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Friday, July 29, 2005

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. 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.

Blood pressure clinic

A nurse from Emerson Hospital will hold a blood pressure clinic for seniors on Thursday, August 4, from 11 a.m. to noon, in the Sleeper Room, Carlisle Village Court.

COA Lowell Mills trip

On Thursday, August 11, join other seniors for lunch and a visit to the Lowell National Historical Park in Lowell. A $9 per person fee covers a boat ride through the locks and canals, trolley ride and admission to the museum. Lunch will be at the Brewhouse Café and Grill and is at each individual's expense. Transportation is by COA van and private carpooling. Twelve seats are available on the van, on a first-come, first-served basis at no cost. The trip is handicapped-accessible. For reservations, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023.

A river runs through it

On Wednesday, August 17, the Carlisle Council on Aging will offer motorboat rides on the Concord River (rain date is August 22). Because the boat can only carry three or four passengers at a time, this outing is limited to Carlisle senior residents. The boat is not handicapped-accessible. Trips will leave from the launching ramp on Route 225 at the Carlisle-Bedford town line, starting at 11 a.m., continuing throughout the afternoon. Bring a lunch if you like. Transportation is by private car; there is plenty of parking. Carpooling assistance is available. A $3 donation per person for fuel and oil is appreciated. Call Bert Williams for reservations at 1-978-287-0707.

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 the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

View the young readers advisory bulletin board at Gleason Library

Would you like to know what books appeal to children of all ages? The Gleason Public Library has a bulletin board devoted to displaying the titles of books children of all ages have enjoyed. These books range from picture books to longer chapter books such as Martin the Warrior by Brian Jacques. These are recommendations straight from the readers' own experience. This is the place to find what is hot in the children's world of reading, straight from the children themselves. Come to the children's room to check it out.

The library is also looking for more recommendations from children who have been inspired to spend time with a book. To post a book recommendation, write your name, age and the title/author of one or more favorite books on a 3-by-5-inch card. To submit a picture of yourself or the book to be displayed with your list, include a picture no bigger than 5 by 7 inches. Bring recommendations to the children's room and check out what others have posted.

Tour Carlisle Public School on August 29

Are you a parent new to the Carlisle Public School? On Monday, August 29, at 9 a.m., the Carlisle School Association (CSA) will host a school tour. Join the group at the flagpole on the main plaza at the Carlisle Public School. Call Timm Brandhorst at 1-978-371-2770 or Liz Bishop at 1-978-318-0778 for further information.

RecCom news

Summer soccer and field hockey
There are still openings in the summer sports clinics including MLS Soccer the week of August 15 to 19 and Field Hockey August 22 to 24.

Fall programs

The fall brochure will be mailed on August 24 and in addition to the adult fitness classes and regular after-school classes, will include registration for the Friday after-school ski program and the Youth Basketball program, which will start practice the last week of November.

Van needed

The Recreation Commission has a 1991 Voyager van which will be retired very soon. This van was donated in 1999. The commission is in need of a replacement van, and if you have a van that you might be willing to donate, please call 1-978-369-9815.

Bicentennial T-shirts

There is still time to purchase Carlisle Bicentennial T-shirts that commemorate the 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.

Take a field trip about the life history of moths

The Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge is sponsoring a field trip on the life history of moths found on the refuge. At a similar program a few years ago, 185 species were identified. The field trip will be held on Saturday evening, August 20 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Bring a flashlight and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes.The program will be led by naturalist Mike Nelson who is working for the Massachusetts Natural Heritage Program.

For more information, directions or to register for the trip, call Rona Balco at 1-978-779-2259. There is a limit on the number of participants.

Lowell Folk Festival

The largest free folk festival in the nation, the 19th Lowell Folk Festival will be held on six stages in downtown Lowell on Friday, July 29 (7 to 10 p.m.), Saturday, July 30 (noon to 10 p.m.) and Sunday, July 31 (noon to 7 p.m.) An area at the festival is devoted to crafts, and 40 ethnic groups prepare and sell food. It is a production of the Lowell National Historical Park, the City of Lowell and the National Council for the Traditional Arts. For more information, see the web site:, or call 1-978-970-5000.

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