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Friday, June 23, 2006

Carlisle Old Home Day Schedule

Friday, June 30

4 p.m. Deliver Art Entries

Corey Dining Room

Saturday, July 1

6:30 a.m. Check-in for One-Mile

Road Race School Plaza

7:15 a.m. Check-in for Five-Mile

Road Race School Plaza

7:30 a.m. One-Mile Road Race begins

8 a.m. Pancake Breakfast

Congregational Church

8:15 a.m. Five-Mile Road Race begins

9 a.m. Assemble Entries for Parade

School Parking Lot Deliver Pies, Breads, and Cakes

Union Hall from 9 a.m. to noon

Deliver Inventions

Basement of Union Hall until 11 a.m.

Art Show Opens

Corey Dining Room until 1:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m. American Flag Raising

National Anthem Conservationist Award Outstanding Citizen Award Town Green Assemble Bicycles Gleason Library Road Race Awards School Plaza

10 a.m. The Great Parade Begins

"Made in Carlisle"

10:15 a.m. Bicycles, Carriages

and Soapbox Racers enter Parade at Gleason Library

10:30 a.m. Country Fair

Church Street Used Book Sale

Gleason Public Library until 2:30 p.m.

11 a.m. Dunking Booth

School Street Frog Jumping Boy Scouts' Barbeque Town Green Pie, Bread, and Cake Decorating Union Hall Inventors' Showcase Basement of Union Hall

Noon Awards for:

Parade Pie and Bread Baking Cake Decorating Town Green

12:15 p.m. Radar Gun Speed Throw

School Street

12:30 p.m. Fun and Games:

Three-Legged Race Sack Race Egg Toss Town Green

1 p.m. Children's Pet Show

by the Carlisle Castle

1:30 p.m. Pick up Art Show Entries

until 2:30 p.m.

Softball Spalding Field Corn Shucking Town Green

2 p.m. Vivian Chaput Memorial

Dedication Town Hall

2:30 p.m. Soap Box Derby

Church Street

3 p.m. Tour of Green Cemetery

Tickets at Historical Society Booth

4 p.m. Barbeque

Fire Station until 6:30 p.m.

5 p.m. Cakewalk

Town Hall

Sunday, July 2

4 p.m. Picnic and Family Fun Times

Hot Air Balloon Twilight Music Cavalcade

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Ice Cream Social

Spalding Field Tour Green Cemetery on Old Home Day

A cemetery visit can teach us so much about Carlisle history. On Old Home Day, Saturday, July 1, at 3 p.m., Carlisle historian Sarah Brophy will lead a tour of Green Cemetery. You will learn how to interpret the 18th,-19th-and early 20th-century parts of the cemetery, understand its layout, "read" a grave marker, understand the carvings and stone design, and visit a few special stones. The tour will take about an hour, with refreshments along the way and a visit to Wilson Chapel after the tour. In case of rain on Saturday, the tour will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. Also on Sunday, Heald House will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. for visitors to tour the collections.

Tickets will be on sale at the Carlisle Historical Society booth on Old Home Day: $5 for members, children and seniors; $8 for non-members; $15 for families.

Old Home Day Country Fair

A butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker? Join other local artists, entrepreneurs, craftspeople and organizations at the OHD Country Fair Marketplace. Reserve space by contacting Bob and Nancy Orlando at, or 1-978-369-1690 for more information.

Summer reading at the FOGPL Booksale

Many thanks from The Friends of Gleason Public Library for all book

donations! Come browse and buy to stock your summer reading collection at

the FOGPL Used Book Sale July 1. The sale will take place during Old Home

Day on the library lawn between 10:30 and2:30 p.m. Proceeds support many fine programs offered throughout the year.

Old Home Day Road Races: changes and rules

Changes: The order of races has been reversed. The one-mile race will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the five-mile race will begin at 8:15. The routes will remain the same: one-mile and five-mile loop courses, starting and finishing at the entrance to elderly housing on Church Street, both passing through Carlisle Center. Registration and number pickup are at the entrance to Corey Auditorium from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. for the one-mile race and 7:15 to 8 a.m. for the five-mile race. Awards presentation follows at 9:30 a.m.

The exact courses and prizes can be found on the entry blanks at Gleason Public Library, the Carlisle Post Office and Ferns Country Store, or online at Register early to facilitate the start of each race.

Pre-race entries must be signed and mailed to the race directors, postmarked no later than June 28, or hand-delivered by June 30. Entry fees are $6 for adults and $3 for youth (19 and under) for each race. Race day entries will be $8 for adults, $5 for youth.

Heald House open house on July 2

As part of Old Home Day festivities, Heald House, home of the Carlisle Historical Society at 698 Concord Street, will hold an open house on Sunday, July 2, from 2 to 4. Everyone is invited to tour the historical collections, meet friends and neighbors and admire the barn with its brand-new look.

Much of Old Home Day is about Carlisle's history — keep the momentum going by visiting Heald House and seeing the town's past.

Old Home Day is calling all inventors

If you have built a better mousetrap, or perhaps a robot that does your homework for you, this is your big chance to show it off.

In keeping with this year's OHD theme, "Made in Carlisle," a new event has been added to OHD: The Inventors' Showcase.

Innovative Carlisle residents of all ages are invited to enter one of their original inventions. The event will be held downstairs at the First Religious Society on Saturday, July 1. Registration is between 9 and 10 a.m. Judging and awards will take place between 11 a.m. and noon. Contact Lisa Lofdahl at 1-978-369-8767 or for more information.

Old Home Day Pie Contest July 1

Do people tell you that you bake the best blueberry, the champion of cheesecakes, the most luscious lemon meringue? Do you suspect they might be right? Find out by entering your confections in the Old Home Day Pie Contest! Categories are fruit/berry, chiffon/cheesecake, and junior (for bakers 15 and under). Drop off pies in Union Hall on Saturday between 9 and 10 a.m.; judging will be done at 11 a.m. After that, pies are available for tasting. Please note that refrigeration is not available for pies. Call Nancy West with questions: 1-978-369-6515.

Made in Carlisle

With its downtown no bigger than a minute, Carlisle may appear to be a sleepy, bucolic, bedroom community. Actually, it is a hotbed of industry fueled by the many goods and services produced by its hard-working citizens. In honor of these crafty and inventive souls, this year's Old Home Day Parade theme is "Made in Carlisle". Everyone is encouraged to show their wares in this year's OHD Parade on Saturday, July 1

Here are some examples of Carlisle's gross domestic product:

cheese, milk, ice cream, computer networking, cranberries, home construction, honey, Feng Shui, financial services, fitness, gardens & landscaping, graphic design, local newspaper, quilts, medical conferences, portraits.

A Grand Prize, second and third prizes will be awarded based on the best "Made in Carlisle" theme interpretation, originality, artistry, crowd response, and other judge fudge factors.

The Grand Prize winner will have the name of its entry engraved on a trophy to be prominently displayed in the Tax Collector's office at Town Hall. Sorry, no rebates available.

Call Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978-369-0434 with any questions about the OHD Parade.

Buy chicken barbeque tickets now

Old Home Day Chicken Barbeque tickets are now on sale at Ferns and the Dispatch Center for $8. On Old home Day, tickets will be $9. Exact change is very much appreciated. Buy early because this event is always a sellout. Anyone with questions should e-mail

Wanted: Community service volunteers

Earn Community Service hours while assisting with this year's OHD activities. Sign up now by contacting Bill Cooney or Debbie Power at 1-978-369-0434.

Date Event # of Volunteers Needed

June 30/July 1 Art Show 8

June 30/July 1 Country Fair 6

June 30/July 1/2 Set Up/Clean Up 2

July 1 Used Book Sale @ Gleason Library

(Set up @ 8AM/Clean Up @ 2:30) 6

July 1 Great Parade 2

July 1 Fun and Games (kids) 2

July 1 Pet Show 4

July 1 Pie/Bread/Cake Judging 3

July 1 Soap Box Derby 3

July 1 Barbeque 6

July 1 Cake Walk at Town Hall 3

July 2 Fun and Games (Family) 3

July 2 Hot Air Balloon Rides 2

July 2 Musical Cavalcade 3

July 2 Ice Cream Social 3

Have you gotten your 2006 Transfer Station sticker yet?

Carlisle vehicles should be sporting the 2006 stickers for the town Transfer Station by now. The stickers cost $15 for the first sticker, $10 for any other stickers, and may be obtained at any time from the dispatcher at the police station. Applicants need to present a valid vehicle registration to prove residency.

If you do not have an up-to-date sticker, you can be turned away from the Transfer Station.

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, 25 and 26. 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

The Mosquito needs new blood

Are you ready to get involved in the community? Want to know more about town government works? Want to meet more people? The Mosquito needs reporters to cover important town committees. If interested, call the Mosquito office and leave a message at 1-978-369-8313 or e-mail us at

Farmer's Market 2006

All enthusiastic farmers, bakers and artist/craftpersons are invited to participate in the Carlisle Farmer's Market 2006. The Market is seeking those with a surplus of farm-stand items (early fruits, berries, vegetables, seedlings, perennials, honey, etc.) or artistic endeavors/crafts.

All are encouraged to feature locally grown produce and goods to represent "Massachusetts grown — Massachusetts made."

Farmer's Market opens July 15 at Kimball Farms Ice Cream, Route 225, Carlisle. Market hours are Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon. Vendor fee is $20.00 for the season.

Call to register for space or more information: Gale Constable, 1-978-372-1925, or Annette Lee 1-978-369-0599.

Pay Carlisle taxes online

Effective July 1, residents can pay their real estate, motor vehicle and personal property taxes online at The new payment method accommodates those Carlisle residents who want the convenience of paying their taxes online, anytime, day or night. It also benefits the town in that payments are processed automatically, allowing town employees faster balance reconciliation and more time to work on other town issues.

Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie says, "We realize the inportance of keeping with the times and offering this new online payment option. We are fortunate to have found a banking partner, Unibank, who has years of experience and who adheres to strict security methods to protect our residents' personal information."

The process for residents to pay online is simple: with your bill and checkbook in hand, go to and click on "Town Departments." Click from there to "Treasury and Tax Collector," followed by "Online Tax Payments," and complete each screen to process your payment. For information, call the Tax Collector's office at 1-978-369-5557.

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Friday, June 23, 2006

COA doings

Day trip to Sandwich: On Thursday, July 13, the Concord COA is going to Sandwich, MA. The group will have lunch at the Daniel Webster Inn and visit the Heritage Museum and Gardens. Carlisle seniors are invited to join them. The cost is $56 and includes transportation, museum admission, lunch, taxes and gratuities. Call the Concord COA at 1-978-318-3020.

Ice cream social: Join the Carlisle COA on Thursday, July 13, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Sleeper Room for ice cream and music. Make your own ice cream sundae or enjoy a sugar-free, lactose-free alternative treat. There will be a singalong led by Santo Pullara.

Burlington Mall shopping trip: On Friday, July 14, join the COA for a trip in the COA mini-bus to the Burlington Mall for shopping and lunch on your own. The mini-bus will leave Carlisle at 9:30 a.m. and return by 1:30 p.m. Call 1-978-371-6690 to sign up for this trip.

Singin' in the Rain: On Wednesday, July 19, the Carlisle COA will travel to the North Shore Music Theatre to see Singin' in the Rain and to enjoy a delicious lunch. We will leave Carlisle at 10:30 a.m. and will return around 5 p.m. The cost of $64 covers transportation, lunch and the theatre. Space is limited. To sign up, send a check made out to FCOA to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741. Upcoming trips to the North Shore Music Theater include Jesus Christ, Superstar in October and A Christmas Carol in December. Joanne can be reached for questions at 1-978-371-8023 or

Blood pressure clinic: On Thursday, July 20, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. a registered nurse from Emerson Hospital will provide blood pressure screening in Union Hall at the First Religious Society. No appointment is necessary.

Luncheon and speaker: Join the COA on Thursday, July 20, at 11:45 a.m. in Union Hall for lunch followed by a travelogue by Kerry Kissinger, who traveled to Peru with his three sons last year. Reserve your luncheon space by Monday, July 17, by calling 1-978-371-2895. A $2 contribution is appreciated.

Day trip to Portland, Maine: On Tuesday, July 25, travel to Casablanca by the Sea in Portland, Maine. The trip includes a luxury bus ride to Portland, lunch at the Dunstan School House Buffet, and a 90-minute cruise aboard the Bay View Lady. There will also be time for shopping at Portland's newly renovated Old Port. The bus leaves from Ferns at 8:30 a.m. and will return to Carlisle about 6 p.m. The cost is $57 per person. For reservations or more information, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or pick up a flyer at the COA office in Town Hall. Joanne Willens must receive all payments at 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741 by July 10.

Carlisle "Knit for the Homeless" project starts June 29

If you would like to do something to help the homeless, learn to knit with a simple project, or work on a summer vacation knitting project, join your friends of all ages and make new friends as well at Union Hall in the First Religious Society (FRS) on Thursday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. Carlisle will kick off an independent knitting program with an introduction, peer teaching support, pattern exchange, and refreshments at this first meeting. Participants may then knit through the summer on their own or in their own knitting circles.

For the kick-off, bring yarn (dark colors are recommended because 90% of the recipients are men) and needles. Feel free to bring simple patterns and/or refreshments to share. For suggested patterns and needle sizes, see

Common Cathedral in Boston provides spiritual, food, clothing and other support to Boston's homeless, and Carlisle's knitting projects will be donated to them. Common Cathedral's minister will visit Carlisle to preach at the FRS on November 5.

Play adult softball June 29

This summer adult pick-up softball games will happen again every Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the Banta-Davis softball field. The first game will be June 29. Men, women and teens of any skill level are welcome. Just bring your glove, all other equipment is supplied. With questions or to get on the mailing list, e-mail Peter Chelton at Otherwise, just show up Thursdays at 6 p.m.

Area blood drives will be on July 11 and 13

The Acton Community Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday, July 11, from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Life Care Center of Acton at 1 Great Road, Acton. The Littleton Community Blood Drive will be on Thursday, July 13, at St. Ann's Church, 75 King Street, Littleton from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Anyone who is 17 years or older, in good health, weighs 110 pounds or more, and has not given blood in the last 56 days may donate. The American Red Cross requires a positive ID before donating.

All presenting donors in these drives will receive a coupon for Six Flags New England buy one/get one admission, good for up to four people and offered exclusively through the American Red Cross.

For information or to make an appointment, call 1-800-448-3543. Appointments are preferred, to ensure the quickest possible process, but walk-in donors are also welcome.

Enter the Country Gardens tour

Are you proud of your garden? Would you like to show it off in a way that contributes to a worthy cause? The Carlisle Garden Club's bi-annual Country Gardens tour is coming up next year on Friday and Saturday June 15 and 16, 2007. We are reviewing gardens in the next couple of weeks and are looking for a range of types and styles, not just perfect landscapes. The tour raises funds for civic programs that include town beautification, scholarships and contributions to the Gleason Library. You do not have to be home during the tour. The club provides all staffing and oversight. For more information, or to leave a tip on a garden owner we should get in touch with, contact Susan Pepple at or phone 1-978-371-2674.

Make it to Middlesex this summer

Fit a little education into your summer to help you ease into school or work next fall. There is still time to enroll in Middlesex Community College's concentrated Summer Session II, which runs July 3 to August 3. Classes meet Monday through Thursday, four days a week.

Middlesex offers 79 degree and certificate programs, as well as professional development and career-training courses, on its Bedford and Lowell campuses. Make yourself over, make it to Middlesex.

For more information about MCC's Summer Session II, call 1-800-818-3434.

Group session for depression sufferers

The Eliot Center in Concord is offering a therapy group for women, ages 40s to 60s, who suffer with depression. This is a group for women who find their daily functioning impaired by their depressive symptoms. Focus is on decreasing isolation, developing coping skills and improving relationships. Emphasis is on increasing empowerment in a nurturing setting. The group meets Mondays 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on the grounds of Emerson Hospital. Contact Deborah Robbins at 1-978-369-1113 to arrange an interview. Most insurances are accepted and there is a sliding fee available.

Summer clinic for girls basketball

There will be a basketball clinic this summer, August 7 to 11, for girls

entering grades 3 to 9 at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. Joe

Bodenrader, the CCHS Girls Varsity Basketball Coach, is running the

clinic. Sign up through the Concord Recreation Department at 1-978-369-6406.

Summer Hebrew reading program starts June 29

Does your child want or need to practice Hebrew over the summer? Kerem Shalom's innovative Pizza and Practice program may be the answer. Students gather at Kerem Shalom in Concord on Tuesday evenings for pizza and lemonade and then practice their Hebrew from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The program runs from June 29 to August 31.

Pizza and Practice is staffed by a Kerem Shalom faculty member and high school students who have been trained as teaching assistants. Children work on their Hebrew in small groups. Each student is evaluated and encouraged to set individual goals for each session. A record is kept of their work.

The fee per session is $15 ($10 for Kerem Shalom members) and includes instruction and pizza. For information,call 1-978-369-1223 or e-mail

Field hockey clinic this summer

There will be a field hockey clinic, coached by members of the coaching staff at CCHS and Carlisle Middle School, for students entering grades six through 10 August 14 through 17. The clinic will meet at Spalding Field from 9 a.m. to noon on each day. Students will learn the basics and progress to specialized skills and play in a final day tournament. Participants should bring field hockey sticks, shin and mouth guards and water bottles. The cost is $150. Register with the Carlisle Recreation Department at 1-978-369-9815.

Concert on the Lawn series in Concord continues July 26

The summer Concert on the Lawn series at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, continues on July 26 at 7 p.m. with the band Banda Ponto Com. This talented group will play a wide assortment of Brazilian music, featuring samba, forro music, and folk songs. Bring a picnic supper and enjoy this free concert, sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. The rain location is at the Emerson Umbrella Theater, 40 Stow Street, Concord. For information, call 1-978-318-3358.

Minuteman to offer woodworking

Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington is offering a summer school woodworking course intended for students ages 15 through adult. The course meets from either 8:30 to 11 a.m. or noon to 3 p.m., five days a week, from July 10 through August 4.

Advanced woodworkers may take this course to work on their own projects using the power and hand tools under the supervision of the instructor. Students pay for their own materials and enrollment is limited to 12. The tuition is $339. For information or to register over the phone with a credit card (Visa or MasterCard), call Minuteman's Community Education Office at 1-781-7150 or 1-781-861-7151.

Summer apprentice programs at Drumlin Farm begin July 3

Interested in gardening and farming? The Drumlin Farm Day Camp has openings for the apprentice's session. Step into the farmer's shoes and take an in-depth look at the farming practices and natural places of Drumlin Farm. Work with our farmers to grow vegetable crops, tend to the farm animals and get a backstage look at where and how we care for our captive wildlife. Campers will take trips to other local farms and set up a farm stand for camp families.

There are spaces available for students entering sixth and seventh grades this fall during Session 1, July 3 to 17, and Session 2, July 17 to 28. Drumlin Farm Day Camp is state-licensed and accredited by the American Camp Association. Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary is part of the Mass Audubon Society and is located in Lincoln. For more information about the camp, visit or call the camp office at 1-781-259-2223.

Register for Summer Drama Workshop

Area students entering grades 3 to 5 who wish to perform in Disney's 101 Dalmatians Kids should register as soon as possible. The first workshop is scheduled for

Monday morning, June 26. Workshops are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the JFK Middle School, 201 Manning Street in Hudson. Performances will be held on July 13 and 14 at Hudson High School, 69 Brigham Street.

Singing, fun and comedy are all part of this familiar story of puppies versus Cruella De Vil and her Henchmen. Director Christine DiScipio and music director Dennis Wrenn, working as a team, guide children in a collaborative program which not only develops acting skills, but instills confidence and self-discipline.

For information and a downloadable registration form that must be printed and forwarded, visit or call 1-978-562-1646.

Lowell Folk Festival begins July 28

The largest free folk festival in the nation, the Lowell Folk Festival, is three days of traditional music, dance, craft demonstrations, and more. Tap your toes to zydeco, mariachi, bomba, the blues and more with traditional music from all over the world. Dance through the streets with the New Orleans Brass Band, savor the taste of ethnic food, witness master craftsmen at work. Bring the family because there is something for everyone, all on six outdoor stages throughout Lowell. The festival is Friday, July 28 from 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, July 29, noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday, July 30, noon to 6 p.m. For information, contact Lowell National Historical Park, 67 Kirk Street, Lowell, MA 01852; visit or call 1-978-970-5200.

O'Halloran Fund, DVD, CD and scrapbook

Contributions can still be made to the Tom O'Halloran Artist-in-Residence Fund. Checks payable to Town of Carlisle should be sent to Paula von Kleydorff, 401 School Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. The fund will make it possible to continue bringing accomplished musicians to the Carlisle School to work with students.

The DVD of the concert, including the opening slide show, and still photo CD are available through Morse Photography. The DVD is $20 and the CD is $10. All proceeds go to the Tom O'Halloran Artist-in-Residence Fund. To view still photos and order individually, go to For information, call 1-508-485-1717 or e-mail

Anyone wishing to send written contributions to the scrapbook of reminiscences of Tom O'Halloran's career may mail them to Karen Morse, 18 Peebles Way, Marlborough, MA 01752.

DeCordova exhibits

Enjoy the 2006 DeCordova Annual Exhibition now through August 20, featuring artists and artist teams from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. The works include sculpture/installation, video/performance, drawing, photography, painting, and digital prints.

In addition, there are ongoing exhibitions in photography and other arts, gallery talks, scultpure park tours, and exhibitions by the students and faculty of the museum school.

For information, call 1-781-259-8355. or visit

Lowell music series

The Lowell National Historical Park, the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Lowell Festival Foundation present the 17th annual Lowell Summer Music Series at Boarding House Park. Beginning on June 30 and running through September 9, all show times are 7:30 p.m. except the banjo and fiddle contests, which are free to all and begin at noon. Children 12 and under are admitted free to other events, and advance tickets may be purchased at or at any Strawberries music and video store. Season passes are also available for 50% off the box office price.

Pools needed

The Carlisle Recreation Summer Fun program uses 3 to 4 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, please call 1-978-369-9815 and set up an appointment to meet with the swim coordinator at your pool.

Neighborhood-style play at Spalding

Would your children enjoy and benefit from some old-fashioned neighborhood-style play? Whether it is because of the remote location of your home or other issues of our day, many kids have limited opportunities to play in multi-aged, unstructured, chance-encounter settings. Instead, children play in parent-arranged playdates or organized sports, activities and camps. Here is an opportunity for our children to meet and play with one another in town this summer.

Carlisle's Recreation Department has arranged some summer playtimes at Spalding Field for the purpose of encouraging neighborhood-style play. With the exception of time and place, nothing else is planned. Parents are completely responsible for supervision. Kids are to bring their own toys and equipment and then play whatever they choose, with whoever shows up. Come on out, give it a try.

Save these scheduled dates:

Ages 8 years and under: 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays: July 11, July 25 and August 8

Ages 9 years and over: 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays: July 13, July 27 and August 10.

Concord Library Concerts on the Lawn begin July 12

The summer Concert on the Lawn series at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord begins on Wednesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. with the husband and wife duo, Peter and Ellen Allard. This fun night will be filled with children's music for the whole family. Bring a picnic and sing along. The rain location for the series is the Emerson Umbrella Theater, 140 Stow Street, Concord. The concerts are sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. For information, call 1-978-318-3358.

Summer hours at GPL

The Gleason Public Library will be open Saturdays this summer from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Stop by for books about your next travel destination. Learn a new language. Embark on a new home improvement or gardening project. Treat yourself to a paperback novel. Grab some music or books on CD for the weekend roadtrip. Find it all at the Gleason Public Library,

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