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Winter Coat Drive
Time to clean out your closets!  Please donate your gently used winter coats to Coats for Kids. “Anyone who needs a coat will have one” is the mission of Anton’s Cleaners’ 18th annual Coats for Kids drive.  Coats are needed for all ages: children, teens, adults, and babies.  Our Girl Scout Troop is running a Coats for Kids drive from October 15 through Monday, January 7, 2013.  Collection boxes are located at Center School, Hale Middle School, Randall Library, and Global Fitness in Stow.  For more information, please contact us at [email protected].

Iris Lee Marcus:   The Acanthus Series
Star Custom Framers and Gallery proudly presents an exhibit of prints by Stow, MA artist Iris Lee Marcus.  The exhibit opens October 18 and runs through November 17, 2012 with an opening reception and gallery talk by the artists on Thursday, October 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  Star Custom Framers and Gallery is located in the Stow Shopping Center, 117 Great Road, Stow, MA 01775.  Hours are Tues, Wed, Fri 10 – 6, Thurs 10 – 8, Sat 10 – 4 and by appointment at 978-461-2155. For more information contact Star Custom Framers at [email protected]  or visit our

Bonus Silent Movie at Town Hall
For those of you that enjoy the silent movies provided in Town Hall at the start of Springfest each year by our outstanding silent movie pianist Richard Hughes, here is great news.  On Friday, October 19, Richard will be presenting a special program of short silent movies showing examples of the very first films ever made, as well as a demonstration of the first Edison phonograph recordings ever made.  Included in the program will be always fun comedies by Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd.  This special free-admission event is hosted by the Stow Lions Club under a grant by the Stow Cultural Council and starts at 7:00 PM at the Stow Town Hall.  All are welcome.  Bring finger food (optional) to share with others during the social intermission. For more information call Lew Halprin, 978-562-9839 or [email protected]

Blanket Babies Playgroup
Blanket Babies Playgroup brought to you by Randall Library and Stow Area Parents Network (SAPN) Friday Oct 19th at 11am.  , at Randall Library. This is a lapsit program for infants through pre-walkers. Books and social time for parents and caregivers. Parents with infants 0-12 months- All parents are welcome, you do not need to be a member of SAPN to join the fun. For more information about SAPN, please visit our website at or email [email protected]. Please note, we will be running this playgroup EVERY friday at 11am. Cynthia Maxfield, Nashoba Early Childhood Coordinator, will come to the 2nd Friday of each month.

St. Isidore Parish Fall Festival
The St. Isidore Parish of Stow is excited to bring back its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 10AM to 3PM in the St. Isidore Church Hall and grounds!  Come enjoy a day of fun and food with your family and friends as we have hot dogs and hamburgers available for sale, local crafters selling their handmade items (start your holiday shopping early!), our parish cookbook for sale, a bake sale table, face painting & moonbounce for the kids, and lots of other exciting events!  Admission is free!  If you are a crafter and would like to sell your handmade items at the fair, please visit our website at  Spaces available are 8′ ($30.) and 6′ ($20) and a very limited number of spots with outlets (additional $5.).  Any questions, please contact Laureen DeBenedetto at

October Offerings at First Parish Church
There is a lot going on at First Parish Church of Stow and Acton in October!  The sermon to be offered on October 21st at 9 am and 11am will be of interest to anyone who wants to consider the issues surrounding upcoming Ballot Question #2.  This ballot question asks citizens to vote for or against legalizing physician assisted suicide.

For those who enjoy music, our monthly vespers service will be held on Thursday, October 18th beginning at 6:45 pm in the Sanctuary.  This month’s service focuses on the theme of Autumn and will have many musical guests in addition to our adult and youth choirs.  Friday, October 19th, at 7 p.m. the church will host a forum in Fellowship Hall about the international outreach activities currently being undertaken at First Parish.  Come learn more about how people in our area can make a difference globally by acting locally.  For more details, please visit the First Parish Church or call 978-897-8149.  The church is located at 353 Great Road in Stow.

Country Fair at the Union Church of Stow 
Saturday Oct 20th — 10 AM to 3PM. Each autumn we welcome the community to our Country Fair.  Chose lovely hand knit sweaters, crafts, jewelry, christian books, household items & baked goods.  AM coffee, cider & donuts for sale.  For lunch enjoy homemade soup, sandwiches & dessert.   Have fun bidding on silent auction items and gift baskets — bidding closes at 2 PM.   Children’s activities ongoing to allow adults to shop.  This event is open to the public at the church with the blue doors — 317 Great Road.

Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig Dances at the Randall Library
Enjoy a perfect day of ballet fun for the budding dancers and story lovers in your family on Saturday, October 20th at 2:00 PM when ballerinas from Harvard Academy of Dance take center stage at the Randall Library, Stow, MA. Author David Ira Rottenberg will read his picture book, Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig, while the dancers perform the story. As an added treat, a mini-movement lesson will be offered to the children in the audience after the performance and Rottenberg will sign copies of his book. The event is free.

Stow Postal Pantry “Share the Bounty” Annual Food Drive 
October 22-27, 2012. The Stow Food Pantry receives most of our food donations during the Postal Pantry; we also receive many out our financial donations during the drive. Put the dates in your calendar now, set aside donations, and get ready! Please help us to help our community. We serve your neighbors, your friends, and many others in our area that need our services. Contact the Stow Food Pantry for questions, comments or to donate early!  (978) 897-4230 or Save the dates!

Nashoba SPED PAC Launches New Year
SPED PAC launches the year on Tuesday, October 23rd  at 7:15 pm at Nashoba Regional HS with updates about a variety of programs. Tracy Conte, Director of Special Education will discuss this year’s district programs.  Dr. Parry Graham, new principal of Nashoba Regional HS, will discuss special education at the high school.  The district-wide SPED PAC offers presentations on a variety of subjects and provides a forum for interaction with other parents, professionals and community members who have experience with children with special needs.  For more information, please contact Joan Finger (978)-337-5132 or Joan@ or visit the SPED PAC page at

New Book Club Meeting
The next meeting of the New Book Club will be at 7PM on Tuesday, October 23 at the library.  The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes is the book we will be discussing.  Memories–true or false?  What do you remember about events in your life?  Is it possible that some of what happened didn”t happen that way at all?  This book may shed a different light on what actually occurred.  Share your views at the next meeting.  We want to hear what you think!  Please call 978-897-6055 with any questions.

Stow Community Blood Drive
October 27   8-1, St. Isidore Church. Please consider giving the gift of life at our annual Halloween Blood Drive. We invite residents of Stow as well as surrounding towns to the drive which will be held on October 27, 2012 between 8 am and 1 PM at St.Isidore Church in Stow. If you would like to donate and have not yet made an appointment, we recommend that you do so by calling 1-800-RedCross or online at We thank you in advance and look forward to seeing you at the drive !

SAPN Halloween Party!
Saturday, October 27, 10am-12p. Center School Gymnasium – 403 Great Rd., Stow. Gather the ghouls, goblins, and princesses and bring them to our annual Halloween party! We will have treats, games, and crafts for the witches, skeletons, pumpkins, and all costumed tots. The party is free for current SAPN members and is $5/family for nonmembers.  Everyone is welcome! If you are able to donate your time to help at a craft table or activity/game, help set up or clean up, or bake or bring a treat or drink to share, please contact our Special Events Coordinator, Erica O’Neill at [email protected] (3 L’s in the address!). For more information about SAPN, please visit our website at or email [email protected].

Stow Women’s Club Upcoming Events
On Saturday, October 27th, we will be having our annual Progressive Dinner where members and spouses/guests meet at one home for appetizers, split up to several homes for the dinner course and reunite at one home for dessert.  It is great fun!  On November 19th, we will have a flower arranging class at Concord Flower Shop where you can make your own Thanksgiving centerpiece arrangement.  The 29th annual Breakfast with Santa, our primary fund-raising event, will be held this year on December 8th.  A number of other activities are in the planning stages for 2013. The Stow Women’s Club is a great way to make new friends and get involved in the community.  We welcome new members, so please come join us!  For more information about these events or the club, please contact Teri Anapol at [email protected] or at 978-897-6406

Publishing Networking Group Meeting 
Saturday, November 3, 10:30 a.m., Randall Library, 19 Crescent St., Stow. Vermont author Judith Dickerman-Nelson will discuss the publication of her book, Believe in Me: A Teen Mom’s Story. Judith Dickerman-Nelson received her BA in English from Umass Lowell and her MFA from Emerson College. She has taught writing at both the high school and college level and has attended Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and the Vermont Studio Center. 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].

Crafters Wanted
Crafters wanted for our Annual Holiday Craft Fair sponsored by The Stow Friends of the Council on Aging to be held on Saturday, November 10, 9am to 3pm at the St. Isidore Church located at 429 Great Rd, Stow, MA. We are opening our annual craft fair to include a select group of juried crafters. Booths are 8’ by 10’ for $40.00 each. There will also be food, senior crafts and a bake sale. We attract a large attendance and advertise in local newspapers and stores. If you are a crafter interested in participating, please call 978/562-3829 for an application and more information.

6th Annual Stow Gobbler 5K Run/Walk
The 6th Annual Stow Gobbler 5K race will take place this Thanksgiving morning (November 22nd at 8AM), 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. Register by November 1st and receive a free t-shirt! Early check-in and race registration will be held from 2-4 pm on November 21st. Registration can also be done at 6:30am on race day. For more information or to download an entry form or volunteer form, visit the Stow Recreation website and click on the Stow Gobbler link:
Or register to walk or run online at or