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Friday, May 23, 2008

Old Home Day needs

• OHD hot air balloon ground crew: You do not have to be full of hot air to work on the Old Home Day hot air balloon ground crew, on June 29 at Spalding Field. Our FAA-certified hot air balloon pilot will provide all the hot air that is needed. Tethered hot air balloon rides will be offered on Spalding Field, starting at 5 p.m. and will continue until twilight. A few burly volunteers are sought to make up the balloon’s ground crew. Duties include unloading the balloon, basket, hot air apparatus, tether lines, etc., then inflation of the balloon and making sure the thing does not float away. After the last ride, the crew will deflate the balloon, fold it up and load it back into the trailer. Ground crew applicants respond to Bert Williams at 1-978-369-7601 or

• Musical talent: The Old Home Day Ice Cream Social is looking for local talent to grace the stage of the Twilight Music Cavalcade on June 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. Performers of all musical genres are welcome. Contact Lisa Lofdahl at 1-978-369-8767 or for more information.

May 31 is “Wash-a-Fire-Truck Day”

Come join the Carlisle Parents Connection on Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Carlisle Fire Station for Wash-a-Fire-Truck Day. Bring your bucket and sponge and meet some of Carlisle’s firefighters while getting an up-close tour of one of our fire engines. The event is free for Carlisle families with young children and parking is at Town Hall. For additional information, contact Ali Walsh at

Memorial Day Luncheon

Come to Union Hall at the First Religious Society on the Town Common after the Memorial Day Parade at noon. There will be a ham and baked beans meal with a choice of three different salads, and fruit cobbler for dessert, all for $6. Children can chose pizza and cookies for $3.

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 the Carlisle Climate Action, 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.

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.

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 lifestyles 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.

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, contact Lynn Knight at 1-978-318-0872.

Friends of CCOA annual meeting June 8

The Friends of Carlisle Council on Aging (CCOA) will hold its annual meeting on June 8 at 3 p.m. at 621 West Street. Carlisle artist Maris Platais will discuss some of his recent works. All members are invited. RSVP to 1-978-369-2445 or e-mail to

Bedford Kids Ride June 14

The fourth annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC) Bedford Kids Ride needs tots, teens and in-betweens to spin their wheels to raise money for cancer research and treatment. Cyclists can choose from four routes: Wally’s Way, an obstacle course for tykes on trikes including a visit from Wally himself; Green Monster, a three-mile ride for young adventurous riders; Big Papi, a six-mile route for more experienced riders; Big Papi Slam, a ten-mile ride for those who want a real challenge; and Fenway, an off-road ride just for teens. A party after the ride will include music, refreshments, face painting, raffles and more. The ride hopes to raise $70,000 for the PMC, which supports cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund.

The PMC Bedford Kids Ride will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 14 at the John Glenn Middle School, 99 McMahon Road., Bedford. An early check-in will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on June 11, at the Union Room in the Bedford Town Center. There is a $10 registration fee and a $25 suggested fundraising minimum. The first 100 registrants for the kids ride will automatically be entered into a raffle to win an I-Pod Nano and the first 25 entrants for the teen ride will participate in a raffle for an I-Touch. Contributions can be made payable to the Pan-Mass Challenge. To register, visit For more information, e-mail Amy Mason at, or call 1-800-WE-CYCLE.

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

Converging storms: peak oil and climate change

Richard Lawrence, of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas, will be speaking at the Gleason Public Library, Hollis Room on Wednesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For information about this and other programs at the Gleason Public Library, call 1-978-369-4898 or visit

Opening day for new CCHS fields is June 8

Join in the opening day celebration for the new athletic fields at Concord- Carlisle High School (CCHS) on June 8 from noon to 4 p.m. The event will have lacrosse and soccer games as well as other games and contests for all ages, including pass, punt and kick, radar guns, home run derby, face-painting, dunk tank and more.There will be live music, food and a silent auction also. Join in on the new turf fields at CCHS.

June 1 Challenge race route changed

The Community Chest Challenge fundraiser for human services will take place on June 1, rain or shine, but local bridge issues have caused changes to be made in the race route. Flint’s Bridge on Monument Street will be closed for construction and the National Park Service is no longer allowing events like the Challenge to utilize the North Bridge.

