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baystateparent Massachusetts’ Premier Magazine For Families Since 1996


MAY 2018

The Power of

WOMEN Celebrating Massachusetts Moms


This summer, let your family rekindle the joy and wonder of this timeless children’s classic with a 50-minute live performance featuring talented musicians and skilled storytellers in the unparalleled setting of the Freeman Farm at Old Sturbridge Village. The Summer of Charlotte’s Web Presented by Beyond the play, experience the summer of Charlotte’s Web in the Village: see our costumed historians working to reconstruct the Allen Piggery, help out with farm and garden chores, listen to 19th-century children’s stories, see daily hand milking demonstrations and meet our all of our farm

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Announcing the 2018 youth show grades 8-12 - including recent high school graduates. This camp will take your teen to a higher level in theatre! They will produce and act in THEIR OWN show - separate from the younger campers! Join in this exciting adventure!

grades 2-7 Learn the importance of teamwork, make friends for life, experience being part of a show from start to finish!

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Grades 2 -12 including recent high school graduates • 5 days! Mon.-Fri. • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Camp show performances on July 28th & 29th Your child will enjoy a summer of music, art, drama and dance at our 3 week, state certified theatre camp held in Worcester. Campers will also produce a full show for family and friends at the conclusion of camp. Students will learn all the aspects of producing a show from acting, singing & dancing to set building, costumes and more!

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table of contents MAY 2018 VOLUME 23


Planting The Seed: Children Reap Many Benefits From Family Gardening



The Art of Happiness: Charlton’s Kyle Brodeur Inspires With His Paintings

in every issue


The Power of Women at Work

Photography by Shawna Shenette

the power of women

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The Power of Motherhood


Women At Work: Meet Five Amazing Bay State Moms

RIPE: The Benefits of Gardening With Children


The Power of Women – By The Numbers



Oh Baby! The Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO: May Calendar Of Family Events


Glow From Head to Toe With DIY Skincare Recipes


FINALLY FOREVER: May’s Child & Area Adoption Events

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Inside Support Group ‘Moms of Amazing Kids’

DIY: Not Your Garden-Variety Spoons

Cover models Jess Allen, Jen Ramirez, Stephanie Fattman, Brittany Overshiner and Carla Cosenzi Hair and Make Up by Amber Goven, Diana Guzman-Scooler, Jennifer Jameson, Marcia Shaffer and Shay Beaudoin from St. Cyr Salon & Spa


Mother’s Day Gift Guide

president PAUL M. PROVOST

associate publisher KATHY REAL 508-749-3166 ext. 331

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The Whirlwind Life Of Motherhood


Online Program Aims To Prevent Teen Depression


Take Eight: Meet Denise Burgess

editorial & creative

Pandas of China, Right Down The Road

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Planting The Seed: Children Reap Many Benefits From Family Gardening Ripe Bites


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“You’ll understand someday.” Whose mother, at some point, didn’t tell them this? And who, as a rambunctious kid or peeved teen, didn't roll their eyes and say something to the effect of, "whatever mom?" But lo and behold the first time you held your own baby didn’t you realize that mom was right after all? When it comes to motherhood, it doesn’t matter what people tell you, how many books you read, or how perfectly prepared you think are – you just don’t really get it until you become a mom yourself. It’s like a light switch is suddenly flicked on. For me, it clicked at precisely 10:06 a.m. this past July 14 when my first child, Max, a perfectly pink, squishy and screaming boy, was placed in my arms. Tears streamed down my face and my heart swelled so big I wasn’t sure my chest could contain it. This is that love that everyone tries to tell you about, I thought. It was the love that you have to experience to understand. It was the someday my mom had promised would come. And then another realization: this is how my mother feels about me. Becoming a mom gives you a whole new appreciation for the woman who raised you. I certainly knew before having a child what an amazing woman my mom is. She raised three strong-willed daughters, mostly on her own, while putting herself through nursing school to boot. Supportive yet strong, she was (and is) the perfect mix of mom and friend. When I reflect on the best days of my life, she was always there, smiling and cheering me on. And just as importantly, she was there for my worst days, too, sharing in the sorrow of my first broken heart, or the pain of my life’s greatest loss. Despite any arguments and eye-rolling along the way, I had always appreciated everything she’d done, but it wasn't until Max came that I truly understood it. The sleepless nights, the worrying, the pride, and the unconditional devotion; now I know, firsthand, the wonderfully intense love that is motherhood. I also see now that a mother will never stop mothering. I look at Max and know that no matter how big and strong of a man he grows into, he will always be my baby. And I see why whenever I’m sick, tired, or just need someone to talk to, my mom is always there. To all the moms out there, everything you do and give does not go unnoticed. Keep on loving those kids, and know that someday, they will get it. Happy Mothers Day moms...especially mine. This year, I really mean it!


PLANTING THE SEED Children Reap Many Benefits From Family Gardening BY JODI DEE

8 MAY2018


ardening is a wonderful way not only to introduce children to the world of science, but to the complexity of the environment and the cycle of life itself. Some of our greatest memories as children are of playing outside in the dirt, making mud pies, or just splashing in puddles. Studies have shown that many adult gardeners recall vivid, positive memories of playing and exploring in gardens -- inspiring gardening later in their life and an increased appreciation for the environment. Planting a tiny seed and watching it manifest into a plant, then into a bountiful harvest of cucumbers or tomatoes is a magical experience for any age. When children plant their first seeds, curiosity is piqued and they can’t wait to see what will happen next. Children will check in and watch with anticipation each day, as the seeds grow, monitoring with determination life unfolding. Children will discover which plants need more sunlight, more water, and through trial and error, how long different plants take to grow based on small changes (often through failure). Some seeds and plants will develop mold from too much water and become sick. Some plants will drown or dry out and the plant will wilt and die, and more. Gardening offers wonderful scientific experiments and hands-on lessons right at home! As children get older and start learning about science in school, they can apply the knowledge to gardening, such as the impact of sunlight and water on the growth of a plant (photosynthesis). A study showed that fifth grade students who participated in school gardening activities scored significantly higher on science achievement tests than students who had a curriculum without garden experiences. Children learn through hands-on experience the seven steps of the scientific process:

• Making an observation • Conducting research • Forming hypothesis • Testing hypothesis • Recording data • Drawing conclusion • Replication While gardening, children engage all of their senses, providing a deep sensory experience, using fine and gross motor skills. Children touch and feel the dirt and different types of seed and plants, smell the amazing scents of dew, wet dirt, blooming flowers, and fruits, herbs, or vegetables, witness and see the seeds, flowers, vibrant colors, and various sizes and shapes of plants and produce, listen to the plants blow in the wind or the rustling sounds while harvesting the bounty. Proper nutrition and eating healthy foods is vital for brain and physical development. By having children grow their own foods, from string beans to cucumbers, or carrots to lettuce, they establish a sense of pride in consuming what they produced and “created.” Being able to eat what you grow is an incredible experience to learn the power and cycle of life (growth, consumption, waste). Plus, studies have shown that children who grow their own food are more likely to eat fresh vegetables and fruits, and show a preference for those foods. In today’s world of instant gratification, gardening can teach patience and hard work, and the rewards of that process. Waiting and watching for flowers to bloom, herbs to mature, or fruits or vegetables to become ripe is exhilarating when it’s finally time to taste the first green bean or tomato.

Teachable Moments While Gardening There are many ways and opportunities to teach while gardening with children! Have children:

• Select which vegetables, fruits, herbs, to plant and eat

• Sort and store next season’s harvest

• Grow pumpkins through the summer to harvest in the fall (carving your own Jack-olanterns is very rewarding)

Children love to garden with their parents or family members. Growing food as family provides a wonderful bonding opportunity. Together, families can decide what fruits, herbs, or vegetables to plant and where to plant them. Families can work together to plan and make meals using all they have grown. It is also extremely rewarding for children to share their harvest with family members, neighbors (which promotes social and emotional development), or even sell in a little basket outside the house! Gardening can become a spring tradition that carries into adulthood. When children garden, they realize how important nature is, how fragile and delicate life is, learn to care for the Earth and grow healthy plants. Along with all the wonderful learning opportunities and experiences for children while gardening, the greatest of all are the significant health benefits of being outside regularly in fresh air and sunshine, and simply playing in dirt! Gardening is a wonderful experience for all ages: to be outside, to gain an appreciation for nature and the environment, appreciate the bounty of Earth, and participate in the cycle of life!

• Count the seeds needed to sustain the right volume of produce (for example, plant two cucumber plants for each person in a household) • Measure and estimate the depth of the soil for the different seeds • Map out and plan each row of seeds; how many, where they should go, and how far apart they must be • Make signs or stakes to mark which plants are which (see our idea on page 12!) • Create and use a calendar for watering and monitoring the growth • Measure and document the growth of the different types of plants (see if they are on schedule) • Count, measure, and compare the sizes of the vegetables or fruits, or the number of petals on the flowers • Identify all the different colors and shapes that can be found in the garden • Discuss concepts like pollution, pesticides, recycling • Share seeds and the harvest with friends, family, or neighbors • Form a compost pile to discard waste (also start composting table food waste after meals) • Discuss decomposition and which foods can be composted and which cannot • Harvest seeds from the fruits and vegetables for next year • Join a gardening club or online forum

Jodi Dee has more than 30 years’ experience in Early Childhood Education, business, and over 11 years as a full time mother of three. She has a B.A in Psychology and Masters in Education from Clark University. She is a regular columnist, avid blogger, and children’s book author. Jodi is a passionate advocate for Emotional Maturity, advancing education and early learning, including her recent launch of

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The Mother of All Dining Days

Bites Fire Up That Grill: Hot Dogs 3 Ways Memorial Day is just around the corner – the traditional start of grilling season. Sure, you can make almost anything on your grill, but nothing says summer (or makes for an easy crowd-pleaser) like a classic hot dog. Take your toppings up a notch with one of these fun – and yummy – ways to style your dog.

The way to a mom’s heart is through her stomach…. or something like that, right? Did you know that Mother’s Day (which falls this year on May 13th) is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants – marking the biggest day for group dining and for brunch? Reservations increase by more three times that of a usual Sunday. And, families are more apt to get adventurous, with more than 73 percent of those dining out electing to try somewhere new. If you’re skipping the dining-out crowds, make sure mom still gets something special. A Strawberry Pineapple Mimosa feels like a real treat, but is simple enough to whip up at home. Combine 1 ½ cups orange juice and 1 ½ cups pineapple juice. Fill four champagne glasses halfway with the juice mixture, then top off with champagne. Garnish with a strawberry.

Chicago-Style Dog The complete assembly of a Chicagostyle hot dog is said to be “dragged through the garden” because of the many toppings. To go all out, top hot dog with yellow or brown mustard, diced white onion, sweet pickle relish (bright green type, if you can find it!), a cold dill pickle spear, sliced tomato, and a few pickled sport bell peppers or hot peppers. For the finishing touch, sprinkle with a dash of celery salt and poppy seeds.

Greek-Style Dog For something refreshingly different try topping your dog with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, red onion, and this Greek dressing: 1 container plain Greek yogurt 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 tablespoon grated cucumber 2 teaspoons chopped, fresh chives 1 teaspoon chopped, fresh dill ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest 2 teaspoons lemon juice

BLT Ranch Dog The classic sandwich, with a twist! Layer shredded iceberg lettuce, chopped tomatoes and sliced red onions on a toasted bun. Place your hot dog on top, then drizzle with a tablespoon of buttermilk ranch dressing. Top it all off with some crumbled bacon. 10 MAY2018

Bar Makers Targeting Kids’ Snack Market Kind Healthy Snacks, the makers of Kind Bars, are targeting young consumers with the launch of Kind Kids this month, a line of chewy granola bars made with oats, sorghum and quinoa. The company says the bars have 25 percent less sugar than the leading children’s granola bar. Kind is one of several bar brands making its way into the children’s snacking market, according to Food Business News. Protein bar brand thinkThin recently debuted thinkKids bars, Power Crunch has launched kids’ Snap Stick, and RXBAR, a Kellogg Company, has introduced RXBAR Kids. These niche bars have varying appeals – gluten-free, added protein, or vegan, for example – but all feature flavors that are clearly meant for a younger palate: chocolate chip, peanut butter honey, and even red velvet or birthday cake.

On Trend For Funny Foodies The love of good food and clever word play combine in cool gifts from The Neighborgoods that feature gorgeous food-themed illustrations. The products – from witty onesies to hilarious dish towels – are inspired by the beauty of food and how it brings people together. The goods are perfect for any foodie with a sense of humor. Check out the collection at


Not Your Garden-Variety Spoons

Carol ot Carr Garden stakes are both fun and functional: an easy means for adding a pop of décor to your garden, and, of course, a way to label your growing plants. There are endless ways to create your own custom garden stakes using simple, often recycled, items. You can print or paint on rocks, corks, wood, bricks… the list goes on and on. Get creative! These Wooden Spoon Garden Stakes, made by baystateparent Creative Director Paula Ethier, are a great craft for children and a fun way to get them 12 MAY2018

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excited about gardening. Wooden utensils are inexpensive (we scored a 5-pack from a Dollar Store), and can be decorated in any way you choose. Paint on faces, vegetables, names, etc., and finish them off with a coat of Mod Podge Outdoor. Use them in your own garden or potted plants, or give them away as an adorable handmade gift. You will need: • Variety of Wooden Spoons • Acrylic Paint

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• Various Size Paint Brushes* • Mod Podge Outdoor • Throw Away Sponge Brushes for Mod Podge • Paper Plate for Mixing Paint • Clay pots are optonal. Spoons can be planted right in the ground. * The better the paint brush the easier it is to paint small details such as faces




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Photo by Eric Schondorf, courtesy of Circus Smirkus

Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! - Dr. Seuss

Arms + Armor Demonstrations. Worcester Art Museum. May 5. 14 MAY2018

Cardboard Architecture: Flip, Fold, Tie, Tape. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. May 6.

