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Friday, September 24, 2010

Spaghetti Supper is coming October 19

Why make dinner? Bring your family to the Sixth Grade Spaghetti Supper. This annual event featuring dinner served by Carlisle’s Class of 2013 is scheduled for Tuesday, October 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public School, with a menu of pasta topped with tasty homemade sauce, fresh salad, warm bread and delicious cookies for dessert. Add to the fun by purchasing Regular or Golden Raffle Tickets. Items to be raffled off include gift baskets from area vendors, services, classes and high-end luxuries. Watch for more details to come soon. Tickets for both the dinner and the raffle will be available later this month from any Carlisle sixth grader or at Ferns Country Store.

Hike the new trails on Sunday

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, they 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. They will return via Marion’s Trail to the starting point by about 2 p.m. when a second walk will leave for the town’s Benfield Conservation Land. There they will view the proposed location of a new wildlife observation platform in the Spencer Brook wetlands. 

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

Helping your garden recover after a drought

On Tuesday, October 5, at 7 p.m., the Carlisle Garden Club is holding a new member event entitled “Helping Your Garden Recover after a Summer Drought.” Wondering if those plants can be saved? If not, what’s the right thing to plant? And if you’ve decided you want less watering and care, what are methods for reducing the demands of a fussy garden? A panel of Garden Club experts will be on hand to present some ideas and answer questions.

The Carlisle Garden Club is holding this event to attract new members. You do not have to be a gardening expert to join, just have a sincere interest in meeting other gardeners, learning more about gardening, and taking part in our activities. This year’s Garden Tour in June will be a great opportunity to get involved.

The October 5 event is being held at the home of President Nancy Jaysane, 57 Hobblebush Lane. RSVP to the membership committee, Cecile Sandwen, 1-978-287-4369 or, or Lauren Bakewell, 1-978-287-0318 or For more information, visit

Kicks for Cancer

A tradition that started four years ago as a tribute to a favorite assistant coach’s mother is evolving into a regionwide fundraiser. Seven local communities will join together on Saturday, September 25, in the fourth annual Kicks for Cancer at Concord-Carlisle High School. The men’s high school soccer teams of Concord-Carlisle, Lincoln-Sudbury, Wayland and Acton-Boxborough will play to raise money for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute research on women’s cancer.

Both games of great high school soccer will be played at 5 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School: the defending Division 3 State Champions, Concord-Carlisle vs. Lincoln Sudbury and Acton-Boxborough vs. Wayland. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids and tickets will be sold at the gate. A raffle of amazing prizes will also help raise funds. Raffle tickets will be available at the gate and in advance from local team members.

If you can not attend and would like to make a donation, send checks payable to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to: CCHS, att: Brian Miller, 500 Walden Street, Concord, MA 01742.

Preschool sing-along at the Gleason Library

Liz Buchanan is coming to the Gleason Library (GPL) again to lead a sing-along. This well-loved singer has been leading programs with verve and liveliness in public libraries for the past ten years. Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to move to the beat and to sing along with classic favorites and some of Liz’s own tunes.

This free program for children and their families will be held on Tuesday, September 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the GPL. For more information, call the library and ask for the Children’s department at 1-978-369-4898 or check out the web at

Celebrate with CCF on Sunday

Walk, talk, sing, paint, eat, hike, build, explore and celebrate 50 years of conserving land in Carlisle with the Carlisle Conservation Foundation on Sunday, September 26, at the Spencer Brook Reservation, corner of South and West Streets. At 7:30 a.m., go on a bird walk with Ken Harte. At noon and 2 p.m., hike with the Trails Committee. From 3 to 5:30 p.m., enjoy festivities including a 4 p.m. Family Concert with Gene Stamell, old fashioned games, fairy and fort building, plants’ scavenger hunt, art in nature exhibits, refreshments and more. Go to for schedule updates and location in case of inclement weather. Follow signs for parking along West Street and leave your dogs at home. Admission is free.

Nancy Hendrie to speak at FRS

Dr. Nancy Hendrie, founder and president of The Sharing Foundation (TSF) and Chan Kim Leng, known to all as “Elephant,” the in-country director of TSF, will speak at the First Religious Society following a potluck supper in Union Hall on Sunday, October 3, at 5:30 p.m. TSF is dedicated to helping the children of Cambodia. The oldest project of the Foundation was the construction and running of an orphanage in Roteang Village where more than 70 children now live. But TSF now serves the village through many other programs. It is also involved in several projects in Phnom Penh. Both Dr. Hendrie, a retired pediatrician who had an office and home on East Street for many years, and Elephant are passionate and interesting speakers when telling the story of TSF.

All are welcome at this event. Families are encouraged to come. Contact Sally Stokes 1-978 369-1240, or Ellen Huber 1-978 359-6678,, to make reservations (preferred but not essential).

Mindfulness for Moms: An Introductory Program

As a parent do you ever find yourself overwhelmed, out of balance, impatient, and just plain “stressed out”? Are you longing to be a calmer parent? If so, consider attending a new five-week course, “Mindfulness for Moms: An Introductory Program,” designed for mothers of elementary school-aged children led by skilled facilitators, Patricia Marquis and Pamela Ressler.

In describing Mindfulness for Moms, Patricia Marquis, an LICSW social worker in Concord, said, “Helping parents respond effectively to their child’s feelings, thoughts and behavior has been a major focus of my career. In my “Raising the Challenging Child” groups, I had already incorporated mindfulness concepts. In this new class, with the introduction of mothers learning beginning skills in meditation and gentle yoga, the challenges to become less reactive and more responsive in their parenting, to increase their awareness of the present moment and become less judgmental and kinder to self will be even more accessible.

“Patty and I are very excited to combine our complementary areas of expertise by offering a practical and experiential training for mothers to increase balance in their parenting,” stated Pamela Ressler, a holistic nurse, mindfulness instructor, and founder of Stress Resources in Concord.

The course will be offered on Wednesday mornings, 9:30 to 11 a.m., beginning on October 20 and ending on November 17, at the Concord Professional Center, 747 Main St. Concord, MA. For more information about Mindfulness for Moms: An Introductory Program, visit

Learn CPR for young children on October 2

There will be an American Heart Association Pediatric CPR class held at First Connections in Concord on Saturday, October 2, from 9 to 11 a.m. The class, which is taught by a registered nurse, is appropriate for parents of children 0 to 8 years old and will cover one-rescuer CPR techniques, obstructed airway management, and child safety issues. Cost of the program is $35. To register, call 1-978-287-0221 or email

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. and yoga on Mondays at 9 or 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.

Walking groups: When school is in session, join Joanne Willens for inside walking weekday mornings from 6:45 to 7:30 a.m. at the school gym. Outdoors, a group meets when the weather permits on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at Center Park. They walk for about two hours on the Carlisle trails. If you intend to join Jane on October 7, contact her at 1-978-369-9672 or email her at

Carlisle community conversations: This new program will meet on Friday, October 1, 15 and 29 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Hollis Room at Gleason Public Library. On October 2, join Kathryn Hammond Baker, Deputy Director, Center for the History of Medicine at Harvard Medical School Countway Library. She will talk about the work of modern archivists. On October 15, join Martha Patten, Gleason Resource Librarian, in a discussion about Ebooks and the future of reading methods. These conversations are open to all adults. 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.

Bridge group: The bridge group will meet each Wednesday in October from 10 a.m. to noon in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. For more information, contact Dot Milne at 1-978-369-1834.

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.

Inn at Robbins Brook lunch: The next luncheon will be hosted by the First Religious Society on Wednesday, October 6. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by noon on Monday, October 4 to register. If you need a ride, call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 at least two days in advance.

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.

Oktoberfest senior trip

Join the Carlisle seniors on a
day trip to Oktoberfest in Sturbridge on
October 20. The cost is $50, plus a $5
van charge
when you get on the van. This trip, which leaves from the Carlisle Congregational Church at 147 School Street at 9 a.m. sharp, includes German lunch and music and one glass of beer or wine.
Make out your check to Friends of Carlisle COA
and mail to  Joanne Willens,
145 Church Street  B-12,
Carlisle, MA 01741.
Payment is due now as
space is limited.

Harvest Fair fundraiser at Verrill Farm

For the fourth year, Verrill Farm’s annual Harvest Festival is a fundraiser for the Pediatric Care Unit at Emerson Hospital. Fields surrounding the farm stand will be transformed into an old fashioned fair ground with games, activities, entertainment, a raffle and food for all ages to enjoy.

The event is Saturday, October 16, from noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine. For more information, call 1-978-369-4494 or visit

Rome and the Amalfi Coast

Come on an exciting trip to Rome and the Amalfi Coast March 10 to 19. 2011. Prices start at $2,599.00 double occupancy. This includes air flight, hotels, 13 meals and lots of sightseeing. Some of the places will be Rome, Amalfi Coast, Island of Capri, Pompeii, Naples Winery and much more. For flyers call Joanne 1-978-371-8023 or pick up flyers at Carlisle COA office or Concord COA center.

