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Friday, May 16, 2008

CCHS’s The Tempest is playing now

CCHS opened its final production of the school year, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, at the high school last night. The show continues May 17 at 7:30 p.m. and May 18 at 1:30 p.m. For information and tickets, call director George Kendall at 1-978-341-2490 x7210 or buy tickets at the door. (See story on page 11.)

Carlisle’s Memorial Day observance is May 26

Carlisle will celebrate its annual Memorial Day Observance on May 26. All townspeople are invited to attend this event. Ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. on the Town Common, with the raising of the flag to half-staff by the Carlisle Colonial Minutemen. A convocation will then be held in Corey Auditorium at 10 a.m., immediately followed by the traditional parade and observances at the cemeteries. The parade will end at the common at noon, when the flag will be raised to full-staff. Following the ceremonies, the First Religious Society will host its annual ham and bean luncheon.

Parade Marshal will be Scott Evans of the Carlisle Colonial Minutemen, and the convocation master of ceremonies will be Douglas Stevenson of the Carlisle Board of Selectmen. Our convocation speaker this year will be Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Stutz, USAF, resident of East Street, who is currently serving on active duty at Hanscom Air Force Base. Colonel Stutz will speak about his personal reflections on past Memorial Days.

Programs on the Piazza: Koi fish and Feng Shui May 17 and 18

Postponed earlier due to rain, Ferns Country Store kicks off their spring Programs on the Piazza series tomorrow at 2 p.m. with “About Koi Fish.” The presentation, which will include live fish, will be led by Jay Bearfield, CPPC, owner of Liquid Landscape Designs, Carlisle. The session will cover how to successfully introduce Koi into your water garden and will include common issues such as wintering your Koi, protecting your Koi from predators and diagnosing health problems.

On May 18 at 2 p.m., the series will continue with “Feng Shui – How to Create Good Vibrations in Your Life.” Presented by local expert Mary Roberts, the program will cover how Feng Shui affects our lives from the Town Center to your garden. Individual problems will be assessed and a walking tour of the town center may be included if participants are interested.

Programs on the Piazza are free and are held, weather permitting, on Ferns’ brick piazza.

Historical Society open house May 18

Heald House, home of the Carlisle Historical Society at 698 Concord Street, will hold an open house on May 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to tour the historical collections, meet friends and neighbors and tour the barn with its brand-new look and refurbished space.

Among the items of interest are samplers made by 18th-century Carlisle girls to practice their sewing and alphabet, Guy and Dorothy Clark’s wedding certificate and an extensive collection of Civil War memorabilia. The town hearse is now installed in the barn. Admission is free and all are welcome.

“Park Serve Day” scheduled for tomorrow

Tomorrow, May 17, all day, the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) second annual Park Serve Day will take place in more than 50 state parks and beaches across the Commonwealth, including Great Brook Farm State Park. Volunteers of all ages have signed up to pick up litter along ocean beaches, clear debris from hiking trails, paint picnic tables and plant flowers at picnic areas. Participants in Carlisle are invited to assist with park clean-up at Great Brook Farm State Park. Water and snacks will be provided, as will work gloves and hand tools, but participants can bring any of those items if they like. Participants also should dress appropriately for outdoor work and consider bringing sunscreen and insect repellent.

For specific projects, directions and any particular age restrictions, visit

Family picnic at Great Brook Farm May 18

Great Brook Farm State Park (984 Lowell Road) will host a weekend “picnic on the farm” on Sunday, May 18, from 11:00 a.m. until 3 p.m., rain or shine. Come with a picnic basket and spend the day at this beautiful park, with its 1,000 acres of meadows, softly rolling hills, forest trails and the only working dairy farm in the state park system.

There will be free, fun activities throughout the day. The farm’s ice- cream stand will also be open and visitors can buy a hot dog, soda, or dairy treat for dessert. There will be free parking at the state park for all visitors on May 18.

Great Brook Farm State Park is one of the dairy farms listed in the Agriculture Tourism Map, which features an extensive list of “ag-tivities” throughout the Bay State, available at the park.

This event is family-oriented and completely accessible; people of all ages and abilities are welcome. No reservations are required. For additional information, call 1-978-369-6312.

