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Friday, September 17, 2004

"Down on the Farm" Saturday, September 25

In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Great Brook Farm State Park is presenting a "Down on the Farm" day on Saturday, September 25. Events will begin at 11 a.m. and run through 5 p.m. Hayrides, pony rides, live music by Old Cold Tater, old-fashioned children's games including apple bobbing, hands-on milking demonstration, bee demonstration, search and rescue demonstration by the Regional Ranger and her dog, free raffle with many donated items and barn tours. Universal Access will provide demonstrations of accessible equipment for hiking. Ice cream and hot dogs available at the ice cream stand. The farm will sell compost and decorative corn stalks all day at the Interpretive Center. Smokey Bear will be present at the park. "Fun for All" events will include the egg race, a corn-shucking race, and a milk mustache contest, all with rewarding gifts that have been donated for this event. Come one, come all for this festive farm event, free and open to the public.

Contact Jessica Kimbrell, Park Interpreter, for more information at 1-978-369-6312.

Parents Connection to host fall kick-off event

Carlisle families with children ages 0-5 are invited to our annual fall event to be held at Great Brook State Park's Hartfield farm (next to the ski barn on Lowell Rd), on Saturday, September 18th from 10 a.m. to noon (rain or shine). Come and enjoy the state park, pony rides, ice cream, singalongs, face painting and tattooing. The fee for the event is $10 per family or $25 per family for the year. Contact Sana at 1-978-371-0875 for further information.

Sign up for story time begins this Saturday

The Gleason Public Library will offer story-time sessions beginning on October 4 for children aged two through six. These sessions will run through the week of December 6. In-person registration will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 18. Phone registrations will be taken beginning at 11 a.m. For more information, call the children's department at 1-978-369-4898.

Join the Trails Committee on a walk

On Sunday, October 3 at 2 p.m., the Trails Committee will lead a walk in the Great Brook State Park in conjunction with the Gleason Library Forestry grant. The public is invited to attend. Participants will explore the intriguing Stone Row Trail and concentrate on fall tree and leaf identification. This is a great opportunity for students working on leaf projects. The two-mile walk will start from the visitor center next to the large parking lot by the pond and end conveniently near the ice cream stand. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Forests among us

The Gleason Public Library Forestry Grant program plants the first seed on September 29. Brian Donahue, author of Reclaiming the Commons, will provide a glimpse into history with a look at "Carlisle: Before our Time, The Massachusetts Forest of the Past." The event will begin promptly at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room at the library.

Baby, come meet the neighbors

All babies born to Carlisle parents since June 2003 are invited, with their siblings, to meet other families with new babies on Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at Diment Park. It is a great opportunity to join a playgroup and share a cup of coffee with other new parents. R.S.V.P. to Gail Bernardin at 1-978-318-6972 or Polly Meyer at 1-978-318-9690.

Knights of Columbus starting new council at St. Irene Church

Area Knights of Columbus are seeking Catholic men and their families to consider starting a St. Irene church-council here in their parish. Rev. Donohoe, pastor and a Knight himself, enthusiastically supports the idea. The 1.7 million-member, multi-national organization has been called "the right arm of the church" by Pope John Paul II. There will be an "informational weekend" October 23 and 24. Contact David Steinbach at 1-978-857-8661,,

An evening of music with Sonja Johnston

On Friday evening, October 1, at 7 p.m. there will be a program of well-known songs played on the piano by Sonja Johnston at the First Religious Society in Carlisle center. Johnston, who lives in Burnsville, Minnesota and is the Minister of Music at the Minnesota Valley UU Fellowship. She is known in the Twin Cities area for her piano improvisations. This will be her first appearance in the Greater Boston area. The music will include many old favorites and some newer songs too, and audience requests will be welcomed. The event is a joint activity of the church's music program and membership committee and is part of a special welcoming week that begins on Sunday, September 26.

There is no admission charge and all are welcome. The building, which is fully accessible, is located on Route 225 in Carlisle center.

Gleason Library and COA offer "I Maestri": A Millennium of Glory of the Italian Art

This free five-week program starts Wednesday, September 29 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library and continues through Wednesday, November 3, with no class on October 27. The program is sponsored by the Council on Aging, the Friends of the Council on Aging, the Gleason Public Library and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. For a course description, pick up a brochure at the COA office in Town Hall. To register, call the COA at 1-978-371-2895.

