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Friday, May 4, 2007

Free pumpkin seeds tomorrow

Starting Saturday, May 5, the Carlisle Garden Club is offering free pumpkin seeds for people to grow pumpkins for the October 13 to 20 "Pumpkins on the Common — A Community Fundraiser." Seeds will be available at Town Hall, Ferns, Carlisle Congregational Church, First Religious Society, and St. Irene Church.

During the October fundraiser, pumpkins grown organically by local farmers or by Carlisle homeowners will be sold on the Common. The pumpkin festival will be on Saturday, October 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to booths and activities run by partnering organizations, there will be a pumpkin contest. Judging categories will be in growing pumpkins, cooking with pumpkins and decorating pumpkins.

The Garden Club invites all gardeners, novice to expert, to pick up a package of seeds. Two varieties of pumpkin seeds will be offered for your selection. Those who would rather start with seedlings may purchase them at the Carlisle Country Gardens Tour and Plant Sale, June 15 to16. For further information about "Pumpkins on the Common — a Community Fundraiser" or how to grow pumpkins, visit

"Carlisle Gardens and Beyond" May 12

The Carlisle Garden Club and the Gleason Public Library will hold a free reception at the library on Saturday, May 12 (the day before Mother's Day), to celebrate the exhibit, "Carlisle Gardens and Beyond: Images in Various Media by Carlisle Garden Club Artists." The reception is from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit runs from May 5 through July 5 and features paintings, prints, quilting, and basketry by Carlisle Garden Club artists Joan Allen, Lois d'Annunzio, Lonnie Harvey, Judy Blaikie Lane, Marie-Louise Petrie, Lesia Shaw and Cindy Shore.

At the reception, purchase wonderful gifts for Mom: art, notecards and discounted tickets for the Garden Club's Country Gardens Tour, June 15 and 16. For information, visit

ConsCom Coffee features Cory Atkins May 8

Representative Cory Atkins (D), 14th Middlesex District, will attend the May 8 Conservation Morning Coffee, sponsored by the Carlisle Conservation Commission, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Because of the Town Election scheduled for the Town Hall, the Conservation Coffee will be held at the home of Liz and Paul Carpenter, 46 Concord Street (corner of Church and Concord Streets). Atkins will be available to answer questions and discuss proposed legislative initiatives of interest to the environmental community. Refreshments are provided.

Foss Farm 2 Phase May 6

Come and watch the fifth annual Foss Farm 2 Phase, an equestrian event held annually at Foss Farm, featuring dressage and stadium jumping. The Foss Farm 2 Phase is a benefit to support Foss Farm's riding facilities.The event will be Sunday, May 6, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Early Release Day movie May 8

Watch as history comes to life in this hilarious museum movie. When: Tuesday, May 8. Time: 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. Place: Gleason Public Library, third floor Hollis Room. Snacks and drinks will be available. Call 1-978-369-4898 with questions. Grades five to eight only.

Rec Com offers tennis lessons beginning May 7

Tennis lessons s start the week of May 7. The Tuesday pre-K class and the Friday Kinder class are full, but all other classes have spaces available. To register, go to or call the Recreation Office at 1-978-369-9815. Credit cards are now accepted with online registration.

COA van can drive seniors to polls May 8

The COA van is available to take seniors to vote at Town Hall on May 8 between the hours of 8 and 10 a.m. and between 3 and 5 p.m. Call the COA van line at 1-978-371-6690 if you need a ride.

Annual health fair May 5

The Board of Health, Emerson Hospital and the Council on Aging will sponsor their annual health fair for all residents on Saturday, May 5, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. Staff from Emerson Hospital will do free cholesterol testing (12-hour fast required beforehand), diabetes screening (fasting preferred), prostate antigen (PSA), thyroid and blood pressure for residents 18 and over. Testing results are confidential and are mailed to the resident. For more information, call the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283.

Friday Night Live tonight

Join the Carlisle Youth Commission (CYC) for FNL tonight, May 4, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Reconnect with your friends after spring 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. 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 information, contact Lori Canavan at 1-978-287-4020 or at, or contact any other member of the CYC.

Old Home Day Adult/Continuing Education grant

The Old Home Day Committee is announcing that they have created a grant program to be funded exclusively through event earnings from Old Home Day. The grant will consist initially of: $500 in grant money for Carlisle residents age 25 or older wishing to pursue Adult/Continuing Education.

Applications are available at, at the COA office at Town Hall and the Gleason Public Library Reference Desk. Completed applications should be mailed to: OHD Scholarship Program, 419 Maple Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. For questions about the application process, contact Pat Schannen at 1-978-369-1486.

Book sale drop-off coming up soon

The Friends of Gleason Public Library will be holding their annual Used Book Sale on Saturday June 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain date July 1) as part of Old Home Day. It is not too soon to gather your gently used books, CDs, videotapes and DVDs (no magazines, encyclopedias or textbooks, please). Drop-off will begin on June 1 at Gleason Library. Volunteers are needed for sorting books in June, and to help during the day of sale. Community service will be awarded to 8th graders and high school students. Contact Kathleen Ryder at 1-978-369-3801 or to sign up.

Mosquito annual meeting features David Filipov May 23

The Board of Directors of Carlisle Communications, Inc., the Mosquito's parent company, cordially invites the public to its annual meeting on May 23 at Union Hall in the First Religious Society. A brief business meeting will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the keynote address at 7:30 p.m.

Keynote speaker for the evening will be David Filipov. Raised in Concord, Filipov is a 1980 graduate of CCHS who went on to earn bachelor's and master's degrees in Russian studies. He then applied his expertise in Russian affairs to a career in journalism, starting as a reporter and eventually becoming Moscow Bureau Chief for the Boston Globe. After nearly eight years in this role, he returned to the Boston area, and is now the Globe's Weekend Metro Editor. He has earned the Associated Press Managing Editors International Perspective Award and the 2003 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.

Filipov's talk on covering international affairs and politics will be followed by a question-and-answer session open to the audience.

CSA book fair May 7 to 11

The Carlisle School Association Spring Book Fair is coming to the school library on May 7 to 11. Open hours are Monday, May 7, 3 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, May 8, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, May 9 and Thursday, May 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday May 11, 8 to 11 a.m.Choose books from our huge selection or purchase a gift certificate for someone special.This is a great opportunity to support our school, students and teachers. Cash, check, Visa or Mastercard are accepted.

Volunteer appreciation social May 15

Carlisle Public Schools will be honoring its volunteers with an ice cream social on Tuesday, May 15, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room. This event is an opportunity to publicly thank the hundreds of individuals who, over the course of the year, contribute countless hours to our school, and to recognize and appreciate the hours spent by the School Committee, boards of the CSA and CEF, and those involved in organizing special programs throughout the year. All volunteers are encouraged to join in a celebration of thanks for their outstanding support. Pick up your children after school and bring them along, or come by yourselves to enjoy ice cream and conversation. All volunteers are welcome.

Opportunities abound at the COA

If you would like to do something for someone else, you can have an impact on a senior's life. The Council on Aging (COA) volunteer application is included in this month's town-wide mailing of the Senior Connection newsletter. On the second page, you will find a myriad of opportunities if you have an hour once a week, once a month or even once a year. If there are other things you would like to do for our seniors, feel free to write them in. Drop your volunteer application off at the COA office in Town Hall or mail it in. The COA will contact you when it needs a volunteer to help with the items you selected. We hope that you seriously consider joining in supporting our growing population of seniors.

Spring clean-up at Heald House May 12

With the Carlisle Historical Society's barn at Heald House at 698 Concord Street sporting its new look, Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to noon is the time to do our outdoor spring cleanup. We welcome volunteers with gloves, rakes, hand clippers and loppers to help spruce up the property for spring activities. If you can help, call Phil Drew at 1-978-369-9276 and let him know you are coming. Students can earn community service credits. Refreshments will be available for the hard-working crews.

Business and investment infor 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 StreetJournal and Newsbank (allows you to search the text of local, national, and international newspapers). All you need is your library card and something to search. Call 1-978-369-4898or stop by the Reference desk for help.

Ellen Miller and co-authors will speak at GPL May 7

A new book celebrates an old Cambridge legend: the Window Shop on Brattle Street. Founded in 1939 by three Harvard faculty wives who wanted to help the refugees arriving in the Boston area from Germany and Austria, the Window Shop began as a thrift shop and evolved into a restaurant/bakery, a gift shop and a social services agency. Over its lifetime, the Window Shop became a Cambridge tradition that has never been replicated.

Carlisle's Ellen Miller wrote The Window Shop: Safe Harbor for Refugees with the help of Ilse Heyman, a Holocaust survivor who worked at the Window Shop for 25 years, and Dorothy Dahl, who served as board president for several years. The three authors will speak at the Gleason Library and sign books on Monday, May 7, at 7 p.m. This author talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. The book's web site is

Channels 8 and 9 Channel 8

League of Women Voters Candidates Forum: May 4, 2 p.m.; May 6, 10 p.m.

CCHS Sports

Track: May 5, 4 p.m., 9:30 p.m.; May 7,10 p.m.

Girls Hockey: May 5,1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.; May 7, 8:30 p.m.


WIQH Battle of the Bands '07: May 5, 11 p.m.


Evita Slideshow: May 4, 6:11 p.m.; May 5, 12:35 p.m., 9:07 p.m.; May 7, 8:04 p.m.; May 10, 1:30 p.m., 8:34 p.m.

Carlisle Council on Aging: May 7, 10 a.m.


Carlisle Writer's Spotlight with Tracy McArdle: May 7, 12:30 p.m.; May 8, 5 p.m.

Peter Alden in Carlisle: May 4, 6:30 p.m.; May 7, 11 a.m.

Channel 9

Carlisle Town Meeting: May 4, 4 p.m.; May 6, 4 p.m.; May 7, 8 p.m.; May 9, 4 p.m.; May 10, 7 p.m.

CCTV classes begin May 8

Learn the basics of television production at CCTV's Studio Production 101. Classes begin May 8 and run for four consecutive Tuesdays in May from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Located in the CCTV studio in the back of CCHS, Studio Production 101 will teach students how to operate cameras, microphones and control room equipment. The price of the Studio Production 101 class is $20. Students must also become members of CCTV, which costs between $5 and $15 for an individual membership.

For more information or to sign up for Studio Production 101, visit or or call 1-978-369-5038.

Annual spring bird walk May 20

This year's spring bird walk on the Towle Land will be held Sunday, May 20 (note change of date), leaving from the parking lot on Westford Street at 6 a.m. Sponsored by the Conservation Commission for the last 35 years, the walk will be led by Ken Harte.

Bobolinks should be on territory, but only a few have been found in the last two years. Is this a stable population or are we seeing the end of the Towle Bobolinks? Tree swallows and bluebirds should be competing for nest boxes. Last year's walk turned up five warbler species, but all were local breeders. Will we finally hit an old-fashioned migrant warbler wave? And will we find a water thrush again? Come and find out on May 20, rain or shine, with binoculars, boots and insect repellent.

Savoyards hold auditions for The Gondoliers May 14

The Savoyard Light Opera Company will hold auditions for its fall show, Gilbert and Sullivan's delightful The Gondoliers on Monday and Tuesday, May 14 and 15, at Corey Auditiorium in the Carlisle Middle School. Callbacks will be Thursday, May 17. The production dates are November 9, 10, 11, 17 (two performances) and 18. Stage direction will be by Donna DeWitt and musical direction by Fred Frabotta.

Lead Auditions are scheduled by appointment. Call 1-978-371-SLOC (7562), e-mail, or visit to make your appointment. Leave your name, phone number and preferred audition date and time. Our audition coordinator will call or e-mail you to confirm your audition. Ensemble Auditions will be held on Monday, May 14, and Tuesday, May 15, promptly at 7 p.m. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to sign up. .If you have not filled out your audition form in advance, come at 6:45 p.m. to fill it out and have your picture taken for SLOC records.

For information on auditions and rehearsals, call 1-978-371-SLOC (7562).

Carlisle housing summit May 12

On May 12 from 9 a.m. to noon, the Carlisle Trust for Affordable Housing is sponsoring a housing summit at Town Hall. Come and hear featured speakers Mark Siegenthaler, Bedford Selectman, and Irma Carter, former executive director of the Town of Bedford Housing Authority and Bedford Affordable Housing Trust, who will address the audience on "Developing Affordable Housing in the Town of Bedford." A discussion will follow this informative talk.

"Haiku for Henry" poetry contest

The Thoreau Farm Trust invites poets of all ages to submit a haiku that touches on some aspect of the life and legacy of Henry David Thoreau.

All entries will be published on the Thoreau Farm Trust web site, and winning poets will receive a book autographed by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.

The deadline to submit a Haiku for Henry is May 31. Submit entries to or P.O Box 454, Concord, MA 01742. Include your name, address, and e-mail or telephone number. Winners will be announced at a public reading by Robert Pinsky at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, in the Concord Academy Chapel, 166 Main Street in Concord. For more information, visit

Drop-in Story Times offered at GPL

Introduce your child to the world of books along with learning rhymes and songs. Gleason Public Library's (GPL) drop-in Story Time session for 2 and under meets Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. The session for two- to three-year-olds meets Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Both sessions run through the week of May 21. On Saturday, May 19, there will be a drop-in Story Time for ages two to four. For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for Children's.

Trails Committee launches Trekker Award

To expand awareness of and interest in Carlisle's many public lands, the Trails Committee encourages residents to use the town's plentiful hiking trails. To this end, the committee has taken the suggestion of Selectman Doug Stevenson land initiated a Trekker Award for those residents who hike most of the trails in town.

The award will consist of a sewn patch, a sequentially numbered certificate, and a winner announcement in the Mosquito and at our Old Home Day booth.

The award program is open to Carlisle residents only and should be a fun activity for the entire family. Hikers are asked to keep a log of the trails hiked; listing date, trail comments, etc. A copy of the log may be obtained from any Trails Committee member or downloaded from

To qualify for the award, residents must, since April 16, 2007, hike (jog, snowshoe, ski, ride in backpack or stroller) all the trails in the log. These include most trails on all the town conservation lands and many of the trails in the state park. The second requirement is to help out a few hours on a trail-maintenance or bridge-building workday sponsored by the Trails Committee.

Break out your walking shoes and get started. Earn your place in Carlisle history with Trekker Award #1. For more information, call Marc Lamere at 1-978-369-8210.

Community Chest triathlon June 3

The fifth annual Community Chest Challenge race on Sunday, June 3, will help raise funds for human service organizations in Concord, Carlisle and Maynard. It will be hosted by the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest and Maynard Community Chest.

Teams are currently being formed to bike, run and paddle the scenic race route. This year, it is easier than ever to register a team or contribute any amount: visit and donate electronically with a credit card.

For information, e-mail

Ride for Research May 20

Carlisle's Cook family is riding in the Brain Tumor Society's Ride for Research on Sunday, May 20. The bike ride starts in Waltham and makes its way out to Carlisle. Join the Cruising Cooks team as a rider, a virtual rider, a sponsor or a volunteer. For information, visit

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