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Friday, October 19, 2007

Enter pumpkin contests October 20

Do you grow, decorate, or carve pumpkins, or have a great pumpkin recipe? Pumpkin lovers of all ages are invited to take part in the Pumpkins on the Common festival contests by dropping off entries at the First Religious Society Friday, October 19, from 4 to 9 p.m. or Saturday, October 20, from 8 to 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded Saturday afternoon. Entry fee is $1 per entry, $5 maximum. Categories and details are available at

Pumpkins on the Common Festival ends October 20

Pumpkins on the Common ends Saturday, October 20, with a festival featuring games, face-painting, pumpkin-carving, food, music and a variety of pumpkin-judging events geared to all ages. Traditional and contemporary New England folk music will be provided by Yankee Notions and a Cajun lunch will raise money for a Carlisle group going to New Orleans to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Steered by the Carlisle Garden Club, Pumpkins on the Common is raising funds for the Carlisle School Association, Friends of the Council on Aging, and other local non-profit groups. Music is provided through a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council. For more information visit

Concert at Union Hall Coffeehouse October 20

Ken & Julie & the Eclectic Folk Project (, along with singer/songwriter Tom Smith ( come together at the Union Hall Coffeehouse on Saturday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m, after a fun day at Pumpkins on the Common to help raise money for local charities. Ken DeAngelis and Julie Ziavras will present a concert of original acoustic folk music and selected folk and international songs. Tickets ($15) are available at the door or online. B.Y.O.B. and enjoy the delectables at the café.

CSA Bingo night tonight

The Carlisle School Association is pleased to offer a free family-oriented, fun-filled evening of Bingo and refreshments on Friday, October 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room on the campus of Carlisle Public Schools. Children not yet in fifth grade must be accompanied by an adult.

CPAC meets October 25

The next Carlisle Parent Advisory Council (CPAC) meeting will be on October 25 at 7 p.m. in the Gleason Library Hollis Room. The next parent support group meeting will be on October 26 at 9 a.m. at 484 Cross Street. All parents of children with special needs are welcome. Questions? Call Kris Tocci, 1-978-371-6498, or Lori Tucker, 1-978-371-3292.

Fire Department open house October 20

The Carlisle Fire Department will be holding an open house at the Fire Station in observance of National Fire Prevention Month on Saturday, October 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. This is a family event: kids, come and squirt the fire hose and view the department's equipment and fire apparatus.

The popular "Smoke House" will train our children in what to do in case of a fire at home, and there will be a live fire demonstration and instruction on the use of fire extinguishers. Fire safety literature will be available as well as qualified personnel to answer any questions you may have. Refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Carlisle Fire Department and the Carlisle Firefighter's Relief Association.

Library computer course November 7

Would you like to learn more about electronic databases available to you through the library? The Gleason Public Library is offering an introductory electronic database course on Wednesday, November 7 from 10 to 11 a.m. This is an introductory course focusing on basic searching and browsing through a database. Call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898 to register. Registration is required due to space limitations.

Fruitlands presents Museum of Russian Icons October 28

Museum of Russian Icons curator Jesse Rives will visit Fruitlands Museum on October 28 at 2 p.m. to describe the history of the new Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton. The museum holds the largest collection of its kind in North America, over 260 icons spanning six centuries. For information, visit or call 1-978-456-3924.

HGRM needs pots, pans

Household Goods Recycling Ministry (HGRM) always needs pots and pans, and right now the need is particularly acute. Everyone enjoys a hot meal when the weather turns nippy, and our clients are no exception. HGRM, at 530 Main Street, Acton, is a not-for-profit agency staffed entirely by volunteers that recycles donated household goods and distributes them at no charge to people in need.

Pots and pans are among the basic necessities that fly off HGRM's shelves. Perhaps you have extras stashed away after you upgraded or consolidated two households. Bring your pots, pans, or other household goods that are in good condition to 530 Main Street on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday mornings between 9 and noon. Call 1-978-635-1763 for more information or visit

Colonial Spirit chorus seeks singers

Did you sing years ago and would like to get back into it? Have you wondered what it is like to sing four-part acappella show music? Would you like an opportunity to perform with a dynamic, talented group of women? The Colonial Spirit Show Chorus is eager to teach you. Come to a Thursday night rehearsal. The chorus is composed of women of all ages from many towns throughout the area, who sing a wide variety of music arranged in four-part harmony. Rehearsals are every Thursday at the Church of The Good Shepherd, Newtown Road (off Route 27) in Acton at 7:15 p.m.

For information, call Norma at 1-978-692-2270 or Noreen at 1-978-263-0562 or visit our web site

CCTV Channel 8 CCHS shows

CCHS Experience: October 19, 7:33 p.m.; October 20, 4 p.m., 10:14 p.m.; October 24, 1 p.m.

Sports: October 20, 4:10 p.m.; October 24, 10 p.m.

Theater: October 20, 8:45 p.m.; October 22, 8 p.m.; October 24, 1:10 p.m.

Orchestra: October 20, 10:30 p.m.

Band: October 22, 9:30 p.m.

Video Production: October 20, 11:16 p.m., October 24, 2:47 p.m.

Film Leader: October 24, 2:39 p.m.

Pop Warner Football: October 20, 1 p.m.; October 22, 2 p.m.; October 24, 6 p.m.

WWI Series with Elliot Lilien: October 19, 9 p.m.; October 22, 6 p.m.; October 23, 3 p.m.; October 24, 8 p.m.; October 26, 9 p.m.

Council on Aging: October 22, 11 a.m.; October 23, 8 p.m.

Writer's Spotlight with Tracy McArdle: October 23, 4 p.m.; October 26, 7:17 p.m.

Channel 9

C-C Fall Coordination Meeting: October 20, 4 p.m.; October 21, 8 a.m.

Board of Selectmen: October 19, 8 p.m.; October 21, 8 p.m.; October 22, 8 a.m.; October 23, 7 p.m.; October 24, 4 p.m.

Regional School Committee ACE Task Force: October 20, 8 a.m., October 23, 8 a.m.

Regional School Committee: October 21, noon; October 24, 8 p.m.

Heart disease lecture November 5

Virginia Dow, RN, nurse manager of the cardiac rehabilitation program at Emerson Hospital, will present a lecture on women and heart disease at the Bedford Library on November 5 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Dow's presentation will include information on heart disease and its symptoms, treatment and prevention.

The Bedford Library is located at 7 Mudge Way, Bedford. For more information, call 1-978-287-3085.

COA doings

· Monthly coffee: On Thursday, November 1, 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.

· Concord Players play: Seniors are invited to an open dress performance on Thursday, November 1, of The Odd Couple at 51 Walden Street, Concord.

· Armchair travel slide show: On Tuesday, November 6, at 10:30 a.m. in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library, local travel enthusiast Charlie Allman will present a program on the Canary Islands. For information, visit

· Opera in Carlisle: The Friends of the COA Lee Milliken Fund and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library are bringing back John Tischio to lead a five-part series of operas on November 7, 14, 28 and December 5 and 12. The free series, limited to 50 people, will be on Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library. Register by calling 1-978-369-4898.

· Men's breakfast: On Thursday, November 8, our mystery chefs will be cooking up a storm at the Sleeper Room at Village Court, starting at 8 a.m. This event is open to all senior men. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated. For van service, call 1-978-371-6690.

· The Nutcracker: See The Nutcracker, presented by the Boston Ballet at the Opera House, on Sunday, December 9, at 1 p.m. Tickets must be reserved by November 9.

The van will leave Town Hall at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $54 per senior. To reserve your space, contact Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or Send a check made out to the Carlisle COA to Kathy Mull at the Carlisle COA, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

"Revolutionary Energy Rally" November 3

As part of Step It Up's support for curbing global warming, there will be a "Revolutionary Energy Rally" at the Old North Bridge on Monument Street in Concord on November 3 at 2 p.m. to call for leadership on global warming. Participants, some in colonial garb, will call for key priorities: no new coal plants, 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 and five million new green jobs. Speakers include State Representatives Jamie Eldridge, Jim Marzilli and Bill Brownsberger and State Senator Susan Fargo. Everyone is urged to attend. The Carlisle sponsor for this event is the Carlisle Climate Action Committee. For information, visit

Concord Players' one-acts October 21

On Sunday, October 21, the Concord Players will open their season with the annual Fall Huddle, an event open to the public. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of two one-act comedies, The Rental by Mark Harvey and Perfect by Mary Gallagher. The curtain will go up at approximately 8 p.m. The evening's social hour will begin at 7 p.m. with refreshments and with players on hand to greet new and old friends.

Renewable energy talk October 21

The Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition is hosting a free presentation by Steven Strong, nationally recognized solar advocate, renewable energy designer and author. On Sunday, October 21, at the Cary Memorial Hall, 1605 Mass. Avenue in Lexington, Strong will demonstrate that "the end of the era of cheap oil is upon us" and that renewable energy is ready here and now. Steven Strong was responsible for the design of the first Massachusett solar house built on Munroe Hill in Carlisle. As president of Solar Design Associates, Strong's expertise in environmentally responsive building design and the engineering and integration of sustainable energy systems will provide a lively, thought-provoking evening.

