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Monday, March 8, 2010

Downtown This Week 3/08/2010 - 3/15/2010


City Manager Bernie Lynch presents iPod to winner Danairis Santiago.

Week 1 Winner Announced!  Congratulations to our first iShop winner, Danairis Santiago of Lowell!  Danairis entered at Giovanni's on Merrimack Street and won an iPod Touch.  Her prize was awarded on Friday, March 5th at Giovanni's.
iSHOP Lowell 2010: Buy Now, Win Later!  
Win an iPod Touch, a season pass to the Lowell Summer Music Series, or a new Apple iPad.   The City of Lowell, under the Division of Planning and Development - Office of Economic Development, is initiating a shopping sweepstakes to expose people to the attractive variety of offerings available in downtown and to encourage additional foot traffic and visitation to these retail and restaurant businesses. The sweepstakes will officially run from February 21, 2010 to May 7, 2010 and will be conducted in the following manner:   Spend $25 at a downtown retail or restaurant business and enter to win in a weekly drawing.  The sweepstakes will occur over an 8-week period from February 21 to April 16; grand prize drawing on May 7.  Weekly prizes are either an iPod Touch or a season pass to the Lowell Summer Music Series (the prize will alternate each week); grand prize is an iPad.  Ballot boxes and entry forms will be made available at downtown businesses for easy submission.  Additional information, as well as rules and regulations, available on www.lowell.org .
In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Museum & Gallery News
Retail & Restaurant News 

Lowell Beer Works: 203 Cabot St.: February 2010 - "To Irish Ales...Irish Fare....to Ireland.   Slainte!" This MARCH Lowell Beer Works features  Irish Ales including "Crimson Clover Irish Red", "Dublin Dark", "Irish Cream Stout" and "Irish Amber Lager" and Irish country-fare food specials including "Potato Leek Soup", "Galway Pork Chops", "Beer Battered Hake", "Lamb Colcannon" and "Bailey's Irish Layer Cake".  Beer Works is a great place for your Business or Personal Private Party - with space for groups of 20 to 300!   Check out our Live Bands each week.  For more information call 978-937-2337,  email us at lowell@beerworks.net , visit www.beerworks.net or stop by!  

Monkey's Ice Cream Gifts & More, 66 Merrimack Street:   Along with our premium ice cream & frozen yogurt, we are now offering funky gifts, local art, and fairtrade crafts.  For more information visit www.monkeysicecream.com.
Cobblestones, 91 Dutton Street:  Comedy Night-Lowell Improv, Friday March 12th.  $10.00.  7:00 PM snacks, 8:00 PM show. Reservations recommended, 978-970-2282.


Market Street Market

, 95 Market Street:   Wine tasting, Thursday,  March 11th from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.  For more information call 978-735-4523.   
Sports & Events 
Lowell Devils: The only thing cooler than watching your favorite Devils players live on the ice at the Tsongas Arena is actually getting to meet them at a post-game Team Autograph Session, presented by Fidelity Investments!  All fans in attendance will be able to meet the Lowell Devils team on the concourse and get autographs and take pictures with their favorite players! This is the perfect opportunity for Devils fans to make their jersey, game program, or team pennant into a collectible piece of Lowell Devils history!  Sunday March 21, 4:00 vs. Worcester Sharks..  For more information visit www.lowelldevilshockey.com

Lowell Film Festival,  will showcase films of Hollywood's Golden Age of the 1930s, \including "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," "It Happened One Night," and the original "Grapes of Wrath." April  8 - 10.   For more information visit  www.lowellfilms.org.

