Category Archives: Events

Benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

On September 6th, Newton Cares will be climbing Wilson Mountain as part of the Climb to Conquer Suicide which benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Please consider joining the team and climbing for this worthy cause! Registration fee of $25.00 includes a T-shirt and sticker. To register, visit the Newton Cares webpage: http://newtonma.gov/newtoncares.

See flyer here: Climb to Conquer Suicide

Grab Some BBQ at Whole Foods and Support Our Schools

Enjoy a BBQ lunch at Whole Foods Markets at Four Corners and Newtonville and support Newton Schools Foundation. For just $5 you’ll get a beef or veggie burger, chips, and a drink, and Whole Foods will donate 100 percent of your purchase to NSF and match up to $1000!

August 11th, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Newtonville – 647 Washington Street
Four Corners – 916 Walnut Street

www.NewtonSchoolsFoundation.org

Still time for College Prep this summer!

There’s still plenty of time to work on college prep before the school year starts! Come take an SAT or ACT practice test at the Library. They’ll also be offering a College Essay Writing Workshop in August as well!

SAT & ACT Practice Tests, August 12th and 19th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Druker Auditorium:

How will you score? Find out by taking full-length SAT and ACT practice tests under realistic testing conditions proctored by the Princeton Review. Try your hand at the types of questions you’ll see on the real tests and get a personalized score report highlighting your strengths and areas of improvement. We’ll be offering this two Saturdays in a row, so you can have the chance to take both tests if you would like, or take one test twice! Register online for August 12th  and for August 19th.

How to Write Great College Essays, August 15th, 7:00 pm, Druker Auditorium:

A lot of great kids write average college essays—essays about “life lessons learned from football” or “how my trip to Europe broadened my cultural horizons.” Better tales are there for the writing. This workshop will show you what admissions officers really look for in great college essays, and offer suggestions for finding and sharing your best stories. We’ll even share the five most over-used topics you must avoid and give you tips on how to start (and even finish) your essays this summer. Join Abby van Geldern, of Collegewise Newton and former college admissions counselor at RPI, for this great workshop. For teens and adults. Register online.

Historic Newton events of interest to children and families

August 16th, 10:30 am
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS: AT HOME AT THE HOMESTEAD
The Jackson Homestead has been occupied for over 200 years, and has seen many changes come to Newton. The Little House by Caldecott Award winner and Newton resident Virginia Lee Burton tells the story of a house similar to the Homestead. Explore the theme of home, and imagine life from a house’s perspective in this fun program. For children ages 18 months to 6 years and their caregivers. Includes free entrance to the museum after the program.

August 28th, 10:30 am
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS: FREEDOM
Today we will read the Caldecott Award winning book Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine based on a true story of one man’s unique, creative escape from enslavement. Preschoolers and their caregivers will be given an opportunity crawl inside Henry’s Box and see other artifacts about freedom seekers around Boston. Includes free entrance to the museum after the program.
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free

September 2nd and 3rd, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
FREE WEEKEND AT HISTORIC NEWTON
Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to the museums.
Locations: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free

October 1st, 12:00 Noon – 4:00 pm
HAYFEST
Come enjoy 19th century crafts at the Jackson Homestead! Learn through hands-on activities how Newton families lived in the 1800s. Try your hand at butter making, cider pressing, and candle dipping. Jump into a burlap sack for a race or play the hoop-tossing game of graces. Join us for a day of old-fashioned fun for the whole family.
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free

Upcoming Mayoral forums

Get to know the candidates for Mayor of Newton. The preliminary run-off vote is coming up soon on September 12th. Please see this (at least partial) listing of opportunities to hear the candidates discuss their priorities and solutions for challenges facing the City.

  • Green Decade: August 3rd,  7:00 pm (7:45 pm start) – The Farm
  • League of Women Voters Newton: August 9th, 7:30 pm – NewTV (No live audience)
  • Newton-Needham Chamber: August 10th, 8:00 am – Wells Park Auditorium (rsvp required)
  • Coleman House:  August 14th, 1:30 pm – 677 Winchester Street
  • Senior Center:  August 15th, 7:00 pm – Newton Senior Center
  • U-CHAN: August 23rd, 7:00 pm – Eliot Church
  • Newton Democratic City Committee:  August 24th, 7:00 pm – War Memorial, City Hall
  • Transportation & Housing Mayoral Forum (Sponsored by Bike Newton, Engine 6 and Green Newton):  September 7th, 7:00 pm – War Memorial, City Hall

– credit to Bryan Barash for compiling this list

Free Sunday Concert

Under the dynamic leadership of writer, composer, singer Ras Michael I, Jah Spirit blends an African-Reggae beat with elements of calypso jazz, blues and rock. Ras Michael, a native of Trinidad, captivates his audiences with spellbinding lyrics and a stage presence that has been described as charismatic, highly energetic and spirited. Bring your family, a picnic, a chair/blanket to sit on, and your dancin’ shoes to the first of four terrific free summer concerts on Sunday evenings in July! Check www.newtoncommunitypride.org for the full summer schedule. Outdoor concerts are cancelled in the event of rain.

July 9th , 6:30 pm
Newton Center Green, Centre and Beacon Streets

Free Summer Concert for Kids

Launching her music career as a member of the New York-based girl group “The Chiclettes,” Stacey Peasley developed a deep love and appreciation for the innocent, yet catchy songs of the girl-group era. A teacher for ten years and a professional singer for twenty-five, Peasley combines her love of children and music into a lively act that engages kids and creates memorable and fun sing-along songs. All outdoor concerts are cancelled in the event of rain. Visit www.newtoncommunitypride.org for a full schedule of the free outdoor concerts.

July 11th, 1:00 pm
Newton Centre Green, Centre and Beacon Streets

Upcoming teen programs @ the library

Teen Study Nights @ the Library, June 15th, 19th, 20th, and 21st:
The Library will remain open late (until 11:00 pm) during finals this year. Don’t stress! Stop by the auditorium for some fun study breaks, like coloring, hula hoops, and snacks. Book a study room online! http://newtonfreelibrary.libcal.com/booking/study. There will be extra supplies on hand, like paper, hi-lighters, easels and more and every night they’ll offer food, like pizza and ice cream.

Check the library’s website http://guides.newtonfreelibrary.net/goodbooks/teenstudynights for a complete schedule.

Ice Cream Party: Teen Summer Reading Kick-Off:
June 20th, 7:00 pm, Druker Auditorium: Stop by the Library to celebrate the beginning of summer with ice cream provided by J.P. Licks and Minute-to-Win-It games. While you’re here pick up information on the Teen Summer Reading program. Get involved and explore the theme, “Build a Better World” with programs throughout the summer. Log your reading throughout the summer and help reach the teen goal of 400,000 minutes. If we reach our goal we’ll get a community prize (i.e. Nintendo Switch, bean bag chairs, etc.) that you can vote on for the new teen space. Grades 6-12 (this event is for teens only).

July 4th Celebration in Newton

Kids’ Morning
July 4th, 10:00 am – 12 Noon, Newton Centre Playground at Tyler Terrace.
Free event for children ages 3 – 12 years. Children and families are invited to join in the Grande Pet Parade, Decorated Doll Carriage Promenade, Teddy Bear Parade and Foot Races. Free ice cream, candy and drinks complete the morning celebration – courtesy of Cabot’s Ice Cream. Kids Morning is cancelled in the event of rain.

Afternoon/Evening Events
July 4th, 12 Noon – 10:00 pm – Albemarle Field/Halloran Sports Complex
The fun continues with kiddie amusement rides, face painting, craft vendor booths and food trucks. The free entertainment at the Gazebo is provided by Constantine the Magician, the YCCA Band and Caribbean music by D’Allegro Band from DESFOB, Inc. Then, the fun moves over to the main stage with the fabulous Bo & Bill Winiker Band for more music and dancing from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Bring lawn chairs, try out the delicious food from the many food trucks and pick up your light-up novelties. At 9:00 pm, don’t miss the grand finale…a fantastic fireworks display! The concert and fireworks take place on July 5th in the event of rain. Visit www.newtoncommunitypride.org for details.

Dinner on the Farm 2017 with Guest Chefs from Farmstead Table!

Join the annual Dinner on the Farm, a beautiful evening of fantastic food, breathtaking views of the Newton Community Farm’s fields, and the company of others who share your love of your local community farm.

And new this year…. welcome Chad and Sharon Burns of Farmstead Table, who will be preparing the meal. They are designing a special menu, highlighting fresh produce from the farm.

The registration deadline is July 5th. $75.00 for Friends of the Farm, and $85.00 for non-Friends of the Farm. Your ticket covers the cost of the dinner, and an additional contribution to NCF education programs. Please visit the website for information and registration.

July 10th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm