This Week: Peeps on Parade, Yale Students Dancing, Teens Self Publishing

On the government side of “This Week”:

  • The Belmont School Committee will hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Chenery Middle School.
  • The Belmont Historic District Commission will discuss the proposed moratorium on oversized single-family homes and nominations of the Preservation Awards on Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
  • Find out what’s happening with Belmont Light’s substation and the transmission project at the meeting of the Belmont Municipal Light Advisory Board on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:15 p.m. at Belmont Light’s headquarters on 40 Prince St.
  • The Belmont Energy Committee will review and discuss the committee’s projects and Belmont Climate Action Plan recommendations at its meeting on Wednesday, March 11 at 8 a.m.
  • The Community Preservation Committee meets on Wednesday, March 11 at 5 p.m. will discuss open space and housing inventory along with project updates.

• Author Jessica Lander will speak on her book Driving Backwards as part of the Belmont Public Library’s Books and Bites series at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 9 at the library’s Assembly Room. This debut work of non-fiction captures the modern-day charm and character of Gilmanton, a small town in New Hampshire where Lander spent her summers. Lander also writes an education-focused blog, Chalk Dust, about experiences in and out of the classroom.  She currently lives in her hometown of Cambridge, near to family and friends.

• The Belmont School District will be making a presentation before the Burbank Elementary PTA at 7 p.m., Monday, March 9 at 266 School St.

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 is located at the intersection of Oakley and Old Middlesex.
  • The Belmont Public Library on Concord Avenue will be holding two sessions of Story Time for 2′s and 3′s, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 

The Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St., will be holding three great events on Tuesday, March 10:

  • 11:30 a.m.: Chinese New Year Program. Features performers wowing you with dance, singing, incredible instrumental music, and other arts.
  • 1:15 p.m.: Tell Your Heartwarming Tale of the Blizzards of ’15.
  • 5 p.m.: Yale University Ballroom Dance Team. Marvel at this outstanding group of students as they compete in a variety of International dance competitions; their repertoire encompasses many styles – from tango and salsa to waltz and hustle. Expect to be awed, so bring a friend!

• It’s an early release day for elementary and high school students.

• Belmont’s new Veterans Service Officer, Robert Upton, will be holding office hours at the Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St., on Wednesday, March 11, from noon to 2 p.m.

• Chenery Middle School students can stop by the Belmont Public Library’s Assembly Room on Wednesday, March 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., work on your homework, enjoy some hot chocolate and try out an activity. This is for middleschoolers only!  Provided to you for free, thanks to the Friends of the Belmont Public Library.

• Residents and kids can build Easter-inspired Peeps dioramas on Wednesday, March 11 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the Flett Room. 

• The International Fiction Book Club will hold its inaugural meeting where it will discuss Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie at the Belmont Public Library on Wednesday, March 11, at 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Flett Room. Join the club on the second Wednesday of the month for fun conversation, tea and snacks. Each month they’ll talk about one book chosen by the group, either fiction or memoir. If you don’t have time to read the book, come anyway. We’ll talk about favorite recent books people have read. Everybody is welcome. If you have questions, contact Kylie at

• Middle and High school students are invited to hear local author Sharisse Zeroonian speak about her play One Plus One is Two, which she self-published when she was a teenager at the Youth Adult Room in the Belmont Public Library on Thursday, March 12 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Learn tips and tools for how you can self-publish as a teenager.

• The Belmont League of Women Voters will be meeting on Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Flett Room of the Belmont Public Library.

• The Belmont Board of Selectmen is holding a precinct meeting to discuss the fiscal ’16 budget options at the Beech Street Center on Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. 

• The Senior Book Discussion Group will meet on Friday, March 13th at 11 a.m. at the Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St., to discuss The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

• A Powers Music concert – Songs without Words – will take place on Friday, March 13, at 1:15 p.m. at the Beech Street Center. Cellist Laura Blustein and pianist Kathryn Rosenbach will lead the audience through Mendelssohn’s beloved “Songs Without Words” as well as transcriptions of Brahms and Schubert that are used in pieces from popular musicals and pop standards.


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