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Friday, September 19, 2008

Retirement income planning workshop September 25

On September 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library, join Tim Dodge of Fidelity Investments for an educational investment seminar for adults of all ages. At this session, a sample portfolio will be developed. After this investment seminar, participants will have the opportunity to schedule a free consultation with a Fidelity representative to discuss their financial goals.

This seminar can help participants learn how to turn savings into income for retirement; understand whether savings will last through retirement; and prepare for potential changes they might face in retirement.

This is the second in a series of programs to help prepare for retirement, to be presented this fall by the Carlisle Council on Aging and the Gleason Public Library. 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 about other library events, visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

Tour Carlisle homes on September 26

The Carlisle School Association and premier sponsor Platt Builders cordially invite you to walk “Through the Doors of Carlisle” on September 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This year’s biennial house tour features six homes with unique styles. Advance reservations are $20, $10/seniors. The day-of-event ticket price is $25. You can even reserve a luscious lunch from Whole Foods. The lunch order deadline is September 21. Tickets and maps will be available for pick-up at 9 a.m. on September 26 at the First Religious Society, 27 School Street. All proceeds from the tour will benefit the Carlisle Public School. For ticket information, visit

CCHS Back to School Night September 22

Back to School Night for parents of CCHS students will be on September 22. The opening assembly in the auditorium will begin promptly at 7 p.m. To park for this event, do not enter the campus from Thoreau Street; enter the parking lot from Walden Street and drive as far as possible on the driveway toward the Thoreau Street exit. Park on both sides of the driveway

CSA Fair September 25

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) Fair will be held on September 25 at 6:15 p.m. in the Corey Building of the Carlisle Public School. It precedes the Elementary School Parents’ Night. The CSA Fair allows parents to learn about local and school-wide activities for children and families throughout the year. It is especially helpful to those families who are new to town or to the school. Husky Handbooks will be available for pickup at both the Elementary and Middle School Parents’ Nights.

Trails Committee needs volunteers tomorrow

The Trails Committee will be building its longest ever boardwalk this month, in the Davis Corridor Land, and needs volunteers to help. Tomorrow, September 20, the project proceeds with cutting wood decking and moving it to the site (rain date September 21). On September 27 the boardwalk will be assembled and nailed together (rain date September 28). Work starts at 9 a.m. and runs into the afternoon; come for as long as you can. Lunch and drinks will be provided. Park at the end of Nowell Farme Road and follow the signs to the work site. Bring work gloves and insect repellent. Community service hours will be offered. For more information, visit or call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

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, with characteristic candor, 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 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. 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 event 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.

Minuteman announces community ed classes

At Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington, the fall 2008 Community Education program is getting underway with over 150 classes. Meeting times, dates and fees vary by course.

Registration can be done online using a Visa or MasterCard. You can access the registration website by logging onto and selecting the online registration link. You can also register by mail, phone, fax, and in person during regular office hours. The Community Education office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Minuteman Regional High School, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington MA 02421. Faxed registrations must include MasterCard or Visa number and expiration date. The fax number is 1-781-861-7250.

Unless accompanied by an adult, all students must be at least 16 years of age to enroll in the Community Education program except for SAT and lifeguard classes. There is a 10% senior citizen discount on all classes. Identification is required for the discount.

For more information, call 1-781-861-7150.

Great Meadows plant walk September 20

Join others at the sixth in a series of walks exploring the seasonal unfolding of plants and their environments at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord on September 20, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. This native plant walk, led by naturalist Cherrie Corey, is free and open to all.

Look at the fall attire of already familiar plants and hunt for those, last to bloom. Bring water, binoculars, a field guide, and notebook if you like. No pre-registration required. Meet at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord at the end of Monsen Road, off Route 62. For questions, contact Susan Russo at 1-978-443-4661 x34 or

“Senior Strolls” at Walden Pond start September 22

Join park staff on September 22 and 29 at 1 p.m. for a leisurely stroll through the beautiful woods of Walden Pond. Meet at the Thoreau House Replica for this hour long walk. This program is for senior citizens, who will explore one of the many different trails within Walden Pond State Reservation each week.

For more information, call park headquarters 1-978-369-3254.

