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Youth & Government Info Session
Oct 01, 2017 11:53 am | Newton PTO Council

The West Suburban YMCA invites parents and students to an information session on the 2017-2018 Massachusetts Youth & Government Program.

Youth & Government is a nationally organized YMCA program providing high school age teens the opportunity to participate in a model government. Participants, known as delegates, will work in their branch of interest (judicial, legislative, lobbyist branch, and press corps) to produce a piece of work in the form of a bill, legal brief, or news article. Pre-Legislative meetings held in October, November, January, and February will provide education and training for the delegates as they prepare for the three-day Annual Conference held at the Massachusetts State House in March. To learn more or to enroll in the information session, contact the Y’s Youth & Teen Director, Jeremy Smith at

October 4th, 5:00 pm
West Suburban YMCA, 276 Church Street, Newton

What’s Happening at the Y
Oct 01, 2017 11:49 am | Newton PTO Council

Kids’ Night Out – October 6th
Drop off your kids for a fun Friday night with qualified staff members. Y staffers will order pizza for dinner and keep the children entertained with games, swimming, movies and sports. $25.00 per child for members and $30.00 for non-members. A 20% discount is offered per child for those with two or more children. Go out for the night and take advantage of this low-cost alternative to hiring a babysitter. Everyone wins!

Pumpkin Patch with a Purpose!
Oct 01, 2017 11:47 am | Newton PTO Council

Get your pumpkins, have a blast, and help raise funds for a great cause! Newton’s own Team Believe is hosting the best pumpkin patch in town to raise funds for Best Buddies, supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Fabulous pumpkins and gourds from Wilson Farm, beautiful mums, pumpkin decorating, hot spiced cider, lollipop pull, face-painting and bake sale! Join the fun.
Any questions, please contact Anabel Cable at If you can’t make it, but would like to support the cause, please click here!

October 7th, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
At the home of the Cables, 232 Collins Road, Waban (just off Chestnut Street)

City Council candidates moderated discussion
Oct 01, 2017 11:40 am | Newton PTO Council

Newton’s four Neighborhood Area Councils — Newton Highlands, Newton Upper Falls, Newtonville and Waban — will present a moderated discussion for all At-large City Council candidates in contested races. The event is free and open to the public.

Andy Levin, Newton Tab Editor, will moderate the discussion.

Meet the candidates who are running citywide for positions on the Newton City Council. On Election Day, November 7, 2017, you can choose to vote for up to two candidates from each ward in which two or more people are running.

October 8th, 1:30 pm
Angier Elementary School’s cafeteria/auditorium, 1697 Beacon Street, Waban

Columbus Day Basketball Clinic
Oct 01, 2017 11:37 am | Newton PTO Council

ASA Hoops is hosting a Columbus Day Clinic for boys and girls ages 7-14. Clinics emphasize a healthy balance of fun, skill development and competitive play.

Space is limited, register at: For questions email

October 9th
The Mackenzie Center, 1337 Centre Street, Newton

Halloween Window Painting
Oct 01, 2017 11:36 am | Newton PTO Council

Beware this Halloween! Ghoulish and ghostly paintings will appear on 500 merchant windows in 6 Newton villages! 180 Newton merchants have generously offered their windows for the past 18 years to eager young artists to paint Halloween-themed paintings on an assigned window. Sometimes they are funny, sometimes creepy, always fabulous!

The parents have as much fun as the kids as they gather in the village centers, sharing coffees and treats and enjoying watching the loving creation of the masterpieces! Children in grades 3 – 8 are invited to register at Sign up soon! There are limited windows, and a deadline of October 20th!


Empowerment Class for Girls
Oct 01, 2017 11:33 am | Newton PTO Council

Artemis Girls – Stand Strong, Stand Tall is a new Girls Empowerment Program that guides girls ages 10-13 to seek their own true voice with yoga, mindfulness, breathwork, creative expression and self-reflection.

When girls feel confident about their bodies, their self-worth and their intelligence and they have practiced how to handle self-doubt and adolescent stresses, they have an opportunity to go into the world and fully express themselves — as girls, as women, as humans. Artemis Girls Stand Strong, Stand Tall creates a safe space for girls to build strength of body, mind and spirit while developing the skills of communication and self-respect to empower and inspire girls.

Classes include weekly yoga and mindfulness, group collaboration and games and independent thinking coupled with an art, journal or other creative activity centered on themes such as:
· Body Confidence and Self-Respect
· Stress & Self-Care
· Emotional Awareness
· Identity & Labels
· Honest, Healthy Friendships & Social Stamina

To register, visit

Friday afternoons,  October 13th – November 17th,  4:00 – 5:30 pm
Artemis Yoga, 639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown

Family ACCESS Young Children’s Concert Series
Oct 01, 2017 11:26 am | Newton PTO Council

Please join any of these fun and interactive events for young children! The doors open at 10:00 am for snacks and drinks (cash only please) while your family gets settled. The concerts will start at 11:00 am and end at approximately noon. Tickets are $2.50 per person. Admission is limited; please be sure to buy enough tickets for everyone in your party,

“Debbie & Friends” – October 15th
From the moment Debbie & Friends launch into their first song, “I’m Glad You’re Here,” the children sing, dance, jump and have fun with the band. From that high-energy opener to the ecstatic ending, the pacing of a Debbie and Friends show perfectly aligns with the attention spans of their young audience. They’ll rock out and get the kids dancing in a theatre-sized conga line, and then they’ll bring them down gently to relax and engage in more attentive ways. Debbie and Friends has been honored with 25 national awards including a 2011 Grammy Award. Winner of more than 20 National Awards including CBS Boston Best Local Children’s Musician!

Purchase tickets at: For information about future concerts in the series, visit

School Committee candidates debate
Oct 01, 2017 11:23 am | Newton PTO Council

The Newton SEPAC (Special Education Parents Advisory Council) is hosting a moderated debate with the contested School Committee candidates on October 19th from 7:00 – 9:00  pm at The Barry Price Center, 27 Christina Street, Newton Highlands.

Space is limited and RSVPs are required to:  The RSVP deadline is October 5th.

Expected candidates are:
Ward 1: Bridget Ray-Canada and Kathleen Marchi
Ward 2: Margaret Albright and Cyrus Vaghar
Ward 3: Eileen Sandberg and Anping Shen
Ward 7: Kathy Burdette Shields
Ward 8: Matthew Miller and Gail Spector

For any questions or more information, please contact

Open House at Family ACCESS Early Learning Center
Oct 01, 2017 11:17 am | Newton PTO Council

Open House at Family ACCESS Early Learning Center on November 3rd at 8:00 am and again on February 2nd at 8:00 am (or by appointment any other time).

Family ACCESS offers full-day, year-round early education and child care for infants, toddlers and preschoolers getting ready for Kindergarten. Children explore, thrive and have fun at Family ACCESS. At Open House, you are invited to tour the center, talk with teachers, and let your children explore the large, bright classrooms. Enrollment for fall is open now! Learn more at:

Family ACCESS is a Brazelton Touchpoints Site. For more information or to set up an appointment for a tour, please call Lacey at 617-969-5906 x121 or email

492 Waltham Street, West Newton (behind CVS)

Soccer for Moms
Oct 01, 2017 11:11 am | Newton PTO Council

Soccer is great exercise, lots of fun, and not just for kids. This class is for moms who have been watching their kids play soccer and want in on the action themselves, or for any other grown-up girl who wants to play the game.

Thundercat Sports coaches will provide the equipment, officiate the games, and give pointers to help improve your skills. Players at all levels are welcome (even if you’re not a soccer mom); the goal is to give you a good workout, plus some soccer inside scoop so you can maximize your enjoyment while cheering from those sidelines. Warning: It’s not as easy as it looks!

To register click here on the Newton Community Education Website or email Chris Allen at Thundercat Sports directly at



Newton Turkey Trot registration is open
Oct 01, 2017 11:08 am | Newton PTO Council

Registration for the 4th annual Newton Turkey Trot for the Newton Food Pantry is now open! Register early before the prices increase and to be guaranteed an awesome T-shirt!

The 5K is on November 18th at 9:00 am. Kids 1 mile fun run at 8:30 am. Details, registration and volunteer info at

Mindful Parenting Series
Oct 01, 2017 11:06 am | Newton PTO Council

Do you ever lose it with your kids and then feel guilty and surprised at how your emotions got the best of you?

You are not alone. Join well-known educator, Amy Behrens for this popular, 4-part Mindful Parenting series that will help you understand how to become more aware of your own and your children’s internal states. As a result, you will identify ways to respond in more “mindful” ways that bring about connection, clarity, and mutual understanding in your family. You will get to think about real-life situations, practice new ways of thinking and responding, and assess your responses during our classes so that you walk away more confident, competent and mindful as a parent and person. This class is appropriate for parents of children of any age and will be tailored to the group who joins.

Registration fee: $150 per person, $280 per couple includes all materials, workbook, weekly lessons. Advance registration is suggested at Register . For more information, visit

4 Wednesdays – October 25th, November 1st, 8th, and 15th
Artemis Yoga, 639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown

YBA (Youth Basketball Association)
Oct 01, 2017 11:01 am | Newton PTO Council

The West Suburban YMCA’s YBA (Youth Basketball Association) League is a fun league for boys and girls ages 3-12 to learn and play basketball. YBA starts on November 4th and runs until January 27th. Registration is currently open for players and volunteer coaches.

All of the West Suburban YMCA’s youth sports leagues utilize the Y’s seven principles: everyone plays, safety first, fair play, positive competition, family involvement, sports for all and sports for fun.
For more information, contact Kim Benzan, Sports Director, at or 617-244-6050 x 3031.

Classes at Hebrew College
Oct 01, 2017 11:00 am | Newton PTO Council

Interested in Jewish history, culture and thought?

Sign up now for one of Hebrew College’s fall courses as part of Me’ah Select and Me’ah Classic. Courses are on a variety of topics including history of Muslim-Jewish relationships, the history of Modern Israel and Journey Through the Hebrew Bible. Classes are open to adults and mature high school students and take place at Hebrew College and other Newton locations both during the day and in the evening.

Courses are taught by charismatic university scholars from Greater Boston. Students of all backgrounds and faiths are welcome. Generous financial aid available.

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