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Friday, June 6, 2008

Gleason Library hours to change on July 1

As of July 1, the library Saturday hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also, Monday hours in July and August will be 1 to 9 p.m. These reductions are necessary due to budget constraints in the 2009 fiscal year. Online resources, such as e-books, downloadable audiobooks, and research databases of newspapers, academic journals, and periodicals are available all hours, any day of the week. Have your library card handy and find more at www.gleasonlibrary.org.

Star party tonight at Great Brook Farm

Gather around tonight at 8 p.m. with other amateur astronomers at Great Brook Farm State Park and see things you do not typically take the time to ponder. Bring your own telescope (come a bit early to set up) or peer through one of the Recreation Commission’s. If the weather is uncooperative there will be other activities for your enjoyment and the ice cream stand will be open. For information, contact the Carlisle Recreation Office at 1-978-369-9815.

FRS open house and picnic lunch June 8

There will be a free picnic lunch and helium balloons at the 250th Celebration open house at the First Religious Society (FRS) in Carlisle on June 8 from noon to 2 pm. Every floor of the historic building will be filled with music and things to see and do. Help pull the rope that makes the bell in the steeple ring. Sit on a huge stone bench in the new Infinity Memorial Garden. Did you know that at one time everyone in Carlisle belonged to the First Religious Society? Have you ever seen the bench that was in the original church that burned to the ground after being struck by lightning? There are lots of interesting artifacts to see in this historic building. This open house will be fun for all ages, so bring the whole family.

River trail walk and picnic June 14

  Join the Trails Committee for a Riverfest celebration walk. Walk the River Trail through the Concord River floodplain using volunteer-built boardwalks. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at scenic Greenough Pond; the committee will supply desserts.  Return by the Red Tail Trail. Waterproof boots, water, and mosquito repellent are recommended. Total distance: 3.5 miles, three hours round trip. Meet at the Foss Farm parking lot, 0.3 miles west of the Concord River on Route 225, on June 14 at 11 a.m. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Graduation DVDs

Families can preserve their children’s high school graduation this year with a DVD of the event. CCTV will record the CCHS graduation on June 7. Interested parties can purchase a DVD for $20. Send an e-mail with your name, address and phone number to manager@concordtv.org. For more information, call the station at 1-978-369-5038.

Foss Farm talk and walk June 15

Do you like mysteries? Well, we have some in Carlisle. Aerial photographs have revealed some enigimatic linear features in the vegetation of the wetlands near Foss Farm. These are often aligned with interesting astronomic directions involving the sun and moon and with structures on dry land. The Land Stewardship Committee of the Carlisle Conservation Commission is sponsoring a talk and walk at Foss Farm on June 15 at 2 p.m. as part of RiverFest weekend. The talk will feature an aerial photograph and explanations of the astronomical significance of the features. The walk will visit some features so you can see what they are physically. The mysteries are: who built these and why? If you have questions, call Tim Fohl at 1-978-369-5649.

Cory Atkins to attend Conservation Coffee June 10

Representative Cory Atkins (D), Fourteenth Middlesex District, will attend the June 10 Conservation Morning Coffee, sponsored by the Carlisle Conservation Commission, 7:30 to to 9 a.m. in the Clark Room, Carlisle Town Hall. Atkins will answer questions and review what is happening on the state level to address alternative energy and sustainability and other energy initiatives which may be of interest to property owners.

Conservation Morning Coffees are regularly held on the second Tuesday of the month to provide an informal opportunity for residents to meet and to discuss a wide range of Carlisle-related environmental issues. Refreshments are provided.

Ferns programs on the Piazza June 8, 14

Ferns Country Store’s Programs on the Piazza continues June 8 with “About Beekeeping.” Come hear local beekeepers Avril Taylor and Ed Erny, owners of Carlisle Honey, talk about how honey makes its way from their beehives to Ferns shelves. See an actual working hive. Kids and families welcome. The program starts at 2 p.m.

On June 14, Smokey Bear and His Wildland Firefighter Friends will visit Ferns at 2 p.m. Come and meet Smokey and meet real forest fire professionals who have some thrilling adventures fighting wildland fires. Forest fire trucks will be on hand to check out and Smokey Bear would love to have his picture taken with your kids so bring your camera. Goodies for the kids. This special program is being brought to you by Massachusetts Forest Fire Control District 6 located on Lowell Street, Carlisle. For more information contact Larry@FernsCountryStore.com.