Photo Courtesy of the Discovery Museum

Photo Courtesy of the Worcester Art Museum

Photo Courtesy of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Circus Smirkus: How Do Kids Do Such Amazing Feats? Gregorian Rugs, Newton Lower Falls. May 6.

Flower Power Week: Flower Take Aparts. Discovery Museum, Acton. May 29-31.


We’ve expanded this month’s family calendar to include some special events for women. Looking for a little “me time,” mama? Check out the entries in pink.

MELTDOWN WARNING: Before you pack up the minivan, please confirm your destination. Although we’ve done our best to ensure accuracy at press time, things can and do change.

1 Tuesday Photo Courtesy of the Discovery Museum

Tinker Tuesday: Inventions in Motion. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-11 a.m. Explore the possibilities of reusing what we usually throw away to make your very own kinetic art inventions. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. Especially for Me: Sensory-Friendly Afternoon. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Explore the entire Museum campus at your own pace during this time without crowding and dedicated quiet spaces. Register ahead. Free. Backyard and Beyond: May Day. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4 p.m. Celebrate the ancient holiday of May Day, make nature crowns and weavings to celebrate springtime. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. May Day! Fun, Fabulous and Free Fashion Show. The Cancer Connection, 375 South St., Northampton. 5:30-7 p.m. Shopping and refreshments before and after the show, plus door prizes, and selfie station. cancer-connection. org/thriftshop. Library Craft Night: Nifty Narwhals. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 6-7 p.m. Read some fun stories about narwhals before making your own narwhal out of air-dry clay. For ages 3 to 7. Register ahead. Free. The Piano Guys. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 8 p.m. Enjoy this internet sensation live on stage, featuring imaginative use of instruments to bring new sounds to old classics. $45-75. Singers Night. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 8 p.m. A highenergy concert featuring students who were chosen from 120 to 180 auditions featuring groups and solo performances. Advance $8, day-of $12.

2 Wednesday WAM Stroller Tours. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy this tour designed to introduce young children and their families to art, featuring exploration and a story. For ages up to 3, siblings welcome. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $16, youths ages 4 and up $6, ages under 4 free.

First Friday Nights Free: Meet the Scientists. Discovery Museum. Acton. May 4. I’m a Little Tadpole. Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. 3:30 -5 p.m. Meet frogs, listen for their songs, and check for babies swimming in the pond, as we celebrate the season. For ages up to 8. Register ahead. Members $12.50, nonmembers $15.50. Global Jazz Forum. Zero Gravity Room, 1260 Boylston St., Boston. 4:30 p.m. Enjoy John Patitucci as the Grammy-winning jazz bassist shares the joy of his musical journey with students. Free. Vegetable Gardening 101. Paul Gore Beecher Community Garden, 105 Paul Gore St., Jamaica Plain. 6-7:30 p.m. Learn the basics of organic soil care, transplanting, watering, and weeding to get your garden growing, whatever age you are. Free. Berklee Brass Showcase. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 8 p.m. Enjoy an evening of jazz and classical music performed by brass students from Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory. Advance $8, day-of $12. berklee. edu/events.

3 Thursday Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. 7:30 a.m. This one-day leadership conference offers attendees opportunities for business networking, professional development, and personal growth by bringing women together to learn and address issues that are important to both their personal life and professional career. Tickets required.

Dress Your Stuffed Pet. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-11 a.m. Drop-in and treat your favorite stuffed animal to a new outfit, as we use our imaginations and a variety of creative materials to design and construct a special costume for your furry friend. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. Some Bunny Loves You. Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. 10-11 a.m. Hop your way to the farm as we visit a Drumlin Farm rabbit and have a snack it would love to eat, before searching for rabbit hiding places and visit the garden to plant a treat. For ages up to 8. Register ahead. Members $12.50, nonmembers $15.50. Storytime Surprise: May Baskets. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 4.-4:30 p.m. Enjoy as we celebrate the new month of May during this fun story time. For ages 3 to 5. Free. Crosscurrents: Zakir Hussain and Dave Holland. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 7:30 p.m. Listen as Indian virtuosos Zakir Hussain and Grammywinning composer Dave Holland present a vibrant concert mixing jazz and Indian classical music. $40-79.

4 Friday Music and Movement with Miss Bernadette. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 9:30-10 a.m. Explore sound through singing, playing, movement, and listening with the favorite Kindermusik educator. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free.

Hansel and Gretel. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 10:30 a.m. The Theater for Young Audience Ensemble joins the Berklee Theater Arts Collaborative for this new musical theater production for young audiences, featuring Mary Poppins, a Rockstar, and a babysitter. Through Saturday. $5. Fabulous Fridays Garden Play. Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate, 2468 Washington St., Canton. 1-2:30 p.m. Come to the woods as we hop, jump, sing, and swing from the trees if we can, during this afternoon of nature-based play. Fridays. Register ahead. Member children $5, nonmember children $10. Pigs and Potatoes. Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. 3:30-5 p.m. Dig, plant, and pig out, as we feed the pigs a garden treat. For ages up to 8. Register ahead. Members $13.50, nonmembers $16.50. First Friday Nights Free & Meet the Scientists. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 4:30-8 p.m. Join us to explore the museum of this night when we accept nonperishable food donations for the Acton Food Pantry and Open Table of Concord and Maynard, and are joined by scientists and engineers from 6 p.m. onward. Free. Rhythm at the Regent. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 7:30 p.m. Watch as four local tap dance choreographers and their ensembles share the stage for a variety of presentation featuring new works and works in progress showcasing a variety of styles. $10.

5 Saturday Spring Bird Walk. Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan. 7-9 a.m. Join local bird enthusiasts as they help us find and identify birds through field marks, sounds and behaviors. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Register ahead. Free. Science on Screen Jr. Presents: Ponyo. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10 a.m. Join us as Dr. Lisa Lobel of Wheelock College explains how trash impacts ocean creatures, before enjoying this animated adventure featuring a five-year-old boy and his relationship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become human after falling in love with him. $5. Pileated Woodpeckers. Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Rd., Worcester. 10-11:30 a.m. Enjoy the pileated woodpecker as we listen for its characteristically loud call, and look for its distinctive feeding sings. For ages 8 and up. Register ahead. Member adults $10, children $5; nonmember adults $13, children $7. BAYSTATEPARENT 15

Photo Courtesy of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! Meet the Farmer. Chestnut Hill Farm, 9-99 Chestnut Hill Rd., Southborough. 10 a.m.12 p.m. Meet the farmers who grow delicious food, featuring educational and fun activities for kids and grown-ups. Free. Spring Farm Festival. National Resources Trust of Easton, 307 Main St., North Easton. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A day of games, vendors, and farm fun including yard games, chicken feeding, arts and crafts, face painting, and more. Rain date May 19. Families $20. Tulip Festival Open House. Stevens-Coolidge Place, 92-128 Andover St., North Andover. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Get ready for tulips, tours, and tinkerings, during the annual Tulip Festival, through guided tours, stories, exploration, lawn games, crafts, and more fun. Register ahead. Member adults $5, children free; nonmember adults $10, children $5. Families @ WAM Tour. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10:30-11 a.m. Explore the Worcester Art Museum galleries with your family on a docent-guided tour featuring fun facts, stories, and sharing observations. Free. Exploring Science Together: Marine Life. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Dive deep into the underwater life of marine animals, and learn all about the challenges of life at sea with hands-on activities. Recommended for children under 5. Register ahead. Members $10, nonmembers $20. Beyond the Spectrum: Exploring Native American Art. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Learn about the art and crafts of different Native American cultures from ancient times through today, before using a variety of materials to experiment with weaving and beading techniques during this special program for children on the Autism Spectrum. Recommended for ages 8 to 12. $9. The Wacky Science Show with Mike Bent. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 11 a.m. Get ready for an award-winning show

ARTfull Play. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. May 16. that teaches that science can be exciting and fun, through high energy, hands-on, participatory activities, comedy, and surprises. Adults $12, children $10. Make a Mess: Spin Art. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Put a fresh spin on art, from twisting tools to twirling papers to whirling watercolors. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. Arms + Armor Demonstrations. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. A fun interactive program and learn all about the different kinds of arms and armor used by Roman soldiers to Medieval knights. Free. Frogs, Pollywogs & Fairies. Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., Natick. 1-2:30 p.m. From frogs and tadpoles to fairy shrimp, join a hands-on activities, exploration, and learning to find out what hides under the water and lives around our vernal pools. For ages 5 and up. Register ahead. Member adults $12, children $6; nonmember adults $14, children $8.

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Collection Spotlight. Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Rd., Concord. 1-3 p.m. Come join us as we share the history and stories of objects in the Concord Museum collection. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $10, children $5, ages under 6 free. The 6th Annual Goat Gala. Habitat Education and Wildlife Sanctuary, 10 Juniper Rd., Belmont. 1-3 p.m. Get your goat on by interacting with and learning about our friendly herd of Nigerian Dwarf Goats with games, entertainment, raffles, and samples. Free. Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2-4 p.m. Come to the library and enjoy as Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker during this continuation of the modern classic space opera. Free. Especially for Me: Visually Impaired Family Evening. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 5-8:30 p.m. Join us for an evening at the ADA-compliant museum, dinner, and a special exploration of electricity through sound, light, and crafts between 5:30 and 7:30. Register ahead. Free.

Rockin’ Road to Dublin. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 8 p.m. Enjoy this new sensation that combines the art of an Irish dance show and the power of a rock concert, with the finish of a Broadway theatrical production. $29-59. Joey Alexander Trio. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 8 p.m. 14-year-old jazz piano prodigy brings a fresh take on well-known tunes, combining them seamlessly with his original compositions in this concert. $30-48. Rockapella. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 8-11 p.m. Enjoy one of the world’s most sophisticated, lasting, and imitated vocal groups around today, bringing joy and variety to audience’s ears with only their voices. Members $40, public $45.

6 Sunday 41st Annual Birds and Breakfast. Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., Natick. 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Celebrate Mother’s Day a week early with a homemade breakfast of pancakes and real maple syrup from the Natick Community Organic Farm. For ages 5 and up. Register ahead. Member adults $16, children $9; nonmember adults $19, children $11. Circus Smirkus: How Do Kids Do Such Amazing Feats? Gregorian Rugs, 2284 Washington St., Newton Lower Falls. 10-11 a.m. Take a glimpse of how the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour is put together, as performers from ages 10 to 18 wow with circus skills such as wirewalking, contortion, acrobatics, and more. Free. Nature and Nurture with Miss Bernadette. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Come outside and explore, sing songs, take a nature walk, read a story, or make a craft inspired by what surrounds you. Recommended for ages 2 to 4. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free.



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OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! Cardboard Architecture: Flip, Fold, Tie, Tape. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. 1-4 p.m. A day of creative fun in the Sculpture Park inspired by the new interactive furniture projects by Boston Society of Architect’s MakeTANK committee. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $14, ages 12 and under free. International Children’s and Young Adult Literature. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 1-4 p.m. Partake in this weekend of programs exploring literature in depth, ask the essential questions of who we are and who are our neighbors endemic to literature. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths over 1 $6, ages under 1 free.

The 11th Annual Celebration of the Dr. Martin T. Feldman Children’s Room. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 1:30-4 p.m. Make a variety of crafts, enjoy music, get glimmering temporary tattoos, and explore animals, as we celebrate our children’s room. Free. World Music: India and the Works of Rabindranath Tagore. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2-3 p.m. Enjoy as the works of Nobel prize winning poet, writer, painter, thinker, and educational reformer Rabindranath Tagore are brought to life through live music and a translation of his lyrics. Free.

STEMsational Superstars. South Shore Nature Science Center, 48 Jacobs Ln., Norwell. 1-4 p.m. An exciting day of science explorations through hands-on activities, meeting with local women scientists and engineers. For ages 3 and up. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $5, ages under 2 free.

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Pumpernickel Puppets presents Peter Rabbit. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 1:30-2 p.m. Pumpernickel Puppets presents a lively adaptation of Beatriz Potter’s wellloved tale, featuring the mischievous rabbit and his little sister Flopsy. Free.

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Singapalooza. David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston St., Boston. 12 p.m. Listen as students from Berklee perform a variety of original and classic songs with an all-star band. Free. berklee. edu/events.

