5 Things To Do This Week – 06/15/22

5 Things To Do This Week – 06/15/22

Newton Cultural Alliance | Highlights Arts & Culture | Things To Do |

*Join The Newton Free Library for a presentation with Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson that will explain the history of Juneteenth, a holiday all Americans should celebrate by acknowledging the pain and harm of slavery while also celebrating the joy and jubilee of freedom. Register for the talk on Thursday, June 16 at 7:00 pm that will explore the various ways Black communities have created traditions, parades, and recipes, and cultivated the joy of emancipation and freedom. 

*Hyde Community Center hosts an evening of fun for the whole family with Summer in the Highlands on Friday, June 17, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Beginning with a concert by The Reminisants at 6:00 pm, followed by a dusk screening of the classic film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. On Saturday and Sunday at 7:00 pm the program continues with Highland Glee Club’s Love-In! See more below. Check out the full schedule for Summer in the Highlands.

*Don’t miss Love In! on Saturday, June 18 & 19 at 7:00 pm. The Highland Glee Club presents two FREE OUTDOOR concerts at Hyde Center Pavilion. Joined by professional rock band Firefly, HGC will perform close covers of the greatest rock hits of the 60s, from acoustic folk to electric psychedelic — songs of peace, love, understanding, and surfing. Feel the love for the Highland Glee Club with more info here.

*The New Art Center hosts a Juneteenth performance of Frederick Douglass’s “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” on Sunday, June 19 at 12:00 pm. The event will feature 4 BIPOC performers of a variety of ages and gender identities performing different parts of this speech as well as art activities, educational materials, and an in-depth look at the speech and context for the reading with Historic Newton. More info on this event and its full schedule of events are found here.

*Join The Newton Free Library on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:00 pm for an interactive discussion on The Legacy of Juneteenth: Access to Education that Empowers Us All. Participants may share their own educational experiences, thoughts about the current state of public education, and perspectives on the potential of education to empower or disempower. The program will be led by Jesse Tauriac, Assistant Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer from Lasell University. Register for this empowering event here.

*And don’t forget to purchase your tickets for The Newton Cultural Alliance Strawberry Festival on Thursday, June 23rd from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. This fancy hat fundraiser is a fabulous way to support the NCA and all of our member organizations. Enjoy strawberry-inspired food and seasonal beverages, live music, a fancy hat contest, prize drawings, and more! Purchase your Strawberry Festival tickets now.

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