Concord-Carlisle dance concert May 23

Concord-Carlisle High School student Lisa Yanofsky’s Senior Project presentation of dance will be held May 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Corey Auditorium. The evening will feature dances ranging from ballet to modern. Participating CCHS students include Heather Benzer, Ali Blair, Joanne Chong, Nicole Guild, Whit Garling, Anna Liebeich, Olivia Lawson, Chris LeVan, Kailey Prior, Tricia Whitlock, James Weaver and David Yanofsky. The event is free and open to all.

Arcturus presents concert May 23

The Arcturus Chamber Ensemble, founded by Carlislean Sarah Darling, will feature its first-ever program of classical music on period instruments in a concert at the First Religious Society, 7:30 p.m. on May 23. Works by Haydn, Boccherini, Abel and Mozart are included. As always, the concerts at FRS are free (donations accepted) and involve a reception with the musicians immediately following the performance.

More information is available at 1-978-369-1475 or by visiting

Pass It Forward June 7

Carlisle will host Pass It Forward Day at the Transfer Station on June 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you have new or gently used items you no longer use, you are invited to donate them to charity. Donate clean items in good enough condition that someone else can actually use them. Pass It Forward Day is sponsored by Carlisle’s Household Recycling Committee.

Separate your donated items into the following categories to make it easier to get your items to the charity that needs them. Secure all the pieces of an item together so that they stay together during repeated handling and sorting. Some charities may provide tax receipts; ask the representative.

• Clothing for adults for Big Brother Big Sister, Host to International Students Program at MIT, Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Bedford;

• Clothing for children for Big Brother Big Sister;

• Toys for Delta Projects, Home for Little Wanderers;

• Arts and crafts supplies for Discovery Museum;

• Science books for children or adults for Discovery Museum;

• Books of and about poetry for Concord Poetry Center;

• Children’s books about religion for First Religious Society in Carlisle;

• Children’s books for BKP for Philippine children;

• All other books, CDs, videotapes for Friends of the Gleason Public Library;

• Bookends and cash boxes for Concord Poetry Center;

• Building materials, tools, bedding, and linens for Citizen Action Team for victims of Hurricane Katrina;

• Household goods for Household Goods Recycling Ministry;

• Cell phones with chargers for Domestic Violence Victims’ Assistance Program;

• Defibrillators for First Religious Society in Carlisle. If you can donate a motorized golf cart, handicapped-accessible scooter, or small farm tractor for Rowe Camp and Conference Center, contact Mary Zoll at 1-978-369-5236 to arrange pickup.

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 oif 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.

Seventh grader runs food drive

Carlisle seventh grader James Bloomfield has organized a two-week canned food drive for Concord’s Open Table Food Pantry for his Bar Mitzvah project. The pantry is in greatest need of canned protein (tuna, peanut butter, ham) and canned fruit, but any donation will be accepted. Bloomfield will have two collection bins in town: one outside Mr. Cranston’s seventh-grade classroom and one at Ferns Country Store now through May 30.

Turtle program at Foss Farm June 1

The Carlisle Land Stewardship Committee and the Carlisle Cultural Council Present a Turtle Program at Foss Farm on June 1, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Come to Foss Farm to learn about turtles, their life styles and their habitat needs. Naturalists from Massachusetts Audubon Society will show several species of turtles they will bring, from Drumlin Farm. The naturalists also will lead short exploratory walks hoping to find some turtles in the wild. The program will accommodate folks dropping in any time during the program.

Turtles are fascinating creatures, which have been around for 200 million years. It is common to see snapping turtles and painted turtles in Carlisle, especially in the spring. Because of its proximity to the Concord River and the mix of wetlands and forests, the Foss Farm Conservation Land is home to other species of turtles, including both wood turtles and Blanding’s turtles that are on the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act list.

This program is presented by the Land Stewardship Committee and has been made possible by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The program is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. 

To learn more about this program, contact Lynn Knight at 1-978-318-0872.

CCHS Parents Association features Challenge Day May 20

The CCHS Parents Association meeting on May 20 in the high school cafeteria will feature Challenge Day and the Be the Change Movement with CCHS Science Teacher Brian Miller. This program provides youth and their communities with experiential workshops and programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth and full expression. Come to the CCHS cafeteria at 7:30 p.m. on May 20 and learn about Challenge Day and the Be the Change Movement.

Walden Pond Junior Rangers

Become a Walden Pond Junior Ranger. Children ages six to 14 will have the opportunity to participate in educational and recreational activities which help build self-esteem, promote team-building, provide new experiences and create new friendships this summer. For more information and to register, call the park headquarters today at 1-978-369-3254. Space is limited.

Spring Fling dinner-dance May 30

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 75 Cold Spring Road, Westford, is hosting its second annual Spring Fling fundraising dinner on May 30. The event, entitled “An Evening Under the Stars,” will feature a gourmet sit-down dinner catered by If Food Could Sing, followed by musical entertainment from Carlisle songstress Lisa Lofdahl and pianist Richard DeMone. A highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the “Escape to New Hampshire” raffle winners. The two top prizes offer luxurious accommodations for one week in the White Mountains. A runner-up prize is $100 cash. Tickets for the dinner/dance are $45 per person, and raffle tickets are $10 each or six for $50. Tickets for the raffle and the dinner-dance are available for purchase at 1-978-692-7849 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., or by contacting Laurin Mills at 1-978-392-5887 or

Garden Club seeks 2009 Tour gardens

Do you have an interesting, colorful, or unusual garden? Help support Carlisle scholarship and beautification projects by offering your garden for next year’s 2009 Country Gardens Tour, sponsored by the Carlisle Garden Club. The tour will take place on Friday and Saturday on one of the first two weekends in June and offers the public a chance to admire six to eight showcase gardens on a self-guided tour. You do not have to be home; the club provides full-time staffing and oversight.

The club will visit potential tour gardens in the next couple of weeks and seeks a range of types and styles, including natural and wildflower gardens as well as manicured landscapes. For more information, or to leave a tip on a garden owner the club should consider, contact Susan Pepple at 1-978-371-2674 or For more information on the Carlisle Garden Club, visit

Concord Conservatory of Music summer classes begin June 24

Summer will sizzle at The Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) with a four-week session of their popular group classes.

• Early Childhood program (ages 12 months to five years), Dalcroze Eurhythmics, offers age-appropriate musical activities designed to enhance a child’s curiosity of music.

• Broadway Babies, for children ages six to eleven, is an introductory course into the singing of Broadway repertory for young singers, and for students new to lessons. The class will focus on the development of the young voice in the context of singing age- appropriate songs from the Broadway repertory.

Classes run the weeks of June 24 to July 17. Register online today at For more information, call 1-978-369-0010. All classes are held at CCM in the West Concord Union Church at 1317 Main Street, West Concord.

Concord Orchestra opens pops concerts tonight

Concord Orchestra Pops presents “A Little Traveling Music” May 16 and 17, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden Street, Concord. Travel musically around the world (Mikado “Overture,” Finlandia, Crown of India, In a Persian Market, Horse and Buggy), and into outer space with a medley from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

Principal bassoon Bill Moran solos in Weber and soprano Karyl Ryczek will sing selections by Irving Berlin and Gershwin, and the audience joins in for selections from Porgy and Bess.

Seating is casual table seating with cash bar, snacks and a door prize. Tickets are $20. Call 1-978-369-4967 for reservations and group rates or buy tickets online at

FOGPL presents Jeff Talarigo, author of The Ginseng Hunter, June 2

On June 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library, Jeff Talarigo, author of the critically acclaimed The Pearl Diver, will share from his second novel, The Ginseng Hunter. This new novel addresses the plight of North Koreans, as seen through the lens of a third-generation ginseng hunter.

This program is presented by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) and is free and open to the public. To learn more about other library events, visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

Concord poetry reading May 18

On May 18 at 3 p.m., the Concord Poetry Center will present a poetry reading featuring Afaa Michael Weaver, Bob Clawson and Simmons College student Caroline Hunter. This program will be held in the Dance Studio of the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts. Admission is $6; students/$3.

