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Friday, March 27, 2009

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. tomorrow, 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.

Early Release Day movie at GPL April 7

See a heartwarming tale of a family’s ups and downs as an adorable yet incorrigible dog enters their lives and grows along with them. When: Tuesday, April 7. Time: Lunch, 12 to 12:30 p.m. (pizza or brown bag lunch). Movie runs 12:30 to 2:15 p.m. Place: Gleason Public Library (GPL), third floor, Hollis Room. Rating: PG. Grades 5 to 8 only. Students: 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 Gleason Public Library.

COA Tanglewood trip reservations due April 1

Join the Carlisle seniors on a trip to Tanglewood, overnight on August 2 to 3, for only $298, bus driver’s tip included. Stay at the pretty Williams Inn (which has an indoor pool), and get two complete meals and reserved seats inside the Shed, a trip to Norman Rockwell Museum and Chesterwood and extensive sightseeing throughout.

Flyers can be picked up at Carlisle COA office or from Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or Checks should be payable to Gateway Tours and sent to: Joanne Willens, 145 Church Street, B-12, Carlisle, MA 01741. Deposits are due by April 1.

“Introduction to the Ballet” at GPL begins April 3

This April at Gleason Public Library (GPL), Barbara Howell will present a series of lectures on the ballet, featuring three different performances of Swan Lake – American, English and Russian. The seminars are from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 3, 10 and 17 in the Hollis Room of the GPL.

There is no fee for this series but seating is limited to 50 people. Call the Gleason Library Reference Desk at 1-978-369-4898 to reserve your space. This free program is made possible by the Friends of the Council on Aging and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. To learn more about library events, visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

CTA announces changes to scholarships; applications due April 1

The Carlisle Teachers’ Association (CTA) has voted to change the award structure of its Marguerite Grant Scholarship (for graduating high school seniors) and Amy Lapham Award for Continuing Education (for current college students). Each scholarship will now be awarded to one former Carlisle student based on financial need and merit. The value of each is expected to be between $2,000 and $2,500. In the past, smaller awards had been granted to multiple applicants.

Applicants will be asked to supply a Student Aid Report and a short piece of writing. Students must be graduating or have graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School or Minuteman Regional High School, and have documented financial need in order to apply. Students who did not graduate from the Carlisle Public School are not eligible. If awarded the Marguerite Grant Scholarship, a student would still be eligible to apply for the Amy Lapham Award in successive years.

Applications for the scholarship will be available in the Carlisle School office after April 1. They will also be available online at under the “Community” tab.

Drop-In Story Time at GPL March 28

Come to the Gleason Public Library (GPL) for a Drop-In Story Time on Saturday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m. with stories, songs and more. These Story Times are for ages two to four. For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for children’s or visit

Friday Night Live April 3

Come and enjoy the return of spring with your friends at the April Friday Night Live (FNL) on April 3 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. As always, there will be dancing, basketball, ping pong and chess.

A $4 admission fee is collected at the door. Snacks, pizza, soda and water will be available for a small fee. Any students who are not from the Carlisle School must have a chaperone present at FNL. 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.

For information, contact Nicole Bloomfield at 1-978-371-0235 or, or any other member of the Carlisle Youth Commission.

Community Symposium March 28

The Community Symposium on ecology, the environment and changes and choices will take place at Concord-Carlisle High School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 28.

Events include:

• 9 a.m.: Keynote Address: “The Bottom Line of Green is Black,” by Tedd Saunders, author, and founder of EcoLogical Solutions, Inc.
• Workshops, films, exhibits and food
• Fun, practical learning for all ages
• Backyard Gardening
• New Ways of Working
• Eating Organic, Seasonal and Local
• Wisdom Tales for a Small Planet
• Greening the Home
• 10 Ways: Turn Your Clutter to Cash
• Finance Planning: Uncertain Times
• Managing Money Stress
• Managing Change Today
• Building/Supporting Local Business

Come to experience a sense of community, and to learn about changes and choices that you can make right now.

For more information contact Concord-Carlisle Community Education, This event is a community service of Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education, a Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Agency.

