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Calendar….February, 26, 2014

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Stow Lions Monthly Dinner Meeting
The Stow Lions monthly dinner meeting will be on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:30.  This month we’re meeting in Maynard at the River Rock Grille, 63 Main Street. Louise Peacock is our guest speaker for the evening; she will give a presentation on Warm Hearts of Stow Inc.

We invite you to learn more about the Lions and see what we do.  It does not take a lot of time to be a member, but the rewards are untold.  Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. and the meetings usually finish by 9:00 p.m.  Feel like joining us for dinner?  Give us a call and let us know that you are coming.

For more information, contact Dick Mortenson @ 617-281-9163, or email  stowlions@gmail.com, or check Facebook. We are all very busy with families, jobs, and personal commitments, and somehow, we find time to make a difference in our community.

Randall Library Programs
Author Visit: Julie Berry, Saturday, March 1st at 1pm- Julie Berry will visit Randall Library for reading, signing and discussion. Julie’s latest book is “All the Truth That’s In Me”, which was nominated for an Edgar Award and named a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten Title.

Lego Club, Wednesday, March 5th  from 4-5:15pm- New! Meeting the first Wednesday of each month, come play with legos with other kids pre-K-5 (siblings welcome).

Preschool Story Time at Emma’s Café, Friday, March 7th at 10:30am- Martha will take her storytime on the road! Join her at Emma’s Cafe for storytime, where a percentage of the proceeds from purchases during the program will go to the library!

Cradles to Crayons Clothing and Toy Drive
On Monday February 10 through Saturday March 1st, the Stow Junior Girl Scout Troop #72518 will be holding it’s 2nd annual Cradles to Crayons Clothing and Toy drive.  Collection boxes will be located in the lobbies of the Stow Post Office and the Center School.  Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.  Cradles to Crayons collects new and nearly new children’s items through grassroots community drives and corporate donations. Donations are then processed and packaged by volunteers, and are distributed to disadvantaged children across the state through a collaborative network of social service agencies and school partners.  For more information on what items Cradles to Crayons will accept, please visit: www.cradlestocrayons.org.  For more information about this specific drive, please email aliciakerr5@google.com.

Recruitment Night for Town Boards
Wednesday, February 26th; 7:00-8:00pm; Town Hall. Stow needs Volunteers!  Enjoy some light refreshments while you talk with neighbors that currently serve on various town boards and committees.  Learn how your interests and skills can complement one of the open positions (elected and appointed). If you are running for an office, this is a great time to take out nomination papers and get them signed all in one night!

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Stow Class
The Stow class of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society will take place on Friday, February 28 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 7:00 pm and and Adult/Teen Beginner’s Class at 7:30.  Social Dancing begins at 8:00.  All are welcome to join this enjoyable and social dance form. Please join us.

Publishing Networking Group
Meets Saturday, March 1, 10:30 a.m., Randall Library, 19 Crescent St., Stow.  Brad Gray will discuss how to submit effective book proposals to publishers.  Topics covered will be analyzing the market for your book, finding the right publisher, writing the cover letter, deciding what materials to include in the submission package, positioning your book against the competition, convincing a publisher that there is a need for your book and that it will sell, and other topics. Brad Gray is urrently a freelance editor and writer working out of his home.   Anyone interested in publishing is welcome to attend this meeting. For more information, please email Eileen Kramer (kramer@tiac.net).

Ed Morgan/The Music Man
Ed Morgan, a Stow resident and children’s singer/songwriter, brings a series of interactive children’s Sing Alongs to the Community Room at the Randall Library. The series is funded by a grant from the Stow Cultural Council. The next show will be: Saturday, March 1st at 10:30am. Ed Morgan is better known in greater Boston simply as “The Music Man.” For over 10 years he has delighted kids and grown ups alike with his interactive blend of original & traditional children’s songs.

Tickets on Sale Now for Les Misérables School Edition
The Nashoba Drama Society proudly announces its Spring Musical, Les Misérables School Edition. Broadway’s legendary musical has been specially adapted to meet the needs of young performers. Come join the revolution and experience the breathtaking characters, scenery, costumes and songs of this well-known classic presented by the talented Nashoba Regional High School drama students under the expert direction of Mr. Bill Grady. Performances are Mar. 14 & 15 at 7:30pm and Mar. 16 at 2:00pm at NRHS, 12 Green Road, Bolton. Ticket prices are $14 adults and $10 seniors/students. Advance tickets are available at: Snapdragons Party & Gifts (Shaw’s Plaza), 117 Great Rd., Stow,  www.NashobaDrama.com or online at: www.TicketStage.com/NFOD. Tickets may also be available at the door.

SOLAR OPEN HOUSE – MARCH 15
An Open House will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the home of Carl Howe, 27 Birch Hill Road, Stow, for local residents and businesses interested in learning about the Stow Solar Challenge and solar energy in general.  Carl will answer questions about his recently installed solar system, and the benefits and process of going solar. A representative from Stow Solar Challenge installer New England Clean Energy will be available to answer questions and provide online assessments of residential and commercial roofs. 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. For more information, contact Arnie Epstein at 978-897-9334.

New Book Club Meeting
The meeting of the New Book Club will be on Tuesday March 18 at 7PM at the library.   Jan and Feb 18 meetings were both cancelled because of weather.  The third time is a charm (we hope).  We will discuss The Greater Journey, Americans in Paris by David McCullough and Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser.  Sister Carrie, first published in 1900, is considered an American classic.  As an 18 year old living in Wisconsin, Carrie moves to Chicago and her transition begins,  Explore with us how this story may be rewritten with any generation.  How does her story compare with yours?  Join us for a casual and inclusive hour to find our how history (in both books) can be exciting and instructive!  Questions–call 978-897-6055.

BOYS YOUTH LACROSSE PRE-SEASON CLINIC
The Nashoba Regional High School Boys Lacrosse team is holding its first annual pre-season youth clinic.  The clinic will be held Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 (U9/U11 6:00-7:30PM / U13/U15 7:30-9:00PM) indoors @ Forekicks Sports Complex in Marlborough and costs $25.  For full details and to register please see the flyer on the NRHS Athletic website.  Any questions should be emailed to Coach McNamara at kmcnamara@nrsd.net.

SCT’s Run For The Woods Poster Contest
Artists between the age of 5 and 14 are invited to submit a drawing to be used for the promotional poster for Stow Conservation Trust’s Run for the Woods.  The poster should combine SCT’s mission “To lead in the preservation of Stow’s open land and natural and scenic resources” with the fun of running.

The winning poster will be hung throughout Stow and adjoining towns.  The artist will receive a gift certificate that can be applied to art classes (value $60) at Silk and Clay Studio at ArtSpace Maynard.  To find out about Silk and Clay: www.silkandclay.com and their drawing framed free of charge by Star Framers in Stow.

Details of the contest can be found at www.stowconservationtrust.org or at Randall Library.  Due Date for submissions is Saturday, March 29.

6th Annual Stow Town Cleanup Scheduled for April 5th
The snow will melt, and when it does, litter will reappear along the roads of Stow. Help us pick it up on Saturday, April 5, during the 6th annual Stow Town Cleanup.

Sign up for your cleanup area on the town map at the Lower Common near Papa Gino’s on Saturday, April 5, from 8 a.m. to noon. The Stow Cleanup Group will have garbage bags and gloves (adult sizes) available at no cost.

Though our April date should help us avoid poison ivy, participants should wear gloves, long pants and sleeves, and bright clothes or a reflective vest.

Bags can be tossed in your own trash can or left by the side of the road. The Town Highway Department will pick up bags on Monday.
For more information, go to www.stowcleanup.wordpress.com.

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