GPL offers access to online resources

Gleason Public Library (GPL)card holders have free access to an extensive collection of free full-text online magazines, newspapers and reference materials in a variety of subject areas, including Consumer Reports. Access to these resources can be at the library or from home.

The online documents come in a variety of formats and can be printed, downloaded, and e-mailed. Some are subject to a publisher’s embargo which prevents the publication’s availability online for a preset amount of time (this can range from one month up to one year). In that case, just come to the library to see the printed format or let us request the item using interlibrary loan.

Carlisle residents can get to these databases at the GPL homepage ( or at GPL provides our patrons with four additional subscriptions to the Economist, Morningstar Mutual Funds Online, the Wall Street Journal and the Want Advertiser. Stop by the library and ask for a copy of the instructions for accessing the online materials, or let the staff show you how.

The reading will be followed by refreshments and informal conversation. For more information, visit

Board of Health well testing extended

The sign-up for the Board of Health’s well testing program has been extended to May 21. The program will take place on May 31 from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact the Board of Health office at 1-978-369-0283 or check the Board of Health section of the Town of Carlisle web site:

Post Office requests residents to inspect and repair mailboxes

The Carlisle Post Office requests residents to inspect and repair their mailboxes, now that the wear and tear caused in the winter is over. In addition, the Post Office asks that residents caution their children not to play or gather around their mailboxes.

Carlisle Low Carbon Living kickoff May 29

The public is invited to attend an information session introducing the Low Carbon Living initiative (LoCaL) on May 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Union Hall. Sponsored by Carlisle Climate Action, a member of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) and the First Religious Society’s Environmental Action Committee, this introductory session adds Carlisle to the growing list of communities across the state and the nation that are taking direct action to reduce their carbon footprint.

Studies indicate that 30 to 50% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions come from residential energy usage. This means that individual households joining forces to reduce their CO2 emissions, a primary greenhouse gas ingredient, can have a real impact on global warming while also containing rising energy costs. Join in to learn more about the LoCaL program, how to measure your carbon footprint and actions you can take to reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 5,000 pounds in 30 days. If you have questions, call 1-978-287-4270.

Carlisle may get free bike racks

This is Bay State Bike Week, May is National Bike Month and Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) member cities and towns can obtain bike racks at no cost through the Regional Bike Parking Program. Twenty-seven MAPC communities already particpate in this program, which was announced in November of 2006 to encourage biking as an alternative means of transportation. Somerville has installed 50 bike racks, and Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone says, “We want to support bicycle use as a healthy, energy-efficient alternative to driving.” Carlisle Selectman Doug Stevenson responded positively when he heard about the program, and first steps are being taken to obtain racks for Carlisle.

The bike rack purchase offers discount group purchasing contracts and a 100% reimbursement program for the cost of the bike racks.

Community Chest Challenge Triathlon June 1

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest and Maynard Community Chest will host the sixth annual benefit Challenge Triathlon on June 1. The 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.

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 or call the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest office at 1-978-369-5250.

Concord Kids Ride is June 8

Young cyclists from Concord, Carlisle, Acton and Sudbury between the ages of six and 14 are encouraged to join in and raise awareness and funds for cancer research in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC) Concord Kids Ride on June 8. Middlesex School in Concord will host the event, which offers a variety of routes for cyclists, activities for younger siblings, and volunteer opportunities for high school students and adults.

Families should register their children early as there is a limit of 250 participants. Visit to register or volunteer. The participation fee is $10. For information, e-mail

Housing Authority to hold info session May 22

On May 22 at 7:30 p.m., the Carlisle Housing Authority (CHA) invites the public to an information session to discuss the proposed 26-unit senior affordable rental housing project to be developed on the town-owned Benfield Land on South Street. The CHA Request for Proposal for this project is planned to be released early this summer. This session will address affordable housing demand in Carlisle, affordable housing options explored and questions about affordable housing in general.

Sign up now for COA southwestern trip

Join the Carlisle seniors on a trip to Santa Fe and Durango featuring Mesa Verde October 11 to 18. The double- occupancy price is $2,269. This includes 11 breakfasts, 4 dinners, airfare, hotels and sightseeing.

For flyers, call Joanne, at 1-978-371-8023 or send e-mail to, or pick up a flyer at Carlisle Town Hall, COA office. Deposits are due by May 28.

Concord Museum offers annual garden tour June 6 and 7

The Concord Museum’s Guild of Volunteers is sponsoring the 19th annual “Garden Affairs” event, including the garden tour, on June 6 and 7, rain or shine. Each of eight private gardens on the tour offers a number of features. Tours are self-paced, begining each day at 9 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m. Garden-goers should arrive at the museum to pick up their maps prior to starting out. Single-day tickets for either date may be reserved in advance through June 3 or purchased on the day o fthe tour. Reserved single-day tickets: $25/members, $30/non-members. Single-day tickets at the door: $30/members, $35/non-members. No refunds or exchanges; no photography. For information, call 1-978-369-9763 or visit

Farmers Market seeks gardeners

Carlisle Farmers Market is looking for a few good gardeners. As you plant your spring and summer gardens, think about joining the stalwart few in what is surely one of Carlisle’s most pleasant and productive communities. You may be interested to know that our Farmers Market is one of the very few in Massachusetts that allows home gardeners to sell at the market. Most markets only allow professional farmers. The market will open officially on July 5 at its usu

Carlisle House Tour needs volunteers

The Carlisle House Tour, coming on September 26, needs your help to serve as house guides for the six homes on the tour. Three-hour shifts in the morning and afternoon need to be filled. If you would like to be involved in this fundraiser for the Carlisle School Association, contact Nancy at or Janet at al location at Kimball Farm on Bedford Road. All who wish to participate are welcome. Contact Annette Lee, 1-978-369-0599, or Gale Constable 1-978-371-1925.

Box truck needed

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library is looking for a box truck (or two), also known as a hand truck, to borrow overnight on June 27 in preparation for Old Home Day and the annual used book sale. If you have a truck you can spare for a day, it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Anjli at 1-978-371-0374 or

COA doings

Bridge classes: Roy Green will hold a beginner’s bridge series beginning on May 19 at 7 p.m. Intermediate bridge classes will start on May 14 at 7 p.m. Both courses will be in the Sleeper Room at Village Court and cost $60/adults and $50/seniors 60+. To register, call 1-978-371-2895 or 1-978-371-6693 and mail a check payable to Carlisle COA to Kathy Mull, Carlisle COA, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741, or drop checks off at the COA office at Town Hall.

Women’s Breakfast in Paris: On May 28 at 8 a.m., chef Dian Cuccinello will once again prepare a gourmet breakfast in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP. For a van ride, call 1-978-371-6690. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated.

Portsmouth/Kittery day trip: On May 30, the COA van will head to the Kittery outlets; then have lunch on your own in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and walk around Strawberry Banke. The transportation fee is $5/person. The trip is limited to 13 people, so call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 by May 23 to sign up.

Wrentham outlets: Join in for a fun day trip to the Wrentham Outlets on June 13, lunch on your own. The transportation fee is $5 per person. The van leaves Town Hall at 9 a.m. Call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 by May 30 or send e-mail to

Common Threads meets May 27

The next meeting of “Celebrating Common Threads,” a monthly group for caregivers of children infant through 12 with Down Syndrome, will meet at First Connections on May 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Resources and encouragement are shared as children reach new milestones. The group is free, although hospital parking fees may apply. First Connections is located on the Emerson Hospital Campus in Concord. To join the group, call 1-978-287-0221 or e-mail For more information, contact

Hansen to speak on the climate crisis June 1

Dr. James Hansen, climate scientist and director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University, will talk on global warming and government attempts at censorship on June 1 at 7:30 p.m. The talk, open to the public for a requested contribution of $5, will be at Cary Memorial Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington.

Local author Mark Bowen will sell and sign his newly released book, Censoring Science: Inside the Political Attack on Dr. James Hansen and the Truth of Global Warming, after the talk.

For more information about this event, contact the Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition (LexGWAC) at www.lexgwac.orgor e-mail For carpooling, contact Ernie Huber at 1-978-369-6678.

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