Category: arts and culture

This Year’s Apple Run Runs All Week!

Belmont Apple Run Skeleton

The Apple Run is virtual in this, its eighth year. That creates some new opportunities including: a 10 day window to run the race and a slew of fun new prizes including “most times running the course” and “best costume.”

Calling all Runners: Brendan’s Home Run this Sunday

Hey Blogging Belmont readers. Just a reminder that Brendan’s Home Run, Belmont’s longest running 5K race and walk happen this Sunday – Father’s Day – June 18, 2017. Online registration can be found here.  You can also register on Sunday…

PTO/PTA: Race to Nowhere Screening tomorrow evening

Just a note that the Belmont PTA/PTO will be screening Race To Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture tomorrow evening (Thursday) at the Belmont Studio Cinema, with half the price of admission donated to Belmont’s Public Schools.PTO/PTA’s!  The…

We’ve come a long way, baby!

This is apropos of nothing at all, but I thought I’d pass it along anyway, as it was one of the ‘viral videos’ this week – albeit a pretty dated one. In any case – the back story here is…

Recommended listening: education, democracy and the meaning of intelligence

NPR’s Speaking of Faith featured a great discussion with UCLA Prof. Mike Rose this week. Rose asks the big questions: “What is the role of education in a democracy?” “Why do discussions about education tend to fall into the same ruts?” “How do we balance a need for accountability with a definition of education that goes beyond test scores?” Check it out.

Libraries…who needs ’em? (Answer below)

The future of libraries is in the headlines again, with articles on and the Boston Globe’s profile of Cushing Academy, which is getting rid of its 20,000 volume collection in favor of a “learning center” with plasma TVs, Amazon Kindles and a Cappuccino maker….but don’t worry — the future’s going to be great!

Watertown HS struggles to preserve Armenian language instruction

Interesting article from Boston Globe on Watertown High’s struggle to preserve a four-decade old Armenian language program.

One Book, One Belmont Fall Schedule

One Book One Belmont has a great schedule of events planned through October. In honor of Belmont’s 150th birthday and agricultural heritage, the OBOB selection is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver with husband Steven L. Hopp and daughter Camille Kingsolver.

Call for proposals from Belmont Cultural Council

There’s a rare bit of economic good news from the Belmont Cultural Council, which is expecting to have more money to distribute to worthy Belmontonians this year than last, according to Treasurer Juliet Jenkins.

Cultural Council announces grant recipients, seeks input

The Belmont Cultural Council has sponsored an online poll to get your feedback on how it can better server the community. Take part! This year, the Council’s grants will support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Belmont, including exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies and performances in schools.