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Friday, October 30, 2009

Walkers welcome

All are welcome to participate in an informal walking group in Carlisle. They meet at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings at Center Park, and walk on the trails and paths in Carlisle for about two hours. They expect to be walking through November, weather permitting. There is no sign-up, just show up.

Contact Jane Anderson or 1-978-369-9672 if there are any questions.

Open Farm Sunday

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

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. They 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 e-mail list, contact James Bohn at or 1-978-371-9593.

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.

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.

Thanksgiving potluck in Carlisle

Come for a coordinated pot-luck dinner on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, at 2 p.m. in Union Hall, 27 School Street. The cost will be $5 for adults, $2 for children.

Sign up for the food you will contribute to the traditional holiday dinner (turkey, vegetarian entrée, potatoes and dressing, green vegetable, yellow vegetable, salad, rolls and dessert) at 1-978-369-5180 by November 23. Bring your own wine.

Kicks for Cancer

The Concord-Carlisle High School boys soccer game to benefit Dana Farber has been rescheduled and will be held Monday, November 2 at 6 p.m. CCHS will be playing Lincoln-Sudbury High School.

The game will be played at Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street in Concord on the upper turf fields. Admission is $5 and proceeds go to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Last chance for cookbook

Favorites for All Seasons, the CSA cookbook, is available through the mail (order form at or at Ferns, for $20, through today.

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

• Podiatry clinic: The next podiatry clinic is on Tuesday, November 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. 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 – 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 – 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.

• Nashoba Tech luncheon: Join the COA at Nashoba Tech HS’s restaurant on November 10 at 11:45 a.m. for lunch of either pork loin or stuffed sole along with all the trimmings. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to reserve your spot by Friday, November 7.

• Book club: The COA book club will meet Wednesday, November 11 at 10 a.m. at the home of Florence Newman on Autumn Lane. The book is Three Cups of Tea. For more information or directions, call Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-4618.

• Men’s breakfast: On Thursday, November 12 at 8 a.m. in the Sleeper Room, join us for a delicious breakfast cooked by our new mystery chef Andy Cutter. Call Kathy Mull at 1-978-371-6693 if you can help out with this breakfast any month. The cost is $3. This month veterans are free. For a free van ride, call 1-978-371-6690.

• Holiday shopping: On Friday, November 13 the COA van will go to the Wrentham Outlets. On Wednesday, November 18 the COA van will go to Newburyport for holiday shopping. Both trips leave a 9 a.m. from the Congregational Church parking lot. The cost for each is $10 and lunch is on your own. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690. Mail or drop off your check at COA Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741 – Attn: Kathy Mull.

• Vermont in lilac time. Come join the Carlisle seniors for a three-day trip to Shelburne Museum, Rutland, Vermont Marble, Dakin Farms, Quechee Gorge plus much more on May 19 through 21, 2010. The price is $483 (twin occupancy), which includes round trip motorcoach, two full breakfasts, two dinners, two nights Holiday Inn stay with indoor pool and sauna. Call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or pick up flyers at Carlisle COA Office at Town Hall.

Armchair travels - Peru

Trekking along the Inca Trail through the Peruvian outback and ending up at Machu Pichu has been on Jim Saltonstall’s “to do” list for many years. Jim, a Carlisle resident, and his daughter fulfilled this dream in April 2009. They will share pictures and stories about this magical place at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center in West Concord on Monday November 2, 7 p.m. This free series is sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education Advisory Committee. Future programs will feature Morocco on November 9, Pagatonia on November 16, and Images and Stories from Transylvania on November 23. The hour-long presentations are all held on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center. Registration is not required.

Carlisle School Association news

• 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. 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 (sent home with students last week), 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 Board Meeting. We will hold our 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. 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:

“Food for Thought,” film and discussion

On Friday, November 6, “Food for Thought, Part 1,” a film and discussion, will be presented by the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle, ConcordCAN, Carlisle Climate Action and C-C Adult & Community Education. Watch and discuss “Food, Inc.,” a film on the food industry. Guest speaker will be Charlotte Vallaeys of the Cornucopia Institute. The talk, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Alcott School Auditorium, 93 Laurel Street in Concord, is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is available at For more information:, or 1-978-369-3842.

41th annual Sports Sale at Fenn School

The Fenn School, 516 Monument Street, Concord, will sponsor its Annual Sports Sale on Saturday, November 7, from 9 a.m. to noon in the school’s new gym. Now in its 41th year, the sale has become a must-attend event for area residents with an eye for quality sports items at huge savings. Donations of gently used sporting goods and blue blazers can be dropped off at the new gym on Thursday, November 5, from 3 – 6 p.m. or Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sporting items typically available include previously owned ski clothing and equipment, ice skates, helmets, pads, athletic shoes, hiking boots, bats and gloves, tennis rackets, bicycles, and exercise equipment. Boys’ blazers, dress pants and boys’ dress shoes will also be on sale. In addition, specialists from Hardy’s Ski Emporium will be on hand to offer a wide selection of brand new skis, boots and helmets at great pre-season prices.

Girls Travel Basketball try-outs

Concord-Carlisle Girls Travel Basketball will continue sixth-grade tryouts this Sunday, November 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Hunt Gym, 90 Stow Street in Concord.

All sixth-grade girls who are residents of Concord and Carlisle are encouraged to attend. (If you were present at the October 25 tryout, try to attend this continued tryout too). C-C Girls Travel plays home games at Middlesex School in Concord and competes with local and regional towns such as Bedford, Lexington, Belmont, Burlington and Waltham in an up tempo, competitive league including professional officials, scoring and lots of fun for parents and players. For more information, call Bob Brennan, 1-978-902-2429.

Youth lacrosse sign-ups

Concord Carlisle Youth Lacrosse registration for the spring opens on November 1 for boys first through eighth grade and girls third through eighth grade travel teams. Go to the website to register or for more information.

CCYH Pond Hockey starts soon

CCYH Pond Hockey will be offered to all Mite (6-8 years old) and Squirt (9-10 years old) kids who are residents of Concord/Carlisle. If already participating in CCYH, there is no fee. If a boy or girl is interested in playing in the Pond Hockey games and Beanpot Tourney, a fee of $100, plus USA Hockey registration is required for insurance purposes. You can register your child at through November 5. The first Pond Hockey games will be held November 7 and 8 at Middlesex, and the games will run through January 30 and 31. If you have questions, you can contact Mike Moore ( or Paul Nelson (

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof in Concord

The Concord Players will kick off their 90th season on Friday, November 6 with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author Tennessee Williams. Directed by Mario Salinas and featuring a stellar cast, this powerful production probes deeply into some of Williams’ most salient themes: southern decadence, greed, homophobia, and hypocrisy.

Don’t miss this American classic performed by Concord’s award-winning community theater company The Concord Players. Performances at 51 Walden Street, Concord, are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. on November 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21 and a Sunday matinee on November 15 at 2 p.m. Opening Night ticket holders are welcome to attend the November 6 gala reception, “Big Daddy’s Birthday Party,” featuring free southern treats and beverages.

Tickets for all shows are $18 (with discounts available for groups of 15 or more). For tickets and other show information, please go to You can also email your ticket requests to or call 1-978-369-2990.

Concord Orchestra Young Artists Competition

Auditions for the Concord Orchestra Young Artists Competition will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, January 13 and 14, 2010. The winner will be the featured soloist on the Concord Orchestra’s concerts on March 19 and 20, 2010, and will receive the Ehlers Memorial Scholarship. The second and third place finishers will be invited to perform a recital prior to these concerts.

The competition is open to high school and younger instrumental students, including pianists. A complete concerto or other work suitable for performance with orchestra must be memorized for the audition. Applications are due by December 30, 2009. For more information and an application form, call 1-978-371-1491. Applications can also be printed from

Set sail with Savoyard’s Pirates of Penzance

The Savoyard Light Opera Company will present The Pirates of Penzance, the classic Gilbert & Sullivan masterpiece, from November 13 through 22, at the Corey Auditorium.

Ranking among the most popular Gilbert & Sullivan operas, Pirates is awash with infectious tunes and witty dialogue. Gilbert imbued Pirates with mirth and silliness to spare while the opera’s gentle satire is based upon the theme of “Doing One’s Duty” carried to extremes.

As always, this Savoyard Light Opera Company production will feature a full orchestra, original scenery and professional lighting. The music director is Steve Malionek, with stage direction by Donna DeWitt and choreography by Jay Newlon. Performances will be Friday November 13, and Saturdays, November 14, and 21 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, November 15 and 22 at 2 p.m., at the Corey Auditorium on Church Street. Ticket prices for all performances are $24 for adults, $22 for seniors and students and $16 for children (12 and under). For tickets, call 1-978-371-SLOC (7562) or visit the website at

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Eagle Scout project to collect bikes

Robert Drinkwater of Fiske Street, is collecting bikes for underpriviledged children. Sponsors are Bykes for Tykes and Boys Town of New England. Bikes will be collected on Saturday, October 31, at the Transfer Station from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations will be accepted at Ferns. Bikes can be picked up, if needed.

If you have questions, call Robbie at 1-978-505-3019 or email

New Moon Party at Gleason Library

Add a little bite to Friday night! All fifth through twelfth graders are invited spend Friday, the 13th of November from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the library celebrating the release of the New Moon movie with Twilight trivia, crafts, and a character costume contest. Pre-register at the reference desk. Questions? Visit the library’s website at, or email Cassandra, the new teen librarian, at

Help us fill these pages – openings for Feature Editor and writers

Each week, on these center pages, we try to tell the stories of the interesting people, places and events of our town. If you would like to help write these stories or to coordinate and edit them, let us know. Writing skills, but not editing experience, are needed. The hours are flexible and both writing and editing positions are paid.

If you’re interested, feel free to stop by on a Wednesday at noon for a brown bag lunch, or contact the office at or 1-978-369-8313.

Fenn School presents Johnny Tremain

The Redcoats are coming! To Fenn School, that is, where “Johnny Tremain” will be performed by 6th and 7th graders at The Fenn School on November 6 and 7. In the play the events leading up to the Revolutionary War are portrayed through the life of a boy who must make his own way in the world and is caught up in the drama with John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Dr. Joseph Warren. The cast includes Alaric Krapf and Carter Hussey of Carlisle.

“Johnny Tremain” will be preformed on Friday, November 6 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5, and are available at the front desk at The Fenn School, 516 Monument Street in Concord. The number to call for more information is 1-978-369-5800.

Shelter needs your help

The Lowell Humane Society still needs your help in caring for over 3000 animals per year. Expenses are about $1500 per day to keep the shelter running. A donation box for pet food, cleaning supplies and small items has been placed at the Carlisle Post Office. Their wish list, current activities and available pets, can be seen at For larger donations including cages, bedding, or for pick up, call Carol at 1-978 369 2276.

Rep. Cory Atkins to speak at Conservation Coffee on Nov. 10

The Tuesday, November 10 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in Town Hall, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Representative Cory Atkins will be available to speak with attendees.

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are regularly held on the second Tuesday of the month during the fall, winter and spring seasons. Their purpose is to provide an informal opportunity for residents to discuss a wide range of land use, conservation and environmental issues. The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Continental breakfast provided.

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