Calendar… April 23, 2014

What will you be doing during April School Vacation? Are you ready for a fun family outdoor adventure? The Stow Conservation Trust (SCT) is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Spring Peeper Contest. Find all six (6) of the  Spring Peeper posters located in some of SCT’s Conservation properties (Red Acre Woodlands, Leggett Woodland, and Hale-Corzine). The hunt for the spring peeper posters will run between April 16 and April 26.  Look for them on your own or find clues to where they are displayed on the SCT website Submission deadline is May Day, Thursday, May 1.

Upcoming Events at the Randall Library in April
The Randall Library has a new website at  to find out the latest news on upcoming events, programs, reading suggestions and more.

World Book Night, Wednesday, April 23 – Randall Library is proud to be one of 2,300 bookstores and libraries across America supporting World Book Night 2014. Randall Library serves as a community base for local givers, receiving the books that they will be giving out and providing useful resources. Go to to learn more about World Book Night, and how you can get involved next year!

Poetry Reading with Robert Clawson & Susan Richmond, April 24 at 7pm – In honor of National Poetry month, the Randall Library is pleased to have  poets Robert Clawson and Susan Richmond in to read and speak about their poetry and inspirations.

Mike Mattei, a professional optical designer and amatuer telescope builder, will talk about his experiences with building a telescope in “My Latest Telescope – The Design Phase”. This takes place Thursday, April 24, 7:30 pm, at The Clubhouse, 18 Rockbottom Rd., Stow. This is the first of a short series about designing and building a telescope purely for astroimaging.
For directions, etc. check out our website at

The Stow class of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society will take place on Friday, April 25, at the Stow Town Hall. 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 7:30.  Social Dancing begins at 8pm. All are welcome to join this enjoyable and social dance form.

Rummage Sale April 25 & 26
The Union Church will be holding its ever-popular spring rummage sale on Friday, April 25 – 9am to 1pm, plus eve hours 5pm -7pm. We open the doors again  Saturday, April 26, 9am to 1pm. Come and find bargains galore in clothing for all ages, linens, housewares, books, media, decorative items, toys, etc.  The Union Church is the blue door church on Rt 117, immediately west of the Stow Police Station.

Pine Bluffs Improvement Project Open House
Join us on Saturday, April 26, at 10am,  at Pine Bluffs Recreational Area, for the Stow Recreation Dept.’s Pine Bluffs Improvement Project Open House. At the open house we will be discussing possible structure locations and improved parking areas. Hear about the progress we have made, and learn more about steps to be taken in the coming year.

Friends of Troop 1 Stow Electronics Recycling Event
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.  Please visit for complete rate details and to review the accepted items list. Call 978-212-9175 or send email to

The League of Women Voters will sponsor a Candidates forum on Monday, April 28, 7:30pm, at Stow Town Hall. Candidates for all open positions have been invited to speak.  A question and answer period will follow. The public is cordially invited to attend. The evening will be taped for Stow Cable TV. Check the programing schedule for times. The League is a non-partisan, multi-issue, grassroots organization that encourages informed and active participation of citizens in local, state, and national government. The League neither supports nor opposes candidates.

Stow Hazardous Waste Collection Day
On Saturday, May 3, the Town of Stow will be offering a hazardous waste collection event from 9 am – 1pm at the Stow Highway Garage (88 South Acton Rd.). Proof of residency will be required, and a donation of $10/vehicle is appreciated. Please visit the “News and Notices” section of the Town of Stow website ( for a link to the flyer listing items that will be accepted, and information regarding how to safely transport them. For additional information contact the Stow Board of Health office at 978-897-4592,  or email

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 will be Saturday, May 3, at 10:30am. 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 interactive blend of original and traditional children’s songs…singing and dancing for kids ages 1 to 99! The series is funded by a grant from the Stow Cultural Council.

Skylight Astronomical Society presents A STAR WATCH
On Saturday, May 3, at Minute Man Air Field, from dusk (@8pm) to 10pm, come see the original Terminator (it’s on the Moon). It should be a great night to see Mars and Jupiter. If the world turns enough there’s a chance that Saturn might also be visible. You’ll be amazed by mysterious nebulae, stunning clusters, and distant galaxies. (rain date for inclement weather May 4). For more information check out our website at

Friends of Boy Scout Troop 1 Stow will hold its second annual paper-shredding event, Operation Paper Shred, at Hale School on Saturday, May 10, from 9am to Noon. The troop will quickly and thoroughly destroy business and personal documents such as tax records, bank statements, bills, and credit card receipts.

ProShred, Inc. ( has donated the use of their state-of-the-art truck for this event. The truck can shred thousands of pounds of paper an hour, and its advanced shredding technology ensures each shred is completed efficiently and with the highest level of security. No need to take out staples, paper clips, or other small fasteners. You can watch your documents be destroyed via closed circuit TV right on the shredding truck to ensure your documents are properly destroyed! All shredded material will be recycled, so you’ll be protecting the environment while protecting your identity.

Cost for the service is $0.25/lb. A typical full banker’s box weighs approximately 40 lbs., or $10. Scouts will unload your materials, weigh them, and bring them to the shredder.

Funds raised will be used to support the activities of Stow Boy Scouts Troop 1. Neighboring town residents are encouraged to participate. Please contact the troop at 978-212-9175, or send email to, with any questions.

The Stow Garden Club will hold its Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 10, on the Lower Common in Stow, from 8am to 11:30am. This is a wonderful opportunity to obtain plants from the established gardens of the Stow Garden Club members at very reasonable prices.  There will be a mixture of sun/shade plants. For more information please contact MariePatrice Masse, 978-579-0897. See you at the sale!

~Outside of Stow~

Nashoba SPED PAC topic: Transition 101: High School to Adulthood on Tuesday, April 29, 7pm to 9pm, at Nashoba Regional High School. This workshop, presented by the Federation for Children With Special Needs,  addresses effective use of the IEP and the Massachusetts Transition Planning Form for  special needs students who are ages 14-22.  Individualized, person-centered planning of curriculum and supports throughout high school leads to better post high school outcomes and opportunities in education, training, and/or employment for students with disabilities. Discussion includes age of majority, self determination and self advocacy, life skill development, and preparing students to pursue as independent an adult life as possible. All are welcome. No fee.

6th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival
On Wednesday, April 30, from 7-10 pm (doors open at 6), OARS is hosting an evening of films from the largest environmental film festival in the nation at the Maynard’s Fine Arts Theatre Place (19 Summer Street, Rt 62). They introduce viewers to magnificent animals and plants that inhabit our beautiful places, as well as the courageous individuals who work to protect their communities’ environment. This year’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival is themed “emPOWERment” –and what better way to get inspired than through an evening of beautiful, engaging films! There’s something for everyone in these delightful and informative films.  Tickets: $12. Visit to order tickets and for more information.

Join us on Saturday, May 3, 10am to 1pm, for the 16th Annual Children’s Day Early Childhood Fair for families of young children. The Fair takes place at the Emerson School, Rt. 117, 50 Mechanic St., Bolton. The fun will feature Chuck & Mudd family music entertainment, Baby Farm Animals,  Scholastic Book Fair, Teddy Bear Clinic, Ambulance & Fire Departments, Family BBQ, and much more.