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Friday, May 19, 2006

Picnic on the farm day is May 21

Bring the family and enjoy a picnic and banjo and fiddle music at Great Brook Farm State Park on Sunday, May 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. View paintings and photography of the farm, take a hayride from Hart Barn or the Interpretive Pavilion, or just tap your toes to the music of Alex Demis and the Stone House Band.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available at the ice cream stand for those who forget to pack a picnic, along with 60 flavors of ice cream. Enjoy a free barn tour, meet one of the 130 Holsteins or pet a calf. Feed chickens, goats, and sheep, or stroll the trails.

Parking fees are $2 per vehicle. For information, call Rebecca Markey, Park Interpretive Ranger, at 1-978-369-6312.

Drop-in story time

Come to the Gleason Library on Tuesday, May 23, at 4 p.m. for a drop-in story time for ages 2 to 4. A mix of picture books and rhymes will entertain and enrich your child and you may enjoy them, too.

Funding for this program comes from the Early Childhood Grant Program Babies and Books received by the Gleason Library and made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Garden Club plant sale rescheduled to May 20

Due to rain and cold, the Garden Club has rescheduled its plant sale to Saturday, May 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Town Common. Demonstrations will be offered at the following times:

10 a.m.: how to plant a hanging basket

11 a.m.: how to plant a container forthe shade

Noon: how to plant a container for full sun.

Proceeds from the sale contribute to town beautification, scholarships, and donations to the Gleason Library. For information,visit or e-mail Coffee and muffins will be available.

CCHS presents Macbeth this weekend

This weekend, the Concord Carlisle High School stage will be transformed into the moors of Scotland for William Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth. Out of the fog come witches and ghosts, thanes, kings and those who would be king, in this exciting and brutal tale of ambition, power, manipulation, and betrayal. Many have read this play in school; now see it brought to vivid life by talented CCHS students.Performances are Friday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 21, at 2:30 p.m. in the CCHS Auditorium, 500 Walden Street, Concord. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. For more information go to or call 1-978-287-5031.

Memorial Day will be observed May 29

Carlisle will hold its traditional Memorial Day Observation on Monday, May 29, beginning at 9:30 am. Participants will include town officials, local clergy, local scout groups, the Carlisle Colonial Minutemen and our school band and chorus.

At 9:30 on the Common will be the traditional raising of the town flag to half-staff, followed by the convocation in Corey Auditorium, featuring speaker Tom O'Halloran and Selectman Doug Stevenson as Master of Ceremonies. The combined school band and chorus will perform. The parade will form in the school parking lot immediately following the convocation, proceed down Church Street to Green Cemetery, then back on Bedford Road to the town center. Scott Evans of the Carlisle Colonial Minutemen will be the Parade Marshal. The parade will pause at veterans' graves and the town's war memorials. At each stop, prayers will be said, wreaths placed, a gun salute fired and taps played. Ceremonies will finish at noon with the raising of the town flag to full staff. The ladies of the First Religious Society will then host their traditional ham and bean luncheon in Union Hall.

Convention delegates to meet residents May 22

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee invites residents to meet the delegates to the Democratic State Convention at the First Religious Society Union Hall, 27 School Street, on Monday, May 22, at 7 p.m. This will be an opportunity to mix and mingle to discuss politics, current events, and strategies for the fall elections. Refreshments will be served. For more information, or to be added to a Carlisle Democrats and friends e-mail list, contact Susan Stamps at

Sparky's puppets to perform May 23

Celebrate spring as Sparky's Puppets perform "How Does Your Garden Grow?" on Tuesday, May 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Religious Society. Watch Brer Rabbit sneak into the vegetable garden. See the Little Red Hen raise a crop of wheat. Find out what happens when a pesky goblin tries to outsmart a hard-working farmer. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Funding for this program comes from the Early Childhood Grant program Babies and Books received by the Gleason Public Library and made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Spring Bird Walk rescheduled

In spite of some of the heaviest rain of the wettest week in years, three fearless and presumably waterproof birders joined Ken Harte for an abbreviated walk on Towle Field. A pair of Red-winged Blackbirds was at the edge of the small pond along the path, Tree Swallows perched on five of the bluebird houses in the field. Calling near the road was one male Bobolink, which then flew across the field. Also heard were an Ovenbird, three Baltimore Orioles, and a Chipping Sparrow. Participants in the walk, which began at 6 a.m. and ended a half-hour later, were Tom Brownrigg, Dana Smith, and Leslie Thomas.

Because of the near rainout, there will be another attempt on Sunday, May 21, at 6 a.m. Come with high boots and mosquito repellent.

