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Friday, September 16, 2005

Gilligan's Island community potluck supper

Say goodbye to summer and welcome in the fall with a fun family evening with your friends and neighbors. Come ßshare an evening in the Pacific Islands — decorations, entertainment and food — and one last chance to wear those Hawaiian shirts and flip flops on Saturday, September 17 at 6 p.m. at Union Hall (the white Unitarian Church in the center of town). Everyone is welcome. Bring a jug of fruit juice, appetizer, a salad, a side dish, a casserole or dessert (Choose one). BYOB.

A light-hearted (ludicrous) skit will be presented between the main course and dessert featuring the Gilligan's Island characters. Entertainment will be provided for all ages including island games for the younger crowd.

There will be very brief presentations on some exciting new programs planned for this year at the First Religious Society including Small Group Ministries, Writing your Spiritual Biography, Film Discussion Series, FRS 250th Anniversary Celebration and the upcoming October Harvest Fair. You need not be a member of FRS to participate.

No need to RSVP. Anyone with questions, call Alison Saylor 1-978-369-1809 or Dian Cuccinello at 1-978-287-5745

Great Brook Farm hosts Down on the Farm Day

Come to Great Brook Farm State Park on Saturday, September 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a day of sun and good ol' family fun at the second annual Down on the Farm Day.

Ol' Cold Tater will provide music. Hayrides will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be sack racing, corn shucking, apple bobbing, egg tossing, piñata breaking,and horseshoe throwing, as well as a milk mustache contest at the pavilion, a traditional cake walk, and a drawing for the "Name the Calf" contest.

This event is free of charge and parking fees are also waived for the day. For more information, call 1-978-369-6312.

Minuteman opens registration for classes

Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington is accepting registrations for more than 100 evening classes for adults. Most classes begin the week of September 19.

Job-related courses include Accounting, Intro to AutoCAD, Auto Damage Appraisal, Florist Shop Operations, Manicure Licensing, and numerous computer classes. Personal interest courses include a variety of offerings in languages, art, culinary arts, business, personal finance and gardening.

For information or to register, call Minuteman's Community Education office at 1-781-861-7150.

Fall playgroup time

The Carlisle Parents Connection (CPC) is in the process of putting together playgroups for fall. Groups are organized by age and generally meet weekly at members' houses on a rotating schedule. Children ages 0-5 and their parent or caregiver are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity for socialization and fun. Contact Christine Dee at or 1-978-287-0741, or Heidi Kidder at if you are interested in joining a group with your child. Specify your child's date of birth and your days/times of availability.

Carlisle Garden Club to host free seminar: "Winterizing your garden"

Come to a free seminar on how to winterize the garden to ensure plant survival and make spring clean-up easier.

Speakers are Alison Saylor and Gillian Teixeira, garden designers and owners of Trade Secrets Gardens. The program will be on Thursday, September 22, 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Public Library.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information call Cecile Sandwen at 1-978-287-4369 or Gio DiNicola at 1-978-287-5407.

Orienteering event at Great Brook Farm

Come learn the exciting sport of orienteering on Sunday, September 18, from 11am to 1pm. in lovely Great Brook Farm. No special equipment is needed, just good walking shoes or sneakers and a sense of adventure. Free beginner instruction will be offered, and compasses available for rental. For directions and information go to Bring a friend and share in the fun. Registration for a course is $4 for club members, $6 for non-members.

Girl Scout fall registration

Carlisle Girl Scouts will hold a registration event to enroll girls for this school year on Thursday, September 22 from 8 - 9 p.m. at the CSA Fair in the dining room on the Carlisle Public School campus. Girls who are already enrolled in a troop and are not yet registered for the 2005-2006 year may reregister by contacting their troop leader. Representatives from the Carlisle Girl Scouts will be available to answer questions. Scouting welcomes girls from kindergarten to adult. We are seeking additional leaders at the first grade Brownie level.The Council provides free, local, daytime and evening training and support. For more information, come and see us that night.

Domestic Violence Services seeks volunteers

Domestic Violence Services of Central Middlesex, Inc. is seeking volunteers for their DVVAP and Court Intervention programs. Thirty-six hours of training will be held October 6 through November 17 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Concord Police Department. DV Services works with any domestic violence survivor in need and particularly services neighbors in Acton, Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln, Maynard, Stow, and Hanscom Air Force Base. DVVAP has provided assistance to over 900 families in crisis as a result of domestic violence since 1998. Call 1-978-318-3421 for more details.

Don't miss story time

The Gleason Public Library will offer story-time sessions beginning on October 3. For the 2 to3 year-old group the child must be 2 by October 7. For the 3 to 4 1/2-year-old group the child must be 3 by October 4 and for the 4 1/2 to 6- year-old group the child must be 5 by April 3, 2005.

The 3 to 4-1/2 year-olds will meet either Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11 a.m. or Thursday afternoon from 1:30 to 2: 00 p.m. The 4 1/2 to 6-year-old group will meet Monday afternoon from 1:30 to 2:10 p.m. These sessions will run through the week of December 5. The session for 2 to 3 year-olds (with parent or caregiver) will be offered on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. This session will run for six weeks.

Drop-in story times for the under 2s will meet Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for six weeks with the first session starting on October 6.

In-person registration for the fall story-time session will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 17. Phone registrations will be taken beginning at 11 a.m. For more information, call the children's department at the library at 1-978-369-4898.

Embroidery Workshops offered to create "fearless stitchers"

The Merrimack Valley Chapter of the Embroiderer's Guild of America, Inc. (EGA) is delighted to provide a series of workshops dedicated to creating "fearless stitchers." We will begin in September with a lecture on the types of backgrounds and threads typically used and when each is appropriate. At this meeting, every member who wishes will receive a free "starter kit" including linen fabric and a variety of threads to work with. Over the coming months, new categories of stitches will be discussed and demonstrated to move needleworkers from the basic cross stitch to a variety of simple yet elegant techniques that will add variety and dimension to their projects. All techniques can be practiced using the "starter kit" provided. There will also be the opportunity to sign up for small projects that reinforce the theme for each month. Techniques to be discussed include specialty stitches, knots and looped stitches, blackwork, and pulled-thread.

The EGA is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the teaching and preservation of needlework as an art form. The Merrimack Valley Chapter meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Tewksbury Congregational Church, 10 East St. in Tewksbury, MA. We are a lively group spanning a wide range of ages, interests, and skill levels. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, please contact Rosemary Carter at or 1-781-893-0959 or visit our web site at

Cantabrigia offers benefit concerts

Cantabrigia Chamber Music aanounces a series of concerts to benefit the Terea Michelle Bogstad Memorial Fund for research on the child-killing disease Langerhans cell histiocytosis. The concerts will include chamber works by Schubert, Schumann, Ravel, Bernstein, and the premiere of a new work by Martha Sullivan. Featured performers are organists Janine Wanée, pianist and organist Jay Lane, pianist Geoffrey Wieting , pianist and clarinetist Patrick Yacono, and oboist Sarah Young. Ms. Sullivan will appear as a guest musician on Friday, September 16.

The September 16 concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Tufts University Alumnae Hall, 15 South Campus Road, Medford. Directions:

A Saturday, September 17 concert will be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 164 Newtown Road, Acton. Directions: At both concerts, the requested donation at the door will be $25, or $15 for student/seniors/starving artists, with additional donations to the Bogstad Fund gratefully accepted.

Nutcracker auditions

Commonwealth Ballet Company of Acton will hold auditions for The Nutcracker on September 18 at the Acton School of Ballet, 3 Spruce Street, Acton. Group I, for dancers between nine and ten years old with at least two years of ballet training, will audition from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Group II, for dancers at least 11 years old with four years of ballet training, will audition from 1:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This group does not audition for pointe roles. Group III will audition from 3:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Dancers in this group must be at least 13 years old with six years of ballet training. Female dancers must have at least two years on pointe.

The doors will open at 11:15 a.m. so that paperwork can be filled out and other audition materials and Nutcracker information can be disseminated.

This year's production will be performed at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School on November 25-27, and at Fitchburg High School on December 3-4. The ballet is choreographed by artistic director Chip Morris and will star Anna Liceica and Gennadi Saveliev of New York's Amnerican Ballet Theatre as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

For more information, please contact Mike Hoffman, Company Administrator at 1-978-263-6533 or visit our web site at

Babies, Books, Brains, and Bonding

Join early childhood specialist Susan Edmonds September 26, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Public Library. This workshop is for parents, grandparents, and those who care for children. It 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. In addition, we will discuss how this relates to early literacy and future school success. The workshop is funded through the Babies and Books grant program. Anyone with questions or requiring special arrangements, please call Angela Reddin at the Library, 1-978-369-4898.

