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Calendar… March 25, 2015

| April 3, 2015

stow democrats to meet
The Stow Democratic Town Committee  will meet  at 7:15 pm on Wednesday, March 25, at Red Ginger Restaurant. Topics will include the Democracy in Action award and Springfest activities. New members are welcome. For more information contact James Cohen  at DrJPCohen@aol.com.

Events at the Randall Library
College Planning Workshop, Thursday, March 26, 7pm –  Preparing for college is not only difficult for the student applying, but can be really hard on the parents and caregivers too. Stow parent (and financial advisor) Joelle Spear will help you estimate the real costs of college, explain the saving plan options, and coach you on how to get started investing in your child’s future.

Ed Morgan, the Music Man – Saturday, March 28, 3:30 – 4:15pm.
Bi-Lingual Preschool Story-time, Friday, April 3, 10:30am – We will be reading a delightful story in both English and German. After the reading, we will be making a craft to take home, this time it will be all about Germany.

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.

Minuteman School Building PUBLIC FORUM
Officials at Minuteman High School in Lexington want to know what you think about several options they’re looking at to improve or replace the existing facilities at the career and technical high school. Over the next two months the School Building Committee is planning to make presentations in all 16 member towns to outline the options and to gather feedback. A public meeting will be held at Hale Audtorium on Thursday, March 26, at 7pm. The School Building Committee will gather comments at the community presentations and accept comments by email at SchoolBuildingCommittee@minuteman.org.

The Committee also designed a brief online survey to gather input. It can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/project758.  Results of the survey will be used by the School Building Committee and District School Committee to help decide on a preferred option. That option, in turn, will be reviewed by the MSBA.

The School Building Committee has been working on a Feasibility Study with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) since 2009.  It has also examined other options in the event MSBA state-supported options are rejected.

 Youth Coffeehouse
Saturday March 28, at 7pm – “Open Mic” style concert featuring performers 18 and under. The featured group is “The Coffeehouse Trio”,  starring Sam Griffin and Jared Wilber of Stow. Here is an opportunity for young performers to play in front of a sympathetic audience. Tickets are $5. Doors and open mic sign-up open at 6:30pm. Refreshments will be served. All proceeds to benefit the UCC Boxborough Senior High Mission Trip. The concert will be held at UCC Boxborough, 723 Massachusetts Ave, Boxborough. Contact Steve at saturdaysmusic dot com for more information.

chieftains lax youth clinic
The 2nd Annual Preseason Nashoba Boy’s Youth Lacrosse Clinic takes place Saturday March 28. Players will receive position-specific instruction as well as learn team concepts from experienced players and coaches. U9/U11, 3-4:30pm; U13/U15, 4:30-6pm; at ForeKicks, 219 Forest St., Marlborough. $25/player, checks made out to Nashoba Athletics Booster Club (NABC). If interested contact Coach McNamara at kmcnamara@nrsd.net.

 Bluegrass Gospel Project at New Revival Coffeehouse
The Bluegrass Gospel Project performs at the New Revival Coffeehouse on Saturday, March 28. The six members of BGP sing and play music from the rich tradition of gospel music in traditional bluegrass. The band has been together for over 10 years, and the members bring many decades of experience to their performances.

Doors open at 7:30pm, and the concert begins at 8pm. The coffeehouse is located at the First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, at the intersection of routes 117 & 62, 353 Great Rd. Tickets are available at BrownPaperTickets.com for $15 and at the concert for $18. For further information, visit www.fpc-stow-acton.org or call 978-274-2593.

Palm Sunday & Passover observed at First Parish Church in Stow
The themes of freedom, liberation, survival, and oppression will be examined in a service that observes both Palm Sunday and Passover at the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton (FPC), 353 Great Road, Stow, at the intersection of routes 117 and 62. Services take place at 9am and 11am on Sunday, March 29. All are welcome. Child care is provided for children 3 and under and older children are welcome to join our religious education classes. Our facilities are wheelchair accessible.  For more information, call 978-897-8149 or visit www.fpc-stow-acton.org.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
A sure sign of spring!  The Easter Bunny will be joining The Stow Lions for breakfast Sunday morning, March 29, 8am thru 11:30am, at the Hale School Cafeteria, Hartley Road. We’re serving a breakfast again this year that includes scrambled eggs, toast, sausage, pancakes, juice, milk, coffee, tea, and some fun.

