Category Archives: Events

Newton CPC January 23rd public hearings

The Newton CPC’s January 23rd agenda includes public hearings and possible CPC funding votes on two new proposals: Jackson Road/Haywood House new senior housing, $2,500,000 requested; and Crescent Street (affordable housing and community playground/park), $2,575,000 requested.

The final agenda, packet, and full text of both proposals are available from the program website For assistance, contact Alice Ingerson at or 617-796-1144.

Legal Planning for Children with Special Needs

Are you searching for solutions to ensure the comfort and safety of children and adult children who have special needs? This workshop will cover the fundamentals of establishing a special needs trust, guardianship/conservatorship, and a financial plan that can safeguard your and your children’s legal and financial future. They’ll teach you about various legal tools to ensure that your child—whether a minor or an adult—will always have a surrogate decision-maker and protection into the future and also discuss the various types of special needs trusts and fiduciary appointments and nominations so you will have enough knowledge to make wise choices for yourself and your children.

Program offered by Newton Community Education. For quesions, please email Ursula at Admission:  $29.00 or $39.00 for two people.

February 7th, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Newton North High School

Author reading

Karen Day, Newton author, has a new book out! It’s her first adult novel and she’s doing a book launch at Newtonville Books. All are welcome. For more information, please visit

February 8th,  7:00 pm
10 Langley Rd, Newton

Events at Historic Newton

Ongoing through February 28th : DAUGHTERS OF THE SHTETL EXHIBIT

Meet notable early 20th century women from Newton’s Jewish community in Nonantum and beyond in this exhibit about how Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe adapted to life in the Boston area. The exhibit goes with a free talk, “Daughters of the Shtetl,” as part of the Newton History Series. Admission: Free

February 22nd,  7:00 pm
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street


Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to the museums. Information: 617-796-1450.

February 3rd and 4th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue


Tupelo Junction is a modern folk and bluegrass quartet that also dabbles in roots and country. Featuring Conor Fortin, Sarah Gordon (who grew up in Newton and graduated from Newton North High School), Whit Hall, and Corey Fein, the band plays everything from jigs to hoedowns, bringing their own style to classic folk and bluegrass songs from America’s early settlers as well as contemporary folk tunes. Their three-part harmonies and fiddle breakdowns will inspire you to laugh, cry, and maybe dance, too.

Admission: $15 for adults; $10 for seniors, students, and Historic Newton members. Children 12 and under are free. Purchase tickets through or call 617-641-9142.

February 11th, 2:30 pm
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue



Between 1882 and 1924 over one million Jewish women emigrated from Eastern Europe to America. With them they brought the rigid role of women inherent in shtetl life; their lives had been confined to the kitchen, marriage and motherhood. When these Jewish women and their daughters arrived in America, there was a clash between the patriarchal culture of Europe and the new freedoms that America offered. Historian Herb Belkin will talk about this culture clash in a lecture that describes how Jewish girls and women adapted to life in America and went on to become leaders in the labor, suffragette and feminist movements while preserving the traditions of Jewish life. Admission: Free

February 22nd, 7:00 pm
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street


Drop by the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds for a special family meet and greet with Mayor Ruthanne Fuller. Chat with the Mayor, and also visit our museum exhibits (we’re offering free admission during this time) to meet the three families who lived in the home. A Historic Newton educator will lead a drop-in family activity to explore the places and spaces a city needs, then design your own Newton! Look at genuine atlases to understand how Newton has changed over time, play a sorting game, and draw your own plans for Newton’s development. Admission: Free.  Information: 617-796-1450

February 23rd, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration

The public is invited to attend a citywide celebration of Dr. King’s legacy at the 50th Annual City of Newton Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration.

Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, former Mayor Setti Warren, and School Superintendent David Fleishman will be honored guests at the event which this year is being hosted by Pastor Sean Witty of the Frist Baptist Church of Newton. There will be student performances by The Monologue Project: Voices of Color, Newton All City Treble Singers, Newton All City Troubadours, and Newton North Jubilee Singers, and the Myrtle Baptist Church’s The Love Tones will also perform.

Members of Rotary Club of Newton will be collecting donations of toiletries to be distributed to Newton’s Food Pantries. The event’s major community sponsor is The Village Bank.

January 15th, 9:30 am
First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon Street, Newton Centre

“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 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 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, call 617-630-2373 or visit

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 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 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

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