Category Archives: neighborhood happenings

Congratulations to our friends at the Waban Library Center–10 years, just like us!

Mayor Fuller presents Alice Jacobs of the Waban Library Center with a commendation in recognition of 10 years of the WLC

In June 2009, the ACL opened its doors as a volunteer run community library.  Just a few months afterwards, in September of 2009, the Waban Library Center was born.  Our friends from the Waban Library Center celebrated their 10th anniversary this past weekend–congratulations!

FREE Auburndale Community Concert at the ACL Wednesday, July 17 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Last year’s concert was a blast…join us Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm
Join us at this beloved annual Auburndale Village concert sponsored by The Village Bank and Newton Community Pride.  Bring a folding chair, a blanket and a picnic dinner–come on out and enjoy some tunes right in the 02466!  This year our band will be “Cross St” – a regular band at Bill’s Pizzeria in Newton Centre, enjoy a mix of folk, jazz, classic rock, and Americana.
Looking forward to seeing all our friends and neighbors!!  (Questions about whether we’re on if the weather gets iffy?  Check our FB page HERE.)
Can’t make the Aubie concert but want to enjoy other live music around town this summer?  Check out the rest of the Newton Pride outdoor concert schedule HERE.

SAVE THE DATES: Wednesday evening programs

The ACL is once again planning expanded programming in the summer on many Wednesday evenings.  The pace is easier, the evenings are lovely for a summer stroll to visit us, and we enjoy hosting these special events to see our friends and neighbors.

More details forthcoming, but for now here’s what we’ve got in the works thus far
PJ Storytime & Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Wednesday, July 10th – 7 pm 
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!
Dancing in the Parks Outdoor Concert – Wednesday, July 17th – 6:30 – 8 pm
Join us at the annual concert series sponsored by The Village Bank.  This year our band will be “Cross St” – a regular band at Bill’s Pizzeria in Newton Centre, enjoy a mix of folk, jazz, classic rock, and Americana.
ACL Craft-A-Palooza ’19 –  Wednesday, July 24th – 7 pm
CRAFTS NIGHT OUT in the ‘Dale–adults, teens, and tweens are welcome!  We’ll have an open crafting session at the ACL.  Bring your projects or use our materials to hang out, chat, and create with friends and neighbors.  One project on tap for the evening is bottle cap magnets.  Join us!

Be A Part of the Process: Take the Newton Arts & Culture Survey

The City of Newton is currently undertaking a 7-month planning process to create a Comprehensive Arts & Cultural Plan for the city.  The Auburndale Community Library is of course a part of the cultural fabric of Newton, so let’s have our voices heard!
The plan, entitled Create Newton, will identify all of Newton’s arts and cultural assets – from our buildings and non-profits, to the events and festivals we host, to the local traditions and initiatives in our villages and neighborhoods. The city will explore how arts and cultural goals and interests are aligned with our businesses, recreational opportunities, and commercial districts, and identify goals, set out recommendations, and seek opportunities to collaborate and expand our pool of funding.
Input from parents, and children 12 years and older, who enjoy Newton’s arts and cultural events is greatly valued. Please take 10 minutes to complete this anonymous survey to assist in the planning process: HERE.
(Please note that the survey is best taken on your computer and not on your smart phone or smaller device.)

Join the ACL “Everybody Signs” class participants for a Deafriendly Community Celebration on June 2


YOU ARE INVITED: The ACL’s 10th Anniversary Celebration Sunday June 9th at 2 pm

Riverside Presentations, April 23rd & April 30th

There will be additional presentations on the proposed Riverside project on April 23rd and April 30th.
  • April 23rd, presentation by the Lower Falls Improvement Association, 7:00 PM, Newton Free Library
  • April 30th, Final Riverside Visioning meeting, Williams School.

Add your feedback at


Save The Date & Sign Up Now: Newton PorchFest Saturday, June 1

Sign-ups for Newton PorchFest, scheduled for Saturday, June 1st (raindate June 2nd) are now open.   Last year was the inaugural year for Newton PorchFest, with 60+ bands playing all over Auburndale.  For this year, we’re expanding to also include Lower Falls and Waban.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with PorchFest, it’s a wonderful afternoon of music performed outside of people’s homes, held in 100+ cities across the country.   Here’s how you can participate:
  • Host:  Sign up to host a band on your porch, lawn or driveway.
  • Play:  Are you a singer-songwriter, part of a jazz quartet, or rock out?  All forms of musical talent, all ages are welcome!
  • Volunteer:  We’d love the help!
  • Donate:   Newton PorchFest is funded entirely by donations.  Any and all donations are welcome.
For more information and to signup, see

Newton Serves at the ACL: Call for Volunteers — Sunday April 28

We will be gardening at the Auburndale Community Library again this year on Newton Serves from 12 noon until 3:30 PM.  We hope we’ll have many hearty volunteers join us to help spread compost, clean beds, and plant spring flowers, also visit with other gardeners and have some fun.  It is important to sign up on-line at the NewtonSERVES website in order to get on the list for a souvenir 2019 NewtonSERVES T SHIRT.

Alla Webster & Liz Noon, project managers
NewtonSERVES 2019
Auburndale Community Library
375 Auburn Street, Auburndale MA

Please remember that we garden all spring and summer, and would really appreciate your help in making the ACL grounds really beautiful this year.

Ward 4 Meeting at Burr School – Presentation on Zoning Redesign – March 7th 6.45 p.m.

From Ward 4 Councilor Chris Markiewicz
There will be a presentation by the City’s planning dept. on the proposed new zoning ordinance Thursday evening March 7th,  at Burr School.
The presentation begins at 6.45 p.m.  I expect that the Planning Dept. will take questions.
You can read the first draft of the ordinance and find a link to the zoning map ( proposed ) here:
There is a lot to this effort, the first comprehensive change to our zoning ordinance in 70+ years.   BTW, I believe much of our immediate neighborhoods here in Ward 4 ( Auburndale and Lower Falls ) is proposed as an R2 district.  Details about R2 are in the draft.
I hope to see you on Thursday night.  Apologies to those getting duplicate emails, I am hitting all of the listservs that I can.