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Calendar… February 18, 2015

Events at the Randall Library
Live Jazz with the Parish Jazz Band, Thursday, February 19, 7pm – Come enjoy the great songs of the American Jazz Songbook performed by the Parish Jazz Band! This is a wonderful way to get your toes tapping on a cold February night.

Brain Injury Prevention and Symptoms, Thursday, February 26, 7pm – Representatives from the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, Kelly Buttiglieri and Sandra Madden, will discuss how to recognize symptoms of brain injury, how to get help, and how to prevent injuries in yourself and your loved ones.

Free Community Dinner at Union Church of Stow
Please join us Friday, February  20, 5-6pm, for another Ann’s Community Friendship Dinner. Bring your appetite! The price is free, but donations are accepted. Our delicious menus change each month. There is no reason to eat alone when you can join us for a good meal and friendly company. The Union Church with the blue doors is at 375 Great Rd. next to the Police Station. Read more about us at

Union Church Youth Group Laser Tag
On Sunday, February 22, our teens are invited to spend the afternoon( 2pm to 5pm) playing laser tag with Youth Minister Andy Edwards at LazerZone in Marlborough. You are welcome to come to our church and visit a youth group activity.  Our teens are looking forward to meeting with Rev. Andy on Sunday afternoons about twice a month throughout the winter and spring. Plans for the coming months may include: a service project, rock wall climbing, and game night. Church services begin at 9:30am every Sunday at the Union Church of Stow at 375 Great Road, next to the Police Station. To contact our Youth Minister directly email For more information about our church and its programs see our website

You are invited to participate in the Early Childhood STEP: “Systematic Training for Effective Parenting” Classes (ages 0-8). Classes will be on Monday nights February 23 – April 6 at Florence Sawyer Elementary School Library, 100 Mechanic St., Bolton, from 7pm to 9pm. Topics include:  Stages of development, understanding children’s behavior, listening and talking to your children, helping children learn to cooperate, building your child’s self esteem, discipline, and social-emotional IQ. Class size is limited, so please respond early! Email or call 978-779-5547×2041. Please respond with the following registration information: Name, Cell/Home Phone #, School/Town, Children’s Names & Ages, Teacher’s Names.

 stow democrats meet
The Stow Democratic  Town Committee  will  meet (weather permitting) Wednesday,  February 25,  7:15pm, at Red GInger Restaurant. New members are welcome. Topics will include Springfest activities,  ideas for a forum on “Green Stow”,  and details of the 2015 Democratic state convention. For more information, contact Jim Cohen at

Home Buyer Seminar
Interested in buying your own home? Our panel of experts will take the mystery out of buying a home at a special seminar on Thursday, February 26, 7-9pm, at Emma’s Cafe, 117 Great Rd. in Stow.The semniar is free of charge, but you are encouraged to bring a donation for the Stow Food Pantry.

 SAPN Pre-kindergarten Playgroup
Dig out the snow pants, hats, and sleds, because we’re going sledding with next year’s kindergartners! The Stow Area Parents Network (SAPN) is hosting a pre-K playgroup Sunday, March 1, 2-3:30pm, at the Coolidge Playground (corner of Parker and Elmwood streets, Maynard). We will meet at the big hill by the old Coolidge school building and sled. The hill is not too steep or too long, and it is great for kids (and adults) of all ages. Siblings are welcome. You do not have to be a member of SAPN to attend. We should have plenty of snow with all the storms we have been getting! We provide the hot chocolate and donuts, you bring your own sleds!

 stow garden club TALKS SPRING
The next meeting of the Stow Garden Club will be Wednesday, March 4, at the Union Church at 7pm. Barbara MacPhee, beekeeper and speaker from Holden, will be presenting “The Buzz on Honeybees”. The presentation includes bee family life, interactions, home and products, as well as current dilemmas facing bees and how we can support them.  She’ll have a mini active (enclosed) observation hive for viewing the bees. Since spring IS around the corner, we will also have a speaker presenting introductory information about the Community Garden. Contact MariePatrice Masse @ 978-579-0897.

Minuteman Opens Its Doors to Middle School Students
Minuteman High School will hold its spring Open House on Thursday, March 5, from 7-9pm. Students from grades 6, 7, and 8 – and their parents – are all invited. Minuteman is an award-winning regional high school that seeks to give its graduates a competitive edge in the new global economy by providing them with career skills – plus a rigorous grounding in mathematics, English, science, and social studies. Bus transportation is provided to all students within the Minuteman district.

Department heads will be on hand at the Open House to answer questions and to coordinate tours of the building. Minuteman is located at 758 Marret Rd., Lexington. For more information, go to

 PETER PAN Coming to Nashoba Regional High School
The students of Nashoba Drama Society are proud to announce their Spring musical, “Peter Pan”.  This high-flying TONY Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years. The production will feature real flying by Nashoba Drama cast members with “Flying by Foy” aerography! Performances will take place on March 13 and 14 at 7:30pm, and March 15 at 2pm, at NRHS auditorium, 12 Green Rd., Bolton. To order tickets in advance, please visit: Tickets will also be sold at Snapdragons Party & Gifts, 117 Great Rd., (978) 637-2680 (cash or check only please).

