Welcome to the Lexington Neighbors & Newcomers

Lexington Neighbors & Newcomers is a social organization of Lexington residents, and offers a wide array of activities such as book groups, cocktail parties, museum visits, game nights, coffee talks, charitable projects, mens’ pub nights, walking groups, and more. We also endeavor to be a source of helpful information and social contacts in your new (or old) hometown!

May 2019 Newsletter

Upcoming Events


Walking Group
Tuesdays at 9:00am


Spring is here!  Enjoy the fresh air and join us for approximately hour-long walks in Lexington and neighboring towns. Email Stephanie at Stephanie@winterpeak.com to be added to the email group and receive the weekly walk details which are typically sent out the night before. 

Lunch Bunch 
Wednesday, May 1 at 12:00pm


This month we’re dining at The Bancroft in Burlington (by Wegman’s).  It’s a “city-chic steakhouse in a dramatic space with farm-fresh offerings and a huge bar pouring craft cocktails.”  Their lunch menu features delicious options including proscuitto & burrata appetizer, crab & avocado sandwich, lobster cobb salad, and tomato bisque with garlic croutons.  Yum!

Where:  The Bancroft, 15 Third Ave, Burlington.

RSVP:   Space is limited to 15 people, so please RSVP, ASAP no later than April 30th to Kim at kimwcramer@gmail.com

Men’s Pub Night
Thursday, May 2 at 7:30pm +


We’re heading again to that inexhaustible locale of great pubs, Moody Street in Waltham, for drinks at Brewers Tap (256 Moody St, at intersection with Pine).  Terrific selection of craft beers and good food – come raise a glass with us.  Contact Norm Richter at normrichter@comcast.net with questions; no RSVPs necessary.

Harvard Art Museum Bauhaus Exhibit
Wednesday, May 8, 10-12pm + lunch


The Harvard Art Museum is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the experimental Bauhaus movement. If you are interested, please come and join us to explore the legendary art, design and architecture and discover the Bauhaus relationships to the Boston area.

  • 10am Explore the Harvard Art Museum
  • 11am Bauhaus exhibit (self-guided tour)
  • 12pm Lunch at the Longfellow Bar at Alden & Harlow presented by the Award-winning chef and restaurateur Michael Scelfo

Please note that we are limited to 10 people! 
 
Tickets: $15 per adult
RSVP: By May 5th to Natalie at natalie_auer@hotmail.com
Carpooling: Can be organized once I have all responses
Questions: Please contact Natalie at (847) 494-5349 or natalie_auer@hotmail.com
Links: harvardartmuseums.orglongfellowharvard.com

Book Club
Thursday, May 9 at 7:30pm


Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingateis ois a New York Times Bestseller.  The emotionally compelling story about the Foss siblings, separated from their parents and adopted by wealthy families, is based on a dark chapter in our country’s history and spawned book discussions worldwide.  Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

Host: Sadia Sharif

Members are kindly asked to bring a bottle of wine or an appetizer to share.

RSVP to Priya at priyanpatel@yahoo.com

Coffee Talk 
Wednesday, May 15, 10:00-12:00  


Start your day off with coffee and conversation with your LNN friends.   

Host:  Cynthia Brody

No RSVP: Just drop in!  Any questions, email Angela at jammbenson@sbcglobal.net

Ladies’ Pub Night
Thursday, May 16 at 7:30pm


Join the ladies of LNN for a fun, informal evening of drinks and conversation.  We’ll be gathering in the lobby bar of Lexington’s Aloft Hotel (where they don’t kick us out at 9pm!).

Where:  Aloft, 727 Marrett Rd

RSVP:  email Kessa at kessaglisic@gmail.com

Rock Climbing
Wednesday, May 22, 10am-12pm


Join us for a morning of indoor rock climbing at the brand new Central Rock Gym in nearby Stoneham!! Staff will belay our group as we attempt to scale 45 foot walls, with climbing routes of all levels of difficulty. Absolutely NO experience is necessary! New climbers are welcome! The gym will provide our harnesses, safety instruction and belaying. Carpooling from Lexington can be arranged.

Thank you to LNN for sponsoring this event, reducing the cost for each participant to $20. As the gym requires a deposit to arrange for the correct number of staff members, please purchase your tickets as soon as possible (deadline May 10th). We hope you can join us!!!

