Category Archives: Events

Tech time impacts development

Come to a viewing of the documentary “Screenagers” followed by a discussion on technology and our children.

Learn more at From the website, “Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.”

February 11th, 7:00 pm
Newton North High School Auditorium

Sponsored by the Newton PTO Council. Hosted by Horace Mann, Franklin, Lincoln-Eliot and Peirce elementary schools

Do you want to improve sustainability in Newton schools?

Join parents, educators and students who are working together to promote sustainability in Newton schools.

If your school does not yet have a Green Team, they can help you to establish one. Representatives of the group participate in discussions to improve food quality and sustainability in school cafeterias. They are also advocating for more in-depth climate science to be taught in our schools, as well as setting up textile recycling collection containers outside of each school building. All are welcome to participate and share experiences and ideas.

For more information contact or visit

February 13th,  3:45 – 5:00 pm
Third floor arc area of the Newton Free Library

Comedy for a Cause 武汉加油!

Jesse Appell 艾杰西 Newton Fundraiser for Wuhan

Help a good cause and learn about life and comedy in China! Jesse is a comedy star in China, performing for millions on TV. Jesse’s one-man-show about life in China and the situation in Wuhan is a one-of-a-kind event. (Attached is the flyer)

NNHS Chinese Program and Jingshan Exchange Program invite you to enjoy Newton North alum Jesse Appell’s comedy show, along with the NNHS student performance. Buy tickets and make donations here

This performance will be in English. All ticket sales will be donated to Jingshan School and to buy medical supplies for Wuhan University Hospital.

February 12th, 7:00 pm
Newton North auditorium

Jesse Appell is a Fulbright fellow alumnus based in Beijing who researches and performs Chinese comedy. He is the disciple of Cross-talk Master Performer Ding Guangquan. Jesse’s TV and Internet performances have reached hundreds of millions of viewers in China and around the world. He aims to use comedy to bring people together.

Below are some media coverage of Jesse:

CBS Evening News with Seth Doane
Jesse on the front page of the Boston Globe
The Chinese standup routine from a major TV show (with subtitles)

You’re Invited to a Northland Project Forum presented by the League of Women Voters

Yes or No – Proposed Northland Development Project on Needham and Oak Streets

Newton voters will have a chance to decide the future of the Northland Development Project in a binding referendum election to take place on March 3rd, 2020 (coinciding with the presidential primary election).

The question to be placed before the voters is “Shall the following measure which was passed by the City Council be approved?

A measure which changes the zoning of parcels of land located at 156 Oak Street, 275-281 Needham Street and 55 Tower Road (commonly known as the Northland Project) from Mixed Use 1 District (MU1) to Business 4 District (BU4). The zoning change would allow for the construction of the Northland Project as described in a special permit and site plan approval granted by the City Council.”

Join the LWVN Forum and learn about this referendum question. You will hear from presenters on both sides of the issues and, at the end of the presentations, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions.

RSVPs to or via Facebook are appreciated!

February 13th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
The Durant Kendrick House, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton

For more information about the Northland Project, visit the City of Newton website; The Committee for Responsible Development; Yes for Newton’s Future .

Peter and the Wolf Family Concert

Share the joy of the symphony with your family at New Philharmonia’s production of Peter and the Wolf.

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller will join the orchestra in guiding children through the magical musical fairy tale as each character is represented by a different instrument in the orchestra. Children will be able to imagine Prokofiev’s classic tale as Peter catches the hungry wolf and parades the animal through town. Following the concert, the always popular instrument petting zoo returns, where children can try playing their favorite instruments.

Tickets for Peter and the Wolf are $10.00 for students and $18.00 for adults and can be purchased at

March 1st,  3:00 pm
First Baptist Church, Newton Centre

You’re invited to the Help Light the Way Gala

The Help Light the Way Gala will raise funds to purchase and install permanent lights for the outdoor sports stadium at Newton South High School. The night will include a silent and live auction, as well as lots of raffles and they need your help to make this a successful event!

Ways you can Help Light The Way

  • Make a monetary donation to the fundraising campaign by clicking here: Donate $
  • Donate goods, services or vacations to our auction and raffle by clicking here: Donate Goods
  • Volunteer your time in one or more of many different volunteer opportunities by clicking here: Volunteer
  • Come to the Gala. Please click Buy Tickets to purchase tickets.

Co-chairs, Bella Gelman and Penelope Nam-Stephen are planning a fun night for the  community. Please contact them if you are able to work on this campaign.

For more info email either or

March 28th, 6:00 – 10:00 pm

What’s Happening at the West Suburban YMCA

Early Spring Registration is Open! Early Spring Session runs February 24th – April 19th. Sign up for swimming lessons, small fitness training classes, sports, or creative arts! Register and find out more information here.

Family Fun Night, February 11th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Bring the whole family to the Y for some family fun time. Featuring arts & crafts, bouncy house, gym games and more! Free and open to all. Family Fun Nights occur on the second Tuesday of every month.

February Vacation Week Programming February Vacation Week is around the corner! They offer three childcare programs from February 18th – 21th. Out of School Time Vacation Programs are structured similarly to a day at camp, with a mix of activities such as fun games, creative projects, and free swim. Sports Vacation Clinics may include soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, and more. In addition, there are also new Creative Arts vacation programs! To learn more about vacation week programs, visit

Camp Registration is Now Open! Send your child to day camp at Camp Pikati or Camp Chickami, or try the overnight experience at Camp Frank A. Day. Learn more and register here:

Camp Info Sessions. Want to learn more about the summer camp offerings? Stop by the Y for one of these camp info sessions.

February 8th,  2:00 – 4:00 pm
February 26th, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
March 10th, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Work at the Y: The West Suburban YMCA is hiring for a variety of full-time and part-time positions in member services, childcare and youth development, aquatics, fitness and more. The Y offers generous benefits, free membership and professional development opportunities. Please contact Laura Snow, Director of Human Resources, at or visit

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

Public Hearing on Housing Authority Acceptance of CAN-DO Affordable Housing

The Community Preservation Committee and Planning & Development Board will hold a joint public hearing on the Newton Housing Authority’s funding requests ($1,105,000 CPA, $1,200,000 CDBG) for accepting the portfolio of affordable rental housing developed throughout Newton by CAN-DO (Citizens for Affordable Housing in Newton Development Organization). The full proposal and supporting documents are available from the CPC website at

For assistance or with questions, contact Eamon Bencivengo at 617-796-1145 or

February 11th, 7:00 pm
Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street, Newtonville

You’re invited to a Climate Change Forum

The wildfires in Australia and the flooding of Indonesia and Venice are examples of tragic climate events that have raised alarm bells across the globe. Climate change is here in real time and will feed an increasing number of devastating, extreme weather events. Facing inaction on climate legislation at the federal level, state and local governments must pick up the slack.

Join the League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) together with the Leagues of Framingham, Needham, Wayland, Wellesley and Weston, when they co-host a community conversation you won’t want to miss! You’ll learn how Massachusetts can join other states and hundreds of cities across the country working to reduce carbon emissions which is  “Job One” if we are to avert the worst impacts of climate change.

Discussion topics will include:

  • The current state of client change science and the implications for society
  • The current status and importance of the regional transportation and climate initiative
  • The plan to help transition gas utilities to delivery of clean, safe, renewable energy and the importance of the FUTURE Act

To present this topic, they’ve assembled an outstanding panel that includes Craig Altemose, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Better Future Project; Jordan Stutt, Carbon Programs Director of the Acadia Center; and Audrey Schulman, Co-founder and Executive Director of HEET (Home Energy Efficiency Team) and/or Zeyneb Magavi (Director, HEET). State Senator Cynthia Creem, a sponsor of the FUTURE ACT, will be attending as well and providing remarks.

RSVPs to or on Facebook are appreciated!

Scandinavian Cultural Center
February. 26th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Newton FORJ Book Group upcoming events

FORJ Book Group (Families Organizing for Racial Justice)

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum
Adult discussion. Please sign up at:
February 25th, 6:30-8:30 pm
Newton Free Public Library, Room B

White Fragility by Robin Diangelo. Adult discussion.
April 29th, 6:30-8:30 pm
Newton Free Public Library, Room B

There is no childcare at these events.
Contact Jennifer Dirga with any questions