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Friday, March 13, 2009

Potluck and contra dance tonight

A New England contra dance will be held tonight, March 13, in Union Hall at the First Religious Society in Carlisle center. For those interested in sharing a meal before the dance, a potluck supper starts at 6:30 p.m. Dancing begins at 8 p.m. Calling is by Walter Lenk; music is by the Carlisle Band (Walter Lenk, Debby Knight, David Titus) and friends. A $5/person admission will be collected during intermission. All dances will be taught. Beginners and singles welcome. For more information, call 1-978-369-1661.

Early Release Day movie at GPL March 17

Wish you could sing and dance your way through school? Enjoy an afternoon of non-stop entertainment that will have you tapping your feet and humming the tunes. When: Tuesday, March 17. Time: Lunch 12 to 12:30 p.m. (pizza or brown bag lunch). The movie, rated G, runs 12:30 to 2:20 p.m. in the Hollis room of the Gleason Public Library (GPL). Grades 5 to 8 only. Subscribe to the GPL enewsletter in order to learn the name of the film in advance. The movie is a collaboration between the Carlisle Recreation Department and the GPL to provide Early Release Day activities for students. For further information on the movie, visit (the Internet movie database site). Students interested in attending must bring a note with a parent’s cell phone number and permission to attend the program. The Recreation Department offers programs with a small fee after 2:30 p.m. Call 1-978-369-9815 to register. This program is funded by a grant from the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest with support from the GPL.

Bingo at CPS March 17

The Carlisle School Association is pleased to sponsor a free, fun-filled evening of Bingo once again this year. 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 School (CPS). Children not yet in fifth grade must be accompanied by an adult.

Sierra Club comes to Carlisle March 19

A Carlisle Sierra Club Committee will be formed Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m. in the Hollis room of Gleason Library. The committee will bring to the club’s Carlisle members and other local activists, including students, the rich resources of the nation’s oldest and most comprehensive environmental organization. For further information, visit or phone 1-978-369-3685. The public is welcome to attend.

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 Friday, March 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Corey Gym.

Prizes will be awarded for several categories, including best team name and most original uniforms.

For additional information, contact Nicole Bloomfield at 1-978-371-0235 or by email at

Boy Scout fertilizer and birdseed sale ends on March 14

Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135’s annual Fertilizer and Birdseed Sale ends on Saturday, March 14. For sale are 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 town Transfer Station and in Ferns parking lot on March 14 to take orders. The products will be delivered to customer homes on April 4. Proceeds from the sale plus donations help to defray the costs of Troop 135’s many programs. More than 40 Carlisle boys are registered in the troop.

Three-church potluck supper March 28

The three “faith communities” of Carlisle, the First Religious Society, St. Irene Church and the Carlisle Congregational Church, invite all in the town to a potluck dinner/sing-along to be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church (147 School Street) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. Anthems from the choirs are planned, followed by a group singing of favorite popular songs, from the 1890s to the 1940s. Donations are welcome to benefit the fuel assistance fund for people in town. If you would like to come, register by calling Deb Pichulo at the Congregational Church at 1-978-369-7830.

Special Education Parent Support Group meets March 20

The Carlisle Special Education Parent Support Group will hold its next meeting on Friday, March 20, at 9 a.m., location to be determined. RSVP to

Remember that any personal information discussed at all Carlisle Special Education Parent Support Group meetings shall remain confidential. For further information, see 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.

PJ Story Time on Tillie Lays an Egg, March 25

Join in on Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. for a special PJ Story Time in the Hollis room featuring Terry Golson and her real-live hen, Tillie. Terry will be doing a reading and book signing of her new children’s book, Tillie Lays an Egg. Beginning March 18, check out the display in the children’s room to see the objects that Tillie looks for. Suggested for ages four and up. Adult chicken aficionados are welcome to attend also.

Parent program on bullying March 25

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) brings you a parent education program on bullying and cyber bullying on Wednesday, March 25, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Carlisle Public School’s library. This presentation is free of charge. All parents, particularly those with children in middle and high school, are encouraged to attend. A representative from Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC), the Commonwealth’s research and information clearinghouse on bullying and cyber bullying, will present.

Parents will be educated about what their children are doing online and given concrete tips on how to partner effectively with schools to resolve problems that arise. Reasonable behavior expectations and ways to support children will also be covered.

Carlisle walking group starts April 2

Jane Anderson is starting an informal walking group which will start on Thursday, April 2, at 9:30 a.m. and leave for a brisk walk from Center Park. Jane will be there every Thursday in April unless there is rain or snow. Jane is expecting to walk for about one to two hours each Thursday morning, and will start exploring the Carlisle Pathways and, as weather improves, move on to exploring the various Carlisle Trails. Wear good walking shoes and bring bug spray as spring approaches. If you have questions or want to talk to Jane, you can reach her at 1-978-369-9672 or

Newcomers shopping

On Wednesday, March 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., Concord-Carlisle Newcomers are invited to a special shopping event at Talbots at 149 Great Road in Acton. Talbots president/CEO will show their new spring styles. For more information, visit or contact Ann at 1-978-254-5117.

