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Friday, October 3, 2008

Conservation Coffee October 14

The October 14 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Lynn Knight, Liz Carpenter and members of the Conservation Commission’s Land Stewardship Committee will be available to discuss their review and Baseline Assessment for Foss Farm Conservation Land. This document precedes the development of a management plan. Copies of the Baseline Assessment were placed in the Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Road and the Conservation Commission office in Town Hall, or can be reviewed at

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are regularly held on the second Tuesday of the month during the fall, winter and spring seasons to provide an informal opportunity for residents to discuss a wide range of land use, conservation and environmental issues. The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Continental breakfast is provided.

St. Irene’s carwash is tomorrow

St. Irene’s Confirmation classes will be holding a carwash tomorrow, October 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The money raised by the carwash will be used towards the purchase of an autoclave sterilizer for a health clinic in Malawi, one of the smallest and poorest countries in Africa. St. Irene’s has established a “sister parish” relationship with a church in the town of Tonga in Malawi and has helped fund a health clinic there which provides virtually the only health care in the area, particularly for mothers and children. Just drive on by the upper parking lot at St. Irene’s tomorrow so that the St. Irene’s teens can give your car some TLC.

Carlisle Democrats hold fundraiser tomorrow

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee invites Carlisle Democrats and friends to a gala fundraiser tomorrow, October 4, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Cindy and John Nock’s house, 41 Canterbury Court. Meet and discuss your issues with State Senator Susan Fargo, State Representative Cory Atkins and representatives of other Democratic campaigns. A minimum donation of $50 is appreciated for at least one of the Democratic candidates running in the November 4 election: Senator Fargo, Representative Atkins, U.S. Representative Niki Tsongas, U.S. Senator John Kerry and Senator Barack Obama for president. An RSVP is appreciated but not required. Contact Susan Stamps at 1-978-369-8462 or

TOGAzine publishes inaugural issue

Gleason Public Library announces the inaugural issue of TOGAzine, a literary magazine written for and by Carlisle’s fifth- through eighth-grade students. The print magazine includes poetry and fiction pieces that were compiled by TOGAzine editor-in-chief Carrie Abend. Copies of the TOGAzine are free and available at the library.

The library continues to accept TOGAzine submissions for posting on the library’s website. Email submissions to Erica, Gleason’s teen librarian, at

TOGAzine was supported in part by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information, visit

FNL is tonight

Attention all middle school students: Friday Night Live (FNL) is tonight. Come and join your friends and dance to the latest tunes, or play basketball, ping pong or chess. As always, pizza and drinks will be served. FNL is held in the Corey Gym from 7 to 9:30 p.m., admission $4. For information, call Nicole Bloomfield at 1-978-371-0235 or any other Carlisle Youth Commission member.

First FRS movie night is tonight

The Environmental Action Committee of the First Religious Society (FRS) initiates a new series of DVD presentations in Union Hall at 7 p.m. tonight, October 3, with The 11th Hour. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, this captivating documentary explores the perilous state of our planet, and the means by which we can change our course. Contributing to this crucial film are noted politicians, scientists and other ambassadors for the importance of a universal ecological consciousness.

CCHS to practice safety drills

In the coming weeks and months, students and staff at Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) will be practicing a variety of safety drills. These drills include fire alarm evacuations, indoor evacuations, lock-downs and shelter-in-place.

The drill known as a “lock-down” requires students to sit quietly in a safe place in their rooms for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. The drill prepares them for the unlikely scenario that a dangerous intruder enters the building during the school day. “Shelter-in-place” is a similar drill that requires students to remain in their rooms in the event that there are hazardous conditions outside of the building. Students will return to their normal studies immediately after the drills are completed.

These drills will involve the Concord Police and Fire Departments and will follow the emergency response procedures that the Concord Public Schools have developed with its public safety partners over the past few years.

Contact Principal Peter Badalament at 1-978-318-1500 with any questions.

Temple Tots begins October 20

Kerem Shalom offers a ten-week Temple Tots Jewish enrichment program this fall and again in the spring for children between the ages of 2 and 3. Abbe Smerling uses holiday themes, music, movement, arts and crafts, cooking and fun to expose youngsters and their parents or caregivers to the joys of Judaism. The class will be on Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. beginning on October 20, running ten weeks. Open to members and non-members. The program is $100 for ten weeks. For information and registration, contact Abbe Smerling at 1-781-862-0455 or or contact Kerem Shalom at 1-978-369-1223. Kerem Shalom is located at 659 Elm Street in Concord.

