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Human Rights Commission award ceremony

The Newton Human Rights Commission is delighted to announce that it has selected Dr. Janet E. Helms as the recipient of the 2017 Human Rights Award. This award recognizes a resident or employee working in the city who has demonstrated consistent, ongoing work in the field of human rights.

Mayor Setti Warren and Alisa Caira, Josie Joseph, Kimia Tabatabaei, and Khyla Turner, students from Newton North and Newton South High Schools, will also be recognized for their dedication to the issue of human rights in the Newton Community.

The award ceremony is open to the public and will take place on December 5th at 7:00 pm at the Druker Auditorium located in the Newton Free Library at 333 Homer Street. If you would like to attend, please RSVP (requested, not required) to

Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Start the Holiday Season off with a cheerful evening of songs, hot chocolate and fun! In the War Auditorium, sing-along with the Stacey Peasley Band – an award-winning band whose music is joyful and playful – as they play your favorite holiday songs. Then go outside to the front steps of City, and enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies courtesy of Newton Community Pride, or samples of Hood egg nog.

As you wear your complimentary glow-in- the-dark necklace you can watch a special
holiday “Rockettes” performance by the Creative Dance Steps Studio. All of this excitement builds up to the Grande Finale of Mayor Setti Warren flipping the switch that turns the grounds into a twinkling winterland!

New this year…”Stuff a Cruiser”! Please bring an unwrapped gift to fill a police cruiser with toys as part the Village Bank’s Holiday Gift Drive! In the spirit of giving for the season, please bring a donation for Food Pantries.

For more information, visit or call 617-796-

Personalized Group Training

Functional Fitness 101 for Personalized Group Training:
Do you have joint pain and stiffness? Muscle weakness? Do you want to lose fat and gain strength? Whether you’re new to exercise or looking for a new challenge, then this class is for you.

You will learn how your body is supposed to move, improve your range of motion in your load-bearing joints – shoulders, knees, hips, and ankles – in order to build strength and improve flexibility. Using a variety of equipment and your own body weight, you will perform a series of exercises that target your lower and upper body at the same time with an emphasis on core stability.

“I find myself thinking of what Kathryn told me during class — shoulders down and back, squeeze butt and brace core — when I’m vacuuming, picking up my daughter and laundry. I do the chin tuck while I’m driving and hip openers while I’m doing dishes. I no longer have neck and shoulder pain.” – Patty A.

Cost per month — $79/monthly for 1 x weekly sessions and $149/monthly for 2 x weekly sessions. First class is free. Learn more at or contact fitness trainer and owner Kathryn M. Quirk at or 617-875-6003.

Wednesday’s and Friday’s, 8:30 am
Lower Falls Community Center, 545 Grove Street, Newton

You’re invited to a music event for the whole Newton Community

Please join in a fun-filled evening in support of a great cause. Student ensembles from Newton North and South will provide live music. You’ll enjoy other entertainment including a raffle and silent auction. There will be light fare and a cash bar.

The benefit will raise funds for the Newton Music Ambassadors Scholarship Fund (MASF) which supports Newton high school student enrichment activities such as music travel & off-site performances, and private music lessons and summer music camps for students with limited means.

The mission of MASF is to empower Newton students to positively impact the world around them through music. Tickets will be $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids. To purchase tickets, click

December 1st, 7:00 pm
Hibernian Hall, 151 Watertown Street, Watertown

Newton for a Better World

Newton for a Better World is an event about Life with Purpose: Taking action and serving others. Please click here to view the flyer: Better World

December 2nd, 7:00 pm
Newton North HS

Newton Family Singers Celebrate the Music of Bob Marley

Lively Up Yourself, pack the minivan, and join the Newton Family Singers as they perform irresistible reggae tunes from Bob Marley. Adults $10.00/children $8.00, tickets can be purchased online: Tickets. Family-friendly, live music! See a flyer here: NFS. For questions email

In addition to enjoying a great concert, all net proceeds will be used to rebuild the Island Health & Wellness Center, a non-profit affordable medical facility that was destroyed by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, so that its medical staff can continue to serve their patients on the Caribbean Islands.

Sunday, December 10th, at 4:00 pm
The Ellsworth Theatre of Pine Manor College, 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill (free parking available on campus – please come early to park).

The Newton Family Singers is an intergenerational family chorus that brings together families and friends of all ages to sing American folk music.

FREE Diversity Children’s Books for Parents, Teachers, Librarians (anyone!)

Mia Wenjen, a parent at FA Day and NNHS who co-founded Multicultural Children’s Book Day (coming up January 27th) to celebrate diversity in KidLit, is offering FREE diversity children’s books.

1) Simply post a short review on Facebook or Instagram or YouTube or a blog and receive one FREE diversity children’s book for ages 1 through 14. You will receive a book based on the age range you request. Sign up here:

2) Host a book event in your home, library or classroom and receive 3 FREE diversity books and a swag pack:

Letter from the Hydro-Dragons

We are a group of 6th graders at Brown Middle School that are part of The First Lego League (FLL). FLL is an organization that allows kids ages of 9 to 16 to have the opportunity to help work as a team, and start to research real-world problems. The theme this year is Hydro Dynamics (water) and we are FLL Team #34813 Hydro-Dragons.

We have to find a problem related to water. Originally, we thought about the Flint water crisis, but since Flint is too far away to do much, we decided to focus on lead in Newton water. With this idea, we have developed a goal to raise awareness on lead and its dangers. We have learned that some Newton schools and public buildings have had high-levels of lead in drinking water.

To help raise awareness on lead in drinking water, we made a website, for more information please visit it at
To learn more about FLL, visit their website:
For information on 2017-2018 season challenge, please watch this video:

Free rain gauge

On behalf of the Newton FFL Lego Robotics Team, the Robotics Team of 4-8th graders in Newton,  thank you so much for taking the time to complete the lawn water survey!

They received almost 100 responses and are now in the process of making rain gauges to help Newton residents determine how much they should water their lawn every week. If you are interested in a FREE rain gauge please email at

Newton Holiday Craft Show

It happens every holiday season…“What can I get for Aunt Sarah? My next-door neighbor’s baby? My boss?”

With over 60 talented artisans displaying their one-of-a-kind treasures, you are sure to find something for the most discerning person on your shopping list at the Newton City Hall Holiday Craft Show. Admission is Free!

As you wander the many hallways and rooms of Newton City Hall, you will discover stall upon stall of beautiful hand-crafted jewelry, hats and scarves, pottery, cards, glass works, tablecloths, paintings, purses, delicious chocolates and so much more that will help you solve your gift giving challenge this year. Be sure to pick up a map when you arrive as the booths are tucked into every nook and cranny of the building and you don’t want to miss any!

With ample free parking on the streets around City Hall, all entrances will be open. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Newton Food Pantries. For more information, please visit

December 2nd, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Newton City Hall