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Friday, July 18, 2008

Selectmen seek Energy Task Force members

The Board of Selectmen is seeking members for a newly formed Carlisle Energy Task Force to provide a focus for the reduction of expenditures for and use of energy resources within the next six months. The initial scope of the task force will be to study the energy use and costs in town building, identify potential areas of cost reduction, establish three- to five-year goals and to make recommendations for ongoing oversight. Individuals with experience in the area of energy utilization and conservation and/or building design and maintenance to apply. Send letters of interest and a brief background to the Town Administrator, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Play adult softball this summer

Once again it is time for Carlisle Adult Softball. It is casual, non-competitive, and fun. Just bring a glove (and maybe a friend) and be ready to play. Pickup games are at Banta-Davis Softball Field every Thursday from 6 to approximately 7:30 p.m. Come on out and have some fun.

COA North Shore Music Theatre trips

Join the Carlisle seniors for North Shore Music Theatre plays and lunch on your own at the Sylvan Street Grille in Peabody. Tickets are $45 and seats are in the first three rows. Make checks payable to Friends of Carlisle COA and send to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741. The first 13 can ride in the van if desired. Upcoming plays include Spelling Bee on August 20 (deadline July 20), Show Boat on October 8 (deadline August 1) and 42nd Street on November 5 (deadline September 3). For more information, contact Joanne at

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 environmmental educational role in the community.

The Commission is particularly interested in people with a legal, agricultual, 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 ConCom, send a brief resumé and cover letter immediately to both the ConsCom 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

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

Volunteers needed for COA

Living in Carlisle is a pleasurable experience, but when you can no longer drive, existence becomes very difficult. The Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) tries to provide rides to doctor appointments and run necessary errands for all seniors who are unable to transport themselves.  The majority of this transportation is handled by “Friendly Drivers,” who are concerned citizens, like yourself, who give of their time to take a neighbor where he or she needs to go. If you can donate an hour or two to transport a senior to an appointment, call the Carlisle Council on Aging to become a volunteer. You decide how much time you can give to this effort. If you can give time each week, month or even once a quarter, it will be greatly appreciated. Friendly Drivers are always needed, but more new drivers are required in the summer to accommodate drivers’ vacations.

Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 and ask about this and other volunteer opportunities.

Sled dogs and wild reads at the Gleason Public Library and FRS

As part of the summer reading program, the Gleason Public Library is presenting a special program featuring the Mountain Mushers, who are Harry and Lela Schlitz and their three sled dog companions Pixie, Sorrel and Su. The Schlitzes started the Mountain Mushers in 1992 and they travel all over the country teaching about sled dogs and their equipment, teamwork and animal care. Carlisle is lucky enough to have them as a part of the “Wild Reads at Your Library” summer reading program on July 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. in Union Hall at the First Religious Society (FRS). This program is suggested for grades K-6 and has been generously funded by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

Feel free to come to the library for books about sled dogs and visit to learn more about the team. Call the library at 1-978-369-4898 if you need more information.

Old North Pony Club jumps at Foss Farm July 25 and August 1

The Old North Pony Club will host

its annual “Summer Equestrian Jumper Nights” at Foss Farm Conservation Area on July 25 and August 1, from noon until dark. Riders of all ages and abilities may enter jumping divisions from groundpoles through to three feet, three inches and above if time permits. All levels of rider and horse are welcome to enter. Classes are $12/pre-reg or $15/class sign-up on the day. Unjudged jumper rounds are $5 each. Spectators are welcome and food will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the club. For more information, contact Sara Macaulay at 1-978-369-9436 or visit

COA doings

• Carleton-Willard Village tour: Carlisle’s Stephanie Smith will give a guided tour, information session and lunch at Carleton-Willard on July 23. The van trip and lunch are free and limited to 12 people. For reservations, call 1-978-371-2895 by July 18.

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

• Kimball Farm van trip: Join the COA on a van trip to Kimball Farm in Westford on August 13. The van ($3) leaves Town Hall at 10 a.m. and returns mid-afternoon. Have lunch at the grill area and then go on to pitch-and- putt, the driving range, miniature golf or bumper boats. Top it off with Kimball’s ice cream. Pay individually for activities. Call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 by August 8 to make your reservation.

• Luncheon: On August 21 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS there will be a lunch followed by a talk on “Birds of Prey” by a lecturer from Massachusetts Audubon’s Drumlin Farm. Blood pressure screenings will be provided from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP by August 18 and request a van ride if needed. A donation of at least $3 is appreciated.

MRT Fantasticks youth audition set for July 24

Merrimack Repertory Theatre will be holding auditions, by appointment, on July 24 for the role of The Mute in its production of the musical The Fantasticks. Director Jonathan Silverstein is looking to cast a young person (male or female) between the ages of ten and 15 as the Mute, a non-speaking, non-singing, non-union role. Auditions will be 3 to 6 p.m. on July 24 at MRT’s Rehearsal Hall in Lowell. The callback date is July 31 in the evening (probably 8 p.m.). To make an audition appointment, send a photo of the child and contact information to Peter Crewe, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 132 Warren Street, Lowell, MA 01852. 

  The Fantasticks will begin rehearsals on September 23 in Lowell.  Rehearsals will be six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday, with a likely all-day commitment on Saturday and Sunday. The show opens on October 19 and runs through November 9.  Performances are Wednesday through Sunday with two shows on Saturday and Sunday and an occasional weekday matinee.

Audubon Ark comes to Concord

The Audubon Ark from Drumlin Farm will present a program on July 28 at 7 p.m. at the Fowler Library, 1322 Main Street, Concord. Children aged three to six years will see a skunk, a screech owl and a mallard duck. This free program is part of the “Wild Reads” summer reading club that is taking place at both the Concord Free Public Library and at the Fowler Library. Registration is required at 1-978-318-3350. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. For more information, call 1-978-318-3350 (Fowler Library) or 1-978-318-3358 (Main Library).

Quilt festival in Lowell August 7 to 10

Hundreds of quilts from all over the country will fill Lowell’s Tsongas Arena as well as its museums, galleries, craft centers and other public venues, from August 7 through 10, giving visitors to the city a visual feast of color and creativity.

The Tsongas Arena will feature exhibits of more than 300 quilts. Over 200 contest quilts will be juried in different categories prior to the event. This contest also includes a separate division for entrants 18 years of age and under. Youth entries, accepted without going through the selection process, are also judged for ribbons and prizes to be awarded at a special Awards Ceremony.

Quilt collections to be displayed at the Tsongas Arena include Peacequilts, a collection individually designed and exquisitely hand quilted by Haitian women. The sale of these quilts enables them to earn a living through meaningful work, and improves their lives and those of their families.

August 7 is Lowell Gallery Night and from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. all downtown Lowell sites will host opening receptions, with shuttles available to take people to the various festival locations citywide. Collections range from antiques to quilts made by contemporary artisans from all over the world. There will be a live and a silent auction of quilts. On August 6, there will be an autobiographical lecture telling the story of An Orphan Train Rider, with the history of the orphan trains and the significant part they played in a unique time in history.

There will be a four-day program of workshops for all ability levels given by a dozen of the top quilt teachers in the country. Registration is open to all, and there will be a Merchant Mall in the Tsongas Arena as well.

Festival exhibits and events are open from August 7 to 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The full schedule of events and more information are available on,, and

Fall bulb and perennial sale September 19 and 20

The Middlesex Conservation District (MCD), a nonprofit environmental agency, will be holding its annual Fall Bulb and Perennial Sale on September 19 (3 to 6 p.m.) and September 20 (8 a.m. to noon) at the 4H Fairgrounds, 51 South Chelmsford Road, Westford. All items may be ordered in advance for best selection and picked up on the sale days. Items will include tulips, daffodils, unusual bulbs, perennials, and garden supplies (compost bins, fertilizer, etc).

All proceeds benefit the MCD’s environmental programs. For more information, or to receive a sale brochure, visit, or call 1-978-692-9395.

Southern Rail plays on July 23

Southern Rail will give a concert on the front lawn of the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, on July 23 at 7 p.m. The group has been playing traditional as well as original bluegrass music since 1978. Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket and enjoy the lively music. This program is part of the Summer Music On the Lawn series 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.

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