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Mary Ellen Hill ~ Storyteller & Teacher

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Logo created by Paloma Mood, FAD PAD Student, age 10.

Listen to Logan Vincent, a talented Laney college student
whom Mary Ellen has known since his pre-school days, interview Headmistress ME about her Stariwtz class.

My very picky daughter told me yesterday FAD PAD was the best camp she went to all summer.

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FAD PAD Enrichment After School Classes 2024

K-5th graders with 8 children maximum and 4 minimum.

Please join us at the FAD PAD - for some awesome after-school enrichment classes!

January 10 - May 15, 2024
Wednesday Starwitz
Explore the magical world of Harry Potter, Book 4: The Goblet of Fire.
Wednesday classes are from 2:00-5:00 for 17 weeks
Fee $1020 + $20 = $1040

January 11 - May 16, 2024
Thursday BOT BOT Day
Gardening, fabric crafts, drama, games, food tasting and art.
Thursday classes are from 3:00/15 - 6:00 for 17 weeks
Fee $1020 + $20 = $1040


NO CLASSES During Week of February 5-9 and Spring Break- April 1-5, 2024.

Monday, Tuesay and Friday there are No Classes

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Adoptees Connecting Club (ACC)
5 Saturdays ~ $500
January 27, 2024,  February 24, 2024
March 23, 2024,  April 27, 2024,  May 18, 2024

1:00pm - 5:00pm

This session is for adopted children who want to share and explore their adoption in a supportive and playful way with other adoptees.
All members will have many opportunities to celebrate their particular life journey as an adopted person
through various art and craft forms: writing, drawing, storytelling, creative visualization and drama.
Mary Ellen was adopted as an infant and has been exploring adoption in various creative ways for many years.

Fee: $500

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Winter Spring 2024 FAD PAD HOLIDAY CAMPS

All camps are from 9:30 to 3:30 for K-5th graders with 8 children maximum and 4 minimum. $100 per day.

Winter Wonder Day:
January 8, 2024 Monday
Create magical sun decorations, winter garden discoveries, act out sun stories.

Animal Friend Days:
January 15, 2024 Monday
Make a clay/puppet/mask animal ally and create a ceremony for your beloved pet or an extinct animal.

Stitch-N-Time Day:
February 16, 2024 Friday and February 19, 2024 Monday
Come and learn or brush up on your hand stitching talents. Bring some things that
need mending and any clothes you want to sew on a button/ribbon/do-dad on or decorate with fabric

Harry Potter Day:
March 29, 2024 Friday
Go to Hogsmeade, attend Charms class and play Harry Potter games

Spring Fun Days:
April 1, 2024 Monday and April 2, 2024 Tuesday
Celebrate Spring at the FAD PAD! Paint the new CT, Spring garden planting, and act out Spring stories

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FAD PAD Summer Camps 2024
OUR 14th FAD PAD Season of Summer Fun!
FAD (Fun Art and Drama) + PAD (Mary Ellen's home studio) =

Lots of fun, creative and innovative camps!
M - F, 9:30a-3:30p, $500, K-5th gr., Eight children max, 4 min

Location: Edwards Ave. Exit off HW580 in Oakland, CA



Session 1: May 27 - May 31, 2024 Starwitz : Harry Potter Camp
Session 2: June 3 -7, 2024 Starwitz : Harry Potter Camp
Session 3: June 10 - 14 Starwitz : Harry Potter Camp
This summer we will cover Book 4 :"Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire".

Session 4: June 28 - 30, 2024 +BOTBOT Camp
Come and enjoy some FAD PAD favorites: cooking, gardening, sewing, drama and various art projects

Session 5: July 8 - 12, 2024 + Fairy Camp
Session 6: July 15-19, 2024 + Fairy Camp
Calling all fairy fans! Flower and tree fairies await your arrival!

Session 7: July 29 - Aug 2, 2024 + Gardening and Cooking Camp
Come explore Mary Ellen's big, beautiful, magical backyard!

