This (Short) Week: Historical Society Talks Subways, Mad Science, Just Dance Party

Photo: Mad Science: Up, Up and Away.

On the government side of This Week:

  • The Vision 21 Implementation Committee meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at Town Hall. 

• Due to the holiday, garbage and recycling pickup is delayed by a day. So if your pickup date is Tuesday, you’ll need to wait ’til Wednesday to drag you trash out to the curb.

• Pre-School Story Time at the Benton Library, Belmont’s independent and volunteer-run library, on Tuesday, Feb. 16 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 75 Oakley Rd. at the intersection of Oakley and Old Middlesex.

• The staff from US Rep. Katherine Clark’s office will be available for walk-in office hours at the Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St., from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

• If you have a bored middle and high school student at home on this rainy day, head over to the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. where the staff will have board games for your children and you to play. The library has lots of games, but you can also bring your own board or video games. For teens 5th grade and up.

• The International Fiction Book Club will discuss Life and Death are Wearing Me Out by Mo Yan on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the Belmont Public Library’s Flett Room. Join the club for fun conversation, tea, and snacks. Everybody is welcome. If you have questions or need help finding a copy of the book, contact Kylie at

• The Belmont Historical Society is hosting author Doug Most who will discuss his book The Race Underground:  Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry that Built America’s First Subway on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Belmont Public Library’s Assembly Room. All are welcome to attend this free program.

• Here is a winter recess activity that fun and educational: Mad Science: Up, Up and Away is a  spellbinding science show illustrates the principles of air pressure. Children will be amazed as a soda bottle is crushed by the atmosphere, see a hot air balloon made out of a dry cleaning bag, and get the chance to watch a hovercraft in action. The fun takes place on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Belmont Public Library’s Assembly Room.

It’s Senior Night as the Belmont High School Boys Basketball team honors a great group of players before its game with Lexington at 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18 in the Wenner Field House. 

• Staff from State Sen. Will Brownsberger’s office will be holding office hours at the Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St., on Friday, Feb. 19 beginning at 10 a.m. 

 • Teens, is vacation getting boring? Come and have fun with a Just Dance Party at the Belmont Public Library on Friday, Feb. 19 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Teens 5th grade and up welcome to attend. No sign up necessary; just drop in.

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