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Calendar… March 26, 2014

The Stow Lions monthly dinner meeting will be on Wednesday, March 26, at 7:30pm, at Emma’s Café, 117 Great Road. We invite you to be our guest and to learn more about the Lions, what we do, and how we do it. Give some thought to joining us for dinner. Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. and is generally over by 9pm. For more information, contact Dick Mortenson directly @ 617-281-9163, or email [email protected].

Nashoba EMS CPR Marathon
Starting at 5 pm on Friday, March 28, members of the Nashoba EMT program will be doing 24 non-stop hours of CPR. Come join us for relay races and heart health games for kids, heart health education, vital sign checks, or a tour of the ambulance and fire trucks (10am-12pm on the 29th). Raffles will also be taking place, and all proceeds and donations go to our Pierino Bonazzoli Nashoba EMS Scholarship fund. The marathon will be taking place at Nashoba Regional High School, and visitors are welcome from 5pm to 9 pm on the 28th, and 9am to 5pm on the 29th. Hope to see you there!

The Stow class of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society will take place on Friday, March 28, at the Stow Town Hall with LIVE MUSIC. 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. Please join us.

New Revival Coffeehouse HOSTS Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy
Becky and Keith are dynamic performers of traditional music from Newfoundland, Quebec, Ireland, and France, featuring guitar, mandolin, keyboards, and fiddle music.  They’ll be playing at the New Revival Coffeehouse on Saturday, March 29 at First Parish Church of Stow and Acton, 353 Great Road in Stow (at the intersection of Rts. 117 and 62). All are welcome. Doors open at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For advanced tickets or more information email coffeehouse@fpc-stow-acton, call 978-274-2593, or visit

SCT’s Run For The Woods Poster Contest
Artists from ages  5 to 14 are invited to submit a drawing to be used for the promotional poster for Stow Conservation Trust’s Run for the Woods. The poster should combine SCT’s mission, “To lead in the preservation of Stow’s open land and natural and scenic resources”, with the fun of running.  The winning poster will be hung throughout Stow and adjoining towns. The artist will receive a gift certificate that can be applied to art classes (value $60) at Silk and Clay Studio at ArtSpace Maynard. To find out about Silk and Clay: Their drawing will be framed free of charge by Star Framers in Stow. Details of the contest can be found at or at Randall Library.  Due date for submissions is Saturday, March 29.

Bicycle Recycle Day at Union Church
Bring your unwanted old or new bicycle and drop it off on March 29, from 9am to 12pm, without a fee; it will be reused again. Any bicycle is a good bicycle: Mountain, Road, BMX. Cruiser, old/new, kids, etc. Our aim is to keep bikes from being thrown out when they can be reused. Also wanted is sewing machines( no fee as well). Questions: Contact Dennis Wood at 508-277-7513.

Stow Historical Society to Ask Minutemen  for ANSWERS
Have you ever wondered about the Minutemen who marched from Stow to Concord on country paths on April 19, 1775? What was that day, which we now know as Patriot’s Day, like? Did these farmers have any training for warfare? And just who were these local boys?

Bob Stokes, captain of the Stow Minutemen, and others in his company will fill in all the known details of that day at a pot luck dinner sponsored by the Stow Historical Society on April 4 at 6:30pm at Stow Town Hall. The program is open to the public. Reservations should be made with Dorothy Sonnichsen at 978-897-3344 or [email protected]. Participants at the dinner are invited to bring their own questions for the special presentation.

Gleasondale Village Design Workshop at Hale School
On April 5, from 9am to 12pm, join the Stow Planning Department and UMASS Regional Planning and Architecture students for a hands-on design workshop as part of the Gleasondale Village Planning Project. Utilizing public input from previous workshops and focus groups, the students will be presenting visual design scenarios of a revitalized Gleasondale Village. The workshop will be a great opportunity for residents to engage with the opportunities and limitations around potential mill expansion and neighborhood improvements. Refreshments will be provided.

6th Annual Stow Town Cleanup Scheduled for April 5
The snow will melt, and when it does, litter will reappear along the roads of Stow. Help us pick it up during the 6th annual Stow Town Cleanup.

Sign up for your cleanup area on the town map at the Lower Common near Papa Gino’s on Saturday, April 5, from 8 a.m. to noon. The Stow Cleanup Group will have garbage bags and gloves (adult sizes) available at no cost.

Though our April date should help us avoid poison ivy, participants should wear gloves, long pants and sleeves, and bright clothes or a reflective vest. Bags can be tossed in your own trash can or left by the side of the road. The Town Highway Department will pick up bags on Monday. For more information, go to:

Ed Morgan, a Stow resident and children’s singer/songwriter, brings a series of interactive children’s Sing Alongs to the Community Room at the Randall Library. The next show is Saturday, April 5, at 10:30am. (The series is funded by a grant from the Stow Cultural Council.) Ed Morgan is better known in greater Boston simply as “The Music Man”. For over 10 years he has delighted kids and grown ups alike with his blend of original and traditional children’s songs…Singing and dancing for kids 1 to 99!

Seed Saving: free slideshow/lecture and seed swap
Sunday, April 6, from 3pm to 5:30pm at the Stow Town Hall, 375 Great Rd. Confessions of a Seed Snatcher is a humorous, insightful journey of discovery into the world of seed saving. Learn how to save seeds from many of your favorite garden friends, as you enjoy entertaining stories of “finding” seeds in unusual places. Following the slideshow/lecture we’ll have a hands-on component where you can “gather seeds” from a large collection of flower heads, seed stalks, pods, for your own planting. Bring your own seeds to share with others, as well. Please bring snack-sized baggies or envelopes to take home some seeds.
Our presenter, MariePatrice Masse, is a member of the Stow Garden Club. This event is a great opportunity to meet others and learn about these organizations and the Stow Community Garden. For more information contact MariePatrice Masse, 978-579-0897.

Have you hear the plans for the Randall Library? Do you know the true value of the Randall Library to the Town of Stow? What will the Randall Library look like and what will the Randall Library be contributing to the town 20 years from now?
Find out more about this great town treasure and what’s in the future for the Randall Library. The Randall Library Friends host an event on Saturday, April 12, from 10:30am to 12noon, at the Library. Speakers will include members of the Randall Library Trustees.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
The Easter Bunny will be joining The Stow Lions for breakfast at the Hale School Cafeteria on Sunday, April 13, from 8am to 11:30 am. We’re serving a homemade breakfast including scrambled eggs, toast, sausage, pancakes, juice, milk, coffee, tea, and fun. There will be door prizes and a raffle table, too!

Tickers are at the family friendly prices of  $6 for adults, $3 for children, and $4 for  senior citizens. For additional information email [email protected]. Also, check our web site,

R.A.D. Basic Self Defense Course
The Stow Police Department is hosting a R.A.D. Basic Self Defense course for the young women of Stow (ages 13-16) during April vacation (Monday, April 21 thru Thursday, April 24, from 10am to 1pm, at the Hale Middle School Gym). The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction,  and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training suitable for women of all ages and abilities.  Class size is limited. To register, please contact Officer Cassie Ela at 978-897-4545 or via email at [email protected] by April 13.  For more information about R.A.D. visit:

The next meeting of the New Book Club will be at 7pm on Tuesday, April 22, at the Randall Library. We’ll discuss Shine,Shine,Shine, by Lydia Netzer. Oddities and idiosyncrasies are cast in a metaphysical light, but Netzer makes them easily understood. Join us to share your understanding of this unusual story. Bring your suggestions for future reads.  Questions — call 978-897-6055.

Friends of Troop 1 Stow Electronics Recycling Event
Boy Scout Annual Electronics Recycling Day and Pick Up Service — Friends of Boy Scout Troop 1 Stow will hold the 11th annual electronics recycling event, Operation Motherboard, at Bose Corporation, 688 Great Rd. (Rt. 117), on Saturday, April 26, from 9am to 2pm. An electronics pickup service is available on April 5 and April 19 for seniors, those requiring assistance with heavy items such as air conditioners, TVs or treadmills in advance of the recycle event day, and anyone not able to drop off on event day.Please visit for complete rate details and to review the accepted items list. Call 978-212-9175 or send email to [email protected].

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Booster Club Fundraiser at The International
The Nashoba Athletics Booster Club (NABC) is holding a fundraiser on Thursday March 27, at The International in Bolton. Just bring a copy of our flier ( available on and The International will donate 20% of the food bill to the Booster Club.  So grab your family and friends and support the Nashoba athletes. For more information please contact either Gigi Lengieza ([email protected]) or Helene Demmer ([email protected]).

There is an open mic opportunity for teen musicians on Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7pm,  at the United Church of Christ Boxborough, 723 Mass. Ave., Boxborough.  This is a benefit coffeehouse, hosted by The Coffeehouse Trio (Jared Wilber and Sam Griffin of Stow), and proceeds benefit this summer’s Senior High Youth Group Mission Trip. Any performers under 18 are welcome to try out their material in front of a friendly, supportive audience. Admission: $5. For more info contact [email protected].

“Peacemakers” Concert March 30
The choir of the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton will be joining the Master Singers of Worcester and seven other choirs to perform the stunning composition The Peacemakers, by Karl Jenkins. This will be the premiere performance of this work in Massachusetts, and will take place at Mechanics Hall in Worchester on Sunday, March 30, at 4pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students/seniors and may be purchased at the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton.  Call the church office for more information about tickets (978-897-8149) or visit

River’s Edge Community Band presents America the Beautiful
The River’s Edge Arts Alliance cordially invites you to its American the Beautiful band concert, featuring the River’s Edge Community Band, Sunday, March 30, at 3pm in the Hudson High School Auditorium, 69 Brigham Street.  MA State Representative Kate Hogan will be the narrator for Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait”, part of the hometown concert celebrating America. Also featured are Jenkins’ American Overture for Band, selections from the Broadway musical West Side Story, and other American-home-bred works for band. Stow residents preforming will be Susan Valentino on Bassoon, Bob Kitchen on trumpet, and Rebecca Stadolnik and Pat Walrath on horn. Paul Trunfio will be producing the on screen-projections of Lincoln during “Lincoln’s Portrait”. Tickets and more information can be obtained on line at Tickets will also be available at the door.

Hard Bread and Sweet Song with “The Hardtacks”
The Iron Work Farm in Acton will present a live concert of folksongs from the Civil War era from 7pm to 9pm on Friday, March 28, at the South Acton Congregational Church, 35 School St., Acton. Combining period music with photographs and prints, The Hardtacks will lead and perform camp songs, fiddle tunes, spirituals, and parlor songs accompanied on period instruments. You will hear the voices of ordinary folk in songs from both sides of the conflict, and in letters and historical documents. This is a most entertaining way to learn Civil War history.

Tickets for adults are $5 at the door; students are free. This program is supported in part by a grant from Acton Boxborough Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The program has also been sponsored by the Middlesex Savings Bank and AAA of Southern New England.

To find out about the performers, see For more information about The Iron Work Farm and its programs for 2014 go to

Adam Frey is the preeminent brass soloist in the world, and he will be playing at Nashoba Regional HS in Bolton Tuesday, April 1, at 7 pm. The concert is free, but a donation of $5 is suggested. He will perform many works, but Nessun Dorma by Puccini with our own Nashoba students is sure to be a highlight.

It may be your only chance to see him while he is in the area. He has performed internationally with his Euphonium, and soloed with many orchestras including the Boston Pops. Adam Frey travels the globe, invigorating the international music scene with his virtuoso talent, sensitive lyricism, and connection with audiences. Whether Adam’s performing with orchestras, wind bands, brass bands, or in solo recitals, audiences love his charismatic personality and accessible musical interpretations, and critics rave over his technical prowess and championship of the euphonium.

So plan on getting there early because it is sure to be sold out!

Open Table – Iron Chef Competition and Fundraiser
On Saturday, April 12, from 6pm to 9pm, Open Table will hold an Iron Chef Competition and Fundraiser to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. Open Table is a non-profit organization that provides healthy food, friendship, and support to those in need, while respecting the individual’s privacy and dignity. Open Table’s open-market style food pantries in Concord and Maynard serve more than 300 guests weekly. Utilizing a no questions asked policy, services are provided to anyone who requests them, from any town.    Founded in 1989, Open Table provides a welcoming community of support and assistance to families and individuals, including many seniors and children.

The Iron Chef event is open to the public, with a cost of $55 per person. To purchase tickets or make a donation, please visit: