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Friday, September 29, 2006

Snakes at Great Brook Farm on October 1

Bring your family and friends to a live demonstration of common and not-so-common snakes of Massachusetts and the world on Sunday, October 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the interpretive center at Great Brook Farm. Rick Roth, director of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Association, will present live snakes for up close and personal viewing and photographing. For information, call Rebecca Markey at 1-978-369-6312.

Story time begins October 2

The Gleason Public Library will offer story time sessions beginning October 2. For the three- to four-year-old group, the child must be three by October 5 and for the four- to six-year-old group, the child must be five by April 2, 2007.

The three- to four-year-olds will meet on Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The four- to six-year-old group will meet Monday afternoons from 1:30 to 2 p.m. These are registered story times.

Drop-in story times for two- to three-year-olds (with parent or caregiver) will be held on Friday mornings, starting on October 6 at 10:30 a.m. The under two story times will meet Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., starting October 5.

Register for the fall session now. For more information, call 1-978-369-4898.

Beacon Brass concert October 1

Sponsored by The First Religious Society in Carlisle and supported by The Friends of The Carlisle COA Lee Milliken Fund, the Beacon Brass will perform at the Corey Auditorium Sunday, October 1, at 7 p.m. Carlisle's Hans Bohn is the group's trombonist. Admission is free and all are welcome. A reception will follow the concert.

Democratic Town Committee to meet October 3

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee will meet on Tuesday evening, October 3, at the Wallhagen residence, 64 Timothy Lane, Carlisle, and invites interested townspeople to come and discuss the committee's plans for the November election. Meet for conversation at 6:30 p.m., meeting to start at 7 p.m. For more information, or to be added to a Carlisle Democrats and friends e-mail list, contact Susan Stamps, Chair of the Democratic Town Committee, at sdellas@aol.com.

Friday Night Live starts tonight

The Carlisle Youth Commission (CYC) would like to invite all students in grades six through eight to this year's first Friday Night Live (FNL) on September 29 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Carlisle Public School Corey Gym and exercise room.

There will be a mandatory meeting prior to this first FNL for all students and their parents. FNL newcomers, sixth- graders and their parents will meet in the Carlisle Public School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. Seventh- and eighth-graders and their parents will meet in the auditorium at 6:45 p.m. At these meetings, the CYC will provide information, permission forms and CORI release authorization forms. No student will be admitted to FNL without these completed forms.

FNL is usually on the first Friday of the month for Carlisle students in both public and private school. Admission is $4. Pizza, soda and water are available for a small fee. For more information, contact Lori Canavan at -978-287-4020 or lbcanavan@comcast.net, or contact any member of the CYC.

Community Chest launches campaign

Beginning on October 1, the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest offers a matching gift plan for any donation increased above the $250 level.

Funds collected will be distributed to 35 local human service organizations through an equitable allocations process.

For information, call 1-978-369-5250 or visit www.cccommunitychest.org.

Conservation coffee is October 10

On Tuesday, October 10, there will be a Conservation Coffee in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Libby Herland, manager of Great Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, which includes the O'Rourke property on Maple Street, will discuss management of the property and also concerns about invasive plant species.

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are regularly held on the second Tuesday of the month during the fall, winter and spring seasons to provide an informal opportunity for residents to discuss a wide range of land use, conservation and environmental issues. The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Continental Breakfast provided.

Save the following Tuesday mornings for upcoming coffees:

November 14, December 12, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, and June 12.

RUOK program available to seniors

If you are a senior living alone, you should consider signing up for the RUOK (Are you OK) program. This program, run by the Council on Aging (COA) and the Carlisle Police Department, provides a daily well-being phone call. If you are interested in finding out more, or acquiring this service, call the COA at 1-978-371-2895.

Drumlin Farm's annual fall festival is this weekend

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, a 232-acre working farm and the centerpiece of the Mass Audubon sanctuary system, will host its annual fall festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, and Sunday, October 2, at 208 South Great Road, in Lincoln. The festival includes a wealth of fun and family-friendly seasonal activities.

The event runs rain or shine. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 1-781-259-2200, and tickets will also be available at the gate. To learn more,visitwww.massaudubon.org/drumlinfarm>.

Chronic disease programs begin October 4

The Billerica Senior Center presents a six-workshop course on living with chronic disease starting Wednesday, October 4, at 1 p.m. The sessions will be held at the Billerica Senior Center, 25 Concord Road, Billerica.

This internationally recognized course is highly effective in building participants' skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health, as well as keep them active. Pre-registration with $35 per person is required. Call the Billerica Senior Center to register at 1-978-671-0916. For more information, call the Carlisle Council on Aging office at 1-978-371-2895.

Parent support group to meet October 3

A new parent support group for parents of children who have special needs, learning disabilities, social issues and/or emotional issues has been formed and will meet on Tuesday, October 3, at 9 a.m. at the home of Lori Tucker Goldberg, 394 East Riding Drive. If you have a child who is struggling at home or in school, consider attending a meeting. Meetings will be held monthly, independent of school personnel, to share concerns and formulate solutions. Working parents: future times of meetings are flexible, so if mornings are inconvenient, let the group know. For information and to discuss meeting times, call Lori Tucker Goldberg at 1-978-371-3292 or Kris Tocci at 1-978-371-6498.

Rail Trail Friends to hold trail clearing October 14

The Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail will hold a trail-clearing party on Saturday, October 14, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., on the section of the trail immediately south of Route 225 (just east of where it crosses Route 27).That section passes through a few hundred feet of Westford, Carlisle's 760-foot section, and then into Acton.Parking will be available on Acton-owned land just south of the town line, on Route 27. There will be signs.Call Alan Cameron at 1-978-369-2223 with questions.

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