This Week: BHS Winter Concert Wednesday, Hanukah Menorah and Holiday Sing Tuesday

• On the government side of the week, the Belmont Board of Selectmen will meet on Monday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. to hear about the future of the former Macy’s site and make the appointments to the Community Path Implementation Advisory Committee; the Planning Board will review and vote on the proposed Cushing Village design modifications and future housing production for Belmont Housing at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. and the School Committee also meets on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. (starting a half-hour earlier than its usual time).

Pre-School Story Time will be held at the Benton Library, Belmont’s independent and volunteer run library, at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Stories and crafts for children age 3 to 5. Parents or caregivers must attend. Siblings may attend with adults. Registration is not required. The Benton Library is located at the intersection of Oakley and Old Middlesex.

• Staff from the office of U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark will be meeting with residents at the Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St., on Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. They bring coffee!

Beth El Temple Center will be lighting the outdoor Hanukah menorah at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16 on the first night of the “Festival of Lights.” Afterwards, there will be the annual Latke Party with singing and eating. $10 per person or $20 per family at the door. A portion of the proceeds donated for Tikkun Olam.

• Evening Yoga at the Beech Street Center is held every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at 266 Beech St. Non-seniors, seniors, beginners and experienced are welcome.  You don’t need to be flexible. Practice is done with bare feet; mats and props are provided. Cost is $15 a class. For more information, call Susan at 617-407-0816.

• A Holiday Town Sing with faculty from Powers Music School is being hosted by the Belmont Public Library in the Assembly Room on Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Making music together will surely warm your heart on a cold New England winter’s night. Bring your friends, bring your family, and bring lots of holiday cheer for a song-filled evening that will brighten your holiday season. Everyone is welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library.

• The annual Belmont High School Winter Concert takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The Winter Concert will showcase more than 400 student musicians performing in bands, orchestras and choruses. Here is the program with a list of all the performers.

The Book Discussion Group for Chenery Middle School students from the lower school in 5tha and 6th grades will take place Thursday, Dec. 18 from 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Flett Room.

Hot Topics, the current events group at the Beech Street Center, will be holding its next meeting at the center on Thursday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m.

• Well-loved local musician Liz Buchanan performs original songs and traditional favorites (with Christmas only six days away expect a few songs about the coming holiday) on Friday, Dec. 1910:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Assembly Room of Belmont Public Library.
State Sen. Will Brownsberger will be holding office hours on Friday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. at the Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St.
• The Belmont High School’s Performing Arts Company is holding a Holiday Coffeehouse on Friday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Performers will include Belmont High School students showcasing their talents in bands, solos, a capella, duets and more. There will be food for sale, including pizza and other ‘dinner’ foods; home made holiday treats of ALL varieties, cold drinks, coffee, hot chocolate and ice cream sundaes. All  proceeds will fund the PAC’s January trip to New York City, where 46 students will attend two Broadway shows and take part in a workshop with Broadway actors.
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