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Friday, January 22, 2010

Dodge Ball tournament tonight

The Carlisle Youth Commission announces the first Middle School Dodge Ball tournament of the year on Friday, January 22, at 7 p.m. at the Carlisle Public School Corey Gym.

Teams will consist of six students and may be mixed. Sign-up sheets will be posted at school. Prizes will be awarded for several categories including best team name and most original uniforms.Admission is $5. Refreshments will be free. For more information, please contact Ray Jiménez at 1-978-369-4703 or by email at, or contact any member of the CYC.

Republicans to hold Town Caucus

The Carlisle Republican Town Committee will caucus on Monday, February 1, to elect delegates to the 2010 Republican State Convention. The caucus will be held at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library.

The Republican State Convention will be held in Worcester at the DCU Center on April 17. Thousands of delegates and guests from across Massachusetts will be there. At the convention, they will nominate candidates for statewide office, hold training programs for activists and share views and insights on state and national issues.

All interested town residents are invited to attend. Any registered Republican as of December 1, 2009 who is a resident of Carlisle is eligible to be a delegate. Delegates are elected by the town committee members at the caucus.

For more information, contact James Bohn, Chairman, Carlisle Republican Town Committee, at 1-978-371-9593 or at

“Literacy Matters” book drive January 23

Carlisle students Tony and Sam Brigiotta will be collecting book donations at the Transfer Station on Saturday, January 23, from 10 a.m. to noon for the Volunteers of America “Literacy Matters” book drive. Items needed include books and periodicals for boys 12+ and girls 18+ in the following categories: science fiction, drama, non-fiction, biographies, nature, history, poetry and graphic novels. For more information or to schedule a pick-up, email Patricia Brigiotta at or call 1-978-505-2370.

Fishing group to meet

Local anglers from Concord and Carlisle will gather on Tuesday, January 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Union Hall for a series of presentations and interactive discussions sure to delight novice and experienced anglers alike.

There will be a brief business meeting followed by two presentations. First, “From ‘Combat’ Fishing in Alaska to the Ultimate Fly In Week” by Glen Urban followed by “Fly Fishing the Millers River: a Rare Blue Ribbon Trout Stream in Massachusetts” plus “Shoot-Out On the Pemi River in NH: A Duel between Spinning Gear and Fly Rodder” by Scott Evans.

Years ago the Millers River was the number one trout stream in Massachusetts favored by famed baseball legend, Ted Williams. The Millers River is 44 miles long with over 50 tributaries. Where to fish, how to fish, what you can catch will be discussed. Attendees will be encouraged to share their recent fishing experiences and techniques which they have found successful for various species.

Anyone interested in or just curious about fishing is encouraged to attend. For more information call Steve Kirk at 1-978-371-0176 or email A $2 donation is requested.

Summer fun is coming in February

  Take a break from the cold New England weather and think summer. Concord-Carlisle High School’s 29th Annual Summer Opportunities Fair will be held on Monday, February 1, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (snow date is February 2) in the CCHS cafeteria. This event provides parents and students from grades K-12 the means to explore some exciting alternatives to the usual summer activities, and brings together representatives from approximately 90 organizations to present summer opportunities held locally, nationally and abroad. Exhibitors will be present to display information on wilderness adventures, educational and enrichment opportunities, foreign language, and student exchange programs and volunteer opportunities, as well as traditional, sports and special-needs camps.  This event is sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle High School Parents’ Association and admission is free.

Trails Committee to lead moonlight walk

On Saturday, January 30, at 7 p.m., the Trails Committee will lead a public walk/cross-country ski/snowshoe under the full moon starting from the Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road. A shorter and a longer version of the walk will be available. One group will ski through Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge to Greenough Pond and back if conditions are good. Children are welcome but dogs are not allowed in the Refuge part of the walk. Dress for the winter weather and bring a flashlight. Refreshments will be served afterwards. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680 or

Need community service credits?

The Friends of Gleason Public Library need two high school students to help with their annual potluck supper on Saturday, February 6 from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. The work entails directing people in parking their cars, passing food around and helping clean up. If you are interested, call Verna Gilbert at 1-978-369-9278.

Carlislean teaches beginning Chinese

Yih-Ping R. Chang  will be teaching a course focusing on vocabulary and basic expressions for conversation. Its goal is to help participants understand simple Chinese, to speak everyday sentences and to learn about Chinese life and culture. Students will be able to master about 300 basic conversational sentences, and carry on simple conversation in Chinese. Mr. Chang is an educator, artist, Feng shui consultant and Registered Architect. He was educated/trained at FengChia College, M.I.T. and the University of Pennsylvania.

