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Friday, April 17, 2009

Pool needed

Carlisle Recreation is in need of a swimming pool to be used for their summer swim program. A pool in the general vicinity of Westford Street and Concord Street would help make transportation easier. The pool needs to be well maintained, have access to a bathroom, have area cell phone coverage or access to a telephone, have access to a covered shelter area and be available between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 29 to August 7.

If you can help, call 1-978-369-9815 and set up an appointment to meet with the swim coordinator at your pool.

Lowell Humane Society needs your help now

The staggering economy means tough times for many. Remember that our furry and feathered friends also need your help. The Lowell Humane Society (LHS) has birds looking for a new home. Beautiful young cats need a lap to sleep on, kittens, rabbits, and dogs need new homes. You can visit the LHS shelter, 951 Broadway Street in Lowell, and see for yourself.

The shelter is always in need of pet food, dishes, bedding, bleach, paper towels, and, of course will accept cash donations. Contact them online at or call 1-978-452-7781. You can bring your contributions for the LHS to Carlisle’s Pass It Forward Day on May 30 and also can drop them at the Carlisle Farmers’ Market this summer. For more information contact Carol Foster 1-978-369-2276. The Lowell Humane Society is a private, non-profit organization.

Musketaquid offers Earth Month exhibit

The Musketaquid Arts and Environment Program announces the annual Earth Month exhibit at the Gallery of the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, from today to May 17. The Earth Month Exhibit is an unjuried show with entries from more than 40 artists, who submitted work related to Musketaquid’s 2009 theme, “Messages from the Earth: Call and Response.” The opening reception will be held on National Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Works from some of our best-known local artists, including Carlisle artists Bonnie Miskolczy and Joan Rolfe, will hang alongside pieces by children and teenagers.

For more information, call the Umbrella at 1-978-371-0820.

Vernal pool walk April 26

The Carlisle Trails Committee and the Conservation Commission will host a public vernal pool walk at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 26. Chris Kavalauskas, former Conservation Commission chairman and wildlife ecologist will lead the exploration of vernal pools on land owned by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation located on the east side of West Street near the intersection with Apple Grove Lane. She will also bring some sample vernal pool obligate species.

This is a great family activity. Wear clothes appropriate for the weather and wet footing. Bring small containers and magnifiers to view some of the smaller examples of vernal pool life. (A white Frisbee is excellent for this purpose.) Refreshments will be served after the walk. Park along the west side of West Street. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Town Forest Baseline Assessment discussion

The Carlisle Conservation Commission will hold a discussion of the Draft Town Forest Baseline Assessment, April 23, at 8:15 p.m. at Town Hall, 66 Westford Street. The Carlisle Town Forest is located on East Street. The document was prepared by the Land Stewardship Committee. Once this document is approved, a management plan can be developed. A public hearing will be held prior to formal adoption of a management plan. For more information, call Sylvia Willard, Conservation Administrator, at 1-978-369-0336.

Donate used crayons

Carlisle Fifth Grade Junior Girl Scout Troop 72655 is conducting a crayon recycling drive and will send no-longer needed crayons to the National Crayon Recycle Program. Crayons may be old or new, broken or not, preferably with paper on if possible. This is a way to keep petroleum-based crayons out of landfills. Drop-off box is in the foyer of the Gleason Library. Contact Annie Hill (1-978-369-9491) or Anna Nerenberg (1-978-287-4725) for questions or for large donations.

Jackson Gillman at Union Hall May 30

Call First Connections at 1-978-287-0221 to register for Jackson Gillman’s “Stand Up Chameleon” performance of “A Dad’s-Eye View,” at Union Hall at the First Religious Society at 10:30 a.m. on May 30. Gillman presents a kid-friendly, hilarious look at family life from wake-up to bedtime. Supported in part by the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the program is presented in collaboration with Gleason Public Library.

Carlisle birding trip April 25

D’Ann and Tom Brownrigg will lead a free Brookline Bird Club trip in Carlisle the morning of Saturday, April 25. Meet at Great Brook Farm State Park parking lot off North Road at 7 a.m. If you have questions, call 1-978-369-5609, or email

Carlisle Candidates Forum is April 26

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle will host the Carlisle Candidates Forum on Sunday, April 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. Come hear from the candidates running for elected town offices, and ask questions related to the many issues facing Carlisle. Refreshments will be served following the forum. This event will be taped for broadcast on CCTV Channel 8. For more information about the League and to find the schedule of times that the forum will be aired, visit the League website,

Bird Walk, 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

Spring clean-up at Heald House April 25

The Carlisle Historical Society is seeking volunteers for the annual spring clean-up at Heald House on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. Tasks include raking, mulching, spreading grass seed, replanting flowers, and generally cleaning up winter’s litter. Volunteers should have gloves and, if possible, should bring useful tools such as rakes, shovels, edgers, pruning shears, trowels, etc. Scouts and student groups are encouraged to participate. Community service credits can be earned. Refreshments will be provided. Volunteers may sign up with Maria Conley at 1-978-369-6066 or by email to

“Greek Mythology for Kids II” April 25

Come to the staging of “Greek Mythology for Kids II,” at Union Hall, on Saturday, April 25, at 11 a.m. The Hampstead Players are celebrating their 25th year of producing quality plays and have performed several in Carlisle.

Let Epicititus, the mask-maker, and Ovid, the poet, take your children, grades K and up, on an exploration of the heroes, heroines, and gods of ancient Greece. This project is supported, in part, by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Call Gleason Public Library at 1-978-369-4898 for information.

Newcomers’ Spring Fling is April 27

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club will be celebrating spring, flowers, art and Boston with a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts annual exhibit, “Art in Bloom,” on Monday, April 27. The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is located at 465 Huntington Avenue in Boston. Enjoy a day at the MFA with other newcomers to the area and the opportunity to view the exhibit, shop, and, of course, eat lunch at the museum cafe. Transportation to the MFA will be via carpool from Crosby’s parking lot at 9:30 a.m. If you wish to join the “spring fling”, RSVP to

For more information about the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers’ Club, visit or contact Ann at 1-978-254-5117.

Friends of Assabet River present John F. O’Keefe April 29

On Wednesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. the Friends of Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will hold their monthly meeting with a featured presentation by John F. O’Keefe: “Massachusetts Wildlife: A Journey Through Time.” O’Keefe, forest ecologist and coordinator of the Fisher Museum at Harvard Forest, will discuss the legacy of the transformations of the Massachusetts landscape through time, emphasizing how a sequence of human and natural disturbance has shaped the character of our modern landscape with special emphasis on wildlife responses.

The meeting will be held at the Great Meadows NWR Headquarters, 73 Weir Hill Road in Sudbury and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit .

MCD spring tree, shrub and perennial sale April 24 and 25

The Middlesex Conservation District (MCD) will hold its annual tree, shrub and perennial sale at the 4H Fairgrounds on South Chelmsford Road in Westford on April 24 from 3 to 6 p.m. and April 25 from 8 a.m. to noon. To place an order, download an order form from or call 1-978-692-9395 to request a brochure.

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.

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