Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Lexington’s 6th Annual MLK Day of Service

Monday January 21 from 9:00am-4:00pm

Join us as we unite Lexington and adjacent towns’ communities in reflection and celebration of Dr. King’s legacy. Social action, educational events, opportunities for meaningful conversations and much more are part of a full day of activities. So take an uplifting and impactful break from your ski day and participate in any of the various family-friendly volunteer activities to serve those less fortunate. For additional information and to sign up to volunteer, visit http://www.lexingtonmlk.org/.







Here’s a list of events you can participate in, reflect on, and be inspired by:

9–10:30 a.m. at Grace Chapel –Lexington Human Rights Committee and Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association sponsor a Community Dialogue focusing on Dismantling White Privilege and Institutional Racism in Lexington and Beyond: the 400-year Struggle for Racial Justice. Join teens and adults as they talk about how they’ve encountered or combatted White Privilege and Institutional Racism in our community. There will also be an opportunity to strategize on how to build a more racially equitable community.

11 a.m. Unity Walk from the Lexington Battle Green to Cary Hall. Come and join our community in this fun and symbolic show of unity and solidarity in the name of equality and social justice.
11:15 a.m. at Cary Hall Commemoration Program and Musical Performances – Brief and uplifting performances by Lexington literary performer Regie O’Hare Gibson and the In His Words song and spoken word ensemble, Lexington Student winning essay readings and the Special Needs Arts Program (SNAP) Sing Along Chorus. 

Volunteer activities you can sign up for on the MLK Day of Service website:
9 a.m. –3 p.m. Charitable Donation Drop-offs, at Grace Chapel, 59 Worthen Road, Lexington. Donate non-perishable food items, new toys, books, DVDs, CDs, video games and other media, gently-worn kids clothing (winter layers for kids preferred), well-preserved used toys, and monetary donations.
10 a.m. –12 p.m. Cradles to Crayons Task Force, at 155 North Beacon Street, Brighton, MA. Organize, distribute, clean/prep goods for reaching families in need in Boston area (Brighton warehouse).

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sand for Seniors activities around Lexington (weather permitting). Help our senior citizens be safe during the winter season by delivering buckets of Sand for Seniors for winter driveways and walkways.

1-3 p.m. Wood Furniture Donation for MA Coalition for the Homeless at St. Brigid Church basement, 2001 Mass Ave., Lexington. Donate used all-wood furniture like dressers/bureaus, night tables, end tables, coffee tables, kitchen tables with chairs, and bookshelves and help the homeless get a home.

1–3:30 p.m. YMCA Community Day and Free Clothes Boutique Donations at Waltham YMCA, 725 Lexington St, Waltham. Program of activities for children and adults (games, sports, reading, Zumba, story time, swimming, etc.) including lunch and also accepting donations of gently used clothes and shoes for all ages.

1–4 p.m. Fleece Blanket and Scarf Making at Grace Chapel (Gym), 59 Worthen Road, Lexington. Family-friendly activity making warm fleece items with a strongly-encouraged $10 donation per blanket and $5 for scarf + hat is suggested to cover cost.
1–4 p.m. Card-Making at Lexington Montessori School, 130 Pleasant Street, Lexington. Hand craft greeting cards for underserved populations and enjoying performances by the Music Makes Me Happy Chorus.

1:30-3:30 p.m. Gathering for Lexington Seniors: Honoring His Legacy, Continuing His Message of Sharing at Brookhaven, 1010 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA. Lexington senior residents are invited for music, refreshments, and reflections on what Martin Luther King means to us personally and to our nation. Guests are asked to bring donations of new, unused items include household cleaning and hygiene products, full-sized bed sheets, coffee mugs, gift cards, art and decor for apartments, or a check made payable to “Bedford Place LLC” with “Veteran Programming” in the memo line.

1:30–3:30 p.m. Making Birthday Party Kits for Homeless Children with Seniors + BINGO! at Waltham Crossing 126 Smith St. Waltham. Join senior residents of Waltham Crossing in preparing birthday party supply kits for homeless children in a family-friendly environment with musical performance by Music Makes Me Happy Chorus.

2–4 p.m. Cookie Decorating and Winter Donation Drop-off for Youth On Fire at First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington. Decorate cookies and donate winter wear, public transport Charlie Cards (to help youth get services), gift cards and fresh produce for homeless LGBTQ+ youth. Sort and prepare donations for the shelter. Beverages, human treats, dog treats, and raffle tickets available for purchase.

Contact: Pat Costello   781-862-6435   pecostello@verizon.net


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

23rd Annual Regional High School Art Show


 

23rdAnnual Regional High School Art Show
presented by LexArt (Lexington Arts and Crafts Society)
 



January 12 – 27,  2019
Reception: High School Artists, A Celebration Sunday, January 27, 2 - 4pm

Students from 9 regional high schools: Burlington, Lexington, Bedford, Waltham, Arlington,
Winchester, Lexington Christian Academy, Concord-Carlisle and Minuteman High School will display their artwork in the Parsons Gallery Show.