Catch college admissions primer on channel 10

If you did not have a chance to see Ken Deitch’s program on college admissions, “College Admissions, a Primer for Parents”, you can see it on CCTV channel 10 on June 7 at 9 p.m.

Exploring limits with children June 12

We know that our children need limits, and we know that consequences help teach appropriate behavior. Then why is it so hard to follow through, be consistent and trust that we are doing the right thing? Join Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Betsy Wisch, M.A., on June 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Library to explore the value of limits for parents and children and learn some strategies for sticking with it. This talk is appropriate for parents of two- and three-year-olds.

GPL summer reading signups open tomorrow

Sign ups begin on June 7 for the Gleason Public Library (GPL) summer reading program. The “Wild Reads at Your Library” summer reading program runs from June 23 through July 31. All children entering grades one through six are enthusiastically encouraged to participate. The library will provide a Wild Reads reading log for tracking the books and the number of pages read.

GPL will host themed craft events for grades one to two, three to four, and five to six as well as a kick-off introductory party and a final celebration with games and reading awards for each group. In keeping with this year’s theme of “Wild Reads at Your Library,” GPL will host three special events: a unique magical performance by magician and juggler Scott Jameson, up close contact with the Rainforest Reptiles, and a Mountain Mushers presentation that includes real sled dogs. Other events include two movies and a family concert by local favorites Dot-n-Doc on the library lawn.

The calendar of events will be coming soon to www.gleasonlibrary.org.

Graduation reception help is needed Your help is needed. The Class of 2009 is sponsoring the graduation reception on June 7 for the graduates and their families. “Many hands make light work” and your help with donations of baked goods and supplies is also appreciated.

Volunteers are needed to bake three dozen cookies or individual bar type treats. (Or sign up to donate more and let the organizers know how many.) Contact Alex Ward at: jeffreyrward@verizon.net to volunteer and obtain additional information. If you can make nut-free bars/cookies, please let Alex know. Drop off at CCHS between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on June 7.

Contact Geeta Krishna at 1-978-287-0221 if you can volunteer to get any of the 25 cases of eight-ounce water bottles. She will give you additional information about drop-off.

Contact Kathee Sills at katsills@comcast.net if you can loan any of these supplies: plastic punch bowl and ladle, large cooler or galvanized tub and kid’s wagon.

TOGA seeks new members, meets June 11

Gleason Public Library’s teen advisory board, TOGA, is looking for new members. All upcoming fifth- through eighth-grade students who are interested in helping plan programs and select books for the library’s teen users are welcome to attend a no-commitment-necessary, open meeting at the library on June 11, from 3 to 4 p.m. Snacks will be provided.

TOGA gives a voice in the library to Carlisle’s fifth- through eighth-graders. Currently comprised of about 15 students and overseen by Erica St. Peter, Gleason’s teen librarian, TOGA meets at least once a month to brainstorm and assist in making decisions that will directly impact teens in the library. For more information about TOGA or the meeting, visit www.gleasonlibrary.org or write Erica: estpeter@mvlc.org.
Incoming kindergarten playgroup starts June 8

If you have a child entering kindergarten this fall, give him/her a jump start on meeting fellow classmates by joining in at Diment Park (on School Street adjacent to Spalding Field) on June 8 at 9:30 a.m. for playing and chatting. Snacks and drinks are provided. For more information, e-mail Deb Kablotsky at deb@carlisleparentsconnection.org. The group is hoping to meet once or twice per month before school starts in September, so please join in when you can.

RiverFest, celebration of our wild and scenic Rivers, June 14-15

Imagine paddling quietly, listening for birds as the sun rises on the Concord River. Or maybe you would enjoy a walk and picnic on the trails of Foss Farm. These events and others will be offered in Carlisle as part of Riverfest, a celebration of the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers. Riverfest, held on June 14 and 15, is a great way to celebrate these rivers in our communities.

