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Spring means better weather and also the start of many events through out the city! Check out some of these events for the month of April.

Quilts Japan – The 11th Quilt Nihon Exhibition
Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck St

The New England Quilt Museum is the only Northeast venue to showcase these award-winning quilts from the international competition of the Japanese Handicraft Instructors’ Association.

Whitewater Rafting on the Concord River
It’s been a cold and snowy winter, so this is going to be great season for whitewater rafting on the Concord. Be sure to call first.

Share Your Story in support of Our Marathon Digital Archive
APRIL 9, 4:30PM 
Pollard Memorial Library
401 Merrimack St.

Our Marathon is a crowd-sourced archive related to the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013; the subsequent search, capture, and trial of the individuals who planted the bombs; and the city’s healing process. Members of the Our Marathon team will be at the library to talk about the project and help you share your story (or photos, text messages, social media, etc.). Please stop by and add your story to the website.

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Contact: Sean Thibodeau, Coordinator of Community Planning



Re: First Friday Forum at the Pollard Library

Date: Friday, April 4, 2014 Coffee with the Library Director 10AM – 11 AM

          Feature Film 11 AM – 1PM

Title: Library to Host First Friday Forums Starting In April

Place: Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA 01852

Do you have any questions or suggestions for your local library? Now’s your chance to be heard—and to enjoy some coffee and a movie. Pollard Library Director, Victoria Woodley, will be hosting an open forum conversation with patrons over coffee on the first Friday of the month beginning in April. “We’re trying to find ways to better connect with our patrons,” Woodley said, “to communicate with them about the materials, programs and services we offer and to learn from them how we can better serve their needs. What better way to do this than by having a chat over coffee.” The open forum coffee with the director will run from 10AM to 11AM and patrons can stick around for a feature film beginning at 11AM. For more information about this first Friday form please contact Sean Thibodeau, Coordinator of Community Planning at sthibodeau@mvlc.org or 978-674-1542

For more information about this and other Pollard Library events visit our website: www.pollardml.org or our Pollard Library Blog: www.blog.pollardml.org. We’re also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pollardml and Twitter www.twitter.com/pollardml


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CONTACT:  Susan Halter / Director,

Lowell Office of Cultural Affairs and Special Events




These Dogs Don’t Run in the Rain National Human Dog Sled Competition Rescheduled

WinterFest 2014, Friday, February 21 – Saturday, February 22, 2014

(LOWELL, MA – February 21, 2014) The life of the outdoor event planner is never dull!  Weeks of snow have warmed over night to forecasts of heavy rain and thunderstorms for the opening ceremonies of Lowell’s WinterFest.  Event planners and City officials this morning made the call to reschedule the National Human Dog Sled Competition preliminary round and costume competition to Saturday, February 22 at 2 pm.  All other events will take place as scheduled. In the event of heavy rain, tonight’s opening ceremonies will be moved inside of Club Celsius.

City officials cited participant safety as the reason for the change. 

For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets to tonight’s Microbrew Competition please visit www.lowell.org.

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Susan Halter / Director, Lowell Office of Cultural Affairs and Special Events




Ice Wall one of Several New Activities at Lowell WinterFest

WinterFest 2014, Friday, February 21 – Saturday, February 22, 2014

Lowell Kids Week February 17-22, New England Music Awards, Saturday, February 22




(LOWELL, MA – February 12, 2014) Inspired by the Great Wall of China, Lowla Bear has requested several new activities for this year’s WinterFest.  Communicating from the ancient city, Lowla has worked with the City’s Special Events Coordinator Chris Samaras to engage Wicked Good Ice of Rochester New Hampshire. winterfestThis new ice team will create a 5’ x 10’ ice wall on JFK Plaza where kids will be able to have their names carved during WinterFest weekend.  In addition to the ice wall there will be tic tac snow and a corn hole game, both constructed from ice.


“While we can’t compete with China’s budget for their Ice and Snow Festival,” said Special Events Coordinator Chris Samaras, “our sponsors have been very generous this year, which is allowing us to introduce several new activities to WinterFest.  We’re very excited!”


In addition to the ice games, which will be available Saturday from noon-5pm on JFK Plaza, this year’s WinterFest will feature a carved Ice Chair in which visitors will be able to pose for photographs. 


