Holiday concert at FRS
Celebrate the musical traditions of Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa at the Winter Holidays Concert at the First Religious Society. The concert this year is at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 6. There will be inspiring choral music, solos by youth and adults, music by the handbell choir, instrumental offerings, and audience sing-alongs of well-loved carols. A reception will follow in Union Hall. The building is fully handicapped-accessible, and parking is available in the school lot.
Christmas on the Common, December 8
Santa Claus’ North Pole Scheduling Office has confirmed that he will be attending Christmas on the Common on Tuesday, December 8. The annual event begins at 6 p.m. with the singing of traditional Christmas carols followed by the annual tree lighting ceremony. The pulling of the big switch to turn on the hundreds of lights has become part of the annual event. After Santa arrives with his Carlisle Elves, participants will file into Union Hall to meet Santa and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. For more information or questions contact Larry Bearfield 617.584.5001 or Larry@FernsCountryStore.com
Historical Society open house, December 6
The Carlisle Historical Society will celebrate the holiday season with an Open House on Sunday, December 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Heald House, 698 Concord Street. Come view the Society’s collection of artifacts from Carlisle’s history, as well as the Civil War collection described in the North Bridge Fall/Winter magazine and in Dr. Paul Carpenter’s talk at the Society’s annual meeting. Holiday refreshments will be served. There is no admission charge.
The Historical Society will also have a table at the Greens Sale at the First Religious Society on Saturday, December 5, from 10 to 2 p.m. Available for holiday gift purchasing will be books on Carlisle’s history, ornaments, and the Sampler Book and notecards created this year by the Mayflower Sampler Club after their visit to Heald House.
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 noontime at the skating rink at Middlesex School on Lowell Street in Concord. Bring your skates, helmets, a signed waiver form (found at http://www.carlisleschoolassociation.org/activities/iceskating.html), and $5 admission fee. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For additional information, contact Gail Bernardin 1-978-318-6972.
Citrus sale to benefit Carlisle Band and Choir
Place your order today for juicy, fresh citrus fruit shipped directly from Florida. Proceeds from the sale will be used for travel expenses to competitions and performances, new music, sound equipment and more.
There are many ways to order: order directly from Concert Band or Middle School Choir students; order at the Transfer Station on December 5; visit the fruit table at one of the upcoming ensemble concerts on December 8 and 10; or place your order online by visiting www.doorstepdirect.org <http://www.doorstepdirect.org/> (use code MA11176). Fruit ordered by December 11 will be delivered to your doorstep before the holidays. For more information call Seema Peterson at 1-978-369-3288.
FNL is tonight
Friday Night Live (FNL) is tonight. Come and join your friends 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 $6. For information call Ray Jiménez at 1-978-369-4703.
Christmas Day dinner
Come for a coordinated pot-luck dinner on Christmas Day at 4 p.m. in Union Hall, 27 School Street. Bring your own wine. Call 1-978-369-5180 by December 22 to sign up for the food you will contribute to the holiday dinner and whether you’ll help with set up or clean up.
Conscom seeks a new member
The Conservation Commission will have one opening on its seven-member board. The board has two major areas of responsibility which include administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and protection of the town’s natural resources. The commission also manages the town’s conservation land, undertakes conservation planning and land acquisition, oversees operation of the cranberry bog, presents an annual conservationist award, and helps provide environmental education in the community.
The commission is particularly interested in people with a legal, agricultual, geological or other earth sciences background. The commission is seeking a member who is willing to volunteer on behalf of the town. Those who have an interest in conservation and environmental issues, and are willing to actively work in resource protection will be considered.
If you would be interested in serving on the Conservation Commission, please send a brief resume and cover letter immediately to both the Conservation Commission, and to the Carlisle Board of Selectmen which is the appointing authority, addressed to the Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle. If you have any questions, call the conservation office at 1-978-369-0336 Monday through Thursday.
CSA board meeting
The Carlisle School Association (CSA) will hold its monthly board meeting on Tuesday, December 15, at 9 a.m. in the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public Schools. All are invited to attend. They will 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: www.carlisleschoolassociation.org.
Construction-themed story time
In keeping with the construction project happening at the Gleason Public Library, young aspiring contractors and engineers are invited to sign up for a special construction-themed story time that will take place at the library on Thursday, December 10, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. There will be special stories, an overview of the project from one of the project managers, and construction crafts. Sign-ups are limited to children ages three to six and, because our space is limited due to the construction, the numbers of sign-ups is limited as well. Stop by the children’s desk or call 1-978-369-4898 to sign up
CCHS MEFA talk
Parents and students are invited to attend MEFA’s free comprehensive presentation on College Financing. The seminar will be held at Concord-Carlisle High School on Tuesday, December 8, at 7 p.m.
What does childhood depression look like?
To learn more about childhood depression, come to a panel of experts for K-12 parents on Thursday, December 10, at 7 p.m. in the CCHS auditorium. Learn the signs, symptoms, and manifestations of depression, as well as what is available at school and in the community. Speakers include Alcott Elementary School Psychologist Laura Driscoll, CCHS School Adjustment Counselor Kelli Kirshtein, CCHS School Nurse Christine Debruzzi, and Bart Wendell, Clinical Psychologist and Consultant to the clinical staff at CCHS. The panel will be moderated by Peter Badalament, CCHS Principal.
Bring in the holidays at student/alumni cabaret
Families, friends, and performers at the Concord-Carlisle High School will gather for the first annual Holiday Community Cabaret in the cafeteria on Friday, December 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. It’s an opportunity for alumni and existing students to share their performing talents with the community and a chance for alumni coming home for the holidays to share music and memories with old friends.
The event will present a variety of acts, past and present. Alumni from Forever Plaid, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Evita and other musicals or dramas should zap an email to the attention of Claudia Nimar at firstname.lastname@example.org. Current students interested in performing should sign up now outside the drama and choir department office.
The cabaret will feature desserts and beverages, as well as a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $10. All proceeds will benefit the CCPOPS program, a non-profit organization supporting the performing arts at the high school. If you have a child that benefits from CCPOPS funding, volunteer to support one of the committees delivering the event by contacting Jane Innamorati at email@example.com.
Adoption Learn & Play will meet next on Wednesday, December 16, from 10-11:30 a.m. at First Connections in Concord. The topic of discussion will be “Creating Family Traditions.” There is no fee to attend, and childcare will be provided if needed. Appropriate for families who have adopted children age 0-5. For more information, contact 1-978-287-0221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chanukah Carnival and silent auction
The fifth annual ChanuKarnival and Silent Auction will take place this year on the second day of Chanukah, Sunday, December 13, from 1:30 till 5 p.m. This year’s event will be held at The Fenn School, 516 Monument Street, Concord. Admission fee of $7 a person includes game booths, face painting, crafts project, magic show by Boston’s Peter O’Malley and more. There are more than 80 items to bid on. Hot dogs, snacks, and drinks, etc. will be available for purchase. Everyone is welcome. In case of very inclement weather, call to inquire if the carnival is being postponed to the Sunday after. For more details, visit www.ActonConcordChabad.org. If you would like more information, call 1-978-929-2513.
Human Rights Breakfast
The Annual Human Rights Day Breakfast, given by the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council, will feature Concord Police Chief Len Wetherbee as speaker on Monday, December 7, at 7:30 a.m. at First Parish Church on Lexington Road. He has been a catalyst for change, promoting sensitivity training, community policing, domestic violence prevention, as well as Communities for Restorative Justice.
CCYB registration open
Concord-Carlisle Youth Baseball and Softball is registering until late February for Spring 2010 season and winter clinics. It is open to all players from grade K thru age 15+. To register, go to www.ccyb.org. Visit the web site for spring season registration and additional descriptions and information regarding winter clinics and all programs offered by CCYB.