Lyme disease: what you need to know
The summer may be winding down but ticks are still active well into fall, and so the threat of Lyme Disease is still with us. Learn what to look for and how to protect yourself with Dr. Donald Craven as he gives his presentation about Lyme Disease, “Tick-Borne Diseases: What You Need to Know” on Wednesday, September 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Religious Society (Union Hall). This talk will describe the various tick-borne disease agents such as Borrelia burgdorferi, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis, and current diagnosis and treatment protocols. Carlisle has one of the highest incidences of confirmed Lyme disease cases in the area and it is important for residents to educate themselves about tick-borne diseases.
Dr. Craven is the Chairman of the Center for Infectious Diseases and Prevention at Lahey Clinic. As an infectious disease specialist, Dr. Craven has particular interest in Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, as well as hospital-acquired infections and infection control. He is a professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and has practiced at Lahey Clinic since 2000.
This talk is being sponsored by the Carlisle Board of Health. It is open to the general public, and there will be a question and answer session at the end of the presentation.
Carlisle, come sing!
The Carlisle Community Chorus (CCC) will begin its second year on Monday, September 13. The CCC is an intergenerational group where all interested singers, age 12 and up, are welcome. No experience is necessary; you simply need a desire to sing. The fall season will culminate in a concert on January 11, 2011 with a program of fun, eclectic music.
Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Carlisle Public School Corey Building, Music Department. Registration will take place on Mondays, September 13 and 20, starting at 6:15 p.m.
For more information or to register: email CommunityChorus@carlisle.k12.ma.us or call Megan Fitzharris Harlow, Music Director, at 1-978-369-6550 ext. 5106.
PJ story time at the Gleason Library
Story time aimed at ages three and up will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 1 at the Library. Come with your little one and share some stories and rhymes. Children (adults too!!) are welcome to come in their PJ’s and bring a stuffed animal. For more information call the library at 1-978-369-4898.
Farmers Market recycles
Don’t know what to do with those empty egg cartons, fruit baskets, plastic/paper bags and rubber bands? Bring them to Carlisle Farmers Market at Kimball’s Ice Cream on Saturday mornings! Collection bins are set up at the information table. We plan to recycle and re-use within the community, decreasing our carbon footprint even more. Donations would be appreciated.
Swing and dance on the Common
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.
Carlisle Council on Aging doings
• Monthly coffee: On Thursday, September 2, come to the Sleeper Room at Village Court for breakfast at 9 a.m. hosted by Tom and Karen Dunkers and Jim and Betty Elgin. No fees or reservations, just good food and conversation. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 if you need a ride. A free blood pressure clinic will be held from 9:15 – 10 a.m.
• Fitness classes: Call the COA office to find out more about the following fitness opportunities in Carlisle: cardio-boost classes on Thursdays beginning September 2 at 10:45 a.m., fitness classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning September 2 at 9:45 a.m., line dancing Fridays at 9:30 a.m. beginning September 3, inside walking weekday mornings starting September 7 from 6:45 to 7:30 a.m. at the school gym and yoga on Mondays at 10:15 a.m. starting September 13. The Concord COA offers yoga on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and a stress reduction class on Fridays from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Harvey Wheeler Center.
• Podiatry clinic: The next podiatry clinic is on Tuesday, September 7 in 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.
• BSO open rehearsal tickets: If you are interested in purchasing tickets for a three rehearsal subscription series (10:30 a.m. on October 7, December 2 and April 14), send your check, made out to the Carlisle COA, so that it gets to the COA office by September 8. The cost is $69, which includes three tickets and transportation. No refunds will be offered.
• Bridge group: The bridge group will meet each Wednesday in September from 10 a.m. to noon in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. For more information, contact Dot Milne at 1-978-369-1834.
• Bridge classes: The Carlisle COA, with Roy Green, is considering offering two bridge courses this fall in the Sleeper Room. The dates for each course are Wednesdays September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6 and 13. The beginner course is from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. and the intermediate course is from 7 – 9:15 p.m. The fee for both courses is $60 for seniors and $70 for others. This fee allows you to attend either or both courses. Each course has a text. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to register. A minimum number of students are required for each course. Out of town adults and seniors are welcome.
• Inn at Robbins Brook lunch: The next luncheon will be hosted by St. Irene Church on Thursday, September 9 at noon. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by noon on Monday, September 6 to register. If you need a ride, call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 at least two days in advance.
• Men’s breakfast: Join Andy Cutter and helpers for a delicious breakfast in the Sleeper Room on Thursday, September 9 at 8 a.m. The cost is $3. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 if you can help out with this breakfast any month. For a free van ride, call 1-978-371-6690. A free blood pressure clinic will be held from 8 – 9 a.m.
• COA chat: Join director Debi Siriani on Monday, September 13 at 12:30 p.m. at the Sleeper Room at Village Court for an informal chat about issues affecting seniors. This month’s big question is: What type of transportation needs do you have from the COA?
Modern Art in Context at the Gleason
On Wednesdays, October 13, 20, 27 and November 3, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Professor Jason Giannetti will present a four-part lecture and discussion on Modern Art in Context. This series will examine the trajectory of art and aesthetics before the World Wars and how the two World Wars disrupted, displaced and (some would say) destroyed or (as others would say) liberated, pre-modern notions of what art is. This course will focus upon visual arts but will also include music, poetry, and other media.
Jason Giannetti is a professor of philosophy and religious studies at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts. He has written and presented extensively on topics of art and aesthetics. He has taught “Modern Art in Context” at Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, Massachusetts and Framingham State College, Framingham, Massachusetts.
This free program is made possible by the Friends of the Council on Aging Lee Milliken Fund and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. This program is offered in partnership with Sage Educational Services. The series will be held in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Public Library in Carlisle. Space is limited and registration is required; to register or for more information, please call the Library at 1-978-369-4898 or stop by the reference desk. To learn more about library events, visit www.gleasonlibrary.org or call 1-978-369-4898.
Come join Carlisle and Concord adults on a trip to Australia, April 9 through May 1,2011. The tour lasts 23 days, and includes 31 meals, airfare, hotels and sightseeing.
Some places on the tour are Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, Christchurch, Rotorua, Auckland, Melbourne, Canberra, Sidney and much more. Prices start at $5,799 (double).
For a flyer, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or pick up flyers at the Carlisle COA office, or the Concord COA. Deposits are due by September 25 1. There will be a slide show about the trip on Tuesday, September 7, at 11:30 a.m. at the Sleeper Room at Carlisle Village Court. All are welcome
CCHS offers virtual high school courses
There are several openings remaining in Virtual High School courses. These courses begin on September 1 and it is important that students. begin class at that time. For more information, students should refer to the Virtual High School web site (govhs.org). In order to register, the student should send two course preferences to the CCHS site supervisor (Brad McGrath, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Carlisle School Association news
Tour of Carlisle Public Schools on September 2
The Carlisle School Association (CSA) will host a Carlisle Public Schools tour on Thursday, September 2, at 9 a.m. Tour the campus, meet administrators, and take the opportunity to ask questions. All are welcome to join us, including those new to town, families whose children are starting school this fall and interested Carlisle residents. Join the group at the flagpole on the main plaza at the Carlisle Public School. Contact Sara at CSABoardPresident@gmail.com if you need further information.
CSA Newcomer Coffee on September 10
The Carlisle School Association extends a warm welcome to all new families. Please join us to meet CSA members and school administrators who will answer your questions about CSA, the Carlisle Public Schools and the community. The coffee will be held at the Carlisle Public Schools Corey Dining Room, on Friday, September 10, at 9 a.m.
CSA Fall Parent Social on October 2
Line up your sitters and get your tickets now. Come to the Carlisle School Association Fall Parent Social, complete with music, food and friends. Spend the evening catching up, once the back to school rush has calmed down. Join us on Saturday, October 2, in the Great Brook State Park Ski Barn, from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person. Mail a check (made out to CSA) to Patricia Brigiotta at 62 Hart Farm Road, Carlisle, MA 01741 or pick up your tickets at the CSA Fair on September 30 at 6 p.m. Interested in helping? Contact Liza at CSABoardFundRaising@gmail.com.
The CSA Fair will be held on Thursday, September 30, at 6 to 6:55 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room of the Carlisle Public Schools. It precedes the Elementary School Parents’ Night. The CSA Fair allows parents to learn about local and school wide activities for children and families throughout the year. It is especially helpful to those families who are new to town or to the school.
Husky Handbooks will be available for purchase and pick up at both the Elementary and Middle School Parents’ Nights. Tickets to our second annual CSA Fall Parent Social, Carlisle Husky apparel, Carlisle magnetic car decals, and the CSA Favorites for All Seasons Cookbook will also be available for purchase.
Update Your Husky Handbook Entry
Parents, use the Change Form at the back of your Carlisle Public School Husky Handbook, or email the changes to CSAHusky@gmail.com, 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.
Carlisle Council on Aging doings
• BSO open rehearsal tickets. If you are interested in purchasing tickets for a three rehearsal subscription series (10:30 a.m. on October 7, December 2 and April 14), send your check, made out to the Carlisle COA, so that it gets to the COA office by September 8. The cost is $69, which includes three tickets and transportation. No refunds will be offered.
• Bridge group. The bridge group will meet each Wednesday in September from 10 a.m. to noon in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. For more information, contact Dot Milne at 1-978-369-1834.
• Bridge classes. The Carlisle COA, with Roy Green, is considering offering two bridge courses this fall in the Sleeper Room. The dates for each course are Wednesdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6 and 13. The beginner course is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the intermediate course is from 7 to 9:15 p.m. The fee for both courses is $60 for seniors and $70 for others. This fee allows you to attend either or both courses. Each course has a text. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to register. A minimum number of students are required for each course. Out of town adults and seniors are welcome.
• Inn at Robbins Brook lunch. The next luncheon will be hosted by St. Irene Church on Thursday, September 9, at noon. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by noon on Monday, September 6, to register. If you need a ride, call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 at least two days in advance.
• Men’s breakfast. Join Andy Cutter and helpers for a delicious breakfast in the Sleeper Room on Thursday, September 9, at 8 a.m. The cost is $3. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 if you can help out with this breakfast any month. For a free van ride, call 1-978-371-6690. A free blood pressure clinic will be held from 8 to 9 a.m.
• COA chat. Join director Debi Siriani on Monday, September 13, at 12:30 p.m. at the Sleeper Room at Village Court for an informal chat about issues affecting seniors. This month’s big question is: What type of transportation needs do you have from the COA?
See more doings on page 20.
Local organizations may risk revocation of tax exempt status
According to information published online by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), “most tax-exempt organizations, other than churches, must file a yearly return or notice with the IRS. If an organization does not file as required for three consecutive years, the law provides that it automatically loses its tax-exempt status. Loss of exempt status means an organization must file income tax returns and pay income tax, and its contributors will not be able to deduct their donations.”
Many groups which have not yet filed paperwork for 2007, 2008 or 2009 are at risk. Certain groups, including small 501(c)(3) charities, may be exempt from the annual filing requirement. For one-time relief from the automatic revocation, as well as for information on exemptions, see: www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=225889,00.html and www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=217087,00.html. The IRS has compiled a long list of organizations for which the revocation may apply, including the following local organizations:
Tax Exempt Organizations at risk of Revocation
Carlisle Center for Violence Prevention, Inc.
Carlisle Colonial Minute Men, Inc.
Carlisle Recreation Trust, Inc.
Knights of Columbus – St. Irene Council
League of Women Voters of Massachusetts Concord-Carlisle
Nez Alumni, Inc.
Rainville Family Foundation,
Species Iris Group of North America
Stonygate Homeowners Association
Trehan-Tutorials for Medical Research, Inc.
Carlisle School organic garden and composting project gets underway
As the new school year begins, exciting plans are underway to install an organic school garden and start a school-wide composting program at Carlisle Public School this fall. The Carlisle School Administrative Team approved the volunteer program this past spring. Construction of the garden beds and compost structures will begin early this fall, based on the school renovation construction schedule.
Composting has already started at the school kitchen (http://www.carlislemosquito.org/PHOTOS), thanks to the enthusiasm of Carlisle School Food Services Director and home composter, Sue Robichaud. The composting process will turn school food waste into nutrient-rich soil to feed the organic garden. To volunteer in any capacity, make a donation, or obtain more information about the Carlisle School Organic Garden and Composting Project, email the team at: CarlisleSchoolGarden@yahoogroups.com.
On Tuesday, September 14, Flatbread Company in Bedford is hosting a special pizza fundraiser. A portion of the proceeds from pizza orders placed on September 14 from 4 p.m. on for take-out and from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the restaurant will be donated to the Carlisle School Organic Garden and Composting Project.
Concord Orchestra season begins
The Concord Orchestra announces its 2010-2011 season, “American Heritage.” Music Director Richard Pittman has selected works by several American composers, including two from the Boston area.
A special pre-season event is the annual Concord Orchestra benefit concert on Sunday, September 26, at 2:00 p.m. with refreshments at 1:30 p.m. Tickets to the benefit concert are $25. Proceeds support the operating expenses of the Concord Orchestra.
The orchestra will hold an open rehearsal on Tuesday, September 7, at 7:30 p.m. Prospective members are invited to sit in with the orchestra to read through the fall concert selections. For more information visit www.concordorchestra.com. To request a season brochure, please call 978-369-4967 or email tickets@concordorches.
Acton Community Chorus hosts two open rehearsals
The Acton Community Chorus will hold two open rehearsals on Monday, September 13 and 20, in Acton at the Faith Evangelical Free Church, 54 Hosmer Street, off Route 2, at 7:15 p.m. All area singers of all levels are welcome; no auditions are required. We will be starting rehearsals for our winter concert featuring compositions of Italian composers such as Monteverdi, Palestrina, Rossini, Verdi and Puccini.
For more information, visit www.ActonCommunity.Chorus.org, or call Alice at 1-978-266-9554
Final call for Mass Audubon photo contest
Mass Audubon announces its first-ever Picture This: My Connection to Nature photo contest, open to all participants. But hurry: deadline for entering is right around the corner: September 6. New England’s largest conservation organization welcomes striking digital images that highlight the beauty and diversity of Massachusetts wildlife, habitats, and people in nature.
National Geographic award-winning photojournalist (and Massachusetts native) Brian Skerry (www.brianskerry.com) will be among an esteemed panel of judges who will select up to 24 winners (up to 12 adults and up to 12 students). Two Grand Prize Winners’ photos will be featured on the cover of a Mass Audubon publication, which reaches more than 100,000 people throughout New England and beyond. Two winning entries for Best Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Photo will be featured inside a Mass Audubon publication. There will be up to 20 honorable mentions, at the judges’ discretion. All winning entries will be featured on Mass Audubon’s website (www.massaudubon.org), which receives more than 800,000 visits per year. All winning photos will be displayed at a special event to be held this fall at the Mass Audubon Visual Arts Center and all entrants will be invited to attend.
Participants may submit up to five digital images taken in Massachusetts or at Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp in Rindge, New Hampshire via Mass Audubon’s free public group on flickr®. The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers in one of two categories: adults (age 18 or older) and students (age 17 and younger). Black and white and color photos taken at any time prior to or during the photo contest are eligible, providing contest rules are met. Contest ends September 6, 2010. For complete rules, visit: www.massaudubon.org/picturethis.
Minuteman Career & Technical High School accepting registrations now
At Minuteman Career & Technical High School in Lexington, the Fall 2010 Community Education program is getting underway with more than 150 classes that encompass career and technical training programs, professional development, self-improvement, music and recreation, online learning, youth programs and much more. Times, dates and fees vary by course.
Registration can be done online using a Visa or MasterCard. Just access the registration Web site by visiting www.minuteman.org and select the online registration link. Registration is also available by mail, phone, fax, and in person during regular office hours. The Minuteman Community Education office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call the Minuteman Community Education office at 1-781-861-7150.