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Blockchain Class: A Non-Technical Introduction to Blockchain Basics
This class is for curious business leaders as well as people who are in business support functions. We invite finance, technology, supply chain, manufacturing professionals to evaluate this course. You will learn the basics of blockchain technology. No mathematical formulas, program code, or computer science jargon are used. No previous knowledge in computer science, mathematics, programming, or cryptography is required. Terminology is explained through pictures, analogies, and metaphors. This class bridges the gap that exists between purely technical programs about the blockchain and purely business-focused courses. It does so by explaining both the technical concepts that make up the blockchain and their role in business-relevant applications. What You'll Learn What the blockchain is Why it is needed and what problem it solves Why there is so much excitement about the blockchain and its potential Major components and their purpose How various components of the blockchain work and interact Limitations, why they exist, and what has been done to overcome them Major application scenarios The class provides an overview of the blockchain: how transactions are stored on the blockchain, how mining works through consensus, the differences between permissioned and permissionless blockchains and why these differences are important. We'll also explain current use cases and opportunities this technology provides in terms of include smart contracts, payment rails, immutable ledger, proof of ownership, remittances and micro-transactions. It also discusses alternatives to bitcoin and the Bitcoin blockchain. This class provides attendees with an insight into the future of this technology in terms of innovation and disruption of existing traditional systems and processes Class offered by: BlockchainXperts

When: Jul 19, 2018 5:30PM in Reading, MA
Irish Whispa
When: Jul 20, 2018 8pm in Reading, MA
Meet and Sketch
Join a group of local artists in informal meetings to draw and paint using dry media. This is not a class with formal instruction, however there will be ample opportunity to trade tips and techniques for creating art. Come prepared to draw! Please bring only dry media such as graphite, charcoal, pastel, watercolor pencils, ink or colored pencils.

When: Jul 24, 2018 7pm in Reading, MA
Meet and Sketch
Join a group of local artists in informal meetings to draw and paint using dry media. This is not a class with formal instruction, however there will be ample opportunity to trade tips and techniques for creating art. Come prepared to draw! Please bring only dry media such as graphite, charcoal, pastel, watercolor pencils, ink or colored pencils.

When: Aug 7, 2018 7pm in Reading, MA
Sensory Storytime
This program is designed for children ages 4 and up with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, other developmental disabilities, and their typically developing peers. If your child has difficulty sitting through one of our other storytimes, this program of stories, songs, and activities with visual supports might be just what you are looking for. Contact our children's librarians (rdgchild@noblenet.org) if you have questions about this storytime.

When: Aug 11, 2018 10am in Reading, MA
Meet and Sketch
Join a group of local artists in informal meetings to draw and paint using dry media. This is not a class with formal instruction, however there will be ample opportunity to trade tips and techniques for creating art. Come prepared to draw! Please bring only dry media such as graphite, charcoal, pastel, watercolor pencils, ink or colored pencils.

When: Aug 21, 2018 7pm in Reading, MA
Leading SAFe 4.5 with SA Certification - Reading, MA - August
Leading SAFe® with SA Certification Applying a Lean-Agile mindset with SAFeWith SAFe 4 Agilist CertificationBased on version 4.5 of SAFe Develop a skillset that’s in demand worldwide—and empower your enterprise to succeed in a disruptive marketplace—when you become a SAFe 4 Agilist (SA). During this two-day course, you’ll learn the principles and practices of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe), how to execute and release value through Agile Release Trains, and what it means to lead a Lean-Agile transformation at enterprise scale. You will gain an understanding of the Lean-Agile mindset and why it’s so effective in today’s adapt-or-die marketplace. You’ll also get practical advice on supporting Agile teams and programs, empowering a Lean Portfolio, building a continuous delivery pipeline and DevOps culture, and coordinating large solutions. Attending the class prepares you to take the exam and become acertified SAFe 4 Agilist (SA) Learning Goals To perform the role of a SAFe 4 Agilist, you should be able to: Apply SAFe to scale Lean and Agile development in your enterprise Recognize and apply a Lean-Agile Mindset and principles Continuously explore, integrate, deploy, and release value Empower with a Lean Portfolio Coordinate the development of large solutions Enhance your Lean-Agile leadership skills Support a Lean-Agile transformation in your enterprise Topics Covered Introducing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Embracing a Lean-Agile Mindset Understanding SAFe Principles Experiencing Program Increment (PI) Planning Exploring, Executing, and Releasing Value Leading the Lean-Agile Enterprise Empowering a Lean Portfolio Building Large Solutions What You Get The class registration includes: Attendee workbook Preparation and eligibility to take the SAFe 4 Agilist exam One year membership to the SAFe Community Platform Course certificate of completion Attendees must attend both days of the course in order to be eligible for the exam. Who Will Benefit 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 Prerequisites All are welcome to attend the course, regardless of experience. Instructor: Bob Ellis, Regional Agile Delivery Lead Bob specializes in agile advisory services, customizes and delivers a portfolio of agile training courses for clients, and holds multiple agile certifications CSM, CSPO, Scrum@Scale Practitioner, Scaled Agile Framework SAFe Consultant SPC4.5. Bob is a lifelong learner, reading on latest topics of value delivery, enterprise agility, and creation of business value. He is published on Silicone Angle TV and several blog articles focused on what Agile means at the c-suite. Bob holds a BS Engineering from Cornell University and MS Management Science from MIT Sloan School of Management.  

