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Friday, May 14, 2010

Carlisle plant sale day on May 22


ANIMAL MAGNETISM. Catie Barry (left) and Emily McCormack wear their best jaguar attire for the kindergarten Rainforest Play. (Photo by Chrissy McCormack)

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.

Trails Committee needs help with bridge repair

The Carlisle Trails Committee is looking for volunteers to help repair trail damage from the March floods on trails in Great Meadows and the Greenough conservation land. They will be working Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 23. The first day will be mostly clearing debris from the trails, and the second day will be repairing bridges and boardwalks. Bring loppers, bow saws and rakes if you have them on May 15, or use our tools. On May 23, a hammer would be useful. For both days, meet at the Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road at 9 a.m. The rains brought a bumper crop of mosquitoes, so wear a long sleeve shirt and pants, boots, work gloves, and bring bug spray or a head net and drinking water. This is a good opportunity for high school or middle school community service. For more information, contact Steve Tobin at or 1-978-369-1680.

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 time line can be found at or call 1-978-369-4898.

Appreciation party on May 25

Tim Hult is retiring this spring after nine years on the Board of Selectmen. An appreciation party will be held for him on Tuesday, May 25, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. All are invited to attend.

“Rats” coming May 25

Carlisle Public Schools’ Music Department is proud to announce the Musical Theater Class’ production of “Rats! The Story of the Pied Piper,” with script, music, and lyrics by Dave and Jean Perry.

In order to provide Carlisle middle school students with a variety of opportunities in the performing arts, the Music Department provides a Musical Theater class for 31 middle school students who have spent the year preparing all the aspects of a musical, including sets, costumes, lighting, acting, singing and dancing.

In celebration of all their hard work, the Musical Theater class will be performing “Rats! The Story of the Pied Piper” on Tuesday, May 25, at the Corey Auditorium. The first performance will be presented to children in grades pre-K to 2, including students from The Red Balloon Preschool at 9:30 a.m. A second performance will be given to children in grades in 3 to 5 at 10:30 a.m. The final performance will occur that evening at 7 p.m. for parents and the community. The production is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

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

Heald House rescheduled clean-up

Due to the rain last Saturday, the Heald House spring clean-up will take place tomorrow, May 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. Anyone willing to rake, prune, spread mulch, etc. is encouraged to come. Donuts and beverages will be 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. His most recent work, The Baseball Starter: A Handbook for Coaching Children and Teens, came out in paperback last November. 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.

Towle Land bird walk

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.

Carlisle’s Memorial Day 2010 plans

Carlisle’s observance of Memorial Day will take place on Monday, May 31. Ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m.on the Town Common, with the flag raising to half-staff, performed by the Carlisle Minutemen. That will be followed by a convocation at 10 a.m. in the Corey Auditorium. Immediately following the convocation, the parade will form outside the auditorium and will march to Green Cemetery and the war memorials. After the recognition of veterans at the memorials, the Minutemen will raise the flag fully from half-staff. Following these ceremonies, at noontime, the First Religious Society will serve a ham and bean luncheon in Union Hall.

The parade will include the Minutemen, the school band, Girl and Boy Scouts, the town’s veterans and all interested citizens. The parade route will vary slightly from that of past years, due to the new Veterans’ Memorial on the common.

Come join in this most picturesque and traditional town ceremony.

River Critters at Foss Farm on May 30

On Sunday, May 30, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., come to Foss Farm to learn about critters that make river habitats their home. Naturalists from Mass Audubon Society will bring a hawk, owl, goose, duck and some turtles from Drumlin Farm and talk about what they eat, how they hunt, etc. The program is open to all ages and will accommodate folks dropping in any time during the program.

This river wildlife program is presented by the Land Stewardship Committee and the Susan Zielinski Natural Science Fund, Gleason Public Library. The program is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required.

To learn more about this program, contact Lynn Knight at 1-978-318-0872. Library programs can be found at

BOH private well testing, June 3, 4 and 5

As part of its ongoing evaluation of the quality of drinking water in town, the Board of Health is again organizing a voluntary water-testing program for Carlisle homeowners. The sampling will be conducted by Nashoba Analytical, LLC of Littleton. Sampling will be done on the following days: Thursday, June 3, from 1 to 4 p.m.; Friday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 5, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Registration forms and pricing information are available at the Board of Health office and library or online at Click on Boards and Committees/Board of Health/Well Testing link. Completed forms and checks must be made payable to Nashoba Analytical and returned to the Board of Health office by May 24. Residents may choose one of the three time frames, and someone over the age of 18 must be at home during that time frame (as individual appointments are not made) to allow the technician into the house. It is better to register as early as possible to secure your first choice date. Residents may choose which type of test(s) to have done from several listed on the registration form. General recommendations are for annual coliform (bacteria) testing, a comprehensive water quality test (unfiltered) every three years, and the remaining compounds (unfiltered) once and then every ten years. Results will be mailed to owners and a copy will be retained by the office for the property file. The ongoing testing results provide the Board of Health with important data for studying the overall water quality throughout Carlisle. Questions about the testing should be directed to the Board of Health office: 1-978-369-0283.

FRS offers program for young teens

Parents of next year’s eighth graders who are interested in learning about the teen sexuality education class called Our Whole Lives are invited to an information session on Monday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at the First Religious Society in Carlisle. Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive program covering a wide range of topics including human development, relationships, personal skills, behavior, health and society.

The program is 15 three-hour sessions, led by an experienced team of leaders. A full parent orientation and registration session will be held in September. The class takes place on Sunday evenings, 6 to 9 p.m., October to March. The OWL program is open to all interested eighth graders, and any prospective parents are encouraged to attend this information session or contact Molly Sorrows, Director of Religious Education, at or 1-978-369-5180 to ask questions or receive a flyer about the program.

Carlisle School Association news

Spring Teachers’ Luncheon help needed

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

Farewell gathering

The CSA would like to invite parents and students to a party in honor of teacher Alan Ticotsky and Superintendent Marie Doyle. Please join us to thank them for their many contributions to the Carlisle School community. The party will be held on Thursday, May 27, at 3:15 p.m. in the Corey Building. If you would like to help with this party, please contact Jenn Albanese at

CSA School Supply Sale – deadline today!

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. Order forms and information sheets were sent home in backpacks and are also posted on the CSA website. . The order deadline is today, 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 Today!

Please place your clipped General Mills box tops in the box labeled “Box Tops for Education” at the Carlisle Public Schools’ library today, Friday, 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.

Sharing the parenting

The authors of Equally Shared Parenting, Marc and Amy Vachon, will speak to parents about the concept and practice of sharing parenting, household, and work responsibilities as equally as possible on a day-to-day basis. This can result in each parent then having a designated amount of time each week to spend on individual interests and pursuits. Marc and Amy’s book is about the process that led them to this lifestyle, and they have spoken about it on The Today Show, NPR and many other media venues. The authors will speak at Concord Children’s Center, 1300 Main Street, West Concord, on Friday, May 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Childcare will be available if requested for a fee, but the program itself is free. Preregistration is necessary by calling 1-978-287-0221 or emailing

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus performance to benefit The Sharing Foundation

The Sharing Foundation announces that the dynamic and talented Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will present a benefit concert aiding some of the world’s poorest children in Cambodia, for whom the Foundation is responsible, on Saturday evening, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street in Concord. Tickets may be purchased at numerous locations including the Concord Trinitarian Congregational Church, The Concord Bookshop, Debra’s Natural Gourmet in West Concord, Ferns in Carlisle and the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Lexington. Suggested donations for tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. To order tickets by mail send a check and SASE to: The Sharing Foundation, PO Box 600 Concord MA 01742.

About 80 members of the Chorus, under Musical Director Reuben Reynolds III, will sing a wide variety of music, both serious and humorous. The funds being raised by this concert will help underwrite critical programs of The Sharing Foundation (TSF), founded in 1998 by two Carlisleans, Nancy Hendrie and Judy Jones. The Foundation today serves over 1,500 children daily, through numerous ongoing programs including Roteang Orphanage with 75 children, many with significant medical issues such as HIV/AIDS. It also supports the TSF farming Project, sewing school and English school.

Carlisle 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. The Concord COA has a yoga class most Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon at the Harvey Wheeler Center, 1276 Main Street, West Concord. The fee is $5 per class with the first class free. No registration is needed, but call the Concord COA at 1-978-318-3020 before going to make sure there is a class that day.

• 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.

• Quarterly breakfast: Join the COA at Nashoba Valley Tech on Wednesday, May 19 at 9 a.m. for our next men’s and women’s quarterly breakfast. The cost is $5.50, payable at the door. To register, call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 by Friday, May 14 at noon. Call the van line if you need a ride.

• Monthly luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, May 20 at 11:45 a.m. in Union Hall at the FRS for lunch followed by a talk by Alyn and Nancy Rovin about their time in Malaysia as Peace Corps volunteers. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up no later than noon on Monday, May 17. 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.

• COA chat: Join director Debi Siriani on Monday, May 24 at 12:30 p.m. at the Sleeper Room at Village Court for an informal chat about issues affecting all seniors. Feel free to ask questions or bring suggestions. Light refreshments will be served.

• WGBH Channel 2 tour: On Wednesday, May 26, the COA will leave from the Congregational Church at 9:45 a.m. for an 11 a.m. tour of Channel 2 studios in Brighton. Lunch is on your own, followed by shopping at the New Balance outlet store. The cost is $10, payable the day of the trip, but call Carol at 1-978-371-6690 to reserve a seat by May 12. Space is limited so first come, first served.

• Tower Hill Botanical Gardens: On Wednesday, June 9, the COA will visit Tower Hill, leaving from the Congregational Church at 9 a.m. There is a restaurant on site, but guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch if so desired. The cost is $15. Send a check to Carlisle COA Sponsored Day Trips, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741 by May 26 to cover admission and transportation fees. Call the transportation line at 1-978-371-6690 if you have any questions.

• 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

Corporate Power in Politics Forum II on May 19

The U.S. Supreme Court’s January decision in Citizens United v. FEC lifted limits on corporate and union spending on political campaigns. Questions remain about how the ruling will affect elections and our democracy. What can concerned citizens do today to preserve fair elections? The four local groups that presented a public forum in March are continuing their collaboration with “Democracy in the Balance: Corporate Power in Politics II” on Wednesday, May 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Church Hall at First Parish Church in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd., Concord. This free forum is open to all.

The program will feature Mary Zepernick, a researcher for the Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy and a board member of the Women’s International League of Peace & Freedom. Ms. Zepernick will explain a broad constitutional amendment option being offered by Legalize Democracy ( In addition, State Senator James B. Eldridge (Middlesex and Worcester Dist.) and State Representative Cory Atkins (14th Middlesex Dist.) will speak about resolutions they are sponsoring on Beacon Hill to address corporate spending in elections. Information on the federal DISCLOSE Act bill will also be available. For more information, visit, email or call 1-978-369-3842.

LWV will discuss Black Walden, May 26

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle (LWVCC) will host a discussion of Black Walden: Slavery and Its Aftermath in Concord, by Elise Lemire, on Wednesday, May 26, 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 information on voting and elections, programs and activities, membership and more.

Lexington Arts & Crafts Society summer camps

Danielle Cassettari will lead three Art Camps at LACS for kids ages 6-12 at Lexington Arts & Crafts Society at 130 Waltham Street, Lexington, from June 28 through July 16.

Beginning June 28, kids can explore their creativity in camp sessions: The Mythical Kingdom (June 28-July2), Art is Everywhere (July 5-July 9) and Earth Friendly Art (July 12-July 16). Campers will have a gallery exhibition July 16 and 17 at the Lexington Arts & Crafts Society (LACS) complete with an opening reception.

Each camp has two sessions, the first from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for 6-8 year olds, and the second from 1 to 4 p.m. for the 9-12 year olds. All materials are included in the fees: $225/week for LACS members and $250/week for nonmembers. For more information go to To register, call 1-781-862-9696.

CPS Music Department’s Spring Concert Series

The Carlisle School’s Music Department announces that their spring concerts, featuring instrumentalists and vocalists in grades four through eight, will be held on June 7 and 8.

The series opens on Monday, June 7 at 5:30 p.m. with students in the Fourth Grade Chorus and the Fourth Grade Beginning Band. The Symphonic Band, Fifth Grade Treble Chorus and Fifth Grade Chorus will also perform on June 7 at 7:30 p.m. The Concert Band, Middle School Choir, Middle School Advanced Choir, and Jazz Band will perform on Tuesday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. All concerts are held in the school’s Corey Auditorium. The public is invited to attend these free concerts.

About Margaret Fuller

Professor Charles Capper will deliver a lecture, “Margaret Fuller in Time” on Friday, May 21, at 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street in Concord. Dr. Capper teaches at Boston University and is the author of several recent books on Margaret Fuller. The lecture is a collaboration between the Concord Free Public Library and the Transcendentalism Council at First Parish in Concord, in conjunction with the council’s Margaret Fuller Bicentennial exhibit, May 21-23 ( A reception and book-signing will follow. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information call 1-978-360-3300.


Pedal to CYCLEFEST, The Acton Discovery Museums’ family cycle-bration on May 15, with bike activities for all ages, from trikers to bikers. Enjoy free admission for anyone arriving on a bike. Rain date is May 16.

Pass It Forward Day on Saturday, June 5

Carlisle will host its eighth annual Pass It Forward Day on Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Carlisle Transfer Station. This event is an opportunity for Carlisle’s citizens to clean out their closets and garages by donating new and gently used items to various charities. It is sponsored by the Household Recycling Committee.

The charities have asked for specific things, so please separate your donated items according to the following list so your items go to the charity that needs them. Fasten pieces of an item together so they stay together during repeated handling and sorting. Put elastic bands around pairs of shoes; fasten belts through belt loops or through a sleeve of a dress; put hardware in plastic bags and tape to the piece of equipment. Check the town web site under Household Recycling Committee for more details.

Baby’s And children’s things: clothes and shoes (Acton Community Supper, Big Brother Big Sister, Cradles to Crayons); bedding, new feeding and diapering supplies, small riding toys, recent equipment in perfect working order (Cradles to Crayons); other toys (Big Brother Big Sister);

Building materials in good shape (Building Materials Resource Center);

Books: books of or about poetry (Concord Poetry Center); science books (Discovery Museum); books about religion (First Religious Society, St. Irene’s Catholic Church); children’s books, especially ones in French or Spanish (Cradles to Crayons); other children’s books (BKP); all other books, CDs, DVDs, but no encyclopedias, textbooks, or magazines (Gleason Library);

Clothes: adult clothes, including warm clothes, casual clothes, professional clothes, shoes, boots, coats (Acton Community Supper, Big Brother Big Sister, Carlisle Council on Aging, Concord Players, MIT Host to International Students, Veterans Administration Hospital in Bedford, MA, Veterans Administration Hospital in Springfield);

Electronics and office equipment: set of two cordless phones, paper shredder, GPS system (Carlisle Council on Aging); cell phones with chargers (Domestic Violence Victims’ Assistance Program); DVD player, answering machine, telephone (Rowe Camp);

Defibrillator (First Religious Society);

Furniture: folding round table five feet in diameter (First Religious Society); folding chairs (Schoharie River Center); molded plastic lawn chairs, floor lamps, room-size rugs (any color), a rolling rack for 25-inch TV, massage table (Rowe Camp); everything to furnish a small apartment (Household Goods Recycling Ministry);

Housewares: Corningware’s Corelle dishes and small bowls (any design), stainless steel flatware, 30-50 cup electric hot-water pot or coffee pot (Rowe); Christmas things to make centerpieces and raffle prizes (Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church); towels, silverware, dishes, glasses, and decorative items (Household Goods Recycling Ministry);

Arts, music, And sporting equipment: arts and crafts supplies (Discovery Museum); African drums, hand drums (Rowe Camp); snowshoes, cross-country skis and boots (Rowe Camp);

Pet items: toys, leashes, cages, bedding, old towels (Lowell Humane Society);

Tools: random orbital sanders, belt sanders, sandpaper, electric yard sweeper, 100-foot rope, and other tools (Rowe Camp);

Everything else: (They get rid of it).

If you have questions, contact Mary Zoll, Director, Pass It Forward Day, at 1-978-369-5236 or check the town web site under Household Recycling Committee.

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. 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. See the April 30 issue of the Mosquito at for the complete list of acceptable items.

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.

Middlesex offers RN refresher training program

Middlesex Community College is offering an RN Refresher Training Program for Massachusetts registered nurses who have been away from nursing practice for an extended period of time. The program will provide an update of the nursing concepts and skills needed to re-enter the nursing workforce in acute care and/or long-term care.

This program consists of 27 hours of theory and 18 hours of hands-on practice in a nursing skills lab. Students must have a current Massachusetts RN license. (This program is not eligible for waivers or vouchers.)

The course will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 8 through 24, in the Talbot Building, 44 Middle Street, on MCC’s Lowell campus. The cost of the program is $1,199 and registration deadline is May 20. Register for course number HLT 714-80. To enroll in this program, call 1-800-818-3434. For more information, visit or contact Sheila Morin at or 1-978-656-3416.

Ebooks at the Gleason

The Gleason Public Library has expanded its services with the addition of eBooks. Library card holders can check out and download this digital media anytime, anywhere by visiting

Users may browse the library’s website, check out with a valid library card, and download to PC, Mac®, and mobile devices such as the Sony Reader or the Nook. To read eBooks, users will need to install the free Adobe® Digital Editions software. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a mobile device. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period … or you can even return eBooks early. There are no late fees.

This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free for patrons with their library card.

Tours, trails and ice cream at Great Brook Farm State Park

Public barn tours of the dairy farm have resumed for the season at Great Brook Farm State Park. On Saturdays and Sundays these free tours are available at 1, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Tours last 30 minutes. Meet at the farm gate next to the ice cream stand. Weekday tours for school and other groups can be scheduled with the park interpreter. Parking fee is $2.

The Great Brook Farm ice cream stand, with a flavor to suit every taste, is open 11 a.m. to sunset seven days per week, weather permitting.

Trails, meadows, woods, streams, birds, flowers, trees – there’s something for everyone at Great Brook Farm State Park. For more information, call 1-978-369-6312, voice mailbox #3.

Turtle Walk on May 16

On Sunday, May 16, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, explore with Bryan Windmiller and The Nature Connection as they look for live turtles and enjoy the fascinating nature of Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord. A gifted teacher and professional wildlife ecologist since 1987, Windmiller’s research includes human impact on vernal pool amphibians, and the conservation of Blanding’s turtles. This popular annual walk is free.

Meet at Great Meadows, at the end of Monsen Road, off Route 62. Call 1-978-369-2585 or visit for more information.

Founded in Concord in 1983, The Nature Connection is a nonprofit organization that brings therapeutic and educational nature programs to people with limited access to the natural world. They connect youth and elders with animals and nature’s capacity to heal and to teach.

Piano concert May 22

The Piano Heritage Series at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street in Westford, presents Bonnie Anderson and Donna Gross-Javel, four-hand piano duo, playing music by Benda, Schubert, Brahms and living composers from around the world on Saturday, May 22, at 4 p.m. More info: 1-978-692-6333 or

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