Thursday, October 29, 2009

FREE HINI talk on Thurs., Nov. 5 in Hopkinton

Press Release

Mothers & More

Central Mass/495 Chapter

Contact: Marguerite Paolino, 508-435-8167

For Immediate Release

Learn how to keep your family healthy all winter

HOPKINTON -- Nervous about H1N1? Wondering about the pros and cons of vaccination? Just want to figure out how to keep sick days to a minimum this winter?

Local pediatrician Sharon Burdulis has plenty of tips for preventing children from getting sick during this cold and flu season -- and for managing the situation when they do. She will talk about seasonal flu, H1N1, and other topics during the next meeting of the Central 495 Area Chapter of Mothers & More, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of mothers through support, education and advocacy.

As a mother of five who has been practicing medicine for 11 years, Dr. Burdulis has a unique perspective to share in terms of keeping kids healthy and preventing disease.

All area moms are welcome to attend this Mothers & More discussion on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Community Covenant Church, 2 West Elm Street in Hopkinton. This event is free, and no RSVP is necessary.

For more information, email


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Mothers & More

Central Mass/495 Chapter

Contact: Marguerite Paolino, 508-435-8167

Thursday, Nov. 5, 7 to 9 p.m. Pediatrician Sharon Burdulis discusses children’s health and seasonal illnesses. Sponsored by Mothers & More (Central 495 Area Chapter) at 2 West Elm Street, Hopkinton (meeting room at Community Covenant Church). For more information, email

Open House for Boys with Autsim, ADD, and ADHD

Just in from baystateparent's advertister at New Horizon Karate. Sounds great for boys with Autism, ADD, ADHD and more....

Cub Scout Pack - Boy Scout Troop - Venturing Crew

for boys with Autism, ADD, ADHD

Open House Nov. 21 at 4:00 PM
New Horizon Karate in West Boylston, Ma

New Horizon Karate in West Boylston will be the home for a new Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, and a new Venturing Crew. The Scouting Programs have always been a way to help boys to grow up and develop into confident and strong young men with great values. These new programs are designed for boys with Autism, ADD, ADHD and other non verbal learning disabilities. These meetings will be held at New Horizon Karate in West Boylston with a staff experienced in helping these children gain confidence, social skills, earn badges, and be involved in a great program. Scouting offers personal development in achieving rank and badges as well as social development and team work. Remember a Boy Scout will always be Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

Cub Scout Pack forming for boys ages 7 - 10 or 1st to 5th Grade. This program will meet the special needs and concerns of children in this group. Parents and leaders are needed to help. Any parent who was ever a Cub Scout, Boy Scout or a member of a Venturing Crew can help and make a difference. Parents, if you were not a scout, now is the time to get involved.

Boy Scout Troop forming for boys ages 11 to 17 or 6th to 10th Grade. This program will help boys in the tough teen years. This group will be more active with hiking and camping. Parents and leaders are needed to help. Any parent who was ever a Cub Scout, Boy Scout or a member of a Venturing Crew can help and make a difference. Parents, if you were not a scout, now is the time to get involved.

Venturing Crew forming for teens and young men ages 14 to 20 or 9th Grade to 2nd year of college. Venturing helps guide a teen to independence. The Venturing Crew runs all aspect of the program with adult guidance and support. Crew members will be in charge of setting up, running, and cleaning up. They will keep track of financial records, planning meetings and events and running meetings and events with adult guidance and supervision. Parents and leaders are needed to help. This will help the teens learn to be in charge organize and get things done. Personal responsibility and group responsibility are both stresses.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Adults and Children in Organized Youth Sports, Who Wins, Who Loses? Thurs. Nov. 12

For Immediate Release



Thursday, November 12, 2009 at the Worcester JCC ( 5:30 pm, Coaches Clinic for Coaches of grades 4 – 8) and (7:30 pm, Parent Lecture Discussion)

Bob Bigelow will be speaking at the Worcester JCC Thursday, November 12, on the very timely subject of age-appropriate youth basketball coaching and adult involvement in organized youth sports. This forum is sponsored by the Worcester JCC and District Attorney, Joseph D. Early.

Bob Bigelow is one of the foremost lecturers in the country regarding the needs of children in youth sports, and using common-sense approaches to meet those needs.

Bob is a former NBA first round draft choice and four-year player. He played collegiately at the University of Pennsylvania for Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Daly. He has devoted several thousand hours researching and lecturing about organized youth sports and its effects on children - and adults. Since 1993, he has conducted over 800 talks throughout the country.

This talk is educational, challenging, motivational and humorous. “The best talk I’ve heard on any subject,” said one listener.

“I recommend to anyone who deals with the youth of America to spend one hour with Bob Bigelow,” said another. You are guaranteed to leave with a better understanding of what children really want and need from their sports activities.

Bob has also written a book, Just Let the Kids Play (Health Communications, Inc.), that describes organized youth sports’ major systemic problems and offers many reforms for better changes. This book is being distributed throughout North America .

Bob’s mission to put the youth back into youth sports has received widespread media attention - Sports Illustrated, the Boston Globe, the New York Times, WEEI-AM Radio (Boston), the Philadelphia Inquirer, New England Sports Network (NESN), WFAN-AM Radio (New York City), and Toronto Sun.

As an adult involved in youth sports, ask yourself two questions; “Why do my kids play?” and “What are my motivations for being involved, or not?” Whether you are satisfied or uncomfortable with your answers, please attend this thought-provoking forum. It delivers the crucial message that adults involved in your sports must hear.

These programs are FREE and OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY. Please register for Coaches Clinic with Bob Berman.

Please call Bob Berman, Health & Physical Education Director, JCC, 508-756-7109 x 233, for further information.

Monday, October 26, 2009

FREE Nov. 5 Workshop on Child's Sleep Problems in Concord

Concerned about your child's sleep?• snoring• bed wetting• school performance and sleep• hyperactivity• daytime sleepines. Register for a free Nov. 5 workshop with a sleep specialist, 6:30– 8:30pm at Emerson Hospital, Concord. 800.432.8808

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

5th Annual Holiday Craft Fair at Mulready School in Hudson

Over 30 talented crafters will display their unique products, offering jewelry,painted glass, woodwork, and many one-of-a-kind crafts to get for of all your family and friends this Holiday season. The event runs on Friday November 6, from 6-9 p.m.
Bake sale and pie ordering will also be available, all proceeds benefit the Home and School Association for the School.
Admission is free, donation of a can item for the local pantry is suggested.

Free Annual Holiday Boutique in Framingham

November 15, 2009

FREE Annual Holiday Boutique
Hemenway Elementary School
729 Water Street
Framingham, MA 01701

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Kick off the holiday season on Sunday, November 15th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hemenway Elementary School at 729 Water Street in Framingham!

The school will host its annual Holiday Boutique featuring more than 50 vendors including jewelry, skin care products, handmade artisan arts & crafts, gourmet foods, seasonal gifts and much more. This year will even feature a Kids Craft Corner where children can make their own holiday gifts and the school will have a gift wrapping center if you'd like your purchases wrapped for the holidays.

There will be a bake sale and raffle prizes including an American Girl Doll and two different Bose Systems as well as many other great prizes. Admission is free and open to all.

For more information, please contact: Caragh Feinblatt at 617/240-1044

Winter Theatre Workshop in Berlin: Nov. 30

Sign up now for a new Winter Musical Theatre Workshop for kids !

Directed by Sarah Barsamian, the performance will be on Saturday December 5th at 2:00 pm as a part of the Christmas in Berlin events. Rehearsals will be held November 30, December 1, 2, 3, and 4 from 3:15 - 5:30 pm at the 1870 Town Hall. Students currently in grades 2-6 are eligible to participate. For registration information please email Sarah Barsamian at . Tuition fee: $125. $25 off for registrations received by Oct. 15.

Family Fun Day, Sun., Nov. 1 in North Grafton

44th Harvest Home Festival to Benefit Community Farm for Hunger Relief

Annual event celebrates harvest season with community and volunteers

Community Harvest Project has announced its 4th annual Harvest Home festival featuring live music, kid’s activities and traditional food and drink. Harvest Home will take place on Sunday, November 1st from noon to 4:00 pm at the Brigham Hill Community Farm, 37 Wheeler Rd., North Grafton. The event will celebrate a record harvest season which enabled CHP to grow, harvest, and deliver over 47,000 pounds of fresh produce to the Worcester County Food Bank for distribution to those in need in Worcester County.

The annual festival is being held as a celebration of the year’s harvest of fresh vegetables and to raise funds for the coming year’s growing season. The volunteer-based farm is one of the principal sources of vegetables for the Food Bank, which distributes them to many of the 200 programs they serve throughout the county. Featured at the event will be:

* Local recording artists Jubilee Gardens , Solomon Murungu, and Ed Melikian and Jack Zarzatian.
* A Scarecrow Contest with attendees judging creative and entertaining scarecrows assembled by local community groups.
* Broad variety of kids’ activities, including seasonal crafts, pony rides, and face painting.
* A farm equipment display and beekeeping demonstration.
* Hay rides.
* A variety of seasonal foods.
* Rides in the ReMax hot air balloon (weather permitting).

Harvest Home Festival admission will be $5 for adults, with kids under 12 free, a maximum of $20 per family, and some of the activities at an extra cost. Sponsors of the event include Atchue Opticians, Collette Motors, Cove Insurance, Davidian Bros. Farm, Grafton Suburban Credit Union, GreenThumb Garden , Rep. George Peterson, Tougas Family Farm, WB Smith, All-Steel Fab., Erickson Auto Repair, Goretti’s Supermarket, Window Logic and High Purity Water.

About Community Harvest Project

Community Harvest Project (CHP) is a not-for-profit organization that brings together individual, family and group volunteers to grow produce on local farms solely for hunger relief. As one of the few organizations that deliver fresh produce donations, CHP provides an average of 40,000 pounds annually to the Worcester County Food Bank which supports over 250 programs in Central MA . To learn more visit

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Directions for Ghosting another Family!

Last night the doorbell rang at our house. When we answered it, no one was there. BUT there was a Halloween bag filled with treats and a note with a drawing of a GHOST. We loved it!!! Here's what the note said. We can't wait to get out there and do some ghosting of our own. Hope you will do it in your town.

You've Been Ghosted!

Late last night, we left you a treat.
The tradition is fun, one we hope you'll repeat.
Take the ghost and pin it on your door,
to let others know you need ghosting no more.
Now it's your duty to pass on the surprise,
to two more families, we must advise.
Gather some treats and deliver some soon,
within two nights, under the light of the moon.
Include a ghost picture with each package you give,
along with this poem for the tradition to live.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Fox and the Child: Rated G/Available at Blockbuster

Our family watched The Fox and the Child (Dec. 2007) last night and woke up talking and thinking about it. As we watched the film, the room had the intense silence of a family completely absorbed.
Our three girls (twins, age 5, and oldest daughter, age 9) were just as engaged as the adults were. The movie is narrated by Kate Winslet and directed by the filmmaker, Luc Jacquet, who directed March of the Penguins. It is so beautiful as it is filmed in rural France with only one adorable 10-year-old girl. It takes us into underground burrows and dens and into the complex and complicated world of an unlikely friendship. We were so moved!
The story is for all nature lovers and brings up so many important questions about love, friendship, adventure, trust, and life.
CAUTION: There is one sad part near the beginning as the community tries to control the fox population. It is brief but may upset kids (involves a hunter and some poison food). There is another part that is completely surprising and upsetting near the end. Initially, I regretted renting the movie and not being warned, BUT it turned around to a positive (thankfully!). Sensitive children may be too sad to watch (our girls are big animal lovers, but this movie was so powerful and beautiful that it captured their hearts much more than upsetted them).
I have to say this is the best movie I have seen in years! I want to share it with everyone. Just wanted to let you know it may be best for older children.
Let us know what you think. Just comment here.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tell us when you were a multitasker diva or disaster! Win FREE Lee jeans.

Tell us about a time when you were a mutlitasking diva or a multitasking disaster.
Send your stories to by November 1st!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Mother/Daughter Nutcracker Event Nov. 1, 2009

Special mother/daughter Nutrcacker event: Cookies and Tea with Clara at the
Hanover Theatre on November 1st for ages 3 - 12. Call for reservations:
508.791.3233. Last year, they sold out!

Friday, October 9, 2009

To-Do Lists


Got a to-do list hanging around? We want to see it!

We are going to have some fun talking about the family to-do list in our January issue, and we thought seeing a sampling of the real thing would be inspiring and insightful for us.

In January, we'll explore:

Where do you write your lists?
What's on them?
Do you recopy them for the next day?
How does your to-do make you feel?

In the meantime, pop yours in the mail to us when you get a chance.

Mail it to baystateparent, 117 Elm St., Millbury, MA 01527 Attention: To-Do Lists! We'll pick names and send you a prize for participating.

Drop in Sunday Studios in Fitchburg

Every Sunday from September 27 - December 27
) Drop in Sunday Studios

Fitchburg Art Museum
25 Merriam Parkway
> Fitchburg, MA, 01420
: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Studio (For Ages 6-12)
> Drop in on Sunday afternoons and play in the studio! Each week a different project will be featured. No experience necessary, just a desire to be creative! Projects will take approximately 30-60 minutes to complete.
> No pre-registration required. Space available on a first-come, first-served basis. Youth groups of six or more children are allowed only with approval from the Director of Education or the instructor.

> October 18: Painting BIG!
> October 25: Paper Masks
> November 1: Stamped Designs
> November 8: Draw an Imaginary Creature with Oil Pastels
> November 15: Clay Creatures
> (No Sunday Studio November 22) (See description below for “Make and Take Holiday Gifts” workshop)
> November 29: Art from Recycled Stuff
> December 6: Paper Collage Window Hanging
> December 13: Snowflake Wands
> December 27: Wire Sculptures
> Cost of Adults: A$ ____ , Sr. ____
> n/a
> 8. Cost of Children: C$ ____ Fee: $6M per day, $8NM per day; for clay projects, there is an additional $1 per person fee. Pay at the studio door.
> Phone number for readers to use: 978 345 4207
> Web site without the "www":
> Photo Credit and Caption: Wire Sculpture class at the Fitchburg Art Museum
> Additional Comments:
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October 21,2009: Free Adoption Life Books Program

First Connections
Emerson Hospital Campus on Rte. 2 in the Community Agencies Bldg., Suite 1009
10:00-11:30 am
We'll look at different types of books, talk about what to include, and if you've already started a book and would like to share, bring it along!
Childcare provided for children over 6 mos.
Facilitated by Adoption Support Specialist, Mary Rowlinson, R.N.

Sunday, October 11th FREE Poetry Reading for Kids in Fitchburg

October 11, 2009

Free Poetry Reading for Kids Under 12

The Rabbit Hole bookstore

805 Main Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420

1:00 - 2:00 PM

B The Rabbit Hole bookstore, 805 Main Street, Fitchburg, AGAIN presents their 'FREE Sunday Poetry Readings for Kids 12 and Under'. Bring in a favorite poem to read out loud, or we will give your child a poem to read. If you write your own poems, all the better to hear your creation. Moms, Dads, and family members are welcome to read also and must accompany a child to this event.

Area writer/artist Sally Cragin will host the poetry readings. "Every child is creative and we thought it would be an excellent activity to keep kids in touch with good writing. Cragin has taught at Harvard Extension School and Webster University in St. Louis and is a resident artist at Rollstone Studios. Ms. Cragin is also a board member of New England Poetry Club, the nation's oldest poetry organization.

(978) 345-0040

Columbus Day 2009, Oct. 12, 2009, Free admission to the Berkshire Museum

Free Admission All Day at the Berkshire Museum on Columbus Day

Join the Museum’s Stegosaurus, Wally, for his 12th birthday on Columbus Day, Monday Oct. 12 for an all-day celebration. Starting at 1 p.m., we’ll have arts and crafts, to make Wally birthday cards, make frog collages and learn to make frog hand puppets. At 2 p.m., everyone will gather on the front lawn to sing Happy Birthday to the most popular Stegosaurus in Berkshire County, followed by birthday cake in the Crane Room.

Call 413.443.7171 for more information.

Oct. 27, 2008: The Secrets of Happy Families in Worcester

Scott Haltzman, M. D., author of The Secrets of Happy Families: Eight Keys to Building a Lifetime of Connection and Contentment will speak at the Worcester Jewish Community Center on Tuesday, October 27th at 7:00 pm. Research shows that a happy family is good for your health, productivity, peace of mind, longevity, and success. The Secrets of Happy Families is filled with practical, step-by –step advice on raising healthy children along with tips to strengthen family bonds. Dessert reception following lecture and book signing. Free and open to the public. For more information call Nancy Greenberg at 508-756-7109 x 232

October 24, 2009 Harold and the Purple Crayon

Love this book!

October 24, 2009
The Colonial Theatre
$15 - $35
“One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight.” So begins The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon, Enchantment Theatre Company’s latest creation, based on the seven delightful picture books by Crockett Johnson that follow the zany adventures of an inventive young boy. As it turned out, there wasn’t any moon that evening nor was there a path to walk on, so Harold simply drew them. And thus his journey began. Resourceful and brave, Harold creates the world he wants to explore, using nothing more than a big purple crayon and his sky’s-the-limit imagination. Enchantment’s innovative production will take your school and family audiences on a wild ride as Harold jets to the Red Planet (Martians, space ships!), joins a circus (he tames a lion!) and meets a princess in an enchanted garden (of course, there’s a dragon, too). The “Harold” books have captivated families for more than fifty years, celebrating the imagination of children and the unique way they see the world. That’s why Enchantment, one of America’s groundbreaking producers of original theater for children and families, has adapted these wonderful stories for the stage as its 2009-2011 national touring production. Using all the elements of its well-known signature style, (life-size puppets, masked actors, magic, music) Enchantment has also added a new dimension this year with the use of large scale video animation. Capturing the books’ simple purple line drawings perfectly, the animation not only creates Harold’s world of make believe but provides an opportunity for the performers to interact with the setting. And of course, being an Enchantment production, the simple purple lines don’t stay simple for long. This brand-new production will delight and amaze your audiences, from children starting at Harold’s age, all the way up to grandparents — anyone, in fact, whose heart is young and adventurous.

Corn Mazes 2009

Have fun checking out the corn mazes this month!

Four Corn Mazes:
1. Davis Farmland, Sterling.
2. Marini Farm Corn Maze, Ipswich. 978-356-0430,
3. Mike’s Corn Maze. Warner Farm, Sunderland. 413-665-8331,
4. Kimball Farm, Haverhill.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Interested in Being a Roller Derby Mom?

Check out Worcester Mag's cover story this week. It's on roller derby! Who knew!
The author, Doreen Manning, is a Central MA mom of four great kids. She is the Arts and Entertainment editor at Worcester Mag plus she's into derby. By the way, Worcester Mag is our sister publication so when we want to show them some love whenever we can.

Great job Doreen!

Any moms interested in derby?!

Send baystateparent your To-Do Lists by November 1st!

Hi Guys,

We are planning something fun in our January 2010 issue: our to-do lists.

To make it more interesting, we are asking you to mail us one (or some) of your to-do lists by November 1st. Don't re-copy it all nice. We want it in its raw form with all of the things you need to get done (or think you need to get done). Items crossed out and checked are just fine with us!

Our address is: baystateparent
117 Elm Street
Millbury, MA 01527
Attention: To-Do Lists

As our thank you, we'll pick a few of you and send you some prizes. Who doesn't like prizes! Make sure to include your contact information somewhere so that we can call and/or email you.

Aren't you curious to see what other parents like you hope to accomplish in a day? It will be funny to see the simple and mundane next to the ambitious.

And as my wise friend Judy says, at the end of the day, we should not focus on what did not get crossed off on the to-do list but we should make a list before bed about we DID accomplish! We need to pat ourselves on the back more often instead of beating ourselves up and feeling like such failures that we did not get to everything we had hoped. And we need to stop looking around the house as the judgment of what kind of person and mom we are.

If we were at the playground with the kids or volunteering at school, that's why the beds are not made!

Ladies, let's come together and share what our days look like! We hope it will be an
eye-opening, supportive, and fun way of looking at ourselves.

Now add "Mail baystateparent to-do list" to YOUR list.

Take Good Care,

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Get your Dog Blessed at this Pancake Breakfast in Princeton

The Worcester County NEADS Lions Club Will Sponsor a Public Pancake Breakfast and Blessing of the Dogs
Saturday, October 3, 2009.
Location: 305 Redemption Rock Trail (Rt. 140), Princeton, MA (2nd floor of NEADS training center) Directions @
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Price: $5.00/person, $12.00/family - all you can eat!
Menu: Pancakes (plain, chocolate-chip, fruited), sausage patties, juice, coffee.
The dog blessing will be at 11 a.m. in back of the blue house. Officiating Pastor Adam Randazzo - Pastor of the Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church of Athol.