All participants are asked to register at the green and white tent behind the Old Manse on Monument Street. Bikers and runners can warm up by peddling or jogging to the Buttrick Estate on Liberty Street, where the race will start at 8 a.m. Bikers will start, followed by runners and then paddlers, who will meet their relay teams at the South Bridge Boat House as usual and race up to the North Bridge. After paddling under the North Bridge finish line, canoes should be turned in at the dry dock at the Old Manse. New race maps are at Refreshments and prizes will be given out on the lawn at the Old Manse.

CCM violin and cello open house June 4

The Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) will host an open house for prospective violin and cello students on June 4, 7 to 8 p.m. Parents and children may meet the CCM violin and cello faculty and learn about the beginner Suzuki program. Appropriately sized violins and cellos will also be available for the children to try.

For more information about this program or other offerings at CCM, call 1-978-369-0010, or e-mail CCM is located at 1317 Main Street, in the West Concord Union Church.

Kathryn James Lord speaks on wolf pups June 2

At 7 p.m. on June 2, former Calislean and CCHS graduate Kathryn James Lord will be at the Harvey Wheeler Center in West Concord to give a video presentation of her research on the behavioral development of wolf pups during the first ten weeks of life. This presentation is part of her doctoral dissertation at UMass Amherst, and involves comparing around-the-clock observations of wolf litters and dog litters as they demonstrate survival instincts and behavioral development. This presentation, sponsored by Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education’s Armchair Travel program, is free and open to the public. (See photo on page 3.)

GPL offers free poetry workshop June 9

Carlisle’s Patti Russo, a certified poetry therapist, will lead a workshop at the Gleason Public Library on June 9 at 7 p.m., on exploring parenting through poetry.

Participants in this seminar will read an evocative piece of writing, share reactions to it, and do some reflective writing in response to the reading, all viewed through the lens of parenthood to gain insight into their lives and a better understanding of themselves as parents. No preparation or experience as a writer is required to participate. This is sure to be an expressive and creative evening.

This program is presented by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. The program is free and open to the public.  No pre-registration is required. For more information, 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.

Westford concert June 13

Stephen Webber, the Emmy-award-winning Berklee music professor, performer and producer, returns with a hand-picked crew of Berklee graduates, family and friends for an unforgettable performance on June 13 at 8 p.m. at the Parish Center for the Arts in Westford. Theater seating.Admission prices are: members/$12, non-members/$18, teens/$5, under 13 free. Potluck refreshments. Reservations are recommended at 1-978-692-5550 or For information, visit

Newcomers coffee June 3

It is time again to enjoy coffee and conversation with other newcomers. If you are thinking of joining the Newcomers Club, or if you just want to have a coffee and talk to other newcomers to the area, come to La Provence, 105 Thoreau Street, across from the train station in Concord, on June 3, anytime from 9 to 11 a.m. Come and learn more about what the club has to offer. Meetings are monthly in different locations around the area to introduce new people to both each other and the community, while enjoying refreshments together.

Information about the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club is available at To attend the coffee, call Ros at 1-978-318-7928 or Leslie at 1-978-371-7235.

Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge fishing event May 31

Join refuge staff and MassWildlife Angler Expert Jim Lagacy for a day filled with fishy fun on May 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn how to fly-cast, spin-cast and even tie your own fly. Equipment will be provided. There will be games, crafts and face painting as well. Scouts – you can earn your fly-fishing merit badge on this day. Pre-registration not required. Program will be held rain or shine at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, 73 Weir Hill Road, Sudbury.

CPS Summer Fun program

The Carlisle Public School (CPS) Summer Fun program is for students entering grades one through eight in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and the arts. There will be two sessions: June 25 to 27 and July 28 to August 1, full day and half day. For information, visit under “Summer School” or call 1-978-369-6550x3142.

Early Release Day movie June 3

Join in for a heart-pounding adventure that will keep you in a race to find the lost city of gold on June 3 (Early Release Day from 2:45 to 4:40 Gleason Public Library (GPL), third floor Hollis Room. Movie rating is PG. Snacks are provided. For further information on the movie, visit (the Internet movie database site). Grades five through eight only. Any questions? Call the library at 1-978-369-4898

Benefit concert at FRS May 30

As part of its 250th anniversary celebration concert series and ongoing social action program, the First Religious Society (FRS) will present a concert benefiting the pediatric AIDS program at Boston Medical Center on May 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the church. The concert is free and open to the public. Those wishing to make donations may do so at the reception in Union Hall immediately following the performance. More information is available by calling 1-978-369-5180.

Bird walk May 31

The Menotomy Bird Club will be hosting a Carlisle birding trip on May 31, looking for local breeding birds and late migrants. All are welcome, including beginner birders. The walk will be led by new Carlisle resident Alan Ankers, who may be contacted by e-mail at Bring binoculars and meet at Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road, at 7 a.m.

COA doings

Women’s Breakfast in Paris: On May 28 at 8 a.m., chef Dian Cuccinello will create 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 be heading to the Kittery outlets, then lunch in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and walking around Strawberry Banke. The transportation fee is $5/person. Lunch is on your own. The trip is limited to 13 people, so call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 by today, May 23, to sign up.

Wrentham outlets: Join in for a fun day trip to the Wrentham outlets on June 13, with 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

Southwestern trip: Join the Carlisle seniors on a trip to Santa Fe, Durango and Mesa Verde October 11 to 18. The double-occupancy price is $2,269 and it includes 11 meals, airfare, hotels and sightseeing. Deposits are due by May 28. For flyers, call Joanne at 1-978-381-8023 or send an e-mail to or pick up a flyer at the COA office at Town Hall.

Open house at the FRS June 8

On June 8, noon to 2 p.m., the entire community is invited to an open house at the First Religious Society (FRS) in Carlisle, the culminating event of the year of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Enjoy a free picnic lunch in Union Hall, then stroll through the new Infinity Memorial Garden or peek into the Sanctuary upstairs. View slide show and historic artifacts and documents. Listen to the ringing, or perhaps help pull the bell rope to make the bells toll 250 times, beginning soon after high noon. Fun activities for all ages. For more information, contact Sally Hayen, 1-978-369-7591.

Back Bay lunch with Newcomers May 27

On May 27, members of the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club will enjoy the charms of Boston’s historic Back Bay. The area has an abundance of shops and galleries and architectural beauties. The visit will begin with coffee at Cafe Vanille, 70 Charles Street, Boston, with the rest of the morning spent visiting the area, followed by lunch in the Back Bay. There will be carpools leaving at 9:30 a.m. from the Crosby’s parking lot on Sudbury Road in Concord, or those who prefer can join the group at Cafe Vanille.

The Newcomers Club welcomes all new arrivals to join the club. For more information about the club, visit or contact Kathy Cuocolo at 1-978-318-9322 or

Barn water testing

The Board of Health recommends that residents with barns that have a water source test for bacteria during the voluntary well-testing on May 31. Forms are available at the Board of Health office or the town web site

Help preserve Carlisle’s rural character

The Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee (CRAC) is seeking two new members to complete the seven- member committee.

CRAC encourages landowners and developers to keep land in its natural state by putting it under a perpetual conservation restriction. Once land is under a conservation restriction, the committee walks the land periodically to ensure the restriction is being respected. The committee helps landowners through the legal process of approval by the town and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.

Meetings are generally held once a month from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Send a letter of interest and a resume to Sylvia Willard, Carlisle Conservation Commission and to Madonna McKenzie, Town Administrator, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

MCC offers free summer MCAS preparation classes

This summer Middlesex Community College (MCC) is offering free MCAS preparation classes open to any high school student (from the classes of 2003 through 2009) who has not passed the math or English portion of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam. The prep classes will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, July 7 to 31 on MCC’s Lowell campus. Refreshments and bus tokens will be provided. To register for MCC’s free MCAS prep classes, call Colleen Cox at 978-656-3284.

Cheerleading registration now

Concord-Carlisle Pop Warner Cheerleading is now registering for the season set to begin in August. The program is for ages seven to 13.
No try outs. New this year is competition. Register at Call Barbara Fadden at 1-978-369-3030 or e-mail with any questions.

Middlesex launches computer forensics programs

Middlesex Community College is now accepting applications for its new Computer Forensics programs. This fall, thanks to a National Science Foundation grant, Middlesex is launching a two-year associate degree program, as well as a one-year certificate program in this emerging field.

Computer Forensics (also known as digital evidence) combines courses in criminal justice with information technology. Coursework in MCC’s new Computer Forensics programs is offered days and evenings, and includes criminal law, criminal investigation, evidence and court procedures, as well as computer operating systems, networks and security. Hands-on training is offered in a state-of-the-art digital forensics lab on MCC’s Lowell campus.

The Computer Forensics Certificate Program is designed to augment the skills of professionals in both computer technology and criminal justice careers. Graduates of the two-year associate degree program may choose to immediately enter the field or continue their studies in a bachelor’s degree program.

To register for a Computer Forensics program at Middlesex, call 1-800-818-3434. For more information about the programs, contact Margaret Bleichman at

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