Library Learning Commons to host open house during conferences on December 5, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, December 5, from 2:00-5:00 p.m., we would like to invite parents/guardians to the Library Learning Commons (LLC) for our Parent Night Open House. Visit the LLC during your free block to learn more about what the library teachers do and what resources we have. Here are some highlights.

New Philharmonia Orchestra holiday program set for December 10 at 3:00 p.m.

On Sunday, December 10, at 3:00 p.m., the New Philharmonia Orchestra will present their annual holiday program CELEBRATIONS! at the First Baptist Church in Newton Centre (848 Beacon Street). This family-friendly concert will feature the All City Treble Singers performing holiday classics; students from the Boston Ballet School, Newton Studio, will dance to excerpts from "The Nutcracker." Following the concert will be our always popular Instrument Petting Zoo!

Tickets are $10 (students/children) and $18 (adults).Visit newphil.org for more info and to purchase tickets.

Attend Green Newton forum for parents and teachers on November 15, 3:45 p.m.

Green Newton is hosting a School Connections forum for Newton parents and teachers interested in promoting sustainability in the classroom and beyond. The group offers a setting for sharing experiences and ideas as well as support in facing challenges in implementing green initiatives in schools. This is an opportunity for parents and staff to connect on issues of recycling, composting and school garden projects. You are invited to the next meeting to learn more. Please contact Marcia at info@greennewton.org if you are interested.

Newton Community Preservation Committee will meet on November 16, 7:00 p.m.

The agenda for the CPC’s next meeting includes a public hearing on funding requested by the Newton Cemetery and updates on the Crescent Street project in Auburndale/West Newton (affordable housing and playground) and on proposed changes to the Newton Homebuyer Assistance Program.

For additional information, go to newtonma.gov/gov/planning/cpa or contact Alice Ingerson, program manager, at aingerson@newtonma.gov or 617-796-1144.

November 16th, 7:00 pm

Historic Newton presents the Jug Band Giants on November 18, 7:30 p.m.

Historic Newton presents the Jug Band Giants with iconic musicians Geoff Muldaur, John Sebastian, and Jim Kweskin on November 18, 7:30 p.m., in the NNHS auditorium. This rare joint appearance brings to life the classic jug band music, a fun and innovative genre steeped in American folk and blues musical traditions. Using a variety of instruments, these talented musicians also perform traditional folk music. Don’t miss what promises to be an incredible evening!

Four days left to order a pie and support Community Servings

The Rotary Club of Newton is proud to be supporting the Thanksgiving “Pie in the Sky” program, which supports Community Servings.

With each pie you buy (or sell to a client, associate, friend or family member), you are helping end hunger for the critically ill and housebound in Massachusetts. A little goes a long way! Each pie you buy or sell allows one person in need to eat for a whole week. And these pies are DELICIOUS! Make this the best year yet and help Community Servings sell 25,000 pies for their 25th anniversary. Last day to order: November 14.

LigerBots host FLL regional qualifying tournament and maker fair on November 18, 9:00 a.m.

The LigerBots, Newton's all-city high school FIRST Robotics team, are hosting a FIRST LEGO League competition, the Newton Qualifier, on the theme of Hydro Dynamics, at Newton North High School (457 Walnut Street), on Saturday, November 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. About 300 Massachusetts students in grades 4-8 will compete using LEGO robots they designed, built, and programmed to perform complex tasks.

From the school nurse: November is National Diabetes Month

On January 19, 2003, Jordan Weiss, a fourth grade student at Mason-Rice School in Newton, passed away in his sleep from complications of undiagnosed diabetes.

To honor Jordan's memory, the JBW Fund was established by his family, friends, and community to foster awareness of and education about the warning signs of diabetes. Sometimes the signs are obvious and sometimes the signs are subtle, limited, and attributed to another illness. The latter was the case for Jordan.

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