Friday, June 2, 2006
Three-church yard sale, Saturday
The three-church yard sale to benefit the Open Pantry of Greater Lowell will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, June 3. The event will be on the grounds of the First Religious Society, or in Union Hall if it rains. It is not too late to make donations to the sale. Items (no clothes or books, please) may be brought to Union Hall between 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. today
The Open Pantry at 200 Central Street in Lowell offers short-term food assistance for persons in need. People may receive a five- to seven-day food supply every 30 days.Over 1,200 people, one-third of them children, are served every month.
Call Deb Pichulo (1-978-371-0768) or Nadine Bishop (1-978-369-5080) if you have any questions.
Biodiversity Days nature walks in Carlisle
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, an opportunity to learn about the other life forms that share the town. Save the dates. Join a walk.Walks are scheduled for:
• June 3, 10 a.m.: Meet at Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road. The main focus of the walk is insects. Trip leaders are Dick Walton and John Huehnergard.
• June 6, 4:15 p.m.: Meet at the Towle Land parking lot on Westford Street. The focus of the walk is fungi. Trip leader is Larry Millman.
• June 8, 3:30 p.m.: Meet at the Cranberry Bog on Curve Street at the bog house. Focus of the walk is dragonflies. Trip leader is Susan Emmons.
• June 10, 7 a.m.: Meet at Benfield A on South Street. Focus of the walk is birds. Trip leader is Tom Brownrigg.All species identified will be recorded in the state database. Species found on previous Biodiversity Days can be searched by town, date, location and species at http://maps.massgis.state.ma.us/Biodiversity/BDResults.htm.
CSA to honor retiring and departing school teachers and staff
The Carlisle School Association (CSA) is hosting a party to honor the departing administrators, as well as staff and teachers who are retiring from the Carlisle Public School. Come to the Corey Dining Room on Wednesday, June 7, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and thank these individuals who have given so much to our community.
Volunteer for CSA teacher and staff luncheon
On Tuesday, June 6, the annual Spring CSALuncheon will be held to honor the school's teachers and staff. Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve, and clean up at the lunch and to contribute a favorite homemade dish. Monetary contributions are also welcome, to help offset the cost of paper goods and decorations. To participate and/or contribute, contact Jennifer Durbin at 1-978-371-7055 (firstname.lastname@example.org)or Francine Royce at 1-978-371-2521 (email@example.com).
Old Home Day soap box derby on July 1
Old Home Day's soap box derby will be held on July 1, at 2:30 p.m. on Church Street hill. Once again, Carlisle speedsters— young and old— will thrill town residents with feats of derring-do.
The organizers of this year's OHD soap box derby will hold a meeting for all participants at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, at the Gleason Library's Hollis Room. Come meet your racing competition. Get valuable how-to-build tips as well as ideas for finding cart materials. This year's race rules will also be reviewed.
More information is at the OHD web site: www.carlisleohd.org.
Adult softball returns to Carlisle June 29
Tired of watching the kids have all the fun? This summer adult pick-up softball games will once again be happening every Thursday night, 6 p.m., at the Banta-Davis softball field. The first game will be June 29. All men, women, and teens of any skill level are welcome. Just bring your glove; all other equipment is supplied. To get on the mailing list, or if you have any questions, e-mail Peter Chelton: firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, just show up Thursdays at 6.
Last FNL before summer tonight
Don't miss the last Friday Night Live (FNL) of the school year. It will begin at 7 and end at 9:30 p.m. There will be great music, contests and raffle prizes. Each student will receive a ticket at the door. Admission fee is $3. All eighth graders will be admitted free.
Friday Night Live is open to all middle school students in Carlisle (with completed permission slips on file). Students leaving before 9:30 p.m. must be signed out by an adult. All others should be picked up by 9:30 sharp. Call Jim Harris with any questions at 1-978-371-2494 or any other Carlisle Youth Commission member.
COA trip to the P.E.M.
The Carlisle Council on Aging (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," which features more than 100 paintings by some of America's most cherished artists. 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.
CCHS students present Performers' Showcase this Saturday
Concord-Carlisle High School junior Katrina Walker wanted to give more students an opportunity to perform at the high school, so she organized and is producing a Performers' Showcase to do just that. There will be about 20 acts with a wide variety of songs, dances and skits. Some of the student performers have been seen many times on the CCHS stage, including Annalee Mulhall, Eric Stengrevics, Campbell Payne, Russell Peck, David Jubinsky, Lisa Yanofsky and Haley Watson, while others are less well-known, but just as entertaining.
The CCHS Cafeteria will be transformed into a relaxed cabaret-style theater with seating at tables and refreshments served. The performances are appropriate for all ages, so bring the entire family. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for kids when accompanied by a parent. Tickets are at the door. There is one performance only, on Saturday, June 3, at 7 p.m., in the CCHS Cafeteria, 500 Walden Street, Concord.
Greater Lowell YMCA family swim programs
The Greater Lowell YMCA announces summer swim programs beginning June 26 with lessons in multiple schedules. Registration begins in person at the YMCA on Saturday, June 10, at 9 a.m. and by phone beginning Monday, June 12. Swim lessons are offered at three locations: The Greater Lowell YMCA, 35 YMCA Drive, Lowell; Sargisson Beach, Whiley Road, Groton; and YMCA Camp Massapoag, 234 Hall Street in Dunstable.
The YMCA is currently booking backyard pools in the Greater Lowell area for programs. You find the kids and the YMCA will send an instructor to your house and teach lessons in your pool. We offer flexible scheduling: mornings, mid-day, evening and weekends.
For class times and registration materials on any of the above programs, visit our web site: www.greaterlowellymca.org or contact Laura Darling, Aquatics Director, at 1-978- 454-7825 or email@example.com.
Carlisle music department announces spring concert series
The Carlisle School's music department announces that their spring concerts, featuring instrumentalists and vocalists in grades four through eight, will be held on June 6, 8 and 13. The series opens on June 6 with students in the fourth-grade chorus and the fourth- grade beginning band; the fifth-grade chorus and the middle school fifth-grade combined band will perform on Thursday, June 8. The senior band, jazz band and middle school choral groups will present their performance on Tuesday, June 13.
All concerts are free, at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the school's Corey Auditorium. The public is invited to attend.
MAGIC to plan year's activities
On June 8, the Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) will hold its annual meeting, elect new officers and plan its work program for the coming year. Discussion will include a review of last year's activities and achievements and a brainstorming of new ideas. In addition, towns will hold a Community Exchange, updating each other on important news of regional interest.
The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the Flint Room of Bedford's Town Center. Town Center is the yellow building behind Town Hall on Mudge Way. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Mark Racicot at MAPC, 1-617-451-2770, extension 2063, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
O'Halloran alumni concert tickets available
Tickets are still available for the Tom O'Halloran Alumni Concert, June 17, at 7:30 p.m., Concord-Carlisle High School. Ticket order forms can be downloaded at www.carlislecomputers.com/TomOHalloran/. Donations can be made to the Tom O'Halloran Artist-in-Residence Fund as well. For information, call Paula von Kleydorff, 1-978-369-2829, or Stephanie Smith, 1-978-369-5453.
Register now for fall in-town soccer
Registration for the fall in-town soccer season is open from June 1 to July 9.
CCYS in-town offers a fun and appropriately competitive soccer program for both boys and girls, played in Concord and Carlisle. The Pre-K division is for children entering kindergarten in September 2007. Divisions for kindergarten through Grade 6 are for children entering those grades in September 2006.
Schedule: Games are on Saturdays, September 16 through October 28. One practice is usually scheduled during the week. Players in the pre-K division meet on Saturdays only.
Fees: Player fees are $60 for the first player and $50 for the second and subsequent players in the family. Roughly half of this amount is directed to field development and maintenance.
Shirts: Shirts for kindergarten through Grade 6 players are $15 and may be purchased during the online registration process. Pre-K players do not need shirts. Blue/white reversible shirts purchased in previous seasons may be worn in the fall.
Register Players: To register online, go to www.ccysoccer.org and click on Registration. Scholarships are available. Note: returning players should have their e-mail addresses and passwords handy for speedier registration.
Register Coaches: Coaches are needed. Register to coach after registering your player from the Online Registration screen in PreEnroll.
