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Saturday, February 4 10:30 – noon Calling ALL Needlefolk…”Newton Needlers”

Newton Needlers is open to all knitters, crocheters, cross stitchers, quilters, needle pointers and fabric or conversation aficionados.  (You’ll recognize lots of familiar ACL faces from our group formerly known as ACL Drop-In Knitters.)

Newton Needlers (formerly Drop-In Knitting at the ACL)
1st, 3rd and (occasionally) 5th Saturdays of every month

Anyone who enjoys any fiber art or would like to learn one is welcome to come.  All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Opening the yarngates to ALL fiber arts at the ACL!

Mark your calendars for our upcoming dates: 2/4, 2/18

Help Us Bring FREE Yoga Programming to the ACL

Benefit Class in Waltham on February 11th from 1-2 pm

The ACL’s own Johanne Campbell is looking to bring free yoga to the library!  Yoga in the lovely setting of the ACL for free…could it be any better?  Let’s make this happen!  The first step is to gather some supplies (mats, blocks, etc.) for classes.  Johanne’s plan is to hold a benefit class at a local studio to get us started.

Yoga Class to Benefit Free Yoga at the ACL
Saturday, February 11th from 1 – 2 pm
At Chakra Power Yoga at 750 Main Street in Waltham
Please bring gently used yoga mats or blocks or a cash donation ($20 suggested, any amount appreciated)

Join Teacher Trainee Johanne as she leads an all-levels flow to gather supplies for a new free yoga program at the Auburndale Community Library.  The class will be held at Chakra Power Yoga at 750 Main Street in Waltham.  Do Good! Chakra Power Yoga Gives Back! Through monthly benefit classes and designated collection sites for clothing and food drives, CPY is committed to hosting yoga benefit classes and encouraging the studio community to give back through on-site donations.

The Newton Nomads Return to the ACL! Doubt: A Parable

Saturday, February 4 at 7:30 pm & Sunday, February 5 at 3:00 pm

The Nomads’ newest show opens on Fri Jan 27 and they’ve got a good one.  And once again, they will hold performances at the ACL!

John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt: A Parable has been described as a “blunt and blazing thriller”.   Did he? or didn’t he? that’s the question at the heart of this Pulitzer prize winning script.

Doubt is set in a Catholic elementary school in the 1960’s.  The changing tides of the times and dark suspicions pit the principal of the school (Linda Goetz) against a parish priest (Matt Winberg) with a young nun (Sarah Morisette) caught in the crossfire.  Hanging in the balance is one boy’s fate, the first black student in the school, with his mother to defend him (Ramona Lisa Alexander).  Moment to moment the story is in turns funny, tense, heartrending, and explosive.

This production features the stellar Linda Goetz (Faith Healer, Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Picasso) and three wonderful Nomadic Theater newcomers.  Sarah Morrisette,  Matt Winberg, and Ramona Lisa Alexander will be making their Nomadic Theater debut.  Our favorite director, Newton Nomadic regular Billy Meleady (Turn of the Screw, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me) is back in the director’s seat.


WARNING:  Get your tickets now!  This show will only run for four weekends rather than our usual five.   Our last show (Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me) sold out every show in the last half of the run, so we’re guessing tickets for this show will sell out early.   Don’t miss it – once again we have a great script, a great new cast and it promises to be another Newton Nomadic show to remember.
As always, each night or two the show will move to a new and unique performance space.   Like nomads the world over, we never settle in any one place for long.   Along with some of our favorite venues, we’re excited to be bringing it to a living room in Jamaica Plain (Sally & Tim Deans home) for the first time.

Join us at an art studio, a barn, a library, a living room, a rug store or a pub.  Visit Newton Nomads to order your tickets now!

Many Thanks to Our December ACL Volunteers

These volunteers donated their time and talents at the ACL in December.  Next time you see one of them around town, give them a big ol’ hearty THANKS!

AnnaMaria Abernathy, Itisha Bhatnagar, Debbie Bowen, Jill Butler, Johanne Campbell, Susan Cassidy, Nancy Caulfield, Meghan Cericola, Susan Ciccone, Ellen Chu, Anne Costello, Barb Day, Joanne Dixon, Diana Fisher Gomberg, Carol Gladden, Barry Goldstein, Dana Hanson, Veronica Ingham, Lenna Kutner, Heidi Levitt, Janet Linder, Carol Lubkowski, Natalie Lurie, Pat McCaffrey Helmer, Adam Manson, Nancy Mazur, Liz Miller, Deb Moore, Fran Newton, Liz Noon, Robyn Phillips, Susanne Sax, Junko Shibuya, Lynn Slobodin, Paula Spies, Ed Sugrue, Pam Sway, Beth Tierney, Alla Webster,Russ Wiggin, Linda Winslow

Looking for a neighborly community-based volunteer activity this winter?  We’d love to bolster our Auburndale Community Library volunteer ranks.  Here’s how it works: you sign up for a shift when it’s convenient for you (maybe once or twice a month) and you help keep our little library going strong!  Contact for the link for volunteer signups and we’ll train you on the job–it’s an easy peasy gig.


Saturday January 7 – Library Closing at Noon

The library follows the lead of the City of Newton/Newton Public Schools with closings during inclement weather.

Stay warm and safe everyone-and read a book!

Minecraft Meet-Up Returns! Saturday, November 12th from 11 am – 12:30 pm

Are you a serious Minecraft fan? Come to the ACL to meet other players, discuss your favorite mods and tricks, and play together on a private server.

To play on the server you will need to bring your own laptop and have a Minecraft account. Those without computers are still welcome to hang out, check out the ACL’s new Minecraft books, and play pocket edition on their mobile device.

Drop In Kiddie Halloween Crafts: Saturday, October 29th from 10:30 am – noon

An annual favorite–we sync up with the window painting day in Newton to increase the Halloween merriment in Auburndale!  Come by for drop-in crafts, tricks, and treats run by our ACL Teen volunteers!  It’ll be a grand old time.  If you are a teenager (or have a teenager) who would like to help run the crafts at this event, please contact