This course is offered by Concord-Carlisle Community Education and will be held at CCHS from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on 10 Thursdays, January 28 thru April. Course listings can be viewed, and online enrollment is available, at or by calling 1-978-318-1540.

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FOGPL community potluck supper on February 6

Come to the Friends of Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) annual community potluck supper on Saturday, February 6, at 6 p.m. at the home of Barney Arnold and Michael Ansara at 225 Lowell Street. RSVP by contacting Verna Gilbert by February 1 at 1-978-369-9278 or Let her know if you will be bringing an appetizer, salad, entrée or dessert, for eight. Also let her know if you are bringing wine. This event is for adults only.

Divorce support group for men and women

Are you looking for a peer-support group for men and women who are thinking of separating or are going through the divorce process? Join the Metro West Divorce Support Group which meets every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. downstairs at the South Acton Congregational Church, 35 School Street (off Route 27 near the bridge and traffic light). This informal group has helped many people during its 25 year history. For more information, call Brian at 1-978-369-7346.

LSC wants to hear from Foss Farm farmers

The Land Stewardship Committee (LSC), a subcommittee of the Carlisle Conservation Commission, is in the process of reviewing the current rules for gardening at the community gardens on the Foss Farm Conservation Land, Bedford Road, Carlisle. The LSC is seeking assistance from individuals with community gardening experience, familiar with existing conditions and who may have ideas for improvement. A general meeting will be held on February 2, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, to review current garden rules, examine those of other towns and discuss what, if any, revisions should be proposed to the Conservation Commission. A public hearing will be held before the Conservation Commission on February 11, 2010 at 8 p.m. for approval of any changes.

If you are interested and able to attend the meeting of February 2, email LSC member Lynn Knight at to let her know you plan to attend.

Caroline Hill Scholarships available

Applications for the Caroline Hill Scholarship awards are available to Carlisle’s current high school seniors and college students for continuing post-secondary education including colleges, universities, and vocational schools. These need-based awards typically range from $500 to $2,000. The awards are made in late spring. You may download the application from the Board of Selectmen page at

Hard copies of the applications are available in the CCHS registrar’s office, the Gleason Public Library, or the Selectmen’s office in the Carlisle Town Hall.

Contact Diane Powers, 1-978-369-9191 with any questions.

Raiders electronics recycling challenge

On Saturday, January 30, the Concord Raiders softball program will be in the parking lot at 300 Baker Avenue (the GenRad Building) in Concord from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m., collecting small items like cell phones, computers, TVs and VCRs, and large items like refrigerators and washing machines in the Raider Electronics Recycling Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to help local residents recycle their unused electronics equipment. The Raiders will ask for a small, tax deductible contribution for this service to assist their program’s fund-raising needs. A detailed list can be found at In the event of bad weather, the collection will be postponed by a week to February 6.

“We want to fill a 48-foot trailer with equipment,” said Lisa McGloin, President of the Raiders and the varsity softball coach at Concord-Carlisle High. “We do a lot of fundraisers for our program, but this year we also wanted to give something back. We’ll help people save money and do something positive for the environment.”

The Challenge is a drive-through process for people who wish to make a contribution. Raiders’ players will be on hand to inventory items and unload cars to make drop off fast and easy. The Raiders have teamed with East Coast Recycling, whose business is the safe collection and disposal of computers and all other electronic equipment. East Coast Electronics Recycling maintains a zero-tolerance electronic landfill policy. They dismantle computers and electronic equipment into the component materials so that the plastics and metals are recycled more effectively.

Raiders Softball is a travel softball organization for young women ages 10-19. While based in Concord, five age-appropriate teams consist of players from 24 towns in Middlesex, Essex, Plymouth and Worcester counties. The Raiders offer an athletic venue for young women who are committed to enhancing their character, mental and physical health, sportsmanship and educational opportunities. The ultimate goal of the organization is to facilitate the exposure of the players to college recruiters.

Slam Dunk for San Marcos

The CCHS Boys Basketball team is holding a charity fundraiser for the benefit of the Concord-San Marcos Sister Cities Committee. This volunteer organization encourages peace and mutual understanding, and socioeconomic development in Nicaragua, through programs of cultural exchange and humanitarian assistance between the people of Concord, Carlisle, neighboring towns, and San Marcos, Nicaragua.

Slam Dunk for San Marcos! will be held Friday, February 5, at Concord-Carlisle High School. It is a regularly-scheduled basketball game against Tyngsborough High School, but the proceeds from ticket sales, the concession stand, and a raffle will be donated to the Concord-San Marcos Sister Cities Committee to support its humanitarian activities in San Marcos. The Junior Varsity game tips off at 5:30 and the Varsity game at 7 p.m.

Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and children. The team is also selling tickets for raffle prizes. Contact any member of the Varsity, Junior Varsity or freshman boys basketball teams for tickets, or Ed Wholihan at 220 Stone Root Lane, Concord; 1-978-369-1749, or Bob Clarke at 104 Log Hill Road, Carlisle; 1-978-369-5190. If available, tickets will also be sold at the door.

Carlisle Recreation Commission programs

Kindermusik Village

Dates: Mondays

Session I: January 25-March 22 (no class 2/15)

Session II: April 5 – June 7 (no class 4/19 & 5/31)

Time: 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.

Who: Birth to 18 months w/ caregiver

Fee: $99 (8 weeks)

Location: Town Hall

Instructor: Carolyn Cantrell

The Kindermusik Village class provides a delightful environment unlike any other. Through a unique blend of multi-level activities that include creative movement, vocal play, object and instrument exploration, and a colorful literature component, babyies’ growth and development are stimulated and all senses engaged. Kindermusik Village is for lap babies, crawlers and walkers. It incorporates the most current research on early childhood development and provides families a special place for learning and connecting with other parents and babies through music and movement.

Session 1:Cock-a-doodle-Moo! – Hop on the hayride – it’s time to head for the farm! In this class, you will sing songs about the farm, including “Old MacDonald,” “Hayride,” and “Clever Cows.” You’ll engage in rituals and playful activities with your baby, including infant massage, lap bounces, exercise, and quiet time. Required home materials include: a picture board book with charming farm animals and the sounds they make – Cock-a-doodle-Moo, a CD of the songs heard in class, a Sunshine Jingle instrument for music-making at home, and a set of Art Banners for the nursery wall.

Session 2: DewDrops – Stop and smell the roses – and lily of the valley, and tulips, and pansies. In this class, parents and babies will play and move together to songs about flowers, such as “Jasmine Flower,” “How Does Your Garden Grow?,” and “White Coral Bells.” You’ll also hear traditional Irish music, dance a jig and move to the “Irish Trot.” Required home materials include: a CD of beautifully arranged songs from class, a board book of colorful flowers – DewDrops, a set of Art Banners for the nursery wall, and a Flower Bells instrument for music-making at home.

Stott© Pilates

Dates: Wednesdays

Session II: March 3 - April 7

Session III: April 28 - June 2

Time: 4 - 5 p.m.

Who: Ages 16 & up

Fee: $90 (6 weeks)

Location: Carlisle Town Hall

Instructor: Susanne Liebich

Pilates is the safest and most reliable method of strengthening your core abdominal muscles. In turn, the practice aids in improved posture, greater mobility, a longer and leaner torso, and relief of back strain. Stott© Pilates incorporates anatomical principles together with a choreography which utilizes the four spinal positions, ensuring flexibility, agility and core strength.

Nia©: A Blend of Yoga, Dance & Martial Arts

Dates: Wednesdays

Session II: March 3-April 7

Session III: April 28-June 2

Time: 5:00-6:00pm

Who: Ages 16 & up

Fee: $90 (6 Wks)

Location: Carlisle Town Hall

Instructor: Susanne Liebich

The joy of movement is the principle tenet of Nia©. Learn to move with all of your senses while using all the muscles and bones in your body. Bored with conventional exercise? Nia© will challenge your idea of exercise by combining such varied elements as yoga, Alexander Technique©, Aikido, T’ai Chi, Tae Kwan Do, jazz, modern dance and Duncan dance. These disciplines blend into a joyful one hour routine which provides both a strong cardiovascular and muscular workout while simultaneously lifting your spirit.

COA trip to Greece

Come join the Carlisle Seniors on an Italian Lakes and Greek Islands
tour on October 1-12, 2010. See Lago Maggiore, Stresa, Lake Como, Bari.Greek Islands Katakolon, Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Dubrovnik, Venice and much more.

Prices start at $3,099.00 per person. For flyers, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or pick up flyers at Carlisle COA office in Town Hall. Deposits are due now.

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

• Adult talk time: The Gleason Public Library (GPL) and the COA are hosting a weekly drop-in adult talk time at the library, a simple way to stimulate the sharing of ideas at a local venue. This discussion takes place on Tuesdays from 10 – 11 a.m. No registration is needed, just drop in. If you want to lead a group, call the COA at 1-978-371-2895.

• Exercise classes: Call the COA office to find out more about the ongoing cardio-boost class on Thursdays at 10:45 a.m., the fitness class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 a.m., line dancing on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and yoga in Concord on Fridays at 11 a.m.

