The Newton Highlands Community Development Corporation is a self-supporting, nonprofit organization that initiates, facilitates and sponsors activities designed to foster a vital sense of community in Newton Highlands. The Hyde Community Center serves as a catalyst for community-building–introducing Highlands residents to each other and giving people an opportunity to work together on programs and activities serving the diverse interests of members of the Newton Highlands neighborhood. The Center collaborates with other community-building organizations in the Highlands to offer activities that are located not only at the Center itself, but elsewhere, in Newton and beyond. The Center is more than a building–it is the Heart of the Highlands.

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Newton Highlands Halloween Party and Haunted House Sunday October 27th

Sunday October 27th Halloween Party and Haunted House

Hyde Community Center

90 Lincoln Street Newton Highlands

Halloween Party 5:00 to 6:00. Children under 8 with an adult, fun and games. Parade of Horribles around the Highlands at 6:00.

Haunted House 6:30 to 7:30 “The Haunted Wizard of OZ”

Presented by the Newton Parks and Recreation Department, Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council and the Hyde Community Center.

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Summer in the Highlands

Summer in the Highlands 2019 is finished after fourteen concerts, fourteen movies, two plays and a night of story telling and not one night of rain this summer. Thank you to everyone who attended our summer programs at Hyde Playground. Summer in the Highlands 2020 starts Friday June 12th with Studio Two the Beatles Band.

Summer in the Highlands is sponsored by The Hyde Community Center and the Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council with generous financial support from The Village Bank and Newton Community Pride.

Soft Touch Dance Band at Hyde Playground

Summer in the Highlands Attendees
Shakespeare in the Park at Hyde Playground
Nomad Story Slam from the Nomadic Theater
Outdoor Movies at Hyde Playground
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Fall Programs at the Hyde Community Center

Two popular drop-in programs at the Hyde Community Center resume this fall:

Zumba Gold with Ketty Rosenfeld, now twice per week!

Tuesdays 10:00-11:00am starts September 17 (No class November 5)

Fridays 9:45-10:45am starts September 13

Zumba at the Hyde Center

Yoga (chair-based practice including standing sequences) with Diane Shufro, now three times per week!

Mondays 11am-noon starts September 9

Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am starts September 4

Thursdays 2:00-3:00pm starts September 5

Yoga at the Hyde Center

Programs run September-June with a winter break.  These programs are free of charge, though a $3 contribution per class is suggested.  No registration is required, just show up and enjoy!

Finally, a reminder that no programs or rentals will be held at the Hyde Community Center tomorrow, September 10 because of the Ward 5 City Councilor preliminary election.  Polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

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Shakespeare in the Park Measure for Measure Wednesday August 14th 7:30


Free Outdoor Shakespeare returns with political drama Measure for Measure. What happens when corruption reaches the highest level of court? Explore the price of principle, and witness what happens when the law is bent by those who serve to uphold it. A duke in disguise leaves the fate of his people in the hands of a ruthless judge. A loyal sister is faced with an important decision: save the life of her brother, or uphold her honor? Join us for Shakespeare’s timeless tale of deception, virtue, and honor, and decide for yourself whether justice is served.   
 
The performance begins at 7:30 at Hyde Playground 90 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands, MA 02461. *In the chance of rain performance to be moved indoors at the Hyde Community Center.
 
All performances are free and open to all audiences; no tickets are needed. Enjoy the Bard under the stars on the lawn or bring blankets and lawn chairs. Please visit www.brownboxtheatre.org for full performance schedule and rain locations.
 
Measure for Measure is supported by a grant from the Mass Cultural Council and Summer in the Highlands. The Hyde Community Center and Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council sponsor Summer in the Highlands with lead sponsors from Village Bank and Newton Community Pride.

For information John Rice 617-201-7088 jrice@tsnn.com
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Shakespeare in the Park Measure for Measure Tonight Wednesday August 14th 7:30 at Hyde Playground


Free Outdoor Shakespeare returns with political drama Measure for Measure. What happens when corruption reaches the highest level of court? Explore the price of principle, and witness what happens when the law is bent by those who serve to uphold it. A duke in disguise leaves the fate of his people in the hands of a ruthless judge. A loyal sister is faced with an important decision: save the life of her brother, or uphold her honor? Join us for Shakespeare’s timeless tale of deception, virtue, and honor, and decide for yourself whether justice is served.   
 
The performance begins at 7:30 at Hyde Playground 90 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands, MA 02461. *In the chance of rain performance to be moved indoors at the Hyde Community Center.
 
All performances are free and open to all audiences; no tickets are needed. Enjoy the Bard under the stars on the lawn or bring blankets and lawn chairs. Please visit www.brownboxtheatre.org for full performance schedule and rain locations.
 
Measure for Measure is supported by a grant from the Mass Cultural Council and Summer in the Highlands. The Hyde Community Center and Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council sponsor Summer in the Highlands with lead sponsors from Village Bank and Newton Community Pride.

For information John Rice 617-201-7088 jrice@tsnn.com
 
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It will be a busy weekend at Hyde Playground

At 6:15 Friday June 21st Mayor Fuller will be dedicating the new Hyde Playground tot lot that was named to remember Matty Eappen twenty years ago. On Monday June 24th at 4:00 Mayor Fuller will also be at Hyde Playground to thank the Ruderman Family Foundation which donated the money needed to build the walkway to make the play structures accessible.

Friday the 50’s band the Reminisants will be playing at 6:20 followed by the movie at dusk “Ralph Breaks the Internet”.

Sunday Night June 23rd Newton Theater Company will perform “Woman” at 7:00 PM.

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Highlands Village Day & Summer in the Highlands & Paddles and Picnics

Newton Highlands Village Day

Village Day 2019 is Sunday, June 9!

Please note:  Lincoln St will be closed to traffic from 9am to 5pm.  Vendors will be allowed to unload until 10am, but cars need to be off the street to allow for the 5K runners to head towards the finish line.

The day begins with the 5K Road Race at 10:00 AM, followed by the festival from 11-4.   Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, all kid activities are FREE!  That includes bounce houses, caricatures, and face painting!  Plus, enjoy delicious food, enjoy two stages of live music, amazing magicians, and much more!

Come for the run and stay for the fun!

Please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!

See you Sunday, June 9!

10:00 – 11:00Road Race (onsite registration 8-9:30 AM, awards ~11:00) Hyde Center
11:00-4:00Village Day:  Activities, Music, Vendors, FoodLincoln Street
11:00-2:30Magicians:  Constantine & Charlienear Indulge!
11:00-12:00Music:  David PolanskyWest Stage
11:00-12:30Music:  Tal Shalom-Kobi EnsembleEast Stage
12:00-1:30Music:  Tema SiegelWest Stage
12:30-2:00Music:  Johnny Horner Trio and Jam SessionEast Stage
1:30-2:00Music:  Highland Conservatory (students from the Newton Highlands music school perform)West Stage
2:00-4:00Music:  Jazz BaracudasEast Stage
2:00-4:00MusicStardustWest Stage

Locations:

  • East Stage (JAZZ): In front of Stacks Espresso Bar
  • West Stage (YOUTH/ROCK): In front of Congregational Church
  • Magicians:  In front of Walnut Market
  • Hyde Center:  90 Lincoln Street
Summer in the Highlands Starts June 7th

June 7th at 6:00 Studio 2 Beatles Band will be playing at the Hyde Playground Bandstand and at dusk the family movie Mary Poppins (1964) will be shown. Next Friday Mary Poppins Returns (2018) is playing at the Hyde Bandstand.

Paddles and Picnics June 16th

Come Join Us for An Afternoon of Fun on Crystal Lake!!
“PADDLES AND PICNICS” Sunday, June 16, 2019 (Rain Date: Sunday, June 23, 2019) 1:00pm-5:00pm 20 Rogers Street, Newton Highlands, MA

Support Crystal Lake Conservancy’s efforts to keep Crystal Lake healthy $15 donation per canoe/kayak/paddleboard

Enjoy a lovely canoe, kayak or paddleboard ride on Crystal Lake! The City’s swimming season pass and day pass will be open as usual The Crystal Lake Conservancy and the Newton Parks and Recreation Department invite you to join us for a Sunday afternoon of activities on Crystal Lake. Participants may sign up for half hour slots between 1-4:30pm to enjoy the pleasures of canoeing/kayaking/paddle boarding. A lifeguard will be on duty and all participants will be required to wear life jackets and sign a waiver. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult while on the water. Volunteers are needed to help that day! Learn about the Conservancy’s ongoing watershed activities to protect Crystal Lake!!

Visit our website at www.CrystalLakeConservancy.org or call Janice Bourque at 617-967-0797.

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Summer in the Highlands

Summer in the Highlands 2019 starts Village Day weekend Friday June 7th. We will have thirteen concerts and thirteen movies and Shakespeare play on a Wednesday night this year and Newton Theater Company performance of another play on a Sunday in June.

Major Funding for both the concerts and movies and also for a donation to the Hyde Playground rehab goes to Village Bank a longtime supporter of Summer in the Highlands. Summer in the Highlands is also supported by Newton Community Pride.

The Hyde Community Center & Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council 2019 Summer in the Highlands

All Movies and Concerts are free and take place outside on the Hyde Playground.

In case of rain, the entertainment moves inside the Hyde Gym. Bring blankets and beach chairs. 

For more information contact : John Rice 617-201-7088 or jrice@tsnn.com

June 7 6:00 p.m. Concert:  Studio 2  (Beatles Band)

Dusk Movie: Mary Poppins

June 14 6:00 p.m. Concert: Four Guys in Tuxes (Oldies)

Dusk Movie: Mary Poppins Returns

June 21 6:00 p.m. Reminisants

Dusk Movie: Ralph Breaks the Internet

June 23 7: 00p.m.  Live Theater: “Women” (Newton Theater Company)

June 28 6:00 p.m. Specific Gravity (Rock)

Dusk Movie: The Kid Who Would be King

July 5th No Concert Have a Happy July 4th Weekend

July 12 6:00 p.m.  Concert: Legit Band (Oldies)

Dusk Movie: The Grinch (2018)

July 19 6:00 p.m.  Concert: Stardust Band (Rock)

Dusk Movie: Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock)

July 26 6:00 p.m. Concert: Black Velvet Band (Irish)

Dusk Movie: Bumblebee

August 2 6:00 p.m. Concert:  Soft Touch Dance Band (Big Band)

Dusk Movie: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

August  9th 6:00 p.m. Concert:  Spicolis (Rock)

Dusk  Movie: Goonies

August  14th 7:30 p.m.  Live Shakespeare Theater:  “Measure for Measure”

August 16 6:00 p.m. Concert:  Gringo Kings (Jazz)

Dusk Movie: Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

August 23 6:00 p.m. Concert:  Dueling Piano Show with Justin Klosek and Chris Keenan

Dusk Movie: Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse

September 6 6:00 p.m. Concert:  Loose Change (Oldies, Rock)

Dusk Movie: Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

September 7 7:00 p.m.  Nomad Story Slam (Community Storytelling)

Lead  Sponsors: Village Bank & Newton Community Pride.

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Newton Taiwan Day Saturday May 4th 11:00

Newton Taiwan Day’ Saturday May 4th:  Festivities kick off at 11:00 pm with a Dragon Dance starting at the Hyde Community Center, continuing down Lincoln which will be closed to traffic, and then back to the Hyde Center, 90 Lincoln Street, Newton Highlands. After the Dragon Dance the fun continues at the Hyde Playground, where there will be a dance performance, craft projects for kids, and cultural activities for adults.  There will be 50 booths and many give-aways.  Admission is free.  For more info, contact the Executive Director of the Hyde Center, John Rice at 617-201-7088 or director@hydecenter.org.

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Hyde Playground Build Friday/Saturday/Sunday April 26th, 27th and 28th

We still need volunteers to help put together the playground equipment. We are planning on completing this in 3 days on April 26th, 27th and 28th (rain or shine) over Newton Serves weekend (this counts as part of Newton Serves!). Friday hours will be 9:00 am to 7:00 pm drop by at any point, there will be two shifts on both Saturday & Sunday 8:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 5:00

This truck delivered all the Hyde Playground equipment!


200 Hundred Yards of mulch was delivered with another 100 yard coming Friday!

Please sign up for as many slots as you like, the more the merrier! Go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d45a9ae2fa7ff2-hyde pick a shift and put in your name. Please pass this on to friends that would be interested in helping out. Send me their email and I will add their name to the list jrice@tsnn.com or 617-201-7088.

*Please note that this is considered a construction area (as per City of Newton) so children will not be permitted while we build the playground.

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