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Friday, September 26, 2008

FRS 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 Common. 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.

Sixth-Grade Spaghetti Supper, October 7

Come to the annual Sixth-Grade Spaghetti Supper on October 7, with continuous seating from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Carlisle School Cafeteria. Let the sixth graders serve you a delicious “home-cooked” meal at this important fundraiser for the class of 2011. Adults/ $7, children and seniors/$5. Tickets are selling fast, so don’t delay. Add to the fun by buying raffle tickets, $1 each, or buy a packet of six raffle tickets for $5. Golden Raffle tickets are $20 each, and there is a limited supply. Golden Raffle prizes include a weekend at a Vermont home, a weekend on the Cape, Red Sox tickets, and much more. If you would like to support the Class of 2011, cash contributions are welcome and appreciated (make checks payable to “CSA Class of 2011”). Dinner and raffle tickets can be purchased from any sixth grader, or at Ferns Country Store. For ticket information, call Beth Clarke at 1-978-369-5190.

Canine catering at Ferns this Sunday

Come to the Ferns Doggie Buffet on September 28, 2 to 4 p.m., at Ferns Country Store. The event will include canine delicacies of premium natural dog food and treats, special doggie desserts, Reiki for animals, doggie games, info about adopting a Lab and Labrador Retriever Rescue merchandise sales. $5 donation benefits Labrador Retriever Rescue ( Leashed dogs of all breeds welcome, but you do not need a dog to attend. This event is sponsored by Especially for Pets.

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 to address public concerns about the mosquito-borne illnesses West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). David Henley of the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Program will 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.

COA outing cancelled

The Council on Aging (COA) trip to Gillette Stadium is cancelled.

COA hot lunches start October 2

The Carlisle COA, in a collaborative effort with Carlisle churches, Robbins Brook Inn and Minuteman Senior Services, will be providing a delicious hot lunch the first week of the month starting on October 2 at noon at St. Irene church. The luncheons at FRS and Congregational Churches will be held on the first Wednesday of the month, and St. Irene will be the first Thursday of the month. To sign up for any of these luncheons, call the COA at 1-978-371-2895.

CSA gift wrap fundraiser now until October 3

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) gift wrap fundraiser
is underway now through October 3. In addition to a large array of gift-wrap selections, items include holiday gifts, calendars, kitchen items, candies and much, much more. Order $100 or more to enter a drawing for a Hummer limo gift certificate. 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.

Friday Night Live October 3

The Carlisle Youth Commission (CYC) invites all students in grades six through eight to this year’s first Friday Night Live (FNL) on October 3 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Carlisle Public School Corey Gym and exercise room. There will be a mandatory meeting prior to this first FNL for all students and their parents. FNL newcomers, sixth graders, and their parents will meet in the Carlisle Public School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. Seventh and eighth graders and their parents will meet in the auditorium at 6:45 p.m. for information about the program. Permission forms and CORI release authorization forms will be available. No student will be admitted to FNL without completing these forms. FNL is typically held on the first Friday of the month for Carlisle children who are residents and attend middle school. Admission is $4. Pizza, soda and water are available for a small fee. For more information, contact Nicole Bloomfield at 1-978-371-0235 or, or contact any member of the CYC.

Smart Car goes to Ferns Sunday

Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) will bring a 2008 Smart Car to Ferns Country Store on September 28. Chances will be sold to win this car and support C4RJ’s work in Carlisle, Concord, Acton and Boxborough.

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

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 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 points will be offered. For more information, visit or call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Early Release Day movie October 7

Come see a world with full-throttle action, whimsy, and visual creativity. Put your foot on the gas and race through one dazzling special effect after another. When: October 7 (early release day). Time: 2:45 to 5 p.m. Place: Gleason Public Library (GPL), third floor, Hollis Room. Movie rating is PG. The library will provide snacks. Grades 5 to 8 only. For further information on the movie, visit (the Internet movie database site). Also, subscribe to the Gleason Public Library enewsletter to learn the name of the film in advance. Any questions, call the GPL at 1-978-369-4898.

Cub Scouts launch is September 27

Weather permitting, the Carlisle Cub Scouts invite everyone to their rocket launch on September 27 at Foss Farm from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“So what are you doing for the next 30 years?” October 2 at GPL

The Carlisle Council on Aging and Gleason Public Library present an interactive program with life coach, Ruth Rooney, on October 2 at 7 p.m., especially for baby boomers, who are the first generation who will enjoy a new life stage: a significant Act II made up of 20 to 30 years of active, purposeful life. This program will help participants envision what they want to do, what they want to contribute, or what dreams they want to fulfill.

This is part of a series to help prepare for retirement, 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; call the library at 1-978-369-4898 or visit the reference desk.

