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Friday, July 17, 2009

ConsCom seeks volunteers

The Carlisle Conservation Commission is looking for citizens interested in Carlisle’s open spaces to assist with the five-year revision of Carlisle’s Open Space and Recreation Plan (Plan). The current Plan has received state approval through March 2011 and is required in order to make Carlisle eligible for grant opportunities. The purpose of the revision is to document changes that have occurred since the approval of the existing Plan and to provide plans and guidance for open space protection in the future. Copies of the existing Plan can be found in the Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Road, and in the Conservation Commission office at 66 Westford Street, Carlisle.

Anyone eager and willing to participate in this approximately 18-month project should send a letter of interest to Sylvia Willard, Conservation Administrator, Carlisle Conservation Commission, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Be a Junior Farmer

Great Brook Farm State Park’s Junior Farmer Program will run five consecutive Tuesdays, from July 28 through August 25, from noon to 1:45 p.m. at the Park. This free program, based at the Park’s Interpretive Pavilion, is set for children 8 to 12 years of age. A parent or other designated adult is required to be in attendance/accompany the(ir) participating child(ren) in the program.

In each of the 1-3/4 hour sessions, participants will be introduced to a method of food cultivation – dairy, agriculture, aquaculture, and will visit a unique local garden. Get an inside look at life at Great Brook Farm, drop a fishing line into the farm pond, tour the barn and try some other fun activities.

This program is sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation and is free of charge to the public. Group size is limited; please register by July 27.

Join the races at CCHS

Come to an evening of one-mile races at the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) track on Saturday, July 18 at 5 p.m. This event, called the Adrian Martinez Classic, is headed by Steve Lane, CCHS teacher and head track/cross-country coach.

This event is part fundraiser for the Adrian Martinez Scholarship Fund at CCHS and for the CCHS track / XC teams and part fun community running event. The event is open to all ages and abilities. There will be a race for everyone. There’s even a “First Timer’s Mile” for those who have never raced a mile on the track. Register online at Contact Steve Lane, 1-617-306-4650; for more information.

A constellation of stories and songs

The Gleason Public Library continues to celebrate summer reading on Wednesday, July 22 at 7 p.m. with a performance by Parents’ Choice award-winning performers, David Bates and Roger Tincknell. Entitled "A Constellation of Stories and Songs," the program will involve the audience in a variety of cultural traditions, including international folktales and stories and songs about the sun, moon, stars, and more. This participatory concert is for all ages – hear how the stars came to be in the sky, why the bear missed the train, and be prepared to sing, move, and dance. There will even be a short lesson for playing the spoons.

This performance is recommended for all ages and will take place at the First Religious Society’s Union Hall. Call 1-978-369-4898 for more information. Be sure not to miss this wonderful family-oriented entertainment event. David Bates and Roger Tincknell have over six decades of combined experience performing for families in community settings throughout the Northeast. These performers are known for their strong vocal harmonies and for their warm and participatory performing style.

Tour San Francisco in the fall

Come join Joanne’s Travelers on a trip to California Rail Discovery on October 28, 2009. The trip will feature San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley Wine Train, all for $2049 per person, double occupancy. This includes air fare, motorcoach, hotels, baggage handling and sightseeing, two rail trips, San Francisco Bay cruise, Lake Tahoe Paddlewheeler Cruise, San Francisco Tour and more. For a flyer, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or pick up a flyer at the COA Office at Carlisle Town Hall.

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

Cardio-boost class: This exercise class for seniors, taught by Karrie Stang, gives you a good heart-healthy workout. The cost is $30 for one class/week for eight weeks, which started Tuesday, June 30 at 10:45 a.m. at the Congregational Church Fellowship Hall on School Street. This class is sponsored by the Friends of Carlisle Council On Aging (FCOA).

Summer fitness class: This class meets on Tuesdays from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. The fee is $30 per person for one class/week. No registration is necessary. Bring weights and bands. This class is sponsored by the FCOA.

Live longer, eat healthy and eat local: Come join the COA on July 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Irene Hall, 181 East Street to learn about ways to keep young and stay healthy through the food you eat. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 for more information or to sign up for this event. Tricia Smith of Carlisle Farmstead Cheese, Carolyn Shohet of Mill Iron Farm, members of Carlisle’s Farmers’ Market as well as an Emerson Hospital dietician and Debra Stark of Debra’s Natural Gourmet will be in attendance.

Ice cream social: All seniors are invited for ice cream and other treats as well as music and sing-a-long on Thursday, August 6, in the Sleeper Room at Village Court from 1 to 3 p.m. To sign up, call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 no later than August 4. This event is sponsored by the Visiting Angels of Acton and the Carlisle COA; the ice cream is donated by Kimball Farms.

Newport day trip: Join the COA on August 13 for a day trip to Newport, Rhode Island. The trip leaves Village Court at 8:30 a.m. and the Congregational Church back parking lot at 8:45 a.m. The cost of $43.95 includes transportation to and from Carlisle as well as a train tour with lunch and a winery tour and tastings. Make checks payable to the Friends of Carlisle COA and mail to Joanne Willens, 145 Church Street, B-12, Carlisle, MA 01741. For more information contact Joanne at 1-978-371-8023 or email her at

Monthly luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, August 20, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for lunch followed by a slide show of one of Ray and Helen Taylor’s scenic European trips. Sign up for the luncheon by noon on Monday, August 17 by calling the COA office at 1-978-371-2895. 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.

Music at the Manse, 2009 season

Free concerts under the green tent will be held on the following Sundays from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Concord Manse, 269 Monument Street, Concord.

  • July 19 - Roaring Jelly
  • July 26 - Notorious (Larry Unger and Eden MacAdam Somer)
  • August 2 - John Ferullo, Bill Kehoe, and Bob Morse
  • August 9 - Ergo Canto
  • August 16 - Alter Ego
  • August 23 - Roaring Jelly
  • August 30 - tba
  • September 6 - Fred Wersan and the Assabet Ramblers
  • September 13 - Jon McAuliffe and Steve Howard
  • September 20 - Deborah and Giovanni Rocha
  • September 27 - John MacLean and Friends

Workshop with glass- painting artist

Suzanne Winsby will give a workshop on decorative painting on glass at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord on July 29 at 7 p.m. Young people age 10 years and up are invited. For more information and to register, visit or call 1-978-318-3358.

Learn about Lyme, EEE and West Nile Virus

Dr. Alfred DeMaria, Medical Director, MDPH Bureau of Infectious Diseases and State Epidemiologist, will give a presentation on vector-borne diseases including Lyme Disease, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV) on Wednesday, July 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central Street, Natick, Mass. Come learn about these diseases, how they are transmitted and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones from tick and mosquito bites. To register go to and click on training courses or contact Lisa Jackson at 1-774-278-0059.

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