Cheeky Chipmunks. Habitat Education and Wildlife Sanctuary, 10 Juniper Rd., Belmont. 10-11 a.m. Explore the sanctuary, play some

chipmunk games, and search for these scurrying scampers. For ages up to 5. Register ahead. Members $6, nonmembers $8. Snip and Tear. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-11 a.m. Show off your scissor skills, try cutting paper for the first time, or use your hands to tear a collection of confetti to take home. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. There’s a Goat in the Garden. Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. 3:30-5 p.m. Join in taking care of the goats and act out this funny folk tale, with garden fun and a sweet honey snack. For ages up to 8. Register ahead. Members $12.50, nonmembers $15.50.

Harvard. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Dive into a nature theme with stories and activities to help explore the wonder of the natural world. Members free; nonmember children $5. Everyday Engineering: Straw Structures. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4:30 p.m. Engage in some everyday engineering as we explore shapes, structures, and so much more with the help of just straws and pipe cleaners. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. Berklee Symphonic Winds: Italian Holiday. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 8 p.m. Berklee Symphonic Winds presents a program of contemporary music by notable Italian composers during this breezy concert. Free.

Family Fun Night: Wonderful Weather. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 6-8 p.m. Investigate all things weather through stories and science, before constructing a pinwheel, design a small skite, participate in a rain cloud experiment, and make your own weather stations. For ages 3 to 7. Register ahead. Free.

Honoring Moms at Heritage. Heritage of Sherborn, 33 North Main St., Sherborn. A blooming night out to make mom-nificent memories and fabulous floral arrangements with the special ladies in your life. Enjoy complimentary cocktail demonstration and tasting. $65.

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a.m. Discover how many varieties of one color you can make, as we experiment with paints to make endless tints and shades in this STEAM program. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. Birds of a Feather. Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. 10-11 a.m. Meet a couple of feathered friends and create bird nest helpers to take home for the birds in your neighborhood. For ages up to 8. Register ahead. Members $12.50, nonmembers $15.50. The Ensemble Pianist. David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston St., Boston. 1 p.m. Enjoy a performance of classical music featuring pianos mixed with other instruments comprising music from the early classic period to modern pieces. Free. Paws to Read. Worcester Public Library: Main Branch, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Boost reading skills and confidence by reading to Bridgette, our friendly and furry pet therapy dog. Recommended for ages 5 to 12. Free. Pop/Rock/Country Ensemble Concert. David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston St., Boston. 4 p.m. This final showcase from the multi-genre ensemble will feature a killer rhythm section and variety of tunes. Spanish Bilingual Storytime. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 4-4:30 p.m. Enjoy a special bilingual story time with stories, songs, and movement in English and Spanish. For ages 3 to 5. Free.

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Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Enjoy a nature-based activity following the weather or the season on the day. Recommended for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. Trucks, Tractors, and Tools. Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. 3:30-5 p.m. Search for trucks, tractors, and tools all over the farm and see the important jobs they do and enjoy a hayride. For ages up to 8. Register ahead. Members $13.50, nonmembers $16.50.


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Peppa Pig Live! Peppa Pig’s Surprise. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 6 p.m. Enjoy fun interactive games, brand new songs, life-sized puppets, and a fully immersive theatrical experience during a lovely day when Peppa is playing outside with her friends, while Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have a surprise for her and her younger brother George. $34-59.50.

Ultimate Moms’ Night Out: Mother’s Day Party 2018. 6:30 p.m. Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Mingle, unwind, enjoy snacks, treats, beer and wine and learn about local mom products ad services. For all moms and moms-to-be. $20.

12 Saturday Native & Wildflower Plant Sale. South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Ln., Norwell. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Choose from Native species, wildflowers, plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and more, plus kids’ activities and learning opportunities. Free. Community Garden Planting Party. Worcester Public Library: Tatnuck Branch, 1083 Pleasant St., Worcester. 10-11 a.m. Plant kale, chard, cherry tomatoes, peppers, and basil seedlings for this year’s community garden. Free. Family Yoga Class. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 10:30-11:30 a.m. The family yoga class features cooperative games, age-appropriate poses, partner poses between parent and child, and relaxation. For ages 3 to 12 with caregivers. Free. Around the World Adventures: Asia. Worcester Public Library: Main Branch, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Discover our amazing world through crafts, music, movement, and food. Recommended for ages 4 to 7. Free. Everyday Engineering: Balls and Ramps. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Design, build, and test out some simple tracks and mini rollercoasters, make straightaways, loop-da-loops and hills out of tubing and cardboard to send marbles and golf balls on a thrilling ride. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. Mother’s Day at the Manse. The Old Manse, 269 Monument St., Concord. 12-4 p.m. Make a masterpiece for mom, use stone walls, flowering trees, and other signs of spring to inspire you to create a masterpiece for Mother’s Day. Through Sunday. Member adult/child pairs $5; nonmember adult/child pairs $10. A Bug’s Life. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Enjoy this Pixar-led film following a courageous ant and a band of misfit bugs, as they rescue others from cruel unflinching grasshoppers. Free. Special Storytime: Aaron Becker. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 2 p.m. Join Caldecott Honor winner Aaron Becker as he reads from A Stone for Sascha, his first picture book following the conclusion of his best-selling Journey trilogy. Free

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Robin Hood’s Faire. Bolton Fairgrounds, 318 7 Bridge Rd., Lancaster. Step back in time to Sherwood Forest and experience the enchanted recreation of a 16th Century spring festival. Entertainment includes jousting, armored combat, archery, games, comedy, shopping and food. Weekends through May 28. $10-$15, children under 6 free.

Newton Family Singers in Concert. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2-3 p.m. Join the Newton Family Singers for an afternoon concert. Free.

13 Sunday Mother’s Day. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate mom through a day filled with events, including demonstrations of cooking for children, hands-on crafts, and performances. Mothers free, adults $28, youths ages 4 and up $14, children under 4 free. Ducking Day. Boston Common Parkman Bandstand, Boston. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. A beloved tradition, the Duckling Day parade celebrates the classic children’s book Make Way for Ducklings with hundreds of children parading through the park dressed as characters from the story. Playtime on the Common, an array of family entertainment including crafts, face painters, a magician, circus games and more starts at 10 a.m. Parade at 12 p.m. Registration $35-$40 per family. Mother’s Day Garden Party & Tea. Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate, 2468 Washington St., Canton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Celebrate Mom in style through garden games, floral bouquet teas and lite bites, and a photobooth for picture to share. Register ahead. Member adults $10, children $5, families $25; nonmember adults $15, children $10, families $40. Marmee’s Mother’s Day Party. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Celebrate Mom with this Little Women themed Mother’s Day Party, as we listen to a live reading of excerpts, make a craft, try on period dress, play historic games, and enjoy live fiddle music. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $15, children ages 5 to 13 $6, children under 5 free. Woodland Fairy Workshop. Rocky Woods, 64 Rocky Woods Reservation Entrance, Medfield. 1:30-4 p.m. Join monthly to build a tiny fairy house for some woodland critters, with materials provided to create a fairy house to take home and an opportunity to learn the basics of fairy house construction. Register ahead. Member children $24; nonmember children $30. Special Storytime: Samantha Berger and Mike Curato. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 2 p.m. Join real-life best friends Samantha Berger and Mike Curator for a special story time followed by a found object studio art project inspired by the mixed media illustrations in their new book. Free

A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition Winners Recital. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 3 p.m. Watch as the pianists from grades 9 through 12 present the best of area artistry, showcasing the beauty of sound through the next generation of players. $10.

14 Monday Intro to Baby Sign Language. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 10-11 a.m. Join Sheryl White of Baby Kneads leading a sign language enrichment class that will teach baby singing through songs, the use of puppets, stories, play, and interactive music. Register ahead. Free. Leo Leonni Celebration. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 1:30 p.m.2:30 p.m. Celebrate the colorful books of Leo Leonni through stories, art, music, and movement, with a book to take home. For ages 2 to 5. Register ahead. Free. Chessmates. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 6:30-8 p.m. Have fun playing chess with general instruction and open play, where all levels of skill are welcomed. For ages 6 to 9. Free. Sophisticated Stories. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 7-7:45 p.m. Enjoy cool, strange, weird, and wacky picture books and brownies during this story time for older kids. For grades 3 and up. Free.

15 Tuesday Dance Party. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 10-10:30 a.m. Move and groove to the music, as kids and caregivers dance together. Free.


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Make a Mess: Artists on a Roll. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-11 a.m. Use balls dipped in paint to roll your way to a brilliant work of art, combining the concepts of art and physics with our own movements. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. Backyard and Beyond: Pollinator Friends. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4 p.m. Head outdoors to celebrate pollinators and learn a little bit about what they do, by making our own pipe cleaner bees and pollinating some paper flowers throughout the Discovery Woods. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free.

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OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! Mom’s Night Out. Emily & Addie’s Children’s Boutique, 570 High St., Dedham. 7-9 p.m. Create a beautiful floral arrangement with the special ladies in your life. Grab your girlfriends or make some new ones as you create gorgeous spring centerpieces and browse the adorable collection. Light snacks included. $65.

16 Wednesday Terrific Twos Storytime. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 10-10:30 a.m. Stories, music, and fun for children and caregivers. For children age 2. Free.

Family Game Day. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 3-5 p.m. Drop-in for family games, building materials, and other activities for families to spend some quality time together. Free.

ARTfull Play. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fill your morning with art and play through experiences featuring stories, material engagement, nature, and new friends. Recommended for ages 2 to 5. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $14, ages 12 and under free.

9th Annual Playworks Run for Recess 5K. Franklin Park Playstead Field, Playstead Rd., Roxbury. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Family friendly 5K and 1-mile Fun Run at Franklin Park’s cross country course. Proceeds support physical activity and youth development programming in 140 elementary schools across New England. Registration $10-$25.

How Now, Brown Cow? Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. 3:30-5 p.m. Follow the path from cow to ice cream, as we feed and milk the cows, then mix together the delicious custard, and turn it into ice cream. For ages up to 8. Register ahead. Members $12.50, nonmembers $15.50.

Explore Jacobs Pond. South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Ln., Norwell. 9 a.m.1 p.m. Investigate what plants and animals live in and around the pond by exploring the water and shore with dip nets, buckets, and magnifiers. Free.

Doggy Days: Work Like a Dog. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-11 a.m. Visit with Abby our favorite Therapy Dog as we read stories about other jobs that dogs can have. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. Take Aparts. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4 p.m. Grab screwdrivers and discover resistors, capacitors, and circuit boards within the inner workings of everyday electronics. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. Storytime Surprise: What’s in the Garden? Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 4-4:30 p.m. Join us during this unexpected story time as we explore what we grow in our gardens. For ages 3 to 5. Free.

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Fairy House Fun. Francis William Bird Park, Polley Ln., East Walpole. 3-4:30 p.m. Stroll through the park collecting leaves, bark, sticks, and other natural building materials, before constructing homes to pleasure our local sprites from fairies to gnomes to elves to pixies. Fridays. Register ahead. Member families $5, nonmember families $10.

WAM Stroller Tours. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy this tour designed to introduce young children and their families to art, featuring exploration and a story. For ages up to 3, siblings welcome. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $16, youths ages 4 and up $6, ages under 4 free.

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10-10:45 a.m. Join us outside as we enjoy a nature-based activity following the weather or the season on the day. Recommended for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free.

18 Friday Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton.

19 Saturday

“Home Sweet Home” Historic Open House Day. Various locations. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Trustees offer free admission at ten sites for the 5th annual Open House Day. Explore horticulturally diverse gardens and designed landscapes, take special tours and gardening workshops along with the usual family activities and refreshments The Trustees will be launching a statewide “garden tours” map, encouraging people to try to see multiple gardens on the day. Open Barnyard. Chestnut Hill Farm, 9-99 Chestnut Hill Rd., Southborough. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Spring has sprung, so celebrate and welcome new animals on the farm from brushing a goat, to making a barnyard craft, to petting a chicken. Saturdays. Members $5, nonmembers $10. Crowes Pasture Band. Worcester Public Library: Main Branch, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 2-3:30 p.m. Enjoy this Boston-based duo which brings leather and lace harmonies to classic and contemporary folk music in a style that draws from old-time, folk, and bluegrass traditions. Free. Hidden Treasures: Wright Tavern Open House. Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Rd.,

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! Concord. 2-4 p.m. Explore the Wright Tavern through colonial games, crafts, and colonial clothing try-ons, as we celebrate this location which was used as a meeting place for the local colonial militia. Free. Especially for Me: Autism-Friendly Evening. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 5-8 p.m. A time of exploration and dinner for families throughout the museum, featuring our furry friends from Therapy Dogs International from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Register ahead. Free.

20 Sunday Snakes Alive: Snake Hunt and Live Snake Show. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 310 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. 1-3 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of herpetology, as we hunt for local snake species under logs and in stone walls, and see a show filled with our slithering friends. Register ahead Member adults $15, children $9; nonmember adults $25, children $15. Family Science Sunday: Backyard Birding. Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary, 1417 Park St., Attleboro. 1-3 p.m. Conduct hands-on science experiments. For ages 3 and up. Register ahead. Member adults $8, nonmember adults $10, children free. Special Sundays in the Studio: Art in the Atmosphere. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 1-4 p.m. Join us during this Sunday studio exploration, as we make art that is inspired by the airy atmosphere. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths over 1 $6, ages under 1 free. Special Storytime: Nadia Hohn. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 2 p.m. Join Nadia Hohn during this presentation delighting families with an interactive, lively, and musical program exploring Caribbean songs, rhymes, and games. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths over 1 $6, ages under 1 free. Boston Area Chantey & Maritime Sing. USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy

Yard, Building 22, Charlestown. 2-5 p.m. Listen, learn, and lift your voices, as you participate in your Maritime Heritage by joining a rousing chorus of sea chanteys at the USS Constitution Museum. Free, donation suggested.

