LexFUN! February 2016 Newsletter

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Our 2015 Annual Guide for Your Families is posted on the “Members Only” section of our LexFUN! website at www.lexfun.org. The password for the “Members Only” section is “fiveandunder“.

Hello from the LexFUN! Executive Board

As I am writing this letter, we are weathering the first “big” snow storm of 2016, although compared to last year, it seems like nothing!  However, I’m already focused on spring for so many reasons.

I have a 6 year old and a two year old, and LexFUN! will provide so many outlets for both of them this winter and get us to springtime.  From the weekly drop-in-center to events like the Tanglewood Marionettes and Barn Babies, these events give all of us a way to burn some energy and something to look forward to.

The thing that I look forward to the most every spring, however, is our annual consignment sale in May.  And, the super-easy online tagging system is already open which will give me something to do during the snowy winter weekends – start cleaning out the attic and tagging items to sell.

Like many individuals involved with LexFUN!, I’ve been helping with the consignment sale for years, and had the pleasure of organizing the event a few years ago.  Last year, the sale was our biggest yet, and we expanded to include children’s clothing up to size 12 and maternity clothes.

Being involved with the consignment sale and the LexFUN! board for so many years, I’ve also been able to see very clearly what this sale means to the greater community.  Aside from the great bargains on kids’ clothing and toys, the sale raises a tremendous amount of money for preschool and community scholarships.  We are helping to ease the financial burden of early childhood education for local families who really need the assistance.  Because of the consignment sale, as well as other events that LexFUN! sponsors, we were able to award more than $25,000 in scholarships this year.

At its core, LexFUN! is a wonderful organization that does so much to serve families with young children.  All of the events and fundraising we do always circle back to the community.  I’m excited that I get to be a part of LexFUN! for several more years and can take advantage of all of the things it has to offer. We are now beginning to look for board members for our 16-17 season.  I invite you to find out for yourself, all that greater membership with LexFUN! can bring to your family and the community.

~ Valerie Machinist for the Executive Board

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SummerFenn Open House – A Day Camp for boys and girls ages 5 – 15

Summer Fenn 2016

Summer Fenn invites you to come and tour our facilities, enjoy a slide show and light refreshments, and meet our counselors and staff. No RSVP required and kids are encouraged to attend.

The camp is for children aged 5 – 15 but if your child is 4 and starting Kindergarten in the Fall, he/she will be accepted.

Come to an open house on 2/28, 3/13, 4/10 or 5/22  (2-4pm) and see why so many families – including LexFUN! families — return year after year to Summer Fenn!

For more information, visit Summer Fenn at http://www.fenn.org/page.cfm?p=1442

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Guest Column: Victoria Sullivan, Cary Library, They’ll Be Teens Before You Know It – Let Cary Library Be There for Them
Imagine your child nurtured through Cary Library from baby lap time all the way through college applications. Helping young people find their place in a changing world is what the Transformative Spaces project is about—that, and so much more.

Transformative Spaces: The Library Responds to Changing Times will give us a better library, one that connects people with help and resources more quickly, utilizes space more flexibly and efficiently, and offers Lexington’s teens their own space to learn and grow.

  • A fabulous new Teen Space on the Lower Level will be bright, inviting, and tailored to the intellectual, social, and emotional needs of Lexington’s young people.
  • An Enlightened Atrium will be easily switched from a friendly living room to a wide open venue and back again.
  • World Language Collections celebrating our diverse and global community will be prominently displayed on the Main Level.
  • The Adult Fiction collection will move upstairs to the Main Level where staff can help connect you to the perfect book.
  • A new Idea Wall, a Library of Things, and Community Programming Office will take the sharing of things and ideas to a whole new level.
  • More study rooms will be at your service for quiet collaboration.
  • The Library will be Lexington’s go-to place for technological literacy, exploring new formats, and experimenting with innovative devices.
  • There will be designated places for noise and for quiet.
  • The Lower Level, with the Teen Space, the Children’s Room, the Learning Center, and the Large Meeting Room, will allow and contain noisier library activities.
  • The Main Level, with its Main Street, combined Reference/Circulation Desk, and popular adult collections, will permit low-level conversation.
  • The Mezzanine Level and the historical rooms will offer places of quiet contemplation and study.

LibraryThe Library’s Board of Trustees has unanimously endorsed the project, which will cost $750,000. It’s an important investment in a multi-million dollar community asset that’s indispensable to our way of life in Lexington. The Trustees have stipulated that the project will be funded through charitable donations from the people of Lexington.

Please consider making a generous donation to this worthy project—online at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/transformativespaces or by sending a check to the Cary Memorial Library Foundation, 1874 Mass Ave, Lexington, MA 02420. Thank you!

 

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Special LexFUN! Events in February/March
Annual Tanglewood Marionettes Puppet Show
Date: February 6th (2 shows)
Time: 1pm & 3pm
Location: Clarke Middle School, 17 Stedman Road
Details: Tickets are $9 for LexFUN! members, $10 for non-members

This year LexFUN! brings you the classic tale of “Sleeping Beauty.”  A charming tale which appeals especially to younger children, Sleeping Beauty begins in King Felix’s great hall where guest from across the land have gathered to celebrate the birth of Princess Aurora. The party goes awry when the wicked witch arrives and curses the baby princess. Will the curse come true? Will someone with a “true heart” appear? You will know when you see Tanglewood Marionettes’ presentation of this beloved classic.

In this retelling, a painted story book opens to reveal each scene. Beautifully hand-crafted marionettes are brought to life by a master puppeteer as the dramatic events unfold.

Tickets are $9 for LexFUN! members, $10 for non-members. Children under 12 months are free and can sit on an adult’s lap. Tickets can be purchased through BigTent (for members) and at Michelson’s and Catch a Falling Star in Lexington, with cash or check, or they may be purchased at Clarke Middle School on the day of the show.  Get your tickets early as it can sell out!  Also, we are collecting canned goods at the event to donate to the local food pantry. So please bring canned goods.

RSVP:
1pm: http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/95543449
3pm: http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/95543459

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Seminar: Organize, Simplify and Take Control of Your Finances By Matt Lasker, CFP® Partner at Wingate Wealth Advisors in Lexington
Date: Thursday, Mar 24th
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Community Center, 2nd Floor, Room 237 – 39 Marrett Road, Lexington
Details: Free and Open to the public

As parents of young children, taking control of your finances often falls to the bottom of the “to do” list. By attending you will discover the key things you can do right now to help you organize, simplify and take control of your financial future.

Most people tend to think that simple things can’t be the best way to achieve big goals. The simple way can sometimes feel too easy and leave us thinking, “what did I miss?” But with personal finances, simple often really is better. Very simple advice will get you to financial success.

Join us for an educational seminar by financial expert Matt Lasker who will teach you how to organize, simplify and take control of the most important aspects of your financial life, which will enable you to make better financial decisions.

This seminar is free and open to the public.  RSVP on BigTent at http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/95887689

Barn Babies
Date: Saturday, March 5th
Time: 9-11am
Location: St. Brigid’s Parish Hall, 2001 Mass. Ave.
Details: Tickets are $8 for children and adults. Children 12 months and under are free! Multiple shows are available, visit BigTent for details.

Little ones will love this menagerie of baby animals! Come meet, pet, and learn about a goat, a little potbellied pig, lots of baby bunnies, chicks or chickens, puppies, and kittens. Plus, be entertained by crafts before your show begins.

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Kindergartner Korner

Do you have a rising Kindergartner? Incredibly enough, it is time to start thinking (just a little bit!) about starting Kindergarten in the fall of 2016! Kindergarten Connection enables you to meet other Kindergartners and their families at your school over the summer – it’s a great way to ease the transition in the fall with some familiar faces.

Fall 2016 Kindergarten To-Do List:

  • Keep an eye out for registration packet sent by Lexington Public Schools to incoming Kindergartners – usually mailed just after February vacation.
  • If you don’t receive a packet by the end of February, call LPS Central Office, 781-861-2580.
  • Register for Kindergarten – fill out those forms!
  • Sign up for LexFUN!’s Kindergarten Connection to meet new classmates and friends this summer –http://www.lexfun.org/programs/kindergarten-connection/
  • Attend the Town-Wide Kindergarten Parents’ Orientation Night on Thursday, March 17th at Estabrook Elementary School- see your kindergarten packet for details.
  • Attend the Kindergarten Connection Panel seminar by LexFUN! on Wednesday, May 19th, at the Cary library. You will get to meet and ask questions to the current parents of all 6 elementary schools.
  • Watch this space for updates on Kindergarten 2016!

 

Ongoing LexFUN! Programs and Events

Drop-In-Center
Date: Fridays, February 5th, 12th, 26th
Time: 9:30-11:30am
Location: St. Brigid’s Parish Hall, 2001 Mass. Ave.
Details: The cost is $1.00 per child

The Drop-In Center is a place where children ages 0-5 and their parents/caregivers can play, socialize, and make new friends. The Center is open every Friday (except on Lexington Public School vacations/holidays), during the year (September through April). Check the LexFUN! calendar for many special events throughout the year. Feb 5th  – We will have a special drop-in center today where we learn about Chinese New Year.

WinterFUN!
Date: Tuesdays, February 2nd and 23rd
Time: 9:30-11:00am
Location: St. Brigid’s Parish Hall, 2001 Mass. Ave.
Details: The cost is $2.00 per child

Join us for WinterFUN! Come for the crafts, come for the toys, or just come for the coffee and conversation. A nominal fee of $2 per child covers materials and snacks. Feb 2nd – join us for a special Valentine’s Day craft – Our Bedford VA Medical Center will visit every inpatient and deliver Valentine’s Day cards (made by us!) as part of the National Salute Program. Feb 23rd – sun-catchers!

Join Karen K for the second annual Valentine’s Day 

LOVE FEST!

Hosted by Karen K & her daughter, Love Bug 

Date: Saturday, February 13th
Time: 4:00 – 6:00pm
Location: Hancock United Church of Christ, 1912 Mass Ave, Lexington
Cost: $10 kids under 10 / $12 – adults, $35 for a family of 4, kids under 2 years FREE
Tickets at www.karenkjitterbugs.com

Event starts with a concert by Karen K & the Jitterbugs at 4:00pm. Stay and make Valentines for Community Helpers, like the Fire Department and Public Works, to say thank you for treating our community with love! 

Snacks and hugs provided. Parking in church lot.

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Community Service

Youville Crafts with Seniors
Date: Wednesday, February 10th
Time: 10:00-11:00am
Location: Youville Place – 10 Pelham Road
RSVP: http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/93400121/rsvp_guest_list

Come meet other LexFUN! families and enjoy our wonderful local seniors at this feel-good event. Together we will enjoy a craft activity, read a story, engage in rich conversations, and have a tasty snack.

LexFUND! Scholarship applications now available
LexFUN! knows that before a child’s first day in Kindergarten, he or she needs a strong educational foundation to prepare them for their entire school life. Unfortunately, some Lexington families may not be able to afford a preschool program, limiting their child’s advantage when he or she enters Kindergarten.

Through LexFUN!’s Pre-School Scholarship Fund, we provide opportunities for Lexington children to get quality early education to support the child’s lifelong learning.  Scholarships ranged from $250 to $5,000.  Last year, LexFUN! awarded over $33,000 to local families!

Eligibility Criteria:

  •  Lexington Residents  – the family must reside in Lexington
  •  Lexington Pre-School – the child must attend or will attend a Lexington pre-school
  •  Family’s Financial Need  – a whole financial picture based on income, expenses, number of dependents, and any special circumstances will be used to determine financial need

Selection Criteria:

  •  Scholarship awards will be granted based on three main criteria: (1) financial need, (2) availability of funds and (3) number of eligible applicants.

Application Process:

  •  Application – LexFUN! has a new, revised Pre-School Scholarship Application Form.  Download it from LexFUN!’s website, www.lexfun.org, under the “Scholarship” tab.
  •  Send the completed Application (including your Written Statement and any Letters of Recommendation) to LexFUN! via email to fiveandundernetwork@gmail.com via mail to:
    LexFUN! Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 445, Lexington, MA 02420

Deadline:

  •  To receiving funding for the Fall semester – Apply by June 1st
  •  To receiving funding for the Spring semester – Apply by November 1st

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Consignment Sale Committee
If you are interested in getting involved in this year’s consignment committee there are several planning meetings coming up.  Please join us at one or all of the dates below to find out how you can be part of this terrific experience.  Committee roles are a variety of sizes and commitments.  If you are unable to join but would still like to be part of the committee, please email Amy Sarcia at amysarcia7@gmail.com.

Mark your calendars (or iphones), with the following dates.  All meetings will start at 9am:Consignment sale meeting

  • Sat., Feb. 13th – Large Meeting Room at Cary
  • Sat., March 12th  – Community Center (Room TBD)
  • Sat., April 9th – Large Meeting Room at Cary

 

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With Many Thanks
As the year rolls into action we need to take a moment to give thanks to those behind the scenes Board Members who may not get the recognition they might as their roles are “behind the curtain” but without whom, the work of LexFUN! would not be completed.  These include:

Elizabeth Berner, our terrific Membership Chair who does the heavy lifting & processing of the applications that come in throughout the year.

Steven Wang – our awesome Web Master who updates Lexfun.org within a flash and has some amazing power over the Goggle search function!

Laura Wilkas, Graphic designer, who so professionally and creatively designs our flyers.

Priya Parasuraman, Community Outreach, who is helping to bring the communities of Lexington closer together.

and of course…

Kate Ulloa Davis, our patient and detailed Newsletter Chair who blends together all the information about LexFUN! into a useful and good looking monthly publication!

One additional thanks to Jill Canes who opened up her home to host a really fun White Elephant event!

~ LeighAnn & Joyce

 

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Members enjoying our annual White Elephant event!

 

Invitation to Become One of Our Board Members

Are you looking for ways to get more involved with LexFUN!? Do you want to meet more moms and have a greater connection to your community? Then joining the LexFUN! Board may be the right move for you!

We are looking for a number of new board members to move into spots being vacated by graduating board members. Board roles begin in June and carry through the year. We meet as a board monthly (but attendance every month is not required) to review business and connect. Board positions reflect a variety of roles and can be both big and small. All board members receive guidance and a great deal of information from the previous position holder.

Our current board includes both at-home and working moms, so the time commitment is whatever works for you! We recognize that all board member roles and contributions are important for the success of our organization and want to be sure you find the position that is right for you. Below please see a list of the current vacancies. If joining the LexFUN! board sounds right for you, please email Leigh-Ann Durant, outgoing Co-President at Ladurant02421@gmail.com.

  • Advertising for the Annual Guide/Swag/Newsletter
  • Annual Guide: Editor in Training
  • Community Service Committee
  • Communications Outreach/Public Relations
  • Consignment Sale Co-Chair
  • Drop-In Center Co-Chair
  • Kindergarten Connection Coordinator
  • Membership Open House Coordinator
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Playgroups Coordinator
  • SummerFUN! Co-Chairs

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Events in the Community

LEF’s Celebration for Education: Fun for You, Funds for Your Kids!

You are cordially invited to Lexington Education Foundation’s (LEF) annual Celebration for Education, to be held on April 2nd at the beautiful Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord. Enjoy dinner, drinks, and dancing, with a fun Bollywood theme. And while you’re enjoying a night out, you’ll also be supporting LEF’s mission of “better schools, brighter futures” for Lexington’s public school students.. You’ll be able to bid on tempting live auction items and contribute directly to fund STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and other grants.LEF 2016

If you’ve never been to LEF’s Celebration for Education, this is a great year to start! The Celebration committee is hard at work planning the event, featuring the glamour, song, and dance of Bollywood. Make it a fun date night, or even celebrate a Girls’ Night Out with friends.

For tickets and more information, go to www.lexedfoundation.org/events. We hope to see you there!!
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The Lexington Education Foundation (LEF) was founded in 1989 to support “better schools, brighter futures” for Lexington Public School students.  LEF funds faculty-initiated grants that help address emerging issues and priorities in the district. LEF grants often fund pilot programs that point the district towards the most effective ways to address challenges and improve achievement for all students. Since our founding, LEF has awarded grants totaling over $4.4 million from funds raised from individuals and businesses throughout our community.

Lexington Education Foundation (LEF) is an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  LEF is not affiliated with the Lexington Public Schools.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT LEXINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY

More information and reservations for any of these events are available by visiting Lexington Historical Society’s website at www.lexingtonhistory.org/events or calling the office at 781-862-1703.

Saturday, February 27, 7pm, Tavern Night at Munroe Tavern:  Enjoy the authentic atmosphere of 1735 Munroe Tavern while you taste a variety of Scotch whiskies, eat traditional Scottish dishes, and listen to Scottish music, songs and poetry. This will be a very special evening for a limited number of guests. Guests are encouraged to wear plaid – men in kilts are especially welcome! Tickets are $50 for members and $60 for non-members and reservations are required.

Tuesday, March 8, 9:30am, Quick Trip to the State House:  Join us for a special guided tour of the State House with Representative Jay Kaufman, including one or two exclusive surprises!  $25/Members, $30/Non-Members. 

Thursday, March 17, 10:30am-2:30pm, Mid-Century Modern Outing:  Interested in mid-century modern architecture and design?  Join us as we explore the Concord Museum’s exhibit on Middlesex County Modern, followed by a visit to Retrocraft in West Concord, specializing in mid-century modern furniture for sale.  Over lunch in West Concord, we will discuss the Society’s plans for continuing programming on mid-century modern and learn what you would enjoy!  $10/person (to cover admission to the Concord Museum), lunch paid individually. 

Tuesday, March 22, 6pm at the Lexington Depot, Book Group Meeting #4:  Dinner and discussion of The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, a chronicle of the men who ushered in the age of aviation.  $30/Members, $35/Non-Members.

Thursday, March 31, 6-8pm at Munroe Tavern, Conservation Fundraiser:  This wine and cheese event will offer a look at some special objects with interesting stories in the Society’s collections—many of which are crying out for conservation.  Those interested in contributing to our conservation efforts will have the opportunity to purchase “shares” in different conservation projects and have the satisfaction of preserving these objects for posterity.  There will be a special talk by Dr. Tricia Wilson Nguyen, owner of Thistle Threads and a prominent needlework expert, who will speak about the reproduction efforts surrounding the 17th century Plimoth Jacket.  Free and open to the public (reservations required).

 

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LexFUN! January 2016 Newsletter

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Our 2015 Annual Guide for Your Families is posted on the “Members Only” section of our LexFUN! website at http://www.lexfun.org. The password for the “Members Only” section is “fiveandunder“.

Hello from the LexFUN! Executive Board

New Beginnings & Other New Year’s Nonsense!!

When January rolls around there is this assumption we will be transformed as humans.  That suddenly, with the simplicity of turning a page, we will be able to break bad habits and be re-born as a better version of that person who just spent the last month trying to make everyone else happy.  Come January, we are now free from cooking, parties, fancy clothes, and seeing relatives.  Oh wait – that’s not true – I still need to feed the kids, there are birthdays to arrange, I now need multiple layers of warm clothing, and I actually like my in-laws so I am glad to see them.

I am lucky I don’t have a major vise I am trying to lose.  With age (now 45 and that is OK) I realize that my quirks are me and it is fine I really like Candy Crush Saga or that  the Walking Dead is my favorite show on TV and that I cried during the Force Awakens.  I like sci-fi– so be it!   I know there is no magical change that switches in me just because another digit is added to my Google calendar.  I feel the most transformative thing about January is the return to normalcy.  As I put away the decorations it invites me to reassess what I have and what I choose to keep, both in terms of holiday decor and what makes it back out to the floor.  It inspires me to move through my life and make decisions about how and where I want to spend my energies.  I declutter and let go.  So maybe that is the great transformation, letting go of what keeps us burdened, and embracing what is truly special: family and friends.

There is a great opportunity to “unburden” yourself with our annual White Elephant Holiday swap on January 13th.  Come for the chance to connect with others and pass off what was your less-than-desired acquisition from the holiday season (no fruit cake though please!).  This line of thinking is perfect for the larger task of cleansing for the consignment sale. The tagging is open so you can start early, pace yourself,  and really clean out!   I personally made just under $500.00 last year and am looking forward to that level of cleanse again this year as well!

In preparation for the purge I saved all the large empty packing boxes that arrived last month.  I am more than ready.  I look forward to the lighter feeling and ability to “be” rather than “be burdened”.  Less is more…now if I could convince my kids of that, all this would be much easier.

Our best to you for a tremendous and unburdened 2016!

Joyce
Joyce Dvorak – CoPresident

 

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Guest Column: Heather Aordkian – The RePurposed Home

FACT: The way your home looks and functions can change the way you feel.  

When in life we are faced with difficult times it too often happens that our focus is on the negative events and we lose ourselves in survival mode.  Of course daily living can also offer plenty of challenges and families can be easily overwhelmed with getting through rather than living.    The result of this is a nonfunctional and therefore unenjoyable home.  

Its this need to reconnect with our space that launched The RePurposed Home.   Ask yourself these questions: Are you loving and using every room of your home?  Are you shopping Homegoods and can not seem to make your finds translate to your space?   Are you looking to  purge but are having a hard time curating your style?  Or maybe, is your family changing and you are  not sure how to make the transition.  The RePurposed Home can help.

At The RePurposed Home we have noticed our peers are staying in their homes, rather than trading up. They are living simpler lives and being more mindful of what they consume.  Family dynamics are also changing. At The Repurposed Home, we are embracing these changes and helping families re-design their space to use every inch and love the beautiful home they live in now.

A recent client of ours faced a significant change in her family dynamics. There was a definite disconnect with their home.  As we looked around her home it was clear the family had been in distress for a while.  Each room was upended as if someone had looked for something in a hurry but did not have the time to put everything back.  We designed a plan to help put the house back together and ultimately infused a much needed sense of calm into the home.   

We focused on 3 areas to make the biggest impact:

Entry:  Set the mood for her home.  

  1. We added multiple baskets of firewood for easy access and it says to visitors “lemme light a fire, stay awhile.”
  2. Painted her entry floor a brighter version of her door to lighten the space.  
  3. Added a boot tray for guest shoes to save the floor from mud & water.
  4. Added an indoor/outdoor mat from Ballard Design.  (These rugs are awesome for high traffic areas).   

Living Room:  Created a reading nook and cuddling spot for her, her son and mini golden doodle.

  1. We emptied the entire room, organized every single item into a box and marked it with directions – toss or file, etc.
  2. Grabbed a rug from her bedroom and layered it over a sisal to make the room feel cozier.
  3. Created a nook with pillows in her large picture window so that more friends could fit at a time.
  4. Added an arc floor lamp to replace her outdated torchiere to brighten a dark corner.

Mudroom:  Found 1 home for the coats and shoes that were in every room on the first floor.

  1. We installed an extra-long coat rack over her existing bench in the back hall.
  2. Added large baskets with each family member’s name to corral shoes.
  3. Designated 1 wall/corner for dog leashes and food.  
  4. Hung a canvas print that said, “Don’t pray for life to be easy but pray for yourself to be strong.”

 

Our client came back from a much needed weekend away and was teary when she saw the changes.  She said she felt an instant sense of calm.  She loves that each room has a set purpose and that it is so much easier to put things away.  No decisions to make – just ease.  Goal reached!  There are many simple changes you can do in your home.  Try out some of the ideas above.  If you are interested  in more help translating these and other tips to create your beautiful, functional and peaceful home visit us on Facebook or email us at LoveRepurposedHome@gmail.com.

Special LexFUN! Events

White Elephant Gift Exchange

Date: Wednesday, January 13th
Time: 7:30 – 9 pm
Location: shared with those who RSVP

Whether you like your wines or your elephants white (or red!), don’t miss LexFUN!’s annual White Elephant night! We’ll start off the night with some informal wine and appetizer tasting and sharing and then a fun gift exchange! Everyone should bring a wine from their favorite region and/or complimentary appetizer or dessert, as well as a small or ‘gag’ wrapped gift worth under $20 for a ‘White Elephant/Yankee Swap’ gift exchange! Join us for a night of laughter, relaxation, friends, and wine, and unload the crazy gifts you received over the holiday season. Please RSVP on bigtent by January 10th. When you RSVP we will let you know the location of the event. Hope to see you there!  RSVP: http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/95221113

Seminar: Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Estate Planning Done!

Date: Tuesday, January 26th
Time: 7–9pm
Location: Cary Library Large Meeting Room

This seminar, being presented for the seventh year in a row, will walk you through the estate planning process. There are many reasons parents put off drafting a will and other key planning documents: life is too busy, we don’t like to think about our own death or incapacity, and we are reluctant to wade into the conflict that may arise when we do good planning. But even basic estate planning is one of the easiest and important ways you can protect your family and help leave a lasting legacy. In 90 minutes (and with a bit of humor), attorney David Adams will help you:

  • Pick the best guardian for your children
  • Understand how various types of trusts can provide for and protect your kids
  • Determine an appropriate inheritance that will help your children succeed in their life course
  • Minimize (or eliminate) estate tax liability
  • Address planning opportunities for foreign nationals, and
  • Plan for incapacity.

David Adams has been practicing law for thirteen years and specializes in estate planning, estate administration, and nonprofit law. His firm (www.pathwaylaw.com) provides counsel to hundreds of families in the Greater Boston area, working with those with both modest and sophisticated estates. David is a graduate of Harvard College and Northeastern University School of Law.

RSVP: http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/94995304

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Join Our Consignment Sale Team — First Planning Meeting

Date: Saturday, January 30th
Time: 9–10:30 am
Location: Cary Library Large Meeting Room

Our 2016 Consignment Sale Committee is starting to work on our Sale already and is welcoming new members to join the Committee.  Volunteering is super easy and great for both moms and dads.  No prior experience is necessary. Just bring yourself and your good ideas and join us on Saturday, January 30th at 9:00 am at Cary Library.  Joining the Committee is a GREAT way to meet other parents and have a lot of fun too.  You can donate as much or as little time as you have.  We have jobs big and small to fit any schedule.  Hope to see you on January 30th!  No RSVP required; just show up.  For questions about the Committee or the meeting, contact our Sale chair: Amy Sarcia at  amysarcia7@gmail.com.

Our Consignment Sale Website is Now Open for Tagging!!!

As you make space in your closets and toy boxes after the holidays for new things, consider putting them aside and tagging them for our incredible Annual Children’s Consignment Sale! Even though the sale isn’t until Saturday, May 14th, our Consignment Sale Website is now open for you to register as a seller and create your barcode price tags.  In addition to children’s toys and clothing up to size 12, you can also consign your Maternity Clothes.

  • Voted one of the Top 5 Consignment Sales in the State by Boston Parents Paper, our Consignment Sale is one of the largest children’s and maternity consignment sales in the area!  If you haven’t been to our Sale before, it’s a fantastic one-day sale of high quality, gently used children’s clothing (newborn to 12 – all seasons), toys, games, books, strollers, car seats, high chairs, cribs, baby furniture, bouncy seats, baby gear and equipment, bikes, wagons and maternity clothes! We bring together hundreds and hundreds of buyers and sellers under one roof for this exciting one-day shopping event!
  • Consigning your clothes, toys and gear is super easy! Just log onto our special consignment sale website at myconsignmentmanager.com/lexfun and create your own barcode price tags.  If you consigned last year, use the “Returning Sellers” section and click “register” (to sign up for the 2016 Sale).  If this is your first year consigning, use the “New Sellers” section.  All sellers receive 50% of the proceeds, with the other 50% going towards LexFUN!’s Preschool Scholarship Fund.

Top 10 tips for Sellers

  • Ready to start tagging? First, read these tips from some of our top consignors!
  • Start tagging early!
  • Use the “power tag” function. You can make 100 tags in one minute (seriously!!). Don’t waste time creating individual tags (unless you have time to burn).
  • Spend a little extra time getting your clothes ready. It will make a huge difference in your profits. Clothes that are clean, pressed and smell fresh with buttons and zippers closed, look better and sell quicker.
  • Print your price tags on white card stock (60,67 or 110 pound) – our bar code scanners can’t read bar codes printed on regular printer paper; so if you use regular paper, the cashiers will have to manually enter in every number from your tags, which slows down check-out lines!
  • Use wire hangers whenever possible (plastic hangers take up more space on the racks). Put all clothes on hangers except pants, overalls, shorts and skirts.
  • Hang clothes so the top of your hanger forms a question mark when looking at the front of the garment.
  • Using a tagging gun to add price tags to your clothing can be a tremendous timesaver when tagging clothing.  Tagging guns can be purchased on Amazon and through other retailers.  Alternatively, you can use safety pins (please NO straight pins!) to attach your price tags and pin them to the upper-right side of your clothes.  When placing your tags, either with a tagging gun or safety pins, please be mindful of creating holes in conspicuous places on the garment.  Seams are an excellent place to place a tagging gun barb.
  • Tie shoes together or put them in a plastic bag. Attach your price tags with clear packing tape, but don’t tape over the barcode (the scanners can’t read through tape).
  • Put working batteries in all toys and equipment – items that work are the first to sell.
  • Help us spread the word about the Sale – tell your friends and fellow parents. Remember, as a seller, the more people you let know about the sale the more of YOUR items will sell.

For more information visit the “Consignment Sale” page on the LexFUN! Website at lexfun.org or contact our Sale chair: Amy Sarcia at amysarcia7@gmail.com.  Please also “like” us on Facebook for sale updates, photos from past sales and previews of items for sale at the upcoming sale.

Joyce Murphy

February Sneak Peek:

FREE Mommy & Me Baby Yoga Event – Special Event for LexFUN! members!

Date: Wednesday, February 3rd
Location: Lexington Power Yoga, 1762 Mass Avenue

A special FREE event for LexFUN! moms and babies (from 4 weeks to pre-crawling).

Come and sample a unique post-natal yoga class with Lexington Power Yoga and meet other LexFUN! mommies and babies at the same time.

This unique post-natal yoga class combines getting back into shape with strengthening the bond between you and your baby. The yoga sequences are designed to focus on all areas of the of the post-natal body to bring back strength, flexibility and mental calm to the mother. Experience flowing asanas, gentle core re-builders, strengthening postures and calming, restorative time for you and your baby in this safe and playful environment. You will be invited to incorporate baby into some of the asanas, as well as remain connected to baby through eye or tactile contact. A small segment of baby massage will be incorporated as well. Timeless lullabies, original lullabies, or devotional yogic chant will round out the class as you and your baby bond, relax and renew in this very special experience.

Space is limited so RSVP at: http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/95309725

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Annual Tanglewood Marionettes Puppet Show

Date: February 6th (2 shows)
Time: 1pm & 3pm
Location: Clarke Middle School, 17 Stedman Road
Details: Tickets are $9 for LexFUN! members, $10 for non-members

This year LexFUN! brings you the classic tale of “Sleeping Beauty.”  A charming tale which appeals especially to younger children, Sleeping Beauty begins in King Felix’s great hall where guest from across the land have gathered to celebrate the birth of Princess Aurora. The party goes awry when the wicked witch arrives and curses the baby princess. Will the curse come true? Will someone with a “true heart” appear? You will know when you see Tanglewood Marionettes’ presentation of this beloved classic.

In this retelling, a painted story book opens to reveal each scene. Beautifully hand-crafted marionettes are brought to life by a master puppeteer as the dramatic events unfold.

Tickets are $9 for LexFUN! members, $10 for non-members. Children under 12 months are free and can sit on an adult’s lap. Tickets can be purchased through BigTent (for members) and at Michelson’s and Catch a Falling Star in Lexington, with cash or check, or they may be purchased at Clarke Middle School on the day of the show.  Get your tickets early as it can sell out!  Also, we are collecting canned goods at the event to donate to the local food pantry. So please bring canned goods.

RSVP:
1pm: http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/95543449
3pm: http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/95543459

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Ongoing LexFUN! Programs and Events

Drop-In-Center

Dates: Fridays, January 8th, 15th and 22nd
Time: 9:30-11am
Location: St. Brigid’s Parish Hall, 2001 Mass Ave.

Special Drop In Center January 15th!! Join Yamaha Music School for an Instrument Petting Zoo on Friday, Jan 15 at 10-10:30am and learn more about their newest class, The Littlest Musician. This special time for music-loving parents and babies is a gentle introduction to music with storytelling, movement, singing, and more! Find out more by emailing ymsboston@yamaha.com.

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The Drop-In Center is a place where children ages 0-5 and their parents/caregivers can play, socialize, and make new friends. The Center is open every Friday (except on Lexington Public School vacations/holidays), during the year (September through April). Check the LexFUN! calendar for many special events throughout the year.

The cost is $1.00 per child.

WinterFUN!

Dates: Tuesdays, Jan 5th, 19th
Time: 9:30–11 am
Location: St. Brigid’s Parish Hall,  2001 Mass. Ave

Join us for WinterFUN! Come for the crafts, come for the toys, or just come for the coffee and conversation. A nominal fee of $2 per child covers materials and snacks. Jan 5th  – snowflakes, January  19th paper plate snowmen

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Community Service

Gift Card Drive Review

LexFUN Families & Friends- Thank you for your generosity during our 2015 LexFUN Gift Card Drive! During this holiday season, we donated $940 in gift cards to benefit refugee families settling in Lowell and our surrounding area. The International Institute of New England (www.iine.us) will provide the gift cards to families in need of housing, food, clothes, and other basics. Many thanks to our members for helping to bring some joy to those in need.

Youville Crafts with Seniors

Date: Wednesday, Jan 13th
Time: 10 -11 am
Location: Youville Place, 10 Pelham Road

Come meet other LexFUN! families and enjoy our wonderful local seniors at this feel-good event. Together we will enjoy a craft activity, read a story, engage in rich conversations, and have a tasty snack. RSVP: http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/93400119  (See photos below from our Dec event!)

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Meals on Wheels

LexFUN! has for many years been responsible for a Friday lunch shift for Meals on Wheels in our community.  Drivers volunteer and rotate responsibility for the shift with others.  Recently it has become more of a challenge to find volunteers.  LexFUN! is proud to help organize this Friday delivery, but can not continue to maintain the route if we do not have additional volunteers.  If you are able, every few months, to give some time on a Friday to help sustain the route, please reach out to Anne Boulter, at  anne@boulter.com.  We are sadly at a crossroad with this commitment and without new volunteers, will be forced to give -up our route.  Please consider volunteering if you are at all able and interested.  Thank you.

With Many Thanks to…

December is a busy month for all our families.  It takes a great deal of time and energy to do all that is required to make it through with some sanity. These board members continue to go above and beyond….

Candice Lind, Sarah Carter and Jenna DiMaio-McCracken who week in and out provide a little needed respite for kids and parents alike during our Drop-In-Center.

Anne Boulter who continues to organize our Meals on Wheels route to ensure local seniors are getting the meals they need.

Emily Sayer & Laura Lewis for hosting a wonder craft and visit day at Youville.

Melissa Lee for organizing our Gift Card drive. $940.00 dollars in gift cards were raised to help refugees.

Tuna Chatterjee  & Trisha Perona  for our Terrific Toy Talk Seminar, it is nice to be better prepared to gift shop!

Our Winter Fun! Team of  Jennifer Solomon,  Neha Robinson & Nancy Carson.

Katie Reynolds, our newest Board Member who stepped in and stepped up organizing a well received and attended Babysitter Social.

And to you – our family members.  There would be no LexFUN! without you!

We wish you well for the new year!

Leigh-Ann & Joyce

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Events in the Community

Coming to you this Winter … an outdoor rink in Lexington Center!

A family friendly outdoor skating rink is coming to Fletcher Park, located at the corner of Fletcher, Woburn and Massachusetts Avenues (also known as the Farmers’ Markets grounds). The rink is a joint effort of Lexington citizens and the Lion’s Club.  The goal is to have the rink operational from January 2016 to the end of February, weather permitting.

Items of note about the rink:
*  the rink will be open from dawn to dusk daily
*  no sports will be permitted for this first year of operation, thus, no hockey sticks allowed
*  the rink will not be monitored therefore it is skate at your own risk

We are very excited about the opportunity for a family friendly outdoor recreation option close to Lexington Center!  In order to make Fletcher Park Rink a success, we do need your help.  Here are a few ways you can be a part of the Fletcher Park Ice Rink:

1.  Make a donation.  The Lions Club is collecting donations to help fund the rink’s boards and liners, by NiceRink (a major supplier of commercial and residential rinks throughout the US). We are aiming to raise $10,000 in funds for the rink system which will be donated to the Town of Lexington. If you are interested, please send a check to:

Lexington Lions Club
PO Box 71
Lexington, MA 02421

2.  Volunteer your time.  We will need help maintaining the rink for all to enjoy.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Lisa O’Brien at lmmobrien@gmail.com.

3.  Use the rink!  Our hope is that the Fletcher rink gets lots of use during the long winter months.  The rink is conveniently located within walking distance to your favorite hot chocolate spots and other businesses.

To learn more, please visit the Fletcher Rink website at skatelexington.com.

Kind regards,
Doug Lucente (on behalf of Lion’s Club), Lisa O’Brien, and Charles Teague

MLK Day of Service

The Town of Lexington will commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with the 3rd Annual MLK Day of Service, honoring Dr. King’s legacy by committing our community to take part in assisting those less fortunate. Our objective is to engage and mobilize young people and adults to participate in events and activities to serve others, united in philanthropy.

Our target this year is to serve 1,800+ people through 400+ volunteers. To sign up and volunteer, visit: www.lexingtonmlk.org

Program and Activities:

  • 9-10:30 a.m. at Grace Chapel – Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association (LICA) sponsors Panel Discussion and Community Dialogue on Race. Racially-diverse panel discusses experiences to support our success and compel a community dialogue on how to continuously work together to improve our race relations.
  • 11 a.m. – Unity Walk from the Lexington Battle Green to Cary Hall.
  • 11:30 a.m. at Cary Hall – Brief performances by Lexington literary performer Regie O’Hare Gibson and SNAP Sing Along Chorus.
  • Volunteers will then take part in one of a number of charitable activities throughout Lexington:
  • YMCA Community Day, 1-3:30 p.m. at Waltham YMCA, 725 Lexington St, Waltham. Program of activities for children and adults (games, sports, reading, swimming, etc.) including lunch. Under privileged families in Waltham and Bedford hotels/shelters invited to participate.
  • Lunch with Seniors, 12-2 p.m. at Lexington Villages (Greeley, Vynebrook, Countryside). Volunteers will serve lunch and sit with seniors to reflect on the legacy of Dr. King.
  • Card-Making activity, 1-4 p.m. at Lexington Montessori School, 130 Pleasant St. Hands on crafts activity to create Valentine’s Cards for Veterans, hospitalized children, and other underserved community members.
  • Charitable Donations, 1-3 p.m. at Grace Chapel, 59 Worthern Road, Lexington. Donate food, books, toiletries, clothing for needy families to be distributed to Lexington Food Pantry, Room to Grow, COMPASS For Kids, and More Than Words. Donations will be dropped off at Grace Chapel for delivery to service organizations.
  • Cradles to Crayons, 12-2 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 55 Coolidge Ave., Lexington, OR 11am-1pm Cradles to Crayons Headquarters, Brighton.  Organize, distribute, clean/prep goods for reaching families in need in Boston area (Brighton warehouse) and Lexington Pop-up site (Pilgrim Church).
  • Serving Seniors at Waltham Crossing, Time TBD, 126 Smith St. Waltham. Serve the senior population of this community with games, card-making for Birthday Wishes and music.

Admission to the program is free and all are welcome to attend any or all of the MLK Day of Service events. Donations (tax-deductible) are welcome and can be made through the Town Celebrations Committee MLK Day Fund. Please make checks payable to the Town of Lexington, with MLK Celebration in the memo line, and mail to Town of Lexington, 1625 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420.

For more information and sign-ups for volunteering activities, visit http://www.lexingtonmlk.org/, or contact  lexingtoncommunity@gmail.com

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LexFUN! December 2015 Newsletter

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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“.

Hello from the LexFUN! Executive Board

Well, hello December! It seems that just last week, we were eating turkey and raking up the leaves. Yet we knew all along you were just around the corner…and so we welcome you and all that you bring (even if that means record breaking snowfall). Hello to the cold, snow, scarves and mittens. Hello hot cocoa, cookie exchanges, carols and crafts. Hello Elf on the Shelf. Hello parties, presents and lights.

If you are like me and still have some shopping to do for the holidays, make sure you attend our Toy Talk Seminar on December 3rd. If you are wondering what to buy or give or what some of the best toy and book ideas are out there, then make your way to the Toy Talk Seminar to learn about the best kinds of toys and books for preschool-aged children. The discussion will focus not only on gift ideas, but also how to cultivate a healthy approach towards gift-giving.

On December 9th, join fellow LexFUN! families at Youville Place for story time and a craft with the senior residents. Stop by WinterFUN! on the 1st and the 15th to make another holiday project, because why not let LexFUN! help you keep the kids busy with glitter and glue, so you can save your creativity for other things this month, like finding places to hide a mischievous elf!?! And If you are looking for even more fun this month, be sure to check out the events tabs at the top of the Newsletter.

As busy as we are and as much fun as there is to be had this time of the year, the holidays are also a time for giving and helping those in need. LexFUN! is holding a gift card drive in support the International Institute of New England (www.iine.us), a non-profit that works to resettle refugees from Syria, Burma, and other countries in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Our holiday gift card donations will directly benefit the families and children settling in our area who are in desperate need of food, clothes, and items to help make a home. You may bring your gift card donation to LexFUN drop off locations at: 8 Cornerstone Way or 22 Hancock Street. We will be collecting cards through Wednesday, December 9th and then presenting them to IINE immediately so they may distribute these cards in time for the holidays. Any amount is greatly appreciated and suggested stores include: Walmart, Gap, Target, Kmart, Old Navy, Kohls, TJ Maxx, and Toys R US.

When shopping for gifts for your own families and friends, don’t forget use your membership card to take advantage of the many discounts offered at our local retail and dining establishments. From toys, to jewelry, to stationary, you can find something for everyone on your list right here in town. And while December is inevitably packed with shopping trips, marathon baking sessions, and parties galore (on top of our already busy lives!) I hope you can find time to enjoy the special moments with your family. There’s something so magical about celebrating the winter season, and all that it entails with little ones, whether you are starting new traditions, or celebrating old ones, enjoy the season. All the cheer, sparkle, snowflakes, roasting and toasting and everything else that it brings!

Kim Ryan, Secretary

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Guest Column – Wingate Wealth Management – College Planning

By Matt Lasker, CFP® – Partner at Wingate Wealth Advisors, Lexington

There is no denying the benefits of a college education for your children: increased earning power and expanded horizons among them. But these advantages come at a price: COLLEGE IS EXPENSIVE!!

  • The average annual Wingate 2cost of a 4-year private college for the 2015-16 school year was approximately $47,831.
  • If costs continue to rise 5% annually (as they have been), the four-year sticker price for today’s newborn will be well over $500,000.
 

For many parents, especially those who started families in their 30s and 40s, the challenge of saving for college and retirement at the same time is a daunting reality.

One of the keys to saving for both is to tailor your monthly investments to your planning goal: college or retirement. You can then figure out time frames – you may find the help of a financial advisor useful at this point.

What are our options?

In a nutshell: quite a few! Start putting money aside for college as early as possible. Most people think college savings equals 529 Plans. There are actually over 15 different strategies that can be used for building a college fund for your children, each with varied features. Some options offer tax advantages, some are more costly to establish, some charge management fees, some require parental income to be below a certain level, and some impose penalties if the money is not used for college.

Things to think about:
Tax advantages: Money saved for college goes further when it’s allowed to accumulate tax free or tax deferred. To come out ahead in the college savings game, it’s wise to consider tax-advantaged strategies, such as a 529 Plan.

Beware of the “Kiddie tax”: A lot of parents think they can shift assets to their child in order to avoid high income taxes. This strategy works best if the child is generally age 24 or older. If the child is under age 24, the kiddie tax rules apply where the first $1,050 of annual unearned income (e.g., interest, dividends, capital gains) is tax free, the second $1,050 is taxed at the child’s rate, and any unearned income over $2,000 is taxed at the parents’ rate.

Financial aid: Predicting whether your child/children will qualify for financial aid many years down the road is an inexact science. Some families with incomes of $100,000 or more may qualify for aid, while those with lesser incomes may not. Income is only one of the factors used to determine financial aid eligibility. Other factors include amount of assets, family size, number of household members in college at the same time, and the existence of any special personal or financial circumstances.

Time frame: Most college savings strategies work best when your children are young. With a longer time horizon, you may want to be less conservative with your investments and have more years to take advantage of compounding.

Amount of money available to invest: The amount of money parents have to invest at a particular time might affect their savings strategies. Working with a professional financial planner can help you figure out how much to save now and in the future and what type of saving option best fits your situation.

Wingate works with many local families, helping them with college planning and other financial planning issues.

We would be delighted to help you or answer any questions you may have.

WingateWorking with Lexington families since 1986
Personalized Financial Planning and Investment Management
www.wingatewealthadvisors.com
Phone 781-862-7100

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Special LexFUN! Events in December

LexFUN! Winter Babysitter Social
Date: Monday, Dec 14th
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Youville Place, 10 Pelham Road
RSVP: http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/95124251

Whether you need an occasional babysitter for a night out, during the day for an appointment, or just to hit the gym, please join us on Monday, December 14th from 6:00-7:30pm at Youville Place for our Winter Babysitter Social.

Stop in to meet local high school and college students looking for occasional mothers helper and babysitting jobs.

This event is for parents only and please note that LexFUN! does not endorse any of the sitters.

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White Elephant Gift Exchange – Save the Date!
Join us for the White Elephant Social Event – Thursday, January 13th at 7:30 pm! Whether you like your wines or your elephants white (or red!), don’t miss LexFUN!’s annual White Elephant night! We’ll start off the night with some informal wine and appetizer tasting and sharing and then a fun gift exchange! Everyone should bring a wine from their favorite region and/or complimentary appetizer or dessert, as well as a small or ‘gag’ wrapped gift worth under $20 for a ‘White Elephant/Yankee Swap’ gift exchange! Join us for a night of laughter, relaxation, friends, and wine, and unload the crazy gifts you received over the holiday season. Please RSVP on bigtent by January 10th at http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/95221113

When you RSVP we will let you know the location of the event. Hope to see you there!

Seminar: Toy Talk!
Date: Thursday, Dec 3rd
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Location: Community Nursery School, 2325 Massachusetts Ave
RSVP: http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/95112852?trackback

Holidays? Birthdays! What to buy? What to give? What are some of your best toy and book ideas out there? Come and share your discoveries, thoughts, great finds. This time of year brings all sorts of opportunities to give and to receive. And so many of us have so much already! Join us as Community Nursery School director Liz ONeil shares her thoughts on the best kinds of toys and books for preschool-aged children. The discussion will focus not only on gift ideas, but also how to cultivate a healthy approach towards gift giving.

Come and enjoy wine, cheese, and hands on toys to play with!!!

Questions? Email us at lexfunseminars@gmail.com
RSVPs not required but gratefully accepted to help us plan for seating and snacks.

Seminar: Everything You Need to Know to Get your Estate Planning Done – Save the Date!
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Time: 7-9pm
Location:  The Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room
RSVP: at  http://www.bigtent.com/home/calendar/event/94995304

This seminar, being presented for the seventh year in a row, will walk you through the estate planning process.  There are many reasons parents put off drafting a will and other key planning documents:  life is too busy, we don’t like to think about our own death or incapacity, and we are reluctant to wade into the conflict that may arise when we do good planning. But even basic estate planning is one of the easiest and important ways you can protect your family and help leave a lasting legacy.  In 90 minutes (and with a bit of humor), attorney David Adams will help you:Pathway

  • Pick the best guardian for your children
  • Understand how various types of trusts can provide for and protect your kids
  • Determine an appropriate inheritance that will help your children succeed in their life course
  • Minimize (or eliminate) estate tax liability
  • Address planning opportunities for foreign nationals, and
  • Plan for incapacity.

David Adams has been practicing law for thirteen years and specializes in estate planning, estate administration, and nonprofit law.  His firm (www.pathwaylaw.com) provides counsel to hundreds of families in the Greater Boston area, working with those with both modest and sophisticated estates.  David is a graduate of Harvard College and Northeastern University School of Law.

Save the Date for our Annual Marionettes Puppet Show
Sat. Feb. 7th at Clarke Middle School. Tickets will go on sale in January.

 

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Sponsor Spotlight
Our Sponsor Spotlight for this month is on our Bronze Sponsor, the Child Development Network in Lexington

The Child Development Network (CDN) is a team of pediatric neuropsyCDN_Logo_GreyNetchologists working to help children, adolescents, and their families with concerns related to learning, behavior, and social-emotional development. Dr. Renee Folsom at CDN provided an insightful LexFUN! seminar on how to help your kids achieve their personal best this past September. Dr. Folsom is a neuropsychologist and licenses psychologist with specialties in Autism Spectrum Disorder and other conditions that usually co-occur with this diagnosis, ADHD, Specific Learning Disability, Anxiety/Depression and Mood Disorders. Visit CDN at http://www.cdnkids.com or call (781) 861-6655 to speak with Dr. Folsom.

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Ongoing LexFUN! Programs and Events

Drop In Center
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.
WHEN & WHERE: Every Friday from 9:30 – 11:30am during the Fall, Winter and Spring (from September 19th through April 10th) at St. Brigid’s Parish Hall, 2001 Mass. Ave.

WinterFUN!
WinterFUN! is a drop-in arts and crafts program for toddlers and preschoolers. It is held every other Tuesday morning (9:30 AM – 11:00 AM) during the school year at St. Brigid’s Church Parish Hall (2001 Mass Avenue in Lexington). For a nominal fee of $2 per child ($5 max per family) we have a theme/craft every week, a snack, toys and even coffee for the adults! December brings some fun crafts for winter and the holidays! We snowmanhope you’ll join us for some crafty fun!

Date: Tuesday, December 1st
Time: 9:30-11am
Location: St. Brigid’s Parish Hall
RSVP: Not required

Come for the crafts, come for the toys, or just come for the coffee and conversation!

 

Consignment Sale Meeting – Save the Date!
Want to be part of the team that plans one of the top five Consign86281076_2_00_Selling_Floorment Sales in the state?  Want to meet other great moms and have a lot of fun along the way?  Then join our Consignment Sale Team.  Anyone can join! No prior experience is necessary.  You can give as much or as little time as you have.  We appreciate everyone’s efforts.  Save the date for our first Consignment Sale Team Meeting of the year on Jan. 30th at 9:00 at the Cary Library, large meeting room.  If you have questions in the meantime, please contact Amy Sarcia at amysarcia7@gmail.com.

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Youville Monthly Crafts with Seniors
The best kind of holiday decorations are the homemade ones by your little ones. Come join us at Youville Place  to make some holiday decorations wYouvilleith our local seniors.

Date: Wednesday, December 9th
Time: 10-11am
Location: Youville Place, 10 Pelham Road Lexington (off of Mass. Ave)

 

 

Gift Card Drive for Refugees – Help Give Hope this Holiday Season
Please support our Holiday gift card drive this year. LexFUN has teamed up with the International Institute of New England (http://iine.us/), a non-profit that helps refugees who are living in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Your gift card donation helps benefit the families and children in our area who are in desperate need of food, clothes, and items to help make a home after they have been forced to leave theirs behind.

Please note we are helping refugees with small children who are already here in Massachusetts and NH. These families went through 18-24 months of screening before arriving here and they patiently waited in refugee camps with their small children during the screening.

Please consider donating a gift card (of ANY denomination) from a store such as Market Basket, Target, or Walmart. Or Visa/Mastercard gift cards or other store cards are also extremely helpful.

Please drop your donation at these designated drop off locations: 8 Cornerstone Way or 22 Hancock Street. We will be collecting cards through Wednesday, December 9th and then presenting them to IINE immediately so they may distribute these cards in time for the holidays.

Please contact Melissa Lee at mnachatelo@hotmail.com with any questions. Thank you, LexFUN members!

With Many Thanks To…
A big thank you to Kim Voce, Autumn Cohen and Julie Callahan for organizing the very popular Cradles to Crayons sorting event at St. Brigid’s.  Cradles to Crayons sent LexFUN! families a heartfelt “thank you” for an incredibly successful clothing drive last month:   “Thank you to the Lexington Community for hosting LexFUN! Family Time to Give at St. Brigid’s!  Cradles to Crayons would like to especially thank the purple crew of volunteer leaders and recognize C2C community champion, Mary Harvell, and LexFUN! representative Kim Voce for serving as community leads. In 3 hours of service, we were able to impact 375 kids! Thank you for your incredible support!”

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Thank you to Christine Manavian, Jill Canes, Kim Ryan, Christina Finegold, Alli Smith, Carrie Klemovitch, Emma Harding, Kristin Pechinsky, Ammie Jensen, Joyce Dvorak, Olivia Kelley, Neha Robinson, Kristin Simon, Shannon Duffy, and Candice Lind for helping with the amazing Member Appreciation Party.  We had a great turn out and the kids and parents alike had a great time doing crafts, jumping in the bounce house and catching up with friends.  Well done ladies!

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A great BEE-IG thanks to our fabulous LexFUN! teams who competed in the LEF Trivia Bee. Once again both teams made it to the final round! Congrats Olivia Kelly,  Sarah Carter, Matt Carter, Kristin Pechinsky, Laura Wilkas, and Ian Fox.

Sending big thanks to Tuna Chaterjee and Trisha Perona for bringing us “Tips for Taking Better Photographs of Your Kids with Beth Ann Fricker”

Thank you to Michelle Andronaco for organizing a much-needed fun Mom’s Night Out at Vine Brook Tavern. A good time was had by all.

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LexFUN! Member Discounts
As you begin your holiday shopping, remember that LexFUN! members enjoy more than 50 discounts from local merchants. Check out our website at www.lexfun.org or your membership card for a full list of discounts. Some that may be helpful for your holiday shopping are Catch a Falling Star, Crafty Yankee, Cycle Loft, Fancy Flea Antiques & Fine Jewelry, Pocketful of Posies, and Barefoot Books.

Events in the Community
The Model Train Show is Back!
Dates and times: Saturday, December 12th from 10-4:30pm and Sun Dec 13th from 12-4:30pm
Location: Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, 33 Marrett Road

Discover the magic of trains at the annual Model Train Weekend at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library.  The train show is free and open to the public. The HUB Division of the National Model Railroad Association presents miles of track with trains running on multiple main lines as they chug up mountain climbs, past coal mines, through small villages and into tunnels. Some engines pull 50 cars past hundreds of charming venues including icy lakes with skaters, snow-covered farms, and urban skyscrapers.

Waldorf Annual Holiday Fair
Date: Saturday, Dec 5th
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: Waldorf School, 739 Mass Ave.

Waldorf School of Lexington is holding their 45th Annual Holiday Fair and invites all LexFUN! families to come. The Fair is from 9am to 3pm and includes puppet shows, childrens crafts, live chamber music, handmade gifts from 40 area artisans, delectable luncheon and bake sale and the Waldorf Boutique (gently used clothing and toys). Admission $4 per person, $15 per family, kids 3 and under are free.

HolidayFair_postcard_2015Lexington Symphony’s Annual Holiday POPS! Concerts
Date: Saturday, Dec 5th
Time: 4:00pm and 7:30pm
Where: Cary Hall

Featuring popular seasonal music, sing-alongs, and a special visitor from the North Pole. http://lexingtonsymphony.org/

Community Endowment of Lexington
HISTORY
The Community Endowment of Lexington (CEL) was established in 2013  by Lexington residents ­— as an initiative to build a permanent endowment to strengthen our community.  CEL supports non-profits (not funded by our municipal budget) that make life healthier and more enjoyable for all members of the community in the areas of health and human services, arts and culture, environmental sustainability and overall community collaboration.

BUILDING THE ENDOWMENT
To reach the goal of $1,000,000 endowment, we have  invited all those who share the vision of sustaining our vibrant community into the future —to become Founders or Friends with gifts of any size.  To date we have raised over $300,000 from individuals, businesses,  family foundations and community groups.  The Endowment has already distributed over $50,000 to non-profits making a difference in Lexington.  The competitive grant program is solely managed by the CEL Board, a multicultural, multigenerational and vested group in Lexington that understands current trends and gaps in our municipal and human services.

THE 2015 YEAR-END CHALLENGE
A Lexington family–to be named–has made a generous challenge to others who care about and want to help build a strong future for Lexington :  All gifts made to CEL between November 1 and December 31, 2015 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000.  Please consider a generous pledge that can be paid up to three years.  Give locally, give generously and give before year-end.  Every dollar counts!

For more information on giving, joining our newsletter and/or getting involved with CEL, please contact:

Leslie Zales
leslie.zales@gmail.com
www.lexingtonendowment.org
follow us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/LexingtonEndowment/

Here’s the link if you’d like to give online: http://www.foundationformetrowest.org/GivebDonorsFundholdersb/TownFunds/GivetoCEL.aspx

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LexFUN! November 2015 Newsletter

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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“.

Hello from the LexFUN! Executive Board

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!

Christina Finegold

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Special LexFun! Events in November

  Member Appreciation Party

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Date: Saturday, November 7th
Time: 2-4:30pm
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” 

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 lexfunseminars@gmail.com RSVP at http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/94684735Kids Footstop Ad
FENNThe Fenn School Open House
Date: Sunday, November 15th
Time: 2-4pm
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 mschmalenberger@fenn.org. www.fenn.org

Mom’s Night Out

Moms night outDate: Thursday, November 12th
Time: 7pm
Location: Vine Brook Tavern

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!

 

LEF Trivia Bee

Date: Tuesday, November 10th
Time: 7pm
Location: Lexington High School AuditoriumElmo & His LexFUN Honey Bees

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!

For more information about LEF and the Trivia Bee, go to www.lexedfoundation.org, contact bee@lexedfoundation.org or call the LEF office at 781-372-3288.

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Ongoing LexFUN! Programs and Events

Drop-In-CenterDrop in

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:

– Sarah Carter at secarter@gmail.com
  – Candice Lind at Candicelind@gmail.com
  – Jenna DiMaio-McCracken at jennadimaio@yahoo.com

WinterFUN!

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!”Turkeyfeather

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:

– Nancy Carson at nsmcarson@yahoo.com
– Jen Solomon at jenmariesolomon@gmail.com
– Neha Robinson at nehashah.78@gmail.com

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 jenmariesolomon@gmail.com.

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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.

Youville Crafts with Seniors

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.).

Meals on Wheels Deliveries

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 anne@boulter.com.Meals on wheels

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 anne@boulter.com

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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.

 

 

 

Wingate June 2015 color (1)Recap of Recent Events

LexFUN! Visits the Lexington Fire Station

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.Fire Station visit November 2015Halloween ParadeHalloween parade 3Halloween parade 2

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
– Wegmans
– 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

Chairs Lauren Wszolek and Shannon Duffy
Chairs Lauren Wszolek and Shannon Duffy
Alexis Machinist, standing next to all the food we collected for the local Food Pantry
Alexis Machinist, standing next to all the food we collected for the local Food Pantry

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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.

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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 alLexington Medical Centerso 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
Fitness Together 433 Marrett Rd, Lex.

(781) 862-1175

www.fitnesstogether.com/lexington 6 Sessions for $299
Baby Boot Camp Winchester & Woburn

781-281-8379

https://babybootcamp-burlingtonwinchesterwoburn.frontdeskhq.com $5 off the equipment kit and $5 off any class package
Lexington Power Yoga 1762 Mass Ave, Lex.

(781) 861-9661

www.lexingtonpoweryoga.com 10% off 10 class pack
One2One Bodyscapes Personal Training 1762 Mass Ave, Lex.

(781) 652-0222

www.one2onebodyscapes.com 10% off first personal training package
Health
Eye Look of Lexington 1760 Mass Ave, Lex.

(781) 862-4510

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

(978) 254-5105

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.

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Lexington’s Holiday Festival Night in Lexington Center

Date: Friday, November 27th
Time: 4-9:30pm
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
Time: 4-4:45pm
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.

There is an exciting project we are about to launch at Cary Library!Library

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
Admission: $3/$5/$15
Child/Adult/Family

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
Time: 9am-12pm
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 katmhudson@comcast.net

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).

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LexFUN! October 2015 Newsletter

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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“.  

Hello from the LexFUN! Executive Board

October
The month is October
The air’s turning cold
The leaves are all changing
To red and to gold

 The month is October
And up in the sky
The birds are all traveling

And south they will fly

 The month is October
And ghosts I have seen
They’re out trick-or –treating
It’s now Halloween

 The month is October
There’s so much to do
Attend some LexFUN! activities
And have fun too!!

October is such a fun time of year, when else can you find pumpkin flavored anything & everything! For those of you with school-aged children hopefully you are settling into your new routines. We have a new kindergartener in our house and I’m finding the more organized we can get the night before — from picking out her outfit to deciding on snack and lunch — helps to give us a fighting chance to actually get her to school on time!

What a great success the LexFUN! Membership Open House was.  A day of great entertainment, lots of fun, and of course, amazing SWAG! We hope all those that attended had as much fun as we did with all the exciting entertainment & activities! The weekly Drop in Center is up and running every Friday morning, so stop on by if you haven’t already had a chance to check it out. My two year old and I had the pleasure of attending the September crafts with seniors at Youville, and it was so nice to see the interactions between the seniors and the children. We had a great time and came home with an adorable craft!  Next month’s crafts with seniors are scheduled for Wed. October 14th. Hope to see you there!   Hope you were able to attend the family playground meet up and enjoy some tasty cider donuts. The meet ups are a great opportunity to make new friends and re-connect with some old ones!  Our next Playground Meet Up is on Saturday, October 25th at 10:30.  September also marked LexFUN!’s participation in the 1st PMC Kids Ride in Lexington to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute….and they raised over $3,000! Great Job LexFUN! Flyers!

In between apple picking and deciding on your Halloween costumes please keep a lookout for all the activities planned for October, including: Mommy & Me Jamberry Nail Party on Saturday, October 17th at 2:00, an always well-deserved Mom’s Night Out on Thursday, October 22nd, a great seminar on Children and Electronic Media on Thursday, October 29th at 7pm, and of course our annual Halloween Parade around the Battle Green on Saturday, October 31st at 10am led by none other than Elmo himself!!   To get ready for the parade, we will have “costume swaps” at Drop-In Center throughout the whole month of October.

Help those less fortunate by setting aside your outgrown fall / winter wear for our annual Winter Wear Clothing Drive for Cradles to Crayons and consider volunteering at our drop off and sorting event on Saturday, October 24th….bring your whole family!

On behalf of LexFUN! ‘s Executive Board may you enjoy the season and make the most of all moments you have with your little ones!

 from Tara Greiner

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Guest Column

Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle

by Robert Schiappacasse, Director of the Waldorf School

In an article last year in the Boston Globe Magazine, a reporter chronicled his attempt to put his children on a “screen time diet.” The experiment was based in part on his concern over “the mounting questions from neuroscience about the impact of unchecked screen time on the adolescent brain.”

Recently, Jane Brody wrote a piece for The New York Times titled “Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children,” in which she cites depressingly familiar and alarming statistics about youngsters’ seemingly insatiable appetite for electronic media.

Both articles—like many others on the topic—have a strong element of hand-wringing: the scourge of electronic media is devouring childhood, and an antidote is nowhere to be found.

But wait…

In the Globe article, author Neil Swidey describes an experiment in which a group of 6th graders spent a screen-free week together in the woods. When they returned, they demonstrated heightened abilities to read people’s emotions in photos and silent videos compared to a control group and their own performance prior to the trip.

Despite this experiment’s striking results, one source quoted by Swidey says, essentially, that since technology is here to stay, there is no point in fighting it. “That genie is out of the bottle,” concludes Jay Giedd, chairman of child and adolescent psychiatry at UC San Diego.

In fact, Waldorf school around the world are quietly putting the genie back in the bottle every day.

Amidst the hue and cry over runaway media consumption, Waldorf education takes an unconventional approach to the role of electronics in education. In a Waldorf school, you will not find a teacher at an interactive white board or a student on an iPad. There are no computer labs.

Instead, all Waldorf students sing every day. They all learn to carve wood and play a stringed instrument. They play outdoors, move gracefully to live classical piano music, and engage in other sensory-rich activities—all while studying a challenging academic curriculum that includes the humanities and sciences, math, and two foreign languages starting in first grade. Our students do not audition—every child performs in a class play from grades 1 to 8. Our students also look people in the eye and hold the door. They join in conversation. They are actively engaged with their learning and each other—not electronics.

What do developing brains need if not technology? In the end it is about cultivating imagination and creative thinking. Imagination is more alive, and children are more engaged, when they are not bewitched by technology.

Robert Schiappacasse is the director of the Waldorf School of Lexington.

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Special LexFun! Events in October

Halloween Parade

Date: Saturday, October 31st
Time: 9:45AM by the Visitors Center across from the Battle Green

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Calling all witches, goblins, and superheroes to march around the Battle Green. Children welcome to bring a musical instrument too.

Join us Saturday, October 31st at 9:45am across from the Battle Green (near Buckman’s Tavern and the Visitors’ Center).

A surprise guest will lead the parade (which will begin at 10am).

After the parade children are invited to continue the fun with a variety of activities including Halloween themed crafts and refreshments.

We hope you will join us and bring along a canned good donation to support the Lexington Food Pantry.

Hope to see you there!

9:45 AM     Meet on Lexington Battle Green in costume
10:00 AM     Parade begins
10:15 AM     Parade concludes, Halloween crafts and games begin

*** After the crafts and games, our friends at Pinot’s Palette invite all the children to come see Pinot’s “Haunted House” in their studio at 7 Meriam Street. The Haunted House is free of charge and open to everyone right after the crafts and games.

Note from Your Co-Presidents about the Halloween Parade

LexFUN!’s special Halloween Parade for little ones is a long-standing and fond tradition in Lexington. Every year, Elmo leads our tiniest Lexingtonians on a parade walk around the Battle Green, as they show off their costumes and make noise with their kidde instruments. Then the children enjoy decorating pumpkins and other outdoor arts and crafts in front of the Visitors Center. We also have a food drive for the Lexington Food Pantry, which provides a great teaching opportunity for parents to explain the importance of giving back to our community.

Our parade provides a safe and welcoming environment for our youngest Lexingtonians to celebrate Halloween in their costumes, during the day light, in a family-friendly atmosphere. Our parade is also a time when our toddlers and preschoolers can tap into their imaginations and dress up like anyone or anything, just for a day. While some may choose to be princesses or Sesame Street characters, others may choose to be a Hanscom Army commander like daddy or a Minuteman like great, great grandpa.

LexFUN! is mindful that families differ in their social and cultural backgrounds. We respect that, and promote an inclusive environment for the parade, one that respects social, generational, and cultural differences.

To this end, LexFUN! encourages parents to use their good judgment in selecting costumes and accessories. LexFUN! encourages costumes to be family friendly (not scary to our little ones) and portray positive images to our children.

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Lexington’s Halloween Trick or Treat with your Local Businesses in Downtown Lexington

Date: Thursday, October 29th
Time: 2 – 5 p.m. in Downtown Lexington

Looking for a way to get an early start on Trick or Treating?  Come visit your local neighborhood businesses for the Lexington Retailers Association 14th Annual Lexington’s Halloween Trick or Treat with your Local Businesses, Thursday, October 29, 2015, 2 – 5 p.m.  Just look for the Orange/Black/White balloon bouquet outside the doors of 100 participating businesses throughout the Town.

Dress your children in costume early and get a jump on filling their goodie bags from our local businesses.  For more information and a list of participating businesses, visit www.halloweeninlexington.com.   Please join us for some fun and remember, say “Trick or Treat!”

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Get Your Back to School Labels
Again this year, LexFUN! has teamed up with Label Daddy to help you keep track of your little ones’ belongings and LexFUN! receives a 10% discount!!!

Label your kids things with their own personalized peel-n-stick washable (yes, washable!) labels and get a 10% discount! Labels can be placed on clothing, lunch boxes, water bottles, backpacks, mittens, hats, and they are reasonably priced. So you can order name labels for each of your children. Labels are also great for allergy labels on lunchboxes, cups, etc. Use code “lexfun” for 10% off, plus LexFUN! will receive 10% of each order. Great for YOU and great for LexFUN! Visit www.lexfun.labeldaddy.com.

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A Family Time to Give Event: Cradles to Crayons Sorting Event, right here in Lexington

LexFUN! and Cradles to Crayons have teamed up once again to help local kids in need with a winter wear clothing drive and Sorting Event.

Join us on Saturday, October 24th for LexFUN!’s Family Time to Give from 9:00am – 12:00 pm at St. Brigids Parish. This is a special family volunteer opportunity, where we will inspect, sort, and package donations just like a volunteer shift at the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory! Sign up today for this fun and meaningful volunteer opportunity in your community.

If you can help out, for any amount of time, please sign up here: http://www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/CCSVolunteer

Any questions can be directed to Cradles to Crayons Community Engagement Coordinator, Katy DeMoura at kdemoura@cradlestocrayons.org

Between now and October 24th we will be collecting winter wear in the Cradles to Crayons collection unit in St. Brigid’s parking lot. We need coats, boots, hats, gloves, mittens, sweaters, warm pants and other winter gear for children from newborn to size 16.

Through the weeks of collection and the volunteer sorting event, we’ll make a tangible impact on the lives of hundreds of children here and in our surrounding communities! Cradles to Crayons really thanks the Lexington community for their support and we look forward to another wonderful event this year.

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Mommy & Me Jamberry Nail Party

Please join us on October 17th from 2-3:30pm at the Hayden Rec Center for a Jamberry Nails ‘Mommy and Me’ party. Bring your little ones (recommended for ages 3 and above), and come away with a complete mani/pedi set of nail wraps. We will have multiple designs to choose from.

JamberryA nominal fee of $6 per person will be collected at the event to help cover the cost of materials. Make sure to RSVP on Big Tent at http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/94217912?trackback to reserve your spot.

Please make note in the comment section as to how many children you will be bringing with you. Space is limited to the first 18 adults who register (plus children) and a portion of any sales from the event will benefit LexFun.

Playground Meet Up

Come over to Lincoln Park on Saturday, October 24th from 10:30 – 12 pm for a Playground Meet Up. We will play in the fenced in playground and enjoy some fall treats until noon. Come with your kids and enjoy the beautiful late summer/early fall weather! No need to RSVP, just stop on by and join the crowd! We hope to see you there!

Seminar: Children and Media: An Unhurried and Unmediated Childhood the Waldorf Way

Date: Thursday, October 29th
Time: 7-9 PM
Location:  Cary Library: The Learning Center
RSVP’s required as the room has a limited capacity; RSVP at http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/94288371

We live in an era where education has, with the best of intentions, lost sight of the very children it seeks to teach, and the future it must serve. Children are increasingly asked to achieve more, sooner. They are over-scheduled, over-tested, and over-exposed to electronic media—at the expense of free play, social learning, and time outdoors. Yet evidence is scant that these trends lead to better educated, happier, or more self-actuated young people. In fact, they may make it harder for children to learn and pay attention, and cause symptoms of stress and anxiety as early as kindergarten.

The Waldorf School of Lexington presents an alternative path to early childhood education—one that respects the inherent developmental phases of childhood, eschews media, cultivates empathy, and fosters a strong experiential bond with the natural world.

With the firestorm of criticism and concerns over the Common Core, the Waldorf approach could not be more timely and relevant. Join School Director Robert Schiappacasse and veteran Kindergarten teacher Wendy Margo for a presentation and discussion of these important themes.

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LexFUN! and Lexington Power Yoga – Back to School Offer: Free Yoga!

Lexington Power Yoga is teaming up with LexFUN! to offer its members a great back to school offer for MOMS!

Between now and October 15th, Lexington Power Yoga is offering 2 weeks of unlimited yoga and barre classes for FREE to all LexFUN! Members (who are not already clients of LPY).

Yes, that’s free – just tell the desk you are a LEXFUN! Member and 2 weeks of yoga and barre are free.

There are 60 classes a week to choose from each week. This offer is available to all LexFUN! Members who are new clients who have not yet been to Lexington Power Yoga.

Offer must be redeemed in studio.

For Schedule and more information, click: http://www.lexingtonpoweryoga.com/

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Ongoing LexFUN! Programs and Events

Drop-In-Center

Drop inWhen 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 opens for the season on Friday, September 18th from 9:30 – 11:30 am and runs every Friday during the Fall, Winter and Spring (from September 18th through April 15th) at St. Brigid’s Parish Hall, 2001 Mass. Ave. The cost is $1 per child. No RSVP necessary, just show up.

** On Friday, October 2nd, we will be having Drop-In-Center outdoors at Lincoln Park.

For questions, contact our Drop-In-Center Chairs:

Sarah Carter at secarter@gmail.com
Candice Lind at Candicelind@gmail.com
Jenna DiMaio-McCracken at jennadimaio@yahoo.com

WinterFUN! – starts Tuesday, October 6thWinterFUN

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. 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:

Nancy Carson at nsmcarson@yahoo.com
Jennifer Solomon at jennifersolomon@gmail.com
Neha Robinson at nehashah.78@gmail.com

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 jenmariesolomon@gmail.com.

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Community Service Programs and Events

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.

Last month, some of Lexington’s best community helpers welcomed our group at the fire station on Bedford Street.  Our little ones sat in the ambulance, got to pretend to drive the water fire truck, watch the fire pole in action, and learn some important fire safety things (such as changing the batteries in your smoke detectors regularly).  And for an unexpected bonus, some of the fire fighters had to rush out on a real emergency call while we were there!  Everything was okay but the fire fighters managed to keep Lexington safe while entertaining and teaching our lucky LexFUN! group.  Thank you to the fire fighters who were so kind to our group and generous with their time.  They truly are a special bunch who made our little one’s dreams come true.

Monthly Crafts with Seniors at Youville Place

In September, we hosted the first intergenerational event of the season at Youville in their community room.  The residents were thrilled to see so many young children, almost 15 in all!  After making sun catchers, we joined together for a story and songs on the rug.  It was a wonderful morning!

Please join us for our next Crafts with Seniors on October 14th from 10:00am – 11:00am.  We will be celebrating the start of fall with a craft, story and songs. Youville Place is located at 10 Pelham Road in Lexington (off Mass. Ave.).  Please contact Emily Sayre at ebballard@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Developing connections between these older adults and their community can have tremendous benefits for both young and old.

Meals on Wheels: Get Out and About!

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 anne@boulter.com.

LexFUN! families deliver hot, nutritious lunches to homebound elders in Lexington every Friday. The deliveries take about an hour, starting at 10:30 am. PleasMeals on wheelse 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 anne@boulter.com.

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Recap of Recent Events

LexFUN! Flyers in the Lexington Kids PMC Ride — Kids Helping Kids

LexFUN is so proud to have been an integral part of the first PMC Kids Ride in Lexington.  The LexFUN! Community Service Committee worked throughout the summer to help publicize the event, plan the post-race activities for riders and their families, and support the race by volunteering and being a part of the LexFUN team!

LexFUN! pulled together a team of more than 25 riders to join the LexFUN! Flyers team for Lexington’s first PMC Kids Ride.  They sported yellow LexFUN! Flyers shirts with the motto “Heroes come in all sizes,” reflecting the fact that most of their members are 5 years old and younger. A big thank you to Katie Blauer for designing our wonderful T-shirts!  The LexFUN! Team raised over $3,000 for the ride and were so happy they could help kids battling cancer.

LexFUN! is very grateful for all the work Emily Sayer and Lindsay Wedell put into planning the big race.

the LexFUN! Flyers team who rode in Lexington's First Ever Kids PMC Ride, along with team caption Emily Sayre and Co-President Leigh-Ann Durant

the LexFUN! Flyers team who rode in Lexington’s First Ever Kids PMC Ride, along with team caption Emily Sayre and Co-President Leigh-Ann Durant

Save the Date: Membership Appreciation Party

Date: Saturday, November 7th
Time: 2-4:30 PM at Hayden Recreation Center

LexFUN! is pleased to be returning to the Hayden Recreation Center for our annual Member Appreciation Party!

Please join us for a fun-filled afternoon. There will be 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 and children under 5 years of age.

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With Many Thanks to…

As we kick off our new membership year we would like to extend a big thank you to our board members who continue to make such wonderful contributions to our organization both out front and behind the scenes.   Our September rock stars who deserve a “Many Thanks” include:

  • Kristin Simon for hosting an amazing Open House
  • Trisha Perona for organizing our Seminar with Child Development Network of Lexington– “How to help your kids achieve their personal best!”
  • Jessica Paul for organizing all the fall playgroups
  • Jill Canes for organizing our Family Playground Meet Up – yummy cider doughnuts!
  • Julie Callahan for organizing our visit to the Fire Station
  • Sarah Carter, Jenna DiMaio-McCracken and Candice Lind for kicking off the Drop-In Center Season
  • Emma Harding – for organizing our Yamaha Baby Music class at the Drop In Center
  • Emily Sayer – for organizing Youville and our Kids PMC ride
  • Katie Blauer for designing fabulous t-shirts for Kids PMC ride

A very special thank you to :
All our wonderful little heroes who raised money for the Kids PMC Ride: Molly and Tyler Andronaco, Katie and Nicholas Durant, Mackayla Finegold Anna Klemovitch, Arun Lenhart, Andrew Najarian, Avery and Boden Paul, Eliana and Talia Rech, Henry and William Sayer, Jude and Levi Silverstien, Lenox Singh, Daniel and Hannah Suit, Austin and Ravi Tang, Clara and Penny Tierney and Casey and Henry Wilkas.

Events in the Community

Community Center Grand Opening Celebration

Date: Saturday, October 17th
Time: 10-1 PM

Come celebrate!

Family Movie Night at the Community Center

Date: Friday, October 23rd
Time: 7 – 8:30 PM
Location: Community Center Dining Room

Come join us for the first ever Family Fun Night at the Community Center! Bring your friends, family and neighbors. Popcorn will be served and the movie will be family friendly.

Updating Cary Library

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Time: 7PM
Location: Cary Memorial Library 1874 Massachusetts Ave

Cary Library is delighted to introduce Transformative Spaces: A plan to update Cary Library, a new initiative aimed at accommodating the changing needs of the community. Library Director Koren Stembridge will explain how the plan will reconfigure the interior spaces, relocate collections and functions and introduce new technologies in a talk scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th at the Library.

Transformative Spaces will reconfigure each floor of the library to serve different populations and purposes. From the time the very young first visit the Children’s Room, to the newly-conceived Teen Center, the ground floor of the library will be a lively and welcoming place for Lexington’s young people. The new Teen Center will feature areas that foster collaborative work, house most of the Young Adult stacks, and have a dedicated Young Adult Librarian desk with sightlines to the entire Teen Center.
On the library’s main floor, the plan opens a “Main Street” where customer assistance is more effective and efficient, helping oneself is intuitive and staff and space are smartly deployed. The main level will house Adult fiction, the Chinese Collection and collections in other languages. Additional study rooms will be included in the back corner of this level. The Mezzanine will continue to be devoted to quiet study.

Come learn more about these exciting plans for Cary Library by attending Transformative Spaces Tuesday, October 20, 2015, in the Large Meeting Room, Lower Level at 7 PM. Cary Memorial Library 1874 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, MA 781-862-62

Baby Sign and Play

Temple Emunah is excited to be offering a 6 week course for babies/toddlers (0-2 years old) and care-givers to learn sign language in this fun, interactive, musical play group!

Sign language engages your whole body in learning. It helps infants & toddlers communicate, and preschoolers build their literacy skills. Each week in this class we will have fun reading, signing, and playing games to learn American Sign Language vocabulary. Come sign with us!

Our upcoming schedule is: Wednesday mornings, 9:30-10:15, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 18, 2015 at the Cary Memorial Library.

Questions? Email Jodie Parmer: jparmer@templeemunah.org

Jodie Parmer
Program Director
Temple Emunah
9 Piper Road
Lexington, MA 02421

Too Safe to Succeed: An Evening with Lenore Skenazy
Co-Sponsored with The Waldorf School of Lexington

Date:  October 6 (1 Tuesday)
Time: 7:00-8:30PM
Location: The Waldorf School of Lexington, 739 Massachusetts Ave.
Cost:  $10

Lenore Skenazy, sometimes called “America’s Worst Mom” is a lot of things — author, humorist, keynote speaker, popular blogger, TV host, and a thought leader on issues ranging from parenting, to policy, to consumer insights. The New York City columnist-turned-reality TV show host was labeled “America’s Worst mom” after letting her 9-year old son take the subway, alone. In response to the enormous media blowback, she wrote the book and blog, “Free-Range Kids,” which launched the anti-helicopter parenting movement. Now, Lenore Skenazy is the media’s “go-to” expert on parenting culture. She’s been featured in the Wall Street Journal more than a dozen times in the last two years. Her belief that we are making our kids “too safe to succeed” has led to speaking engagements around the world.

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.

Thai Dinners with Shwarya

Date: begins October 13th; runs for 3 Tuesdays
Time: 6:30-8:30PM
Location: LexMedia Studios
Cost: $65

Experience the sublime and exotic flavors of summer evening in Thailand. You will learn to cook simple yet delicious soups such as Tom Kha Gai (chicken coconut soup), Tom Yam Koong (hot and sour shrimp soup), Khoa Mun (coconut rice), spicy dishes such as Kaeng Keaw Wan (green curry) and more! Come and learn about Thailand, the land of smiles. A Food Fee is $30, payable to the instructor at the First Class. The classes will be filmed for broadcast.

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.

Straighten Up

Date: October 15th (1 Thursday)
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Lexington High School, Room 226
Cost:  $33/Seniors $28

Whether you’re drowning in papers, can’t see your desktop, do ‘binge-and-purge’ maintenance, or just struggle with organization, this session is for you. You’ll see the 4-Point Straighten Up! strategy in action. Find out how to exercise your sorting ‘muscles’, create appropriate stuff-handling systems, throw things out, pinpoint what you need to stay optimally organized, and learn how and when to stop. Participants have called this work “a godsend!” “easy, fun and upbeat.”

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.

Understanding ADHD and Non-pharmacological Approaches to Treatment

Date: October 27 (1 Tuesday)
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Lexington High School, Room 221
Cost:  $25

Naomi Steiner, MD, will review and explain the presentation of ADHD, using examples to illustrate the symptoms and how they can change between elementary, middle and high school, and college. She will discuss treatment options, focusing particularly on non-pharmacological approaches such as computer based attention training systems, which include the highly publicized neurofeedback. Dr. Steiner will review these therapies, demonstrate neurofeedback, and answer your questions regarding this approach and ADHD in general. (Note: no direct patient clinical therapeutic guidance will be given.)

Pre-registration required, using a MasterCard or VISA, by contacting Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043.

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LexFUN! September 2015 Newsletter

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Hello from the LexFUN! Executive Board:

“Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.” ~ Bill Dodds, acclaimed children’s poet and novelist

After weeks of hitting the pool, picking up wet swim suits, driving to camps (Summer Fenn-loved it!!), cleaning up popsicle stains and swatting mosquitoes, some of us might see the beginning of school as a much needed break from the summer. Especially those parents, like me, who straddle two worlds – the elementary school world and the toddler world. The start of school is a time for us to catch our breath.

And it’s a time for everyone in my family to look forward to Fall fun with LexFUN! As my 9 year old heads off to fourth grade at the Fenn School, my 3 year old is looking forward to spending her days with all the fun things LexFUN! has to offer in the Fall – WinterFUN! On Tuesdays (new day this year), Drop-In Center on Fridays, fire station visits, playgroups, and monthly crafts with seniors at Youville. Even though he’s technically aged out of LexFUN!, my 9 year old still loves coming to LexFUN! events and is looking forward to our annual Membership Open House and Kick Off Party on Sept. 10th, especially the dance party with DJ Mike. Both of my children are looking forward to riding on the LexFUN! Flyers’ team in the first every Lexington PMC Ride for Kids on Sept. 20th and meeting up with all their LexFUN! friends at the Family Playground Meet Up on Sept. 26th.

Me? I’m looking forward to a grown-up evening at Moms’ Night Out and snagging my Swag Bag with goodies at the Membership Open House (Swag bags are giant sized this year and both snowpants and snow boots will fit in them – perfect for preschool. They are in limited supply so stop by the Open House early!) My husband? Well, he looks forward to the Halloween Parade every year. (Don’t tell anyone, but for the past 6 years he has secretly slipped into an Elmo costume and emerged at the center of town to lead all the children in the Halloween parade. Then, with the patience of a saint, he poses for photos with all the little tykes, until the very last one leaves….This year he will also be making an appearance at the PMC Ride…)

There are just so many things to love about LexFUN! in the Fall. We hope you’ll take advantage of all of them. We’re looking forward to another amazing year!!! We hope to see you at our Open House and Kick Off Party on Thurs. Sept. 10th at St. Brigid’s from 9am – 6 pm!

– Leigh-Ann Durant for the LexFUN! Executive Board

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Welcome to our 2015-16 Executive Board

We have a great group of ladies on our LexFUN! Executive Board this year:

  • Leigh-Ann Durant and Joyce Dvorak — Co-Presidents
  • Gretchen Mather – Vice President, Advertising
  • Autumn Cohen – Vice President, Community Service
  • Christina Finegold – Vice President, Membership
  • Christine Manavian — Vice President, Social
  • Val Machinist and Tara Greiner – Co-Treasurers
  • Kim Ryan – Secretary

We also have the very first ever DAD on our Board – welcome Steven Wang, our new Web Editor!!!

Congratulations to our LexFUN! Consignment Sale Team — Top 5 Consignment Events in the StateBoston family favorites

Last month our Consignment Sale Team learned that LexFUN!’s Consignment Sale had been selected by Boston Parents Paper as one of the Top 5 best consignment events in the state. Congratulations! This was a nice surprise and recognition of all the hard work that goes into our Sale every year.

Thank You to Church of Our Redeemer for its Generous Donation
LexFUN! received another wonderful surprise this summer – Lexington’s Church of our Redeemer gave LexFUN! a sizeable donation to use for its Preschool Scholarship Fund.
Each year this vibrant, mission-focused, family-friendly Episcopal Church holds a Pancake Breakfast on Patriots Day and donates the proceeds to a local charity. This year, LexFUN! was selected as the recipient of the funds. This was a very welcomed surprise because the number of applicants to LexFUN!’s Preschool Scholarship has been rapidly growing year and after. With the Church’s donation and the proceeds of our very successful Consignment Sale, last month, LexFUN! was able to award over $28,000 in scholarships to Lexington families to enable their children to attend preschool this September. These scholarships provide opportunities for Lexington children to get quality early education to support the child’s lifelong learning.
LexFUN! warmly thanks the Church for its generous donation!

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Lee Noel Chase, Vestry Member of Church of our Redeemer, gives donation check to LexFUN! Presidents

Get Your Back to School Labels

Again this year, LexFUN! has teamed up with Label Daddy to help you keep track of your little ones’ belongings and LexFUN! receive a 10% discount!!!
Label your kids things with their own personalized peel-n-stick washable (yes, washable!) labels and get a 10% discount! Labels can be placed on clothing, lunch boxes, water bottles, backpacks, mittens, hats, and they are reasonable priced. So you can order name labels for each of your children. Labels are also great for allergy labels on lunchboxes, cups, etc. Use code “lexfun” for 10% off, plus LexFUN! will receive 10% of each order. Great for YOU and great for LexFUN! Visit www.lexfun.labeldaddy.com.


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Special LexFUN! Events
in September

Renew Your Membership and Come to our All-Day Membership Open House and Kick Off Party!

Date:Thursday, September 10th
Time: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Location: St. Brigid’s Parish – Keilty Hall, ample parking in church lot

Thursday, September 10th is the day! That’s when we kick off our new LexFUN! year with our all-day Membership Open House and Kick Off Party! The Open House will run from 9 am to 6pm at St. Brigid’s, 2001 Mass. Ave. with non-stop programming throughout the day. No matter what time you stop by, something fun will be going on! Since the event is on a Thursday, there’s early dismissal so you can bring your elementary school kids too. Older school-aged siblings will also enjoy the entertainment.

Make sure you renew your LexFUN! Membership BEFORE the Open House.

Schedule of Events
10:00 am           Big Joe the Storyteller
11:00 am           Stories & Songs with Cary Library
12:00 pm           Family & Me Zumba Class with Happy Healthy Kids Fitness Studio                                   **first time appearance
1:00pm              New England Movement Arts — hip hop class and karate demo **first time appearance**
2:00 pm             Karen K and the Jitterbugs musical performance
3:00- 5:00 pm    DJ Mike’s Dance Party!

Plus, there will be face paintings, crafts, balloons, snacks and surprises throughout the day.

Swag Bag: We will have our annual Swag Bag stuffed full of giveaways (like high-endSept 2015_Swag bags eye crème from LeDerm, a water bottle, a T-shirt, beachball, and much more) and discount coupons from businesses in Town to give to the first 200 parents who come. This year our Swag Bag is an oversized bag that is large enough to carry both boots and snowpants – great for back-to-preschool!

Annual Guide: Hard copies of the 2015-2016 edition of our Annual Guide For Young Families will be handed out at the Open House. This go-to book is an invaluable resource for all types of activities happening in and around Lexington and provides LexFUN! Family Favorites, a detailed list of child-care centers and preschools in Town, as well as a full listing of over 40+ summer camps. The Guide will also be posted on the “Members Only” section of our website after the Open House (password for this Members Only section is “fiveandunder”).

Membership Card: You will get your 2015-2016 Membership Card at the Open House. It’s in the form of a laminated card and a convenient key tag, and is your ticket to shopping, dining and entertainment discounts at local businesses in and around Town. This year’s LexFUN!’s discount list has been expanded to include even more businesses and discounts than ever! The Membership Card is also your FREE pass to our Member Appreciation Party in November.

So bring your children to the Open House, re-connect with old friends, make new friends and see first-hand why everyone says “LexFUN! is your connection to EVERYTHING for young families in Lexington.”  Sign up for a playgroup, a book group, or an evening seminar.  Find out more about our upcoming family and parent-only programs, and stay for the fabulous FREE entertainment.  There is ample free parking in St. Brigid’s parking lot so you can stay for as long as you want.

Can you Volunteer for an hour or two?

In order to make this event a success we need YOU! So please consider volunteering for one or more shifts by clicking on the attached link and signing up for an hour or two http://lexingtonfiveandundernetwork.bringit.bz/public/b04177 (you may have to copy and paste it into your browser).

If you have any questions feel free to contact our Chair of the Membership Kick Off Party, Kristin Simon at kamcdonald77@gmail.com.

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Join a Fall LexFUN! Playgroup

Interested in connecting with other parents of children around the same age? Then consider signing up for an age-based Playgroup through LexFUN!

Aged-based playgroups (based on your child’s kindergarten year) begin in the fall and continue throughout the academic year and into the summer when members are available. In most cases, there are multiple sections in one playgroup cohort.DSC_0111 The exception is for our youngest LexFUN! Members, since there is usually only a handful of moms with babies that sign up.

We will do our best to match you with other LexFUN! Members based on your children’s ages, your availability and your neighborhood/elementary school district. For an automatic sign up form, please visit the LexFUN! playgroup web page at: http://www.lexfun.org/programs/playgroups/.

You will be contacted in the next few weeks with information or follow up questions about your playgroup placement.

All-Playgroup / LexFUN Member Playground meet up
Date: Saturday, September 26th
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: Center Playground

Playgroup Cohorts:

Birthdate Year Entering Kindergarten Playgroup Sections
Sept 2010 – August 2011 2016 Pine
Sept 2011 – August 2012 2017 Birch
Sept 2012 – August 2013 2018 Hemlock
Sept 2013 – August 2014 2019 Redwood
Sept 2014 – August 2015 2020 Oak
Sept 2015 – August 2016 2021 Willow

If you were a Maple playgroup member last year – congratulations on graduating to Kindergarten!

For more information about playgroups, please email the LexFUN! Playgroup Chair, Jessica Paul at JessicaBPaul@gmail.com.

Family Playground Meeting with Cider and Donuts
Date: Saturday, September 26th
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: Center Playground, next to the Tennis Courts
 
Stroll down to Center Playground (right next to the town tennis courts and high school track) on Saturday, September 26th at 10 am where we will play and enjoy some fall treats until 11:30am. Come with your kids and enjoy the beautiful late summer/early fall weather! No need to RSVP, just stop on by and join the crowd! Cider donuts and kids’ drinks will be provided. We hope to see you there!

 

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LexFUN! Flyers Ride in the First Ever Lexington PMC Kids Ride – Join Us!

Date: Sunday, September 20th
Time: 8:30 – 11:30 am (the actual ride is only one hour)
Location: Bowman School

LexFUN is excited to be an integral part of the first PMC Kids Ride in Lexington.  The LexFUN! Community Service Committee has been working throughout the summer to help publicize the event, plan the post-race activities for riders and their families, and support the race by volunteering and being a part of the LexFUN team!

They have also formed the LexFUN! Flyers team and riders are practicing for the big day. We need more riders on our team and any child between 3 and 13 can join us. So visit this link to register: http://www.kids.pmc.org/lexington/register-to-ride.aspx. The registration fee is $10 until September 10th and $20 thereafter.  The fundraising minimum is $25.  Come be a part of this inaugural year! Stay tuned for a “bike decorating” event for our team members prior to the day of the ride.

LexFUN members are distributing flyers, hanging posters and sharing the event details with school and community friends.  Please share this link with friends and family to help get the word out: http://www.kids.pmc.org/lexington.  Board members are working tirelessly to arrange post-race activities for the participants.  You can join the post-race planning committee by contacting Emily Sayre at ebballard@gmail.com.

It is likely that most of us have been affected by cancer in some capacity at some point in our lives.  Participating in the ride provides an outlet for even the youngest of our children to send strength, encouragement, support and a bit of team spirit to those struggling with cancer.  LexFUN! Community Service Committee member, Emily Sayer, tells us that this past June, her 3 year old son participated in the Bedford PMC Kids Ride (in it’s 11th year and going strong!) and he felt a special connection with his grandpa, who is currently undergoing treatments. Her son was telling everyone who asked, “I’m helping my grandpa feel better!”

Volunteers are needed (ages 14+).  Parents (that’s you!) can lend a hand in a variety of ways including assisting with minor bike repairs, registering riders, directing them along the route, setting up, decorating, cleaning up, supervising the post-race activities, providing first aid, and helping with parking and traffic.  Please check out this link to register as a volunteer: https://kids.pmc.org/lexington/volunteer/register.asp

What is the PMC?
The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is a two-day, 190-mile bike-a-thon held the first weekend of every August.   The PMC is the most successful athletic based charity in the country and has set a goal to surpass $500 million raised since its 1980 inception this year. 100% of the funds raised from the PMC go directly to life-saving research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund.

What is the PMC Kids Ride?
The Lexington PMC Kids Ride will be one of thirty-five PMC Kids Rides throughout New England and beyond.  The PMC Kids Rides are the spokes in the PMC wheel, offering a way for children to become part of the PMC mission, involving young people in volunteerism and fundraising in a safe and athletic way.    Since the first ride in 1998, The PMC Kids Rides program has raised more than $6 million.

To provide the young cyclists with an additional push, the PMC recognizes cyclists in the Kids Rides program who go above and beyond their fundraising.  Riders who raise $250 or more will be honored as a PMC Kids Heavy Hitter, and riders who raise over $750 will be honored a PMC Kids Breakaway Fundraiser.  Both PMC Kids Heavy Hitters and Breakaway Fundraisers will be recognized with a special PMC item and a certificate to distinguish their achievement.

Pedal strong, friends!  See you on ride day!

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LexFUN! Seminar Series
How to Help your Kids Achieve Their Personal Best: Developing Socio-Emotional Skills 

Research has consistently shown that the early years are crucial in developing children’s socio-emotional skills. What activities can you do with children ages 0- to 5- years to develop these important skills?  When should you worry about delays in socio-emotional functioning?  What are the red flags for an autism spectrum disorder? When should you seek a neuropsychological evaluation?

As part of our LexFUN! Seminar Series, on September 17th from 7:00-9:00pm at Community Nursery School, 2325 Mass. Ave., LexFUN will be hosting Dr. Renee Folsom from the Child Development Network.  The Child Development Network (CDN) is a multi-disciplinary team of pediatric health professionals working to help children, adolescents, and their families with concerns related to learning, behavior, and social-emotional development. The Child Development Network (CDN) is a team of pediatric neuropsychologists working to help children, adolescents, and their families with concerns related to learning, behavior, and social-emotional development.  Dr. Folsom will be speaking on current research about developing children’s socio-emotional skills, red flags for autism, and when to seek a neuropsychological evaluation.  The seminar is free of charge for members.

RSVP on BigTent http://www.bigtent.com/group/calendar/event/93876589?trackback

 

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Ongoing LexFUN! Programs and Events

Drop-In-Center Opens for the Season on Friday, September 18th!

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

Drop-In-Center opens for the season on Friday, September 18th from 9:30 – 11:30 am and runs every Friday during the Fall, Winter and Spring (from September 18th 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:
– Sarah Carter at secarter@gmail.com
– Candice Lind at Candicelind@gmail.com
– Jenna DiMaio-McCracken at jennadimaio@yahoo.com

WinterFUN! Opens for the Season on Tuesday, October 6th!

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. When they’re done with their craft, children can engage in relaxing WinterFUNand 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:
– Nancy Carson at nsmcarson@yahoo.com
– Jennifer Solomon at jennifermsolomon@gmail.com
– Neha Robinson at nehashah.78@gmail.com

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FancyFleaCommunity Service Programs and Events

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.

 Monthly Crafts with Seniors at Youville Place Opens for the Season on September 9th

YouvilleDate: Wednesday, September 9th
Time: 10:00 -11:00 am Location: Youville Place, 10 Pelham Road, off Mass Ave, across the street from Seasons Four

Once a month, LexFUN! children visit Youville Assisted Living Place in Lexington to bring a little cheer and interact with the Seniors.

Most of the time, the children do crafts with the Seniors. Other times, they sing or celebrate holidays, like Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day.

Developing connections between these older adults and their community can have tremendous benefits for both young and old.

Our Community Service Team is excited to continue the tradition of enjoying monthly activities with the residents of Youville.  Especially in this mobile age when many extended family members are separated by hundreds of miles, this is a special opportunity for the littlest citizens of Lexington to connect with senior residents.  Emily Sayre of the LexFUN! Community Service Committee, explains “When I attended in the spring,  the children and residents had such a wonderful time together; it was clear that they sincerely enjoyed each other’s company. When I spoke with my Community Service co-leader, Laura Lewis, she reminded me of a poem by Shel Silverstein that may bring a tear to your eye but captures the special relationship children can have with seniors.

The Little BoyEmily tells us she has been inspired recently by intergenerational programs around the country specifically the preschool housed in a nursing home in Seattle — http://abcnews.go.com/beta/Lifestyle/seattle-preschool-nursing-home-transforms-elderly-residents/story?id=31803817 — and in Dedham, MA., an elder care facility – Hebrew SeniorLife – that has built a K-8 school in the middle of its community.  She hopes this is the beginning of a national trend and she is so pleased to be a part of this continued relationship between LexFUN and Youville. What a tremendous gift to our community it would be to explore other ways in which we can connect the youngest and the eldest generations.

We hope you’ll join us at our first Youville Crafts of the season.

Meals on Wheels: Get Out and About!

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 anne@boulter.com.

Meals on wheelsLexFUN! 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 anne@boulter.com.

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Upcoming Fall/Winter Clothing Drive

LexFUN! will hold its annual Fall/Winter Clothing Drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons at the end of October. As you begin to organize your family’s fall clothes, please set aside whatever no longer fits to donate to this wonderful cause! More details next month.

 

Events in the Community

Ben Rudnick & Friends Live in Concert — Homecoming Concert at CNW

Date: Saturday, September 12th
Time: Doors open at 4pm, concert starts at 4:30pm
Location: CNS, 2325 Mass Ave
Cost:  $10 per person/$30 max. per family – cash, credit card or check at the door
RSVP: https://benrudnickatcns.eventbrite.com

Don’t pack up your picnic blankets yet! Bring the entire family for a celebration of the new school year at Community nursery School with an outdoor concert with music, dancing and more!

Details:

  • Snacks and water for purchase will be available. BYOB for parents
  • Pre-purchase a large cheese or pepperoni pizza $15 — to be picked up at CNS
  • Concert is open to all members of the community
  • All proceeds go directly to support Community Nursery School.

With Many Thanks to…

  • A BIG Thank you to Gretchen Mather, Tiffany Crooker, & Jennie Perkins for their AMAZING effort to expand our sponsorships and advertisers. LexFUN! has 9 community sponsors this year!!
  • A HUGE thank you to Susannah Hoch for all her work on the 2015 Annual Guide for Young Families. This is an important resource for all the young families in Lexington
  • A GIANT thank you to Laura Wilkas for all the beautiful graphic design work she did on our Swag Bag and membership cards
  • We are very thankful to Jennie Perkins and all the Board Members who came to our Swag Bag Stuffing Party to stuff all our bags and get ready for the Open House
  • Thank you to Liz Zevallos for hosting a very successful “Getting Ready for Kindergarten” Seminar in June
  • Thanks to Lauren Alberta-Wszolek for organizing our June Playground Meetup and to Michelle Andronaco for our July Playground Meetup
  • Kudos to Jill Canes for organizing our pot luck at the bandstand
  • Thanks to Danna Steinberg & Priya Krishnan for hosting a fantastic SummerFUN! – We had a record breaking number of children attend and tons of fun.
  • Thank you to Taylor Singh and the scholarship committee who were hard at work this summer making decisions for LexFUN!. We were able to send more children to preschool and we thank them for their hard work and dedication.

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LexFUN! June 2015 Newsletter

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REMINDER: Our Newsletter is organized into 6 tabs (i.e., sections) which appear across the black bar right under our logo – Home, LexFUN! Events for Kids, LexFUN! Events for Parents, Events In & Around Town, Membership Partners and About LexFUN! Make sure you click on all the tabs so you don’t miss anything!

EXECUTIVE BOARD LETTER

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Leigh-Ann and Katie Durant

June marks the end of one LexFUN! Year and the start of a new one. This month we welcome more than 60 Board Members to our ranks! Thank you to each of you for becoming part of this extended family in Lexington and bringing your talent, creativity and enthusiasm towards creating an incredible organization for the parents of Lexington and its surrounding communities.

As the year comes to a close, we can celebrate the work and dedication of the Consignment Sale Committee lead by Kim Ryan, Amy Sarcia, Carolyn Coppe, Jill Tierney and Liz Zevallos who, along with over 300 volunteers and an amazing committee of 25+, helped make this year’s sale an overwhelming success! The sale brought in over 50% more revenue than last year, pulling in more than $61,000! Over half of this will go towards LexFUND, our Preschool and Community Scholarship Fund! That is no small feat! Our hats go off to all of you!

The summer is time for a bit of rest and relaxation as we take a little break in July and August, but be on the lookout via Big Tent for notice of events across town for families to partake in. LexFUN! will be at the Bicentennial Bandstand Concert at Hastings Park on June 13th with our Annual Potluck dinner – see Big Tent for details and sign up. And our SummerFUN! (outdoors arts & crafts and water play) will be starting in July. There is lots to do in the summer in and around Lexington from exploring the many beautiful outdoor spaces we have such as Willard Woods in Lexington to Menotomy Rocks Park in Arlington (at the bottom of the hill past Robbins Park on the left). Bike riding the kids into the center for a picnic lunch on the green or some ice cream or fro yo is always a nice way to spend a morning and for the evenings, remember the Lexington Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series has live concerts every Friday night beginning in July. Whether you stay in Lexington or head out of town, summer is certainly a time to rejoice and enjoy the laughter of family, friends and of course, our little ones whose summer days pass with innocent abandon!

Newsletters will start up again on September 1st.  Until then, enjoy the summer and all it brings to you and your family. We thank you for all of your support in making the 2014-2015 another banner year for LexFUN! and the many families we support! And for our graduating members, we truly couldn’t have gotten to where we are today without your dedication and love for LexFUN!

Thank You!!!

Leigh-Ann Durant, on behalf of the LexFUN! Board

P.S.  I’d like thank Rota Portraits for creating this beautiful photo with my daughter Katie! They are wonderful.

Take our 2015 LexFUN! Family Favorites Survey

Let us know what your family faves are for 2015! Take our 2015 LexFUN! Family Favorites Survey! With over 550 member families, your voice can truly be a guiding light for many of us with young children. Please take our 10 question survey and let us know what you think.

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LexFUN’S ANNUAL CONSIGNMENT SALE

It’s a Wrap!

CS2Our annual Consignment Sale was held May 16th and far exceeded our expectations!! Sales from the event brought in more than $61,000 – a new record for LexFUN!  That means our cosigners took home over 30 thousand and we have the same to use for LexFUND, LexFUN!’s Preschool Scholarship and Community Fund and help families living right here in Lexington.  This year’s achievement was helped not only by the addition of larger sizes of clothing (up to age 12) and maternity, but also by the sheer volume of items placed for sale.  As drop off was closing, it seemed as though there was little room on the floor for some of the larger toy and household items.  Luckily, the volunteer crew did a great job of organizing the merchandise.

The volunteers really deserve huge thanks!  We rely on you all to pull through help us to achieve the increased success found each year.  From set up to clean up, this would not have been possible without each of you.

Each year we strive to improve on the sale experience for both consigners and shoppers.  This year, we moved the payment portion to the individual tables eliminating a second line. Multiple tagging events were held in preparation for the even.  An express line was added at the sale and snacks and water were available.  We recognize that as the sale has grown there have also been some growing pains.  The little boy’s clothes were jammed on the racks this year, but last year there was tons of room.  We need to have better flexibility to accommodate the items year to year and we recognize the need for more tables.  The Consignment Committee is meeting in June to review our thoughts for how to improve the overall experience.  If you have any ideas, we’d love to hear from you.  Please email ideas to  lexfunconsignmentsale@gmail.com.

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C2C photoLastly, and important to note, is that none of the consigned items goes to waste. What didn’t sell was given to half a dozen very appreciative charities.  Several of the volunteers from the various charities came up to us and said thank you over and over again. They said what good use they would put our clothes and thanked us from the bottom of their hearts. One lady was almost in tears when she saw how much we could give her organization this year and she said she hoped the organizers of the sale knew how many moms and kids were being helping. She said many of them had nothing, absolutely nothing, and that even though the donations might seem insignificant to folks from Lexington who have so much, the donations would make a world of difference to her clients.

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Thank you EVERYONE for making this year’s Sale a truly fabulous event!!!

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UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS

Babysitting Social

imagesNo, this is not a “social” event, but attending may help improve your social life overall. Come and find your babysitter or mother’s helper for the Summer!! Come meet local high school and college students who are looking for summer babysitting jobs. We’ve received an overwhelming response from potential babysitters so make sure you RSVP today and plan to attend.  It’s a win-win for everyone!!

Monday, June 8th at 7 o’clock at the Cary Library. RSVP on BigTent.

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Club Shake It – THE Party of the Summer in Lexington!

shakeItTHE Party of the Summer is coming up soon – do you have your ticket yet? How about your Prom dress? Your corsage? Time is running out!!! Club Shake It happened in just two weeks! So buy your tickets today at www.clubshakeit.org.

Club Shake is a pop up dance club, operating for just one night a year, in support of COMPASS for homeless families, a program of COMPASS for kids.  Club shake it is an adult club, with live and silent auctions, food and drink, and other fun.  Shake It is an annual go-to event for Greater Bostonians who launch summer by dancing under a tent- symbolizing temporary shelter- part of the homeless family experience.  Since 2002, more than 2,500 individuals and businesses have participated in Club Shake It, which is supported by sponsors, donors, and ticket sales.

This year’s theme is “Prom Night”. Tickets can be bought at www.clubshakeit.org and LEXFUN! members receive a special discount for Silver level VIP tickets!  The Silver VIP level includes 7pm pre-party access (with open bar, hors d’ouevres and VIP door prize drawing), and 1 drink ticket per person.  Individual Silver ticket – $100 ($125 without discount) or Silver 10 ticket pack – $1000 ($1250 without discount).   Must use promo code LEXFUN at check out for discount to apply; the discount is valid until June 10th.

Club Shake It will appear on Hayden Lower Field – Lexington.

For more information or to get involved please contact Sarah Humphreys, COMPASS for kids, Outreach and Development Associate, by email at sarahhumphreys@compassforkids.org, or phone at 781-862-4446.

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Little Brushes at Pinot’s Palette

Little Brushes LogoLooking for a fun and creative outlet for your little artist this summer? Then Little Brushes at Pinot’s Palette is exactly what you are looking for! At Little Brushes we offer a fun-filled party, atmosphere where your little artists can have a blast creating their own masterpieces. We offer unique theme based projects every week, that includes painting, collaging, up cycling and mix media exposure. Little Brushes fosters a friendly and collaborative environment for your little ones. Limited to 25 seats ONLY!

Date:    July and August, 2015, with a different theme every week
Time:    9:00 – 1:00 PM
Price:    $250 Per Week.
Age:    6 – 12 Years
Click for Details:    http://www.pinotspalette.com/lexingtoncenter/little-brushes
Discount:    LexFun members can apply your discount code at check out to receive 10% off.
Food:    Please bring NUT FREE snack and lunch.

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Family Playground Meet Up

DSC_0111Sat Jun 13, 2015, 10 am – noon at Lincoln Park

Enjoy the good weather and join other LexFUN! families for a social meet-up at Lincoln Park. Light snacks will be served.  No RSVP necessary.

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Annual Pot Luck at Opening Concert

Tue Jun 23, 2015, 6–8 pm at the Gazebo at Hastings Park, across from the Hayden Ice Rink, Intersection of Mass Ave & Lincoln Street

DSC02871Join 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).

Food assignments (based on your last name) are as follows.
~ A-I Desserts
~ J-R Salads
~ S-Z Main Dishes

DSC02870Paper products will be provided. Please bring your own beverage and blanket. LexFUN!’s potluck will be over at 8 PM, so please retrieve any serving plates for food by then at our tables! If the weather looks questionable, please call (781) 862-0500 x707 for a cancellation. We hope to see you there!

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KINDERGARTEN KORNER

Join LexFUN!’s Kindergarten Connection

If your child will be starting Kindergarten this fall, make sure you sign up for LexFUN!’s Kindergarten Connection. What is it? A LexFUN! summer playgroup program that connects you and your child to other children who will be in his/her kindergarten class BEFORE school actually starts! This program is a tried and true way to ease the transition to kindergarten.

school-kids-schoolhouseSign up for the Kindergarten Connection and you will be able to:

  • Attend playdates with at least 6 other families in your class in June
  • Attend a playground playdate with all incoming kindergarteners at your child’s school in August
  • Receive a contact list of the other families enrolled in the Kindergarten Connection program

HOW TO SIGN UP

Visit www.lexfun.org/kindergarten. It is free and you do not have to be a LexFUN! member to sign up.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

Contact Jennie Yoo at lexfunkconnection@gmail.com

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT

Lexington Pediatrics is committed to their patient’s total health and well-being and are a proud sponsor of LexFUN!

Ticks & Lyme: Healthy Advice from Ramey Harris-Tatar, PNP

Ah, spring has arrived and summer is close on its tail. The change of season brings beautiful sunny (and longer) days, flowers and trees blooming, lots of pollen, and, yes, the emergence of our insect friends. While some of these insects, like ladybugs, are fun and some are useful, such as bees, others, like ticks, we would probably prefer to live without. Since that is, unfortunately, highly unlikely, let’s review some of the ways we can prevent tick bites and what to do if your child is bitten by a tick.

First, the best treatment is prevention. When in an area more likely to have ticks, wear long sleeve shirts and long pants. But, as a mother of two young boys, I know this is not always practical, especially when it’s 80 degrees outside. So Insect repellant can be helpful. The Centers for Disease Control recommends using a repellent with at least 20% DEET on exposed skin, taking care to avoid the hands, eyes, and mouth.

While these methods definitely help, the best recommendation, I believe, is to do a “tick check” once a day. Ticks need to be attached and feeding for at least 36 hours to transmit Lyme disease (more about this later), so by checking every evening you ensure that, if bitten, the tick would be attached for no longer than 24 hours. I usually check my kids from head to toe, but pay particular attention to their hair, in and around their ears, their armpits, belly button, behind their knees, around their waist and their groin area. If you’ve been out in higher-risk areas (areas where branches and bushes are brushing against you), I also recommend examining your pets or any gear you had with you (stroller, backpack, etc.) as ticks can catch a ride home this way and attach to a person later.

If you do find a tick, what should you do? Remove the tick as soon as you notice it. Clean the area with alcohol and use tweezers or forceps to firmly grasp the tick very close to the skin surface. With steady motion, pull the tick’s body away from the skin in a vertical direction. Do not jerk or twist. Then clean the skin with soap and water and apply antibiotic ointment if possible. Avoid crushing the tick’s body. Do not be alarmed if the tick’s mouthparts remain in the skin. Once the mouthparts are removed from the rest of the tick, it can no longer transmit the Lyme disease bacteria. If you crush the tick, clean your skin with soap and warm water or alcohol. DO NOT use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish or other products to remove a tick.

Can my child be treated after a tick bite? Children who meet ALL the recommendations for prophylaxis can be given a single dose of doxycycline to prevent the development of Lyme disease. These children are 8 years or older (doxycycline cannot be given to children under 8) where a deer tick (not a dog tick) was attached for at least 36 hours and prophylaxis is given within 72 hours of tick removal. For those children who do not meet the criteria for prophylaxis, the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) does NOT recommend prophylaxis with an alternative antibiotic. Since the majority of those infected with Lyme disease will develop the characteristic rash, observation of the tick bite site for a rash is an acceptable alternative for those who meet the criteria for prophylaxis.

So, the best way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent a tick bite by wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts, using insect repellant, and, most importantly, doing a “tick check” daily. If your child is bitten, then remove the tick promptly. If the tick is attached for at least 36 hours and your child meets the other criteria for prophylaxis, then you can call the office for an appointment. If your child develops the erythema migrans, or bulls-eye rash, or any of the other symptoms described above you should also bring them in for an appointment. If they have no symptoms then the best course of action is observation. And please don’t hesitate to call the office with any questions and continue to enjoy the outdoors!

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Meals on Wheels – Summer Drivers Needed

One of the many community service activities LexFUN! provides is to deliver meals to local seniors. We are responsible for 1 route late mornings on Fridays.

We are in need of new volunteers to help deliver food to our neighbors. We are looking for several new volunteers who can participate on a rotating schedule. You might be asked to drive once every several weeks. There is no set commitment on time and the more volunteers we have, the better. With the summer coming, this is especially important. Although many of us are lucky enough to be able to travel, these neighbors still rely on meals coming to their door steps.

Anne Boulter coordinates the drivers and is your contact with questions.

To be a driver, you will need to have a CORI check completed. This is simple, if you take a photo of driver’s license and send it to Anne, she can assist in this process.

Anne can be reached at anne@boulter.com. You may also sign up at: http://lexingtonfiveandundernetwork.bringit.bz/public/d44fac

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A Letter from the Library

LexFUN! would like to share with its members some news about the Annual Summer Reading Program from the Head of the Children’s Department at Cary Library.

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SUN SAFETY FOR OUR CHILDREN

Sun Wise certificateLast year, LexFUN! joined thousands of other organizations nationwide who are participating in the “SunWise” Program! The SunWise Program is a national health education program sponsored by the EPA that teaches children and their caregivers sun about safety and how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun.

What’s the goal of the SunWise Program?

To protect our children from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays which will put them at an increased lifetime risk for skin cancer.  LexFUN!’s goal is to promote public awareness about the importance of sun protection in an effort to decrease the incidence of skin cancer in our children.

Why be SunWise?

Massachusetts’ rate of skin cancer is 26% higher than the national average and it has the 15th highest melanoma death rate nationally. We need to protect our children.

What is LexFUN! doing to be SunWise?

Raising awareness in parents and encouraging them to change their behaviors related to sun safety.

Action Steps for Parents

  • Apply sun screen to your children before sending them off to preschool or out to play. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
  • Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours during outdoor activity
  • Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outdoors.
  • Have your children wear sun-protective hats for all outdoor activities
  • Limit sun exposure, especially during the sun’s peak hours of 10 am to 4 pm

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MANY THANKS!

We must begin our thanks this month by highlighting the leadership of our Consignment Sale team.  Led by Kym Ryan, Amy Sarcia, Carlyn CoppeLiz Zevallos and Jill Tierney LexFUN! had its best sale ever.  These ladies coordinated their larger committee and tons of volunteers to produce a quality event that exceeded our wildest expectations.  Thank you for your time, energy, thought, and lack of sleep that brought us to this amazing level of success.

Thank you to Val Machinist and Tara Greiner who not only found and managed the new credit card check out system for the consignment sale, but managed all the finances.  These two ladies have helped steer LexFUN! to a new and improved banking system  while accounting for every dime!

Thank you to all our board members who contributed multiple hours of their time to the sale despite it being a busy time. And thanks to past board members who continue to come and volunteer for what is arguably the best volunteer event of the year.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with whatever needed to be done.  You all had such a positive and “can do” attitude which helps to make the pressure filled days run much smoother.

A big thank you to all the people who lent us their folding tables which enabled merchandise to be displayed so effectively at the Sale, as well as the loaned computers, enabling us to run efficient check-out lines…and finally to all the people who let us put up our blue sale signs in their yards to advertise our sale. Thank you for the wide-spread advertising!

Thank you to our friends at Wales Copy for printing many of our sellers’ tags, Wilson Farms for their generous donation of food to feed our hungry volunteers and Wilson Farm and Trader Joe’s brown bags for our Bargain Bag Sale, the Town of Lexington for allowing us to display our signs on town property, and EMD Serono, Inc. for printing all our sale flyers.

Thanks to Jill Tilem for helping us to celebrate National Mothers night out and Jennie Yoo for a terrific Kindergarten Parent’s Panel.  As always, thanks to our volunteer team lead by Julie Callahan who visited with the seniors at Youville this month.

A big THANK YOU goes out to Danna Steinberg for coordinating LexFUN!’s contribution to the Lexington Council for the Arts’ Street Art Piano project. Check out the AWESOME picture of the LexFUN! Piano below!!!

A special thank you need to go to all our graduating board members.  We continue to appreciate all your time, effort and enthusiasm on behalf of LexFUN!  You have helped to make this organization the success it is today.

And lastly, a final thanks to Lindsay Wedell who has now wrapped up her second year as Co-President for LexFUN!    Lindsay has served with warmth, humor, and humility. She has opened her home to us countless times and has always been willing to jump in and get her hands dirty if needed (she’s also really good driving a big UHaul!)  We are sorry to see her graduate but wish her well as she moves on to the ranks of the Bridge PTA – they are lucky to have her.

Leigh Ann Durant & Joyce Dvorak

LexFUN! Co-Presidents for 2015-2016

Piano

LexFUN!’s contribution to the Lexington Council for the Arts’ Street Art Piano project.

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MEMBERSHIP CORNER

A big thanks you to all of our members from 2014-2015. This year we had over 550 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 2014-2015 membership runs until the end of August 2015. We’d like you to renew your member for 2015-2016!   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 2015-2016:

  • As per above, all renewals will be done through Big Tent. Be on the look out in your email over the summer for a reminder email and link to renew
  • Dues for September 2015 through August 2016 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 www.lexfun.org.

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!

Membership Benefits:

We hope you are taking advantage of the discounts offered on your membership card. Keep your card handy so that you can continue to take advantage of the expanded list of member benefits in 2015. Discounts are valid through September so be sure to use your LexFUN! Membership Card and save.  You must present your card at the time of purchase and please keep in mind that discounts cannot be combined with other offers.  For more details about LexFUN! Membership discounts and for a full list of participating businesses please visit lexfun.org.

LexFUN! Discount Card 2015-2016:

It is hard to believe that the LexFUN! Advertising Committee is already gearing up for the 2015-2016 year.  If you own a business or have contacts at one that offers products or services that may be of use to the LexFUN! community, and would be willing to offer a discount to our members please let us know.  We would love to include some new retail, health and beauty, dining and kids activities/classes on the membership card for next year. Please email Gretchen Mather at gretchenmather@gmail.com.

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