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Friday, March 9, 2007

Mosquito Trash Party is coming on March 31

Save the date: Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the annual Mosquito Trash Party is coming to a neighborhood near you and everyone is invited.

This Mosquito-sponsored event is a community-wide roadside pick-up of trash and litter by individuals and civic groups. Everyone is invited to stake a "trash claim" on his or her street or in a neighborhood. All trash that can be moved by one person and will fit into a pick up truck is fair game. Remember those work gloves.

Free refreshments and trash bags will be available in the parking lot next to Ferns from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Stop by to chat, grab a bag or two and fortify yourself for picking trash with coffee, juice and donuts. Let Lynne Carpenito (see below) know where you will be collecting so we can pick up the bags about noontime.

Volunteers with trucks or trailers who will be available around noon to retrieve the bags and deliver them to the Transfer Station are needed. This is also an opportunity for students and Scouts to earn community service hours.

RSVP to Lynne Carpenito at 1-978-371-7508, to stake your claim, help with trucking or sign up for community service hours.

Seussical opens 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 from any seventh-grade student, at Ferns or at the door.

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.

WWI Series on CCTV March 12

The popular WWI lecture series with guest speaker Elliot Lilien will be presented in eight episodes beginning Monday, March 12, on CCTV's Channel 8. Each episode will be televised four times for one week. Catch them all over an eight-week period. The first episode will air March 12, at 11 a.m., March 13, at 1 p.m., March 14 at 5 p.m., and March 12 at 8 p.m. Every episode thereafter will air at the same dates and times each week on Channel 8. The Friends of the Gleason Public Library and the Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging, Lee Miliken Fund, sponsored the series in collaboration with CCTV, Inc. More information can be found at

Foss Garden Plots Available

Plots of 450 square feet are available for $10 per plot, maximum of two plots per family. Gardens are plowed and staked each spring and wells provide water for the gardeners during the growing season. Bob Dennison continues managing the Foss Farm Community Gardens.

To obtain a garden plot assignment, send a check payable to the Town of Carlisle by April 2. Include your name, address, telephone number, registration numbers of the vehicles that will be used at the gardens, along with a stamped, self-addressed return envelope to: Bob Dennison, 165 Stearns Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Assignments for garden plot requests received after the April 2 deadline will be made on a space-available basis. It would be helpful if gardeners would include an e-mail address to facilitate communication should the need arise.

During the fall of 2006 soil samples were taken from three plots that represented a wide range of gardening styles. These were submitted for soil testing to the UMass Amherst West Experiment Station. Those gardeners who may wish assistance with their soil amendment decisions may review the test results at the Gleason Public Library or in the Carlisle Conservation Commission office at Town Hall, during regular business hours.

Notice to 2006 gardeners: Remove any remaining garden materials to facilitate plowing for the 2007 growing season.

Carlisle Conservation morning coffee March 13

The March 13 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are 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 schedules allow. Continental breakfast is provided.

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss, March 10 at GPL

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 some of the Dr. Seuss favorites. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.

Design a low-maintenance garden March 12

Come to a free lecture 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 lecture is sponsored by the Carlisle Garden Club. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call Giovanna DiNicola at 1-978-287-5407.

COA RX Advantage

"Extra Help" applications are due in April. In September, 2006, enrollees in the Rx Advantage Program received a notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services informing them that effective January 1, 2007, they would no longer "automatically" qualify for Extra Help. This means that the costs for their Medicare prescription drug coverage may change. Although they may no longer receive full Extra Help automatically, they may still qualify for some level of financial assistance from Medicare.

Prescription Advantage requires members who may qualify for Extra Help, but do not get it automatically, to submit an Extra Help application to Social Security in order to continue receiving Prescription Advantage benefits. The Carlisle COA office has information on what you need to do to protect your Prescription Advantage benefits. If you do not complete these requirements, your Prescription Advantage benefits will be terminated effective April 30. Call the Carlisle COA office at 1-978-371-2893 for a copy of the resource sheet and information about how to qualify for Extra Help.

Boy Scout fertilizer and birdseed sale continues

Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135 is holding its annual fertilizer and birdseed sale now and ending on March 17. Products for sale include Scotts quality fertilizer and grass seed products, Loft's garden fertilizer and Carlisle's finest all-natural fertilizer. Premium birdseed containing sunflower hearts is also for sale this year. Donations are also welcomed.

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 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 40 Carlisle boys are registered in the troop.

Annual used book sale is June 30

The Friends of Gleason Public Library annual used book sale will be Saturday, June 30 (rain date July 1), as part of the Carlisle Old Home Day celebration. Save the date and begin to gather your gently used books, CDs, videotapes and DVDs (no magazines, encyclopedias or textbooks). Drop-off will begin on June 1 at Gleason Library. Volunteers are needed for sorting books in the weeks leading up to the sale as well as to help during the day of sale. Contact Jane Abata at 1-978-254-5194 or

Upcoming COA trips and plays

Upcoming plays at the North Shore Music Theater include Crazy for You on May 2, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers on June 13 and Les Miserables on October 31. The cost for each is $45; lunch is on your own. All checks should be made out to the Friends of Carlisle COA and sent to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741.

On May 14 to 17, the Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) is planning a trip to Quebec. The cost is $449 per person/double occupancy. Join the seniors on a trip to Sedona and Scottsdale, Arizona starting October 5 for seven days. Nine meals are included. The cost is $1699 per person/double occupancy. The Grand Canyon Railway, Pinnacle Peak Patio and train tours are among the highlights of this trip.

For more information or to reserve your space, contact Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or Flyers are available at the COA office at Town Hall.

Recorders/Early Music Metro West offers workshop March 10

Recorders/Early Music MetroWest (R/EMM) invites area early music enthusiasts to its Sunday, March 10, workshop for instrumentalists and singers at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord. Fees are: Consort visitors, $12, Singers Workshop with James Olsen, $18. For information, call 1-978-264-0584, e-mail or visit

Early release movie March 27

Discover a world of dragons, magic, danger and beauty on Tuesday, March 27 (early release day) at the Gleason Public Library Hollis Room. The movie starts at 2:45 p.m. and ends about 4:30 p.m. Popcorn and drinks are provided. Grades five to eight only. Call 1-978-369-4898 with questions.

Storyteller Li Min Mo at Concord Library March 10

Professional storyteller Li Min Mo will present a program of stories based on her Chinese Heritage in the Children's Department of the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, on Saturday, March 10, at 2 p.m. Li Min's stories are geared for children age five and up. This program is part of the "Concord Reads About China" series that is taking place in the Concord Free Public Library during the entire month of March and is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. For more information call 1-978-318-3358.

Emerson Hospital sponsors pulmonary lecture March 15

The Better Breathers Club at Emerson Hospital will hold its monthly meeting in the North Assembly Room at Emerson Hospital from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday,March 15.Karen Flynn, ACNP, will present a lecture titled, "Good Cardiac Health for the Pulmonary Patient."The public is invited to this free lecture. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the pulmonary rehabilitation team at 1-978-287-3715.

New MCC Series explores Middle East

Middlesex Community College (MCC) hosts a Middle East Program Series that includes a variety of discussions, films, exhibits and musical presentations exploring the

region that is so much in the news. Running now through April, all programs are free and open to the public, and will be held in various locations on MCC's Bedford and Lowell campuses.

For information, contact Rebecca Newell, Director of Leadership Development and Student Activities, at or 1-781-280-3763.

Family Square/Contra Dance at the PCA March 11

Come to a family square/contra dance at the Parish Center for the Arts (PCA), corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street in Westford, on March 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. Linda Leslie will be calling and Oh, CONTRAire! provides live music. Bring the kids. No experience is required; all dances taught. Adults: $5; kids: $3; maximum: $12 per family. For information, call 1-978-692-6333, e-mail, or visit

Acton Library book sale

The Friends of Acton Libraries will hold their next Book Sale Saturday, March 10, through Sunday, March 11, in the Meeting Room of Memorial Library, 486 Main Street, Acton. The Book Sale is open to the general public Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday is "half-price day" from 2 to 4 p.m.

The sale will feature thousands of used hardcovers and paperbacks for children and adults; there is also a limited number of audio-visual items.

