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Friday, March 21, 2008

Parent support group meeting March 28

The next parent support group meeting will be on the morning of March 28 at 9 a.m. at the home of Meryl Lim,

96 Ice Pond Road.

All parents of children with special needs are welcome. Questions, please call Kris Tocci 1-978-371-6498 or Lori Tucker 1-978-371-3292.

Lilien returns with Brahms beginning March 22 on CCTV

Elliot Lilien returned to the Gleason Public Library for a series about Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). This series is a consideration of Brahms as a composer, with heavy emphasis on his method, for music lovers and those who want to become better listeners.

“Elliot Lilien Presents Johannes Brahms” was produced by CCTV volunteer Dave Ives and will air for the next eight weeks beginning Saturday, March 22, at 8 p.m. with encore presentations Monday at 6 p.m., Tuesday at 3 p.m., Wednesday at 8 p.m., Thursday at 10:30 p.m. and Friday at 9 p.m.

COA doings

• 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

• 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.

Dodgeball tournament April 11

Carlisle middle-schoolers: get ready for dodgeball. The Carlisle Youth Commission (CYC) announces that it will host the first middle school dodgeball tournament on April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Corey Gym. Teams will consist of six students and may be comprised of girls and boys in grades six to eight. Sign-up sheets will be posted at the school at at the next Friday Night Live on April 4. Prizes will be awarded for several categories, including best team name and most original uniforms. Save the date and start forming your teams.

Folktales at GPL March 21

Join in for some folktales from other lands as part of Coming to America. This event, suggested for ages five and up, will be held in the picture book area on Friday, March 21 at 3:30 p.m. Stories to be read include “The Squeaky Door,” a Puerto Rican folktale retold by Margaret Mac Donald and “Tops and Bottoms,” a trickster tale by Janet Stevens.

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library provide sponsorship of Coming to America events. For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children’s department.

Armchair travel in Carlisle April 1

The next destination for Travel Time will be northern Arizona, including the Grand Canyon, Phoenix, and views from the train. Charlie Allman will host the next adventure on April 1 at 10:30 a.m. in the Hollis Room of the library. No registration is necessary. Refreshments will be provided.

For information on this program series and other offerings at the Gleason Public Library, Carlisle, visit

First Religious Society to hold services on Easter

Join the First Religious Society at 6:30 a.m. on March 23 for a sunrise service at Clark Farm with potluck breakfast following at Clark Farm. Dot Clark has graciously offered to host the sunrise breakfast.

At 10 a.m. at the First Religious Society, the Reverend Victor Carpenter will present a reflection entitled, “Easter and the Lorraine Motel.” The Lorraine Motel in Memphis Tennessee, is now a museum of the Civil Rights Movement. It was the motel in which Martin Luther King Jr stayed when he traveled to Memphis on behalf of the garbage workers strike and where he was assassinated. For more information, contact the church office at 1-978-369-5180.

Introduction to West African dance March 29

The Carlisle Cultural Council presents an introductory dance class with Master dancer and drummer Joh Camara on March 29, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the First Religious Society. Learn dances from Mali, Guinea, and/or Ivory Coast and dance to live drumming. Hear the djembe and djun-djun drums while people dance and sing to the rhythms. The class will include a warm-up, breakdown of the movements, high energy dancing, and close with a community dance circle and is appropriate for ages 12 and up. No previous dance experience is necesssary. This event is sponsored by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural council, a local agency, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Mosquito Trash Party April 5

Save the date: Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m. to noon. The annual Mosquito Trash Party is coming to your neighborhood and everyone is invited.

This Mosquito-sponsored event is a community-wide roadside pick-up of trash and litter by individuals and groups. The invitation is extended to everyone: individuals, families, book groups, card groups, walking buddies, etc., to stake a “trash claim” on their street or in a neighborhood. There are off-road sites that are kid-friendly. All trash that can be moved by one person and will fit in a pickup truck is fair game. Remember those work gloves.

Free refreshments and trash bags will be available in the new Center Park next to Ferns from 8:45 until 11:30 a.m. Stop by to chat, grab a trash bag or two and fortify yourself for picking trash with coffee, juice and donuts. Let the committee know where you will be collecting so that bags can be picked up at about noontime.

Chicken group to meet March 27

Thinking of getting chickens? Interested in owning a home flock of ducks? Join the Carlisle Chicken Group on March 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room at Gleason Public Library. Share ideas, get great advice on purchasing and raising your own fowl, and meet your neighbors and friends.

Volunteers with trucks or trailers who will be available around noon to retrieve the bags and deliver them to the transfer station are needed. The Trash Party is a wonderful opportunity for students and scouts to earn community service hours.

RSVP to Lynne Carpenito, 1-978-371-7508, or Lisa Chaffin, 1-978-369-8790 to stake your claim, help with trucking or earn those community service hours.

BOH health fair on March 29

The Carlisle Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Executive Committee hopes to encourage townspeople to organize self-help efforts before a disaster strikes, and they encourage anyone interested in volunteering to help prepare for emergencies to stop by the Board of Health annual health fair at Town Hall on March 29, from 9 a.m. to noon.

• Neighborhood networks: Packets on how to organize “neighborhood networks,” a concept encouraged by FEMA, will be available. Such networks could prepare townspeople to help each other as a public health emergency or a natural disaster isolate residents and/or the town from outside aid. For instance, during a flu pandemic, communities like Carlisle will be expected to care for patients who will not be able to get help elsewhere, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Neighborhood networks could also serve as an avenue for communication between officials and citizens during disasters as well. Should it become necessary to vaccinate the entire population against a pandemic, or to distribute medicine, the Carlisle MRC would be expected to vaccinate or treat 80% of the town’s population within 48 hours, and such a network would be invaluable in coordinating and scheduling visits to the “dispensing site.”

• Alternative communciation: A local HAM radio operator has volunteered to help organize others to serve as an alternative communication system for such emergencies, so any interested Carlisle operators are encouraged to stop by. Also on display at the health fair will be an example of a “72-hour” emergency family preparedness kit, with lists of items every household should have assembled and waiting for disaster or evacuation. Finally, MRC volunteers can pick up badges and other supplies throughout the morning.

• Free blood testing: Emerson Hospital personnel will be doing blood testing without charge: cholesterol (12-hour fasting required); diabetes (12-hour fasting preferred); protein-specific antigen (PSA); and thyroid. Blood pressure will also be taken, and colo-rectal home tests, “tick cards” and other Lyme disease prevention information will be available. Juice, coffee and snacks will be provided.

Story Times begin March 24

The Gleason Public Library will offer Story Time sessions beginning on March 24. For the three- to four-and-a-half-year-old group, the child must be three by March 27 and for the four-and-a-half- to six-year-old group, the child must be five by September 24, 2008.

The three- to four-and-a-half-year-olds will meet on March 27 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The four-and-a-half- to 6-year-old group will meet March 24 from 1:30 to 2:10 p.m. Registrations for these sessions are underway. All sessions run through the week of May 12. Story Times do not meet during public school vacation weeks. Drop-in Story Times for two- to three-year olds (with parent or caregiver) will be held on Friday mornings starting on March 28 at 10:30 a.m. The under-two Story Times will meet Thursdays at 10:30 starting on March 27. Registration is not required for these Story Times.

CSEM concert April 3

The final concert in the Cambridge Society for Early Music (CSEM) season will be at the First Religious Society at 8 p.m. on April 3. The program is entitled, “Galant and Learned: Music for Flute and Harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach.” For information or tickets, call 1-617-489-2062, visit or e-mail LWVCC candidates forum May 4

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle (LWVCC) will sponsor a candidates forum in the Clark Room at Town Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. All candidates for office in Carlisle are invited to participate, and townspeople are invited to come and ask questions.

Video games at GPL April 4

There will be a Dance Dance Revolution (DDR)/Guitar Hero Tournament for teens in grades five through eight at the Gleason Public Library (GPL) on April 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. In this double elimination tournament, everyone is guaranteed a chance to play one game twice before eliminations begin, based on the number of perfect points/hits.

The tournament will be run by Beth Gallaway, a freelance consultant specializing in teen library services. Snacks and drinks, as well as prizes to top finishers, will be provided.

DDR is a safe and fun game; however, participants play this game at their own risk. The library cannot be responsible for participants’ health or fitness.

This program is freeand underway. The first 40 players to return a signed permission slip will be eligible for participation. To add your name to the registration list and pick up a permission slip and fact sheet, visit or contact the Gleason Public Library at 1-978-369-4898.

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.

Livable Carlisle Community program April 5

A Livable Carlisle Community is hosting “A Day of Community: Carlisle Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” on April 5 from 9 a.m. until noon in the Corey Dining Room of the Carlisle Public School. This is an opportunity for Carlisle residents to come together to discuss what has worked in the past, what holds us together as a community today and what we can do to maintain our strengths and improve our community for tomorrow.

Goals for the meeting are:

• Assist the Board of Selectmen and the Community Preservation Committee in establishing priorities for the Town,

• Gather information for the Council on Aging,

• Determine next steps for community input and dialogue.

A Livable Carlisle Community (LCC) is an independent, open group of town residents who want to support vitality and connectedness in the present Carlisle community and to plan for a future Carlisle community that will have stability within projected demographic and economic stresses. LCC grew out of two open community meetings last March at which many residents expressed a desire to continue a dialogue about Carlisle’s future.

Representatives of Town government and community groups have expressed an interest in participating. Join them and LCC on April 5.

Sign up now for Charles River boat trip

Come join the Carlisle Seniors for a day trip to Charles River Boat Tour, Cheese cake Factory and shop at the Cambridge-Side Galleria, June 18, price $35.00.

Contact Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or 1-978-371-8023, or pick up a flyer at the COA office in Carlisle Town Hall. Call now. There will be only one motor coach and it is filling up fast.

Carpenter speaks on Carlisle’s Civil War collection March 30

  Last November, Paul Carpenter, a Civil War historian and Carlisle resident, spoke to a captivated audience at the Gleason Public Library about one of the most significant collections of Gettysburg Battle artifacts outside of Pennsylvania. That collection belongs to the Carlisle Historical Society and it contains priceless relics from the battlefield, including weapons and many other military accoutrements.

If you missed the talk, or want to hear it again, Carpenter will speak about the Carlisle collection to the Lincoln Historical Society on Sunday, March 30, at 2 p.m. in Bemis Hall on Bedford Road in Lincoln. The program will begin at 2 p.m. The Lincoln Historical Society’s annual meeting will precede it, at 1:45 p.m.

Historic service auction on April 12

Come to the historic service auction at 6 p.m. in Union Hall on Saturday April 12 where, in addition to enjoying a gourmet five-course historical dinner prepared under the expert guidance of Dian Cuccinello (Lady Di), you may also bid on large and small service offerings such as weekend vacation home get-aways and delicious, home-cooked dinners. Nibble on appetizers and bid on silent auction items in the first half of the evening, then the renowned Carlisle professional auctioneer, Al Merry, begins the live auction portion of the evening at 8:15 p.m.

The more adventurous guests might choose to come in costumes of the 18th, 19th, 20th or 21st century. Come without a costume and you, by default, admirably represent the early 21st century. To view the list of auction items, visit Tickets are $25 and the event is BYOB. For reservations, call the church office at 1-978-369-5180 or e-mail

Carlisle Rec seeks volunteers

The Carlisle Recreation Commission needs volunteers to help take down the skating rink at Kimball Farm. Contact the Recreation Department at 1-978-369-9815 or e-mail if you can lend a hand.

Drop-in craft afternoons at GPL

Through March 14, The Gleason Public Library (GPL) is offering a drop-in craft program from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Children’s Room at the library. The library will supply all of the matrerials and instructions for parents and caregivers to help thier children make simple crafts. This activity is suggested for ages three to nine. Stop by and try it out.

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 KidsThrive 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.

Aid to the Elderly and Disabled Fund applications deadline March 31

The Aid to the Elderly and Disabled fund was established to assist low-income elderly and disabled persons to meet their property tax obligations. Your donation to the fund will help these Carlisle residents. To donate, send a check (with your tax payment or sent separately) to the “Town of Carlisle,” note that the amount is a donation for the Aid to the Elderly fund and send it to the Treasurer at 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

The following are eligible for Aid to the Elderly or Disabled:

• Those who have not applied for Clause 18 relief or other tax relief (Clauses 17/23/37/41) shall be given priority over those who have applied for such relief in the current year or in the past year.

• A resident of Carlisle who is a property owner in Carlisle and is 65 years or older at the time the application is filed.

• A resident of Carlisle who is a property owner in Carlisle who meets the criteria for, or definition of disabled as it is applied to eligibility for tax relief under clauses 41A/41C/17/18/22/37.

