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Fun Activities at the Auburndale Community Library!

Fun Activities at the Auburndale Community Library!


Tonight! Pajama Story Time and Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Tuesday, July 22nd 6:30/7:00 pm
Inviting one and all to a Pajama Storytime at the the ACL!  Wear your PJ’s and bring your favorite stuffed animal.  After the stories are over, your stuffed animal will get to spend the night with the giant Curious George!  How cool is that?  Hopefully they wont’ stay up too late…we’ll take lots of pictures of their overnight antics and post them on our Facebook page.

Date: Tuesday July 22
Stuffed Animal Check-In Time: 6:30 pm
Storytime Begins: 7:00 pm
 
*Retrieve your stuffed animal the next evening at the outdoor concert (see details below), or anytime during regular ACL hours.

Thanks to our amazing teen volunteers for helping to run this event!!!

 

Tomorrow! Summer Concert at the Auburndale Library on Wednesday, July 23 6:30 – 8:00 pm
We are thrilled that the Auburndale Community Library has been selected as a venue for the city’s “Dancing in the Parks” concert series on Wednesday, July 23rd at 6:30 pm.  Newton Community Pride and The Village Bank will bring John Burrows and the Copabanana Band to the grounds of the ACL as part of their annual Dancing in the Parks summer concert series.  We’re looking forward to their Caribbean rock with a Latin back beat–bring your chairs, blankets, and dancing shoes!
Wednesday July 23rd – “Dancing in the Parks” concert at the ACL

“Dancing in the Parks” at the ACL 7/23

Just Added! Interactive Hands-On Composting Workshop
Thursday, July 29th at 7:30 pm
Have you wondered if composting is for you?  Have you tried composting, but aren’t seeing the results you wanted? Would you and your family like to learn more about composting in a fun, interactive workshop?  Dirty Boys Composting, a company started by two Newton high school students, Grant Berman and Max MacKenzie, will teach your family about the benefits, science, and art of composting as they share their experiences setting up and maintaining backyard compost piles throughout the city.  Create working, table top composting containers to take home, while learning how to take the guesswork out of composting.  Auburndale Community Library, July 29th at 7:30 pm.  For more information about Dirty Boys Composting:  http://www.dirtyboyscomposting.com.

 

Bumper Crop of Hot Reads Have Landed…
The ACL…your library for all seasons.  In anticipation of summer vacations and getaways, Janet Linder and Ellen Chu from the circulation department just cataloged a HUGE batch of hot reads for us.  They were flying off the shelves as fast as we were loading them earlier today.  Be sure to swing through for a title or two in the next couple of weeks!



Auburndale Community Library

Hours of operation
Tuesday 10 am to 3 pm
Thursday 3 pm to 8 pm
Saturday 10 am to 3 pm

Visit us online: http://www.auburndalelibrary.org

Art in April with Newton Open Studios

Every year I look forward to Newton Open Studios and this year they moved the date up to April 6 and 7, maybe because no one wanted to wait until May to see all of this wonderful art or maybe because that May weekend is a crazy busy one. Don’t know… but it works for me – we get a (hopefully) spring-like weekend full of color and beauty and in plenty of time for the gift giving season ahead like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day…all those upcoming birthdays and graduations on your calendar.

Special Preview:  Join some of the artists for a Preview Reception at the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street, Newton Center on Wednesday April 3, 7-8:30pm – Dozens of artists will show work, and dessert will be served courtesy of Whole Foods! Meet artists, pick up a Map & Guide, and see a sampling of work that will be on view durnewton open studios. laroma cafe, lauren teller, silver lining lifestyle, tropeing the NOS weekend.

Here are some of my picks for the weekend:email NOS postcard cover-SharonSchindlerPhotography

First stop, L’Aroma Cafe for a mocha (they have amazing house made chocolate – no syrup here). Photographer Sharon Schindler gathered a small group of extremely talented artists and they will be upstairs at L’Aroma both days. I can’t wait to grab a snack and see these artists and their work.

Fine Art Photography http://www.sharonschindlerphotography.com

Pastel Landscapes/ Studio & Plein Air http://www.larrygrob.com

“Farm to Table” Pottery http://www.hogwildpottery.com

Handmade Modern Vintage Unique Jewelry http://www.etsy.com/shop/riverviewgems

Abstract and conceptual works http://www.jocelynscheirer.com

Hand-crafted home accessories http://www.stoneserendipity.com

Quilted stitched fabric pillows http://www.silverlininglifestyle.com

 

 

Next stop Indalo Gallery and Studios (6 Lincoln Street Newton Highlands) – Indalo is a unique blend of a working art studio and a place for local artists to display their work – Owner Jill Becker is a joy to visit and then head over to Bread and Chocolate because it’s been a little while since my last donut muffin and maybe I need a latte  to go.

Leann Shamash Photography

Newton Open Studios has a a list of artists by name, category, village or by thumbnail – This printable version of the guide includes ALL updates listed on the home page. It includes a full numbered map, complete addresses, info and an image for all artists, and alphabetical listings. Downloadable, Printable 2013 Guide. High quality printed copies (without the post-printing updates) are available at the Newton Free Library, and at many businesses in and around Newton.

Please support Newton Open Studio’s sponsors:

Cambridge Savings Bank

The Village Bank

First Commons Bank

Whole Foods

Instant Sign Center

Kirkwood Printing

Lincoln Street Coffee

Trefler & Sons

Frame-It, Framing and Gallery

Many thanks to:

Scones, muffins…are you in the know? Local area food donations go…? this is where you come in.

How do you help in your community?  I do a little bit but think I can do more.  The following was in this week’s  Newton Tab and  it was my husband’s idea to post it on my blog (thanks, honey). It also ties in with a project I am working on with two friends.

The Newton Food Pantry needs help.  It is a great organization run by volunteers in the basement of the (former) Waban branch libary (the building is now run by the Waban Improvement Society).  The Village Bank ( a local Newton bank) is partnering with the Newton Pride Committee  to re-stock the shelves of the food pantry.  Donations are welcome from April 5-19 in collection boxes at Village Bank locations throughout Newton and at the Newton Cultural Center in Newtonville.  If you are in the area, they are looking for donations of non-perishable foods, toiletries, diapers and cleaning products.  Many thanks.

This leads me to the project.  One day, while talking with two friends, the question came up about what happens to stuff at local bakeries at the end of the day.  We each chose a bakery, now that we have places that are willing to donate, we are looking at how to get the food to places that need it. 

New York City has City Harvest which is  a  “food rescue organization”.   It started with a group of volunteers (25 years ago) who “connected and a handful of neighborhood restaurants to food programs serving meals to those in need”.  So far the response has been overwhelmingly positive and we haven’t even gotten to restaurants yet.

I know about Community Servings in Boston and the Greater Boston Food Bank , two wonderful organizations. Is there already a City Harvest model  in Boston? Is there anything like it?

Do you know anyone who has started something like this? Any help would be appreciated. Please feel free to send this along.

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