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Friday, September 2, 2005

Council On Aging doings

Fitness classes: Fitness classes resume September 6. These classes are open to all levels, and may be taken either once or twice per week. The classes include stretches, leg exercises, joint rotation, use of small hand weights, and balancing exercises. Participants are encouraged to go at their own pace. Classes meet in the Clark Room at Town Hall on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Tuesday classes start at 9:45 a.m., and Thursday classes start at 10:45 a.m. Enrollment is for the three-month session. Once-a-week participation cost is $30 for the three-month session, and twice-a-week participation cost is $50. Call the COA office at 1-978 371-2895 to enroll.

Men's breakfast: The monthly men's breakfast will resume on Thursday, September 8 at 8 a.m. in the Sleeper Room at 145 Church Street. This is an informal gathering of men over the age of 60. A $2 donation is suggested.

Book club: The COA Book Club will meet Wednesday, September 14 at 10 a.m. at the home of Jean LaBroad. Please call Jean at 1-978-369-6768 if you are able to attend. All new members are welcome. September's selection is Benjamin Franklin written by Edmund S. Morgan.

Blood pressure clinic date change: On Thursday, September 15, from 11 a.m. to noon, come to the Sleeper Room where an Emerson Hospital nurse will take your blood pressure. Many thanks to the Friends of the COA for providing this service. Note that this clinic will now be on the third Thursday of the month, before the luncheon.

Lunch and SHINE speaker: On Thursday, September 15 at 11:45 a.m., there will be a luncheon at the Sleeper Room, followed by speaker Cindy Phillips from Minuteman Senior Services. She will speak about Medicare D and how this legislation may affect the cost of medications. A $2 donation is suggested. Call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 to make a reservation so the luncheon committee will know how many meals to prepare.

COA Line Dancing: Line Dancing classes begin Friday, September 16 and will be held for six weeks. Stay fit and have fun. Instructor Katrina Rotondi will offer traditional and Western line dance instruction in Union Hall, First Religious Society, 27 School St, Carlisle Center. Classes will meet Friday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The course fee is $3.50 per lesson. To sign up or ask questions, call Dorothea Kress at 1-978-369-3118.

Exploring our lives through poetry: In this series of COA workshops, poems by Mary Oliver, William Stafford, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and others will be read. A variety of themes including mindfulness, life's choices and transitions and connection to others and nature will be explored. The facilitator for these workshops is Patti Russo, who has an MS in psychology and is a certified poetry therapist in training through the National Federation of Biblio/Therapy Poetry. The workshops will be on Monday mornings from 10 - 11:15 a.m. starting on September 19 and ending on October 24. The group is limited to 8. Call the COA office for more information or to sign up.

September events at the Gleason Library

Friends Book group will meet September 8, 6:45 - 8:45 p.m. in the Hollis Room. The book this month is Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts. This event is open to anyone who would like to attend.

Home Video How-To on Tuesdays, September 13, 20 and 27, from 3:30 - 5 p.m. in the Hollis Room. A workshop in three parts with Charlie Allman. Registration is limited to ten, aimed at ages 12 and up. Maximum of two members per family. Sign-up at the Reference Desk.

Finding Yesterday September 14, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. in the Hollis Room. Poetry workshop with Nancy Paquin. Registration limited to 35. Sign-up at the Reference Desk.

Author John Mitchell September 15, 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room. Mr. Mitchell will be discussing his book, Looking for Mr. Gilbert, The Reimagined Life of an African American. Presented by the Carlisle Historical Society and the Gleason Public Library. Held in the Library's Hollis Room.

Babies, Books, Brains, and Bonding September 26, 6:30 - 8 p.m. in the Hollis Room. This workshop will explore the most recent data on early brain development, how we can enhance that development and make special connections with babies and young children. For parents, grandparents, and those who care for children. In addition, we will discuss how this relates to early literacy and future school success. Funded through the Babies and Books grant program.

Information about programs can be found at

John Hanson Mitchell to discuss new book at library

Author John Hanson Mitchell's new book is sure to be of interest to Carlisle readers. Looking for Mr. Gilbert: The Reimagined Life of an African American is about Robert Gilbert, the black assistant to William Brewster, theornithologist of Estabrook Woods.

The Carlisle Historical Society and the Gleason Public Library are sponsoring an Author's Night with Mitchell at the library on Thursday, September 15, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., in the Hollis Room.

In the mid-1970s, John Hanson Mitchell discovered over 2,000 antique glass plate negatives in the attic of an old estate in Massachusetts. As a result of a tip from a Harvard researcher, Mitchell came to believe that the plates were the work of Gilbert, William Brewster's assistant.

