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Two Free Events, One Evening: Puppets and a Movie
Oct
27
5:30 PM17:30

Two Free Events, One Evening: Puppets and a Movie

Two Free Events, One Evening
5:30pm: Margaret Moody Puppets
6:30pm: ”Make Me Dance” Documentary

Come for one or stay for both.

Make Me Dance (65 min)
Tatyana Bronstein, Director | USA | 2016 | Doc

“Make Me Dance” is a documentary that takes an in-depth look at one of the most prestigious dance schools in the United States, The Boston Conservatory. World-renowned choreographer, Darrell Grand Moultrie, has chosen to hold the residency at the Boston Conservatory to craft his new work, “Winds of Now” for young students. The film documents Moultrie’s choreography and preparation for his piece from conception through rehearsals, culminating in the opening night at BoCo Theater.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACxMGYlk4Pg

Margaret Moody Puppets

Margaret Moody loves the way two hands and a few puppets can present a whole story. She studied with master puppeteer Li Tien-lu of Taiwan for three years, and continues to use the intricate puppets and choregraphy of Bu Dai Xi (‘cloth bag drama’) in performance. Margaret performs mainly for children and enjoys creating shows with fairies and other magical creatures. In addition to her solo work, Margaret performs with Dream Tale Puppets and Galapagos Puppets. margaretmoodypuppets.com

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Prenatal Flow & Restore Mini Retreat
Sep
28
1:00 PM13:00

Prenatal Flow & Restore Mini Retreat

Are you expecting? Do you ever wish you could just get away for a couple of hours to relax and recharge? Now you can! Join certified prenatal yoga teachers Jenny Meshna and Valerie Kacian for an afternoon of community (sangha), prenatal slow flow practice accessible for all trimesters, and lots of well-deserved pampering.

What to Expect:

  • Time to chat about everything and anything pregnancy, childbirth, and #momlife

  • Prenatal Slow Flow practice that is accessible for all trimesters in pregnancy even if you are new to yoga

  • Optional gentle assists during practice

  • Learn ways to keep calm while balancing doctor’s appointments, work, family life, and everything in between

  • Practical tips and tricks to ease the aches and pains of pregnancy

  • Learn ways to keep your yoga practice safe (and still super effective) during pregnancy

  • Bliss out with a supportive restorative practice in a “spa” candlelit atmosphere that includes light essential oils and Reiki treatments.

  • A chance to win a special giveaway and useful takeaways

We are both super passionate about prenatal yoga and working to create a prenatal community at RCY. As mothers, we both know the importance of taking time for self-care, as well as connecting with other mamas-to-be. We are looking forward to offering you a safe space to relax, recharge and reconnect.

With Jenny Meshna & Valerie Kacian
$40 Pre-registration is required by Sept27th
Minimum of 6 pre-registered participants by Sept. 27th to run
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West Acton Village Oktoberfest!
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

West Acton Village Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest is the West Acton Village Merchants Association's signature community wide event and is an incredible time! Come to Gardner Field for a cold drink, tasty snacks, local shopping and the opportunity to get to know local organizations!

This year we are again proud to host over 50 local vendors, a great line up of local bands, food from local favorites like Orange Door and Legend Cafe, a beer tent provided by True West, plus a few special features: Josh Funk Book Launch, hosted by Silver Unicorn Bookstore, and the annual Prize Wheel, raising money to revitalize Gardner Field.

A bounce house and playground are available for kids. This is a FREE event and all are welcome!

To learn more about Oktoberfest and W.A.V.M.A., visit WestActonVillage.org.

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Outdoor Movie Night: "Toy Story"
Jul
20
6:00 PM18:00

Outdoor Movie Night: "Toy Story"

Watch Toy Story under the stars at Gardner Field Playground across the street from Villageworks!

But first... Pre-movie music and picnic @ 6pm
True West locally brewed BEER + WINE!
Legends Cafe grilled hot dogs and burgers.
New London Style Pizza.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and find a space in front of the projector screen before showtime at 7:55pm. Lawn space for blankets and chairs is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note, the movie showtime will begin +/- 20 minutes from 7:55pm depending on the light that evening.

