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Newton Girls Basketball registration

Newton Girls Basketball Association, NGBA, is a recreational league for Newton girls with fun for beginners and experienced players alike! Registration for the NGBA 2018-2019 season will open October 2nd.

Stand Strong, Stand Tall Girls Empowerment Program

Artemis Girls Stand Strong, Stand Tall guides girls ages 10-13  to seek their own true voice with yoga, mindfulness, breathwork, creative expression and self-reflection. When girls feel confident about their bodies, their self-worth and their intelligence and they have practiced how to handle self-doubt and adolescent stresses, they have an opportunity to go into the world and fully express themselves — as girls, as women, as humans.

Artemis Girls Stand Strong, Stand Tall creates a safe space for girls to build strength of body, mind and spirit while developing the skills of communication and self-respect to empower and inspire girls. Classes include weekly yoga and mindfulness, group collaboration and games and independent thinking coupled with an art, journal or other creative activity centered on themes such as:

  • Body Confidence and Self-Respect
  • Stress & Self-Care
  • Emotional Awareness
  • Identity & Labels
  • Honest, Healthy Friendships & Social Stamina

The program meets weekly in a 90 minute session on six Fridays and is co-taught by Amy Hrobak and Tracy Affonso, both experienced school educators and youth yoga and mindfulness instructors.  Fee: $150.00.

To learn more or to register, click here. Please call 617-393-3590 or email liz@artemisyoga.com if you have any questions.

October 12th – November 16th, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Artemis Yoga, 639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown

What’s Happening at the Y

Registration is open for YBA-Youth Basketball Leagues
YBA League is a fun league for boys and girls ages 4-12 to learn and play basketball. The league runs on Saturdays, November 17th – February 9th and is separated into four age groups: Mini (ages 4-5), Biddy (ages 6-7), Rookie (ages 8-9) and Collegiate (ages 10-12). For more information and to register visit www.wsymca.org or call 617-244-6050.


Kids Night Out
Parents, drop off your kids for a fun Friday night with the Y’s staff. There will be pizza for dinner and staff will keep the children entertained with games, swimming, movies and sports. $25 per child for Y members and $30 for the community. A 20% discount is offered per child for those with two or more children. Go out for the night and take advantage of this low-cost alternative to hiring a babysitter.
October 5th, 6:00 – 10:00 pm


Poetry Night
Organized by Barbara Helfogtt-Hyett of Poemworks, the event begins with readings by two local poets. Then 10-12 guests participate in the Open Mic portion of evening to share their own written work. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit wsymca.org/events.
October 5th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm


Family Fun Night
Bring the whole family to the Y for some family fun time. Featuring arts & crafts, bouncy house, games and more! FREE and open to all. Family Fun Nights are generously sponsored by the Belmont Savings Bank Foundation and occur on the second Tuesday of every month.
October 9th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm


Community Flu Clinic (for ages 18+) – Tuesday,
Don’t let the flu tackle you! Get your seasonal flu shot at the West Suburban YMCA. This clinic is free and put on by staff from Newton-Wellesley Hospital. No appointment needed. The clinic will be in the Y’s Rec Center room on the basement level. Open to the community, must be age 18+.
October 16th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm


Angino Fall Festival – Sunday,
Celebrate the season with an afternoon of family fun! Stop by the West Suburban YMCA for pumpkin decorating, train rides, live music, rock climbing wall, face painting, bouncy house and more! This event is free to attend and open to the community. Sponsored by the Angino Family.
October 21st, 1:00-3:00 pm


Preschool Openings Available
The Y’s Preschool Center for Youth Development is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and provides a year-round, high quality early education experience for children 2.9 years to 5 years old. The program features a safe teacher-child ratio, a large, bright and open classroom with secure entrance, a weekly 30-minute swim lesson, and access to the Y’s outdoor playground, turf field and full gymnasium. For more information, visitwsymca.org/preschool or contact Kim Benzan at kimberlyb@wsymca.org.

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, human resources, aquatics, fitness and more. Great benefits, FREE membership and professional development opportunities. Please contact Laura Snow, Director of Human Resources, at lauras@wsymca.org or visit wsymca.org/about/work-here.

Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs
The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization and it is our mission to never turn anyone away due to their inability to pay. Please contact our Membership Department at 617-244-6050 x3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.

Chinese Tutor available

Private, in home tutoring for all levels by a tutor with years of experience. Please contact Stella at Stellapan@comcast.net or 617-512-3827

Community music school

Looking for private music lessons for your child? – All Newton Music School is a premier non-profit community music school located right in your neighborhood. The faculty have degrees from Juilliard, New England Conservatory, The Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music and more!

Request lessons for you or your child at allnewtonmusicschool.com or by phone 617- 527-4553.

Piano Lessons

Local piano teacher Donna Gross Javel has few spaces available on Tuesdays in Waltham for students of all ages and levels.  Piano lessons can include studies in sight-reading, theory, improvisation, composition, piano duets and trios, and of course solo repertoire.  She offers five workshops and two recitals during the academic year and will also provide additional opportunities for those students who wish to participate in additional recitals, festivals and/or competitions.  As a teacher, Donna is particularly interested in teaching the ‘Whole Child’. Her main focus is to give each child the ‘Gift of Music’  so that they can enjoy a lifetime of music. For more information, visit http://www.anythingpiano.com/biography.html

Contact Donna Gross Javel at 781-354-0170 or anythingpiano@yahoo.com.

Newton South HS used sports equipment Sale

Don’t miss your chance to get a deal on sports equipment!

Skis, boots, poles, lacrosse equipment, baseball gear, balls, gently used cleats, dance shoes and lots more on sale with proceeds benefitting Newton South athletes. Come support Newton South athletes and get some great bargains! You can find the sale at the back of the school across from the tennis courts.

September 29th, 9:00 am to 12 noon
Newton South High School
140 Brandeis Rd, Newton Center

If you have items to contribute to help this cause, donations of all gently used sports equipment (all equipment and apparel for all sports, including shoes/skates if they are in good condition) are still being accepted. Feel free to drop off gear near the door of any of the following houses:

347 Central Street in Auburndale
75 Dickerman Road
627 Chestnut Street in Waban
1 Rosalie Road off Dedham St (drop at door on driveway side of house)

Please email Wendy at wrwoodruff@yahoo.com with any questions.

Metrowest Travel Basketball registration is open

Join over 350 Newton youth basketball players in the Metrowest Basketball program. The program stresses basketball skills and sportsmanship in a fun, competitive environment.  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.  Volunteer coaches are needed.  Tryouts begin on October 15th and continue through October 24th.  Pre-registration is required.  Full details and on-line registration is available at www.newtonbball.com.

Everybody Signs

Stories, conversations, and art…all in American Sign language. See the flyer for information the Everybody Signs classes starting October 7th.

Learn more about anxiety disorders

Minding Your Mind and the Newton After School Association present the original movie documentary Angst, a film created to open up the conversation about anxiety and provide tools, resources and hope. Appropriate for all adults and children ages 10 and up. Some scenes may trigger those who have anxiety.  Additional information is available here: Angst.

Admission $15.00 per person. Registration in advance at: mindingyourmind.org/events/angst-newton/.

October 15th, 6:30 pm
Newton Free Library