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Friday, November 19, 2010

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.

Winter Farmers Market coming up

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, dog and cat food, beds and toys. Throughout the morning live Turkish and Middle Eastern Music will be performed by musician and producer Mac Richey of the band 35th Parallel.

Bring your knives and garden tools that need sharpening. Patti Small will be there to hone your edges, as she has been doing throughout the summer.

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.

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 Carlisleans, 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.

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

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 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.

Thanksgiving Eve service

A shared tradition continues. Join the First Religious Society and St. Irene Catholic Church for a Thanksgiving service on Wednesday, November 24, at 7:30 p.m., hosted by Fr. Donohoe and St. Irene Church, 181 East Street. Rev. Diane Miller will preach, and the combined choirs of the two congregations will sing under the direction of Denise Glennon.

Cross-country skiing sign-up tonight

Come to Union Hall Friday, November 19, at 7 p.m. for the Bill Koch League sign-up meeting. The Bill Koch Ski League emphasizes fun while teaching cross-country skiing skills through drills, games and races, including our end-of- season Olympics. This season we will meet at the ski barn each Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. from December 11 through February (regardless of snow cover). We encourage parents to sign up as helpers or coaches. The cost is $30 per child, $35 per adult volunteer. Information will also be available at the sign-up meeting about renting or buying ski equipment. Please note that enrollment is limited to 100 children this year, first-come first- served.

Concord-Carlisle Fishing Club meeting

Local anglers from Concord and Carlisle will gather for presentations and interactive discussions for novice and experienced anglers alike. The meeting will be in Union Hall, FRS (First Religious Society), from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23.

There will be two presentations. John Kirk will discuss his Montana fly-fishing experiences and provide tips on fishing the Gallatin, Madison, Yellowstone, Jefferson and Missouri rivers. He will also talk about other recreational activities (skiing, mountain- biking, hiking etc.) and local attractions like Yellowstone National Park. John grew up in Carlisle and is a graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School and the University of Vermont.

Steve Kirk, John’s father, will review his 2010 fishing experiences around Cape Cod and make recommendations for the probable better fishing areas for the 2011 season. This will include interactive participation from the audience.

Anyone interested in or just curious about fishing is encouraged to attend. For more information call Steve Kirk at 1-978-371-0176 or email

A $4 donation is requested for admission for the room rental.

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 25 and 26. Outdoors, weather permitting, a group meets on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at Center Park and then walk for about two hours on the Carlisle trails. If you have questions, contact Jane Anderson at 1-978-369-9672 or email her at

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 this month’s 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

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. ∆

News from the Carlisle School Association

• Annual CSA ice skating party: Enjoy the day off from school on Wednesday, December 15, by attending the annual Ice Skating Party from 10 a.m. until noon. Held at the skating rink at Middlesex School on Lowell Street in Concord, this event has become a tradition for Carlisleans of all ages. Bring your skates (no rentals on site), helmets, a signed waiver form found at and $5 admission fee to gain entry to Carlisle’s hottest party on ice. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For additional information, please contact Gail Bernardin 1-978-318-6972 or

• CSA meeting: Join us in the Carlisle Public Schools Corey Dining Room for the monthly Carlisle School Association (CSA) meeting on Tuesday, December 14, 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

“Cyber Safety” Forum

Come hear a forum on Thursday, December 9, from 9:15 to 11 a.m. at Concord Middle School, presented by Asst. District Attorney Onyen Yong on a critical topic that is impacting our families, schools and communities.

The Internet, cell phones and social networking sites offer powerful and almost limitless opportunities to gain knowledge and make contact with others. When used appropriately, they are powerful and positive tools. However, there are many pitfalls and risks to young people. It is important for parents/guardians and school staff to be equipped with effective prevention and intervention strategies. Onyen Yong, Assistant District Attorney and Director of Information Technology for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, will offer practical information, advice and strategies to help guide and protect our children.

The Peabody Forum will be held at the Concord Middle School, 1231 Old Marlboro Road. No registration is required; there is no fee to attend. Email at the Center for Parents and Teachers for more information.

Thanksgiving service at Trinity Church

Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord will have a 10 a.m. service on Thanksgiving Day in the Trinity Chapel at 81 Elm Street. All area residents and their guests are invited to attend. The Rev. Tony Buquor, Trinity’s rector, will celebrate. Trinity’s Chapel is handicapped accessible.

For further information, call the Trinity Parish Office, 1-978-369-3715 or visit Trinity on-line at

Environment funds available through Chest

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest is now accepting applications for funding from environment-focused nonprofit agencies. Grants are available from the Chest’s Environment Field of Interest Fund for 501(c)(3) organizations that support local environmental issues.

Field of Interest Funds were established in 2006 to address the immediate needs of local agencies outside of the Annual Campaign allocations process. They were designed in response to the changing donor environment and the expanding needs in Concord and Carlisle. These funds help to financially support agencies beyond the Chest’s traditional human service focus. Each fund is created based on the interest of the donor and monies are dispersed over a three-year period.

The Chest also offers Field of Interest Funds in the areas of Scholarships and Community Impact. To apply, contact the Community Chest at 1-978-369-5250 or

Newcomers Club holiday welcome, December 14 New (in the past five years) to Concord or Carlisle?

Looking to augment your Facebook friends with real, live humans who live nearby and can be counted on to give a great holiday party, hold fun wine tastings and visit fascinating museums and cultural events? Come to the Newcomers Club holiday lunch at the Colonial Inn in downtown Concord on Tuesday, December 14, at noon. (The Inn is located at 48 Monument Square.)

Lunch will be in the main dining room. Since everyone will just order from the menu, the cost will be that of whatever you ordered – anywhere from $10 to $30. Come alone, or bring a friend or your significant other. If you’d like to attend, contact Patricia Koenitzer at (p underline koenitzer) by Sunday, December 12.

Lowell Humane Society needs your help

The Lowell Humane Society (LHS) provides needed care and protection for these pets while they are between permanent homes. Your help is needed to assist in this important work. The LHS currently is in need of paper towels, bleach, animal crates and carriers, leashes, pet supplies and toys, and related items. Of course, cash donations are greatly needed, as well.

The Community Table at Carlisle’s Winter Farmers Market will be ready to accept your contributions and support for the animals of the LHS on November 27, from 9 a.m. until noon at the First Religious Society in the Town Center. You can help make a better life for these pets in need. For further information call Carol Foster at 1-978-369-2276.

Carlisle Fire Department wants to keep you safe and warm this winter

As the temperature outside drops, Carlisle families take to the indoors to keep safe and warm. What they may not realize is that turning up the heat can increase the risk of home heating fires.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), half of all home-heating fires occur during the winter months. On average, NFPA research shows that heating equipment is involved in almost 70,000 reported U.S. home structure fires per year, with associated loss of roughly 600 civilian deaths, more than 1,600 civilian injuries and almost $900 million in direct property damage.

“While these numbers are frightening, nearly all of these fires are preventable,” said Carlisle Fire Chief David Flannery. “We can reduce the number of home heating fires in our community be taking some simple precautions and using heating equipment properly.”

NFPA and the Carlisle Fire Department recommend some simple home-heating safety tips, so residents can help keep our community safe and warm this winter.

• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home so that when one sounds, they all sound. Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

•Be sure your home has both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or combination alarms that include both technologies.

• Practice your home fire escape plan.

• Have your chimney inspected each year and cleaned if necessary.

• Use a sturdy fireplace screen.

• Allow ashes to cool before disposing. Dispose of ashes in a metal container.

•Space heaters need space. Keep all things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least three feet away from heating equipment.

• Turn portable heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.

• Plug power cords only into outlets with sufficient capacity and never into an extension cord.

• Inspect for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections. Replace before using.

•Install and maintain a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each sleeping area.

• Never use an oven to heat your home.

For fuel assistance, contact the National Energy Assistance Referral Line at 1-866-674-6327 or visit ∆

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. ∆

ConsCom seeking new member

The Conservation Commission (ConsCom) has an opening 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.

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 environmmental 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 their 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.

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Drumlin Farm’s “Meet the Author” events are for the bird lovers

Sy Montgomery will be discussing her book, Birdology, on Thursday, December 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. In her book, Montgomery introduces us to 15 birds with surprising personalities, including The Ladies, her flock of chickens, two orphaned hummingbirds, two Harris Hawks, a Cassowary and Snowball (the dancing cockatoo who became a YouTube sensation). Her latest children’s book Kakapo Rescue will also be available for purchase.

On Thursday, December 9, from 7 to 8:30 pm, nationally acclaimed authors (and former Carlisle residents), Donald and Lillian Stokes, will present their newest work, The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America. They will give you a behind-the-scenes look into the six years they spent creating this spectacular new field guide, filled with over 3,400 color photos. It is one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date photographic field guides available. Both events will be held at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm, and are free for Mass Audubon members, and $5 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, please call 1-781-259-2206.

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Mass Audubon’s only working educational farm, practices sustainable farming that supports native habitat. Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 208 South Great Road (Rt. 117) in Lincoln. To learn more about our programs, call 1-781-259-2200 or visit

Family concert in Concord December 5

The Concord Orchestra, conducted by Richard Pittman, will present its annual family concert on Sunday, December 5. News correspondent Steve Aveson will narrate Paul Patterson’s humorous setting of Roald Dahl’s The Three Little Pigs. Members of the Bedford High School String Orchestra will play the Brook Green Suite by Gustav Holst. Also on the program is the overture to The Thieving Magpie by Gioachino Rossini. Performances are at 2 and 4 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden Street, Concord. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children. For tickets and information, visit

Emerson Umbrella 26th Annual Winter Market

The Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord presents its 26th annual Winter Market on December 3, 4 and 5. This celebration of fine art and craft has grown over the years from a small holiday sale in the Umbrella’s Dance Studio to a building-wide event that involves over 50 resident and invited guest artists who represent an exciting mélange of high quality, affordable art and craft in an historic Concord setting. Photography, glass, pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, clothing, cards, handbags, baby clothes, paintings and prints, sculptures… these and more combine to make up this fine seasonal market.

Join them on December 3, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., December 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and December 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. And while you are here, explore the many educational and entertainment possibilities that will be offered in the coming year. Tickets and classes are always a welcome and thoughtful gift.

Emerson Umbrella is located in the heart of historic Concord at 40 Stow Street. For more information call 1-978-371-0820 or visit their web site at

Young musicians concert in Westford

The Westford Historical Society presents BCMFest Young Musicians ( As always, this popular show will present some of the most accomplished young performers of Celtic music in the Boston area. Past shows have seen appearances by Katie McNally on Scottish fiddle, the Folk Arts Quartet and Cape Breton duo Doug Lamey and Cliff McGann. There’s always a lot of creativity and energy and the BCMFest Young Musicians show.

This handicapped-accessible show will be held at the Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road on Friday, December 10 at 8 p.m. Doors open 7:15 p.m. Members $12, non-members $15, teens $5, under 13 free.

Reservations are recommended: 1-978-692-5550, or

Montessori book fair on December 4

Oak Meadow Montessori School welcomes the community to shop their book fair on Saturday, December 4, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., featuring selections from both Scholastic and Barefoot Books.

Oak Meadow Montessori School is located at 2 Old Pickard Lane in Littleton.

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