Club Celsius — Lowell goes for the gold

Building on a Winter Olympics theme, the City of Lowell will put its best foot forward at this year’s Club Celsius.  The 3rd annual Craft-Microbrew Showcase on Friday night—tickets are still available—will feature over 20 American brewers, with the opportunity to continue tastings on Saturday at Club Celsius.  This year’s festival food and beverage director, Scott Plath of Cobblestones, will introduce several new components including a “Culinary Court,” to showcase more of what makes Lowell special.  Dubbed “Planet Lowell,” and inspired by conversations with the travelling bear, WinterFest revelers will be treated to warm cider with or without a more adult “oak-aged” component, warm “SUNgria” and a variety of hot soups, including Lowell’s popular “Pho”, provided by Viet Thai Restaurant.  According to Plath, “WinterFest is such a huge opportunity to pay tribute to the melting-pot aspect of our city, through food and representation.”  Plath has recruited what he dubs “gold medalists” to join this year’s event.  In addition to Viet Thai, Greek and Portuguese offerings will come from The Athenian Corner and Cavaleiro’s, while the venerable La Boniche will sponsor a wine tasting table under the banner “Somm City.”  Plath promises that there will be also be warm pretzels and a grill fired up for the weekend.  Chicken on the Road will bring their food truck down on Saturday from noon-5 serving up delicious chicken specialties.  “Between the Human Dog-Sled races, the annual soup competition on Saturday and an Olympic-themed Club Celsius,” said Plath, “this year’s WinterFest promises to be a blast!


Lowell’s WinterFest is in its 14th year and is the City’s signature winter event.  This year’s event will feature an expanded Microbrew, “Spotlight on Lowell,” featuring live music by Lowell musicians from noon-5 on Saturday in Club Celsius, as well as award nominated musicians all weekend long coordinated by the New England Music Awards.   WinterFest is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors, a complete listing can be found here.


WinterFest is part of a week-long celebration in Lowell that includes additional activities at Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust, the American Textile History Museum, Lowell Recreation Department, and the Tsongas Industrial History Center.  To see everything that’s taking place WinterFest Week in Lowell you can also visit the New England Music Awards and Lowell Kids Week.


You can purchase your microbrew tickets and keep up with the latest developments in the WinterFest schedule by visiting www.lowell.org.

You haven’t been to WinterFest until you’ve been on a Human Dog Sled Team.  Form yours now and download your entry form by visiting www.lowell.org and clicking on the picture of Lowla.


Be a part of the WinterFest fun and become an official event sponsor!

Sponsorship opportunities are available at all levels by contacting Deborah Belanger at 978-459-6150 or dbelanger@merrimackvalley.org.


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Lowell Kids Week

Partnered with numerous organizations through Lowell, Lowell Kids Week provides unique activities for children and families to enjoy during February and April school vacations.


Registration for February vacation has already begun and spots go fast!



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There was a nip in the air as ground was broken for a new splash pad that will be ready to cool young and old alike next summer.  Joining City Manager Bernie Lynch at the October 30 event were Mayor Patrick Murphy, Councilors Rita Mercier, Bill Martin and Marty Lorrey along with Sacred Heart Neighborhood Improvement Group President Carol McCarthy.

SplashPad Groundbreaking (4)The new splash pad, the second in the city, is expected to be ready for children to enjoy shortly after the end of the school year and will replace the pool that has been closed for a number of years due to cost and maintenance issues.  The existing pool house will remain and continue to provide utility storage as well as rest room facilities.

Manager Lynch noted that the new recreational facility is being funded through the City’s capital plan and will address a need in the surrounding neighborhoods for summer activity for youngsters.

“We’re committed to making our neighborhoods inviting and attractive places to live and play,” said Manager Lynch.  “Our ability to do so through our capital plan is the result of prudent fiscal policies and practices set forth by the council and administration that allow us to invest in our infrastructure.  This new splash pad will be a wonderful play space addition to the Sacred Heart neighborhood.”SplashPad Groundbreaking (11)

Splash pads have become fun, cost-effective alternatives to help keep children of all ages cool during the summer months.  The City’s first splash pad facility at Shedd Park has proven to be a popular destination from the first splash in late June to the last drizzle in August.

McCarthy said she was looking forward to the transformation of the O’Donnell Pool and seeing the facility once again teeming with neighborhood children enjoying some summer fun.

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This summer’s recreation program was a big hit with children across the city.  Activities were held in a number of parks and at a number of schools in partnership with the School Department.  This year’s rec program built on the success of the renewed 2012 effort.  Not since the late 1990s has the City offered a summer rec program of this scale.

Overall, programs averaged 1,140 participants per day or 17,383 over the season, both showing increases over 2012.  A total of 1,385 children registered for tennis and Tae Kwon Do and other structured activities.  All of this was overseen by 169 Recreation Department and 24 Career Center staff members who ranged in age from 14 to 19.  In 2012, 115 young people were hired for the summer program.

Swim lessons were given at McPherson and South Common pools and at the waterfront on the Merrimack while the tennis program offered lessons at Shedd, McPherson, Gage and other locations.  Tai Kwon Do was offered at Shedd Park and Gage Field as well as the Daley, Reilly and Wang schools.

The Parks and Recreation Department is to be commended for their efforts in delivering quality programming and positive summer experiences to Lowell’s youth.  We look forward continuing to provide our young people with safe and enriching summer activities in 2014.

