Category Archives: Community Notes

A Visit to the Allen Homestead for Children and Families

This visit invites children and their families to travel 150 years back in time to imagine what it would have been like to live and learn at the Allen home and this historic school. 

This historic house was once the home of Nathaniel Allen, founder of The West Newton English and Classical School. Nathaniel Allen was a progressive educator who provided equal opportunities for girls and boys in racially mixed classrooms even before the Civil War. His curriculum was innovative, and students from all over the world came to attend his school.

Guests will explore the parlor, a classroom, and even the bowling alley as we learn about the family, the students, the school, and the unique curriculum. Our visit will finish in the barn, where you will have the opportunity to try some of the games and activities that children enjoyed at this time.  

We hope you can join us to learn about the history of this newly renovated Newton treasure. Each visit will run approximately one hour. Free event, 3rd grade and up, registration required. 

Dates: Sunday, December 11 3:00-4:00 PM

Thursday, December 15  4:00-5:00 PM

Sunday, January 22  3:00-4:00 PM

Thursday, January 26  4:00-5:00 PM Please register here

Advent Market

Sunday, December 11, 11:15 a.m.

Newton Highlands Congregational Church, 54 Lincoln Street, Newton Highlands

Purchase holiday tags and cards, jewelry, and other items knowing that your purchases support nonprofits. Join us for the Newton Highlands Congregational Church Advent Market on Sunday, December 11, at 11:15 a.m. A hand-decorated gingerbread house will be raffled off. Children’s activities will include simple gingerbread-house decorating. Baked goods will be sold.

The New Art Shop features work from more than 50 Artists!

New Art Shop is back for a second, extended holiday season. Come shop for a special holiday gift made by a local artist! The shop features the work of more than 50 local artists, makers, and creators, ranging from handmade jewelry to paintings and wearable textiles to sculptures. Stop by to pick up the perfect holiday gift for a loved one (or even yourself!).   

245 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor
Newton, MA 02460

Wednesday through Sunday, 12-6 on all days (Fridays hours will be 12-7)

Winter 2022 Dates
November 25-27, 30, December 1-4
December 7-11
December 14-18
December 21-23

Waban Lights & Family Sing-Along

Date: Sunday, December 4

Time: 4:45pm

Location: Waban Library Center (1608 Beacon St)

‘Tis the season for celebrating with neighbors. The holiday season is nearly here and what better way to kick it off than with the Waban Improvement Society’s annual Waban Lights & Family Sing-Along event.   

We look forward to lighting up our beloved Waban Library Center building and surrounding grounds and turning the entire area into a wonderland of light to enjoy throughout the winter. Before we flip the switch to light up the WLC, please join us for hot chocolate, sweet treats and a festive community sing-along featuring songs celebrating the winter holidays.

Constructive Conversations about Race

Designed to help white people understand their racial identity and learn effective ways to take action to dismantle racism

Adapting the work from Constructive White Conversations, Constructive Conversations about Race provides an opportunity for white people to come together to better understand their racial identity, so that when they engage in conversations in their community and consider actions, the work they do will be more effective.  Through discussion and sharing of experiences, participants will gain a foundation (awareness of one’s racial identity) so they are able to take meaningful and sustaining actions to dismantle racism in all its forms.

Constructive Conversations about Race provides a unique opportunity to further an anti-racist community through self-reflection.  It runs 6 sessions over a 12-week period and is facilitated by beloved Horace Mann emeritus teacher Mike Feldstein, and Grammy-award winning performer Dan Zanes (who performed for a FORJ meeting with his wife, Claudia, in 2021).  

This will be the second Newton cohort to participate in these sessions. Several members of the first session, which began in late 2020, are continuing to meet. At the end of these 6 sessions, participants will be encouraged to join that original group to continue the conversations. We will have a brief informational meeting TBD once we hear from those of you who might be interested in participating.

Please email Mike at if interested.

Evening Sports Clinics at Williams Elementary

Want your children to stay active during the cold late Fall/Winter? Great Coaches from Be Ahead of the Game will teach them new skills and keep them moving while having tons of fun. You don’t have to be a Williams student so spread the word!!

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Isabel Harvey Shopping Event to Support South Stage


On Thursday December 1st the South Stage Supporters will be hosting a private shopping event at Isabel Harvey Boutique in Wellesley.

Isabel Harvey

41 Central Street Wellesley

6 – 7:30 pm for the private event

You can shop for holiday gifts for yourself and others. Check out the website!

15% of the proceeds will be donated to South Stage Supports to support the South Stage Theatre!  If you can’t make the event but shop in the store anytime on December 1st (10 am – 6pm) and mention South Stage, your purchase will also contribute!

Centre Street Food Pantry Seeks Marketing & Communications Board Member

Centre Street’s recent operational growth has outpaced many of our supporting capabilities, including marketing and communications. We seek a Board Member who is experienced with the purpose and power of branded communications to help us increase our donor, volunteer, community and client engagement and distinguish ourselves in a crowded non-profit environment. Our focus areas include a mix of strategic and tactical aspects: CSFP brand (look, feel, voice), website, monthly newsletter, as well as email, print and social media campaigns. To learn more about the position and to apply, visit our website: