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Friday, July 20, 2007

COA doings

N.E. Quilt Museum tour and lunch: On Friday, July 27, the COA van will leave Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. for a 10:30 a.m. guided tour of "Uncovered in New Hampshire," an exhibition of quilts selected from the first 1000 brought to the New Hampshire Quilt Documentation Project. Following the tour will be a catered lunch of sandwich, soup or salad, desserts and beverages. The cost is $20. The COA van will transport the first 13 people sending in their check made out to the Carlisle COA. Mail check to Kathy Mull, Carlisle COA, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, Massachusetts 01741.

Ice cream social and singalong: Join the Carlisle COA on Thursday, August 9 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Sleeper Room at Village Court for an ice cream social and singalong. No reservation needed, but if you need transportation, call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 at least 48 hours in advance.

August luncheon and enter-tainment: Join the COA on Thursday, August 16, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall for lunch followed by entertainment by "The Dixie Diehards." Make your reservation before Monday, August 13, by calling 1-978-371-2895. A donation of at least $2 is requested. Call the van line if you need transportation.

Mystery van trip and lunch: On August 22, join the COA for a day trip and lunch, with one of our friendly van drivers. Call Carol Nathan at 1-978-371-6690 at least 48 hours in advance if you are interested. Only 12 seats are available. The cost is $10; lunch is on your own.

Day at the beach: During the summer, the COA van will be offering a few day trips to the beach of your choice if there are at least six people interested. The cost will be $10 to cover gas, etc. Call the transportation line at 1-978-371-6690 if you are interested.

FinCom needs members this year

The Finance Committee (FinCom) needs new members this year. Carlisle has some big issues on its plate this year, so it is an exciting time to be on the FinCom. If you are interested or know of anyone who might be interested, contact FinCom Chair David Model at 1-978-287-4254 or

Land Stewardship Committee documents on town web site

The Carlisle Land Stewardship Committee, a subcommittee of the Carlisle Conservation Commission, has placed documents they have developed on the town's official web site: Select the "Boards and Committees," "Conservation Commission" and then "Land Stewardship Committee" links. Completed conservation land management plans, baseline assessments (which include maps and photographs of the properties), other reports and interesting links can be found on this site. Note that some of the baseline assessments are large and take some time to download.

Puppet show at FRS July 26

Join in for puppets, music and fun when the Gleason Public Library brings Diane Kordas and her Romper Rhythm and Puppets to present The Bremen Town Musicians at the First Religious Society on Thursday, July 26, at 11 a.m. In this performance, a musical band of three animals go on tour, catch a robber along the way and are the favorite hometown band when they get home. A short puppet demonstration will follow the show. This program is suggested for ages three and up and is funded by the Friends of the Gleason Library.

Plan our programs: Gleason seeks input

Looking for something more? Something different? Gleason Public Library is planning the adult programming to be offered for the coming calendar year and will have two casual chat sessions the week of July 23 to share ideas. Would you like to help plan or volunteer some time and lead a book talk, share a skill or hobby, or host an event? Curious about what we are thinking? Drop us an e-mail or call Martha Patten ( at 1-978-369-4898.

Jamie Eldridge comes to GPL July 31

Democratic candidate for the Fifth Congressional District Jamie Eldridge will hold a meet-and-greet to discuss his candidacy on July 31 at 7 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library. State Representative Eldridge is a progressive Democrat and a lifelong resident of the Fifth Congressional District.He has served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2002 and previously worked as a legal aid attorney in both Lowell and Lawrence.Find out more at

Great Brook Farm offers tours and trail walks

Barn tours, milking tours and nature walks are back at Great Brook Farm State Park. Join the Park Interpreter at the gate outside the ice cream stand for tours of the main barn every Sunday and every other Saturday (July 28, August 11 and 25) at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Milking tours are Sunday evenings at 6:15 p.m. All tours are free.

Meet the Park Interpreter at the Interpretive Center for lunch and a trail walk along some of the trails at noon on July 25 and August 1. Bring a bagged lunch.

If you have questions, call Akilah Campbell, Park Interpretive Ranger, at 1-978-369—6312.

Zoning Board of Appeals seeks new members

The Town of Carlisle Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) has openings for members and associates on this volunteer board. ZBA members are appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Their duties are to hear and write decisions for town planning and construction permitting appeals, special permit applications, including permits under the Historic Structure by-law and requests for Carlisle Zoning Bylaw variances. The board also hears and writes decisions on earth removal permits and for comprehensive permits for the development of low and moderate-income housing under M.G.L. Chapter 40B. Carlisle residents with legal, construction, finance, environmental and technical backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Experience with adjudicatory hearings is helpful. If interested or have questions, contact Elizabeth D. Barnett, Administrative Coordinator, at or 1-978-371-6694.

Senior tax program still open

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 town departments such as the Council on Aging, school, police, library and more. 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.Sign up now. If you would like to apply or learn more about this program, contact the Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895.

Beaver show to air again August 4

The beaver episode of Animal Extractors that featured Carlisle prominently will air again on August 4 at 6 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel. On Comcast in our area this is Comcast channel 210 and in HD on channel 821.Visit or the Comcast guide for changes.

CCTV Channels 8 and 9 Channel 8 CCHS

So Long Art Dulong: July 21, 3:30 p.m.

Graduation 2007: July 21, 4:30 p.m., July 25, 4 p.m.

Senior Projects: July 21, 6:30 p.m.

Senior Portraits: July 21, 7:17 p.m.; July 25, 6:42 p.m.

Awards Night: July 21, 8:01 p.m.

Choral concerts: July 21, 9:44 p.m.; July 26, 8:22 a.m.

Orchestra: July 21, 10:44 p.m.

Battle of the Bands: July 22, 12:15 a.m.

Video Production: July 21, 11:31 p.m.; July 27, 11:30 p.m.; July 25, 6 p.m.

Theater: Twelfth Night: July 23, 8 p.m.; July 25, 1 p.m.

Council on Aging: July 23, 11 a.m.; July 24, 7 p.m., July 26, 3:30 p.m.

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Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee: July 20, noon; July 22, 8 a.m.; July 25, 8 p.m.

Board of Selectmen: July 20, 8 p.m.; July 21, 4 p.m.; July 22, 8 p.m.; July 23, 8 a.m.; July 24, 7 p.m.; July 25, 4 p.m.; July 26, 8 a.m.

School Building Committee: July 21, 8 a.m.; July 23, noon; July 26, noon.

CCTV's LiveWire starts August 13

Is your child a budding movie-maker? CCTV, the public access television station for Concord and Carlisle, is holding a weeklong workshop for children interested in video production. CCTV's LiveWire Production Team will run from August 13 to 17 from 9 a.m. until noon. The team will work on a variety of projects, with each child getting hands-on experience with the camera and video editing. To learn more about CCTV's LiveWire Production Team, call CCTV at 1-978-369-5038.

Arts market opens July 28

Lexington Arts and Crafts Society's (LACS) artisan market starts July 28 at 130 Waltham Street in Lexington from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. For information, contact Ron Rossi at 1-781-862-9636 or

Spoon Man comes to Carlisle July 24

As part of the Gleason Public Library's Summer Reading Program, children (and their parents!) entering grades K and up are invited to an interactive program with Jim Cruise, a musical comedian better known as the Spoon Man. Jim has been playing the spoons for 32 years. His program includes impressions and a singalong competition

and everyone gets the chance to get spooned.

Come to the First Religious Society on Tuesday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m (note early starting time) for this hilarious performance, funded by the Friends of the Gleason Library. For more information call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.

Elastic at the Discovery Museums

On July 25, from 10 a.m. to noon, The Discovery Museums in Acton will explore the science behind Spandex with a special program on the different properties of elastics at the Science Discovery Museum.

Children will love the hands-on experiments to observe the properties of elastic and rubber. Join Associate Education Director, Meg Winikates, for an event that is guaranteed to be educational and fun.

Quilt exhibit at Whistler House, Lowell

On exhibit from August 1 to 31 in the Parker Gallery adjacent to the Whistler House Museum in Lowell is "'On the Road' Quilts at the Whistler," focusing on craftsmanship and visual design that transcends traditional patterns and function. The theme this year is "On the Road," in tribute to Jack Kerouac and the famous book he wrote on a continuous roll of paper. The scroll will be on exhibit at the Lowell National Historical Park's Boott Cotton Mill coinciding with the Lowell Quilt Festival and the Whistler House Museum of Art exhibit. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, August 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. Extended hours at the Whistler House Museum of Art during the Lowell Quilt Festival are: August 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; August 3, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; August 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and August 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday programsat Concord Library

A workshop on making tile windchimes will be held at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, on August 1 at 7 p.m. Artist Elizabeth Praise will lead the class for young adults aged ten years and up.

On August 8 at 7 p.m., the library will host a performace by Pan Nubean Steel, who will bring Caribbean music to Concord. Hear Reggae and Calypso on steelpan, saxophone, guitar and drums, and get up and dance.

Bill Turville, artist and champion of using found objects, will offer a workshop on creating sculptures using unique material on August 15 at 7 p.m. The workshop is for ages ten and up. Bring pieces of recycled materials, small discarded objects or natural objects.

All the programs are free of charge. For information, call 1-978-318-3358.

Free newsletter for parents

First Connections is a Massachusetts Family Network funded by the State Deptartment of Early Education and Care.Most of our programs are free and include playgroups, support groups, parenting seminars, parent-child activities and home visiting.If you would like to receive their newsletter, listing upcoming programs and mailed to you three times a year until your youngest child turns four, send an e-mail to or call 1-978-287-0221. Include your name, address and children's birth month and year. The next meeting of "This Isn't What I Expected" facilitated by Dr. Liz Torres, will meet on Monday, August 6, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.This group is for new moms with postpartum depression, or moms with young children who are coping with ongoing depression.Childcare is provided for babies over six months, and there is no cost to attend.The group meets at First Connections, on the Emerson Hospital campus in Concord.Call 1-978-287-0221 if interested in attending.

Costume party at GPL on August 24

Grades five through eight: join in at Gleason Public Library (GPL) on August 24 for games, snacks, prizes and fun. Any costume will do. Time is 7 to This event has been organized by the Teens of Gleason Advisors (TOGA). Any questions, call 1-978-369-4898.

Register now for fall courses at MCC

Registration is now open for Middlesex Community College's (MCC) fall semester. Hundreds of credit and non-credit courses are offered online and on campus in Bedford and Lowell. MCC's complete fall semester schedule is now available at Credit courses begin September 5.

Make an appointment and begin your bachelor's degree at Middlesex. Learn about the many transfer options with four-year colleges and universities as well.

To learn more, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit

Community Chest launches new donor vehicle

The board of directors of the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest has developed a new avenue for giving called "Field of Interest Funds." Field of Interest Funds will target specific areas of interest, expanding the giving options for larger donors.

"Donors will be instrumental in establishing these funds and the Community Chest board will appoint an advisory group to administrate them over a one- to three-year period. The minimum donation will be ten thousand dollars," said Kate Tomkinson, Community Chest co-president. "We want to work not only with donors but also with organizations in town that need help, through our long history of non-profit work."

For more information, contact the Community Chest at 1-978-369-5250.

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