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Friday, September 10, 2010

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 or call Megan Fitzharris Harlow, Music Director, at 1-978-369-6550 ext. 5106.

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).

Dr. Craven is the Chairman of the Center for Infectious Diseases and Prevention at Lahey Clinic. 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.

Tour Heald House

Kick off the fall activity season with a visit to Heald House, the home of the Carlisle Historical Society. The Historical Society will hold its September Open House on Sunday, September 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. See the relics and artifacts of 18th and 19th century Carlisle as well as the Gettysburg collection of Washington Irving Heald. Heald House is located at 698 Concord Street. Admission is free.

Orienteering at Great Brook Farm September 19

Explore the trails and terrain of Great Brook Farm State Park on Sunday, September 19, and find the checkpoints in the woods with the aid of a specially drawn Orienteering map courtesy of the New England Orienteering Club.   

  There will be a range of beginner and advanced courses, and beginner instruction will be provided. For the youngest children, a very short, free, “String-O” course is available right around the Ski Barn. Children love to show their parents how to follow the string to the Orienteering flags and put colorful stickers on their simplified map.

  No preregistration is necessary. Sign up on the day of the event, September 19, at any time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Then head out onto a course at your own pace – walk, jog or run. Wear the clothes you would for a hike or run in a local park. Bring a compass, if you have one, or rent one at the event.

The event will be held rain or shine, and we will have use of the barn if conditions are inclement. Contact Bill Pullman (1-978-318-7928) or Kelly Guarino (1-978-371-3028) for more information. Or visit

Tour Heald House

Kick off the fall activity season with a visit to Heald House, the home of the Carlisle Historical Society. The Historical Society will hold its September Open House on Sunday, September 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. See the relics and artifacts of 18th and 19th century Carlisle as well as the Gettysburg collection of Washington Irving Heald. Heald House is located at 698 Concord Street. Admission is free.

Firefighter Storytime Come on down to the Gleason Public Library (GPL) for a special Firefighters Storytime on Thursday, September 23 at 4 p.m. Put on a fireman’s hat, listen to stories about these brave heroes, and meet one of Carlisle’s very own firefighters. This storytime is for children ages three and up. No registration is required.

If you have any questions about the storytime or would like more information, please call 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the Children’s Desk or email Milissa Fellers at For more information about the library’s programs, visit the library website,

CPC Wash-a-Fire-Truck event

  Bring a bucket and a sponge down to the Carlisle Fire Station for the Carlisle Parents Connection’s (CPC) Wash-a-Fire-Truck Event on Saturday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to noon. Kids (five and under) will have a great time getting the Carlisle fire engines squeaky clean and will get to meet some of our town firefighters. The event is free. For more information, go to

Walk to School Day

This year’s first Walk-to-School (or Bike-to-School) Day is scheduled for October 5 rain or shine. All Carlisle Public School students are encouraged to use the great new footpath system to walk or ride their bikes to school that day. Members of the grade with the highest rate of participation win prizes. Begin your walk at St. Irene parking lot, Kimballs Ice Cream parking lot, or anywhere you like. Adult volunteers will be stationed at the Bedford Road and library crosswalks to help students cross the street. This event is organized by the Walk-to-School Committee, whose mission is to make walking and biking to school a safe and regular habit. With questions or to volunteer for crosswalk help, please contact Nancy West at 1-978-369-6515 or

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

Fitness classes: Call the COA office to find out more about the following fitness opportunities in Carlisle: cardio-boost classes at the Congregational Church on Thursdays at 10:45 a.m., fitness classes at Town Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 9:45 a.m., line-dancing at the First Religious Society (FRS) on Fridays at 9:30 a.m., inside walking weekday mornings from 6:45 to 7:30 a.m. at the school gym and yoga on Mondays at 10:15 a.m. 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.

COA chat: Join COA 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?

Monthly luncheon: The Annual Town Employee Appreciation Luncheon will be held on Thursday, September 16, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS. Lunch will be followed at 12:45 p.m. with entertainment by comedian Dave Shikes.

Carlisle community conversations: This new program starts September 17 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Hollis Room at Gleason Public Library. Come join Janet Lovejoy in a discussion about dogs at the first meeting. These conversations are open to all adults and will generally be held on the first and third Friday of the month. No registration is needed. If you have a topic that you would like to share with the small informal group, call Angela at 1-978-371-2895.

Oktoberfest in Sturbridge trip: Join the COA on October 20 for a day trip to Sturbridge. The cost is $60, which includes van transportation, Oktoberfest luncheon, one glass of beer or wine/person and Bavarian music performed by the Oberlaendler Hofbrau Band. Payment is due by September 20. Checks should be made out to the FCOA.

Luncheon and day of beauty: On Tuesday, September 21, the COA will be enjoying lunch at Nashoba Valley Technical High School at 11:45 a.m. Lunch costs $10 plus gratuity, payable at the luncheon. Choices include baked haddock and chicken parmesan. Call the COA to register by noon on September 16. If you are interested, you may book appointments for a haircut, hairstyle, facial or manicure at very reasonable rates by calling the Cosmetology Department at 1-978-692-4711 x6142 after September 7. Space is limited so call early. If you need a ride, call 1-978-371-6690.

Wisdom works: Two workshop sessions of four evenings each about employment for those 55+ will be held at the Billerica COA, 25 Concord Road from 6 to 8 p.m. The first sessions are on Tuesday, September 21 and 28 and October 5 and 12. The second sessions are Wednesday, October 13, 20, 27 and November 3. For more information or to sign up, contact COA director, Donna Popkin, at 1-978-671-0916 x221.

Women’s breakfast: Come join Lady Di on Thursday, September 23, at 9 a.m. in the Sleeper Room for a culinary event celebrating the beginning of autumn. The cost is $3. Call the COA office by noon on Monday, September 20, to register.

Help Carlisle School compost with pizza

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 (, 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:

On Tuesday, September 14, Flatbread Company in Bedford is hosting a special pizza fundraiser. A portion of the proceeds from pizza orders placed 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.

Union Hall Coffeehouse offerings

The Union Hall Coffeehouse in Carlisle will present The Holy Ghost Tent Revival Band on Saturday, September 11, at 7:30 p.m. Characterized as “explosively intoxicating,” the group cannot be pigeonholed into any popular genre. Melding brass with banjo, guitar, bass, drums, and keys, this six-piece ensemble boasts an eclectic mash of instruments and styles – a musical alchemy all their own. Tickets cost $22.50. BYOB and enjoy the café offerings. Reservations are highly recommended. Seating is limited.

The Coffeehouse will present internationally known Ken Burns’ Americana Pianist, Jacqueline Schwab, in concert on the Falcone Piano, upstairs at the First Religious Society on Sunday, September 12, at 3 p.m., with a Veuve Cliquot Champagne and Falcone-Dante Chocolate Reception to follow in Union Hall. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased at the door or at or by calling 1-978-287-5745.

LWV hosts coffee

  The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle (LWVCC) will hold its annual Autumn Membership Coffee on Wednesday, September 15, 9 to 11 a.m. at the Concord Greene Club House, 1024 Main Street, Concord. All Concord and Carlisle residents who are interested in meeting members and learning about the LWVCC, plans for upcoming events and pending legislation, are invited. The League helps people engage in the political process and build strong communities. For more information, send an email to or call 1-978-287-0049.

  The LWV is a non-partisan, issues-oriented organization of women and men of all ages and backgrounds. Visit our website at and find voting information at

Newcomer’s Club autumn welcome events

New in town? (or fairly recent?) The Newcomer’s Club of Concord and Carlisle invites you to attend our autumn welcome events. Drop by for ten minutes or an hour, meet new friends, have a drink and a bite. The Newcomer’s Club offers a wide variety of interest groups, including bridge, gourmet, movies, walking and others.

Welcome Morning Coffee

When: Tuesday, September 14, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Where: La Provence, Thoreau Street, Concord

Cost: $8 per person for coffee and pastry

Evening Welcome

When: Monday, September 27, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Where: Farfalle Italian Market, Concord Crossing, Concord

Cost: $15 per person

For more information, contact Patricia Koenitzer at, or visit the CCNC website at

Third and fourth grade book club

The Gleason Public Library is adding a new book club to its children’s programming. The soon-to-be-named book club is open to all Carlisle third and fourth graders. The club’s first meeting will be held on Thursday, October 21, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. in the Hollis Room. Members will vote on a club name and future books. A second meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 2. Beginning in January 2011, the club will meet on a monthly basis.

Registration is required and will open on Monday, September 27. Registration may be done in person or by phone at 1-978-369-4898. The first book, Bunnicula, by James Howe, will be available at that time.

If you have any questions about the book club or would like more information, please contact Milissa Fellers at or call 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the Children’s Desk. For more information about the library’s programs, please visit the library website,

This program is funded through a private grant.

Dynamic dance/martial arts class on September 13

A free NIA dance class will be offered at Town Hall on Monday, September 13, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. The regular session will start the following week.

NIA is a dynamic blend of dance, martial arts and healing arts. It is a path to condition, heal and express yourself through movement and sensation.

Classical piano concert

Steve Zocchi, pianist, will be playing in a fundraising event on Sunday, September 26, at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 260 Gorham Street, Lowell. The concert will include pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin, as well as original compositions and jazz. A $10 donation is requested.

Volunteers needed

The Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) needs volunteers to help in the areas below. You need not be a senior citizen to help. If you are interested, please call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

Friendly drivers: Taking someone to a local appointment – possibly once a month or once a quarter.

Monthly coffee: The Elgins and Dunkers have been generously hosting our monthly coffees for years, and we would like to have some other folks take some of the upcoming months. They have a documented process and feel that anyone willing to do a little shopping (list provided), make coffee, set up and clean up, can take on the job! Both the Elgins and Dunkers are willing to help you get started. You can sign up for one or more months.

High school lunches: Would you be willing to call folks to help with registration and reminders, and attend the lunches to collect seniors’ money? The lunches are held at Minuteman and Nashoba Valley Technical high schools once a month September through June.

Winter snow removal: Often we receive requests from Carlisle residents who don’t have garages and need help clearing off their cars or from other seniors who are in need of help cleaning up after the snow plow.

Program support: The COA sponsors a number of programs throughout the year. If you would be willing to help with coordination of one or more, including phone calling, set-up, etc., please let us know your time availability and preferences.

Town employees lunch

To thank all the Carlisle employees for their help and support to Carlisle seniors throughout the year, join the COA on Thursday, September 16, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall for a make your own sandwich lunch with dessert and beverage. Following lunch, comedian Dave Shikes will provide entertainment.

2Volunteer expands their services

The community-based group at CCHS, 2Volunteer, which assists students with fulfilling their community service needs and desires, has launched a comprehensive new website which, for the first time, permits on-line reporting of volunteer work. It is expected that the on-line system will alleviate a CCHS Administration workload as well as make the reporting process much easier for students. In addition, the new website makes the job of matching student interests with community volunteer needs much easier.

The new website was funded by a grant from the CCHS Parents Association. Last Spring, a CCHS Community Service Advisory Committee was formed, including administrators, guidance counselors, teachers, the Community Chest Executive Director, Astrid Williams and students, as well as the members of the Executive Committee of 2Volunteer, including Laura Close, Kathy Dwyer, David Holdorf, Barbara Howland and Ann Trudeau, as well as past member Geeta Krishna.

Community organizations who are in need of student volunteers can contact to request listing of their needs on this new website.

The new website is located at www.2volunteer, or through the CCHS Home Page.

Baby group openings

There are still openings in First Connections’ Parent-Baby Playgroup for the fall. This group will be held on Tuesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. beginning September 14 and is for babies up to 13 months old. The playgroup includes a circle time with songs and finger plays, and each week will include a topic of discussion focusing on the needs of babies and parents during the first year of life. Call 1-978-287-0221 or email to register. 

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