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Friday, February 27, 2009

COA doings

Free tax assistance: If you need help with tax assistance, the Bedford COA will have an AARP-certified volunteer tax consultant available from March 1 through April 10. The tax consultant will prepare one state and one federal return per person or will answer questions or check your prepared return. To make an appointment, call the Bedford COA at 1-781-275-6825.

Podiatry clinic: On Tuesday, March 3, Dr. Ayleen Gregorian will see patients starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Sleeper Room in Village Court. Call the Council on Aging (COA) office at 1-978-371-2895 to make an appointment. The cost is $20 cash or check payable to Friends of Carlisle COA (FCOA), payable on the day of the clinic.

Robbins Brook lunch: The next luncheon sponsored by Minuteman Senior Services and the Inn at Robbins Brook will be held at the First Religious Society on Wednesday, March 4, at noon. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office now to make your reservation as this lunch is limited to 35 people.

Monthly coffee: Join Jim and Betty Elgin and Tom and Karen Dunkers in the Sleeper Room on Thursday, March 5, at 9 a.m. for friendly conversation and pastry, fruit, juice, coffee and tea. There is no fee and no sign up.

Carlisle School Annual Senior Tea: The Carlisle Middle School Student Council invites all Carlisle seniors to an afternoon tea on March 6 from 1:15 to 3 p.m. at the Spalding Building in the Carlisle School. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 if you wish to attend and call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 if you need a ride.

Minuteman Regional Technical High School luncheon: Come to Minuteman Tech Fife and Drum Restaurant, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington on Tuesday, March 10, at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 plus gratuity, payable at the luncheon. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 by Thursday, March 5, to reserve your place and choose your menu. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 if you need a ride.

Spring bridge classes: Intermediate bridge will be held once a month with instructor Roy Green on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. The six sessions are March 11, April 1, April 23, May 27, June 17 and July 1. No text is required. Beginners plus bridge, with instructor Roy Green, will be held on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. The eight lessons will be on March 18 and 25, April 15 and 22, May 6 and 20 and June 3 and 10. The textbook will cost no more than $10. The cost for each series is $50/seniors 60+ and $60/adults. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to register for either of these classes. Checks should be payable to the Carlisle Council on Aging and either dropped off at the COA office at Town Hall or mailed to Carlisle COA, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741, Attn: Kathy Mull. Indicate on your check which class you are registering for.

Senior volunteers needed now

All Carlisle seniors are invited to participate in the third annual Intergenerational Poetry Project of the Carlisle Pre-school and the Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) led by local poet Patti Russo.

The project will be held on six consecutive Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The COA van will leave from Town Hall at 10:15 a.m. to take seniors to and from the school.

Read picture books, write simple poems, do something crafty, share interests and make new friends. Seven seniors are needed to help make this another successful adventure with pre-school children. You will come away with so much more than you anticipated. Call the COA now at 1-978-371-2895, as the first session starts on March 2.

Friday Night Live March 6

Come out at 7 p.m. and enjoy the fun at the March Friday Night Live (FNL). Enjoy basketball, ping pong, chess, dancing and prizes. A $4 admission fee is collected at the door. Snacks, pizza, soda and water will be available for a small fee. A parent or guardian must sign out any attendee who leaves prior to 9:30 p.m. All others must be picked up at 9:30 p.m. sharp.

The Carlisle Youth Commission (CYC) would like to thank everyone who brought a “can-tribution” to benefit the Open Food Table of Concord last month. CYC collected over 100 cans. The CYC would also like to thank all of the parents who have chaperoned this year; you are the backbone of this program.

For additional information, contact Nicole Bloomfield, 1-978-371-0235 or, or contact any other member of the CYC.

“Eleanor Roosevelt” to visit Carlisle March 1

On Sunday, March 1, at 10 a.m., “Eleanor Roosevelt” (actress Elena Dodd) will make a personal appearance at the morning service at the First Religious Society. The 40-minute presentation will address Mrs. Roosevelt’s leadership in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recently marked its 60th anniversary. 

Volunteers will participate in reading from the Declaration, which will be distributed to all present. At the coffee hour following the presentation, Ms. Dodd will answer questions from the audience. All are welcome. For more information, call 1-978-369-1475.

Drop-in crafts at the GPL start today

Beginning Friday, February 27 through March 27, the Gleason Public Library (GPL) is offering a drop-in craft event on Friday afternoons from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The library will supply all of the materials and instructions for you to help your child make a simple craft. This activity is suggested for children ages 3 to 9.

Hylander leads presidential elections discussions March 4

Professor Gary Hylander returns for a three-part discussion series on the “Presidential Elections of the 19th Century,” Wednesdays, March 4, 11 and 18 (snow date of March 25) from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library. The program is free and open to the public. To register for this lecture, call the library reference desk at 1-978-369-4898. Space is limited to 50 people. To learn more, visit

C-C Newcomers Club hosts welcome tea

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers’ Club is extending an invitation for a special English/Australian morning tea on Tuesday, March 10, from 9 to 11 a.m. at 193 Hutchins Road in Carlisle. Scones and jam and cream – this will not be a morning for dieting, but for friendship, food and fun. If you’re new to the area, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet other newcomers along with morning tea (and coffee). RSVP to Ros at or 1-978-318-7928.

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

Youth lacrosse sale

You can purchase or order various Concord-Carlisle youth lacrosse (CCYL) apparel items for your son or daughter at Brine’s Sporting Goods, 69 Main Street, Concord, on March 5 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Get a 15% discount on lacrosse-related purchases and orders.

Concord Library nature programs

A program on ice harvesting at Walden Pond, an early industry used to supply ice for refrigeration, will take place on March 1 at 2 p.m. at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord. Also, on March 3 at 3 p.m. Verena Wieloch, Gaining Ground farmer, will demonstrate the tapping of the Concord Free Public Library’s maple tree for maple sap. For more information, call 1-978-318-3358.

Adult Talk Time at GPL Tuesdays

The Gleason Public Library and Council on Aging are joining forces to promote a weekly drop-in Adult Talk Time at the Gleason Public Library (GPL). This weekly adult social time will take place each Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. This volunteer-led program is open to anyone. To learn more, visit

CCHS parent program March 4

There is no harder job than being a parent. Nothing else touches a person so deeply, or so unpredictably, and there is no training for it.

On March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the CCHS library, Irene Janis will discuss how to use Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help you become a better parent. DBT contains four basic modules: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance.

CCHS students may attend a student-focused DBT presentation as a part of Health Week on Tuesday, March 3. This parent presentation on March 4 will teach you how to support, validate and connect with your child as you both learn to better tolerate and survive the stressors of everyday life.

Transfer Station stickers are now available

Pick up your 2009 Transfer Station sticker at the Police Department now. The price is $25/first vehicle and $10 for each additional vehicle.

Trinity Church hosts recital March 1

A recital of “17th-century English Fantasias and Consort Songs,” followed by Choral Evensong sung by the Trinity Parish Choir, Robert Barney, director, will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord, on Sunday, March 1, at 5 p.m. All are welcome; an offering will be accepted. For information, call 1-978-369-3715 or visit

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