| December 4, 2013

Randall Library Programs
The Randall Library has a new website –  with the latest news on upcoming events, programs, reading suggestions and a whole lot more.

Parish Jazz Band, Thursday, December 5th at 7pm- A local band led by Roy Miller, the Parish Jazz band plays American Jazz standards such as Sentimental Journey and Fly Me to the Moon. Join us for an evening of music and holiday fun. For all ages. Refreshments will be served.

Baby Sign Language Program, December 11th at 10:45am-Join SAPN in welcoming Jillian Berlinski from Hand in Hand Sign. Jillian has a M. Ed. and holds teaching certification in both Massachusetts and Connecticut for elementary and special education.  She will give a baby sign language presentation to children ages 0-3. Learn more at

Author Talk: Jennifer Zobair, Thursday December 12th at 7pm- Fans of Jumpa Lahiri’s book  The Nameske will love  Jennifer Zobair’s Painted Hands. Filled with Boston references and riveting characters Painted Hands, follows the lives of three friends who juggle careers and family demands while trying to balance Muslin religious and cultural beliefs with an American way of life. Zobair will be at the Randall Library to speak about her inspirations for writing the book and will be available for book signing. Refreshments will be available.

Holiday Greens to Brighten Your Life
The Stow Garden Club invites you to carry on the tradition of bringing greenery into the house during the dreary days of winter to brighten up your life. Club members are busily creating Decorated Boxwood Trees, Kissing Balls, Beautiful Wreaths, Center pieces, Swags and various table and home designs.  Traditional or Contemporary, Rustic or Sparkling. Teacher gifts, office or hostess gifts.    Prices vary from $3 to $50. For Special Orders- (your colors, your container, roping, cemetery boxes) contact MariePatrice Masse 978-579-0897. You can expect designer quality and down home pricing at the Stow Garden Club Annual Holiday Greens Sale held at the Stow Town Hall, Rte 117 on Saturday, December 7th from 9 a.m. until noon. Want to make your own? We have bundles of greens for you to use in creating your own decorations.  Proceeds go back to the community through the many activities and projects that the club supports.

Breakfast with Santa
Breakfast with Santa will celebrate it’s. 30th year on Saturday Dec 7,  9-11:00 AM at St Isidore’s Church. Route 117 in Stow. We will be featuring our Silent Auction, which includes a Bose Wave Radio III, Golf packages from local golf clubs, Chiropractor gift  packages, wine, Chocolates from Lindt, etc. We also have a White Elephant with great bargains, face painting, Usborne books for sale , pictures with the Real Santa for a small fee, Thumkins with Patty Selin, and the Breakfast. Pancakes, ham, coffee, juice –  all for a $3 entrance fee. Children under 2 and Seniors free! For questions or to donate to the Silent Auction please contact Teri Anapol

Holiday Decoration Sale
The Stow Friends of the Council on Aging is conducting the annual sale of donated Christmas decorations on Saturday, December 7.  at the Council on Aging Friendship Room from 9 am to 1 pm in the lower level of the town building. Come early and pick out the good treasures at bargain prices. This is a great opportunity to get like new items to decorate your home for the holidays and help the Seniors of Stow at the same time.

Family Christmas Carol Sing at Union Church of Stow
Please join us 6PM to 7:30 PM on Saturday December 7th for a family friendly carol sing.  There will be light refreshments such as cider and donuts, children’s crafts and a tree to decorate.  Together we will sing beloved Christmas carols.  This friendly get-together is suitable for all ages.  If you have not yet visited our church, this is an opportunity to come and get acquainted.  The Union Church with the blue doors is at 317 Great Rd (Rt 117), Stow. To learn more please visit us at

Annelie Connolly Gallery Opening
Donovan Art Studio Is proud to host the photography of Annelie Connolly Gallery Opening Saturday, December 7, 2013  6:00-8:00 p.m. 16 Gleasondale Road Stow, Ma

Stow Solar Open Houses
Two Solar Open Houses will be held in December. Sunday, Dec. 8 at Ann Deluty’s home, 51 Birch Hill Rd, Stow, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 Jack Zettler’s home, 52 Barton Rd, Stow, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Solar Open Houses will give local residents and businesses the opportunity to view working residential solar electric systems. Stow Solar Challenge representatives will be present to answer questions about solar and about the Stow Solar Challenge’s discounts. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. The Stow Solar Challenge is being driven by the Stow Energy Working Group and local volunteers, with the endorsement of the town selectmen.

