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Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Eve Caroling

All musicians who would like to play for the Christmas Eve Caroling on the Common should arrive at the town tree by 6:15 p.m. We expect those who want to sing to be with us between the FRS service and Congregational service at 7:15 p.m. Dress warmly and bring your own music stand. Call 1-978-369-5893 for further information. Carlisle Community Chorus Winter Concert

You are invited to join the Carlisle Community Chorus for their Winter Concert on January 11, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Corey Auditorium.

The Carlisle Community Chorus is an intergenerational ensemble of singers ranging in age from 13 to 86. The purpose of the ensemble is to bring musical enjoyment and opportunities to the Carlisle community and to build relationships among members of all ages through learning and performing quality choral music.

The concert is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception. A non-perishable food item (or three) donation is requested. Food collected at the concert will be donated to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank ( For more information, visit

Community Dinner

The Fourth Annual Carlisle Community Christmas Dinner, a coordinated potluck meal, will be held at 4 p.m. on Christmas Day at Union Hall, First Religious Society, 27 School Street. The event is free, but you do have to register at 1-978-369-5180 by Thursday, December 23.

Katrina documentary January 5

On Wednesday, January 5, at 7 p.m., take a journey into Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen. Nominated for an Academy Award® for best feature documentary, “Trouble the Water” is the redemptive tale of two self-described street hustlers who become heroes – two unforgettable people who survive the storm and then seize a chance for a new beginning. Filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal combined home video footage shot by aspiring rap artist Kimberly Rivers Roberts and her husband during the storm with documentary footage following the couple over the next two years.

This screening at the Gleason Public Library is free and open to the public; the documentary is 90 minutes and is unrated. For more information on the film, visit the Internet Movie Database at and the film’s website at This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library as part of the “Cover to Cover” month of events in January, 2011. Visit the library or for information on other special programs and discussions of Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers.

Composting manure presentation January 4

A presentation and discussion on Active Aeration of Manure for Garden Compost will be held in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library on January 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. The discussion is sponsored by the Carlisle Recycling Committee with the goal of improving manure management, producing better compost for local gardeners and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions. A brief overview of active aeration systems, project costs and potential compost distribution will be presented. Local livestock owners and gardeners are especially welcomed to help assess the potential value of various designs and locations. For more information, contact Randy Brown at

Cruise in Europe and the Black Sea

A 13-day River Cruise is planned for September, 2011. Starting in Budapest, Hungary, the itinerary aboard a rivercruise ship includes Kalocsa, Mohacs, (Croatia), Belgrade (Serbia), and on day eight cruising the Iron Gates of the Danube. The cruise continues to Svistov (Bulgaria) and on to Bucharest. A five-day extension to Transylvania is an option. The prices start at $3799. For more information call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023. Flyers are available with more trip details.

CCYBS baseball clinic

CCYBS will sponsor the following skills clinic, organized by CCHS’s Varsity Baseball Coach John Kelly. John is the Concord-Carlisle High School Varsity Coach, Worcester Tornado Pitching Coach and has spent 17 years in professional baseball. The eight-week pre-season training clinics will span a ten-week period starting on January 8.

Clinics will be held as follows: 2 to 3 p.m. T-Ball,
3 to 4 p.m. 1st and 2nd grade,
4 to 5 p.m. 3rd and 4th grade,
5 to 6 p.m. 5th and 6th grade. The cost of the clinic will be $200 with a 20% discount for families with multiple players. All clinics will be held in the CCHS lower gym. 

The goal is to teach baseball and to promote a fun and safe environment for everyone involved. We will get better, while having fun. 

For more information or to sign up, contact John Kelly at or ;1-978-660-5454 or visit ;

Carlisle Styrofoam® Collection Day January 22

Not sure what to do with the Styrofoam® packaging that came with a recent gift or purchase? Start saving it up and bring it to the Transfer Station on Saturday, January 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for recycling by ReFoamIt, LLC, during Carlisle’s first Styrofoam® Collection Day. This town-sponsored event is free to Carlisle residents.

