Friday, August 1, 2008
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 doctors’ appointments and run necessary errands for all seniors who are unable to transport themselves. “Friendly Drivers,” who are concerned citizens, like yourself, 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 (COA) to become a volunteer. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 and ask about this and other volunteer opportunities.
Child care financial assistance available
Did you know that your toddler may be eligible for subsidized child care once he/she turns two years nine months of age? Plan ahead and start thinking about the kind of care you would choose for your child, family childcare or a center-based program. Concord and Carlisle have many excellent and diverse kinds of programs affiliated with the Community Partnership for Children. The subsidies are awarded through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Care and Education to help working families cover the cost of quality child care for children between two years nine months to five years/kindergarten-eligible. Availability of funding is always subject to approval of the Massachusetts Department of Early Care and Education.
To be eligible, parents must:
• be working either full or part time or in an approved training program
• must live in Massachusetts
• meet the state mandated income requirements
• have a child between the ages of two years nine months and five years and enrolled in a participating child care centers or family care providers.
For information about the Community Partnership for Children and the grant, call Sally Quinn Reed or Betsey Sweet at 1-978-202-1143.
In our area
• August 5: Meet “Eleanor Roosevelt; Advocate for Universal Human Rights,” as portrayed by Elena Dodd. Visitor Center, Lowell National Historical Park, 6:30 p.m.
• August 22 to 24: Middlesex County 4-H Club Fair. 4-H Club Fairgrounds, South Chelmsford Road, Westford. For information, visit www.middlesexcounty4hfair.org.
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 www.middlesexconservation.org, or call 1-978-692-9395.
CCTV highlights August 1
• WWI Series with Elliot Lilien: 9 a.m., channel 8
• Board of Selectmen: 8 p.m., channel 9
• College Admissions – a Primer for Parents: 3:30 p.m., channel 10
• CCHS Chorus Pops Concert: 6:30 p.m., channel 10
• CCHS Junior Prom: 7:40 p.m., channel 10
• CCHS Orchestra Pops Concert: 8 p.m., channel 10
• CCHS Band: 9 p.m., 12:30 a.m., channel 10
• WIQH Battle of the Bands: 10:30 p.m., channel 10
File for one-time rebate until October 15
If you are one of many people who do not have to file federal income taxes because your income is quite low, this year is different.
To receive an Economic Stimulus Payment, you should file Form 1040A with the IRS by October 15. This includes people who receive at least $3,000 in earnings and/or benefits from Social Security, VA disability or a Retired Railroad Worker’s pension.
Visit www.IRS.gov for details or ask a friend or relative for help going online. Do not let a little paperwork keep you from getting your stimulus payment.
Emerson Hospital offers adult diabetes discussion groups
Emerson Hospital will offer diabetes discussion group meetings at 10 a.m. on August 15, September 19, October 17, November 21, and December 19. Meetings take place in the conference room on the first floor of Emerson’s new Center for Specialty Care, located less than a mile from the hospital on Baker Avenue.
The diabetes discussion groups are part of Emerson Hospital’s certified diabetes education program, which serves an important role by helping people learn more about their disease and what they can do to manage diabetes and its complications. Through the program, patients learn how to take responsibility for their own day-to-day care and are taught how to monitor blood glucose levels.
For more information on Emerson’s diabetes discussion groups, call Cheryl Laundry at 1-978-287-8590.
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, 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.
Host family needed
As you may know, CCHS has been granted the unique opportunity, following the visit of English teacher David Nurenberg to the former Soviet Republic of Turkmenistan, to host two Turkmen students for the coming academic year.
One of these students has been placed with a host family, but CCHS still needs an enthusiastic, warm and committed family for the second student. Help this 15-year-old young man learn about America, navigate CCHS, and learn from him, in turn, about Turkmenistan. The commitment would be for five months, August 29 to February 1. If you are interested, contact David Nurenberg or Peter Badalament as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Community and Adult Ed program starts August 4
Carlisle and Concord have preserved impressive amounts of open space and unusual species populations. An upcoming workshop with local naturalists Al Robichaud and Bryan Windmiller will provide for a fascinating hands-on learning experience in local ecology, to promote greater understanding and appreciation of local landscapes and their inhabitants.
“Adventures in Nature” is a new program of the Concord-Carlisle Schools, Community Education program for students who are entering grades four to seven in the fall. It meets at CCHS (and surrounding lands) the week of August 4 to 8 from 9 a.m. to noon. Students will have the chance to radiotrack endangered turtles and study fish and amphibians and to learn about nature specific to local lands, such as local plant species that are native, or dangerous or good to eat.
