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Friday, January 8, 2010

Free H1N1 Clinics January 9 and 12

The Carlisle Board of Health (BOH) will be holding a large-scale H1N1 (swine) flu vaccination clinic for Carlisle residents ages five and older this Saturday, January 9 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Carlisle School gym. In recognition of the increased availability of vaccine, this clinic will provide vaccination to all members of the general public (five and older), not just those in priority groups.

All vaccines will be provided free of charge to Carlisle residents on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents are asked to wear short-sleeved clothing to expedite the vaccination process. To volunteer to help, or for more information, call the BOH at 1-978-369-0283 or email

The Concord Health Division and Emerson Hospital Home Care will hold a free H1N1 vaccination clinic for the general public on Tuesday, January 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School cafeteria. To receive a vaccine, one must register by Sunday, January 10 by calling 1-978-318-3275 (weekdays) or online at ∆

Library potluck supper on February 6

Come to the Friends of Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) annual community potluck supper on Saturday, February 6, at 6 p.m. at the home of Barney Arnold and Michael Ansara at 225 Lowell Street. RSVP by February 1 by contacting Verna Gilbert at 1-978-369-9278 or Let her know if you will be bringing an appetizer, salad, entrée or dessert for eight. Also let her know if you are bringing wine. This event is for adults only.

Library Planning Committee members sought

The Gleason Public Library will be drafting a new long-range plan in the spring and summer of 2010. The resulting plan will help direct library operations and services for the next several years. They need input throughout the process. There will be opportunities for participation and input, including focus groups and online surveys. To begin the process, the trustees are looking for several community members interested in serving on the planning committee. This will include attending at least two evening meetings, in February and March. If interested, email Angela Mollet, Director, at The current long range plan is available at under About Us.

Minuteman artists at Gleason Library

Come meet students from the Minutemen High School this Saturday, January 9 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Gleason Library. An art exhibit from the school will run through February 27. At the opening, a small chorus from the school will perform and refreshments will be provided by students from the culinary program

ConsCom Coffee, January 12

The Tuesday, January 12, Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Town Hall, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Members of the Conservation Land Stewardship Committee will be present to discuss an updated proposed Towle Management Plan.

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are 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 is provided.

The Court and the Future: A community panel discussion

On Thursday, January 21, at 7 p.m., join neighbors and experts for a panel discussion on The Court and the Future, part of the month-long Cover-to-Cover events around the themes of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, by Jeffrey Toobin. This discussion will be moderated by Phil Lotane. Participants include current and former local judges Barbara Lenk and Mark Green, lawyer Greg Peterson, and political commentary from James Bohn and Susan Stamps.

Registration is recommended and space is limited. Call the Gleason Public Library Reference Desk 1-978-369-4898 to register or for more information. This panel discussion will take place at Union Hall, First Religious Society.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging and is part of the Cover-to-Cover month of events in January 2010. Copies of the book are available at the Gleason Public Library. To learn more, or to participate online, visit the

Examining two Justices from Boston

The Friends of the Carlisle Council of Aging and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library are co-sponsoring a two- part lecture/discussion series as part of Carlisle’s Community Read book, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin.  They will examine the backgrounds, legal careers and judicial temperaments of Justices Oliver Wendell Holmes and Louis Brandeis. Holmes, a Boston Brahmin, and Brandeis, the first Jewish Justice, often voted together usually in dissent, in the 16 years they served together on the Supreme Court.

Dr. Gary Hylander, a Professor of American History at Stonehill College and well known in Carlisle as a dynamic and engaging speaker, will present on Wednesday, January 13 and January 20 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library. Register at 1-978-369-4898. Space is limited. 

Early Music concert

If you are feeling the need to be transported to a completely different world and time, an evening at an English Renaissance court is in store this Thursday, January 14, at 8 p.m. at the First Religious Society in Carlisle, when the Carthage Consort of Viols (Jane Hershey, Laura Jeppeson and Emily Walhout) will present a concert featuring music from the time of Henry the Eighth. King Henry, perhaps better known today for his personal appetites, was also especially fond of the ethereal sound of the viol, and this concert will explore the wide range of music that was assembled for the King’s delight, including pieces composed by Henry himself.

