This Week: Special Town Meeting (Maybe) Monday, A Cappella Night Rescheduled


The government side of “This Week”:

  • Special Town Meeting will convene at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8 at the Chenery Middle School concerning a vote to approve or reject a new regional agreement for Minuteman Tech.
  • The Board of Selectmen will be meeting briefly in public at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8 at the Chenery Middle School to vote the warrant for the Presidential Primary and the amendment to the creation of the Belmont High School Building Committee before going into executive session to discuss Trapelo Road and Cushing Village.
  • The Energy Committee is meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 8 a.m. in Town Hall to discuss its priority projects including a discussion of whether to use dryer heat waste in the home as one of those priorities.
  • The Community Preservation Committee will be preparing for the annual Town Meeting and will hear an update on the PQ Playground application on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. in Town Hall.
  • The Board of Health will host a meet and greet with Belmont Public School’s Director of Nursing Service Mary Conant Cantor at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. in Town Hall.

• This month’s Books and Bites event will feature Belmont Public Library librarian Miriam MacNair who will discuss the life and work of poet Denise Levertov. The talk will take place on Monday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. in the library’s Assembly Room. Levertov was acclaimed by Kenneth Rexroth in The New York Times as “the most subtly skillful poet of her generation.”

• ESL Conversation Circle for beginners takes place on Monday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Belmont Public Library’s Flett Room.

• Girls Who Code will meet on Monday, Feb. 8 from 4:15 p.m. to 6:15 the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library.

Not attending Special Town Meeting? Bummer! Here is a pair of outstanding counter-programming you can attend instead: 

  • The Belmont After School Enrichment Collaboratives Parent Lecture Series continues with “Social Success for Tweens and Teens; Understanding and Supporting Social Development in the Middle School Year” with Peter Rosenmeier, LICSW, clinical director of The Gifford School, will be held on Monday, Feb. 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Burbank Elementary School Cafeteria (new location). Drawing on current research into the developing adolescent brain, best practices in social work and psychology, and more than 30 years’ experiences working with adolescents and their families, Rosenmeier will help unravel some of the mysteries of middle schoolers’ emerging social selves.  We will be sure to make time for discussion about practical solutions to real-life dilemmas.
  • Another special night of singing at Belmont High School as the school is holding its annual A Cappella Night on Monday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. (snow date, Tuesday, Feb. 9)

 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 visit with adults. Registration is not required. The Benton Library is at the intersection of Oakley and Old Middlesex.
  • The Belmont Public Library on Concord Avenue will have preschool story time at 9:30 a.m. 
  • Story Time for 2’s and 3’s is at 10:30 a.m.

State Rep. Dave Rogers‘ staff will be available for walk-in office hours on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 9 a.m.

• Experience El Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in Galicia, Spain, with Nancy Nee Hanifin, founder and co-chair of the Boston Chapter of the American Pilgrims of the Camino, at the Belmont Public Library’s Assembly Room at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9. Snow date will be Feb. 16.

Elementary students now have their own book club so come join other 2nd and 3rd graders to talk about this month’s book, The World According to Humphrey, by Betty G. Birney on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Flett Room. Register online or by calling the Children’s Department at 617-993-2880.

• The developers of Belmont Uplands will be holding an information session concerning the affordable housing lottery for Acorn Park (that’s the name being used) on Wednesday, Feb. 10
from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Belmont Public Library’s Assembly Room. 

• The Chenery Middle School Symphonies Concerts will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 in the Chenery Auditorium. 

• The monthly meeting of Belmont Against Racism will be held in the Flett Room on
Thursday, Feb. 11, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• Literacy Playgroup is a parent and child group that supports child’s language and literacy development on Friday, Feb. 12, 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.

• The Senior Book Discussion Group will discuss Deephaven by Sarah Orne Jewett on Friday, Feb. 12  from 11 a.m. to noon in Classroom A at the Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St. Published in 1877, Deephaven is a nuanced work of fiction that explores life in a town in Maine. The Senior book discussion group is co-sponsored by the Belmont Public Library and the Belmont Council on Aging.  All are welcome to attend.
• Attention teens at Belmont High School: Looking for a new community service opportunity that will look great on your college applications? Come to the Belmont Public Library Teen Advisory Board meeting on Friday, Feb. 12, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the library’s Young Adult Room. Sign up to attend by stop by the library’s reference desk, or call 617-993-2873.
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