Community News & Enrichment

The LPA (on behalf of Lynch School) is happy to promote events in Winchester.  However, a listing appearing below does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of any group by the LPA or by Lynch Elementary School.  These are posted for informational purposes only.

These postings are often included in our weekly newsletter blasts as well.  If you are interested in posting a community event in our Newsletter & on this Community News & Enrichment page, see below:

Newsletter Submissions/Blasts:       

PLEASE NOTE:  The LPA sends out a weekly newsletter informing the Lynch community of upcoming Lynch events.  At the end of each newsletter is a section for Community News.  We only send out stand-alone blasts for Lynch specific events or news.  (And only occasionally.)  As you can imagine, we get many requests from community groups each week.  Since parents give permission to be contacted for Lynch news and updates, we use the newsletter alone for community events, etc. (and not separate blasts).

DEADLINE:  The deadline each week is Friday.  Newsletters are published on Sunday nights.


For the 25 Year Anniversary of Winchester's Celebration of Black History, the Network and the Interfaith Community of Winchester has invited The Karolines who will be performing two sectarian Ugandan dance and vocal pieces for the audience.


The Karolines is a group of youths and young adults in the Uganda Catholic Community in the archdiocese of Boston that was started in 2010 by a group of youths at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waltham, Massachusetts.

"We are a dynamic, enthusiastic team of youths and young adults who chose to preserve and uphold our African culture in the diaspora by practicing and teaching the new generation that was born here in the USA the African dances, songs, drama and where need be, the language too. We perform traditional African Arts at concerts as Karolines that we hold in the summer and at all kinds of events," says Charlotte Ssebutinde, one of the group's founders.

Please join us on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 162 Washington Street (the Hall is on the hill opposite the church).

Sponsored by: Winchester Multicultural Network, St. Mary’s Parish Peace and Justice Ministry, and the Winchester Interfaith Council, made possible with grants from EnKa and the Cummings Foundation.

For more information:




  • Go to and sign-up by March 15th
  • Available for grades K-8
  • The season will run from sometime after April vacation to around mid-June
  • Formats vary by grade and age
  • Grades K-1 will be a Saturday clinic only
  • Grades 2-3 and 4-5 will be a Saturday clinic and weekday game
  • Grades 6 and above will be age-based (see website for details)
  • All participants will receive a shirt and visor
  • Please send questions to


Calling all Girls!!!

Our girls hockey program is growing and we want to spread the word. If you have been thinking about trying hockey for the first time or play hockey somewhere else, join us at one of the 2 events in February.

Saturday, Feb. 10th at 5 pm – Flynn Rink

Introduction to Girls Hockey.

This will be some basic instruction to help our beginners and a chance to meet some parents and girls from our u10 team. It will be low key fun time - a couple of coaches will be on the ice to help the beginners out and lead drills and games. Current WYH girls are encouraged to bring friends who are interested in trying out hockey. ALL are welcome with or without a WYH player.

No previous hockey experience necessary. Basic skating skills suggested, but not required. Full equipment strongly encouraged, but not required, Helmets are required. We can assist in helping to find equipment if need be.

Wednesday February 7th –7:10 pm – Belmont Hill Ice Rink

Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00 pm – Flynn Rink

Want to see our U10 girls in action? Your daughter is welcome to join a practice and see what it is all about. Whether you play on another team in Winchester or elsewhere, we invite you to come and skate. Coaches, parents and kids will be at the rink if you have any questions. No need to RSVP, just show up! We would love to have you.

Contact Aimee Burke to sign up, any questions or equipment needs.


Celebrate the Griffin!
Come to the Griffin Museum on February 9th, 7-10pm to celebrate our 25th anniversary!
We will enjoy a Mardi Gras-themed evening of cocktails, dinner & dessert along with a photo booth & silent auction. All monies raised support the Griffin's exhibitions and educational programming throughout the year.
Tickets are $85 each or $300 for a table of 4. Available at


Annual ABC Fundraiser
Join us for a night of music and fun to raise funds for ABC.
April 7, 2018
Details and Ticket info coming soon!
A Better Chance Winchester



WinPower Q & A

Winchester Residents’ Power Program

Jenks Center

Monday, February 12th  10:30 a.m.

Susan McPhee, Winchester Energy Conservation Coordinator and member of the Winchester Energy Management Committee, will host a workshop for residents to learn more about WinPower.  Winchester’s Community Choice Electricity program, WinPower was launched in July 2017 to offer price stability on your electricity bills. Get your questions answered.

Effective January 2018, Eversource Basic Service rates increased 22%.   Residents enrolled in WinPower will save 17% on their electricity supply over the next six months. Come learn about this opportunity to join with other Winchester residents for price stability and greater renewable energy.

***Please note WinPower does not call residents.

For additional information, go to .


Winton Club Cabaret 2018 – Tickets on sale now!

The Winton Club presents its 2018 Annual Cabaret Fundraiser, “A Message In The Music”, Tuesday, January 30st- Saturday, February 3rd, in the Winchester Town Hall Auditorium, 71 Mount Vernon Street, Winchester. Cabaret Chairwoman/Producer Avis Somerville and the Winton Club invite you to join the fun and support Winchester Hospital at the same time.  Winton Cabaret is a great tradition and always a fun night out in Winchester.  Light refreshments and amazing prize opportunities are available. PLEASE JOIN US!  For more information and TICKETS!, go to:  The Winton Club is a non-profit volunteer women’s service organization exclusively supporting Winchester Hospital in service and fundraising activities.


Acera February Vacation Camp Flyer


Spring Music Classes Begin January 29 at WCMS

Spring classes at Winchester Community Music School begin the week of January 29. We have openings in Music and Movement for ages 18 months to 3 years; Musical Beginnings for age 4; Eurhythmics + Melodica & Percussion for age 5 (special session added!); Singing for Young Children ages 5-8; Intro to Guitar for ages 6 to 9; and Intro to Guitar for ages 10 – adult. Plus, children as young as 4½ can begin Suzuki piano or Suzuki violin lessons. WCMS is a non-profit school that serves over 800 students yearly; financial aid is available. For more information, call 781-721-2950 or visit


Summer Programs Community Expo at Kids’ Corner

Wednesday, February 7, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Check out a wide range of summer programs for kids and teens at Winchester’s third annual Summer Programs Expo. Representatives from several local cultural and educational organizations will be available to answer questions and share information about their programs. Come browse and find a great match! Participants include Acera Summer STEAM Camp, Ballet Arts Centre, Hope Christian Church Sports & Arts Camp, Kids’ Corner, Kidstock!, Russian School of Mathematcs, Studio on the Common, Winchester Community Music School, Winchester Library, and Wright-Locke Farm. For more information, call Kids’ Corner at 781-721-1514.


Winchester Residents Save and Go Greener with WinPower

Winchester residents who are enrolled in WinPower, the municipal electricity supply aggregation program, approved by Town Meeting, the Select Board and the Town Manager, launched in July of 2017, will pay less on their energy bill over the next six months than Eversource basic supply customers. Starting January 1, 2018 the Eversource basic supply rate is increasing 22%. This rate lasts for the next six months, before Eversource’s next rate adjustment.

Because WinPower Community Choice rates remain stable for 30 months, residents who are participating in the aggregated program will not experience the January rate increases seen by Eversource Basic supply customers. WinPower offers 3 levels of renewable energy supply:

  • “WinPower 100” for 100% renewable energy, drawing on wind, solar and methane sources. With the January rate increases, this option will only cost only 3 percent more than Eversource’s basic service, making it a good time to go 100% renewable.
  • “WinPower 5%” adds an additional 5% above the state minimum of renewably sourced energy (currently at 12% for a total of 17% renewable). This option will cost 17% less than Eversource’s basic service through June.
  • “WinPower Basic” which is the same as the Eversource Basic state-mandated 12%

By opting in to WinPower’s community aggregated pricing program, you still receive your bill from Eversource who will continue to deliver power and more. The only change is the supply line. **Note, our supplier is Dynegy. If you receive calls from other suppliers, they are not part of this community program which offers price stability for 30 months with no penalty.

For more information on how you can opt in to the stable rates and increase your supply of clean renewable energy, visit the WinPower website. You may also have questions answered at an informational WinPower presentation at The Jenks Center on Monday, February 12th 10:30 a.m.


