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. All are welcome to come and enjoy the new furniture, additional shelving, and bright space, with trivia for teens and refreshments for all.

The teen space improvements were made possible in part by an Equal Access LSTA grant, a Manton Foundation grant, and with Library Endowment and Gift Funds. TOGA, Gleason’s teen advisory board, helped design the new space, including selecting furnishings, color, and fabric. For more information, visit or email Erica, Gleason’s teen librarian at

Trails Committee leads post-Thanksgiving walk November 28

Join the Trails Committee for a trail walk in the Davis Corridor on November 28. Meet at the Malcolm Meadows parking lot on Stearns Street at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be provided following the walk.

BOH mosquito control discussion November 18

The Carlisle Board of Health (BOH) will be discussing the current status of mosquito borne illnesses and whether the town should participate in a mosquito- control program at its next meeting which will be held on November 18 at 8:30 p.m. at Town Hall. The Board invites all residents who have questions or opinions on mosquito control to attend the meeting.

Salvation Army is back in Carlisle

There is now a Salvation Army Kettle in Ferns. Once again, Carlisle has its own Salvation Army Service Unit so that contributions donated in Carlisle can be used to support town residents in helping with fuel, food and other essentials when the need arises. Your generous support is appreciated.

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

CCTV shows air on local cable

Representative Cory Atkins (D-Concord) announces that “Discussing the Issues with Cory Atkins” will air on weekends, twice on Saturday and Sunday depending on the local programming schedule, on your local community station. These shows help keep community members involved and vocal in their local and state government, addressing issues ranging from elder protective services and money management programs to environmental issues and the importance of vocational training schools in our innovative economy.

If you have any additional questions, or would like a copy of the show, contact Representative Cory Atkins’ office at, or call 1-617-722-2013.

FRS Movie Night is November 17

On November 17 at 7 p.m. at the First Religious Society (FRS), the award-winning documentary, A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil will be shown. 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.

Carlisle Garden Club coffee November 20

Interested in gardening? The Carlisle Garden Club invites you to come to an informal coffee 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

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

Interfaith Thanksgiving service November 23

All are welcome to attend the Chelmsford Interfaith Thanksgiving service at Congregation Shalom on November 23, starting at 7 p.m. Congregation Shalom is at 87 Richardson Road in North Chelmsford. Organizers of this event include Aldersgate United Methodist Church, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Anjuman-e-Ezzi Mosque, Chelmsford Baha’i Community, Central Congregational Church, Congregation Shalom, St. John the Evangelist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, and West Chelmsford United Methodist Church. Refreshments will be served.

PCA hosts piano concert November 16

The Piano Heritage Series at the Parish Center for the Arts (PCA), 10 Lincoln Street, Westford, presents internationally acclaimed concert pianist Minsoo Sohn in a solo recital on November 16. Bonnie Anderson, Heritage Series Artistic Director, will give a pre-concert talk at 3:15 p.m. and the concert begins at 4 p.m. The program will include music by Beethoven, Ravel and Liszt transcriptions of Bach, Mozart and Schubert.

Ticket prices are $12/PCA members; $15/non-members; $8/teens and college students; $5/children 12 and under. For information, visit or call 1-978-692-6333. If you have questions about the Piano Heritage Series or would like to get involved in some way, contact Steve Zocchi, Heritage Series Managing Director at: 1-978-761-0633 or

Westford church holds holiday fair November 22

Start your holiday season on November 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Catherine’s of Alexandria, 107 Main Street, Westford. This annual event features more than 30 of the area’s finest crafters and artisans. Admission is free for this event.

While you browse, take your chance on a raffle with over fifty prizes, including handmade quilts, one-of-a-kind jewelry, sports memorabilia, gift certificates and more. The food court will have scrumptious treats for all. This year, very special guests, Santa and Mrs. Claus, will be on hand for photos. There will be a children’s area with face painting and fun. Kids can find gifts for parents, grandparents and teachers. St. Catherine’s Greens Table will have a variety of holiday notions including table runners, dry flower arrangements, wreaths and more to deck your halls.

SPED rights program November 17

    “Basic Rights: Denied” is an exciting 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. The workshop is taught by SPEDWatch founder and executive director, Ellen Chambers, who shares the strategies and techniques she has used during her long career as a successful special education advocate. The format is straightforward and easy-to-understand, yet powerful and empowering. 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.      

