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Calendar…August 19, 2015

Free Concert! Juke Joint 5
If you’re looking for down home, old school, no-nonsense, house-rocking rhythm and blues, you’ve come to the right place! Come to Stow Community Park on Thursday, August 20, at 6:30pm, to hear the Juke Joint 5. The band focuses on the sounds you might have heard emerging in the early 1950s from some distant, static-crackling, late night radio station: jumped-up urban rhythm and blues; the raw Delta country sound just recently getting electrified in Chicago; Memphis rockabilly; and the primitive beginnings of rock and roll. The group’s powerful vocals are provided by Gretchen Bostrom, performing the JJ5’s wide range of songs by Ruth Brown, Louis Jordan, LaVern Baker, Don Covay, Big Mama Thornton, Little Richard, Slim Harpo, and other such classic blues/r&b performers. Find out more at
Bring a blanket or chair to sit on and come enjoy some great music!

Wings & Wheels: Cruise-In/Fly-In to Minute Man Air Field
Head to Minute Man Air Field (302 Boxboro Road, Stow) Thursday night from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, August 20 and August 27. Featured cars each week, but all cars are welcome. Open to the public, this event features great food, including wood-fired pizzas, burgers, and dogs from Nancy’s at the Airfield café. Plenty of show parking and separate public parking. Suggested donation of $5 to benefit local and international service projects. For more information, visit or

Randall Library Friends Meet Thursday
Come meet with the Randall Library Friends on Thursday, August 20. We will discuss our plans for the fall, fundraising, and the proposed renovation of the Randall Library building. All Randall Library patrons are welcome. We meet at the Library beginning at 7pm.

union church friendship Dinner
The Union Church of Stow will have its Friendship Dinner Friday, August 21, at 5pm. Come for the food and fellowship. The dinner is free but donations are accepted. The church is located at 317 Great Rd. just west of the Stow Police station.

Stow bike for the woods
The 14th annual Stow Bike for the Woods is taking place  Sunday, August 23. This is  a family-friendly road-bike ride in support of the Stow Conservation Trust. Registration starts at 8:30am, ride at 9am. The ride starts in front of the Randall Library at the junction of Routes 117 and 62. You can register for the ride and get more information at We will have food and drink including fresh peaches, cider donuts, and our famous mid-ride lemonade stand.  Choose from a variety of ride lengths including 5,14, 28, 35, 48, and a 65 mile metric century. All ages and abilities are welcome. The routes are well marked and cue sheets are provided.  The Stow Conservation Trust aims to preserve open space for future generations. All proceeds from the ride go to the Trust.

Nashoba Girls Soccer Youth Clinic
Nashoba Girls Soccer will host its Youth Clinic on August 24, 25, and  26, 4-7 pm. Please email [email protected]  for information.

open house for stow garden club
The Stow Garden Club will begin their 2015-16 year on September 9 at 7pm at the Union Church in Stow. The initial meeting will be an open house and we welcome anyone interested in getting to know about the organization, our programs for civic beautification donated in various forms to the town, and the Club’s plans for the coming year. We will approve a slate of nominations for the coming year and enable members and guest to mingle. Come join us and learn about a great local organization. For questions, contact MariePatrice Masse at 978-579-0897.

Publishing Networking Group
The next Publishing Networking Group Meeting will be Saturday, September 12, 10:30am, at the Randall Library. This will be a networking and planning meeting. Please bring your ideas for guest speakers and/or topics.

This is a public meeting open to anyone interested in the publishing field. For more information please contact Eileen Kramer at [email protected].

Stow Fall Soccer – Pre-K and Kindergarten
Fall soccer registration is now open for Stow boys and girls born between 9/1/09 and 4/1/11. Munchkins (Pre-K) and Transitions (K) will meet on Saturday mornings with an emphasis on fun and teamwork. Please visit for additional information and online registration through September 15.  For additional questions, please contact Karen Devine [email protected] or Art McDonald ([email protected]).

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AV Chamber’s WBN August Meet Up
The Assabet Valley Chamber’s Women’s Business network is hosting an informal “meet up” to grab ice cream (and other confections) at New City Microcreamery, 28 Main St., Hudson, on Friday, August 21, from 12 to 1 pm. This event is a la carte, which means that you pay for whatever you want to eat or drink, including vegan options! New to the group and need to find us? Look for the cheerful balloon! We’ll do round-the-table introductions at 12:30pm. While free, reservations are requested to insure ample staffing. So, if you’re coming, email us at [email protected] or call 978.568.0360.

New England Daylily Society (NEDS) Plant Sale and Auction
On Saturday, August 22, NEDS is having its Plant Sale from 10am – 12:30 pm (most about $5), along with a live auction from 12:30pm – 3pm, at The First Parish Congregational Church, One Church St., Wakefield. These daylilies are from members’ gardens. Hardy perennial, easy care, drought resistance, will bloom each summer, year after year.  See There are a lot of bargains, but big savings are in the auction where three year old seedlings are sold. These seedlings will probably be new introductions in upcoming years.

Trail maintenance: Saturday, August 22, 9-11am
Grounds keeping: Sunday, September 13, 8:30-10:30am
Get outside and get some exercise by helping spruce up the refuge. For grounds keeping we will be working on the gardens at the front entrance and visitor center.  For trail maintenance we will be clearing up the trails. Bring a snack, water, sunscreen, bug repellent, work boots, gloves, and if you have some favorite tools.

Meet at the Visitor Center at 680 Hudson Rd., Sudbury. For questions about programs or to register, contact Kizette at [email protected] or 978-562-3527 x 117.

FREE Family Fun Festivals Saturdays in August
Family Fun Festivals, hosted by the River’s Edge Arts Alliance, are FREE to the public. These family friendly themed festivals will take place from 1-4pm.    On August 22 we will be at Ghiloni Park, 239 Concord Rd., Marlborough, for a “Building” Festival. “Trash to Tunes,” an interactive demonstration of homemade instruments, will begin at 1pm. At 2pm we will host a kite demonstration and all children will be able to build their own kite. The Building festival will end with a Lego Building activity for all ages at 3pm.

Our “Growing” Festival will take place on August 29 at Ghiloni Park, 239 Concord Rd., Marlborough. The Toe Jam Puppet Band will start the festival at 1pm followed by the Vegetable Circus at 2pm. Musician Wayne Potash will perform at 3pm. From 1:30-3:30pm come get up close with baby barnyard animals.

To round out the fun, each festival will be accompanied by a themed art project. Each festival will also include FREE face painting and balloon twisting from 1:45-3:45pm. In the case of rain the Festivals will move to the Marlborough Senior Center at 40 New St. For more information, visit or call 978-562-1646.

Ready of Not, Here I Come!
We invite parents, guardians, and early childhood educators interested in “school readiness”! School readiness is the knowledge, skills and behaviors that enable your child to participate and succeed in school. Current research has identified that readiness begins in the womb and is determined by early life experiences and the environment a child lives and grows in.  Join us to hear more about what early experiences are important in best preparing your child or the children you work with, for success in school and life. The event talkes place Wednesday, August 26, 7pm – 8:30pm, at Florence Sawyer School, 100 Mechanic St., Bolton. Supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care. Presented by: Jeanine Fitzgerald, Behavior Specialist.

Art on the Green at Wood Park Looking for Vendors
The River’s Edge Arts Alliance will be hosting the first annual Art on the Green at Hudson’s Wood Park, 65 Park St., Hudson. The  event is scheduled  for Saturday, September 26, from 11-6pm, with a rain date of Sunday, September 27, from 11-6pm. Art on the Green will be a marketplace featuring local and regional artists showcasing their paintings, wood art, glass art, photography, sculptures, eclectic jewelry, wearable art and more!  In addition, the annual REAA Member’s Art Show will take place along with family entertainment on the Music Shell stage.  Registration for artists and crafters is now open. Visit to download a registration form.  Call 978-562-1646 for more info.

MAYnard Farmers’ Market continues
The Maynard Farmer’s Market remains open on Saturdays until September 26, 9 am – 1pm, rain or shine, in the Mill Pond parking lot on Main Street at Clock Tower Place in Maynard (near intersection with Sudbury Street). SNAP/EBT accepted. On October 3, vendors will be downtown as part of Maynard Fest.   The Market also features weekly artisans, wellness practitioners, music, children’s events, and community information. On September 12, the Apple Pie Baking contest returns to the Market. Bakers are asked to pre-register and make a pie using apples from a local orchard.   For the latest schedule updates, visit