Kicks for Cancer 2018 is September 29 

Kicks for Cancer (KFC) is an amazing uplifting community-wide event.

This is the 12th annual KFC in continual honor of Coach Steve Wells’ mother Lois Wells, and others in the community who have battled cancer. 

What started out as two schools playing one game in 2007, that raised $8,000 in honor of their beloved Coach Wells, has now grown and become 28  teams from 17 local schools, participating in 12 full-length league soccer games and two-field hockey games, all played in a one-day event. 

Over the past 11 years, KFC has donated over $350,000 to fund the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s research into the fight against women’s cancers.  Last year alone they donated over $62,000. The honorary person for KFC 2018 is Jenna Swaim, a person of pure goodness and energy, taken from our community too soon.

You can see the schedule for the day and follow the event at: Kicks for Cancer on Facebook or @KicksforCancer1 on Twitter.

Fall crops have arrived at the Farmers Market 

Summertime favorites—tomatoes and sweet corn—are still in season at the Carlisle Farmers Market, while fall crops like squash, pumpkins, carrots and apples are now abundant. Green beans, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, kale and more are there too. The market opens at 8 a.m., so come early for the best selection. The market also features sweet and savory homemade baked goods, farm-fresh eggs, Vermont maple syrup, local honey and dog treats. 

The Carlisle Farmers Market is held every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. until noon at the Kimball Farm Ice Cream parking lot at 343 Bedford Road (Route 225) in Carlisle. The final market this year will be October 13. Visit for more information. 

Play with CYT

If you’re two to nine years old, spend Saturday mornings with Concord Youth Theatre’s (CYT) Playtime Theater—a delightfully interactive theater experience. CYT actors including Carlisle residents Abby Bohn, Finn Granfield, Ashley Grant, Chloe Kidder and Elizabeth Walsh will inspire you. All performances are at 358 Baker Ave., West Concord, at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $5/person, cash or check only. Playtime begins this Saturday, September 22, with Peter Pan. Go to for more show times.

Got a dirty car? 

The Carlisle Middle School 8th grade class will be holding a car wash fundraiser on Friday, September 21, from 2:30-6 p.m. and then on Saturday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carlisle Middle School. The 8th graders will be washing and shining up cars in an effort to raise money for the upcoming Spring trip to Washington DC. All donations will go towards providing student scholarships and offsetting costs of the 2019 Washington D.C. trip for 8th grade students.

Suggested car wash donations: seniors—$10, all others—$20. Any and all donations are welcomed.

Movie on the Common

The Carlisle Kids’ House will host its annual free Movie on the Common on Friday, September 28, at 6:30 p.m. Bring family and friends, blankets and chairs to see the classic movie featuring a flying car. Popcorn, hot dogs and snacks will be available for purchase. The rain date is Saturday, September 29.

Oktoberfest at Clark Farm Market

On Saturday, October 13, from 2-6 p.m., Clark Farm Market will host Octoberfest. Once again, Tim and Bronwyn Wiechmann of South Street have generously offered to support this event. The Wiechmanns own the well-known German restaurant, Bronwyn, in Somerville. 

Using Clark Farm pork, Tim is going to make footlong Bratwurst. He will also be offering smoked turkey legs, BBQ Schnitzel Sandwiches and many delicious sides. This will be a wonderful community event for adults, with beer and wine, and for kids with activities like face-painting and cider doughnuts on a string. This event provides important support to Clark Farm so come and enjoy the day.

Join the CFC for a tour of Clark Farm

On Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m.-noon, join the Carlisle Family Connection (CFC) as they explore the crop fields and see what is happening around the farm as fall arrives. Come feed the hens; each child will get a small cup with grain. Discuss sustainable farming; questions from curious children and adults are welcome. 

