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					                                                           VOC News
                                                            Summer 2010

                                                         Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
   Great Reading For                                     When Max misbehaves, he's sent to bed without
                                                         his supper-beginning a night of colorful imagination

   Summer V a c a t i o n                                in which he sails off and becomes king of all the
                                                         wild things. But then he decides that he'd rather
                                                         come back to his cozy home, "where someone loved
          Even during school vacation there will be      him best of all."
times when your children will like nothing better        The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
than to settle down with a good book. The following      Part of the beautiful series that includes The Very
is a list of books that will stand the test of time.     Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Quiet Cricket,
Ages 2 - 5                                               this multisensory book lets kids trace the spider
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown                    and her raised web with their fingers.
This classic celebrates the comforting familiarity of    Ages 8 - 12
a child's bedroom.                                       Matilda by Roald Dahl
Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss                         Matilda doesn't watch television. At age five she
This touching, cleverly rhymed book has an important     reads a lot. But when she gets frustrated with her
message: "A person's a person, no matter how small."     school principal, Matilda uses her new found mental
Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik                    power to save the school.
This gentle story, with illustrations by Maurice         The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S.
Sendak, inspired the popular television series.          Lewis
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey This          The first adventures of four children who go into
Caldecott Medal winner follows a loving pair of ducks    the magical land of Narnia.
in search of the perfect place to raise their family.    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
In the most famous scene, traffic comes to a stop as     Beautiful story of a friendship between Wilbur,
the mother leads her ducklings across the street to      a gentle young pig, and the beautiful and intelligent
Boston Public Gardens, where they make their home.       spider who saved his life.
Ages 4 - 8                                               A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban               Meg and her friends are spirited to another world
All Frances wants to eat is bread and jam. But when      by three extraterrestrial beings.
her parents let her eat it for every meal, she quickly   Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
learns that variety is the spice of life.                A Connecticut cricket is transported in a picnic
Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D.B. Johnson                 basket to New York's Times Square.
Based loosely on Henry David Thoreau's Walden, this      Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
tale follows Henry and his friend, who both want to      Precocious, over privileged Harriet
go to Fitchburg, and shows that people can have          darts around her Manhattan neighbor-
different approaches to life. While his friend works     hood ferreting out and writing down
to earn money to take the train there, Henry walks       the worst and best on her scene,
through the countryside to enjoy nature and think.       sparing no one.

  Valuing Our Children provides support and education for families in the North Quabbin Region.
 VOC is funded by Community Connections, The Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund, and MA EEC.
                                       Northfield Mountain
                                      99 Millers Falls Road (Route 63)
                                           Northfield, MA 01360
                                     (413) 659-3714 or (800) 859-2960

Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center's programs offer unique opportunities for hands-
on environmental education and recreation. Our experienced educators allow learners the opportunity to
explore subjects and habitats through focused, inquiry-based programs, taking advantage of the magic of
the summer season.

Space-tacular: Starry Night with Rachel Roberts
Saturday July 17 6:30 – 7:30 PM
FREE For ages 7 and older
Pre-registration required - call (800) 859-2960
Join educator Rachel Roberts at Northfield Mountain for this exciting program about constellations.
Rachel Roberts -
photo by Ashley Sturm Together we will do a variety of hands-on science and art activities
connected to the viewing, science, and mythology of stars. There will also be time to look at books
about space, constellations, and mythology. This class will reinforce participants’ understanding of
the vast and beautiful outer-space that surrounds us! You’ll be able to use your new constellation
knowledge to view stars on a clear summer night. This workshop is free and intended for families.

Turners Falls Block Party – Pond Creatures
Saturday August 14 2 - 8 PM
Free For all ages
Come meet Northfield Mountain pond creatures, like dragonfly nymphs, at this family friendly event
in Turners Falls. Live music, yummy street vendor food and lots of fun activities make for a great
way to connect with community members from this lively and artistic town.

                                       August in the Park

                    August 14 10 AM – Noon

                    Join expert birders Joan and Larry Duprey and amateur
                    botanist Christine Beckert Long in a stroll through the
                    Alan E. Rich Environmental Park and Cass Meadow near
                    50 Main St. in Athol to discover the nature of an
                    environmental park and the long-term vision for the

                    Info: Chris Long, (978) 249-0246 or
                    Co-sponsored with the Friends of the Park.
                      Great Falls Discovery Center
                      An Educational Visitor Center
            2 Avenue A., Turners Falls, MA 01376 (413) 863 - 3221

Children's Story Hour and Fish Craft
Friday June 25 11 AM - Noon
Meet Ellie and Ollie Eel and learn of their Tale of a Fantastic Voyage! Have you been
to the fish ladder, and did you see any eels? Come learn more about Ellie and Ollie
and make your own eel craft to take home. This is perfect for young children 4-9
years old and their parents.