Publishing Networking Group Meeting
The next Publishing Group Networking meeting will be Saturday, March 14, 10:30am, at Randall Library, 19 Crescent St. The guest speaker will be Andrea Cleghorn, a garden-variety journalist with experience in travel writing and book reviewing at several newspapers and magazines. She has written books about the women of Rosie’s Place, the history of a small New England town, and a young woman’s flight from Castro’s Cuba. Andrea’s website is

This is a public meeting open to anyone interested in publishing. For more information, please contact Eileen Kramer at

The Nashoba Athletics Booster Club is hosting Casino Night on March 21 at The International in Bolton. This will be a really fun opportunity to socialize, enjoy great food, and try your luck at running the casino tables. Invitation and details, including directions on how to purchase tickets, is available on the Booster Club website –   We are hoping for a full house, so grab your friends and make it a fun night out!

~Outside of Stow~

All events bgin at the Visitor Center, 680 Hudson Rd., Sudbury. For questions about programs or when noted to register contact Kizette at or 978-562-3527 x 117. Family Winter Nature Hike, Friday, February 20, 1:30pm – Come learn about and explore signs and tracks of wildlife on the refuge while doing some fun activities and games. Learn about what wildlife and nature do to survive the winter.

Please dress for the weather . Please RSVP to Kizette

Protecting Massachusetts Streams: What Will the New Water Rules Mean for the Towns Surrounding the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge? Wednesday, February 25, 7pm In an effort to ensure water is available for future generations, the state recently changed the way the state will allocate its water. Julia Blatt, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance, will take us through this innovative – and somewhat controversial – new policy, with a focus on local streams and towns in the ANWR area. Free and open to the public.

SUDBURY VALLEY TRUSTEES Nature Photography Workshops
Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) is offering several upcoming programs on Nature Photography at Wolbach Farm, 18 Wolbach Rd., Sudbury. The first of these will be Thursday, February 19, at 7pm, when photographer Wayne Hall will present a seminar entitled “A Nature Photographer’s Guide to Composition.” Wayne will share the basic elements of photographic composition, particularly as applied to creating successful images of nature’s beauty in the Metrowest area.

Registration is required and SVT programs often sell out, so visit or call 978-443-5588 X 123 for more information or to register.

red cross blood drive
A blood drive will be hosted at Trinity Church in Bolton on Thursday, Februrary 19, 2pm – 7pm. Trinity is located at 14 Wattaquadock Hill Rd. Plenty of parking. The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetimes. Please schedule an appointment today at For more information, contact Lee Pirtle at 978-562-6879.

RESCHEDULED – Featuring Nancy Smalzel of FEMA, this timely Workshop will be held at the Maynard Library on Tuesday, February 24, at 2:30pm.  Sponsored by The Friends of the Maynard Public Library, the Workshop is free and open to everyone. The library is located at 77 Nason St., Maynard.

Square Foot Gardening Class
The Assabet Village Food Cooperative is holding a Square Foot Gardening Class on Saturday, February 28, at 10am in Maynard. Grow all the food you need in just one 4 x 4′ square! Learn the gardening method that uses 20% of the space, 10% of the water, and 2% of the work of conventional gardening. This class is suitable for all levels of gardening experience, from complete beginner to backyard farmer. To learn more and to get tickets please visit

 Chaplaincy for the Nonreligious
Concord Area Humanists invites you to a discussion and dialogue entitled “Chaplaincy for the Nonreligious”.  The special speaker will be Walker Bristol, Tufts University’s newly established Humanist in Residence. He serves the chaplaincy needs of nonreligious, atheist, agnostic, Humanist, or otherwise spiritually nontraditional students at Tufts. This special meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 7pm, at First Parish Hall, 20 Lexington Rd, Concord. More information can be found on and from For more information, contact David Kimball at 508-485-4795.

Environmental Film Festival IN MAYNARD
Join OARS for our 7th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Fine Arts Theatre Place in Maynard on Wednesday, March 4, at 7 pm. With the theme “A Wild Life,” these 17 engaging films bring theater-goers close to magnificent wilderness, as well as to the courageous people who work to protect their communities’ environment.

OARS is a non-profit whose mission is to protect and enhance the natural and recreational features of the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord River watersheds. The Festival on March 4 runs from 7pm to 10 pm (doors open at 6pm.) Fine Arts Theatre Place is at 17 Summer St., Maynard. Tickets are  $13, with  door prizes included. Tickets can be purchased at the Theater box office; Serendipity Café (Maynard); by calling OARS at 978-369-3956; on-line at; or at the door on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 The 2nd Annual “A Taste of Ireland”
Not Irish? No worries! Everyone is invited to “A Taste of Ireland”,  presented by the River’s Edge Arts Alliance and the Hudson Rotary Club. This 2nd annual event is going to be bigger and better than last year and you don’t want to miss out on a night or Irish food, drink, and entertainment in celebration of St. Paddy’s Day.

“A Taste of Ireland” will take place on Saturday, March 7, 7pm, at the Riverview Portuguese Club, 13 Port St., Hudson. Tickets for this fantastic event are on sale now and include Irish food sampling, Irish beer sampling, and all entertainment.  Advance tickets for $25 can be purchased online at by March 2. After March 2 tickets will be $30. Tables of 10 can be reserved online or by calling 978-562-1646. Reserve early for prime seating.  For more information or questions, visit or email

 Open Mic Night Featuring “Broadway by the River’s Edge”
The River’s Edge Arts Alliance is pleased to announce the continuation of their popular music series Broadway by the River’s Edge, featuring the best of local talent. Come join us at Harvest Café , 40 Washington St, Hudson, on the third Wednesday of the month. Our next Broadway Open Mike will be on Wednesday, March 18, from 7:30 – 10 pm. Enjoy full service dining at Harvest Café and some fantastic local talent. Singers should provide their own sheet music (2 copies if necessary) for the pianist, with a two-song maximum per singer. There will be a $5 performance fee. For more information, visit or call 978-562-1646 or