April 2017 Newsletter

 

This month:

TUESDAYS 9:00am WALKING GROUP

FRI Apr 7 10am COFFEE TALK

TUES Apr 11 7:30pm BOOK CLUB

WED Apr 12 12:00pm LUNCH BUNCH

TUES Apr 25 7:30pm BUNCO

THURS Apr 27 MOVIE NIGHT

PresidentsNotes

Dear Lovely Newcomers!

Welcome to early Spring in New England! That mushy time when the snow starts disappearing and tiny sprouts take its place. For those with kids in Lexington schools, we hope you enjoy your break week.

For your reading pleasure, we are repeating our “who’s who” list in the yellow sidebar, The LNC Board: Who We Are?, at the end of this newsletter.

Please enjoy our April events. And as always, we welcome you to email us with questions and suggestions.

LNC Co-Presidents: April Smith & Alli Smith

lncexecs@lexington.newcomers.org

Tuesday Walking Group (weather permitting)

Come walking with us on Tuesday mornings and chat away the calories. You won’t even notice you’re exercising! We will walk for about an hour on a local outdoor trail. Dress in layers.
TUESDAYS @ 9:00am (please be prompt)
RSVP
: email Deb Zucker at debbra.zucker@gmail.com or Katie Walter at katiebwalter@gmail.com for meet-up location and to exchange cell phone numbers. We must be able to contact you in the morning in case of a weather cancellation or delay.

Coffee Talk

Start your day with a smile. Chat with friends while enjoying coffee and a nibble.
FRI Apr 7 @ 10am
Location: Pressed Café 200 District Ave, Burlington, MA (behind Mall, off Burlington Mall Road)
NO rsvp: Just drop in!

Book Club

TUES Apr 11 @ 7:30 pm
RSVP: email suemstapleton@gmail.com for location details.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
If you’ve ever wondered what your dog is thinking, Stein’s third novel offers an answer. Enzo is a lab terrier mix plucked from a farm outside Seattle to ride shotgun with race car driver Denny Swift as he pursues success on the track and off. Denny meets and marries Eve, has a daughter, Zoë, and risks his savings and his life to make it on the professional racing circuit. Enzo, frustrated by his inability to speak and his lack of opposable thumbs, watches Denny’s old racing videos, coins koanlike aphorisms that apply to both driving and life, and hopes for the day when his life as a dog will be over and he can be reborn a man. When Denny hits an extended rough patch, Enzo remains his most steadfast if silent supporter. Enzo is a reliable companion and a likable enough narrator, though the string of Denny’s bad luck stories strains believability. Much like Denny, however, Stein is able to salvage some dignity from the over-the-top drama. .

Lunch Bunch

WED April 12 @ 12:00pm
Main Street Market and Cafe, 42 Main Street, Concord Center

This quaint restaurant is in an historical brick building in the heart of Concord Center, where, for over 100 years, four generations of the Anderson family have been serving food to locals and travelers. The lunch menu features a variety of food, including vegetables grown at the family’s farm. Options include: Soups, Chowder, Chili, Burgers, Panini, Sandwiches, Salads, Extreme Grilled Cheese, Burritos & Tavern Menu.

RSVP: email pamrichter7@gmail.com

Bunco! (& Left-Right-Center)

TUES April 25
7:30pm—schmoozing begins
8:15pm
—gameplay begins
Bring: $5 ante for Bunco; $3 for L-R-C (exact change appreciated!); and a beverage or snack to share.
RSVP: email Peg Smith at margaretkastnerus@yahoo.com for location details.

About the Games:

Bunco is an entertaining, simple dice game, with no experience required. It’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?

 

Weeknight Escape
Movie Night!

THURS April 27 @ 6:30p @ Lexington Venue Theater, 1794 Mass. Ave, Lexington center. Join us for an evening at our local cinema—Lexington Venue—a longtime treasure of our downtown.
Film: Their Finest, a new British drama receiving rave reviews. It’s about a British film crew that attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg.
Post-movie: Option to walk to Il Casale for drinks.
RSVP: lesleysegal@hotmail.com

Thank You MARCH hosts!

Sadia Sharif/Nassma Halaseh Matalka for hosting/cohosting BUNCO.

Beth Murnaghan/Lana Bastianni for hosting/cohosting Book Club.

Pam & Norm Richter for hosting Cheese Tasting night.

Peg K Smith for hosting Pilates/Yoga.

The LNC board: Who we are

In case you’re wondering who runs things, here’s our current list of board members. If you would like to consider a position on the board (even if you’re not sure what that might be) or have ideas to make us better, email asmithziegler@gmail.com.

Co-Presidents–April Smith & Alli Smith
Membership–Tracy Cui
Secretary–Sonya Uribe
Treasurer–Jen Jameyson
Book Club–Sue Stapleton & Amanda Zinke
Bunco–Kessa Glisic
Coffee Talk—Viki Deardorff
Facebook–Lorri Kern Hsu
Lunch Bunch–Pam Richter
Newsletter–April Smith
Parties–Marisa Defay, Judi Riveness, Sue Stapleton,
Nancy Bloom
Publicity–Lana Bastianutti, Sheila Tweeddale
Special Outings/Escapes–Lesley Segal, Natalie Auer
Walking Group—Katie Walter, Deb Zucker
Website–April Smith

www.lexington.newcomers.org

www.facebook.com/LexingtonNewcomersClub

 

March 2017 Newsletter

 

THIS MONTH:

TUESDAYS 9:00am WALKING GROUP

FRI Mar 3 10/10:50am “SHOES” EXHIBIT @ PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

WED Mar 8 12pm LUNCH BUNCH

THURS Mar 9 7:30pm BOOK CLUB

TUES Mar 14 COFFEE TALK

WED Mar 15 7:30pm BUNCO

TUES Mar 21 7pm MEN’S PUB NIGHT

SAT Mar 25 7:30pm CHEESE TASTING

WED Mar 29 7:30pm PILATES/YOGA FITNESS

PresidentsNotes

Dear Lovely Newcomers!

For those of you who were vacationing during school break last week, we hope you had a wonderful and restful break.

We are chock-full of activities this month due, in large measure, to several members who recently joined our board organizing new and creative events. For a complete list of who we are and what we do, see the yellow sidebar The LNC Board: Who We Are? later in this newsletter.

We are also thankful for new and continuing members opening their homes to host our various activities. Thank you all!

Please enjoy our March events. And as always, we welcome you to email us with questions and suggestions.

LNC Co-Presidents: April Smith & Alli Smith

lncexecs@lexington.newcomers.org

Tuesday Walking Group (weather permitting)

Come walking with us on Tuesday mornings and chat away the calories. You won’t even notice you’re exercising! We will walk for about an hour on a local outdoor trail. Dress in layers.
TUESDAYS @ 9:00am (please be prompt)
RSVP
: email Deb Zucker at debbra.zucker@gmail.com or Katie Walter at katiebwalter@gmail.com for meet-up location and to exchange cell phone numbers. We must be able to contact you in the morning in case of a weather cancellation or delay.

Lunch Bunch

WED March 8 @ 12:00pm
Island Creek Oyster Bar: 300 District Ave., Burlington, MA, just off Burlington Mall Road, down the street from Tuscan Kitchen.

Island Creek Oyster Bar places seafood at the center of a collaboration joining farmer, chef and diner.

RSVP: email pamrichter7@gmail.com

Weekday Escape
“Shoes—Pleasure and Pain” Exhibit

FRI March 3 @ Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA

  • 10:00am: Meet for coffee & pastry @ A and J King Bakery www.ajkingbakery.com
  • 10:50am: Tour “Shoes” exhibit @ Peabody Essex Museum, $20 guided tour & museum admission, www.pem.org

Join us for a private tour of the exhibit “Shoes—Pleasure and Pain” at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. And if you love great coffee and pastry, meet us a bit earlier at A and J King Bakery and walk together to the museum (5-minute walk). Carpooling can be organized once we know who is coming. Parking available for $ .75/hr. Salem is a 40-minute drive from Lexington.
RSVP: Email natalie_auer@hotmail.com

Bunco! (& Left-Right-Center)

WED March 15
7:30pm—schmoozing begins
8:15pm
—gameplay begins
Bring: $5 ante for Bunco; $3 for L-R-C (exact change appreciated!); and a beverage or snack to share.
RSVP: email kessacoleman@gmail.com for location details.

About the Games:

Bunco is an entertaining, simple dice game, with no experience required. It’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?

Coffee Talk

Start your day with a smile. Chat with friends while enjoying coffee and a nibble.
TUES
March 14 @ 10am-12pm
PLEASE NOTE: Hard stop at 12pm.
Host: email asmithziegler@gmail.com for location.
NO rsvp: Just drop in!