February Highlights at The Jenks

Call 781-721-7136 or go to for more details

Gerard F. Doherty & The Kennedy Brothers - Monday, January 29th 2:00 p.m.

Clarification note: this is a Monday event. Join us for Gerard Doherty’s presentation of his autobiography “They Were My Friends-Jack, Bob and Ted: My Life in and Out of Politics”.

NEW - German Conversation - Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

We are pleased to add another conversational language group at the Jenks starting Thursday, February 1st. Whether you speak a lot or a little, or even if you are a native speaker, Peter Rosenberger will facilitate an informal conversation class to increase your proficiency, vocabulary and fluency. All are welcome!

Chinese New Year’s Celebration - Sunday, February 4th 10:00 to 12:30 p.m.

This month’s Chinese Culture Program is an invitation from Winchester School of Chinese Culture to attend their New Year Festival Show in Winchester High School auditorium where parents and children will perform music, dance, gymnastics, KungFu and more. Admission is free. Come for part of the performance or stay for all. Hope to see you there!

Whole Foods Market - Chocolate Fest at The Jenks

Monday, February 5th 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Join Donna DeConto, Culinary Demo Specialist from Whole Foods Market in Woburn, for a Tasting and Celebration of All Things Chocolate. Donna will showcase a variety of chocolates and how to incorporate them into your cooking. Samplings and recipes will be provided. The first 20 registrants will receive a free goodie bag to take home! Admission free. Registration required.

NEW - Tai Chi Class - Monday and Wednesday, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Join us Monday, February 5th and Wednesday, February 7th for two free Tai Chi orientation classes with instructor Vincent Chun, PhD, who first learned Tai Chi as a teenager around 1975. No matter your experience level, learn more about promoting balance, flexibility, and cardiovascular strength, while reducing pain, stress and anxiety, through this ancient Chinese exercise. Weekly classes will start Monday, February 12th and Wednesday, February 14th at $5.00 per class. Registration required.

Coffee with Judy Manzo - Proprietor of Book Ends

Friday, February 9th 8:45 a.m.

Please join us for a continuation of our “Coffee with” series and meet Judy Manzo, Winchester Main Street resident since 1981 and proprietor of one of the region’s pre-eminent independent bookstores, “Book Ends”. Judy will discuss several topics of interest to Jenks patrons. A dynamic businesswoman, she is passionate about “community” and committed to keeping the Town welcoming and vibrant for residents and businesses.

Food Management with Jessy McNeil - Friday, February 9th 10:45 a.m.

Happy Breakfast Month! Simple steps and recipes to make breakfast quick and balanced.

Sunday Bridge at the Jenks - Sunday, February 11th 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Join us for a fun afternoon of Bridge. Play duplicate bridge (with pre-set hands) or home style (shuffle and deal). Inexperienced players are welcome. No need to bring a partner. Bob Gaudet, who has taught Bridge at the Jenks for many years, is available to answer questions and officiate the game. Make your reservation by calling The Jenks Center or emailing Cost =$13. Future dates are March 11 and April 15.

WinPower Presentation - Monday, February 12th 10:30 a.m.

Susan McPhee, Energy Conservation Coordinator, will host a workshop for Winchester residents to learn about WinPower. WinPower is Winchester’s Community Choice Electricity program, launched in July 2017, to offer price stability for energy consumption and lower costs over the next six months. Free; no reservation required.

Valentine’s Day “Dance” - Wednesday, February 14th 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Come join us for a fun time to celebrate Valentine’s Day. No partner needed; all welcome. Whether standing or sitting in a chair, learn a few new moves from our instructor, Audrey Albert King, a Dance/Movement Therapist. Bring friends, enjoy the music, try some dancing, create memories! Sweets to be served. Free. Registration required.

Literary Lunch at The Jenks - Thursday, February 15th 11:30 a.m.

This month’s selection, Victoria Forester’s “The Girl Who Could Fly”, is a 2008 New York Times bestselling children's novel. Victoria Forester's debut novel has been praised by Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga, as “the oddest/sweetest mix of Little House on the Prairie and X-Men.” Call for information.

