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Friday, February 7, 2003

Come to FNL tonight

The Carlisle Youth Commision would like to thank all the kids who participated in the FNL game night. While there was a slew of games to play, many of chose to partake in the Bingo games expertly called by Mr. Freedman.

Put on those dancing shoes or high-top basketball sneakers and enjoy a night out with your friends. This month FNL will feature a professional DJ from Premier DJ. Bring musical requests and gear up for a rockin' good night!

Those who have not yet attended a Friday Night Live are reminded to bring a parent and fill out a permission form. Thanks to all the parents who help chaperone FNL could not take place without their support.

A $3 contribution collected at the door allows the program to be self supporting. Pizza and soda are sold for a small fee. Students leaving before 9:30 p.m. must be signed out by a parent. Call Lynne Carpenito at 1-978-371-7508 with any questions.
ONE COOL CAT. This feline is hanging out at the Kyprianos family's front yard at 549 Bedford Road. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)

Upcoming events for young children

The Carlisle Parents Connection is hosting a Valentine's Day party for families of children ages 0-5 on Saturday, February 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at Union Hall. Animal Adventures will bring a variety of exciting animals possibilities include lemurs, tortoises, rabbits, lizards and alligators. In addition, there will be activities, crafts and treats. For more information, or to volunteer to help, call Krista Kallio at 1-978-287-5382 or Fiona Sibley at 1-978-287-4142.

The next winter Drop Out event will be held on Tuesday, February 11. Wear a name tag, and meet at the Discovery Museum in Acton from 3 to 4 p.m. The Children's Discovery Museum and First Connections have teamed up to offer Carlisle residents with children, 0-5, to come and enjoy the museum. This is a great way to come and see old friends and meet new ones. Call First Connections at 1-978-287-0221 to receive an admission discount.

Conservation Coffee February 11

The public is invited to join the Carlisle Conservation Commission for an informal discussion of conservation and land use on Tuesday, February 11, between 7:30 and 9 a.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. Coffee and refreshments will be served. All are welcome to stop by as time allows.

Future conservation coffees will be held on March 11, April 8, May 13, and June 10, 2003.

Council on Aging activities

Council on Aging book club: The February book group will meet at Jean La Broad's on Wednesday, February 12 at 9:30 a.m. to discuss The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor.

Men's breakfast: Senior men are invited to join chef Ed Lemire on Thursday, February 13, starting at 8 a.m. in the Sleeper Room. A $2 donation is suggested. Call the COA office for transportation.

Museum of Science trip: Only a few tickets are left for the Thursday, February 13 trip to see the Quest for Immortality exhibit. The bus will arrive at the museum for a noon showing of the IMAX film Mysteries of Egypt. Following this, there is time for lunch on your own as well as exploring the exhibit. The cost is $23 per person, including all museum fees and transportation. The bus will leave from the soccer fields on Church Street at 10:45 a.m. For reservations, call 1-978-371-2895. Make checks payable to the Friends of the COA and mail them to the COA office at P. O. Box 827, Carlisle, MA 01741. Many thanks to the Friends of the Council on Aging for funding the transportation for this trip.

Trip to Minuteman Tech: Join the COA on Thursday, February 27 for a trip to Minuteman Tech High School in Lexington. First stop is the salon where manicures are available for $3.50, and hair styling is $7.00. Next is lunch at the Fife and Drum, recently featured in the Boston Globe. There will be time to visit the gift shop and bakery also. The van leaves 145 Church Street at 9:45 a.m. Reservations are necessary. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

Travel with the COA

The upcoming trips are being offered by the Carlisle Council on Aging:

Portugal and Spain March 16 - 27.

Montreal Tour May 4 - 6.

The Charles Riverboat Company and the Cheesecake Factory May 22.

Rhine River Cruise October 2 - 12.

For more information contact Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or pick up a flyer at the council on aging office in Town Hall.

Contra dance on Valentine's Day

The second Friday contra dance will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on February 14. Before the dance, everyone is invited to a potluck supper that will begin at 6:30 p.m. The dance starts at 8 p.m. Sue Rosen will do the calling and Debby Knight, Bruce Rosen, Walter Lenk and friends will provide the music. A $5-a-person collection will be taken at intermission. Beginners and singles are welcome. Call Susan Emmons at 1-978-369-7921 with any questions.

Journalist to speak at the Mosquito Feb. 9

Anyone interested in the Mosquito is invited to attend an open discussion at the Mosquito office, 872 Westford Street, on Sunday, February 9, at 1:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Jerry Lanson, professor at Emerson College. He will critique the Mosquito and answer questions from the audience.

Newcomers Club social tomorrow night

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club will be hosting their annual Winter Social on Saturday night, February 8.

Anyone who has been a resident for less than seven years can join Newcomers. For more information call 1-978-287-0049. The group's many activities each month reflect the interests of the club members, so there is always something to participate in.

Author John Hanson Mitchell speaks at library

John Hanson Mitchell will read from his new book, Following the Sun, about his 1500-mile bike ride from the port of Cadiz to just below the Arctic Circle, on February 13, from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room at Gleason Public Library. He follows the European spring up through southern Spain, the wine and oyster country near Bordeaux, to Versailles (the palace of the "Sun King"), Wordsworth's Lake District, precipitous Scottish highlands, and finally to a Druid temple on the island of Lewis in the Hebrides, a place where midsummer is celebrated in pagan majesty.

In true John Mitchell fashion, this journey is interspersed with myth, natural history, and ritual, all revolving around the lure and lore of the sun. His pilgrimage will appeal to all those who look south in February and are drawn to dunes, picnics under castle walls, spring flowers, terraced vineyards, Moorish outposts, magic, and celebrations.

Author Mitchell has written many books on the natural world and how people have shaped and been shaped by where they live. He edits Sanctuary, the journal of the Massachusetts Audubon Society and lives in Littleton.

This is the second program of the second annual free February series sponsored by the Carlisle Cultural Council (CCC). The CCC is the local arm of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency that supports public programs in the arts, humanities, and science. The CCC is grateful to the Friends of Gleason Library Book Club for sharing the Hollis room on their meeting date. Call chair Jennifer Brock with questions at 1-971-287-9551.

Project extension requires ConsCom permit

The Carlisle Conservation Commission reminds project applicants who have received orders of conditions (orders) under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Carlisle Local Wetlands Protection Bylaw that the orders they received have a permit period of three years from the date of issuance.

Applicants with incomplete projects, including the final landscaping, may notify the conservation commission at 1-978-369-0336 for an extension order. However, this extension may only be granted if the commission is notified in writing at least 30 days prior to the end of the permit period.

Applicants with incomplete projects and expired orders of conditions must re-file with the conservation commission. Amended orders of conditions, submitted for plan changes to the original filing, do not extend the life of the original orders. An extension order must be requested at least 30 days prior to the end of the three-year life of the issuance of the original orders.

For more information, contact the Carlisle Conservation Commission at 1-978-369-0336. Information is also available through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection website:

Calling all 5th grade parents

The Spaghetti Supper is coming let's get organized before all the crazy spring activities begin. Please come to a short meeting on Thursday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. After a quick review of what needs to be done and what the proceeds are used for, there will be time to sign up for subcommittees. Everyone's participation is needed!

Annual kindergarten talk

Parents of children eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall of 2003 are cordially invited to attend our annual kindergarten talk on Monday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. in the Robbins Library of the Carlisle Public Schools. If you have any questions, please call Sharon Grossman or Joanne Graziano at 1-978-369-6550.

ConsCom forming a Greenough committee

The Carlisle Conservation Commission is seeking volunteers for a Greenough subcommittee being established to consider uses of the house, barn and agricultural fields existing on the Greenough conservation land. Interested townspeople are requested to submit a letter of interest and a resume of your conservation interests, by February 24, 2003 to: The Carlisle Conservation Commission, P.O. Box 827, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Trails committee to lead moonlight walk

On Saturday, February 15, at 7 p.m., the trails committee will lead a walk/cross-country ski/snowshoe outing under the full moon, starting from the Foss Farm parking lot. A shorter and a longer version of the walk will be available. Dress for the winter weather and bring a flashlight. Refreshments will be served afterwards. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

2002 Youth Risk Behavior Survey to be presented

The 2002 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results of the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) and Concord Middle School (CMS) will be presented to the community on February 13 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Ripley School, 120 Meriam Road in Concord. The snow date is February 27. All are welcome.

This will be an opportunity to learn of the risky behaviors that the local students are doing. The survey, conducted and funded by Emerson Hospital, has been given in 1998, 2000 and most recently in 2002. Concord's results are also compared to the aggregate results of the students in all towns that administer the test: Concord, Concord/Carlisle, Acton, Acton/Boxborough, Boxborough, Littleton, Weston, Groton/Dunstable and Maynard.

For additional information, contact Kathy Bowen, K12 health coordinator, 1-978-318-1510, ext. 144.

Come out and enjoy a Night at the Auction

The Carlisle Education Foundation (CEF) and Carlisle School Association (CSA) have joined forces to conduct an auction to raise money for the Carlisle Public School. This auction will be held on March 15 in Ware Hall at Middlesex School on Lowell Road in Concord. Auction organizers hope to raise over $25,000 for the Carlisle Schools from the auction. The proceeds from this auction will be used to fund programs and initiatives at the Carlisle Public Schools.

Over 150 items or services across a wide range of categories have been donated for the auction, ensuring something for everyone. The evening promises to be a combination of fundraising and social occasion. The event will begin with a preview of the items at 4 p.m., during which time anyone can come preview the many wonderful auction items and submit "silent" written bids. No tickets are needed to participate in this part of the auction. The "preview" period ends at 5 p.m., after which only ticket holders will have access to the event. A silent auction (written bids only) for many of the items will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., while appetizers are served. The silent auction will end at 8 p.m., to be followed by a catered dinner. After dinner, the live auction will take place, wrapping up the "business" part of the evening. Live music and dancing will then bring the evening to a grand conclusion.

Auction catalogues listing all items available will be provided in early March to all who purchase tickets. The catalogue will also be available for review on-line, so individuals who cannot attend will still be able to participate in the silent auction part of the event via on-line pre-bidding, or at the "preview" between 4 and 5 p.m. the day of the event.

Tickets to the event are $50 per person, which covers the cost of the event. Contact Ginny Lamere at 1-978-369-8210 for tickets. Seating will be in tables of six, so get together with your friends and reserve an entire table.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito