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Calendar… April 8, 2015

| April 13, 2015

Art at Nancy’s Air FIeld Cafe
The work of Sudbury photographer Wayne Arthur Hall will be on display at Nancy’s Air Field Café at Minute Man Airfield in an exhibit entitled “Local Waters”, from April 8 through May 3. A “meet the artist” reception will be held on Sunday, April 12, from 3-4:30pm. For Café hours and directions, go to www.nancysairfieldcafe.com.

Bells Across The Land
On April 9, 1865, Union General Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate General Robert E. Lee to set the terms of the surrender of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. The National Park Service will ring bells at Appomattox Court House National Historic Park at 3pm on April 9 as part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the ending of the Civil War. The bells will ring for four minutes, each minute symbolic of a year of the war. More than 750,000 Americans died in the war; thirty three of those were from Stow, a town of 1,537 at the time. The National Park Service is inviting churches, temples, schools, city halls, public buildings, and historic sites to ring their bells at 3:15pm on April 9. Please gather with members of the First Parish Church and the Stow Historical Society at 3:15pm on April 9 to commemorate the lives of those who died in the war, and as the next step in the continuing struggle for civil rights.

Events at the Randall Library
Author-Gregory Flemming, “At the Point of a Cutlass”, Thursday, April 9, 7pm – Based on a rare manuscript from 1725, At the Point of a Cutlass is an unforgettable story of survival which uncovers the amazing voyage of Philip Ashton, a 19-year-old fisherman who was captured by one of the most notorious pirates of the time, Edward Low.

Healing Garden Panel Discussion, “What You Can Do to Promote Self-Healing”,  Saturday, April 11, 2pm – Come join us when artists, clients, and representatives from the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden are on hand to speak about how integrative therapies and the power of nature can combine to improve the quality of life.

Boston Harbor Island Lecture “Home in the Harbor”, Thursday, April 16, 6:30pm – The largest recreational open space in eastern Massachusetts, the Boston Harbor Islands offer not only a fun and  beautiful place to visit  but are full of fascinating historical facts and fictions. Come to this lecture to learn more about their history. Plus, don’t forget that the library has Harbor Island Ferry passes available so you can take the whole family to visit this magnificent park system, thanks to the Randall Library Friends Association.

Players wanted for women’s Over 40 soccer team
Looking for fun, camaraderie and good soccer? Stow Women’s Soccer is looking for players for its Over 40 (year old) team, which plays 6v6 in an Over 40 league. The spring season begins Sunday, April 12, and runs 10 weeks with games on Sundays at 8:30am. Home games are at Pine Bluff. For more information, e-mail Corinne at eccbgreen@gmail.com.

Jazz Band Service at FPC in Stow
A special service on “Living Fast & Slow” will be led by the Parish Jazz Band and filled with their music, both fast and slow, at First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC) at 9 and 11am on April 12. The service, entirely put together by the band, will be a meditation on the various tempos of our lives – how we keep them, how we measure them, and how we set the pace. FPC is located at 353 Great Rd., For more information, call 978-897-8149 or visit www.fpc-stow-acton.org. Our facilities are wheelchair accessible.

 OPENING RECEPTION FOR MINUTEMAN ART AND DESIGN SHOW
The opening reception for the Art and Design Show at Minuteman High School will be held on Monday, April 13, from 6 to 7:30pm, on the school’s mezzanine level. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. The Art and Design show presents studio art (painting, drawing, sculpture), graphic design, and photography pieces created by Minuteman students. This is a judged show, with winners being awarded viewing space in Minuteman’s Fife and Drum Restaurant for the rest of the school year.

Minuteman High School is located at 758 Marrett Rd. in Lexington. For more information please visit www.minuteman.org.

 Stretch Energy Code Presentation
Stow will be applying for Green Community designation this fall.  As a Green Community, the town would receive an initial grant of $134,000 from the state for energy conservation measures and save on annual fuel costs. One of the criteria of a Green Community is the adoption of the “Stretch Energy Code”, which is on the warrant for May Town Meeting. On Tuesday, April 14, 7:10pm, at the Selectmen’s meeting in the Town Building, there will be a presentation of the Stretch Energy Code along with a summary of the Green Communities program. The presentation will be given by state representatives. Members of the Stow Energy Working Group and the Building Dept. will also be present to answer questions.

transportation forum
The Democratic Town Committees  of Stow, Hudson ,and Maynard  are sponsoring a public education forum  on regional transportation  on Thursday, April 16,  from  7 to 9pm,  at the Hudson Senior  Center  ( 29 Church St., Hudson). Speakers will include Senator Jamie  Eldridge, Rep. Kate Hogan, and Metrowest RTA representative Carl Damigella. Mr. Damigella  will describe how a regional  bus service might work in these communities. Attendance  is free, but donations  for the Hudson Food Pantry would be appreciated..

 Tours for Rising NASHOBA Freshmen and their Parents
Nashoba Regional High School will be holding guided tours at the high school on Thursday, April 16, at 3:30pm and on Tuesday, May 5, at 3:30pm for rising freshmen and their parents. We will assemble just inside the front entrance of the high school, and each tour will head out into the building promptly at 3:30. This will be an opportunity to see the high school, receive general information about the school and the 8th-to-9th grade transition, and to ask questions. If you attended our Rising Ninth Grade Open House then much of the information will be similar, but repeat visitors are certainly welcome to attend!

There is no need to RSVP, simply show up by 3:30 on one of the two days.

UPCOMING SEPAC MEETINGS
The Nashoba Regional School District’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC), along with the district’s Special Education Dept., are sponsoring two events for parents/guardians during the month of April.

The “Basic Rights Workshop” on Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. will introduce participants to the federal and state special education laws, special education process, parent and student rights, and how to resolve differences with the school. Participants will learn how to be effective partners with their child’s school, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s educational progress. Workshop led by Bonnie Polakoff, an educational advocate.

The workshop on “The Roadmap to CBHI and Applying for MassHealth and Accessing Services” on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. will be led by Bonnie Thompson, Family Leader at Mass Family Voices, who will speak on a topic that many parents have questions about with the newly enacted legislation (MA Autism Bill of 2014). Topics such as accessing autism related services through ARICA will also be covered.
The meetings will be held at Nashoba Regional High School, 12 Green Rd. in Bolton, in Room 216. For more information email Isabel Wells at nashobasepac@gmail.com.

Volunteers Sought for Financial Reality Fair
The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley is running its third annual financial Reality Fair for Nashoba Regional High School sophomores on Friday, April 17, from 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The club is seeking volunteers to bring a taste of financial literacy to the students. Interested volunteers should contact info@nashobarotary.org.

The Reality Fair is a financial management event for the high school’s sophomores, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, Nashoba Regional High School, and Clinton Savings Bank. The objective is to give students a better understanding of the financial responsibilities they will face in the real world. Students pick a career, get a monthly paycheck, and have to maintain a lifestyle within their budget.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, visit www.nashobarotary.org and www.facebook.com/nashobarotary.

 Friends of Troop 1 Stow Electronics Recycling Event
Friends of Boy Scout Troop 1 Stow will hold the 12th annual electronics recycling event, Operation Motherboard, at Bose Corporation, 688 Great Rd. (Rt. 117), on Saturday, April 25, from 9am to 2pm. An electronics pickup service is available on April 18 for seniors, those requiring assistance with heavy items such as air conditioners or TVs in advance of the recycle event day, and anyone not able to drop off on event day. Please visit http://troop1stow.net/recycling for complete rate details and to review the accepted items list. Call 978-212-9175 or send email to troop1stow@gmail.com.

