Established in 1889, the Waban Improvement Society is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization whose membership comprises all people who live and/or work in Waban, Massachusetts. The Society promotes any activity intended to improve Waban and fosters a sense of community for those who live and work here.
Last year's event featured bands from Newton North High School, this year we turn to Newton South:
11 am: The Newton South High School Jazz Combo
This group of eight young musicians is Newton South High School's top jazz improvisational unit. Come hear the sound of Newton's next generation of jazzers right now! - Conducted by Ed Harlow
11:45 Ed Harlow's The Original Gentlemen
5K Family Fun Run
Race Start/Finish 10:00am -Waban Library Center 1608 Beacon Street
All Runners must sign in at 9:00am on race day! You will need to sign a Waiver of Liability.
Children are allowed to use scooters and bikes on the race course and will be considered Fun Run participants.
Adult Shirt Sizes
Youth Shirt Sizes
Family ($40 + $3 Paypal Fee, includes up to 4 shirts)
Individual ($20, + $2 Paypal Feeincludes 1shirt)
Additional T-shirt ($12 + $1 Paypal Fee)
Non Waban Resident Vendor Fee $40 (+$2 Paypal fee)
Waban Resident Vendor Fee $25 (+$1 Paypal fee)
Youth (HS and below) Vendor Fee $16 (+$1 Paypal fee)
Includes $1 CC transaction fee.
Join WIS's master gardener Gail Wintersteiner for our annual mulching of Waban Center Gardens
Waban’s Benjamin Korsh: Breaking New Ground in Photography
While Preserving Angier History
Benjamin Korsh, 19, a student at UMASS/Boston, moved to Waban at age 2. He attended Newton schools, graduating from Newton South in 2012. His time at Angier School made a lasting impression on Korsh, who two years ago conceived the idea of creating large-scale artistic photographs of Angier classrooms before the school building is torn down this spring.
Here is our sister organization, the Waban Area Council and it can be reached from the menu above.
The Waban History Project has been rejuvenated with a new focus. At present, we plan to publish a book (in both print and online formats) that will update the first work of Waban history, Waban, Early Days. As such, we are now soliciting manuscripts (handwritten, typewritten, sent via email or in virtually any other format) of personal memoirs of Waban life and times. We are particularly interested in the years 1920 to 1960. Please send along any memories to, the Waban oral history published in the late 1940's. We are looking to interview long-time Waban residents to discuss their early remembrances of Waban. If you would like to participate, please contact: Lauren Paul 617-559-9967
WIS has established a scholarship at Newton North and Newton South High Schools. It will be awarded each spring to a graduating senior who resides in Waban and who participates in community service programs. This scholarship will be added to the list of Local Newton Scholarships, announced each year at both high schools. All student applications and information submitted are held in strict confidence and remain within the school. Students who are selected will be notified prior to graduation when the local scholarships are announced.