Where: Central Rock Gym, 10 Adams Rd, Stoneham

Tickets:  sign-up and purchase tickets at Eventbrite  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indoor-rock-climbing-tickets-60058071308

Questions:  contact Lesley at lesleysegal@hotmail.com or visit the Central Rock Gym website https://centralrockgym.com/stoneham/

Save the Date


It’s that time of year again, time for the LNN Annual International Potluck Party.  Mark your calendars for the evening of Saturday, June 1.  Note that this is an adults-only event intended for members and spouses.  Stay tuned for more details……

Community Happenings


LEXINGTON SYMPHONY’S MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES: TRIBUTE TO JOHN WILLIAMS
 The season finale is here!  Lexington Symphony’s Music from the Movies: Tribute to John Williams is chock full of music you and your family know and love from some of your favorite movies! From big brass fanfares to wondrous character themes, Williams’s music is a key ingredient to some of film’s most indelible moments. Experience his best scores – and music that inspired them – LIVE in the heart of Lexington: Jurassic Park, Jaws, Harry Potter, Superman, Star Wars and more!
Saturday, May 4th, 7:30pm
Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington
Movie Score Highlights From: 
Jurassic Park, Far and Away, The Empire Strikes Back,
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone, Jaws, Angela’s Ashes,
Superman, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Hook,
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

For more information & to buy tickets:
https://www.lexingtonsymphony.org/
May the 4th be with you!!

April 2019 Newsletter

Happy Spring!  As most of you are aware, LNN wouldn’t operate and have all its fun activities if it wasn’t for its member board.  There are about 15 of us – you can see who we are on the Board page on the website.  The board serves a term from June-June, so it’s that time of year where we start looking for new board members for next year.  Consider serving on the board! It’s a great group of people – in addition to doing a specific job (examples are party planning, publicity, lunch bunch coordinator, website admin) you are asked to attend our monthly board meetings.  If you’re at all interested in finding out more, email us at lncexecs@lexington-newcomers.org.  We’d love to hear from you and answer any questions.

Upcoming Events


Walking Group
Tuesdays at 9:00am


Spring is here!  Enjoy the fresh air and join us for approximately hour-long walks in Lexington and neighboring towns.  Email Stephanie at Stephanie@winterpeak.com to be added to the email group and receive the weekly walk details.

Lunch Brunch 
Friday, April 5 at 11:00am


No, it isn’t a typo, this month we’re doing Lunch Brunch!  Join us for brunch at Waltham’s In a Pickle Restaurant.  It is a hugely popular local breakfast/brunch restaurant with amazing food, both sweet and savory.  

Where:  In a Pickle Restaurant, 265 Moody St, Waltham

RSVP to Kim at kimwcramer@gmail.com

Theater Performance
Sunday, April 7 at 7pm (performance begins at 7:30)


The acclaimed Newton Nomadic Theater will be bringing its newest show, Colder Than  Here by British playwright Laura Wade, to the Lexington Neighbors & Newcomers for a private performance.  Only 4 tickets left!

Tickets: $25 each. Please use this link to obtain tickets:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/special-lnn-performance-of-colder-than-here-for-tickets-58505244762

Questions: Contact Lesley at lesleysegal@hotmail.com

Bunco (& Left-Right-Center)
Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30pm


Bring: $5 ante for Bunco; $3 for L-R-C (exact change appreciated!); and a beverage or snack to share

RSVP: email Kessa at kessaglisic@gmail.com to RSVP and for location details

About the Games: Bunco is an entertaining, simple dice game, with no experience requiredIt’s played in multiple rounds with players alternating turns rolling the dice to match the target number. Whoever wins the most rounds is the overall winner. And because players rotate tables, it is a great way to meet and chat with different people. Left-Right-Center is an even simpler game, faster moving than Bunco, and is played at the end of the evening. Did we mention there’s no experience required?

Book Club
Thursday, April 11 at 7:30pm


The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keeganis an affecting and hope-filled collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world’s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation.Marina Keegan captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation by articulating the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world. 

Host: Tania Bojanowski
Members are kindly asked to bring a bottle of wine or an appetizer to share.

RSVP to Priya at priyanpatel@yahoo.com

Book Club Titles for Next Season – Your Response is Needed!  Please think about which books you would like to read together as a group next year in Book Club, and send us your “wish list” of book titles. You will vote on the compiled list, and the most popular titles will be selected for next year’s roster. Please send your wish list to Priya at priyanpatel@yahoo.com by April 14.

Studio Time
Friday, April 12 at 10:00am


Bring a project to work on in the company of friends! Come with your computer, scrapbooking project, knitting, craft or anything else that you’d like to do while socializing with other LNN members. We hope to see you there!

