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Spring Volleyball for Grades 2-5
Apr 29, 2018 01:10 pm | Newton PTO Council

Last chance to sign up for Spring volleyball! Williams Elementary is offering co-ed Intro to Volleyball/Mini-Volleyball this Spring taught by Be Ahead of the Game. Skills, teamwork, and a focus on fun! Students from all schools welcome!

Register here:

Wednesday evenings from May 2nd – June 6th

Celebrate Sidewalk Sam
Apr 29, 2018 01:08 pm | Newton PTO Council

You’re invited to an artistic celebration in memory of Newton’s acclaimed street artist Bob Guillemin. Join Sidewalk Sam’s family as they create a sidewalk chalk artwork in celebration of beauty and the power of community art. A special commendation will be presented by Mayor Ruthanne Fuller at 10:30 am.

This event is part of the Festival of the arts celebration and is presented by Thinkfolk, whose goal is to connect audiences to inspiring stories of folk, street, vernacular and indigenous artists from all over the world.

May 5th, 9:00 – 11:00 am (10:30 am Commemoration Ceremony)
Newton Center Green, at the intersection of Center Street and Langley Road

“In 1972, following a radical hunch, Bob Guillemin (a.k.a. Sidewalk Sam) began chalking colorful renditions of European masterpieces on the gritty sidewalks of Boston and Cambridge. He quickly fell in love with the energy and sanctity of the street and never looked back. Throughout the 1970’s and 1980s, he created thousands of ephemeral artworks and preached an inclusive and socially-minded art philosophy. Believing that art could and should change the world, he developed large and small participatory art projects that engaged communities one person at a time. Even after an accident placed him in a wheelchair at the age of 55, he continued to make a living as a public artist and an impact as a cultural entrepreneur. He died at the age of 75, and all traces of his sidewalk art have vanished, but his legacy endures with those he captivated and inspired”. – Rob Guillemin

Newton Asian Culture Festival 2018
Apr 29, 2018 01:03 pm | Newton PTO Council

The 4th Annual Newton Asian Culture Festival presented by the Chinese American Association of Newton is an event with multiple Asian cultures supported by the Newton Mayor’s office for Culture Affairs.

Asian culture is rich and diverse. It traces back thousands of years and is one of the world’s oldest cultures. In order to introduce Asian culture to our community friends and neighbors, the Newton Asian Culture Festival features a different Asian cultural theme each year. The past three years we showcased traditional instruments and traditional costumes. This year the theme will be Asian traditional costumes and clothing. You will have a rare opportunity to dress up traditional clothes for a photo opportunity.

In addition, you and your family can also watch traditional Asian folk dance, listen to Asian folk songs and try some traditional Asian food. The festival will also feature many activities for children such as arts & crafts, face painting and games. Please bring your family and friends to join this family oriented cultural festival. Click here for flyer.

May 5th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Newton City Hall
1000 Commonwealth Avenue

Need nominations for Service Awards
Apr 29, 2018 12:50 pm | Newton PTO Council

Each year, the mayor 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 40th Annual Youth Services Awards.

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.

Read about the awards and please submit your nominations at

Please submit nominations of deserving Newton residents and students before May 18th. Thank you for your help in recognizing the efforts of individuals who have contributed extensively to the Newton Community.

I Screen, You Screen,
Apr 29, 2018 12:46 pm | Newton PTO Council

We All Screen…
Too Much?

Learn how to manage screen time for your children, from Newton-Wellesley’s experts.
Please join for a showing of Screenagers* and a night of lively discussion to help you
and your adolescent navigate the digital world and find balance. Click here for flyer.

May 23rd, 6:30 pm
Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Shipley Auditorium
2014 Washington Street, Newton

Open Houses for Highlands After School program
Apr 29, 2018 12:42 pm | Newton PTO Council

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. Space is limited … Sign up today! For more information please contact: Rochelle Acker at 617-999-4617 or or visit

May 8th, May 23th, and June 4th, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Brigham House, 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands

NCE Summer offer for kids of cancer patients
Apr 29, 2018 12:39 pm | Newton PTO Council

In partnership with two Newton North varsity basketball players, Newton Community Education is offering “Basketball Together” a camp for boys and girls entering grades 5-8 who have cancer or are affected by a family member’s disease. One of these students found his personal healing through basketball during his dad’s cancer treatment, and is eager to share his experience with younger kids.

This class will be offered on a sliding tuition scale; families are welcome to pay what they can afford. For more information, click here, email, or call NCE at 617-559-6995.