• Ballroom dancing: Classes continue with instructor Barry Kasven on February 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 2, at 2 p.m. at St. Irene Hall, 187 East Street. All seniors (singles or couples) 60+ are invited. New students are welcome. Wear soft or leather-soled shoes. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 for more information.

• Inn at Robbins Brook lunch: The next monthly lunch will be held at the First Religious Society at noon on Thursday, February 3. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by noon on Monday, February 1, to register. If you need a ride, call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 at least two days in advance. This lunch is sponsored by Minuteman Senior Services, Concord-Carlisle Community Chest and the COA.

• Landscapes of the Middle East: The FCOA Rose Pullara Fund and FOGPL are co-sponsoring three free lectures on the Middle East (Wednesday, February 3, 10, 17 with snow date on February 24) from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Dr. Lawrence Lowenthal will look closely at Israel, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. Register by calling the Gleason Public Library (GPL) at 1-978-369-4898.

• Bridge group: The recently started bridge group will continue on February 3, 10, 18 and 25 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. For more information, contact Gwen Charter at 1-978-369-0325 until February 10; after that contact Dorothy Milne at 1-978-369-1834.

Minuteman Career & Technical High School Open House Jan. 27

There will be an open house for the general public, especially middle school students and their parents, at Minuteman Career & Technical School, 758 Marrett Road in Lexington, on Wednesday, January 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. The snow date is January 28.

Many individuals will be present to answer questions and discuss various aspects of the school, including department heads, administrators, cluster chairs, student ambassadors, guidance counselors, special education representatives and others. Information on clubs, extracurriculars and athletics will also be available. For more information, call 1-781-861-6500 x217 or visit the Minuteman web site at

The Asian-American in America

Paul Watanabe, renowned scholar and author presents a talk entitled, “Is Yellow White or Black? Race in America” on Wednesday, January 27, at 7:30 p.m. in RJ Grey Junior High School Library in Acton.

Over the last two decades, he has researched and informed an international audience about Asian American population centers, their business establishments, and political attitudes. The junior high is located at 16 Charter Road. in the central school campus just west of the intersection of Route 27 (Main Street.) and Route 111 (Massachusetts Ave.) Tickets are available for $10 at the door or at and 1-978-266-0145.

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at GPL

All 5-12th graders are invited to the Gleason Public Library’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Party on Friday, February 12, from 3:30-5 p.m. Activities will include making black duct tape roses, decorating broken heart cookies, and building catapults to fling candy hearts across the room. Pre-register at the Reference Desk. For more information, visit the library’s website at, or email Cassandra, the teen librarian, at

Beginners chess at GPL

On Wednesday, February 10, at 7 p,m,, in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Public Library, Glenn Davison will lead a fun introduction to chess for beginners of all ages. Attendees will have a chance to practice what you learn by playing against other beginners. Everyone is welcome. This free program is made possible by the Friends of GPL. Seating is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information, call the Library at 1-978-369-4898 or stop by the reference desk.

Landscapes of the Middle East

On Wednesdays, February 3, 10 and 17, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library, Professor Lawrence Lowenthal will explore the history, sociology, political structures, and military conflicts that have plagued this tragic area for the past 100 years. Register for this free program at the library or by calling 1-978-369-4898. The snow date for this program will be February 24.

Helping kids overcome trauma

The Center for Parents and Teachers will offer a two-day seminar for early childhood educators entitled, “The Need to Heal: Gaining Tools to Help Children Overcome Trauma,” led by the popular and dynamic educator, Jeanine Fitzgerald, founder of “The Better Behavior Bureau.” The seminar will take place on Saturday, January 30 and February 6 (with a snow date of February 13) from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street in West Concord. While the workshop focuses on training educators, other professionals such as health care workers and those who work in other capacities with children, are encouraged to attend. Parents who wish to learn more are also welcome. Registration costs $130 and includes refreshments, materials and CEU Certificate fee. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Center for Parents and Teachers at: or 1-978-202-1143. Visit for details about the workshop and to download a flier and registration form.

Piano concert in Westford January 23

This is the time of year when music is in the air, and this year it doesn’t end with the holidays. Leslie Hitelman will perform in concert at the Parish Center for the Arts, right here in Westford, on Saturday, January 23. The Piano Heritage Series at the Parish Center focuses on the great literature for piano and incorporates music education in the performance. At 3:15 p.m., Hitelman will be giving a pre-concert presentation on pianists as composers – the way Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, and Chopin, being already outstanding performers, then composed music for themselves to play. Then at 4 p.m., she will play works by Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, and one of her own compositions.

More information about the concert can be found on, and tickets can be purchased online at, or by phone at 1-978-692-6333.

Faculty Show at the Emerson Umbrella

The works of 13 professional artists and teachers at Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts will be on display in the EUCA Gallery through Monday, February 22. The show features the work of the professional artists who teach in the Umbrella’s Arts Education Program. The display demonstrates the talents of the teachers and include exhibits in a variety of media including clay, sculpture, ceramics, pastel, monotype, watercolors and mixed media. The gallery is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 1 to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

The Emerson Umbrella is located at 40 Stow Street in Concord. The main office can be reached at 1-978/371-0820.

Israeli Dancing in Chelmsford

Come enjoy Israeli dancing at Congregation Shalom in Chelmsford on Sunday evening, January 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The leaders will teach old favorites and fun dances you might not have seen before. You’ll be up doing horas and debkas in no time.  No experience needed - just enthusiasm. All ages are welcome at this free event - donations of/for snacks are welcome. Congregation Shalom is located at 87 Richardson Road in Chelmsford. For more information, email Valerie at or visit

Concord Orchestra’s winter concert

The Concord Orchestra, conducted by Richard Pittman, will present its winter concert, “Nature’s Enigmas.” Mezzo-soprano Pamela Dellal will perform with the orchestra in Les Nuits d’Eté by Hector Berlioz. Also on the program is Forest Murmurs from Richard Wagner’s opera Siegfried and the Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar. Concerts are Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden Street, Concord. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens, and $10 for students. For tickets and information, call 1-978-369-4967 or visit

CCMS presents Anton Kuerti, Corey Cerovsek in concert

The Concord Chamber Music Society (CCMS) presents an afternoon concert featuring Anton Kuerti on piano and Corey Cerovsek on violin with members of the Concord Chamber Players on Sunday, January 31 at 3 p.m. at Concord Academy’s Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street, Concord. The program includes the Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat, Op. 81a “Les Adieux” by Ludwig van Beethoven, the Sonata No. 1 in A Minor, Op.105 by Robert Schumann, and the Piano Quartet in E Major, Op. 6 by Hermann Goetz. Tickets are $35, $30 and $25. Concord Academy is located at 166 Main Street in Concord. Free on-street parking is available. For more information about the CCMS or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Concord Chamber Music Society at 1-978-371-9667.

February vacation at Minuteman

Minuteman Career & Technical High School’s Community Education Office in Lexington announces, for the first time, its February “Staycation” program which is open to students in grades 1 through 8 during the February school vacation week. Due to a Monday holiday at the beginning of the vacation week, the dates for this program are Tuesday, February 16, through Friday, February 19. The school will offer a morning session from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and an afternoon session from 12 to 3 p.m. A lunch break will be held 11:30 a.m. to noon with a pre-pay lunch option available to students. The school will be offering programs such as Baking, Welding, RoboTech Center programs, Arts, Graphic Design, and Sports and Recreation, to name a few.

For more information or to register for February “Staycation” program offerings, go to and click on the Community Education link, then select Youth Programs-Staycations, or call the Minuteman Community Education Office at 1-781-861-7150.

Acton book sale January 29-31

The Friends of Acton Libraries will hold their next Book Sale Friday, January 29 through Sunday, January 31, at Memorial Library, 486 Main Street.

The Book Sale is open to the general public on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, “Half-price Day,” from 2 to 3:30 in the afternoon.

The sale will feature thousands of used hardcovers and paperbacks for children and adults; there is also a limited number of audiovisual items.

The library entrance and parking lot are reached from Woodbury Lane, which is opposite the Isaac Davis Monument on Main Street, Route 27.

The Kennedys at the Firehouse Coffeehouse

Singer/songwriters Pete and Maura Kennedy perform at the Firehouse Coffeehouse on Friday, February 5, at 8 p.m., 19 Foster Street, Littleton. The Kennedys’ music tramples boundaries, blending influences of classic 60’s rock, contemporary country, American traditional, and English folk into a rich, rootsy, twangy folk-rock. Their jangly guitars, tight harmonies, positive energy, and smart lyrics bring an aire of sweet reverance to their performances. Tickets are $18 and are available in advance at the Minor Chord in Littleton, by mail via website or by calling 1-978-742-9957. This event is wheelchair accessible. Proceeds benefit First Church Unitarian, Littleton.

Climate change in Thoreau’s world

On Wednesday, January 27, the Winter Lecture Series at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord will feature The Friends of Minute Man National Park hosting Professor Richard Primack of Boston University on “Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s World.” The talk begins at 8 p.m. and is free. Call 1-978-318-7822 for weather-related cancellations.

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