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Friday, April 10, 2009

Early Music concert on April 16

The Cambridge Society for Early Music (CSEM) will perform by candlelight at the First Religious Society on Thursday, April 16, at 8 p.m. Featured will be music from around the celebration of the marriage of Spain’s King Philip II to England’s Princess Mary Tudor in 1554, by Cabezón, Morales, Tallis and Tye. General admission is $30, $25/seniors and students with ID and free for children. For information, call 1-617-489-2062, email or visit

Historical Society open house April 12

On Easter Sunday, April 12, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Carlisle Historical Society will hold its first open house of the spring season at its home, Heald House, 698 Concord Street. This is an opportunity to view Carlisle history through its collections – there is something to hold the attention of every age group and interest.

Bring the family, meet your neighbors and friends at the open house and revisit Carlisle’s unique history.

Conservation Coffee April 14

The Tuesday, April 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. Members of the Land Stewardship Committee will discuss their activities over the last year as they assisted the Carlisle Conservation Commission in managing the town-owned conservation properties. Members also will report on two wildlife studies underway on town conservation lands, as well as the unusual agricultural permits granted this year. Light continental breakfast is provided.

Free playdate at Carlisle Kids’ House April 22

Carlisle Kids’ House invites all children in grades K-6 grade on Wednesday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a free playdate. Activities will include a presentation from Animal Adventures, pizza, sports, arts and crafts, face painting and more. Children may be dropped off (after necessary paperwork is filled out) or parents are invited to stay. For more information, call: 1-978-369-5558 or email

Public meeting on proposed Gleason restoration April 16

The Board of Library Trustees will hold a public meeting on April 16 at 3:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library, Hollis Room, to provide further information about the proposed library restoration and repair project going before Town Meeting on May 4. Architect Drayton Fair of Lerner, Ladds and Bartels, Inc. will be present to provide an overview of the diagnostic work and water testing performed on the building this winter and present the recommendation for a comprehensive repair of the Gleason Public Library historic facade. The public is invited to attend and ask questions.

For those not able to attend, the meeting will be filmed, shown on CCTV’s Channel 9, and available through the website via video on

demand provided by CCTV in late April.

Box tops needed

Save and clip your General Mills box tops and place them in the box labeled “Box Tops for Education” at the Carlisle Public School library. There will be a prize at the end of the year for the class that collects the most box tops for the 2008-2009 school year.

Pass It Forward May 30

Carlisle’s seventh annual Pass It Forward Day will be Saturday, May 30, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Carlisle Transfer Station. If you represent a charity and want to share in the bounty, contact Mary Zoll at 1-978-369-5236 as soon as possible.

Carlisle “Woodcock Walk” April 11

Join D’Ann and Tom Brownrigg on a trip to Foss Farm on Saturday, April 11, to observe American Woodcocks on their breeding grounds. The males perform spectacular flight displays, circling upward hundreds of feet before descending.

Meet at Foss Farm parking lot at 7:30 p.m. The flight displays start shortly after dusk. Bring binoculars if you have them. Come prepared for light rain, as the walk will not be cancelled unless the rain is heavy, in which case the walk will be held on Saturday, April 18, at the same time.

Contact the Brownriggs at 1-978-369-5609 or with questions.

Bird walk on April 19

Carlisle birder Alan Ankers will be leading a Menotomy Bird Club trip on Sunday, April 19, looking for early migrants such as sparrows, swallows, raptors and the first warblers. Beginner birders are welcome. Bring binoculars and meet at Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road at 8 a.m. If you have any questions, contact the leader by email at

Praying with Lior comes to Chelmsford

The bittersweet documentary Praying with Lior has been moving multi-religious audiences to laughter and tears since its release in February 2008. All are welcome to come to Congregation Shalom in North Chelmsford on Saturday evening, April 18, at 7 p.m. to experience this film. Directed by Ilana Trachtman, the film is 87 minutes in length. Light refreshments will be served, and a brief discussion will follow the movie.

Cancer workshop April 14

The American Cancer Society will hold a “Look Good . . .Feel Better” free session for cancer patients on Tuesday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bethke Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital. Cosmetologists provide the service. Pre-registration is with Natalie Faranacci at 1-978-287-3788.

CPT offers new series beginning April 14

The Center for Parents and Teachers (CPT) will offer a four-week parenting series, “Guiding Good Choices.” This course addresses the social pressures that young adolescents face and equips parents with effective communication skills. Meetings will take place every other Tuesday, April 14, 28, May 12, 26, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Ripley Building, 120 Meriam Road, Concord. Fee is $60. Sign-up by contacting Angela at or 1-978-202-1146. Registration form can be downloaded from and mailed to 120 Meriam Road, Concord, MA 01742.

Be a Walden Pond Junior Ranger

The Walden Pond State Reservation Junior Ranger program offers hiking, natural history, wildlife ID, tree ID, fishing and cultural history. Program dates and times are as follows:

• Junior Ranger Cubs, 6- to 8-year-olds: July 6 to 10 from 9 to 11 a.m.

