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Friday, April 7, 2006

Save the date

The Carlisle Trails Committee and the Conservation Commission will host a public vernal pool walk on Sunday afternoon, April 23. This is a great family activity. Chris Kavalauskas, former Conservation Commission chairperson and wildlife ecologist, will lead the walk.

COA doings

· COA book club: The next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 12 at 10 a.m. at the home of Judy Wells, 738 Lowell Road (Route 40) in Groton. The selection is Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jared Diamond. New members are welcome. Call Judy at 1-978-448-5157 if you plan to attend.

· Men's breakfast: On Thursday, April 13, starting at 8 a.m., the Mystery Chef and his helpers will prepare another gastronomic extravaganza for Carlisle senior men at the Sleeper Room. A $2 donation is appreciated.

· Burlington Mall shopping trip: On Friday, April 14, the new COA minibus will go to the Burlington Mall. The bus will leave Carlisle at 9:30 a.m. and return by 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be on your own. There are 13 spaces available. To sign up for this trip, call 1-978-371-6690.

· Luncheon and speaker: Join the COA on Thursday, April 20 at 11:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 School Street, for a catered lunch followed by speaker John Buonomo, Registrar of Probate from the Middlesex Probate and Family Court, the busiest court in New England. Buonomo will present an overview and update of the many recent changes in the court, after which there will be a question and answer period. Reserve your luncheon space by April 17 by calling 1-978-371-2895. A $2 contribution is appreciated.

Atkins at Conservation Coffee April 11

Representative Cory Atkins (D), 14th Middlesex District, will attend the April 11 Conservation Morning Coffee, sponsored by the Carlisle Conservation Commission. The coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Representative Atkins will be available to answer questions and discuss proposed legislative initiatives of interest to the environmental community.

Potluck and contra dance on April 14

Come celebrate spring at the next contra dance to be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on Friday, April 14, at 8 p.m. Before the dance, everyone is invited to a potluck supper that begins at 6:30 p.m. Sue Rosen will call the dances; Debby Knight, David Titus, Bruce Rosen and Walter Lenk will provide the music. A $5-per-person admission will be collected during intermission. All dances will be taught. Beginners and singles welcome. For more information, please call 1-978-369-1661.

Second annual health fair April 8

The Carlisle Board of Health, with the Carlisle Police Department, will hold the Annual Town of Carlisle Health Fair on Saturday April 8, from 9 a.m. to noon at Town Hall. Staff from Emerson Hospital will do free testing for cholesterol (12-hour fast required), diabetes screening (fasting preferred), prostate specific antigen (PSA), thyroid, and blood pressure for residents 18 and older. Colo-rectal home testing kits will be available. Testing results will be kept strictly confidential and mailed to the resident. There will be information and other health-related activities and demonstrations.

The Carlisle Police Department will offer free gunlocks, fingerprinting for children and ID kits. There will also be information regarding child-seat safety, importance of buckling up, and information on teen driving. Information about the upcoming Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) class and literature on domestic violence, elder abuse and teen drug use will be available.

For information, call the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283.

Teen movie at the Gleason Public Library

The next early release day film will be held Tuesday, April 11 at 12:30 p.m. Attendance is open to fifth to eighth graders. Can you guess the movie title? Four London children are sent to a professor's country home, where they discover a magic wardrobe which leads to a mystical land. Find out about upcoming programs at

Fifes and fiddles program on April 11

Carlisle's musical spring continues with a presentation by Darcy Kuronen of the Museum of Fine Arts, who will speak on "Fifes, Fiddles and Rocking Melodeons: Musical Instruments of Early New England," on Tuesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Union Hall. This multi-media presentation will introduce many of the musical instruments enjoyed by early Carlisleans and complements the current musical exhibit at Town Hall. Kuronen, a specialist in early American instruments, has written and lectured widely on this subject.

This event is sponsored by the Carlisle Historical Society and supported in part by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for members of the Historical Society and seniors, $3 for students and $15 for family.

Artist in action April 8

Stop by the library on April 8 at 2 p.m. for a fun art demonstration by local painter D'Ann Brownrigg. Currently showing her work throughout the Gleason Public Library, Brownrigg will paint, explain and entertain guests as she completes one work of art from beginning to end. This program is fun, interesting, and appropriate for all kids, adults, non-painters, painters and fingerpainters. Events at the library can be found at

Chorus to perform at CCHS April 9

On Sunday, April 9, at 3 p.m., the internationally renowned Boston Gay Men's Chorus will perform a benefit concert for Greater Boston PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). The concert is sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle High School Gay-Straight Alliance, Spectrum and CC-POPS (Patrons of Performing Students), and will also feature members of the award-winning CCHS Select Chorus performing an opening set. All proceeds will benefit Greater Boston PFLAG. The concert will be held in the Auditorium at Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Sreet, Concord.

