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Friday, June 27, 2008

June 27

6:30 p.m.: Bridge Tournament

June 28

7:15 a.m.: Five-mile Road Race

8:15 a.m.: One-mile Road Race

9 a.m.: Art Show opens

9:30 a.m.: American Flag Raising and National Anthem

Old Home Day Scholarship Awards

Conservationist Award

Outstanding Citizen Award


Road Race Awards

10 a.m.: The Great Parade: “Critters of Carlisle”

10:30 a.m.: Country Fair, Used Book Sale, Live Animals on the Plaza

11 a.m.: Dunking Booth, Frog Jumping, Boy Scouts’ Barbecue, Pie Baking and Cake Decorating

Noon: Awards for: Parade, Pie Baking and Cake Decorating

12:15 p.m.: Radar Gun Speed Throw

12:30 p.m.: Fun and Games: Three-legged Race, Sack Race, Egg Toss

1 p.m.: Children’s Pet Show

1:30 p.m.: Softball, Corn Shucking

2 p.m.: Center Park Birthday Party, Carlisle “Walks” pathway project presentation, Tours of Heald House

2:30 p.m.: Soapbox Derby

4 p.m.: Barbecue

5 p.m.: Cakewalk

June 29

2 p.m.: Carlisle Organics

5 p.m.: Picnic and Family Fun Times: Hot Air Balloon, Twilight Music Cavalcade

5:30 p.m.: Ice Cream Social

“Double Sundae Sunday Saunter” June 29

As part of Carlisle’s Old Home Day weekend, the Trails Committee will lead an historical walking and ice-cream-eating extravaganza starting at 11 a.m. at the Carlisle School parking lot and returning back to the school at around 4 p.m.. The schedule for those preferring to do only part of the seven-mile walk is as follows:

• 11.a.m.: Meet at Carlisle School parking lot. Walk to Great Brook Farm Ice Cream (3.5 miles) via Lowell Street pathway, Old Morse Road trail and Fern Loop, arriving around 1 p.m. Buy ice cream.

• 1:15 p.m.: Gather on the grassy slope by the pond for a talk by Anne Marie Brako of the Carlisle Historical Society about the history of the Great Brook Farm area.

• 1:30 p.m.: Leave Great Brook and walk 2.8 miles to Kimball’s Ice Cream via Pine Point Loop, Heartbreak Ridge and Cutter’s Ridge, arriving around 3:15 p.m. Buy ice cream.

• 4 p.m.: Return to Carlisle School parking lot.

Spot a car or meet at Great Brook Farm to do only half the walk. Sunscreen, drinking water and bug spray are recommended. And remember the Ice Cream Social on Spalding Field at 5 p.m.

Road Race pre-registration

Pre-registration for the Old Home Day Road Races is encouraged, but do not mail your form. Forms should be delivered to 94 Bingham Road. Deposit them in the cardboard box at the front door. Entry blanks are available at Ferns, the Library, Post Office, or electronically at (click on Schedule tab). Remember to sign your entry form.

Race-day registration and number pickup are at the entrance to Corey Auditorium from 6:15 to 7 a.m. for the five-mile race and 7:15 to 8 a.m. for the one-mile race. Awards presentation follows at 9:30 a.m. The five-mile race will begin at 7:15 a.m. and the one-mile race follows at 8:15 a.m. Call Leslie or Ronald Kmiec (1-978-369-6130) for more information.

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.

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.

The Carlisle Organics at Ferns June 29

Ferns Country Store piazza hosts a special appearance by The Carlisle Organics at 2 p.m. this Sunday, June 29. In the spirit of their frugal Yankee heritage all of their instruments are “homegrown,” with many percussion instruments gathered from the Swap Shop at the Transfer Station. The drum set is fashioned out of large plastic culvert pipes and one of the guitars was made by local craftsman Jic Davis when he was in the seventh grade. The group was recruited to play recently at the Concord transfer station as part of that town’s Earth Day celebrations. Their music is fabulous, with a wide range of jazz, blues, folk and rock n’ roll. Their fans are looking forward to their big hit “Carlisle Police Blotter Blues.” For more information, contact

Community meeting on state energy bill July 1

Environment Massachusetts, Carlisle Climate Action, Concord Climate Action Network (CCAN) and Representative Cory Atkins are hosting a community strategizing meeting on the passing of the state’s energy bill and the Global Warming Solutions Act on July 1 at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room at Gleason Public Library. Join the discussion about how to organize support for H.4373, an Act relative to green communities and S.2540, the Global Warming Solutions Act. State lawmakers need to hear from community members to help ensure the passage of these two pieces of legislation before the end of this legislative session. For more information, contact Natalie Kaufman in Representative Atkins’s office at 1-617-722-2013 or e-mail

Sign up for MCC summer camps now

Middlesex Community College (MCC) offers a wide variety of summer camps that explore science, technology, the humanities and the arts. Designed to actively engage kids ages eight to 15 in an exciting learning environment, MCC Summer Camps run July 7 through August 22 on the Bedford and Lowell campuses. Enrollment is still open for many Summer Camps, including:

• Fashion Design, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 7 to 18, (register for camp number YTH 614 80 10354 or July 21 to August 1 (register for camp number YTH 614 81 10364) on the Lowell campus. Cost is $399 per session.

• Jewelry Making, 9 a.m. to noon, July 14 to 18 on the Bedford campus. Register for camp number YTH 615 30 10356. Cost is $159.

• Animé, 9 a.m. to noon, August 4 to 8 (register for camp number YTH 626 30 10373) or August 11 to 15 (register for camp number YTH 626 31 10376) on the Bedford campus. Cost is $159 for each session.

For the complete MCC Summer Camp schedule, visit our web site: or call 781-280-3663 to request a brochure. To register directly for MCC’s Summer Camps, call 1-800-818-3434.

Celebrate July 4 in historic Concord, where it all began

Celebrate Independence Day in Concord at the annual Picnic in the Park on July 4 at Emerson Field on Everett Street from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The beautiful tree-lined path dividing Emerson Field will be filled with food and craft stands and booths representing many of the community’s non-profit organizations.

The Picnic immediately follows completion of the Minuteman Classic Road Race. The race begins at 9 a.m. and the Youth Fun Run will set off at 8:30 a.m. Activities begin with the traditional doll carriage and bicycle parade that starts at the Concord Armory (at the corner of Stow and Everett Streets) at 11:30 a.m., assembling at 11:15 am., and ends at the Emerson Field flagpole. Traditional field games and sporting events for children of all ages will begin at 12:30 p.m. A special treat for the children will be a production of Alice In Wonderland by the Hampstead Stage Company that will take place indoors in the Hunt Gym from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Hot air balloon rides will also be provided, weather permitting.

There will be music throughout the day, beginning on the Emerson Field with folk music by Bill Staines from noon to 1:30 p.m., followed by bluegrass music by Southern Rail from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and ending with the Concord Band performing traditional and patriotic music from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

Kids and adults alike will be pleased to hear that the Concord Police K9 Unit’s new “apprentice dog” will be along to show everyone how much he’s learned about his job. Note: no other dogs are permitted on Emerson Field during the events.

Contact Michael Rudd (1-978-369-1890) for information on the Picnic, or Danner DeStephano (1-978-369-1863) for information on the road race.

Pack some lawn chairs, join your friends and neighbors at the Picnic in the Park, and celebrate July 4, 2008.

Jah Spirit Reggae July 9

Jah Spirit Reggae will give a concert on the front lawn of the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, on July 9 at 7 p.m. The group is a three-time Boston Music Award Nominee Best Reggae band. Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket and enjoy the lively music. This program is part of the “Summer Music On the Lawn” series that is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. The rain location for this concert is the Emerson Umbrella Theater, 40 Stow Street, Concord. For more information, call 1-978-318-3358.