Discounted massage offer
Apr 29, 2018 12:35 pm | Newton PTO Council

Class of 2018  students, parents,  teachers…..does May 1st give you anxiety? Stress? or is it disrupting your sleep? Massage can help!! Book any one hour massage and receive $25.00 dollars off from now to Graduation. At this time please remember to do something for yourself that makes you happy! For an appointment contact 617-888-1780 or

Dionysia Massage Studio
15 Cypress Street, Newton

Tag Gas Leaks on May 12th
Apr 29, 2018 12:30 pm | Newton PTO Council

Join Newton Mothers Out Front to Tag Gas Leaks! Newton has 600 natural gas leaks. In addition to being a safety hazard, methane is a powerful global warming pollutant, 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide on a 20-year time scale.

For more information, see Register at

May 12th, 1:00 pm (rain date May 19th)
Front Steps of Newton City Hall
1000 Commonwealth Avenue

Fundraiser/CCMAA Martial Arts Demo
Apr 29, 2018 12:27 pm | Newton PTO Council

Calvin Chin’s Martial Arts Academy (CCMAA) will be putting on a spectacular show to benefit the Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity. CCMAA has performed at various events in the community including Newton public and private schools, Newton Relay for Life, and City Hall. Helen Gee Chin was the administrator at CCMAA for 15 years and a proponent of preserving the history and promoting the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts. Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded more than $80,000 in college scholarships to students all over the US!

The students and instructors put on a great show with lion dance, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, flags, and weapons, with something new every year! To view last year’s show, go to the video page and scroll down to the 2017 Fundraiser Exhibition, but it’s so much better in person! Proceeds of video, ticket and t-shirt sales go to the Foundation. Please go to for more information.

June 10th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Newton North High School Lasker Auditorium
457 Walnut Street, Newtonville

What’s Happening at the West Suburban YMCA in May
Apr 28, 2018 11:30 am | Newton PTO Council

Connect at the Y – Friends are free all month long! Members of the West Suburban YMCA can bring a friend for free throughout the months of May.

Kids Night Out  May 4th,  6:00 – 10:00 pm
The West Suburban YMCA invites parents to bring their children (grades K-5) to the Y for a fun and supervised Friday night program. Children will enjoy pizza for dinner and engage in games, swimming, movies and sports! Go out for the night and take advantage of this low-cost alternative to hiring a babysitter. Everyone wins! Cost: $30 per child ($25 for members). A 20% discount is offered per child for those with two or more children. Kids’ Night Out is held on the 1st Friday of each month. For more information, contact the Y’s Youth & Teen Services Director, Jeremy Smith at

Poetry Night  May 4th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Organized by Barbara Helfogtt-Hyett of Poemworks, the event begins with readings by two published poets. Then 10-12 guests participate in the Open Mic portion of evening to share their own written work. Young musicians from the on-site music program will play live music at the beginning of each event. This event is free and open to the public.

Family Fun Night  May 8th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Bring the whole family to the Y for some family fun time. Featuring arts & crafts, bouncy house, games and more! Free and open to all. Family Fun Nights are generously sponsored by the Belmont Savings Bank Foundation.

First Time Home Buyer Seminar  May 9th, 6:00 pm
If you are considering buying your first home, join us for an educational seminar. Our friends at Belmont Savings will answer your questions and help you understand the topics of credit, down payments, prequalifying, agent selection, application and purchase process.

Guided Meditation  May 12th, 12:00 – 12:30 pm
Take a moment out of your day for this short, guided meditation that will leave you feeling relaxed, grounded and rejuvenated.


Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs. The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization and it is their mission to never turn anyone away due to an inability to pay. Please contact the Membership Department at 617-244-6050 x3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.

What else is Happening at the West Suburban YMCA
Apr 28, 2018 11:24 am | Newton PTO Council

Join on Tuesdays from 9:30 -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 to come and try this up-and-coming sport. $5.00 drop-in fee.

Fall 2018 After School Program Registration
Enrollment for Fall 2018 Out-of-School Time at the West Suburban YMCA is open. Out-of-School Time (OST) is an engaging after-school care program for grades K-8. The school-year program follows the Newton Public School calendar, including extended hours and Early Release Days, and transportation to the Y is available from most elementary and middle schools in Newton. For more information, visit or contact Jeremy Smith at 617-244-6050 x3068 or

Have the Best Summer Ever
The West Suburban YMCA wants kids to have the best summer ever, so attend a camp open house and find your perfect fit:

Camp Pikati Open House
May 12th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and May 30th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
276 Church Street, Newton

Camp Chickami Open House
May 12th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm and May 31st, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
139 Boston Post Road, Wayland

Camp Frank A. Day Open House
May 20th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and June 3rd, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
125 South Pond Road, East Brookfield

Registration for summer camp is ongoing, but sessions are beginning to fill. For more information, visit or contact Camping Services at 617-244-6050 ex. 3008 or email


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