Carlisle Council on Aging doings
Community Conversation – Don’t get scammed: On Tuesday, February 19 at 1:30 p.m in the library, Carlisle resident and computer expert Bob Supnik will talk about some common scam and tips on safeguarding your computers, phones, money. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to register by Tuesday, February 12.
COA lunch: On Thursday, February 21, join us at Union Hall for our monthly lunch and Valentine tea. The tea is hosted by the National Charity League mothers and daughters from Concord and Carlisle. Enjoy tuna, chicken and seafood salads with all the fixings, desserts, coffee and a variety of teas. The suggested donation is $3. Register by calling the COA at 1-978-371-2895 no later than noon, Friday, February 15. A blood pressure clinic will be held at 11 a.m., sponsored by the Friends of the COA and Emerson Home Care. After lunch, Carlisle resident, professional musician, educator and author Brian Kane will entertain us.
Senior Moments: Seniors 60+, come to Ferns on Monday, February 25 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. This casual drop-in is for Carlisle seniors to greet, meet, and eat (free goodies provided by the COA).
Carlisle Library Poetry Contest
The Gleason Public Library is hosting its ninth annual poetry contest in celebration of National Poetry Month this April. This year’s theme is “left.” All ages are welcome. Winners will be selected for the following age groups: ages 8 and younger, ages 9-12, ages 13-17, and ages 18+.
First place winners will receive a $100 cash prize and recognition at a poetry reading and rewards ceremony on Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m. First-place poems will be printed in the Carlisle Mosquito.
Contest Rules: Contestants may submit one original, unpublished poem. Poems may not exceed 45 lines in length (including title) and must fit on a single 8. 5”x11” page. Poems should address the theme “left.” All entries must include a cover sheet with the contestant’s name, age group, and contact information; to facilitate blind judging, names and contact information should not appear on the poem. Entries will be accepted by email to email@example.com or in-person at the library. All entries must be received by 2 p.m. on Friday, April 12.
This event is supported by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.
Carlisle Master Plan Information Sessions
The Carlisle Master Plan Steering Committee will hold information sessions on Wednesday, February 27, (climate change impacts for Carlisle) and Wednesday, March 27, (Carlisle’s demographic and financial trends.)
These sessions, held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Carlisle Public School, are designed to help the public learn about topics that are important to the future of the Town of Carlisle.
The Master Plan Steering Committee (MPSC) and members of the Master Plan Advisory Committee (MPAC) are presenting information and data regarding pressing topics and critical challenges that the upcoming Carlisle Master Plan must address.
Climate change impacts to Carlisle
A group of young MPAC members are preparing a fact-based presentation of the causes and impacts of climate change and how it will affect our lives and our community over the coming decades.
Demographic and financial trends
Knowledgeable MPAC members of Carlisle will present Carlisle’s historic and future financial trends as well as demographic and school enrollment projections.
Join them on February 27 and March 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Carlisle Public School. All members of the public are welcome.
A Warrant Article asking for funding to hire a master planning consultant will be voted on at Town Meeting on April 30. Once funding is secured, the MPSC will proceed with the selection process with the goal of launching the one-year master plan process by early fall 2019. The Carlisle Master Plan process will articulate Carlisle’s long-term vision and goals and guide current and future policy and investments. To learn more about the Carlisle Master Plan, visit http://www.carlisleplan.org/ or contact members of the MPSC directly.
Democratic Town Committee meeting
State Representative Tami Gouveia will be visiting to answer questions about legislation. The committee will also be discussing substantive ways to help Massachusetts lead the way by advocating legislation to combat climate change. There was record attendance and a lively discussion at the last meeting. The meetings are open to everyone and the committee is eager to meet new people. Come on Thursday, February 21 to the Hollis Room of Gleason Library. The meeting at 7 p.m. is preceded by informal conversation at 6:40 p.m.
Practice ACT Saturday, February 16
Get ready for the ACT with this practice test for sophomores and juniors. The test will start at 10 a.m., last about 3 hours and 15 minutes, and students should bring #2 pencils, a calculator, water, and something to eat during breaks. Registration is required and can be done by visiting gleasonlibrary.org or by calling the library at 978-369-4898. Email Tahleen, the Teen Services Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thank you to Open Door Education for providing and
proctoring this test.
Open House at the Heald House Sunday
The Carlisle Historical Society’s Heald House Museum, 698 Concord Street, will be open this Sunday afternoon, February 17, 2 to 5 p.m. A special display, curated by Board Member John Troast, contains photos and other memorabilia of Carlisle citizens who were part of the military services in World War I. This exhibit, assembled in recognition of the Centennial of the Armistice last November, will remain on display until June, when the Centennial of the Treaty of Versailles will be observed. Also on display are the refurbished loom, now in full working order, artifacts that represent aspects of the American Revolution, relics from the Hooper copper mine that once operated here in Carlisle, and many other items that exemplify Carlisle’s history. Admission is free; refreshments available; and all are welcome.
Firearms safety course on February 23
The Carlisle Police Department will be hosting a basic firearms safety course on Saturday, February 23, at 9 a.m. at the Police Station. This course meets the State of Massachusetts requirements to apply for your License to Carry Firearm’s and FID card. The instructor for the course is Jon Wentworth.
The class will cover basic firearms safety and students will learn how to safely handle different firearms. This class will also include hands on experience loading and unloading revolvers as well as semi-automatic handguns.
The cost for the course will be $100 per student and will fill quickly. Contact Sgt. Andy Booth at 978-369-1155 or email@example.com before Friday, February 22.
Seventh grade play tickets on sale
If you thought you knew the story of “The Princess and The Pea,” you may be in for a walloping surprise. Did you know that Princess Winnifred swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that it may not have been the pea that caused the princess a sleepless night? Come see Once Upon a Mattress starring Carlisle’s 7th Grade Class of 2020 at the Corey Auditorium. Mark your calendars for March 15 and 16 at 7 p.m.; March 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available from 7th graders starting February 11. Buy tickets online at https://www.ticketstage.com/CARLISLEPTO
Navigating your genealogy research: class at the Gleason
Anyone interested reviewing the research process and exploring places to find records is welcome to join this free class at the Gleason Public Library. Whether you’re new to genealogy or an experienced researcher, come and learn something new with local genealogist Claire Smith.
Register at gleasonlibrary.org/calendar or call 978-369-4898 and ask for Reference. This free class will be held at the Gleason Public Library on Wednesday, February 20, at 6:30 p.m.