Gallery Hours:  Tues – Fri & Sun  12 to 4pm,  Saturdays 10am – 4 pm 
Closed Mondays
130 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA 02421

For more information and directions call: 781 862 9696 or visit www.Lexart.org or
Contact: Terumi or Colleen   781-862-9696   lacs.officeadmin@verizon.net



Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Why Not to FSBO in Lexington, MA

Use an agent to sell your Lexington MA home
If you’d like to sell your home in the Lexington MA real estate market in 2019, I am here to help! My experience as a Lexington real estate agent will help you sell your home fast and for the best price. If you’re considering selling FSBO, for sale by owner, here are a few reasons to reconsider:

1.  Most buyers search and buy a home they found on the internet. Agents use internet strategies to get your home seen.
2.  Agents are professional negotiators, and there is a whole slew of people to negotiate with!
3.  Paperwork for selling has dramatically increased, making it harder than ever to FSBO.
4.  Sellers sell for a better price with agents, the biggest reason of all!

Read more about why not to sell FSBO this year, and when ready to sell in the Lexington real estate market, contact me, your Lexington real estate agent! I’m here to help!

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Happy Boxing Day



Boxing Day is a national Bank Holiday, a day to spend with family and friends and to eat up all the leftovers of Christmas Day. The origins of the day, however, are steeped in history and tradition.

Why is it Called Boxing Day?
Arguments abound on the origins of the name Boxing Day. All the answers below are valid, so maybe it is one, or even all of them.
The name is a reference to holiday gifts. A ‘Christmas Box’ in Britain is a name for a Christmas present. Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants and the day when they received a ‘Christmas Box’ from the master. The servants would also go home on Boxing Day to give ‘Christmas Boxes’ to their families.

The name is a reference to charity drives. A box to collect money for the poor traditionally and placed in Churches on Christmas day and opened the next day - Boxing Day.
The name refers to a nautical tradition. Great sailing ships when setting sail would have a sealed box containing money on board for good luck. Were the voyage a success, the box was given to a priest, opened at Christmas and the contents then given to the poor. 

When is Boxing Day?
Boxing Day is the 26th December and is a national holiday in the UK,  Ireland and Canada.
Activities on Boxing Day

Boxing Day is a time to spend with family or friends, usually those not seen on Christmas Day itself. In recent times, the day has become synonymous with many sports. Horse racing is particularly popular with meets all over the country. Many top football teams also play on Boxing Day.

Fox Hunting on Boxing Day
Until 2004, Boxing Day hunts were a traditional part of the day, but the ban on fox hunting has put an end to this in its usual sense. Hunters will still gather dressed resplendently in red hunting coats to the sound of the hunting horn. But, since it is now forbidden to chase the fox with dogs, they now follow artificially laid trails.

The New Boxing Day Sport - Shopping
Another ‘sport’ to emerge in recent years is shopping. Sadly, what was once a day of relaxation and family time sees the start of the sales. Sales used to start in January, post-New Year, but the desire to grab a bargain and for shops to off-load stock means many now begin on Boxing Day.

Food and Drink on Boxing Day
With guests often popping in for a snack or tipple the food and drink on Boxing Day are more relaxed than Christmas Day.

Lunch will usually be a buffet or leftovers from Christmas lunch. Baked Ham is a popular Boxing Day meat and of course, mince pies with brandy butter or a slice of Christmas cake or other dessert are almost obligatory.

TO ALL OUR EUROPEAN AND FRIENDS TO THE NORTH
WE WISH YOU A HAPPY BOXING DAY!





Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Lexington Annual Christmas Eve Caroling



Please bring family and friends to Lexington's annual Christmas Eve Caroling event!  Caroling will take place from 4:00 – 4:30 pm on December 24th at the Hastings Park Bandstand in Lexington.  Join in this town tradition that is enjoyed by several hundred residents and neighbors each year who gather to sing an assortment of traditional and favorite carols.  Song sheets will be provided to all and the Boy Scouts will be dutifully donating and serving up hot chocolate and cookies for the carolers!

Contact Jackie Piscitello with any questions at jackiepiscitello@gmail.com.  

Visit:  https://www.tourlexington.us/ for more holiday events around Lexington.



Wednesday, December 12, 2018

10 DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make with Kids



The kids are getting excited as Christmas gets closer. Keeping their excitement in check can be daunting. Why not work on some of these cute DIY Christmas ornaments to give away as gifts or create a cute kids tree full of these ornaments.

1. Sesame Street Ornaments
Help your kids bring their favorite TV characters to the Christmas tree by stuffing disc-shaped ornaments with red or blue crinkle-cut paper and gluing on tiny Cookie Monster and Elmo faces. 

What you'll need: plastic disc ornament, red shredded crinkle-cut paper blue shredded crinkle-cut paper), printable Cookie Monster and Elmo templates

2. Charlie Brown Ornament
Squirt a little paint into your ornament, shake it until the color is evenly distributed, and stick on a zig-zagging strip of contact paper to nail your favorite Peanut's iconic look.

What you'll need: plastic ball ornament, yellow paint and black contact paper

3. Santa's Belt Ornament
Kids will love stuffing this cutesy bauble with fun, fluffy feathers — just make sure you leave the hot-gluing to Mom or Dad.

What you'll need: plastic ball ornament, red feathers, black glitter elastic, and a  rhinestone buckle slider.

4. Goldfish Bowl Ornament
Real aquarium gravel makes this fish bowl ornament extra convincing. Complete the underwater illusion by threading some fishing line through a vinyl goldfish and using it to suspend him.

What you'll need: plastic ball ornament, green aquarium gravel vinyl goldfish, fishing line and a  funnel.

5. Despicable Me Minion Ornament
This one is guaranteed to be a hit with the kids. Set them up with the right materials, then let them customize their Minions to build a little yellow family.

What you'll need: plastic ball ornament, yellow paint, black contact paper, aluminum foil, and googly eyes.

VISIT: GOODHOUSEKEEPING.COM to get the rest of the list and watch the video to make all these cute holiday ornaments and more.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Sell Your Lexington Home This Holiday Season

Lexington Home Sellers
If you need or want to sell your Lexington home this holiday season, there’s no need to wait! Contact me, your Lexington real estate agent, I am happy to help. There are fewer buyers out now, sure, but there are also perks to selling during the holidays!

1.  Holiday decorations help make your home look brighter and cozier.
2.  The home-selling process happens faster, because there are less transactions being processed in December. Home inspectors, mortgage lenders, etc. are less busy.
3.  There’s less competition from other sellers. There will always be buyers who need or want to sell right now, and they are serious buyers looking for a fast purchase!

When ready to begin the home-selling process in the Lexington real estate market, contact me, your Lexington real estate agent! Let’s get started! Happy Holidays!

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

2019 Lexington Winter Rec Programs


The 2019 Lexington Winter Rec Programs are now available to register! 

Click to Access the program


The Lexington Rec Program Mission
To provide affordable, quality programs meeting the needs of the community. We are committed to providing active and passive leisure opportunities that are educational, fun and life-enriching. The Department promotes participation by all Lexington residents in safe, accessible, and well-maintained facilities.

Activities for all ages!

 Phone:
781-698-4800
781-698-4810 Recorded Information & Cancellations

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Lexington Events December 9, 2018



Lexington Tea Burning

Sunday, December 9, 10 AM - 4 PM, Lexington Visitor’s Center (1875 Massachusetts Avenue)
Lexington Historical Society and the Lexington Minute Men invite all to the Lexington Tea Burning, an all-day event free and open to the public.

The events will take place on the grounds of another sponsor of the event, the Lexington Visitor’s Center and will begin at 10 AM with an 18th century soldier encampment, followed by musket drills, 18th century cooking demonstrations, parades, and music, and culminate with the burning of the tea at 1:30 PM.

Historic Buckman Tavern - decorated for the holidays - will be open for complimentary tours that day. Take a tour and learn more about tasty alternatives to tea that were available to patriots during the war in an interactive drop-in program from 12-1 and 2-3 PM.

Masters Singers Christmas

Sunday, December 9, 4:00pm at First Parish Church

You're invited to start your holiday celebration with this local tradition: a late afternoon holiday concert followed by a reception with Christmas cookies! The Master Singers presents a program of  rich choral music with strings and organ, including Mozart’s Missa Brevis in D and Francesco Durante’s Magnificat, which was misattributed to Giovani Pergolesi for many years. The concert will close with a selection of traditional Christmas carols, and a festive reception follows. First Parish Church is located at 7 Harrington Road on the historic Battle Green in Lexington, MA. The church is fully accessible with ample free parking behind the church. Concert tickets are $25.00 for general admission and $20.00 for seniors and students. Discounts are available from members of the chorus and to WGBH member card holders and Greater Boston Choral Consortium members. 

For information and directions, please call (781) 275-1478 or visit www.themastersingers.org.

The Master Singers of Lexington is turning 50 this year! Save these dates for our remaining concerts: a special 50th Anniversary Concert on March 23, followed by POPS: As Time Goes By on May 4.



Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Tours



Friday November 23 and Saturday November 24

Not interested in shopping this Black Friday weekend?

Come visit our historic homes this holiday season! Self-guided audio tour, social media exhibit, and wonderfully stocked museum store at Buckman Tavern, 9:30 AM - 4 PM. Guided tour and First Shot! Film at Hancock-Clarke House, 10 AM - 4PM.