The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 24, 2004

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 Farm 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 near the ice cream stand. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-168

Spaghetti Supper will be October 5

Come to the Annual Sixth-grade Spaghetti Supper on Tuesday, October 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Carlisle School cafeteria. The sixth-graders will serve a delicious "home-cooked" meal at this important fundraiser for the class of 2007. Adults are $7, children and seniors $4.

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.

'Down on the Farm' Saturday, September 25

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 (1 to 3 p.m.), pony rides (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), live music by Old Cold Tater (noon to 3 p.m.), old-fashioned children's games including apple bobbing (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), hands-on milking demonstration, bee demonstration, canine search and rescue demonstration by the Regional Ranger (4 p.m.), free raffle with many donated items (3 p.m.) and barn tours (11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.). Universal Access will provide demonstrations of accessible equipment for hiking (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Ice cream and hot dogs will be available.

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.

Gleason story time sign-up in progress

The Gleason Public Library will offer story-time sessions beginning on October 4. For the 2- to 3-year-old group the child must be 2 by October 8. For the 3- to 4- year-old group the child must be 3 by October 5 and for the 4- to 6-year-old group the child must be 5 by April 4, 2005.

The 3- to 4-year-olds will meet either Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11 a.m. or Thursday afternoon from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The 4- to 6-year-old group will meet Monday afternoon from 1:30 to 2 p.m. These sessions will run through the week of December 6. The session for 2- to 3-year-olds (with parent or caregiver) will be offered on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. This session will run for six weeks.

Drop-in story times for ages 3 and up will continue at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month with the next story time scheduled for October 6. This story time will feature a story or two about the environment.

To register, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.

CCHS brings Forever Plaid to Carlisle

Concord-Carlisle High School presents Forever Plaid, a musical that revives the harmony of four-part guy groups from the fifties. Four CCHS students, junior Dylan Levers and seniors Travis Minor, Alex Brewer and Michael Johnson play the four guys who come back in the present to do the show they never got to perform in life. Old favorites like "Three Coins in the Fountain," "Heart and Soul" and "Shangri La" and a story that is both funny and touching make this a show not to be missed.

Forever Plaid will be performed on October 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Corey Auditorium at the Carlisle School, and on October 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Concord at a location to be announced. Tickets are $15. Go to for more information.

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, 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.

Recreation news

Carlisle Youth Basketball Program

Volunteer opportunities: Carlisle Recreation is in need of a coordinator for girls basketball, Grades 5 through 8, who would organize teams and coaches and to schedule practices, etc. Recreation is also in need of coaches for both boys and girls teams. If you are interested in helping develop these programs, call the Recreation Office. We may be reached by 1-978-369-9815 or e-mail:

Fall Youth Classes

Space is available in Karate, Gotta Dance Grade 5-8, Early Release: Mini Golf — Time to Clay — Holiday Crafts & Cards - Ice Skating — Hockey.

Fall Adult Classes

Fitness - Card Making, Pottery, Watercolor, Feng Shui, Tai Chi, Pilates — 60 Minute Workout, Soccer and Basketball.

Winter Event

Ski Nashoba — Ski Wachusett. Brochures available at the Town Hall Recreation Office (1-978-369-9815), and at the Gleason Library.

"Carlisle Before Our Time" at Gleason Library

What did Carlisle look like during the colonial era? How was land used during the 1800s? Curious? Join Brian Donahue for a historical discussion about "Carlisle Before Our Time" at the Gleason Public Library on September 29 at 7 p.m. Donahue is the Meyerhoff chair in American Environmental Studies at Brandeis University, and has been active in land conservation and sustainable farming and forestry movements. He co-founded a nonprofit community farm in Weston called Land's Sake. He was director of education at the Land Institute and has authored several books including, Reclaiming the Commons: Community Farms and Forests in a New England Town, and recently, The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord.

The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Public Library. This event is held as part of the Carlisle Forests: Past, Present, and Future program series sponsored by the Gleason Public Library and Carlisle Conservation Commission. Funds were provided by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and through a grant from the USDA Forest Service and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Muses in Carlisle

Artist Deborah Santoro will exhibit her recent collages and paintings as well as "Muses: A Children's Interactive Collage Exhibit" at the Gleason Public Library until October 30. An opening reception will be held at the library on October 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. "Muses" is funded in part with a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council. Muses is a magnetic design board with figures and shapes from Santoro's artwork and other sources. There will be wall text designed to encourage children to move the magnetic figures into designs of their own. This interactive exhibit was conceived as a way for children to learn about the collage process and to help them relate to the art they see in the library.

In 2003 Santoro had work selected and shown in the Frances N. Roddy juried art show at the Concord Art Association and the National Collage Society show in Cleveland, Ohio. Santoro studied art at Salem State College, Montserrat College of Art, Massachusetts College of Art and received a BA in Studio Art from Wellesley College in 1997.

Sheepherding demo offered this Sunday

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.

Support Carlisle's 200th birthday

Want to help in the 2005 Carlisle Bicentennial celebration? Purchase a t-shirt for $15 at Ferns. All the profits will finance the costs of events, contests, and decorations planned for the year-long celebration by the town's Bicentennial Committee. This volunteer effort will not use tax money. For more information about t-shirts or the committee, contact chairperson Anne Marie Brako at or call 1-978-369-9598.

Parents' Connection event rescheduled

Carlisle families with children ages 0-5 are invited to our annual fall kick-off event to be held at Great Brook Farm State Park's Hartfield farm (next to the ski barn on Lowell Rd.), on Saturday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to noon. Come and enjoy the state park, pony rides, singalongs and other fun activities. The fee for the event is $10 per family or $25 per family for the year. For further information please contact Laurie Bevier at 1-978-318-9787 or Sana Tang at 1-978-371-0875.

Carlisle Cultural Council is accepting grant applications

The Carlisle Cultural Council awards small grants to individuals and organizations that provide a unique cultural experience to a broad spectrum of the citizens of Carlisle. Funding to support this program comes from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency,as well as local fundraising. There is $3,375 available to fund programs in Carlisle for the program year beginning January 1, 2005 and ending December 31, 2005.

The Council is particularly interested in proposals in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences that:

• Explore art forms such as visual arts, music, dance, theater, storytelling, poetry and literature.

• Engage the community in nature, science and environmental education.

• Involve children, families, and adults.

• Introduce cultural traditions from around the world as well as explore aspects of our own.

• Have a direct relationship to the town.

• Propose a collaborative effort by Carlisle organizations.

How to apply: grant applications are available at Town Hall and the Gleason Public Library, or through the website Assistance in completing applications will be held on Monday, October 4 at 10 to 11 a.m. in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Public Library and on Wednesday, October 6, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the first floor reference area of the library. Grant proposal applications are due October 15, 2004.Applications will be evaluated in the fall and grants will be awarded by the end of the year.Average grants are $250-$400. Questions may be directed to Elissa Abruzzo, or 1-978-287-4811. Applications should be mailed to: Elissa Abruzzo, 522 River Road, Carlisle.

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.

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 the Common in Carlisle center.

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,,

Volunteers sought for School Council

The Carlisle Public Schools are seeking (one or more) community member(s) who no longer have children in our school to serve on the School Council for 2004-05. The School Council will meet monthly on the school premises with the Principal to assist in revising the School Improvement Plan, work on the adoption of educational goals set by the Superintendent, identify various educational needs of the students, and review the school budget. If you are interested in running for the School Council, please submit your name, contact information, and a paragraph stating your interest in serving on the Council to Principal Stephen Goodwin by Wednesday, September 30 at 3 p.m. The first meeting of the School Council will be October 12 at 3:15 p.m. in Mr. Goodwin's office in the Wilkins Building.

A Millennium of 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.

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@ Fliers are also available at the Council on Aging office in Town Hall.

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.

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.

Concord Carlisle Newcomers' fall event

Join the Concord Carlisle Newcomers for their Welcome Evening at La Provence, 105 Thoreau Street, Concord on Thursday, September 30 at 7 p.m. Whether you moved to the community this year or years ago, it would be great to see you there. The event is $15. Please RSVP to Karla 1-978-369-0997 or sladefamily@ or Denise 1-978-371-7879 or

Tour the Job Lane Farm museum October 2

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.

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. Check our website to print off the necessary forms that need to be completed.

Visit for up-to-date information on all CCYH activities. If you have any questions, contact the registrar of CCYH at 1-978-369-6759 or the president of CCYH at 1-978-897-7680.

Upcoming Community Education classes

John Mattson, Carlisle resident and career counselor, will be offering several classes this fall through Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education which will help students with their career searches, finding friends and relationships, and understanding themselves. These classes will meet at Concord-Carlisle High School.

Looking for Love and Friendship in all the Right Places will meet October 5 and12, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. What Is Your Personality Type? will be held Tuesday, October 19, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Finding a Job to Love, will meet October 26 and November 2, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Job Search Strategies in Today's Economy, will meet Tuesdays, November 9 and 16,7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Registration for these and all fall classes is underway. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 1-978-318-1540( days) or 1-978-318-1432 (evenings). Full class descriptions and directions for all Community Education classes are available on the Web at www.

Pulitzer winner Franz Wright to read in Concord

The Concord Poetry Center opens its first season on Saturday evening, October 16, at the Emerson Umbrella with a benefit reading by this year's Pulitzer Prize winner in poetry, Franz Wright. The reading will be followed by a reception at which Mr. Wright will sign copies of his prize-winning book, Walking to Martha's Vineyard.

Wright's recent works include Before (which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize) and Ill Lit: Selected and New Poems. He has been the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Fellowship, and the PEN/Voelcker Prize. In addition to his work as a poet, Mr. Wright works at the Edinburg Center for Mental Health and the Center for Grieving Children and Teenagers.

The Concord Poetry Center is located at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts. It was established early this year and is the only organization in Metro West and the Greater Boston area with an exclusive emphasis on activities and services for poets and lovers of poetry. Offerings will include poetry courses, workshops, seminars, publication consultations, readings and performances.

Along with the reading by Franz Wright, the Concord Poetry Center's fall schedule includes a poetry coaching session conducted by Betsy Duval and a workshop on using science fiction in poetry taught by Joe Haldeman, an award-winning science fiction author. For more information about The Concord Poetry Center including directions to the Emerson Umbrella, go to www. Tax-exempt contributions to support the Concord Poetry Center can be made payable to "Emerson Umbrella/CPC" and sent to Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA 01742.

Local area writers sought

Join the Writers' Group at the Chelmsford Adams Library at 25 Boston Road. The group meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month in the lower-level conference room from 7 until 9 p.m. for informal discussions and networking. Walk-ins are welcome.

Alzheimer's 101: understanding the basics

The Inn at Robbins Brook Assisted Living is hosting a program on Alzheimer's disease that will provide an overview of the disease, the role of the physician, how to find assistance and support, and some useful tips on handling behavior and communication problems. This two-hour program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and features guest speaker Joanne Chaulk RN, BSN. For more information or to reserve a space at this free presentation, contact Joanne Shaughnessy at 1-978-264-4666.

Kerem Shalom to host October art show

From October 12 through October 28, Congregation Kerem Shalom, 659 Elm Street in Concord, will host its first October Art Exhibit. Containing painting, sculpture, pottery, photography and mixed media of exceptional quality, the show features talented local artists from the congregation.

Well-known artists showing their work at Kerem Shalom include painters Jean Lightman and Ilana Manolson, potter Joan Hilton, and photographer Cynthia Katz. An opening reception for the artists will be held October 17 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Show hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 3 to 5 p.m.

Archaeology month events in Acton

The Friends of Pine Hawk announce the following programs in October in observance of State Archaeology Month: on Fridays, October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., come to an Open House at Timelines, Inc. Archaeological Laboratory, 410 Great Road, Suite B14 in Littleton. Visitors can see a variety of historic and prehistoric artifacts from Massachusetts and New Hampshire. They will also experience what a working lab is all about — how archaeologists identify and learn from what they find. If people have artifacts or odd items they would like to have identified, the archaeologists will try to do so. The tour is free.

On Tuesday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Acton Memorial Library, hear about "Teotihuacan: Archaeological Discoveries at an Ancient Mexican City," a talk with slides by principal archaeologist Marty Dudek. Teotihuacan was a thriving city covering eight square miles in the central valley of Mexico 2,000 years ago. The talk will focus first on the unusual archaeological digs at the city's edge and then move to the ceremonial center of the city, the pyramid of the feathered serpent. This free talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Acton Libraries. Call 1-978-264-9641.

On Wednesday, October 6, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Science Discovery Museum in Acton: "Discover the Archaeology of Pine Hawk" with archaeologist Craig Chartier. Native Americans lived along the Assabet River in Acton more than 7,000 years ago. Try several hands-on activities to learn about techniques that archaeologists use to uncover and interpret important clues to the past. This offering is free with admission to the museum; call 1-978-264-4200.

On Tuesday, October 19, at 7:30 p.m., Acton Memorial Library will host "The Archaeology of Concord's 'Indian Planting Fields'" with Shirley Blancke, associate curator of archaeology and Native American Studies at the Concord Museum. Dr. Blancke will explain the process and discoveries of a recent archaeological dig near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord. She will describe how technology provided additional data at both the Concord and Pine Hawk sites and explore links between the two areas. This talk is free and sponsored by the Friends of the Acton Libraries. Call 1-978-264-9641.

Lavish 'Beauty and the Beast' in Lowell

The Discovery Series at UMass Lowell will present Beauty and the Beast, performed by the Enchantment Theatre Company of Pennsylvania on Sunday, September 26. There will be two (one-hour) performances at 2 and 4 p.m. The show is appropriate for families with children ages 6 and up.

Performances take place in Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder Street on the UMass Lowell South Campus. The theatre is handicapped-accessible and convenient, free parking is nearby.

For more information, to request a brochure, or to order tickets by phone with MasterCard or Visa, call the Box Office at 1-978-934-4444 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

The Discovery Museums open new exhibit

Something new especially for babies and toddlers will appear at The Discovery Museums in Acton when the Children's Discovery Museum reopens on Tuesday, September 21. "Sensations! Sensory Exploration for the Very Young" features interactive exhibits enabling young children to use their senses — touch, sight, sound — to experience the world around them and learn through play.

The new room is in response to a documented trend in children's museums' attendance: visitors are getting younger. "Through visitor surveys over the past few years, it has been determined that the majority of young children who visit the Children's Discovery Museum are between ages one to three," says Lauren Kotkin, Director of Education. "Guided by the research and how very young children learn, we created a room that caters to the growth and development of babies and toddlers while still enjoyable for preschoolers and kindergartners." Located in the exhibit area formally known as The Woodlands Room, "Sensations!" focuses on children's initial stage of cognitive understanding: through immediate action and sensation. The exhibit activities promote independence, the practice and mastery of skills, and allow for gross- and fine-motor movement.

A members-only morning will be held on Tuesday, September 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, sponsored by Bay State Parent. The exhibit will be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21, and Wednesday, September 22, and will remain open during all regularly-scheduled visitor hours.

A series of special programming is scheduled in conjunction with the new exhibit, providing adults with young children an opportunity to slow the pace, get comfortable on the floor, and experience sight, touch, sound and smell from the young child's perspective. The next program in this series is on Thursday, October 21, at 10 a.m. called "Games Babies Play" for babies 5 to 8 months and features games for the littlest athletes who are ready to stretch and move.

The Discovery Museums encourage children, families, and educators to explore the wonders of science, nature, humanities and arts by engaging visitors in hands-on experiences. The Children's Discovery Museum is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Science Discovery Museum remains closed for "spruce up" until September 28. For more information or group visitation hours, call 1-978-264-4200 or visit

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