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Friday, June 24, 2005

Li Min Mo, Chinese-American storyteller, to speak at First Religious Society

This coming Sunday, the summer season of lay-led services will begin at the First Religious Society. All summer services will start at 9:30 a.m., a change from the usual time. The church is handicapped-accessible through the Church Street entrance.

The service on June 26 will be a special one, with guest speaker Li Min Mo sharing stories of her personal and spiritual journeys. Child care will be available during the service.

Li Min Mo is a professional storyteller and artist who was smuggled out of Mainland China in 1952, and lived in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Spain in the fifties. At age thirteen she immigrated to America and began her long journey as a special-needs student struggling to learn English and make a life for herself in a strange new land.

Now settled in Cambridge, where she has raised her family, Li Min has been teaching art, drama, storytelling and history to children and adults for over 20 years. Her works reveal a universal theme of the triumph of the human spirit over life's tragedies and challenges.

COA doings

Blood pressure clinic: On Thursday, July 7, at 11 a.m., come to the Sleeper Room where an Emerson Hospital nurse will take your blood pressure.

Lunch at Cracker Barrel: On Thursday, July 14, join other seniors for lunch at the Tewksbury Cracker Barrel restaurant. Twelve seats are available on the COA handicapped-accessible van, and will be reserved on a first -come, first- served basis. Individuals can be picked up at their homes if required. For reservations, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023. If needed, additional transportation will be arranged by car-pooling. There is no cost for transportation, but lunch is at each individual's expense.

Harry Potter book party at Gleason Library

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library are organizing a fun-filled evening to celebrate the release of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth in the wildly popular Harry Potter series. Potter fans know that the book is being released at midnight on July 15, and now they can pre-order the book from the Friends and come to a Harry Potter Book Party at the library on Friday, July 15 at 9 p.m. The library will be transformed for the evening into a veritable Hogwarts School full of exciting surprises. Attendees, who are encouraged to come in costume, will be treated to a variety of activities staged in the "Gryffindor," "Slytherin," "Hufflepuff" and "Ravenclaw"areas of the library, refreshments will be served in the "refectory," and there will be special showings of the Potter movies. Prizes and favors will be awarded, and at midnight, partygoers will receive their pre-ordered copies of the long-awaited Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to close the evening.

The party is limited to Potter fans entering fourth to eighth grade in fall 2005, two children per household, with a minimum of one book ordered per family. Families may order as many books as they wish. Admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 50 kids. The book pre-order and registration forms will be available at the Gleason Library from June 25 onwards, and also at the Friends' Used Book Sale. Parents or guardians are required to fill out and send the form with a check for the number of books desired to the address listed on the form. All forms and checks received after capacity is reached will be returned, so get the order forms right away.

Several chaperones, decorators and organizers are required for this exciting event. If you are able to volunteer any time to help plan for the event, or to decorate and chaperone on July 15, please contact Friends' President Anjli Trehan at 1-978-371-0374 or email

Bicentennial birthday breakfast

Hear ye . . . hear ye . . . the Carlisle Congregational Church, in honor of our town's 200th birthday, is delighted to invite town residents for a birthday breakfast on June 25 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. You will not find candles on your pancakes, but the breakfast this year is a gift to our town. To be perfectly clear: the breakfast this year is free.

Lecture series offered by Congregational Church on six Tuesdays

On six consecutive Tuesday nights this summer, beginning July 5 and ending August 9, the Carlisle Congregational Church will host a series of interactive lectures with Drew Dernavich. The sessions, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., will include an introduction, First Principles of truth, science, law and justice, morality, and a summary demonstrating the unity of First Principles.

Drew, who lives in Needham with his wife Lori, is a gravestone etcher, and one of The New Yorker's cartoonists as well as someone with an interest in apologetics. As part of his ongoing interest in 20th century apologists, C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton, he has participated in the Oxford/Cambridge Lewis seminar. All are welcome to come and think about First Principles this summer.

Enter the OHD Art Show today

All entries for the Old Home Day Art Show must be delivered to the Corey dining room at the Carlisle Public School on Friday, June 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. Art may be submitted under the following categories: paintings, photographs, jewelry, needlepoint, pottery, scrapbook pages, textiles, crafts, drawings, and the professional gallery.

Enter up to four pieces of original artwork. The entry fee is $1 per piece. All artwork to be hung must be framed or mounted on cardboard with sturdy string or wire attached to the back. Lightweight entries may be hung from a paper clip secured to the back with strong tape.

The Art Show to be held on June 25, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Corey dining room.

Student volunteers needed this summer

The library could use your help. For those interested in volunteering at the Gleason Library over the summer, contact Angela Reddin at 1-978-369-4898.

Pre-register for the Carlisle road races

The deadline for pre-registration for the Road Races is today. Entry blanks are available at the Carlisle Library, Carlisle Post Office and Ferns Country Store, or electronically via the Old Home Day web site ( Do not mail. Call race directors Leslie or Ronald Kmiec (1-978-369-6130) to drop off forms at 94 Bingham Road.

The five-mile race will begin at 7:30 a.m. (registration and number pickup from 6:45-7:15), followed at 8:30 a.m. by the one-mile race (7:30-8:15 registration). The routes will remain the same, starting and finishing at the entrance to elderly housing on Church Street. Registration and awards are at the entrance to Corey Auditorium. The exact courses and prizes can be found on the entry blanks.

The only official runners (with numbers and eligible for prizes) are present and former Carlisle residents and town employees — no friends or visiting relatives.

"Carlisle Cats" need musicians

The "Carlisle Cats," the band that traditionally plays at Old Home Day is looking for additional musicians. All instrumentalists — junior high school through adult — on all instruments are welcome. The Cats will play during the Parade, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, and at the Ice Cream Social at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 26.

Call Alyn Rovin at 1-978-369-6351 for information, and to sign up.

Browse the annual library used book sale this Old Home Day

A wide selection of books, CDs, DVDs and videos will be available at the annual used book sale sponsored by the Friends of Gleason Public Library. Stock up on summer reading at unbeatable prices. The sale starts at 10 a.m. on the library lawn (rain or shine) and will run until 2 p.m. Proceeds from this sale benefit the Gleason Public Library.

A movie star leads the OHD parade

Old Home Day Parade Marshal, David Toher, will lead the parade once again riding "Lola." Originally from Oklahoma, Lola was purchased by the Toher family from Townsend Training Farm in Pembroke, New Hampshire, two days before last year's OHD parade. Lola's tribute as the lead horse in this year's parade is made in memory of the late Barbara Townsend.

Lola was recently featured in the movie, "Slave Catchers," which aired on the History Channel last month.

Come to the Farmers Market

Be sure to visit the Farmers Market booth at Old Home Day. Those who are interested in starting up a farmers market in Carlisle should drop in to sample some of the produce that might be available when a market becomes a reality in our community.

Calling all equestrians

The Old North Bridge Pony Club will be holding their third Summer Jumper Series at Foss Farm on July 15, 22 and 29 beginning at 12:30 p.m. If one event is cancelled due to weather, there will be another scheduled on August 5 at 12:30 p.m. The jumping divisions start at 18 inches and go up in 3-inch increments to three feet. Proceeds will benefit the Old North Bridge Pony Club. Come join in the fun. Contact Lucy Cornish at 1-978-369-2868 or Beth Platt at 1-978-369-4982 for more information.

C-C Pools update

More than 300 revelers swelled the ranks of Concord-Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center supporters at Spring Splash, a dinner dance and auction in support of the Center. Held at the Collings Foundation in Stow, the event was a great success.

"It was gratifying to see so many people coming together in support of this important community project," said Pete Funkhouser, President of C. C. Pools, Inc, the non-profit building the Center.

The Concord-Carlisle Swim and Health Center is being built and designed with private donations and a bequest from the Alfred Sawyer Trust. Upon completion, it will be given to the Town of Concord and run by the Concord Recreation Department. It will be available to everyone in Concord and Carlisle, as well as town employees and their families. The Center is under construction across the main driveway from CCHS on the high school campus.

"Many, many project supporters helped make this a successful event," Tim Atkins, C. C. Pools Executive Director. Aside from committee members, and many other adult volunteers, 20 students from Concord-Carlisle High School volunteered to help. "These kids were great. It's wonderful to see people of all ages working to make this Center a reality."

Many local businesses supported the evening through in-kind donations, auction donations and sponsorships in the evening's program. Thoughtforms Corp., Acton,

sponsored the event. "We hope those who attended will thank these merchants for their support with their patronage," continued Atkins.

The most anticipated part of the evening was the drawing of the winner of the 2005 MINI Cooper Open Convertible, donated by Liz and Warren Waugh of Concord and MINI of Peabody. Winner Francis Clark of Michigan had purchased his ticket in Concord center while visiting his son, currently stationed at Hanscom Field.

More information about the Concord-Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center may be found at

Concord celebrates Fourth of July

Celebrate Independence Day in Concord, Massachusetts at the 24th annual Picnic in the Park on Monday, July 4 at Emerson Field on Everett Street from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Picnic in the Park activities include a doll carriage and bicycle parade, traditional field games and sporting events for children of all ages, with live patriotic and other traditional music throughout the day. Popular bluegrass band Southern Rail will perform, as will the Tuxedo Classic Jazz Band and The Concord Band. Also returning this year will be the Concord Police Canine Unit with their exciting demonstration. Activity booths and food concessions sponsored by local non-profit groups will be open throughout the day. Dogs are not permitted on Emerson Field during the event.

Contact Picnic in the Park Committee Chair Rebecca Purcell 1-978-369-5961 for more information.

Join the kids' parade

Calling all kids! Start thinking about decorating your bikes and doll carriages for the Picnic in the Park parade in Concord on July 4.

Decorate your bike or doll carriage and be at the Concord Armory to assemble for the parade at 11:15 a.m. on the July 4. Do not forget to wear your helmet.

After the parade, enjoy a picnic lunch with your family. You can bring your own, or there will be plenty of great food for sale. Then stay for the rest of the day to enjoy the park and the other attractions. There will be music by Jerry & Nancy Bell, (Celtic Minstrels), balloon rides, field games, and a wonderful demonstration by the Concord K9 Unit. All events are free of charge.

Enter the OHD pie baking contest

Old Home Day is this weekend and it is time to prepare for the pie baking contest. Young and old are urged to try. Pies will be judged on their appearance, taste and originality. Contestants from 15 years and under are entered in the Junior category. It is always best when the judges have many choices, so don't be shy, bake a pie.

The contest will be held at Union Hall tomorrow at 11 a.m. All entries should be brought to Union Hall between 9 and 10:45 a.m. Any questions, call Kathleen Marsh 1-978-287-5664 or email:

Double Sundae Sunday saunter on June 26

As part of OHD weekend the Trails Committee will lead an historical walking and ice cream-eating extravaganza, starting at 11 a.m. at the Carlisle School parking lot and returning to the school around 4 p.m. Questions, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

The schedule, for those preferring to do only part of the seven-mile walk is:

11 a.m. Meet at Carlisle School parking lot. Walk to Kimball's (0.6 mile). Buy ice cream.

11:45 a.m. Talk by member of Historical Society about history of Bates Farm area.

12:30 p.m. Leave Kimball's and walk 2.8 miles to Great Brook Farm Ice Cream via Cutter's Ridge, Heartbreak Ridge, and Pine Point Loop, arriving around 1:30 p.m.

2 p.m. Talk by Great Brook Farm interpreter Rebecca Markey on history of the farm area, Native American to present, on the grassy slope by the pond.

2:45 p.m. Leave pond area at Great Brook. Walk 3.5 miles to Carlisle School parking lot via Ferns Loop, Old Morse Road, and Conant Land.

4 p.m. Arrive back at Carlisle School parking lot.

Cakewalk - June 25 at Town Hall

Starting at 5 p.m.on Saturday, June 25, Hatrack Gallagher and Seth Connelly will provide live musical entertainment for this year's Old Home Day Cakewalk.

The Cake Walk needs your cakes to continue its tradition as one of OHD's premier events. Bring your folding chairs or blankets, and enjoy the show. Most importantly, bring your cake either to Union Hall between 9 a.m.and noon, or to town hall after noon.

Cakes which are entered in the Cake Baking contest should be delivered to Union Hall by 9 a.m., and will be sent to their great reward, directly after the judging is completed.

Carlisle folks, get out your best recipes and cake-baking paraphernalia, because the cake-judging contest, and cakewalk are looking for a few good cakes.

Come out to lunch with the COA on July 25

Join the Out to Lunch Bunch on Monday, July 25 at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at the Westford Grill on Route 110 in Westford. The four menu selections, which includes the meal, non-alcoholic beverage, tax, and gratuity, are: grilled Reuben sandwich with French fries for $12.50 , grilled chicken breast with rice pilaf and green beans for $12.50, grilled 10 oz. sirloin steak with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans for $15.00 or grilled salmon with rice pilaf and green beans for $11.25. Pre-payment is required by July 15. Checks in the appropriate amount should be mailed to Jim Elgin at 331 East Riding Drive, Carlisle, MA, 01741. For questions or to make reservations, call Jim & Betty Elgin at 1-978-371-0728 or Tom & Karen Dunkers at 1-978-369-5681. Transportation assistance is available.

Room parents needed

Anyone interested in being a room parent for next school year is invited to call the appropriate room parent coordinator as soon as convenient. Many more volunteers are needed for all grades except seventh. Call Liz Bishop (1-978-318-0778) for PreK, K and first Grade; Janet Gillies (1-978-287-5107) for Grades 2 and 3; Diana Kolstad (1-978-371-1069) for Grades 4 and 5; and Kelly Driscoll (1-978-318-9202) for Grades 6, 7, and 8. The coordinators will need to know the name and grade of the child for whom you wish to be a room parent, your e-mail address, any previous room parent responsibilities and your phone number. Assignments will be done after move-up day. Contact Kelly Driscoll, head room parent with questions.

Order CCHS planners for next fall

There is still time to order a 2005-2006 CCHS School Planner / Student Assignment Notebook. The cost of planners is $8 each. This is a fundraiser for the Class of 2007.

Planners will be available to be picked up during freshman orientation and in the first days of school in the fall.

If extras are available, they will be sold for cash; however, advance orders are recommended. To order, send the name of student(s) who will pick up planner(s), their year(s) of graduation, the total number of planners ordered, and checks, made out to "CCHS Class of 2007." Order information should be mailed before August 20 to: Liz Haff, Ten Philip Farm Road, Concord, Mass. 01742.

Planning Board seeks an Associate Member

The Carlisle Planning Board is seeking a town resident who would be interested in serving as an Associate Member of the Board. This is an ideal way to get involved with the work of the Planning Board without having to run for elected office. Associate Members are encouraged to attend Board meetings and participate fully in the discussion of matters before the Board, but generally do not vote. For specific applications that involve the issuance of special permits, the Chair may designate an Associate Member to act in the place of a regular member, including voting in that member's place. In such cases, the Associate would be required to attend all sessions of the public hearing for that application.

Being an Associate Member also gives an interested volunteer the chance to "learn the ropes" of Planning Board business and responsibilities, and perhaps prepare and encourage one to run for an elected seat in the future.

If you are interested, please contact the Planning Administrator, George Mansfield at 1-(978) 369-9702, or the Planning Board Chair, David Freedman at 1-(978) 318-0820. You may also send an e-mail to

Council on Aging lunch and bingo

On Thursday, July 21 at 11:45 am, come to the Sleeper Room for a delicious lunch followed by bingo and prizes. All seniors are welcome to attend. However, we need you to reserve a space so the luncheon committee knows how many meals to prepare. Please reserve by calling 1-978-371-2895. A $2.00 contribution is appreciated. Transportation assistance is available.

Road trips and travel

Wonder where the action is this summer? Look no further than town center and the Gleason Public Library. Before the next trip, check the travel section. Grab a book on tape or cd for the next long drive. Be inspired by the cds, poems, and books galore at the Gleason,

Borrow a pass to the Museum of Science

The Gleason Public Library offers discounted museum passes to the Science Museum. This popular annual membership was donated by Assurance Technology. Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged by calling 978-369-4898. To learn more about this pass and the others available at the Gleason, visit under Services and Museum Passes.

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