The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 28, 2007

Down-on-the-Farm day September 30

Join in on Sunday, September 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the fourth annual "Down-on-the-Farm" day at Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle for a day of sun and family fun. Ol' Cold Tater will be providing toe-tapping music. There will be hayrides, sack racing, corn shucking, egg tossing, wheel barrel racing, a milk mustache contest, and more. The event will close with a traditional cake walk and you will even be able to shake hands with Smokey the Bear.

This event is sponsored by the Massachussetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and Great Brook Farm State Park, and runs free of charge to the public. Also, all parking fees will be waived for the day. Call 1-978-369-6312 for information.

Middle school parents night on October 4

The Carlisle Public Schools, in conjunction with the Carlisle School Association (CSA), will hold Middle School Parents (5-8) Night on 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.

PSAT registration begins October 9

PSAT registration for juniors at CCHS will be the week of October 9 to 12 in the Office Modular with Mrs. McDonald. The PSAT will be given on October 20. Students should arrive at 8:15 a.m. (lobby door) with two #2 pencils.

CCHS orientation meeting October 10

Concord-Carlisle High School offers an "orientation to CCHS" meeting for all Concord and Carlisle eighth- and ninth-grade independent school students and their parents on Wednesday, October 10, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the CCHS library.

CCHS class reunion plans

Catch up with the class of 1987 on Friday, November 23, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Concord Elks, 221 Baker Avenue, Concord. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, contact, spread the word, and do not miss your 20th reunion.

The Concord-Carlisle High School Class of 1976 31st reunion is being planned now, so do plan to attend. It will be held on November 24 at the Doubletree Bedford Glenn Hotel in Bedford, from 6 to 11 p.m. Contact Norman Geis at or call 1-603-772-9633 as soon as possible and pass the word on to other '76 classmates.

Parenting education workshop in Carlisle begins October 2

"Guiding Good Choices," the highly popular and effective four-part parent education workshop for parents of fifth- to eighth-graders, is being offered in Carlisle for the first time at the Carlisle Public Schools Dining Room for four weeks on Tuesdays: October 2, 16, 30 and November 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Kathy Bowen, K-12 Health Curriculum Coordinator for the Concord Public Schools, will facilitate the group. The workshop will help parents gain confidence in communicating their values to their children, to help them make good choices and avoid harmful behavior as they navigate the adolescent years. The fee for the workshop is $40. Register early as space is limited. Contact the Center for Parents and Teachers at or 1-978-202-1146 to register and for more information.

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. 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 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.

Neighborhood Sunday at FRS this weekend

Friends, neighbors and visitors are invited to Neighborhood Sunday this Sunday, September 30, at 10 a.m. at the First Religious Society (FRS), a Unitarian Universalist Church on the Carlisle Green. Interim minister Reverend Victor Carpenter will deliver a sermon entitled, "Breathing Lessons," about what nourishes our spirits, empowers us and gives us hope. Sunday's service will include a variety of music and a "Minute of History," part of the church's celebration of its 250th year. Coffee and refreshments will follow in Union Hall, where members will be available to answer questions about church programs and activities.

FRS is located at 27 School Street and is handicapped accessible. For additional information, please call Sue Kirk at 1-978-371-0176 or the church office at 1-978-369-5180.

Carlisle Conservation Morning Coffee October 9

The Tuesday, October 9, Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 West Street, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.. John Lee, former long-time member of the Carlisle Conservation Commission, an organic farmer and a licensed pesticide applicator, will lead a discussion of the use of pesticides on town-owned conservation land.

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are regularly 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 early morning schedules allow. Continental breakfast is provided.

Save the following Tuesday mornings for upcoming coffees: November 13, December 11, January 8, February 12, March 11, April 8, May 13, and June 10.

Harvest Fair and Pumpkin Festival needs

Artisans are needed for the FRS Harvest Fair Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for the Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both events will be at the First Religious Society in Carlisle. The table fee is 10% of sales.

