Mary Ellen Hill ~ Storyteller & Teacher

My Calendar




HARRY POTTER WINTER WONDERS 2019


FAD (Fun Art and Drama) + PAD (Mary Ellen's home studio) =
lots of fun, creativity and innovation!


Thursday, January 3, 2019 9am - 3pm $85 (OSUD Holiday)

Friday, January 4, 2019 9am - 3pm $85 (OSUD Holiday)


Attend Divination, Charms, and Herbology classes, act out specially selected scenes from Books 1-5

After-care from 3-5:30 is available at $8 per half-hour.



Scholarships and payment plans are available. Please contact Mary Ellen directly.

There will also be plenty of time for free play, climbing Bob (the loquat tree),
exploring the gardens and the enchanted and forbidden forests!



This is how you sign up for HARRY POTTER WINTER WONDERS 2019


Please fill out the Registration Form or I can email it to you.
If you have already been to a FAD PAD playshop or camp and your contact information has not changed, you do not need to fill out the FAD PAD Registration Form.

The FAD PAD 2018 Release form will be emailed to you once you fill out the Registration Form out and return it to me.

Once you register, please make a payment for the full day cost plus any after-care you plan to use. The cost is $85 for each day camp. After-care is $8 per 1/2 hour.


*There are 3 ways to send this fee.*

1. Make a check out to and mail it to: Mary Ellen Hill, 7548 Circle Hill Drive, Oakland, CA 94605.

2. Use your own Pay Pal account and pay under the family and friends button to mehstories@netzero.com.

3. Use VENMO on your phone to Mary Ellen Hill, 510-219-3474.


Once you have sent in the registration, release form and payment, I will confirm your spot.


Cancelation Policy: If you cancel a week before, $60 will go towards future play shops and camps and the $25 registration fee will not be refunded.
If you cancel is less than a week, the total fee is non-refundable. If you do not use your after-care hours, the fees are not refundable or transferable.


YAY! Thanks for signing up for HARRY POTTER WINTER WONDERS 2019!








FAD PAD 2018 APPRECIATION DAYS

FAD (Fun Art and Drama) + PAD (Mary Ellen's home studio) =
lots of fun, creativity and innovation!


Monday, November 19, 9am - 3-pm $85

Tuesday, November 20, 9am - 3-pm $85 (OSUD Holiday)


Make name cards for Thanksgiving dinner, create gratitude bags, make cards for Alameda Food Bank,
bake apple crisp and prepare garden for winter crops, plant and take home bulbs.

After-care from 3-5:30 is available at $8 per half-hour.

These Playshops are for children in K-6th grade. Reservations are required. 8 Children maximum.
All art, gardening and cooking supplies are included in the class fees.

Scholarships and payment plans are available. Please contact Mary Ellen directly.

There will also be plenty of time for free play, climbing Bob (the loquat tree),
exploring the gardens and the enchanted and forbidden forests!



This is how you sign up for FAD PAD 2018 Appreciation Days


Please fill out the Registration Form or I can email it to you.
If you have already been to a FAD PAD playshop or camp and your contact information has not changed, you do not need to fill out the FAD PAD Registration Form.

The FAD PAD 2018 Release form will be emailed to you once you fill out the Registration Form out and return it to me.

Once you register, please make a payment for the full day cost plus any after-care you plan to use. The cost is $85 for each day camp. After-care is $8 per 1/2 hour.


*There are 3 ways to send this fee.*

1. Make a check out to and mail it to: Mary Ellen Hill, 7548 Circle Hill Drive, Oakland, CA 94605.

2. Use your own Pay Pal account and pay under the family and friends button to mehstories@netzero.com.

3. Use VENMO on your phone to Mary Ellen Hill, 510-219-3474.


Once you have sent in the registration, release form and payment, I will confirm your spot.

Cancelation Policy: If you cancel a week before, $60 will go towards future play shops and camps and the $25 registration fee will not be refunded.
If you cancel is less than a week, the total fee is non-refundable. If you do not use your after-care hours, the fees are not refundable or transferable.








