Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

“Future Chef” Recipe Contest

Newton Public Schools Food Service will once again host the Future Chef Competition for students in grades 3-5.

This year, they’re looking for your favorite Healthy Asian Fusion recipe! One winner from each elementary school will be chosen to compete at a chef’s event at Newton North High School on March 20th.

Entries are due by February 5th. Visit the website www.newton.k12.ma.us/futurechef to download the recipe card entry form and to find out more details about the competition. Good luck!

Newton Youth Players expands

Due to overwhelming demand, the Newton Youth Players are delighted to announce a fourth day! Starting on March 26th, “Bye Bye Birdie” will have another cast: Monday! The location is the same: Newton City Hall, the time is a little different: 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Another exciting new addition to the Newton Youth Players family is the exceptionally talented team of Co-Directors: *Hannah Rosenberg and Linda Goetz.

Registration is live now at www.newtonyouthplayers.com. Please contact the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs at 617-796-1540 with any questions. They look forward to seeing more Newton Youth Players for the next show!

*Hannah Rosenberg is thrilled to join Newton Youth Players as a director for “Bye Bye Birdie”! Hannah has been involved in theatre since a young child and recently became a part of Newton Theatre Company as an actor and Development Director.

Linda Goetz is a professional actress, writer and director; and one of the founders of the Newton Nomadic Theater. In recent years she was nominated for Best Actress by the Independent Reviewers of New England for her role as Lady Macbeth with the FUDGE Theatre.

Fessenden Summer Camps Family Event

Free Indoor Winter Fun! Come join a fun morning that includes a magic show by Tommy James, bouncy house, climbing wall challenge, crafts station, face painting, and more. Camp tours available. All families are welcome.

For questions, please email summer@fessenden.org, call 617-630-2373 or visit fessendensummercamps.org

January 27th,  10:00 am – 12:00pm
Fessenden Summer Camps
250 Waltham Street, West Newton​​

City of Newton annual Camp Fair

The City of Newton is holding their annual Camp Fair. Come see what is being offered in Newton for the summer of 2018! Child entertainment will be provided by Wicked Cool Science from 12:00 – 3:00 pm. Attached is the Camp Fair Flyer for more information.

If you have any questions please email rickp@newtonma.gov or call Ricky Paglia at 617-796-1523 or 617-485-8037.

January 28th, 12:00 – 4:00 pm (snow date February 4th)
Newton North High School Cafeteria

New England Camp Fair – February 11th

If you have a child attending camp this summer, you don’t want to miss this free event: The New England Camp Fair. The camp fair is open to ALL local families.

Over 30 camps from Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire will be participating. Attending camps serve children ages 6-14, and represent a mix of day and overnight camps. Participating camps run the gamut from traditional style camps to sports, computer, arts and themed camps. Come to the fair with your prospective camper and meet in person with camp directors and representatives.

Visit www.newenglandcampfair.org for a complete list of camps attending. Parking and refreshments are also free! If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Underwood PTO at underwoodpto@gmail.com.

February 11th, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm (snow date March 4th)
Bigelow Middle School gymnasium

Vacation Week Drop in Play Space

Looking for a fun place for you and your toddler to spend the morning during February vacation? On Wednesday, February 21st and Friday, February 23rd from 9:30 – 11:00 am, join Time for Partners Art & Music teacher Paula Gannon at a drop-in Playspace at Newton City Hall.

For children ages 18 months to 5 years with a caregiver – make an art project, make some music and make new friends! You do not need to be a registered participant in the Time for Partners class to enjoy this fun vacation program, just drop in! $10.00 per child or $25.00 per family. Any questions, please call 617-796-1540.

Maine Arts Camp Info Meeting/Coffee

Looking for a great overnight summer camp for your creative 9-16 year-old? Please come to the parent coffee this week and find out why Maine Arts Camp could be the perfect choice!

Located on the campus of Colby College, MAC is a small, friendly camp community that is big on empathy and personal growth as well as creative opportunity. With an extensive program of activities covering visual arts, theatre, music, dance, culinary arts, robotics and rocketry, film-making, individual sports and more, and with access to Colby’s state-of-the-art facilities, Maine Arts Camp offers exceptionally high quality instruction across a wide range of interests.

Visit www.maineartscamp.com to find out more. If you would like to attend the informational meeting/coffee at the home of Newton parent Anabel Cable and meet camp director Rick Mades, please RSVP to anabelcable@comcast.net for the address.

January 19th, 8:30 – 10:00 am

Self-empowerment energy courses available

Self-empowerment energy courses taught by Newton resident Malabika Shaw. She teaches how to claim the innate power and direct our energy field towards greater well being. They are a lot of fun. Please click on the link to register.

Harness the Power of Your Energy Field:
This first one is to learn about your multidimensional personality and how best to engage with it.

January 23rd, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Newton South High School


Law of Attraction:
This course is about conscious creation – carving out the shortest route between desire and manifesting by understanding the energetic dynamics and what may be the blocks. Learn to put one of the most powerful Laws of Nature to work to your advantage.

February 6th and 13th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Newton South High School

Affordable Tutoring with Mindfulness Tutoring

  • Supporting individuals as they meet challenges and discover their strengths
  • Specializing in SAT/ACT prep
  • Writing and Homework support

For more information, visit www.mindfulnesstutoring.com. For local references and rates, contact Susan Alves, PhD at 617-515-5285 or susan@mindfulnesstutoring.com.

Aquatic Therapy

Michael Dezmin, Occupational Therapist, just started to offer aquatic based therapy for kids of all ages. The skills worked on can be targeted to assist many areas of difficulty that effect school performance including but not limited to:

  • emotional self-regulation skills
  • hand and core strengthening
  • attention
  • executive functioning
  • transitions and routine
  • visual motor/ visual perceptual skills (for reading and writing)
  • ocular motor skills (for reading and writing)

For more information, please click here flyer or contact Michael at michael.dezmin2@gmail.com or 908-565-3281.