Fun with toys old and new at Heald House October 19

On October 19, from 2 to 3 p.m., come to the Heald House barn at 698 Concord Street for a hands-on program for children and families called “Yesterday’s Play.” The program will be presented by Meg Winikates, associate director of education at 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 can 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/ Historical Society members, $8/nonmembers, and $15/families. This event will be held in conjunction with the Heald House open house on October 19 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Discovery Museums October events

• Friday, October 10: ATV – Wheels, Wheels, Wheels. 10 a.m., Children’s Discovery. Take a look at The Middlesex Sheriff’s Department search and rescue All Terrain Vehicle, ATV. How bumpy are the wheels? Sit up in the seat, how do the officers use the ATV on the job? Rescheduled from July 2.

• Tuesday, October 14: Take Aparts: Soundin’ Good! 2 to 4:30 p.m., Science Discovery. What’s inside the rock ‘n’ roll? Take apart record players, radios, and more to discover the science of sound technology. Sponsored by Analog Devices.

•Thursday, October 16: Paddle Dolls. 10 a.m., Children’s Discovery. Celebrate Massachusetts Archaeology Month. Ancient Egyptian paddle dolls, one of oldest examples of toys designed for children, were fashioned out of thin flat boards and shaped with a head, arms, torso, and rounded end. Come design your own wooden paddle doll. For 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

Library computer course meets October 15

Are you new to using computers? Do you need to brush up on your computer skills? The Gleason Public Library is offering a basic computer/Internet course on October 15 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. This is an introductory course focusing on basic searching and navigating through the Internet. Call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898 to register. Registration is required due to space limitations.

Minuteman starts after- school program this month

Minuteman Regional High School, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington, offers an “After-School Career Exploration” program for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students. Join in a unique learning experience that promotes creativity, innovation and thought-provoking educational activities in a safe, friendly, and collaborative after-school environment.

The program will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays during October from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. and will include offerings such as Adventures in Science, Cosmetology, Environmental Technology, Engineering Design, Landscape Design, Medical Minutes, Welding and more. There will be two cycles – Cycle 1: October 7, 9, 14 and 16 and Cycle 2: October 21, 23, 28, and 30. The cost is $20 per cycle.

Free transportation to and from public elementary and middle schools in Minuteman’s district towns will be provided for in-district students. For more information, call 1-781-861-7150 or visit

CSA board meets October 7

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) will hold its monthly board meeting on October 7, at 9 a.m., in the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public School. All are invited to attend for a review of volunteer activities, fundraising events, and to plan activities that will serve the teachers, administrators, parents, and ultimately the children of the school. Additional information about the CSA may be found at

“Pumpkins on the Common” October 18 and 19

Fresh, locally grown pumpkins will once again be available on the Town Common as “Pumpkins on the Common” returns for its second year, kicking off at the Harvest Fair on Saturday, October 18. Come pick out your pumpkins and enjoy contests, pumpkin carving, and coffee and muffins. Pumpkin sales continue on Sunday, October 19. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The Carlisle Garden Club sponsors Pumpkins on the Common, and all proceeds benefit town beautification and scholarships for Carlisle students.

Candidates Forum October 19

The League of Women Voters and the Carlisle Mosquito are sponsoring a Candidates Forum on October 19 at 1 p.m. at the Concord Town House, 22 Monument Square, Concord. The forum will feature Representative Cory Atkins and Richard P. McClure, candidates on the November 4 ballot for the state representative seat for the 14th Middlesex District. For more information, visit or call 1-978-369-3842.

If you enjoy growing, carving, or decorating pumpkins, consider entering the “Pumpkins on the Common” contests on Saturday, October 18. All ages included, with awards for many categories. To check out contest categories and get entry information, visit

Also, make your own scarecrow, display it in your yard, and enter our scarecrow contest. Contact Giovanna DiNicola at for details.

Sign up for “Library Latest”

Anyone with an email address can sign up for the Gleason Public Library’s enewsletter, “Library Latest.” These monthly mailings keep Gleason goers current on coming library events, great books, music, and movies, plus much more. Short and sweet, the enewsletter is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. To sign up, visit or call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898.

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.

• 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.

“Deer, oh Deer” program is tomorrow

“Deer, oh Deer: Whatever shall We Do?” will be presented on October 4 at Town Hall from 9 to 11 a.m. The White Tail Deer are getting more than plentiful here in Carlisle. Learn some simple steps to protect your landscape plants in this informative class. The fee is $45. You can still register online at or 1-978-369-9815.

COA trip to Italy

Come Join the Carlisle seniors on a tour of northern Italy March 17 to 31, 2009. We will visit Venice, Verona, Padua, Milan, Bellagio, Lake Maggiore and Lake Como, Turin and much more. Price starts at $3,669 + $346.85 for taxes and airport fees with twin occupancy. Price includes air fare, hotels, sightseeing and all breakfasts and dinners. For flyers, call Joanne Willens 1-978-371-8023 or email her at or pick up a flyer at Carlisle COA office in Town Hall. Deposits must be received by October 20.

Book discussion group for kids October 21

The Concord Free Public Library announces that Gossamer by Lois Lowry will be the first book to be discussed in the book group for young people in grades four and five on October 21 at 7 p.m. The group meets monthly at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord. Karen Pettyjohn, the Thoreau School Librarian, will be the first facilitator. Multiple copies of the title will be available for circulation at the library. For more information call either Karen Ahearn at 1-978-318-3358 or Pat Pluskal at 1-978-318-3301.

Vote now online for TV coverage of CCHS football

Fox25 news is doing “High School Friday,” in which they go on site at a football game, then broadcast the evening sports report on the 10 p.m. news with highlights of the game. To determine which game will air, they select two and have fans vote for which one they should cover. On October 17, they have chosen to have the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) game vs. Westford as one option, and East Boston vs. Blue Hills. Beginning today (October 3), people will be able to vote on the Fox25 website for their choice of the game to cover. You may vote as often as you want up until Wednesday, October 8. The results will be announced on Friday, October 10. Visit

Archaeology programs offered in October in Littleton and Acton

On Thursdays, October 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 2 to 4 p.m., there will be a free open house at John Milner Associates Archaeological Laboratory, 410 Great Road, Littleton. Meet archaeologists involved with investigating Massachusetts sites and learn how they identify artifacts. Bring odd items for identification. Groups (eight+) should call in advance. Call 1-978 486-0688 for information.

The free talk, “Native Americans after the Ice Age: On the Trail of the Local Paleo-Indian Past” will be presented on October 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Acton Memorial Library. Dr. Shirley Blancke talks of the discoveries and challenges of following the trail of local knowledge of Paleo-Indians.

Join Craig Chartier, archaeologist and educator from the Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project, for a free program for children, “A Look into a Native American Toolbox,” on October 18 at 2:30 p.m. at the Acton Memorial Library. Introduce children to the technology of flint knapping (stone tool production) as represented at Acton’s own Pine Hawk site. Participants will see a demonstration and participate in hands-on activities related to geology and stone tool making and use. Call Acton Memorial Library at 1-978- 264-9641 for information. The Acton Memorial Library is located at 486 Main Street, Acton. The parking lot and entrance are accessed from Woodbury Lane.

COA doings

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

• Book club: The first meeting of book club is on October 8 at 10 a.m. at the home of Judy Wells in Groton to discuss Pulitzer Prize Winner Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz, and 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, our mystery chefs will be cooking up a storm at the Sleeper Room at Village Courts, 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.

• Nashoba HS Lunch: Join the traveling senior lunch group on October 21 at 11:30 a.m. at Nashoba Regional High School for lunch. The cost is $10 plus tip to be paid at the restaurant. Book no later than October 9 by calling the COA office at 1-978-371-2895. The menu includes a choice of appetizer or salad, rolls and butter, baked haddock or lemon chicken. For a van ride, call 1-978-371-6690.

• Knitting group: Knit for a good cause on October 21 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.

• Halloween trip to Salem: The van will leave the Congregational Church at 9 a.m. on October 30 and go to Salem. Lunch is on your own. The van will leave Salem about 3 p.m. Call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 to reserve your space ASAP.

• Luncheon: Join the COA on October 23 (fourth Thursday this month) at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for a pizza lunch followed by a slide show on the Rhine Valley presented by Ray Taylor. The fee is $3. Call the COA office 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.

• Women’s Breakfast: On October 29, starting at 8 a.m., join the COA at the Sleeper Room at Village Court for a scrumptious breakfast prepared by chef Dian Cuccinello and her volunteers. The theme for this breakfast is “Autumn in New England.” To sign up, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 by noon on Friday October 24. This event is sponsored in part by the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

• Carlisle School Halloween parade: Students at the Carlisle Elementary School will start their annual Halloween costume parade at 10:30 a.m. on October 31 with a stop at the Village Court parking lot around 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Bring your camera.

Lacrosse registration opens October 15

Concord-Carlisle 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 Girls can contact Amy Carlton at with any questions.

Concord Orchestra opens season October 17

Music Director Richard Pittman leads the Concord Orchestra in Mozart’s Prague Symphony No. 38, Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 with David Deveau, piano, and Debussy’s Nocturnes with the Concord Women’s Chorus, Jane Ring Frank, director, on October 17 and 18 at 8pm.Concerts are at 51 Walden Street, Concord. Tickets are $25, discounts for seniors and students. Season subscriptions available. For reservations and subscriptions call 1-978-369-4967 or visit

Story Time openings still available

A few openings remain for registered story times at the Gleason Public Library. Children ages 3 to 4½ meet Thursday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. starting October 9. Children ages 4½ through 6 meet Monday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. starting October 6. Introduce your child to some of the newest picture books as well as classics. Drop-in Story Times for ages 0 to 3 begin on October 9 at 10:30 a.m.

EU presents Malinky October 9

Malinky, a Scottish band with vocals and instrumentals, will play at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow Street, Concord on October 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. For more information, call 1-781-862-7837, email or visit

PCA barn dance October 12

Meet at the Westford Parish Center for the Arts (PCA), corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street, for a family barn dance on October 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. Bring the kids. Oh, CONTRAire! provides live music. Adults $5; kids $3; maximum:$12 per family. For more information, contact 1-978-692-6333, or visit

MRT opens with The Fantasticks October 16

The Merrimack Repertory Theatre opens its new season with its first full-length musical production since 1993, The Fantasticks. Performances begin October 16 at 8 p.m. and run through November 9 at the theater at 50 East Merrimack Street, Lowell. For tickets and information, visit the box office at the theater or call 1-978-654 4MRT or 1-978-654-7595. Also, visit

Seventh grade girls basketball tryouts October 5

Concord-Carlisle Girls Travel Basketball will hold tryouts for all seventh grade girls residing in Concord or Carlisle from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on October 5 at Hunt Gymnasium, 90 Stow Street, Concord . Bring basketball shoes, shorts and T-shirt. If you wish to be considered and cannot attend on this date, call 1-978-287-4818, or email to arrange for an alternate tryout date.

Newcomers Club kicks off season October 7

Join the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club and meet new friends, get acquainted with other members, and learn about the club’s many activities. A Welcome Evening will be held on October 7 in the Thoreau Room of the historic and lovely Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square in downtown Concord.

To attend the Welcome Evening, contact either 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 or

CCPOPS meets October 6

Concord Carlisle Patrons of Performing Students (CCPOPS) will meet on October 6 at 7 p.m. in the “Little Theatre” in the CCHS history wing. Come to the first meeting of the school year and hear about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival trip, meet the new board and learn about the CCHS shows, performances and events for 2008 and 2009. There will also be a mystery performer. Contact Claudia Nimar at or Quatie Bryan at for more information.

Concord Music Club meets October 7

The Concord Music Club will meet in Carlisle on Oct. 7 at 9:30 a.m. The purpose of the club is to stimulate the study of music by providing the opportunity to perform with and for others. There is both performing and non-performing membership and the club meets once a month during the fall and spring seasons, for a total of six meetings annually. Guests interested in membership are welcome. The program on October 7 will include piano and violin music. Call Marjorie Franko at 1-978-369-8192 if you would like to come as a guest and are interested in joining.

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, coupled with 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

Save your receipts for the Carlisle School

The “Register Tapes for Education” program allows us to trade receipts from Donelan’s Supermarket in Acton and Littleton, and Crosby’s Star in Concord, for needed school items such as art supplies, networking and computer equipment, at no cost to you. Last year this program funded supplies to the Art, Music, Playground, Math and Language Arts departments. Register receipts are being collected in a drop box in the school library, so deposit your receipts dated between September 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009. If you have any questions or would like to be part of the group that helps tally up in April, contact Kevin at or 1-978-369-7206.

Farmers Market holds second annual flea market October 25 and 26

The Carlisle Farmers Market is sponsoring the second annual town-wide flea market at Kimball 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.

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, please call the library at 978-369-4898 or visit the reference desk.

Emerson sponsors better breathers lecture October 16

The Better Breathers Club at Emerson Hospital will hold its monthly meeting in the North Assembly Room at Emerson from noon to 1 p.m. on October 16.

Peter Barkin, MD, will present a lecture titled, “Understanding Your Pulmonary Condition.” The public is invited to this free lecture. Refreshments will be served. The Better Breathers Club provides support and information to people with chronic lung disease and their families and friends. From September to May, they meet on the third Thursday of each month.

For more information, call the pulmonary rehabilitation team at 1-978-287-3715.

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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