FALL 2018~ STARWITZ: A Harry Potter Book Series Class
Making books come alive with creative hands-on learning activities in a homey, fun and supportive environment.

Tuesdays 10am -2pm



This class will be based on, "Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets." We will delve into the magical and imaginary realm of witches and wizards through art, play and drama. Some of the various activities will include Diagon Alley, making wands, choosing the perfect witch/wizard outfit, creating an original name & house name, the Sorting Hat, Mandrakes, the Death Day Party, visiting Aaragog in the Forbidden Forest and the Chamber of Secrest Quest as well as attending Charms and Potions classes.

On October 30, we will be having a special Halloween celebration! We also like to celebrate the seasons at Starwitz such as Autumn Equinox.

This class will continue in the Winter and Spring.

There will also be time for free play, climbing Bob (the loquat tree), exploring the gardens and the enchanted and forbidden forests!

This class is for children 6-12 years old. (older or younger if you think it would be a good fit) 8 students maximum enrollment, 4 students minimum.

Oakland location near 580 and Edwards Ave.

Headmistress, Mary Ellen Hill, MA, has been an avid fan since the HP books came out! She has been a professional storyteller since 1990. She is the director of FAD PAD playshops and camps. Mary Ellen also brings 35 years experience as a special and elementary education teacher and an after school day care teacher at Adventure Time. She has been teaching Harry Potter classes and camps since 2010. She has been offering Homeschool classes since 2014.


Sample Class:

Each student will make wizard money- galleons, sickles, and knuts from beautiful gold, silver and bronze paper. They will create a cloth pouch to hold their wizard money. As a class we will set up Gringotts and choose the parts of goblins and the wizards/witches coming to the bank. Then we will act out the scene.

15 Classes from 10-2 on Tuesdays

September 4, 11, 18, 25

October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

November 6, 13, 27, NO CLASS November 20

December 4, 11, 18, 2018

Fee: $60 per day + $25 supply fee = $925

Scholarships and Payment Plans available.


*There are 4 ways to send this fee.*

1. Make a check out to and mail it to: Mary Ellen Hill, 7548 Circle Hill Drive, Oakland, CA 94605.

2. Use your own Pay Pal account and pay under the family and friends button to mehstories@netzero.com.

3. Use VENMO on your phone to Mary Ellen Hill, 510-219-3474.

4. Cash








Adoptees Connecting Club (ACC)

Our 2018/19 ACC Club is filling up!

Please email, mehstories@netzero.com, or call Mary Ellen, 510-219-3474 for more information.

ACC is a fun, safe and creative place for adoptees, 7-14 years old. This club is for children who want to explore their adoption story in a supportive and playful way with other adopted children. Each child will have many opportunities to share, explore and celebrate their particular life journey as an adopted person through various art forms: writing, drawing, cooking, tai chi, mindfulness, creative visualization, and drama. Since there are no more than 8 children at our club meetings, there is time for all to participate fully. This year we will be using the fantastic, clever and practical booklet for adoptees when they are asked questions about adoption called: W.I.S.E. Up! Powerbook from The Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE).

9 Saturdays, September 2018- May 2019

10:00am - 2:00pm

September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8, 2018

January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, 2019

Fee: $735

Scholarships and Payment Plans available.


*There are 4 ways to send this fee.*

1. Make a check out to and mail it to: Mary Ellen Hill, 7548 Circle Hill Drive, Oakland, CA 94605.

2. Use your own Pay Pal account and pay under the family and friends button to mehstories@netzero.com.

3. Use VENMO on your phone to Mary Ellen Hill, 510-219-3474.

4. Cash












heart arms star sun  moon  earth spiral

Oakland, California, USA, North American Continent, Earth, Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, Universe
Mary Ellen Hill ~ Storyteller & Teacher
Telephone 510-636-4155
Email mehstories@netzero.com
Back to Top of Page