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Calendar… July 23, 2014

Sisters in Crime Night with Hank Phillippi Ryan and Tilia Kebnov Jacobs, Thursday,  July 24, 7pm – What goes into writing a mystery novel? Investigative reporter and award-winning mystery author Hank Phillippi Ryan will be on hand with award-winning author Tilia Kebnov Jacobs. They will talk about their latest novels and offer advice on what makes a great mystery tick.

Creative Movement Play-Along with Lisa Von Lichtenberg, Friday July 25, 10:30am -With 25 years of experience teaching special arts enrichment and dance programs throughout the area, Lisa will have us moving to music and using our imaginations! Sign-up in advance at the Randall Library Circulation Desk.

Creature Teachers, Thursday, July 31, 6pm -The Randall Library is proud to welcome some of the most fascinating creatures of the world to this special event. This program is supported in part by the Randall Library Friends Association, Stow Cultural Council (which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency), and DCU Kids.

Mary Jo Maichack- Minstrel Storyteller, August 5th, 6:30-7:30pm Come enjoy an entertaining show of stories, songs and interactive science, with Mary Jo Maichack the minstrel storyteller while she is at the Randall Library to tell us all Einstein’s favorite fairy tales. Join the fun as we all share tunes and dance the Atomic Fizz to celebrate summer reading with Mary Jo’s interactive comedy.
Elizabeth Elo, author of  North of Boston, Thursday, August 7, 7pm – Ms Elo’s debut novel, North of Boston, has garnered starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, as well as praise from well-known authors and critics. This gripping literary thriller introduces a compelling new heroine to the mystery world, Pirio Kasparov. Pirio is a gutsy and  tough- talking girl from Boston who is  thrown into a gritty mystery which she is drawn to solve. Come meet Ms Elo. and hear her read from her chilling, atmospheric new novel.

Tim Reed’s Science Show, Tuesday, August 12, 6-7pm – This year’s summer reading program is all about fizz, boom, and read. Randall Library Board of Trustees  member Tim Reed will be at the library to share with kids the joys of chemistry, which might just involve a little fizz and boom of our own!.

Explore the Outdoors with Cynthia Maxfield, Wednesday, August 13, 10: 30am – Take a walk with us as we look closely at nature’s wonders. Children will use different magnifiers as they make new scientific discoveries all around the library.

Exploring the Worcester Art Museum-18th to 21st Century  Collections, Thursday, August 14, 7pm – The Randall Library is proud to have Martha Chiarchiaro teaching a three-part series of lectures on the great works of art at the Worcester Art Museum. Come to the third of these informative and beautiful discussions of the treasures at this marvelous local museum. Passes to the museum are available soon, thanks to the Randall Library Friends Association.

Sensei Pat’s Karate Demonstration, Tuesday, August 19, 2-3pm – Continuing in our fizz, boom, read science for summer fun, local karate expert Sensei Pat will be at the library to demonstrate the physics of martial arts. Come learn more about how karate works.

Sharon Luttrell, author of Weekends with Daisy, Thursday, August 28, 7pm – In this heartfelt and charming book Ms. Luttrell writes about her experiences  fostering and training a sweet puppy named Daisy, in conjunction with a prison inmate by the name of Keith, in order to prepare the dog for future work as part of the National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS) program. Filled with love, empathy, hope, and courage, Weekends with Daisy is a compelling read that opens up new worlds to dog lovers and compassionate humans everywhere. Come meet Sharon and learn more about how the NEADS program is changing people’s lives across America.


Cool fun on a hot day.  On Sunday, August 3, Stow Fire Rescue will be holding its annual fun fundraising event at the Stow Fire Station.The $5 per child admission ($20 max. per family…no charge for adults) allows kids to wash a fire truck, jump on the moon bounces, get their temporary tattoos, and explore the rescue vehicles. The Slush Lady will be stopping by…priced separately. Proceeds will go toward fire fighting training materials and the firefighters’ relief fund. Rain date to be determined if necessary. Please come say “hi” to Sparky the Fire Dog and join us from 11am to 1pm. For more information call 978-897-4537.


Saturday, August 9, 1:30pm – 3:30pm; Center School playground, Stow. Calling all kid about to enter kindergarten! Join us for a pre-kindergarten playgroup with your soon-to-be classmates. We will meet at the Center School playground for play time, a craft, and a visit from the ice cream truck! All local children who are about to enter kindergarten, along with their caregivers, are invited to join us – you do not need to be a member of SAPN to participate. Please RSVP by August 5 on BigTent, or email Leigh at [email protected]. For more information about SAPN visit our web site at, or email [email protected].


