Boater Safety Courses Begin April 3 at CBMM

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering five Maryland DNR-approved boater safety courses, beginning on select dates in April and continuing through August. Courses will be held April 3–4 from 5–9pm, May 4–5 from 9am–1pm, June 20–21 from 5–9pm, July 13–14 from 1–5pm, and Aug. 7–8 from 5–9pm.

Each two-day course will be held in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium and taught by CBMM Floating Fleet Captain Christian Cabral. The cost is $25 per session, with space limited and registration required. A 20% discount is available for CBMM members.

Participants completing the course and passing the test will receive a Maryland Boating Safety Education Certificate, which is valid for life. The certificate is required for anyone born on or after July 1, 1972, and who operates a numbered or documented vessel on Maryland waters. The course is also recommended for anyone looking to become a safer, more experienced boater or personal water craft operator.

Participants must be 12 years of age and older, with early registration recommended as classes fill fast. To register, go to cbmm.org/boatersafety and choose from dates listed.

For information on Maryland DNR’s boating safety program, visit dnr.maryland.gov/boating.

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Helps Those Struggling with Legal Issues

Mid-Shore Pro Bono has identified the top three civil legal issues facing young people and families of the Eastern Shore based on their work with clients during the first quarter of 2019. These issues involve advocating for children, caring for elderly loved ones, and student loan debt.

“While not unique to the Eastern Shore, these civil legal issues are dominating our caseloads so far in 2019,” said Sandy Brown, Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director. “Demand for services in these areas is on the rise, and our team is working hard to develop and expand programs and services to meet these specific needs in our community.”

The rise of incarceration and deaths of parents associated with the opioid crisis has resulted in an 82% increase in third-party custody cases brought to Mid-Shore Pro Bono. When a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or other family member seeks to gain custody of a minor child whose parents are unable to care for them, they need legal support. In response, The Child Advocacy Project was created to provide the legal services needed to give these vulnerable children a safe and stable environment so that they can thrive while their parents, if still living, can receive the help they need.

The Eastern Shore has a large aging population and adult guardianship cases have increased, especially in situations where an individual does not have the proper estate planning, powers of attorney and advance medical directives in place. When aging adults become unable to make sound financial and health decisions, they need a trusted person to become their legal guardian to make those decisions on their behalf. Adult guardianship cases are particularly complex as they can threaten an older adult’s dignity and agency.  Many of these cases are preventable by ensuring that all adults have the proper documents in place while they are still of sound mind. Through its Elder Law Project, Mid-Shore Pro Bono works with clients through clinics and one-on-one sessions with a volunteer attorney to develop these documents, and also assists with those more serious situations that have escalated to an adult guardianship case.

Student loan debt is another growing challenge to many on the Eastern Shore. Even when young adults are employed post-college, large student loan payments are damaging their financial health and making it hard to cover rent and medical expenses. Unfortunately, the Eastern Shore’s challenging job market further exacerbates this issue in our communities. Many in this situation do not understand that student loan debt is a civil legal matter and that there are remedies. Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s Economic Stability Project works with these young adults through clinics and individualized legal assistance to help them delay or restructure their student loans payments into an amount that is more manageable. In the most severe cases, Mid-Shore Pro Bono will also connect clients with a volunteer attorney that will seek remedies through the courts.

“The key to many of these issues is early intervention,” said Brown. “We aim to reach potential clients before a situation escalates to the most extreme scenario. Thanks to the work of our project teams and volunteer attorneys, we have been largely successful, but we do still see cases that require intensive assistance. We encourage anyone who may be facing one of these issues to contact us so we can connect them with the help they need.”

About Mid-Shore Pro Bono
Mid-Shore Pro Bono Mid-Shore Pro Bono connects low-income individuals and families who need civil legal services with volunteer attorneys and community resources. The organization serves citizens across Maryland’s Eastern Shore. For more information or to make a donation, call Mid-Shore Pro Bono at 410-690-8128 or visit www.midshoreprobono.org.

Upcoming Programming at the Talbot County Free Library in April

Youth Programs

Easton

Story Time

Tuesdays, April 2 – 16, 10:00 a.m., with program repeating at 11:00 a.m.  For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Afternoon Chess Academy

Tuesdays, April 2 & 16, 4:30 p.m. Learn and play chess.  For ages 6 – 16. Snacks served. Please pre-register.

Love Your Library Family Read-In

Wednesday, April 10, 4:00 – 5:45 p.m.  Find a cozy, comfy spot in the library, gather a few good books or magazines, and READ!  Fun for the whole family!  Snacks served.

Young Gardeners Club

Thursday, April 11, 3:45 p.m.  For children in grades 1 – 4. Please pre-register.  This program is sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club.

Peer Pilots: Fly into a Day in the Life of a High Schooler

Tuesday, April 23, 6:00 p.m.  8th Graders: Are you on your way to high school? Meet current high school students and discover proven ways to make friends and influence teachers. Games, snacks, and small group activities to foster relationships between 8th grade students and high school students.  For 8th grade students exclusively.

Naomi Shihab Nye

Challenge Island: Rainforest Zoo (STEM Learning Program)

Wednesday, April 24, 4:00 p.m.  Discover the connection between recycling and protecting rainforest animals. Join a “tribe” to engineer a variety of animal likenesses using recycled materials. Share and display your animals in the Rainforest Island Zoo! All materials provided for this fantastic, learning adventure.  For children in grades 1-5.  Please pre-register.

Read with Tiger, a Certified Therapy Dog

Monday, April 29, 4:00 p.m.  Bring a book or choose a library book and read with Janet Dickey and her dog, Tiger.  For ages 5 and up.

St. Michaels

Read with Wally, a Pet on Wheels Therapy Dog

Monday, April 1, 3:30 p.m.  Bring a book or choose a library book and read with Ms. Maggie Gowe and her dog, Wally.

We are Builders

Wednesday, April 3, 3:30 p.m.  Enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).  Build with Legos or foam blocks!

For children 6 – 12.

STEM Story Time at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Wednesday, April 10, 10:30 a.m.  Enjoy STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) story time, and learn about Chesapeake Bay life!  Pre-registration is required for free admission to the museum.  Please call the St Michaels library (410-745-5877) to pre-register for this event.  For ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Historic photo, a great snow in Easton.

Camp-In at the Library (for ages 2 –8 accompanied by an adult)

Thursday, April 11, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Camping themed games, crafts, scavenger hunt, story time, and s’mores round the campfire!  Wear your camping gear or pj’s, bring a sleeping bag or blanket (optional).  Sponsored by the library and St. Luke’s School.  Pre-registration at 410-745-5877 required.

Family Crafts

Tuesday, April 16, 3:30 p.m.  Recycled Plastic Shrinky Dink Jewelry

Story Time

Wednesday, April 24, 10:30 a.m.  For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Family Unplugged Games

Thursday, April 25, 3:30 p.m.  Bring the whole family to the library for an afternoon of board games and fun educational children’s games.  For all ages (children 5 and under accompanied by an adult).

Adult Programs

Easton

Advanced Excel

Wednesday, April 3, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.  Feeling pretty confident in your skills with Microsoft’s Excel?  Computer Training Specialist Rita Hill will show you how the pros use it.  Bring your own PC laptop or just sit and observe (no Macs please).

An Evening with National Book Award Finalist Naomi Shihab Nye

Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 p.m.  Celebrated American writer Naomi Shihab Nye talks about her life and work, which includes poetry, short fiction, and novels.  William Stafford called Nye “a champion of the literature of encouragement and heart.  Reading her work enhances life.”  Nye’s appearance is made possible by the Eastern Shore Regional Library.

Dr. Tom Fisher

Plan Your Permaculture Garden

Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m.  Talbot County Master Gardener Missy Corley will explain the basic permaculture principles, showing gardeners how to take advantage of what nature already provides in terms of light, soil, air, and water.  Learn how to save time and money while helping to heal the earth.  Materials will be provided.  Corley will also provide a tour of the Talbot County Free Seed Library for those interested.

Stitching Time

Monday, April 15, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Work on your favorite project with a group.  Limited knitting and crochet instruction provided for beginners.  All are welcome.

Book Discussion: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Monday, April 15, 6:30 p.m.  The Easton Book Group (open to all) discusses Jones’ novel, which was longlisted for the National Book Award.

Charts, Graphics, and Pivot Tables

Wednesday, April 17, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.  Computer Training Specialist Rita Hill will teach you the ins and outs of using Microsoft’s Charts, Graphics, and Pivot Tables.  Bring your own PC laptop or just sit and observe (no Macs please).

A Treasure Trove of Historic Photos of Talbot County

Thursday, April 18, 6:30 p.m.  The Talbot Historical Society is home to a world-class archive of some 50,000 photographic negatives.  Larry Denton, Executive Director of the Historical Society, will give an illustrated lecture featuring a number of these historic photos, including early aerial shots of the county, early Oxford sailboat races, the first Tred Avon Yacht Club, the first phone booth in Easton, the Original Floating Theatre at Easton Point, a Pennsylvania Railroad Engine running through downtown Easton, and more.

Jeff Korman

Science After Hours: Horn Point Lab Presents: “Good News from the Choptank”

Monday, April 29, 6:30 p.m.  As part of Horn Point Laboratory’s Science After Hours series,

Dr. Tom Fisher will share some good scientific news about the Choptank.

St. Michaels

Lunch & Learn: Maryland Sports History

Monday, April 1, noon.  Jeff Korman, retired manager of the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Maryland Department, brings his Maryland Sports History challenge to St. Michaels.  He will share stories of Maryland’s iconic sports teams, and of the great athletes who have played for them.  This program includes images of historic events, places, teams, and personalities.  The Lunch and Learn series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, coffee and dessert will be provided.

Arts and Crafts

Thursday, April 4, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
Bring your own needlework projects, Zentangle pens, coloring books or anything else that fuels your passion for being creative. Limited instruction for needlework.

Award-Winning Local Author to Read from The Night Is Young

Thursday, April 4, 5:00 p.m.  Barbara Lockhart uses the setting of the Eastern Shore of Maryland for her two novels, Requiem for a Summer Cottage and Elizabeth’s Field (Independent Book Publishers Award silver medal winner 2014), as well as in her new collection of short stories, The Night is Young (Indie Excellence Book Awards finalist 2017). With lyrical prose, she captures the flavor of the land and the people, ordinary folk living in small towns and on farms in both the present era and in pre-Civil War history.

Barbara Lockhart

Bay Hundred Chess
Wednesdays, April 10 & 24, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Learn and play the strategic game of chess.  Beginners welcome.

Memoir Writers
Thursdays, April 11 & 25, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Record and share your memories of life and family with a group of friendly, like-minded people. Participants are invited to bring their lunch.

Special Film Presentation
Monday, April 15, noon. A Night to Remember.  RMS Titanic sank on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City on April 15, 1912, one hundred and seven years to the day before this screening. This film chronicles that tragic event.

St. Michael’s Library Book Club (open to all)
Wednesday, April 17, 3:30 p.m.  Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Coloring for Teens & Adults

Tuesday, April 23, 3:30 p.m.  Explore the relaxing process of coloring!

Tuesday Movie@noon
April 30, Marshall: This is the incredible true story of future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) as he battles through one of his career defining cases.

Note: All library programs are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted below, patrons do not need to pre-register to attend these programs.

Motor Workshops at CBMM this Spring

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. has two spring workshops to help boaters get their outboard engines ready for boating season.

On Saturday, March 30, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Recommissioning Your Outboard Motor will lead participants through checking the engine’s running condition and temperature, understanding ignition and starting systems, and learning how to replace the engine’s fuel filter. A second workshop, from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27, has a limited number of participants bringing questions or their own outboard motors for assessment during CBMM’s Bring Your Own Motor workshop.

Both workshops will be led by CBMM Marine Mechanic Josh Richardson, who has more than 15 years of experience working in marine mechanics, and is a graduate of the Marine Mechanics Institute of Orlando, Fla.

Recommissioning Your Outboard Motor is $45 per participant, and the Bring Your Own Motor workshop is $35 per participant, with a 20% discount for CBMM members for both workshops. Participation is limited, with registration taken at cbmm.org/outboardrecommission or cbmm.org/bringyourmotor.

Talbot County Department of Social Services Receives Donation from Girl Scouts

Pictured back row is Christine Abbatiello, LCSW-C, Foster Care and Adoptions Supervisor with the Talbot County DSS, with Girl Scout Troop 323 of Easton.

Talbot County Department of Social Services (DSS) is working to get youth in foster care independent by age 21. The agency’s efforts focus on five strategies: financial stability, health care, education, lifelong connections, and housing. Businesses and civic organizations are assisting with needs associated with helping youth in foster care become independent.

Girl Scout Troop 323 of Easton recently sponsored a service project to gather household supplies for older youth in foster care, ages 18 to 21 who are living independently in Talbot County.  These supplies will help these youth as they learn the necessary skills of keeping their homes clean. For further information about how you can partner with Talbot County DSS, call the Talbot County Department of Social Services at 410-820-7371.

St. Michaels Faith Build Gets Underway

Shavonte Greene and her boys, Shawn and Nakhi.

Habitat for Humanity Choptank (Habitat Choptank) has kicked off its fundraising campaign for “The House that Faith Built,” the fourth of seven quality, durable and energy-efficient homes being built by Habitat Choptank in the Brooks Lane/Chester Park area of St. Michaels, Maryland.

“We are thrilled with the momentum of this project,” said Stephen Clineburg, Chair of the Faith Build Committee for Habitat Choptank. “The homebuyer has been selected, churches and their congregations have agreed to support the effort, and almost half of the necessary funds to complete the house have been raised. We are bringing to reality the Habitat principle that everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to live.”

Infrastructure work in the Brooks Lane development began this past fall with contractors installing the storm water and waste water management systems along Brooks Lane. Currently, the county is working on widening the road. The Faith Build Committee has raised $54,000 of the $55,000 needed to begin house construction. Habitat Choptank hopes to begin work on the Faith Build house this month.

The Faith Build house is being supported by church congregations and people of faith in the Bay Hundred, Easton and Oxford areas, including: Christ Church in St. Michaels; St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in St. Michaels; Union United Methodist Church in St. Michaels; New St. John’s United Methodist Church in Wittman; the Royal Oak Community United Methodist Church; St Luke United Methodist Church in Royal Oak; Bozman United Methodist Church; Neavitt United Methodist Church; The Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford; the Presbyterian Church of Easton; and Saints Peter and Paul Parish churches in Easton and St. Michaels. These churches and other individuals in the area will contribute prayers, construction volunteers, donations, and food for those working on the Faith Build house.

The Habitat Choptank homebuyer, Shavonte Greene has completed the requirements for home ownership with Habitat Choptank – “sweat equity” hours, savings and education courses – and will be able to call “The House that Faith Built” her home. Shavonte is a single mom to two active boys and works full time at Londonderry in Easton. She is looking forward to owning her first home in the town where she grew up.

For more information on the St. Michaels Faith Build, to volunteer, or to make a donation, call 410-476-3204 or visit www.habitatchoptank.org.

About Habitat Choptank

Since 1992, Habitat Choptank has made home ownership possible for 78 families and currently partners with 18 local home buyers. At present, 12 more homes are under construction in Dorchester and Talbot Counties, with plans to begin construction on three additional homes in St. Michaels in the coming weeks. Income qualifying home buyers are offered access to affordable mortgage financing in order to purchase a new construction or rehabbed home from the nonprofit’s project inventory. After completing “sweat equity” hours, attending pre-homeownership classes, and meeting debt reduction and savings goals, these individuals and families will purchase homes that they helped construct and assume the full responsibilities of home ownership including maintaining their home, paying property taxes and repaying their mortgage over 30 to 33 years. Habitat accepts applications for its home ownership program throughout the year. For more information, to make a donation that benefits our local community, or volunteer, call 410-476-3204 or visit www.HabitatChoptank.org.

Cabral, Macfarlane Join CBMM Shipyard

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its Shipyard staff — Christian Cabral of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., and Duncan Macfarlane of Lexington, Ky.

Cabral joins CBMM in a new position as its Floating Fleet Captain. In this role, he’ll be responsible for facilitating on-the-water experiences for CBMM guests through drop-in cruises, educational programs, and private charters.

A graduate of the University of San Francisco, Cabral holds a bachelor’s degree in U.S. history, with a minor in philosophy. A majority of his professional career has been spent on the water, starting with an apprenticeship with boatbuilder, Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway. He later followed his father and brother and began working on sail training/charter vessels operated by Black Dog on Martha’s Vineyard. Since then, Cabral has worked onboard a variety of vessels both commercial and private, managed a charter business and, for the past five years, served as mate and captain onboard an 82’ schooner built by Gannon and Benjamin.

Christian Cabral and Duncan Macfarlane

Macfarlane is CBMM’s newest Shipwright and will serve as lead on the restoration of 1912 river tug Delaware. Built in Bethel, Del., by William H. Smith, Delaware once hauled scows on Broad Creek—often laden with lumber—and towed ram schooners to and from Laurel, Del. Occasionally, she carried parties of young people to Sandy Hill for day trips on the Nanticoke River. Donated to CBMM by Bailey Marine Construction in 1991, Delaware is now a member of the floating fleet on display along CBMM’s waterfront campus. Her full stem-to-stern restoration is anticipated to take two years, with regular updates posted at cbmmshipyard.org.

Macfarlane completed a boatbuilding apprenticeship with The Apprenticeshop, an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring personal growth through craftsmanship, community, and traditions of the sea. Prior to joining CBMM, he spent 18 years as a carpenter, 10 of which were dedicated exclusively to working with plank-on-frame wooden boats. Six of those years were spent at Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway.

“This is an exciting time for CBMM, thanks in large part of the flurry of activity in our Shipyard,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “We’re dedicated to bringing in the best people possible to help us restore and operate the vessels in our floating fleet, and the addition of Christian and Duncan is another example of that.”

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all.

Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner. For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

MDOT MVA to Address REAL ID Customer Needs

With the October 1, 2020, deadline to get federally-required REAL ID driver’s licenses or ID cards, the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) has added more than 2,700 extra appointments a week. MDOT MVA has permanently added more than 1,900 appointments to its weekly schedule to address the needs of customers statewide. In addition, on March 6, eight branches that handle a high volume of driver’s license transactions added more than 800 appointments during extended hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays through May 4. Customers with appointments are guaranteed to be seen within 15 minutes of their scheduled time.

“MDOT MVA is committed to providing premier customer service to the citizens of Maryland,” said Administrator Chrissy Nizer. “During high-volume periods, an appointment is a great way to ensure that you can complete your transaction quickly.  We understand how valuable our customers’ time is and our goal is to make your visit to MDOT MVA as simple as possible.”

Statewide, 1,915 appointments a week have been permanently added during extended hours on Thursdays when branches are open until 6:30 p.m. and during traditional hours Monday through Friday.

At the eight high-volume branches ­– Annapolis, Bel Air, Columbia, Glen Burnie, Largo, Parkville, Waldorf and Walnut Hill – 806 appointments a week have been added through May 4. These extra appointments are during extended hours on Tuesdays, when the branches will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and extended hours on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

MDOT MVA has a 98 percent customer satisfaction rate for the professionalism, friendliness and helpfulness of employees. The agency is in the process of hiring up to 100 additional staff to ensure these high standards remain in place.

To make a REAL ID visit to MDOT MVA simple, customers are encouraged to visit the REAL ID webpage at www.mva.maryland.gov/realid.  In addition to a guide that allows customers to go through a checklist of common documents acceptable for REAL ID, the website contains a toolkit with videos, sample communication and more to help prepare family, friends, employees, constituents, students and many other groups for the October 1, 2020, REAL ID deadline. The website also walks people through making an online appointment. In another customer service effort, MDOT MVA recently began calling customers to remind them of their appointments and ensure they are well prepared for a REAL ID visit.

MDOT MVA is committed to communicating about REAL ID to all Marylanders. As part of this outreach effort, MDOT MVA is partnering with BWI Marshall Airport to advertise REAL ID at information kiosks, flight departure boards, baggage claim areas and more.

The federal REAL ID Act, created post 9/11, creates a security standard for driver’s licenses and identification cards nationwide. The federal REAL ID Act requires Maryland residents to bring in documentation of age and identity, social security, and two documents proving a Maryland residential address to meet federal security standards for state-issued licenses and identification cards. Effective October 1, 2020, Marylanders must have all official documents on file and be REAL ID compliant in order to use a state-issued driver’s license or identification card to board an airplane or visit federal government facilities.

Hopkinson, Mickey Join CBMM Board of Governors

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Board of Governors added two new members at its most recent meeting—Francis Hopkinson, Jr., who is re-joining the Board after a year’s absence, and new Governor Anne E. Mickey.

Hopkinson previously served on CBMM’s Board of Governors from 2011 to 2017, and as chair of its Shipyard Committee. He is retired from a career in information technology, specializing in telecommunications at AAA Mid-Atlantic, and moved from suburban Philadelphia to St. Michaels, Md., in 2007 with his wife, Jane.

Hopkinson served 12 years with the Pennsylvania National Guard. He has been involved with many non-profit organizations in both Philadelphia and St. Michaels, including the St. Michaels Fire Department, where he has been both a trustee and treasurer. His hobbies include boating, antique boat restoration, and woodworking. He has one son, Edward.

Francis Hopkinson, Jr. and Anne E. Mickey

Mickey is an attorney in Cozen O’Connor’s Washington, D.C. office, where she is a member of the firm and regularly advises foreign and U.S. companies on contract, corporate, ship financing, and transactional matters. She assists clients with contract disputes and with issues concerning cabotage laws, leases, charters, equipment acquisition, vessel construction, and citizenship. She also represents clients before the Maritime Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Defense, and other agencies. She joined the firm in 2010.

Mickey earned her undergraduate degree from Smith College in 1973, and her law degree from George Washington University Law School in 1976. She is ranked by Chambers & Partners USA in nationwide shipping regulatory and shipping finance. She and her husband, Frank, divide their time between homes in Bethesda and Royal Oak, Md.

At the same meeting, CBMM also recognized three retiring members of its Board of Governors—Frank C. Marshall, Lelde Schmitz, and Richard W. Snowdon, who most recently served as the Board’s secretary.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all.

Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner. For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

Third Haven’s Tiny SPICES 2.0 Tot-and-Caregiver Program

Looking for a special opportunity to bond with your youngsters?

Look no further. Third Haven Friends Meeting (the Quakers) and instructor Katelin Frase are teaming up once again to bring mindfulness and nature play to you and your kids. Third Haven’s Tiny SPICES 2.0 tot-and-caregiver program is especially designed for children 3 and under and their parents and caregivers. Sessions will be held on Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30.

SPICES Forest Play offers a mindful exploration of the six key tenets of Quakerism, Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship (SPICES) while immersing you and your child in the joys of nature on eight consecutive Fridays.

Young children will explore nature with friends as it was meant to be explored: in a full-body, hands-on, messy-play way. You’ll be guided in how to play with your little one(s) in the forest. Better still, you’ll learn how to create similar play experiences at home!Guided by our talented instructor, you and your tot will embrace the wild side by running, adventuring and immersing in the outdoors. Our weekly topics include three sessions on mindfulness in nature, three sessions on building in nature, and two as nature investigators. Every session includes story books; shared snacks with tea/hot chocolate; laid-back discussions on key topics about kids, mindfulness and nature; and lots and lots of play.

Tiny SPICES 2.0 Program Topics:
• March 15: Mindfulness March – Noticing and wondering in nature
• March 22: Mindfulness March – Meditation and the open sky
• March 29: Mindfulness March – Breathing in nature
• April 5: Nature Makers – Let’s build a mud kitchen!
• April 12: Nature Makers – Let’s build a music wall!
• April 19: Nature Makers – Let’s build a child’s sensory garden!
• April 26: Nature Investigators – Noticing signs of spring
• May 3: Nature Investigators – Creek explorations

This unique youth program will meet on the tranquil grounds of Third Haven Friends Meeting, at 405 South Washington Street. The cost is $20 per session, or $120 for the eight-week program. For more information or to register, e-mail Amy Owsley at amy.owsley@gmail.com, or telephone her at 410-200-2332.

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