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Elephants for Easton: How Local Parents Are Honoring Their Infant Son
Oh, The Places You’ll Go: August Calendar of Family Events
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Muddy Hands, Budding Minds: Nature the Backdrop for Learning in Tinkergarten
Elephants for Easton: How Local Parents Are Honoring Their Infant Son
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Muddy Hands, Budding Minds: Nature the Backdrop for Learning in Tinkergarten
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Happy New (School) Year!
While the calendar insists that the New Year is still about four months away, we all know that the beginning of a new year is right around the corner. You know the signs: vacations are over, binders and backpacks have replaced pool floats and coolers on store shelves, and kids are starting to stress about that summer reading. Reality is sinking in. The lazy days of summer are numbered, and Back to School season is here. While it can be hard to let go of summer, there’s something exciting about this time of year. The start of the school year marks the beginning of a new adventure for kids: new things to learn, friends to meet, memories to make. For parents this time of year brings back rhythm and schedule, and, if you’re anything like me, a sense of nostalgia. From the time I was little girl, I always got butterflies in my stomach when the first day of school rolled around. It was a mixture of excitement and nerves: Will I be able to find my room? Is my teacher nice? Who will I sit with at lunch? Back to school meant rituals, too. Picking out the perfect outfit, an extra special homemade lunch, and a picture (with an actual camera containing a roll of film) of me and my sisters on the front steps of the house. Wearing our bulky backpacks and clutching our shiny new lunchboxes, we looked tan, happy and hopeful. That first day always held so much possibility and promise. These days I see those same type of pictures all over my Facebook feed. It’s funny how times have changed… but not that much. As your children head back to school, take some time to get to know their teachers and the staff and administrators who will be caring for them and teaching them for the next 10 months. It’s proven that children perform and adjust better at school when their parents are engaged and involved. May this be a year of learning and growing, academically and socially, for your kids. May your be mornings be smooth, and the coffee be hot and plentiful. Cheers to the New (School) Year!
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3 Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes for Busy Mornings Mornings get more hectic when school is in session. Make things a little less stressful by having breakfast already done with these make-ahead, grab-and-go ideas.
Breakfast Banana Pops
What You Need:
What You Need:
• 6 eggs • 1/3 cup milk or cream • 3 slices of deli meat (your choice) or cooked bacon, roughly chopped • Handful spinach, chopped • 1/4 cup chopped veggies (your choice – try peppers, corn, broccoli, etc.) • 1/3 cup shredded cheese
• Bananas (two bananas makes four pops) • Yogurt of choice • Granola (or crushed graham crackers, cereal, etc.) • Fun mix-ins (mini chocolate or peanut butter chips, shredded coconut, raisins, dried cranberries, etc.) • Popsicle sticks
How to Make Them: Heat oven to 350F and grease a muffin tin. In a bowl, whisk together eggs and cream, then add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour batter into muffin tin, to about ¾ full. Bake 18-20 minutes. Cool completely before removing frittatas with a butter knife. Bonus! These can be frozen for up to a month. Just reheat in the microwave.
How to Make Them: Spread granola or crushed crackers and any other toppings out on a plate. Peel bananas, cut in half, and insert popsicle stick. Dip each banana pop into yogurt, then roll in your topping mixture. Place on parchment paper, and freeze overnight.
Breakfast Cookies What You Need:
How to Make Them:
• 1/2 cup rolled oats • 1/2 cup mashed banana • 1/4 cup almond butter • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract • Add-ins of your choice: mini chocolate or peanut butter chips, dried fruit, chia seeds, shredded coconut, etc.
Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, combine mashed banana and nut butter until smooth, then stir in all other ingredients. Shape into cookies (should make about 10-12), and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from sheet.
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Locals Collect, Donate Hundreds of Elephants in Memory of Infant Son BY AMANDA COLLINS BERNIER
ictures of little Easton adorn the walls of the of Ryan and Melissa Malone’s Wilbraham home. Typical first-time parents, they captured it all: beaming in the delivery room, a trip to the beach as a family of three, and baby’s first Halloween. There’s a sparkle in Easton Marc’s eyes and his mouth is open, grinning, in most of the pictures. The happy baby was almost always smiling, Melissa recalls, even on the day he was born. That infectious grin and joyful spirit is how the Malones will always remember their baby boy. Little Easton passed away unexpectedly in November at just four months old. “Wherever he went he brought a smile to people’s faces. I know everyone says that about their baby – but really, people everywhere couldn’t help but smile at him,” said Melissa. “He warmed everyone’s heart. He was so happy, so laid back.” Everything about Easton was easy, in a meant-to-be kind of way. The Malones found out they were expecting just a couple months after their wedding, and Melissa’s pregnancy smooth and comfortable. Baby Easton arrived, healthy and perfect, on hot evening in July. It was two days before Thanksgiving that Melissa got the phone call at work – Easton, who was at daycare, had stopped breathing in his sleep and had been rushed to Baystate Medical Center. He was revived shortly, but he did not survive. Some 2,300 infants die each year in the United States of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS, which the 10 AUGUST2018
CDC defines as the sudden death of an apparently healthy infant less than one year of age that remains unexplained after a thorough investigation. The gut-wrenching, unimaginable loss leaves a gaping hole in the hearts of parents like the Malones. Still, through the blur of grief, the couple remembers the kindness of the medical team who cared for Easton. “They were amazing,” Melissa said of the staff at Baystate PICU. Their gestures on that day – cutting a lock of Easton’s hair and making imprints of his hands and feet – have given the couple cherished reminders of the baby boy. The Malones keep those precious treasures in Easton’s nursery, a grey and mint green room accented with elephants. The animal, which Easton dressed adorably as for Halloween, has become an important symbol for Melissa. Since Easton passed away, she’s noticed that she sees elephants everywhere. The Malones started Elephants for Easton to help spread his infectious smile to other children and families in the hospital. Putting the word out on Facebook, they hoped a few people would donate stuffed animals that they could deliver to hospitals on what would be Easton’s first birthday. But, they arrived by the herd. Boxes of plush grey elephants were dropped on their doorstep day after day, eventually taking over their living room. They came from people all across the country; family, friends, and complete strangers. The Malones spent the days leading up to Easton’s birthday attaching
tags with his smiling face to more than 300 donated elephants. “It’s unexpected and overwhelming, but it makes me feel so good to know that so many people are seeing his face,” Melissa said.
The Malones plan to collect and donate stuffed elephants every year for Easton Marc Malone’s birthday, July 6. To find out how to donate, go to facebook.com/elephantsforeaston.
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Helping a Family Who Has Suffered Infant Loss Nearly 90,000 children in the United States die before age 1 annually with nearly 2,500 of those due to SIDS. Friends, relatives, and coworkers can play an important role in helping a family that has experienced the sudden death of an infant. The most valuable thing that anyone can offer to such a family is caring presence. Often, there are no words that can capture the feelings of the moment. Merely “being with” the bereaved persons can provide the support and solace that they need. -infantlossresources.org Ways to Show Support • Acknowledge their profound loss, right away. You may be afraid you’ll say something ‘wrong,’ but the worst thing you can say is nothing at all. • Don’t say, “let me know if I can help.” They are not in a place where they can give direction right now. Offer an idea instead. Say, “I am going to bring you dinner Thursday night,” and just do it. • Don’t be afraid to say the
baby’s name. Let the family talk about the baby, and let them know you’ve been thinking about the baby, too.
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MAKEmobile. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
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Fairyborough. Discovery Museum, Acton. August 7.
MAKEmobile. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. August 12 & 26.
18th Annual Tomato Festival, Granby Farm, Granby. August 25.
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Music Makers for Tots. Worcester Public Library: Main Branch, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 10-11 a.m. Celebrate the wonderful world of music with stories, listening games, and more. For ages 1.5 to 3. Free. mywpl.org.
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WAM Stroller Tours. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a docent guided tour to look at the art in the galleries, before enjoying an age-appropriate story and light refreshments. Recommended for ages up to 3. Free. worcesterart.org. Wednesday Wonderings: Forest Adventures. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Participate in an exploration into the nature surrounding the Fruitlands Museum. Recommended for Pre-K aged children. Register ahead. Member children $5, nonmember children $10, adults free. fruitlands.org. Trivia Nite @ the Library. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Stretch your brain and win great prizes, as teams up to 6 attempt to best the other in thrilling trivia challenges. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net. Five-Week Performing Songwriter Showcase. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 8 p.m. Enjoy this concert featuring the top 10 winners of the Five-Week performing songwriter auditions, with original songs and accompaniment by a group of Berklee students. Free. berklee.edu/events.
2 Thursday Take Aparts, Jr. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-11 a.m. Drop-in and grab some tools, discover resistors, capacitors, gears and more, as you uncover the inner workings of household gadgets and gizmos. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org. Rock Out with Tambourines. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 10-11 a.m. Rock out for a musical adventure listening to stories all about music before making tambourines with bells and ribbon. Recommended for ages 3 to 8. Register ahead. Free. leominsterlibrary.org. Let’s Get Dancing Storytime. Worcester Public Library: 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 10-11 a.m. Bring your favorite stuffed animal and join storytime where all animals can dance together. For ages 3 to 5. Free. mywpl.org. In the Yard: Charlestown Navy Yard Family Days. USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown. 1-5 p.m. Enjoy, play, and learn during this family day featuring family-friendly
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3 Friday Music with Movement with Miss Bernadette. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 9:30-10 a.m. Explore sound through singing and playing, as you move, make music, listen, learn, and get a multi-sensory workout. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org. Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton.
10-10:45 a.m. Join a nature-based activity based on the weather and season. Head outside no matter the forecast. Recommended for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org. Library LEGO Fun. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 10-12 p.m. Become a LEGO inventor. Build with LEGOS using your imagination. Free. leominsterlibrary.org. Free Fun Friday at the Carle. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Come celebrate picture books with art activities, films, music, and special story-times with authors/illustrators Jessi Sima and Jeff Mack. Free. carlemuseum.org. 11th Annual Boston Green Fest. Boston City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Sq., Boston. 12-6 p.m. Enjoy local food trucks, an EcoBazaar, artist performances, and fun activities and games for the entire family. Through Sunday. Free. bostongreenfest.org. Jazz String Painting. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 4-5 p.m. Make unique works of art using string. Find inspiration from jazz music. For ages 5 to 8. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net. Summer Friday Nights Free. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 4:30-8 p.m. A night of exploration as food donations for Open Table of Concord and Maynard and the Acton Food Pantry are accepted. Free. discoveryacton.org. Little Shop of Horrors. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 11:59 p.m. Watch this cult classic musical film, following Rick Moranis as he confronts a wicked plant from
Redcoats and Rebels. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. See the largest military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers, as well as canon demonstrations, martial music, drills, music, 18th-century baseball and more fun. Through Sunday. Free with admission. Adults $28, youths 4 and up $14, ages 3 and under free. osv.org. Meet the Farmer. Chestnut Hill Farm, 9 Chestnut Hill Rd., Southborough. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Stop by and meet the farmers who grow all of our delicious food, as we participate in fun activities, and learn all about the farm. Free. thetrustees.org. Families @ WAM Tour. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10:3011 a.m. Explore the Worcester Art Museum galleries with your family on a docent-guided discovery tour, as you hear fun fact, stories, and enjoy sharing observations and time together. Free. worcesterart.org. Beyond the Spectrum: Color, Texture, and Shape. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Explore the relationship between color, texture, and shape to create unique visual artworks, before we create marbled paper collages during this adventure in art for children on the Autism Spectrum. For ages 8 to 12. $9. mfa.org. Aladdin Jr. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Discover a ‘Whole New World’ with this Disney classic and its Broadway musical as performed by the Starlight’s Youth Theatre of actors ages 7 to 17. Members $6.50, nonmembers $7. carlemuseum.org. Everyday Engineering: Cup Towers. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Drop-in and challenge yourself to build a one-of-a-kind tower made entirely out of cups. Explore everyday engineering. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org. Arms + Armor Demonstrations. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. A fun interactive program to learn all about different kinds of arms and armor used by everyone from Roman soldiers and Medieval knights. Free. worcesterart.org. Jumanji. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Watch siblings and a wild Robin Williams as they attempt to finish a game that comes to life and begins invading the real world. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net. BAYSTATEPARENT 13
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Free Fun Fridays in August
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Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays offers free admission for your family at any of these amazing institutions this month! August 3 • Franklin Park Zoo - Boston • Cape Cod Museum of Art - Dennis • The Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River - Fall River • Davis Museum at Wellesley College - Wellesley • Naumkeag, The Trustees - Stockbridge • Worcester Historical Museum - Worcester • Osterville Historical Museum - Osterville • Historic Deerfield - Deerfield • The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art - Amherst • Paragon Carousel - Hull August 10 • Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park - Boston • The Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston - Boston • Jacob’s Pillow - Becket • Cahoon Museum of American Art - Cotuit • Nichols House Museum - Boston • Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists - Boston • Wenham Museum - Wenahm • Fuller Craft Museum - Brockton • The Greenway Carousel - Boston • Freedom Trail Foundation - Boston August 17 • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum - Boston • Plimoth Plantation - Plymouth • Commonwealth Museum - Boston • Lynn Museum - Lynn • New England Historic Genealogical Society - Boston • Fort Devens Museum - Devens • Fruitlands Museum, The Trustees - Harvard • Old State House - Boston • Berkshire Museum - Pittsfield • Museum of the First Corps of Cadets - Boston
August 24 • Harvard Museums of Science & Culture - Cambridge • Buttonwood Park Zoo - New Bedford • MASS MoCA - North Adams • Heritage Museums & Gardens - Sandwich • Cape Cod Children’s Museum - Mashpee • Smith College Museum of Art - Northampton • The Old Manse, The Trustees - Concord • Emily Dickinson Museum - Amherst • Hull Lifesaving Museum - Hull • Museum of African American History - Boston & Nantucket August 31 • Old Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge • EcoTarium - Worcester • Norman Rockwell Museum - Stockbridge • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History - Brewster • Chatham Marconi Maritime Center - North Chatham • USS Constitution Museum - Boston • Cape Ann Museum - Gloucester • Griffin Museum of Photography - Winchester • Provincetown Art Association and Museum - Provincetown • The Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium - Boston
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Caterpillar Lab. Discovery Museum, Acton. August 29. India Day. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. 2:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Join the India Society of Worcester during this celebration of the ‘Colors of India’ featuring dances, food, kids activities, shopping, and more. Free. iswonline.org.
followed by art making during this inclusive playdate experience. Recommended for ages 4 and under. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $25, ages 7 to 17 $10, ages under 7 free. mfa.org.
Massachusetts Pirates vs. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. 7 p.m. Join the resident Massachusetts Pirates during this final regular season home game of the National Arena League. $7. dcucenter.com.
Riverfront Family Theater: Performance Workshop Festival. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 11 a.m.2:30 p.m. Learn improvisation, movement, singing, and puppetry during this workshop for the afternoon led by author and educator Sally Cragin. For ages 6 to 13. Register ahead. Free. leominsterlibrary.org.
5 Sunday Little Tree Huggers. Stevens-Coolidge Place, 92 Andover St., North Andover. 1-3 p.m. Find inspiration through ‘The Lorax’ and ‘The Giving Tree’ and create your very own giving tree in the gardens, enjoy truffula tree snacks, complete a scavenger money, and wear a Lorax mustache. Register ahead. Member children $5, nonmember children $10, adults free. thetrustees.org. Gregory Groover Negro Spiritual Project. Jazz at the Fort, Highland Park, 20 Fort Ave., Roxbury. 5 p.m. Join Berklee College of Music graduate Gregory Groover Jr. in this performance of negro spirituals and original compositions. Free. berklee.edu/events. Family Film Festival: Moana. Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 6 p.m. Join Magic 106.7 during this outdoor showing of the Disney animated flick Moana, with entertainment, children’s activities, and giveaways. Free. prudentialcenter.com.
6 Monday MFA Playdates: What to Wear. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10:15-11 a.m. Bring your toddler to enjoy story time and looking activities in the galleries,
Five-Week Vocal Night. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 8 p.m. Enjoy this concert featuring students from Berklee’s Five Week Summer Performance Program in this cross-genre appeal night. Free. berklee.edu/events.
7 Tuesday Dance and Movement Class. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 10-10:45 a.m. Join the Joanne Langione Dance Center as it presents a music and movement class for toddlers and preschoolers. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net. Fairyborough. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Design, build, and explore a mysterious forest environment of fairy houses, gnome homes, and sprite skyscrapers constructed completely out of natural materials and creativity. Through Saturday. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org. A Journey Through Fairytales. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 3-4 p.m. Enjoy as the University of New Hampshire’s Little Red Wagon Theater as characters from all of the fairy tales you know and love become reimagined. Free. leominsterlibrary.org.
OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! Berklee City Music Scholarship Concert. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 7:30 p.m. Enjoy this concert featuring Berklee City Music scholars, as they perform jazz, pop/rock. choral, big band, and R&B music. Free. berklee.edu/events. Folk Open Mic: Carlin Tripp. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 8 p.m. Performers from around the area come on stage to present the best of entertaining open mic music, featuring Carlin Tripp with a special performance. Members free, nonmembers $5. natickarts.org.
8 Wednesday Rainbow Fish Clay Workshop. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 10-11 a.m. Read some fun rainbow fish stories, before making your own fish out of air-dry clay and sequins. For ages 3 to 8. Register ahead. Free. leominsterlibrary.org. Play in the Park. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Play, experiment, and engineer together in the Sculpture Park. Collaborate to construct large-scale temporary structures in response to deCordova’s art and landscape. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $14, ages 12 and under free. deCordova.org.
Dances From Around the World. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 4-5 p.m. Learn several dances from around the world, from the Melbourne Shuffle to the Samba. For ages 5 to 8. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net. Awesome Robb Magic Show. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 7-8 p.m. Enjoy this fast-paced, laugh-out-loud magic show for all ages, featuring unusual magic and Thunder, the Wonder Rabbit. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net. Five-Week Blowout Concert. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 8 p.m. Enjoy this concert featuring a wide range of musical styles including jazz, rock, funk/fusion, salsa, and blue grass. Free. berklee. edu/events.
9 Thursday Family Sing Along. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 10-10:30 a.m. Join children’s librarians for songs and movement. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net. Let’s Get Dancing Storytime. Worcester Public Library: 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 10-11 a.m. Bring your favorite stuffed animal and join our storytime where all animals can dance together. For ages 3 to 5. Free. mywpl.org.
Special Storytime: Holly Hobbie. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 10:30 a.m. Join Holly Hobbie the creator of the Toot & Puddle series, as she reads from her latest picture book, Elmore, about a warmhearted porcupine. Free with admission. Adults $9, youth $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.
9 p.m. Enjoy bluegrass tunes during this outdoor concert. Gather on the lawn with our lawn chairs, picnic basket, and food vendors’ offerings. Member cars $15, walk-ins $5; nonmember cars $20, walk-ins $10. fruitlands.org.
Game Day. Worcester Public Library: Great Brook Valley Branch, 89 Tacoma St., Worcester. 2-5 p.m. Come play some of your old time favorites or try something new. Free. mywpl.org. Dorchester Food Co-Op Pop-Up. Nightingale Community Garden, 512 Park St., Dorchester. 4-7 p.m. A pop-up market run by the Dorchester Food Co-Op, building a community and workerowned grocery for all. Free. thetrustees.org. Castle Hill Picnic Concert: Soul Rebel Project. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 310 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. 7-9 p.m. Enjoy a walk around the grounds, play with frisbees and balls, enjoy delicious food from local vendors, and settle on the lawn for a terrific reggae performance by the Soul Rebel Project. Member carloads $20, walk-ins $8; nonmember carloads $30, walk-ins $10. thetrustees.org. Damn Tall Buildings: Concert. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 7:15-
Five Week Instrumental Showcase. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 8 p.m. Enjoy this concert featuring the winners of Berklee’s showcases, ensemble groups, and orchestral and rock workshops. Free. berklee.edu/events.
10 Friday Free Fun Friday. Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Join the ICA as it opens its door at no cost to visitors, as activities for the whole family takes place throughout the day. Free. icaboston.org. Summer Friday Nights Free. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 4:30-8 p.m. A night of exploration with food donations for Open Table of Concord and Maynard and the Acton Food Pantry accepted. Free. discoveryacton.org. Friday Farm Dinner at Chestnut Hill Farm. Chestnut Hill Farm, 9 Chestnut Hill Rd., Southborough. 6-8 p.m. Join an al fresco dinner on the farm, featuring farm-to-table experiences, with lawn games and open space
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OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! to explore. Register ahead. Member adults $36, children $16; nonmember adults $45, children $20. thetrustees.org. Peter and the Wolf & Other Animal Friends. Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate, 2468 Washington St., Canton. 6:30-8 p.m. Enjoy this family concert from The WestwoodWinds, as it plays family-friendly and familiar pieces, and enjoy our ice cream truck. Register ahead. Members $5, nonmembers $10. thetrustees.org.
11 Saturday 11th Annual Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival. Broad Meadow Brook Conservation and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Rd., Worcester. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy educational fun where butterflies fly free in their natural habitats, with workshops, performances, live caterpillars, butterfly art, face painting, activities, food, and more. Members $5, nonmembers $6, ages under 2 free. massaudubon.org. 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 discovery tour, as you hear fun facts, stories, and enjoy sharing observations and time together. Free. worcesterart.org. Second-Saturday Storytelling. Institute of
Contemporary Art: Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1:30-2:30 p.m. Connect with family and friends at the ICA Watershed through the art of storytelling. Look, listen, and participate while making connections to artworks through movement, music, poetry and readings. Recommended for ages 3 to 8. Free. icaboston.org. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. Enjoy as YSP Pre-Teen presents this fantastic adaption of the story of transformation and tolerance, based and adapted from the Disney animated movie and original Broadway production. $12. thehanovertheatre.org.
Yoga in the Park for Kids. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. 10:30-11 a.m. Get moving as a family, as teacher lead this kid-friendly yoga session in the sculpture park. For ages 3 to 12 with caregiver. Register ahead. Member children free, nonmember children $5, adults free. deCordova.org.
The Wizard of Oz. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 7 p.m. Enjoy one of the most beloved movies of all time, featuring a young girl from Kansas transported over the rainbow and into an adventure facing off against the Wicked Witch of the West. Adults $12.75, children $10.75. coolidge.org.
MAKEmobile. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. 1-3 p.m. Take your imagination for a spin with activities that explore artistic and material processes through amusing prompts and challenges. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $14, ages 12 and under free. deCordova.org.
STEAM and a Story: Fairy Houses. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2-3 p.m. Enjoy a story about fairies before designing your own fairy house using a variety of materials and your imagination. For kids entering grades K through 2. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
Family Film Festival: The Little Mermaid. Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 6 p.m. Join Magic 106.7 during this outdoor showing of the Disney animated flick The Little Mermaid, with entertainment, children’s activities, and giveaways. Free. prudentialcenter.com.
Especially for Me: Free Autism-Friendly Evening. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 5-8 p.m. Come explore the new Discovery Museum building and Discovery Woods, during this special evening especially for families with members on the Autism Spectrum, with dinner provided. Register ahead. Free. discoveryacton.org.
Perseids Meteor Shower: Family Hike. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 310 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. 10 p.m. Enjoy a late-night stargazing adventure for the whole family. Experience one of the main celestial events of the summer with a hike, s’mores, and lemonade around a bonfire. Register ahead. Member adults $9, children $6; nonmember adults $15, children $10. thetrustees.org.
Tinker Tuesday: Inventions in Motion. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-11 a.m. Drop-in and 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. discoveryacton.org. Rainforest Reptiles. South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Ln., Norwell. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 1-2 p.m.; 3-4 p.m. Meet alligators, turtles, and snakes from the neo-tropical rainforest to the subtropical rainforests of the world during this thrilling reptile show. Members $7, nonmembers $10. southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org. Rock Out with Dots. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 3-4 p.m. A hands-on creative maker day art program inspired by Herve Tullet’s books by creating dot
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Music and Games. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 4-5 p.m. Come for an hour of outdoor games, all of which involve music and sound. For ages 5 to 8. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net. End of Summer Discovery Celebration. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 7-8:30 p.m. Celebrate the end of summer discovery with ice cream, and magician and juggler Scott Jameson for an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
15 Wednesday Harvest and Salsa Making Party. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 10-11 a.m. The Children’s Salsa Garden is ready to harvest. Chop up the ingredients and create a spicy or sweet salsa. Suitable for ages 4 and up with a guardian. Register ahead. Free. leominsterlibrary.org. WAM Stroller Tours. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a docent guided tour to look at the art in our galleries, before enjoying an age-appropriate story and light refreshments. Recommended for ages up to 3. Free. worcesterart.org. Astronomy Night. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 8:15 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Join a local astronomer for a Fruitlands Museum Star Party, learn about the stars, planets, and moon. Register ahead. Member adults $5, nonmember adults $10, children free. fruitlands.org.
16 Thursday Doggy Days: Portraits of Abby. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-11 a.m. Drop-in and visit therapy dog Abby. Let her be your muse to create your own works of art. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org. Take Aparts. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4:30 p.m. Drop-in and learn about telephones, computers, radios, and more. Grab tools and discover circuit boards, resistors, and capacitors behind everyday electronics. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org. The Wizard of Oz. Worcester Public Library: Great Brook Valley Branch, 89 Tacoma St., Worcester. 3 p.m. Drop by the library and enjoy a showing of the classic film following a Kansas farm girl brought to a wondrous land over the rainbow. Free. mywpl.org. The Greg and Axel Show. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 3-4 p.m. Enjoy a show of magic, comedy, audience participation, and one hilarious dog. Free. leominsterlibrary.org.
Footloose. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 7 p.m. Enjoy as Kevin Bacon slides into the role of Ren, a big city kid who finds himself in a small town where dancing and Rock N Roll have been outlawed. Adults $12.75, children $10.75. coolidge.org.
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Castle Hill Picnic Concert: Beantown Swing Orchestra. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 310 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. 7-9 p.m. Enjoy a walk around the grounds, play with frisbees and balls, enjoy delicious food from local vendors, and settle on the lawn for a terrific big band swing performance and accompanying laser show. Member carloads $20, walk-ins $8; nonmember carloads $30, walk-ins $10. thetrustees.org. Astronomy Night & Summer Picnic. Powisset Farm, 37 Powisset St., Dover. 7-9 p.m. Join us and our local astronomer for our quarterly star party, featuring lawn games, space for picnic dinners, and fabulous sky viewing. Register ahead. Members $5, families $15; nonmembers $10, families $25. thetrustees.org.
17 Friday Preschool Films. Worcester Public Library: Main Branch, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 10-10:30 a.m. Join us as we watch a series of favorite picture book stories and more brought to the big screen. Recommended for ages 3 to 5. Free. mywpl.org. Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Join a nature-based activity based on the weather and season. Head outside no matter the forecast. Recommended for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org. 151st Annual Marshfield Fair. Marshfield Fairgrounds, 140 Main St., Marshfield. 12-10 p.m. Enjoy everything a great fair should have, as you explore 4-H, live animals, arts and crafts, agriculture, horticultural events, agriculture, plenty of food, and entertainment. Through August 26. $10, ages 6 and under free. marshfieldfair.org. Family Fun. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 3-5 p.m. Drop-in for family games and activities, during this opportunity to spend quality time with games, building materials, activities, and friends. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
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In the Yard: 1812 Marines. USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Join the all-volunteer 1812 Marine Guard, as we climb aboard the ship and learn how soldiers served both ashore and at sea during the War of 1812. Donation suggested. ussconstitutionmuseum.org. Textile Weekend. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit the theme ‘Repurposed, Refashioned, and Reused’ and take part in gallery tours, demonstrations, and more fashionable fun. Through Sunday. Free with admission. Adults $28, youths 4 and up $14, ages 3 and under free. osv.org. MFA Playdates: What to Wear. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10:15-11 a.m. Bring your toddler to enjoy story time and looking activities in the galleries, followed by art making during this inclusive playdate experience. Recommended for ages 4 and under. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $25, ages 7 to 17 $10, ages under 7 free. mfa.org. 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 discovery tour, as you hear fun fact, stories, and enjoy sharing observations and time together. Free. worcesterart.org.
Families @ WAM Tour. Worcester Art Museum. July 7 Happier Family Comedy Show. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 3-4 p.m. Join this performance all about letting creativity flourish in an accepting atmosphere during this hour-long improv show. Recommended for ages 5 to 12. Member adults $9, youths $4.50; nonmember adults $10, youths $5. carlemuseum.org.
Batman & Robin. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 11:59 p.m. Come watch as George Clooney portrays Batman, as the Dark Knight and Robin take on Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy. $12.75. coolidge.org.
19 Sunday 10th Annual Bob Anderson Memorial Show. Waters Farm, 53 Waters Rd., Sutton. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Drop by for this annual showcase of cars and at this living history center. $10. watersfarm.com.
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Bouncing Babies. Boston Public Library: West End Branch, 151 Cambridge St., Boston. 10:3011:30 a.m. Enjoy stories, songs, tickles, and bounces for babies and their caregivers. For ages up to 18 months with caregiver. Free. bpl.org.
21 Tuesday Make a Mess: Icy Artworks. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-11 a.m. Explore and compare the properties of different types of frozen paint cubes and create an original artwork as they melt. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org. Cold as Ice: Exploring a 300lb Block of Ice. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Drop-in and make chilly discoveries when you put salt, coins, keys, and liquid watercolors on a 300-pound block of ice. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
22 Wednesday Play in the Park. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Play, experiment, and engineer together in the Sculpture Park. Collaborate to construct large-scale temporary structures in response to deCordova’s art and landscape. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $14, ages 12 and under free. deCordova.org.
Special Sundays in the Studio. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 1-4 p.m. Explore some Nature Narratives with crafty activities inspired by nature. Free with admission. Adults $9, youth $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.
Everyday Engineering: Kites. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Put your engineering skills to the test by designing and building simple kites out of a variety of materials, and see how high your kite will fly. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Sunday Volunteer Days. Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 1-4 p.m. Learn about nature as you assist with a variety of property, maintenance and ecological management projects from gardening to building to groundworks and wildlife monitoring. Free. massaudubon.org.
Eyes on Owls. South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Ln., Norwell. 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Join owl experts Marcia and Mark Wilson, be introduced to a menagerie of owls, and get an up-close view of these amazing citizens of the New England fields and forests. Members $7, nonmembers $10. southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org.
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. Donation suggested. ussconstitutionmuseum.org.
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, as we connect with the landscape, and celebrate the community. Register ahead. Members $9, nonmembers $15. fruitlands.org.
Family Film Festival: Beauty and the Beast. Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 6 p.m. Join Magic 106.7 during this outdoor showing of the Disney live-action film Beauty and the Beast, with entertainment, children’s activities, and giveaways. Free. prudentialcenter.com.
23 Thursday Dressed Your Stuffed Pet. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-11 a.m. 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
OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! costume for your furry friend. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org. Craft Day. Worcester Public Library: Great Brook Valley Branch, 89 Tacoma St., Worcester. 3-4 p.m. Make your very own origami flying disk, and see how far yours can fly. Free. mywpl.org. D.W. Counts to Kindergarten. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 6-7 p.m. Learn about what to expect when entering kindergarten during this time of interactive play. For children entering kindergarten with families. Free. leominsterlibrary.org. A League of the Their Own. Worcester Common, 455 Main St., Worcester. 6:30 p.m. An evening of vendors, food, popcorn, and this presentation of the Tom Hanks, Geena Davis starring movie tracking an all-female baseball team as a remedy for a war worn country. Free. worcesterculture.org. Castle Hill Picnic Concert: HELP. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 310 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. 7-9 p.m. Enjoy a walk around the grounds, play with frisbees and balls, enjoy delicious food from local vendors, and settle on the lawn for a Beatles Tribute performance by HELP!. Member carloads $20, walk-ins $8; nonmember carloads $30, walk-ins $10. thetrustees.org.
24 Friday Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. A nature-based activity based on the weather and season. Head outside no matter the forecast. Recommended for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org. Build a Bubble Wand. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Drop-in and see what happens when you build a square bubble wand, and try your and build a wand that proves that bubbles need not be round. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
the galleries, try out a family pop-up talk, sketch the view, and take in a performance. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $15, youth 17 and under free. icaboston.org. 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 discovery tour, as you hear fun fact, stories, and enjoy sharing observations and time together. Free. worcesterart.org. 18th Annual Tomato Festival. Granby Farm, 7 Carver St., Granby. 12-4 p.m. Join the Red Fire Farm to celebrate the annual Tomato Festival
through fresh food, live music, kids’ activities, pick-your-own in fields, hay rides, tastings, and more. Free. redfirefarm.com. Avengers: Infinity War. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Follow Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and the rest of the Avengers as they gather for one last stand against Thanos and his campaign across the universe. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
26 Sunday Latino Family Festival. Fenway Park: Gate K, 4 Jersey St., Boston. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Enjoy
this fantastic festival promoting family health and fitness. $10. mlb.com/redsox. Worcester Caribbean American Carnival. Institute Park, 82 Salisbury St., Worcester. 12-7 p.m. The 6th Annual Worcester Caribbean American Carnival featuring vendors, performances, and a parade. Free. worcesterculture.org. MAKEmobile. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. 1-3 p.m. Take your imagination for a spin with activities that explore artistic and material processes through amusing prompts and challenges. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $14, ages 12 and under free. deCordova.org.
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Summer Friday Nights Free. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 4:30-8 p.m. A night of exploration with food donations for Open Table of Concord and Maynard and the Acton Food Pantry accepted. Free. discoveryacton.org.
25 Saturday Dog Day. Francis William Bird Park, 41 Rhoades Ave., East Walpole. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy a day filled with canine creativity, raise money for charity, enjoy activities, vendors, refreshments, a Flying High Frisbee Dogs performance, and more. Free. thetrustees.org. Play Date: Seaport Adventures. Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Come relax on the ICA Grandstand, revel in the ocean view, and visit
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Family Film Festival: The Secret Life of Pets. Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 6 p.m. Join Magic 106.7 during this outdoor showing of the animated animal adventure The Secret Life of Pets with entertainment, children’s activities, and giveaways. Free. prudentialcenter.com.
Folk Open Mic: Carolyn Griffin. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 8 p.m. Join us as performers from around the area come on stage to present the best of entertaining open mic music, featuring Carolyn Griffin with a special performance. Members free, nonmembers $5. natickarts.org.
Full Moon Paddle. Tully Lake Campground, 25 Doane Hill Rd., Royalston. 7:30-10 p.m. Come out and enjoy the wonders of the full moon out on Tully Lake with canoes and kayaks. Boat rental: members $24; nonmembers $30. thetrustees.org.
27 Monday Bouncing Babies. Boston Public Library: West End Branch, 151 Cambridge St., Boston. 10:3011:30 a.m. Enjoy stories, songs, tickles, and bounces for babies and their caregivers. For ages up to 18 months with caregiver. Free. bpl.org.
28 Tuesday Make a Mess: A Fanfare of Colors. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-11 a.m. Drop-in and create a colorful fan using a fun, whole-body painting technique with spray bottles and watercolor. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
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The Caterpillar Lab. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-4 p.m. Drop-in and be introduced to a huge variety of New England caterpillar species, as we check out some little-known native critters munching on their food plants right in front of you and learn about these slinking bugs. Through Friday. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org. WAM Stroller Tours. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a docent guided tour to look at the art in our galleries, before enjoying an age-appropriate story and light refreshments. Recommended for ages up to 3. Free. worcesterart.org.
30 Thursday Make a Mess: Paint Like Seurat. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-11 a.m. Drop-in as we learn about- and find inspiration by George Seurat’s special style of painting using lots of little dots, called pointillism. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org. Castle Hill Picnic Concert: Orville Giddings Band. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 310 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. 7-9 p.m. Join us as enjoy a walk around the grounds, play with frisbees and balls, enjoy delicious food from local vendors, and settle on the lawn for a boogie blues performance. Member carloads $20, walk-ins $8; nonmember carloads $30, walk-ins $10. thetrustees.org.
31 Friday Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Join a nature-based activity based on the weather and season, as we head outside no matter the forecast. Recommended for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
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In Tinkergarten, Nature is the Backdrop for Learning BY TRACEY PROHASKA CARROLL Does nature provide a perfect backdrop for early childhood education? Thousands of families with children ages 18 months to 8 years old say yes. Tinkergarten, a self-proclaimed movement, brings play-based outdoor classrooms to parks across the country. The classes meet weekly and tackle activities that allow participants to carefully explore nature and play at their own level. Each class follows a loose structure that includes an opening circle, main activity, closing circle and snack. The main activity focuses on open-ended exploration and play where kids actively engage in imagining, exploring and/or problem solving. While this activity is planned and guided by an adult, the interests of the children play a large role in shaping the way it unfolds. Meghan and Brian Fitzgerald, an educator and tech product leader, hatched the idea 8 years ago when their first child was just a few months
old. The Fitzgeralds saw playful learning in nature as an ideal way to connect communities and while youngsters learn and thrive, explained Ryan Stansky, Tinkergarten Marketing Director. In four years the organization has grown to include 1,803 leaders, with nearly 120,000 children taking part in the nature-based learning program. Andrea Pancholi, a local Tinkergarten leader who runs her “classroom” out of Coggshall Park in Fitchburg, is gearing up to begin another session this coming fall. “I stumbled upon the program when searching for an outdoor activity for my 4-year old son,” she said. “I knew he needed some preparation socially before entering kindergarten. I also knew he would prefer an outdoor setting, learning through play rather than sitting in a circle indoors. Unfortunately, there weren’t any Tinkergarten classes in our area, so I decided to bring the program to us.”
Pancholi lives in Lunenburg and graduated from Johnson and Wales University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. While her college experience didn’t lead her directly to working with children, the Tinkergarten Immersive Training course she completed at the start of this year has. It’s enabled her to connect with kids, including her own, in an educational, natural environment. The training course is mandatory for all Tinkergarten leaders. “I love that our classroom is a mixed age group. The children, we call them explorers at Tinkergarten, are wonderful problem solvers and creative thinkers and really do learn so much from each other,” she said. Pancholi describes a highlight from last session where explorers planned and executed a party to celebrate Mother Nature. “They made delicious mud pizza for their party guests (a.k.a. earthworms). Their mud birthday cake
was decorated with flower petals and candles made from sticks,” she said. Pancholi watched the event unfold with pride and was struck by the creative skills and ideas the children managed to bring together. She says a staple of the party was a piñata the children came up with. Using a pulley and rope, they attached a pail to the end, threw it over a branch and filled the bucket with petals, leaves and grass. “They had the best time hitting the pail with a stick,” she laughed. Jessica Cintron, mother of 4-year-old Olivia, who attended class this past spring, says she was thrilled when she saw on Facebook that the class was being offered. She says since participating, Olivia plays differently than she had before. “She has no fear when it comes to handling bugs and worms,” Cintron said. “Her favorite experience was that she was able to play with the mud and use her imagination.”
