Around Newton – Wicked Local Newton

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BLOOD DRIVE: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2, Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton; noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 15, Whole Foods Newton, 916 Walnut St., Newton Highlands. Donors should get a good nights sleep, eat a nutritious meal and drink extra fluids. To schedule an appointment:; 800-733-2767.

DANCING IN THE PARKS LOOSE CHANGE: 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 2, Coletti-Magni Park, 386 Watertown St., Nonantum. A family picnic with dancing. Loose Change is an Americana band with roots in blues, country and old-school rock and roll. They cover material ranging from the rock and roll of John Hiatt, The Gourds and the Rolling Stones to the country twang of Levon Helm and Old Crow Medicine Show to down home blues. Cancelled in the event of rain.

MAYORS ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM: 7 p.m. Aug. 3, Newton Community Farm, 303 Nahanton St., Newton Centre. For the first time, all seven candidates running for Mayor of Newton will appear on one stage to discuss their positions on environmental issues that concern Newton residents. The three city councilors running for Mayor, Amy Sangiolo, Ruthanne Fuller and Scott Lennon, will be joined by Al Cecchinelli, Richard Saunders, Eli Katzoff and Geoffrey Woodward, in a forum moderated by Boston University Earth & Environment Professor, Nathan Phillips. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with socializing and a farm tour, and the candidate forum begins at 7:45 p.m. in the barn. Seating limited; early registration advised. To register:

FREE WEEKEND AT HISTORIC NEWTON: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 5-6, Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington St., and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Ave., Newton. Free admission to museums. For information: 617-796-1450.

CHILDRENS CHARITABLE GOLF TOURNAMENT: 11 a.m. Aug. 7, Woodland Golf Club, 1897 Washington St., Newton. Each year, the Chamber selects a different area nonprofit whose mission includes working with children to be the recipient of a portion of the tournaments proceeds. This years charitable recipient will be the Josephine McNeil Legacy Fund established to continue and expand the efforts by long-time affordable housing advocate Josephine McNeil, a Newton resident to provide supportive services for CAN-DO residents. Cost: All green fees and cart. Lunch at 12:30 p.m. in the clubhouse, cocktail reception immediately following play, use of practice facilities, prizes for top teams, a gift for each player. To register:

NEWTV ORIENTATION: 7 p.m. Aug. 7, NewTV Studios, 23 Needham St., Newton. Attendees learn about the opportunities offered at the media center. This class is a prerequisite for all NewTV course offerings. Free. For information: 617-965-7200;;

INTRODUCTION TO THE CANON 5D MARK III: 7 p.m. Aug. 8, NewTV Studios, 23 Needham St., Newton. This course goes over how to shoot video with a DSLR. For information:

NETWORKING CRAWL AT THE STREET: 5-7:30 p.m. Aug. 9, various locations at The Street, 55 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill. Presented by the Chambers Young Professionals Group. Each location will be providing menu samples, space to network and a cash bar and opportunities to win prizes. Participating locations include: Del Friscos Grille, The Cottage and Showcase SuperLux. Cost: $30; $20 for members. To register:

NEWTON COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE PUBLIC HEARING: 7 p.m. Aug. 9, City Hall, Room 204, 100 Commonwealth Ave., Newton. Includes brief items for the New Art Center and the Newton Cemetery, plus a public hearing on the Newton Housing Authoritys $2 million request for its Jackson Road new senior housing project in Newton Corner. For information and full meeting agenda and packet, and full text of the Housing Authority proposal:

TOWER BELL CONCERT: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 11, FUSN, 1326 Washington St., Newton. The First Unitarian Society in Newton will hold a free tower bell concert. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic suppers to the church grounds. Rain or shine. Indoor seating provided in case of rain. The concert will be played by a group of local musicians, called chimers, who regularly play the FUSN chime. A variety of music will be played, including popular, classical and show music. The program will include a piece commissioned for the churchs 100th anniversary celebration, called Tower Antiphonies.

HISTORIC NEWTON AT THE FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 12, Elm Street, West Newton. Historic Newton will have a booth at the Farmers Market where visitors can look through stereoscopes, play historic games and pick up historic recipes to try. Free. For information: 617-796-1450.

STUDIO ELEMENTS: 7 p.m. Aug. 14, NewTV Studios, 23 Needham St., Newton. Attendees learn how to set up all the necessary elements for in-studio productions: lights, cameras and audio, as well as all the necessary elements of the Control Room. Must be a member of NewTV to take this class. For information or membership:

UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS: WOMEN OF NEWTONS TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY HOUSEHOLDS: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15, Farlow Park, Church and Eldredge streets, Newton. Using census data, marriage records, local histories and newspaper accounts, Newton resident Anne Larner will paint a picture of life in 1900 for young women and enlighten attendees with stories of how life played out for selected women who lived upstairs and downstairs. Cost: $10 suggested donation. To register: For information: 617-796-1450.

NEWTON PATH RESIDENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 15 and Sept. 12, Newton City Hall, Room 205, 1000 Commonwealth Ave., Newton. The publuc is invited to help plan an event for Newton Prevention, Awareness, Treatment, Hope, Mayor Setti Warrens multidisciplinary team committed to confronting the public health opioid epidemic. This event will happen in the fall of 2017 and will support community members who have a friend or family member struggling with addiction by offering referrals, strategies, and a safe place to share their experiences and ideas. Attendees will help decide program content and structure, find a location, identify sponsorships, and conduct outreach and promotion. No special training or experience necessary to participate, just an interest in and commitment to the issue. RSVP:

MAYORAL CANDIDATES FORUM: 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 15, Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut St., Newtonville. The Newton Council on Aging will host an interactive session, during which the mayoral candidates will discuss their visions for an age-friendly Newton and their views on topics that are most relevant to senior residents. To register: 617-796-1660.

STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS AT HOME AT THE HOMESTEAD: 10:30 a.m. Aug. 16, Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington St., Newton. The Little House by Newton resident Virginia Lee Burton tells the story of a house similar to the Jackson Homestead. Attendees explore the theme of home, and imagine life from a houses perspective in this program. For children ages 18 months to 6 years and their caregivers. Includes free entrance to the museum after the program. Free. For information: 617-796-1450.

WOMEN IN NETWORKING LUNCH: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 24, Davios Northern Italian Steakhouse, The Street, 55 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill. The Newton-Needham and Brookline Chambers are teaming up for a mega Women in Networking power lunch. Attendees can make new connections in an informal relaxed setting while sampling the restaurants. Includes buffet lunch and the opportunity to get to know more than 60 members of both the Newton-Needham and Brookline Chambers. Cost: $20. To register:

STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS -- FREEDOM: 10:30 a.m. Aug. 28, Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington St., Newton. Features the book Henrys Freedom Box by Ellen Levine, based on a true story of one mans escape from enslavement. Preschoolers and their caregivers will be given an opportunity crawl inside Henrys Box and see other artifacts about freedom seekers around Boston. Includes free entrance to the museum after the program. Free. For information: 617-796-1450.

WORLD WAR I AND AMERICAN JEWS: 7 p.m. Aug. 31, Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. This lecture by author Gene Fax explores the effects of World War I on the American Jewish community. Free. For information: 617-796-1360.

NEWTON UPPER FALLS VILLAGE DAY: Noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 10, 44 Pettee St., Newton Upper Falls. Opportunities for vendors and/or nonprofit groups to appear at Newton Upper Falls Village Day are available. Those interested should email if they would like to reserve a space for a tent or table. No charge for nonprofits; $25 for vendors and political groups; food vendors will need a separate food permit from the city. For information: Anil Adyanthaya,

Newton North Class of 1976 reunion: Nov. 24, Newton Marriott, 2345 Commonwealth Ave., Auburndale. The Newton North High School Class of 1976 has scheduled its 41st reunion. The event will feature dinner, dancing and musical entertainment. For information, to volunteer or to get on the mailing list:

HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 12, American Legion Post 440, 295 California Ave., Newton. Vendors and crafters wanted. For more information, call Lee (617-332-6509) or Helen (617-584-0640).


