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Friday, April 4, 2008

Southern Rail pulls into Union Hall tomorrow

High-energy bluegrass band Southern Rail pulls into Carlisle’s Union Hall Coffeehouse tomorrow night, April 5, for a 7:30 p.m. show. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show is BYOB and the café has desserts to die for. Tickets are $20 online or at the door. Kids 12 and under always free. Reserve your tickets by calling 1-978-287-5745 or e-mailing For more information, visit

FNL is tonight

Friday Night Live (FNL) returns tonight at the Corey Gym from 7 to 9:30 p.m. It features music, dancing, games and pizza and is open to middle school students.

Intro to birding at the library April 8

Are you curious about the birds you have seen around town? D’Ann and Tom Brownrigg, longtime Carlisle residents and birding enthusiasts, will offer an introduction to seeing and enjoying birds in Carlisle and elsewhere on April 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library.

The Brownriggs will discuss why and how they enjoy birding, general information on bird families and behavior and birding resources. Participants will have the opportunity to try out binoculars and spotting scopes, and hear about good birding spots in and around Carlisle.

There will be a field trip to Foss Farm on April 19 at 8 a.m. (rain date April 20) to look for resident and early migrant birds. Bring binoculars if you have them.

This program is presented by the Carlisle Land Stewardship Committee and the Friends of Gleason Public Library and is free. No pre-registration is required. For more information, call 1-978-369-4898. The program is 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.

Old Home Day plans underway; donations welcome

Plan now to be home for Old Home Day, June 28 and 29. Planning is underway for this year’s grand celebration, themed “The Critters of Carlisle.” Hopefully, all the critters that populate Carlisle will show up for the parade and pet show. Carlisle’s Old Home Day (OHD) is people-powered and can exist only with your donations. Send what you can now to help keep the tradition alive. For information, visit

Nominations wanted for River Stewardship Award

The League of Women Voters (LWV) 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 who have promoted or protected our watershed through an inspiring project, innovative strategy or creative program. Individuals as well as colleagues, friends or neighbors may 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.

CPS community concert is April 10

The Carlisle Public School (CPS) music department announces a special daytime concert open to all community members, free of charge. The Carlisle Middle School Choir and Middle School Concert Band will perform at noon on April 10 in the Corey Auditorium. Come and enjoy the talents of the many student musicians in the Carlisle community.

Caroline Hill scholarship applications due April 5

Applications for the Caroline Hill scholarship awards must be submitted by April 5 to be considered for this year’s awards. These need-based awards are available to Carlisle’s current high school seniors and students in college for continuing post-secondary education. They typically range from $500 to $2,000. Applications are available in the registrar’s office at Concord-Carlisle High School, the Gleason Public Library or the Selectmen’s office at Town Hall. Contact Sally Coulter, 1-978-369-6637 with any questions.

Middle School dodgeball night is April 11

On April 11, at 7 p.m., the first middle school dodgeball night will take place at Corey Gym. Middle-schoolers: form your own team or choose to be assigned to a team. There will be lots of prizes and fun for all grades. More information and sign-up sheets will be posted at tonight’s (April 4) Friday Night Live.

Mosquito Trash Party is tomorrow

Tomorrow is the Mosquito Trash Party. This event is a community-wide roadside pick-up of trash and litter by individuals and civic groups. Everyone is invited to stake a “trash claim” on his street or in a neighborhood. All trash that can be moved by one person and will fit into a pick-up truck is fair game.

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

Volunteers with trucks or trailers who may be available around noon to retrieve the bags and deliver them to the Transfer Station are still needed. This is an opportunity for students and scouts to earn community service hours.

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

In the event of inclement weather, all should plan to “party” at their convenience and haul their “pickings” to the Transfer Station themselves. Thanks to all who participate; the collective effort yields rewarding results.

Conservation Coffee April 8

The April 8 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room of Town Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Ron McAdow, executive director of the Sudbury Valley Trustees, will speak about wildlife uses of the new wildlife passages installed under Route 2 in Concord, the role of the Sudbury Valley Trustees in regional land conservation and current efforts to protect Nobscot Reservation. Light continental brekfast will be provided. The next coffees will be on May 13 and June 10.

Early release day movie at GPL April 8

Let yourself fall into an updated magical, musical, funny fairytale where breaking into song can help overcome almost any problem. Suspend your disbelief and enjoy on April 8 (early release day). Where: Gleason Public Library, Hollis Room. Time: 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided. Movie rating is PG. Grades five through eight only. Call the Gleason Public Library at 1-978-369-4898 with questions.

Woodcock walk April 12

Join D’Ann and Tom Brownrigg, Carlisle birders, on a trip to Foss Farm on Saturday, April 12, to observe American Woodcocks on their breeding grounds. The males perform spectacular flight displays, circling upward hundreds of feet before descending. These displays are believed to be a means of marking territories and attracting females. Males can be located by listening for their distinctive “peent” calls.