Book Club

THURS March 9 @ 7:30 pm

RSVP: email suemstapleton@gmail.com or akzinke@gmail.com

Underground Airlines by Ben Winters
It is the present-day, and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking and Happy Meals. Save for one thing: the Civil War never occurred. A gifted young black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshall Service. He’s got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called “the Hard Four.” On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn’t right–with the case file, with his work, and with the country itself. .

The LNC Board: Who Are We?

In case you’re wondering who runs things, here’s our current list of board members. Those who recently joined our ranks are underlined. If you would like to consider a position on the board (even if you’re not sure what that might be) or have ideas to make us better, email asmithziegler@gmail.com.

Co-Presidents–April Smith & Alli Smith
Membership–Tracy Cui
Secretary–Sonya Uribe
Treasurer–Jen Jameyson

Book Club–Sue Stapleton & Amanda Zinke
Bunco–Kessa Glisic
Coffee Talk—April Smith (Acting. Coordinator needed.)
Facebook–Lorri Kern Hsu
Lunch Bunch–Pam Richter
Newsletter–April Smith
Parties–Marisa Defay, Judi Riveness, Sue Stapleton,
Nancy Bloom
Publicity–Lana Bastianutti, Sheila Tweeddale
Special Outings/Escapes–Leslie Segal, Natalie Auer
Walking Group—Katie Walter, Deb Zucker
Website–April Smith

 

 

Thank You FEB Hosts:

Katie Walter/Natalie Auer
for hosting/cohosting
BUNCO!

Amanda Zinke/Lorri Kern
for hosting/cohosting
Book Club!

Join us! Cheese Tasting!

SAT March 25 @ 7:30pm

Please join us for an after-dinner cheese tasting event!! The club will provide an array of cheeses selected by the Concord Cheese Shop.

Limit 20 guests, so please respond early to reserve a spot. Please also bring a beverage of your choice to share.

RSVP: lesleysegal@hotmail.com

Weeknight escape! Men’s Pub Night

Tues March 21 @ 7pm

Vine Brook Tavern: 20 Waltham St. Lexington (in the center)

It’s time for the guys to counter this Bunco thing with a men’s night out. Please join us for draft beers at a Newcomers Club Men’s Pub Night. Conversation, good company, and maybe the start of a tradition….

No RSVPs necessary but direct any questions or expressions of interest to: normrichter@comcast.net.

Weeknight escape! Pilates/Yoga Fitness Class

WED March 29 @ 7:30pm

Cost: $15

Held at a member’s home in Lexington

Please join us for an invigorating exercise class combining Pilates and Yoga—PoYo! Trained in both disciplines, our instructor, Shelby, describes her class as follows:

PiYo blends the moves of Pilates, Yoga, and Functional Strength training. It then sets these moves to fun music and by speeding things up from a traditional Pilates/Yoga class, it gets the muscles warmer faster and also adds the Cardio element. PiYo is the ultimate “has it all” workout.

And naturally, stay after class to socialize with old friends and meet new ones!

Limit 12 guests, so please respond early to reserve a spot. Please bring a yoga mat and towel.

RSVP: lesleysegal@hotmail.com to reserve your spot and for location details.

JAN 2017 Newsletter

 

PresidentsNotes

Dear Lovely Newcomers!

We hope everyone has enjoyed winter holidays, breaks from school and work, time with friends and family, and is looking forward to a new year in 2017!

Our Walking Group has really taken off and will be meeting every Tuesday, weather permitting. Our group has been exploring a variety of local outdoor trails thanks to savvy organizers Deb Zucker and Katie Walter. Check below for details.

Thank you to all of our December hosts especially new members Colleen & Robert Calhoun for opening their home to our Cocktails & Confections holiday party.

Want to join our merry band of LNC organizers? We have openings for Membership Chair and Lunch Bunch organizer. See our “Help Wanted” section for details. This is a great way to get involved and meet new people!

We hope you enjoy our January activities. And as always, we welcome you to email us with questions and suggestions.

LNC Co-Presidents: April Smith & Alli Smith                                    execs@lexingtonma-newcomers.com


Tuesday Walking Group (weather permitting)

Come walking with us on Tuesday mornings and chat away the calories. You won’t even notice you’re exercising! We will walk for about an hour on a local outdoor trail. Dress in layers.
TUESDAYS @ 9:00am (please be prompt)
RSVP
: email Deb Zucker at debbra.zucker@gmail.com or Katie Walter at katiebwalter@gmail.com for meet-up location and to exchange cell phone numbers. We must be able to contact you in the morning in case of a weather cancellation or delay.


