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Friday, June 15, 2007

COA doings

· Intergenerational knitting: On June 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Religious Society Union Hall, there will be a special second-annual intergenerational learn-to-knit gathering. Refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring a friend. Come learn to knit with peer help/instruction. If you would like to donate yarn or needles, call 1-978-369-5180 to arrange for drop off or pick up.

· June luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, June 28, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall for lunch, followed by a slide show by Ray Taylor about his visits to the Berner Oberland mountain hiking area of Switzerland. Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP by June 25. A donation of at least $2 is suggested. Blood pressure screenings will be provided from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Let the COA know if you need a van ride when you make your reservation.

· Summer fitness classes: Classes start on Tuesday, July 10, from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall and meet once per week all summer. The fee is $30 for one class/week for the summer. Bring your check, payable to the Friends of Carlisle COA, who sponsor this program. No mat is needed. If you have hand weights, bring them.

Meet Niki Tsongas June 24

Karen Rigg and Cynthia Schweppe invite you to meet Niki Tsongas, Democratic candidate for Congress in the Fifth Congressional District, on Sunday, June 24, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Rigg home, 262 South Street. Refreshments suitable to the weather will be served. RSVP to either Cynthia Schweppe, 1-978-369-5738 or Karen Rigg, 1-978-369-0277.

Eagle Scout Court of Honor June 24

On Sunday, June 24 at 3 p.m. in the Corey Auditorium, Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135 will hold an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for its newest Eagle Scouts: Oliver Bojanic, Basil Bourque, Evan Carpenito, Timothy Galligan, Peter Stone and David Tobin.Members of the community and fellow Eagle Scouts are invited to attend as these young men receive the Boy Scouts of America's highest honor.

Foss Farm historical seminar and trail walk

The Land Stewardship Committee of the Carlisle Conservation Commission is sponsoring a discussion of the ancient and more recent history of the Foss Farm area at the Foss Farm on Saturday, June 16, at 2 p.m. as part of the annual Riverfest celebration. The featured speakers are Professor Curtiss Hoffman, chairman of the department of anthropology at Bridgewater State College, and Doug Harris, senior deputy tribal historic preservation officer of the Narragansett Tribe.

After the discussion, there will be an informal trail walk along the river and around the Foss Farm.

Summer reading registration starts tomorrow

Enroll in Gleason Public Library's "Catch the Beat at Your Library" summer reading program. This six-week program, beginning the last week in June, encourages reading in a fun, relaxed and activity-filled environment. Performers, crafts, music and games will highlight a program for children entering grades one through six. Flyers are available at the library.

Registration for "Catch the Beat" must be done in person and starts on Saturday, June 16, beginning at 10 a.m. at the library. The summer reading program is open to all who register, but sign-ups are necessary for the activities that must be limited in size. For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.

FRS Strawberry Festival to be held June 21

Luscious bowls of homemade strawberry shortcake, made with local berries, await you at the First Religious Society's (FRS) Strawberry Festival, put on for the town on Thursday, June 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the church yard. (In case of rain, the festival will be moved inside the church building.)

Come enjoy the food, music and entertainment. The Second Wind Quartet will be singing and the Still River Longsword group will perform Morris Dances. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for children. For more information call the church office at 1-978-369-5180.

CCTV Channels 8 and 9 Channel 8 CCHS

Senior Portraits: June 15, 8:31 p.m.; June 16, 12:47 p.m., 8:16 p.m.; June 20, 2:41 p.m., 6:47 p.m.

So Long Art Dulong: June 15, 8:42 p.m.; June 16, noon.

Graduation 2007: June 15, 9:30 p.m.; June 16, 1 p.m, 8:30 p.m.; June 19, 1:30 p.m.; June 20, 3 p.m.

Awards Night: June 16, 3:30 p.m.; June 20, 1 p.m.

Choral Concert: June 16, 5:15 p.m.

Orchestra: June 16, 7:30 p.m.; June 20, 10 p.m.; June 21, 7:30 a.m.

Battle of the Bands '07: June 16, 11 p.m.

Track: June 16, 6:35 p.m.

Media Club: June 16, 6:35 p.m.; June 20, 2:51 p.m.

