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Sign up for the Village Day 5K by May 28th to Guarantee Your T-Shirt!
May 27, 2018 09:20 am | Newton PTO Council

Come for the Run. Stay for the Fun! We encourage adult and child runners/walkers of all types to start June 10th with the Village Day 5K and then stick around for Village Day in the Highlands.

This annual family-friendly, community-oriented run starts and ends at the Hyde Center in Newton Highlands at 10:00 am. Sign up at and while you are at it… tell your friends and neighbors. All registrations by May 28th are guaranteed a t-shirt. The street festival that follows at 11:00 am has great bands, food, booths, inflatables, face painting, magic and more. Looking forward to seeing you there! For more details, check out

Strawberry Festival
May 27, 2018 09:15 am | Newton PTO Council

The Newton Cultural Alliance presents the 7th Annual Strawberry Festival. The Strawberry Festival is a fun-filled summer celebration of arts and culture in Newton. NCA invites the community to don your fancy hats (there will be a contest!) and come to the grounds of the historic Nathaniel Allen House in West Newton. Everyone will gather for the final groundbreaking of the Allen House with Mayor Ruthanne Fuller. Celebrate summer and culture in Newton with live music, food and drink, lawn games and more. Suggested donation: $25.00

More info: and on this flier.

June 5th, 5:00 pm
Nathaniel Allen House, 35 Webster Street

Youth pro Musica Concert
May 27, 2018 08:20 am | Newton PTO Council

Youth pro Musica, the Greater Boston youth chorus, invites you to enjoy their Spring 2018 Concert featuring Charles Davidson’s I Never Saw Another Butterfly, a choral song cycle based on poems by Jewish children in the Terezin concentration camp, as well as works by Bach & Handel, and sing-alongs.

Tickets $20.00, $15.00 students & seniors, FREE under age 15
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June 9th, 7:00 pm
Eliot Church, 474 Eliot Street, Newton

Youth pro Musica is a community of young singers inspired to excellence through meaningful repertoire, comprehensive musical training, and memorable collaborations and performances. YpM consists of three youth choirs, grades 2-12.

Youth pro Musica rehearses in Newton on Tuesdays, September-June. Auditions for YpM’s 2018-2019 Season: June 11th – 12th by appointment. For further information, please email

Write Successful Essays for Your College Application
May 27, 2018 07:42 am | Newton PTO Council

Rising seniors, summer is the perfect time to start working on your college application essay and Newton Community Education can help you prepare. Their “Write Successful Essays for Your College Application” course will help you create a standout essay. You’ll work with a professional writer who will help you choose your topic and improve your writing style. Start by discussing what colleges are looking for, and then, you’ll write.

You’ll receive weekly written feedback on your essays as well as helpful critiques from your classmates. By the end of the class you’ll be well on your way towards completion of two Common Application essays, and you’ll get a handle on other essays your college applications may require. You can take the class at Newton North or Newton South. The South class will run 4 Wednesdays beginning July 11th . The North class will run 4 Thursdays beginning July 12th. To register, or call 617-559-6999.

SplitFit – a New Way to Connect to Personal Trainers
May 27, 2018 07:39 am | Newton PTO Council

SplitFit is a new app that lets you find personal trainers when and where it works for you. Every session is $20.00 and you don’t need a gym membership. This is a great way to get fit for the summer and to help training fit into your schedule.There are trainers at 15 different gyms in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Newton, Wellesley, and other communities.

A local mom of 3 and a personal trainer at Bodyscapes in Wellesley is offering a code to discount your first session to just $5.00. Enter code KSTHRYN961.

Plugged in
May 27, 2018 07:33 am | Newton PTO Council

There are still some spaces available in this year’s Music that Matters Summer Camp. The camp is for ages 11-18 and includes band class, songwriting, recording a song for a CD, music video, workshops, offsite events, and performance opportunities. Each session ends with a benefit concert that raises money for a charitable organization 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. In addition to summer camp, Plugged In offers weekly ensemble band classes during the fall and spring, private lessons and songwriting workshops.

MTM runs from a unique nonprofit youth rock band program in Needham where young musicians of all levels and needs are welcome.

MTM runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and is offered in (2) two week sessions from July 9th – 20th and July 23rd – August 3rd. Students can sign up for one or both sessions. Late pick up is available. Information and online registration form is at

Founded in 2002, Plugged In now has over 150 students from all over Massachusetts. Some of the 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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