Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members.
This calendar also reflects information about other events that are of interest to the public.

Date & Time        Place        Description
Thursday, March 2, 2017
  Board Meeting. Members welcome!
Contact us for details.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Broadmeadow School
120 Broadmeadow Road
Fourth Annual LWVN Civics Bee. Join us as we cheer on our friends and neighbors at the fourth annual LWVN Civics Bee. This free event is intended to spur civic engagement and interest and will be a fun competition. The Civics Bee is co-sponsored by LWV-Needham and the Needham Public Schools. The League of Women Voters of Needham thanks Needham Bank and the League of Women Voters of Needham Education Fund for financial support.

Teams will compete by answering questions related to local, state, and national government and politics.

See the flyer.

Sunday, March 12, 2017
First Parish in Needham
23 Dedham Avenue
Film: Time to Choose. Rescheduled from February.

Academy AwardŽ-Winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (Inside Job, No End in Sight) turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions in his new film Time to Choose.

See the flyer.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Town Clerk's Office
Needham Town Hall
Voter Registration Deadline. This is the last day to register to vote prior to the April 11, 2017, Town Election. The Town Clerk's office is open extended hours today.

More information can be found at the Needham Town Clerk's website.

Friday, March 24, 2017
Needham Public Library
Community Room
League Friday Forum: Meet Your Legislators. The public is welcome to join League members as they discuss the issues of the day with our local legislators. Come be a part of the discussion!

Representative Denise Garlick
Senator Richard Ross, Needham Precincts A, B, C, I, J
Senator Michael Rush, Needham Precincts D, E, F, G, H

Saturday, March 25, 2017
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
630 Mass. Ave.
The Politics of Justice: Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform in Massachusetts. This forum is hosted by First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington's Mass Incarceration Working Group.

Speakers will include Sen. Will Brownsberger on the Council of State Governments omnibus bill; Cassandra Bensahih of EPOCA (Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement); Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan; Sen. Ken Donnelly on community policing and pretrial reform; and Rahsaan Hall from the Massachusetts ACLU on racial justice implications.

It is free and open to the public. LWVMA and the Arlington and Winchester Leagues are also co-sponsors.

Thursday, March 30, 2017
  Annual LWV-Needham Book Review. This year's book is The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. According to historian Michael Bechloss, "The book bursts with new information and behind-the-scenes details. It is also an important contribution to history, illuminating event-making private relationships among our ex-presidents and why we should do a far better job of drawing on their skills and experience."

Contact us for more information.

Friday, March 31, 2017
  "Making Democracy Work in My Community" Student Video Contest. The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts invites all MA high school students to enter our fourth annual video contest.

Do you know someone who is making democracy work where you live--whether that means encouraging others to vote, educating the public about important policy issues, speaking out against injustice, organizing activists, or fostering dialogue?

If so, show us! Create a two-minute video for our Making Democracy Work In My Community contest and submit it to us at our website between February 1 and March 31, 2017.

First place wins $500; second place wins $250; and third place wins $100. Winners will attend an award ceremony at the Massachusetts State House, and the winning videos will be publicized statewide.

Go to for full information and to enter.

Sunday, April 2, 2017
Needham Public Library
Community Room
Forum: Preserving Needham's Natural Treasures.
Monday, April 3, 2017
Broadmeadow School
120 Broadmeadow Road
Candidates' Night. 7:00-7:30 pm: Meet the Candidates for Town-wide Committees and Town Meeting

7:30 pm - Contested Candidates' Forum. In addition to League-generated questions, the audience will be invited to submit questions for the candidates.

Look for the LWVN Voters Guide in the April 6 Needham Times with candidate information and a list of those running for Town Meeting in your precinct.

Thursday, April 6, 2017
  Board Meeting. Members welcome!
Contact us for details.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
  Town Election.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Center at the Heights
(Senior Center)
300 Hillside Avenue
Needham Heights
Warrant Meetings. New Town Meeting Member Orientation with Moderator, Michael Fee, 6:45 p.m.

The League of Women Voters Needham annually hosts Warrant Meetings. This is a wonderful opportunity for Town Meeting Members, and anyone else, to learn about the issues that will be voted on at Town Meeting the following week.

We will divide into small groups, by precinct. Town department representatives will informally discuss the Warrant articles relevant to their expertise. Town Meeting Members will have the opportunity to ask questions and get those questions answered within those small precinct groupings.

Town Meeting information can be found on the Needham Town Website.

Friday, April 28, 2017-Saturday, April 29, 2017
LWVMA Convention. Information can be found at the LWVMA website.
Monday, May 1, 2017
James Hugh Powers Hall, Needham Town Hall Annual Town Meeting Begins. Helpful documents for Town Meeting can be found at the Town's website.

Additional information about Town Meeting:

The Needham Town Meeting Handbook

Town Meeting Member Listing

Thursday, May 4, 2017
  Board Meeting. Members welcome!
Contact us for details.
Monday, May 22, 2017
  Annual Meeting. For LWV-Needham members only. Dinner, business meeting, speaker: Fredie Kay from the Women's Suffrage Celebration Coalition