The concert, part of the Cambridge Society for Early Music’s “Chamber Music by Candlelight” concert series, is free to all students with ID and all children 17 years and under. General admission is $30, $25 for seniors. The First Religious Society of Carlisle, located at 27 School Street on the Town Green, is handicapped-accessible. For more information about the series and to order tickets, visit or call 1-617-489-2062.

FNL is tonight

Attention all middle school students: Friday Night Live (FNL) is tonight. Come and join your friends and dance to the latest tunes, or play basketball, ping-pong or chess. As always, pizza and drinks will be served. FNL is held in the Corey Gym from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $6. There is a mandatory meeting for sixth-graders, newcomers and their parents at 6:30 p.m., seventh and eighth-graders and their parents at 6:45 p.m. For information call Ray Jiménez at 1-978-369-4703 or contact any other CYC member.

Arcturus concert

The Arcturus Chamber Ensemble, created and maintained by violist Sarah Darling and her musician friends from near and far, returns to the First Religious Society for its yearly New Year’s concert this Saturday, January 9, at 7:30 p.m. The program features Johannes Brahms’s dark and passionate String Quartet in A Minor, the wild and melancholy Piano Quartet in G Minor of Gabriel Faure, and the world premiere of “A Sea Liturgy” – a new work for piano and strings by Boston composer Carson Cooman. More information is available at

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

Nashoba Valley Tech luncheon: Join the COA at Nashoba Valley Tech (Westford) High School’s restaurant on Tuesday, January 12, at 11:45 a.m. for lunch of either stuffed pork chop or sea scallops. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to reserve your spot by noon on Friday, January 8. The cost is $10 plus at least $1 tip, payable at the restaurant.

Ballroom dancing: After an introductory class in October, eight more classes will be held on Tuesdays, starting January 12 and running through March 2. These free classes will be held at 2 p.m. at St. Irene Hall, 187 East Street and will be taught by Barry Kasven. All seniors (singles or couples) 60+ are invited. New students are welcome. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895.

Book club: The COA book club will meet Wednesday, January 13, at 10 a.m. at the home of Seba Gaines. The book is Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. For more information, call Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-4618.

Men’s breakfast: Join us for a delicious breakfast in the Sleeper Room on Thursday, January 14, at 8 a.m. The cost is $3. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 if you can help out with this breakfast, any month. For a free van ride, call 1-978-371-6690.

Yoga in Concord: Join a gentle yoga class for seniors to build strength and range of motion. The class will be held on Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon at the Harvey Wheeler Center in West Concord. No sign up is necessary. Each class is $5. There is no class on January 22.

COA monthly luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, January 21, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for lunch followed by our annual prize bingo. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up no later than Monday, January 18. There will be a free blood pressure clinic from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call the van line if you need a ride. If you have any prize items to donate, drop them off at the COA office in Town Hall between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, by January 15 if possible.

New quarterly breakfast: Due to popular demand after our October men’s breakfast at the Elegant Chef Restaurant at Nashoba Valley Tech (Westford) High School, the COA is inaugurating a quarterly breakfast for men and women at the Elegant Chef. The first such event will be on Wednesday, January 27, at 9 a.m. and will cost $5 plus tip, payable at the restaurant. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 by January 22.

CSA doings

Carlisle School Association seeks nominations: The CSA is currently accepting nominations for board positions to serve for the 2010-2011 school year. If you are interested in a position or would like to learn more about what is entailed, contact Holly at or 1-978-369-2875.

CSA Parent Informational Meeting – Anti-bullying and Student Leadership: Join the CSA at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 12, in the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public Schools, for an update on the school anti-bullying and student leadership programs. Patrice Hurley, Elementary School Principal, and Joyce Mehaffey, Middle School Principal, will be presenting.

