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Friday, October 9, 2009

Pumpkins on the Common returns

Pumpkins on the Common returns for its third year with fresh, locally grown pumpkins for sale on the Carlisle Town Common. Come pick pumpkins as you enjoy contests, pumpkin carving, coffee, hot cider and pumpkin baked treats. Solve the Pumpkin Puzzle Pursuit around the Town Center and win a prize. Kick-off begins at the Harvest Fair on Saturday, October 17, with pumpkin sales continuing on Sunday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Pumpkins on the Common is sponsored by the Carlisle Garden Club and First Religious Society (FRS); proceeds benefit town beautification, scholarships for Carlisle students and programs of the FRS.

Enter the homegrown pumpkin contest. Big, small, odd, warty - we welcome all kinds, including winter squash and gourds. Drop off entries at the FRS on Friday, October 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit or contact Alison Saylor at

Bird walk Saturday

Carlisle birder Alan Ankers will be leading a Menotomy Bird Club trip on Saturday, October 10. The walk will go through to the old O’Rourke farm looking for fall migrants, such as raptors, and trying to solve the mysteries of those “little brown jobs.” All are welcome including beginner birders. Bring binoculars and meet at Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road at 8 a.m. If you have any questions, contact the leader by email at

FRS pizza and a movie

On Friday, October 23, the film “A Preacher’s Sons” will be shown at The First Religious Society in the upstairs conference room. This documentary describes how the Rev. Greg Stewart and his husband Stillman formed a transracial family through adopting five sons. Gather at 6:30 p.m. for pizza and an introduction to the documentary; the screening will be at 7 p.m. and is free. The church is located on the hill overlooking the Common in Carlisle Center.

Inaugural concert for new grand piano

The Carlisle Public School’s Music Department will hold an inaugural concert for the new Schimmel Classic grand piano as a small thank you to the Carlisle community for the beautiful new instrument that was purchased through generous donations. The concert will take place on Thursday, October 29, at 7 p.m. in the Corey Auditorium, and is free and open to the public.

The concert will begin with two Carlisle Public School students, eighth-graders Amanda Li and Carolyn Lu. Three prominent musicians will then follow the students: fortepianist Sylvia Berry, pianist Ginta Bistras and violinist Martynas Svegzda von Bekker. Sylvia Berry will be performing repertoire by Haydn in honor of the 200th anniversary of Haydn’s death. Ginta Bistras and Martynas Svegzda von Bekker will play repertoire for piano and violin as well as solo works.

Vendors wanted

Farmer’s Market invites you to share your wares at the 3rd Annual Town Flea Market on Saturday, October 17, (rain date October 18) 9 a.m. at Kimball’s Ice Cream, Bedford Road or at your home. Maps will be provided to explore the town. To reserve space, call Gale 1-978-371-1925 or Annette 1-978-369-0599 by October 12.

Halloween for tots

Calling all ghosts, goblins and witches. The Carlisle Parents Association is hosting a Halloween celebration for children ages 0 - 5 and their families. Wear your costume, make a creepy craft and play some ghoulish games at this event on Saturday, October 24 from 10 a.m. - noon at Diment Park. Raindate is October 25, same time and place.

CSA board meeting

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) will hold their monthly board meeting on Tuesday, November 3, at 9 a.m., in the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public Schools. All are invited to attend. They review various volunteer activities, fund raising 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 its website:

Collect those boxtops

The CSA will once again be participating in the General Mills Box Tops for Education Program. The CSA will earn $.10 per box top, so save and clip your box tops and place them in the container labeled “Box Tops for Education” at the Carlisle School library. There will be a prize at the end of the year for the class that collects the most box tops for the 2000-2010 school year.

Carlisle French Cineclub  

Aimez-vous le cinéma français? Aimeriez-vous parler français?
Join fellow Carlisle francophiles for their monthly French movie outing Friday evening, October 16, time to be decided. After the movie, they will pick a local gathering spot where they will discuss the movie in French and English. Contact for further details.

School Advisory Council needs community rep

The Carlisle School Advisory Council is a principal’s advisory group mandated by the State Education Reform Act of 1993. It is charged with supporting district goals through writing and implementing the School Improvement Plan, reviewing the budget and providing general enhancement for the school community. Members serve a two year term, and the meetings are held once a month at 3:15 p.m. at the Main Office.

The council must contain at least one community member. If you would be interested in serving on this council, contact Sara Clark at One community member and one parent are needed. Submit your interest via email before October 12, so the council can meet in October. If you have any questions, contact Sara at 1-978-369-3101 or at the email listed above.

Carlisle Council On Aging doings

Knitting in Service Society: The next meeting is October 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Union Hall, at the FRS. If you have questions, call the FRS at 1-978-369-5180.

Book club: The COA book club will meet Wednesday, October 14 at 10 a.m. at the home of Judy Wells in Groton. The book is Lolita. The November book is Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson. For more information or directions, call Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-4618.

Making your budget work: On Wednesday, October 14, from 1 – 2 p.m., Concord-Carlisle Adult Education Instructor Nancy Burnham will present a one-hour introduction to household budgeting in the Clark Room at Town Hall. The complete course is four Mondays, October 19 to November 9 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center in West Concord. There is no charge for Concord and Carlisle residents. To enroll in the complete course, call 1-978-318-1540 or visit

Pharmacology lecture: On Wednesday, October 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 School Street, Stephen Feldman will discuss how to take medicines safely and review what we should know about medicines we take. Register for this session by calling the library at 1-978-369-4898.

