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Program for Parents of Preschool and Kindergarten Students
For parents of all incoming Nashoba Regional School District kindergartners & preschoolers:  Start the school year off right!  Guest Speaker, Psychologist & Behavior Specialist Jay Ryan, Ed.D. will discuss issues such as: Transition to school, What you as parents can do to support school success, Separation anxiety, Difficult behaviors, etc.  Join us on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 7:00-8:30 PM @ Florence Sawyer School, 100 Mechanic St., Bolton, MA

Astronomy from my Backyard

The Skylight Astronomical Society is hosting a presentation by Mike Mattei,  Astronomy from my Backyard on  Thursday, 30 August at 7:30 pm at  The Clubhouse, 18 Rockbottom Road, Stow, MA. Mike is and optical designer and telescope maker. He operates a 14 inch Meade in a dome allowing remote observation and photography. The Skylight Astronomical Society is your local Astronomy Club. We have a wide range of members from novices to expert star hoppers, to expert astrophotograhers. We own equipment for viewing the Sun, the moon, the planets, distant galaxies and clusters. Look out for Star parties this fall. We meet monthly on the last Thursday of the month – normally at 7:30pm at the Clubhouse – this month at 7:00pm. For directions and further information see or call 978-568-0326.

Bicycle Recycle Day at Union Church in Stow 

Bring your unwanted bicycle to the parking lot. It will be repaired and given a new home. Some go to Ghana and some stay in the US. All Towns Welcome. Free drop off. September 1, 9-12; Union Church, 317 Great Road, Stow MA

Knitting Group at Randall Library

Calling all knitters, past, present, and just beginning!  Join other Stow knitters twice a month for an hour of stitching and sharing.  We meet downstairs at the Randall Library from 7:00-8:00 PM on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.  Date for this month are Wednesday September 5 and September 19. Can’t make the meeting but want to stay connected?  Join our online community at  and never miss a thing!  Want more information or have questions?  Contact Cara Schomp at (978)897-5507.

Stow Area Parents Network (SAPN) Fall Playgroup Schedule

The weather in September and October is pleasant as fall sets in, so SAPN has decided to continue having playgroups outdoors and resume the indoor Town Hall playgroups in November.  Families are encouraged to attend the playgroup that best fits their schedule and needs. This new schedule will begin on Wednesday, September 5th.  In the event of rain, playgroups will meet indoors at the Stow Town Hall.

All ages – Wednesdays 10 to noon – Pine Bluffs Recreation Area, Sudbury Rd., Stow

1—3 years – Thursdays 10 to noon – Pine Bluffs Recreation Area, Sudbury Rd., Stow

We are in the process of looking for a baby playgroup coordinator.  If you are interested in this position, please email [email protected]. For more information about our weekly playgroups, or to join SAPN, please visit or email [email protected].

Two Open Houses First Parish Church of Stow and Acton

Held in Fellowship Hall, 353 Great Road, Stow, MA. First Parish Church (FPC) of Stow and Acton, a Unitarian Universalist Church,  is a congregation of people who are respectful of each individual’s beliefs and feel it is important to offer a liberal religious education program for children.  Our services draw from many diverse spiritual and musical sources and often include an emphasis on social justice issues.  If you’re looking for a religious home, please come and learn more about FPC and Unitarian Universalism during one of our upcoming open houses:  Thursday evening, September 6, 2011, 7-9 pm or Saturday morning, September 8, 2011, 10 am-12 noon.  The Saturday open house will be especially geared toward families with children who are interested in learning about our Religious Education (RE) program.  Please feel free to bring your children. Michelle Cote, Director of RE, and Minister, Rev. Tom Rosiello, will be there to discuss our programs and answer questions.  Please contact either Michelle Cote ([email protected]) or Nancy Grimes [email protected] if you have questions or would like more information.

Publishing Networking Group Meeting 

Saturday, September 8, 10:30 a.m., Randall Library, 19 Crescent St., Stow. Local author Ali Hosseini will discuss the publication of his book, The Lemon Grove. The author will talk about writing fiction and his experiences in pursuing publication and finding an agent and publisher. His novel, “The Lemon Grove,” was published by Northwestern University Press and was released in July. Ali will do a brief reading. This networking meeting is open to EFA members and non-members, freelancers, and anyone interested in publishing. For more information, call Eileen Kramer at 978-897-4121 or send email to [email protected].

Kids-A-Lot 25th Anniversary Celebration

Kids-A-Lot Country Day School announces its 25th year of serving families in the Stow, Maynard, Hudson, Bolton area!  Director Maryann Deignan would like to thank the families in the community (past & present) for making Kids-A-Lot a success by hosting a  “25th Celebration” with free games, juggling, percussion music, inflatables, face painting, dance & creative movement demos, baby animals, popcorn, snow-cones, cake and more! Saturday, September 15, 2012,  1:00-4:00pm. Take a trolley ride from the Stow Lions parking lot down to Stow Community Park, 50 Old Bolton Rd., Stow, or park right at the field.  Stow Lions will offer hamburgers & hotdogs for a donation. This event is open to Kids-A-Lot families, past & present.  To help us better serve you please send an RSVP to [email protected] We would love to hear from you!

OARS 26th Annual River Cleanup.  Join Us!

OARS will hold its 26th Annual River Cleanup on Saturday September 15 from 9:00 am to Noon.  Volunteers will join forces to restore and beautify the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers by removing trash from the waters and shoreline.  They will pull out whatever trash and litter they find–tires, bottles, car parts, bicycles–for appropriate disposal.  Local DPWs assist in the removal of all the debris that is collected.

OARS’ Annual River Cleanup is possible thanks to the support of over 30 local businesses.  OARS invites you to join in this meaningful community endeavor.  Details and meeting locations will be available on our website,  To volunteer, please contact the OARS office at (978) 369-3956, or at [email protected].

New Book Club Resumes Meetings in September

The next meeting of the New Book Club will be on Tuesday, September 18th at 7Pm at the library.  We are discussing Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell.  This is a look at poverty in his youth.  How does it compare to poverty today?  Will the poor always be with us?  Are the reasons for poverty always the same?  Join us for a lively conversation. Bring your ideas for future reads.  Please call 978-897-6055 with any questions.

1st Annual Steppingstones School Golf Classic

Please join us for the Steppingstones School Golf Classic on September 25, 2012 to benefit the Steppingstones School – Support the Move. Come out for a great day of golf at a beautiful golf course and support the school and the kids! Join us for birdies, bogeys and laughs at Wedgewood Pines Country Club.The golf scramble is a 12:00 shotgun start and will include a boxed lunch, golf w/ cart, dinner and awards receptions following the golf. There will be long drive, nearest to the pin and putting contests, a cigar roller on the course, basket raffles, a 50/50, and a silent auction.
For more information see or contact Jamie Perry at 508-395-7165 or [email protected].

The 2012 Sterling Fair Is Almost Here

The fair opens at 3:00pm Friday, Sept 7th with garden tractor pulls and runs at the Sterling Airport on Greenland Road until Sunday afternoon, Sept 9th. This popular annual Agricultural Fair benefits 4-H and local charities.  Horse and oxen pulls are featured as well as tractor pulls and log sawing. For the kiddies there will be frog jumping, pedal tractor pulls. Something for everyone: a midway, entertainment, fireworks, crafts, arts, and plenty of specialty foods. The fair is completely planned, managed, and staffed by community volunteers. The tradition of FREE PARKING and FREE ADMISSION continues this year thanks to the generosity of the many volunteers who donate their time and talents. Visit for more information. Helpers are always in need, anyone interested in pitching in, please call Jay Hartnett at 774 696-5539.

Maynard Road Race to Benefit the Boys & Girls Club

The 15th Annual Maynard 5KRun/2M Walk Road Race will be held on Saturday,  September 15, 2012. All proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley.
The 5K Run/2M Walk Races will begin at 10:30AM sharp on Summer Street across from Memorial Park! Registration for these  races will take place from 9:00AM to 10:15 AM at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 52 Nason Street, Maynard.   Entry fees are $25 in advance or $30 day of the race.  The 1M Kids Race, for children 4-12 years old, will begin at 11:30 AM, with the same start and finish of the larger races.  Entry fee is $5/ea.
For additional information or to have an application sent to you, please leave a message at 978-461-2871 or 978-764-5279.  Visit to register online.