NEWTON FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 7, Elm Street, West Newton; and 1:30-6 p.m. Tuesdays, July 11 through Oct. 31, Cold Spring Park, Beacon Street, Newton Centre. Fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, fish, cheese, eggs, ice cream and more.

WATERSTONE AT THE CIRCLE INFORMATION SESSIONS: 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Aug. 8; 5 p.m. Aug. 9; 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Aug. 22; 5 p.m. Aug. 23; and 10 a.m. Aug. 26, Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St., Chestnut Hill. Waterstone at the Circle, a luxury independent living community opening in early 2018, will host information sessions for attendees to meet the leadership team and learn more about the community. For information or RSVP: 617-232-3634;

ADULT TENNIS LESSONS: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesdays, July 11 through Nov. 21, Newton North High School, 457 Walnut St., Newton. For all tennis levels. Sponsored by Newton Community Education. For information: 617-559-6999;

AUTHOR VISITS: 7 p.m. Aug. 8-11, Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton Centre. Jeanne Blasberg, author of Eden: A Novel, Aug. 8; Meghan Kenny, author of Love Is No Small Thing: Stories, Aug. 9; Anne Korkeakivi, author of Shining Sea: A Novel, in conversation with Joanna Rakoff, Aug. 10; Tom Perrotta, author of Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel, Aug. 11. Open to all ages. Free. For information:

FREED FROM THE FRAME: BEYOND THE CHILDHOOD PORTRAIT: Through January 2018, Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington St., Newton. The exhibit displays six portraits of children from Historic Newtons collection and also tells what happened to each child in adulthood. The exhibit is open during regular museum hours. Admission included in museum admission fee. For information: 617-796-1450.

ACTIVATE NEWTON SUMMER CHALLENGE: 100 MILES IN 100 DAYS: Activate Newton challenges residents to walk 100 miles this summer. Starting June 1, participants can log their progress on the ChallengeRunner page,, and be entered to win prizes. The webpage also has an activities calendar, walking map, and more. For information:

KIDS AT THE FARM SUMMER 2017: June 19 through the week of Aug. 21, Newton Community Farm, 303 Nahanton St., Newton Centre. A summer of exploration, digging, planting and harvesting. Programs for toddlers through middle school. Half-day and full-day options available. Week of June 19 Farm Sprouts, for toddlers/preschool age; Farm Explorers for 5- to 6-year-olds. For information or to register:

CULTIVATING COMMUNITY ADULT PROGRAMS SUMMER 2017: Participants celebrate the season and join a community united by gardening, cooking, the arts and history. Features a potluck supper, yoga in the barn and the launch of the Community Book Read. For information or to register:

MOBILE MARKET/FOOD BANK: Third Fridays, Post 440, 295 California St., Newton. Conducted by the American Legion Post 440 in conjunction with the Greater Boston Food Bank. Anyone is eligible to receive 32 pounds of food valued at $50-100 each month. To register: Ken or Carol at Post 440, 617-244-0440. No income or asset guidelines/restrictions.

NIA DANCE: 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Newton Centre Yoga, 796 Beacon St., Newton. This is an all levels class and open to everyone. Nia is a movement practice that guides the student into a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual state of energy and well-being. It combines dance and other movements infused with global rhythms.

Kids at the Farm: Through Aug. 25, Newton Community Farm, 303 Nahanton St., Newton Centre. Kids feed the chickens, harvest produce and learn what it takes to grow food sustainably. Programs for toddlers through middle school. For information or to register:

Newton at Home small appliance repair workshop: 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, Scandinavian Living Center, 206 Waltham St., Newton. Formerly associated with SOAR 55, operating under the auspices of Newton at Home. Several fix-it volunteers are taking on everything from irons to clocks to toasters every Wednesday for people hoping to repair rather than replace. They do not fix any electronic equipment. Repairs are completed for free, but there may be a small charge if parts are needed. Articles for repair can be dropped off at the workshop in the basement of the Scandinavian Living Center. No charge to city residents. Donations accepted. For information: 617-795-2560.

Voices of War: Americans in World War I 1917-1918: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, through October, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., Boston. This exhibit traces the journeys of Newton residents Charles Judd Farley, an ambulance driver with the American Field Service, and Bernard Gorfinkle, a Judge Advocate in the 26th Yankee Division, during their years of service in World War I. Featuring materials from the collections of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS and Historic Newton, visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the War and the impact it had on the lives of those who lived through it. Free. For information: 617-226-1200,

Gam-Anon 12-step meetings: 10 a.m. to noon Sundays, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Room 7, second floor, Bowles Conference Center, 2014 Washington St., Newton. A free 12-step recovery program for family and friends who have been affected by someone elses gambling. An anonymous spiritual recovery program.

Newton Hebrew School: 9:30 a.m. to noon Sundays, Beth MenachemChabad of Newton, 349 Dedham St., Newton. At Newton Hebrew School children will learn how to read Hebrew, learn about the Jewish holidays and the rich Jewish history, all in a fun, hands-on exciting way. For information: 617-244-1200;

Overeaters Anonymous: 7:15-8:15 a.m. Saturdays, Second Floor West, Shipley Auditorium, 2014 Washington St, Newton. No fees, dues or weigh-ins. Open to all. Parking in garage validated for attendees. For information: Suzanne, 617-965-4845.

Community Reiki Clinic: 7-8:45 p.m. first Friday evening of each month, Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St., Newton. 30-minute Reiki sessions with Reiki practitioners. Cost: $10. Appointment times: 7-7:30, 7:35-8:05 and 8:10-8:40 p.m. Open to all ages and health conditions. For information or to schedule an appointment: 617-244-8856;;

New Babies New Moms Group: 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, The Freedman Center at William James College, 1 Well Ave., Newton. Attendees bring their infant and meet other new mothers. For first-time moms with babies up to six months. Choose a six-week daytime series. Each group meets with a professional facilitator and provides a opportunity to ask questions, share experiences, make new friends and get some support. Discuss developmental issues, expectations of oneself as a new mom, changing relationships with family members, child care options and more. Free. For information: 617-332-3666, ext. 1123;;

New Dads Group: 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, The Freedman Center, William James College, 1 Wells Ave., Newton. Attendees learn more about parenting and meet other new dads. For first time Dads of babies 12 months or older. Dads welcome with or without baby. An opportunity to ask questions, learn skills, share experiences of fatherhood and make new friends. Participants meet for eight 90-minute weekly sessions to discuss developmental issues, changing relationships, balancing work, changing relationships and fatherhood. Free. For information:

Parenting Through a Jewish Lens: 4:15-5:45 p.m. Thursdays or 8:30-10 a.m. Fridays, Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, 333 Nahanton St., Newton. Attendees discover how compelling Jewish texts and traditions can enrich a family, and share stories and ideas about raising children today. Open to parents of all backgrounds. Scholarships and couple discounts available. Free babysitting. For information:;

MEAH CLASSIC: 7-9 p.m. Mondays, beginning Oct. 31, Young Israel of Brookline, 62 Green St., Brookline. Meah, Hebrew for 100, offers adults of all ages and backgrounds a foundation in Jewish culture and civilization. Students study core Jewish texts, and grapple with concepts representing cultural and political movements from four historical periods: biblical, rabbinic, medieval and modern. Cost: $700 for the first year, financial aid available. To register: information: Sara Brown,, 617-559-8708.

AQUATIC EXERCISE CLASS: Saturday mornings. This Aqua Fit class is designed for people of all fitness levels. A total body workout designed for people age of 55 or older. Uses the resistance of the water for toning and increasing flexibility. Self-paced. Low to high impact, depending on personal effort. For information: Nancy, 617-796-1506.

CENTRE STREET FOOD PANTRY NEEDS SUMMER VOLUNTEERS: 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, through summer, 11 Homer St., Newton Centre. High school or college student who want to give back to the community this summer can volunteer to help load big orders at the Centre Street Food Pantry. Heavy lifting required. For information:

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS: 7:15-8:15 a.m. Saturdays, Room B2, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, 2014 Washington St., Newton. A 12-step support group for people with eating disorders. Free. For information: 781-641-2303.

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