Category Archives: Events

Volunteers Needed for Halloween Window Painting Contest

Beside trick-or-treating, the next best thing about Halloween in Newton is our beloved Halloween Window Painting Contest for 3rd – 8th graders, which this year is enjoying its 20th Anniversary!

The Cultural Development Office very much needs volunteers to tape up the orange assignment sheets to the village store windows on October 24th or October 25th. With hundreds of students signed up every year to paint in six villages, your help is needed to keep this wonderful community event going strong.

Please give two hours of your time, email Lori Lass at or call 617-796-1540.

FREE Family Art Drop-In

Drop in – everyone makes art! Visit the New Art Center for an exciting free program for children with their parents, grandparents, or guardians. Explore two art-maker spaces; different projects each time!

This is a work-together program; children must be accompanied by an adult. Learn more at or call 617-964-3424.

Theme: Animal Creations
October 6th, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, FREE! Drop In Anytime

Theme: Tremendous Trees
November 17th, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, FREE! Drop In Anytime

New Art Center in Newton
61 Washington Park, Newton

PSAT Bootcamp

High school students preparing for the PSAT and SAT are invited to attend a PSAT Bootcamp being offered by expert tutors and Newton parents, college math professor Neil Hatem and ELA/SAT teacher Erin Giesser. During these sessions, students will receive strategies for taking the Reading, Writing and Math sections of this timed test. Students will build skills and increase confidence so that they enter take tests with knowledge and self-assurance.

Sessions are offered September 22nd, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, October 6th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and October 14th, 4:00 – 7:00 pm in Auburndale. Fee is $150/session. Classes limited to 15 students. Students make take one or several sessions. Please contact Erin at for more information or to register.

Newton FORJ Book Group

The Newton FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice) Book Group will meet 6:30-8:30 pm. Between now and the end of the year, the books will be:

September 24th,  Oak Hill Middle School library
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

October 24th, Oak Hill Middle School library
Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey

November 18th, Brown Middle School library
Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

December 16th, Brown Middle School library
Nonfiction choice: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates or
YA choice: The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

For more information, please contact Jennifer Dirga at There will be no childcare available at these events.

Middle School Racecar Crash Course

Beaver Works will be running a Racecar Crash Course on Saturdays on the MIT campus and they are looking for students who must live local and be able to attend all sessions.

Specifically, they’re looking for girls in grades 6-8 who are interested in learning about robotics and programming. The program is completely free! No prior experience is necessary and lunch is provided.

See attached flyer or go to for more information. The link to sign up for the program is

They we will also run another program in the spring that will be open to both males and females.

Newton Metrowest Travel Basketball Registration

Join over 350 Newton youth basketball players in the competitive Metrowest Travel Basketball program. The program stresses basketball skills and sportsmanship in a fun, competitive environment where players compete on behalf of Newton against neighboring town teams.

Girls and boys in 4th-8th grades who live in Newton or attend Newton schools through the METCO program are eligible. New players are welcome, and volunteer coaches are needed. Tryouts are conducted October 16th through October 28th.

Pre-registration is free and required to tryout. Full details and on-line registration is available at

Learn about a proposed health regulation at the Public Listening session

A public health regulation is proposed to restrict sales of electronic cigarettes to adult-only (21+) stores. A public listening session regarding this draft regulation will be held in early October. Learn more here:

October 3rd, 7:00 – 9:000 pm
City Council Chambers, Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue

Newton’s Top Chefs Cook for a Great Cause: Tickets on Sale NOW

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for Newton Food Pantry ‘s Newton’s Community Table (NCT) fundraiser. NCT is a unique event where guests can experience the tastes of some of Newton’s best restaurants and feel good knowing that all proceeds will go to benefit our community.

Please visit for details and tickets. This event will sell out quickly, so purchase your ticket today!

October 17th, 6:30-9:30 pm
The Windsor Club

For additional information see Newton’s Community Table

Newton Resource & Transition Fair

Need to start planning for life after high school for your student with special needs, but not sure how? Attend “Take the Next Step: The College & Career Resource & Transition Fair”.

Check out exhibitors from colleges, postsecondary training programs, government and the private sector – and a special presentation by legal, financial and educational transition experts. For more information, check out the event flyer here:

To register click here

October 17th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Dearborn Academy Gymnasium Building, 575 Washington Street., Newton

Cosponsored by Newton’s Dearborn Academy & the USA 500 Club’s Special Needs Consortium.

Free webinar about navigating insurance for mental health treatments

Families for Depression Awareness is releasing their free “What Families Need to Know About Mental Health and Insurance” webinar  In this webinar, you’ll learn ways to help your loved one navigate insurance and pay for mental health treatment. Family caregivers and expert presenters will discuss important considerations for choosing a health insurance plan, ways to overcome insurers’ barriers to care like prior authorization and inadequate networks, and what is need to appeal insurance decisions.

This program is designed for family caregivers and adults concerned about paying for a loved one’s treatment. Please share this email with anyone who may find the information helpful. Register today to receive the recorded webinar to be released October 23rd, 12:00 pm. After the webinar, complete an online evaluation to receive a copy of the “Coping with Stress” brochure!

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Arielle Cohen at 781-890-0220 or if you have any questions about this upcoming program.