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Friday, July 15, 2005

Join in the Harry Potter Book Party at Gleason Library tonight

Participants enjoy the first Harry Potter Book Party held at Gleason Library in June of 2003. (Photo by Mike Quayle)

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 on Friday July 15 from 9 p.m. until midnight at the Gleason Library. The library will be transformed for the evening into a veritable Hogwarts School full of exciting surprises. Children who have registered for the party should bring along a flashlight; all attendees (including chaperones) are encouraged to come in costume. A variety of activities have been planned, prizes and favors will be awarded, and at midnight, partygoers will receive their pre-ordered copies of the long-awaited Harry Potter book to close the evening.

Carlisle Farmers Market opens July 23

The Farmers Market is opening on Saturday, July 23. The Market will be located at Kimball Farms ice cream stand on Route 225, and the hours of operation will be 8 a.m. until noon.

An open invitation is extended to all who have produce or products to sell — Massachusetts-grown or made. For details or to reserve a space, call Gale Constable at 1-978-371-1925, or Annette Lee at 1-978-369-0599.

Environmental Service at First Religious Society

A video of a recent talk at Hancock Church in Lexington by environmentalist and author Bill McKibben will be featured in the Sunday, July 17 service at the First Religious Society (FRS). McKibben spoke about global warming and possible responses to it. Summer services at the FRS begin at 9:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be served following the service and people will have the opportunity to discuss the issue further. The environmental action committee of the church is organizing the service. All are invited.

LEGOs Robotics Camp offered August 1 - 5

Do you like Legos? Do you like robots? This summer the Carlisle Public School is offering a fun and creative learning experience to develop building and programming skills using LEGO software. No prior experience is necessary. Limited spots are available, so sign up now.

There will be two sessions: 9 to 11:30 a.m. for students entering third, fourth and fifth grades; and Noon to 3 p.m. for students entering sixth, seventh and eigth grades.

Forms can be picked up in the main office at the Carlisle Public School. The cost of the program is $125. Checks can be made out to "Town of Carlisle."

Gleason Library summer children's programs explore stories and song

The Gleason Public Library is offering many programs this summer tailored especially for children.

Storyteller Davis Bates on July 20

The library will host storyteller Davis Bates as part of the summer reading program on Wednesday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at the First Religious Society. Davis is a Parent's Choice Award-winning performer who travels around New England delighting families with his warm and exciting stories from all over the world. His theme for the evening will be "The Places You'll Go," exploring the world in story and song.

This program is suggested for children entering grades Kindergarten and up. Adults may find this enjoyable as well. Funding is provided in part by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Spectrum storytime begins July 25

Interested in a non-traditional story time designed for kids on the autism spectrum or kids that might benefit from a smaller group setting? The Gleason Public Library, with volunteer leadership, is offering a special three-part story time, July 25, August 1, and August 8 at 10:30 a.m. for four- and five-year-olds. For more information, call the director at 1-978-369-4898.

Gene Stamell performs on July 26

As part of the Gleason Library summer reading program, "Going Places at Your Library," Gene Stamell will present a summer concert at 7 p.m. at the First Religious Society on Tuesday, July 26. Well-known to the Carlisle community, Stamell has been performing for over 25 years. His interactive concerts involve plenty of singing and laughing.

This program is suitable for children in grades K and up. The Friends of the Gleason Library are providing funding for this concert as well as for all materials, prizes and refreshments for the summer reading program.

Trails Committee work day on July 17

The Trails Committee asks your help with trail maintenance work on Sunday, July 17. Meet at the Town Hall parking lot at 9 a.m. Work may include clipping vegetation, sawing downed limbs, and installing trail signs. This work can be used for community service for middle school and high school students. We generally work for two to three hours, but any time you can spare is appreciated. Insect repellent and drinking water are strongly recommended. Boots are also a good idea in case we encounter wet areas. Bring bow saws, loppers, swing blades or pruning tools if you have them, or borrow ours, but mostly bring yourself.

The 2005 Trails Book will be available for purchase for $5 at the Town Hall parking lot at 9 a.m. It is also available at Town Hall during working hours.

If you have any questions, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Lunch with the COA

Lunch and bingo on Thursday. July 21: Come to the Sleeper Room at 11:45 a.m. for a delicious lunch followed by bingo and prizes. All seniors are welcome to attend. However, reserve a space so the luncheon committee knows how many meals to prepare. Call1-978-371-2895. A $2 donation is appreciated. Transportation assistance is available.

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

Guest speaker on Living Water El Salvador

On Sunday, July 24, Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal) in Acton welcomes Paul Darilek, founder and director of Living Water El Salvador. He will preach at both the 7:45 and 9:30 a.m. services. Following the 9:30 service, Mr. Darilek will describe the work of LWES as it drills water wells for impoverished communities in rural El Salvador. He will share stories and slides from his six years' work and outline several ways that everybody can become involved in this life-changing ministry.

