For more details check out http://www.randalllibrarystow.org.
Preschool Story Time, Fridays at 10:30am – Come join the fun with Ms. Morrison when she reads books and presents a fun craft that kids make and take home with them. September 12 – I SPY- Make your own I SPY sensory bag. September 19 – Pirates! To celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day. September 26 –  Weather. Learn more about weather, and make a weather-related craft.

Baby Lapsit Story Time, Wednesdays @ 11am – Eppecially designed to encourage infant cognitive development. This is a great way to bond with your baby, and meet other parents.

All those between ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, September 13, from 9am to 12pm, as EAA Chapter 196 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Minute Man Airfield, 302 Boxboro Rd., Stow.

Registration takes place next to Nancy’s Airfield Café. Pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes, allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight.

The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation. For more information, go to www.eaa196.org/eagles.htm, call 978-212-9196, or send an email to youngeagles@eaa196.org.

Publishing Networking Group Meeting
On Saturday, September 13, 10:30am, at the Randall Library, guest speaker Linda Spencer will talk about her recently published book, Writing Well in the 21st Century: The Five Essentials. The book provides students, career-builders, and anyone who writes with the basic elements needed for writing in the 21st century. It fully explains and links the five essentials of good writing: punctuation, grammar, fact-checking, style, and voice. Linda Spencer is a freelance writer and editor of textbooks in social studies and language arts.

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

Fresh Baked Apple Pies Available This Weekend!
They’re back!  The First Parish Church of Stow and Acton, is once again offering our famous apple pies on Saturdays and Sundays, from September 13 through Harvest Fair, October 4th.  The Apple Pie Stand is located at the church at 353 Great Road, at the intersection of Routes 117 and 62.  Sales will begin at 10 am and will close when the day’s pies are sold.  For further information, call the church at 978-897-8149 or visit www.fpc-stow-acton.org.  Apples for the pies have been generously donated by Shelburne Farm of Stow.

Stow Women’s Club Meeting
The Stow Women’s Club is having its annual meeting on Saturday, September 13, at the Nashoba Valley Winery, all are meeting at 10:45am to tour the winery, enjoy a picnic lunch, and discuss upcoming events for the year. The SWC is a volunteer-based social organization.The club plans monthly events from September through June. Events in the past have included potluck dinners, floral arranging, a book club, comedy club outing, and many more. The group also holds an annual fundraiser, with funds then being donated to charitable organizations in our own community. Please come see what we are doing in the coming year. Bring a friend, get involved and meet some great ladies! For questions call Erica O’Neill at EONEILLL@yahoo.com or 978-790-1444.

Children’s Religious Education Classes Start at Union Church
On Sunday, September 14, the Union Church of Stow begins a new year of children’s religious education classes. If you are searching for a church for yourself, your family, or for your children’s religious education, this is a good time to visit our church. This year our theme will be “Grow Your Faith By Leaps and Bounds.” Infants and toddlers are dropped off with qualified child care providers (trained in Infant First Aid and CPR) before the worship service. All other children (age 4 and up) attend the Sunday worship service for the first 10 minutes or so. After the “children’s moment,” children go to the religious education classrooms while adults listen to the sermon.

Whether you prefer the term Sunday School or Religious Ed, if a Christian foundation is what you are looking for, please stop in and visit our friendly community church. And, be sure to stay for coffee hour to meet us. The Union Church of Stow is located at 317 Great Rd., Stow. It is the white church with the blue doors. Worship services begin at 9:30am. Please learn more by visiting www.unionchurchofstow.org.

Reception for Mardi Gras Indian photos
On September 14, from 3 – 4:30pm, there will be a reception  at Nancy’s Airfield Café, 302 Boxboro Rd, Stow, for photographer Michael Neustadt of Sudbury. Refreshments will be served. Mr. Neustadt is exhibiting photographs at the Cafe from his collection of Mardi Gras Indians through September 30.

Mr. Neustadt has been a frequent visitor to New Orleans since 1986. As he learned about the many cultures of New Orleans, he developed an interest in the sub-cultures of Mardi Gras. One of those is the tradition of African-American residents who  “suit up” and “mask” as Indians on Mardi Gras Day. Each tribe member creates a new suit every year. The suits take up to a year to complete.

Rep. Hogan Announces Office Hours in Stow
State Representative Kate Hogan will be hosting office hours in Stow on Wednesday, September 17, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, at Emma’s Cafe, 117 Great Rd., Stow. All are invited to stop by with any questions or ideas.

Rep. Kate Hogan represents the Third Middlesex District, which includes the towns of Hudson, Bolton, Maynard, and Stow.

No appointment is necessary, and meetings will be on a first come, first serve basis. For any questions or additional information, please contact Rep. Hogan at (617) 722-2692 or at Kate.Hogan@MAHouse.gov. Information is also available on Rep. Hogan’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kate.hogan.948.