We have a local photographer to take family pictures; there will be face painting, door prizes, and a raffle table too! Mark the date and plan to join us for a homemade breakfast with a ‘side’ of fun.

Family friendly prices are $6 for adults, $3 for children, and $4 for seniors; under 3 free. If you need additional information, send an email to stowlions@gmail.com or check our web site at www.stowlions.org.

 Help us develop the next Open Space and Rec Plan for Stow
The Stow Conservation Commission is currently updating the Stow Open Space and Recreation Plan. As part of this process, we are asking Stow residents to take a brief multiple choice survey on recreation, open space protection, and future growth and development in Stow. The Plan helps guide the town’s priorities in these areas and is updated every 5 to 10 years.

The survey is available in two ways: 1) An electronic version is available at:  http://goo.gl/rCj9jS, or on the Town’s website at www.stow-ma.gov, and 2) Paper copies of the survey can be found on the first floor of Town Building, and may be returned in the box there or mailed or dropped off to the Conservation Commission office at Town Building, 380 Great Rd. All responses are due by March 30.

 stow garden club talks edible perennials
The Stow Garden Club invites you to our next meeting at 7pm on Wednesday, April 1, at the Union Church of Stow, 317 Great Rd. The topic will be “Edible Perennial Gardening and Landscaping”, a 90-minute power point presentation featuring organic techniques for the cultivation of a variety of trees, shrubs, vines, canes, and herbaceous perennials for fruits, nuts, and vegetables. It will be presented by naturalist and landscaper John Root. Plants will be offered for sale. This program is cosponsored by the Stow Garden Club and the Stow Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For questions, contact MariePatrice Masse at  978-579-0897.

ST. ISIDORE PARISH HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Holy Thursday, April 2 – 7:30pm,  Mass of the Last Supper; 8:30-11pm, Adoration;
11pm, Night Prayer.
Good Friday, April 3 – 9am, Morning Prayer; 4pm, Living Stations of the Cross;  7:30pm, Adoration of the Cross.
Holy Saturday, April 4 – 9am, Morning Prayer; 8pm, Easter Vigil.
Easter Sunday, April 5 – 8am and 10:30 am, Easter Sunday Mass.

RABIES CLINIC
The Town of Stow will host a rabies clinic for pets on Thursday, April 2, 6 – 8pm, at the Highway Barn, 88 South Acton Rd. Rabies vaccinations and microchipping will be offered. Vaccinations are $ 15 per animal, and Home Again Microchipping is  $ 35 per animal. Both one- and three-year rabies vaccinations will be available. In order for your pet to receive the three-year vaccination, you must bring your pet’s vaccination certificate from the previous year and it must show the previous vaccination has not expired. All dogs must be on a leash and under control at all times, and all cats and ferrets must be in a carrier.

It is a Massachusetts state law that all dogs, cats, and ferrets be vaccinated for rabies. The Board of Health urges all Stow residents to have their pets vaccinated. (Please note that heartworm testing will not be available this year.)

 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 4 and 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.

 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.

~Outside of Stow~

EVENTS WITH The Assabet Village Food Cooperative
Cocktails with the Co-op – Looking for a fun time out, with the opportunity to learn more about bringing a village-style grocery store to the Metrowest area?  Join the Assabet Village Food Cooperative for Cocktails with the Co-op at the Red Raven in Acton on Thursday, March 26, from 7-9pm. We will be hanging out in the bar area and you can come with questions, ways to help, or ideas for improvement. Come share your thoughts with us, and even become an owner in a grocery store that contracts with local farms, and shares profits with its owners.
For more event information go to http://assabetvillagecoop.com.

Holy Week at the West Acton Baptist Church
Please join us for all or any of our services. Sunday, March 29, 10:30am – Palm Sunday. Thursday, April 2, 7:30pm – Maundy Thursday Service. Sunday, April 5, 8:30am-10am – A free Easter Breakfast and 10:30am Easter Worship. We are located at 592 Massachusetts Ave, Acton, and are handicapped accessible. Please call us at 978-263-5902 or visit our website at www.westactonbaptistchurch.org for more information.

 River’s Edge Community Band presents Spring Concert
The River’s Edge Arts Alliance cordially invites you to our Scheherazade…A Tale of Compassion  band concert, featuring the River’s Edge Community Band, on Sunday, March 29, 3pm, in the Hudson High School Auditorium. Scheherazade, Rimsky-Korsakov’s musical re-telling of the legendary “A Thousand and One Nights,” will be the featured work. There also will be selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Sousa’s Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, as ways in which “Compassion” may be represented in music.

Hudson High School is at  69 Brigham St., Hudson. Tickets for Non-Members: Adults $12, Student/Senior $10, Child Under 10 $8. Tickets for Members: Adults $10, Student/Senior $8, Child Under 10 $6. Tickets can be purchased at our website upwitharts.org. For more information visit our website or email dmoskowitz@upwitharts.org.
 minuteman model a ford annual swap
The Minuteman Model A Ford Club of Massachusetts is holding its 21st Annual Automotive Swap Meet on Sunday March 29, at the Maynard Elks Lodge, 34 Powdermill Road (Rt 62), Maynard. Open to the general public 7:30am -11:30am. General admission is $3. 10′ x10′ Vendor spaces are available for $20. Antique auto parts, automobilia, literature, and more. Large parking lot, coffee and donuts, and a raffle drawing. For more information or to reserve a vendor space, please contact Craig Martin at 978/562-2390 or cmartinstow@comcast.net.

 spring film series at the maynard library
“The Giver” will be the feature on Tuesday, March 31, 6:30pm, at the library’s Roosevelt Room. The adaptation of the classic book by Lois Lowry stars Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. Free. Light refreshments will be served. See www.maynardpubliclibrary.org for more information. The library is located at 77 Nason St., Maynard.

DISCUSSION OF ”Fighting Back the Right”
Author David Niose will discuss his book, “Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason”, on Wednesday, April 1, 7pm, at First Parish In Concord, 20 Lexington Rd., Concord. David Niose, Legal Director of the American Humanist Association (AHA). Having practiced law in Massachusetts since 1990, Niose has also worked in print and broadcast media, taught both history and law, and written extensively on a wide array of issues. For more  information, go to www.ConcordAreaHumanists.org  and click on Events.

 POETRY AT MAYNARD LIBRARY
Maynard Public Library will host a reading by Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize Finalists Ruth Ballard, Jenny Jung, Hannah Karp, and Alicia Lowden on Thursday, April 2, at 7pm.

An open mic session for the audience will follow the reading. The library is located at 77 Nason St., Maynard.

 Easter Events with St. Matthew’s of Acton
St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church of Acton invites you to a morning of Easter Sunday (April 5) special events. Beginning at 6am, a sunrise worship service will take place at 120 Sargent Rd., Boxboro. Join us following the service for a free Easter Breakfast at the St. Matthew’s Fellowship Hall at 435 Central St., Acton. Worship services will also be held at 8:15am  and 10:30 am, with a second Easter Breakfast seating at 9:15am. Eggs, ham, pastries, yogurt, granola, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and more will be served. Additionally, an Easter Egg Hunt for children will take place at 10am sharp! All events are free and open to the public. For more information and additional Holy Week events, visit www.saint-matthews.org or call the church office at 978-263-2822.

 Florence Sawyer School Spring Musical
The public is invited to attend the Florence Sawyer School Drama Club presentation of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR. on April 10 and 11 at 7pm. The musical will be held at the school’s auditorium at 100 Mechanic St., Bolton. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door or can be reserved by email: sawyerdrama@gmail.com.

thayer symphony orchestra concert
The Thayer Symphony Orchestra presents a concert with the theme of “Sun, Moon, and Stars” on Saturday, April 11. Pianist Father Sean Duggan, OSB, will be guest soloist in a performance of Mozart’s piano concerto number 9, K. 271. Prices range from $25 to $35. Student tickets are available for $10 each. Tickets may be purchased via the TSO web site at thayersymphony.org or by calling (978) 466-1800. The concert will take place at 7:30pm in the Stratos G. Dukakis Performing Arts Center at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School (Monty Tec), 1050 Westminster St. (Rt. 2A), Fitchburg.

CONCERT AT THE HEALING GARDEN
The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden announces the next “Concert at the Garden” on Sunday, April 19, at 3pm. The Garden welcomes the  Indian Hill Chamber Ensemble. Enjoy the beautiful setting of the Healing Garden, combined with phenomenal acoustics, as you listen to a variety of classical chamber music.

The Healing Garden, a non-profit organization, is located at 145 Bolton Rd. in Harvard, and offers support, educational, and therapeutic services to those affected by cancer. Admission is $10 for Garden members, $15 for non-members (no pre-sale of tickets). All proceeds benefit the services of the Healing Garden. Visit www.healinggarden.net for event updates or cancellations.

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