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Friday, September 21, 2007

Carlisle School Association gets underway

The Carlisle Public School and the Carlisle School Association will hold two "Welcome Back to School" nights. On both of these evenings, the CSA Fair will precede general remarks made by the superintendent of schools and principals. Classroom visits will follow. The CSA Fair showcases local- and school-wide activities for children and families. Husky Handbooks will be available for purchase and pick-up at the fair.

Elementary Parents (K-4) Night: September 27. The CSA Fair begins at 6:15 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room. A meeting for all parents of elementary-school-aged children will start at 7 p.m. in the Corey Auditorium, followed by classroom visits.

Middle School Parents (5-8) Night: October 4. The CSA fair begins at 6 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room. A meeting for all parents of middle-school-aged children will start at 6:45 p.m. in the Corey Auditorium, followed by classroom visits.

Sign up for COA Nutcracker trip December 9

On Sunday, December 9, the Carlisle Council on Aging will sponsor a trip to the 1 p.m. performance of Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker, the annual Boston tradition featuring the entire Boston Ballet, close to 300 children from the Boston Ballet School and the full Tchaikovsky score performed by the Boston Ballet Orchestra. The cost is $54 per senior. Seats are orchestra seats on the floor, Section "R", row "U" and "V." Transportation for the first 13 persons to request it is in the COA van; all others will need to car pool.

To reserve your space for this wonderful holiday performance, contact Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023, or e-mail her at, and send a check made out to the Carlisle COA to Kathy Mull at the Carlisle Council on Aging at 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. Your place is guaranteed upon receipt of your check.

Library offers computer course October 3

The Gleason Public Library is offering a basic computer/Internet course on Wednesday, October 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This is an introductory course focusing on basic searching and navigating through the Internet. Call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898 to register. Registration is required due to space limitations.

Friday Night Live starts September 28

The Carlisle Youth Commission (CYC) would like to invite all students in grades six through eight to this year's first Friday Night Live (FNL) on September 28, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., in the Carlisle Public School Corey Gym and Exercise Room.

There is a mandatory meeting prior to the first FNL for all students and their parents. FNL newcomers, sixth graders, and their parents will meet in the Carlisle Public School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. Seventh- and eighth-graders and their parents will meet in the auditorium at 6:45 p.m. At these meetings, the CYC will provide information about the program and permission forms and CORI (Criminal Offenders Record Information) Release Authorization Forms will be available. No student will be admitted to FNL without a signed permission form.

FNL is typically held on the first Friday of the month for Carlisle students in both public and private school. Admission is $4 as the program is self-supported. Students may dance, play basketball, Ping-Pong and other games, or just hang out with their friends. Pizza, soda and water are available for a small fee. For more information, contact P.J. Jewell at 1-978-371-8995 or by e-mail at, or contact any member of the CYC. The CYC looks forward to seeing everyone on September 28.

Task Force public hearing September 25

The Adult and Community Education Task Force invites all concerned citizens of Concord and Carlisle to participate in the task force public hearing on September 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town House Hearing Room in Concord. The task force will review its recommendations and hear public comment.

The task force report is now available to the public and may be viewed online at Click on "Adult and Community Education Task Force Report."

Organic and locally grown potluck supper September 28

Save 6 p.m. Friday, September 28, in Union Hall for a potluck supper of organic and locally grown food. Take advantage of the bounty of the season by using fresh, locally grown ingredientsto showcase your cooking talents. Sponsored by the First Religious Society and Carlisle's Environmental Committee and open to the entire community, this casual evening will feature a short presentation on beekeeping in Carlisle and on growing organic produce. For more information, contact Leslie Thomas at 1-978-287-0025 or Alison Saylor at

St. Irene Church launches "The Hard Questions" October 2

St. Irene Parish is launching a new adult education program to strengthen the convictions of practicing Catholics and to address the concerns of those who are not, by offering a learning experience that focuses on topics related to our daily lives. The program, entitled "The Hard Questions," is an adult exercise of candid inquiry with expert speakers providing the opportunity to ask and discover answers to the difficult questions of our time. Share your thoughts and learn what the Catholic Church teaches and why. Build on your convictions and share these events with those whom you think will benefit from a candid and intelligent discussion.

The first session will be held on Tuesday, October 2, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the parish hall on the lower level of the church. Thereafter, sessions will be held on the first Thursday of the month. The Very Reverend Richard Erikson, Ph.D., Vicar General, of the Archdiocese of Boston will be the first speaker. His topic will be: "Being Catholic in a Time of Challenge." Admission is free and open to all, but seating is limited, so come early. Refreshments will be served.

Harvest Fair and Pumpkins on the Common, October 13

Artisans are wanted for the Harvest Fair, Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Pumpkin Festival Saturday October 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., both events at the First Religious Society in Carlisle. The table fee is 10% of sales. Call Alison Saylor, 1-978-369-1809, or e-mail

Silent Auction donations (not White Elephant) are needed for the First Religious Society's Harvest Fair. Receipts are cheerfully given for donations. Merchandise may be picked up or you may drop it off at the church noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 12. Contact Alison Saylor: 1-978-369-1809 or

The Pumpkin Contest needs entries of pumpkins grown, cooked or decorated on Saturday, October 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The entry fee is $1 per item up to $5. Additional entries are free. Bring your entries to the church from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 19, or 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 20. For more information. visit

Newcomers Club kicks off new season September 25

Join the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club. The club invites its members and those new to Concord and Carlisle to meet, get reacquainted with other members and learn about the club's many activities at an evening welcome at 6 p.m. on September 25, at the Colonial Inn in the heart of Monument Square, in Concord. Officers and organizers of the various interest groups will be on hand to present information to highlight the many enjoyable and interesting opportunities that members enjoy creating for and with one another. Every month the club hosts over a dozen events and activities that provide members venues in which to get acquainted with others in their community, to develop new friendships.

If you are interested in attending this event, or any of our many events, visit for more information. If someone you know is new to Concord or Carlisle and could use the club's camaraderie and social activities, contact Kathy Cuocolo, president, at 1-978-318-9332 or e-mail her at

Open rehearsal for Concord Women's Chorus

The Concord Women's Chorus, a 45-voice chorus directed by Jane Ring Frank, will hold its final open rehearsal on September 25 at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Chorus, 81 Elm Street, Concord. Brief auditions will be held at the end of the rehearsal. For more information, see or call 1-978-772-2445.

Register now for Minuteman adult ed

The Community Education Department at Minuteman Regional High School is accepting registrations for the fall 2007 Adult Education Program.

You can view the Adult Education brochure online at under the Community Resources tab. Minuteman accepts registrations in person during regular business hours, by fax or by phone. For more information, call the Community Education Office at 1-781-861-7150 or 1-781-861-7151.

Register now at the Center for Parents and Teachers

Register now for the workshop "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk" facilitated by Cyndie White, M.S.Ed., Family Educator. This highly popular video-based eight-week series will offer innovative ways to solve such common problems as how to listen to and understand your child's concerns, how to have cooperation in your family without nagging, how to find alternatives to punishment and how to help your child attain a positive self-image. This class, limited to ten, fills up fast, so sign up early. Eight Fridays: September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Ripley Administration Building, 120 Meriam Road, Concord, Conference Room 2. Pre-registration required. A donation of $80 is suggested, to be used for future programming. Contact Angela at: or 1-978-202-1146 to register or for more information.

Traditional English Dance October 6

A program of traditional English dance will be held on the front lawn of the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, on October 6 at 2 p.m. Orion Longsword, a group based in Massachusetts, and Bows 'n Belles Northwest Clog and Garland Team from England, will perform many colorful dances. For more information, call 1-978-318-3358.

Free support group September 25

The next meeting of "A Common Thread" for parents who are raising a child with Down Syndrome age infant through 12, will be on Tuesday, September 25.The facilitator of the group, Alison Hillman, isin the process of securing some guest speakers for this year.The group strives to be a place for participants to share personal experiences, ideas and advice on howto become the best advocates for their child.Sharing resources andencouraging each other through milestones is a great way to build a supportive network for your family.Call First Connections (1-978-287-0221)to join this group, which meets on the grounds of Emerson Hospital from 7 to 8:30 p.m.There are no fees to attend the group, but hospital parking fees apply.

