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Friday, April 28, 2006

Spring cleanup and open house at Heald House

While the Carlisle Historical Society's barn at Heald House at 698 Concord Street undergoes welcome renovations, the annual spring cleanup of the yard will take place this Saturday, April 29, from 9 to 11 a.m. Volunteers with gloves, rakes, wheelbarrows, hand clippers and loppers are needed to help spruce up the property for spring activities. If you can help, call Phil Drew at 1-978-369-9276 and let him know you are coming. Refreshments for the hard-working crew will be provided.

The next day, Sunday, April 30, the Historical Society will hold an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Come and visit Heald House, tour the collections, learn about town history and see the barn's facelift in progress. The visit is free; bring the family.

Carlisle Parents Connection to host spring egg hunt

The Carlisle Parents Connection (CPC) will hold its annual Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 29 from 10 to 12 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

Garden Club workshop

On Wednesday, May 3, join the Garden Club to divide perennials for the Pre-Mother's Day Plant Sale. Instruction will be given on how to divide perennials for maximum flowering and healthy growth. Leave with a few divisions for your own garden. The workshop will be at the home of Alison Saylor, 318 Maple Street, from 9 to 11 a.m. Rain date is Friday, May 5. Contact Alison at for information.

April 29 birding trip

D'Ann and Tom Brownrigg, Carlisle birders, will lead a birding trip in Carlisle the morning of Saturday, April 29. This outing, sponsored by the Brookline Bird Club, is free and open to the public.

Meet at the Carlisle Cranberry Bog at 7 a.m.; park in the lot near the Bog House on Curve Street, or along Curve Street. Bring binoculars if you have them.

In the event of rain, the trip will be cancelled. Call the Brownriggs at 1-978-369-5609, or e-mail them at with questions.

Friday Night Live, May 5

Attention all middle school students: the next Friday Night Live (FNL) is scheduled for May 5. Come and join the fun: play basketball, ping pong, try out the Dance Revolution, play chess or dance. Pizza and soda will be available at a nominal fee. FNL will take place in the Corey Gym from 7 to 9:30 p.m., admission is $3. For further information, call Jim Harris at 1-978-371-2494 or any other Carlisle Youth Commission member.

Volunteers needed

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) Book Fair is coming May 8 to May 12 and needs volunteers. Volunteers receive a 10% discount. To participate, contact Shelley Walton at 1-978-318-0501 or

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Students to visit historic Parkerville School

Carlisle students in grades two to four can experience school life of 100 years ago in a trip sponsored by the Carlisle Historical Society. On Tuesday, May 9, an early-release day, from noon to 3:15 p.m., children will visit this one-room schoolhouse from the 1880s, located at the corner of Concord and Carlisle Roads in Westford. They will learn the "old way," using slates, hornbooks, and dip pens for reading, writing and arithmetic. Prior to their visit, children will be given the name of actual Parkerville students of 1924, and will be called by their student names from long ago.The trip, including transportation, costs $40.

To sign up for this living history experience, call the Carlisle Recreation Department at 1-978-369-9815.

COA doings

• AARP safe driving program: Emerson Hospital and AARP are providing a refresher course focusing on compensating for physiological changes that can affect perceptual skills of drivers over 55. The classes will be on Tuesdays May 2 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 1-978-287-3085 to register or for more information.

• Coffee: On Thursday, May 4 at 9:30 a.m. there will be coffee and refreshments in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. Enjoy baked goods, fresh fruits, cheese plate, coffee and a variety of teas. This is a great opportunity to socialize.

• Spring social for seniors: The freshman class of Concord-Carlisle High School is hosting an afternoon of fun on Sunday, May 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the CCHS cafeteria. There will be drinks, appetizers and desserts as well as music from the '40s and '50s. A line dance instructor from Carlisle will teach routines that everyone can do. Call the COA van line at 1-978-371-6690 if you need a ride. Call Tricia Reed at 1-978-369-0135 if you have questions.

• COA book club: The next meeting will be on Wednesday, May 10 at 10 a.m. at the home of Seba Gaines, 319 Stearns Street. The selection is Cause for Concern by Carlisle author Linda Kistler. Linda plans to attend the meeting to talk about the book, which is available at Ferns. New members are welcome. Call Seba at 1-978-369-4618 if you plan to attend.

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.

• Men's breakfast: On Thursday, May 11, 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.

• Pheasant Lane Mall shopping trip: On Friday, May 12, the new COA minibus will go to the Pheasant Lane 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.

• Blood pressure clinic: On Thursday, May 18, from 11 - 11:45 a.m. a registered nurse from Emerson Hospital will provide blood pressure screening in Union Hall Church at the First Religious Society. No appointment is necessary.

• Luncheon and speaker: Join the COA on Thursday, May 18 at 11:45 a.m. in Union Hall for a catered lunch followed by a travelogue on the COA March trip to Greece presented by Jim Elgin.. Reserve your luncheon space by May 15 by calling 1-978-371-2895. A $2 contribution is appreciated.

Pass it forward day

On Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, Carlisle will host its fourth pass it forward day. Representatives from several area social agencies 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. Call Amy Fennick at 1-978-369-5291with questions. This event is sponsored by the Household Recycling Committee.

Annual spring bird walk May 14

This year's spring bird walk on the Towle Land will be held on Sunday, May 14, leaving from the parking lot on Westford Street at 6 a.m. Sponsored by the Conservation Commission for the past 34 years, the walk will be led by conservationsist Ken Harte.

Male (and maybe female) bobolinks should be on the territory. Tree swallows and bluebirds should be competing for nesting boxes. Last year, there were two pairs of nesting bluebirds. Come join the walk on May 14, rain or shine, with binoculars, boots and insect repellent.

Volunteers needed

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library need volunteers to move and sort books during June and on the day of their annual used book sale.

This year the event will be held on the library lawn during Old Home Day, July 1, rain date July 2. High School students can earn community service credits; others, grateful appreciation and the chance to help with a great community event. For more information or to sign up, call John Putnam at 1-978-369-9195 or Sue Wolfe at 1-978-394-2159.

CCTV open house May 16

Local cable has arrived. Join your neighbors to welcome CCTV to Carlisle at an open house at Carlisle Town Hall on Tuesday, May 16, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The event will showcase the new robotic camera set up in the Clark Room and provide members of the public with an overview of how they can become involved in community media production for the local cable channels. All ages are welcome to see the new high-tech equipment.

Folks who live, work, or attend school in Concord or Carlisle can join CCTV and learn how to produce their own television programs. Once members complete the required training they will have access to the equipment they need to shoot and edit a television program. For more information, e-mail or call 1-978- 369-5038.

COA goes to NYC

June 10

Join the Carlisle seniors on a day trip to New York City, Saturday, June 10. See the sights, shop or plan your own day. On the way home there will be a stop at Rein's Deli. (Food on your own.) Trip cost is $55.00, which includes round-trip motor coach transportation.

For information or a flyer call Joanne Willens 1-978-371-8023 or pick up a flyer at the Carlisle COA office in Town Hall.

COA goes to NYC

June 10

Join the Carlisle seniors on a day trip to New York City, Saturday, June 10. See the sights, shop or plan your own day. On the way home there will be a stop at Rein's Deli. (Food on your own.) Trip cost is $55.00, which includes round-trip motor coach transportation.

For information or a flyer call Joanne Willens 1-978-371-8023 or pick up a flyer at the Carlisle COA office in Town Hall.

Amy Rosenfeld to speak at Mosquito annual meeting May 18

The Board of Directors of the Carlisle Mosquito invites you to its Annual Meeting, to be held Thursday, May 18

Anyone with an interest in the media will find Rosenfeld's talk interesting, but the Mosquito Board particularly encourages middle school and high school students to attend, as Rosenfeld has a great deal of insight into career development and opportunities for young men and young women in the field of sports media.