Destination Imagination info night October 15

Are you creative or mechanical? Are you musical or humorous? Do you have a unique talent? If so, you belong in Destination Imagination (DI), an international program that promotes creative problem solving within a team setting. Open to all children in Carlisle’s K-8 Public School, the DI program allows kids to have fun while solving a problem and working with a team.

For more information, attend the parent and student information demonstration night in the Carlisle School Exercise Room on October 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. If your child is interested in participating in the program, contact the Carlisle DI coordinator, Nancy Szczesniak ( or 1-978-369-6194), to register. The deadline for signing up for the program is October 20.

Fall Story Times at Gleason Public Library

It is time to register for the Fall Story Time sessions at the Gleason Public Library (GPL). Sign-ups are underway in person or by phone. The fall sessions begin the week of October 6 and end the second week in December.

The library is offering 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 and will meet on Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 2 p.m. through December 11. Children in the older group must be five by April 1, 2009 and will meet on Monday afternoons from 1:30 to 2:10 p.m. through December 8.

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. The next PJ Story Time will be on October 1. Feel free to come dressed for the occasion and to bring along a favorite bedtime friend.

Call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children’s department for more information.

Book Club resource file at Gleason Public Library

Gleason Public Library (GPL) maintains an information file on the various book discussion groups that abound in Carlisle. This file contains information on each group: their book selections for the current year, their meeting dates and times, whether or not they are accepting new members and the names of contact people. This information is used by the library staff for obtaining books through interlibrary loan, by book group members as a convenient reminder, and by other book groups and patrons as a good source of reading selections and a means of avoiding scheduling conflicts.

To maintain this valuable resource, the library staff is collecting information from each of Carlisle’s book groups. Contact Martha Patten ( or Kay Edelberg ( or call the library (1-978-369-4898) to update your group’s information.

Through the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC), of which GPL is a member, more than 200 book club kits for adults, young adults and children are available. Each kit includes 15 copies of one title, a discussion guide to assist book club leaders, and when available, a large print copy of the same title, and a DVD or video relating to the book. These kits can be reserved up to three years in advance in order to facilitate long-term planning.

Calling artists and crafters

The First Religious Society (FRS) is holding its second craft fair at the annual Harvest Festival on October 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. For a space, contact Dora at 1-978-318-9005 or

FOGPL seeks new board members

The Friends of Gleason Public Library (FOGPL), a non-profit, volunteer organization whose goal is to raise funds to enhance the library’s resources, is looking for new associate board members. The board meets on the third Wednesday evening of each month except July and August. No specific background is needed, just an interest in the library. The board and volunteers plan various events and fundraising activities throughout the year, such as the Community Potluck Supper and the Used Book Sale. If you are interested or have questions, call Verna Gilbert at 1-978-369-9278.

CSA board meeting October 7

The Carlisle School Association’s (CSA) monthly board meeting will be on October 7, at 9 a.m. in the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public School. All are invited to attend. There will be a review of volunteer activities, fundraising events and planning of activities to serve the teachers, administrators, parents and children of the school. For more information, visit

Travel Time at GPL October 8

The next destinations for Travel Time will be Iceland and East Central Texas. Looking for extremes, from waterfalls to southern rock, join this travel discussion at Gleason Public Library (GPL).

Local travel enthusiast Charlie Allman hosts a monthly open discussion series about world destinations. Join in the next adventure on October 8 at 10:30 a.m. in the Hollis Room of the library.

These programs are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. For information, visit

COA doings

Fitness classes: Fall sessions, taught by Karrie Stang, continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes are from 9:45 to 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. No signup is necessary.

Monthly coffee: On October 2, 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.

Electoral College lecture: The COA and the Gleason Public Library (GPL) jointly sponsor an Electoral College lecture by Dr. Gary Highlander on October 8 at 1:30 p.m. To register, call the library reference desk at 1-978-369-4898.

Book club: The first meeting of book club is on October 8 at 10 a.m. at the home of Judy Wells in Groton. The book is Pulitzer Prize-winner, Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz. At this meeting, the group will discuss the list of books for the year. For directions to Judy’s home, call Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-4618

Men’s breakfast: On October 9, the mystery chefs will be cooking up a storm at the Sleeper Room at Carlisle 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.

Knitting group: Knit for a good cause with the knitting group October 21 at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the First Religious Society (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 October 23 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for pizza lunch followed by a slide show on the Rhine Valley presented by Ray Taylor. The fee is $3. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 no later than October 20 to reserve your space. 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.

Upcoming COA trips

Join the Carlisle seniors for the following trips:

• Sorrento and Rome Italy: nine days/seven nights, week of April 18 to 26, 2009. Cost: $2499 +$419.32 departure taxes, fee and fuel charge. This is a trip for grandparents, parents and students, including flight, hotels, all breakfasts, four lunches, six dinners, all sightseeing trips. See Naples. Sorrento, Isle of Capri, Amalfi Drive, Rome, the Vatican City and more. For flyers call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or email her at or pick up flyers at the COA office in Town hall.

• Salem: October 30 for the annual Holloween trip to Sale. Lunch is on your own with time to see what ever you want to. Leave at 9 a.m. from the Congregational Church, 147 School Street and leave Salem around 3 p.m. Van charge: $10. Call Joanne Willens, 1-978-371-8023 a.s.a.p. for this trip.

• Holiday Shopping: November 19. North Shore Mall, then a trip to Sylvan Street Grille for lunch on your own. Leave from the Congregational Church at 9 a.m. and home by 3:30 or 4 p.m. Call Joanne Willens by Oct 1 to go on this trip.

• Wrentham Outlets: December 5. Leave at 9 a.m. and get home by 4 p.m.

• Pheasant Lane Mall: December 12. Leave at 9 a.m. with a stop at Costco and other stores on Daniel Webster Highway.

Call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or email her at The first 13 get on the van and there is a $10 van charge.

Farmers Market holds second annual flea market October 25 and 26

The Carlisle Farmer’s Market is sponsoring the second annual town-wide flea market at Kimball’s Ice Cream stand or on your own front lawn. Should you choose to participate one day or both, simply call to reserve a space at Kimball’s or give us an address which will be published on a town map for circulation. What better way to explore Carlisle in the fall and share those buried treasures? And you will not have to worry about the advertising. Save the dates of October 25 and 26. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participation fee: $5. Deadline for home locations is October 12. Reserved space at Kimball’s, October 19.

If interested, call Gale at 1-978-371-1925 or Annette at 1-978-369-0599.

CCHS orientation October 15

Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) will offer an Orientation to CCHS meeting, 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.

Tips for downsizing your home October 9

What do we do with all of that stuff? On October 9, the Carlisle Council on Aging and Gleason Public Library present a helpful program on downsizing one’s belongings to a smaller space.

From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library, Marie LeBlanc, move manager and downsizing specialist, will provide proven tips that have helped hundreds of clients make their first move in 40 or more years with as little stress as possible. This program is for anyone who is seriously considering a decision to move and downsize and wondering what to do with years of accumulated stuff. 

This is part of a series to help prepare for retirement, 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 978-369-4898 or visit the reference desk.

Emerson Hospital presents information on 
plastic surgery

Join Emerson Hospital for a seminar in a series of health-related presentations, entitled, “Plastic surgery: Is it for you?” The free lecture, presented by Loreen Ali, MD, plastic surgeon, will take place on October 7 at 7 p.m. in the North Assembly Room at Emerson Hospital. To register, call 1-978-287-3085. Light refreshments will be provided.

Lacrosse registration opens October 15

CC Youth Girls and Boys Lacrosse registration for the Spring 2009 season will open on October 15. Girls third and fourth grade lacrosse is Instructional and Girls fifth through eighth grade is travel with practices on Tuesday and Thursday and games on Sundays. Boys U9 and U11 is in town and boys U11, U13, and U15 lacrosse is travel with practices on varying days and games on Sundays. To register visit can contact Amy Carlton at with any questions.

Chelmsford Art Society presents Tom Gill September 30

The Chelmsford Art Society presents Tom Gill, who will present a painting demonstration on Tuesday, September 30 at 7 p.m. at Old Town Hall, 1 North Road, Chelmsford. Everyone is welcome.

Explore elements of design 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. Design courses offered this fall include:

• Commercial Design: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, October 2 through December 11, in Bedford. The cost is $499. Register for course number CAR 640 30 14094.

• How to Become a Home-Stager: 7 to 9 p.m., Thursdays, October 23 through November 20. The cost is $249. Register for course number CAR 631 80 14056.

• Christmas Boxwood Tree: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, December 15. The cost is $39. Register for course number PER 641 80 14080.

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

Classic Plastic Model Club model car exhibition October 12

See some of the best scale-model vehicles in New England at the Classic Plastic Model Club’s 16th annual model car exhibition on Sunday, October 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lawrence Elks Hall. Enjoy 27 classes of competition, four awards in each class, and 12 master awards, or bring your models for display,only. Our 2008 theme class is the ‘49 Merc: build it any way you like. The event is in one huge hall with breakfast and lunch available, vendor tables with kits and aftermarket parts, and model kits raffled all day. Spectators $5; competitors: $5 for first model, $3 for each additional model; age 17 and under: $3 per model. Bring in this press release and get $1 off admission fee. For vendor space, contact John Davison, 1-603-458-1716. For additional information, contact Paul Anagnostopoulos, 1-978-371-2316.

