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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Downtown This Week 1/18/2010 - 1/25/2010

Get Ready for Winterfest 2010!  Friday, February 5 - Saturday, February 6.  Families from around New England can celebrate the wonders of winter at Lowell's 10th Annual Winterfest Celebration. Festivities include live entertainment, arts & crafts, kids activities, outdoor ice skating, soup bowl competition, the crowd favorite - the National Human Dogsled Championship  and the new Family Iditarod Challenge.  For more information visit www.lowell.org.
In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Museum & Gallery News
Got Tickets?
Business News
Retail & Restaurant News 

LaBoniche, 143 Merrimack Street Fundraiser for Earthquake Relief!  Please join us for music, entertainment and complimentary Afro-Caribean buffet. Guest speaker Caryn Cosse Bell, Professor of History, UMass. Lowell. $20 donation for individuals, $30 for couples, Children under 12 free.   For more information call 978-458-9473.

ETSOGO RESTARUANT, 16 Merrimack Street: At Etsogo, you will enjoy a blend of the finest Japanese, Chinese, Malaysian & Thai cuisine with friendly hospitality.   We take pride in using only the freshest ingredients for all your meals.   Home of the popular "PARADISE ROLL" and many other signature rolls.  Gift Certificates and Party Platters Available.  For more information visit www.etsogo.net.

The Gazebo Cafe, 491 Dutton Street:  Open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM and Saturday-Sunday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM. Delivery available. Call 978-454-7455 to place an order, or to ask about having a function at the Gazebo Café.


Garcia Brogan's Cantina Pub & Restaurant, 131 Middlesex Street: Live Traditional Irish Music Every Friday at 6:00 pm.  For more information visit www.garciabrogans.com.

Sports & Events 
Upcoming Films in Downtown Lowell! 
FREE Agricultural Film Series at Life Alive Café.  Join us at Life Alive Café on select Sunday evenings for a series of documentaries and creative film shorts focusing on good food, sustainability, and community supported agriculture! Presented by Life Alive Urban Oasis & Organic Café, WorldPEAS CSA, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, and the Lowell Film Collaborative. More information at www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org "Upcoming Events."
January 24, 7:00 PM: "Fresh" February 28, 7:00 PM: "Food Film Shorts from the Media That Matters Film Festival" March 28, 7:00 PM "Good Food"

"My Big Fat Greek Wedding "Monday, February 22 at 7:00 PM, Athenian Corner Restaurant, 207 Market Street, Admission: $5 suggested donation.  Enjoy this fun, romantic sleeper hit comedy starring Nia Vardalos and John Corbett! More information at www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org "Upcoming Events."

The Lowell Devils  Power Play Pack is the best way to catch the exciting hockey action, get your hands on the most-wanted Lowell Devils collectibles and save some money!  For more information visit www.lowelldevilshockey.com.  

 Lowell Spinners:  When Group ticket sales begin on February 1, so will the sale of the 2010 Mini-Plans.   Packages are limited (some packages more than others). Mini-Plans will be available both online and by phone at 978-459-BALL, as well as in person at the Spinners Box Office.  For more information visit www.lowell.spinners.milb.com
Lowell YMCA Dance Department Winter session,
January 4 - February 11.  Welcome to our NEW 2010 winter dance session. We are excited to offer the following classes.  Preschool Dance   Ages 3-5 , Ballet + Tap   Ages 5-7, Hip- Hop   Ages 7 & up, Little Tumblers Ages 3-5,  
Junior Tumblers Ages 5-7 , Adult Modern Dance for beginners Ages 18 & up.  Sessions run every 6 weeks. Contact Gia Saraceni for registration information  978-454-7825 ex 20   or email giaymca@yahoo.
Pollard Memorial Library:   Mother Goose on the Loose is a series of nursery rhyme programs for children from birth through age three. Big sisters and brothers are welcome too. Come to Mother Goose and give your brood a boost!  Tuesdays, January 26th, February 2nd & 9th and March 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd.  We will have two identical programs each day at 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM.  For more information call Chidrens Library at 978-970-4122 or visit www.pollardml.org