After July 9: Inquiries for registrations after July 9 will be added to the late-registration wait-list, with placement based on coach and team space availability. Go to the In-Town page of our website to contact the appropriate age group director.
For more details about our program visit the web site, or contact Nancy at email@example.com or 1-978-369-7978.
Gleason Public Library museum passes available
Explore area museums at a reduced price or free by reserving a pass at the Gleason Public Library. The library offers seventeen museum passes to Carlisle residents. All you need is your library card. Carlisle residents can reserve museum passes in advance by calling 1-978-369-4898 or stopping by the library. All passes have been donated to the library for use by library visitors. Passes to the Museum of Science are donated by Assurance Technology Corp. Passes to the Fuller Craft Museum are donated by Heart Soul Realty. Butterfly Place passes are provided by the Carlisle Garden Club.
Passes to 15 other museums including Children's Museum, Concord Museum, DeCordova Museum, Discovery Museum, Drumlin Farm, Fruitlands Museum, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Massachusetts Audubon, Museum of Fine Arts, New England Aquarium, Orchard House, Peabody Essex, and Roger William Park Zoo were all provided by the generous support of the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. These museum passes are for the borrowing.
COA summer fitness class
The COA fitness class is open to all levels. The class includes stretches, leg exercises, joint rotation, use of small hand weights and balancing exercises. Participants are encouraged to go at their own pace. Classes meet in the Clark Room at Town Hall on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. through June 15. After June 15, for the balance of the summer, classes will meet only on Tuesday mornings. The cost to enroll for the three-month summer session (June, July, August) is $30. Checks should be made out to the Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging. To enroll, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.
CCCC triathlon is June 4
The Concord Carlisle Community Chest and the Maynard Community Chest will host this year's triathlon relay race on Sunday, June 4. Competitors of all levels are invited to participate. Proceeds from the race will benefit a broad spectrum of local services and programs.
The race begins at 8 a.m. from the North Bridge in Concord with an 11.5-mile bike loop through Carlisle Center, a 3-mile run to the South Bridge Boat House, and a 2-mile canoe race back up to the North Bridge. Each leg of the competition is completed by two team members, with teams consisting of two to six people. At the end of the race, the Golden Paddle will be awarded to the team that raises the largest donation. Prizes will be awarded to the teams with the best overall finish time, the most spirit, and the quickest youth, women, senior and mixed doubles participants. Refreshments and tee shirts will be distributed to all athletes at the end of the race.
The minimum contribution is $600. All donations are tax deductible. For information, call 1-978-369-5250 or visit www.communitychest.org.
Carlisle Cats to play at Heald House picnic
On Sunday, June 11, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Heald House on Concord Street, the Carlisle Cats will be performing music from the Historical Society's archives. Especially 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, for details.
COA goes to NYC
Join the Carlisle seniors on a day trip to New York City, Saturday, June 10. 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 Carlisle COA office in Town Hall.
Friends of Acton Libraries book sale June 9 to 11
The Friends of Acton Libraries will hold their spring book sale Friday, June 9, through Sunday, June 11, in the meeting room of Memorial Library, 486 Main Street.
The preview sale for Friends members and Acton Memorial Library Foundation donors is Friday night, June 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. The book sale is open to the general public Saturday, 9 to 4 p.m. Sunday is 'Give-Away Day' from 2 to 4 p.m. The Library is not open for other services Friday evening or Sunday afternoon.
To qualify for admittance to the preview sale, donations to the Acton Memorial Library Foundation must have been made after May 1, but prior to June 9.
The sale will feature thousands of used hardcovers and paperbacks for children and adults and a limited number of audiovisual items. New items are added to the offerings throughout the sale as space becomes available.
Carlisle Parents Connection to hold Wash-a-Fire-Truck Day
Come join the Carlisle Parents Connection on Saturday, June 3, from 10 to 12 noon at the Carlisle Fire Station for Wash-a-Fire-Truck Day. Bring your bucket and sponge and meet some of Carlisle's firefighters while getting an up- close tour of one of our fire engines. The event is free for Carlisle families with young children, and parking is at Town Hall. For additional information, contact Sana Tang at email@example.com.
PJ story time at the Gleason Library
The last PJ story time until September will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7 at the Gleason Public Library. Aimed at ages 3 and up, the story time will feature books about summer. Children are welcome to come in their P Js and bring a stuffed animal. Come and share some quiet time with your little one.