21 Monday Toddler and Me Yoga and Movement. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 10-11 a.m. & 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Fun-filled yoga play featuring poses, songs, and movement that encourages little ones to embrace their own unique expressions. For ages 1 to 3. Register ahead. Free.

22 Tuesday Tinker Tuesday: Rolling Down a Ramp. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-11 a.m. Discover the science of ramps as we use a variety of materials and plenty of curiosity to find ways to test what makes things go faster and slower. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. Toy Car Paint Tracks. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Come drive our toy cars through paint to make different colored tire tracks, before bringing it to a kiddie car wash. For ages 3 and up. Free.

23 Wednesday Backyard and Beyond: Great Hill Exploration. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m. Come explore some of the trails that wind through the 184-wooded acres beside the Discovery Museum’s campus, during this nature walk. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. Sunset Drum Circle. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 7-8:15 p.m. Join on the hillside at sunset for a facilitated drum

circle, connect with the landscape, and celebrate the community. Register ahead. Members $9, nonmembers $15. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $15, children ages 5 to 13 $6, children under 5 free.

24 Thursday National Scavenger Hunt Day Celebration. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. See what strange things have been popping up in Fairyborough, put skills of observation to the test during this celebration of the scavenger hunt. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. Nature Sensations. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-11 a.m. Look closely and experiment with some of the most interesting textures found in Discovery Woods and then feel our ways around on a touch tour. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. Paws to Read. Worcester Public Library: Main Branch, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 3:30 p.m.4:30 p.m. Boost reading skills and confidence by reading to Bridgette, our friendly and funny pet therapy dog. Recommended for ages 5 to 12. Free.

25 Friday Make a Mess: Watercolor Resist. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4:30 p.m. Don’t resist your inner art this afternoon as we experiment with the technique of resist painting by using crayons, cray-pas, and watercolors to create unique works of art. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free.

26 Saturday Play Date: All Kinds of Stories. Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Take a look at the ICA Collection, sketch the view, catch a family pop-up talk and a puppet performance by the Gottabees.

Free admission with children. Paddington 2. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Stop by the library as we spend the afternoon watching one of children’s literature’s favorite characters come to life on screen, hat and marmalade sandwich in hand. Free. Backyard and Beyond: Fire-Making with PrimiTim. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4 p.m. Join primitive skills expert Tim ‘PrimiTim’ Swanson to learn and practice the ancient skill of fire-making. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free.

27 Sunday Wool Days. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.5 p.m. Discover how New Englanders reared sheep for their wool in the 1830s, in this celebration featuring herding skills, sheep shearing, knitting, carding, and more hands-on activities for guests of all ages. Adults $28, youths ages 4 and up $14, children under 4 free. Ladybugs. Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn about what makes ladybugs insects, why they are red in color, and how they help our gardens by eating pests. For ages 5 to 12. Register ahead. Member children $5, nonmember children $7, adults free.

28 Monday Memorial Day Open House. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Kick-off the summer season with family art-making activities, gallery tours and talks, musical performances, and film screenings. Free. Memorial Day at the ICA. Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. 10 a.m-5 p.m. Join as the doors open from the Art in the Age of the Internet, the ICA Collection, and more exhibitions during this time of togetherness on Memorial Day. Free.


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Flower Power Week: Flower Take Aparts. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-11 a.m. Go beyond a flower’s petals through dissection, before mixing and matching parts from your flower with others to create your very own fantastic flora. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. Backyard and Beyond: When the Moon is Full. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4 p.m. Celebrate May’s full moon, the Flower Moon, by grabbing a full moon calendar, learning about the moon, and starting a new tradition of taking a full moon night-walk. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. Full Moon and Folklore Hike. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 310 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. 8-10 p.m. Hike under the Full Flower Moon, which got its name from the Algonquin tribes for the abundance of wild flowers starting to bloom this time of year. Register ahead. Members $9, nonmembers $15.

30 Wednesday Flower Power Week: Plantable Paper. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4:30 p.m. Explore the science of papermaking as you sculpt and squish recycled paper pulp into new usable paper, before sprinkling on a few wildflower seeds to take home and make a paper you can write on and grow. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. The 9th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 7 p.m. Celebrate National Bike Travel Weekend and explore bicycle travel through independent films that depict the adventure, humor, and growth inherent in two-wheeled journeys. Through Thursday. Advance $20, day-of $25.

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‘Pandas’ Of China, Right Down the Road New IMAX Film Transports Viewers to the Far East BY AMANDA ROBERGE


close as you live to Boston, it turns out you live just as close to Chengdu Panda Base, nestled in the breathtaking mountainside of China, where pandas tumble and play with their humans as part of an innovative endeavor to rehabilitate a declining species. At the IMAX Theatre adjacent to the New England Aquarium, once you slip on your 3D glasses and take your seat in the theatre, you are instantly transported. Among the pros of this little day trip: far less jet lag, no chance of losing your luggage, and thousands of American dollars cheaper than an actual trip to China. It is in that dark theatre, in front of the largest movie screen in New England, where you will meet Qian Qian, a panda bear who is the subject of the 45 minute film, and the myriad humans involved in her growth and development, and inextricably invested in her freedom and survival. The film, captured with IMAX cameras, follows Qian Qian on an exciting new adventure into the moun-

tains of Sichuan as she experiences nature for the first time and discovers her wild side. Your children will delight in the clumsy fun of the baby pandas and of the birds eye view of a faraway place, combined with the familiar narrative voice of Kristen Bell, who many kids will recognize as the voice of Ana from the blockbuster movie Frozen. But as a parent, the story takes on new meaning. Seeing the scientists and researchers care for and get attached to the pandas feels eerily validating, and watching the creatures grow older and establish themselves as independent beings will tug at the heartstrings of the mother with even the most difficult teen. This, apparently, is entirely by design. For filmmaker Drew Fellman, a lifetime of watching cartoons -- the kind with the “adult humor” that appeal equally to kids and grown-ups -- has been an underlying element of everything he puts on the big screen. “So much of this movie is designed to appeal to children, but some of the issues are sure to resonate with parents,” he explained. “I became enthralled with the story of Qian

Qian and how real the relationships are with the humans in her life.” Without spoiling the entire plot line of Qian Qian’s life and tribulations, it can be summed up in a line uttered in the movie by Jake Owens, the conservation biologist who becomes on of her protector’s and champions as he works with a team of others -- including New Hampshire’s own “Bear Whisperer” Ben Kilham -- to help her get ready for life beyond the safety of the base. “She was ready for a world without fences,” he says, adding that she was already in possession of the three qualities scientists had identified as giving her a great chance to survive: Climbing ability, Curiosity and Courage. And later, in an interview with baystateparent, when asked if the thousands of miles of distance helps him to put his relationship with Qian Qian in the back of his mind, he sounds even more the devoted dad: “I wish I could shut it off. I can’t. It’s impossible to separate yourself.” Is this tugging at your fragile parentheart yet? For Kilham, who works with his wife to rehabilitate black bears in the

woods of New Hampshire and was a valuable resource for scientists and researchers looking to do the same with pandas, so much of the care they provide to the bears is as rewarding as it might be for others to raise -- and release -- their humans. One of the first bears he successfully released, Squirty, will still offer Ben hugs and affection when they come across each other in the woods -- a striking piece of footage that can be seen in the IMAX movie. “The trust you develop with the bears is something that doesn’t go away,” he said, “even after they go wild.” The film, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX, will be released in select IMAX® and IMAX® 3D theaters starting in April. The film is rated G. For more information visit imax/. Amanda Roberge is a freelance writer and artist who lives in Leominster with her husband, three teenage daughters, and one fat pug. BAYSTATEPARENT 23


Nestled in the nook of their sun-filled kitchen, the Brodeurs have their very own art gallery of sorts. From end to end their kitchen table is covered with paintings; colorful canvases stacked in rows, each with a small signature in the corner that says, simply, Kyle. Though painting is a new hobby for 30-year-old Kyle Brodeur, his work is already quite popular. Within weeks he sold every single one of his creations, and now – just a couple months into the endeavor – he is working to fulfill dozens of custom orders. “People just want a piece of Kyle in their home,” his mother, Lisa, explains. Indeed, to hang a “Kyle” original on your wall is to hang a piece of perspective. “No bad days... just think of Kyle,” Lisa will say, and it’s true – when you think of Kyle and everything he’s over24 MAY2018

come, it’s pretty tough to dwell on your own bad day. Kyle was a healthy, vibrant 10-year-old when the accident happened that forever changed his life. Until that fateful night 20 years ago, he was an adventurous little boy who played T-ball, soccer and basketball, loved rollerblading and riding his bike. He’d come in from playing happy and covered in mud after afternoon spent catching frogs. On a rainy November night in 1997, the Brodeurs were on their way home from Christmas shopping at the Auburn Mall when they were hit by a drunk driver. Lisa and her two daughters, Kimberly and Katie, were injured. Kyle’s father, Michael, died instantly. And 10-year-old Kyle was nearly killed; he suffered a traumatic brain injury, was paralyzed, and would be in a coma for the next year of this life. For Kyle, the last two decades have been been

full of pain, hospital visits and over two dozen surgeries. But his life also been full of resilience and unexpected joys. Lisa and Kyle have traveled the state to share their story and the dangers of drunk driving. Together, they have spoken to thousands of students and Lisa’s book “A Mother’s Journey” serves as curriculum for driver’s education and rehabilitation classes. Kyle has become a member of Team Unstoppable, participating in 5K and 10K races and competing in triathlons with his angel, Mike DiDonato. “This kid has beaten all the odds, over and over again,” Lisa says. “He’s a presenter, an athlete, and now an artist.” The painting started earlier this year after a Christmas craft project piqued Kyle’s interest in art. Right away, painting became something he wanted to do more and more. “He gets so excited, but then his muscle tone

will kick in,” Lisa says, explaining how Kyle will sometimes have to work through painful spasticity. “I’ll stretch out his arm, tell him ‘relax – not so tight.’” While Lisa assists with setup and supplies, the painting is all Kyle. He chooses the colors combinations and foam roller for each piece. Slowly, but deliberately, he paints strokes across the canvas that Lisa places on the tray of his wheelchair. Kyle is quite the perfectionist: one painting can take anywhere from half an hour to two hours.

Lisa created a Facebook page for Kyle to sell his creations. He used the first of his proceeds to purchase arts and crafts supplies for clients to use at the Center of Hope in Sturbridge, where he attends a day habilitation program. Buyers pick up the paintings at the Brodeurs’ home in Charlton, or Lisa pops them in the mail – sending them as far as South Carolina, Texas and Florida. Kyle has also been invited to showcase his work at craft fairs. He will be at the Folk Music & Artisan Show at the Templeton Fish & Game Club on July 21. The pop of color that Kyle’s new hobby has added to the Brodeurs’ lives is fitting. With his sisters starting out in new careers, one with a new baby and the other with one on the way – it’s a happy, rosy time of life. “You can’t count your losses,” Lisa says. “You count your blessings.” Kyle best sums up his perspective on life with no words at all – just a wide smile and his signature thumbs up. To see Kyle’s work, visit his Facebook page @kylesmagicalcreations. You can also follow Lisa, and find her book, on Facebook @amothersjourneylisa.

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A Glimpse Into The Whirlwind Of Motherhood BY BRENDA SEAVER


omeday soon, they say, I will be the picture of calm, cool and chic right up until the very end of the day. They tell me as the kids get older, maybe – just maybe – I’ll regain a bit of my sanity and style. I’m clinging to that dream. But for now, on most days, somewhere along the line – by 9 a.m., tops, actually – I morph into an unkempt and crazed CEO, doling out rules and orders like a seasoned drill sergeant. (Though I’ve got to admit, I run this place like a well-oiled machine). How does this happen, you may ask. How does this otherwise ultra-cool woman transform like clockwork into a barreling freight train? It’s a refrain many parents of young kids ask themselves too many times, too often failing to give themselves a break – and a load of credit – for achieving the seemingly impossible: mastering competing responsibilities and crises in an endless stream of constant and rapid-fire motion. It’s a pace surely from which even the most efficient and busiest leaders would shrink. A glimpse into a parent’s whirlwind life: On Monday morning, coming off a weekend full of kids' sports, errands, and knocking items off the to-do list, I drag myself and the kids out of bed to start the work and school week. There’s a lot of racing, cajoling and threatening, and I manage to get us out the door on time, with them looking marginally cared for, and me looking – arguably – professional and awake. But I end up also yelling at Billy, who never manages to march briskly like the little soldier I require during the morning rush. He gets easily distracted in his happy-go-lucky way, and this sets my commute routine back by precious minutes. He’s sobbing while we drive to daycare because I have irreparably hurt his feelings and he will remember this – oh, until just about the time I leave daycare, at which time he will gleefully play with his friends and favorite toys for the rest of the day. I’ve been down this road before and know this is his favorite morning antic. Still, it’s enough to shake me. I remind myself to wear sneakers in 26 MAY2018

the morning from now on so that I don’t have to endure the discomfort of heels while trying to hold and console a crying preschooler. On a good note, I drop off Eddie at school with no further drama. And, all is well, until I hit the highway and face gridlock that goes on for miles. This always surprises me, even though it is this way every single workday during the school year. By the time I get to work, I am a shadow of the professional, put-together person I was when I left my house just 45 minutes earlier. How did my makeup already manage to smear off? My hair lays flat against my head (except for the flyaways). My work clothes haven’t fit the way they should since my last pregnancy and I’m too stubborn (and cheap) to buy new ones. This annoys me because you know Billy is far too old to be blamed for this “baby weight” anymore, though he is exactly who I blame when the listener does not know the difference. I put my hair up, and silently vow to recommit to my diet tomorrow. Tomorrow, I say to myself,

I will also get a trendy haircut, and go shopping for an updated wardrobe and better makeup! The workday begins and I do my best to stay focused on my job and generally be both physically and mentally present. Although I fully commit to my job while there, the children still find a way to creep in, like when I have to ask for time off to accommodate a childcare issue, or cringe over the several family sick hours I have had to take over the course of recent months. It can also be tricky when the school nurse calls to talk about Eddie’s sensitive stomach, or daycare calls to discuss Billy’s constantly reappearing “mystery” hives – or when my husband calls to discuss some childcare issue, because we absolutely cannot get a word in edgewise at home with two very active boys, one of whom chirps a constant stream of consciousness from the time his eyes open in the morning until they close at night. I so appreciate coming into work a little early and being allowed to work straight through for six hours a day in order to jet home for the kids.

