Metro West Boston has a Wealth of Resources, Workshops and Events for Parents in April

One of the reasons I started Ziptivity was because I saw a need for a centralized online community where parents could quickly find the wealth of resources, workshops, seminars, and other learning opportunities that are offered weekly in Metro West Boston.  We are so fortunate that our area is so rich in medical and community-oriented organizations, many of whom are nonprofit and deserve our support.

So below I thought I would highlight several parent-oriented events going on in Metro West Boston this coming week and throughout the month of April.  Have any others you would like to share?  Please comment below.

Help Me Get Ready to Read

Center for Parents and Teachers, Inc.

Harvey Wheeler Community Center in West Concord

Saturday, April 9 from 10:00 a.m. to noon

$20 – Scholarships available for those in need of assistance.

This is a workshop for both parents and teachers of young children that focuses on early literacy development. Participants will learn ways to use their “read-aloud” story time, whether with their own children or as a child care provider in a group setting, in a fun way that strengthens early literacy development. The presenters will model effective reading strategies that help young children acquire reading skills. They will demonstrate ways that foster children’s feelings of confidence and competence, suggest criteria for choosing good books, and recommend age-appropriate books to read aloud. Saturday, April 9, 2011 10 AM to Noon. Note: 2 PDP’s will be awarded to teachers. The presenters are: Susan Marx, parent educator, writer and editor of student texts and teacher editions, and an elementary classroom teacher. She has led over 600 positive parenting workshops. Susan has 3children and 8 grandchildren. Barbara Kasok, certified as a consulting teacher of reading in MA and has taught in elementary school classrooms as well as in federally funded Title I reading programs. She has developed national reading programs and language arts resources for K-8. Barbara has 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Partially underwritten by the Target Corporation.

Chelmsford Mothers’ Club: Tag Sale

McCarthy Middle School, Chelmsford

Saturday, April 9 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

$1 admission or 1 non-perishable food item per adult.

Gently-Used Children’s Clothing, Toys & Equipment – Clothes (size 0-10) * Shoes * Swimsuits * Books * Movies * Toys * Games * Nursery * Feeding * Bath * Strollers * High Chairs * Pack and Plays * Bouncy Seats * Swings * Outdoor Toys * Maternity Clothes!


Boston Babywearers Open Meeting

Barefoot Books

87 Thoreau Street, Concord

Sunday, April 10 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Boston Babywearers (BBW) is a local non-profit group made up of like-minded parents who love baby wearing. The group meets monthly to learn from one another and teach others new to BW. There are many great resources online, but there is nothing like walking into a room full of parents wearing their little ones and being able to make friends and learn together. So join us at BBW, where we can help you find a carrier that’s right for you and then—just as important—we can teach you how to use it. Children welcome. FREE.

Picky Eater Forum and Demonstration

Wayland Children and Parents Association

50 Cochituate Rd, Wayland

Tuesday, April 12 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Event is free for WCPA and Wayland Creative Preschool members and $5.00 for non-members.

The Wayland Creative Preschool and Wayland Children and Parents Association (WCPA) invite you to share a fun evening on Tuesday, April 12th with local author and dietician Liz Weiss. Weiss will discuss “taking the whine out of mealtime” and ” cook up healthy meals with kid appeal”, and conduct an interactive cooking demonstration. Please join us from 6:30-7:00pm for a glass of wine and to socialize. The forum will begin at 7:00pm. Food is generously provided by Whole Foods Wayland. This event is sponsored by Wayland Kitchens at their new location in Needham and Donelan’s Supermarkets. Space is limited; please R.S.V.P. to Ms. Weiss has co-authored two cookbooks with recipes that have been featured on national TV and radio and in magazines and newspapers. Visit to view the cookbooks. Cookbooks will be available at a discount for purchase at the event.

Wellesley Mothers Forum: “Raising Kids of Character in a Culture of Affluence”

Wellesley Country Club

Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Guests are invited for a fee of $20.

Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed.D.: Director of Eating Disorders Education and Prevention at the Klarman Eating Disorders Center at McLean Hospital, and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; author of Full of Ourselves: A Wellness Program to Advance Girl Power, Health, And Leadership; featured on television (the Today Show, Good Morning America, the Discovery Channel, PBS, NECN), and in numerous newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Vogue, Seventeen, Parenting, Glamour, Self, and Mademoiselle.

New England Aquarium Celebrate Seafood Dinner Series (Here’s a great Date Night and a delicious way to learn about sustainable fishing and marine conservation initiatives led by the NEAQ.)

One Central Wharf, Boston

Tuesday, April 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Fee: $65 for members, $75 for non-members.

A Celebrate Seafood Dinner is a full evening of food, with a delicious three-course meal, paired with wine, as well as informative and fun cooking demonstrations by Aquarium and Special Guest Chefs. The evening takes place in the Aquarium’s Harbor View Café and guests are seated at large tables to foster conversation. April’s Celebrate Seafood Dinner will feature Guest Chef Peter McCarthy of EVOO and our species will include hook-caught haddock, farmed blue mussels and farmed seaweed.

Willow Books & Cafe: Book Signing w/ Kevin Nugent, author of Your Baby Is Speaking to You: A Visual Guide to the Amazing Behaviors of Your Newborn and Growing Baby

279 Great Road, Acton

Wednesday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m.


Through intimate access to babies and their families, Dr. Nugent and acclaimed photographer Morell capture the amazingly precocious communications strategies babies demonstrate from the moment they are born.

Tame Temper Tantrums

Roudenbush Community Center, Westford

Four Tuesdays on Apr 26, May 10, May 24, and June 7 from 9:15 am-11:15 am

Does your child melt down easily and often, leaving you feeling powerless, frustrated and embarrassed? Learn a systematic approach to create a more harmonious home and provide structure (beneficial for children with ADD). Join parents of children 18 months to 11 years old to study, discuss and implement a positive parenting system based on family meetings, chores and dinner; the Triple E — encouragement-empowerment-expectation; natural and logical consequences; and mutual respect. The interactive, fun class with plenty of humor is led by an author and mother of four, who has tamed many tantrums. Susan Tordella, M.A., is the author of “Raising Able: How chores empower families.”

Picky Eater Makeover, presented by First Connections

Willow Books, Acton

Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Co-Author of No Whine with Dinner, Liz Weiss, will sign her book and share tips for getting veggies on the table, ideas for stocking a healthy last minute pantry, ways to add kid appeal to fruits vegetables and whole grains and cleaver strategies for marketing good nutrition to kids.

Bedford Parent Education Series: Yikes! They Are Growing Up!

Bedford Town Center Flint Room

Wednesday, April 27 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.


What is happening to your early teen? How do you respond to new attitudes and behaviors? Pre-teens may look older but their behavior can be erratic, emotional and hard to predict. Families can have difficulty adjusting to the new dynamics in the household. Back by popular demand, Dr. Yamartino will address the range and motivation of early adolescent behaviors, the neurobiology effecting these changes and concrete strategies for constructive parental response. Target Audience: Parents of Middle School youth of all ages, including 5th Graders entering 6th in the fall.

Center for Parents and Teachers: How to Talk to Kids

120 Meriam Road, Concord

April 29, 2011 – May 27, 2011 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


This perennial favorite is a five-part workshop that offers innovative ways to solve such common problems as: How to listen to and understand your child’s concerns; how to have cooperation in your family without nagging; how to find alternatives to punishment; and how to help your child attain a positive self-image. Video clips are used as a jumping off point for discussion and to illustrate points. Presentation and discussion is overseen by a seasoned facilitator. This course fills up fast so register early! Registration required.

Needham Parent Talk: Used Clothing Sale

Christ Episcopal Churchm 1132 Highland Avenue, Needham

Saturday, April 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This now twice-yearly event is attended by hundreds of shoppers. All unsold items are donated to local charitable organizations that rely on these goods to serve families in need. Please consider donating, consigning, shopping, and volunteering at the upcoming sale!


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