- Hello from the LexFUN! Executive Board
- Membership – Get ready to renew for 2017
- Advice on Ticks and Mosquitos by Lexington Pediatrics P.C.
- Special LexFUN! Events
- Ongoing LexFUN! Events
- Thank you from the Consignment sale
- Community Service
- Spotlight on early orthodontic treatment for children by Dr Coppe
- With Many Thanks to…
- LexFUN! Member Discounts
- Events in the Community
Hello from the LexFUN! Executive Board
Take a moment:
Over the previous year several surveys were sent to our members to learn about how you feel regarding this organization. We were pleased to see our members are happy overall with our efforts and events. Of course there were suggestions and these provided us with opportunities to reassess and reevaluate the activities of LexFUN! The board has met and reviewed the results several times and we are actively trying to implement some of the suggestions made from you, our members. Our new board is already hard at work and several subcommittees have already met. There is a genuine excitement from this year’s board when we reflect on the opportunity we have to develop LexFun!
There is a major shift in LexFUN! that has occurred within the last several years. From when I first joined six years ago to today the percentage of members who work outside the home has greatly increased. I myself work full-time. I, like so many of our members need to balance my responsibilities to work, family, and LexFUN! It isn’t always easy that’s for sure. I oftentimes feel I’m the last person to go to sleep because there is always something else I need to do, can do, or want to do. And yes I realize “want-to dos” are not as important as “need-to-dos”, but they are usually the more fun task or can make my life easier.
Fortunately I work for a public school system and am able to enjoy two months off in the summer. Off from work, not off from my children or off from LexFUN! I am not complaining, but it is a good reminder for me to take breaks as available and re-charge a bit.
I was fortunate recently to be provided an amazing opportunity to re-charge; Beautiful Moi, a new Membership Partner (offering a 20% discount to LexFUN! members) invited me to come in and try out a facial and body scrub. This was my first time at the spa and I was immediately impressed with the look inside. It’s super sleek, like something you would expect to find in New York. The rooms are all beautiful and I was easily able to relax in the space. This opportunity was a great reminder for me to make some time to re-charge myself. Going forward, I will be adding in some stops there after work to help me keep up the good feelings! If you are looking for an amazing body scrub that also feels like a massage – ask for Maria! And don’t forget to let them know you are a LexFUN! member.
So as we roll into the more laid back months of summer, be sure to take some time to recharge yourselves. Hit the spa, go for a walk, read a silly romance novel, hug those you love. Hopefully we will see you at one of our summer events. If not – I hope it is because you are too relaxed somewhere.
Joyce Dvorak, Co-President LexFUN!
Membership – Get ready to renew for 2017
A big thanks you to all of our members from 2015-2016. This year we had over 400 members of LexFUN! Thank you for joining us in over 100 LexFUN! sponsored activities and for your generous donations of time and gifts to our many community service activities this year. Our members help make LexFUN! such an exciting and worthwhile organization and we are so happy to have you all a part of our group! We hope you enjoyed your year and that you will join us again next year for another year of LexFUN!
Your 2015-2016 membership runs until the end of August 2016. We’d like you to renew your membership for 2016-2017! Renewal invitations will come directly from Big Tent to your email during the summer. Please watch your email over the coming months for reminders and links on how to renew your membership through Big Tent.
Here are a few details about membership for 2016-2017:
- As per above, all renewals will be done through Big Tent. Be on the lookout in your email over the summer for a reminder email and link to renew
- Dues for September 2016 through August 2017 membership year are $35.
Please remember to continue to use your current membership discount card over the summer. Your card is valid through September. For a full list of participating businesses, please go to http://www.lexfun.org/discounts
Don’t forget to Renew or sign up for LexFUN! On Big Tent this summer and we’ll see you in September at the open house when you pick up your swag bag, membership card and annual guidebook!
Advice on Ticks and Mosquitos by Lexington Pediatrics P.C.
The unofficial start of summer in Massachusetts is Memorial Day, when we cast off the shackles of the cold weather and finally get back to the great outdoors. Unfortunately the joy of sunshine comes with the challenge of protecting our skin from the sun and the insects. Sun protection is actually pretty straightforward in this day and age. We should all wear 35+ spf sunscreen whenever we go out and reapply frequently. Really, was that so hard?
Dealing with the insects is a bit more complicated. Everyone in Lexington knows that deer ticks and Lyme Disease are endemic to the area. While most cases of disease are mild and easily treated, there is no doubt that it is appropriate to take significant steps to avoid tick bites, and to check yourself and children at the end of any day spent outdoors.
Mosquitos can potentially carry a much wider variety of disease, including Malaria, Chikungunya, Dengue, Yellow Fever, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, West Nile, and Zika. Although these illnesses get plenty of sensationalized media coverage, most are not endemic to the Northeastern US, and none of them commonly cause disease in this area. Zika virus specifically has caused recent international concern, but it is important to note that there has not been a single reported case of disease acquired inside of the US. From a practical perspective, it is reasonable for us New Englanders to think of mosquitos more as an irritant than a deadly threat.
To protect yourself and your children from these pests it is helpful to wear sturdy pants and long-sleeved shirts when spending prolonged periods outdoors, especially in areas close to standing water. In addition to the physical barriers provided by clothing, the CDC strongly recommends the use of chemical repellents, the stronger the better.
While some home remedies and more ‘natural’ products were found to have a measurable repellent effect, the best chemical solutions are more heavy duty. Three specific products that have been shown to work well are Sawyer Picaridin and Natrapel 8 Hour, and Off! Deepwoods VIII. These contain high concentrations of picaridin or DEET, and have been shown to be effective for up to 8 hours. Products that contain natural plant oils such as California Baby Natural Bug Blend were found to be essentially useless.
The following are some general recommendations from the EPA for how to best use insect repellent:
- Apply repellents only to exposed skin or clothing—never put it on under clothing. Use just enough to cover and only for as long as needed; heavy doses don’t work better.
- Don’t apply mosquito repellents over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin or immediately after shaving.
- When applying to your face, spray first on your hands, then rub in, avoiding your eyes and mouth, and using sparingly around ears.
- Don’t let young children apply. Instead, put it on your own hands, then rub it on.
- Limit use on children’s hands, because they often put their hands in their eyes and mouths.
- Don’t use near food, and wash hands after application and before eating or drinking.
- At the end of the day, wash treated skin with soap and water, and wash treated clothing in a separate wash before wearing again.
Whatever you do, don’t let these minor challenges prevent you from getting outside and enjoying nature. Have a great summer!
Jesse Lock MD, Lexington Pediatrics
Special LexFUN! Events
Playground meet up at Lincoln Park
Friday June 24th, 10-11.30am at Lincoln Park, Lexington 02421
Join other LexFUN! families for a social meet-up, light snacks will be served. http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/93678979
Remember to sign up for LexFUN!s Kindergarten Connection at www.lexfun.org/kindergarten. Kindergarten Connection is a program where we coordinate playdates for Lexington families with children starting public kindergarten in the Fall of 2016.
Annual Pot Luck at the opening night of the Lexington Bicentennial Band Summer concert series.
Join us to kick off the summer with food, friends and fun! Come and enjoy one of the favorite LexFUN! activities of the summer, a pot luck dinner at a local outdoor concert (concert begins at 7:15 pm).
Saturday July 30th, 5.05pm-8.05pm at LeLacheur Park, 450 Aiken st, Lowell
Join us for a LexFUN! family outing to watch the Lowell Spinners! What a fun way to take our little ones to a baseball game without having to drive into the city or pay for tickets at Fenway.
We have reserved 30 tickets for our members to the Saturday, July 30th game at 5:05pm. Tickets are First come, first serve! Tickets are $9, and must be paid in advance via Big Tent. We will get the tickets to you in July. Kids under 3 do not need a seat if they can sit on a lap. Play ball!!!
