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Wondering about weed? Myths, facts, and marijuana in Newton

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller will introduce local experts Kevin Hill, MD and Nicole Danforth, MD who will enlighten us with myths and facts about marijuana science, health risks and benefits, adolescents and the developing brain and adult recreational and medical marijuana use.

Dr. Kevin Hill is an addiction psychiatrist, cannabis researcher and author at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. Dr. Nicole Danforth is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Newton Wellesley Hospital. They’ll be joined by Elizabeth Booma, MD, to answer questions from the audience. Whether you’re an adult considering giving legal marijuana a try, a parent worried about preventing teen use, or just plain curious, this is the event for you! It’s free and open to the public.

November 28th, 6:30-8:00 pm
The Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst
Campus Center, 777 Dedham Street, Newton

Food Service survey

We need your help to improve our food service! Please fill out the appropriate survey below and tell us what is working and what could be better. Thank you from the Newton Public Schools Food Service.

Parents survey: https://www.sodexosurveys.com/f/106965/1407/

Student survey (middle/high school): https://www.sodexosurveys.com/f/106963/3d77/

Student survey (elementary – to be filled out with parent/guardian): https://www.sodexosurveys.com/f/106964/171b/

Holiday Gift Drive

The City of Newton Health and Human Services Dept. and The Village Bank are teaming up again for the annual Holiday Gift Drive. Please help by donating gifts for children ages newborn to 10:

  • New, unwrapped toys
  • Gift cards from local Newton merchants

Donations will be accepted from November 12th – December 10th. Your gift will benefit deserving Newton families this holiday season. You can drop off donations at the following Village Bank locations:

Auburndale – 307 Auburn Street
Newton Highlands – 56 Winchester Street
Newtonville – 332 Walnut Street
Nonantum – 411 Watertown Street
Waban –  89 Wyman Street
West Newton – 1369 Washington Street

We Still Live Here: Learning about the history and present-day experience of the Wampanoag Nation

“We Still Live Here: Learning about the history and present-day experience of the Wampanoag Nation” is an opportunity to gain knowledge as well as guidance about talking with your children about how Native Americans in the New England region have been treated and how they are reclaiming their language today. A tribe member will join  to answer questions. Children 8 and up are welcome to attend!

FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice) All Schools Monthly Meeting. PLEASE REGISTER HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/d95JxnYvNZg49lwl2.  For more information, please email ericastreitkaplan@yahoo.com.

November 14th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Angier Elementary School, 1697 Beacon St, Waban

5th annual Newton Turkey Trot

Online registration for the 5th annual Newton Turkey Trot closes on November 12th! This event kicks off on November 17th (the Saturday before Thanksgiving) with a 1 mile kids’ fun run at 8:30 am followed by the 5K race at 9:00 am.  For information and to register, visit www.newtonturkeytrot.org

Not a runner? Join the fun as a volunteer! Details are in the volunteer section of the website. All proceeds from the race go to the Newton Food Pantry.

2nd Annual Turkey Bowl

The 2nd Annual Turkey Bowl will take place on November 17th! All teams are guaranteed at least 3 games of play. The cost for registration is only $40 per free agent, or $300 per team. Click here for the team registration page.

All players are placed into divisions by age groupings (6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, and 15U). Teams with free agents are also balanced according to age and year of experience. Each division has playoffs and a Turkey Bowl Champion with individual medals for each player from the winning team. All games are less than 1 hour. More information can be found on the website and on the attached flyer.

November 17, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Daly Field

NFL Flag is the premier youth flag football league for both boys and girls. The program provides young players a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in non-contact action while learning lessons in teamwork. It’s designed to educate young people about football, while emphasizing participation and sportsmanship. Players learn skills and lessons that help them succeed both on and off the field.

Your help needed

Centre Street Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to help staff the pantry on Tuesdays and the first Saturday of each month.  Volunteer shifts are available in two hour increments and sign up is flexible.  Tasks include stocking shelves, helping clients shop, clean up and more.

Volunteers must be 16 and older to volunteer without an adult and 12 is the minimum age with an adult. For more information, please visit the Get Involved tab here:  https://www.centrestfoodpantry.org/get-involved-2

Ice skating lesson

Winter is coming and Newton’s Parks & Recreation Department has released a schedule of its always popular ice skating classes.  Children ages 4 – 18 learn to skate or improve their skills in small, supportive classes based on age and ability.  Classes are held at several local rinks, with many options of days and times.  For more information, please call 617-796-1500.

A complete class list and registration information can be viewed here:  http://www.newtonma.gov/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?t=45886.68&BlobID=91277