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Shop for A Cause for Newton Schools Foundation

Shop for the holidays and make a difference for Newton’s students! Bring your friends and neighbors for a fun, festive evening of shopping and socializing. The Street, Chestnut Hill is hosting a Shop for a Cause night and a percentage of sales from participating stores will be donated to Newton Schools Foundation.

Participating stores include Copious Row, Legit Activewear, Simon Pearce, J. McLaughlin, Kodomo, Portobello Road, Vince and Polka Dog.

Register ahead of time and check in at Simon Pearce (between Juice Press and Splendid) the night of the event to receive your shopping pass and special treat.
For more information and to register click here.

December 12th, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Newton Food Drive BREAKFAST FOODS for our Newton Food Pantries

Come to City Hall to help sort the food with the Mayor! Please help our neighbors facing food insecurity. Newton’s four food pantries provide meals for more than 1,800 people each month, and they need everyone’s help to keep up with the growing need right here in Newton.

Donate to the Newton Food Drive—the four pantries are asking for breakfast foods including cereal, granola, oatmeal, energy and granola bars, non-perishable milk boxes, coffee, tea, and peanut butter. (Sorry, no open or expired food can be accepted.)

Donations are being collected now through December 27th at City Hall and more than 30 other locations across Newton. A complete list of the sites can be found HERE.

Bring extra donations and help sort the donated food on December 31st from 10:00 – 10:30 am in the War Memorial at City Hall.  Everyone can help, from youngsters to seniors. Plus, enjoy craft making, face painting, and refreshments for the Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Open House until noon.

Be a vital part of the Centre Street Food Pantry!

The Centre Street Food Pantry is seeking candidates for a part-time paid Volunteer Coordinator position.  10-12 hours per week including working at the pantry every Tuesday 4:00 – 8:00 pm.  Ideal candidates are enthusiastic, good planners, kind, easy to talk to and have experience in volunteer management or training.  Send resume to m.yacovi@centrestfoodpantry.org.

West Newton Arts Stroll & Shop

Get into the Holiday Spirit in West Newton at the annual Arts Stroll & Shop presented by The Newton Cultural Alliance.  As you stroll along Washington Street throughout the day, you can listen to strolling carolers and musicians.  Buy beautiful handmade gifts at The Paper Mouse, Artitudes and Hipstitch, and enjoy some cider at Sweet Tomatoes, or a hot cup of coffee and a treat at L’Aroma Café.

You can even visit with Santa between 10:30 and 12:30 at the ‘Stuff a Cruiser’ in Captain Ryan Park.

Please bring an unwrapped present to benefit the Village Bank/City of Newton Holiday Gift Drive, and put it right into the police cruiser!  There are also toy collection boxes at the Police Station and the Village Bank. Pick up a brochure at any of the merchants for some special coupons.  The event is rain or shine, and a few snowflakes might even enhance the festive atmosphere! The Stroll is a collaborative event presented by Newton’s local arts and businesses to create an enchanting holiday tradition for the community. For a full calendar of events, please visit www.artsstrollandshop.com.

December 8th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Community Notes – Newton PTO Council 2018-12-02 10:13:40

STORYTIME – COLONIAL WINTER

How do we make clothes to keep us warm? Join Storytime to explore how people in the past made their own things to wear. You will read The Mitten by Jan Brett, and preschoolers and their caregivers will get the chance to try our drop spindle and create their own cotton ball mittens. Admission is Free. For information: 617-641-9142.

For a complete schedule of ongoing Storytime events, go to www.newtonma.gov/story.

December 15th, 9:30 am
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue


HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF DURANT-KENRICK HOUSE

Built in 1734, the Durant-Kenrick House was the home of families who observed the
winter holidays in different ways. Take a special tour of the house by candlelight led by
Historic Newton staff, enjoy winter caroling, and sip hot cider and cocoa. Kids can create
winter crafts, too. Space is limited. Advance registration is recommended through historicnewton.org.

Admission: Adults: $15 non-member, $10 Historic Newton members and children ages 10 and over. Information: 617-641-9142

December 16th, 4:30 pm
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue


STORYTIME – WINTER HIBERNATION

Learn how animals live through the winter, and how people at the Jackson Homestead stayed warm, too. You will read Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, and preschoolers and their caregivers will make their own wintry paper bag trees. Admission is Free. Information: 617-796-1450

For a complete schedule of ongoing Storytime events, go to www.newtonma.gov/story.

December 26th, 10:00 am
Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street

Pause and learn…

A message from the Health and Human Services Department.

Are screens the right holiday gift for your child this year? Your kids may think so, but many experts suggest that you should pause and learn more before you make that decision. Visit the Newton Public Schools Smartphone page for more resources and information.

Yoga & Torah in Conversation: Finding the Light of Hanukkah

Finding the Light of Hanukkah will explore the theme of light within and light with out in both the Jewish and Yoga traditions. All levels of Torah and Yoga students are welcome. No prior yoga experience required.

This is the second program of The Body in Yoga and Torah: A One Night Shtender (A One Night Stand) – a unique integrative and interactive program exploring Jewish and yoga intersections with the body. In both traditions, the body is a vehicle to access the divine, inner world and to connect to a broader understanding. The program explores Jewish traditional texts and relevant yoga philosophy Sutras of Patanjali. Program led by Rabba Claudia Marbach, a Maharat and Rahel Wasserfall, PhD and Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT). Program fee: $18.00. Register here: Yoga & Torah

November 28th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Hosted at Artemis Yoga, 639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown

About the instructors:
Rahel Wasserfall, PhD and Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) is a graduate of the Yavneh school in Paris; studying with Rabbi Nehemia Polen and David Mayaan as well as the organizer of a local study group, Ladies of The Books, which explores the connections between yoga and torah. Rahel has also studied with Diane Bloomfield the author of Torah Yoga. As a writer and thought leader, Rahel has written on the meaning of Niddha, the Jewish purity laws for women and is the editor of Women and Water: Menstruation in Jewish Life and Law, UPNE 1999.

Claudia Marbach, a graduate of Yeshivat Maharat, previously was a middle school teacher at JCDS Boston, a pluralistic Jewish Day School, for fifteen years, where she developed a Rabbinics curriculum and taught tefillah, chagim, and moral reasoning. She has a particular interest in the teaching of pluralism, differentiated instruction and moral reasoning. Claudia founded and co-runs a partnership minyan in Newton, MA, has been gabbait of a local women’s tefillah group, has tutored bnei mitzvot, and participates in interfaith dialogue through the Daughters of Abraham network

Newton Music Ambassadors Scholarship Fund Benefit Concert

Please join a very special night of jazz music featuring students from both Newton North and Newton South high schools, in support of the Newton Music Ambassadors Scholarship Fund. Light appetizers and a cash bar will be available while you enjoy live entertainment provided by jazz ensembles from both high schools.

The Newton Music Ambassadors (NMA) is a collaborative initiative set up by teachers from both schools to empower their students with musical experiences beyond the classroom. Funds raised at the Benefit Concert will directly support students in pursuit of music enrichment opportunities such as travel, off-site performances, private music lessons, and summer music camps, and position them to serve as ambassadors to positively impact the world around them through music.

Ticket prices are $25.00/adult, $10.00/student and can be purchased at the door or online at newtonmusicambassadors.seatyourself.biz. You can also use this link to make a donation if you would like to support the fund but cannot make the event. If you have any questions, please email newtonmusicambassadors@gmail.com.

November 30th,  7:00 – 10:00 pm
American Legion Nonantum Post 440, 295 California Street, Newton

Drop off a dish to help

Drop off a dish to help feed the Boston homeless on Thanksgiving.

Gobble Gobble Give is a national effort of volunteers who prepare and assemble individual containers of Thanksgiving meals to deliver to homeless people in 16 major cities throughout the country.

Boston is just starting out, and they were able to deliver 100 meals last year.  This year their goal is 500.  Let’s help them exceed their goal!  You can drop off a warm dish on Thanksgiving morning or stay and help!  If you would like to help but will not be around on Thursday,  please email wrwoodruff@yahoo.com to arrange to drop off a donation on Tuesday or Wednesday  (something like cookies, pumpkin bread, corn muffins, pie as long as it does not need to be refrigerated).

For more information, go to gobblegobblegive.org.  Check the Facebook Gobble Gobble Give Boston page this week for more details about the drop-off location.  The drop-off location will be in or near Newton.

Food Service survey

We need your help to improve our food service! Please fill out the appropriate survey below and tell us what is working and what could be better. Thank you from the Newton Public Schools Food Service.

Parents survey: https://www.sodexosurveys.com/f/106965/1407/

Student survey (middle/high school): https://www.sodexosurveys.com/f/106963/3d77/

Student survey (elementary – to be filled out with parent/guardian): https://www.sodexosurveys.com/f/106964/171b/