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1 Bedroom apartment for sublet
Dec 31, 2017 12:32 pm | Newton PTO Council

Newton South teacher Jon Orren who will be travelling with students on the Jingshan exchange to China is seeking a person or couple to sublet his spacious, furnished one- bedroom apartment in Jamaica Plain.

  • Available for sublet from February 1st to May 31st
  • 850 sq ft. 1-bedroom apartment in sunny, quiet corner of JP. Perfect for single person or a couple
  • Fully furnished (see attached pics), hardwood floors, 3 skylights, small but very well-equipped kitchen, private roof deck with view of Boston skyline
  • Toasty in winter, easy to cool in warm weather (skylight windows open, window AC in bedroom)
  • Large shared backyard with raised bed garden
  • Free laundry in basement
  • Storage space in basement
  • Personal parking spot for 1 car in driveway (no need to fight for street parking in the snow!)
  • 2 blocks to Green St. Orange Line, 1 block to SW Corridor (great biking), 10 min walk to Centre St. stores (Whole Foods, Stop & Shop, great restaurants, etc.), 15 min walk to Jamaica Pond or Arnold Arboretum, 10 min walk to Franklin Park
  • Super friendly neighbors
  • Large HD TV with basic cable, Apple TV and all that jazz
  • Friendly, cuddly cat ** I’d prefer the subletter to care for my cat, Sophie (compensation negotiable), but if you’re allergic or that point is a deal-breaker, I can have a friend take her for the duration **
  • Rent is $1750, utilities included.

Please contact Jon Orren at or or 917-861-1181.



Family Film Festival Janurary 12th-15th
Dec 31, 2017 11:31 am | Newton PTO Council

Belmont World Film is holding its 15th Annual Family Festival. Although some films are for people of any age, the majority of films are geared toward children age 3-12. For complete schedules, locations, and other information, please see: Brochure and Flyer

Some highlights include:

  • WBUR is bringing a live version of Circle Round, their storytelling podcast for kids ages 4 to 10, featuring carefully-selected folktales from around the world on Sunday at 10:30 am.
  • Four short films about child refugees and immigrants, a benefit for the Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC) on Monday at 3:45 pm.
  • Bridges Together, an organization devoted to training others to implement successful and meaningful inter-generational programs, will distribute a guide to stimulate discussion between grandparents, parents, and children at “Oskar’s America” on Monday at 2:00 pm.
  • The Reelabilities Film Festival, dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities, is co-presenting “Hero Steps,” about a 10 year-old boy with a prosthetic leg who wishes to play in a school soccer tournament as he did before he lost his leg, on Monday at 12:00 noon.

January 12th – 15th
Regent Theatre in Arlington, the Studio Cinema in Belmont, and the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge.

Watertown Children’s Theatre Winter and School Vacation Registration is NOW OPEN!
Dec 30, 2017 04:38 pm | Newton PTO Council

Check out these great winter programs and classes:

Roald Dahl Adventures (K-2) Begins January 6th
Making Comics (Grades 3-5) Begins January 6th
Playmakers (Grades 3-7) Begins January 6th
Contemporary Painting (Grades 9-12) Begins January 6th
Intro. to Sewing and Creative Textiles (Grades 6-8) Begins January 6th
Animation 101 (Grades 9-12) Begins January 6th
Art and Me (Grades 1-5) Begins January 8th
Movement Lab (Grades 8-12) Begins January 8th
CYC Level 1 (Grades 5-12) – completion of this course allows students to be eligible for Backstage Crew!…..

Check out these programs (and many more) and register by visiting the website!

First Day!
Celebrate the New Year at the Third Annual First Day at the Mosesian Center for the Arts! Free family fun featuring: Art & Theatre Activities, Fortunes, a Ball Drop at Noon, a Live Performance from Karen K & the Jitterbugs at 12:15 pm, New Year’s Photo Booth, Dance Party & more!

Bring a nut free snack or purchase one from on-site and enjoy the indoor picnic area and dance party!

Skate past the line, RSVP ahead of time! This is event is free for the whole family – save time by registering in advance with Eventbrite. If you’d like to make a donation, all contributions benefit the tuition assistance fund. Suggested $5.00/person, $10.00/family.

January 1st, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

WCT Holiday Party
A time for celebration, community, and good cheer!

Please bring family and friends of all ages! Come for all or a part of the event. Please bring a nut-free snack to share. Please note this is a Free Event and they ask that you RSVP at this link
by January 5, 2018.

January 6th
4:30-6:30 pm – The Winter Voice Concert will follow at 6:30 pm!
Rehearsal Hall, 3rd Floor Mezzanine Level

Annual Appeal!

ART CHANGES LIVES. It doesn’t discriminate – not on race, gender, ability or age. Art has the power to impact people’s lives in profound ways. This is seen everyday at the Mosesian Center for the Arts!

Your generous donation will help them continue to offer programs that change lives, young and old, in our community and beyond. Donate through or on Facebook!

Inclusive Youth Rock Band Program
Dec 30, 2017 04:24 pm | Newton PTO Council

Plugged In is a unique nonprofit youth rock band program in Needham where young musicians of all levels and needs are welcome. Registration is open for both the spring and summer sessions.

Spring Session Registration (ages 7-19)
Spring session classes begin: February 2nd
Registration deadline: January 22nd
Information and online registration form: Plugged In

Plugged In Music That Matters Summer Day Camp (ages 11-18)
Session I dates: July 9th – 20th (maximum of 25 students per session)
Session II dates: July 23rd – August 3rd (maximum of 25 students per session)
Hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (extended hours available)
Information and online registration form: Plugged In

Founded in 2002, Plugged In now has over 150 students from all over Massachusetts. Some students experience emotional and learning difficulties, such as ADD, depression, and low-self-esteem and/or have special needs such as autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. In the loving and non-competitive atmosphere at Plugged In, all differences are transcended through a shared passion for music, the teamwork involved with using music to help others and an atmosphere of compassion and fun.

In addition to weekly ensemble band classes, private lessons, songwriting workshops, summer camp and community performances, five times a year Plugged In students perform in benefit concerts that raise money for causes and organizations chosen by the students themselves. Plugged In provides a nurturing and supportive community to which young musicians feel a sense of belonging, an opportunity to express and be acknowledged for their musical interests and a chance to use their music to help others around the world.

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