Story Times at GPL begin March 30

Sign up now for the spring Story Time sessions at the Gleason Public Library (GPL), which begin the week of March 30 and end the week of May 18.

The library is offering registered story- time sessions for two age groups: 3- to 4 ½-year-olds and 4 ½- to 6-year-olds. Children in the younger group must be three years old by April 2, 2009. They will meet on Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Children in the older group must be five by September 30, 2009. They will meet on Monday afternoons from 1:30 to 2:10 p.m. Library Story Times will not meet during the public school April vacation.

If you have questions, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children’s department.

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. Based primarily on need, scholarship applications are shared with many local organizations which may award both merit and need-based scholarships. Direct questions about applications or donations to

Barn dance March 28

On Saturday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m., the Parish Center for the Arts (PCA), 10 Lincoln Street, Westford, will present a barn dance. Sarah Gregory Smith will be calling and Oh, CONTRAire! will provide the music.

All are welcome. No experience is required. First-time dancers: come at 7 p.m. for free instruction and get into the dance free. Also, free with a student ID card. All dancers are entered into a drawing for a Great Meadows Collection CD of Contra Music.

Adults/$5, teens/$3, with a family maximum of $12. For more information, call 1-978-692-6333 or email

Register Tapes for Education deadline is March 31

The “Register Tapes for Education” program allows the Carlisle School Association (CSA) 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. The CSA is collecting register receipts in a drop box in the school library, so please 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, please contact Kevin at or 1-978-369-7206.

Disney’s The Aristocats Kids opens April 3

Starz-N-Lightz Repertory Theatre-Youth Ensemble will present Disney’s The Aristocats Kids April 3 at 7 p.m., April 4 at 2 p.m., and April 5 at 4 p.m. at the Gates School Cafetorium at 75 Spruce Street in Acton.

Tickets for this show are now on sale and available on; at West Acton Market, through cast members and via the ticket hotline at 1-978-760-3116. All seats are general admission and are $8. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to show time.

Documentary on slave trade April 4

On Saturday, April 4, at 2 p.m, Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord, will host a screening of a documentary film that unearths a hidden legacy of slavery in America. Traces of the Trade: A Story From The Deep North was one of the few documentaries chosen from 953 submissions to be shown at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2008. It  traces a journey by Katrina Browne, the filmmaker, and nine of her cousins into the dark past of the slave trade which enriched their white New England family. Dain Perry and Constance Perry will be discussion facilitators. The film screening in Trinity’s Parish Hall is open to the public. For more information, call 1-978-369-3715 or visit

Emerson Hospital Auxiliary hosts Pops Concert April 4

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary will hold its spring Pops Concert on April 4 at the Walden Performing Arts Center located at 51 Walden Street in Concord. The Concord Band will perform at 8 p.m. under the direction of new music director James O’Dell. The program includes traditional tunes from Old New England, such as “Boston Liberties,” “Concord,” and selections from The Phantom of the Opera, and the spirited “Dixieland Live” music.

Individual sponsorships for the event are available by donating $35 or more towards the hospital’s scholarship fund. Tickets for the event are $25/person and can be purchased at the door or by contacting Anne Lehmann at 1-978-318-0338 or

COA doings

Free tax assistance: If you need help with tax assistance, the Bedford COA will have an AARP-certified volunteer tax consultant available, 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 a 1.5-hour appointment, call the Bedford COA at 1-781-275-6825.

Robbins Brook lunch: The next monthly luncheon sponsored by Minuteman Senior Services and the Inn at Robbins Brook will be held at the Congregational Church Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, April 1, at noon. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by March 27 as this lunch is limited to 35 people.

Walking group: Jane Anderson’s informal walking group 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 expects to walk for about one to two hours each Thursday morning, and will start exploring the Carlisle pathways and as the weather improves, move on to exploring the various Carlisle trails.Wear good walking shoes and bring bug spray. If you have questions or want to talk to Jane contact her at 1-978-369-9672, or

Monthly coffee: Join Jim and Betty Elgin and Tom and Karen Dunkers in the Sleeper Room on Thursday, April 2 at 9 a.m. for conversation and pastry, fruit, juice, coffee and tea. There is no fee and no sign-up.

