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Friday, October 22, 2010

THE SCIENCE OF CIDER. At the Carlisle Historical Society’s monthly Open House on October 17, Nathan Brown (far right) gives a lecture on cider making while (left to right) Samantha Brown, Ella Grady, Katherine Brown, Haley McMorrow, Liam Smith and Christopher Ratcliffe wait for the demonstration. (Photo by Beth Clarke)

Poet Hoffman at FOGPL Annual Meeting

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. His presentation will begin shortly following the business meeting. Richard 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. Register at the Gleason Public Library or call 1-978-369-4898.

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-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.

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.

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 will be available. 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.

Historical Society Annual Meeting

What is an Historic Preservation Restriction? How is it used and how is it obtained? Come to the Annual Meeting of the Carlisle Historical Society on Thursday, November 4, to find out and learn how Carlisle’s historic properties could be preserved.

  Joseph Cornish, Senior Stewardship Manager for Historic New England (formerly known as SPNEA), Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities) will discuss the Stewardship Program and how it now protects 77 privately-owned historic properties across New England through the use of preservation restrictions. Cornish will explain the process of protecting a property with preservation restrictions, from the initial contact with a property owner to the execution of the finalized preservation restriction agreement, using examples of properties and historic features currently protected by Historic New England.

  The meeting will be held at the Red Lion Tavern, home of Janet Lovejoy, at 621 West Street on November 4 at 7 p.m. Many older properties in Carlisle could be considered for this preservation restriction, a way to preserve our town’s historic homes for the future.

Halloween celebration for tots October 30

Looking for a hauntingly good time with your little ghosts and goblins this Halloween? If so, join the Carlisle Parents Connection for the annual Halloween Celebration on Saturday, October 30, from 10 a.m. to noon at Diment Park. Be prepared to wear your costume for the parade, play ghoulish games and make a creepy craft at this spooktacular event. Raindate for the Halloween Party is on October 31 same time and place.

Early Music concert November 11

The Cambridge Society for Early Music is celebrating the 30th anniversary season of its distinguished Chamber Music by Candlelight concert series, and to mark this milestone CSEM has planned a special season of concerts concentrating on the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Kicking off the celebration will be violinist Ingrid Matthews with harpsichordist Byron Schenkman, performing at the First Religious Society of Carlisle on Thursday, November 11, 8 p.m.

Both Matthews and Schenkman are former winners of CSEM’s prestigious Erwin Bodky Prize. They founded and serve as co-directors of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and were also founding members of the chamber ensemble La Luna.

Admission is free to all students with ID and all children 17 years and under; general admission is $30, $25 for seniors. The historic First Religious Society meetinghouse is handicapped-accessible. To order tickets or for more information, visit or call 1-617-489-2062.

News from the Carlisle School Association

2011 House Tour

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) House Tour is Friday, May 20, 2011, and we are looking for homes and volunteers. If you would like to recommend your own home or recommend a home in the community, the committee would love to have your suggestions. We are looking for all types of homes. Whether the home is small or large, contemporary or antique, traditional or unusual we would love to hear from you. Please send your home recommendations to

If you would like to volunteer to serve on a committee, we are looking for volunteers to fill the following spots:

• Contact potential advertisers to purchase an ad

• House Managers (manage a group of people to staff a house the day of the tour)

• Staff a house the day of the tour (work a two-hour shift the day of the tour)

• Help serve lunch (pass out prepackaged lunches)

• Tickets (work at the ticket table the day of the tour)

Please send your name and area(s) of interest to Thank you for your help from Gail Bernardin, Mary Beth Stevenson, Amy Versaggi, Co-Chairs 2011 House Tour.

Bingo Night

The Carlisle School Association is pleased to bring a free, family-oriented, fun-filled evening of Bingo once again this year. Come join in the games and refreshments on Wednesday, November 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Corey Dining Room at the Carlisle Public Schools. Children not yet in fifth grade must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

Mothers’ group has openings

The next free, six-week First-time Mothers’ Group at First Connections will be held on November 11, 18, December 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. They are located in the Community Agencies Building on the Emerson Hospital Campus in Concord. The group consists of six topics and includes time for sharing and check-in each week. They accept ten moms per group and babies up to six months are welcome. The group facilitator is Laura Gerson, LICSW. Register by calling 1-978-287-0221 or emailing

Crazy hair storytime at the GPL

Long, short, purple, curly, spiky or green… Come for a fun-filled crazy hair storytime on Tuesday, November 9, at 4 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library (GPL). There will be dancing, singing, stories and a craft. This program is for ages four and up. No registration is required.

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

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

Quarterly breakfast: Come join friends and neighbors at Nashoba Valley Technical High School, 100 Littleton Road, Westford on Wednesday, October 27, at 9 a.m. for a delicious breakfast made by the Culinary Arts Students. The cost of $5.50 plus tip is payable at the restaurant. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to register by noon on October 22.

Addison Gallery guided tour: On November 5, the COA is going to the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover. There will be 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.

History’s judgment of Hitler: Back by popular demand, Elliot Lilien presents a four-part evening program on history’s judgment of Hitler on 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, which is sponsored by the Friends of the COA Rose Pullara Fund and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

Podiatry clinic: The next podiatry clinic is on Tuesday, November 2 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.

Book club: The COA book club will meet on Wednesday, November 3, at 10 a.m. at Mary Zoll’s home. The book is Cutting for Stones by Abraham Verghese. For more information, contact Mary at 1-978-369-5236.

Monthly coffee: On Thursday, November 4, come to the Sleeper Room at Village Court for breakfast at 9 a.m. hosted by COA chair Marje Stickler. 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 to 10 a.m. Call the COA office if you would be willing to host one of the monthly coffees.

Inn at Robbins Brook/Minuteman Senior Services lunch: St. Irene Church will host the next luncheon on Thursday, November 4, at noon. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by noon on Monday, November 1, to register. If you need a ride, call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 at least two days in advance.

Caregiver support group: Anne Marie Rowse from Senior Care Advisors is holding the next free caregiver support group on Thursday, November 4, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Littleton COA, 33 Shattuck Street, second floor. RSVP is helpful but not necessary at or 1-978-456-3756.

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 (FOGPL) 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 FOGPL and Gleason Public Library Endowment. A $100 donation to the GPL Endowment provides the remaining support for each Sunday. For more information, see

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Upcoming teen activities at Gleason Public Library in November

The Gleason Public Library is looking for fifth through eighth graders to join TOGA (Teens of Gleason Advisors). Advisors meet once a month, usually on the first Friday, to plan teen library programs, make suggestions for library purchases, and more. The next TOGA meeting is Friday, November 5, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Hollis Room. They will also be playing trivia. New faces are always welcome. For more information, contact Jennifer Barnes, the Teen Librarian, at or call the library at 1-978-369-4898.

Window into the Wild Universe, Gleason Public Library’s teen book club, will be discussing Borderline by Allan Stratton on Tuesday, November 23, from 6 to 7 p.m. Pizza will be served. Anyone in grades seven to ten is welcome to come. Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk starting November 1. For more information, contact Jennifer Barnes, the Teen Librarian, at or call the library at 1-978-369-4898.

The Gleason Public Library is hosting a craft program, Ductigami: Make Cool Stuff Out of Duct Tape, on Friday, November 12, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Hollis Room. Try making a wallet, a rose, a cell phone case, a hat for your cat or whatever else you can dream up using your imagination. This program is open to grades five through eight only, no registration required. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Jennifer Barnes, the Teen Librarian, at or call the library at 1-978-369-4898.

Local Food Protection Manager course

The Carlisle Board of Health plans to offer a Food Protection Manager Certification course in November for local volunteer and non-profit organizations. The board strongly recommends that all local non-profit organizations involved in food service to the public take advantage of this training opportunity. If you are interested in attending, contact the Board of Health office at 1-978-369-0283 for details.

Salvation Army Kettle

There is now a Salvation Army Kettle in Ferns. 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.

Support soccer tonight

Everyone is invited to attend tonight’s girls soccer home game at 7 p.m. at CCHS between C-C and Tyngsborough. Not only is it Senior Night, where the eight varsity seniors will be honored, but this game will be played to raise funds to support the “Be the Change/Challenge Day” program at CCHS to heighten awareness concerning tolerance and diversity in the high school community. Admission will be $10 for adults and $5 for students. Come enjoy the game, pizza, home baked goods, take your chance with a 50/50 raffle and help support a great program.

CCHS choral concert November 4

The Concord-Carlisle Regional High School fall choral concert is coming up on 
Thursday, November 4, at 
7:30 p.m. in the CCHS Auditorium.
Admission is free.
Come support the fine singers in the Choral Program at CCHS, conducted by Deborah Smith. The Combined Chorus, Select Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Men’s Chorus will perform. 

The repertoire is an eclectic mix of styles and genre with something for everyone.

Carlisle’s Community Thanksgiving

The fourth annual Community Thanksgiving coordinated pot luck dinner will be held at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25, at Union Hall, First Religious Society.

This event is free, but you do have to register at 1-978 369-5180 by Monday, November 22. Planners need to know the number of people coming (the number of vegetarians and the number of meat-eaters), what you will bring, how you will help (set up, clean up), and your contact information (phone and email).

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

Open Table Annual Meeting

Open Table, a community supper and pantry program in Concord and Maynard, is holding its annual meeting on Wednesday, November 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the cafeteria of 12 Clock Tower Place, Maynard. The public is invited to come and learn more.  All are welcome. 

Student Salon at the Gleason Public Library

In January and February of 2011, Art at the Gleason Public Library will feature some of Carlisle’s current and recently graduated high school and college students’ artwork. All mediums are welcome.

If interested, contact Jean Barry at 1-978-610-2802 or

Sec. of Labor & Workforce Dev. lauds Minuteman

After a recent visit to Minuteman Career & Technical High School in Lexington to see some of its career-training programs for adults, Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne Goldstein left no doubt about her impressions, saying, “I was blown away by how wonderful it was.”

Her visit to Minuteman was prompted in part by the fact that the school was among eight workforce-training partnerships in Massachusetts that recently received federal stimulus funds. The grants are intended to enhance the skills and employability of individuals enrolled in Minuteman’s Adult Biotechnician certificate program.

Minuteman Superintendent Dr. Edward Bouquillon said, “Our mission of preparing all learners for success in a global workplace includes students who go to college, students that go directly to work, unemployed people, as well as current employees seeking to upgrade their technical skill sets.” ∆

Farmers Market goes indoors

Come to the opening of Carlisle’s first winter farmers market, Saturday, November 27, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Union Hall on School Street. Meet old farmer friends and craftspeople, as well as new local vendors. Available are a variety of fresh produce, grass-fed meats, baked goods, honey and eggs, to name a few. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and live music with friends.

The market is sponsored by FRS Environmental Action Committee. Save the future dates: December 18 and January 22, February 19, March 19, April 16, 2011.

LAC craft fair

The Lexington Arts and Crafts annual fair will offer an excellent selection of items including baskets, jewelry, paintings, polymer clay creations, decorative arts, needle arts, weaving, ceramics, woodworks and photography. After you shop, stop by the bake sale and bring home a delicious treat. The fair is held on Friday, October 22, and Saturday, October 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, October 24, from noon to 5 p.m. For more information and directions please call 1-781 862 9696 or visit

How to publish

Need a push to bring that dusty manuscript off your shelf? Join Carlisle resident Paul Anagnostopoulos for a detailed overview of the book publishing process, beginning with an author manuscript and ending with printer-ready files. Anagnostopoulos has worked in the publishing industry for 20 years. His course, “How Publishing Works,” will be taught through Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education. It will be held on two Tuesdays, November 16 and 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School. Enrollment and course information is available at 1-978-318-1432, or

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