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Friday, December 19, 2008

St. Irene Christmas Masses

St. Irene Parish invites you to join in the celebration of Christmas Mass. Masses for Christmas will be celebrated on Christmas Eve at 4 and 5:30 p.m. and at midnight. On Christmas Day Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Lessons and Carols will be celebrated at 11:15 p.m. on Christmas Eve just before the midnight Mass. Traditionally the 4 p.m. Mass is very crowded and all who can are encouraged to attend another Mass. When exiting the parking lot after the 4 p.m. Mass, the upper parking lot will exit toward Carlisle Center and the lower parking lot will exit toward Billerica. There will be no 8 a.m. or 5 p.m. Mass on Christmas Day.

Arcturus presents concert January 3

The Arcturus Chamber Ensemble will present a program of Mozart and Schubert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 3, at the First Religious Society. Founded by Carlislean Sarah Darling, this Arcturus program features a pairing up of New England musicians with “expat” friends currently playing in the Netherlands, England and Canada. Mozart’s String Quartet in D Minor, performed on period instruments, begins the program, and Schubert’s magnificent Trout Quintet ends it. Admission is free (donations welcome) and there will be a reception with the artists following the concert. For more information, visit

CSEM concert January 8 at FRS

The future of Early Music is now, and the next generation of period-instrument performance is here. The exciting young players of the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of world-renowned baroque cellist Phoebe Carrai, are dedicated to bringing to life the vivid rhetoric and dancing rhythms of baroque music. This program of virtuoso concertos from 17th-century Italy will feature many of the players as soloists in fresh and vigorous performances that will open your ears to new ways of listening. General admission is $30; $25/seniors; free/students with IDs and children. Tickets are available at the door or call 1-617-489-2062.

Concord Women’s Chorus concert is December 20

The Concord Women’s Chorus, Jane Ring Frank, Conductor, Scott Nicholas, Pianist, will present “Canticles Of Light” on December 20 at 2 p.m, at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord. The program features Libby Larson’s Canticle Of Mary, David Conte’s The Snow Lay On The Ground, Ruth Watson Henderson’s The Path of Light, other holiday favorites and a carol singalong. Chorus singers from Carlisle are Wendy Davis, Cynthia Sorn, Cynthia Nunan, Penny Zezima and Stephanie Smith. Tickets are $20, $15/seniors (65+) and students and $5/under 12 and are available at the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Concord, or call 1-978-369-0839. For more information, visit

Nashoba Valley ski and snowboard openings

There are openings for grades 2 to 8 on Friday afternoons for the Nashoba Valley ski and snowboard program. The program includes transportation to Nashoba from the Carlisle Public School, returning for 6:30 p.m. pick-up, and six ski/snowboard lessons and recreational skiing. A no-lesson option is available to grades 5 to 8 only. Adult and high school chaperones are still needed. Call the Recreation office at 1-978-369-9815 or register online at

Ahmad Yasin cooking demonstration January 6

Ahmad Yasin will share fresh cooking tips at the Gleason Public Library (GPL) on Tuesday, January 6, from 7 to 8 p.m. Yasin is the owner/chef of Yasin Culinary and brings decades of cooking experience, a love for food and gatherings about food, and numerous awards and reviews of distinction.

Reserve your spot by calling the GPL reference desk at 1-978-369-4898. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and is part of the Cover to Cover Community Read and month of events in January 2009.

Moonlight walk at Cranberry Bog January 10

The Carlisle Trails Committee will be holding its annual winter walk under a full moon on Saturday, January 10. Meet at the Cranberry Bog house on Curve Street at 7 p.m. We will walk the bog in Carlisle and into Chelmsford. Snow conditions permitting, cross country skis or snowshoes may be appropriate. Bring a flashlight. Refreshments will be provided after the walk. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

CCYB registration is now open

Register now for the Spring season of Concord-Carlisle Youth Baseball and Softball (CCYB). There will also be winter baseball clinics with limited enrollment with CCHS varsity coach John Kelly. Interested students and their parents should visit for details.

Reserve by January 20 to cruise Europe

Call Joanne Willens if you are a senior interested in a riverboat cruise in Holland and Belgium. Deposits must be in before January 20, 2009. The 12-day trip leaves Boston March 27. Prices start at $3,100, which include airfare, port charges, government fees, all meals and 11 sightseeing tours.

Carols on the Green Christmas Eve

The annual Christmas Eve carol singing on the Town Common will be held Wednesday evening, December 24. All young, old or in-between instrumentalists are encouraged to gather in front of the First Religious Society at 6:15 p.m. ready to play. Dress warmly, bring your music stand and share your talent with appreciative singers from all over town. For further information or if you would like to practice the music beforehand, call 1-978-369-5893.

COA doings

• Podiatry Clinic: On January 6, Dr. Ayleen Gregorian will be seeing patients starting at 9 a.m. in the Sleeper Room in Village Court. Call the Council on Aging (COA) office at 1-978-371-2895 to make an appointment. The cost is $15 cash or check payable to Friends of Carlisle COA (FOCOA), payable on the day of the clinic. This clinic is made possible in part by the FOCOA and a grant from the Timothy Wheeler House of Concord.