Church yard sale

The three Carlisle churches will hold a giant yard sale on Saturday, June 3, to benefit The Open Pantry of Greater Lowell. No need to feel guilty about getting rid of all that good stuff: bring your yard sale treasures to Union Hall on Friday, June 2, between 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Workers are needed to help sort the donated items on Friday, to set up, man the tables and to clean up on Saturday. Call Deb Pichulo (1-978-371-0768 or 1-978-369-7830) or Nadine Bishop (1-978-369-5080) if with questions or to participate.

Biodiversity Days nature walks

The state-wide "Biodiversity Days" program is taking place this year from June 3 through June 11. In Carlisle there will be four nature walks led by expert and amateur naturalists. They are open to everyone and are an opportunity to learn about the other life forms that share the town. Save the dates. Join a walk.Walk schedule:

• June 3, 10:00 a.m.: Meet at Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road. Main focus: insects. Trip leaders: Dick Walton and John Huehnergard.

• June 6, 4:15 p.m.: Meet at the Towle Land parking lot on Westford Street. Focus: fungi. Trip leader: Larry Millman.

• June 8, 3:30 p.m.: Meet at the Cranberry Bog on Curve Street at the bog house. Focus: dragonflies. Trip leader: Susan Emmons.

• June 10, 7 a.m.: Meet at Benfield A on South Street. Focus: birds. Trip leader: Tom Brownrigg.All species we identify will be recorded in the state database. Species found on previous Biodiversity Days can be searched by town, date, location and species at

CSA teacher and staff luncheon

On Tuesday, June 6, the annual Spring CSALuncheon will honor the school's teachers and staff. Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve, and clean up, and to contribute a favorite homemade dish. Monetary contributions are also welcometo offset the cost of paper goods and decorations. To participate or contribute, contact Jennifer Durbin at 1-978-371-7055 ( Francine Royce at 1-978-371-2521 (

All things chicken in Carlisle

Join local author and chicken keeper Terry Blonder Golson on Thursday, June 1, at 7 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library for a talk about all things chicken. Terry will discuss how to keep chickens so that the chickens, and the neighbors, are happy. She will also offer recommendations on how to cook those fresh eggs. Finally, she will demonstrate a quick egg salad using eggs from her own hens and fresh herbs from her garden. This is a great opportunity for local chicken keepers to network. Join the fun.

Carlisle Cats to play

The Carlisle Cats, familiar performers at Old Home Day and Christmas Eve events, are Carlisle citizens of all ages who play a variety of music, from Sousa marches to pop tunes.

On Sunday, June 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Heald House on Concord Street, the home of the Carlisle Historical Society, the Cats will perform music from the Society's archives. Featured will be old pop tunes arranged by the late Carlisle musician, George Grees.

All Carlisle musicians who have performed with the Cats in the past, and anyone interested in joining for this special concert should contact Alyn Rovin, 1-978-369-6351, e-mail, for details.

Arcturus Chamber Ensemble at FRS May 27

The Arcturus Chamber Ensemble will perform at the First Religious Society (FRS) on Saturday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m. Performing several chamber music concerts yearly in the Greater Boston area, they have attracted an enthusiastic following. Their current program includes Hoffmeister's Quintet for horn and strings, Janacek's Quartet no. 1 "The Kreutzer Sonata," Corigliano's Soliloquy for Clarinet and Strings, and Brahms' Viola Quintet in G Major, op. 111. This concert will benefit the Children with AIDS Department at the Boston Medical Center.

Arcturus Chamber Ensemble at FRS May 27

The Arcturus Chamber Ensemble will perform at the First Religious Society (FRS) on Saturday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m. Performing several chamber music concerts yearly in the Greater Boston area, they have attracted an enthusiastic following. Their current program includes Hoffmeister's Quintet for horn and strings, Janacek's Quartet no. 1 "The Kreutzer Sonata," Corigliano's Soliloquy for Clarinet and Strings, and Brahms' Viola Quintet in G Major, op. 111. This concert will benefit the Children with

Community Ed celebrates the arts

Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education invites the public to its annual art exhibit by students and faculty, open now to June 12 at the Ripley Building, 120 Meriam Road, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Works will be shown by fine artists and photographers and their students from Concord, Carlisle and surrounding towns. Locals include Phyllis Hughes, Carol Krauss, Gaetana Frenière and Pierre Chiha. Also included will be works by children enrolled in Margaret Treglia's art program for children.

Pass It Forward day tomorrow

Tomorrow, May 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, Carlisle will host Pass It Forward Day. Representatives from several area service organizations including the 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. Call Amy Fennick at 1-978-369-5291 with questions. This event is sponsored by the Household Recycling Committee.