Kindergarten library card time
Kindergartners are now eligible for their very own library cards. Other family members who may have missed out are encouraged to get a card now. It's absolutely free and the best bargain in town, so come on down to the Gleason Public Library.
Nominations for Carlisle's twenty-fifth honored citizen award are being accepted by the celebrations committee. The deadline for nominations is Monday, June 26. Please fill out the coupon provided or send a letter to either Scott Evans or Judy Larson.
The award will be presented at 9:30 a.m. on Old Home Day during a special ceremony by the flagpole. Previous recipients are:
NOMINATION CRITERIA: Those persons who have given of themselves unselfishly to make our lives richer and Carlisle a place to call home, proudly. No past recipient
or present town employee is eligible.
I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE _____________________________________________
FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
This nomination will be treated confidentially by the committee. PLEASE RETURN BY MONDAY, JUNE 26 to: Judy Larson, 36 Forest Park Drive (1-978-369-6503) or Scott Evans, 299 Heald Road (1-978-369-7086.)
Nomination sought for Conservationist Award
The Carlisle Conservation Commission is accepting nominations for the annual Conservationist of the Year Award to be presented to a Carlisle resident winning candidate on Old Home Day. Nominations should be submitted to the Commission by Thursday, June 15, 2006.
Previous award recipients:
This award has been established to honor the person who has demonstrated a high regard for the environment. The winner will be presented at the Carlisle Old Home Day ceremonies.
I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE___________________________________________
FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
Please return to: Sylvia Willard, Conservation Administrator, Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford St., Carlisle, MA, 01741 or FAX (978) 369-4521
Calling all geocachers
The Mosquito is interested in writing an article on geocaching and is looking for people in Carlisle who have had some experience (and success) in caching in town and/or elsewhere. If you would like to share your geocaching stories, contact Ellen Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-287-4776.
Riverfest to be held on June 10 and 11
Just five years ago, Riverfest was launched by the River Stewardship Council to highlight the "remarkable resources" of the newly-designated Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Wild and Scenic River. In that first year, eight communities participated by hosting fun events and inviting the public to enjoy the rivers in their communities. It did not take long for the idea to gain momentum, so that today Riverfest includes over 50 events in 14 metrowest communities. Local community groups plan and organize all the activities.
This year, Riverfest will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, and the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers will again be alive with activity. From dawn until dusk, on and along the river, events will be held to celebrate these rivers. All of them are fun, free and open to the public.
Local Riverfest organizers have designed events that offer so many ways to enjoy and appreciate the rivers. There are boat rides, canoe trips and scavenger hunts for those intrepid ones who want to experience the rivers from the water. There are hikes, bike rides, historical reenactments for those who might appreciate the rivers more from the shore. Art exhibits, music, poetry readings all reflect the river too. Kids may especially enjoy events allowing them to explore the river banks or get an up-close look at some common (and not so common) wildlife.
From Lowell to Southborough, there will be events in 14 communities. Get up at dawn on Saturday morning to participate in Carlisle's popular sunrise paddle and birdwatching trip. There will also be a river trail walk and picnic at Greenough Pond. Later, there will be clusters of activity in Lowell, Concord and Framingham. Stay close to home or travel a short distance and spend the day enjoying the rivers.
In recognition of their outstanding and remarkable resource value, Congress designated 29 miles of the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers as part of the national Wild and Scenic River System in 1999. One of only eight rivers designated on the east coast from Maine to Florida, these rivers are afforded additional protection to ensure long-term preservation of river resources. All federally-assisted projects, including wastewater discharges, water treatment plants, and certain highway projects, may be evaluated to ensure that there are no adverse impacts to the river.
As part of the Wild and Scenic designation, the River Stewardship Council (RSC) was created to promote efforts to preserve and protect these river resources. The RSC is a partnership of representatives from each of the eight shoreline communities, state and federal agencies and three regional conservation organizations. The RSC invites everyone to Riverfest to spend the weekend enjoying the pleasures of these rivers. For a full listing of events, and to find the events in your community, call 1-617-223-5225 for a brochure, or visit www.sudbury-assabet-concord.org.
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