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Friday, May 7, 2004

Book sale tomorrow

The Friends of the Gleason Library book sale will be held on Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the library lawn. Good quality hardcovers, paperbacks and children's books will be available at unbelievably low prices. Come with the family and stock up for summer reading. In case of rain, the sale will be held at Union Hall from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Carlisle Garden Club plant sale tomorrow

Ever use a propane burner for tackling tough weeds or brush? How about a weed wrench or water drill? Garden club members will be demonstrating these innovative tools during their bi-annual plant sale outside the DPW building at the transfer station, on Saturday, May 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Many of the plants will be

from Garden Club members' gardens, meaning they are very likely to thrive in your garden too. Knowledgeable Garden Club members will be on hand to give gardening advice. This is a painless way to choose a delightful Mother's Day gift.

Proceeds from the sale go towards civic plantings, Gleason Library books and passes, and the Garden Club's annual scholarships. Questions? Call or e-mail Alison Saylor at Saylorfarm 1-978-369-1809.

Contra dance May 14

The Second Friday Contra Dance will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on Friday, May 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. A $5-a-person collection will be taken at intermission. Beginners and singles are welcome. Call Ellen Huber at 1-978-369-6678 with any questions.

Annual spring bird walk Sunday May 16

This year's spring bird walk on the Towle Land will be held on Sunday, May 16, leaving from the parking lot on Westford Street at 6 a.m. Sponsored by the Conservation Commission for the last 32 years, the walk will be led by Ken Harte.

Bobolinks held their own last year, but the trend is down; how many will return this year? What will be the effect of three years of sheep graze? Come and find out on May 16, rain or shine, with binoculars, boots and insect repellent.

ConsCom coffee

The May 11 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 Garden Club will be on hand to discuss their planting projects in public areas. The coffee ends promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow.

Board of Health announcement

The 2004 high groundwater testing season has been extended by the Board of Health until 5/15/04 due to weather conditions.

Carlisle Council on Aging events

Men's breakfast. The men's breakfast group meets on Thursday, May 13 at 8 a.m. in the Sleeper Room. Enjoy a hot, made-to-order breakfast courtesy of Chef Ed. Lemire. Suggested donation is $2.

Chess players. The COA chess group will meet on Tuesday, May 11 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Sleeper Room and every Tuesday thereafter at the same time. Call 1-978-371-2895 for more information or if you would like to join. All levels are welcome to attend, but some experience is necessary.

Morning coffee and Memorial Day crafts. Thursday, May 20 at 9 a.m., there will be coffee and breakfast treats in the Sleeper Room, followed by a Memorial Day crafts project led by Peggy Wang.

Back-to-school banquet. The next stop in the Luncheon series will be a banquet (including salad, either Chicken Cordon Blue or Baked Stuffed Shrimp, vegetable, potato, rolls, beverage and dessert) at 11:30 a.m. at the Fife & Drum Restaurant at Minuteman Tech on Tuesday, May 18. Reservations will be accepted until May 10, at which point payment of $9.95 per person must be paid. For more information or to make a reservation, call Jim and Betty Elgin at 1-978-371-0728 or Tom and Karen Dunkers at 1-978-369-5681.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden trip. Thursday, May 27, the COA will sponsor a trip to the Tower Hill Botanic Garden, meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Church Street at the soccer fields and returning by 2 p.m. (weather permittting). Lunch is on your own, at the Twigs Café or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy outside. The cost is $7. Call 1-978-371-2895 by May 17 for reservations.

Spring Arts Festival and Luncheon. Join the Friends of the COA for their annual meeting and celebration of art on Thursday, June 3 at noon in Union Hall at the First Religious Society. See art made by Carlisle's seniors — painting, photography, quilting, needlecrafts and more. If you have something you would like to display or for more information, call the COA office. Drop off items to be displayed on Wednesday. June 2 between 2 and 4 p.m. in Union Hall.

Peabody Essex Museum Trip. Save Thursday, June 17 for a guided tour of the Yin Yu Tang Chinese House and Gallery.

November Ireland Trip. Twelve days, November 2 — 13 to see the best of Ireland, including Shannon, Killarney, Dingle Peninsula, Dublin-Galway and more. For more information, call Joanne at 1-978-371-8023, e-mail at or pick up a flyer at the COA office in Town Hall.

