Trash Party is coming

Save the date. Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Annual Trash Party is coming to your neighborhood.This Mosquito-sponsored event is a community-wide roadside pick-up of trash and litter by individuals and civic groups. Free refreshments and trash bags will be available in the parking lot next to Ferns (The Center Park) from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. RSVP to

Scholarship Fund Phonathon is coming

The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle’s annual Phonathon is on Sunday, March 18 through Monday, March 19. Over 100 Concord-Carlisle High School students from the National Honor Society will place approximately 3,500 calls to Carlisle and Concord townspeople in order to raise funds.

The Scholarship Fund Phonathon raises money to help provide need-based college scholarships to students who live in or have graduated from secondary schools in Carlisle or Concord. The Scholarship Fund has been supporting students for 52 years, and has awarded over $3 million in scholarships toward post-secondary education.

For more information, visit

CCHS St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon

Join the CCHS community for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon for senior citizens from Concord and Carlisle on Saturday, March 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dancers and a fiddler will be performing after the meal.

Les Bostonades are coming to Carlisle 

On Thursday, March 15, the Cambridge Society for Early Music (CSEM) will cap off its 2017-2018 season with a tribute to the dramatic music of the French Baroque: “Amours Contrariées — Tragic Loves: Cantatas of Clérambault & Rameau.” The performers will be a quartet of musicians from Les Bostonades together with tenor Zachary Wilder. The group has an abiding interest in bringing to light the music of lesser-known French Baroque composers. 

The ensemble will perform two much admired cantatas by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (d. 1749), a composer and organist who served the family of King Louis XIV. There will also be several pieces for harpsichord.

The instrumentalists are Akiko Sato, director and harpsichord; Carlisle’s own Sarah Darling, baroque violin; Teddie Hwang, traverso and Emily Walhout, viola da gamba. 

The concert will be held at The First Religious Society, 27 School Street, at 8 p.m. An opulent reception follows.Tickets at the door, cash or check: $30 / $25 seniors / students free. For more information and credit card sales, visit or call 1-617-489-2062.

Democratic Town Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee (DTC) will be at the Gleason Library Hollis Room on Thursday, March 15. The meeting is preceded by informal conversation from 6:30-7 p.m. Jay Gonzalez will take part in the first of a series of gubernatorial candidate meetings the DTC is hosting. He will be chatting and taking questions, followed by a business meeting.  DTC meetings are open and all are invited regardless of party. For more information, see

Love Trivia?

Do you love playing Trivia? The Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) is trying to determine if there is enough interest to have a Trivia morning. Folks 12+ from any town are welcome. We have a wonderful volunteer who has hosted many a Trivia game and is willing to help and facilitate if there is interest. So if this sounds like fun and you can make time on April 14, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, register by calling the COA at 1-978-371-2895 no later than April 7.  If there is enough interest, there may be a Trivia game on an on-going basis.

FRS St. Paddy’s Day Auction March 17

Put on your green and come on Saturday, March 17 for the First Religious Society’s (FRS) biennial auction. There will be passed hors d’oeuvres, three dinner choices, including corned beef with mustard sauce, as well as Guinness Ginger Cake. The evening has a silent auction from 6 - 7 p.m. followed by dinner and then the bidding begins for the live auction. The dinner is $35/person. Reservations and auction items can all be found by going to and clicking on the auction information. 

Help create strategic plan for CCHS

A visioning session is planned in Carlisle for the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Strategic Plan on Monday, March 12.

Dr. Laurie Hunter, Superintendent of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District (i.e. CCHS) has begun a strategic planning process to construct a vision and plan that will help guide the direction of CCHS for the next five years. The Strategic Planning Committee would like your input to help create a vision that best represents all stakeholders. Members of the committee, Concord/ Concord-Carlisle Superintendent Laurie Hunter, Carlisle Superintendent Jim O’Shea, Sara Wilson and Melissa McMorrow, will make a brief presentation and leave plenty of time for hearing your thoughts.