I am really lucky I can do this, and I think that to myself every day. After work, I stop home first and give the house a quick once over. All I can see are the dust bunnies under the cabinet, breakfast dishes in the kitchen sink, and dried toothpaste along the bathroom vanity. The dog’s wide eyes plead with me to walk her now, but I have two minutes to get to the bus stop before my worst fear is realized and Eddie is forced to nurse feelings of abandonment for years to come. I make a note to clean the house again, and ponder how our family can so quickly generate this mess despite my best efforts. Well, maybe the dust bunnies could be vacuumed a little more often… I admonish myself to be more thorough, and head to get the kids. Seeing them erases the weight of the day and I feel light, joyous and calm. Billy’s dimples, nonsense chattering, and silly nature carry me through as we wait for Eddie to get off the bus. When I see Eddie, his sweet and loving nature removes all of the clutter that fills my mind. The 30-second drive home is mommy bliss; I’m reunited with my cherubs once again. But, imagine the mayhem when the boys are released from the structure of their day. I try to control this as it bubbles to the surface, but am met with tough resistance. Eddie knows the rule that he does homework right away, but he and Billy still push my buttons. “Can we have someone over? Aw, you never let us have any fun. … Whyyyyyyy do I have to do my homework now? Come on mooooom!” They whine in tag-team harmony. They have short-term memories. They forget about all the kids who come over for fun-filled afternoons of hockey and homemade cookies. They forget about the wildly successful “Summerpalooza” that mommy created, for which we went on a different adventure each week. They forget about the weekly library trips for books, music and movies. They forget about family game days. They forget about their onslaught of organized activities that I move heaven and earth to involve them in. Finally, I’m able to get Eddie focused on homework. Billy ambles about asking me to play a game or read him a book. But, Eddie still needs some supervision and I never manage to be able to do both at

once. Guilt festers. I do all that I can not to turn on the cartoons for our little one during Eddie’s homework time. Sometimes, I even succeed. When I don’t, guilt festers some more. For the next few minutes, I’m a wonder of accomplishments. I clean, prepare the next day’s lunches, knock more stuff off that damn to-do list, and prep the evening meal. He finishes his homework and I buzz about as the boys have their snack and we chat about their day. I hear another heart-wrenching story of teasing at school, and wonder whether God is going to give me the strength to get through

the school years. Though I am weak in the knees and my heart is about to break, I put on a good façade for Eddie and – hopefully – teach him the tools he needs to handle this problem. No worries though- Eddie’s capacity to care about these things is, thankfully, short and sibling mayhem breaks out in full force. The sound of it is both music to my ears and the equivalent of grating on a chalkboard. The squeals of joy and constant banter make my heart swell. The absolute destruction of all I just cleaned and tidied…I could do without. Like a tornado, the boys race

through the house, leaving no item unturned. Soon, the fighting begins. I make dinner while moderating the impromptu Wrestlemania match in my kitchen. I put a radio in the kitchen to provide soothing background music for a busy day. But, unless I blast it, I can’t hear it above the kids. That’s why sometimes when dad comes home, it’s on so loud that he immediately rushes to turn it off. It doesn’t matter anyway though because, by now, I can’t even hear myself think, and most days I don’t bother putting it on. My head hurts from firing off orders, redirecting, restructuring, and

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– inevitably- scolding. By the time I look at the clock again, the afternoon is over and I’m shocked. I can’t believe how long it took me to get everything done! I can’t believe I couldn’t get more done in that time frame! It’s 5:30 p.m. and I’ve barely managed to finish dinner, the house I just cleaned is messier than it was to begin with, and my head is pounding. It truly looks as if I’ve done nothing all afternoon. For a brief moment I think of that cliché 1950s domestic image, and of my vow to end the day on a high note…and sigh. By the afternoon’s end, I am in full drill sergeant mode, and both comatose and bursting at the seams to catalog every detail of the day. I know I’ve developed a cringe-worthy habit of interrupting the family every time someone opens their mouth, and I’m trying to stop, but the role of family CEO is now seared into my being and I can’t stop being “on.” I simultaneously feel blessed and exhausted; I’m fortunate to have the ability to be home with the boys during the afternoon, and exhausted because I have this ability. Life as a parent is like trying to run a marathon in the mud, while a 50 pound child leans on you and rubs your hair, and a little preschooler lassos you to hold you in place.

Every time you think you’ve made progress, something slows you down, comes at you, or stands in your way. And, even though your pace is slowed, it feels like you are running a million miles a minute! Never mind trying to be a good person and wife despite the crazy pace. (And, killing myself with guilt when I’m not.) I often joke that I’m trying to be Superwoman. But in reality, if there really is a Superwoman out there, I’m sure she doesn’t constantly interrupt her husband with her own self-important thoughts, treat her family like they’re her very own small business, or fall asleep while putting the kids to bed every single night. I’m going to hang up my cape now and call it a day. And, I hope that tomorrow, when I wake up to do it all over again, I will end the day on a high note. Brenda Seaver is an attorney raising two boys in Central Massachusetts. Her writing is inspired by occasional flashes of insight during the chaotic daily grind, which she strives to navigate with humor and grace.

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From Women’s Marches to the #MeToo movement, many have proclaimed 2018 the Year of Women. Indeed, it is an interesting time in history for females. In the workplace, traditional gender lines are blurring in occupations typically dominated by one sex or another. According to a CareerBuilder survey, more and more women are moving into occupations that were previously dominated by men. From 2009 to 2017, for example, the number of female paramedics, coaches and chemists grew by at least 40 percent. Still, many professions remain heavily dominated by one sex. What’s it like to be woman working in a “man’s world?” Meet five Massachusetts moms who are breaking stereotypes and statistics.


Carla Cosezni President,

TommyCar Auto Group

Though women buy more than 50 percent of autos sold in the U.S., the number of women who sell them is far less. Women who own dealerships, like Northampton’s Carla Cosenzi, are even scarcer. Cosezni, along with her brother, owns Country Nissan in Hadley, Country Hyundai and Northampton Volkswagon, both in Northampton. The face of the businesses started by her father -- gracing their television ads for years -- Cosenzi has expertly navigated the rapidly changing the auto sales industry. But working with cars was not actually the road she planned on taking. “I never really saw myself as getting involved in the family business. I wanted to make my own path,” she said. After graduating from Northeastern University she went on to earn a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Columbia, and saw herself working in the research field. But when her dad convinced her to work for him while she sorted out her career plans, the then 24-year-old found herself sur30 MAY2018

prised. “I fell in love with the business. I loved selling. I loved that it was so unexpected to have this young female on the sales floor. It made the experience of buying a car different than they expected, and for me, it just kind of clicked,” she said. Cut to 15 years later, and Cosenzi is President of TommyCar Auto Group, running three dealerships and overseeing 105 employees. She’s not only working in a business heavily dominated by men, she’s leading it. “I really struggled with that for years and years – I think I had to work harder,” she said of working in a world dominated by men. “When my brother came in the business, he walked in and was just accepted day one, even though he was younger and very new. It took me a long time to make my place and make a name for myself. It was boots on the ground. I had to come into my own confidence, but once I built that up, everything changed.” Cosezni, who is mom to 4-year-old daughter Talia and 2-year-old son Niko,

said having children has impacted the way she runs her business, giving her a newfound “balance.” Motherhood has provided her with a different appreciation for her employees who have kids, and has inspired her to find new ways to give back. The charitable arm of her business, Carla Cares, supports nonprofit organizations and causes across the region, provides scholarships and has a presence at community events. Their annual golf tournament, in memory of Cosenzi’s father, Tom, has raised more than $830,000 for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Cosenzi admits it can be a challenge to strike the right work-life balance, but she hopes to be setting an example for her children – especially her daughter. “I want her to see that I can enjoy my career and still be a good mom,” she said. “I would say that for all moms: it’s possible to do both. Lose the guilt, and find a middle ground. When you’re at work give it 100 percent and when you’re at home give it 100 percent, and try not to cross the two.”

Stephanie Fattman

Worcester County Register of Probate

At 26 years old, Stephanie Fattman, then an event planner and a third year law student, became the youngest person – and the first woman – ever elected Register of Probate in Worcester County. A political newcomer, she took on a two-term Democratic incumbent to win the seat – the top position in the Probate and Family Court Department, which oversees the filing of documents in relation to matters such as divorce, child custody, name changes, wills and estates. Though relatively under the radar, it’s a big job, to be sure. The Worcester County Probate Court serves more than 800,000 people in 60 cities and towns, and has the highest percentage of domesticrelated filings in the state. “I had enjoyed event planning, but I was halfway through law school and realizing that a career as a traditionally lawyer wasn’t for me,”

Fattman said. “My then-fiance [now husband, State Sen. Ryan Fattman] was involved in politics and that opened my eyes to see that there was more I could be doing for my community. I thought, ‘I could do this.’” Fattman said she’d heard of people having some issues with the probate court system, which she felt boiled down to mismanagement. She campaigned on bringing fresh perspective and better customer service and management to the office. Elected in 2014, she came into an office with a staff of 30 people, with many ideas for change. “As one of the youngest leaders in the court system, I think there was more of a generational gap than a gender gap,” she said. “I’ve been big on implementing new technology to make the office easier to navigate, before people even come

in to court. It can be overwhelming and many times people are already dealing with a difficult time in life. My goal was to make it all relatable and easy to understand.” That became even more important to her after having her first child. Being a mother to 2-year-old Hadley (and ready to pop with baby number two at the time this issue went to press!), has made Fattman more in tune with both the joys and harrows of families in need of the court’s services. “A lot of the families are struggling through things like divorce, custody and support. Being a mother has helped me relate, having the perspective of my own family,” she said. “Then there’s the adoptions, which are probably the happiest thing that happens in my office. Being a mom, I know now the love and joy these families are establishing.”


Brittany Overshiner Farmer/Manager, Upswing Farm

Brittany Overshiner isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. In fact, when it comes to Upswing Farm, a small, diversified vegetable farm that she runs with her husband, Kevin, the dirty work is her favorite part. A lot more than planting and harvesting goes into a business like Upswing Farm. There’s office work, marketing, crop planning. But Overshiner has always loved being outside and working with her hands. Small-scale sustainable farming allows her the opportunity to that, while combining her passion for the environmental issues and individual well-being. Her “a-ha moment,” as she calls it – when she made the connection that how we grow food directly impacts our bodies and the environment – happened while she was a college student. After graduating from Northeastern University, she took part in three years of farming apprenticeships, learning the ropes on farms in upstate New York, British Columbia, and the Boston MetroWest area. She completed the Beginning Women Farmers Holistic Management Training Course, funded by the USDA. As a founding farmer of the Medway Community Farm, she took a blank slate and built a business from the ground up. In just 5 years she led the creation of a three-season CSA, a farm stand, a school-to-farm program, a diversified education program, as well as volunteer program and hunger relief programs. Overshiner called that a lesson in “sweat equity and ingenuity,” which readied her to manage her own farm. She leased the land for Upswing Farm, on the border of Ashland and Holliston, in 2016 to not only grow fresh, nutritious food, but also to preserve the historic farmland. Her ultimate goal is saving the space from development. It took a leap of faith. “When you’re starting from the beginning you have to build the business, you have to build the reputation and you have to build the market. You need to put in all that effort and hopefully get a return in not too many years. You’re giving 110 percent and crossing your fingers you can make it work,” she said. Add a 1-year-old to the mix, and things can be even more challenging. But Overshiner hopes all the time her son, Harvey, spends on the farm with his parents will instill in him the confidence to pursue his own passions. “Most of all I want him to believe if there is something he feels passionately about, he can make it happen. It might take sacrifices, but I want him to feel empowered to do that,” she said. “It’s so important to feel excited about what you’re doing on a daily basis. There are so many different ways to create positive change. I hope he will be inspired by that.” Upswing Farm, at 28 South St., Ashland, offers several CSA programs, tasting tours, workshops and educational classes. Produce and flowers are sold on-site and at the Ashland Farmers Market. Vegetable, herb and flower seedlings for home gardeners are for sale every weekend from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. throughout the month of May.

