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Friday, October 16, 2009

COA offers safe driving program, October 19

The Registry of Motor Vehicles will present a free hour-long safe driving program called “Shifting Gears” on 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.

Drop-In story time tomorrow

Come to the Gleason Library this Saturday, October 17, at 10:30 a.m. for a drop-in story time for ages 2-4. A mix of picture books and rhymes will entertain and enrich your child and you will enjoy them, too.

For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children’s desk.

Dicuss Friedman at League book group on October 21

The next book discussion hosted by the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle (LWVCC) will focus on two books by Thomas Friedman: The World is Flat and Hot, Flat and Crowded. Join the conversation on Wednesday, October 21, from 10 to11:30 a.m. in the Trustees Room of the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street. All readers are welcome.

For more information, visit, email or call 1-978-369-3842.

Book discussion group for elementary students

A new series of book discussions for fourth- and fifth-grade students will begin on Tuesday, October 20, at 7 p.m. in the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street. Into the Volcano by Don Wood will be discussed. The facilitator for this session will be Pat Pluskal, a librarian from the Fowler Library. Multiple copies of the book are available for circulation at the main library.

For more information, call either Karen Ahearn at the main library at 1-978-318-3358 or Pat Pluskal at the Fowler Library at 1-978-318-3301.

Newcomers’ Club walking tour

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers’ Club will be enjoying a walking tour of Mt. Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, on Monday, October 26. The Club will carpool to the cemetery. RSVP to Ros at or 1-978-318-7928 by October 23. For more information, visit or contact Ann at 1-978-254-5117.

Men’s over-45 basketball

Play basketball on Sunday nights at the Hunt Gym on Stow Street in Concord from 7 to 9 p.m. We play for fun, and welcome all levels of players. The goal each night is to play hard, and enjoy each other’s company. Come by and try it out; it’s open to non-Concord residents. Contact John Mandler 1-978-369-7690 or Richard Wingard 1-508-878-6592 for more information.

CSA cookbooks are here

Looking for a warm, nutritious meal to make on a Tuesday night? Find out what folks in Carlisle like to cook with the Carlisle School Association’s new cookbook, Favorites for All Seasons. With over 100 creative recipes collected from parents, teachers, librarians and others, the cookbook is available through the mail (order form at or at Ferns, for $20.

CCHS class of 2004 reunion

On Saturday, November 28, CCHS’ class of 2004 will gather for a reunion at Trinity Bar (60 Chatham Street, Boston) from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Please visit for details.

Community health care forum

The national health care discussion comes to Concord this Sunday at the final day of the Concord Convocation’s three-day meeting on “Civil Diplomacy In and For Our Time.”

The morning session of the meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Concord School of Philosopy, the meeting hall behind Orchard House, 399 Lexington Road, in Concord and will be chaired by State Representative Cory Atkins. The first topic of the morning meeting will be “Citizen Perspectives” on the health debate. At 11 p.m., Concord health care professionsals will discuss the issues from their point of view.

The Sunday afternoon session is from 3 to 5 p.m. at Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1275 Main Street, West Concord. Both Democratic and Republican participants will discuss the roots of the current health care crisis and the qualities sought in an improved health care system. Parking is available behind the Harvey Wheeler Center.

The meetings are free and open to the public.

Trail volunteers needed

Come help the Trails Committee build a new trail in the Carlisle Conservation Foundation’s Benfield land on Saturday, October 24, starting at 9 a.m. They will be cutting two new trail loops in land abutting the Town’s “Bow Tie” lot. This is a good opportunity for high school and middle school community service. Bring work gloves and long handled loppers or bow saws if you have them; the Trails Committee will have extra tools too. They expect to finish up around noon. Park on the west side of West Street, in a pullout near Applegrove Lane (but not on Applegrove). Heavy rain postpones to Sunday, October 25. For more information, contact Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680 or

Come to the Cabaret

“Concord on Broadway!” will be presented on Saturday, November 7, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Temple Kerem Shalom, 659 Elm Street in Concord. The cabaret evening features Broadway performers Sarah Pfisterer (The Phantom of the Opera, Show Boat), Bill Carmichael (Mamma Mia, Forbidden Broadway), and pianist Scott Nicholas. Tickets are $35 per adult, includes delicious refreshments. A silent auction and cash bar will be available. Proceeds will support the Concord Women’s Chorus 50th anniversary season. Call for tickets, 1-978-369-0839 or check out for more information.