Minute Man Arc march tomorrow

On Saturday, April 29, Minute Man Arc will hold its second annual "March" to raise money to support agency programs and services 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.

Every year, Minute Man Arc supports more than 1,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families in Carlisle and surrounding towns. Services include early intervention, family services, vocational and residential services, day habilitation, recreation and Special Olympics.

Carlisle residents, Andrew and Rich Edes with their dog Shadow, will walk again this year to support Minute Man Arc. For more information, go to

Earth Day celebration tomorrow

The annual Musketaquid Earth Day Celebration will be tomorrow, April 29. The theme of this year's Earth Day celebration is "Language of the Land, Rhythm of the Water: Living in Harmony." The day begins at 10 a.m. with the River Ceremony at the Lowell Road Bridge.

Following the river ceremony join the Giant Puppets Parade. The participatory procession steps off from the Lowell Road Bridge with hundreds of giant critters, colorful banners, musicians, and dancers.

After the parade, the festivities continue at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow St until 2 p.m. Enjoy good food and entertainment, and express yourself through art. Local environmental organizations will share information about their activities. Musical performers include the New New Orleans Jazz Band, Snow Crow, Swing Café, Teranga Troupe, Branches Steel Orchestra, and Shazam.

For more information, visit or call 1-978-371-0820.

Concord Women's Chorus presents 'Songs of Spring' May 7

The Concord Women's Chorus (formerly Concord Madrigals) will present "Songs of Spring" on Sunday, May 7 at 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord.

Directed by Jane Ring Frank, the program will feature Gwyneth Walker's Songs for Women's Voices, Ronald Perera's Earthsongs, Gregg Smith's Latin Madrigals and traditional madrigals and folksongs. Timothy Evans will be piano accompanist.

Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and students, and are available at Brooks Pharmacy, Concord, or call 1-978-369-3369 or 1-978-369-7718. Refreshments will follow the concert. Singing with the Chorus from Carlisle are Wendy Davis, Cynthia Nunan, Priscilla Stevens, Cynthia Sorn and Penny Zezima.

Discovery Museums open for children with different abilities

The Discovery Museums, in partnership with Minute Man Arc, invite families with children of all ages with different or special needs for an evening of exploration on Wednesday, May 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. This event will allow families to explore the exhibits and participate in developmentally appropriate programming, while surrounded by families who face similar challenges as well as other museum patrons. Special interactive programming will be offered by the education staff. Admission is complimentary, thanks to CVS/pharmacy and Red Hat, Inc.

The Children's Discovery Museum's Victorian building is not fully accessible, although staff will be on hand to make every possible effort in assisting families to explore all The Discovery Museums have to offer. The Science Discovery Museum is fully accessible.

Shakespeare scenes on April 29

Fourth and fifth graders from the Concord Public Schools will present scenes from Shakespeare's plays at the Concord Free Public Library on Saturday, April 29 at 3 p.m. Families are invited to the performance, which is part of the On the Same Page: Concord Reads Shakespeare series at the library. For information, call 1-978-318-3358.

Doors Open Lowell is May 4 to 6

The fifth annual Doors Open Lowell will be held on May 4 to 6. Over 30 of Lowell's historic buildings will throw open their doors to the public, providing an inside look at the architecture, design and past and present uses of these preserved buildings. Schedules and tour routes will be available from the Lowell National Historic Park Visitor Center. For information, call 1-978-275-1818 or visit

Hazardous Waste Day collection on April 29

The annual Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on Saturday, April 29, from 9 to 12 noon at the DPW Building behind the Transfer Station. The collection is sponsored by the Board of Health and paid out of transfer station sticker fees. Clean Harbors will conduct the collection, which is free to residents who have a valid transfer station sticker.

