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Step to Gymnastics II - Ages 4-5 yrs - Winter

LSJCC, Start Date: 01/26/2015, End Date: 03/23/2015, Time: 1:15 PM-2:00 PM

(Ages: 4-5 yrs) Development of strength, sequencing and responding to visual cues are emphasized at this level. Children learn beginning handstands, rolls, leaps, body positions, and names of skills. Peter Sylvester

Metro North Playground Meet-Ups

Local Playgrounds in Metro North, Tuesdays, May 26 - August 4, 2015 (10-11:30am)

For families with children 0-5 with adult
Join our weekly summer meetups. Make friends for you and your kids and beat the heat at these shady playgrounds. Snacks provided.

For more information and in case of inclement weather contact adavies@jccgb.org.

May 26 - Whittemore Robbins Playground
June 2 - Hodgkins-Curtin Park
June 9 - Rev. William Playground
June 16 - Whittemore Robbins Playground
June 23 - Hodgkins-Curtin Park
June 30 - Rev. William Playground
July 7 - Whittemore Robbins Playground
July 14 - Hodgkins-Curtin Park
July 21 - Rev. William Playground
July 28 - Whittemore Robbins Playground
August 4 - Hodgkins-Curtin Park

Directions to each location

Hodgkins-Curtin Park - Somerville (Davis Square)
This playground is located on Holland Street at Simpson Avenue and Paulina Street. There is two hour parking on Holland Street near the playground and a municipal parking lot on Holland Street at Buena Vista Road that takes credit card. The Park is a 5 minute walk from the Davis T Stop on the red line. Look for the staff member with a blue shirt and/or yellow flag by the toddler slide near the baby swings.
Rev. William Playground - Cambridge
This playground is located between Massachusetts Ave. and Rindge Ave.,on the cross streets of Dudley and Cedar in the North Cambridge area. There are parking meters on Mass. Ave. The nearest public transit is the #77 bus along Mass. Ave. to Dudley Street. Look for the staff member with a blue shirt and/or yellow flag by the water park.
Whittemore Robbins Playground - Arlington
This playground is located behind the Robbins Library and the Whittemore Robbins House. There is a small parking lot beyond the library’s lot, with additional parking spots available on Mass. Ave. The #77 bus runs along Mass. Ave. Look for the staff member with a blue shirt and/or yellow flag by the play structure.

Metrowest Playground Meet-Ups

Local Playgrounds in Metrowest, Thursdays, June 18 - August 20, 2015 (10-11:30am)

For families with children 0-5 with adult
Join our weekly summer meetups. Make friends for you and your kids and beat the heat at these shady playgrounds. Snacks provided. Open to the entire community.

Look for the blue flag at all parks to find JFN at the playgrounds.  In case of inclement weather, meet at JFS Children’s Room, 475 Franklin Street, Framingham. Visit facebook.com/jewishfamilynetwork after 9am on Thursdays for weather updates.

For more information, contact metrowest@jccgb.org or 508-879-3300.

June 18 - SMILE Tot Lot (Sudbury)
June 25 - Kidspot (Ashland)
July 2 - Choate Park (Medway)
July 9 - Walnut Hill (Natick)
July 16 - Goodwill Park (Holliston)
July 23 - Hannah Williams Park (Wayland)
July 30 - Cushing Park (Framingham)
August 6 - SMILE Tot Lot (Sudbury)
August 7 - Framingham on the Green ~ Shabbat in the Park (5:30-7pm) ~ no morning meet-up
August 13 - EMC Park (Hopkinton)
August 20 - Walnut Hill (Natick)

Address of each location

SMILE Tot Lot - 12 Fairbank Road, Sudbury
Kidspot  -  Summer Street, between Rte. 135 and Main Street, Ashland
Choate Park • Rte. 109/Main Street, Medway
Walnut Hill - Intersection of Bacon Street, Walnut Street and Belvedere Street, Natick
Goodwill Park -  416 Green Street, Holliston
Hannah Williams Park - Cochituate Road, Rte. 27 and Rte. 30, Wayland
Cushing Park -  Dudley Road, Framingham
EMC Park - 131 Massachusetts 85, Hopkinton

Mah Jongg - Adults - Summer

LSJCC, Start Date: 06/25/2015, End Date: 08/06/2015, Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Learn the fundamentals necessary to play the game using National Mah Jongg League official rules. Enjoy the game, camaraderie and ritual that goes along with this traditional pastime on the comeback. Please note: Must attend first class. Instructor: Amy McLoughlin

Little Explorers - Child Development class - Ages 6-9 months, with adult - Summer 15

LSJCC, Start Date: 07/02/2015, End Date: 08/20/2015, Time: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Focus now on play time for baby! Regular routines with song, baby sign language, parachute play and story time are just some of the activities. Gain insights as to how your baby learns while self confidence and curiosity is fostered -all while learning about child development and connecting with others. For more information, sibling discount, or to use discount coupon, please contact earlyparenting@jccgb.org or 617-558-6485. Instructor: Kristen Carhart

Little Movers - Child Development class - Ages 10-15 months, with adult - Summer 15

Ready, Set, Kids! A Family Enrichment Center, Start Date: 07/07/2015, End Date: 08/25/2015, Time: 10:30 AM-11:30 AM

As your baby becomes more confident in mobility and exploration, a variety of activity stations are intentionally designed to engage babies while developing fine and gross motor skills and greater sensory awareness. Discussions will center around safety proofing, outdoor play, sleep and nap transitions, finger feeding and solids. For more information, sibling discount, or to use discount coupon, please contact metronorth@jccgb.org or 617-841-8009. Instructor: Amy Stahl

Explorations: Adult Learning and Enrichment

Summer 2015 Session

Temple Beth Avodah, July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13 (10am-12:30pm)

Explore new interests. Develop greater understanding of current events. Join other active learners in the JCC’s six-week Explorations program.