Finally, while this is a no-admission-fee family event, it is a FUNDRAISER hosted by the Friends of Gardner Field Organization. This committee was established to revitalize this hidden gem of a park in West Acton. Over the past few months, we gathered feedback from Town of Acton residents on how we should improve Gardner Field. In the coming months, we will work with the Acton Recreation Department, park design professionals, and community members to craft a plan for the space. Our committee hopes to raise $100,000 to be used for Gardner Field improvements. Once we meet this goal, we will apply with the Town of Acton Community Preservation Committee for the additional funds needed to complete this project.

You can donate at: gardnerfield.org

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Sing-along Family Movie Night on Gardner Field: "SING"
May
17
6:30 PM18:30

Sing-along Family Movie Night on Gardner Field: "SING"

Presented by The Friends of Gardner Field! Join your neighbors at Gardner Field across the street from Villageworks for a viewing of the film “SING”. Food will be available for purchase on the lawn beginning at 6pm. There will be hotdogs and hamburgers for sale, grilled by Legends Cafe. Pizza by the slice for sale, from our friends at New London Style Pizza.

Please bring a blanket or lawn chair and find a space in front of the projector screen before showtime at 6:30pm. Lawn space for blankets and chairs is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are in need of an accommodation to better attend this movie night, please contact us at: FriendsofGardnerField@gmail.com

The film “SING” has quite a few popular songs throughout the movie: the ABRHS Chorus will be on hand to lead the crowd in sing-along!

Finally, this is the FIRST FUNDRAISER hosted by the Friends of Gardner Field Organization. This committee was established to revitalize this hidden gem of a park in West Acton. Over the past few months, we gathered feedback from Town of Acton residents on how we should improve Gardner Field. In the coming months, we will work with the Acton Recreation Department, park design professionals, and community members to craft a plan for the space. Our committee hopes to raise $100,000 to be used for Gardner Field improvements. Once we meet this goal, we will apply with the Town of Acton Community Preservation Committee for the additional funds needed to complete this project.

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Meet The Doulas!
Apr
3
6:30 PM18:30

Meet The Doulas!

For expectant parents who are considering hiring a birth doula or postpartum doula.

Space is limited – Pre-Registration is Required:
https://yogaacton.com/free-event-meet-the-doulas/

This gathering is intended for expectant parents who are considering hiring a birth doula or postpartum doula or would like to learn more about doula support. During the event, you will meet several local doulas all in one place and get the chance to chat one-on-one with each of them. You’ll learn about what services the doulas provide, how they support their clients, and you’ll get a feel for their personalities. You will leave with a handout about each of the doulas and can contact folks you clicked with for follow-up interviews if you’d like. It’s a great event to learn about how doulas can support you and your families during pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. There is no obligation to hire anyone you meet.

You will also learn some common things about birth and postpartum doula services, such as:
• What does a doula do?
• What do services usually entail?
• Why would I want to hire a doula?
• How would a doula work with my partner?

Studies* have shown many benefits of working with a doula, including:
• Shorter labors
• Fewer requests for epidurals
• Less frequent use of forceps or vacuum
• Increased confidence in birth partners
• Fewer cesareans [OR Lower cesarean rate]
• Increased success with breastfeeding
• More time to bond with your baby
• An easier transition into parenthood

Doulas:
Amanda Hemm, Postpartum Doula
Becca Schillaci, Birth Doula, Birth Doula
Heather Chiancola, Birth and Postpartum Doula
Kerri Babish Doula Services, Birth and Postpartum Doula
Lindsay Wolff, Birth Doula
Natasha Trapp - Quiet Waters Doula, Birth Doula
*see https://evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas/


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The Stupendous Mr. Magichead!
Mar
18
3:30 PM15:30

The Stupendous Mr. Magichead!

The Acton-Boxborough Family NetworkTrue West, and West Acton Villageworks are pleased to present The Stupendous Mr. Magichead in The Gallery! Bring your kids for the show while you enjoy a locally-made craft beer from True West.  If you are feeling hungry, present your tickets at True West before or after the show (same day only) and receive 10% off your meal.

About The Stupendous Mr. Magichead
Hilarious, high-energy kid's entertainer The Stupendous Mr. Magichead, performing exclusively for children since 1997!  Appearing (and disappearing) to rave reviews at thousands boffo family & children's magic shows to date, Mr. Magichead has achieved master status among kid's entertainers. Aimed at children aged 3-10 and their families, Mr. Magichead's wild & wacky magic show combining physical comedy, and quickly-paced fresh original trickery.