Annual Spring Peeper Contest
What does your family do during April School Vacation?  Are you looking for a fun family outdoor adventure in Stow? Each spring the Stow Conservation Trust (SCT) sponsors the Spring Peeper Contest.  Hunt for six (6) Spring Peeper posters located in some of SCT’s Conservation properties to be entered into a drawing to win a family membership to Mass Audubon (currently valued at $65). Participants submit photos of all six (6) posters (displaying the poster number) or submit sufficient written details of the location the posters were found to SCTspringpeeper@gmail.com.  Further details are found at SCT’s website www.stowconservationtrust.org.  Have fun!

The Stow Minutemen to Re-enact Country’s FIRST Patriot’s Day
On Monday, April 20, 4:30am-12noon, the Stow Minutemen Company will celebrate its 50th anniversary as a group by once again marching to Concord, following the route taken by the colonial militia in April 1775. The militia marched upon hearing the news that the British Regulars were marching towards Concord.

This year the Company will begin its annual pre-dawn Trail March “muster” (an assembly of troops prior to parade) with over 30 Colonial re-enactors dressed in period garb, as well as many modern-day “civilians” who are welcome to follow along at the rear. (The Stow Minutemen do not actively organize, supervise, or chaperone civilian followers, and cannot be held responsible for any child or adult.) Please note that our route is the same new route as in 2014, and our breakfast stop will be at Rideout Playground in Concord. The annual Trail March and our participation in Concord’s Battle at Old North Bridge and Parade is rain or shine.  The full parade route is at stowminutemen.org. For more information, email us at info@stowminutemen.org or call us at 978-206-1775.

 new book club meets
The next meeting of the New Book Club will be on Tuesday, April 21, 7pm, at Randall Library. We will be discussing Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford.  William Eng, a 12-year-old Chinese-American boy, lives at Seattle’s Sacred Heat Orphanage. He is convinced that the exotic film star, Willow Frost, is his mother. Follow this sweeping emotional story as William searches for the comforts of family and a place to call home. Suggestions for next month’s book will be welcomed. Questions—978-897-6055.

SUPPORT THE STOW FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION
The Stow Firefighters Association is sponsoring a fund raising program to raise money for needed equipment and training. In the coming days all homes and businesses in the area will receive a request for a mail-in contribution. The firefighters wish to thank everyone for their donation by giving a complimentary 8×10 color studio family portrait, to be taken by a professional studio at the Fire Station at 16 Crescent St. in Stow on April 25 and 26. The fund raising program is legitimate and the Stow Firefighters Association asks for your support. If you do not receive the firefighters’ mailing, please call Firefighter Matt Olson at (978) 897-4537 for further details.

STOW CANDIDATES NIGHT
The League of Women Voters will sponsor a Candidates Forum on Monday, April 27, at 7:30pm, at the Stow Town Hall. Candidates for all open positions have been invited to speak.  A question and answer period will follow. The public is cordially invited to attend. The evening will be recorded for Stow Cable TV.  Check program schedules for air times.

The League is a non-partisan, multi-issue organization that encourages informed and active participation of citizens in local, state, and national government. The League neither supports nor opposes candidates. Go to www.lwv-aa.org for more information, or contact
Kathy Borofsky (978-897-8741) or Donna Beusch (978-897-7920).

Seventh Annual Stow Town Cleanup
There is litter beneath the piles of snow! Help us pick it up during the 7th Annual Stow Town Cleanup. Sign up for your cleanup area on the town map at the Lower Common near Papa Gino’s on Saturday, May 2, from 8am to 12noon. The Stow Cleanup Group will have garbage bags and gloves (adult sizes) available at no cost. Bags can be tossed in your own trash can or left by the side of the road. The Town Highway Dept. will pick up bags the following Monday. Participants should wear gloves, long pants, and long sleeves to help avoid poison ivy, along with bright clothes or a reflective vest for safety.

For more information, go to www.stowcleanup.wordpress.com.

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