The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 8, 2001

Diverse Diversions

Join the 'Tour de Carlisle'

The Nashoba Valley Pedalers (NVP) invite you to join the "Tour de Carlisle, plus!"on Sunday, June 10 at 2 p.m. This route offers short, long and extra-long options. The 28-mile loop goes briefly into Billerica before coming back across Carlisle and heading into Westford. The 49-mile loop goes on to Groton, and the 57-mile loop heads up past Dunstable before circling back. Cue sheets for all three distances will be provided. Going somewhere to eat afterwards will be an option. Leader is Marj Needham. Call her at 1-978-369-2432 with any questions.

Bedford museum holds open house

The Friends of the Job Lane House invite the public to tour the museum during their open houses on June 10 and June 24. Guided tours will be given from 1 to 3 p.m., featuring period music. A donation is suggested: $2 per person, or $5 per family.

The Job Lane House is located at 295 North Road in Bedford. For more information, call 1-781-275-8794.

COA doings

The Carlisle Council on Aging will hold its book club meeting on Wednesday, June 13, at 103 Indian Hill Road. Discussion of the book House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The monthly men's breakfast will start at 8 a.m. in the Sleeper Room on Thursday, June 14. This will be the last breakfast of the season. They will resume in September. Many thanks to chef Ed Lemire for all his hard work and preparation.

Join the COA on the Sleeper Room patio for a Drop Inn picnic on Thursday, June 21, at noon. Welcome the summer with all the fixings of a traditional picnic. Reservations are appreciated. Call 1-978-371-2895. A $1.50 donation is requested. Transportation is available by calling the van line at 1-978-371-6690.

The quilting group is looking for new members to join. The group meets the first and third Wednesday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Sleeper Room at 145 Church Street. Drop by or call 1-978-371-2895 for more information.

Free photography workshops at Great Meadows

In order to inspire beginning and intermediate nature photographers, Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), part of the Eastern Massachusetts NWR complex, is sponsoring a series of free photography workshops at the Visitor Center in Sudbury. They will be given by professional photographers, each an expert in a different aspect of nature photography. Everyone is welcome to attend, but advanced registration is required for each workshop.

On Wednesday, June 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. Lindsey Brown of Concord will discuss "Scenic and Wildlife Photography." He will describe how to capture more difficult nature scenes and wildlife on film, and how to achieve more satisfactory photos.

Future free photo workshops at Great Meadows include "Photographing Wildlife in the Field" by Bill Byrne on Wednesday, July 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. Then on Wednesday, August 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. "Landscape Photography" with Carl Shanz will be offered. Ken Martin will present "Transitioning from Landscape to Details" on Tuesday, August 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. And on Saturday, September 8 from 5:45 to 10 a.m. "Light, Shutter Speeds, and Reflections" will be hosted by Budd Titlow. This workshop will be held at the Concord Unit of Great Meadows.

For further information and to register for the photography workshops, call 1-978-443-4661, ext. 15. The Visitor Center at Great Meadows NWR is located at 73 Weir Hill Road, Sudbury, approachable from Route 27 via Water Row and Lincoln Road in Sudbury; or from Route 126 via Sherman Bridge Road in Wayland.

Cyclists bike the Cape to fight lung disease

Get ready and gear up for the 17th Annual Autumn Escape Bike Trek to benefit the American Lung Association. Cyclists of all abilities are invited to join the exciting journey from Plymouth to Provincetown this September 21-23, 2001 (Friday through Sunday).

The three-day, 160-mile trek takes hundreds of cyclists along the back roads and bike paths of scenic Cape Cod while helping your local American Lung Association fight lung disease, the third leading cause of death in the United States. The Autumn Escape Bike Trek route features some of the finest scenery in all of New England. Over three days, bicyclists will tour the Cape Cod canal, the Falmouth Shining Sea Bike Trail, the Old King's Highway, and the Cape Cod National Seashore. A two-day option is also available for trekkers who can only get away for Saturday and Sunday.

Corporate or other team trekkers are encouraged to ride. For the Autumn Escape Bike Trek, a team consists of three or more co-workers, friends or family who register together. The non-refundable registration fee is $40 per person and riders must raise a minimum of $400 in pledges (two-day trekkers must raise a minimum of $300 each). An American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-approved helmet is required.

The Trek will provide lodging, breakfast and dinners, experienced leaders, a mobile bike repair shop, a sagwagon to carry gear, frequent rest stops, plentiful snacks, transportation from Provincetown to your point of origin in Plymouth or Sandwich, a communications and check point team for your safety, encouragement, and much more to make your Trek a memorable experience.

For more information about the 17th Annual Autumn Escape Bike Trek and how you can fight lung disease, contact your local American Lung Association at 1-800-LUNG-USA or call 1-781-272-2866.

Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate biodiversity

The Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge are continuing their series of biodiversity field trips of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, which borders the Nashua River in Harvard, Ayer, and Shirley.

On June 24, "Grasses, Sedges and Rushes" will be presented from 1 to 4 p.m. by Frances Clark. On June 30, a program, "Nesting Birds," will take place from 8 a.m. to noon. Joe Choiniere, director of the Massachusetts Audubon Society Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, will lead the program which focuses on birds that make the Oxbow their permanent home rather than migratory birds.

For information, directions and to register for the programs, call Rona Balco at 1-978-779-2259. As there will be a limit on the number of participants, call early. Field trips begin from the refuge off Still River Road (Route 110) in Harvard.

Concord Players to hold benefit

The Concord Players will be presenting the award-winning play "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" on June 23 at 8 p.m. This is a benefit performance to help defray the cost of traveling to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania this month to compete in the National AACT Theatre Festival, where they are representing New England.

Tickets are $20. Call 1-978-369-2990 for information. The performance will be at 51 Walden Street, Concord Center. The theatre is handicapped-accessible.

Sharing A New Song for Fathers Day

The Sharing A New Song Chorus (SANS) will perform Fathers Day concerts on Friday, June 15 at 8 p.m. at the Payson Park Church, 365 Belmont Street, Belmont, and on Sunday, June 17 at 5 p.m. at the Brooks School on Lincoln Road, Lincoln.

The 50-member chorus will travel to South Africa in August, its third trip to that country. The program, "Reaching Across Borders to South Africa," will include a cappella and accompanied music with songs from Africa, Broadway, spirituals, and the classics.

SANS is an international choral exchange project that uses choral music to celebrate the human spirit.

Admission is $10; $6 for seniors, children under 14, and fathers. For information call 1-978-456-3802 or 1-508-481-8299.

Local authors featured at Concord Bookshop

Explorers,mountaineers, photographers and adventure-seekers can meet the world-renowned climbers Bradford and Barbara Washburn at the Concord Bookshop on Sunday, June 10, at 3 p.m.

They will discuss their new books, Exploring the Unknown: Historic Diaries of Bradford Washburn's Alaska/Yukon Expeditions by Dr. Bradley Washburn, and The Accidental Adventure: Memoir of the First Woman to Climb Mt. McKinley by Barbara Washburn.

On Thursday, June 14, Carlisle's Rachel Page Elliott, author of Dogsteps, A New Look, will hold a book discussion and signing at 7:30 p.m. Elliott has long been one of America's most respected authorities on dog gait and movement.

Both events are free and open to the public. The Concord Bookshop is handicapped-accessible. Call 1-978-369-2405 for more information.

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