Newton woman recruiting for Mother’s Day Walk for Peace

Larry Denenberg of Newton performed with partner Bonnie Rubenstein at last year’s Israel Folkdance Festival.
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Larry Denenberg of Newton performed with partner Bonnie Rubenstein at last year’s Israel Folkdance Festival.

WALK FOR PEACE: For the fourth year, Josie Greene of Newton plans to celebrate Mother’s Day by participating in the 3.6-mile Mother’s Day Walk for Peace in Boston to benefit the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. On March 15, from 7 to 11 p.m. in Newton, she and husband Glenn Asch will host a rally for prospective walkers and others interested in joining the effort to eliminate youth violence.

The event will begin with live music provided by Zumix, a nonprofit in East Boston that empowers youth through music and the arts. At 8 p.m., there will be a short program featuring Tina Chery, who founded the Dorchester-based Louis D. Brown Peace Institute after her 14-year-old son was gunned down in 1993, and Visions Inc., a Roxbury-based nonprofit that is developing youth leaders through its Legacy Project. The second half of the event will include food, drinks, and a DJ.

Greene said walkers are welcome to join her Neighbors Too team or form their own. The 17th annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace will take place on May 12 at 8:30 a.m. at Town Field Park in Dorchester’s Fields Corner.


“The issue of youth violence affects all of us, regardless of where we live,” Greene said. “This is a chance to come together and support one another in addressing a public health problem that is entirely preventable.”

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The rally is free, but attendees must contact Greene for the location at 617-513-2814 or by e-mail at gbajbg@comcast.net. For more information about the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace, visit ldbpeaceinstitute.org.

POWER OF MUSIC: Kathleen Howland of Northborough was an applied music major in college about 30 years ago when, she said, her work in a residential school revealed that many of the autistic individuals were “mind-bogglingly musical.” In particular, an 8-year-old amazed her by spontaneously and repeatedly singing a song he had heard as a toddler.

While the power of music was evident, however, it was not until Howland switched schools to study music therapy prior to her junior year that she began to understand how to use it as a transformative and healing force.

Today, Howland wears many hats as a baritone saxophone and clarinet player, certified music therapist, speech language pathologist, and professor at Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and Boston University. On March 14 at 7 p.m., she will share her insight on the effects of music on the mind and body in the presentation “The Power of Music” at the Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St.


The event is part of the new evening and weekend lecture series developed through a partnership between the library and the Wellesley Council on Aging.

Howland will discuss how music can comfort people in pain or nearing death, help Parkinson’s and stroke patients with movement, trigger memory in individuals with Alzheimer’s, and emotionally prepare patients for surgery and oncology treatments.

While she calls the clinical practice of music therapy a “brain-based intervention for a brain-based disease or condition,” Howland also advocates it as an important tool in something as simple as a grandparent connecting with a grandchild.

“Music perception and production is an inherited, innate gift of our humanity,” she said.

FOLK DANCE DEVOTEE: Larry Denenberg of Newton is being honored Sunday at the Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston, which begins at 3 p.m. at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. The Festival Honoree of the Year Program recognizes individuals who have dedicated significant time and effort to the festival and performance art.


Denenberg discovered Israeli folk dancing after moving to Boston for school in 1977, and began teaching the following year. He performed in his first Boston festival in 1986, and two years later traveled to Israel with Bustan Boston, one of four groups that represented North America in the first Karmiel Dance Festival.

For more information about the Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston, visit bostonfestival.org.

CELEBRATING AUTHORS AND ARTISTS: Cary Memorial Library in Lexington is celebrating the town’s authors and artists on March 17 in honor of Lexington’s 300th birthday. The event is being held in conjunction with LexCelebrate, a series of programs and activities during Incorporation Weekend (recognizing Lexington’s incorporation as a town in 1713) on March 16 and 17.

Advance registration is required for the lecture by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and National Medal of Science recipient E.O. Wilson, who will discuss his life and writing at 3 p.m. in the large meeting room.

Beginning at 4 p.m., a reception (no registration required) on the main floor will feature the dedication of banners with the names of approximately 450 Lexington authors whose books are in the Cary Memorial Library collection. Live music will be provided by members of the Lexington Symphony.

For more information, call 781-862-6288, ext. 250, or visit www.carylibrary.org.

BRAIN INJURY CONFERENCE: Dr. Carolyn Roy-Bornstein of Newburyport will be the keynote speaker at the 32d annual Brain Injury Conference on March 28, 7 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center in Marlborough.

Presented by the Westborough-based Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, the event will offer nearly 20 educational workshops. Topics include self-expression through art, innovative treatment for chronic pain in traumatic brain injury survivors, successful practices for providing day services, and creating trusts.

Roy-Bornstein, a pediatrician and the author of “Crash: A Mother, a Son, and the Journey from Grief to Gratitude,” will discuss her experiences balancing grief as a mother with her determination as a physician to turn tragedy into opportunity.

The conference is cosponsored by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, New England Rehabilitation Hospital, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. For more information, call 508-475-0032 or visit biama.org/annualconference.html.

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