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Friday, April 9, 2010

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

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.

Outside walking group: The COA outside walking group resumes on Thursday, April 8 at 9:30 a.m., meeting at Center Park on Lowell Street 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.

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 – 11:45 a.m. Call the van line if you need a ride. The cost is $3 or more per person.

Bridge classes: Roy Green will be teaching an intermediate/beginning plus class on Wednesdays, April 21, May 5, 12, 26, June 2, 9, 16 and 30 at 3:30 p.m. in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. Green will be teaching an advanced bridge class on the same dates as above but at 7 p.m. The fee for either course is $60 for seniors and $70 for others. The text is $12. Make checks out to the Carlisle COA. Register ASAP since at least 12 players/class are required or that class will be cancelled.

Women’s breakfast: Come celebrate Earth Day with Lady Di on Thursday, April 22 at 9 a.m. at the Sleeper Room. Call 1-978-371-2895 by Friday, April 16 to register for this quarterly culinary event, a bargain at $3 per person.

Minuteman Regional Tech luncheon: Join the COA at Minuteman High School’s restaurant in Lexington on Tuesday, April 27 at 11:30 a.m. for lunch of either Scrod Scandinavian or Chicken Piccata along with all the trimmings. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to reserve your spot by noon on Thursday, April 22. The cost is $10 plus at least $1 tip, payable at the restaurant.

Podiatry clinic: The next podiatry clinic is on Tuesday, May 4 at the Sleeper Room. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to make an appointment. Checks for $20 made out to the Friends of the COA (FCOA) or cash are payable the day of the clinic. The clinic is sponsored by the generosity of the FCOA, Timothy Wheeler House Fund and the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Student Council tea: The Carlisle Middle School Council invites all Carlisle seniors to an afternoon tea on Thursday, May 6 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Students will greet seniors at the Spalding Circle doors. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 by May 3 to sign up for this event. If you need a ride, call the van line at 1-978-371-6690.

Newsletter: Starting with the July/August edition, if you are not a Carlisle resident and would like to receive the Senior Connection, send a $5 check to help cover postage to Carlisle COA, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. If you would like to be taken off the mailing list, call 1-978-371-2895 or email

Minuteman Players present...

The Minuteman Players of Minuteman Career & Technical High School, located at 758 Marrett Road in Lexington, present three special performances on Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the Minuteman IRC. The night opens with a special guest appearance by Flo Jo Jenkins, who aims to rally the power of women. Next is If Men Played Cards As Women Do, a one-act gem that pokes fun at the behavior of women. All of this is a preamble to Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias, a deeply moving play about the power of love and friendship.

Tickets will be sold the night of both performances. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Patriots Day events

On Saturday, April 10, the Carlisle Minutemen will meet on the Bedford Town Green at 10 a.m. to take part in Bedford’s parade and pole-capping. On Monday, April 19, the Minutemen will form at the Carlisle Town Common at 6:30 a.m. and step off on their march down School Street, up Bellows Hill Road and onto Estabrook Road on their way to Concord at 7 a.m., so as to join the Concord Parade at 9:30 a.m. All Carlisle residents are invited to come along for this learning experience which is also an enjoyable spring walk through the Estabrook Woods.

Public forum on CCHS building plans

There will be a public forum on Thursday, April 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Town Hall in the Clark Room, on the findings of the CCHS Facilities Master Plan Committee, the need for a major renovation at CCHS, and the Warrant Article for a feasibility study/schematic design.

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

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.

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.

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 (GPL) 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 GPL e-newsletter in order to learn the name of the film in advance. For further information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898. 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.

Woodcock walk

Join D’Ann & Tom Brownrigg on a trip to Foss Farm on Saturday, April 17 to observe American Woodcocks on their breeding grounds. The males perform spectacular flight displays, circling upward hundreds of feet before descending. These displays are believed to be a means of marking territories and attracting females. Males can be located by listening for their distinctive “peent” calls.

Meet at Foss Farm parking lot at 7:30 p.m.; the flight displays start shortly after dusk. Bring binoculars if you have them. In the event of rain, the walk will be cancelled. If you have any questions, contact the Brownriggs at 1-978-369-5609 or

Library computer course: answers to go

Need help finding information? Gleason Library is offering an introductory computer course on searching through information taken from journals, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias and other sources. 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.

LWV Candidates’ Forum on May 2

The Concord-Carlisle League of Women Voters will hold their Candidates’ Forum on Sunday, May 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall.

Candidates will answer questions and give biographical information in this moderated forum

What is in store for the Gleason Library?

Whether the Gleason Public Library is a frequent destination, a pit stop, or an historic landmark in your household, now is the time to have your say about where the library is today and where it should be going. Participate in the library’s planning survey online at or stop by the library during the month of April to complete the print survey. Questions or feedback? Call 1-978-369-4898 or stop by the library.

Join the Trash Party tomorrow

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

Student deal for musical

The Concord Players, located 51 Walden Street in Concord, offers CCHS students a special opportunity to see its thrilling spring musical The Scarlet Pimpernel at a special price of $19 per ticket ($5 off the regular price). This offer is good for students only for the 2 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday, April 25. Contact the Concord Players box office manager at “” to order student tickets for the this student matinee.

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