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| August 28, 2013

An Introduction to Astrophotography
The Skylight Astronomical Society is hosting a presentation by Terry RiopKa, Digitizing the Cosmos : An Introduction to Astrophotography on Thursday, 29 August at 7:30 pm at The Clubhouse, 18 Rockbottom Road, Stow, MA.

With the low cost and high quality of today’s optics, and the free software resources available on the internet, astrophotography is easier than ever.  Operate robotic telescopes on the web, or learn how to attach a web cam or DSLR to your own telescope, and acquire images of the Moon, planets, International Space Station, galaxies and more!  Join us on Aug. 29th to learn how to digitize the Universe and prove to yourself that an external reality exists beyond your own perceptions!

The Skylight Astronomical Society is your local Astronomy Club.. Look out for Star Watches this fall –Stow Airport (tentative date November 9), Wayside Inn tentative date (September 28). We meet monthly on the last Thursday of the month – at 7:30pm at the Clubhouse. For directions and further information see www.sasobservatory.org or call 978-568-0326

Airport Neighbor Ice Cream Social 
An Airport Neighbor Ice Cream Social will be held on Thursday evening August 29th and September 5th between 5 and 8 p.m. at Minute Man Air Field, 302 Boxboro Rd., Stow, to coincide with the Rotary Club sponsored Wings and Wheels event.  Folks living in Stow and Boxborough are invited to drop by to chat with airport officials about the ins and outs, ups and downs, of your neighbor, Minute Man Air Field,  and enjoy some free yummy ice cream.  We hope to see you here.

Upcoming Library Events
“Lap-sit Storytime” , September 4th @ 11:00am at the Randall Library. Youth Services Librarian Martha Boksenbaum is now offering a special story time geared towards infants to encourage learning and literacy skills and promote parent/infant bonding.

End of Summer Reading/Friends Ice Cream Social, Thursday, September 12th, @ 6:00pm-Have you signed up for the Summer Reading program “Dig Into Reading” at the Randall Library this summer? Then come join us on September 12th to enjoy ice cream and fun when we pull the tickets for the raffles to see who won!  Also on this fun filled night at the Randall Library in Stow we will announce the winner of our Summer Reading Art Contest. Provided for free by the Randall Library Friends Association.

Family Fun Night at Roll On America, September 14th from 4:00-6:00pm- In order to help us promote our “Dig Into Reading” Summer Reading event, Roll On America of Lancaster has offered free admission to any Stow resident with a library card to their roller skating facility and family fun center on September 14th from 4:00 to 6:00pm. Just present your current Randall Library, Minuteman library card at the admissions desk and come join the fun at 90 Duval Rd in Lancaster.
Dina Keratsis, author of “Cake: A Fairy Tale”, September 19th, @ 7:00pm-Romance will be in the air at the Randall Library in Stow, when the author Dina Keratsis, comes to read from her wonderful new romance novel, “Cake: A Fairy Tale”. This book takes readers into a world of romance, wonder, danger and thrills as it follows the lives of two unlikely lovers through a magical world filled with evil, joy and a fantastic ending that you won’t want to miss. The Randall Library staff has voted this book our favorite romantic pick of 2013 (and some of us aren’t even romance readers, yet this book won us over!!). Refreshments will be provided (cake, no less!)

First Parish Church Open Houses Sept. 5th and 7th
First Parish Church of Stow and Acton, Unitarian Universalist, will host an open house in our Fellowship Hall on Thursday, Sept. 5th from 7-9 pm and a special “family-oriented” open house on Saturday, Sept. 7th from 10 am to noon.

The open house on Saturday, 9/7 will be especially geared toward families with children who are interested in learning about our Religious Education (RE) program.  Please feel free to bring your children so that they can become familiar with the church and enjoy some activities while adults are learning about the RE program and FPC in general.  Michelle Cote, Director of RE, and Minister, Rev. Tom Rosiello, will be there to discuss our programs and answer questions.

The church is located at 353 Great Road, at the intersections of Rt. 117 and 62, next to the Randall Library.  Please contact either Michelle Cote (stow.dre@verizon.com), Membership Development Coordinator Joleen Sullivan (mdc@fpc-stow-acton.org), or the church office (978-897-8149) if you have questions or would like more information.