Trails Committee to build another boardwalk

Mark your calendars now. The Trails Committee is planning to construct another boardwalk on the River Trail this fall and is looking for lots of help from the community. In the fall of 2004, more than 75 volunteers helped construct two River Trail boardwalks. The work will be split between three days on two weekends. On Sunday, September 25, boards will be cut and brush clearing will be done. On Saturday, October 15, materials will be carted to the site and support posts will be installed, followed by construction of the boardwalk on Sunday, October 16. Skilled carpenters, general laborers and refreshment providers are all needed.

Look for details in upcoming issues of the Mosquito or contact Steve Tobin at 1-978-1680 or with questions or to volunteer.

Representative Atkins seeks interns

State Representative Cory Atkins (D- Concord) is seeking high school and college students to be interns in her State House office for the fall semester.Interns track legislation, budget items and amendments, and do extensive legislative research. They also draft correspondence with constituents and the press and attend meetings with legislators and staff. Many interns take on large projects and become indispensable members of the office staff.

Interning in Representative Atkins's office allows strudents to learn the skills and make the contacts necessary to begin a career in politics or government after graduation. Many colleges and high schools offer academic or community service credit for legislative internships. Interested candidates should contact their advisors to see if they qualify.

For more information or to apply, contact Peter Applegate, Representative Atkins's Administrative Aide, at 1-617-722-2013, or forward a resumé and cover letter to Peter Applegate, Office of Representative Cory Atkins, State House, Room 472, Boston, MA 02133, fax to 1-617-722-2239, or e-mail to

Concord Crop Walk for the Hungry

Plans are underway for the Concord area'sCrop Walk for the Hungry scheduled forSunday,October 16 at 2:15 the First Parish Church, Concord. Started in1981 when Bill Read, Jim DeMott and Marsha Martin from the Trinitarian Congregational Church invitedChurch World Service to introduce the walk in Concord, this event has evolved into one of the largestinterdenominational events devoted to local and world hunger in this area. Past records show there were approximately 80 walkers from sixConcord churches in 1986 participating.By 1989 churches from Acton and Sudbury joined, withlast year's record number of 400 walkers from over 25 faith communities coming from Bedford, Maynard, Lincoln, Lexington and Boxboroughraisingover $42,000, with $10,000 of that going to our five local food pantries.

The always popular banner contest and t-shirt design contest originated by Gail Kearns in 1989 are unique and have been recognized nationally byCWS. Carl Miller was additionally honoredby the Northeast Regional Directorfor his over 18 years of involvement and dedication. Plan to come early and register by 1:30 p.m. Listen to the CCHS pep band entertain us as the banner groups gather on the front lawn. Join us for cake and cider at the end of the six mile walk through historic Concord. For more informationcontact our web site,e-mail orcall Carl Millerat 1-978-369-3755.

Toddler Singalongs at Concord Library

Singer and musician Ed Morgan will present a new series of Toddler Singalongs at the Concord Free Public Library Children's Department, 129 Main Street, Concord on Fridays September 23, October 28, November 18, and December 23 at 2:00 p.m. The October Singalong has a Halloween theme and children are encouraged to come in costume. This program is fun for young children and their parents and is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. For more information please call 1-978-318-3358.

Board of Health will sponsor talk on Lyme Disease and Eastern Equine Encephalitis

The Carlisle Board of Health is sponsoring an educational presentation on "Lyme disease — what it is and what you can do about it" and "Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) - do we have to worry in Carlisle?" on Wednesday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall.

Lyme Disease has been on the increase in Carlisle with 15 suspect cases through August 2005 compared to 11 cases total in 2004. Lyme Disease, which is spread to animals and humans by infected deer ticks, is a serious illness that can cause long-term disabilities if not properly treated. Residents need to be aware of this and take precautions. This is an opportunity for Carlisle residents to receive up-to-date information on what to look for, what to do if you suspect an infection, what precautions to take and how Lyme disease affects domestic animals such as horses.

Information will also be available on EEE. This is a mosquito-borne illness similar to West Nile Virus, and while relatively rare, is a serious and potentially fatal disease. Peak time for transmission is in late summer and early fall. Staying informed is the best way to evaluate the risks associated with outdoor activities and what residents can do to prevent being infected.

