Category Archives: Events

Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys Summer Kickoff Concert at City Hall!

All are invited to the War Memorial at City Hall as we blast into summer with Newton Free Library’s annual kickoff. Learn about the wonderful programs and reading opportunities revolving around the theme of space!

Vanessa Trien and her band the Jumping Monkeys will be performing a highly interactive and energetic show, featuring plenty of group singing and movement. For all ages. View the flyer here: Summer Kickoff.

June 18th, 5:30 pm
Newton City Hall

Dinner on the Farm July 22nd

Join the annual Dinner on the Farm,  an evening of great food with friends of the Farm. Enjoy one-of-a kind outdoor dining experience and connect with other community farm supporters.

As the sun sets on the 2.5-acre farm, you will be treated to a seasonal, produce-forward menu prepared by Gourmet Catering. Live old-time string music will be provided by local favorites, the Dixie Butterhounds.

Proceeds from the evening will support Newton Community Farm’s mission to promote a sustainable, agricultural community. For tickets, please visit

July 22nd, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Newton Community Fram
303 Nahanton Street, Newton

Paddles and Picnics

The Crystal Lake Conservancy and the Newton Parks and Recreation Department invite you to come to a Sunday afternoon of activities on Crystal Lake.

Participants may sign up for half hour slots between 1:00 – 4:30 pm to enjoy the pleasures of canoeing/kayaking/paddle boarding. A lifeguard will be on duty and all participants will be required to wear life jackets and sign a waiver. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult while on the water.

A $15 donation per canoe/kayak/paddleboard supports the Crystal Lake Conservancy’s efforts to keep Crystal Lake healthy. To learn more, visit or call Janice Bourque at 617-967-0797.

June 16th (rain date June 23rd), 1:00 – 5:00 pm
20 Rogers Street, Newton Highlands

The Highlands After-School Program

Space is limited! Final call! The Highlands After-School Program is different than other programs because it’s geared to meet the needs and likes of middle school kids. Home at Brigham House in Newton Highlands, with regular access to the Hyde Community Gym and other wonderful resources. Transportation is arranged from the middle schools.

The program is open from school dismissal time until 6:00 pm and offers special programs on early release days. Activities include sports, arts, crafts, cooking, science, homework, and field trips etc. It’s a place to go and hang with friends, enjoy activities, and get a head start on homework.

OPEN HOUSE June 10th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm. For more information contact Rochelle Acker 617-999-4617 or or visit

The Natural Wonders of Cold Spring Park

Local naturalist and founder of The Caterpillar Lab Sam Jaffe will present “The Natural Wonders of Cold Spring Park”. This event is open to the public and co-sponsored by the Zervas PTO and the newly formed Friends of Cold Spring Park. Anyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.

Learn about:
• The park’s many diverse habitats and inhabitants;
• How Zervas classes are utilizing the park;
• Threats to the park’s ecosystem, and how to help preserve it;
• Plans to rehabilitate the trails and progress to date.

June 3rd,  7:30 pm in the Zervas cafetorium (Henry Finch of the Newton Conservators will lead an optional tour of Cold Spring Park at 6:30 pm. Meet for the walk at the Zervas main entrance.