TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Hello from the LexFUN! Executive Board
- Special LexFun! Events in November
- Ongoing LexFUN! Programs and Events
- Community Service
- Recap of Recent Events
- With Many Thanks to…
- LexFUN! Member Discounts
- Events in the Community
Our 2015 Annual Guide for Your Families is now posted on the “Members Only” section of our LexFUN! website at http://www.lexfun.org. The password for the “Members Only” section is “fiveandunder“.
Hi LexFUN! Families,
November, and especially early November, is often thought of as a gloomy month. The vibrant autumn colors of October have faded, a deeper raw chill is in the air, and the anticipation of the holidays has yet to set in. This year, rather than focusing on the trees losing their leaves and the imminent arrival of winter, I’ve decided to reshape the way I think about November, putting my focus on three elements – connections, gratitude, and traditions.
Connections – This is my month to connect with all the people who I care about who I don’t see on a regular basis. These are good friends and in some cases family who either live far away or live close but I don’t have (or make) the opportunity to see regularly. I see some of them over Thanksgiving and enjoy getting caught up on what has happened in the last three to six months. Others I set aside time to call or meet for coffee. In some cases, these are informal mentors so I have been saving my questions and am eager to get their perspective on work/life balance, parenting, or how to manage my boss better. These are treasured relationships that I want to maintain but cannot seem to fit into my regular day-to-day activities. So, I make sure I reach out this month.
In line with my efforts to build and maintain relationships, LexFUN! is offering an opportunity to connect with other members this month at the Membership Appreciation Party. This event serves as a Thank You to our members and will be held at the Hayden Recreation Center in Lexington on November 7th from 2pm – 4:30 pm. There will be a bouncy house, climbers, games, face painting, and more. Come catch up with old friends, meet some new ones, and enjoy the benefits of membership! Pizza, drinks and snacks will be provided. This event is FREE and your membership card acts as your ticket in.
Gratitude – It can be so easy to focus on the future, dreams, and wish list. With Thanksgiving at the end of the month, November presents a natural opportunity to put my focus on the present and be appreciative for all I have now. I find opportunities to help others and the community helpful in keeping this mindset. My daughter and I started with the LexFUN! Cradles to Crayons Family Time to Give event a couple of weeks ago and we enjoyed our experience so much, that we are going to Wellesley on November 7th to assist with their sorting event.
In addition to having events to keep me focused, I find the Choice Map™ from the Inquiry Institute Inc. a useful tool for maintaining a positive mindset during what can be a chaotic time of year. The essence of the tool is remembering that I make a choice moment-to-moment about how I am going to react and how I am going to show up. There are lots of tools for this sort of thing. If you are looking for something, you might like this easy-to-use model.
Traditions – When our oldest child was born we started having a family photograph taken each fall. Typically this is the photo we put on the holiday card, however, that is not why I like this tradition as much as I do. I like it because we are all together, usually laughing and hugging (after all you can only be so far apart to take a picture). There is chaos getting everyone dressed and ready for the shoot, and I’m typically the last one dressed because I have taken such care with everyone else’s outfit that I never tried mine on, and now I’ve discovered it doesn’t fit right, or looks awful, or it’s far too hot for the day. Once I get over myself and we get there, it is always worth it. We captured a moment in time for our family. These are the photos I look back and remember the days’ events vividly.
You can bet that I will be attending our Seminar this month: Beyond “Say Cheese”: Tips for Taking Better Photographs of Your Kids by Beth Ann Fricker. The seminar will be held on Thursday, November 19th at 7:00 pm at Community Nursery School. Learn strategies for getting them all looking at you at the same time, taking better action shots, and capturing those adorable expressions quickly before the moment is lost.
Finally, at the end of the month connections, gratitude, and traditions come together on Thanksgiving and the weekend that follows. We start Thanksgiving morning very early with the Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day race in Andover. We have progressed (let’s not call it fallen from) my husband and I running the 5 miler full steam, to walking and pushing a stroller in the 5K, to “running” alongside our daughter in the 100 yard dash. Not sure yet where that leaves us this year, but regardless, we always make it to the post-race bagels, coffee, and pie, with cousins. Then onto Thanksgiving dinner with my husband’s extended family of 30+. I come from a much smaller family and I truly love this gathering. The weekend brings more eating, reconnecting, and a girls-only night out hosted by my wonderful mother-in-law.
I would like to leave you with you one of my favorite Thanksgiving recipe’s – Ina Garten/The Barefoot Contessa’s Carmelized Butternut squash recipe. I started making this dish five years ago and it has become a staple on our table. It’s not healthy squash, but it is delicious.
I hope to see you at our November events or at the Drop-In Center and WinterFUN!
On behalf of LexFUN!’s Executive Board I wish you a fun-filled November!
Special LexFun! Events in November
Date: Saturday, November 7th
Location: Hayden Recreation Center
As a “thank you” to our members, LexFUN! hosts an amazing annual Member Appreciation Party that’s packed full of fun-filled activities and pizza at the Hayden Recreation Center. And it’s FREE for all members.We will have a bouncy house, roller carts, foam climbing structures, balls, face painting and many other activities for all ages! Come socialize at this FREE event with other LexFUN! families and enjoy the benefits of membership! Pizza, drinks and snacks will be provided for all members. Don’t forget your LexFUN Membership Card, your key to this event and make sure you RSVP for the event so we can order enough pizza for everyone: http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/93471358
Seminar: Beyond “Say Cheese”: Tips for Taking Better Photographs of Your Kids by Beth Ann Fricker
Date: Thursday, Nov. 19
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: Community Nursery School, 2325 Massachusetts Ave.
Our kids are constantly changing and photographs are one way we can document the milestones along with their day-to-day activities. People frequently ask what is the best camera and lens to use when taking photos of their kids. Family photographer Beth Ann Fricker’s http://www.bafphotography.com/ answer is the one you have with you. Your fancy DSLR camera isn’t doing much good sitting the box so embrace the camera you do use whether it is your phone, iPad, point-n-shot or DSLR and with a few tweaks your photos can improve. In this seminar, you’ll learn briefly how cameras work, different types of light, composition and getting your children to cooperate.Questions? Email us at email@example.com RSVP at http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/94684735
The Fenn School Open House
Date: Sunday, November 15th
Location: 516 Monument Street, Concord, MA 01742
Does your son LOVE school? If not, come see for yourself what the Fenn School for boys (grades 4-9) is all about! Fenn offers a boy-centered challenging academic curriculum that is complimented by daily arts and athletics. Educator Roger C. Fenn opened The Fenn School in 1929 in Concord, Massachusetts, to provide boys with the individual attention they need to become responsible, caring, and well-educated young men. At Fenn, boys are celebrated for their rich imaginations, energy, and enthusiasm and encouraged to find their places as responsible individuals within a larger community. At the Open House, meet teachers, explore the classrooms, and listen to a panel of 9th grade students talk about why they chose an all-boys school for grades 4-9. For more information or to schedule a visit on another date, please contact Marilyn Schmalenberger at 978-318-3606 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.fenn.org
Calling all moms!! Need a break from the kids? Want to hang out with some old friends and meet some new ones?Then join us for Mom’s Night Out! No RSVP needed. Just come!
To Bee or Not to Bee??
Definitely To Bee! The 20th Annual LEF Trivia Bee buzzes into Lexington on Tuesday, November 10th at 7 PM in the LHS auditorium.
Check out the crazy costumes, great trivia questions, and lots of your favorite educators and friends onstage. Admission is free, but middle school and younger children need to be accompanied by an adult. Test your skill against the teams from the safety of the audience and enjoy the un-bee-lievable atmosphere!
You may pre-order pizza for pick-up at the event (6:30pm) at www.lexedfoundation.org/beepizza.
All nine Lexington Public Schools have teams competing, and LexFUN! will be well represented by two teams at this year’s Bee:
• LexFUN! Honey Bees #1: Sarah Carter, Matt Carter, Kristin Pechinsky
• LexFUN! Honey Bees #2: Olivia Kelley, Laura Wilkas, Steve CarboneGo LexFUN!!!
LEF thanks LexFUN! for sponsoring both of these teams this year!
When it comes to indoor play spaces in Lexington, LexFUN!’s weekly Drop-in Center can’t be beat!
Every Friday, preschoolers, toddlers, babies and their parents and caregivers drop in to play, explore and learn in a huge indoor play area filled with age appropriate toys and activities. Children develop social, physical, and sensory skills through hands on free play activities, books and crafts.
Drop-In-Center runs every Friday during the Fall, Winter and Spring (through April 15th) at St. Brigid’s Parish Hall, 2001 Mass. Ave. The cost is $1 per child. No RSVP necessary, just show up.For questions, contact our Drop-In-Center Chairs:
Looking for a fun activity for a cold winter day? WinterFUN! is our bi-weekly drop-in arts and crafts program for toddlers and preschoolers that offers make-and-take crafts for your little Picasso. November brings some fun crafts for fall! On Tuesday, November 3rd we’ll be making leaf rubbings. Take them home and bring the outdoors inside! On Tuesday, November 17th we’ll be making Thanksgiving turkeys. You can use them to decorate your Thanksgiving table. We hope you’ll join us for some fall fun!”
