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Friday, March 7, 2008

CCHS goes Crazy for You tonight

ALL GUSSIED UP. Fresh from the Big Apple, New York showgirls arrive in Deadrock, Nevada, in CCHS’ musical production Crazy For You. (Photo by Nancy Roberts)

Tickets are on sale for the Tony-award winning musical
Crazy for You

Performances will be held over two weekends (March 7, 8, 9 and March 14, 15 and 16) at the CCHS Auditorium.

Tickets are available at: Ticket prices are $15/adults and $10 /students/senior citizens. Evening Performances on March 7, 8, 14 and 15 will be at 7:30 pm. Sunday Matinees on March 9 and 16 will be at 2:30 pm. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door of performances.Visit ] for more information. Forum on green energy March 17

Residents are invited to attend a forum entitled “Green Energy Legislation – What’s New on Beacon Hill” on March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Union Hall, First Religious Society. State Representative Cory Atkins and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network Rob Garrity will lead a discussion on the landmark energy bill currently being debated in the Massachusetts legislature.

Designed to help stop global warming and enhance the state’s economy, the bill will mandate dramatic changes in energy policy, including limits on emissions, fuel efficiency standards, energy conservation, and promotion of “green collar” jobs.

Among initiatives of interest to Carlisle residents is a new program which will support local communities that want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money through energy efficiency, use of renewable resources, and other sustainable practices. There will also be new green public construction standards that will impact the anticipated Carlisle School building project.

There will be plenty of time for audience questions and comments.

Minstrel at Gleason Public Library March 17

Wandering minstrel and Carlisle musician Michael Kerry will delight library visitors on March 17 from 3 to 4 p.m. throughout the Gleason Public Library with “Melodies of Longing and Leaving.” Drawing on a rich repertoire of traditional music from the Celtic world, Michael will have library visitors tapping their toes in no time. This performance is suited for any age audience.

March is “Coming to America” month. Other programs can be found at For more information call the library reference desk at 1-978-369-4898.

Singalong with Liz Buchanan March 17

The ever-popular Liz Buchanan returns to the Gleason Public Library for another singalong for ages zero to four on March 17 at 10:30 a.m. Along with her classic songs, she will include a few selections form Puerto Rico and Africa.

For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children’s department.

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.

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

Community Chest unveils auction theme

The highly anticipated Community Chest auction returns on April 5, featuring a “Wheel of Philanthropy” theme to highlight the 33 human service organizations supported through local donations. In addition to the gala event, everyone in the community is invited to participate this year in the Chest’s online auction beginning on March 10. The “Wheel of Philanthropy” auction includes international vacation homes, local restaurants and sporting events, as well as custom jewelry, photography, private lessons and entertainment. Visit the auction at to view items and dates.

On April 5, the gala evening will commence. Only 350 gala tickets will be sold and orders are now being accepted. For details, please contact the Chest at 1-978-369-5250.

FNL tonight

Carlisle students in grades six to eight are invited to join the Carlisle Youth Commission (CYC) for Friday Night Live (FNL) tonight, March 7, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Join in for basketball, ping pong, chess, dancing, pizza and Guitar Hero.

A $4 admission fee is collected at the door. Pizza, soda and water will be available for a small fee. Any students not from the Carlisle School District must have a chaperone present. All students must be picked up at 9:30 p.m. sharp unless they are signed out early by a parent. For information, contact PJ Jewell at 1-978-371-8995 or be e-mail at pliny,, or contact any member of the CYC.

COA lunch March 14

Join the Carlisle seniors for a special lunch and a slide show on March 14 at the First Religious Society at noon. Following lunch participants will see the slide show on Santa Fe and Durango, featuring Mesa Verde. All who plan to attend, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or the Carlisle Council on Aging Office (1-978-371-2895).

Potluck and contra dance March 14

A New England contra dance will be held Friday, March 14 in Union Hall at the First Religious Society in Carlisle center. For those interested in sharing a meal before the dance, a potluck supper starts at 6:30 p.m. Dancing begins at 8 p.m. Calling by Sue Rosen; music by the Carlisle Band (Walter Lenk, Debby Knight, David Titus, Bruce Rosen) and friends. A $5-per-person admission will be collected during intermission. All dances will be taught. Beginners and singles welcome. For more information, call 1-978 369-1661.

WOW meets March 11

The Gleason Public Library’s monthly writing group, Writers Only Writing (WOW), meets on March 11 at 10:30 a.m. in the Hollis Room. If you are writing fiction or non-fiction and would like to suggest ideas, critiques, and generally share the process, join this energetic group. The group plans to have occasional guest authors lend thoughts and expertise, and will meet at 10:30 a.m., the second Tuesday of the month in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library. Contact Joan Parker at 1-978-369-3973 for more information.

Gleason Library 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.

“Parenting from the Inside Out” workshop March 18

“Parenting From the Inside Out,” a two-hour discussion with psychotherapist and family counselor Molly Salans of Healing Connections in Westford, will reveal the way to parent with discipline, clarity and love. Registration fee is $25. To register for the March 18 “Parenting From The Inside Out” 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 Council On Aging van transportation

The COA provides transportation for seniors and disabled persons in the COA van or by friendly 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, even if it is weeks away. A minimum of two business days notice is requested. Transportation is available for all COA events. 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.

Weekly scheduled van trips include second and fourth Wednesdays for errands, and 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.

Food Fair at Gleason on March 17

As part of the Coming to America community program, the Gleason Library is holding an international food fair in the Hollis Room on Monday March 17 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Contribute finger food to celebrate diverse cuisines from around the world. If you are able to contribute a finger food to serve 12 to 16 from a country of your choice, sign up at the reference desk, call Anjli Trehan at 1-978-371-0374, or e-mail

Immigration issues at GPL March 31

Join immigration expert Roy Watson, founder and past editor-in-chief of the Immigration Case Reporter (ICR), past president of the New England chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), past chair of both the Immigration Law Committee and the International Law Section of the Boston Bar Association (BBA) and currently chair of the Immigration Law Committee of the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA), at 7 p.m. on March 31 at Gleason Public Library (GPL), for a discussion about current issues in immigration. Watson will offer information on matters of local, regional, and national issues relating to immigration. This is an opportunity to share opinions or ask questions about how immigration affects Carlisle and why Carlisleans should care.

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library provide sponsorship of Coming to America events. Other programs can be found at For more information call the library reference desk at 1-978-369-4898.

CCHS and Japanese student musicians at Symphony Hall

On Friday, March 28, 180 CCHS band students will join 100 students from the Sapporo Shiroishi Symphonic Wind Ensemble on the stage at Symphony Hall in a cross-cultural celebration of music. The visit from Shiroishi is part of the continuing relationship between the two bands that has included previous visits to Concord and CCHS trips to Japan. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. event are $50, $35 and $20 and can be purchased through any band member or directly by sending a check made out to CCHS BANDS to Stephanie Smith, 341 Russell Street, Carlisle MA 01741 attn: Symphony Hall tickets.

Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund applications

Applications for the 2007/2008 Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund are now available online at Final applications are due by April 1. In 2007, the CC Scholarship Fund awarded over $160,000 to local students to help finance their college educations. Applicants must reside in Concord or Carlisle or have attended school in one of these towns. All fund scholarships are need-based; however, the application is shared with many local organizations that give merit based awards as well. For more information, e-mail

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION. Carlisle resident and author Nancy Garden spoke at the Gleason Library on the issue of bullying on January 27. (Photo by Mike Quayle)

How “Parents can help ‘Bully-Proof’ their Kids” April 15

On Tuesday, April 15, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Gleason Public Library, Lisa Sjostrom, Ed. M., founder and director of Helping Kids Thrive, will present a program dealing with bullying.Whether it takes the form of put-downs, social exclusion or outright physical fighting, bullying interferes with a child’s right to learn and grow in safety.

This program will focus on the following areas: black-eye bullying, social bullying and cyber-bullying; intervention: ideas on what kids can say/do in the moment and what parents can say/do at home; effective prevention strategies; peer pressure and personal integrity.

Register by calling 1-978-369-4898.

Scrapbooking at GPL March 20

On March 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library, Stacey Charbonneau will present a craft workshop where participants will create their own photo recipe cards. This personal craft can then be mounted on a scrapbook page, given as a gift, or displayed. Bring three to five pictures and a recipe; other supplies are provided.

This program, presented by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library, is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. To learn more about this program, contact the library’s reference desk at 1-978-369-4898.

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, bring the plan to the town for a vote and oversee the construction. A background in architecture, engineeering and/or construction is desirable but not required. Interested parties should submit a letter of interest to the Board of Selectmen, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

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 must 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

Rabies clinic March 16

The Carlisle Rabies clinic for cats and dogs will be held on 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.

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. Bob Dennison continues managing the Foss Farm Community Gardens.

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.

Scout Fertilizer and Birdseed Sale ends

Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135 is conducting its annual Fertilizer and Birdseed Sale ending on March 8. Products for sale include Scotts quality fertilizer and grass seed products, Lofts 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 town Transfer Station and in Ferns parking lot on 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 40 Carlisle boys are registered in the troop.

Look up your ancestors March 12

Join Judith Gray, head of the Reference Department of the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, on March 12 at 10 a.m. and learn about how to effectively use the database, In addition, a tour of the library’s Special Collections will be given by Leslie Wilson, curator of the Library. The library has many sources that will help patrons discover their past. This program is part of the Concord Reads About Coming To America series that is taking place at the library during March. For more information about this event or to register, call 1-978-318-3347. Visit for a full listing of events.

Global warming talk March 13

On March 13 at 7 p.m., MIT Professor John D. Sterman will give a presentation on “Global Warming: the Danger of Delay” at the Alcott School in Concord. In addition to addressing the widespread confusion about global warming, he will demonstrate a general-purpose approach to clarify the confusion. Sterman will address the topic using tools from the discipline of systems dynamics.

This program is part of a speaker series offered by Concord Climate Action Network and Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education. For information, call 1-978-318-1540, or e-mail

Nominations wanted for River Stewardship Award

The League of Women Voters and the Wild and Scenic River Stewardship Council announce the sixth Annual River Stewardship Award to honor outstanding advocates for the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers. Nominations are due no later than April 25. Applications are available at the Town Hall or online at

The Council and the LWV are seeking nominations for people of all ages, non-profit organizations, community, school, youth, faith group, business, local government employees or teachers who have promoted or protected our watershed through an inspiring project, innovative strategy or creative program. Do you know an unsung hero whose work builds an environmental legacy for future generations or would inspire others? Individuals as well as colleagues, friends or neighbors can submit nominations.

Award winners are invited to a VIP reception and awards ceremony held on June 13 as part of Riverfest 2008. Nominate a candidate today. Questions? Call Betsy Sluder at 1-978-369-1851.

Water Park fun March 30

Get away to warm Key West, even for just a few hours by joining other families in a CSA-sponsored event to CoCo Key Water Resort, Sheraton Ferncroft, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. Help to raise money and get tickets at a discount. The event is March 30, from 1 to 6 p.m. Admission for kids is $25, adults,$30. An order form is available at and information is available at Questions may be addressed to Dan Jacques at 1- 978-371-6411 or

Author Ha Jin will speak at Concord Library March 30

Renowned author Ha Jin will speak on his new novel, A Free Life, on March 30 at 5 p.m. at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord.The author talk will be followed by a reception.

This event is made possible by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library and Concord-Carlisle Chinese Club and is free and open to the public. Reservation required. Call 1-978-318-3301.

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