Natraj plays PCA November 22

The Parish Center for the Arts (PCA), 10 Lincoln Street, Westford, presents jazz ensemble Natraj on November 22 at 8 p.m.

There will be cabaret seating, BYOB and appetizers. Tickets are $12/PCA members, $5/teens, $15/everyone else. Reservations are recommended; call 1-978-692-6333, email or buy tickets at

Barn dance November 29

The Parish Center for the Arts (PCA) monthly barn dance will be held on November 29 at 7:30 p.m. Susan Elberger is calling and Oh, CONTRAire! provides live music.

All are welcome; no experience is required. First-time dancers: come at 7 p.m. for free instruction and get into the dance free. Also get in free with a student ID card. Tickets are $5/ adults, $3/teens, with a maximum $12 per family. The PCA is at the corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street on Westford Common. For more information, call 1-978-692-6333 or email

COA doings

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

• Van shopping trip: On November 19, the COA van will be going to the North Shore mall, leaving the Congregational Church parking lot at 9 a.m. and returning around 4 p.m. The fee is $10 per person for the van; lunch is on your own at the Sylvan Street Grill. Reserve your seat by November 17. Call Carol Killpartrick at 1-978-371-6690.

• CCHS holiday luncheon: CCHS students are serving a turkey lunch on Saturday, November 22 at noon at CCHS. Sign up by calling the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 no later than noon on November 18. Call the van line if you need a ride.

• Bridge tournament: Calling all senior bridge players. Join the COA on November 22 as they go to 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 per 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 six session program.

An evening with Bill McKibben November 21 

The Concord Climate Action Network (ConcordCAN) presents an evening with Bill McKibben on November 21 at 7:30 p.m. This free 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. An evening with Bill McKibben November 21 

The Concord Climate Action Network (ConcordCAN) presents an evening with Bill McKibben on November 21 at 7:30 p.m. This free 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.

“Choosing a Preschool for your Child” panel 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. This is your opportunity to meet school staff and talk with other parents. The forum will include suggestions for parents and program details like school philosophies, class sizes, day/time formats, physical settings, curricular goals, levels of parental involvement and rapport between staff, children and parents.

Sally Quinn Reed, Center for Parents and Teachers, will facilitate the panel, which will include representatives from some area preschools. Members of the GPL Children’s Advisory Committee will provide additional information. More information is available at

“Thoreau Reconsidered” in Concord now through December 7

The Concord Art Association is presents “Thoreau Reconsidered,” curated by Jennifer McGregor, Director of Arts, Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery.

The exhibit runs now through December 7. Ms. McGregor will lead a gallery tour on October 18 at 11 a.m.

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

Benefit concert November 22

On November 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord, the Emerson Orchestra will perform works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Barber to benefit Verrill Farm. Tickets $20 and $10/seniors and students. For information, call 1-978-369-3769.

Drop-In Story Time at GPL November 18

Come in for some fun at the Gleason Public Library (GPL), with a Drop-in Story Time on November 18 at 4 p.m. for stories, songs, and more. These story times are for ages 2 to 4.

For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for children’s or visit

Register to skate and play hockey now

Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey is now accepting registrations for the Learn to Skate program (ages 3 to 10) for those who are new to hockey and skating. Learn to Skate will begin December 6 and runs through early March 2009 at Valley Sports, Route 62, Concord. Mosquito Hockey is largely for participants, aged 4 to 10, who have participated in the Learn to Skate program or another Learn to Skate program. The Mosquito program practices from December 6 through early March 2009 at Middlesex School. For questions, contact TJ Umina, at Hot Shot Hockey, a recreational hockey program focusing on multi levels of play, is available to boys and girls ages 9 to 12. For questions, contact Tim First at

To register for any of these hockey programs visit and look for the “Register Online” tab from the left menu.

LWV book discussion November 19

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle will host a discussion of Jeffery Toobin’s The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court on November 19 at 10 a.m. in the Trustees Room of the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord. The Nine, which surveys the Court and the justices from the 1980s to 2007, was a Top 10 nonfiction choice of Time magazine and one of the 10 Best Books in the New York Times Book Review. For more information, contact or 1-978-369-3842.

MRT opens Skylight November 20

The Merrimack Repertory Theatre opens its latest production, Skylight, on November 20, to run through December 14. Performances range from 2 p.m. matinees to various times in the evening. Hailed as “the play of the decade” by the London Spectator, Skylight is the story of two former lovers who reunite at an emotional crossroads to remember and perhaps rekindle their electric past. Tickets and information are available online at or at the box office, 1-978-654-7555.

