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Friday, November 20, 2009

Thanksgiving Eve ecumenical service

All are welcome to the 40th annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service. It will be held on Wednesday, November 25, 7:30 p.m. at The First Religious Society (FRS), overlooking the Green. The well-established tradition alternates between St. Irene and the First Religious Society, with the guest clergy preaching. A combined choir from these two churches will sing, rehearsing at 6:45 p.m. under the direction of Marguerite Shaw, Minister of Music at FRS. An offering will be received for the Open Pantry in Lowell.

FOGPL annual meeting on December 5

Join the Friends of Gleason Public Library for their annual meeting on Saturday, December 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library. The Friends will conduct a business meeting from 1 to 1:30 p.m. (all are welcome) followed by a talk by Gillian Gill, author of We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals. Critically acclaimed biographer Gillian Gill is known for crafting incisive, ground-breaking and eminently readable portraits of powerful women throughout history. RSVP by calling 1-978-369-4898 or stop by the Gleason Library Reference Desk. The limit is two people per reservation.

CCHS powderpuff football November 24

The CCHS powderpuff football game will be played under the lights on Tuesday, November 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the CCHS football field. This game will pit the junior girls against the senior girls and is sponsored by the CCHS student senate and coached by the junior and senior boys. The charge is $3 for those without student or teacher ID.

Holiday Greens Sale and Craft Fair, Dec. 5

The First Religious Society in Carlisle (27 School Street), will hold its annual Holiday Greens Sale and Craft Fair on Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Preparations are underway for a festive occasion this year with the church hall glorious with the aroma of fresh greens and colorful, decorated boxwood. Artfully decorated wreaths will be hanging 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 your holiday giving, along with undecorated wreaths, lovely bows and kits for Gingerbread Houses. There will be crafts for sale and a Holiday Cafe as well. Admission free. Handicapped access. (Questions: call 1-978-369-5180.)

Thanksgiving potluck

Come for a coordinated potluck dinner on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, at 2 p.m. in Union Hall, 27 School Street. The cost will be $5 for adults, $2 for children.

Sign up for the food you will contribute to the traditional holiday dinner (turkey, vegetarian entrée, potatoes and dressing, green vegetable, yellow vegetable, salad, rolls and dessert) at 1-978-369-5180 by November 23. Bring your own wine.

Bill Koch Ski League returns to Carlisle

Parents and their children ages 5-13 interested in cross-country skiing are invited to attend a meeting of the Bill Koch Ski League on Saturday, December 5, at 9 a.m. at Great Brook Ski Touring Center, 1018 Lowell Street. The Bill Koch Ski League offers children the opportunity to learn skills for cross-country skiing, to have fun participating in skiing games and activities and to compete in races if they choose. The emphasis is on having fun, while also providing winter exercise and a love for this life-long sport. The group plans to meet (regardless of snow cover) Saturday mornings from 9 to 10:30 a.m. All abilities are welcome. Parents who are cross-country skiers are needed as volunteer leaders. Contact Stuart Johnstone at 1-978-369-9706 for further information.

Outdoor adult coed pickup soccer

November is here, and everyone is invited to come out and participate in the Adult Coed Pickup Soccer League’s annual Saturday-after-Thanksgiving game. The game will be played on Saturday, November 28, at Spalding Field, from 2 to 4 p.m. This is a reunion of sorts for past and present Carlisleans, and past and present soccer players. All skill levels (high school age and up) are encouraged to come; the game is coed; teams are informally selected. Bring both a dark shirt and a white shirt and come out for some fun exercise. Any questions, call Scott Forsberg at 1-978-369-1631.

Trails Committee post-Thanksgiving walk

The public is invited to join the Carlisle Trails Committee for a post-Thanksgiving walk in Great Brook Farm State Park and the aptly named Thanksgiving Forest in Chelmsford. Here’s your chance to get some fresh air and work off some of that turkey and stuffing. The walk is about 3.5 miles and will take 2.5 hours with stops to see the natural and historical sites along the way. Meet at the main State Park parking lot by the pond at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 27. There will be refreshments at the end. Heavy rain cancels the trip. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680 or

Compassionate care presentation at Concord Park

Concord Park, a senior community offering independent and assisted living, as well as state-of-the-art Alzheimer’s care, invites the public to a presentation entitled, “Coping with Grief through the Holidays” on Wednesday, December 2 at 5 p.m. This program is offered by Compassionate Care. Please RSVP by November 30. Concord Park is located in the heart of West Concord Village at 68 Commonwealth Avenue. For more information, call 1-978-369-4728 or visit

Pianist performs holiday songs at Concord Park

Concord Park invites the public to a performance by Classical Pianist Rick Scalise, who will play a variety of holiday songs on Sunday, December 13 at 2 p.m. Concord Park is located in the heart of West Concord Village at 68 Commonwealth Avenue. For more information, call 1-978-369-4728 or visit

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

Exercise classes: The cardio-boost class, taught by Karrie Stang, meets Thursdays at 10:45 a.m. at the Congregational Church on School Street. This class gives seniors a heart-healthy aerobic workout at a faster pace than the fitness class. The fee is $40 for one class per week. The fitness class, also taught by Karrie Stang, meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 a.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. The fee is $40 for one class per week and $60 for 2 classes per week. Line-dancing, taught by Katrina Rotondi, meets on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at FRS Union Hall. The winter session costs $40. To sign up for any of these classes, all of which are 12 weeks (December through February), call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895, make checks payable to the Friends of COA and mail to the COA at 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741, Attn. Director.

Robbins Brook lunch: The next monthly luncheon sponsored by Minuteman Senior Services and the Inn at Robbins Brook will be held at the Congregational Church at noon on Wednesday, December 2. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by noon on November 20.

Elliot Lilien Handel lectures: Elliot Lilien continues to share the life and music of Handel on December 2 and 9, at St. Irene Hall. This program is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Call the Reference Desk at the library at 1-978-369-4898 to register. This program is sponsored by the FOGPL and the Friends of the COA Lee Milliken Fund.

Monthly coffee: On Thursday, December 3, come have breakfast at 9 a.m. in the Sleeper Room at Village Court hosted by Tom and Karen Dunkers and Jim and Betty Elgin. No fees and no reservations, but good food and conversation. Call the van line if you need a ride. A free blood pressure clinic will be held between 9:15 and 10:15 a.m.

Carlisle School Association doings

• Annual CSA ice skating party: Enjoy the day off from school on Wednesday, December 16 by attending the annual ice skating party from 10 a.m. until noon.  Held at the skating rink at Middlesex School on Lowell Street in Concord, this event has become a tradition for Carlislians of all ages. Bring your skates (no rentals on site), helmets, a signed waiver form (at and $5 admission fee, to gain entry to Carlisle’s hottest party on ice. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For additional information, contact Gail Bernardin at 1-978-318-6972.

• Save your receipts: The “Register Tapes for Education” program allows us to trade receipts from Donelan’s Supermarket in Acton and Littleton and Crosby’s Marketplace in Concord, for needed school items such as art supplies, networking and computer equipment, at no cost to you!  In the past, this program funded supplies to the Art, Music, Playground, Math, Science and Language Arts departments with an average value in excess of $1,500 each year, free. We are collecting register receipts in a drop box in the school library, so deposit your receipts dated between September 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010. If you have any questions or would like to be part of the group that helps tally up, in April, contact Kevin at or 1-978-369-7206.

• CSA board meeting: The monthly board meeting will be on Tuesday, December 15, at 9 a.m., in the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public Schools. All are invited to attend. We review various volunteer activities, fundraising events and plan activities that will serve the teachers, administrators, parents and ultimately, the children of the school. Additional information about the CSA may be found at its website

Learn to Ice Skate program begins

The popular Learn to Ice Skate, presented by Concord Carlisle Youth Hockey, will be held every Saturday at 11:20 a.m. at Valley Sports (rink 2), Route 62, West Concord for one hour. The program will begin December 5 and run through the end of February. Cost is $135. Your child will learn how to skate forward, backward, crossover, accelerate, turn using their edges and stop on ice skates. Coaches are certified by USA hockey. This program is the perfect beginner ice skating programs for kids ages four to 11. Sign up at today. Registration is limited.

If you have any questions, contact TJ Umina at or Mike Moore at

Get answers about food allergies

Bring your questions about food allergy symptoms and treatment, and how to stay healthy and safe with food allergies, asthma or other allergies, to the Nashoba Valley Asthma & Allergy Educational Support Group on Monday, November 30, at 7 p.m. at the Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer. There is no charge to attend and pre-registration is not required.

Speaker Dr. Scott is a board-certified allergist in Leominster and at Children’s Hospital, Boston. For information, call 1-781-444-7778 or visit

Food for Thought tonight

“Life in the Balance: Food for Thought,” will be held on Friday, November 20, 7 p.m., at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, Walden Street, Concord. This forum will explore food issues and discuss ways to effect change at home, in our towns, regionally and nationally. The featured speaker is Brian Donahue (American Environmental Studies, Brandeis University), along with Willow Blish (Slow Food Boston), Jim Catterton (Concord Agriculture Committee), Jen Hashley (Tufts University New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Pete & Jen’s Backyard Birds), and Charlotte Vallaeys (Farm & Food Policy Analyst, Cornucopia Institute). “Food for Thought” is free and open to all.

The Life in the Balance series is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle, ConcordCAN (Concord Climate Action Network), Carlisle Climate Action and Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education. For more information, visit, email Green Initiatives@lwvcc.cOln or call 1-978-369-3842.]

“A Dedication to Craft” at Concord Museum

In a historic collaboration, the Concord Museum and Boston’s North Bennet Street School are celebrating the renowned North End school’s 125th anniversary with a juried exhibition of the work of fifty-nine distinguished alumni from ten states across the country. Included in the special exhibition, “A Dedication to Craft: North Bennet Street School @ 125”, are over sixty examples of furniture, jewelry, musical instruments and bookbindings, as well as illustrations of the work of the preservation carpentry, carpentry and locksmithing programs.  

“A Dedication to Craft” is included, free, with Museum admission and is on view from November 13, through March 21, 2010. Hands-on activities are incorporated into the galleries to enhance learning for adults and children. The Concord Museum is located in historic Concord, Massachusetts at the intersection of Lexington Road and Cambridge Turnpike. The Museum is wheelchair accessible and has ample free parking on Cambridge Turnpike.

Set sail with Savoyard’s Pirates of Penzance

The Savoyard Light Opera Company presents The Pirates of Penzance, the classic Gilbert & Sullivan masterpiece, through November 22, at the Corey Auditorium.

Ranking among the most popular Gilbert & Sullivan operas, Pirates is awash with infectious tunes and witty dialogue. Gilbert imbued Pirates with mirth and silliness to spare while the opera’s gentle satire is based upon the theme of “Doing One’s Duty,” carried to extremes.

As always, this Savoyard Light Opera Company production will feature a full orchestra, original scenery and professional lighting. The music director is Steve Malionek, with stage direction by Donna DeWitt and choreography by Jay Newlon. Performances will be Friday, November 20, and Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, November 22 at 2 p.m., at the Corey Auditorium on Church Street. Ticket prices for all performances are $24 for adults, $22 for seniors and students and $16 for children (12 and under). For tickets, call 1-978-371-SLOC (7562) or visit the website at

Julie Silver to perform in Chelmsford

Julie Silver, one of the most celebrated performers in the world of contemporary Jewish music today, will be performing a concert for all ages at Congregation Shalom, 87 Richardson Road in Chelmsford, on Sunday, December 6, at 4 p.m. With her musical gift of simplicity and beauty and her endearing style, she touches the hearts of audiences of all ages everywhere. Tickets for this event are $10 for an individual ticket, or $18 for a family.

For additional details about Julie Silver, visit For more information or directions to Congregation Shalom, see or call 1-978-251-8091.

Lowell holiday weekends

Come to Lowell the first two weekends in December for “Holiday Open Studios” from noon to 5 p.m. With hundreds of items to choose from, visiting Western Ave. Studios, 122 Western Avenue, in Lowell, is a unique holiday shopping experience. Visit over 200 artists in their working studios, all under one roof. Enjoy a café where you can take a break with a coffee or lunch. Admission and parking are always free at Western Ave.

Western Avenue is also home to the Revolving Museum, The Miracle Providers Network of New England, The Space, the Jericho Road Project and the Inner City Entrepreneurs.  Open Studios take place on the first Saturday of each month, from noon to 5 p.m. and provides an opportunity for the public to visit with this unique community of artists.

For more information, call 1-978-349-8069 or visit

PCA family barn dance

Come to the Parish Center for the Arts (PCA), corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street, Westford Common for a family barn dance on Sunday, December 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. Jacob Bloom is calling and Oh, CONTRAire! provides live music. Bring the kids. No experience required; all dances taught.

The cost is adults $5, kids $3, maximum $12 per family; group rates are available. For more information, call 1-978-692-6333, email or visit

Democratic contenders to meet in Lincoln

The Democratic contenders for the open Massachusetts U.S. Senatorial

seat will participate in a public forum in Lincoln Saturday, November 21 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The candidates will answer questions submitted from the audience and will discuss their reasons for running for this seat. Rep. Michael Capuano, Alan Khazei and Steve Pagliuca have indicated their intention to attend.

The Third Middlesex Senatorial District Democrats, the Fourth Middlesex Senatorial District Democrats and the Greater Lowell Area Democrats are sponsoring the forum, hosted by the Lincoln Democratic Committee.

The event may be the last public forum for the candidates in the Metro West area before the Tuesday, Dec. 8 primary. Written questions will be submitted by audience members, including students from the Lincoln schools. The candidates will have the opportunity to give a closing statement. Joe Mullin, from Weston, will moderate.

The event will be held at the Lincoln school’s Donaldson auditorium, Brooks building, 6 Ballfield Road, Lincoln. Ballfield Road is off Lincoln Road, between the Town Hall and the railroad station. The doors open at 12:30 p.m., seating and introductions at 12:45 p.m. For further information contact Laura Berland at, Tom Larkin at or Judy Pappo at

Help us fill these pages

Each week, we try to tell the stories of the interesting people, places and events of our town. If you would like to help write these stories or to coordinate and edit them as feature editor, let us know. Writing skills, but not editing experience, are needed. The hours are flexible and both writing and editing positions are paid.

If you’re interested, feel free to stop by the office at 662A Bedford Road on a Wednesday at noon for a brown bag lunch, or contact the office at or 1-978-369-8313.

November 30 seasonal flu clinic

Emerson Hospital’s home care department will offer a seasonal flu clinic on Monday, November 30, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center in Concord (1276 Main Street). The clinic is intended for area residents age 60 and older and those over the age of 18 who are at high risk of complication from seasonal influenza (i.e., those with chronic medical conditions). There will be no H1N1 vaccine available at the clinic. The supply is limited and will be dispensed on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost of the administration of the vaccine is $25 unless you have Medicare or a senior health plan. Medicare holders and those with a senior health plan should bring their cards. For more information, call 1-978-287-8345.

New fuel assistance guidelines

The gross annual income guidelines for both the State and the Salvation Army Fuel Assistance Programs have been set 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 $29,126; household of two up to $38,087; household of three up to $47,049, household of four up to $56,011. For the Salvation Army Good Neighbor Fund, the maximum gross annual income criteria for a household of one is $38,834; for two, $50,783; for three, $62,732; for four, $74,681. For larger families, call the COA for more details. Fuel assistance is open to all families. Additional support may also be available from other sources depending on other criteria.

LIHEAP applications can be submitted now, Salvation Army applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2010. Contact the Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895 to set up a confidential appointment or for more details.

Hunting season dates

Massachusetts Wildlife lists the following dates for deer hunting in Carlisle. It is illegal to hunt in Carlisle except on one’s own property or on private property with written permission of the property owner on one’s person.

Archery: October 12 - November 21

Shot gun: November 30 - December 12

Primitive firearm: December 14 - December 31 (black powder)

Separate hunting seasons are listed for crow, pheasant, ruffed grouse, wild turkey, bobcat, coyote, fox, jack rabbit, opossum, raccoon, snowshoe hare, bull frogs, green frogs and snapping turtle (January 1 to December 31) and are also in effect and may be obtained at the Police Station or from the Town Clerk. Hunting dates for migratory birds are also available from police and the Town Clerk.

Residents who go into the woods during the fall hunting season are reminded to wear red or other highly visible colors whether they are hunting or not.

CCYL sign-ups

Concord-Carlisle Youth Lacrosse registration for the spring is now open for boys 1st through 8th grade and girls 3rd through 8th grade travel teams. Visit the website to register or for more information. Registration is open until January 16, 2010. There will be a late charge after that date.

Where in Carlisle?

The piece of old machinery in the photo on page 3 is located along the Two Rod Road trail.

Parents’ tour of Oak Meadow Montessori School

An Admission Parent Group Tour will be given at Oak Meadow Montessori School, 2 Old Pickard Lane in Littleton. on Monday, December 7, from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Prospective parents for the 2010-2011 school year will be presented with an overview of the fundamental principles of the Montessori Method as well as the philosophy of Oak Meadow Montessori School. While touring the school, visitors will have the opportunity to observe students in their classrooms, as well as meet members of the faculty.

Oak Meadow is a non-profit Montessori school that provides an interdisciplinary and academic curriculum for students from preschool through grade eight. For more information, visit, call 1-978-486-9874 x226 or email:

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