WGBH’s Camp TV Offers Educational Activities for Kids

The following information was provided by WGBH Channel 2:

Summer is here at last, but Massachusetts parents are feeling the burden of juggling work and childcare as the coronavirus continues to impact the support structures they rely on – from daycare to summer camp to assistance from grandparents. To help, Boston public media producer WGBH has three free resources for a range of ages that I thought might be of interest to your readers: Camp TV;  Beyond the Page: Young Adult Book Club; and Family Fun at Home. You can find more information about each one below. Please let me know if I can answer any questions. If you are considering a story on resources for families this summer, I hope you’ll consider including this information.  

Camp TV

This 1-hour television day camp experience invites “campers” at home to meet enthusiastic head counselor, Zachary Noah Piser, and experience summer camp activities to learn through play. Camp TV will air weekdays at noon ET on WGBH 2 beginning Monday, July 13. Silly Hat Day awaits!

Reading Summer Fun for Adults & This Week’s Virtual Events from the Watertown Library

The following information was provided by the Watertown Library:

Why should kids have all the fun? This summer, the Watertown Free Public Library (WFPL) is offering Summer Reading for Grown-Ups, a season-long reading challenge complete with librarian-curated reading recs and a bingo game full of summer activities. 

Even though WFPL is temporarily closed to the public, there are still many ways to check out library materials. Books, DVDs, and CDs can be ordered for curbside pickup. eBooks and audiobooks can be accessed through WFPL’s digital collection. For more information, visit the Library’s website: watertownlib.org

This year, WFPL’s grown-up bingo game encourages players to read widely from a diverse list of authors, stay active while social distancing, and chronicle the summer with lots of photos. 

Here are a few highlights:

Read about someone who survived a pandemicPost your COVID-19 experience as a poem, short story, or artRead a book by an LGBTQ authorRead a book from WFPL’s anti-racism booklistPost your pandemic playlist!Join the Library’s yoga class, via Zoom

As part of the game, WFPL is encouraging patrons to share summer reading and inspire others by posting book covers, book bingos, and summer activities on social media with the hashtag #WFPLsummer.

This Week’s Senior Center Online Events Include a Conversation, Tai Chi & Art

Watertown Senior Center

The Watertown Council on Aging/Senior Center has been offering fitness, art and discussion programs via Zoom! Please call the Senior Center at (617) 972-6490 for program information and Zoom access. Link to Watertown Senior News: https://www.watertown-ma.gov/150/Activities-during-COVID-19. Page with links to Museums (July Issue) can be found here: https://www.watertown-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/29678/LinksToMuseums_July-2020

Week of July 6, 2020 – July 10, 2020

Monday, July 6 

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Chair Yoga with Diane

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Art Class with Dawn Scaltreto                                                            

Tuesday, July 7 

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Tai Chi and Meditation with MarieWednesday, July 89:30 AM Book Club Zoom 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Exercise with Joanna

Thursday, July 9

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Conversation with Tom12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Discussion with the Museum of Russian Icons (Session 1 of 2) 

Friday, July 1012:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Seated Strength and Balance with Pearl1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Sing with the Mellowtones and Anne Silverman 

For more information, call the Senior Center at (617) 972-6490. Although the building is closed to visitors, staff members are here to help with Zoom program access and any other service issues and assistance needs you may have, including taxi rides to local medical appointments, SHINE counseling and Case Worker assistance.

Small Saves Celebrates the Fourth of July in This Week’s Comic

Cartoon by James Demarco

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.”

This Week at the Watertown Library: Online Events, Curbside Pickup Poll & More

The historic facade of the Watertown Free Public Library. The following information was provided by the Watertown Library:

This Wednesday at 7 PM, join us in welcoming Erik Edstrom for an author talk and Q&A session via Zoom. Edstrom’s memoir, Un-American: A Soldier’s Reckoning of Our Longest War, tells the story of his military service Afghanistan while probing his eventual disillusionment with the War on Terror. 

Also this week, Aimee is hosting Living Room Trivia via Zoom and our popular “read/watch” group will explore the world of My Antonia. Do you know a teen with a creative streak? Starting today, we’re offering free “take and make” project materials for students in grades 6-12, available for pickup at WFPL. Keep scrolling for a full list of virtual programs…

Senior Center Offering Exercise, Art and More Classes Online

Watertown Senior Center

The Watertown Senior Center remains closed as part of the COVID-19 shutdown, but classes are still available online, including exercise and art classes. The following information was provided by the Senior Center:

The Watertown Council on Aging/Senior Center has been offering fitness, art and discussion programs via Zoom! Please call the Senior Center at (617) 972-6490 for program information and Zoom access. UPDATED Link to Watertown Senior News:  https://www.watertown-ma.gov/150/Activities-during-COVID-19

Week of June 29-July 3, 2020

Monday, June 29

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Chair Yoga with Diane

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Art Class with Dawn Scaltreto                                                            

Tuesday, June 30

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, PRIDE Month Discussion with Tracy McKay of PFLAG. All are invited to discuss PRIDE month, older adults and allies of the LGBTQ community.

Small Saves: A Rainy Day Can Ruin a Hockey Player’s Day

Cartoon by James Demarco

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.”

NewRep Pushing Back Performances, Coming Up With COVID-19 Friendly Productions

Watertown-based New Repertory Theatre announced this week that it will have to push back the performances of two plays, due to the COVID-19 restrictions. However, Artistic Director Michael Bobbitt and his staff are busy coming up with new options for fans of live theater and performances during the pandemic. NewRep tried rescheduling two plays from the spring to the fall, but looking at the COVID-19 restrictions the decision was made to postpone them once again. The company also announced the cancellation of its annual gala, which they had hoped to move from April to October. “It’s the nature of the beast at the moment.