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Friday, June 13, 2008

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.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.

Foss Farm talk and walk June 15

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.

Girl Scouts offer hand-painted birdhouses

Eighth-grade girls in Carlisle Girl Scout Troop 2645 are hand-painting wooden birdhouses to raise funds for a trip to Ogunquit, Maine, planned for this summer. (See picture, page 3.)

Birdhouses can be purchased for $25 from the girls at Old Home Day (checks payable to GS Troop 2645) or directly from the girls prior to the June 28 sale. Contact any of the girls you may know directly or call 1-978-505-9024. E-mail for photos of choices. For widest selection, buy your one-of-a-kind bird house now.

33rd annual Carlisle road races June 28

The Carlisle Road Races will be one of the opening Old Home Day events on June 28. Race details can be found on the entry blanks, available at Ferns, the Library, Post Office, or electronically at (click on the Schedule tab). Official runners (with numbers and eligible for prizes) are present and former Carlisle residents, town employees, and their family members. Friends can only run unofficially. Pre-entry fees are $6/adults, $3/youth (19 and under) for each race. Race day entries will be $8/adults, $5/ youth. New: this year, weather permitting, there will be a registration table at the Transfer Station on June 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ferns will provide refreshments for the runners. Course records are 25:58 (Tim Harte-’91) and 31:51 (Kim Ratcliffe-’96) in the five-mile race, and 4:42 (Tim Harte-’98) and 5:51 (Rennie Munson-’81) in the one-mile event.Additional volunteers are needed. Contact Ronald or Leslie Kmiec (1-978-369-6130 or for information or to help on race day. All jobs are over by 9:30 a.m.

Residents invited to Carlisle Democrats picnic June 21

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee invites Carlisle residents to its annual picnic on June 21, 4 to 7 p.m. at John and Ann Ballantine’s house, 268 Fiske Street. Mingle and socialize with other fellow Carlisle folks who are energized and tuned into the passionate political debate this year. Meet State Representative Cory Atkins, State Senator Susan Fargo and other leaders of the Democratic party (with some possible surprise appearances) for an afternoon of great food, socializing and politics. Rain date will be the following day, June 22, 4 to 7 p.m. Children are welcome. For more information, contact Chair Susan Stamps at 1-978-369-8462 or

Walk to School Day June 17

On June 17, the Carlisle Pathway Committee teams up with the Carlisle Public School and “Safe Routes to School,” a state program, to sponsor a “Walk to School Day.”  This day will introduce kids and their families to the new option in town: the pathways on our four major roads. Middle school students are invited to begin walking at 7:15 a.m. and elementary students at 8:15 a.m. Anyone who does not live along the pathway routes may pick up the walk at locations such as Kimball Farm or St. Irene’s. There will be two “toll booths” set up for those kids walking to school along the pathways. Walkers coming from Bedford Road, East Street and Lowell Street are asked to enter school through the library back trail where a toll booth will be located. Concord Street walkers may enter school through the intersection of Church Street and School Street where another toll booth will be set up. The first 100 kids to pass through the tolls will receive a special goodie bag and all kids walking will receive a raffle ticket. On the plaza, students will be greeted with music and more fun.

Ferns Program on the Piazza June 14

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 had some thrilling adventures fighting wildland fires here in Massachusetts and out west. Forest fire trucks will be on hand and Smokey Bear would love to have his picture taken with your kids, so bring your camera. Goodies will be provided 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

“Everyday Math” parent program June 23

On June 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. there will be a presentation on the philosophy and components of the “Everyday Math” program. The purpose is to give parents a better overview of the program and increase a common vocabulary.

The Math Curriculum Review Team has decided to continue to implement the “Everyday Mathematics” program as the core of the math curriculum in grades K-5. Since the program has never been formally adopted, there will be a parent portion with a consultant, Jeannene Mason. Mason will also be working with the K-5 faculty for two days June 23 and June 24.

Old Home Day

For information on Old Home Day events and activities, consult the Carlisle Old Home Day Citizen you received in the mail.

Common Threads meets June 24

Celebrating Common Threads will meet next on June 24 with guest speaker Donna Shea of the Peter Pan Center. This group is for parents and caregivers of children up through age 12 who have Down Syndrome. The group meets at 7 p.m. at First Connections, on the grounds of Emerson Hospital in Concord. To attend, call 1-978-287-0221. For more information, contact Alison Hillman, at

Morning preschool open house June 16

Concord Children’s Center, now enrolling children for the 2008-2009 school year morning program for two-year-olds, will host an open house for interested families from 10 to 11 a.m. on June 16 at the Community Agencies Building on the campus of Emerson Hospital in Concord. For more information,contact 1-978-369-3747, 1-978-369-0492, or Concord Childrens Center is a private non profit pre-school accredited by the National Association of Educators of Young Children. Scholarships are available through a generous donation from the Concord Carlisle Community Chest.

Alice in Wonderland July 4

The Hampstead Stage Company will present Alice In Wonderland on July 4 from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. at the Hunt Gym, 90 Stow Street, Concord. Admission is free. For more information, call 1-978-369-1890.

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. For overall room parent questions feel free to contact Timm Brandhorst, head room parent.

Carlisle represented in cast of Oklahoma June 14 and 15

Alexander Children’s Theatre School (ACTS) presents Oklahoma directed by Sharon Bisantz with musical direction by Bobbie Hoffman and choreography by Lenni Kmiec. Featuring over 40 local middle and high school students, the production will open on June 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and continue on June 15 at 6 p.m. at 51 Walden Street, Concord. Carlisle residents featured in the cast include Stephanie Malis, Jaqui Malis, Audrey Stein, Jon Mayer and Lisa Yanofsky. For information, call 1-781-899-4467 or visit Tuckets are also available via

Register now for CCYS fall 2008 in-town soccer

Registration for Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer’s (CCYS) in-town fall program is open now through August 3. We offer outdoor soccer for children ranging in grades Pre-K through Grade six. Registration fees are $95/player with family discounts. Scholarships are available. Additionally, shirts may be purchased at the end of the registration process. Returning players may wear the blue and white reversible shirts purchased in the past.

CCYS is actively recruiting coaches and other volunteers to help run the program. Locally based coach training, required to coach with CCYS, is offered. Consider volunteering when registering your player.

To register, visit Late fees apply for registrations taken after August 3. Register early to be guaranteed a team spot for next fall.

For more information, visit and choose In-Town from the menu options. For answers to questions, contact Nancy by e-mail at or at 1-978-369-7978.

Order graduation DVDs

CCTV is making it possible for families to preserve their children’s high school graduation this year by making DVDs available of the event. CCTV recorded the CCHS graduation on June 7. Purchase your DVD for $20 by sending an e-mail with your name, address and phone number to For more information about the CCHS graduation DVDs, call the station at 1-978-369-5038.

Strawberry Festival is June 19

Be sure to attend this year’s Strawberry Festival at the First Religious Society on June 19, 6 to 8 p.m. Strawberry shortcake with whipped cream will tempt young and old at Carlisle’s traditional kickoff to the summer season. Call 1-978-369-5180 for information.

Ham radio operators offer demo June 28

Ham radio operators will be showing off their emergency capabilities on June 28, “Field Day,” the climax of the week-long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the ARRL, the National Association for Amateur Radio.

The ham slogan, “When all else fails…” means that they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, Internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. When trouble is brewing, ham radio people are often the first to provide critical information and communications.

PART of Westford will be demonstrating amateur radio at 282 East Riding Drive, Carlisle. Come and see ham radio’s capabilities and learn how to get your own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes. Visitors will be able to try operating a radio. Additional information is available at and

Tour Heald House on Old Home Day

On the afternoon of Old Home Day, June 28, visit Heald House, home of the Carlisle Historical Society, at 698 Concord Street. The house and barn will be open for guided tours from 2 to 4 p.m.

Much of Carlisle’s history, from Indian artifacts through farm implements and tools, and medical instruments owned by the town’s doctor in the 1800s, is packed into Heald House. The incomparable Civil War collection is on display, as are samplers made by Carlisle girls. See the town hearse, up close and personal, after its outing in the Old Home Day parade.

Heald House will be closed during July, so take this opportunity to visit, bring the family and celebrate our town’s glorious history.

RiverFest June 14, 15

Over 50 events will take place on and along the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers from Southborough to Lowell at RiverFest, June 14 and 15. There is something for everyone: kayak trips, nature walks, art exhibits, concerts, boat rides, treasure hunts, lectures, storytelling and much more. Visit for a list of events or call 1-617-223-5225 for a brochure. Fun for the whole family. RiverFest is a celebration of the nationally recognized Wild and Scenic rivers in our communities.

Sign up for summer reading

Sign ups are underway for the Gleason Public Library (GPL) Summer Reading program and 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. GPL will host three special events in keeping with this year’s theme and 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

COA doings

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.” Six to eight senior volunteers are needed 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 June 26 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 June 23. Let the COA 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 July 1 from 9:45 to 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 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. Appointments for this clinic can be made now.

Committee openings

The Board of Selectmen wishes to announce that there are openings on the following town committees:

Cable Communications Advisory Committee

Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee

Household Recycling Committee

Conservation Commission

Recreation Commission

Youth Commission

If you would like to become involved in town government, send a letter of interest and a brief resumé to the Board of Selectmen, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741, indicating your area of interest.

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 fundrauser for the Carlisle School Association, contact Nancy at or Janet at

Wolves presentation June 25

Join the Friends of Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) on June 25 at 7 p.m. for Cynthia Menard’s presentation, “Wolves in New England?” Menard, an educator with the MetroWest YMCA, will present a slide show and discussion about the history, ecology and future of this amazing animal. Hear wolves howling, touch real wolf fur, and find out first-hand how large a wolf’s canine tooth really is. This talk is suitable for adults and families with children ages ten and up.

The presentation will be at the Great Meadows NWR Headquarters on Weir Hill Road in Sudbury. For more information, contact or 1-978 443-4661 X34 or visit

Fruitlands offers “Branching Out” exhibit June 28

Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road in Harvard, is offering a new exhibit, “Branching Out,” featuring sculptor Joe Wheelwright’s larger-than-life Tree Figures. Walk among natural sculptures of spirited creatures, some over 325 feet high, as they burst forth throughout an historic landscape.

The exhibit’s kickoff weekend is June 28 and 29. Meet the artist, interact at family workshops, reconnect with New England history or simply soak in the view at the museum restaurant. For information, contact or call 1-978-456-3924.

Exhibition at Brush Gallery opens June 22

The 26th annual exhibition / ARTISTs at the Brush Gallery will run from
June 22 to July 27, with an opening reception on June 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. On July 13, from 2 to 4 p.m., there will be a gallery talk by Artists at the Brush.

The Brush Art Gallery and Studios is located at 256 Market Street, Lowell. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 1-978-459-7819 or visit Admission is free.

COA women’s breakfast June 19

Ladies of Carlisle, come to the Sleeper Room on June 19 at 8 a.m. for a taste of Paris, in a breakfast prepared by chef Dian Cuccinello. Donation: $2 or more. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 no later than today, June 13 (sooner is better since space is limited). For a van ride, call 1-978-371-6690. Remember to park on the street.

Concord Public Library extends hours for exams

The Concord Public Library in Concord Center will be open 10a.m. to 10 p.m. on June 15 for students who want to study for finals. Library staff and volunteers will be on hand to help individuals and groups studying for exams. For more information, visit

Honored Citizen Award nominations due now

Get your nominations in for Honored Citizen Award by June 15. For information or to send nominations, contact Judy Larson, 36 Forest Park Drive, 1-978-369-6503 or Scott Evans, 299 Heald Road, 1-978-371-0880.

Bedford opens farmers market June 16

The Bedford Farmers Market, at the corner of South Road and Railroad Avenue, will open on June 16 from 2 to 6:30 p.m. and will run each subsequent Monday through October 20. The market will feature farm fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, beef, pork, lamb, and poultry. Market-goers will also find fresh local seafood, baked goods, sauces, salsas, and breakfast foods. For information, visit or contact Susan Grieb at 1-781-275-3991.

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