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Friday, February 15, 2008

Basic computer/Internet offered at GPL March 5

Are you new to using computers? Do you need to brush up on your computer skills? The Gleason Public Library (GPL) is offering a basic computer/Internet course on Wednesday, March 5, 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 because of space limitations.

Public forums March 3 and 5 for CCHS Superintendent search process

The Concord-Carlisle Regional School District will hold a series of focus groups as part of the search process to find a replacement for Superintendent Brenda Finn, who is retiring in June.

What are the skills needed to lead the combined Concord and Concord-Carlisle Regional school districts? Public input is being sought through focus groups led by Jim Hardy from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. A forum for parents is scheduled for Monday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Thoreau Elementary School, 29 Prarie Street, Concord. Another forum for the general community will be held on Wednesday, March 5 at the same location.

American justice series begins March 5

Three trials will be discussed over a three-part lecture series led by Professor Gary Hylander on March 5, 12, and 19, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The lecture series is sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and the Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging, Lee Milliken Fund. The lectures will include discussions of the Sacco and Vanzetti, Lindbergh kidnapping,andthe Rosenberg atomic spy trials.

To register for this lecture series, call the library reference desk now at 1-978-369-4898. Space is limited to 50 people. The series will be filmed and made available on CCTV (Concord Carlisle Community Television) and recorded for checkout at the Gleason Public Library,

Mosquito needs reporters, proofreaders

Join the Mosquito's reporting staff and be the first to know all the important news and events in Carlisle. Or, come to the Mosquito office on Wednesday mornings and proofread the newspaper before it goes to press. For information, call 1-978-369-8313 or drop by the office Mondays through Wednesdays.

Health proxy workshop March 6 to 13

Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education will host a workshop with Carlisle attorney Linda Butterworth-Till next month, " Health Care Proxy and Living Will." It is for people who recognize that rapidly advancing health technologies require a careful and thorough approach to preparing and filing these two documents. When a person becomes incapacitated, these legal instruments allow a person of one's choice, not a person chosen by the Probate Court, to make health care decisions. The course dates are March 6 to13, 7 to 9 p.m. at CCHS, and the fee is $100. Telephone enrollment is at 1-978-318-1540 weekdays, 1-978-318-1432 evenings, or online at

Gleason seeks volunteers for restoration committee

Gleason Public Library is seeking volunteers to serve on a restoration committee, which will research and write a plan for the restoration and repair of the library's brick and granite façade. If you have an interest in preserving the library or historical, architectural, or contruction expertise, you are invited to call Library Director Angela Mollet at the library at 1-978-369-4898, and set up a time to meet with her and the Gleason Public Library trustees. Volunteer to help preserve one of Carlisle's most treasured landmarks.

Carlisle Climate Action-Environment offers new Yahoo group

The Carlisle Climate Action group is offering a new Yahoo group, "CarlisleClimateAction-Environment," now in operation. To join, go to: and click on Join This Group. Explore, enjoy, participate. You can work from the group web site (once you join) or just send or reply to e-mails. You can just read without joining.

Reply first to an existing topic (sometimes called thread and determined by a common subject line), where applicable, rather than start a new topic. Just send or reply to

Under "Local CCA action brainstorming," you can add your own ideas or respond to existing topics.

Get the Gleason e-newsletter now

Anyone with an e-mail address can sign up for the Gleason Public Library's e-newsletter, "Library Latest." These monthly mailings keep you current on coming library events, great books, music, and movies and much more. The e-newsletter is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. To sign up, visit or call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898.

Fifth-grade parents meet February 28

There will be a brief meeting for all parents of children currently in the fifth grade at Carlisle Public Schools on Thursday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room. It is the tradition for the sixth-grade class to organize and host a community Spaghetti Supper. The help of all sixth-graders and their parents is crucial to make this event the success that it is. Join in for an overview of the supper, its purpose and how it works, and sign up for your favorite committee. If you cannot attend or for more information, contact Kathleen at

Rail Trail meeting February 26

The February meeting of the Friends of the BFRT (Bruce Freeman Rail Trail) will be held on Tuesday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Pedal Power, 176 Great Road (Route 2A) in Acton. The featured speaker will be Cathy Buckley Lewis of the Massachusetts Central Transportation Planning Staff, who will speak on "Trail Usage Counts."

Anyone interested in multi-use trails, or supporting the Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, is encouraged to help with this year's spring usage count. Visit for further information.

