Category Archives: Community Notes

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Mayor Fuller will be hosting the 3rd annual ceremonial flag raising at Newton City Hall on September 5th at 5:30 pm. See the flyer here: Flag Raising Ceremony

The event often brings forth a great deal of emotion and sense of purpose. You will hear from families, physicians, non-profits and other neighbors who are part of the childhood cancer community. This beautiful and heartfelt event will help elevate all of the efforts to rid the world of this evil disease.

Time for Partners – Art & Music for Toddlers

The popular art & music class for children ages 18 months to 4 years with an adult is thriving in the Newton Cultural Center at City Hall!  A terrific way to learn, have fun and make friends – and that’s not just for the kids!

Parents, nannies and grandparents enjoy this long-running program also. Children make creative and enriching art projects and enjoy singing and fun with beloved performer David Polansky. The classes fill up very quickly, so don’t wait!

Classes are September 9th – January 9th, Monday – Friday, 9:30 – 11:15 am.  Register at,  click on MA, click on Newton Parks & Recreation, click on Register, click on Programs or Activities, click on Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs, click on Time for Partners and choose your day.  Or call 617-796-1540 for more information.

Come to a Cub Scouts Ice Cream Social

You’re invited to an Ice Cream Social where you can see if Cub Scouts would be a good fit for your child and family.

Cub Scouts is a worldwide program with deep history, created to help prepare our children for their futures by teaching a variety of life skills including personal and civic responsibility, ethical and moral decision making, and goal setting and achievement. This program is a wonderful way to bring together families–boys, girls, siblings, and parents, through structured activities to promote topics including: confidence and self esteem building, good sportsmanship, environmental protection and outdoors skills. During the school year families will participate in a number of fun and educational experiences with games, speakers, field trips, and camping oriented activities.

Enjoy a bowl of ice cream with your family, as you learn from scouts and their families, about what scouting could be for you! If you have questions please contact Rowell Levy at

Cub Scouts (Grades K to 5) for Boys, Girls and Families!
Ice Cream Social, September 11th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Waban Library

Newton CPC New Art Center Report and 300 Hammond Pond Parkway/Webster Woods Public Hearing

The Newton Community Preservation Committee will meet to hear a report on the New Art Center’s historic preservation plan and hold a public hearing and potential funding vote on $100,000 for professional services related to the preservation of open space at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway/Webster Woods.

The full agenda and pre-meeting materials are online from For assistance contact Alice Ingerson at or 617-796-1144.

September 13th, 7:00 pm, City Hall, Room 204
Please note the unusual day of the week

Learn to Play the Ukulele!

Now Registering kids in Grades 2 – 5 for the Fall Session

Uke 1 – an introduction class to the ukulele and perfect for kids who want to learn an instrument, while exploring the world of musicianship. Students will learn basics of the instrument, including rhythmic strumming and chords. They will be playing songs in a few short weeks! Classes Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2:00 pm

Youth Jam – The student must have completed Uke 1. All levels of players are welcome for continued learning and weekly “jam session”.  Classes Tuesdays, 2:15 – 3:00 pm

To register: , click on MA, click on Newton Parks & Recreation, click on Register, click on Programs or Activities, click on Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs, click on Ukulele classes.  Or call 617-796-1540 for more information.

September 18th – November 20th,
Newton Cultural Center at City Hall

Kids’ free yoga class at Open House

Have your child try a yoga class during the upcoming open house.. Classes are tailored by age group and taught by well-known educator and yoga instructor, Tracy Affonso, former Newton Public School teacher.

Open House:  September 19th, see times below
Artemis Yoga, 639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown

Please sign up in advance at this link or call 617-393-3590.

Session is September 19th to December 19th, fee is $169.00 or a weekly drop-in is $15.00, space permitting.

K-Grade 2 (age 5-7),  Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:15 pm
Grade 3-5 (age 8-10) – Wednesdays,  4:30 – 5:30 pm

Open House and free yoga class for Middle School students

Middle School students are invited to join a free yoga class during the upcoming open house. Specifically geared for busy middle schoolers, this class is a welcome respite and a space to learn how yoga can both build strength of body and mind in a supportive, fun environment. Class is taught by Amy Hrobak, a popular yoga instructor and an experienced middle school counselor (LICSW).

Open House: September 20th, 4:00 pm
Artemis Yoga, 639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown  Please sign up in advance at this link or call 617-393-3590.

Session is September 20th to December 20th,  Grades 5 – 8 (age 11-14) on  Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, fee of $169.00 or a weekly drop-in for $15.00 is available space permitting.

Boy Scouts

Troop 182 invites all youth ages 10 to 17 to their annual Open House.

Troop 182, founded in 1913, has a proud heritage and is one of the longest serving troops in the country. They are sponsored by the Kiwanis Club in Wellesley and serve youth from Wellesley and surrounding communities including Newton.

Troop 182 is a very welcoming boy-led troop that is proud of its more than 120 Eagle Scouts.  They’ll have snacks and beverages, as well as a Q&A session, an introduction to the Troop and its members, and an overview of the activities they participate in at the Open House.

Attendees should RSVP to Paul Hurney at or Nicholas Hurney at

September 23rd, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, 207 Washington Street in Wellesley Hills, conveniently located near the intersection of Rt. 9 and Rt. 16.