Taizé, prayer and healing service

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd at 164 Newtown Road in Acton will hold its monthly Taizé, prayer and healing service on Sunday, May 21 at 7 p.m. This candlelight service is open to everyone. It includes Taizé chants, scripture readings, meditation and prayers. For those who wish, there is also a time for laying on of hands where one can receive prayers for oneself, for others or for any other concern. For information, contact the church at 1-978-263-5782 or visit

Revolving Museum offerings

The Revolving Museum, 22 Shattuck Street in Lowell, has several offerings in May:

• May 19 to 20: Discount tickets to Image Theater for the 8 p.m. May 19 show and the 4 p.m. May 20 matinee.

• May 20, 2 to 4 p.m.: "Take a Seat: Youth Program Exhibition" opening reception at FreeLAB Space, 181 Market Street, Lowell. Includes a silent auction ongoing through June 17.

• May 20, 7 to 10 p.m.: Renovation Journal's third anniversary release party. Entrance fee: $8.

• May 24, 6:30 p.m.: Downside Up film and conversation program. Free. For information, visit

• May 25, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.: "Broad Stroke" performance artist Lewis Gesner. Free.

• May 27,10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Annual plant sale.

Visit for information about these and other offerings.

Old Manse geranium and plant sale

The Old Manse, at 269 Monument Street in Concord, welcomes visitors for their first geranium and plant sale this Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Traditionally, New Englanders have planted geraniums for Memorial Day, falling this year on May 29. Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember those who have died in service to our country. Come and buy geraniums and other plants at The Old Manse on May 20 to continue this New England custom.

Plants will be provided courtesy of Colonial Gardens of Concord. Herbs, vegetable, pansies, and other plants will be available for purchase, and staff will be on hand to give planting tips. All proceeds from the sale will benefit educational programming and preservation at The Old Manse. For information about this and other events or to volunteer at The Old Manse, visit www.oldmanse.orgor call 1-978-369-3909.

Spotlight Series workshops begin May 25

Minute Man Arc will be offering a Spotlight Series of five workshops for families of children with autism or Asperger's Syndrome. The first will take place on May 25 at 130 Baker Ave Extension in Concord from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The schedule of presentations will be as follows:

May 25: Denise Grenier, a private consultant and Asperger's Syndrome and Autism Spectrum DisorderSpecialist, will present an overview of what we know about individuals who are on the autism spectrum, current controversies about cause and perspective, and where we go from here.

• June 1: Robin Lurie-Meyerkopf, special educator and consultant on teaching children with pragmatic and social skills deficits, will offer specific practical interventions that schools and parents can implement.

• June 8: Caroline Renau, MSW, LICSW, will present a cost effective practical integrated model of support for families with a child on the autism spectrum. Her presentation will be for both educators and parents.

•June 15: Danielle Luce, autism specialist for the Lexington School System, will present some of the current approaches to inclusive education which are supporting the expanding population of children with developmental challenges.

• June 22: Ellen Korin, Special Education Teacher and author of "Asperger Syndrome - An Owner's Manual: What You, Your Parents and Your Teachers Need to Know" will share her new book.Signed copies will be available.

The Spotlight Series is open to the public and free of charge. For information, call 1-978-287-7900.

Beaver program May 27

Join park staff at Walden Pond State Reservation on Saturday, May 27, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for an educational program on beavers, including a video titled, "Our Forest Engineers." Then we journey into the woods of Walden for an exploratory hike to the park's beaver lodge and dam. Meet at the Tsongas Art Gallery next to park headquarters.

There is a daily parking fee of $5 per vehicle, but the program is free. For more information, call 1-978-369-3254. Walden Pond State Reservation is located on 915 Walden Street.

Singin' in the Rain with the COA

Join the Carlisle seniors to see Singin' in the Rain at the North Shore Music Theatre on July 19. Tickets are $45 for Inner Circle seats and lunch is $19 at the theatre restaurant. All interested please send a check for $64, payable to Friends of Carlisle COA, to Joanne Willens by June 15. Call Joanne for information at 1-978-371-8023. The trip will leave from Ferns at 10 a.m. and return by 5 p.m.

Carlisle Police to conduct defense class

The Carlisle Police Department will conduct a Rape Aggression Defense System (R.A.D.) class on August 18, 19, 20 and 21. The R.A.D. system is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques; a comprehensive course for women and children that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance and then progresses to the basics of self-defense training. It is being taught at many colleges and uiniversities and is strongly recommended for those women attending college. The program is 12 hours long, held over four classes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each. It is open to women ages 13 and up. Those interested, call Officers Andy Booth or Haylie Boutwell at 1-978-369-1155. For information about R.A.D., visit