Colonial Spirit Chorus meets Thursday nights

Join the Colonial Spirit Show Chorus each Thursday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Church of The Good Shepherd on Newtown Road (off Route 27 in Acton). For further information, call 1-978-692-227 , 1-978-263-0562 or visit Colonial Spirit Chorus is sponsored in part by Quantech Corporation.

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.

Winslow Homer lecture

On Octber 3, at 7 p.m., come to the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford for a lecture on Winslow Homer with Assistant Professor of Art History Marjorie Augenbaum. This ever-popular American artist and native New Englander was an illustrator covering the Civil War for Harper’s Weekly and later a painter of dramatic seascapes. BYOB. Tickets are $10 ($8/PCA Members).Call 1-978-692-6333 or purchase at Call 1-978-692-6333, e-mail or visit for information. 

Learn a foreign language at Middlesex

Middlesex Community College (MCC) offers a wide variety of career and personal development courses. Noncredit classes are held days and evenings in Bedford, Lowell and online. In addition to French, Spanish and Basic English, MCC’S fall noncredit foreign-language courses include:

• Beginning Arabic: A textbook is required and available at the MCC Bookstore. This course meets from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursdays, September 25 through December 18, on the Lowell campus. The cost is $269. Register for course number CAR 630 80 14043.

• Beginning Khmer: Upon completion of this course, students can expect to have learned basic communication skills and have a vocabulary of 500 to 1,000 words. A textbook is required and available at the MCC Bookstore. This course meets from 6 to 8 p.m., Mondays, September 29 through November 17, on the Lowell campus. The cost is $179. Register for course number CAR 628 80 14154.

To register for these or other MCC noncredit courses, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit

Westford Animal Hospital offers pet first aid October 1

Westford Animal Hospital, 270 Littleton Road Suite 20 Olde Boston Square Westford, is offering a pet first aid class October 1 at 6:30 p.m. This class is free and open to all members of the community. Space is limited, so RSVP 1-978-692-4328.

“The Art of Barns” tour September 28

Join the Thoreau Farm Trust and the Concord Art Association on September 28, to celebrate Concord’s agricultural heritage with the second annual barn tour. Explore “The Art of Barns” with a tour of five North Quarter barns of architectural and/or historic interest, as well as an art exhibition featuring agriculture-inspired art and artist demonstrations. A reception at the Concord Art Association will conclude the tour.

Tours are self-driven and begin at the Thoreau birthplace at 341 Virginia Road, Concord, where guests will receive a map and refreshments, and enjoy tours of the 18th-century farmhouse currently undergoing restoration work.

Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the door. To order tickets, visit, or contact 1-978-369-3091 or

LWV to discuss Kingsolver, Pollan books September 24

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle (LWV) will host a lively discussion of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver, on September 24 at 10 a.m. The two books explore the food that Americans eat and the impact of our food choices. The discussion will be held at a member’s home, with a potluck lunch following. For more informationvisit and contact or 1-978-369-3842.

RMV offers safe driving program October 28

The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will present “Shifting Gears,” a free, hour-long program designed to help elder drivers to be the best drivers possible. The workshop will be presented at the Carlisle COA, 66 Westford Street on October 28 at 1:30 p.m. To register, call the COA 1-978-371-2895.

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 at or at the Gleason Public Library. Questions may be to Elissa Abruzzo at 1-978-287-4811.

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 activities at the club. There will be a welcome breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. on 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 about the Club, visit or contact Ann at 1-978-254-5117.

Electoral College lecture October 8

The Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging Lee Milliken Fund and the Friends of the Gleason Library are co-sponsoring a lecture on the Electoral College on October 8 at 1:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library. Learn from Dr. Gary Hylander, Professor of History at Stonehill College, Easton, about why the framers of the Constitution decided that the best way to elect a president and vice president was through the Electoral College rather than by the direct election of the people.

To register, call the library reference desk at 1-978- 369-4898. Space is limited to 50 people.

Fall Story Times at Gleason Public Library

September is the time to register for the fall Story Time sessions at the Gleason Public Library (GPL). Signups begin on September 20 at 10 a.m. in person or by phone. The fall sessions begin the week of October 6 and end the second week in December.