Upcoming parenting programs

The Center for Parents and Teachers presents:

• “How to Talk So Kids will Listen and Listen So Kids will Talk,” a five-part, video-based series that offers innovative ways to solve communication problems with children. Limit: 12 participants

To pre-register, email Angela at: or call 1-978-202-1146. Payment must reach CPT within 48 hours of pre-registration or spots will be forfeited. Only checks or cash accepted. Mail to 120 Meriam Road, Concord, MA 01742.

• “Setting Limits for the Support of Self Esteem” with Rick Irving. You will leave with tools to use the next day and the confidence to try them out. There will be time for questions and answers.

Fees: Free for “Partners in Parent Education” (to become a partner, sign up by downloading form on CPT website and mailing donation). $5/non-partner to pre-register. Make check payable to CPT and mail to 120 Meriam Road, Concord, MA 01742. $8 at the door.

• “Guiding Good Choices,” for parents of fifth- to eighth-graders.Register now for either fall or winter sessions.Limit: 15 participants.

•“Social pressures! How will my child respond?”Gain confidence in communicating your values to your children to help them make good choices and avoid harmful behavior as they navigate the adolescent years.

View more information at:

Discovery Museums upcoming activities

Upcoming programs at The Discovery Museums include the following:

• October 2: Bubble Printing

10 a.m., Children’s Discovery

Bubbles and paint mix together to leave popped prints all over paper. Come and make your own bubble print designs to take home.

• October 2: Autumn Tree Walk

3 p.m., Science Discovery

Learn about these massive plants from educator Frank Meehan. Make a mini collection of leaves, find ways to preserve them, and bring home resources to identify trees in your own backyard. Rain or shine; dress appropriately. Note: the outdoor portion of the program is not handicapped accessible.

• October 8: Ceramics under Stress

4 p.m., Science Discovery

What do you think the limits of clay are? How much water can it hold? What happens as the water evaporates? How many shapes can you form with it? Can you make a box? What happens when you drop it – squish it between your fingers – stomp on it – or even throw it? Find out with Museum Staffer Sarah Brockway and wear clothes that can get messy.

• October 9: Music and Movement with Miss Karina

10 a.m., Children’s Discovery

Come and explore sound through singing and playing. Making music and sharing music together can be educational and fun. Miss Karina has 10+ years of certified musical teaching experience. Find out more at

For more information, visit

New events at the Concord Museum

The Concord Museum offers a new calendar of events now through November 8. In addition to the ongoing exhibition, “Why Concord?,” do not miss these upcoming events and exhibitions:

• Street Smarts: October 3 through January 19, 2009. Develop your “street smarts” as you discover the history behind some of Concord’s most famous and not so famous street names.

• On the Trail of the Local Paleo-Indian Past: October 18. Celebrate Archaeology Month with this illustrated lecture.

• Silhouette Artists at the Concord Museum: November 7 and 8. Make an appointment to have your silhouette cut. Children ages six months and up and adults of all ages are welcome. Call 1-978-369-9763 for details.

Museum admission is $10/adults, $8/seniors 62 and over and students with valid ID, $5/youth six to 18. Members and children under six are free. Call the museum at 1-978-369-9609 or visit for more information.

C-C Community Chest launches annual appeal October 1

On October 1, the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest will launch its annual appeal on behalf of more than 35 human service agencies and programs. Residents and businesses alike are asked to contribute to the well-being of the community by making a single donation to the Chest. Proceeds will be allocated among many deserving organizations through the Chest’s all-volunteer allocations committee that begins meeting in January.

Contributions and sponsorships in any amount are gratefully accepted by the Community Chest and can be mailed to 111 ORNAC, Concord, MA 01742. Donations are also accepted online at

For more information about the Community Chest and its member agencies, call 1-978-369-5250 or visit

Emerson Umbrella launches performance series tomorrow

The Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts announces its inaugural performance series, Emerson Umbrella Presents. The 2008-2009 season features four events, including a Broadway song and dance revue, a musical theater production, a drama, and a cabaret. All performances will take place in the Emerson Umbrella Theater at 40 Stow Street in Concord.

For subscription and ticket details, list of participating restaurants, and more information call 1-978-371-0820 or see

Verrill Farm postpones Harvest Festival

The annual Verrill Farm Harvest Festival scheduled for October 11 is being postponed until next year due to the fire.

Volunteers needed for COA

The Carlisle Council on Aging tries to provide rides to doctor’s appointments and run necessary errands for all seniors who are unable to transport themselves using “Friendly Drivers,” who are concerned citizens, like yourself, who 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.

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