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.

LOOKING FOR FAMILY-FRIENDLY BOSTON-AREA EVENTS….

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

December 2018 Newsletter

Dear Neighbors and Newcomers,

The holidays are a wonderfully busy time of year, so be sure to save time for at least one (or more!) of the many festive events we have planned this month. Hope to see many new and familiar faces at these upcoming events. We wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday season.

Yours,
Katie and Pam (LNN Co-Presidents)

Upcoming Events

Annual Holiday Party – Saturday, December 8th, 7-10:30pm

Toast the holidays with your fellow Neighbors & Newcomers for one of our biggest events of the year, the annual Holiday Party. Join us at Sanyo, a newly opened Asian restaurant in Lexington center. Appetizers provided by LNN and there will be a cash bar. Feel free to stay for the entire party or drop in for a quick hello. Kindly RSVP to the Evite that was sent out on November 15. If you have any questions, please contact Nassma at nassmahalaseh@hotmail.com or Sadia at sadia_sharif@hotmail.com.

Book Club – Tuesday, December 4 at 7:30pm

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a passionate and personal analysis of the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country. The decline of white working-class Americans has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm – but never before been written about as searingly from the inside. Former marine and Yale Law School graduate, J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like. It is a deeply moving memoir, with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures – a story of how upward mobility really feels.

Come and join us for a fun and festive holiday Book Club!

Host: Sheila Tweeddale
RSVP to Priya at priyanpatel@yahoo.com

Holiday Lunch Bunch – Friday, December 7 at 12:00pm

Enjoy a festive and elegant lunch at Lexington’s lovely Artistry on the Green. A $28 Price Fixe Menu includes a starter, main dish as well as coffee or tea (tip not included). Space is limited to 20 for this annual and fun event, so RSVP ASAP! Also, in the spirit of holiday giving we are asking you to bring items for the Lexington Food Bank.

WHERE: 2027 Mass. Ave, Lexington
RSVP to Kim at kimwcramer@gmail.com by December 4

Bunco (& Left-Right-Center) – Tuesday, December 11 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 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 and Cookies – Thursday, December 13, 10:00-12:00

Join us for our regular monthly coffee talk with a bonus cookie swap. If you would like to participate in the cookie swap, please bring 2 dozen of your favorite baked holiday cookie/treats and a container to carry them home. And if you want to skip the swap and just chat over coffee, that is fine too. Looking forward to tasting everyone’s yummy treats!

Host: Pam Richter

No RSVP, just drop in! Contact Angela at jammbenson@sbcglobal.net with any questions.

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.

Community Happenings

Taste of Lexington: Thursday, December 6, 5-9:30pm. Lexington Mavens, Lexington Retail Association and Lexington Chamber of Commerce have partnered together to encourage shopping and dining locally. Retailers and restaurants in Lex center are taking part with offers, canapes and cocktails and enticing you to shop. There will be live music and even activities to keep the kids busy while you shop. Bring your family and friends and come out to support our town!

Find out more details at: Taste of Lexington Event Overview

November 2018 Newsletter

It was great seeing so many of you at the October Kick-Off Cocktail Party! It kicked off what is sure to be another fun year for Lexington Neighbors & Newcomers. Now let’s keep that momentum going – hope to see you at our November events.

Upcoming Events

23rd Annual Battlegreen Run – Sunday, November 4 at 11:15am

The 23rd Annual Genesis Batttlegreen Run is around the corner! Join your Lexington Neighbors & Newcomers friends, as well as runners and walkers from LexFun!, for a family-friendly 5k/10k and support a cause near and dear to LNN – Cure Sanfilippo Foundation. Spencer, 4 year old son of a current board member, has been diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome – a terminal, progressive disease likened to childhood Alzheimer’s.

Whether you fundraise or not, you can still sign up for the race and be part of the Spencer’s Sprinters team. It’s a really fun race right here in Lexington.

How to Register: Visit https://battlegreenrunfoundation.org, select “Online Registration”, select a Registration Choice (5K Run, 10K Run, etc). When at the “Team Selection” page, select “Join Existing Team” and type “Spencer” and “Spencer’s Sprinters” should appear as a team for you to join.

