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Calendar… March 18, 2015

Events at the Randall Library
Irish Music with Roger Tincknell, Thursday, March 19, 7pm – What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with an evening of toe-tapping Irish tunes!  Come join the fun when Roger Tincknell entertains us with some traditional Irish music.

Odissi Indian Dance Performance, Saturday, March 21, 2:30pm – Originally performed in temples as a religious offering, Odissi is one of the 8 classical dance forms of India, dating back as far as the 1st century BCE. Bring the whole family to see the beauty and grace of this unique dance form performed by Mouli Pal, and you just might learn a few moves yourself!

Teen Tech Week Activities, March 25 – Pop some googly/wiggly eyes on an inanimate object, snap a photo, and the best photo wins a prize.

 Free Community Dinner at Union Church of Stow
Please join us Friday March 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. (Rt 117,) next to the Police Station. Read more about us 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!

 A TRIBUTE FROM Sounds of Stow and Weston SCHOOL CHORUS
The Sounds of Stow Orchestra and Chorus, under the direction of Barbara Jones, will be  joined by the Weston Middle School 6th Grade Chorus for John Rutter’s beautiful “Mass of the Children,” the celebratory “Psalm 150,” and the beautiful “This is the Day” (composed for the recent royal wedding). Soloists Laura Troisi, soprano, and Jonathan Eldridge, baritone, will be accompanied by a full 49-piece orchestra, from tuba to harp. Opening the concert will be a premiere of the symphonic version of the exciting trombone concerto, “Colors,”” by Belgian composer Bert Appermont, with Alexei Doohovskoy, trombone.

The concert is Sunday, March 22, 3pm,  in Hale School auditorium, 55 Hartley Rd. Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for seniors and students over 18, and $10 for students 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased at or at the door. Sounds of Stow is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as administered by the local cultural councils of Stow, Acton-Boxborough, Bolton and Hudson.

Come in from the cold and listen to the NRHS band and choral group perform at concerts on Tuesday, March 24 (Choral), and Thursday, March 26 (Band). Concert admission is $5, students and senior citizens are free. Doors open around 6:30pm. Performances begin at 7pm.  The bands will be performin selections that include the famous American March, Americas We, a beautifully arranged piece called Redemption, as well as a nationally recognized piece by John Barns Chance. The choral groups will be performing selections including a madrigal by Hans Leo Hassler, as well as selections from the Off-Broadway musical “The Fantastiks”, a chorus by Haydn; a selection of Stephen Sondheim songs, and selections from “Frozen”.

Michelle Ellicks, Community Outreach Coordinator for the RMV, will present “The Driving Decision” on Tuesday, March 24, 10am,  at the Stow COA, 380 Great Rd. Aimed at helping elder drivers and their loved ones transition from the driver’s seat to the passenger seat, this educational talk is free and open to the public. The Massachusetts RMV maintains an extensive resource library of tests and other tools for drivers who are getting older and their families. Please Register at (978) 897-1880.

 new book club meets
The next meeting of the New Book Club will be on Tuesday, March 24, at Randall Library  (7pm). We will be discussing Gap Creek by Robert Morgan. Young Julie Harmon works as hard as a man. This is her story. The tension builds from family togetherness to the loss of two loved ones. Robert Morgan is the son of Appalachia and teaches at Cornell. He is a student of rural life in the U.S. during the 18th and 19th centuries. Discuss with us this detailed, gripping drama. You won”t be disappointed.  Questions—978-897-6055.

stow democrats to meet
The Stow Democratic Town Committee  will meet  at 7:15 pm  on Wednesday, March 25, at Red Ginger Restaurant. Topics  will include the Democracy in Action award and Springfest activities. New members are welcome. For more information contact James Cohen  at [email protected].

Alice Eaton Fund Seeks Proposals
We are currently seeking proposals from eligible nonprofit organizations for programs or services that encourage the health, safety, and enrichment of Stow children. The deadline is March 25. For specific guidelines and an application via email, contact [email protected]. Applications are also available online at

 Minuteman School Building PUBLIC FORUM
Officials at Minuteman High School in Lexington want to know what you think about several options they’re looking at to improve or replace the existing facilities at the career and technical high school. Over the next two months the School Building Committee is planning to make presentations in all 16 member towns to outline the options and to gather feedback. A public meeting will be held at Hale Audtorium on Thursday, March 26, at 7pm. The School Building Committee will gather comments at the community presentations and accept comments by email at [email protected].