There are boat rides, canoe trips and scavenger hunts for those intrepid folk who want to experience the river from the water. There are hikes, bike rides and historical reenactments for those who might appreciate the river more from the shore. Art exhibits, music, poetry readings, all reflect the river, too. Kids may especially enjoy events allowing them to explore the river banks or get an up-close look at some common (and not so common) wildlife.

The River Stewardship Council (RSC) invites everyone to RiverFest to spend the weekend enjoying the pleasures of these rivers. For a full listing of events, call 1-617-223-5225 for a brochure, or visit www.sudbury-assabet-concord.org.

COA doings

Newport day trip: On July 16, a coach bus will be heading to Newport, Rhode Island, leaving from the Congregational Church parking lot at 8 a.m. The trip includes the Breakers Mansion, lunch at the historic Thames Street dock area and a drive to scenic Ocean Drive and Brenton State Park. Reserve your place by June 7 by sending a check payable to the Friends of Carlisle COA to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741. The cost is $37 - $42 depending on the number of persons signing up.

Knitting group: Knit for a good cause with the knitting group on June 10 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. There will be no knitting group meetings in July or August.

Free estate planning seminar: The Carlisle and Bedford COAs join in a collaborative effort to bring two area attorneys, Nathaniel K. Brown and Sarunna Jin of Brown and Brown, PC. to present “Three Essential Documents for Estate Planning” on June 11 at the Bedford COA, 12 Mudge Way. Everyone needs a will, health care proxy and durable power of attorney for basic estate planning, even if you do not believe you have a lot of assets. Questions will be answered relative to asset protection and how to avoid death taxes. All are welcome. This program is part of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Elder Law Education Program. If you need a ride, call the van line at 1-978-271-6690.

Men’s breakfast: On June 12, the mystery chefs will cook breakfast for senior men 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. There will not be any men’s breakfasts in July or August.

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 preson. The van leaves Town Hall at 9 a.m. Call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 by June 9 or send an e-mail to joannewillens@comcast.net.

When movies were a nickel: Take a trip down memory lane with a fifth or sixth grade Carlisle student during the week of July 14 by participating in an intergenerational program entitled “When Movies Were a Nickel.” We need six to eight senior volunteers to share their stories and knowledge about a specific era, event or past career. The children will formulate interview questions for you. You need only be available for a few hours on one day during that week. If interested in being a volunteer oral historian, contact Kathy Mull or Angela Smith at 1-978-371-2895 or 1-978-371-6693 by June 18.

Luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, June 26 (fourth Thursday this month) at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for lunch followed by a talk on wildflowers of the northeast by musician, naturalist and educator John Root. Blood pressure screenings will be provided from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP by Monday, June 23. Let us know if you need a van ride when you make your reservation. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated.

Fitness classes: The summer session begins on Tuesday, July 1 from 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. at Town Hall in the Clark Room. Summer classes are on Tuesdays only through the end of August. The fee is $30 for one class per week. Bring weights and a mat. No signup is necessary.

Podiatry clinic: On Tuesday, July 8, Dr. Ayleen Gregorian will hold a podiatry clinic in the Sleeper Room at Village Court from 9:30 a.m. to 2 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. Appointments for this clinic can be made after June.

Democrats picnic June 21

Save the date of June 21, 4 to 7 p.m., for the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee picnic at John and Ann Ballantine’s house, 268 Fiske Street. This Democratic event of the year gives residents an opportunity to mix and talk politics with their State Representative Cory Atkins, State Senator Susan Fargo, other leaders of the Democratic party and fellow Carlisle Democrats, Independents and friends. Rain date will be the following day, Sunday, June 22, 4 to 7 p.m. Children are welcome. For more information, contact Susan Stamps at 1-978-369-8462 or sdellas@aol.com.

Room parents needed

If you are interested in being a room parent for next school year (2008-2009), call the appropriate room parent coordinator at your earliest convenience. Call Mary-Lynne Bohn (1-978-287-1439) for PreK, K, first and second grades; Tricia Massicott (1-978-371-6407) for grades three, four and five; and Timm Brandhorst (1-978-371-2770) for grades six, seven and eight. The coordinators will need to know the name and grade of the child for whom you wish to be a room parent, your e-mail address, any previous room parent responsibilities, and your phone number. Assignments will be done after move-up day. For overall room parent questions feel free to contact Timm Brandhorst, head room parent.

Nomination sought for Conservationist Award

The Carlisle Conservation Commission is accepting nominations for the annual Conservationist of the Year Award to be presented to a Carlisle resident winning candidate on Old Home Day. Nominations should be submitted to the Conservation Commission by Thursday, June 12, 2008.

Nomination Form

CONSERVATIONIST AWARD

This award has been established to honor the person who has demonstrated a high regard for the environment. The winner will be presented at the Carlisle Old Home Day ceremonies.

I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE:

_____________________________________________________________________

FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:

Signature_______________________________________________________________

Please return to: Sylvia Willard, Conservation Administrator, Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford St., Carlisle, MA, 01741 or FAX (978) 369-4521

Email: swillard@carlisle.mec.edu.

Old Home Day(s) are June 28, 29

The Old Home Day theme this year is “The Critters of Carlisle.” Contact the following OHD coordinators if you can participate in any of these activities:

• Country Fair: Veteran vendors and budding businesses are invited to display at the Country Fair. Fair hours are June 28, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. Contact Bob or Nancy Orlando at 1-978-369-1690 or rocks526@comcast.net. Reservation deadline is June 21.

• Used Book Sale: The Friends of the Gleason Public Library’s Used Book Sale will be on June 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the front lawn of the library. If it rains, the sale will move to Corey Auditorium. Drop off books, CDs, DVDs, and videotapes in good condition at the library now. Volunteers are needed for this event. Contact Seema at Seema_Peterson@yahoo.com.

• Soapbox Derby: If you are a kid at least 10 years old, build a “soap box” racer for a wild ride down Church Street hill on June 28. In each division, awards will be given for fastest, most creative and best engineering. Details and an application are at www.carlisle.org/ohd, or contact Claude von Roesgen at claude@vonroesgen.com, or 1-978-405-2524.

• Pie and Cake Baking: Entries are needed for the pie and cake-baking contest, and for prizes at the Cake Walk at Town Hall on the evening of June 28. More details will appear in the Mosquito before Old Home Day.

OHD Community service volunteers needed

Earn Community Service hours while assisting with this year’s festivities:

Date Event Helpers

June 27/28 Art Show 4

June 27/28 Country Fair 6

June 27/28/29 Set Up/Clean Up 3

June 28 Library Book Sale 6

June 28 Parade 2

June 28 Fun & Games (kids) 2

June 28 Pet Show 4

June 28 Pie/Cake Judging 3

June 28 Soap Box Derby 3

June 28 Barbeque 6

June 28 Cake Walk 3

June 29 Fun & Games 3

June 29 Hot Air Balloon Ride 4

June 29 Twilight Musical Cavalcade 3

June 29 Ice Cream Social 3

Shifts are about 2 hours long. For information, call Bill Cooney or Debbie Power at 1-978-369-0434. Your contributions are needed. Help make it another great Old Home Day by sending your tax-deductible contribution to Dave and Florence Reed, 90 Page Brook Road, Carlisle.

Old Home Day(s) are June 28, 29

The Old Home Day theme this year is “The Critters of Carlisle.” Contact the following OHD coordinators if you can participate in any of these activities:

• Country Fair: Veteran vendors and budding businesses are invited to display at the Country Fair. Fair hours are June 28, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. Contact Bob or Nancy Orlando at 1-978-369-1690 or rocks526@comcast.net. Reservation deadline is June 21.

• Used Book Sale: The Friends of the Gleason Public Library’s Used Book Sale will be on June 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the front lawn of the library. If it rains, the sale will move to Corey Auditorium. Drop off books, CDs, DVDs, and videotapes in good condition at the library now. Volunteers are needed for this event. Contact Seema at Seema_Peterson@yahoo.com.

• Soapbox Derby: If you are a kid at least 10 years old, build a “soap box” racer for a wild ride down Church Street hill on June 28. In each division, awards will be given for fastest, most creative and best engineering. Details and an application are at www.carlisle.org/ohd, or contact Claude von Roesgen at claude@vonroesgen.com, or 1-978-405-2524.

• Pie and Cake Baking: Entries are needed for the pie and cake-baking contest, and for prizes at the Cake Walk at Town Hall on the evening of June 28. More details will appear in the Mosquito before Old Home Day.

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