Gleason Book Discussion Group meets on May 13

The Gleason Book Discussion Group will meet on May 13 to discuss War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library from 7 - 8:30 p.m. This book offers a thought-provoking and powerful meditation on the subject of war. Having been a foreign correspondent, the author was awarded the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism as well as a Pulitzer prize for covering global terrorism. The library has been able to obtain several copies of this short book, and there is still time ... so do come and join the discussion.

A heads up: the book selected for the June 1 book discussion is The Life of Pi by Yann Martel. This will be the last meeting before the summer break.

CPC fundraiser and meeting on May 18

All are welcome to attend this Carlisle Parents' Connection fundraiser and mini business meeting on Tuesday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Nancy Szczesniak's house at 124 Aberdeen Drive. Come and enjoy good company, good food and reasonable wine. If you would like to purchase some Pampered Chef products, feel free to do so but there will be no pressure to buy. Your company is far more important. Primarily,we'll be socializing and having fun, but we will also briefly discuss the culmination of this year and the onset of next year. If you are interested in the organization, come, whether or not you have young children of your own.

RSVP to Nancy if you are reasonably certain you will be able to attend (to help with planning) at 1-978-369-6194 or

Cub Scout open meeting

The next meeting of Cub Scout Pack 135 will be Tuesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room. All boys who will be in grades 1-5 next year are invited to come and see what Cub Scouting is all about. Our special guest will be dog trainer Mary Ann Callahan. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Call Steve Golson, Cubmaster, 1-978-371-9959.

Democratic fundraiser for John Kerry

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee will host a fundraiser/house party for John Kerry on May 22, at the Ballantine home, 268 Fiske Street at 7:30 p.m. Kerry supporters will have an opportunity to show their support financially while sharing good food and good conversation. Kerry memorabilia connected with his visits to Carlisle will be featured. For more information, call Cynthia Schweppe at 1-978-369-5738.

Girl Scout spring registration

Carlisle Girl Scouts will hold a spring registration to enroll girls for next year on Monday, May 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Union Hall in the First Religious Society, 27 School Street. Representatives from the Carlisle Girl Scouts will be available to answer questions. Scouting welcomes girls from kindergarten to adult. Volunteers are currently needed at the kindergarten level. The Patriots' Trail Girl Scout Council provides free, local training and support. Girls and adults who are re-registering for next year may do so with their troop leader. For more information, call Carlisle Girl Scout Registrar Andi Gettys at 1-978-369-2392.

FNL tonight at 7:30 p.m.

The Carlisle Youth Commission would like to thank all the middle school children and their parents who were gracious enough to donate canned goods for the food pantry in Concord. A total of 211 non-perishable food items was donated to the pantry — a new Carlisle Middle School record.

Friday Night Live is open to all sixth, seventh and eighth graders (with completed parental permission slips on file). Students who are not from the Carlisle School District are also welcomed, but must have a chaperone present. No students will be permitted to attend without a signed form.

Pizza and soda are always available for a small fee. 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 p.m., sharp. For more information call Kathy Hassey at 1-978-287-4284 or any other member of the Carlisle Youth Commission.

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? The Carlisle Historical Society would like to borrow them for a new visual history of the town, to be published by Arcadia Publishing Company in its "Images of America" series.

Anyone who can contribute photographs to this book, contact Ellen Miller at 1-978-287-4776 or e-mail at

Pre-school tuition assistance available

Partnership for Children is now accepting applications from families seeking pre-school tuition assistance for summer preschool and preschool programs beginning in the fall. Families are encouraged to call for information about these scholarship programs. Many of our local preschool programs still have openings for the fall. If you would like more information about tuition assistance or other services being offered by the Community Partnership and the Concord Area Preschool Association please contact Pat Nelson at 1-978-318-1510 xt 145,

Storyteller Odds Bodkin to perform in Acton

On May 8, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., renowned musician and master storyteller Odds Bodkin will entertain young and old with "Story Blast," a collection of tales for the whole family at the R. J. Grey Junior High School Auditorium, Acton.

Tickets for this event may be purchased at Learning Express at 250 Great Road (Rte 2A) Acton; online at or by phoning 1-800-554-1333. Ticket prices are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Twilight concert and barbecue on May 22

Enjoy Drumlin Farm's concert-in-the-meadow with GrooveLily and Redbones BBQ on Saturday, May 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 208 South Great Road (Route 117), Lincoln. Relax under the stars at a twilight dinner-concert to benefit Drumlin Farm. GrooveLily, a fiddle-based folk-pop band, will perform along with DownDog Band as the opening act. Ticket price also includes a BBQ or vegetarian dinner from RedBones BBQ of Somerville.

Advance tickets are $35/adults, $25/children 3—13, children under age 3/free. Group rates for eight or more are available. On the day of the show, $40/adults, $30/children 3—13, children under age three/free. Tickets are non-refundable. The show runs rain or shine. Sorry, no coolers or alcohol.

For ticket information, call 1-781-259-2200 or For other information, contact Susan Helms Daley, 1-781-259-2202.

View birds, beavers and butterflies in Harvard

The Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge is sponsoring a field trip on the natural history of the Refuge — "Birds, Beavers and Butterflies" on May 8, 8 to 10 a.m.

Marion Larson of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife will lead the field trip. The Refuge borders the Nashua River in Harvard, Ayer and Shirley. The program is open to children and adults. No special equipment will be needed.

Interested persons can get more information, directions and to register for the trip by calling Rona Balco at 1-978-779-2259. As there will be a limit on the number of participants, please call early. Field trips begin from the Refuge off Still River Road (Route 110) in Harvard.

Guitar/flute duo in concert in Lexington

Internationally acclaimed guitarist Berit Strong and flutist Laura Vincent and friends will be heard in concert on Friday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Depot Square Art Gallery, 1832 Massachusetts Avenue in the historic district of Lexington. Their program will include Concerto in D, Opus 93 by Vivaldi, Baroque Suite by David Kellner, Medieval Suite by Michael White and a Latina Rumba by Paco Pena. Strong will also play several solo guitar works evoking natural landscapes including Norwegian Landscape by Oistein Sommerfeldt and Walking on the Water by Larry Cooperman. At the conclusion of the concert the public is also invited to a Meet the Artist reception and to view the Gallery's current display. Admission to this concert is $8. For further information, call 1-978-263-3418.

Chelmsford house tour

The Chelmsford Garden Club will host a house tour on Sunday, May 23, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Monday, May 24, from 10 to 4 p.m. Visit eight beautiful homes and enjoy tea at All Saints' Episcopal Church.

For tickets and information, call 1-978-256-6068 or 1-978-256-5047. The cost is $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

The Concord Pops welcomes spring

Join the Concord Orchestra and conductor Richard Pittman in a Spring Pops evening of entertainment. Featuring Randy Hiller, soloist and Concertmaster of the Concord Orchestra, these are relaxed evenings of "pops-style" table seating with snacks and drinks available. Waltzes, polkas, favorite arias, and more will be the musical fare. May 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 8:00 p.m., at the 51 Walden Street Performing Arts Center in Concord. Pops tickets are a great way to thank your organization volunteers or employees! Table seats are all $18, with group rates available, and may be reserved by calling 1-978-369-4967.

DVVAP's fifth anniversary celebration

The Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program (DVVAP) invites the public to Representative Cory Atkins' house for a cocktail reception on Sunday, May 23 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. DVVAP is celebrating their fifth anniversary of operation. Any donations from the evening will go to support DVVAP's work to end domestic abuse and control in local communities.

Keynote speaker for the evening is Middlesex County District Attorney Martha Coakley. Suggested donation for the evening is $100. This event is being underwritten by Concord Oil Company.

DVVAP works with police departments in Acton, Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln, Maynard and Stow. They encourage anyone who feels controlled in his or her relationship to call their warmline: 1-888-991-4639. To reserve tickets for the reception, call Holly at DVVAP: 1-978-318-3441.

Parents Helping Parents

Are you feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, anxious, or isolated in your role as a parent or guardian? Parents Helping Parents offers free, confidential and anonymous weekly support groups for parents throughout Massachusetts. Share experiences and get support and encouragement from other parents. Call toll free, 1-800-882-1250, for information about groups in your area. (Most groups also offer no-cost childcare.)

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito