October 2023 Newsletter

Hello Neighbors & Newcomers,

We loved seeing so many familiar and new faces at our end of summer potluck party! Despite some unfortunate weather shifting our plans last minute, what a fantastic evening we had with you all, and a huge thank you to our hosts, Lisa & Dennis, for offering their space to shield us from the rain.

The excitement builds as we gear up for a fun & busy fall season with many events to suit different preferences and availability. If there is something you would like to see more of, feel free to reach out and let us know. We welcome anyone who wants to organize an activity of their own as well. Can’t wait to see you all at our various events in October!

We are also excited to share a few updates to our board, committee members, and at-large board members for this year! We are so fortunate to have such a great crew, both new and experienced, to drive this group. It truly takes a village, so we are very grateful for all the wonderful volunteers.

  • President: Rikke Bitsch-Nørhave
  • Secretary: Rachel Brownell
  • Treasurer: Mary Reynolds
  • Membership: Alona Joynt
  • Social Media Manager & Walking Group: Lydia O’Donoghue
  • Book Club: Liliana Kondracki & Melanie Wood
  • Lunch Bunch: Carol Colwell & Priya Patel
  • Events: Helena Wennbo & Mari Defay
    • Bunco: Lara Kallander
    • Men’s Night: Chase Brownell
    • Movie Club: Rosa Sousa & Jo Rao
    • Coffee Talk: Weina Randal & Christina Yen
    • Dog Walk: Nathalie Huitema
  • At-Large: Alexia Duc, Lisa Van Oossanen, Saskia Houwing, Tania Bojanowski, Lene Gleerup

Don’t forget to follow the Lexington Neighbors & Newcomers Members Facebook group and our Instagram to get the latest updates on our activities.

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

Membership Reminder

Thank you to our ~70 families who have submitted dues for the year! If you haven’t already, please submit your $50 per family via this link in Paypal or personal check to take advantage of all the fun programming underway! 

Checks can be sent to Lexington Newcomers Club, 226 Grove Street, Lexington, MA 02420. 

If you do not wish to renew your membership, please also let us know so we can update our records. 

Questions? Please reach out to Alona/Membership: lexingtonma.newcomers@gmail.com

Ladies’ Night

Wednesday, Oct 4 @ 7pm

Calling all ladies to join us at Red Heat Tavern in Bedford for a drink & bite on October 4th at 7pm. Our group will gather in the front bar area and will get a selection of their delicious appetizers to share. Let Carol know if you’ll be able to attend so that we can plan accordingly and share any updates as needed.

Bike Rides

Friday, October 6 & 27 @ 9am

Want to make the most of the beautiful Fall days ahead in New England? Join us on a (leisurely) bike ride to Concord and back (under 20 miles). We will take the bike trails and the woods so ideally no road bikes (especially with some risk of mud these days). We will make a stop in Concord for coffee/rest and ride back to finish the loop. Beginners welcome. Layers, helmet, water recommended. 

We plan to repeat the activity twice a month if there is interest (so don’t hesitate to let us know if you may join some day so we can have you on our list).

When: Friday, October 6, 9 am-11:30 am (or so)

Where: Meet on the bike path behind the Depot at 9am

RSVP to Alexia

Movie Club Fall Viewing

Wednesday, October 11th @ 7pm

Calling all movie fans! We chose to postpone the launch of LNN’s film club to this month, so we welcome you to join us for our kick off!

Based on the responses to the Facebook poll, the overwhelming vote for the fall screening is for “You People”.

We’ll start screening on Oct 11th at 7PM at a member’s house. This is a very informal setting, so feel free to bring drinks/snacks to share. We can watch the movie and discuss (or go home if you prefer).

If you’re interested in being included, please email LNNMovieNight@gmail.com, and you’ll be added to the list to get more information. There are only 15 spots, so do respond quickly to secure yours!

Lunch Bunch

Thursday, Oct 12 @ 11:30am

Join us for a delicious lunch at the beautifully decorated Colonial Inn located in historic downtown Concord, MA.

When: Thursday, October 12 at 11:30am

Where: Concord’s Colonial Inn

48 Monument Square, Concord, MA 01742

Please note that space is limited at this restaurant. RSVP as soon as possible (no later than Oct 11) to reserve your seat at the table.

Lunch Menu

Savor classic American dishes alongside new favorites in a charming setting rich with Revolutionary War history!

Men’s Night

Thursday, Oct 12 @ 7pm

After coming out swinging in September, we’ll be hitting the “hyper”links this month.  Meet at X-Golf in Burlington to mix in some activity with our socializing. X-Golf has snacks and drinks available for purchase. Looking forward to seeing friends, old and new!

If you’d like to receive this newsletter for future updates and are not already on our mailing list, please reach out to Alona/Membership with an additional email address to add for your household.

To receive updates for this event specifically, please reach out to Chase.

Coffee Talk

Friday, October 13 10am-12pm

Join us for coffee on Friday, Oct 13th at Peet’s Coffee 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.

Walking Tour of Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Saturday, Oct 14 @ 12:40pm

Fall is in the air and the leaves are turning! Join us for a private LNN Member-only guided walking tour of Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, America’s oldest public arboretum. This National Historic Landmark is a 281-acre preserve in the heart of Boston stewarding one of the world’s most comprehensive and best documented collections of trees, shrubs and vines. This jewel in the famous Emerald Necklace park system was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and serves as a chain of parks linked by parkways and waterways in the Boston Area for all to enjoy.

We will meet at the Arnold Arboretum Visitor’s Center and begin our 90 min docent-led guided walking tour from there. We hope to catch some glimpses of the lovely fall colors in full array during our visit. The tour is a family friendly one. Outdoor events are weather permitting. 

Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum Address: 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130

Cost: Free – LNN will cover the cost of the tour for members who RSVP their attendance

RSVP to Priya by October 12 to reserve your place(s) on the tour!

Dog Walk

Thursday, Oct 19 @ 9:30am

Bring your furry friends and join us for a dog walk at 9:30am on Thursday, October 19. 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 have future meet-ups on the third Thursday of the month.

Book Club

Thursday, October 19 @ 7pm

Join us on Thursday, October 19, to talk to “Before the Coffee gets Cold” by Toshikazu Kawaguchi.

What would you change if you could go back in time?

In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.

In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café’s time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer’s, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.

But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold . . .

Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s beautiful, moving story explores the age-old question: what would you change if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?

RSVP by October 18th to lexnnbookclub@gmail.com. On the morning of October 19th, we will email the time of the meeting and the address of our host to all attendees. Please bring a drink of your choice and/or snacks to share.

Women Health Session

Thursday, October 26th @ 7pm

Join us for a LNN Women’s Health session on stress, women’s hormones, and aging.

  • How do hormones change through perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause?
  • How do these hormonal changes impact our health?
  • How does chronic stress affect female hormones?
  • Surprising sources of chronic stress impacting our health
  • How does unmanaged stress and hormonal imbalance accelerate aging?
  • What symptoms should you look out for?
  • Where to start to get a handle on your stress and support your hormones and prevent accelerated aging

RSVP to receive final details.

Bunco Night

Wednesday, November 1st @ 7pm

Wear a costume or just your luckiest outfit and come out for the spookiest Bunco night yet! This exciting Halloween bunco night will be held November 1st. Please RSVP to Lara.

Walking Group

Keep an eye on our Facebook group for walking plans at really pretty local spots, especially as we get into perfect leaf-peeping season. Or feel free to post your own walking plans to invite some neighbors along!

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