This Week: Parents Lecture Series Begins, Learn About Solar, Sing-a-Rama Is Here

On the government side of “This Week”

  • The Belmont Board of Selectmen meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11 at Town Hall for a marathon presentation on a review of the town’s sewers and long-standing pollution concerns coming from Belmont into the Mystic River watershed at Wellington and Winn’s brooks.
  • The Zoning Board of Appeals is also meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11 but in the Belmont Art Gallery on the third floor of the Homer Building in the Town Hall complex. It will review a request to build a Dunkin’ Donuts in a small strip mall at Pleasant and Brighton as well take up a matter concerning a resident who is seeking to rent a room for less than a week via the website Airbnb. 
  • The Community Preservation Committee will review the final applications for CPC’s grants at its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. at Town Hall.

• Belmont Public Library’s Books and Bits Series welcomes author Henriette Lazaridis Power who will read from her novel “The Clover House” on Monday, Jan. 11 from 11 a.m. ’til noon in the library’s Assembly RoomThe novel brings to life World War II-era and modern-day Greece, and tells the story of a vibrant family and the tragic secret kept hidden for generations.

• Kids, let’s use polymer clay to make cute charms of animals, food, and more! The crafts workshop, which will take place on Monday, Jan. 11, from 3:30 p.m. to 5  p.m. in the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library. For kids in 4th to 6th grades. Registration required by calling the Children’s Department at 617-993-2880.

• The inaugural talk in the Belmont After School Enrichment Collaborative (BASEC) Parents Lecture Series is “Embrace and Let Go – Understanding Digital Dependency” with Joni Siani, media and communication scholar, author/filmmaker of “Celling Your Soul; No App for Life” who will speak beginning at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 11 in the Chenery Middle School auditorium.

Tuesday is story time at both of Belmont libraries:
  • Pre-School Story Time at the Benton Library, Belmont’s independent and volunteer-run library, at 10:30 a.m. 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 located at the intersection of Oakley and Old Middlesex.
  • Pre-School Storytime at the Belmont Public Library beginning at 9:30 a.m. We’ll read longer books, sing, and dance, and make simple crafts. For 3-5-year-olds with a longer attention span.

• Staff from State Rep. Dave Rogers’ office will be available for walk-in office hours on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 9:30 a.m. at the Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St.

• A screening of the film “Doctor Zhivago,” produced in 1965 starring Julie Christie, Omar Sharif, and Sir Alec Guinness, will be shown at the Beech Street Center on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 1:15 p.m. Boris Pasternak’s masterpiece brings to life the Russian Revolution through the story of the gifted physician-poet Zhivago.

• Belmont cellist Shivane Pratapper performs works by Vivaldi, Goltermann and more at the Beech Street Center on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 3:30 p.m.

• Infant Storytime, for infants up to 12 months and pre-walkers, includes a short program of songs and rhymes followed by time to play and socialize. The fun takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Belmont Public Library’s Flett Room.

• Meet Belmont Veterans Service Officer Bob Upton for veterans’ benefits questions on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at noon at the Beech Street Center.

Learn iPad Basics on Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Young Adult Room of the Belmont Public Library. Register by calling the Reference Desk at 617-993-2870.

• It’s OTAKUrabu at the Belmont Public Library. Watch anime, do a craft/activity, plan for future events and nibble on some Japanese snacks (while they last – they’ll go fast) on Wednesday, Jan. 13 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Assembly Room. Provided free, thanks to the Friends of the Belmont Public Library. Just drop in, no registration required.

Learn more about solar in Belmont and meet the selected installer partner, Direct Energy Solar, on Wednesday, Jan. 13,  at 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium.

• It’s Sing-a-rama where all choral groups in Belmont schools come to perform at Belmont High School’s auditorium from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 13.

• Storytime for 1’s is for walkers and toddlers under 24 months will be held on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 10:30 a.m. in the library’s Flett Room. They will share simple stories, songs, and nursery rhymes, and end with time to play.

• The Belmont League of Women Voters monthly meeting takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 in the Belmont Public Library’s Flett Room.

State Sen. Will Brownsberger’s staff will be available for walk-in office hours at the Beech Street Center on Friday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m.

• Literacy Playgroup is a parent and child group that supports child’s language and literacy development on Friday, Jan. 15, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Flett Room. You’ll play, read, sing and take home new ideas. Presented by educators from the CFCE grant program; for children age 4 and under.

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