Police Department open house
The Carlisle Police Department (41 Lowell Street) is hosting an open house on Saturday, April 27, from 9–11:30 a.m. Department equipment will be on display and the building will be open for tours. This is also a fantastic opportunity to check out a police cruiser, police motorcycle, meet Department members or just poke around.
Trails Day challenge
The Carlisle Conservation Foundation and Carlisle Trails Committee challenge Carlisleans of all ages to collectively walk all the trails in Carlisle in a single day.
All Carlisle individuals, families, neighborhoods, school classes and community groups are invited to get together and claim one of the 26 trail walks the Trails Committee has posted on their event website (www.carlisletrailsday.org) and then walk the trails on Saturday, May 18 (rain date Sunday, May 19).
Visit the website for more information and to sign up for a walk. Join the committee for post-Walk celebrations at Kimballs from 3-4:30 p.m. and/or Ferns from 5-6:30 p.m.
Call to Democratic Caucus, May 18
The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee invites Carlisle residents to attend the caucus, Saturday morning, 10:30 a.m., May 18. It will be in the Hollis Room in the Gleason Library.
The purpose of the Caucus is to elect delegates to the 2019 MA Democratic convention which will be held in Springfield on September 14. Only registered democrats may participate in the caucus, but visitors and observers are welcome.
This year pre-registered 16- (by 5/11/2019) and 17-year-olds are invited to stand for election as delegates and should bring proof of their preregistration. Registration as a Democrat may be done at the Caucus before it is called to order.
Garden Club Tour coming in June
Carlisle Garden Club Country Gardens Tour, “Come To Your Senses,” will be Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit six memorable private Carlisle gardens as you treat your senses to the healing power of beauty and nature. Tickets purchased in advance are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors (65 and over), and are available online at carlislegardenclub.org or by mailing a check to “Carlisle Garden Club,” P.O. Box 231, along with your name, address and contact info. All tickets the day of the tour will be $35. And all Ticket Booklets will be picked up at the start of the tour.
The garden tours are held every two years, and would not be possible without the participation of community members who volunteer to take shifts welcoming visitors to the gardens. As a thank you for taking a three-hour shift either Friday or Saturday, you will receive a free ticket to be used any time over the two days, one visit per garden. Contact Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie at email@example.com if you wish to join in as a volunteer and visitor.
Nancy’s Airfield Cafe: On Wednesday, May 8 enjoy lunch at Nancy’s Airfield & Café in Stow. The van fee is $5. The van leaves the Congregational Church at 10:30 a.m., returning 2-3 p.m. Call the COA van line at 1-978-371-6690 to register by May 1.
Million Dollar Quartet: Come see another great show at the Greater Boston Stage Co. on May 15. The van leaves the Congregational Church at 11:30 a.m. and returns 5-6 p.m. Tickets are $37/pp. Lunch is on your own at Polcari’s. To register, contact Lillian DeBenedictis at 1-978-369-1848 by Wednesday, May 1.
Carlisle Candidates Forum
The League of Women Voters of Concord and Carlisle will be holding a Candidates Forum for those running for Carlisle elected positions. The forum will be in the Clark Room at Town Hall on Sunday afternoon, April 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. All 12 candidates have been invited to participate and all residents of Carlisle are invited to attend to meet the candidates and learn about their qualifications and their interest in serving the town as an elected official. There is one contested race this year: three candidates running for two open positions on the Board of Selectmen. All three Select Board candidates are scheduled to participate as well as those running for Town Moderator, Board of Assessors and School Committee.
The candidates will be asked questions prepared by the League, and time will also be reserved so that audience members may ask questions. If you are interested in submitting questions ahead of time, submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org. This event will be broadcast live and is also available on demand at the Minuteman Media Network public access Channel 8.
Talk on Climate Change May 9, 7 p.m.
The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee is pleased to invite everyone (15 years and older) to a talk by Naomi Oreskes titled “Climate Change: What Now?” Dr. Oreskes is a well-recognized professor of science history, author, and town resident.
The event is May 9, 7-9 p.m. in the Corey Auditorium of Carlisle School. The talk will include a Q&A section.
Pass It Forward Day
Pass It Forward Day will be on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Transfer Station. This 17th annual donation day of new or still useable items is looking for the following:
• Adult clothes: business attire, party clothes, warm clothes, coats, boots, hats, gloves • Children’s clothes, car seats less than five years old (but no toys)
• 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 roll, 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) • Books, both hardcover and paperback, but no dictionaries, thesauruses, encyclopedias, reference books, textbooks more than ten years old, or magazines • Tub transfer bench (COA will accept the first two that are donated) [No bicycles this year]
This event is sponsored by Carlisle’s Household Recycling Committee to benefit Big Brother Big Sister, Carlisle’s Council on Aging, Concord Players, Discovery Museum, Household Goods, MIT Host to International Students, More Than Words.
Vernal pool walk April 27
Bryan Windmiller, founder of the Headstart program for Blanding’s Turtles, will lead a vernal pool walk on the Conant Land on Saturday, April 27, starting at 10 a.m., hosted by the Carlisle Trails Committee and the Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF). Learn about some of the fascinating creatures that make use of this habitat. Species identification on this walk will be part of the Boston Area City Nature Challenge, a fun competition with cities across the world, to document and identify the most species. The walk will last about two hours. Meet at the back of the parking lot behind Town Hall. The trip is free and all are welcome. Be prepared for wet conditions underfoot. If you have any questions, contact Steve Tobin by e-mail at email@example.com.
Naturalist biodiversity walk April 28
Take a walk on the wild side. Join Peter Burn on Sunday, April 28, and learn how to use the iNaturalist smartphone app and contribute to assessing Carlisle’s biodiversity on this walk starting at 10 a.m. at Foss Farm. Species identification on this walk will be part of the Boston Area City Nature Challenge, a fun competition with cities across the world, to document and identify the most species. The walk will last about two hours. Meet at the Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road. The trip is free and all are welcome. No experience is necessary. Be prepared for wet conditions underfoot. If you have any questions, contact Peter Burn by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCF bird walk May 4
The Carlisle Conservation Foundation and Menotomy Bird Club will host a bird walk at Foss Farm and Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, May 4, starting at 7 a.m. The walk will last two to three hours and search for early migrants such as swallows, sparrows, raptors and the first of the warblers 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 email@example.com.
Trail work help needed May 5
The Carlisle Trails Committee is looking for volunteers to help clear the trails on Sunday, May 5, in preparation for the Carlisle Trails Day (May 18). Wear long pants and sturdy shoes and bring work gloves, drinking water and insect repellent. Bring tools such as loppers and bow saws, or borrow tools supplied by the committee. Meet at the Carlisle Town Hall at 9 a.m. and be prepared to work for about three hours. Notify Steve Tobin if you are coming at firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you have questions. This is a good opportunity for students needing community service or for people working on their Carlisle Trekker awards.
What’s up at the Gleason Library? Genealogy tips
Local genealogy novices and enthusiasts are invited to the Gleason Public Library on Tuesday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. for a class on “Getting Your Ducks Lined Up: Preparing for a Genealogy Research Project or Trip” with local genealogist Claire Smith. They will be discussing best practices for preparing for a genealogy research project or trip. Learn how to plan your research, identify which materials you’ll need and where to get them, maximize your time, set realistic goals and what to do with your findings. We’ll also cover tips that will help make your research a success.
Registration is required; visit gleasonlibrary.org/calendar or call 1-978-369-4898 and ask for Reference.
Cuba and the “last” baseball season
Westford author Jose Ramirez will talk about his new book, Cuba and the “Last” Baseball Season, on Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m.
In this book, Mr. Ramirez writes about the lesser-known story of baseball players in Cuba and the US Minor Leagues who learned of their inability to pursue their dreams to play professional baseball in their home country following the Castro regime’s decision to abolish professional baseball. Players were faced with the dilemma to either leave behind their family, home, friends and beloved homeland in order to play baseball professionally, or to stay at home and pursue a different and uncertain way of life.
This talk is free and open to the public and will be held in the Gleason Library’s third floor Hollis Room; please visit gleasonlibrary.org/calendar or call the Library at 1-978-369-4898 to register or with any questions.
Search for the Medusa
In July, 1816, the French frigate Medusa ran aground on the treacherous Arguin Bank off the west coast of Africa. The events that followed earned the ship a prominent place in the annals of infamous sea disasters. In a botched attempt to reach shore, 150 men and women were abandoned on a makeshift raft. When the raft was found by chance two weeks later, only 15 remained alive, the others having fallen victim to the sea, mutiny, starvation and cannibalism.
A marine archaeological expedition in 1980 located the shipwreck site. Charles Mazel, PhD in Marine Biology, was the expedition’s Technical Director. On Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library, Dr. Mazel will recount the events of the shipwreck, including its causes and aftermath; how Géricault came to paint his masterpiece; and the story of the expedition to locate the Medusa’s remains.
Presented by Gleason Public Library and Carlisle Council on Aging, registration is requested at gleasonlibrary.org/calendar or call 1-978-369-4898 and ask for Reference.