Thu, Dec 09: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Via Zoom
Do you feel tired and overwhelmed? This program is designed for parents, caregivers, and educators who have been pandemic heroes (often at their own expense). — ¿Te sientes cansado y agobiado? Este programa está diseñado para padres, cuidadores y educadores que han sido los héroes de esta pandemia (a menudo costa de ellos mismo).Read More
Mon, Jan 17: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Details to follow
For community members of all ages
Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy that inspires and empowers us all. All are welcome to gather for the community welcoming event and service project following the celebration! Co-sponsored by the Natick Interfaith Clergy, Natick Public Schools, Natick 180, and SPARK Kindness.
Fri, Nov 19: at Natick, Online, and Beyond!
Kindness has never been more important and Kindness Week is a time to shine a spotlight on the good that happens every day in our communities, and to inspire people to SPARK Kindness through simple but powerful actions.Read More
Tue, Nov 16: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Via Zoom
Roxy Manning, PhD, psychologist and expert in Nonviolent Communication, will offer strategies to address conflict (and stand up for ourselves and others) with a compassionate approach.Read More
Tue, Nov 16: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Via Zoom
Katie Sugarman, Prevention & Outreach Program Manager for the Natick Health Department and Director of the
Natick 180 Coalition presents on “How Understanding Current Trends, Tips and Resources Can Help Prevent & Reduce Addiction in Our Community.” Hosted by Natick 180.
Wed, Nov 03: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Via Zoom
Celebrated activist Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins will discuss the extraordinary efforts that led to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how we can all be involved the important work of supporting disability rights.Read More
Wed, Oct 20: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Via Zoom
Author and podcaster, Christine Koh, PhD will share practical advice for how to navigate re-entry stress, including tactics to manage calendar creep, maintain boundaries, and protect time for yourself and with your family.Read More
Thu, Oct 14: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Via Zoom
The “Learn a Better Way” Workshop is a unique opportunity for parents/caregivers to learn how to improve family dynamics that are impacted by a teen or adult child’s substance use. Hosted by Natick 180.Read More
Sat, Oct 09: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Paper Fiesta, 1 Main Street (Rt 27/135) in Natick
Join the SPARK Kindness Crew and spread kindness from the Natick Common to our neighborhoods and all the way to downtown Boston for Marathon Monday! Come with your inspirational and supportive messages for runners, we’ll supply sidewalk chalk, paper and markers for your posters and some popcorn snacks, too as we connect communities through kindness.Read More
Sat, Sep 11: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Natick Common
SPARK is excited to be part of this annual Natick tradition that celebrates our community! Stop by to learn more about SPARK, our upcoming programs, and pick up a fun family craft project!Read More
Sun, Aug 29: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Natick High Memorial Field
A FREE fun festival for high school students who live in or attend school in Natick! Hosted by the Natick Police Department and Natick Public Schools with the support of community partners and sponsors.Read More
Tue, Aug 17: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Via Zoom
Janine Halloran, LMCH shares simple and practical strategies to ease this fall’s back to school transition. Neste evento disponibilizaremos interpretação simultânea de Língua Portuguesa.Read More
Tue, May 25: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Via Zoom
Celebrated disability rights activist and author Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins will share her award winning book which addresses the struggle for inclusion and the fight for equality in our country.Read More
Tue, May 11: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Via Zoom
La galardonada periodista bilingüe y autora del libro “Perfectamente Tú: EL Poder de los Auténtico”, Mariana Atencio. Este programa se ofrecerá en español con traducción simultánea de ASL e inglés. (Award-winning bilingual journalist and author of Perfectly You: Embracing the Power of Being Real, Mariana Atencio. This program will be offered in Spanish with simultaneous ASL and English translation.)Read More
Thu, Apr 15: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Via Zoom
Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith on how educators and school leaders can support BIPOC children amidst racism, racialized violence and trauma.Read More
Thu, Apr 15: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Via Zoom
Dr. Briscoe-Smith will present on how parents and caregivers can support themselves and empower their BIPOC children amidst racism and trauma.Read More
Wed, Mar 31: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Via Zoom
The Covid-19 pandemic has upended virtually every aspect of our lives and our society. How are we to lead—our organizations, communities, and families as well as ourselves—in this extraordinary moment?Read More
Thu, Feb 25: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Via Zoom
Expert Sarah Ward will share many practical executive function based interventions families could implement to improve organization, task and time management.Read More
Wed, Feb 03: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Via Zoom
Parenting a middle school can be hard. This talk will share share tools and strategies to support your middle schooler’s mental health.Read More
Tue, Jan 19: 10:00 am to 11:00 am at Via Zoom
Join us at 10am for a livestream program celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with fellow members of our Natick community! Look for links to community activities beginning at 11am!Read More
Wed, Dec 16: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at (Zoom)
