In the Community: Democracy, Music, Reform

Screening of AWAKE, documentary on #NODAPL
Thursday, May 4, 2017: 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm, Lexington Community Center

Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition (LexGWAC) will be hosting a showing of the movie AWAKE, a documentary on the dramatic story of the historic #NODAPL native-led peaceful resistance at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, which captured the world’s attention as one of the biggest stories of 2016. Tens of thousands of activists travelled from all over to stand in solidarity with the water protectors (activists) protesting the construction of the 3.7 billion dollar Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which is purposed to transport fracked oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields through sovereign land, under the Missouri River, the water source for the Standing Rock reservation and 17 million people downstream.

Democracy Demands Engagement
Thursday, May 4, 7 to 9pm, Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln Street

Lexington Interfaith Clergy and Representative Jay Kaufman co- sponsor a four-part series: The first forum invites us to identify what issues move us, how to unite around these concerns, and to explore steps to re-energize democracy and ourselves. RSVP by emailing

“Out of Many” – a musical show focusing on immigration in the United States, past and present 
May 4 – 7, The Black Box Theatre, Chelsea, MA

Follenites Jean Hobbie and Deb Weiner will be performing. They hope you can come! It’s been very moving to rehearse this very timely show; for more information – Eminently suitable for children ages 5 and up – there are four youth in the production.

Why Criminal Justice Reform Matters
Saturday May 6, 2-4pm, Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church

Read/Download flyer for Criminal Justice Reform Matters

Harmony and Hope: Responding to Violence with Music, UU Urban Ministry
Sunday, May 7, 3 to 5 pm

The Riverview Chamber Players and the UU Urban Ministry present a concert of classical and gospel music at the First Church, Roxbury; suggested donation: $10, in support of Legacy Lives On and Operation Lipstick.

Festival of Colors

Saturday May 13, Noon – 4 pm, Hastings Park, Lexington

Our friends at the Bhakti Center of Lexington are bringing a fun-filled spring fest, the Festival of Colors, to Lexington.

This will be a 4-hour program where –

  • You will enjoy Irish, Tap, Mexican, Indian dances, musical bands like Wicked Hangin’ Chads, Eastburn Music, High School Band and many more.

  • There will be booths/vendors (Empow, Pinotte’s Palette, Einstein’s Workshop, DCU, etc.) from different communities displaying their wares and services.

  • You can relish Mexican, Italian, American, Indo-chinese and Indian cuisines from the vegetarian food stalls and of course there will be cupcakes and ice cream!

  • There is entertainment for all ages including bounce houses, henna and face painting booths.

  • Finally, we will be playing with dry organic powdered colors – a tradition from India where we welcome spring and greet friends by applying colors on each other’s faces and throwing colors in air.

We would like to invite you to participate in this celebration. If you would like to volunteer for the event, please sign up at High schoolers will earn community service hours for volunteering.

If you would like to just hang out and have fun, please register at or Tickets are limited so don’t wait too long to get yours.