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Friday, February 5, 2010

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. For information call Ray Jiménez at 1-978-369-4703 or contact any other Carlisle Youth Commission member.

Carlisle School Association board meeting

The next CSA monthly board meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 9, at 9 a.m., in the Corey Dining Room, at the Carlisle Public Schools. All are invited to attend. We review volunteer activities, fundraising events and plan activities that serve the teachers, administrators, parents and ultimately the children of the school. Additional information about the CSA may be found at:

2010 Carlisle Chinese New Year celebration

The 6th annual Carlisle Chinese New Year Celebration is on Saturday, February 6, in Corey Auditorium at the Carlisle Public School. Food tickets are $5, which buys you a delicious selection of Chinese food in the cafeteria from 1 to 2 p.m., along with Chinese Arts and Craft demonstrations. Show tickets are $5 for the Magic Paintbrush – a Chinese folktale at 2:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. Middle school students and elementary school students will be performing as well as cameo performances by adults in our community, such as Larry and Robin, proprietors of Ferns Country Store. Live music, colorful costumes, martial arts, song and dance will make this a very entertaining way to welcome in the year of the Tiger. Tickets are available at Ferns Country Store, or by contacting Chris Chin at 1-978-369-6769 (

ConsCom Coffee

The Tuesday, February 9, Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Pat Huckery, District Manager of the Northeast Wildlife District of the Massachusetts Division Fisheries and Wildlife, and Erik Amati, Northeast District Wildlife Biologist, will be available to answer your wildlife questions, whether it be deer or other species.

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 provided.

Save the following Tuesday mornings for upcoming coffees: March 9, April 13, May 11 and June 8.

Celebrate another side of Valentine’s Day

All fifth through twelfth graders are invited to come and hang out with friends at the Gleason Public Library’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Party on Friday, February 12, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Teens will have the chance to do many fun crafts, including pinning the arrow on the heart, decorating cookies and making black duct tape roses. In a final team-building exercise, teens will work in groups to build a catapult out of random materials to try and fling candy hearts at a target of Cupid.

Come help demonstrate that Valentine’s Day is not just a celebration of romantic love, but it is also about celebrating the bonds of friendship. Pre-register at the Reference Desk. Questions? Visit the library’s website at, or email Cassandra, the teen librarian, at

Concord-Carlisle networking group

Local C-C Connections is a professional networking group that meets weekly near Carlisle Center. Formed to help small business owners who live and/or operate their businesses within Carlisle or Concord, the group provides an extensive support system that reaches beyond the boundaries inherent in operating a small business. For more information, contact Richard West, Financial Advisor at 1-781-933-2067 x176 or via email at

Caroline Hill Scholarship available

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 CCHS registrar’s office, the Gleason Public Library or the Selectmen’s office in the Carlisle Town Hall.

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

Minuteman hosts summer camp fair

To help families find the right summer camp for their children, the American Camp Association, New England is presenting the Summer Camp Fair on Monday, February 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Minuteman Career and Technical High School cafeteria, 758 Marrett Road in Lexington.

There will be directors and representatives from approximately 75 ACA-accredited day and sleepaway camps from all across New England on hand to answer questions and provide insight into what each camp offers for kids and their families. All kinds of camps will be represented: specialty, traditional, adventure, family, trip/travel, general, religious and community service.

ACA, New England oversees and accredits nearly 400 day and overnight camps across all six New England states.

Families are invited to attend the Summer Camp Fair. Everyone is welcome, especially children. The Minuteman grill will be selling “grab and go grill items”: such as pizza, salads and assorted snacks and desserts for the convenience of families. Admission is free.

For more information, contact the American Camp Association, New England or visit You can also contact the Minuteman Community Education office at 1-781-861-6500 x427.

Upcoming senior trips

Join other seniors on a Washington, D.C. trip on April 7 through 10. Enjoy sightseeing, hotel, motor coach, all breakfasts and two dinners for $688, double occupancy.

Also, take a two-night Tanglewood trip on August 1 through 3 for $495, double occupancy. See Yo-Yo Ma at his best. The price includes motor coach, hotel, inside seats in the Shed, two nights at the Williams Inn, four complete meals, sightseeing and all gratuities.

For information, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or pick up flyers at the Carlisle COA office.

Vacation program for middle school girls

Girlpower, a creative wellness and exercise program for middle school girls, empowers preteens with the skills and activities to foster self-confidence and self acceptance. The workshop will include yoga, stretching, journaling, Pilates, creative culinary lunch, skin care, expressive dance, fashion sense and body image, art, talk about becoming a teen and more.

It will be offered during February vacation, Wednesday, February 17, through Friday, February 19, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $300.

Contact Concord Adult and Community Education at 1-978-318-1540. Susanne Liebich is a Concord-based certified instructor; she will be joined by four guest instructors.

COA doings

Book club: The COA book club will meet Wednesday, February 9 at 10 a.m. The book this month is Dark Eagle by John Ensor Harr. For more information, call Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-4618.

Beginner chess: Glenn Davison will lead an introductory chess class for all ages on Wednesday, February 10 at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Public Library. In one hour, participants will learn the basics of playing chess. Register by calling the library at 1-978-369-4898.

Men’s breakfast: Come to a delicious breakfast in the Sleeper Room on Thursday, February 11 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.

COA Valentine luncheon/tea and Indian Hill concert: Join the COA on Thursday, February 18 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for our fourth annual Valentine Luncheon and Tea. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up no later than noon on Friday, February 12. 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 are willing to make a dessert for this special event, call the COA office by February 10. An Indian Hill concert featuring “Wind Chimes,” flute and harp duo will start at 12:45 p.m.

Minuteman Regional Tech luncheon: Join the COA at Minuteman Regional Tech High School’s restaurant in Lexington on Tuesday, February 23 at 11:30 a.m. for lunch of either boneless chicken breast or baked haddock along with all the trimmings. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to reserve your spot by noon on February 18. The cost is $10 plus at least $1 tip, payable at the restaurant.

Podiatry clinic: The next podiatry clinic is on Tuesday, March 2 at the Sleeper Room. 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.

School vacation week program

Walt Disney’s classic movie, 101 Dalmations, will be shown at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord on February 19 at 2 p.m. This animated film is rated G and is fun viewing for the whole family during school vacation week. For more information call 1-978-318-3358 or visit the Library’s website at

Trailside campfire on Lantern Loop Trail

On Thursday, February 18, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., drop in for a campfire, games and stories for kids and their families, as you explore the Lantern Loop Trail for a special evening ski or snowshoe at Great Brook Ski Touring Center. Activities will focus on the forest and the ways you can enjoy the wonders of winter.

Access requires ski pass ($10 adults/ $7 kids) and skis/snowshoes if snow is on the ground. Campfire will take place regardless of snow cover. In case of inclement weather or for additional information, call Tim at 1-339-221-2921.

Antique Radio Flea Market

On Sunday February 14, the Greater Boston Antique Radio Collectors will sponsor its 41st old radio flea market at the Westford Regency Inn on Route 110 in Westford.

Hundreds of vintage radios from the 1920s to the 1960s will be offered for sale, including early battery sets of the 1920s, crystal sets, cathedral radios and floor models of the 1930s, plastic table models, communications receivers, early transistor radios and television sets. Also for sale will be old radio books, price guides and magazines, telegraph keys, novelty radios, and many other radio related items.

An $11 admission will be charged per family. Exhibitors should pre-register. Flea market hours are from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. For further information, contact Antique Radio Classified, Cindie Bryan,

PO Box 2-W20, Carlisle, MA 01741, 1-866-371-0512,

Carlisle Democrats to hold caucus

Registered Democrats in Carlisle will hold their annual caucus at the First Religious Society, third-floor conference room, 27 School Street, Carlisle (access through side door on Church Street) on Saturday, February 13, at 10:30 a.m. The caucus will elect four delegates and three alternates to the 2010 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women.

The 2010 Convention, a gathering of Democrats from across the state, will be held on Saturday, June 5,π in Worcester. The Convention will endorse candidates for all state constitutional offices for the September primary.

The caucus is open to Carlisle residents who were registered Democrats as of December 31, 2009. Candidates for delegate and alternate must be present to be nominated at the caucus. All candidates may make a one-minute statement and may distribute materials on their behalf. In the event of a contest, ballots will be written and secret. Those not elected as Delegate and/or Alternate, who meet the qualifications, may apply to be add-on delegates in the following categories: youth, minority and disabled. The Democratic Town Committee subsidizes the cost of fees for delegates and alternates.

The caucus will be followed by the first Democratic Town Committee meeting of 2010. For caucus or meeting information, contact committee chair Susan Stamps at 1-978-369-8462 or

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Volunteer sought to manage community gardens

The Conservation Commission is seeking individuals to serve a two-year term as Garden Manager and Assistant Garden Manager(s) for the Community Gardens at Foss Farm. These are volunteer positions that involve specific administrative and maintenance responsibilities to oversee activities on the 100+ garden plots. Responsibilities include coordinating with the commission to publish garden plot availability in the spring, assign plots, manage garden gate keys, coordinate plowing with the farmer, and maintain and repair hand pumps. The manager will serve as the contact person for gardeners and will be responsible for supervising garden activities and notifying the commission if the garden rules are not being followed.Also in the spring, the Manager/Assistant Manager will be on site during plowing and re-stake plots after plowing and cut/paint new garden stakes as needed. Fall duties involve coordinating fall cleanup of garden plots.

Preference will be given to individuals with past experience gardening at Foss Farm and a willingness to continue gardening there during their tenure as Manager or Assistant Manager. If interested in serving in either position, send a letter of interest describing your community gardening experience, as well as your capabilities in terms of performing the specific maintenance duties to Sylvia Willard, Conservation Administrator, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741 (1-978-369-0336) by noon on February 16. ∆

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