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2019 Apr 18

Meet a Scientist at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

Come see the world through the eyes of a scientist and explore what research reveals about life and our planet. Graduate students from the departments of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Human Evolutionary Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University will share their research through hands-on activities in the museum galleries. This program is designed to actively engage families in learning more about science and exciting new discoveries in our natural world.

Regular museum admission rates apply.

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2019 Mar 30

The Art of Botanical Drawing: A Four Week Course

9:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

Four Saturdays: March 30, April 6, 13, and 27
9:30 -11:30 am

Explore the beauty and variety of plant forms using pencil, watercolor, and colored pencil. This four-week course will introduce botanical drawing techniques through close observation and practice with contour, gesture, foreshortening, shading, and color. All skill levels are welcome.

Instructor: Erica Beade

Fees: $110 members/$130 nonmembers

Advance Registration required....

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2019 Mar 09

Plumage and Personality: An Art and Science Workshop

9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

The world of birds is full of diverse behaviors and appearances. Some birds blend in with their environment, while others do everything they can to stand out. How and why do birds achieve these visual feats, and what can it tell us about their natural history and evolution? Harvard University biologist Dakota McCoy will use feather and bird specimens from the University's collections to explore how and why this diversity of forms and behaviors arose. Artist Erica Beade will show participants techniques to capture the nuance of avian color and form in their drawings.

Fees: $45...

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2019 Mar 02

Exploring Science Together: Minerals!

10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

What makes a mineral a mineral? Find out in this hands-on and interactive program. Be a geologist for the day and learn how to identify minerals. Discover the secret properties that make some minerals truly unique. Participate in gallery explorations of our mesmerizing mineral collections. Investigate the different uses of minerals and even create your own mineral pigment artwork to take home! All activities are designed to be a fun and interactive experience for elementary age students and their families to participate in together.

Fees: $15 members/$25 nonmembers, per person...

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2019 Nov 05

Senior Care Planning Webinar - Maximizing Quality of Life as You Age

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Online

Whether retirement seems far away or just around the corner, it’s important to maximize quality of life as we age. In order to do that, it’s helpful to consider how best to enhance wellbeing, independence and social connection. This seminar will cover topics such as livable communities, in-home supports, technology resources and the cost of long-term care.

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2019 Aug 06

Senior Care Planning Webinar - Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: Caregiving Challenges and Strategies

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Online

There are more than 5 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 15 million family caregivers who help them in the U.S. Within the next 10 years, that number is projected to increase by 40 percent. This seminar will review the different forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, and signs your loved one may have the disease. Despite the devastating nature of Alzheimer’s disease, there are supports out there that can make a difference and help you continue to connect with your Mom or Dad. Learn about caregiving strategies and types of care that can improve...

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2019 May 07

Senior Care Planning Webinar - Important Resources for Family Caregivers

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Online

As family caregivers, we are often confronted with a confusing array of choices. How can you sort out the various senior living arrangements, in-home services and care options, so you can determine what’s best for your loved one? How do you find the right support for yourself so you can handle your caregiving responsibilities along with everything else? Learn about the long-term care landscape including resources and costs so that you can be an informed and proactive caregiver.

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2019 Feb 05

Senior Care Planning Webinar - Advocacy in Healthcare Settings

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Online

While you hope to never receive the dreaded call that mom has fallen or dad had a stroke, many families are not prepared for what happens next. Knowing the right questions to ask, how to be an effective advocate, and what documents to have in place can make a difference. Planning ahead may help you navigate the complex and often fragmented healthcare system, which can lead to better outcomes. Learn how to communicate more effectively with healthcare providers, address grievances, and identify helpful resources.

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2019 May 07

Working Mind (Managers Only)

10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

This is a unique training opportunity designed to teach techniques of mindfulness to managers (grade 56 and above) for use in their daily work. This free eight-week, classroom-based program provides mobile tools, guided meditations, small group support and weekly reminders to participants as they learn to practice meditation and other techniques to enhance focus, collaboration, and effectiveness. Pre- and post- self assessments, app-generated metrics and personalized reports will demonstrate participants’ progress and the impact of the program as a...

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2019 May 01

Mindfulness 2.0 Deepening Practice (4-week course)

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

Individuals who have previously participated in the multi-week mindfulness course or many of the individual applied mindfulness course, and who are now looking to expand their understanding of the principles and practices of mindfulness even further, are a perfect fit for this free course, which emphasizes practice and delving into students’ questions.

In Mindfulness 2.0 a greater weight is placed on integrating a range of mindful practices into the fabric of daily life, and to examining...

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2019 Apr 30

Mindful Parenting

11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: 

114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

Bringing mindful attention to our skills as parents increases our capacity to form strong bonds with all the members of our family. This is because the practice of mindfulness cultivates the conditions of openness and receptivity in which communication and emotional connection naturally flourish. In this free workshop, we will learn about becoming more mindful people as well as more mindful parents, able to navigate the inevitable waves of joy and frustration that accompany every parent’s experience with a greater sense of ease.

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2019 Mar 28

Mindfulness Retreat for Experienced Practitioners (2-day course)

12:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

Session One will be held on March 28 from 12-3 p.m. Session Two will be held on April 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Individuals who have established a regular meditation practice recognize that having the opportunity to practice for a sustained period of time, in a location generally removed from distractions, and with other like-minded individuals, is essential to deepening one’s practice and understanding of mindfulness.

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2019 Mar 14

Mindful Movement: Yoga for the Office

12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

As every office worker knows, sitting for long periods can result in stiffness and discomfort. The gentle stretches and postures taught in this program are designed to increase flexibility at the joints – thereby improving one's range of motion – and also aid in relaxing the hips and lower portions of the body to increase one's ability to sit with ease. Because this practice blends movement in the body with the breath, it is an ideal...

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2019 Mar 05

Mindfulness and Compassion

10:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

Compassion is sometime described as the state of “suffering together”; but what does it mean to suffer productively, without becoming overwhelmed or burnt out in the face of the needs of others…and ourselves? Mindfulness practice is focused on observing internal and external experience with a heightened sense of clarity, and is an essential element in preparing the heart and intellect to navigate the demands of compassion in sincere and effective ways. In this free workshop we will explore compassion as it is regarded in the mindfulness tradition, as a “quivering of the heart in the face...

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2019 Feb 27

Exploring the Practice of Mindfulness (6-week course)

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

This free multi-week course offers close study in a variety of mindfulness-based topics, including basic practices like the body scan and sitting meditation, as well as walking meditation, gentle stretching, and mindful communication. The physiology of the stress response is examined, especially in relation to the ways mindfulness practice enables individuals to become aware of and mediate their reactions to stressful situations. By the time the course ends, participants will feel prepared to...

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