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Friday, May 7, 2010

Meet local artists at Gleason Library

Find out more about the artwork on display at the Gleason Library now through July 3 at an open reception for the artists there on Saturday, May 8, from 1 to 2:30p.m. The exhibit carries the unifying theme of nature. You can view the ceramic pieces of Suzanne Hill of Westford Street, photography by John Brewer of Lowell Street and paintings by Alison Ruch.

Historical Society to hold May open house

The Carlisle Historical Society will hold its May Open House on Sunday, May 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Heald House, 692 Concord Street.

Everyone is welcome to see the artifacts and history of Carlisle as it is presented in the various rooms. Refreshments will be served.

Spring Thunder Festival at CCHS

If you hear a deep and thunderous rumbling in the Concord/Carlisle area on the evening of Saturday, May 8th, it may not be the acoustic effects of a seasonal lightening storm. It may be your friends and neighbors playing taiko drums in Odaiko New England’s annual Spring Thunder Festival at Concord-Carlisle High School.

The Spring Thunder Festival, which will be followed by a reception, begins at 7 p.m. at the Concord-Carlisle High School auditorium, 500 Walden Street in Concord. Admission is free, though a $10 donation is suggested. For more information, visit or call 1-781-938-DRUM.

Carlisle plant sale day

On Saturday, May 22, the Carlisle Garden Club and Carlisle Farmers Market join to offer a wide variety of plants as well as valuable information on improving your garden.

From 9:30 a. m. to 1 p.m., the Carlisle Garden Club offers flowering annuals, perennials and herbs on the Town Common. Also offered are shrubs and trees. Coffee and muffins available. Proceeds support Carlisle non-profit activities, including town beautification and scholarships.

From 9 a.m. to noon, the Carlisle Farmers Market offers vegetable plants and produce at Bates/Kimballs parking lot.

From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., come to the “Popular Perennial Performers” forum at the First Religious Society Union Hall. Experienced Carlisle gardeners explain what plants will give you a beautiful yard all season long. Bring your questions. This event is free and sponsored by the Carlisle Garden Club.

Don’t pay nursery prices - many excellent deals on well-tested varieties. Local knowledge free. Rain or shine events. Visit for more information and a free plant coupon.

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 9 a.m. until noon at Union Hall. For more information, contact CPC at

FNL is tonight

Attention all middle school students. Friday Night Live (FNL) is tonight. Come and join your friends and dance to the latest tunes, or play basketball, ping-pong or chess. As always, pizza and drinks will be served.  FNL is held in the Corey Gym from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $6. For information call Ray Jiménez at 1-978-369-4703 or contact any other CYC member.

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.

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.

Conservation Coffee

The Tuesday, May 11, Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tony Mariano, Sr., Carlisle’s long-time, world-traveling geologist will talk about Carlisle’s rocks and minerals. Bring a (small) sample from your yard if you would like help identifying it.

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are held to provide an informal opportunity for residents to discuss a wide range of land use, conservation and environmental issues. The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Continental breakfast is provided.

Carlisle speaker to discuss parenting

On Thursday, May 20, author George Scarlett, assistant professor and deputy chair of Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts, will address the annual meeting of Carlisle Communications, Inc., the publisher of the Mosquito. Scarlett, a long-time resident of Carlisle, is the author of several books and articles dealing with children’s play, managing children’s problem behavior and children in organized sports. For more information, see the January 29, 2010 Mosquito, “Author George Scarlett loves kids, coaching and Carlisle.”

The talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Union Hall, immediately following the CCI Annual Meeting. The public is invited to come hear this enjoyable speaker.

What’s that noise?

Wondering what that distant boom may be? It’s not necessarily thunder. A Devens noise range bulletin sent to Carlisle Police alerts Carlisle residents to possible noise from demolitions training from May 4 through 24.

CTA Scholarships available

The Carlisle Teachers Association (CTA) awards two scholarships annually to students who have graduated from the Carlisle School and have gone on to either Concord-Carlisle High School or Minuteman Regional High School. Last year, the CTA awarded over $5,000 in two separate grants.

The Marguerite Grant scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from either of these two schools. The Amy Lapham Award for Continuing Education is granted to a student who has already completed at least a year of college.

Scholarships forms may be downloaded and printed on the Carlisle School site at under the “Community” tab. A completed form, a Student Aid Report, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement, must be postmarked by June 1.

Help needed for Teachers’ Luncheon

This year’s annual Spring Teachers’ Appreciation Luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, June 1. Help show the fantastic and dedicated teachers and staff at Carlisle Public School (CPS) how much their hard work is appreciated by preparing a dish, contributing to the supplies, or helping on the day of the luncheon. Needed are main dishes, salads, appetizers, desserts, drinks, paper goods, money donations for supplies, and help with set-up, serving and clean-up. Volunteer for what you are willing to offer by contacting co-chairs Nancy West or Lori Brown at or 1-978-369-6515 (Nancy) or 1-978-369-1243 (Lori).

CPS volunteer thanks

The Carlisle Public Schools (CPS) will be honoring their volunteers with an ice cream social on Thursday, May 20, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room. This event is an opportunity to publicly thank the hundreds of individuals whose contributions in the classrooms, library, lunchroom, and on the playground are vital. The school also appreciates the hours spent by the School Committee, boards of the CSA and CEF, and those involved in organizing special programs throughout the year. All volunteers are encouraged to come. Pick up your children after school and bring them along, or come by yourselves to enjoy ice cream and conversation. All volunteers are welcome.

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.

Help stamp out hunger

On Saturday, May 8, letter carriers will pick up donations of non-perishable food for Loaves & Fishes food pantries as they deliver mail. 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.

Beautification Day for CCHS

Would you like to see a more attractive Concord-Carlisle High School? The CCHS Beautification Committee needs you.

Whether you are a CCHS parent, student, or member of the community, come on Saturday, May 8, from 10 to noon to the high school to help plant shrubs and perennials and spruce up the campus before graduation. Gardeners, those looking for an upper body workout, and plant contributors are welcome. Coffee will be served and community service credit will be given. Bring gloves, tools, and buckets if you have them.

For more information contact Mary Horvath at or 1-978-371-7437 or Kathy Balles at or 1-978-369-3859. The rain date will be Sunday, May 9.

Blues at Emerson tonight

On Friday, May 7, at 8 p.m., Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters will make a rare appearance and transform the Emerson Umbrella theater into a swaying juke joint. A multiple Handy Award winner as Guitar Player of the Year, Ronnie Earl is known for his pure Stratocaster tone and soulful blues style. Tickets are $20, $15 for students. For more information, contact Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts at

Bird and Nature Walk, May 15 in Concord

Meet at the Concord Public Works parking lot on Keyes Road. Area naturalist including Peter Alden, Dick Walton and Scott Edwards will be among the leaders. This continues a 50-year tradition of spring nature walks in Concord. Children welcome. Rain or shine. Breakfast follows at the Braces’ home on Liberty Street in Concord. For more information, call 1-978-369-1373.

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