Holiday Performances at Watertown Mall & Free Blood Pressure Screening

The Watertown Mall announced its annual lineup of holiday concerts, as well as a free blood pressure screening. Holiday Performances

The Watertown Mall is proud to present the holiday performance list for the 2019 season. Groups of local middle, elementary and high schoolers will perform through the month of December. For more information regarding performances, please visit our website at www.watertown-mall.com. Holiday Performance Calendar

December 4 at 9:30 a.m.: Lincoln Middle School

December 5 at 6:00 p.m.: Boston University Academy

December 7 at 1:00 p.m.: Watertown Children’s Theatre

December 12 at 5 p.m.: Lexington High School Madrigal Singers

December 13 at 11 a.m.: Watertown Middle & High School Orchestra

December 15 at 2:00 p.m.: Boston Neighborhood Children’s Theatre

December 16 at 4:00 p.m.: Miss Maria’s School of Dance

December 17 at 4:00 p.m.: Belmont High Madrigal Singers

December 17 at 5:30 p.m.: Miss Maria’s School of Dance

December 18 at 5:30 p.m.: Miss Maria’s School of Dance

December 19 at 4:00 p.m.: Belmont High Madrigal Singers

December 19 at 5:30 p.m.: Miss Maria’s School of Dance

December 20 at 12 p.m.: Belmont Hill School

December 20 at 2:00 p.m.: Watertown Middle School

December 21 at 10 a.m.: Miss Maria’s School of Dance

December 22 at 12:30 p.m.: Watertown Senior Center Mellowtones.

RSVP Now for Two Holiday Concerts at Perkins School for the Blind

Perkins School for the Blind will host two holiday concerts. Perkins School for the Blind will host a pair of Holiday Concerts. See the announcement below. The Perkins Student Chorus, Chamber Singers, Music Makers, Handbell Ensemble, Instrumental Ensemble and vocal soloists will celebrate the season with a beautiful mix of choral, orchestral and instrumental works from around the world. Both concerts are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

Marshall Home Fund Receives Payment from Trust of Generous Donor

The following announcement was provided by the Marshall Home Fund:

The Marshall Home Fund recently received the final payment from the Henry H. Drew Trust. This trust was originally written in 1930. Henry H. Drew was a Watertown resident. The 1930 Watertown directory lists him as a “gold refiner.” His will stated that any funds remaining in his estate after the death of his heirs was to be divided between the Watertown Home for Old Folks, now known as The Marshall Home Fund, and the Cambridge Home for the Aged, now known as Neville Place. This past year the managers of the remaining funds began a series of payments to the two named entities. The total amount received from the trust to each was $90,470.14, a truly outstanding gift thanks to the thoughtfully drawn estate of Mr. Drew. 

Perhaps Mr. Drew was grateful to the services provided to loved ones at each of the named facilities.

Watertown Community Foundation Awards $14.5K in Health Grants

The Watertown Community Foundation (WCF) is pleased to announce the awarding of the Fall 2019 Healthy Watertown Grants.  A total of $14,500 will be distributed in support of organizations that work to create new or existing programs to keep our community healthy.    

Five of this year’s grantees address the growing challenge of food insecurity among all ages within our community.  These include support of preschoolers and their families with Communities United: Cooking with Kids and Families Program, helping the Watertown Boys and Girls Club provide Healthy Lunch and Snacks during School Vacations, a Summer Supper Club for Seniors and funds for the SNAP Match Program at the Watertown Farmers Market. 

Grantees include: 

Watertown Police Free Community Narcan Program  

Communities United: Cooking with Kids and Families  

Boys and Girls Club – School Vacation Healthy Lunch and Snack Program  

Watertown for All Ages: Travel Resources for Older Residents  

Watertown Council on Aging: Summer Supper Club for Seniors 

Watertown Council on Aging: Food Pantry New Shelving 

Zen Art II For Mind-Body Wellness for Seniors  

Watertown Farmers Market SNAP Match Program  

W.A.T.E.R  Erase the Stigma: Recovery is Possible (Education) Event 

For questions, please contact Jan Singer at jan.singer@watertownfoundation.org.   

The Watertown Community Foundation works to build and sustain a vibrant, close-knit community in Watertown – now, and for future generations. To accomplish this, WCF raises funds from people and partner institutions, awards grants to non-profits and community projects, and builds networks of donors, grantees, program participants and stakeholders. 

Since its inception in 2003, WCF has awarded over $1,000,000 in grants to programs and organizations serving Watertown.  

WCF Board of Directors  

David Siegel and Darshna Varia, Co-Presidents; Robert Airasian; Albrik Avanessian; Emily Barclay;  Lauren Coughlin Unsworth; Eleanor Donato; William B. Ford; Antonia O’Hara; Maria Panaggio-Phillips; Ashley Morris; Mary Ann Mulligan; Tony Paolillo; Lora Sabin; Robert Shay;  Elaina Themistos; and Kathryn White. 

Hatch Has Holiday Craft Workshops, a Creature Creation Lab, and Drop In Classes

See what’s happening at the Watertown Free Public Library’s Hatch Makerspace in December. Hatch provided the following information:

Holiday Craft Drop-InsNeed some last-minute holiday gifts or stocking stuffers? We’ll have three Saturday sessions in December to make gift tags, votives and more! Come anytime during 1-3PM on 12/8, 12/15, or 12/22

Workshop spotlight: Art Studio – Creature LabBring your imaginary creature to life! Whether it’s a cute critter or a terrifying monster, all are welcome. More about the artist: www.smrth.net

Drop-Ins

Drop-ins are weekly themed sessions that are designed to give you insight into the subject matter.

Small Saves: The Interview

James DeMarco grew up in Watertown and became a goaltender at age 5. It’s his life’s passion to stand between the pipes and keep the puck out of the net. Combining this with the love of cartooning, Small Saves emerged in 1991 and took on a life of his own. “To play goal–then come home and draw Small Saves — is my ideal definition of a good day.”

Watertown Scouts Collect $10K in Items for Food Pantry

Den leader Stephen Lipscomb works with Bear Scouts from Pack 30 to purchase $200 in shampoo and soap for clients of the Watertown Food Pantry. The following piece was provided by Watertown Boy Scout Troop 30 and Cub Scout Pack 30:

In what may be the largest-ever one-day event to benefit the Watertown Food Pantry, scouts on Saturday collected $10,000 worth of food at the Watertown Street Stop & Shop. 

That’s twice what was collected last year in the annual event called Scouting for Food. “I’m overwhelmed by the effort of all the boys and girls in the scouts,” said Kathleen Cunningham, Watertown Food Pantry Coordinator. “It’s amazing that all those parents and leaders make this work possible.”

Pack 30, with scouts age 5-10, and Troop 30, with scouts age 10-17, come together every year to collect donations for the Watertown Food Pantry. Last year, 200 bags of groceries were collected from Stop & Shop customers at 171 Watertown Street. The this year, the response from Stop & Shop customers was so great, scouts needed to change how they collect goods.

Senior Center Hosting Holiday Party, Has Help with Medicare & More in December

Watertown Senior Center

From the holiday events to help with Medicare Parts A and B to getting help with shoveling snow this weekend, the December edition of the Watertown Senior News is filled with information. From the Director

Season’s Greetings! The Watertown Senior Center will be offering some great programs in December that you won’t want to miss! We will be hosting the ever-popular Holiday Boxwood Trees event with Ernie Berardinelli; and local artist Dawn Scaltreto will be leading her final Zen Art workshop using vibrant alcohol inks to create stunning abstract artworks. On Dec.