| July 24, 2013

Upcoming Randall Library Programs
Living with Coyotes, Thursday, July 25th at 7:00pm- John Maguranis, Project Coyote Massachusetts Representative will speak about coyotes, their natural behavior, habits, and pet and human safety, as well as myths and facts about them. Come learn with us!

Pumpernickel Puppets: Peter Rabbit, Thursday July 25th at 2:00pm. Pumpernickel Puppet shows are presented with a cast of colorful puppet characters, audience participation, live voices and sound effects and fast paced scripts that not only entertain, but stimulate children’s imagination and creativity. A demonstration period follows every performance giving the audience some insight into what happens behind the scenes.

Wings & Wheels: Cruise-In/Fly-In to Minute Man Air Field
Head to Minute Man Air Field (302 Boxboro Road, Stow) every Thursday night this summer from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM through August 29. Featured cars each week, but all cars are welcome. Open to the public, this event features great food, including wood-fired pizzas, burgers, and dogs from Nancy’s Air Field Cafe. Plenty of show parking and separate public parking. Suggested donation of $5 to benefit local and international service projects. For more information, visit or contact

Collings Foundation Race of the Century
Horses, Hybrids, electric cars, vehicles powered by water, flying machines, all poised to solve the transportation issues of the day. The Collings Foundation will host an entertaining event that pits some of the greatest mobility based technological advancements against each other in Race of the Century. Which technologies will win? There is only one way to find out! Some of the races: Horse/1867 Stage Coach Vs. 1904 Franklin Type A Roadster: No competition here… silly motorized carriage. We all know where the real “horse power” lies. Horse/Buggy Vs. 1908 Stanley Steamer: This will be a close race. An automobile that runs on water? Incredible! Can it be the horse and buggy has met its match? 1914 Stutz Bearcat Vs. 1909 Bleriot Type XI Flying Machine: The most incredible race ever! – One of the fastest cars of the time racing against this amazing flying machine. Is the Pony Express faster than both? 1937 Offy Sprint Car Vs. 1942 Stearman: Fresh from the 1937 New England race circuit – our driver “Blazing Bruce” will go all out to prove a true race machine is faster than any aircraft in a 1/8 mile “nose to prop” race.

See an amazing exhibition and display of carriages, carts and horses from the Massachusetts Carriage and Driving Society. Additional exhibits of antique toys, transportation contraptions, steam engines, flying machines and early hybrid technologies will be exhibited. The Collings Foundation’s collection of over 70 automobiles, racecars and aircraft will be open for viewing.

The Race of the Century will be held at the Foundation’s Headquarters: 137 Barton Road, Stow MA on July 27th and 28th. Facility and collection will be open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Entry fee is $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 years and younger. Races start around1:00 PM. Fly in a WWII aircraft! PT-17 Stearman bi-plane and T-6 Texan fighter trainer aircraft flights will be available. 20-minute Stearman flights: $200. 30-minute Texan flights: $450. No reservations needed to attend. Call to reserve Stearman and Texan flights. For a detailed map go to:  For further information e-mail Hunter Chaney, Director of or call 978.562.9182

Christina Orlando Photography Art Show at Nancy’s Airfield Cafe 
The photos of Christina Orlando, 2013 graduate of Nashoba High School,  will be on display in Nancy’s Air Field Cafe at Minute Man Airfiled starting July 8th until the last week in August. Throughout high school Orlando was very passionate about photography and she received several scholastic awards for her work. She will be attending the New England School of Photography in the fall. Their will be a reception held on July 28th from 3:15PM to 4:30PM at the Cafe. This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email

Planning Department Holds Flood Insurance Rate Map Meeting
The Town of Stow Planning Department, in conjunction with the Town of Bolton, will be holding an informational meeting regarding FEMA’s Flood Insurance Rate Map Update for 2013 in Stow Town Hall on Monday, July 29th at 7 PM. Attendees will hear an overview of the Flood Insurance Rate Map update process, how the new determinations may affect residents’ properties and the steps home and business owners can take to mitigate the financial impact associated with the update and recent flood insurance reform legislation.  For more information visit the Planning Department webpage at or visit the Planning Department blog

Vacation Bible School at St. Isidore
St. Isidore Parish is pleased to offer our Vacation Bible School again this summer!  Our “Kingdom Rocks” adventure begins on Monday, August 12 and ends on Thursday, August 15.  Each day runs from 9:30 – 12:30.  The cost is $30 per child, with a maximum of $90 per family.  The week is open to children aged 4 by September 1 through those entering 6th grade in the fall.  Additional information and the registration form is available on the St. Isidore Parish website,, or you can contact Joyce Pinney, Faith Formation Director at 978-897-9790 or at  Payment/RSVP due by Wednesday July 31st.

Nashoba Regional High School, Class of 1988, 25 Year Reunion!
Saturday, August 10th from 12-4 at the Tiki Bar at Nashoba Valley in Westford.
Join your classmates for a huge buffet, beach with life guard, volleyball, horse shoes, bocce, badminton, ladder golf, music by DJ Del and more!  $60 per person (Cash Bar), $20 for kid’s under10. Checks can be made payable to: Laurie Moore 6 Overlook Terrace, Plymouth, MA 02360 or via PayPal – sending the payment to the email address of:  Questions:  contact Laurie Moore or find us on Facebook at “NRHS Class of 1988”.

2nd Annual Win-Win At The Randall Library
During the week of August 13 , the Randall Library is once again offering a terrific win-win in conjunction with the Stow Food Pantry. Simply bring in any new/unused personal care product from the list provided and we will forgive up to $3 of your existing library fines! (“Billed” items are excluded.) Donations, especially personal care products, are historically lower during the summer months at the Food Pantry. Help them help others and help yourself–it’s truly a win-win for everyone!
Suggested donations: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, disposable razors, shaving cream, bar soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, feminine products, band-aids, hand sanitizer, kids’ sunblock

Upcoming Artisans Fair & Local Artisans Wanted
The Lake Boon Association is hosting the 5th Annual “Lake Boon Artisans Fair” on Saturday, August 24,  10am-3:30pm at the beautiful Pine Bluffs Recreation Area, as part of the fun-filled 2013 Water Carnival weekend.  Shoppers mark your calendars and come support your talented neighbors!  We are also looking for additional local artisans to participate, and are asking for a nominal donation from each artisan ($10 for Lake Boon Assoc. members, $15 for non-members) to reserve a space.  Artisans will need to provide their own table/display for selling.  Space is limited so please contact us soon for more information.  Call or email Kris ( ) or Lynne ( ).

Sing with Sounds of Stow Chorus and Orchestra
The Sounds of Stow Chorus and Orchestra welcomes singers in all voice categories to join with us for our fall concert with full orchestra to be held Sunday, Nov. 24th at the Hale School Auditorium.  Artistic Director and Conductor Barbara Jones has selected an exciting program of Russian choral/orchestral works: Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto, Gretchaninoff’s “Hvalite Boga,” and Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances.”

Open rehearsals are Monday evenings beginning August 26th from 7:30-9:30 at the First Parish Church, 353 Great Rd. Stow.  Participation in the SATB chorus is open to all – no auditions required – and offers the opportunity to learn exciting and challenging music in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.  Contact Ms. Jones (978-562-2620) or Martha Pfeiffer (978-562-0302) with questions, for more information, or simply attend the Monday evening rehearsals for the opportunity to learn this inspiring music and participate in the concert.

Sounds of Stow is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as administered by the Stow, Acton-Boxborough, Bolton and Hudson Cultural Councils.

Stow Soccer Club Registration Open
Munchkins (born between 9/1/2008-4/1/2009) and Transitions (born between 9/1/2007-8/31/2008) registration is currently open until 9/7/2013.  Registration is online at  Please contact Jodie Marsteiner at for more information.


River’s Edge Arts Alliance 
The Youth Theater production of Legally Blonde, The Musical will be held at the Hudson High School Auditorium on Friday & Saturday, July 26 & 27 at 7:30 pm at Hudson High School,. The comfortably air conditioned Hudson High School is located at 69 Brigham Street and is handicap accessible with plenty of free parking. Tickets for these performances are available on the River’s Edge Arts Alliance website, by phone at 978-562-1646 or at the door.

National Dance Day Flash Mob at the Maynard Farmers’ Market
Maynard Zumba® instructor Gillie Jones May leads the celebration. At 10:30am, we will gather at the Market, turn up the music, and dance the ‘Everybody Dance’ routine. You can learn the routine from YouTube, at Gillie’s 7:30 Zumba class at the Boys and Girls Club in Maynard ($10 drop-in free) or 7/27 at the Market starting at 9:30.  This is a family-friendly event for all ages. The Market runs Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1pm, rain or shine, in the Mill Pond parking lot at Clock Tower Place on Main Street (rte. 62) in Maynard. For the latest schedule information,  email

Volunteers Needed to Help Eradicate River Water Chestnuts
Tuesday, July 30 (5 pm – 8 pm), Saturday, August 3 (9 am – 12 pm). Join OARS for a fun day on the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers (exact locations to be determined).  Using canoes, volunteers will pull water chestnuts out of the water by hand and then dispose of them at a designated shore site. We will also need some people helping on shore. If you need a boat, we have a limited number available on a first come first serve basis so sign up early!

To register, please email or call 978-369-3956. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet & dirty (long sleeves recommended).  Bring sunscreen, a hat, a water bottle, and work gloves (if you have them).  Boaters are required to use life preservers (pfd’s). Details are at

Iris Society Plant Sale
On Saturday July 27, the Iris Society of Massachusetts (ISM) is holding its biennial plant sale at Verrill Farm at 11 Wheeler Road, Concord.  The sale will take place rain or shine from 11 am to 4 pm under the large open tent behind the farm store. The large selection of reasonably priced irises are all from ISM members’ gardens and grow well in our area.  There will be bearded irises, from tiny miniature dwarfs to tall beardeds, as well as beardless siberian irises, woodland iris cristata, and many other types. Prices for the irises generally range from $1 for the dwarf irises to $6 for the potted siberians.

If you attended ISM’s iris show on Memorial Day last year and enjoyed the profusion of beautiful irises, you will find many of those same irises at the sale.  ISM members will be there to answer questions.  There will a demonstration on dividing old iris clumps along with planting tips. More info:  or  978-369-3383.

RC Sailplane Contest in Sudbury July 27
Electric-powered winches employing 800-foot tow lines will launch sailplanes to heights of 400 feet or more after which, the planes will be released and start searching for rising air currents (thermals). The radio-controlled sailplanes (gliders) in this contest will fall into two classes, those with wing spans less than 2 meters (78 in.) and those with unlimited wingspans.  These planes will be restricted to relatively simple controls, primarily elevator and rudder.   The contest will be held on Saturday July 27 at Davis Field on Route 117/North Road in Sudbury (3 miles east of Route 27, 1.5 miles west of Sudbury/Concord  Road).   Flying will take place from about 9:30 am to 3:00 pm 

. Spectators are welcome.  For further information, contact Dick Williamson at 978-618-5475 or visit


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