Monthly luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, October 15 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS, for lunch, followed by entertainment by the Dixie Diehards. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up no later than Monday, October 12. There will be a free blood pressure clinic from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call the van line if you need a ride.

Senior flu clinic: A (seasonal not H1N1) flu clinic for seniors 65+ will be held in the Clark Room at Town Hall on Friday, October 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your Medicare card. No appointment is needed.

Minuteman Tech luncheon: Come to Minuteman Technical High School, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington on Tuesday, October 20 at 11:30 a.m. Choose between shrimp and scallop scampi over pasta or baked stuffed chicken as your entrée. The cost is $10 plus gratuity, payable at the luncheon. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 by noon on October 16 to reserve your place. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 if you need a ride.

RMV program: The Registry of Motor Vehicles will present a free hour-long safe driving program called “Shifting Gears” on Monday, October 19 at 1:30 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. This program features safe driving tips and warning signs of unsafe driving and will include a Q&A session. All attendees will receive copies of the Massachusetts Drivers Manual as well as other handouts. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to register.

Three-course lunch: Enjoy a three-course lunch at the Northeastern Correctional Center in Concord on Thursday, October 22. Call 1-978-371-2895 no later than noon on October 19 for menu choices and to reserve your space.There will be no charge for the van which will leave Town Hall at 11:30 a.m. Reservations are necessary.

2010 trips: The Cruise the Yangtze River COA trip will be from April 23 to May 8. The Branson, Memphis and Nashville COA trip will be from May 12 to 21, 2010. The deadline for deposits for either trip is October 30, 2009. For more information or a flyer, call Joanne Willens, at 1-978-371-8023, or email her at

Concord-Carlisle girls travel basketball tryouts

Concord-Carlisle Girls Travel Basketball will hold a tryout on Sunday, October 25, for players in grades 6, 7, and 8 who are residents of Concord and Carlisle. Home games are played Saturday mornings at Middlesex School. Players must participate in one mid-week practice and be available for away games (usually Saturday). Play is up-tempo and competitive, officiated by qualified referees.

Tryout schedule on October 25: sixth grade from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Sanborn Middle School gym in Concord; seventh grade from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Sanborn Middle School gym; eighth grade from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hunt Gym, inConcord.

For more information, call 1-978-369-4296.

CCHS orientation

Concord-Carlisle High School will be offering an “Orientation to CCHS” meeting for all Concord and Carlisle eighth-and ninth-grade independent school students and their parents on Wednesday, October 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the CCHS library.

October 24 – save the date – save the future

On Saturday, October 24, Carlisle Climate Action (CCA), along with many other organizations, will be holding a Regional Energy Revolution Rally at the Old North Bridge in Concord. All concerned citizens are invited to participate in this historic event and help to send a message on the importance of the global warming issue.

CCA will have walks, bike rides and car pools from Carlisle to this fun, informative and pivotal event. And you will hear church bells ring 350 times to signify the importance of getting and keeping carbon dioxide levels below 350 parts per million to stop dramatic climate change.

Carlisle specifics for October 24 (town common at School Street)

  • 11 a.m.: Begin ringing of the church bells 350 times
  • 11:45: Walk to the Concord visitor’s center (via Estabrook Trail)
  • 12:45 p.m.: Bike ride will commence to the visitors center
  • 1:30: Car pool will begin to the visitors center
  • 2 - 3:30: Rally at the National Park Visitors Center in Concord (near the flagpole overlooking the bridge).

This rally is being spearheaded by author and activist Bill McKibben and the group. The event will be one of over one thousand similar events that will be held around the world to show support for a strong international climate treaty to be negotiated at the December United Nations talks in Copenhagen.

If you have any questions, contact Mike Hanauer at 1-978-318-1980 or

Mind and body expert

  On Wednesday, October 21, at 7 p.m. at the Carlisle Congregational Church on 147 School Street, Carole Legro will discuss recent research around mindfulness and Heart Rhythm meditation and how these disciplines decrease stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure and boost immunity. These free programs are made possible by the Friends of the Council on Aging and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.  The next program in the series will be on acupuncture and herbal medicine on October 28. Call the library at 1-978-369-4898 to register for any session.

Walk to School Day 

The Carlisle Pathway Committee will team up with the Carlisle Public School and “Safe Routes to School,” a state program, to sponsor our third “Walk to School Day.” This event will be held on Wednesday, October 14, rain or shine. Middle school students should begin walking at 7:15 a.m. and elementary students should start at 8:15 a.m. Anyone not along the pathway routes on Concord, Bedford, East and Lowell streets may pick up the walk at locations such as Kimball’s and St. Irene church. All walkers will receive a gift and have their names entered in a raffle.

Rescheduled fundraiser

On Saturday, October 24, the CCHS boys varsity soccer team will be playing at 7 p.m. in the rescheduled “Kicks for Cancer” game to raise funds in support of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Play is on the upper turf fields and admission is $5.

Play groups forming

Play groups for children ages 0-5 are now forming. If you are interested in joining a playgroup through the Carlisle Parents Connection, contact Melissa McMorrow at or call 1-978-369-1797.

Carlisle Historical Society Open House on October 18

The Carlisle Historical Society will hold its October Open House on Sunday, October 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Come step back in time and see a variety of historical items from Carlisle’s past, ranging from remnants of Elizabeth Willard’s 1653 wedding dress to Guy Clark’s farm implements. There is also a large Civil War collection from the Battle of Gettysburg.

The Historical Society’s collection is located at Heald House, 698 Concord Street. There is no admission charge.

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