Self-care isn’t selfish, it’s essential. But how can we learn to be kinder to ourselves, especially when facing difficult times? Expert Kristen Neff, PhD, will reflect on the current global crisis and how we can make changes in our own lives to better care for ourselves and others.Read More
Wed, Dec 02: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at (Zoom)
Want to learn practical ways to address bias in ourselves and our community? Expert Kalise Wornum, PhD., will lead this interactive program with techniques to identify personal biases and promote antiracist and equitable behavior in ourselves, families, organizations and community.Read More
Thu, Nov 12: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Zoom Webinar
Author and mindfulness expert Sebene Selassie will explore ways that we separate (and thus suffer) and offer techniques (founded in ancient tradition, psychology and antiracism) to lead us back to belonging.Read More
Tue, Oct 27: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Zoom Webinar
Author, poet and expert LeDerick Horne will offer advice to help all students develop positive identities as people with disabilities. Mr. Horne will share his own experience as a student with a learning disability and present strategies to promote student engagement and empowerment during the COVID-19 pandemic.Read More
Mon, Oct 26: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Via Zoom
Conversation, reflection and concrete strategies to help parents understand SPARK principles more fully and apply them within their families. Free group offered by SPARK Kindness for parents/caregivers of elementary-aged children. Facilitated by early childhood educator and Natick mom, Laura McCarthy, M.A.Read More
Wed, Oct 21: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Via Zoom
Starting middle school can be challenging, even when it’s not during a pandemic (or remote!) This NEW free online group is about parenting new middle schoolers and offers opportunities to connect, while providing tools to make the best of the middle school years and strengthen your child’s mental health and resilience.Read More
Wed, Oct 14: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Zoom Webinar
Program for educators! SPARK favorite Lisa Damour (psychologist, author and CBS Morning contributor) will explain how to stress and anxiety operate, how to prevent it from getting toxic, and how to support students in light of current conditions. Questions welcome!Read More
Wed, Oct 14: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Zoom Webinar
Program for parents and caregivers! SPARK favorite Lisa Damour (psychologist, author and CBS Morning contributor) will present practical advice on how to stress and anxiety operate, how to prevent it from getting toxic, and how to parent effectively in the current circumstances. Questions welcome!Read More
Fri, Sep 25: 12:00 am to 1:00 am at Zoom Webinar
Lynn Lyons returns to support parents/caregivers as we navigate a school year like no other, and need strategies to manage the worry, disappointment and uncertainty of our current pandemic-dominated environment.Read More
Sat, Aug 29: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Natick Common
This event is free and open to the public and strives to build deeper connections among community members through education, entertainment and fun. Hosted by the Natick Center Cultural District.Read More
Thu, Aug 27: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Zoom Webinar
An interactive teen depression workshop for adults to recognize depression in teens and how to intervene. Hosted by Natick 180 and Families for Depression Awareness.Read More
Thu, Aug 13: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Zoom Webinar - Will Be Rescheduled for the Fall
For parents/caregivers: children of all ages
This is an online conversation on how we can stay sane during the often stressful transition back to school.
Tue, Aug 11: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Zoom Webinar
For parents/caregivers of children of all ages.
A Q&A discussion with antiracist educator and parent Melissa Patrick, MSW. For parents and caregivers who are curious about how to talk to their kids about race and racism.
Thu, Aug 06: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Zoom Webinar
For community members of all ages
Join Core Energy Coach Renata Bertelli on how to begin to change your inner conversations to move consciously and intentionally beyond resistance and fear to achieve your goals and dreams.
Tue, Aug 04: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Zoom Webinar
Community members are invited to join author Zetta Elliott, PhD, for a conversation about the power of
poetry to respond to the trauma of racism. Dr. Elliott will also offer guidance on how to build a more diverse
book collection for your family.
Thu, Jul 30: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Zoom Webinar
For community members of all ages
Psychologist Dan Tomasulo, PhD, will discuss his new book and offer compassionate and practical tools to cultivate hope, strength, and purpose during these uncertain and challenging times.
Wed, Jul 22: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Zoom Webinar
For parents, grandparents, and caregivers (preschool and elementary school)
Sam Healy, LICSW, will offer practical advice and tools to emphasize your child’s positive behavior and strengths and foster their natural desire to connect.
Thu, Jul 16: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Zoom Webinar
For parents and caregivers (all ages).
Expert Lynn Lyons on the skills we can teach our children to emotionally equip them to thrive. She will answer questions on how to best address our own anxiety and support our children during these unprecedented times.
Thu, Jul 09: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Zoom Webinar
For parents and caregivers (all ages)
Lynette Owens, Founder and Director of TrendMicro’s Internet Safety Kids and Families Program, will address parent/caregiver questions on managing technology amidst current challenges such as parents working at home and social distancing.
Tue, Jun 30: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Zoom Webinar
For parents and caregivers (all ages).
Dr. Robert Brooks—a leading expert on resilience—will describe specific strategies parents and other caregivers can employ to help children manage stress and uncertainty effectively and promote resilience.
