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| July 31, 2013

Vacation Bible School at St. Isidore; RSVP Due July 31
St. Isidore Parish is pleased to offer our Vacation Bible School again this summer!  Our “Kingdom Rocks” adventure begins on Monday, August 12 and ends on Thursday, August 15.  Each day runs from 9:30 – 12:30.  The cost is $30 per child, with a maximum of $90 per family.  The week is open to children aged 4 by September 1 through those entering 6th grade in the fall.  Additional information and the registration form is available at stisidorestow.org, or contact Joyce Pinney, Faith Formation Director at 978-897-9790 or atjoyce@stisidorestow.org.  Payment/RSVP due by Wednesday July 31st.

Wash The Fire Truck Day
The annual Wash The Fire Truck Day will be held on August 3rd, from 10:30 – 2:00pm at the Stow Fire Department.

Joint Summer Service of Area UU Churches
On Sunday, August 4th at 10:00 AM, the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton Unitarian Universalist will host the 10th Annual Joint Summer Service with the congregations of First Church Unitarian of Littleton and the Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church. The Rev. Tom Rosiello will lead the worship and offer a sermon on “Making room for ‘Sabbath time’ in your life.”   Life presses in from every side and there is always more to do.  We increasingly tend to go non‑stop without taking time for rest, renewal, and a chance to gain some perspective.  The ancient idea of observing the Sabbath teaches us that there is a sacred rhythm to life that we need to observe.  The service will focus on restoring that rhythm to our lives.

Mike Pfitzer, First Parish’s music director, will lead a “pick-up” choir to sing during for the Joint Summer Service.  All singers are welcome and should arrive for rehearsal at 8:30AM. All are welcome to participate in this service and childcare will be available.  The church is located at 353 Great Road in Stow, at the intersection of Routes 117 and 62, next to the Randall Library.  For more information, visit www.fpc-stow-acton.org or call 978-897-8149.

Young Eagles Flight Rally 
All those between ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, August 10 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, as EAA Chapter 196 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Minute Man Airfield, 302 Boxboro Road, Stow. Registration takes place next to Nancy’s Airfield Café. Pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes, allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight.   The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation. For more information, go to www.eaa196.org/eagles.htm, call 978-212-9196, or send an email toyoungeagles@eaa196.org.

Nashoba Regional High School, Class of 1988, 25 Year Reunion!
Saturday, August 10th from 12-4 at the Tiki Bar at Nashoba Valley in Westford. Join your classmates for a huge buffet, beach with life guard, volleyball, horse shoes, bocce, badminton, ladder golf, music by DJ Del and more!  $60 per person (Cash Bar), $20 for kid’s under10. Checks can be made payable to: Laurie Moore 6 Overlook Terrace, Plymouth, MA 02360 or via PayPal – sending the payment to the email address of:  lauriemoore13@verizon.net.  Questions:  contact Laurie Moore at lauriemoore13@verizon.net or find us on Facebook at “NRHS Class of 1988”.

2nd Annual Win-Win At The Randall Library
During the week of August 13 , the Randall Library is once again offering a terrific win-win in conjunction with the Stow Food Pantry. Simply bring in any new/unused personal care product from the list provided and we will forgive up to $3 of your existing library fines! (“Billed” items are excluded.) Donations, especially personal care products, are historically lower during the summer months at the Food Pantry. Help them help others and help yourself–it’s truly a win-win for everyone!
Suggested donations: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, disposable razors, shaving cream, bar soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, feminine products, band-aids, hand sanitizer, kids’ sunblock.

SCT Bike for the Woods
The 12th annual Stow Bike for the Woods is taking place Sun Aug 18. This is a family-friendly road-bike ride in support of the Stow Conservation Trust. Registration starts at 8:30AM, ride at 9am. The ride starts at the Town Common in front of the Randall Library at the junction of Routes 117 and 62 in Stow. You can register for the ride and get more information at http://bikeforthewoods.org

Choose from a variety of ride lengths including 5, 14, 28, 35, 48 and a 65 mile metric century. All ages and abilities are welcome. The routes are marked and cue sheets are provided. The routes take you by some of the conservation property in the area. See up close why Stow and surrounding towns are considered biking central by those in the know. The Stow Conservation Trust aims to preserve open space for future generations. All proceeds from the ride go to the Trust. Last year the ride raised over $2500 for this worthy cause.  Food, drink, and support for the ride are provided by our great sponsors: Whole Foods Market Wayland, Bagels Plus of Acton, Trader Joe’s of Acton, Pedal Power of Acton, Idylwilde Farms of Action, Carver Hill Orchard of Stow, Honey Pot Hill Orchards of Stow, and Starbucks of Acton.

Upcoming Artisans Fair & Local Artisans Wanted
The Lake Boon Association is hosting the 5th Annual “Lake Boon Artisans Fair” on Saturday, August 24,  10am-3:30pm at the beautiful Pine Bluffs Recreation Area, as part of the fun-filled 2013 Water Carnival weekend.  Shoppers mark your calendars and come support your talented neighbors!  We are also looking for additional local artisans to participate, and are asking for a nominal donation from each artisan ($10 for Lake Boon Assoc. members, $15 for non-members) to reserve a space.  Artisans will need to provide their own table/display for selling.  Space is limited so please contact us soon for more information.  Call or email Kris (978-430-4109kriskrablin@gmail.com ) or Lynne (978-212-5269lynnecor@aol.com ).

Sing with Sounds of Stow Chorus and Orchestra
The Sounds of Stow Chorus and Orchestra welcomes singers in all voice categories to join with us for our fall concert with full orchestra to be held Sunday, Nov. 24th at the Hale School Auditorium.  Artistic Director and Conductor Barbara Jones has selected an exciting program of Russian choral/orchestral works: Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto, Gretchaninoff’s “Hvalite Boga,” and Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances.”

Open rehearsals are Monday evenings beginning August 26th from 7:30-9:30 at the First Parish Church, 353 Great Rd. Stow.  Participation in the SATB chorus is open to all – no auditions required – and offers the opportunity to learn exciting and challenging music in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.  Contact Ms. Jones (978-562-2620) or Martha Pfeiffer (978-562-0302) with questions, visit www.soundsofstow.com for more information, or simply attend the Monday evening rehearsals for the opportunity to learn this inspiring music and participate in the concert.

Stow Soccer Club Registration Open
Munchkins (born between 9/1/2008-4/1/2009) and Transitions (born between 9/1/2007-8/31/2008) registration is currently open until 9/7/2013.  Registration is online at www.stowsoccer.org.  Please contact Jodie Marsteiner at jmarsteiner@yahoo.com for more information.

Crafter’s Wanted For St. Isidore 2nd Annual Fall Festival 
Looking for crafters for Fall Festival to be held Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 from 9AM to 3PM at St. Isidore Parish, Great Rd, Stow.  8′ booth is $30. and a 6′ booth is $20.  Please go online to www.stisidorestow.org to find the forms for submission.

OUT OF STOW

Chef’s Day Out at the Maynard Farmers’ Market
On August 3, Chef Rob Wezwick. a Certified Personal Chef (CPC) and the owner of Maynard-based Park Hill Chefs will be preparing dishes using the seasonal produce available from the Market’s vendors. Dog Trainer & Parent Educator Lisa Bert leads the child/dog safety program, Be a Tree from Doggone Safe. Aimed at children 4-10 with their parents, this dynamic program teaches children how to be safe around dogs. Artisans are Brenda LeSage, with handmade baby items, and soy candle-maker Karen Fintonis. Musical entertainment will be singer-songwriter Vira DeFilippo from Dorchester, who offers songs in English and Italian with pop, Motown, and funk influences. The Market runs Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1pm, rain or shine, in the Mill Pond parking lot at Clock Tower Place on Main Street (rte. 62) in Maynard. For the latest schedule information, email MaynardFarmersMarket@gmail.com.

Women’s Health Expo
The second annual Women’s Health Expo to benefit the YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter.   The event will be held on the Lancaster Town Green on Saturday, August 17th, 9am-1pm.  The event is free  and will feature more than 20 local businesses who address all areas of women’s health.  Free raffles, samples, demos, and health screenings are available throughout the event. The event offers valuable health information for women while supporting a cause that benefits women in our community.

To benefit the shelter, we are encouraging guests to bring new items or monetary donations.   A list of needed items, along iwth more information,  can be found at  www.correctchiropractic.com/womens-health-expo

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