| March 6, 2013

Alice Eaton Fund

We are currently seeking proposals from eligible nonprofit organizations for programs or services that encourage the health, safety and enrichment of Stow children.  The deadline is March 7th at 5:00 p.m.  For specific guidelines and an application via email, contact  Applications are also available online @

Family Fun Night at the Union Church of Stow
Do you like board games, but need one or more partners?  On Friday March 8th, 7- 8:30PM the Union Church of Stow invites you to join us.  If you’re a family with kids, or a family of just one, you’re invited.  There will be a kids’ movie, a lounging room for tweens with hand held video games, and board & card games for ages 3 to 103.  Light snacks will be provided.  This event is free and open to the public, so come to the church with the blue doors at 317 Great Road, Stow (Rt 117).   For info about our church see

Hale PSG Drama Presents: Willie Wonka Jr.
Based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, the performances will take place Friday/Saturday March 8th & 9th at 7:30 pm & Sunday March 10th at 2:00 pm.  Satisfy  cravings for sweets! Enjoy a scrumdidilyumptious adventure, as you join Charlie and the kids on their exploits! You can purchase your Golden Ticket at the Door on the day of the show. Hugh D. Mill Auditorium, Hale Middle School, Stow MA. Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Music Theatre International, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Broadway Junior MATERIALS  2007 MTI Enterprises, Inc. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Stow Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Open House:  First Parish Church of Stow and Acton
First Parish Church (FPC) of Stow and Acton (Unitarian Universalist) is hosting an open house Saturday, March 9th, 10 am-12 noon in Fellowship Hall.  This open house will include information for families with children who are interested in learning about our Religious Education (RE) program.  Please feel free to bring your children.  Michelle Cote, Director of RE, and Minister, Rev. Tom Rosiello, will be there to discuss our programs and answer questions.  Please contact Michelle Cote ( or Nancy Steinfeld, our Membership Development Coordinator (, at 978-897-8149 if you have questions or would like more information.  The church is located at 353 Great Road in Stow at the intersection of Routes 117 and 62.  Please join us!

Publishing Networking Group Meeting
Saturday, March 9, 10:30 a.m., Randall Library, 19 Crescent St., Stow.This meeting will focus on networking and a discussion about future topics and guest speakers. We will also peruse some new EFA publications for freelancers. The meeting is open to EFA members and non-members, freelancers, and anyone interested in publishing. For more information, send email to

Blended Worship Service/ Lenten Sermons at the Union Church
Please join us at 9:30 AM every Sunday for our worship services.  During Lent Pastor Susan Scott’s sermons will bring us the Gospel of Matthew.  Also on Mar 10th we will hold a blended worship service.  This simply means that in addition to traditional hymns with organ music, we include contemporary praise music, with instruments such as synthesizer and guitar. For more information about our church, Sunday school and other activities please visit us at  The Union Church is the one with the blue doors at 317 Great Road, Stow.

Stow Garden Club Spring Prep Talk
The Stow Garden Club invites you to join in preparation for Spring at a talk given by  John Link, Stow resident and graduate of Cornell University. John is buyer of shrubs and trees for Russell’s Garden Center in Wayland. He’ll introduce us to what’s new and improved this year in Native American plants. He’ll also share design plans for the garden or yard. We hope you’ll join us at the Stow Town Hall, 375 Great Road, March 14th, 7:00 p.m.  Gladys Beaudette is the Meeting Coordinator.

BINGO, Games and Fun for Kids
Girl Scout Troop 72526 is hosting a night of BINGO, Games, and Fun for kids on Friday, March 15th from 6-8pm.  Join us at St. Isidore’s (429 Great Rd, Stow) for an evening filled with fun, games, and dancing!  All games and fun included in this 2 hour period for a suggested donation of $5 per child.  Prizes for everyone!  Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.  Children under the age of 5 are asked to have a parent or guardian attend with them.  For more information, please contact Amante at 897-4964.

