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Friday, April 16, 2004

OS&R land planning workshops

As part of the process of updating Carlisle's Open Space and Recreation Plan, the public is invited to participate in a series of land-planning workshops. The workshops will look at undeveloped, private parcels of ten acres or more in size, and will evaluate each property's conservation resources and potential for recreation use. The meetings will be held in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street on April 26 and April 27 in the Heald Room and April 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clark Room. The public is encouraged to attend.

The Open Space and Recreation Plan is a planning document that must be revised every five years to be considered current by the state Department of Environmental Management. Being current allows the town to be eligible for state Self-Help grants. The current edition of the Open Space and Recreation Plan, published in 2000 is available at the Gleason Public Library and can be viewed in the office of the Carlisle Conservation Commission in the Town Hall, 66 Westford Street.

For more information, contact Sylvia Willard, Conservation Administrator, at 1-978-369-0336.

ICE CREAM IS DEFINITELY ON THE RED BALLOON DIET PLAN. Kimball's ice cream stand has opened, and the nursery school enjoyed an outing there last week. Seated from left are: Rori Walsh, Alden Harring, Gabriella Walsh, Ali Walsh and Liam Smith. (Photo by Rik Pierce)
Chris Kavalauskas to lead vernal pool walk

The Trails Committee and the Conservation Commission will host a public vernal pool walk at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 25 at Towle Field. This is a great family activity. Chris Kavalauskas, former Conservation Commission chairperson and wildlife ecologist will lead the walk. She plans to bring examples of vernal-pool-dependent animals, such as salamanders and turtles. Wear clothes appropriate for the weather and bring small containers and magnifiers to view some of the smaller examples of vernal pool life. The walk is one mile round trip.Meet atthe Towle Field parking lot. Refreshments will be served after the walk. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680

Simmons College alumnae evening

On April 22, at 6:30 p.m., Simmons College grads and post grads will be getting together in Carlisle for fine food, wine and networking. There is no charge. This is not a fundraiser, only a "get to know who is in town" event. Potluck is the focus, so bring a finger food, dessert or wine. There will be a demonstration of "Thinking Outside the Pineapple."

For more information, contact Joan Parker at 1-978-369-3973.

Carlisle birding trip led by the Brownriggs

D'Ann and Tom Brownrigg, Carlisle birders, will lead a Brookline Bird Club outing in Carlisle the morning of Saturday, April 24. The trip is free and open to the public. Meet at Carlisle's Foss Farm Conservation Land parking lot at 7 a.m. Directions to Foss Farm from Carlisle center: Take Bedford Road (Rt. 225) east approximately 2 miles; Foss Farm is on the left side of the road. For more information, call the Brownriggs at 1-978-369-5609, or e-mail them at

Roger Gotlieb's talk canceled

Due to a family crisis, Roger Gotlieb cannot come to speak at the First Religious Society on Sunday, April 18.

COA Events

· The Council on Aging (COA) chess group will be starting in mid-May, not the fall, as announced earlier. For more details, call 1-978-371-2895.

· Back-to-school banquet. The next stop in the Luncheon series will be a banquet (including salad, either chicken Cordon Bleu or baked stuffed shrimp, vegetable, potato, rolls, beverage and dessert) at 11:30 a.m. at the Fife & Drum Restaurant at Minuteman Tech. Reservations will be accepted until May 10, at which point payment of $9.55 per person must be paid. To make a reservation, call Jim and Betty Elgin at 1-978-371-0728 or Tom and Karen Dunkers at 1-978-369-5681.

· Trip to Ireland November 2 - 13. The group will visit Shannon, Killarney, Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry-Killarney, Blarney-Waterford, Dublin-Galway-Connemara, Cliffs of Moher-Ennistymon and more. The cost is $1,839 plus departure fees. For information, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023.

April COA doings

· Free dress rehearsal. Thursday, April 22, 8 p.m., seniors are invited to see 1776, a musical, winner of five Tony awards performed by the Concord Players, 51 Walden Street, Concord.

· Exploring poetry. Starting Monday, April 26, this five-week program will explore poems on universal themes by classical and contemporary poets. The program meets from 10 to11:15 a.m. on Mondays at Town Hall. The fee is $10. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up.

CCHS news and notes

· Maximize your college financial aid (for parents). Concord-Carlisle Community Education will hold this class at the high school on Thursday, May 13, from 7 to 9 p.m.

· Faculty and staff appreciation luncheon on Friday, May 21. To volunteer to help, contact Susan Sharp at 1-978-371-3081.

· The Junior Prom begins at CCHS around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 7 when students gather in the school library while waiting for everyone to arrive. Parents traditionally congregate in front of the school to take photos of prom goers as they leave the reception around 6:30 p.m. to board buses to go to the dance. This year, after the buses leave, parents can continue on to an "After the Send Off" party hosted by Margaret Coughlin and John Riley at 40 Partridge Lane in Concord. It's BYOB with the class providing the food. RSVP to Margaret Coughlin at 1-978-371-7558 or

CPC Spring Egg Hunt rescheduled to May 1

The Carlisle Parents Connection will host the annual Carlisle Spring Egg Hunt on May 1, promptly at 10 a.m. at Diment Park's Tot Lot. Bring baskets. Refreshments and activities will follow Call Stephanie Blunt at 1-978-369-8634 to sign-up to help.

Desperately seeking: old pictures of Carlisle

Do you have photographs of Carlisle from the early 1900s to 1950 hidden away in the attic or in musty scrapbooks? While spring cleaning, please be on the lookout for historical photographs showing our town as it once was.

The Carlisle Historical Society would like to borrow old photos for a new visual history of the town, to be published by Arcadia Publishing Company in its "Images of America" series. This book will complement the current history of Carlisle, published in 1976 by Ruth Chamberlin Wilkins, and will include some 200 historical photographs.

Anyone who can contribute photographs to this book, contact Ellen Miller at 1-978-287-4776 or e-mail at They need not be high-quality photos, but identification is required — location, names of people (if any), and the name of the photograph's owner. All photos will be returned. It is planned that the new book will be published in 2005, in time for Carlisle's bicentennial year.

Pop Warner equipment fitting on May 1

Pop Warner football players, mark the calendar for equipment fitting on Saturday, May 1 at 3 p.m. at Hunt Rec Gym on Stow Street in Concord.

Homeowners' organic lawn care talk on April 27

To learn whether the herbicides or insecticides that are sold so readily in garden centers are safe, and whether there are healthier and more ecological alternatives for one's lawn and garden, come to a free, informational event on Tuesday, April 27, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Corey auditorium.

Pat Beckett and Chip Osborne, co-chairs of the Marblehead Living Lawn Project, will present "Simple Steps Towards Organic Spring Lawn Care: A Class For Homeowners," a slide show and talk that will engage residents about pesticide awareness. Beckett and Osborne, both NOFA-accredited in organic land care, will teach homeowners how to create and maintain beautiful and truly healthy lawns that are both ecologically sound and safe for families and pets.

For more information, visit and This public service event is presented by the Carlisle Pesticide Awareness Group (CPAG), working in collaboration with the Board of Health, the Conservation Commission, the Carlisle Garden Club and the First Religious Society Environmental Action Committee. The talk will be funded by the First Religious Society Environmental Action Committee and by a grant CPAG received from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.

National Library Week

National Library Week is April 18 to 24. Gleason Library has a nice selection of music CDs for kids and adults alike. There are DVDs and videos, both fiction and non-fiction, magazines, books on tape and CD, large print books, and plenty of books to entertain and challenge. The library even has databases available to help with research projects. Want a great recipe or the lyrics to a love song? Why not? Gleason Public Library is ready to respond.

This month the librarians are highlighting the distance that books travel to get to the Gleason. For anyone who has ordered a book through the inter-library loan program, the yellow slip inside will tell the original departure town before its arrival in Carlisle.

Library used book sale needs donations

The Friends of the Gleason Library will hold their annual used book sale on Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and are looking for donations of hardcovers and paperbacks in good condition (no textbooks, please.) If spring fever makes you want to thin out those book shelves, bring your donations, in boxes only, to the Gleason Library any time during the month of April. All proceeds benefit the library.

Volunteers needed for May 8 book sale

Volunteers are needed for the Friends of the Gleason Library book sale on Saturday, May 8. The sale, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., needs cashiers, book-transporters, heavy-lifters and book-organizers. If you have any amount of time to offer, and especially if you have a vehicle that can transport boxes of books, call Penny Zezima at 1-978-369-8941.

Open burning season

The dates for the open burning season in Carlisle are January 15 to May 1. Residents may have open fires between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Fires must be attended at all times and require a permit, which can be obtained on the day of burning between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. by calling the Carlisle Fire Department at 1-978-369-1442. The dispatcher will request a name, address and telephone number and will advise if conditions are acceptable for burning on that day.

The Concord Players present 1776

The Concord Players, 51 Walden Street, Concord Center will be presenting the five-time Tony award winner 1776, directed by Kirsten Gould and music direction by Susan Minor on April 23, 24, 30, and May 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for all shows. Call 1-978-369-2990 or charge tickets at Tickets are also available in Harness Shop in Concord Center.

Early Music presents medieval/renaissance trio

The Cambridge Society for Early Music (CSEM) concludes its 23rd season of "Chamber Music by Candlelight" concerts in Carlisle with a performance entitled "Unrequited — Machaut and the French Ars Nova." The concert will take place on Thursday, April 29

This concert will be performed by the vocal trio Liber unUsualis, an ensemble for Medieval and Renaissance music. Liber unUsualis was formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1996 and is internationally recognized for their interpretation of Medieval music and their innovative programming. The trio is comprised of soprano Melanie Germond, mezzo-soprano Carolann Buff and tenor William Hudson. Trained in historical performance practice, the singers ground their programs in research on original manuscripts and historical context.