  Wings & Wheels: Cruise-In/Fly-In to Minute Man Air Field
Head to Minute Man Air Field (302 Boxboro Road, Stow) every Thursday night this summer from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM through September 5. Featured cars each week, but all cars are welcome. Open to the public, this event features great food, including wood-fired pizzas, burgers, and dogs from Nancy’s Air Field Cafe. Plenty of show parking and separate public parking. Suggested donation of $5 to benefit local and international service projects. For more information, visit www.WingsandWheelsMA.com or contact info@nashobarotary.org.

Nashoba Welcome Back Dance
There will be a Welcome Back Dance for Nashoba Regional High School students on September 6th. It will be at Nashoba in the lower gym from 9-11pm following the varsity field hockey game.

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.

Fall Soccer Program Seeks Volunteers and Special Athletes 
Nashoba Unified Sports begins this year’s soccer program on Sunday afternoon, September 8th  at Stow Community Park,  50 Old Bolton Road in Stow.  Weekly sessions, from 2:30 – 4 pm through October, include practices and games. This program pairs athletes with special needs with student volunteers.  PLEASE REGISTER NOW! If you/(even if it’s only your child might be interested as a player or volunteer,  a If you are unsure, even a “maybe”)  please let us know as soon as possible.

For more information, or to express interest or to register: please contact either Joan Finger, Joan@ZooterGroupTutoring.com  (978)-337-5132  or (978) 779-6046  or Bob Moalli bmoalli@comcast.net.

Kids are welcome to come to some or all of the sessions and may simply come to one session to check it out.  The basketball program will resume in January.

New Book Club Meeting
The next meeting of the New Book Club will be at 7Pm on Tuesday, Sept.10 at the library.  Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton will be the book discussed.  This is the true story of a successful chef in NYC.  Her story is an unconventional path through childhood,education and marriage–all bound together with the love of food.  Tell us what you would have predicted for this unusual girl in such unusual circumstances.  Join us.      Questions?  Call 978-897-6055.

Stow Girl Scouts Sign Up
Can’t wait to make new friends? You don’t have to! You’ll learn a new outdoor skill, create an artistic masterpiece, try a science experiment and help your community. Become a Girl Scout! Join now at hergirlscouts.org or learn more at this free event:  Stow Girl Scouts Fall sign-up;  September 10, 6 – 7:30 PM at the Randall Library,  19 Crescent Street. $25, 2013 -2014 Girl Scout membership fee. For more information, contact Liz Barrett at nelizbarrett@gmail.com.

Gun Violence Forum Rescheduled
The Stow Democratic Town Committee   announced  that  the panel  discussion on  Gun Violence originally  scheduled  for  May 15  will be  held  September 18  from 7 to 9 pm  at   Hale Middle School.  Panel members will include  John Rosenthal (  Stop  Handgun Violence), Angus  McQuilken (  Massachusetts  Coalition  to Prevent Gun Violence), James Wallace (Gun Owners Action League)  and  State Representative  Harold Naughton (Chairman of the  Public  Safety and Homeland Security Committee).  State Senator James Eldridge will moderate the program. Attendance is free.  Ample time    to answer  questions from the audience will  be provided. The  cost  of liability insurance  and traffic control for the program will be borne by the committee and by private donations.

Stow Women’s Club Meeting
The Stow Women’s Club will be having their first meeting on Thursday, Sept. 19 at Boston Nail Company, 132 Great Road (across the street from Shaw’s next to Alpha Cleaner) at 7:00 P.M. If you would like to come and see what we are doing in the coming year, you are cordially invited! We are a volunteer based organization with many different programs and we meet once a month until June. Get involved and meet some great ladies! For questions call Teri Anapol 978-897-6406.

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.

Steppingstones Golf Classic 
The 2nd Annual Steppingstones Golf Classic will be held at Wedgewood Pines Country Club in Stow on Monday September 23. Funds raised will go towards the school’s Capital Campaign and to support Boston Marathon Bombing families with young children. Registration starts at 11 am, with a 12 noon shotgun start. There will be a dinner and Silent Auction at 5:30 pm, if you are not a golfer, please register for dinner only.To register now, go to www.steppingstonesgolfclassic.com . For further information call Jamie Perry at 508-395-7165.

Basketball Registration For The 2013-14 Season Is Now Open
SYBA (Stow Youth Basketball Association) is now accepting registration for the 2013-14 season for both the Bomber’s Basketball program (Gr. 1-2) and the Stow Recreation   Basketball program (Gr. 3-8).  Go to www.stowhoops.org to register.  Deadline is September 30, 2013.

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