ARTS & CULTURE * BEAUTIFICATION * SERVICE
UPCOMING ART AND FUN FILLED EVENTS & BEAUTIFICATION
NCP Community Micro Grant Award Event: Juneteenth
Saturday, June 19th and Sunday, June 20th at the Hyde Bandstand and Playground, 90 Lincoln Street, Newton Highlands

Everyone is invited to commemorate and celebrate Juneteenth at Newton’s first Juneteenth Weekend Celebration. On Saturday, June 19 from 3:00-4:30pm, Newton Talks Race and Historic Newton will host an event with Newton area speakers, musical performances, and a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation. 

On Sunday, June 20th from 12:00-4:00pm FORJ NNHS (Families Organizing for Racial Justice at Newton North High School) will host a fun family event. Entertainment will include dance performances, a DJ and activities for kids. Enjoy Caribbean American food from the Fresh Food Generations food truck and ice cream from Tipping Cow. Shop at the Juneteenth market and view art by Newton students. The rain date for the family event is Sunday June 27th.

Registration for both events is free and required so the organizers know how many to expect. To register, please visit www.forjnnhs.org/events and click on the registration links for Saturday, Sunday or both. 
July 4 Celebrations
Newton Community Pride is thrilled to sponsor 4th of July weekend festivities organized and presented by Newton Cultural Development. Show your patriotism and Newton pride and attend one or more July Fourth events - Click here for all the details, concerts & celebrations on Saturday July 3 and Sunday July 4. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor The Village Bank. 
Linda Plaut Newton Festival of the Arts
We are delighted to announce the 6th annual Linda Plaut Festival of the Arts will take place on Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11 with 22 live performances at three locations across the city in West Newton, Newton Highlands and Waban.
Celebrate Newton‘s talented musicians, singers, bands, poets, story tellers & more! From blues to baroque, classical guitar to R&B and jazz to opera there is something for all to enjoy. All performances are free. More information & performance schedule here. Thank you to The Village Bank, our Presenting Sponsor. 
Newton Open Studios
Newton Open Studios is back and OUTSIDE this year! 

Saturday, June 26, 2021 11am-5pm [rain date: Sunday, June 27]

75+ artists, out in their yards, all across Newton. Explore, Buy, Browse! 

For complete information, including artists' names and mediums, studio locations, and a downloadable map, visit www.newtonopenstudios.org

Check artist pages for extended hours and exhibit days. 

Newton Community Pride serves as the fiscal agent for NOS.
Beautification In Our City
A big thanks to our Beautification Committee members for brightening up our gardens this spring.

In late May, a dozen gardeners dug up hundreds of bulbs at the Newton Centre All America Garden. Pat Rand organized the volunteers, including Barbara Rutberg, for the summer preparations.

In early June, NCP Board Member Howard Sholkin and Alan Cushing helped their group move plants from the Newton Cemetery greenhouse to the garden. They planted dozens of annual flowers, replacing spring ones.

Beautification efforts have long been one of the pillars of our mission of Newton Community Pride and we greatly appreciate all our volunteers who put the "garden" in our Garden City.
Donor and Volunteer Spotlight: Pat Rand
Hello, my name is Pat Rand and I have been a long time volunteer on the Beautification Committee with Newton Community Pride.
 
It all began years ago with fundraising efforts to support the planting of hundreds of spring bulbs in the Newton Centre Garden each fall, which led to working with other volunteers in that garden. It has been such a pleasure to meet gardeners from across the city in this endeavor and I have continued ever since.

In spring, we all work together to grow seeds which are donated to Newton Community Pride annually. (We applied & were approved to be part of this program & are one of only four in MA) These seeds have been judged as best new annuals for home gardens by the All America Selections Garden Company, after trial by various professional greenhouses.  We are just completing the planting of these summer annuals, which finds us each Wednesday morning at the garden, weeding, pruning & recruiting passers by to join us in this labor of love. You can also find me helping with some Memorial Day plantings for the city, doing plantings at the Newton Free Library and working on new tree plantings as well.

I enjoy being able to brighten up the city and helping the Parks, Recreation & Culture Department, working closely with other gardeners, and supporting this part of Newton Community Pride's mission.
Thank You to our 2021 Sponsors!
Presenting Sponsor
Bronze
Benefactor
Plaut Mahoney Family