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The Lowell Food and Wine Festival




Community Teamwork 5th Annual Women's Conferece


Friends of Kevin Artist of the Day - Liz Stewart from Lush Beads

Name: Liz Stewart

Business Names: Lush Beads and Lush Beads Industrial

Location: Western Avenue Studios, A-205

Websites: and


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Benefit for Victims of the Branch Street Fire


Great Office space in Lowell Ma for only 200.00 per month

The Sandbox Co-Working Space is located in the Historic Wannalancit Mills in Lowell, MA looking for start-ups, freelancers and remote employees of larger enterprises.

24×7 Office Access
Free Wifi
Unlimited Printing
Access to three conference rooms with software that allows you to make local reservations or via the internet
Snacks to fuel your entrepreneurial mind

$200 a month (per person) includes all of the above amenities and for $250 a month (per person) includes all of the amenities plus parking.
*Contract is on a month to month basis.

Please Contact Lester if you are interested and tell him that you saw his ad on the Friends of Kevin Website

Lester Sydney

Operations & Finance Manager

Merrimack Valley Sandbox

Wannalancit Mills ǀ First Floor - Suite100 ǀ 175 Cabot Street ǀ Lowell MA 01854


Office: 978-934-6518 ǀ  ǀ[email protected]

The Friends of Tyler Park Free Movie Night on September 14th

The Friends of Tyler Park are hosting a free movie night in Tyler Park (700 Westford Street, Lowell) on September 14th.  We’ll be watching “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” – free admission, popcorn, lemonade, and hot chocolate.  Movie begins at dusk, around 6:30 – 6:45 p.m.  Bring your lawn chair and/or blankets.  A great big thank you to the Lowell Film Collaborative for their assistance!  For more information check out: and

Smithfest Events - Here is your chance to win $2,000 worth of advertising

SmithFest is reaching out to the small business community to get more folks involved in our mission. Our charities this year are the MS Society of New England, 50 Legs (prosthetics charity, helping a ton of Boston bombing victims) and Lowell Pop Warner.


We’re asking companies to sponsor a team for $100. You’ll be given a team at random (much like super bowl square office pools). You’ll be included in our sponsorship materials this year as well be included on our banner at the event venue (Lowell Memorial Auditorium). The benefit to this is that if you sponsored team wins you will receive the $2,000 sponsorship package next year at no cost!


Your donation is also tax deductible as we’re a full 501(c)3 charitable organization. Even if you team doesn’t win you’re still doing something good.


For more information visit:


 or e-mail


[email protected]


or call



(978) 257-0616

April with Mill City Grows

Growing in Lowell!  Bringing urban food production to the Mill City!

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Mill City Grows Next Event!

Join us on April 27th to build FOUR Community Gardens in Lowell! Check out our schedule of upcoming Gardener Training Program workshops HERE!

A Special Thank You!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all of our Annual Appeal Supporters! You helped us close our funding gap in 2012!  Thank you for growing with us!

Mill City Grows Wishlist!

-- Laminator
- Garden books and magazines
- Gardening Tools: rakes, shovels, hoes, hoses, etc.
- Hand Tools: trowels, etc.
- 5-10 Gal. Rubbermaid Bins, Buckets
- Drills, Hammers, Circular Saw
- Pruning Sheers, Loppers, Clippers, Scissors
- Lawn Mowers
- Weed Wackers
- Wheelbarrows
- Untreated Lumber
- Land (for growing!)
- Grant Writers
- Graphic Designers
- Videographers
If you are interested in donating any of these items please contact Lydia: [email protected]

April with Mill City Grows...

April is proving to be a very busy month! Our first Gardener Training Program workshop is on April 13th, we will be building our first school garden on April 20th as well as two new community gardens on April 27th!  There are many ways you can get involved with growing this year, checkout our newsletter and find out how!
Happy Spring!!
Francey & Lydia

Sowing the Seeds of Community!

Sowing the Seeds of Community!

Join us on April 27th to BUILD FOUR community gardens in Lowell!

WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 9am-12pm or 1-4pm with BBQ after!
WHO: EVERYONE is welcome!
WHAT: Please come help build FOUR Community Gardens in Lowell!!!!
WHERE: Five different sites, please sign-up for desired site.

Sign-up Here!!  Please let us know if you have any questions!

Volunteer with us!

We have many volunteer opportunities here at Mill City Grows some that keep you clean and some where you can get your hands in the dirt!  If you are interested in volunteering with us please check out our volunteer opportunities on our website.  Email Lydia- [email protected] for more information.

Urban Gardening 101

Join us  for Urban Gardening 101!  Saturday, April 13, 10am-12pm at Rotary Club Park Community Garden.  This workshop will teach you how to safely grow food in the city and will get you ready for a successful gardening season!  $10 for general public and Free for Mill City Grows Community Gardeners  Please register with Francey- [email protected]
We have a series of gardening workshops this summer, check them out here!

Scoring Seeds at the Seed Swap!

West Meadow Campus School Garden!

Mill City Grows has partnered up with the Wang and Pawtucketville Memorial Schools and the Pawtucketville Citizen's Council to install our first School Garden!  We are building the garden with the school community on April 20th from 9am-4pm!  We are looking for supply donations and helping hands!  For more information please email Francey- [email protected]

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Innovator Mixer: Education & Youth Development


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Innovator Mixer:

Education & Youth Development





-Hear from special guest innovators!

-Meet people who share your passion!

-Share your ideas on education & youth development


Click here to RSVP!


Special Guest Innovators:


Dr. Kyle McInnis, Ms. Breanne Dowdie

Active Science & Merrimack College

"Partnership to engage youth in learning science 

and math skills while boosting their fitness and health "



Louis M. Bernieri, Patrick Guerrero

Andover Bread Loaf & El Taller Present!

"Collaboration offering cultural & literacy programming 

including open mic's and poetry slams for all ages"


Dr. Karen L. Mahon

Balefire Labs


"Service that helps parents and teachers find educational apps that have great instructional and usability design"



 Lynn Debilzen, Steven Duarte, Vanessa Laureano,

Shannon Moran, Leslie Randall 

Jumpstart at UMass Lowell

"A new way to engage families in developing

 their own children's literacy at home"


 Caroline Pierce, Olivia Lahann

Phoenix Academy Lawrence

"A new charter school in Lawrence that re-engages 

older, disconnected students with a program of high standards for behavior and academics, ensuring 

they have the support to complete high school"



When: April 17th from 5:30pm-7:30pm

Where: El Taller--Lawrence, MA



Click here to RSVP!


Full list of Innovator Mixers




Sandbox News Feed:


Sandbox Entrepreneur   

Keo Rattanna making 

vegan ice-cream

  • The Sandbox was featured in the Boston Globe. 

Read the article!

  • Sandbox entrepreneur launches Indiegogo campaign. Take a look! 



Partner Events:


TiE Boston

"Apply for the TiE Challenge"

Deadline to apply: Sunday, April 7

Click here for more info!



Merrimack Valley Small Business Center

"Social Media Marketing Seminar"

Monday, April 8

Click here for more info!


Mass Innovation Nights

"Mass Innovation Nights #49"

Wednesday, April 10

Click here for more info!


Groundwork Lawrence

"Earth Day 2013"

Saturday, April 27

Click here for more info!


Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center

"Networking to Grow"

Wednesday, May 8

Click here for more info!



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