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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!

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].

Children’s Safety Day at Shaw’s 
The Stow Police Department and Shaw’s Supermarket of Stow will be hosting a Children’s Safety Day at Shaws Supermarket in Stow, on October 27, 2012 from 11am-3pm.  We will have the Mobil Safety Street presented by UMASS Memorial Hospital Injury Prevention Center which highlights the importance of being safe.

The Mobile Safety Street consists of a custom-designed bright yellow school bus and safety education trailer – each one filled with potential dangers for children to actively examine and consider. The safety education trailer has collapsible panels that open out to create a two third scale model of an actual street with houses and shops, hospitals and fire stations, crosswalks and traffic lights, cars backing out of driveways and downed power lines, barking dogs and shady characters. The inside of the trailer is a realistic home environment highlighting key places where safety issues abound: stairs, bathtub, stove, cabinets with poisons and medicines at child level, storage of firearms, etc.

Stow Police will assist with fingerprints and photos and there will be a Car Seat Technician available for questions regarding child passenger safety.

Minuteman Musket at the Library Celebration
Saturday, October 27, 2012, 2:00-3:30 at the Randall Library in Stow- Town Wide Minuteman Musket at the Library Celebration!-Come enjoy the fun when “Hands on History”, The Stow Historical Society, and representatives of the Stow Minutemen come to celebrate the installation of the historic Stow Minuteman Musket at the Randall Library. “Hands on History” will have 18th century artifacts and reproductions to touch and look at, and will have uniforms from the British Army of King George III, George Washington’s army and the French army that you can try on to experience history first hand. Bring your children and experience your local history.

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].

Gospel Christmas Music Event Open Rehearsals Begin Nov. 1st
December 16th, 2012, the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton will present a special “Gospel Christmas” Vespers service, featuring Margaret Bonds’s “Ballad of the Brown King.”  First Parish Church would like to invite members of the community to come and sing with the church’s Adult and Youth Choirs during this event.  Rehearsals for adults who want to participate will take place from 7:15 to 8:15 every Thursday evening, beginning November 1 and continuing until the concert.  Youth who would like to participate in the “Gospel Christmas” can begin attending Youth Choir rehearsals from 4:30 to 5:30 on Thursdays, beginning on November 1.  There are no auditions and all experience and talent levels are welcome.  Anyone interested in learning more can email the Director of Music, Mike Pfitzer, at [email protected] or call the church office at 978-897-8149.

Piano/Violin Concert November 3rd, 2012
Come for a wonderful evening of Poulenc, Ravel, de Falla and Bartok performed by critically acclaimed piano Virtuoso Artem Belogurov in concert with special guest violinist Emil Altschuler on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at 7:00 pm.  The concert will take place in the Sanctuary of the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton, 353 Great Road, Stow, MA (at the intersection of Rts. 117 and 62).  Tickets are $15/adult; $12/senior/student.  A reception will follow.  Facilities are handicapped accessible.  For more information, call 978-897-8149 or visit our website at

Stow Historical Society Potluck Dinner Meeting
All friends of Stow and New England history are invited to the Stow Historical Society’s
potluck dinner meeting beginning at 7 pm on Saturday, November 3. Historian Peter Benes, author of Meetinghouses of Early New England, will discuss the changing architecture and functions of New England’s iconic meetinghouses over the centuries. Most people think of meetinghouses as white, rectangular buildings adorned with tall steeples, as exemplified by Stow’s First Parish Church. But while First Parish is a successor to four earlier meetinghouses, it’s a 19th-Century church, not a meetinghouse. Many early meetinghouses were painted in yellows, greens, oranges and other colors. Some were rectangular, but often without any steeple at all. Many were square, with hipped roofs and central spires. Stow apparently did escape the sectarian conflicts that afflicted some meetinghouses. In his book, Mr. Benes notes instances in which factions stole or burned meetinghouse timbers prior to construction to try to alter their locations. And he cites a 1790s meetinghouse in which Baptists staged an around-the-clock, two-week-long service in order to keep a Congregationalist minister from speaking. Please call Linda Stokes at 978-897-4322 to RSVP and indicate your potluck contribution.

Local Author Beverly Mann Lessard at Randall Library
Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at the Randall Library in Stow at 6:00 pm- Come enjoy a fun filled evening when local author Beverly Mann Lessard appears at the Randall Library in Stow  to read from her two books Relentlessly Upbeat and Still Relentlessly Upbeat. Based on her series of published columns, the author will share her true life experiences in which fun, tears and laughter combine to make us all appreciate the joys found in our everyday experiences.

Stow Rec Ski Registration Night
The Stow Recreation Ski Program Registration Night is Wednesday, November 7th from 6:00 – 7:00pm at the Stow Town Hall.  A representative from Nashoba Valley Ski Area will be at the registration to pre-fit children renting equipment.  Please bring your child (ren) to registration for pre-fitting of equipment. If you do not need rentals you can register on-line or download the ski packet and registration form at and mail it into the Stow Recreation Department.  For additional information please call Laura Greenough at 978-461-1411 or e-mail [email protected].

Annual Holiday Craft Fair
The Annual Holiday Craft Fair sponsored by The Stow Friends of the Council on Aging will be held on Saturday, November 10, from 9am to 3pm at the St. Isidore Church located at 429 Great Rd (Rte 117), Stow, MA. You are invited to attend and take advantage of the great holiday craft shopping provided by carefully selected crafters from the local area. Many of last year’s crafters are returning and some new ones have been added. There will be many hand crafted items including paintings on wood and glass, metal and glass jewelry, cross stitch items, scenic photography, handmade pottery, children’s educational books by Usborne, hand knitted items, and scroll saw baskets just to mention a few. There will be a pottery making demonstration. There will be a baked goods table featuring breads, cakes and sweets and home canned jellies and jams. There will be arts and crafts made by the Seniors of Stow. Visit our used book table and have the opportunity to get slightly used best sellers from the past year at a very good price. Perhaps you would like to drop in and have lunch with us.  Hot dogs, corn chowder and drinks will be on the menu. Something for everyone and hope to see you there.

1st Annual Stow Soccer Banquet and Spring Registration Open
Tickets are available for the 1st Annual Stow Soccer Banquet. Event on Sat, Nov 10th at 5pm. Please email Jennifer Cunningham at [email protected] for more information. Ticket cost is $20 per person. All Stow Soccer players are FREE. Please join us for the FUN ! Also, Register now for Spring Stow Soccer on line at Please secure your child’s spot early to avoid late fees and being wait listed.

Announcing the Town of Stow Veterans’ Day Breakfast
All Vets, all spouses of Vets and all Patriotic Americans please mark your calendars now for Monday, November 12th to attend the annual Veterans’ Day Breakfast that is proudly sponsored by the Stow Council on Aging. The start time is at 8 AM and the breakfast will be held in the Parish Hall of St. Isidore’s Church which once again generously provides the venue for this event.

Our principal speaker this year is retired United States Navy Lieutenant Commander Robert (Rob) Moseley, the nephew of Liz and Phil Moseley of Stow. Please contact the COA for reservations. 978-897-1880.

Nashoba Drama Society presents, “We Love Lucy”
At 9:00 pm on Monday, October 15, 1951, the face of television broadcasting was forever changed. “I Love Lucy”, sponsored by Phillip Morris, made its television premiere on the CBS television network. Starring film and radio giant Lucille Ball, band leader/husband Desi Arnaz, film veteran William Frawley, and stage star Vivian Vance, “I Love Lucy” became an instant success and remained one of the “top three” shows from 1951 to its final season in 1957. Our production pays homage to a television classic and the “Queen of Comedy” which has withstood the test of time. Whether this is a trip down nostalgia lane or a brand new experience, we invite you to enjoy our 60th anniversary tribute production of “We Love Lucy”, brought to you through special permission by CBS Television Productions, and presented in glorious black & white! Mark your calendars now for performances on November 16th & 17th at 7:30pm and November 18th at 2:00pm at the NRHS auditorium, 12 Green Road, Bolton, MA. To order tickets in advance, please visit: Tickets will also be available at the door.

Preschool Music Time at Randall Library
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 10:30-11:30 at the Randall Library in Stow-Preschool Music Time with the Franklin School!! The local performing arts school, The Franklin School of Hudson  ( will have teachers at the Randall Library to teach pre-school age children the joy of moving to and learning to read with music. Come join the fun at that event, and learn more about how music and movement can be a positive influence when reading with pre-school age children.

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

SVT Glacial Features Exploration Walk
At Gray Reservation, Sudbury on Saturday November 3, 2012, 9:00-11:00am. All are invited to join SVT volunteer Bruce Porter, physicist and Science Olympiad coach for glaciers competition, at SVT’s Gray Reservation to learn about the geophysical events that shaped this land and see where the passage of glaciers have left marks on this landscape. A striking 40-foot high ice-contact face rises just south of Hop Brook, eskers wind through the property, and kettleholes pit the plain. Learn more about the grand history of this unique SVT property. Rain date: Sunday, November 4. Registration required. Members: free, Non-Members: $10. For additional information and registration, visit or call 978-443-5588.

Holiday Fair At St. Matthew’s
The Annual Holiday Fair at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, will be held on Saturday, November 17 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.   Cookie Walk,  Men’s Table, Handmade crafts and decoration, Bake Table, jewelry, books, attic treasures and gifts at reasonable prices.  Children’s Room with gently used games, toys and books. Plan to have your lunch in the Church Café. Santa Claus will also be present this year to listen to your Christmas wishes.  435 Central Street Acton.  For more information, call Co-Chairs Dean Machamer at 978-263-2976 or Priscilla Killian at 978-263-2800, or the church office at [email protected] or 978.262.2822

Stow Residents To Dance In Nutcracker
The magic of the holiday season arrives as Commonwealth Ballet’s sixteenth annual production of The Nutcracker returns to the stage at Acton-Boxborough High School, and Regis College, Casey Theatre, for eight spectacular shows featuring the talents of numerous Stow natives. Filled with laughter, magic, and wonder for the whole family, Commonwealth Ballet’s Nutcracker is renowned for its exciting dancing, humor, and warmth.  The 15 Company members of Commonwealth Ballet including Stow resident Benjamin Kuefler, dancing the roles of Lieutenant, Party Teen, Chinese Boy, Neapolitan Boy, and Spanish Boy, and additional Stow dancers Margaret Hagopian, Margaret Kuefler, Christina Milne, Ola Patykowski, Victor Patykowski, Masha Schmitt, and Simonida Spasojevic, will share the stage with world-class guest artists from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and over 70 local performers.

Evening and matinee performances will be held at Acton-Boxborough High School November 23rd – 25th, and at Regis College, Weston, December 7th – 9th.  Tickets are $20 – $35 and parking is free.  Visit or call the box office at 978-263-7794 for more information and tickets.  Group discounts are available.

Holiday Babysitting Service
The Maynard High School will host Holiday Babysitting on 11/23, 11/24, 12/1 and 12/15 from 9AM – 2PM at the High School.  Cost is $20 per child.  CORI’d staff will supervise. Drop your kids off for a fun morning while you get those holiday errands done. Children must be potty trained. Advance registration online at Walk-ins are also welcome.