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Speaking of events this weekend, my church (First Church Somerville -- the one on College Ave. with the rainbow flag, Black Lives Matter banner, and vegetable garden) is hosting 2 events this weekend:

(1) a Yard Sale
Saturday
September 16th, 2017
9am-3pm
First Church Somerville
89 College Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144
Cash, Major Credit Cards and Apple Pay accepted!
All proceeds will go directly to RESPOND, working to end domestic violence

(2) a Block Party
Sunday
September 17, 2017
2-4pm
at Francesca Ave. and College Ave.
Come meet your neighbors and celebrate fall!
Barbecue and beverages provided; bring a side dish or dessert to share. [Bringing food is not required -- you can just come and eat our food, I promise.]
Bouncy house for adults & kids! Face painting!
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September 16, 2017 * 9am-1pm in Davis Square * Rain or Shine!
100s of locally grown plants on sale.
Discover the perfect plant to enliven your garden or window sill.
Don't miss this!, it's been a Somerville Tradition since 1995!

* Sun & shade garden perennials
* Trees, shrubs, and groundcovers
* Horticultural books, decorative containers, garden tools
* Bulbs, dried flowers
* Herbs

Choose from hundreds of plants donated by both Somerville Garden Club members and community friends of the Club. Visit the Connoisseur Table for that unique specimen or find a tried-and-true favorite.
Proceeds benefit the educational programs and public plantings of the all-volunteer, non-profit Somerville Garden Club.
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Sweet Violets
The next meeting of the Somerville Garden Club is Wednesday, August 9
 
Hot August evenings are perfect movie nights, so let’s enjoy some air conditioning and watch a film together.

Sweet Violets is a documentary by Tobe Carey that explores how violets came to be the rage during the Gilded Age and how, in the years before WWI, the Hudson River town of Rhinebeck, NY became the violet capital of the world. Includes vintage photographs and postcards, rare film footage, 19th-century music and literature, and interviews with historians and commercial growers.
 
We’ll also discuss our annual Plant Sale. This year it is on September 16th. Club Members: If you haven’t begun potting up your donations, now’s the time. Somerville Community we hope you'll Save the Date!
 
All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. 7-9pm.
Meetings are held at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.
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 Landscaping with Novel Native Shrubs
 
Professor Jessica Lubell will give a presentation on native shrubs that are adaptable to tough conditions — such as the readily available Rhus and Juniperus, as well as lesser-known taxa like Aronia, Diervilla, Prunus, Myrica, Corylus, and Spiraea. She will discuss her wide-ranging research on this subject, including controlled studies on the adaptability of native shrubs, and improved methods of nursery propagation to increase the availability of native taxa. This talk will be enlightening to all who landscape with natives. Dr. Jessica Lubell is an Associate Professor of Horticulture at the University of Connecticut, with 15 years of experience working with the horticulture industry. 
 
All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public.  In addition to the lecture, there will be the usual Q and A and raffle. 7-9pm. Meetings are held the at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB),167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.

Also, Stop by and see us at ArtBeat, Saturday, July 15. We'll be in Seven Hills Park.
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BIG GARDENS small spaces
BIG GARDENS, small spaces
A Self-Guided Tour of Member Gardens, 
Presented by the Somerville Garden Club 

When: Sunday June 25, 2017, 11:00 am. – 4:00 p.m.,
Rain or Shine! (Should be a sunny day!)
Where: Somerville and Cambridge
Cost: Tickets are $18. Ticket holders receive a brochure with a map to the featured gardens.

The SGC 2017 Garden Tour, Big Gardens, Small Spaces, celebrates the creativity and variety of compact gardens.

Walk through gardens of different styles, featuring shady perennials, colorful sun-loving flowers, statuary, vegetable plots, ponds, bee hives, unusual shrubs and trees, native plants, and interesting hardscaping surrounding Somerville Garden Club member homes, and three of our garden sites. Proceeds support the educational programs and public plantings of the Somerville Garden Club.

Advance Tickets are on sale at:
Pemberton Garden Center, 2225 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, Cambridge
Capone Foods, 14 Bow Street, Union Square, Somerville
Through our website: www.somervillegardenclub.org.
Day of Event Tickets: Sunday June 25. 11:00a.m. - 3:00p.m., Davis Square Statue Park, opposite the MBTA Davis Square Station.

There are some amazing private gardens on this tour! (including mine)!
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“Hardscaping” for Your Urban Garden

Somerville Garden Club members Dorothy Africa and Eleanor Ramsay will give presentations on the creative use of plantings and materials to mask unfortunate views or brighten up dark areas, in the small gardens typical of many Somerville and Cambridge neighborhoods. Dorothy Africa will present practical ideas for “hardscaping” -landscaping in a hard place – with inexpensive and creative materials. Eleanor Ramsay will present a slide show of how she turned her literal hardscape, an asphalt parking lot backyard, into a shady garden retreat.

Tickets for the Somerville Garden Tour will be on sale at the meeting. There will also be the usual Q and A and raffle. All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. 7-9pm. Meetings are held the at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.

