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Calendar… November 12, 2014

| November 16, 2014

MAKE A CHILD’S HOLIDAY WISH COME TRUE
Warm Hearts of Stow urges community members to contribute to its annual Holiday Toy Fund. Our goal is to ensure that every Stow boy and girl has a special gift to open this holiday season!
It may seem early to start thinking about the winter holidays, but our board members need to begin shopping in just a few weeks. Donations received in October/early November will be very much appreciated!
Checks may be made out to Warm Hearts Toy Fund and mailed to: Warm Hearts Toy Fund, P.O. Box 10, Stow, MA, 01775.
Warm Hearts of Stow is a 501 (c) (3) charity. Our organization relies totally on individual  contributions to fund toy purchases. If you have any questions, please call (978) 793-3031, or visit warmheartsofstow.org.
Rep. Hogan Announces Office Hours in Stow
State Rep. Kate Hogan will be hosting office hours in Stow on Wednesday, November 12, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, at Emma’s Cafe, 117 Great Rd. All are invited to stop by with any questions or ideas. Hogan represents the Third Middlesex District, which includes the towns of Hudson, Bolton, Maynard, and Stow.
No appointments are necessary and meetings will be on a first come, first serve basis.  For any questions or additional information, please contact Rep. Hogan at (617) 722-2692 or at Kate.Hogan@MAHouse.gov. Information is also available on Rep. Hogan’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kate.hogan.948.
Upcoming Events at the Randall Library in November
(For more details check out http://www.randalllibrarystow.org)
How to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft, Thursday, November 13, 7pm – Amy Schram of the Better Business Bureau will discuss the risks of identity theft, and teach you smart ways to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Where do the Hidden Folk Live?, Saturday, November 16, 1-3 pm  – It’s getting cold; come make a house for your favorite elf, troll, gnome, or fairy!
Swing Fever Trio, Thursday, November 20, 7pm – The Swing Fever Trio features music from such great composers as Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, and more. Enjoy a night out at the Randall Library and get your toes tapping.
Civil War Folk Concert November 15
The Stow Historical Society presents The Hardtack Evening, Saturday, November 15, 7pm,  at the Stow Town Hall. Join us to commemorate the upcoming 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War with an evening of Civil War folk music by The Hardtacks. Year by year, the tumult, tragedies, and triumphs of the era unfold in the music and words of the people who lived them. On display in the Town Hall will be exhibits showcasing Stow’s Civil War veterans and the home front activities of the town.
The evening begins at 7pm, the concert begins at 7:30pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring a finger food dish to share. There is no charge to attend, but donations are welcome.
The concert is sponsored in part by a grant from the Stow Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Celtic Fiddler Hanneke Cassel in Concert
FPC Music Series presents Celtic fiddler Hanneke Cassel on Saturday, November 15, at 7:30pm in the sanctuary of the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton. Hanneke will perform with cellist Mike Block, a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road ensemble, and guitarist Keith Murphy. Tickets will be $20 at the door and will be available at a reduced price ($18/$15) if purchased in advance from www.brownpapertickets.com. The church is located at 353 Great Rd. and is handicap accessible. For more information visit www.hannekecassel.com, call 978-274-2593, or email concertseries@fpc-stow-acton.org.
NASHOBA GIRLS LACROSSE SPRING 2015 REGISTRATION
Nashoba Girls Lacrosse Spring Registration is now open until November 30. A $25 discount will be offered to those players who register before November 15. Team sizes will be limited. We are able to offer only one team per age group. Please make a note of this earlier registration time as we don’t want any interested players to miss out.
Also, NGL is looking to fill several vacancies. Some are board positions, but some are what we call “one and done” tasks. Please contact Christine Shaw at CLS870@verizon.net,  or Kathy Cote at thecoteclan@verizon.net to find out more. (*Nashoba Girls Lacrosse is a non-profit organization which is not affiliated with Nashoba Regional School District.)
Boy Scout Holiday Wreath Sale & Christmas Tree pickup Service
You can still order your holiday wreath by going online to www.troop1stow.net, printing out an order form and mailing your check with your order to Troop 1 Stow, PO Box 75, Stow, MA 01775, or order directly online.
The small plain wreath is priced at $14 and the small decorated is $18. Medium wreaths are $17 plain and $20 decorated, and large plain wreaths are $50. Wreath payment is due by November 17. Your wreaths will be delivered during Thanksgiving week.
