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Friday, August 25, 2006

COA doings

Fall fitness classes: Twice weekly fitness classes begin on Tuesday, September 5 from 9:45 to10:30 a.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays and include stretches, leg exercises, joint rotation, use of small weights and balancing exercises. This class is open to all levels. For more information on cost and times, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

Coffee: On Thursday, September 7, at 9:30 a.m., there will be coffee, tea and refreshments in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. Enjoy baked goods, fresh fruits and cheeses. This is a great opportunity to socialize. If you like, bring your latest craft or project to work on while chatting.

Men's breakfast: On Thursday, September 14, 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.

Line dancing: Line dancing classes, sponsored by the Carlisle COA, will start Friday, September 15 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Union Hall and continue every Friday through October 27. The cost is $3.50 per lesson, payable in advance. The class will be taught by Katrina Rotondi. Call Nadine Bishop at 1-978-369-5080 to sign up or for more information. The First Religious Society has generously donated the use of Union Hall.

Luncheon and speaker: Join the COA on Thursday, September 21 at 11:45 a.m. in Union Hall for lunch followed by a talk by Concord resident Donna Carlson, CLTC and former Director of Belknap House in Concord. She will give an interactive presentation on "Why and How to Prepare for your Long-Term Future" and will discuss the impact of long term care on families, financial security and independence. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 by Monday, September 18, to make your reservation. A $2 donation is appreciated.

Theater trip: On October 4, join the COA at the North Shore Theater to see Jesus Christ Superstar. The cost is $45 and lunch is on your own. Checks should be made out to Friends of Carlisle COA and sent to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741.They must be received by September 10.

Downloadable Audiobooks at Gleason

If you enjoy listening to books on tape or CD, or have considered trying them out, the Gleason, in cooperation with the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium, is pleased to offer you downloadable digital audiobooks. The Consortium has partnered with Overdrive to provide library card holders with a broad selection of titles accessible over the Internet. Just grab a library card, go to, click digital audiobooks, and follow the instructions from there. Audiobooks can be downloaded to computer and transferred to mp3 players. Try it out today and enjoy the digital media wave.

Class of 2006 back-to-school ice cream party

On Tuesday, September 5, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at Great Brook Farm, the Carlisle Public School Class of 2006 will hold its back-to-school ice cream party. Remember to bring your postcard invitation to receive your complimentary ice cream.

C-C Schools announces adult education for fall

The Concord-Carlisle Schools announces its course fall offerings for adult continuing education and K-12 enrichment with a mailing to all Carlisle residents this week. Some 250 educational programs are available. Evening classes for adults meet at CCHS beginning in mid-September, and before- and after-school enrichment programs for K-12 meet in all the Concord Schools. Carlisle residents are well represented in the part-time faculty. This fall, they include Phyllis Hughes (painting), Shu-Ling Huang (Chinese), Tim Eliassen (bike maintenance), Karin Lemmermann (pottery), John Mattson (career development) and Frank deAlderete (presentations). The Adult and Community Education daytime office is located at the Ripley School, and the evening office at CCHS will reopen in September. To enroll by phone, call 1-978-318-1540 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For information and to sign up,

Open Space and Recreation Plan now available

The Carlisle Conservation Commission and the Open Space and Recreation Plan Committee (OS&R) are pleased to announce the publication of the latest edition of the Open Space and Recreation Plan, 2005, for Carlisle. This updated version of the plan has been enthusiastically accepted by the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs and allows the Town of Carlisle to participate in future state-sponsored grant rounds through March 2011.

The revision process for the plan involved almost two years of dedicated volunteer effort coordinated by the OS&R Plan Committee chairman Steve Spang, and committee members David Freedman, Sylvia Willard, Mary Zoll, Susan Emmons, Diane Troppoli and Roy Watson. The OS&R Committee extends its appreciation to all who assisted with this project, with particular thanks to Phyllis Hughes for her outstanding pen and ink illustrations. A new feature for this revision is a set of Geographic Information System (GIS) maps that were provided with the assistance of the Carlisle Planning Board. A list of contributors is included in the acknowledgments section of the document.

A copy of the Open Space and Recreation Plan may be reviewed at the Gleason Public Library and in the Conservation Commission's office in the Carlisle Town Hall, both during normal business hours. Copies may also be purchased for $15 at the Conservation Commission office.

2006 sixth grade spaghetti supper will be October 17

It is time to pencil in the evening of Tuesday, October 17 for this year's sixth grade spaghetti supper. This is your first opportunity to socialize with the Carlisle Public School community in a relaxed and enjoyable social setting. And it is never too early to start thinking about donations to the Class of 2009 Raffle. Ticket information and instructions on where to make spaghetti supper donations will be forthcoming. In the interim. Hold the date!

DeCordova Museum announces fall programs

The DeCordova Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, announces its new fall exhibitions and programs:

September 2 to January 7:

•Going Ape: Confronting Animals in Contemporary Art. Twenty artists and artist teams from around the country takeon the animal world in an exhibit of 90 artworks.

• William Tucker: Horses. Massachusetts sculptor William Tucker's exhibit of bronze sculptures and drawings of horses.

September 6 and ongoing:

•Sculpture Park Animal Tours. Reservations are required. Contact or call 1-781-259-3619.

Through September 22:

• Great Buys: Museum Purchases. An exhibit celebrates the DeCordova's Art Acquisition Fund purchases over the last decade.

September 25 and November 5:

• Drop-in Sundays. Centers on "Eye Wonder Family Programs:" careful looking with creative art projects centered on the changing exhibits.

September 30:

• Wild About Art! The Annual Benefit and Auction. For ticket information, visit The event will take place between 5:30 and 11:30 p.m.

October 7 through October:

• Approaches to Narrative. Highlighting art works from the DeCordova's permanent collection that use imagery to "tell" stories.

October 12 and November 14:

• Art for Lunch: Conversations with DeCordova's Curators. Meet the curators in an informal setting and learn about their roles at DeCordova. Bring your questions about art, artists, and exhibition planning.

November 11 to December 31

• 13th Annual Artists' Market. Shop at The Store for all the names on your holiday list. Holiday shopping hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Motorcycle and specialty car show fundraiser September 9

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) will host the "Realtors Ride for Disaster Relief" motorcycle and specialty car ride and show to benefit MAR's Charitable & Educational Foundation on Saturday, September 9, from noon to 4 p.m. at Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford.

Open to Realtors® and the public, the charity event provides an opportunity for car and bike enthusiasts to show off their motorcycle or specialty car as they tour the countryside before competing for awards and prizes for best in show. To take part, riders and drivers will set out from all parts of the state and meet up at Nashoba Valley Ski Area at noon for a barbeque, music and a variety of family-oriented activities, as well as particiate in the specialty car and bike show which will be open to all motorcycles and any specialty cars ranging from antique and classic cars to modern, modified vehicles. As a highlight of the event, one lucky person participating in the benefit raffle will win a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle provided by Precision Harley Davidson and Paramount Harley Davidson.

Proceeds will benefit the MAR Charitable & Educational Foundation Disaster Foundation Disaster Relief Grant Program which assists property owners and victims of natural disasters.

Tickets include admission, food and a t-shirt and cost $25 per person, $15 for children 6 to 12 and free for those under 5. To register visit or call MAR Customer Service at 1-800-725-6272.

Cultural Council seeks grant applications

The Carlisle Cultural Council is seeking grant applications for 2007. The Cultural Council awards small grants (averaging $250 to $400) to individuals and organizations that provide a unique cultural experience to a broad spectrum of the citizens of Carlisle. The Council funds grants inthe arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.

