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Mayor's Open House celebrates community service for New Year's

Posted by Laura Franzini  December 28, 2012 09:54 AM

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Monday, Dec. 31, residents of all ages are invited to join city officials for the annual Mayor's New Year's Open House at City Hall.

A major event that attracts families from across the city, the Open House is an opportunity to come to City Hall to help support two great causes and enjoy a fun afternoon, the city said in a press release.

This year, the city is asking attendees to bring non-perishable food items for the Newton Food Pantry, and children's boots, jackets, gloves, or books for Cradles to Crayons.

The city is also collecting items to put together care packages that will be sent to troops overseas. Among the items being collected are bandannas, socks, razors, granola bars, gum, and prepaid phone cards.

For a complete list of items, visit www.newtonma.gov and click on the link for the Mayor's Open House.

In addition, the festivities will include musical performances from the Newton Family Singers, puppet performances from Diana Kane, dance performances, storytelling, face painting, balloon animals, and more, the press release said.

The Open House will be held Monday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. throughout Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue.

For more information, visit the website or contact the Mayor's Office for Cultural Affairs at 617-796-1540.

Laura Franzini can be reached at laura.franzini@globe.com.

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