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Newton Harvest Fair
Oct 07, 2017 04:59 pm | Newton PTO Council

The 42nd annual Harvest Fair is a two day event on the Newton Center Green. Admission is free.

Kiddie amusement rides and face painting are on both Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. On Sunday come to the Craft Show, Green Expo, Free Pumpkin Decorating and fabulous entertainment.

This year, there are two entertainment stages! The dance stage on Langley Road will feature performances by Giroux Brothers, Joanne Langione Dance Studio, Suzuki School of Newton, Creative Steps Dance Studio, DEAFinitely and Dance’n Feet. The band stage is located at the Beacon Street end of the Newton Center parking lot, and showcases seven terrific local bands: Delmore; The Conservatory at Highlands; Big Chief; YMCA Center for Creative Arts; Loose Change; Atoms & Energy and Tommy and the Cables.

The favorites at Harvest Fair on Sunday are still there…free pumpkin decorating sponsored by Wegman’s, kiddie amusement rides, the 150 different craft and business booths selling everything from hand-made beautiful jewelry, clothing to imaginative gifts, and the Green Expo, sponsored by Green Newton, with exhibitors offering solutions for reducing your carbon footprint. As always, gotta have great food and they do!

Visit or call 617-796-1540 for more information.

October 14th and 15th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Children’s book author signing
Oct 07, 2017 04:53 pm | Newton PTO Council

Miss Ghantous, one of the music teacher at Countryside and Memorial Spaulding, has self published her first children’s book Merlantis under the artist name Music Mermaid. Meet Music Mermaid, creator of the new book “Merlantis”, a modern version of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale “The Little Mermaid,” at her book signing.

Music Mermaid will be reading her book, singing her songs and signing books. Dress up like a Prince or Princess, Merfolk, one of your favorite sea creatures, or just come as you are! All welcome!

October 14th,  2:00 – 3:00 pm
Blue Bunny book store, Dedham Center

Candidate Showcases and a Ballot Issue Debate
Oct 07, 2017 04:45 pm | Newton PTO Council

Newton’s four Neighborhood Area Councils, Newton Highlands, Newton Upper Falls,
Newtonville and Waban, will present two Candidate Showcases and a Ballot Issue Debate

  • The first event will be a moderated one-hour discussion between Ruthanne Fuller and Scott Lennon, candidates for Newton’s next mayor. This session will be moderated by Marjorie Arons-Barron, Waban resident, and distinguished print and broadcast journalist.
  • The second event will showcase School Committee candidates in contested citywide races. This session, also to be moderated by Marjorie Arons-Barron, is planned to last about an hour, and will showcase the eight candidates running competitively from four city wards. All Newton voters will be able to choose among and vote for these aspirants to the School Committee.
  • The third event, scheduled to begin at 3:00 pm, is a formal debate on the question voters will face on the ballot, whether to accept or reject a proposed revision of the Newton City Charter. The debate will include leaders of the proponents and opponents of the charter.  This session will be moderated by John Katsulas, Director of the Boston College Fulton Debate Society.

October 22nd, beginning at 1:00 pm
Angier School, 1697 Beacon Street, Waban

Rockin’ Kids’ Halloween Party!
Oct 07, 2017 04:39 pm | Newton PTO Council

The Newton Mothers’ Forum is pleased to invite you to a Rockin’ Kids’ Halloween Party! Featuring The Stacey Peasley Band, plus kids crafts, professional face painting and balloon animals – this party is sure to delight even the most discerning ghosts and goblins. Kid-friendly snacks and coffee for the grown ups.
For kids 7 and under (costumes optional) and their parents or caregivers. FREE for NMF members and $20.00 per family (cash only) for non-members. All proceeds will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Newton.
For questions, please email

October 22nd, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
The Boys and Girls Club of Newton, 675 Watertown Street – plenty of overflow parking around the corner at Horace Mann and along Ablemarle Street.

For more information about the Newton Mothers’ Forum go to

Preschool Fair
Oct 07, 2017 04:34 pm | Newton PTO Council

The Newton Health and Human Services Department is hosting a FREE Preschool Fair. Representatives from Newton preschools will be there to talk about their programs and provide more information. There will be games and activities for kids to enjoy.

There will be resources for parents including a Newton Preschool Guide, Financial Aid tips, and more! For more information visit or check put this flyer: Preschool Fair

October 28th, 10:00 am – 12:oo pm
Newton South High School Cafeteria

Executive Function Skills Seminar
Oct 07, 2017 04:30 pm | Newton PTO Council

Is your child forgetful? Impulsive? Disorganized? Easily distracted? Discover innovative, practical strategies to better understand and build your child’s executive function skills, including the role and order of working memory; situation awareness/intelligence; and improving cognitive flexibility and time management.

For more information and to register, see or contact

October 27th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Brookline Teen Center

Chemistry Tutor
Oct 07, 2017 04:27 pm | Newton PTO Council

In-home Chemistry Tutoring with “The Chem Coach”. Need a tutor so your student is successful with chemistry? The Chem Coach is for you. She has been tutoring for 10 years, is passionate about chemistry and want students to like learning science! “The Chem Coach” has a degree in chemistry, teaching and industrial experience and her daughters graduated from the Newton Public School System, so she knows the schools. Please contact Jean Lindsay-Dwyer at 617-584-8885 or

Call Y3K Tutor in your home today, when schoolwork goes the wrong way!
Oct 07, 2017 04:25 pm | Newton PTO Council

Their many years of experience in teaching and educational consulting has developed the right way to motivate, the right way to teach, be understood, and be remembered. Y3K tutors special ed. such as ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s, Autism, Executive Function, and gifted, regular ed. and test preparation. In addition to academic subjects, they teach children organizational skills, homework coaching, study skills, and time management.

All subjects and ages are taught. Parents can now receive 25% off the first lesson. Call 781-492-8700 or visit

College Essay Writing coach
Oct 07, 2017 04:22 pm | Newton PTO Council

Do you have a high school junior or senior who has started applying to colleges and is looking for help with the daunting process of writing the perfect college essay? College admissions boards are on the lookout for those unique students that can express themselves in a way that stands out among the thousands of applicants they receive every year.

At Next Level Up, the goal is to help you write an essay that achieves the recognition needed to rise to the top of the essay pile. A convenient and flexible schedule helps make this process easier and they can work with your student directly on the phone or by online video chat.

Call or email for more information at 781-540-1123 or

Do you have a child that loves to sing?
Oct 07, 2017 03:53 pm | Newton PTO Council

Join VOICES Boston children’s chorus for their 2017-2018 season! With singing at its core and training in dance and drama, VOICES Boston changes the lives of children, building confidence, discipline, leadership and a love of music that will last a lifetime.

They offer ensembles for singers grades K-8 and rehearse at the William H Lincoln School in Brookline.

Prep A: K-2nd grade, rehearses Tuesdays 3-3:50pm
Prep B: K-2nd grade, rehearses Tuesdays 4-4:50pm
Circle A: 2nd and 3rd grade, rehearses Tuesday 5-6pm
Circle B: 2nd and 3rd grade, rehearses Tuesday 6-7pm
Circle C: 2nd and 3rd grade, rehearses Thursday 3-4pm
Gershwin: 3rd-5th grade, rehearses Thursday 4-6pm
Copland: 5th-8th grade, Monday 4-6pm and Wednesdays 5-7pm
Bernstein: 5th-8th grade, Monday 5-7pm and Wednesdays 5-7pm

To sign up or just learn more about the program, visit

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