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Calendar…Sept. 2015

college planning for the community
The Nashoba Regional High School Guidance Office Senior College Planning Night on Wednesday, September 16, 6:30pm, at the NRHS Auditorium. Guidance counselors will be present to answer questions about the “nuts and bolts” of the college application process.    There also will be a presentation and college fair, featuring the transition to college for students with learning differences, on Wednesday, September 30, 6pm, in the Auditorium. “The best college fit for a successful transition” will be presented.   NRHS is located at 12 Green Rd., Bolton.

Upcoming Events at the Randall Library in September
Eating Well On A Budget, September 17, 7pm – Professional nutritionist Lucy Hutch from the Emerson Hospital Nutrition Services Dept. will explain the best way to get the best “bang for your buck” in terms of food costs and nutrition. This talk will be focused on promoting improved health through good nutrition without breaking your household budget and helping you and your family to improve your quality of life.

PIRATE DAY with the cub scouts
Pack 39 is sponsoring a Pirate Day afternoon magic show and craft at the Randall Library Friday, September 18.  The magic show starts at 1:30pm and the Decorate Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls craft starts at 1pm. For more information on Stow Pack 39 visit

Free Community Dinner at the Union Church of Stow
Please join us Friday, September 18, at 5pm, for another Ann’s Friendship Community Dinner. Bring your appetite! The price is free, but donations are accepted. Our delicious menus change each month.  The Union Church with the blue doors is at 375 Great Rd. (Rte. 117) next to the Police Station. Read more about us at

Stow Repair Café
Saturday, Sept. 19, 9am-12pm at the Union Church will provide volunteers with various backgrounds fix broken items that you bring in. Do you have a broken table, toaster, lamp, bike etc? Toss it? No way! Have it repaired free at the Stow Repair Café. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley and the Stow Friends of the Council on Aging

Apple Pie Stand at FPC Every Weekend
It’s time again for our famous apple pies to be sold on Saturdays and Sundays, from now until the date of our Harvest Fair on Saturday, October 3. The apple pie stand is located at the front of the church grounds, at 353 Great Rd. Sales will begin at 10am and will close when the day’s pies are sold. For more info, call 978-897-8149 or visit

Star Gazing at Stow MinuteMan Air field
Skylight Astronomical Society, Inc. presents Star Gazing at Minuteman Air Field on Saturday, September 19, from Dusk (~7:30pm)  until 10pm. Come early to see Saturn, distant galaxies, and fuzzy nebulae. The weather has caused us to cancel our last three events, so be sure to check before you come, by clicking on “Quicklinks: Calendar of Events” at

OARS River Cleanup – Join Us!
The Organization for the Assabet River will hold its 29th Annual River Cleanup on Saturday, September 19, from 9am to 12 noon. OARS volunteers will wade into the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord rivers and tributaries to continue the effort to restore our beautiful rivers. There is lots of work to be done. We will be working this year in Stow and surrounding towns. The cleanup will be followed by a pizza lunch and celebration along the rivers.  For more information, please contact the OARS office at 978-369-3956 or Visit us at
stow democratic town committee

The Stow Democratic Town Committee  will resume  monthly meetings Wednesday, September  23,  at 7:15pm  at  Red Ginger Restaurant.  New members welcome.  If you are worried about being “trumped” in the November 2016 election you may want to get involved with  the Stow DTC now. For  more   information contact Jim Cohen (

On Wednesday, September 23, at 7pm, local historian Dick Gelpke presents the third in a series of three presentations on the history of Lake Boon. Gelpke is a long time Lake Boon resident, retired from the Department of Geography & Earth Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The presentation takes place at the Asset River National Wildlife Refuge, 680 Hudson Rd., Sudbury. For further details check

Assabet River Rail Trail Meets
The next meeting of the Assabet River Rail Trail, Inc (ARRT) is scheduled for Thursday, September 24, at the Randall Library, 19 Crescent St., starting at 7pm. Monthly ARRT meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in trail activities is invited to attend. Agenda items will include a town-by-town update, including the completion of the 100% design for the Acton/Maynard section of trail. For more info visit

Star Custom Framers Hosts Coffee Connections
The Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that September’s Coffee Connections is slated for Friday, September 25, from 7:30 to 9am, at Star Custom Framers in the Stow Shopping Plaza (117 Great Rd.). After a cup of coffee and quick continental breakfast, round-the-room introductions commence at 8am. Participation is complimentary, but space is limited, so reservations are required. RSVP to Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce at (978) 568-0360 or

stow women’s club open house
The  Stow Women’s Club is hosting an open house for prospective members on Friday, September 25, from 7 – 9:30pm, at 531 Great Rd. (yellow house next door to the former Pompositticutt School). There will a short business meeting focussed on suggestions/preliminary plans for club events during the autumn and the early winter months, such as our Progressive Dinner in October and our Breakfast With Santa fundraiser in December. Refreshments will be served with plenty of time reserved for mixing and mingling.

For 48 years the Stow Women’s Club has offered Stow women opportunities for socialization as well as for charitable work.  Some of our recent activities included a floral arranging class, a visit to a Boston art museum, a comedy club outing, a jewelry making class, and a walk to raise money for breast cancer research. We represent all ages and backgrounds with a common goal of giving back to our community and having fun in the process. Please consider joining us for the evening! For questions or to arrange for a ride, please contact Susan at 978-897-2461.

Stow Area Parent Network (SAPN) Baby Brunch
Please join us in welcoming new babies born over the last 12 months (roughly) and their families to the SAPN Community on Saturday, September 26, from 10am to 12:30pm. This event is open to current SAPN members, as well as those hoping to learn more about the organization. Please email Beth King at to rsvp and to get her address. We hope to see you there!

ANNIE SULLIVAN, Helen Keller’s TEACHER, at Old West School House
Join us on Sunday, September 27, 3-4 pm, at the Old West Schoolhouse Museum, for an enjoyable and informative living history program presented by award-winning actor Kate Carney as she portrays “Annie Sullivan, Helen’s Teacher”. Annie’s style is interactive; she asks and answers questions at the end. This program has won raves at the Perkins School for the Blind; the International Women Playwrights Conference in Ireland; and at schools, museums, and diversity, inclusiveness, and disability conferences.

The Old West Schoolhouse is located at the intersections of Harvard and Hiley Brook roads. Sponsored by the Stow Historical Society and the Stow Historical Commission, the program also is sponsored in part by a grant from the Stow Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

golf classic fundraiser
Steppingstones School will host its 4th Annual Golf Classic at Wedgewood Pines on September 28. Our title sponsor this year is CarrThaxton Financial Group.

Come join us for a terrific day of golf to raise funds for the school and The Greg Hill Foundation. You can also sign up for just dinner and our Silent Auction. Go to Golfers of all abilities are welcome!

Nicole Odekirk, Stow Representative to the Nasoba Regional School District School Committee, will be holding office hours at the Randall Library’s Community Room Tuesday, September 29,  from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Please stop by to discuss your back to school experience, ideas, concerns, questions and opinions on our schools and district.  No appointment needed. For more info, visit the facebook page “Nicole Odekirk, Stow Rep NRSD School Committee” or email

SYBA (Stow Youth Basketball Association) is now accepting registration for the 2015-16 season for both the Bomber’s Basketball program (Gr. 1-2) and the Stow Recreation Basketball program (Gr. 3-8).  Go to to register. Deadline is September 30.

stow lions flea market
The Stow Lions Club Annual Fall Flea Market will be held October 3 at the Stow Lions Field (at the intersection of Route 117 and Hudson Road).  The rain date is Sunday, October 4. The Lions will have a food court throughout the day. If you’re a vendor looking for space(s) you should contact the Stow Lions directly by email to reserve space now.    The Flea Market opens at 7am; admission is free. The Flea Market  has a wide selection of vendors, goods, collectibles, tools, decorator items, books, coins, leather goods, and just plain old good stuff! The event is clean, well run, with a family friendly atmosphere.
For additional information contact or visit

~Outside of Stow~

Household Goods hosting open house for prospective volunteers    
Household Goods Inc.,  a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization that provides a full range of donated furniture and household items, free of charge, to help people in need make a home, is looking to recruit additional volunteers to help with all aspects of the operation. Household Goods will be hosting an open house for new and prospective volunteers on Wednesday, September 16, from 7-8:30 pm, at 530 Main St. in Acton. Volunteers are key to every aspect of the organization, from assisting clients to providing administrative help. Household Goods especially needsvolunteers who can make a regular commitment, such as weekly, biweekly or even monthly.

For more, please visit, contact Jane Ferguson at 978-635-1710, x-6, or e-mail

annual artspace artists’ group show
ArtSpace, one of the largest arts centers in New England, invites you to attend it annual ArtSpace Artists’ Group Show event here at 63 Summer St., Maynard,  through October 2. Artspace is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11am to 3pm. Visit the studios and view the work of more than 70 artists, both emerging and long practicing, including painters, sculptors, bookbinders, ceramicists, a milliner, photographers, print makers, illustrators, and writers. Meet the artists, ask questions, and see how they work in their own studios.

The show is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit us at

Umbrella Community Arts Presents ArtTalk: Tiny House Panel
The Umbrella Community Arts Center (The Umbrella) presents ArtTalk: BIG Art: Tiny House, a discussion of the building process and sustainable side effects of tiny living, and the value of surrounding yourself with handmade objects. This free event will be held on Thursday, September 17, at The Umbrella (40 Stow St., Concord, MA) at 6:00pm. Learn more about BIG ART; Tiny House here:

Bolton Lions Donuts – Help us help our neighbors
The Bolton Lions Club will once again be serving delicious fresh donuts at Schartner Farms, 279 W Berlin Rd, Bolton. Our fundraising activities allow us to help neighbors experiencing hardship, students seeking scholarships, doctors providing healthcare to the isolated and disadvantaged, and researchers seeking cures for Diabetes, glaucoma, and other diseases that rob people of sight.  Join us every Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 3pm, through October 25.

A.C.T. Announces NEW Shows for Fall 2015
The Acton Cooperative Theater (The A.C.T.) is pleased to announce an exciting change to their fall 2015 line-up. Registration is now open for Aladdin Jr. (grades 5-12) and Aladdin KIDS (grades K-4) at Auditions for Aladdin Jr. will be held on Saturday, September 19, and for Aladdin KIDS on Sunday, September 20.

The A.C.T. welcomes students from Acton and surrounding communities who are interested in exploring the wonderful world of theater. Visit for additional information and to register for upcoming shows.

Assabet Village Food Co-Op Upcoming Cooking Classes
The Assabet Village Food Co-Op is sponsoring the chef demonstration class “Korean Kimchee – History, Culture and Benefits” on Sunday September 20, 2pm – 3:15pm. There will be a slide show, ingredient information, and sample tastings or three or four different kinds of kimchee with rice. The class will be held in Maynard. The cost is a donation to the Co-op of $30 for owners and $35 for non-owners. Visit to register.

holidays at b’nai torah
There will be a Yom Kippur Service for the preschool set on September 23. Especially designed for the youngest families, this service will begin at 2:30pm and last about 20 minutes.  It will include singing, short prayers, a story, and the blowing of the shofar! Parents and grandparents are invited to bring preschool-aged children along with siblings of all ages. This service is free and open to all families in the community, so bring friends from near and far! For more information, visit or call 978-443-2082.

MetroFest 2015
MetroFest is the MetroWest Visitors Bureau’s signature event, showcasing the richness and diversity of the region’s music, arts, and culinary offerings, with a wide range of activities appealing to all ages. It happens at Framingham’s Bowditch Athletic and Cultural Complex, 475 Union Ave., on September 26, 11am-5pm, rain or shine  There is an entry fee of $3 for children aged 5 years to 11 years, $7 for adults and children 12 years and older, and no charge for those under age 5.

Once admitted, all entertainment and activities of MetroFest are free. Enjoy all that MetroWest has to offer and experience the music, visit the cultural organizations, learn about unique local businesses, and let the kids enjoy a number of age-appropriate activities.  In addition, you can elect to buy some great offerings from the best Massachusetts food trucks (25+)  and specialty items from our exhibitors
If you have any questions, please contact Hannah Odachowski at Hannah.metrofest@

The Bolton PMC (Pan-Mass Challenge) Kids Ride will be held on Sunday, September 27, from 12noon to 2 pm, at Florence Sawyer School, 100 Mechanic St. in Bolton. Riders choose from 3 bike routes for ages 2-14. There will be raffle prizes, face painting, bike decorating, complimentary bike checkups by Landry’s Bicycles, music, food, ice cream, and more! All donations fund cancer research and treatment at Dana Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. There is a $10 registration fee and a $25 fundraising minimum. Register at  by Monday, September 21, to receive a PMC Kids T-shirt and goodie bag. PMC Kids Rides are sponsored by the Yawkey Foundation. For more information, email or call 800-WE-CYCLE.

Registration Now Open for New After School Music Program
The River’s Edge Arts Alliance is pleased to offer a new and exciting After School Music Program with a diverse array of talented musicians who are also committed teachers. The REAA offers group and private lessons to students in grade 4 and older in the Greater Hudson/Marlborough area. Lessons encompass instruction in woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments as well as beginner piano, guitar, and vocal instruction. Whether students are beginning a new instrument or honing skills developed through many years of practice, the River’s Edge Arts Alliance After School Music Program is dedicated to helping young musicians excel. Our teachers work with students to help them develop basic skills, learn repertoire, and prepare them for a spring recital performance.

Visit to register. There is a non-refundable registration fee. Lessons will begin the week of September 28. Please call 978-562-1646 or email for more information.