Hello Neighbors & Newcomers,
We want to wish all of our LNN members a wonderful holiday season, however you are celebrating! It is strange having such a short December newsletter – usually it’s chock-full of festive holiday events including our annual holiday party. This year it’s a bit different. With the cold weather coming we are transitioning to more virtual events and continue exploring in-person (non-virtual) options that are fun and safe. We are offering a few for December and will continue thinking of more creative ways to get-together in the new year!
We have added quite a few new members, so just a reminder of our website’s membership directory, which is a great way to connect with other LNN members. Here’s a link membership directory and the password can be found in your email.
Katie and Pam (Co-Presidents)
Holiday Food Drive
through December 18
Let’s give back to those less fortunate this holiday season, in particular House of Mercy in Lawrence and Lowell Transitional Living Center. Both of these groups help the homeless and people in need by providing food, shelter and other services and both have experienced unprecedented need. Let’s help them out by collecting nonperishable, vegetarian food items. Food can be dropped off to Sue prior to December 18. Any questions, please contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Cookie Exchange
Covid won’t get in the way of LNN members sharing their cookie and holiday baking….we’re just doing it virtually this year. Post your favorite holiday baking – cookies, cakes, candies, etc. They can be as gorgeous as in the photo, or even a fail! Don’t worry about perfection, it’s all about sharing. During the month of December post your baking to our private Lexington Neighbors & Newcomers Facebook Group. If you haven’t joined yet, follow the link or contact Kim Cramer at email@example.com. If you don’t have Facebook, send you photo to Kim and she’ll post it on your behalf.
Thursday, December 10 at 7:30pm
Join us for our fun and festive Holiday Book Club virtual meeting! Take part wearing any of your jolly holiday attire – hats, scarves, sweaters, earrings, etc. We will be discussing The Giver of Stars by the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes as she weaves a spellbinding tale set in the breathtaking Appalachian Mountains. Based on a program instituted by Eleanor Roosevelt in the mid-1930s, The Giver of Stars is about a group of women that begin a traveling library that delivers books to the rural areas of the town on horseback. These so-called Pack Horse Librarians must overcome a number of obstacles on their way to bringing literacy to the masses, but they do so and tackle these challenges together. It’s a tale of love, friendship and of course books – a soon to be motion picture by Universal Studios!
RSVP by December 8 to Priya at firstname.lastname@example.org . You will receive a Zoom link/password and instructions on how to connect.
Family Holiday Stroll
Saturday, December 12, 5-7pm
No need to RSVP, just drop by the Lexington Battle Green Holiday Tree between 5-7pm to socialize and stroll the Town Center. Let’s wear our masks and maintain social distance guidelines while we enjoy the festive lights together. Hope to see you there!
Questions about the event: email Helena at email@example.com
Join us for an hour-long walk, rain (snow) or shine! We are currently meeting at Minuteman National Park, in the visitor center parking lot (250 N. Great Rd, Lincoln). No need to RSVP!
Questions about the event: email LNCexecs@lexington-newcomers.org (we’re in the process of finding a point person for walking group, so if anyone is interested, email us!)
Wednesdays, 11-12pm (new time!)
After announcing in the Weekly Happenings that Coffee Talk was on hold, we heard that many of you want to keep this going throughout the winter. Weather will be chilly, so we’ve shortened it to 1 hour and moved it up to 11am. As always, this is weather dependent so if it’s really cold or really snowy we’ll probably cancel, so be sure to check the Weekly Happenings or the LNN Facebook Group for updates.
Men’s Poker Night
Thursday, January 21, 7pm
Join the men of LNN for an evening of poker. This event will be virtual and is limited to 9 people, so reserve your spot now. Note that there is $40 buy-in.
RSVP by January 19 to Ommer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hiking and Skiing
Monthly, date tbd
Starting in January we’ll be organizing weather-dependent cross country skiing and winter hikes at various locations in the Boston area. Since it’s weather-dependent be sure to check the Weekly Happenings as well as our LNN Facebook group for details. Both the skiing and hiking are aimed at all skill levels, including beginners. So join us for some fresh air in our beautiful natural surroundings!