TICKETS
ABFN Members: $5/pp - Must Reserve in Advance with ABFN via BigTent to get discount!  Discounted tickets are limited, so order today.  Interested in becoming an ABFN member? Go to www.abfamily.org to join.

Non-Members General Admission: $10/pp - Purchase online at EVENTBRITE.

PLEASE NOTE: These events can sell out and we cannot guarantee that tickets will be available at the door. Order tickets in advance to reserve space for your family!

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Jenny the Juggler in The Gallery!
Nov
5
3:30 PM15:30

Jenny the Juggler in The Gallery!

The Acton-Boxborough Family NetworkTrue West, and West Acton Villageworks are pleased to present Jenny the Juggler in The Gallery! Bring your kids for the show while you enjoy a locally-made craft beer and family-friendly concessions from True West. If you are hungry for more than snacks, present your tickets at True West before or after the show (same day only) and receive 10% off your meal.

About Jenny
Jenny the Juggler is honored to be Boston’s Best (“and ONLY!”) Female Professional Juggler since 1997, transforming events into fabulous experiences with unforgettable memories for Kids “AND People!”

One of the top professional jugglers in New England, Jenny the Juggler is sure to bring lots of smiles and laughs with her fabulous variety show. Featuring her spectacular face painting, impressive balloon creations, and of course, the awe-inspiring juggling, this witty show is ideal for audiences of all ages.

ABFN members, please visit BigTent to access your ticket promo code. There is a limited number of discounted tickets available, so order today!

Interested in becoming an ABFN member? Go to www.abfamily.org to join.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW ON EVENTBRITE!
ABFN Members: $5 in advance / $7 at door
Non-Members: $8 in advance / $10 at door
PLEASE NOTE: These events sell out and we cannot guarantee that tickets will be available at the door. Order tickets in advance to reserve space for your family!

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NAMMA Family Fair
Sep
24
12:00 PM12:00

NAMMA Family Fair

For new, expecting, and future parents and caretakers- Don't miss this fun and educational fair hosted by NAMMA Families! Learn about providers who can support your family during the prenatal and postnatal periods, and through all of parenthood (lactation consultants, sleep consultants, midwives, doulas, chiropractors, etc!), attend workshops for parents and activities for kids! Raffles, food and drinks, fun for all ages (with a side of education!)

Activities include:

This is a FREE community event. For all the details and a list of Workshops please visit: nammafamilies.org/fair

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"Beyond Measure" Documentary Film Screening
May
24
7:00 PM19:00

"Beyond Measure" Documentary Film Screening

Presented by Acton-Boxborough Family Network, with support from Acton-Boxborough United Way. 

In Race to Nowhere, director Vicki Abeles unveiled the dark side of America’s achievement culture. In her follow up documentary, Beyond Measure, Abeles travels to public schools across the country as they embark on a journey to transcend the limits of our outmoded, test-driven education system and create a more equitable, empowering, student-centered education culture from the ground up. By putting research and innovative models into practice, groundbreaking school communities are transforming how and what they teach. In chorus with experts including Sir Ken Robinson, Linda Darling-Hammond, Yong Zhao, Alison Gopnik, Jo Boaler and Daniel Pink, the change makers in Beyond Measure prove that both a new vision and a higher purpose are within reach for American education.

Tickets: $10 in advance online / $15 at door

Order Your Tickets Online Now

Questions?  Contact Michelle Shoemaker at fundraising@abfamily.org

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Puppets in The Gallery - SOLD OUT!
Mar
19
3:30 PM15:30

Puppets in The Gallery - SOLD OUT!

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!  Miss your chance for tickets?  More family-focused events are in the works!

The Puppets Take West Acton!  The Acton-Boxborough Family Network, True West Brewery, and West Acton Villageworks are pleased to present two family classics from Drawbridge Puppet Theater: The Three Little Pigs and Chicken Little.  Bring your kids for the puppets while you enjoy a locally-made craft beer and family-friendly concessions from True West.  If you are hungry for more than snacks, present your tickets at True West before or after the show (same day only) and receive 10% off your meal.  

ABFN members, reserve your tickets on BigTent!  
Interested in joining ABFN? Go to www.abfamily.org to join today!

Tickets: $8 general admission / $4 for ABFN Members
Non-ABFN Members: Order your tickets at https://puppetsinthegallery.eventbrite.com

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