Session 1 • 10-11am
Robert Frost: The Misunderstood Poet
Theatrical presentation and inclusive group discussion of the poetry of Robert Frost. Discussion will be led by Steven Collins who teaches seminars on Whitman, Hardy, Shakespeare, Frost and Contemporary Poetry throughout the country.

Chair Yoga
Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga whereby participants use a chair for support, either standing or sitting. Class themes around Jewish life values will be incorporated to foster a feeling of community among participants and provide emotional and mental support. Instructor Heidi White has been practicing yoga for 15 years. She is also a certified personal trainer.

Sugar: Friend or Foe? (July 23)
What is sugar’s effect on our bodies? Gain a deeper understanding of the relationship sugar has to our physical health. Lecturer Dr. Hans Fisher brings a wealth of knowledge about nutrition from his career as a nutritional biochemistry professor at Rutgers University.

Session 2 • 11:30am-12:30pm
Current Events
In this course, you’ll discuss and analyze national and international news stories. Discussion will be led by Lois Sockol who taught in the Newton Public Schools for 25 years. She is a published author of short stories and a self-defined news junkie.

Singer/Pianist Lisa Yves (July 9)
Performer Lisa Yves plays and sings showtunes, pop songs, jazz, sing-alongs, songs from the Great American Songbook, and more. Lisa holds a BA in Jazz Vocal Performance from New York University. She teaches pop singing techniques and is well known locally and nationally for her “Jazz For Kids” program.

Education for All Children (July 16)
Award-winning author Elizabeth Suneby will discuss the realities of 69 million school-aged children who are denied the fundamental human right of an education. She is the author of several Jewish themed books.

Introduction to Jewish Genealogy (July 23)
Curious about your family’s history and background? Lecturer from the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Boston will present different modes of researching your family to learn about your own family history. The Society offers monthly educational programs, provides an extensive collection of research materials, and publishes an award-winning journal, Mass-Pocha.

The Changing Image of Jews on American Television (July 30)
The lecture will trace the evolution of the Jewish image on TV over the last 50 years, an image that almost always reflected the changing social status of Jews in America. Lecturer Dr. Lawrence Lowenthal has taught courses on Jewish history, film, literature and humor at Northeastern University. He was the Executive Director of the Greater Boston Chapter of the American Jewish Committee for 20 years.

The Jewish and Humane Responses to Hurricane Katrina (August 6)
Katrina changed the face of New Orleans and the Jewish community there. What were the Jewish and the humane responses to the devastation of the storm and what is left of Jewish New Orleans today? Lecturer Dr. Amos Lassen has taught courses in philosophy, Torah, English and Hebrew Literature.

Jews on the American Stage: From Clifford Odets to Neil Simon (August 13)
How have Jews been portrayed on the mainstream 20th century American stage? This talk will focus on how Jews moved from cartoon figures to flesh and blood portrayals, from the fringe into the center of American life. Discussion with focus mostly on Odets’ Awake and Sing! and Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs. Discussion will be led by Dr. Stuart Hecht, an Associate Professor of Theatre at Boston College.

For more information, contact 617-558-6443 or seniors@jccgb.org.

Beginning Tennis - Adults - Summer

LSJCC, Start Date: 07/28/2015, End Date: 08/25/2015, Time: 9:30 AM-10:30 AM

Beginning Tennis This clinic focuses on fundamental stroke technique for new players or those who haven’t played in some time. Participants will learn, drill and play together at an appropriate pace for the group. Doug Maynard

Animal Craze Petting Zoo at the Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center in Newton

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Friday, July 31, 2015 10:30am - tour the school 11am - visit with the baby animals

Geared for families with children ages 1-5 years
Treat your child to a fun, educational, hands-on learning experience with baby animals at the Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center in Newton on Friday, July 31. Tour the preschool at 10:30 and then play with the goats, chicks, ducklings, lamb, bunnies and piglet at 11am. Held rain or shine. Everyone welcome. No charge. Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center serves children ages 6 weeks-5 years. Early drop-off and extended day available.

For more information, contact newton-elc@jccgb.org or 617-558-6420. All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts.

Family Shabbat Picnic Meet Up

LevClarendon Street Park/ Playground, Saturday, August 1, 2015 (11am-1pm)

For Boston families

Clarendon Street Park/ Playground

Gather your family, pack a picnic lunch and enjoy Shabbat with other Downtown Families. Musician, Stephen Brickman, will lead an interactive Shabbat Sing-Along beginning at 11:00am.

For more information, contact bostonfamilies@jccgb.org or 617-558-6488.

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