When: Aug 22, 2018 8am in Reading, MA
SAFe DevOps Practitioner with SDP Certification - Reading, MA - Oct 2018
DESCRIPTION Summary This two-day course provides a comprehensive overview for understanding the DevOps competencies needed to accelerate time-to-market by improving the flow of value through the Continuous Delivery Pipeline. Attendees will map the current value stream through their delivery pipeline from idea to cash, and identify practices that will eliminate bottlenecks to flow. The course will build an understanding of the complete flow of value from Continuous Exploration to Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment, and Release on Demand. Attendees will explore SAFe’s CALMR (Culture, Automation, Lean, Measure, Recover) approach to DevOps, which helps create a culture of shared responsibility for the full spectrum of Solution delivery. It helps align people, processes, and technology throughout the organization to achieve faster time-to-market. Attendees will leave with the tools they need to execute an implementation plan for improving their delivery pipeline, and the knowledge they need to support the plan. The course also prepares students for the optional SAFe® 4 DevOps Practitioner (SDP) certification exam. Attending the class prepares individuals to take the exam and become a certified SAFe® DevOps Practitioner (SDP) Learning Goals After attending the class, attendees should be able to: Understand the CALMR approach to DevOps, why it is so important, and be able to explain it to others Understand the importance of continuous integration, continuous testing, and be ready to apply it Apply the concepts of continuous security Map their current delivery pipeline Measure the flow of value through the delivery pipeline Identify gaps and delays in flow Improve the process of exploring customer needs Improve the process of developing, building, and integrating continuously Improve the process of continuously deploying to staging and production environments Improve the release process Execute an action plan for their DevOps transformation Topics Covered Introducing DevOps Mapping your Continuous Delivery Pipeline Gaining alignment with Continuous Exploration Building quality with Continuous Integration Reducing time-to-market with Continuous Deployment Delivering Business Value with Release on Demand Taking action What Attendees Get The class registration includes: Attendee workbook Preparation and eligibility to take the exam One-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform Certification of completion SAFe DevOps Practitioner certification upon passing of exam Attendees must attend both days of the course in order to qualify for the exam. Who will benefit? The following will benefit from this course: All members of an Agile Release Train Development Managers, Engineering Managers Configuration Managers, Release Managers Development Leads, Developers, UI/UX Developers Infrastructure Architects, System Architects Product Managers, Product Owners System Administrators, DBAs, InfoSec QA Managers, Testers Release Train Engineers, Scrum Masters Prerequisites All are welcome to attend the course without prior knowledge. SAFe Certification Kit Becoming a SAFe 4 Certified DevOps Practitioner requires an exceptional range of skills and is a career path for many servant leaders. Certification includes: SAFe 4 Certified DevOps Practitioner PDF certificate SAFe 4 Certified DevOps Practitioner digital badge to promote your accomplishment online One-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform, which includes access to the SP Community of Practice Access to Meetup groups and events that connect you with other SAFe Certified Professionals A variety of learning resources to support you during your SAFe journey Annual Renewal Certifications expire one year from the date the certification is earned. Renewal fee is $100 Exam Details Exam name – SAFe 4 DevOps Practitioner Exam Exam format – Multiple choice, multiple response Exam delivery – Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed Exam access – Candidates can access to the exam within the SAFe Community Platform upon completion of the SAFe 4 DevOps Practitioner course More Exam Details Exam duration – Once the exam begins, candidates have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the exam. Number of questions – 45 Passing score – 33 out of 45 (73%) Language – English Exam cost – First exam attempt is included as part of the course registration fee if the exam is taken within 30 days of course completion. Each retake attempt costs $50. Professional Development Units (PDUs) and Scrum Education Units (SEUs) Attendees may be eligible to apply for 15 PDUs toward their continuing education requirements with the Project Management Institute (PMI) for PMP, PgMP, and PMI-ACP certifications Attendees may be eligible to apply for SEUs under Category C, toward earning or renewing their CSP through the Scrum Alliance Instructor: Bob Fischer, Agile Training Lead Bob Fischer works with organizations that have found agility to be essential to their ability to not only survive but to thrive in a time of rapid change, technology upheaval and intense competition. His systemic approach enables companies to look across their whole organization to envision, design, build and deliver high value products to existing customer and new markets. Timothy Reaves, Enterprise Delivery & Technical Consultant Timothy Reaves is Eliassen Group’s Enterprise Delivery & Technical Consultant. He has been in the IT industry for more than 20 years, with the last 10 years as a senior Enterprise Architect level. He specializes in delivery; covering all aspects of IT needed to bring software from ideation through delivery, on to decommissioning. He has experience with the largest of companies, and understands the challenges large software projects entail. He has a practical understand of agile software development, and the related technical practices. DevOps and automating all facets of IT are current areas of focus.

