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Friday, April 18, 2008

Patriots Day in Carlisle April 21

The Carlisle Minutemen will celebrate the 233rd anniversary of the start of the American Revolution by reenacting the call to arms of the original 16 Minutemen who marched to Concord, joining other Minutemen at the North Bridge on April 19, 1775.

The day will begin with the ringing of the church bells signaling the Minutemen to gather on the Town Green. After raising the flag and a brief ceremony, the march to Concord will commence, retracing the original route. At the Concord end of the Estabrook trail, marchers can drop their names into a tricorn hat. One name will be pulled from the hat to receive a pen and ink of the Minutemen drawn by Phyllis Hughes.


Event program, April 21
6:45 a.m.: ringing of the church bells
6:50 a.m.: flag raising
6:55 a.m: ceremony at Minuteman monument by the First Religious Society
7 a.m.: begin march to Concord
9 a.m.: arrive at North Bridge, joining other minutemen groups and Concord parade.

Other local Patriots Day events
April 19, 6 a.m.: Dawn salute, North Bridge Concord
April 19, 8:30 a.m.: Battle reenactment, North Bridge Concord
April 19, 11 a.m.: Battle reenactment, Hartwell Tavern, Lincoln
April 19, 3 p.m.: Battle reenactment,Tower Park, Lexington.

Carlisle birding trip April 26

D’Ann and Tom Brownrigg, Carlisle birders, will lead a Brookline Bird Club outing in Carlisle on the morning of April 26. The trip is free and open to the public.

Meet at Carlisle’s Foss Farm Conservation Land parking lot at 7 a.m. Bring binoculars if you have them. In the event of rain, the trip will be cancelled. If you have questions, call the Brownriggs at 1-978-369-5609, or e-mail them at

Annual kindergarten talk April 30

Parents of children eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall of 2008 are cordially invited to attend the annual kindergarten talk on Wednesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the Robbins Library of the Carlisle Public School. If you have any questions, call Jennifer Lipton or Sheila Morris at 1-978-369-6550.

Spring vernal pool walk April 27

The Carlisle Trails Committee and the Conservation Commission will host a public vernal pool walk at 2 p.m. on April 27. Chris Kavalauskas, former Conservation Commission chairman and wildlife ecologist will lead the exploration of vernal pools and pond life on the Conant Land located behind the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street. She will also bring some sample vernal pool obligate species.

This is a great family activity. Wear clothes appropriate for the weather and wet footing. Bring small containers and magnifiers to view some of the smaller examples of vernal pool life. (A white Frisbee would be excellent for this.) Refreshments will be served after the walk. Parking is available in the Town Hall parking area. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Democratic Town Committee seeks high school student delegates for youth convention

The first Massachusetts Democratic Youth Convention will be held in conjunction with the Massachusetts Democratic State Convention on June 7 at the Paul Tsongas Arena in Lowell. The town committee has been asked to select one male and one female high school student from Carlisle to participate in the youth convention. Student delegates from across the state will be seated together during the formal proceedings and will be able to observe the nomination proceedings for the U.S. Senate. After the convention adjourns, the student delegates will participate in special sessions focusing on how they can make a difference in the political system.

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee (DTC) seeks applications from high school students who live in Carlisle who would like to participate in the Democratic Youth Convention. Interested students should write an essay of no more than 150 words explaining why they want to attend the Convention and what they believe they will gain as citizens by participating in the Convention. The student delegates from Carlisle will be selected by the members of the Carlisle DTC based on the quality of their essay. Applications should be sent to Marlene Fine, 66 Acton St., Carlisle, MA 01741; they must be received no later than Monday, May 5. Please include name, year of graduation, address, phone number and e-mail address in the application. The selected delegates will be notified by May 12. CCHS seniors should be aware that the Convention meets at the same time as the CCHS graduation. If you have questions, e-mail

Incoming kindergarten playgroup “meet-up” April 20

If you have a child entering kindergarten this fall, give him/her a jump start on meeting fellow classmates by joining us at Diment Park (on School Street adjacent to Spalding Field) this Sunday, April 20 at 9:45 a.m. for playing and chatting with coffee and doughnuts. For more information, e-mail Deb Kablotsky at The group is hoping to meet one to two times per month before school starts in September, so join in when you can.

“Caribbean for Kids” on April 24

Come and limbo your way into spring with the Gleason Public Library and performers, Caribbean for Kids, at the First Religious Society on April 24 at 11 a.m. Sing and dance in the aisles to your favorite kids’ songs set to a Caribbean beat. These energetic performers offer familiar and traditional songs from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago and will have everyone clapping their hands and stomping their feet to steel drum and calypso rhythms. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency and by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and is suggested for ages five and up. For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children’s librarian.

Caroline Maguire to speak at GPL April 29

Caroline Maguire of New England Coaching will present: “How to Succeed in Middle School and High School” at the Gleason Public Library Hollis Room on April 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898.

Thoreau and the two revolutions

Celebrate Patriot’s Day weekend at Walden Pond. Learn first hand from one of Concord’s most famous native sons, Henry David Thoreau, about the two major historic revolutions of Concord: the Revolution of 1775 and the literary revolution of the 19th century. Local historian Richard Smith will portray Henry David Thoreau at the Thoreau House Replica at Walden Pond on April 19 from noon to 3 p.m. Meet at the Thoreau House Replica.

The event is free and appropriate for families and all ages. There is a $5 parking fee. No dogs permitted. For more information call 1-978-369-3254.

Biotechnology internship program accepting applications

The University of Massachusetts and Genzyme Corporation are offering a $5,000 internship program to train students in biotechnology careers. The program, which would pair UMass students with summer work at Cambridge-based Genzyme, is set to launch this summer. Students who complete an internship will receive a grant of $5,000 each toward senior year tuition and fees. For application and internship information, contact Natalie Kaufman at 1-617-722-2013 or

CPS students, parents and alumni invited to honor retiring teachers

Calling all students, parents and alumni of the Carlisle Public School (CPS). Teachers Lynn Walker and Daryl Greenwood are retiring this year after touching the lives and hearts of CPS students for many years. Come celebrate and honor their service on May 22 at 3:15 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room.

Memory books are being created for these teachers. Send your memories of these outstanding educators: notes, pictures, or drawings on 8.5 x 11-inch paper, by May 16 to Catherine Poirier, 108 Virginia Farme, Carlisle MA 01741. There will also be a drop-off box at the main office at the school. If you have questions, contact Cathy at 1-978-371-9139 or

Emerson Hospital Auxiliary hosts spring coffee

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary will host its annual spring social on Monday, April 28 at 9:30 a.m. All current members and anyone interested in joining the Auxiliary, or just learning about it, are invited to attend. Christine Schuster, president and CEO of Emerson Hospital, will be the guest speaker.

The spring social will be held at the home of Rosemary Grande, located at 132 Partridge Lane in Concord. To RSVP, call Karen McCarthy at 1-978-371-2133.

One-day retreat offers practice of “Medicine Buddha” May 3

Carlisle’s Prajnopaya Institute for Buddhist Studies will offer a one-day retreat on May 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to introduce the practice of the Medicine Buddha, an enlightened being who has unlimited compassion for all living beings. He relieves living beings from physical as well as mental ailments. The retreat will take place at the Institute, at 60 Hartwell Road. Suggested donation is $60; all proceeds will support the Prajnopaya Foundation’s TB clinics in Bihar, India. A vegetarian lunch will be provided. For registration and additional information, call 1-978-369-4797.

Sarasa harpsichord extravaganza April 26, 27

Sarasa Chamber Ensemble presents a “Harpsichord Extravaganza” for its last series program this season on April 26 at 8 p.m. at Cambridge Friends Meeting House, 5 Longfellow Park (just outside Harvard Square) in Cambridge. It is repeated on Sunday, April 27 at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall at First Parish, 20 Lexington Road in Concord.

This concert offers a rare opportunity to hear and see two beautifully ornate baroque harpsichords performing together. Sarasa’s string ensemble will perform as well. Tickets are $22, $18/seniors, $13/students; children under 12 admitted free. For more information, contact Sarasa at 1-617-492-4758 or visit

Carlisle Rec offers new programs after spring vacation

Coming up at Carlisle Recreation:

• Tiny Tees Teeball, Golf and Art classes for all ages.

• Pre-K: Tiny Tees T-ball, Soccer for Sprouts, Tennis.

• Youth: Pottery, a variety of wonderful Art classes, Home Alone, Babysitting, Meet and Greet the Animals, Tennis, Karate, Rock Climbing.

• Aduts: Natural Style Pruning, Tree & Shrub Planting, Gardening, Calligraphy, Pottery, Tennis.

Call 1-978-369-9815 or register online at

Scrumdaddys play Concord April 19

Carlisle’s own Bill Cuccinello, and The Scrumdaddys will play on April 19 at 8 p.m. at Main Streets Café in Concord. Get there early if you want a good seat. No cover charge. Main Streets Café is located at 42 Main Street, Concord. For information, call 1-866-413-3981 or visit

AFS study abroad programs info session April 30

Interested in studying abroad or hosting a foreign student? On April 30 from 7 to 9 p.m., AFS Intercultural Programs will present an info night for high school students and their parents who want to learn about study-abroad programs and scholarships Families interested in hosting an AFS exchange student from another country should also attend. The info night will be held at the Abend home, 71 Rodgers Road. RSVP to Darien Smith, at 1-978-369-1471 or

“When Music Sounds” Concord Women’s Chorus concert May 4

The Concord Women’s Chorus, Jane Ring Frank, conductor, and Scott Nicholas, pianist, will present “When Music Sounds” on Sunday May 4, at 4 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord. The program features works by Henry Purcell, György Orban, Steven Finch and Gabriel Fauré. Carlisle members are Wendy Davis, Cynthia Nunan, Stephanie Smith, Cynthia Sorn, and Penny Zezima. Tickets are $15 or $10 for seniors (65+) and students and are available at the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Concord, or call 1-978-369-0839. For information, visit

“Gardens through History” is May 12

On May 12, the Carlisle Historical Society and the Carlisle Garden Club present a slide-illustrated talk entitled,“Gardens through History” with Adriana O’Sullivan, at 7 p.m. at Gleason Public Library. For more information, visit www.carlislehistory.

Sign up now for Charles River boat trip

Join the Carlisle Seniors for a day trip on a Charles River boat tour, to the Cheesecake Factory and to shop at the Cambridgeside Galleria, June 18, price $35. Call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or pick up a flyer at the COA office in Carlisle Town Hall.

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 email 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 for more information.

State Park has opening for park interpreter

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of State Parks and Recreation, has an opening for a park interpreter at Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle. Tasks include staffing the Nature Center, providing visitor information and orientation, researching, developing and presenting a variety of interpretive and recreational programs that reflect the natural, cultural and historical themes of the park. Coordination of special events and programs independently or in partnership with other public or private organizations is required.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, possess a basic knowledge of natural and cultural history, have experience working with the public and solid communication skills, have the ability to follow oral and written instructions, and the ability to work in a team setting. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required.

The position is available immediately through October 26. Park Interpreters work a 40-hour week which includes weekends, holidays and some nights. The salary is $487.79/week; employees are paid bi-weekly. Uniforms and training are provided. Park housing is not. To apply, send a cover letter, resumé and DCR Seasonal (available at to: Attn: Barbara Buls, NE Regional Interpretive Coordinator, Northeast Regional Headquarters, P.O. Box 0829, Carlisle, MA 01741, RE: State Parks Interpreter. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Board of Health well testing May 31

The Carlisle Board of Health is organizing a town wide voluntary well testing program on May 31 from 9 a.m. to noon. Please check upcoming issues of the Mosquito for detailed information and prices, or contact the Board of Health office at 1-978-369-0283.

Adult and Community Ed offers new courses

This May, Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education Department will offer two new courses: Writing the Book Proposal that Sells (fee: $60), with Beverly Carroll, and Basics of Home Improvement and Repair (fee: $50), with Joe Jancek. Learn how to make your book a reality or acquire skills for home repair and building new projects.

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

Garden Club plant sale May 10

Save the date of Saturday, May 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Carlisle Garden Club’s Pre-Mothers Day Plant Sale on the Town Common. Perennials, annuals, herbs, and shrubs, as well as colorful note cards of Carlisle gardens will be on sale. For more information, visit

CSA book fair May 5 to 9

Support the Carlisle School library at the Carlisle School Association (CSA) spring book fair from May 5 to May 9. Choose from a huge selection of books or purchase a gift certificate for someone special. 

On May 5, children’s book author and illustrator David Biedrzycki (www.davidbiedrzycki) will be making presentations to students in grades two to five. Many of his books will be available for purchase at the fair and he will be autographing his books in the school library at 3 p.m.

The school library and fine arts department will partner to display student art projects during the fair. Book fair hours are:

May 5: 2:30 to 8 p.m. (book signing at 3 p.m.)

May 6: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

May 7: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 8: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 9: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Cash, checks, Visa and Mastercard are welcome. For more information contact Shelley Walton ( or Ellen Felhofer (

Fund for Woodsons

Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) Principal Peter Badalament has announced the establishment of a fund to help the family of CCHS freshman Greg Woodson, who was recently injured in an automobile accident. Donations may be made to the Greg Woodson Fund c/o Brigid Menzi at the Concord Middle School, Sanborn Building, 835 Old Marlboro Road, Concord, Massachusetts 01742.

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