CROP Walk on Sunday

The 29th annual CROP Walk for the Hungry will be held on Sunday, October 18. Music and registration begins at 1:30 p.m., step-off at 2:15 p.m.

New this year: the starting point returns to First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road. The CCHS Pep Band, led by Al Dentino, will play from 1:30 to 2 p.m. in front of the church and the Yankee Stompers Dixieland Jazz Band will play in the parish hall at the finish.

Walk papers can be picked up at the Concord Free Library, Fowler Library in West Concord and Acton Memorial Library. Information about the Walk can be found at or contact Carl Miller, or 1-978-369-3755.

Harvest Fair tomorrow

The Harvest Fair is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Religious Society. Enjoy arts and crafts from vendors, baked goods, Carlisle grown produce. The hearty fare of a Luncheon Cafe includes pumpkin soup, chili and chili dogs, pulled pork sandwiches from the smoker, vegetarian wraps and homemade desserts. Pumpkins will be for sale outside on the Common and those seeking an adventure can go search for pumpkins in the “Pumpkin Puzzle Pursuit” in and around Carlisle Center. Stop by for a cup of hot cider and bid for something interesting in the Silent Auction. Face painting and games make the event suitable for all ages. Contact Alison Saylor, 1-978-369-1809 or at for more information.

Great Pumpkin Spectacle on October 28

Be sure and save Wednesday, October 28, for the annual Gleason Public Library’s Great Pumpkin Spectacle. Children entering grades K-3 are invited to enter a pumpkin in one of three categories: carved, painted or painted and carved. At 6:45 p.m., storyteller Carolyn Martino will entertain with her spooky tales at the Corey Auditorium. These tales are for grades K and up as they are scary but older children are welcome to come also. Then proceed down to the library for the pumpkin awards. The Friends of the Gleason Library provide funding for the performer, refreshments and prizes.

Herbal medicine and acupuncture

On Wednesday, October 28, at 7 p.m., Cynthia McMahon King, LAc, RPh of Boxboro Acupuncture, will highlight the history of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Come learn how acupuncture works and the many conditions addressed, including back pain, sciatica, insomnia, headache, arthritis, tendonitis, allergies, incontinence, depression, oncology support and more. There will be time for questions and answers and also an acupuncture demo.

This free program will take place at 7 p.m. at the Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 School Street. Call the library at 1-978-369-4898 to register.

Democratic Town Committee Meeting

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee welcomes all interested townspeople to its next meeting on Monday, October 19, at the Aragon residence, 70 Red Pine Drive. Meet for conversation at 6:30 p.m. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Join us for political discussion, fellowship and planning for upcoming events. We expect to have representatives from one or more of the candidates for Edward Kennedy’s senate seat and a possible appearance by our state representative Cory Atkins. For more information, or to be added to a friends of the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee e-mail list, contact Susan Stamps at

Explore Handel’s life

Elliot Lilien returns to Carlisle on November 4, 18, December 2 and 9 to share the life and music of the baroque German-English composer George Friderik Handel (1685-1789). Be prepared for a merging of history, biography and music in this four-part special series presented by a favorite speaker. The programs will be held on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The location is TBA due to Gleason Library construction. This program is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. Register at the Reference Desk, 1-978-369-4898.

Open house at Village Court on October 25

The Carlisle Elderly Housing Association board of directors invites Carlisle residents to an open house on Sunday, October 25, at Carlisle Village Court, 145 Church Street. From 1 to 4 p.m., enjoy refreshments and facility tours, meet Village Court board members, management company representative and some residents.

At 2 p.m., there will be a panel discussion filmed for CCTV. Call Bert Williams at 1-978-369-7601 for more information. (See article on page 4)

Public walk at Greenough Land

The Trails Committee is offering a public walk at the Greenough Land on Sunday, October 25 at 1 p.m. Fall is a great time to hike and the Greenough Land is a beautiful place for it, with towering pine forests, a blueberry swamp, a scenic pond, fields, and an open marsh. We’ll also be using a new bridge built by volunteers this spring. The walk will be at a leisurely pace for about two hours. Meet at the main parking lot on Maple Street near the Billerica line. Refreshments will be served afterward. For more information, contact Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680 or

Host the Potluck Supper

The Friends of Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) are looking for a host house for their Annual Potluck Supper on a Saturday evening in late January or early February of 2010. The Friends will organize, set up and clean up after the event. If you are interested in being the 2010 host, call Verna Gilbert at 1-978-369-9278.

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