When: Oct 16, 2018 8:30AM in Reading, MA
2nd Annual PAWS on the Trail 4K Fun Run/Walk and Kitty Kat Dash
Join us for a fun morning that includes a 4K Trail Fun Run, 4K Trail Walk, and a FREE Kitty Kat Dash for kids under 12. The Trail Fun Run/Walk is open to runners, walkers, teams and families of all ages. All proceeds of this event will be used to ensure PAWS can cover the medical expenses and extra-care needs of our homeless animals.  Over the past couple of years, we have experienced greater-than-usual medical expenses for emergencies, diagnostics, surgeries other than the normal spay/neuter operations, and prescription foods and medicines for the animals in our care.  In addition, the requests for help with rehoming pets, caring for moms and kittens, and taking in stray or abandoned cats have been non-stop this year. So, bring your family and friends and help us make a difference for more local animals! Register now for what promises to be a fun-filled day on the trails! If you can’t join us this year, or if you have registered but would like to help us help even more cats and kittens, please CLICK HERE  to make a donation. Stay tuned for exciting details about prizes for individuals and teams who raise additional money to help our PAWS animals!      Course: The 4K, out-and-back, course takes you along scenic hiking trails and gravel, rocky roads that wind through the wetlands and woodlands of the forest (depending on weather, some trails may be wet/muddy) Registration Fees: $35 pre-Entry $40 on race day Children, 12 and under, free Schedule of Events: 7:15 am – 8:30am - Registration & Bib Number Pick Up, Reading Town Forest, Wood End School 8:40 am – Youth 5 and under, 100 yards 8:45 am – Youth 6-12, .2 mile 9am – Fun Run 9:15 am - Walk Race Amenities: T-Shirts to the first 100 registered adults (sizes NOT guaranteed) Prizes to all children Post-run/walk snacks and beverages Race Parking: Limited Parking is available at Wood End School What to Bring: Bring your energetic self, your smile, and feel free to bring canned cat or kitten food for donations! WISHLIST Tickets & Donations are Tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. All ticket sales are final This event is rain or shine TICKETS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE DAY OF EVENT   FAQs   Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? You can print your ticket from the order confirmation email or pull it up in the Eventbrite app on your mobile device at time of check-in.

When: Nov 3, 2018 9am in Reading, MA
Leading SAFe 4.5 with SA Certification - Reading, MA - Dec 2018
Leading SAFe® with SA Certification Applying a Lean-Agile mindset with SAFeWith SAFe 4 Agilist CertificationBased on version 4.5 of SAFe Develop a skillset that’s in demand worldwide—and empower your enterprise to succeed in a disruptive marketplace—when you become a SAFe 4 Agilist (SA). During this two-day course, you’ll learn the principles and practices of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe), how to execute and release value through Agile Release Trains, and what it means to lead a Lean-Agile transformation at enterprise scale. You will gain an understanding of the Lean-Agile mindset and why it’s so effective in today’s adapt-or-die marketplace. You’ll also get practical advice on supporting Agile teams and programs, empowering a Lean Portfolio, building a continuous delivery pipeline and DevOps culture, and coordinating large solutions. Attending the class prepares you to take the exam and become acertified SAFe 4 Agilist (SA) Learning Goals To perform the role of a SAFe 4 Agilist, you should be able to: Apply SAFe to scale Lean and Agile development in your enterprise Recognize and apply a Lean-Agile Mindset and principles Continuously explore, integrate, deploy, and release value Empower with a Lean Portfolio Coordinate the development of large solutions Enhance your Lean-Agile leadership skills Support a Lean-Agile transformation in your enterprise Topics Covered Introducing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Embracing a Lean-Agile Mindset Understanding SAFe Principles Experiencing Program Increment (PI) Planning Exploring, Executing, and Releasing Value Leading the Lean-Agile Enterprise Empowering a Lean Portfolio Building Large Solutions What You Get The class registration includes: Attendee workbook Preparation and eligibility to take the SAFe 4 Agilist exam One year membership to the SAFe Community Platform Course certificate of completion Attendees must attend both days of the course in order to be eligible for the exam. Who Will Benefit 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 Prerequisites All are welcome to attend the course, regardless of experience.  Instructor: Ray Angelone, Regional Agile Delivery Lead and SPCT Candidate, Ray Angelone has been building systems from start-up to large enterprise including EMC and Symantec for over 21 years.  Ray is a software engineer and Agilist who has 4 patents with EMC in storage systems, and led the transformation of several lines of business to adopt the Scale Agile Framework to transform business operations and outcomes, including Team, Program and Portfolio levels across people, process and tooling.  Ray’s Scaled Agile Framework certification extends to 2011, and is a current SPC4 and SPCT Candidate, delivering SAFe training and guidance across the US, France and China.  He also has Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Practitioner from the ScrumAlliance, and holds a Master’s in Computer Science (Boston University), and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering (University of MA, Amherst).

When: Dec 4, 2018 8:30AM in Reading, MA