The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 14, 2001

Community Bulletin Board

Candlelight vigil this Sunday at CCHS

All are invited to a candlelight vigil this Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. on the football field at Concord-Carlisle High School. This will be a short, family-oriented service intended to pull the community together after the shocking events of this week.The non-denominational vigil is being planned by the Concord-Carlisle faith communities.

Trails need clearing

The trails committee needs your help with some trail clearing on Sunday, September 23. Meet in the Town Hall parking lot at 9 a.m. We generally work for two to three hours, but any time you can spare is appreciated. To protect yourself against both mosquitoes and poison ivy, wear clothing long enough to cover your arms and legs. Boots are also a good idea, in case we encounter wet areas. Bring bow saws, loppers, or pruning tools if you have them, but mostly bring yourself.

If you have any questions, call Verna Gilbert at 1-978-369-9278.

Register for Gleason Library story times

The Gleason Public Library will offer five story time sessions beginning in October: one group of 4 1/2 to 6 year olds, two groups of 3 to 4 1/2 year olds, one group of 2 to 3 year olds and a group for children younger than 2. For the 2 to 3 year old group, the child must be two by October 1, for the 3 to 4-1/2 year old group, the child must be three by October 1; for the older group, the child must be five by March 31

The sessions for 2 to 3 year olds with parent (or caregiver) will be offered on Saturday mornings from 10:30 until 11 a.m. A drop-in story time for ages younger than two will be offered on Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m. A parent or a caregiver is expected to accompany the child. No registration is needed for this session only. Both of these story times will run for six weeks.

In-person registration for the fall story time session at Gleason Public Library will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 22. Telephone registrations will be accepted after 11a.m.

CSA gift wrap goes on sale

The annual Carlisle School Association (CSA) gift wrap sale starts today. Look for a packet in the backpack of the youngest Carlisle student in your family. This is traditionally one of our biggest fundraisers, with over 50 percent of the proceeds going directly to the school. The funds are used for cultural enrichment and to fill teachers' wish lists. Share the packet with your friends and family. Orders are due by September 28. For the first time this year, a classroom party packet will be awarded to each classroom achieving 50 percent participation (all siblings get credit for a family order). If you have any questions, call Beth Platt at 1-978-369-9799 or Deb Hankey at 1-978-369-0374.

Friends of the COA annual meeting on October 2

The Friends of the Council on Aging will hold its annual meeting before the Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) meeting on Tuesday, October 2. Time will be available for Carlisle residents to discuss the senior van transportation service and other elder concerns in Carlisle. The meeting is open to the public and will be held in the Clark Room at Town Hall at 7 p.m. The COA will meet as regularly scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in the Clark Room.

CCF sponsors nature course in Carlisle

The Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) is sponsoring a program, "Adventures in Nature," through the Carlisle Recreation Department. CCF has arranged for a teacher-naturalist from Massachusetts Audubon's Drumlin Farm to come to Carlisle for eight Wednesday classes. As part of the Audubon Ark Traveling Wildlife Program, the course for third through sixth grades will involve meeting a wild animal at the beginning of each session and then pursuing related activities in nearby meadow, forest and wetland areas. While there will be a $10 registration fee to cover the recreation department's administrative costs, CCF is underwriting the costs of the program as part of their mission to educate the young about the environment.

The program will begin on Wednesday, September 26, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration forms are available at the Gleason Library, Town Hall or by calling 1-978-369-9815.

Kids visit another dimension on September 26

Envision an architect, poet, welder, rock star, and chemist spending an hour together. Then try to imagine what kind of solution they could come up with to ease world hunger. Now put a group of kids together to solve that problem for Destination Imagination (formerly known as Odyssey of the Mind). It's guaranteed that they will design something ten times more unusual and more daring.

The Carlisle Destination Imagination program will run a demonstration of improvisational activities for school kids (K-8) on Wednesday, September 26, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Carlisle Exercise Room (Corey Building, lower level). If you have participated before or just want to "try it out," bring along a friend and join the crowd. Adults interested in coaching a team are welcome as well.

Registration forms are available at the Carlisle Public School library circulation desk and at the Gleason Library. All applications to join Destination Imagination are due on Friday, September 28. For more information, contact Carlisle program director Nicole Bloomfield at 1-978-371-0235.

Cultural grant applications due October 15

Applications are now being accepted by the Carlisle Cultural Council for the 2001- 2002 funding cycle of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The purpose of the Carlisle Cultural Council is to support public programs that promote access, education, diversity, and excellence in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in the community. Individuals, private nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries are encouraged to apply.

In addition to local cultural council grants, applications will be accepted for the PASS program that covers the cost for children, grades pre-kindergarten through twelve, to attend programs in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences (including performances, educational tours, and exhibits).

Deadline for applications is October 15, 2001. Forms are available at the Gleason Public Library.

Join the Boy Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 135 welcomes all boys, ages 11-17, to join the troop. Meetings are scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 7:15 p.m. in the Corey Gym exercise room. The program is focused on camping and hiking, service projects, and rank advancement. If you have any questions, call Martin Galligan, assistant Scoutmaster, at 1-978-369-5003.

Sixth Grade Spaghetti Supper on October 2

On October 2, the Carlisle Public School's sixth grade class invites the community to the annual Spaghetti Supper. The class will prepare and serve a delicious spaghetti dinner, including salad, drink and dessert, for only $6 adults and $3 children and seniors. Seatings are continuous from 5 to 8 p.m. Raffles for many exciting prizes will take place during the event, and all proceeds will support class activities. Tickets for the Supper and the raffles are available from any sixth grader or can be purchased at Daisy's Market.

CSA to hold Welcome Coffee for newcomers

All newcomers to the Carlisle schools, as well as old-timers willing to provide a greeting, are invited to attend a welcome coffee on Tuesday, September 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the home of the current CSA president, Valerie Traynor, 91 Rutland Street (off of East Street).

Come socialize and learn about the Carlisle School Association's (CSA) programs for newcomers, including "Friendly Faces," which matches new families with families that have been in town awhile to provide information and friendship during the "settling in" period. Refreshments and coffee will be provided. Call Newcomer chair Elizabeth Acquaviva at 1-978-369-0364 if you have any questions or would like to volunteer to bring something.

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