Calendar…April 9, 2014

| April 10, 2014

SOLAR CHALLENGE “NUTS & BOLTS” FORUM APRIL 9
Wednesday, April 9, from 7pm to 9 pm, at the old Town Hall. For Stow residents and businesses who have contacted the Stow Solar Challenge installer, New England Clean Energy, and have a proposal, this forum is for you. Representatives from New England Clean Energy will discuss the “nuts & bolts” of a solar proposal including system size, configuration, “adders”, and the financial analysis. There will be time to answer questions about your proposal and share information with your neighbors. If you are new to the Stow Solar Challenge, or haven’t yet received a solar proposal, this is a good way to get involved. Admission is free. The Stow Solar Challenge is being driven by the Stow Energy Working Group and local volunteers, with the endorsement of the town selectmen.

SCOTTISH DANCE IN STOW
The Stow class of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society will take place on Friday, April 11, at the Stow Town Hall. Scottish Country Dancing is the much older version of our Contra Dancing and is quite social. Partners are not needed. Soft-soled shoes are recommended. There will be a Children’s Class beginning at 7pm and an Adult/Teen Beginner’s Class at 7:30pm. Social Dancing begins at 8pm. All are welcome to join this enjoyable and social dance form. Please join us.

AV CHAMBER “SPRING FLING” AUCTION SLATED FOR APRIL 11
The Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 19th Annual Chamber Auction is slated for Friday, April 11, from 6pm to 9 pm, at Stow Acres Country Club. The event boasts fabulous silent and live auction items, including sold-out tickets to The Book of Mormon, the Red Sox/Yankees Game, and John Williams Conducts Movie Night at the Pops. Additionally, the event boasts live entertainment, comical auctioneers, a fantastic dinner buffet, gourmet desserts, and coffee and tea buffet, all in a casual environment. Tickets are $25 per person. Tables may be reserved for groups of 8 or 10. Proceeds benefit the Chamber’s community programming. For reservations contact the Chamber at 978.568.0360, or info@assabetvalleychamber.org.

LEARN ABOUT RANDALL LIBRARY’S FUTURE
You are invited to a joint meeting of the Randall Library Trustees and the Randall Library Friends being held on Saturday, April 12. 10:30am, at Randall Library.

Hear about plans for continuing and expanding the exceptional library services in the Town of Stow, while preserving and renovating the historic Randall Library building. Come to learn more about the initial steps that have already been completed, and what’s in store for the future. We are hoping for some great comments and additional ideas from the Randall Library’s patrons. And there will be refreshments.

SOLAR OPEN HOUSE
A Solar Open House will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the home of Greg Ames, 137 Randall Road, Stow, for local residents and businesses interested in learning about the Stow Solar Challenge and solar energy in general. Greg will demonstrate his recently installed solar system. A representative from the Stow Solar Challenge installer, New England Clean Energy, will be available to answer questions and provide online solar assessments of residential and commercial roofs. Admission is free. The Stow Solar Challenge runs through the end of April and is being driven by the Stow Energy Working Group and local volunteers, with the endorsement of the town selectmen. For more information, contact Arnie Epstein at 978-897-9334.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE RANDALL LIBRARY IN APRIL
The Randall Library has a new website at www.RandallLibraryStow.org to find out the latest news on upcoming events, programs, reading suggestions and a whole lot more.

Author Visit: Ammi-Joan Paquette and Fairy Houses, Saturday, April 12, at 11am –
Come meet Ammi-Joan Paquette, author of picture books and children’s novels such as Rules for Ghosting, The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies, and Petey and Pru and the Hullabaloo. She will discuss her books and writing process, and teach us how to make fairy houses out of found materials from nature.

Poetry Reading with Robert Clawson & Susan Richmond, April 24 at 7pm
In honor of National Poetry month, the Randall Library is pleased to have poets Robert Clawson and Susan Richmond in to read and speak about their poetry and inspirations.

YOUNG EAGLES FLIGHT RALLY SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 12
All those between ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, April 12 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.

Pilots at the event will 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 to youngeagles@eaa196.org.

