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Friday, May 16, 2003

Art reception at Gleason on Saturday

The public is invited to a reception on Saturday, May 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library for local artists Karin Lemmermann and Bonnie Miskolczy. An exhibit of their work in ceramics and sculpture will be on display at the library from May 5 through July 1. For more information call 1-978-369-4898.

Education Forum focuses on censorship

The Carlisle School's Eighth Annual Education Forum will be held on Saturday, May 17, at 9:30 a.m. in the Corey Auditorium. Come to hear award-winning author and Carlisle resident Nancy Garden. Her topic will be "Kids, Books and Censorship: An Author's Perspective."

In 1993, Nancy Garden's novel, Annie on My Mind (1982), was banned in a number of school districts. The story is about two high school girls who fall in love with each other. In 2001, Nancy Garden received the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award for her work defending Annie On My Mind. Today the book, though still controversial, is considered by many to be one of the most important teen books written in the past forty years. In 2003, Nancy Garden won the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.

Spring bird walk May 18

This year's annual spring bird walk on the Towle Land will be held on Sunday, May 18, leaving from the parking area on Westford Street at 6 a.m. Sponsored by the Conservation Commission, the walk will be led by Ken Harte.

How will the spring migration be affected by the cold, wet spring (or is it still winter?), punctuated by a few balmy days? Tree swallows and bluebirds are in and competing for nesting boxes. Bobolinks have been getting scarcer; how many will return this year? What will be the effect of two years of sheep grazing? And will one or both waterthrushes be back? Come and find out on May 18, rain or shine, with binoculars, boots, and insect repellant.

Commander Josh Klein to speak at Memorial Day festivities May 26

Carlisle's traditional Memorial Day celebration will be held on Monday, May 26 from 9:30 a.m. until noon in Carlisle Center. Everyone is encouraged to come out and celebrate this occasion and honor those who have served and are serving our country.

The day's events will begin with a flag-raising on the Common at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. formal exercises will be held in the Corey Auditorium with a keynote address by Carlisle resident Joshua Klein, a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. After the formal exercises, a parade will follow the traditional route down Church Street to Green Cemetery, up Bedford Road to the monument at the rotary, and finish at the town flag pole on the Common where the school band will play "The Star Spangled Banner".

Immediately after the parade, juice and cookies will be served to the children outside the Carlisle School cafeteria.

The First Religious Society invites townspeople to attend their traditional Memorial Day luncheon at Union Hall following the parade.

All veterans who need trans-portation please call Norm Fredkin at 1-978-369-2195.

Volunteer and make a difference

The Council on Aging is currently looking for people to deliver meals-on-wheels once or twice a month.

This is not a big commitment. Meals are picked up in Bedford Center and are delivered twice a week. Meals are presently delivered to four households in Carlisle. The route takes about one hour. Pick up meals at approximately 10 a.m. If interested in this small but very important and worthwhile volunteer assignment, please call Susan Evans, Council on Aging Outreach Coordinator at 1-978-371-2895.

Help with Foss Farm fence repair May 18

The Trails Committee needs volunteers to help to finish nailing up the cross-pieces to the uprights on the split rail fence around the parking lot at Foss Farm. This project will be done on Sunday, May 18, meeting at 9 a.m. in the Foss Farm parking lot. Bring portable power drills, drill bits and hammers; nails will be provided. Call Bert Willard at 1-978-369-1121 with questions.

Pass It Forward May 17

Help area charities during Carlisle's first Pass It Forward Day on May 17, from 10 a.m. to noon, sponsored by the Household Recycling Committee. Representatives from the charities will be at the transfer station to collect donated items.

The types of items sought include: furniture, small kitchen appliances and cooking utensils, lamps, clothing, new toys for infants and toddlers and used child safety equipment such as outlet plugs, baby monitors, car seats and strollers , gently used books, art supplies, toys, and games. Make sure all items are in good condition.

Participating charities include the Household Goods Recycling Ministry, the Host to International Program at MIT, House of Hope, and Boston AIDS shelters. Tax receipts will be provided from some charities. Call Amy Fennick with any questions at 1-978-369-5291.

Pre-K kids' soccer

A fun and active soccer program is being offered for boys and girls ages four and five at Spalding Field on Saturdays May 17 - June 21. The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Come at 8:15 a.m. on May 17 to register. Bring a soccer ball, water, and $10 for the registration fee. Children must be accompanied by a parent. For more information, contact Krista Kallio at 1-978-287-5382 or kristated

Eliassen offers bike maintenance advice at Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education

The school year may be winding down, but a brand-new semester is startingup at Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education, and many of thecourses will be taught by Carlisleans. The wide range of topics theypresent provides area residents with opportunities to learn new skills andadvance their interests through low-cost, quality classes, close to home. Classes are self-funded through student fees and meet at Concord-CarlisleHigh School, unless otherwise noted.

Just in time for the warm weather, Carlisle's Tim Eliassen will teach basic BikeMaintenance I, a must for anyone who rides a bike and can't toleratesqueaks, poor shifting or brakes that make noise or don't stop properly.Learn the maintenance items that anyone can (and should) do, as wellas on-the-road emergency repairs, including flat tires. Studentsshould not bring their bikes to this class. Class meets Tuesday, May 27,from 7 to 9 p.m. The fee is $15.

The following night, Wednesday, May 28,from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Eliassen will teach his slightly more advanced hands-oncourse, Bike Maintenance II. For students who know basic bike maintenance,a chance to delve deeper into the bike's innards with the opportunity toclean, grease and adjust bearings, replace brake and shifter cables, brakepads and chains. Students should be prepared to deal with grease and dirt,and bring their bikes as well as any parts they want to replace and basictools (Allen wrenches, pliers, screwdriver, etc.), if they have them. Thefee is $20.

For more information or to register, call Community Education, 1-978-318-1540. Pre-registration is strongly advised to avoid disappointment. Details on these and all other spring and summer Community Educationclasses are available at the web site

Order school supplies early

Tired of the crazy last-minute rush to six different stores to find erasers, pencils, magic markers and notebooks during the last days of summer? The Carlisle School Association is back for the second year with the school supplies program which does all that school-supply shopping.

This is how the program works: Children will be receiving a (teacher approved) order form in their backpacks, which will be specific about the needs of their future classroom next year. To participate in the program, just fill out the form, enclose a check and send the information to Betsy Semonite by May 30 at 801 North Road. In September, when children arrive at school on the first day, the school supplies will be waiting.

For more information on this CSA fundraising program, call Lori Canavan at 1-978-287-4020.

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