In this issue:

Grand Opening! Galit’s Treats Café & Bakery
Sep 03, 2017 10:40 am | Newton PTO Council

Recently opened in Newton Center. Specializes in authentic Israeli pastries and desserts. Great coffee and welcoming, warm atmosphere. Grand Opening on September 4th, Noon – 4:00 pm featuring Music and balloon twisting!

Galit’s Treats
749 Beacon Street, Newton

Place your Challah Bread and dessert orders for Rosh Hashana now, call 617-244-2411.


“Soul of a Legend – paying tribute to those gone too soon…”
Sep 03, 2017 10:34 am | Newton PTO Council

On September 11, 2001, the Hackel family of Newton lost Paige Farley-Hackel along with Paige’s best friend Ruth McCourt Clifford and four year old daughter Juliana on two separate flights out of Logan airport.

To honor Paige following the attacks, Peter Hackel formed what is now the Super-Group “Soul of a Legend” with this year marking the band’s 16th Anniversary remembering the hero’s and victims of 9/11, and honoring musical legends “Gone Too Soon”. Their annual performance at Newton’s First Baptist Church is designed to “Never Forget” while raising awareness and support for the Paige Farley-Hackel Memorial Playground in Dorchester. Sixteen years turning tragedy into triumph!

The concert will host an extraordinary collection of musicians: James Montgomery, Jon Butcher, Fly Amero (Orleans), Jerry Velez (Jimi Hendrix), Jeff Levine (Hall & Oates), David Hull (Joe Cocker), Pete Hackel , Chris Martin, John Sullivan, Hirsh Gardner, Kevin Graham, Mike Lamm, Joe Maffei, Leah Hinton and Christine Moser, paying tribute to past musical legends : Lennon, Harrison, Hendrix, Morrison, Bowie, Cocker, Prince, Bonham, Mercury, Joplin & Allman and the victims of 9/11.

Tickets are available at the door for a suggested $20.00 donation or can be purchased at www.GimmeLive.com. Thanks to the sponsorship of First Commons Bank, all are welcome regardless of ability to pay. Beer and Wine will be available for purchase, plus don’t miss the special meet and greet gathering with the evening’s performers immediately following the show!

September 9th, 6:00 pm: cocktails, 7:00 pm: show
First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon Street, Newton


Yoga for Kids – Grades K to 5
Sep 03, 2017 10:20 am | Newton PTO Council

Kids love learning yoga. From stretching in poses to relaxing with soft bolsters, kids simply enjoy how yoga makes them feel. This class teaches the fundamentals of yoga in a fun and engaging class that is both active and calm. Students will enjoy strengthening muscles, building flexibility and challenging themselves with new skills both individually and as a group. Classes teach a sense of breath awareness and offer ways for students to calm themselves and relax. Children will notice how being quiet makes them feel more confident and resilient.

Led by Tracy Affonso, an experienced yoga instructor and former Bowen Elementary School educator, this program will welcome kids and their caregivers in a fun physical practice infused with a sense of calming energy. Strengthen your body. Build confidence. Have fun! Register at: http://www.artemisyoga.com/classes/kids-teen-classes/

Wednesday afternoons, starts September 13th
Grade K-2 (ages 5-7) – 3:45  – 4:30 pm
Grade 3-5 (ages 8-10) – 4:30  – 5:30 pm
Artemis Yoga, Watertown


Middle School Yoga
Sep 03, 2017 10:17 am | Newton PTO Council

Specifically geared for busy middle schoolers, this class will become your welcome respite and a space to learn how yoga can both build strength of body and mind in a supportive, fun environment. You’ll develop healthy strategies to use your breath and mind to calm nerves and quiet active minds. This class will safely test your agility while becoming stronger, more flexible and toned. Class will end with a relaxation period that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

For students in Grades 5-8. Strengthen your body. Build confidence. Have fun! Register at: http://www.artemisyoga.com/classes/kids-teen-classes/

Tuesdays – 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Starts September 12th
Artemis Yoga in Watertown


Teen – High School Yoga
Sep 03, 2017 10:14 am | Newton PTO Council

Specifically geared for busy high school teens, this class will become your welcome respite and a space to learn how yoga can both build strength of body and mind in a supportive, fun environment. You’ll develop healthy strategies to use your breath and mind to calm nerves and quiet active minds. This class will safely test your agility while becoming stronger, more flexible and toned. Class will end with a relaxation period that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

For students in Grade 9-12. Strengthen your body. Build confidence. Have fun! Register at: http://www.artemisyoga.com/classes/kids-teen-classes/

Tuesdays: 5:15  – 6:15 pm
Starts September 12th
Artemis Yoga in Watertown


Teen – High School Yoga
Sep 03, 2017 10:14 am | Newton PTO Council

Specifically geared for busy high school teens, this class will become your welcome respite and a space to learn how yoga can both build strength of body and mind in a supportive, fun environment. You’ll develop healthy strategies to use your breath and mind to calm nerves and quiet active minds. This class will safely test your agility while becoming stronger, more flexible and toned. Class will end with a relaxation period that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

For students in Grade 9-12. Strengthen your body. Build confidence. Have fun! Register at: http://www.artemisyoga.com/classes/kids-teen-classes/

Tuesdays: 5:15  – 6:15 pm
Starts September 12th
Artemis Yoga in Watertown


Newton Cub Scout Pack
Sep 03, 2017 10:10 am | Newton PTO Council

Newton Cub Scout Pack 210 is a great group — well-organized but laid back and non-denominational. They have boys from all around Newton (Ward, Bowen, Countryside, Franklin, Williams, Mason Rice, Memorial Spaulding) and they are, and always have been, 100% inclusive in all respects!

The Pack meets regularly each month September – May, normally at the Carrol Center for the Blind “Tech Center” on Centre Street or off-site if activities have been scheduled, and the five grade-based Dens each also meet regularly once a month as well.  They also have, on average, one optional weekend outing a month like a hike or a camping trip/overnight adventure.

Come to the 2017-18 kick-off/welcome meeting to learn more. All are welcome to come, ask questions and sign up for scouting (or not – you can decide later!). The program that night will include a short presentation for the parents and ice cream for the kids!

Feel free to get in touch with David Ismay at dkismay@gmail.com or Azita Kaffashan at azita55@gmail.com if you have any questions between now and then!

September 14th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Carrol Center’s Tech Center, 770 Centre Street


Newton Cub Scout Pack
Sep 03, 2017 10:10 am | Newton PTO Council

Newton Cub Scout Pack 210 is a great group — well-organized but laid back and non-denominational. They have boys from all around Newton (Ward, Bowen, Countryside, Franklin, Williams, Mason Rice, Memorial Spaulding) and they are, and always have been, 100% inclusive in all respects!

The Pack meets regularly each month September – May, normally at the Carrol Center for the Blind “Tech Center” on Centre Street or off-site if activities have been scheduled, and the five grade-based Dens each also meet regularly once a month as well.  They also have, on average, one optional weekend outing a month like a hike or a camping trip/overnight adventure.

Come to the 2017-18 kick-off/welcome meeting to learn more. All are welcome to come, ask questions and sign up for scouting (or not – you can decide later!). The program that night will include a short presentation for the parents and ice cream for the kids!

Feel free to get in touch with David Ismay at dkismay@gmail.com or Azita Kaffashan at azita55@gmail.com if you have any questions between now and then!

September 14th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Carrol Center’s Tech Center, 770 Centre Street


Better Family Photos class at Newton Community Ed
Sep 02, 2017 03:05 pm | Newton PTO Council

Do you want to take better photos of your children or extended family? Do you see a great shot, but your photos don’t turn out the way you intended? Bring in your family photographs that you don’t like, and the ones you do, and learn about how to approach photography to get better results. We will look at your work in the second session. All cameras welcome.

Instructor Tira Khan is a Newton South mom and photographer who documents people and their spaces. Her photo series on her three daughters has been exhibited in group shows in New York and New England. Her images have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times Lens Blog. Visit her website at TiraKhan.com.

Two Mondays, September 18th and 25th,  7:00 – 9:00 pm.
For more information: https://registration.xenegrade.com/nce/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=10255.


Learn to Play the Ukulele!
Sep 02, 2017 03:02 pm | Newton PTO Council

Now Registering kids in Grades 2 – 5 for the Fall Session.
Uke 1 – an introduction class to the ukulele and perfect for kids who want to learn an instrument, while exploring the world of musicianship. Students will learn basics of the instrument, including rhythmic strumming and chords. They will be playing songs in a few short weeks! 1:15 – 2:00 pm
Uke 2 – The student must have completed Uke 1. All levels of players are welcome for continued learning and weekly “jam session”. 2:15– 3:00 pm

Bring your own instrument or contact teacher for rental. To register: www.activityreg.com, click on MA, click on Newton Parks & Recreation, click on Register, click on Programs or Activities, click on Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs, click on Ukulele classes. Or call 617-796-1540 for more information.

Tuesdays, September 26th – December 5th
Newton Cultural Center at City Hall


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