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Friday, September 25, 2009

Fire Department open house

The Carlisle Fire Department will hold an open house at the Carlisle Fire Station on Saturday, September 26, from 9 to 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome to tour the station and see the fire apparatus, including the new ambulance, recently put into service. Also on hand will be fire personnel to answer your questions, as well as provide literature on a variety of fire prevention topics. Once again, Peter Robinson of A. C. & M. Fire Equipment will conduct live demonstrations on the proper selection and use of portable fire extinguishers. Refreshments will be served. This annual event is sponsored by the Carlisle Firefighter’s Relief Association.

Gleason presents mystery panel On Tuesday, October 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Carlisle School Library, three popular local mystery authors will present a lively panel on the “Modern Heroine.”

Award-winning investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan’s first mystery, Prime Time, won the prestigious Agatha Award for Best First Novel; the newest title in the series is Air Time (MIRA Sept. 2009.)

Clea Simon worked as a journalist and nonfiction author before turning to crime (fiction). She is best known for her series of cozy mysteries starring cat-lover Theda Krakow.

Toni Kelner has written Who Killed the Pinup Queen, coming in January, 2010, and she is co-editor, with Charlaine Harris, of two anthologies of paranormal short stories.

This free program for adults will take place at the Carlisle School Library, made possible by a federal LSTA grant administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Registration is not required. To learn more about library events, visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

Best private gardens open this weekend

Visit two of the best private gardens in Middlesex County on Saturday, September 26, as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program. The Gardens at Clock Barn (Maureen and Mike Ruettgers) at 435 Bedford Road in Carlisle, and the gardens of Anne and Michael Krupka at 7 Bennington Rd., Lexington are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., each at a cost of $5, paid at the door. For more information visit or call 1-888-842-2442.

Computer/Internet course

The Gleason Library is offering a basic computer/Internet course on Wednesday, October 7, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898 to register.

Fundraising car wash

The confirmation students of St. Irene are conducting a car wash on Saturday, September 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Irene Church, 187 East Street. Proceeds will support the seminary in Rwanda, Africa. This effort is part of the ongoing project of St. Irene parishioners to provide funding for a Biogas fuel converter at the seminary.

Sixth Grade Spaghetti Supper tickets on sale

The Sixth-Grade Spaghetti Supper is Tuesday, October 6, at the Carlisle Public School, with continuous seating from 5 to 8 p.m. All current members of the sixth-grade class will prepare and serve the meal of spaghetti, homemade sauce, salad, bread and baked cookies. This important community event supports a host of educational events for sixth graders throughout Middle School, including sixth-grade outdoor education, the seventh-grade play and graduation festivities.

Tickets are on sale now from any member of the sixth-grade class and at Ferns Country Store. Dinner tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids and seniors. Regular Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. A limited number of Golden Raffle tickets are for sale for $20 each.

Contact this year’s co-chairs, Jenn Albanese at, and Phil Lotane at, with any questions. Don’t miss the dinner event of the season.

Benfield Farms community meeting

On October 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall, the Carlisle Housing Authority invites you to attend a Benfield Farms Community Meeting, with members of the NOAH development team, where design revisions to the proposed Benfield Farms senior affordable housing development will be presented. 

South Street abutters, neighbors and the rest of the Carlisle community are encouraged to attend this public meeting.  Please contact the Administrative Coordinator/Housing Coordinator Elizabeth Barnett at 1-978-371-6694 for more information.

Carlisle School Association news

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) will offer a parent informational meeting on technology use in the classroom. School staff will discuss how technology is used to enhance learning in the Carlisle Public School’s elementary and middle school classrooms. This will be held on Tuesday, October 6, at 9 a.m. at the Carlisle Public Schools.

Join the CSA in the Corey Dining Room for the monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 6, at 10 a.m., after the parent informational meeting. Meetings are open to the public and all are invited to attend. These monthly meetings of the board serve to review various volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, and plan activities that will serve the teachers, administrators, parents, and ultimately the children of the school. Additional information about the CSA may be found at

Living in a lighthouse

On Wednesday, October 7, at 7 p.m. at the Bedford Library, Dot Hart Rand will talk about her life living in a Maine lighthouse.