Senior projects: June 16, 6:42 p.m.; June 20, 6 p.m.

Congressional Debates: June 15, 11 a.m.;, June 17, 11 p.m.; June 20, 8:30 a.m.

Holocaust Memorial Observance: June 17, 4:30 p.m.

Council on Aging: June 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.; June 19, 7 p.m., 8 p.m.

Ruettgers series: June 20, 7:30 a.m.

Channel 9

Regional School Committee: June 15, noon; June 17, 8 a.m.; June 20, 8 p.m.; June 21, 8 a.m.

Board of Selectmen: June 15, 8 p.m.; June 16, 4 p.m.; June 17, 8 p.m.; June 18, 8 a.m.; June 19, 7 p.m.; June 20, 4 p.m.

School Building Committee: June 16, 8 a.m.; June 18, noon; June 21, noon.

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Hearing: June 19, 8 a.m.

Concord-Carlisle Community Ed summer programs

Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education has four summer science programs for Grades k to four to be held at Concord's Alcott School during July. Learn how to investigate plants and wild animals using a naturalist's tools. Become an archeologist, a geologist, an historian and a detective and unearth a long-forgotten Egyptian treasure.

Enter a science lab and explore the secrets of how electronics work. Create your own amazing invention, create a rocket for Launch Day, and explore the universe with a telescope you have made yourself.

Grades two to five participants in Papier Maché Puppets fabricate characters, write a script, and put on their own original production at the end of the course. The Clay and Collaboration workshop is offered twice in July. For grades three to six, Adventures in Printmaking teaches the art of making prints.

For grades six and seven, Strategies for Success in Middle School helps kids make the leap from the elementary school to middle school with confidence and a new set of skills. SAT Preparation classes offered in the summer are a great opportunity to focus on learning testing techniques. Driver's Ed is offered once in late June through July and again in August. Brush up on your own computer skills at small group sessions. Introduce the whole family to kayaking on Saturday, July 15. Learning is alive and well in Concord and Carlisle this summer. Call 1-978-318-1540 days, 1-978-318-1432 evenings, or visit

Coffeehouse with Crazy Maggy June 16 in Union Hall

In its ongoing effort to promote culture through world music and dance, showcasing folk music, Celtic, Scottish, Bluegrass, the Blues, Flamenco, R&B, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, North African Folk Flavors, North Indian Classical, Poetry, Theatre, Dance and many other worldly entertainments, to Carlisle and her surrounding sister towns, the Union Hall Coffeehouse in Carlisle brings you this Celtic fiddle master, known to all as EJ Ouellette and his band Crazy Maggy, fusing his rock skills with his roots in Irish, French Canadian and Cape Breton music.

Doors open at 7 p.m. on June 16.Show time is 7:30 p.m.B.Y.O.B. and the Café has desserts to die for.Admission is $16 at the door.Reservations highly recommended at 1-978-287-5745 or

Hebrew school

Kerem Shalom in Concord is registering students kindergarten through high school for fall Hebrew School classes. Openings are still available at all grade levels.For information, call 1-978-369-1223.

Father's Day crafts at Walden Pond June 17

Join park staff at Walden Pond State Reservation on Sunday, June 17, from 10 to 11 a.m. to create nature-friendly gifts for dad in honor of his special day. This free program is targeted towards youngsters ages six to 12. Meet at the Main Beach.

Parking is $5 per vehicle. For more information, call the Park Headquarters at 1-978-369-3254.

Scavenger hunt at Walden Pond June 16

Join park staff at the Thoreau house replica on Saturday, June 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Identify trees, plants, and animals as you explore the paths surrounding Walden Pond State Reservation. Check back in after your adventure to see what you and others have come up with. This free program is for visitors of all ages.

There is a daily parking fee of $5 per vehicle. For more information, call the Park Headquarters at 1-978-369-3254. Walden Pond State Reservation is located at 915 Walden Street (Route 126) in Concord.

Old Home Day Roundup: something for everybody in town Calling Carlisle Cats

A long-time Carlisle tradition is the performance of the Carlisle Cats band on the Town Green on Old Home Day. Musicians, young and old, have participated in this musical organization for decades. If you played with the Cats before, or would like to play with the Cats this year on Old Home Day, June 30, contact Alyn Rovin at 1-978-369-6351 or as soon as possible. All Carlisle musicians are encouraged to carry on the tradition by participating in this great activity.