Annual Arts Buffet Festival
The 11th annual Arts Buffet Festival is Coming!  Please mark your calendars for a fun day of kids’ arts and crafts, musical performances and an elementary school art show on Saturday, March 16th from 11-2 in The Center School gym in Stow, sponsored by the Stow PTO.  We have numerous arts and craft projects planned, covering an array of mediums, as well as some exciting idea starters for the always-popular Recycled Art Station. Admission is $6 per artist.  If financial hardship would discourage you from attending, please see Center School Nurse Donna Lindstrom for complimentary admission.  We need an army of volunteers to run the Arts Buffet safely and successfully. Please consider volunteering for set-up on Friday, March 15th, a shift during the event on the 16th, or clean-up.  Teenagers are welcome to help out.  To lend a hand, go to the and click on the Arts Buffet link. Send any Arts Buffet questions to Rosanne Peterson, Kristen Straub & Sarah McBride at  Thanks!

Randall Library Programs
Saturday, March 16th, 2013 @ 12:00pm- “Where Did Mommy’s Superpowers Go?”- Come join us at the Randall Library in Stow, when Jennifer Gershman comes to the library to read from her book “Where Did Mommy’s Superpowers Go?”  This informative book was written to help children better understand the changes taking place in a loved one who is going thru medical therapy for a critical illness.  At this author reading the participants will make individual squares for a quilted wall hanging that the library is donating to the Infusion Room at Emerson Hospital. Come learn more, and help bring some joy into the lives of people in need in your community.

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 @ 10:30am-Ed Morgan, “The Music Man”- Music. Come enjoy an interactive sing-along for children ages 1 to 99 at the Randall Library in Stow with Ed Morgan, “The Music Man”. Learn new ways to connect with your family through songs. This family friendly performance will have everyone up moving, dancing and singing. We hope to see you there. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Stow Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Saturday, March 30th, 2013 @ 2:00pm-Author reading with Barbara Allen-“Nice Children Stolen from Car”. Please join us at the Randall Library in Stow, when Barbara Allen reads and speaks about her poignant and riveting autobiography, Nice Children Stolen from Car. Ms Allen’s  fascinating book is based on her childhood in which she was raised by parents who were hoarders. Also on hand for the event will be other speakers who are knowledgeable about the subject of hoarding and will speak about the impact it has on communities and families nationwide with advice on how to deal with it.

SAPN St. Patrick’s Day Party
Sunday, March 17, 2-3:30pm; Jam Time (86 Powdermill Rd., Maynard). Blizzard Nemo cancelled our Valentine’s Day event, so we have rescheduled it to become a St. Patrick’s Day Party! Whether you are Irish or just Irish-at-heart, dress the kids and yourself in some green garb and feel lucky as we celebrate in a family-friendly way.  As always, our party is open to the community and you do not need to be a member of SAPN to attend.  We will need volunteers to bring goodies for the party room, so if you are a SAPN member, please RSVP on BigTent (by March 16th) and consider signing up to help make this a great party. The party is free for current SAPN members and $5/family for nonmembers. Contact our Special Events Coordinator, Erica O’Neill, with any questions at If you are interested in learning more about SAPN, find us at or email

Current Conversations about Immigration
On March 17, the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton will host its third annual immigration educational forum. The event is designed to help us understand and respond to the realities of immigrant lives in our communities, along with evolving public initiatives to reform immigration policies. Eight knowledgeable panelists will describe how we can support local and national legislators in their efforts to create just and efficient roadways to citizenship for the 11 million hard-working “new Americans” who are so essential to our local and national economies. The free program will run from 12:45 to 3 pm in the Church’s Fellowship Hall, and is open to the public. First Parish Church of Stow and Acton is located at 353 Great Road in Stow, at the intersection of Routes 117 and 62. For more information, contact Margot Welch (

New Book Club
On Tuesday March 19th at 7PM we will be discussing Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver.  This is an informal discussion at the library.  Love, nature and human biology  come together as Kingsolver weaves her narrative.  She provides a gifted story along side detailed knowledge of the natural world.  Help us find the insights this book provides in abundance.  Regulars, newcomers and previous contributors are always welcome!  Questions–call 978-897-6055.

