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Calendar…Sept. 21, 2016

Events at the Randall Library in September
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2-3pm, The Randall Library is Celebrating Roald Dahl’s Birthday! – Fun Activities for kids (ages 5+) centered around the creativity and books of Roald Dahl.
Ed Morgan “The Music Man”, Friday, Sept. 23, 10:30am  and Tuesday, Sept. 27, 1:30pm –  Providing musical fun for kids of all ages, Ed Morgan will keep everyone happy with singing and dancing. Thanks to a generous grant from the Alice Eaton Fund the Randall Library is thrilled to have Ed Morgan performing twice a month.

Randall Library Cookbook Club, Thursday,  Sept. 29,  7pm, ”Farm to Table” – Each month the cookbook club members will be using recipes from a selected cookbook and creating items to share at a potluck meal with the other club members. This month’s theme is  “America – Farm to Table” with  copies of cookbooks with that theme available at the circulation desk. The library staff will provide drinks, plates and silverware and the club members will provide their selected recipe items at this potluck. Sign-up sheets are available at the library circulation desk. Limited to 20 participants.
Preschool Story Time, Fridays at 10:30am – Sept. 23, Ed Morgan the Music Man; Sept. 30 – Superheroes

Gleasondale Village Historic Walking Tours
The Gleasondale Historic Area Workgroup is sponsoring two different walking tours of the neighborhood, using a recently-completed historic homes inventory.  The first walk will take place from 10 am-12noon on Saturday, Sept. 24. We will meet at the old school lot (between #459 and #461 Gleasondale Rd.) and walk the northeastern/mill end of Gleasondale Road.  If arriving by car, you can park in the old school lot. The second walk will take place from 10 am-noon on Saturday, Oct. 1. This tour will focus on the Marlboro Road/High Street/Railroad Ave end of the neighborhood.  We will meet at the ‘Little Hello Garden’ at the intersection of Rt. 62 (Gleasondale Road) and Marlboro Road.  If arriving by car, please park down the street on Marlboro Road, and not in front of the church.

Please join us on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 3pm, when Stow’s West School Museum will host a program about the Native American’s Web of Life. Stow-educated Ray LaChance – Pilot Grove School, Gleasondale School, Center School, Hale High School and NRHS (1st graduating class) – will captivate all ages with his stories about growing up in two cultures: Algonquin Abenaki and contemporary Stow. Ray will speak about the Web of Life and value structure it presented. All ages will be mesmerized as he also relates Native American folk tales, plays the wooden flute, and gathers a few participants to play Native American games. On display will be Native American artifacts. Refreshments to follow.

West School Museum is located on Harvard Road at the intersection with Hiley Brook Road. The parking lot is located across the street from the museum on Harvard Road at the crosswalk signs.

Sunday Service at FPC: Revisiting Black Lives Matter
At First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC), Unitarian Universalist, Rev Tom Rosiello will lead a service on “The Storm is Passing Over… Revisiting Black Lives Matter” on Sept. 25 at 9 and 11am. After the events of this summer, some in the greater community have been critical of FPC’s decision to hang a “Black Lives Matter” banner. Rev. Rosiello will explore why now more than ever, FPC needs to have that banner in front of its church. FPC particularly invites those from the greater community who have questions or concerns about the banner to attend this service so they might better understand why UUs, as members of a faith tradition that proclaims the equal worth and dignity of every person, are called to proclaim the message that “Black Lives Matter.”
FPC’s facilities are wheelchair accessible. Child care is provided for children 3 and under and older children are welcome to attend religious education classes. For more information, call 978-897-8149 or visit FPC is located at 353 Great Rd.

Yes, we do have a women’s club in Stow!
In fact, the Stow Women’s Club is hosting an open house for new members on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 4:30pm. Refreshments will be served with plenty of time for introductions, mixing and mingling. We’ll also have a short business meeting to project club events for autumn and winter. For 49 years the Stow Women’s Club has offered Stow women opportunities to make friends, socialize, and support charitable programs. Past activities included a Progressive Dinner, a floral arranging class, visits to a Boston and other local museums, a comedy club outing, and an annual Breakfast with Santa fundraiser. We represent all ages and backgrounds with a common goal of giving back and having fun in the process.

Whether you have recently moved to Stow or have lived here all your life, come learn about the club and meet some great ladies!  For more information and location, please call Sondra at 978-897-6709.

stow democrats meet
The Stow Democratic Committee  will resume monthly meetings  starting on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 7:15pm on the 2nd floor of  Randall Library. New members welcome. Joe Tutino   from the Tsongas campaign will be  speaking. For more information contacttus at [email protected].

Rep. Hogan hosts Stow “Senior Coffee with Kate”
State Rep. Kate Hogan will host a “Senior Coffee with Kate” at Emma’s Café on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 2-3pm. Please come by, say hello, and enjoy a cup of coffee and light refreshments. Kate and staff will be around to discuss the state budget, recent legislation, and issues of the day. Mark your calendars and be sure to invite your neighbors and friends. Rep. Hogan is Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Legislature’s Elder Caucus and the Library Caucus. Emma’s Café is located at 117 Great Rd. For additional information, or to RSVP, call (617) 722-2130. You can always email our district coordinator: [email protected].

Gleasondale School Lot Design Forum
On Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7pm, on the third floor of Stow Town Building, the Planning Dept. is hosting a Planning and Design Forum regarding improvements to the Gleasondale School Lot in Gleasondale Village. This will be an excellent opportunity to provide input on the concept plans, including potential uses, access and design for this pocket-sized park proposal. For more information contact Jesse Steadman or Valerie Oorthuys in the Planning Dept. at 978-897-5098.

SYBA (Stow Youth Basketball Association) is now accepting registration for the 2016-17 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 Sept. 30.

Fresh Baked Apple Pies are back!
It’s time again for First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC) to sell its apple pies on Saturdays and Sundays, from now through Saturday, Oct. 1. 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 information, call the church at 978-897-8149 or visit Apples for the pies have been generously donated by Shelburne Farm of Stow.

Harvest Fair at FPC
The 147th annual Harvest Fair takes place on Saturday, Oct. 1, 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. This year gently used toys and games will be sold as well.
Children can enjoy jumping in the moon bounce, navigating the ninja obstacle course, making crafts, and playing their choice of about a dozen games with small prizes. Live music will be playing from 10am to 2:30pm, including FPC’s Parish Jazz Band, choir and Uketarians. Proceeds benefit the church. Admission is free. The church is located at 353 Great Rd. There is free parking and the event will be held rain or shine. Contact the church at 978-897-8149 or visit for more information.

Stow Lions Flea Market
The large Stow Lions Club Flea Market will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8am to 2pm, at the Lions’ field on Route 117 at Hudson Road; rain date is Oct 2. The food concession has family-friendly prices: coffee and donuts early, hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, water, soda through the day. Come for a wide variety of bargains: collectables, books, tools, toys, household items, etc., with ample free parking.

The Lions appreciate your continued support to benefit our community. To reserve a 20 x 25 ft space to sell for $25, call 978-568-8586.

Master Gardener Presentation
The Stow Garden Club invites all interested parties to their Oct. 5 meeting at the Union Church at 7pm. The topic, House Plant Success, operates from the perspective of what goes wrong with house plants and how to prevent problems from occurring. Light, watering, and temperature requirements will be discussed.  Pest and disease will also be covered.  Dr. Paul Steen will be the speaker. Since retiring from the medical field, Dr. Steen’s  activities include: Past President of the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association,  Certified Master Gardener and Lifetime Master Gardener. He is also an Overseer for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Non-members are welcome. For additional information, please contact Susan Pauley @ 978-568-8049.

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 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 Oct. 7 from 5:30 to 6:30pm at FPC’s Fellowship Hall. FPC is located at 353 Great Rd. Its facilities are wheelchair accessible. For more information contact [email protected]. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Stow Community Chest.