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Friday, October 10, 2008

Farmers Market flea market home locations deadline is Sunday

The Carlisle Farmers Market is sponsoring the second annual town-wide flea market at Kimball’s Ice Cream 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 provide 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. The deadline for home locations is October 12. The deadline for reserved space at Kimball’s is October 19.

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

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. Continental breakfast is provided. 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. 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

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, please 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.

SEPAC support group meets October 17

The next meeting for the Carlisle Special Education Advisory Council (SEPAC) Parent Support Group will be held on October 17 at the home of Carol Yelle, 484 Cross Street. If you plan to attend, RSVP to

Remember that any personal information discussed at either SEPAC meetings or Parent Support Group meetings shall remain confidential.

SEPAC will hold its next meeting on October 24 at 9 a.m. in the Corey Dining Room at Carlisle Public School. This month’s meeting will include Director of Student Support Services Karen Slack, Elementary School Principal Patrice Hurley, Middle School Principal Joyce Mehaffey, and the school psychologists. They will be in attendance for introductions and to answer any questions you may have.

All parents/guardians of children with special needs e.g., learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, physical disabilities, social difficulties, or life threatening allergies are invited to attend.

For further information visit, the school website. Go to “Community” and then to “SEPAC” or contact Elaine Bojanic, 1-978-371-5624, or Lori Tucker, 1-978-371-3292.

Carlisle Climate Action meeting on October 16

Have you been wondering how you might be able to contribute on the local level to mitigate the impact of climate change? The next general Carlisle Climate Action (CCA) meeting will be on October 16 at the home of Mike Hanauer from 7 to 9 p.m., at 200 Long Ridge Road in Carlisle (last driveway on the left). Come to learn, meet neighbors who are also concerned and to explore the various opportunities. At this meeting, CCA will concentrate on expanding its organization, its activities and its vision. Address questions or comments to Mike at 1-978-318-1980 or

Library Internet course meets October 15

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.

“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.

If you enjoy growing, carving or decorating pumpkins, consider entering the “Pumpkins on the Common” contests on Saturday October 18. All ages are 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.

Harvest Fair at FRS October 18

The Annual First Religious Society (FRS) Harvest Fair will be on October 18 from10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Fair features a country store, plant table, bake table featuring homemade pies and goodies, silent auction, artisan booths and a luncheon café with specialty sandwiches and soups. FRS children and youth groups will also be raising money for several social action causes including the Heifer Project, The Sharing Foundation in Cambodia, Habitat for Humanity and the CROP Walk. Children’s sales will feature homemade fudge, homemade Carlisle grape jelly, trail mix, fall decorations, and Fair Trade cocoa mix, chocolate bars, coffee and tea.

RMV presents 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.

A representative from the RMV will present the program and highlight issues facing elder drivers and their families. A list of warning signs of unsafe driving is provided, as well as information on how to obtain a disability placard. Ways to preserve one’s independence without a license will also be discussed.

October 15 deadline for stimulus check

Anyone who filed a 2007 federal tax return was automatically considered for a tax rebate, but many low-wage workers and recipients of Social Security and Veterans benefits did not submit tax returns because their incomes were not high enough to require it or their benefits are not normally taxable. October 15 is the cutoff date for filing to ensure that checks are mailed by the end of the year. If you have questions, contact the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040 or visit

Bedford Library runs film series

The Bedford Free Public Library, 7 Mudge Way, Bedford, is running a fall film series on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Admission is free. The next films on the schedule are Starting Out in the Evening, October 16; Caramel, October 23 and 84 Charing Cross Road, October 30. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Bedford Library.

Concord Women’s Chorus opens season October 17

The Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC), in its 49th year, anticipates an exciting musical season with a rich and varied repertoire. The 50-member women’s chorus, conducted by artistic director Jane Ring Frank, brings their lush harmonies to Claude Debussy’s Nocturnes in collaboration with the Concord Orchestra at 8 p.m. on October 17 and 18 at 51 Walden Street, Concord. Tickets: adults/$25, seniors/$20, students/$10. To order tickets online, visit or call 1-978-369-4967.

CWC’s December performances include a Wayside Hospice benefit concert, and the ever-popular holiday concert, this year entitled, “Canticles of Light.” This annually sold-out event will take place at 2 p.m. on December 20 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord. Tickets: adults/$20, seniors and students/$15, children/$5. To order tickets online, visit or call 1-978-369-0839.

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

Boys soccer to raise funds for Dana Farber October 24

The CCHS Boys Varsity Soccer team will play Wayland at 7 p.m. at the CCHS football stadium, in the second Lois Wells Memorial Kick for Cancer soccer match to support the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Admission is $5 and donations are welcome. There will also be items for raffle, and raffle tickets will be available at the match. For information, call Paula Eldridge at 1-978-371-7063.

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.

in conjunction with the Heald House open house on October 19 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Concord Band opens season on October 25

The Concord Band will open its new season at 8 p.m. on October 25 at 51 Walden Street, Concord. The program will feature performances of some of its favorite commissioned works as well as some new ones, including a new piece by Concord composer Michael Weinstein.

Call 1-978-897-9969 for ticket information and reservations.

COA doings

• Knitting group: Knit for a good cause on 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 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.

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

• 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.

• 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.

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.

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas speaks October 28

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas will speak on human rights on October 28 at 7:30 p.m., at Temple Kerem Shalom, 659 Elm Street, Concord. Presented by Amnesty International Group 15, co-sponsored by the Social Action Committees of Temple Kerem Shalom and First Parish, Concord, the event is free and open to the public. For information and directions, call 1-978-371-7118 or visit

Discovery Museums October events

• Thursday, October 23: Rubber Ducky Extravaganza, 10 a.m. to noon, Children’s Discovery.

Wrap up the museums’ 25th year with duck quackers, duck stories and fun facts about ducks. Special rubber ducks will be available for purchase with the fundraising proceeds supporting the renovation of the museum’s Water Room.

• Friday, October 24: Celebrate the new water table and bubble machine, 10 a.m. to noon, Children’s Discovery.

Make your own boat to sail along our new Assabet River Water Table. Try the new and improved bubble machine. How high can you make the bubble wall?

• Friday, October 24: Fantastic Bird Feet and Beaks, 3:30 p.m., Science Discovery.

Birds are born with feet and beaks that are specialized to their environment. Try hands-on experiments to learn how birds have adapted to specific environments and diets.

• Saturday, October 25: Destination Imagination Day, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Science Discovery.

Bring your Destination Imagination team to the museum. Explore hands-on exhibits, learn concepts, practice your teamwork skills and maybe pick up a wild idea for a “Side Trip.” Get ideas that will help your team prepare for 2008-9 DI Challenges. Drop in from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for special structure challenge workshops led by MADI Global Finalists and medalists. For more information, go to

For information, visit

CSA gift wrap fundraiser extended to today

Missed the October 3 deadline for turning in your gift wrap order? If so, there is great news. The Carlisle School Association (CSA) has extended the deadline to today, October 10. Browse through your catalog and finalize your Innisbrook order to support one of the largest fundraisers of the school year. Orders submitted through the school will be delivered to your home the week of November 10. Add $2 to your check for delivery. Online ordering is also available through today, October 10, at Our school number is 106482. Online orders will be delivered to your home directly from Innisbrook. Every order helps our school. The CSA earns 50% profit to help fund school curriculum enrichment programs and teacher grants.

Smart Car winning ticket drawing is November 1

Will you be the lucky winner? On November 1, at 3 p.m., the winning raffle ticket for the 2008 Smart Car will be drawn on the lawn of the Middlesex Savings Bank, 64 Main Street, Concord. Concord Police Chief Leonard Wetherbee will draw the winning ticket. Raffle proceeds support the work of Communities for Restorative Justice in Concord, Carlisle, Acton, and Boxborough.

Tickets, at $100 each, are still available by calling 1-978-318-3467, online at, or by sending your check payable to Communities for Restorative Justice, P.O. Box 65, 219 Walden Street, Concord, MA 01742.

If you haven’t seen the little car buzzing around your town, come take a look at it at Middlesex Savings Bank, 64 Main Street, on October 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and October 12 from noon to 3 p.m.

To learn more about the Smart Car and the work of Communities for Restorative Justice, call 1-978-318-3467 or visit

Center for Parents and Teachers offers new programs

The Center for Parents and Teachers will offer three parenting education support programs for families with young children ages birth through six years old.

“Dad and Me: A Saturday Morning Playgroup,” “Raising Your Challenging Child,” and “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk” are available for families who live in Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Carlisle, and Concord. For more information about the programs, contact Sally Quinn Reed at 1-978-202-1145 or

For more information, visit or call 1-888-775-4KID.

CSA board meeting November 4

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) will hold its monthly board meeting on November 4 at 10 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 the planning of activities that will serve the teachers, administrators, parents, and ultimately the children of the school. Additional information about the CSA may be found at

Police ask for residents’ vigilance

With recent housebreaks, the Carlisle Police Department would like to remind residents to report any suspicious persons or vehicles immediately to the Police Department. If someone comes to your door and solicits work of any nature, make sure they provide some sort of identification. As always, a license plate and description of a vehicle or person is extremely helpful when reporting to the police. If you have any questions about someone, do not hesitate to call the police at 1-978-369-1155 or 911.

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