When they’re done with their craft, children can engage in relaxing and imaginative free play with all the popular riding, building and imagination toys.
WinterFUN! runs every other Tuesday morning during the winter from 9:30 – 11:00 am at Brigid’s Parish Center, 2001 Mass. Ave. There is a different fun craft every time. Cost is $2 per child to cover crafts and snacks.
For questions contact our WinterFUN! Chairs:
The WinterFUN! team would welcome some additional volunteers to join their team and help for as much, or as little, as you have time for. If you’re interested, contact Jen Solomon at email@example.com.
LexFUN! believes it’s never too early to start teaching our kids the value of community service. Getting involved in volunteering at a young age can set a life-long pattern of advancing the common good.
LexFUN! provides many great opportunities for community service for kids that will expand their social circle, teach them empathy and compassion, and increase their chances of success in life. Activities include a Cradles to Crayons clothing donation event, a Meals-On-Wheels route, holiday gift-giving, food pantry donations, visits with local seniors and donations to families in-need.
Date: Wednesday, November 11th
Time: 10-11 am
Location: Youville Place, 10 Pelham Road, off Mass Ave, across the street from Seasons Four
This time of year reminds us of the many things we are thankful for. At LexFUN, we are very thankful for our dear friends at Youville. Please join us at Youville Place on Wednesday, November 11th from 10:00am until 11:00am to make a fun turkey craft and read our favorite Thanksgiving stories. Developing connections between these older adults and their community can have tremendous benefits for both young and old. Youville Place is located at 10 Pelham Road in Lexington (off Mass. Ave.).
It is a great time to get out and help the seniors in our community. Many of our drivers find this a rewarding activity for themselves and their children. The seniors really look forward to the weekly interaction. To sign up or find out more about delivering meals, please email Anne Boulter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LexFUN! families deliver hot, nutritious lunches to homebound elders in Lexington every Friday. The deliveries take about an hour, starting at 10:30 am.
Please consider delivering Meals on Wheels. You can do the deliveries with (or without!) your children, and you may sign up for as little as one delivery at a time, which means you can participate when your schedule allows.The seniors love to see the smiling faces of LexFUN! children greet them at the door with a nice hot lunch and a hand-drawn picture or art project to share.This is a fun and rewarding family-friendly activity that your kids will enjoy doing with you.
Give it a try!If you want to drive on a regular basis, or just occasionally or as a back-up driver, you only need to complete a CORI form and provide a copy of your license. Just contact Anne Boulter at email@example.com
Looking for a way for the whole family to give back this winter? Winter is an incredibly challenging time for many families who receive items from local nonprofit Cradles to Crayons. 92% of the requests include an order for an Outfit Pack—a week’s worth of matched outfits. The Give Back with an Outfit Pack program lets you and your family, friends, and colleagues go shopping for desperately needed winter layers for specific children in need. To download a shopping list for your family and to learn more about the program, click here to visit the Cradles to Crayons website.
Some of Lexington’s best community helpers welcomed our group at the fire station on Bedford street last month. Our little ones sat in the ambulance, got to pretend to drive the ladder truck, slide down the fire pole, and learn some important fire safety things (such as changing the batteries in your smoke detectors regularly). Thank you to the fire fighters who were so kind to our group and generous with their time. Also, a BIG Thank You to Julie Callahan to organizing our visit to the station.Halloween Parade
We had a gorgeous day for the Halloween Parade! Many Lexington families joined us, and it was a huge success!
We want to send a big THANK YOU to our neighborhood stores that generously donated mini pumpkins, apple cider, and gift cards for this event to make it even more special for our little ones.
Many thanks to:
– Roche Brothers
– Wagon Wheel
– Whole Foods
– Wilson Farms
– Yamaha Music School of Boston
Happy Autumn!! See you next year!!Lauren Wszolek and Shannon Duffy
Halloween Parade Co-Chairs 2015
A big thanks to Kim Voce for planning our Cradles to Crayons “Family Time to Give” Event. We had many donations and a lot of young helpers to help sort and package winter clothing gear for children in need.
A big shout out to our WinterFUN! moms — Nancy Carson, Jennifer Solomon, Neha Robinson – for kicking off our WinterFUN! season last month with some great crafts.
Lots of smiling faces send a thank you to Emily Sayre for bringing our young children to make crafts with the seniors at Youville on Monthly Craft Day.
