Things To Do

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EXERCISE CLASS ALTERNATIVES

  •  Sarah Hanley will be offering virtual SAMA classes via ZOOM. She has a full schedule of classes for both children and adults. The cost is $15/class or a 10- class pass for $100. Email Sarah at osbkarate@live.com for a schedule and details.
  •  Linda Sango has submitted a Tai Chi and Qigong You Tube site. LINK HERE for Jeff Cote’s site. 
  •  LINK HERE for You Tube “chair yoga” videos. LINK HERE for You Tube meditation videos. Try searching for your favorite exercise! 
  •  Katrina Rotondi has created several You Tubeclasses.  
  • If you have participated in one of the sessions that Elisabeth Bojarski has done or are very familiar with Reiki and you would like to try Distant Reiki, contact Linda Cavallo-Murphy at lcavallomurphy@carlislema.gov and let her know and Elisabeth will contact you to discuss the process.

DIGITAL READING 

  • National Emergency Library - During this unprecedented time in history, access to printed books is becoming difficult forcing students, educators, an the public at large to rely on digital books.  The Internet Archive has temporarily suspended all wait lists, allowing for immediate check-out of the 1.4 million books currently in the lending library. This will be available until June 30 or the end of the National Emergency (which ever comes later).  LINK HERE for the announcement information.
  • Digital Public Library of America - LINK HERE for access to over 37 million images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States.
  • BookFinder.com - LINK HERE  to find used books, rare books, textbooks, new and out- of-print books. Compare book prices, including shipping, from over 100,000 booksellers worldwide. 
  • Library of Congress Audio Archives - LINK HERE for audio collections in original sound format. (NOTE: you can use the search function at the top of the page to search for anything digital in the library.)
  • FREE Access to Ancestry.com  during the pandemic  Log in through the Gleason Library with your library card for free access to their database: LINK HERE 

LEARNING EXPERIENCES

  • From Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street:  Our online cooking school is free through April for anyone who wants to use their time at home to brush up on their cooking skills. Courses on improvising in the kitchen to cooking with the Instant Pot.  LINK HERE
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Sites - LINK HERE  for virtual tours of sites at 1:00 pm each Thursday. 
  • Kennedy Space Center - LINK HERE  for videos of all things space! 
  • DOROT - University Without Walls - LINK HERE  for access to hundreds of classes. 

BOARD GAMES ON-LINE

  • Tabletopia-  LINK HERE  Gleason Library staff is ready and willing to set you up with some on-line game playing classics like Backgammon, Parcheesi, etc. 
  • Game resources from Abha Singhal.
    • Trickster Card Games - LINK HERE   - Play with friends and family or get matched with other live players at your level. 
    • Bridge -  LINK HERE  The largest bridge site in the world. Duplicate, tournaments, money, games, vugraph, and more.
  • Game resources from Jane Lawson.

TOURIST DESTINATIONS

General Exploration


UNIQUELY CARLISLE

  • Virtual Happy Birthday - Free during isolation - Singing telegrams done through a variety of on-line communications to children ages 2 to 12 and Seniors in New England from Kevin Driscoll. Contact Kevin at 617-901-6232 or kevin@driscollproductions.com. 
  • From Carlisle School Superintendent Jim O’Shea: LINK HERE for family activities including zoos, national parks, museums 
  • Submitted by Jon Golden -streaming music from Carlisle’s Responders - LINK HERE
    • Jic Davis - Batar (one string bass, 10 string guitar), keyboard, vocals
    • Mac Ritchey - Fretless electric guitar, guitars, percussion, keyboards, vocals
    • George Middleton - Guitars, vocals
    • Emile Faucher - Vocals, melodica
    • Jon Golden - Drums, percussion
    • Marshall Goff - Guitars 
  • Poetry Bog of Patti Russo - LINK HERE
  • Carlisle Virtual Arts and Culture Showcase -  LINK HERE  Carlisle is jam-packed with talent and the Carlisle Cultural Council has created a way to share it! This virtual showcase is the place for any and all Carlisle residents to share their talents with the community in a time when we cannot share in person. Use it often as content is added regularly.

ANIMALS AND ZOOS

RESIDENT SUGGESTIONS

From Ann James and Ann Quenin:

  • Courses from Ivy League schools -  LINK HERE 
  • Virtual Tour of 5 National Parks - LINK HERE 
  • Virtual visit to the New England Aquarium -LINK HERE  
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra - At Home Listening - LINK HERE

From Abha Singhal: 

  • Viking TV invites you Monday through Saturday to concerts, art exhibits, tours, museums and lectures. They are streamed live at 2pm EST. 

From Elisabeth Bojarski: 

From John Ballantine: 

  • Project Syndicate produces and delivers original, high-quality commentaries to a global audience. 
  • The Conversation US  arose out of deep-seated concerns for the fading quality of our public discourse – and recognition of the vital role that academic experts can play in the public arena. At the top of the page are topics you can click on to get articles. 

From Jerry Lerman: 

From Mike Hanauer: 

From Alan Lewis:  A collection of links to museums around the world.