In this issue:

29th Annual Youth Services Awards (for youth and adults)
Apr 22, 2017 06:51 pm | Newton PTO Council

Each year, Mayor Setti D. Warren gives awards to individuals who have contributed service to the Newton Community. The Newton Parks and Recreation Commission and the Newton Health and Human Services Youth Commission are asking your help in seeking nominations for the 29th Annual Youth Services Awards.
Learn about the awards and nominate at www.newtonma.gov/gov/parks/youthawards.asp

Please submit nominations of deserving Newton residents and students before May 19th. Thank you for your help in recognizing the efforts of individuals who have contributed extensively to the Newton Community.

Adult awards will be judged on the basis of a person’s contribution and involvement in youth programs in Newton.

Youth awards will be judged on the basis of demonstrated good citizenship and service to their fellow youth or community.


NSF Boston Marathon Team raises nearly $10,000 to Support Newton Schools
Apr 22, 2017 06:42 pm | Newton PTO Council

Anna Ford, administration staffer at Newton North, and Holly Kee, Southside aide
and Dreamfar mentor at Newton South, teamed up to run the Boston Marathon
for Newton Schools Foundation. In total they raised nearly $10,000 for NSF to
support excellence and innovation in the Newton Public Schools. Thank you,
Anna and Holly, for your dedication and commitment to the students of Newton!

For more information on Newton Schools Foundation, go to  www.NewtonSchoolsFoundation.org.


Tennis for all!
Apr 22, 2017 06:40 pm | Newton PTO Council

Try a new sport and meet new people. Newton Parks and Recreation offers spring tennis for kids and adults, from beginner to advanced. For class descriptions, locations, and to register please see the website, www.newtontennis.com.

Register now, spring classes always sell out!


The Highs and Lows
Apr 22, 2017 06:37 pm | Newton PTO Council

Come to a judgment-free community conversation among teens and adults about the risks and realities of drug and alcohol abuse. Discussion topics include peer pressure and stress, prevention tips and warning signs, and real conversations about alcohol and drug abuse.

April 25th, 7:00 -9:00 pm
Newton South Cafeteria


South Stage Annual Student Directing Festival
Apr 22, 2017 06:25 pm | Newton PTO Council

South Stage presents the annual Student Directing Festival in the Newton South Lab Theater. The evening includes “Sorry, Wrong Number”, the classic noir thriller directed by Naomi Honig and “Out at Sea”, an absurd comedy about democracy and dining aboard a raft directed by Ethan Koss-Smith.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at SouthStage.org or at the door if available. $10.00 general admission.

April 27th – 29th, 7:30 pm


Teen Volunteer Day With Historic Newton
Apr 22, 2017 06:20 pm | Newton PTO Council

All are welcome to help improve our community by cleaning up the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds. Those who volunteer will be provided FREE admission into the museum. Please dress appropriately for cleaning flower beds, raking leaves, etc.

Space is limited so to sign up or for more information please contact Georgette Chiasson at georgettec@wsymca.org or visit the website at www.wsymca.org.

April 27th, 2:30 – 5:00 pm
286 Waverly Avenue, Newton


An Evening of Cabaret
Apr 22, 2017 06:09 pm | Newton PTO Council

Enjoy an Evening of Cabaret with singers from the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists.

Cabaret music is delightful, since it includes songs of many styles such as Broadway, Jazz, Blues, Pop, the Great American Songbook, Country and more, focusing on the intimate relationship between the singer and the audience. Join at an evening of song featuring Sara Brodsky, Carole Bundy, David Diamond, Phil Kassel, Linda Marks, Ethel Ryerson, Stephen Smith, Barbara Larson, Robin Burrage & Leni Webber, with Tom LaMark on the piano. For tickets, $20.00/$10 Seniors & Students, please visit  www.newtoncommunitypride.org/festival

April 28th, 7:00 pm
Newton Cultural Center at Newton City Hall
1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton Center


Flutes, Fins and Paws by the Willow Flute Ensemble
Apr 22, 2017 05:56 pm | Newton PTO Council

Celebrating its 20th season, The Willow Flute Ensemble performs “My Dog Pooh”, a musical story about a most unusual dog, followed by “Chats” a flute quartet about different types of cats. Also on the program are Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Dolphins, ending with another musical story, “The Crotchety Cats:” narrated by Duane Sullivan.

The Willow Flute Ensemble includes Music Director Ilona Kudina (piano, bass flute), Rebecca M. Makara (flute, alto flute, piccolo), Laura Smolowitz (flute, piccolo, alto flute), Asako Yoshida (flute, bass flute), Jen Kramer (flute, piccolo, narration), Philip Trackman (flute, alto flute), Pamela Nichols (flute, alto flute), Duane Sullivan (narration).

Free. Donations welcome at the door. www.willowfluteensemble.com.

April 29th, 1:30 pm
Newton Cultural Center at Newton City Hall
1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton Center


Join us for Healthy Kids Day!
Apr 22, 2017 05:37 pm | Newton PTO Council

Come to one of the Y’s premier annual events, Healthy Kids Day, which is FREE and open to the public. Enjoy the bouncy house and obstacle courses! Get the whole crew moving with family fitness classes and GaGa ball. Observe a showing of a selection of surprise critters from Curious Creatures as well as musical performances from the talented YCCA students.

Bring your bicycle to decorate and show off in the parade afterward. There will be a free bike helmet giveaway courtesy of the Newton Elks Club and Farina’s in Watertown. First come, first serve.

All events will take place outside on the Y’s New Balance Track & Field barring poor weather, in which case activities will be moved to the gym. Healthy Kids Day is generously sponsored by the Belmont Savings Bank Foundation.

Face Painting: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Bicycle Decorating: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Family Fitness Classes: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Curious Creatures: 2:30-3:30 pm
Bouncy House, GaGa Ball and Obstacle Courses: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Bicycle Parade: 3:30 pm

April 29th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
West Suburban YMCA, 276 Church Street, Newton


Celebrating Changing Lives: One Can Help’s Annual Benefit
Apr 22, 2017 05:31 pm | Newton PTO Council

One Can Help, a social justice nonprofit based in Newton, provides critical resources to the neediest children and families in the juvenile court system. Please join them for One Can Help’s annual benefit, Celebrating Changing Lives. Featuring speakers Josh Kraft, President and CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Boston, and Nicki Ruiz de Luzuriaga, an expert on ways to disrupt poverty. With great food from Farm Grill + Rotisserie, drinks, and live jazz duo James Merenda and Jon Dreyer.

Tickets are $40.00 through April 28th then go up to $50.00, with limited tickets at the door. Buy your tickets and learn more at www.onecanhelp.org or contact info@onecanhelp.org.

May 2nd, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Windsor Club, 1601 Beacon Street


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