Come to the Town Caucus at Town Hall

Mark your calendar for March 13 at 7 p.m. You might be someone interested in running for office in Carlisle. There are 11 positions open this year. Check the Town of Carlisle website or the Carlisle Mosquito to see what the positions are and for length of terms. 

To learn about the process of running for office, search for Carlisle on the League of Women Voters Concord-Carlisle website: There you will find a booklet called “How to Get Elected in Carlisle” which describes all of the elected positions in Town government and the process for running for office in Carlisle.

Not everyone wins an election but the process of running is an experience in itself and competitive races make stronger candidates and better government.

So why mark your calendar for March 13? That is the night of Town Caucus when individuals are nominated to run for office in Carlisle. The League of Women Voters reminds you that Democracy is not a spectator sport.

What’s up at the Gleason Library

• Carlisle Reads 2017

American Spring: The Road to Lexington and Concord by Walter R. Borneman. This is not your old American history book. Walter B. Borneman shakes the dust and cobwebs off the American Revolution and breathes life into the years of revolutionary ferment and war by focusing on the people who experienced them. Books, eBooks and audiobooks available. Check this site for a full program of events from mid-March to mid-April:

• Community Book Club - Hush Money on Monday, March 13

The Carlisle Community Book Club meets monthly at the Library, usually on the second Monday, at 10:30 a.m. Advance registration is not required. Contact Mary Zoll or call the library at 1-978-369-4898 for more information.

• Drop-In Knitting

On Friday, March 17, at 10:30 a.m., come share your expertise, see what others are working on and socialize with friends and neighbors.

• Carlisle Reads 2017 – family movie

On Saturday, March 18, at 1 p.m., watch the nation’s fathers harmonize their way through the founding of America in this musical adapted from a popular Broadway show. Rated G; 2 hours 22 minutes; all ages welcome. Presented as part of Carlisle Reads 2017.

Foss Farm plots available

Foss Farm Community Garden plots are located on a multi-use conservation property in Carlisle. The 20’x30’ plots are accessible via a roadway, have hand pumps for irrigation and are plowed once every spring. The Carlisle Conservation Commission is in charge of the property and appoints a garden manager to oversee the community gardens. The gardens are open to anyone, regardless of whether or not they live in Carlisle.  

The plots are available for $15 each, maximum of two plots per applicant.  Jack O’Connor is the garden manager for the upcoming growing season.

To apply for a garden plot, obtain an application form from the Conservation Commission office at Town Hall during regular business hours or from the Conservation Commission’s website at: The application deadline is Friday, March 31.

The Garden Manager plans to have the plot assignments completed by the middle of April.

Art Matters presents Jane Blair on surrealism

Come on Wednesday, March 22, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Irene Church for a talk by Jane Blair on surrealism. What is real?  What is a dream, a nightmare, a fantasy?  Many artists make visual what many can only imagine. The Surrealists view of the world was sometimes dark, curious and even frightening, exploring the subconscious and the irrational. But also they reveal curiosity, much humor, and the poetic hint of possibility. Touch your inner eye and brave the world of the Surrealists, if you dare. Art Matters is sponsored by the Friends of Carlisle Council on Aging and the Friends of Gleason Public Library. Registration is required.

Trails Committee to lead moonlight walk

They got snowed out in January so they’re trying again. On Saturday, March 11, at 7 p.m., the Trails Committee will lead a public walk/cross-country ski/snowshoe under the full moon starting at the Cranberry Bog House at 750 Curve Street. The walk is about two miles. Families are welcome. Dress for the winter weather and bring a flashlight.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.  For more information, contact Steve Tobin at

Walking group returns

You are invited to join the Carlisle walking group on Thursday mornings, beginning March 16, weather permitting and continue until May 25. We meet at 9:30 a.m. at Center Park for about a two hour walk at a moderate pace. We will continue walking on the Carlisle trails needed for you to earn the Carlisle Trekker Award. If you wish to keep a log for the award, it may be found in the latest Carlisle Trails Committee Trail Guide. This is available from Ferns and the Town Clerk’s office. The log is also available on line from the Carlisle Trails  Committee website, Contact Jane Anderson (1-978-369-9672,  or Helen Young (1-978-369-6147) if you have questions. You don’t need to sign up, just show up.  

ConsCom morning coffee March 14

The Tuesday, March 14, Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.  

Members of the Carlisle Historical Commission will be available to discuss their plans for the Central Burial Ground and answer questions. CPA funding is being requested for this project at the Annual Spring Town Meeting. 

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are held on the second Tuesday of the month during the fall, winter and spring seasons. Their purpose is to provide an informal opportunity for residents to discuss a wide range of land use, conservation and environmental issues. The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Continental breakfast provided.

Save the following Tuesday mornings for upcoming coffees: April 11, May 9, and June 13.

Come to the Seed Swap and Potluck

Good food is important to all. Learn surprising facts about how you can help improve your local food supply at “Carlisle Plants a Seed,” a town-wide Seed Swap and info exchange, scheduled for Saturday, March 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Union Hall of the First Religious Society, 27 School Street. No reservations are needed for swapping, info gathering and informal chats from 4-6 p.m. The organizers ask only that diners sign up for the optional potluck supper, which runs from 6-7 p.m. You don’t have to bring seeds, but if you have a few that attract pollinators to your property, they’d be welcome. Find instructions on what to bring—or how to request a potluck sign-up—at Call 1-978-944-1957 if you still have questions.

The event is co-hosted by Sweet Autumn Farm Educational Foundation, Inc., the Carlisle Garden Club, and the FRS Environmental Action Committee.

Carlisle Council on Aging doings    

Carlisle Community Needs Health Assessment Survey: Make your voice heard in March. Provide feedback to the town via a new community-based survey that will be available online at: and on the Caring 4 Carlisle website:

Need help with tax returns?: To find a tax preparation site, visit the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide or call toll-free 1-888-227-7669. There are AARP tax-aide sites at the senior centers in Bedford 1-781-275-6825 and Chelmsford 1-978-251-0533 as well as the Bedford & Chelmsford Library; reservations are required, so call for an appointment as soon as possible.

Senior Moments: Seniors 60+, come to Ferns on Monday, March 13 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. This casual drop-in is for Carlisle seniors to greet, meet, eat early and talk. 

COA lunch: Join us at FRS on Thursday, March 16, at 11:45 a.m. for pizza, salad, dessert and cold/hot drinks. The suggested donation is $3. Register by calling the COA at 1-978-371-2895 no later than noon, Monday, March 13. Shuttle service is available. After lunch, Carlislean Dick Shohet, retired educator, will share his thoughts on “People Problems That Have No Solutions: What to Make of a Diminished Thing.”

French language club: Join us on Wednesday, March 22 at 4 p.m. at Benfield Farms 2nd floor community room. Register by calling the COA at 1-978-371-2895.

Hair Cuts on the Go: On Monday, March 27, licensed hairdressers Suzanne Hickey and Georgia Triantafilles will provide haircuts to our seniors for $10.50 at Town Hall from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Each appointment is 15 minutes. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to make your appointment.

COA lunch: Join us at FRS on Thursday, March 16, at 11:45 a.m. for pizza, salad, dessert and cold/hot drinks. The suggested donation is $3. Register by calling the COA at 1-978-371-2895 no later than noon, Monday, March 13. Shuttle service is available. After lunch, Carlislean Dick Shohet, retired educator, will share his thoughts on “People Problems That Have No Solutions: What to Make of a Diminished Thing.”

Hair Cuts on the Go: On Monday, March 27, licensed hairdressers Suzanne Hickey and Georgia Triantafilles will provide haircuts to our seniors for $10.50 at Town Hall from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Each appointment is 15 minutes. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to make your appointment.

Carlisle rabies clinic

The Carlisle Board of Health will conduct a public rabies clinic for cats and dogs on Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to noon at Town Hall. No appointment is required. The cost is $10 per cat/dog. Owners must bring a current, valid rabies vaccination certificate; rabies tags or copies of immunization records are not acceptable. Dogs must be on  leashes. Cats must be brought in separate carriers. Carlisle dog licenses for residents will be available during the clinic. Call 1-978-369-0283 if you have any questions. 

Caroline Hill Scholarship 

Applications for the 2017 Caroline Hill Scholarship awards are available to Carlisle’s current high school seniors and college students for any type of continuing post-secondary education. These need-based awards typically range from $500 to $1,500. The awards are made in May. Applications are only available online. You may download them from the Board of Selectmen page at Look for Scholarship Applications.                

All information requested must be submitted for your application to be considered. Application deadline is May 5. Contact Diane Powers, 1-978-369-9191, or with any questions.

CCHS information sessions offered 

A public forum will be held on Tuesday, April 4 on the later start time initiative recently adopted for the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS). The forum will be held in the CCHS Learning Commons and will begin at 7 p.m. 

The Concord-Carlisle Regional and Concord School Committees will also hold the information sessions related to school funding questions coming before voters at upcoming Town Meetings. These sessions will be held: Wednesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the CCHS Learning Commons; Tuesday, March 28, at 9:30 a.m. Conference Room 4 at the Ripley Building in Concord and Wednesday, April 11, at 9:30 a.m. in the Ripley Building. ∆

Get the moves at the sixth grade social dance program

All sixth graders are invited to participate in the Class of 2019 Ball Room Dance and Etiquette Program. Get ready to kick up your heels, show your best moves, and have some fun! The program has been enjoyed by Carlisle Sixth Grade students for many years and we hope all of you will join us this year. The aim of the program is to be fun and informative while promoting students’ self-esteem and enjoyment of the performing arts.

Classes will be run by a professional team of dancer instructors at Ellen’s School of Dance in Billerica. Students will be transported to and from the Carlisle School.  

The 75-minute classes will run on these four Friday evenings: April 7, 14, 28 and May 5 (there will be no class on April 22 due to school vacation).

The bus leaves The Carlisle School Parking lot promptly at 5 p.m. and returns about 7:15 p.m. Students will return in time to attend Friday Night Live.

The cost of the program is $125. This includes tuition and bus transportation.  Need-based scholarships may be available. Contact Carrie Wilson to determine eligibility.

The dance portion of the program (60 minutes) will cover basic principles of the waltz, rumba, and swing, as well as some general group and line dances. The etiquette portion (15 minutes) will cover receiving lines, dining, letter writing, telephone manners and common daily courtesies.

The instructors will assign and rotate dance partners for each dance exercise to minimize any awkward jitters. The last class will be a party for students to participate in the dances they’ve learned. Light refreshments will be served.

Attire, particularly sliding shoes, is important in keeping with the spirit of this performing arts program. Girls’ attire: “appropriate” skirt or dressy pants and blouse or dress, and shoes that slide. Boys’ attire: dress shirt and tie, slacks, optional jacket/sweater and shoes that slide. Note: Jeans, sweatshirts and sneakers are not acceptable attire for girls or boys.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of this fun 6th grade tradition. In past years, many students wanted to sign up after the first session when they found out how much fun their friends had. Deadline for sign-up is March 24, 2017. Accommodation may not be possible after the deadline. Don’t delay—register today. Registration can be made by check to: “Carlisle PTO Class of 2019” and mailed to Kimberly Selig at 72 Hartwell Road, Carlisle, MA 01741 by March 24, 2017.

Trash Party is coming—clean up your neighborhood

Save the date—Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Annual Mosquito Trash Party is coming to your neighborhood and everyone is invited. 

This Mosquito-sponsored event is a community-wide roadside pick-up of trash and litter by individuals and civic groups. The invitation is extended to everyone to stake a “trash claim” on their street or in a neighborhood. Remember those work gloves.  

Free refreshments and trash bags will be available in the parking lot next to Ferns (The Center Park) from 9-11:30 a.m. Stop by to chat, grab a bag and enjoy coffee, juice and donuts.

Let us know if you would like help retrieving bags from the areas you collect.  Most prefer to take their collected trash to the Transfer Station, but we are available to pickup bags 12–1 p.m. if you need help. This is also a wonderful opportunity for students and Scouts to earn community service hours.