Fri, May 15: at Online Program - Available Now - Register
With SPARK Founder and Executive Director, Christine Fortune Guthery. This 25 minute video focuses on supporting strength and connection during difficult times.Read More
Wed, May 13: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Zoom Webinar
This program is hosted by Lynette Owens, Founder & Global Director, Trend Micro ISKF Program and features guest speakers
Dr. Sameer Hinduja and Dr. Justin Patchin, Cyberbullying Research Center. It is part of the Internet Safety for Kids and Families Program (ISKF) of TrendMicro – “Managing Life Online as You #StayatHome”
Tue, May 12: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Zoom Webinar
With experienced parent educator, Jon Mattleman. Hosted by the Natick Board of Health/Natick 180, this program will address the adolescent brain and offer practical ways that parents/caregivers can support their teens during this challenging time for everyoneRead More
Thu, Apr 30: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Via Zoom
This online group, led by psychologist Dr. Kristin Aberle, offers an opportunity to connect, while providing tools and resources to make the best of the middle school years and strengthen your child’s mental health and resilience.Read More
Wed, Apr 29: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Via Zoom!
Dr. Christine Carter will offer a live, online program on supporting adolescents who thrive, despite current challenges like social media, video game obsession, sexting, vaping, and now the COVID-19 pandemic.Read More
Wed, Apr 15: at By Dr. Kristen Aberle, Licensed PsychologistRead More
Mon, Apr 06: at Running Sunday March 29 to Sunday April 5th
Kindness has never been more important. Kindness Week is a time to shine a spotlight on the good that happens every day in our communities, and to inspire people to SPARK kindness through simple but powerful actions. Join us!Read More
Thu, Feb 13: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Natick High School
Hosted by Family Resources of Natick (FRN) for parents of toddlers through elementary age. This free program is the 1st of a series of 3 programs offered by FRN and is designed to reveal the essence of each child and nurture their greatness.Read More
Tue, Feb 04: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Natick High School
Natick is United hosts this powerful film, followed by a facilitated community conversation with Lenny Walker of Point Made Learning. This documentary follows 12 teenagers who came together for one school year to talk about race and privilege.Read More
Mon, Jan 20: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Wilson Middle School, Natick
Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy that inspires and empowers us all. All are welcome to gather for the community welcoming event and service project following the celebration! Co-sponsored by the Natick Interfaith Clergy, Natick Public Schools, Natick 180 and SPARK Kindness.Read More
Wed, Dec 11: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at The Center for the Arts Natick (TCAN)
What is the power of community? How do we show acts of kindness (big and small) to each other? Who are the people who connect our neighborhoods? Join us for an intimate evening where local storytellers share the many ways we SPARK kindness.Read More
Wed, Nov 20: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Wilson Middle School, Natick
How can we promote a civil and inclusive community while still supporting freedom of speech? Join a discussion with internet safety expert Lynette Owens, Natick Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Anna Nolin, school principals, and others about how kids (and parents and caregivers) can address challenging online behavior and help build a respectful community for all.Read More
Sun, Nov 17: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Wilson Middle School, Natick
Simple acts of kindness can change our lives. Megan Murphy, founder of the Kindness Rocks Project, will share her inspiring story as well as ideas for families and children to promote kindness in the community around them. Her talk will be followed by “hands on” projects and activities that are fun for individuals and families!Read More
Wed, Nov 13: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Wilson Middle School, Natick
Join us for a screening of this award-winning documentary film that follows the life of a real “modern family”—a gay married couple whose friend is a surrogate for their children. The movie shows their ups, downs, and the humanity that connects us all. This movie is hosted by the Natick High School Peer Advocates. Their Q & A with members of the cast will follow the screening.Read More
Mon, Nov 04: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Natick High School
School guidance counselor and author Phyllis Fagell will discuss her new book on using the middle school years to teach kids the skills they’ll need to thrive now and in the future—including making good friend choices, negotiating conflict, regulating their own emotions, acting as their own advocates, and more.Read More
Wed, Oct 23: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Natick High School
This inspiring documentary film features interviews with sports icons about the factors that led to their success, including creativity, play, and a positive mindset. Following the movie, the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) will moderate a discussion for parents, coaches, and student athletes.Read More
Thu, Oct 10: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Natick High School
Anxiety among children is on the rise. In this presentation Dr. Robert Brooks—a leading expert on resilience—will describe specific strategies parents and other caregivers can employ to help children manage stress effectively and become increasingly self-disciplined, caring, hopeful, and more resilient.Read More
Wed, Sep 25: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Natick High School
The co-founders of Grown and Flown, the #1 online community for advice on raising teens and young adults, will talk about their new book of the same name. They will offer practical tips and sanity-preservers for parents/caregivers as they support their older child’s transition to high school, college, work, and young adulthood.Read More
Sun, Aug 25: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Natick High School, Memorial Field
Our Natick Police have volunteered their time to design and create this event to support our students with an opportunity to come together and have fun in a relaxed setting. It is for students only, but will be supervised by the Natick Police and Natick Public School staff, and will include food, games (like bubble soccer) and more!Read More