The library offers Story Time sessions for 3- to 4 ½-year-olds and 4 ½- to 6-year-olds. Children in the younger group must be three years old by October 6, 2008 and will meet on Thursday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. Children in the older group must be five by April 6, 2009 and will meet on Monday afternoons at 1: 30 p.m.

Drop In Story Time for children ages three and under meets on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning October 9. Pajama Story Times for ages three and up are offered at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month starting October 1. Feel free to come dressed for the occasion and to bring along a favorite bedtime friend. Neither of these story times requires registration. Questions? Call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the Children’s Department.

Halalisa Singers hold open rehearsal September 22

The Halalisa Singers, a diverse group of 24 men and women, are based in Lexington with singers from all over the area, especially Metrowest. The group will perform a holiday concert December 13 and 14 and a spring concert in May.

Rehearsals are on Monday nights.
Experienced choral singers are welcome in all vocal parts.

An open rehearsal will be held on September 22 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hancock Church, 1912 
Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington. Contact Mary Neumann, artistic director, for more information at 1-781-
862-6353 or Visit for more information.

CCHS Class of ’73 seeks classmates

The CCHS Class of 1973 is looking for classmates for their 35th reunion, to be held on December 27 at the Colonial Inn in Concord. Contact Ginnie Whalen at 1-978-371-2620 or Cathy Brown at 1-978-250-5980 for further details.

CSA gift wrap fundraiser now through October 3

This year’s gift wrap fundraiser will run from today, September 19, through October 3. In addition to a large array of gift wrap selections, items include holiday gifts, calendars, kitchen items, candies and much more. Order $100 or more to enter into a drawing for a Hummer limo gift certificate. Each student will bring home a catalog and order form next week. You can order items online at (school code 106482) or send your completed order forms and delivery information to school with your child by October 3.

FRS invites all to “Neighborhood Sunday” September 28

Everyone is invited to come to “Neighborhood Sunday” on September 28 at 10 a.m. at the First Religious Society (FRS), the Unitarian Universalist Church on the Carlisle Green. Renew old friendships, make new ones and plan together for a season of local activities, service projects and fellowship. The new settled minister, Reverend Diane Miller, will deliver a sermon entitled “Cradle for Our Dreams.”

Coffee and refreshments from parishioners’ favorite recipes will follow in Union Hall, where information will be posted, and members will be available to answer questions about religious education and other church activities.

DEC employees honor opening of Ken Olsen Science Center

On September 27, as part of the opening dedication of the Ken Olsen Science Center at Gordon College, The Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) Connection is hosting a program for former DEC employees, contractors and their families. Speakers will talk on DEC’s technology, cultural heritage, and founder, Ken Olsen, followed by a reception for all attendees.

Tickets are $15/member and $20/non-members. Details can be found at

“Down on the Farm” day is September 28

“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.

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.

BOS seeks members for committee openings

The Board of Selectmen (BOS) wishes to announce that there are openings on the following committees:

• Household Recycling Committee

• Long-Term Capital Requirements Committee

• Personnel Board

• Recreation Commission

• Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee

• Cable Communications Advisory Committee (new Comcast contract negotiations to begin soon).

If you would like to become involved in Town government, please send a letter of interest and a brief resumé to the Board of Selectmen indicating your area of interest.

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. Our committee meets about four times per year. For more information, contact Elissa at 1-978-287-4811.

COA doings

• Adult bridge classes: Bridge 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 October 8. Beginner classes start on October 6. The fee for adults is $60, $50/seniors (60+) for eight sessions. For more information or to register, call 1-978-371-2895 no later than September 26. Make checks payable to Carlisle COA and mail to Carlisle COA, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741 or drop them off at the COA office at Town Hall.

• New monthly luncheon: Each month volunteers from one of the three local churches (St. Irene, FRS and Congregational) will serve a lunch that has been prepared by Robbins Brook Inn’s new executive chef Dave Dimario and staff. St. Irene will host the kick-off luncheon on October 2.

