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Friday, April 14, 2006

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.

Want to pay for telemarketer calls?

In mid-May, all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies, and you will start to receive sales calls. You will be charged for these calls. To prevent this, call 1-888-382-1222 from your cell phone or register on It blocks your number for five years.

Tracking for families at Walden Pond

On Sunday, April 23, from 1 to 4 p.m., celebrate Earth Day weekend with professional tracker Bob Metcalfe at Walden Pond State Reservation. Bob will guide participants on an educational hike through the woods of Walden Pond in search of wildlife tracks and sign. Many animals such as beaver, white-tailed deer and fox are now becoming more active with the spring's warm weather and traces of their activity can often be found. For an afternoon of discovery and adventure, meet at the Walden Pond Nature Center.

Programs are free with a daily parking fee of $5 per vehicle. For more information, call the Walden Pond Park Headquarters at 1-978-369-3254.

Concord Players presents Cinderella

The Concord Players are presenting Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical Cinderella on April 21, 22, 28, 29, May 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. and April 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. The performances will be at 51 Walden Street in Concord Center. All seats are $18. This show is recommended for ages over four. For more information, call 1-978-369-2990 or

CPC to host spring egg hunt

The Carlisle Parents Connection (CPC) will hold its annual Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 29, from 10 to noon at Diment Park (rain date is April 30 from 1 to 3 p.m.). Children will be invited to find eggs that will be hidden throughout the park. Bring your basket and join in the fun. Return the eggs and receive your Egg Hunt prize. There will also be a Mother's Day craft and refreshments will be served. The cost of the event is $5 per family, or free for CPC members. For more information, contact Ali Walsh at

From pages to play

A unique program for toddlers and preschoolers will be held on Friday, April 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the Gleason Public Library. Tim Seston is a children's writer and entertainer who presents his own original stories, often in rhyme. In the words of one parent, "Tim's rhymes and lyrics capture the sweetness and simple pleasures of childhood." With a mixture of story, song and action, Tim captures the imagination of his audience and then involves them actively through song, dance and creative play. This program, for ages 0-4, is part of the Gleason Library's Babies and Books grant.

Woodcock walk

Join a trip to Foss Farm on Saturday, April 15, to observe American Woodcocks on their breeding grounds. The males perform spectacular flight displays, circling upward hundreds of feet before descending. 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.

If you have any questions, contact the Brownriggs at 1-978-369-5609 or

Spring Social for senior citizens

The freshman class of CCHS is hosting an afternoon of fun for seniors on May 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the CCHS cafeteria. There will be drinks, appetizers, and desserts. Music of the 40's and 50's will be provided by a D.J. and a line dance instructor from Carlisle will be teaching simple routines. Come meet new people, enjoy some food and music, win a door prize and learn some new dance moves. Call the COA for a ride with the van.

World premiere at MRT

Closing the Merrimack Repertory Theater (MRT) 2005-2006 season with a bang is Real Hush-Hush, John Corwin's new play, which runs from April 20 through May 14. Set in a ubiquitous government agency, Larry, Shaw and Wilson share an office and seem to be executing nefarious deeds. As this diabolical "dramedy" unfolds, a young woman is caught in their web of deceit and disinformation. Can the truth survive bureaucratic bumbling and office backstabbing? Who is it that these men actually work for? What is it they are really after? Saying anything more would be beyond "need to know" and must remain "eyes only." For information, call the box office at 1-978-454-3926 or visit

Lipizzaners return to Lowell April 21

The world-famous Lipizzaner stallions are on their 36th anniversary tour with an all-new program and will perform at the Paul Tsongas Arena in Lowell on Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19.50 and $22.50. Children under 12 and seniors over 60 are $17.50 and $20.50.They may be purchased at the Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, and at For information, call 1-978-848-6938. To charge by phone, call 1-978-931-2000.

Friends of the COA to meet April 23

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 house tour. The Lovejoy home, built as the Red Lion Tavern in 177l, served travelers on the road from Concord to Groton.

RSVP to Estelle Keast at or 1-978- 369-2445.

COA trip: reserve now

Join the Carlisle seniors for a trip to Prague, Budapest and much more. This trip starts on September 28 and lasts for 12 days. The cost of $3,199 per person double occupancy includes 17 meals. For information, call Joanne Willensat 1-978-371-8023 or pick up a flyer at Carlisle COA office in Town Hall.Space is limited and a deposit must be received by April 20.

Potluck and contra dance tonight

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, call 1-978-369-1661.

Minute Man Arc march April 29

. On Saturday, April 29, Minute Man Arc will hold its second annual "March" to raise money to support local agency programs and services. It will be held at 130 Baker Avenue Extension in West Concord between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Participants can walk one, two or three miles through West Concord. Following the walk, there will be a celebration with food and entertainment.

This year promises to be another fun-filled event with activities and entertainment for all ages. Carlisle residents Andrew and Rich Edes, with their dog Shadow, will walk again this year to support Minute Man Arc. To register or sponsor a walker or team, visit for information.

Bingo and ice cream

In honor of TV Turnoff Week, the Carlisle School Association is sponsoring Bingo Night for families and members of the community.

On Friday, April 28, in the school cafeteria, there will be an evening of Bingo and make-your-own ice cream sundaes. Bingo will start at 7 p.m. and run for about an hour; ice cream sundaes can be created after the game.