Session 8: August 5 - 9 + BOTBOT Camp
Mary Ellen has so many activities she likes to do with campers- she can't choose just one!

Fee: $500

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2nd FAD PAD Work Party!

Fabulous Families and Friends of the FAD PAD!

Please come and join us on Sunday, April 14, from 10-4 for the FAD PAD 2nd EVER Work Party!
AND Toy and Book Giveaway

Come and see all the fruits of your love and labor you gave to The FAD PAD vegetable/fruit/herb and flower bed when you helped out on 10/22/23!

We will be creating a mural with paint on the new CT ( Composting Toilet) sections!
And doing other Spring cleaning around the yard.

Other ways to help out:
1. Greeting committee
Signing people in and giving them a name tag
2. Toy and Book Helper
3. Snack Table Helper
Keep the apples cut, water refilled and snacks replenished and maintaining limits
4. Clean Up Crew
Help out at the end of the day

Read More... Caledndar 2nd Annual Work Party

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Mary Ellen Hill Starwitz Camp Session 1 2022
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Mary Ellen Hill Starwitz Camp Session 2 2022
Session 2 Starwitz 2022
Mary Ellen Hill Starwitz Camp Session 3 2022
Session 3 Starwitz 2022
Mary Ellen Hill 2022 BOT BOT
Session 4 BOT BOT 2022
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Session 5 BOT BOT 2022
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Session 6 Fairy Camp 2022
Mary Ellen Hill 2022 BOT BOT
Session 7 Fairy Camp 2022
Mary Ellen Hill Session 8 2022 BOT BOT
Session 8 BOT BOT 2022
Mary Ellen Hill Session 9 Gardening & Cooking 2022
Session 9 Gardening & Cooking 202
Mary Ellen Hill Session 10 BOT BOT 2022
Session 10 BOT BOT 2022

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I would be delighted to offer storytelling to enhance your next Zoom meeting, party, celebration, and/or family gathering!
Please contact me to help you create a tailor made performance specific to your needs.

Earth Day Virtual Celebration
Featuring Mary Ellen Hill,
Led by Pastor Laurie Manning
April 22, 2020
Skyline Community Church of Oakland, CA.

Great Books About Our Precious, Unique & Beautiful Home, Earth!
Mary Ellen's Suggested Bibliography

Mary Ellen is happily accepting donations in support of her work as a Storyteller for 30 years!

*There are 4 ways to make a donation*

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. I am listed as Mary Ellen Hill @ MaryEllen-Hill-4.
    There is also a photo of me that is the same photo that is on the homepage of my website, 510-219-3474.
4. PayPal

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For all ages and occasions.
Multicultural folktales, creation myths, and fairy tales.
My speciality is:
We Are the Stars That Sing: The Story of The Universe
A magical weaving of science and myth.

Mary Ellen Hill Story
For ages 5 to 12.
Grades K- 6th grade
Innovative and exciting classes and camps
in a homey setting.
School holidays and summer schedule.

Homeschool Classes
For ages 5 to 12.
Grades K- 6th grade
Specifically designed for homeschool students.
Hands on learning in a small group setting.
Weekday classes.


Adoptees Connecting ACC
For ages 6 to 14.
Clubs and camps for adopted children
who want to share being an adoptee
in a safe, supportive and playful setting.
Saturdays once a month and a summer camp.

Adoptees Connecting

After-school Enrichment Classes
For ages 5 to 12.
Grades K- 6th grade
Drama, Starwitz, Cooking,
Gardening, Art and Sewing after-school
classes at the FAD PAD and at local schools.

After School

Classes and Retreats for Adults
Adults of all ages.
Tailored designed to meet
your personal, school or business interest.
Weekdays and weekends.

adult storytelling

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Oakland, California, USA, North American Continent, Earth, Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, Universe
Mary Ellen Hill ~ Storyteller & Teacher

Telephone 510-219-3474
Email mehstories@netzero.com

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