Scholarship Fund applications due April 1

Applications for the Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund are available online at Students seeking support for the 2009-2010 academic year must submit their applications by April 1. As an independent non-profit, Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund has been providing support to deserving local students for nearly 43 years. The CCSF scholarships are based primarily on need. However, applications are shared with many local organizations such as the Rotary Club of Concord, the United Women’s Club of Concord, the VFW, the Concord Public Library, the Rivercrest-Deaconess-Newbury Court and the Carlisle Garden Club, which may award both merit and need-based scholarships. Direct questions about applications or donations to

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 Town 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.

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 managing 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.

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

Carlisle Candidates Forum April 26

The annual Carlisle Candidates Forum will be on Sunday, April 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. Come hear and ask questions of candidates for Carlisle’s public offices.

Community Symposium March 28

Concord-Carlisle Community Adult Education is sponsoring a Community Symposium, “Changes and Choices: Our Economy, Our Environment,” at CCHS on Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be practical and engaging exhibits and films for all ages, as well as a keynote address by Tedd Saunders and workshops, including those by Carlisle presenters Larry Bearfield and Robin Emerson, John Lee, and Fiona and James Sibley. This event is free and open to all.

For information, call 1-978-318-1540 or email

Monthly walks at Great Meadows

Saturday, March 21, at 10 a.m. will mark the beginning of monthly walks at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Concord, led by naturalist Cherrie Corey. These walks will emphasize the plants and seasonal wonders of this diverse and historic wetlands landscape. Summaries of each month’s discoveries, a plant and refernce list and web links to Corey’s seasonal photo albums of Great Meadows plants and other discoveries are sent to each participant. For information, email or call 1-978-7560-1933. No pre-registration is required. A voluntary donation of $5/person will be gratefully accepted. Walks begin at the Great Meadows NWR parking lot.

Sap-to-Syrup breakfast March 14 and 15

Real maple syrup on fresh pancakes is the centerpiece of Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm’s annual Sap-to-Syrup Farmer’s breakfast, but don’t forget about the homemade sausage and roasted potatoes. The breakfasts are on March 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $14/adults, $11/children and free for children under three. Reservations in advance are required. To register, call 1-781-259-2206.

Before or after breakfast explore the natural history of maple trees, and see how sap is collected from Drumlin Farm’s sugar bush. Tours are ongoing between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Learn how the Native Americans produced syrup and why the season is so short here in eastern Massachusetts. Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 208 South Great Road (Route 117) in Lincoln. To learn more, call 1-781-259-2200 or visit

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

Monthly luncheon: Join the Council on Aging (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 to 11:45 a.m. Call the van line if you need a ride.

Knitting in Service Society: The next meeting is Tuesday, 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 ( This hour-long presentation, illustrated with photographs, knitted items and antiques from Kathy’s collection, explores knitting past and present, through stories.

Women’s breakfast: The theme of this breakfast is “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with chef “Lady Di” on Wednesday, March 25, at 8:30 a.m. in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. For all you Audrey Hepburn fans, pull out those 1960s glam hats and gloves, wear your most sparkling jewels or vintage ‘50s and ‘60s suits, dresses or skirts or just come as you are. There will be a prize for the best hat. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up no later than Friday, March 20. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 if you need a ride. The cost is $3 or more.

Sleeping Beauty ballet: The COA has a few more tickets to the Boston Ballet’s Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m. performance of Sleeping Beauty. Tickets are $63 apiece. If eight or more are interested, the COA van is available for $10 per person.

Ballet seminars: Former ballet performer and instructor Barbara Howell will lead a three-part series using Swan Lake as a focus. The seminars are from 10:30 a.m. to noon on April 3, 10 and 17 in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library. There is no fee for this series, but seating is limited to 50 people. Call the Gleason reference desk at 1-978-369-4898 to reserve your space.

“Four Seasons in a Perennial Garden”

More so than ever this year, we’re looking for signs of spring. Join Stephanie Reid, Certified Master Gardener, at Concord-Carlisle High School starting Tuesday, March 24, at 7 p.m., for a four-session course called “Four Seasons in a Perennial Garden.” This course is for novices and experienced gardeners to learn to design, prepare and create a lovely four-season landscape in a manner that will add beauty and value to your property. Applying principles of sustainability will contribute to your enjoyment and appreciation of nature, and have a positive impact on the environment. Call Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education at 1-978-318-1540 days, 1-978-318-1432 evenings, or register at The fee for this course is $79 for district residents.

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