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Friday, July 4, 2008

COA doings

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 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.

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.

Ogunquit day trip: On July 16, the COA van will go to Ogunquit via Maine’s scenic Route 1A. The van will leave Town Hall at 9 a.m. and return between 4 and 5 p.m. To reserve your space, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 by July 9. The cost for transportation is $10/person. Lunch is on your own. Checks should be payable to the Carlisle COA and mailed to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Susan Fargo office hours: Susan Fargo will be at the Clark Room in Town Hall from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on July 16 to talk to Carlisle’s seniors. Come with questions. Light refreshments will be served.

Carleton-Willard Village tour: Carlisle resident Stephanie Smith will give a guided tour, information session and lunch at Carleton-Willard Village on July 23. There is no charge for this van trip or for lunch. The trip is limited to 12 people. For reservations, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 or 1-978-371-6693 by July 18.

Ice cream social and singalong: On July 24, starting at 2 p.m., Visiting Angels of Acton and Kimball Farms will host an ice cream social and singalong in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. No registration or fee for this event.

Baby communication workshops start July 9

Teach babies how to “talk” with their hands with the Baby Signs® Program. Linda Acredolo, Ph.D., and Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D., developed the Baby Signs® Program for infants and toddlers ages six to 36 months. Their National Institutes of Health research showed that the Baby Signs® Program reduces frustration and builds trust, strengthens the parent/infant bond, promotes positive emotional development, helps babies learn to talk sooner and jump-starts intellectual development.

To get started, enroll in Baby Signs® Parent Workshops, offered through Carlisle Recreation Department starting July 9 in the Clark Room at Town Hall. The Baby Signs® Sign, Say & Play™ Starter Kit and six weeks of fun-filled play classes for parents and babies are included in the enrollment fee. To enroll in the Baby Signs® Program, contact: Kristiana Kurth at 1-978-835-9400 or

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 as part of the “Wild Reads at your Library” summer reading program. Back by popular demand, 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

New Gleason Library hours now in effect

As of July 1, Saturday hours at the library will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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

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. To learn more about the program, contact the Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895.

Brass concert July 13

The Pneuma Brass Quintet will present a concert of American music on the Town Common July 13, from 4 to about 5:30 p.m. Selections for the free concert will include standards from the “concert in the park” repertoire: the Liberty Bell and Semper Fidelis marches by John Phillip Sousa, This Old Man, Ain’t Misbehavin’, America the Beautiful, The Roaring Twenties, a George M. Cohan medley, Scott Joplin’s Easy Winner Rag, and American Patrol. Deb Greelish, who plays French Horn for the quintet is no stranger to Carlisle; she is the daughter of Dee (Booth) Graham and the niece of Dr. Dana and Kathy Booth of River Road. As in old-fashioned concerts in the park from years past, children are free to play on the green in the relaxed atmosphere. The concert is sponsored by the Congregational Church, which will provide free lemonade and cookies. All are invited to come, and to bring lawn chairs and blankets for an afternoon of the way things used to be.

Rainforest reptile show July 10

Set aside Thursday, July 10, at 7 p.m. to attend the Rainforest Reptile Show. Meet some inhabitants of our hemisphere’s endangered rainforests. A trained herpetologist will show a large snake, alligator, lizard, tortoise and a mini-zoo of smaller reptiles. (Reptiles listed are subject to their availability that day). Education about preserving reptile habitats and their role in ecosystems will be offered.

This program, suggested for grades K-6, is part of the Gleason Library’s summer reading program, “Wild Reads at Your Library,” and will be held at Union Hall. The Friends of the Gleason Library are providing funding for this program. Call the library at 1-978-369-4898 for more information or visit

Register now for adult fall/winter hockey league

The Chelmsford Forum is now accepting team and free-agent player registrations for its adult fall/winter “No Check” league. The league offers both B (intermediate) and C (advanced novice) divisions. Teams will play a 28-game regular season from September through April. The registration deadline is August 1. For more information, call 1-866-HOCKEY3 or visit

Hunting application period now open

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces that the application period for the 2008-2009 hunting season is now open and will close at 4 p.m. on August 4. The process has been streamlined, with changes to the application and fee structure. Pay close attention to these changes and call if you have any questions before sending in your application. For questions, contact Susan Russo at 1-978-443-4661 x34 or

Applications are available at, wildlife refuge kiosks and at the refuge headquarters, 73 Weir Hill Road, Sudbury, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Applications are not mailed to those wishing to apply.

More information about where on the refuges hunting is permitted, hunt regulations, applications and maps is posted on the refuge web site above.

Concord Band plays Fruitlands this summer

Fruitlands Museum opens at 6 p.m. for picnickers on July 10, 17, 24 and 31 and the Concord Band will play concerts there at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the Fruitlands concerts, visit

Toastmasters Club invites new members

Brush up your public speaking skills. The easiest and most affordable way to practice your public speaking is to join the Alcott chapter of the Concord Toastmasters. All levels are welcome; this is an inexpensive and fun way to become more comfortable speaking in front of groups and gain leadership skills too.

This summer, meetings are on the second Monday of July and August at 7 p.m. in the Concord Public Library. Visitors and guests are welcome, free of charge. For more information, call Karen at 1-617-640-4846.

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. tThere is a special need for Carlisle-based Angels.

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

ConsCom seeks a new member

The Conservation Commission (ConsCom) has one opening on its seven-member board. The board has two major areas of responsibility: administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and protection of the town’s natural resources.

Under the Wetlands Act, permits are required for projects for development in or near wetlands or other water resource areas. The Commission is also responsible for management of the town’s conservation land, undertakes conservation planning and land acquisition, operation of the cranberry bog, the presentation of an annual conservationist award, and providing an environmental educational role in the community.

The Commission is particularly interested in people with a legal, agricultural, geological or other earth- sciences background. Those who have an interest in conservation and environmental issues and are willing to actively work in resource protection will be considered.

If you are interested in serving on the ConsCom, send a brief résumé and cover letter immediately to both the ConsCommission, and to the Selectmen, who are the appointing authority, addressed to Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle 01741. If you have any questions, call the Conservation Office at 1-978-369-0336.

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 who 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.

Carlisle Rec programs have openings

Carlisle Recreation still has openings in its Summer Fun program, in Red Cross swim lessons and adult and youth tennis lessons. Also, feel free to call 1-978-369-9815 or e-mail with suggestions or requests for fall programs.

Thoreau birthday celebration July 13

There will be an open house at Thoreau Farm at 341 Virginia Road, Concord, on July 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. in honor of Henry David Thoreau’s birthday. Drop in for birthday cake, and take a tour of the historic 18th-century farmhouse where Thoreau was born and learn about the restoration/rehabilitation project that is currently underway. The event is free and all are welcome.

The Thoreau Farm Trust is a nonprofit group dedicated to restoring and rehabilitating the Thoreau birth house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and using the site for educational purposes. For more information, visit

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