Also, we hope you'll join us for our first Garden Tour since 2013
SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017 11:00 am. – 4:00 p.m. Rain or Shine! $18.
Big Gardens, Small Spaces
A Self-Guided Tour of Member Gardens 
Presented by the Somerville Garden Club
The SGC 2017 Garden Tour showcases the creativity and variety of compact gardens. 21 gardens will be open to ticket holders. Proceeds from the 2017 Garden Tour support the educational programs and public plantings of the Somerville Garden Club.

[identity profile] prunesnprisms.livejournal.com
As previously noted in the community, the four moderators of your community here ([livejournal.com profile] ron_newman, [livejournal.com profile] surrealestate, [livejournal.com profile] cos, and [livejournal.com profile] prunesnprisms) have agreed that the community will be moving to this location at the hosting tool Dreamwidth, beginning May 1.

You may create a free account with Dreamwidth here. You may also choose to continue with OpenID from LiveJournal, but as has been pointed out in the comments below there's no single-login connection from Facebook or Google properties. Many of you will know already that this is a similar blogging site to Livejournal, maintained by former LiveJournal team members, and hosted in the US -- here is some recent information for new members posted by the team here.

While we don't plan to remove any content that's ever been posted here, we'd like to mark a line in the sand at which point we leave the top post on this community as a pointer to where we are now located. [livejournal.com profile] ron_newman has backed up the community twice to make sure all our older posts and comments are preserved. However, there is no way to continuously cross-post the community, and none of us will continue to push new posts over to Livejournal after May 1. In addition we will be removing posting access to this community over the next few days as well.

You can read more about the concerns regarding Livejournal as a platform here

Please join us in our new home!
[identity profile] prunesnprisms.livejournal.com
As previously noted in the community, the four moderators of your community here ([livejournal.com profile] ron_newman, [livejournal.com profile] surrealestate, [livejournal.com profile] cos, and [livejournal.com profile] prunesnprisms) have agreed that the current state of LiveJournal under its new hosting status and new terms of service are not one we would choose to continue discussion under.

Your community will be moving to this location at the hosting tool Dreamwidth, beginning May 1. You may create a free account with Dreamwidth here. You may also choose to continue with OpenID from Google or from Facebook. Many of you will know already that this is a similar blogging site to Livejournal, maintained by former LiveJournal team members, and hosted in the US -- here is some recent information for new members posted by the team here.

While we don't plan to remove any content that's ever been posted here, we'd like to mark a line in the sand at which point we leave the top post on this community as a pointer to where we are now located. [livejournal.com profile] ron_newman has backed up the community twice to make sure all our older posts and comments are preserved. However, there is no way to continuously cross-post the community, and none of us will continue to push new posts over to Livejournal after May 1.

You can read more about the concerns regarding Livejournal as a platform here

Your team of moderators are open to suggestions about the style of the community on Dreamwidth, as it has not been chosen recently and is probably not as up to date as it could be for mobile or other readability. Please feel free to share in the comments.

On a personal note, leaving Livejournal a few months ago, other than this community, was personally very difficult for me as I’ve been using this platform more than fifteen years. I do quite like Dreamwidth and had no problems migrating over. I believe in the leadership team’s statement of diversity and guiding principles. I really hope that those of you who are similarly conflicted about LJ and want to maintain an open community for us to have discussion about just any old thing happening in Davis Square will find us there.
[identity profile] gruene.livejournal.com
I'm not sure if you all have seen the new Live Journal terms of service, but in my mind, they seriously compromise the ability of this site to serve as a forum for our community: http://www.livejournal.com/legal/tos-en.bml

In short, Livejournal users are now governed by Russian law, and risk having posts removed or accounts deleted if they don't comply with it. Among other things, "Political solicitation" is now banned, meaning no more talking about Aldermanic or state legislative races. Any discussion of LGBT rights will require the "adult content" label to avoid running afoul of the "Gay Propaganda" laws of the Russian Federation.

While moving will certainly be disruptive, in the long run, I think it is essential if this is going to remain a home of free discussion of issues pertinent to Davis Square. I welcome your thoughts on this.

Image banned in Russia as extremist below the fold )
[identity profile] phpanda.livejournal.com
There is a lot of work happening at old Powderhouse School on Broadway. Does anyone know where the plans are online for the new design that includes high school? I have not seen anything in the paper or at city websites.
[identity profile] lancedavisward6.livejournal.com
Please join Ward 6 Alderman Lance Davis (https://www.facebook.com/lancedavisforward6/) and community leader Thalia Tringo on Wednesday, March 29th at 6:30 P.M. at the office of Thalia Tringo Real Estate (128 Willow Ave) for a meeting to discuss the formation of a Davis Square Neighborhood Council. The intent is to facilitate the formation of a group comprised of and led by residents, property owners, business owners, and other stakeholders that will meet on a somewhat regular basis to discuss issues relevant to the Davis Square community. This initial meeting will an open conversation regarding the initial format for the group -- how it could be structured, how to expand participation, and anything else that might be relevant.  Please extend this invitation to any and all who might be interested.
[identity profile] lancedavisward6.livejournal.com
Davis Square Neighborhood Planning Meetings
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Our third Davis Square neighborhood planning meeting is tonight, March 21st at the Somerville Baptist Church, 31 College Avenue, starting at 6 pm.

