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Friday, October 15, 2010

Spaghetti Supper on Tues.

Don’t forget the Sixth Grade Spaghetti Supper on Tuesday, October 19, in the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public School – continuous seating 5 to 8 p.m. Meal tickets and raffle tickets are still available at Ferns Country Store or at the door. Dinner tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children/seniors. Raffle tickets are $1 each or $5 for a book of 6, and $20 for each Golden Raffle Ticket.

CKH Halloween Movies on the Common

Carlisle Kids’ House invites all to come and enjoy double-feature Halloween movies on the Town Common on Friday, October 29, starting at 7 p.m.  The event is free of charge and open to all. At 7 p.m. watch a loveable bear, kangaroo and bouncy tiger celebrate Halloween with their elephant friend (rated G).  At 8 p.m., prepare for a scare with a wholesome creepy animated comedy about what happens when you marry the wrong bride (rated PG).  Bring your own blankets and chairs to keep cozy and warm.  Free glowsticks.  Popcorn, hot chocolate and other refreshments available for purchase.  Sponsored by Fletcher, Tilton & Whipple, P.C.  Contact Carlisle Kids’ House at 1-978-369-5558 for more information.

School building project discussion October 20

Joyce Mehaffey, Superintendent of the Carlisle Public Schools, will discuss the construction phase of the school building project at the next CSA sponsored Parent Informational Meeting.  This will be held in the Carlisle Public Schools Corey Dining Room, from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 20.

Red Balloon celebrates its 40th Anniversary

This year Red Balloon Preschool is celebrating its 40th year with an auction on Saturday, November 6, at Concord Rod and Gun Club. There will be dinner and dancing to the tune of ’70s music.  To donate an auction item or buy tickets go to or call Andrea Kalkstein at 1-978-318-6905.

Salvation Army Kettle

There is now a Salvation Army Kettle in Ferns. Although it may come as a surprise to many, Carlisle does indeed have its share of residents in need. All contributions made to the “Town Kettle” remain in town (reference “Carlisle, MA” on the note section of your check) and will allow assistance with fuel, food, and other essentials. Residents (of all ages) who have needs are encouraged to call the Carlisle Council on Aging at 1-978-369-7673.

Learn to make cider

Nathan Brown will give a demonstration of how to make cider at the Carlisle Historical Society’s monthly Open House on Sunday, October 17, at Heald House from 2 to 4 p.m. While there, take a guided tour of Heald House, located at 698 Concord Street. Admission and refreshments are free.

Local mushroom walk

The Trails Committee will host a mushroom walk on Sunday, October 24, at 2 p.m. at Foss Farm. The walk will be led by Kay Fairweather, renowned Biodiversity Corner author.

Bring a magnifying glass/hand lens if you have one. Also bring small paper bags if you wish to collect specimens. Meet in the parking lot off of Bedford Road/Route 225. Light refreshments will be served at the end of the walk.

For more information, contact Henry Cox, or 1-978 371 0316.

Walk Carlisle trails on Thursday mornings

All are welcome to participate in an informal walking group. We meet Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at Center Park in October and November (weather permitting). We walk for about two hours on the trails and paths in Carlisle. No sign up required, just show up. Contact Jane Anderson at 1-978-369-9672 for more information.

Celebrate Sundays at the Gleason Library

Come celebrate Library Sundays on November 7. The Gleason Library will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. – fine free. This event announces the Library’s efforts to support Sunday hours from January through April. On this day there will be projects and activities for children, a technology petting zoo featuring eBook readers, and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library will hold their Annual Meeting with Richard Hoffman, author and poet, as the guest speaker, and more. Sunday hours are the result of private support from businesses, organizations and individuals, matched by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and Gleason Public Library Endowment. Lead contributors thus far include Sorrentos, First Religious Society, Assurance Technology and a local family. A $100 donation to the GPL Endowment provides the remaining support for each Sunday. For more information, see

COA monthly luncheon on October 21

The October Council on Aging luncheon will be on Thursday, October 21, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the First Religious Society. Lunch of pizza, salad, dessert and drinks will be followed at 12:45 p.m. by a discussion with Carlisle resident Jim Saltonstall about his four-day climb along the Inca Trail to Macchu Pichu. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up no later than noon on Monday, October 18. 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. The luncheon is funded in part by a grant from the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Examine history’s judgment of Hitler

Elliot Lilien will present a four-part evening program on history’s judgment of Hitler on Fridays, November 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Public Library. Pre-registration is required for this free program.

Gleason Pumpkin Spectacle on October 26

For the 27th year, the Gleason Library will host its Great Pumpkin Spectacle, an event that has become a Carlisle Halloween tradition.

This year the event will be held on Tuesday, October 26. Every year kindergartners, and first-, second- and third graders display extraordinary creativity and imagination in their pumpkin decorating.

To register, bring your pumpkin to the children’s department at the Gleason Public Library between 4:30 and 6 p.m. on October 26. This year there will be three categories: carved, decorated, and carved and decorated, plus a lucky winner drawn from each age group. Those who do not wish their pumpkins to be judged may bring them to a special “display only” table.

At 6:45 p.m., Tony Toledo will return again to perform in the Corey Auditorium at the Carlisle Public School. Tony will entertain the audience with spine-tingling tales suitable for grades K to 3. This performance is not intended for children younger than grade K because of the scary content.

After an informal parade from the school to the library at approximately 7:30 p.m. (children are encouraged to bring flashlights), the three judges will announce their decisions. Families and friends are invited to share in this traditional evening of fun with their children by viewing the pumpkins on display and enjoying refreshments at this time. The Friends of the Gleason Library provide funding for this event.

Poet Hoffman at GPL

Poet and author Richard Hoffman will be the guest speaker for the Friends of the Gleason Public Library annual meeting on Sunday, November 7, at 2:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library. Hoffman’s presentation will begin shortly following the business meeting. Hoffman is author of Half the House: A Memoir, winner of the 1995 Boston Athenaeum Reader’s Award; the poetry collections Without Paradise and Gold Star Road, winner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the New England Poetry Club’s Sheila Motton Book; and Interference & Other Stories which was a finalist for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award for the short story in 2009. Space is limited. Register at the Gleason Public Library or call 1-978-369-4898.

Ciné Club at the Library

Venez voir! Join the Carlisle Ciné Club on Thursday, October 28, at 6:45 p.m. for a film by Laurent Tirard. Refreshments and French conversation will be held before the film at 6:30 p.m. This bawdy French comedy is a re-imagination of the life and times of Molière, one of the great writers of his generation. This program will be held in the Gleason Public Library, Hollis Room, and is free and open to the public. It is cosponsored by the Carlisle Ciné Club and Friends of the Gleason Public Library. More information on the film can be found at To learn more about programs at the Gleason Public Library, visit

Evolution for everyone

Have you pondered how or why humankind evolved into our current physical state? Charles Darwin was one of the first to tackle the topic of evolution and now Carlisle’s Paul Anagnostopoulos is making the theories of evolution accessible in a course he has developed at Concord-Carlisle Community Education.

Timed to recognize the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, Anagnostopoulos will demystify the process of evolution in a two-part course on Thursdays, October 28 and November 4, at CCHS.

Anagnostopoulos will begin the history of life on Earth with a presentation of a stunningly simple theorem of evolution. He will also introduce the online genetic simulation program, Evj, which demonstrates many of these ideas. An overview of the biochemistry of DNA, RNA and proteins is also on the agenda, but no prior knowledge of chemistry is required. The course (#2482 ) runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and tuition is $30. To enroll call 1-978-318-1432, or sign up online at

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Addison Gallery tour

On Friday, November 5, the COA is going to the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover for a guided tour of the museum, as well as time to explore on your own. Lunch is on your own after the tour. The tour is free; the van fee of $5 is due the day of the trip, which leaves from the Congregational Church at 9:30 a.m. Call Angela at 1-978-371-2895 to register by October 27.

Rocky Horror Show at The Emerson Umbrella

“I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey.”

If you remember this quote then you remember the wild ride that came with it. Now’s your chance to ride again. Dust off your favorite horror costume and come celebrate the 35th anniversary of cult classic The Rocky Horror Show with our live production of the original stage show, complete with corsets and fishnet stockings and audience participation.

This cult classic mixes elements of Bride of Frankenstein with Forbidden Planet, The Day The Earth Stood Still, and other classic horror flicks. This is a brilliantly conceived original, unsurpassed by any similar effort.

Shows will be at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturday, October 22, 23 and 29, and at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 30. Admission is $25 and $30; buy tickets online at or call the Emerson Umbrella at 1-978-371-0820. Parental discretion is advised.

Community Thanksgiving

The fourth annual Carlisle Community Thanksgiving coordinated Pot Luck Dinner will be held at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, in Union Hall at the First Religious Society. This event is free, but you do have to register at 1-978-369-5180 by Monday, November 22.

Minuteman Career & Technical High School seeks Advisory Committee members

To maintain Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs that meet current occupational needs, Minuteman relies on advice from business and industry.  Advisory Committees consist of representative lay people from outside the education profession who are recognized and respected in their own fields of work. They provide valuable advice to Minuteman educators, administrators and the School Committee based on the employment needs of the community, state, regional, national, and international marketplace. 

One career area where Advisory Committee members are currently sought is Minuteman’s Engineering & Automation Program.  Contact George Taliadouros 1-781-681-6500 x207 or for more information. Advisory Committees meet two or three times per year. The first meeting of the new school year is scheduled for October 21. 

General questions which Advisory Committees assist the school in answering include: Are students prepared for a future job market? What should the training include? Is curriculum addressing industry needs? How can instructors verify competencies to industry standards?  In addition they offer services such as providing expert advice, assisting in public relations activities, helping to keep educational programs up-to-date, and assisting in transition to post secondary education.

Ghost hunter returns to MCC

Just in time for another pre-Halloween investigation of the Bedford campus, Middlesex Community College (MCC) will host ghost hunter Ross Allison in a special program to be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 26, in the Bedford Campus Center, 591 Springs Road.

Free and open to the public, Allison’s program will explain what ghosts are and why they haunt. He also will conduct a paranormal investigation of the Bedford campus and present his findings, plus share results of past hunts.

Allison has been investigating haunted locations for more than ten years and has traveled to hundreds of haunted sites in the U.S. He is president and founder of A.G.H.O.S.T., the largest and most technically advanced paranormal research group in the Pacific Northwest. For more information about Ross Allison’s visit to Middlesex, contact Melissa Welch at 1-978-656-3363 or


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