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Friday, March 5, 2010

Rabies clinic tomorrow

The Carlisle Rabies Clinic for cats and dogs will be held on Saturday, March 6, from 12 to 2 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.

BOH announces new sharps disposal regulation

Effective July 1, 2010, the Massachusetts “Needles Law” (105 CMR 480.00) prohibits the disposal of home sharps (e.g. syringes, needles and lancets) in the household trash.

Home medical sharps include syringes, needles and lancets used for animals as well as humans. Used syringes should be put in a sharps container immediately and kept away from children and pets. Bring a sharps container when traveling. Never throw sharps into a recycling bin or flush down the toilet. Do not bend, clip or recap needles. Many communities are organizing sharps drop off sites which are listed on website - search for “sharps disposal.” There are also mail-back programs available online that will provide a variety of container sizes and prepaid mailing cartons. Residents should also check with their local pharmacy and medical provider to see if they accept used sharps. If you have questions or need further information, contact the Board of Health at 1-978 369-0283.

CSA doings

Husky Apparel Sale: 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 and teacher appreciation gifts. Look for order forms coming home soon in your child’s backpack.

CSA Bingo Night: The Carlisle School Association is pleased to bring a free, family-oriented, fun-filled evening of Bingo once again this year. Come join in the games and refreshments on Tuesday, March 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public Schools. Children not yet in fifth grade must be accompanied by an adult.

Town Budget Presentation: The Carlisle Town Finance Committee will discuss the impact of the schools on the town budget at the next CSA-sponsored Parent Informational Meeting. This will be held in the Corey Dining Room, at the Carlisle Public Schools, at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 13. Come to hear current plans, give your feedback on key decisions and have your questions and concerns addressed. reminder: You can still help the school, yourself and the environment by purchasing items from the website through the end of the school year. Select from over 20 different wrapping papers, unique lunch boxes and backpacks, notepads, decorative stainless steel bottles, cloth gift bags, jewelry, cleaning products, plus fair-trade coffee, teas and chocolate. Click on to ensure that the Carlisle School Association (CSA) gets credit for the sale or select CSA in the upper right corner as the affiliate.

CSA Board Meeting: The next CSA monthly board meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 9, at 9 a.m., in the Corey Dining Room.

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

Free tax preparation assistance: The Bedford COA will have an AARP-certified volunteer tax consultant available to help prepare one state and one federal return per person through April 2. To make an appointment, call the Bedford COA at 1-781-275-6825.

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 to 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 has been a recent storm, walkways may not yet be cleared/sanded and the walking group will not meet.

Bridge group: The recently started bridge group will continue on March 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. For more information, contact Dorothy Milne at 1-978-369-1834.

Men’s breakfast: Join us for a delicious breakfast in the Sleeper Room on Thursday, March 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.

St. Patrick’s Day lunch: This free event, hosted by the CCHS seniors, for Concord and Carlisle senior citizens will be held at the CCHS cafeteria on Saturday, March 13. You must be at CCHS by 11:30 a.m. for a corned beef and cabbage lunch. Entertainment will be provided. Reservations are required; call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 by Friday, March 5 at noon.

Stoneham theatre trip: Come see My Fair Lady on Wednesday, April 14, at a senior matinee at the Stoneham Theatre. The cost is $40, which includes discounted ticket and van/bus ride. This trip will leave the Congregational Church at 10:45 a.m. and stop for lunch on the way. Signup deadline is March 15. Send your check made out to the Friends of the Carlisle COA to COA Sponsored Day Trips, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

COA monthly luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, March 18, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for lunch followed by a Better Business Bureau representative speaking on fraud scams and identity theft. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up no later than noon on Monday, March 15. There will be a free blood pressure clinic from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call the van line if you need a ride. The cost is $3 or more per person.

Respecting choices and five wishes: Come to discuss and learn about care choices and how they can be conveyed to health care providers and loved ones. On Tuesday, March 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Cindy Mayher, R.N. will discuss these issues in the Hollis Room of the library. Register by calling 1-978-369-4898.

Art in Bloom at MFA: The COA is going to see Art in Bloom at the MFA on Monday, April 26. The cost is $26/senior which includes museum entrance, the exhibit and transportation costs. If you are an MFA member, the cost is $10. Lunch is on your own. This trip will leave the Congregational Church at 8:45 a.m. The registration deadline is April 1. Send your check made out to the Carlisle COA to COA Sponsored Day Trips, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Quarterly breakfast: Once a quarter, the COA will host a breakfast at the Elegant Chef Restaurant for senior men and women. The next breakfast will be held on Wednesday, March 31, at 9 a.m. The cost is $5.50 plus tip, payable at the door. To register, call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 by noon on Friday, March 26. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 at least two days in advance if you need transportation.

Carlisle resident to teach garden design

Spring is around the corner, and we will return to our gardens once again. Need inspiration? Carlisle resident, Yih-Ping Chang, will teach a course on the Classical Chinese Garden: Design and Landscaping, through Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education.

This course will be taught on four Mondays, starting March 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School. Learn about the historical and artistic importance of Chinese landscaping, along with its aesthetic principles and applications to contemporary design.

Enrollment and course information is available at 1-978-318-1540, or

Carlisle Luncheon Group returns

The next Carlisle Lunch will be on Tuesday, March 30, under new management at the Union Hall of the First Religious Society.  Dave Reed and Jay Luby are restarting the Carlisle Luncheon Group speaker series after a four-year pause. We’re fortunate that the Old Home Day Committee stepped up to sponsor this non-profit offering that provides residents an opportunity to socialize with friends and neighbors.

Forty years after the lunar landings, Dave Reed, who was a mission controller in Houston during those glory days of NASA, will tell us a number of things that went on behind the scenes that most people never knew about. 

The catered lunch includes a choice of either Baked Stuffed Boneless Breast of Chicken or Roast Top Sirloin Beef plus a fruit cup or soup, salad, dessert and coffee, tea or soft drink.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. The price remains the same, at $25, as it was four years ago. You must pre-register ahead of time so we can set the right number of places/tables and inform the caterer. Send your $25 check made out to “Old Home Day CLG” and mail no later than March 26 to Old Home Day CLG, 84 Woodbine Road, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Call Jay Luby at 1-978-369-2510 or Dave Reed at 1-978-369-8948 or send email to if you have questions.

The lunches are open to everyone. Pass this along to anyone who might be interested in attending and/or being added to the e-mail list.

Community potluck and sing-along

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 potluck meal, choral pieces sung by a joint three-church choir and a sing-along. 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.

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 CYC member.

Boy Scout Fertilizer and Birdseed Sale

Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135 is holding its annual Fertilizer and Birdseed Sale starting Saturday, March 6, and ending on Saturday, March 20. Products for sale include Scotts quality fertilizer and grass seed products, and Carlisle’s finest all natural fertilizer. Premium birdseed containing sunflower hearts is also for sale this year. Donations are also welcomed.

The Scouts will be at the town Transfer Station and in Ferns’ parking lot on March 6 and March 20 to take orders. The boys will also be phoning our past customers to check on this year’s order. The products will be conveniently delivered to customer homes on Saturday, April 3. Proceeds from the sale plus donations help to defray the costs of Troop 135’s many programs. Over 40 Carlisle boys are registered in the troop.

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Chopin Commemorative Concert

Pianist Ronald Kmiec will present 24 of his pupils performing 39 works by Fryderyk Chopin at the Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 School Street, Carlisle on Sunday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. Chopin’s music is woven into the tapestry of every pianist’s life and is a mainstay of the piano repertoire. Musical commemorations throughout the world are taking place during 2010 to honor the 200th anniversary of the great Polish composer’s birth on March 1, 1810. Among the works performed will be preludes, mazurkas, waltzes, etudes, nocturnes, polonaises, the Fantaisie-Impromptu, and the G Minor Ballade. Kadar Qian, 12, who won First Prize at the Inaugural International Chopin Piano Competition in Hartford, CT on February 20 will be among the performers, as well as Mr. Kmiec, who is of Polish descent and whose teacher lineage can be traced back to Chopin. The concert is free and open to the public.

Conservation Coffee on March 9

The Tuesday, March 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.

The topic will be “Planning your Spring, Summer and Fall Vegetable Garden.” Long time gardeners and the new Foss Farm Garden Managers will provide guidance on how to plan your vegetable garden, no matter where it is in town. Bring your own calendar to use for notes during the discussion.

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.

Special needs workshop

A free workshop for parents of children who have special needs will be held at Minute Man Arc in Concord on Thursday, March 25, 7 to 9 p.m. This program will address ways to draft a will that will allow a disabled beneficiary to receive gifts, settlements, or other funds and yet not lose his or her eligibility for certain government programs. RSVP to First Connections at 978-287-0221 or if you would like to attend.

Communication skills for children and parents

The Center for Parents and Teachers presents a five-part series entitled “How to Talk So Kids will Listen and Listen So Kids will Talk,” facilitated by Cyndie White, M.S. A perennial favorite, this workshop has been considered the “101” course for effective parent/child communication. The five sessions will cover innovative ways to solve such common problems as: how to listen to and understand your child’s concerns, how to have cooperation in your family without nagging, how to find alternatives to punishment and how to help your child attain a positive self-image. Video clips are used as a jumping off point for discussion and to illustrate points. Bring your dilemmas as well as successes. Presentation and discussion is overseen by a well-respected, seasoned facilitator. This course is filling up fast, so register now. This series is limited to 12 and is geared towards parents/caregivers of children up to age nine, but applicable to those of young adolescents as well.

The sessions will be held on Thursday evenings March 18, 25, April 1, 8 and 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Ripley Building, 120 Meriam Road, Concord, MA. The fee is $110 and includes cost of workbook. Pre-register now by contacting Angela at the Center for Parents and Teachers: or 1-978-202-1143. This series is funded in part by the Northwest Suburban Health Alliance/CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Clinic.

Better Breathers Club lecture on March 18

The Better Breathers Club at Emerson Hospital will hold its monthly meeting at noon on Thursday, March 18.

Amy Santoro, Pharm.D., will present a lecture titled “Understanding Your Pulmonary Medications.”

The public is invited to this free lecture. Refreshments will be served. The purpose of the Better Breathers Club is to provide support and information to people with chronic lung disease and their family and friends. From September to May, they meet on the third Thursday of each month.

For more information, call the pulmonary rehabilitation team at 1-978-287-3715.

Early Childhood free workshop on March 23

“To Be Heard or Not To Be Heard,” a lecture on communication, will be presented by Nina Dickerman, MS, adjunct faculty Wheelock College, parent educator, lecturer on Tuesday, March 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. This talk, which is geared towards parents and educators, will be held at Congregation Beth Elohim, 133 Prospect Street, Acton.

In lieu of a fee, those attending are asked to bring canned or non-perishable goods as a donation to the Acton Food Pantry. Call the Early Childhood Council to register: 1-978-263-1827 and leave your name and telephone number.

Tanglewood Marionettes come to Concord

On Sunday March 7, Concord Children’s Center will present “The Dragon King,” an exquisite puppet show performed by the renowned Tanglewood Marionettes. Lavishly costumed, 30-inch tall marionettes will be performing this enchanting fairytale. The show will be performed at 4 p.m. at the Emerson Umbrella Theater, 40 Stow Street, Concord.

Tickets are $9 in advance, and $10 at the door with a $35 maximum for a family. Advance tickets are available at all three Concord Children’s Center locations, The West Concord 5 & 10, The Concord Bookshop, The Toy Shop, Auntie Erls in Bedford and the Learning Express in Acton. Call 1-978-369-3747 if you would like to stop by one of the Concord Children’s Center sites to pick up tickets.

Democracy in the Balance forum

The Alliance for Democracy (North Bridge chapter), ConcordCAN, Carlisle Climate Action and the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle will present a free public forum entitled “Democracy in the Balance: Corporate Power in Politics” on Friday, March 19, at 7 to 9 p.m. at the Trinitarian-Congregational Church in Concord. The forum will focus on the U.S. Supreme Court decision that affects elections throughout our country.   

“You can’t make me!”

The Center for Parents and Teachers presents the 3-part workshop “You Can’t Make Me!” – for parents of three- to nine-year-olds – led by Bill Gresser, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapist. This series will be held on three Wednesday evenings March 24, 31 and April 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ripley Building,120 Meriam Road, Concord. The fee is $60-75 sliding scale. Your full fee helps others attend. Pre-registration required. Contact Angela at the Center for Parents and Teachers: or 1-978-202-1143.

Bill Gresser is a respected family therapist, presenter and consultant to early childhood centers. This series is funded in part by the Northwest Suburban Health Alliance/CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Clinic.

Concord in the Movies, March 7 and 28

The Concord Historical Collaborative is sponsoring a free film series for all ages entitled “Concord in the Movies.” It will be held on Sundays, March 7 and March 28.

On March 7, from 1 to 5 p.m., a double feature based on works of Concord authors will include both “The Inheritance,” a romantic thriller-mystery based on an early Louisa May Alcott story set in Concord and “Twice Told Tales,” horror stories based on the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, including “Rappacini’s Daughter” with Vincent Price.

On Sunday, March 28, from 1 to 5 p.m., Transcendental Sunday features biographical films of Concord’s foremost transcendentalist thinkers followed by brief talks with the filmmakers. The films are “Emerson: The Ideal in America,” “New England Transcendentalists,” which explores the spiritual foundation of the American Transcendental Movement and “Henry David Thoreau: Speaking for Nature,” which shares a visual journey of Thoreau’s excursions in nature.

Both free events are open to all and will be held in French Hall at the Concord Museum, located at 200 Lexington Road, Concord. In case of inclement weather, call 1-978-369-9763.

Musketaquid puppet and parade workshops 

Musketaquid Arts and Environment, a program of the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, is sponsoring its annual puppet and parade workshops on four Sunday afternoons, March 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Emerson Umbrella at 40 Stow Street, Concord.

  Each spring, Musketaquid’s menagerie of giant animal puppets comes out to play in the streets of Concord in the Earth Day Parade. The Parade is an exuberant and colorful celebration of our relationship with nature, here in this place. This year’s Musketaquid Earth Day Parade will take place on Saturday, May 1.

If you’d like to make a large puppet, or a costume, headdress, homemade musical instrument, or something else for the parade, the Puppet and Parade Workshops are the place to be on Sunday afternoons in March. These workshops are free, although a voluntary donation for materials will be requested. Preregistration is not required, but it will help us plan for materials if you call the office ahead of time. Call 1-978-371-0820 or email for more information.

Armchair travels goes to Switzerland

Join Carlisle residents, Ray and Helen Taylor on their tenth trip to Switzerland and their most recent one to the Bernese Oberland considered by many travel guides to be the crème de la crème of the entire Alpine chain. They will share pictures and stories about Switzerland’s diverse cultures as well as its natural resources which  are unique in Europe. This program will be held at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center in West Concord on Monday, March 8  at 7 p.m.

The Armchair Travels Series is sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education Advisory Committee. Future programs will feature the Amazon and Devil’s Island on March 15 and Italy and France on March 29. These programs are free and open to all. No registration is required. Other course listings can be viewed online at or by calling 1-978-318-1540.

Learn how to publish your work

Need a push to bring that dusty manuscript off your shelf? Thinking about a new career? Join Carlisle resident Paul Anagnostopoulos for a detailed overview of the book publishing process, beginning with an author manuscript and ending with printer-ready files. Anagnostopoulos has worked in the publishing industry for 20 years, running a company that produces books for publishers and for self-published authors.

His course, “How Publishing Works,” will be taught through Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education on two Thursdays, March 18 and 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Concord Carlisle High School.

Come work with the CCHS softball team

A softball pre-season clinic will be held on five Sundays, March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 11 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the lower gym at Concord-Carlisle High School. The clinics will cost $50, the proceeds of which will benefit the CCHS softball team. To register, go to

This clinic, run by high school coach Lisa McGloin, will prepare and condition players for the upcoming softball season. The clinic will primarily focus on the skills of throwing, fielding, base-running and hitting. Batters will hit in our two indoor batting cages, and fielders will have live fielding. Players will be grouped and separated according to age.

Any questions about the clinic? Email Coach Lisa McGloin at or P. J. Jewell at

Forum on school Articles

On Thursday, March 11, the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle will hold a public forum at 7:00 p.m. in the Clark Room of the Carlisle Town Hall about the school-related Articles on the Carlisle Town Warrant. Those articles deal with (1) the $20 million Carlisle School Building Project and (2) the $1.3 million CCHS Feasibility Study and design schematics shared with Concord.

At the forum, members of the School Building Committee will update residents on the status of the project and provide details of the proposed addition and renovations to the existing campus building. Come ask questions. For more details, visit or call 1-978-369-3842.

CCHS seniors to serve meal to seniors

The Concord-Carlisle High School class of 2010 invites all senior citizens in the communities of Concord and Carlisle to a Saint Patrick’s Day luncheon at noon on Saturday, March 13, in the Concord-Carlisle High School cafeteria. This annual event provides not only corned beef and cabbage with all the trimmings, but an opportunity to share a meal with friends old and new. Transportation will be provided. To sign up, call the Carlisle Council on Aging, 1-978-371-2895.

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