The scouts will also be offering Christmas tree pickups at $10 per tree, and trees will be picked up at the end of your driveway January 16 and 17. We request trees be at the end of your driveway by 6pm on January 16. Please make your tree pickup reservation by January 9 via website or mailed-in payment.
NEW BOOK CLUB MEETS
The next meeting of The New Book Club will be on Tuesday, November 18, at 7pm at Randall Library. We will be discussing The House Girl, by Tara Conklin. This debut novel links the stories of Lina Sparrow, a 21st century lawyer and Josephine Bell, an artistically talented 19th century slave. Is this the making of a slavery reparations lawsuit? Join us for an informal discussion and hear what other readers think. Questions–978-897-6055
NASHOBA BOOSTER TRIVIA NIGHT
Please join us on November 19, 6 to 9 pm, at The International – Fireplace room for the Nashoba Booster  Club Trivia Night! Test your trivia knowledge while being entertained by MC Joel Bates. This fun-filled family dinner night will allow you the opportunity to enjoy delicious food in a lovely setting while supporting Nashoba Athletics, as 20% of your dining cost will go directly to the Booster Club. Visit NashobaBoosters.com for the flyer.
Nashoba Drama Society Presents “It’s A Wonderful Life”
“It’s A Wonderful Life,”  a true testament to the power of family and friends, will be presented at the Nashoba Regional High School Auditorium, 12 Green Rd, Bolton, by the Nashoba Drama Society. Performances are Friday and Saturday night, November 21 and 22, at 7:30pm; and Sunday afternoon, November 23, at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for seniors and students, $14 for adults.  To order tickets in advance, please fill out and return a ticket order form available at www.NashobaDrama.com. Tickets will also be sold at the door as long as available. If you have any questions, please call Hilda Brewington or Emmitt Brewington at (978) 779-9995 or email NashobaTickets@gmail.com.
Free Community Dinner at Union Church of Stow
Join us Friday, November 21, 5-6pm,  for another Ann’s Community Friendship Dinner. This month we’ll be cooking, roasting, and baking to make Thanksgiving Dinner! The price is free, but donations are accepted. There is no reason to eat alone when you can join us for a good meal and friendly company. The Union Church with the blue doors is at 375 Great Rd., next to the Police Station. Read more about us at www.unionchurchofstow.org.
Order Your Holiday Arrangements from the Stow Garden Club
Stow Garden Club is taking special orders for arrangements, centerpieces, cemetery boxes/outdoor arrangements, designer wreaths, decorated boxwood trees, kissing balls…your colors… until November 22, for pick-up on December 6.  Please contact MariePatrice Masse at 978-579-0897. Or, come see what delights you at our Stow Garden Club Annual Holiday Greens Sale at the Stow Town Hall  on Saturday, December 6, from 8am until 12noon. Prices range from $3 to $50. Want a bundle of greens to do your own decorating? We’ve got that, too. Proceeds from the sale go back to the community through the many activities and projects supported by the Stow Garden Club.
Sounds of Stow Presents Bach’s Christmas Oratorio
Experience the full splendor of Bach’s great “Christmas Oratorio”, performed by the Sounds of Stow Chorus and Orchestra, under the direction of Barbara Jones. The concert is Sunday, November 23 at 3:00 PM in Hale School auditorium, 55 Hartley Rd, in Stow (junction of Rte.117/62).  Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for seniors and adult students, and $10 for students 18 and under.
Hale School is fully handicapped accessible.  For more information visit www. soundsofstow.com. 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. Four complimentary tickets are available through your local COA.
Make-Your-Own Boxwood Tree Workshop
Create a beautiful 12-inch Christmas tree-shaped arrangement from Boxwood tips on Wednesday, December 3, from 10am to 8pm, at Stow Town Hall (lower level), for $45. We provide instructions and all materials. Reserve today to participate in this great workshop, usually limited to Stow Garden Club members, and take home a delightful, long-lasting holiday arrangement. These make excellent gifts and can be decorated as “winter” arrangements for those who don’t observe the holidays. Call MariePatrice Masse at 978-579-0897 by November 22 to reserve your space (2+ hours).  Can’t make it? Order now and we’ll make a kit, or a tree, for you!
8th Annual Stow Gobbler 5K Run/Walk
Please consider running, walking, or volunteering in the 8th Annual Stow Gobbler 5K. The race will take place this Thanksgiving morning (November 27), beginning at Stow Community Park and ending at Bose in Stow. Supported by Stow Recreation, this event will donate all proceeds to Habitat for Humanity and the Stow Community Chest. Early check-in and race registration will be held from 3-5pm on Wednesday, November 26. Registration can also be done at 6-7:30am on race day. For more information, or to register online or download an entry or volunteer form, visit www.stowgobbler.org.

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A Year With Frog and Toad is Fun for the Entire Family
The Acton Cooperative Theater is pleased to present its production of A Year With Frog and Toad on Saturday, November 15, at 1pm and 4pm. A Year With Frog and Toad is a whimsical show that bubbles with melody and wit as  you follow two great friends – cheerful, popular Frog and grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons.
Performances will be held at the Thoreau School, located at 29 Prairie St. in Concord. General Admission Tickets are available at the door for $12, or can be purchased in advance by calling 978.760.2577 or at Buttons & Bows located at 448 Great Rd., Acton.
Bagels and Books at Maynard Library
Maynard Library hosts its Bagels and Books group on Saturday, November 15, at 11am. This book group – unlike most – doesn’t choose a single book to discuss. Instead, we choose a subject and everyone shares the books they have read around that topic. The theme for November 15 is World War I – which is commemorating the 100th anniversary this year. The books discussed may be fiction or non-fiction, and they can be about the war or they can be set during this time period to give us a sense of what life was like at that time. For more information contact Dottie MacKeen at dotmac@verizon.net.
A Sense of Place at Great Meadows NWR (Concord)
The marsh moves through many changes in the fall. Join us on Sunday, November 16,  at 2-4pm, for a late afternoon walk around the refuge when autumn’s majesty is most palpable. All ages are welcome. A voluntary donation is gratefully accepted. No pre-registration required. Meet at the information kiosk by the parking lot, Great Meadows NWR in Concord (Monsen Rd, off Rte. 62, driveway on left where road curves right). Questions? See sense-of-place-concord.blogspot, email cherrie.corey@verizon.net or call 978-760-1933.
WOMEN’S TRIATHALON CLUB MEETS
AIM is an all-women community-based organization and an official USAT Triathlon Club. It will hold its 2015 Membership Information Session November 16, 6:30 pm, at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, 680 Hudson Rd., Sudbury. Guest speaker will be Karen Smyers, 1995 Ironman World Champion and Triathlon Hall of Famer.
Membership is open to women between the ages of 18-65+ living in the greater
MetroWest and surrounding Boston area. Members compete in local, regional, and national triathlons. Others pursue health and fitness goals in camaraderie with team members. Members enjoy swim, bike, run, strength an core conditioning, as well as other indoor and outdoor fitness-related activities. For more information, visit AIMTRITEAM.org or email admin@aimtriteam.org.
Artists Wanted For Exciting New Graphic Art Exhibit
The River’s Edge Arts Alliance is proud to present a “Graphic Art” exhibit at The Sprinkler Factory in Worcester, and is looking for artist submissions. This is a great opportunity for artists of all levels of experience. Registrations with up to five submissions are now being accepted with a deadline of November 21. An opening reception will take place on Saturday, December 6, from 5-7pm. Gallery hours are Saturday, December 13 & 20, from 1-4pm, or by appointment. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Registration forms and membership information can be found on our website at upwitharts.org. For more information visit our website, email dmoskowitz@upwithart.org, or call 978-562-1646.
Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical Live On-Stage
The Acton Cooperative Theater will present its production of Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical, at the R.J. Grey Jr. High School Dragonfly Theater, located at 16 Charter Rd. in Acton. A classic story of rivalry and power, Camp Rock: The Musical is a combination of The Disney Channel’s hit movies Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical come to life on stage!
Show times are Friday, November 21, at 7pm and Saturday, November 22,  at 2pm. General Admission Tickets are available at the door for $12, or can be purchased in advance by calling 978.760.2577 or at Buttons & Bows located at 448 Great Rd, Acton. For more information on auditions and upcoming productions, visit the theater group’s website at http://www.the-act.org.
River’s Edge Announces First Annual Young Artist Competition
The River’s Edge Arts Alliance and River’s Edge Community Band announce the first an  nual Young Artist Competition, for students in 12th grade and younger who play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. Auditions will be held by appointment on Saturday, December 6. The winner will perform with the River’s Edge Community Band on Sunday, March 29, 2015. The application, further information, and audition material are available at the River’s Edge Arts Alliance office at 155 Apsley St., Hudson, or at upwitharts.org. For additional information, please call 978-562-1646 or email Lynne Johnson at ljohnson@upwitharts.org.

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