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Friday, August 28, 2009

Community Pancake Breakfast at FRS

A Pancake Breakfast with sausage and trimmings will be served in Union Hall at The First Religious Society on Sunday, September 6, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The breakfast is free and open to the community. Glenn Herlihy will be chief of the works in the kitchen.

There will be an opportunity to tour the Infinity Memorial Garden, the newly renovated Red Balloon space on the ground level, and the sanctuary organ. Information about religious education for all ages will be available for newcomers. The church is located at 27 School Street. For more information, call 1-978-369-0284.

Youth leader to present program on “stuff”

Asia Forcucci, 11, will lead a discussion on Sunday, August 30, following a video, “The Story of Stuff.” The video illustrates the unsustainability of current trends. Asia is the youth member of the Environmental Action Committee of The First Religious Society. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. in Union Hall and is presented by the congregation’s Environmental Action Committee. Refreshments will follow. All ages are welcome.

FRS offers program for young teens

Parents of eighth graders who are interested in learning about the teen sexuality education class called Our Whole Lives are invited to an information session on Sunday, September 20, 7 to 8 p.m. at the First Religious Society in Carlisle. Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive program covering a wide range of topics including human development, relationships, personal skills, behavior, health and society.

The program is 15 three-hour sessions, led by an experienced team of leaders, and has a fee of $100. A full parent orientation and registration session will be held in October. The OWL program is open to all interested eighth graders, and any prospective parents are encouraged to attend this information session or contact Molly Sorrows, Director of Religious Education, at or 1-978-369-5180 to ask questions or receive a flyer about the program.

Restorative Justice benefit

Social and political humorist and stand-up comedian Jimmy Tingle will perform in a benefit for Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ), Sunday, September 13, at 5 p.m. at the Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium,

The early evening performance benefits C4RJ, a volunteer-driven group that partners with police departments in Concord, Carlisle, Acton, Littleton, Westford and Groton, to offer a process of repair and accountability for those harmed by crime, the offenders in such cases, and community members.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door, and may be purchased at Ferns Country Store or may be purchased on line at For more information about Communities for Restorative Justice, visit, or call 1-978-318-3467.

Follow the full moon

Come and view the full moon in an informative and fun program appropriate for children. Learn the names of the moons for different cultures and their origins – for instance, September is the full corn moon.

The program on Friday, September 4 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will begin one-half hour before moon rise. It will include explanations of moon phases and moon cycle, viewing of the full moon with telescopes, spotting scope and binoculars, as well as night time activities.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Hart Barn at 1018 Lowell Street. Bring mosquito repellent and flashlights. Call 1-978-369-6312 for more information.

COA ballroom dancing

Beginning on Tuesday, October 6, from 2 to 3 p.m., Instructor Barry Kasven will teach singles or couples the art of ballroom dancing. He will teach a variety of dances including waltz, fox trot, rumba and tango. Wear casual clothes and smooth-soled leather shoes. (Bowling shoes work too). The level of exercise is low impact.

Register by September 18 by calling the COA at 1-978-371-2895. The first fall session is free to Carlisle seniors. If you have questions, come meet Barry at the COA Coffee/Breakfast on September 3 and 10 and he will be glad to answer any questions you have.

CSA Newcomer Coffee on September 4

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) will host a coffee at the Carlisle Public School’s Corey Dining Room, on Friday, September 4, at 9 a.m., to welcome newcomers to the Carlisle Schools. Come and meet CSA members and school administrators who can answer your questions about Carlisle and your school.

Carlisle Community Chorus starts

The Carlisle Community Chorus, an intergenerational choral music ensemble, is open to any interested singer, ages 12 and up. The ensemble is non-auditioned and meets Monday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning September 14.

Two concert seasons are planned per year: September through January and January through May. Rehearsals are held at the Carlisle Public School Music Department in the Corey Building. For more information or to register, visit, email or call Megan Fitzharris Harlow at 1-978-369-6550, ext. 5106.

