Calendar… May 13, 2015

| May 18, 2015

Events at the Randall Library
Operation Delta Dog, “Saving Lives/Mending Wounds”, Thursday, May 14, 7pm –Every day 22 US veterans take their own lives. These veterans have served their country and then come home to face more challenges such as Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders that leave them debilitated, sleepless and unable to cope. Operation Delta Dog is working to improve the lives of veterans by teaming them up with abandoned shelter dogs that have been trained as assistance animals. Come find out more about Operation Delta Dog and what you can do to help.

Bi-Lingual Preschool Story-time, Friday, May 15, 10:30am – The Randall Library is having a special story-time. Come join the fun! At this third in a series of bi-lingual story-times we will be reading a delightful story in both English and Spanish. As with all our Randall Library preschool story-times after the reading we will be making a craft to take home, this time it will be all about Spain.

Ed Morgan, The Music Man, Saturday, May 16, 3:30pm – For over 10 years Ed has delighted kids and grown-ups alike with his interactive blend of original and traditional children’s songs…Singing and dancing for kids ages 1-99!

Zentangles Workshops, Thursday, May 21 @ 6pm – A Zentangle is an unplanned, abstract, black and white drawing created through a specific method that helps relax, engage and focus the person creating one. Anyone can do it and the creativity options and pattern combinations are boundless! Come try your hand at this meditative art form and unwind your mind with one little drawing at a time. Sign up required 5 participants per session. Sign-ups sheets at the Randall Library circulation desk.

Free Community Dinner at the Union Church of Stow
Please join us Friday, May 15, from 5-6pm, for another Ann’s Friendship Community Dinner. Bring your appetite! The price is free, but donations are accepted. Our delicious menus change each month. There is no reason to eat alone when you can join us for a good meal and friendly company. The Union Church with the blue doors is at 375 Great Rd. (Rt 117) next to the Police Station. Read more about us at

Youth Police Academy
The Stow Police Department is hosting its first annual Youth Police Academy for the students of Stow (6th, 7th, and 8th graders as of school year 2015/2016).  The Youth Police Academy is being held July 13-17 from 8am-4pm at the Hale Middle School.  Students will learn about crime scene investigation, self-defense, CPR/First Aid, detective’s role, K9 demonstration, and much more!  Applications are available online at the Stow PD Facebook page, at the Stow PD, and at the Center School and Hale School front offices. Application deadline is May 15.  **Class size will be limited to 14 students.** For more information contact: Officer Cassie Ela at 978-897-4545,; or Special Officer/Dispatcher Darlene Trefry, at 978-897-4545,

Spring Cleaning for Cradles to Crayons
Katherine Hamilton, a junior at Nashoba is collecting new and gently used clothing for Cradles to Crayons.  Clean out your closets and help kids get ready for summer! The drive ends May 15. Collection boxes will be at Center School, Hale, and Randall Library.

Wanted are new and gently used clothing, kids’ sizes 0-20, and adult sizes small and medium

Questions?  Contact Katherine Hamilton at

Support the Play for Will Fundraiser
The 3rd Annual Play for Will basketball game is between the Central MA Spartans Special Olympics program out of Bolton, and staff from Nashoba Regional High School. This year’s game is on Friday, May 15, at NRHS, 12 Green Rd., Bolton. The game raises money for the Tecumseh Foundation and the Jimmy Fund, while our athletes experience the once-a-year opportunity to showcase their skills for a large crowd.

The Tecumseh Foundation was started in memory of William T.R. Hurley after he passed away on May 4, 2012, at the age of 19. Will’s athletic prowess was, and is still, on display at Nashoba, as he holds several school records in football. Jmmy Fund donations are in memory of Will’s classmate, Leah Tepper, who was diagnosed with Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma in May 2010. Leah passed away in November  2012, also at the age of 19. For more information, please contact Brendan Aylward at or 978-855-9141.

Writing (and Publishing!) Your Memoir
Everyone has a story to tell, no matter what kind of life they have had, and there is simply no better way to preserve your personal stories, history, and heritage than in written form. On Saturday, May 16, 10:30am, at  Randall Library, the Publishiing Networking Group will present Nancy Shohet West, a professional journalist, essayist, and blogger with a passion for helping people of all ages to write and self-publish their memoirs. Join in the conversation about memoir-writing: We’ll talk about who does it and why, what to include, how to shape your story, and how to get it into print for your friends and family to treasure.

This is a public meeting open to anyone interested in the publishing field. For more information, please contact Eileen Kramer at

Stow Cub Scout Pack 39 Registration Picnic
Join members of Pack 39 for a picnic at Stow Community Park (Old Bolton Road) on Sunday, May 17, from 5-7 p.m. Bring the whole family to learn more about Cub Scouts and register your son for next year’s activities. Cub Scouts is for boys entering grades 1-5 in the fall. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served. (Bring your own beverages—no glass please.) Boys interested in joining Cub Scouts but unable to attend the Cub Scout Picnic can e-mail:

Art at Nancy’s Air Field Cafe
The work of Acton photographer Lou Genovese will be on display at Nancy’s Air Field Café at Minute Man Airfield in an exhibit entitled “Views from Costa Rica”, through June 1. A “meet the artist” reception will be held on Sunday, May 17, from 3-4:30pm. For Café hours and directions, go to

Volunteers Needed for Stow Disaster Animal Response Team
The town of Stow will shelter individuals and their pets (in an adjacent shelter), during a disaster requiring the evacuation of residents from their homes. To run the shelter effectively, we are recruiting volunteers to staff our pet “co-shelter” during short-term emergencies. Volunteers require no special background, but should enjoy and be comfortable with pets. Training will be provided by the Stow Disaster Animal Response Team (DART), part of the Stow Medical Reserve Corps. DART volunteers assist with the pet intake and registration process, help staff the shelter, and monitor care of animals by their pet owners during an emergency.

Our next orientation meeting will be held on Saturday, May 23, at 10am at the Randall Library. Call 978-897-4592 or email to register for this orientation.

In conjunction with Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, the Nashoba Regional School District will offer an  Underage Substance Use Forum on Tuesday, May 26, 7pm, at Nashoba Regional High School Auditorium .Underage substance use continues to be a major issue in our schools and communities. While street drugs are readily available in many communities, many teen drug users easily obtain over-the-counter or prescription medications from a variety of sources, including their family’s medicine cabinet. During this presentation, a drug and gang State Police Sergeant will illustrate the current state of youth drug use in Middlesex County, and the signs and symptoms that parents and other adults should be looking for regarding potential drug use.

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Summer volunteer opportunities for college students

For college students who are undecided about how to spend their summer, and have an interest to helping out people who are less fortunate, Household Goods in Acton has a suggestion.

Household Goods’ mission is to accept and distribute donated, recycled household goods free of charge to individuals and families in need through volunteers and in cooperation with community agencies and organizations. Household Goods has a variety of volunteer positions that students might fill. Training would be provided and students would gain valuable experience, a sense of satisfaction, and something tangible to put on their resumes. The group needs volunteers to help throughout the summer, and especially with the annual collection of goods from departing Boston College students from May 10-19.  Household Goods is located at 530 Main St. in Acton. To learn more about how to help out, would-be volunteers should call Brigid Bieber at 978-635-1710, ext. 6 or email

The Women’s Business Network (WBN) addresses Business Challenges on Thursday, May 14, at 7:15pm, at Holy Trinity Parish (formerly St. Theresa’s), 15 Still River Rd. in Harvard.   Small group discussions will address the business challenges WBN members and guests face in our small businesses. This meeting is to help everyone get to know each other and gain from others’ experiences in brainstorming sessions.

For more information, or to receive monthly announcements, visit  or join us on Facebook. Guests welcome. For more information contact Renee Senes, (978) 456-9600.

The Sound of Music
“The Sound of Music” will be performed at the Florence Sawyer School in Bolton,  just off of Rt.117, Friday, May 15, 7:30pm. Tickets available at the door. $8 for adults, $5 students and seniors, $25 for a family. Presented by students from The Imago School, a classical, Christian school in Maynard. See for more information.

Shabbat Rinah Service and Open House
Open House for all interested in Congregation Beth El in Sudbury on May 15 at 7pm, followed at 7:30pm by our Shabbat Rinah (Shabbat of Joyous Song) – an innovative Friday evening service for people of all ages, in which music and personal expression of prayer are interwoven to both inspire and welcome those who participate. All are encouraged to join in joyous and meditative singing accompanied by talented congregant musicians.

Services are followed by light refreshments. Congregation Beth El is located at 105 Hudson Rd., Sudbury.

Huge Tag Sale at Good Shepherd, Acton
Don’t miss the famous Good Shepherd tag sale, also known as Treasure &Trinkets. Looking for a great bargain on some fantastic items? Some of the great finds include antiques, china, dinnerware, glassware, decorative items, tools, small furniture, jewelry, handbags, sports equipment, books, videos, toys, and more! The sale is Saturday, May 16, from 9am to 2pm, rain or shine, at Church of the Good Shepherd, 164 Newtown Rd., Acton. Come early for the best selection. Visit

social-emotional conference Convenes at MA State House
The Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Alliance for Massachusetts (SAM) will host the Fourth Annual Spring Conference, Social Emotional Learning: The Core of Academic Success and Safe, Resilient Communities at the MA State House on Wednesday, May 27, from 9am to 4:30pm. Shown to create safe learning environments and improve academic success, SEL is the educational process that provides children with the tools to recognize and manage their emotions, to bounce back from failures and disappointments, to develop caring for others and to learn problem-solving skills. Educators and school-based mental health providers from across Massachusetts and Connecticut will learn about the intricacies of implementing SEL in schools from experts in the field.

To register: $75 includes lunch: For more information:, or visit

Cancer Survivors and Caregivers to be Honored at Relay For Life
Local cancer survivors and their caregivers will take the celebratory first lap at the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Bolton event on May 30 at Nashoba Regional High School.  The Relay For Life program is a community event where teams and individuals set up campsites at a school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team has at least one participant on the track at all times. The money raised supports groundbreaking cancer research, education and prevention programs, and critical services for people facing cancer.

We will begin with a Survivor Reception at 5pm that consists of enjoying dinner and mingling with other survivors. The Survivors Lap will start at 6pm, and anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer may participate.

If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver and would like to take part, visit register at or email to RSVP.

River’s Edge Community Band Invites New Members in Spring Session
The River’s Edge Community Band is pleased to announce the beginning of its spring 2015 session, culminating in a concert on June 17 at 6:30pm in Wood Park. The band, over 50 players strong, welcomes players of all wind, brass, and percussion instruments to join its forces. Particularly welcome at this time are section clarinets, trumpets, and percussionists.
There are no auditions and the band seeks to challenge and promote musical growth and enjoyment through rehearsals and performances. Students from 8th grade and up are welcome, provided they are comfortable with rehearsing music of grade 5 and 6 levels.

Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:15 to 9:30pm in the band room of Hudson High School, and registration forms and fees can be found on the River’s Edge Arts Alliance website at

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