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College Essays that Make a Difference

Come to Writing College Essays that Make a Difference.  Dr. Adam Schwartz will provide students with strategies for writing a college application essay that can make the difference between a “Yes” and a “Maybe.” You’ll look at case studies of successful essays and student will have the opportunity to have their essays assessed.

Dr.Schwartz has:

  • Taught writing at Harvard and Wellesley College for twenty-five years
  • Worked on the Board of Admissions at Wellesley College
  • Published stories in The New Yorker
  • Won additional awards for his novels

Teens and their adults are welcome to this event. Click here to see the flyer and here to see the facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/933610620337017/

June 25th, 7:00 pm
Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium

What’s Happening at the Y

Free Summer Saturdays – Try the Y for free every Saturday this summer! Present a valid ID at the welcome desk and your guest fee will be waived.

Summer Membership at the Y – Perfect for college students or those visiting for the summer, the West Suburban YMCA Summer Membership that automatically expires on August 31st. $150 for an individual or $275 for a family (1 or 2 adults plus all children under age 26). Cost is prorated for anyone signing up after June 1st. For more information about summer memberships, contact the Welcome Center at 617-244-6050.

Summer Food Service Program – June 24th – August 16th – The West Suburban YMCA has been selected by the Massachusetts Department of Education as a Summer Food Service Program site. The Summer Food Service Program provides free meals to all children ages 18 and under when school is not in session. Any child in the community can show up and receive a free lunch between the hours of 12:30-1:30 pm at the West Suburban YMCA. Children attending YMCA Camp Pikati are also able to take advantage of the service while at camp.

Summer Swim Lessons for All Ages – It is never too early or too late to learn to swim. Swimming is a lifelong skill that is crucial for both kids and adults. Sign up for swim lessons at the Y, starting with classes for children as young 6 months through teen and adult classes. The Y offers options and session dates for every schedule, including lessons once per week, twice per week, or daily Monday-Friday. Learn more by calling 617-244-6050 ext. 3650 or email Amanda Pierce at Amandap@wsymca.org.

Summer Creative Arts Programs – Fill this summer with singing, dancing, painting, and more! With Creative Arts programs at the Y, youth can explore their creative side through group lessons, unique projects, and exploring what it means to be an artist. Get a little messy in the new Explorations! art program for ages 6-10, jam with a band in our Summer Rock Band program for ages 8+ or sing out loud with our Vocal Workshop for ages 11+. More info at www.wsymca.org/arts/summer.

Summer Sports Programs – Sign up for basketball, soccer, football or ultimate frisbee at the Y! Programs run Monday-Thursday evenings for two-week sessions. View the schedule online at www.wsymca.org or contact Chris Ellison for more information at chrise@wsymca.org.

Adult Fitness Programs – Sign up for one of the Y’s summer fitness classes. Classes run for seven weeks and begin the week of July 8th. Options include TRX suspension training, Boxcon boxing conditioning class, and Metcon functional fitness and strength class. Get motivated by training with a small, dedicated group!

Work at the Y: The West Suburban YMCA is hiring for a variety of full-time and part-time positions in child care and youth development, aquatics, fitness and more. Great benefits, free membership and professional development opportunities. Please contact Laura Snow at lauras@wsymca.org or visit wsymca.org/careers.

Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs. The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization and their mission is to never turn anyone away due to an inability to pay. Please contact the Membership Department at 617-244-6050 ext. 3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.

America Meditates in Newton

America Meditates is a nationwide peace initiative to help create a stress free and violent free society. Studies have shown that group meditation can lead to a less violent and healthier society overall. This is a very good opportunity to come meditate, feel rejuvenated and inspired to stand together for the wellbeing of all.

The attached flyer contains additional information and registration information: America Meditates.

Boston Athletic Training Open House

The upcoming open house will include free group training, prize giveaways and information about summer programming. BAT offers training for all athletes in both Speed + Agility and Strength & Conditioning. They also offer high quality skills training for both football and basketball players!

All athletes ages 8+

June 22nd, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Road

Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys Summer Kickoff Concert at City Hall!

All are invited to the War Memorial at City Hall as we blast into summer with Newton Free Library’s annual kickoff. Learn about the wonderful programs and reading opportunities revolving around the theme of space!

Vanessa Trien and her band the Jumping Monkeys will be performing a highly interactive and energetic show, featuring plenty of group singing and movement. For all ages. View the flyer here: Summer Kickoff.

June 18th, 5:30 pm
Newton City Hall

Dinner on the Farm July 22nd

Join the annual Dinner on the Farm,  an evening of great food with friends of the Farm. Enjoy one-of-a kind outdoor dining experience and connect with other community farm supporters.

As the sun sets on the 2.5-acre farm, you will be treated to a seasonal, produce-forward menu prepared by Gourmet Catering. Live old-time string music will be provided by local favorites, the Dixie Butterhounds.

Proceeds from the evening will support Newton Community Farm’s mission to promote a sustainable, agricultural community. For tickets, please visit www.newtoncommunityfarm.org.

July 22nd, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Newton Community Fram
303 Nahanton Street, Newton

Paddles and Picnics

The Crystal Lake Conservancy and the Newton Parks and Recreation Department invite you to come to a Sunday afternoon of activities on Crystal Lake.

Participants may sign up for half hour slots between 1:00 – 4:30 pm to enjoy the pleasures of canoeing/kayaking/paddle boarding. A lifeguard will be on duty and all participants will be required to wear life jackets and sign a waiver. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult while on the water.

A $15 donation per canoe/kayak/paddleboard supports the Crystal Lake Conservancy’s efforts to keep Crystal Lake healthy. To learn more, visit www.CrystalLakeConservancy.org or call Janice Bourque at 617-967-0797.

June 16th (rain date June 23rd), 1:00 – 5:00 pm
20 Rogers Street, Newton Highlands

The Highlands After-School Program

Space is limited! Final call! The Highlands After-School Program is different than other programs because it’s geared to meet the needs and likes of middle school kids. Home at Brigham House in Newton Highlands, with regular access to the Hyde Community Gym and other wonderful resources. Transportation is arranged from the middle schools.

The program is open from school dismissal time until 6:00 pm and offers special programs on early release days. Activities include sports, arts, crafts, cooking, science, homework, and field trips etc. It’s a place to go and hang with friends, enjoy activities, and get a head start on homework.

OPEN HOUSE June 10th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm. For more information contact Rochelle Acker 617-999-4617 or highlandsafterschool@gmail.com or visit highlandsafter-schoolprogram.org.

The Natural Wonders of Cold Spring Park

Local naturalist and founder of The Caterpillar Lab Sam Jaffe will present “The Natural Wonders of Cold Spring Park”. This event is open to the public and co-sponsored by the Zervas PTO and the newly formed Friends of Cold Spring Park. Anyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.

Learn about:
• The park’s many diverse habitats and inhabitants;
• How Zervas classes are utilizing the park;
• Threats to the park’s ecosystem, and how to help preserve it;
• Plans to rehabilitate the trails and progress to date.

June 3rd,  7:30 pm in the Zervas cafetorium (Henry Finch of the Newton Conservators will lead an optional tour of Cold Spring Park at 6:30 pm. Meet for the walk at the Zervas main entrance.