Category Archives: Events

Struggling to manage your child’s screen time?

Curious to find ways to strike a healthy balance for kids growing up in this digital age? Join a panel of experts from Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry department for a screening of Screenagers. This award-winning documentary film is designed to spark a conversation between adults, students, and schools about navigating the benefits and challenges of increasing technology in our lives.

An open Q & A discussion with Newton-Wellesley’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry experts will immediately follow at 7:45 p.m., featuring:

· Susan Swick, MD, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
· Michael Jellinek, MD, Medical Director, Psychiatry, Director of Collaborative for Healthy Families and Children
· Nicole Danforth, MD, Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
· Richard Ginsburg, PhD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Parents are invited to watch the film with their children (recommended for ages 10 and older). This event is free and open to the public. To register, please call 617-243-5900.

May 23rd  Film screening 6:30 pm, Q&A, 7:45 pm
Newton-Wellesley Hospital Shipley Auditorium, 2014 Washington Street, Newton

Flyer attached.

Dance for a Great Cause!

All Newton Public Schools families and kids are invited to register for the first annual Newton South Dance Marathon to raise money for Boston Children’s Hospital. The Dance Marathon, organized by Newton South’s Raise A Smile Club, will include performances by SASA’s Zamaana, Newtones, KungFu, and Brown Middle School’s DEAFinitely as well as food, raffles, tattoos, face painting, and, or course, dancing!

Register now at

May 25th, 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Newton South cafeteria

Newton Memorial Day Parade

The Newton Memorial Day Parade will take place at 3:00 pm on Sunday, May 27th.

Click here for the Parade Flyer

and here for infoamtion about the Parade Scavenger Hunt

The Monologue Project: Voices of Color

“I wanted to share in the telling of stories of people of color in our community. A long overdue opportunity to reaffirm that yes, we are here.”- Student performer, The Monologue Project: Voices of Color, 2017.

Join Newton Theatre Company, in partnership with Newton North High School, Newton South High School and Newton Department of Health and Human Services, as it brings back to the stage for the second year in a row The Monologue Project: Voices of Color! Similarly to last year, this show is part of a Festival of the Arts in Newton.

The Monologue Project promises to be a unique and inspiring event, showcasing Newton students of color as they perform their own original prose and poetic writing. The show will be followed by a talkback with the performers. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this artistic, community event and to support Newton youth as they share their stories.

The show runs June 1st – 3rd with two evening performances June 1st and 2nd and one afternoon performance June 3rd. Admission to the show is free and there is no need to get tickets beforehand. More information can be found at

June 1st and 2nd, 7:30 pm; June 3rd,  2:00 pm
Cultural Center Auditorium, Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton

Science Department Open House

You are invited to the Newton South Science Department Open House. This event will include a wide range of displays of student work in science and engineering as well as student speakers. Please click here for flyer:

May 31st,  3:30 – 6:30 pm
Newton South, Cutler and Wheeler Science area

Navigating the college application process: a panel discussion for parents

The college search and application process can be complicated and taxing for everyone. Want to learn how to make the process easier? Come to a free panel discussion with Newton college counselor Maruta Vitols of A+ Academic Coaching, Newton psychologist Debbie Offner, Newton writing coach Jane Hirschhorn of JBH Tutoring and Newton parent, and former Newton South PTSO co-chair Lori Lass.

The panel discussion is sponsored by the Newton Network. Admission is free. You can register for the event here. For more information, contact Jane Hirschhorn at

June 6th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Waban Library Center. 1608 Beacon Street

Calling all runners, joggers and walkers!

Come for the run, stay for the fun!

We encourage parents and children to sign up for the Newton Highlands Village Day 5K. It’s a low-key, family-friendly run starting and ending at the Hyde Center in Newton Highlands. Many kids from elementary school to high school run their first 5K at this event which is such a great accomplishment. (It’s also fun to watch kids trying to out sprint their parents at the finish!)

Village Day in the Highlands follows at 11:00 am with all sorts of great activities — from bands to food to booths, face painting and more. Registration is $30.00 per adult, $15.00 per child.

Register online by clicking this link: Online registrations before May 28th are guaranteed a t-shirt in their requested size. Contact Maureen Oates at if you have any questions! Happy run!

June 10th,  10:00 am
Hyde Center, Newton Highlands

Newton’s 1st Annual PorchFest

PorchFest is an afternoon of free music performed outside of people’s homes. Over 100 cities across the country hold PorchFests. Now Newton is holding one too, starting in Auburndale, with hopes the event spreads to include more Newton villages next year.
Click here for the the block schedule and here is a map with bands and locations
This is an all-ages event!

Over 60 musical acts (dancers and storytellers too) are scheduled to perform. There’ll be a diverse line up of local talent from country to pop, classical, reggae, blues, rock, jazz, Latin, R&B, and more.

Bring a chair or a blanket and appreciate music performed on a unique venue, the front porch, (driveways and lawns too!) Parking is available on the Comm. Ave carriage lane, the municipal lot behind The Village Bank, the lot at the Cove, and around Lasell College. Please be mindful of the narrow streets; strolling is the name of the game.

June 2nd, 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

Auburndale PorchFest is affiliated with the Newton Community Pride and pleased to be part of Newton Festival of the Arts, Spring 2018. Printed versions of Newton’s PorchFest Official Schedule & Map will be available around town in early May.

Understanding the Jewish – Cancer Connection

You’re invited to the Oneinforty symposium provided to educate the community about Ashkenazi Jews’ one-in-forty risk of inheriting a BRCA gene mutation. People who have a BRCA mutation are at high risk for developing ovarian, prostate and male and female breast cancer that, in many cases, can be prevented or detected early.

Come learn about genetic counseling, screening for BRCA mutations, misconceptions about hereditary cancer, how BRCA-positive individuals can manage their risk of developing cancer, emotional support resources available for you and your family and the new BRCA Founder Outreach (BFOR) Study being conducted by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Jewish cancer survivors who have a BRCA gene mutation will also share their stories. Following presentations by each of the panelists listed below, there will be a Q&A session.

This symposium is free-of-charge and open to the general public. Kosher refreshments will be served. Follow the link to register:

Questions? Please contact Lauren Corduck at 617-823-3630 or

May 23rd, 7:00 pm
Temple Beth Elohim, 10 Bethel Road, Wellesley

Amy H. Comander, MD
Medical Director, Auerbach Breast Center
Newton-Wellesley Hospital

Lauren Corduck
Founder & Executive Director
BRCA+ ovarian cancer patient

Kimberly DeLeonardis, MS, CGC
Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Camila Gabriel, MS
Senior Research Project Manager, BRCA Founder Outreach (BFOR) Study
Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Whitfield B. Growdon, MD
Center for Gynecologic Oncology
Massachusetts General Hospital

Debbi Shamon, LICSW
In private practice in Boston, MA

Presented by Oneinforty, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of the one-in-forty risk to Ashkenazi Jews of inheriting BRCA gene mutations and provides the support individuals and families need to effectively manage their cancer risk.


Is someone you know at risk?

Please join Newton Cares at their spring event, ‘Never Worry Alone’. Come listen to a panel of local mental health experts discuss the issues and challenges that can arise for our loved ones at any time. The emphasis will be placed on recognizing when and how to get help.

Resource tables staffed by local mental health organizations will share information with attendees. RSVP (requested, not required): For questions, please email

May 7th, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
345 Walnut St., Newtonville