Silent Auction donations (not White Elephant) are wanted for the Harvest Fair, too. Receipts will be given for donations. Merchandise can be picked up, or dropped off at the church noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 12. Call Alison Saylor 1-978-369-1809 or contact

Submit entries of pumpkins grown, cooked or decorated for the Pumpkin Contest during the Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry fee is $1 per item, up to $5. Additional entries are free. Bring 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 info go to

Verrill Farm to hold harvest benefit October 6

The Verrill Farm harvest festival to benefit Emerson pediatric care will take place on October 6 from noon to 4 p.m. Proceeds from this festival will benefit coping kits distributed by Emerson Hospital's pediatric intervention team. The kits are colorful bags of toys given to children who enter the hospital through the emergency department or upon admission to the pediatric unit.

The fall family festival features pumpkin picking, hay rides, face painting, pony rides, a hay pile treasure hunt, live music, and much more.

Concord Festival of Authors starts October 17

The annual Concord Festival of Authors, featuring 24 events and over 40 authors, runs this year from October 17 to November 4. Enjoy programs with E.L. Doctorow, Sebastian Junger, Eric Jay Dolin, Ha Jin, Tess Gerritsen, Ann Hood, John Hope Franklin and others. For information, contact Rob Mitchell at 1-978-369-3807,, or P.O. Box 641, Concord, MA 01741.

Armchair travel begins at Gleason Library

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.

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.

Enter the Scarecrow Contest October 12

The Harvest Fair at The First Religious Society in Carlisle will feature a Scarecrow Contest. Make a scarecrow of any size up to six feet tall, suitable for outdoor display. Bring your entry to the church on October 12, between 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Judging criteria are originality, creativity, craftsmenship, detailing and "smile factor;" judging will take place during the Harvest Fair on October 13. Entries will be displayed in the church yard all week. Group entries are encouraged. For information, contact Alison Saylor, 1-978-369-1809 or

GPL fall story times

Sign up for the fall story-time session at the Gleason Public Library which begins on Saturday, September 15 at 10 a.m. Phone registration begins at 11 a.m. The fall session begins Monday, October 1 and ends the week of December 3 (story-times do not meet during public school vacations).

The library is offering story-time sessions for two age groups, 3- to 4- year-olds and 4- to 6-year-olds. Children in the 3- to 4-year-old group must be three years old by October 4, 2007 and they will meet on Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 2 p.m. through December 6, 2007.

Children in the 4- to 6-year-old group must be five by April 1, 2008 and they will meet on Monday afternoons from 1:30 to 2 p.m. through December 3, 2007.

The library also offers drop-in story-times for two age groups: 2- to 3-year olds with parent or caregiver will meet on Friday mornings, October 4, through November 15 at 10:30 a.m.; and children two and under will meet on Thursday mornings, October 5 through November 16 at 10:30 a.m.

If you have any questions, please call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the Children's Department .

Triple Helix plays Westford October 14

Triple Helix, the piano trio of violinist Bayla Keyes, cellist Rhonda Rider and pianist Lois Shapiro, returns to Westford for an all Schubert program as part of the New England Arts Series. The performance will be at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford, on Sunday, October 14, at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served.Admission is: $20, $17/members, $10/students, under 12/free. Call 1-978-692-6333 orvisit for tickets or more information.

More COA doings

· Intergenerational yard clean-up day for seniors: The FRS has set Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to noon when intergenerational teams of volunteer adults and youths in grade 6 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 and a brief message describing tasks you need done and they will get back to you.

· Men's breakfast: On Thursday, October 11, starting at 8 a.m., the Mystery Chef and his helpers will prepare another gastronomic extravaganza for Carlisle senior men at the Sleeper Room. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated. For van service, call 1-978-371-6690.

National Public Land's Day September 29

On Saturday, September 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., come out to Walden Pond to participate in the annual National Public Land's Day event to plant several species of trees and discuss how Thoreau's ideas and actions live on today. Meet at the Thoreau House replica. The daily parking fee is $5 per vehicle. For more information, call 1-978-369-3254. This event is sponsored by The Department of Conservation and Recreation and Walden Pond State Reservation.

