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Friday, February 29, 2008

COA doings

• Adult spring bridge classes: Roy Green will be teaching two classes again this spring, so you can learn to play bridge, brush up on your skills or take it to a new level. Beginner bridge meets eight Monday evenings March 17 to May 5 in the Sleeper Room at 7 p.m.; intermediate bridge meets eight Thursday evenings March 13 to May 1 in the Sleeper Room at 7 p.m. The cost is $60 per adult, $50 per senior 60+, plus the cost of the book ($10) if you do not have it. To register for either class, call 1-978-371-2895 or 1-978-371-6693 as these classes are limited in size. Make checks payable to the Carlisle COA and mail to Kathy Mull at the COA at 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741, or drop off a check at the COA office at Town Hall Monday —“ Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Santa Fe slide show: Come to a slide show at Union Hall at the FRS on Friday, March 14 at noon. Collette Tours will present a slide show about the upcoming fall trip to Santa Fe. Bring your lunch or buy a sandwich and beverage for $2. To make a reservation, call the COA office no later than noon on Monday, March 10.

• Fuel assistance: If you are having trouble paying your heating bill, there are still funds available to assist you. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 or 1-978-371-6693 to see if you qualify

• Using your digital camera: Join Carlisle school students and other seniors on Tuesday, March 4 from 3:15 —“ 5:15 p.m. at the Carlisle Public School library in the Robbins Building to learn about using a digital camera. The class uses MacIntosh computers. Bring your digital camera or buy a disposable digital camera. To register for this class, which is limited to 15 seniors, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

• Monthly coffee: On Thursday, March 6, 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 a.m. in the Sleeper Room. All Carlisle seniors are invited; no need to sign up, no fee. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 if you need a ride.

• Nashoba Technical HS Lunch: Join the traveling lunch group on Tuesday, March 11 at 11:45 a.m. at Nashoba Tech for lunch. The cost is $10 plus tip to be paid at the restaurant. Book no later than noon on March 6 by calling the COA office at 1-978-371-2895. The menu includes a choice of baked haddock or chicken cordon bleu. For a van ride, call 1-978-371-6690.

• 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 arranged that day also. This clinic is supported in part by the FCOA.

• Knitting group: If you like to knit for a good cause, the knitting group is meeting on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the FRS. No need to sign up. Just drop in when you can. For more information, call Angela Smith at 1-978-371-2895.

• Mohegan Sun trip: The COA van will be going to the Mohegan Sun on March 12, leaving the Congregational Church at 9 a.m. and returning about 4 p.m. The cost for transportation is $10. The deadline to mail a check to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle is March 7.

• Men’s breakfast: On Thursday, March 13, our mystery chefs will be cooking up a storm at the Sleeper Room at Village Courts, starting at 8 a.m. No need to sign up; this event is open to all senior men. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated. For van service; call 1-978-371-6690.

• North Shore Music Theater: The COA is sponsoring a trip to the North Shore Music Theater to see The Producers on May 21. All seats are in the first three rows and cost $45. The sign up deadline is March 15. Make your check payable to FCOA and mail it to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle MA 01741. The first 13 people can ride in the COA van; the rest will carpool.

• St. Patrick’s Day lunch: CCHS will hold their annual St. Patrick’s Day luncheon of corned beef and cabbage on Saturday, March 15 at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served at noon. For reservations, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 no later than March 7. Call the van line at 1-978-369-6690 if you need a ride.

• Quebec Spectacular: Join the COA on a trip to Quebec May 12 —“ 15. The cost is $469 for a double room, $449 for a triple and $569 for a single room. The cost includes luxury motor coach, hotels, six meals and sightseeing tours. Sign up by March 15

• Hearing clinic: A hearing clinic, sponsored by Rodgers Hearing Solutions, will be held on Wednesday, March 19 at Town Hall in the Nichols Room from 10 a.m. —“ 12:30 p.m. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to put your name on a waiting list, in case of cancellations.

• Luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, March 20 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for lunch followed by entertainment by Emery Hutchins “Two Old Friends” band playing traditional Irish and other music. Blood pressure screenings will be provided from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP by Monday, January 17. Let us know if you need a van ride when you make your reservation. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated.

