Calendar… May 20, 2015

Haikus in the Woods
Visit SCT’s Leggett property between now and May 31 and enjoy a 1-mile walk in the woods and the chance to read haikus written by Stow’s 3rd graders. The Leggett property is located at the intersection of Rte. 62 and Whitman Road, with parking on Whitman.

Events at the Randall LibrarY
Zentangles Workshop, Thursday, May 21, 6pm – A Zentangle is an unplanned, abstract, black and white drawing created through a specific method that helps relax, engage, and focus the person creating one. Anyone can do it and the creativity options and pattern combinations are boundless! Come try your hand at this meditative art form and unwind your mind with one little drawing at a time. Sign up required, 10 participants per session. Sign-up sheets at the Randall Library circulation desk.

Music at the Library with the Solstice Sackbuts, Thursday, May 28, 7pm – Thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Randall Library is pleased to have the Solstice Sackbuts on hand to play a classical chamber music program with music from the Renaissance and Middle Ages. For more information on the band see

Volunteers for THE Stow Disaster Animal Response Team
The town of Stow will shelter individuals and their pets (in an adjacent shelter), during a disaster requiring the evacuation of residents from their homes. To run the shelter effectively, we are recruiting volunteers to staff our pet “co-shelter” during short-term emergencies. Volunteers require no special background, but should enjoy and be comfortable with pets. Training will be provided by the Stow Disaster Animal Response Team (DART), part of the Stow Medical Reserve Corps. DART volunteers assist with the pet intake and registration process, help staff the shelter, and monitor care of animals by their pet owners during an emergency.
Our next orientation meeting will be held on Saturday, May 23, at 10am at the Randall Library. Call 978-897-4592 or email to register for this orientation.

Stow Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies
Stow will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, 25 May, at 2pm. All veterans, including active duty and reserve personnel from Stow and surrounding communities, are urged to participate by marching in the parade. Also invited to march are the Stow Town Selectmen, Stow Boy & Girl Scouts, Civil Air Patrol, and the Center School First Graders who, with the help of the Stow Garden Club, have been growing flowers for this occasion.

The Parade will form in the Center School parking lot on 403 Great Rd. (Rt. 117). The march to Brookside Cemetery will begin promptly at 2pm. Transportation from Center School will be provided for veterans unable to walk the parade route. State Rep. Kate Hogan will speak at the War Memorial at Randall Library. Wreath-laying ceremonies will be held at both Brookside and the War Memorial.  Music is provided by the NRHS Marching Band and Stow Minutemen. The Stow Fire Dept. is providing the Color Guard.

For those unable to attend, we ask that you observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3pm. Thank you in advance for your participation as we remember our fallen veterans from all wars.

In conjunction with Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, the Nashoba Regional School District will offer an  Underage Substance Use Forum on Tuesday, May 26, 7pm, at Nashoba Regional High School Auditorium. Underage substance use continues to be a major issue in our schools and communities. While street drugs are readily available in many communities, many teen drug users easily obtain over-the-counter or prescription medications from a variety of sources, including their family’s medicine cabinet. During this presentation, a drug and gang State Police Sergeant will illustrate the current state of youth drug use in Middlesex County, and the signs and symptoms that parents and other adults should be looking for regarding potential drug use.

The Skylight Astronomical Society presents
The Skylight Astronomical Society presents “Galaxies from Beginning to End”, a presentation by Charlie Conroy, on Thursday, May 28, at 7:30pm. Charlie is an associate professor at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophics in Cambridge.

Everyone is welcome to this free program. Come to the clubhouse, Gleasondale Mill, 18 Rockbottom Rd. For directions and further information see

Community Yard Sale at FPC
The First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC) is holding a community yard sale on Saturday, May 30, from 9am to 2pm. A variety of items will be sold including kitchen essentials, canning jars, children’s toys, sports equipment, and books. In the case of rain the sale will be held indoors. FPC is located at 353 Great Rd.

stow lions flea market
The Stow Lions Club Annual Spring Flea Market will be held June 6 at the Stow Lions Field (located at the intersection of Route 117 and Hudson Rd.). The rain date is June 7. The Lions will have a Food Court with a variety of food at family friendly prices. If you’re a vendor looking for a space you should contact the Stow Lions directly and reserve a spot.

The Flea Market opens at 7am, admission is free, and there is ample free parking. There is always a wide selection of goods, collectibles, tools, and decorator items. This year there will be wide selection of “ready for spring planting” flowers and vegetables.

For additional information about this event, contact the Stow Lions; send an email to, check our web site at, or visit Facebook at

Flower Communion Service at FPc
On Sunday, June 7, at 10 a.m., the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton will celebrate diversity with its annual Flower Communion Service. Each person brings a cut flower or two to place in a communal basket. The resulting bouquet symbolizes the diversity of those present, including the many blessings, gifts, and talents each brings to the community. At the end of the service, each person takes a different flower home, to remind them to be grateful for all we receive from others in our community. All are welcome. The church is located at 353 Great Road in Stow (at the intersection of routes 117 and 62) and is wheelchair accessible. For more information, contact the church office at 978-897-8149 or visit

The next meeting of the New Book Club scheduled for Tues. May 19 is cancelled due to members vacations and illness.  We will resume meeting in June on Tues. June 16 at 7 PM at the library.  Our read will be The Three Junes by Julia Glass.  She is a local Ma. author who has written a number of subsequent books all using characters from this initial book.  Her language and story telling is smart, sophisticated  and surprising.  Discover this gem and share your thoughts.  Questions 978-897-6055.