Soapbox derby

The Soapbox Derby race will be on June 30. It is for racers aged 10 and up. No motors. Meet our safety and basic design requirements, and our event allows whatever your imagination and availability of parts can achieve.

There will be prizes for first-, second- and third-place winners in both speed and creativity categories. Speeds will be measured by official police radar.

E-mail to pre-register or to volunteer. For more information, see

Carlisle inventors' show

If you have built a better mousetrap, or perhaps a robot that does your homework for you, this is your big chance to show it off. Innovative Carlisle residents of all ages are invited to enter one of their original inventions. The event will be held downstairs at the First Religious Society on Saturday, June 30. Registration is between 9 and 10 a.m. Judging and awards will take place between 11 a.m. and noon. Contact Lisa Lofdahl at 1-978-369-8767 or for more in-formation.

Traditional Country Fair

On June 30, veteran vendors and budding businesses are invited to join other local artists, entrepreneurs, craftspeople and organizations at the OHD Country Fair Marketplace. This is the place to market your product: crafts or confections, information or inventions. For more information and to reserve space, contact Bob or Nancy Orlando at 1-978-369-1690 or

Community Service volunteers

Community Service volunteers are needed for this year's Old Home Day. Earn Community Service hours while assisting with OHD festivities. Volunteers are needed June 29, 30 and July 1. For more information, call Bill Cooney or Debbie Power at 1-978-369-0434.

Chicken BBQ

The Carlisle Firefighter's Relief Association is once again running the chicken barbecue on Old Home Day, June 30. Firefighters will serve a dinner of grilled chicken, corn, salad and watermelon from 4 until 6 p.m. at the Fire Station. Tickets are $8 if purchased in advance and $9 after noon on June 30. Tickets may be purchased at Ferns Country Store or at the dispatcher's office at the Police Station. Get your tickets early, as the BBQ has been a sell-out for many years.

One- and five-mile road races

Date and time: June 30. The five-mile race starts at 7:15 a.m. sharp, (register from 6:15 to 7 a.m. ). The one-mile race starts at 8:15 (register from 7:15 to 8 a.m.). Registration and awards will be at the Corey Auditorium entrance, where restrooms are available. The site for the start will be on Church Street, by the elderly housing entrance.

Contact race directors Ronald or Leslie Kmiec, 1-978-369-6130 or for information or to help on race day. All jobs are over by 9:30 a.m.

Cake contest and walk

Old Home Day would not be the same without our beloved cake-decorating contest and Cake Walk. Enter your special cake into the decorating contest this year on June 30 at the Carlisle School Dining Room. Every cake entered into the contest is then up for grabs at the evening Cake Walk. We need at least 100 cakes. Bring your cake to the school between 9 a.m. and noon. After noon, please deliver your cake to Town Hall (or the school Dining Room in case of rain) for the cake walk, where there are three winners each time the music stops. This is the best bargain around at three tickets for just a dollar The cake walk is open to anyone from two to 102 years old and is wheelchair accessible. The fun begins at 5 p.m. and goes until the cakes are gone. Music this year will be old favorites by Ellen and Jake, a.k.a. "Two for the Show."

RiverFest at The Old Manse June 16

On Saturday, June 16, celebrate the Concord River at The Old Manse at 269 Monument Street in Concord. Bring a picnic and enjoy a variety of events, as part of the sixth Annual RiverFest.

Learn about the Concord River and its critters, with Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary naturalists in "Wading and Wonder" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Meet naturalist Peter Alden at the Old North Bridge at 11 a.m. for "Birds, Flowers, and Invasive Alien Plants," an educational hunt in the woods and meadows around Concord.

From 1 to 3 p.m., Plimoth Plantation's Wampanoag Indigenous Program will build a dugout canoe as part of "The History of River Recreation." Canoes from different periods in history will be on display. Step inside the Old Manse Boathouse and learn about it and the history of river recreation in this region.

"Poetry Al Fresco," at 2 p.m., brings local poets to the front lawn of The Old Manse to share their river- and nature-inspired poetry. Materials will be available for visitors to write and share their own creations.

Visit or call 1-978-369-3909 for information about these and other Old Manse events.

SuAsCo Riverfest canoe/kayak paddle June 16

Celebrate the SuAsCo Wild and Scenic Riverfest with a sunrise paddle and birding along the Carlisle section of the Concord River and the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Meet on June 16 to sign in at 5 a.m. at the Bedford Boat Landing on Route 225 at the Carlisle/Bedford town line. Launch time is 5:15 a.m. A stop is scheduled halfway through the trip at a casual riverside restaurant for breakfast and to compare notes.

Bring your canoe or kayak, weather-appropriate clothing for a two- to three-hour paddle, binoculars, money for breakfast, drinking water and nature guidebooks for identifying river edge birds, plants, insects, etc. Your own equipment, including a wearable PFD in good condition for each participant, is required. For the enjoyment of all participants, bring only boats that use oars or paddle(s). Ken Harte will be the on-board wildlife specialist.

In the case of inclement weather or flood conditions, this trip will be canceled.

Gene Stamell returns to Discovery Museums

Singer/Songwriter Gene Stamell will bring his fun and exuberant music back to the Discovery Museums on June 15 for a special outdoor evening concert. From 5:30 to 8 p.m., come and enjoy a night of music, and afterwards, why not explore the Museums? To celebrate Gene's return, the Museums will be open for play, with free admission for members and $5 per person for non-members (family maximum of $20). For further information, call 1-978-264-4200 or visit

Cory Atkins to speak at Minute Man Arc annual meeting

Minute Man Arc will hold its annual membership meeting on June 20 with keynote speaker State Representative Cory Atkins, who will address such issues as the current state of services for individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities and their families, future challenges for state-funded agencies, salary reserve funding for human services employees, and what initiatives the legislative committees are developing to help provide the support families need. The meeting is open to all those affiliated with the agency, including families and individuals who are supported by agency programs and community friends. It will be held at 130 Baker Avenue Extension in West Concord from 7 to 9 p.m.

Hogwarts comes to Carlisle one last time

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Carlisle-style, will hold its final party at Gleason Public Library on July 20-21, culminating with the distribution of the last book in the popular Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling at one second after midnight. This is your last opportunity to visit Diagon Alley, participate in transmogrification and magic, try Bertie Botts' many-flavored beans and other foods of the wizarding world, win prizes and enjoy surprises at a great Harry Potter party. The event, for grades five though eight, will begin at 9 p.m. on July 20. Your child's ticket of entrance is your advance book purchase and registration at the library. For details, stop by or call the library

at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for Sharon and watch the Mosquito for further owls (news).

Enter the Harry Potter writing contest

Write your own ending to the final Harry Potter book. Gleason Public Library invites all Harry Potter fans to submit their predictions in writing for the final 250 to 500 words that end the final book of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. What do you think will happen? Submissions begin July 2 and the deadline is Friday, July 13. Entries, which must be 250 to 500 words, will be judged by a panel of Mosquito editors and librarians in several categories and by age group, including children, young adults up to grade 12 and adults. Prizes for the best entries will be awarded at the Harry Potter party or mailed to participants and announced in the Mosquito. Stop by or contact the library at 1-978-369-4898 for details, and watch the Mosquito for further owls (news).

Free admission to DeCordova on June 23 and 24

Due to the generosity of the Carlisle Cultural Council, residents of Carlisle will receive free admission and other discounts when they visit the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park on the weekend of June 23 and 24.

During these Carlisle Town Days at DeCordova, all Carlisle residents will receive: free admission to DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, 5 to 10% discounts at the store and café at DeCordova, and a discount on an annual membership if you sign up this weekend. Residents must show proof of residency, such as a driver's license, at DeCordova's visitor's station.

On Saturday at 1 pm, residents can explore the Sculpture Park with a Museum Guide. On Sunday, a tour of Sculpture Park will be held at 1 p.m. and immediately following, at 2 p.m., a tour of the main galleries will be given by a museum guide. These events are free to Carlisle residents on June 23 and 24.