• Book club: The next book club discussion will meet on Wednesday, March 26. The book Saturday by Ian McEwan will be discussed at the home of Florence Newman, 555 Autumn Lane. The April book is A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. For more information, call Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-6318.

Reserve a Foss Farm garden plot now

The 450-square-foot plots are available for $10/plot, maximum of two plots per family. The gardens are plowed and staked each spring and wells with hand pumps provide water for gardeners during the growing season.

To obtain a garden plot assignment, send a check payable to the Town of Carlisle by March 31. Include your name, address, telephone number, registration numbers of the vehicles that will be used at the gardens, and a stamped, self-addressed return envelope to: Bob Dennison, 165 Stearns Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. Note: Although not required, it would be helpful if gardeners would include an e-mail address to facilitate communication should the need arise during the growing season.

Assignments for garden plot requests received after the March 31 deadline will be made on a space available basis.

Notice to 2007 gardeners: remove any remaining garden materials, including mulch fabric, stakes and tomato cages to facilitate plowing for the 2008 growing season.

Rabies clinic March 16

The Carlisle Rabies clinic for cats and dogs will be held on Sunday, March 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Carlisle Town Hall. The clinic is sponsored by the Carlisle Board of Health and with the assistance of Tiffany Rule, DVM from the Countryside Veterinary Hospital and Bob Dennison, Carlisle Dog Officer. Pet owners must be residents of Carlisle to participate.

State law requires the vaccination of all cats and dogs. You must bring your pet’s vaccination certificate (actual paperwork) in order to determine eligibility for a three-year vaccine. A rabies tag is not sufficient. The cost is $10/animal. Cash is appreciated but checks will be accepted. Dogs must be on leashes and cats brought in carriers.

Dog licenses will be available during clinic hours. A late fine of $20 will be added to the regular fee for any dog not licensed by April 1. Proof of current vaccination status is required for licensing.

Volunteers are needed to help with the processing. Community service points will be awarded to eligible high school students. Contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283 for more information.

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.” 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 and 13, 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

Carlisle Conservation Coffee March 11

The Tuesday, March 11, Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Alan Lehotsky, chairman of the Carlisle Housing Authority, will be present with an update on the progress of the Town’s Benfield affordable housing project on South Street and other projects the authority is working on.

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are 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 provided.

Save the following Tuesday mornings for upcoming coffees: April 8, May 13 and June 10.

Boy Scout fertilizer and birdseed sale begins on March 1

Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135 is holding its annual fertilizer and birdseed sale starting March 1 and ending on March 8. Products for sale include Scott’s quality fertilizer and grass seed products, Loft’s garden fertilizer and Carlisle’s finest all natural fertilizer. Premium birdseed containing sunflower hearts is also for sale this year. Donations are also welcomed.

The scouts will be at the Transfer Station and in Ferns parking lot on March 1 and March 8 to take orders. The boys will also be phoning our past customers to check on this year’s order. The products will be conveniently delivered to customer homes on March 29. Proceeds from the sale, plus donations, help to defray the costs of Troop 135’s many programs. Over forty Carlisle boys are registered in the troop.

Planning Board seeks new and associate members

The Carlisle Planning Board is a seven-member elected board. The board has two expiring three-year terms to be filled at the upcoming Town Elections and is reaching out to the community for anyone interested in being a part of this town board.

The work of the board requires members to review applications for the subdivision of land and general building processes for development, as well as overseeing planning for the future character of the community. All interested, committed citizens are welcome. The board meets twice a month, generally on the second and fourth Mondays.

The Planning Board also seeks town residents who would be interested in serving as appointed associate members. Associates “learn the ropes” of Planning Board business and responsibilities by attending meetings and are encouraged to participate fully in the discussion of matters before the board, but generally will not vote except on specific applications where the chair may designate an associate to act in the place of a regular member. In such cases, the associate would be required to attend all sessions of the public hearing for that application.

