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Friday, September 17, 2010

Hike the new trails on September 26

The Carlisle Trails Committee and the Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) invite townspeople to a grand opening walk for two new hiking trails in the southwest corner of town. On Sunday, September 26, starting at noon, we will walk Marion’s Trail in CCF’s Ben’s Woods property to the Twin Peaks Trail in CCF’s Benfield Hill land. Pack your trail lunch for a picnic at a scenic rock outcropping at the high point of the trail. The group will return via Marion’s Trail to our starting point by about 2 p.m.

At 2 p.m., a second walk will leave for the town’s Benfield Conservation Land, where the group will view the proposed location of a new wildlife observation platform in the Spencer Brook wetlands. The plan is to return by 3 p.m. for refreshments and the main part of the festivities celebrating CCF’s 50th anniversary. Both walks leave from CCF’s Spencer Brook Reservation property, located on the corner of West and South streets, at the tent set up for the celebration. Follow the signs on West Street for parking. For more information, contact Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680 or

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.

Fair Trade Day at Farmers Market

Again this year, the Carlisle Farmers Market is having an International Fair Trade Day. Crafts from all over the world will be for sale. The Fair Trade principles assure that the craftsperson is paid a fair wage, that the environment is not degraded and that at least part of the proceeds are used to fulfill the needs of the community.

This is part of the regular Farmers Market, this Saturday, September 18, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Kimball Farm. If you know of a good cause that would like to be represented, contact Françoise (1-978-505-9197) to arrange representation. The rain date is the following Saturday.

Organic and/or locally grown pot luck supper

Mark your calendar now – Friday, October 1, 6:30 p.m. in Union Hall at the First Religious Society for the fall organic and/or locally grown family potluck supper. This is that time of year to especially enjoy produce, much of which has just been harvested from Carlisle gardens and those not that far away.

Come enjoy those tasty dishes prepared by your friends and neighbors: Quiche Lorraine made with home-produced-eggs; a bowl of gazpacho made with a combination of chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, pepper and scallions; corn chowder; and for dessert, apple crisp, or maybe chocolate chip chocolate cake made with shredded zucchini from a Foss Farm garden.

The invited speaker for the evening is Karen DiFranza, founder of “Hands to Earth: Educating for a Sustainable Future,” which helps schools and other institutions develop responsible environmental stewardship for on-site gardening and composting. She will be a consultant to the Carlisle School Garden Project team during the school year.

Each family or individual attending the pot-luck supper is asked to bring a dish that feeds six to eight people. The event is sponsored by the FRS Environmental Action Committee.

See stars and dinosaurs in Carlisle tonight

RecCom will offer Star Gazing at Great Brook Farm State Park tonight and on October 15 and November 12 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome for this free program. Gather around with other amateur astronomers and see things you don’t typically take the time to ponder. Bring your own telescope or peer through one at the park.

Come to the Town Hall tonight to Dig into Dinosaurs, courtesy of the Museum of Science, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. This program is for ages four and up. The fee is $10/person. “This hands-on Museum of Science Program gives students a chance to think like a paleontologist and explore the world of dinosaurs. Students interact with real and model fossils, study a simulated dinosaur trackway, test their ideas about how it was made, and excavate a replica field site.” For more information, call the Carlisle Recreation Department at 1-978-369-9815 or you may register on line at

Orienteering at Great Brook Farm Sunday

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. 

No preregistration is necessary. Sign up on the day of the event 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. Bring a compass, if you have one, or rent one at the event.

The event will be held rain or shine, and the group 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

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,

Vote now for Carlisle’s Community Read

Vote and let your choice be read! The Gleason Public Library’s 3rd annual Carlisle Community Read, Cover to Cover, is coming in January 2011, and we need your help now to choose the book. A committee of readers has narrowed down your suggestions to five options; now it’s time for the Carlisle community to vote on the final selection. Cast your vote now through September 21 at the library or online at and click on the Community Read Voting link.

The finalists are: Tinkers, by Paul Harding; Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers; Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell; The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien; Couldn’t Keep it to Myself, by Wally Lamb and the women of York Correctional Institution.

Cover to Cover is sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

Destination Imagination is looking for you

Are you creative or mechanical? Are you musical or humorous? Do you have a unique talent? If so, you belong in Destination Imagination (DI), an international program that promotes creative problem-solving within a team setting. Open to all children in Carlisle’s K through eight public school, the DI program allows kids to have fun while solving a problem, working with a team. See and

For more information, come to a parent and student information/demonstration night at the Szczesniak home, 124 Aberdeen Drive on Sunday, September 19 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

If your child is interested in participating in DI, contact Carlisle DI coordinator Nancy Szczesniak at or 1-978-369-6194 to register.

ConsCom is seeking new members

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

Under the Wetlands Act, permits are required for projects with 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 of 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, civil engineering , or agricultural background, as well as the geological or other earth sciences. The commission is seeking a member who is willing to volunteer to work to protect the public interests for the town and its residents. Those who have an interest in conservation and environmental issues and are willing to actively work in resource protection will be considered.

The commission, which generally meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, is supported by full- time office staff in the Conservation Commission’s office in the Town Hall and by a subcommittee, the Land Stewardship Committee.

If you would be interested in serving on the Conservation Commission, please send a brief résumé and cover letter immediately to both the Conservation Commission, and to the Carlisle Board of Selectmen, 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. ∆

New Baby event on September 25

On Saturday, September 25, the Carlisle Parent’s Connection (CPC) will host a New Baby event. If you have a new baby (born between September 1, 2009 and August 31, 2010), come meet other parents and babies. Weekly play groups will be formed and parents may also join the CPC and learn about other upcoming events. Melanie and Sana Ata will host this free event in their home at 264 Stearns Street from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Note that this event is not suitable for older children.

News from the Carlisle School Association

CSA staff and teacher luncheon: On Tuesday, September 21, the annual fall Carlisle School Association (CSA) Luncheon will be held to honor the Carlisle School’s teachers and staff. The spring and fall luncheons have become a wonderful tradition at the school. Volunteers are needed to help setup, serve and cleanup at the luncheon and/or contribute a favorite homemade dish or monetary contribution to offset the costs of the decorations and paper goods. To contribute or participate, contact the coordinators, Kristine Rencs (1-978-451-0335) and Giuia Grady (1-978-254-5699) or send an email to

Join the CSA: All of the funds raised from CSA membership dues go toward funding Curriculum Enrichment and Teacher Grants and memberships include a Husky Handbook (Carlisle Public Schools student, faculty and staff directory). You may join the CSA by going online to our website or mailing in the forms in the “back to school” packet you received this week.

CSA meeting: Come to the Carlisle Public School’s Corey Dining Room for the CSA monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 21, at 9 a.m. Meetings are open to the public and all are invited to attend. These monthly meetings of the board serve to review various volunteer opportunities, fundraising events and plan activities that will serve the teachers, administrators, parents and ultimately the children of the school. Additional information about the CSA may be found at

Lunch/recess volunteers needed: We need your help. We would like to inform you of an important parent volunteer effort that takes place every day at the school and ask you for your help. This parent volunteer effort is our lunch and playground supervision. Your efforts will support our children’s safety and security, and enable us to open up the Castle playground for recess. Consider volunteering for lunch recess this year. It can be several times a month or as little as once a month. We wish to thank those parents who currently help us monitor children at lunch and recess. If you are interested, contact Lisa Chaffin or Laura France or send an email to

CSA Fall Parent Social on October 2: Line up your sitters and get your tickets now. Come to the Carlisle School Association (CSA) 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 (9/30 at 6 p.m.). Interested in helping? Contact Liza at

School Advisory Council parent members elected: Heidi Kidder and Asma Tahir have been elected as the newest members of the School Advisory Council.

CSA Fair: 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: Husky Handbooks will be available for purchase and pickup 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.

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 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, Kimball Farm 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. With questions or to volunteer for crosswalk help, contact Nancy West at 1-978-369-6515 or

Carlisle Special Ed parent support group

The Carlisle Special Education Parent Support Group will meet on Friday, September 24, at 9 a.m. at the home of Carol Yelle, 484 Cross Street. This meeting is open to parents/guardians of children who have difficulties in school; e.g. learning disabilities, social difficulties, physical disabilities, etc. Any information discussed at the meeting remains confidential. RSVP to Carol Yelle, 1-978-369-1263 or

Early Release Day movie, September 21

Where are you when an obnoxious older brother, an embarrassing best friend, and your own self-doubt sabotage your existence? You must be in middle school where the grass is not always greener and survival of the fittest takes on new meaning. One insecure middle-schooler discovers that popularity is overrated in this laugh-out-loud live action adaptation on Tuesday, September 21, (early release day) at 2 p.m. (movie is 94 minutes long). The movie will be shown for those only in grades 5-8 at Gleason Public Library, third floor, Hollis Room. The movie rating is PG. Snacks will be provided.

For further information on the movie, check out the following web site: (the Internet movie database site). Subscribe to the Gleason Public Library enewsletter in order to learn the name of the film in advance. Any questions, call the Gleason Public Library at 1-978-369-4898.

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 on Thursdays at 10:45 a.m., fitness classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 a.m., line dancing Fridays at 9:30 a.m., 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.

Knitting in Service Society: If you like to knit, come work on hats and scarves for the homeless. Call the FRS at 1-978-369-5180 or the COA at 1-978-371-2895 for more information. Upcoming meetings are Thursdays, October 21 and November 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the FRS.

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.

Wisdom works: Workshop sessions 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. A second session will be held on Wednesdays, October 13, 20, 27 and November 3. Topics include looking back, what next, getting started, job search strategies and interviewing. 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.

Chorus Line: Join the COA at the North Shore Music Theatre on November 17 to see A Chorus Line. The cost of $55 includes ticket and van ride. The van leaves at 10:30 a.m. from the Congregational Church; lunch is on your own at Sylvan Street Grill before the play. Contact Joanne at 1-978-371-8023 or before October 5 and send checks, made out to the FCOA, to the Carlisle COA at Town Hall.

Book club: The COA book club will meet on Wednesday, October 6, at 10 a.m. at Seba Gaines’ home. The book is Cutting for Stones by Abraham Verghese. For more information, contact Seba at 1-978-369-4618.

Poetry for seniors: Patti Russo will be the facilitator for workshops using poetry to gain insight into our lives and to understand ourselves better. No homework is required and you need not be a poet to participate. The dates are Monday, October 18, 25 and November 1, 8, 15 and 22. The workshops will be held from 10 to 11:15 a.m. in the Heald Room in Town Hall. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Carlisle COA. Call 1-978-371-2895 to register.

Come sing with ACC

The Acton Community Chorus (ACC) will hold an open rehearsal Monday, September 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, Puccini. They are a friendly group of people from all over the area who love to sing. Come join and bring a friend.

For more information, visit or call Alice 1-978-266-9554

Sports injury symposium

Emerson Hospital will host a sports injury symposium titled “Sports-Related Injuries: What You Need to Know about Concussions, ACL Injuries, and Sudden Cardiac Death Syndrome.” The free symposium will take place on Thursday, September 23, at 7 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School (500 Walden Street).

Intended for coaches, educators, students and parents, the symposium is hosted by Barry Haley, MIAA President and Concord-Carlisle High School Athletic Director, and will feature the following Emerson Hospital speakers: Robert Cantu, MD, neurosurgeon, who will speak about concussions; Paul Re, MD, orthopedic surgeon, who will present information on ACL injuries; and Benjamin Tillinger, MD, cardiologist, who will discuss sudden cardiac death syndrome. In addition, Haley will discuss the National Federation of State High School Associations 2010 guidelines on concussions and Crystal Fontas, DPT, senior therapist at the Emerson Center for Sports Rehabilitation and Specialty Services, will present on “Core Strengthening to Prevent Injuries.”

The symposium is presented by Emerson Hospital, Concord-Carlisle High School and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Barcott to speak at Filipov Peace and Justice Forum

Rye Barcott, co-founder of the acclaimed NGO “Carolina for Kibera” will be the featured speaker at the Al Filipov Peace and Justice Forum on Saturday, September 25, at 7 p.m. at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street, Concord. Admission is free, and the public is warmly welcomed.

“Carolina for Kibera” is a unique model for an organization dedicated to preventing gender and ethnic violence and promoting healthcare. Working in one of Africa’s largest slums in Nairobi, Barcott developed a strategy of “participatory development” that builds upon the belief that, with the right support, people in disparate places can take control of their lives and affect positive change.

In 2000, while an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina and a member of the Marine ROTC, Rye Barcott rented a shack in the center of Kibera, seeking to understand the ethnic violence that had convulsed Africa and might one day confront him in uniform. Working side by side with local residents, Barcott helped develop specific ways to mitigate the tremendous problems faced there every day.

“Carolina for Kibera” now sponsors four distinct but collaborative programs in Kibera - a medical clinic, a reproductive health and women’s rights center for girls, a “trash is cash” program and a sports program that focuses on ethnic violence- prevention through sports participation. All of these programs are run by and for Kibera residents. Amazingly, the medical clinic was started with $26 given by Barcott to Tabitha Atieno Festo, a local nurse, in 2000.

The Forum is a living memorial to Al Filipov, who died in the attack on the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001. Admission is free and all members of the public are warmly welcome. For more information or directions to the event, please call Trinitarian Congregational Church at 1-978-369- 4837, or check the website Parking instructions and a map may also be found at

Used Book Sale in Acton

The Friends of Acton Libraries will hold their Fall Book Sale Friday, October 1, through Sunday, October 3, at Memorial Library, 486 Main Street.

The Preview Sale for Friends members only is Friday night, October 1, from 7 to 9. The Book Sale is open to the general public on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 1, is Half-Price Day from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

The library entrance and parking lot are reached from Woodbury Lane opposite the Isaac Davis Monument on Main Street (Route 27).

The Friends of the Acton Libraries support Memorial Library, West Acton Citizens Library and the elementary, junior high, and high school libraries. For more information, call the library at 1-978 929-6655.

“Pampers to Potty” seminar

“From Pampers to Potty” is a seminar for parents who are approaching or in the process of potty training their child. This program will take place at Maynard Public Library on Tuesday, September 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Parenting educator and licensed mental health counselor Betsy Wisch will present this topic, which will include readiness signs, effective strategies for helping children master this new skill and ways to keep some perspective on the process. A $10 donation is suggested but not required to attend. RSVP to First Connections at 1-978-287-0221 or to register.

Modern Art in context

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.

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, please visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

Ciné Club at the Gleason Library

Join the Carlisle Ciné Club on Thursday, September 30, at 7 p.m. for a film by Christophe Barratier that is not to be missed. This film was nominated for two Oscars, Best Foreign Language Film of the Year and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song by composer Bruno Coulais for the song “Look To Your Path (Vois Sur Ton Chemin).” Set in 1948, a professor of music, Clement Mathieu, becomes the supervisor at a boarding school for the rehabilitation for minors. What he discovers disconcerts him – the current situation is repressive. Through the power of song, Clement tries to transform the students. Refreshments will be served after the film. This program, free and open to the public, will be held in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Public Library. More information on the film can be found at To learn more about programs at the Gleason Public Library, visit

Concord Orchestra Benefit Concert

The Concord Orchestra Benefit Concert will feature a concert performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury on Sunday, September 26, at 2 p.m. Guest musicians from the greater Boston area will join members of the orchestra under the baton of Alan Yost.

  Members of the cast for Trial by Jury are Sarah Telford as Angelina, Thom Kenney as Edwin, Ray Bauwens as the Counsel for the Plaintiff, Benjamin Clark as the Usher, Tom Frates as the Learned Judge and Jeramie Hammond as the Foreman of the Jury. The chorus is directed by Robin Farnsley. Trial by Jury is the earliest surviving comic opera by Gilbert & Sullivan.

The Benefit Concert will be held at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden in Concord. Refreshments will be served in the lobby beginning at 1:30 p.m. All seats are $25 and are general admission. Proceeds support the general operating expenses of the Concord Orchestra. For more information, call 1-978-369-4967 or visit

Chelmsford Mothers’ Club Fall Kids Tag Sale

Need a stroller? Children’s clothes (size newborn-10)? Books & movies? High chair? Pack and Play? Children’s furniture? Toys? Games? Nursery items? Don’t miss the Chelmsford Mothers’ Club’s Fall 2010 Kids Tag Sale. Over 45 sellers will be selling thousands of gently-used children’s items. The sale takes place on Saturday, October 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCarthy Middle School, 250 North Road, Chelmsford (please note our new, bigger location with plenty of parking). Admission is $1 or one nonperishable food item per adult (food items will be donated to a local food pantry). Cash and credit cards accepted (for purchases over $20). Note that, due to space, only umbrella strollers will be allowed on the sale floor. For more information, visit

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