Book club: The next book club meeting will be on Wednesday, April 8, at 10 a.m. at Florence Newman’s on 555 Autumn Lane. For more information, call Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-4618.

Men’s breakfast: On Thursday, April 9, the mystery chefs will cook 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. For van service, call 1-978-371-6690.

SHINE counselor: Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 if you want to make an appointment with a SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs for the Elderly)counselor for Friday April 10 and 24 from 1 to 3 p.m.

MCC’s free concert series features solo guitar recital tonight

Guitarist Tom Rohde will perform a solo recital at 8 p.m. Friday, March 27, in the MCC Concert Hall (Building 6) on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. Rohde will play works by Brazilian composers Heitor Villa-Lobos, Radames Gnattali and Paulinho Nogueira. The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, director, at or 1-781-280-3923. For directions, visit

Football players and cheerleaders wanted

Registration for the 2009 Concord Carlisle Pop Warner football and cheerleading season is now open. The program is open to children ages seven to 15. Football players have specific weight requirements to allow your children to play in a fun and safe environment.

Visit for additional information and online registration. Pre-season practice begins on August 15.

Bedford PMC Kids Ride registration is open

Online registration is now open at for the fifth annual Bedford Pan-American Challenge (PMC) Kids Ride. The event will be held June 13 at the John Glenn Middle School in Bedford. Both riders and volunteers can register at this time. Contact Amy Mason at with any questions.

Celebrate sheep at Drumlin Farm’s Woolapalooza March 28

It’s a sure sign of spring – time to shear the sheep. Join the fun on March 28 at Woolapalooza. Bask in the beauty of Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm. Festival highlights include Drumlin Farm’s new spring babies, sheep shearing and sheepherding demonstrations, hands-on activities for all ages, and all natural, locally grown and harvested Drumlin Farm food.

Local fiber artisans will offer demonstrations and sell their handmade products. Follow the “Sheep-to-Sweater Interpretive Trail” to learn how fleece on a sheep becomes the warm woolen sweater you wear. Admission to the festival is $8/adult Mass Audubon members, $10/adult nonmembers, $6 /children members and $8/children nonmembers; children under three are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 1-781-259-2206. There will also be tickets available at the door.

Children’s concert at EU April 5

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, “Meet the Brass! A Concert for All Ages” will take place at the Emerson Umbrella (EU), 40 Stow Street, Concord. This year, young musicians from the New England Conservatory’s Educational Outreach program will perform the concert, featuring selections from Saint Saens’ Carnival of the Animals. Refreshments, door prizes and an opportunity to meet the musicians will be offered as part of this musical afternoon. Admission is $10/adults, free for children 12 and under.

Discovery Museums upcoming programs

• Wednesday, April 1: Fool Your Senses, 3:30 p.m. Science Discovery. Celebrate April Fool’s Day and play tricks on your senses. Fool your ears and taste buds and see pictures and colors that are not really there. Make an optical illusion and discover how perspective and persistence of vision are in the eye of the beholder.

• Saturday, April 4: Exhibit Excitement: Face Painting Fun, 10 a.m., Children’s Discovery. Be a butterfly, a tiger, or anything else you can imagine as we decorate your face for a morning of fun.

For more information, visit

COA trip to Tall Ships: deposit due March 31 Join Carlisle seniors for a Tall Ships cruise on Friday, July 10. Leave from the Carlisle Congregational Church at 8 a.m. After a motor Coach ride to Boston, board the Provincetown II Vessel for a 1 1/2 hour Boston Harbor cruise around the Tall Ships. After the cruise, visit Quincy Market and the new Rose Kennedy Greenway and return home around 5 p.m.

Flyers are available at the COA office at Carlisle Town Hall. If interested, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or email her at Checks for $59/person are due by March 31 and should be payable to Fox Tours and mailed to Joanne Willens, 145 Church Street B-12, Carlisle, MA 01741.

MCC hosts talk on Japanese-American war experience April 6

Middlesex Community College’s One World Series will host Erica Harth, who will share her personal experiences of growing up during World War II, in a special program to be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 6, in the Bedford Campus Center’s Café East, 591 Springs Road.

Harth and her mother, a social worker, lived and worked inside Manzanar, a California Japanese-American internment camp, one of 10 U.S. camps where more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans were imprisoned during World War II. In 2001, more than 50 years after this dark chapter in U.S. history, Harth edited a volume of essays, titled Last Witnesses: Reflections on the Wartime Internment of Japanese Americans, that challenges readers to construct a better future by confronting the past.

For more information about Erica Harth at Middlesex, contact Professor Tom Laughlin at or 1-781-280-3839.

Join the Annual Trash Party April 4

Save the date: Saturday, April 4, 9 a.m. to noon, the Annual Trash Party is coming to a neighborhood near you and everyone is invited.

This Mosquito-sponsored event is a community-wide roadside pick-up of trash and litter by individuals and civic groups. The invitation is extended to everyone to stake a “trash claim” on their street or in a neighborhood. All trash (that can be moved by one person and will fit into a pick up truck) is fair game. Remember those work gloves!

Free refreshments and trash bags will be available in the parking lot next to Ferns (The Center Park) from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. Stop by to chat, grab a bag and enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Let the volunteers know where you will be collecting so your bags can be picked up at about noontime.

Volunteers with trucks or trailers who may be available anytime between noon and 3 p.m. are needed to retrieve the bags and deliver them to the Transfer Station. Students and scouts can earn community service hours.

RSVP to Lisa Chaffin, at 1-978-369-8790 or, to stake your claim, help with trucking or if you would like community service hours.

C4RJ welcomes Howard Zehr March 27

Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) welcomes Howard Zehr, a global leader of the restorative justice movement, who will speak at a community forum at Trinitarian Congregational Church on March 27 at 7:15 p.m. Zehr will discuss models for restorative justice used around the world and engage the public in dialogue about crime and justice.

Rail Trail events

The Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (BFRT) will host Steve Noble of the Farmington Valley (Connecticut) Trails Council (FVTC) on Thursday, April 23, at 7:30 pm. His presentation, “Shared Experiences With a Similar Rail Trail: Progress and Pitfalls,” will be held at the Concord Children’s Center, 1300 Main Street, Concord. Directions can be found at All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

The first phase of the BFRT, from Cross Point in Lowell to route 225 just west of Carlisle, is nearing completion.  Base paving has been done, grading and landscaping are in progress, and final paving, striping and signage will occur in the next couple of months, with an anticipated ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony some time in June or July. Visit the website for details, or contact Carlisle’s representative on the Friends’ board, Alan Cameron, at 1-978-369-2223.

DPW starts spring cleanup

submitted by Kathleen Coyle

The Department of Public Works (DPW) has already started spring maintenance work on Carlisle’s footpaths and roads, according to the DPW’s Gary Davis. In a telephone interview earlier this week, he said that the last snowstorm took both men and equipment away from clean-up activities, but that his department is making clean-up a priority as long as weather permits.

CSA meeting April 7

Join the Carlisle School Association (CSA) in the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public School for its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 7, at 9 a.m. Meetings are open to the public and all are invited to attend. For additional information about the CSA, monthly meetings and activities, visit:

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 meet, hear and ask questions of candidates for Carlisle’s public offices. Refreshments will be served following the forum.

Pools needed for summer rec programs

Pools are needed for Carlisle Recreation’s 2009 Summer Fun Program. If you would like to donate the use of your pool for swimming lessons anytime during our summer program for two or more weeks, June 29 through August 7, call Carlisle Recreation at 1-978-369-9815 or email

Carlisle Climate Action urges support
of Earth Hour March 28

Join Carlisle Climate Action to participate in Earth Hour 2009, a global event taking place on Saturday, March 28, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. to demonstrate public concern and urge immediate action on climate change. Earth hour asks participants to extinguish all non-essential lighting during this one hour. Extinguish your non-essential lights and work together to reduce the risk of climate change.

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