Category Archives: Events

Author Chessy Prout at Wellesley Books on Fri., March 16

Chessy Prout, advocate for survivors of sexual assault and harassment, presents I Have the Right To, a powerful memoir that takes a magnifying glass to the schools and institutions that turn a blind eye to assault, and a society that blames victims rather than perpetrators. This remarkable young woman inspires with her story of survival, advocacy, and hope. Chessy will be discussing the book and her life, and will be signing copies afterwards.*

Friday, March 16th @ 7pm

Wellesley Books, 82 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02482

For more information, visit

Newton CPC Public Hearing

The main agenda item for the next CPC meeting is a PUBLIC HEARING on proposed revisions to the funding guidelines in Newton’s Community Preservation Plan, including:

  • the percentage of funding targeted for each CPA-eligible resource (affordable housing, historic resources, open space/outdoor recreation land)
  • principles for prioritizing projects that are CPA-appropriate as well as CPA-eligible
  • expectations for matching, non-CPA funds in different project categories

The proposed revisions have been online since November 2017 from the program’s home web page,, and from its Guidelines & Forms page. If you wish to comment on these guidelines but cannot attend the hearing, please contact Alice Ingerson at or 617.796.1144.

March 13th, 7:00 pm
City Hall Room 211

Newton has Talent needs you

In order to fund valuable youth programs (including Students of the Month, RYLA, Interact, and yearly scholarships) and community grants, the Rotary Club of Newton produces a musical talent competition called Newton Has Talent.

This year they’re trying REALLY hard to get adults to enter.  To participate in the competition, an individual (or one member of an ensemble) has to work, live, or go to school in Newton. And entries are FREE before March 1st so don’t wait!

Check out more information on this flyer.

The Chaos of Clutter: Why it Happens and How to Help

Do you have a family member or friend whose home is cluttered? Are you worried about their safety and well-being?

Join Patty Underwood (LICSW) for a workshop that will provide information about the psychological reasons why clutter happens and how you can help. RSVP is requested, not required:

March 1st, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Newton Free Library

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 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:

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

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 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

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, 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

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

Free and open to the public! Organized by Barbara Helfogtt-Hyett, of, 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: