November 2020 Newsletter

Hello Neighbors & Newcomers,

If you haven’t done so already, please join our private Facebook group (Lexington Neighbors & Newcomers Members).  Especially with many events subject to weather, and that weather changing every-so-frequently, it’s a great way to stay up-to-date on LNN happenings.  We encourage you to post questions, ideas for fun things to do in the area, pictures of LNN events, etc.  It’s a great way to stay connected with the LNN community during Covid.

Speaking of connecting, we are figuring out what activities LNN can do throughout the winter.  We would love to hear your ideas for fun, Covid-safe, cold weather events.  Even better, if you want to get more involved with LNN consider joining the Board.  We are looking to add some new Board members starting in January, so consider contributing your time to LNN.  We are entirely volunteer run and we need people like you to keep it going!! 

To find out more about the LNN Board or if you have any other questions/comments, email us at or post to our Facebook group!

Be well, 
Katie and Pam (Co-Presidents)

Upcoming Activities

Hiking & Picnic
Monday, November 2, 10am-1pm

Join us for a 4.4 mile hike at Middlesex Fells Reservation.  We will hike the Rock Circuit trail – rated “moderate” – which offers beautiful views of downtown Boston.  Bring a picnic lunch.  Meeting details will be provided once you RSVP. 

RSVP or questions about the event:  Contact Angela by November 1 at

New Member Party!
Thursday, November 5, 6-7:30pm

Are you new to LNN in 2020? Gather with fellow new members over Gluhwein and a warm fire next Thursday, November 5 from 6-7:30pm at the home of Pam & Norm Richter (61 Meriam St). Come as a couple or solo.

RSVP or questions about the event:  Contact Sadia by November 4 at

Book Club
Thursday, November 12 at 7:30pm

Join us for our November virtual Book Club!  Named one of the New York Times 10 best books of the year and a finalist for the Pulitzer prize, The Topeka School by Ben Lerner is a tender and expansive family drama set in the American Midwest at the turn of the century. Deftly shifting perspectives and time periods, The Topeka School is the story of a family, its struggles and its strengths: a mother’s reckoning with the legacy of an abusive father, a father’s marital transgressions, the challenge of raising a good son in a culture of toxic masculinity. It is also a riveting prehistory of the present: the collapse of public speech, the trolls and tyrants of the New Right, and the ongoing crisis of identity among white men.

RSVP by November 10 to Priya at . You will receive a Zoom link/password and instructions on how to connect.

Walking Group
Tuesdays, 9am

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 (we’re in the process of finding a point person for walking group, so if anyone is interested, email us!)

Coffee Talk
Wednesdays, 10-12pm

Weather permitting, join us for BYO coffee mornings at Hastings Park in Lexington.  Look for Netice with the white LNN sign.  No need to RSVP!  Now that we’re getting into November and the weather is getting colder, and we may have snow (argh!!), be sure to check the Weekly Happenings and/or the LNN private Facebook group for updates each week on whether Coffee Talk will be held.

Questions about the event: contact Netice  at  


Saturday, December 12, 4-6pm

Bundle up in your warmest ski pants and join us in celebrating the holidays around a cozy fire with delicious cocktails. We will bundle up in small groups and please bring your own beverages.  Adults only.

We are looking for hosts with fire pits or patio heaters.  Contact Angela at if you are able to host at

Volunteer Opportunities

As we are stuck at home and know many out there are suffering, many of us are wondering what we can do to help.  One of our members has put us in touch with several volunteer opportunities that can make a difference.  See below:

Dear All,
Shelter communities are dealing with emergency in these trying times. We are certain we will emerge stronger but in the meantime, we need to be there for each other. Social distancing has resulted in the shutting down of several shelters across the state. However, we still have a huge population of those in need of a nutritious daily meal.

As a team, we are serving at the following locations:

A. House of Mercy in Lawrence: We are serving 100 paper bag lunches every Saturday. All the meal bags are collected at one location in Lexington by 10 am on Saturday morning and one of the volunteers drives to Lawrence to drop off. Collection and drop-off occurs in a contactless fashion. To volunteer, please request access to the following file by clicking on the link – We will provide you the access and then you can add your name to the calendar.
The meal consists of:
1. a Peanut butter jelly sandwich (packed in a ziploc bag),
2. a Pack of crackers or granola bar or fruit cup (with a plastic spoon),
3. a Juice box or a small bottle of water.
The above needs to be packed in a brown paper bag with a paper napkin.

B. Lowell Transitional Living Center: We are serving vegetarian lunch for 70 people every other Saturday. To volunteer, please request access to the following file by clicking on the link – We will provide you the access and then you can add your name to the calendar.

The meal consists of:
1. Rice (2.5 large trays),
2. Beans (2.5 large trays),
3. Salad (2 large trays).

C. Packed food for homeless shelter for kids in Waltham:  To volunteer, please email us at and we will work with you directly on logistics.
The packed food boxes consist of:
1. Cereals,
2. Crackers,
3. Fruit Juices,
4. Chips,
5. Any other vegetarian snack items.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these places, please let us know and we can connect to discuss the details or you are also welcome to directly add your name to the following excel files.

A. House of Mercy, Lawrence:
B. Lowell transitional Living Center:
C. Homeless shelter for kids in Waltham: Please contact us directly.

Contact name: Raj Heda, Email address:bhakticenterlex@gmail.comCell number: 617-283-5670

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