Category Archives: Events

Waban Lights – Sunday, December 2

WABAN LIGHTS:  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2ND AT 4:45PM

To help kick-off the holiday season, please join us in Waban Square as we count down and flip the switch to light up Waban’s beloved evergreen tree and a menorah to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah.

Come enjoy hot chocolate and cookies provided by the Waban Improvement Society and join in a spirited community sing-along led by members of the Newton Family Singers.

‘Tis the season for celebrating with neighbors!
Wishing you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

Waban Lights is brought to you by the Waban Improvement Society

Craft Fair – Waban Library, Dec 1

4th Annual Connect Africa Craft Fair, Waban Library Center, Saturday December 1, 12:30-3pm

Looking for some unique gifts for the holiday season? Please join us for the 4th Annual Connect Africa Craft Fair at the Waban Library Center, 1608 Beacon Street, Waban, MA 02468. 100% of the proceeds support education scholarships for Ugandan orphans.

For more information, please visit www.connect-africa.org and www.wabanlibrarycenter.org.

 

 

Waban Library Family Game Day – December 8

Family Game Day Saturday December 8th 10:30-12:00

Many of you know this event well from our many years of providing casual, exciting entertainment for all ages. This year we have added more games that will appeal to children in fifth and sixth grades. Always a low key way to spend part of your Saturday with friends and family, Family Game Day is a great way to get out of the house and catch up over board games, crafts, and free Starbucks coffee.  And it’s free!

Waban Library, 1608 Beacon St, Waban, MA

 

 

Yoga & Torah in Conversation: Finding the Light of Hanukkah

Finding the Light of Hanukkah will explore the theme of light within and light with out in both the Jewish and Yoga traditions. All levels of Torah and Yoga students are welcome. No prior yoga experience required.

This is the second program of The Body in Yoga and Torah: A One Night Shtender (A One Night Stand) – a unique integrative and interactive program exploring Jewish and yoga intersections with the body. In both traditions, the body is a vehicle to access the divine, inner world and to connect to a broader understanding. The program explores Jewish traditional texts and relevant yoga philosophy Sutras of Patanjali. Program led by Rabba Claudia Marbach, a Maharat and Rahel Wasserfall, PhD and Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT). Program fee: $18.00. Register here: Yoga & Torah

November 28th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Hosted at Artemis Yoga, 639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown

About the instructors:
Rahel Wasserfall, PhD and Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) is a graduate of the Yavneh school in Paris; studying with Rabbi Nehemia Polen and David Mayaan as well as the organizer of a local study group, Ladies of The Books, which explores the connections between yoga and torah. Rahel has also studied with Diane Bloomfield the author of Torah Yoga. As a writer and thought leader, Rahel has written on the meaning of Niddha, the Jewish purity laws for women and is the editor of Women and Water: Menstruation in Jewish Life and Law, UPNE 1999.

Claudia Marbach, a graduate of Yeshivat Maharat, previously was a middle school teacher at JCDS Boston, a pluralistic Jewish Day School, for fifteen years, where she developed a Rabbinics curriculum and taught tefillah, chagim, and moral reasoning. She has a particular interest in the teaching of pluralism, differentiated instruction and moral reasoning. Claudia founded and co-runs a partnership minyan in Newton, MA, has been gabbait of a local women’s tefillah group, has tutored bnei mitzvot, and participates in interfaith dialogue through the Daughters of Abraham network

Reminder about Myths, facts and Marijuana

Local experts Kevin Hill, MD and Nicole Danforth, MD will enlighten the group with myths and facts about marijuana science, health risks and benefits, adolescents and the developing brain and adult recreational and medical marijuana use. They’ll be joined by Elizabeth Booma, MD, to answer questions from the audience. Whether you’re an adult considering giving legal marijuana a try, a parent worried about preventing teen use, or just plain curious, this is the event for you! Free and open to the public.

November 28th, 6:30-8:00 pm
The Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst
Campus Center, 777 Dedham Street, Newton

Dr. Kevin Hill is an addiction psychiatrist, cannabis researcher and author at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. Dr. Nicole Danforth is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Newton Wellesley Hospital.

Newton Music Ambassadors Scholarship Fund Benefit Concert

Please join a very special night of jazz music featuring students from both Newton North and Newton South high schools, in support of the Newton Music Ambassadors Scholarship Fund. Light appetizers and a cash bar will be available while you enjoy live entertainment provided by jazz ensembles from both high schools.

The Newton Music Ambassadors (NMA) is a collaborative initiative set up by teachers from both schools to empower their students with musical experiences beyond the classroom. Funds raised at the Benefit Concert will directly support students in pursuit of music enrichment opportunities such as travel, off-site performances, private music lessons, and summer music camps, and position them to serve as ambassadors to positively impact the world around them through music.

Ticket prices are $25.00/adult, $10.00/student and can be purchased at the door or online at newtonmusicambassadors.seatyourself.biz. You can also use this link to make a donation if you would like to support the fund but cannot make the event. If you have any questions, please email newtonmusicambassadors@gmail.com.

November 30th,  7:00 – 10:00 pm
American Legion Nonantum Post 440, 295 California Street, Newton

Historic Newton – December Events

Saturday, December 15, 9:30 am

STORYTIME – COLONIAL WINTER

How do we make clothes to keep us warm? Join us to explore how people in the past made their own things to wear. We will read The Mitten by Jan Brett, and preschoolers and their caregivers will get the chance to try our drop spindle and create their own cotton ball mittens. For a complete schedule of ongoing Storytime events, go to www.newtonma.gov/story.

Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue

Admission: Free

Information: 617-641-9142

Sunday, December 16, 4:30 pm

HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF DURANT-KENRICK HOUSE

Built in 1734, the Durant-Kenrick House was the home of families who observed the winter holidays in different ways. Take a special tour of the house by candlelight led by Historic Newton staff, enjoy winter caroling, and sip hot cider and cocoa. Kids can create winter crafts, too. Space is limited. Advance registration is recommended through historicnewton.org.

Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue

Admission: Adults: $15 non-member, $10 Historic Newton members and children ages 10 and over

Information: 617-641-9142

 

Wednesday, December 26, 10:00 am

STORYTIME – WINTER HIBERNATION

Learn how animals live through the winter, and how people at the Jackson Homestead stayed warm, too. We will read Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, and preschoolers and their caregivers will make their own wintry paper bag trees. For a complete schedule of ongoing Storytime events, go to www.newtonma.gov/story.

Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street

Admission: Free

Information: 617-796-1450

Craft Fair – Waban Library, Dec 1

4th Annual Connect Africa Craft Fair, Waban Library Center, Saturday December 1, 12:30-3pm

Looking for some unique gifts for the holiday season? Please join us for the 4th Annual Connect Africa Craft Fair at the Waban Library Center, 1608 Beacon Street, Waban, MA 02468. 100% of the proceeds support education scholarships for Ugandan orphans.

For more information, please visit www.connect-africa.org and www.wabanlibrarycenter.org.

 

 

Craft Fair – Waban Library, Dec 1

4th Annual Connect Africa Craft Fair, Waban Library Center, Saturday December 1, 12:30-3pm

Looking for some unique gifts for the holiday season? Please join us for the 4th Annual Connect Africa Craft Fair at the Waban Library Center, 1608 Beacon Street, Waban, MA 02468. 100% of the proceeds support education scholarships for Ugandan orphans.

For more information, please visit www.connect-africa.org and www.wabanlibrarycenter.org.

 

 

Holiday Gift Drive

The City of Newton Health and Human Services Dept. and The Village Bank are teaming up again for the annual Holiday Gift Drive. Please help by donating gifts for children ages newborn to 10:

  • New, unwrapped toys
  • Gift cards from local Newton merchants

Donations will be accepted from November 12th – December 10th. Your gift will benefit deserving Newton families this holiday season. You can drop off donations at the following Village Bank locations:

Auburndale – 307 Auburn Street
Newton Highlands – 56 Winchester Street
Newtonville – 332 Walnut Street
Nonantum – 411 Watertown Street
Waban –  89 Wyman Street
West Newton – 1369 Washington Street