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Friday, August 15, 2008

Playaways from GPL are books on-the-go

Love listening to audiobooks? Playaways now make bookless reading even easier. Playaways are battery-operated, stand-alone units that are loaded with a complete audiobook, and do not require cd, cassette, or mp3 players to use. Compact and extremely portable, Playaways are ideal for use with headphones during exercise, and can be connected to a vehicle’s sound system with a car adapter and listened to on the road. The system’s automatic bookmark feature and its high quality digital content make use easy and enjoyable.

Gleason Public Library currently carries over 40 Playaway titles, most of which can be found in the teen JH collection.

For more information about Playaways or any of the library’s resources, visit the, or email Teen Librarian Erica St. Peter at

“Tea & Music at Trinity” August 26

Teatime recitals at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord, continue with trumpeter Christopher Hawes, and Robert Barney, organist on August 26 at 4 p.m. Tea will be served in the Parish Hall. All are invited.

The suggested donation is $5. For information, call 1-978-369-3715 or visit

CCM Junior Orchestra starts in September

The Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM), will offer a Junior Orchestra starting this fall semester in September. The Junior Orchestra is for the developing strings student, typically for being fourth- to sixth-graders, and is open to students not taking private instruction at CCM. For more information on this orchestra and to register, call 1-978-369-0010 or visit

4-H fair begins August 22

The Middlesex County 4-H Fair will be held on August 22, 23 and 24 at the 4-H Fairgrounds, located on South Chelmsford Road in Westford. Members of 4-H Clubs in Middlesex County, ages 5 through 18, will have exhibits and demonstrations throughout the weekend. For more information, visit www.

Tour Carlisle Public School on August 26

Are you a family new to the Carlisle Public School? On August 26, at 9 a.m., the Carlisle School Association (CSA) will host a school tour. Join the group at the flagpole on the main plaza at the Carlisle Public School. Contact Julia at if you need further information.

CCHS fall season sports start August 18

Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) students from Carlisle and their families are advised that the CCHS athletic department has announced the starting dates for fall sports:

August 18

Boys Varsity/JV Football, 9 a.m.

August 21

Boys Soccer (Varsity/JV/Freshman) 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Emerson

Field Hockey (Varsity/JV/Freshman), 8 a.m. at HS

Girls Volleyball (time not available)

Boys Cross-Country 5 p.m.

Girls Cross-Country 9 a.m.

August 22

Boys Soccer (Varsity/JV/Freshman) 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at HS

Girls Cross Country 9 a.m.

Varsity Golf 3 p.m.

August 23

Girls Cross Country 9 a.m.

Varsity Golf 3:30 p.m.

August 24

Girls Soccer (Varsity/JV/Freshman) noon at HS

Varsity Golf 3:30 p.m.

August 27

Boys Freshman Football 1 p.m.

For information about sports program requirements, philosophy, goals, user fees, physical examinations, and more, refer to the CCHS Patriot Newsletter or contact Athletic Director Barry Haley at

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.

• Show Boat, October 8, reserve by September 1

• 42nd Street, November 5, reserve by September 20.

For information, e-mail Joanne Willens at

Register for Junior Ranger program today

The Junior Ranger Program will run for five days in August at Great Brook Farm State Park. Join in for some fun exploring and learning about this state park, the only state park in New England to contain an operating dairy farm. This free program, based at the Park’s Interpretive Pavilion, is set for ages 8 to 12 and will run weekdays 1 to 2:45 p.m. from August 18 to 26. A parent or other designated adult is required to be in attendance, accompanying the participating child (children) in the program.

This August program will include an inside look at daily park staff activity, a fishing class, an opportunity for the attendees to present a barn tour and other fun activities.

The Junior Ranger Program is sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Group size is limited; registration by today, August 15, is necessary.

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 buildings, identify potential areas of cost reduction, establish three- to five-year goals and make recommendations for ongoing oversight. Individuals with experience in the area of energy utilization and conservation and/or building design and maintenance are invited to apply. Send letters of interest and a brief background to the Town Administrator, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Heald House holds open house August 17

Come and celebrate Carlisle by visiting 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. on August 17.

Much of Carlisle’s history, from Indian artifacts through farm implements and tools through medical and dental 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, and visit the renovated barn. All are welcome, free of charge.

Smart Car Raffle continues August 23

Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ), a community-based, volunteer- run organization will bring a 2008 Smart Car passion coupe to the Carlisle Farmers Market and the Carlisle Transfer Station on Saturday, August 23. Raffle tickets will be sold to win this car and support C4RJ’s work in Concord, Carlisle, Acton and Boxborough.

If you cannot make it, visit to learn more about the car and the work of Communities for Restorative Justice. You can buy a ticket to win. Only 999 will be sold, so your chances are better than one in 1,000.

Restorative Justice is a program which deals with the harm resulting from crime and wrongdoing. The process includes victims, offenders, supporters, and community members. The goal is to address the harm, seek direct accountability and to meet the needs of those who have been affected.

Carlisle Recreation’s fall brochure is coming out next week with new program listings.

COA doings

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 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. Let the COA know if you need a van ride when you make your reservation. A donation of at least $3 is appreciated.

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