Volunteers sought for new Land Stewardship Committee

The Carlisle Conservation Commission has voted to establish a Conservation Land Stewardship Committee to assist in the management of the more than 1,000 acres of Conservation Land under its care and custody. For this purpose, it is seeking residents who may be interested in serving on a short-term planning group to help establish the goals, objectives and duties of such a committee.

Participation in the planning group will entail occasional daytime and evening meetings, and reporting its recommendations to the Commission and the public for review. It is anticipated that the work may take no longer than six to eight months. Applicants with an interest in wildlife habitat and/or agriculture and map reading would be particularly helpful.

Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey registration

Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey (CCYH) will hold Instructional Hockey (Mosquito) registration on Saturday, October 2 at 10:50 a.m. at the Valley Sports Back Rink for skaters whose dates of birth are 1998 and younger. First practice will immediately follow at 11:20 a.m. Please check our website to print off the necessary forms that need to be completed.

Visit our website ( for up-to-date information on all CCYH activities. If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar of CCYH at 1-978-369-6759 or the President of CCYH at 1-978-897-7680.

Time to return fuel assistance applications

Those who received fuel assistance last year are reminded to return their completed application forms as soon as possible to receive help this year. For information on the Fuel Assistance program, call Susan Evans at the Council on Aging office 1-978-371-2895.

COA meditation class

The Carlisle Council on Aging will sponsor a introductory, two-session class on meditation to be held in the upstairs conference room of the Unitarian Church on Wednesday, September 22 and 29 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This free program =will be led by COA volunteer Tom Dunkers. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to register.

Carlisle's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is October 2

The Fall Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on Saturday, October 2, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the DPW Building behind the Transfer Station. The collection is sponsored by the Board of Health and paid out of transfer station sticker fees. Clean Harbors will conduct the collection which is free to residents who have a valid transfer station sticker.

What to bring: Oil based paints, stains, thinners and strippers, solvents and varnishes, adhesives, glues, resins, waste fuels, (kerosene, gasoline) engine degreasers, brake fluids, poisons, cleaners, spot removers, pool chemicals, aerosol cans, pesticides, herbicides, pesticides, creosote, moth balls, arts and crafts supplies, antifreeze.

What not to bring: Smoke detectors, compressed gas cylinders, ammunition, fireworks or explosives, prescription medicines/syringes, radioactive wastes, fire extinguishers, cathode ray tubes, biological waste, unknown materials.

Latex paint is not hazardous waste. These paint cans should be opened, allowed to dry and disposed of in the regular trash collector. Adding kitty litter will accelerate the process.

CRT recycling: Computer monitors should be left in or near the swap shop for recycling.

Batteries: Batteries do not need to be brought to the hazardous waste collection. Residents can dispose of ordinary household batteries (AAA - D, Alkaline, nickel cadmium) by giving them to the attendant at the transfer station. There is a regular collection point for lead-acid or car batteries.

Swap table: A swap table for new and unused paint, motor oil, cleaners, etc. will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. Clean Harbors will select items appropriate for exchange.

Mercury: Thermostats and thermometers can be dropped off anytime with the transfer station attendant. The town is no longer doing a thermometer swap. The board encourages homeowners to check with contractors they hire on how they plan to dispose of any mercury-containing products being replaced.

Safety: Tighten caps and lids, leaving materials in original, labeled containers. Sort and pack separately paint, pesticides, household cleaners. Avoid spills and do not place in garbage bags. Never mix chemicals. Cars should not block the entrance to the transfer station.

Hours 9 a.m. to Noon: The collection will close promptly at noon. Cars must be in line before 12:00 p.m. Once the hazardous waste containers are sealed they cannot be opened for late comers.

Volunteers are needed to count cars, check for stickers and help with the swap table. If you would like to volunteer for an hour or two the day of the collection, please call the Board of Health at 1-978- 369-0283. Community Service points will be provided to interested high school students. If you have any questions about what you are bringing contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283.

Concord Carlisle Newcomers' fall events

Join the Concord Carlisle Newcomers for their Welcome Brunch on Thursday September 23 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord.

