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Free Drop In Art Activity: Drop-in Family Connections - Visit at the New Art Center in Newton during New Media |Fresh Paint II on Saturday, November 17th from 3-5pm.



This is a free, drop-in gallery visit where families can discover art together at the New Art Center in Newton. New Art Center staff and volunteers lead exhibition-based games and art-making activities specifically geared toward parents and children.


This event is free and open to the public. New Art Center in Newton, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, MA 02460.




Farmers Market: Winter Farmers Market starts Tuesday November 13 and runs every Tuesday through June (except Christmas and New Year's Day) at Hyde Community Center, 90 Lincoln Street. More than 20 vendors on hand weekly offering a variety of goods from fresh produce, soups, meats, baked goods, etc. For more info, contact Newton Parks and Rec: 617-796-1500.




Newton Holiday Craft Show: Newton Cultural Center, 225 Nevada Street. Saturday, November 17th: 10am - 5pm and Sunday, November 18th: 11am - 4pm. There is a little chill in the air, and that means one thing...the holidays are coming! Visit this popular juried holiday craft show just in time for holiday shopping. There is something for everyone on your list, from jewelry, pottery, paintings, fudge, glass, textiles and wooden pieces created by selected artisans from New England. Browse and shop both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free, and you will be sure not to miss a treasure or two. or call 617-527-8283.




Celebrate Newton Holiday Crafts Fair: Newton's own holiday crafts fair, is around the corner! It's running this year on Sunday December 2 at Newton South High School, from 10am-4pm. There's live music, a kids crafts table, food, and most importantly, a host of fabulous artists and craftspeople, most of whom are your Newton neighbors. Come see their work, and shop for one-of-a-kind gifts for yourself and/or friends and family. Please visit our website at to learn more about the fair. The fair is sponsored by Newton Community Education; your admission fee of $3 will help us expand our program and grow our scholarship fund (kids under 12 are free). Get a sneak peak at NCE's winter Kids & Teens class offerings at the fair too. We hope to see you all there!




Newton Family Singers Fall Concert: The Newton Family Singers invite you to our Fall Concert - Celebrating the Music of Carole King and Joni Mitchell, on Sunday, December 9th. Come enjoy the enduring hits of Carole King, the Brooklyn-born earth mother, and Joni Mitchell, the poet from the Canadian prairie. And we hope you'll sing along!! Sunday, December 9, 4pm at the Memorial-Spaulding Elementary School Auditorium, 250 Brookline Street, Newton.


The Newton Family Singers are an intergenerational chorus and band celebrating family, community and American folk music. For tickets, and more information about NFS and other upcoming events, please visit or email us at




Brookline Winter Festival: Brookline's First Light Festival, November 29, 5-8pm


The Town of Brookline welcomes the winter season by hosting a town-wide annual celebration on Thursday, November 29 from 5:00 to 8:00pm. The 1st Light Festival is held in Brookline's commercial districts of Brookline Village, Coolidge Corner, Washington Square, Saint Mary's and Putterham Circle. This year, Brookline will feature local music, dance, art and entertainment performances, light installations by Sina Lightworks in several locations, and a Brookline photo contest.

Sina Lightworks (Brookline residents Alejandro and Moira Sina) will be displayed at The Fireplace Restaurant, Washington Square Tavern, Fire Opal, Muddy River Art Gallery, Clear Four Bakery, Chobee Hoy Associates and more.

A Brookline photo contest will accept any photo of Brookline. Email high quality photo submissions Submissions will be voted by how many "likes" a photo gets on the 1st Light Brookline Facebook page. The winner will receive a free jigsaw puzzle of the prize photograph from Eureka Puzzles, with additional puzzles for sale at participating Brookline businesses.

Brookline's Winter Festival is organized by the Economic Development Division and volunteers to celebrate the upcoming holiday season, to support Brookline's retailers and to integrate light and color by the local community during the darkest time of the year.

Participants during the 1st Light Festival include banks, restaurants, retailers, hotels, realtors, churches and more, by providing entertainment by local musicians, singers, dancers, artists, face painters, magicians, poets and puppeteers. Detailed maps with performance times and locations will be available at Brookline retailers and online.




Scholarship Fundraiser: NESA Scholarship Fundraiser at Fiorella's Italian Restaurant, 187 North Street, Newtonville on Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Each spring the Newton Educational Secretaries Association gives a scholarship to one graduate from each Newton North & Newton South. Fiorella's has graciously agreed to donate proceeds to help fund these important scholarships for families in need on the evening of Wednesday, December 5, 2012.


Come help us fund the scholarships while enjoying a delicious meal before the holiday rush! All you have to do is go to Fiorella's for dinner between 4:00 & 8:00 pm on Wednesday, December 5. Bring this flyer & tell them you are there for the NESA Fundraiser (please see Susan Tempesta for a copy of the flyer). Fiorella's will be donating 20% back to our scholarship fund. They will also honor this for their Express locations as well as take-out! Thank you for participating and enjoy your evening out!




Newton Community Preservation Committee: November 2012 Reminders

Regular CPC Meeting on Wednesday, 14 November 2012, 7 pm, City Hall Room 202

Agenda includes:

-- rescheduled public hearing on affordable housing proposal for Eddy Street (Newtonville)

-- CPC working session, final revisions in & adoption vote for new Funding Guidelines


Online from

-- full agendas & pre-meeting packets (under 'Committees & Meetings')

-- full proposals & supporting documents (under 'Proposals & Projects')


Printed copies available for reference:

-- full agenda & pre-meeting packet for 14 November 2012 meeting, basement counter of Planning &

   Development Dept., City Hall

-- fy13 proposals, Reference Department, Newton Free Library (Homer St.)



Final Wrapup & Presentation of New Funding Guidelines on Thursday, 29 November 2012, 7 pm, Druker Auditorium, Newton Main Library (Homer Street). We'll start with refreshments, summarize what we heard in our year of neighborhood birthday parties & online survey, present the new Funding Guidelines, then leave plenty of time for comments & questions.


Contact: Alice Ingerson, aingerson@newtonma.govm, 617.796.1144.




Free Talk at the Newton Library: Unleash Your Inner Filmmaker, Nov. 19

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be a world renowned film maker? Robert Gerst's new first-of-its-kind book, Make Film History: Rewrite, Reshoot, and Recut the World's Greatest Films, and the accompanying hands-on website, is for every movie lover who has ever asked, "How did they do that?" or said, "I'd like to make a movie, too!" Join him on Monday, November 19 at 7:30 pm for a talk that will show you how you unleash your inner artist and learn to rework and re-edit landmark films. During the talk Gerst will outline moments when imaginative filmmakers from Georges Mèliès to James Cameron advanced the art of film from nineteenth century photography to the digital epics playing in today's multiplex theaters. He will also briefly demonstrate how, by using the book's webpage, film aficionados can rework and re-edit landmark movies. Watch, second-guess, or do it yourself, as the building blocks of movies emerge. Make Film History! The talk will be followed by a book signing. Robert Gerst brings hands-on experience to contemporary arts education. A former Alderman, he is Chairman of the Newton Community Education Commission, and at Massachusetts College of Art he is Chairman of the Liberal Arts Department and teaches classroom-based and online courses in film history, film aesthetics and literature.