Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

Meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Friday, February 2, 2018
9:15am
Large Meeting Room
Cary Memorial Library
1874 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA
First Friday Forum: Lexington Grant Makers. Have you heard about the Dana Home Foundation, The Trustees of Public Trusts and the Fund for Lexington? They are among a number of Lexington organizations which are dedicated to supplementing public funds with private grants for all residents, young and old. As part of our informative First Friday Forums, the League of Women Voters Lexington is highlighting a few of these grant makers in February and March.

Susan McClements, a board member of both the Dana Foundation, and the Trustees of Public Trusts, and Norman Cohen, a member of the Fund for Lexington Board will speak in depth about their organizations and projects they have supported.

This is the fourth in the series of 2017-2018 First Friday Forums hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lexington to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues.

Coffee will be available at 9:15AM, and the presentation will begin at 9:30AM. All League forums are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the League at lwvlexington@gmail.com.

Thursday, February 15, 2018
7pm to 9:20pm
Jonas Clarke Middle School
17 Stedman Road
Lexington, MA
Candidates Night 2018. Candidates' Night is an annual event organized by the League of Women Voters of Lexington to provide Town Meeting and town-wide office candidates an opportunity to present their positions on issues and to listen to constituents' concerns.

  • 7:00pm to 7:30pm - coffee and conversation on the first floor outside of the school auditorium.

  • 7:30pm to 8:00pm - precinct meetings in individual classrooms on the first floor for Town Meeting candidates and interested voters.

  • 8:00 pm - participants gather in the Clarke school auditorium to hear the views of candidates seeking town-wide elective office (Board of Selectmen, School Committee, Planning Board, and Town Moderator).

The evening promises to be informative and to provide a lively forum for discussion of issues that may be voted on at Town Meeting and other topics of interest. There is no admission charge and the public is encouraged to attend.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
7-9pm
12 Barrymeade Drive
Lexington
LWV Lexington Book Club - **Postponed from 1/4/18**. At the fourth meeting of the book club, we will be discussing ""Personal History" by Katherine Graham.

As seen in the new movie The Post, here is the captivating, inside story of the woman who helmed the Washington Post during one of the most turbulent periods in the history of American media.

In this bestselling and widely acclaimed memoir, Katharine Graham, the woman who piloted the Washington Post through the scandals of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate, tells her story--one that is extraordinary both for the events it encompasses and for the courage, candor, and dignity of its telling.

Here is the awkward child who grew up amid material wealth and emotional isolation; the young bride who watched her brilliant, charismatic husband--a confidant to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson--plunge into the mental illness that would culminate in his suicide. And here is the widow who shook off her grief and insecurity to take on a president and a pressman's union as she entered the profane boys' club of the newspaper business.

As timely now as ever, Personal History is an exemplary record of our history and of the woman who played such a shaping role within them, discovering her own strength and sense of self as she confronted--and mastered--the personal and professional crises of her fascinating life.

WINNER OF THE 1998 PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY

To RSVP call 781-862-2637 or email: mecoppe@gmail.com

Friday, March 2, 2018
9:15am
Large Meeting Room
Cary Memorial Library
1874 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA
First Friday Forum: Community Grant Makers, Part 2. Lexington is fortunate to have a number of organizations helping our community. Last month we featured representatives from the Fund for Lexington and the Dana Home Foundation. We invite you to come meet representatives from CEL (Community Endowment of Lexington) and LEF (Lexington Education Foundation) to learn more about their organizations and how they support our community.

We will present a panel discussion on these organizations and the resources they provide. Participants include Nancy White, co-chair of CEL, and Karen Orf, co-president of LEF.

This is the fifth in the series of 2017-2018 First Friday Forums hosted to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. Coffee will be available at 9:15AM, and the presentation will begin at 9:30AM. All League forums are free and open to the public.