A lot of little boys send out a BIG thank you to Julie Callahan for planning our annual Fire station Visit! They had a great time sliding down the fire pole!
A lot of little fashionistas send out a THANK YOU to Carrie Klemovitch for the fabulous Jamberry Mommy & Me Nail Party.
Thank you to Emma Harding for planning our last Playground Meet-Up of the season.
A big thank you to our Halloween Parade ladies, Shannon Duffy, Colleen Gallagher, and Lauren Wszolek. They put on such a fabulous display of entertainment, games and community service (we raised a good deal of money for the Lexington Food Pantry plus all of those canned goods!). A great day was had by all the children.
Lexington Pediatrics is a long-time Gold Level Sponsor of LexFUN!
Hard to believe, but it’s flu season in New England! We know that when we see cases of flu, we also see increased hospitalization rates in children, so Lexington Pediatrics encourages all parents to consider protecting themselves and their children with a flu vaccine.
Located in downtown Lexington on Muzzey Street, Lexington Pediatrics is pleased to be the “medical home” for many LexFUN! children. We are affiliated with Children’s Hospital Boston and with Harvard Medical School. We are also active in the community, serving as medical consults for area schools, day care centers, and area children’s groups. All of our doctors and nurse practitioners are fully credentialed in pediatrics, and regularly attend conferences and workshops to keep our knowledge base up to date.
When your family joins Lexington Pediatrics, you will be asked to select a primary care physician (PCP). Routine well-child checks are scheduled with your Primary Care Physician or a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. We work in loose “teams” and make every effort to ensure that you see the same MD and PNP for most routine visits.Visit us at www.lexpeds.com or (781) 862-4110.
LexFUN! Member Discounts
Remember, as a LexFUN! member you have access to over 50 local discounts. This month we are highlighting our Fitness and Health Discounts:
|Fitness Together||433 Marrett Rd, Lex.
|www.fitnesstogether.com/lexington||6 Sessions for $299|
|Baby Boot Camp||Winchester & Woburn
|https://babybootcamp-burlingtonwinchesterwoburn.frontdeskhq.com||$5 off the equipment kit and $5 off any class package|
|Lexington Power Yoga||1762 Mass Ave, Lex.
|www.lexingtonpoweryoga.com||10% off 10 class pack|
|One2One Bodyscapes Personal Training||1762 Mass Ave, Lex.
|www.one2onebodyscapes.com||10% off first personal training package|
|Eye Look of Lexington||1760 Mass Ave, Lex.
|www.eyelookoptical.net||15% off total purchase|
|Hegarty Family Chiropractic||83 Great Rd, Suite 1A, Acton (781) 325-8156||Free 20 min consultation|
|Keepers Therapeutic Massage||331 Marrett Rd, Lex. (781) 863-1929||www.keepersmassage.com||$10 off any massage|
|Winchester Wellness Center||551 Main St, Winch.
(781) 369- 1518
|www.winchesterwellnesscentre.com||3 areas microdermabrasion $99; 6 large areas laser hair removal $259|
|The Mindfulness Studio||45 Walden St, Concord
|www.themindfulnessstudio.com||10% off adult programs & 15% off family programs|
Newly Added Discount for Members:
Mommybites Boston is offering 10% off new moms’ support groups (babies 0-6 months) for LExFun members in it’s Arlington location. In our new moms groups, each week you will discuss topics like sleep, feeding, soothing and settling techniques for your baby, travel safety, relationships and more! Come meet other moms and gather valuable resources to help you navigate the first months of life with your new bundle of joy. Use code LEXFUN for discount.
Lexington’s Holiday Festival Night in Lexington Center
Date: Friday, November 27th
Location: Lexington Center
Lighting with Santa, Shopping, Dining, Performances and more! Be sure not to miss the seasonal festivities when Lexington Center comes alive with the downtown business community staying open late. Activities include:
- Special price offerings and discounts at participating locations
- Groups of strolling carolers along with indoor musicians at featured locations providing entertainment
- Visits from Santa Claus throughout Lexington Center
The Holiday Lighting Ceremony occurs in Depot Square at 6:30 pm. Enjoy the music as we await the arrival of Santa Claus to illuminate the holiday tree in Lexington Center
Kids’ Holiday POPS!
Date: Saturday, December 5th
Location: Cary Hall
Sing along and celebrate the season with Lexington Symphony! Suited for families with children of all ages, this afternoon concert features popular carols, sing-alongs, and a special visitor from the North Pole.Tickets, which are priced at $20 for adults and $8 for children/students — can be purchased online at www.lexingtonsymphony.org or by phone at 781-523-9009.
