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Calendar… March 4, 2015

| March 9, 2015

Stow Garden Club TALKS SPRING
The next meeting of the Stow Garden Club will be Wednesday, March 4, at the Union Church at 7pm. Barbara MacPhee, beekeeper and speaker from Holden, will be presenting “The Buzz on Honeybees”. The presentation includes bee family life, interactions, home and products, as well as current dilemmas facing bees and how we can support them.  She’ll have a mini active (enclosed) observation hive for viewing the bees. Since spring IS around the corner, we will also have a speaker presenting introductory information about the Community Garden. Contact MariePatrice Masse @ 978-579-0897.
Minuteman Opens Its Doors to Middle School Students
Minuteman High School will hold its spring Open House on Thursday, March 5, from 7-9pm. Students from grades 6, 7, and 8 – and their parents – are all invited. Minuteman is an award-winning regional high school that seeks to give its graduates a competitive edge in the new global economy by providing them with career skills – plus a rigorous grounding in mathematics, English, science, and social studies. Bus transportation is provided to all students within the Minuteman district.

Department heads will be on hand at the Open House to answer questions and to coordinate tours of the building. Minuteman is located at 758 Marret Rd., Lexington. For more information, go to minuteman.org.

Godspell, Jr. PERFORMED BY HALE DRAMA
Hale PSG Drama is proud to present Godspell, Jr. March 6 & 7 at 7:30 pm and March 8 at 2:00 pm at the Hale Middle School Auditorium.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and will be sold at the door.

Local Artist to Exhibit at Nancy’s Airfield Café
Watercolorist Sherry White-Smith will be exhibiting her work for the month of March at Nancy’s Airfield Café in Stow.  Sherry has always drawn her inspiration from nature, from the hills of Tennessee where she was born to the beautiful gardens of her long-time home in Georgia, and now from the bounty of New England. Please join us for art, conversation, and hors d’oeuvres at the opening reception on Sunday, March 8, from 3-4:30pm. For more information, email swhitesmith1944@yahoo.com.

 VEGAN COOKING CLASS AT THE COUNCIL ON AGING
Join Deb Stein for a vegan cooking/baking demo Thursday, March 12, 1pm, at the Stow COA, 380 Great Rd. Deb eats a nutrient dense, plant-based diet and will show us that healthful food can be delicious and economical. Learn how to use more of the donated COA fruits and vegetables. This is FREE and open to the public, Please Register at (978) 897-1880.

Randall Library Friends
After all the snow and cold, do you have cabin fever? The Randall Library Friends recommends an antidote: Visit a museum. The library has several passes that will give you discounted (sometimes free) admission to a number of great places: Museum of Science, Drumlin Farm, Tower Hill, EcoTarium.  Stop into the library, or check the library’s website (www.randallibrarystow.org) to find out more

The Randall Library Friends will meet on Thursday, March 12, at the library. We are making plans for 2015, including events during Spring Fest, our annual book sale, and a members’ event in the fall. All supporters of the library are invited. Meeting starts at 7pm.

Events at the Randall Library
Backyard Beekeeping, Thursday, March 12, 7pm – Have you ever thought of improving your health and your flower garden by keeping a backyard beehive? Representatives from BestBees will be at the library to talk about how beekeeping benefits the environment, how honey can improve your health, and how you can easily have a backyard hive.

Bi-Lingual Preschool Story-time, Friday, March 13, 10:30am – The Randall Library is having a special story-time. Come join the fun! At this first in a series of  bi-lingual story-times we will be reading a special story in both English and Bengli. As with all our Randall Library preschool story-times after the reading we will be making a craft to take home; this time it will be all about India.

Irish Music with Roger Tincknell, Thursday, March 19, 7pm – What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with an evening of toe-tapping Irish tunes!  Come join the fun when Roger Tincknell entertains us with some traditional Irish music.

Odissi Indian Dance Performance, Saturday, March 21, 2:30pm – Originally performed in temples as a religious offering to God, Odissi is one of the 8 classical dance forms of India, dating back as far as the 1st century BCE. Bring the whole family to see the beauty and grace of this unique dance form performed by Mouli Pal, and you just might learn a few moves yourself!

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.

PETER PAN Coming to Nashoba Regional High School
The students of Nashoba Drama Society are proud to announce their Spring musical, “Peter Pan”.  This high-flying TONY Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years. The production will feature real flying by Nashoba Drama cast members with “Flying by Foy” aerography! Performances will take place on March 13 and 14 at 7:30pm, and March 15 at 2pm, at NRHS auditorium, 12 Green Rd., Bolton. To order tickets in advance, please visit: www.NashobaDrama.com. Tickets will also be sold at Snapdragons Party & Gifts, 117 Great Rd., (978) 637-2680 (cash or check only please).

Publishing Networking Group Meeting
The next Publishing Group Networking meeting will be Saturday, March 14, 10:30am, at Randall Library, 19 Crescent St. The guest speaker will be Andrea Cleghorn, a garden-variety journalist with experience in travel writing and book reviewing at several newspapers and magazines. She has written books about the women of Rosie’s Place, the history of a small New England town, and a young woman’s flight from Castro’s Cuba.  This is a public meeting open to anyone interested in publishing. For more information, please contact Eileen Kramer at kramer@tiac.net.

CASINO NIGHT
The Nashoba Athletics Booster Club is hosting Casino Night on March 21 at The International in Bolton. This will be a really fun opportunity to socialize, enjoy great food, and try your luck at running the casino tables. Invitation and details, including directions on how to purchase tickets, is available on the Booster Club website – www.NashobaBoosters.com.   We are hoping for a full house, so grab your friends and make it a fun night out!

THE DRIVING DECISION, AN RMV PRESENTATION
Michelle Ellicks, Community Outreach Coordinator for the RMV, will present “The Driving Decision” on Tuesday, March 24, 10am,  at the Stow COA, 380 Great Rd. Aimed at helping elder drivers and their loved ones transition from the driver’s seat to the passenger seat, this educational talk is free and open to the public. The Massachusetts RMV maintains an extensive resource library of tests and other tools for drivers who are getting older and their families. Please Register at (978) 897-1880.

new book club meets
The next meeting of the New Book Club will be on Tuesday, March 24, at Randall Library  (7pm). We will be discussing Gap Creek by Robert Morgan. Young Julie Harmon works as hard as a man. This is her story. The tension builds from family togetherness to the loss of two loved ones. Robert Morgan is the son of Appalachia and teaches at Cornell. He is a student of rural life in the U.S. during the 18th and 19th centuries. Discuss with us this detailed, gripping drama. You won”t be disappointed.  Questions—978-897-6055.

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.

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The 2nd Annual “A Taste of Ireland”
Not Irish? No worries! Everyone is invited to “A Taste of Ireland”,  presented by the River’s Edge Arts Alliance and the Hudson Rotary Club. The event will take place on Saturday, March 7, 7pm, at the Riverview Portuguese Club, 13 Port St., Hudson. Tickets are on sale now and include Irish food sampling, Irish beer sampling, and all entertainment.  Advance tickets for $30 can be purchased online at upwitharts.org. Tables of 10 can be reserved online or by calling 978-562-1646. Reserve early for prime seating.  For more information or questions, visit upwitharts.org or email dmoskowitz@upwitharts.org.

Open Mic Night Featuring “Broadway by the River’s Edge”
The River’s Edge Arts Alliance is pleased to announce the continuation of their popular music series Broadway by the River’s Edge, featuring the best of local talent. Come join us at Harvest Café , 40 Washington St, Hudson, on the third Wednesday of the month. Our next Broadway Open Mike will be on Wednesday, March 18, from 7:30 – 10 pm. Enjoy full service dining at Harvest Café and some fantastic local talent. Singers should provide their own sheet music (2 copies if necessary) for the pianist, with a two-song maximum per singer. There will be a $5 performance fee. For more information, visit upwitharts.org or call 978-562-1646 or harvestcafeonline.com.

March Programs at Wildlife Refuge
The Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex Visitor Center is located at 680 Hudson Rd., Sudbury. For questions about any of the following programs, contact Kizette at kizette_oritzvanger@fws.gov or 978-562-3527 x 117.

Invasive Species Management, March 19, 7pm – This 2-in-1 presentation will discuss invasive species removal and management locally at Assabet River NWR and nationally at Johnston Atoll NWR in the central Pacific Ocean.

Conservation Strategy for the New England Cottontail, March 25, 7pm – Join us in a discussion of the conservation of the New England Cottontail, a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Eileen McGourty, Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist at the Complex, will discuss her work with surveying, trapping, and tracking the Cottontail to determine its habitat and range while Marianne Piché, a Habitat Biologist of the M.A. Fisheries and Wildlife, will discuss habitat management techniques where New England Cottontail occur.

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