Calendar…Sept. 23, 2015

Players wanted for Stow Women’s Over-40 soccer team
Looking for fun, camaraderie, and good soccer? Stow Women’s Soccer is looking for players for its Over 40 (year old) team, which plays 6v6 in an Over 40 league. You needn’t be a resident of Stow. The fall season is underway and runs through November 22 ,with games on Sundays at 8:30am. Home games are at Stow Community Park, 60 Old Bolton Rd. For more information e-mail Corinne 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, where he concentrated on historical and environmental issues, and physical geography.

The presentation takes place at the Assabet 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. On Saturday, October 3, ARRT volunteers will be answering questions at Maynard Fest from 9am-3:30pm in downtown Maynard. For more information 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.). These events are an incredibly efficient and effective way to make contacts in a very short time. 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. If you plan to attend, please contact the 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. 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.  Whether you have recently moved to Stow or have lived here all of your life, 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 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.  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 for all the information you need. 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 information or to schedule a meeting at another time, visit the facebook page “Nicole Odekirk, Stow Rep NRSD School Committee” or email

college planning for the community
The Nashoba Regional High School Guidance Office will host 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.

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 with a variety of food 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  always attracts a high volume of customers and vendors, with a wide selection of 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 The Stow Lions at Check our web site at or visit Facebook

harvest fair and Apple Pie Stand at FPC
The 146th annual Harvest Fair takes place on Saturday, October 3, from 9:30am to 3pm, at the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton in Stow. A full lunch and snacks will be available, as well as FPC’s famous apple pies and all types of homemade baked goods and preserves. A large variety of CDs, books, and retro jewelry will be for sale.

Children’s activities include the popular moon bounce and fun new games. Try your luck in the 50/50 raffle and enjoy listening to live music, including FPC’s choir and its own Uketarians. Proceeds will benefit the church. There is free parking and the event will be held rain or shine.

And, FPC’s apple pies are back! It’s time again for our famous apple pies to be sold on Saturdays and Sundays, from now until the Harvest Fair. 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. Apples for the pies have been generously donated by Shelburne Farm of Stow.

For more information, call the church at 978-897-8149 or visit

Stow Postal Pantry “Share the Bounty” Annual Food Drive
The Stow Food Pantry receives most of our food donations during our annual Postal Pantry, happening this year October 5 – 10. We also receive many of our financial donations during this food drive. Put the dates in your calendar now, set aside donations, and get ready!  Please help us to help our community. We serve your neighbors, your friends, and many others in your area that need our services. Contact the Stow Food Pantry with questions, comments or to donate early, at (978) 897-4230,, or PO Box 437, Stow.

make and take at Stow Garden Club
The Stow Garden Club will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, October 7, at 7pm, at the Union Church in Stow. The ever-popular “Make and Take” event invites you to come and make a fall arrangement and take it home with you. Bring a small- to medium-size container and some snips for cutting the stems. Flowers will be provided. Advance sign up is necessary. Feedback has told us how much this event is enjoyed. (Non-member fee is $10.)  For registration, contact Louise Peacock at 978-897-4569.

Nashoba Community Partnership Monthly Parenting Series
The Nashoba Community Partnership for Children begins its Monthly Parenting Series with the topic Raising a Happy Child, on Thursday, October 8, 7pm, at Florence Sawyer School, 100 Mechanic St., Bolton. Happiness is a gift we give ourselves and our children.  Too often we hope it finds us or we pursue it in places or ways it will never be found. This session examines the pursuit of happiness with particular emphasis on identifying the patterns that lead to a lifestyle of authenticity, hope, and fulfillment.

PLEASE REGISTER at /, 978-779-2821 x2041, /, or 978-779-2821 x2041.

Nashoba Regional High School Class of 1975 40th Year Reunion
The Nashoba Regional High School Class of 1975 is holding its 40th year reunion on October 17, at Wedgewood Pines Country Club in Stow, 6 – 11p.m. There will be good food, friends, fun, and some surprises, so don’t miss out! The reunion committee (Karl Drechsler, Heidi Krantz, Paul Kamp, Sharon [Scraggs] Burrell, Ed Panni, Tricia [Batsford] Schott, Lori [Hett] Doran and Mary [McCarty] Alex) is till trying to find some “missing” classmates to let them know about the reunion, so if you know anyone from the Class of 1975, please let them know. Tickets must be purchased before the event as they will not be sold at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, please email Sharon Burrell at or visit/join our Class of 1975 Facebook group to sign up.

~Outside of Stow~

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

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.

Groupmuse at The Umbrella
This fall, The Umbrella in Concord is teaming up with Groupmuse, a local organization that hosts classical music house-party concerts, to provide an informal venue to hear classical music.  For our family-friendly Groupmuse events, families are invited to bring pillows and blankets and spread them out on the floor of The Umbrella Gallery. Children of all ages are welcome to hear talented classical musicans in a fine arts environment.

On September 26 at 3pm, listen to trumpetor and conductor Nathaniel Meyers while surrounded by the BIG Art; Tiny House exhibit. Spots are limited! Reserve your now at: Attendees should bring a $10 contribution per person for the musicians. The Umbrella Community Arts Center is loctaed at 40 Stow St., Concord.

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 three  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 PMC Kids Rides are sponsored by the Yawkey Foundation. For more information, email or call 800-WE-CYCLE.

Collectors of postage stamps and related items are invited to the Chelmsford Stamp Club’s Chelmpex 2015 on Saturday September 26, from 9am to 4pm, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 170 Old Westford Rd. in Chelmsford. Free admission and free parking. For details, contact Linda Gilmore at 978025602256 or

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.