RSVP: please email Natalie at natalie_auer@hotmail.com

Coffee Talk 
Wednesday, April 24, 10:00-12:00 


Start your day off with coffee and conversation with your LNN friends.   

Host:  Fusun Oksuz

No RSVP: Just drop in!  Any questions, email Angela at jammbenson@sbcglobal.net

March 2019 Newsletter

Upcoming Events


Lunch Bunch (+ art)
Friday, March 8 – 11:00am and 12:00pm


We’re mixing it up a bit and starting with a tour of LNN’s own Cynthia Brody’s art exhibit entitled “Three Graces: Iconography of the Feminine” at Belmont Gallery of Art followed by lunch around the corner at Stone Hearth Pizza.  The tour will begin at 11am followed by lunch at noon.  There will be carpooling to the exhibit.  If you are unable to attend both the exhibit and the lunch you are welcome to attend just the one.   

Where:  Belmont Gallery of Art (19 Moore St, Belmont), Stone Hearth Pizza (57 Leonard St, Belmont)

RSVP to Kim at kimwcramer@gmail.com for attendance and carpooling information

Boston Public Library Tour
Wednesday, March 13 – 11:00am and 12:00pm


Join us for a private guided art and architecture tour in the Boston Public Library.  Meet us for coffee and a snack in the library’s Newsfeed Cafe at 11am.  Tour will begin at 12pm. 

Where:  Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston

RSVP by March 5 to Natalie at natalie_auer@hotmail.com.  Further details about parking, carpooling, etc. will be sent to those who RSVP.

Book Club
Thursday, March 14 at 7:30pm


An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is a novel about newlyweds Celestial and Roy who are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Jones explores love, loyalty, race, justice, and both masculinity and womanhood in 21st century America.

Host: Beth Murnaghan

RSVP to Priya at priyanpatel@yahoo.com
Members are kindly asked to bring a beverage or appetizer to share.

LexRAP Volunteer Opportunity
Tuesday, March 19 – various times


LNN is providing the volunteers for LexRAP’s monthly lunch program “Building Bridges One Meal at a Time”.  LexRAP is a Lexington-based non-profit organization helping refugees to settle in the U.S. and become productive and well-adjusted members of the community.  LexRAP’s monthly meal program offers a healthy meal and gives the refugees an opportunity to practice their English and to connect with one another. 

Volunteers are needed to help prepare the lunch (9-10:45am in Lexington) and go to Lowell to deliver and share the meal (10:45-1pm).  You can volunteer to do both, or just one of those tasks.  This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community along with your LNN friends!
 

RSVP:  Click this link to sign up for volunteering. Contact Nassma at nassmahalaseh@hotmail.com or Barbara at barbara.a.freedman@gmail.com with any questions.

Coffee Talk 
Wednesday, March 20, 10:00-12:00  


Start your day off with coffee and conversation with your LNN friends.   

Host:  Banu Onay

No RSVP: Just drop in!  Any questions, email Angela at jammbenson@sbcglobal.net

Wine Tasting
Saturday, March 23 at 7:00pm


Join us for a social and educational wine tasting event!! The sommelier at Total Wine & More will lead us in a wine tasting class just for LNN. Cheese and crackers will also be provided. Cheers!

Where: Total Wine & More, 34 Cambridge Street, Burlington 

Cost: $20/person, payable at the event

Tickets: Please reserve your spot as seats are limited to 40 guests. Click on the Eventbrite link below to reserve:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-tasting-tickets-57555035661

Please contact Lesley at lesleysegal@hotmail.com with any questions or concerns

Ladies’ Pub Night
March 26 at 7:30pm


Join the ladies of LNN for a fun, informal evening of drinks and conversation.

Where:  Beijing Restaurant, 1709 Massachusetts Ave

RSVP:  email Kessa at kessaglisic@gmail.com

Men’s Pub Night 
Thursday, March 28, 7:30pm +


Mini pub crawl !  Two pubs across the street from one another on Moody Street in Waltham:  The Gaff, a very small Irish bar (467 Moody), and Joco’s Bar (450 Moody), with live music.  If we bust the seams at the Gaff, we amble over to Joco’s.  Reminder to follow in the Weekly Happenings.  Contact Norm Richter at normrichter@comcast.net with questions; no RSVPs necessary.

Walking Group
Tuesdays at 9:00am


Join us for approximately hour-long walks in Lexington and neighboring towns.  We try to walk outdoors, but if the weather is particularly bad we will walk in Burlington Mall or have coffee at Starbucks.  Email Deb at debbra.zucker@gmail.com to be added to the email group and receive the weekly walk details.