The Committee also designed a brief online survey to gather input. It can be found at  Results of the survey will be used by the School Building Committee and District School Committee to help decide on a preferred option. That option, in turn, will be reviewed by the MSBA.

The School Building Committee has been working on a Feasibility Study with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) since 2009.  It has also examined other options in the event MSBA state-supported options are rejected.

chieftains lax youth clinic
The 2nd Annual Preseason Nashoba Boy’s Youth Lacrosse Clinic takes place Saturday March 28. Players will receive position-specific instruction as well as learn team concepts from experienced players and coaches. U9/U11, 3-4:30pm; U13/U15, 4:30-6pm; at ForeKicks, 219 Forest St., Marlborough. $25/player, checks made out to Nashoba Athletics Booster Club (NABC). If interested contact Coach McNamara at [email protected].

 Bluegrass Gospel Project at New Revival Coffeehouse
The Bluegrass Gospel Project performs at the New Revival Coffeehouse on Saturday, March 28. The six members of BGP sing and play music from the rich tradition of gospel music in traditional bluegrass. The band has been together for over 10 years, and the members bring many decades of experience to their performances.

Doors open at 7:30pm, and the concert begins at 8pm. The coffeehouse is located at the First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, at the intersection of routes 117 & 62, 353 Great Rd. Tickets are available at for $15 and at the concert for $18. For further information, visit or call 978-274-2593.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
A sure sign of spring!  The Easter Bunny will be joining The Stow Lions for breakfast Sunday morning, March 29, 8am thru 11:30am, at the Hale School Cafeteria, Hartley Road. We’re serving a breakfast again this year that includes scrambled eggs, toast, sausage, pancakes, juice, milk, coffee, tea, and some fun.

We have a local photographer to take family pictures; there will be face painting, door prizes, and a raffle table too! Mark the date and plan to join us for a homemade breakfast with a ‘side’ of fun.

Family friendly prices are $6 for adults, $3 for children, and $4 for seniors; under 3 free. If you need additional information, send an email to [email protected] or check our web site at

Help us develop the next Open Space and Rec Plan for Stow
The Stow Conservation Commission is currently updating the Stow Open Space and Recreation Plan. As part of this process, we are asking Stow residents to take a brief multiple choice survey on recreation, open space protection, and future growth and development in Stow. The Plan helps guide the town’s priorities in these areas and is updated every 5 to 10 years.

The survey is available in two ways: 1) An electronic version is available at:, or on the Town’s website at, and 2) Paper copies of the survey can be found on the first floor of Town Building, and may be returned in the box there or mailed or dropped off to the Conservation Commission office at Town Building, 380 Great Rd. All responses are due by March 30.

 stow garden club talks edible perennials
The Stow Garden Club invites you to our next meeting at 7pm on Wednesday, April 1, at the Union Church of Stow, 317 Great Rd. The topic will be “Edible Perennial Gardening and Landscaping”, a 90-minute power point presentation featuring organic techniques for the cultivation of a variety of trees, shrubs, vines, canes, and herbaceous perennials for fruits, nuts, and vegetables. It will be presented by naturalist and landscaper John Root. Plants will be offered for sale. This program is cosponsored by the Stow Garden Club and the Stow Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For questions, contact MariePatrice Masse at  978-579-0897.

The Town of Stow will host a rabies clinic for pets on Thursday, April 2, 6 – 8pm, at the Highway Barn, 88 South Acton Rd. Rabies vaccinations and microchipping will be offered. Vaccinations are $ 15 per animal, and Home Again Microchipping is  $ 35 per animal. Both one- and three-year rabies vaccinations will be available. In order for your pet to receive the three-year vaccination, you must bring your pet’s vaccination certificate from the previous year and it must show the previous vaccination has not expired. All dogs must be on a leash and under control at all times, and all cats and ferrets must be in a carrier.