Westford presents Reiner Family Band March 9

The Westford Historical Society presents the Reiner Family Band ( featuring the lively fiddle-banjo duets of Dave Reiner and his wife Cindy Eid. They play a repertoire ranging from traditional bluegrass and old-time styles to Irish, Cape Breton, swing, ragtime, Klezmer, and Cajun. This concert will be held at the Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road, Westford on Friday March 9, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Potluck refreshments. Tickets are $10 for members of the Westford Historical Society, $15 for non-members, $5 for teens and under 13 free. Reservations are recommended at 1-978-692-5550, or at

Shall We Dance on stage in Westford

Center Stage Youth Theater and Westford Parks and Recreation are pleased to present Shall We Dance on Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 17 at 2 p.m. at Blanchard Middle School Auditorium, 14 West Street in Westford. Shall We Dance is a musical revue featuring dance favorites from the Broadway stage and the Silver Screen.

Tickets are $10, from Center Stage at 1-978-392-3433. Tickets are also available through the Westford Recreation Office, 54 Broadway Street, 1-978-692-5532, or The Toy Shop of Westford, 160 Littleton Road, 1-978-692-0092.

Lowell Spinners tickets to be available online March 20

The Lowell Spinners, Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, announce that individual tickets to Spinners home games will become available online only at beginning Tuesday, March 20. Box office and phone sales will begin on Monday, April 2, at 11 a.m.

A limited number of tickets will be reserved for walk-up sales at the Lowell Spinners LeLacheur Park Ticket Office on Monday, April 2, or by phone at 1-978-459-1702. Internet sales will continue unabated when walk-up and phone sales begin. Phone and ticket office hours are Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There is no change in ticket prices for 2007. Premium Box seats are $7.50; Box seats, $6.50; Reserved seats, $4.50 and Standing Room tickets (only available when an event sells out) are $3.50. For more information, contact Jon Shestakofsky at 1-978-805-5117 or via e-mail

Beacon Brass Quintet to perform March 18

The award-winning Beacon Brass Quintet will perform a recital on Sunday, March 18 at 4 p.m. at the Parish Center for the Arts in Westford. The quintet will perform music of Bach, Ewald, DiLorenzo and Ellington.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-978-692-6333, at or at the door. Mark your calendar for a performance you will not want to miss.

Cable 8 and 9 highlights CCTV Channel 8 Gleason Library

The popular WWI Series: March 12 at 11 a.m., March 13 at 1p.m., March 14 at 5 p.m., and March 15 at 8 p.m. Every episode thereafter will air at the same dates and times each week on Channel 8.

Council on Aging Senior Conneciton

March 15 at 7 p.m.

CCHS Fine Arts

Theater: Thursday at 10p.m.; Friday at 7:05 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Monday at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Chorus/Orchestra: Friday at 9 p.m.; Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Band: Friday at 11 p.m.; Wednesday at 10 a.m.

CCHS Boys Basketball

Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

MIAA playoff game: 7:30 p.m.; Monday at 8:15 p.m.

CCHS Girls Hockey

Saturday at 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Monday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Carlisle Boards and Committees CCTV Channel 9 Board of Selectmen

March 9 at 8 a.m., March 10 at noon, March 11 at 4 p.m., March 12 at noon, March 13 at 7 p.m., March 14 at 8 a.m., March 15 at noon.

School Committee

March 12 at 8 a.m., March 14 at 8 p.m., March 15 at 8 a.m.

Zoning Board of Appeals-Coventry Woods

March 9 at noon, March 10 at 4 p.m., March 11 at 8 p.m., March 13 at 8 a.m.

Help is needed to plan Carlisle's future

The public is invited to community planning meetings focusing on "Carlisle as a Livable Community" to be held Tuesday evening, March 20 at 7 p.m. in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on the Town Green and Saturday, March 24, at 9 a.m. at Town Hall.

Goals include: To define some of the town's needs; to discuss how the community can set priorities to live within financial constraints; and to explore zoning initiatives that might encourage different types of housing such as mixed-income neighborhoods or additional housing to meet the needs of senior citizens.

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