• Junior Ranger Bears, 9- to 11-year-olds: July 20 to 24 from 9 to 11a.m.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are selected by lottery held on April 21. Call park headquarters for more information and to enter the lottery.

OHD scholarship applications due April 17

The Old Home Day (OHD) Committee announces the continuation of its scholarship program, funded through “event” earnings generated by the volunteer efforts of committee members and through donations designated for the OHD Scholarship program.

This year’s program will consist of two scholarships for Carlisle residents graduating from area high schools who have applied or intend to apply to an accredited college or recognized vocational technical school within 180 days of scholarship award.The selection process will focus on students who have demonstrated a keen view of community awareness and involvement. Applicants must:

• be a resident of Carlisle at the time of application.

• submit, by April 17, a completed application, including a one-page essay on “The Meaning of Community and Volunteering.”

Applications are available at and at the Gleason Public Library reference desk. Completed applications should be mailed to: OHD Scholarship Program, c/o Donna Cantrill, 419 Maple Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

Nashoba Valley Technical High School luncheon: Come to Nashoba Valley Technical High School Restaurant, 100 Littleton Road (Route 110), Westford on Tuesday, April 14, at 11:45 a.m. Choose chicken parmesan or seafood casserole as your entrée. The cost is $10 plus gratuity, payable at the luncheon. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to reserve your place. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 if you need a ride.

Monthly luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, April 16 at 11:45 a.m., at Union Hall at the FRS (First Religious Society) for lunch, followed by a concert featuring “Two Old Friends.” Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up no later than Monday, April 13. The cost is $3 minimum. There will be a free blood pressure clinic from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call the van line if you need a ride.

Ballet tickets: The COA has a few more tickets to the Boston Ballet’s Sunday, April 26 at 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.

Information session on Carleton-Willard at Home: The COA is hosting an information session on Thursday, April 30 at 1 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. Come hear about services offered to allow seniors to stay comfortably at home as they age. If you cannot attend and want more information, contact Stephanie Smith at 1-781-1910 or

Podiatry clinic: On Tuesday, May 5, Dr. Ayleen Gregorian will be seeing 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 made payable to Friends of Carlisle COA (FCOA), payable on the day of the clinic.

Better Breathers meet April 16

The Better Breathers Club at Emerson Hospital will hold its monthly meeting in the North Assembly Room at Emerson, from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 16. Mayra Seyfarth, MD, RD, LDN, will present a lecture titled, “Eat Well – Breathe Better!” 

  The public is invited to this free lecture. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the pulmonary rehabilitation team at 1-978-287-3715.

Mystery in the library for Carlisle’s teens May 2

A storybook character has gone missing from the library’s shelves, and foul play is suspected. Investigators will meet at the library on Saturday, May 2, from noon to 2 p.m., in the hopes of solving this puzzling crime. No one is free from suspicion.

Mystery in the Library is a semi-scripted event, open to all fifth- to eighth-graders, during which all attendees will participate in and help unveil the truth behind the disappearance of a fictional character from the library. Each participant will be assigned a well-known character at the time of registration, and is asked to arrive at the event in costume – no other preparation necessary. Character and crime information will be provided at the door. Food and drink for all, and prizes for those who guess “whodunit” will be provided.

Registration is ongoing at the reference desk. Because participants will be assigned a character when they register, pre-registration is required. Mystery in the Library is made possible by a Manton Foundation grant, and was planned by TOGA, Gleason’s teen advisory board. For more information about the event, or TOGA, visit the library’s website,, or write Erica, Gleason’s teen librarian:

Register for Driver Ed classes starting April 16

The Concord Carlisle Driving School at CCHS opens this May. A team of instructors and two new cars are ready to begin classes. The school was developed and funded by the Community Education program, and its start-up and operating expenses will be recovered with student fees. It will be limited to CCHS students and district residents at this time. An evening class will meet Monday and Wednesday, May 4 to June 24, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at CCHS. An afternoon class will meet Tuesday and Thursday, May 5 to June 23, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at CCHS. An evening class in July has also been announced. Details are at

Registration begins Thursday, April 16, at 7 a.m. at the CCHS Cafeteria, and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited in each class. The fee is $600 for the 30-hour class program and 12 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction and 12 hours of observation. Students must be 15 years ten months to begin the class, and 16 by the final day of their classroom schedule.

For more information, contact Adult and Community Education at or 1-978-318-1540.

Author Jack Gantos visits May 5

Carlisle School Association Cultural Enrichment is sponsoring a school-wide visit by award-winning author, Jack Gantos, on Tuesday, May 5. Gantos’ awards include being a National Book Award finalist and a Newbury Honor Award recipient. He will give presentations on journaling and writing in the school auditorium to three groups (grade K-2, 3-5 and 6-8) and follow up with a book-autographing session in the school library at 2:30 p.m. His books will be available at the Book Fair on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult after 3 p.m., for book-signing. To save time, books may be purchased in advance at the Book Fair on Monday, May 4.

Annual kindergarten talk April 28

Parents of children eligible to enter Carlisle Public School’s kindergarten in the fall of 2009 are cordially invited to attend the annual kindergarten talk on Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in the Robbins Library of the Carlisle Public School. If you have any questions, call Rebecca Tambini or Sheila Morris at 1-978-369-6550.

School vacation movie April 23

Come to the Gleason Library Hollis Room on Thursday, April 23, at 1:30 for a showing of a new to DVD story of a small mouse, a princess and an evil rat. Refreshments will be provided.

LWV hosts house tour

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle will hold its Spring House Tour on Wednesday, April 15, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., “Room for Us: Adapting Spaces to Your Needs.” Tour homes in Concord, and learn how to make the most of your living space when you need to expand, downsize, modify or update your home.

The day begins at 9 a.m. with registration and continental breakfast at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street, Concord. Holly Cratsley, AIA, Principal of Nashawtuc Architects, Inc., gives an introductory talk at 9:30 a.m. Tour of homes starts at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 by advance registration or $35 at the door. Mail checks to “LWVCC House Tour,” P.O. Box 34, Concord, MA 01742. For more information,,, 1-978-369-3842 or 1-978-369-7172.

LWV forum on Spalding Building

The League of Women Voters (LWV) Forum on the warrant article addressing the replacement of the Spalding Building and the renovation of the Carlisle Public School will replay on Comcast Channel 8 as follows: Saturdays, 8 a.m.; Mondays, 10 p.m.; Tuesdays, 1 p.m. and Wednesdays, 9 p.m. through May 11, at 8 a.m.

What’s up on Patriots Day, April 20

This is the 234th year since British troops marched from Boston through Lexington and then on to Concord, sparking the armed conflict of the American Revolution. Carlisle has been an integral part of Revolutionary War reenactments and participates in a number of celebrations. This year’s Patriots Day celebration will be on Monday, April 20, with the following schedule:

6:45 a.m.: Ringing of the meeting house bells, summoning the Minutemen to muster on the Common.

6:50 a.m.: Flag-raising.

6:55 a.m.: Ceremony at Revolutionary War monument next to the FRS on School Street.

7 a.m.: Begin march to Concord, along the original route of the Minutemen through Estabrook Woods.

8 a.m.: Five-minute stop at the cellar hole.

9 a.m.: Arrive at North Bridge hillside

9:30 a.m.: Join parade

11:30 a.m.: conclude parade at Hunt Gym.

The Minutemen will issue a commemorative memento to all those who complete the march at the point where the Estabrook trail turns back to pavement at Estabrook Road in Concord. A $1 donation will cover the cost of the trail walk memento. A matted pen-and-ink drawing, by Phyllis Hughes, of the Estabrook Trail walk will be given away by drawing a name out of a cocked hat at the conclusion of the walk.

Carlisle Minutemen will also participate at: Bedford Pole Capping: April 11, at 10:30 a.m.; Battle Road events: April 18, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

North Bridge Ceremony: April 19, at 6 a.m.

For a complete list and details of the events go to and click on News and Upcoming events.

Landscape designer speaks at GPL April 13

Landscape historian and designer Maria Stella will give a presentation on constructing an environmentally engineered home and landscape at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 13, in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library.

This free program is made possible by the Carlisle Garden Club and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. Refreshments will be served. To learn more, visit or call 978-369-4898. To learn more about the Carlisle Garden Club, visit

Commella’s to make donations to CCHS

Comella’s Homemade Italian Foods will share Thursdays in April with the Concord-Carlisle High School Parents Association. When you dine in or carry out and mention the CCHS Parents’ Association (CCHS PA), Comella’s will donate 25% of the value of your order to benefit CCHS students. Comella’s is located at 12 Walden Street in Concord. Call 1-978-369-9555. You must mention the CCHS PA when you order and pick up.

CSA t-shirt sale: order by April 17

A fabulous array of Carlisle clothing is available through the Carlisle School Association annual t-shirt sale.  Purchase the ever popular Names t-shirt (lists everyone in the school), husky logo t-shirts, pin wheel tie-dye t-shirts and sweatshirts, plus, new this year, a mouse pad of the school’s 2009-2010 calendar.Order deadline is Friday, April 17. Order forms were sent home in your children’s backpacks in March, and are also available on at

Carlisle Cineclub April 17

Aimez-vous le cinéma français? Aimeriez-vous parler français? Join fellow Carlisle francophiles for a monthly French movie outing. After the movie, the group will pick a local gathering spot in which to discuss the movie in French and English.

Details, including an early evening movie time, place and carpooling will be arranged by email. Contact for further details.

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