July News & Updates

Carnival is Back!
We have a limited number of tickets available

The Needham Rotary Club has generously donated a limited number of tickets to the Carnival beginning July 21st. These will be given out on a first come, first serve basis, so please call the office to reserve your tickets.


Tech & Tutors
Tech Tip
If you have an Android phone (NOT an iPhone) that you wish was easier to use and easier to see, then there is an app for that! Download these apps: baldphone and baldphone launcher from Playstore. Then, watch your home screen go from a mass of tiny icons you don't even use, to a clean easy-to-use interface like the one pictured here on the right.

If you have a Fire Tablet and would like to learn more about it, check out our Tablet Training Series schedule at the Center at the Heights starting Tuesday, July 5 at 2:00 pm.

If you would like to obtain a Fire tablet, attend a training session or sign up to work one-on-one with a tutor, please call or email Stacey at 781-444-2415, ext 2120, sfallon@needhamcouncil.org.
Thrift Store News
Our Council loyalty program will begin in this summer! The more you spend, the more you save!

Look for details in the shop starting early August!
The Council Thrift will be closed on Tuesday, July 19th for a thorough cleaning. Stop in this summer for some great items at even better prices in a fresh clean shop!
Council Thrift closed Saturday, July 2nd and Monday, July 4th for the Holiday.
Cool Off with a Pool Pass

It's not too late to get your pool pass to the Rosemary Pool this summer. Contact our office to receive a referral letter that you may take to the Rosemary Pool Complex to sign up for a pool pass.


Thank you for Reading!
Yes! We are still excited to have you reading the newsletter and want to reward you with a gift card! Continue to read and enter to win - every month 10 lucky customers will win a gift card to a local business.

Winners will be notified via email around the 10th of the month.

Get your Greens On!
Contributed by Gloria Kwei, farm volunteer and nutritionist

What do you look forward to when summer arrives? One of the most anticipated events for me is the first harvest from seeds that start each planting season in the Needham Community Farm. In our region, pea shoots, and green leafy vegetables such as lettuce, baby kale, arugula and turnip greens can be harvested around mid to late May. And as many of you know, these veggies (baby varieties too), along with others that mature over the growing season, like spinach, cabbage, carrot, pepper, beans, etc, are delicious, and an important part of a balanced, healthy diet.
There are many reasons to love vegetables, especially dark green leafy varieties. These beauties are a great source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, all naturally present in the plant. Did you know that carotenoids, a group of antioxidants which we associate with carrots, are also present in many dark green veggies? The yellow/orange colors are masked by the abundant green chlorophyll in plant cells. Leafy greens are a key source of dietary folate (folic acid), a member of the vitamin B family, important in red blood cell formation and especially critical in early pregnancy. What’s more, they have the additional benefit of being very low in calories and having no cholesterol.

As a food group, vegetables make up a quarter portion of ‘MyPlate’ as recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (US Department of Agriculture publication DietaryGuidelines.gov). Leafy greens can be incorporated into the diet in so many ways: in salads, stir-fries, steamed or sauteed as a side dish, or added to sandwiches and soups. They add color, texture and flavor that bring joy to any meal. See some nice recipes below get more of these in your diet!
Extracurricular Youth Scholarships
Still Available

With the help of a generous donor, the Needham Community Council is offering a limited scholarship program to assist with the cost of your students' extracurricular activities. Whether it's music, clubs, athletics, driver's education or day camp, we may be able to help.
Before making a request, we ask that you check if the program you are interested has a scholarship. We can often fill in the remaining cost of the program, but you must check with the program first. More details and how to apply can be found here or by picking up an application in the office.

Small Home Repair Grants Available
Do you own your home that needs some repairs? The Town of Needham has grant money for eligible Needham homeowners.

Learn more about the program and how to apply here:
Deadline to Apply is July 8th

If you need additional help applying,
please contact the Needham Affordable Housing Trust at 781-455-7550 x 220
Plan Your Next Food Pantry Visit
Schedule your July Food Pantry Visits NOW
Food Pantry is Closed, Monday, July 4th for the Holiday.
Kids' Corner
Grow an Avocado at Home
Enjoy watching your avocado pit grow into a small tree with this fun craft for kids!

Peel skin off the avocado pit
Poke the Seed with Toothpicks
Place the Seed Over Water
Let the Roots Grow
Cut the Stem
Plant the Seed in Soil
Place the Pot in the Sun and Water Well
Prune the Tree as it Grows
Fertilize Weekly in Summer
Spring Greens and Veggies
Cuban Salad

3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 head lettuce, roughly chopped
2 large tomatoes, diced
red onion, diced
radishes, thinly sliced

Put the oil, lime juice, garlic, salt, and pepper in the small bowl and mix well. Lemon juice can be used instead of lime juice.

Put the lettuce, tomatoes, onion, and radishes in a separate mixing bowl and toss to combine.

Pour the dressing over the lettuce mixture and toss. Serve right away.

Recipe Tips
Add 1 cup black beans or shredded chicken.
Raw Beet and Apple Slaw

1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 pound beets, peeled
1 large apple or pear, washed
1 small cucumber, peeled
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons  oil

In a medium sized bowl, grate fresh ginger using the smallest holes of a cheese grater.

Grate beets (3 cups grated), pears and cucumbers into the bowl with the ginger.

Mix well until ginger is evenly distributed.
In a separate bowl, whisk the vinegar, salt, pepper, and oil using a fork.

Add dressing to salad and mix well.

Recipe Tips
This salad makes a great side dish but can also be used as a sandwich filling.
Summer Hours
Council Thrift & Donation Hours

Monday 10 am - 4 pm
Tuesday & Thursday 10 am - 6 pm
Friday 10 am - 12 noon
Saturday 10 am - 2 pm
Office Hours

Monday - Thursday
8:30 am - 4 pm

8:30 am - 12 noon

Council is closed Monday, July 4th

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Needham Community Council
570 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02494