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Friday, December 5, 2008

FNL is tonight

Attention all middle school students: Friday Night Live (FNL) is tonight. Come kick off the holiday season and dance to the latest tunes, or play basketball, ping pong or chess. As always, pizza and drinks will be served. FNL is held in the Corey Gym from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $4. For information, call Nicole Bloomfield at 1-978-371-0235 or any other Carlisle Youth Commission member.

Holiday potluck, contra dance December 12

New Hampshire caller and fiddler Dudley Laufman will make his annual appearance at the contra dance in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on Friday, December 12 at 8 p.m. Before the dance, everyone is invited to a potluck supper that begins at 6:30 p.m. Dudley will share the calling with Walter Lenk; Jacqueline Laufman, Debby Knight, and friends will provide the music. Do not miss your once-a-year chance to dance the Ribbon Dance and the Jingle Bell Square. A $5/person admission will be collected during intermission. All dances will be taught. Beginners and singles welcome. For more information, call 1-978-369-1661.

Holiday open studio in Carlisle December 7

Margo Kelley, of “Paintings by Margo,” will hold an open studio on December 7 from 2 to 5 p.m. at 90 McAllister Drive. All paintings will be 50% off. Kelley’s pastel and oil paintings have won numerous awards, including the 2008 Old Home Day Best In Show award. To see a sample of the paintings, visit For more information, call 1-978-371-0731.

Master Class at FRS December 13

On December 13 at 2 p.m., at the First Religious Society (FRS), ten CCHS singers will participate in a Master Class given by Paula Eldridge and accompanied by Miles Goldberg. The singers have been learning opera and musical theater scenes and the Master Class is the culmination of their work. Students include Evan Ames, Julia Brem, Kathy Bentley, Val Caddell, Katelyn Colman, Chris Levan, Mark Nimar, Aletha Smith and guest singers Janice Lee and Evan Sibley. There is no charge. For further information contact Paula Eldridge at 1-978-371-7063.

Citrus Sale for Carlisle Concert Band and Middle School Choir

Choir and band members from the Carlisle Public School are taking orders for a quality selection of fresh fruits: Indian River red grapefruit, navel and temple oranges, Red Delicious apples and d’Anjou pears. The fruit is offered in an assortment of packages at competitive prices, and will be delivered to your door in February. Proceeds from the sale will be used for new music, instruments and travel expenses to competitions and performances.

Order fruit at the winter concerts on December 9 and 11, or at the Carlisle Transfer Station on December 6 and January 10. Place orders with any Concert Band or Middle School Choir member, or by calling Laura Marshall at 1-978-371-7758 or Cathy Poirier at 1-978-371-9139. Support the school’s music program and treat your friends and family to delicious fresh fruit, delivered to your doorstep.

Make a gingerbread man December 11

Take some time from the hectic holidays and drop by the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library on December 11 between 3 and 5 p.m. to make a felt or foam gingerbread man (or girl, if you prefer). The library will supply the materials and instructions while supplies last. This project is suitable for you and your child to create together as well as for older children. For more information call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for children’s or visit

Salvation Army kettle at Ferns

Contributions to the Salvation Army donated at Ferns may be used in support of our own residents in need. Your generous support is appreciated.

SEPAC meeting December 12

The Carlisle Special Education Parent Support Group (SEPAC) will hold its next meeting on Friday, December 12 at 9 a.m. at the home of Jane Abata, 78 Daniels Lane. Email to RSVP. Remember that any personal information discussed at Carlisle SEPAC meetings shall remain confidential.

For further information on the Carlisle SEPAC, visit the school website. Go to “Community” and then to “SEPAC” or contact Elaine Bojanic 1-978-371-5624 or Lori Tucker 1-978-371-3292.

Community Christmas dinner December 25

If you do not have extended family around you this Christmas and would like to have dinner with other people, you are invited to a Carlisle Community Christmas Dinner on December 25 at 4 p.m. in Union Hall at The First Religious Society. The church office must receive $20/person (cash or checks payable to FRS) and the names of the people registering by December 15.

Historical Society open house December 7

Heald House, home of the Carlisle Historical Society at 698 Concord Street, will hold an open house on December 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to tour the historical collections, meet friends and neighbors and tour the barn with its brand-new look and refurbished space. The house will be decorated for the holidays and refreshments will be served.

