Category Archives: Community Notes

Volunteers needed

Volunteers needed for the upcoming A Multi Cultural Festival organized by the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs. The uniqueness of this cultural festival is in its interactive quality, an inclusive and broad-minded global perspective sharing experiences of harmony, celebration, and unity within the wonder of diversity.

Last minute circumstances have left organizers short of volunteers to help with arts and crafts activities. Helpin out entails guidance with making small clay diyas that hold tealight candles, and instruction in simple origami pieces. High school-aged kids or parents who are willing to assist for an hour or two (or more) please contact Jeannie Smith at 617-796-1540.

November 19th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Newton City Hall

Come to a benefit to support the Newton Music Ambassadors Scholarship Fund

Please join in a fun-filled evening in support of a great cause. Student ensembles from Newton North and South will provide live music. You’ll enjoy other entertainment including a raffle and silent auction. There will be light fare and a cash bar.

The benefit will raise funds for the Newton Music Ambassadors Scholarship Fund (MASF) which supports Newton high school student enrichment activities such as music travel & off-site performances, and private music lessons and summer music camps for students with limited means.

The mission of MASF is to empower Newton students to positively impact the world around them through music. Tickets will be $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids. To purchase tickets, click http://newtonmusicambassadors.seatyourself.biz/.

December 1st, 7:00 pm
Hibernian Hall, 151 Watertown Street, Watertown

Historic Newton events

FREE WEEKEND AT HISTORIC NEWTON – Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to the museums:  Jackson Homestead and Museum at 527 Washington Street and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds at 286 Waverley Avenue. For information: 617-796-1450.

December 2nd and 3rd, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


SUGAR AND SPICE: GINGERBREAD HISTORY – In early America, ginger was considered a sign of wealth because it had to be imported. Not until after Christmas
became a national holiday in 1870 did gingerbread become associated with American celebrations of Christmas. Chase down the story of the gingerbread man and his ancestors with Clara Silverstein of Historic Newton.

The talk is part of the Waterworks Museum’s Gingerbread Open House from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. View the magical display of gingerbread houses and creations of some of Greater Boston’s finest bakeries and caterers. Kids are welcome to try decorating a gingerbread cookie of their own. Visit the vendor hall and start (or finish!) your holiday shopping.
Suggested donation, $5 per person. For information: 617-277-0065

December 2nd, 2:00 pm
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill

Etiquette Boot Camp

The Etiquette Boot Camp will prepare a child for the next family dinner, social gathering, or formal event. Participants will learn how to start and maintain conversations with adults and peers, how to introduce themselves, when to interrupt, and much more.

Do you know a child that is struggling with table manners? Participants will learn how to set the table, use their napkin, pass food, and use utensils the European and American way. The 4-hour program is interactive, thought-provoking and fun, and is specifically developed for two different age groups, 7-12 and 13-17, targeting the social challenges affecting today’s youth. For more information visit TheEtiquetteAcademy.org.

December 10th, 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Crowne Plaza Boston – Newton Hotel

Ski and Snowboard Registration for Newton Parks and Recreation

Learn to ski or snowboard with Newton Parks and Recreation with lessons at Nashoba Valley Ski Area. Transportation from Newton is provided from the Albemarle Field House. This 6 week program runs on Tuesdays for grades 3 – 5 and Fridays for grades 5 – 10 starting January 2nd.

For more information go to www.newtonma.gov/gov/parks and click on Recreation Programs then Skiing for more information. Registration begins online on Tuesday October 24th at www.activityreg.com and has filled quickly in the past. Contact Channon Ames DiCiurcio at cames@newtonma.gov or at 617-796-1529 for more information.

Calling all creative kids and teens!

Explore outstanding options for summer fun at Maine Arts Camp. As we head into the holiday season, it’s time to start thinking about next summer! Located on the beautiful campus of Colby College, Maine Arts Camp is a small overnight camp community that offers inventive 9 to 16-year-olds all the fun of a traditional summer experience combined with exceptional opportunities to pursue their passion across multiple arts disciplines.

Maine Arts campers choose individualized schedules from a wide range covering visual arts, theater, music, dance, culinary arts, robotics, film-making, photography, and individual sports, such as kayaking, hiking, and tennis, With a 3:1 camper to staff ratio, MAC’s team of highly qualified professional educators can give each child the personal attention they need to grow and thrive as an artist and as an individual.
Visit www.maineartscamp.com to learn more and find out what makes Maine Arts Camp so different and so special. If you have any questions, or would like to set up a meeting, please email Camp Director Rick Mades at maineartscamprick@gmail.com or Newton parent Anabel Cable at mainearts.anabel@gmail.com.

Camp Kingswood Open House

Camp Kingswood, the JCC overnight camp, will hold an open house. Meet the camp director and staff and learn how Camp Kingswood is a place to be active, a place to make lifelong friends and a place to build Jewish identity.

Located on a beautiful waterfront in Bridgton, Maine, Kingswood is a coed overnight camp for kids entering grades 3-11. Campers and experienced staff create a fun, positive, and diverse community where Jewish values and exciting activities in sports, outdoor adventure, water sports and visual and performing arts are the core of the program. Zohar Special Needs Inclusion Program (ages 10-17) and Zohar Special Needs Vocational Program (ages 17-21) also available.

Bus transportation to and from camp available. For more information, visit kingswood.org or call 617-558-6531. Everyone welcome.

December 3rd, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Leventhal-Sidman Center, 333 Nahanton Street

Vote on Tuesday

Election day is this Tuesday, November 7th.

Your voice counts, please take a few minutes to vote!  Participate in the decision to elect your School Committee members, Mayor, and City Councillors and on the City Charter ballot question.

For information on polling locations and to view a sample of your ballot visit newtonma.gov/gov/elections/default.asp

Thanksgiving “Pie in the Sky” program supports Community Servings

The Rotary Club of Newton is proud to be supporting the Thanksgiving “Pie in the Sky”
program which supports Community Servings.

With each pie you buy (or sell to a client, associate, friend or family member) you are helping to end hunger for the critically ill and housebound in Massachusetts. And a little goes a long way! Each pie you buy or sell allows one person in need to eat for a whole week. And these pies are DELICIOUS!
Make this the best year yet and help Community Servings sell 25,000 pies for their 25th anniversary. Please FORWARD this message and encourage others to support this wonderful organization!
Click here to: ORDER A PIE
For questions please email Marie at marie@theprestigroup.com