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Friday, July 16, 2004

Library star viewing party on July 20

View the stars of the the summer sky at the Gleason Library Star Party to be held on Tuesday, July 20 at Spalding Field. Although part of the library Summer Reading Program, "Explore Other Worlds", the star party will be open to anyone with an interest in astronomy. Several telescopes will be set up for viewing by the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston. Check out their website at and prepare for the event.

The event begins at 8:15 with parking only at the school lot. Parking on School Street will be prohibited as lights from headlights are very disruptive. Bring a flashlight and we will provide red squares of cellophane to soften the white lights. In case of cloud cover or rain, the alternate date is Wednesday, July 21. If in doubt, call the library at 3 p.m. on the 20th at 1-978-369-4898. and ask for the children's department.

Junior ranger program at Great Brook Farm

Do you want to become a Junior Ranger? The Junior Ranger program is offered at Great Brook Farm here in Carlisle. Children ages 9—13 are welcome to join in the fun.

This summer's program is bound to be a highlight in your child's summer. Each session will run from 1 to 3 p.m. and will be held Mondays, August 2, 9, 16, and 23. Guest speakers present Wild Edibles, Birds of Prey and a ponding experience. Each Junior Ranger will keep a nature journal containing reflections on each day's program and experience. The final week each Junior Ranger will receive a certificate and patch.

Pre-registration is required as there is a limit of 20 Junior Rangers permitted. Previous Rangers are welcome. For registration and any other questions, please call Jessica Kimbrell, Park Interpreter, at 1-978-369-6312.

Weekend barn tours at Great Brook Farm

Great Brook Farm located in Carlisle is now offering public barn tours every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. If you'd like to see Massachusetts's highest milk-producing farm in action, there will also be milking tours given at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The guided tour explains the life of a Holstein cow on Great Brook Farm and the dairy process. Each tour brings you through the barn where the cows are milked twice daily. You'll meet the farm's newest born calves and learn how one day they will be producing the milk that goes into the cheese, yogurt, milk, and ice cream that you eat each day.

This program is free of charge and open to any who may be interested. If you wish to book a private tour or bring a school group, you may schedule a tour for Monday, Thursday or Friday with Jessica Kimbrell, Park Interpreter, at 1-978-369-6312.

Henry the Juggler at the library

Henry the Juggler will make a return appearance on the lawn of the Gleason Library on Monday, July 19 at 7 p.m. as part of the Gleason Library Summer Reading Program. In a zany attempt to defy the laws of gravity, Henry tries the impossible, and sometimes succeeds. He juggles any number of balls, clubs, rings and flaming torches and balances strange objects on the tip of his nose. A free workshop follows the show where participants can try their hands at some of the tricks they have witnessed. This program is recommended for grades 1-6.

In case of rain, the program will be held at the St. Irene Parish Hall. This program is supported by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.

Carlisle Democrats host Senator Fargo

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee is sponsoring an opportunity to meet Senator Susan Fargo on Monday, July 19, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Ann and John Ballantine's home, 268 Fiske Street. It will be one in a series of events when Carlisleans can meet and talk to our representatives in the General Court this summer. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Cynthia Schweppe, 1-978-369-5738.

Softball on the Banta-Davis field

Get the babysitters lined up and dust off your old hat and mitt. It is time for adults to have some fun enjoying softball on the Banta-Davis softball field on the following Thursday nights: July 22, 29, August 5 and 12, from 6 p.m. until dark. Participants will play six-inning games and decide whether to continue after that point. Play is reserved for ages 18 and over. Although primarily geared for residents of Carlisle, others are welcome, such as guests staying here from out of town. If you can make every game, that is fantastic. If you can only make one of these dates, that is fantastic also.

Play will be informal, co-ed and geared towards having fun and laughs. Bring a mitt. Call 1-978-369-9599 with any questions or suggestions.

Upcoming COA events

Picnic on the Patio will be held on Thursday, July 22, at noon. Join the Council on Aging on the patio at 145 Church Street for a lunch and enjoy an old-fashioned picnic. A $2 donation is appreciated.

Save the date: the annual Town Employee Appreciation picnic will be held on Thursday, August 12, at noon at 145 Church Street.

The COA fitness class will meet only on Tuesdays from 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. in July and August. Call 1-978-371-2895 to join the class.

The COA chess group will meet throughout the summer. The group meets every Thursday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Sleeper Room.

COA Greek lunch August 24

Reserve Tuesday, August 24 for the next stop in the COA International Luncheon Series. By popular demand, the group will return to the Riverview, a Greek/American restaurant located at the intersection of Route 4 and the Concord River in Billerica. There will be a choice of three selected "Greek Samplers," providing either spinach pie, Moussaka, or chicken kebob in combination with grape leaves, rice, and a salad. The cost is $11 including tax and gratuity. Call Tom and Karen Dunkers at 1-978-369-5681 for more information or to make a reservation.

Home for the summer — book talks at the Concord Museum

On Wednesday, July 21, Gerald Foster, author of American Houses: A Field Guide to the Architecture of the Home, discusses styles of American domestic architecture from Monticello through "Early Louisiana Shotgun" to Frank Lloyd Wright and the cultural, geographical, and historical origins of each style. Mr. Foster, formerly vice president of Walter Gropius' Architects Collaborative, has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Boston Architectural Center.

A book signing follows the talk. Books are available through the Museum Shop. $7.50 per talk/$5 members; reservations requested. 1-978-369-9763.

Monday, August 16, George Howe Colt, author of The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home, pays loving tribute to a one-of-a-kind family home. His intimate and poignant history of a sprawling century-old summer house on Cape Cod, built by his great-grandfather, inventor Ned Atkinson, reveals not just one family's fascinating story, but a vanishing way of life.

A reception and book signing follows the talk. Books are available through the Museum Shop at 7 p.m. $7.50 per talk/$5 members; reservations are requested 1-978-369-9763.

To make reservations or for further information, contact the Concord Museum at 1-978-369-9763 or 1-978-369-9609 or www.concordmuseum. org.

Adult hockey league opens registration

Bay State Hockey has opened registration for its adult fall/winter No Check League, which will begin this September at the Chelmsford Forum.

The league is open to advanced novice and intermediate teams.

For more information call Bay State Hockey at 1-781-871-7960 or visit us online at

Lowell Summer Music Series concerts

On Friday, July 16, enjoy the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber at a pops concert by the Lowell Summer Concert Band conducted by David Martins, featuring soprano soloist Jean Danton with songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats and Phantom of the Opera. In addition, hear songs from the Broadway hits, Annie and Chicago. Admission $5.

On Saturday, July 17, hear Solas, a versatile, virtuosic all-star Celtic supergroup. Their sixth CD, "Another Day" was released in October 2003. Band leader Seamus Eagan has three solo albums to his credit, collaborated with Sarah McLachlan on her Grammy-winning hit "I Will Remember You," and wrote the soundtracks to the 1995 hit movie The Brothers McMullen, and Dead Man Walking. Admission $10.

Bring your lawn chair or blanket; buy refreshments at our food tent. The shows start at 7:30 p.m. Children 12 and under are always admitted free.

The Lowell Summer Music Series is presented by the Lowell National Historical Park, the Lowell Festival Foundation and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Easy-to-find Boarding House Park is located on the corner of French Street and John Street in Lowell. In the event of rain, performances move to the Lowell High School auditorium, across the street from Boarding House Park. Parking is available at the Joseph Downes Garage on John Street for $3 for the evening.

For further information, call 1-978-970-5200. Tickets are available at the gate or in advance at

Discovery Museum events for the week of July 25-July 31

All programs are free with museum admission and handicapped-accessible unless otherwise noted.

Cold as ice: Monday July 26 at the Science Discovery Museum:

Make chilly discoveries when you put salt, coins, and food coloring on a 300-pound block of ice. Experiment with ice cubes and play a unique ice cube board game!

Outdoor program, weather permitting.

Simply machined: Friday, July 30 at 2:00 p.m. at the Science Discovery Museum:

Drop by and see simple machines created by our young Summer Scientists.

The Discovery Museums encourage children, families, and educators to explore the wonders of science, nature, humanities, and the arts by engaging visitors in hands-on experiences. The Children's Discovery Museum is especially for toddlers, pre-school children, and their families. The Science Discovery Museum is especially for children

six and older, and adults. Admission is $8 for one museum, $12 for both museums on one day. All programs are wheelchair accessible, unless otherwise noted. Both museums are open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the summer. For more information, call 1-978-264-4200 or visit our web site

Birds of prey at Great Brook State Park

Great Brook Farm State Park has invited Jim Sparks from Wingmasters to give a public presentation of "Birds of Prey." It will be held in the Hart Barn from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday, August 9. Great Brook Farm State Park will be hosting the program free of charge to all ages. Call Jessica Kimbrell, park interpreter, at 1-978-369-6312 for more information.

Newcomers invited to tour Carlisle School

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) invites all parents to tour the school campus on Friday, August 27 at 9:30 a.m. Any parent of a new kindergartner or a student new to town is especially invited to take advantage of this opportunity to get oriented and ask any general questions regarding school routines, policies, etc. Carlisle School's principal along with representatives of the CSA will conduct this short and informative tour. This is also a great opportunity to meet others in the community who will be entering the Carlisle School system for the first time. Meet at the flagpole outside the Wilkins Building (center building across the plaza.) Any questions can be directed to Liz Bishop, 1-978-318-0778.

Town Common Committee forming

The Board of Selectmen is forming a committee to review the current condition of the Town Common and make recommendations for improvements. Anyone interested in being part of this committee is asked to send a letter of interest to the Board of Selectmen, 66 Westford Street, by July 12.

Old Manse presents "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"

"The Civil War defined us. It was the crossroads of our being," said historian Shelby Foote. On July 31 and August 1, those crossroads meet at The Old Manse in Concord.

The Old Manse will present its 6th annual Civil War program, "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again" on Saturday, July 31 from 10-5 and on Sunday, August 1 from 11-3.

Visitors will be able to step back in time to 1861, and meet with soldiers and local civilians (including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sarah Ripley and Henry David Thoreau) to talk about the war, politics and daily life of the time. Re-enactors from Company K of the 28th Massachusetts Regiment of Volunteers will be present, along with staff and volunteers from The Old Manse and the Junior Volunteers of Concord.

There will be firing demonstrations, practice drill, patriotic speeches, period music, and games for the children, along with a sutler's tent providing books, toys, and refreshments. On Saturday night, the 28th Regiment will give a concert featuring period music featured on their recently released CD, "Gallant Sons of Erin: No Irish Need Apply". The concert begins at 8 p.m.

Admission to the grounds for the daily events is $5 per person and $10 for a family. In addition, The Old Manse will be open for regular tours.

The Old Manse, a property of The Trustees of Reservations, is located at 269 Monument Street in Concord, half a mile from the North Bridge.

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