What to bring: Oil-based paints, stains, thinners and strippers, solvents and varnishes, adhesives, glues, resins, waste fuels (kerosene, gasoline) engine degreasers, brake fluids, poisons, cleaners, spot removers, pool chemicals, aerosol cans, pesticides, herbicides, creosote, moth balls, arts and crafts supplies, antifreeze.

What not to bring: No latex paint. If you bring latex paint to the collection, you will have to take it back home. These paint cans should be opened, allowed to dry and disposed of in the regular trash collector. Adding kitty litter or newspaper will accelerate the process. Smoke detectors, compressed gas cylinders, ammunition, fireworks or explosives, prescription medicines/syringes, radioactive wastes, fire extinguishers, cathode ray tubes, biological waste, unknown materials.

CRT recycling: Computer monitors should be left in or near the swap shop for recycling.

Batteries: Batteries do not need to be brought to the hazardous waste collection. Residents can dispose of ordinary household batteries (AAA—D, alkaline, nickel cadmium) by giving them to the attendant at the transfer station. There is a regular collection point for lead-acid or car batteries.

Swap table: A swap table for new and unused paint, motor oil, cleaners, etc. will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. Clean Harbors will select items appropriate for exchange.

Mercury: Thermostats and thermometers can be dropped off anytime with the transfer station attendant. The town is no longer doing a thermometer swap. The board encourages homeowners to check with contractors they hire on how they plan to dispose of mercury-containing products being replaced.

Safety: Tighten caps and lids, leaving materials in original labeled containers. Sort and pack separately paint, pesticides, household cleaners. Avoid spills and do not place in garbage bags. Never mix chemicals. Cars should not block this entrance to the transfer station.

Hours: 9 to 12: The collection will close promptly at noon. Cars must be in line before 12 p.m. Once the hazardous waste containers are sealed, they cannot be opened for late-comers.

Volunteers are needed to count cars, check for stickers and help with the swap table. If you would like to volunteer for an hour or two the day of the collection, please call the Board of Health at 1-978-359-0283. Community Service points will be provided to interested high school students. If you have any questions about what you are bringing, contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283.

Phantom of the Auction for MRT on May 11

The Friends of MRT present the "Phantom of the Auction," a fundraiser for Merrimack Repertory Theatre on Thursday, May 11, at the Doubletree Hotel, 50 Warren Street in Lowell.

Guest auctioneer will be Susan Wornick of Channel 5, WCVB News.

For more information, call 1-978-654-7550 by May 1.

BOH well testing

The Carlisle Board of Health (BOH) is organizing a town-wide voluntary well testing program on Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. If you are interested in having your water tested, contact the Board of Health office at 1-978 369-0283 for information and prices.

Carlisle Recreation summer 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. Letters of hire will be sent by the end of April.

Playing fields on Banta-Davis and Spalding Field are open for scheduled practices and games. Consult the web site or call the Recreation office at 1-978-369-9815 for

Girl Scouts announce camp open houses

Girl Scouts, Patriots' Trail Council has announced their 2006 camp open houses. All girls and their families are invited to check-out six camps within Massachusetts and New Hampshire. You do not need to be a Girl Scout to sign-up.

For more information, visit

Day Camps

•Camp Cedar Hill, Waltham, Massachusetts. Camp open house: April 30, 1 to 4 p.m. Meet the staff night: June 29 6 to 8 p.m.

• Camp Rice Moody, Reading, Massachusetts. Camp open house: April 30, 1 to 4 p.m. Meet the staff night: June 29, 6 to 8 p.m.

• Camp Virginia, Bolton, Massachusetts. Camp open house: April 30, 1 to 4 p.m.

Meet the staff night: June 29, 6 to 8 p.m.

• Camp Winnetaska, Ashland, Massachusetts. Camp open house: April 30, 1 to 4 p.m. Meet the staff night: June 30, 6 to 8 p.m.

Resident Camps

•Camp Favorite, Brewster, Massachusetts. Open house: June 4, 1 to 4 p.m.

•Wabasso, Bradford, New Hampshire. Open house: June 4, 1 to 4 p.m.

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