It is a Massachusetts state law that all dogs, cats, and ferrets be vaccinated for rabies. The Board of Health urges all Stow residents to have their pets vaccinated. (Please note that heartworm testing will not be available this year.)

Friends of Troop 1 Stow Electronics Recycling Event
Friends of Boy Scout Troop 1 Stow will hold the 12th annual electronics recycling event, Operation Motherboard, at Bose Corporation, 688 Great Rd. (Rt. 117), on Saturday, April 25, from 9am to 2pm. An electronics pickup service is available on April 4 and April 18 for seniors, those requiring assistance with heavy items such as air conditioners or TVs in advance of the recycle event day, and anyone not able to drop off on event day. Please visit for complete rate details and to review the accepted items list. Call 978-212-9175 or send email to [email protected].

~Outside of Stow~

Bagels and Books in Maynard
On Saturday, March 21, at 11am, the Bagels and Books discussion group at Maynard Library will be talking about books with an Asian background.  That might mean setting, author, or subject and because it is a locality, all genres are fair game – fiction, non-fiction, kids books, YA books, mysteries, romances……   Open to all – please join us. The library is located at 77 Fowler St., Maynard.

 minuteman model a ford annual swap
The Minuteman Model A Ford Club of Massachusetts is holding its 21st Annual Automotive Swap Meet on Sunday March 29, at the Maynard Elks Lodge, 34 Powdermill Road (Rt 62), Maynard. Open to the general public 7:30am -11:30am. General admission is $3. 10′ x10′ Vendor spaces are available for $20. Antique auto parts, automobilia, literature, and more. Large parking lot, coffee and donuts, and a raffle drawing. For more information or to reserve a vendor space, please contact Craig Martin at 978/562-2390 or [email protected].

spring film series at the maynard library
“The Giver” will be the feature on Tuesday, March 31, 6:30pm, at the library’s Roosevelt Room. The adaptation of the classic book by Lois Lowry stars Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. Free. Light refreshments will be served. See for more information. The library is located at 77 Nason St., Maynard.

Easter Events with St. Matthew’s of Acton
St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church of Acton invites you to a morning of Easter Sunday (April 5) special events. Beginning at 6am, a sunrise worship service will take place at 120 Sargent Rd., Boxboro. Join us following the service for a free Easter Breakfast at the St. Matthew’s Fellowship Hall at 435 Central St., Acton. Worship services will also be held at 8:15am  and 10:30 am, with a second Easter Breakfast seating at 9:15am. Eggs, ham, pastries, yogurt, granola, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and more will be served. Additionally, an Easter Egg Hunt for children will take place at 10am sharp! All events are free and open to the public. For more information and additional Holy Week events, visit or call the church office at 978-263-2822.

Florence Sawyer School Spring Musical
The public is invited to attend the Florence Sawyer School Drama Club presentation of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR. on April 10 and 11 at 7pm. The musical will be held at the school’s auditorium at 100 Mechanic St., Bolton. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door or can be reserved by email: [email protected].

The Thayer Symphony Orchestra presents a concert with the theme of “Sun, Moon, and Stars” on Saturday, April 11. Pianist Father Sean Duggan, OSB, will be guest soloist in a performance of Mozart’s piano concerto number 9, K. 271. Prices range from $35 to $25. Student tickets are available for $10 each. Tickets may be purchased via the TSO Web site at or by calling (978)466-1800. The concert will take place at 7:30 pm in the Stratos G. Dukakis Performing Arts Center at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School (Monty Tech), 1050 Westminster Street (Rt. 2A), Fitchburg.

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden announces the next “Concert at the Garden” on Sunday, April 19, at 3pm. The Garden welcomes the  Indian Hill Chamber Ensemble. Enjoy the beautiful setting of the Healing Garden, combined with phenomenal acoustics, as you listen to a variety of classical chamber music.

The Healing Garden, a non-profit organization, is located at 145 Bolton Rd. in Harvard, and offers support, educational, and therapeutic services to those affected by cancer. Admission is $10 for Garden members, $15 for non-members (no pre-sale of tickets). All proceeds benefit the services of the Healing Garden. Visit for event updates or cancellations.