Stump! Trivia Night

Dust off those brain cells in a friendly competition where relevant facts take a backseat to the trivial! Hosted by Kings Bowl in Burlington, join team LNC and flaunt your general knowledge skill! There is no fee to play; purchase food and drinks at your own discretion.

MON Jan 9
6:30pm—arrive, get organized, order food/drinks
7:00pm
—gameplay begins
Kings Bowl: 52 Second Ave., Burlington (across from Wegmans)
RSVP: email lesleysegal@hotmail.com.


Book Club

THURS Jan 12 @ 7:30 pm
RSVP: email suemstapleton@gmail.com or akzinke@gmail.com

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
In this gripping debut novel, a secret threatens to expose everyone at a thriving Virginia plantation in the decades before the Civil War. Orphaned during her passage from Ireland, Lavinia is placed there as an indentured servant under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate slave daughter. Lavinia learns to cook, clean, and serve food, while guided by the love of her new family. In time, Lavinia is accepted at the big house, caring for the master’s opium-addicted wife and befriending his dangerous yet protective son. Grissom’s novel unfolds in a heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story of class, race, dignity, deep-buried secrets, and familial bonds.

 


Coffee Talk

Start your day with a smile. Chat with friends while enjoying coffee and a nibble.
WED Jan 18 @ 10:00am
Via Lago: 1845 Mass Ave., Lexington (in town center between Visitors Center & Depot Sq.)
NO rsvp: No RSVP required—just drop in!


Bunco! (& Left-Right-Center)

WED Jan 25
7:30pm—schmoozing begins
8:15pm
—gameplay begins
Bring: $5 ante for Bunco; $3 for L-R-C (exact change appreciated!); and a beverage or snack to share.
RSVP: email kessacoleman@gmail.com for location details.

About the Games:

Bunco is an entertaining, simple dice game, with no experience required. It’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?


Help Wanted!                                                                                    

If you have a little extra time and you enjoy some camaraderie, there are
several ways to get involved, both short- and longer-term.

Other ways to get involved: ▪ host a coffee ▪ update our website with the latest happenings ▪ host a Bunco or Book Club evening ▪ host or organize a cookbook party ▪ update seasonal “stuff-to-do-in-the-area” flyer ▪ have another idea? let us know! ▪

Email asmithziegler@gmail.com to inquire.

We have immediate openings in two of our regular positions:
Membership Chair: Ongoing, track new memberships, deposit dues payments, field membership inquiries. This is mainly an at-home position.
Lunch Bunch Host: Once per month, select restaurant and make reservation, collect member RSVPs, attend lunch. This would be a perfect job to share with another person!


Thank-you DEC hosts:

Natalie Auer for hosting Coffee Talk!
Colleen & Robert Calhoun for hosting our holiday party!
Deborah Valella Smith for hosting BUNCO!
Sheila Tweeddale for hosting Book Club!


Lunch Bunch

TUES Jan 31 @ 12:00pm
Tres Petite Creperie*: .1707 Mass Ave, Lexington. In the center, on Edison Way, behind Beijing Restaurant.
* Additional staff will be scheduled to handle our group.
RSVP: email asmithziegler@gmail.com

We’re a new concept that blends French dining and local farms into one. Resulting in a unique quick-service eatery experience like no other! Using high-quality local ingredients, classic French cooking techniques, and a unique French farm interior design.

http://www.trespetitecreperie.com/

LNC Happenings (12/10/16)

Don’t miss out on these events coming up. Sign up/rsvp and join in the fun.

– Walking Group

Tuesday, Dec. 13, @ 9 am (weather permitting)

Fairfield Dr. Cul-de-sac

RSVP to Deb Zucker debbra.zucker@gmail.com for exact location and to exchange contact information

– Bunco! (& Left-Right-Center)

Tuesday, Dec. 13, @ 7:30 pm

RSVP to kessacoleman@gmail.comfor location details

– Cocktails & Confections Winter Holiday Party

Saturday, Dec.17, @ 7 pm

RSVP via invitation sent to your e-mail

– Lunch Bunch

Wednesday, Dec.21, @ 12:30 pm

Artistry on the Green – 2027 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington

RSVP to asmithziegler@gmail.com

Lexington Newcomers Club
Website: www.lexington-newcomers.org
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LNC_MA/
‘like’ us on Facebook: Lexington Newcomers Club

December 2016 Newsletter

 

This month: 

FRI Dec 2 10:00am COFFEE TALK
TUES Dec 6 9:00am WALKING GROUP
TUES Dec 6 7:30pm BOOK CLUB
TUES Dec 13 7:30pm BUNCO
SAT Dec 17 7:00pm Cocktails & Confections HOLIDAY PARTY
WED Dec 21 12:30pm LUNCH BUNCH @ Artistry on the Green

PresidentsNotes

Dear Lovely Newcomers!
We are glad to offer a new activity this month, our Walking Group, to meet on TUES Dec 6. We hope to offer it monthly depending on interest. Also, join us for our winter holiday party we dubbed Cocktails & Confections (for reasons we hope are clear) on SAT Dec 17. If you did not already receive your email invitation, please let April know at asmithziegler@gmail.com.

We are sorry to see Liz Murray leave our board because of an illness in the family. We wish her well and hope to see her at our events. Liz was in charge of Membership and Lunch Bunch. See our “Help Wanted” section for details on these two open positions.

We hope you enjoy our December activities. And as always, we welcome you to email us with questions and suggestions.

LNC Co-Presidents: April Smith & Alli Smith

execs@lexingtonma-newcomers.com


Coffee Talk

Start your day with a smile. Chat with friends while enjoying coffee and a nibble.
FRI Dec 2
@ 10:00am
NO rsvp: No RSVP required—just drop in!


Book Club

TUES Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm
RSVP: email suemstapleton@gmail.com or akzinke@gmail.com

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is the coming-of-age story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the turn-of-the-century Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn. This poignant and moving classic of American literature is filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and incident.


Walking Group (weather permitting)

Come walking with us on  Lexington’s famous bike path and chat away the calories. You won’t even notice you’re exercising. We will walk for about an hour, then convene at Starbucks for deserved refreshment. Dress in layers.
TUES Dec 6 @ 9:00am (please be prompt)
Meeting Spot:
Starbucks (on Bedford St. in Lexington, next to Walgreens). Look for us at the entrance to Starbucks. We will cross the street to the bike path behind Neilios.
RSVP: email Deb Zucker at debbra.zucker@gmail.com to exchange cell phone numbers. We must be able to contact you in the morning in case of a weather cancellation or unexpected delay.

 


Lunch Bunch

WED Dec 21 @ 12:30pm
Artistry on the Green: 2027 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington.
RSVP: email asmithziegler@gmail.com

At Artistry on the Green, inside The Inn At Hastings Park, we are passionate about food. We use fresh, seasonal ingredients to create delicious menus that showcase New England favorites with an inspired twist. Boston magazine’s Best of Boston 2016-Best Restaurant, General Excellence, West of Boston.


Bunco! (& Left-Right-Center)

TUES Dec 13
7:30pm—schmoozing begins
8:15pm
—gameplay begins
Bring: $5 ante for Bunco; $3 for L-R-C (exact change appreciated!); and a beverage or snack to share.
RSVP: email kessacoleman@gmail.com for location details.

About the Games:

Bunco is an entertaining, simple dice game, with no experience required. It’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?


Cocktails & Confections ! (A Winter Holiday Party)

CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR INVITATION!
SAT Dec 17
@ 7:00pm
Celebrate your favorite winter holiday with us and share a customary cocktail or dessert from your culture (or just something you like)!
RSVP via the invitation sent to your email.


Help Wanted!

If you have a little extra time and you enjoy some camaraderie, there are several ways to get involved, both short- and longer-term.

We have immediate openings in two of our regular positions:
Membership Chair: Ongoing, track new memberships, deposit dues payments, field membership inquiries. This is mainly an at-home position.
Lunch Bunch Host: Once per month, select restaurant and make reservation, collect member RSVPs, attend lunch. This would be a perfect job to share with another person!

Other ways to get involved: ▪ host a coffee ▪ update our website with the latest happenings ▪ host a Bunco or Book Club evening ▪ host or organize a cookbook party ▪ update seasonal “stuff-to-do-in-the-area” flyer ▪ have another idea? let us know! ▪

Email asmithziegler@gmail.com to inquire.


Special Thank-yous:

Lorri Kern for hosting NOV Book Club!

Viki Deardorff for hosting NOV BUNCO!