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Friday, October 5, 2007

Parenting workshop changes dates

"Guiding Good Choices," the four-part education workshop for parents of fifth- through eighth-graders, will take place at the Robbins Library at Carlisle Public School from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays: October 22, 29 and November 5 and 19. Kathy Bowen, K-12 Health Curriculum Coordinator for the Concord Public Schools willl facilitate the group. The fee for the workshop is $40. Register now as space is limited to 15. Contact the Center for Parents and Teachers at or 1-978-202-1146 to register and for information.

CSA meeting October 16

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) meets monthly in the Corey Dining Room at Carlisle Public School to organize a number of events throughout the school year and offers a broad range of activities and opportunities for parental involvement. Meetings are open to the public and all are invited to attend. Join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, October 16 at 9 a.m.

For additional information about the CSA, monthly meetings and activities, visit

"Dads and Donuts" event is October 13

Dads, bring your toddlers to Diment Park on Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. Grab some refreshments, make some new friends and reunite with old ones and renew your Carlisle Parents Connection membership. This event is for families of children from birth to age five.

Schulz speaks on human rights at FRS October 14

On Sunday, October 14, at 10 a.m. at the First Religious Society (FRS), William F. Schulz will speak on the issue of human rights. From the refugee camps of Darfur to the poorest villages in India, from the prison cells of Monrovia, Liberia, to Louisiana's death row, Dr. Schulz has traveled the globe in pursuit of a world free from human rights violations. As executive director of Amnesty International USA from 1994 to 2006, he headed the American section of the world's oldest and largest human rights organization.

An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, Dr. Schulz has served on the boards of People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the International Organization for Religious Freedom, the world's oldest international interfaith organization. He has received seven honorary degrees.

"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 on the Carlisle Town Common.

"Pumpkins on the Common" kicks off at the Harvest Fair on Saturday, October 13, and runs through the week. It ends October 20 with a festival featuring games, face-painting, pumpkin-carving, food, music and a variety of pumpkin-judging events geared to all ages. The Saturday Harvest Fair and Pumpkin Festivals 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, "Pumpkins on the Common" will also raise funds for the Carlisle School Association, Friends of the Council on Aging, Friends of the Gleason Public Library, Carlisle Kids House and other local non-profit groups. Music is provided through a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council.

Information can be accessed at Volunteers are still needed for a variety of tasks throughout the week. Contact Carol Nathan (

Carlisle Conservation 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 and 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.

Anyone interested in reviewing current pesticide practices on conservation land may review the recent study done by the Land Stewardship Committee. A copy is available in the Gleason Public Library, is also in the Conservation Commission office in the Carlisle Town Hall, or can be reviewed on the town's web site:

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are regularly held on the second Tuesday of the month during the fall, winter and spring seasons. Their purpose is 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.

Spaghetti Supper is October 16

Be sure to come to the Annual Sixth- Grade Spaghetti Supper on Tuesday, October 16, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Carlisle Public School's Corey Dining Room. Let the sixth graders serve you a delicious "home-cooked" meal. This year's dinner features products from several local farms, including organic beef from Carlisle's Mill Iron Farm. Adults are $7, children and seniors $5. Tickets sell fast, so purchase them right away. Add to the fun by buying raffle tickets, $1 each, or buy a packet of six raffle tickets for $5. Golden Raffle tickets are $20 each and golden raffle items include a Cape Cod getaway, Nike Tennis Camp and a $250 Home Depot gift card. Tickets can be purchased from any sixth-grader or at Ferns.

Seniors may earn money to reduce 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 Police, Council on Aging, School, Selectmen, Library, School, and others. 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 before 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. Add value to your town and get a tax credit at the same time.

