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Calendar…March 23, 2016

| March 28, 2016

How Executive Skills Create Successful Students
Executive functioning is a term used to describe the tasks our brains perform that are necessary to think, act, and solve problems. Does your child have difficulty getting started on a long-term assignment? Is she  easily distracted and disorganized?    Join us on Wednesday, March 23, beginning at 7pm, at the Hale Middle School Auditorium, for a talk by Dr. Peg Dawson, Ed.D, NCSP, from the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, NH. She has co-authored six books on executive functioning including the Amazon best-seller, Smart but Scattered. Come learn more from this nationally-recognized expert who has worked with thousands of children and teens who struggle at home and school.  This free lecture, sponsored by Nashoba SEPAC and the Special Education Dept., is appropriate for parents/guardians of all children.

Upcoming Events at the Randall Library in March
Thursday, March 24, 7pm, Irish music with The Ivy Leaf Band – Come hear The Ivy Leaf Band and their traditional Irish music. The Ivy Leaf Band has performed at such prestigious venues as Club Passim, Irish Ceilidh Club, and the New England Folk Festival to great reviews, and the Randall Library is proud to have them perform. For more information and to hear samples of the band’s performances go to http://www.ivyleafmusic.com/. This is a wonderful, family-friendly way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, March 26, 2pm, Cool Recycled Book Art – Use old books as a starting point to create animals, flowers, pictures, beads and more.

Holy Week Services at FPC
A Maundy Thursday candlelight communion service will be held on Thursday, March 24, at 7pm. The story of Jesus’ final days will be told, focusing on the Passover meal that he shared with his disciples and what this ritual of “breaking bread together” means today.    On Easter Sunday, March 27, services at 9 and 11am will focus on what the Easter message can mean in peoples’ lives today. After an Easter Message for All Ages, FPC’s children will leave for the “Great Easter Egg Hunt.” Both services will be filled with “Hallelujahs” and other Easter music. Both will conclude with an invitation to join the choir in singing the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.   FPC is located at 353 Great Rd. and is wheelchair accessible. For more information, contact FPC’s office at 978-897-8149 or visit www.fpc-stow-acton.org. All are welcome.

sing along with ed morgan
Ed Morgan, a Stow resident and children’s singer/songwriter, brings a series of interactive children’s Sing Alongs, funded by a grant from the Stow Cultural Council, to the Community Room at the Randall Library. The next show will be Friday, March 25, 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 and traditional children’s songs. Singing and dancing for kids ages 1-99!

Income Inequality Forum
The Stow, Maynard  and  Hudson Democratic Town  Committees  are sponsoring an educational, interactive forum entitled “Narrowing the Income Inequality Gap” on Wednesday, March 30, at Old Town Hall at 7pm. Speakers will include Luc Schuster, Deputy Director of MassBudget.org; Dr. Randy Albelda, Professor of Economics at UMass Boston; and Harris Gruman, Executive Director of the SEIU Massachusetts State Council. Sarah Cressy  from the Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce will  be the moderator. Admission is free and there will be time for questions and discussion. The program is intended for individuals of all political  persuasions who want a better understanding of the causes of income inequality in America; some of the solutions being discussed during the presidential debates; and  how changes in  taxation, wage and benefit regulations would impact the middle and upper classes and small business owners.

Guest Table Community Supper in Stow
Guest Table, a community supper in Stow, serves dinner on the first Friday of each month at First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC). Guest Table welcomes everyone, in or out of Stow, whether they’re looking for a sense of community, are feeling lonely, are having some financial difficulties, or just want a change of atmosphere. There’s no charge for dinner, but donations are gratefully accepted. Dinners will be nut free, with gluten-free and dairy-free options available. The next meal will be offered on April 1 from 5:30 to 6:30pm at FPC’s Fellowship Hall. FPC is located at 353 Great Rd. Its facilities are wheelchair accessible. For more information contact fpcguesttable@fpc-stow-acton.org.

Nashoba Students – we need your help!
Bolton Local, a grassroots group of folks from Bolton, is calling any and all students at Nashoba Regional High School to enter our new contest. Create an exhibit, art display, video or web-site, that we can share with the world. Your entry should promote a sustainable solution and hopeful vision for the future. Solo and group entries are both encouraged. First prize is $300, second $150 and third $50.   The deadline to register is April 1, and entries must submitted by April 30. For more information or to sign up, go to www.BoltonLocal.org or email info@BoltonLocal.org.

Mo Kenney at New Revival Coffeehouse
Canadian singer/songwriter Mo Kenney will be coming to the New Revival Coffeehouse in Stow on Saturday, April 2. Kenney’s songs have won multiple awards, including the East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year in both 2014 and 2015. Her song “I Faked It” won the folk division in the 2015 U.S.A. Songwriting Competition and she has been nominated for a fresh crop of prizes in 2016 for her new CD, In My Dreams. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door; advance tickets are available at www.BrownPaperTickets.com. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. The coffeehouse is located at First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, 353 Great Rd. For more information, call 978-274-2593.

STOW GARDEN SPRING PRESENTATION
Do you have a flower or window box(s) or would like to have one? You don’t need to be a “Gardener” to add this wonderful touch to your home. Just attend our next presentation, which will fill you with some wonderful, practical ideas and add beauty to your home. This meeting of the Stow Garden Club will be Wednesday, April 6, at the Union Church at 7pm.  Our guest speaker will be Heather Husebo presenting Flower Box Gardens. Her business is creating box gardens with a variety of plants for individuals and business needs and contending with a range of zero-full shade conditions. Her presentation will include making a flower box garden.  Contact Susan Pauley for any further information at 978-568-8049. All are welcome; you do not need to be a Garden Club member to attend this presentation.

8Th Annual Stow Town Cleanup
Help us clean up Stow on Saturday, April 9, during the 8th annual Stow Town Cleanup. Sign up for your cleanup area on the town map at the Lower Common near Papa Gino’s on April 9 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 Department will pick up bags the following Monday. Participants should wear gloves, long pants and long sleeves to help avoid poison ivy and bright clothes or a reflective vest for safety. For more information, go to www.stowcleanup.wordpress.com.

Stow Women’s Over 40 soccer team Players wanted
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. You  needn’t be a resident of Stow. The spring season begins April 10 and runs 10 weeks with games on Sundays at 8:30am. Home games are at Pine Bluff Field, Sudbury Rd. For more information e-mail Corinne at eccbgreen@gmail.com.

READY TO MOVE? SCT’S RUN FOR THE  WOODS IS MAY 15
Now’s the time to register for Stow Conservation Trust’s Run for the Woods – a 5K Run/Walk to be held on May 15 starting at the Hale Middle School. Are your kids wearing you down with their high energy? Sign them up for the One Mile Kids Fun Race for all ages under 12. Registration and details at www.stowconservationtrust.org. Have some fun and help preserve open space in Stow at the same time.

JOIN THE NRHS aFTER PROM PARTY
Each year, a parent group hosts an “After Prom Party”, which is a late night, substance-free party for the Nashoba Regional High School Junior class, regardless if they attended the prom dinner/dance. We are beginning a new tradition of involving the whole communityat the party. We invite everyone in the three towns of NRHS  – not just the parents of our Junior class, but everyone from grandparents, neighbors, upcoming high school families and business owners – to help keep our prom night safe for all.

To make this successful and an event the kids want to attend, we need everyone in our three towns to pull together: volunteer to help decorate, chaperone, set up, and donate monetarily or with gift cards. On May 21, a section of the HS will be transformed, decorated and filled with food and activities chosen by the Junior class. The surrounding towns all do this type of event and get a great turnout of volunteers helping to create it and kids attending.  Please go to www.nashobaafterprom.weebly.com to sign up to volunteer and donate. Let’s all make this become a well-attended tradition that our district can be proud of for years to come!

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