Concord barn tour September 30

The Thoreau Farm Trust celebrates Concord's agricultural heritage with the first annual "Concord Barn Tour" on Sunday, September 30, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The tour will feature six local barns of architectural or historic interest, including the National Park Service's Carty Barn and the c. 1800 Hunt/Hosmer barn.

Tours are self-drive and begin at the Thoreau birthplace at 341 Virginia Road, Concord, where guests will receive a map and refreshments, and enjoy tours of the 18th-century farmhouse and banjo music by Rich Stillman.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. To order tickets, visit, call 1-978-369-3091 or e-mail

LWV candidates' forums September 25 and 27

All five candidates vying for the 5th Congressional District seat have agreed to participate in the League of Women Voters' Thursday, September 27, forum in the Collins Center at Andover High School, 100 Shawsheen Rd., Andover. This forum will be moderated by Emily Rooney, host and executive editor of Greater Boston on WGBH television, and begins at 7:30 p.m. The candidates participating, in the order they will appear on the ballot, are James Ogonowski, Republican; Niki Tsongas, Democrat; Kurt Hayes, independent; Patrick Murphy, independent; and Kevin Thompson, Constitution party.

The League has also scheduled a forum for Tuesday, September 25, at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, 36 Charter Road, Acton, beginning at 7:30 p.m. All of the candidates were invited to participate in the Tuesday forum, but Ogonowski and Tsongas have declined.The independent candidates will answer voter questions at this forum.

At both events, audience members will be able to submit written questions for the candidates before the program begins at 7:30 p.m.The written questions must be addressed to all candidates.All questions will be asked by the forum moderator.

The special election to fill the Congressional seat vacated by Martin Meehan is October 16.The deadline to register to vote in this election is September 26. Additional information about the 5th Congressional District election is available on a League-sponsored web site, For more information, visit

Antiques appraisal program returns October 25

Most TV viewers are familiar with the popular PBS series, Antiques Roadshow, where guests are either overwhelmed or deflated by the appraisals of their "priceless" objects. The Carlisle version, featuring Kerry Shrives, senior appraiser at Skinner, Inc., will be held on Thursday, October 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Carlisle Congregational Church (doors will open at 6:30 p.m.). The program is sponsored by the Carlisle Historical Society.

Shrives will appraise only sixty objects and attendees are asked to bring no more than two items per person. The appraisals will be shared with the entire audience, and attendees who choose not to bring items are encouraged to attend. Do not bring coins, stamps, jewelry or musical instruments. If you have a large or fragile item, you may bring a good-quality photograph instead. Admission is $5. The charge for one object is $15 (includes admission), and $12 for each additional object.

Check out the attic or basement for those treasures now and have them appraised on October 25 by a professional right here in Carlisle.

Concord Chamber Music Society opens September 30

The Concord Chamber Music Society opens its new season with a performance by the internationally acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet. The concert will feature works by Haydn, Shostakovich and Beethoven, and will take place at the Performing Arts Center at Concord Academy, 166 Main Street in Concord, on Sunday, September 30, at 3 p.m. Musicologist Steven Ledbetter will present a pre-concert lecture on the program beginning at 2 p.m.

Free on-street parking is available and there are municipal lots behind the Middlesex Savings Bank and post office. Admission to the concert is $35, $30 and $25. Ticketing and subscription information and other information can be found online at or by calling the Concord Chamber Music Society at 1-978-371-9667. Seating is limited and the performances frequently sell out, so chamber music lovers are advised to order early.

Armchair travel at Gleason Library October 2

Local travel enthusiast Charlie Allman will host a monthly open discussion series about world destinations. The first meeting will be on October 2 at 10:30 a.m. in the Hollis Room of the library. Each month a short video travelogue will be shown, followed by an open discussion, shared experiences, photographs and recommendations for the selected destination. This is the first in an ongoing series and participants are encouraged to help frame the discussion. Participants are welcome to bring their own visuals (photos, mementos) or come prepared to take notes. Library items, such as DVDs, books, and complementary materials will be displayed for easy access. Sessions are limited to 1 hour; the videos are produced by C. Allman.

On October 2, the destination will be southern Arizona (the Tucson area). Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 6, at 10:30 a.m. and Tuesday, December 4, at 10:30 a.m. These programs are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. Refreshments will be provided.

