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Friday, March 2, 2007

Hansel and Gretel puppet show March 4

Concord Children's Center presents the Tanglewood Marionettes 45-minute production of Hansel and Gretel, featuring music from the Humperdinck opera, on March 4 at the Emerson Umbrella at 3:30 p.m.The event includes a pre-show puppetry demonstration and a post-show question and answer session. Tickets are $8 if purchased in advance and $10 at the door, with a maximum charge of $30 per family.Tickets may be purchased at the Concord Bookshop in Concord Center, Ferns, The Learning Express in Acton, and Auntie Erl's Consignment shop in Bedford. Call 1-978-369-3747 for more information.

Baseball umpire classes begin March 3

Concord Carlisle Youth Baseball (CCYB) is recruiting trainee umpires for the 2007 baseball season. Classes on rules and mechanics will be conducted on Saturday mornings, 9 to 11 a.m. at the Hunt Gym on Stow Street, Concord, starting March 3. Successful candidates will be given the opportunity to umpire AAA and Majors games in Concord and Carlisle. There is "no charge" for the course for those candidates who will work for CCYB in the spring. To register or request information, contact the CCYB Umpire Coordinator, Mark Spears, at

Democratic Town Committee to meet on March 7

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 7, at the Stamps residence, 273 Cross Street. Carlisle Democrats and friends will gather at 6:30 p.m. for conversation and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. to discuss politics and plans for 2007. In addition, there may be an appearance by elected representatives and candidates for office. For more information, or to be added to a Carlisle Democrats and friends e-mail list, contact Susan Stamps at

Financial planning courses begin March 6

Concord Carlisle Community Education's upcoming series of financial planning courses is suitable for all ages of life planning. All classes meet at CCHS; the fee for each is $20. For people relatively new to investing, Barbara Allison will teach how to determine which mutual funds are best for different investing objectives. "Does Your Portfolio Ever Seem to Change?" will meet on Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. In the "ABC's of Saving for College", Jack Flynn will help parents and grandparents determine which savings strategies are suited for their family situation. This class meets on Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. That same night features "Retirement-It's Not Just About Money." For those ready to start thinking about retirement, Dorothy Bickling, Certified Financial Planner and Psychologist, will talk about how baby boomers can best plan for this next, exciting phase of life.

Recent legislative changes have brought up more questions concerning planning techniques for asset protection. Dan Williams is a leading expert and speaker in this field. "The Latest Long-Term Care Asset Protection Strategies" meets Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m.

Call Concord Carlisle Community Education to register: 1-978-318-1540 days; 1-978-318-1432 evenings, or register on-line at the secure site,

Business and investment information at GPL

Looking for better sources of information about business and investments? Check out the databases offered through the Gleason Public Library (GPL). Free and just a click away, published information from newspapers, magazines and academic journals can be found at Select Research Databases on the right, scroll down this page and you can link to Morningstar (investment information), the Economist, The Wall Street Journal and Newsbank (allows you to search the text of local, national and international newspapers). Even more information can be found by selecting"Answers to Go" and then searching the links under the Business Research subheading. All you need is your library card and something to search. If you have questions or you prefer having a reference librarian as your guide, just call or stop by the Reference Desk 1-978-369-4898 at the library. Database training opportunities will be offered in the spring. More information can be found at

Arctic climate change talk March 3

Dr. James McCarthy, former co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will discuss "Arctic Climate Change and Why It Should Concern Us" on Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Cary Memorial Hall, 1625 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington. This free talk is open to the public.

Scientists from around the world in a wide range of disciplines are trying to understand how the physical, chemical and biological aspects affecting climate are linked. Dr. McCarthy, an internationally renowned climatologist and Professor of Biological Oceanography at Harvard University, will discuss his ongoing research on the melting of polar sea ice and permafrost, and how this will affect life as we know it. For more information, see Contact Bob Wallhagen at 1-978-369-7802 for carpooling.

"Brushes and Baskets" exhibit begins today

The Lexington Arts and Crafts Society Painters Guild joins the Basketry Guild and the Decorative Arts Guild to host its Annual Spring Show from March 2 through March 24.The Painters Guild will welcome Carlisle's Gail Fitzpatrick to judge this event and award prizes in all media as well as Best of Show. The show takes place in the Parson's Gallery, 130 Waltham Street, Lexington with a reception on March 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For more information and directions call 1-781-862-9696 or visit Admission and parking are free.

Design a low-maintenance garden March 12

Come to a free informational talk on ecological issues in residential landscapes on March 12 at the Gleason Public Library at 7:30 p.m. with Mark Saydah of Whole Earth Landscape and Design. The focus will be on low-maintenance landscape practices specific to our zone 5 habitat here in Carlisle using native plants, water and local materials. This talk is sponsored by the Carlisle Garden Club. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call Giovanna DiNicola at 1-978-287-5407.

COA doings

• Men's breakfast: On Thursday, March 8, 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. Van service is available.

• RMV safe-driving workshop: On Wednesday, March 7, a one-hour presentation by the Registry of Motor Vehicles will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Clark Room in Town Hall. Bring your own lunch; the COA will provide drinks and dessert. A self-evaluation form will be provided as well as guidelines and suggestions for improving your driving. Call the COA office by March 5 to reserve a seat.

• Luncheon outing: Join the COA on Tuesday, March 13, at 11:30 a.m. at Minuteman Regional High School for lunch. Choices include broiled New York steak or broiled salmon filet, salad, vegetable, starch, dessert, coffee or tea, all for $10 plus tip. If you are interested in attending, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 by March 7 with your menu choice.

• March luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, March 15, at Union Hall for lunch followed by a talk by John Cane and David VerMuelen on "Reverse Mortgages, Myths and Facts." Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP by March 12. A $2 donation is appreciated. Blood pressure screenings will be provided from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Let us know if you need a van ride when you make your reservation.

• St. Patrick's Day lunch at CCHS: The CCHS senior class invites Carlisle seniors to their annual St. Pat's Day luncheon and music at CCHS on Saturday, March 17. Seniors should arrive at 11:30 a.m.; lunch starts at noon. An Irish step dancer, Irish music and a sing-a-long will provide entertainment after lunch. Call the COA office to reserve your seat no later than March 9. If enough seniors are interested, van transportation will be available.

Nashoba Players' musical opens tonight

Nashoba Players presents There Goes the Old Ball Game, by Dick Poston is a musical melodrama that is sure to cure the "Is it Spring Yet?" blahs. It seems that the sweet old gal that owns our beloved local baseball team is about to default on her loans and lose the team to a dastardly villain. She has a stable of delightfully familiar characters though who will do their best to save the day. The show opens tonight, March 2, and continues March 3,9,10, at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7:30 p.m. at the Parish center for the Arts in Westford, corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street. Tickets and information are available at the box office (1-978-392-8555) or online at They are $18 and $15, with cabaret styleseating.

Verrill Farm celebrates spring starting March 3

Seasonal transition is in the air at Verrill Farm in March.The month begins with the last of three winter pancake breakfasts on Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to noon, and ends with Steve Verrill's popular gardening class - a sure sign of spring.With March comes the arrival of Verrill Farm's annual tomato seedlings order form, available at or by calling 1-978.369.4494.At Verrill Farm, breakfast is served in a greenhouse warmed by the winter sun and includes pancakes, Massachusetts maple syrup, bacon or sausage, juice and milk or coffee all for $6. Reservations are not necessary.As at every breakfast, there will be a drawing for dinner to go.In March it is for a St. Patrick's Day Dinner for four (approximately a $40 value). On both Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17, the Verrill Farm kitchen is preparing a traditional St. Patrick's Day dinner of corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots; the meal will be available hot and ready to take out between 11 am and 2 pm.If those hours are not convenient, Verrill Farm will have the same meal available, cooked and packed cold, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.Hot or cold, the dinners are $9.95 each; ordering ahead is recommended.

This year's selection of heirloom, hybrid, cherry, grape and plum tomatoes ranges from old favorites Brandywine and Jet Star to new varieties Paul Robeson and Sugar Plum.Each seedling is started in a two- to three-inch pot and matures in a temperature-controlled greenhouse.Seedlings are $2 regardless of variety.Orders must be placed by April 2 for pick-up between May 15 and May 30.

Planning Board seeks new members

The Carlisle Planning Board, a seven-member elected board, has three expiring three-year terms to be filled at the upcoming Town elections and is seeking new members. The Planning Board interacts with nearly all other boards and committees in town, so this is a great way to be involved with many fellow volunteers working on different community projects.

The board reviews applications for the subdivision of land and general building processes for development and oversees planning for the future character of the community. Though much of the Planning Board's work can be learned while serving on the board, those with backgrounds in planning, architecture, civil engineering or land use legal work would be of the greatest help. All interested, committed citizens are welcome.

The Planning Board is also seeking residents interested in serving as appointed associate members of the Board. Associate members are encouraged to attend board meetings and participate fully in the discussion of matters before the Board, but do not vote unless designated by the chair to act in the place of a regular member. In such cases, the associate would be required to attend all sessions of the public hearing for that application.

Contact the planning administrator, George Mansfield, at 1-978-369-9702, or the Planning Board chair, David Freedman, at 1-978-318-0820 or e-mail The Town caucus to nominate candidates for the elected positions is Monday, March 12.

Boy Scout fertilizer and birdseed sale tomorrow

Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135 is holding its annual fertilizer and birdseed sale starting March 3 and ending on March 17.

The scouts will be at the Transfer Station and in Ferns parking lot on March 3 and March 17 to take orders. The boys will also be phoning our past customers to check on this year's order. The products will be conveniently delivered to customer homes on March 31. Proceeds from the sale plus donations help to defray the costs of Troop 135's many programs. Over forty Carlisle boys are registered in the troop.

Parenting Workshop on ADD/ADHD

Learn what happens in the mind of a child with ADD/ADHD/executive function disorder and how proper support can help your child become more organized and successful in school. On March 5, from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. in the Hollis Room at Gleason Library, Caroline Maguire from the Hallowell Center will lead a discussion on these issues. All are welcome. RSVP to Kris Tocci, 1-978-371-6498 or

COA needs MOW drivers

Because of an increase in client needs, the demand for delivery of Meals on Wheels (MOW) meals has recently increased from two days per week to five days per week. It only takes about one hour of your time and can make a difference in getting a meal to these individuals. Even one day a month is a great help. Call the Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) office at 1-978-371-2895 if you can assist with this.

CPC Children's social is March 10

Carlisle Parent's Connection (CPC) is hosting a winter social for kids five and under on Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to noon at Union Hall. The event will feature Jenny the Juggler, face painting, games, crafts and more.

Historical Society open house on March 11

Heald House, home of the Carlisle Historical Society at 698 Concord Street, will hold an open house on Sunday, March 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to tour the historical collections, meet friends and neighbors and tour the barn.

Among the items of interest are a Highland School desk, samplers made by 18th-century Carlisle girls to practice their sewing and alphabet and an extensive collection of Civil War memorabilia. Children who attend can play with 19th-century games and toys in the barn while the adults tour the house. Admission is free and all are welcome.

PJ Story Time at Gleason Library March 7

Story Time for ages 3 and up will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, at the Gleason Library. Come with your little one and share some stories and rhymes. Children and adults are welcome to come in their PJs and bring a stuffed animal. For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898.

Fuel assistance for Carlisle residents

The Council on Aging (COA) is still accepting applications for fuel assistance. This program is offered to all Carlisle residents, not only seniors. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 for more information or to pick up an application.

Friday Night Live tonight

Join the Carlisle Youth Commission (CYC) for the next Friday Night Live (FNL) on March 2 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Reconnect with your friends after the February break and enjoy basketball, ping pong, chess, dancing, pizza and prizes.

A $4 admission fee is collected at the door. Snacks, pizza, soda and water will be available for a small fee. The dress code for FNL is the same as is outlined in the Policy and Parent Information Handbook for the Carlisle Public Schools. Rules followed by the school are in effect and will be enforced. A parent or guardian must sign out any attendee who leaves prior to 9:30 p.m. All others must be picked up at 9:30 p.m. sharp.

For additional information, contact Lori Canavan at 1-978-287-4020 or, or contact any other member of the CYC. The CYC looks forward to seeing everyone on March 2.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss at GPL March 10

Come to the Gleason Public Library on Saturday, March 10, between 3 and 4 p.m and meet some characters from the seventh grade play, Seussical. Hear readings from favorite Seuss stories. Enjoy Seuss-like refreshments. For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.

Seussical comes to Carlisle March 14

This year's seventh grade play is Seussical, a rollicking musical based on the stories and characters of Dr. Seuss. It will be performed at Corey Auditorium on Wednesday, March 14 at 3:30 p.m., and Thursday and Friday, March 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 and are available through any seventh grade student or at Ferns.

Chinese music concert

Members of The Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association Music Ensemble and Youth Ensemble will present a concert of Chinese music at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, on Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. This free concert does not require registration and is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. For more information, call 1-978-318-3358.

Blood drive in Acton on March 5

The Acton Community Blood Drive will be held on March 5 at Saint Elizabeth's Church, 89 Arlington Street, Acton, from 2 to 8 p.m.

Anyone who is 17 or older, in good health, weighs 110 pounds or more and who has not given blood in the last 56 days may donate. The American Red Cross requires an ID before donating. Appointments are preferred, but walk-in donors are welcome.For more information, call Laurel Blair at 1-800-462-4101, ext. 112.

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