Carlisle Education Foundation auction November 2

The Carlisle Education Foundation (CEF) has unleashed its license to thrill with "For Your School Only!," its annual auction and dinner dance for the Carlisle Public School on Friday, November 2. Join in for a delicious gourmet dinner and live entertainment set in the rustic charm of the Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton. Items on the auction block include luxurious vacation homes, private catered dinners, four tickets to the December 16 Patriots game, orthodontic treatment, tennis packages, private concerts, artwork, children's activities and more. CEF's goal for 2007-08 is to raise $100,000 to purchase Mac computer labs for each grade level and support efforts to upgrade, renovate and rebuild the school campus.

For more information on the auction or to purchase tickets, contact Peg Gladstone at 1-978-246-6793.

Varsity soccer to benefit Dana-Farber October 13

On Saturday, October 13, at 7 p.m. the Concord-Carlisle Men's Varsity Soccer Team will play Boston Latin under the lights at Concord-Carlisle High School. All gate sales will go to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Lois Wells, mother of assistant varsity soccer coach Steve Wells.

Library 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 introductory course focuses 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.

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COA Senior Connection: October 1, noon; October 2, 7:30 p.m.; October 4, 4 p.m.

CCHS Band spring concert: September 29, 10:01 p.m.; October 3, 8:30 a.m.

Theater 3X Stage Festival: September 29, 6 p.m.; October 1, 8 p.m.; October 3, 1 p.m.

Sports: September 29, 9 p.m.; October 3, 8:30 p.m.

Football: September 29, 7:30 p.m.

Film Leader Tech: September 29, noon; October 1, 2:19 p.m.; October 5, 1:22 a.m.

Video Production Film Leader: October 3, 2:46 p.m.

Concord-Carlisle Pop Warner Football: September 29, 1 p.m.; October 1, 2:30 p.m.; October 3, 6 p.m.

My Town, My Voice, Carlisle: October 2, 12:56 p.m.

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Concord-Carlisle Task Force: Adult and Community Ed Public Hearing: September 30: noon; October 2, 8 a.m.; October 4, 8 p.m.; October 5, 8 a.m.

Board of Selectmen: September 28, 8 p.m.; September 30, 8 p.m.; October 1, 8 a.m.; October 2, 7 p.m.; October 3, 4 p.m.; October 5, 8 p.m.

Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee: September 28, noon; September 29, noon; September 30, 8 a.m.; October 2, noon; October 4, 8 a.m.; October 5, noon.

Carlisle School Building Committee: September 29, 8 a.m.; October 4, noon.

Westford contra dance October 7

Come to a family square/contra dance on Sunday, October 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Parish Center for the Arts, corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street on Westford Common. Susan Elberger will be calling. Bring the kids. Oh, CONTRAire! provides live music. No experience is required; all dances are taught. Adults:$5; kids: $3; maximum $12 per family. For information, call 1-978-692-6333 or visit

Pumpkins on the Common, October 13 through 20

Support Carlisle's nonprofit organizations and local farmers by purchasing your pumpkins at "Pumpkins on the Common: A Carlisle Community Fundraiser." Locally-grown pumpkins of all sizes, colors and kinds, mums, and other autumn specialties will be offered right here on the Carlisle Town Common.

The Pumpkins on the Common festival kicks off at the Harvest Fair on Saturday, October 13, and runs through the week. It ends October 20 with a fair featuring music and a variety of pumpkin-judging events geared to all ages. The Saturday Harvest and Pumpkin Fairs run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pumpkins will also be on sale during the week from noon to 6 p.m. Steered by the Carlisle Garden Club, the event will also raise funds for the Carlisle School Association, Friends of the Council on Aging, Carlisle Kids House, and other local non-profit groups. Music is provided through a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council.

Information on contests can be accessed at www. Volunteers are still needed for a variety of tasks throughout the week. If you would like to raise funds for your favorite local organization, or need community service hours, check the web site or contact Carol Nathan (, and watch around town for the scarecrows.

Choosing a Preschool program at Gleason Library

Helping parents make informed decisions about the variety of preschools in Carlisle will be the focus on Monday, November 5, at 7 p.m. at Gleason Public Library.

There are many different types of preschools in and around Carlisle. The library will host an introduction for parents to some of the area preschools. This is a perfect opportunity to meet school staff and talk with other parents. The forum will include suggestions for parents and provide program details like the school philosophy, class-size, day/time format, physical setting, curricular goals, level of parental involvement, and rapport between staff, children, and parents.

This panel discussion will be facilitated by the Center for Parents and Teachers, and will include representatives from some Carlisle preschools, including Noah's Ark, Concord Montessori, Children's Meetinghouse, Children's Place, Carlisle Early Literacy and Red Balloon. Members of the Gleason Public Library Children's Advisory Committee will be present to provide additional information and parent suggestions. More information regarding this program and others can be found at

Register for swim lessons

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Billerica is accepting registration for the current swim session. There are openings in parent-and-child classes, lessons for ages six-months to adult, water aerobics, aqua kickboxing and aquajogging. Class size is limited. Call 1-978-667-2193 or visit the club at 19 Campbell Road, Billerica.

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.

COA doings

· Armchair travel slide show: On Tuesday, October 2, local travel enthusiast Charlie Allman will present the first of his monthly series of video travelogues at 10:30 a.m. at the Gleason Library Hollis Room. The destination this time is southern Arizona. Light refreshments will follow. For information, visit

· Monthly coffee: On Thursday, October 4, join the COA, hosted by Jim and Betty Elgin and Tom and Karen Dunkers, for coffee, teas, pastry, fruit and other morning treats at 9:30 a.m. in the Sleeper Room. All Carlisle seniors are invited; no need to sign up.

· RxAdvantage seminar: Thursday, October 4, at 11:30 a.m., a free workshop on Rx Advantage will be held in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. Light refreshments

will be served. This program is offered by SHINE, a program of Minuteman Senior Services.

· Intergenerational knitting: On Tuesday, October 9, at 7:30 p.m., the knitting group will meet at the First Religious Society Union Hall. No sign up is necessary. Call Angela Smith at 1-978-371-2895 for more information.

· COA book club: The COA book club resumes its monthly schedule (second Wednesday) on October 10 at 10 a.m. The book for October is Sweet Francais by Irene Nemirovsky. For more information, call Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-6318. The book for November is Peace Like a River by Leif Enger.

· Minuteman Regional High School senior luncheon: Join the COA on Wednesday, October 10, at Minuteman, 758 Marrett Road in Lexington for the first of monthly luncheons alternating between Minuteman and Nashoba Regional High Schools. The entrée choices are chicken cordon bleu or baked haddock, with coffee/tea and dessert. The cost is $10 plus tip, cash to be paid at the restaurant. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 no later than noon, Wednesday, October 5 for reservations. If you need a ride, call the van line at 1-978-371-6690.

· Fall foliage trip to Deerfield: On October 15, the COA van is scheduled for a day trip to Deerfield and Yankee Candle to see their Christmas European Villages displays. Lunch will be at Chandler's Restaurant at Yankee Candle. The van will leave the Town Hall parking lot at 8:30 a.m. and return around 4 or 4:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per person for Carlisle Seniors and $18 per person for out-of-town seniors plus the cost of lunch. This trip has limited seating so call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 no later than October 5 to reserve your spot.

· Trip to Salem: The COA van will leave Town Hall at 9 a.m. (returning about 3 p.m.) on October 30 to visit historic Salem during Halloween week festivities. Lunch is on your own. The cost is $10 per person for Carlisle seniors and $13 per person for out of town seniors. This trip has limited seating, so call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 no later than October 5 to reserve your spot.

· Men's breakfast: On Thursday, October 11, starting at 8 a.m., the Mystery Chef and his helpers will prepare another gastronomic extravaganza for Carlisle senior men at the Sleeper Room. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated. For van service; call 1-978-371-6690.

· Luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, October 18, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at FRS for lunch, followed by a slide show with highlights of the April 19 to 27, 2008 COA trip to England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Blood pressure screenings will be provided from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP by Monday, October 15. Let us know if you need a van ride when you make your reservation. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated.