This is a members only special event: RSVP: http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/97225666
Thursday Aug 11th, 2016, 7:30pm–9:30 pm at Showcase Cinemas Woburn, 25 Middlesex Canal Park, Woburn
Join your LexFUN! Mom friends for a fun girls night out that is SURE to be a blast! We are excited to have reserved a private screening at the Woburn Cinema to the upcoming movie “Bad Moms”.
This is a members only special event: RSVP at http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/97269013
Ongoing LexFUN! Programs and Events
Every Thursday 10am – 11.30am, from 7th July to 25th August
Kinnean Park, 81 Burlington St, Lexington
SummerFUN! happens every Thursday* during the summer and is loads of fun! Children have a blast engaging in outdoor play, arts and crafts and meeting new friends. This activity offers families an opportunity to meet in a relaxed, informal setting. $2 fee/per child to cover snacks and materials ($5 max/family). *Check BigTent for any weather related cancelations.
Thank you from the Consignment Sale
LexFUN! is proud to announce our 9th annual consignment sale, held Saturday, May 14, attracted hundreds of buyers (many of whom were lined up waiting for the sale to begin that morning) and achieved record-breaking sales. All profit earned by LexFUN! in the sale will be used to fund preschool scholarships or provide emergency assistance for families in Lexington.
Thank you to the consigners and to all those who volunteered at the sale and a special thanks to the 2016 LexFUN! Consignment Sale Committee members’ wonderful assistance. Your help was invaluable and none of this success would have been possible without you. Many worked tirelessly — publicizing the sale (flyers, lawn signs, Facebook) for months prior to the sale, setting up the racks and tables furiously Friday, organizing, scanning/bagging Saturday and cleaning up Saturday afternoon, all with a smile. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
2016 Lexington kids PMC Ride in September
Sunday September 18th, 8.30am – 11.30am, Bowman Elementary School, 9 Philip Rd. Lexington, MA
The second annual Lexington PMC Kids Ride will be held on Sunday, September, 18th. The team is riding to support the Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institu
te so that everyone who is battling cancer can have the best care possible. Last year, LexFUN! pulled together a group of more than 25 riders to join the LexFUN! Flyers team. The LexFUN! Flyers raised over $3,000 for life-saving cancer research and treatment. Please support the LexFUN! Flyers this year, more details at http://kids.pmc.org/lexington/team/Lexfun!-Flyers.htm
Spotlight on early orthodontic treatment for children
by Dr. Michael R. Coppe, DMD and Dr. Carolyn Coppe, DMD Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
Why are kids getting braces at such an early age? Should my child have braces now?
These are just a few of the questions surrounding the topic of early orthodontic treatment for children. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist as early as age seven. At this point the orthodontist will evaluate whether your child will need orthodontic treatment.
Early treatment (also known as Phase One) typically begins around age eight or nine (Phase Two will begin around age 11 or older). The goal of early treatment is to correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems, such as underbite or crossbite. Early treatment also helps to make room for permanent teeth to come in properly, lessening the chance of tooth extractions in the future.
How to tell if your child may need early orthodontic treatment:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth (your child should typically start losing teeth around age five-six, and will have all permanent teeth around age 13)
- Difficulty chewing and/or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Snoring or breathing difficulties
- Your child continues sucking his or her thumb after age five
- Speech impediments
- Protruding teeth (the top teeth and the bottom teeth extend away from each other), aka “buck teeth” or “underbite”
- Front teeth that don’t come together in a normal manner or even at all (openbite)
- Shifting of the jaw when your child opens or closes his or her mouth (crossbite)
- Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight
What causes orthodontic problems, and how will early treatment benefit my child?
Orthodontic problems such as crowding of the teeth, too much space between the teeth, jaw growth problems, protruding teeth, and bad bites can be inherited or caused by injury to the mouth, early or late loss of baby teeth, thumb-sucking habits, or a combination of these factors.
Most children lose all their baby teeth by age 13, and by the end of their teen years or earlier, the jaw bones will harden and stop growing. Orthodontic procedures for adults often take more time and can involve tooth extractions or oral surgery. Receiving early orthodontic treatment as a child can help prevent the need for orthodontics as an adult, leaving little to no chance of extractions or surgery in the future.
If your child is between the ages of seven and eight and shows signs of needing orthodontic care, if you have been directed by your family dentist to visit the orthodontist, or if you simply have questions about your child’s orthodontic health, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment. Our team will provide your child with a complimentary initial exam and discuss with you the best steps to take toward caring for your child’s smile.
With Many Thanks to…
- Carolyn Coppe & Amy Sarcia – our consignment sale co-chairs who organized an amazing, record breaking event! They were tremendous leaders throughout the entire planning and execution of our largest event of the year.
- Jill Tierney, Olivia Kelley, Christie Leach, Kristen Pechinsky, Liz Zevallos, and Rita Dulgarian – the team behind the team – these ladies were wheels which drove the parts of the consignment sale to allow us to reach this new level of success.
- Ammie Jensen – for her efforts and organization around Kindergarten Connections – all with a newborn!
- Ali Smith for organizing a fun-filled playground meet up!
- Christine Manavian for taking LexFUN! into new territory with 2 new summer events planned!
- Our graduating members; Michelle Andronaco, Anne Boulter, Katie Collin, Kristin Pechinsky, Danna Steinberg, and Liz Zevallos. These board members have contributed in countless ways and added a touch of themselves to LexFUN! You will be missed!
- Valerie Machinist – who has served LexFUN! for several years the last few as treasure and who is such a guru for financials and discovering the best new technologies for ringing a credit card!
- An amazing lady, Leigh-Ann Durant who just completed her tenure as Co-President. She has given so much time and energy to LexFUN! we are forever grateful.
Joyce & Kim
LexFUN! Member Discounts
For a full list of discounts see www.lexfun.org/discounts
Summer Fenn, 10% off all camps www.summerfenn.org
Summer’s Edge Day camp and Tennis school, 10% off total tuition for new campers (not to be combined with any other offer) www.summersedgedaycamp.com
Events in the Community
New Moms Group
Wednesdays 10-11.30am until 08/31/2016, Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln St, Lexington
FREE new moms group offered by the Parent Connection of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, pre-registration required. This group is open to all new moms – not just first timers! More information can be found on their website:
Upcoming Events at Lexington Historical Society
Sunday, June 12th, 1:00pm-4:00pm, Colonial Games Day at the Lexington Depot and Emery Park: Come play in another century! Indoor and outdoor games available. Register at the door the day of the event. $5/child, $10 cap per family. Rain or shine.
Tuesday, June 14th, 6:00pm, Student Art Contest Reception: Reception and exhibit for student art contest, inviting artwork that captures how youth celebrate Patriots’ Day in Lexington. All entries will be displayed. Winners will be announced and artists (and guests) are welcome to view their work! Free.
Monday, July 4th, Annual 4th of July Event, 7:00pm at the Lexington Depot: Declaiming of the Declaration of Independence, the Lexington Declaration, and the King’s response. Free and open to the public!
Summer events at the Cary Library
Preschool dance party, ages 3-5, Wednesday June 1st, 9.45am – 10.15am
Chinese Story Hour – Sponsored by LexRead in Chinese Club, Saturday June 4th & 11th, 10am – 12pm
Preschool movies, ages 3-5, Tuesday June 7th, 14th,21st & 28th, 10.30am – 11.15am
Nursing mother’s council of Lexington, Thursday June 9th, 10am – 12pm
Truck day, Friday July 15th 9.30am – 12pm
Lexington Farmer’s market
Tuesdays May 31st – October 25th, 2pm – 6.30pm, corner of Mass Ave, Woburn St and Fletcher St, Lexington
Bring your little ones to sample fresh, native produce directly from farmers to residents. Farmers market features fresh produce, bakery items, and gourmet vendors. Recognized as the best Farmer’s Market in MA and one of the best in the US by Clean Living magazine.