Ann’s Friendship Community Dinner
Our next dinner open to the public will be Friday, September 19, 5-6pm, at the Union Church of Stow. We had a great summer with good attendance at July and August dinners. Thanks to all who helped in any way. Please plan to join us for our next meal. The meal is free, but donations are accepted. The food will be good and the fellowship even better, so mark your calendars now.

This dinner will also feature “Guess how much???” A good-sized bucket of change has been donated to us by an individual who wants to help support the dinners. There will be Shaw’s gift certificates for those who guess the total amount, the number of quarters, the number of dimes, and the number of nickels and pennies. The closest guesses win gift certificates. Come, join the fun and you could be one of the winners.

The Union Church with the blue doors is located at 317 Great R.d (Rt 117), Stow, next to the Police Station.


Building Dedication Celebration Events for First Parish Church
The First Parish Church of Stow and Acton is hosting a weekend full of FREE events, Sept. 19-21, to celebrate the dedication of their new “Connector” Building.  Everyone is invited to come and celebrate with us.  Friday, 9/19:  “Strings and Pipes” at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary. The celebration begins with a concert of music for piano, organ, violin, and cello.  Saturday, 9/20: “Children’s Celebration” – Rosalita’s Puppets will entertain children of all ages;     “FPC on Parade” in the new Community Room, including performances by FPC musicians, history and information on the various programs and activities at FPC . Silent Movie at 7:30 pm Sunday, 9/21.  9 am Service:  “A Child’s Introduction to the New Building”.  11 am Service:  Former Intern Minister, The Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur, will lead a service celebrating the new building.For more details, visit our website at www.fpc-stow-acton.org or call our church office at 978-897-8149.

New Baby Brunch
The Stow Area Parents Network would like to invite the newest members of the local community and their parents to a New Baby Brunch on Saturday, September 20, 10:30am, at  the home of Alina Carter (330 Hudson Rd., Stow). Parents with children ages 0 to 14 months old are welcome to attend this event to meet other local parents and babies. Membership in SAPN is not required. Those members interested in attending are asked to RSVP on BigTent by Wednesday, September 17. Please invite any local families you know who would be interested in attending; they can email Alina at carter.alina@gmail.com to RSVP.

The next meeting of the New Book Club will be on Tuesday, September 23, at 7pm at the Randall Library. We will be discussing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou. This is the most popular book she  wrote. It is the story of her life from childhood in Arkansas to the birth of her child. While we have lost her as a living artist, her legacy in words and example live on.  Give us your thoughts on this coming-of-age book. Join us and help us make next month’s selection.  Questions—978-897-6055.

SYBA (Stow Youth Basketball Association) is now accepting registrations for the 2014-15 season for both the Bomber’s Basketball program (Gr. 1-2) and the Stow Recreation Baskeball program (Gr. 3-8). Go to www.stowhoops.org to register. Deadline is September 30.

Crafters wanted for our Annual Holiday Craft Fair sponsored by The Stow Friends of the Council on Aging to be held on Saturday, November 1,  9am to 3pm at the St. Isidore Church located at 429 Great Rd, Stow, MA. We are opening our annual craft fair to include a select group of juried crafters. Booths are 8’ by 10’ for $40.00 each. There will also be food, senior crafts and a bake sale. We attract a large attendance and are always well supported by the Stow residents as well as visitors from adjoining towns. We will advertise in local newspapers as well as posting ads at local merchants and will display a street banner. If you are a crafter interested in participating, please call 978/562-3829 for an application and more information.

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OARS River Cleanup – Join Us!
OARS will hold its 28th Annual River Cleanup on Saturday, September 20, from 9am to noon.  OAR volunteers will wade into the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord rivers and tributaries to continue the effort to restore our beautiful rivers. Trash, tires, bottles, car parts, bicycles – whatever we find that shouldn’t be there – will be collected for more appropriate disposal. There is lots of work to be done.

We will be working this year in Stow and surrounding towns. The cleanup will be followed by a pizza lunch and celebration along the rivers.

We hope you will join us.  For more information and to volunteer please contact the OARS office at 978-369-3956 or office@oars3rivers.org.  Visit us at www.oars3rivers.org.

Free Child Safety and Wellness Training AT CLINTON HOSPITAL
Back by popular demand, Clinton Hospital’s Community Benefits Dept. is offering a free American Red Cross child safety course for anyone between ages 11 and 15 years old. The course takes place in Conference Rooms A and B at Clinton Hospital, 201 Highland St., Clinton. Classes are held Saturdays, September 27 and October 4, from 10am to 1pm. Participants must attend both classes and pass an exam to earn a certificate of completion.

The two-day courses give youths the knowledge and confidence to care for infants and school-age children. Combining video, activities, hands-on skill training, and discussion for a complete learning experience, this program teaches such skills as how to respond to emergencies and illnesses with first aid, rescue breathing, and other appropriate care; recognizing safety and hygiene issues; feeding, diapering, and caring for infants; and starting a baby-sitting business through workforce development.

Space is limited! Call 978-368-3716 to register.