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Local Businesses, Restaurants, Artists Lined up for Second Annual 'Arts Stroll & Shop'

The Newton Cultural Alliance has teamed up with the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce, the city of Newton and Birthday Wishes for this year's "Shop local, eat local, art local" event.

Newton businesses, restaurants and arts organizations are teaming up to promote all things local for the Newton Cultural Alliance's Second Annual Arts Stroll & Shop in Newton Centre. 

The event will take place on Sunday, Dec. 2 from noon - 6 p.m. and will transform Newton Centre into a "vintage main street" where residents can enjoy a bit of holiday shopping, dining, music and local art.

According to Newton Cultural Alliance (NCA) Program Director Kara Robbins, the NCA is expecting as many as 40 businesses and at least 100 artists and musicians to join the Stroll & Shop festivities this year. 

As of this week, more than two dozen retail shops and restaurants are already lined up to participate in the event, according to the NCA's website. The businesses will offer special discounts, treats or promotions for patrons who stop in during the Stroll & Shop.

Similar to last year's Stroll & Shop event, art exhibits will be set up in Newton Centre's empty storefronts and bank lobbies. Local musicians will be providing "pop-up" performances in the art spaces as well.

The evening also includes a free community concert, a "stroll & sing" and demo classes, Robbins says.

A full list of participating businesses and restaurants is available on the NCA website.

In addition, the NCA has teamed up with the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce to promote the chamber's "Shift Three Pledge", which encourages local consumers to purchase at least three items locally this holiday season, rather than buying those products out of town or online. 

Another partner in this year's Stroll & Shop is the Birthday Wishes organization and its 2012 Luminary Night, an evening where cities light "luminary kits" to show support for the organization's mission to bring birthday parties to homeless children. 

Stay tuned to Patch for more information, including a Stroll & Shop map and schedule as well as information from local participating businesses.

For more information visit the NCA website or the Arts Stroll & Shop Facebook page.

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