Category Archives: Events

Vacation Week Family Movie Day

The Newton Parks & Recreation Department and West Newton Cinema have teamed up to offer family movies on February 22rd. Coco and Paddington 2 will run at 11:00 am.

Special pricing is $8.00 and includes movie, popcorn and drink. Ticket sales (cash only) begin at 10:00 am. See http://www.newtonma.gov/civicax/filebank/documents/87710 for more information.

Think Big Networking Event

Ever wondered about the jobs people do in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math? Think Big is a chance for middle- and high-school students to network and talk one-on-one with professionals working in a variety of STEM careers such as software engineering, medicine, architecture and chemistry. Find out what they do, how they got there and whether their career might be a good fit for you!

Presented in partnership with NewtonSTEM and the John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton. Refreshments provided by Cabots. For Grades 6-12. Online registration required through the Newton Free Library event calendar: http://newtonfreelibrary.net/events/.

Parents, please note that to maximize the number of students we can accomodate, adults will not be allowed in the event. If you are giving your student a ride, kindly wait in another part of the library or you may drop them off and come back to pick them up when we conclude at 4:00.

March 3rd, 2:00 pm
Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium

Great concert, great cause

Mark your calendars for an amazing concert featuring Gospel and Jewish music to support the Mass Ave Baptist Church’s Project Manna – hot meal program and food pantry to benefit the homeless and hungry.

Some of the groups that will be performing are the Mass Ave Baptist Church Choir, Boston
Children’s Chorus – Young Men’s Ensemble, Gospel Love Tones, Shir SHalom from Temple Shalom, Guys in Ties from Temple Emanuel and MORE! Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for students and seniors. For more informationa and tickets, visit
www.templeemanuel.com/projectmannaconcert.

March 20th, 7:00 pm
Temple Emanuel, Newton

Try the Y!

Free and open to all on Mondays throughout March. Just stop by the Y at 276 Church Street with a valid ID, and they’ll waive the regular guest fees.

Early Spring Programs

Registration for Early Spring Programs is open. Programs run February 26th –  April 15. Visit wsymca.org to register online or stop by the Y’s Welcome Center at 276 Church Street, Newton, MA.

  • ·Swim Lessons for all ages
  • Youth Sports Leagues & Classes – New Teen Basketball League, Flag Football, Soccer and Karate
  • Private Music Lessons and Rock Band Program
  • Personal Training
  • New! Kids Yoga and Dance Classes

Just for Teens

The West Suburban YMCA offers a safe space for teens to connect with the YMCA community and build relationships with their peers. Drop in to open Rec Time on weeknights, Monday-Thursday from 6:00 – 9:00 pm to spend time with friends or make new ones while playing table games, board games, and Wii! Teens who are looking to make healthy changes or develop fitness goals are invited to try the Y’s Teen Fit program, Monday-Friday from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. To learn more, contact Youth & Teen Program Director, Jeremy Smith at jeremys@wsymca.org.

Sign Up for Summer Camps!

All summer long, the West Suburban YMCA keeps kids engaged and safe with camp programs. They inspire kids to work and play together, creating friendships that can last a lifetime, and make sure all kids feel welcome and comfortable being themselves. Registration is currently open for all WSYMCA summer camps! Sign up with a $100 deposit per session.

  • Day Camps – Weekly sessions, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am –4:00 pm. Daily Swim lessons are included and extended care is available both in the morning and afternoon.
  • Camp Chickami is a traditional outdoor camp located in Wayland welcoming boys and girls ages 6-15. Bus transportation is available from the West Suburban YMCA and stops throughout Newton.
  • Camp Pikati, located at the West Suburban YMCA, welcomes kids between the ages of 3-15 years with a half-day option young campers (ages 3-4). Pikati campers enjoy weekly themes in the traditional camp program, or they can participate in Pikati Sports Camp.
  • Overnight Camp – Camp Frank A. Day is located in East Brookfield and welcomes boys and girls ages 7-15. Spanning 52 acres, Camp Frank A. Day has direct lake access with a beachfront, athletic fields, modern cabins, basketball courts, climbing towers and all the facilities needed to run a fun and safe summer camp.

For more information on summer camps, come to the Y on March 3rd,  12:00 – 2:00 pm, contact campings@wsymca.org, or call 617-244-6050 x 3008.

Summer Sessions from the YCCA (Ages 12 and up)

Registration is open for the West Suburban YMCA Center for the Creative Arts (YCCA) Summer Sessions – a one-of-a-kind collaborative summer music program where participants write and record their own songs.

Participants will build and improve upon the creative skills of songwriting, filming, audio engineering, video editing, production, and instrumental or vocal performance while creating a complete, professional project featured on Spotify!  For more information, contact Kevin O’Connell at x 3208.

Session 1: July 2–13
Session 2: July 16–27
Session 3: July 30–August 10
Session 4: August 13–24

Kids’ Night Out (Ages 7-13) –  March 2nd, 6:00 – 10:00 pm

The West Suburban YMCA invites parents to bring their children 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! 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 jeremys@wsymca.org.

Poetry and Open Mic Night –  March 2nd, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Free and open to the public! Organized by Barbara Helfogtt-Hyett, of Poemworks.com, listen to local poets and sign up for the open mic portion of the evening to share your poetry. Featuring live music from YCCA musicians. This events repeats on the first Friday of each month.

Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs

The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization and it is our mission to never turn anyone away due to their inability to pay. Please contact our Membership Department at 617-244-6050 x 3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.

You’re Invited-Lunar New Year Party

The Chinese-American Association of Newton cordially invites you and your family to join a celebration of 2018 Lunar New Year, the Year of the Dog.

Enjoy Chinese food, Performance, Cultural Activities, Games and Free Professional Digital Portraits. Tickets at Door: Adult $15.00; Student (K-12) $12.00; Children under 6 free

Please RSVP to Hong by February 16th by calling 617-335-0840.

Leadership and Public Speaking Workshop

Lumos is running a 2-day Debate Workshop during February and April vacation breaks. Your child will study public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership with experienced instructors. The class is lots of fun and very active – a good class even for for shy or quiet kids. The class is open to students Grades 6-9.

For more information call 617-901-4564. Register at: camp.lumosdebate.com/workshop/

Happily ever after…..the Tanglewood Marionettes present “Cinderella”

A classic fairy tale told with wit and style, this production of “Cinderella” is a Tanglewood Marionettes showpiece. Set in the eighteenth century and featuring a dozen lavishly costumed 30” marionettes, the story unfolds as the pages of a giant book open to reveal each beautifully painted setting – the village square, the rustic kitchen, the magnificent ballroom, plus many more. All your favorite characters are here, from gentle Cinderella to the bumptious stepsisters and the charming Prince.

Based on the original beloved tale, there are a few new surprises: Cinderella’s method of conveyance to the ball is NOT the traditional horse-drawn coach, and, when all hope seems lost, a clever little bluebird saves the day for Cinderella. Tickets $8.00 in advance at www.newtoncommunitypride.org or $10.00 at the door.

During school vacation, February 22nd, 11:00 am and 1:30 pm at the Newton Cultural Center at City Hall.

Free Workshop on Body Confidence

Free workshop on building body confidence in our children:

Are you a parent or caregiver? In our image-driven world it may seem hard to foster
body confidence in our children. Join this FREE MEDA event to learn how to help your child have a happy & healthy relationship with their body. Come learn strategies for success. Children who feel good about their bodies are: LESS likely to develop eating issues, MORE likely to participate in sports and extra curricular activities, LESS likely to use drugs and alcohol, MORE likely to develop a healthy relationship with exercise.

For more information and to RSVP go to https://tinyurl.com/y8zdmoq8

MEDA (Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association) is a Newton based nonprofit
located at 288 Walnut Street, Suite 130, Newton.

Sign up for the 2018 MEDA conference today!

Get involved in working for connected communities and racial justice!

Calling all parents who want to get involved in working for connected school communities and racial justice!

Join FORJ – Families Organizing for Racial Justice – to learn what several Newton Public Schools are doing to bring their communities together while working to reduce racism and injustice on many levels.

After the presentations, you will have time to meet and talk with other parents at your child’s or teen’s school. This is a great opportunity to get inspired and meet people across Newton who care about racial justice and want to develop their cultural competence.

February 8th, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Angier Elementary School

Please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/B75q1Qyfsx5ZG4m93

To learn more, visit https://forjnewton.com/. Want to join the mailing list to learn about future opportunities? Please email the FORJ Coordinator at amy@amybehrens.com and put “JOIN FORJ” in the subject. Be sure to include your name and what schools your children attend.

The next meeting on February 28th,  6:30 – 8:30 pm is “Talking to Children about Race and Racism: Why and How?” Come to learn effective ways to talk with your children about race and racism next week in Boston at the beautiful Salvation Army Kroc Center, 650 Dudley St. Dorchester, MA 02125. There is ample parking around this community center, but you can also carpool or take the T to Dudley Station and walk over easily.
Please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/newton-metco-parent-meeting-tickets-41384289524

 

Youth Rowing Open House

Come to the Open House and learn about rowing and how it can make a positive change in your life. All middle and high school athletes or want to be athletes welcome!

For more information visit https://www.communityrowing.org/ or contact Sean Crowley at sean.crowley@communityrowing.org

Here are some reasons why the youth athletes row…

  • “CRI is cool because I can challenge myself.”
  • “It’s a place where I can work hard, and better myself.”
  • “It’s a place I find friendship & camaraderie.”
  • “The coaches are supportive and approachable, and the facility and resources are awesome!”
  • “The workouts are hard, but I feel stronger afterward.”
  • “It’s cool to be a part of a real (i.e. strong) team.”
  • “I meet unique and different people here, different than my school mates.”
  • “CRI teaches me what it’s like to be an athlete, and it’s helped me in other parts of life.”
  • “I get inspired at CRI, and I feel excited and energized here.”
  • “I am motivated to do more, and I am learning how to be independent.”

Februrary 11th, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Community Rowing, Inc
20 Nonantum Road, Brighton