Among the items of interest are samplers made by 18th-century Carlisle girls to practice their sewing and alphabet, Guy and Dot Clark’s wedding certificate, Mary Amanda Marsh’s hair jewelry from the 1880s and the unique collection of Civil War memorabilia.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Class of 1973 reunion December 27

The Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) Class of 1973’s 35th reunion is December 27 at the Colonial Inn in Concord. Contact Cathy Brown at or 1-978-250-5980 for information.

Adult and Community Ed announces winter program

Adult and Community Education announces its winter program this week, with over 175 courses and something for all ages. Before- and after-school classes for children include art workshops, nature classes and foreign languages. Daytime classes for adults include the Village University series, parenting classes, art workshops, and outdoor jaunts. Evening classes include perennial favorites such as photography, quilting, financial planning, dance, computers and music.

New courses include a Valentine-making workshop with Carlisle’s Phyllis Hughes. Other Carlisle instructors include craftsman Art Veves, who will instruct students in the art of chair caning; Attorney Linda Butterworth-Till, whose Health Care Proxy and Living Will course will enable each participant to complete this critical family task, and take home finished documents; and Intermediate Bridge, with Roy Green, Carlisle’s own master bridge player.

Course catalogs will be mailed next week, and Carlisle residents are urged to sign up on the website early for the most popular courses at

Discovery Museums upcoming events

• Safari Adventure: December 13, 10 a.m. at Children’s Discovery. Get down on the floor to use our original art work Safari mat depicting the great African Savanna and move our safari animals around the terrain as they explore their natural habitat.

• Yesterday’s Play: December 16, 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Science Discovery. Have you ever picked up sticks or a cool piece of Styrofoam and made a toy from it? Check out examples of toys from the last two hundred years, learn about the science behind them, and create some of your own.

• Music and Movement with Miss Karina: December 18, 10 a.m. at Children’s Discovery. Come and explore sound through singing and playing. Making music and sharing music together can be educational and fun. Find out more at

• Celebrate the Winter Solstice: December 19, 10 a.m. at Children’s Discovery. The shortest day of sunlight is coming soon. Create some sun catching crafts to brighten your day.

For a complete listing of all Discovery Museums programs, visit

“Family Trees” at Concord Museum now to January 4

The 13th annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature at the Concord Museum runs now through January 4, 2009. The Museum’s galleries are filled with fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children’s storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites. Each tree serves as a canvas for the artistic creations of a dedicated team of volunteer decorators.

A complete list of books featured in this year’s Family Trees can be found at For information contact the Concord Museum at 1-978-369-9609 (taped information),

Carlisle Conservation Coffee December 9

The December 9 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in Town Hall, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Gerry Palano, the first Renewable Energy Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources will be available to speak with you about the state’s renewable energy initiatives in agriculture.

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are held on the second Tuesday of the month during the fall, winter and spring seasons to provide an informal opportunity for residents to discuss a wide range of land use, conservation and environmental issues. The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Continental breakfast is provided.

Save the following 2009 Tuesday mornings for upcoming coffees: January 13, February 10, March 20, April 14, May 12 and June 9.

Santa sends letters to good children

Imagine the joy your child will experience when he or she receives a letter from Santa Claus with a North Pole postmark. The U.S. Postal Service is making this possible through its postmark re-mailing system. For information about how this works, check with the Carlisle Post Office before December 8.

Mass Turnpike Authority announces public hearings 

Representative Cory Atkins (D-Concord) announced that the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority will hold four public hearings in the month of December in response to the Mass Turnpike Authority Board’s recent decision to implement toll increases in spring of 2009. These hearings have been scheduled to receive input from the public on the Board’s decision to raise tolls at the Weston and Allston-Brighton toll plazas by 75 cents and to raise tolls on the Ted Williams and Sumner tunnels from $3.50 to $7. Representative Atkins strongly encourages her constituents to attend at least one of the public hearings to voice their concerns with the proposed toll increases.

All hearings are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The dates and locations of the public hearings are as follows:

• Boston:
December 10,
State Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza, 2nd Floor,

• Lynn:
December 15,
Lynn City Hall,
3 City Hall Square,

• Framingham:
December 17,
Framingham Memorial Building,
Nevins Hall,
150 Concord Street,

• Worcester:
January 7, 2009,
Worcester City Hall,
455 Main Street,

Museum passes at the library

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library and other organizations generously sponsor passes that allow Carlisle families to attend Boston area museums and other attractions with free or reduced admissions. Passes are available at no charge. The museum pass program is offered to all patrons with library cards in good standing. Check out passes at the circulation desk with your library card. Carlisle residents can reserve passes in advance by calling the library at 1-978-369-4898. The library just added museum passes to the Institute of Contemporary Art. The Friends provide museum passes to the Butterfly Place, Children’s Museum, Concord Museum, DeCordova Museum, Discovery Museums, Drumlin Farm, Fruitlands, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Massachusetts Audubon, Museum of Fine Arts, Orchard House, Peabody Essex Museum, and Roger William Park Zoo. New England Aquarium passes are available September to June. The Museum of Science passes are provided by a donation from Assurance Technology Corp. Find more information at under Services or call 1-978-369-4898.

Atkins cable shows air on CCTV weekends

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 address 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.

New fuel assistance guidelines

The gross annual income guidelines for both the State and the Salvation Army Fuel Assistance Programs have been increased to a maximum of 60% of the Estimated State Median Income for the State Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and a maximum of 80% of the Estimated State Medium Income Level for the Salvation Army Good Neighbor Fund. This means that more residents may be eligible to acquire assistance. The guidelines are as follows:  LIHEAP: Household of one gross annual income of up to $27,876; Household of two up to $36,454; Household of three up to $45,031, Household of four up to $53,608.  For the Salvation Army Good Neighbor Fund, the maximum gross annual income criteria for a Household of one is $37,168; for two, $45,605; for three, $60,041; for four, $71,478. For larger families, call the COA for more details. Fuel assistance is open to all families. Additional support may also be available depending on other criteria.  Contact the Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895 to set up an appointment or for more details.

MCC offers new Weekend College

Earn the degree you need at a time that works for you at Middlesex Community College’s (MCC) new Weekend College. MCC’s Weekend College classes generally meet for several hours on Saturdays in a 15-week format, or an accelerated eight-week format. Credit for prior learning, training, work or life experience may be granted. Up to 45 transfer credits may be awarded to students with previous college experience. Spring semester Weekend College courses begin Jan. 24, 2009 (some accelerated courses begin Jan. 10, 2009).

Weekend College at Middlesex offers a special Accelerated Business Degree Program. By combining weekend and online classes, students can earn an associate degree in business in just 24 months. Weekend College courses can also give students opportunities to take required prerequisites for admission to selective programs of study. Weekend College is offered primarily on MCC’s Bedford campus, but additional courses are available on MCC’s Lowell campus. Saturday advising is offered as part of Weekend College, and financial aid is available for qualified students.

For information or registration, call 1-800-818-3434, visit, or email:

PCA art show opens December 6

Throughout December, Beth O’Brien will be sharing her art with the local community at The Parish Center for the Arts (PCA), 10 Lincoln Street, Westford. “Flying Dreams and Other Figments” includes works spanning three distinct disciplines. O’Brien is a sculptor, craftsperson, and children’s book illustrator as well as a creator of Native American regalia that is worn in cultural events spanning the continent. The opening reception is December 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. Viewing hours are from noon to 2 p.m. on Sundays. Children are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact the PCA at 1-978-692-6333 or visit

Trinity Youth Choir sings December 7

On December 7 at 5 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church’s Youth Choir will sing Choral Evensong, following a 500-year-old tradition for Anglican/Episcopal choirs, in Trinity’s chapel at 81 Elm Street in Concord. Under the direction of Robert Barney, the Youth Choir will sing Responses by Harry Bramma, Canticle settings by Edward Bairstow and an anthem by Charles Wood. In addition there will be Advent hymns for the congregation to sing.

For further information, call 1-978-369-3715, or visit

Holiday shopping at the Brush Gallery

Rush to the Brush this holiday season, now to January 4, 2009, to find the perfect gift to indulge all your senses in a celebration of the arts. Thirteen artists’ studios will display a tempting collection of artwork in many media. Consider a gift certificate for an art class as well. Gift wrapping services are available and artists are always on hand to answer questions. Enjoy Lowell’s City of Lights Parade festivities as you stroll through Sugar and Spice Weekend, with special hours and refreshments while you shop, on December 13 and 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information, call 1-978-459-7819.