This event is for registered CFC members only. Bring your own lunch/snack to enjoy after the tour at the picnic tables, weather permitting. (Clark is a carry in/carry out facility). You must RSVP for this event to

Garden Club Spring Bulb Sale

The Carlisle Garden Club is featuring early spring bulbs in its 2018 bulb sale. Because crocuses, snowdrops, and other early bulbs provide early forage for bees and other insects, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy early blossoms while providing a welcome source of nourishment for Carlisle pollinators. Club members and the public are both invited to join the sale. Orders must be received by October 1, and bulbs will be distributed at their Pumpkin on the Common sale, to be held on Saturday, October 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. across from First Religious Society. For details and ordering information, see

CCF work party

The Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) is looking for volunteers to help with work to complete the new trail on the Woodhaven Farm Conservation Restriction on Prospect Street. 

There will be two work sessions: Sunday, September 23, afternoon: Installing wire mesh fencing along the south property line (fence posts will already be in place). This should take about three hours.

Sunday September 30, morning: Building a 40-foot long boardwalk across a wet spot. CCF needs to limit the number of people in each work party, so contact Alan Ankers at for more information, 

Get an historic bookmark

In celebration of Constitution Week The D.a.r. Old Concord Chapter has provided libraries in the towns of Acton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Littleton, Maynard, and Stow with bookmarks for patrons (particularly children) printed with the Preamble to the Constitution. On September 17, 1787 delegates convened to sign the United States Constitution. President Dwight D. Eisenhower on August 2, 1956 signed into law the week of September 17-23 to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. 

Transylvanian Thanksgiving

On September 30, the First Parish in Concord will celebrate the Transylvanian Thanksgiving at the 10 a.m. service. In 1568, David Francis founded Unitarianism  in Transylvania, now part of Romania.   This service will focus on the impact of the most recent visit to their partner congregation in Skékelykerestúr. At 11:30 a.m., after the service, there will be a forum which will expand on the many facets of this relationship and personal experiences, with time after for questions and discussion. For more information, go to the website

Book club at the library

The Community Book Club will meet to discuss How It All Began by Penelope Lively, on Monday, October 1, at 10:30 a.m. at the Gleason Public Library. Books are available at the library circulation desk; advance registration is not required. The following meeting will be Monday, November 5, and the title will be Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose. 

LWVCC host Sunstein lecture 

On Sunday, September 30, at 6 p.m., at the Trinitarian Congregational Church in Concord, 54 Walden Street, the League of Women Voters Concord-Carlisle (LWVCC) will host Harvard Law School Professor Cass Sunstein, who will address two questions that are very timely.

Professor Sunstein is a renowned legal scholar whose career prior to Harvard Law School included serving as the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs from 2009 to 2012, following 27 years teaching at the University of Chicago Law School. Professor Sunstein has published numerous books, including the recent book Can It Happen Here? Authoritarianism in America, a compilation of scholarly articles addressing the questions that are on many minds today. All are welcome to this free event.

Spaghetti Supper is coming 

On Tuesday, October 23, you are invited to the 6th Grade Spaghetti Supper. This annual event is held from 5-8 p.m. at the Carlisle Public School.  Win prizes by purchasing regular or golden raffle tickets. Dinner tickets are $8 for adults, $8 for gluten-free option and $5 for children and seniors. Regular raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and $20 for golden raffle tickets. These can be purchased from any 6th grader  or at Ferns Country Store.

CCO opens season

The Carlisle Chamber Orchestra (CCO) will open their fifth season on Friday, October 26, with a program of romantic music. Emmanuel Feldman will join the orchestra performing the Elgar Cello Concerto.  Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 (“Romantic”) and Ralph Vaughan Williams “Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus” featuring harpist Deborah Feld-Fabisiewicz will fill out the program.

CCO is a community orchestra founded in 2014 as an opportunity for skilled local musicians to play in a high quality, although not professional, ensemble. All members take their music very seriously and perform up to semi-professional quality. Concert programming is chosen to appeal to a wide audience, as the October concert exemplifies. They offer programs free to the public with a request for voluntary donations at the door.

CCO is also accepting donations for the season. These can be mailed to PO Box 95, Carlisle 01741, or made by PayPal on the website. Contributors’ names will be listed in the program books.

The Friday, October 26, concert will be at the Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 School St., at 8 p.m. For more information on the concert and the orchestra, visit

Be a Mosquito friend 

Like what you’ve seen in The Mosquito? We could use your help. We are a non-profit paper and every contribution, no matter the size, helps. So please consider a donation to The Carlisle Mosquito Fund, 662A Bedford Road, Carlisle or online at

Help Carlisle’s team fight Alzheimer’s Disease

The Carlisle Fights Alzheimer’s Team continues to ask for support. They want to help those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia by supporting the Alzheimer’s Association. With the help of their friends, neighbors, and co-workers, they can be one of the Top Ten Teams who will walk in Andover on October 14 as part of the Walking to End Alzheimer’s effort. As of September 19, they are the 12th team out of 278 teams. Can you help them make it to one of the top 10 teams? They know how generous Carlisle residents are so consider joining them in the fight. Three ways you can help:

1) Walk. Join the team, “Carlisle Fights Alzheimer’s.” Go to:, click “Find A Team,” and type “Carlisle Fights Alzheimer’s.” Then click on the link.

2) Donate. Sponsor an individual(s) participating in the Walking to End Alzheimer’s. Make a donation on their team fundraising page by using the above path. If you would prefer to donate by mail, stop by the COA office to pick up a hardcopy donation form from anyone on the team (Angela Smith, Debbie Farrell, Myriam Fleurimond, Dana Smith, Al Foote, Rebecca Fortier or John Carroll).

3) Share. Spread the word to friends and family. To find a walk, go to: For more info, call the Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) at 1-978-371-2895.

Notice: deer hunting begins soon

Youth Deer Hunt - Sept. 29

Paraplegic Hunt - Nov. 1

Archery (Zones 10) - Oct. 1

Shotgun - Nov. 26 – Dec. 8

Primitive Firearms - Dec. 10

Senior flu clinic

The Carlisle Board of Health and Council on Aging are again sponsoring a senior flu clinic for Carlisle residents ages 65 and older on Friday, October 12,  from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Clark room at Town Hall. Nurses from Emerson Home Care will be doing the vaccinations. It takes two weeks after vaccination for the immune system to fully respond and for these antibodies to provide protection. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to protect against contracting the flu. 

Residents should bring their Medicare/insurance information to the clinic. For a free van ride there, call the Van Line at 1-978-371-6690 at least two days in advance. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of Robbins Brook. 

Upcoming GPL programs

This fall the tradition of excellent programs sponsored by the Friends of the Council on Aging and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library continues with “America by the Book” with Dr. Hylander, Presidential Historian and Consultant for the National Endowment for the Humanities, with a discussion of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and The Grapes of Wrath. 

This will be followed by American Music with Richard Travers, award-winning music educator, highlighting The Great American Songbook from the early 1900s to today, and Leonard Bernstein in honor of the centennial celebration of his birth. 

Finally, Dr. Giannetti, religious scholar, professor, and attorney, will speak on Hinduism and the beginnings of Buddhism as it met Confucianism and Taoism in China. Register at or call 1-978-369-4898. Registration is required.

“Can We Talk” session

Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education (CCACE) invites you to their Fall “Can We Talk” session, “The Defamation Experience,” on November 7 at 7 p.m. at Alcott School in Concord. 

“The Defamation Experience” is a touring play that uses a courtroom drama to provide an opportunity for safe, open, honest and meaningful conversations around race, class, religion, gender and the law. It allows the community to talk about how the language we use shapes the way we see one another. This interactive experience is appropriate for everyone ages 13-113 so bring your family. After the 75-minute dramatic testimony, the judge tells the audience they are going to be the jury. A first poll is taken. The tally is announced and the judge then leads a deliberation. The audience is invited to stay for a post-show discussion. Tickets are limited so call 1-978-318-1432 to purchase yours today.