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Waban Library Family Game Day: March 17

It’s Family Game Day at the Waban Library Center

Saturday, March 17th, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.!


Lots of fun for a donation of $5 per family.

Waban Library Center, 1608 Beacon Street

Waban Library Family Game Day: March 17

It’s Family Game Day at the Waban Library Center

Saturday, March 17th, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.!


Lots of fun for a donation of $5 per family.

Waban Library Center, 1608 Beacon Street

Newton Health & Human Services: Psychological First Aid Workshop March 13 & 14

The Newton Health & Human Services Department is hosting a free 2-day training next week on Psychological First Aid.

Free Psychological First Aid training on March 13th & 14th., 6-9 p.m.
An optional dinner will be served at 5 p.m.
345 Walnut St., Newton

Psychological First Aid has long been established as the gold standard of disaster responses. Created by a global team of experts, it is the only intervention endorsed by both the World Health Organization & the U.S. government for use in the aftermath of traumatic events. The goal of this comprehensive two-day training is to prepare participants to deliver basic behavioral health disaster response skills following large-scale disasters or critical incidents, such as homicides, suicides, accidental deaths, & similarly distressing events.

This program is free & open to all. Nursing CEUs available. Registration is required. To sign up, go to and register as ‘guest’. Email with your questions.

Yoga Open House

Try a yoga class during open house week. Please sign up in advance at this link or call 617-393-3590.

K-Grade 2 (age 5-7) – Mondays, 3:45 –4:30 pm
Free class on September 26th, Series:  October  3rd – December 19th, $132

Grades 3-5 (age 8-10) Tuesdays, 3:45 – 4:45 pm
Free class on September 27th, Series: October 4th – December 13th, $132

Middle School, Grades 6-8 (age 11-14)  Tuesdays, 4:45 – 5:45 pm
Free class on September 27th, Series: October 4th – December 13th, $132

Teen, Grades 9-12 (age 14+) Saturdays, 11:00 am – 12 noon
Free class on October 1st, Series: October 8th – December 17th, $120

Artemis Yoga
639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown

Newton Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program Seeking Volunteers

Are you someone that believes that all children have the right to be “Safe, Strong and Free?” If so, then join our dynamic team of trained CAP volunteers who are committed to teaching children in the Newton Elementary Schools the skills that they would need to stand up for themselves if faced with a situation involving verbal, physical or sexual assault.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 school year. The next training begins the week of October 20th (16 Continuing Education Credits available for MSWs). For more information or an application, please visit our website at or email Gail Sommer at

Newspaper needed

Give your recycling can a break. A lot of clean newspaper is needed as soon as possible for a school project. Please bring any you can contribute in to the collection box in the Front Office.

Thank you in advance.

Celebrate Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day Tomorrow!

MA Safe Routes to School and Schools all over the Commonwealth will participate in Massachusetts Walk to School Day on Wednesday, May 1st, when students will join together to walk and bicycle to school.

There are lots of ways to celebrate! It can be as easy as students walking/biking together with parents or friends to Zervas.

Why walk/bike?
– Walking, cycling, or using public transportation is important to help relieve congestion around the school for health and safety of all.
– Students who walk or bike to school have the added benefit of exercise which helps improve health outcomes and academic performance.
– Helps make the Newton and the Zervas community a more environmentally friendly place.
– If you must drive to school, consider carpooling and/or dropping your child off at a safe location near school instead of in the blue zone and then walk to school with them, or encourage your family to walk to school at least once or twice a week if they can.

Interested in working to help coordinate Walk to School Activities for Zervas next year? If so, please contact Joe Sypek at or 617-721-9058.

Learn more about the Zervas Green Team!

Come hear more about the Zervas Green Team, learn what we’re working on for the rest of the school year, and help plan for the fall. We’re having a meeting on Friday, May 10th at 8:45 a.m. (we’ll meet outside the Main office).

In the meantime, don’t forget about Green Wednesdays – wear something green AND help reduce waste! If you bring a snack or lunch from home, try to make it low-waste or waste-free. If you buy lunch, try to recycle any materials you can.

For more information co ntact Tracy Miller at

Russian Cultural Festival, April 19-21

A three-day “From Russia With Arts and Culture” Russian Festival returns to the Newton Cultural Center for a second year from April 19 – 21, with a weekend packed full of Russian artists, musicians, food, dances, costumes, demonstrations and a film screening and discussion.

The Festival opens on Friday, April 19th from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. with a painting exhibition from the From Russia With Art Gallery, and musical performances including soprano Yelena Dudochkin and violinist Vera Rubin. There will be appetizers from local Russian restaurants and the screening of the award-winning film “Second Life – Boston”.

On Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 6:00 p.m., you can fully immerse yourself in Russian culture with discussions, demonstrations, stories, songs, dances, fashion and jewelry shows and browse unique Russian souvenirs for sale.
The full program of events is available online.

The Festival is sponsored by the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs and Newton Community Pride and their generous sponsors. Admission is free, but please bring a donation for the Newton Food Pantries.