Senior Tax Worker program

If you are a Carlisle property owner and 60 years or older, you are eligible to apply for the Senior Tax Worker Program. Approved applicants provide work assistance to town departments such as the Council on Aging, School, Selectmen, Gleason Public Library and more. Currently tax workers can earn up to $700 credit on their property taxes by being matched with a town department’s needs and working 87.5 hours between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009. The program is currently limited to 16 participants so sign up early. To learn more about the program, contact the Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895.

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, please 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.

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.

COA upcoming plays

Join the Carlisle seniors for North Shore Music Theatre plays and lunch on your own at the Sylvan Street Grille in Peabody. Theatre tickets are $45. Make checks payable to the Friends of Carlisle COA and send to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741. The first 13 get to ride in the van. The plays are Bye-Bye Birdie, July 30, check due by July 15; Spelling Bee, August 20, check due by July 15; Show Boat, October 8, check due by August 1; 42nd Street, November 5, check due by September 3.

For more information, e-mail Joanne at

COA upcoming trips

• Provincetown: Join the Carlisle seniors on September 9 for a day trip to Provincetown. Depart at 7 a.m. from Carlisle Congregational Church (park in the rear lot). A motor coach will take the group to Boston to set sail at 8 a.m. for a day in Provincetown to see sights, shopping and dining (on your own), returning home by 5:30 p.m. The cost is $49/person. Checks are payable to Fox Tours and should be sent to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741. Do not miss out – send checks today. Flyers can be picked up at Carlisle COA at Town Hall.

• Italy: Join the Carlisle seniors on a tour of northern Italy from March 17 to 31, 2009, and visit Venice, Padua, Verona, Milan, Bellagio, Turin, Lake Maggiore and Lake Como and more. Prices start at $3669, plus $346.85 taxes and airport fees for twin occupancy. Price includes airfare, hotels, sightseeing, all breakfasts and dinners. For flyers, contact Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or or pick up a flyer at the Council on Aging (COA) office in Town Hall.

Needed: potential host families for exchange students

While CCHS teacher David Nurenberg taught in a Turkmen school in April, he established a sister-school relationship between CCHS and Balkanabat School #17.

The first phase of that relationship will be the visit of two Turkmen students from school #17 to CCHS this September, where they will take classes and be members of our community for one academic quarter. The State Department will provide all funding and American Councils will be taking care of visas, health insurance, etc.

Two host families are needed for the two Turkmen students, one boy and one girl. Each is aged 15 to 16. The students were selected by their own teachers on the basis of grades, maturity, skills in the English language and desire to learn about the United States. Their English teacher describes them as “responsible, active, friendly…with a long history of community service...”

The expected dates of the visit would be August 29 to November 11. Host families would be responsible for the housing, feeding, care and entertainment of their visiting student. The State Department is willing to provide a small stipend to the student (somewhere around $150 a month), but it is assumed the host family will pay for most daily expenses. Nurenberg may organize a weekend trip to New York City or another destination during the quarter.

This is an amazing opportunity in which to take part. Any interested families should contact David Nurenberg ( as soon as possible for information.

“Wild Reads” summer reading program for adults and teens at GPL

• Adults: Summer reading is for everyone in 2008. The Gleason Public Library asks Carlisle’s many readers to track what is read from June 23 to July 31, starting anytime. Track what you read for leisure, work, books on tape or online articles. Keep a log and submit the total pages week by week at the library. Offer recommendations for books and learn what others find worthwhile. Participants need only log in online at and click on Summer Reading 2008, or hand in registration and logs personally at the library. Prizes will be given to top readers, creative review entries, and randomly. Read and learn. Read and relax.

• Teens: Calling all Carlisle teens entering grade seven and beyond: keep track of what you have read from June 23 to July 31: books, magazines, books on CD, web articles – the possibilities are endless. Registration is ongoing at the library and at, under Summer Reading, Teens. Log your pages, write reviews and challenge yourself, your friends, even a librarian. Prizes will be given to top readers, for creative review entries, and by random drawing.

The Summer Reading program is sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. The program is free and open to the public. To learn more, visit, call 1-978-369-4898 or contact Erica St. Peter at

Dot-n-Doc July 8

On July 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Carlisle’s own family band, Dot-n-Doc, performs on the lawn of the Gleason Public Library. The group, comprised of mom, dad and the kids, will perform familiar tunes, sure to please any crowd. Bring the family, a blanket and a picnic and enjoy this summer treat. To learn more, visit

CCHS Drama students will work for you this summer

To raise funds for their trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, CCHS Drama has a Job Bank of students willing to work almost any household job you can think of.

Would you like some help with the children, babysitting or mother’s helping, pet sitting, or dog walking? Would you rather have someone else mow the grass? Does your office need some help with filing, typing? One student even has Web expertise, including some basic programming skills. Students will come prepared with a checklist of tasks for your event or party, and can help you with setup, catering help, serving, and cleanup. Students are happy to run errands. Students can return your overflow collection of returnable cans and bottles for deposit or help clean out and reorganize your garage.

All this for a reasonable rate of $7/hour or two students at the same time for $14/hour. Call Quatie Bryan, 1-978- 369-5493 or, who will cheerfully to schedule a student to help you.

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.

Supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Education, the MCAS 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 1-978-656-3284.

“Nature Reveals” art exhibit opens July 2

Adrien Bisson presents an exhibit entitled, “Nature Reveals” from July 2 to 27 at the Loading Dock Gallery, Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue, Lowell. A reception for the exhibit will be held on July 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. All are welcome. The Loading Dock Gallery, a cooperative gallery representing more than 50 members of the Western Avenue Studios Artist Association, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 to 4:30 p.m. For information, visit

Smart Car raffle supports C4RJ

Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) is raffling off a new Smart Car to support its work with crime victims and youthful offenders in Concord, Carlisle, Acton and Boxborough. Restorative Justice 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 earned 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.

R/EMM invites singers and instrumentalists on July 14

Recorders/Early Music MetroWest (R/EMM) invites area singers and early instrumentalists to the second session of this year’s Summer Music Evenings, on July 14, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord. R/EMM’s July 14 session, “Venetian Glory,” features music from the magnificent Basilica of San Marco in Venice, renowned for the majestic polychoral works of Giovanni Gabrieli. Singers in all voice ranges are invited; music scores will be provided. Renaissance reed, brass and string players are always welcomed at R/EMM meetings.

Suggested donation for this music evening is $5. Instrumentalists are reminded to bring a music stand. Refreshments are provided at a break. For further details, call 1-978-264-0584 or visit

Origami Group meets July 16

Members of the Littleton Origami Group (LOGs) will lead a workshop at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, on July 16 at 7 p.m. This free workshop is for kids ages 10 years and up. The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library is sponsoring this event which is part of the summer activities at the Library for older kids. For more information, call 1-978-318-3358.

Canines for Combat Veterans reception June 29

Senator John Kerry, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Representative Anthony Verga and Representative Cory Atkins will host a meet-and-greet reception on June 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. to benefit the Canines for Combat Veterans program, which provides critical support for men and women who have been injured during their service in Iraq and Afghanistan. The reception will take place at the home of Representative Atkins, 1540 Monument Street, Concord. Everyone is welcome to attend and meet some of the canines and their combat veterans.

A 30-minute television documentary about the Canines for Combat Veterans program will air today on CCTV at 2:30 p.m. and will repeat later in the summer.

Community Education seeks Carlisle volunteers

The Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education Advisory Committee is seeking more Carlisle representation next year.

Today, the Community Education program provides for over 400 courses annually, with 200 part-time teachers and 4,000 students of all ages and interests, and a budget of $750,000 generated completely through 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 Adult & Community Education Advisory Committee should contact Court Booth at 978-318-1540 or More information about the program is available at

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