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Friday, March 5, 2004

Trails Committee to lead moonlight walk

On Saturday, March 6, at 7 p.m., the Trails Committee will lead a walk/cross-country ski/snowshoe outing (depending on conditions) under the full moon around the Cranberry Bog. A shorter and a longer version of the walk will be available. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Park at the bog house or at the edge of the road. This event will be cancelled if there is heavy rain. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Conservation Coffee

The March 9 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Members of the Carlisle Conservation Foundation will be on hand to answer questions people may have on the proposed Benfield, Parcel A land acquisition. Residents are welcome to bring questions about this project.

The Conservation Coffees began two years ago, and are regularly held on the second Tuesday of the month. Their purpose is to provide an informal opportunity for residents to meet and to discuss a wide range of issues land use, conservation and the environment. The coffees end promptly at 9:00 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Refreshments provided.

Chamber music by candlelight March 11

The Cambridge Society for Early Music presents a program entitled "Special Blend: Music for a London Coffee House in Handel's Time" on Thursday, March 11 at 8 p.m. at the First Religious Society in Carlisle Center. The concert will feature Elissa Berardi on recorders and the Philomel Baroque ensemble of Philadelphia performing works of Handel, Arne, Boyce, Barbella and others.

Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for students and senior citizens. For further information, call 1-617-489-2062.

FNL tonight

Middleschoolers - come out and have some fun — Friday Night Live style. Friday, March 5 is the date and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. is the time. Bring your "A" game for the basketball court and a request list for the DJ. A $ 3 contribution is collected at the door to keep the program self-supporting. Students who leave prior to 9:30 p.m. must be signed out by a parent. All others should be picked up at 9:30 sharp. For more information call Kathy Hassey at 1-978-287-4284.

Jimmy Buffett donates tickets to CEF/CSA Dinner/Dance

Are you a Parrothead? Have you been searching for your lost shaker of salt? Well, get your shark hat on! The CEF/CSA Dinner/Dance, Carlisle Goes Calypso, will be auctioning off two First Section tickets to Jimmy Buffett's August concert at the Tweeter Center, donated by Jimmy Buffett. You'll be practically nose to nose with the king of Margaritaville. In addition, the winning bidders will receive all the fixings for a splendid tailgate party. Half the fun of the concert is seeing the action in the parking lot, and you'll be ready with your cooler of treats. Other surprises are included! Get your dinner/dance tickets before they are sold out, and have Changes in Latitudes. Order forms are available at Ferns, Carlisle Town Hall or the Gleason Public Library, or by calling 1-978-369-8210.

Love to fish?

Steve Kirk of Westford Street calls all fishing enthusiasts to join a first meeting of the Carlisle Fishing Discussion Group which will meet Monday, March 15 from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at Union Hall at the First Religious Society.

Discuss The Over-Scheduled Child

Concord Carlisle Parent Initiative (CCPI) invites the public to attend a book discussion group on Monday, March 15, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. at the Concord-Carlisle High School Library. To reserve a free spot, e-mail CCPI at: The discussion will focus on the book The Over-Scheduled Child: Avoiding the Hyper-Parenting Trap, by Rosenfeld and Wise. For more information, visit the web site

March Council on Aging doings

Book club. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 for information about the March Book Group.

Men's breakfast. Enjoy a hot, made-to-order breakfast by Chef Ed Lemire in the Sleeper Room on Thursday, March 11. The suggested donation is $2.

Lunch and silent movie program. Join the COA for lunch in the Sleeper Room on Thursday, March 18, at 11:45 a.m. Pianist Richard Hughes will follow with a program including a Charlie Chaplin silent film and a lively accompaniment of ragtime music, novelty piano pieces and Tin Pan Alley songs of the 1920s. RSVP to 1-978-371-2895. A $2 donation is suggested for lunch. If you are unable to attend lunch, you are welcome to attend the program at 12:45 p.m.

CCHS St. Patrick's Day luncheon. The students at CCHS invite seniors to a traditional St. Patrick's Day luncheon with corned beef, cabbage and all the fixings on Saturday, March 20 at 11:30 a.m. Van transportation is available. The van will leave 145 Church Street at 11 a.m. or call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 for pickup from your home. RSVP for lunch at 1-978-371-2895.

Line dancing on Fridays. Join the Friday COA line dancing class with instructor Janice Micarelli. No experience is necessary. The cost is $3.50 per class. For information or to sign up, call Dorothea at 1-978-369-3118.

Quilters and craftspeople. The COA quilting group meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Sleeper Room. Call 1-978-371-2895 with any questions.

Calling all chess players. The COA is considering starting a chess group this fall. Call 1-978-371-2895 if you are interested in joining this group.

Annual rabies clinic at new location

The Carlisle rabies clinic for cats and dogs will be held on Saturday, March 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. at a new location: Carlisle Animal Hospital at 998 Bedford Road. The clinic is sponsored by the Carlisle Board of Health and the Carlisle Animal Hospital. Pet owners must be residents of Carlisle to participate.