MYCHIPS CHILD IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM COMING TO STOW
The MYCHIPS Child Identification Program will be made available to Stow residents Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Hale Middle School on Hartley Road in Stow. MYCHIP (Masonic Youth Child Identification Program) provides tools to help law enforcement authorities find and identify a lost or missing child. During the event, families will have the opportunity to record a videotape of their child, perform fingerprinting and a tooth print bite impression, and swab the child’s cheek for DNA material. All materials created will be given to the parents. To schedule an appointment for your child(ren) to participate in the program or to ask questions, please call the Stow Board of Health at 978-897-4592 or email: health@stow-ma.gov.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES AT FIRST PARISH CHURCH
On Sunday, April 13, at 9 am and 11 am, services will celebrate Palm Sunday, a day on the Christian calendar when many churches focus on the meaning of Jesus’ life. Emerson once said of Jesus, “What a distortion (does) his doctrine and memory suffer.” This morning the sermon will look beyond the distortion and focus on the man, Jesus, the Jewish teacher, zealot, prophet, and reformer, including how the lessons Jesus taught, and the way he lived his life, influence Unitarian Universalist principles and faith tradition.

On Thursday, April 17, at 6:30pm, a Maundy Thursday Communion Service will be held. We will tell the story of Jesus’ final days ,focusing on the Passover meal that he shared with his disciples and what this ritual of “breaking bread together” means to us today. Whether your religious background is Christian or not, please join us for this beautiful service.

Easter Sunday Service: “Rolling Back The Stone” Join us Sunday, April 20, at 9am and 11 am, for an uplifting service that will focus on what the Easter message can mean in our lives today. The sermon by our minister, Tom Rosiello, will help us examine those places in our lives where we feel like we are stuck in a cold tomb, and how there is an “Easter Experience” waiting for us if we can roll back the stone. After a special Easter message, our children will leave for the “Great Easter Egg Hunt.” We will conclude both services with an invitation to join the choir in singing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. The church is located at 353 Great Rd. in Stow and is wheelchair accessible. For more information contact the church at 978-897-8149, or visit www.fpc-stow-acton.org.

BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY
The Easter Bunny will be joining The Stow Lions for breakfast at the Hale School Cafeteria on Sunday, April 13, from 8am to 11:30 am. We’re serving a homemade breakfast including scrambled eggs, toast, sausage, pancakes, juice, milk, coffee, tea, and fun. There will be door prizes and a raffle table, too!

Tickers are at the family friendly prices of $6 for adults, $3 for children, and $4 for senior citizens. For additional information email stowlions@gmail.com. Also, check our web site, www.stowlions.org.

PALM SUNDAY AT UNION CHURCH OF STOW
Please join us at 9:30AM April 13th for our Palm Sunday service. This service will include some contemporary music in addition to traditional hymns. Visitors are always welcome. Childcare is available for infants & toddlers. Children & teens join their parent for the first few minutes of the service and then are invited to attend Sunday School for fun age appropriate learning activities. The Union Church of Stow is the blue door church located at 317 Great Road, Stow just west of the Police Station. For more info see www.unionchurchofstow.org

SPRING PEEPER CONTEST
What will you be doing during April School Vacation? Are you ready for a fun family outdoor adventure? The Stow Conservation Trust (SCT) is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Spring Peeper Contest. Find all six (6) of the Spring Peeper posters located in some of SCT’s Conservation properties (Red Acre Woodlands, Leggett Woodland and Hale-Corzine). The hunt for the spring peeper posters will run between April 16 and April 26. Look for them on your own or find clues to where they are displayed on the SCT website www.stowconservationtrust.org Submission deadline is May Day, Thursday, May 1.