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Jen Ramirez

U.S. Army Veteran/Chef

Jen Ramirez isn’t happy sitting behind a desk. These days, that trait keeps her content in the busy bustle of a commercial kitchen. About a decade ago, it was what inspired her to be one of the first women in the Army to be attached to a combat arms unit. Ramirez joined the Army at the age of 19, becoming an intelligence analyst. About six months into her tour in Iraq in 2005-2006, she volunteered to work with a combat unit. “Being in intelligence, you don’t get to see a lot action. You’re basically sitting behind a computer tracking incidences, collecting info. I wanted to get more experience,” she said. Ramirez said that although at the time women weren’t technically allowed in combat roles, there was a need for women to be attached to combat arms units, especially when it came to picking up female detainees in the Middle East. She was one of two women attached to the unit. “It was interesting because at first these guys weren’t used to having women as part of their group. People reacted differently – a lot were really hesitant and resistant to it. Others were completely fine, and just said ‘welcome to the team,’”she said. After returning from Iraq, Ramirez was promoted to Corporal and worked doing Top Secret security clearances at Ft. Stewart, Georgia. She left active duty in 2007. Ramirez considered staying in government, but ultimately decided “sitting behind a computer all day” wasn’t for her. She had been cooking a lot, and began to realize how happy she felt in the kitchen. In culinary school, she fell in love with the career. Ramirez said that cooking has also provided her with the flexibility she needs as a single mom to 9-year-old Tristan. Ramirez works as a cook at Amherst College during the school year, and at Camp Ramah, a Jewish Summer Camp in Palmer, in the summer. There, she cooks for 1000 kids and staff members a day, specializing in catering to the population with food allergies and sensitivities. She reviews all dietary needs and creates special menus and recipes based on those restrictions. “It’s definitely challenging but I enjoy the challenge. You really have to think outside the box,” she said. “You play around with things – substitute this ingredient for that ingredient. Sometimes things work and sometimes they don’t. You just roll with it and figure it out.”


Jess Allen Steel Detailer

“Sometimes I think it’s awesome. I’m so proud to say ‘I’m a woman of steel,’ -- it’s kind of cool to be that person,” Jess Allen, a mom of two, said of her profession. “Other times I might be on the phone with a client, and I feel like I’m being mansplained.” As a steel detailer, Allen prepares detailed plans, drawings and other documents for the manufacture and erection of steel to be used in the construction of buildings, bridges, industrial plans, and nonbuilding structures. Throughout her more than decade-long career, she said she’s worked directly with only one other woman. Indeed, it was a man who got Allen involved in the industry – her dad. He was a welder who taught himself drafting after hurting his back, and then, taught his daughter. Allen, who was pregnant when she entered the world of steel, started

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out working under her father. She has been self employed and working out of her Westfield home for about 11 years. Work as a steel detailer can vary dramatically from job to job. Some can be done in a matter of hours, while others drag out over a year. Most times, she has about five or six jobs going at a time. “Figuring it all out is my favorite. When I get drawings, sometimes they aren’t really clear. I go back and forth between sets of drawings to figure it all out, then modeling, or building it in my program. Once that’s done I have to do the tedious part of drawing it all out,” she explained. Working from home can have its challenges, said Allen. Laundry is waiting or dishes are in the sink, so she has to focus to separate the duties of home, and the duties of work.

But working from home also allows her the chance to teach her sons, Cody, age 12 and Connor, age 9, about the job. Cody already helps with editing drawings, and next summer she plans to officially hire him. The blurred work-home lines mean that sometimes, the best parenting moments happen outside the house. “I always tell people are my favorite conversations are the ones we have in the car. We have a nothing taboo policy. We talk about everything. We talk about uncomfortable things: puberty, sex, things that are happening in the world,” she said. “But being in the car, sometimes it just gives me a chance to catch my breath when those things come up. I’m telling you, it’s the best time to have those conversations.”

The Power of Women

By The

Numbers 19% 9.1% 20

of restaurant kitchens in the U.S. are run by women

of women make up of the construction industry in the United States

The percentage of drafters in the U.S. who are women

14% 5,079

of the nation’s 2.1 million farms have a female principle operator

The number of women farmers in Massachusetts... that’s about 42%. They manage 250,935 acres and have a $51.1 million economic impact

1 250,000 27th 13.6% 19%

The number of women who have held the position of Worcester County Register of Probate

The number of positions in the military previously closed to women that were opened with the 2013 repeal of the ground combat exclusion policy Women make up about

Massachusetts’ ranking for Women in Elected Office by the Center for Women in American Politics Women make up about

of the U.S. Army

of U.S. car dealership employees (most in support staff)

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Wayland-based mom Sabrina Picariello saw a need for more community around parents of children with special needs. Now 200+ members strong, MAK is building connections around the state. BY JOAN GOODCHILD

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new parents, most of us are in need of information, support, sometimes just another person to listen to our concerns. And for parents of children with special needs, those needs are particular profound, especially in the first few years as navigating the unique challenges of raising a child with a disability can add an additional layer of uncertainty to an already difficult time. In 2016, as Wayland mom Sabrina Picariello first began tackling the realities around her then 2-year-old daughter’s diagnosis and needs, she felt largely alone and frustrated when it came to finding a supportive community to join for conversation and information. “It seemed like everything I was finding was specifically tied

to a certain diagnosis,” said Picariello. “I was so desperate to meet parents and put something together.” So that’s exactly what Picariello did. She formed her own group. Called Moms of Amazing Kids, it is a community for families raising children with medical, developmental, and other special needs. ​ MAK’s mission is simple: Provide opportunities for moms

of children with special needs to connect with one another for emotional support, resources, inspiration, and balance. But, as Picariello states, she wanted to take it one step further -- she wanted to help people make real-life connections. “A lot of moms with special needs kids do suffer from isolation,” said Picariello. “I wanted to offer a community where they could take time to have fun and

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support each other, and take care of ourselves, too.” Now 200 members strong, MAK is a free membership group that offers resources and information on everything from navigating the diagnosis process to places where parents can find products specific to children with special needs. In group outings, participants get together for dinners and take part in play dates with their children at area facilities. “This is a place where parents can be comfortable bringing their kids with special needs because they know other parents will be there with kids who are teaching them empathy,” said Picariello. For Holliston mom Lucinda Hickey, MAK has been exactly what she needs as she parents her own daughter, Madison, who has special needs. “Part of it is just getting out of the house with people who understand and won’t judge,” said Hickey. “Bringing Madison to a music class with other kids that are delayed, knowing she is going to have a meltdown and we’re not going to get any judgement. People are OK with her enjoying herself in her own way.” Hickey said she has also benefited from workshops organized by MAK, including sessions on Individual Education Plan (IEP) binders and the essentials of setting up sa special needs trust fund. But she thinks the biggest benefit is the amazing support.

“Madison recently became self-injurious,” she said. “Talking to people in this group about it has been so helpful. And I’ve had some moms in the groups who I have never even met reaching out and asking ‘What does your family need? Do you me to watch her while you shower?’ Knowing they were there, and I could run out and do an errand, was so helpful.” Moving forward, Picariello is working on developing more playgroups that include children of all abilities for a true inclusive experience. “We want to spread the message that everyone can play together, and we’re teaching kids to be compassionate and appreciate different kinds of people.” While MAK was first formed to serve parents in the Metrowest region, Picariello said it is expanding to include members around Massachusetts. Information about Moms of Amazing Kids can be found on their web site at https://www. Joan Goodchild is a freelance writer and editor and a mom of two based in Central Massachusetts.

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Oh Baby!

How Chiropractic Care Can Make Pregnancy a Little Easier BY DR. BRITTANY FALCONE


our protruding abdomen is more than a cute baby bump. Women and birth providers are recognizing that regular chiropractic care during and immediately after pregnancy can be beneficial to a woman’s changing body. Expectant mothers are vulnerable to pelvic alignment and balance stressors, including: • Adapting to changes in your center of gravity • Compensating for posture changes • Gaining weight • Fluctuating hormones resulting in instability Untreated, these can cause profound consequences to your spine. While pain may be common during pregnancy, it does not necessarily mean it’s normal. If you are experiencing discomfort, it should be addressed. If you are lucky enough

to have an amazing, pain-free pregnancy, chiropractic care could still play a vital part of your prenatal care plan. Like having a cavity without tooth pain, your spine can also develop issues without initial discomfort. Chiropractic care ensures the absence and prevention of underlying problems. More than affecting how you feel while pregnant, misalignment during pregnancy can interfere with the birth process by negatively altering the structure of the pelvis and uterine nerve function. This may translate into a longer, more difficult labor and delivery for mom and baby. Chiropractors are trained to detect and correct spinal imbalances in pregnant patients by using the Webster Technique. This is a method of examination and treatment in the chiropractic office that focuses on assessing the tailbone as well as ligaments and muscles attached to that bone. The type of treatment you receive while you are expecting will be different than past chiropractic


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you may have received. The Webster Technique is a fivepart analysis that begins with you laying face down on the chiropractic table to evaluate your tailbone for misalignment. I know what you’re thinking - but have no fear - you will be able to lay face down at any phase of your pregnancy! Most chiropractors that work with pregnant women have special tables with abdominal sections that drop down to accommodate your growing baby bump. Not only will the doctor be working with your spine from the back, they will also use gentle hands-on treatment to the abdomen to gently address the muscular and ligament components impacting pelvic balance. By approaching the body in this way, chiropractic works to reduce spinal dysfunction and improve birth outcomes by affecting pelvic structure and function. Research suggests that women who receive chiropractic care will have quicker, easier labors. Now what expectant mom wouldn’t want that? Pregnancy is a wonderful and exciting time for parents, but it also is a time when expectant moms can experience an array of physical, emotional and social stress. A 2018 study from The Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine sampled 343 pregnant patients response to chiropractic

care utilizing the Webster Technique. The women in this study reported improved energy levels, less pain, better sleep patterns, and even improved social roles and interaction. This research suggests that expectant moms under regular chiropractic care may experience improved quality of life. Chiropractic care can be an important part of you prenatal care, and I encourage all women to add it to their health care regimen during and after pregnancy. If you are pregnant and thinking about chiropractic, it’s important to find a doctor trained in the Webster Technique – the treatment you receive will be more complete and effective. You can visit to find a Webster Technique certified chiropractic physician near you. Dr. Brittany Falcone is a Worcester-based chiropractor who specializes in pediatric and pregnancy related chiropractic care and is Webster Technique certified. She is a mother and active member of her local community. Contact her directly at falconebc@ or visit her office website at

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ith spring in the air and sultry summer temps just around the corner, it’s high time to coax dull, lifeless skin out of hibernation and get back your glow! Of course, we all know by now that staying hydrated to help flush out toxins, getting adequate sleep and eating clean are essential to beautiful skin—but what about that glow? Actually, there’s an ancient word for this radiance. In Sanskrit, ojas (pronounced oh-jas) means vitality, and can be obtained in part by food and lifestyle. What does this have to do with your skin? Nurturing your body’s largest organ means careful consideration to what you apply over your face and body before it gets absorbed. Did you know skin is the largest digestive organ after the digestive tract? So before you reach for that funky smelling bottle of self-tanner with a long list of chemicals that could seep into your bloodstream, check out these healthy ingredient recipes you can add to your grocery list that will guarantee your head to toe glow... naturally!

The Basics Cleanse Moisten 1 tsp. almond powder (purchase or grind a handful of almonds) with 1/2 tsp. buttermilk to form a paste. Apply a thin layer to face and gently massage using small circular motions. Rinse clean before mixture begins to dry. Moisten with avocado oil for dry skin, or grapeseed oil for oily skin.

Exfoliate Schedule yourself at an-home all natural fruit peel to remove those dead skin cells with these food items that contain natural alpha-hydroxy acids and gentle exfoliating enzymes. Green Papaya or Pineapple Peel: Puree in a blender with honey or rub a cut slice over face and neck avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 5 minutes then rinse with warm water and moisturize. *Natural still means effective so tingling and itching will occur. Remove if sensations become uncomfortable. 40 MAY2018

Moisturize Mix 1 tsp. almond oil, 1 drop of chamomile essential oil, and 5 drops rosewater. Massage gently onto face and neck. For sensitive or reddish complexions, use jojoba oil and geranium essential oil. Oily complexions should use sesame oil and lemongrass essential oil.

Lunchtime Moisture Mask Don’t let your next leftover half an avocado go brown! Mash it up instead with 1 tbsp. coconut milk, 1 tsp. honey and coconut oil each dissolved together, and puree. Apply this rich paste like paint with a brush onto skin and remove when dry, after about 15 minutes.

Ubtan Face Masks Make this traditional Indian beauty ritual used by brides-to-be in India for glowing skin on their wedding day part of your go-to beauty routine!

Basic Ubtan The basic ubtan recipe combines a flour, oil, and liquid. Modify legume flours for skin type. Mix a paste from ingredients as follows: 2 tbsp. chickpea flour, milk, fenugreek powder, and rosewater. Apply until dried, and then remove with warm water. Use red lentil flour for oily skin, and mung flour for dry skin.

Turmeric Brightening Mix dry ingredients as follows: 2 tbsp. gram (chickpea) flour, 1 tbsp. sandalwood powder, 1-2 tbsp. lemon juice, 1/4 tsp. turmeric and honey to make a paste. Apply for 20 minutes then remove with warm cloth and rinsing. *Lemon juice reacts to sunlight so don’t forget the SPF when going out after application. *Turmeric will stain so take care to protect clothing and towels. To remove any excess from face, swab with a cotton ball dipped in coconut or castor oil.

Lustrous Hair Shiny tresses have long been associated with vitality and health, and while you may not be ready to ditch your favorite shampoo in favor

of something au natural, oiling the hair and scalp will bring on the shine no matter your mane concerns! The added benefit of a head and scalp massage will increase circulation to hair follicles and leave your neck muscles deeply relaxed, promoting a good night’s sleep. Warm some sesame oil (dry hair), coconut oil (thin hair), sesame or olive oil (thick hair) over a bowl of hot water and use your fingertips to slowly massage different areas of the scalp and work through the length of your hair from the root. Leave in for at least 30 minutes, can stay in overnight if you wish—don’t forget to protect your pillow with a towel. Apply shampoo directly to dry hair before wetting for more effective oil removal when washing. For a lighter, daily treatment, take a coin-size amount of oil and work through the length of damp hair, focusing just on the ends. Style as usual.

Ancient Beauty Secrets Ghee: For a chemical-free makeup remover, just add a couple of

drops of Vitamin E oil to 2 tbsp. ghee (clarified butter available at your grocery or health store). On its own, apply ghee as a nighttime eye cream before sleeping! Castor Oil: Rich in triglycerides, this is the perfect grooming cream to replace your pomade with for eyebrows and lashes. It’s rich sheen will give a dewy glow to your eye makeup! Alyson Young Gregory is a native New Yorker, and Boston-based freelance writer, mother, and Holistic Health Educator specializing in Ayurveda. Important note: The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or to treat or diagnose any health problem. You should see a licensed healthcare professional to diagnose problems and supervise use of all home remedies.



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the WOMEN Behind the Business

From preschools to painting studios, so much goes into running a business: ingenuity, passion, dedication. This Women in Business section is a showcase not only of places and organizations that you may already know and love, but also a look at the women who are working behind the scenes to make it all happen. They are the people you trust with everything from your skin care to your childcare. Take a peek at what inspires them, why they love their jobs, and what they have in store for the future.

Karen Amlaw Music What year was the business founded? 2005 What makes your business top-notch? KAM prides itself on quality. Our teachers have over 100 cumulative years of experience as both performers and educators. Dedicated to supporting the best musical experience, in every studio KAM students learn on regularly maintained pianos made by some of the finest makers in the world: Ivers & Pond, Steinway and Mason & Hamlin. Both our students and members of the community at large have opportunities to share in musical fun throughout the year in recitals, community showcases, and the like held in KAM’s own recital room, as well as at other community events which KAM sponsors. Giving back to our community is part of KAM’s ongoing mission.

Karen Amlaw, Owner / Director

What advice would you give to other women in business? Always BELIEVE and

never underestimate the power of YET! The power of attraction is an awesome thing. No matter what anyone says or does if you build your dreams they can happen. It’s never one can’t do or understand something – but rather, one can’t do or understand it YET. And lastly - Enjoy the magic carpet ride . . . you never know how far or where it will take you! Additional information: Proud to have been voted the area’s Most Loved Music Lessons for the past two consecutive years by Hulafrog subscribers, KAM’s team currently offers music instruction in bass, guitar, piano, ukulele, violin and voice. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Check back, we’re always growing so you never know. Our over 120 students range in age from 4 to adult and include young artist competition winners, district and all-state musicians, members of musical theater and opera casts, and more! You’re never too old to Discover the Fun (of Music)!

57 East Main Street, Suite 203, Westborough, MA 01581 • (508) 366-6000 • M-F 3-9PM; Sat 9AM-3PM (Other times available on a student by student request basis)



Gymnastics Learning Center What year was the business founded? The Gymnastics Learning Center was founded in 1983 in Shrewsbury. We are celebrating 35 years of teaching gymnastics to children from babies through high school!

What’s your favorite part of running your own business? Having the freedom to make my own decisions. I’ve always had my own businesses, and enjoy the freedom and flexibility with my work and personal life. I enjoy the creativity of my work and helping others create artwork for themselves.

Laurel Knox, Owner What year was the business founded? 1999. We are going into our 19th season. We originally started on Pleasant St. in Worcester and expanded due to growing so quickly.

paint your own pottery & creative art studio

Route 9, Shrewsbury (Next to White City East) (508)798-9950 Visit WWW.CLAYTIMESTUDIO.COM

What advice would you give to other women in business? Be patient. Building a successful business takes time. Be sure to network with likeminded people and those you identify with. Take time for yourself and your family. What makes your business top-notch? We are more than just pottery painting! We are a multi-medium art studio for kids and adults. The studio has pottery painting, mosaics, glass fusing and board art. There is something for everyone here! Our staff is fun, creative and talented. We love to do fundraisers with small or large organizations and schools. We have private party rooms for celebrations and birthdays. We offer workshops and classes for kids and adults, as well as events. Don’t miss our holiday Santa event—one of our biggest events of the year!

What makes your business top-notch? GLC is Top-Notch because we’ve been in business for over 35 years and many of my staff and coaches have worked with me for decades. Our customers receive the benefit of this incredible wealth of experience, knowledge and dedication to bringing a love of gymnastics to the next generation of children. Our staff undergoes extensive background checks, are Safety Certified with USA Gymnastics, and are CPR and First Aid Certified. GLC is also the home to Top-Notch God’s Little Children Preschool and Kindergarten, which are Nationally Accredited. Our teachers are nurturing and dedicated to the highest quality of early childhood education, and are bringing a joy of learning to young children.

What’s your favorite part of running your own business? My favorite part of running GLC is working with remarkable staff and coaches who are committed to the highest levels of safe gymnastics training, while staying true to GLC’s mission of “Building The Pride Inside” each student who walks through our doors. It is personally rewarding for me to see my former students bring their own children and even their grandchildren to GLC so they can recreate their own happy childhood memories of the Gymnastics Learning Center. Additonal information: The Gymnastics Learning Center also offers extensive half or full day “Gym & Swim” summer camps, with two heated pools for swim lessons by certified swim instructors, including a 2 foot deep toddler teaching pool. Entire facility is air conditioned for the health and safety of our athletes. All of GLC’s summer camps and classes are Licensed for Safety by the State of Massachusetts.

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Girls Inc. of Worcester What year was the business founded? 1916 and what a difference a century makes! During the past 100 years, what was once Worcester Girls Club, has become Girls Inc. of Worcester, a thriving, gender specific organization that serves 1,200 girls annually. Our mission is to “inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold!” What’s your favorite part of leading your organization? Empowering women and girls has been a constant thread woven into my career, volunteer and mentoring roles throughout my life. In my current position, I have the privilege of inspiring future generations of women leaders in the various stages of their career, whether they are just starting out or a seasoned professional. I am committed to empowering leaders at all levels within our staff and best of all, empowering the team to inspire the next generation of leaders – today’s girls.

Victoria Waterman,CEO Girls Inc. of Worcester

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What advice would you give to other women in business? Cultivate and sustain strategic networking relationships that support your business goals and translate them into results. Great leaders are “givers” and “askers;” and yes, that means asking for the help you need to succeed. It is critical to get comfortable in mastering the “how” and “when” to ask for support. This has been some of the best advice given to me. What makes your business top-notch? People. Our staff, Board of Directors, and other ambassadors of the organization that are the greatest assets of the organization. Investing in professional development and recruiting the most qualified people who believe in our mission is what contributes to the financial health and demonstrates long-term sustainability.

How does being a mom make you a better business woman? Being a mom means learning to “never say never” and to trust your instincts. Each time I persevered through a challenging parenting moment, my confidence steadily increased and spilled over to all parts of my life. The basics of Management 101 – “plan, organize, control, lead” works well in the classroom, business, and at home. Plus it is important to sprinkle in empathy and humor…. lots of humor! What is your favorite inspirational quote? Leadership is using the greatness in you, to achieve and sustain extraordinary outcomes, by engaging the greatness in others. – Susan L. Colantuono I aspire to this standard every single day. How do I balance work and family? Work-life balance is an elusive concept that creates great frustration for many people. For me, I think of it as an attempt to achieve a consistent equilibrium. I have intentionally worked at and learned how to give myself permission to spend time doing what fuels me and what feels right. That means prioritizing work when I need to; but confidently taking time for yourself and your family when the pressure isn’t so great. My favorite book for women in business? “Feminist Fight Club” by Jessica Bennett is a hilarious guide, providing real-life career advice and humorous reinforcement for a new generation of professional women.

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Child Works Discovery Center What’s your favorite part of running your own business? The amount of flexibility I have when it comes to being creative. I love that I can recreate programs to benefit children and the Teachers working with them.

What year was the business founded? 2016 What makes your business top-notch? I provide concierge level planning services – help with dining reservations, an amazing customized itinerary and more.

Beth Landry of Hi Ho Vacations

Where do you plan to take your business in the future? I am working on expanding from just Disney to Universal Orlando, Sea World, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and even more in the near future.

What challenges have you overcome personally or professionally? I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis, which can make travel or working difficult. However, learning when to push myself and when to rest have been key to my success. Time to recover is vital. What is your favorite inspirational quote? All our dreams come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. — Walt Disney

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What advice would you give to other women in business? To always surround yourself with amazing people who believe in you and your goal! How do you balance work and family? Balancing work and family can be a challenge, but just take it one day at a time! I believe by creating a work environment that supports those around me in turn creates a culture of mutual support- we are all in this together! Kerri Felton, Owner

What year was the business founded? 1992 What makes your business top-notch? My staff

What is your favorite inspirational quote? Success is no accident, it is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all love for what you are doing! — Pelé

How does being a mom make you a better businesswoman? Being a mom helps me relate to all my clients. Parents drop children off while going to work each and every day. This is not easy for anyone. Being a mom myself helps me relate to their feelings as well as makes me drive 456 Wachusett Street, Holden, MA 01520 to ensure their children are being well 508-829-7479 taken care of. M-F 7am-5:30pm

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Family Adventures Await What year was the business founded? 2016 What’s your favorite part of running your own business? It is a lot of work, but I love having the flexibility to take a few hours off to chaperone a field trip or help out with an art project in my children’s classrooms.

Jennifer Shanks , Owner

How do you balance work and family? Starting my business has been a huge adjustment for my entire family. I try to be available to my kids and put work aside during the after school hours and I do a lot of my work after their bedtime. My clients are busy parents too, so often we have to get creative in scheduling our phone calls, when both our homes are quiet. What makes your business top-notch? The key to the success of my business is the relationships I build with my clients. I get to know the families I work with in order to customize their travel experiences, fitting their unique needs and personalities. Every family I work with has a vision of their perfect vacation and the more I know them, the easier it is for me to make that dream vacation a reality.

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Where do you plan to take your business in the future? I will continue to create epic adventures for

families. I am also starting a training program to teach new travel consultants how to plan amazing vacations for families. A home based job with flexible hours and fun travel benefits is a perfect job for more mothers looking to return to work. How does being a mom make you a better businesswoman? Traveling with my family and creating these special memories is more important to me than anything. I know what a precious commodity vacation time is and my one goal is to make that time as happy and stress free for my clients as possible. What is your favorite inspirational quote? Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. — Mark Twain Additional information: Family Adventures Await is a complete travel concierge service that specializes in custom, authentic vacations for families all over the world. We take all the stress out of vacation planning, ensuring that you are able to relax, enjoy and make memories with your family. BAYSTATEPARENT 45

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Diane Kelley Dance Studio What year was the business founded? 1987 What’s your favorite part of running your own business? I love being able to guide my dancers in the direction I feel would most benefit them. They train for many years and develop a sense of what they would like to do with their training. It is rewarding to watch them grow individually and pursue the dreams which my staff and I may have influenced.

What year was the business founded? 2016 What’s your favorite part of running your own business? It is having the freedom of being able to schedule family events around work schedules and visa versa. How do you balance work and family?

A big part of that has to do with having supportive partners both at home and in the business. One of the main reasons we decided to form a partnership is to allow us to cover one another when we need to be with our children.

Meredith and Alison, Co-Owners

Where do you plan to take your business in the future? Our original plan was to stay in our present location for at least five years. We are now re-evaluating that plan as we are growing out of our space. We are looking at other down town Westborough locations that will fit our criteria and allow us to continue our growth. We are also on the brink of bringing in some new and very exciting services. Stay tuned...

What makes your business top-notch? We feel the main reasons we became successful so quickly is the personal touch we give to our clients. The highest compliment we receive from our guests is how welcome they feel from the beginning to end of their experience.

What is your favorite inspirational quote? Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark.

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Who is your role model? My students are role models to me. Their work ethic, determination and tenacity make me want to be a better teacher every day.

Diane Kelley, Owner

What advice would you give to other women in business? Love what you do and do what you love. Sincerity shines through! How do you balance work and family?

What makes your business top-notch? We produce some of the best dancers in the country and I am so very proud of the peer recognition that has come with it. My staff and I work tirelessly to create a professional atmosphere for our dancers, making then ready to pursue any avenue. What is your favorite inspirational quote? Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. – Og Mandino

Having responsibility and passion for both make it possible. Sometimes being creative will add to the fun. Each day is a new challenge and needs a new solution. Self care is important, so I can be my best for everyone.

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Stageloft Repertory Theater What year was the business founded? Stageloft was founded in 1994, I became the owner in 2015. What’s your favorite part of running your own business? The flexibility it gives me to manage my schedule and my family. What advice would you give to other women in business? Find a business where you can do what you love. It makes all the hard work and long hours worthwhile. How do you balance work and family? I have a very supportive and understanding family that makes doing my job possible. My husband and kids also work with me a lot!

Where do you plan to take your business in the future? I hope to keep growing Stageloft to reach bigger audiences with every production. How does being a mom make you a better business women? I think I have better empathy for the people who work for me, and I strive to make our youth programs managable for both the kids and their parents. What is your favorite inspirational quote? I’m through accepting limits ‘cause someone says they’re so. Some things I cannot change, but ‘til I try, I’ll never know. – Wicked

What makes your business top-notch? Our attention to detail both onstage and off.

Christine Taylor, Owner

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with Denise Burgess Denise Burgess, a Dorchester resident and Boston native, was recently appointed CEO of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts -- the first black woman to hold the post. A former American diplomat, national news correspondent, and international communications consultant, Burgess most recently served with The Carter Center, the not-for-profit organization founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, monitoring elections, human rights, and mining governance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


After working as a diplomat, news correspondent and in international non-profits, what drew you to Girl Scouts? Working overseas I noticed that societies where women were fully empowered consistently had better outcomes and more sustainable results in meeting community goals. I also became aware that leadership skills in girls are developed at a very young age. Girl Scouts’ mission has always been to help girls to develop their full potential while discovering fun and friendship.

This is an interesting time in America with relation to girls and women. Where does Girl Scouts fit into this time in history? Girl Scouts has decades of hands-on experience working to develop leadership skills in girls and those efforts are now bearing fruit. Did you know that 90% of all female U.S. astronauts are Girl Scouts? Or that 80% of all tech leaders are Girl Scouts? Or that every U.S. female Secretary of State was a Girl Scout? My hope is we will continue this proud tradition of successfully molding girls of courage, confidence, and character into the next century.



How does the organization stay relevant as times – and girls – change? Over the course of our 100 plus-year history, Girl Scouts has accumulated a wealth of knowledge about how girls develop, how they learn, and how they mature. We use that knowledge to build programs that speak to evolving times. For example, we recently added 23 new STEM badges for girls to explore science, technology, engineering, and math. And we regularly ask our girl members for feedback on our three core program areas. Plus, our volunteers – parents and grandparents, family members and friends – our volunteers are girl experts by virtue of their daily experience.

Many people think of cookies and camping when they think of Girl Scouts. What else do you want to come to mind? Cookies and camping are great! I grew up going to summer camp in New England, and as a result, I became a hearty outdoors woman. To this day, my summer camp experiences are my fondest memories from childhood. People may not be as familiar with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. They identify a problem in their community, come up with a creative solution, and put their plan into action! They learn to work as a team, build friendships, become civic-minded, and gain the leadership skills to be successful adults.



What values of the “Girl Scout Law” have mattered most in your life? “Make the world a better place” is the value that has most resonated in my life. The career choices I’ve made, as well as being a lifelong volunteer for a variety of causes, are ways I have executed on that belief. Another value that resonates strongly with me is being responsible for what you say and do. It requires selfawareness, discipline, and a commitment to integrity.

Who was your role model growing up? What did you learn from her? My Aunt Jeanette. She never let adversity stop her from moving forward. She built a highly successful professional career in public housing policy and real estate, all while raising two young children, as a single parent. I remember her staying up late in the night studying, after she’d fed and put us kids to bed, and cleaned-up the house. In the midst of so much responsibility, she never forgot the importance of being loving and kind. She always believed in me and she made sure I knew it. She taught me that I have choices in life.



Is there a specific focus or direction for Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts that you’re hoping to work toward in your new role? I believe conservation and responding to climate change are two of the planet’s most difficult and urgent challenges. In Eastern Massachusetts, we are blessed with a wealth of amazing natural gifts: from our beautiful forests and rivers, to the Atlantic Ocean and aquatic life below it. These are critical components of our unique, local ecosystem, and as a result, I hope their protection will resonate with our girls. What are three words of advice you’d give to every young girl, Scout or not? Courage: Courage is not the absence of fear. Instead, it is taking well thought-out action despite being afraid. Responsibility: We must take care to own our mistakes and failures as much as we own our successes. Love: There are so many ways and so many things to love. For me, it is what makes life worth living.



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Thursday, May 3 – Framingham Area Adoption Information Meeting, DCF Area Office, 300 Howard St., Framingham. 6-7 p.m. Contact: Sheila Fitzgerald at No registration required.

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Monday, May 7 – Lawrence Area Adoption Information Meeting, DCF Area Office, 280 East Merrimack St., 2nd Floor, Lawrence. 6-7 p.m. Contact: Sharon Deacon at (978) 557-2568. No registration required. Thursday, May 10 – Whitinsville Area Adoption



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Hi! My name is Deniol and I love basketball and soccer! Deniol is a sweet and social boy of Hispanic descent. He makes friends easily and his favorite activity is playing sports, especially basketball and soccer. He also enjoys playing video games. Deniol is very comfortable talking and playing with adults and children of all ages. He also adapts quickly to new environments. Legally freed for adoption, Deniol is looking for a loving family that can provide him with support, structure and consistency. An ideal family will also be able to advo-

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cate for his needs, and help him utilize appropriate community services. Although his social worker believes that he will do well in a family of any constellation, with or without children, she believes that he will do particularly well in a family where he can have siblings. A family who enjoys being active would also be a good match for Deniol. Can you provide the guidance, love and stability that a child needs? If you’re at least 18 years old, have a stable source of income, and room in your heart, you may be a perfect match to

Information Meeting, DCF Area Office, 185 Church St., Whitinsville. 6-8 p.m. Contact: Katherine Keefe at (508) 929-2122. Wednesday, May 16 – Boston Area Adoption Information Meeting, Boston Regional Office, 451 Blue Hill Ave., Dorchester. 4-5:30 p.m. Contact: Marsha Donovan at (617) 989-9209. No registration required. Friday, May 18 – Leominster Area Adoption Information Meeting, North Central Area Office, 690 Mechanic St., Leominster. Noon-1 p.m. Register

with Allisyn Calovine at (508) 713-4812 or allisyn. Monday, May 21 – Canton Area Adoption Information Meeting, Canton Police Department Conference Room, 1492 Washington St., Canton. 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 – Fitchburg Area Adoption Information Meeting, Fitchburg Family Resource Center, 76 Summer St., Suite 210, Fitchburg. 5:45 p.m. Contact: Allisyn Calovine at (508) 713-4812. No registration required.

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According to the company, the stipends provided to foster families are often limited to covering the most basic needs of that child, covering only the costs of formula, diapers and perhaps a little extra for clothing – but rarely things like baby gear, daycare, extracurricular activities, etc. The Foster Swell Fund for Kids in Care aims to help fill that gap. Requests have included things like equine therapy lessons, a child’s dresser, bedding, or swimming classes… things that all children should have the opportunity to have, no matter their circumstances. The company also provides Swell Forever Adoption Grants, which provide funding support for families actively seeking a legal adoption placement. You can see Swell Forever’s beautiful products, find out more about how they give back, and read inspiring stories about adopted and foster children at

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Online Program Aims to Prevent Teen Depression CATCH-IT Could Lead to Lower Rates of Depression Among Teens BY JOAN GOODCHILD


ccording to statistics from organizations that research mental health, about 20 percent of all teens experience depression before they reach adulthood, and between 10 to 15 percent suffer from symptoms at

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any one time. The problem with teen depression is a public health burden that demands our attention, according to Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D., a senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) who has developed a program called

CATCH-IT to target teen depression and prevent it, or treat it early. Adolescents who experience minor or major depressive episodes have a higher incidence of medical illness and social adjustment challenges than those who don’t suffer from depression, said

Gladstone. They are also at risk for suicide and recurring depression throughout their lives. “Given the substantial prevalence of adolescent depressive disorders, associated functional impairments, the risk of unhealthy behaviors, and life-long illness, it is vital that we develop, evaluate, and disseminate preventative programs for adolescent depression,” said Dr. Gladstone. CATCH-IT is a self-guided, internet-based intervention, said Gladstone, and is aimed at teens, ages 13-19, who are at risk for depressive illness. Initially developed by Dr. Benjamin Van Voorhees of the Children’s Hospital University of Illinois, Gladstone continues the work now with Van Vorhees, and they recently wrapped up a six-month study of its effectiveness. CATCH-IT incorporates character stories and graphics, and uses therapeutic modalities. “It includes online modules that teach standard, evidence-based approaches to depression prevention,” explained Gladstone. “The idea is that kids will spend a few hours online, over a few months. It asks them questions, and asks them to do homework, like scheduling fun activities for themselves.” “The idea is that if kids work through these modules that they learn strategies and skills for managing negative life events that all kids encounter, so they are less likely to be depressed,” she said Initial results of the six-month study period of CATCH-IT are encouraging, said Gladstone. Over the study period, teens at risk for depression in the Chicago and Boston areas were assigned randomly to the CATCH-IT intervention, or to a health education control, and were assessed over time for depressive symptoms, depressive episodes, and other functional outcomes. “We found kids currently experiencing some symptoms of depression and who completed at least 10 percent of program were less likely to evidence threshold episodes of depression,” she said. CATCH-IT also includes a parent component, said Gladstone, which she believes is key to its effectiveness. “We’re really focusing on understanding the role of parents. It teaches parents how to recognize depression. It includes an optional module for parents because we know there is a connection between teen and parental depression. “ Gladstone encourages parents, whether involved with CATCH-IT or not, to have an open conversation

with their children regularly about depression. “It’s OK to check in with your child and ask them if they are feeling depressed or thinking about hurting themselves. I think some parents are reluctant to do that out of fear. But asking that will not make healthy children think about suicide or hurting themselves.” Gladstone also stressed that while CATCH-IT shows promise in treating and preventing teen depression, there are still many gaps in the US healthcare system’s

approach to it. She believes behavioral health should be more closely integrated with primary medical health services. Primary Care Physicians (PCPS) are not always equipped to ask the right questions about depression and mental health, she noted. Referrals are not always followed up on when a PCP suggests a patient seek mental health treatment. For those interested in assistance with mental healthcare provider referrals and information, Gladstone recommends checking out the

William James College Interface Referral Service, which helps navigate the challenges of finding mental health service, at https:// Joan Goodchild is a veteran writer and editor living in Central Massachusetts.

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MEET Camp Clio Camp Clio and our New Camp Clio Teen offer a unique experience for adopted children (9-12) and teens (13-16). Camp Clio campers and counselors (themselves adopted and serving as role models) share the intimacy and safety of being with other adopted friends, providing the opportunity to share feelings and adoption stories with others who understand adoption without explanation because they are “just like me” – all in a fun, “old-fashion” camp environment.


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eet Camp Director, John! John’s degree in Sport & Recreation Management provides him the knowledge to do what he loves–working with kids and sports! For over a decade, he has developed and lead creative movement and athletic training programs in the greater Boston area. John is passionate about working with kids of all ages, and most importantly, making sure they have FUN! Conveniently located near Route 20 in Marlborough, we are pleased to offer 8 weeks of camp for ages 4–12. Low ratios and highly-trained staff ensure campers will be happy and safe throughout the day. Indoor and outdoor activities including swimming, tennis, multi sports, crafts and games are some of the highlights of camp. Our updated program is run in partnership with Be Ahead of the Game, which brings over 20 years of experience running sports and camp programs for children. Qualified and certified staff help campers of all ages and abilities develop their athletic skills and sportsmanship. Welcome to the new Camp Wayside! 8 weekly sessions are offered June 25-August 17. The morning (9am-12pm) program features a 45-minute swim lesson with Red Cross certified swim instructors followed by tennis drills and games and multi-sports including soccer, dodgeball, basketball, kickball, racquetball and floor hockey.

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Participants are split into groups based on age, ability and skill level. The full day program combines the fun of our scheduled morning programming with an afternoon of instructional team sports, creative fun and free swim. No day is ever the same.

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A GOOD PARTY IS ALWAYS IN SEASON “Hands on Science” offers science programs that are interactive, educational and fun for the whole family. As a wacky energetic scientist, “Kosmic Kelly” uses creative ideas to engage children on variety of topics. Learn the science behindfizzing rainbow volcanos, elephant toothpaste, “Albert Eggstein”, CO2 gas, burping beakers, bubble snakes, and much much more!

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May 2018 issue of baystateparent Magazine