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, www.newtonma.gov/cpa, and from its Guidelines & Forms page. If you wish to comment on these guidelines but cannot attend the hearing, please contact Alice Ingerson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.796.1144.
March 13th, 7:00 pm
City Hall Room 211
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 www.newtoncommunitypride.org. Cost is $10.00 per entry.
In order to fund valuable youth programs (including Students of the Month, RYLA, Interact, and yearly scholarships) and community grants, the Rotary Club of Newton produces a musical talent competition called Newton Has Talent.
This year they’re trying REALLY hard to get adults to enter. To participate in the competition, an individual (or one member of an ensemble) has to work, live, or go to school in Newton. And entries are FREE before March 1st so don’t wait!
Check out more information on this flyer.
Do you have a family member or friend whose home is cluttered? Are you worried about their safety and well-being?
Join Patty Underwood (LICSW) for a workshop that will provide information about the psychological reasons why clutter happens and how you can help. RSVP is requested, not required: www.surveymonkey.com/r/clutter2
March 1st, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Newton Free Library
“Hello Dolly” has five spaces left on Wednesdays, September 5th – December 5th, with rehearsals from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. 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’.
Don’t forget to set your alarms for 7:00 am on March 2nd to register for “South Pacific”! With only 22 children in each cast, the days fill up quickly. Newton Youth Players is a children’s theatre company for elementary school children who love to sing, dance, act, and construct scenery, located at the Newton Cultural Center at City Hall. Please visit http://newtonyouthplayers.com for more information and to register.
The Newton Parks & Recreation Department and West Newton Cinema have teamed up to offer family movies on February 22rd. Coco and Paddington 2 will run at 11:00 am.
Special pricing is $8.00 and includes movie, popcorn and drink. Ticket sales (cash only) begin at 10:00 am. See http://www.newtonma.gov/civicax/filebank/documents/87710 for more information.
The Newton Highlands After-School Program, just for middle school children is hosting Open House events for interested families. This is a terrific opportunity for parents of 5th graders to learn more about the program as they plan for the next school year. Please come and see the wonderful space that is the home base of this terrific program.
For more information please contact: Rochelle Acker at 617-999-4617, email@example.com or visit highlandsafterschool.org
March 3rd, March 7th, March 17th, March 26th, April 3rd, and April 8th, 5:30-6:30 pm
Brigham House, 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands
Ever wondered about the jobs people do in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math? Think Big is a chance for middle- and high-school students to network and talk one-on-one with professionals working in a variety of STEM careers such as software engineering, medicine, architecture and chemistry. Find out what they do, how they got there and whether their career might be a good fit for you!
Presented in partnership with NewtonSTEM and the John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton. Refreshments provided by Cabots. For Grades 6-12. Online registration required through the Newton Free Library event calendar: http://newtonfreelibrary.net/events/.
Parents, please note that to maximize the number of students we can accomodate, adults will not be allowed in the event. If you are giving your student a ride, kindly wait in another part of the library or you may drop them off and come back to pick them up when we conclude at 4:00.
March 3rd, 2:00 pm
Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium
Kids, come to an intro to Futsal, or to improve your skills if you’re already a fan of the game. Futsal is a unique kind of indoor soccer that involves fancy footwork and quick thinking! In this class, you’ll improve your foot skills, gain confidence, and develop a better understanding of the game. Coaches will ensure that all players feel welcome, always have a ball at their feet, and leave each class having learned new moves to practice at home, or in other soccer or Futsal games.
These sessions are pressure-free and fun-filled! Class will run 6 Tuesdays evenings, March 6th – April 10th at Mason Rice Elementary School. Grades 1-2, 6:00 – 7:00 pm and Grades 3-5, 7:00 – 8:00 pm. For more information, or to register, visit newtoncommunityed.org or call 617-559-6999.
Mark your calendars for an amazing concert featuring Gospel and Jewish music to support the Mass Ave Baptist Church’s Project Manna – hot meal program and food pantry to benefit the homeless and hungry.
Some of the groups that will be performing are the Mass Ave Baptist Church Choir, Boston
Children’s Chorus – Young Men’s Ensemble, Gospel Love Tones, Shir SHalom from Temple Shalom, Guys in Ties from Temple Emanuel and MORE! Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for students and seniors. For more informationa and tickets, visit
March 20th, 7:00 pm
Temple Emanuel, Newton