Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Wondering about weed? Myths, facts, and marijuana in Newton

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller will introduce local experts Kevin Hill, MD and Nicole Danforth, MD who will enlighten us with myths and facts about marijuana science, health risks and benefits, adolescents and the developing brain and adult recreational and medical marijuana use.

Dr. Kevin Hill is an addiction psychiatrist, cannabis researcher and author at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. Dr. Nicole Danforth is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Newton Wellesley Hospital. They’ll be joined by Elizabeth Booma, MD, to answer questions from the audience. Whether you’re an adult considering giving legal marijuana a try, a parent worried about preventing teen use, or just plain curious, this is the event for you! It’s free and open to the public.

November 28th, 6:30-8:00 pm
The Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst
Campus Center, 777 Dedham Street, Newton

Your help is needed

Centre Street Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to help staff the pantry on Tuesdays and the first Saturday of each month.  Volunteer shifts are available in two hour increments and sign up is flexible.  Tasks include stocking shelves, helping clients shop, clean up and more.

Volunteers must be 16 and older to volunteer without an adult and 12 is the minimum age with an adult. For more information, please visit the Get Involved tab here:  https://www.centrestfoodpantry.org/get-involved-2

All Newton Music School

Do you know… that Newton is home to one of the oldest non-profit Community Music Schools in the nation? Enroll yourself, or your child, at any time during the year at All Newton Music School. Experience the synergy of taking private lessons at All Newton Music School along with 800 of your friends and neighbors.

They offer lessons in over twenty instruments doing their best to be flexible and find times that work with your busy schedule:

•Piano*
•Violin**
•Viola
•Cello
•Bass
•Bassoon
•Clarinet
•Flute
•Oboe***
•Recorder
•Saxophone
•Horn
•Trumpet
•Trombone
•Tuba
•Percussion****
•Voice
•Guitar
•Bass Guitar
•Ukulele
•Music Therapy

* Piano slots available on Friday and throughout the week
** Violin slots available on Tuesday from 1:00 to 7:00 PM
*** Oboe slots available on Monday Afternoons
**** Percussion slots available on Tuesday and Wednesdays

The faculty has degrees from Juilliard, New England Conservatory, The Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music and more! Request lessons for you or your child in under 60 seconds online: https://www.allnewtonmusicschool.com/inquiry or by phone 617- 527-4553.

Other programs include:

FREE Early Childhood Drop-In Classes each week – Spend Thursday Mornings with your children (ages 0 – 5 years) and enjoy instructor and entertainer Ken DoRosario! Musical Mornings combines rhythm instrument play and exploration to live music and seasonal songs, musical movement, story, and active listening. No Charge but must RSVP on website as space is limited.

Thursdays,  11:00 – 11:45 am


Rock Bands for Grades 4th and up! Performing with others is an essential element to any musical education. With a professional coach, students (ages 9 and up) will learn performance skills, improvisation, communication as a group, as well as practice techniques. All bands will participate in live performances throughout the year, including one in a professional venue.

Rock Bands are scheduled throughout the week. For more information, visit https://www.allnewtonmusicschool.com/rock/

Winter is Coming!

Winter is Coming! Playing an instrument is a great indoor activity during the cold months.
The Conservatory at Highlands is here to help! With music lessons you can stay motivated with fun songs and have fun making great music.

The teachers are experienced, patient, kind and supportive and they can help musicians of any age reach their goals. Try learning an instrument along with your child in parent/student lessons. It is an amazing and educational activity for the family.
Book time in our state-of-the-art recording studio for audition tapes or other projects!

Sign Up/Inquire Here (no commitment necessary)  or contact by phone 617-903-0944  or email info@highlandsconservatory.com

The Conservatory offers music lessons on almost all instruments, including: piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, guitar, drums, bass, saxophone, flute, clarinet, trombone, baritone, oboe, ukulele, and even harmonica! Sign up for rock bands, which meet weekly; or record in our state-of-the-art recording studio with audio production lessons and more!

The Conservatory at Highlands is locally owned and operated and offers a 21st-century music education that is equally inclusive and challenging taught by the best musicians in Boston. The Conservatory is your community music school, where we can all learn and develop the craft of music together. Stop in and check out their unique space at 51 Winchester Street, Newton Highlands.

Tutor available

Former Brookline and Concord teacher with 25 years experience (grades 1-12,) as a classroom teacher, middle and high school English teacher, Reading Specialist, and executive functioning specialist is available to tutor students in elementary, middle and high school in academic subjects, reading, writing, study and organizational skills.

SAT / ACT / SSAT / ISEE test prep.  Experienced with gifted and special needs students. Build skills and confidence. Excellent parent and professional references.  Please contact Cynthia Carpenter to discuss your child’s needs. You can reach her at cscarp@gmail.com  or 978-952-8871.