Because this strategic plan is looking toward the future, we encourage Carlisle families in middle school as well as high school to attend.

Come for conversation and light refreshments. Your input is needed. The session will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wilson-Angelino home, 201 Concord Street. For planning purposes, RSVP to

Carlisle Conservation Morning Coffee

The Tuesday, March 13, Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford St., from 7:30 to 9 a.m. 

Come and bring your questions and ideas for future topics that could be discussed at a future Conservation Coffee.

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are held on the second Tuesday of the month during the fall, winter and spring seasons. Their purpose is to provide an informal opportunity for residents to discuss a wide range of land use, conservation and environmental issues. The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Continental breakfast is provided.

Save the following Tuesday mornings for upcoming coffees: April 10, May 8 and June 12.

March 24 community-wide seed swap

The Carlisle Garden Club and the Environmental Action Committee of the First Religious Society (FRS) will co-host an expanded community-wide seed swap and expo on Saturday, March 24 in FRS Union Hall, 27 School Street (on the Common). New and unusual seeds will be available to raise in trial quantities, with activities, good conversation and other gardening resources available to growers of all ages.

The swap is free to all, but you must register for the potluck. The free walk-in swap and expo will run from 4 to 6 p.m. All are invited (but not required) to bring extra seeds to share, envelopes to hold their collected seeds and a tote to carry it all. After the swap, the room will be transformed into a banquet hall for a delicious potluck meal for those who have pre-registered. The dinner will run from 6 to 7 p.m. The committee will provide free water, coffee and tea, or you may bring beverages of your own choosing. For details, Q & A, or to request a reservation for the potluck (also free, but bring a favorite dish), visit the seed swap page at

Door prizes, including recommended garden books and other goodies, will be awarded during the potluck.

It’s not too late if you would like to reserve a free card table and set up a horticultural or environmental learning spot at the expo, contact Joeth Barlas at

Meet the candidates for Tsongas’ seat

The Concord-Carlisle League of Women Voters, Carlisle Rising to Action,  the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee and the Carlisle Republican Town Committee are sponsoring a series of Carlisle “Candidating” events in town. Candidating is a blend of a forum and a meet and greet, using the techniques of speed-dating, that allows many voters to have meaningful discourse with several candidates in one evening, in a small group environment.

Events are currently scheduled for March 9, March 23, April 5 and April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Carlisle Public Schools. All of the candidates, from both parties, have confirmed to attend one of these events.  On March 9, candidates Steve Kerrigan, Patrick Littlefield, Bopha Malone and Juana Matias are expected to come. 

Register for each evening you wish to attend, as space is limited, at or visit for more information.

“The Wild Divine”

The Deborah Abel Dance Company, led by choreographer and artistic director Deborah Abel and composer and music director Lee Perlman, both of Blaisdell Drive, will be presenting “The Wild Divine” at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston on March 17 at 7:30 p.m. and March 18 at 3 p.m.

“The Wild Divine” is a mystical, emotional and spiritual journey to the true aliveness and beauty that lives inside all of us. For ticketing and parking information, visit

Seussical, Jr. is coming

Celebrate Dr. Seuss month with the seventh-grade students’ performance of Seussical Jr., a fantastic music extravaganza with three shows March 16 through March 18. Watch Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage at the Carlisle Public School’s Auditorium. 

Seussical Jr. is great fun for the whole family! Showtimes: Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 17, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased from 7th grade students, at Ferns or by contacting Andrea Kalkstein at 

Senior year stress

On March 19, at 7 p.m. in the CCHS Auditorium, Evelyn Alexander, nationally known speaker and founder of Magellan College Counseling & former recruiter for Johns Hopkins University will speak on “Demystifying and Destressing the College Admissions Process.”

She will walk the audience through the “big picture” of college admissions, where the stress points usually fall, and how to direct and simplify the focus, reduce the stress and help your child successfully navigate the college search process. The talk is free of charge.

Community Book Club

The Carlisle Community Book Club welcomes new members anytime.  Members take turns suggesting a book, and because the members have different reading habits and suggest a wide range of books, everyone broadens their horizons. If you like to read and are looking for some literary companionship, give the Community Book Club a try.

The Community Book Club will meet to discuss By Its Cover by Donna Leon on Monday, March 12, 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, April 9, to discuss Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. 

Literary March Madness 

Come play Literary March Madness in the Children’s Department of Gleason Public Library from March 5 to March 31. Vote for your favorites each week and see who moves on to the next round the following week as the selection of books narrow down from the Sweet Sixteen, to the Elite Eight, to the Final Four. Keep voting all the way through to the Championship Round. To play, come visit the Children’s Area; limit to one vote in each category per week.

Wildlife cameras – who visits by night?

On Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m., in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Public Library, Carlisle resident and nature-lover Judy Asarkof will discuss the set up and use of wildlife/security cameras and show video of some of the unexpected visitors to her yard captured on her system. This free program is sponsored by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation and the Gleason Public Library. To reserve a space, visit, and go to “Events.”

Surviving mental illness

Mara Biere, Certified Family Life Educator, President, Grow A Strong Family, Inc. ( will facilitate a support group at the Gleason Public Library on Tuesday, March 13, at 10:30 a.m. The subject will be “Replanting Lives Uprooted by Mental Illness: Support for Families.”

This is a support group that focuses on strategies for managing when loved ones have mental illnesses. The topic to be discussed is avoiding power struggles. This session promises to offer a minimum of three strategies to step out of the power struggles and step into effective and efficient enforceable statements.

Folks of all ages and from all towns welcomed.

ArtMatters: Women artists and portraits in art

This March, artist and educator Jane Blair of ArtMatters returns to Carlisle with another informative and inspiring series of talks. Talks will be Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. at St. Irene Church, 181 East Street in Carlisle. Due to inclement weather, the first lecture was postponed; the new schedule follows. March 14: Women Artists until the 20th Century. March 21: Women Artists of the 20th Century. April 4: Portraits in Art. Free; registration required at 1-(978) 369-4898 or  Sponsored by the Friends of the Council on Aging and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. Refreshments generously provided by Life Care Center of Acton, a Short Term Rehabilitation and Long Term Care Facility.

Carlisle rabies clinic

The Carlisle Board of Health will conduct a public rabies clinic for cats and dogs on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m.– noon at Town Hall. No appointment is required. The cost is $10 per cat/dog. Owners must bring a current or expired rabies vaccination certificate to receive a three-year vaccination. Rabies tags or copies of immunization records are not acceptable. Dogs must be leashed. Cats must be brought to the clinic in individual carriers. Carlisle dog licenses for residents will be available during the clinic. Student volunteers who would like to earn school service credits helping at the clinic should email to sign up or call 1-978-369-0283 with any questions.

Learn about CCHS from parents

Parents of eighth graders are invited to come for an informal coffee and informative session about CCHS. Meet other incoming freshman parents from Concord and Carlisle and learn some of the ins and outs of CCHS from parents’ perspective. A number of seasoned CCHS parents, along with representatives from the high school will be present to answer questions. 

The event will be held at the Ripley School, Conference Room 4, on Monday, March 26. From 9-9:30 a.m., come for  coffee and from 9:30-10:30 a.m., join the info session. Come and bring your questions. If you would like to send your questions ahead of time, email them to or 

CEF’s Hot Havana Nights

Grab your dancing shoes and join friends at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord on Saturday, April 7, for a lively evening in support of the Carlisle Education Foundation’s (CEF) biennial benefit auction. Comedian Jimmy Tingle will be our emcee and auctioneer—you will not want to miss out. Reserve your tickets on the CEF website—