If you are interested, contact the Planning Administrator, George Mansfield, at 1-978-369-9702, or Planning Board Chair Michael Epstein, at 1-978-369-4228, or send an e-mail to The Town Caucus to nominate candidates for the elected positions is Monday, March 3.

Needed: members for School Building Committee

The Selectmen are seeking individuals interested in serving on the School Building Committee to work with other town boards to develop a design plan for a new school and oversee the project through construction. Interested parties should submit a letter of interest to the Board of Selectmen, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

CCTV offers class March 4 and 6

CCTV, the public access television station for Concord and Carlisle, announces a new video production class called “Video Keepsakes,” to be held on March 4 and 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the studio.

The limit for the class is eight and the fee is $20 plus a CCTV membership, which is $15/individual and $25/family. For more information, call 1-978-369-5038.

CCYS in-town spring 2008 registration extended until March 7

Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer (CCYS) has extended its spring In-Town registration through March 7. The spring 2008 season runs from May 3 through June 16 for Pre-K through grade four and April 16 through mid-June for grades five and six. Register at www.ccyssoccer,org. Click on Registration. Parents are needed to volunteer, particularly as coaches. Consider volunteering to coach while registering your player.

For answers to questions, visit the web site or contact Nancy at 1-978-369-7978.

Reserve now for COA Charles River boat trip

Call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 for information and reservations for the Charles River Boat Tour/lunch at Cheesecake Factory/shopping on June 18. Deadline for this trip is March 1. Cost: $35 for: transportation by coach bus, boat tour, and lunch.

Mail reservation checks to Joanne Willens at 13 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741. Checks are payable to the Carlisle Council on Aging.

Carlisle Rec musical theater

Join Carlisle Recreation and Elaine Jarvis for The Musical Experience: Mary Poppins in Corey Auditorium on Mondays from March 3 to May 19. The fee is $225/participant in grades one through six. Register early and get information at the recreation office at 1-978-369-9815. GPL presents “Coming to America” events

All events are at the library.

• Mark the community map and share your story: when did your family arrive on these shores? Where did they live before they came to America?

• March 5, 12 and 19: The American Justice series, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Register at 1-978-369-4898.

• March 6: Two historic Bostons, 7 p.m., in concert with the display, “Botolph’s Town: From Boston, England, to Boston, Massachusetts.”

• March 11: Book discussion of Brother, I’m Dying, by Edwidge Danticat, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

• March 17: Children’s singalong with Liz Buchanan, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Ages two to four.

“Coming to America: Melodies of Longing and Leaving,” with minstrel Michael Kerry and guests, 3 to 4 p.m.

Food Fair, 3:30 to 5 p.m.: Celebrate diversity with favorite foods from around the world. Sign up at the reference desk now to contribute a finger food.

• March 20: How-to Scrapbooking: bring mementos to put together scrapbooking pages at 7 p.m.

• March 21: Stories from Around the World, 3:30 to 4 p.m., for ages five and up.

• March 31: “The Immigration Question: How does Carlisle Respond” at 7 p.m., a community discussion with Roy Watson.

Carlisle resident is featured soloist March 1

Bruce Hangen and The Orchestra of Indian Hill present their spring concert on Saturday, March 1, 7:30 pm at Littleton High School Performing Arts Center, 56 King Street. A free pre-concert talk with Maestro Hangen begins at 6:45 pm at the High School. Tickets are $46, $33, $20 (reserved seating). Pre-concert dinner available at 5 p.m. at Indian Hill Music ($40 per person; reservations required). Call 1-978-486-9524 or visit

Among the featured soloists is Carlisle resident Mary-Lynne Bohn. principal trumpet of The Orchestra of Indian Hill and third trumpet with the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Ms. Bohn performs regularly with the Boston Pops and Boston Ballet, Opera Boston, National Lyric Opera, and Emmanuel Music, as well as with regional ensembles. She resides in Carlisle with her husband and three children.

Armchair travel March 4

The next destination for Travel Time will be Scotland. Join travel enthusiast Charlie Allman for the next adventure on March 4 at 10:30 a.m. in the Hollis Room of the library. These programs are free and open to the public without registration. Refreshments will be provided.

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