In 1955, Dot and her husband Chuck, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, moved four miles out to sea to man the Sequin Island Light, which was commissioned by George Washington.

The talk is sponsored by the American Association of University Women.

ArtSpace open studios

ArtSpace-Maynard, one the largest art centers in New England,  invites the public to its Ninth Annual Artists Open Studios. This free event will be held on Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4. ArtSpace is located at 63 Summer Street in Maynard.

The public is invited to visit the studios and view the artwork of 78 long-practicing and emerging artists.

Classical guitarist and musician-in-residence and ArtSpace, Berit Strong will perform a free concert in the gallery at 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, October 4.

Open Studios is a great opportunity to experience art, ask questions and engage in an exchange instead of a one-sided viewing.

All events are free. The facility is wheelchair-accessible. ArtSpace is a nonprofit organization. For information, call 1-978-897-9828 or go to Digital images of the artists’ work are available.

Cultural Council grant deadline is October 15

The Carlisle Cultural Council awards small grants to individuals or organizations that provide a unique cultural experience to a broad spectrum of the citizens of Carlisle. The Council funds grants in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. Funding to support programs comes from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

For further information, contact

Friday Night Live begins October 2

The Carlisle Youth Commission (CYC) would like to invite all students in grades six through eight to this year’s first Friday Night Live (FNL) on October 2 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Carlisle Public School Corey Gym and Exercise Room. There is a mandatory meeting prior to the first FNL for all students and their parents. FNL newcomers, sixth graders, and their parents will meet in the Carlisle Public School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. Seventh and eighth graders and their parents will meet in the auditorium at 6:45 p.m. The CYC will provide information about the program and pass out permission forms and CORI release authorization forms. No student will be admitted to FNL without completed forms.

FNL is typically held on the first Friday of the month for all middle school students who live in Carlisle, no matter where they attend school. Admission is $6. Students can dance, play basketball, ping-pong and other games, or just hang out with their friends. Pizza, soda and water are available for a small fee. For more information, contact Ray Jiménez at 1-978-369-4703 or by e-mail at

Kicks for Cancer

Kicks for Cancer, the CCHS boys soccer game to benefit Dana-Farber will be played tonight at 7 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street, on the upper turf fields. Admission is $5.

The team will wear shirts with the name of someone they know who has been touched by this awful disease. They will also be raffling off some great prizes.

The event is in memory of Concord resident Lois Wells, who passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Lois is the mother of Steve Wells, who is the team’s assistant coach and a 1999 graduate of CCHS.

For more information, contact Coach Ray Pavlik at href="">

Retirement celebration for Madonna McKenzie

The Carlisle Community requests the pleasure of your company at a retirement celebration in honor of our current Town Administrator, Madonna McKenzie. This event will be held on Tuesday, September 29, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Clark Room of Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street. Please join us in thanking her and extending our best wishes for her retirement!

Any donations toward the purchase of a retirement gift are welcome and can be mailed to:

Larry Barton or Anush Coates

Town of Carlisle

P.O. Box 614

Carlisle, MA 01741

FOCOA and FOGPL offer free health programs

The Friends of the Council on Aging and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library will be hold four free health programs. On September 30, at 7 p.m. at the Carlisle Congregational Church at 147 School Street, Christy M. Williams, MD, of Adult & Pediatric Dermatology of Concord, Westford, and Marlborough (APDerm) will discuss aspects of dermatology that all adults should know, including: signs of skin cancer, how to protect skin from the sun, how to deal with winter itch and general skin care. Attendees should feel free to bring questions for an informal discussion. Dr. Williams joined APDerm after completing her DermatologResidency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where she served as Chief Resident. Future programs include pharmacology and safe medicine use on October 14, mind and body on October 21, and acupuncture and herbal medicine on October 28. Call the library at 1-978-369-4898 to register for any session.

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