How should we prepare for a changing climate? The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is working with Stow and 12 surrounding towns to create an actionable Climate Resilience Plan for our region. Come to a public forum on Thursday, November 19, from 6:30pm to 8:45pm, at the Acton Town Hall, Faulkner Room (204), 472 Main St, Acton. The event is free and refreshments will be provided. Your input is essential. Let us know about your concerns, learn about potential climate impacts threatening this area, discuss ways to ensure resilience in our area.  For additional information contact Arnie Epstein (arnold.epstein@comcast.net).

Randall Library Friends meet
The Randall Library Friends will meet on Thursday, November 19, at the Randall Library.  We are making plans for 2016; special events, fundraising, and new ways to show our support for the Randall Library. Come and share your ideas! Meeting starts at 7pm.

Ukulele Players Unite!
Come join a Boston Ukulele Union Meetup this Thursday, November 19, at the First Parish Church, 353 Great Rd. Ukulele players from around the area will join together to strum and sing some old favorites and try some new selections. All levels of players are welcome and music sheets will be provided as well as some light refreshments. Bring your uke (and a music stand if you have one) and join us. For more information contact Pat Sorn, psorn@mailstarusa.com.

friendship dinner at union church
Friday, November 20, the Union Church of Stow is having a Friendship Dinner at 5pm with turkey and the fixings. All are welcome. The dinner is free and donations are accepted. The church is located at 317 Great Rd., just west of the Stow Police Station.

FAME is coming to Nashoba Regional High School!
The students of Nashoba Regional High School Drama are pleased to announce their Fall Play:  FAME. As the play begins, the school is in the midst of auditioning applicants. They’ve got nothing in common but a compelling dream – and each pursues it in a special way as they also deal with the special problems of their various lives ….  While this is a play and not the musical, there is music and dancing as the students work to pursue their dreams. Performances will take place on November 20 and 21 at 7:30pm and November 22 at 2pm at NRHS auditorium, 12 Green Rd., Bolton. To order tickets in advance, please visit: www.NashobaDrama.com.

Over 50 collectable dolls and over 100 collectable plates will be for sale at bargain prices. These were donated from the estate of a collector. Most were purchased in the 80’s and 90’s and are still in original boxes with certificates and accessories. They are from Ashton Drake, Classic American, Elke Hutchins, Edwin Knowles, Regency, Franklin Mint, Hershey Kisses, Hamilton, Yolanda, Norman Rockwell, Danbury Mint, M.J.Hummel, and Bradford Exchange, to name a few. A lot of the plates are in sets. We must convert this collection to cash for the benefit of the Stow Seniors. The sale is in the friendship room of the Council on Aging in the Stow Town Building, located at 380 Great Rd., on Saturday, November 21, from 9am to 3pm. For information call 978/562-3829.

Thanksgiving Sunday Service at First Parish Church
First Parish Church of Stow and Acton, 353 Great Rd., will hold two special inter-generational Thanksgiving Sunday services on November 22 at 9 and 11am. Attendees will sing traditional Thanksgiving hymns and be treated to a bounty of beautiful music from FPC’s choirs and musicians of all ages. Please bring non-perishable food and toiletries to be collected and donated to the Stow Food Pantry. For more information, call 978-897-8149 or visit www.fpc-stow-acton.org.

Sounds of Stow Presents Monteverdi’s Vespers
Join us for Monteverdi’s moving “Vespers of 1610”. Sounds of Stow first performed this wonderful work in 2010, and we return to it now because it was such a memorable experience for performers and audience. Our soloists include sopranos Jessica Cooper and Emily Thornton; tenors Jason Wang and Eric Christopher Perry. The concert is Sunday, November 22, at 3pm in Hale School auditorium, 55 Hartley Rd. Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for seniors and adult students, and $10 for students 18 and under. For more information visit www.soundsofstow.com. Hale School is fully handicapped accessible. Sounds of Stow is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as administered by the local cultural councils of Stow, Acton-Boxborough, Bolton, and Hudson.

Minuteman High School will host its annual Open House Career Day on Sunday, November 22, from 1 to 4pm. This event is an excellent opportunity for prospective students to see how Minuteman gives them a significant competitive advantage though robust academics and real-world technical experience in each of 19 career programs. Minuteman’s students can participate in a full range of sports and extra-curricular activities. All of the school’s programs will be open for visiting, with school personnel on hand to answer questions.  Minuteman is located at 758 Marrett Rd. in Lexington. For more information, contact Mr. George Clement at g.clement@minuteman.org or call 781-861-6500 x7225.

Stow Friends of Music Annual Poinsettia Sale
We are selling 4½“ pots of beautiful poinsettias for $6.50 each. These plants are a lovely addition to any home and they make great hostess gifts too!  50% of each sale goes directly to Stow school music programs! Order your holiday poinsettias by Tuesday, November 24. Orders will be available for pick-up at the Hale Middle School on Friday, December 4. Special varieties available for sale the day of the pick up. For an order form go to https://sites.google.com/site/stowfriendsofmusic.

NRHS Class of 2010 REunion
Nashoba Regioal High School’s Class of 2010 is seeking classmates from Stow, Bolton, and Lancaster. Join us on Wednesday, November 25, for our 5 year reunion. Tickets $15. Mail check to Brad Lewis, 38 Woodleigh Rd., Watertown, Ma 02472. Event is at Red Tail Golf Club, 15 Bulge Rd., Devens (6pm-11pm). Overnight rooms at Hilton Garden Inn, Devens, (888) 370-0984. For more info email bradlew@bu.edu.

9th Annual Stow Gobbler 5K Run/Walk
Would you like to work up an appetite this Thanksgiving while helping a good cause? Then consider running, walking, or volunteering in the 9th Annual Stow Gobbler 5K.