“The children, we call them explorers at Tinkergarten, are wonderful problem solvers and creative thinkers and really do learn so much from each other.” 22 AUGUST2018
According to Pancholi, a Tinkergarten philosophy is that there is no such thing as bad weather -- only bad clothing. She encourages going outside in all conditions unless the weather poses a threat like extreme temperatures, flooding and lightning. In those cases, classes are rescheduled. “I guess the only downside would be having to dress appropriately for tick season. That really wasn’t even that big of a deal because being in nature was by far a greater positive,” said Jennifer Brideau, mother of Luke, who also participated in Pancholi’s spring class. Brideau who grew up in Germany and now lives in Western Mass. said her childhood was filled with outdoor play and exploration. Now a mother of three, she wants to model her children’s learning around the same love and respect for nature she had growing up. “Luke loved that it was his time with us, where he got our undivided attention. He loved exploring and learning outside of a book. I learned to be a little more relaxed with dirt and overall messes,” she said. Brideau homeschools Luke and chose to
incorporate Tinkergarten into her curriculum. Most Tinkergarten classes run about 75 minutes and are usually open to about a dozen explorers. The format consists of a welcoming activity to allow children to get comfortable in their outdoor space. Then class moves into a circle time to share stories, sing songs and recite poems. The main activity of the day is then introduced, sometimes including a book to get imaginations going and build excitement. The leader then presents the activity, tailored to each age, which provides a rich sensory experience that nurtures empathy, collaboration, creativity, persistence and problem solving. The end of each class is a gathering to enjoy food, sing songs, and reflect on the experiences of the day. Costs to attend depend on the area, number of sessions and length of each class. Most sessions run anywhere from 5-to-10 weeks, giving children and parents the chance to get to know one another and develop friendships. “We loved meeting the same group of children every week, exploring Mother Nature, and learning to think outside the
box,” said Kelly Stone, another parent of a child in Pancholi’s most recent session. “It’s a great way to get outdoors, explore, and let your children lead with their imagination and creativity, have fun and of course get dirty.” Locally, sessions average anywhere from $140-$225, with the first class free for newbies, and a discounted rate for siblings. Children can join mid-session at a prorated rate. To learn more about Tinkergarten, find an upcoming program near you or about becoming a leader, visit tinkergarten.com. There you will find sample activities you can do at home with your child and register for a free trial class. Tracey Prohaska Carroll is a freelance writer, wife and mother of one from Athol. She enjoys spending time with her family at the lake home they’re fixing up. When she’s not writing, filling the roles of wife or mother, you’ll find her listening to music, reading or boxing for fitness. You can reach her by email traceywrites@ mass.rr.com.
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Backpack MAKING THE GRADE
Tips for Lightening the Load and Finding the Right Fit BY DR. BRITTANY FALCONE AND DR. VITO GIACALONE
Choosing a backpack is about more than finding the right color or cool design. An incorrectly fitted school backpack can cause
In 2013, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission cited 5,415 backpack related injuries at emergency rooms. Heavy backpacks can result in acute and chronic back problems, among other painful conditions. The maximum capacity for a backpack should be 10 percent of body weight, so a 50-pound child should carry a bag no more than five pounds. A 2001 study at Simmons College discovered that 55 percent of students carry a backpack that is heavier than the recommended guidelines. While some sources suggest a 15 percent maximum capacity body weight, we encourage a conservative approach. Regardless of a child’s weight, a backpack should never exceed 25 pounds. Omitting items to meet weight requirements may seem challenging or unrealistic. Consider a few suggestions: purchase a small-to-medium
size pack (a smaller pack will ensure a lighter load); have two textbooks – one at home and one at school, or eliminate books by accessing an online version; and make it a habit to empty out your child’s pack each week to ensure unwanted items are removed. It is also possible to avoid using a backpack altogether and opt for a rolling suitcase-type pack instead. This style of bag almost eliminates the need to carry anything at all while allowing your child to transport required school items. However, many schools do not allow suitcases in the classroom. Look for a backpack/suitcase hybrid like the AO King Rolling Wheeled backpack. It has wheels and a retractable handle that allows it to be pulled behind or carried by straps over the shoulders. When selecting a backpack for your
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child, it is important to choose comfort and fit over fashion (hopefully you’ll find both). The top features to look for in an ergonomically appropriate backpack are: • Wide, padded shoulder straps • Adjustable straps • A padded back region • Multiple compartments • Chest and/or waist straps • Appropriately sized (no wider than the student’s chest) Once you have selected a backpack using theses guidelines, the fit and position of the pack on your child is equally important. While backpacks vary, they are made with two straps for a reason. Encourage your children to use both straps, all the time. Once on both shoulders, tighten the straps so the pack is firmly against the shoulder blades and mid-back.
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The pack should always be worn at or above the hollow of the lower back. Lastly, to help with proper weight distribution, place heavier items at the base of the bag and closer to the spine (this is where those extra compartments come in handy). Rounded shoulders or a pack that falls below the level of the pelvis are indicators that the straps need to be adjusted to a tighter position. Look for the visual signs of an improperly fitted backpack in your child to prevent injury. If your child complains of pain, fatigue, or that their pack feels too heavy, there is likely a problem. Your first steps should be to reduce the weight of the backpack, adjust the fit, or consider purchasing a new bag. If pain persists, an evaluation by your child’s pediatrician/family doctor or a chiropractor that specializes in treated children may be warranted.
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just 10 years old (11 later this month), Leila HammadTherrien has already been “working” for 8 years. From gracing the pages to Babiekins Magazine to walking the runway in New York Fashion Week, the Fitchburg resident lives the life of a child model -though she’s quick to say that might not mean what you think it does. “I think people have many misconceptions about modeling,” says the sixth grader, who one day wants to be a brain surgeon. Leila explains that modeling, even at her tender age, is about more than posing and pretty pictures. In a sense, a set can be like a reallife classroom -- a place where she gains people skills and work ethic, and even copes with rejection. Modeling has also opened up opportunities for travel and hands-on learning. In April, Leila journeyed 4,500 miles away to Girdwood, Alaska, a small mountain town just outside of Anchorage that’s surrounded by seven glaciers. The scenery made for stunning photoshoot backdrop, but also for the experience of a lifetime. Leila, this month’s cover model,
first appeared on the cover of baystateparent in June 2014. When she’s not traveling or “working,” Leila is just like any other 10-year-old: she likes to hang out with her 5-year-old twin brothers, draw or play street hockey. She volunteers for Haitian Outreach, has participated in helping feed the less fortunate, and she gives gifts to the less fortunate during the Christmas season. “She knows that being a good person -- and school -- comes first, and will take precedence over anything else,” said her mom, Dina Hammad. We talked with the pair about how Leila first got her start in the industry and all the adventures along the way. When and how did Leila get her start? Dina: Leila started off doing little pageants and it was clear to see after winning titles that she loved the stage and camera, so we decided to try out modeling. Her first big break was in April of 2012. She shot for Babiekins Magazine, an internationally-recognized print publication, with global circulation. She did fantastic and started booking jobs immediately after. What are some of the campaigns/ companies Lelia has modeled for?
Where have her images been? Dina: Leila has worked for a number of large companies and campaigns including Barney’s New York, Zara, BHLDN, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Party City, Rockets of Awesome, Agatha Cub and Zulily to name a few. Her images have been continuously in circulation through the web with larger campaigns such as Zulily and Party City, to name a couple. She has also been in Babiekins Magazine, Child Model Magazine and La Petite Magazine. She has walked in NYFW (New York Fashion Week) for many years now and has walked for large companies like Diesel. She absolutely loves to be on the runway! How busy does it keep her? Dina: Leila is usually busy with modeling, but the work does fluctuate. There are “slow” times in the industry where she doesn’t work as much, but during the busy months, she is in NYC three to four times a month.
ing adventure, I got to go parasailing for the first time! It was lots of fun and I was surrounded by a lot of friends. Do you think people have any misconceptions about modeling? Leila: Yes, I think people have many misconceptions about modeling. Some people think is just taking photos, or that I may not be happy doing it. And I think some people may think it’s not a safe industry to be in. I love what I do, and I love seeing the outcome of some of the campaigns and knowing I helped create it. Modeling is also extremely safe. I’m always with my mom and I am signed with two reputable agencies. I am signed with City Model Talent New York, and Dynasty Model and Talent in Boston. What has modeling taught you? About yourself, hard work, other people?
Leila: I love going in to New York City, and I loved going to Miami, Florida for a magazine shoot. But my favorite place so far was definitely Alaska! It was so beautiful. It was so much fun and I had so many friends there with me!
Leila: Modeling has helped to teach me to be confident in myself. It boosted my self-esteem and has taught me to work hard and follow through with goals that I have set. It has taught me that strong bonds with people are important, and that modeling is more than just pretty pictures. It gives me a stage to talk about things that are important to me.
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Leila: Always have fun. Don’t take yourself so seriously, and never give
Leila, where is your favorite place modeling has taken you?
up. Sometimes you will not get a job because someone else is a better fit. You have to have a positive attitude and understand that the right job will come for you. Dina, do you have any advice for parents who are interested in getting their children into modeling? Dina: My advice is to make sure you are working with a reputable agency. Do your research. And if they are asking you for money, they are probably not a legit agency. You may have to pay to have good pictures taken, but other than that, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay anyone for your child to model. What kind of adventures and opportunities has this allowed for your daughter? Dina: Modeling has has allowed Leila to travel and see different parts of our country. It has taken her to the west coast, down south, and all around the east coast. She has learned that she loves to travel and would like to continue to do so. She has made many connections and bonds both in her personal and professional life. What do you think sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s learned through these opportunities? Dina: Leila has learned so much: compassion for people, how to have a voice for herself, and how to persevere. It has taught her that you have to work hard for the things that you want and that things do not come easy unless you do so. BAYSTATEPARENT 27
Clockwise: Silvana Reid, a recent graduate of BVT's Automated Manufacturing Technology shop; Andrew Macowiecki, a student in Bay Path's Business Tech shop; Katelyn Paquette, a student in Bay Path's Cabinet Making shop; Anna Israelian, in Bay Path's Machine Tool Tech shop; Brian Lavoie, a Health Tech student at Bay Path.
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Tech School Students Escaping Career Stereotypes BY AMANDA COLLINS BERNIER
When Anna Israelian applied to Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School, she intended to study Health Technologies, following in the footsteps of several young women in her family who trained at the school for careers in the nursing field. That was the plan, at least. 28 AUGUST2018
“Right away I knew it wasn’t the shop for me,” she said of the first week she spent in the program. “I liked being able to see what I’m making. I liked being hands-on.” Two years later, she’s traded medical for metal. Israelian is one of four female
students taking up Machine Tool Technology at Bay Path, a field that is ultimately responsible for every product manufactured – and one that is dominated by males. In learning to operate a lathe and getting to know the ins and outs of a machine shop, Israelian is among what’s
called “non-traditional” vocational students, teens who are readying for careers that typically employ less than 25 percent of their gender. There’s a concerted effort at technical high schools to entice students to programs that fall outside of what could be considered “traditional”
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fields for their gender, said Bay Path Vocational Director Don Montville. “It’s absolutely a goal,” he said. In fact, since the mid-’70s, federal education policies have made encouraging “non-traditional” students a national target. Before the passage of Title IX, which ensured equal opportunity in education, the vocational education system was purposefully sex segregated; education institutions could, and did, legally deny girls and women entry into training deemed “inappropriate” for females, and visa versa for males. Title IX made these restrictions illegal, and decades later, several other initiatives and performance measures have been put in place at the state and federal level. At most schools, it’s a work in progress, with the gender divide in vocational shops often still mirroring the career world. It can be even harder to encourage males to enter into the traditionally female-dominated shops, said Montville. At Blackstone Valley Tech in Upton, about 25 percent of students are enrolled in non-traditional placements, a figure that administrators say has remained pretty steady in recent years. Like Israelian, many of them are surprised to find themselves defying what’s “traditional.” Freshman students rotate through several different programs during an exploratory period, allowing them to spend time in different shops and sometimes find an unexpected passion. “It’s not uncommon for a student to come here thinking they want one thing and end up finding that they are more interested in something totally different,” said Cyra Hathaway, Vocational Coordinator at BVT. Silvana Reid, for example, a 2018 graduate and the Massachusetts Vocational Association Non-Traditional Student of the Year, almost never discovered her passion for manufacturing. She went to BVT intending to study culinary arts.
“I dropped three plates, got burned by the dishwasher and yelled at over Parmesan cheese,” she laughed. The kitchen wasn’t the place for her, but she felt surprisingly at home in the machine shop. “Of all the shops I explored, that was the place where I could take something that had no value to it – a hunk of metal – and make it something useful. I loved the problemsolving behind it; the challenge of getting it perfect,” she said. Andrew Macowiecki, of Oxford, had a similar experience in the plumbing shop at Bay Path. Though it’s what he thought he wanted to pursue, he realized he couldn’t actually imagine himself as a plumber. He ended up in Business Tech, where there are three other male students. “I enjoyed it and thought I was best at it,” he said. Students who take the non-traditional route are able to look past stereotypes and settle on a shop that fits their interests and career goals. Sometimes, it’s their parents who are harder to sell. “A lot of it is getting that parent support; having the parents buy-in,” said Kimberly Elder, Vocational and Data Specialist at BVT. “It’s funny how old-school the mentality can be sometimes.” Exposure to role models of the same gender as students is important, too, whether it’s teachers or older students who can serve as mentors. Many schools have clubs for non-traditional students that arrange speakers and conferences, or provide a forum for conversation around what it means, socially and academically, to be on a non-traditional path. “You may not get people to change their perspective, but maybe you will. The biggest thing is encouraging students to realize if they have a passion in a certain area, it’s OK – it good!” said Reid. “You’re going to work for the rest of your life. You have to do what you like.”
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dents with disabilities. Unfortunately, neither is true. This is one of the many misconceptions and confusing pieces of information that students with disabilities, and their parents, must navigate when they transition from high school to college. That’s because college is a different world from high school, and the laws, expectations, and culture around disability services are different, too. Enter Elizabeth Hamblet, a
learning specialist at Columbia University, who has written From High School to College, Steps for Success for Students with Disabilities to help families navigate the process, and surprises, of going to college. The guide, according to Hamblet, is a step-by-step resource that provides everything students and their families and education team need to know about registering for accommodations at the higher-education level.
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“Families understandably think it is going to be the same level of service they experienced in high school when they go on to college,” she explained. But that is not the case. Take the questions around IEPs and 504 plans, for example. The law does not hold colleges and universities to the same requirements as secondary schools and students’ plans essentially expire after high school. Post-secondary schools may look to previous plans in helping them may decisions about new accommodations for disabled students, but they are not obligated to follow a previous 504 plan or IEP. This is often an unpleasant and upsetting surprise for incoming students. Which is why the inspiration for the guide came from Hamblet’s background working as a learning disabilities specialist at Rutgers University several years ago. “The bulk of the job was reviewing student requests for accommodations and making recommendations,” said Hamblet. “I was seeing requests for things we don’t do. Requests such as ‘I need to meet with a learning specialist. I need one-on-one tutoring. I need my professors to email me the assignments.’ What I took from that was that they are asking for these things because no one has prepared them for the reality.” With the book she aims to dispel the many misperceptions students with disabilities and their families often have when applying for and attending college in order to set them on a path for early success. Young adults need an understanding of the postsecondary disability services system, and they need to have well-honed self-advocacy skills, know when to disclose a disability, and be able to build and nurture support, Hamblet notes. It is a mistake to expect a previous-level of accommodation in many cases, she says, and information is key when applying to schools. “If students, parents, and professionals assume that students can just walk into the college disability services office, hand in their IEP, and receive the accommodations they have received in the past, how do
we get people to go looking for information they need to make sure that students get the proper preparation for college?” said Hamblet. Transitioning to college is often as much of an adjustment for parents as it is for their children in the best of circumstances, but it can be particularly challenging for families of students who are disabled and sometimes not ready for total independence. However, as legal adults now, the onus is on the student to register for accommodations, and parents cannot force their child to do so. It is important to prepare and discuss expectations before even getting to campus on day one, she said. “The most important thing you can do for a student with disabilities is try to work them toward the greatest independent-level of functioning that you can,” said Hamblet. “Encourage them to register as insurance and make sure they have the skills to complete the paperwork. Make sure they understand how to fill out a registration form. Download that form from the college site and see just how much they can fill out.” While, at first, receiving accommodations at the college-level can seem daunting, it is important not to let it panic you, said Hamblet. For some students, the change and move toward more independence comes with rewards and satisfaction, too. “For the kids, let them know this isn’t special education anymore,” said Hamblet. “Because for some that is encouraging. They are not going to special classes anymore, or having an aide check in. For some students, that is refreshing because they are now anonymous in ways that they desire. They can be the only ones that know about their disability if that is what they choose.”
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How a Boston Teacher is Using Art to Connect with Foreign Students For many of Jennifer Dines’ ESL students, learning English is the easy part. It is past trauma, anxieties, or emotional stress that can be real work. She’s leveraging art to help. BY JOAN GOODCHILD
Jennifer Dines, an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester, says her students come from all over the world, and have often dealt with many challenges before arriving in the United States and in her classroom. “I’ve had several students who are dealing with homelessness, who have witnessed violence,” said Dines, who teaches students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. “Several of my students are refugees. Many people think when someone arrives here as a refugee, they move here with their whole family, but that is often not the case. They are split up with one sibling or parent in another country. That is a lot to deal with at their age.” Mindful of this, Dines aims to make their classroom time educational, stress-free and nurturing. “I am always thinking of ways to show support with love and caring through our work,” she said. As part of this effort, Dines guides her students through a series of therapeutic projects that help calm anxiety. One project saw the students create sensory bottles, which contain water, glitter, sand and other objects and can be used as a stress reliever. “I have them paint them with their home country flag, or a butterfly design, or polka dots, or something to look at when they need to focus,” said Dines. The students have also learned more about mental health with reports that delve into topics such depression, schizophrenia and eating disorders. It is because of work like this that Dines was recently honored by a large educational grant. Dines was alerted earlier this year she is the winner of a $5,000 grant from the Born This Way Foundation, which was founded by music star Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta,
in 2012. The grant was the result of a Born This Way Foundation and DonorsChoose.org challenge focusing on mental health and emotional wellbeing. Dines was one of six people chosen by the Born This Way Foundation for her efforts to “support the wellness of young people and empower them to create.” She plans to use the money to buy a SMART board for her classroom. “I thought it would be $250 grant,” said Dines. “When I got the email (that I won) I almost started crying. People don’t realize how serious the need is here. My classroom is going to be so much more interactive.” Dines also participates in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Thinking Through Art education program, which is a year-long graduate level-course on teaching and learning through visual art for Boston Public School teachers. The program empowers teachers and students to practice critical thinking and communication skills through innovative discussions about visual art. Dines says she uses what she’s gained from the program to create programs and expose her students to new artistic opportunities. She takes them to the museum twice a year. “I like to take them for field trips and show them the Egyptian art. It’s breathtaking there, like being in a totally different world. And it makes the students feel good, too. When students feel accepted into the community, it contributes to their mental health.” Joan Goodchild is a veteran writer and editor and mom of two living in Central Massachusetts.
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District Report Card As students prepare to head back to school, baystateparent did a little homework on the numbers behind each district. From test scores to drop out rates and student-teacher ratios, here’s a look at how more than 85 public school districts in Central Massachusetts and Metro West are performing. We’ve also included figures on
per pupil spending and average teacher salaries, and other important district-wide statistics. This information from the 2016-2017 school year was provided in the Massachusetts Department of Education’s School & District Profiles at profiles.doe.mass.edu.
William H. McAlduff
SCI: 80; ELA: 71; MATH: 75
Sara Pragluski Walsh
SCI: 94; ELA: N/A; MATH:N/A
James E. Adams
SCI: 64; ELA: 59; MATH: 60
David A. Sawyer
SCI: 54; ELA:50; MATH: 46
SCI: 62; ELA: 61; MATH: 54
Mary E. Malone
SCI: 58; ELA: 47; MATH: 43
Peter D. Marano
SCI: 56; ELA :45; MATH: 49
John P Phelan
SCI: 81; ELA: 75; MATH: 78
SCI: 53; ELA: 58; MATH: 61
Allen W Himmelberger
SCI: 41; ELA: 45; MATH: 41
SCI: 70; ELA: 72; MATH: 72
SCI: 27; ELA: 31; MATH: 31
SCI: 59; ELA: 69; MATH:68
Eric M. Conti
SCI: 55; ELA: 41; MATH: 50
Kenneth N Salim
SCI: 56; ELA: 54; MATH: 49
Gregg J Desto
SCI: 59; ELA: 55; MATH: 52
SCI: 43; ELA: 40; MATH: 26
SCI: 76; ELA: 80; MATH: 79
SCI:96; ELA:N/A; MATH: N/A
Kevin G. Maines
SCI:52; ELA: 51; MATH: 44
Andrew W. Keough
SCI:67; ELA: 71; MATH: 75
Andrew W. Keough
SCI:87; ELA: 82; MATH: 51
Andre R Ravenelle
SCI: 28; ELA: 31; MATH: 28
Amy A Berdos
SCI:68; ELA: 46; MATH: 62
Robert A Tremblay
SCI: 46; ELA: 37; MATH: 36
SCI: 67; ELA: 63; MATH: 63
Mark J. Pellegrino
SCI:31; ELA: 27; MATH: 20
James E Cummings
SCI:68; ELA: 63; MATH: 63
SCI:78; ELA: 63; MATH: 69
SCI:86; ELA: 74; MATH: 71
Bradford L Jackson
SCI:69; ELA: 68; MATH; 63
Karen M Crebase
SCI:65; ELA: 69; MATH: 66
SCI:80; ELA:79; MATH: 79
District Acton-Boxborough Algonquin (Northboro & Southboro)
# of teachers
Expenditures P. P.
Average SAT Scores
Drop Out Rate
Average Teacher Salary
15.1 to 1
Reading/Writing: 642; Math: 665
12.8 to 1
Reading/ Writing: 590; Math: 601
13.8 to 1
Reading/ Writing: 591; Math: 609
15.9 to 1
Reading/ Writing: 551; Math: 550
14.6 to 1
Reading/Writing: 560; Math: 542
12.5 to 1
Reading/Writing: 542; Math: 532
13.3 to 1
Reading/Writing: 554; Math: 548
16.8 to 1
Reading/Writing: 616; Math: 634
10.2 to 1
12.8 to 1
Reading/Writing: 541; Math: 539
12.5 to 1
Reading/Writing: 623; Math: 642
12.5 to 1
Reading/Writing: 494; Math: 511
15.3 to 1
10.9 to 1
Reading/Writing: 577; Math: 577
10.3 to 1
Reading/Writing: 540; Math: 576
14.5 to 1
Reading/Writing: 570; Math: 576
12.4 to 1
Reading/Writing: 524; Math: 513
12.5 to 1
12.4 to 1
Reading/Writing: 630; Math: 637
14.4 to 1
Reading/Writing: 554; Math: 528
11.8 to 1
11.2 to 1
Reading/Writing: 640; Math: 645
14.6 to 1
Reading/Writing: 482; Math: 480
12.8 to 1
Reading/Writing: 572; Math: 571
13.0 to 1
Reading/Writing: 559; Math: 578
13.2 to 1
Reading/Writing: 638; Math: 582
13.5 to 1
Reading/Writing: 500; Math: 500
13.1 to 1
Reading/Writing: 579; Math: 578
13.7 to 1
Reading/Writing: 589; Math: 607
12.3 to 1
Reading/Writing: 618; Math: 595
13.5 to 1
Reading/Writing: 591; Math: 599
12.9 to 1
Reading/Writing: 581; Math: 575
13.7 to 1
Reading/Writing: 617; Math: 629
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SCI:47; ELA: 50; MATH: 50
Marilyn A Tencza
SCI:53; ELA: 34; MATH: 30
Paula L Deacon
SCI:53; ELA:41; MATH: 45
Mary Ann Czajkowski
SCI:81; ELA: 79; MATH: 81
Rebecca E McFall
SCI:65; ELA: 62; MATH: 62
SCI:90; ELA: N/A MATH: N/A
Kelly Robert Clenchy
SCI:70; ELA: 65; MATH: 60
Julianna Bahosh, Loxi Jo Calmes
SCI:58; ELA: 49; MATH: 54
SCI:64; ELA: 59; MATH: 61
Maureen R Greulich
SCI:43; ELA:36; MATH: 36
Robert J Gerardi
SCI:46; ELA:41; MATH: 41
Jeffrey J. Marsden
SCI:71; ELA:71; MATH: 69
Roy E Belson
SCI:50; ELA: 45; MATH: 36
Armand R Pires
SCI:62; ELA: 67; MATH:66
SCI:57; ELA: 48; MATH: 40
SCI:51; ELA: 43; MATH: 40
Nancy L Gustafson
SCI:57: ELA: 49; MATH: 57
Brooke Ann Clenchy
SCI: 74; ELA: 69; MATH: 71
Anna P Nolin
SCI:73; ELA: 63; MATH: 63
Daniel E Gutekanst
SCI:76; ELA: 72; MATH: 74
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# of teachers
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Expenditures P. P. Average SAT Scores
Drop Out Rate
Average Teacher Salary
11.3 to 1
Reading/Writing: 564; Math: 543
14.1 to 1
Reading/Writing: 550; Math: 530
14.4 to 1
Reading/Writing: 538; Math: 540
12.3 to 1
Reading/Writing: 639; Math: 658
10.1 to 1
12.0 to 1
Reading/Writing: 626; Math: 637
13.9 to 1
Reading/Writing: 603; Math: 595
14.3 to 1
Reading/Writing: 562; Math: 547
12.9 to 1
Reading/Writing: 578; Math: 585
11.8 to 1
Reading/Writing: 542; Math: 529
14.2 to 1
Reading/Writing: 557; Math: 531
13.0 to 1
Reading/Writing: 601; Math: 607
10.7 to 1
Reading/Writing: 546; Math: 544
14.6 to 1
Reading/Writing: 575; Math: 580
12.7 to 1
Reading/Writing: 552; Math: 543
13.6 to 1
Reading/Writing: 529; Math: 539
14.1 to 1
Reading/Writing: 558; Math: 540
12.8 to 1
Reading/Writing: 596; Math: 605
13.6 to 1
Reading/Writing: 587; Math: 591
13.9 to 1
Reading/Writing: 610; Math: 608
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SCI:71; ELA: 64; MATH: 61
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SCI: 30; ELA: 27; MATH: 26
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SCI:46; ELA: 46; MATH: 42
Joseph F Baeta
SCI:58; ELA: 54; MATH: 49
SCI:58; ELA: 51; MATH: 51
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Gary F Mazzola
SCI: 59; ELA:51; MATH: 50
SCI:43; ELA: 48; MATH: 41
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SCI:44; ELA: 52; MAH: 48
Joseph M Sawyer
SCI:72; ELA: 68; MATH: 69
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SCI:52; ELA: 46; MATH: 47
SCI:63; ELA: 76; MATH: 82
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SCI:20; ELA: 21; MATH: 19
Jodi M Bourassa
SCI:43; ELA: 40; MATH: 39
Erin M Nosek
SCI:60; ELA: 57; MATH: 63
SCI:68; ELA:73; MATH:71
Theodore F Friend
SCI:53; ELA: 58; MATH: 53
Erin M Nosek, Sean M Gilrein
SCI:67; ELA: 48; MATH: 60
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Expenditures P. P.
Average SAT Scores
Drop Out Rate
Average Teacher Salary
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Reading/Writing: 584; Math: 579
12.5 to 1
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Reading/Writing: 532; Math: 513
12.7 to 1
Reading/Writing: 546; Math: 513
12.6 to 1
Reading/Writing: 556; Math: 546
14.9 to 1
Reading/Writing: 561; Math: 545
13.7 to 1
Reading/Writing: 531; Math: 528
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15.6 to 1
Reading/Writing: 590; Math: 605
11.4 to 1
Reading/Writing: 521; Math: 522
14.2 to 1
10.7 to 1
Reading/Writing: 472; Math: 471
12.2 to 1
Reading/Writing: 538; Math: 522
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Reading/Writing: 560; Math: 561
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SCI: 36; ELA: 60; MATH:57
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SCI:51; ELA: 51; MATH: 48
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Darryll A McCall
SCI:66; ELA: 67; MATH: 64
Lincoln D Lynch
SCI:68; ELA: 65; MATH: 64
Drew M Echelson
SCI:51; ELA: 47; MATH: 41
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SCI:46; ELA: 33; MATH: 26
SCI:48; ELA:47; MATH: 43
SCI:82; ELA: 71; MATH: 74
SCI:27; ELA: 18; MATH: 14
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SCI:73; ELA: 76; MATH: 71
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SCI:71; ELA: 72; MATH: 72
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SCI:58; ELA: 60; MATH: 57
SCI:55; ELA: 49; MATH: 45
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SCI:37; ELA: 33; MATH: 28
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Reading/Writing: 528; Math: 555
10.5 to 1
Reading/Writing: 550; Math: 564
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Reading/Writing: 620; Math: 635
13.5 to 1
Reading/Writing: 529; Math: 528
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Reading/Writing: 613; Math: 611
12.2 to 1
Reading/Writing: 605; Math: 616
10.9 to 1
Reading/Writing: 559; Math: 543
12.3 to 1
Reading/Writing: 549; Math: 557
14.2 to 1
Reading/Writing: 477; Math: 480
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August’s Children Meet Jonathan and Violette
Finally Forever Jonathan and Violette, ages 5 and 6, are siblings of Caucasian descent who are looking to be adopted together! Those who know Jonathan best describe him as energetic and kind. He likes to be active outside, especially going for walks, playing in the sandbox, riding his bike and watering the
garden. Jonathan also likes to build with Legos and watch movies, and enjoys pretend play. He particularly likes to play “policeman” and “school bus driver.” Jonathan is starting to like to play sports and has recently tried basketball and soccer. Jonathan is doing very well at his
current program, and has made great gains in following directions and communicating his thoughts and feelings. He has built strong relationships with all of the staff and likes to tell them that he loves them. He also gets along well with his peers. He is in a separate classroom with a high teacher-to-student ratio. His teachers say that he is doing “amazing” in this setting and he has started to spend time in a mainstream classroom. Violette is described as a happy child who likes to please the adults in her life. She is engaging and funny but also enjoys playing independently. Her favorite activity is coloring and drawing, as well as building with blocks and playing with dolls. She also likes to go outside to play at the playground. She especially enjoys playing in the sandbox and at the water table. Violette is currently attending preschool, where she receives extra supports to help her follow directions. Jonathan and Violette are very much looking forward to finding a supportive and patient family
where they can live together again. An ideal family structure for them is an experienced two-parent family, either with no other children in the home or with children older than they are. Jonathan and Violette are ready for adoption and visit with their biological parents twice a year. 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 adopt a waiting child. Adoptive parents can be single, married, or partnered; experienced or not; renters or homeowners; LGBTQ singles and couples. The process to adopt a child from foster care requires training, interviews, and home visits to determine if adoption is right for you, and if so, to help connect you with a child or sibling group that your family will be a good match for. To learn more about adoption from foster care, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) at 617-6273 or visit www.mareinc.org.
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Story Time & Info Session: Wednesday, August 1, 1-2:30 p.m. Provincetown Library, 356 Commercial St., Provincetown. Join the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) for a live book reading at the Provincetown Library by Dr. Philip McAdoo, a former actor, Broadway performer, singer, LGBTQ activist and co-writer of the children’s book “Every Child Deserves…” Children of all ages and families are invited to listen and learn about children in foster care and the need for different types of families that can offer the love and joy all children deserve. MARE staff and experienced adoptive families will be present to answer questions and provide information about adoption from foster care following the reading. Light refreshments will be provided during and after the event. Please RSVP for planning purposes to email@example.com or feel free to drop-in
if you are in the area. For more information, call Diane Tomaz at (617) 964-6273 x114. Northern Region Adoption Info Session: Monday, August 6, 6-7 p.m. Jordan’s Furniture IMAX Conference Room. 50 Walkers Brook Dr., Reading. Walk-ins welcome, RSVP encouraged. Contact: Fredia Torrence at (978) 557-2734 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Springfield Area Adoption Info Session: Tuesday, August 7, 4-5:30 p.m. DCF Western Regional Office, 140 High St., 1st Floor, Springfield. Central Region Adoption Info Session: Wednesday, August 8, 6 p.m. Central Regional Office, 13 Sudbury St., Worcester. No registration required. Contact: Valerie Fluitt at (508) 929-2143.
Maynard Area Adoption Info Session: Sunday, August 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Maynard’s Farmer’s Market, Mill Pond Parking Lot on Main St. Walk-ins welcome. Contact: Elise Levine at (978) 557-2740 or email@example.com. Boston Area Adoption Info Session: Wednesday, August 15, 4-6 p.m. Boston Regional Office, 451 Blue Hill Ave., Dorchester. No registration required. Contact: Marsha Donovan at (617) 989-9209. Ironstone Adoption Party: Sunday, August 19, 11 a.m.- 1p.m. 450 Lowell St., Andover. Join children, teens, their social workers, and friends for a day of therapeutic horseback riding. This small adoption party is open to any family who is interested in adopting or learning about adopting a child from foster
care with medical or developmental special needs. Children will have the opportunity to ride a horse and enjoy barnyard activities while families who are new to the process can learn about foster care adoption. All families can network with social workers and learn about waiting children and resources in the community available to support families parenting children with special needs. For more information, call Bridget Chiaruttini at (617) 964-6273 x 112. Canton Area Adoption Info Session: Monday, August 20, 6-8 p.m. Canton Police Department Conference Room, 1492 Washington St., Canton. RSVP: ADLU Line at (508) 894-3830.
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BY THE NUMBERS Check out these 10 stats and facts in honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month
The number of Bay State moms who ever breastfed. That’s above the national average of 81.1%
By six months, percent of Massachusetts moms are breastfeeding, 19.9% exclusively
The Bay State’s Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition & Care score (mPINC), which ranges from 1-100 and represents the level at which birth facilities provide maternity care supportive of breastfeeding
Massachusetts’ ranking in states where mothers are breastfeeding at 12 months
The number of states (which includes Mass.) that have laws specifically allowing moms to breastfeed in any public or private location
On average, babies remove of the milk mama has available—they eat until fullness, not until the breast is emptied
The percent of women who produce more milk in their right breast Breastfeeding mamas sleep on average more a night, compared to those who formula feed
A mother’s breasts can detect this small of a change in baby’s body temperature and adjust accordingly to heat up or cool down baby as needed
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with Terrence Burke Like lots of kids, Andover native Terrence Burke loved puppets while growing up… and he never outgrew that infatuation. Decades later, the lifelong passion culminated in Wump Mucket Puppets – a touring cast of puppets that Burke, a renowned puppeteer, brings to life on stage. Burke, who now lives in Cincinnati, has performed on PBS and tours around the nation. This month, he’s returning to his roots, bringing his new show “Tales From Bucket Gulch” to three Bay State libraries. The show features original songs and silliness and is geared towards children ages 3-10. You can take in one of these free shows: Townsend Public Library in Townsend on Aug. 1 at 11 a.m.; Flint Memorial Library in North Reading on Aug. 3 at 10:30 a.m.; Robbins Library – Edith M. Fox Brand in East Arlington on Aug. 8 at 3 p.m.
How did you become interested in puppetry? Has it been a lifelong passion? My interest in puppets began when I was a young boy in the 1960s, watching TV shows “Captain Kangaroo,” “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” and “Sesame Street.” After seeing Jim Henson and his fellow puppeteers I was hooked. My parents enrolled me in a puppet class at the YMCA and brought me to a puppetry festival in Boston in 1970. In middle school I began to explore other performing arts, such as choir, community theatre, and creating my own music. Years later, I revisited puppetry as a hobby. Upon becoming a father, I entertained our children. Years later, my daughter told her preschool teacher that her daddy is a puppeteer. The teacher invited me to perform a short show for the students, and I haven’t stopped since then.
What’s the process of creating a puppet? Where does your idea for a character come from, and how do go about bringing it to life? All of my puppet characters start as doodles in my sketchbook. As the drawing is refined and shaped, a proper character emerges. From there, the head is sculpted, using either clay or a block of foam which is then covered with paper mache or fabric. Then the puppet is then painted or covered with fleece or fur. Finally the body and costume are sewn, and attached to the head. Accessories such as jewelry or buttons are attached at the end. It typically takes a week or two. Character ideas come from everywhere. Lately, my audience have been a source, with young ladies asking me to create more female puppets. Bringing the character to life is probably the most difficult part. The voice has to be unique, and I must be able to sing in voice without hurting my vocal cords. I experiment with voices, phrasing, vocalizing, and work on making the character believable. I also ask for feedback from the audience. Children are very honest and helpful in this respect.
You create the puppets, write scripts, music and songs, build sets, voice characters… is there an aspect that’s your favorite? I enjoy wearing so many different hats throughout the process. If I had to choose one, it has to be performing. I love to hear children’s laughter and applause. The energy shared between a puppeteer and their audience is magic.
Your puppet troupe seems to be a family affair. How does your family contribute? It must be a fun household! My wife Lara, a talented artist, has built many of the puppets in the cast. She also helps me paint the stage props, sew costumes, and draws the coloring pages that I give out after the show. Our daughter and son have grown up with the puppets in their lives, with Eleanor performing with me a few years ago. These days, she and her brother Tiernan help by making suggestions with jokes, or songs that I am working on.
When you look back on all your puppeteering years and performances, is there one experience that stands out? I regularly donate performances to The Ronald McDonald House, by sharing 30-minutes of fun with children and families. There have been several instances that I have almost started crying after meeting with the kids. It is my intention to help them forget what medical procedure that they are going through, and laugh at my characters and stories.
What do you hope people take away from your show? Is there an overall message, or is it all about fun? I consider my puppetry to be my vehicle to share joy with. Children are exposed to so much negativity these days. I bring them pure, wholesome fun. There are some recurring themes, such as kindness, being yourself, and taking care of our planet. Yet, using gentle humor to tell a fun story is my goal as a puppeteer.
So many children seem to be screen-obsessed these days. How do you get them interested in and excited about puppets? While the technology to share stories has changed, I find that children still enjoy a well told tale, with songs, catchy music, and silly jokes. The puppet stage is just a really big “screen,” and we are live! They are often surprised that it is performed by one man, which I hope inspires them to be creative, tell stories, even become a puppeteer.
What can people expect from your newest show, “Tales From Bucket Gulch?” I bring the audience to the Old West. The show opens with tall tale about biscuits, followed by a couple of the puppets trying to find gold, with silly results. We close with the story of two cowpokes, who acquire a cow who won’t moo, she wants to be an opera star. There are several songs, even a funky dance break that the audience is encouraged to join in. It is written for families to enjoy together, creating happy childhood memories that will last a lifetime. There are no guns in Bucket Gulch, since the sheriff cleaned up the town years ago. It’s a peaceful, friendly fantasy version of a Western town.
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