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Friday, July 1, 2005

Drop-in storytimes at the library

Come in, cool off and relax with a good story. For the weeks of July 11-August 1 the Gleason Public Library will be hosting a series of drop-in story hours. Story hours for ages 3 and up will be held Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and story hours for ages 3 and under will be held on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. The younger storytime is part of the library's Babies and Books program, funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with additional funding by the Friends of the Gleason Library.

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 Grille on Route 110 in Westford. The four menu selections, which include 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.

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. The book is being released at midnight on July 15, and now fans 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 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. Admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 50 kids. The book pre-order and registration forms are available at the library. Parents or guardians are required to fill out and send in 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 e-mail

Congregational Church offers lecture series

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.

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.

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 1-978-369-4898. To learn more about this pass and the others available at the Gleason, visit under Services and Museum Passes.

Fireworks July 4 at Acton's Nara Park

Everyone is invited to join the festivities at Nara Park on Quarry Road, off Route 27, in Acton on Monday July 4. Handicapped parking is available on site, but others are encouraged to use the free shuttle bus, which will run from Nagog Park Drive beginning at 4 p.m. Bring a picnic, or purchase food from the outdoor vendors. Altogether Now, a Beatles tribute band, will provide music between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., and the fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m. (The rain date is Sautrday, July 9.)

Donelan's Market and Gould's Plaza joined with the Town of Acton to sponsor the fireworks display.

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

Cultural Council seeks new members and grant applications

The Carlisle Cultural Council is currently seeking new members to join a small but dedicated group committed to supporting the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in Carlisle. The committee meets four to six times a year to evaluate grant applications and plan for cultural activities. Committee members are appointed by the Board of Selectmen. If you are interested in getting more involved in the cultural life in Carlisle, contact Elissa Abruzzo 1-978-287-4811 for more information.

The Cultural Council is also seeking grant applications for 2006. The Carlisle Cultural Council awards small grants (average grants are $250-$400) to individuals and organizations that provide a unique cultural experience to a broad spectrum of the citizens of Carlisle. The Council funds grants in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. Funding to support this program comes from the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as local fundraising.

The Council is particularly interested in proposals that:

• explore art forms such as visual arts, music, dance, theater, storytelling, poetry and literature;

• engage the community in nature, and environmental education projects;

• introduce cultural traditions from around the world,

• have a direct relationship to the town,

• propose a collaborative effort by Carlisle organizations.

An application form is available at:

Survey for success

An important survey about the Gleason Public Library is waiting online at: Print copies are available at the Library and can be returned to the main desk or book drop. If we receive 2000 surveys by August 5, 2005, the GLP will celebrate with a fine-free September. Share your comments and ideas, participate today.

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.

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.

Tax relief available to Carlisle senior citizens

Carlisle senior citizens should be aware that there are several programs available through the town and state to provide significant tax relief to those in need. Below is a summary of programs.

Elderly Statutory Property Tax Exemption. Persons 65 years of age and over, who meet the income and asset requirements, are eligible for up to $2000 off their property tax bill. For more information, contact the Assessors' Office at 1-978-369-0392.

Senior Tax Work Program. Persons 60 and over, who provide work assistance to town departments such as the Council on Aging and Gleason Public Library, are eligible to earn a credit of up to $500 off their property tax bill. For more information, contact the Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895.

Property Tax Deferral Program. Seniors 65 and over, who meet the income requirement, are eligible to defer all or a portion of their annual property tax bill until they transfer ownership of the property. For more information, contact the Assessors' Office at 1-978-369-0392.

COA 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.

COA blood pressure clinic location changes

On Thursday, July 7, the Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) will sponsor free blood pressure screenings, to be performed by a registered nurse from Emerson Hospital. No appointment is necessary. Note the location change to the COA office in Town Hall.

Council on Aging lunch and bingo

On Thursday, July 21 at 11:45 a.m., 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 contribution is appreciated. Transportation assistance is available.

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