The race will take place this Thanksgiving morning (November 26), beginning at Stow Community Park and ending at Bose in Stow. Supported by Stow Recreation, this event will donate all proceeds to Habitat for Humanity and the Stow Community Chest. The race launches at 8am. Early check-in and race registration will be held from 3-5pm on Wednesday, November 25. Registration can also be done at 6:30-7:30am on race day.

For more information or to register online or download an entry or volunteer form, visit our website (www.stowgobbler.org). For information on making a donation, please call Laura Greenough, Stow Recreation Dept, at 978-461-1411 with any questions.

Hike Flagg Hill with the Conservation Commission
Escape from the Black Friday post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy on Friday, November 27 and join the Stow Conservation Commission for a celebration of GREEN Friday with a free hike at Flagg Hill Conservation Area. Adults and families are welcome. Please do not bring your dog.  Park and meet at the Flagg Hill Garage adjacent to 220 West Acton Rd. at 9:30am. The hike will last approximately 1 – 1.5 hours and is guaranteed to burn off at least a little of your holiday meal! No RSVP required. Contact the Stow Conservation Commission at 978-897-8615 or conservation@stow-ma.gov if you have questions.

Stow Garden Club is taking Special Orders ONLY this year for designer wreaths, decorated boxwood trees, kissing balls, and door swags…your colors … until November 29.  Please contact MariePatrice Masse at 978-579-0897. There will be NO Stow Garden Club Holiday Greens Sale this year. Special order items only can be picked up at Stow Town Hall on Saturday, December 5, from 9am until 12noon. Proceeds go back to the community through the many activities and projects supported by Stow Garden Club.

The club also will offer two special make-and-take workshops at Stow Town Hall; registration IS required (MariePatrice Masse at 978-579-0897) by November 29:

Make-Your-Own Boxwood Tree Workshop, Wednesday, December 2, register  for a spot between 10am and 8pm, $45 – you’ll create a beautiful, long-lasting, 12-inch Christmas tree-shaped arrangement from Boxwood tips. Stow Garden Club provides instructions and all materials, including bows, balls, and decorations.  These make excellent gifts and can be decorated as “winter” arrangements for those who don’t observe the holidays.

Wreath Decorating Workshop, Saturday, December 5,  9am to 12noon,  $40 – You’ll learn how to decorate your own wreath. Your colors, your tastes, traditional, modern, or whimsical. Instructions and materials provided, including wreaths, bows, balls, pine coness, and decorations. Want to use your Boy Scout wreath? Bring it along and save $10.

Guest Table Community Supper in Stow
All are welcome to a new community supper in Stow. Guest Table at FPC serves dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month at First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC). The next community supper will take place on December 4. 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. FPC is located at 353 Great Rd. Its facilities are wheelchair accessible. For more information contact fpcguesttable@fpc-stow-acton.org.

stow women’s club breakfast with santa
On Saturday, December 5, the Stow Women’s Club will hold its 32nd annual Breakfast with Santa. This event will be held at St. Isidore Church, 429 Great Rd., from 9am-11am. Admission is $3 per person with a maximum of $12 per family.

This is a wonderful morning when families gather to enjoy a pancake breakfast and celebrate the season. It is also our organization’s major fundraiser for the year. The proceeds support a number of community organizations, including the Stow Food Pantry, Warm Hearts of Stow, and our local schools. Key attractions include photographs with Santa for a small fee, inexpensive items for children to purchase as holiday presents, and our popular Silent Auction.

For more information or to donate items for the Silent Auction, please contact Susan Choyce at schoyce@verizon.net or 978-897-0720.

On Wednesday, December 9, the Stow Council on Aging will attend a holiday storytelling event at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham. Local storyteller Libby Franck, known for portraying historical characters, will tell holiday stories from long ago. The cost of this event is $8 for the van and admission. It is open to the public. Lunch afterward will be on your own at O’Connell’s Pub.

Please register and pay at the Council on Aging, 380 Great Rd., Town Building, Basement  Level. Questions?  Call Suzanne at the Council on Aging, (978) 897-1880.

GIrl scouts Cradles to Crayons drive
Girl Scout Troop 72529 is conducting a donation drive of new or gently used items for Cradles to Crayons from now until December 10. There are donation boxes in the Hale and Center lobbies, or for dropoff contact dsanzio@yahoo.com. Most needed items include baby, toddler and kids’ clothing, coats, new(unopened) socks & underwear, new hygiene items. Please no stuffed animals, DVDs, CDs, used board games, computer games, or electronics.

gingerbread house decorating at Hale
Stow Athletic & Recreation Supporters Inc. (STARS) will hold its First Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Event on December 12, 9:30am – 12:30pm, at the Hale Middle School Cafeteria. All ages are invited. The cost is $16 per house when ordered in advance (or $20 at door). STARS is a group of parents and other interested parties whose mission is to enrich our community by providing financial support for athletic and recreation programs. To purchase tickets, go to stowstars.org.

Stow Soccer Club Spring 2016 Registration is now opeN
Stow Soccer programs are available for pre-K age to 4th grade boys and girls. Registration will close for some programs on December 31 and late fees will be charged thereafter. Please register before December 31 to ensure your player’s spot on a team. Register online at www.stowsoccer.org.

Boy Scout Holiday Wreath Sale & Tree pickup Service
Stow’s Boy Scout Troop 1 will be offering Christmas tree pickups at $10 per tree, and trees will be picked up at the end of your driveway January 15 and 16, 2016. Please make your tree pickup reservation by January 6 via website or mailed-in payment. The scouts will appreciate your order!