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Friday, November 12, 2010

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

Exercise 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. Additionally, the Concord COA offers yoga on Fridays at 9:30 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 – no walking on November 11, 25 and 26. Outdoors, weather permitting, a group meets on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at Center Park and then walks for about two hours on the Carlisle trails. If you have questions, contact Jane Anderson at 1-978-369-9672 or email her at

Monthly luncheon: The COA Thanksgiving luncheon will be on Thursday, November 18 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS. Enjoy a turkey dinner with all the fixings, plus pie for dessert. Seating is limited so call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up, no later than noon on Thursday, November 11. There will be a free blood pressure clinic from 11 to 11:45 a.m. After lunch, the Nashoba Technical High School Chorus will perform for us. Call the van line if you need a ride. Suggested donation is $3 or more per person. The luncheon is funded in part by a grant from the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

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. The next meeting is on Thursday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the FRS.

CCHS Thanksgiving lunch for seniors: This free event will be held at CCHS at noon on Saturday, November 20. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up and let us know if you would like a ride in the COA van.

Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library: Come to Gleason library at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30, to learn about free services from the Perkins Library. Perkins provides audio books, magazines and more.

Inn at Robbins Brook/Minuteman Senior Services lunch: The Congregational Church will host the December luncheon on Wednesday, December 1, at noon. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by noon on Monday, November 29, to register. If you need a ride, call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 at least two days in advance.

Woburn Mall shopping trip: Enjoy a day of holiday shopping with no parking worries on Monday, December 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $2 for the van, payable day of trip. Call Joanne by November 30 at 1-978-371-8023 or email

“Sister’s Christmas Catechism”: The van leaves the Congregational Church at 10:30 a.m. to get to Felicia’s (Restaurant) by 11:30 a.m. Lunch is on your own. Call Joanne at 1-978-371-8023 or email her at to see if tickets ($25) are still available.

Annual wreath making: The Carlisle Garden Club, COA and FCOA will host a holiday wreath-making seminar from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Union Hall on Thursday, December 9. To reserve your wreath, call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 by December 1. This event is for Carlisle residents only.

Podiatry clinic: The next podiatry clinic is on Tuesday, January 4, 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 partially funded by the FCOA.

Outdoor adult coed pickup soccer

November is here, and everyone is invited to come out and participate in the Adult Coed Pickup Soccer League’s annual Saturday-after-Thanksgiving game. The game will be played on Saturday, November 27, at Spalding Field, from 2 to 4 p.m. This is a reunion of sorts for past and present Carlislians, and past and present soccer players. All skill levels (high school age and up) are encouraged to come; the game is coed; teams are informally selected. Bring a dark shirt and a white shirt and come out for some fun exercise. Any questions, call Scott Forsberg at 1-978-369-1631.

Outdoor adult coed pickup soccer

November is here, and everyone is invited to come out and participate in the Adult Coed Pickup Soccer League’s annual Saturday-after-Thanksgiving game. The game will be played on Saturday, November 27, at Spalding Field, from 2 to 4 p.m. This is a reunion of sorts for past and present Carlislians, and past and present soccer players. All skill levels (high school age and up) are encouraged to come; the game is coed; teams are informally selected. Bring a dark shirt and a white shirt and come out for some fun exercise. Any questions, call Scott Forsberg at 1-978-369-1631.

Conservation Commission seeking new members

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

Under the Wetlands Act, permits are required for projects for 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 operation of the cranberry bog, presents an annual conservationist award and helps provide an environmmental educational role in the community.

The Commission is particularly interested in people with a legal or civil engineering, agricultural background, as well as the geological or other earth sciences. The Commission is seeking members who are willing to volunteer to work 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 work of the Commission is supported by an active Land Stewardship Committee, a subcommittee of the Commission and by full time office staff in the Conservation Commission’s office in the Town Hall.

If you are interested in serving on the Conservation Commission, please send a brief resume and cover letter immediately to both the Conservation Commission, and to the Carlisle Board of Selectmen who are 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.

SEPAC meeting

The next meeting of the Carlisle Special Education Parent Support Group will be held on Friday, November 17, at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will be held at the home of Meryl Lim, 96 Ice Pond Road. RSVP to Meryl if you plan to attend Any information discussed at the meeting remains confidential.

CCHS Thanksgiving lunch for seniors

The Annual Junior Class of CCHS Thanksgiving Senior Luncheon will be held on Saturday, November 20. A full Thanksgiving lunch will be served at noon for free. Doors will open at 11:15 a.m. Register for this event by Tuesday, November 16, at noon by calling the Carlisle Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895. The van will be available, so let the COA know if you would like to use the van when you register.

Community Thanksgiving dinner at FRS

The fourth annual Carlisle Community Thanksgiving coordinated pot-luck dinner will be held at 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25, at Union Hall, First Religious Society, 27 School Street.

This event is free, but you do have to register at 1-978 369-5180 by Monday November 22, with 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).

Day after Thanksgiving public walk

  The Trails Committee is running its annual Day After Thanksgiving Walk on Friday, November 26. Meet at the Great Brook State Park parking lot near the pavilion at 1 p.m. We will be walking through the Stone Row area and on into Chelmsford and returning on a different trail to inspect the area where selective logging is going on. The walk will be at a leisurely pace, for about two hours. Refreshments will be served afterward. For more information, contact Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680 or

Gleason Library Sunday hours

The Gleason Public Library will open on Sundays beginning in January 2011.

Winter Farmers Market coming up November 27

Mark your calendar now. On Saturday, November 27, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the first of six Carlisle Winter Farmers Markets will take place. It will be held indoors in Union Hall at the First Religious Society, 27 School Street, from 9 a.m. until noon. This will be followed by five other Winter Markets on Saturdays throughout the winter – December 18, January 22, February 19, March 19 and April 16. Leslie Thomas and Cindy Craft are the organizers of the Winter Farmers Market.

Come enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea with a delicious breakfast goodie before checking out the local vendors from Carlisle and nearby towns who will be situated at tables around the room. There will be grass-fed beef, vegetables, fruit, baked goods, eggs, cut flowers, cheese, local honey, crafts, water colors and others items.

This month, The Community Table will be collecting items for the Animal Shelter in Lowell. Drop off sheets and dog and cat food; beds and toys are welcome. Throughout the morning live Turkish and Middle Eastern Music will be performed by musician and producer Mac Richey of the band 35th Parallel.

For more information, check out or call Leslie Thomas at 1-978-287-0025. The Winter Market is sponsored by the First Religious Society’s Environmental Action Committee.

FRS soup and games night Saturday

Join us at the First Religious Society on Saturday, November 13, at 5 p.m. for a wonderful evening of fun. We start with interactive full-group games for adults and kids and then enjoy homemade soups, fresh bread, salads and dessert. After supper enjoy favorite board games, a card game or the always popular Twister. Come relax and visit together. Bring a favorite game if you’d like. All are welcome. RSVP to Rev. Diane Miller at 1-978-369-0284 if you plan to attend.

FRS Holiday Greens Sale and Craft Fair

The First Religious Society in Carlisle (27 School Street), will hold its annual Holiday Greens Sale and Craft Fair on Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At this festive event the church hall will be filled with artfully decorated wreaths and colorful, decorated boxwood trees and rings for sale. There will also be delicious Christmas and seasonal foods for your holiday giving, along with undecorated wreaths, lovely bows and kits for gingerbread houses. There will be crafts for sale, a holiday cafe and seasonal music by the Savoyards. Admission is free; Union Hall is handicapped accessible. Questions: call 1-978-369-5180.

Medicare open enrollment starts November 15

Mark your calendars: Medicare Open Enrollment starts November 15, and ends on December 31, 2010. Not sure where to start? AARP’s free guide, Understanding Medicare, helps those who are new to the program, as well as consumers trying to navigate the many different options and resources available.

Massachusetts residents who need assistance figuring out their Medicare options should call SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders), a program that provides free health insurance counseling services to older and disabled adults. To find a SHINE Counselor near you, call toll- free 1-800-AGE-INFO or contact your local Council on Aging or Senior Center. To order a copy of AARP’s free guide, Understanding Medicare, email or call toll-free 1-866-448-3621. Include the publication title, and reference D19327. For more information about Medicare, visit or call 1-800-MEDICARE.

Free dance class for teens November 16

There will be a free NIA dance class for teens on Tuesday, November 16, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Yoga and Nia for Life, 50 Beharrel Street (across from Concord Youth Theatre), West Concord. NIA is a blend of dance, yoga and martial arts. For questions, email, or call 1-978-371-0088.

The Happiest Baby on the Block™ class

Learn an extraordinary approach to calm your baby. New and expectant parents will learn step-by-step how to help their baby sleep longer and how to soothe even the fussiest baby in minutes.

The Happiest Baby on the Block™ class will be offered at Emerson Hospital on Tuesday, November 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $45 per couple. For more information or to register, call Lisa at 1-978-287-3268.

Fall and Winter Baseball Clinics

In an effort to support off-season skills development for players of all ages, CCYBS wants help getting out the word about the following skills clinic organized by CCHS’s Varsity Baseball Coach John Kelly. John is the Concord Carlisle H.S. Varsity Coach, Worcester Tornado Pitching Coach, and has spent 17 years in professional baseball.

Monday Baseball Fundamental Clinics (November 22, 29, December 6, 13): 4:30 to 5:30, Ages 7 to 9 (Maximum of 6); 5:30 to 6:30, Ages 10 to 12 (Maximum of 6.)

Babe Ruth Hitting Clinics (December 1, 8, 15, 22): Wednesdays 6 to 7; Grades 7 to 9 (Maximum of 6).

Saturday Morning Pitching Clinics (November 27, December 4,11,18): 10 to 11, Ages 7 to 9 (Maximum of 4); 11 to 12, Ages 10 to12 (Maximum of 4).

Sunday Morning Hitting Clinics (November 21, 28, December 5, 12,); 10 to 11, ages 7 to 9 (Maximum of 6); 11 to 12; ages 10 to 12 (Maximum of 6).

Early Release Day Baseball (December 7, 21, January 4, 11, 18, February 1, 15, March 1 ,8, 15, April 5, 12). Every early release day runs from 1:30 to 3, (Maximum of 6).

All Clinics are four weeks in length and will start over with new enrollment for another four weeks. Cost is $100 per player per session. Maximum number per clinic is six.

Early Release Day Baseball Clinics are available on all early release days from 1:30 to 3. Cost is $25 per player per early release day. Maximum number of participants is 10.

All clinics will be held at the Fieldhouse in Sudbury.

News from the Carlisle School Association

Walk-to-School needs volunteers

Response to last month’s big Walk/Bike-to-School Day was wonderful. Congratulations to the 196 students who made the effort to walk or bike to school that day, and congratulations to the kindergartners for being the grade with the highest percentage of participation. Now the Walk-to-School Committee would like to encourage a weekly townwide walk-to-school effort. We can’t do all the prizes and police coverage every week, but we can plan to have the major crosswalks around the center staffed with adult help -- IF we can find volunteers. Would you be willing to commit either weekly, bi-weekly or monthly on Fridays to volunteer as a crossing guard for either the elementary or middle school morning shift? If so, contact Nancy West at or 1-978-399-4691.

CSA meeting

Join us in the Carlisle Public Schools Corey Dining Room for the monthly Carlisle School Association meeting on Tuesday, November 16, at 9 a.m. Meetings are open to the public and all are invited to attend. We review volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, and activities that serve the teachers, administrators, parents, and the students of the school. Additional information about the CSA may be found at

New fuel assistance guidelines

The gross annual income guidelines for both the State and the Salvation Army Fuel Assistance Programs have been set to a maximum of 60% of the Estimated State Median Income for the State Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and a maximum of 80% of the Estimated State Medium Income Level for the Salvation Army Good Neighbor Fund. This means that more residents may be eligible to acquire assistance. The guidelines are as follows: LIHEAP: Household of one gross annual income of up to $30,751; Household of two up to $40,213; Household of three up to $49,675, Household of four up to $59,137. For the Salvation Army Good Neighbor Fund, the maximum gross annual income criteria for a Household of one is $41,001; for two, $53,617; for three, $66,233; for four, $78,849. For larger families, call the COA for more details for support from either LIHEAP or the Salvation Army Good Neighbor Fund. Fuel assistance is open to all families. Additional support may also be available from other sources depending on other criteria. LIHEAP applications can be submitted NOW, Salvation Army applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2011.  Contact the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to set up a confidential appointment or for more details. Please apply as early as possible since funds can run out.

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Amalfi trip in March

An exciting trip to Rome and the Amalfi Coasti is planned for March 10-19, 2011. Prices start at $2,599 double, which includes airflight, hotels, 13 meals and lots of sightseeing in Rome, Amalfi Coast, Island of Capri, Pompeii and Naples For Flyers call Joanne 978-371-8023 or pick up flyers at Carlisle COA office.

New community services coordinator hired for Concord-Carlisle families

Carlisle residents who are in need of human service information, referrals or assistance can call the new Community Services Coordinator, Aileen Buford, at 1-978-318-3034. This position was established in late 2004 with a grant from the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest. The Chest has provided ongoing funding for the Coordinator through its allocations process every year since 2004.

The Community Services Coordinator provides program information in the following areas: fuel assistance, food stamps, scholarships, domestic violence resources, mental health services and many others. All referrals are confidential and free. Contact Aileen Buford for assistance on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1-978-318-3034 or send email to ∆

The Mosquito needs new blood

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