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 5, 2015
7:15pm
  Board Meeting. Members welcome!
Contact us for details.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
2:00pm
Broadmeadow School
120 Broadmeadow Road
Needham
Second Annual LWVN Civics Bee. Join us as we cheer on our friends and neighbors at the second 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, the Needham School Department, and the Richard Patton Melick Foundation.

Teams of three will compete for prizes. Teams can be composed of adults, high-schoolers, eighth graders or any combination of three.

Click here for more information. Last day to register was Wednesday, February 25.

Civics Bee brochure.

Civics Bee flyer.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
7-9pm
Wilder Pavilion (Adamian Academic Center 165)
Bentley University
175 Forest Street
Waltham
LWVMA Forum: Economic Inequality and Political Participation -- Whose Voice Is Heard?. Is growing economic inequality having an impact on who is participating, how they're participating, which groups are influencing policy, and what those policies are? Does greater wealth at the top also mean a greater concentration of political power there as well? If growing economic inequality means political inequality, what are the implications for the democratic ideal of "one person, one vote"?

Come hear our panel of experts discuss these and other questions at "Economic Inequality and Political Participation -- Whose Voice Is Heard?" co-sponsored by LWVMA and Bentley University's Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences.

Click here for more information.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
9:00am-8:00pm
Town Clerk's Office
Needham Town Hall
Voter Registration Deadline. This is the last day to register to vote prior to the April 14, 2015, Town Election. The Town Clerk's office is open extended hours today.

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

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
 
  "There Oughta Be a Law" Student Video Contest. What is the Student Video Contest? The next two-year session of the Massachusetts state legislature begins in January. LWVMA is asking Massachusetts high school students to submit two-minute videos letting our state legislators know what new legislation should be passed to keep Massachusetts healthy, productive, safe, and clean.

Who can enter? The contest is open to any Massachusetts high school student in grades 9-12.

When is the contest? Entries may be submitted online from Feb.1 until March 31.

Are there prizes? Yes! First place wins $1000; second place wins $500; and third place wins $250. Judging takes place in April, and winners are announced in May. All winners will be invited to the Massachusetts State House for the award ceremony.

Click here to see last year's winning videos!

Thursday, April 2, 2015
7:15pm
  Board Meeting. Members welcome!
Contact us for details.
Monday, April 6, 2015
 
Broadmeadow School
120 Broadmeadow Road
Needham
Candidates' Night. Look for the LWVN Voters Guide in the April 9 Needham Times with candidate information and a list of those running for Town Meeting in your precinct.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
6:45am-8:00pm
  Town Election. See the Town Clerk's website for current polling locations.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
7:00pm
  Annual Book Group. Annual LWV-Needham Book Review: Is American education really in crisis?

What's working.....charters, vouchers, pre-school education, privatization?
What's the evidence for reforms promoted by the federal government and different states?
What should we do to improve our schools and the lives of children?

Monday, April 27, 2015
7:30pm
Pollard Middle School
200 Harris Avenue
Needham
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.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
10:00am-noon
Massachusetts State House LWVMA Day on the Hill. We are pleased that Senator Stanley Rosenberg, the newly-elected president of the Massachusetts State Senate, will be the keynote speaker at the LWVMA annual Day on the Hill lobby day, Tuesday, April 28.

Plan now to attend to hear Senator Rosenberg and to advocate for the League's legislative priorities as the new session begins. As information is made available, details will be found at the LWVMA website.

Monday, May 4, 2015
7:30pm
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

Current Town Meeting Members

Thursday, May 7, 2015
7:15pm
  Board Meeting. Members welcome!
Contact us for details.
Friday, May 15, 2015-Saturday, May 16, 2015
 
Clarion Hotel
West Springfield
LWVMA Convention. Information will be found at the LWVMA website in the Spring.