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Join the Kidoinfo Conversation, Traditions on November 16, 2010

KidoConversationsAt Craftland in Downtown, Providence, Rhode Island
Tickets: $15. Includes printed Traditions’ Resource Guide and other goodies. Snow Beverages will be serving up free natural sodas. Appetizers provided by Whole Foods.  Pre-Register and receive one free raffle ticket for a chance to win cool prizes.

At Kidoinfo we like to share; connecting parents with information, new ideas and their local community. This November we will talk about Traditions and what this means to families.

Traditions connect your children with your personal and cultural history and form the memories they will later pass on to their friends and families. Stemming from religion, birthplace, seasons, or revolving around a treasured activity or possession, families today decide how to carry on, blend or create new traditions. This event gives panelists and attendees a forum to describe their traditions and learn something new to share with their loved ones in the upcoming holiday season.

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Traditions-Mod-webPlan to join the conversation with moderator Wendy Lawton.
Our panel: Beth Curtin, Artist, Sarika Parikh, Teacher at the Gordon School, and Teny Gross, Director of the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 6:30 – 8:30pm
location: Craftland – Westminster Street, Providence, RI
Tickets: $15. Space is limited.  Pre-Register here and receive one free raffle ticket for a chance to win cool prizes.
Includes: Snow Beverages will be serving up free natural sodas, appetizers from WholeFoods, printed Traditions’ Resource Guide and other goodies.

Thank you to our sponsors for making this conversation possible:
Supporting Sponsors:
Leslie Kellogg
, Craftland, Snow Beverages, WholeFoods, Hannah’s Harvest, Cutler & Company, Soul at Work.

I invite you to share your family traditions with the community in advance of the event. Please describe your family tradition in the comments below.


Sarika Parikh

Sarika is an experienced elementary school teacher of “traditions,” both at home with her family of two boys (ages 17 months and 4 years), and in her 4th grade classroom at The Gordon School, where multicultural education is intentionally incorporated into the curriculum on a daily basis. She holds an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Reading Literacy. Since the day Sarika had trouble completing the “traditional family tree,” assignment in elementary school due to her Indian background, she has been impassioned to empower both her own children and her students to embrace the uniqueness of their own identities. Sarika believes in connecting children to family traditions in simple ways that enable children to embrace and explore their identities in everyday life, through sharing personal stories, connecting with family members, and keeping multigenerational memories alive. Sarika believes that “keeping it simple” will make traditions relevant for young children as well as realistic for families for continue.

Beth Curtin

Beth Curtin is a portrait artist who primarily works in artist’s colored pencils out of her studio in a mill building in Pawtucket.  She also enjoys crafts such as knitting, sewing, crocheting, handspinning, toy-making, and formerly, making Waldorf dolls.  Her blog, www.acornpies.blogspot.com, emphasizes the joys of art, nature, and outdoor play and publishes craft and toy-making tutorials.  In addition to her portrait work, she is currently creating a series of hand-colored lino prints of children at play.  These lino prints and Beth’s crafts are available online in her etsy store, www.primroses.etsy.com.  Beth is married to Bill Curtin, a professor at Brown, and they have three children:  Nicholas, 23, is an executive chef in New York City, Cammie, 20, is studying neuroscience at Middlebury College, and Peter, 8, loves to figure out how things work.  Learning and creativity figure large in the life of Beth’s family

Teny Gross

Teny O. Gross is Executive Director of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, a pioneering organization that teaches the principles and practices of nonviolence locally, nationally and internationally. Its Nonviolence Streetworkers Program is widely recognized for stemming gang violence. The U.S. Conference of Mayors selected the Institute’s work as “best practice” in combating gang violence, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, R.I. has selected it as “Outstanding Philanthropic Organization for 2009.” The Institute received Citizens Bank/NBC 10’s first “Champion in Action” award for nonviolence, Metlife Foundation’s Community Police Partnership award for “Gang Prevention and Youth Safety,”

In 2010, Teny was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall of Fame by Providence Mayor David Cicilline. R.I. Minority Police Association Community Service award, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission Recognition award. Teny is the recipient of an Institute of Global Leadership Alumni Award from Tufts University where he earned his B.F.A. From Harvard he received an M.T.S. degree and a fellowship in Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management from Harvard Business School.

During the 1990’s Teny had been a Program Coordinator for the Ella J. Baker House Youth Focused Community Initiative, a participant in the National Ten-Point Coalition, and a Senior Streetworker for the City of Boston. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Force.


Wendy Lawton
Wendy Lawton raises money for science and technology projects at Brown University. Wendy serves on the board of the Vartan Gregorian PTO and the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art, and serves as an advisor to Wooly Productions. Her childhood traditions included apple picking, Christmas tree cutting, and annual summer pilgrimages to southern Indiana that were rich in family and food. Wendy lives in Providence with her 7-year-old, Lucy, and they observe many seasonal traditions, some of which involve seashells, pumpkins, poetry and soup.

Look forward to the full 2010-11 Conversation Series:

WINTER (February): Parenting Simply
Parents are busy juggling work, home and child-care and today’s children seem to be scheduled from birth. What do parents and kids really need? Can parenting be simplified to create a satisfying lifestyle for you and your kids? Panelists will share online tools and offline tips to foster balance and peace of mind.

SPRING (May): Community Minded Kids
How can we instill volunteerism and community activism in the next generation? A panel discussion with projects, online resources, and examples of how families can create meaningful connections to their communities and impact real change in the world.

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  • My wife and I have two kids, aged five and eight. We have a few nice traditions emerging around birthdays. We found it impossible to have birthday parties without getting gifts, so rather than saying “no gifts” we got specific. “Bring a photo of yourself” worked well, “bring a photo of an animal” too, and “no bigger than a grapefruit.” The past few years we have asked for pet food and toys to bring to Providence Animal Rescue League. Our pets have all come from shelters so there is a nice connection for our kids. The REAL tradition becomes loading it all into the car and bringing it down to the shelter. We then hang around, pet some kitties, distribute the toys, and when the staff is not too busy they lavish attention on us. Turns into a nice afternoon.