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Monday, July 19, 2010

Downtown This Week 7/19/2010 - 7/26/2010


The Lowell Folk Festival, July 23 - 25.   The Folk Festival will begin on Friday evening, July 23 with a kick-off parade and music and ethnic foods at two performance stages: Dutton Street Dance Pavilion and Boarding House Park.  On Saturday, July 24, everything kicks off at noon until 6:00 pm with music, ethnic foods, crafts demonstrations and more throughout downtown Lowell.  At 6:40 the evening kicks off with a parade, then at 7:00 pm, the music continues into the evening at Dutton Street Dance Pavilion and Boarding House Park.  On Sunday, July 25, the final day of this year's festival will run from noon through 6:00 pm throughout downtown Lowell.  For more  information  please visit the Festival website at www.lowellfolkfestival.org.

In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Museum & Gallery News
Retail & Restaurant News 
Barnes & Noble, 151 Merrimack Street: Author Book Signing and Reading, Saturday, July 31st 2:00 PM. Thousand-Cricket Song, by Catherine Strisik, is a glimpse into Cambodian life 25 years after the invasion by the Khmer Rouge regime.  For more information call 978-458-3939.
The Athenian Corner presents Thursday Night Concerts on the Corner.  Lowell's Johannah Zacharer kicks off Folk Festival weekend with a Concert on the Corner this Thursday, July 22nd from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM.  The music continues Friday & Saturday night as Mike Ryan and his band perform a pair of shows Friday and Saturday night @ the Athenian's outdoor patio. Showtime is for those performances is 7:00 PM.   All shows are free and open to the public. Dinner and drinks are served all evening.
LaBoniche, Inc. 143 Merrimack Street:  Wine Tasting every Thursday.   This weeks Featured Wine, Wolf Blass Reisling.  For more information visit  www.laboniche.com.
Olympia Restaurant, 453 Market Street:  July 19 - September 1.  Half price menu Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.  For more information visit www.newolympia.com.   
Lowell Taekwondo, 17 Shattuck Street:    Home of Respect and Discipline:   For more information visit www.lowelltaekwondo.com.
Lowell Beer Works: 203 Cabot St.: "Saddle Up!"  For July, Lowell Beer Works features Wheat Beers and Southwestern Chow you'll be willing to ride across the range for!  - July's featured beers include Summerworks (a medium-bodied, unfiltered summer ale), Weizen Bock (a German style strong, dark wheat beer), Salem Amber Hefe (a spicy copper colored Hefe) and The Haymarket Hefe Weizen  (a German-style wheat beer brewed with authentic Weizen yeast).  Enjoy these great wheat beers along with  Beer Works' Southwestern menu specials including "BBQ Pork Sliders", "Grilled Chicken and Chipolte Sausages", "Pasillo Swordfish", "Texas Style Steaks", "Chocolate Mole Layer Cake" and more.  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 978-937-2337 or lowell@beerworks.net.   Check out our Patio and Live Bands each week.  For more information visit www.beerworks.net.   
Sports & Events 
Mark your calendars.   From August 1 -15, restaurants throughout the Greater Merrimack Valley region will participate in the Greater Merrimack Valley Second Annual Restaurant Showcase Week presented by the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau..   Food lovers will have the chance to sample the best cuisine that each participating restaurant has to offer.   There will be either a two-course lunch or three-course diner with fixed prices starting at just $9.10.  Restaurant Showcase Week kicks off on July 29th at Lowell's LeLacheur Park, home of the Lowell Spinners, with our  Summer Sam Fest celebration.  Come experience food samplings from our participating restaurants and take part in our Sam Adams comparative beer tasting while enjoying live music provided by Jen Kearney and the Lost Onion.  All proceeds will benefit the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.  For more information and a list of participating restaurants, visit www.merrimackvalley.org
Outdoor film screening and National Night Out celebration:  See "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial", Tuesday, August 3 (rain date, August 10) at the C.W. Morey Elementary School, 114 Pine Street.
Don't miss this FREE special outdoor event presented by the Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group, the Lowell Police Department, and other event partners in commemoration of National Night Out! Festivities begin at 6PM with visits and demonstrations from the Lowell Fire Department and the Lowell Police Department K-9 Unit. Stay for a special outdoor screening of "E.T." starting at 8PM, including free popcorn! Complete details at www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org.
Lowell Farmers Market:  Locally grown produce is better tasting, better for you, better for our local economy and better for our global environment!  Open every Friday from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM through October 22nd at JFK Plaza, Lowell City Hall Live cooking demonstrations at 4:30 PM.  For more information contact Community Teamwork, Inc. (978) 459-0551.
Lowell Spinners:   Sunday, July 25 at 5:05 PM vs. Connecticut,

Allie Gator Bobble Head Giveaway  and Monday  July 26 at 12:05 PM vs. Connecticut, Kids Dental Kit Giveaway.  

For more information and tickets visit www.lowell.spinners.milb.com
Pollard  Memorial Library:  Beat the heat and join us for a summer storytime! These story times are designed for children ages 4 to 7. Space is limited, and registration is require, July 21, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM.   For more information, visit www.pollardml.org. 
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
Museum & Gallery News 
Lowell National Historical Park, 246 Market Street: Through August 23: Canal boat tours daily: "Working the Water Boat Tour" - 90-minute tour on the Pawtucket Canal; daily at 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, Thursday. & Friday at 1:00 PM  "Engineering Innovation Tour" - two hour tour; daily at 12:00, Thursday & Friday  at 3:30 PM.  The "Full Works" Tour - by boat, trolley and foot, starting at Lower Locks, through Swamp Locks and Guard Locks on the Pawtucket Canal, to the Merrimack River, Francis Gatehouse, Pawtucket Gatehouse and "River Transformed" exhibit at the Wannalancit Mills; three hour tour Saturday, July 31, 2:30 PM; Sunday, Aug. 8 & 22, 2:30 PM; "Evening Cruise" - pack a brown bag supper for a cruise on the Merrimack River, Pawtucket Canal, the mill pond and the upstream section of the river; two hour tour, Thursday and Friday, 6:00 PM.

ALL Arts Gallery, 246 Market Street: The Arts League of Lowell's seventh annual Lowell Folk Festival Members' Exhibition, in the ALL Arts Gallery at 246 Market Street. Friday-Sunday, July 23 -25 with extended gallery hours: Friday 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM -9:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM.  For more information visit www.artsleagueoflowell.org

American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton Street:  High Style:  Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture. August 14 - January 2. This exhibit gives a rare and fascinating glimpse into the personal world of style of Betsy Bloomingdale, one of the America's most celebrated socialites and fashion icons. Showcases magnificent designs from the couture houses of Givenchy, Chanel, Dior, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, and many more, worn to celebrated occasions, including the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. Visitwww.athm.org.
The Loading Dock Gallery: Cycles and Seasons by Margot Stage and Glenn Szegedy, June 30 - July 25.  For more information visit  
Brush Art Gallery & Studio
, 256 Market Street:  Artists at the Brush Exhibition: Fluidity, June 13 to August 6.  F
or more information please visit
119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford StreetMembers Exhibit, July 13 - July 31.  For more information visit www.119gallery.org.
Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street:  Lowell- Rooftops and Widow's Walks by Don Sullivan.  June 23 - July 29.  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: Contemporary Broderie Perse: An Elegant Revival, July 15 - October 17.  
For more information visit www.nequiltmuseum.org
Got Tickets? 
Tsongas Center  at UMass Lowell
: Slayer and Megadeth w/ Testament, Saturday, August 14th at 7:00 PM.   For more information visit www.uml.edu/tsongascenter.
Merrimack Repertory Theatre: 
July  5 - August 13.  Young Artists at Play Summer Theatre Program for students in grades 1-12, that includes theatre camps, performance seminars and musical theatre workshops.. For more information visit www.merrimackrep.org.

The Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Tickets are currently available for Menopause The Musical, August 3 & 4 and The Cast of the Deadliest Catch Live, Featuring Captain Sig and the Hillstrand Brothers, September 11.  For other shows and tickets please visit www.lowellauditorium.com.

 Business News
Lowell Small Business Assistance Center Free Legal Workshop - July 21, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Middlesex Community College, Federal Building Assembly Room: The Lawyers' Committee's Belin Economic Justic Project provides free legal assistance to small businesses on many issues, including: Contracts, Real Estate(including leases and zoning), Business Entity Formation, Employment Matters, How to protect yourself and your business.  To RSVP call (617)988-0604 or email wcollins@lawyerscom.org
Christopher Samaras
Downtown Coordinator
Cultural Affairs & Special Events
City of Lowell, 
50 Arcand Drive 
Lowell, MA 01852
t: 978.674-1481
f: 978.446.7089

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