Tickets are $25 general admission, with $20 discounted tickets available for students and senior citizens. For further information and to order tickets, call the CSEM office at 1-617-489-2062, or write to the Cambridge Society for Early Music, P.O. Box 336, Cambridge 02238-0336. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the night of the concert.

Chamber Music Society reaches out to chamber music players

The Concord Chamber Music Society (CCMS) is proud to announce a unique and exciting program called "Musical Connections." It is a new, free educational community outreach effort that has been created especially for chamber music lovers, to bring local amateur musicians and music students together who have aspirations to explore the chamber music repertoire for their personal enrichment and enjoyment.

To facilitate the formation of chamber ensembles within our community, CCMS will sponsor an informal social event on Sunday, May 2, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, located on the Concord Academy Campus at 166 Main Street in Concord Center. At the event on May 2, musicians will be able to meet each other and play chamber music together if they wish. The event will begin with a reading of a larger musical work, involving all musicians present at the event. Boston Symphony Orchestra Associate Principal Bassist Lawrence Wolfe will conduct the reading. Following the reading, musicians will divide into smaller chamber ensembles to work together.

There will be no charge to attend, and light refreshments will be served. Chamber ensembles that are formed as a result of this event, or pre-existing ensembles that wish to continue working together, can then request free musical guidance and/or coaching from the Concord Chamber Players, the CCMS resident musicians, and selected guest artists on the series. Coaching may be offered for a fee. As a sub-component of the CCMS mission, ensembles will be encouraged to explore chamber works by New England composers, along with more familiar works. RSVP to attend the event on May 2 by calling the Concord Chamber Music Society: 1-978-371-9667 or send an email to Wendy Putnam at

New programs at Kerem Shalom

Congregation Kerem Shalom in Concord will offer two new programs for the upcoming summer and school year.Next year, inaddition to the one-day-a-week Hebrew school program, there will also be a two-day option with a pilot program of a combined grades 3 and 4.This class will meet on Tuesday and Thursday and be taught by an experienced Kerem Shalom teacher.

Our new Pizza and Practice Program will begin this summer, on June 22 at 6 p.m.Pizza and Practice will meet once a week on Tuesdays.The students will gather for pizza and then in an informal "campy" atmosphere, will work with a faculty member and teen aides to keep their Hebrew skills moving forward.Families may purchase coupons for Pizza and Practice sessions for $5 each, 7 sessions for $30 or all 11 for $40.In addition to a reasonable fee, families can pay for just the number of sessions they want.Each student will be individually assessed and records of their progress will be kept.Pizza and Practice is open to students whose synagogues are involved with the Sudbury Valley Special Needs Initiative, Kerem Shalom, Beth Elohim in Acton, Temple Shir Tikva, B'nai Torah, Congregation Beth El and Congregation Or Atid.All sessions will be held at Kerem Shalom at 659 Elm Street in Concord.To purchase coupons for sessions, call 1-978-369-1223 or send a check to Kerem Shalom, Box 1646, Concord, MA 01742.This program is partially funded by the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Boston.

Hebrew School registration for the 2004-2005 is currently in process.For school or membership information, call 1-978-369-1223.

Emerson Hospital offers AARP Driver Safety Program

The AARP "Driver Safety Program" will be offered at Emerson Hospital in Concord on Monday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 4 (a two-day, eight-hour course). Presented by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and sponsored by Emerson Hospital, the classroom refresher course focuses on compensating for physiological changes that can affect the perceptual skills of drivers over 55 years of age.

The course covers many facets of driving such as traffic interaction, vehicle safety, adverse driving conditions and rules of the road. The AARP Safe Driving Program, begun in 1978, is the first and only driver education course designed specifically to help the older driver compensate for normal age-related physiological problems such as slower reaction time and vision and hearing deficiencies.

The course will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 3 and May 4, with a noon lunch both days. The cost of the course is $10 to cover supplies. Lunch will be provided at no charge each day. The AARP Safe Driving Program is limited to 30 people, and registration is required. For more information or to make a reservation for this special program, call Jan Quinty at Emerson Hospital at 1-978-287-3085.

Registration open for Camp Ice programs

Bay State Blades is now accepting applications for the upcoming Camp Ice program at the Chelmsford Forum Skating Arena in North Billerica. Camp Ice, available during April vacation and summer, is a full-day camp offering a range of daily activities including skating, arts and crafts, sports, games, special guests and more. The program serves children ages 6 to 12 and features ice skating that is incorporated into a complete day camp program. For more information, stop by the Chelmsford Forum; call the Bay State Blades at 1-781-871-7681 or visit Register now; space is limited.

Register for spring and summer skating lessons

Bay State Blades is now accepting applications for individuals for upcoming spring and summer skating lessons at the Chelmsford Forum in North Billerica. Programs are available for all ages and abilities beginning May 3. For more information stop by the Chelmsford Forum, call the Bay State Blades at 1-781-871-7681 or visit Register soon. Space is limited.

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito