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Friday, November 21, 2008

Holiday Greens Sale and Craft Fair December 6

The First Religious Society, on the Common in Carlisle (27 School Street), will hold its annual Holiday Greens Sale and Craft Fair on Saturday, December 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Union Hall will be glorious with the aroma of fresh greens and colorful, decorated boxwood. Artfully decorated wreaths will hang from the rafters and tables will be covered with centerpieces just waiting for your holiday table. There will also be delicious, festive Christmas and seasonal foods for holiday giving and undecorated wreaths, lovely bows and kits for gingerbread houses. There will be crafts for sale and a holiday café as well. Admission is free. Questions? Call 1-978-369-5180.

Post-Thanksgiving walk November 28

The public is invited to join the Carlisle Trails Committee for a post-Thanksgiving walk in the Davis Corridor conservation land. Work off some of that turkey and stuffing in the fresh air with good company. The walk will cover about 4.5 miles without crossing a road, taking approximately 2.5 hours. For those wanting a less strenuous outing, the committee will offer a one-hour walk (1.7 miles). Both walks will depart from the Malcolm Meadows Trail parking lot on Stearns Street at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 28. As always, there will be refreshments at the end. Heavy rain cancels the trip. For information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Christmas on the Common December 8

Santa Claus will attend Christmas on the Common on December 8. The annual event begins at 6 p.m. with the singing of traditional Christmas carols, followed by the tree lighting ceremony. After Santa arrives, participants will file into Union Hall to meet him and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. For more information or questions contact Larry Bearfield at 1-617-584-5001 or

COA trip update

The Northern Italy trip has been cancelled because not enough people signed up. The COA is instead offering a riverboat cruise to waterways of Holland and Belgium. Just unpack once. Anyone interested should call Joanne Willens immediately. The deposit must be in before Thanksgiving to be sure of a space on the trip. The 12-day trip leaves Boston March 27, 2009. Prices start at $3,100, which includes airfare, port charges and government fees, all breakfasts, lunches and dinners and 11 sightseeing tours.

Travelers will return in time for Easter. Contact Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or and pick up a flyer at the COA office in Town Hall.

Carlisle blanket collection for Pine Street Inn

There will be a collection of ChapStick® and new and gently used blankets, hats, gloves, socks and thermal underwear for the Pine Street Inn outreach vans from now until the middle of January. The outreach vans go out every night and distribute blankets (12,000 a year), hot chocolate, soup, sandwiches, medicine and supplies to homeless people on the streets of Boston.

Blankets and other donated items can be dropped off in Weezie Petrie’s barn on 39 Baldwin Road. Tax deductible financial donations can also be made. Checks should be written to The Pine Street Inn, designated for the outreach vans. Checks can be mailed to Petrie at the above address and she will deliver them, or you can send them directly to Pine Street Inn at 444 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118.

Elliot Lilien’s WWI posters December 13

Elliot Lilien returns to Carlisle on Saturday, December 13, to share his vast historical knowledge of WWI, illustrated by selections from his unique collection of WWI posters. Mr. Lilien is the speaker for the annual meeting of the Friends of the Gleason Public Library on December 13. This is a program for those looking for a great encapsulated history talk with illustrations. The annual meeting begins at 2 p.m. The poster talk will begin at 2:30 p.m. and end by 4 p.m. The library closes at 3 p.m.

Pre-registration is required beginning December 3 at the reference desk, 1-978-369-4898.

“Thoreau Ramble” at Walden November 23

Join park staff at Walden Pond State Reservation on November 23 from 1 to 2 p.m. for a Thoreau Ramble. Visitors will learn about Henry David Thoreau and his two-year stay at Walden Pond and hike along the shore of the pond to the original location of Thoreau’s cabin. Meet at the Thoreau House replica. This program is for visitors of all ages.

There is a daily parking fee of $5/vehicle. For more information, contact the park headquarters at 1-978-369-3254.

Register now for classes at CCM

Winter semester registration for group classes at the Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) has begun. The music school offers a broad array of developmentally appropriate ten- and 15-week music classes for infants to school-age children. Registrations are accepted by mail, online or by stopping by the office.

For more information about classes and private instrument lessons, call 1-978-369-0010 or visit

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.

“Walden’s Forest Engineers” program November 30

Join park staff at Walden Pond State Reservation on November 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. for a fun and educational program on beavers. Watch an exciting video presentation on beavers and then journey into the woods of Walden for an exploratory hike to a beaver lodge and dam located at Heywood’s meadow. Meet at the Tsongas Art Gallery which is located next to park headquarters. This program is free and open to all ages. There is a daily parking fee of $5/vehicle. For information, call 1-978-369-3254.

Chamber music by Franz Schubert at MCC December 1

“A World of Music,” Middlesex Community College’s (MCC) fall 2008 concert series, continues with “Schubertiade,” an evening of chamber music by Franz Schubert performed by Orlando Cela, flute; Annegret Klaua, violin; Jing Li, cello; and Itamar Ronen, piano at 8 p.m., December 1, in the MCC Concert Hall (Building 6) on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road.

For more information, visit or contact Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, chair of MCC’s Music Department, at or 1-781-280-3923.

Barn dance November 29

The Parish Center for the Arts (PCA) in Westford’s monthly barn dance will be held on November 29 at 7:30 p.m. 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. For more information, call 1-978-692-6333 or email

COA doings

• Monthly coffee: On December 4, join the COA, hosted by the Elgins and the 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. This coffee is sponsored in part by the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

• Reverse mortgage options workshop: On Thursday, December 4, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., an educational workshop providing information on recently updated reverse mortgage programs will be held for people 62+ years old. This free workshop, sponsored by Laura Mullins Chelton, a local mortgage consultant and Carlisle resident, will be held at the office of Wayside Mortgage, 50 School Street. Register by calling Erin Walsh at 1-978-359-7182 x103.

• Van shopping trips: On December 5, the COA van will be going to the Wrentham Mall. The van fee is $10/person. Lunch is on your own. The van will make restaurant stops. On December 12, the van will go to Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua with stops at Costco and other stores on the Daniel Webster Highway. There is no fee for this trip but seating is limited, so book early by contacting Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or All shopping trips leave from Town Hall. If you cannot drive there, call the van line for pick up at home.

• Wreath making: The Garden Club, COA and Friends of the COA will host a holiday wreath making seminar from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Union Hall on December 8. Bring your lunch if you like; desserts and beverages will be provided. Chris Adamchek, local guitarist and member of the Garden Club, will play holiday music. To reserve your space, call the COA at 1-978-371-2895. This event is for Carlisle seniors only. There may be a nominal charge for the wreaths; call the COA office for cost and details.

MAGIC breakfast December 8

You are invited to attend the free annual Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) fall legislative breakfast scheduled for December 8 at 8 a.m. at the Bedford Old Town Hall. If you would like to attend, RSVP to or call 1-617-451-2770 x2060.

Lacrosse registration now

Concord-Carlisle Youth Lacrosse registration is open, for both boys and girls, and will close on December 1. Visit to register.

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