Senior Moments: Seniors 60+, come to Ferns on Monday, September 23 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. This casual drop-in is for Carlisle seniors to greet, meet, and eat (free goodies are provided by the COA and Bridges by EPOCH, Westford). Ferns gives a 10% discount to senior attendees for coffee. A blood pressure clinic will be held at 10 a.m., sponsored by Bridges of Epoch at Westford.
Chelmsford Crossings/Minuteman Senior Services lunch: On Thursday, October 3 at noon, Minuteman Senior Services and the St. Irene Church are hosting lunch cooked by Chelmsford Crossing. The menu includes corned beef and cabbage (alternative meal available when registering), boiled potato, carrots, dessert and hot/cold drinks. Call 1-978-371-2895 by Thursday, September 26 to register. A blood pressure clinic will be held at 11:30 a.m., sponsored by CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Hospital and Winchester Hospital. The suggested donation is $3. After lunch, the Concord Players Traveling Troupe will entertain us with staged readings featuring amusing looks at senior citizens as we age.
Flu clinic for seniors
The Flu Clinic will be held on Friday, October 4 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. in Carlisle Town Hall, Clark Room. It is sponsored by the Carlisle Board of Health and supported by the Carlisle COA. This clinic will provide the influenza vaccine to seniors 65+. They will have high-dose and regular-dose vaccines available. Nurses are provided by Emerson Home Care. No appointment is needed. Bring your Medicare card. If you need a ride, call the COA van line at 1-978-371-6690. Home-bound seniors, call 1-978-371-2895 by September 27 to arrange a home visit. Light refreshments will be provided by Benchmark Senior Living at Robbins Brook.
October 15 deadline for Cultural Council submissions
The Carlisle Cultural Council has set an October 15 deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. These grants can support a wide variety of artistic projects and activities, including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances, workshops and lectures in schools and other public venues. Guidelines and applications are available online now at www.mass-culture.org.
The Carlisle Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCC) serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.
This year, the Carlisle Cultural Council will distribute up to $5,150 in grants. Previously funded projects include the Concord Orchestra and the Carlisle Community Chorus as well as programs sponsored by the Gleason Library, Council on Aging and Carlisle Public Schools in addition to many individuals. New programs are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org or contact Jenny Sagalyn or Mark Levitan, co-chairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The Harvest Fair on October 5 is looking for volunteer musicians to play between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Perks include community service and free lunch. Interested? Contact email@example.com.
Harvest Fair at the First Religious Society
Come celebrate the harvest season on Saturday, October 5, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. with fresh pressed cider, pulled pork sandwiches, vegetarian chili, hot dogs, popcorn, apple crisp with fresh whipped cream, grape jelly, the traditional silent auction, plus artisans indoors and an art show and sale outdoors. There will be free face painting and kids yoga, lawn games, a jazz pianist and an organ concert. All proceeds will be shared with the Crop Walk and the First Religious Society in Carlisle. Pumpkins-on-the-Common is sponsored by the Carlisle Garden Club at the same time and place. This is a family-friendly community event with free parking and no entry fee. For more information, contact Laura Scholten at 1-978-430-9138 firstname.lastname@example.org or Alison Saylor 1-978-369-1809 email@example.com.
Fall crops have arrived at the Farmers Market
Summertime favorites—tomatoes and sweet corn—are still in season at the Carlisle Farmers Market, while fall crops like squash and carrots are now abundant. Green beans, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, kale and more are there too. The market opens at 8 a.m., so come early for the best selection. The market also features sweet and savory homemade baked goods, farm-fresh eggs, Vermont maple syrup and dog treats.
The Carlisle Farmers Market is held every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. until noon at the Kimball Farm Ice Cream parking lot at 343 Bedford Road (Route 225) in Carlisle. The final market this year will be October 12. Visit www.carlislefarmersmarket.org for more information.
CCF bird walk September 22
The Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) and Menotomy Bird Club will host a bird walk at Foss Farm and Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, September 22, starting at 8 a.m. The walk will last two to three hours and search for fall migrants such as warblers, sparrows and raptors in the Community Gardens, the O’Rourke farm fields, including the old piggery, and the wooded wetlands alongside the Concord River. The trip is free and all are welcome, including beginner birders. Be prepared for wet conditions underfoot; bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road. If you have any questions, contact Alan Ankers by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Carlisle Cub Scouts
The Carlisle Cub Scout Pack 135 invites anyone interested in Cub Scouts to our first Pack meeting on Sunday, September 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Carlisle Banta-Davis Field. We will be doing archery and other fun sports during the meeting. Anyone in first through fifth grades and their parents or guardians are welcome.
Firearm safety course
The Carlisle Police Department will be hosting a basic firearms safety course on Saturday, October 19, at 9 a.m. at the Police Station. This course meets the State of Massachusetts requirement to apply for your License to Carry Firearm’s and FID card. The instructor for the course is Jon Wentworth.
The class will cover basic firearms safety and students will learn how to safely handle different firearms. This class will also include hands-on experience loading and unloading revolvers as well as semi-automatic handguns.
The cost for the course will be $100 per student. Contact Sgt. Andy Booth at 1-978-369-1155 or email@example.com before October 18.
Save the date for the Spaghetti Supper
The Annual 6th Grade Spaghetti Supper is Tuesday, October 22, from 5-8 p.m. at the Carlisle Public School. Scoot on down to Café Italia and join the 6th Grade for their Annual Spaghetti Supper. Enjoy a delicious homemade meal served by the 6th graders, socialize with friends and support the Carlisle schools. Win prizes by purchasing regular or golden raffle tickets. Buy tickets for the Spaghetti Supper and raffles from any 6th grader or at Ferns Country Store beginning on September 25.
Museum Pass of the Week: Institute of Contemporary Art
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), located in the South Boston Seaport District, is Boston’s waterfront museum featuring leading visual artists and performance. The ICA strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process. Thanks to the Friends of Gleason Public Library, the Gleason offers discount ICA passes admitting two people at $5 per person.
The Gleason offers more than two dozen discount passes to area destinations. Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, users can reserve these passes via the library website. Visit gleasonlibrary.org/museums to see the full list and reserve passes online, or call 1-978-369-4898 or stop by the library for more information.
Sensory nature program aids children with disabilities
Supporting children with disabilities for over 60 years, Minute Man Arc is launching a groundbreaking therapeutic program for children. The Minute Man Arc TimberNook program takes place outdoors, year round and is not your typical nature program. It weaves the therapeutic benefits of being outdoors with a thorough understanding of child development and alternative education. The result is a rich, unstructured play experience that supports every aspect of the growing child.
Programs are geared toward children ages 18 months to 12 years old and will take place at the Conant Woods in Carlisle center starting September 17.
Minute Man Arc’s four-season program is both inclusive and adaptive to children of all abilities and ages. By moving beyond rote learning and stepping outside, children can experience all of the developmental and educational opportunities nature has to offer. For more information or to register for TimberNook, call 1-978-287-7878 or email Director Sherry Kenin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s up at Gleason ?
A two-part series on The American Experience and the Second World War, presented by local favorite Gary Hylander, PhD will be held on Wednesdays, September 25 and October 2, at 1:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library. Registration is required at gleasonlibrary.org or 1-978-369-4898.
The Mystery Book Club will meet on Monday, September 23, at 7 p.m. in the Gleason Library. The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths will be discussed.
A two-part series about myth and religion, presented by Jason Giannetti, will begin on October 30 at 1:30 p.m. Call 1-978-369-4898 to register.
On October 16 and 23, Richard Travers returns to talk about folk and military music. Registration is required at gleasonlibrary.org or 1-978-369-4898.
“Using Uncommon Sources for Genealogy Research”
Local genealogy novices and enthusiasts are invited to the Gleason Public Library on Monday, September 30, at 6:30 p.m. for a class on “Using Uncommon Sources for Genealogy Research” with local genealogist Claire Smith. Find out how to get past your research obstacles by going beyond the usual databases to find answers. Come talk about where to look and show how to find new sources.
Registration required; visit gleasonlibrary.org/calendar or call 1-978-369-4898 and ask for Reference.
Register for the 2nd Annual Mighty Moose 5k fun run/walk
The 2nd Annual Mighty Moose 5K run/walk and 1-mile kids race for ovarian cancer research will take place on Sunday, September 29, at CCHS at 9 a.m. The event is in memory of Jenna Swaim, a beloved Concord mom of three amazing children who lost her four-year battle to ovarian cancer in July 2018.
To register: if you, your family members, and/or friends are interested in running or walking, register and run on September 29 at Concord-Carlisle High School. Go to Mighty Moose 5K/Walk for Ovarian Cancer - RunSignUp.
Pass It Forward Day
Donate new or still useable items at the Transfer Station, Elizabeth Ridge Road on Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Adult clothes: business attire, party clothes, warm clothes, coats, boots, hats, gloves • Household items: kitchen things, linens, decorative items, furniture
• Arts and crafts supplies, office supplies, sewing supplies: paper, fabric, yarn, foam, cardboard flats and tubes, clean bottle caps and jar lids, coffee filters, cupcake papers, straws, berry baskets, bubble wrap, puzzle pieces, small plastic pieces, clothespins, dowels, 3x5” index cards, contact paper rolls, paper/drawing tools (hole punches, stencils, protractors, rulers, etc.)
• Small electronic appliances and devices, working or broken: computers, keyboards, printers, radios, cd/vcr/dvd players, clocks, land-line telephones, cameras, small kitchen appliances (but no monitors, TVs, microwaves, cell phones, appliances with permanently attached blades or sharp pieces) • Canes: fixed canes, adjustable canes, footed canes, and forearm crutches [No bicycles, children’s things, nor books this time]
This event is sponsored by Carlisle’s Household Recycling Committee to benefit Big Brother Big Sister, Carlisle Council on Aging, Concord Players, Discovery Museum, Household Goods, MIT Host to International Students.
Hear reading from former FRS minister’s memoir
The First Religious Society in Carlisle invites the public to a celebration of the publication of “Leaving Belfort: The Memoir of Eugene R. ‘Woody’ Widrick” on Sunday, September 22 at 11:30 a.m. in Union Hall. Generations of Carlisle residents know Woody as the long-serving minister emeritus of FRS, where he was installed in 1977, arriving in town with his wife Trudi and their two school-aged children, and remained until his retirement in 2001. In this memoir, edited by Carlisle resident Nancy Shohet West, Woody tells the story of his Mennonite upbringing in rural New York, marked by a nine-year hospitalization for tuberculosis; his education and training, first as a librarian and then as a minister; his courtship with Trudi and the journey the two of them along with their son and daughter took over the next several decades as Woody served parishes in Connecticut, New Hampshire, South Africa and the Berkshires before landing in Carlisle. His theological reflections and insights on personal spirituality resonate throughout the text. On September 22, Woody will do a brief reading from the book and sign copies, which will be available for purchase at the event or can be pre-purchased from Amazon. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the church office at 1-978-369-5180, or email NancySWest@gmail.com.
“Kicks For Cancer” events are on September 28
Over the past 13 years, Kicks For Cancer has raised over $463,000 for Dana-Farber’s research into the fight against women’s cancers. Total donations from “Kicks Weekend” events will go directly to Dr. Kevin Elias’ lab at the Dana Farber Institute. Follow Kicks for Cancer on kicksforcancer1 https://www.instagram.com/kicksforcancer1/, Twitter @KicksforCancer1 https://twitter.com/KicksforCancer1 or Facebook KFC Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/296339050730606/
The First Religious Society services
Come for service at the First Religious Society (FRS) each Sunday morning at 10 a.m. The Reverend Lisa Mobayed will be preaching most Sundays. The FRS is a welcoming congregation, searching together for ways to serve the world in meaningful ways.
They provide a full program of religious learning for all ages, with programs based on story, crafting, social justice work and song. Children learn to make a difference in a world that needs their efforts. They learn values through ancient stories from many of the world’s great religions. The FRS believes in mixed-aged groupings and providing ways for teenagers to teach and contributed in meaningful ways. Babies (0-2), Littles (3-5yrs), and Middles (1st-5th Grades) are all welcome from 10-11:15 a.m. Children begin in the sanctuary and leave for Sunday School after the Children’s Story.
The Jr. Youth Group (Jr. Youth Group - 6th-10th Grades), meeting from 10-11:15 a.m. is youth-led and focuses on Social Justice work. The teens get out into the world to feed the hungry and embrace their community. Each Sunday they are working, getting outside in the community and planning their next big effort to change the world.
Night Youth Group (7th-12th Grades) meet from 6:30-9 p.m. on most Sunday evenings. This youth group is youth-led and focuses on fun, adventures, service trips and food. This year, they are starting a Night Band too.
Contact our Director of Religious Education, Pam Howell: email@example.com.
Come on Thursday, September 26, at 2:30 p.m. at the Gleason Library for a Community Conversation about the art of decluttering your home one box at a time. Deb Burke, a Keller Williams Concord realtor, will provide tips on how to declutter.
Senior garden class
Join master gardeners at Center Park on Thursday, September 26, from 9-11 a.m. in a “hands-on” and “how-to class” where creating and maintaining sun and shade gardens and landscapes will be discussed and demonstrated in a real garden setting rather than a classroom. Dress for the weather, and bring garden gloves, your favorite bug repellent, hydration for yourself and clippers if you have them.