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Friday, February 12, 2010

Community potluck and sing-along

It’s that time again! Tis time to gather with friends and neighbors to feast and frolic as winter wanes. The community potluck and sing-along is sponsored by the three churches of Carlisle – the First Religious Society, St. Irene Catholic Church and the Carlisle Congregational Church and will be held on Saturday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Swanson fellowship hall of the Congregational Church. The evening will feature a bounteous potluck meal (there are some mighty fine cooks in Carlisle!) followed by one or two choral pieces sung by a joint three-church choir. Once again, Steve Weibley, pastor of the Carlisle Congregational church will direct a sing-along featuring popular songs from the 1890s to the 1940s. Old songs (and most likely, old jokes), good food and the warmth of getting together to sing – what’s not to enjoy? Please join us. Donations to the Friends of COA to benefit the town’s fuel assistance fund will be welcomed. To register call Deb Pichulo at 1-978-369-7830.

Scottish Baroque Duo in candlelight series

On Thursday, February 25, at 8 p.m., two dynamic and imaginative players from Nova Scotia will present an unusual program of Baroque and traditional music from Scotland and Maritime Canada at the First Religious Society in Carlisle. Chris Norman, baroque flute, and David Greenberg, violin, will be featured in the third concert of the Chamber Music by Candlelight series, sponsored by the Cambridge Society for Early Music.

Admission to the concert is $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors, and all students with ID and all children 17 years and under are admitted free. The First Religious Society of Carlisle, located at 27 School Street on the Town Green, is handicapped-accessible. To order tickets or get more information about the concert or the jam session, visit or call 1-617-489-2062.

What is the FRS? 

All are welcome to come to a morning class to find out more about the historic church on the common. An introductory program will be held on Saturday, March 6, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the First Religious Society (FRS), 27 Church Street. The Rev. Diane Miller will conduct the session, which will discuss Unitarian Universalism, FRS programs, theology, history and organization. Long-time members of the congregation, friends and neighbors will be participating, and a home-made brunch will be served.

Participants will meet in the third floor Conference Room and midway take a break for brunch together. Childcare is available. 

In order to prepare for the brunch and childcare, you must reserve by Tuesday, March 2. Call or email the church office with names of adults attending, and names and ages of children. Call 1-978-369-0284, or 1-978-369-5180 or email

Carlisle Cineclub to meet

Venez au ciné vendredi le 19 fevrier avec le Carlisle Cinéclub!

Join the Carlisle Cinéclub on Friday February 19 at 7 p.m. to see “Les Compères.” This light-hearted treat is playing at the Fowler Branch Library, 1322 Main Street, West Concord as part of the Friday Flicks at Fowler series. 

“Les Compères” recounts the zany adventures which result when two men set off on a wild chase through the French countryside after a runaway son each believes is his own. Nominated for Best Writing and Best Actor (Depardieu), this film is a light-hearted treat. Rated PG.

After the film we will have a drink  with an opportunity to discuss our movie in French or English. Email for more information.

Maple tree-tapping demonstration

Everyone is welcome to participate in a tree-tapping demonstration on 
 Saturday, February 20, at 10 a.m.

Verena Wieloch, Farm Coordinator for Gaining Ground (a Concord-based non-profit that grows organic produce for hunger relief with the help of community volunteers) will teach these traditional skills. Meet in the parking lot of Towle Conservation Land.

Save the date for The Wizard of Oz

The Carlisle Public School’s seventh grade will be presenting The Wizard of Oz next month. There will be a matinee performance on Thursday, March 11, at 3:30 p.m. Evening performances will be on Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available now and may be obtained in a variety of ways: at Ferns, from any seventh grader, on the plaza each Wednesday from 2 to 3:15 p.m. (excluding school vacation week), at the Transfer Station and on Ferns’ porch on Saturday mornings, February 27 and March 6, at the door at the event or through

Mardi Gras concert

The New New Orleans Jazz Band will play a benefit concert for the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow Street, Concord, on Sunday, February 21, at 2 p.m. The Band will play music that could be heard in New Orleans at Mardi Gras time in 1910.

The New New Orleans Jazz Band, now in its 26th year, is a group of professional men and women who play Dixieland Jazz to keep alive the old style and simply for their own enjoyment and for the pleasure of their audiences.

February vacation programs at Walden Pond

All programs are free and open to the public. There is a $5 daily parking fee year ‘round. An adult must accompany children. In the event of inclement winter weather or poor trail conditions, programs may be cancelled the day of the event. For more information, please call 1-978-369-3254. Walden Pond State Reservation is located ½ mile from Route 2 at 915 Walden Street (Rte. 126), Concord.

Thoreau for Kids: Park Passport Day: Saturday, February 13, 2 to 3 p.m.

Start your child’s school vacation week off outdoors at one of Massachusetts’ historic and famous state parks. Join park staff at the Thoreau house replica for Thoreau for Kids, a program which introduces children and their families to Henry David Thoreau and his stay at Walden Pond. We will walk ½ mile out to the original location of Thoreau’s cabin so make sure to dress for the weather (coat, hat, gloves, boots, etc). During the program children and their families will have the chance to participate in Park Passport day and pick up their own Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Park Passports. The free Park Passport program, part of the national No Child Left Inside initiative, is open to anyone and everyone who visits a participating park. Seventy-six state parks in Massachusetts currently participate in this program. Participants receive a colorful park passport and can chronicle their experiences in participating parks with individualized stamps.

“Henry works” reading and bookmaking: Thursday, February 18, 2 to 3 p.m.

On “a perfect day to walk to work,” Henry waters wildflowers, relocates some troublesome woodchucks, and marks a path. Children and parents are invited to hear more about Henry’s work as this book by D.B. Johnson is read aloud. Program begins at the Thoreau house replica. Although most of the program is indoors, please dress for the winter weather. Following the story, come join us for a bookmaking activity 
in the Tsongas Gallery, at park headquarters and perhaps record your own 
kind of  ”work.”

Winter landscape drawing and observation: Saturday, February 20, 2 to 3 p.m.

Meet at the Thoreau house replica and join us for a winter walk at the pond returning to the Tsongas Gallery at park headquarters for a fun art activity. Using oil, crayons and paint washes we will be highlighting winter views around and under the ice at Walden Pond. Please make sure to dress for winter weather; hats, coats, boots and gloves. All art supplies will be provided.

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.

Award-winning artist’s work on display

Ilse Plume, Caldecott Award-winning children’s book illustrator, will be showing selections from new work as well as older favorites at The Concord Public Library’s upstairs gallery from February 1 through February 21. The exhibit, called “Two Views,” reflects the different mediums and styles, from copper etched prints to abstracts, to her signature intricately colored pencil illustrations. These breathtaking originals will delight children and adults of all ages.

Ilse Plume’s sophisticated, charming style is like no other, and to see these works in person is a memorable treat. An artist’s reception for the show will be held February 14 from 2 to 4 p.m., with a snow date of February 21. Stop in and fill a snowy day with magic and color.

Classic movie in Concord

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

Decorate winter gloves

Turn a plain pair of winter gloves into a pair decorated with beads and baubles at a workshop on February 18 at 2 p.m. at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord. Young Adults aged ten years and up are invited to attend this free drop-in program during school vacation. For more information please call 1-978-318-3358 or check the Library’s website at

Free indoor ice skating

Middlesex Community College will host an afternoon and evening of free indoor ice skating from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, February 18, in the Bedford Campus Center, 591 Springs Road.

Free and open to the public, the event will feature indoor ice skating (on a synthetic surface) for those aged 18 and older from 2 to 5 p.m. All ages may skate from 5 to 8 p.m. Free ice skates will be available or bring your own. Hot chocolate will be provided. (All skaters under the age of 18 must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or guardian before skating.)

For more information, contact Jonathan Crockett, MCC’s Coordinator of Student Activities, Fitness & Recreation, at or 1-781-280-3785.


Are snakes really slimy? Why do snapping turtles snap? And most importantly, what makes a reptile a reptile? The best way to become acquainted with reptiles is to meet animals from the Boston Science Museum’s Live Animal Center. Come to Union Hall on Friday, February 19, at 1:30 p.m. for a presentation by an educator from the Museum of Science. Suggested for ages seven and up, this event is run by the Gleason Library and sponsored by the Nichols Foundation Call the library at 1-978-369-4898 for more information.

Acton Memorial Library offers poetry talks

Acton Memorial Library is offering two presentations on poetry as prelude to the10th Annual Robert Creeley Award featuring Pulitzer Prize recipient, Gary Snyder.

On Tuesday, February 23, William Corbett will speak on ‘The New American Poetry’ at 7:30 p.m. in the library meeting room. He will examine what modernist American poets, including both Creeley and Snyder, took from sources as varied as William Carlos Williams and ancient Chinese poetry. He will explore what makes a good poem in American poetry from 1945 to the present. Corbett teaches writing at MIT. His current books of poetry are Poems On Occasion and Opening Day. He has also edited the letters of the poet James Schuyler and writes frequently on art.

Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno will discuss the 2010 Creeley Award winner’s writing in “The Work of Gary Snyder: A Life Spent Seeking,” on Wednesday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the library meeting room. Sawyer-Lauçanno, who taught writing at MIT for almost a quarter of a century, describes Snyder as “a consummate poet who makes poems from experience and acute observation, who says complex things simply but with such resonance that his words linger long in the mind and heart, who brings to his writing a lifetime of engagement with what matters and what will matter....He has always been a poet ahead of the curve. If he were Japanese, he would be considered a national treasure.” Sawyer-Lauçanno is the author of more than a half-dozen books, including biographies of Paul Bowles and E.E. Cummings, and is also well-known as a translator and poet.

Both programs are sponsored by the Acton Memorial Library Foundation.

The snow date for both programs is Tuesday, March 9.

Acton Memorial Library is located at 486 Main Street (Route 27) next to Town Hall. The parking lot and entrance are accessed from Woodbury Lane, nearby.

CSA news

• Husky apparel sale next month: Start your spring and summer clothes shopping with kid-pleasing Husky apparel. Kids and adults love the t-shirts, sweatshirts, windbreakers, the “Names shirt” and more. Husky windbreakers are ideal for hard-to-shop-for coach & teacher appreciation gifts! Look for order forms in your child’s backpack at the end of the month.

• Curriculum enrichment programs: The Curriculum Enrichment Committee is a group of Carlisle School parent volunteers who work closely with Carlisle School faculty to bring outside programs in the arts, sciences, and humanities to the Carlisle School. All Curriculum Enrichment programs take place on campus during the school day. Over the course of any given school year, all students in grades K through 8 will benefit from one or more Curriculum Enrichment programs. All programs are paid for with funds from the CSA. Programs that we have provided to date for the 09-10 school year are:

• Kindergarten: Wingmasters: The World of Owls

• First Grade: Plimoth Plantation Pilgrim Visit

• Second Grade: Natural Discoveries: Bats

• Fourth Grade: Wingmasters: The World of Owls

• Sixth Grade: The Discovery Museum: Physical Changes of Matter

• Assembly for Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade: Techsploration: Weather

Substance use and the teenage brain

Dr. Scott E. Lukas, professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Behavioral Psychopharmacology Research Laboratory at McLean Hospital will speak on substance use and abuse and its effect on the adolescent brain in a program entitled: “When ‘Just Say No’ Isn’t Enough: Safeguarding Your Teen from the Dangers of Substance Use.” The program will be held on Monday, March 1, at 7 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street

After having been enthusiastically received last spring when he presented at the Concord Middle School, Dr. Lukas returns to address the latest research findings on how alcohol, tobacco and drugs significantly affect the developing adolescent brain; the red flags that signal substance use and abuse; ways to guide your kids to stay clear of these substances, and what to do if your child is a user.

For more information, contact the Center for Parents and Teachers at 1-978-202-1143 or


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,

COA doings

Adult talk time: The Gleason Public Library (GPL) and the COA are hosting a weekly drop-in adult talk time at the library, a simple way to stimulate the sharing of ideas at a local venue. This discussion takes place on Tuesdays from 10 – 11 a.m. No registration is needed; just drop in. If you want to lead a group, call the COA at 1-978-371-2895.

Exercise classes: Call the COA office to find out more about the ongoing cardio-boost class on Thursdays at 10:45 a.m., the fitness class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 a.m., line-dancing on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and yoga in Concord on Fridays at 11 a.m.

Inside walking group: Meet Joanne Willens at 6:45 a.m. (until 7:30 a.m.) at the Carlisle School Gym for an informal 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 is a recent storm, walkways may not yet be cleared/sanded and the walking group will not meet.

Ballroom dancing: Classes continue with instructor Barry Kasven on February 2, 9, 16. 23 and March 2. at 2 p.m. at St. Irene Hall, 187 East Street. All seniors (singles or couples) 60+ are invited. New students are welcome. Wear soft or leather-soled shoes. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 for more information.

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.

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.

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Rabies clinic on March 6

The Carlisle Rabies Clinic for cats and dogs will be held on Saturday, March 6, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street. The clinic is sponsored by the Carlisle Board of Health and with the assistance of Tiffany Rule, DVM from the Countryside Veterinary Hospital and Bob Dennison, Carlisle Dog Officer. Pet owners must be residents of Carlisle to participate.

State law requires the vaccination of all cats and dogs. You must bring your pet’s vaccination certificate (actual paperwork) in order to determine eligibility for a three-year vaccine. A rabies tag is not sufficient. The cost is $10 per animal. Cash is appreciated but checks will be accepted. Dogs must be on leashes and cats brought in carriers.

Dog licenses will be available during clinic hours. A late fine of $20 will be added to the regular fee for any dog not licensed by April 1. Proof of current vaccination status is required for licensing.

Volunteers are needed to help with the processing. Community service points will be awarded to eligible high school students. Contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283 for more information.

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

SEPC meeting February 26

The next Carlisle Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Carlisle SEPAC) meeting will be held on Friday, February 26, at 9 a.m. in the school cafeteria. They will hold a discussion about MCAS testing and summer services with Karen Slack. This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions about the MCAS, e.g., how to get the necessary accommodations for your child; how the test results will impact your child; what happens on test day; etc. There will also be a discussion of extended school year services, aka, summer services. They will discuss what these services are; how to know if your child qualifies for these services and potential options.

CSA board meeting

The next Carlisle School Association (CSA) monthly board meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 16, at 9 a.m, in the Corey Dining Room, at the Carlisle Public Schools. All are invited to attend. The board reviews volunteer activities, fundraising events and plans activities that serve the teachers, administrators, parents and ultimately the children of the school. Additional information about the CSA may be found at:


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