Women reaching out to women orientation meeting

The Network for Women's Lives, a non-profit volunteer organization whose mission is to provide education and support to women of all ages around relationship issues, empowerment skills, teen dating violence, bullying and domestic violence, needs your help, expertise and energy so that we can continue on with the very necessary programs we offer. The following volunteer jobs are available: Safety Net Newsletter Committee, web site updating, membership renewal follow-up, data base management, liaison to schools, office assistance, liaison to organizations, project committee assistance, archivist collecting articles on Network activities, Warm Line phone assistance, Network information table at fall Town Days, putting newsletters and information in boxes in specific locations. We encourage you to get involved with a group of interesting, dynamic, welcoming women. This is an opportunity to be part of something that is life changing. We are holding an orientation meeting on Monday, May 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at 468 Great Road, Acton. For information and to RSVP, call 1-978-263-8283, or e-mail, or visit

Concord Chorus 60th anniversary concert

The Concord Chorus caps its 60th season with a gala concert and reception on Saturday, May 20, at 8:00 p.m. at Cary Memorial Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington.Music Director Ryan Turner has selected a program of exciting, celebratory worksfor this special occasion, including selections fromThe Concord Cantata by American composer Randall Thompson, written to celebrate the Bicentennial of the Town of Concord, and premiered in 1975 by the Concord Chorus and the Nashua Symphony. In a highlight of the program, the number of singers will grow to over a hundred for Leonard Bernstein's Make Our Garden Grow from the opera Candide as the group is joined by Chorus alumni and singers from area schools.

Chorus members from Carlisle include Gertrud Behn, Tamasin Foote, Sally House, Jim Paisner and Cynthia Sorn. Tickets are $18 adults, $15 seniors and students, $5 children under 12.For more information, visit or call 1-978-440-9396.

Carlisle Police to offer safety belt incentives

With help from a grant from the Governor's Highway Safety Bureau Click-It-or-Ticket program, the Carlisle Police Department will be increasing its enforcement of safety laws, focusing on safety belt use.

On Memorial Day, May 29, the department will conduct a Safety Belt Pledge Drive at Ferns Country Store from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Those who sign a pledge card agree to wear their safety belts. They will also be entered in a raffle, with prizes donated by Ferns, Kimball's Farm Ice Cream Stand and the Carlisle Police Association.

During June, three Safety Belt Incentive Distribution campaigns will be held throughout town. Officers will be stationed at various locations checking for safety belt use. Incentives will be given to all occupants found properly belted at the location.

Massachusetts law requires all drivers and passengers to be properly restrained in a safety belt, booster seat or child safety seat. Violators are subject to a $25 fine, and drivers are responsible for all occupants under age 16.

Pools needed

The Carlisle Recreation Summer Fun program uses three to four private pools in town that are generously donated by resident homeowners for the purpose of teaching children to be safe around water. Two homeowners highly committed to the cause have donated their pools for over 20 years and now have recently retired and are moving on to new stages in their lives. The community is forever grateful to the Forsberg and the Hughes families for their many, many years of dependable service to the summer swim program.

Carlisle Recreation is in need of a swimming pool to be used as a backup for our summer swim program. A pool in the general vicinity of Westford Street and Concord Street would help make transportation easier. The pool needs to be well maintained, have access to a bathroom, have area cell phone coverage or access to a telephone, have access to a covered shelter area and be available between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday from July 5 to August 11. If you can help, call 1-978-369-9815 and set up an appointment to meet with the swim coordinator at your pool.

COA trip to the P.E.M.

The Carlisle COA is sponsoring a trip to the Peabody Essex Museum on Thursday, June 22, leaving the Congregational Church parking lot (147 School Street) at 9:30 a.m. and travelling to Salem by luxury motor coach. The bus will be back in Carlisle by 3:30 p.m. The cost is $14 per person. This includes the bus, museum admission and tour of the exhibit "Painting Summer in New England." Lunch is on your own; the museum has two restaurants and there are many other restaurants in the area.

Space is limited. Reservations must be made by June 15. Send a $14 check per person, made payable to the Friends of the COA, to the COA office, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. Include your telephone number and e-mail address on the check.

"Thoreau's Garret" Program at Walden Pond

Join park staff at Walden Pond State Reservation on Memorial Day, May 29, from 10 to 11 a.m for a morning of discovery and adventure. Find out more about the famous Concord author, Henry David Thoreau, through hands-on artifact exploration. Visitors should meet at the Thoreau House Replica, located near the main parking area. This free program is open to visitors of all ages.

There is a daily parking fee of $5 per vehicle. For information, call the Park Headquarters at 1-978-369-3254. Walden Pond State Reservation is located at 915 Walden Street (Route 126) in Concord.

CSA house tour

The CSA house tour will be held on Friday, September 29 from 9:30 to 2:30. The committee is still seeking volunteers for the event. If you are interested in helping, please call Cathy Poirier at 1-978-371-9139. We are also seeking sponsorships and family artwork and quotes for our house tour booklet, please contact Sharyl Stropkay at 1-978-369-9641 if you would like to contribute.

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