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Friday, April 11, 2008

COA doings

• Book club: The next book club discussion will meet 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 more 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. Let us know if 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 be heading 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.

“Having a Senior Moment” at GPL May 14

The Gleason Public Library (GPL) offers a free workshop for adults on May 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the library. Miranda Heibel of Minuteman Senior Services will present “Having a Senior Moment,” an informative program on memory loss.

This caring conversation is designed to help people understand the difference between the normal memory loss that occurs with aging and memory loss that is due to dementia or an illness such as Alzheimer’s disease. Participants will also become familiar with the ten warning signs of dementia.

This program is presented by the Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. The program is free and open to the public. To register or learn more about this program, contact the Carlisle Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895.

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

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.

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

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.

Carlisle School parent support meeting April 18

The next meeting of the Carlisle School Special Education Parent Advisory Council will take place at the home of Elaine Bojanic, 93 Clark Farm Road, on April 18 at 9 a.m. All parents with children with special needs are welcome. Direct questions to Kris Tocci at 1-978-371-6498 or Lori Tucker at 1-978-371-3292.

Baby Signs® workshop April 12 at Town Hall

Come to a Baby Signs® workshop at Town Hall on April 12 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and learn how to get started with this revolutionary new way to talk to babies before they can talk. Participants will receive a workshop kit containing resources to continue the learning process at home. For information, contact Carlisle Recreation at 1-978-369-9815 or Kristiana Kurth at 1-978-835-9400 or

Adult and Community Ed offers new courses

This May, Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education will offer two new courses: Writing the Book Proposal that Sells, with Beverly Carroll, and Basics of Home Improvement and Repair, with Joe Jancek.

Learn with Carroll what agents and editors are looking for in a book proposal, how to write it and what to include. Workshop your proposal, get feedback on your presentation and identify any problem areas. Then hear how to contact agents and editors to make your book a reality. Fee: $60.

With Jancek, you will learn how to handle small projects around the house.

Three nights will focus on carpentry, plumbing and electrical tasks. High school and college-age students can pick up useful skills for summer employment or become enthusiastic helpers at home. Fee: $50.

Both courses will be held three Wednesdays, May 7 to 21, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call 1-978-318-1540 days, 1-978-318-1432 evenings, or register online at

Potluck and contra dance on April 11

A New England contra dance will be held tonight, April 11, 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 is by Sue Rosen; music is 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 are welcome. For more information, call 1-978 369-1661.

Spring plant sale at 4-H grounds April 25 and 26

The Middlesex Conservation District will hold its annual spring plant sale on April 25 from 3 to 6 p.m. and April 26 from 8 a.m. to noon. The sale will be held at the 4-H Fairgrounds, 51 South Chelmsford Road, Westford. Items for sale include tree and shrub seedlings, perennials, herbs, fruits, groundcovers, and garden supplies. Proceeds from the sale fund programs to improve water quality, preserve open space, establish erosion control and provide environmental education. For information, visit or call 1-978-692-9395.

Young Parent program meets on Thursdays

The Young Parent program is a weekly group for moms age 25 and under. The group meets from 3 to 4:30 on Thursdays, with free childcare and parking. Moms in the group are single, married, at home, working or in school. The group is facilitated by Sue Green, M.Ed., and meets at First Connections on the Emerson Hospital Campus in Concord. If you are interested in attending, contact Sue at 1-978-287-0221 or

March for Babies April 26

Join the March of Dimes and the Lowell Spinners for the March for Babies 2008 on April 26 at LeLacheur Park in Lowell. Participants may walk around the baseball field, have lunch in the outfield and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium. Children’s entertainment features the “Clown Around Town” bus. Funds raised will support research, community services and advocacy to reduce birth complications. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. Sign up at or contact Russell Ruthen at 1-978-369-3814.

AFS study abroad programs info session April 30

Interested in studying abroad or hosting a foreign student? AFS Intercultural Programs, a worldwide leader in international student exchange programs, will present an info night for high school students and their parents who want to learn about study abroad programs and scholarships on April 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. Families interested in hosting an AFS Exchange Student from

another country are also invited to attend. Local AFS returnees, host families, hosted exchange students and volunteers will be available for questions. The info night will be held atthe Abend home, 71 Rodgers Road. RSVP to Darien Smith, at 1-978-369-1471 or

Middle School Choir performs Sunday

Gold medal winners Carlisle Middle School Choir will perform in the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Stars at Symphony 2008 program on Sunday, April 13 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester at 12:10 p.m.

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