The Council is particularly interested in proposals that:

• explore art forms such as visual arts, music, dance, theater, storytelling, poetry and literature

• engage the community in nature, science and environmental education projects

• involve children, families, adults, and seniors

• introduce cultural traditions from around the world as well as explore aspects of our own diverse culture

• have a direct relationship to the town (historical, restoration, preservation, agricultural, local artist)

• propose a collaborative effort by Carlisle organizations

• take place in Carlisle.

An application form is available at or at Gleason Public Library.

Eight copies of the grant proposal applications are due by October 16. Grants will be awarded by December 31. For questions or to discuss proposal ideas, contact Elissa Abruzzo at 1-978-287-4811.

Community Preservation Committee needs new member

The Board of Selectmen is looking for a resident who is interested in serving on the Community Preservation Committee as the representative-at-large member for the community. This position involves attending monthly meetings and working with representatives from other boards and committees on making recommendations for the community.

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please submit a letter of interest to the Board of Selectmen, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, Massachusetts.

Women's soccer players wanted

The Acton/Concord area over-30 women's soccer league needs players. The emphasis is on exercise, fun, friends, learning new skills and renewing old ones. Refereed 11x11 games play on Sunday afternoons, September 10 to November 12. The cost for new players is $55 for the season (includes a team shirt). Information is available on the web at Call Miriam at 1-781-442-0750 (weekdays), or e-mail her at

Plants and fungi field trip August 26

The Friends of Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge will continue its 2006 field trip program with a program on plants and fungi on August 26, 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Wear sturdy footwear, dress for forecasted weather conditions and bring mosquito and tick repellant. Meet at the entrance to the Refuge off McPherson Road on the Ayer/Shirley line, Walker Road off of Route 2A. Rain date is August 27.

For information and reservations (space is limited), call Rona Balco at 1-978-779-2259.

Pre-K Hebrew school registration open now

Pre-Hebrew is a fantastic and fun way to strengthen your four-year-old's Jewish identity, introduce your child to traditions, observances, music and explore Judaism in an age-appropriate setting. Songs, crafts, stories, and more are all part of the curriculum. The class is open to children who will be four years old by September 1 and will meet on Sundays from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. in the Little House next to Temple Shalom Emeth, 14 Lexington Street, Burlington. For information and registration forms, call Marjorie Cooperman at the temple at 1-781-272-2351.

Elaine Jarvis comes to Carlisle

A new ten-week musical theater program for children in grades one through six is being offered by Carlisle Recreation on Mondays, beginning September 25, in the Corey Auditorium.

The program will be directed by Elaine Jarvis, the creator and head of the popular program Musical Theater Experiences. Elaine and her assistant, Nancy Peck, along with several high-school-age counselors, believe fun is the most important part of creating a mini-musical theater production. No experience is necessary and no auditions are required to participate.

The fall production of Peter Pan includes songs from both the Broadway production and the Disney version. All costuming is provided by Elaine. A free performance will be offered for family and friends on December 4. Registration forms are available in the Carlisle Recreation Fall Brochure.

Bridge instructor needed

An instructor is needed to provide beginner bridge lessons for a Bridge Club beginning this fall. A one-and-a-half-hour commitment per week for 8 to 10 weeks is anticipated. Please call Carlisle Recreation at 1-978-369-9815 for more information.

Area blood drives

The Acton community blood drive will be held on September 5 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Saint Elizabeth's Church, 89 Arlington Street, Acton. The Littleton community blood drive will be held on Thursday, September 7 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Saint Anne's Church Hall, 75 King Street, Littleton. The Concord community blood drive will be held on September 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Thoreau Club, 275 Forest Ridge Road, Concord. Anyone who is 17 or older, in good health, weighing 110 pounds or more, and who has not given blood in the last 56 days may donate. The American Red Cross requires a positive ID before donating.

CCTV produces "Concord Gets Fit" and seeks new show ideas

After 10 months of fun and hard work, CCTV producer Lynne Lori Sylvan has put the final touches on her 13-episode series, "Concord Gets Fit." "I learned a lot, had a lot of fun and hopefully my show will help people with their fitness challenges," says Sylvan. The 13 episodes of the hybrid reality/fitness show will air on consecutive days beginning on August 21 at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and ending with the 13th show on September 2. Show number 13, a finale of sorts, features guest appearances by local carpenter/builder Tim Phelan, and natural gourmet maven Debra Stark, as well as highlights from the series. Sylvan urges anyone from Concord or Carlisle to come down to CCTV (located in the back of CCHS) and start producing a show. "I really feel it's a great opportunity for residents of these two towns, and acting executive director Paul Falcone is very knowledgeable, supportive and helpful. He really pushed me to edit in a cleaner and cleaner way each episode, so my last episode is much much tighter than the first." CCTV's phone number for aspiring producers and camera operators is 1-978-369-5038.

Concord Players offer auditions August 27

The Concord Players, 51 Walden Street, Concord Center, will hold auditions for their November 13 to 18 production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons on August 27 and 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. Callbacks are August 31, 7 to 9 p.m., all at 51 Walden Street. For information, visit

Concord Youth Theatre announces auditions and classes

Concord Youth Theatre will hold auditions for its December production, A Pocketful of Rhymes, on September 13 and 14 from 3:45 to 6 p.m. at 358 Baker Avenue, Concord. The audition fee is $5, and young people ages nine to 18 are eligible to audition. Classes for young people from three to 18 begin on September 12. For information about auditions, classes and tuition, call 1-978-371-1482 extension 2 or e-mail

Trails Committee needs volunteers for September

The Trails Committee needs your help again, to build boardwalks to cross wet areas on the River Trail and repeat 2004's fun, satisfying and successful "barn-raising" volunteer effort to create 190 feet of boardwalk in one weekend. The big work days are Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24, starting at 9 a.m. at the O'Rourke farm barn.

Directions: from Route 225: take Maple Street north; turn right at the next driveway after 338 Maple Street, (look for the Boardwalk sign); take the right fork past the house to the big metal barn. If you come after 9 a.m., park near the barn and follow the signs to the work area, about 0.8 mile. The boardwalks will be supported on steel posts, with a framework of pressure-treated wood and synthetic wood decking screwed to the frame. A generator will be on site for saws and electric drills, as we have 2,000 decking screws to drive. In addition to carpenters, general laborers are needed.

The work will go on through most of the day, so volunteers can come and go as their schedules permit. For those who wish to drop off refreshments (bottled water, cider, donut holes or cookies, sandwiches and pizza for lunch are suggestions), there will be a table near the barn. The site is dry now but work may be in areas of mud and standing water if we get heavy rains before the September 23: waterproof boots are recommended. Useful tools include a large-wheeled garden cart to carry tools and materials, heavy duty extension cord, power drill and bits, square #2 driver bits, hammer, level, tape measure, nail apron, pencil, square, Skil saw. We also need energetic volunteers on Sunday, September 10, to do preparation work, including brush clearing and driving steel posts into the ground and starting to build the support structure, again starting at 9 a.m. Both days are good community service opportunities for students.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680 or

Music at the Manse wraps on August 27

Laura Leibensperger (fiddle) and Jim Ventola (concertina, flute), along with jammers-in-residence at the Arlington Traditional Music Sessions, will host a session of traditional tunes from New England and its musical "parents." This is participatory music the way your great-great-grandparents did it in the good old days, so feel free to join us with your instrument, sing a song or request a tune, or just enjoy the historic ambience of the Old Manse.

This Sunday afternoon concert series is organized through the efforts of musician Pan Van Chan. Built in 1770, The Old Manse is a property of The Trustees of Reservations. This National Historic Landmark is open for tours through October 31. Visit or call 1-978-369-3909 for more information about the site.

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