Whether you moved to the community this year or years ago, it would be great to see you there. There is also an evening welcome at La Provence, 105 Thoreau Street, Concord on Thursday, September 30 at 7 p.m. Each event is $15. Please RSVP to Karla 1-978-369-0997 or or Denise 1-978-371-7879 or jantzen family@

Library garden dedication

The Gleason Public Library is pleased to announce the dedication of the garden entrance of the library in memory of Farnham W. Smith. This event will be held Friday, September 24 at 3 p.m.

Gleason Book Discussion Group meets on October 13

The Gleason Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, October 13 to discuss What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by native Kansan author Thomas Frank in the Hollis room at the Gleason library from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. This book offers a shrewd, provocative and funny analysis on how Kansas, once famously radical, became one of the most conservative states in the union.

The half-year calendar of the Gleason Book Discussion Group is as follows: Monday, November 15 — Birds without Wings by Louis Bernieres. Monday, December 13 —A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime by Mark Haddon. Wednesday, January 19 — The #1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Thursday, February 17 Captain Ahab Had a Wife by Lisa Norling.

Book group meetings are held each month, September through June, in the Hollis room from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.; refreshments are also served. The book group is open to the community and everyone is welcome.

Learn a new language

The Gleason Library's language collection has been expanded with lessons on tape and CD for all levels of learning. Recent additions include: Spanish, German, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Egyptian, Arabic, Russian, Modern Greek, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin). Many of these, including the intermediate and advanced courses, were made possible through a gift from the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. Questions? Call 1-978-369-4898.

Library offers college courses on tape

Looking for something different? Check out the new academic additions at the Gleason Public Library. Through a gift from the Friends of the Gleason Public Library, the Library now holds the following courses: Law of the Land: A History of the Supreme Court (Tape); Astronomy 1: Earth, Sky, Planets (Tape); Understanding Classical Music (Tape); Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans (CD); Brotherhood of Revolution (CD); Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution (VHS); The New Testament (Tape); Economics (Tape); The American Civil War (CD); Joyce's Ulysses (CD); The Historical Jesus (CD); How to Listen to and Understand Great Music (Tape); Great World Religions (Tape); The Old Testament (Tape); Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear (DVD); Understanding the Human Body (VHS); Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos (CD); From Monet to Van Gogh (DVD). Come check these and other erudite editions at the Gleason Public Library, 1-978-369-4898.

COA trip to alpine country

Join other Carlisle seniors on a 12-night trip to Innsbruck, Vienna, Lucerne, Munich, Zermatt, Lake Geneva and St. Moritz. The dates are March 8 — 21, 2005 and the cost is $2,499. For information, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or e-mail her at joannewillens@ Flyers are also available at the Council on Aging office in Town Hall.

Check it out Database delights: contemporary literary criticism

Contemporary Literary Criticism is one of many electronic databases that the Gleason Public Library provides. This is a great resource for those wanting to find critical essays on the literature of contemporary authors. The essays, almost 12,000 of them, are from various literary journals and are added weekly. Whether the user is running a book club and would like some extra input or simply wants another opinion on what a friend has recommended to read, these essays help provide insight into the works.

To access this database from home, go to, then click on "Other Reference Databases." Next select InfoTrac Web from the dropdown menu under "Select a Database." Enter your library card number. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "Contemporary Literary Criticism." If you have any questions, call the reference department at the Gleason Public Library, 1-978-369-4898.

Peter Serkin, Glenn Dicterow to perform in Concord on September 26

Renowned pianist Peter Serkin, New York Philharmonic violinist and Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and the Concord Chamber Players will open the CCMS season with a performance including works by Beethoven and Dvorak. The concert will take place on Sunday, September 26 at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street, Concord at 3 p.m. A pre- concert lecture will be held at 2 p.m.

The concert will feature the String Trio in C Minor, Op. No. 3 by Ludwig von Beethoven and the Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 by Antonin Dvorak. Peter Serkin will also perform early English works for solo piano by John Ball, John Dowland and William Byrd.

Tickets for the concert are $20 and $25, $15 for seniors and students. Tickets are available by telephone at 1-978-371-9667 or online at The concert hall is handicapped accessible and there is ample on-street free parking nearby.

Job Lane Farm museum tour

Only ten minutes from Carlisle stands a small, very old house (1713) that is well worth a visit. It is the Job Lane Farm Museum at 295 North Road in Bedford, and the Carlisle Historical Society invites members and friends to join them in a guided tour on Saturday, October 2 at 2 p.m.

Job Lane was the third generation of Lanes from Rickmansworth, England. He built the house on land that was part of an original land grant from King Charles II. The Town of Bedford bought the house in the early 1970s and several organizations restored it. A new barn was raised in 1993.

The two o'clock tour will be followed by tea at 3 p.m. Historical Society members, $5, non-members, $8. To reserve a space, call 1-978-369-0599 by September 29. Carpooling is available upon request.

Spaghetti Supper Oct. 5

Come to the Annual Sixth Grade Spaghetti Supper on Tuesday, October 5, 5 - 8 p.m. at the Carlisle School cafeteria. Let the sixth graders serve you a delicious "home-cooked" meal at this important fundraiser for the class of 2007. Adults are $7, children and seniors $4. Tickets went on sale September 10, and they sell fast, so don't delay!

Add to the fun by buying raffle tickets, $1 each, or buy a packet of six raffle tickets for $5. Golden Raffle tickets are $20 each, and there is a limited supply. There are some great Golden Raffle prizes: tickets to The Lion King, a day at the Pyara Spa in Harvard Square, a weekend on the Cape, Apple iPOD, and much more. Tickets can be purchased from any sixth-grader, or at Ferns Country Store. For ticket information call 1-978-287-4718.

David Negrin to teach art classes in Concord

New art classes for students (11 and up) and adults are being offered by former Carlisle art teacher David Negrin in his Concord studio. Classes will be limited to five students. Negrin will be teaching stained glass, mosaics, drawing and painting. Classes start September 27. For more information, call 1-978-318-7936 or 1-978-505-8804.

Community Ed watercolor class starting soon

Carlisle artist D'Ann Brownrigg will lead a 10-session class for Community Education in Beginning/Intermediate Watercolor, Wednesdays, September 22 to December 1, from 9:30 a.m. - noon at the Everett Gardens Community Room on Everett Street in Concord. Students will complete several paintings exploring a variety of techniques. Topics will include composition, value, color relationships, color choices, edges, glazing, and paint application. Students should bring a photo or objects to paint or have the option to paint a still life provided by the instructor; at least 140 lb. good quality watercolor paper; watercolor paint and a variety of brushes.

For more information or to register, call Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education, 1-978-318-1540 (days) or 1-978-318-1432 (evenings). Pre-registration is required. \

Girl Scout fall registration

Carlisle Girl Scouts will hold a registration night to enroll girls for this school year on Thursday September 23, from 8 p.m. to 9 at the Carlisle School Association Fair in the cafeteria, on the Carlisle Public School campus. Representatives from the Carlisle Girl Scouts will be available to answer questions. Scouting welcomes girls from kindergarten to adult. We are currently seeking additional parent volunteers at the kindergarten level. The Patriots Trail Girl Scout Council provides free, local training and support. Girls and adults who are reregistering may do so with their troop leader. For more information, please call Carlisle Girl Scout registrar Andi Gettys at 1-978-369-2392.

Sheepherding demo offered at Towle

The annual sheepherding demonstration sponsored by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 26 at Towle Field. This year the event will begin with a "walk with the sheep" guided by David Nashida, the shepherd.This is a chance to tour Towle Field and hear firsthand about the findings of the intensive sheep- grazing project. The walk will be followed by the sheepherding demonstration and refreshments provided by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation. This is a fun afternoon in Carlisle and all are welcome. For more information call Marjie Findlay 1-978-369-1235.

Local non-profit seeks community support

The national training institute SPIN USA, headquartered in Carlisle, strengthens child welfare agencies and schools to be more effective with vulnerable children and their families. The institute, which was launched several years ago with local seed money from the Carlisle Foundation, has worked with over twenty schools and agencies nationwide. Together, these institutions serve more than 10,000 children and families annually.

SPIN USA trainers coach parents, teachers, principals, social workers, and agency managers to work more effectively with children, families and staff. Child welfare workers use the method to more effectively and sensitively help traumatized girls, troubled teens or vulnerable families. In schools, the method is used as a staff development tool. By using videotaped segments of real intereactions in the home, classroom or agency, the trainers teach how to build on strengths. The innovative methodology,

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