Upcoming Events at the Randall Library IN MAY
Check out our library website at www. RandallLibraryStow.org to find out the latest news on upcoming events, programs, reading suggestions, and a whole lot more.
Donations to the Randall Library Friends Book Sale – Then feel free to bring your used books to the Randall Library for the upcoming Randall Library Friends Association Book Sale. The Randall Library will be collecting used children’s and adult books, DVDs, CDs, and audio books until May 29. We will not be taking textbooks, magazines, cassettes, VHS tapes, or items in poor repair. Drop off materials at the Randall Library Circulation Desk.
Teen Springfest Yoga, Thursday, May 8, at 3:30pm – Maureen Trunfio will help teens welcome spring with a Springfest yoga practice. Sign-up sheet is at the circulation desk.
Itsy Bitsy Yoga® for BABIES, Thursday, May 15, at 10am, and Itsy Bitsy Yoga® for TYKES, Thursday, May 15, at 10:30am – Join Sonia Gomez for Itsy Bitsy Yoga, with two age levels on the same day. Infants cannot walk yet, tykes include walkers up to preschool age. Sign-up at the circulation desk; limited to 12 participants.
TAB Special Guest: Jenny Bagdigian, Wednesday, May 21, 5:30-6:30pm – This month we have editor Jenny Bagdigian coming to visit the Randall Library to talk about writing and publishing with the Writing Club and the Teen Advisory Board. Jenny has been an editor for the past 20 years, and a writer of young adult fiction for the last decade. She will conduct a writing workshop and answer teens’ questions about writing and publishing.
Friend’s Book Sale, May 30 (6-9pm), May 31 (11am-4pm), and June 1 (12-2pm) – Come join the fun, and browse or purchase from a wide selection of used books available at this year’s Randall Library Friends Association’s book sale. The sale will take place on the second floor of the Randall Library. Friday night, May 30, is a special reception and pre-sale for current Randall Library Friends which will feature wine, cheese, and live music, as well as allow currently registered “Friends” (individuals who have donated to a Randall Library Friends Association fund raiser in the last year) an advanced look at what is being offered for sale. May 30-June 1, the sale will be open to the general public. Come browse through a wide selection of books, CDs, DVDs, and audio books, both adult and children’s. Proceeds of the sale will go to support upcoming Randall Library events, activities, and services. We hope to see you there!
Special Piano Concert
Friday, May 9, at 7 pm, The First Parish Church of Stow and Acton will host a special piano concert featuring Julian Grabarek, performing pieces by Beethoven, Chopin, and Bach. Julian is a youth attendee of the church who will be traveling to Europe with The New England Conservatory of Music Orchestra this summer, and is performing the concert to raise funds to pay for travel expenses. Donations to support his trip will be gratefully accepted. The church is located at 353 Great Road (at the intersection of Routes 117 and 62) in Stow. For more information, call our church office at 978-897-8149 or visit our website at www.fpc-stow-acton.org.
SCOTTISH DANCING IN STOW
The Stow class of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society will take place on Friday, May 9, 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 7pm and an Adult/Teen Beginner’s Class at 7:30pm. Social Dancing begins at 8pm. All are welcome to join this enjoyable and social dance form.
BOY SCOUTS OPERATION PAPER SHRED
Friends of Boy Scout Troop 1 Stow will hold its second annual paper-shredding event, Operation Paper Shred, at Hale School on Saturday, May 10, from 9am to Noon. The troop will quickly and thoroughly destroy business and personal documents such as tax records, bank statements, bills, and credit card receipts.
ProShred, Inc. (http://ProShred.com) has donated the use of their state-of-the-art truck for this event. The truck can shred thousands of pounds of paper an hour, and its advanced shredding technology ensures each shred is completed efficiently and with the highest level of security. No need to take out staples, paper clips, or other small fasteners. You can watch your documents be destroyed via closed circuit TV right on the shredding truck to ensure your documents are properly destroyed! All shredded material will be recycled, so you’ll be protecting the environment while protecting your identity.
Cost for the service is $0.25/lb. A typical full banker’s box weighs approximately 40 lbs., or $10. Scouts will unload your materials, weigh them, and bring them to the shredder.
Funds raised will be used to support the activities of Stow Boy Scouts Troop 1. Neighboring town residents are encouraged to participate. Please contact the troop at 978-212-9175, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.
STOW GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE
The Stow Garden Club will hold its Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 10, on the Lower Common in Stow, from 8am to 11:30am. This is a wonderful opportunity to obtain plants from the established gardens of the Stow Garden Club members at very reasonable prices. There will be a mixture of sun/shade plants. For more information please contact MariePatrice Masse, 978-579-0897. See you at the sale!