Emerson Hospital lecture on women’s heart health November 18

Come to Emerson Hospital to hear a seminar entitled “Women’s Heart Health.” The free lecture will be presented by Ginny Dow, RN, BC, manager of Emerson’s cardiac rehabilitation program. It will take place on Tuesday, November 18, at 7 p.m. in the North Assembly Room at Emerson Hospital. To register, call 1-978-287-3085. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Rail Trail annual meeting November 23

The Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail will hold their annual meeting on November 23, at 2 p.m. at the Concord Children’s Center. The Children’s Center is at 1300 Main Street (Route 62) at the corner of Main Street and Church Street. Park in the Church Street lot. The meeting is open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

     Following a short business meeting, the Friends will conduct an historical discovery walk on a section of the trail in West Concord and explore artifacts from the days when the right of way was still used as a railroad.

     For further information, visit or contact Carlisle’s representative on the Friends’ board, Alan Cameron, at 1-978-369-2223.

Featured speaker on climate change November 16

Jeremy Osborn, 24, a recent graduate from Middlebury College in Vermont and a co-coordinator of the international climate change project, is the featured speaker in the November 16 Trinity Forum, Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord, which runs from 9 to 9:45 a.m. In the past half-year, a project called has begun working to coordinate local activities around the next global United Nations treaty on climate change.

Jeremy Osborn’s first post-graduate project was Step It Up 2007, which proved an overwhelming success with over 1400 events held in all 50 states, and afterwards he co-authored “Fight Global Warming Now” with Bill McKibben and the rest of the Step It Up team.

For further information on Trinity’s Sunday morning Forum, call 1-978-369-3715, or visit

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 community is invited to enjoy kids’ games and prizes, pony rides, live music, a raffle and a delicious lunch. 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 are a $250 Amex shopping spree, iPod Nano and many more. For information, contact fair committee Chair Kate Galusza at 1-978-369-9880 or

Middlesex hosts annual Arts and Crafts Fair November 22

Get an early start on your holiday shopping at Middlesex Community College’s (MCC) 14th annual Arts and Crafts Fair, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 22 on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. Admission is free to this juried fair, which features more than 70 talented artists and crafters showing and selling their work. Familiar fair food will be available in the Bedford Campus Center.

For more information, contact Ginny Barrelle at 1-781-280-3541 or

CCMS features cellist Lynn Harrell November 23

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

Hunting season open The deer hunting season is open:

• Archery hunting: now to November 22

• Shotgun hunting: December 1 to December 13

• Black powder hunting: December 15 to December 31

In Carlisle, hunting is permitted only on private property with the owner’s written permission and a hunting license on one’s person. Persons in the woods who are not hunting are advised to wear bright colors so they are clearly visible.

Fuel assistance

If you are struggling with purchasing fuel, check with the Carlisle Council on Aging, 1-978-371-2895. Depending on income and eligibility criteria, you may be able to apply for Fuel Assistance. Fuel Assistance is available from Community Teamwork, Inc. (Federal/State aid), the Salvation Army, The Friends of the Council on Aging, and the Town of Carlisle. The Carlisle Board of Selectmen has authorized the Carlisle Senior Tax Advisory Committee to release $5,000 from the Caroline E. Hill fund for emergency fuel assistance for residents of Carlisle who are in temporary need and meet income requirements. Note that it takes time to receive funds from any of these sources and payments are made directly to fuel companies. Fuel assistance is available for all families regardless of age.

Those with oil heat may want to look into Mass Energy Consumers Alliance. Mass Energy’s 
Heating Oil Alliance is a program for any household, regardless of income, in eastern and central Massachusetts that wants to save on heating and electricity costs. They offer a fair price on heating oil from a full-service dealer, flexible pricing plans, consumer advocacy and education on energy efficiency and other projects, green energy options, support for low-income families and community organizations through 
the Oil Bank and Green Electricity program. For more information visit or call 1-617-524-3950.

Native plant walk November 15

On November 15 at 10 a.m., naturalist Cherrie Corey will lead a free walk exploring the seasonal unfolding of native plants and the landscape at Great Meadows in Concord. Bring binoculars if you like. No pre-registration is required.

Meet at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord, Monsen Road, (off Route 62, driveway on left where road turns right). For questions, contact Susan Russo (USFWS) at 1-978-443-4661 x34 or email

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