Calendar… February 5, 2014

| February 5, 2014

Donation Drive to Support Buddy Dog Humane Society
From now until Wednesday February 12th Junior Girl Scout Troop 72533 will be collecting items from the Buddy Dog Wish List.  Look out for our Green Bins at Shaw’s, Pet Source & Randall Library.  Help support the animals & staff at BDHS by donating from these items: Science Diet dry food for cats & dogs, puppies & kittens; non-clumping cat litter; blankets & towels; dog & cat toys, collars & leashes; Frontline for dogs; Revolution for cats; canned dog & cat food; newspapers; rawhide bones.  For complete list visit www.buddydoghs.com/wishlist .  For questions call 978-394-4624.  Thank you!

“Moral Monday”Discussion at First Parish Church
This Sunday, February 9th at 9 and 11 am, the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton will discuss the current “Moral Monday” protests in North Carolina that focus on changes in state legislation that disenfranchise minority voters, cut public education, and otherwise devalue the worth and dignity of every person.  This movement reminds us that the struggle for equality and civil rights is not over in this country.  All are welcome to join us and learn more.  The church is located at 353 Great Road in Stow, MA, at the intersection of Routes 117 and 62.  Our facilities are wheelchair accessible.  For more information you may contact our church office at 978-897-8149 or visit our website at www.fpc-stow-acton.org.

Randall Library Programs
Author Talk: Richard Johnson Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:00pm- Author Richard Johnson, curator of the Sports Museum at TD Garden will be at the Randall Library to present details about the history of Fenway Park and his book Field of Our Fathers: An Illustrated History of Fenway Park 1912-2012.  Mr. Johnson’s presentation is loaded with facts and images about the home of the Boston Red Sox and chronicles the past 100 years of the park including important details of baseball history as well as non-sports related details about Fenway Park. Join us for a fascinating evening as sports fans prepare for another exciting baseball season.

Book Hedgehogs, Saturday, February 15th at 3:30pm, and Thursday, February 20th at 3:30pm -Have you seen the library’s adorable hedgehog mascots? Come make one of your own! For more information on library programs, visit our new website at http://www. RandallLibraryStow.org
Teen Writing Club: Wednesday, February 19th at 5:00pm- Randall Library’s Teen Advisory Board runs the Teen Writing Club, and they meet once a month. Attendees will share writing, write with writing prompts, and discuss each other’s work and writing tips.

Teen Advisory Board Meeting, Wednesday, February 19th at 6:00pm- Every month the TAB meets and helps the Youth Services Librarian decide what materials and programs to have for the library. Includes a book discussion, volunteer hours, and food!

Stow Democrats to Hold Caucus
The Stow Democratic Town Committee invites all Stow Democrats  to our caucus at the Randall Library, 19 Crescent Street, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.  (Snow date:  Mar. 1, 2 p.m.)  The caucus starts at 2 p.m.  Check-in begins at 1:30 p.m. and closes at 2:15 p.m.  Only registered Democrats from Stow as of January 31, 2014, as shown on the voter registration list, will be allowed to vote at the local caucus.   The purpose of the caucus is to elect Delegates and Alternates to attend the Massachusetts State Democratic Party Convention to be held Friday and Saturday, June 13-14, 2014 at the DCU Center in Worcester.

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.

Stow Garden Club Meeting
The Stow Garden Club will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, February 12th @ 7pm at the Union Church in Stow.  The program will be “Make and Take Arrangement”.  Members and guests will surely enjoy making a special floral arrangement, in time for Valentine’s Day and taking it home to enjoy.  The Stow Garden Club meets are held monthly and we invite anyone interested in gardening topics to attend the February or future meetings. Refreshments will be served.  For more information, please contact MariePatrice Masse, 978-579-0897.

Stow Solar Seminar
A Solar Seminar will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at Stow Town Hall, 375 Great Road, Stow, for local residents and businesses interested in learning about the Stow Solar Challenge and solar energy in general. Representatives of the Stow Solar Challenge and installer New England Clean Energy, as well as Stow residents, will speak about solar, provide an update on the status of the Challenge, and answer questions. 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.

Solar Open House – Feb. 15
An Open House will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at the home of Ann Deluty, 51 Birch Hill Road, Stow, for local residents and businesses interested in learning about the Stow Solar Challenge and solar energy in general.  Ann will answer questions about 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.

New Book Club
The next meeting of the New Book Club will be on Tuesday February 18th at 7PM at the library.  The Greater Journey–Americans in Paris by David McCullough will be discussed.  The first “Pilgrims” to Paris from America were mostly wealthy men in their 20″s.  They were mostly single, serious and ambitious.  Elizabeth Blackwell, America”s first female physician was there too.  Enjoy this historical perspective from this Pulitzer Prize winning author.  Join us and give us your insights on this great winter’s read!  Questions–978-897-6055.

Assabet Valley Little League Registration for the AVLL 2014 Spring Season is Open
AVLL Opening Day is April 27th. Please go to the Assabet Valley Little League website- www.avll.net to register. AVLL has tee ball, baseball and softball divisions for players ages 5-12.

Major and Minor baseball and softball are considered competitive divisions and require players to attend an evaluation early in the spring (March 8th). These divisions also will have tournament teams that begin play late in June or early July and could ultimately compete into August for an International Championship. In our developmental divisions, any player that will be six (6) yrs. old before May 1, 2014, and has played at least one season of tee ball, may register directly for Jr. Farm Baseball or Farm Softball. Little League International rules require one season of tee ball. AVLL cannot waive this rule. Also, this Spring AVLL is investigating a 13-15 year old girls softball travel team. Games would most likely be played on the weekends to accommodate school players. Anyone interested in this team should email Steve Coleman:

steve.coleman@ymail.com

Registration will be open through February 15th. Teams are filling up fast! Register Now!

If anyone has any questions, please contact: Scott Arsenault, President, at avllpresident@gmail.com or AVLL voicemail @ (978) 331-0234.

Registration Now Open For 2014-2015 SMS Youth Hockey
Registration for next year’s Mites, Squirts, Pee Wees, and Bantams youth hockey will be open until Friday, February 21st .  Little Devils (Learn to Play Hockey) will have a separate registration opening later this spring.  Sudbury-Maynard-Stow Youth Hockey is for boys and girls between the ages of 5-14 and includes residents of Bolton and Lancaster. Go to http://www.smshockey.com to register your player(s).

Placement Sessions for the 2014-2015 season will begin the week of February 24th.  You MUST be registered, your balance must be paid on this year’s season and you must pay the non-refundable registration fee for next season in order to take part in the placement sessions.  The registration fee will be applied to your balance when you commit to SMS for next season.

The SMS Squirt, Peewee, and Bantam travel teams will participate in the Valley Hockey League for the 2014-2015 season.  SMS Mite league will be playing in Northstar Youth Hockey League (NSYHL) at NorthStar Ice Sports in Westborough, MA.
Questions?  Contact Jeff LaPlante, SMSYH President at coachjefflaplante@gmail.com

~OUT OF STOW~

Cake Walk in Lancaster
Friday, February 7th, from 6:30 to 9 pm, at the Luther Burbank Middle School at 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster.  Dance and win a cake!  Play games!  Get prizes!  Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.  Game tickets:  one for $1; six for $5; 12 for $10.  Come in from the cold and join the fun!

Social Media Workshop for Women in Business
Effective use of social media in business: Hands on – bring your laptop! Thursday, February 13th  7:15pm; Center on the Common (old Harvard Library), 7 Fairbank Street,  Harvard. WBN (Women’s Business Network) hosts a hands on demonstration of social media platforms with Suzan Czajkowski, Online Marketing & Communication Coach. Bring your questions & your laptops and we will help you set up your business Facebook or LinkedIn (or other) , account.  Refreshments will be served.

The Women’s Business Network (WBN) is a group of women in small businesses,  professional practices, and those just starting out, who meet monthly for mutual education, support and business referrals. Membership includes over sixty women from area towns. Unless otherwise specified, WBN meets the second Thursday evening of each month. Guests welcome. For more information, or to receive monthly announcements, visit www.wbn-ma.org  or join us on Facebook under Womens-Business-network

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