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE AT CHURCH OF ST. ISIDORE
Holy Thursday - 4/17/13: 7:30 pm – Mass of the Last Supper; 8:30-11 pm – Adoration; 11 pm – Night Prayer
Good Friday – 4/18/13: 9 am – Morning Prayer; 3:30 pm – Children’s Liturgy of the Word with Adoration of the Cross; 7:30 pm – Adoration of the Cross
Holy Saturday – 4/19/13: 9 am – Morning Prayer; 8:30 pm – Easter Vigil;
Easter Sunday - 4/20/13: 8:00 am – Easter Sunday Mass; 10:30 am – Easter Sunday Mass
The church is located at 429 Great Rd in Stow. www.stisidorestow.org for more info

FRIENDSHIP DINNER & GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
Ann’s Friendship Community Dinner 5-6PM; Friday April 18th. Everyone in the communityis welcome to join us for a dinner in our church Fellowship Hall. There is no charge but, donations are accepted to help defray the cost. On this date the dinner will be followed by a Good Friday Service at 6:30PM upstairs in the sanctuary. The Union Church is the blue door church at 317 Great Road, Stow just west of the Stow Police Station. For more info see www.unionchurchofstow.org

R.A.D BASIC SELF DEFENSE COURSE
The Stow Police Department is hosting a R.A.D. Basic Self Defense course for the young women of Stow (ages 13-16) during April vacation (Monday, April 21 thru Thursday, April 24, from 10am to 1pm, at the Hale Middle School Gym). The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training suitable for women of all ages and abilities. Class size is limited. To register, please contact Officer Cassie Ela at 978-897-4545 or via email at cela@stow-ma.gov by April 13. For more information about R.A.D. visit: www.rad-systems.com.

THE STOW MINUTEMEN MARCH ON PATRIOT’S DAY
The Stow Minutemen Company will once again march the same route taken by the Colonial militia in April 1775 to Concord, upon hearing the news that the British Regulars were marching toward Concord. We start out at pre-dawn on Monday, April 21, at 4:30am.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. Please note that the Stow Minutemen do not actively organize, supervise, or chaperone civilian followers, and cannot be held responsible for any child or adult. We encourage carpooling for the return, since several roads in Concord will be closed to vehicles. The annual Trail March and our participation in Concord’s Battle at Old North Bridge and Parade is rain or shine. For more information, e-mail us at info@stowminutemen. org, or call us at 978-206-1775.

NEW BOOK CLUB MEETING
The next meeting of the New Book Club will be at 7pm on Tuesday, April 22, at the Randall Library. We’ll discuss Shine,Shine,Shine, by Lydia Netzer. Oddities and idiosyncrasies are cast in a metaphysical light, but Netzer makes them easily understood. Join us to share your understanding of this unusual story. Bring your suggestions for future reads. Questions — call 978-897-6055.

FRIENDS OF TROOP 1 STOW ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT
Boy Scout Annual Electronics Recycling Day. Friends of Boy Scout Troop 1 Stow will hold the 11th annual electronics recycling event, Operation Motherboard, at Bose Corporation, 688 Great Road (Rt. 117), on Saturday, April 26 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. 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.

CANDIDATES FORUM
The League of Women Voters will sponsor a Candidates forum on Monday, April 28, 7:30pm at 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 taped for Stow Cable TV. Check the programing schedule for times. The League is a non-partisan, multi-issue, grassroots organization that encourages informed and active participation of citizens in local, state, and national government. The League neither supports nor opposes candidates. www.lwv-aa.org.

STOW YOUTH BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL MEETING
SYBA (Stow Youth Basketball Association) will be holding its Annual Meeting at the Randall Library from 7pm to 9pm on June 4. We welcome any newcomers to join us. If your kids are part of the Bomber’s Program, or played on a Stow Recreation Basketball team this year, this is a great opportunity to get involved and help run these successful programs (which are all volunteer based). The following positions are open as of June 4; Assistant Commissioner, Clerk, Marketing/Advertising, and Equipment Manager. Any questions please email k.seatter@earthlink.net. Please come and support the great sport of basketball here in Stow. We look forward to seeing you there!

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BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL DAY IN HARVARD
Harvard General Store has dedicated April 12 to support Boston Children’s Hospital. Fun, creative caricatures drawn by Bromfield Art Honor Society students 10 am-noon. Donate spare change all day at the registers. Enjoy the evening concert featuring live music from Tan Odyssey of Bolton at 7 pm. on the second floor. Limited seating for the concert. $25 cover charge is 100% tax deductible. Consider donating online to reserve your seat milesformiracles.org/goto/cterry

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