This Week: Tasteful Home Staging, Teen Dance Party, Learn Bollywood Dance Gold

The government side of “This Week”:

  • The Planning Board will meet at Town Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. where it will finalize proposed zoning amendments for Single Residence C Zoning districts and discuss the decision-making process for GR Zoning District applications. And, an update on Cushing Village … AGAIN.
  • The School Committee meets on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Chenery Middle School to hear updates on the district’s facilities, school calendar and from the Space Task Force. 
This week Belmont High School is holding mid-term exams so give all stressed-out teenagers plenty of room.
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. At 10:30 a.m., is Story Time for 2’s and 3’s.

State Sen. Will Brownsberger will hold office hours at the Belmont Public Library on Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• Staff from U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark’s office will be available for walk-in office hours at the Beech Street Center on Tuesday, Jan. 19 from noon to 1 p.m.

• Deb Lockett will lead a free workshop on Tasteful Home Staging at the Beech Street Center on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 1:15 p.m. She will share tips on what home buyers are looking for and how homeowners can prepare their homes to be competitive in the marketplace. If you are not planning to move soon, staging your home makes it attractive for you and visitors while you live in it and also gets you ready should you decide to move in the future. 

• Meet Belmont artist Roz Grunmann at the Beech Street Center on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. who has her pastels on display at the Center through Jan. 29. Learn the inspiration and story of her tropical themed works, and ask questions about her technique and travels. Refreshments provided.

• It’s exam week at Belmont High Schools so what better time for a dance party. The Belmont Public Library will be hosting a “Just Dance” teen dance party from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19 in the library’s Assembly Room.

• The Beech Street Center will present a five-week class teaching a new exercise class, Bollywood Dance Gold, over five weeks beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 4 p.m. One of the fastest growing dance forms in the world, Bollywood Dance is a full cardio workout, strengthens muscles and helps you stay fit. It incorporates Indian bhangra, belly-dancing, jazz, and pop music. Learn basic rhythm, arm and foot movements in creatively choreographed sessions with upbeat Bollywood dance tracks. The dance is paced for members age 50+, and no dance experience required. Cost: $15.

 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. 2010:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Belmont Public Library’s Flett Room.

• The Belmont Book Discussion Group will read and discuss “We are Completely Beside Ourselves,” by Karen Joy Fowler on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the library’s Flett Room. Everyone is welcome to attend. Copies of the book can be requested through the library catalog or call the Reference library staff at 617-993-2870.

• Attention teens, grades 9 and up!  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 Wednesday, Jan. 20, 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.

• The Chenery Middle School Honors Concert will be held in the school’s auditorium at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20.

• Storytime for 1’s is for walkers and toddlers under 24 months will be held on Thursday, Jan. 21, 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.

• Join other 2nd and 3rd graders to talk about this month’s book, Squish: Super Amoeba by Jennifer Holm on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 3:30 p.m. to  4:15 p.m. in the Flett Room. Please register by clicking on the hand icon here or by calling the Children’s Department at 617-993-2880.

• Dr. Jolene Ross of the Foundation for Wellness Professionals will speak on “Natural Solutions for Executive Function Struggles and ADHD” on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Belmont Public Library’s Flett Room  All are welcome to attend this free program.

• The Belmont Storm Water Working Group will be holding its monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library.

• Literacy Playgroup is a parent and child group that supports child’s language and literacy development on Friday, Jan. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Belmont Public Library’s 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.

• Local health counselor and wellness coach Sigal Bar-Gill will offer ways to lower chronic inflammation at a talk at the Beech Street Center on Friday, Jan. 22 at 1:15 p.m. 

• The school district is declaring Jan. 22 to Jan. 24 as a homework free weekend. This decision will give your student more time clearing snow from the sidewalks. 

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