News and Events

Spring is just around the corner, and Newton Community Pride is happy to share the following upcoming events with you.

Join us March 18, 25, 26 and April 1, 2 for our annual Spelling Bee for grades 1 - 5, sponsored by Learning Express . Then get a head start on celebrating the iconic Boston Marathon by joining us for The Village Bank's Heartbreak Hill Road Race on Sunday, April, 11:30 AM - 3 PM. There will be free pizza for registered runners. And join us again on Sunday, April 28, 9 AM– 4 PM for NewtonSERVES our annual day of community service to support more than 60+ nonprofits and public spaces.

Are you an advocate of public art? If so, please consider supporting Make Poetry Concrete in Newton, which b rings poetry out of the book... and into everyday life. If $7,500 is raised by 3/29 MassDevelopment will unlock a matching grant to bring poems to our city's sidewalks. Also be sure to support local artists by attending Newton Open Studios Sat 4/6 and Sun 4/7 .

And mark your calendar now for Newton Community Pride's Festival of the Arts, which returns with the finest talent performing in Newto to fill your calendar from May - June. Check out the Newton Arts Calendar to plan your schedule.

Newton Community Pride, a 501(C)(3) non-profit, has supported and helped fund arts, cultural and family events for the City of Newton for more than three decades. These events are funded solely through sponsorships and donations without City funds. We are pleased to share that The Village Bank has signed on as Newton Community Pride's Presenting Sponsor for 2019. Thank you to The Village Bank for supporting our mission to build community and encourage volunteerism through year-round arts, cultural and beautification projects and programming.

Newton Community Pride
Honoring Linda Plaut's Legacy
Linda Plaut, celebrating the Festival of the Arts, one of the many programs and initiatives she founded during her time in Newton.

Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Linda Plaut, died on Sunday, February 17. She served the City of Newton since the 1970s, beginning with then-Mayor Ted Mann.
Linda was a guiding force in arts, culture, and beautification at City Hall and with Newton Community Pride. She helped establish Pride as a non-profit in 1986.
Her contributions to the City are a remarkable legacy.

Linda’s said one of her greatest lessons in life came as a child when her family moved to Brooklyn. Although new to the neighborhood and the only daughter in the family, she asked to play stick ball with her brothers and their friends, including the future pitching great Sandy Koufax. Although Sandy tried to send Linda as far down the street as possible, she resisted, and learned the importance of “getting off the stoop” and creating her own opportunities in life. As a community, Newton has benefitted from Linda’s life lesson for more than three decades. Thank you, Linda for getting off the stoop and creating arts, cultural and community building opportunities for generations of families in Newton. 
12th Annual Spelling Bee
Newton City Hall
March 18, 25, 26
April 1, 2

Spelling Bee for Newton children grades 1 - 5. 1st and 2nd place winners in each grade session.

Early bird registration: $10 by 2/28, $12 after.

Thank you to
for sponsoring the Spelling Bee!
The Village Bank's

Heartbreak Hill Road Race

Sunday, April 14th
11:30 AM - 3 PM

sponsored by The Village Bank
Join us for our
Annual Road Race !

One mile up and down famed Heartbreak Hill. 

Youth 8-18
Adults 19-90
Wheelchair Athletes 8-18
The Family Walk

Free pizza slice for all race registrants
A Day of Community Service

Sunday, April 28, 9 AM – 4 PM

NewtonSERVES brings together volunteers of all ages to complete projects that benefit over 60 City spaces and Newton non- profits. Online volunteer registration will open on April 1.

Everyone is Welcome!

Sponsored by the Village Bank
Community Notes
in Newton!

DEADLINE: March 29
MassDevelopment and the civic crowdfunding platform  Patronicity have launched a new  Commonwealth Places campaign with the City of Newton and Newton Community Pride for Make Poetry Concrete, a public art initiative to install sidewalk poetry along commercial corridors in Newton.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $7,500 by March 29 at midnight, the project will win a matching grant with funds from MassDevelopment’s Commonwealth Places program.

Individuals of all ages will be invited to submit poems to a selection committee, which will choose up to 10 poems to produce into molds that will be stamped into the city’s concrete sidewalks.

Learn more and donate at y    
F or more information, please call

Food instability in Newton is growing for children, families and the elderly. Newton has four Food Pantries serving over 1800 residents monthly. See here for donation needs.

Save these Dates!

Newton Community Pride's Festival of the Arts : The finest talent in Newton will fill your calendar from May though June!

Newton Centre Garden and Greenhouse : Newton Community Pride's beautification committee welcomes volunteers in our greenhouse and gardens April - October. Contact us to learn more.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Learn more her e.
18 Months - 6th Grade
Time for Partners

Winter/Spring Session though June 2019

Music & Art programs for children 18 months to 4 years, accompanied by an adult.

Newton Cultural Center at City Hall
1000 Commonwealth Ave.
9:30 – 11:15 AM

Missed the start date? No problem! Your fee will be pro-rated for the remaining number

Register here
Click on MA/City of Newton Parks & Recreation/Mayor's Office for Cultural Affairs/Time for Partners

Newton Youth Theater Camp
Summer Theater Camp
entering grades 1-6

6/26 – 7/24 (except July 4); 9 AM – 12 Noon

Art Exploration in the afternoons
entering Grades 1-6
6/26 – 7/24 (except July 4); 1 PM – 3 PM

Full Day Option – Sign up for Theater Camp and Art Exploration in
the afternoon and stay through the day. Bring your own lunch. Adult supervision provided.
Howard Sholkin & Ruthann Fuller

Make a donation !
If you would like to support events such as the Spelling Bee, concerts on the Newton Centre green, and July 4 th  fireworks, please consider making a tax-deductible donation.
Please send a check payable to Newton Community Pride: Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02459 or use your credit card to make a tax deductible donation online

Volunteers are needed year round to help with programs and events. Please contact us here and let us know if you have a specific skill or interest to share.
Above: Mayor Ruthann Fuller of Newton & Howard Sholkin, President, Newton Community Pride

Thank you to all our sponsors who support Newton Community Pride!

Presenting Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors


Cabot's Ice Cream & Restaurant

To learn about sponsorship opportunities, please email us

Newton Community Pride
Newton City Hall
1000 Commonwealth Avenue Room 203
Newton, MA 02459
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