For information on this program series and other offerings at the Gleason Public Library, visit

Handworks Gallery to hold silent auction September 29

Handworks Gallery of 161 Great Road, Acton, will hold its annual silent auction on Saturday, September 29. Preview of all auction items and early bidding starts on September 25. All of the art and craft items in the auction are donated and proceeds will support the Craft Emergency Relief Fund and the Bethke Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital.

Bidders must sign up and get a bidder number to place anonymous bids. There will be a reception from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 29, with the bidding ending in a flurry of excitement at 3:45 p.m. For information, call 1-978-263-1707 or visit

Apply for School Council by October 3

The Carlisle Public School Council is an advisory group mandated by the State Education Reform Act of 1993. It is charged with writing and implementing the School Improvement Plan, supporting the district goals, and general enhancement of the school community. The council will be co-chaired by Principal Patrice Hurley and another council member. Members serve a two-year term and the meetings are held once a month from 3:15 to 5 p.m.

If you are a parent or community member who would be interested in serving on this council, contact Hunter Hutchinson at by submitting a three-paragraph written statement by October 3, detailing your interest in becoming a member. The statements will be submitted to the Buzz and the Carlisle Mosquito.

If there are more candidates than positions an election will be held from October 15 to October 19. Ballots will be published in the October11 Buzz and must be dropped off in the box at the Carlisle Public School Main Office or postmarked by October 12.

Seniors can save on health care in 2008

Just when you thought you had it all figured out, prepare yourself for the new insurance plans and drug options in 2008. What are the new plans? How will they benefit you? How is your drug plan working? Are you eligible for Prescription Advantage? Join in on October 4 at 11:30 a.m. at the Carlisle Council on Aging, Sleeper Room, Village Court for a discussion on all the choices that will be available to seniors. A SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) insurance counselor will be available after the meeting for personalized consultation. Presented by the SHINE Program at Minuteman Senior Services. SHINE is funded and managed by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs in coordination with local agencies.

For more information, call the Council on Aging or Minuteman Senior Services toll-free at 1-888-222-6171. Ask for the SHINE Program.

Celebrate "Making History @ the Concord Museum"

On Sunday, September 30, come to the Concord Museum for a fun, free day, filled with hands-on activities exploring our American heritage celebrating over 120 years of "Making History @ the Concord Museum."

· Create a chalk mural celebrating the Concord Museum with Boston's own Sidewalk Sam, who has taken art to the streets with charm and expertise for nearly 40 years. Your work will be part of a museum exhibition.

· Explore the Museum's newest exhibition featuring a reconstruction of the now-famous boat that 22—year-old Henry Thoreau and his brother built in 1839 for a two-week adventure on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers,

· March side by side with a Revolutionary War British soldier and discover what everyday life was like for a Redcoat during the Revolution.

· Enjoy rousing performances by a fife and drum corps.

· Hear a storyteller tell traditional folk tales as he explores the theme of preserving the past.

· Observe a colonial engraver at work printing a custom-engraved image of Paul Revere's lantern using an antique printing press.

· Picture yourself as a 21st-century Paul Revere as a character artist creates a fun memento for you to take home.

· Try your hand at writing with a quill pen, shooting marbles, making your very own paper boat and more.

· Visit with a skilled woodworker reproducing a piece of furniture from the Museum's collection.

· Learn a bit of history at special gallery talks, ongoing throughout the day

· Pick up a copy of the Museum's new award-winning book, An Observant Eye: The Thoreau Collection at the Concord Museum and have it personally signed by the author, Museum Curator David Wood.

All activities on this day are free and the Museum galleries will be open admission-free throughout the afternoon from noon to 5 p.m.; no reservations needed.

The Concord Museum is located at the intersection of Lexington Road and Cambridge Turnpike. The Museum is wheelchair accessible and has ample free parking on Cambridge Turnpike. Admission: Free on Sunday, September 30. Hours (on Sunday, September 30): noon to 5 p.m. The Museum's entrance is on Cambridge Turnpike; parking is free.

