The Arlington Menotomy Rockets will join other local women's hockey teams for a day of friendly competition and family fun to raise money and awareness for cancer research. The event will include games, live music, door prizes, raffle prizes, a silent auction, 50/50, and T shirt toss. In 2008, Arlington moms, Diane Mucci and Jenn Tripp, were inspired to organize the Shoot for the Cure benefit after participating in the Avon 2 day Walk for Cancer. Read more about Shoot for the Cure 2011 on their website. Proceeds will benefit several organizations including Avon Walk for Cancer, Center for Cancer Support and Education, Jimmy Fund, and The Children's Room. Donations will also go towards Shoot for the Cure Scholarships. Admission is $20.00 per family and includes 25 raffle tickets and a door prize ticket. Saturday, March 19, 1:00 pm to 9:30. Click here for the game schedule. Ed Burns Arena, 422 Summer Street, Arlington
Relationship Changes with Your In-Laws After the Loss of Your Spouse Parent Discussion, Sunday, March 13, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Your relationship with your in-laws may change after the death of your spouse. Perhaps it’s a friendship that will stand on its own, or maybe it wasn’t a positive relationship before the loss. Your in-laws are your children’s family, and you will most likely feel it is your responsibility to keep your children connected to them. Sometimes that connection can be difficult. There may be feelings of guilt, or they may judge how you and your children are living your lives after the death. This discussion will explore expectations around family traditions, including holidays, vacations, and visits. Change is inevitable and difficult. Sometimes what feels best for you, may not be the best thing for your children. Come share your personal experiences, good and bad, and the ways your relationship is changing with your in-laws. The Parent Alumni Group (PAG) is an active group of “alumni” adults, who have been through our family-based support programs, and have remained connected to the mission of The Children’s Room. They meet regularly to support and give back to newly bereaved families in a variety of ways, including hosting regular discussion groups on topics experienced by grieving children and families. Visit the Parent Alumni Group page to see future discussion topics and dates. This discussion is open to the community, but space is limited. Please email inquiries and RSVPs to firstname.lastname@example.org. Discussions take place at TCR ~ 1210 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington ~ 781-641-4741
Are you beginning to think about dating again after the loss of your spouse or partner? It can be challenging to talk with your children about a new relationship. Perhaps you’re asking yourself: How do I get started? Is internet dating safe? Should I introduce my date to my children? There are so many difficult questions and so few easy answers. Talking with other parents will help you navigate tricky issues such as carving out some adult time as a single parent, and facing what may be a difficult emotional process for you and your children. Come and share with other parents as you begin to think about this new chapter in your life. The Parent Alumni Group (PAG) is an active group of “alumni” adults, who have been through our family-based support programs, and have remained connected to the mission of The Children’s Room. They meet regularly to support and give back to newly bereaved families in a variety of ways, including hosting regular discussion groups on topics experienced by grieving children and families. Visit the Parent Alumni Group page to see future discussion topics and dates. This discussion is open to the community, but space is limited. Please email inquiries and RSVPs to email@example.com. Discussions take place at TCR ~ 1210 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington ~ 781-641-4741
We are so pleased to announce that Martin Conneely and Maritza Ebling will be running the Boston Marathon in April in support of The Children's Room. Our two marathon bibs are provided through the generosity of the John Hancock Foundation. John Hancock has sponsored the Boston Marathon for 25 years, and each year provides entry bibs for runners who are raising money and hope for community nonprofits. Martin Conneely, an Arlington resident, has been a generous supporter of The Children's Room for years. Surviving cancer inspired Martin to reach out to others in need, and he has organized many charity events, including two very successful golf tournaments. This is not the first marathon that Martin has run for TCR, and we are honored that he is once again dedicating his energy and passion to benefit our children and families. Maritza Ebling, a junior at Wesleyan University, grew up in Newton. Maritza's youngest cousin, Sophia, died in her sleep from an unknown cause in 2004. Sophia's parents and sister attended TCR, and Maritza was inspired by the "powerful, healing presence" that TCR had in the lives of her family. She hopes to ensure that other grieving families can be helped in the same way. Please join us for our Boston Marathon Kickoff Reception on Wednesday, January 19th, from 7:30 to 9:00, at our house in Arlington. Our special guest, Dr. Victoria Arthur, will be sharing her experience of running the 2010 Boston Marathon (her first marathon!) in support of TCR and in memory of her brother, Peter. Come meet Maritza, Martin and Victoria, and enjoy appetizers, wine and a great evening with friends. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our Marathon Team 2011 page for more information [...]
Community Parent Evening: Helping our Children Cope With Loss – Monday, January 31st, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Helping Our Children & Teens Cope with Stressful Life Events This presentation and interactive discussion will give parents, educators, and other concerned adults practical information about how children and teens understand and cope with loss. Participants will learn developmentally appropriate strategies and language to help children understand significant losses such as death, divorce, and illness. Caring adults can make a significant difference, by validating and respecting children’s feelings, and helping them develop coping skills that will serve them throughout their lifetime. Presented by Deborah Rivlin, Director of Education and Training. At The Children's Room (third floor). Please RSVP to Kate@childrensroom.org. 1210 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington For more information: 781-641-4741 ext. 224 $10.00 per person at the door. Parking is available on Appleton Street and Mass Ave. Visit our Contact Us page for directions. Click here to download a flyer for your school or community.
The topic of this month's Parent Discussion Group is Coping with the Death of a Child. Participants will have the opportunity to share stories, experiences and challenges during this open and interactive discussion, moderated and facilitated by The Children’s Room Parent Alumni Group. The Parent Alumni Group (PAG) is an active group of “alumni” adults, who have been through our family-based support programs, and have remained connected to the mission of The Children’s Room. PAG meets regularly to support and give back to newly bereaved families in a variety of ways, including hosting regular discussion groups on topics experienced by grieving children and families. This discussion is open to the community, but space is limited. Please RSVP to email@example.com. Discussions take place at TCR ~ 1210 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington ~ 781-641-4741
Looking for a night out that has great music and supports a great cause (The Children's Room!)? Then we have the event for you: Holiday Benefit and Bash with The Vivs. The performance takes place at the Regent Theatre in Arlington at 7:00pm on December 18th. For more information about the band, event, and tickets, you can visit The Vivs page on the Regent Theatre website.
We had sunshine yesterday for the annual Memories Walk, but more importantly we were surrounded by familes, volunteers, and friends who came to support the mission and programs of The Children's Room. The community support was simply amazing. We would like to thank everyone who walked, donated, and sent words of encouragement. And we would like to give special thanks to our Sol Circle walkers, the Arlington Hockey Club, and Robert's Birthday party. Donations can still be made online at www.firstgiving.com/childrensroom, or by mail.
Some Children's Room participants have found writing to be a transformative experience in their healing journey. A local writer and teacher is offering an 8 week session: Writing our Way Through.... on Friday morning from 9:15 - 11:15 in Arlington Center. For more information contact Pamela Powell. Call 781-646-6708 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Team Up soccer tournament was successful in every way – so successful that we are already looking at our calendar to schedule it again for next year! We would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped to make the day run smoothly, with special recognition to Justine Bloch who chaired the event committee. And we would also like to thank Belmont Hill for generously providing their beautiful field space. It was wonderful to watch the more than 80 women who came to play soccer – but Team Up was much more than a tournament. We were thrilled that Boston Breaker, Jordan Angell stopped by to sign autographs and talk to the kids, and Heart-E-Ha Ha (Shari Rose) was there to work her face painting magic. The day was filled with good sport, great auction items, generous volunteers and fun games for kids. The event was truly a testament to the spirit and power of our community!