Art Reception at Westford PCA

On Saturday, October 2, from 1 to 4 p.m., come to the opening reception of “Landscapes of New England from Mountains to the Shore,” at the Parish Center for the Arts in Westford, with oil and acrylic paintings by John English. Inspired by many visits to the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Cape Cod, John explores the varied topology and changes of the seasons with his paintings. His paintings seek to capture the ever-changing vistas through the varying colors and lighting of the landscapes. John is a local, self-taught, amateur artist from Westford. His work has also been showcased as an Artist of the Month exhibit at the Chelmsford Public Library.

Gallery hours are Sundays in October from noon to 2 p.m. and by appointment. The exhibit runs October 2 through October 27. The Parish Center for the Arts (PCA) is located at 10 Lincoln Street, Westford. For more infirmation, call them at 1-978-692-6333; e-mail at; visit their website at The PCA is handicapped accessible.

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Chest embarks on new campaign

October is Community Chest month in Concord and Carlisle, when contributions and sponsorships of any amount are gratefully accepted. The Chest distributed 4% more funding last year than ever before. Mail your donation today to the Community Chest at 111 ORNAC, Concord, MA 01742. Donations can also be made online at

Carlisle chooses its Community Read 2011 book

It’s official - Carlisle has chosen Zeitoun by Dave Eggers for the 2011 Cover to Cover Community Read. The book tells the story of a Hurricane Katrina survivor and the hurricane’s aftermath in New Orleans.

Out of 127 votes, 34 went to Zeitoun. The runner-up, Tinkers by Paul Harding, received 27 votes.

Get ready for the upcoming hoop season

CCHS Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Joe Bodenrader and the Varsity Team will conduct a series of basketball clinics at CCHS on Sundays this fall for girls in grades 5 through 8. The clinics will stress individual skills and fundamentals, team work and team games.

Clinics run Sunday, October 17, through Sunday, November 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. at CCHS Gym.

The cost is $45 for all six sessions or $10 per session. Make checks payable to: Friends of CCHS Girls Basketball. All proceeds will benefit CCHS Girls Basketball Program. Register with Bob Clarke via email at:

Are you caring for an elderly family member?

Cooperative Elder Services, Inc, an Adult Day Health and Alzheimer’s Day Program located at 7 Chamberlin Drive in Concord, provides respite care and a safe, structured environment for elders. The program is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and door-to-door transportation can be arranged. Elders attend one to five days per week depending upon their needs. The program includes a light breakfast, full hot lunch and afternoon snack, daily nursing care, socialization and a full range of activities, and social service support. Contact Pat Oliphant at 1-978-318-0046 or visit our website at

News from the CSA

• CSA Fall Parent Social: Line up your sitters and get your tickets now. Come to the Carlisle School Association (CSA) Fall Parent Social, where you will enjoy food from Slowpokes Barbecue, music 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 Farm 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, 6 pm). Interested in helping? Contact Liza at

• CSA Fair: The CSA Fair allows parents to learn about a wide array of local and school wide activities for children and families. It is especially helpful to those families who are new to town or to the school. 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, preceding the Elementary School Parents’ Night.

• 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.

• Lunch/recess volunteers needed: We need your help with an important parent volunteer effort that takes place every day at the school – 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 email to

C-C Newcomer’s Club Welcome Event

New in town (or just fairly recent?) The Newcomer’s Club of Concord and Carlisle invites you to attend our Autumn Evening Welcome Event on Monday, September 27, for wine and appetizers at Farfalle Italian Market, Concord Crossing, Concord. 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.

The Evening Welcome event will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. For more information, contact Patricia Koenitzer at, or visit the CCNC website at

Sign up for two kids’ book clubs at GPL

The Gleason Public Library (GPL) is happy to announce the return of the Gleason Kids Book Club, a children’s book club open to all first and second graders.

Sign-ups begin on Monday, September 27, and are accepted on a first come, first served basis. You can call 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children’s department or email Marty at A permission slip is available for download from the library website.

The intention of the Gleason Kids Book Club is to bring a variety of books to children regardless of reading ability or level. If a child can read the assigned title on his own, he should be encouraged to do so. If a child is not quite ready or just prefers to be read to, parents and caregivers are encouraged to read with or to their children.

The first meeting of the fiction group will be Thursday, October 28, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. The first meeting of the non-fiction group will be Tuesday, November 2, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Participants will be notified about the titles we will be reading. Books will be on reserve at the library for check-out.

If you have questions about the book club, contact Marty at or call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for Children’s.

A new book club for third and fourth graders will hold its first meeting 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, 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. Contact Milissa Fellers at or call 1-978-369-4898 for more information.

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