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[personal profile] havurat_shalom
The High Holidays at Havurat Shalom are a wonderful, intense, prayerful experience. They are also free! We do not have tickets. Everyone is welcome! We hope you'll join us. Contact us for disability access info or requests. Childcare is available on a first come, first served basis for all of Rosh Hashanah, except the second night, and all of Yom Kippur, except the afternoon break.

Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday 9/20, 6:30 pm
Thursday 9/21, 9:00 am and 7: 30 pm
children's services 11:30 am
Friday 9/22, 9:00 am

Shabbat Shuva
Friday 9/22, 6:30 pm
Saturday 9/23, 10:00 am

Yom Kippur

Friday 9/29, 6:00 pm
children's services 11:30 am
Saturday 9/30 9:00 am

Havurat Shalom
113 College Ave
Somerville MA 02144

for more info
call: 617-623-3376 (voice)
go to: http://www.thehav.org/
or email: info@thehav.org

The 1st floor of Havurat Shalom is wheelchair accessible, including the prayer room, dining room, living room, and bathroom. For the health of those with allergies and chemical sensitivities, we request that you not wear perfume, aftershave, or cologne to Havurat Shalom. The bathrooms are all-gender.
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[personal profile] ceelove
My daughter would like to view the Boston fireworks, but not from up close (i.e., dealing with crowds). Suggestions on where in Somerville we could go for a decent view of the Boston sky tomorrow night?
[personal profile] ron_newman
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.)
[identity profile] fangirl715.livejournal.com
...right in front of my apartment at the dead end of Highland Road.

I had no idea why there were at least three police SUVs parked there w/their blue lights on as I came walking down from Highland Ave., until I saw the two guys in handcuffs and the rather large piles of packages, mostly from Amazon, piled up on the sidewalk in front of my place; after the (apparent) perps were hauled away, I asked the remaining cops if that was what was up, and they confirmed it.  So, if you were expecting a package and it hasn't shown up yet, perhaps a trip to the Somerville PD may be in order?...
[identity profile] havnik.livejournal.com
Saturday December 24, 6:30 pm

Bundle up the kids, grab your menorah and join us for a night of light and fun! Together we will enjoy latkes, dreidls, singing, and a casual music jam. We will be making havdallah and lighting candles together at 6:45 pm. You are invited to bring your musical instruments as well as your chanukiah (menorah) or share in lighting one of ours. Contributions towards a potluck dinner are welcome.

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[identity profile] craigindaville.livejournal.com
My SO and I finally managed to get tickets to the Illuminations tour-- in past years we either missed the date they went on sale, or just couldn't make the tour date(s). I am a hobby photographer and would love to try out some night shots on the tour, but can't find two pieces of information to help guide me in what lens(es) to bring and whether it'll be possible. Hope you guys can help!

1) Are the trolleys the kind that are basically outdoor seating, where everyone kind of sits facing outward (aka like one of the old SF cable cars)? Or are they the kinds that are really just buses with trolley-like exteriors and everyone is inside behind glass?

2) Do the trolleys tend to stop, or at least realllly slow down, at the houses? Or do they more or less just cruise by at a decent clip?

[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 StopExcision.net or call Susan McLucas, (617) 776-6524.
[identity profile] courtney
Somerville Local First presents our second Holiday Marketplace sponsored by Float Boston, Work Shop Salon, and e. scott originals.

Join Somerville Local First and over 40 local vendors at Arts at the Armory on December 11th from 10-4 for a day of local holiday shopping!

Our Makers Marketplace features a wide variety of handcrafted goods, jewelry, accessories, confections, home decor, textiles, art, apparel and gifts for everyone on your list. This market also boasts 20 different vendors from our November event.

Shift Your Shopping this year and support designers, artists and makers in the Boston area by giving local!

For a full list of vendors, check out our Facebook Invitation that includes links to online profiles!
[identity profile] havnik.livejournal.com
Saturday August 13, 8:30 PM

Tisha b’Av commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples. In keeping with the theme of mourning losses the Jewish people have suffered, at the Havurah we read by candlelight or flashlight, don't greet each other before or after the service, and those who are able to sit on the floor. In addition to chanting Eicha (Lamentations) we sing mournful songs. Although sad, it can be a powerful experience and we hope you'll join us.

Havurat Shalom
113 College Ave
Somerville MA 02144

for more info
call: 617-623-3376 (voice)
go to: http://www.thehav.org/
or email: info@thehav.org
[personal profile] ron_newman
The city's annual pre-4th-of-July fireworks display will take place at Trum Field next Thursday, June 30, at about 9:15 pm. As usual, a street party on Broadway will precede the fireworks, starting at 6 pm, this year featuring the 215th Army Band, local Disco-Funk band Booty Vortex, the USO Metropolitan New York Performers, and the Somerville Sunsetters.

Also at Trum Field, the city's annual Family Fun Day will happen this Saturday, June 25, from noon to 4 pm, featuring community BBQ, pony rides, train rides, children’s activities, face painting, music, and more.

Full details, including traffic and parking restrictions, are in this official city press release.

(A note on the Subject line: we've been using it, or some variation thereof, ever since [livejournal.com profile] josephineave first posted it in 2008.)
[identity profile] obie119.livejournal.com
(posting for a favorite client of mine)
Hey Everyone!!

East Somerville’s Carnaval has been rescheduled to Saturday June 11 and needs new volunteers!
Come volunteer a little bit of your time to be immersed in an amazing world of cut open fresh coconuts, circus, mariachis, bouncy house jumping, pupusas, stilting and juggling, skateboarding and jumping around, injera bread, drumming and tons and a masquerade contest!
Here is the platform they use to sign up as a volunteer:

https://app.givebacktime.org/organizations/196 It's super easy and super self explanatory!!! Please take a look and add some last-minute fun to your Saturday!
[personal profile] ron_newman
Starts at 1 pm at City Hall, marches down Highland Avenue to Davis Square, Holland Street to Teele Square, and Broadway to the veterans' cemetery on Clarendon Hill.

Full details here, including parking restrictions and street closures. Of special note:
The 2016 parade will feature 21 performing groups, including new bands and performers such as: The Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps from Nashua, NH; The Freedom Trail Band (first LGBT band to perform in the parade); OUTVETS, marching in honor of LGBT Veterans; and the Blues Brothers: Next Generation performing group.

(Cambridge also has a parade, on Monday morning. Nobody seems to ever know about it, and it's sparsely attended.)
[personal profile] ron_newman
The Mark Wahlburg movie "Patriots' Day", about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, will have scenes filmed in the Teele Square neighborhood starting this Wednesday and continuing through the long weekend.

This leaflet, which was posted to reddit's Somerville forum, details traffic and parking restrictions related to the filming from April 13-18.

(Watertown and UMass-Dartmouth already said no to location shoots for this movie, but for some reason Somerville is letting them film here.)
[personal profile] ron_newman
This week's print edition of The Somerville News Weekly, a local alleged newspaper, has Happy Easter & Happy Passover as its main above-the-fold headline. Nobody there bothered to learn that Passover starts a month later than Easter this year, on the evening of April 22.

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[identity profile] havnik.livejournal.com
Wednesday, March 23 at 6:00 pm.

The wittiest spiel for blocks around, homemade hamantashen, groggers, the whole Magilla - Havurat Shalom's Purim party is great fun and you are warmly invited to join us! We're providing a pizza and salad dinner. And of course, there'll be spiel between reading chapters of the Book of Esther. Costumes encouraged, but not required.

Havurat Shalom is a small, lay-led, egalitarian Jewish community. We include folks with a wide range of Jewish backgrounds and practices.

NB: we regret that due to a flood, the wheelchair ramp and 1st floor bathroom will not be in service during Purim. There is a bathroom on the 2nd floor.

Havurat Shalom: 113 College Ave, Somerville, MA
[identity profile] susan mclucas
We still have 14 Christmas trees to be sold for Healthy Tomorrow, to raise money for our project in Mali, stopping female genital mutilation. We've been selling them for $25 but we'll take less. In fact, if you don't want to give us money but do want a tree, please come and get it. The trees must find homes. We can't be responsible for having them cut down only to be made into mulch. Come take one of the trees that are leaning on the Unity Church, corner College Ave and William St, and then put money in the envelope on my side porch next door at 14 William St (or not). There's a saw there that you can borrow to cut the bottom off so it takes up water better and also twine to tie it onto your car. All money goes to support StopExcision.net.
[identity profile] susan mclucas
We sold some Christmas trees at our week-end fundraiser for Healthy Tomorrow but we have some left. They are leaning up against Unity Church at the corner of College Ave and William Street. Take one and put at least $25 in the envelope on the side porch of the house next door, 14 William St. Use the saw on top of the brochures to cut the end so the tree takes up water better. All the money goes to stopping female genital mutilation in Mali. See StopExcision.net or call Susan at (617) 776-6524 for more information.
[personal profile] ron_newman
The Somerville Bicycle Committee and Somerville Arts Council present the sixth annual Illumination Bicycle Tour this Saturday, December 19. Meet at 5:50 pm in front of Somerville High School for a wintry ride among warmly lit homes. The ride will be about 5-6 miles long, with stops at many of the Illuminations Trolley Tour highlights, and should end by 7:30.

I'm not even partially in charge of the event anymore, but this appears to be the route map, similar to what we did last year. The route has provisions for a longer or shorter ride depending on weather.

Please dress warmly and festoon your bike with lights, the more festive the better.

Here's the ride's Facebook event.

Poster graphic behind cut )
[personal profile] ron_newman
but I only just now found out about it, from Facebook. Usually I get drafted into volunteering for this event, but this year I didn't even hear about it. Here's a poster I found on Davis Squared's page (click to embiggen):

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