5 Things To Do This Week – 08/04/21

5 Things To Do This Week – 8/04/21

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

*Historic Newton invites you to a book signing on Friday, August 6th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for Norumbega Park and the Totem Pole Ballroom. This historical guide shares the history of Newton’s ultimate destination for thrill-seekers and fun-lovers. The park and its elegant Totem Pole Ballroom offered an escape from everyday life and a place for young people to explore independence and romance. The authors from Historic Newton, Clara Silverstein and Sara Leavitt Goldberg will sign a book for you at the Jackson Homestead. Details on getting the author’s John Hancock can be found here.

*Last chance to enter NewTv’s Summer Photo Contest is Friday, August 6th.  NewTV brings back its Summer Photo Contest for the seventh year in a row. There will be 2 categories: Best Overall Photo, and Best Photo In & Around Newton. Winners will receive a $25 Amazon gift card, their photos featured on the NewTV website, social media, and ads for future photo contests. Read on to learn how to submit your photos.

*Visit the Hyde Community Center Bandstand on Friday, August 6th starting at 6:00 p.m. to hear the Soft Touch Dance Band, a classic swing and big band with full horn, rhythm sections, and outstanding vocalists.  If you stick around after the show you’ll get to watch everyone’s favorite cat and mouse duo- Tom and Jerry on the big screen. Full bandstand summer line-up here.

*The City of Newton’s Office of Cultural Development hosts the Summer Music Series at the Newton Centre Bowl on Sunday, August 8th at 6:30 p.m.  An award-winning, international ensemble, Women in World Jazz brings together some of the finest world and jazz musicians, each with an extensive performing and teaching background in New England. The music is easy to relate to, diverse, and engaging with songs originating from the US, South Africa, Cuba, Brazil, Cape Verde, Japan, and the Middle East. Check out the calendar for directions and weather information.

*On Tuesday, August 10th at 7:00 p.m., the Newton Free Library invites you to an author talk with Julie Morgenlender, editor of the recently published The Things We Don’t Say: An Anthology of Chronic Illness Truths.  Morgenlender will speak about how we define chronic illnesses, and how they differ and overlap with disability. As someone who has lived with chronic illness, Julie has first-hand experience of the challenges people with chronic illness face such as finding community and why we rarely speak about this topic. She will also shed light on what our loved ones with chronic illnesses experience. Register here for this virtual program.

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