's "Agricultural Film Series" at Life Alive Café Continues! Life Alive Urban Oasis & Organic Café, 194 Middle Street:  The series has announced new dates and times -- please visit www.lowellfilmcollaborative.orgfor full details! Grab dinner at Life Alive and stay for the following films, all free and open to the public: Thursday, March 11, 7:30 PM: "Good Food Film Shorts from the Media That Matters Film Festival" - Ready for some food for thought? Sixteen fabulous film shorts entertain (and educate!) on the enjoyment of food, healthy eating, and sustainability. Thursday, March 25, 7:30 PM: "Good Food" - Something remarkable is happening in the fields and orchards of the Pacific Northwest: small family farmers are making a comeback by growing much healthier food, and lots more food per acre, while using less energy and water than factory farms. Come see how! Presented byLife Alive Urban Oasis and Café, WorldPEAS CSA, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, AudioPark Productions, Community Teamwork, Inc., and theLowell Film Collaborative.
Lowell Spinners Announce 2010 LeLacheur Concert!  Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Phil Lesh.   For a third consecutive summer LeLacheur Park will play host to more than just Spinners baseball, former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, will play at the ballpark Wednesday, June 30, 2010.  Tickets now available. For more information visit www.lowell.spinners.milb.com 
Pol lard  Memorial LibraryMother 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, March  9,16 & 23. Two identical programs each day at 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM.   Independent Film Night: Thursday, March 11, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM, Troubled Water.  Independent films are not rated by the MPAA and should be considered for mature audiences. For more information visit www.pollardml.org 
Museum & Gallery News 

Lowell Travelogue Series.  Pay a virtual visit to a different National Park location each week as Lowell National Historical Park begins its "travelogue Series." Plan ahead for your summer vacation or just spend some time learning about a new and exciting place that may be right in your own backyard!  For more information visit www.nps.gov/lowe

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.   Upcoming exhibition: More Than a Number, April 17 - July 25.   F or more information, visit www.athm.org.
The Loading Dock Gallery:  A Photo Retrospective by Jeffrey Engel, Wednesday March 3 - Sunday, March 28.   For more information visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com
Brush Art Gallery & Studio, 256 Market Street:  February 28 - March 27, VISUAL VOICES IV: Primary Colors,  For more information please visit  www.thebrush.org
119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street Living Things, Thursday, March 11, 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM.   For more information visit www.119gallery.org.
Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street: Ginger Levant: Landscapes & Still Lifes, March 3 - April 17, Reception March 13, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.  For more information visit www.whistlerhouse.org 
The New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street: Kinder Komforts: Amish Crib Quilts, March 4 - May 9:  Bringing together many of the most remarkable examples of Amish quilting, all the more exquisite for their small dimensions, Kinder Komforts represents a new view of Amish quilt making.  Amish crib quilts are made with the same saturated colors and simple, striking patterns as traditional large-scale Amish quilts. They are made, however, with a greater degree of freedom than large quilts, precisely because they are intended for rough wear and utilitarian purposes. These small quilts present notable variations in color and design, making Kinder Komforts an eye-opener even for those who think they know Amish quilting. F or more information visit a  www.nequiltmuseum.org

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.


Arts League of Lowell (ALL) Gallery, 246 Market Street, February 28 to March 27: Secondary Colors: Artwork by Lowell's Middle School.  For more information visit www.artsleagueoflowell.com

Got Tickets? 
Tsongas Center  at UMass Lowell
:  Curious  George Live April 24th at 11:00 am ON SALE Friday, March 12.   For more information visit www.uml.edu/tsongascenter.
Merrimack Repertory Theatre:  WORLD PREMIERE!  The Last Days of Mickey & Jean by Richard Dresser: 3/18/2010 - 4/11/2010.  Commissioned just for Merrimack Repertory Theatre audiences, this new original comedy is a retirement story with a twist. Constantly on the run with his no-longer young girlfriend, an aging fugitive mobster is forced into early retirement, taking him away from the one thing he truly loves - his work.  For more information visit www.merrimackrep.org.

The Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Tickets are currently available for, The Chieftains, March 11,  Le Grand Cirque, March 19  and Xtreme Championship Fight League, March 26.   For other shows and tickets please visit www.lowellauditorium.com.

 Business News
Lowell Small Business Assistance Center Payroll and Taxes Seminar:  Monday, March 15 at 6:00 PM.  To Register Contact Maria Ramirez at 978-322-8403 or mramirez@comteam.org
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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