• Combined household income does not exceed 200% of the poverty level (for a family of one, total gross annual income of no more than $20,420; for a family of two, total gross annual income of no more than $27,380), and total assets not to exceed $50,000 excluding the Carlisle residence.

The goal is to have these funds available for taxpayer(s) of a Carlisle residence which the taxpayer uses as:

• His/her primary residence, or

• Co-owned by an elderly or disabled person who uses the residence as his/her primary residence, or

• Owned by the person who is the caregiver of an elderly or disabled person who uses the residence as his/her primary residence.

If you are eligible to apply, contact the Carlisle Council on Aging to acquire an application or receive additional information: 1-978-371-2895. All applications received by March 31 will be reviewed for consideration early in April. All information and applications are confidential.

Internet safety training March 26

The Carlisle School Association (CSA), the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Carlisle Police Department bring you an informative training session on Internet safety on March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Robbins Library in the Wilkins Building on the campus of Carlisle Public School. This presentation is free of charge. All parents, particularly those who have children in middle and high school, are encouraged to attend. Brian Cavanaugh, Deputy Director of the Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, will be the featured speaker for the evening.

This workshop is designed as an awareness-building training for anyone who wants to better understand today’s communication technology, online safety and the risks, from the types of crime most frequently perpetrated against juveniles, to the criminal law and how it can protect us. Participants will also gain ideas on how to empower parents and youth to be safer online. The phenomenon of cyber-bullying will also be discussed. There will be a question and answer period following the presentation.

Parent-teen communication program April 16 and 17

Pediatrics West will offer a free workshop entitled, “Let’s Be Honest!,” for parents and other caregivers of children aged ten to 14 years old. The workshop, which will be held in Westford on April 16 from noon to 2 p.m and again on April 17 from 6:30. to 8:30 p.m., is designed to help parents learn how to create a comfortable environment of trust for talking about sex and sexuality. The program will address topics such as clarifying values and practicing communication skills; revisiting knowledge of reproductive anatomy, physiolog, and puberty; promoting healthy relationships and self-esteem; and battling peer pressure and media influences.

To register for the workshop, call 1-978-577-0437. Five-week workshops for middle school and high school students that will address topics such as unhealthy relationships, puberty, gender roles and STDs will be held in May.

Publicity workshop April 5

Organizations, entrepreneurs, artisans and business owners who want to increase sales, membership or community awareness, are invited to a publicity workshop offered by Roudenbush Community Center in Westford on April 5 from 10 a.m. to noon. UPI Award-winning journalist, Kathleen Veth, will show participants how to determine what newspapers want, create positive publicity events, prepare and submit press releases and photos, design a brochure and more. 

The registration fee of $75 ($78 for non-Westford residents) includes a press release checklist, a list of area media, plus a “Do-It-Yourself Publicity Kit” (a $55 value) in either hard copy or CD format. 

Contact Veth at 1-978-256-9391 or visit for course or kit details.To register, call 1-978-692-5511 or visit Community Center is located at 65 Main Street in Westford.

Peter Schickele, Chamber Players perform March 30

Peter Schickele will “curate” and perform in a concert on March 30 at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center in Concord at 3 p.m., along with members of the Concord Chamber Players. The program will include several of Schickele’s own chamber works.

Composer, author, musician and satirist Peter Schickele is one of the most versatile performers in contemporary music. He is perhaps best known as his alter ego and nom-de-music P.D.Q. Bach, ostensibly Johann Sebastian’s twenty-second and most misunderstood child.

He will collaborate on March 30 with members of the Concord Chamber Players including Wendy Putnam, Michael Reynolds and Vytas Baksys. Steven Ansell, principal violist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and BSO Assistant Concertmaster Alexander Velinzon will also perform in the program.

Concord Academy Performing Arts Center is located at 166 Main Street in Concord. Tickets are available for $35, $30 & $25. Information, directions and a program description can be found at or by calling the 1-978-371-9667. Seating is limited and many of the performances will sell out, so order early.

Russell Sherman performs in Westford April 6

Piano Heritage Series presents legendary pianist Russell Sherman, performing an all-Schumann program on April 6. At 3:15 p.m. there will be a pre-concert talk, followed by the 4 p.m. concert. The event will be at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford. For information and tickets, call 1-978-692-6333 or visit Tickets are $25/members;$30/non-members:$15/teens.

“Ceramics in New England” begins March 25

“Ceramics in New England: 1700-2008,” a collaborative exhibition of the Ceramics Guild of Lexington Arts and Crafts Society and Lexington Historical Society, runs from March 25-April 21 at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, 130 Waltham Street, Lexington. An opening reception will be held on March 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. Gallery hours are: Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.; Patriots Day, 9 a.m. to noon. Admission and parking are free.

H.M.S. Pinafore will make a port call at 51 Walden April 5 and 6

The Concord Orchestra, Concord Band and Concord Players present a semi-staged performance of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta H.M.S. Pinafore at 51 Walden, the Performing Arts Center in Concord, on April 5 and 6.

The performances, sponsored by the Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord (FOPAC), are April 5 at 8 p.m. and April 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20, $15/seniors and students, and may be purchased at or by calling 1-978-369-7911. Proceeds will benefit the operation of 51 Walden.

Kerem Shalom religious school registration April 1

Registration for Kerem Shalom religious school 2008-2009 program, kindergarten through high school, begins April 1. Classes will be held for the first time this fall in the new education wing.

Kerem Shalom is an unaffiliated synagogue located at 659 Elm Street, Concord. For more information, call Pat Lukens, education director, at 1-978-369-1223, e-mail ksadmin@keremshalom or visit

Patriots Day at Concord Museum April 21

Make the Concord Museum part of your 2008 Patriots Day tradition and celebrate “the shot heard “round the world” with activities for visitors of all ages. On April 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., visit with reenactors of crew members from the HMS Somerset to experience life in the navy of His Majesty, King George III or pick up a fife and join martial musicians as they play and teach the stirring music of the Revolutionary Armies (fifes are free to the first 200 visitors to the museum). Apprentice with a village tinsmith willing to share the art and mystery of his trade, as you create a candle lantern with a punched tin decoration, based on patterns found on the famous Revere lantern of 1775 in the museum’s collection.

Explore the museum’s collection of treasures from April 1775, including Amos Barrett’s powder horn, Major Buttrick’s pistols, a fife played by a young boy and swords from both the British Tenth Regiment and a Concord Minuteman. Discover the part these objects played in the events of the fateful day that began an eight-year fight for independence. All activities are free with museum admission; Concord Museum members free.

The Concord Museum is located at the intersection of Lexington Road and the Cambridge Turnpike, 1/4 mile east of Concord Center. Admission is $10/adults, $8/seniors, $8/students, $5/youth six to18, Free/children under six and Concord Museum members. Patriots’ Week Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9:00-5:00; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Call 1-978-369-9763 for more information about all the Concord Museum Patriots Day 2008 events, or visit

World dance program March 29

Talented young local dancers representing several nationalities will present a program of dance illustrating the dance from their country at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord on March 29 at 2 pm. This event is free and open to all. For information, call 1-978-318-3358 or visit

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Anne of Green Gables April 6

On April 6 at 2 p.m., the Discovery Series at the UMass Lowell Center for the Arts will present TheatreWorks USA in a musical version of the children’s classic Anne of Green Gables. Beloved by children and adults for the past century, this show, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of the novel of the same name, is recommended for ages five and up.

This event will take place at Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder Street, on the UMass Lowell South Campus. Tickets are $12. Ten-dollar tickets for groups of ten or more are available when purchased in advance. Tickets may be purchased by phone with Visa or Mastercard by calling the Box Office at 1-978-934-4444 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by visiting

Thoreau Lyceum series begins April 2

Following in the steps of Thoreau‘s 1846 Concord Lyceum,the Thoreau Lyceum series will bring speakers from the leading edge of their fields to explore the most pressing of modern issues.

• April 2: Fletcher Professor William Moomaw will explain how living deliberately in the 19th century is very different from doing so today, as he unfolds the process of creating an energy-neutral home that produces as much energy as it consumes.

• April 9: Dr. Carol Kauffman of Harvard Medical School will demonstrate how to explore the positive side of what we think, do, and encounter on a daily basis, so that we “live deliberately” to flourish as individuals.

• April 16: Herbert Benson of the Benson-Henry Mind /Body Institute will address explain how the relaxation response is an effective approach to counteract the harmful effects of stress and can be effectively integrated into your health for enhanced well-being.

All programs will take place at Concord Academy’s Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel and begin at 7 p.m. Tickets for each event are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. ($25 for the series). They may be purchased at The Concord Book Store (cash or check) and The Thoreau Society Shop across from Walden Pond or Call 1-978-287-5477 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Charge your tickets online at Click on “e store.” All reserved tickets can be picked up at the door.

