Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Children’s theatre

Newton Youth Players is a children’s theatre company at the Newton Cultural Center at City Hall, for elementary school children who love to sing, dance, act, and construct scenery. Each summer, fall, winter and spring season they produce adaptations of popular Broadway musicals that the whole family will enjoy. Registration and information at

There are just two spaces left for “Bye Bye, Birdie” Mondays, March 19th – June 11th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. The popular musical comedy that tells the story of a rock ‘n roll singer and the fans who love him. The memorable score includes The Telephone Hour, Put On a Happy Face, and Kids.

There is still a chance to sign up for “Hello Dolly” on Wednesdays, September 5th – December 5th, 2018. With rehearsals from 4:00 – 5:30pm. An all-time Broadway favorite, this show is the story of matchmaker Dolly Levi and her wooing of grumpy Horace Vandergelder. The setting is turn-of-the-century New York City, with its shops, famous restaurants, and plenty of young New Yorkers enjoying the scene. Popular musical numbers include Put On Your Sunday Clothes, Before the Parade Passes By, It Only Takes a Moment, and Hello Dolly.

Registration is now open for all casts of “South Pacific”, January 2nd – March 20th, 2019. Set in the South Pacific during World War II, sailors and nurses pass the time while they wait to be shipped out. This classic American musical tells the story of Nellie Forbush, Emile de Becque, Joe Cable and Liat as they sort out their cultural differences. Comic relief is provided by zany Luther Billis and Bloody Mary, two island eccentrics. Popular songs include Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair, Younger than Springtime, and Happy Talk.

Underwood Spring Online Auction

The Underwood Elementary School PTO is holding a HUGE auction fundraiser with fantastic items donated by many local organizations. You’ll find auction items from restaurants, retailers, gyms, spas and salons, hotels, classes, activity providers, museums, theaters, and much more! There’s something for all ages, interests and budget.


April 4th, 8:00 am – April 9th, 9:00 pm
Auction Link:

Zervas Online Auction

Grab a great deal at the Zervas Online Auction!

Need a night out? Bid on a gift card to Grill 23, The Beehive or the Cambridge Brewing Company.

Want to fulfill your goal to exercise more in 2018? Scoop up some classes at Barry’s Boot Camp, Pure Barre or Soul Cycle.

How about a summer camp for the kids? Check out the offerings for LINX camps, Camp Chickami or Dexter Southfield summer camps, among many others.

Grab a great deal, and support your local Newton Zervas Elementary School! Opening March 5th and running through March 12th, check out the amazing offerings at

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Newton CPC Public Hearing

The main agenda item for the next CPC meeting is a PUBLIC HEARING on proposed revisions to the funding guidelines in Newton’s Community Preservation Plan, including:

  • the percentage of funding targeted for each CPA-eligible resource (affordable housing, historic resources, open space/outdoor recreation land)
  • principles for prioritizing projects that are CPA-appropriate as well as CPA-eligible
  • expectations for matching, non-CPA funds in different project categories

The proposed revisions have been online since November 2017 from the program’s home web page,, and from its Guidelines & Forms page. If you wish to comment on these guidelines but cannot attend the hearing, please contact Alice Ingerson at or 617.796.1144.

March 13th, 7:00 pm
City Hall Room 211

Private Art Lessons

Personal, in-home art lessons that are unique to your child, based on exactly what they want to learn! For ages K-12. $50.00/hour
Lessons range from:

  • Painting – abstract and observational, techniques and concepts acrylics, oils, watercolors, ink
  • Drawing – figure drawing, still life, experimental
  • Multimedia – paper, bookmaking, collage, stamp carving and printing
  • Sculpture – clay, fiber, embroidery, metals, lost wax casting, jewelry, wire working, resin encasing
  • Crafts – sustainable/recycled art, weaving, stenciling, flower pressing and casting, candle making
  • Art History – discussions about artists and movements to help expand students’ understanding of their own work

Students will produce a body of work they are proud of and will have opportunities to show and present work, create artist statements and become confident in their artwork.  Lessons and projects grow and change depending on each student and their own ideas and exploration at Stephanie Rae Private Art Lessons, LLC.

For photos of student work and more info about Stephanie, please visit Contact Stephanie at


Mediagirls, an eight-week program for 6th-8th grade girls, will run at the Brookline Teen Center. Participants learn to challenge pop-culture messages aimed at girls; engage in thoughtful discussions about current media trends, make new friends in Brookline, and write inspiring content for girls using social media.

Space is limited to 12, so sign up quickly. Visit to learn more and register.

Wednesdays,  3:30 – 5:00 pm, starting March 21st

Girls Take Charge

Girls Take Charge is a hands on leadership and empowerment program to help girls to become stronger self-advocates and values based team leaders. In the past 11 years this national award winning program has inspired and educated over 6,000 girls.

Girls Take Charge will take place at Simmons College this summer! Girls Take Charge is open to girls who are current 6th – 8th graders.

More information can be found at and on this flyer.

Spanish Tutor

Tutor available for all levels, all language skills: grammar, writing, reading
comprehension, study of Spanish language literature. Why struggle? Enjoy learning Spanish!  Contact Libby Sands at or 617- 256-4780.

  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Several years teaching experience
  • Massachusetts licensed/certified
  • BA Latin American Studies: Brown University
  • MA Teaching: Boston College
  • CAES School Leadership/Administration: Boston College
  • Flexible scheduling in Newton

Language Tutoring for students and parents

Adi’s Language School located in Framingham offers a wide array of services for children and adults, especially in the field of Languages. For more information, please visit

The buzz is…the Newton Spelling Bee is back!

The fun and educational Spelling Bee for Newton elementary school children in grades 1 – 5 is back for its 11th year! If you haven’t already signed up, there are five dates for the Bees, with multiple grade sessions on each day, March 26th, 27th, April 2nd, 3rd & 9th.

Each grade session is a separate Bee with a first and second place prize donated by Learning Express. Every speller receives a goody bag to celebrate their hard work. There are just a few spots left! Please register on line at Cost is $10.00 per entry.