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Calendar…April 20, 2016

The Randall Library Friends will host a screening on Wednesday, April 20, of the WCVB (Channel 5) Chronicle program “New Life for Libraries” that was aired in February. The show explores how public libraries have revamped and redefined their role as a community resource and a community center. Learn how Massachusetts libraries have met the challenges of the information age while staying true to their traditional mission. We’ll talk about how the Randall Library is a part of this trend – changes already in place and possibilities for the future. Join us at 7pm at the Randall Library.

friends of troop 1 stow host movie night
Looking for something to do during school vacation? Friends of Boy Scout Troop 1 Stow will host a Movie Night at the Maynard Fine Arts Theater on Wednesday, April 20, at 7pm. Ticket prices are only $5 to see Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. All proceeds will go directly to the Scouts of Troop 1 Stow to help defray the cost of their high adventure trip to Montana this summer. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

april events at the randall library
Thursday, April 21, 6:30-8pm, Edible Perennial Gardening and Landscaping with John Root – Naturalist John Root will discuss the variety of trees, shrubs, vines, canes and herbaceous perennials that can be grown in New England for bountiful harvests of fruits, nuts and vegetables. Participants will learn how to establish and care for these plants using organic methods. Nutritional and medicinal benefits of the plants are discussed as well.

Tuesday, April 26, 3pm, “Jonathan Hall and Toto the Tornado Kitten,” with a presentation from the Stow DART – Come meet Toto, who survived a tornado as a kitten in Brimfield and was rescued by his best friend Jonathan Hall. You can visit with Toto and listen to Jonathan read aloud from the wonderful children’s book “Toto the Tornado Kitten” (proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Animal Rescue League of Boston). If you ever wondered how you could help your pets in a natural disaster, this is your chance to meet members of the Stow DART (Disaster Animal Rescue Team) and find out how you could help your whole family prepare for bad weather. Members of the Library’s new M.U.T.T.S Club will be on hand to help Toto say hi to all his fans!

Saturday, April 30, 2pm, National Poetry Month Celebration; Poetry Reading with the Plein Air Poets – Local poets George Clark, Georgia Sasson, Frannie Osman and Kirk Wesphal will read their poetry and speak about their inspirations. This will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the art of poetry in an intimate setting.

rummage sale
Shop for the bargains!  The Union Church of Stow is having a White Elephant/Rummage Sale Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 from 9am-1pm. The sale is also open April 22 from 5pm-7pm.  If you want to donate items bring them to the church April 20 or April 21. The Union Church is located at 317 Great Rd.

sing along with ed morgan
Ed Morgan, a Stow resident and children’s singer/songwriter, brings a series of interactive children’s Sing Alongs, funded by a grant from the Stow Cultural Council, to the Community Room at the Randall Library. The next show will be Friday, April 22, at 10:30am. Ed Morgan is better known in greater Boston simply as “The Music Man”. For over 10 years he has delighted kids and grown ups alike with his interactive blend of original and traditional children’s songs.

Singing and dancing for kids ages 1-99!

Alice Eaton Fund seeks grant applications
In 1992, Alice Eaton, a former resident of Stow, bequeathed funds for the purpose of improving the health, safety and enrichment of Stow children, from birth through age 12.  The Alice Eaton Fund Committee is currently seeking grant applications from organizations with projects consistent with the Fund’s mission.  The application deadline is April 22. Visit for details.

Friends of Troop 1 Stow Electronics Recycling Event
Friends of Boy Scout Troop 1 Stow will hold its annual electronics recycling event at Bose Corporation, 688 Great Rd., on Saturday, April 23, from 9am to 2pm. Pre-pickup is available, contact us to make arrangements by calling 978-212-9175 or send email to [email protected].  Please visit for complete rate details and to review the accepted items list..

Poetry of Joy & Gratitude Service at FPC
Two special jazz services dedicated to the poetry of Mary Oliver and others will take place at First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC), Unitarian Universalist, on Sunday, April 24, at 9 and 11am. The theme of finding one’s way in the world joyfully and gratefully will be addressed. Parishioners will read selected poems interspersed with carefully chosen inspirational numbers from the Parish Jazz Band’s extensive repertoire. All are welcome. FPC’s wheelchair-accessible facilities are located at 353 Great Rd. Child care is provided for children 3 and under and older children are welcome to join religious education classes. For more information, call 978-897-8149 or visit

stow candidates night 2016
The League of Women Voters will sponsor a Candidates Forum on Monday, April 25, at 7:30pm at Stow Town Hall. There are no contested positions this year, but this is a chance for the public to meet the candidates and ask questions about the office they will be holding.  The evening will be taped for Stow Cable TV Channel 9.

The League is a non-partisan, multi-issue, grassroots organization that encourages informed and active participation of citizens in local, state and national government. The League neither supports nor opposes candidates. For more information about the League visit

Nashoba SEPAC’s next parent workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 27, at 7pm in Room 216 at Nashoba Regional High School, 12 Green Rd., Bolton. Massachusetts law states that Transition planning must begin at age 14 and continue throughout the high school years as students prepare to journey into a full and inclusive adult life. Coordinated and continuous transition preparation promotes better post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. In this introductory workshop, educational advocate Susan Parker Norton will address development of a student’s vision, transition assessments and the transition planning form that guides the process.