Emerson Hospital offers sleep seminar March 6

Emerson Hospital will host an A.W.A.K.E. New England Chapter lecture on sleep and workplace performance on Thursday, March 6, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the North Assembly Room at Emerson. The seminar will be presented by Terese Hammond, MD.

"Sleep is incredibly marginalized by our current culture of long work hours," said Dr. Hammond. "The National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research estimates that 40 million Americans are chronically ill with various sleep disorders, and the approximate cost in terms of lost workplace productivity is $150 billion per year. Sleepiness among workers has been implicated in a variety of modern workplace disasters, including Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Bhopal, and it has been estimated that workers' tiredness is the main and immediate cause for 18% of all accidents and injuries occurring at the workplace."

To register or obtain more information, call 1-800-432-8808, or visit

Calling upcoming kindergartners

Do you have a child who is eligible for kindergarten in 2008? If so, have you received a kindergarten postcard in the mail? Do you know of any family new to town with a kindergarten-aged youngster? To receive a postcard or to let our guidance office know of new families in town, call Jennifer Lipton or Sheila Morris at 1-978-369-6550, so that all eligible children may be part of the planning for the 2008-2009 school year.

Carlisle Rec offers musical theater experience

Join Carlisle Recreation and Elaine Jarvis for The Musical Experience: Mary Poppins. The program will meet in Corey Auditorium on Mondays from March 3 to May 19. The fee is $225/participant in grades one through six, which includes costumes and a party. Register early and get information at the recreation office at 1-978-369-9815.

Pediatrics West offers classes for expectant moms beginning March 4

Pediatrics West, which has offices at the Emerson Health Centers in Westford and Groton, will offer a series of four free classes for expectant moms. The classes, held in Westford from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on March 4, 11, 18 and 25 and again in Groton from 9 to 10 a.m. on April 5, 12, 19 and 26, are taught by a Pediatrics West nurse and mother of four. Classes will also be held at Emerson Hospital on May 2, 9, 16, and 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the North Assembly Room.

Pediatrics West is located at 133 Littleton Road in Westford and at 100 Boston Post Road (Suite F) in Groton.

Participants can sign up for one, two, three or all of the classes. Partners and/or support people are welcome. Call 1-978-577-0464 for more information or to register.

New at the Concord Museum

· American Style: Russell Kettell's Pine Furniture, now through May 18

Antique collector, educator and author of now classic books on furniture, The Pine Furniture of Early New England and Early American Rooms, Russell Kettell (1890-1958) defined an aesthetic that helped shape the appreciation of American art and craft in the 1920s and 30s. The exhibition draws on the Concord Museum's own Kettell collection of over 1,000 pieces, as well as several private collections, and offers new scholarship toward an understanding of New England vernacular furniture. Included in the exhibition are over 120 objects including boxes, tables, candlestands, looking glasses, six-board cases, cupboards, hanging shelves, ceramics and metalware. Free with museum admission; members free.

· Afternoon Tea, American Style

Bring a friend, neighbor or family member on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 1 and 3 p.m. for warming tea and delicious sweets in the Concord Museum's elegant Brooke Hall. This year's tea will highlight those great American creations: the chocolate chip cookie, snickerdoodle and blondie.$15/tea; $20/tea and museum admission; on a walk-in, space available basis.

· Tool Time Museum Storyhour February 8

This season's Friday storyhours at 1 p.m., for children ages three to five with an adult, capture a child's fascination with tools, inspired by the museum's new exhibition, American Style: Russell Kettell's Pine Furniture. Led by a Museum educator, each storyhour includes a book-related craft activity and a snack. $5/member child/adult pair per session; $8/nonmember pair; by reservation. Additional Tool Time storyhours are scheduled in March, April and May.

"Bullying: Rite of Passage — or Hidden Menace?" February 27

Come share your thoughts, experiences, and ideas about combatting bullying with Carlisle resident and respected author, Nancy Garden, on Wednesday, February 27 at 7 p.m. She will lead a discussion about such questions as what makes kids bullies or victims; what victims, bystanders, schools, and parents can do to combat both "real-life" bullying and cyberbullying; and how schools, including Carlisle's, have reacted to bullying. Garden is the author of some 35 books for children and teens, several of which touch on bullying and one of which, Endgame, is about a 14-year-old victim of bullies who retaliates with violence. Though sensitive in subject, this community conversation will help us effectively combat bullying in its many forms.

