Summer is almost over as Labor Day quickly approaches but there are three "essential" events occurring in Belmont this week – which you will miss if your spending this final beautiful week on vacation.
• No matter if you are new to town or have spent your entire life here, if you want all your questions about Belmont answered, then come to Meet Belmont - the town's annual community information fair - taking place this Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Chenery Middle School.
Stroll through to chat with town officials, school staff, and representatives from nearly 100 local arts, children’s, environmental, political, religious, and social, political and civic action groups. Find out what’s new in town, register to vote, apply for a library card, and learn about volunteer opportunities in town. You also can support the Belmont Food Pantry by bringing a contribution of non-perishable food items or toiletries.
• Beth El Temple Center is holding its annual Open House on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Temple located at 2 Concord Ave. It's an opportunity to meet Rabbi Jonathan Kraus, other members of its staff and members of the vibrant and inclusive congregation to learn about the community, the religious school and educational and social programs for all ages. Mingle and enjoy refreshments. Beth El is an inclusive Reform Jewish community with a dedication to interfaith, family, and social action programs.
• Go a great community project that could use some money? Then come over Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. to Town Hall to hear from the Community Preservation Committee on the application process for the funding of projects that related to recreation, preservation, affordable house and some more areas that they fund. The CPC has nearly $2.3 million that can be used during this year's funding cycle.