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Friday, December 3, 2010

FRS Holiday Greens Sale and Craft Fair

The First Religious Society in Carlisle (27 School Street), will hold its annual Holiday Greens Sale and Craft Fair on Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At this festive event the church hall will be filled with artfully decorated wreaths and colorful, decorated boxwood trees and rings for sale. There will also be delicious 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, a holiday café and seasonal music by the Savoyards.

The Carlisle Mosquito will be selling its sweatshirts, travel mugs, bibs and reusable grocery bags, so be sure and come check out all the items for sale. Admission is free; Union Hall is handicapped accessible. Questions: call 1-978-369-5180.

Winter Holiday Concert

The First Religious Society in Carlisle, 27 School Street, will hold its annual Winter Holidays Concert on Sunday, December 5, at 7 p.m. This event celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the Winter Solstice. There will be choral and instrumental music, a jazz group, handbells and audience singing of carols. The program is child-friendly, lasting no longer than about one hour and twenty minutes, and is fast-paced and varied enough for everyone. A reception will follow in Union Hall. There is no admission charge and all are welcome. The building is fully accessible from the Church Street entrance.

FNL tonight

Come kick-off the holiday season tonight at Friday Night Live from 7 to 9:30 p.m. FNL newcomers are welcome and should bring a parent or guardian to fill out the required permission forms and CORI release authorization forms.Admission is $6. Pizza, soda and water are available for a small fee.

For more information, contact PJ Jewel at 1-978-371-8995 or Phil Lotane at 1-978-287-4014.

Historical Society’s holiday events

Come join in the Historical Society’s Holiday Celebration on Sunday, December 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Heald House, 698 Concord Street. Visit the collection of artifacts and pictures from Carlisle’s past and enjoy special holiday treats. Docents will be available to give guided tours.

The Historical Society will also have a table at the Greens Sale at Union Hall on December 4. Find that special gift in honor of Carlisle’s history. Carlisle books, ornaments, cards and Phyllis Hughes’s paintings will all be available.

Carlisle Artisans Holiday Open House

On Saturday, December 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the home of Debbie and Terry O’Kelly, 200 Munroe Hill Road, enjoy refreshments as you browse among the works of art and handmade crafts created right here in Carlisle. Gorgeously illustrated cards, original watercolors, beautiful pottery and ornaments, fabric purses and holiday gift bags, handspun yarn, patterns, jewelry, delicious baked goods and granolas, aprons and table settings, quintessential New England photography and prize winning hand embroidered tee shirts. For information, email To view a list of the artisans and their work, visit Carlisle Music Department’s concerts

The Carlisle School’s Music Department is pleased to announce that its fall concerts, featuring instrumentalists and vocalists in grades four through eight, will be held on Tuesday, December 7, and Thursday, December 9. The series opens on Tuesday with students in the Fourth Grade Beginning Band and Fourth Grade Chorus performing at 5:30 p.m. The Fifth Grade Band and Fifth Grade Chorus perform at 7:30 p.m. that evening. The Jazz Band, Middle School Symphonic Band and Concert Bands, Middle School Choir and Advanced Choir will perform on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

All concerts will be held in the school’s Corey Auditorium. The public is invited to attend these free concerts.

Concord Music Club

The Concord Music Club will meet in Concord on Friday, December 10, at 10 a.m. The purpose of the club is to stimulate the study of music by providing the opportunity to perform with and for others. They have both performing and non-performing membership. They meet once a month during the fall and spring seasons, six meetings annually. They welcome guests interested in membership. The program will include piano music of Bach, a Duo for Two flutes and a movement for Two Violins and Piano. Call Marjorie Franko at 1-978-369-8192 if you would like to come as a guest and are interested in joining the club.

Carlisle School Association (CSA) news

Annual CSA Ice Skating Party

Enjoy the day off from school on Wednesday, December 15, by attending the annual Ice Skating Party from 10 a.m. until noon. Held at the skating rink at Middlesex School on Lowell Road in Concord, this event has become a tradition for Carlisleans of all ages. Bring your skates (no rentals on site), helmets, a signed waiver form found 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 1-978-318-6972 or

Win an iPod Shuffle and $500 in free groceries

We are excited to inform you that we are participating in an incredible program that allows us to earn free school equipment. From September 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011 we are able to turn cash register receipts from Donelan’s Supermarkets in Acton and Littleton, and Crosby’s Marketplace in Concord, into valuable equipment free of charge. Watch for the flier in your child’s backpack with an entry form for a chance to win an iPod Shuffle and $500 in free groceries. Return the form with your register receipts by January 13. See complete rules at

Win a reward for your classroom with Box Tops For Education

We need your help. Each Box Top is worth ten cents. Please clip the familiar pink box top coupons from hundreds of participating products, including cereal, Kleenex, Scott towels, diapers, Pillsbury dough, popcorn, fruit snacks, etc. Send them (in batches of 50 if you can) to school with your student, in an envelope or bag marked with your child’s name, classroom teacher and total number of box tops. Deposit the envelope or bag in the box tops container in the School Library. The class that collects the most box tops by April 30, 2011 will be eligible for a surprise reward for their entire class in May 2011.