This program is free and open to the public. To register for this program, please call the library reference desk at 1-978-369-4898. Space is limited to 50 people. This program is made possible through a grant from the Manton Foundation.

Discovery Museum's vacation week programs

On Monday, February 18, at 9:30 a.m. the Children's Discovery Museum presents "Winter Is For The Birds." Many birds do not fly south for the winter. Make a bird treat to leave outside and help our winged friends get through the snowy months.

On Monday, February 18, drop in from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as the Science Discovery Museum presents "National Engineers Week Challenge." Discover the excitement of engineering as you build a seven-foot dome. Try challenges and create and test your own designs. Take home ideas for engineering activities that you can do with simple materials.

On Tuesday, February 19, at 9:30 a.m., the Children's Discovery Museum presents "Copters." Twirl and float through the air, make your own bunny copter to take home today.

On Wednesday, February 20, at 9:30 a.m. the Children's Discovery Museum presents "Hoop Gliders." Design your own glider to sail through the air. Will you make a long one? Short one? Make one to test and take home.

On Wednesday, February 20, come to a program entitled "Slimy, Sticky, Bouncy Chemistry." Learn how to mix common chemicals to get bouncy, sticky, uncommon results with scientist Susanna Gordon-Messer. Ages 7- to 10-year-olds will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 10- to 13-year-olds will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The instructor is also Gordon-Messer. The fee is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Pre-registration is required.

On Thursday, February 21, at 9:30 a.m. the Children's Discovery Museum presents "Bridges and Blocks." Design Bessieopolis. Towers and trestles, add your special touch. Plan through mapping, sketch a design, and create. How many levels high will you build your structure?

On Friday, February 22, at 9:30 a.m. the Children's Discovery Museum presents "Ramp-n-roll Road Construction." Line them up and move it out. Where will you go? Test the speed, race along curves and on the straightaway. Do you go faster downhill? You be the engineer today and test your hypothesis.

Workshop for women February 25

Nahoba Valley Technical High School is hosting a two-hour workshop for women about money. To register for the February 25 "The Money Thing" workshop (7 to 8:30 p.m.), call 1-978-692-4711. Nashoba Valley Technical High School is located on Route 110 in Westford. For more information, visit

Minuteman announces middle school career exploratory program for March

Minuteman Regional High School (MRHS) in Lexington offers its after-school "Career Exploration Program" for students in sixth through eighth grade each Monday and Wednesday in March from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. It will include diverse academic enrichment and technical program offerings. There will be two cycles offered; cycle 1 on March 3, 5, 10 and 12 and cycle 2 on March 17, 19, 24 and 26.

Bus transportation will be provided from and to the Carlisle School. There is a small program fee (non-refundable) of $20 for each cycle per student. For more information, call 1-781-861-7150 or visit For participants' convenience, MRHS now supports online registrations at MRHS is located at 758 Marrett Road in Lexington.

Lester Brown speaks in Lexington February 24

Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, will talk on environmental sustainability and the climate crisis on Sunday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Cary Hall, 1605 Mass. Avenue, Lexington. The event is free and open to the public.

Do not miss this opportunity to hear the world's foremost environmental economist present his bold new plan to stop global warming and achieve world sustainability.

Kevin Knobloch, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, will give opening remarks. Copies of Brown's new book, Plan B 3.0 — Mobilizing to Save Civilization, will be available for sale and signing. The talk is sponsored by the Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition. For more information, visit

Concord tour guide course starts February 25

Become a tour guide in Concord this spring. A course, which provides a wealth of information about our neighboring town and its place in American history, will be offered at CCHS starting February 25. In addition to Concord history, the course will also cover techniques of interpreting cultural history to an audience. Those applying for a guide license from the town must complete this course and pass an exam. See topics at You may register there, or call Concord- Carlisle Adult and Community Education at 1-978-318-1540 weekdays, 1-978-318-1432 evenings. The fee is $150 for seven sessions, one of which is a walking tour of Concord, plus the textbook.

Concord Players present "Dorothy Parker Revived"

On Sunday, February 24, at 7 p.m., the Concord Players will revive the wit and wisdom of the legendary Dorothy Parker in a sampling of her famous quips and short stories adapted to play form by Concord resident Lida McGirr.