Tickets will be available at the door for $15/students and seniors $10. For information, contact or

GPL computer courses in April and May

The Library offers courses on information literacy. There are group courses offered or tutoring. There will be a group session on Wednesday, April 12, 10 to 11 a.m., focusing on creating and using basic Internet e-mail, and Monday, May 17, 10 to 11:30 a.m., focusing on the basics of using a computer and searching the Internet and library catalog. Tutoring sessions can be

reserved evenings April 10 to13 or May 8 to11. Choose basic computer use or searching the library catalog. To register for any computer course, call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898. Space is limited.

CSEM presents Renaissance music

The Cambridge Society for Early Music presents a concert on Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m. at the First Religious Society, featuring Exsultemus vocal ensemble in a program entitled, "A Lily Among Thorns: Renaissance Music of Love and Lament."

Tickets for this concert are $25 (seniors $20, students with ID $10, and children 12 and under $5).

Upcoming Carlisle Recreation programs

Spring and summer purple program brochures have been mailed to every Carlisle household. Many spring classes begin in April. Tennis lessons start May 9. Space may be limited in some classes. Summer programs begin July 5. Consult the brochure or web site for more details.

Playing fields on Banta-Davis and Spalding Field will be open for scheduled practices and games starting on April 8. Consult the web site or call the Recreation office at 1-978-369-9815 for contact information for scheduling field time. Registration forms are available at the Recreation Office at Town Hall for the Lacrosse Leading Edge Programs, the week of June 26 through 30 on Spalding Field; the MLS Soccer Camp on Banta-Davis Field, the week of August 14 through 18; and the Field Hockey Clinic, Monday through Thursday, the week of August 14 to 17 at Spalding Field.

Old North Bridge Jr. Pony Club's ten-week program begins April 15 for children in kindergarten through grade 4 on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call Lucy at 1-978-369-2868 to register.

Recreation brochures are available at the Recreation Office at Town Hall, the Gleason Public Library, or online at

Friends of COA to meet

The Friends of the Council on Aging (COA) cordially invite the public to attend their 12th anniversary annual meeting on Sunday, April 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the home of Janet Lovejoy, 621 West Street. Following the meeting, Larry Sorli, will give a presentation followed by a guided tour of the Lovejoy home. Built as the Red Lion Tavern in 177l, it served travelers on the road from Concord to Groton.

The Friends of the COA is a non-profit corporation that promotes the physical and emotional wellbeing of elder members of the Carlisle community. They provide financial

support for special programs and activities for the COA. RSVP to Estelle Keast at or at 1-978- 369-2445 if you plan to attend.

Garden in the Gallery

Handworks Gallery will have its annual "Garden in the Gallery" show and sale from April 8 to May 28.

Handworks is located at 161 Great Road in Acton and is open from 10 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Thursday nights until 8 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

Fire Department issues warnings on open burning

The Fire Department issues the following warning to all residents registered for open burning.

You must call for a permit every time you plan to burn. Burning may be suspended at any time due to unfavorable conditions. Property owners who violate the open burning rules may be subject to having the permit issued revoked or in some cases be denied further open burning permits. State regulations require that all fires be extinguished by 4 p.m. each day. There can be no smoke or hot coals. You must use water to extinguish the fire and turn the coals over with a shovel.

Additional rules include:

· A responsible adult must be in attendance during open burning at all times.

· Fires may not be left unattended. Keep children away from the fire.

· A suitable method of extinguishing the fire must be present such as a garden hose, rake and shovel or fire extinguisher.

· A callback telephone number is required when issuing the permit and a telephone must be nearby in cases of emergency.

· The fire department reserves the right to suspend the issuance of open burning permits at anytime it deems necessary in the interest of public safety.

The Old Manse offers an exciting new season

Friday, April 14, marks the beginning of The Old Manse's 2006 tour season. This National Historic Landmark, located at 269 Monument Street in Concord had an important role in the American Revolution and inspired both Emerson and Hawthorne, who lived and wrote here.

On Monday, April 17, come celebrate the original Patriots of New England. Purchase refreshments at the Manse's early morning sutler's tent next to the Patriots Day parade route, and enjoy tours of the house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour by 4:30 p.m.). On the evening of Patriots Day, a backdrop of 600 luminarias will set the stage for the fifth annual "Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony." This free program of patriotic music and remembrance will be held by the North Bridge at 7:30 p.m. Participants should bring their flashlights and voices.

Check for continual event updates or call 1-978-369-3909. Regular house tours are conducted seven days a week from April 14 through October 31. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays and holidays, noon to 5 p.m. (last tour by 4:30 p.m.)

Guided tour rates are $8/adult, $7/senior/student, $5/child. To welcome members of our local communities, residents of Concord, Carlisle, and Lincoln who present valid I.D. will receive free admission on Wednesdays throughout the season.

Concord Poetry Center starts readings April 9

The Concord Poetry Center, located in Emerson Umbrella for the Arts, 40 Stow Street, Concord, begins its Sunday Afternoon Community Reading Series on Sunday, April 9, at 3 p.m. Featured poets are Joyce Peseroff and Donna Johnson, and introducing Chad Reynolds from Emerson College and David Johnson from UMass Boston. Informal reception and conversation will follow.

The charge is $6 and $3 for students. For information, visit or call 1-978-371-0820.

Square/contra dance

A special encore family square/contra dance at the Parish Center for the Arts on Westford Common will be held on Sunday, April 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. No experience required; all dances taught. Adults, $5; kids, $3; maximum $12 per family.

Minuteman Regional summer school

Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington is now accepting registrations for Summer School, which will run from July 10 to August 4, as well as two-week sessions of all-day Computer Experience. Classes are available for children from grades 1-12 in many academic and practical areas of study. For information, visit To register, call 1-781-861-7150 or 1-781-861-7151.

Italian Master Painters series begins April 10

A series of seminars on Italian Master Painters, XIV-XVI century, will be held at the Gleason Public Library, Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The series will run April 10, 24 and May 1, 8, 15, 22 and highlight the visual, cultural, religious, and historical context of the artists and art schools: "From Byzantine Art to Sienese School," "The Birth of Modern Painting in the Florentine School," "Humanism and Early Renaissance in Tuscany," "The Second Renaissance in Florence and Rome," "The Mature Renaissance in Rome," "The Renaissance in Venice," "The Baroque," and "The Caravaggio 'Phenomenon'."

This series is presented by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and the Carlisle Council on Aging, Lee Milliken Fund. For more information, call 1-978-371-2895.

Pass It Forward Day on May 20

On Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to noon, Carlisle will host its fourth Pass It Forward Day. Representatives from the Household Goods Recycling Ministry, the VA, the Host to International Students Program at MIT, Friends of the Gleason Public Library, Citizens for Action, and the Domestic Violence Victims' Advocate Program will be at the transfer station to collect new or gently used items.

Needed items include bedding, furniture, lamps, dishes, cooking utensils, clothing, books, decorative items, boxed building materials and tools, and cell phones with chargers. If you have questions, please call Amy Fennick at 1-978-369-5291. This event is sponsored by the Household Recycling Committee.

LWVCC house tour

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle (LWVCC) present a house tour on Wednesday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30 by reservation and $35 at the door. Reservations can be made by mailing a check to LWVCC House Tour, P.O. Box 34, Concord MA 01742. For more information call Di Clymer at 1-978-369-7172.

Proceeds will benefit the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle in their work promoting citizen participation in government at all levels.

April is National Poetry Month

This month marks the tenth anniversary of National Poetry Month established by the Academy of American Poets to increase the awareness and visibility of poetry in our culture. Here are a few of the many ways to celebrate poetry this month:

· Revisit an anthology of diverse styles or a collection by one of your favorite poets. New to poetry? Try Billy Collins, Mary Oliver or Emily Dickinson — all American favorites.

· Listen to Garrison Keillor read a poem on "The Writer's Almanac." Tune into WGBH (89.7 FM) weekday mornings at 8:55 a.m.

· Enjoy a "poem-a-day" e-mail during April from The Academy of American Poets, featuring recently published poems:

· Join the Concord Poetry Center and attend one of their many poetry workshops or readings:

· Receive U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry" column in your inbox:

· Check out the poetry month lessons and activities for children:

· Memorize a poem and consider reading it at an upcoming holiday or special event. Committed to Memory: 100 Best Poems to Memorize provides many options.

Woodcock walk

Celebrate spring with a trip to Foss Farm on Saturday, April 15, to observe American Woodcocks on their breeding grounds. The males perform spectacular flight displays, believed to be a means of marking territories and attracting females. Males can be located by listening for their distinctive "peent" calls. Foss Farm is one of the few publicly accessible places in Carlisle where people can see and hear these fascinating birds.

D'Ann and Tom Brownrigg, Carlisle residents and birders, will lead the walk. Meet at the Foss Farm parking lot at 7:30 p.m.; the flight displays start shortly after dusk. Bring binoculars if you have them. In the event of rain, the walk will be April 22 at the same time. Contact the Brownriggs at 1-978-369-5609 or with questions.

MCC health programs info sessions

Middlesex Community College (MCC) offers 12 health careers degree and certificate programs. Learn more about these exciting career programs at two health programs information sessions to be held on MCC's Bedford and Lowell campuses. The Bedford campus health programs info session will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 10, in Henderson Hall (Room 111), 591 Springs Road. The Lowell campus health programs info session will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, in the City Building (Room G05), 33 Kearney Square.

Middlesex offers degree and certificate programs in a variety of medical and health-related fields.

For information about MCC's Health Careers Programs, visit or call 1-800-818-3434.

Thanks for all you do

The Carlisle Public School's Annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea will be held on Friday, April 28, at 9 a.m. in the Corey Dining Room. This event is an opportunity to

publicly thank the hundreds of individuals who, over the course of the year, contribute countless hours to our school. Their contributions in the classrooms, library, lunchroom, and on the playground are vital to our success. We also recognize and appreciate the hours spent by the School Committee, boards of the CSA and CEF, and those involved in organizing special programs throughout the year.

Candidates Forum re-broadcasts on Ch. 9

The April playback schedule for the League of Women Voters Carlisle Candidates Forum will be Sundays at 3 p.m., Mondays at 11 a.m., Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 11 p.m., Fridays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Channel 9.

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