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Friday, January 15, 2010

First-hand account of the March on Montgomery

Wendy Davis will speak at The First Religious Society on Sunday, January 17, about her experiences as a participant in the March on Montgomery, a major event in the Civil Rights Movement. The service is at 10 a.m., followed by a coffee hour in Union Hall. Her talk is entitled, “Riding in the Back of the Bus,” which refers to growing up white in Georgia and choosing to sit with black children on the bus. Visitors are welcome for this first-hand witness to the Selma to Montgomery event. The church is handicapped accessible with an elevator at the Church Street (side) entrance.

Explore the secret world of the Supreme Court

The second annual Community Read in Carlisle, Cover-to-Cover, has begun. 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:

• Wednesday, January 20, 1:30 to 3 p.m. “Two Justices from Boston: Holmes and Brandeis,” lecture by Prof. Gary Hylander, at the library.

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

• Thursday January 21, 7 p.m. “The Court and the Future: Community Panel Conversation,” facilitated by attorney Phil Lotane, at Union Hall, First Religious Society. Participants include Massachusetts Appeals Court Justices Barbara Lenk and Mark Green, attorney Greg Peterson, and political commentary from Dr. James Bohn and Susan Stamps.

All of the events are sponsored by the Friends of the GPL. To learn more, or to participate online, visit ∆

Inside walking group

Meet Joanne Willens at 6:45 a.m. (up until 7:30 a.m.) at the Carlisle School Gym for an informal indoor walking group on Monday through Friday when school is in session. If you want to walk for a shorter time, that is fine. If there is no school, a delayed opening or if there has been a recent storm, walkways may not yet be cleared/sanded and the walking group will not meet.

Chinese New Year

The community is invited to celebrate the Chinese New Year with the 6th annual Carlisle Chinese New Year Celebration at Corey Auditorium on Saturday, February 6, in the Carlisle Public School. Chinese food, arts and crafts will be in the cafeteria from 1 to 2:15 p.m., and the show will be at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets are available at Ferns or by contacting Chris Chin at 1-978-369-6769

“Literacy Matters” book drive January 23

Carlisle students Tony and Sam Brigiotta will be collecting book donations at the Transfer Station on Saturday, January 23, from 10 a.m. to noon for the Volunteers of America “Literacy Matters” book drive. Items needed include books and periodicals for boys 12+ and girls 18+ in the following categories: science fiction, drama, non-fiction, biographies, nature, history, poetry and graphic novels. For more information or to schedule a pick-up, email Patricia Brigiotta at or call 1-978-505-2370.

Story times at GPL

It’s January and that means it’s time to register for the Winter Story Time sessions at the Gleason Public Library! Sign ups begin on Tuesday, January 19, at 10 a.m. – in person or by phone. The winter sessions begin the week of February 1 and end the week of March 15.

If you have any questions, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the Children’s Department for more information.

Need community service credits?

The Friends of Gleason Public Library needs two high school students to help with their annual potluck supper on Saturday, February 6 from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. The work entails directing people in parking their cars, passing food around and helping clean up. If you are interested, call Verna Gilbert at 1-978-369-9278.

Dodge Ball tournament

The Carlisle Youth Commission announces the first Middle School Dodge Ball tournament of the year on Friday, January 22, at 7 p.m. at the Carlisle Public School Corey Gym.

Teams will consist of six students and may be mixed. Sign up sheets will be posted at school. Prizes will be awarded for several categories including best team name and most original uniforms.Admission is $5. Refreshments will be free. For more information, please contact Ray Jiménez at 1-978-369-4703 or by email at, or contact any member of the CYC.

COA doings

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 to Friday by January 15, if possible.

Yoga in Concord: Join a gentle yoga class for seniors to build strength and range of motion. This class is held on Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon in the Clock Tower Room at the Harvey Wheeler Center, 1276 Main Street, West Concord. No sign-up is necessary. Each class is $5. There is no class on January 22.

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 no later than Friday, January 22 at noon to register. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 at least two days in advance in you need a ride.

January meeting of the Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

The January monthly meeting of the Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (BFRT) will be held on Thursday, January 28, at 7 p.m. at the JV Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street, Westford. A panel discussion will be held on the topic of Rail Trail Amenities.

The moderated session will allow plenty of time for questions from the audience. A short update on other BFRT trail sections will also be provided by FBFRT Board Members attending. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about this meeting, call Alan Cameron, at 1-978-369-2223.

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