Divorce support group

Are you looking for a peer-support group for men and women who are thinking of separating or are going through the divorce process? An informal, confidential group with no religious affiliation meets every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. downstairs at the South Acton Congregational Church, 35 School Street (off Route 27 near the bridge and traffic light). For more information, call Brian at 1-978-369-7346.

Emerson Hospital breathing lecture

The Better Breathers Club at Emerson Hospital will hold its monthly meeting in the White House Conference Room at Emerson from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 17. Peter Barkin, MD, will present a lecture titled “Chronic lung disease update.”

The public is invited to this free lecture. Refreshments will be served. The purpose of the Better Breathers Club is to provide support and information to people with chronic lung disease and their family and friends. From September to May, they meet on the third Thursday of each month.

For more information, call the pulmonary rehabilitation team at 1-978-287-3715.

COA needs volunteer for fuel assistance program

The Carlisle Council on Aging is seeking an Intake Volunteer to assist with intake and processing of 2009/2010 Fuel Assistance applications for residents of Carlisle. Training will be offered at Community Team Work in Lowell in the middle of September for the individual who is committed to this program. This is a seasonal volunteer position running from October 2009 through April 2010.

The person must be committed, responsible, accurate, and can work with all ages of clients. Confidentiality is of utmost importance. Applications will require one or two meetings with the client, and several hours of paperwork. The volunteer must be friendly, courteous and patient. A Criminal Background check (CORI) is required. For more information about this, contact COA Director, Kathy Mull at 1-978-371-6693 Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or email her at:

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

• Podiatry Clinic: The next podiatry clinic is on Tuesday, September 1 at the Sleeper Room, starting at 9:30 a.m. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to make an appointment. Checks for $20 made out to the FCOA or cash are payable the day of the clinic.

• Adult talk time: Beginning Tuesday, September 1, come to the library from 10 – 11 a.m. for a weekly drop-in adult talk time. This is a volunteer-led program with a different moderator each week.

• Walking club: This informal group meets on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at Center Park when weather or availability allows.

• Cardio-boost class: This exercise class for seniors, taught by Karrie Stang, gives you a good heart healthy workout. The cost is $40 for one class/week for six weeks starting Tuesday, September 8 at 10:45 a.m. at the Congregational Church Fellowship Hall on School Street. To sign up, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 and make check payable to the Friends of the COA and mail it in advance to COA, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741, Attn: Kathy Mull.

• Fitness classes: This class, instructed by Kerrie Stang, meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning September 8 at 9:45 a.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall at 9:45 a.m. The fee is $40 per person for one class/week for six weeks or $60 for two classes/week. To sign up, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 and make check payable to the Friends of the COA and mail it in advance to COA, 66 Westford Strret, Carlisle, MA 01741, Attn: Kathy Mull.

• Line dancing: Instructor Karen Rotondi will be starting her tenth year of line dancing classes on Friday, September 4 at 9:30 a.m. at Union Hall on School Street. The cost is $40 for the fall session. To sign up, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 and make check payable to the Friends of the COA and mail it in advance to COA, 66 Westford Strret, Carlisle, MA 01741, Attn: Kathy Mull.

• Robbins Brook lunch: The next monthly luncheon sponsored by Minuteman Senior Services and the Inn at Robbins Brook will be held on Wednesday, September 9 at noon at the Congregational Church. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by Friday, September 4 as this lunch is limited to 35 people.

• Men’s breakfast: On Thursday, September 10, our mystery chefs will be cooking up a storm at the Sleeper Room at Village Court, starting at 8 a.m. A donation of at least $3 is appreciated. For van service, call 1-978-371-6690.

• Carleton-Willard At Home: On Monday, September 14, at 2 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall, the COA will host a discussion about this ground-breaking non-profit program that offers the benefits of a retirement community, right at your home. If you cannot attend but want more information, contact Stephanie Smith at 1-781-276-1910 or

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