Calendar…May 14, 2014

| May 14, 2014

Presentation on Gleasondale Village Revitalization Project
On Wednesday, May 14, at 7pm  in the Stow Town Hall, UMass Graduate students and Dr. John Mullin will be giving the final presentation of the year-long Gleasondale Village Revitalization Project. The presentation will wrap up a series of workshops, focus groups, meetings, tours, and panel discussions on the future of Stow’s historic industrial village.  The Phase III Final report to come will feature updated renderings of potential design scenarios in the village, each based on public input and expert feedback. Please join us for a great discussion on the future of Gleasondale Village. Refreshments provided. RSVP with Jesse Steadman at

NRHS Art Show on May 15
Students from all levels of art classes at Nashoba Regional High School will display their works at the NRHS Art Show on Thursday, May 15, from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm. Pieces representing all different media will be on display in the Media Center at the high school. Students, artists, and their teachers will be available for questions and to talk about their works. This is a great chance to see all the projects the Art Dept. worked on throughout the year. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Upcoming Events at the Randall Library IN MAY
Check out our library website at www. to find out the latest news on upcoming events, programs, reading suggestions, and a whole lot more.

Itsy Bitsy Yoga® for BABIES, Thursday, May 15, at 10am, and Itsy Bitsy Yoga® for TYKES, Thursday, May 15, at 10:30am – Join Sonia Gomez for Itsy Bitsy Yoga, with two age levels on the same day. Infants cannot walk yet, tykes include walkers up to preschool age. Sign-up at the circulation desk; limited to 12 participants.

TAB Special Guest: Jenny Bagdigian, Wednesday, May 21, 5:30-6:30pm – This month we have editor Jenny Bagdigian coming to visit the Randall Library to talk about writing and publishing with the Writing Club and the Teen Advisory Board. Jenny has been an editor for the past 20 years, and a writer of young adult fiction for the last decade. She will conduct a writing workshop and answer teens’ questions about writing and publishing.

Donations to the Randall Library Friends Book Sale – Then feel free to bring your used books to the Randall Library for the upcoming Randall Library Friends Association Book Sale. The Randall Library will be collecting used children’s and adult books, DVDs, CDs, and audio books until May 29. We will not be taking textbooks, magazines, cassettes, VHS tapes, or items in poor repair. Drop off materials at the Randall Library Circulation Desk.

Friend’s Book Sale, May 30 (6-9pm), May 31 (11am-4pm), and June 1 (12-2pm) – Come join the fun, and browse or purchase from a wide selection of used books available at this year’s Randall Library Friends Association’s book sale. The sale will take place on the second floor of the Randall Library. Friday night, May 30, is a special reception and pre-sale for current Randall Library Friends which will feature wine, cheese, and live music, as well as allow currently registered “Friends” (individuals who have donated to a Randall Library Friends Association fund raiser in the last year) an advanced look at what is being offered for sale. May 30-June 1, the sale will be open to the general public. Come browse through a wide selection of books, CDs, DVDs, and audio books, both adult and children’s. Proceeds of the sale will go to support upcoming Randall Library events, activities, and services. We hope to see you there!

Fundraisers to Support NRHS DI
The Nashoba Regional HS DI  team has qualified to represent Massachusetts and our town at Destination Imagination (DI) Global Finals in Tennessee, yet now we need your help! Please come out and join us for what promises to be fun events as you help us raise funds to attend Global Finals!!

Papa Gino’s Fundraiser:  May 15, 4pm – 9pm (take out and eat-in)

Springfest Ice Cream Social at St Isidore’s: May 16, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Can/Bottle Recycling Drive- Month of May:
Collect all of your used cans and bottles, bag them and bring them to 196 Hudson Road, Stow. Every bottle or can you collect and give will help send one of our local D.I. teams to Globals!

Support the 2nd Annual Play for Will Fundraiser
The Play for Will fundraiser is a basketball game between the Central MA Spartans Special Olympics program out of Bolton, and staff from Nashoba Regional High School. This year’s game is on May 16, 7pm, at NRHS, 12 Green Rd., Bolton. The game raises money for the Tecumseh Foundation and the Relay for Life, while our athletes experience the once-a-year opportunity to showcase their skills for a large crowd. For those attending, raffle prizes include golf packages and New England Patriots tickets.

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. Team Tepper was started to participate in the Relay for Life when Leah Tepper was diagnosed with Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma in May of 2010. Leah passed away in November  2012, also at the age of 19.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event or making a donation, please contact Brendan Aylward at, or 978-855-9141. Checks for the Relay for Life can be made out to The American Cancer Society, and checks for the Tecumseh Foundation can be made out to The Tecumseh Foundation. All donations made prior to the event can be mailed to Brendan Aylward at 23 Apple Blossom Lane, Stow, MA, 01775.

Silent Movie “Peter Pan” Starts springfest
Start the Springfest weekend right by coming to the Old Stow Town Hall on Friday, May 16, at 7pm, where two silent movies will be shown, both featuring the outstanding silent movie pianist Richard Hughes. The evening will begin with the short silent movie comedy by Charlie Chaplin called “Payday”.  This will be followed by the showing of the full-length silent movie adventure “Peter Pan”, staring Betty Bronson, and is about a magical boy who refuses to grow up, and travels to Neverland. Many adventures take place in Neverland, which includes a confrontation with the pirate Captain Hook and his crew.  Captain Hook does not fare well in that confrontation, and is forced to walk the plank. There is no charge for this Stow Lions Club hosted event, and the popcorn is FREE.

Publishing Networking Group Meeting
The next meeting is Saturday, May 17, 10:30 a.m., Randall Library, 19 Crescent St., Stow.
This meeting will be facilitated by Maynard residen Sarah Ambrose, who works for a major publishing company in Boston. In the past 20+ years, Sarah has worked in three different divisions of the core business and has recently taken another new role in the company. She will talk about the publishing world from an insider’s point of view and will lead a discussion on the changing world of publishing.

The meeting is open to EFA members and non-members, freelancers, and anyone interested in publishing. For more information, send email to, or call Eileen Kramer at 978-897-4121.

SCT Haiku in the Woods from May 17 to May 31
Walk the lovely 1 mile trail of Leggett Memorial Woodlands and be inspired by the Haikus written by Stow’s 3rd graders. Leggett Woodlands is an SCT property located on Whitman Street, just off Route 62.  All are invited. Please take proper tick and poison ivy precautions when hiking in the woods.

The Stow Friends of the Council on Aging invite you to come to our annual Pancake Breakfast, to be served at St. Isidore’s Parish Hall on Saturday, May 17, from 8am to 11am,  RAIN or SHINE. This is a great way to kick off your Springfest day. Bring the whole family and enjoy a great breakfast with your friends. Where else can you get pancakes, sausage, and scrambled eggs, and help the Seniors of Stow? Coffee will be provided by The Gulf Station Dunkin’ Donuts. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children under 12;  children 3 and under are free. Don’t forget to visit the doll house that will be on display at the breakfast and get your chances to win. Thank you for your support.

Pet Carrier Donations Sought for Disaster Planning
The Stow Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is seeking donations of CLEAN cat and dog carriers and crates, to provide safe containment of pets that may be brought by residents seeking shelter during an emergency such as an ice storm or hurricane. Donations will be collected at the MRC booth at Springfest on May 17, as well as at the Board of Health office in the town building during normal business hours. Animal owners are encouraged to stop by the MRC Springfest booth to pick up information about disaster planning for pets, even if they do not have items to donate.

We will again be holding a Lego Contest at Springfest on May 17th. The theme will be “Favorite books”. Entrants are asked to build a scene from their favorite books or stories and to bring the book to put next to their creation. Entrants cannot use kits but can use a few characters or pieces from a kit.

This year we are also hoping to add a new category which is “Scouting”. Boy scouts and girl scouts are encouraged to build a lego scene of something they enjoy doing in scouting. Scout entrants can earn a fun patch for entering.

Questions? Please email to:

Phone-A-Thon NRHS Dollars For Scholars®
Please help the Nashoba Regional Dollars for Scholars by answering your phone!  Our annual phone-a-thon will take place on Sunday May 18th from 12:00-4:00pm.  Student volunteers will use their cell phones to call area residents to ask for their pledge to support the NRDS. This is our only spring fundraiser so please help to make it a successful one! The Nashoba Regional Dollars for Scholars awards scholarships to Nashoba graduates on the basis of academic accomplishments, community service and leadership. Thanks to our donors, twenty $1000-scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors in June 2013. We need your help to continue this important program.

Please remember to answer the phone on May 18th.

Stow Hale High School Reunion
Our next Hale High Reunion will be held on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at the Stow Acres Country Club. The price is $37 per person and reservations are required.

Anyone who graduated or attended Hale High is invited to join in the fun. Please spread the word to help find classmates. If you have not received a letter and want to make a reservation, or if you have any new addresses, please contact Vivian Dean at 978-897-2665 or Judy Scraggs at 978-897-8784.

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 18 from 4-6 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 & 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:

Join us for a very special celebration of spring with a performance of Paul Winter’s “Missa Gaia” at 4:00 pm on Sunday, May 18 at First Parish Church of Stow and Acton.  The Sounds of Stow Chorus and the choir of First Parish Church will present this work under the combined direction of Barbara Jones and Mike Pfitzer.

