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Calendar… August 26, 2014

Sing Bach with Sounds of Stow Chorus
The Sounds of Stow Chorus and Orchestra welcomes singers to join us in performing our fall concert. Rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in the hall of the First Parish Church, 353 Great Rd. The fall concert will be held Sunday afternoon, November 23, in Stow. Artistic Director and Conductor Barbara Jones will lead us in preparing selections from Bach’s joyful “Christmas Oratorio” cantatas.

Participation in the 4-part SATB chorus is open to all – no auditions required – and offers the opportunity to learn exciting and challenging music in a friendly, fun, and supportive atmosphere. The next two rehearsals – on September 1 and 8 – are open, where interested singers are welcome to come and see what we are all about. Contact Ms. Jones (978-562-2620) or Martha Pfeiffer (978-562-0302) with questions, visit for more information, or simply attend rehearsals for the opportunity to learn about this inspiring music and participate in the concert.

Sharon Luttrell, author of Weekends with Daisy – Thursday, August 28, 7pm. 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.  Come meet Sharon and learn more about the fantastic work being done by NEADS volunteers.

Jonathan Brookes, author of “Relic”, Thursday, September 4, 7pm –The Randall Library will be hosting a meet-and-greet with local author Jonathan Brookes, where he will read from and discuss his most recent book Relic.

Teen Advisory Board Meeting, Wednesday, September 17, 6pm (every third Wednesday of the month) – If you are a young adult interested in how the Randall Library might be able to purchase books, schedule programs, or provide special services for teenagers, come meet with the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and let your voice be heard.

After School Tutoring Center, September 16, 3:30-5:00pm -The Randall Library Tutoring Center is back! Beginning on September 16, tutors will be available for math and ELA help for students of all ages. Sign-up is required, and sign-up sheets are available at the Randall Library circulation desk. Sessions are free and are for 45-minute periods of one-on-one help with a tutor.  Sessions will continue on Tuesdays at the same time throughout the year.

Using Library Services, Special Training Session at Plantation Apartments, Thursday, September 11, 1:30pm – The Randall Library staff will be holding a special “off-site” event for residents of the Plantation Apartments in Stow to inform them of the many benefits of public library services available to all.

Wings & Wheels: Cruise-In/Fly-In to Minute Man Air Field
Head to Minute Man Air Field (302 Boxboro Rd.) every Thursday night this summer 5pm – 8pm, through August 28. There are featured cars each week, but all cars are welcome. This event features great food including wood-fired pizzas, burgers, and dogs from Nancy’s Air Field Cafe. Plenty of show parking and separate public parking. Suggested donation of $5 to benefit local and international service projects. For more information, visit or

Come See the New Building at First Parish Church!
First Parish Church of Stow and Acton, Unitarian Universalist, has completed construction of its new “connector” building that connects the historic church building with Fellowship Hall. To celebrate, two open houses will be held, and members of the community are invited to come in and check out our new space!

On Wednesday, September 3, the church will be open from 10am to 8pm. Everyone is invited to come in and see the new Community Room and meeting spaces, our 3-floor elevator, and our improved parking and campus. Members of the church will be available to show you around and answer questions.

We will also be hosting a “family friendly” open house on Saturday, September 6, from 10am to noon. This event will be especially geared toward families with children who are interested in learning about our Religious Education (RE) program. Please bring your children so that they can become familiar with the church and enjoy some activities while adults learn about the RE program and the church. Michelle Cote, Director of RE, and Minister, Rev. Tom Rosiello, will be there to discuss our programs and answer questions.

The church is located at 353 Great Rd., at the intersections of Rt. 117 and 62, next to the Randall Library. Please contact either Michelle Cote ([email protected]), Membership Development Coordinator Joleen Sullivan ([email protected]), or the church office (978-897-8149) if you have questions or would like more information. We would love to meet you!

Visit Stow’s 1825 one room schoolhouse and learn about its history and schooling in the 19th century.
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.

Players wanted for women’s Over 40 soccer team
Looking for fun, camaraderie, and good soccer? Stow Women’s Soccer is looking for players for its Over 40 (year old) team, which plays 6v6 in an Over 40 league. The fall season begins Sunday, September 7 and runs 10 weeks, with games on Sundays at 8:30am. For more information, e-mail Corinne at [email protected].

