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Never Worry Alone

Please join Newton Cares at their spring event, ‘Never Worry Alone’. Come listen to a panel of local mental health experts discuss the issues and challenges that can arise for our loved ones at any time across the lifespan. The emphasis will be placed on recognizing when and how to get help. Resource tables staffed by local mental health organizations will share information with attendees.

RSVP (requested, not required): surveymonkey.com/r/NeverWorryAlone For questions, please email newtoncares@newtonma.gov

May 7th, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
345 Walnut St., Newtonville

Newton Kids PMC Ride

The Newton Kids PMC Ride is back and better than ever! Get your bike ready to roll for this fantastic event. Rider and volunteer check-in begins at 8:00 am. Two-wheeled riders will zoom around a one-mile loop on Wells Avenue in Newton as many times as they can from 9:00 – 10:00 am. The 3-wheeled and balance bike crowd will tear it up on a separate tot course.

Be sure to stick around for the POST-RIDE PARTY starting at 10:00 am. There will be food, face painting, bike decorating, raffles, and more. This is a great way to get kids involved in raising money for an amazing cause. All proceeds go towards cancer research and patient support at the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber.

May 20th, 8:00 – 11:00 am
Click here to register: http://www.kids.pmc.org/newton.aspx

Too old to ride but want to support the event? Please VOLUNTEER:
http://www.kids.pmc.org/newton/register-to-volunteer.aspx

Empty Bowls to benefit the Centre Street Food Pantry

Help fight hunger in our community by joining us for Empty Bowls. For a $10.00 donation to the Centre Street Food Pantry, guests receive a handmade bowl of their choice, soup, bread and dessert while listening to live local music.

April 13th, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Lasell College’s Dewitt Hall, 80 Maple Street, Newton

Happier Now talk

Please join a evening with Happier founder and TED Talk speaker, Nataly Kogan. Nataly will share her game-changing strategies and insights on how you can live a happier life. She will talk about her new book, Happier Now, and about her time volunteering at the SEGA girls school in Tanzania, Africa.

Books will be available for purchase at the event. Reception to follow. Presented by Nurturing Minds, www.nurturingmindsinafrica.org. Purchase tickets at the event website www.tiny.cc/happier. For email inquiries please contact info@nurturingmindsinafrica.org

May 15th,  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown

Cleaning out your pantry for Passover?

Cleaning out your pantry for Passover? Donate it to the Centre Street Food Pantry!

The Centre Street Food Pantry is happy to take your unopened food that has not expired.  They’re located at 11 Homer Street (entrance is on Furber Lane). You can leave it inside the vestibule in front of the door from 9:00 am – 12 noon Monday-Friday and on Tuesday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm. Any questions, email info@centrestfoodpantry.org. Thanks!

Newton Community Farm Hiring Executive Director

Do you have a passion for engaging children and adults in the joys of community farming and outdoor education? Do you love to buy and eat local produce? Are you a gifted communicator, manager, and leader? Then you might be the new Executive Director of the Newton Community Farm!

In this newly-created position, the Executive Director will drive the mission and provide oversight and implementation of the programs of the Farm. NCF provides locally grown produce through a variety of distribution channels, educates the public about the sustainable use of land and other natural resources, offers community events throughout the year, and has volunteer opportunities for children and adults. The new leader will manage a dedicated staff, drive fundraising and represent the organization to the community at large. The ideal candidate is an accomplished manager with a passion and skill-set for community outreach.

Key duties include administration and operations, strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, community outreach and events. The position reports directly to the President of the Board of Directors.

This is a full-time position with some flexibility on hours and days. Please send a cover letter and resume to president@newtoncommunityfarm.org. More information and a full job description can be found on the Job Openings Page. http://newtoncommunityfarm.org/about/people/staff/job-openings/

Priority will be given to applicants who submit materials by April 18th.

Upcoming Nature Walks and Invasive Plant Pulls with the Newton Conservators

Join the Newton Conservators for walks and/or invasive plant pulls in Newton’s parks and conservation areas. All walks and invasive pulls last about an hour or two, are free and open to the public, and are led by knowledgeable leaders. Invasive plant pulls are a great way to get involved with community service and give back to your community. For more detailed information about the walks and invasive pulls, visit www.newtonconservators.org/walks.htm.

March/April Walks:

March 31st, 1:00 pm, and April 1st,  1:00 pm: The Hidden Life of Vernal Pools: Forest and Vernal Pool Exploration at Webster Woods; meet at the end of Warren Street on the western edge of Webster Conservation Area (rain or shine)

April 21st, 10:30 am: A Walk Around Hammond Pond and Nearby Plant Communities; meet at the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center parking lot at Hammond Pond by the informational kiosk (cancelled if raining at 9:30 am)

April Invasive Plant Pulls:

April 15th, 9:30 am – noon: Buckthorn Demonstration Project, Cold Spring Park; 1200 Beacon Street, Newton

April 29th, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Garlic Mustard Pull at Dolan Pond (Newton SERVES project); 76 Webster Park, Newton

April 29th, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Cold Spring Park Invasives Pull (Newton SERVES project); 1200 Beacon Street, Newton

April 29th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Invasives Pull at Blue Heron Bridge (Newton SERVES project); near Super Stop & Shop, 700 Pleasant Street, Watertown

The Newton Conservators is Newton’s land trust, working to preserve open space since 1961. Get to know them! Visit www.newtonconservators.org.

10th anniversary GELF dinner

Help support our students by coming to the GELF dinner on May 5th!

GELF (Jennifer Price Global Education Leadership Fund) enables low-income Newton high school students to participate in Newton Public Schools’ life-changing educational travel opportunities. This not-to-be-missed community event features a 5-course gourmet meal paired with fine beer and wine, as well as an auction, live band, dancing, and table service by Newton administrators.

Click here for tickets.

The annual GELF dinner raises more than $30,000, which allows 20-25 low-income students to participate in the dozen different international programs offered every year through Newton Public Schools–providing learning opportunities they could not otherwise have.

Whether or not you are coming, please consider donating to support a teacher to attend the event ($100/person) or making a tax-deductible donation here. For questions or more information, please email Samantha Mandel at Samantha_mandel@newton.k12.ma.us.

Payment by check: Make checks ($150/per person for dinner tickets) payable to Newton Schools Foundation with GELF dinner in the memo line, and mail to Newton Schools Foundation, 100 Walnut Street, Newton MA 02460.

Thank you for your support!

May 5th, 6:30 – 11:30 pm
Newton North High School

Congregation Dorshei Tzedek Religious School Open House

Prospective families are invited to an Open House at a Sunday morning Jewish learning community. Join at 9:30 for z’man rishon, where everyone comes together for a weekly assembly. When the students go to class, there will be time to meet with the school director and hear about the outline of the program. After that, a parent volunteer will take you on a tour of the school so you can see the learning in action. Childcare will be provided upon request.

To sign up to participate, please contact our Director of Congregational Learning, Rabbi Shahar Colt – dcl@dorsheitzedek.org. For more information on the West Newton congregation, please visit https://dorsheitzedek.org/

April 29th, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Jewish Community Day School, 57 Stanley Avenue, Watertown

Ride for Food 2018!

Join the Newton Food Pantry team participating in the Ride for Food! On September 23rd, their first ever team will be participating in this annual ride that supports food pantries, community farms and food rescue organizations and they need your help.

Why ride?

The NFP numbers demonstrate the need. They serve over 750 Newton residents each month and that number has been rising. There has been a 16% rise in the average number of households served in 2017.

Total Bags Distributed in 2017 = 16,381 (37% increase). $10,000+ matters. As an independent fully volunteer-run organization, every chance to raise significant amounts of money matters. Expand our community. Develop new friendships and deepen your own commitment to this effort to respond to food insecurity in our city.

How can you help?

  • By joining the team!
  • By volunteering to help with the ride.
  • By donating to NFP team members!

How do you sign up?

Sign up by contacting Lisa Tieszen at latieszen@gmail.com or 617-875-9047.