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Calendar… October 24, 2014

Make a Child’s Holiday Wish Come True
Warm Hearts of Stow urges community members to contribute to its annual Holiday Toy Fund.  Our goal is to ensure that every Stow boy and girl has a special gift to open this holiday season!

It may seem early to be thinking about the winter holidays, but our board members need to begin shopping in just a few weeks. Donations received in October/early November will be very much appreciated!

Checks may be made out to Warm Hearts Toy Fund and mailed to: Warm Hearts Toy Fund, P.O. Box 10, Stow, MA, 01775.
Warm Hearts of Stow is a 501 (c) (3) charity.  Our organization relies totally on individual contributions to fund toy purchases.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Holmes (978-897-2461).

Stow demoCRATS tO MEET
The Stow Democratic Town Committee will meet at 7:15pm on Wednesday  October 22,  ,on the  second floor of Randall Library. The meeting is open to the public. Topics will include  a  campaign 2014 update. For more information contact  James  Cohen  at [email protected]

 Events at the Randall Library in October
Preschool Story Time, Fridays at 10:30am – Come join the fun with Ms. Morrison when she reads books and presents a fun craft that kids make and take home. October 24 – Ghosts. October 31 – Trick or Treat at the Library; come in your costume!!

Special Saturday Halloween Children’s Event, October 25, 1pm-4pm – Make your own fantastic 3D Halloween masks! All ages welcome.

Halloween Special Event-Mt. Auburn Cemetery Presentation, “Symbolism at the Cemetery”, Thursday, October 30, 7pm – Representatives and historians will be at the Randall Library to discuss the unique historical significance of the symbolism of some of the amazing headstones and sculptures of Mt. Auburn Cemetery.

 Rummage Sale October 24 & 25
The Union Church of Stow will be holding its fall rummage sale on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25. Sale hours are 9a. to 1pm, with hours on Friday 5pm to 7pm. This year, at the same time at the rummage sale there will be a sale of jewelry and antiques, which usually takes place at our fall fair. The Union Church with the blue doors is located at 317 Great Rd. (Rt 117) next to the Police Station. For more information about our church and programs, see

Stow Flu Clinic October 25
Flu season is coming! The Stow Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), under the direction of the Board of Health (BoH), has scheduled a Flu Clinic to administer vaccine for influenza from 9am to 1 pm, Saturday, October 25, at the Hale School. Only the injectable form of vaccine will be available (i.e., there will be no intranasal option), and the vaccine can be administered to individuals 3 years of age and older (families with infants and toddlers should request vaccine from their pediatrician’s office).

We will be practicing “social distancing” at the clinic, so you will be asked to wait in your car until it is your turn to get vaccinated. Please wear clothes appropriate for the weather, and bring something to pass the time in case there is a delay.

Cost for vaccination will be covered by insurance and/or Medicare.  If you have questions, you can contact the Board of Health by calling 978-897-4592 or by sending an email to [email protected].

 Coffee with the Assabet Village Food Co-op
Are you interested in food? Is healthy food access important to you? Would you like to foster a sustainable local economy? Then come learn more about the Assabet Village Food Co-op. Join us at Emma’s Café in Stow on Saturday. October 25, from 9am to 11am.

Come talk with us about why a local grocery store providing locally sourced, healthy food will be such a great addition to our area. Board members and enthusiastic volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions. E-mail [email protected] or visit
Pet Halloween Costume Contest for a cause!

Come have fun with your kids, furry or not, at The 7th Annual Monster Bark at PetSource, 117 Gread Rd.,  Stow, on Sunday, October 26. The event will include a Pet Parade & Costume Contest, as well as a Coloring Contest for children under 12. All pets are welcome, whether they are entered into the Costume Contest or not! The lucky winners of the Pet Costume Contest will receive a Pet Source gift card.

Registration for the Contest begins at 12pm and the Parade begins at 1pm, no pre-registration required. The Costume Contest’s $15 entry fee will be donated to Phinney’s Friends, a small nonprofit that helps low-income people in the Boston area keep their pets by offering pet care and financial help.

The Annual Holiday Craft Fair sponsored by The Stow Friends of the Council on Aging will be held on Saturday, November 1, from 9am to 3pm, at St. Isidore Church, 429 Great Rd. (Rte 117), Stow. You are invited to take advantage of the great holiday craft shopping provided by carefully selected crafters from the local area. There will be many hand crafted items . There will be a pottery making demonstration, a baked goods table, and arts and crafts made by the seniors of Stow. Visit our used book table.  Hot dogs, corn chowder, and drinks will be on the menu, as well as Dunkin’ Donuts coffee courtesy of  Stow Gulf Dunkin’ Donuts.

Awareness Event: “HIGH TEA WITH A HOT TOPIC”
Come learn about sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of women in our area on Sunday, November 2, at 3 pm, in an educational forum sponsored by The First Parish Church of Stow and Acton and RIA House, Inc. Forum speakers will include Kim McLarin, from Channel 2 WGBH’s “Basic Black”and Assistant Professor at Emerson College;  State Rep. Kate Hogan (a leader who has brought forth and succeeded in getting legislation passed to fight human trafficking); and Heather Wightman, the Founder and Managing Director of RIA House, Inc. Come and enjoy “high tea” with us, get informed, and learn what you can do to make a difference in the lives of the women who are surviving “modern day slavery.” The church is located at 353 Great Road in Stow (corner of Rts. 117 and 62). Facilities are handicap accessible.

The Stow Garden Club’s meeting on Wednesday, November 5, at 7pm will be a presentation of flower arranging by Tony Todesco. Tony is a gifted artist,  national flower judge, and owner of One Main Street Studio in Stow, where his colorful style and expertise make him a sought after designer and lecturer. He has lectured for garden clubs around the world, and has had his work displayed at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The presentation will take place at the Union Church, 317 Great Rd. (Rt. 117), Stow. Members of other garden clubs are invited, and all guests are welcome to attend for a nominal fee of $5. For more information please contact MariePatrice Masse, 978-579-0897.

Publishing Networking Group Meeting
The next Publishing Networking Group meeting takes place at the  Randall Library on Saturday, November 8, at 10:30am. Guest speaker will be P. D. Callahan who lives in Carlisle, and has published several short works in literary magazines.  Paul will discuss his writing and the publishing process. The meeting is open to EFA members and non-members, freelancers, and anyone interested in publishing. For more information send email to [email protected].

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Rep. Hogan TO Host “Raising Healthy Teens”
Join Rep. Kate Hogan on Tuesday, October 28, at Hudson High School, 5:30-7:30 pm, as she hosts the panel discussion, “Community Conversations: Raising Healthy Teens.” Facilitated by by Dr. Jodi Fortuna, Superintendent of Hudson Public Schools, the purpose of this event is to help community members understand challenges facing our youth today, and discuss the role family, schools, and the community play in raising healthy teens. Topics covered will include the developing teen brain, teen stress, negative peer pressure, mental health promotion, and substance use prevention. Panelists will discuss these topics and provide parents and community members with tools and resources to support healthy teen development.

River’s Edge Hosts Two New Exhibits
The River’s Edge Arts Alliance is currently seeking artists for two upcoming exhibits in November. Registration for a Photography Exhibit co-hosted with the Assabet Valley Camera Club is now open. The registration deadline is October 29. The exhibit will take place at Citizen’s Bank, 17 Pope St., Hudson through January 3, 2015,  during regular business hours. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 8, 10am-12pm, and is free to the public.

River’s Edge Arts Alliance will also be hosting a “Works on Paper” Multi-Artist Exhibit in November at Hudson Town Hall. The registration deadline is October 29. This exhibit can be seen through January 5 during regular business hours. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, November 9, from 3-5pm, and is free to the public.

Most works are available for purchase. A portion of each sale of art goes to support the River’s Edge Arts Alliance. For additional information and registration forms, visit or call 978-562-1646.

River’s Edge Presents A Cabaret for Compassion
Join the River’s Edge Arts Alliance and River’s Edge Players for a wonderful evening of music and inspiration with A Cabaret for Compassion, featuring the best inspirational songs from Broadway and Disney sung by a multi-aged group of very talented local performers. Local non-profits have been invited by REAA to set up info tables in the lobby to help promote awareness of their causes. A portion of the evening’s fundraising efforts will benefit these non-profits.

This special event takes place on Saturday, November 8, at 7pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough. Ticket price includes an hors d’oeurvres, pasta, and dessert buffet along with the performance. Cocktails (cash bar) and large silent auction will take place from 7 – 8pm, with the performance beginning at 8pm. Tickets are $35 for non-members and $30 for River’s Edge Arts Alliance members. Tables of 8 can be reserved for $240.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 978-562-1646.

River’s Edge Announces First Annual Young Artist Competition
To give more opportunities to our community’s young musicians, the River’s Edge Arts Alliance and River’s Edge Community Band announce the first annual Young Artist Competition, for students in 12th grade and younger who play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. Auditions will be held by appointment on Saturday, December 6. The winner will be chosen by a panel consisting of River’s Edge Community Band members, music educators, and the  River’s Edge Community Band Director. The winner will perform with the River’s Edge Community Band on Sunday, March 29, 2015. The first runner-up will be given the opportunity to perform in the lobby prior to the concert.

The application, further information, and audition material are available at the River’s Edge Arts Alliance office at 155 Apsley St., Hudson, or at For additional information, please call 978-562-1646 or email Lynne Johnson at [email protected].