The proceeds from this event will go to support the Thoreau Society and its continuing programs.

Food workshop April 2

“How To Get More Fruits and Veggies Into Your Kids” is an interactive workshop that will explore common myths about diet and disease, explain the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables as an important part of a wellness and disease prevention program, offer tips on how to improve your child’s diet and how to get control of the food in your house. The workshop will be on April 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Nashoba Valley Technical High School, Route 110 in Westford. For details, contact instructor Luann Colombo, M.Ed., at 1-978-479-4110 or To register, call 1-978-692-4711.

Concord Prison Outreach presents Harold Clarke April 9

Concord Prison Outreach presents Harold Clarke, the new Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, speaking on his vision for maintaining security in our communities while helping inmates to learn to become productive and working citizens, and what this vision means for our communities. This free event will be on April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Trinitiarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street, Concord.

Upcoming Concord Museum programs

• Saturday, March 29: American Style Woodworking Workshop

You can recreate your own piece of the past. Master Craftsman and teacher John Barron guides, instructs and inspires as you make an “American Style” family heirloom that will be treasured for years to come. No woodworking skills are needed; just a “real love of making things.” Based on a design of a cradle from the 1770s, this treasured piece of furniture, a perfect size for baby and blankets, will be passed down through generations of your own family. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $120/members, $140/ nonmembers, includes all materials and tools; held at the Concord Museum; by reservation, 1-978-369-9763. One of a series of hands-on workshops offered in association with the Concord Museum’s newest exhibition, “American Style: Russell Kettell’s Pine Furniture.”

• Sunday, March 30: In Your Neighborhood

The fifth in a series of Concord Museum neighborhood programs goes over the river and through the woods to explore the neighborhood of Conantum and Garfield Road in Concord. From the 1950s planned community of affordable housing for MIT and Harvard faculty designed by Carl Koch, to the English Tudor home on Garfield Road by distinguished architect Thomas Mott Shaw, to the favorite spot of Henry Thoreau at the Woodis Lee farm off Fairhaven Bay, this neighborhood just over the Sudbury River and through the woods has a fascinating history. In this virtual walking tour, come hear about the controversies surrounding the building of Conantum and the story of how the development was marketed. Looping around onto Garfield Road, examine the work of Thomas Mott Shaw, the Concord architect whose Boston firm, Perry, Shaw, Hepburn, designed the Colonial Williamsburg restoration. Whether this is your neighborhood or not, come along on a fascinating virtual tour of this corner of Concord, its architecture, historical significance and residents. French Hall, Concord Museum, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; by reservation; $15/adults, $12/seniors, $10/members; Call 1-978-369-9763 for information.

For further information, call 1-978-369-9609 (Taped information), 1-978-369-9763 (Reservations). E-mail or visit

Poetry reading in Acton April 17

Joan Houlihan and Susan Edwards Richmond will conduct a poetry reading

on April 17 at 7 p.m. at Willow Books and Café, 279 Great Road, Acton. Joan Houlihan, director of The Concord Poetry Center, will read from her most recent book, The Mending Worm. Susan Edwards Richmond, poet-in-residence at Fruitlands Museum, will read from her new collection, Purgatory Chasm, inspired by the natural and human history of Purgatory Chasm State Reservation in Sutton, Massachusetts. For information, call 1-978-266-0066.

“What’s In a Name?” program March 25

Names are a very important part of us. Find out how your name is written in various alphabets. Discover the meaning of your name and scrapbook your family tree. Bring in a family photograph. This program will take place at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, on March 25 from 3 to 5 pm and is part of the Concord Reads About Coming To America series. For more information, call 1-978-318-3358 or visit

Ha Jin speaks 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. Reservations are required at 1-978-318-3301.

Reserve now to visit Provincetown

Join the the Carlisle seniors on September 9 for a day trip to Provincetown. Depart at 7 a.m. from Carlisle Congregational Church (park in the rear lot). A motor coach will take the group to Boston to set sail at 8 a.m. for a day in Provincetown to see sights, shopping and dining (on your own). The return will be by 5:30 p.m. The price is $49/person. Checks are payable to Fox Tours and sent to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741 by May 15. Flyers can be picked up at the Carlisle COA office in Town Hall.

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