How to Fundraise: After completing your registration for the run, you can fundraise for our team! To join our Cure Sanfilippo Foundation fundraising team, visit https://www.crowdrise.com/spencers-sprinters-battlegreen-run. Create your profile by clicking “Join The Team” mid-page on the right.

Contact Peg at margaretkastnerus@yahoo.com with any questions. We look forward to seeing you and cheering you on!!


Walking Group – Tuesdays at 9am

Everyone is welcome to join the walking group each Tuesday. The location of each walk varies to keep it interesting – we aim for about 90 minute walks. Deb will email the night before with the location (waiting until Monday evening avoids last minute changes due to weather). Some paths are flatter / stroller friendly and some are not – we’ll do our best to let you know trail conditions beforehand. No RSVP necessary – just show up, ready to walk. If you’re running late, call or text Deb & we’ll make arrangements to meet you.

Email Deb at debbra.zucker@gmail.com to be added to the email group and receive the weekly walk details.


Book Club – Thursday, November 8 at 7:30pm

This month’s book is The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer. Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is – a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh. Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friends – an unforgettable and fun adventure that you wish could last forever.

Host: Peg Smith, RSVP to Priya at priyanpatel@yahoo.com.

Please note that Book Club in December will be held a week earlier than usual. We are including information regarding the December book so that members will have enough time to read the book before the meeting.

Book Club – Tuesday, December 4 at 7:30pm

December’s book will be Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance. Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of poor, white Americans. J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck. A deeply moving memoir, with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels


Coffee Talk – Wednesday, November 14, 10:00-12:00

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

No RSVP: Just drop in!

Host: Nathalie Reynolds. Any questions or if you are interested in hosting a future coffee, email Angela at jammbenson@sbcglobal.net


 

Men’s Pub Night – Thursday, November 15 at 7:30pm

Responding to popular demand, our next Pub Night will shift venues to Common Ground Bar & Grill in Arlington (address is 319 Broadway but front is visible from Mass Ave). Common Ground is a short distance from the beginning of the Minuteman Bike Path. Great selection of craft beers, live music, bar food and — wait for it — open until midnight! Expressions of interest sent to Norm at normrichter@comcast.net are appreciated, so that Norm can let Common Ground know what space to set aside.


Lunch Bunch – Friday, November 16 at 12:00pm

Dine among 300 years of history at Merchant’s Row restaurant in Concord’s Colonial Inn. The menu features salads, sandwiches/burgers and entrees including chicken pot pie, jambalaya and roasted Atlantic salmon.

WHERE: 48 Monument Square, Concord RSVP or QUESTIONS: Kim at kimwcramer@gmail.com


Comedy Night – Sunday, November 18 at 7:00pm

What could be more fun, funny and fabulous than a Comedy Night just for the Lexington Neighbors and Newcomers?! We have six local comedians coming to perform just for us!! The ArtLounge in Arlington will host our group for the evening. Wine, beer and light snacks will be available for purchase. This event is free of charge to members and can accommodate 40 adults. Please sign up early, using the Eventbrite link below, to reserve your spot.

WHERE: 1346 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington

QUESTIONS: email Lesley at lesleysegal@hotmail.com

FREE TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/comedy-night-tickets-51934432285


Ladies’ Pub Night – Wednesday, November 28 at 7:30pm

After the success of last month’s Ladies’ Pub Night, we’ve decided to repeat a good thing (and for you bunco fans, don’t worry….bunco will be back in December). The location is still tbd and will be announced in a subsequent Weekly Happenings email. No need to RSVP, but if there are questions, please contact Kessa at kessaglisic@gmail.com


DIY Holiday Floral Arrangements – Friday, November 30 10:00am-12:00pm

Join us for a DIY Floral Holiday Arrangement Party complete with hot cider and cookies!

Bring your own vessel, different greeneries from your garden, the woods or the floral shop! Based on what you are planning to create you can also bring decorative items like candles, ornaments, dried fruits or cinnamon sticks…