· Halloween parade: Come watch the Carlisle Public School children march in costumes through Village Court at 145 Church Street at 10:30 a.m. on Halloween.

· Harvard Museum of Natural History trip: The COA van will leave Town Hall parking lot at 8:45 a.m. (and return about 3:30 p.m.) on November 9. This trip will allow for time at the museum, lunch on your own and shopping in Harvard Square. The cost, which covers museum admission and gas for the van, is $11 for Carlisle seniors and $14 for out of town seniors. To reserve your spot, mail your check no later than October 15, payable to the Carlisle COA, to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741. The van has seats for 13 seniors.

Carlisle Cultural Council has $4,000 to award

The Carlisle Cultural Council has been allocated $4,000 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to provide programs in the arts, humanities or interpretive sciences to the residents of Carlisle. Grants are awarded to individuals or organizations. Applications are due October 15, 2007 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.

"Opera in Carlisle" begins November 7

Find new appreciation for opera this fall at the Gleason Public Library. John Tischio, back by request, will present a series of five operas on November 7, 14, 28, and December 5 and 12. The series will take place on Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Public Library.

The Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging, Lee Milliken Fund, and Friends of the Gleason Public Library are happy to present this five-week series on opera. Each meeting will include audio-visual excerpts from the opera, information about the life and times of the composer, talk about the literary works on which the opera is based and discussion about the opera itself.

The series is free and open to the public. Registration is required as seating is limited to 50 people. If you are interested, call the Gleason Public Library Reference desk starting October1, at 1-978-369-4898.

Parent-child communication program begins October 3

"Fostering and Maintaining Healthy Communication with Children Aged One to Five," a three-part series presented by Deborah Weinstock-Savoy, Ph.D., will begin on Wednesday, October 3, and continue on October 10 and 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Gleason Public Library's (GPL) Hollis Room.

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library are proud to sponsor this series that will help you strengthen the foundation for positive communication with your child. Throughout the workshop, Dr. Weinstock-Savoy will share parenting communication tips and strategies for different situations.

To register for this free program, call First Connections at 1-978-287-0221. Commitment to all sessions is required. This mini-grant project is funded through the North-Suburban Health Alliance/CHNA 15 and co-sponsored by the Center for Parents and Teachers, First Connections and Friends of the Gleason Public Library. More information, visit

Walk for the hungry October 14

The 27th annual Crop Walk for the Hungry will be Sunday, October 14, starting at First Parish Church, Lexington Road, Concord. It will be a 10K walk through historic Concord. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m., and the walk steps off at 2:15 p.m. Funds go to the five surrounding town's food pantries and Gaining Ground. Information is available on, or call Carl Miller at 1-978-369-3755.

CRAC needs a member

The Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee (CRAC) is seeking a member to complete the seven-member committee.

CRAC encourages landowners and developers to keep land in its natural state by putting it under a perpetual conservation restriction. Once land is under a conservation restriction, the committee walks the land periodically to ensure the restriction is being respected. The committee helps landowners through the legal process of approval by the Town and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.

This Committee was established by the Board of Selectmen in 1991. Meetings are generally held once a month from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Send a letter of interest and a resumé to Sylvia Willard, Carlisle Conservation Commission and to Madonna McKenzie, Town Administrator, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle.

COA van transportation

The COA provides transportation for seniors and disabled persons in the COA van or by volunteer drivers. If you have made a medical appointment, call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 as soon as you know the date of the appointment. A minimum of two business days' notice is requested. Transportation is available for all COA events. Weekly scheduled van trips include second and fourth Wednesdays, for errands, grocery shopping on Fridays with the first and third Fridays including grocery and mall shopping. Pickup for these trips is at Carlisle Village Court at 10 a.m. Home pickup can be arranged. There is no fee for riding the van. However, if you feel you would like to contribute to the van maintenance, donations can be mailed to the Friends of the COA.

Apply for School Council by October 3

The Carlisle Public School Council, an advisory group mandated by the State Education Reform Act of 1993, 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 meetings are once a month from 3:15 to 5 p.m.

