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Friday, August 29, 2008

CSA coffee on September 5

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) will host a coffee at the Carlisle Public Schools cafeteria, on Friday, September 5, at 9 a.m. to welcome newcomers to the Carlisle Schools. Come meet CSA members and school administrators who can answer your questions about Carlisle and our schools!

PJ Story Time resumes

The monthly PJ Story Time at the Gleason Public Library starts up again on Wednesday, September 3 at 7 p.m. This is a drop in story time so no registration is required and it features classic as well as new picture books. Attire is entirely casual – come and share some quiet time with your little one.

Star party at Great Brook Farm State Park September 4

On Thursday, September 4 at 7 p.m., everyone is welcome at a free star party (rain or shine) at Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle. Join Carlisle Recreation and gather around with other amateur astronomers and see things you don’t typically take the time to ponder. Bring your own telescope or peer through one of ours. 

In September, enjoy viewing the first-quarter moon, along with Venus and Mercury just above the western horizon. In the south the bright planet of Jupiter will be in great view, and nearby will be star clusters and glowing nebulas in the Summer Milky Way. And overhead will be the Summer Triangle and the Ring Nebula. 

  From 7 to 8 p.m. we will conduct a telescope clinic. You may bring your own telescope to get a tune-up and instruction from the experts and/or you can come see how a telescope works and what to look for. We may also show a film “Seeing in the Dark” by Timothy Ferris. If you have any questions, contact Carlisle Recreation at 1-978-369-9815.

Trails Committee needs you in September

The Trails Committee will be building its longest ever boardwalk in September, in the Davis Corridor conservation land, and volunteers are needed to help. The work will be spread over three weekends: Saturday, September 13 for foundation work (rain date September 14); on September 20, they will cut the wood decking and move it to the site (rain date September 21), and on Saturday September 27, they will do the actual construction (rain date September 28). Work starts at 9 a.m. and runs into the afternoon. Lunch and drinks will be provided. Watch for more details in the Mosquito, at, or contact Steve Tobin at 978-369-1680.

Spaghetti Supper is coming October 7

With the approach of fall, it’s time to pencil in the evening of Tuesday, October 7th for the Spaghetti Supper. And it’s not too early to start thinking about donations to the Class of 2011 Raffle. Watch for more information and save the date.

Atkins in Carlisle

Representative Cory Atkins (D–Concord) will hold office hours at the Town Hall on September 15 in the Heald Room from 2 to 3 p.m.

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

Fitness classes: The fall sessions, taught by Karrie Stang, begin on Tuesday, September 2 and Thursday, September 4. Classes are from 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. at Town Hall in the Clark Room. The fee is $30 for one class/week or $50 for two classes/week. Bring weights if you have them. No signup is necessary.

Monthly coffee: On Thursday, September 4, join the COA, hosted by the Elgins and the Dunkers, for coffee, teas, pastry, fruit and other morning treats at 9 a.m. in the Sleeper Room. All Carlisle seniors are invited; no need to sign up, no fee. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 if you need a ride.

Line dancing classes: Classes begin on Friday, September 5 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the FRS Union Hall and run through June. The fee is $3.50/class, payable in advance on the first Friday of the month. This class is for both men and women and is taught by Katrina Rotondo. For more information, call Phyllis Goff at 1-978-369-7841.

Podiatry clinic: On Tuesday, September 9, Dr. Ayleen Gregorian will hold a podiatry clinic in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. To make an appointment, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895. The fee is $15 cash or check, made payable to the Friends of Carlisle COA (FCOA). Call the van line at least 48 hours in advance if you need a ride. This clinic is funded in part by the FCOA and the Emerson Hospital Home Care.

Men’s breakfast: On Thursday, September 11, our mystery chefs will be cooking up a storm at the Sleeper Room at Village Court, starting at 8 a.m. No need to sign up; this event is open to all senior men. A donation of at least $3 is appreciated. For van service, call 1-978-371-6690.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum tour: A few spaces are left for this September 12 trip. The fee of $20 includes a museum ticket and transportation. Lunch is on your own at the Gardner Museum Café. The trip leaves the Congregational Church at 10 a.m. Tickets must be paid for in advance. Call the COA office to reserve and send your check payable to the Carlisle COA to Kathy Mull, Carlisle COA, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle.

Knitting group: If you like to knit for a good cause, the knitting group is meeting on Tuesday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the FRS. No need to sign up. Just drop in when you can. For more information, call Angela Smith at 1-978-371-2895.

