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Monday, May 10, 2010

Downtown This Week 5/10/2010 - 5/17/2010

The ninth annual Doors Open Lowell,
presented as part of Lowell's National Preservation Month activities, will take place May 13 - 15, 2010. The event offers an insider's look into the preservation nearly thirty of Lowell's fabulous historic buildings, many not normally open to the public. It's a celebration of urban living and culture where people and preservation have made Lowell a creative
and exciting place to live, work, and visit. In 2002, Lowell was the first city in the United States to launch this prestigious event dedicated to preservation, architecture, and design.
Buildings will be open Friday May 14 (6:00 PM - 9:00 PM) and Saturday May 15 (11:00 AM - 6:00 PM). Look for old favorites this year such as well as exciting new additions to the roster of participating buildings. Don't miss Doors Open XTRAs where you can enhance your Doors Open experience through interaction with design professionals and other special activities. Check the event's website http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103374728750&s=2340&e=001NJoX6bsYh2lRcs-UG1he7ZLy403MjFVEJiNh2UZNSvflX844T4FJh6EXroJfFbKkdhhu9UXYy2DT_ckUQOx4UeO3XbjIO55h-suibYy7ORnMD67WnXw9Acwjm263w7iN for full event information and regular updates. Doors Open Lowell is presented by the Lowell Historic Board, Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell Heritage Partnership, City of Lowell, Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL).

In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Museum & Gallery News
Retail & Restaurant News

Lowell Beer Works: 203 Cabot St.: MAY 2010 - "Cheers Mate!" For May Lowell Beer Works features British Ales and Fine English Fare - "Bulfinch British Pale Ale", "Black & Tan", "Ploughman's Ale" and "Old Ironsides Ale" along with "English" menu specials including "LORD WELLINGTON'S SLIDERS", "BEER BATTERED SCALLOPS AND CHIPS", "BANGERS AND MASH", "GRILLED LAMB T-BONE CHOPS", "CHOCOLATE-TOFFEE LAYER CAKE". Beer Works is a great place for your Business or Personal Private Party - with space for groups of 20 to 300! For details & availability please contact us at at 978-937-2337 or lowell@beerworks.net. Check out our Live Bands each week. For more information visit http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103338377327&s=1954&e=0012ZijVowtFO0yy9XjftyZlsARb60NFRbkIGXhgp47mBYqo6uHhEywoU7UjsLcvAJIIyo7DKcTsbb-hm7H6peEL_16z2qvBCJgusE2gGVltGdEVOOuPwrllQ==.
Dharma Buns,
26-A Market Street: is now serving ice cream floats made with local Polar root beer, black cherry and vanilla cream sodas! For more information visit www.dharmabuns.net

La Boniche, 143 Merrimack Street: Now open for lunch on Saturday's from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM. For more information visit www.laboniche.com

Eleni's Fashions & Tailoring, 41 Bridge Street: Expert Tailoring for men, women and children.Wedding Gown Alteration Specialist 978-459-0307 elenifashion@gmail.com www.elenifashion.com

Sports & Events

Yoga on the River: Saturday Mornings, 9:00 AM. Lawrence Mills Green in between the Lawrence Mills and Tsongas Center (just off of the Riverwalk). Are you looking to free yourself of the stress of the week? Would to start your weekend off feeling refreshed and centered from the fresh morning air, sun, and soothing sounds of the Merrimack River? Join us for Yoga on the River! Classes will feature a sequence of postures and breathing exercises designed to build strength, flexibility, balance and gain a deeper sense of well being. All levels welcome. Classes led by Jon Brandi, Certified Yoga instructor. For more Information visit www.bromyoga.com

Community Gardens Greenhouse annual "Spring Fling" plant sale! 220 Aiken Street: Get your annuals, perennials, vegetables & herbs! Saturday, May 15, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Saturday May 22, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. For more information visit www. communitygardensgreenhouse.org

Concord River Whitewater Rafting: Sign up for this year's Concord River Whitewater Rafting Season! Class III & IV rapids through the green heart of Lowell. Trips run at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays through May. For more information visit www.lowelllandtrust.org or www.zoaroutdoor.com. .
June through September the Lowell Summer Music Series presents summer concerts at Boarding House Park at French and John Streets in Downtown Lowell. For more information visit www.lowellsummermusic.org.
Lowell Spinners,
Individual and group t
ickets now available. Bark in the Park Day, Sunday July 11 the Spinners will host "Bark in the Park Night" with dogs welcome and the BaHa Men appearing! !
For more information visit
Pol lard Memorial Library: May 15, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Opening Reception for Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation. For more information, visit www.pollardml.org.
Liberty Hall, 50 E. Merrimack Street: Love Songs for Losers The Rock Opera, May 22 and 23 at 6:00 PM. For more inforamation visit www.lovesongsforlosers.com


"Browsing Through Birke's" - Tuesday, May 18 at 6:00 PM, Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street. Come learn the full story behind downtown Lowell's renowned Birke's Department Store owned and operated by Nathan and Sala (Sally) Birke for almost 50 years. Considered a retail and neighborhood treasure by locals, Birke's closed its doors in 2004, leaving a myriad of stories and memories behind. Visit www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org for more information.