Historical Society open house is October 21

Heald House, home of the Carlisle Historical Society at 698 Concord Street, will hold an open house on Sunday, October 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to tour the historical collections, meet friends and neighbors and tour the barn with its brand-new look and refurbished space.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

CSEM presents concert October 25

The Cambridge Society for Early Music (CSEM) opens its season with a piano performance entitled, "The Many Faces of Mozart" 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 series are $75. For information, call 1-617-489-2062, visit or e-mail

FOGPL seeks members

The Friends of Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) are seeking talented and enthusiastic new members. Meetings occur on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the library, with the next meeting on October 17. The Friends are looking for volunteers to help organize and support annual events, such as the Potluck Supper (a wonderful community gathering) or the Used Book Sale, which funds many library programs. If interested, contact Verna Gilbert at 1-978-369-9278 or verna_gilbert@

FRS concert series celebrates 250 years

The First Religious Society (FRS) celebrates its 250 years with a concert series. Donations will be appreciated at the reception immediately following each event.

The first concert, on October 14 at 4 p.m., features the MP3 Jazz, with Markus Pinney on piano and vocals, John Clarkon bass and Harvey Nosowitz on percussion. On January 27, 2008 at 4 p.m., Fumito Nunoya will perform on marimbas. Additional concerts will be announced as the 250th celebration year continues.

Register for lacrosse spring registration now

Want to play the fastest game on two feet? Anyone can play lacrosse — the big and the small.

Concord-Carlisle Youth Lacrosse registration is now open for the 2008 spring season. A variety of programs, are available for beginners and experienced players alike. Convenient online registration for both girls in grades three through eight and boys in grades two though eight can be found on or on forms available on the web site which can be printed and mailed in.

All registrations and payments must be made by December 15. Any registrations received on or after that date will be subject to a late fee, if there are still spaces available. To be eligible for participation, players must be eligible for their respective age groups on January 1. To be eligible for the U15 teams, the players must be 14 or younger on that date and must not be enrolled in high school.

CCHS football workday is November 17

On Saturday, November 17, the CCHS football players will be available for hire to do raking and light yard work. The money raised supports the High School football team as well as provides a needed service for a reasonable price. The fee is $15 per player per hour with a minimum of two players for three hours. Call or e-mail Laura McKenna at 1-508-361-2243 or

Ticotsky and Sutton speak in Lexington October 16

Carlisle grade five teacher, Alan Ticotsky, and his wife, author Jane Sutton, will present a talk at Cary Memorial Library in Lexington at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, entitled, "Is There Room for Two Authors in the House?" Ticotsky has written several books for teachers, including a new series entitled "Science Giants." Sutton writes children's books, the latest called, The Trouble with Cauliflower.

The presentation is free of charge and will be open to the public. Following the short program, the authors will answer questions and be available to sign copies of their books. For information, visit:

Receipts for education

The Carlisle Public Schools and Carlisle School Association are participating, once again, in a fundraising program sponsored by Donelan's Supermarket and Crosby's Market. Register receipt tapes from these two stores, dated 9/1/07 through 3/31/08, will be collected, tallied, and used in their program which supports local education. Last year's drive collected enough tapes to provide the school with two cordless microscopes, two inclined stereo microscopes, and some gym/playground equipment at no cost to the school or taxpayers. Children can drop off register receipts at the school library. If you do not have a child in the school and would like to participate in this

program, send your receipts to: K. Brown, 133 Hutchins Road, Carlisle, MA 01741.

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.

Honoring 137 years of public service

Help Carlisle honor Esther and Waldo Wilson and their daughter Sarah Andreassen's 137 years of public service to our town. Donations are needed to purchase commemorative plaques and other memorabilia for the Fire Station, Police Station and Town Hall.

Waldo Wilson served as Fire Chief for over 50 years and Town Accountant for 45 years. Esther Wilson served as a one woman communications department as Town Dispatcher for 52 years. Sarah Andreassen served as Town Clerk for 14 years and as Town Accountant for 28 years. The fitting tributes are being funded privately. Your donation will make it possible to recognize these extraordinary people and their dedication to Carlisle. Your check may be made payable to the Wilson-Andreassen Gift Fund and sent to Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

COA doings

· 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 upcoming 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.

· 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.

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

· 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.

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