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Monday, May 17, 2010

Downtown This Week 5/172010 - 5/24/2010

Lowell Celebrates National Small Business Week: Come join the City of Lowell as we celebrate National Small Business Week by recognizing and showing appreciation to the hardworking small business owners of our community, while also having the opportunity to attend educational workshops that will be helpful in successfully operating a small business. The City of Lowell Small Business Week event will also connect you with hundreds of leaders in the small business community that will allow you to walk away with new contacts, innovative ideas, and the right resources that will be beneficial in starting, maintaining, or expanding your small business today!  May 24th, 9:30 AM- 6:00 PM, UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren Street:  For more information visit.  For more information visit http://lowell.org/Pages/LowellCelebratesSmallBusinessWeek.aspx
In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Museum & Gallery News
Retail & Restaurant News 

Cobblestones Restaurant, 91 Dutton Street: New summer menu is due next week.  New items are heavily guarded secrets, but one thing is for sure...LOBSTER!  And don't forget our Hump Day Lunch Buffet every Wednesday, all you can eat only $11.99.  For more information visit www.cobblestonesoflowell.com

Stur, 179 Central Street: May 22, 10:30 PM-1:30 AM, Trude Witham Jazz Quartet. With Trude on sax, Ted on guitar, Justin on electric bass, and Carol on drums, this quartet delivers smoothrenditions of both contemporary jazz and popular tunes like Watermelon Man, Moondance, and Take 5. $Free.  For more information visit www.sturlowell.com
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 www.beerworks.net.
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 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 and tickets visit
Pol lard  Memorial Library:  Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation  Hard Working History: Lincoln, Emancipation, and the Civil War 150 Years Later, Tuesday, May 18 at 7:00 PM, A Knot of Relations: Henry, Eliza, Andrew, and Gustavus, Wednesday, May 19 at 7:00 PM,  Lives of Civil War Soldiers and Civilians, Saturday, May 22 at 1:00 PM, Lowell Reads Lincoln, Wednesday, May 26 at 6:30 PM.  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 

All Arts Gallery - EARTHLY CONNECTIONS III -  May 15 through June 13. Reception: June 6, 2010, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  Sponsored and produced by ANCIENT ECHOS ARTS of Chelmsford, MA in partnership with the Arts League of Lowell. Works from the ceramists of ANCIENT ECHOS ARTS, with guest artists Kellie Weeks  and Gregory Wright working in encaustic and Gillian Frazier working in acrylic and charcoal. ALL Arts Gallery, 246 Market Street.

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 
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 StreetNicole Ratos Enerson, Winner of the gallery's 5th Annual Juried Show, A|Symmetrical Love May 19 - June 8.  Reception: Saturday May 22, 3:00 - 6:00 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.  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 www.westernavenuestudios.com.   
New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street: Current exhibition: Women's Writes: Signature Quilts & Stories, May 13 - July 11.  
For more information visit www.nequiltmuseum.org
Got Tickets? 
Tsongas Center  at UMass Lowell
:  Jason Varitek Celebrity Putt Putt, Thursday, July 1 at 7:00 PM.  Slayer and Megadeth w/ Testament, Saturday, August 14th at 7:00 PM.   For more information visit www.uml.edu/tsongascenter.
Merrimack Repertory Theatre: 
2010 MRT Auction, May 20 at 6:00 PM.  "Experience The Magic" at Merrimack Rep's bi-annual live and silent auction with special guest auctioneer Susan Wornick. For more information visit www.merrimackrep.org.

The Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Tickets are currently available for Darius Rucker  May 23, Daniel O'Donnell May 26 and An evening with James Cameron, Award-winning Director, Producer and Writer of Avatar, Titanic, Aliens, Rambo and The Terminator June 16.     For other shows and tickets please visit www.lowellauditorium.com.

 Business News
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
Spring Household Hazardous Waste Day
 Saturday, May 22 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Cawley Stadium.  For more information
please visit www.lowellrecycle.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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