"Enlighten Up" - Monday, May 24 at 7:30 PM, Life Alive Urban Oasis and Organic Café, 194 Middle Street. Follow Nick Rosen and filmmaker Kate Churchill on a global journey to find what's at the heart of Yoga. Humorous, real, and wonderfully emotional, Yoga skeptic Nick does his best to find enlightenment as he reveals the good, bad, and often confusing side to the practice of Yoga through the gurus and practitioners he meets along the way. Presented in partnership with BromYoga, Life Alive, and the Lowell Film Collaborative. For more visit


Museum & Gallery News

American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton Street. 50th Anniversary Celebration, May 23. From spinning wheels to space gloves, from hand looms to nano-technology - the American Textile History Museum has come a long way in their first 50 years. Free admission on Sunday, May 23, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Includes admission to all three exhibitions: Textile Revolution: An Exploration through Space and Time; More Than a Number; and Inspired Design: Lasell College at ATHM. Fifty percent off all Museum memberships, special discounts at the "TexStyles" boutique, and hands-on fun for the kids, including a scavenger hunt and take-home crafts. For more information, visit www.athm.org.

Ayer Lofts Gallery, 172 Middle Street: David Phaneuf solo show Pen and Ink Drawings
Running through May 30..

The Loading Dock Gallery: VIEWPOINTS, Sculpture by David Crane & Photography by Arlette Laan, Wednesday, May 5th - Sunday, May 30th. For more information visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com.
Brush Art Gallery & Studio
, 256 Market Street: April 4 - June 6, TEA, SWORDS AND STITCHES: A Contemporary Interpretation of Classic Kimono Design. Curated and organized by Cynthia Hughes and Glenn Szegedy. Exhibition Features Displays of Classic Japanese Kimonos, Swords, Embroidery, Netsuke, and Soari Weaving. F
or more information please visit
119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street: Hamlet, May 14,15 & 16 at 7:00 PM. For more information visit www.119gallery.org.
Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street: David Wells Roth, Places and Faces, April 28 to June 12, Reception: May 15, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. For more information visit www.whistlerhouse.org

Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue: -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 visit http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=orpeetdab.0.9re594bab.jcl44pbab.2340&ts=S0480&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.westernavenuestudios.com%2F.
New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street: Opening Reception for Women's Writes: Signature Quilts and Their Stories, May 15, 1:00 PM.

Got Tickets?
Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
: Slayer and Megadeth w/ Testament, Saturday, August 14th at 7:00 PM. For more information visit http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=orpeetdab.0.nj7qsidab.jcl44pbab.2340&ts=S0480&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.uml.edu%2Ftsongascenter.
Merrimack Repertory Theatre: Regional Premiere! The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, April 22 to May 16. A cheating husband, a meddling neighbor and a dropped ice cream cone combine to shatter Rhonda Russell's quiet, suburban life. Seven very different characters each offer their own perspective of the day Rhonda went berserk - all played by a single gifted performer. A captivatingly brilliant and heartfelt tour de force about loss and ultimate redemption. For more information visit www.merrimackrep.org.

The Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Tickets are currently available for Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance May 12, Darius Rucker May 23 and Daniel O'Donnell May 26. For other shows and tickets please visit www.lowellauditorium.com.

Business News

Save the Date: Lowell Celebrates National Small Buisiness week. May 24, 2010 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM, UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center

Innovative Cities: Best Practices in Urban Development: Learn About Best Practices in Place at Six Model Cities June 17-19,at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Inn & Conference Center. For more information, visit www.innovativecitiesconference.com

The Lowell Small Business Assistance Center is presenting a free seminar "Weathering the Economic Storm - From Crisis to Recovery". Monday, May 17 at 6:00 PM. This seminar will help businesses identify symptoms and signs that predict and measure their performance and will discuss how to reposition your business to take advantage of the impending recovery. For more information and to register please contact Maria Ramirez at (978)322-8403.

Spring Household Hazardous Waste Day, Saturday, May 22 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Cawley Stadium. For more information please visit http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=orpeetdab.0.sln8vsdab.jcl44pbab.2340&ts=S0480&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lowellrecycle.org%2F


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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