Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Private Art Lessons

Personal, in-home art lessons that are unique to your child, based on exactly what they want to learn! For ages K-12. $50.00/hour
Lessons range from:

  • Painting – abstract and observational, techniques and concepts acrylics, oils, watercolors, ink
  • Drawing – figure drawing, still life, experimental
  • Multimedia – paper, bookmaking, collage, stamp carving and printing
  • Sculpture – clay, fiber, embroidery, metals, lost wax casting, jewelry, wire working, resin encasing
  • Crafts – sustainable/recycled art, weaving, stenciling, flower pressing and casting, candle making
  • Art History – discussions about artists and movements to help expand students’ understanding of their own work

Students will produce a body of work they are proud of and will have opportunities to show and present work, create artist statements and become confident in their artwork.  Lessons and projects grow and change depending on each student and their own ideas and exploration at Stephanie Rae Private Art Lessons, LLC.

For photos of student work and more info about Stephanie, please visit Contact Stephanie at


Mediagirls, an eight-week program for 6th-8th grade girls, will run at the Brookline Teen Center. Participants learn to challenge pop-culture messages aimed at girls; engage in thoughtful discussions about current media trends, make new friends in Brookline, and write inspiring content for girls using social media.

Space is limited to 12, so sign up quickly. Visit to learn more and register.

Wednesdays,  3:30 – 5:00 pm, starting March 21st

Girls Leadership and Empowerment Opportunity

Girls Take Charge is a hands on leadership and empowerment program to help girls to become stronger self-advocates and values based team leaders. In the past 11 years this national award winning program has inspired and educated over 6,000 girls.

Girls Take Charge will take place at Simmons College this summer! Girls Take Charge is open to girls who are current 6th – 8th graders.

More information can be found at and on this flyer.

Spanish Tutor

Tutor available for all levels, all language skills: grammar, writing, reading
comprehension, study of Spanish language literature. Why struggle? Enjoy learning Spanish!  Contact Libby Sands at or 617- 256-4780.

  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Several years teaching experience
  • Massachusetts licensed/certified
  • BA Latin American Studies: Brown University
  • MA Teaching: Boston College
  • CAES School Leadership/Administration: Boston College
  • Flexible scheduling in Newton

The buzz is…the Newton Spelling Bee is back!

The fun and educational Spelling Bee for Newton elementary school children in grades 1 – 5 is back for its 11th year! If you haven’t already signed up, there are five dates for the Bees, with multiple grade sessions on each day, March 26th, 27th, April 2nd, 3rd & 9th.

Each grade session is a separate Bee with a first and second place prize donated by Learning Express. Every speller receives a goody bag to celebrate their hard work. There are just a few spots left! Please register on line at Cost is $10.00 per entry.

Newton has Talent needs you

In order to fund valuable youth programs (including Students of the Month, RYLA, Interact, and yearly scholarships) and community grants, the Rotary Club of Newton produces a musical talent competition called Newton Has Talent.

This year they’re trying REALLY hard to get adults to enter.  To participate in the competition, an individual (or one member of an ensemble) has to work, live, or go to school in Newton. And entries are FREE before March 1st so don’t wait!

Check out more information on this flyer.

The Chaos of Clutter: Why it Happens and How to Help

Do you have a family member or friend whose home is cluttered? Are you worried about their safety and well-being?

Join Patty Underwood (LICSW) for a workshop that will provide information about the psychological reasons why clutter happens and how you can help. RSVP is requested, not required:

March 1st, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Newton Free Library

Newton Youth Players announcements

“Hello Dolly” has five spaces left on Wednesdays, September 5th – December 5th, with rehearsals from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. An all-time Broadway favorite, this show is the story of matchmaker Dolly Levi and her wooing of grumpy Horace Vandergelder. The setting is turn-of-the-century New York City, with its shops, famous restaurants, and plenty of young New Yorkers enjoying the scene. Popular musical numbers include ‘Put On Your Sunday Clothes’, ‘Before the Parade Passes By’, ’It Only Takes a Moment’, and ‘Hello Dolly’.

Don’t forget to set your alarms for 7:00 am on March 2nd to register for “South Pacific”! With only 22 children in each cast, the days fill up quickly. Newton Youth Players is a children’s theatre company for elementary school children who love to sing, dance, act, and construct scenery, located at the Newton Cultural Center at City Hall. Please visit for more information and to register.