Monday, January 31, 2011

Valentine's Idea for Couples Sat., Feb. 12, 2011

baystateparent holds a special place for the Capaldi family of Auburn who host a fun Valentine's Day Ball every year in honor of their daughter, Bella, whom they lost to childhood cancer.  Proceeds go to Why Me?, a Worcester-based organization that helps children and their families with childhood cancer. If you are looking for a date night with a special someone, this night costs as much as a dinner out while doing something very good for others.  Plus, you get to dance!! 

The Eighth Annual Isabella Rose Capaldi
WhyMe Valentine Ball
Bella’s Ball”
with all proceeds to benefit WhyMe Inc.
on Saturday, February Twelfth
Two thousand and eleven
Cocktail hour at six thirty in the evening with dinner immediately following

The Manor Restaurant
42 West Boylston Street (Route 12)
West Boylston, Massachusetts 01583
Enjoy dinner and dancing featuring the music of
Steve Anthony & Persuasion

$50.00/pp tax deductible donation
Please make all checks payable to
Why Me Inc / Bella’s Ball
Why Me tax ID # 042-880644
Exp 11/20/15


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Easy Cake to Make while you are Snowed In

Tomorrow looks like another snow day, folks.
Our colleague at our sister publication, The Millbury Sutton Chronicle, Joanie Donohue, made this super-yummy cake that we had to pass along.
Sorry there is no picture (as we ate the whole thing!).

Kalhua Cake

1 box Devil's Food cake mix (dry)
1 box vanilla pudding (dry)
3 eggs
1 16 ounce container sour cream
1 16 ounce bag of chocolate chips
1/2 cup Kalhua

Grease a Bundt pan.
Bake at 350 for one hour.
Powder with Confectionery sugar.

Monday, January 24, 2011

$5 Family Concert on Sat., Feb 12 , Central Mass

                                                                       Chuck and Mud
                                                        Mr. Kim Webster and his puppets!

The West Boylston Arts Foundation is hosting a Winter Family Concert by childrens’ entertainer Mr. Kim Webster and family musicians Chuck & Mud on February 12 at 3:00 PM in the West Boylston High School  Auditorium on Crescent Street.  Only $5 per person at the door!! Buy three, get one free.
As always, proceeds are used to help  support school arts & music programs in West Boylston from being cut or eliminated.

Do Something that you WANT To

Hi baystateparents, This came to our Inbox today and thought it might inspire you to do something that you want to today (and every day). Surely, we can all squeeze in a few things each day that bring us simple joys. 
Have fun, 

Email Reprint:

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word 'refrigeration' mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Jeopardy' on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said , 'How about going to lunch in a half hour?' She would gas up and stammer, 'I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain' And my personal favorite: 'It's Monday.' She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves until all the conditions are perfect!

We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of 'I'm going to,' 'I plan on,' and 'Someday, when things are settled down a bit.'

When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to...not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Babysitter Training Class Coming Up: Jan. 30, 2011

Here's an FYI from the Children's Museum in Easton:

Come join us on Sunday, January 30th from 12:30 pm -5 pm to learn everything you need to know about caring for children from Jane Rotondi, MASpEd.

Don’t forget to bring a large doll, or if you don’t have one a large teddy bear will work just fine, to practice diapering and first aid techniques. 

This workshop is $55 and we ask that the potential babysitters be ages grade 6 and up.  We also ask any potential babysitters to eat lunch prior to class due to the length of the class, however we will have a snack during class.

 The Museum is located in the Old Fire Station on Sullivan Avenue in North Easton Village.  Admission is $6.00 per person; members and children under 1 are free.  For more information check our website or call us at (508) 230-3789

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Help a North Shore Native Win $50,000!

Happy New Year!
baystateparent contributing writer, Amy Rodriguez of Belmont, sent us the following note regarding 
her friends, Kelly Conboy Ragan (hometown of Byfield, MA) and Andrew Ragan. She asks us to take a few
minutes in the new year to vote for them in the Pepsi Refresh Everything contest (by January 31st). They are trying to win a $50,000 grant to help others with ALS. All you have to do is click to vote (see link at the bottom).

Background on Kelly and Andrew
Kelly and Andrew were college sweethearts. They married after college and had two beautiful sons. Life was good until four years ago when Andrew received the horrific news that he had ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a progressive neuromuscular disease with no known cure. Life expectancy is three to five years. Andrew has been fighting the disease for four years, while continuing to raise his two little boys. Even though he is sick, he and Kelly are thinking about helping others. They hope to raise money for The ALS Guardian Angels, who help with homecare, childcare, medical equipment, and final wishes. Please take a moment to vote for this wonderful cause, knowing that you will be helping other families deal with a devastating disease.

You can vote by clicking on this link:
or by texting 104660 to 73774.
You may vote every day through January.

To read more about Kelly Conboy's personal story, click:

 Thank you!