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Friday, May 1, 2009

National Walk to School Day in Carlisle May 6

Carlisle will participate in the National Walk to School Day on Wednesday, May 6, (rain date: Friday, May 8). All students/families/friends are invited to walk to school.

Middle and elementary school students are invited to begin walking at 7:15 and 8:15 a.m., respectively. Anyone not along the pathway routes may pick up the walk at locations such as Kimball Farm, St. Irene Church, etc. There will be two “toll booths” set up for those children walking to school along the pathways. Bedford Road, East Street and Lowell Street walkers are asked to enter through the library back trail where a “toll booth” will be located. Concord Street walkers may enter through the intersection of Church Street and School Street where there will be another “toll booth.”

Students will be greeted with music and more fun. Only students walking will be eligible to receive a raffle ticket and be entered in the drawing to be held on the school plaza.

Carlisle’s Pathway Committee and Public School, along with the state’s “Safe Routes Program” encourage students to walk as a healthy alternative and hope students and their families and friends will enjoy this community event.

For more information contact Eileen Faber at 1-978-369-6488 or

CPS ice cream social May 14

The Carlisle Public School (CPS) will honor its volunteers with the third annual ice cream social on Thursday, May 14, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room. This event is an opportunity to publicly thank the hundreds of individuals who, over the course of the year, contribute countless hours to the school as direct volunteers and on town committees and boards. All volunteers are encouraged to join this celebration of thanks for their outstanding support. Pick up your children after school and bring them along, or come by yourselves to enjoy ice cream and conversation.

Spring bird walk May 17

This year’s spring bird walk on the Towle Land will be held on Sunday, May 17, leaving from the parking lot on Westford Street at 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Conservation Commission for the last 37 years, the walk will be led by Ken Harte.

Bobolinks should be on territory, but only two males and one female were found last year, two males the year before. Last year’s walk turned up only five wood warbler species, all local breeders, but in 2007 we hit a small “warbler wave,” with ten species including Northern Waterthrush. What will this year’s migration bring to Carlisle? Come on May 17th, rain or shine, with binoculars, boots, and insect repellent.

Town Meeting child care effort May 4 and 5

Carlisle Kids House (CKH) is providing free childcare in the school gym for Carlisle’s children (infants and up) during Town Meeting. Children will be able to relax, do homework, watch a movie or read a book before settling down with their sleeping bags and pillows on the gym mats. Just drop the kids by on your way to Town Meeting. Contact Karen Tang (director) with questions at or 1-978-369-5558.

The school cafeteria will be wired for full Town Meeting participation. While registered voters participate in Town Meeting, they can supervise their own children. Parents are expected to arrange for quiet activities for their kids to do during this time. Children will not be permitted to run around and the plaza and castle playground will be closed.

CSA book fair starts May 4

Before you know it, May will be here, along with the Carlisle School Association (CSA) Book Fair. This year the featured author is Jack Gantos, a popular author with children in elementary school as well as middle school. He is known for the Rotten Ralph books and the Joey Pigza books. The book fair will run from Monday, May 4, to Friday, May 8. Volunteers are needed to be cashiers, run the raffle table and help children with book selections. If you would like to volunteer or need more information, email

Equestrian event at Foss Farm May 3

The seventh annual May Day 2 Phase equestrian event will take place at Foss Farm on Sunday, May 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the public riding facilities at Foss Farm. Spectators are welcome and refreshments will be available.

FNL tonight

Come out and celebrate with your friends at the May FNL tonight from 7 to 9:30 p.m. A $4 admission fee is collected at the door. Snacks, pizza, soda, and water will be available for a small fee.

It is the policy of the Carlisle Youth Commission that there are to be no photos or videos taken while at FNL. Cameras/cell phones will be taken from children and returned at the end of the evening if this becomes a problem. 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 additional information, contact Nicole Bloomfield at 1-978-371-0235 or by e-mail at, or contact any other member of the Carlisle Youth Commission.

Quartet in concert

On Saturday, May 9, at 8 p.m., the Conspiro Quartet will play a concert at the First Religious Society (FRS). Formed by Carlisle resident Sarah Darling, the quartet will feature works by Beethoven and Britten at this concert.

Admission is free and a reception with the artists will follow the concert. For information, email Sarah Darling at

Postal rates rise May 11

The U.S. Postal Service announces a rate rise effective May 11, 2009. First class stamps for one-ounce letters will be $.44. Postcard stamps will be $.28.

For more information and a complete listing of new prices, 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.

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

LWV school building forum on Channel 8

The Concord-Carlisle League of Women Voters (LWV) forum on the proposed new school building can be seen on local access channel 8. Visit for the schedule or to watch on your computer when you choose the “Watch Live” button.

CCHS taiko drummers and more perform May 8

The Spring Thunder Festival of Odaiko New England will be hosted by Concord-Carlisle High School’s Taiko After Dark group on May 8 at 8 p.m. in the CCHS Auditorium. The program is free, but donations are welcome. Come feel the thunder. For more information, visit

Download GPL informational forum video or view on CCTV

The informational forum on the Gleason Public Library (GPL) restoration and repair project, held on April 16, is available for video download. The Gleason Public Library website,, under BRIC on the main page, links directly to CCTV’s video on demand feature. It is also available for viewing this week on CCTV.

The presentation included Lerner, Ladds and Bartels, Inc. (LLB) project manager and architect, Drayton Fair, who reported on LLB’s building assessment and diagnostic work, and its recommendation to implement a comprehensive repair plan for the building. The Gleason Public Library seeks Town Meeting’s approval on May 4 for the Community Preservation Act Fund Committee’s (CPC) recommendation of $775,000 of Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds to execute a comprehensive restoration and repair project for the library’s historic 1895 building envelope. The 1895 portion of the library is critically impacted by water penetration and damage, in the foundation, walls, roof and window areas.

You can learn more about CCTV’s schedule and see other videos on demand regarding local government at

Library computer course: “Answers to go” May 6

Researching something new? Looking for information you cannot seem to find? The Gleason Public Library is offering an introductory computer course focusing on basic searching and browsing through information taken from journals, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and other sources. Feel free to bring your question or topic with you for some basic research. Date: Wednesday, May 6, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898 to register. Registration is required due to space limitations.

Concord Women’s Chorus sings May 2

The Concord Women’s Chorus, a 50-member women’s chorus, will present “Songs Of New Beginnings” on Saturday, May 2, at 4 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord. The program features Gustav Holst’s “Choral Hymns From The Rig-Veda,” Michael Hurd’s “Three Saints In One,” as well as works by Faure, Barnwell, and Gilbert and Sullivan. A reception follows the concert.

Singing with the chorus from Carlisle are Wendy Davis, Cynthia Nunan, Stephanie Smith, and Cynthia Sorn.

Ticket prices: $20/ adults, $15/students and seniors, $5/children 12 and under and are available at Rite Aid Pharmacy, Concord, or call 1-978-369-0839. For more information, visit

COA doings

Podiatry Clinic: The next podiatry clinic is on Tuesday, May 5, at the Sleeper Room, starting at 9:30 a.m. Call the COA office to make an appointment. Checks for $20 made out to the Friends of Carlisle COA (FCOA) or cash are payable the day of the clinic. The clinic is sponsored in part by the FCOA, Timothy Wheeler House of Concord and the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Monthly coffee: Join Jim and Betty Elgin and the Tom and Karen Dunkers in the Sleeper Room on Thursday, May 7, at 9 a.m. for friendly conversation and pastry, fruit, juice, coffee and tea. There is no fee and no sign up.

Robbins Brook lunch: The next monthly luncheon sponsored by Minuteman Senior Services and the Inn at Robbins Brook will be held at the St. Irene Church Hall on Thursday, May 7, at noon. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by May 4 as this lunch is limited to 35 people.

Russian Bazaar van trip: Join the COA for a visit to the Russian Bazaar at Holy Annunciation Russian Orthodox Church in Maynard on Friday, May 8. To sign up, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 no later than May 4. The cost is $5. Lunch is on your own. The van leaves Village Court at 10 a.m. and Town Hall at 10:15 a.m.

Minuteman luncheon: Come to Minuteman Regional Technical High School Restaurant, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington, on Tuesday, May 12, at 11:30 a.m. Choose between shrimp scampi or chicken cordon bleu as your entrée. The cost is $10 plus gratuity, payable at the luncheon. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 by Thursday, May 7 to reserve your place. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 if you need a ride.

radKIDS safety program starts May 2

radKIDS, the national standard safety program for children, will be run for kids ages seven to 12 this May at Kwon’s Taekwondo, 885 Main Street, Tewksbury. To find out more about the radKIDS Personal Empowerment Safety Education Program, visit or certified instructor Cindy at 1-978-884-9899.

Summary of changes to local well regulations

submitted by the Board of Health

Pursuant to its authority under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 111, section 31, the Carlisle Board of Health adopted revised local regulations governing the construction and use of private wells in Carlisle effective April 7, 2009. The following is a summary of the changes: definitions were expanded; well construction specifications were changed in keeping with current technology; procedures for disinfecting and decommissioning wells are provided; water quality testing now includes arsenic and radon, along with MTBE in the center of town; wells must be tested upon transfer of property except in cases of certain inter-family transfers; a well casing must be 12 inches above ground except in flood plains where 24 inches is required; the location of abutter’s wells within 200 feet must be shown; private wells intended to serve three or more dwelling units require a 24-hour monitored flow test; abutting wells within 500 feet may be tested with the owner’s permission; setback distances between a well and a septic system of 2000 gallons per day (GPD) or greater is increased to 150 feet; irrigation wells must be included in the flow test of a community water supply or private well serving three or more dwellings; such irrigation wells have a maximum allowable discharge of 2000GPD; permits expire one year from the date of issuance; the use of perchlorate containing products is prohibited; variances, penalties and enforcement procedures are stated.

Complete text of the revised regulation is available at the Board of Health office and on the town website:

COA China trip next year: get info now

Come join the Carlisle and Concord Seniors on a 16-day trip to China, April 23 to May 8, 2010. The fee $4,699 per person, which includes air fare, hotel, 36 meals and more. Highlights include a Shanghai-Yangtze River cruise, the Three Gorges, Guilin-Reed Flute Caves, Xian’s Terra Cotta Warriors, Beijing, the Great Wall, Peking Opera Show and much more.

  On May 12, come to a Slide Show on this trip at the Concord Harvey Wheeler Center, at 1:30 p.m., 1276 Main Street, Concord. All are welcome. For flyers, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or pick up flyers at The Council on Aging office at Town Hall or the Concord COA Center.

Concord Carlisle Fishing Club meets May 15

Local anglers from Concord and Carlisle will gather again for a series of presentations and interactive discussions sure to delight novice and experienced anglers alike on May 15, 7 to 9 p.m., at Union Hall at the First Religious Society.

Melissa Winstanley of Concord Outfitters will give an overview, with photographs, of their fly fishing education program, with a special focus on women who are new to fly fishing, including what’s needed to get started. Next, Dr. Dana Booth will present a photo essay on his recent quest for Mahi Mahi and Wahoo in the blue waters of the Bahamas. Eric Swanson will follow with a new video recapping his very successful 2008 Bluefin tuna season off the coast of Massachusetts. Steve Kirk will wrap up with tips and techniques for targeting Striped Bass, Bluefish and Bonito around Cape Cod and the islands.

Attendees will be encouraged to share their recent fishing experiences and techniques that they have found successful for various species.

Anyone interested in or just curious about fishing is encouraged to attend. For more information, call Steve Kirk at 1-978-371-0176 or email A $2 donation is requested for admission for the room rental.

“Stand for Children” forum May 15

Interested citizens are invited to the Concord-Carlisle

Community Partnership for Children Council’s 13th annual “Stand for Children” Breakfast Forum (SFCB). This year, the event will be held on Friday, May 15, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street in Concord. This year’s keynote address will

be made the inspirational leader, Rev. Gary Smith. The many community resources available to families will also be showcased at the forum.

Concord Conservatory hosts violin and cello open house May 16

Parents and children are invited to a violin and cello open house on Saturday, May 16, 1 to 2 p.m. This is an opportunity to meet the CCM Suzuki violin and cello faculty and learn about the beginner Suzuki program.The faculty will meet with each family and discuss whether your child is ready to start private instrument on the violin or cello. Children will have the opportunity to try out an appropriately sized cello or violin.

For more information about this evening, call 1-978-369-0010, or email

The Concord Conservatory of Music is located in the West Concord Union Church at 1317 Main Street, West Concord.

“Paint the Town!” auction at Concord Art Association is May 16

From May 11 to 15, the Concord Art Association, 37 Lexington Road

Concord, will exhibit work by over

90 member artists who will be participating in the Concord

Art Association’s annual fundraising auction, “Paint the Town!”Auctioneer Doug Stinson will lead the event on Saturday, May 16.

During the Preview Show, May 11 to 15, all art will be for sale at a “buy now” price.

Only 80 live auction seats, priced at $95/person, are available. However, tickets priced at $65/person are also offered, which allow attendees to bid on live auction items via closed circuit television from the downstairs gallery. The live auction begins at 6:45 p.m. The silent auction portion of the event, beginning at 5 p.m., is included in both prices. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 1-978-369-2578. For information, visit

Bird walk May 16

On Saturday, May 16, there will be a free bird walk led by Peter Alden and other local naturalists, sponsored by the Concord Department of Natural Resources. Meet at 7 a.m. at the Concord Public Works parking lot. The walk is open to all ages, especially children, and will be held rain or shine.

A breakfast will follow at 9 a.m. at the Bruce House on Liberty Street, where participants will make a checklist of their sightings. For more information, call 1-978-369-1373.

Boston Harmony World Music Choir in concert May 17

Boston Harmony World Music Choir presents a spring concert featuring South ASfrican songs and dances, traditional, sacred and secular music from Caucasus Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine, Spain and America on May 17 at 6 p.m. at Concord Academy Chapel, Main Street, Concord.

Tickets are $10, $5/students and seniors (at the door).

For information, call 1-978-371-7317 or visit

Discovery Museums programs May 8 to 14

• Friday, May 8: Dinosaur Discoveries, 10 a.m., Children’s Discovery. Come touch a real dinosaur fossil and pretend to be a paleontologist digging for dinosaur bones in our mock excavation site.

• Tuesday, May 12: Earthquake!

3 p.m., Science Discovery. Shake and break. Can you construct a building or a bridge that can stand up to the forces of an earthquake? Experiment with different materials to create structures and test your architectural abilities on the shake table.

• Thursday, May 14: Music and Movement with Miss Karina, 10 a.m., Children’s Discovery. Come and explore sound through singing and playing. Making music and sharing music together can be educational and fun. Find out more at

For more information, visit

Program on teen substance abuse May 7

Dr. Scott Lukas, Ph.D., professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School, will present “What to Know and What to Do: Safeguarding Your Teen from the Dangers of Substance Use” at the Peabody Forum, 1231 Old Marlboro Road, Concord, on Thursday, May 7, at 9:15 a.m. The program is free and no registration is required. For information, contact the Center for

Parents at Teachers at 1-978-202-1146 or

Fenn School art competition exhibit open now

The Fenn School hosts the 17th Small Independent Schools Art League competition (SISAL) this year. The SISAL exhibition is running now through Sunday, May 3. A reception and award ceremony will be held on May 3 from 12:45 to 3:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Explore Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge May 10

Experience spring’s transformations by engaging with the delicacy of new leaves and blossoms, the subtlety of colors and the sounds and fragrances that permeate the landscape with naturalist Cherri Corey.

No pre-registration is required. A $5/person voluntary donation will be gratefully accepted. Meet at 10 a.m. on May 10 at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, on Monsen Road, off Route 62, driveway on left where road curves right.

For questions, email or call 1-978-760-1933.

Home selling course May 12 and 19

Home-selling season is upon us. If you are among the many people hoping to put your house on the market this spring, or soon, the preparation you make now will make all the difference in how potential buyers react when they first see your home. Patrice Brymner and Peggy Yalman, two local realtors, are offering a two-session course on creating a plan to present your home in its best light. Learn to prioritize fixeds and create curb appeal. The course will be held on May 12 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., and the fee is $25. To register, call Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education at 1-978-318-1540 days, 1-978-318-1432 evenings, or visit

Free orchestra concert May 8

Valerie Taylor conducts the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) in a free Pops Concert on Friday, May 8, at 8 p.m. at the Pawtucket Congregational Church, 15 Mammoth Road in Lowell.

The program features winners of the LPO’s 2009 Youth Concerto Competition. This year’s finalists were chosen from a pool of 25 talented young musicians from elementary through high school, who auditioned in February. The winning musicians are invited to perform a solo with the orchestra.

The concert program works of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Joplin Rodgers, Hamlisch and LPO member Joseph Gerakines. A raffle of items donated by local businesses will be held during intermission.

Admission is free and no tickets or reservations are required. Free parking is available on the street and in parking lots for the church and the bank across the street.

Walk in the Minute Man March May 2

On Saturday, May 2, Minute Man Arc will hold its annual fundraiser, the Minute Man March. The event will raise greatly needed funds to provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages, from infants and toddlers in Early Intervention, to older children in Family Support to adults receiving Employment, Residential and Day Habilitation services.

Participants can walk one, two or three miles through West Concord. Following the walk, there will be a special “sixties” theme celebration with food, games and entertainment for all ages.

Minute Man Arc welcomes Teams and individuals from local schools, churches, community organizations and businesses to participate in the March, solicit sponsorship and enjoy a family-friendly morning of fun and celebration.

To register or sponsor a walker online go to All donations are fully tax-deductible.

Pediatric first aid class May 9

There will be an American Heart Association-curriculum Pediatric First Aid class held at First Connections in Concord on Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. The class covers management of shock, bleeding, wounds, burns, and accidental poisoning, as well as bone and joint injuries in children from birth to age eight. The class is taught by a registered nurse. Cost is $40 per person. To register, call 1-978-287-0221.

Postal rates rise May 11

The U.S. Postal Service announces a rate rise effective May 11, 2009. First class stamps for one-ounce letters will be $.44; the first ounce for large envelopes will be $.88; for parcels, $1.22. Additional ounces will be $.17 each. Postcard stamps will be $.28.

For more information and a complete listing of new prices, visit

Sarasa concert May 3

Sarasa Chamber Ensemble ends its current season with a concert of classical-era instrumental music and songs featuring the celebrated Massachusetts-based tenor William Hite on Sunday, May 3, at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall at First Parish, 20 Lexington Road in Concord. The Harvard University Music Department has kindly loaned their copy of an 1838 Graf fortepiano for this concert. Graf was the maker who built Beethoven’s last piano.

Tickets are $22, $18/seniors, $13/students; children under 12/free. For more information, contact Sarasa at 1-617-492-4758 or visit

Spring fishing clinic May 3

Come wet a line on Sunday, May 3, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Walden Pond State Reservation. Learn about the essentials of fishing for beginners. Meet at the wall near the main beach. Equipment and instruction will be provided by park staff. No fishing license is required for this program, which is for visitors of all ages.

This is a free program but there is a $5 daily parking fee. Pre-registration is not required. No dogs are permitted.

For more information, call park staff at 1-978-369-3254 or visit

Carrie Cheron plays in Westford May 8

The Westford Historical Society, at the Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road, Westford, presents singer/songwriter Carrie Cheron Friday May 8 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

For information about Cheron, visit

Tickets are $11/members of the Westford Historical Society; $15/non-members; $5/teens; under 13/free. Reservations are recommended at 1-978-692-5550 or or

Newcomers Club spring coffee May 6

  Come for a spring-time coffee with the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers’ Club on Tuesday, May 6, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the rustic atmosphere of Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Road, in Sudbury.  Coffee will be served in the Old Kitchen (Henry Ford’s favorite room in which to entertain guests) and, afterwards, stroll through the grounds to see the schoolhouse, chapel, and gristmill amidst the springtime landscape of the Inn.

  RSVP by Sunday, May 3, to or 1-978-318-7928. For directions to the Wayside Inn:

  For more information about the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers’ Club, visit the website at or contact Ann at 1978-254-5117.

Discuss works of Jared Diamond May 13

On Wednesday, May 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle will present a discussion of Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel; Collapse; and The Third Chimpanzee in the Trustees Room, Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord. Read any one and join the conversation. For more information, visit, email or call 1-978-369-3842.

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