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Friday, May 2, 2008

Candidates Forum this Sunday, May 4

The League of Women Voters Carlisle Candidates Forum will be held on May 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Clark Room of Town Hall. Meet the candidates, hear what they have to say and get answers to your questions. The event will be taped and will air on CCTV Channel 8 at the following times: Monday, May 5, at 10 p.m.; Tuesday, May 6, at 1 p.m.; Wednesday, May 7, at 5 p.m.; Thursday, May 8, at 6 p.m. You can also visit www.lwvcc.com or the CCTV site, www.carlisletv.org for program changes and updates. You may submit questions for the candidates until 3 p.m. on May 3, by e-mailing them to blglewis@comcast.net. Refreshments will be served and there will be a reception following the Forum.

CPAC meeting May 8

There will be a Carlisle Parents’ Advisory Committee (CPAC) meeting on May 8 at 9 a.m. in the school cafeteria to elect a Board for next year as well as discuss areas the membership would like to focus on for the upcoming year. Current members and prospective members are urged to attend. Any questions, call Kris Tocci, 1-978-371-6498 or Lori Tucker, 1-978-371-3292.

Town Meeting child care • School Age Children

Carlisle Kids House (Extended Day) is providing childcare for kids kindergarten and above at the rate of $15/child for the evening with a maximum of $30 per family. Your children will be able to relax, do homework, watch a movie or read a book before settling down with their sleeping bag and pillow. Contact Karen Tang at Carlisle Kids House to make arrangements.

• Cafeteria Supervision Area

The School Cafeteria will be wired for full Town Meeting participation. While registered voters participate in Town Meeting, they can supervise their own children. Parents are expected to arrange for quiet activities for their kids to do during this time – board games, homework, artwork, reading, etc. Children will not be permitted to run around and they will be expected to keep the noise level to a minimum. The plaza and castle playground will be closed.

• Attention Teachers of Elementary, Middle & High School Students

Be aware of this date and consider lightening the load for our students that evening. If students have major projects due, it limits the availability of parents to participate in the process and the availability of teenaged babysitters to help out our families.

• Would you like to babysit for a family?

Karen Tang of the Carlisle Kids House is accepting a list of names of potential babysitters for families to contact should they desire a sitter during Town Meeting. Please only place your name on this list if you can commit to sit that night. Also, should you become unavailable either because you accept a job or another obligation arises, inform Karen Tang.

Garden Club plant sale May 10

Stop by the Town Common from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 10 for the Carlisle Garden Club’s annual Pre-Mothers Day Plant Sale. Annuals, perennials, herbs, shrubs and decorative baskets will all be available. Excellent prices on hardy divisions tested for survival in Carlisle gardens. Coffee and muffins, free advice and demonstrations will be offered throughout the morning. Proceeds benefit Garden Club civic activities. For information, contact Alison Saylor at saylorfarm@comcast.net or visit www.carlislegardenclub.org.

CSA book fair May 5 to 9

Do not miss 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.com) 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 them in the school library at 3 p.m.

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 (sbwalton.77@gmail.com) or Ellen Felhofer (efelhofer@yahoo.com).

Organ concert at FRS tonight

Organist Brian Jones, Emeritus Director of Music at Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston, will give a concert on the organ of the First Religious Society (FRS) tonight, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. His program is designed to demonstrate the resources of the organ. The wide variety of organ music from Bach to ragtime will engage an audience of every age and musical interest. A special feature of the program will be “Name That Tune,” where Brian will play several pieces and challenge the audience to identify their names, themes, or style. He will also perform a wide variety of music by Bach, Saint-Saëns, Schumann and others, including the famous “Toccata” from the Fifth Organ Symphony by C. M. Widor. Plan now to come to this free concert, bring the family, enjoy this entertaining program which is part of the FRS 250th Anniversary celebration, and stay for the reception in Union Hall following the program. The building is fully accessible.

Attend May 3 Carlisle history reception

The Gleason Library will feature an exhibit marking the 250th anniversary of the founding of the First Religious Society in Carlisle. As you may know, the establishment of the church enabled the creation of Carlisle as a separate district and then town over 200 years ago. The exhibit includes memorabilia from the early days and will run through the end of the month. The opening reception at the library is Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m.

Potluck and contra dance May 9

A New England contra dance will be held May 9 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. A $5/person admission will be collected during intermission. All dances will be taught. Beginners and singles welcome. For more information, call 1-978 369-1661.

Carlisle Conservation coffee May 13

The May 13 Conservation coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford St., from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Representatives of the Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) will talk about their organization and its history in Carlisle. As one of the four owners of large open space property in Carlisle, what are their management goals and activities and how do they support and encourage open space preservation in Carlisle?

Carlisle Conservation coffees are held on the second Tuesday of the month during the fall, winter and spring seasons to provide an informal opportunity for residents to discuss a wide range of land use, conservation and environmental issues. The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Light continental breakfast is provided.

The next morning coffee will be on June 10.

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. 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 Lane, 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 cjpoirier@comcast.net.

Early Release Day movie at GPL May 13

Three mischievous chipmunks plus one struggling musician equals a hilarious, heartwarming tale. Join in for the chaos and fun on May 13 from 2:45 to 4:20 p.m. at Gleason Public Library (GPL), third floor Hollis Room. Movie rating is PG. For information on the movie, visit www.imdb.com (the internet movie database site). Grades five through eight only. Call the Gleason Public Library at 1-978-369-4898 for more information.

DTC seeks high school student delegates

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, and 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 marlenefine@yahoo.com.

“Gardens in Time” at Gleason Library May 13

Join the Carlisle Garden Club and the Carlisle Historical Society and artist and landscape designer Adriana O’Sullivan on May 13 at 7 p.m. for “Gardens in Time,” a program showcasing garden styles from ancient Roman times to the present. View beautiful gardens and learn to recognize the distinctive characteristics of different eras. See examples of Middle Ages and Italian Renaissance styles, English landscape gardens, French picturesque gardens, American parks by Frederick Law Olmsted and modern landscapes.

The program will be held at the Gleason Public Library’s Hollis Room and is open to the public at no charge. Refreshments will be served.

Community organic and locally grown potluck May 13

The public is invited to a family potluck supper on May 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Union Hall at the First Religious Society (FRS). This event is sponsored by the FRS Environmental Action Committee.

Hear Jay Harrison, director of Sustainable Agriculture at the Lincoln Food Project talk about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Meet like-minded people interested in “green” environmental issues. Eat delicious locally grown or organic food made by your friends and neighbors. Lend your voice to plan and create future educational “green” forums and activities in Carlisle.

In the interest of simplicity, you are requested to bring a dish based upon the first letter of your last name: A-C: appetizer or beverage (chips, fruit, cheese, etc), D-G: bread, H-M: salad or vegetable, N-S: main dish, T-Z: dessert. Try to bring enough for eight to ten servings of something that contains organic or locally grown ingredients. The Organic Police will not confiscate your dish at the door if it is not totally organic or locally grown, but do your best to have at least one ingredient that qualifies.

Questions? Contact Leslie Thomas at 1-978-287-0025 or Alison Saylor at saylorfarm@comcast.net.

First Connections programs May 3 and 6

  A First Connections “Dad & Me” program for three-year-olds will take place at Chip-in Farm in Bedford on May 3 from 10 to 11 a.m. Dads (grandpas, uncles, etc.) will help their children perform morning chores with Farmer Sandy, such as feeding animals, getting eggs ready for sale, and more. Children will learn what life is like on a working family farm, while having fun. Call 1-978-287-0221 to participate. No fee, but space is limited.

On May 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Maynard Public Library will host a First Connections program entitled “Working with Your Child’s Temperament with Dr. Deborah Weinstock-Savoy.” The workshop will help parents understand how children’s unique personalities, styles and preferences affect the way they interact with the world and present ways in which parents can work with their child’s temperament instead of against it when setting limits. Call 1-978-287-0221 to attend this free program.

Help needed for CSA staff and teacher luncheon

On June 3, the annual spring Carlisle School Association (CSA) luncheon will be held to honor the school’s teachers and staff. Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve and clean up at the luncheon and/or to contribute a homemade dish or a monetary contribution to offset the luncheon expenses. To contribute or participate, contact Stephanie Shenton at sshent@comcast.net or Kristie Ridick at kridick@comcast.net.

Carlisle Teachers Association offers scholarships

Applications are now available for the Carlisle Teachers Association scholarships. The Marguerite Grant Scholarship is awarded annually to graduates of Carlisle Public School who are graduating from Concord-Carlisle High School or Minuteman Regional Technical High School. The Amy Lapham Award for Continuing Education is awarded to college students who qualified for the Marguerite Grant Scholarship and are continuing their educations.

Applications for both of these scholarships are available in the Carlisle School office or at carlisle.mec.edu under the Community tab.

FOGPL used book sale needs volunteers

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library’s (FOGPL) used book sale will take place on June 28 from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the front lawn of the library in the center of Carlisle.

In the event of inclement weather, the book sale will be moved to the Corey Auditorium at the school. Looking to volunteer and be a part of this time-honored event? Contact Seema at seema_peterson@yahoo.com.

Lots of helping hands are needed on June 28 as well as throughout the month leading up to the event. For June 2 to 25, FOGPL needs people to sort books according to genre. This schedule is fairly flexible but needs to be arranged ahead of time. Bring a friend or two. Books are available for you to purchase as you sort.

On June 27, one or two strong individuals are needed to help load the truck with books. Handtrucks are also used, but there is considerable and repetitious lifting of boxes of books.

On June 28, lots of people are needed to help throughout the day between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sign up for a two-hour shift and lend a helping hand.

Meet Don Rober, candidate for School Committee, on May 8

On May 8, a morning coffee with Don Rober, candidate for School Committee, will take place at 124 Aberdeen Drive. Take a moment to hear his views and ask questions about the Carlisle Public School and the talents that Don could lend to this position. The coffee is hosted by Nancy Szczesniak and Laura Marshall from 9 to 11 a.m.

CPS volunteer ice cream social May 14

The Carlisle Public Schools will be honoring its volunteers with the second annual ice cream social on May 14 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room. This event is to publicly thank the hundreds of individuals who, over the course of the year, contribute countless hours to the school. It is also to recognize and appreciate the hours spent by the School Committee, boards of the Carlisle School Association and Carlisle Education Foundation, and those involved in organizing special programs throughout the year. Pick up your children after school and bring them along, or come by yourselves to enjoy ice cream and conversation. All volunteers are welcome.

CCHS Class of 2006 social May 31

All parents and students of the CCHS Class of 2006 are invited to a social on Saturday evening, May 31. Check with others in the class to make sure they know of this event, and urge them to attend. Send an e-mail to cchs2006@yahoo.com for information and to RSVP.

Deborah Abel Dance Company performs May 9, 10 and 11

The Deborah Abel Dance Company (see Mosquito, April 18), will perform “The Perfect Relationship: A Dance Concert of Duets” at the Boston University Studio Dance Theater, Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center, Buick Street Boston. Performances are May 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and May 11 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25/general admission; $18/children, seniors, students with ID, and BDA members. For information and tickets, call 1-617-358-2500.

COA doings

• Men’s breakfast: On May 8, the Men’s Breakfast will be at the Sleeper Room at Village Courts, starting at 8 a.m. No need to sign up; this event is open to all senior men. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated. For van service, call 1-978-371-6690.

• Podiatry clinic: On May 13, Dr. Ayleen Gregorian will hold a podiatry clinic in the Sleeper Room at Village Court from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make an appointment, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895. The fee is $15 cash or check made payable to the Friends of Carlisle COA (FCOA). Call the van line at least 48 hours in advance if you need a ride. Dr. Gregorian can no longer do home visits. This clinic is funded in part by the FCOA and the Timothy Wheeler House Fund.

• Knitting group: If you like to knit for a good cause, the knitting group is meeting on May 13 at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the FRS. No need to sign up. Just drop in when you can. For more information, call Angela Smith at 1-978-371-2895.

• Having a senior moment: On May 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library, Miranda Heibel of Minuteman Senior Services will present a program on memory loss. This Caring Conversation is designed to help people understand the difference between dementia and an illness such as Alzheimer’s disease. Participants will also become familiar with the ten warning signs of dementia.

• Luncheon: Join the COA on May 15 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for lunch followed by a slide show of the COA Prague trip. Blood pressure screenings will be provided from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP and make a van reservation if necessary by May 12. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated.

CSA meets May 20

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) annual meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on May 20 at the home of Louis and Holly Salemy, 438 Concord Street. All parents are invited to attend. The CSA will express appreciation to a dedicated team of volunteers and outgoing Board members, celebrate the success of the past year, and vote in new officers, committees and coordinators. Contact Dale Ryder, 1-978-371-9673, with questions.

Hazardous waste collection May 3

The Spring Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on May 3, from 9 a.m. to noon at the DPW Building behind the Transfer Station. The collection is sponsored by the Board of Health and paid out of Transfer Station sticker fees. Clean Harbors will conduct the collection free to residents who have a valid Transfer Station sticker.

WHAT TO BRING: Oil based paints, stains, thinners and strippers, solvents and varnishes, adhesives, glues, resins, waste fuels, (kerosene, gasoline) engine degreasers, brake fluids, poisons, cleaners, spot removers, pool chemicals, aerosol cans, pesticides, herbicides, pesticides, creosote, moth balls, arts and crafts supplies, antifreeze.

WHAT NOT TO BRING: Smoke detectors, compressed gas cylinders, ammunition, fireworks or explosives, prescription medicines/syringes, radioactive wastes, fire extinguishers, cathode ray tubes, biological waste, unknown materials. NO LATEX PAINT. These paint cans should be opened, allowed to dry and disposed of in the regular trash collector. Adding kitty litter will accelerate the process.

CRT RECYCLING: Computer monitors should be left in or near the swap shop for recycling.

BATTERIES: Batteries do not need to be brought to the hazardous waste collection. Residents can dispose of ordinary household batteries (AAA - D, Alkaline, nickel cadmium) by giving them to the attendant at the transfer station. There is a regular collection point for lead-acid or car batteries.

SWAP TABLE: A swap table for new and unused paint, motor oil, cleaners, etc. will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. Clean Harbors will select items appropriate for exchange.

MERCURY: Thermostats and thermometers can be dropped off anytime with the Transfer Station attendant. The town is no longer doing a thermometer swap. The Board encourages homeowners to check with contractors they hire on how they plan to dispose of any mercury-containing products being replaced.

SAFETY: Tighten caps and lids, leaving materials in original labeled containers. Sort and pack separately paint, pesticides, household cleaners. Avoid spills and do not place in garbage bags. Never mix chemicals. Cars should not block the entrance to the Transfer Station.

HOURS: The collection will close promptly at noon. Cars must be in line before noon. Once the hazardous waste containers are sealed, they cannot be opened for late comers.

Volunteers are needed to count cars, check for stickers and help with the swap table. If you would like to volunteer for an hour or two the day of the collection, call the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283. Community Service points will be provided to interested high school students. If you have any questions about what you are bringing, contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283.

Seniors: get help today with medical and prescription insurance

If you are a senior citizen and need help with understanding your medical and prescription options, a volunteer SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) representative will be available by appointment at Town Hall in the Nickles room today, May 2, and Friday, May 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. Minuteman Senior Services’ SHINE Program is dedicated to providing elders with accurate, unbiased information regarding health insurance options through a network of trained volunteers. SHINE offers free, confidential one-on-one counseling to elders and their family members. A SHINE Counselor can assist elders with evaluating their health insurance needs, inform elders about their prescription drug coverage options, assist with application completion, review present coverage to maximize benefit of cost and help with health benefit claims or billing problems. To schedule an appointment for SHINE counseling, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

BOH to offer well testing; sign up by May 16

The Board of Health (BOH) is sponsoring well testing in Carlisle on May 31. The deadline to sign up is May 16. Contact the BOH for details at 1-978-369-0283.

Concord Women’s Chorus concert May 4

The Concord Women’s Chorus will present “When Music Sounds” on Sunday May 4, at 4 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord. Singers from Carlisle 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. www.concordwomenschorus.org.

Theatre III presents Man of La Mancha beginning tonight

Man of La Mancha will be presented at Theatre III, 250 Central Street, West Acton, on May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. and May 18 at 2 p.m. Call 1-978-263-9070 for reservations or purchase tickets online for a convenience fee of $1.75 per ticket at www.ticketstage.com/TIII.

Janis Ian in benefit concert May 17

On May 17 at 8 p.m. at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow Street, Concord, singer-songwriter Janis Ian will perform a concert to benefit Animals as Intermediaries. Tickets: $30/general admission; $100/7 p.m. reception with tasty hors d’oeuvres from the Concord Cheese Shop, guest appearance by Janis Ian and preferred concert seating.

They are on sale now at the Concord Bookshop (Concord), The Minor Chord (Littleton), Willow Books (Acton) and Wood & Strings (Arlington). Tickets can also be ordered by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Animals As Intermediaries, PO Box 155, Concord, MA 01742, or order online at www.aai-nature.org. For more information, call 1-978-369-2585.

Concord Music Club meets May 9

The Concord Music Club will meet in Stow on May 9 at 9:30 a.m. The club stimulates the study of music by providing the opportunity to perform with and for others. There is both performing and non-performing membership. Meetings are six times a year and guests are welcome. Call Marjorie Franko at 1-978-369-8192 if you are interested in joining, coming as a guest, or need information.

Community Chest Challenge Triathlon June 1

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest and Maynard Community Chest will host the sixth annual Challenge Triathlon to benefit local human service organizations on June 1. The scenic race begins at 8 a.m. from the North Bridge with an 11.5-mile bike loop through Carlisle center, a three-mile run to the South Bridge Boat House, and a two-mile paddle back to the North Bridge. Each leg of the race is completed by two team members with teams consisting of two to six people. All participants will receive giveaways and refreshments upon completion of the course. Commemorative prizes will be awarded to winners in a variety of categories.

The minimum team contribution is $600 with further fundraising recommended. All donations will directly impact vital human services in our towns. Online registration and donations can be submitted at www.cccommunitychest.org or call the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest office at 1-978-369-5250.

May events at the Concord Museum

• American Style: Russell Kettell’s pine furniture, now through May 18

Antique collector, educator and author of classic books on furniture Russell Kettell (1890-1958) defined an aesthetic that helped shape the appreciation of American art and craft in the 1920s and ‘30s. The exhibition draws on the Concord Museum’s own Kettell collection of over 1,000 pieces, as well as several private collections, and offers new scholarship toward an understanding of New England vernacular furniture.  Free with museum admission; members, free.

• Tool Time Museum Story Hour, May 9, 1 p.m.

This Friday, Museum Story Hour, featuring the delightful book Workshop by Andrew Clements, hits the nail on the head as it captures a child’s fascination with tools. The Story Hour includes a book-related craft activity and a snack. For children ages three to five with an adult; $5/member child/adult pair per session; $8/non-member pair; by reservation at 1-978-369-9763.

• Mother’s Day Tea and Tour, May 11, 1 to 3 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.

Mother’s Day is the perfect occasion to bring your mother or grandmother (or your whole family!) to the Concord Museum to enjoy a special tour that focuses on some accomplished women in Concord’s history. After the tour, enjoy afternoon tea and sweets. By reservation; $15/museum members; $20/non-members at 1-978-369-9763.

For further information call 1-978-369-9609 (taped information), 1-978-369-9763 (reservations), e-mail cm1@concordmuseum.org, or visit www.concordmuseum.org.

Auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace May 12 and 13

The Sudbury Savoyards announce auditions for their summer production, Arsenic and Old Lace, written by Joseph Kesselring and directed by Mario Salinas. Auditions for all roles will take place on May 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. at the Sudbury United Methodist Church, 251 Old Sudbury Road, Route 27, in Sudbury Center. Callbacks will be May 15. Performances will be July 25, 26, 27, August 1 and 2 at the air-conditioned Curtis Middle School in Sudbury.

The cast calls for 11 men and three women. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. For more information, visit www.sudburysavoyards.org or call 1-978-443-8811 and leave a message.

The Sudbury Savoyards, founded in 1961, is an all-volunteer organization with all of its proceeds donated to the relief of world hunger. Technical and crew opportunities are also available.

Annual spring bird walk May 18

This year’s spring bird walk on the Towle Land will be held on May 18, leaving from the parking lot on Westford Street at 6 a.m. Sponsored by the Conservation Commission for the last 36 years, the walk will be led by Ken Harte.

Bobolinks should be on the territory, but only two males were found last year, same as the year before. Is this a stable remnant population, or are we seeing the end of Towle Bobolinks? Tree swallows and bluebirds should be competing for nest boxes; last year there were two nesting bluebird pairs.

Last year’s walk turned up ten wood warbler species, the best “warbler wave” since 1994. This year, warblers appear to be late; will we hit the wave again? And will we find the elusive waterthrush? Come and find out on the May 18, rain or shine, with binoculars, boots, and insect repellent.

Turtle walk in Concord May 10

Join Bryan Windmiller, consulting wildlife ecologist, to learn about and look for turtles and hatchlings as you explore the exciting wildlife of Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at Great Meadows at the end of Monsen Road off Route 62 at 10:30 a.m. for a walk that will last until noon. For more information, contact Animals as Intermediaries at 1-978-369-2585.

Newcomers coffee May 6

To celebrate the arrival of spring, the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers’ Club will meet for its monthly coffee at the historic Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Road in Sudbury, on May 6, anytime from 9 to 11 a.m.

Come and enjoy this lovely place, chat and meet other newcomers and celebrate spring. For more information, visit www.concordcarlislenewcomers.org. To attend the coffee or to join the club, call Kathy Cuocolo at 1-978-318-9322 or e-mail her at president@concordcarlislenewcomers.org.

GPL offers free workshop on college admissions

Interested in learning more about the college admissions process and how to plan for it? Kenneth Deitch, a long-time educator and a resident of Carlisle for many years, will speak at the Gleason Public Library (GPL) on May 19 at 7 p.m., on “A Primer for Parents on College Admissions and the SAT.” Deitch sees the program as most useful for parents of current sophomores and juniors. This free program is presented by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. No pre-registration is required. To learn more about this program, contact the library’s reference desk at 1-978-369-4898. This program is part of a series 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.

Holocaust Memorial Observance, May 4

On Sunday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concord Town House, Polish survivor Hyme Hipsman will recount his remarkable story at the 28th Annual Holocaust Memorial Observance. The Observance is open to the public and appropriate for children in middle school and older. It is free and open to the public.

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