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Friday, April 2, 2010

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR TRASH! 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 to 1 p.m. if you need help. This is also a wonderful opportunity for students and Scouts to earn community service hours. RSVP to Lisa Chaffi n at 1-978 369-8790 or ldchaffi
(Photo by Mollie McPhee Ho)


Historical Society Open House on April 11

    The Carlisle Historical Society will hold its first Open House of 2010 on Sunday, April 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Heald House, 692 Concord Street.

    Come and take a step back in time to see the displays of Carlisle’s history from Revolutionary time to the past century. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Vernal Pool walk

The Carlisle Trails Committee and the Conservation Commission will host a public vernal pool walk at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 11. Christine Kavalauskas, former Conservation Commission chairman and wildlife ecologist will lead the exploration of vernal pools on the Greenough Conservation Land.She will also be bringing some animals that require vernal pool habitat. This is a great family activity. Wear clothes appropriate for the weather and for wet footing. Bring small containers and magnifiers to view some of the smaller examples of vernal pool life up close. (A white Frisbee would be excellent for this!) Refreshments will be served after the walk. Park in the Greenough parking area located on Maple Street. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

CPC egg hunt

Swing into spring with the Carlisle Parents Connection. Children ages five and under and their families are invited to attend the Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 3, from 10 to 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.

Early Release Day Movie at GPL

What do an old curmudgeon, a well-intentioned stowaway, an exotic bird and an endearingly dim dog have in common? Find out as the unlikely heroes in the incredibly uplifting adventure tug at the heartstrings and tickle the funny bone. The movie will be shown on Tuesday, April 13, (early release day), from 2:30 to 4:10 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library in the Hollis Room. The movie is rated PG. We will provide snacks. Grades 5-8 only. For further information on the movie, check out the following website: (the internet movie database site). Also, we encourage you to subscribe to the Gleason Public Library enewsletter in order to learn the name of the film in advance. For further information, please call the Gleason Public Library at 1-978-369-4898.

Roger Kolb and New England baseball greats

Join author, historian, lifelong baseball fan and personality Roger Kolb on Wednesday evening, April 14, at 7 p.m. for a fun-filled look at the greatest players to hail from our region. Examine careers, visit homes, crunch statistics and discuss performance oddities in this colorful illustrated lecture. What first baseman was shot and nearly killed by a groupie in a Chicago hotel room? Who hit back-to-back inside-the-park homers (and almost a third) in the same game? Who is the only player to steal home in the All-Star classic? Here’s information that will surprise even the most savvy baseball fan.

This free program is made possible by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and will be held in the Hollis Room at the Library. For more information about this and other library events, visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

Carlisle School Association news

•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 9:00 AM on Tuesday, April 13. Please come to hear current plans, give your feedback on key decisions and have your questions and concerns addressed.

•CSA Fundraiser Dollars Bring “Shakespeare Guyz” to Grades 6-8. The Curriculum Enrichment Committee (CEC) is pleased to announce an exciting assembly for grades 6-8. Acclaimed actors Richard McElvain and David Zucker will be at the Carlisle School, Friday, April 9, to perform their hilarious and engaging show, “Shakespeare Guyz.” The dynamic duo leads students on a fast-paced trip through Shakespeare’s greatest hits, making the Bard accessible to even the most skeptical middle school students. The production features sword fights, costumes, props, puppets, and audience participation, including an Elizabethan-style insult match. The fun-filled show provides a user-friendly way for students to expand their vocabularies and to connect with the passion and beauty of Shakespeare’s characters and plots.

Thanks to your participation in CSA fundraisings, this program is available to all students and faculty in grades 6-8. Be sure to ask your child to tell you about how characters insulted each other in Shakespeare’s day and age.

•Mr. Stamell Concert. Hold the date! Gene Stamell will be holding a CSA fundraiser concert in the Gymnasium, at the Carlisle Public Schools, at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13 (early release day). Gene Stamell’s interactive concerts involve plenty of singing and laughing, along with a bit of magic. He has taught third grade for over 20 years and his love of children shines through in every performance! Tickets will be available at the door for $5, with a $20 maximum per family.

•CSA Board Meeting. The next CSA monthly board meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 13, at 10 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:

First-time mothers’ group begins

The next eight-week First-time Mother’s Group at First Connections will begin on Monday, April 12, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. This is a facilitated group that focuses on a different parenting topic each week after checking in with each member.   The group meets on the Emerson Hospital Campus. No fee to attend. Hospital parking fees apply unless validation is requested.  To participate, call 1-978-287-0221 or email

Carlisle School Eighth- Grade Science Fair

Come one and all to the first annual Carlisle School Eighth Grade Science Fair on Wednesday, April 7, 9 to 11 a.m., in the Robbins Library at the Carlisle School. Parents and community members are invited to view the interesting displays created by the students who have done independent research on a variety of scientific and computing/engineering projects. Ten projects will be representing Carlisle School at the Northeast Regional Middle School Science & Engineering Fair on May 8 at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. For general information or questions, please call 1-978-369-6550 or contact

Need flood assistance?

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the storms beginning March 12, 2010 can initiate the application for assistance by calling the FEMA Teleregistration numbers: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired, or registering on-line at

Carlisle residents who need help seeking aid may call Town Administrator Tim Goddard directly at 1-978-371-6688.

Additional flood assistance information and advice from the Carlisle Board of Health appears on page 9.

Volunteers needed for Science Fair judging

If you have a science, technology and/or engineering background, please consider volunteering to participate in our Carlisle School Eighth-Grade Science Fair as a judge. No prior experience necessary. Looking for adults who can bring expertise, encouragement, authenticity, and appreciation in providing feedback to students. Contact Kathryn Marsh at if you can participate yourself or know of someone else who may be interested.

Library computer course: answers to go

Researching something new? Looking for information you can’t seem to find? The Gleason Public Library is offering an introductory computer course focusing on basic searching and browsing through information taken from journals, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and other sources. Feel free to bring your question or topic with you for some basic research. The course will run on Wednesday, April 28, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898 to register. Registration is required due to space limitations.

Walk Carlisle’s trails this spring

The Carlisle walking group re-starts on Thursday, April 8. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Center Park for about a two hour walk at a moderate pace. This spring they will start working on the list of trails needed to earn the Carlisle Trekker Award. If you wish to keep a log for the award, it is available from the latest Carlisle Trails Committee Trail Guide or at their website, The group will walk as many trails as possible during April and May. Contact Jane Anderson (1-978-369-9672 or if you have questions.

Fab Fridays for Teens

On Fridays, April 9, 16, and 30, all fifth through twelfth graders are invited to attend Fab Fridays for Teens at the Gleason Public Library. Fab Fridays will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Hollis Room and will feature crafts, games, and other fun activities. For additional information, including a specific schedule of events, visit the library’s website at, or contact Cassandra, the teen librarian, at

Gleason story time openings remain

A few openings remain for registered story times at the Gleason Public Library. Children ages 3-4 ½ are meeting Monday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. Children ages 4 ½ through 6 (this includes kindergartners) are meeting on Thursday afternoons at 1:30p.m. Don’t miss the opportunity to introduce your child to some of the newest picture books as well as some classic books. Children have an opportunity to interact with their peers and improve motor skills through occasional crafts. To register, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the Children’s Desk.

Council on Aging doings

• 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.

• One-on-one electronic assistance: If you need help in the new electronic world, call the Gleason Public Library (GPL) at 1-978-369-4898 to make an appointment with a high school student who will help you with basic computer, cell phone, ipod or digital camera usage. Most appointments will be Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 3 p.m. This support is co-sponsored by the COA and GPL.

• More ballroom dancing: This third free group of ballroom dancing classes will be held on Tuesdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27 and May 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. at St. Irene Hall, 187 East Street. It will again be taught by Concord resident Barry Kasven. Wear soft or leather-soled shoes. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to register.

• Bridge group: The bridge group will continue on Wednesdays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. For more information, contact Dot Milne at 1-978-369-1834.

• Men’s breakfast: Join us for a delicious breakfast in the Sleeper Room on Thursday, April 8 at 8 a.m. The cost is $3. This month’s breakfast will be cooked and served by the Carlisle Police. 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.

• Outside walking group: The COA outside walking group resumes on Thursday, April 8 at 9:30 a.m., meeting at Center Park for about a two hour walk at a moderate pace. For more information, call Jane Anderson at 1-978-369-9672 or email No need to sign up, just show up.

• Inn at Robbins Brook lunch: The next monthly lunch, sponsored by Minuteman Senior Services, Concord-Carlisle Community Chest and the COA, will be held at St. Irene at noon on Thursday, April 8. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by noon on Monday, April 5 to register. If you need a ride, call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 at least two days in advance.

• Book club: The COA book club will meet on Wednesday, April 14 at 10 a.m. at the Goff home, 338 Bedford Road. The book is Dark Eagle by John Ensor Harr. For more information, call Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-4618.

• Monthly luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, April 15 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for a pizza lunch followed by the play “Jerry Atric – The Older I Get,” a humorous look at healthcare through the eyes of an elderly gentleman with a joy for living. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up no later than noon on Monday, April 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. The cost is $3 or more per person.

Minuteman offering driver’s education

The Community Education Office at Minuteman Career & Technical High School in Lexington announces that, beginning this spring, two five-week sessions of instruction will be offered.  The sessions will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:45 to 5:45 p.m. or from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. Sessions will begin on Tuesday, April 12, and end on Thursday, May 20. Register online for an available class at

For more information, contact the Minuteman Community Education Office at 1-781-861-7150.

CCMS Special Spring Children’s Concert

The Concord Chamber Music Society (CCMS) will close its tenth season with a concert for children and their families on Sunday, April 10, at 11 a.m. at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord. The Sirocco Winds, an ensemble-in-residence at New England Conservatory of Music, will perform “Stanley’s Flight,” an engaging composition by Michael Glicksman about the journey and adventures of a young penguin named Stanley.

Tickets are $10 for general adult admission. Children under 12 will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult. Ticketing and subscription information, directions and a program description can be found online at or by calling the Concord Chamber Music Society at 1-978-371-9667.

Meet the historical photo detective

Come meet a detective – a photo detective. Maureen A. Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection of history, genealogy, and photography. She has been featured in top media outlets, including The View, Martha Stewart Living, and The Today Show and is the author of a number of books and magazine articles, as well as a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine. Her latest project is The Last Muster: Images of the Revolutionary War Generation (Kent State University Press, June 2010). Besides serving as a photo detective, Maureen organizes family photos, helps find missing photos for family trees, helps to understand old ‘mystery photos’ that turn up in attics and basements, and helps to preserve photos. She even has an “Ask the Photo Detective” webpage. See

The April program will be on Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at the Bedford Public Library, 7 Mudge Way. This meeting is free and open to the public. For more information contact Sue Giurleo at 1-781-275-6584.

Patriots Day at The Concord Museum

Make the Concord Museum – where Concord’s history begins – part of your 2010 Patriots Day tradition as it commemorates “the shot heard ’round the world” with activities for visitors of all ages.  All Patriots’ Day Museum activities are free with admission. 

On Monday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., explore the Concord Museum’s outstanding collection of treasures from April, 1775 including the famous “one, if by land, two, if by sea” Revere lantern; a sword from one of the soldiers of the British 10th Regiment; the sword of Minuteman James Barrett; a pair of pistols belonging to Major John Buttrick, the officer in the Concord Militia who gave the order to fire; and a fife played by a young boy. Enjoy patriotic music by The Jolly Rogues with their intriguing repertoire of 18th-century songs that invite listening, clapping and foot tapping or singing along.  A special Patriots’ Day Museum Hunt leads families through the Why Concord? history galleries, and colonial household history will come to life through hands-on demonstrations of flax and wool spinning.  

All week enjoy the new exhibition, “Into Your Hands,” featuring over 60 objects that have been passed down through Concord families and then entrusted to the Concord Museum.  Of particular interest Patriots’ Day week are:

“The Bloody Massacre,” the famed Revere engraving that was a milestone in America’s road to independence, owned by Emerson Cogswell, a hatmaker, in Concord and a gift to the Museum in 2002 by Cogswell’s great, great, great-granddaughter. 

Pvt. Abner Hosmer’s powderhorn, worn at the fight at the North Bridge, April 19, 1775, where the 21-year-old Acton native was killed.  The powderhorn was a gift to the Museum in 1936.

The powder horn of Amos Barrett who was at the North Bridge in David Brown’s Company and later wrote a vivid account of the fight was donated to the Museum in 1994.   

The Concord Museum is located at the intersection of Lexington Road and the Cambridge Turnpike, 1/4 mile east of Concord Center.  Museum Admission is $10 Adults, $8 Seniors, $8 Students, $5 Youth 6-18, Free to children under 6 and Concord Museum Members. Patriots’ Week hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m..  The Museum is wheelchair accessible and has ample free parking on Cambridge Turnpike. The Concord Museum Shop, which features reproductions and adaptations of American decorative arts from the Museum’s collection, as well as a Patriots’ Day supply of tricorn hats, mob caps, powder horns, fifes, signal lanterns, and patriotic music, is open during Museum hours. 

  Call for more information about all the various Patriots’ Day 2010 events at the Concord Museum, 1-978-369-9763, or check our web site:

When you’re expecting more than one

The class “Getting Ready for Multiples” addresses the special concerns of a pregnancy for multiples (twins or more). Topics include preterm labor, pregnancy discomfort, delivery, managing feedings, and options, organization and resources. Note this is not a prepared childbirth class. 
The class will be held on June 13, from 
3 to 6 p.m. The cost is $60/couple.

Learn an extraordinary approach to calm your baby. 
New and expectant parents will learn step-by-step how to help their baby sleep longer and how to soothe even the fussiest baby in minutes. The class will be held June 10, 
7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is 
$45 per couple.

For more information on any of these classes, contact Lisa, program coordinator, at 1-978-287-3268.

Kinderkreuzzug premiere April 11

On Sunday, April 11, Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord will host the premiere of Kinderkreuzzug (Children’s Crusade), with music by Ralf Yusuf Gawlick and text by Bertolt Brecht.

The performance, which begins at 3 p.m., will feature the Boy Choir of the Choral Academy Dortmund, members of Youth pro Musica and the Treble Chorus of New England. Tickets are $16 for adults and $10 for students and children. For more information, call 1-617-552-2514 or contact

Volunteers needed to work with the elderly

Do you enjoy spending time with the elderly? Cooperative Elder Services, Inc. Concord adult day health program is interested in volunteers who are willing to make a once-a-week commitment (3+ hours) to lead activity groups and provide company to frail elders. Musicians and those with other special talents are also wanted. Volunteers must be comfortable working with individuals with memory loss and special needs. For more information contact Abby Kay at 1-978-318-0055 or

Emerson Pops

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary will hold its Spring Pops Concert at 8 p.m. on April 10 (note the changed date), at the Walden Performing Arts Center (51 Walden Street) in Concord. The Concord Band will perform music with a “Swing into Spring” program. Tickets for the event are $25 per person and can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Maryrose Sykes at 1-978-369-9677 or

Working women starting over

The Detours & OnRamps Forum, being held May 4, in Waltham, is a one-day conference designed as a practical resource for working women, or those wishing to restart a career. The conference offers networking, discussions with the companies leading the way in solutions for work-life balance, expert panels, and dynamic sessions on some of the most common dilemmas faced by women – or anyone who is trying to make work, work for them. Also covered are resources for entrepreneurs; in fact, this May’s event in Waltham features a panel that includes Cary MacMillan Keller, co-founder of newly launched, who attended the event two years in a row. She will be sharing her ideas on the ups and downs of running her own business, with two little ones at home. For information on the event, go to Carlisle Mosquito readers, mention the paper and save $25 off of registration.

Concord Players End Season with The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Concord Players will finish out their theater season with The Scarlet Pimpernel, the smash musical that careens from the streets of Paris during the French Revolution, to a tranquil British manor, to the deck of a ship at sea, all of which will magically be recreated on the Concord stage.

Director Corey Jackson, along with music director Mario Cruz, will work their stage magic to tell the tale of a group of heroes who desperately race across the English Channel to rescue hundreds of French nobles from the guillotine. It’s a tale of intrigue that includes secret identities, misunderstood love, passionate declarations, and bloody executions.

The musical runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. April 23 through May 8, with two Sunday matinees on April 25 and May 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets for all shows are $24 (with a discount of $1 off per ticket available for groups of ten or more). Ticket holders for the opening weekend performances (April 23 and 24) will be treated to gala receptions in the lobby at 7 p.m. before the show. To order tickets and get show information, go to You can also email your ticket requests to or call 1-978-369-2990.

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

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.”

A Week of Self-Discovery for girls

Is your daughter old enough to babysit, but too young to be left alone for an entire week? Have you made school vacation plans for your girl? Here’s an idea.

The Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road, proudly presents “u, ur friendz, ur lyfe =) A Week of Self Discovery,” Monday, April 19 through Friday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  A team of area experts has designed a unique program to address the myriad of experiences and challenges facing girls entering grades seven, eight and nine this fall.

Presenters were selected because they are all successful role models with positive messages to share.  A Week of Self Discovery features programs on nutrition, image, fashion, hairstyles, art, organizational skills, relationships, self defense and more. Moms and other female relatives are cordially invited to attend an empowering closing ceremony on Friday.

The cost of $275 includes healthy snacks, hands-on demonstrations, literature, free samples and more.  Early drop-off or late pick-up is also available.

For more information, including a curriculum overview, a list of presenters, essay contest or scholarship opportunities, additional summer weeks or to register, please contact Kathleen (1-978-256-9391 or or visit

Spring concerts

This Saturday, April 3, at 8 p.m., the Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble presents an all Mozart program. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for children 12 and under. Then, next Saturday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m., a Folk Concert with local musicians will get you up out of your seats. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children.

Both concerts will be held at Kerem Shalom on Elm Street in Concord. For more information, call Carol Nathan at 1-978-369-1223 or email

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