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GardenMoms

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You must be a resident of Springfield, USA.

Welcome to GardenMoms - one of Boston's best parenting resources!

In 2002, an owner of the Garden of Eden restaurant in Boston’s South End noticed several regular customers who were either very pregnant or had brand-new babies. Although we (the soon-to-be GardenMoms) didn’t know each other, the Garden proprietors threw a brunch for us — and we’ve been hanging out together ever since.

We were sad to see the Garden of Eden close in 2008, but feel fortunate that the mom-to-mom connections we first made at that brunch are still going strong - and growing by the day. Our group has grown from seven moms to well over 2000, and now includes members from almost every Boston neighborhood, as well many parents who live outside the city. New GardenMoms (and, of course, new GardenBabies and a few GardenDads) are constantly joining our ranks.

Since its inception in 2002, GardenMoms has become an important resource and support network for countless parents, both new and experienced. We are fortunate to have a terrific, dedicated group of members who share their advice, humor, warmth, and support. Welcome to our group!

Returning Members: Your username is the email address that you submitted when you registered with Big Tent. (Please note that the moderators do not have access to your personal log-in information or password).

NOTE: If you're a current member but can't remember your Big Tent password, go to the login page on Big Tent (https://www.bigtent.com/log_in). Directly below the big orange sign-in button, there is a link to reset your password.

Questions? Email us at gardenmomsmoderators@googlegroups.com. We'll answer you as quickly as we can - but please remember that our moderators are all busy working moms (with several kids each!) who are working on a completely volunteer basis - so please be patient!

Upcoming Events

SingJustice: Singing for Diversity, Equality and Social Justice– with a Latin beat

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 4–5:30 pm EST

Come hear SingPositive bring out the sun as 28 families from in and around Jamaica Plain perform music from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Spain, and America- with joyful Festival beats provided by local Latin band Afrika Gente!

Join us to detox from the political climate and reground ourselves in our community's core values of celebrating Diversity, striving for Compassion, Equality, and Social Justice. Hear us sing in three languages (including a Sufi poem in Arabic!), marvel as we fit Aretha Franklin and Coldplay to Latin grooves!

Cornell Coley brings his Latin Jazz band Afrika Gente to join the fifty voices of SingPositive, along with Berklee vocalist Naty Hernandez, as we perform music of Juan Luis Guerra, Manu Chao, Shakira, Adam Levine, Sweet Honey in the Rock,, and more.

TWO OPPORTUNITIES TO HEAR THIS SHOW!

Our main show: Sunday, December 4 @ 4pm, Saint John's Church in Jamaica Plain (1 Roanoke Ave). $15/$5 seniors, students and children.

Our "Aftershock" limited seating Matinee performance: Saturday, December 10, 1:30 pm at the Mount Pleasant Home atrium, 301 South Huntington Avenue, Jamaica Plain. Free for residents of Mount Pleasant Home; donations requested from outside guests.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1885679438335288/

Baby and Breastfeeding Drop in

Mon Dec 5, 2016, 10:30 am – 11:30 pm EST

Facilitated by an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Baby guru, the FREE weekly Baby and Breastfeeding Support group is a drop in that offers friendly and stress free support for you and your new baby. This casual group offers the ability to freely ask questions about infant feeding, soothing, sleeping patterns, and more. A great place to meet other mothers in similar circumstances, to learn from each other and to feel supported.

New Moms Group-Meets Weekly- Free

Mon Dec 5, 2016, 1–2:30 pm EST

Are you a new mom? Do you want to meet other new moms, have a place to talk about the joys and challenges of motherhood and ask questions?

Come join the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Chestnut Hill New Mom's Group.

All Mom's with babies 0-12 months are welcome.

This group is sponsored by the BIDMC OB/GYN Department and is FREE of charge regardless of where you delivered. Please call or email to register: 617-667-2229; csweeney@bidmc.harvard.edu ; www.bidmc.org/parentconnection

Prenatal Yoga at Mama & Me (JP)

Mon Dec 5, 2016, 6:45–8 pm EST

Drop Ins are welcome to this weekly Prenatal Yoga class at Mama and Me in the Brewery Complex in Jamaica Plain. PLEASE BRING A PILLOW if you are able to. Yoga mats are provided.

cost is $15 per class.

please note there is no class on January 20, February 17, April 21

for more information see http://www.mymamaandme.com/prenatal-yoga/

Newton Mothers' Forum MNO with Tassy Warren

Mon Dec 5, 2016, 7–9 pm EST

Join us for Newton Mothers' Forum's Moms’ Night Out on Monday, December 5 from 7-9 pm in the Technology Center at The Carroll Center for the Blind.

Our keynote speaker will be Tassy Warren. Ms. Warren is the chief program officer at Harvard's Center on the Developing Child, as well as Newton's first lady. She is responsible for the Center's work to build a research and development platform, which includes efforts to conduct new research, generate and test new ideas, and connect a multidimensional learning community. A Newton native, Ms. Warren also served on John Kerry's presidential campaign.

Our Community Spotlight Speakers will be Laura Grattan and Kelly Coughlin from America SCORES, which organizes girls and boys soccer programs for students in K-12 enrolled in Boston public schools.

We will have dinner catered from a local restaurant.

For December, we are also holding a collection drive for local nonprofit Room to Grow. We are collecting infant and toddler necessities such as new or gently used clothing, toys, books, baby toiletries, diapers, etc.

As always, MNOs are free for members. Non-members are welcome to attend one Mothers' Night Out at a cost of $10. Guests who join within 45 days after attending can apply the $10 fee to their membership dues. Please RSVP to newtonmothers@gmail.com.

For more information about the Newton Mothers' Forum, go to www.newtonmoms.com.