Public information session on deer hunting 

The Board of Selectmen will hold a public information session on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Clark Room on the first floor of Carlisle Town Hall to hear public input regarding the Deer Committee’s proposed deer hunting regulations.  Additional information is available on the Town website or by calling the Board of Selectmen’s Office at 1-978-369-6136.

Replanting lives uprooted by mental illness

Mara Biere, Certified Family Life Educator, President, Grow A Strong Family, Inc. (www.growastrongfamily.org) will facilitate a support group at the Gleason Public Library. This support group focuses on strategies for managing when loved ones have mental illnesses. In this session, we explore what “silent agreements” are, how they influence relationships of all kinds and when they are best left silent or not. We offer a minimum of three strategies for managing silent agreements. Participants will leave the session empowered and confident or, at the very least, with the sense that others share similar experiences.

Registration is suggested but drop-ins welcome. All ages are welcomed.

Feel the love at the CFC Valentine party

Join the Carlisle Family Connection (CFC) on Saturday, February 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Religious Society. 

There will be games, snacks and crafts perfect for kids 0-5 (and their caregivers). Please make sure you have registered with the CFC through the Carlisle Recreation Department, and contact CarlisleFamilyConnection@gmail.com with any questions.

Discover your family history

For anyone looking to get started with genealogy, genealogist and Carlisle resident Claire Smith will present an Introduction to Genealogy at the Gleason Public Library on Saturday, February 17, at 2 p.m. (snow date March 3, 10 a.m.) She will review the best sources, print and online, for beginning or improving your family history search. For patrons who are just beginning family history research or want to learn some excellent resources. Free; advance registration not required.

Upcoming events from the COA 

Monthly coffee: Mingle with your neighbors at our free coffee hour, hosted by Police Chief Fisher and the Carlisle Police Department in the Sleeper Room at Village Court on Wednesday, February 7 at 9 a.m.  A blood pressure clinic will be held at 9 a.m., sponsored by Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley.

Men’s breakfast: On Thursday, February 8 at 8 a.m., come to the Sleeper Room at Village Court for breakfast prepared by volunteer chef Dana Smith. The suggested donation is $3. A blood pressure clinic will be held at 8 a.m., sponsored by Home Instead.  Please park on Church Street.

Concord Players: The Concord Players invite you to a senior open dress rehearsal of You Can’t Take it with You on Thursday, February 8 at 8 p.m. at 51 Walden Street, Concord. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Community book club: The book club will meet on Monday, February 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the Gleason Library and will discuss The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble. For more information, call Mary Zoll at 1-978-369-5236.

Carlisle social hour: Come to the Carlisle Social Hour on Monday, February 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the 1st floor Community Room at Benfield Farms, 575 South Street. This program is for seniors who are widowed, widowers, divorced or living alone and who want to meet other people. Join your neighbors and make some friends or get reacquainted with some old friends. Light refreshments will be provided. Feel free to bring a friend and enjoy. No registration is required; just show up. 

Computer Skills, part 2: On Tuesday, February 13 at 1:30 p.m. in the library, join long-time Carlisle resident and computer industry leader Bob Supnik in a Community Conversation about maintaining your computer. Learn how to protect your data and maintain your computing environment against both normal wear-and-tear and unusual situations, such as malware infections.  Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 by Tuesday, February 6 to register.

Nashoba Tech lunch: Come to Nashoba Tech for lunch on Wednesday, February 14 at 11:45 a.m. The menu includes grilled salmon with hollandaise sauce, potato and vegetable; pork Calvados with apple brandy sauce, mashed potatoes and vegetable; or a vegetarian meal, chef’s choice. Call the COA to register by noon on February 7. The cost (subsidized by a COA grant) is $5 for the meal, $1 extra for soda.

Conservation Coffee to discuss local wildlife

The Tuesday, February 13 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford St., from 7:30 to 9 a.m. 

Have you had any interesting wildlife observations or wildlife questions lately? Pat Huckery, District Manager of the Northeast Wildlife District of the Massachusetts Division Fisheries and Wildlife, will be here to speak about living with wildlife and the latest wildlife news and can be available to answer your wildlife questions.

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: March 13, April 10, May 8, and June 12.

Poppies for Armistice Day kick-off events

The Carlisle Poppy Project is planned to be part of the celebration of the Centenary of the first Armistice Day, to be held November 11, 2018. The project involves a community creation of a field of handmade textile poppies, streaming from a scarf around the Lady Liberty war memorial in the rotary, across to the new war memorial.

There will be two kick-off events: an evening event: February 6 at 7 p.m. and a lunchtime event: February 6 at noon, both at the Gleason Library.

For more information see www.facebook.com/carlislemapoppyproject/

The Nature Connection offering volunteer training

The Nature Connection, a non-profit organization, is offering a training session for volunteers who would like to help deliver monthly nature-based therapeutic programs to elders and youth in need throughout Greater Boston.

Volunteers should have experience or interest in environmental education, psychology, social work, occupational therapy or the arts; or have worked with people with disabilities, youth, elders or animals. Volunteers are asked to make a year-long commitment, at least once a month for two hours. 

Participation in this workshop is required for new volunteers. Training will be on Saturday, February 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Umbrella Community Arts Center, Room 122, 40 Stow Street, Concord. 

You must register in advance at www.nature-connection.org/2018events. 

Foss Farm gardens rules feedback sought

In order to provide the best Community Garden experience possible for the 2018 growing season, the Carlisle ConsCom is planning its annual review of the 2017 Community Garden Rules during its February 8 meeting at 8 p.m. The 2017 rules are available at: www.carlislema.gov/Pages/CarlisleMA_ConComm/index, or by reviewing them at the Gleason Public Library or the Conservation office in the Carlisle Town Hall during regular business hours. You may also mail comments to the Carlisle Conservation Commission, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741, 1-978-369-0336 or email the Conservation Administrator, Sylvia Willard: swillard@carlislema.gov. Written comments should be received no later than February 7.

Beat cabin fever with museum passes

For those looking for ways to get out of the house this month, Gleason Library members can check out passes to two dozen area museums and attractions for all ages, from the Museum of Fine Arts and Peabody Essex, to the Discovery Museum and One Stop Fun. Passes are sponsored by the Friends of the Library and other area organizations. Visit gleasonlibrary.org and click the link on the right to see the full list and reserve passes online, or ask the librarians for more information.

Black Experience in Concord talk Feb. 25

The Friends of Minute Man National Park invite the community to join us on Sunday, February 25 at 2 p.m. for The Past We Never Knew: New Research and Reflections on the Black Experience in Concord. The panel discussion will be held at Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Road in Lincoln and is free to the history-loving public or anyone wishing to learn more about our rich heritage. 

The panel will be moderated by local historian Jayne Gordon, who is on the boards of both the Friends of Minute Man National Park and the Robbins House. For more information please contact Friends of Minute Man National Park at 1-978-318-7822 or via email at emiller@friendsofminuteman.org.

Apply for the Caroline Hill Scholarship 

Applications for the 2018 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 $1500. The awards are made in May. Applications are only available online. You may download them from the Board of Selectmen page at www.carlislema.gov. 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 diane.powers@comcast.net with any questions.

Carlisle Democratic Party Caucus, Feb. 3

Reminder: The election of Carlisle delegates to the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Convention will be Saturday, February 3, at the Carlisle Democratic Caucus. The location is the Hollis room in Gleason Library, 22 Bedford Road, Carlisle. 

Official sign-in runs from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. If you are not a registered Democrat, you may switch your status to Democrat at the caucus and participate. Visitors are welcome to observe. Democratic campaign reps will be present, collecting signatures to get on the convention ballot, and for you to speak with prior to 10:45, when the process begins. 

For anyone interested in joining the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee, there will be a Town Committee meeting following the Caucus. Contact Bob Wallhagen at 1-978-369-7802 or via Email at rwallhagen@aol.com, or Nancy Kronenberg via email at nancycdtc@rosepath.com if you need more information.

Gleason children and teen events

• Boston Bruins/Cradles to Crayons Pajama Drive: February 1 - March 15: Gleason Public Library is partnering with the Boston Bruins and Cradles to Crayons to provide new pajamas for local children and teenagers in need across the Commonwealth. The PJ drive runs February 1 through March 15, 2018. You can make a difference by bringing in new pajama donations of any and all sizes to the Children’s Room. The more pajamas Gleason collects, the higher the eligibility for Carlisle to win Boston Bruins prizes! For any questions, please contact Nicole at nclaire@gleasonlibrary.org.

• Early Release Movie (Grades 5-8): Tuesday, February 6, 1 - 3 p.m. On each early release day during the school year, Gleason Teens will show a movie for grades 5 through 8 at 1:00 p.m. Popcorn, juice and soda will be served. 

• 3rd and 4th Grade Book Club: Thursday, February 8, 4 – 5 p.m. The 3rd and 4th Grade Book Club is back! Our book for February will be Capture the Flag by Kate Messner. Copies of each month’s book will be available at the library’s front desk to check out. If you have any questions about the book club or would like to register your child, please contact Tahleen Shamlian at tshamlian@gleasonlibrary.org or call 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the Children›s Desk.

**Note: Please let us know if your child has a food allergy.**

• Magic for Muggles Wizarding Workshop (Ages seven and up), Tuesday, February 20, 4  to 5 p.m.: You don’t have to be Harry, Ron or Hermione to have magical powers. Learn how to perform real magic tricks from Thockmorton, a wizard trying to earn himself a teaching position at Hogwarts. All of the magic tricks can be easily mastered by Muggle students, and you will receive all of the props needed to perform these magical effects. In addition, each student will receive his or her very own magic wand.

The minimum age for this show is seven, the maximum number of children is 30, and the length of the performance is one hour. Please register by calling the Children’s Desk at 1-978-369-4898, or emailing Miss Nicole at nclaire@gleasonlibrary.org.

New date: all-new Discovery Museum set to open its doors

After 35 years of operation, more than 4. 6 million children and families served, tens of thousands of family memories made and millions of hands-on STEAM-based A-HA! moments enjoyed, the expanded, completely renovated, fully accessible and now single-building Discovery Museum will open its doors to the New England community for a celebration weekend March 3 and 4 at  9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Children 12 and under will be free all weekend as a thank you to the community.

HeatSmart Mass Campaign

Carlisle residents will soon have a unique opportunity to upgrade their home heating and cooling systems to reduce harmful emissions of greenhouse gases, improve home comfort and potentially lower utility bills. Carlisle, in partnership with Concord and Lincoln, was recently selected by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) to host a HeatSmart Mass program. HeatSmart Mass is a community-based education and group-purchasing program for clean heating and cooling technologies.  Starting in late February or early March 2018, residents can install various clean heating and cooling technologies using vetted installers at significantly reduced prices. Rebates from MassCEC and Mass Save, and a zero-interest HEAT Loan from Mass Save, make these technologies even more affordable.

The Board of Selectmen encourages Carlisle residents to sign up for a free Mass Save home energy audit (required to take advantage of rebates), and to learn more about HeatSmart Mass. Residents can sign up for a free home energy audit at: www.masssave.com/en/saving/energy-assessments/homeowners/.

For more information on HeatSmart Mass, contact Bob Zogg, Carlisle HeatSmart Coach, at HeatSmartCarlisle@lowcarboncarlisle.org. Or, visit the HeatSmart website at wepowr.com/heatsmartccl.

LWVCC breakfast will feature gerrymandering

The League of Women Voters for Concord-Carlisle (LWVCC) membership winter breakfast on
“Gerrymandering: Why It’s More Complicated Than You Might Think” 
will be held at the Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord, Saturday, February 10, 9 to 11 a.m.

Do you know what Gerrymandering is? A funny-looking election district map? Come to the League’s annual breakfast meeting on February 10 to learn more about gerrymandering and get your questions answered. Gerrymandering is a current priority for the League, given the redistricting that will follow the 2020 Federal census and the gerrymandering case, Gill v. Whitford, which was argued before the Supreme Court in October 2017 and will be decided by June 2018.

Our featured speaker is Mira Bernstein, PhD, of Tufts University. She is a founding member of the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group. Bernstein is a mathematician, math educator and data scientist, and she holds a research faculty position at Tufts, in the Science, Technology and Society Program. She has published on partisan gerrymandering in technical journals and can explain the concepts clearly to a general audience.

Reserve a place by sending your $20 check payable to LWVCC to PO Box 34, Concord MA 01742 or pay online through PayPal on our website, Go to the donate option; there is not a special registration form. Please make a $20 donation and we will record this as a registration for the brunch. www.lwvcc.ma.lwvnet.org/donate.html. Reservations are due by February 4.

“Lost Laughs: The Slapstick Tragedy of Fatty Arbuckle” premieres at MRT 

The Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) is proud to present the world premiere of “Lost Laughs: The Slapstick Tragedy of Fatty Arbuckle,” written by Andy Bayiates and Aaron Muñoz, directed by Nathan Keepers, with performances February 14 to March 11, at the Nancy L. Donahue Theatre located at 50 East Merrimack Street in historic downtown Lowell. In addition, MRT is hosting a panel discussion on the historical context of Lost Laughs titled “Women’s Rights, Prohibition, and the Fall of Fatty,” on Thursday, March 1, immediately after the 7:30 p.m. show.

  Tickets are on sale now at www.mrt.org or by calling 1-978-654-4678.  A senior discount is offered for 10% off adult ticket prices. Student tickets are $15. Group discounts are available for groups of six or more by calling 1-978-654-7561.

Umbrella offers vacation week Art Explorers–Winter Olympics, past and present

The Umbrella on Stow Street, Concord, has designed its February Vacation Week Art Explorers program with variety in mind to give students the opportunity to discover, explore and experiment in the arts.

With the Winter of 2018 comes the Olympics!

This year the Winter Olympics are being held in PyeongChang, South Korea and the Umbrella is holding its own “ART Olympics.” Students will be inspired by the design, pageantry, heroism, history, culture and athleticism of the games and use their imaginations and creativity to explore these ideas.

Art Explorers—Winter Olympics, Past and Present will get the creative sparks going with hands-on projects in ceramics, arts and environment, drawing and painting, 2D and 3D mixed media, digital arts, performing arts and woodworking.
Join in, and let the art and games begin.
Registration deadline: Sunday, February 11, Program closed: Monday, February 12.