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Friday, November 27, 2009

Bird Walk Sunday December 6

The writers from the Mosquito’s Biodiversity Corner will be running a field trip oriented toward birds on Sunday, December 6, meeting in the main parking lot at Great Brook Farm State Park at 8:30 a.m. Check out next week’s Biodiversity Corner for more details.

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If you’re interested, feel free to stop by the office at 662A Bedford Road on a Wednesday at noon for a brown bag lunch, or contact the office at or 1-978-369-8313.

Monthly COA coffee to honor Director Mull

On Thursday, December 3, 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. There are no fees and no reservations, but plenty of good food and conversation.

Stop by between 9 and 11 a.m. to say good-bye to COA’s dedicated director, Kathy Mull. 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.

Salvation Army kettle at Ferns

In case you didn’t notice, there is now a Salvation Army Kettle in Ferns (thanks to the generous support of Larry Bearfield and Robin Emerson). Carlisle has its own Salvation Army Service Unit. Although it may come as a surprise to many, Carlisle does indeed have our share of residents in need, especially in these tough economic times. All contributions made to our “Town Kettle” remain in Carlisle and allow us to support residents with fuel, food and other essentials as the need arises. Residents (of all ages) who have needs are encouraged to call the Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) at 1-978-371-2895. Complete confidentiality is assured. Your generous support is very much appreciated.

FOGPL annual meeting on December 5

Join the Friends of Gleason Public Library for their annual meeting on Saturday, December 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library. The Friends will conduct a business meeting from 1 to 1:30 p.m. (all are welcome) followed by a talk by Gillian Gill, author of We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals. Critically acclaimed biographer Gillian Gill is known for crafting incisive, ground-breaking and eminently readable portraits of powerful women throughout history. RSVP by calling 1-978-369-4898 or stop by the Gleason Library Reference Desk. The limit is two people per reservation.

Civil War collection discussed on Dec. 3

  Dr. Paul Carpenter will present new information that he has uncovered in his most recent research on the Civil War collection that is housed at the Carlisle Historical Society’s Heald House at the Society’s annual meeting on December 3, in the St. Irene Parish Hall, 181 East Street. Dr. Carpenter, a Carlisle resident, is an economist by training, but also a Civil War history enthusiast and researcher who has been documenting the history and provenance of this collection. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. with a brief election of officers.

The Historical Society (CHS) will have a table at the Greens Sale at the First Religious Society on Saturday, December 5, (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), with books and ornaments related to Carlisle and its history on sale.

The Society will also be hosting its annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 6, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Heald House, 698 Concord Street in Carlisle. Everyone is invited to visit the museum and enjoy holiday refreshments. Admission is free.

Bill Koch Ski League returns to Carlisle

Parents and their children ages 5-13 interested in cross-country skiing are invited to attend a meeting of the Bill Koch Ski League on Saturday, December 5, at 9 a.m. at Great Brook Ski Touring Center, 1018 Lowell Street. The Bill Koch Ski League offers children the opportunity to learn skills for cross-country skiing, to have fun participating in skiing games and activities and to compete in races if they choose. The group plans to meet (regardless of snow cover) Saturday mornings from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Contact Stuart Johnstone at 1-978-369-9706 or email for further information.

Outdoor adult coed pickup soccer Nov. 28

Come out and participate in the Adult Coed Pickup Soccer League’s annual Saturday-after-Thanksgiving game. The game will be played on Saturday, November 28, at Spalding Field, from 2 to 4 p.m. This is a reunion of sorts for past and present Carlisleans, and past and present soccer players. All skill levels (high school age and up) are encouraged to come; the game is coed; teams are informally selected. Bring both a dark shirt and a white shirt and come out for some fun exercise. Any questions, call Scott Forsberg at 1-978-369-1631.

Holiday Greens Sale and Craft Fair Dec. 5

The First Religious Society in Carlisle (27 School Street), will hold its annual Holiday Greens Sale and Craft Fair on Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At this festive event the church hall will be filled with artfully decorated wreaths and colorful, decorated boxwood trees and rings for sale. There will also be delicious Christmas and seasonal foods for your holiday giving, along with undecorated wreaths, lovely bows and kits for gingerbread houses. There will be crafts for sale, a holiday cafe and seasonal music by the Savoyards. Admission is free. Handicapped access. Questions: call 1-978-369-5180.

Christmas for Kids at Police Station

The holidays are quickly approaching and there are many families that are impacted by economic hardships, substance abuse, domestic violence and child abuse and neglect. The Christmas For Kids toy drive is a way for caring people like you to help others in the holiday season. If you are able to assist, please drop off a new unwrapped gift to the Police Station lobby no later than December 11. Your continued generosity to the children and families of the greater Lowell area is very much appreciated.

Fri. Night Live – Dec. 4

Kick off the holiday season at FNL on December 4 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The November Friday Night Live (FNL) was a huge success. Hopefully everyone can come out again for more dancing, basketball, ping-pong and other games, or just to hang out with friends. Any middle school student that has not attended FNL is encouraged to attend. FNL newcomers are welcomed and should bring a parent or guardian to fill out the required permission forms and CORI release authorization forms. No student will be admitted to FNL without completed forms. Admission is $6. Pizza, soda and water are available for a small fee.

For more information, please contact Ray Jiménez at 1-978-369-4703 or by email at, or contact any member of the CYC. The CYC looks forward to seeing everyone on December 4.

CCYS spring 2010 travel soccer registration

Registration is open for Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer’s (CCYS) Spring 2010 Travel Soccer Program. CCYS will field travel teams this fall for the U9 through U18 age groups. Players can be registered online at the CCYS web site The deadline for registration is November 29. After this date, players may be wait-listed and a late fee of $50 per player will be charged.

There will be a separate registration period for the U16 & U18 divisions in early 2010. If you require financial assistance, please contact the Travel Club registrar at Your request will be handled confidentially.

Carlisle School concerts Dec. 8 and 10

Fall concerts for grades four to eight will open on Tuesday, December 8, with students in the 4th grade band and chorus performing at 5:30 p.m. and the 5th grade band and chorus performing at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, December 10, the Jazz Band, Middle School Symphonic and Concert Bands, Middle School Choir and Advanced Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m.

All concerts will be in the school’s Corey Auditorium. The public is invited to these free concerts.

Arts and Crafts Sale

The Lexington Arts and Crafts Society is holding a holiday marketplace from December 4 - 24. Local artists will be represented. For more information and directions please call 1-781-862-9696 or visit

November 30 seasonal flu clinic

Emerson Hospital will offer a seasonal flu clinic on Monday, November 30, from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center in Concord (1276 Main Street). The clinic is intended for area residents age 60 and older and those over the age of 18 who are at high risk of complication from seasonal influenza (i.e., those with chronic medical conditions). There will be no H1N1 vaccine available at the clinic. The supply is limited and will be dispensed on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost of the administration of the vaccine is $25 unless you have Medicare or a senior health plan. Medicare holders and those with a senior health plan should bring their cards. For more information, call 1-978-287-8345.

Newcomers holiday open house

Get in the holiday spirit with the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers’ Club. Join other Club members at the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers’ Club Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 12, from 6 to 9:30 p.m, at the home of Gail and Vin Sahney, 25 Cressbrook Road, Concord. Members are asked to bring an appetizer for 12 to share and a children’s book which will be donated to the Toys for Tots program. RSVP to by December 5.

Youth Hockey sign-ups

Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey is pleased to announce the popular Learn to Ice Skate will be held every Saturday at 11:20 a.m. at Valley Sports (rink 2), Rte 62, West Concord for one hour. The program will begin December 5th and run through the end of February. Cost is $135. Your child will learn how to skate forward, backward, crossover, accelerate, turn using their edges and stop on ice skates. Coaches are certified by USA Hockey. Most children will go on to either figure skating, hockey, or they will simply enjoy the thrill of ice skating for the rest of their lives. Skating is a unique talent, and this program is the perfect beginner ice skating programs for kids age 4-11. Please sign up at today. Registration is limited.

If you have any questions, please contact TJ Umina at or Mike Moore at

CCHS musical Falsettos Dec. 11 to 13

Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) students will perform the small ensemble musical Falsettos by William Finn and James Lapine on December 11, 12 and 13. The show is a musical comedy about life, love and loss. Falsettos won Tony awards for best music and best book in 1992, when it premiered on Broadway.

Performances in the CCHS auditorium, 500 Walden Street, Concord, will be on Friday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 13, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and will be available in the CCHS cafeteria the week before the show and at the door.

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