Rinsed Styrofoam® food and beverage containers and trays stamped with a #6 recycling symbol, packing blocks, coffee cups and plates will be accepted. Be sure that items are free of all food particles, tape, labels and cardboard. Food stains (e.g., ketchup) are okay.

Tightly bagged Styrofoam® packing peanuts can be recycled. However, if the peanuts dissolve in water or are “squishy” they are not Styrofoam® and will not be accepted. These biodegradable items can be put into a backyard compost pile.

ReFoamIt will also take rinsed, plastic utensils bagged separately and white only (no pink or blue) Styrofoam® insulation board.

For more information about what items will be accepted, go to Questions? Email: For updated information and additional details, go to on the town website and click on Styrofoam Recycling Day under Additional Links.

Muslims in America lecture

On Wednesday, January 12, at 1:30 p.m., Dr. Kayed Khalil will speak at the Gleason Public Library on being Muslim in America. He will discuss both his own personal journey as a Palestinian refugee who married a Jewish woman, and the history and experiences of Muslims in America in general.

Dr. Khalil was born in 1958 in a refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon to Palestinian parents. He came to the United States on a college scholarship at the age of 18, is married to an American Jewish woman and has three children, Ben, Rami, and Sam.

This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so call the library at 1-978-369-4898 to reserve your place. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and the Friends of the Council on Aging, in partnership with Sage Educational Services, and is part of the “Cover to Cover” month of events in January 2011. To learn more about Cover to Cover events, or to participate online, visit

Zeitoun book discussions

Gather those thoughts, scribble those notes and raise questions regarding Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. Carlisleans will lead three book discussion groups for Carlisle’s “Cover to Cover” in January 2011 as an opportunity to share reviews and critiques and discuss your reactions with others. The discussions will be held in the Hollis Room, Gleason Public Library on:

Sunday, January 9, 3 p.m. with Steve Golson and Ann Rosas;

Thursday, January 20, 7 p.m. with Susannah Vazehgoo; and on

Friday, January 21, 11 a.m. with Angela Mollet and Martha Patten.

All events are sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. These discussions are free and open to the public; no registration is required. To learn more about “Cover to Cover” programs, visit

Carlisle Democratic Party Caucus The election of Carlisle delegates to the 2011 Massachusetts Democratic Convention will occur on February 5, 2011 at the Carlisle Democratic Caucus. It will be held at 10 a.m. in the upstairs conference room at the Unitarian Church, 27 School Street, Carlisle. It is important to note that you must be a registered Democrat as of December 31, 2010 to be eligible to run for a delegate position, and to vote at the caucus. The caucus, however, is an open public meeting and anyone may attend.

For additional information, contact Bob Wallhagen at 1-978-369-7802 or at .

Gleason Library Sundays start January 2

The Gleason Public Library will be open Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. starting January 2 through April 17. The Friends of the Gleason Public Library, Gleason Public Library Endowment and private families, organizations, businesses and individuals joined forces to provide this community service. Their lead contributors include Sorrentos of Concord, the First Religious Society, Assurance Technology, Rosas family, Carlisle Artisans and several anonymous donors, all from Carlisle. Several special events are planned for Sundays. You can find the calendar of events at

Disaster and response On Thursday, January 13, at 7 p.m. in Union Hall, join an intriguing panel of guests as they look at Hurricane Katrina’s impact on New Orleans and beyond, and how governments and non-profits responded. With lessons learned in hand, a brief discussion will follow about how Carlisle can prepare, respond, and be involved. Registration is recommended for this event at 1-978-369-4898. New Orleans Cuisine: a gastronomic tour

On Saturday, January 15, at 12 noon, join Carlisle resident Tony DiRomualdo at the Gleason Library for a gastronomic tour of New Orleans. Food is an integral part of life in New Orleans; this program will explore the cultural heritage of food in New Orleans. See classic ingredients and learn about how they’re used, then taste some New Orleans specialties.

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