YOUNG EAGLES FLIGHT RALLY
All those ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, May 10, from 9am to 12pm, as EAA Chapter 196 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Minute Man Airfield, 302 Boxboro Rd., Stow. Pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes, allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight.
The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation. Since the program started in 1992, volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 1.8 million young people in more than 90 countries.
For more information, go to www.eaa196.org/eagles.htm, call 978-212-9196, or send an email to email@example.com.
NASHOBA REGIONAL AFTER PROM PARTY
The Nashoba Regional After Prom Party will be held at The Orchard Hills Athletic Club in Lancaster on May 10, 11:00pm-May 11, 3:30am. All Junior Students and their prom dates are invited. Students will enjoy music, dancing, swimming, sports, a magic show and hypnotist as well as other activities. Food and beverages will be provided throughout the evening along with some great raffle items!
Presentation on Gleasondale Village Revitalization Project
On Wednesday, May 14, at 7pm in the Stow Town Hall, UMass Graduate students and Dr. John Mullin will be giving the final presentation of the year-long Gleasondale Village Revitalization Project. The presentation will wrap up a series of workshops, focus groups, meetings, tours, and panel discussions on the future of Stow’s historic industrial village. The Phase III Final report to come will feature updated renderings of potential design scenarios in the village, each based on public input and expert feedback. Please join us for a great discussion on the future of Gleasondale Village. Refreshments provided. RSVP with Jesse Steadman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fundraisers to Support NRHS DI
The Nashoba Regional HS DI team has qualified to represent Massachusetts and our town at Destination Imagination (DI) Global Finals in Tennessee, yet now we need your help! Please come out and join us for what promises to be fun events as you help us raise funds to attend Global Finals!!
Papa Gino’s Fundraiser: May 15th, 4pm – 9pm (take out and eat-in)
Springfest Ice Cream Social at St Isidore’s: May 16th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Can/Bottle Recycling Drive- Month of May:
Collect all of your used cans and bottles, bag them and bring them to 196 Hudson Road, Stow. Every bottle or can you collect and give will help send one of our local D.I. teams to Globals!
Support the 2nd Annual Play for Will Fundraiser
The Play for Will fundraiser is a basketball game between the Central MA Spartans
Special Olympics program out of Bolton, and staff from Nashoba Regional High School. This year’s game is on May 16, 7pm, at NRHS, 12 Green Rd., Bolton. The game raises money for the Tecumseh Foundation and the Relay for Life, while our athletes experience the once-a-year opportunity to showcase their skills for a large crowd. For those attending, raffle prizes include golf packages and New England Patriots tickets.
The Tecumseh Foundation was started in memory of William T.R. Hurley after he passed away on May 4, 2012, at the age of 19. Will’s athletic prowess was, and is still, on display at Nashoba, as he holds several school records in football. Team Tepper was started to participate in the Relay for Life when Leah Tepper was diagnosed with Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma in May of 2010. Leah passed away in November 2012, also at the age of 19.
If you are interested in sponsoring the event or making a donation, please contact Brendan Aylward at Brendan.email@example.com, or 978-855-9141. Checks for the Relay for Life can be made out to The American Cancer Society, and checks for the Tecumseh Foundation can be made out to The Tecumseh Foundation. All donations made prior to the event can be mailed to Brendan Aylward at 23 Apple Blossom Lane, Stow, MA, 01775.
Silent Movie “Peter Pan” Starts springfest
Start the Springfest weekend right by coming to the Old Stow Town Hall on Friday, May 16, at 7pm, where two silent movies will be shown, both featuring the outstanding silent movie pianist Richard Hughes. The evening will begin with the short silent movie comedy by Charlie Chaplin called “Payday”. This will be followed by the showing of the full-length silent movie adventure “Peter Pan”, staring Betty Bronson, and is about a magical boy who refuses to grow up, and travels to Neverland. Many adventures take place in Neverland, which includes a confrontation with the pirate Captain Hook and his crew. Captain Hook does not fare well in that confrontation, and is forced to walk the plank. There is no charge for this Stow Lions Club hosted event, and the popcorn is FREE.
Publishing Networking Group Meeting
The next meeting is Saturday, May 17, 10:30 a.m., Randall Library, 19 Crescent St., Stow.
This meeting will be facilitated by Maynard residen Sarah Ambrose, who works for a major publishing company in Boston. In the past 20+ years, Sarah has worked in three different divisions of the core business and has recently taken another new role in the company. She will talk about the publishing world from an insider’s point of view and will lead a discussion on the changing world of publishing.
The meeting is open to EFA members and non-members, freelancers, and anyone interested in publishing. For more information, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Eileen Kramer at 978-897-4121.
SCT Haiku in the Woods from May 17 to May 31
Walk the lovely 1 mile trail of Leggett Memorial Woodlands and be inspired by the Haikus written by Stow’s 3rd graders. Leggett Woodlands is an SCT property located on Whitman Street, just off Route 62. All are invited. Please take proper tick and poison ivy precautions when hiking in the woods.
The Stow Friends of the Council on Aging invite you to come to our annual Pancake Breakfast, to be served at St. Isidore’s Parish Hall on Saturday, May 17, from 8am to 11am, RAIN or SHINE. This is a great way to kick off your Springfest day. Bring the whole family and enjoy a great breakfast with your friends. Where else can you get pancakes, sausage, and scrambled eggs, and help the Seniors of Stow? Coffee will be provided by The Gulf Station Dunkin’ Donuts. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children under 12; children 3 and under are free. Don’t forget to visit the doll house that will be on display at the breakfast and get your chances to win. Thank you for your support.
SPRINGFEST LEGO CONTEST
We will again be holding a Lego Contest at Springfest on May 17th. The theme will be “Favorite books”. Entrants are asked to build a scene from their favorite books or stories and to bring the book to put next to their creation. Entrants cannot use kits but can use a few characters or pieces from a kit.
This year we are also hoping to add a new category which is “Scouting”. Boy scouts and girl scouts are encouraged to build a lego scene of something they enjoy doing in scouting. Scout entrants can earn a fun patch for entering.
Questions? Please email to: email@example.com
SPRINGFEST CONCERT TO CELEBRATE THE EARTH
Join us for a very special celebration of spring with a performance of Paul Winter’s “Missa Gaia” at 4:00 pm on Sunday, May 18 at First Parish Church of Stow and Acton. The Sounds of Stow Chorus and the choir of First Parish Church will present this work under the combined direction of Barbara Jones and Mike Pfitzer.
“Missa Gaia,” or “Mass for the Earth,” integrates contemporary musical styles, including gospel and jazz, with traditional texts from various religious traditions along with the sounds of nature to celebrate the earth as our sacred home. In addition, local flutists Katherine Kleitz, Lisa Dolliver, Jennifer Chiapella, JoAnne Sgroi and Patricia Medeiros and bassoonist Nick Cantrell will perform selections by W.F. and J.S. Bach. Talented local pianist Katie Painter will charm with two Debussy Arabesques.
The concert is Sunday, May 18 at 4:00 PM in the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton at 353 Great Road. Admission is $10.00. Sounds of Stow is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as administered by the local cultural councils of Stow, Acton-Boxborough, Bolton and Hudson. Two free tickets available in the local COA office on a first come basis. For more information, go to www.soundsofstow.com, or contact Nina Huber at (978) 505-7317.
SCT Run for the Woods is Sunday, May 18
Get out your running and walking shoes for the 15th Annual Run for the Woods. The 5-kilometer course is a runner’s favorite – a gentle, rolling route through Stow’s beautiful back roads. Events and their times are:
8:00 Race Day Registration/Number Pickup Opens; 9:00 1-Mile Kids’ Fun Run; 9:50 5-Kilometer Race Walking Race; 10:00 5-Kilometer Road Running Race; 10:01 5-Kilometer Recreational Walk; 10:01 5-Kilometer Dog Walk
More information and registration: www.stowconservationtrust.org
NEW BOOK CLUB MEETING
Orphan trains ran regularly between 1854 and 1929, from the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest. Follow Vivian Daly, a young Irish girl, as her story is revealed in a most surprising way.
Join us at Randall Libraryto discuss Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Klein. We’ll meet at 7pm on Tues., May 20. Tell us what you think of Vivian’s story and help us choose a book for June. Questions—call 978-897-6055.
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REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES’ DINNER
There will be a “Take Back the Hill” Massachusetts Republican candidates’ night at the Marlborough Holiday Inn at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 9, 2014. All the major Republicans running for state and local office this year will be in attendance at the event. If Stow or Maynard Republicans wanted to meet these candidates at individual fundraisers, they would have to travel dozens of miles and pay hundreds of dollars. This is a chance to meet these candidates up close and personal AND eat dinner with other Republicans from the area in a friendly atmosphere for only $65 a plate. According to Stow Republican Committee Chair Dino Stamos, “This event is what rebuilding the Republican Party in Massachusetts is all about.”
Republicans or unenrolled conservative voters who want tickets to the May 9th event are encouraged to contact Chair Stamos at onstantineStamos@Hotmail.com