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Learn to make chowders, soups and stews at this Appleton Farms workshop series!
Join Appleton Cooks! and chef Carolyn Grieco this winter for our winter culinary workshop series. With seasonal ingredients as our inspiration, these classes bring together the farm’s winter bounty and professional chef instruction to inspire, improve, and support your culinary endeavors at home. 
Location: Appleton Farms
Families will learn to make farm fresh bread and butter at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA
Cooking together and having fun in the kitchen makes our farm family happy and we want to share that enthusiasm for cooking with you. We will make homemade rolls and top them with freshly made Jersey butter. We will learn about how our cows turn green grass to creamy, nutritious milk, then enjoy the sweet fruits of our labor together. This program is designed for families with children ages 4-7. This program meets in the kitchen at the Old House.
Location: Appleton Farms
Kids will explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary to connect with nature and learn about the creatures of the North Shore Massachusetts wilderness!
Preschoolers and young kids will explore the wonders of winter in the "enchanted woods" of Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in this four-session series. We'll begin in the Nature Center with story, poetry, and imagination. Next, we'll bundle up for a winter walk to awaken our sense of wonder to the silence, scents, and scenery of the sleeping winter woods. Along the way, discover how the trees, plants, birds, beavers, squirrels, chipmunks, and other wildlife spend the winter. We'll look for animal stories in the snow (tracking) and much more. After our walks, we'll create artwork that reflects the wonders of winter that we discovered, while listening to winter nature songs. These keepsakes will bring home winter's secrets and beauty as we await the signs of spring.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
What birds come to your yard in the winter? Find out at Joppa Flats Education Center!
Drop in at Joppa Flats for an up-close winter wildlife experience! On select weekend and school vacation days, Joppa Flats volunteer Deb La Roy presents demonstrations on bird research and banding. After capturing wild birds in the Joppa backyard, Deb brings them inside to measure, weigh, examine, and then release them. The unique band that Deb places carefully on each bird’s leg connects other bird researchers with the data she’s collected. You’ll learn about your own backyard birds and why they’re here while watching scientific research in action.
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
What birds come to your yard in the winter? Find out at Joppa Flats Education Center!
Drop in at Joppa Flats for an up-close winter wildlife experience! On select weekend and school vacation days, Joppa Flats volunteer Deb La Roy presents demonstrations on bird research and banding. After capturing wild birds in the Joppa backyard, Deb brings them inside to measure, weigh, examine, and then release them. The unique band that Deb places carefully on each bird’s leg connects other bird researchers with the data she’s collected. You’ll learn about your own backyard birds and why they’re here while watching scientific research in action.
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
What birds come to your yard in the winter? Find out at Joppa Flats Education Center!
Drop in at Joppa Flats for an up-close winter wildlife experience! On select weekend and school vacation days, Joppa Flats volunteer Deb La Roy presents demonstrations on bird research and banding. After capturing wild birds in the Joppa backyard, Deb brings them inside to measure, weigh, examine, and then release them. The unique band that Deb places carefully on each bird’s leg connects other bird researchers with the data she’s collected. You’ll learn about your own backyard birds and why they’re here while watching scientific research in action.
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center
Come enjoy some interactive musical fun with Steve Blunt at Danvers Library!
Kids are invited to a fun, interactive music session with musician and story teller Steve Blunt at the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers! This family program is for patrons of all ages… featuring mostly humorous original compositions and traditional American & multicultural selections.
Location: Peabody Institute Library - Danvers
Kids can unplug and have fun at the Abbot Library in Marblehead!
Come and build a winter monster out of our library Legos! Or play “unplugged” games from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Children ages 6 and up are welcome to drop in afterschool and enjoy free-building to a monthly theme and board games for creative fun.
Location: Abbot Public Library
Kids can learn chess from a master at the Abbot Library in Marblehead!
Learn chess from a master! From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program will give beginners and experienced players ages seven and up a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights from 6-7pm.
Location: Abbot Public Library
Brookwood School Admissions Open House
Parents of children entering grades Pre-K through 8 are invited to learn about the exceptional education offered at Brookwood School at the school’s annual January Admissions Open House on January 28, 2017 at 1 p.m. Dedicated to nurturing excellence, Brookwood is a community where children enjoy going to school; where the focus is on educating the whole child, where students are truly known by their teachers, and students are engaged in a challenging and meaningful curriculum. In combination these qualities provide the foundation essential for a student’s future educational success.
Location: Brookwood School

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