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Friday, March 19, 2010

Trash Party is coming

Save the date! Saturday, April 10, 9 a.m. to noon, the Annual Trash Party is coming to your neighborhood and everyone is invited.

This Mosquito-sponsored event is a community-wide roadside pick-up of trash and litter by individuals and civic groups. The invitation is extended to everyone to stake a “trash claim” on their street or in a neighborhood. All trash is fair game and remember those work gloves.

Free refreshments and trash bags will be available in the parking lot next to Ferns (The Center Park) from 8:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Stop by to chat, grab a bag and enjoy coffee, juice and donuts.

Let us know if you would like help retrieving bags from the areas you collect. Most prefer to take their collected trash to the Transfer Station, but we are available to pick up bags from noon to1 p.m. if you need help.

This is also a wonderful opportunity for students and Scouts to earn community service hours.

RSVP to Lisa Chaffin at 1-978 369-8790 or

CPC egg hunt

Swing into spring with the Carlisle Parents Connection. Children ages 0-5 and their families are invited to attend the Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 3, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the First Religious Society. Participate in the egg hunt, decorate a flower pot or just celebrate the upcoming arrival of spring! This event is free for CPC members and the cost is $10 for non-members.

Story-times at the GPL

Registration will begin on Monday, March 22, for the Spring Story-Time sessions at the Gleason Public Library (GPL). The spring sessions begin the week of April 5 and end the week of May 24. Participation in a library story time program is a great way to introduce new books to your child, help them foster a love of reading and give them a chance to make new friends. They are also fun and sometimes crafty too.

The library is offering registered story-time sessions for two age groups, 3- to 4 1/2-year-olds and 4 1/2- to 6-year- olds. Children in the 3- to 4 1/2-year-old group must be three years old by April 5, 2010 and they will meet on Monday afternoons from 1:30 to 2 p.m. through May 24. Library story-times will not meet during the public school April vacation.

Children in the 4 1/2- to 6-year-old group must be five by October 8, 2010 and they will meet on Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 2 p.m. through May 27.

Drop-In Story-Time for children ages three and under meets on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. It is in session through May 27 with the exception of April 1 and April 22.

Carlisle COA doings

Quarterly breakfast: Once a quarter, the Council on Aging (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.

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 April 1. Send your check made out to the Friends of the Carlisle COA, to COA Sponsored Day Trips, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Art in Bloom at MFA: The COA is going to the Art in Bloom exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts on Monday, April 26, leaving from the Congregational Church at 8:45 a.m. and returning at 3 p.m. Lunch is on your own. The cost is $26/senior ($10/senior if you are an MFA member), which includes museum entrance, the special exhibit and transportation. Call the COA office by April 1 to register.

See Quebec in June

Come join the Seniors on a trip to Quebec from June 7 to 10. The price ($469 p/p double occupancy) includes motor coach, Fairmont LeManoir Richelieu and Delta Quebec hotels, three breakfasts, three dinners and sightseeing, including old Quebec, Ste Anne  de Beaupré and a casino. For flyers call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or e-mail Full payment is due by April 20. A passport is required for all passengers on this tour.

Persepolis at Gleason on April 1

Aimez-vous le cinéma français? Come join the Carlisle Cinéclub on Thursday, April 1, at 7 p.m. at the Gleason Library for “Persepolis.” This animated film, winner of the Prix Du Jury at the Festival de Cannes, is the moving and often humorous story of a young girl growing up during the Iranian revolution. The movie is in French with English subtitles. It is rated PG-13 with some mature themes and is appropriate for adults and students aged 13 and up. Admission is free and snacks will be served. For more information, contact Lura Taylor at

Building project on CCTV

The five interviews on the Carlisle School Building Project, a $20 million dollar Warrant Article, will be broadcast on CCTV, along with the March 11 public forum on the two Warrant Articles concerning school building projects. The schedule is Mondays from 8-9 p.m., Tuesdays from 8-9 a.m., Wednesdays from 8-9 a.m. and 9-10 p.m., Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m., Fridays from 2-3 p.m. and Sundays from 5:30-6 p.m. through April 11. Interviews can also be viewed on demand at

CCCC spring gala

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest (CCCC) will be celebrating more than 35 local human service agencies with its “Back to Basics” spring gala fundraiser on April 10. “Back to Basics” is a festive cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres, open bar and exciting raffle of ten special items. It will be held at 300 Baker Avenue from 6 to 9 p.m., cocktail attire is suggested. Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased at or by calling the Chest at 1-978-368-5250.

CCCC online auction

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest (CCCC) is hosting an exciting online auction where everyone can bid on 100 unique items. The auction begins on March 19 and runs through April 9. Go to beginning March 19 and place your bids. For more information, call 1-978-369-5250.

Clean out nest boxes

Do you have bluebird nest boxes on your property? If so, now is a good time to clean out old nest material, and also evict any White-footed mice that may have taken up residence over the winter. Eastern Bluebirds start nesting soon. They will generally not use boxes filled with nest material from previous years, and will not do the cleaning themselves. If you have seen paper wasps building their nests inside the boxes, you can discourage them by rubbing soap or wax on the upper inside surface of the roof.

Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, and House Wren may also use bluebird boxes. House Sparrows, which also use the boxes, may kill other birds in order to appropriate the nest box. The House Sparrow is not a native species, and it is legal to remove its nest and eggs.

Flood emergency info

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) recommends that those who have been impacted by the storm and subsequent flooding should call 2-1-1 with any questions or issues. The easy-to-remember 2-1-1 telephone number is a 24/7 resource for human service, public safety and disaster response agencies.  It was designed, in part, to reduce the number of non-emergency calls made to 9-1-1.

For additional information about MEMA & Flooding Preparedness, go to

Scholarship available from Garden Club

The Carlisle Garden Club encourages residents who intend to pursue a college or postgraduate degree to apply for the 2010 Debbie Wright Scholarship. This year, the Garden Club is offering two $1,500 scholarships. The application is available online at The deadline for submitting application is April 1, 2010. The Debbie Wright Scholarship is supported by the Carlisle Garden Club’s major fundraising projects which include the spring plant sale and garden club tour. If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth Acquaviva at 978-369-0364.

League hosts book discussion March 31

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle (LWVCC) will host a discussion of two books by Greg Mortenson, Stones into Schools and Three Cups of Tea, which chronicle his work establishing schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Join the conversation on Wednesday, March 31, at 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Trustees Room of the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street. All readers are welcome. For more information, visit, email or call 1-978-369-3842.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, issues-oriented organization of women and men of all ages and backgrounds. Visit for more information.

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. They will also be phoning 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.

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