Category Archives: Summer

Kid’s Yoga Creativity Camp

Parents! Have your elementary school aged child or children join Kid’s Yoga Creativity Camp with Tracy Affonso. Tracy is a former Newton Public Schools teacher and an experienced yoga instructor. Kids love her classes so please join in!

Register at http://www.artemisyoga.com/classes/kids-teen-classes/

Each class begins with breathing/mindfulness exercises designed to help you focus on the present moment. Following warm-up, you’ll have a fun-filled, active yoga class culminating with a guided relaxation.

After the yoga session, you’ll make a different art project each day—from mandalas out of rocks, shells, and feathers; to gratitude rocks; to worry dolls—projects will be linked to the theme of the day that’s introduced through your mindfulness exercises.

August 6th – 10th, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon $275.00 Siblings – 20% off
Artemis Yoga in Watertown

Get a head start on college essays this summer

Summer is a great time for rising seniors to begin work on their college essays. Jane Hirschhorn is a writing coach with more than 20 years of experience, and she guides students toward crafting compelling, authentic essays.

Her students have been accepted to a wide range of colleges and universities across the United States and Canada, including those that are the most selective.

For more information, please contact Jane at jane@jbhtutoring.com. For a complete list of the schools where Jane’s students have been accepted and to learn more about Jane,
please visit her website jbhtutoring.com.

Try the Y

Saturdays are free all summer long! Guests must present a valid ID at the front desk. Summer Programs begin the week of June 18th. Keep your mind and body active all summer long with programs to keep you and your children busy.

Summer program highlights:

• Swim lessons for all ages, with day and time options to fit every schedule!
• TRX suspension training for ages 55+
• Youth basketball league
• Summer Session, a youth music writing and recording program for ages 12+
• And more!

View all summer programs and register online at wsymca.org or call 617-244-6050.

Pick-Up Ultimate Frisbee for Adults

The West Suburban YMCA is offering Wednesday night pick-up ultimate frisbee on the New Balance Track & Field. Meet on the turf field at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays, June 27th through August 8th (no frisbee on July 4). Cost is $10 to drop-in. Please contact Chris Ellison, Sports and Recreation Director, at 617-244-6050 x3806 for more information.

Pickleball is Back!

Join us Tuesdays from 9:30 am-11:30 am and take up a new sport: Pickleball! What’s Pickleball, you ask? Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and ping-pong. All are welcome. $5 drop-in fee.

Summer is upon us, and there’s a camp experience to fit every child’s needs!

• Camp Pikati is a summer day camp at the West Suburban YMCA, offering a traditional camp option or sports camp option, for children ages 3-15.

• Camp Chickami is a traditional outdoor summer day camp in Wayland, MA for ages 6-15.

• Camp Frank A. Day is an overnight camp in East Brookfield, MA for ages 7-15.

Registration for summer camp is ongoing, but sessions are beginning to fill. For more information, visit wsymca.org or contact Camping Services at 617-244-6050 x3008 or email campingservices@wsymca.org.

West Suburban YMCA Center for Creative Arts Outdoor Concert & BBQ – June 16th

Join the Y’s Center for Creative Arts (YCCA) for their final concert of the school year hosted at the First Baptist Church in Newton Centre! There will be food, games and music all day long for friends and family. Music starts at 10:00 am. For more information, contact Kevin O’Connell at kevino@wsymca.org.

Annual Golf Tournament – June 18th

Join Y Staff and Volunteers on Monday, June 18th for our Annual Golf Tournament being held at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord. The golf tournament is a fun day on the course and supports the Y’s Annual Campaign, providing financial assistance to local families in need. For more information or to register as an individual, contact Sara Pollock DeMedeiros at 617-244-6050 x3099.

World’s Largest Swim Lesson – June 21st

The West Suburban YMCA is participating in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson, a global event designed to build awareness and generate attention about the vital importance of teaching kids to swim to help prevent drowning. The Y is offering several time options throughout the day on June 21st for children and families to access a free swim lesson. Visit wsymca.org for more information and to register.

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 x3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.

Engaging themed art camps

Join a summer of playful creativity at Atelier! They are excited to offer engaging themed art camps including Art and Magic; Color, Texture and Pattern; and The Art of Exploration.

The Paper Mouse Atelier, a one-of-a-kind art studio in West Newton Square, now offers summer vacation camps for children ages 7-12. These camps are immersive creative experiences where students explore traditional media and techniques such as drawing, painting and printmaking, as well as art created from nontraditional materials and found objects, and craft projects such as bookmaking and paper marbling.

Options include weeklong (full days or mornings) and single day sessions. Find out more at www.thepapermouse.com or 617-663-8722.

1280 Washington St, West Newton

It’s not too late to sign up for creative summer fun at Maine Arts Camp!

Are you still looking for the perfect summer experience for your creative 9 to 16-year-old? Maine Arts Camp – a small, nurturing co-ed camp community located on the stunning campus of Colby College – combines all the fun of a traditional sleepaway camp with exceptionally high quality instruction across an inspirational range of arts, science, and outdoor activities.

With individualized schedules, campers can choose activities they already love and/or explore new skills and adventures. Want to combine theater and dance with baking, metalwork, tennis, robotics and film-making? Kayaking with chorus, culinary arts and stained glass? No problem! With over 60 activities to choose from, and access to Colby’s outstanding facilities, it’s all available at Maine Arts Camp.

For more information, visit www.maineartscamp.com. Please contact Rick Mades, Camp Director at maineartscamprick@gmail.com, or Anabel Cable at mainearts.anabel@gmail.com if you have any questions.

In-Home Math Tutoring

Sophomore at Brown University majoring in math with a passion for helping students with a wide-range of math tutoring needs including algebra, calculus and linear algebra is available for in-home tutoring.  He offers a structured program based on students’ individual needs at the rate of $65.00/hour.

Please feel free to call Matthew at 617-610-8444 or email Matthew_siff@brown.edu.

Avoid the Math Summer Slide!

Studies show that most students fall more than 2 months behind in math over the summer months. Summer is a great time to catch up, keep up or get a jump start on next year’s math.

Mathnasium Learning Center in Newton & Wellesley offer effective, affordable (as low as $29.00/session) tutoring with flexible individualized scheduling. To enroll or for more information, please contact 617-340-3665 or visit www.mathsummer.com.

Write Successful Essays for Your College Application

Rising seniors, summer is the perfect time to start working on your college application essay and Newton Community Education can help you prepare. Their “Write Successful Essays for Your College Application” course will help you create a standout essay. You’ll work with a professional writer who will help you choose your topic and improve your writing style. Start by discussing what colleges are looking for, and then, you’ll write.

You’ll receive weekly written feedback on your essays as well as helpful critiques from your classmates. By the end of the class you’ll be well on your way towards completion of two Common Application essays, and you’ll get a handle on other essays your college applications may require. You can take the class at Newton North or Newton South. The South class will run 4 Wednesdays beginning July 11th . The North class will run 4 Thursdays beginning July 12th. To register, newtoncommunityed.org or call 617-559-6999.

Plugged in

There are still some spaces available in this year’s Music that Matters Summer Camp. The camp is for ages 11-18 and includes band class, songwriting, recording a song for a CD, music video, workshops, offsite events, and performance opportunities. Each session ends with a benefit concert that raises money for a charitable organization chosen by the students themselves. Plugged In provides a nurturing and supportive community to which young musicians feel a sense of belonging, an opportunity to express and be acknowledged for their musical interests and a chance to use their music to help others around the world. In addition to summer camp, Plugged In offers weekly ensemble band classes during the fall and spring, private lessons and songwriting workshops.

MTM runs from a unique nonprofit youth rock band program in Needham where young musicians of all levels and needs are welcome.

MTM runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and is offered in (2) two week sessions from July 9th – 20th and July 23rd – August 3rd. Students can sign up for one or both sessions. Late pick up is available. Information and online registration form is at www.pluggedinband.org/programs/summer-program/.

Founded in 2002, Plugged In now has over 150 students from all over Massachusetts. Some of the students experience emotional and learning difficulties, such as ADD, depression, and low-self-esteem and/or have special needs such as autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. In the loving and non-competitive atmosphere at Plugged In, all differences are transcended through a shared passion for music, the teamwork involved with using music to help others and an atmosphere of compassion and fun.

In addition to weekly ensemble band classes, private lessons, songwriting workshops, summer camp and community performances, five times a year Plugged In students perform in benefit concerts that raise money for causes and organizations chosen by the students themselves. Plugged In provides a nurturing and supportive community to which young musicians feel a sense of belonging, an opportunity to express and be acknowledged for their musical interests and a chance to use their music to help others around the world.

Time for Partners – Summer!

The popular art & music class for children ages 18 months to 4 years with an adult is thriving in the Newton Cultural Center at City Hall!

A terrific way to learn, have fun and make friends – and that’s not just for the kids! Parents, nannies and grandparents enjoy this long-running program also. Children make creative and enriching art projects and enjoy singing and fun with beloved performer David Polansky.

The classes fill up very quickly, so don’t wait! The summer program is on Tuesdays from July 10th – August 14th, and the Thursday classes are July 12th – August 16th.

The fall classes are also ready to enroll. To register: www.activityreg.com click on MA, click on Newton Parks & Recreation, click on Register, click on Programs or Activities, click on Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs, click on Time for Partners and choose your day. Or call 617-796-1540 for more information.