In this new era, when we carry powerful computers around in our pockets, our books are displayed on screens, and Google answers questions that librarians used to field, we’re demanding new things of our public library. Our librarians are listening, and have created for us Transformative Spaces: The Library Responds to Changing Times.Transformative Spaces will:
- Improve customer service for all of us
- Celebrate books, art, and community gathering in ways only a public library can
- Foster technological literacy and experimentation
- Welcome teens to an engaging place of their own, geared to their intellectual, social, and emotional stage of development
- Provide a smooth transition from the Children’s Room to the Teen Space
- Emphasize world languages and cultures
Join Koren Stembridge and her staff when they present the project at the League of Women Voters First Friday, November 6th in the Large Meeting Room, Lower Level, Cary Library, coffee at 9:15, presentation at 9:30Plans and architectural renderings are posted at www.carylibrary.org/.
Fun Things for Kids at Cary Memorial Library
CIRCLE TIME AGES 2-5
Join us for this low-key, 20 minute program of songs, fingerplays, and rhymes. Enthusiasm and participation encouraged and welcomed.
MONDAYS: Nov 2, 9, 16, 30 at 10:30 am
TODDLER TIME WALKERS TO AGE 2
A 20-minute, low-key, participatory program of simple stories, songs, fingerplays, and rhymes for toddlers, walkers to age two, and their caregivers.
TUESDAYS: Nov 3, 10, 17 at 9:30 am
PRESCHOOL MOVIES AGES 3-6
Each week, 3 or 4 short films based on young children’s books will be shown. No movies will be shown on the Tuesday after a Monday holiday.
TUESDAYS: Nov 3, 10, 17 at 10:30 am
PRESCHOOL DANCE PARTY AGES 3-5
Come dance with us!
WEDNESDAY: Nov 4 at 9:45-10:15 am
STORIES & MORE ALL AGES
Join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more!
WEDNESDAYS: Nov 4, 18 at 10:30 am
LAP TIME PREWALKERS
A low-key, 20 minute, interactive program, featuring songs, fingerplays, nursery rhymes, and simple stories for prewalkers and their caregivers.
THURSDAYS: Nov 5, 12, 19 at 9:30 am
SING-ALONG at AGES 0-6
A low-key program for children and their caregivers. Come sing old favorites; you might even learn a new song or two!
THURSDAYS: Nov 5, 19 at 10:30 am
DROP IN FOR STORIES ALL AGES
Drop in for stories, rhymes, and songs followed by social time.
THURSDAYS: Nov 12 at 10:30 am
ON YOUR OWN STORYTME AGES 4-6
Storytime for 4 to 6-year-olds who are ready for longer stories and to attend independently.
THURSDAYS: Nov 5, 19 at 2:00 pm
3 & 4-YEAR-OLD STORYTIME AGES 3-4
Stop by for stories, songs, and fingerplays.
FRIDAYS: Nov 6, 13, 20 at 10:30 am
Annual Waldorf Holiday Fair
DATE: Saturday, December 5th
TIME: 9 am – 3pm
The Annual Waldorf Holiday Fair takes place the first Saturday of December (Dec. 5th), as it has since the Waldorf School of Lexington was founded. The Waldorf School transforms the Adams School Building to host this delightful and magical event, which is fun for the whole family. Events and activities include a seasonal Mummers Play, a marionette show, activities and craft making for young children, live music, and artisan vendors who sell unique hand-made items for holiday gift shopping. Our own Homespun store will also be open featuring seasonal toys, games, books, and holiday gifts. Lunch is served and holiday treats are available throughout the day. We invite you to come and take part in the holiday spirit!
47TH ANNUAL SPORTS SALE AT THE FENN SCHOOL
Date: Saturday, November 7th
Location: Fenn New Gym, 516 Monument Street, Concord
Don’t miss the 47th Annual Sports Sale at The Fenn School. They will have a wide selection of gently used sports equipment for boys and girls including hockey, soccer, lacrosse and baseball gear as well as other great gear available at low prices. Representatives from Hardy’s Ski Emporium will be on hand to offer an assortment of brand new skis, boots and poles at great pre-season prices.
Gym doors will open at 9am and close promptly at noon. Come early for the best selection.For More Information, please contact Kat Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wagon Wheel Nursery and Farmstand
It’s the perfect time of year to check out Wagon Wheel and all it has to offer. The have beautiful planters, mums, and floral arrangements. They also offer a landscaping division for all your gardening needs. Check out the array of foods they have to offer as well. Take advantage of their 10% discount off purchases with your LexFUN! card (except mulch, sod and landscaping).