November 2023 Newsletter

Hello Neighbors & Newcomers,

It has been so fun to see so many of you at the wonderful assortments of events this month! A warm welcome to all of our new members joining LNN and our events for the first time.

November will be front-loaded since we know many will be busy and/or traveling around Thanksgiving. Be sure to check out the upcoming events and add them to your calendar so that you don’t forget.

Please also remember to renew your membership by November 15th, as we will be starting to clean up our member lists after that date. If you have any questions or if you lose access to our Facebook page or stop receiving the newsletter and believe it to be an error, don’t hesitate to reach out.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Best Wishes,
Rikke Bitsch-Nørhave, LNN President & Rachel Brownell, LNN Secretary

Golf Club

Various days, reach out for details

We are beginning to establish a new group within LNN for Ladies who enjoy golf, with Sheila Tweeddale at the helm. The aim is to include experienced golfers, golfers returning to the game, and new golfers interested in learning. Basically anyone interested in GOLF!

This fall saw the formation of a learn-to-golf group, who are having a ton of fun so far. We will continue this program into the spring, with a goal to eventually start a Beginner golf league at Pine Meadow!

Right now we want to establish a list of golfers, including their experience level, so that we can facilitate friends building foursomes, going to the driving range together, or visiting one of the indoor golf facilities over the winter.

Please fill out this form and/or reach out to our new golf club email if you’re interested in signing up and/or learning more! Looking forward to meeting all the LNN Golfers and future golfers on the course soon!

Bunco Night

Wednesday, November 1 @ 7pm

Costumes & themed goodies optional but encouraged for the spookiest Bunco night yet! This exciting Halloween bunco night will be held November 1st. Please RSVP to Lara.

Bike Ride

Friday, November 3 @ 9am

The clock is ticking on the nice fall weather… Join us on a (leisurely) bike ride to Concord and back (under 20 miles) to enjoy some fresh air before it gets too cold. We will take the bike trails and the woods so ideally no road bikes. We will make a stop in Concord for coffee/rest and ride back to finish the loop. Beginners welcome. Layers, helmet, water recommended. 

RSVP to Alexia, and meet on the bike path behind the Depot at 9am.

Ladies’ Night

Wednesday, November 8 @ 7pm

Ladies, join us at Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington for a drink & bite on November 8th at 7pm. RSVP to let us know if you’ll be able to attend so that we can plan accordingly and share any updates as needed.

Coffee Talk

Friday, November 10 10am-12pm

Join us for coffee on Friday, November 10th at Galaray House in Lexington Center. Feel free to drop in for a bit and even bring a friend. Be on the lookout for Facebook updates in case we need to communicate further, but RSVP is not required.

Coffee Class with Leslie

Saturday, November 11 @ 9:30am

Have you ever wondered how coffee shops make such a delicious cup of coffee? Join us for an educational coffee social Saturday, November 11 at 9:30am. The coffee social will be held at Shannon & Leslie Nielsen’s home in their coffee shop (aka living room). Shannon’s famous sourdough cinnamon buns and light breakfast fare will be served. Decaf coffee will also be served. Adults only please.

Please RSVP to Mari quickly since we can only accommodate about 14 people. If you can’t make this morning, we will be holding a 2nd coffee social on Saturday, January 20, so mark you calendars now!

Book Club

Tuesday, November 14 @ 7pm

Join us on Tuesday, November 14, to talk about “If I Survive You” by Jonathan Escoffery.

In the 1970s, Topper and Sanya flee to Miami as political violence consumes their native Kingston. But America, as the couple and their two children learn, is far from the promised land. Excluded from society as Black immigrants, the family pushes on through Hurricane Andrew and later the 2008 recession, living in a house so cursed that the pet fish launches itself out of its own tank rather than stay. But even as things fall apart, the family remains motivated, often to its own detriment, by what their younger son, Trelawny, calls “the exquisite, racking compulsion to survive.”

Masterfully constructed with heart and humor, the linked stories in Jonathan Escoffery’s If I Survive You center on Trelawny as he struggles to carve out a place for himself amid financial disaster, racism, and flat-out bad luck. After a fight with Topper–himself reckoning with his failures as a parent and his longing for Jamaica–Trelawny claws his way out of homelessness through a series of odd, often hilarious jobs. Meanwhile, his brother, Delano, attempts a disastrous cash grab to get his kids back, and his cousin, Cukie, looks for a father who doesn’t want to be found. As each character searches for a foothold, they never forget the profound danger of climbing without a safety net.

Pulsing with vibrant lyricism and inimitable style, sly commentary and contagious laughter, Escoffery’s debut unravels what it means to be in between homes and cultures in a world at the mercy of capitalism and whiteness. With If I Survive You, Escoffery announces himself as a prodigious storyteller in a class of his own, a chronicler of American life at its most gruesome and hopeful.

RSVP by November 13th to On the morning of November 14th, we will email the address of our host to all attendees. Please bring a drink of your choice and/or snacks to share.

Dog Walk

Thursday, November 16 @ 9:30am

Bring your furry friends and join us for a dog walk at 9:30am on Thursday, November 16. This is a dog-focused activity, separate from our other walking group. We will meet on Hancock Ave. and take the bike path entrance there to Diamond Middle School then walk back through Merriam Hill. Parking on Hancock Ave. is available. Please express interest to Nathalie so that she can communicate as needed. We will plan to continue meet-ups on the third Thursday of each month.

Lunch Bunch

Thursday, November 16 @ 11:30am

Join us for a delectable lunch at the elegant contemporary Indian-designed Tashan, located in our neighboring town of Bedford.

When: Thursday, November 16 at 11:30am.

Where: 213 Burlington Rd, Bedford, MA 01730

Lunch Menu:

Please RSVP to Carol & Priya by Nov 15.

Join us at the stylishly designed Tashan for tasty reinvented and refined Indian classics!

**The preferred method of payment for Lunch Bunch is cash. Please try to bring cash with you to simplify paying the bill. An alternate method of payment is to use Venmo.**

Men’s Night

Thursday, November 16 @ 7pm

Join the LNN men to sample the fun fall beers on tap at Revolution Hall on Thursday, November 16th at 7pm.

To RSVP and receive updates for this event specifically, please reach out to Chase. If you have suggestions for future men’s nights or want a reminder for upcoming events, fill out this form.

Women Health Session

Friday, November 17 @ 5pm

Join us for a LNN Women’s Health session on tips to avoid gut flare & gaining weight over the holidays.

  • Gut health primer
  • Gut health connection to hormones, cravings, inflammation, and disease
  • Root causes of gut issues and weight gain over the holidays
  • Tips to avoid or ease gut and weight issues over the holidays

RSVP to receive final details.

Walking Group

Keep an eye on our Facebook group for walking plans at great local spots. Or feel free to post your own walking plans to invite some neighbors along!

Save the Date

Mingle Holiday Party

Saturday, December 2 @ 7pm

Take note, book a sitter, and let’s party! We can’t wait to celebrate the holidays with our neighbors. Join us at Il Casale 7pm until they kick us out.

Cookie Swap

Thursday, December 7 10am-1pm

Mark your calendars now for what is always a favorite event of the holiday season, the LNN Cookie Swap! Start thinking of your favorite cookie recipes now and plan to bring about two dozen and a container to take home samples of everyone else’s. Stay tuned for more details.

Ladies’ Night Lights

Friday, December 8

We’ll take ladies’ night for a walk in December, so bundle up, grab a warm beverage, and stroll by some beautiful holiday light displays in the neighborhood!

Holiday Lunch

Thursday, December 14 @ 11:30am

Join us for a special Holiday Lunch Bunch in a beautifully decorated private room for LNN members-only at Burton’s Grill & Bar in Burlington. Lunch Menu

Please note that space is limited at this restaurant. RSVP as soon as possible (no later than December 12) to reserve your seat in the private room.

Enjoy delicious traditional fare or chef-driven, innovative local preparations in a festive holiday setting sure to bring you cheer this season!

For our LNN community service during the holidays, please bring a non-perishable canned good, boxed item, or paper goods in original packaging to donate to the Lexington Food Pantry. It is a wonderful way to contribute to the community in which we all live, thank you!

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