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Managing Stress Through Mindfulness: Teenager Summer Skill Building Workshop
Developing stress management skills is an important part of preparing to be an independent adult - and a happy person! Mindfulness strategies are a great place to start, and summer is the perfect time to work on this, before the chaos of school starts up again. Come build some easy and effective stress management habits like simple meditation, focused breathing exercises, zentangle, yoga balancing poses, positive self talk, and more. We’ll try lots of different tools so you’re sure to find one that works for you. Please bring a journal and pencil to the first session! This six week class runs every Monday from 9:30am-10:30am beginning July 16th through August 20th. Ages: 13 - 18 About the Instructor: Gwynne Sawtelle has been a high school English in MA for 22 years, 12 in Westborough and 10 in Medfield where she currently works.  About 5 years ago, she noticed that her high school students were more anxious and overwhelmed than ever and less aware of the strategies available to them to cope with that stress.  After taking two courses through Mindful Schools out of California, she began integrating small mindfulness lessons into her high school curriculum. She has found the students welcome the opportunity to stop the frantic pace of their lives, even for 15 minutes on a Friday, and practice the important skill of working at living in the present.  Her students have actually taught her quite a bit along the way. When she is not teaching The Great Gatsby or grading essays, you can find her talking a walk at Stony Brook Wildlife sanctuary in Norfolk with her husband and two kids or reading a book on her screened in porch, with a cup of tea.

When: Jul 16, 2018 9:30AM in Plainville, MA

Beginner Ukulele Kids Workshop (Ages 8-13)

Have you always wanted to play an instrument? Join THE UKE KIDS UNLIKELY STRUMMERS for 6 weeks of fun to learn the fundamentals of playing the ukulele. No prior musical experience necessary. Children will learn basic chords, rhythms, and strums. Each child ought to come prepared to class with his/her own SOPRANO or ALTO/CONCERT ukulele and music stand. An electronic tuning device such as a Snark Tuner is also recommended. (Note: This program is geared towards Soprano or Alto/Concert Ukes only because the tuning for baritone and tenor ukes is different and therefore the chords will also be different.) This class is recommended for ages 8-13 and is offered for 6 weeks from 3pm-4pm on the dates below.   Also, please remember that The Unlikely Story Café is the perfect place to enjoy lunch, a snack or a drink once class is complete! DATES:7/167/237/30 8/6 8/138/20 If you have any questions about this course or to obtain a recommendation on a ukulele, contact Cindy: Cynthia_Miller@emerson.edu ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:Cindy Miller has had a lifelong relationship with music. After many years of formal training on flute, guitar, and piano, the ukulele is her most recent instrumental adventure. She is a member of the Zukes Ukulele Orchestra, based at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford, and has also played with The Mighty Uketones and the Massapoag Strummers. Cindy has performed at the Cape Cod Ukulele Festival, the Wamsutta Club's "Not Your Average Christmas," New Bedford's "AHA!" (Art, History, Architecture) Nights, the New Bedford Portuguese Festival, the welcoming ceremony for the crew of the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Holukea, Brockton's Fuller Craft Museum, and also as game-day entertainment for the Brockton Rox baseball team, as well as at coffeehouses, open mic nights, and community events in the area. She and Lisa Cohen are founders and co-directors of the Unlikely Strummers, and she as taught beginner ukulele classes for both adults and children at the bookstore and for community education programs.  Cindy looks forward to spreading "ukulele love" through our classes! Lisa Cohen has always known that music moves the deepest parts of her soul. A lifelong "casual" vocalist with experience performing with a variety of local musicians, more recently including The Shed Inspectors and The Splitting Headaches, Lisa explored piano and guitar before realizing the Ukelele as the best tool to support her ongoing personal musical journey. She was one of the original members of the Zukes Ukelele Orchestra, performing with the Wellington Ukelele Orchestra at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford in 2015, participates with the Massapoag Uke Strummers in Sharon, the Featherstone Uke Jam on Martha's Vineyard, and many porch and backyard jam sessions across New England. Lisa believes the ukulele is the perfect instrument for those that may have previously believed themselves to be "non-musical". She and Cindy Miller are founders and co-directors of the Unlikely Strummers, and together they have taught ukulele classes at the bookstore and for community education programs since 2017. Lisa is very excited to share the joy of ukulele with new strummers at An Unlikely Story.

When: Jul 16, 2018 3pm in Plainville, MA

KIDS' SUMMER STRUMMING PROGRAM

KIDS' SUMMER STRUMMING PROGRAM!     If you're between the ages of 8-13, and have completed the Kids' Beginner II Ukulele program at An Unlikely Story, or the equivalent of about 4 months of ukulele lessons, then come join us for our NEW SUMMER STRUMMING PROGRAM and learn even more songs while you gain experience playing with others!.  During this new six-week program, you'll learn additional chords while you continue to work on your strumming techniques with popular songs. Come play with existing ukulele buddies or make some new ones! Prior to enrolling in SUMMER STRUMMING PROGRAM, kids who have not completed our Kids' Beginner II program should know the following chords: C, F, G, Am, Dm, Em, A7, C7, G7, and should be comfortable with a syncopated strum pattern (down-down-up-up-down).  Please contact Cindy or Lisa if you're uncertain about whether your child's prior learning is a good match for this program. KIDS' SUMMER STRUMMING is offered for 6 weeks from 4:15pm-5:15pm on MONDAYS, from 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, and 8/20. All musicians should have their own ukulele (soprano or concert size), tuner, and music stand. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS: Lisa Cohen has always known that music moves the deepest parts of her soul. A lifelong "casual" vocalist with experience performing with a variety of local musicians, more recently including The Shed Inspectors and The Splitting Headaches, Lisa explored piano and guitar before realizing the Ukelele as the best tool to support her ongoing personal musical journey. She was one of the original members of the Zukes Ukelele Orchestra, performing with the Wellington Ukelele Orchestra at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford in 2015, participates with the Massapoag Uke Strummers in Sharon, the Featherstone Uke Jam on Martha's Vineyard, and many porch and backyard jam sessions across New England. Lisa believes the ukulele is the perfect instrument for those that may have previously believed themselves to be "non-musical". She and Cindy Miller are founders and co-directors of the Unlikely Strummers, and together they have taught ukulele classes at the bookstore and for community education programs since 2017. Lisa is very excited to share the joy of ukulele with new strummers at An Unlikely Story.Cindy Miller has had a lifelong relationship with music. After many years of formal training on flute, guitar, and piano, the ukulele is her most recent instrumental adventure. She is a member of the Zukes Ukulele Orchestra, based at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford, and has also played with The Mighty Uketones and the Massapoag Strummers. Cindy has performed at the Cape Cod Ukulele Festival, the Wamsutta Club's "Not Your Average Christmas," New Bedford's "AHA!" (Art, History, Architecture) Nights, the New Bedford Portuguese Festival, the welcoming ceremony for the crew of the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Holukea, Brockton's Fuller Craft Museum, and also as game-day entertainment for the Brockton Rox baseball team, as well as at coffeehouses, open mic nights, and community events in the area. Cindy looks forward to spreading "ukulele love" through our classes! Cindy and Lisa  are founders and co-managers of the Unlikely Strummers, and together they have taught ukulele classes at the bookstore and for community education programs since 2017.  

When: Jul 16, 2018 4:15PM in Plainville, MA

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About Plainville, MA
The Town of Plainville was founded in 1905 and is located in Norfolk County on the northeast border of Rhode Island.

Plainville has an idyllic country setting that is heavily forested and most of the land is dedicated to conservation.

The town has several horse farms and stables which are respected for their breeding and training.