We will have an engaged and interactive workshop, discussing the character and aesthetics of Davis Square. We want to hear from you and hope to see you there!

More Information on this meeting series here. Let us know if you have any questions.

Traducción Española: http://tinyurl.com/hgfrcu2

Tradução em português: http://tinyurl.com/z26vm35

Kreyòl ayisyen tradiksyon: http://tinyurl.com/hnhewhv

[identity profile] lancedavisward6.livejournal.com
The owner of the former Ideal Engine is proposing multiple tenants in that space and is seeking zoning relief, including some parking relief.  They will host a neighborhood meeting this evening at 6:30 P.M. at the site (100 Dover St.) to review the plans and answer questions. My understanding is that the space will be subdivided, with one portion leased by a small technology company and the other portion by Candlewick Press as an expansion to their existing location across the street.

The Planning Staff Report is here: http://archive.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/rnd/DoverSt100_StaffReport_030117.pdf
The Plans are here: http://archive.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/DoverSt100_TenantA-PlanSet-FINAL.pdf
Revised drawings are here: http://archive.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Dover%20100%20Tenant%20A-ZBA%20rev%203%20Drawings-170224.pdf
[identity profile] ceelove.livejournal.com
Following up on the previous post http://davis-square.livejournal.com/3757806.html

Sunday, March 5 at 1:00, at the Vogt/Grossbart residence at 2D Chester St (Mass Ave end), we will have an informal read-through of my new comedy I Made a Faustian Deal With the Devil and All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt. Ring and we'll buzz you up.

There will be a second read-through on Saturday, March 18 at 1:00, at the Ringel/Koerber residence at 112 Highland Ave Unit E.
[identity profile] ceelove.livejournal.com
Hello, Davis Square! I've posted here in years past about my writing (my Never After played at the Somerville Theater in 2009), and I've got a new script needing feedback. I Made A Faustian Deal With the Devil and All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt is a full-length comedy set in Hell, where Catherine the Great, bluesman Robert Johnson, Joan of Arc, Niccolo Paganini, and the non-binary-gendered Devil argue over who among them should escape.

I'm hoping to hold a read-through in the next couple of weeks at a home on the Mass Ave end of Chester Street. There's a poll up at http://doodle.com/poll/p7y8448eh47p3trr to determine the best date. If you're interested in reading aloud, I can send you a PDF of the script. I am particularly interested in finding an African-American man to read Rob Johnson.

Thanks for your interest!
[identity profile] lancedavisward6.livejournal.com
UPCOMING MEETINGS:

- Wednesday, March 1, 6:00 P.M.: ZBA Meeting on both Davis Square Medical Marijuana Dispensary proposals.
Visiting Nurse Association
259 Lowell St.
3rd Floor Community Room

- Thursday, March 2, 6:00 P.M.: 2nd (of 5) Davis Square Neighborhood Planning Meeting -- "New Developments"
Community Baptist Church
31 College Ave.
Slides and video from the 1st meeting can be found here: https://www.somervillebydesign.com/neighborhood-planning/davis-square/
[identity profile] lancedavisward6.livejournal.com
UPDATE: MEETING CANCELLED

Reminder: There will be a neighborhood meeting regarding the proposed "Taco Bell Cantina" at the former iYo/Farmer's Bounty location (234 Elm St.) on Monday, February 27th, at 6:30.
[identity profile] nomacmac.livejournal.com
Somerville Girl Scouts will be selling Girl Scout cookies at Comicazi on Friday, Feb 17th 3:30-7:00 (or until they run out). mmm....Thin Mints for dinner....  $5/box
[identity profile] nomacmac.livejournal.com
From the Somerville by Design website:
The City of Somerville’s Planning Department invites community members in the Davis Square area to a series of Somerville by Design meetings aimed at chartering the next steps in developing this great neighborhood while preserving its character.

Whether you are a renter or owner; new to the neighborhood or a long time resident, a planning meeting veteran or never attended one: We want to hear from you!
February 13th – History and Future
March 2nd – New Developments
March 21st – Aesthetics and Character
April 4th – Aesthetics and Character Continued
April 25th – Design Guideline Reviews
LOCATION
Somerville Baptist Church
31 College Avenue
 
[identity profile] nomacmac.livejournal.com
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Ward 6 Alderman Lance Davis Invite all interested neighbors and community members to a meeting which will give an overall project update on the West Branch Library Renovation

West Branch Library Community Meeting
Monday, November 14th 2016 @ 6:30pm
at 31 College Ave,  Somerville Community Baptist Church

City officials, Somerville Public Library, designLAB architects and Design Technique, Inc. would like you to come support your local library and help us with continued community input on key design features at the West Branch Library.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

For more information: Capital Projects and Planning Department at 617-625-6600 ext. 5120.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Betsy Allen, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or BAllen@somervillema.gov.
 

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