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Monday, October 19, 2009

Downtown Lowell This Week 10/19/2009 - 10/25/2009

Lowell Launches "Buy Art" Campaign .  Organized by the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) and local arts organizations and galleries, Lowell's exciting upcoming Buy Art Campaign aims to make the process easier and more fun for all involved by introducing potential buyers to the local art opportunities in Lowell. Lowell's Buy Art Campaign will offer tours of galleries and studios, meetings with art liaisons trained in helping patrons and businesses buy art, and seminars on the value of buying local art for your home or place of business. The campaign event will take place Thursday, November, 12. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Drop in to see the art, network with your peers, hear about the value of buying local art from satisfied patrons in the business community, and pick up a copy of our new guide to buying art in Lowell. For more information call 978-674-1480
In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Museum & Gallery News
Got Tickets?
Business News
Retail & Restaurant News 
Dharma Buns Sandwich Co., 26 - A Market Street:  Now open for business!  Our full menu, including pick-up orders, and our regular hours will be in effect, 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM. Delivery service will be available starting Monday, October 19th.  For more information visit www.dharmabuns.net. 
Tutto Bene a wine and cheese cellar, 58 Prescott Street:  Saturday October 24 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.  Please join us at Tutto Bene for our October Wine Tasting Event.  This months' tasting will be hosted by Jim Barnard a certified wine educator from the MS Walker Company.  He will be offering a "Wine Tour of Italy".   This open event will give our guests a chance to try many varietals of grapes from several regions of Italy...great finds in terms of taste, variety and value.   We will be serving samples of our delicious cheeses, olives, crackers and more!  Admission is complimentary.   For more infomation call 978-459-WINE(9463).

Ole Restaurant and Tapas Bar, 76 Merrimack Street:  Salsa Thursdays!  Free Salsa Class!  For more information call (978) 735-4470.

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 Presentation and book signing, October 29, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  Ron Kolek is the Emmy-winning founder and lead investigator of the New England Ghost Project.  Along with co-author Maureen Wood, he will be here to discuss and sign their new book Ghost Chronicles: A Medium and a Paranormal Scientist Investigate 17 True Hauntings.  A journey into the unknown.  Pre-registration required.   For more information call 978-458-3939. 
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.
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. 
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.
Pollard Memorial Library:  Parker at the Pollard: Storm Chasing with Mish Michaels Thursday, October 22 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.   Join Emmy Award winning broadcast meteorologist and enviromental reporter Mish Michaels for some "Storm Chasing!" When Mish was in kindergarten, an F2 tornado ripped through her apartment complex just outside Baltimore, Maryland. It is her earliest childhood memory and she has been searching the skies ever since. Mish has been affiliated with the Meteorology Department at UMass Lowell for over a decade, where she has taught a course called "Meterological Communications."  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
The Lowell Devils will be home Tuesday,  October 20 at 7:00 PM vs Bridgeport.  For more information call (978) 458-PUCK or visit www.lowelldevilshockey.com.
The Lowell Spinners team store open offseason hours 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday.  For more information visit www. lowell.spinners.milb.com
Museum & Gallery News 
All Arts Gallery, 246 Market Street:  Saturday, October 24,
Strong at the Broken Places: Healing Art.  Opening Reception October 24, 2:00 - 4:00 PM.  Closing Reception Sunday, November 1, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM.  For more information visit  www.artsleagueoflowell.org

Revolving Museum: Open House, Saturday November 21, 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 Street:   
Current exhibition.  Textile Revolution: An Exploration through Space and Time.  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.  For more information visit 

119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street:  Make a Wish, Tuesday-Saturday October 20 - November 14, 12:00 PM -5:00 PM, Reception: Saturday October 24, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM.   Three-channel video projection by Denise Dumas, Make A Wish combines images of thunderstorms and water with an accompanying soundtrack of voiced concerns to envelop the gallery in an electrical storm of uncertainty.  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  
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  Champions of the Dance October 30 and the 1st ever Pumkin Party  October 31.  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
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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