Community Notes

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Tickets on Sale Now! Newton Music Ambassadors Gala Benefit Concert

Be a patron of the arts! Kick off the holiday season with a very special night of jazz that will
directly benefit our high school music students! Join the music communities of Newton North and Newton South High Schools at a Gala Benefit Concert in support of the Newton Music Ambassadors Scholarship Fund (NMA).

Featuring ensembles from both schools’ award-winning jazz programs, the evening promises exceptional music in a convivial setting with light snacks and a cash bar, and is a great opportunity to celebrate and support Newton’s talented young musicians.  All proceeds will benefit the Newton Music Ambassadors, a collaborative fund set up by Newton South’s Lisa Linde and North’s Richard Labedz to empower students in pursuit of
music enrichment beyond the classroom. Funds raised at this event will provide Newton high school music students with opportunities to travel and participate in festivals and competitions, as well as funding assistance for private music lessons, and summer music camps etc.  The NMA seeks to position our students to serve as ambassadors who will positively impact the world around them through music.

Ticket prices are $25.00/adult, $10.00/student and can be purchased online in advance
at newtonmusicambassadors.seatyourself.biz or at the door (cash/check only).  Donations are also welcome.  Please email any questions to newtonmusicambassadors@gmail.com.

November 22nd,  7:00 – 10:00 pm
American Legion Nonantum Post 440, 295 California Street

Tickets are available at www.newtonfamilysingers.org. $12.00/Adults and $10.00/Child. Remember that all net proceeds will support the ten local organizations that will be honored at the concert. Please consider donating a few extra dollars at the time of your online purchase.

November 24th, 4:00 pm
JCC Greater Boston, 333 Nahanton Street

* Participating Charities:

  • Asperger / Autism Network (AANE)
  • Best Buddies – Team Believe
  • Centre Street Food Pantry
  • Green Newton
  • Newton at Home
  • Newton Community Farm
  • Newton Food Pantry
  • Newton Schools Foundation
  • Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Newton (SEL4Newton)

Sleepless in Newton?

You can fix that at the Newton South Arts Mattress Fundraiser.

Come get a better night’s sleep AND support the Newton South Fine Performing Arts
program! They’ll have great name brands including Simmons Beautyrest, Intellibed,
Therapedic, Wellsville, and the popular Number beds priced up to 50% off retail in the NSHS Gym.

They’ll also be selling adjustable bases, luxury sheets, premium pillows, frames, and
mattress protectors… and offering massage chairs too! MANY financing options available,
including layaway and no credit check same as cash.

Take a peek of what to expect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tEjzhM-kVU
If you are not in the market for a new mattress just now, please support this effort by helping to spread the word. Thousands of families in our community will be buying a new mattress this winter, very likely including some of your friends – help them save money AND support our students!

November 24th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Newton South High School Gym

You are invited to join the Book Group discussion

Please join the League of Women Voters for a book group discussion led by Newton resident and author Barbara F. Berenson. In her book (166 pages), Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement, Barbara examines the story of woman suffrage with a focus on women in Massachusetts who shaped both the national and state movements.

There is no need to read the entire book to participate! Several copies of Barbara’s book are available through the Minuteman Library Network. The book can be purchased at Amazon, and there is at least one copy available for purchase at Newtonville Books. Copies of the book will also be made available by LWVN – just email info@lwvnewton.org.

Following the book group discussion, all are welcome to attend the Waban Area’s Council annual tree lighting ceremony in Waban Square, right outside the Waban Library Center.

RSVPs to info@lwvnewton.org are appreciated!

December 1st, 3:00 – 4:30pm
Waban Library Center, 1608 Beacon Street

Cross Country Ski Club in Newton

Do you want to introduce your kids to cross-country skiing and give them the opportunity to ski with other kids their age? Eastern Mass Bill Koch (EMBK) Club is a Boston-area club dedicated to introducing kids to the joys of cross-country skiing and racing. The club is open to children ages 7-13, absolute beginners to experienced competitive skiers.

Kids train at the DCR’s Leo J. Martin Ski Track in Newton Lower Falls from early December until the last snow melts. The facility makes its own snow. Everyone skis Saturday mornings, with some skiing Wednesday and/or Thursday evenings depending on their age/experience. Check out the club’s website and registration information at http://easternmassnordic.org.

Free basketball clinic for grades 3-8

Steve Matthews, current Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach for the Newton South Lions, and one of college basketball’s all-time great shooters, will run a FREE two hour shooting clinic for boys and girls in grades 3-8.

Please see the flyer for details on signing up: Clinic

December 7th,  10:00 am – 12 :00 noon
Newton South High School

Writing Tutors Available

Does your student struggle with school writing assignments? Jane Hirschhorn and her team at JBH Tutoring can help. Jane and her tutors have more than 50 years of combined experience working with students from middle school through graduate school. They tailor their approach to make the best use of each student’s strengths to help them move through the writing process with calm and confidence and can also help with college essays.

For more information, please contact Jane at jane@jbhtutoring.com or 617-957-7208. You can learn more about Jane and her wonderful team at jbhtutoring.com.

Take action against climate change |

Take personal action against the Climate Crisis at Green Newton’s Open Meeting. Are you interested in doing something about the climate crisis but not sure what? Green Newton welcomes you to an open meeting to chat with like-minded people and take part in developing Green Newton’s new Green Action Teams, including –Home Efficiency & Heat Pumps; Transportation & Electric Vehicles; Food as Climate Action; Reduce, Reuse & Recycle; and Advocacy & Education. Get involved, and help combat climate change!
Refreshments will be served. RSVP to marcia@greennewton.org or just show up.

November 19th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
War Memorial Auditorium, Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue

Tickets on Sale Now for the Newton South Frosh Play! 

Come to this year’s South frosh production: Love Hurts and cheer on South Stage’s newest actors and techies as they showcase their talents and try out new skills during this evening of quirky and diverse 10-minute plays directed by Sundi Scott. Tickets cost $10.00 and can be purchased online at www.southstage.org

November 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 7:30 pm
The Lab Theatre

Gobble Gobble Give

Drop off a dish to help feed the Boston homeless on Thanksgiving.

Gobble Gobble Give is a national effort of volunteers who prepare and assemble individual containers of Thanksgiving meals to deliver to homeless people in 16 major cities throughout the country.

Boston is one of the newest cities, and they were able to feed 300 people last year. This year the goal is 500. Let’s help them exceed their goal! You can drop off a warm dish on Thanksgiving morning or stay and help assemble containers or deliver. If you would like to help but will not be around on Thursday, please email wrwoodruff@yahoo.com to arrange to drop off a donation on Tuesday or Wednesday (something like cookies, pumpkin bread, corn muffins, pie or anything that does not need to be refrigerated).

For more information, go to https://www.gobblegobblegive.org. Check the Gobble Gobble Give Boston Facebook page next week for more details about the drop-off location. The drop-off location will probably be near the entrance of the Newton Police Department on Washington Street. Check the Facebook page closer to Thanksgiving for this year’s times and confirmation of the location.

One Stop Holiday Food Shopping at City Hall

Pick up all the ingredients for your Thanksgiving feast at a special farmers’ market at Newton City Hall. Fifteen local farms and specialty vendors will set up shop at the War Memorial, with fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, pies, craft chocolates, knife-sharpening, hostess gifts, and pasture-raised turkeys. There will even be takeout food to serve your family during those busy days before Thanksgiving. Farmers’ market shopping has already begun, as most vendors are now accepting online orders and offering discounts for pre-orders.

Some items, like Copicut Farms’ turkeys, and cheeses from the Seacoast Cheese Maven, should be pre-ordered right away, because there’s limited quantity and high demand. With pre-ordering you can shop from home and then swing in and pick up your purchases. The Thanksgiving Market has its own website, www.allovernewton.com, with online shopping links to vendors’ sites.

If you prefer shopping in person, there will be plenty of items to buy at the market. Dick’s Market Gardens, known for its vast variety of local produce, is offering “you-fill” farm boxes. Pay just $25.00 and fill up a large ¾ bushel box (or free, sturdy farm bag) with your choice of fruits and vegetables. Other vendors, like Belmont-based Tick Tock Chocolates, find pre-orders helpful for production planning, but will bring extra products to the market for day-of shopping.

The Thanksgiving market, sponsored by the Newton Farmers’ Market and The Village Bank, is a fundraiser for the Newton Food Pantry and supports local food-aid organization, Community Servings. All vendors are donating their fees to the Food Pantry, and the market is a pie pick up site for Community Servings’ Pie in the Sky fundraiser.

Free Admission. HIP accepted by Dick’s Market Garden. More information, a complete vendor list, and ordering information available at: www.allovernewton.com

November 26th, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Newton City Hall’s War Memorial

What is idling and why does it matter?

You may have noticed the new Blue Zone signs at your school with the red “No Idling Per State Law” addition.  Vehicle idling is when a driver leaves a vehicle running while it is parked. Idling increases the amount of harmful emissions a vehicle produces. Vehicle emissions are more concentrated at ground level where kids are standing—and breathing.

Children breathe more air per pound of body weight than do adults. For this reason, they take in proportionately higher “doses” of any pollutants, which enter their lungs and, in some cases, bloodstream. Children are more biologically vulnerable to pollution from idling vehicles and the child with the highest exposure to pollutants may be your own; in a line of idling vehicles, pollutant levels may also be elevated inside your vehicle as well as outside.

What can you do to protect your child’s health? For parents and caregivers at arrival and dismissal, it’s simple. If you will be waiting for more than 10 seconds, turn off the engine.
Remind other drivers to do the same.

Check out the flyer No Idling.

Brought to you by Newton Safe Routes to School
For more information, email newtonsaferoutes@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/NewtonSafeRoutes/

Boys and Girls Club

Have you ever wondered what the Club has to offer for kids of all ages? Arts * STEM * Athletics * Basket Ball for all ages * Coding * Robotics * All Girl Programs * Homework Help and more. Visit the website at https://www.newtonbgc.com/. It’s not too late to register (either online https://www.newtonbgc.com/club-membership-form or at the Open House) for this year’s school year program.

Newton’s Big Brother/Big Sister Program

Newton’s One-to-One Program, our very own “Big Brother/Sister Program” has been matching wonderful high schoolers with children in grades one through five for over 30 years. 

If you think your elementary aged child would benefit from a mentor in their life and you can you commit 2.5 hours each week to have your child meet with a high school mentor from November to May – you should contact us. 

Link to the information sheet and application form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RLutqGzWmV9WStFcbX1SicWUP4i8ULXkEkk1h-xZwRU/edit?usp=sharing

To get more information, please contact Rebecca Young, Program Coordinator, at rebecca_young@newton.k12.ma.us or 617-315-8733

2020 Boston Marathon Newton Charity Runners Wanted 

The John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton has been selected as a 2020 Boston Marathon® Official Charity Partner of the BAA!  Join our team of 15 charity runners and receive professional coaching and fundraising support. Check this off your “bucket list” while supporting more than 700 Newton children and teens at the same time. For details go to www.newtonbgc.com/marathoncharityrunners#TeamNewtonBGC

 John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton – Click HERE to learn more.  

Newton Turkey Trot registration is open

Registration for the 6th annual Newton Turkey Trot is now open! This year they will be supporting two great causes: The Newton Food Pantry and the Travis Roy Foundation’s Ethan Wang Fund. Ethan is a Newton South class of 2016 graduate and Boston University political science student who survived severe spinal damage in March 2019. We are hoping for a large turn-out from our students!

Register early before the prices increase and to be guaranteed an awesome T-shirt!
Race day is November 23rd (the Saturday before Thanksgiving),  A USATF accredited 5K at 9:00 am, the kids’ 1 mile fun run at 8:30 am. Details, registration and volunteer info at http://www.newtonturkeytrot.org

Newton Girls Basketball registration opens October 1st

Registration for the NGBA 2019-2020 season opens this week. Please visit the NGBA website http://www.newtongirlsbball.com/ to register and obtain additional details about the league.

Planning for Arts and Culture for Newton – please take a brief survey

The City of Newton is currently undertaking a 7-month planning process to create a Comprehensive Arts & Cultural Plan for the City.

The plan, entitled Create Newton, will identify all of Newton’s arts and cultural assets – from our buildings and non-profits, to the events and festivals we host, to the local traditions and initiatives in our villages and neighborhoods. We will explore how arts and cultural goals and interests are aligned with our businesses, recreational opportunities, and commercial districts, and identify goals, set out recommendations, and seek opportunities to collaborate and expand our pool of funding.

Input from parents, and children 12 years and older, who enjoy Newton’s arts and cultural events is greatly valued.  Please take 10 minutes to complete this anonymous survey to assist in the planning process:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QWJW2QH

(Please note that the survey is best taken on your computer and not on your smart phone or smaller device.)

Thank you for your time and input!

Newton’s Community Design for Arts & Culture Committee

Destination Imagination registration is open

Destination Imagination (DI) is a creative problem solving competition that blends Science and Technology with the Arts. For the past 10 years, over 500 Newton students have participated in the Destination Imagination (DI) program.

Hear from alumni about how DI changed their lives: Destination Imagination Alumni Video 

Watch a tutorial to find out how DI works: What is Destination Imagination?

Ready to have fun?! Click HERE to register your child

Newton DI is run by a team of dedicated volunteers and is a non-profiting fully inclusive program.

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Sign up for the NewtonSTEM newsletter: Science/Tech/Engineering/Math

NewtonSTEM.org publishes a weekly newsletter of announcements about Science/Tech/Engineering/Math relevant to Newton students, parents, teachers, and community volunteers.

Sign up for the weekly email here, and you can unsubscribe at any time.  Now in its eighth year, NewtonSTEM is a clearinghouse for information about STEM achievements, events, opportunities, and resources, both in and outside of school, specifically relevant to Newton.

For more information – or to submit announcements – email info@newtonstem.org.

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