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Friday, April 30, 2010

Carlisle Community Chorus’ Spring Concert

You are invited to join the Carlisle Community Chorus for their Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Carlisle Public School Auditorium. The Carlisle Community Chorus is an intergenerational ensemble of 55 singers ranging in age from 14 to 85. The purpose of the ensemble is to bring musical enjoyment and opportunities to the community and to build relationships among members of all ages through learning and performing quality choral music. Led by Artistic Director Megan Fitzharris Harlow and accompanist Angela Monke, the Spring Concert will feature music by W. A. Mozart, Gwyneth Walker, Alec Wilder, and American, British and Hebrew folk songs. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, email

Organic and/or locally grown potluck

The public is invited to a family potluck supper on Friday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. in Union Hall at the First Religious Society. Come and enjoy delicious, locally grown food prepared by your friends and neighbors. Our featured speakers are the Robinson family of Springdell Farm in Littleton, who raise a variety of pastured animals for consumption by the local market.

Each adult is asked to bring a dish that feeds 6-8 people. This event is sponsored by the FRS Environmental Action Committee.

CPC children’s tag sale

Spring is here and it’s time to clean out your closets. The Carlisle Parents Connection (CPC) is actively collecting donations for our Children’s Tag Sale on May 15 from 8 a.m. until noon at Union Hall. Donation Drop-off Day for the CPC’s Children’s Tag Sale is Saturday, May 1, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Transfer Station. The CPC will be collecting donations of gently used children’s clothing, toys and gear during this time. To arrange pick up or drop off, contact us at

Bird walk May 2

Carlisle birder Alan Ankers will be leading a bird walk on Sunday, May 2, meeting at Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road at 7 a.m. The trip is free and all are welcome, including beginner birders. Come prepared for wet conditions underfoot and bring binoculars if you have them. If you have any questions, contact the leader by email at

Come to the FRS service auction May 1

The famous First Religous Society service auction will be held Saturday, May 1, at 6 p.m. in Union Hall. Come for a fantastic dinner and the opportunity to bid on a grand selection of items – from a tour of the Kennedy Library to fantastic dinners and wonderful vacation homes.

The theme is the sixties and the dinner is sure to be delicious. The cost is $25 (BYOB) for what is bound to be a memorable and enjoyable evening. Tickets will be available at the door. Check out the grand list of auction items at the FRS website:

Clematis, climate change and carrots

On Tuesday, May 4, at 7 p.m., Dave Epstein presents growing wisdom, something for every gardener. Join the Garden Club and Friends of the Gleason Public Library for an interactive evening about climate trends and gardening. Questions welcome. David is a meteorologist and biologist. He has been an on-air meteorologist for over 20 years and hosted Extreme Garden Makeover. This program will look at how the earth’s climate has performed over the millennia and how factors such as CO2, volcanism, sunspots and more play a role. Gleason programs can be found at or call 1-978-369-4898.

Dads and donuts at Diment Park

Dads, come enjoy coffee, donuts and good conversation with other local fathers while the kids play outside. This event is sponsored by the Carlisle Parents Connection and is free for all dads and children in town. Dads and Donuts will take place on Saturday, May 8, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Diment Park.

Trail volunteers needed

Come help the Trails Committee build two boardwalks on the Hanover Hill conservation easement, Saturday, May 1, starting at 9 a.m. Drive in Hanover Road directly across from Cross Street off Westford Street. They will be cutting the decking boards to length and bushwhacking the materials through the woods to the site. They will also be hauling in 250 pound concrete bumpers from the Virginia Farme end of the trail on a bicycle. This is a good opportunity for high school and middle school community service. Bring work gloves, hammers, nail aprons. Lunch will be provided. Heavy rain postpones to Sunday, May 2. For more information, contact Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680 or

CCC reception for grant recipients

A reception honoring the Carlisle Cultural Council’s (CCC) grant recipients for 2010 will be held at Union Hall, First Religious Society in Carlisle Center on Thursday, May 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This event is open to all Carlisle residents, town officials, former CCC members and Massachusetts Council members. The Carlisle Cultural Council is pleased to support artists and arts organizations who provide a public benefit for the residents of our fine community. This reception is a small way for the council and the community of Carlisle to honor and congratulate the 2010 grant recipients.

Thirteen applicants were awarded grants from funds distributed to Carlisle by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency that supports public programs and educational activities in the arts, sciences, and humanities. This year the Carlisle local council received $4,000 in grant monies from the state for the 2009-2010 grant cycle. Local council members include Patricia Koenitzer, Seema Peterson, Claudia Bard Veitch, Kathy Coughlin-Horvath, Cece McNally and Kathy Chick.

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

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.

More ballroom dancing: This third free group of ballroom dancing classes will be held on Tuesdays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. at St. Irene Hall, 187 East Street. Barry Kasven will once again teach the course. Wear soft or leather-soled shoes. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to register.

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 the First Religious Society at noon on Wednesday, May 5. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by noon on Monday, May 3 to register. If you need a ride, call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 at least two days in advance. Minuteman Senior Services and the Carlisle COA sponsor this lunch.

Bridge group: The bridge group will continue on Wednesdays, May 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. For more information, contact Dot Milne at 1-978-369-1834.

Student Council tea: The Middle School has invited all Carlisle seniors to an afternoon tea on Thursday, May 6 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 by May 3 to sign up for this event. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 if you need a ride.

Monthly coffee: On Thursday, May 6, come have breakfast at 9 a.m. in the Sleeper Room at Village Court hosted by Tom and Karen Dunkers and Jim and Betty Elgin. No fees and no reservations, but good food and conversation. Call the van line if you need a ride. A free blood pressure clinic will be held from 9:15 to 10 a.m.

Outside walking group: The COA outside walking group continues on Thursdays 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.

Nashoba Tech luncheon: Join the COA at Nashoba Tech’s restaurant in Westford on Tuesday, May 11 at 11:45 a.m. for lunch of either sirloin with demi-glace sauce or baked haddock along with all the trimmings. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to reserve your spot by noon on Thursday, May 6. The cost is $10 plus at least $1 tip, payable at the restaurant.

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

Party at the library

Come celebrate on Saturday, May 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. The renovation and repair project of the historic façade is complete and the party to ring in the next century is scheduled. Join friends and neighbors for an afternoon of refreshments, music, activities for the kids, and a chance to look closely at the workmanship involved with this recent project. A timeline can be found at or call 1-978-369-4898.

FOGPL used book sale

The Friends of Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) will be holding their annual used book sale on Saturday, June 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Old Home Day. Your donations to the sale are greatly appreciated. Bring your gently used books, cds, dvds and videotapes to the library from June 1 to 22. (No magazines, textbooks or encyclopedias please.) FOGPL will also be accepting donations at Pass It Forward Day at the Transfer Station on Saturday, June 5. Volunteers are needed for sorting donated books during the month of June as well as to assist with the day of sale. Community service hours will be awarded to student volunteers, including rising freshmen (current eighth graders). Contact Seema Peterson at or 1-978-369-3288 if you can help.

Carlisle School Association news

CSA Book Fair starts Monday

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) Book Fair will run from Monday, May 3 to Friday, May 7. This year, the featured children’s author is Jarrett Kroscozka. An award-winning author/illustrator, his books include the popular Lunch Lady series. He will be speaking to classes on Monday, May 3, then signing books in the library at 2:30 p.m.

Members of the community are invited to stop by and view the great selection of children’s and young adult books as well as an expanded selection of adult books. All money raised during the Book Fair goes to purchase new books for the Carlisle School Library. (Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 8-10 a.m.)

CSA school supply sale

Why shop ‘til you drop? Let us do the school supply shopping for you. This year we are again partnering with Staples/Schoolkidz with online (or paper) ordering. The order forms and information sheets were sent home in backpacks this week and are also posted on the CSA website. Order deadline is earlier this year, Friday, May 14. All supply kits will be delivered to the classrooms for the first day of school. If you have any questions, contact Sandy Eisenbies at 1-978-254-5424 or

Box Tops – Deadline of May 14

Place your clipped General Mills box tops in the box labeled “Box Tops for Education” at the Carlisle Public Schools’ library by May 14. There will be a prize at the end of the year for the class that collects the most box tops for the 2009-2010 school year.

CSA Annual Meeting

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) annual meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 18, at the home of Hunter Hutchinson, 483 Cross Street. All parents are invited to attend. During this meeting the CSA will be expressing appreciation to a dedicated team of individuals, including outgoing board members, celebrating the success of the past year and voting in new board members.

Pediatric CPR

The next AHA Pediatric CPR class will be held on Saturday, May 1, 9 to11 a.m., at First Connections in Concord. The class is taught by a registered nurse and includes one-rescuer CPR techniques for children ages 0-8, obstructed airway management, and child safety issues.  $35 per person. Contact or call 1-978-287-0221 to register.

Early release day movie at Gleason Library

Appearances can be blinding. He knew little about family and even less about football, but with an unlikely ally became a college All American and NFL first round draft pick who was a winner before he ever stepped on the playing field. Date: Tuesday, May 4 (early release day) Time: 2:30 - 4:40 p.m. Place: Gleason Public Library (GPL), third floor, Hollis Room. Movie rating is PG13 (for one scene involving brief violence). 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 enewsletter in order to learn the name of the film in advance. Any questions, call the Gleason Public Library at 1-978-369-4898. 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 to complete the print survey. Questions or feedback? Call 1-978-369-4898 or stop by the library.

Free concert features competition winners

Valerie Taylor conducts the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) in a free “Pops” Concert on Friday, May 7, at 8 p.m. at the Pawtucket Congregational Church, 15 Mammoth Road in Lowell. The program features winners of the LPO’s 2010 Jeanne Selander Memorial Youth Concerto Competition.

This year, the orchestra selected two performers. First place winner Seohee Min of Southborough will play Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto in D Major for Violin.” Also on the program is second place winner Jaclyn Freshman, also a violinist, of Newton, who will perform Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigane.” No tickets or reservations are required. Free parking is available on the street near the church.

For more information, call 1-978-703-0094 or visit

Minuteman feasibility study on CCTV

This five minute piece highlights the Minuteman Regional High School and its proposal to have an assessment of the building done. This would help to determine how much it would cost to expand/renovate the school building.

Enjoy the Minuteman Feasibility Study on CCTV Channel 10 airing multiple times between now and Carlisle Town Meeting including: Friday, April 30 at 6:52 p.m., Saturday, May 1 at 8:53 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Sunday, May 2 at 2:54 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Monday, May 3 at 12:52 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 4 at 11:22 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 5 at 1:52 p.m., Thursday, May 6 at 9:30 p.m., Friday, May 7 at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, May 8 at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, May 9 at 10:30 p.m. and Monday, May 10 at 4:30 p.m.

For full schedule information, visit

Tanglewood trip

Come join other seniors on a two- night Tanglewood Trip, August 1 to 3. The cost is $495, double occupancy. For flyers call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or pick up flyers at Carlisle COA office. Payment due May 25.

Annual CCHS Senior Project Fair

On Monday, May 10, at 6 p.m. in the CCHS Library, the high school will present the 20th annual Senior Project Fair. This interdisciplinary course, where independent-minded seniors pursue a project of their own design under the guidance of a faculty mentor, requires students to keep reflection journals throughout the process, have regular check-ins all semester long, and finally show off the fruits of their labors with presentations to the community at large.

There are eight graduates of Senior Project this year, whose work runs the gamut from designing and building a functional video game, restoring and retrofitting an old guitar, cooking meals for the homeless, designing and constructing a prom dress, and more.

There will be refreshments, so come and enjoy an evening of student presentations.

Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, May 22

The Spring Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on Saturday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at the DPW Building behind the Transfer Station. Cars must have been in line before noon. The collection is sponsored by the Board of Health and paid out of transfer station sticker fees. Clean Harbors will conduct the collection which is free to residents who have a valid Transfer Station sticker.

You will not be allowed to leave latex paint at this waste collection. Latex paint cans should be opened, allowed to dry and disposed of in the regular trash collector. Adding kitty litter, or spreading latex paint on newspaper to dry, will help dry it out. Also do not bring smoke detectors, compressed gas cylinders, ammunition, fireworks or explosives, prescription medicines/syringes, radioactive wastes, fire extinguishers, cathode ray tubes, biological waste, unknown materials.

WHAT TO BRING: Oil-based paints, stains, thinners and strippers, solvents and varnishes, adhesives, glues, resins, waste fuels, (kerosene, gasoline) engine degreasers, brake fluids, poisons, cleaners, spot removers, pool chemicals, aerosol cans, herbicides, pesticides, creosote, moth balls, arts and crafts supplies, antifreeze.

CRT RECYCLING: Computer monitors should be left in or near the swap shop for recycling.

BATTERIES: Batteries do not need to be brought to the hazardous waste collection. Residents can dispose of ordinary household batteries (AAA - D, Alkaline, nickel cadmium) by giving them to the attendant at the transfer station. There is a regular collection point for lead-acid or car batteries.

SWAP TABLE: A swap table for new and unused paint, motor oil, cleaners, etc. will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. Clean Harbors will select items appropriate for exchange.

MERCURY: Thermostats and thermometers can be dropped off anytime with the transfer station attendant. The town is no longer doing a thermometer swap. The board encourages homeowners to check with contractors they hire on how they plan to dispose of any mercury-containing products being replaced.

SAFETY: Tighten caps and lids, leaving materials in original labeled containers. Sort and pack separately paint, pesticides, household cleaners. Avoid spills and do not place in garbage bags. NEVER MIX CHEMICALS. Cars should not block the entrance to the Transfer Station.

Volunteers are needed to count cars, check for stickers and help with the swap table. If you would like to volunteer for an hour or two the day of the collection, call the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283. Community Service points will be provided to interested high school students. If you have any questions about what you are bringing contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283.

Learn bike maintenance

Carlisle resident, engineer and bike enthusiast Tim Eliassen will discuss and demonstrate the basic bicycle maintenance items that anyone can (should) do. Basic on-the-road emergency repairs, including flat tires, will be discussed. Do not bring your bike at this session to be held on Monday, May 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at CCHS.

Basic Maintenance II, on Wednesday, May 19, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at CCHS Shop, will be a slightly more advanced hands-on-course. Participants will clean, grease and adjust bearings, replace brake and shifter cables, brake pads and chains. Bring your bike, any parts you want to replace and basic tools (allen wrenches, pliers, screwdriver, etc.) if you have them. Check out, or call 1-978-318-1540.

Help stamp out hunger

In conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service, letter carriers will be participating in the 18th Annual Postal Workers Food Drive on Saturday, May 8. On that day, letter carriers will pick up donations of non-perishable food for Loaves & Fishes food pantries as they deliver mail along their postal routes. Simply place your donation in a bag (waterproof, if it’s raining) or box and leave it near your mailbox on the morning of May 8 before your letter carrier arrives, or bring it directly to your local Post Office. If you are interested in volunteering your time to help with this critical event, we could use assistance transporting, sorting and storing food. Contact the Post Office at 1-978-772-4627, x300, or email

Concord Women’s Chorus anniversary concert

The Concord Women’s Chorus, Jane Ring Frank, artistic director and Scott Nicholas, pianist, will present “American Women of Note” on Saturday May 8, at 8 p.m, at the First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road, Concord. The program features the world premiere of Libby Larson’s “Concord Fragments” along with works by women composers such as Amy Beach, Rebecca Clarke and Alice Parker. You are invited to a pre-concert lecture with composer Libby Larsen, artistic director, Jane Ring Frank and poet, Melissa Apperson, at 7 p.m., Chapel of First Parish in Concord.

Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors (65+) and students, $10 under 12. Call 1-978-852-4239 or visit This program is supported in part by  the Alfred Nash Patterson Grant from Choral Arts New England, and by grants from Concord, Carlisle, Acton-Boxboro, Lincoln and Wayland Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Annual spring bird walk on Towle Land

This year’s spring bird walk on the Towle Land will be held on Sunday morning May 16, leaving from the parking lot on Westford Street at 6 a.m. Sponsored by the Conservation Commission for the last 38 years, the walk will be led by Ken Harte.

Bobolinks may be on territory, but last year’s walk failed to turn up any. However, later in May two nesting pairs settled in. Tree swallows and bluebirds will be competing for nesting boxes; last year there were at least two nesting bluebird pairs.

Last year’s walk turned up only three wood warbler species, but in 2007 we hit a small “warbler wave,” with ten species including Northern Waterthrush. What will this year’s migration bring to Carlisle? With trees leafing out early, in the Towle woods we will be relying mostly on song. Come on May 16, rain or shine, with binoculars, boots and insect repellent.

SLOC to hold auditions May 17, 18

The Savoyard Light Opera Company, Carlisle’s own Theater Company, will be holding auditions for their Fall 2010 production of Meredith Willson’s classic musical comedy The Music Man on May 17 and 18 at the Carlisle Congregational Church.

This Tony-winning musical has been delighting audiences everywhere since its Broadway debut. The show is chock-full of hit songs like “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “There’s Trouble in River City,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon” and “‘Til There was You.”

There are lead roles for two children, the adorable, shy and lisping Winthrop Paroo, Marian the Librarian’s little brother, and Amaryllis, one of Marian’s piano students, who is sweet on Winthrop. In addition, there will be roles for eight or ten other children (ages 8 to 16) to play the parts of family members of various townspeople. Auditions are open to adults, teens and children eight and up.

The performances will be at Corey Auditorium November 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21. Rehearsals are held in Carlisle beginning Tuesday, September 7. Rehearsals are generally Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Not all cast members are needed for every rehearsal.

Audition dates are May 17 and 18; call-backs will be on May 20.

Detailed audition schedule

Monday, May 17, and Tuesday, May 18: 6 to 7 p.m. – auditions for juvenile roles (Winthrop, Amaryllis and juvenile chorus members).

7 to 7:30 p.m. – auditions for chorus and minor roles

7 to 10 p.m. – auditions for principal roles.

For complete audition information, visit our web site:

Concord Music Club will meet on May 7

The Concord Music Club will meet in Concord on Friday, May 7, at 10 a.m. The purpose of the club is to stimulate the study of music by providing the opportunity to perform with and for others. They have both performing and non-performing membership. They meet once a month during the fall and spring seasons, six meetings annually. Call Marjorie Franko at 1-978-369-8192 if you would like to come as a guest and are interested in joining the club.

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