The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 12, 2010

The cast and crew of the seventh grade play cordially invite the town to The Wizard of Oz. Evening performances will be tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, at the event or through wizardofoz.carlisle@ (Photo by Beth )

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

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 GPL. 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 for transportation.

The Carlisle Luncheon Speaker Series is back

After a four-year hiatus, the Carlisle Luncheon Speaker Series will return to Union Hall at First Religious Society on Tuesday, March 30. Fortunately, Old Home Day volunteers have offered to sponsor this non-profit event that provides residents with 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 speak about a number of things that went on behind the scenes that most people never knew about, such as how Apollo 11 was actually lost on the moon.

The lunches are open to everyone. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. with a hot, catered lunch being served at noon. The cost remains the same ($25) as it was four years ago. Pre-register by sending a $25 check made out to “Old Home Day CLG” and mailing it no later than March 25 to: Old Home Day CLG, 84 Woodbine Road, Carlisle, MA 01741.

If you have any questions, call Jay Luby at 1-978-369-2510 or Dave Reed at 1-978-369-8948 or e-mail

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 hear current plans, give your feedback on key decisions and have your questions and concerns addressed.

Foss Farm garden plots available

The 450-sq.-ft. plots are available for $10 per plot, maximum of two plots per family. The gardens are plowed and staked each spring and wells with hand pumps provide water for the gardeners during the growing season. Jack O’Connor is the garden manager for the upcoming growing season.

To obtain a garden plot assignment, send a self-addressed stamped envelope, a check payable to the Town of Carlisle along with the form accessed on the Conservation Commission’s website at: by March 26 to the Carlisle Conservation Commission office, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. The garden forms are also available at the Conservation Commission office during regular business hours.

To locate the form on the website, select Conservation Commission under “Boards and Committees.” The form and Garden Rules are located under “Additional Links.” Please note that new Community Garden rules have been approved by the Conservation Commission and gardeners are asked to read and sign off on these new rules on the form. The Garden Manager plans to have the plot assignments completed by the middle of April.

Notice to 2009 gardeners: Please remove your remaining garden materials, including mulch fabric, stakes, rocks, bricks, and concrete blocks to facilitate plowing for the 2010 growing season.

Boy Scout fertilizer and birdseed sale

Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135 is now holding its annual fertilizer and birdseed sale through March 20. Products for sale include Scotts 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 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 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.

Sixth grade dance program starts soon

The Ballroom Dance and Etiquette Program has become a sixth grade tradition.  This program has been enjoyed by Carlisle’s sixth-grade boys and girls for many years and we hope that all of you will join this year. The aim of this program is to be fun and informative while promoting students’ self-esteem and enjoyment of dance and arts. Students take a bus from school at 5 p.m. to Ellen’s School of Dance in Billerica and return to school by 7:15 p.m. (Students can go straight from the bus to Friday Night Live and student council dances on those nights). The classes will be held on April 9, 16, 30 and May 7. Registration forms are available on the CSA website under Activities. If you have any questions or would like a form emailed to you, contact Lori Jiménez at

OHD committee meeting

  Old Home Day will be June 26 and 27 this year. The Old Home Day (OHD) Committee will hold its first planning meeting Sunday afternoon, March 14, at 2 p.m., at 90 Page Brook Road.  Anyone interested in joining the OHD committee, or volunteering to help at Old Home Day is welcome to attend. Wonderful cookies will be served. Call 1-978-369-8948 for more information.

Pass It Forward Day

Donate your extra stuff to charity on Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you represent a charity and want to participate, call 1-978-369-5236.

Sign up for senior trips to Tanglewood, D.C.

Sign up now for a two-night Tanglewood trip on August 1 to 3. See Yo-Yo Ma at his best. The cost is $495 for double occupancy and includes motor coach, hotel, inside seats in the shed, two nights at Williams Inn, four meals, sightseeing and gratuities. Deposits are due April 3.

Come join seniors on a Washington, D.C. trip April 7 to 10. The cost is $688 double occupancy and includes sightseeing (memorials, Smithsonian, cherry blossoms and more), hotel, motor coach, all breakfasts and two dinners.

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

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.

CEF says, “You ought to be in pictures”

Don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes for the 2010 CEF Auction You Ought To Be In Pictures! Step out for a glamorous night on the red carpet, steer past the paparazzi, pose for a quick photo op, then fold yourself into the bustling crowd gathered all for the same reason – to support academic excellence at Carlisle Public Schools. Come to the International in Bolton on Saturday, March 27, from 6 p.m. to midnight for a fabulous evening filled with delicious food, conversation, dancing to The Love Dogs, plus silent and live auctions with professional auctioneer Doug Stinson. To reserve tickets visit

This year CEF will offer a select group of auction items online so you don’t miss out on the opportunity to bid on some of Carlisle School’s most prestigious items. You may bid online for your child to be principal for a day, play mini-golf with Mr. D. and Ms. Sutherland, be Robin’s helper at Ferns, ride home from school in a police cruiser, win a 2009 6th Grade Spaghetti Supper poster autographed by the entire 6th grade class, or spend a glorious week on Grand Cayman. For more information visit Online bidding begins March 15. All bids close on March 29 at midnight.

Dental Society awards grant to Minuteman

Two new dental assisting courses are now available through the joint efforts of the Massachusetts Dental Society and Minuteman Career and Technical School in Lexington. In addition to Minuteman’s Adult Daytime Dental Assisting Program, the school will expand its course offerings to encompass specialty areas in the fields of Implantology/Periodontology and Advanced Orthodontic Techniques. To enroll in a course, call 1-781-861-7150 or visit us online at – Community Education – Register Now –Adult Education – Career Training.

Open burning season

It is currently open burning season in Carlisle. For information on how to burn winter’s detritus legally and safely, call the Carlisle Fire Department at 1-978-369-1442 or check for the January 8, 2010 article, “Open burning season regulations.”

CCSF scholarship applications due April 1

Applications for the Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund (CCSF) are available online at Students seeking support for the 2010-2011 academic year must submit their applications by April 1.

Applicants must reside in Concord or Carlisle or have attended school in one of these towns. Direct questions about applications or donations to href=""> You can also find CCSF on facebook.

Sign up for RMV renewal notices

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) has reinstated courtesy notices for driver’s license and state ID renewals that were discontinued last December. The RMV has partnered with a private Massachusetts electronic messaging firm to develop a secure notification service that will alert customers a month before their licenses expire by email, phone or text message. In order to be eligible for notification, a customer must sign up for the service at least 45 days prior to the expiration of his/her driver’s license or MA ID. Customers will also be notified if their licenses are in non-renew status because of an outstanding parking ticket or excise bill and must be cleared before they can renew. To sign up, visit the RMV web site:

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