Category: Community Notes

3 Short Sessions to More Sustainable Living and Lower Bills

Sign up for Green Newton’s Green Lifestyle Course: 3 Short Sessions to More Sustainable Living and Lower Bills.

In the Green Lifestyles course, participants will learn how to reduce their use of energy (at
home and in transportation), water, waste and toxins, and be a more eco-friendly consumer. They will also discover new strategies for cutting their energy and water bills. Each class will be composed of 5 to 8 individuals or households.

Session Dates*:
Course 1: May 1st, May 8th, May 29th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Course 2: April 26th, May 10th, May 24th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

*Participants who have scheduling conflicts can attend one of the other class’s meetings.

Session Components: Sessions will be part didactic and part participatory.

Materials:  The teacher will provide participants with a PowerPoint presentation and a
document that covers green lifestyle practices.

Requirements:  After the first meeting, participants will be encouraged to implement several small practices in their lives and consider at least one larger project. They will discuss their findings during parts of meetings 2 and 3.

Cost – Green Newton members: free. Non-members: $25.00, includes a complementary Green Newton membership. Bring a snack to share at one or two of the meetings.

To register or ask questions, contact Dan: dan_ruben@usa.net or 617-527-7950.

Dan Ruben will teach the class. He’s the Chairman of the Board for Green Newton. Dan has facilitated over 30 Household Eco-Teams and Low Carbon Diet Teams, and helped over 200 households live more sustainably. He trained the trainers of Low Carbon Diet Teams. In his own life, Dan has reduced his fossil fuel use by over 80%.

As a professional, Dan is the president of Boston Green Tourism, an organization that
educates hoteliers about reducing their properties’ use of fossil fuel, water, waste and toxins. Previously, he led an organization that brought environmental best practices to the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

In the Name of Love: Newton Family Singers rock the Music of U2

Let out your inner Rock Star and come belt along with Newton Family Singers as they
perform anthems of passion and justice by Irish superstars U2!  To benefit the Newton Food Pantry, they’re collecting food donations and holding a raffle. This kid-friendly rock concert is the perfect way to share your love of U2 with your whole family!

Tickets for the show (Adults $10.00/children $8.00) can be purchased online at
http://www.newtonfamilysingers.org/events.html. For questions pleae email admin@newtonfamilysingers.org.

May 6th,  4:00 pm
Ellsworth Theatre of Pine Manor College, 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill
(free parking available on campus – please come early to park).

The Newton Family Singers is an intergenerational family chorus that brings together families and friends of all ages to sing American folk music.

Family-friendly, live music!

Harlem Rockets comedy basketball show/game

The Newton South High School Booster Club is hosting a fun-filled basketball comedy show and game. The Harlem Rockets incorporate the audience, especially children, into the show and are always available to meet the fans and give autographs after the show.

In this special event to raise money for the Newton South Booster Club, the “Teacher’s Nets,” a talented team of Newton’s finest educators, has graciously agreed to face the Harlem Rockets. Tickets for this fun-filled event can be purchased online at a discount up to the night of the event. Tickets will be available at the door on May 19th, subject to availability.

Children, students, seniors are $8.00 in advance, $10.00 at the door
Adults are $12.00 in advance, $15.00 at the door
VIP tickets are $30.00, $50.00 at the door (subject to availability)

To purchase tickets and get more information about the event, click on this link: http://buytickets.at/newtonsouthhighschoolboosterclub/162780

May 19th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Newton South High School

April Vacation Programs at the Y

Spend a fun and engaging April Vacation week at the Y!  Vacation programs from the Sports and Child Care Departments offer fun and safe environments for students in grades K-8. Featuring a mix of activities to keep kids happy and healthy all day – including free swim periods throughout the day. Full and half day options and daily rates to accommodate your needs!

April Vacation with the Sports Department (Ages 6-12). Sports activities include soccer, basketball, baseball, floor hockey, flag football, lacrosse, golf, tennis, capture the flag and more! Registration form is available online at wsymca.org or call 617-244-6050 x 3131.

April 17th – April 20th, Full day 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, Half day 8:30 am – 1:00 pm


April Vacation with the Child Care Department (Grade K-8) Kids will participate in fun and age-appropriate structured activities including recreational games, creative arts, free swim and more! Registration form is available online at wsymca.org or call 617-244-6050 x 3068.

April 17th – April 20th, Full day 7:00 am – 6:00 pm,  Half day 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

April Vacation week drop-in program

Exploring our past, unfolding our future…

Visit Historic Newton this week for a family program. Step into the shoes of your 19th century counterpart and walk through key events and inventions from a 100-year period of transformative change in Newton and the nation at large. Then, zoom to the present to talk about changes you have experienced in your lifetime and envision the changes you will see and make in your future. This activity is appropriate for children of all ages.  Admission is Free. For information, call 617-796-1450.

April 18th, 1:30 – 3:30 pm,  Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street.
April 19th, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue

Newton After School Association Art Exhibition

The Newton After School Association, in celebration of National After School Week, will display a collection of posters showcasing the wonderful work that school aged childcare programs are doing in Newton.

The exhibition is in the main lobby area of Newton City Hall from April 23rd – May 2nd. There will be an open reception on Monday, April 23rd from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Please stop by!

Opportunity for Public Comment on scenarios for adjusting school boundary lines

The Newton Public School district wants to make sure that all community members know that the final opportunity for public input on changes to student school assignments (adjustment of boundary lines) is on Wednesday, April 25th.

The schools that may be impacted by these changes are Cabot, Horace Mann, Franklin, Peirce, Burr, and Underwood. Changes to student school assignments only impact students entering the Newton Public Schools for the first time. Students currently enrolled and siblings of those currently enrolled are not impacted.

More information can be found here: https://goo.gl/4r6QNx

April 25th, 6:30 pm
The Education Center, 100 Walnut Street, Newton

Needham Street Area Vision Plan – Open House

Come learn about the Needham Street Area Vision, a plan by the City of Newton to envision the future of the area. Provide your input on the draft vision and meet with City Staff and members of the Community Engagement Group who have been involved in the development of the plan over several months. More information is available online: www.newtonma.gov/needhamstreet and via email needhamstreet@newtonma.gov

April 23rd, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
27 Christina Street, Newton

Healthy Kids Day

The West Suburban YMCA is inspiring kids to live up to their potential by being healthy, active and engaged! Join this FREE family event, featuring healthy games and activities including:

-Family exercise classes
-Obstacle course and punt/kick/throw contest
-Curious Creatures exhibition
-Bouncy house
-Face painting
-Bike decorating and parade!
-And more!

There will also be a bike helmet giveaway (whiles supplies last) thanks to the generous support of the Newton Elks, Farina’s of Watertown and the Belmont Savings Bank Foundation.

April 28th, 2:30-4:30 pm

Is there someone in your life that struggles with clutter?

Join the Health and Human Services Department for a presentation by experts Bec Belofsky Shuer and Lee Shuer of Mutual Support Consulting. The presentation will include personal insights and tools to help people create a less cluttered life. RSVP (requested, not required: www.surveymonkey.com/r/thestuff).

April 28th, 10:00 – 11:30 am
City Hall War Memorial Auditorium
Newton City Hall