Publishing Networking Group Meeting
On Saturday, September 13, 10:30am, at the Randall Library, guest speaker Linda Spencer will talk about her recently published book, Writing Well in the 21st Century: The Five Essentials. The book provides students, career-builders, and anyone who writes with the basic elements needed for writing in the 21st century. It fully explains and links the five essentials of good writing: punctuation, grammar, fact-checking, style, and voice. Linda Spencer is a freelance writer and editor of textbooks in social studies and language arts.

The meeting is open to EFA members and non-members, freelancers, and anyone interested in publishing. For more information, send email to [email protected] or call Eileen Kramer at 978-897-4121.

SYBA (Stow Youth Basketball Association) is now accepting registrations for the 2014-15 season for both the Bomber’s Basketball program (Gr. 1-2) and the Stow Recreation Basketball program (Gr. 3-8). Go to to register. Deadline is September 30.

Crafters Wanted for St. Isidore’s Parish Annual Fall Festival
St. Isidore Parish is now accepting applications from crafters wishing to participate in the 3rd Annual Fall Festival, to be held in the church hall at 429 Great Rd. on Saturday, October 4, from 9am to 3pm. Booths measure 8’w x 8′ deep for $30, and 6’w x 8′ deep for $20. Tables and chairs are provided at no charge. Space is limited, so sign up soon to reserve your space by September 27. Email Laureen at [email protected], or visit our website to download the forms and for more information

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Emerson Hospital Hosts Driver Safety Program
Cars have changed, along with traffic rules and driving conditions since many of us learned to drive decades ago. To help drivers stay safe, the Emerson Hospital Center for Sports Rehabilitation and Specialty Services is hosting an AARP Driver Safety Program on Thursday, September 4, from 10am to 3pm, at its Health and Wellness Center, 310 Baker Ave.

Extension, Concord.
Hosted by Emerson Hospital and led by an AARP consultant, this five-hour classroom refresher course encourages drivers to review the rules of the road, better understand the updated technology in new vehicles, and learn strategies to compensate for age-related changes in vision, hearing and response time.

Materials, including a textbook, cost $15 for AARP members or $20 for non-members, with coffee and light lunch included. Some car insurance programs give a discount for people who take the class; you can inquire with your insurance agent. Parking is free at the Health and Wellness Center, which is located at 310 Baker Ave. Extension, Concord. For more information and to register, call Michele Dolan at (978) 287-8244.

Women’s Business Network (WBN) features Content Marketing: Your New Marketing Machine, Thursday, September 11, 7:15 pm, at the Center on the Common, 7 Fairbank St. (old Harvard Library) in Harvard. Defined as the creation and sharing of valuable content to attract and convert prospects, content marketing is about educating people so that they know, like, and trust you enough to do business with you. In this session, Bolton’s Meg O’Leary, principal of InkHouse Marketing, will help attendees take a look at how content marketing works, and define some practical steps for putting content marketing to work.

The Women’s Business Network (WBN) is a group of women in small businesses, professional practices, and those just starting out, who meet monthly for mutual education, support, and business referrals. Membership includes over 60 women from area towns. WBN meets the second Thursday evening of each month. For more information or to receive monthly announcements, visit  or join us on Facebook.

Annual Harvest Festival to Benefit Emerson’s Pediatric Care
On Saturday, September 27, from 11 am – 3 pm, the beautiful fields surrounding Verrill Farm will be transformed into an old-fashioned fair ground for the 8th Annual Harvest Festival and Benefit for the Pediatric Intervention Team at Emerson Hospital. The event features activities, games, music, food, a raffle, and the search for the perfect pumpkin in the pick-your-own fields.

Proceeds from the Harvest Festival are used by Emerson Hospital’s Pediatric Intervention Team to create and distribute age-appropriate kits to all children treated at the hospital. The kits contain comfort items and activities that are used to help children and caregivers cope successfully with the hospital experience. Over 23,600 Coping Kits have been distributed since they were introduced in November of 2005. To date, the Harvest Festival has raised more than $82,800 for the Coping Kits.

Verrill Farm is located at 11 Wheeler Road, Concord, 978.369.4494.