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Friday, June 20, 2008

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 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.

Magician to perform June 23 at FRS

Scott Jameson will perform a free magic show as the kickoff to the Gleason Library summer reading program, “Wild Reads,” on June 23 at 7 p.m. at the First Religious Society (FRS). “Magic by Scott Jameson” is not a magic show in the typical “pull the rabbit out of a hat” sense. Scott’s show artfully combines magic and juggling with clever characterizations, physical skill, music, mime storytelling and plenty of audience participation.

This program is suitable for children in grades K and up. The Friends of the Gleason Public Library are providing the funding for this performance. For more information visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

St. Irene sponsors blood drive July 5

Saint Irene’s Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a blood drive on July 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Irene Church on East Street. There will be a Red Sox tee shirt for all presenting donors and they will be entered in a drawing for “Red Sox Donor of the Game.” Edible Arrangements will also give presenting donors a coupon for a gift from one of their stores. For more information, call 1-800-GIVELIFE.

New Carlisle Phone Books are out

Check your mailboxes for the 2008-2009 Carlisle Phone Book, hot off the press and distributed free to all Carlisle businesses and residents. It is the resource for networking with friends, neighbors and area companies and is a great source of information on town committees, local artisans and more. Produced annually by volunteers from the Red Balloon Preschool, this year’s book has gone “greener,” using almost half the amount of paper of prior books and recycled paper products.

Patronize the phone book advertisers and tell them you found them through the Carlisle Phone Book. For information on advertising in the next edition, contact the Red Balloon at 1-978-371-7023 or

Old Home Day update

• Pre-register for OHD Road Races tomorrow

Weather permitting, there will be a registration table at the Transfer Station tomorrow morning, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The deadline for pre-registration by mail is June 25. Entry blanks are available at Ferns, Gleason Library, Post Office, or electronically at (click on Schedule tab). Remember to sign your entry form. Contact Leslie or Ronald Kmiec (1-978-369-6130 or for further information or to help with the races.

• Congregational Church hosts OHD pancake breakfast June 28

The Carlisle Congregational Church invites you to start Old Home Day (OHD) on June 28 with a free breakfast of pancakes, coffee and juice from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the church’s fellowship hall at 147 School Street.

• OHD Country Fair: Vendors of all ages and experience are welcome. Fair hours are 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 28. To reserve your table or booth, contact Bob or Nancy Orlando at 1-978-369-1690 Reservation deadline is June 21.

• Used Book Sale: The Friends of the Gleason Public Library’s Used Book Sale will be June 28 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on the library front lawn. Rain location is Corey Auditorium. Books, CDs, DVDs, and videotapes in good condition may be dropped off at the library until June 21. To volunteer, contact Seema at

• Firefighters Barbecue Dinner: The chicken barbecue at the Fire Station is 4 to 6:30 p.m. on June 28. Tickets are available now at Ferns and the Dispatch Center, $9 before June 28 and $10 if any are remaining on Old Home Day.

• Soapbox Derby: Build your soapbox racer now for the Church Street hill ride on June 28. Details and an application can be found at www.carlisle/, or contact Claude von Roesgen at 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.

• Community Service Volunteers: Adult or student volunteers are needed for OHD activities. Community Service credits will be awarded to students. For information, call Bill Cooney or Debbie Power at 1-978-369-0434.

• Culinary Critters: Create a sculpture of any sort of animal, real or imaginary, with edible ingredients. A little glue and a few toothpicks are acceptable, as long as most of the material is actual food.Bring your creation to the school cafeteria between 9 and 10 a.m. on June 28. The “gallery” will be open to the public after the parade. Prizes for all. For information, contact Lisa Lofdahl at 1-978-369-8767 or

• Contributions: send tax-deductible donations to Dave and Florence Reed, 90 Page Brook Road, Carlisle.

Girl Scouts offer hand-painted birdhouses

Eighth grade girls in Carlisle Girl Scout Troop 2645 have hand-painted wooden birdhouses for sale to raise funds for a trip to Ogunquit, Maine, planned for this summer.

Each unique bird house is a beautiful and practical invitation to our feathered friends and can be purchased for $25 from the girls at Old Home Day (checks made out 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.

Smart Car raffle supports C4RJ

Beginning tomorrow, June 21, Communities for Restorative Justive (C4RJ) will raffle a new Smart Car to support its work with crime victims and youthful offenders in Concord, Carlisle, Acton and Boxborough. Restorative Justive helps young offenders take responsibility for their actions and victims cope with the harm caused by wrongdoing, and works in partnership with parents and guardians, teachers, neighbors, and police departments.

The black and silver Smart passion coupe provided by Herb Chambers smart center in Lynnfield is eight feet, 10 inches long, weighs about 1,800 pounds, has a 36 m.p.g. combined rating, and has rearned top ratings for safety from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Raffle tickets, at $100 each, to win the microcar are available at C4RJ, P.O. Box 65, Concord MA 01742, by calling 1-978-318-3467 or at For more information, call 1-978-318-3467.

Beauty and the Beast opens tonight

Acton Teen Repertory Theatre announces three performances of the Disney musical, Beauty and the Beast: June 20 and June 21 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on June 22 at 2:30 p.m. Performances will be at the NARA Park Amphitheater. Free admission. No tickets required. Refreshments will be sold during intermission. For more information visit or call 1-978-264-9608 x0.

Community Education seeks Carlisle volunteers

The Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education Advisory Committee is seeking more Carlisle representation next year, so that the voices of both towns will be heard

on matters relating to extended-day use of schools, notably CCHS, and continuing education programs that take place there. The Community Education program provides for over 400 courses annually, with 200 part-time teachers, 4,000 students of all ages and interests, and a budget of $750,000 generated completely by fees. There are two full-time and two part-time staff.

The Advisory Committee typically meets monthly, for a couple of hours, to review and analyze data about programs and services. That perspective, and the networking and outreach that each member does on an ongoing basis,enables the Committee to shape the priorities for Community Education in the regional school district.

Carlisle citizens interested in the advisory committee should contact Court Booth at 978-318-1540 or More information about the program is at

Kmiec piano students perform tomorrow

The 40th annual recital day by pupils of Ronald Kmiec will take place at the Carlisle Congregational Church on June 21. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Mr. Kmiec will perform the Mephisto Waltz by Franz Liszt at the end of each recital. Pupils from Acton, Bedford, Billerica, Boxboro, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Lexington, and Westford will perform.

Carlisle pupils performing in the elementary through early intermediate recital at 1 p.m. are: Lucas and Wyatt Hickman, Grace Materne, Ian Sampson and Christopher Shieh.

Carlisle pupils performing in the intermediate through early advanced recital at 3:30 p.m. are: Kevin Halvorsen, Josef Balles, Justin Delgado and Katie Travisano.

Carlisle pupils performing in the advanced recital at 6 p.m. are: Kathryn Balles and Jack Bondurant.

C-C Angels seek volunteers

Concord-Carlisle Angels volunteers help residents during difficult times by delivering meals, running errands, driving patients to medical appointments or simply offering an act of kindness. Angels utilize a web site to organize volunteers into a community network of support. Carlisle residents can join C-C Angels by e-mailing When you join the Angel network, you will receive a password to access the web site. Volunteer Angels receive an e-mail when there is a community member who needs help. The volunteer then decides if he or she can schedule the task, and if not, chances are another volunteer can fill the need. Now is the perfect time to join the Angel network: there is a special need for Carlisle-based Angels.

Visit for information. If you have a question, call Lynda Voghel at 1-978-369-9382.

COA doings

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 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 Tuesday, 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.

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 a 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.Concord author Richard Higgins will speak on his own and Henry David Thoreau’s extensive writings on trees on June 29 at 3 p.m. For information, contact or call 1-978-456-3924.

Concord Band plays at Fruitlands this summer

Fruitlands Museum opens at 6 p.m. for picnickers on July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 and the Concord Band will play concerts there at 7:30 p.m. The band will also play on June 25 at 6:45 at Payson Park in Belmont and on July 4 at 3 p.m. at Emerson Field in Concord. For more information about the Fruitlands concerts, visit

CRAC seeks two members

The Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee (CRAC) seeks two new members for its seven-member committee. CRAC encourages landowners and developers to keep land in its natural state by putting it under a perpetual conservation restriciton. Once land is under such a restriction, the committee walks it periodically to ensure that the restriction is respected. The committee helps landowners through the legal process of approval by the Town and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Envirnomental Affairs.

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

Concord Art Association opens “Order Insecta” June 26

Art exhibit “Order Insecta” features various interpretations of insects in a wide range of complementary styles and mediums by five distinguished artistsl.

The Concord Art Association is located at 37 Lexington Road, Concord. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Exhibition dates: June 26 to August 14. Opening reception: July 10, 6 to 8 p.m. with live jazz by The Krendel-Clark Group. Poetry reading with Jenny Lawton Grassl, July 17, 7 p.m. Artist discussion, August 7, 7 p.m.

Concord Museum offers June events

“Be Our Guest” is on June 25 with free admission between 5 and 8 p.m. Summer evenings are a perfect time to visit the Concord Museum at the intersection of Lexington Road and the Cambridge Turnpike in Concord. Bring family, friends or out of town guests to enjoy all the museum has to offer. Create your own memories with family-friendly, hands-on activities. “Sundaes on Sunday” will be on June 29 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Summer means two things to many people: ice cream and outdoor play. Bring the family for a fun afternoon of old-time charm on the Concord Museum’s lawn. Play old-fashioned games and then cool off as you concoct the ultimate summer tradition: an ice cream sundae. Members/$5; nonmembers/$15; adult/$10; children. This fee includes Concord Museum admission, a visit to the Seasonings exhibition, and, of course, sundaes.

For further information contact the Concord Museum at 1-978-369-9609 (taped information), 1-978-369-9763 (reservations), or, or visit

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