Join a FREE family event hosted by NewCity Church to celebrate the holiday season! Take FREE professional photos with Santa, enjoy interactive holiday music with Kara Kulpa from Jammin’ with You, a surprise appearance from a favorite Disney character, and purchase gifts for your loved ones from the pop-up gift shop featuring CAUSEGEAR – The Human Justice Brand.
December 17th, 5:30pm
Zervas Elementary School
30 Beethoven Avenue, Waban
The Newton Youth Players is a children’s theatre company for elementary school children who love to sing, dance, act, and construct scenery. Each fall, winter and spring season they produce adaptations of popular Broadway musicals that the whole family will enjoy.
The company is currently looking for a piano accompanist that can teach the music and lyrics to the children, and play for the performance. This is a paid position. Please visit www.newtonyouthplayers.com for information on the program and call 617-796-1540 for more information on the job.
Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton
Are you concerned about what the Newton Public Schools are doing to respond to the rising tide of overt racism in our country? Join the next meeting of *FORJ – Families Organizing for Racial Justice, a project sponsored by NPS.
Superintendent Fleishman, Newton METCO Director, Maricel Sheets, and teacher Jen Tomaneng will be sharing and answering questions about the “Courageous Conversations” program being rolled out over a 5-year period in our schools.
December 20th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Mason-Rice Elementary School, 149 Pleasant Street, Newton
Please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/L5ltoDopdCw9U1jg1
*Want to connect with your school’s FORJ team? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let Amy (FORJ Coordinator and Parent Coach) know what school team you’d like to be a part of and/or that you’d like to be on the email list for more information about FORJ events. The goal is to have an active team of interested parents at each school who meet on their own and participate in the monthly all-school FORJ meetings, which offer opportunities for further education, team planning time and networking. Parents are welcome to join at any time.
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 email@example.com.
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 www.newtoncommunitypride.org or call 617-796-
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 www.get3gfit.com or contact fitness trainer and owner Kathryn M. Quirk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-875-6003.
Wednesday’s and Friday’s, 8:30 am
Lower Falls Community Center, 545 Grove Street, Newton
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 http://newtonmusicambassadors.seatyourself.biz/.
December 1st, 7:00 pm
Hibernian Hall, 151 Watertown Street, Watertown
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
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 email@example.com
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.
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: