New & improved Easter event - Sat April 3rd

Please join the Manchester Community Center and the MMC for a really fun event to celebrate Easter in Sat April 3rd. Festivities will begin at the community center at 9:00AM and will include coffee, donuts, balloons and face-painting. Then at 10:00 we'll head over to Masconomo Park for the Easter egg hunt and the Easter Bunny's arrival on the fire truck. This is a really great event for children and this year we have improved on tradition! We look forward to seeing you and your families there!


Iron Rails Open Gyms

Looking for a way to have your little ones burn off some steam during February vacation? Open gym at Iron Rails in Magnolia might be your solution. There are two open gyms during vacation week: Tues. the 16th from 12:30-2:30 and Thurs. the 18th from 10:00-12:00. Each sesssion is $15.


Harborlight Montessori Open Houses

Harborlight is holding two upcoming Open School events for infant/toddler through middle school programs: Wednesday, January 13th and Wednesday, February 3rd, from 9 to 11 AM.

Harborlight Montrssori School is located at 243 Essex St. in Beverly and can be reached at 978-922-1008 with any questions.



Music Discovery for Young Children

Tuesday, January 19-April 6, 9:30-10:15am

Stoneridge Children’s Montessori School, Beverly, MA

For children 2-5 years old and their parents.

$145 / 12 Week Session


Introducing Music Discovery for Young Children with Hannah Lynn Mell at Stoneridge Children’s Montessori School in Beverly.

Enhance your child's development and love of music through a variety of musical activities, including song, dance, movement games and instruments. With a range of styles, our music classes help children explore the power of rhythm, melody, tonality and beat while nurturing key physical, social and intellectual skills. The program is fun for both kids and their parents. Parent/caregiver actively participate in class activities.

Hannah Lynn Mell grew up performing in choirs and community theatre productions in Kona, Hawaii. She fell in love with teaching as a 17-year old, when she began directing a church performing arts group. Prior to joining the Stoneridge community, Hannah spent four years teaching in public schools. Since becoming the Director of Stoneridge’s Music Program in 2008, she has breathed a new level of enthusiasm into the music program. In her free time, Hannah acts and sings, practices yoga, and works on her forthcoming book, The Stretch Project, that describes in depth her innovative teaching approach.

Watch Hannah in action! Go to Youtube.com and search for “hannahlynnmell.”

Stoneridge Childrenʼs Montessori School has organized this course as an outreach to the North Shore community. To register, please email ptucker@stoneridgecms.org or simply return the attached registration form. You are invited to attend the first class at no cost – simply fill out the registration form and attach a note that says, “Will confirm registration after the first class.”

Stoneridge Children’s Montessori School is a Toddler to Grade 8 school adjacent to Endicott College. For more information about Stoneridge, please visit www.stoneridgecms.org.

*Please note that we will not have class on Tuesday, February 16 due to school vacation.


Children's Event in March

Be sure to check the Events page often (or better yet sign up for the RSS feed) for upcoming Children's Events, like Maple Sugaring in March!


Brian Doser Returns to Playgroup

Brian Doser will make his first playgroup appearance of the year this Thursday, January 7th, from 9:30-10:15! While he is compensated, he appreciates any and all contributions that we make to his tip box.


Happy New Year!

May the new year bring health and happiness to you & your families. (And good naps for the little ones too!). Looking forward to a fun filled 2010!


Jingle Bell Walk a Big Success

A fun time was had by all at this year's Jingle Bell Walk! Santa arrived at Masconomo Park on a firetruck where festive music and a crowd of excited children awaited him. Then Santa led kids of all ages down to Singing Beach jingling their bells along the way. From there Santa and his admirers headed over to the Manchester Community Center for some cookies & milk. A long line formed full of eager little ones looking for a chance to sit on Santa's lap. Thanks to everyone who helped make this annual event a successful one! A special thanks to Crosby's for helping out in a pinch! The Jingle Bell Walk is co-sponsored by the Manchester Mothers' Club, the Manchester Community Center and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.


Chili Party


Chili Party A Success!

Chili Cookoff 
The 7th Annual MMC Chili Cook Off was a Huge Success
The Manchester Mothers' Club held it's annual "Chili Cook Off" Fundraiser on November 14th at the Rhumbline in Gloucester. With fabulous raffles to be won, some of the best home made chili around and a live band - this year's event was one to be beat.  

This year, the Mother's club chose to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund ("JDRF"). Currently, eleven families in the Manchester/Essex School System are affected by this chronic debilitating disease.  Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.3 billion to diabetes research.  The Mother's club is proud to support JDRF as they continue to work to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.


Special thanks to all of the wonderful cooks who made chili for the event. Without them this fundraiser would not be possible. Also, thanks to our wonderful fund raising team, Cathy Costello, Sue Kent, and Deb Wood, who hit the pavement for weeks and managed to get some really great raffle prizes for our members.
This year's chili winner was Rachael Bagenstase who took home the grand prize of a two night stay at the beautiful Rockport Inn & Suites.   Rachael 's chili  "Gone in 60 Seconds" was delicious!  AriAnna Harvey won the prize for best named chili, "Organically Orgasmic"!


Thanks to our corporate sponsor, Viacord, all the local businesses who provided raffle prizes, Mother's Club members, and community members who made this event possible.  The support for JDRF was incredible.  What a fun night!



Manchester Mothers' Club Cooks Up $3600 for the Rogers Family of Essex

The 6th annual Manchester Mother’s Club Chili Cook off fundraiser was a fun evening and a huge success. In partnership with local businesses, The Manchester Mother’s Club was able to raise $3,600.00 for the Rogers family of Essex who lost their home in a fire in June of 2008.

The Manchester Mother’s Club would like to give a special thanks to our corporate sponsor, Manchester architectural firm Olson, Lewis, Dioli & Doktor for partnering with us to raise money for this event. We also thank Seaside Cycle, Zaks, The Rugged Bear, and The Learning Express for making direct donations to the family. Thanks to Chili Choice of Gloucester for providing their delicious queso & chips to our event, and Ward’s Florist of Beverly for the festive decorations.

There were 30 businesses throughout the North Shore who contributed to this event. The following businesses showed their support for the Rogers family by donating raffle items. Thanks to: Staybride Suites of Andover, La Chanterelle Restaurant of Endicott College, The Nightingale Inn Bed & Breakfast of Beverly Farms, Blue Marlin Grille, Periwinkles, Windward Grille, Tom Shea’s, Cape Ann Pizza of Essex, Gianna’s Goodies of Essex, Blue Family Magic Photography, Tom Underwood Photography, Seaside Wellness, M. Lekkakos Salon & Spa of Wenham, French Lessons of Hamilton- Wenham, The Franklin Café Gloucester, Fay Puopolo of Details Hair Design in Peabody, Carol Carlson of Arbonne International, Village Silversmith Jewelry, N. Larson Jewelry Design Manchester, Chulamama Maternity & Baby Salem, and Sharon Studios Photography of Gloucester.

The Manchester Mother’s Club is also very grateful to Wendy Cressey & Andrew Fournier for donating a long weekend vacation to their beautiful Cape home. Shelley and Kevin Delaney were the winners of the live auction for this home, and we thank them for their support!

Thanks again to all the local businesses, Mother’s Club members, and community members who made this event possible. The support for the Rogers family was incredible!