The church is located at 164 Newtown Road, Acton, at the intersection with Arlington Street. For more information, please contact Church of the Good Shepherd at 1-978-263-5782 or visit the web site at

Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Saint Irene Church on East Street on Saturday, July 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gleason survey — a few minutes will go far

Two hundred surveys have been received so far. If the library receives 2000 surveys by August 5, the library will celebrate with a fine-free September. This 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. Share your comments and ideas today.

"David Sibley's Birds" at Concord Museum

Over 50 original watercolor paintings by America's most gifted contemporary illustrator of birds, David Allen Sibley, are on exhibit at the Concord Museum in the first major exhibition of this author/artist's work. Sibley, who began seriously watching and drawing birds in 1969 at age seven, is well known for his ability to both describe and celebrate his subject. More than just a field guide, National Audubon Society's The Sibley Guide to Birds has already proved to be one of the most influential natural history books of our times. The exhibition, "David Sibley's Birds," organized by the Concord Museum, will celebrate the publication's fifth anniversary. Sure to appeal to bird watchers — both novice and experienced — as well as artists, naturalists, teachers, and families, the new exhibition offers a rare opportunity to bring together, in a museum setting, the art and expertise of this innovative, nationally-recognized Concord resident. For further information contact the Concord Museum at 1-978-369-9609 (taped information); 1-978-369-9764 (reservations); or web site:

This year's hot fashion — Bicentennial T-shirts

There is still time to purchase Carlisle Bicentennial T-shirts that commemmoratethe town's milestone birthday. Proceeds will go to Carlisle's Bicentenary Fund. The shirts are navy with a white design, and are available at Ferns Country Store while supplies last.

Arts festival at Minuteman Regional High School on July 29

An arts festival sponsored by the Minuteman Regional Summer School will be held at the school on Friday, July 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. The festival will include a rock/jazz concert, art exhibits, digital video, a magic show, musical theater and performing arts workshop presentations. Admission is free. Minuteman Regional is located on Route 2A in Lexington, just west of Route 95.

Old Manse announces summer music series

The Old Manse will be offering its summer music series on Sundays during the months of July and August and continuing through early September. The first concert will be held on Sunday, July 10. The concerts will be held on the grounds of The Old Manse at 269 Monument Street in Concord from 2 to 4 p.m. Concert goers are encouraged

to take picnics and lawn chairs. Concerts are free to all and will be held rain or shine under a large, festive, striped tent.

The schedule for summer 2005 performances is as follows: July 10 and July 17 — Pan Chan's Celtic music; July 24 — John Carew and Friends' folk music; July 31, August 7 and August 14, August 28 and September 4 — Pan Chan.

COA hosts town employee appreciation luncheon August 18

On Thursday, August 18 at 11:45 a.m. at 145 Church Street, rain or shine, seniors are invited to come out and thank all those town employees who make Carlisle such a wonderful place to live in. Firefighters, police officers, DPW workers, town hall employees, library staff and others will join the Carlisle Council on Aging for great food and conversation. This is always a terrific day, so be sure to join in the festivities. For reservations, call 1-978-371-2895.

COA September lunch

Come join the Carlisle Seniors for lunch at 11:45 a.m. at the Sleeper Room on September 15, followed by a talk on Medicare-D prescription drugs. The talk will be given by Cindy Phillips from Minuteman Services. A $2 donation is requested for the lunch. To sign up, or for more information, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023.

Surplus tables and chairs available

Due to the purchase of new cafeteria furniture, the Carlisle Public Schools will be disposing of its current cafeteria furniture inventory. The school is making the furniture available to the public prior to its final disposal. The available furniture consists of: chairs, 47" x 24" half round tables, 40" round tables, 48" x 31" and 60" x 31" rectangular tables. If interested in acquiring one or more of these tables, please contact the school business office at 1-978-369-6239.

Jogging limited at Concord's Great Meadows Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has begun a three-year research project to determine if jogging has an impact on wildlife at the Concord impoundments, which are part of the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Beginning the week of July 4, and for various weeks until early December, jogging will not be permitted on impoundment trails. Refuge staff are closing the impoundments to jogging during the following weeks: July 25 - 31, August 1 -7, August 15 - 21, August 29 - September 4, September 12 - 18, September 26 - October 2, October 17 - 23, October 24 - 30, November 14 - 20, November 28 - December 4.

Jogging will be allowed elsewhere on the refuge during this period and at the Concord impoundments during weeks not listed above. Information will also be available on the refuge web site at

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