Bring the whole family or a neighbor for a rousing, fast-paced, action-filled evening that does not involve a television. Children younger than fifth grade must be accompanied by an adult. Children in fifth grade and up should be picked up by 8:30.

There is no charge to participate and the surprises are just sweet. For information on TV Turnoff Week as well as ideas for TV-free activities, visit

Italian Master Painters date change

The next program of the Italian Master Painters, XIV-XVI Century, series will be held on Wednesday, April 19, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library. All other dates will be Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., including April 24 and May 1, 8, 15, 22. The series will highlight the visual, cultural, religious, and historical context of the artists and art schools of Italy. This series is presented by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and the Carlisle Council on Aging, Lee Milliken Fund. The sessions are open to the public.

For more information, call 1-978-371-2895.

COA doings

Cracker Barrel Lunch Trip: Join the COA for lunch at the Tewksbury Cracker Barrel Restaurant on Wednesday, April 19. Thirteen seats are available on the COA minibus and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 1-978-371-6690 to reserve your space. There is no charge for transportation. Lunch will be on your own.

Blood pressure clinic: On Thursday, April 20, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. a registered nurse from Emerson Hospital will provide blood pressure screening at the Fellowship Hall at the Carlisle Congregational Church. No appointment is necessary.

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 who will present an overview and update of the many recent changes in the Court, with a question and answer period to follow. Reserve your luncheon space by April 17 by calling 1-978-371-2895. A $2 contribution is appreciated.

Damn Yankees: On Wednesday, May 10 the Senior Connection will travel to the North Shore Music Theatre to see Damn Yankees. Lunch will be on your own at a local restaurant. We will leave Carlisle at 10:30 a.m. and be back by 4:30 p.m. The cost of this trip is $45. Space is limited. To sign up, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023.

Children and alcohol talk on April 27

On Thursday, April 27, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Dr. Henry Abraham will speak on drug and alcohol use/abuse in children. This talk will be held in the Robbins Library, Carlisle Public School. A $5 entry fee will benefit the Carlisle D.A.R.E. program.

Dr. Abraham will note the difference between drug use, abuse, and addiction and offer straightforward advice to help parents prevent drug abuse before it starts and how to proceed if children are already using. Dr. Abraham is brought to the community by the Concord-Carlisle Parents Initiative with support from the Center for Parents and Teachers, Carlisle School Association, and Carlisle Public Schools. No registration is required. Contact Liz at for information.

Dance Caliente performs April 20

Children in grades K to 5 are invited to Dance Caliente's Latin Dance Workshop. Eileen Herman-Haase and Raul Nieves will present a variety of Latin dances, often incorporating the sounds and movements of familiar animals. When the participants are stomping like an elephant and swiveling like a snake, they are beginning to dance the Merengue. Add an imaginary branch of a tree to hang from like a monkey, and next they are executing turns. Eileen and Raul perform several Latin dances, explaining their geographical and historical origins and then invite the children to participate. Dance Caliente is sponsored by the Gleason Public Library and supported, in part, by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council. Dance Caliente will take place Thursday, April 20, at 1:30 p.m. in Union Hall, First Religious Society.

Emerson Hospital offers AARP Driver Safety Program

The AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered at Emerson Hospital in Concord on Tuesday, May 2, and Tuesday, May 9 (two-day, eight-hour course). Presented by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and sponsored by Emerson Hospital, the classroom refresher course focuses on compensating for physiological changes that can affect the perceptual skills of drivers over 55 years of age, such as slower reaction time and visual and hearing deficiencies.

The two-part, eight-hour course will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 2 and May 9, with a noon lunch both days. The cost of the course is $10 to cover supplies. Lunch will be provided at no charge each day. The program is limited to 30 people, and registration is required. For information or to make a reservation for this special program, call Jan Quinty at Emerson Hospital at 1-978-287-3085.

Fire Department warns: obey open burning rules

The Fire Department issues the following warning to all residents registered for open burning, which ends on April 30.

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.

Save books for July 1

The Friends of Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) Book Sale is coming July 1 (rain date July 2) as part of the Old Home Day celebration. Begin to gather your gently used books, CDs, videotapes and DVDs. Drop-off begins June 1 at Gleason Public Library.

Vernal pool walk

The Carlisle Trails Committee and the Conservation Commission will host a public vernal pool walk at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 23. Chris Kavalauskas, former Conservation Commission chairman and wildlife ecologist, will lead the exploration of vernal pools and pond life on the State Park land across from the Cranberry Bog on Curve Street. This is a great family activity. Wear clothes appropriate for the weather and wet footing. Bring small containers and magnifiers to view some of the smaller examples of vernal pool life. (A white Frisbee would be excellent for this.) Refreshments will be served after the walk. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

School Master Plan open meeting April 26

The Carlisle School Committee and the School Building Committee will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in the Corey Auditorium at the school to discuss the campus master plan recently completed by the architectural firm, HMFH. All are welcome to attend.

Volunteer appreciation

The Carlisle Public School's Volunteer Appreciation Tea will be on Friday, April 28, at 9 a.m. in the Corey Dining Room. This is an opportunity to come and thank the hundreds of individuals who contribute countless hours to the school, as well as recognize and appreciate the School Committee, boards of the CSA and CEF, and those who organize special programs throughout the year.

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