This program is appropriate for anyone with a child who will require special education transition planning within the next 2 years. The workshop is free and open to the public. Questions?  Contact Isabel Wells at [email protected].

stow democratic town committee meeting
The Stow Democratic Town Committee will meet Wednesday, April 27, 7:15pm, at Randall Library. New members welcome. Topics will include review of the Income Inequality Forum; plans for a Springfest booth, and conversation with a candidate for Governor’s  Council. For more information contact us at [email protected].
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NRHS After Prom Party Fundraiser at Papa Gino’s
Get a great meal and help out the Nashoba Regional High School After Prom Party at the same time! On Thursday, April 28, from 4pm-8pm, Papa Gino’s in Stow and Leominister will donate a percentage of sales from food bought while dining in or on take out to the NRHS After Prom Party fund. Please bring the flyer with you. Flyers will be available on and in the high school office at 12 Green Rd., Bolton.

One-Woman Show About Mill Girls
Sunday, May 1, at 3pm, storyteller Sharon Kennedy, a Grammy nominee, will present her one-woman show, Mary Margaret O’Connell: Lowell Mill Girl, at Stow’s Town Hall. Sharon Kennedy has been telling stories professionally for more than 25 years. She was honored in Yankee magazine as one of “60 people who make New England, New England.” She and her character Mary Margaret O’Connell were featured on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning, America”. Sharon has 10 one-woman shows for adults in her repertoire and three for children, but Mary Margaret O’Connell is her best known character, pleasing audiences from 9 to 109. The hour’s program will be followed by a question and answer session. Refreshments will be served.

Thanks to the Stow Historical Commission and the Stow Historical Society, historic photos of Stow’s Gleasondale Mills will be on display. This program 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.

children in the shadow
As part of its Monthly Parenting Series, the Nashoba Community Partnership for Children presents Children in the Shadow on Thursday, May 5, 6:30pm – 8pm, at Florence Sawyer School, 100 Mechanic St., Bolton. Anxiety is the most common mental health diagnosis in children and adults. The diagnosed are often in the shadow of others who are more outgoing. Therefore, we may be unaware of their anguish. This session examines the childhood fears, sensitivities and anxieties that may interfere with learning and maximizing full potential. The focus is on applying scientifically-proven approaches in the home and classroom environment.

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. PLEASE REGISTER – [email protected] / 978-779-2821 x2041.

Guest Table Community Supper
Guest Table, a community supper in Stow, serves dinner on the first Friday of each month at First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC). Guest Table welcomes everyone, in or out of Stow, whether they’re looking for a sense of community, are feeling lonely, are having some financial difficulties, or just want a change of atmosphere. There’s no charge for dinner, but donations are gratefully accepted. Dinners will be nut free, with gluten-free and dairy-free options available. The next meal will be offered on May 6 from 5:30 at 6:30pm at FPC’s Fellowship Hall.  FPC is located at 353 Great Rd. Its facilities are wheelchair accessible. For more information contact

stow garden club annual plant sale
The Stow Garden Club will hold its Annual Plant Sale on the Lower Common (in front of the Stow Shopping Center) on Saturday, May 7, from 8am-12noon. You will be able to purchase many varieties of established plants, both for shade and/or sun, young trees and ground covers. The plants are local ones that thrive in Stow, and some heirlooms and unusual plants that may not be available commercially. Additionally, we are having a “Garden Theme Yard Sale” with an assortment of books, containers, and other garden-related items for purchase. The inventory is managed by the Garden Club members and has been known to sell out early. From 11am-12noon, remaining items will be 50% off.  For questions, contact Susan Pauley at 978-568-8049.

publishing Networking Group Meeting
The next Publishing Networking Group Meeting will be Saturday, May 14, 10:30am, at  Randall Library. The guest speaker will be Barbara Ingrassia, a Certified Copyright Manager, Speaker and Trainer. As president of Manage Copyright, she helps organizations navigate copyright law in the digital age by facilitating a review of their public presence, developing Best Practices, and training their staff. Ingrassia enjoys bringing some fun to a (potentially) dull topic.  This is a public meeting open to anyone interested in the publishing field. For more information please contact Eileen Kramer at [email protected].

Springfest seeks volunteers
The Stow SpringFest Committee seeks volunteers, artisans and craft vendors for the ever- popular SpringFest, to be held at Center School on May 14. Last year SpringFest was a success with more than 300 attendees, and we want to keep the success alive. Volunteers, vendors and artisans interested my contact the committee at [email protected].

Now’s the time to register for Stow Conservation Trust’s Run for the Woods – a 5K Run/Walk to be held on May 15 starting at the Hale Middle School. Are your kids wearing you down with their high energy? Sign them up for the One Mile Kids Fun Race for all ages under 12. Registration and details at Have some fun and help preserve open space in Stow at the same time.