State law requires the vaccination of all cats and dogs. Bring a current vaccination certificate in order to receive the three-year vaccine, otherwise only a one-year vaccine can be given. A rabies tag is not sufficient. The cost is $10 per animal. Cash is appreciated but checks will be accepted. Dogs must be on leashes and cats brought in carriers.

Dog licenses will be available during clinic hours. A late fine of $20 will be added to the regular fee for any dog not licensed by March 31. Proof of current vaccination status is required for licensing.

Volunteers are needed to help with the processing. Community service points will be awarded to eligible high school students. Contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283 for more information.

Plots available at Foss Farm Community Garden

The 450-square-foot plots are available for $5 per plot, maximum of two plots per family. The gardens are plowed and staked each spring and wells provide water for the gardeners during the growing season. Bob Dennison continues to manage the Foss Farm Community Gardens.

To obtain a garden plot assignment, please send a check payable to the Town of Carlisle by April 1. Include your name, address, telephone number, registration numbers of the vehicles that will be used at the gardens, along with a stamped, self-addressed return envelope to: Bob Dennison, 165 Stearns Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. Assignments for garden plot requests received after the April 1 deadline will be made on a space-available basis.

Spring social for Daisys and Brownies

The Carlisle first-grade Brownie Troop would like to invite all Carlisle Daisy and Brownie Scouts to their annual spring social to be held at Union Hall on Sunday, March 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. Steve Charrette, magician extraordinaire, will be back by popular demand to entertain as the Scouts enjoy refreshments with friends and family.

Call Dale Ryder at 1-978-371-9673 or email to make a reservation. Tickets are available for $7 for a Scout and her guest and can be picked up at the door.

Mosquito Trash Party April 3

Planning has begun for the annual Mosquito Trash Party scheduled for Saturday morning, April 3. Save the date; find those garden gloves and plan to join your friends and neighbors in this uniquely entertaining town-wide event.

Because bad weather cancelled last year's party, there are two years' worth of trash resting on the roadsides of Carlisle, so the "harvest" will be even greater this year.

Join the party by contacting Bob Orlando at 1-978-369-1690 or e-mail Let us know where you'll be working, or stop by the parking lot next to Ferns that morning, help yourself to coffee and a donut, and we'll award you a street as yet "unclaimed" and in need of cleaning.

Each year, truckloads of fresh-picked trash are carted off to the transfer station as a result of the efforts of caring individuals. First-timers, veteran pickers, new residents and Scout groups, all contributing just an hour or two of their time, make a visible difference to the local landscape.

Swing Night at 51 Walden in Concord

Swing Night, an evening of dancing or listening pleasure with a live, hot swing band comprised of some of Greater Boston's finest musicians, will be at the Friends of the Performing Arts Center, 51 Walden Street, Concord, on Saturday, March 13, from 8 to 11 p.m. A special attraction will be featured vocalist and popular cabaret singer, Joan Story. Members of the band include Robin Verdier, piano; Scott Philbrick, trumpet and guitar; Dick Chick, reeds; Ernie Clark, trombone; Dan Boone, bass; and Gary Spellissey, drums. Come to dance or just to listen.

A beverage bar will be available. Tickets for $25 per person to benefit FOPAC may be reserved by calling 1-978-369-7911. In addition, a one-hour swing instruction at 7 p.m. will be offered by Tempo Dance Center for $5 per person. Pay at the door. Tickets for the dance also available at the door.

New life for old cell phones

The Carlisle Council on Aging, in conjunction with the police department, is collecting used cell phones and chargers to distribute to senior citizens for 911 use only. Drop off at the COA office in Town Hall, first floor. Call 1-978-371-2895 with any questions.

Boy Scout fertilizer/birdseed sale begins March 6

Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135 is holding its annual Fertilizer and Birdseed Sale starting March 6 and ending on March 20. Products for sale include Scotts quality fertilizer and grass seed products, LOFT'S garden fertilizer and Carlisle's finest all natural fertilizer. Premium Birdseed containing Sunflower Hearts is also for sale this year. Donations are also welcomed.

The Scouts will be at the town transfer station and in Ferns parking lot on March 6 and March 20 to take orders. The products will be delivered to customer homes on April 3. Proceeds from the sale plus donations help to defray the cost of Troop 135's many programs. Over forty Carlisle boys are registered in the troop.

Playgroup for infants

Are you the parent or caretaker of a baby under six months? The Carlisle Parents Connection is currently forming a playgroup for babies born in or after September 2003. An introductory gathering will be held on March 11 at 10 a.m. Contact Nancy West for more details if you'd like to attend: 1-978-369-6515.

Pediatricians to speak

Dr. Perri Klass and Dr. Eileen Costello, authors of the newly released book Quirky Kids, will be speaking at the Concord Museum on Thursday, March 11 from 7:30 to 9 p.m., co-sponsored by the museum, The cost of the evening's program and reception is $10 per person. Reservations are requested. Contact the Concord Museum at 1-978-369-9763 for more information.

Register to play Pop Warner Football

Registration for Concord Carlisle Pop Warner football is ongoing. Pick up your registration form at the Carlisle Recreation office in Town Hall and sign up today. Questions? Contact Kevin McNamara at

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