“Missa Gaia,” or “Mass for the Earth,” integrates contemporary musical styles, including gospel and jazz, with traditional texts from various religious traditions along with the sounds of nature to celebrate the earth as our sacred home.  In addition, local flutists Katherine Kleitz, Lisa Dolliver, Jennifer Chiapella, JoAnne Sgroi and Patricia Medeiros and bassoonist Nick Cantrell will perform selections by W.F. and J.S. Bach.   Talented local pianist Katie Painter will charm with two Debussy Arabesques.

The concert is Sunday, May 18 at 4:00 PM in the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton at 353 Great Road. Admission is $10.00. 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. Two free tickets available in the local COA office on a first come basis.  For more information, go to, or contact Nina Huber at (978) 505-7317.

SCT Run for the Woods is Sunday, May 18
Get out your running and walking shoes for the 15th Annual Run for the Woods. The 5-kilometer course is a runner’s favorite – a gentle, rolling route through Stow’s beautiful back roads. Events and their times are:

8:00 Race Day Registration/Number Pickup Opens; 9:00 1-Mile Kids’ Fun Run; 9:50 5-Kilometer Race Walking Race; 10:00 5-Kilometer Road Running Race; 10:01 5-Kilometer Recreational Walk; 10:01 5-Kilometer Dog Walk
More information and registration:

Springfest Weekend Plant Sale
Come visit the Springfest Weekend Plant Sale at First Parish Church of Stow and Acton, Sunday, May 18, from 11am – 1 pm. Choose from a selection of perennials, ground cover, herbs, annuals, shrubs, small trees, and garden-related items. The sale will take place rain or shine in the church parking lot at 353 Great Road (at the intersection of Rts. 117 and 62, next to the Randall Library), and proceeds benefit the church. For more information call 978-897-8149, or visit

Orphan trains ran regularly between 1854 and 1929, from the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest. Follow Vivian Daly, a young Irish girl, as her story is revealed in a most surprising way.

Join us at Randall Libraryto discuss  Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Klein.  We’ll meet at 7pm on Tues., May 20. Tell us what you think of Vivian’s story and help us choose a book for June.  Questions—call 978-897-6055.

ADD and Executive Functioning Issues
Smart but Scattered: Strengthening Executive Skills in Children and Adults at Home will be the topic of SPED PAC meeting at 7 pm, on Thursday, May 29 at Sawyer School.  Peg Dawson, Ed.D, will address proven strategies to boost any child’s ability to get organized, resist impulses, stay focused, use time wisely, and manage emotions. Ms. Dawson is a well known school psychologist, presenter and author of a book for professionals, “Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention” and a book for parents, “Smart but Scattered.”  Though meeting at Sawyer School, the speaker will address the needs of students of all ages.  All are welcome. For more information or to be added to the SPED PAC email distribution, please contact Joan Finger: or (978) 337-5132.

Stow Youth Basketball Association’s Annual Meeting – June 4
SYBA (Stow Youth Basketball Association) will be holding its Annual Meeting at the Randall Library from 7pm-9pm on June 4.  We welcome any newcomers to join us. If your kids are part of the Bomber’s Program or played on a Stow Recreation Basketball team this year, this is a great opportunity to get involved and help run these successful programs (which are all volunteer based). The following positions are open as of June 4: Assistant Commissioner, Clerk, Marketing/Advertising, Equipment Manager. Any questions please email

Please come and support the great sport of basketball here in Stow. We look forward to seeing you there!

~Outside of Stow~

St. Elizabeth’s 100 Year Chapel Open House
Please join us for an open house  celebrating the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Saint Elizabeth’s chapel in Sudbury on Sunday, May 18, between 1pm and 3pm. The open house is for anyone in the community interested in learning about this historic landmark. The open house begins in the church parish hall with a short film on the history of the chapel, a timeline of photographs and sketches, and artifacts on display. Guided walking tours are available from the church to the chapel, where visitors will be able to see and learn about the construction of the fieldstone chapel 100 years ago, and the origins of the stained glass, ironwork and artifacts in the chapel. Violin and vocals will brighten the day as the tour guides explain the history of the chapel.

Parking is available at the church for the open house, which begins in the church parish hall and ends at the chapel. A path walkway joins the church and chapel.

WELCOME HOME? The Return of Predator and Prey
Join us for this presentation at OARS’ Annual Meeting on Monday, May 19, 7:30 – 9 pm (refreshments at 7:15), at the Sudbury Grange Hall (326 Concord Rd., Sudbury). Dr. Tom French will give a lively account of the early settlement of Massachusetts and how the public’s attitude towards wildlife has dramatically changed over time. It took the loss of most of our forests and large wildlife to raise public concern, but recently many of our large animals have returned. Our native species continue to be threatened by ever-expanding development, but there are many success stories to be proud of!

Dr. French is the Director of the State’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. A short business meeting will precede the presentation. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more at, or contact OARS at 978-369-3956.

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