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Newton Mustangs Charity Golf Tournament

Golfers, get your foursome ready! Sign up today for the Newton Mustangs Charity Golf Tournament. Go to

June 17th
Sandy Burr Country Club

Run the Village Day 5K

Calling all runners, joggers and walkers! Join other Newton students and parents, friends and neighbors at the Newton Highlands Village Day 5K. It’s a low-key, family-friendly, all abilities run starting and ending at the Hyde Center in Newton Highlands. Many kids run their first 5K at this event which is such a great accomplishment. (It’s also fun to watch kids trying to out sprint their parents at the finish!)

Village Day in the Highlands follows at 11:00 am with all sorts of great activities — from bands to food to free inflatables and more. Registration is $30.oo per adult, $15.00 per child.

Register online here: Online registrations before May 26th are guaranteed a t-shirt in their size. Contact Maureen Oates at if you have any questions! Happy running!

June 9th, 10:00 am

Save the Date for the 10th Annual SEPAC Awards Ceremony!

The 10th Annual SEPAC Awards Ceremony will take place on May 30th at 6:00 pm in the Cafeteria of Newton North High School. More details coming soon!

Click to learn more about SEPAC (Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Council)

Youth Awards Please Help Nominate!

The Newton Parks and Recreation Commission and the Newton Health and Human Services Youth Commission are asking for your help in seeking nominations for the 41st Annual Youth Service Awards.

Each year, Mayor Ruthanne Fuller gives awards to individuals who have contributed service to the Newton Community. This year’s ceremony will be held in the Board of Alderman Chambers on Monday, June 17th.

We ask your cooperation in submitting nominations of deserving Newton residents before May 23rd. Thank you for your help in recognizing the efforts of individuals who have contributed extensively to the Newton Community.

Please nominate online at

Come hear what Newton students are doing for the environment

Please join Green Newton as students from Newton schools show how they are contributing to the sustainability of Newton and beyond. Highlighted will be:

  • Angier Elementary School’s Cafeteria Recycling & Composting
  • Oak Hill Middle School’s Global Goals Exhibition
  • Newton South High School’s Capstone Healthy Landscaping Project
  • Newton North High School’s Student Climate March
  • SGW’s community environmental outreach

Following these presentation and the Students for a Greener World (SGW) Wild Boar Awards, Green Newton will present the 2019 Green Newton Environmental Leadership awards to the following recipients:

  • Individual: Andy Gluck
  • Local Organization: The Newton Citizens Commission on Energy
  • City Department: Newton’s Public Buildings Department and Design Review Committee
  • Green Newton Special Appreciation Award: Ira Krepchin

May 20th, 7:00 pm
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street

Upcoming Programs with Newton Parks and Recreation

Click here for Parks and Rec Spring Programs.

Kicks and Tricks Soccer Clinic

My name is Sophie Abou-Rizk and I am a recent graduate of Newton North High School who played soccer there for all four years. Every summer, three of my varsity teammates and I run and coach a girls soccer clinic: Kicks and Tricks. The past years have been incredible; we’ve met amazing girls, who are motivated and interested in working hard and developing their technical and tactical soccer skills.

Kicks and Tricks runs from June 24-28, and July 29-August 2 from 9am to 12pm on the Newton North High School fields and the cost for each week is $180. For more info and to sign up e-mail

Newton PorchFest 2019: Signups are now open

Signups for Newton PorchFest 2019, scheduled for June 1st (raindate June 2nd) are now open.

PorchFest is an afternoon of free music performed outside of people’s homes. Last year’s inaugural event included 60+ bands. You can participate by signing up to play (all musicians of all types are welcome), host (residents of Auburndale, Lower Falls or Waban), or volunteer.

For more information and to signup, see

Service Stars

We currently are registering for our monthly service programs which are run on Saturday and Sundays and our April vacation Camp.  Our summer program will be open for registration this weekend.
Each day of our program focuses on a different service theme and we work together on a service project, play games and have small group discussions about the different service organizations.
Our winter and spring programs are for grades k-5 and our summer camp will have two age group offerings k-3 and 4-8.
Parents can learn more about our program offerings and register on our website and see our program in action on our facebook page

Schools Out. Rock Out.

From 4 year old air guitarists to 14 year-old Fender shredders, these music camps will have your cool kids rockin’ the summer away! Weekly Sessions start in June and run through August!

Kidzrock Camp for ages 4-7, Half-Day Camp. Kidzrock is a nationally recognized “jam-focused” program that has young kids living out their rock‘n’roll fantasy and playing together quickly! Band members rotate on drums, electric guitar, and keyboards, and each camp week culminates with a concert by the bands!

Jr Rockerz Camp for ages 8-11, Full-Day Camp.  Jr. Rockerz Camp is all about rockin’ out, writing songs, and playing tons of musical games! Instruments offered are: guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, and vocals. Each week long session ends with a concert performance for your friends and family!

Teen Bandz Camp for ages 12-16, Full-Day Camp. Teenbandz Camp is where teens come to play, meet others, join a band, write a song, and get comfortable making music in a group. A great respite from a busy summer or sleep-away camps. Now offering DJ/production classes, and uke groups too! Each band also gets to perform at a concert at the end of their session!

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL until March 15th – Sign Up

Learn More or call 857-234-1935.

The 2nd location of the flagship downtown Boston restaurant – BONAPITA (, located about 10-12 minutes drive from Bowen school, at 75 Spring St. West Roxbury (maybe you got a chance to try our fresh Pita bread we donated recently to BASCP’s Kindness Club Craft & Bake Sale? :))
The new restaurant location has been featured in the Boston Globe  ( and the restaurant is continuously featured at the Phantom Gourmet TV show (
The West Roxbury BONAPITA is open 6 days a week (Tue-Sun, closed Mondays), from 11am till 9pm, providing a beautiful sit down option, delivery (via UberEats), catering, and private events at the space.

Math tutor Grades 3-7

Experience 5th grade teacher and math tutor with 25+ years of experience working with students in the classroom setting and as a private tutor of Bowen and Oak Hill students. Skilled in working with students needing math review/enrichment, confidence building, test prep including ISEE.  Conveniently located across from Bowen School.  Some weekday openings available Please e-mail Maureen Parsons at

Centre Street Food Pantry

Centre Street Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to help staff the pantry on Tuesdays and the first Saturday of each month.  Volunteer shifts are available in two hour increments and sign up is flexible.  Tasks include stocking shelves, helping clients shop, clean up and more.

Volunteers must be 16 and older to volunteer without an adult and 12 is the minimum age with an adult. For more information, please visit the Get Involved tab here:

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

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