Some of the tables at the Town of Watertown’s Arbor Day Celebration. This year it will take place on April 25. Watertown will celebrate Arbor Day with a day of service, and also provide information for people interested in trees, gardening and other related topics. On Thursday, April 25, Watertown Tree Warden Chris Hayward will work with local companies to do maintenance on trees in Arsenal Park. “The trees need trimming and removal of some branches,” Hayward said.
The following information was provided by the event organizers:
IndieFlix, a leading independent online streaming platform, along with its non-profit arm, the IndieFlix Foundation, is sparking a global conversation about anxiety through screenings of its brand-new documentary, “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety.”
On April 4, 2019, The Watertown Community Foundation and Watertown Middle School PTO will hold a special screening of the documentary at Watertown Middle School auditorium to open up a dialogue between local families, community leaders and experts. The event will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film Producers Scilla Andreen and Karin Gornick have one goal: to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, they utilize the power of film to tell the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope. The film also includes a special interview with Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and one of the greatest athletes of all- time. In addition, the documentary provides discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, along with the help, resources and tools available to address the condition.
The Youth Peer Leaders from Watertown High School helped organize the Well-Being of Watertown Youth Town Hall Meeting along with the Watertown Youth Coalition. The following piece was provided by Samantha Chan of the Watertown Youth Coalition:
On Wednesday evening, March 20, 2019, the Watertown Youth Coalition Peer Leaders had their theatrical debut in a skit called “Welcome to Rehab”, which was written as a collaboration between the Improbable Players and Peer Leaders, and directed by Andy Short. This impactful performance depicted what addiction to substances can look like for both teenagers and adults, and how it affects the important people in their lives. Following the act, the Peer Leaders facilitated discussions around substance use, racial equity, sexual and gender identity, and mental health. These topic areas were drawn from quotes of attendees of the 2018 Town Hall meeting.
Here are just a sampling of the classes and other events happening at the Watertown Free Public Library’s makerspace — Hatch. Hatch is located at 20 Summer St. (near Spring Street), and is open to the public. The following information was provided by Hatch:
Sculpture Racing Build
Did you know you could race a sculpture? Hatch is joining the fun at the annual Community Sculpture Racing event at Danehy Park in Cambridge on April 20th. Come assemble a racing sculpture on April 16th to represent Hatch, the WFPL, and Watertown!
Open House and Maker Expo!
Watertown Senior Center
Find out about Armenian history and culture, welcome spring and hear about cruising in Alaska, just some of the many events at the Watertown Senior Center this April. The Watertown Senior Center provided the following information:
ARMENIAN MORNINGJoin us for a morning filled with Armenian history, music, culture, and food. Join other Armenian speaking people in a comfortable setting. Learn what resources are available to you. WHEN: Wednesday, April 10, TIME: 10:00 AM Pre-registration Required as seating is limited.
The following information was provided by the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross will host the Watertown Strong Blood Drive on April 20, 2019. The blood drive will be held at Watertown High School, 50 Columbia St., Watertown, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter: Strong
Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment.
The latest episode of Inside Watertown featured Tammy McKenna, second from right, and Gina Nolan, from the Commander’s Mansion. Co-hosts John Airasian, left, and Charlie Breitrose spoke with them about all the events at the town-owned historic home. Find out about all the things that go on at Watertown’s own historic mansion on the latest episode of Inside Watertown. The Watertown Cable show highlights the town-owned Commander’s Mansion, located in the historic Watertown Arsenal. Co-hosts Charlie Breitrose and John Airasian welcomed Tammy McKenna and Gina Nolan, who run events at the home.
The Watertown Community Foundation’s annual volunteer day is coming up, so mark your calendars. The sixth annual Watertown Helps Out will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019. That day volunteers will head to locations around town to do work with local non-profit groups on projects in the community. For more information go to www.watertownfoundation.org.
A camper at the Vacation Garden School at Church of the Good Shepherd. The following information was provided by the Church of the Good Shepherd:
Vacation Garden School inspires children to claim their role as caretakers of water, soil, seed, animals, and harvest. Through hands-on learning, art and story, song and silence, children grow in wonder and skills. Vacation Garden School is offered by the Church of the Good Shepherd, 9 Russell Avenue, Watertown. Campers (ages 4-7) come from 9:00-11:30 a.m. Each one is paired with a junior counselor buddy, who accompanies them through the week, helping them stay safe, have fun and learn.