Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Lexington Winter Farmers Market

2018 LFM Small Yet Mighty Winter Market

Every Other Saturday
January – April from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

January 6 & 20, February 3 & 17
March 3, 17, & 31, April 14 & 28

Location-The Waldorf School, 739 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington
The entrance to the market will be around back (follow the signs); parking is available on Mass Ave, in the Waldorf School parking areas and across the street at Follen Church

Delicious, local food from your favorite LFM farmers and vendors for your Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and everything in between.

2018 Farmers & Vendor List
Bell & Goose Cheese
C&C Lobsters and Fish
Copicut Farms
Deano’s Pasta
Del Sur
Heron Pond Farm
Merton’s Maple Syrup (Guest Vendor)
River Rock Farm
The Roasted Granola
Waldorf School Homespun Store

For more information on participating farmers and vendors, visit our “Farmers/Vendors” page.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Community Endowment of Lexington

Information Session for the 2018
Community Endowment of Lexington Grant Cycle

All those interested in this year's program are strongly encouraged to attend our upcoming information session on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 9:00-11:00 AM at the Lexington Community Center. This forum will provide a unique opportunity to ask questions of CEL’s leadership team and learn about the types of programs CEL has supported in the past and would like to encourage for the future. It's also a chance to engage with other organizations about collaboration possibilities. Please join us! RSVP by January 24, 2018 to Megan.

Who We Are
The Community Endowment of Lexington promotes a spirit of philanthropic giving to help enhance the quality of life for all Lexington citizens now and in the future. We are a permanent grantmaking source of funding to support our community needs and opportunities, and provide ways for donors to give back or leave a legacy to our community. 
The Community Endowment of Lexington supports programs and services that help make life healthier and more enjoyable for all members of the community in the areas of health and human services, arts and culture, the environment, and community building. It encourages grant applications from nonprofit organizations and public agencies that bring innovative thinking to big issues and small ones. Please click here to learn more about the Community Endowment of Lexington 2017 grant program.

Lexington Community Board
A group of local Lexington residents form the CEL Community Board. These local residents represent the different demographics of our town, and together raise the funds for grant making in Lexington and decide on the most impactful grants for our community. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wilson Farm 2018 January Events

Souper Sampling Weekend
Saturday & Sunday • January 27th & 28th • 11am - 4pm
There is nothing better on a cold New England day, than a warm bowl of hearty soup. Join friends and family January 27th & 28th for a Soup-er Sampling Weekend! We have invited our favorite soup vendors to showcase their soups, chili, bisques and chowder. Plus, you know our Kitchen and Bakery are whipping up some unique treats guaranteed to tantilize your taste buds. This event is free and open to the public. See you down on the farm.

Cooking Class with Chef Raymond Ost
Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 • 6pm - 8pm

Our Executive and French Master Chef Raymond Ost is leading our first cooking class of 2018: An Alsatian Evening with a Sweet Tropical Finish. The Class is $50 per person, and includes hands-on direction from Chef Ost and his team. RSVP is required and space is limited. Call 781-862-3900 now to register! 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Lexington Pops Chorus Winter Concert

Admission: Adults $20* at the door, Children (under 13) $5   (*Adults $17 if tickets purchased in advance from a chorus member or online. )                                                                                              
For directions and accessibility information, please click: Hancock Church

Monday, January 8, 2018

Lexington MA Homeowner Tasks for January

January Home Maintenance Tasks for Lexington Homeowners
Now that the holiday season is over, do you feel like you’re quickly falling into a winter’s funk? As your Lexington real estate agent, I’m here to offer you a list of homeowner maintenance tasks! As a Lexington MA homeowner, you know there are always things that can be done around the house. However, these particular tasks are best completed in the month of January.

See how many of these you can check off your list this month:

1.  Organize seasonal storage and holiday décor. Before you stuff your holiday décor away and then struggle with it next year, take this opportunity to sort through it, take inventory, donate or trash what you no longer care to keep, and organize and properly store what is left.

2.  Give your kitchen a deep cleaning. If you hosted the holidays at your Lexington MA home, your kitchen most likely took a beating. Go through your pantry and refrigerator and remove expired leftovers and snack foods. Then, give the kitchen a deep cleaning, including walls, kickboards, everything.

3.  Plan summertime projects now. If you want to add landscaping, decks, patios, pools or any other outdoor projects to your Lexington MA property come spring or summer, the time to hire contractors is now. There schedules fill up quickly!

4.  Clean all of your home’s filters. Aside from the obvious HVAC filter, others that are smart to clean and/or replace this time of year as needed are the filters in your fridge, vacuum cleaner, dryer, air filter, humidifier or dehumidifier and other household items.

5.  Shop for new linens and towels. They go on sale in January! This is a tradition that dates way back and is still true today.

You know what else you can accomplish this month? Your Lexington MA real estate market goals! If you want to buy and/or sell this winter season, I am here to help. Contact me, your Lexington MA real estate agent, and let’s get going early this year on accomplishing your real estate goals for 2018!

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Positive Habits to Actually Keep Your New Year's Resolution

The start of a new year is, of course, the perfect time for a fresh start. There’s the metaphorical power, plus the numerical ease of counting days and months of success from Jan 1. But balanced against the celebratory excess and indulgence of the holiday season, New Year’s resolutions can, sadly, tend towards abstinence.

This year I’ll stop smoking. This year I’ll lose weight. This year I’ll quit Diet Coke. This year I’ll be the better, purer, stronger version of myself. Better and stronger is awesome, but here’s a proposition: get there without having to tell yourself “no.”

Deprivation is nasty stuff. It’s woven into the Puritan work ethic that’s woven into so much of American culture—the idea that abstinence is virtue, that willpower is spiritual strength. Sure, there are bad things in life, and it’s best to stay away from them, but an ethic of deprivation is a slippery slope to a life of empty asceticism.

Deprivation is also often a recipe for nasty relapses. When you assign yourself a new zone of self-control, unless you’re doing work to replenish your mental energy, you will run out of “strength.” Think of a rubber band pulled and pulled until it snaps. That snap is your slip, and the tighter you’ve pulled yourself, the more it’s going to hurt. (If you’ve ever gone on a restrictive diet and, after hours or weeks, found yourself bingeing in a way you never would’ve before the diet, you know this feeling well.)

Okay, so: how can you achieve your goals without telling yourself “no”? Most of the time, it’s a simple flip:

  • Stop eating junk food. → Eat more vegetables.
  • Lose weight. → Do Couch to 5k or Go to yoga class once a week.
  • Stop overcommitting socially. → Reserve one night a week to stay in.
  • Quit Diet Coke → Drink more water.
  • Stop looking at Twitter in bed. → Read a book for ten minutes before bed every night.

They’re not one-to-one matches—you can eat junk food and vegetables, and running won’t necessarily make you lose weight. But these positively framed resolutions get at the core value you’re trying to develop in yourself by focusing on adding a new habit instead of subtracting an old one, whether it’s fitness, peacefulness, or hydration.

Even if your resolution is truly, at its heart, about stopping a bad behavior, it’s hugely useful to couple stopping the bad thing with the addition of a new, positive habit—a yes in addition to the no. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself at your 3pm smoke break just looking around with nothing to do and an awful craving. It’s easier to replace a habit than to erase one. Think about where, when, and how your old habit happened, and be prepared with a replacement—a thing you will do to replace the thing you won’t.

Remember that resolutions of any kind take energy to turn into long-lasting and secure patterns. Be gentle with yourself, and you’ll be able to do great things.