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You could win two kayaks and gear worth over $3k in this benefit raffle for the Essex Elementary PTO
ERBA and Essex Elementary School's PTO have teamed up once again for their annual Downriver Raffle! The raffle winner will go home with a wonderful Stand Up Paddleboard package consisting of two Eddyline 'Skylark' stand-up 12' kayaks, two Harmony 'Drifter'aluminum paddles, two MTI 'Journey' life jackets, and two kayak safety kits. Tickets are $50, and 250 tickets will be sold. Winners drawn at the Auction Pick Up Party at Woodmans in Essex on April 7, 2017. Reserve a ticket today via email!
Ivivva MarketStreet Lulumon
Ivivva MarketStreet has officially been open for one year! They'll be celebrating in store all weekend with moving mannequins, birthday treats, and more!
Location: MarketStreet Lynnfield
The 10th annual pizza taste off raises funds for the American Cancer Society
The Interact Club at Gloucester High School will be holding the 10th annual pizza taste off at Cruiseport Gloucester!  Come try different pizza from around Cape Ann, while helping to raise funds for the American Cancer Society! Only 300 tickets will be sold, and are available at the door.
Location: Cruiseport Gloucester
The Herland Brothers bring the country rock music to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Part of the Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, this is a great way to get together and have fun with the whole family in an exclusive setting. You can pack a picnic dinner, bring the kids, and get ready to dance the night away under the stars on the Grand Allée. Explore the landscaped grounds and the family "Eye Spy."
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
The Great Escape brings the music of Journey to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Part of the Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, this is a great way to get together and have fun with the whole family in an exclusive setting. You can pack a picnic dinner, bring the kids, and get ready to dance the night away under the stars on the Grand Allée. Explore the landscaped grounds and the family "Eye Spy."
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
SummerQuest at the Trustees of Reservations' Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts!
This summer give your child an unforgettable camp experience: SummerQuest at the Crane Estate. Each day our campers venture forth to explore 2,000 acres of the most dazzling coastal landscape in New England. From Crane Beach to Castle Hill, your child will swim and kayak, sing songs and play games, make wonderful art, hike spectacular trails, and kick back with friends in the ultimate backyard.  This all happens in the framework of place-based, experiential learning.
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Join the Trustees for a Fish Printing session at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
Looking for something to do during school vacation? Join The Trustees of Reservations to search for shapes in the wrackline to print and press! We’ll start with a walk on the beach to find fish, shells and seaweed. Then we’ll head to the Barn to learn how to transfer our treasures to t-shirts and art paper. Bring your creative imagination – and a smock!
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
Glen Urquhart School in Beverly MA
Research has proven that practicing mindfulness-based meditation and yoga in the classroom improves students’ focused attention and self-awareness, which contribute to academic success. Mindfulness-based practices also offer measurable health benefits and can reduce anxiety and depression. These valuable activities have become part of the daily routine in the second grade at Glen Urquhart School. Every day, after morning meeting, second graders move through yoga sequences, usually led by one of the students. They end each day with a three to seven minute guided meditation, also often student led.
Caring Bunny Photo Sessions at North Shore Shopping Center in Peabody. Visit Nor
Children with special needs and their families are invited to a special photo session with Caring Bunny in an environment set up to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children with all abilities. Many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for children’s cherished visit with the Bunny. The subdued environment is likely to include (specific elements or aesthetics may vary): Turning off in-mall music, stopping escalators located near the photo set, dimming the lights and shutting down fountains for the duration of the event. Eliminating queue lines through the use of a numbering system whereby guests approach the set when their number is called. Special activities geared toward the needs of the child during the ‘wait’ period to help the child understand what activities will occur during the visit. The photo session will take place in the Lower Level of the Nordstrom wing.
Location: Northshore Mall
Bring the kids and learn how to build a bluebird house at Mass Audubon's IRWS
Celebrate spring by building a bluebird house with your child. We’ll supply all the materials and instruction to build a nest box for bluebirds and tree swallows. These wonderful nest boxes also attract chickadees, tufted titmice, house wrens, and woodpeckers. A short slide presentation will introduce families to the natural history and behavior of birds in Massachusetts, and we’ll discuss where and how to place your nest box. Dress for the weather because we will take a short walk to look and listen for bluebirds.
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

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