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I'm sensing a new civic engagement period underway--which I hope will persist. But it may be instructive to hear about previous periods of this as well.

Via Mike Connolly on twitter:

TL,DR + Event details: Historians, 60s activists, current activists will speak to activism in our area and in their eras. "There’s one more treat in store: In addition to panel discussions, there will be a free custom ice cream flavor from Toscanini’s made in honor of the 1960s." I have no idea what 60s ice cream is.

July 29
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
lecture hall of the Cambridge Main Library
449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge
[personal profile] ron_newman
Because of threatened rain tomorrow night, the Friday night part of ArtBeat, in Seven Hills Park, will instead take place Saturday night, after the regularly scheduled Saturday daytime ArtBeat events.

Full information here:
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Yes, it's that time again. Broadway between Ball and Magoun Squares will be closed to traffic this Thursday, June 29, for a street party starting at 6:30 pm followed by fireworks at 9:15 pm. Before the fireworks, enjoy outdoor performances by the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, local Disco-Funk band Booty Vortex, and the Somerville Sunsetters.

Full details, including other street closures and parking restrictions, here.

(Thank you [personal profile] josephineave, who introduced this Subject line way back in 2008.)
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Details of the event:

We invite members of the Medford/Somerville community to an Outdoor Movie Night at Tufts University on Friday, June 16, 2017. The event will be hosted by Tufts University's Office of Government & Community Relations.

We will be showing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2017 version) on the Residential Quad. Arrive early to grab a space on the lawn and get some free popcorn. The movie starts at sundown, approximately 8:24pm.

Link includes parking and rain site info.
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 There will be fireworks on Monday, according to the City's newsletter:
NEW! Memorial on the Mystic: Concert and Fireworks Tribute
Monday, May 29, 7:30 p.m., Baxter Park, Assembly Row
This performance capstones Memorial Week with a musical performance that illustrates the true meaning of Memorial Day, and provides a message of hope for our country as we honor those brave men and women who paid the ultimate price for freedom. The evening ceremony will combine the talents of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, vocal ensemble N ’Harmony, and special performances by the Somerville All-City Chorus and the Somerville High School Chorus.
The highlight of the evening will be a stunning fireworks display over the Mystic River honoring the service and sacrifice of all who serve and have served our Nation. Special thanks to our event sponsors Federal Realty Investment Trust, and Wynn Resorts/Wynn Boston Harbor.

note the fine print that Wynn is paying for the fireworks. How interesting. 

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Accessible from Davis Square by the 96 bus!

The Medford Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Clippership Day is returning to Medford Square on Saturday, May 6th, from 12:00 noon until 9:00 pm. High Street, from Colleen's Ice Cream Shop to Forest Street will be transformed into an outdoor street festival reminiscent of the last Clippership Day which was held back in 2005.

Medford history displays and tours along with vendor/business tables, civic/service organizations, live music, food court, games, entertainment, a Dress your Pup parade, corn hole tournament, and much more will be included in the day’s festivities. All are welcome.

Vehicle traffic will be detoured away from this area during these times. Please plan accordingly.

For up to date information and details visit
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Last minute shopping for Mother's Day? Maybe you're looking for the perfect graduation gift? Our May lineup of local makers and vendors can probably help with that! We'll also have Sean Frederick of Citadelle Gin/Plantation Rum on the bar to make you some delicious cocktails to sip while you enjoy brunch and get some shopping done!

Check out the Facebook Invite for the most current list of vendors:
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The folks at the city and other partners are planning a great series of events for the week that includes Earth Day. Have a look at some of these upcoming opportunities to do some local engagement with our neighbors. or see the facebook version:

There are events for everyone. Kids events. Nerd events. Those of you who like to tidy things up--all sorts of stuff. Please check out the schedule at the blog post.

Special note: I attend the CEUCC meetings, and I've been hearing about this really nifty climate simulation exercise for a while. The Apr 27 "World Climate Simulation" is supposed to be fascinating and engaging.

Special Winter Hill note: Our nascent Winter Hill Neighborhood Association will be doing a clean up on the 30th. Let me know if you want to be connected with that.
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Okay, you guys have probably already heard, but the Free Speech Bus is coming our way. (It's this total horseshit bus covered in slogans about how only XX girls and XY boys exist and anyone who says otherwise is against free speech and also SCIENCE because that's totally how science works.)

The bus got hit hard in NYC, so it's in the repair shop until Wednesday; I'm not sure when it's going to hit Boston and Harvard Square, but I'm planning something to do when it does.

Beep beep it's the Freedom Bus! )
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Most approaches to solving the most pressing social challenges we face are wrong because they are rooted in the deeply flawed assumption that human behaviors and decisions are purely rational. Brain science and hard-won experience demonstrate just the opposite, revealing the primary role unconscious processes play in shaping our behaviors and decision-making, especially in the aftermath of violence and trauma. To thrive in the 21st century, what is needed is a profound reshaping of our approaches to human conflict and division, one that is rooted in a nuanced, empirical understanding of human behavior.

Timothy Phillips is a pioneer in the field of conflict resolution and reconciliation and co-founder of Beyond Conflict, a global initiative that is internationally recognized for contributions to the field of transitional justice in post-communist Europe.

[more details at the link] free to students

Monday, April 3, 2017
6:00 PM
The Burren back room
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Following up on the previous post

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.
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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 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!
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Come to an interactive and fun way to meet other families and try to answer this important question: How can our city (its housing, open space, transportation systems, and community organizations) help Somerville children and families achieve health and happiness?

When: Sunday, March 5, 2pm-5pm
Where: Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143

Adults, teens, tweens, toddlers, and in between will have ways to express their thoughts. We will have interactive ways for attendees to learn about the challenges different residents face in Somerville, as well as to gain ideas on help to the environment.

Come, meet a friend, and share a thought about our city's future. There will be pizza for kids and drinks for adults.

About Stephanie Hirsch

Stephanie wants to make sure government runs well and meets everyone’s needs. She will work to preserve and create livable and inclusive neighborhoods and to reduce financial burdens on our households. Local government is a great place to test solutions to our country’s biggest challenges – and Stephanie wants to take on them all.

Stephanie will also work to build a strong community, across our different backgrounds. When we share stories and friendship, we can tackle the hardest responsibilities together.

Since 2004, Stephanie has helped the Mayor and Superintendent improve our city by starting programs like ResiStat and 311. These efforts have made our city more efficient and responsive. She has also volunteered in the schools and community and advocated for residents’ needs. She lives with her family and neighbors in Union Square.

Learn more about Stephanie Hirsch's campaign for Alderman at Large at:

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In the interest of spreading the word--despite the fact that right now I have limited info on this--there's a rally next Saturday, Feb. 4, for our city status. 30 years. That's kind of a nice round number. Let's celebrate.

What I know:


Join The Welcome Project, City of Somerville (Official), and your neighbors on the Somerville High School concourse in showing support for our Sanctuary City (2017 is the 30th anniversary of Somerville becoming a Sanctuary City) and all members of our community. The rally will feature a short speaking program and musical performances.

In case of inclement weather, the rally will be held in the Somerville High School Auditorium.

EDIT TO ADD: I got a copy of the PDF, with 3 languages. Access it here:

Please go.
[identity profile] susan mclucas
Dec 3, at Unity Somerville, 6 William St, along College Ave, from 10:30-4:30, Healthy Tomorrow will be selling beautiful, fairly traded rugs from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal and Balsam firs from Nova Scotia to raise money for our project in Mali, West Africa. We work to stop female genital mutilation in that impoverished country. For more info see or call Susan McLucas, (617) 776-6524.
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I missed the protest on Wednesday – didn't hear of it in time. Does anyone have a line on upcoming protests or a social media feed for such things?
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October 20-22, 2016

Nave Annex, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA

Thursday and Friday, 6 pm-8 pm
Saturday, 2 pm-6 pm

Each November, the Nave Gallery in Teele Square hosts the Wrap Around Sale, a sale of handmade knitted/crocheted/sewn goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

We’re kicking off this year’s sale with a special pop-up at the Nave Annex in Davis Square. Stop by and get a head start on gift giving with beautiful handmade items.

Learn more about making items for the sale:
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Writing on the Wall
Poetry Reading with Neil Callender
Sunday, October 16
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Reading, discussion and community reception
Nave Gallery, Teele Square
155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville
Once a year, the Nave Gallery collaborates with the Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church (CHPC) to create an exhibition centered on social justice, underscoring the assertion that art is a vehicle through which conversations on social change can be held, compelling people to action.
This event is part of the Learn to Talk social justice series hosted by the CHPC in partnership with the Nave Gallery, and is part of the Wall to Wall: Art Builds Community exhibition.

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