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Summer Test Prep and College Essay Support

SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE. Former Brookline and Concord teacher (30 years experience–elementary, middle and high school English, and certified Reading Specialist) will provide individualized Test Prep and support for the college essay.

Excellent parent and professional references available. Summer is a great time for students to prepare for Fall tests and to get a head start on their college essays.

Contact Cynthia Carpenter at 978-952-8871 or

Newton Community Farm’s Seedling Sale

Planting and cultivating a home garden is a wonderful way to spend time with your family. Newton Community Farm is here to help you get a jump start with their annual Seedling Sale. They’ll have a wide variety of seedlings for vegetables, herbs, flowers, and that favorite summer crop, tomatoes. In addition, they’ll also be selling Vermont Compost to help your garden grow.

The greenhouse is already busy, and they’ve started hundreds of varieties from the same seeds that they use to grow seedlings for the produce they sell. So get the varieties you know are great and support your local community farm. The Seedling Sale is sponsored by Bokx 109 American Prime.

May 19th and May 20th, 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm

6th annual Tour de Newton registration is open

Register now for the 6th annual Tour de Newton. Register by May 24th and pay 2015 rates of $5.00 child, $10.00 adult, under 3 FREE. Go to

This year there will be a new format. Tour de Newton Magical Mystery Tour will have 4 start locations (Newton Centre, West Newton, Newtonville and Waban),  a contra tour,  and a petite tour. Each bike route will travel to several other villages, experience fun surprises, see hidden Newton treasures and back roads and then lead to an 11:00 am rally at Newton City Hall with all the riders and birthday wishes for Bike Newton, that turns 10 years old this year. Return when you wish or with a ride leader to your start location to finish by 12:30. As always, the rides are guided, family friendly, no rider left behind.

While the tour is in action, City Hall will be busy with a new event for cyclists who aren’t yet road ready, #BikeHappyKids. This event will include leveled ride areas aimed at teaching skills, building confidence and having fun. There will be inclusive elements such as balance bikes and (hopefully) adaptive bikes. There will also be demonstrations of different styles of bikes, useful accessories and information on biking gear that makes biking safer and easier.

June 17th,  9:00 am


College Essay Workshops!

ActiveMinds Tutoring is pleased to announce their College Essay Workshops! Offering you the same caliber of quality instruction that they’ve brought to clients for over a decade, these workshops will be taught by an Ivy league essay expert.

Choose one of three workshops: What makes an effective essay ? Brainstorm unique topics ? Outline/draft  to be held in June, August, or September in Newton.

Price: $225.00 or refer a friend for a $50.00 discount!  To learn more and to sign up your soon-to-be rising senior, click here

K-12 Academic Coaching

Has your child embraced the idea and the importance of finishing the school year on a strong note?

This momentum can carry them through the summer months and help during that first week back in the fall. Next Level Up Academic Coaching can provide the push, focus, and perspective needed for your student to end the year on a high note. They’ve been working with Newton families since 2009 and their professional academic coaches incorporate all of the necessary skills to be successful: organizational and time management skills, effort, fundamentals, and positive study habits.

Nest Level Up also offers academic coaches available to continue through the summer months. Contact them at  781-540-1123 or For more information, visit

Debate and Public Speaking Summer Camp

Your child can learn debate and public speaking this summer at Lumos. It’s a really fun program, with fun activities and games your child will love.

Open to students in Grades 6-9. For more informatio, email or call 617-901-4564. Register at You can use the special promo code “COMMUNITY” for $300 off.

Discounted massage offer

Class of 2018  students, parents,  teachers…..does May 1st give you anxiety? Stress? or is it disrupting your sleep? Massage can help!! Book any one hour massage and receive $25.00 dollars off from now to Graduation. At this time please remember to do something for yourself that makes you happy! For an appointment contact 617-888-1780 or

Dionysia Massage Studio
15 Cypress Street, Newton

Fundraiser/CCMAA Martial Arts Demo

Calvin Chin’s Martial Arts Academy (CCMAA) will be putting on a spectacular show to benefit the Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity. CCMAA has performed at various events in the community including Newton public and private schools, Newton Relay for Life, and City Hall. Helen Gee Chin was the administrator at CCMAA for 15 years and a proponent of preserving the history and promoting the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts. Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded more than $80,000 in college scholarships to students all over the US!

The students and instructors put on a great show with lion dance, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, flags, and weapons, with something new every year! To view last year’s show, go to the video page and scroll down to the 2017 Fundraiser Exhibition, but it’s so much better in person! Proceeds of video, ticket and t-shirt sales go to the Foundation. Please go to for more information.

June 10th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Newton North High School Lasker Auditorium
457 Walnut Street, Newtonville

What’s Happening at the West Suburban YMCA in May

Connect at the Y – Friends are free all month long! Members of the West Suburban YMCA can bring a friend for free throughout the months of May.

Kids Night Out  May 4th,  6:00 – 10:00 pm
The West Suburban YMCA invites parents to bring their children (grades K-5) to the Y for a fun and supervised Friday night program. Children will enjoy pizza for dinner and engage in games, swimming, movies and sports! Go out for the night and take advantage of this low-cost alternative to hiring a babysitter. Everyone wins! Cost: $30 per child ($25 for members). A 20% discount is offered per child for those with two or more children. Kids’ Night Out is held on the 1st Friday of each month. For more information, contact the Y’s Youth & Teen Services Director, Jeremy Smith at

Poetry Night  May 4th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Organized by Barbara Helfogtt-Hyett of Poemworks, the event begins with readings by two published poets. Then 10-12 guests participate in the Open Mic portion of evening to share their own written work. Young musicians from the on-site music program will play live music at the beginning of each event. This event is free and open to the public.

Family Fun Night  May 8th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Bring the whole family to the Y for some family fun time. Featuring arts & crafts, bouncy house, games and more! Free and open to all. Family Fun Nights are generously sponsored by the Belmont Savings Bank Foundation.

First Time Home Buyer Seminar  May 9th, 6:00 pm
If you are considering buying your first home, join us for an educational seminar. Our friends at Belmont Savings will answer your questions and help you understand the topics of credit, down payments, prequalifying, agent selection, application and purchase process.

Guided Meditation  May 12th, 12:00 – 12:30 pm
Take a moment out of your day for this short, guided meditation that will leave you feeling relaxed, grounded and rejuvenated.


Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs. The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization and it is their mission to never turn anyone away due to an inability to pay. Please contact the Membership Department at 617-244-6050 x3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.

What else is Happening at the West Suburban YMCA

Join on Tuesdays from 9:30 -11:30 am and take up a new sport: Pickleball! What’s Pickleball, you ask? Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and ping-pong. All are welcome to come and try this up-and-coming sport. $5.00 drop-in fee.

Fall 2018 After School Program Registration
Enrollment for Fall 2018 Out-of-School Time at the West Suburban YMCA is open. Out-of-School Time (OST) is an engaging after-school care program for grades K-8. The school-year program follows the Newton Public School calendar, including extended hours and Early Release Days, and transportation to the Y is available from most elementary and middle schools in Newton. For more information, visit or contact Jeremy Smith at 617-244-6050 x3068 or

Have the Best Summer Ever
The West Suburban YMCA wants kids to have the best summer ever, so attend a camp open house and find your perfect fit:

Camp Pikati Open House
May 12th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and May 30th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
276 Church Street, Newton

Camp Chickami Open House
May 12th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm and May 31st, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
139 Boston Post Road, Wayland

Camp Frank A. Day Open House
May 20th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and June 3rd, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
125 South Pond Road, East Brookfield

Registration for summer camp is ongoing, but sessions are beginning to fill. For more information, visit or contact Camping Services at 617-244-6050 ex. 3008 or email