CSA Board Meeting: The next monthly board meeting will be on Tuesday, January 12, at 10 a.m. (after the Anti-bullying/Leadership presentation), in the Corey Dining Room. All are invited to attend. We will review volunteer activities, fundraising events, and plan activities. Additional information about the CSA may be found at:

Carlisle Community Chorus offers free concert

The Carlisle Community Chorus presents its inaugural concert on Tuesday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Corey Auditorium. Under the direction of Megan Fitzharris Harlow, the intergenerational choral ensemble offers a program of choral favorites from Baroque to Broadway. The repertoire will include music by Palestrina, Johannes Brahms, Benjamin Britten, John Rutter, Richard Rodgers, and more. Angela Monke, a music teacher in Carlisle, accompanies the group. A reception will follow the concert, which is free and open to the public.

The chorus of nearly 50 amateur singers, ranges in age from 12 to 85, and includes several parents and their children. All of the students in the group have sung or currently sing in Mrs. Harlow’s CPS Middle School Choir. “I’m so proud of my students and am honored that they want to continue singing with this Community Chorus,” said Mrs. Harlow.

The chorus is made up of singers with a wide range of previous singing experience. “I’ve wanted to direct an intergenerational choir for a long time, expanding the singing opportunities to the community in Carlisle. Following a performance at a Council on Aging luncheon last year, I felt that the time was right, this fall,” added Mrs. Harlow.

“The Community Chorus has been a fun activity to do with my mom,” said thirteen-year-old Charlotte Copp, who sings soprano with her mother Carolyn. Her mother added, “I’ve been amazed at the quality of our sound after just a few weeks, and we are even working on memorizing some of the music. However, the memorizing seems to be a lot easier for the students than the adults.”

For Peter Carmichael, singing with a chorus is a brand new experience. “For the last several years I’ve been impressed with the music Mrs. Harlow makes with the middle school choirs and I really wanted to experience that myself,” he said. “I’ve joined the chorus with my daughter Rose and nephew Gavin. Learning the music has been a great experience, Mrs. Harlow is a phenomenal teacher. I’m so glad I decided to join.”

Mike Hanauer, another chorus newcomer, is retired and decided to give singing a try and see what would happen. “Everyone has been encouraging me to have a good time and not be intimidated. It has been a wonderful experience and fun getting to know folks,” he said.

Bea Shneider, the senior member of the group has sung in choruses for many years. She recently heard the Carlisle Middle School Advanced Choir sing for the Council on Aging and was so impressed that she wanted to get involved with this new group. “She is so marvelous,” Bea said of Mrs. Harlow.

The chorus, which rehearses in the C.P.S. Music Room on Monday evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. welcomes new singers to join in the preparation of their May concert, beginning January 25. More information is available at or by e-mailing

Life in the Balance: Powering the Future Jan. 22 and Feb. 5

The Life in the Balance public forum series continues with “Powering the Future,” a two-part program that focuses on climate change, energy issues and community-based solutions. Powering the Future, Part 1, is a free community screening of “The Great Squeeze: Surviving the Human Project,” an award-winning documentary. An informal reception will follow the film, giving audience members a chance to share their reactions. The screening and reception will be on Friday, January 22, 7-9 p.m., at the Alcott School Auditorium, 93 Laurel Street in Concord. Seating is first come, first served; or reserve seats in advance by email to (subject line: “tickets”). Snow date is Sunday, January 24.

The Great Squeeze (2009) looks at the environmental and economic challenges brought on by low cost, plentiful energy. With the help of experts in anthropology, economics and biology, the film explores our reliance on fossil fuels, concluding that humankind must change course or face unacceptable consequences. The film was the Official Selection at the 2009 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capitol, the 2009 European Independent Film Festival, and the 2009 Durango Independent Film Festival.

Powering the Future, Part 2, is “Our Community and Tomorrow’s Energy,” a speaker forum on Friday, February 5, 7-9 p.m., which will build on themes framed in “The Great Squeeze.” The forum, at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street, West Concord, will feature guest speakers discussing community-level solutions to energy challenges. Attendees may also participate in group sessions to discuss the issues and local responses. Snow date is Sunday, February 7.

The Life in the Balance series is co-sponsored by four groups dedicated to educating and engaging the community: the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle, Concord CAN (Concord Climate Action Network), Carlisle Climate Action and Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education.

Life in the Balance encourages people to learn, connect and act on climate change issues; past forums have included Let’s Talk Trash and Food for Thought. For more information, visit http://lwvcc.comllifeinthebalance.html. email Green or call 1-978-369-3842.

Call to all Carlisle artists

The Artisan’s Directory (also known as the “Pink Pages”) of the Carlisle Phone Book is looking for Carlisle’s resident artists and craftspeople who would like to advertise their talents and products in the annual town telephone directory.

A listing is available for a nominal fee and benefits The Red Balloon Preschool. Contact Ali Walsh at or 1-978-287-9593 or by mail at The Carlisle Phone Book, P.O. Box 558, Carlisle, MA 01741 before February 15 if you’d like more information or want to be included in the 2010 Carlisle Phone Book.

Explore the secret world of the Supreme Court with Community Read

What if everyone in Carlisle read the same book and then joined all those readers in talking about it? That’s the idea behind the Community Read. Throughout the month of January, readers in Carlisle will buzz about a single book. The second annual Community Read in Carlisle, Cover-to-Cover, begins January 2010. The book selected is The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, by Jeffrey Toobin. Pick up your copy at the library, thumb through it, devour it, skim it, or listen to it, whatever it takes to form an opinion about the book and the subjects within. Then talk about it with friends, neighbors, at the library or transfer station, or online at

• The Gleason Public Library (GPL) is holding some special events as part of Cover-to-Cover, including:

• *Wednesdays, January 13 and 20, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Two Justices from Boston: Holmes and Brandeis, lectures by Prof. Gary Hylander.

• *Thursday, January 14, 7 p.m. – Open Book Group: Join guest leader Ann Rosas for an informal gathering and discussion of The Nine.

• *Tuesday, January 19, 10:30 a.m.- Open Book Group: Join guest leader Jennifer Albanese for an informal gathering and discussion of The Nine.

• *Thursday January 21, 7 p.m. – The Court and the Future: Community Panel Conversation, facilitated by Phil Lotane, at Union Hall, First Religious Society.

The Nine was chosen in September by a poll at the library and online, from nominees suggested by members of the community. The Nine received 40% of the votes, with 33 votes. Other options included Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan (11 votes); The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music, by Steve Lopez (15 votes); What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng: A Novel, by Dave Eggers (4 votes); and World Made By Hand: A Novel, by James Howard Kunstler (19 votes).

All of the events are sponsored by the Friends of the GPL. Unless otherwise noted, they will be held at the GPL. To learn more, or to participate online, visit

Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble January 16

The Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble presents a winter classical concert on Saturday, January 16, at 8 p.m. at Kerem Shalom in Concord. The program includes a Shostakovich piano trio; Debussy trio for Flute, Harp and Viola; and a Faure Piano quartet in C minor.

Tickets for adults cost $15; for seniors $10; for children under 12, tickets are $5. For more information about this program or about Kerem Shalom, contact Carol Nathan at 1-978-369-1223 or email

Open Rehearsals for CWC

The Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC) is a 60-voice chorus directed by Jane Ring Frank. This season, the group is celebrating its 50th anniversary and will hold open rehearsals on January 12 and 19, at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Chorus, 81 Elm Street, in Concord. Brief auditions will be held at the end of the January 19 rehearsal. The chorus will perform a Gala 50th Anniversary Concert on May 8, and, in June, openings are still available to perform for our Concert Tour to England. For more information see or call 1-978-852-8037.

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Caroline Hill Scholarship applications

Applications for the Caroline Hill Scholarship awards are available to Carlisle’s current high school seniors and college students for continuing post-secondary education including colleges, universities, and vocational schools.

These need-based awards typically range from $500 to $2,000. The awards are made in late spring. You may download the application from the Board of Selectmen page at

Hard copies of the applications are available in the Concord-Carlisle High School registrar’s office, the Gleason Public Library, or the Selectmen’s office in the Carlisle Town Hall.

Contact Diane Powers at 1-978-369-9191 with any questions.

LWV winter breakfast

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle is having its annual winter membership breakfast at the Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord on Wednesday, January 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. For information and reservations, call 1-978-287-0049 or email href=""> Website:

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