• Robbins Brook lunch: The next monthly luncheon will be held at the Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 School Street, on January 7 at noon. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by January 2 to reserve your place. This lunch is limited to 35 people.

• Sleeping Beauty: The COA has 20 tickets to the Boston Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty on April 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $63 apiece and must be purchased by February 1. There will be a ballet seminar in April prior to the performance taught by former ballet performer and instructor Barbara Howell. Carlisle residents have first choice during the first two weeks in January. If eight or more are interested, the COA van is available for $10 per person.

• Minuteman Technical High School luncheon: Come to Minuteman Tech, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington on January 13 at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 plus gratuity, payable at the luncheon. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 by January 8 to reserve your place. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 if you need a ride.

Discovery Museum vacation programs

• December 26: Duplo Extravanganza, 10 a.m., Children’s Discovery. Build tall towers with our large collection of Duplo blocks.

• December 26: LEGO Challenge, 1 to 3 p.m., Science Discovery. Castles, spaceships, bridges and more. Participate in the LEGO design challenges.

• December 29: Bessie Bash, 10 a.m., Children’s Discovery. Come meet Bessie, the dinosaur mascot of The Discovery Museums. She loves to give high-fives and hugs. Come dig in our mock paleontology site and search for dinosaur bones.

• December 30: Pooh Party, 10 a.m. at Children’s Discovery. Everybody loves Winnie the Pooh. Have a party with books, activities and a special visit from Winnie the Pooh. Remember to bring your camera.

• December 30: Get the Big (Little) Picture, 1 to 3 p.m., Science Discovery. Investigate common man-made and natural objects through our jeweler’s loupes or computer microscope, and get creative with your new perspective.

• December 31: Shake, Rattle and Roll into 2009, 10 a.m., Children’s Discovery. Create a fun confetti sound shaker and a sparkling crown to ring in the New Year.

For a complete listing of all Discovery Museums programs, visit

FOPAC Mikado auditions January 17

Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord (FOPAC) announces auditions for lead roles in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado on Saturday, January 17, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, January 18, at 7 p.m. at 51 Walden Street in Concord. Performances will be March 14 and 15, at 51 Walden Street in Concord Center.

The Mikado will be semi-staged and performed with full orchestra and chorus, and full costuming for leads.

Prepare an aria or song, preferably from The Mikado. If not singing from The Mikado, bring an extra copy of the music for the director. A rehearsal schedule will be available at auditions.

Chorus participation is open to all without audition. Come to one of the audition dates to register. For further information, call 1-978-369-7911. Information about FOPAC is available at

Cover to Cover event schedule

• January 6, 7 p.m.: Middle Eastern Cuisine: Demonstration with Ahmad Yasim.

• January 14, 1:30 to 3 p.m.: Southeast Asian Cuisine: Demonstration with E. Sok Woodward.

• January 14, 7 p.m.: Open Book Group with guest leader Ann Rosas for an informal gathering and discussion of The Post American World.

• January 16, 10:30 a.m.: Open Book Group with guest leader Marilyn Harte for an informal gathering and discussion of The Post American World.

• January 22, 7 p.m.: Community Panel Conversation, led by Glen Urban.

• January 23, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Music in the library: Folk instrumentals with Michael Kerry.

• January 30, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Music in the library: Indian instrumentals with Girija Ramapriya.

• January 31: Friends of the Gleason Public Library Annual Potluck Supper.

All of the events are sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library, unless otherwise noted, they will be held at the Gleason Public Library. Registration will be required for the cooking demonstrations and can be made by calling 1-978-369-4898. To learn more, or to participate online, visit

Westford Messiah sing December 21

A Community Messiah sing will be held at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden, Concord, on December 21 at 1:30 p.m. Soloists are Sarah Telford, soprano; Jacque Wilson, alto; Craig Hanson, tenor and Jeramie Hammond, bass. Admission is $15, $10 for seniors and students. Scores will be available to borrow. For more information, call 1-978-369-7911 or visit

December 31 deadline to register Democrat for January caucus

Any Carlisle resident who wishes to participate in the annual Democratic caucus scheduled for early 2009 must register as a Democrat with the town clerk by December 31, 2008. The Carlisle Democratic Committee caucus will elect delegates to the Democratic State Convention (June 6, 2009) in Springfield. All Carlisle Democrats are welcome to participate in the caucus and to run for delegate to the convention. For more information, contact Susan Stamps, committee chair, at 1-978-369-8462 or

CCTV Channel 9 highlights

Regional School Committee: December 19, 8 a.m.; December 20, 8 p.m.; December 21, noon; December 22, 4 p.m.; December 23, 8 a.m.; December 25, noon; December 26, 8 a.m.

Selectmen: December 20, noon; December 21, 8 a.m.; December 23, 7 p.m.; December 24, noon; December 25, 4 p.m.

School Building Committee: December 20, 4 p.m.; December 22, 10 a.m.; December 25, 8 p.m.; December 26, 10 a.m.

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