Museum & Gallery News 
American Textile History Museum,  491 Dutton Street: Textile Revolution: An Exploration through Space and Time, to spin, weave, recycle, and design your way through textile history. See how textiles are changing your world, from protective clothing for firefighters and soldiers to revolutionary "shark skin" suits for our gold-medal Olympic swimmers - and so much more. You'll never look at the fascinating world of textiles the same way again. For more information, visit www.athm.org.
The Loading Dock Gallery:  Body & Soul Reduction Linoleum Prints and Paintings by Susan Jaworski-Stranc and Gail Zwerling February 3 - February 28.  Artists Reception:  Friday, February 5th from 6:30 - 9 pm.  For
more information visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com
Brush Art Gallery & Studio, 256 Market Street:  Sunday, January17  - February 21: EXTINCT! Endangered Species & Habitats; reception Saturday January 23, 2:00-4:00 pmFor more information please visit  www.thebrush.org
119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street:  House of 1000 Dust Catchers, Tuesday January 12 - Saturday February 13, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  For more information visit www.119gallery.org.
Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street: Current exhibit: Lowell Dreaming: Linda McCluskey; exhibit continues through February 20.  For more information visit www.whistlerhouse.org  
The New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street: Masters: 40 Contemporary Art Quilters through  February 25, 2010.
Masters explores the cutting edge of art quilting, with today's most regarded global quilt artists represented in this comprehensive exhibition. Guest curator Martha Sielman has assembled a seminal collection of representative works by master art quilters, explored in this exhibition and in Sielman's companion book, Masters: Art Quilts. This expansive look at state of the art quilting brings together works by artists from around the world including Australia, the UK, Japan, Israel, Hungary, France, South Africa, Denmark, and Belgium.   For more information visit a  www.nequiltmuseum.org
The ALL Gallery, 246 Market Street:   Exposed II, January 9, 2010 - February 21, 2010.  For more information visit www.artsleagueoflowell.com

Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue:  Open Studios -First Saturday of every month, noon to 5pm - Western Avenue Studios opens its doors to the public. Come browse the latest works by our artists!   For more information visit www.westernavenuestudios.com.

Got Tickets? 
Tsonga s Arena
: Tickets currently available for  Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin, Saturday February 13 at 7:00 PM and Slayer, Megadeth w/ Testament  Sunday, February 14th at 7:00 PM.  For more information visit www.paultsongasarena.com.
Merrimack Repertory Theatre:   Fabuloso, A Play by John Kolvenbach, 1/7/2010 - 1/31/2010.  Do you have a friend who is the life of the party? But what if that friend never left and the party never stopped? Teddy and Kate are living a quiet existence in their one-bedroom apartment, until Teddy's long lost friend, Arthur, appears out of the blue, with his fiancée in tow. A screwball comedy of living life to the fullest.  For more information visit www.merrimackrep.org.

The Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Tickets are currently available for Golden Gloves Boxing January 8 - February 17Sesame Street Live "When Elmo Grows Up", January 21 - 24 and Rain - A tribute to the Beatles, January 27.   For other shows and tickets please visit www.lowellauditorium.com.

 Business News

Lowell Downtown Neighborhood Association:  The next LDNA meeting is scheduled for Monday January 25th, 7:00 PM, at Caffe Paradiso. Please visit http://lowelldna.blogspot.com/ for more information.

National Senior Network:   A new decade begins with hopes raised for a healthier economy and brighter future. However this remains only a wish for the many people who are struggling to make a living. For those over the age of 55 the task of finding a job can be daunting.  Here is a resource that can help: The National Senior Network (NSN).  NSN has job openings in participating organizations for workers over 55 in Middlesex and Essex Counties. Candidates with incomes that qualify for the program may receive:   Paid Experience working for non-profit or government agency, Interviewing and Job Search Assistance, Access to New Job Skills for today's marketplace,    Entre to Employers who want to hire experienced workers. Call to find out if your income qualifies you for this opportunity,  978-275-9740.  Please visit  http://nationalable.org/Job-Seekers/Able-Senior-Services-JobSeekers.html for more information.
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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