Mitchell's exhaustive investigation unveils the truth behind Gilbert's real role as Brewster's assistant. Robert Gilbert was one of many African Americans whose historic achievements have remained unrecorded or have been subverted by their white colleagues. Thanks to Mitchell, he now takes his rightful place in history.

CCHS back-to-school reminders

The transition to a new administrative computer software system, prevents student schedules from appearing in the traditional summer information mailing.Students will get their final first-semester schedules in homeroom the first day of school. In almost every case the schedule they receive will be exactly the same as the schedule they received last June. No student will be removed from or changed level in any course. The only change would be in the time the student meets a given course.

Mrs. Deborah Smith, the new chorus teacher, comes to the job with a great deal of experience including 12 years at Lincoln-Sudbury.

Check the summer mailing and September newsletter for more information.

Athletes are reminded that the current athletic fee is $125 per sport. Call Brent Clark (1-978-2490 X 7160) for details. All school athletes must file a current record of physical exam with the school nurse, Chris DeBruzzi, before they can be allowed to practice.

Fall baseball league

Concord-Carlisle Youth Baseball, in conjunction with the Minuteman Babe Ruth League, will offer two divisions of play for fall 2005. These programs will focus on skill development and are open to all age-appropriate players living in Concord and Carlisle.

The two divisions will include a Junior Division comprised of all players who completed their final Little League season in 2005 plus any 13 year-old and 14 year-old players (based on age as of 7/31/05) who wish to play at a less competitive level. The Senior Division will be comprised of players 13 years old (based on age as of 7/31/05) through high school who seek to continue to play baseball at a more competitive level in the fall.

The program will begin on Saturday, September 10, and continue through the weekend of October 22-23. Games will be held each Saturday (in the morning or early afternoon) and Sunday (in the afternoon) in Concord or nearby towns.

Please go to for more information and to register.

Boy Scouts this fall

Sixth and seventh grade boys are invited to join Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135. Meetings are at 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays, in the Corey exercise room starting on September 13. Call Assistant Scoutmaster Marty Galligan at 1-978-369-5003 or Scoutmaster Tony Mariano at 1-978-287-0441 for information.

Chinese language study this fall

The Carlisle Public School is exploring the possibility of offering Chinese to this year's sixth and seventh graders. Parents of sixth- and seventh-grade students who would like to take Chinese as their World Language choice this year should call the school's main office at 1-978-369-6550. If enough students are interested, classes will be offered.

Great Brook Farm State Park hosts activities van

Great Brook Farm State Park, located in Carlisle, Massachusetts, is hosting a beautifully painted van with activities made available "on wheels."

Forests & Parks on Wheels is a hand-painted van powered by natural gas. Commissioned in 1998 to celebrate 100 years of forests and parks in Massachusetts, the van features murals painted by Robert Evans depicting an estuary scene and a wooded forest scene. Games and hands-on activities corresponding to the pictures are featured. Subjects covered are watersheds, bio-diversity, forest ecology and wetland ecology. All are offered for children and adults alike.

The van travels to schools, camp sites, special events, and parks around the state bringing environmental education to you.

This program, sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, is offered free of charge to the public and runs on September 4, 2005 from 2 to 5 p.m. It is located at the Interpretative Pavilion, "down on the farm," 165 North Road, Carlisle. A $2 parking fee is required. For further information, please call Rebecca at 1-978-369-6312.

Get online with

Order books, dvds, cds and more online with your library card. Just go to In the upper right hand box "Catalog Search" type in the info you have about the item (i.e. title, author) and search. Click on "Request Item" button to the right of the edition you would like. Next, enter your library card barcode (no spaces) and pin number (last four digits of your phone number). The item will be sent to the Gleason Public Library and you will be notified (by phone or email) when it is ready for pickup.

With a library card, there is a virtual library account available online anytime. Manage your checkouts, renewals, fines, and create lists of items. You can also temporarily suspend requests. If you prefer a demonstration, stop by the reference desk. Or call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and get cheerful help.

Concord Madrigals auditions

The Concord Madrigals, a 40-voice women's chorus directed by Jane Ring Frank, will hold open rehearsals on September 13 and 20 at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord. Brief auditions will be held at the end of each rehearsal. For information, call 1-978-369-7718 or 1-978-369-8526.

Acton Community Chorus open house

The Acton Community Chorus (ACC) will begin its 22

Registration for Kerem Shalom Hebrew School

Registration for Kerem Shalom's Hebrew School classes, grades Kindergarten through high school, is now in progress. Openings are still available at all grade levels.

To inquire about membership, or to learn more about our school, call 1-978-369-1223. You are also invited to our Open House, September 8, at 6 p.m.

For more information about Kerem Shalom, visit our website at Kerem Shalom is an unaffiliated synagogue, located at 659 Elm Street in Concord.

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