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Friday, July 30, 2010

Update your School Husky Handbook entry

Parents, please use the Change Form at the back of your Carlisle Public School Husky Handbook, or email the changes to, if you need to make any corrections or changes to your address, phone number or email for next year. The deadline for inclusion is September 10. If no changes, no need to send in the form.

Conservation Commission is seeking new members

The Conservation Commission has two openings on its seven-member board. The board has two major areas of responsibility which include administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and protection of the town’s natural resources.

Under the Wetlands Act, permits are required for projects for development in or near wetlands or other water resource areas. The Commission also manages the town’s conservation land, undertakes conservation planning and land acquisition, oversees the operation the Cranberry Bog, presents an annual conservationist award and helps provide an environmental educational role in the community.

The Commission is particularly interested in people with a legal or civil engineering/agricultural background, as well as the geological or other earth sciences. The work of the Commission is supported by an active Land Stewardship Committee and by full time office staff in the Conservation Commission’s office in the Town Hall.

If you would be interested in serving on the Conservation Commission, please send a brief resume and cover letter immediately to both the Conservation Commission, and to the Carlisle Board of Selectmen who are the appointing authority, addressed to the Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle. If you have any questions, please call the Conservation Office at 1-978-369-0336.

COA doings

• North Shore Music Theatre trip: The next play is Dirty Rotten Scoundrels on September 22 (payment due by August 20). The cost of the 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.

• Monthly luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, August 19 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for lunch followed by the fun and informative “Colonial Quack Medicine Show.” Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up no later than noon on Monday, August 16. 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.

Fly to Australia

Come join Carlisle and Concord seniors on a trip to Australia on April 9 through May 1, 2011 for 23 days of sightseeing. Some places we will see are Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Christchurch, Rotorua, Auckland, Melbourne, Canberra, Sidney and much more.

The price starts at $5,799.00 (double occupancy). For information, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or pick up flyers at the Carlisle COA office. The deposit is due by September 25. We will have a slideshow on September 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the Sleeper Room at Carlisle Village Court. All are welcome.

COA seeks interest in bridge classes

The Carlisle COA, in cooperation with Roy Green, is considering offering two bridge courses in the fall, providing there is sufficient interest. The first course will be a beginning-plus level course in basic bridge play. The second course will be an intermediate course in Source of Tricks and Defense. The beginning-plus course is planned for the Sleeper room on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The Intermediate course of Source of Tricks and Defense will be held on Wednesdays also from 7 until 9:15 p.m. The dates of both courses will  be September 8, 15, 22 and 29, October 6 and 13. The fee for both courses is $60 for seniors and $70 for others. When you pay one fee, you are free to come to the other classes without paying an additional fee. Just remember that the Beginning course will be geared for the newer player and the Intermediate Class will be more advanced. The cost of the text will be $12 for the Intermediate class and $10 for the beginning plus class.

Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 and let us know if you are interested in these classes.  If there is adequate interest we will contact you to provide a check.  

Summer Concert on the Library Lawn

On August 25 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., CCHS’s Battle of the Bands champion, About Five, brings their lively and original sound to the lawn of the Gleason Public Library as part of the Go Green at Your Library summer reading program. Bring the family, a blanket and a picnic and enjoy this summer treat. To learn more about this and other great events, visit

Artisans market and summer sale at LACS

Hundreds of original arts and crafts from the many Guilds of the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society (LACS) will be on sale through August 21.

Admission and parking are free. Gallery hours are Mondays – Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays noon to 4 p.m. For directions and information call 1-781-862-9696 or visit

Local artists on CCTV

Carlisle residents Deborah Abel and Lee Perlman will be appearing on CCTV’s Discussing Creativity entertainment show next Monday at 9 p.m., Wednesday at 5 p.m., and Friday at 9 a.m. on Comcast local channel 8. Deborah recently was awarded a fellowship for choreography by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She discusses what this fellowship means to her ongoing work with husband/musician Lee Perlman in developing unique performances of choreography in the Boston area. Deborah is the founder of Deborah Abel Dance Company and the Deborah Abel School of Modern Dance in Lexington. Their son Caleb attends Carlisle Public Schools Middle School.

Read-Aloud Thursdays at the Library

Children and their friends are welcome for a special reading visit with Carlisle’s own teens. Stop by the children’s room at 11 a.m. for a half hour of picture book reading followed by a drop-in craft. Library pages, teen volunteers, will be sharing tales of old and new to while away those warm August mornings. Recommended for ages 3 and up, but all welcome. Find more then ever before at

COA coffee and ice cream events Aug. 5

On Thursday, August 5, stop by for a lovely breakfast hosted by Joanne Willens. She will serve a “continental style” breakfast of fresh fruits, pastries, cheeses, coffee/tea and juices in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. Stop and enjoy the company of neighbors and friends. No fees, no reservations. Just join us! Call the van line if you need a ride. A free blood pressure clinic will be held during the breakfast.

Ice cream social and sing-a-long

Remember to register for the Thursday, August 5, all ages free ice cream sundae social. The event starts at 1 p.m. at St. Irene Hall, 181 East Street. 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 to register. This event is sponsored by Senator Susan Fargo.

Day trip to Newburyport

Newburyport is a thriving seaport community with unique shopping, fine dining, arts and culture, and is also a community with a rich history, charming inns and breathtaking scenic beauty. Come join the COA for an inexpensive day (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) of fun. Cost is $10 transportation fee. Lunch on your own (many wonderful restaurants). Sign up by August 5 by calling Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023. Minimum number needed for van, so please sign up now!

Tours and ice cream at Great Brook Farm

Free 30-minute public dairy tours of Great Brook Farm State Park are available to the public on Saturdays and Sundays at 1, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Meet at the farm gate next to the ice cream stand. 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. 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.

Bike Helmets available

Children’s bike helmets are still available at the Carlisle Police Department on Lowell Street. The helmets are available through a grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Highway Safety Division.

Save the date and dust off your dancing shoes

The Friends of the Council on Aging proudly invites the community to Swinging on the Green on Sunday, August 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. This free outdoor event will feature live music from the Indian Hill Big Band with additional music from Carlisle’s own barbershop quartet, Second Wind. Dance, sing along or just relax and mingle with friends and neighbors: what a perfect way to end the summer. A special highlight of this event will be a swing dance demonstration by locals Liz and Dan Moseley. Bring your own picnic; cookies and lemonade will be provided by the National Charity League. Rain location: Union Hall.

Free four-day children’s junior farmer program

Join junior farmer program for some fun exploring and learning about Great Brook State Farm. This free program, sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, is for children eight to 12 years of age. The dates are August 2 - 5 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A parent or other designated adult is required to be in attendance to accompany the enrolled child(ren).

The activities will include touring the farm, taking in farm life including the dairy operation, dropping a fishing line into our farm pond, learning why we have so many stone walls in the woods and along our roads and making butter! Register by calling 1-978-369-6312 and leave a message for park interpreter, voice mailbox #3.

Forage for wild edibles on August 1

On Sunday, August 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., come “Forage for Wild Edibles” at Great Brook Farm State Park. Professional environmentalist and wild foods enthusiast Russ Cohen will lead a three-hour ramble through Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle to learn about at least two dozen species of edible wild plants, including possibly some edible mushroom species. Learn about seasonal availability, preparation methods, and guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging.

This event is sponsored by Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts Chapter. The registration cost is $30. NOFA membership discount is $5. Contact: Ben Grosscup at 1-413-658-5374 or by email,; put “August 1” in subject. Registration info and more details at:


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