This Week: Special Town Meeting Thursday, Magic on Monday, Lollipops for Breakfast

On the government side of “This Week”:

  • The Belmont Planning Board will be meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at Town Hall to discuss several special permits for work on individual properties and, interestingly, a one-year extension of the special permit perviously granted to the applicant of the Cushing Village development. Hmmmm. 
  • The Conservation Commission is meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at Town Hall to go over a request of the Harvard Running Club for a cross country meet at Rock Meadow on Sept. 26 and discuss possible projects in which funds could be obtained through an Community Preservation Committee grant.
  • The Net Metering Working Group will be meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 4 and Aug 5 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall as it hammers away reviewing the financial model to assist a solar tariff design.
  • Special Town Meeting takes on Thursday, Aug 6, at 7 p.m. in the air conditioned comfort of the Chenery Middle School auditorium. The meeting was called by the Board of Selectmen as a result of a citizens’ petition submitted by Paul Roberts (Precinct 8) and Bonnie Friedman (Precinct 3).

• It’s illusion and singing on the front lawn of the Belmont-Watertown Methodist Church as the church sponsors the 15th annual Magic and Song on the Lawn on Monday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. Head lighting the night will be magician Mike Bent’s “Abrakidabra” Magic Show and children’s singer Paul Sedgwick. It’s free and lots of fun.

• Pre-School Story Time at the Benton Library, Belmont’s independent and volunteer run library, on Tuesday, Aug. 4 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. 

Children Movies will be screened in the Belmont Public Library’s Assembly Room at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4. Bring your lunch and a blanket to eat picnic-style as you watch Big Hero Six.

• The Beech Street Center presents The Ambassadors – Joseph Vincent and Joseph Andrea – who will bring the music of the Big Band-era to the Center on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 1:15 p.m. Vincent was a finalist in a world piano-accordion competition. Joseph Andrea is a multi-instrumentalist and WW II veteran who, at the end of the war, was asked to form a seven-piece dance band to entertain wounded G.I.s, enlisted men, and officers. He played in various symphonies including the Boston Civic Symphony and the New England Symphony.

• This week’s screen of the “Chillin’ with Villains, Marvel movie” series is the latest version of the “Amazing Spiderman” (the one with Emma Stone and the English guy made in 2012) Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library. 

• At the Belmont Public Library’s “Superhero Extravaganza” for kindergarteners and elementary school students, kids can test their superhero skills with games, crafts and more as they develop their own superhero alter ego on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. Superhero costumes encouraged.

• The John Baboian Ensemble with vocalist Sandi Bedrosian will bring jazz standards and original tunes to the Payson Park Music Festival on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m. (note the earlier start time in August). 

• On Thursday, Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m., Bonnie Duncan presents “Lollipops for Breakfast” in which Sylvia will discover a magical world on her quest to have lollipops for breakfast. This is a silly puppet adventure created and performed by Duncan. For all ages (including you adults)

• Join the Belmont Public Library for a pre-release book presentation with Daniel Korschun and Grant Welker, authors of “We Are Market Basket: The story of the unlikely grassroots movement that saved a beloved business” on Thursday, Aug. 6, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Assembly Room. The presentation will be followed by Q&A and discussion. Refreshments will be served.

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