Dorothy Parker's sardonic voice was heard for several decades of the 20th century in leading publications. Between 1927 and 1933, she wrote book reviews for the New Yorker, and her work continued to appear in the magazine until 1955. She was a founding member of the famous Algonquin Hotel Round Table.

The peformance and reception afterward will be at the Friends of the Performing Arts Building, 51 Walden Street, Concord. Tickets at the door. Suggested donation $5. For more information, call 1-978-369-1468.

Concord Players present "Dorothy Parker Revived"

On Sunday, February 24, at 7 p.m., the Concord Players will revive the wit and wisdom of the legendary Dorothy Parker in a sampling of her famous quips and short stories adapted to play form by Concord resident Lida McGirr.

Dorothy Parker's sardonic voice was heard for several decades of the 20th century in leading publications. Between 1927 and 1933, she wrote book reviews for the New Yorker, and her work continued to appear in the magazine until 1955. She was a founding member of the famous Algonquin Hotel Round Table.

The peformance and reception afterward will be at the Friends of the Performing Arts Building, 51 Walden Street, Concord. Tickets at the door. Suggested donation $5. For more information, call 1-978-369-1468.

Carlisle Rec seeks pools and employees for summer fun

The Carlisle Recreation Summer Fun program needs three to four private pools in town to be donated by resident homeowners for the purpose of teaching children to be safe around water. Pools need to be well-maintained, have access to a bathroom, have area cell phone coverage or access to a telephone, have access to a covered shelter area and be available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 30 to August 8.

Applications for summer employment can be found at Applications are due by the end of March and letters of hire will be sent by the end of April.

If you can help or need more information, call 1-978-369-9815 or e-mail

GPL offers adult fitness workshop February 26

On February 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library, Shirley Lynch will present a workshop on "How to Put that Spring Back in Your Step: Make Every Step Count Toward Overall Fitness." This workshop will introduce participants to Aston-Mechanics®, a unique perspective on bio-mechanics that teaches simple, effective exercises that release habitual tension patterns, allow participants to explore more optimal alignment and movement patterns and result in more evenly distributed effort and muscle tone, less wear and tear on joints, greater resiliency and strength in bones and more available energy. Wear clothing that is comfortable for movement and walking shoes.

This program is presented by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. The program is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. To learn more, call 1-979-369-4898. In case of snow, this program will be held on March 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

This program is part of a series made possible by an Equal Access grant funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Future workshops in this series will offer free "how-tos" on a variety of topics at the library.

To learn more about other library events, visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

Indian Hill concert February 21

All Carlisle residents are invited to the Indian Hill String Chamber concert led by Peter Krysa, violin, at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, following the Council on Aging luncheon at 11:45 a.m. at the First Religious Society's Union Hall.

This program is supported in full by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Children's science February 22

Gleason Public Library presents "Super-cold Science," a Boston Museum of Science traveling program, on February 22,

Parent group meets February 29

The Carlisle Public School parent support group will meet on February 29 at 9 a.m. at the home of Lori Brown, 146 Davis Road. All parents of children with special needs are welcome. Questions, call Kris Tocci at 1-978-371-6498 or Lori Tucker at 1-978-371-3292.

CSA informational coffee meets February 28

The next Carlisle School Association (CSA) parent informational coffee will be held on February 28 at 11 a.m. at the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall. This is a very important meeting for all parents and community members to attend as we will be discussing the current state of the buildings that comprise the Carlisle Public Schools, what changes need to occur, and how much it is going to cost. Lee Storrs, chair of the Building Committee, will be the featured speaker for this discussion.

COA doings

· Van trips: The van will go to the Wrentham outlets on February 15 and to Wal-Mart/Hannaford's in Chelmsford either February 25 or 27. The fee is $5 per person. Call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 now if you are interested in these trips as there are only 13 seats on the van.

· Luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, February 21, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the First Religious Society for a luncheon/tea followed by entertainment by the Indian Hill chamber ensemble, sponsored in part by the Carlisle Cultural Council. Blood pressure screenings will be provided from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP by Friday, February 15. Let the COA know if you need a van ride when you make your reservation. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated.

· Podiatry clinic: The next COA podiatry clinic is Tuesday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sleeper Room at Village Court Housing. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 for an appointment. The fee is $15, payable to the Friends of Carlisle COA (FCOA). Home visits may be done that day also. This clinic is supported in part by the FCOA.

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