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| September 12, 2012

Upcoming Library Programs
Wednesday, September 12th, 2012, 3:30 pm-Local author Julie Berry will be at the Randall Library in Stow to read from her new young adult book “Secondhand Charm”. She will also be available for questions and answers and will talk about her writing process. Books will be available for signing.
Friday, September 14, 2012, 10:30 am-Cynthia Maxfield, the Early Childhood Coordinator of the Nashoba Community Partnership for Children will be that the Randall Library in Stow to present to children and parents fun activities and games to promote early literacy skills geared toward pre-school aged children.
Friday, September 25, 2012, 7:30 pm-The Boston Mob Guide- Boston journalists and authors, Beverly Ford and Stephanie Schorow will be at the Randall Library in Stow to present facts from their book “The Boston Mob Guide: Hit Men, Hoodlums and Hideouts”. With the capture of notorious mobster James “Whitey” Bulger an infamous chapter was closed in Boston history yet Ms. Ford and Ms .Schorow will reveal even more about Boston gangsters past and present by presenting facts from  the chapters of their new book which will be fascinating and informative.  Books will be available for signing.
Fresh Baked Apple Pies and Historic Slates Available
Fresh baked apple pies from First Parish Church of Stow and Acton are a 40+ year fall tradition in Stow!  The wait is over and pies will be sold from the Apple Pie Stand at the church on the Common in Stow, at the intersection of Routes 117 and 62.  Pies will be available on September 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30 starting at 10 am until the pies are sold.  October 6th is the annual Church Fair and pies will be available during fair hours from 10 am to 3 pm.  To commemorate the facility improvement projects being undertaken at the church, historic pieces of slate salvaged from the roof will also be available for a donation.  For further information, call the church at 978-897-8149 or visit www.fpc-stow-acton.org.  Apples for the pies have been generously donated by Shelburne Farm of Stow.
Kids-A-Lot 25th Anniversary Celebration
Kids-A-Lot Country Day School announces its 25th year of serving families in the Stow, Maynard, Hudson, Bolton area!  Director Maryann Deignan would like to thank the families in the community (past & present) for making Kids-A-Lot a success by hosting a  “25th Celebration” with free games, juggling, percussion music, inflatables, face painting, dance & creative movement demos, baby animals, popcorn, snow-cones, cake and more! Saturday, September 15, 2012,  1:00-4:00pm. Take a trolley ride from the Stow Lions parking lot down to Stow Community Park, 50 Old Bolton Rd., Stow, or park right at the field.  Stow Lions will offer hamburgers & hotdogs for a donation. This event is open to Kids-A-Lot families, past & present.  To help us better serve you please send an RSVP to kidsalot25@yahoo.com We would love to hear from you!
OARS 26th Annual River Cleanup.  Join Us!
OARS will hold its 26th Annual River Cleanup on Saturday September 15 from 9:00 am to Noon.  Volunteers will join forces to restore and beautify the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers by removing trash from the waters and shoreline.  They will pull out whatever trash and litter they find–tires, bottles, car parts, bicycles–for appropriate disposal.  Local DPWs assist in the removal of all the debris that is collected.
OARS’ Annual River Cleanup is possible thanks to the support of over 30 local businesses.  OARS invites you to join in this meaningful community endeavor.  Details and meeting locations will be available on our website, www.oars3rivers.org.  To volunteer, please contact the OARS office at (978) 369-3956, or at office@oars3rivers.org.
New Book Club Resumes Meetings in September
The next meeting of the New Book Club will be on Tuesday, September 18th at 7Pm at the library.  We are discussing Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell.  This is a look at poverty in his youth.  How does it compare to poverty today?  Will the poor always be with us?  Are the reasons for poverty always the same?  Join us for a lively conversation. Bring your ideas for future reads.  Please call 978-897-6055 with any questions.
Knitting Group at Randall Library
Calling all knitters, past, present, and just beginning!  Join other Stow knitters twice a month for an hour of stitching and sharing.  We meet downstairs at the Randall Library from 7:00-8:00 PM on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.  Date for this month are Wednesday September 19. Can’t make the meeting but want to stay connected?  Join our online community at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stowknitters  and never miss a thing!  Want more information or have questions?  Contact Cara Schomp at (978)897-5507.
Steppingstones School Open House
Steppingstones School is now open in our new location at 23 Gleasondale Road. We welcome the Stow Community to come visit and tour the school on Thursday September 20th from 4-6 pm.  Come see what you have helped us do!
Public Star Watch
The Skylight Astronomical Society is hosting a Public Star Watch at the Stow Minuteman Airport on  Saturday, September 22nd (rain date September 23rd).
Come see the Moon, far away galaxies and other intriguing cosmic phenomena. Stargazing begins at dusk and ends at 10:30 pm.
For directions and further information see www.sasobservatory.org or call 978-293-7002
In case of inclement weather – rain, clouds, fog or high winds notification of postponement will be posted on the event calendar of the website during the afternoon on Saturday or follow us on Twitter at Skylightastro
Mark Twain at West School 
You’re invited to see American author and humorist Mark Twain at Stow’s West School Museum on Sunday, September 23. Actually, actor and Mark Twain interpreter Bern Budd will present a one-man show the based on the great American author’s life. Free and open to all interested persons, the 3 pm program is jointly sponsored by the Stow Historical Society and the Stow Historical Commission.
Budd’s “The Hannibal Years” program is based on Twain’s life growing up on the banks of the Mississippi River and stories about the real life characters behind Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. As Twain put it, “This is my tale – and some of it is true.” Fittingly for the West School setting, he’ll also talk about the author’s education in the 1830s and ‘40s. The production is geared for ages 10 to 100, but Budd has found that younger children do seem to enjoy the show even if they do not understand it all.
Stow West School Museum programs are supported in part by a grant from the Stow Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
1st Annual Steppingstones School Golf Classic
Please join us for the Steppingstones School Golf Classic on September 25, 2012 to benefit the Steppingstones School – Support the Move. Come out for a great day of golf at a beautiful golf course and support the school and the kids! Join us for birdies, bogeys and laughs at Wedgewood Pines Country Club.The golf scramble is a 12:00 shotgun start and will include a boxed lunch, golf w/ cart, dinner and awards receptions following the golf. There will be long drive, nearest to the pin and putting contests, a cigar roller on the course, basket raffles, a 50/50, and a silent auction. For more information see http://www.steppingstonesstow.com/events or contact Jamie Perry at 508-395-7165 or perry.jr@gmail.com.

                              
Basketball Registration Is Now Open
SYBA (Stow Youth Basketball Association) is now accepting registration for the 2012-13 season, both boys and girls, for the Stow Recreation Basketball (Gr. 3-8) and Bomber’s Basketball (Gr. 1-2) programs. Go to www.stowhoops.org to register. Deadline is October 1st, 2012.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Team “Pink Positive” is selling pink socks as a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Knee High Sports Socks are $10 each with Black Nashoba logo on the side. Socks come in Men, Women (teen) or Youth sizes. Nashoba Athletes and fans can show their support at their games in October. All proceeds will go to Avon Walk for Breast Cancer!!
For more information or to order, please contact Denise Johnson – johnson.denise@verizon.net or 978-618-1941.
Stow Conservation Trust Harvest Ball
This year’s Harvest Ball Fundraiser will be held at the Collings Foundation on Barton Road in Stow.  Mark your calendar for October 13 to support the Trust and enjoy the opportunity to view pre-war American classic cars and historically significant race cars, in addition to landmark aircraft that spans 80 years of flight history. www.collingsfoundation.org.  There will be live music for dancing, exciting Silent Auction items and delicious food by ABCatering.  The event is open to all, so invite friends and neighbors and  purchase tickets  early at a discounted rate by getting a party of 10 to attend.   Tickets purchased by September 30 are $70 per person (after September 30th,  $75 per person).  To order tickets through the mail,  please send a request to:  Stow Conservation Trust,  P.O. Box 397, Stow, MA.  01775; you will receive your tickets by return mail.  Thank you for supporting SCT!
Stow Lions Club Annual Fall Flea Market
Stow Lions Club Annual Fall Flea Market at Stow Lions Field, Route 117 Stow on Saturday October 6, 2012. Rain Date: Sunday October 7, 2012. Market opens at 7:00AM. Free admission and parking. Food Court with a variety of food at family friendly prices.  Clean, well-run, good family atmosphere. Coffee, Donuts, Soft Drinks, Water, Hamburgers, Hotdogs, and Fries.  Approximately 65 dealers.  Well attended, always attracts a high volume of customers.  Great selection of goods, collectibles, books, tools, and decorator items. If you are going to have a yard sale, have it with us.  We generally get a great turn out with a steady flow of traffic all day.  A 20’x25’ booth is only $20.00.  Interested?  Email  stowlions@gmail.com, or call Ed Brown (978-897-4922) or Jon French (978-897-4576).
As with all Stow Lions events, the proceeds from fund raising activities like this one help support local community programs.  To learn more about The Stow Lions Club, visit our web site www.stowlions.org or for additional information about this event, send an email to stowlions@gmail.com.
St. Isidore Parish Fall Festival
The St. Isidore Parish of Stow is excited to bring back its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 10AM to 3PM in the St. Isidore Church Hall and grounds!  Come enjoy a day of fun and food with your family and friends as we have hot dogs and hamburgers available for sale, local crafters selling their handmade items (start your holiday shopping early!), our parish cookbook for sale, a bake sale table, face painting & moonbounce for the kids, and lots of other exciting events!  Admission is free!  If you are a crafter and would like to sell your handmade items at the fair, please visit our website at www.stisidorestow.org for the forms for download and return them to St. Isidore Parish, 429 Great Rd., Stow, MA  01775.  Spaces available are 8′ ($30.) and 6′ ($20) and a very limited number of spots with outlets (additional $5.).  Any questions, please contact Laureen DeBenedetto at socialcommittee@stisidorestow.org.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 

~OUT OF STOW~

 

Square Wheelers Of Acton 
Main-stream with 2 Plus tips, Friday, September 14, 2012, from 7:30-10:00 pm at the Acton Schools Administration Bldg. Gym, 15 Charter Road, off Route 111, West Acton, MA. The caller is Jay Silva and the cuer is Birgit Maguire. Admission: $6.00/person.  This is a casual-dress dance.  Non-dancers are welcome to watch free. For info: 978-897-2552.
Exploring Christian Spirituality In Alpha Course
A lively ten-week course examining essential questions of the Christian faith will be offered from 6:30 – 9:00 PM on Mondays, beginning September 24 at the Acton Congregational Church, co-sponsored by the Union Church of Stow.  A preview dinner introducing this Alpha Course will be held in the Acton Church at 12 Concord Rd. from 6:30 – 8:30 PM on Monday, September 17.  Childcare for the preview dinner can be arranged by request.  There is no charge for the dinner or for the course, and there is no obligation for anyone attending the preview to attend the course.  To reserve a space at the preview and/or on the course, please call Kathleen Liguori at 978-692-2812.
Alpha has proven itself to be of interest to believers of all stripes, as well as to seekers, agnostics, atheists, and to people who have become disconnected from church or had a negative experience with church and may be looking to return to their faith.
Maynard Farmers’ Market: Saturdays until October 6
9 a.m. – 1 p.m., rain or shine, in the Main Street parking lot (near intersection with Sudbury Street) at ClockTower Place in Maynard. Market features weekly music, children’s events, and community information. Local products including fruits, vegetables, herbs, cheese, eggs, chicken, meat, bread, baked goods, coffee, honey, perennials, and cut flowers. Weekly vendors include three from Stow: Applefield Farm, Farmstead Honey, and Stow Greenhouses. 9/15: Music by Dan & Faith and October’s Dream; 9/22: Apple Pie Contest, crafts with Aurora & Haven. For the latest schedule information, ‘Like’ Maynard Farmers’ Market on Facebook.

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