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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Happening in Downtown Lowell 10/05/2009 - 10/13/2009

The 2nd Annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival
Thursday, October 15 - Sunday, October 18, 2009
The 2nd Annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival comes to the City of Lowell in celebration of our state's rich poetic heritage. Following the success of the 2008 Festival, this year's event has expanded to include poetry programs in Amherst, Boston, Cambridge, Fall River, Salem, the Berkshires, and Worcester County, all in addition to the exciting events taking place in downtown Lowell. All programs are FREE and open to the public. Highlights include: 1) over 30 different poetry readings, workshops, discussions, and dance & music performances by renowned regional poets and poetry groups; 2) headline readings with Robert Pinsky, Louise Glück, Anne Waldman, and Afaa Weaver; 3) a Small Press Fair featuring 25 small presses and journals from across New England; 4) a late-night poetry slam competition with teams from New York City and Boston; and 5) a 2-day Youth Poetry Exploration Program welcoming over 200 high school students from 15 area schools for poetry reading and writing workshops, a reading competition, and a Poetry Out Loud performance. Visit www.masspoetry.org for complete information and event registration.
In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Museum & Gallery News
Got Tickets?
Business News
Retail & Restaurant News 
Tutto Bene a wine and cheese cellar, 58 Prescott Street (back): Autumn has arrived, the leaves are falling and so are our prices.  Visit Tutto Bene and check out our harvest items such as Pumpkin Muffin mix, Orange Cranberry marmalade, Maple Pumpkin butter to name a few. Buy any 4 Stonewall Kitchen items or any combination of 4 of our gourmet food products from Elki, French Farm or Braswell's and SAVE 50% on the least expensive item.  This is a great time to try all the wonderful savory and sweet treats or perhaps give some as gifts.  For more information call 978-459-wine(9463).
Barnes & Noble, 151 Merrimack Street:  Author book signing, October 8, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.  Award winning investigative reporter Hank Phillipi Ryan is on the air at Boston's NBC affiliate.  She will be here to sign her newest Charlotte McNally mystery Air Time.  As with Face Time and Prime Time, Phillipi Ryan will keep you reading late into the night! For more information call 978-458-3939. 
Garcia Brogan's, 131 Middlesex Street:  Open Daily 11:30 am - 2:00 am.  .25 cent wings during Monday Night Football, Tuesday - Open Mic, Wednesday - Pub Trivia at 8:00 PM.  For more information call 978-446-0005.   
Cobblestones Restaurant: 91 Dutton Street: Now Booking Holiday Parties. Private Rooms available  for groups between 15-100 people. For details & availability please contact Function Manager
Kelli @ 978-970-2282 or functions@cobblestonesoflowell.com.   And don't forget to visit us for our Happy Hour specials
Monday - Friday 3:00 - 6:00 PM.  For more information visit
Sports & Events 
Mill City Mayhem 2009: 8 Hours of Shock Cinema, Saturday, October 24 4:00 PM - 12 midnight.  Second Wind Café, 30 Gorham Street.  Lowell's Second Wind Café (formerly Café Aiello) will host the City's first horror film movie marathon featuring four (4) of the best independent films of the last several years. For complete information, including a list of films and ticketing, visit www.millcitymayhem2009.com or email millcitymayhem2009@hotmail.com.  
UMass Lowell River Hawks: This is our town. This is our team. This is our time. Check out River Hawk hockey season ticket plans for the 2009-10 year. The River Hawks reached the Hockey East Championship game last time around before falling to eventual NCAA Champion Boston University. This year promises to be even better with BU, Boston College, and New Hampshire dotting the home schedule. Ticket plans start at just $99! For more information, visit http://adcsquad.com/umass/hockey/index.html.
Jambra Garage Sale, Jackson and Marston Streets at the Early Garage, Saturday October 10, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Proceeds to used for Jam District neighborhood improvement projects.
Shape Up Lowell.  Lowell General Hospital and the Greater Lowell Family YMCA are teaming up once again to offer Shape Up Lowell- a program focused on increasing physical activity and healthy eating habits while having fun!  Take a step towards a healthier lifestyle and sign-up for this FREE program today! 
Outdoor Workout Sessions:  We will be offering outdoor workouts at the Sampas Pavilion (right along the Merrimack River).  Join us for an hour long session with a personal trainer from the YMCA and learn how you can get in shape outdoors while having fun. Please bring a mat or towel and water. This class is great for all age!  Wednesdays, October 7th - October 28th, 6:30-7:30pm at the Sampas Pavilion. 
Goal Setting Workshop:  Put your health first! Join us for an energizing talk with Marybeth Sherrin, ALM, MEd and life coach. Marybeth will help you strategize and make a healthy plan that is fun and great for the whole family!  Wednesday, October 14th 6:30 -7:30 PM at the Greater Lowell Family YMCA.
Put Your Beverage to the Test:  High calorie drinks are delicious but are they nutritious? Christine LaBrecque, RN will review the importance of knowing what your drinking and will put your favorite beverages to the test! This program is great for the whole family.   Monday, October 19th 6:30 - 7:30 PM at the Greater Lowell Family YMCA.
Get Heart Smart!  Do you love your heart? If so, you'll join Kathy Laferriere, RN for a program filled with great tips and tricks to keep your heart tickin'! During this program, you'll discuss heart disease, risk factors of heart diseases, prevention and treatment options, and the importance of knowing your numbers!         Thursday, October 22nd, 6:30 - 7:30 PMat the Greater Lowell Family YMCA.  For more information or to register, please visit www.lowellgeneral.org/health or call 1-877-LGH-WELL.
Lowell Farmers Market, JFK Plaza at Lowell City Hall: Every Friday through mid October from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM.  Purchase fresh Massachusetts grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental plants, cut flowers and much much more.
Pollard Memorial Library:  Parker at the Pollard: "View from the Bridge" Film Thursday, October 15 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  The bridge in the town of Mitrovica, located in northern Kosovo, has become a flashpoint in the continuing conflict between Muslims, Christians, and Roma.  This documentary film about post-war Kosovo reveals the personal insights into the religious and ethnic conflicts raging around the world today.  This event is free and open to the public.  Brought to you as part of the Moses Greeley Parker Lecture Series.  For more information, visit www.pollardml.org

Killer Poet: The Double Life of Norman Porter [2008]: Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 PM.  Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street, Special Guest: Director Susan Gray
Relive the tragic, true story of Norman Porter, a convicted double murderer from Lynn, Massachusetts, who served 25 years in prison before escaping to Chicago where he spent the next two decades living as a poet/intellectual by the name of JJ Jameson - an elaborately crafted false identity. Through the story of one charismatic man, we explore the system of justice and retribution in the United States, and the political nature of sentencing. Presented in partnership with Moses Greeley Parker Lectures. 
Visit www.lowelfilmcollaborative.org for more information.  
The Lowell Devils 2009 opening night, Saturday, October 10 at 7:00 PM vs Worcester. Magnet schedule and bang stick giveaway. For more information call (978) 458-PUCK or visit www.lowelldevilshockey.com.
Museum & Gallery News 
Revolving Museum: Open House, Saturday October 24, 7:00 PM - 9:00  Come visit us in our new home at 122 Western Avenue.   For more information visit www.revolvingmuseum.org   
American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton St.  Current exhibition, Threads: The Weaving of Stories.  Wednesdays - Sundays, 10:00 AM - 5:00  PM.   For more information, visit www.athm.org.
The Loading Dock Gallery:  Insights and Observations
3D Painting by David Barton, drawings by Jessica Cohen. 
September 30 - October 25.  Reception for the Artists
Friday - October 9,  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  For more information visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com. 
119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street:  Doin' It Together
Saturday, October 10, 6:00 PM.  Performances of the newly formed groups. During the day on Sat groups have broken off to create new music. Each group of 3-4 people will create at least 2 new songs and maybe one cover song. Music to start around 7:00 PM.    For more information visit www.119gallery.org.   
The Brush Art Gallery & Studio, 256 Market Street:  September 24 - October 25: "Herding Cats".  A Juried Exhibition to Benefit Homeless and Feral Cats of Greater Lowell.  For more information please visit  www.thebrush.org. 
Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street:  Current exhibition.  Drawings & paintings by Arshile Gorky, Mina Boehm Metzger Collection.   September 16 - November 7.  For more information visit www.whistlerhouse.org  
Image theatre. The World Premier sneak preview of Regina Eliot Ramsey's play "Impasto" performed in collaberation with the Whistler House Museum of Art.  "Impasto" is a revealing insider's look at the high stakes game of fine art commerce and one woman who beats the system her own way.  You will be treated to a viewing of the new Arshile Gorky collection, refreshments, and a Meet and Greet with the playwright and actors.   Whistler House Museum of Art,  Saturday, October 10th at 7:00PM.  Tickets: We suggest a donation of $20.00.   For reservations please call the Whistler House at 978-452-7641 
Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue: Open Studios -First Saturday of every month, noon to 5:00 PM - Western Avenue Studios opens its doors to the public. Come browse the latest works by our artists!  For more information isit  www.westernavenuestudios.com. 
The New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street: Masters Pieces:  Haberdashery Textiles in Antique Quilts,  September 24 - November 15,  featuring quilts made from recycled men's fashions, this remarkable exhibition brings together over 40 stunningly graphic works, made of menswear fabrics recycled from suits and shirts, neckties, pajamas and woolen underwear, military uniforms, work clothes-even argyle socks. The exhibit also features historic advertisements, swatch books, and catalogs from menswear companies, dating from the 1900's through the 1920's.    For more information visit a  www.nequiltmuseum.org

Got Tickets? 
The Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Tickets are currently available for the  Newsboys with special guests Seventh Day Slumber and Bread of Stone  October 9,  Foreever Tango  October 10,  Foreigner  October 17,  Champions of the Dance October 30.  For other shows and tickets please visit www.lowellauditorium.com

Merrimack Repertory Theatre:  The Seafarer, 10/15/2009 - 11/8/2009.  Nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play, this hilarious and chilling tale of the sea, Ireland and redemption brings old friends together on Christmas Eve for an all night, liquor-soaked game of poker with damningly high stakes. Steeped in Irish myth, the play is both darkly funny and surprisingly uplifting.  For more information visit www.merrimackrep.org.   
Tsongas Arena: Tickets currently available for the World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions, Friday, November 6 at 7:30 PM.   For more information visit www.paultsongasarena.com.
 Business News
Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce after hours mixer, 40 Market Street: Thursday October 15, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Featuring Hors d'oeurves and Beverages.  Where else can you make 100+ business contacts by simply walking through the door?
Young Professionals of Greater Lowell, Thursday, October 15, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Wine Tasting on the River; UMass Lowell Boathouse; complimentary wine tasting; hors d'oeuvres, chocolate dessert station; $10. 
CITY MANAGER'S SUMMIT SERIES FOLLOW UP YOU SPOKE & WE LISTENED.  The following has begun and will be ongoing to completion - estimated 6-8 weeks. The streets impacted include Middle, Palmer, Shattuck, Central, Market, Prescott. Work includes: 
Cobblestone repairs on Middle and Palmer Streets 
Installation of new crosswalks that are ADA compliant 
Installation of new handicapped ramps that are ADA compliant 
Removal of the granite rosette at Market/Central/Prescott with new pavement and crosswalks 
New crosswalks will be outlined with reused 16 inch wide granite slabs and the 8 foot interior will be smooth concrete with a scoring pattern similar to sidewalks
Construction will impact parking on the section of street where work is underway. This will allow us to retain vehicle and pedestrian traffic at all times. Parking will be restored on weekends and when work is complete. Work will be phased to reduce the inconvenience and disruption to residents and businesses. If any street closings are needed to complete work, advance notice will be provided. The contractor will do his best to complete work timely and with minimal disruption and inconvenience. We appreciate your cooperation during this process which will result in an improved historic district streetscape and enhanced pedestrian experience for all.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact DPD at 978-446-7200 and mention the Downtown Improvements
Christopher Samaras
Downtown Coordinator
Cultural Affairs & Special Events
City of Lowell,
375 Merrimack Street 
Lowell, MA 01852
t: 978.674-1481
f: 978.446.7089

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