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Friday, May 8, 2009

Spring cleaning baseball fundraiser

Need spring cleaning? Yard work?  Hauling? Mowing?  Here is your chance. Baseball Team work day will be held on Saturday, May 16.  The charge is $12/hour per player and all proceeds go to the CCHS Baseball program.  Shifts run from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m, two players per shift.  Call Kate McCandless to sign up for a slot at 1-978-369-2937 or

COA to Tanglewood: deposits due May 30

Join Carlisle and Concord seniors on an overnight trip to Tanglewood August 2 to 3 for only $298. Stay at the pretty Williams Inn. The cost includes two complete meals and reserved seats inside the Shed as well as the Norman Rockwell Museum and Chesterwood. Flyers can be picked up at Carlisle COA office or call 1-978-371-8023, or email Checks are due by May 30 and should be made out to Gateway Tours and sent to Joanne Willens, 145 Church Street, B12, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Early release day movie at GPL May 12

Watch as dreams come to life in this fantastical tale about finding happiness in unexpected places. When: Tuesday, May 12 (Early Release Day). time: lunch noon to 12:30 p.m. (pizza or brown bag lunch). Movie: 12:30 to 2:10 p.m. Place: Gleason Public Library, third floor, Hollis Room. The movie is rated PG. Grades 5 to 8 only. 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 for 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.

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. Also recognized and appreciated are the hours spent by the School Committee, the boards of the Carlisle School Association and Carlisle Education Fund and those involved in organizing special programs throughout the year. 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. All volunteers are welcome.

SEPAC Parent Support Group meets May 15

The next meeting for the Carlisle Special Education Parent Support Group will be held on Friday, May 15 at 9 a.m.  The location is to be determined.

Remember that any personal information discussed at all parent support group meetings shall remain confidential. For further information please 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.

Organic Potluck May 19

The First Religious Society’s Environmental Action Committee is sponsoring a Community Organic and Locally-Grown Potluck on May 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Union Hall. Annette Lee, advocacy coordinator of Slow Food Boston, will speak about the global movement that is changing people’s relationship with food.

Each adult is asked to bring a dish that serves eight to ten people. Try to include an organic or locally-grown ingredient. Use the following, based on the first letter of your last name:

A-G: main dish, H-M: salad/vegetable, N-Q: dessert, R-Z: appetizer. If you have questions, call Leslie Thomas at 1-978-287-002

Postal rates go up on Monday, May 11

The U.S. Postal Service announces a rate rise effective Monday, 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

Middle School Musical Theater class performs May 12

The Music Department of Carlisle Middle School provides an after-school Musical Theater class for students in grades 6 to 8. This year’s class has spent the year preparing all the aspects of a musical, including sets, costumes, lighting, acting, singing, and dancing.

The Musical Theater class will be performing their production, “E-I-E-I-Oops!” on Tuesday, May 12. The first performance will be presented to children in grades Pre-K to 2, including students from The Red Balloon Preschool, at 9:30 a.m. The second performance will occur that evening at 7 p.m. for parents and the community. The production is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

In “E-I-E-I-Oops!” children and audiences alike will be reminded of how important it is for friends to support and encourage one another as a farm community helps a shy cow find her voice. Come to “E-I-E-I Oops!” and discover how actions affect others and how much better it is to be a positive influence than a negative one.

Concord Carlisle Fishing Club meets May 15

Local anglers from Concord and Carlisle will gather again for a series of presentations and interactive discussions 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 of their fly fishing education program, with a special focus on women who are new to fly fishing. Dr. Dana Booth will present a photo essay on his recent quest for Mahi Mahi and Wahoo in the Bahamas. Eric Swanson will follow with a new video recapping his 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.

For more information, call Steve Kirk at 1-978-371-0176 or email A $2 donation is requested for admission for the room rental.

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 is $4,699 per person, and 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.

Historical Society open house, Sunday, May 17

The Carlisle Historical Society will hold its May open house on Sunday, May 17, at Heald House, 698 Concord Street, from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring your family and explore the history of our town through the various exhibits. Refreshments will be served.

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. For more information, call 1-978-369-1373.

Concord Orchestra concert May 15 and 16

The Concord Orchestra will present Concord Pops: Made in the U.S.A. on Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16, at 8 p.m. New this year is a matinee performance on Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m.   

  The program includes music of George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Leroy Anderson, Morton Gould and John Philip Sousa. The Orchestra will give the premiere performance of Six by George, a tribute to Gershwin by composer Bernard Hoffer, and will feature jazz vocalist Steve Marvin as well.

  The Concord Pops will be held at 51 Walden Street in Concord. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $10 for children. For tickets, call 1-978-369-4967 or visit

Home energy savings seminars

The Council on Aging in conjunction with the Town Administrator is offering two FREE Home Energy Savings Seminars in Carlisle. The first is entitled “Introduction to Home Energy Savings” and will be held on May 18, at 2 p.m. in the Clark room at the Town Hall. The second is entitled “Weatherizing Your Home for Ultimate Savings” which will also be held on May 18, in the Clark room at Town Hall at 7 p.m.

Most Massachusetts homes could save 20% or more on their fuel use. Presenters will illustrate hands-on tips, indicate which actions are most cost effective, and provide free educational materials for everyone attending.

The two seminars are being presented through a grant obtained from the Massachusetts Municipal Association. For more information, please contact Kathy Mull at 1-978-371-2895 or Madonna McKenzie at 1-978-371-6688.

Participate in national survey at GPL

The Gleason Public Library (GPL) has been selected as one of 636 libraries of all types and sizes nationwide to host an online survey on the use of the Internet. The survey can be found at and will be available May 11 to 25. The information gathered will be helpful for planning for both public and private support for libraries at the national level, and locally will help the Gleason begin a new strategic planning process over the coming year. The survey takes about ten minutes and is anonymous.

Set aside books for FOGPL Book Sale

  Keep those used books, because the Friends of the Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) Used Book Sale will be held Saturday, June 27, on Old Home Day. Donations to the sale can be made at the library starting June 1. Donations can also be made at Pass it Forward Day at the Transfer Station on Saturday, May 30. FOGPL needs volunteers to help sort and move books, to help set up, and to help on the day of sale. Contact Seema Peterson at or 1-978-369-3288 if you can help.

Carlisle’s Memorial Day celebration is May 25

Come join in on Monday, May 25, for Carlisle’s annual Memorial Day Observance, one of our best-loved traditions. Ceremonies start at 9:30 a.m. on the Common, where the Carlisle Minutemen will raise the flag to half-staff. A convocation will be held immediately after that in Corey Auditorium. The School Band and Chorus will perform, and there will be an address by Maris Platais, a long-time Carlisle resident and veteran of the US Marine Corps. Following the convocation, the parade will form in the school parking lot and proceed to Green Cemetery and the veterans’ memorials, where Carlisle’s veterans will be honored. Ceremonies will conclude at noon, again on the Common, where the flag will be raised to full-staff. Immediately following that, all townspeople are invited to the annual ham and bean luncheon at the First Religious Society on the Common.

CSA annual meeting May 19

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) annual meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, at the home of Louis and Holly Salemy, 438 Concord Street. All parents are invited to attend. During this meeting, the CSA will be expressing appreciation to a dedicated team of individuals including outgoing Board members, celebrating the success of the past year and voting in new Board members.

Room Parents needed

If you are interested in being a room parent for next school year (2009-2010), call the appropriate room parent coordinator at your earliest convenience. Volunteers are needed for all grades. Call Mary-Lynne Bohn (1-978-287-1439) for PreK, K, first and second Grade; Tricia Massicott (1-978-371-6407) for Grades 3, 4, and 5; and Timm Brandhorst (1-978-371-2770) for Grades 6, 7, and 8. The coordinators will need to know the name and grade of the child for whom you wish to be a room parent, your email address, any previous room parent responsibilities and your phone number. Assignments will be made after move-up day. For overall room parent questions feel free to contact Tricia Massicott, head room parent.

Volunteers and donations needed

On Tuesday, June 2, the annual spring CSA luncheon will be held to honor the Carlisle School’s teachers and staff. Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve and clean up at the luncheon and/or to contribute a favorite homemade dish or a monetary contribution to offset the costs of the decorations and paper goods. To contribute or participate, contact the coordinators; Stephanie Shenton and Kristie Ridick, via email at:

Box tops deadline

Place your clipped General Mills box tops in the box labeled “Box Tops for Education” at the Carlisle Public School’s library by May 15. There will be a prize for the class that collects the most.

CCI Annual Meeting to feature home-grown journalist Kara Miller

The public is invited to hear journalist Kara Miller speak on “The Undoing and Remaking of the Media” at the CCI Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 14.

Miller, who grew up in Carlisle, has written a column for The MetroWest Daily News covering politics, media and pop culture. She has also contributed to The Boston Herald and served as an analyst for New England Cable News. Kara is a lecturer at Babson College, teaching both History and Rhetoric and a frequent panelist on Greater Boston with Emily Rooney.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the First Religious Society in Carlisle. Her presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m.

COA doings

Men’s breakfast: On Thursday, May 14, the mystery chefs will cook up breakfast 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.

Patriot Place: Join the COA for a visit to Patriot Place, Foxboro, on Friday, May 15. The van cost is $7 per person. Lunch is on your own. To reserve your place, call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 by May 11.

Monthly luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, May 21, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for lunch followed at 12:45 p.m. by speaker Stuart Whitehurst of Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up no later than Monday, May 18. 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.

ConsCom spring bird walk May 17

This year’s Conservation Commission-sponsored (ConsCom) spring bird walk on the Towle Land will be held on Sunday, May 17, leaving from the parking lot on Westford Street at 6 a.m. 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. The population appears to be stable, but at a dangerously low level. Tree swallows and bluebirds will be competing for nest boxes; last year there were two nesting bluebird pairs.

Last year’s walk turned up only five wood warbler species, all local breeders, but in 2007 there was a small “warbler wave,” with ten species including Northern Waterthrush.

What will this year’s migration bring to Carlisle? Come on May 17 at 6 a.m. with binoculars, boots and insect repellent, rain or shine.

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