Acton Book Sale scheduled for October 26 to 28

The Friends of Acton Libraries will hold their next book sale, Friday, October 26, through Sunday, October 28, in the Meeting Room of Memorial Library, 486 Main Street. The book sale is open to the general public Saturday 9-4 p.m. Sunday, October 28, is Half-Price Day from 2 to 4 p.m. in the afternoon.

The library entrance and parking lot are reached from Woodbury Lane, which is opposite the Isaac Davis Monument on Main Street, Route 27.

David Sibley at the Concord Museum October 28

The Thoreau Farm Trust and the Concord Museum, in conjunction with the Concord Festival of Authors, welcome David Sibley, author of The Sibley Guide to Birds at a free event on Sunday, October 28, at 1:30 p.m. at the Concord Museum (Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Road, Concord). To R.S.V.P. for the event, contact Nancy Grohol at 1-978-369-3091 or Sibley will talk about traveling, sketching, and painting to create the field guide, emphasizing, as Henry David Thoreau did, the intimate connections between humans and the rest of nature and the importance of understanding and protecting our environment.

Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Carlisle. The maps can be viewed by the public at the Town Administrator's office, 66 Westford Road, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. There will be two meetings held in the area for interested parties: Wednesday, November 7, at the JV Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street, Westford, from 1 to 3 p.m. (oriented towards community officials) and Thursday, November 8, at Billerica Town Hall Auditorium, 365 Boston Road, Billerica, from 7 to 9 p.m. (oriented towards the general public).

Gleason Pumpkin Spectacle October 23

Now that you have bought that neat pumpkin at the Pumpkins on the Common, what will you do with it? Enter it in the Gleason Library's Great Pumpkin Spectacle, an event that has become a Carlisle Halloween tradition, on Tuesday, October 23. Every year, kindergartners, first-, second- and third-graders display extraordinary creativity and imagination in their pumpkin decorating.

To register, bring your pumpkin to the children's department at the library between 4 and 6:30 p.m. on October 23. Registrations before 6 p.m. are preferred. Pumpkins will be judged separately on each grade level in three categories: carved, decorated, and carved and decorated, plus a lucky winner drawn for each age group. Those who do not wish their pumpkins to be judged may bring them to the special "display only" table.

At 6:45 p.m., storyteller and actress Carolyn Martino will present her program of "Spoooky Tales" in the Corey Auditorium at the Carlisle Public School. This performance is not intended for children younger than grade K because of the scary content.

After an informal parade from the school to the library at approximately 7:45 p.m. (children are encouraged to bring flashlights), the three judges will announce their decisions. Families and friends are invited to share in this traditional evening of fun with their children by viewing the pumpkins and enjoying refreshments at this time. The Friends of the Gleason Library fund this event in its entirety. For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.

5K walk/10K run to support Orchard House October 21

Louisa May Alcott loved to run. In the guise of Orchard House Director Jan Turnquist, she will do it again in Concord at the annual 5K Walk/10K Run on Sunday, October 21, to benefit education programming and the preservation of Orchard House.

The event kicks off at the Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street, Concord with free on-site parking. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., warm-up at 11:45 a.m., and the main event begins at noon. Fees range from $10 to $35; age 17 and under are free. For more information, visit, e-mail, or call 1-978-369-4418 x104.

Emergency response training October 25

The next local training in adult and child CPR and AED will be at Concord-Carlisle High School on Thursday, October 25, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sponsored by Adult and Community Education, the training follows the guidelines of the American Heart Assocation. In addition to the basic techniques of adult and child CPR and the use of the lifesaving automatic external defibrillator, participants learn to use protective devices in CPR and how to recognize the signs of four major emergencies: heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrest and airway obstruction. The $60 fee includes manual, mask and AHA certification fees.

To enroll, call 1-978-318-1540 days, 1-978-318-1432 nights, or sign up online at

Register now for December 1 pastel workshop at GPL

The Gleason Public Library (GPL) is offering a free workshop for adults in pastel painting with award-winning artist, Gregory John Maichack, at the library on Saturday, December 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. Space is limited, so call 1-978-369-4898 to pre-register for this free class.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. To learn more, visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

CSEM concert October 25 at FRS

The Cambridge Society for Early Music (CSEM) opens its Chamber Music by Candlelight series with a Mozart pianoforte program played by Sylvia Berry entitled, "The Many Faces of Mozart." Carlisle will host this concert in the First Religious Society (FRS) on October 25 at 8 p.m. For information, call 1-617-489-2062, visit or e-mail

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