Meet at Foss Farm parking lot at 7:30 p.m. The flight displays start shortly after dusk. Bring binoculars if you have them. In the event of rain, the walk will be April 13 at the same time.

If you have any questions, contact the Brownriggs at 1-978-369-5609 or

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

On 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.

Mothers’ support group meets April 7

The next meeting of “This Isn’t What I Expected,” for moms experiencing some anxiety, sadness, increased worrying, or trouble sleeping or decision-making will be April 7 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at First Connections in Concord, in the community agencies building at Emerson Hospital. There is no fee to attend. Psychologist Elizabeth Torres facilitates the group. Childcare is provided for babies over six months. To attend, call Ellen at 1-978-287-0221.

Bedford Farmers Market holds fundraiser April 22

The new Bedford Farmers Market will hold a fundraiser on April 22 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Flatbread Restaurant, 213 Burlington Road, Bedford. A portion of the cost of each pizza purchased (dine-in or take-out) will benefit the Farmers Market. A 50/50 raffle will also be held to support the organization. The Bedford Farmers Market will celebrate its grand opening on June 16 from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the corner of South Road and Railroad Avenue, and it will run each subsequent Monday through October. The market will provide access to local artists and the freshest locally grown and produced food. Vendors will include Globe Fish (seafood), Chip-In Farm (eggs and vegetables), Kimball Fruit Farm (fruit and vegetables), Busa Farms (vegetables), Stillman’s at the Turkey Farm (beef, pork, poultry and lamb), the Swiss Bakers (Swiss breads and cookies), the Biscuit (rustic breads, scones, pastries, and cookies), Sassy Sauces (dessert sauces), Thoreau Foods (breakfast foods including muesli cereal), and In Good Taste (Black Bean Salsa). For more information, contact Susan Grieb at 1-781-275-3991, or visit

Emerson Umbrella Open Studios: “Then and Now” April 5 and 6

The Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts will hold its annual Open Studios on April 5 and 6. Open Studio hours are April 5 from noon to 5 p.m., and April 6 from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Emerson Umbrella building, 40 Stow Street in Concord.

The group exhibition, in conjunction with Open Studios, is titled “Then and Now,” and features works by Umbrella artists from (approximately) 25 years ago and current works.

There will be snacks available at the EUCA Café and musical performances on both days. For information, visit or call the Umbrella at 1-978-371-0820.

Student/faculty basketball game April 9

Mark your calendars for April 9 for the annual Carlisle Public School student/faculty basketball fundraiser. The event will be held at CCHS. All proceeds will benefit the Carlisle Teachers Association (CTA) scholarship fund. Tickets are $8/adults and $6/students and may be purchased from your child’s classroom teacher beginning March 31. Tickets will also be available at the door on the evening of the game. Make checks payable to the CTA Scholarship Fund. Come and support this worthy cause.

COA doings

• Knitting group: Knit for a good cause on April 8 at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the First Religious Society (FRS). Just drop in when you can. For more information, call Angela Smith at 1-978-371-2895.

• Men’s breakfast: On April 10, the men’s breakfast will start at the Sleeper Room at Village Courts 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.

• Book club: The next book club meeting will be on April 16. The book, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, will be discussed at the home of Judy Wells, 738 Lowell Road, Groton. For information, call Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-6318.

• Luncheon: Join the COA on April 17 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for lunch, followed by discussion led by Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie and Town Treasurer Larry Barton about Town Meeting Warrant Articles and the fiscal state of Carlisle. Blood pressure screenings will be provided from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP by April 14. Indicate whether you need a van ride when you make your reservation. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated.

• Sagamore day trip: On April 18, the COA van will head to Sagamore to the Christmas Tree Shop, the Premium Outlets and lunch at one of the restaurants at the bridge. The transportation fee is $5 per person. The trip is limited to 13 people, so call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 to sign up.

Lacoste Gallery presents Mary Roehm exhibit April 12 to 30

The Lacoste Gallery presents ceramicist Mary Roehm in a solo exhibition from April 12 to 30. The opening reception is April 12, 3 to 5 p.m. at Lacoste Gallery, 25 Main Street, Concord. For information, call 1-978-369-0278 or visit

Emerson Hospital Auxiliary pops concert April 12

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual spring Pops concert on April 12 at the Walden Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden Street, Concord. The Concord Band will perform an exciting new program at 8 pm. Proceeds from the concert support the Emerson Hospital pediatric intervention team, scholarships for patient caregivers, and specialized wheelchairs.

The venue features a “nightclub style” setup, with café tables for four set with tablecloths and flowers. Tickets are $25 and sponsorship starts at $35. Seating is limited. Last year sold out, so reserve your seats early.For more information, contact Rosie Oberg at 1-978-371-1923.

COA 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, 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.

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 18th-century-inspired appetizers and punch, you may nibble on appetizers and bid on silent auction items in the first half of the evening. Dinner will include Shohet Carlisle beef, with each table representing a different era in the 250-year history of the First Religious Society. The live auction begins at 8:15 p.m. with professional Auctioneer Al Merry.

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 and see the menu, visit Tickets are $25 and the event is BYOB. For reservations, call the church office at 1-978 369-5180 or e-mail

Beekeeping in Carlisle program April 13

Join local Carlisle beekeepers Ernie Huber, Katherine Endicott and Leslie Thomas at the Heald House barn, 698 Concord Street, from 2 to 3 p.m. on April 13 for a discussion of the craft and science of beekeeping. Historical beekeeping artifacts from the Historical Society’s collection will be on display. Bring your questions for the experts and find out the challenges and rewards of local beekeeping. 

Heald House will be open for general tours from 2 to 4 p.m.

“Chesstival” spring tournament April 12

Carlisle Chess Club’s spring tournament, “Chesstival,” will be held on April 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room and Corey Auditorium. The tournament, for grades K through eight, is not rated or timed, scorekeeping is optional, no organizational memberships are required and chess sets are available. There will be trophies for a variety of category winners.

Club instructors will teach beginners the moves and engage them in non-competitive chess activities. All are welcome.

Fees are $10/early registration and $15/at the door. To register early, e-mail the club at Include each player’s name, school, grade, ability level and contact information. All payments will be accepted at the tournament. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Day-long retreat teaches mindfulness April 5

Carlisle’s Prajnopaya Institute for Buddhist Studies presents a day-long retreat to teach an understanding of Bodhichitta (awakening the mind) and the traditional Buddhist method of mindfulness practices on April 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A vegetarian lunch will be provided. The retreat will take place at the Institute, 60 Hartwell Road. Suggested donation is $60; all proceeds will go to aid the Prajnopaya Foundation’s TB clinics in Bihar, India.

St. Irene welcomes Rurangirwa April 15

Survivor of Rwandan genocide Reverend Romain Rurangirwa will speak on April 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Colonel Ruettgers Meeting Room of St. Irene Church on East Street. Reverend Rurangirwa returned to Rwanda during the summer of 2007, and he will share his experiences with suffering, forgiveness and reconciliation on the 14th anniversary of the genocide. All are welcome.

GPL offers Carlisle kids display space

Calling all Carlisle kids! Do you have a special collection that you would like to share with your friends and the other patrons of the library? Thanks to the Friends of the Gleason Public Library, the Gleason Public Library (GPL) now owns a large display case that the library wants you to use.

How does it work? You sign up at the children’s desk and you get to fill the case with your special treasures for two weeks. After two weeks, your display comes down and the next one goes up.

To kick things off, the first display will be children’s librarian Nancy Boutet’s treasured Godzilla collection of movies, beanie babies and action figures. Come by and check it out and make sure to sign up for your own display.

So what do you collect? Your display can be anything you want – Pokemon cards, special toys, something you have made, artwork, coins, stamps, memories from a trip – it is entirely up to you. If you have any questions, you can e-mail Nancy Boutet at or call the library at 1-978-369-4898. Start getting that collection together and stop by the children’s desk to make your reservation.

Visit or call 1-978-369-4898 for more information.

Concord Music Club meets April 10

The Concord Music Club will meet in Concord on April 10 at 7:30 p.m. The purpose of the club is to stimulate the study of music by providing the opportunity to perform with and for others. The club has both performing and non-performing membership and meets once a month during the fall and spring seasons, for a total of six meetings annually. Guests and new members are welcome. The program will include music of J.S. Bach, Chopin and Hindemith. Call Marjorie Franko at 1-978-369-8192 if you are interested in joining and would like to come as a guest or for more information.

Reserve now for Producers trip May 21

Join the Carlisle COA to see The Producers on May 21 at North Shore Music Theatre. The play cost is $45. Before the play there will be a lunch stop (on your own).The trip leaves Carlisle by 11:10 a.m. and returns by 6 p.m. The first 13 ride the van; all others must carpool. Call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023. Send checks, payable to the Friends of Carlisle COA, to Joanne Willens at 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741 as soon as possible.

Better Breathers meet at Emerson April 17

The Better Breathers Club at Emerson Hospital will hold its monthly meeting in the North Assembly Room from noon to 1 p.m. on April 17. Mayra Seyfarth, MS, RD, LDN, will present a lecture entitled, “Eat Well – Breathe Better!” The lecture is free and refreshments will be served. For information, call 1-978-287-3715.

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