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Friday, October 23, 2009

Putting the garden to bed

Join the Carlisle Garden Club on Wednesday, October 28, at 7 p.m. for a panel discussion entitled, “Putting the Garden to Bed.” Before you hang up your trowel for the winter, there are still a few things you should do to ensure your gardening success next year. Garden Club experts will discuss last-minute plantings to ensure a colorful spring, and convey helpful tips on minimizing winter damage and controlling for deer and other varmints. The session will then open for Q and A. The event will take place at the home of Cecile Sandwen, 74 Suffolk Lane.

The Carlisle Garden Club is currently seeking new members of all horticultural skill levels, from amateur to expert. For more information, visit the web site at, and if you are interested in attending, RSVP by calling Liz Nields at 1-978-369-7560 or

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.

Republican Town Committee meeting

The Carlisle Republican Town Committee will meet on Monday, November 2, in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Library. All interested town residents are warmly invited. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. The Republican Party believes in fiscal responsibility, free enterprise and individual liberty. We will have a lively discussion of local and state affairs including an update from Scott Brown’s U.S. Senate campaign. For more information about the committee or to be added to our email list, contact James Bohn at or 1-978-371-9593.

Host the Friends 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 hosting this event, call Verna Gilbert at 1-978-369-9278.

Teen events at Gleason

Add a little bite to Friday night! All 5th- to 12th-graders are invited. Spend Friday, November 13, at the Gleason Public Library from 3:30 to 5 p.m. celebrating the release of the New Moon movie with Twilight trivia, crafts and a character costume contest. Pre-register at the reference desk.

All 7th- to 9th-graders who enjoy reading and chatting about books are encouraged to come to an open meeting of the Gleason Public Library’s teen book club on Thursday, October 29, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the library.

For more information, please contact Cassandra at or visit the library’s website,

Rescheduled Kicks for Cancer fundraiser

Kicks for Cancer, the CCHS boys soccer game to benefit Dana-Farber, will be played this Saturday, October 24, 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

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. They will 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 served afterward. For more information, contact Steve Tobin at 978-369-1680 or

FRS membership class

If you have ever wondered what goes on at the big white church on the common, here is your chance to find out. Join long-term members of the congregation for conversation about our spiritual values, heritage and programs and enjoy brunch in Union Hall. The Path to Membership class will be offered on Saturday morning, October 31, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It is Halloween, so feel free to wear your costume! (Or not!) Childcare provided, if requested by October 27. The class will be led by Rev. Diane Miller. Sign up by contacting the church office, 1-978-369-5180. No fee and no salesman will call.

Gleason Pumpkin Spectacle on October 28

For the 26th year, the Gleason Library will host its Great Pumpkin Spectacle, an event that has become a Carlisle Halloween tradition. This year the event will be held on Wednesday, October 28. Every year kindergartners, and first-, second- and third-graders display extraordinary creativity and imagination in their pumpkin decorating.

To register, bring your pumpkin to the children’s department at the Gleason Public Library between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. on October 28. If you come in the afternoon, you will have a chance to view the pumpkins in a leisurely fashion. Registrations before 6 p.m. are preferred. Pumpkins will be judged separately on each grade level. This year there will be three categories: carved, decorated, and carved and decorated, plus a lucky winner drawn for each age group. Those who do not wish their pumpkins to be judged may bring them to special “display only” table.

At 6:45 p.m., well-known Rhode Island storyteller, Carolyn Martino, will perform in the Corey Auditorium at the Carlisle Public School. Carolyn will entertain the audience with her spooooky tales suitable for grades K-3. This performance is not intended for children younger than grade K because of the scary content.

After an informal parade from the school to the library at approximately 7:45 p.m. (children are encouraged to bring flashlights), the three judges will announce their decisions. Families and friends are invited to share in this traditional evening of fun with their children by viewing the pumpkins on display and enjoying refreshments at this time. The Friends of the Gleason Library provide the funding for this event.

TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE. Carlisle School’s Husky sports mascot (aka seventh-grader Megan Jones) comes face to face with Maggie, a kindred spirit, at the Carlisle Invitational Cross-Country Meet at Great Brook Farm State Park last Monday. Maggie’s owner John Faber is at far right. (Photo by Sarah Hart)

Red Balloon fundraiser on November 4

As they celebrate their 39th year, the Red Balloon Preschool invites the public to their fall fundraiser taking place on Wednesday, November 4, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the school, which is located on the lower level of the First Religious Society. The event will showcase fine jewelry and gifts created by Betterment Through Beads, which is a small, local business that gives 100% of its profits to the Krempels Brain Injury Foundation. On November 4, part of the proceeds will benefit the school.

A wide variety of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and watches will be offered and custom orders are possible. Only personal checks or cash will be accepted.

Trail volunteers needed tomorrow

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 on 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

Godspell comes to Westford’s PCA

Godspell, the musical with score and lyrics by Stephan Schwartz, will be presented by the Nashoba Players on October 30, 31, November 6, 7 at 8 p.m. at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street in Westford. For tickets, call 1-978-692-9911 or visit The well loved contemporary musical based on the Gospel of Saint Mark is brought to life on the intimate stage of the Westford’s Performing Center for the Arts, including such favorite songs as “Day by Day,” and “Side by Side.”

CYT presents Joseph

Concord Youth Theatre’s Mainstage Production Company presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on November 6, 7, 8 and 13, 14, 15 at 50 Beharrell Street, West Concord. Friday performances are at 7:30 p.m., Saturday performances are at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday performances are at 2:30 p.m. Concord Youth Theatre is a not-for-profit educational organization providing professional level performance training and experience to children from pre-school through high school.

Tickets are $13 each. Advance tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 1-978-371-1482. Reservations are recommended. Performances are recommended for ages four and older.

Local artist’s works on display in Weston

Carlisle weaver Nancy Kronenberg is one of many local weavers whose work will be in the Weavers’ Guild of Boston’s Annual Exhibit and Sale. The sale features beautiful juried handwoven scarves, jackets, blankets, rugs, table linens, sachets, and more.

Come see this year’s novel exhibit: fanciful bras in handwoven fabric touring to raise funds for free mammograms. The exhibit runs Thursday, November 5, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, November 6, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, November 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Josiah Smith Barn, 358 Boston Post Road at the Church Street intersection in Weston Center. For more information, see

to talk about Japan

The Armchair Travel series will present “Japan: A Land of Contrasts” on Monday, October 26. Jay and Carolynn Luby will show slides from their three-week trip to the main island of Honshu at 7 p.m. in the Harvey Wheeler Community Center at 1276 Main Street in West Concord. The free series is sponsored by Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education. Parking at the Harvey Wheeler is along Main Street and behind the building (enter the driveway from Church Street, between the white church and the playground).

Carlisle travellers to talk about Japan

The Armchair Travel series will present “Japan: A Land of Contrasts” on Monday, October 26. Jay and Carolynn Luby will show slides from their three-week trip to the main island of Honshu at 7 p.m. in the Harvey Wheeler Community Center at 1276 Main Street in West Concord. The free series is sponsored by Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education. Parking at the Harvey Wheeler is along Main Street and behind the building (enter the driveway from Church Street, between the white church and the playground).

Music and mystery on stage in Acton

Noir detective mystery, close-harmony jazz, femmes fatale, witty dialogue, decadent Hollywood, great voices – if you are a fan of any, or all, of these things then you will love City of Angels, the Theatre III fall musical. With music by Cy Coleman, book by Larry Gelbart (creator of Mash) and lyrics by David Zipple, this is a show you won’t want to miss. The story centers around Stine, an author who is preparing a screenplay of his popular novel and his fictional character Stone, a hard-boiled private investigator. Throw a radio crooner, a jazz quartet, two thugs and an iron lung into the mix and you have a wonderful evening’s entertainment. Performance dates are November 6,7,13,14,20,21 at 8 p.m. and November 15 at 3 p.m. For tickets, visit or call 1-978-263-9070. Theatre III is located at 250 Central Street in West Acton.

Ghost hunter at MCC

Just in time for Halloween, Middlesex Community College will host ghost hunter Ross Allison in a special program to be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 29, in the Bedford Campus Center, 591 Springs Road.

Free and open to the public, Allison’s program will explain what ghosts are and why they haunt. For more information about Ross Allison’s visit to Middlesex, contact Melissa Welch at 1-978-656-3363 or

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.

Sibling authors to discuss teen novel

Brother and sister team, Daniel and Dina Nayeri, authors of Another Faust, a modern retelling of the Faustian bargain story, will be at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord on Thursday, November 12, at 7 p.m. 

Set in the elite Marlowe School in a modern New York, five ambitious teenagers find that they have mysterious talents, but these talents come at a terrible cost. Books will be available for autographing and refreshments will be served. Teens will enjoy meeting the authors at this rare appearance. For more information call 1-978-318-3358 or visit the library website at

Conservatory concert at Concord Library

The Concord Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) Faculty Performance Series kicks off with a spectacular performance Sunday, November 1, at 5:15 p.m. The free performance will feature piano and violin faculty members and will be held in the rotunda of the Main Concord Library.

CCM piano faculty member Chris Bakriges, along with his son, violinist David Bakriges, will perform selections from their new CD, “Teaching the Eye to Hear: Musical Reflections on Matisse’s Jazz Cut-outs.” The Bakriges will perform pieces from the Great American Songbook, which inspired the imaginations of French jazz fans in the early years of jazz music.

Also performing will be CCM violin faculty member Raluca Dumitrache, with violinist Miwako Yamanaka. Their duet selection will be S. Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins in C major, op.56

Halloween at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln

A frighteningly fun evening appropriate for the whole family, Drumlin Farm’s annual Tales of the Night event will be held on October 29 and 30 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The event’s centerpiece, the Haunted Hayride, pulls visitors along through a series of Halloween skits in Drumlin’s vegetable fields, lit by bonfires and jack-o-lanterns, offering the perfect combination of spookiness and silliness. Visitors will have the chance to meet hissing cockroaches and giant millipedes in the creepy crawly critter mansion, learn about nocturnal animals and enjoy some spooky treats and witches brew. Admission is $9 per person and free for children under age 2. Pre-registration is not required but is strongly recommended. To register, call 1-781-259-2206.

Kids of all ages can wander our Forest Discovery Trail meeting Little Miss Muffet, Little Bo Peep (and her lost sheep) and Little Red Riding Hood along the way. Everyone is encouraged to wear costumes of their own and bring flashlights to help light the way around the farm.

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Mass Audubon’s only working educational farm, practices sustainable farming that supports native habitat. As a leader in environmental education, the sanctuary strives to build awareness of the interdependence among people, land, and wildlife. Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 208 South Great Road (Rt. 117) in Lincoln. To learn more about our programs, call 781.259.2200 or visit

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

Acupuncture and herbal medicine lecture: On Wednesday, October 28 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 School Street, Cynthia McMahon King, Lac, RPh of Boxboro Acupuncture who also has an office at the Emerson Hospital Health Center in Westford, will discuss the history of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and how they successfully treat present health issues. Learn how acupuncture works and the many conditions it addresses. King is a licensed acupuncturist and registered pharmacist and is a faculty member at the New England School of Acupuncture in Newton. She has been practicing Chinese medicine for 20 years. Register for this session by calling the library at 1-978-369-4898.

Halloween van trip to Salem: Join the COA on its annual Salem trip October 30. To reserve your space, call van coordinator Carol Killpartrick at 1-978-371-6690 and make out a check for $10 per person to the Carlisle COA. Either mail the check to COA Director, Kathy Mull, or drop it off at the COA office in Town Hall.

Podiatry clinic: The next podiatry clinic is on Tuesday, November 1 at the Sleeper Room. Call the COA office to make an appointment. Checks for $20 made out to the Friends of Carlisle COA (FCOA) or cash are payable the day of the clinic. The clinic is sponsored in part by the FCOA, Timothy Wheeler House of Concord and the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Answers to go: On Wednesday, November 4, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., the Gleason Public Library is offering an introductory computer course focusing on basic searching and browsing, using online journals, magazines and newspapers. Call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898 to register.

Robbins Brook Thanksgiving lunch: The next monthly luncheon sponsored by Minuteman Senior Services and the Inn at Robbins Brook will be held at the Congregational Church at noon on Wednesday, November 4. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by noon on October 2.

Elliot Lilien Handel lectures: Elliot Lilien returns to Carlisle on November 4 and 18 at Union Hall at the FRS and December 2 and 9 at St. Irene Hall from 1:30 to 3 share the life and music of Handel. This program is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. Call the Reference Desk at the library at 1-978-369-4898 to register. This program is sponsored by the FOGPL and the Friends of the COA Lee Milliken Fund.

Monthly coffee: On Thursday, November 5, come have breakfast at 9 a.m. in the Sleeper Room at Village Court hosted by Tom and Karen Dunkers and Jim and Betty Elgin. No fees and no reservations, but good food and conversation. Call the van line if you need a ride. A free blood pressure clinic will be held between 9:15 and 10:15 a.m.

Upcoming Carlisle School Association events

CSA gift wrap and more fundraiser:  This year the CSA Gift Wrap Fundraiser is going green! Items sold through not only help the environment, they also help people in need all around the world. Look for the catalogs, in student backpacks this week, which represent only a sample of products available. Select from over 20 different wrapping papers on the website. If wrapping paper is not what you need, choose from a wide array of other items and gifts for the holidays, including unique lunch boxes and backpacks, notepads, decorative stainless steel bottles, cloth gift bags, jewelry, cleaning products, plus fair-trade coffee, teas and chocolate! Place your orders through November 8, either through the website or the catalog order form, with checks made out to CSA and returned to homeroom teachers. On the website, be sure to select Carlisle School Associates as the affiliate, so fundraising dollars go to the school. If you choose to have items shipped directly to you, you will be charged for the shipping, but you will get them sooner. Otherwise, have items shipped to the school, at no charge to you, and they will be sent home with your child on or around December 14.

CSA cookbooks: Looking for a warm, nutritious meal to make on a Tuesday night? Find out what folks in Carlisle like to cook, with the CSA’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.

CSA board meeting: The monthly board meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 3, at 9 a.m. in the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public Schools. All are invited to attend. We review various volunteer activities, 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 its website:

Box tops: Please save and clip your box tops and place them in the box labeled “Box Tops for Education” at the Carlisle School 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 the church bells 350 times.

• 11:45 a.m.Walk to the Concord Visitor Center (via Estabrook Trail).

• 12:45 p.m. Bike ride will commence to the Visitor Center.

• 1:30 p.m. Car pool will begin to the Visitor Center

• 2-3:30 p.m. Rally at the National Park Visitor 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 1,000 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

Upcoming discussions of Life in the Balance

“Let’s Talk Trash” was the first in a public forum series called “Life in the Balance” which is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle, ConcordCAN (Concord Climate Action Network), Carlisle Climate Action, and Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education. The next topic will be “Food for Thought.” Part I, on November 6 at 7 p.m. in the Alcott School, will include the screening of “Food, Inc.” and dialogue about what has happened to our food. Part II, on November 20 at 7 p.m., is “Moving toward a sustainable food system,” which will include a speaker, panel and break-out discussions.

Open Farm Sunday on November 1

On Sunday, November 1, Great Brook Farm at the state park will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of Open Farm Sunday, sponsored by Cabot Creamery Cooperative. Meet Mark Duffy, see the cows, join in barnyard activities and sample the cheddar cheese that is made in part from Carlisle milk.

For more information about this special event, as well as information about the Cabot Creamery Cooperative, go to or

Veterans invited to Carlisle School

Carlisle veterans and their families are invited to a Veterans Day celebration at the Carlisle Public School. The event will be hosted by the kindergarten and third grade students on Tuesday, November 10, from 9 to 10 a.m.

Come to the Corey Dining Room, Carlisle School. Military dress and medals are welcomed. RSVP to Denise Casper at 1-978-369-6550 x4115.

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