For more information and to enroll, visit www.ace.colonial.net or call 1-978-318-1540.
Discovery Museums offer children’s program August 15
On August 15, the Science Discovery Museum will offer Chromatography Tie-dye from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Be a science fashion plate. Explore the science of color mixing and separation with a new take on a familiar activity. Practice materials will be available, but bring a white cotton T-shirt for your final product. For ages seven and up.
Instructor: Meg Winikates
Fee: $12/members, $15/non-members.Pre-registration required by August 8. Call: 1-978-264-4200 x10.
Lincoln Tour de Farms event August 17
On August 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can tour up to seven farms in Lincoln’s Tour de Farms event. Fresh local farm products will be for sale and several of the farms will have tastings. Learn about the long history of farming in Lincoln, and what it is like to manage a vineyard in a most improbable location.
Participating farms include Lindentree Farm, Codman Community Farms, Flint’s Farm (Matlock Farm), Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm, Turtle Creek Winery and Vineyards, Blue Heron Organic Farm and the Food Project.
The tour begins at Mass Audubon headquarters where participants will board buses. Buses will run continually every fifteen minutes so that participants may linger at each location. Pre-registration is strongly suggested as there is limited bus space
. Admission is $8/adults, $5/children, and free for children under three. The event will run rain or shine. For more information or to register, call 1-781-259-2206. For more information about Drumlin Farm, call 1-781-259.2200 or visit www.massaudubon.org/drumlinfarm.
Walden Pond Junior Ranger Grizzlies Program starts August 4
Space is still available for the 2008 Walden Pond Junior Ranger Grizzlies program, a week-long program for children ages 12 to 14. Program dates and times are August 4 to 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Children will participate in a variety of educational and recreational activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult/guardian/caregiver. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call the park headquarters today at 1-978- 369-3254. This program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Thoreau Society’s Friends of Walden Pond.
Great Meadows offers plant program August 7
“Plants, Pollinators and People: A Love Story,” a special presentation on the important connection between plants, pollinators and people, will be presented on August 7 at 7 p.m. at the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge headquarters located at 73 Weir Hill Road, Sudbury. This presentation will be led by Kyra Krakos. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge; donations will be accepted and are appreciated.
Bedford Farmers Market
The Bedford Farmers’ Market is on Monday afternoons (rain or shine), 2 to 6:30 p.m., June 16 through October 20, at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and South Road. This week, August 4, at the Bedford Farmers’ Market, there will be: an Artist Table, with Carol Lebeaux doing cut portrait silhouettes done from live models at 2 p.m.; the Community Table: Habitat for Humanity at 2 p.m.; Catherine O’Kelly on classical guitar and oboe at 2 p.m.; Tony Gong on acoustic guitar, original and cover music at 3 p.m.; and Heather Cullen and Ryan Ruiz on acoustic guitar and vocal/cover songs at 4 p.m.
New Gleason Public Library Hours
As of July 1, the library Saturday hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also, Monday hours in July and August will be 1 p.m. 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 www.gleasonlibrary.org.
CCYS In-Town fall registration open through August 3
Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer (CCYS) In-Town is taking registrations through August 3 for the fall program, which offers outdoor soccer for children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2009 through grade six. Registration fees are $95/player with family discounts. Scholarships are available.
CCYS is actively recruiting coaches and other volunteers to help run our program. Coaches receive locally based coach training, required to coach with this club. Consider volunteering when registering your player.
Minuteman Regional High School arts festival is tonight
An arts festival featuring students of the Minuteman Regional Summer School will be held at the school tonight, August 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. The festival will include a rock/jazz concert, art exhibits, a magic show, a digital video production, and voice performance presentations. Admission is free. Minuteman Regional is located at 758 Marrett Road on Route 2A in Lexington, just west of Route 95.
COA Italy trip deposits due August 15
Join the Carlisle seniors on a tour of northern Italy March 17 to 31, 2009 to visit Venice, Verona, Padua, Milan, Bellagio, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Turin and much more.
Prices start at $3,669 + $346.85 taxes and airport fees, twin occupancy and includes air fare, hotels, sightseeing, all breakfasts and dinners. For flyers, call Joanne Willens, 1-978-371-8023, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or pick up a flyer at Town Hall. Deposits are due by August 15.
Musical theater with the COA
Join the Carlisle seniors for the North Shore Music Theatre plays, and lunch on your own at the Sylvan Street Grille in Peabody. Tickets are $45, payable by check made out to the Friends of Carlisle COA and sent to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741. The first 13 to reserve may ride on the Van.
• Spelling Bee, August 20, reserve by August 5
• Show Boat, October 8, reserve by September 1
• 42nd Street, November 5, reserve by September 20. For information, email Joanne Willens at email@example.com.
Senior Care Options
The Senior Care Options (SCO) program brings Medicare and MassHealth together and is especially for MassHealth members. Seniors who are 65 years of age or older and meet the MassHealth financial eligibility criteria may be eligible for SCO.
Why choose SCO?
• Because SCO will provide Medicare Part D Prescription Drug coverage without any co-payments
• Because SCO offers dental, vision and hearing-aid coverage
• Because SCO offers individualized care. Each member’s doctor and a team of professionals design each care plan and each member has 24-hour access to a team of professionals
• Because SCO members keep all their MassHealth benefits
For more information, call 1-888-821-0484, TTY: 1-888-821-5225, or visit www.mass.gov/masshealth.
Three Apples Storytelling August 20
The Three Apples Storytelling Festival will hold a library preview at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, on August 20 at 7 p.m. Two storytellers from the Festival lineup will tell stories for children age six years and up. No registration is needed for this free program. For more information, call the children’s department at 1-978-318-3358.
Concord Conservatory fall registration now open
Registration for The Concord Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) fall semester group classes is now open. The music school offers a broad array of developmentally appropriate ten- and 15-week music classes for infants to school age children. Registrations by mail and online are accepted now.
• Dalcroze Eurhythmics, (ages five months to five years) teaches children the fundamentals of music through movement, singing, games and improvisation. Depending upon the child’s age, classes are offered with or without parent involvement.
• Group Keyboard curriculum (ages five to eight) is a comprehensive music program designed to help children learn about music through movement, music games, ear training, Solfege singing, and keyboard performance. This is considered a multi-year course of study.CCM provides keyboards for the group lessons. Classes are structured in small group, and carefully organized according to the children’s age and skill level.
• Broadway Babies (ages six to 11) is an introductory course into the singing of Broadway repertory for young singers and for students new to lessons. The class will focus on the development of the young voice in the context of singing age-appropriate songs from the Broadway repertory.
• Vocal Workshop Series for Teens (ages 12 to 16) provides teens with the experience of singing a variety of repertory from Broadway, pop standards, jazz, folk song, and classical. The focus is on vocal technique and performance, or audition preparation as needed by the student.
For more information, call 1-978-369-0010 or visit www.ConcordConservatory.org. All classes and lessons are held at the West Concord Union Church.
August at the Concord Museum
• Summer Breezes/Be Our Guest
August 20. Spend a relaxing evening with live swing music on the lawn and free museum admission. Pack up a picnic and your blanket, gather family, friends or out of town guests and come to the Concord Museum’s front lawn for a free evening of swing music from 6 to 8 p.m.
• Ongoing museum exhibitions. Be sure to spend some time this evening to linger in the Museum’s engaging history galleries and distinctive changing exhibitions, take in the quiet eloquence of the “Exploring Concord” film, and enjoy the historic beauty of period rooms filled with Concord antiques. All open free from 5 to 8 p.m. on this special Wednesday evening, August 20.
•Summer Sundays: Highlight Tours
The Concord Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Sunday in August. Bring a friend and enjoy a half-hour Highlight Tour of the renowned “stars” of the Museum’s collection. Learn more about the 1775 lantern, the imposing Concord-made high chests, and the clocks manufactured on Concord’s main street in the early 19th century. The Highlight Tours are at 11 a.m. on Sundays only; free with Museum admission.
• A special exhibition: Seasonings
Now through September 14.
Explore some of the nostalgic events, traditions, and rituals associated with each season in American culture through artifacts from the Museum’s rich and varied collection. The exhibition begins by chronicling the season of summer breezes and patriotic celebrations. Spring, fall and winter are explored through artifacts that bring to mind a seasonal sense of time and place: spring cleaning and turning over the garden; back-to-school and fall produce at local farm stands; keeping warm and snow sports. Free with museum admission.
General admission to the Museum is $10/adults, $8/seniors (62 and over), $8/students with valid ID, $5/youth (six to 18). Members and children under six are free. Open free from 5 to 8 p.m. on August 20. In August, hours are seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; August 20, open free from 5to 8 p.m.
C4RJ is raffling Smart car through October
Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ), has made it easier to support its work, just by going online. The community-based, volunteer-run organization has added new capabilities to its web site, www.C4RJ.com, that will allow supporters to donate to the organization, and to purchase raffle tickets for a 2008 smart car passion coupe. The highly sought-after micro car has been made available by Herb Chambers’ smart center in Lynnfield.
Only 999 raffle tickets will be available to win the loaded, $17,140 microcar at $100 per ticket. Tickets are available by mail at C4RJ, P.O. Box 65, 219 Walden Street, Concord, MA 01742, by calling 1-978-318-3467, or online at www.C4RJ.com. For further information about C4RJ, call 1-978-318-3447.
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.
The Tsongas Arena will feature exhibits of more than 300 quilts. In addition, four special quilt collections will be displayed at the Tsongas Arena from New England and beyond, including 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.
Lowell Quilt Festival exhibits and other public 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, directions to all festival locations, admission fees where applicable, workshop descriptions, registration information and more are available on www.lowellquiltfestival.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, and www.cultureiscool.org.
Concord Players auditions coming up August 23 and 24
The Concord Players, 51 Walden Street, Concord Center, will hold open auditions for Noel Coward’s comedy, Hay Fever, directed by Mickey Coburn. Audition dates are August 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. and August 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. Callbacks will be August 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. This is a November 2008 production. For specific roles and audition details, visit www.concordplayers.org.
Museum passes at the library
The Friends of the Gleason Public Library and other organizations generously sponsor passes that allow Carlisle families to attend Boston area museums and other attractions with free or reduced admissions. Passes are available at no charge. The museum pass program is offered to all patrons with library cards in good standing. Check out passes at the circulation desk with your library card. Carlisle residents can reserve passes in advance by calling the library at 1-978-369-4898. The library just added museum passes to the Institute of Contemporary Art. The Friends provide museum passes to the Butterfly Place, Children’s Museum, Concord Museum, DeCordova Museum, Discovery Museums, Drumlin Farm, Fruitlands, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Massachusetts Audubon, Museum of Fine Arts, Orchard House, Peabody Essex Museum, and Roger William Park Zoo. New England Aquarium passes are available September to June. The Museum of Science passes are provided by a donation from Assurance Technology Corp. Find more information at www.gleasonlibrary.org under Services or call 1-978-369-4898.
• Kimball Farms van trip: Join the COA on a van trip to Kimball Farm in Westford on August 13. The van leaves Town Hall at 10 a.m. and will return 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. The van trip is $3. Pay individually for whatever else you do. Call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 by August 8 to make your reservation.
• Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum tour/lunch: On September 12, the COA will be going to the Gardner Museum, leaving Carlisle from the Congregational Church parking lot at 9 a.m. Admission prices for seniors 60+ is $10 and the van or coach bus fee is $10. Lunch is on your own at the museum café. Send checks for $20 payable to the Carlisle COA to Kathy Mull, Carlisle COA, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741 by August 8. Call now to reserve your place.
• Luncheon: Join the COA on August 21 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for lunch followed by a talk on “Birds of Prey” by a Drumlin Farm lecturer. Blood pressure screenings will be provided from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP by August 18. Let the COA know if you need a van ride when you make your reservation. A donation of at least $3 is appreciated.
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 in town buildings. The initial scope of the task force will be to study the energy use and costs in town buildings, 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 are encouraged to apply. Send letters of interest and a brief background to the Town Administrator, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.
Old Home Day on CCTV
Relive all the excitement of Carlisle’s Old Home Day on CCTV. Videographer Dave Ives and Old Home Day reporter Meredith Eaton show you the highlights of this year’s Old Home Day on August 2 at 9 p.m., August 6 at 7 p.m. and August 8 at 10:30 p.m. on CCTV channel 8.
Pre-season field hockey starts August 11
The Concord-Carlisle middle school and high school pre-season field hockey clinic will run from August 11 to 14 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Banta-Davis Field. The program is for students entering grades six through nine. Players will be grouped by experience level, and will learn basics to specialized field hockey skills. Players must bring sticks, shin guards, mouth guards, goggles and water. Registration with Carlisle Recreation is $150. For more information, call 1-978-369-9815 or visit www.carlisle.org/recreation.
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.
Summer “Concert on the Lawn” August 12
On August 12, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., harmonica player and vocalist Hatrack Gallagher teams up with pianist Ric Mauré to lay down some blues, R&B, & jazz music. Bring a blanket, a snack, and your music appreciation for a concert on the lawn of the Gleason Public Library. Tunes by Little Walter, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Sonny Boy Williamson are all part of the eclectic mix. Get a taste of both the chromatic and blues harp and explore the blues side of jazz and the jazz side of the blues. They will mix it up with blues from New Orleans to Chicago and jazz from Kansas City to New York, and then throw in a little Latin number. Standards from Gershwin and Arlen and R&B from Ray Charles and Wynonie Harris are all part of the repertoire. To learn about this and other great events, visit www.gleasonlibrary.org.
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