Scandinavian a cappella group sings December 12

The Westford Historical Society presents Stämbandet, thirteen singers from Scandinavia with a reputation for excellence both as an a cappella ensemble and a World Music vocal group. This captivating vocal band sings in six languages and a variety of a cappella folk traditions unique to Scandinavia.For information, visit

The program will take place at the Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road, Westford, on December 12 at 8 p.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

Holiday Greens Sale and Craft Fair December 6

The First Religious Society, on the Green 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 as items from the Carlisle Mosquito: sweatshirts, t-shirts, bibs and the history book, As The Mosquito Saw It. Admission is free. Questions? Call 1-978-369-5180.

Congregational Church Christmas Fair December 6

The Carlisle Congregational Church will be holding its annual Christmas Fair on December 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and enjoy friendships around the tables, have a muffin and coffee or a lunch of soup and sandwich served by our Senior High Youth Group. Check out the tables of cakes, cookies, breads and delicious pies, local and African crafts, quilted items, and new and vintage jewelry. There will be crafts for children to make and two rooms full of attic treasures. Come and enjoy the fair.

Early Release Day movie at GPL December 16

Boost your holiday mood with a good “Buddy” in this hysterically enchanting new classic. You will never look at the magic of the holidays in quite the same way. When: December 16 (early release day). Time: 2:45 to 4:20 p.m. Place: Gleason Public Library (GPL), Hollis Room. Movie Rating is PG. GPL will provide snacks. Grades 5 to 8 only. For further information on the movie, visit (the Internet movie database site). Subscribe to the Gleason Public Library enewsletter, Library Latest, to learn the name of the film in advance. Call the GPL at 1-978-369-4898 with any questions.

Lessons and Carols December 13

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 75 Cold Spring Road, Westford, continues its Second Saturday series with a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on December 13 at 7 p.m. Your freewill offering will support Milly’s Place, a family shelter in Lowell. Every Second Saturday event is fun, free, family-friendly, and followed by food, so tell all your friends. For more information, contact Minister of Music Lisa Lofdahl at 1-978-369-8767 or

Economic forum at Trinity Church December 14

Professor Catherine L. Mann of Brandeis University will speak on “How did we get into this economic mess? And how can we clean it up?” at the December 14 Trinity Forum, which runs from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Trinity Church is located at 81 Elm Street in Concord. Professor Mann will offer her thoughts and expertise, with time for questions and answers.

All area residents are welcomed at the Trinity Episcopal Church Sunday morning Forum. For further information, call 1-978-369-3715, or visit

Tree of Lights at Emerson Hospital December 8

Emerson Hospital’s North Assembly Room will be aglow with the spirit of the season at the annual Tree of Lights ceremony on Monday, December 8, at 4:30 p.m. Members of the community are invited to join Emerson staff and patients for a brief program and the tree lighting. Following the ceremony, everyone is invited to return to the North Assembly Room where light refreshments will be served. Parking validation is provided.

Donate a light for the tree in memory of a loved one, to honor a special person, or to celebrate the season. Donations begin at $10 for a light on the tree and $25 for a light on the star, but general donations are also welcome. Funds received from this event will benefit the ongoing programs sponsored by the Auxiliary. For information on donating a light for the ceremony, contact Denise Haartz at 1-978-371-7211. Donations made by mail can be sent to Doris Webber, 8 Maple Street, Bedford, MA, 01730. All donations should be made by December 15. Make checks payable to Emerson Hospital Auxiliary.

Walk at Great Meadows December 6

On December 6, from 1 to 3 p.m., naturalist Cherrie Corey will lead a walk, free and open to all, exploring the seasonal unfolding of native plants and the landscape at Great Meadows in Concord. Bring binoculars if you like. No pre-registration 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 at 1-978-443-4661 x34 or

“Who was Henry David Thoreau?” at Walden December 7

Join park staff at Walden Pond State Reservation on December 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. for an introductory program about Henry David Thoreau. Visitors will learn about Thoreau and his two-year stay at Walden Pond and will hike along the shore of the pond to the original location of Thoreau’s cabin. Please 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.

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