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Friday, September 12, 2008

Chess Club starts September 19

The Chess Club for K-4 elementary school students meets Friday mornings, 7:30 to 8:40 a.m., in the Corey Dining Room starting September 19. Beginners are welcome; teaching is available.

Middle school students meet Tuesday afternoons, 2:30 to 4 p.m., in Wilkins room 8 starting September 23. Experienced elementary students may join the afternoon meetings at 3:05 p.m.

Registration is at the first meetings. For more information, visit or contact David West at or 1-978-287-5174, or Brian Mottershead at or 1-978-371-3960.

Isabella Stewart Gardner visits Carlisle September 20

Join the Carlisle Garden Club for a free visit with “Isabella Stewart Gardner: America’s First Patroness of the Arts” on September 20 at 2 p.m. at Center Park (next to Ferns). A recognized leader of Boston’s salon scene, Mrs. Gardner will relate stories about her luminous circle of family and friends, relive journeys to exotic lands, and share scandalous encounters.

Character reenactor Jessa Piaia’s portrayal will be set in 1909, six years after the opening of Fenway Court (now the Gardner Museum). A Q&A will follow, and free cookies and lemonade will be provided by Whole Foods Market, 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 program will move to the First Religious Society’s Union Hall on the Town Common.

For more information, visit 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.

Parent Support Group meets September 19

The Carlisle Parent Support Group will hold its first meeting of the year on Friday, September 19 at 9 a.m. at the home of Lori Tucker, 394 East Riding Drive. RSVP to if you plan to attend. If you would like more information about the group, contact Lori Tucker at 1-978-371-3292 or Elaine Bojanic at 1-978-371-5624.

Orienteering at Great Brook Farm State Park September 14

An introduction to orienteering, a map and compass sport, will take place on September 14 at Great Brook Farm State Park. Registration and beginner instruction is any time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. After instruction, test your skill on an orienteering course. This is an excellent way to have fun in a lovely park setting and learn a useful skill at the same time. Check out the schedule page on the website of the New England Orienteering Club for more information and directions:

Volunteers and donations needed

On September 16, the annual Fall CSA luncheon will be held to honor the school’s teachers and staff. The spring and fall luncheons have become a wonderful tradition at the school. Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve and clean up at the luncheon and/or to contribute a favorite homemade dish or a monetary contribution to offset the costs of the decorations and paper goods. To contribute or participate, contact the coordinators, Amy Versaggi and Stephanie Blunt, via email at

School Advisory Council seeks new members

  The Carlisle School Advisory Council is a principal’s advisory group mandated by the State Education Reform Act of 1993. It is charged with supporting District Goals through writing and implementing the School Improvement Plan, reviewing the budget, and providing general enhancement for the school community. Members serve a two-year term, and the meetings are held once a month at 3:15 p.m. in Principal Hurley’s office. The council requires equal representation of teachers/administrators and parents, and it must contain at least one community member. If you are a parent or community member who would be interested in serving on this council or have questions about it, contact Hunter at Submit your email as soon as possible, so the council can be assembled in time for a September meeting.

Trails Committee needs volunteers tomorrow and beyond

The Carlisle Trails Committee will be building a 250-foot boardwalk on the Davis Corridor. The work will be spread over three weekends and the town’s residents are invited to help out. Tomorrow, September 13, will be dedicated to the foundation work, rain date September 14. September 20 will be for cutting the wood decking, rain date September 21. September 27 will be for the actual construction, rain date September 28. For September 13 and 14 and 27 and 28, park in the Malcolm Meadows parking lot. Walk down Two Rod Road and watch for signs to take a left onto the Davis Corridor. For September 20 and 21, meet at the Fish and Wildlife barn on Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge off Maple Street. Work starts at 9 a.m. and runs into the afternoon. Lunch and drinks will be provided. Come for whatever time fits your schedule. For more details contact Steve Tobin at 1- 978-369-1680.

CCC announces award money, seeks applicants

The Carlisle Cultural Council (CCC)has been awarded $4,300 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to provide arts, humanities and interpretive science programs for Carlisle residents. Grants are awarded to individuals or organizations.

Applications are due October 15 for programs that will take place between January 1 and December 31, 2009. Average grants are between $250 and $400.

Information and applications may be found online at or at the Gleason Public Library. Questions may be to Elissa Abruzzo at 1-978-287-4811.

Go “Through the Doors of Carlisle” September 26

The Carlisle School Association and premier sponsor, Platt Builders, cordially invites you to walk “Through the Doors of Carlisle,” a biennial house tour, on September 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All proceeds from the tour will benefit the Carlisle Public School. For ticket information, visit

Girl Scouts seek members

On September 25 and October 2 at the CSA Fair at the Carlisle Public School, the local Girl Scouts will hold registration events.

To find out more about Girl Scouts or a local registration event, visit or call 1-888-9-GIRLSCOUT.

“Down on the Farm” day is September 28

The fifth annual “Down on the Farm Day” at Great Brook Farm State Park will be held on September 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join in for a day of sun and family fun.

Ol’ Cold Tater will provide toe-tapping music. There will be hayrides, sack racing, corn shucking, egg tossing, a milk mustache contest, and more. You will even be able to shake hands with Smokey Bear. The event will close with a traditional cake walk.

This event is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and Great Brook Farm State Park and is free of charge to the public, including free parking. Call 1-978-369-6312 with any questions.

Pre-retirement and retirement series at GPL starts September 18

The Gleason Library (GPL) and the COA offer a “Pre-retirement and Retirement” series starting on September 18 at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library. The first two seminars are especially targeted to the “younger” adult and those who are thinking about when and how they are going to retire.

Also featured will be a “Moving and Downsizing” specialist for those of you considering paring down your household and planning future living arrangements. The last seminar will prepare you for actual retiring or “Act II” of your life. Seating is limited for these seminars. You can attend one or more. There is no cost, but you must register by calling the Library Reference Desk at 1-978-369-4898. For a brochure, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

Newcomers Club to hold welcome events September 23

Join the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers’ Club. The Club invites its members and those new to Concord and Carlisle to meet new neighbors, get reacquainted with other members, and learn about the many activities at the club. There will be a welcome breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 23, and a welcome evening from 6 to 9 p.m. on October 7, both in the Thoreau Room at the Colonial Inn at 48 Monument Square, Concord.

If you wish to attend either the welcome breakfast or the welcome evening, contact Ros at 1-978-318-7928, or or Leslie at 1-978-371-7235 or

For more information, visit or contact Ann at 1-978-254-5117.

Nominate a book for Carlisle’s new Community Read

The Gleason Public Library’s first annual Carlisle Community Read, “Cover to Cover,” is coming in January 2009, but your help is needed now. Cast your vote to help make this year’s final book selection and have the chance to nominate a book for next year’s Carlisle Community Read.

This year’s choices are:

• Click: What Millions of People are Doing Online and Why it Matters, by Bill Tancer.

• The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel, by David Wroblewski.

•Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri.

• The Post-American World, by Fareed Zakaria.

• People of the Book: A Novel, by Geraldine Brooks.

To cast your vote, visit and click on the Community Read Voting link. (While you are there, sign up for the Gleason Library’s e-newsletter.) For more information or to volunteer, email Ann Rosas at

COA doings

Knitting group: Knit for a good cause, with the knitting group on 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.

Luncheon: Join the COA on September 18 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for the annual employee appreciation lunch. Call the van line if you need a ride. A free blood pressure clinic will be held from 11 to 11:45 a.m. This lunch is sponsored in part by a grant from the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

For information, call Joanne at 1-978-371-8023 or pick up flyers at the COA office at Town Hall.

Spaghetti Supper needs donations

The Sixth Grade Spaghetti Supper needs your help. Do you have tickets to a sporting or cultural event that you do not intend to use? Can you provide a gift certificate for a restaurant, store or other service? Can you contribute new sports equipment, toys, electronics or other gift items? Donate to the Spaghetti Supper raffle, which takes place during the supper on October 7. Not sure what to give? Consider financial support toward a “golden raffle” prize by making a cash donation. Make checks payable to CSA Class of 2011.

Raffle proceeds support outdoor education, the seventh-grade play, and graduation expenses. Support a sixth-grader you know by contacting Cathleen Joyce at or 1-978-371-2198.

Financial planning workshop September 18

A recent survey suggested that most people born between 1946 and 1964 (baby boomers) would have to work until age 74 due to lack of sufficient savings for retirement. The Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) and Gleason Public Library (GPL) present an informative program for those interested in learning about financial and retirement options from a qualified financial professional on Thursday, September 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library. Financial consultant Gerald Loftin will present “Strategies to Secure Your Finances,” a program for people looking ahead to plan for retirement. The program will answer questions about participants’ needs for retirement, the choices available and more. This is the first of four programs in a series to help prepare for retirement, to be presented this fall by the COA and the GPL. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are required; to register or for more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 or visit the reference desk. To learn more, visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

Cub Scouts pack meeting September 15

Cub Scout Pack 135 would like to remind returning Cubs that the first pack meeting will be September 15 at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Families are welcome as well as any interested boys in grades 1 through 5 this year. For more information, visit

CCC seeks volunteers

The Carlisle Cultural Council is looking for volunteers to help with reviewing and selecting grant applications for individuals or organizations to bring programs in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences to Carlisle. The committee meets about four times per year. For more information, contact Elissa at 1-978-287-4811.

Meet the new Middle School Principal September 16

Come to the Corey Dining Room at Carlisle School on Tuesday, September 16, at 8 a.m. for coffee and conversation with Joyce Mehaffey, the new Middle School Principal.

BOS seeks volunteers for town boards

The Board of Selectmen (BOS) announces openings on the following boards:

• Household Recycling Committee

• Long-Term Capital Requirements Committee

• Personnel Board

• Recreation Commission

• Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee

• Cable Communications Advisory Committee

If you would like to become involved in town government, send a letter of interest and a brief resumé to the Board of Selectmen, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741, indicating your area of interest.

PSAT registration will be October 6 to 10

PSAT registration for juniors at Concord-Carlisle High School will be the week of October 6 to 10 in the Office Modular with Mrs. McDonald. The cost of the PSAT is $29, check only, payable to CCHS. The PSAT will be given on October 18. Students should arrive at 8:15 a.m. at the lobby door with two #2 pencils.

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