Speakers for this event include Martin J. Kafani, MD, FACR, FACP of Emerson Hospital and New England Baptist Hospital. Dr. Kafani is a specialist in rheumatology and will talk on "Clinical Lyme Disease, Manifestations and Treatment." Judith Chevarly, MPH, is a Regional Health Educator for the MA Dept. of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Immunization. Her work involves helping cities and towns with training and education relative to epidemiology, surveillance and infectious disease reporting. She will talk about public health recommendations for prevention of Lyme disease and EEE. Mary Kahan, DVM, is a large animal veterinarian with a practice in Byfield. She will talk about her clinical experiences in dealing with sick animals that have contracted Lyme disease.

Share your story

The Board of Health is also looking for residents who may want to share their stories for the benefit of others. If you are interested, please contact the Board of Health Office at 1-978-369-0283 prior to the meeting.

David Negrin offers art classes in Concord

Art classes for students (11 and up) and adults are being offered by former Carlisle art teacher David Negrin in his Concord studio. Negrin will be teaching classes in stained glass, mosaics, drawing and painting. Two-hour classes will be limited to seven students. Flexible class times will be in mornings, afternoons or evenings. Enrollment is starting now. For more information and to sign up, call 1-978-318-7936 or 1-978-505-8804.

Emerson Hospital to offer free lecture on prostate cancer

Emerson Hospital will present a free community health lecture entitled: "Prostate Cancer: Evolving Concepts in Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention" on Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00 pm in North Assembly Room A at Emerson Hospital. To register, please call 1-978-287-3085.

Featured speakers will be Jon DuBois, MD, a hematologist-oncologist at Emerson's Bethke Cancer Center and Jack McGrath, MD, a radiation oncologist with the Emerson Hospital-MGH Radiation Oncology Center.

Emerson Hospital's Cancer Program was recently honored with approval by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The Commission sets national standards for cancer fighting initiatives and approves those programs that meet and follow its rigorous guidelines.

"Understanding College Admissions Testing and What to do About It"

Parents of current juniors in high school are invited to attend a 50 minute presentation on SAT testing to be given on Tuesday, September 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the L-12 classroom of CCHS.

The talk will address the PSAT, the SAT Subject tests, the ACT test and preparing for the SAT test.

First-time and veteran parents will find this up-to-date presentation helpful.

This is the third year of this presentation. Call 1-978-369-9173 if you have any questions.

Pathway construction meeting

The Board of Selectmen and Pedestrian and Bike Safety Committee will hold a meeting on Monday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to improve communication and share information regarding the pathway construction.

How to help in the wake of Katrina

Those wishing to offer housing to Katrina survivors should contact Esperanza Watkins in Congressman Marty Meehan's office. Watkins can be reached at 1-978-459-0101. People hoping to volunteer should contact the Operation Helping Hand Volunteer Helpline at 1-800-293-4031. Those wishing to volunteer may also go to or to the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) web site: Local businesses hoping to contribute should call 1-508-820-8000. All material donations should be made to the Salvation Army. Donations can be dropped off at any Salvation Army Thrift Store, Adult Rehabilitation Center or office, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or by visiting the Salvation Army web site:

Other resources include the web sites of the American Red Cross (, the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund (, FEMA (, and MEMA (

For more information, please contact State Representative Cory Atkins's administrative aide Peter Applegate at 1-617-722-2013, or e-mail him at

Carlisle School Committee approves the purchase of
lunch tickets on line

Parents of Carlisle School students are now able to purchase lunch tickets online by using their credit cards at or by using the link provided on the school's web site, The tickets will be available for students within 24 hours of the transaction. Students in grades 5 through 8 can pick their tickets up at lunch in the cafeteria. Students in grade K through 4 will be given their tickets in their classrooms. A book of 21 tickets will cost $43.25.

Volunteer for CSA staff and teacher luncheon

On Tuesday, September 27, the annual Fall CSA luncheon will again be held to honor the school's teachers and staff. The spring and fall luncheons have become a wonderful tradition at the school. Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve and clean up at the lunch and to contribute a favorite homemade dish or monetary contribution to offset the costs of the decorations and paper goods. To contribute or participate, please contact Seema Peterson at 1-978-369-3288 or send email to

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