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Title:                          2013 Lowell Reads Micky Ward

Date:                        September 9th – 20th,  2013

Place:                       Pollard Memorial Library; 401 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA

The Pollard Memorial Library is proud to announce its 2013 Lowell Reads Micky Ward program celebration. The aim of our annual Lowell Reads program is to get everyone in Lowell on the same page. We’re promoting literacy and fostering a better sense of community by creating an opportunity for Lowellians to engage with their neighbors in a meaningful discussion over the same story.

This year we’ve chosen not one but two books about Lowell’s own “Irish” Micky Ward. They are Irish Thunder: The Hard Life and Times of Micky Ward by Bob Halloran and A Warrior’s Heart: The True Story of Life Before and Beyond The Fighter by Micky Ward with Joe Layden.

Copies of these books are available for patrons to borrow from the Pollard Library. Patrons are encouraged to start a book discussion of their own with friends, family, neighbors or co-workers; or join us at one of our informal book discussions in the ground floor meeting room at the library (listed in the EVENTS section below). Please note, the books content and events are for TEENS and ADULTS. Unless otherwise noted, events will occur in the library’s ground floor meeting room. All events are free and open to the public. Program attendees will have the chance to enter to win a boxing glove autographed by Micky Ward. Winners announced at the Wrap-Up party, Friday September 20th.


Pollard Teen Wii Boxing & Micky Ward Trivia
Monday, September 9, 3PM-4:30PM
Kick-off Lowell Reads Micky Ward with a little friendly Wii Boxing competition and Micky Ward trivia contest. Prizes will go to the victors.

Book Discussion: Irish Thunder: The Hard Life and Times of Micky Ward by Bob Halloran
Tuesday, September 10, 6PM-7PM
Join us for an informal book discussion of Bob Halloran’s Irish Thunder: The Hard Life and Times of Micky Ward. We’ll generate some questions to ask Mr. Halloran when he visits later in the program.

Get Local: Behind the Scenes of The Fighter
Wednesday, September 11, 7PM-8PM
Hear the stories from some local legends featured in The Fighter. Deb Belanger, Executive Director of the Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, City Councilor Rita Mercier, and special guests.

Movie Night: The Fighter
Thursday, September 12, 6:30PM-8PM
Free screening of the Academy Award winning film, The Fighter. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Book Discussion: A Warrior’s Heart: The True Story of Life Before and Beyond The Fighter by Micky Ward with Joe Layden
Monday, September 16, 6PM-7PM
Join us for an informal book discussion of Micky Ward’s memoir A Warrior’s Heart: The True Story of Life Before and Beyond The Fighter, written with Joe Layden.

Training Micky with Mickey O’Keefe & Art Ramahlo
Tuesday, September 17, 7PM-8PM
Featuring former Lowell Police Officer Mickey O’Keefe and West End Gym owner Art Ramahlo in a conversation about training Micky to become a warrior.

History of Lowell Boxing – Round by Roundtable
Wednesday, September 18, 7PM-8PM
Featuring Dr. Joe Downs and Mel Peabody in a lively and informative conversation about Lowell’s rich boxing history.

Author Visit: Bob Halloran
Thursday, September 19, 7PM-8PM
Bob Halloran will visit to give a talk about his book Irish Thunder. A book-signing will follow – UMass Lowell Bookstore will have copies available on site for purchase. Bob Halloran is the weekend news and sports anchor at Channel 5, WCVB-TV in Boston . He is the author of four books, including Breakdown: A Season of Gang Warfare, High School Football, and the Coach Who Policed the Streets, and The Fellowship of the No Longer Miserable, proceeds of which benefit the Jimmy Fund. His new book, Impact Statement: A Family’s Fight for Justice Against Whitey Bulger, Stephen Flemmi and the FBI is scheduled for release in November.

Lowell Reads What Lowell Writes
Friday, September 20 – 6PM-8PM
UTEC – 34 Hurd St. Lowell.
Join us for a special wrap-up party showcasing talented Lowellian writers reading from their own work. Writers include Paul Marion, Dave Robinson, Kate Hanson Foster, Ryan Gallagher and others. Refreshments provided.

Contact: Sean Thibodeau, Coordinator of Community Planning
Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack Street
978-970-4120, sthibodeau@mvlc.org

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Another year in the books! Thousands of attendees from near and far descended on Lowell last weekend, and were met with the unique talent and fun that only Folk Fest can provide. The weather was warm but cooperated! Check out some of the scenes captured from this years festival:


carved watermelon

The talented Ruben Arroco, of Lowell, carved watermelons into masterpieces at this past weekend’s Folk Festival!


Things kicked off with a bang last Friday during the Lowell Folk Festival’s opening parade


Festival-goers were treated to live music from various folk artists on five different stages! Boarding House Park was filled to the brim during the Folk Festival this past weekend!

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