Part 1 of Handel’s “Messiah”
On Sunday, December 8 at at 5 p.m. the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton will present a special Vespers service featuring Part I and the Hallelujah Chorus of George Frideric Handel’s masterwork “Messiah” featuring the church choir and four special guest vocalists.  Additional singers and musicians from the church will participate.  All the music is under the direction of FPC Music Director, Mike Pfitzer, and the service will be led by our Minister, Tom Rosiello.  Child care will be provided for younger children.  The church is located at 353 Great Road in Stow MA (at the intersection of Rts. 117 and 62) and the facilities are wheelchair accessible.  For more information, call 978-897-8149 or visit

Boxborough-Stow Emergency Services Appreciation Day
The local aviation community will host an Emergency Services Appreciation Day in the South Hangar at Minute Man Air Field in Stow on Saturday, December 14th at 11am.  Designed to thank all of the Boxborough, Stow and regional emergency services personnel, the event will  include personal testimonials and the presentation of certificates of appreciation.  A light lunch, cake and ice cream will be served at noon, followed by free plane rides for emergency personnel provided by local pilots.  The Friends of Minuteman Airfield, the Airport Commission, local pilots, and airport owners Nancy and Don McPherson are hosting this event, which is open to the public. Everyone in the area who has ever been assisted by emergency services is invited to come and voice their gratitude for the efforts of our local police, firefighters, and EMTs.  For more information, or if you would like to give a testimonial, call the airport Operations Office at 978-897-3933 or visit

New Book Club Meeting
The next meeting of the New Book Club will be on Tuesday, December 17 at 7PM at the library. We’ll discuss The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window by Jonas Jonasson. Allan Karlsson decides to escape from his nursing home.  His surprising journey takes him (and you) on an unexpected adventure.  Allan’s life history is unique and his second life experience puts him on the world stage.  Read this funny and uplifting book that has charmed readers across the globe.  Questions–call 978-897-6055.


Bluegrass Christmas in the Valley
Friday evening December 6 at 7:30.  An evening of bluegrass and acoustic holiday music with  Blackstone Valley Bluegrass, featuring Karen Wilber, Amy Gallatin and Roger Williams, and Rick Lang. Tickets available at the door: $15.00, $10.00 for seniors, $5.00 for children under 12. United Church of Christ Boxboro, 723 Mass Ave., Boxboro, MA 01719. Doors open at 7:00. For information, call 978-897-7380.

ArtSpace Annual Holiday Gift Sale
The artists at the ArtSpace-Maynard Art Center present their Annual Holiday Gift Sale,
a three-day event that will be held on Friday, December 6th from 5-8 p.m., Saturday,
December 7th from 12 – 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 8th from 12 – 6 p.m. This is a unique opportunity to purchase creative gifts made by over fifty local artists. Among the participating artists are: book binders, fabric artists, bag makers, jewelers, painters, paper makers, potters, photographers, polymer clay artists, sculptors, soap makers, wood carvers, and all types of art instructors. The ArtSpace Gallery is located at 63 Summer Street in Maynard. For information, call 978/897-9828 or go to

Annual River’s Edge Holiday Concert
The 8th annual River’s Edge Holiday Concert will be held on December 15, 3:00 pm at Hudson High School, 69 Brigham Street and will continue our 2013-2014 Hometown Season. Performing in this popular concert will be the River’s Edge Community Band, the River’s Edge Chorale and the River’s Edge Youth Chorus. The members of these groups represent over 20 surrounding communities.

Come early and finish your holiday shopping at our River’s Edge Holiday Shoppe featuring arts and crafts handmade by local artists and vendors as well as a poinsettia sale. The Holiday Shoppe which will take place in the cafeteria from 2:00-3:00, during intermission and after the concert. Visit or call 978-562-1646 to purchase tickets in advance and save $1. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors/students and $10 for children under 10. Members save an additional $2 per ticket.  Hudson High School is wheelchair accessible. $.50 from each ticket sold will be donated to the Hudson Food Pantry

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