Wrentham outlets van trip: On Wednesday, September 17, the van will leave Town Hall at 10 a.m. to go to the Wrentham outlets. The fee is $10. Lunch is on your own at the mall. Call no later than Friday, September 12, to reserve your spot. Make check payable to the Carlisle COA and give to Joanne Willens that day.

Luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, September 18, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for our annual town employee appreciation lunch. The fee (with the exception of town employees) is $3. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 no later than September 15 to reserve your space. Call the van line if you need a ride. A free blood pressure clinic will be held from 11 – 11:45 a.m. This lunch is sponsored in part by a grant from the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Pre-retirement seminars: This series will start Thursday, September 18 and run for four consecutive weeks from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library (GPL). Seating is limited, so call the library reference desk at 1-978-369-4894 to reserve your seat for one or more sessions. Session 1 is “Strategies to help secure your finances,” session 2 is “Fundamentals of retirement income planning,” session 3 is “So, what are you doing for the next 30 years?” and the final session is “Tips for downsizing.”

Adult bridge classes: Beginner and intermediate classes will be taught by master tournament bridge player, Roy Green, in the Sleeper Room at Village Court, 145 Church Street at 7 p.m. Intermediate classes start Wednesday, October 8 and run through December 10 with no classes on November 19 and 26. Beginner classes start on Monday, October 6 and run through December 8 with no classes on November 17 and 24. The fee for adults is $60, $50 for seniors (60+) for eight sessions. For more information or to register for a class, call 1-978-371-2895 no later than September 26. Make checks out to Carlisle COA and mail to Carlisle COA, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741 or drop checks off at the COA office at Town Hall. ∆

Historical Society events in September

On Sunday, September 14, from 2 to 3 p.m., join the Carlisle Historical Society in the Heald House barn at 698 Concord Street for a discussion and demonstration on hand weaving of chair seats, both antique and contemporary. Carlisle resident Art Veves will demonstrate the step-by-step process and the materials he uses, including cane, rush, wicker, reed, and shaker tape. Art’s pieces have been shown in museums, antique markets, and trade shows. This event will be held in conjunction with the regular Heald House Open House on September 14 from 2 to 4 p.m.

On Sunday, October 19, from 2 to 3 p.m., the Heald House barn will be set up for a hands-on program for children and families on “Yesterday’s Play,” presented by the Science Discovery Museum in Acton. Kids will be able to participate in toy-making activities from “found” objects, as they have done throughout history, and take their own toys home. Examples of toys from the last 200 years will be on display. The charge for this program will be $5/member, $8/nonmembers, $15/families. This event will also be held in conjunction with our Heald House Open House on October 19 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Isabella Stewart Gardner in Carlisle

Join the Carlisle Garden Club for a free visit with “Isabella Stewart Gardner: America’s First Patroness of the Arts” on Saturday, September 20, at 2 p.m. at Center Park (next to Ferns). A recognized leader of Boston’s salon scene, Mrs. Gardner with characteristic candor will relate stories about her luminous circle of family and friends, relive journeys to exotic lands, and share scandalous encounters. Reenactor Jessa Piaia’s dramatic portrayal will be set in 1909, six years after the opening of Fenway Court (now the Gardner Museum). Mrs. Gardner designed and built this mansion for her extensive art collection and willed it to the City of Boston upon her demise.

Q&A will follow, and free cookies and lemonade will be provided by Whole Foods Market of Bedford. The program is most appropriate for adults and teens.Parking is along School Street, and at the Carlisle School on Church Street. A van will be provided by the Council on Aging for residents in need. In case of rain, the event will move to the First Religious Society’s Union Hall on the Town Common.

For more information visit the Garden Club website at or contact Giovanna DiNicola at This event is made possible by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Doggie Buffet at Ferns

Bring your leashed dog (any breed) to Ferns Country Store, at the rotary in Carlisle for the Ferns Doggie Buffet sponsored by Especially for Pets on Sunday, September 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. For a $5 donation to Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc., your pooch can sample a variety of canine delicacies of premium natural dog foods and treats. There will also be some special doggie dessert treats to satisfy any other canine cravings, samples to take home, Reiki for dogs, and raffle items.

Labrador Retriever Rescue (LRR) volunteers and their recently adopted Labs will be available to meet and answer questions about adoption or fostering. If you are a past adopter from LRR, you are especially welcome to bring and show off your adopted Lab. They will have Labrador Retriever-related merchandise for sale, too. For more information, visit

Peace and Justice Forum, September 20

James Yee, former U.S. Army Muslim Chaplain and author of For God and Country, will be the featured speaker at the Al Filipov Peace and Justice Forum, Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street, Concord, MA. 1-978-369-4837. James Yee will speak on his experience as chaplain at Quantanamo Bay and subsequent arrest, detention and exoneration. Admission is free, and the public is warmly welcomed. The Forum is a living memorial to Al Filipov, who died in the attack on the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001.

Join the Junior Orchestra

The Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) will offer a Junior Orchestra starting in September. It is for the developing strings student, typically for being fourth- to sixth-graders and will rehearse on Wednesday afternoons, 4 to 5:15 p.m. and is conducted by CCM faculty member, Colleen McGary-Smith.For more information, call 1-978-369-0010 or visit “Pumpkins on the Common” contest.

Got a big, ugly, or unusual pumpkin?

If you enjoy growing, carving, or decorating pumpkins, now’s the time to start thinking about your entries for the second annual “Pumpkins on the Common” contest. “Pumpkins on the Common,” sponsored by the Carlisle Garden Club, will once again offer fresh, locally grown pumpkins for sale on the Carlisle Common to support town beautification projects. The event kicks off at the First Religious Society’s Harvest Fair on Saturday, October 18, with a variety of pumpkin-judging contests for all ages in categories that include biggest, smallest, ugliest . . . you name it! Prizes will be awarded. To check out contest categories and get entry information, visit or contact Cecile Sandwen at

COA trip to Italy

Come join the Carlisle Seniors on a Tour of Northern Italy, March 17 through 31,2009, and visit Venice,Verona, Padua,Milan, Bellagio,Lake Maggiore and Lake Como, and Turin. For information, call Joanne Willens 1-978-371-8023 or e-mail or pick up a Flyer at Carlisle COA office in Town Hall.

Concord Orchestra to hold open rehearsal

Musicians are invited to an open rehearsal with the Concord Orchestra Tuesday September 2, at 7:30 p.m. at 51 Walden Street in Concord. The October 17 and 18 concert includes Mozart’s Prague Symphony No. 38, Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2, and Debussy’s Nocturnes.

Intermediate and advanced string players (especially violins, violas and doublebasses) are invited to join the orchestra for one or more concerts this season. Regular rehearsals are Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Get more information at, info@concordorchestra, 1-978-369-4967.

Concord Orchestra’s benefit concert

The Concord Orchestra starts its season early this year with a Benefit Concert, Sunday September 21, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. The Concord Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Alan Yost, will perform a program featuring several soloists from the orchestra and special guests. The program includes works by Mozart, Debussy and Ravel.

Call 1-978-369-4967 or visit for more information, subscriptions, and individual tickets.

Open rehearsal for Concord Women’s Chorus

The Concord Women’s Chorus, a 50-voice chorus directed by Jane Ring Frank, will hold open rehearsals on September 9, 16, 2008, at 9:30 am at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord, MA. Brief auditions will be held at the end of the 9/16 rehearsal. For more information see or call


Micro car raffle to support Restorative Justice

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, that will allow supporters to donate to the organization, and to purchase raffle tickets for a 2008 Smart Car Passion Coupé. The highly sought-after micro car has been made available by Herb Chambers’ smart center, Lynnfield.

C4RJ currently operates in Concord, Carlisle, Acton and Boxborough. Restorative justice is a practice that helps young offenders take responsibility for their actions, while helping victims cope with the harm caused by wrongdoing. The process includes victims, offenders, supporters, such as parents, teachers or neighbors, and community members, and works in partnership with area police departments.

The black and silver Smart passion coupe is 8 feet, 10 inches long, weighing in at about 1,800 pounds. Its combined 36 MPG rating is very attractive. And, the diminutive Smart passion coupe has earned top ratings for protecting people in front and side crashes, from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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 978-318-3467, or on-line at For further information about C4RJ, call 1-978-318-3447.

Volunteers needed for COA

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. You decide how much time you can give to this effort.Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 and ask about this and other volunteer opportunities.

Kerem Shalom fall registration

The Kerem Shalom School at 659 Elm Street, Concord, offers classes for students as young as three, and all the way up to high school. Kerem Shalom classes include joyful Jewish musical expression and a full menu of family education programs, youth activities, and adult education.

Openings are still available at all grade levels. Take a school tour with Kerem Shalom’s education director on September 4, 11 a.m. to noon, or September 10, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For information, call 1-978-369-1223 or visit

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