Monday Movies at The Jenks – this month: Woody Allen Romantic Comedies

Monday, February 12th 12:30 p.m. Annie Hall

Annie Hall is a memorable and bittersweet romantic comedy in which Woody Allen plays the role of Alvy Singer, a successful and notably neurotic television comedian living in Manhattan. Annie (Dianne Keaton) is a Midwestern transplant who dabbles in photography and sings in small clubs. Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts; Rated: PG; 1 hr. 33 min. Comedy/Romance 1977.

Monday, February 26th 12:30 p.m. Manhattan

Manhattan is one of the most critically acclaimed movies written and produced by Woody Allen, starring himself as a very successful writer who tires of writing sappy comedic television shows. He quits his job and becomes entangled in a series of complicated relationships including Mariel Hemmingway, a teenager with whom he falls in love and later leaves for Diane Keaton who plays the brainy quintessential Manhattanite. Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway; Rated: R; 1 hr. 33 min. Comedy/Drama/Romance 1979.

Nutrition with Jessy McNeil - Wednesday, February 21st 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate Heart Month-revamp your shopping list and recipes. Learn how to cut fat and salt, improve flavor.

Dr. Vartan Aghababian presents Music of the Renaissance

Tuesday, February 27th 10:30 a.m. (Coffee and Cookies available at 10:00 a.m.)

Ah, the Renaissance -- the word alone conjures up images of kings and feasts, of glorious churches and impressive castles with great halls, of Lords and Ladies and of dancing peasants. We have many ideas of what the Renaissance looked like, but what did it sound like? Come discover the sounds of the Renaissance, explore the Pavane and the Galliard, experience the sackbut and the shawm, all at a lecture given by Dr. Vartan Aghababian. Supported by a grant from the John and Mary Murphy Educational Foundation.

Monthly Coffee and Books at the Jenks

Wednesday, February 28th 11:00 a.m.

Sponsored by the Winchester Public Library, join this lively discussion group. This month’s book, Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad” chronicles a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Whitehead tells a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

Wellness Panel – Alternative Therapies

Wednesday, February 28th 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Each panelist will present their “unconventional” methods that blend with conventional medical treatments to help relieve discomfort and promote health. Come hear from Acupuncturist Joe Kelliher, Emotional Freedom Techniques practitioner Terry Currier, and Reiki instructor Linda Preston, to learn more about each of these therapies and ways you can improve your health. Free. No registration required.

ADDED Gentle Yoga Class with Marilyn Arnold

We are pleased to add a second weekly Gentle Yoga class with instructor Marilyn Arnold. A repeated request from her current students, Marilyn will be teaching Fridays, 10:30 to noon, in addition to her current Wednesday, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. class. Costs: $48/8 classes, $8 drop-in.

ADDED Yoga & Creativity Class with Ruth Lieberherr

We are pleased to offer weekly Yoga & Creativity classes on Thursdays at an earlier time with instructor Ruth Lieberherr. In response to her current students, Ruth will now teach each Thursday from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., in addition to her Tuesday, 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. class. Costs: $48/7 classes, $8 drop-in.

Calling All Artists!!!

Do you have paintings, photos, quilts, or other art projects you would like to share with Jenks visitors? In April, we will hold an Art Show. Look for more details in our next newsletter!! For questions, contact Nancy Polcari at or 781-721-7136.

Talent Show Performers Needed!!

Do you sing, dance, act, play an instrument, perform comedy, or have other stage talents that you would like to share? We are looking for people wanting to perform in our “Awesome April Antics” show. Please forward your ideas to Nancy Polcari,


Buildings and Grounds Committee – looking for a few additional people to join the committee, generally meet for an hour once a month.

Snow Shoveling Assistance -looking for people willing to shovel snow for seniors with limited physical abilities and limited incomes.

Handyman Volunteers – looking for a few people willing to provide minor repairs and modifications to keep seniors on a limited income, safe and independent in their homes.


St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Sunday, March 11th

Plan to join us for a fun time of Irish Step Dance performers, traditional Irish dinner, and Irish music!

Sheffield Chamber Players Concert - Sunday, March 18th

We welcome this dynamic ensemble of five musicians to The Jenks to perform a vibrant program of chamber music that will offer something for everyone.