Community Listings Update – 5/3/2012

Flower Arranging Class at the Auburndale Community Library: Wednesday, May 9 at 7 pm

Just in time for Mothers Day!

Join us at this fun and hands-on workshop to learn how to make a beautiful springtime arrangement that you can keep for yourself, or give to a mother, sister, auntie, daughter, or other gal in your life. The workshop will be taught by Newton residents Joanne Lyons and Susan Lunin. The instructors have entered arrangements in many flower shows, and they are active members of the Temple Shalom Garden Club. (Joanne is also currently studying to become a flower show judge, but she’ll go easy on you in her critiques…)

This class is intended for adults or high school students, though younger children may participate if they will be working on an arrangement with an adult (lovely mother/daughter bonding, anyone?). Supplies fee – $25 payable at registration (scholarships are available).

re-registration is required! The class will be capped at 15 participants.

Email us to register – [email protected]

Newton Girls Soccer – registration open for fall 2012

Newton Girls Soccer provides a wonderful learning and playing opportunity to girls in grades K-12  on over 100 teams.
The Club is committed to providing an environment appropriate for the levels of skill, competitiveness and commitment level of each NGS player by providing a variety of programs that match the characteristics of the individual player. NGS currently offers a recreational program (Intramural, K through 8th grade), a travel program (BAYS participation, U9-U18) and, integrated with the travel program, a specialized training program for our most highly committed players.

The Fall session runs from September  8th – November 10th. Registration deadline for the Intramural Program is June 30th.

Registration deadline for Travel is May 9 -16 depending on the age group.
Please visit our website at  for more information, and to register.
We look forward to seeing you in the fall!

The Newton Parents Advisory Council for Special Education (NewtonPAC) is thrilled to announce our Third Annual NewtonPAC Special Educator Awards!
The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 5th at 7pm at Newton North, Lasker Theatre, 457 Walnut St and will be followed by a casual reception.

Once again, we will be honoring a few of the many members of NPS staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to have truly made a difference in the lives of our children.  Do you have someone you’d like to recognize? Send your nominations [email protected] by May 15th.

Please read the following important information regarding nominations!

All nominations must be received by May 15th. 

Nominations MUST include:

1) Your name (will not be made public – nominator’s names are known only to award recipients). 

2) Nominee’s home school and e-mail address. If s/he is a district-wide employee, please designate as such and note which school your child attends. 

3) A SHORT paragraph on why you believe s/he should be recognized (please help by keeping it short!) .

Please note that the awards are for the CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR ONLY.  All nominees will be recognized.

Nominees can be any member of NPS staff. They do NOT have to be special education dedicated if they made a difference to a child receiving special education services. There is no official limit to the number of staff members nominated per family, but please use your discretion. The awards are meant to recognize truly outstanding efforts.

Send your nominations directly to Eileen at [email protected] by May 15th.

If you are interested in helping with refreshments, set-up or clean-up for the awards ceremony, please write to [email protected]
 to volunteer.

If you have any questions, please contact Eileen Sandberg, Awards Ceremony Coordinator, at [email protected]

The Art of Musical Comedy:

An afternoon program for students ages 7-13 at the Newton Cultural Center, 225 Nevada Street. Mondays – Thursdays, June 25 – July 12, 1:00 – 3:00pm (no class July 4th) $225.

In this exciting, new afternoon program, students learn what it takes to be a master of the art of musical comedy performance.

From 1:00-2:00 each day, students will hone their acting skills with improv and theater games, used by such illustrious theater companies as Chicago’s Second City. Then, from 2:00-3:00 each day, students will learn to sing and dance their favorite show tunes, from shows ranging from “The Sound of Music” to “Wicked.” This will culminate, at the end of the program, in a Broadway-style cabaret performance of these songs for family and friends. Call 617-527-8283 for more information.

It’s a Slam Dunk:

Enjoy a celebrity basketball game while eating a Cabot’s sundae, all in support of National Armed Forces Day.  The Mayor’s Office invites you to salute the troops on Saturday May 19th at the Newton South High School.  Bring supplies for care packages for our troops, thank local heroes and meet celebrities.  Cabot’s Ice Cream is offering complimentary “Salute the Troops” sundaes from 1:00pm – 3:00pm and the tip-off for the celebrity basketball game is at 1:30pm.  Doors open at 12:30pm.

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30th Annual House Tour
Sunday, June 3, 2012
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 To volunteer for this year’s house tour please email


As a volunteer,

you receive a

complimentary ticket. 

We ask you to work only 2.5 hours during
the Tour itself,  assuring that you have time to use your ticket!



Any questions contact Allison Carter
Phone: 617-796-1450

The whole family can find something fun to do at Kids FunFEST on Mother’s Day weekend! May 12th and the 13th from 10am – 5pm. The Fair is behind Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue. The kiddie amusement rides, sand art and face painting is all weekend. Sunday only features dance demonstrations and fun moves with All That Jazz Dance Studio. There are outstanding handmade and international crafts to browse, and many kids of food vendors on site. Don’t miss this weekend of activities, music and food and fun! Admission is free. Visit for more information.

Share Your Future Funding Priorities for Newton Centre, Thompsonville & Chestnut Hill at May 22nd “Happy 10th, Newton CPA!” Neighborhood Birthday Party

How would you allocate nearly $20 million for affordable housing, historic resources, open space & recreation land in Newton over the next 5 years? Come tell the Community Preservation Committee at a neighborhood birthday party for the 10th anniversary of the Community Preservation Act in Newton: 7 pm, Tuesday May 22nd, at Bowen Elementary School (280 Cypress Street). Enjoy historic photos and maps of Newton Centre, Thompsonville and Chestnut Hill. Refreshments provided! Residents of all Newton neighborhoods are welcome. For more information, see or contact Alice Ingerson at 617.796.1144 or [email protected].

Brookline Music School (BMS) is pleased to present a Classical Piano Master Class led by world renowned conductor and pianist Andy Icochea Icochea on Saturday, May 19 at 4:00pm. The event will feature student performances from the BMS piano department followed by interactive coaching sessions with Mr. Icochea Icochea. The event is free and open to the general public.

For more information:

All That Jazz Dance Studio, winner of the 2011 Newton Tab Readers Choice Award for Best Dance Studio in Newton, Needham, and Wellesley, is now accepting registration for summer and 2012-2013 school year classes. Come see the All That Jazz dancers perform at Newton Kids FunFest on Sunday, May 13th at 2:00 and 3:00! Spring Open House is Sunday, May 20th from 4:00-5:30 at All That Jazz, 232 California St. in Newton. [email protected]/ 617-641-0784

Theatre Ink and South Stage proudly present Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, one of the greatest comedies ever written.  A tale of lust, loss and confusion; whilst Lovers fall in and out of love, a pack of Fools rush round, mocking and subverting their passions, hopes and fears. With mistaken identity, cross-dressing and heartbreak, the play offers a beautiful yet painful exploration of everything love inspires.
Directed by Meghan Kenny at NNHS Little Theatre at 7:30PM on May 10, 11, 12, 2012

3nd Annual Plant Swap Sat. May 19th 1-3.

27 George Street (Near Centre and Cabot/Sargent). Let’s do it again! Bring a Plant/Take a Plant: Ferns creeping out of bounds? Hostas growing like weeds? Lily of the Valley taking over your yard? Don’t put those Iris divisions in the compost bin. Trade them in! Use flower pots, milk cartons, coffee cans, yogurt tubs, even plastic bags to pot up your cast-offs. Early drop-offs okay. This is recycling at its best! Exchanges free, but please watch for the box for voluntary donations. This is a project started by a Bigelow student, now at NNHS, to raise money for worthy METCO students. All proceeds go to the METCO Scholarship Fund. Questions: [email protected]

Watertown Children’s Theater – Charlotte’s Web

Contact: Deidre Purcell
Phone: 617-926-ARTS (2787)
Email: [email protected]

The classic story of Charlotte’s Web paints a picture of childhood on
the farm, in which the power of friendship can conquer anything.
WCT’s Play Factory brings this heartwarming tale to life, performed by
an ensemble cast of 2nd-4th graders including Amelia Ventouris of
Newton, directed by Elizabeth Gutterman.  Performances are May 18- 20
in the Black Box Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts.  Seating
is limited. General admission tickets are $10 and will be available
beginning May 8th through WCT’s website at or at 1-800-838-3006.   For more
information, visit WCT’s website or call 617-926-ARTS.

Brainstorming NewtonPAC Goals for 2012-2013 and New PAC Leadership

NewtonPAC needs YOU!

NewtonPAC only exists when parents  join together to create it!

Do you have topics you want to hear about?  People you want to hear from?

Do you want different types of meetings? Mornings? Evening? Small Groups?

Plan to attend on May 3rd to brainstorm goals for 2012-2013

Room 210 at The Education Center, 100 Walnut Street, Newtonville.
Networking and light refreshments beginning at 7:15 pm.

Questions, contact Sandy and Jo-Louise at [email protected].

Newton Parent Advisory Council (NewtonPAC) for Special Education meetings are free and open to all people interested in learning more about special education in Newton.

Book And Author Luncheon


The Friends of the Newton Free Library invite you to attend
The 28th Annual
Book and Author Luncheon
Friday, May 11, 2012
Cash Bar 11:00 am
Luncheon 12:00 pm
Speakers and Book Signing will follow the luncheon
Newton Marriott Hotel Ballroom
2345 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA
Our featured speakers will be
Dennis Lehane
Moonlight Mile
The Given Day

Mitchell Zuckoff 

Lost in Shangri-La
For more information or a reservation form:
call: 617-213-0428 or
To join these authors on May 11, please send your check for $40 per person made payable to the Friends of the Newton Free Library.  Early reservations are recommended.