Next meeting

Join us in the Carlisle Public Schools Corey Dining Room for our monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 14, at 9 a.m. Meetings are open to the public and all are invited to attend. We review volunteer opportunities, fundraising events and activities that serve the teachers, administrators, parents and the students of the school. Additional information about the CSA may be found at

Community Read: read the book, save the dates

Ready for a riveting read? Copies of Zeitoun by Dave Eggers are available at the Gleason Public Library. Events for Carlisle’s 2011 Community Read are planned for January, including films, book discussions and intriguing speakers. Be sure to save these dates:

• January 5, 7 p.m., Trouble the Water: a documentary

• January 9, 3 p.m., book discussion

• January 12, 1:30 p.m., “Muslim in America” with Prof. Kayed Khalil

• January 13, 7 p.m. “Disasters and Response, from Katrina to Carlisle,” a panel discussion

• January 15, 12 p.m. New Orleans Cuisine: a gastronomic tour with Tony DiRomualdo

• January 20, 7 p.m., book discussion

• January 21, 11 a.m., book discussion

• January 25, 7 p.m. Stories of Perseverance: a roundtable

• January 30, 5 p.m. New Orleans-style dinner and music by the New New Orleans Jazz Band at Union Hall, FRS. Space is limited; tickets are available as of December 13 at the library, The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children under 8)

All events are sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. All events are free and open to the public, but may require registration unless otherwise specified. Dates and times are subject to change; call 1-978-369-4898 to confirm.

Newcomers Club Holiday Welcome

New (in the past five years) to Concord or Carlisle? Looking to augment your Facebook friends with real, live humans who live nearby and can be counted on to give a great holiday party, hold fun wine-tastings and visit fascinating museums and cultural events? Come to the Newcomers Club holiday lunch at the Colonial Inn in downtown Concord on Tuesday, December 14, at noon. The Inn is located at 48 Monument Square.

Lunch will be in the beautifully decorated main dining room. Since everyone will order from the menu, the cost will be that of whatever you order – anywhere from $10 to $30. Come alone, or bring a friend or your significant other. If you’d like to attend, contact Patricia Koenitzer at (p, underline, koenitzer) by Sunday, December 12.

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Holiday potluck and contra dance Dec. 10

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 December 10 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 Jacqueline Laufman 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 per person admission will be collected during intermission. All dances will be taught. Beginners and singles are welcome. For more information, call 1-978-661-1865.

Special story time at the Gleason Library

Take part in a special story time at the Gleason Public Library on Monday, December 6, at 1:30 p.m. A volunteer from the Concord Museum will be reading from a selection of picture books used to inspire the trees displayed in the museum’s 15th annual “Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature” exhibit. Following the story time, children are invited to decorate a foam gingerbread man. This story time is for children ages three and up. No registration is required.

Carlisle Conservation Coffee, December 14

The Tuesday, December 14, Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wildlife Biologist Dr. Bryan S. Windmiller will speak about his area turtle studies, including the threatened Blanding’s Turtle found in Carlisle and also about his work with the Carlisle School System.

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are held on the second Tuesday of the month during the fall, winter and spring seasons. They end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. A light continental breakfast is provided.

Save the following 2011 Tuesday mornings for upcoming coffees: January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10 and June 14.

Carlisle Republicans to meet December 6

The Carlisle Republican Town Committee invites all interested town residents to join them at their upcoming meeting on Monday, December 6. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library.

The agenda includes a discussion of the results of the 2010 election, planning for the upcoming year and sharing of holiday cheer.

The Carlisle Republican Town Committee is dedicated to advancing an agenda of small government, free enterprise and individual liberty. For more information, contact James Bohn, Chairman, Carlisle Republican Town Committee, at 1-978-371-9593 or at

CPC Holiday Party December 11

Come celebrate the holidays at the annual Carlisle Parents Connection (CPC) Holiday Party on Saturday, December 11, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Carlisle Congregational Church. There will be crafts, games, refreshments and fun for the entire family. Children can have their pictures taken with Santa so don’t forget to bring your camera. This event is free of charge for CPC members and $10 per family for non-members.

At this event, they will be collecting diapers for The Wish Project, a Home and Baby Goods Bank that serves needy families in the Merrimack Valley. Please bring a package of opened or unopened diapers in any size to benefit this organization.

Mini Book Sale at the Gleason Library

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) will sponsor a special mini book sale on Friday, December 17, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room, Gleason Public Library. Paperback books on magic, puzzles, stained glass patterns, needlework and music scores for all ages will be available, as well as large coffee-table books still in the wrapper. Support your local organization, while picking up some great gifts at the Library. Sponsored by the Friends of Gleason

Sign up for Christmas Community Dinner

The Fourth Annual Carlisle Community Christmas Dinner, a coordinated pot luck meal, will be held at 4 p.m. on Christmas Day at Union Hall, First Religious Society, 27 School Street. The event is free, but you do have to register at 1-978-369-5180 by Thursday, December 23. They need to know the number of people coming (the number of omnivores and the number of vegetarians), what you will bring, how you will help (set up, clean up), and your contact information (phone and email).

Learn about the CCHS renovation with a tour

Want to see, close up, why there is a large CCHS renovation planned? The Carlisle Communications Committee is offering tours of Concord-Carlisle High School. To schedule a tour, send an email to They will answer emails and coordinate tours when they have at least five people interested. Come see and hear about the building project and process.

Concord Women’s Chorus concert

The Concord Women’s Chorus, Jane Ring Frank, artistic director, Scott Nicholas, pianist, is pleased to present “Winter Dreams” on Saturday, December 18, at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord. This joyous program features Andrew Carter’s “Advent Carols,” Mendelssohn’s “Prayer for Peace,” Kurt Knecht’s “A Cradle Song” and carol sing-along. A reception will follow. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (65+) and students, $15 for children 12 and under. For tickets call 1-978-852-4239 or see

Carlisle members of the Chorus include Wendy Davis, Cynthia Nunan, Stephanie Smith and Cynthia Sorn.

Breakfast with Santa at Minuteman High School

“Breakfast with Santa” will be held on Saturday, December 11, from 8 to 11 a.m. in the cafeteria at Minuteman Career & Technical High School, 758 Marrett Road in Lexington. Activities will include photos with Santa, ornament making, coloring, raffle prizes, story telling, and craft making tables.

Admission is $6 for children, $7 for adults. All proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital Boston. For more information, call 1-781-861-6500, x613.

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

• Woburn Mall shopping trip: Enjoy a day of holiday shopping (Appleseeds Outlet, Talbot’s Outlet, T.J. Maxx ’n More among others) with no parking worries on Monday, December 6. This van trip departs from the Congregational Church at 10 a.m. and will return about 3 p.m. The van fee of $2 is payable the day of the trip. Call Joanne at 1-978-371-8023 by November 30 to register.

Bridge group: The bridge group meets Tuesday, December 7, 14 and 21 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. For more information, contact Dot Milne at 1-978-369-1834.

Men’s breakfast: Join Andy Cutter and helpers for a delicious breakfast in the Sleeper Room on Thursday, December 9 at 8 a.m. Suggested donation is $3. Call 1-978-371-6690 if you need a van ride. A free blood pressure clinic will be held from 8 – 9 a.m., sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care of Chelmsford.

Annual wreath making: The Carlisle Garden Club, COA and FCOA will host a holiday wreath-making seminar from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Union Hall on Thursday, December 9. To reserve your wreath, call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 by December 1. This event is for Carlisle residents only.

Minuteman Tech lunch: Come to Minuteman Regional Tech High School for lunch on Tuesday, December 14 at 11:30 a.m. The choice is baked stuffed shrimp or broiled New York sirloin. Luncheon also includes a choice of appetizer or salad, rolls and butter, dessert and coffee/tea/milk. Register by Thursday, December 9 at noon by calling the COA at 1-978-371-2895. The cost is $10 plus tip, payable at the luncheon. If you need a ride, call 1-978-371-6690.

COA chat: On Wednesday, December 15 at 12:30 p.m. in the Sleeper Room at Village Court, join Director Debi Siriani for cookies and cocoa and conversation. This month’s question is: What do you want the Carlisle COA to do in the coming year?

Holiday luncheon: The COA holiday luncheon will be on Thursday, December 16 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS. Enjoy a ham dinner with all the fixings plus pie for dessert. Seating is limited so call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up no later than noon on Thursday, December 9. There will be a free blood pressure clinic from 11 – 11:45 a.m. After lunch, the Carlisle Middle School Concert Band will perform for us and Santa will pass out goodies. Call the van line if you need a ride. Suggested donation is $3 or more per person. The luncheon is funded in part by a grant from the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Caroling and cookies: Join the fourth-grade Girl Scouts for caroling and cookies at the Sleeper Room at Village Court, 145 Church Street, from 4 - 5 p.m. on December 16. This free event does not require registration.

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