Board of Health mosquito control discussion October 2

The Carlisle Board of Health is sponsoring an informational meeting on October 2 at 8 p.m. at Town Hall in order to address public concerns about the mosquito-borne illnesses West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The board has invited David Henley of the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Program to give an overview of the current risk levels and the various control strategies available in a mosquito control program. Two dead birds found in Carlisle tested positive for West Nile Virus in August. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health warns that mosquitoes continue to pose a threat past Labor Day, and the public is reminded to take proper precautions particularly during the time of day when mosquitoes are most active. The Board of Health encourages Carlisle residents to attend the presentation to learn more about mosquito-borne illnesses and options available to the community.

“Bats in peril” presentation September 24

“Bats in Peril: The Sudden and Mysterious Decline of Northeastern Bats,” by Dr. Tom French, will be the featured presentation at the monthly meeting of the Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge on September 24 at 7 p.m. In recent months, over 250,000 bats in New England and New York have perished from a mysterious condition called white-nose syndrome. French will discuss why we should be concerned about this bat mortality and the effect it could have on insect populations and other ecological issues.

A short business meeting at 7 p.m. will precede the guest speaker. The meeting will be at the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on Weir Hill Road in Sudbury. Visit for more details and directions or call Susan at 1-978-443-4661 x34.

CCHS orientation October 15

Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) will offer an orientation to CCHS for all Concord and Carlisle 8th- and 9th-grade independent school students and their parents on October 15 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the CCHS library.

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 favorite restaurant, store or other service? Can you contribute new sports equipment, toys, electronics, or other gift items? The Spaghetti Supper needs donations for its raffle, which takes place during the supper on October 7. Not sure what to give? Consider financial support toward a larger, “golden raffle” prize by making a cash donation. Make checks payable to “CSA Class of 2011.”

Support a sixth-grader you know by contacting raffle chairperson Cathleen Joyce at, or 1-978-371-2198.

Concord Chamber Music Society launches new season September 28

The Concord Chamber Music Society will stage its first concert of the new season at 3 p.m. on September 28 at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center. The Trio Cavatina will be joined by violist Karen Dreyfus in works by Mozart, Schubert and Avro Part. The season continues on November 23 when the Concord Chamber Players will be joined by Lynn Harrell on cello. The Chamber Players return on January 11 to perform works by Beethoven, Poulenc and Messiaen. The March 8 concert features the Muir String Quartet with pianist Menahem Pressler.

At 2 p.m. prior to the start of each concert, Musicologist and Program Annotator Steven Ledbetter will present a lecture on the music selected for performance. The season will close with the ever-popular children’s concert on April 5 at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts when students from the New England Conservatory will perform an engaging “Meet the Brass” concert featuring selections from Camille Saint Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals.

Discovery Museums upcoming events

September 25: Natural stained glass, 3:30 p.m., Science Discovery. Celebrate the colors of autumn in waxed-paper “stained glass.” Collect and identify leaves and add them to your collage to hang in your window at home. Join in to celebrate “Take a Child Outside Week.”

Note that the Science Discovery Museum is closed Mondays, open Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday until 6 p.m. and open weekends 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Children’s Discovery Museum is closed until September 29.

Community organic and locally grown potluck supper September 26

The public is invited to a family potluck supper on September 26 at 6 p.m. in Union Hall at the First Religious Society (FRS). This event is sponsored by the FRS Environmental Action Committee. Hear Jennifer Hashley, director of New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (NESFP) talk on the work of this Lowell-based organization founded by Tufts University, and about raising meat and eggs for the local market through Concord’s “Pete and Jen’s Backyard Birds.” Meet like-minded people interested in environmental issues and eat delicious locally grown or organic food made by your friends and neighbors.

In the interest of simplicity, bring a dish based upon the first letter of your last name:  A to G=Dessert, H to M=Appetizer, N to Q=Salad/Vegetable, R to Z=Main Dish. Each adult is requested to bring a dish that serves  eight to ten people. Try to include an organic and/or locally grown ingredient(s). The organic police will not confiscate your dish at the door if it is not totally organic or locally-grown, but do your best to have at least one ingredient that qualifies.

Questions? Contact Leslie Thomas 1-978-287-0025.

Carlisle’s Community Read needs you

The Gleason Public Library’s first annual town-wide 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. For more information, e-mail Ann Rosas at

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