Friday, July 27, 2012

Amherst Ballet is now enrolling
Creative Movement
For 3-4 year olds
Thursdays 3:15-4:00 & Saturdays 11:00-11:45

Lada’s National Dance
For 4-6 year olds
Saturdays 11:45-12:30
Classes start September 4

Amherst Ballet 29 Strong Street  549-1555

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Amherst Ballet

                                                          Come dance with us! 
 We are holding Enrollment Days at our 29 Strong Street location for new families on the following dates and hope you can come to our studios to have your questions answered about Amherst Ballet and to register for classes for the new season.

  • Monday through Friday July 16 – 20 from 11:00am until 6:00pm
  • Monday through Thursday August 27 – 30 from 11:00am until 6:00pm
  • Or by appointment.  Please call 549-1555
Please do come to our Open House on Thursday August 30 from 3:00 to 6:00 to tour our facilities.
Classes begin September 4, 2012.

Sueann Townsend, executive director
Andrea Leibson, business manager

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Crocker Farm Garden

These long hot days of summer may be causing you to seek air-conditioned spaces but the plants in the Crocker Farm Garden are loving the heat. If you find yourself near the school, check in and see how things look, grab a few cherry tomatoes, snip some herbs for dinner, and pull some weeds from the rock paths or raised beds.


This week the edamame (soy beans), cucumbers and carrots are sprouting. 

The herbs - sage, thyme, mint, chives - are growing quickly and will benefit from regular snipping so feel free to help yourself to what you need (take an inch or two off of any healthy stem but leave enough for the plant to keep growing).


Friday, July 13, 2012

Bok Choy and Sesame Salad

In case you, too, want to recreate the Teacher Appreciation Lunch at home for the family, here's the bok choy and sesame salad recipe that feeds millions.  Bon appetit!

2 bunches bok choy
1 red pepper
1 bunch scallions

2 pkgs ramen noodles (any flavor)
1 1/2 c sliced almonds
1/4 c sesame seeds
4 T butter

1 c canola oil
3/4 c sugar
1/3 c white vinegar
1/4-1/3 c soy sauce

Wash bok choy well and dry thoroughly.  Chop entire leaf (white and green parts) to 1/4" - 1/2" dice.  Do the same with bell pepper and scallions.

Break up ramen noodles into small pieces (throw away flavor packet).  Mix with almonds and sesame seeds.  Melt butter in saute pan over low - medium  heat and add mixture.  Cook, stirring almost continuously, until it's all golden brown.  Let cool completely.

Put oil, sugar, vinegar, and soy sauce into a bottle and shake vigorously until all ingredients are combined.

Just before serving, mix veggies and almond/noodle/sesame mixture.  Dress with as much dressing as you'd like.  The almond/noodle/sesame mixture will begin to lose its crunchiness relatively soon so try to combine everything just before consuming.

Serving: Feeds a bunch of hungry teachers.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

School is finished for the year but the Crocker Farm Garden is just getting started!

This summer the Crocker Farm Garden will be filling with seeds and plant starts that will mature when the students and staff return for the new school year.  

However, the lettuce and radish the students planted at the end of the school year are ready to be harvested NOW.  If you find yourself passing the school consider stopping in to harvest a head of lettuce (pull the whole plant) and a couple of radish and while you are there you can pull a weed and soak up the sights and sounds of our growing outdoor classroom.  

Many students visited the garden this spring and will be familiar with the borage and nasturtium flowers that are now in bloom and the herbs that are beginning to spread.  Check back for more harvest updates - the cherry tomatoes will begin to ripen in the next 3 weeks.