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Friday, March 6, 2009

Boy Scout fertilizer and birdseed sale begins March 7

Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135 is holding its annual fertilizer and birdseed sale starting March 7 and ending on March 14. Products for sale include Scott’s quality fertilizer and grass seed products, Loft’s garden fertilizer and Carlisle’s finest all natural fertilizer. Premium birdseed, containing sunflower hearts, is also for sale this year. Donations are also welcomed.

The Scouts will be at the Transfer Station and in Ferns’ parking lot on March 7 and March 14 to take orders. The boys will also be phoning our past customers to check on this year’s order. The products will be conveniently delivered to customer homes on April 4. Proceeds from the sale plus donations help to defray the costs of Troop 135’s many programs. Over 40 Carlisle boys are registered in the troop.

Board of Health Rabies Clinic March 8

The Carlisle Rabies Clinic for cats and dogs will be held on Sunday, March 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street. Pet owners must be residents of Carlisle to participate.

State law requires the vaccination of all cats and dogs. You must bring your pet’s vaccination certificate (actual paperwork) in order to determine eligibility for a three-year vaccine. A rabies tag is not sufficient. The cost is $10/animal. Cash is appreciated but checks will be accepted. Dogs must be on leashes and cats brought in carriers.

Dog licenses will be available during clinic hours. A late fine of $20 will be added to the regular fee for any dog not licensed by April 1. Proof of current vaccination status is required for licensing.

Contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283 for more information.

Pre-K meeting March 11

Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle and Elementary School Principal Patrice Hurley invite all parents of Carlisle pre-school aged children to attend a kindergarten round table on Wednesday, March 11, at 7 p.m. in the school library. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a possible change in the Carlisle kindergarten schedule to four full days, instead of the current mix of two full days and three half days. This change would result in more time spent on learning, less time lost to transitions ,and budget savings due to the elimination of mid-day buses.The school values teacher and parent input as part of the decision-making process and invites you to join the discussion on March 11.

Foss Farm garden plots now available

The 450 square-foot plots are available for $10/plot, maximum of two plots per family. Gardens are plowed and staked each spring and wells with hand pumps provide water for the gardeners during the growing season. Bob Dennison continues to manage Foss Farm Community Gardens.

To obtain a garden plot assignment, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope, a check payable to the Town of Carlisle and the form, accessed at, by March 31 to Bob Dennison, 165 Stearns Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Assignments for garden plot requests received after the March 31 deadline will be made on a space-available basis.

Notice to 2008 gardeners: remove your remaining garden materials, including mulch fabric, stakes and tomato cages to facilitate plowing for the 2009 growing season.

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/each additional vehicle.

Follow the plant hunters at Gleason Library March 10

  Come to the Gleason Public Library on Tuesday, March 10, to hear Lexington landscape designer/historian Nancy Hubert present “The Plant Hunters,” the fascinating story of men and women who have traveled the world since the 1600s to find new and exotic plants. The illustrated lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in the Hollis room, and is co-sponsored by the Carlisle Garden Club and the Carlisle Historical Society. You may learn more about the history of the plants in your garden, identify new specimens you would like to add to your collection, or just enjoy the adventures of the plant hunters and their medical and scientific discoveries.

  Light refreshments will be served, and a brief meeting of the Garden Club will follow the program.

Friday Night Live is tonight

Attention all middle school students: do not miss Friday Night Live (FNL) tonight, March 6, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. 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; admission is $4. For additional information, contact Nicole Bloomfield at 1-978-371-0235 or any other Carlisle Youth Commission member.

School supplies wanted for Eagle Scout project

Carlisle Boy Scout Matthew Koski is working on his Eagle Scout project collecting school supplies for Silgich Hill Academy. Silgich Hill Academy, sponsored by KIMbia Athletics, is an elementary school outside of Eldoret, Kenya. The collection will be March 7 and 8 at Ferns Country Store. There will also be a collection box outside of the main office at Carlisle School, March 9 through 12. Items needed: Pencils, pens, markers, crayons, erasers and notepads. Call Matthew at 1-978-287-5284 with any questions.

Carlisle Conservation Coffee March 10

The Tuesday, March 10, the Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Come and speak with Steve Carlin, who has been Supervisor of Great Brook Farm State Park since December 2006. Find out what is new and what is planned for this important State Park in Carlisle.

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are 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.

Save the following Tuesday mornings for upcoming coffees: April 14, May 12 and June 9.

Dodgeball is back March 20

Attention Middle school students: dodgeball is back. The Carlisle Youth Commission is excited to announce the second Middle school dodgeball tournament of the year on March 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Corey Gym.

Teams will consist of six students and must be co-ed with no less than two boys or two girls on each team. Sign up sheets will be posted at school and at the March 6 Friday Night Live. Prizes will be awarded for several categories, including best team name and most original uniforms. Save the date and start forming your teams.

For addition information, contact Nicole Bloomfield at 1-978-371-0235 or by email at The CYC looks forward to seeing everyone on March 20.

Water Park fun March 22

Join other families in a Carlisle School Association (CSA)-sponsored event to CoCo Key Water Resort. Help to raise money and get tickets at a discount. CoCo Key combines the relaxation and enchantment of the Florida Keys with the wild excitement of a 65,000-square-foot indoor water park at the Resort Sheraton Ferncroft in nearby Danvers. The event is on Sunday, March 22, from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale through March 14. Order forms went home with students and are also available at Contact Dan Jacques at 1-978-371-6411 or with questions.

MCC camp registration

Summer camp registration opens March 7 at Middlesex Community College’s Summer Camp Open House at the Bedford Campus, Building 9, Enrollment Center from 9 a.m. to noon. Camps include: Fashion Design, Film Production, Broadcasting, Exercise Physiology, Veterinary Medicine, Digital Photography, Aviation, Anime,

Cartooning and more. For more information, visit

BINGO night March 17

The Carlisle School Association is pleased to bring a free, family-oriented, fun-filled evening of BINGO once again this year. Come join in the games and refreshments on Tuesday, March 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public Schools. Children not yet in fifth grade must be accompanied by an adult.

St. Patrick’s Day lunch for seniors March 14

Concord Carlisle High School (CCHS) class of 2009 will host the annual St.Patrick’s Day lunch and entertainment for seniors in the CCHS cafeteria on March 14 at noon. What could be better than a traditional corn beef and cabbage lunch, great friends and some laughs? Reservations are required. Call the Carlisle Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895.

“Stories of Knitting” at GPL March 17

For those who knit, want to knit, are curious about the history of knitting, or have an interest in storytelling, Kathy Goldner will present “Stories of Knitting” to the public on March 17, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library (GPL). The Friends of Gleason Public Library is sponsoring this hour-long presentation, illustrated with photographs, knitted items and antiques from Kathy’s collection. Bring your knitting and bring a friend for this special treat. Carlisle’s Knitting in Service Society (KISS) meets at the Carlisle First Religious Society monthly to knit for the homeless. To learn more, visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

Newcomers welcome tea March 10

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. If you are new to the area, this is an opportunity to meet other newcomers. RSVP to Ros at or 1-978-318-7928.

For more information about the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers’ Club, visit or contact Ann at 1-978-254-511.

Concord Band’s 50th Anniversary Concert

The Concord Band will present its 50th Anniversary Concert on March 14 at 8 p.m. in the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Auditorium.The concert will feature a wide range of music and oustanding guests soloists. For tickets, call 1-978-897-9969.

LWV climate talk

William Moomaw, Professor of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School at Tufts University will present “Addressing Climate Change and Energy in A Time of Financial Turmoil” on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Acton’s R.J. Grey Jr. High School library, 16 Charter Road in the central school campus. Tickets are $10. Students free. For information, visit

Women in Transcendentalism

Join Megan Marshall, author of The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism, for a talk and dialogue on women’s involvement in the Transcendental Movement on Wednesday, March 12, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street, Concord. For more information, visit, email or call 1-978-369-3842.

The Mikado comes to Concord March 14

The Mikado will be performed at 51 Walden in Concord on March 14 at 8 p.m. and March 15 at 2 p.m. This semi-staged production, conducted by Alan Yost, is sponsored by the Friends of the Performing arts in Concord (FOPAC).

Tickets are $25/adults and $20/seniors and students, and may be purchased by calling 1-978-369-7911 or online at Proceeds will benefit the operation of the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden.

Piano concert March 15

The Parish Center for the Arts (PCA), 10 Lincoln Street, Westford, presents Jeanne Farewell, concert pianist, on Sunday, March 15; at 3:15 p.m. there will be a pre-concert talk, with the concert “Paintings at a Performance” at 4 p.m. For more information, visit or call 1-978-692-6333.

Firehouse Coffeehouse welcomes Carlene Carter tonight

Carlene Carter performs at the Firehouse Coffeehouse tonight at 8 p.m., 19 Foster Street, Littleton.  Daughter of the legendary June Carter Cash and Country Music Hall-of-Famer Carl Smith, and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, the Grammy-nominated Carter freely straddles the line between rock and country, and enjoys broad appeal across both genres.  Tickets are $25 and are available in advance at the Minor Chord in Littleton, online at or by calling 1-978-742-9957.  

Call of the wolf March 8

The Nature Connection of Concord will welcome the Wolf Conservation Center of South Salem, New York and their six-year-old Arctic gray wolf, Atka, on Sunday, March 8, with two shows, one from 1 to 2 p.m. and the second from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Alcott School, 93 Laurel Street, Concord. There is limited seating with advance tickets available at: The Concord Bookshop, West Concord 5&10, at 1-978-369-2585 and online at:

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

Men’s breakfast: On Thursday, March 12, have breakfast at the Sleeper Room at 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.

SHINE counselor: Call the COA office if you want to make an appointment with a SHINE counselor for Friday, March 13 or 27, from 1 to 3 p.m.

CCHS St. Patrick’s Day lunch and musical entertainment: This free event, hosted by the senior class, is for Concord and Carlisle senior citizens and takes place at the CCHS cafeteria at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 14. Reservations are required; call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895. For a ride, call the van line at 1-978-371-6690.

Monthly luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, March 19 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for lunch followed by Rachel “Pagey” Elliott speaking about her memoir From Hoofbeats to Dog Steps. Pagey has lived in Carlisle for over 60 years. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up, no later than Monday, March 16. The cost is $3 or more. There will be a free blood pressure clinic from 11 – 11:45 a.m. Call the van line if you need a ride.

Knitting in Service Society: The next meeting is March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library and will feature The Stories of Knitting by Knitting Out Loud publisher, Kathy Goldner (

Mosquito Trash Party April 4

This year’s Mosquito Trash Party will be on Saturday, April 4. Contact Lisa Chaffin for more information at

Easy fundraiser for Carlisle Public School

The “Register Tapes for Education” program allows the Carlisle Public School (CPS) to trade receipts from Donelan’s Supermarket in Acton and Littleton and Crosby’s Market in Concord for needed school items such as art supplies, networking and computer equipment, at no cost to you. Drop your register receipts dated between September 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009 in the drop box in the school library. If you have any questions or would like to be part of the group that helps tally up in April, contact Kevin, Supermarket Receipts Coordinator at 1-978-369-7206.

BOH public meeting on well regs March 17

The Carlisle Board of Health (BOH) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, March 17, at 8 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall to discuss proposed revisions to the Town of Carlisle Water Supply Regulations. Copies of the full text are available at the Board of Health office, Town Clerk’s office and at The public is invited to comment.

CSA town budget presentation March 17

The Carlisle Finance Committee will discuss the impact of the school budget on the town budget at the next Carlisle School Association (CSA)-sponsored parent informational coffee. This will be held at the Corey Dining Room at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17. Come to hear current plans, give your feedback on key decisions and have your questions and concerns addressed.

CCMS concert March 8

The Concord Chamber Music Society (CCMS) will present a concert featuring the Muir String Quartet, joined by pianist Menahem Pressler, on March 8, at 3 p.m. at Concord Academy’s Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street. For more information, visit or call 1-978-371-9667.


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