For further information: 1-978- 369-9609 (taped information); E-mail:; Web site:

Carlisle Cultural Council has $4,000 to award

The Carlisle Cultural Council has been allocated $4,000 from the Massachusetts Cultural Councilto provide programs in the arts, humanities or interpretive sciences to Carlisle residents.Grants are awarded to individuals or organizations.Applications are due October 15 for programs that will take place between January 1 and December 31, 2008.Average grants are between $250 and $400. Information and applications may be found online at,or at the Gleason Public Library. Questions may be directed to Elissa Abruzzo at 1-978-287-4811.

COA doings

· Intergenerational yard cleanup day for seniors: The FRS has set Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to noon as yard cleanup day for seniors, when intergenerational teams of volunteer adults and youth in grade six through high school will help with basic light outdoor work such as leaf raking, cutting flowers, sweeping walks and driveways and/or planting your bulbs. Call the FRS church office at 1-978-369-5180 and leave your name, telephone number and a brief message describing tasks you need done, and they will get back to you.

Spaghetti Supper needs donations

Do you have tickets to a sporting or cultural event that you do not intend to use? Can you provide a gift certificate for a favorite restaurant, store or other service? Can you contribute new sports equipment, toys, electronics or other gift items? The Spaghetti Supper needs donations for the raffle, which will take place during the supper on October 16. Not sure what to give? Consider financial support toward a larger "golden raffle" prize by making a cash donation today. Proceeds from the raffle help finance Class of 2010 activities, including outdoor education, the seventh-grade play and graduation expenses. Contact Celia Zimmerman at 1-978-287-4011 or

Carlisle Chess Club starts today

After a very successful inaugural year, the Carlisle Chess Club is beginning its second year on September 21.In addition to the elementary school club from last year, there will be a middle school club.Look for the flyer around town or for more information.

The club welcomes all students from pre-K through eighth grade.The elementary program will be in the school dining room on Fridays before the start of school.The middle school program is not yet determined, but is likely to be directly after school on Fridays.The club has a rolling admission policy.Also, any seniors in the community who would like to join the club are welcome, either to play with the kids or among themselves. Contact the above e-mail to make arrangements (any adults attending the club need to file a CORI with the school.)Come, join in and play chess.

Story Time openings going fast

There are still a few openings in the Monday afternoon 1:30 p.m. story times for four- to six-year-olds. Children in this group must be five by April 1, 2008. The three- to four-year-old group that meets on Thursday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. also has openings. For this story time, the children must be three by October 4. Call the Gleason Public Library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department to sign up.

Annual New Baby event on September 29

The Carlisle Board of Health and the Carlisle Parents Connection will co-host the Annual New Baby Event on Saturday, September 29 (raindate September 30), at the Diment Park toddler playground on Church Street.

The Board of Health has arranged for Lori Holden, R.N., from Emerson Home Care, to talk about new baby issues such as use of mosquito repellent and sun protection for infants, and food and toy recalls. The event is open to all moms, dads, siblings and especially all new babies born in the last year.

Graduates of the Carlisle Recreation 2007 babysitting class will be available to entertain older siblings. For more information, contact Tracy McArdle of the Carlisle Parents Connection at or the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283.

FRS senior youth group meets Sundays

The FRS senior youth group provides an opportunity for students to exhibit their leadership qualities and engage actively in changing their community. This year, group members will travel to New Orleans to join other volunteers in rebuilding houses destroyed in hurricane Katrina and publish a children's book to profit underprivileged children. New ideas and members are welcome. The group meets most Sundays in Union Hall at the First Religious Society at 7 p.m. and is open to high school students of any or no religious affiliation in the greater Carlisle area. The next meeting is September 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For information, contact Blair Robinson at or 1-978-369-5001.

New season at the Carlisle Parents Connection

The Carlisle Parents Connection (CPC) is beginning its new season and the calendar is chock full of fun events for families with children aged five and younger. To join, visit us on the web at and download the membership application, or you can pay by PayPal.

Annual membership is $25. On the web site, you can also join the e-mail list, view volunteer positions, find links to kid/parent resources and read reviews of member-submitted recommendations for places and things. For more information, e-mail Deb Kablotsky at

CSA gift wrap fundraiser

Order gift wrap from the Carlisle School Association and raise funds for Carlisle School teacher grants and curriculum enrichment programs.

Order deadline this year is Friday, October 5. Order from any student or online at The school code is 106482.

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