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VOLUNTEER WORK DAY

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22nd

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

We hope you all had the opportunity to meet the Goatscaping crew, our summer park work volunteers.

We’ll be following up on the work our four “volunteers” accomplished by cutting back the woody brush that they didn’t tackle.

The two work areas will be the rear perimeter of the back field and the perimeter of Centennial Grove nearest the Churchill Ave. entrance.

The weather is predicted to be in the 50’s & 60’s. Please wear work gloves, long pants — and sturdy shoes/rubber boots. Loppers, saws and pruning shears would be helpful, if you have them.

~~~~~~Rain date: Sunday 10/23 10 am to noon~~~~~~

Tai Chi for Strength and Balance

SATURDAY mornings from 9:15– 10:15 a.m. starting MAY 7th, 2016 and continuing through JUNE 25th, 2016

Classes are FREE

Registration: www.arlingtonrec.com or register at any class

In any setting, TAI CHI can help to refocus your energy, rejuvenate your body, and ease your mind. But to do tai chi in the fresh morning air at a cul-de-sac in Menotomy Rocks Park is an experience not to be missed!

Instructor Joshua Grant is a well-known martial artist and has over 35 years of experience. He has been a member of national Tai Ji teams and been a gold medalist. He is the owner of Back Bay’s Boston Kung Fu Tai Chi Institute as well as the author of “Tai Chi for Wimps” and an instructional video series.

VOLUNTEER WORK DAY

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15th 

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Once again, we’ll be “stumping” Norway Maple saplings in our on-going effort to allow other trees and understory plants access to sunlight and nutrients. This “stumping” method, cutting the tree at knee-height, allows later passers-by to easily pull off the side growth that the tree will produce, eventually killing it.

This Sunday, we’ll be working on the Norway Maple saplings near the Spring Street entrance to the Park. Wear sturdy work gloves and bring saws and/or loppers for this work.

And, as usual, thanks so much for your help!

Volunteer Work Day

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18th

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

This weekend we’ll be focusing on Norway Maple saplings – specifically the ones bordering the upper woods trail between the Ottawa/HighHaith and the Shawnee Road entrances.

Since the saplings are between 1” and 3” in diameter and fairly tall and spindly, most will have to be lopped or sawed, rather than uprooted with a weed-wrench. We’ll have a weed-wrench or two for the littler ones, but please bring a saw or loppers if you can. We’ll meet along the upper trail at 1:00.

The method we use to discourage re-growth is to cut the tree at knee-height. Passers-by can then more easily pull off the side growth that the tree will produce, similarly to our near-by project at “Stumphenge.”

Thanks for your help!

Volunteer Work Day

Sunday, September 13th  1:00 – 3:00pm

Please join the Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park for a Volunteer Work Day this Sunday. We’ll be doing a “round-up” of various invasive plants — by walking the main pathways in the Park, starting at the main path as it goes into the woods from the back field — and fanning out from the path to the Park edges looking for burning bush, Norway maples, etc. and pulling the troublemakers out or cutting them back. This is in keeping with a major invasives-control principle: establish a well-defended border and work outward from it.

As usual, wear old clothes and gardening gloves —- and bring loppers, a saw and/or pruners if you have them We’ll have some Weed Wrenches and extra tools if you don’t….

Also – don’t’ forget to stop by the Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park booth at Town Day on Saturday (September 12th). We have lots of “new stuff” to check out.

Volunteer Work Days, 2015 Schedule

Please consider helping the Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park with their on-going efforts to remove invasive plants from the Park in order to help restore habitat for native plants and wildlife.

Volunteer Workday Schedule for 2015:

  • MAY: Saturday, May 15th from 10:00 am to noon
  • JUNE: Saturday, June 27th from 10:00 am to noon
  • SEPTEMBER: Sunday, September 13th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • OCTOBER: Saturday, October 17th from 10:00 am to noon
  • NOVEMBER: Sunday, November 15th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Please wear work gloves and old clothes. Loppers and pruning shears would be helpful, maybe a saw or two. We’ll have a couple of weed wrenches & some extra tools. We’d love to have your help.

Free Tai Chi Classes at Menotomy Rocks Park

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TAI CHI CLASSES at Menotomy Rocks Park
FREE
Saturdays 9:30 – 10:30 AM
May 2nd through June 20th
SPONSORED BY THE FRIENDS OF MENOTOMY ROCKS PARK

When it comes to reducing the physical and mental tensions that we encounter in our daily lives, slow is the new fast! Tai Chi is meditation in motion. It is the practice of moving calmly with awareness and ease. Class work will be based on the Yang Style of Tai Chi and will include Eight Movement Form, an easy-to-learn, introductory Tai Chi set as well as the longer 24 Movement Form for those returning students. In any setting, Tai Chi can help to refocus your energy, rejuvenate your body, and ease your mind. But to do Tai Chi in the fresh morning air at Menotomy Rocks Park, with birds happily chirping all around you, is an experience not to be missed! Instructor Dorri Li is a martial artist and fitness professional based in the Boston area. With over 30 years of experience, Dorri has devoted her practice to helping students of all ages feel more focused, calm and strong.

Participants may pre-register at arlingtonrec.com

Earth Day Celebration

Saturday 2 May 2015, 12-3pm

Free.  Join the Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park for an Earth Day Celebration!  There will be family friendly activities, information about local organizations, a morning bird walk, a tai chi class, an afternoon tree walk and more!

Tai Chi for Strength & Balance

Saturdays, May 2 – June 20,  9:30am – 10:30am

FREE. Saturday sessions are sponsored by Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park. (Participants must still pre-register at arlingtonrec.com). When it comes to reducing the physical and mental tensions that we encounter in our daily lives, slow is the new fast! Tai chi is meditation in motion. It is the practice of moving calmly with awareness and ease. Class work will be based on the Style of Tai Chi and will include Eight Movement Form, an easy-to-learn, introductory tai chi set as well as the longer 24 Movement Form for those returning students.

In any setting, tai chi can help to refocus your energy, rejuvenate your body, and ease your mind. But to do tai chi in the fresh morning air at Menotomy Rocks Park, with birds happily chirping all around you, is an experience not to be missed! Instructor Dorri Li is a martial artist and fitness professional based in the Boston area. With over 30 years of experience, Dorri has devoted her practice to helping students of all ages feel more focused, calm andstrong.

Spooky Walk 2014

Spooky Walk 2014!

Saturday, October 25, at dark (approx 6:30pm)

Spooooky Walk is coming! When darkness descends on Saturday October 25, put the kids in the costumes and head over to Menotomy Rocks Park. You’ll see spine-tingling stations along the candle-lit path around the pond, and   finish up with donuts on the Jason Street field. Entrance will be at the Jason Street gate, and please bring a flashlight.

If you want to exorcise your creative spirit and set up a spooky, but family-friendly area, please let us know. The more spooky areas, the more fun the event. Be as bare bones or elaborate as you want. Set up time starts at 3:00 that afternoon.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Carol Band (band_carol@hotmail.com) or Judy Weinberg (judylynnweinberg@gmail.com).