Nashoba Drama Society Presents:  “Hello, Dolly!”
“Hello, Dolly!” returns to stage at Nashoba Regional High School! The romantic webs woven by New York City’s Dolly Gallagher Levi, widow and matchmaker extraordinaire, will amaze and amuse you as she sets her sights on Mr. Horace Vandergelder, wealthy bachelor from small-time Yonkers.  Comical complications ensue, involving a host of mismatched partners all headed for a rendezvous at the Harmonia Gardens. Will each person find the ideal match? Presented by talented Nashoba students under the direction of Mr. Bill Grady.  Show dates are Friday, March 22nd and Saturday, March 23rd at 7:30pm and Sunday, March 24th at 2:00pm at the NRHS auditorium, 12 Green Road, Bolton. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors/students and may be purchased at the door or in advance at:  For questions, please call Lynn at (978) 779-6225.

Stow Lions Club Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Good news!  This year the Easter Bunny will be joining The Stow Lions for breakfast Sunday morning March 24th, 8:00 a.m. -11:30a.m. at Hale School Cafeteria, Hartley Road, Stow. Mark the date and plan to join us for breakfast.  We’re serving a homemade break fast again this year; scrambled eggs, toast, sausage, pancakes, juice, milk, coffee, tea, and fun. Hope to see you there!

Public Program on Downloading E-Books
The Randall Library is conducting a “How to Use the Library Catalog to Download e-books to Your Kindle Fire” class on March 27th at 10:30 at the Stow Council on Aging, 380 Great Road, basement level.  At this class you will learn how to use the Minuteman Library Network to download e-books (concentrating first on the use of a Kindle Fire). How best to use the Kindle Fire to bookmark pages, increase font sizes, delete items from the device and a few more handy tips to become more accomplished on using e-books and e-readers.  The public is invited.
5th Annual Stow Town Wide Cleanup in April
Help us celebrate 5 years of Stow’s very own Earth Day Cleanup by joining your neighbors and helping to pick up Stow on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Let’s beat our record of 165 participants set in 2010. Past participants have found everything from car parts, a couch, a $20 bill, and even a kitchen sink. What will you find this year?
    Sign up for your cleanup area on the town map at the Lower Common near Papa Gino’s on Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to noon. The Stow Cleanup Group will have garbage bags and gloves (adult sizes) available at no cost.
Though our April date should help us avoid poison ivy, be sure to wear gloves to protect your hands from any broken glass or sharp metal cans. Wear bright clothes or a reflective vest so passing cars can see you and long pants and sleeves to protect your arms and legs.
Toss the bags in your own trash can or leave them by the side of the road. The Town Highway Department will pick up bags on Monday.
For more information, go to
Phone-A-Thon for Nashoba Regional Scholarship Foundation:
Please help the Nashoba Regional Scholarship Foundation by answering your phone!  Our phone-a-thon returns on Sunday April 7th from 11:00-4:00pm.  Student volunteers will use their cell phones to call area residents to ask for their pledge to support the NRSF. This is our only spring fundraiser so please help to make it a successful one!
The NRSF awards scholarships to Nashoba graduates on the basis of academic accomplishments, community service and leadership. Thanks to our donors, twenty-two $1000-scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors in June 2012. We need your help to continue this important program. Please remember to answer your phone on April 7th!
Camp Stow Registration is now OPEN
Give your child a summer full of activities, games, challenges, swimming & fun! Weekly Field Trips Include in price of camp.  Please go online at for more information or to register. You can also contact Laura Greenough at 978-461-1411.

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