If you are a parent or community member 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 15.

Restorative Justice training October 12 and 13

The Carlisle Restorative Circle seeks volunteers to participate in cases involving young offenders. Mentors are needed for victims and offenders, as well as "keepers" to conduct circles. Training in restorative justice practices will be held October 12 and 13 at the Concord Police Department, 219 Walden Street, Concord. To register, contact Betsy Maloney, 1-978-318-3447.

Restorative justice is a complement to the judicial system in which volunteers meet in a Circle with victims and young offenders. Cases are referred to the Circle by the police, who strongly support this approach to healing and community building.

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." Transprtation 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.

Senior prescription advice

If you reach that gap in your Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D) that is often called the "donut hole," Prescription Advantage can help. If you are single and

your income is less than $30,630, or, if you are married and your combined income is less than $41,070, Prescription Advantage can help to pay for the drugs covered by your Part D plan. Call Prescription Advantage Customer Service toll-free at 1-800-age-info (1-800-243-4636) or TTY for the deaf and hard of hearing at 1-877-610-0241.

Take a hike at Walden October 23

Join park staff at Walden Pond State Reservation on Sunday, October 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. for a leisurely hike through the woods surrounding Walden Pond. During the hike, discuss the history of the reservation while exploring some of Walden's less-traveled trails. This program is for visitors ages nine to adult. Dress for a woodland hike, wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. Meet at the Park Headquarters.

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

Start the school year right: join the Mosquito staff

Get to know your town and your neighbors. The Mosquito needs news and feature reporters to cover Carisle's news and human interest stories. Call the Mosquito at 1-978-369-8313, e-mail, or stop by the office at 662A Bedford Road for information.

HGRM needs towels

THe Household Goods Recycling Ministry (HGRM) at 530 Main Street, Acton, recycles donated household goods to people in need. HGRM always needs towels, so if you have extra towels tucked away, donate them to people who truly need them. Bring your towels and other household goods in good condition to 530 Main Street, Acton on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 1-978-635-1763 for more information about volunteer opportunities, or 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 60 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 $10 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.

CSEM presents Music by Candlelight October 25

The Cambridge Society for Early Music (CSEM) opens its season with a performance by Sylvia Berry on fortepiano entitled, "The Many Faces of Mozart." The program will take place in the First Religious Society at 8 p.m. on Ocotber 25. Single tickets for CSEM performances are $30 (seniors $25, students with ID $10 and children 12 and under $5), and subscriptions for all three concerts in the Music by Candlelight Series are $75. For information, call 1-617-489-2062, visit or e-mail

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 one hour; the videos are produced by C. Allman.

Mark your calendars for October 2, November 6 and 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 about this program, visit

Leonard Gibbs reads poetry October 22

Leonard Gibbs will share his poetry with Carlisle on October 22 at 7 p.m. in the Gleason Public Library Hollis Room. Author of the collection A Vermont Bestiary, Gibbs describes himself as "first cousin to Wendy Davis and glad of it." The evening promises to have a hint of humor and plenty of poems for those with a fondness for nature. He has published three volumes of poems: Skipping Stones, A Book of Prayers for the Year and A Vermont Bestiary. He was a resident of Carlisle for a year, and remembers that time with great pleasure.

This event is open to the public and sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. To learn more about other library events, visit www.gleason or call 1-978-369-4898.

CSA gift wrap/fall fundraiser is here

Last year, the generous support from families, school staff, and the Carlisle community raised almost $5,000 for our school with gift wrap purchases. Those funds were used to fund teacher grants and curriculum enrichment programs.

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

2007 Carlisle Phone Book supplement available

By now you have received your complimentary copy of the 2007 Carlisle Phone Book. The phone book is produced annually by volunteers from Carlisle's own Red Balloon Preschool. Regrettably, the revisions provided by our pink and blues pages editor were inadvertently omitted from the Artisans' Directory and a portion of the Town Pages. The Red Balloon has published a small supplement to replace the incorrect pages. Supplements can be picked up beginning October 1


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