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Friday, July 2, 2010

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

• Exercise classes: Call the COA office to find out more about the ongoing cardio-boost class on Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m., the fitness class on Tuesdays at 9:45 a.m., inside walking each weekday morning. and yoga in Concord on Fridays at 11 a.m. The Concord COA also has a new stress reduction class on Fridays from 10:30 – 11 a.m. at the Harvey Wheeler Center.

• Bridge group: The bridge group will continue on Wednesdays, July 14 and 28 and August 18 and 25 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. For more information, contact Dot Milne at 1-978-369-1834.

• Drumlin Farm program: The COA is inviting seniors and their grandchildren to a program on Thursday, July 15 at St. Irene Church Hall, 187 East Street at 1 p.m. for a program entitled “Hatching out.” Make your own sundae at an ice cream social after the program. To register, call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 by noon on Friday, July 9. The Drumlin Farm program is sponsored by the Friends of the COA; the ice cream social is sponsored by Visiting Angels of Acton and Kimball Farm is donating the ice cream and sundae accompaniments.

• COA chats: Join director Debi Siriani on Wednesday, July 21 at Monday, August 16 at 12:30 p.m. at the Sleeper Room at Village Court for an informal chat about issues affecting all seniors. July’s topic is books for summer reading – bring some to trade. August’s topic is: do Carlisle seniors want a senior center in the future.

• Monthly coffee: On Thursday, August 5, come have breakfast at 9 a.m. in the Sleeper Room at Village Court hosted by Joanne Willens. 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 during the coffees.

• Ice cream social and sing-a-long: On Thursday, August 5 at 1 p.m. in the Sleeper Room at Village Court, seniors and grandchildren are invited to a free ice cream sundae social (make your own sundae or have a sugar-free dessert). Come for a treat and stay for a sing-a-long led by Director Debi Siriani and Friends of the COA members Ray Taylor and Santo Pullara. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 by Thursday, July 29 to register. This event is sponsored by Senator Susan Fargo.

• Newburyport trip: Join the COA for a great day trip to Newburyport on Wednesday, August 11, leaving the Congregational Church at 9 a.m. and returning by 5 p.m. The cost is $10 for transportation. Register by July 29 as space is limited.

• North Shore Music Theatre trips: Upcoming plays include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on August 18 (payment due by July 16) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels on September 22 (payment due by August 20). The cost of each trip is $55, which includes van cost and ticket. Eat lunch on your own at the Sylvan Street Grille. Checks should be made out to the Friends of the Carlisle COA and sent to COA Sponsored Day Trips, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

• 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

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Dave Twichell and his submerged landscapes

Dave Twichell is an oceanographer for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) out of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. In addition to his latest work on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, he has been mapping the ecology of the ocean floor of the New England coastline, including the effects of underwater earthquakes and pollution. Twichell regularly goes out on cruises and down in submersible vessels to study the ocean floor.

On Monday, July 26, (note the new date), at 7 p.m., he’ll present a program at the Gleason Library called “Submerged Landscapes - Marine Geological Mapping off the New England Coast,” to explain what he and the USGS do and how their work is used to help protect our coastlines. He’ll be happy to answer questions after his presentation.

This program is presented by the Susan Zielinski Natural Science Fund and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library as part of the Go Green at Your Library summer reading program. Recommended for ages eight and up. To learn about this and other great events, visit

PJ story time at the Gleason Library

Story time aimed at ages three and up will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7 at the library. Come with your little one and share some stories and rhymes. Children (adults too!) are welcome to come in their PJs and bring a stuffed animal. For more information call the library at 1-978-369-4898.

The Creature Teachers present “The Rainforest”

To celebrate the Gleason Public Library’s summer reading program, Go Green at Your Library, a group of rainforest animals is coming to Carlisle. Join The Creature Teachers as they hold their signature show, “The Rainforest,” on Thursday, July 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Union Hall, First Religious Society. Come meet several rainforest animals and learn all about their habitat.

“The Rainforest” is for kids in grades K and up, is free and open to the public, and requires no pre-registration. For more information about “The Rainforest” and all summer reading events, please visit the library’s website,, or call 1-978-369-4898.

The Friends of Gleason Public Library generously fund all of the library’s summer reading crafts and programs, including this event.

Declaration of Independence reading

A group of Carlisle residents will meet at the Revolutionary War Memorial (adjacent to the First Religious Society) on Sunday, July 4, to thank those from Carlisle who fought for our freedom from England during the Revolutionary War by reading their names and the Declaration of Independence.

Everyone who wants to read part of the Declaration should meet on Sunday, July 4 at 11:45 a.m. for distribution of parts. Those who would like to join us to listen to the Declaration should arrive by noon. The reading will commence after the bells toll at noon. Contact Cynthia Schweppe, 1-978-369-5738, for more information.

GPL summer concert

On Tuesday, July 13, from 7 to 8 p.m. Carlisle’s own family band, Leafy Dale, performs on the lawn of the Gleason Public Library as part of the Go Green at Your Library summer reading program. Back by popular demand, the group comprised of mom, dad and the kids (one’s off to college next year) will perform familiar tunes. Their music is an eclectic blend of light rock, folk and country that is sure to please any crowd. Bring the family, a blanket and a picnic and enjoy this summer treat. If it rains, the concert will be held in the Hollis Room. To learn about this and other great events, visit

Arcturus performs July 3

On Saturday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m., the Arcturus Chamber Ensemble will celebrate its tenth season with a concert at the First Religious Society in Carlisle. Led by violist Sarah Darling, the ensemble unites area colleagues and out-of-town musicians (this time, clarinetist Thomas Weisschnur returns from Germany, via Hong Kong) for a week of music-making that results in an intimate and powerful concert experience. The program features Beethoven’s playful “Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano,” as well as a klezmer-inspired “Overture on Hebrew Themes” by Prokofiev, a rarely heard fragment of an unfinished “Clarinet Quintet” of Mozart and, to top it off, the wild and rambunctious “String Quartet No. 2” by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. Reception with the musicians to follow. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, seniors, and starving artists. More information is available at

Swinging on the Green

Mark your calendars: the Friends of the Council on Aging and the Carlisle Cultural Council will sponsor “Swinging on the Green,” a performance by the Indian Hill Big Band on Sunday, August 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. on the Town Common.

Movie at the GPL on July 14

Come enjoy an epic story of adventure starring some of the most magnificent and courageous creatures alive at the Gleason Public Library (GPL). See the story of three animal families (polar bears, elephants and whales) on a journey across the planet. Learn about how the environment is important for these animals. Set aside Wednesday, July 14, at 4 p.m., for this free movie. This free movie is 90 minutes long and rated G. Refreshments will be served. Any questions, please call the Gleason Public Library at 1-978-369-4898.

CCHS suggestions for summer reading

Looking for ideas for summer reading? Check out the CCHS Learning Commons and its paperless reading list. (There is a pdf download if you want to carry a copy with you when you go to the public library or bookstore.) You will find suggestions for high interest titles in a number of genres, links to suggested reading lists from various CCHS departments, and also the College Board list of classics for the college bound student.

Check out a new program designed especially for teens called tnkgrEn (Thing Green) organized by the Massachusetts Public Library System.

Tech Petting Zoo at the Gleason Library

Can I put books from the library on my iPhone? What’s the difference between a Kindle and a nook? What’s the right device for me?

On Friday, July 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Gleason Public Library will host a tech petting zoo, where residents can get a hands-on look at some of the devices that are proliferating today, from ebook readers to mp3 players to netbooks. Library staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about these devices and what the library has to offer in online, downloadable and mobile resources. If you’d like to see a demonstration of downloading audiobooks or ebooks through the library, ask questions about accessing online tools like Value Line or Consumer Reports, or find out where to go to learn more about the changing landscape, stop on by!

This free program is supported by the Friends of Gleason Public Library. The event will be a drop-in open house; no registration is required. For more information about this and other library events, please visit, call the Library at 1-978-369-4898, or stop by the reference desk.

Learn the ins and outs of babysitting

The babysitter training course offered through Concord-Carlisle Community Education provides students entering grades five through nine with the knowledge they need to get started.

They will get hands-on training with an American Red Cross certified instructor and learn all about characteristics of children: basic care, accident prevention, emergency response and standard first aid. Students will earn certification in Infant & Child CPR, First Aid and Babysitter’s Training. Participants must be at least 11 years old. The class runs three days, Tuesday through Thursday, July 13 to 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. The course costs $125 and is held at the Alcott Elementary School in Concord. Reference Course #1291. For more information or to enroll, call 1-978-318-1432 or visit

Explore expressive pastel painting

The Gleason Public Library will host award-winning artist Gregory John Maichack on Wednesday, July 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. for a free hands-on pastel painting workshop for adults. Space is limited, and available seating may fill quickly, so call 1-978-369-4898 to pre-register for this free class.

This pastel painting workshop is designed for adults and teens, from beginners to advanced participants who want to paint expressively. Maichack will explain exciting Post Impressionist concepts and share approaches to drawing. The participants will expressively draw Starry Night with white charcoal pencils on black paper.

To learn more about other library events, visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

Mike Bent presents “EcoMagic!”

The Gleason Public Library continues to celebrate the magic of summer reading on Tuesday, July 20, with a performance by award-winning magician Mike Bent at 7 p.m. at The First Religious Society’s Union Hall. This family-friendly program uses amazing magic, storytelling, puppets and hilarious comedy to teach children about reading, recycling and the environment. “EcoMagic!” is recommended for kids in grades K and up. No pre-registration is required. Call 1-978-369-4898 or visit the library’s website at for more information. Funded by The Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

2010 seniors – get your aerial photo

For those of you who have not obtained your Class of 2010 aerial photo, please take a moment to pick up your copy (your name is listed on the back of photo) at the Gleason Public Library. Photos will be located at the Reference Desk for the summer.

Carlisle Phone Book corrections

In the 2010 edition of the Carlisle Phone Book, information was published in error for the First Religious Society. Please note the following corrections on page 100: Minister is Rev. Diane Miller who can be reached at 1-978-369-0284; service is on Sunday at 10 a.m. (call for summer services schedule); Adult Choir is Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Sunday, 9:15 a.m., and church office hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sing through summer

Colonial Spirit Chorus invites women of all ages to come to open rehearsals beginning July 15, as prepare for our upcoming musical events. They sing 4-part acappella music. Rehearsals are held every Thursday ,7 p.m., at the Church of the Good Shepherd. For further information, call 1-978-692-2270 or check our website

Many tastes of summer

Come by Colonial Spirits in Acton this month to discover what they have to offer to help you celebrate summer and stay cool. Upcoming tastings include:

Robert Oatley Wines of Mudgee (Australia) on Friday, July 9, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Hora ZerO Tequila on Friday, July 16, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Berkshire Brewing Company on Saturday, July 17, from 1 to 4 p.m.

For information on these and other events, go to for a complete calendar.

Free to Breathe® 5K run/walk

  Register today for the Chelmsford Free to Breathe® 5K Run/Walk and help raise public awareness and vital research funding to fight lung cancer.

The race will be held on September 26 at Chelmsford High School, 200 Richardson Road, North Chelmsford. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The 5K Run/Walk begins at 8:30 a.m.

Online registration closes September 22. The online fee is $20 at Mail-in registration is $23 and closes on September 20. Registration the day of event is $25. 

All proceeds help support the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s vital research, education and awareness programs. For more info go to

CYT presents Urinetown

Concord Youth Theatre’s Young Adult Production Company presents the hilarious musical comedy Urinetown on Fridays, July 9 and 16, and Saturdays, July 10 and 17, at Middlesex School’s Cornelius Ayer Wood Theatre, 1400 Lowell Road, in Concord. Performances are at 7:30 p.m.

Urinetown is a hilarious and satirical tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at or by calling 1-978-371-1482. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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