On Sunday, August 10, the West School Museum will host an Open House.  Sunday, September 7, will be the School’s Back to School program, and Sunday, October 5, Storyteller Todd Goodwin’s will offer his Stories of New England.

All events begin at 3pm and are run jointly by the Stow Historical Commission and the Stow Historical Society. The Stow West School is located on Harvard Road at the intersection with Hiley Brook Road. Convenient parking is across the road. These programs are sponsored in part by a grant from the Stow Cultural Council which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


St. Isidore Parish is pleased to offer our Vacation Bible School again this summer! Our “Weird Animals” adventure begins on Monday, August 11 and ends on Thursday, August 14.  Each day runs from 9:30am – 12:30pm, and there is an evening session for children and parents on Thursday, August 14, from 6:30 – 8pm. The cost is $30 per child, with a maximum of $90 per family.  The week is open to children age 4 by September 1 through those entering 6th grade in the fall.
Additional information and the registration form is available on the St. Isidore Parish website,, or you can contact Joyce Pinney, Faith Formation Director at 978-897-2710 or at [email protected].


The next meeting of the New Book Club will be on Tuesday, August 12, 7pm, at Randall Library. Our pick for August is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

Set in Both London and Guernsey Island, the novel follows author Juliet Ashton as she becomes friends with the inhabitants of the island shortly after the end of World War II.  Written as a series of letters, Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the people of this island, learning about the island itself, their taste in books and the impact the German Occupation had on their lives. Questions….call 978-897-2720.


Nashoba Community Partnership for Children invites you to join us this spring and summer as we GET OUTDOORS & EXPLORE! All ages are welcome.

At Randall Library on Wednesday, August 13, at  10:30am, Explore Outdoors, as we take a walk and look closely at nature’s wonders. Children will use different magnifiers as they make new scientific discoveries.

In neighboring towns – On Thursday, July 31, at 11am, there will be a Teddy Bear Picnic at Lancaster’s Thayer Library, Main St., Lancaster Town Green. And on Thursday, August 21, at 10:30am, Lancaster hosts Explore Outdoors at the Thayer Library.


The Lake Boon Association is hosting its annual “Lake Boon Artisans Fair” on Sat., August  23, 10am-3:30pm, at the beautiful Pine Bluffs Recreation Area, as part of the fun-filled 2014 Water Carnival weekend. Shoppers, mark your calendars to come support your talented neighbors by buying wonderful hand-crafted items! We are also looking for additional local artisans to sell, and are asking for a nominal donation from each artisan ($10 for Lake Boon Assoc. members, $15 for non-members) to reserve a space. Artisans will need to provide their own table/display for selling. Space is limited so please contact us soon for more information. Call or email Kris (978-430-4109, [email protected] ) or Lynne (978-212-5269, [email protected] ).


Save the Date: August 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit a local farm, farmers market or your own garden in the morning, then bring something amazing to share on Saturday night!  This gathering is being sponsored by the Stow Conservation Trust and hosted by Applefield Farm to celebrate the farms that keep Stow a special place. More details to follow at


~Outside of Stow~


Crescendo Theatre Co. presents Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! Based on the 1970’s cartoon, this fast-paced musical teaches lessons with clever, catchy tunes.  Over 20 youth actors from Central Massachusetts will appear. The performances are FREE (donations graciously accepted) and will be held at the Tata Auditorium in Leominster on Friday August 1 at 2PM and Saturday August 2 at 2PM. For more info: and/or email at [email protected] or 508-762-8957.


Start your day with some healthy family fun!  The 3rd annual Family Wellness Fair will be held on Saturday, August 16, on the Lancaster Town Green, from 10am-2pm. This year’s event features dozens of local businesses and groups offering family health and wellness services. The event will kick off at 10am with a 1/2 mile family fun walk. Safety tips from the Lancaster firefighters and police officers. Explore a fire truck and police car!  The 4-H will be demonstrating animal care with local farm animals! Face painting, Zumba demo, RAD kids self defense demo, healthy foods demo, and more will be offered throughout the day!   Huge raffle display and enter to win fabulous health related products and services! This Family Wellness Fair is hosted by Corrective Chiropractic and will benefit Karen’s Closet, a nonprofit organization that provides coats, clothing, and other necessities to local schools for students in need. Free admission!