Trash Party is coming
Save the date! On Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Annual Trash Party is coming to your neighborhood and everyone is invited. This Mosquito-sponsored event is a community-wide roadside pick-up of trash and litter by individuals and civic groups. The invitation is extended to everyone to stake a “trash claim” on their street or in a neighborhood. Remember those work gloves!
Free refreshments and trash bags will be available in the parking lot next to Ferns (The Center Park) from 9 till 11:30 a.m. Stop by to chat, grab a garbage bag and enjoy coffee, juice and donuts.
Let us know if you would like help retrieving bags from the areas you collect. Most prefer to take their collected trash to the Transfer Station, but we are available to pick up bags from noon – 1 p.m. if you need help.
This is also a wonderful opportunity for students and Scouts to earn community service hours.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 the emcee and auctioneer—you will not want to miss out. Reserve your tickets on the CEF website- www.carlislecef.org.
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. to noon at Town Hall. No appointment is required. The cost is $10 per cat/dog. See the March 9 issue of the Mosquito for more information.
Beat cabin fever with museum passes
For those looking for ways to get out of the house this month, Gleason Library members can check out passes to two dozen area museums and attractions for all ages, from the Museum of Fine Arts and Peabody Essex, to the Discovery Museum and One Stop Fun. Passes are sponsored by the Friends of the Library and other area organizations. Visit gleasonlibrary.org and click the link on the right to see the full list and reserve passes online, or ask the librarians for more information.
On Thursday, March 29, from 5-7 p.m., learn about graffiti art inspired and created by the iconic pop artist Keith Haring. Afterwards, design your own graffiti canvas, led by local artist Sherry Hoffman. This program holds up to 14 participants; registration is required. Open to grade five through adult. To register, visit gleasonlibrary.org or call 1-978-369-4898.
Reading Poetry Anew
This informal course, led by Mary Zoll, will include poetry readings and reactions, discussions of the patterns and techniques used in the poems, and perhaps some intellectual understanding of the poems. The next class will be Tuesday, March 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the Gleason Public Library. Open to anyone interested in experiencing poetry; preregistration is not required.
Come to the annual PTO Book Fair
The annual PTO Book Fair is coming back on April 9-13 at the Carlisle school library. Carlisle welcomes two authors this year: David Biedrzycki is a children’s book writer and illustrator, and Marcella Pixley is a writer who teaches eighth grade Language Arts at the Carlisle Public School. Several of their books will be for sale and the authors will sign them during the week of the book fair.
Other fun events include the annual PJ Story Night on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. featuring Carlisle School Superintendent Jim O’Shea, Sandy Nash and Marcella Pixley who will read some library favorites.
You can purchase gift certificates online (www.carlislemapto.org) anytime between now and April 11. Book fair gift certificates make great gifts for students and teachers.
All proceeds from the book fair will support the Carlisle School library.
Art reception at the Gleason Library
Join Art at the Gleason for an evening reception on Friday, April 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the library. Four Part Harmony features works by Brenda Cirioni (oil painter), Louise Hara (jewelry), Mollie McPhee (photography) and Aaron Slater (glass artist). The Carlisle Jazz Quartet will perform, and wine and refreshments will be served. Admission $10 (cash or check at the door); RSVP at gleasonlibrary.org/art or 1-978-369-4898.
Four Part Harmony will be on exhibit at the Gleason from March 31 to June 2.
2018 Garden Club scholarship available
For over 50 years the Carlisle Garden Club has awarded the Debbie Wright Scholarship to help Carlisle students defray college costs. This year a $2,000 scholarship is available to Carlisle residents who attend either public or private high schools or are being home-schooled. Preference will be given to students who have an interest in the following fields: Botany, Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, Forestry, Farming, Conservation, Entomology, Ornithology and Environmental Studies as well as related areas.
The scholarship application is available on-line (www.CarlisleGardenClub.org) and hard copies will be placed at the Gleason Library and the Carlisle Town Hall. The application must be submitted on or before May 1. Any questions should be directed to Jane Coleman Williams at 1-978-369-7601.
Foss Farm Garden plots available
Foss Farm Community Garden plots are located on a multi-use conservation property on Bedford Road. The 25’x30’ plots are accessible via a roadway, have hand pumps for irrigation, and are plowed once every spring. The Carlisle Conservation Commission is in charge of the property and appoints a garden manager to oversee the community gardens. The gardens are open to anyone, regardless of whether or not they live in Carlisle.
The plots are available for $15 each, maximum of two plots per applicant. Jack O’Connor is the garden manager for the upcoming growing season.
To apply for a garden plot, obtain an application form from the Conservation Commission office during regular business hours or from the Conservation Commission’s website at: www.carlislema.gov/Pages/CarlisleMA_ConComm/2018%20Foss%20Farm%20Rules%20and%20Plot%20App.pdf. The application deadline is March 31. The Garden Manager plans to have the plot assignments completed by the middle of April.
Spring Egg Hunt
Hop on down to the First Religious Society Union Hall at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24 for the annual Spring Egg Hunt, hosted by the Carlisle Family Connection. There will be refreshments, crafts, an egg hunt for those five and under and socializing with your friends and neighbors. Bring a basket and don’t forget your camera.
CCF Bird Walk March 31
The Carlisle Conservation Foundation and Menotomy Bird Club will host the first local bird walk of the spring at the Greenough Land on Saturday, March 31, starting at 7:30 a.m. The walk will last two to three hours and search for lingering winter visitors, waterfowl on the ponds and the earlier spring migrants. Meet at the main parking lot opposite 811 Maple Street. The trip is free and all are welcome, including beginner birders. Be prepared for wet conditions underfoot; bring binoculars if you have them. If you have any questions, contact Alan Ankers by e-mail at email@example.com.
Carlisle Seed Swap
Come for the seed sharing. Stay for the ideas and the great garden conversation. Sign up for the potluck and enjoy a delicious community dinner. This year the annual Seed Swap adds a garden expo that offers demos, ideas and hands-on activities to make your garden more productive and fun. It’s all free and it’s happening at First Religious Society Union Hall on Saturday, March 24, from 4-6 p.m., followed by an optional potluck dinner from 6-7 p.m. Door prizes will be announced at dinner.
The event is co-sponsored by the First Religious Society’s Environmental Action Committee and the Carlisle Garden Club, with participation by Clark Farm and Market, Sweet Autumn Farm, Joe Pye Weed Flowers and the Carlisle Agriculture Commission. If you haven’t received a potluck invitation yet, email Joeth Barlas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Council tea for seniors
The Carlisle Student Council invites all Carlisle seniors to tea on Tuesday, April 3, from 10:15-11 a.m. in the Carlisle Public School cafeteria (park in the upper level of the Church Street lot). Have some refreshments, play some games and talk with your hosts and fellow seniors. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 by March 27 to register.