Junior Refuge Manager Program
Tuesday July 6, 13, 20, 27    10:30 AM - Noon
A four-part science and nature education workshop for children ages eight through
eleven. Space is limited and registration is required.

Junior Ranger Program
Thursday July 8, 15, 22, 29 10:30 AM - Noon
A four-part science and nature education workshop for children ages five through
seven. Space is limited and registration is required.

Wildlife Watch Workshop
Wednesday July 28             11 AM - 1 PM
Children's wildlife watch and conservation workshop for ages 4 through 7!

          MUSIC FEST!
     Sunday July 18    11 AM

   Performances by many local
       and regional artists.
     Bullock Park, Royalston
                    North Quabbin Area Libraries
Athol Public Library                               Moore-Leland Library Orange
(978) 249 - 9515                                   (978) 575 - 0444
Monday: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM                          Monday         closed
Tuesday: 9:30 AM - 7 PM                            Tuesday        3 - 6 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM                       Wednesday      closed
Thursday: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM                        Thursday       9 AM -12:30 PM, 3 - 6 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM                          Saturday       10 AM -1 PM
Closed Saturday and Sunday                         Closed Friday and Sunday
   Museum Passes                                   Petersham Memorial Library
    Amelia Park Children's Museum                 (978) 724 - 3405
                                                   Monday Closed
    Boston Museum of Fine Arts
                                                   Tuesday 10 AM - 5 PM
    Children's Musuem at Heritage State Park      Wednesday 2 - 7 PM
    Ecotarium                                     Thursday Closed
    Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art         Friday 2 - 5 PM
    Fitchburg Art Museum                          Saturday 9 AM - 1 PM
    Fruitlands Museum                             Sunday Closed
    Higgins Armory                                   Museum Passes
    Historic Deerfield Museum                         Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum                   Massachusetts Parks Pass
    Massachusetts Parks Pass                          Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    Museum of Russian Icons                           Tower Hill Botanic Garden.
    Mystic Aquarium                               Phillips Free Public Library Phillipston
    Tower Hill Botanic Garden                     (978) 249 - 1734
Erving Public Library                              Monday 4 - 8 PM
(413) 423 - 3348                                   Wednesday 10 AM - Noon; 1 - 3 PM
Monday 1 - 7 PM                                    Saturday 9 AM - 1 PM
Wednesday 10 AM – 4 PM                             Phinehas S. Newton Library Royalston
Thursday 1 - 7 PM                                  (978) 249 -
Sunday 1 - 4 PM                                    Monday        10 AM - 8:30 PM
New Salem Public Library                           Thursday      1 - 5 PM & 6:30 - 8:30 PM
(978) 544 - 6334                                   Saturday      9 AM - Noon
Monday Closed                                      Warwick Free Public Library
Tuesday Noon - 8 PM                                (978) 544 - 7866
Wednesday Closed                                   Mondays 10 AM - 4 PM
Thursday 9 AM - 3 PM                               Tuesdays 1 - 8 PM
Friday Closed                                      Thursdays 5 - 8 PM
Saturday 9 AM -1 PM                                Saturdays 10 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday Closed                                      Wendell Free Library
Wheeler Memorial Library Orange                    (978) 544 - 3559
(978) 544 - 2495                                   Tuesday 3 - 6 PM
Monday 10 AM - 6 PM                                Wednesday 10 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday 10 AM - 6 PM                               Saturday 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday 1 - 8 PM                                 Sunday 2 - 5:30 PM (Teens & Tweens time.
Thursday 1 - 8 PM                                  All welcome but be prepared for noise)
Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM                                 Museum Passes
Closed Friday and Sunday                               Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
  Museum Passes                                        Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art             Hancock Shaker Village
    Historic Deerfield                                Magic Wings Butterfly Museum
    Massachusetts State Parks                         Mass MoCA
    Mystic Aquarium / Institute for Exploration       Massachusetts State Parks
                                                       Old Sturbridge Village
                                                       Mystic Aquarium Mystic, CT
                     ACE Side Walk Sale
                           Saturday June 26 AM – 1 PM

Active Community Education (ACE) volunteers are holding a Side Walk Sale on
Saturday June 26 from 9 AM – 1 PM. All proceeds go to the ACE Relief Fund, which
helps area families in need. Mark your calendars and come ready to buy! We are
accepting donations for the sale on Friday June 25 from 9 AM – 3 PM.
A Schwans truck will be parked in the driveway during the sale so you can stock up
on your favorite frozen foods and treats. Schwans will donate ten percent of the
sales to the ACE Relief Fund. For more information call Regan @ (978) 249 – 8467.

       Farmers Market - Orange                              Brown Bag Concerts
                                                                 Butterfield Park
    Butterfield Park                                           83 East River Street
    Orange, MA                                                     Orange, MA
    Thursdays 3 – 6 PM                               Fridays July 9, 16, 23, 30 Noon – 2 PM

    Come support our local farmers                 Free entertainment for the whole family.
    and artisans.                                  Grab your lunch, a blanket, or some chairs
                                                   and come to the bandstand at Butterfield
                                                   Park for some great music. Bring your
                                                   family, bring your friends, make a picnic of

                                                   These concerts are FREE AND OPEN TO
                                                   THE PUBLIC!!
                                                   Bring lunch, or buy lunch there from a
                                                   great local charity!!
                                                   In the event of rain, concerts move to the
                                                   Orange Town Hall
                                  Summer Playgroup
                                  at the Valuing Our
                                Children Family Center

                 When: Tuesdays Starting July 6
                 Time: 10 - 11:30 AM
                 Who: For children ages 0-5 years and
                  their caregivers
                 What: Crafts and activities offered
                 Outside play-- weather permitting
                 Transportation available if needed
                 Playgroup is free

                              Summer Food Program

            FREE SUMMER MEALS FOR FAMILIES       Monday through Friday
                            FOR ALL KIDS AGES 1 TO 18 AT ANY OF
                                   THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

Athol Sites

* Athol High School     breakfast 8-9 AM and lunch 11:15 AM -12:30 PM      ends August 6

* Salvation Army breakfast 8:30-9 AM and lunch 11:30 AM – Noon            ends August 6

* St. John's Church lunch only 11:30 AM-12:15 PM                          ends August 6

* Athol Public Library lunch only 11:30 AM-12:15 PM                       ends August 13

Orange Sites

* Butterfield School breakfast 8-9:30 AM and lunch 11:30 AM-12:30 PM       ends August 13

* Pinecrest Rec Hall breakfast 8:30-9:30 AM and lunch 11:30 AM-12:30 PM ends August 13

Saturday breakfast will be available at the Butterfield School site, 8-9:30 AM ending August 7

All sites will be closed July 5 for the holiday.

     For more information call Brian Vysocky at (978) 249 – 1127.
               The Nurturing Program
              for Families with Young Children
     Valuing Our Children is now taking applications
          for the Fall 2010 Nurturing Program

What Is The Nurturing Program?
                                                               Orange Community Band
        an eighteen-week class for families to take
                                                               Fridays 8 – 10 PM
                                                               July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23,
Who Is The Nurturing Program For?                              July 30
        any family with young children that wants to
          get along better, communicate more, and feel         Where:
          closer to each other                                 Orange Band Stand
                                                               Butterfield Park
What Will You Get From The Nurturing Program?                  Corner of East River   and   Hayden St
                                                               Orange, MA
        effective ways to discipline your children
        a sense of personal power                             Join the Orange Community Band
        fun with your family                                  as they provide musical
Next Class:                                                    entertainment every Friday night
        Starts in September                                   through the end of July.
        10 AM – 1 PM
        Lunch served
        Transportation available
        Free!
More Information:
        call Regan Kleber at (978) 249-8467

                                 Harvard Forest and Fisher Museum
                                      324 N. Main St. (Rte. 32), Petersham, MA
                                                  (978) 724-3302
              The Fisher Museum's main exhibit displays twenty-three internationally
              acclaimed models (dioramas) portraying the history, conservation and
              management of central New England forests. Other exhibits at the museum
              represent the range of Harvard Forest's research.

              Museum Hours:
              Monday - Friday: 9 AM – 4 PM
              Saturday - Sunday: Noon - 4 PM, May - October
              Or By Special Arrangement - Call (978) 724-3302
              Harvard Forests 3000 acres are open to the public. There are many miles of
              road and trails. A map of the prospect hill tract is available.

              Two self-guided nature trails, starting from the museum, provide an excellent way to
              enjoy a hike in the woods while learning more about the history, environment and
              beauty of the Harvard Forest. Note trail maps and guides are available at the kiosk in
              front of the museum.
                                                                 Non- Profit Organization
                                                                 U.S. Postage Paid
                                                                 Athol, MA 01331
  Valuing Our Children                                           Permit # 78
  217 Walnut Street
  Athol, MA 01331


                                                                High Chair
                                                                Infant & Baby clothes
Valuing Our Children Programs are open to all
families in the North Quabbin region at NO                      To Give Away:
CHARGE. Transportation and childcare are                        We always have an
available.                                                      assortment of free toys &
     Valuing Our Children offers:                               children’s clothing. Drop in
      Parenting Classes                                        and take a look!
      Volunteer Opportunities
      Information and Referral                 If you have something to give away, or are
      Family Support                           in need of something and would like to
      Toy Lending Library                      make use of our Swap Corner, please call
      Book Lending Library                     VOC at (978) 249 – 8467 and ask for
      Leadership Development                   Regan.
      Community and Family Events
      Playgroups