Save the Date


Newton Nomadic Theater on Sunday, April 7

Community Happenings


LEXINGTON WINTER FARMERS MARKET
The Lexington Farmers Market continues during the winter months, every other Saturday from 11-2pm at the Waldorf School (739 Mass Ave).  Remaining dates are March 2, 16 & 30, April 13.  The market is filled with ten farmers and vendors including local produce, lamb, poultry, pork, eggs, fish, cheese, breads, granola and more!  The LFM is producer-only, ensuring what you find is fresh and local, sustainably raised and carefully crafted by their farmers and vendors. Go to www.lexingtonfarmersmarket.org for more info.

February 2019 Newsletter

Upcoming Events


Lunch Bunch –
Thursday, February 7 at 12:00pm


Check out, Love at First Bite, a much buzzed about Thai restaurant that opened just a few weeks ago in Lex center.  It’s got a super cool interior and delicious Thai noodle and curry dishes.  

WHERE:  1710 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington
RSVP to Kim at kimwcramer@gmail.com

Bunco (& Left-Right-Center) – Monday, February 11 at 7:30 pm


Bring: $5 ante for Bunco; $3 for L-R-C (exact change appreciated!); and a beverage or snack to share

RSVP: email Kessa at kessaglisic@gmail.com to RSVP and for location details

About the Games: Bunco is an entertaining, simple dice game, with no experience requiredIt’s played in multiple rounds with players alternating turns rolling the dice to match the target number. Whoever wins the most rounds is the overall winner. And because players rotate tables, it is a great way to meet and chat with different people. Left-Right-Center is an even simpler game, faster moving than Bunco, and is played at the end of the evening. Did we mention there’s no experience required?

Book Club – Tuesday, February 12 at 7:30pm


The book for The Cuckoo’s Calling is a mystery by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling’s pseudonym).  After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Detective Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator.  John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.
Members are kindly asked to bring a beverage or snack to share. Please remember to RSVP so that the host will know how many to accommodate for at her home.  Location details will be sent out the day before the meeting. 
RSVP by Monday, February 11th to Priya at priyanpatel@yahoo.com

As a reminder, the reading list for the entire year can be found on the LNN website under the tab for Book Club.

Stump Trivia Night – Monday, February 25 at 6:30pm


Join us in a friendly competition where relevant facts take a backseat to the trivia! Hosted by Kings Bowl in Burlington, join team LNN to socialize and answer random trivia questions. We play in teams of six, with absolutely no pressure to get correct answers! There is no fee to play; purchase food and drinks at your own discretion.  

When? Monday, February 25
6:30pm—arrive, get organized into teams, order food/drinks
7:00pm—gameplay begins
Where? Kings Bowl, 52 Second Ave., Burlington (across from Wegmans)
RSVP: Please email Lesley at lesleysegal@hotmail.com

Coffee Talk – Wednesday, February 27, 10:30-12:30


Start your day off with coffee, nibbles and conversation with your LNN friends.   Note the later start this month (10:30 rather than the usual 10:00am) 

No RSVP: Just drop in! 

Host: Netice Dokmecioglu.  Any questions, email Angela at jammbenson@sbcglobal.net

Men’s Pub Night – Thursday, February 28, 7:30-11:00pm


Details to follow in the Weekly Happenings.

Walking Group – Tuesdays at 9am


It’s been chilly, but snow and ice hasn’t been too bad on Tuesdays so we’re still mostly walking outdoors (though we did switch it up and cross country ski last week, which was super fun.  Join us next time, all levels welcome!).  If it is really snowy or icy, then the walk may be switched to the Burlington Mall or coffee at Starbucks.  Email Deb at debbra.zucker@gmail.com to be added to the email group and receive the weekly walk details.

Save the Date


Boston Public Library Tour
Wednesday, March 13
Join us for a private guided art and architecture tour in the Boston Public Library.  Meet us for coffee and a snack in the library’s Newsfeed Cafe at 11am.  Tour will begin at 12pm.  RSVP by February 28 to Natalie at natalie_auer@hotmail.com or 847/494-5349.  Further details about parking, carpooling, etc. will be sent to those who RSVP.

LexRAP Volunteer Opportunity
Tuesday, March 19
LNN is providing the volunteers for LexRAP’s monthly lunch program “Building Bridges One Meal at a Time”.  The goal is to offer a healthy meal, give the refugees an opportunity to practice their English, and to connect with one another.  We need people to help prepare the lunch, bake brownies, and go to Lowell to deliver and share the meal.  Click this link to sign up for specific jobs and times. Contact Nassma at nassmahalaseh@hotmail.com with any questions.

Wine Tasting
Saturday, March 23 at 7pm
Details to follow in the March newsletter.

January 2019 Newsletter

Happy New Year, Neighbors and Newcomers! Make one of your new year’s resolutions to attend more LNN events. Hope to see you around and please let us know if you have any suggestions for the new year. As always, you can email us at lncexecs@lexington-newcomers.org. Also, don’t forget the LNN Member Directory is now available on the website, so check it out and connect with other members.

Upcoming Events

Lunch Bunch – Tuesday, January 8 at 12:00pm

Let’s ring in the new year with a lovely Japanese lunch at Lexington’s own Daikanyama.  The menu features sushi and other Japanese favorites like tempura, teriyaki and tonkatsu.  Plus you’ll enjoy laughs and conversation with fellow LNN members.

WHERE:  43 Waltham St, Lexington
RSVP to Kim at kimwcramer@gmail.com

Book Club – Thursday, January 10 at 7:30pm

The book for January will be Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.  Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. It is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.  Please join us at the circle for discussion!

Members are kindly asked to bring a beverage or food to share.
RSVP by Monday, January 7th:  email Priya at priyanpatel@yahoo.com for location details

Coffee Talk – Wednesday, January 16, 10:00-12:00 

Start your day off with coffee, nibbles and conversation with your LNN friends.

No RSVP: Just drop in!

Host: Susan Silber.  Any questions, email Angela at jammbenson@sbcglobal.net

Men’s Pub Night – Thursday, January 17,  7:30-11:00pm

Time to put 2018 firmly behind us and look ahead to the important things in life.  Like places where men can gather around huge fermentation vats.  A local brewery, Mighty Squirrel, has opened a taproom in Waltham at 411 Waverley Oaks Rd.  Expressions of intent sent to normrichter@comcast.net are appreciated. 🍺🥃

Movie Night – Thursday, January 31 in the evening

We’ll catch a movie at the Lexington Venue then go out for drinks afterwords at Il Casale.  Join us for the movie, drinks or both.  Movie time and title to be announced in an upcoming Weekly Happening, once the movie schedule is released.

RSVP: email Lesley at lesleysegal@hotmail.com to RSVP

Walking Group – Tuesdays at 9am

Weather has not been cooperating with us on Tuesdays this fall, but walking group is still going strong and will continue through the winter months.  If it is really snowy or icy, then the walk may be switched to the Burlington Mall or coffee at Starbucks.  Email Deb at debbra.zucker@gmail.com to be added to the email group and receive the weekly walk details.

Ladies Night Out

New Member Ladies’ Pub Night – Thursday, January 24 at 7:30pm
Join us for a fun, informal night of cocktails and conversation.  This event is intended for all LNN members, but especially for those who have recently joined – in order to meet other “new newcomers” – plus any prospective members.  So if you know of anyone new to town or looking to expand their social circle, please spread the word about this event!
Location: the bar at Beijing Chinese Dining,1709 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington.
RSVP: email Kessa at kessaglisic@gmail.com to RSVP

Community Happenings

LEXINGTON SKI CLUB 

For almost fifty years the Lexington Ski Club has catered to avid snow sport families. Members enjoy comfortable accommodations at our lodge located in the White Mountains, prepared hot meals during ski season, and after ski activities such as board games and ping pong.  If your family likes to ski or snowboard and appreciates cooperative living, the Lexington Ski Club might be for you.  Currently, we are accepting applications for new members.  For additional information, please contact Cathy Fahy at cathfahy@gmail.com or 781-863-2052 or Joe Scholl at jpscholl4@gmail.com or 781-891-1832 or visit our website www.lexski.org.

FREE ESSENTRICS CLASS  

Join LNN member Farhana Stevenson on January 21 at 10am in her home for a free 1-hour class.  Essentrics is a a full body stretching and toning workout. It is great for toning your waist, abs, legs, buttocks and arms. It also helps to improve posture. Essentrics is a combinatioin of tai chi, pilates and ballet. It promotes lean, long muscles without pain. Weekly Essentrics exercise helps rebalance your body, protects you from injury and improves your overall form. For more information, contact Farhana at farhana.stevenson@gmail.com.

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Boston Central has an email newsletter that is a wonderful resource for fun activities for all ages in Boston and the surrounding suburbs.  To subscribe, click the following link: https://www.bostoncentral.com/main/newsletter.php