Carlisle Town Day is supported in part by the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

River trail walk and picnic June 17

Walk the River Trail through the Concord River floodplain using new volunteer-built boardwalks. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at scenic Greenough Pond; we'll supply desserts. Return by the Red Tail Trail through fields, pine forests, and a bridge over a beaver pond. Waterproof boots, water, and mosquito repellent recommended. Total distance 3.5 miles, three hours round trip. Meet at the Foss Farm parking lot, 0.3 miles west of the Concord River on Rte. 225, on Sunday, June 17, at 11 a.m. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Newcomers gardening group to meet June 18

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club invites members to join together on June 18 for this month's meeting to discuss interesting ways to manage your ever-blooming garden. The group meets from 10 a.m. until noon. Members exchange information on what has worked for them in growing the healthiest of gardens and share their passion for beautiful outdoor spaces.

For more information, visit or contact Kathy Cuocolo at 1-978-978-318-9332 or

Pathwaypalooza June 19 on the Town Common

The Carlisle Pathway Committee invites everyone to a Pathwaypalooza on the Town Common on June 19 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. There will be an update on pathways, first-come, first-served free Kimball's ice cream, children's games, face painting, and opportunities to volunteer for your pathway of interest.

Concord Band performs June 21

The Concord Band will perform concerts throughout the summer, beginning on June 21 at 7:30 p.m., at Fruitlands Museum in Concord. Fruitlands will open at 6 p.m. for picnickers. For information, visit or call 1-978-897-9969.

Concord Museum summer evenings begin June 20

Admission-free summer evenings begin at the Concord Museum on June 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be two more free summer evenings, July 18 and August 15. Visit for the first time or revisit favorite galleries. Call 1-978-369-9763 for information.

Carlisle Recreation still needs pools

For over 40 years, swimming lessons for children have been offered by the Carlisle Recreation Commission in private pools generously donated by town residents. The pools are insured by the Town of Carlisle during lesson times. Certified Swim Instructors and Swim Aides as well as a counselor are at the pools with the children who are given lessons in small groups and in a safe and quiet environment. Right now, two pools are needed for the summer of 2007. If you have a pool that is available during the hours of 9 a.m. to noon and/or noon to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday during all or some of the weeks from July 9 to August 10, call the Recreation office at 1-978-369-9815.

Senior tax worker program

Seniors, do you want to earn up to $700 to help reduce your Property Taxes? If you are a Carlisle property owner and 60 years old or older, you are eligible to apply for our Senior Tax Worker Program. Approved applicants provide work assistance to various town departments. Currently tax workers can earn up to $700 credit on their property taxes by being matched with a Town Department's needs and working 87.5 hours between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008. If you would like to apply or learn more about this program, contact the Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895.

Train at CCTV

CCTV invites all Concord and Carlisle residents to learn how to make TV shows this summer. Starting July 12, CCTV is running a studio production workshop focused on musical performances. In six sessions, the studio music production workshop will produce five episodes of "The Bridge," CCTV's version of "Austin City Limits." To join the crew of "The Bridge" and learn about studio TV production, contact CCTV at 1-978-369-5038 or e-mail

CCTV is also offering long-awaited final cut pro classes, held on Saturdays beginning July 14. And in August, CCTV will be holding its first "LiveWire" production camp for kids entering seventh, eighth and ninth grades.

To learn more, visit or, or call 1-978-369-5038.

Carlisle Country Gardens Tour and plant sale June 15 - 16

The Country Gardens tour and plant sale in Carlisle will be held Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. There will be seven gardens ranging from intimate and colonial to magnificent and formal. The tour starts at the First Religious Society. Perennials from the gardens of Carlisle Garden Club members will be for sale. Come early for the best selection. Stop by Ferns Country Store between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to "ask the experts." Gardening experts will be on hand to solve your perplexing garden problems and provide free advice. Meet Roger Cook of This Old House on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Book sale drop-off now

The Friends of Gleason Public Library will hold their used book sale on June 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain date July 1) as part of Old Home Day. Gather your gently used books, CDs, videotapes and DVDs (no magazines, encyclopedias or textbooks), box them if possible, and drop them at Gleason Library. Contact Kathleen Ryder at 1-978-369-3801 or, or Seema Peterson at 1-978-369-3288 or for information. See you at the library on June 30.

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