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Caring Partners Coats for Kids Drive Kicks Off Oct. 10
Caring Partners' Coats For Kids Collects Winter Coats
from October 10-January 6, 2017 at all
Antons Cleaners, Jordans Furniture and Enterprise Bank locations
Plus size and infant coats especially needed this year to fulfill one mission:
Anyone who needs a coat, will have one.

TEWKSBURY, Mass. (September 13, 2016) Everyone deserves a warm winter coat, and Caring Partners is ready to kick off the 22nd annual Coats for Kids coat drive sponsored by Antons Cleaners, Jordans Furniture and Enterprise Bank. Coats for Kids will run October 10th through January 6, 2017 with one simple goal - to help individuals who otherwise wouldn't be able to keep themselves and their families warm. Each fall, Antons collects, cleans and distributes over 45,000 coats to children and adults in need. In 2017, the organization hopes to reach a milestone: one million coats collected and distributed since the program began in 1995.

Although winter officially starts on December 21st, school children are already feeling a dip in temperatures as the Farmers Almanac predicts the Northeast to be frigidly cold this winter after a reprieve from shoveling last winter. Since coats are a necessity for both adults and kids, all donated coats are cleaned free of charge by Antons Cleaners and distributed through distribution partners made up of major local nonprofit and social service agencies such as MA Community Action Programs, Salvation Army, Middlesex Human Service Agency, BU Medical Center Outreach Van Project, Wish Project, Community Giving Tree, Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell, Strafford County Community Action, Catholic Charities, and more.

Coats for Kids accepts warm winter coats that are gently used, good quality, and all sizes (especially XL and infant/pre-K sizes). The drive does not accept coats with rips, tears, broken zippers, or permanent stains, nor can we accept sweatshirts, vests and spring coats. Coats are accepted at all 42 Anton's Cleaners, six Jordan's Furniture stores, and 23 Enterprise Bank locations from October 10, 2016 through January 6, 2017.

Coats for Kids is New England's largest coat drive, with more than 200 school groups making up one half of all collections in 2016. Local public, parochial and independent schools experience the rewards of community service and get incentivized through the School Rewards Program offering great prizes to the schools who collect the most coats per capita leveling the playing field so everyone has a chance to win. See website for registration form and details: http://antons.com/cfk/get-involved/register-your-school/.

Partners for the 2016-2017 Coats for Kids drive include Anton's Cleaners, Jordan's Furniture, Enterprise Bank, WickedLocal, Kiss 108FM, Fox 25 Boston, Jam'n 94.5, and 101.7 The Bull.

For more information, visit http://antons.com/cfk/ or contact Stephanie Littlefield, Antons Cleaners Community Relations, at 978-851-3721 x15 or Stephanie@antons.com.

To register your school or company online to participate or donate, visit http://antons.com/cfk.
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When: Oct 10, 2016 12am to Jan 6, 2017 12am in Framingham, MA
Cost: N/A

Designing with Native Plants

This entirely self-paced online course will teach you the basics of designing with native plants and show you how to incorporate native plants into your garden and landscape. Discover the variety of native plants found throughout New England and learn how to design a visually interesting landscape that also supports biodiversity. Students complete the course at their own pace. Open enrollment begins Monday, November 14 and ends Sunday, April 2. Program Code: HORO100 Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth Fee: $64 (Member) / $80 (Nonmember)

When: Nov 14, 2016 12am to Apr 3, 2017 12am in Framingham, MA

Leading Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) 4.0 with SA Certification

Class Logistics and Notes: Is it time to learn a new skill that is in high demand and extremely marketable? Scaled Agile (SAFe) takes Scrum and Agile and applies them to larger organizations.
  • Class runs 8:30 to 5:30 for two days
  • Workbooks and related materials are provided
  • Computer won't be used during class - feel free to bring and use on breaks
  • Light Breakfast, snacks and lunch will be provided
Leading SAFe Description This two-day course teaches the Lean-Agile principles and practices of the Scaled Agile Framework(SAFe). You'll learn how to execute and release value through Agile Release Trains, how to build an Agile Portfolio, and how to lead a Lean-Agile transformation at enterprise scale.You will gain an understanding of the Lean-Agile mindset and how to apply the principles and practices of SAFe to support Agile teams, programs, program portfolio management, and to coordinate large Value Streams. Attending the class prepares you to take the exam and become a certified SAFe Agilist (SA). Associated Certification: SAFe Agilist (SA) The following individuals will benefit from this course:
  • Executives and Leaders,Managers, Directors, CIOs, and VPs
  • Development, QA and Infrastructure Management
  • Program and Project Managers
  • Product and Product Line Management
  • Portfolio Managers, PMO, and Process Leads
  • Enterprise, System and Solution Architects
Learning Goals After this course, you should be able to:
  • Apply SAFe to scale Lean and Agile development in your enterprise
  • Support the execution of Agile Release Trains
  • Coordinate large Value Streams
  • Manage a Lean-Agile Portfolio
  • Align the organization to a common process model
  • Configure the Framework for your context
  • Unlock the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers
  • Support a Lean-Agile transformation in your enterprise
Topics Covered
  • Introducing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
  • Embracing a Lean-Agile Mindset
  • Understanding SAFe Principles
  • Implementing an Agile Release Train
  • Experiencing PI Planning
  • Executing and Releasing Value
  • Building an Agile Portfolio
  • Coordinating Large Value Streams
  • Leading the Lean-Agile Enterprise
Prerequisites All are welcome to attend the course, regardless of experience. However, the following prerequisites are highly recommended for those who intend to take the SA certification exam.
  • 5+ years experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product or project management
  • Experience in Scrum
  • If you have no Scrum knowledge, a Scrum primer will be held during lunch on the first day of training
About Shawn Over the last 20 years Shawn has held the roles of Project Manager, Systems Engineer and VP of Engineering for various businesses. Now, as an Enterprise Agile Coach, Shawn uses Lean and Agile methodologies to help businesses across the US transform their culture and establish new ways of working. With a focus on "why", he guides leaders, managers and individuals through the culture change required to adopt new approaches. Through the use of a variety of hands-on techniques such as simulations, workshops and even playing with Legos, he reinforces lessons and provides firm and reliable guidance for establishing new ways of working that allow businesses to be more responsive to customer needs and market changes. Shawn holds is Bachelors of Science in Computer and Information Sciences and certifications including Scaled Agile Program Consultant 4 (SPC4), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Lean Advanced Practitioner, and Six Sigma Green Belt. On the personal side, Shawn is still an engineer at heart. He has several Arduino and related software projects going at any time. He also owns and operates The Predaxis Encounter escape room which he uses to enhance team building. He spent 6 years in the US Airforce working on C-5 aircraft. Shawn lives in Worcester, MA with his wife, two daughters, two rabbits, a dog, a bird and a turtle. Linked-In Profile Linked-In Blog

When: Dec 8, 2016 8:30AM to Dec 9, 2016 5:30PMin Framingham, MA
Cost: 650 - 800 USD

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About Framingham, MA
Framingham was founded in 1700 and is a diverse community located 20 miles west of Boston and about half way to Worcester.

Framingham offers excellent public services and a well respected school system which makes it a good choice for the growing family. With a population of nearly 67,000 residents it is the largest town in Massachusetts.

Framingham is home to several major corporations and the town has a wide range of housing opportunities and a huge retail base for all to enjoy. Route 9 and surrounding areas are covered with many malls and theaters as well as venues of entertainment and any type of restaurant you can imagine!