[personal profile] ron_newman
Friday 9/8: Boston Bike Party, Cambridge/Somerville edition. Meet at Alewife station at 7 pm, start rolling at 7:30, eventually ends up at Assembly Row.

Saturday 9/9: Walking tour and celebration of the Somerville Community Preservation Act, starting in East Somerville at 12:30 pm, continuing through Union Square, ending at the Prospect Hill Tower at 2:30 pm.

Saturday 9/9 (with some activities on Friday and Sunday): Assembly Row Riverfest, including fireworks over the Mystic River Saturday night.

Friday-Sunday, 9/8-10: Greek Food and Music Festival at Dormition Church, 29 Central Street.

Friday-Sunday, 9/8-10: Italian Festival of the Healing Saints Cosmas and Damian, on Warren Street at the Cambridge-Somerville line, near Twin City Plaza.

Sunday 9/10: Rock & Roll Yard Sale in Union Square.

Sunday 9/10: Cambridge Caribbean Carnival, parade followed by festival in Kendall Square.

Sunday 9/10: Somerville Dog Festival at Trum Field.
[personal profile] ron_newman
Somerville has at least three outdoor movie series this summer.

SomerMovie Beast, Thursday nights:

  • July 6: Sing, at Seven Hills Park (Davis Square, behind Holland Street Red Line entrance)
  • July 13: Best in Show, at Seven Hills Park - Rained out
  • July 20: Jaws, at Baxter Riverfront Park (Assembly Row)
  • July 27: Bedtime for Bonzo, at Powder House Park
  • August 3: Finding Dory, at East Somerville Community School field
  • August 10: Jurassic World, at Nunziato Field (Summer St and Vinal Ave.)
  • August 17: The Secret Lives of Pets, at Mystic Housing Project
  • August 24: Viewer's Choice (one of 101 Dalmatians [1996], Babe, or Marley & Me), at Seven Hills Park

Cinema Somerville, also Thursday nights. All movies at the Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave.

  • July 6: Sherlock Holmes, Dressed to Kill (1946)
  • July 13: Little Shop of Horrors (1960) - Rained out, rescheduled for August 31
  • July 20: The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) - replaced with Charlie Chaplin film festival
  • July 27: The Ghost Train (1941)
  • August: to be announced later

Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park Summer Movie Series at Assembly Row, Saturday nights:

  • July 8: Secret Life of Pets
  • July 15: Sing
  • July 22: Jungle Book (Live)
  • July 29: Finding Dory
  • August 5: Moana
  • August 12: Lego Batman
  • August 19: Dr Strange
  • August 26: Star Wars Rogue 1
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[personal profile] mem_winterhill
 A couple of pieces are out about this switch-out in Winter Hill. The first piece I saw was this one:  https://boston.eater.com/2017/6/26/15872592/somerville-bread-company-expansion-union-square

The next piece was a bit more detailed on the new space in Union--it won't have a retail piece. But---stay tuned. The new produce shop will carry the bread still.

Produce-focused piece: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/blog/2017/06/27/neighborhood-produce-location-somerville/

This one has some other tidbits: http://www.masslive.com/news/boston/index.ssf/2017/06/neighborhood_produce_supermark.html

[identity profile] aislingk15.livejournal.com
Thought I'd give a shout out to Nu Cafe, which opened recently on Washington Street in Union Square, since it seems like something that would appeal to this community, but is not really in a location that you'd walk by going to the usual Union Square haunts. The menu is extensive and very vegan/vegetarian friendly. It should be noted that this location doesn't have espresso drinks (which are listed on the website menu and I assume are available in Worcester) but does have alcohol. The space is huge and they have wifi. I'm not affiliated with them in any way, just happily eating my Thai Curry Bowl and iced coffee and thinking that other people should be here too.


195 Washington Street, Somerville MA 02143 (pretty close to the Somerville Target store)
[personal profile] ron_newman
Tomorrow is the last day for the Union Square Farmers' Market, 9 am to 1 pm.

Next Wednesday, November 23, is the last day for the Davis Square Farmers' Market, which starts at noon. I think they're still trying to stay open until 6 pm even in the dark, but you should probably get there early if you want to shop there.

The Somerville Winter Farmers' Market at the Armory starts Saturday, December 3, from 9:30 am to 2 pm. It will be open every Saturday through March 25, except that it will not be open on December 24.

The Cambridge Winter Farmers' Market at the Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender Street, will start on Saturday, December 10, from 10 am to 2 pm. It will be open every Saturday through April 15, except that it will not be open on either December 24 or December 31. (This is a change from the schedule of previous years' Cambridge winter markets.)
[personal profile] ron_newman
According to email I just received from Kristen Stelljes <kstelljes@somervillema.gov>, the Prospect Hill Tower opening event is postponed to tomorrow at 5:30 pm, due to forecast of thunderstorms tonight.
[personal profile] ron_newman

EDIT 9/19 10:30 am: This event will be postponed to Tuesday, September 20 at 5:30 pm, because of forecasted thunderstorms tonight.

an e-mail I got from the city:

Come celebrate the completion of the first Somerville CPA project- Prospect Hill Tower!

Join Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 3 Alderman Robert J. McWatters, the Community Preservation Committee and CPA project implementers to celebrate the opening of Prospect Hill Tower on Monday, September 19 at 6:00 pm Tuesday, September 20 at 5:30pm. Learn about the lesser known history of Prospect Hill and get a chance to see the view from the top!

Light refreshments will be served.

The City will be providing virtual, real-time tours on smart devices during the event for those who cannot climb the stairs. Use a device the City will provide during the event, bring your own, or call in from home. Individuals who are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should contact Betsy Allen, the City's ADA Coordinator at 617-625-6600 x2323 or ballen@somervillema.gov . (This event was originally scheduled for May 23, but was postponed because of a forecast of rain and thunderstorms. The postponement also gave the city time to arrange the "virtual, real-time tours" mentioned in the announcement above.)

[personal profile] ron_newman
I got email from Kristen Stelljes <kstelljes@somervillema.gov> saying that the Prospect Hill Tower opening ceremony, originally scheduled for tomorrow evening, is postponed due to a forecast of rain and scattered thunderstorms. They haven't yet announced a new date.
[personal profile] ron_newman
EDIT 5/23: This event has been postponed due to a forecast of rain on Tuesday. The city has not yet announced a rescheduled date.

according to an alert on the city's web site.
Join Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 3 Alderman Robert McWatters, the Community Preservation Committee and Community Preservation Act (CPA) project implementers on Tuesday, May 24, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for a celebration to mark the reopening of Prospect Hill Tower. The stabilization of Prospect Hill Tower is the first project to be completed with Somerville CPA funds. Attendees will gather at 5:30 p.m. at the Prospect Hill Tower for a short speaking program followed by the opportunity to climb Prospect Hill Tower on a guided tour led by local historian Larry Willwerth, who will share the lesser known history of Prospect Hill. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about other ongoing Community Preservation Act projects from project implementers who will share information about their projects at tables around the Tower. Light refreshments will be served.
[personal profile] ron_newman
The Union Square Farmers' Market opens this Saturday, May 14, 9 am to 1 pm.

The Davis Square Farmers' Market starts next Wednesday, May 18, noon to 6 pm.

Both markets will run weekly through Thanksgiving.

Assembly Row will not have a farmers' market this year, according to e-mails I received from both the market management company and Assembly Row.
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FYI Dosa n Curry, the excellent vegetarian Indian restaurant on Somerville Ave has finally reopened, I guess a couple weeks ago, I just noticed it this weekend and it is just as great as before.
[personal profile] ron_newman
Tomorrow is the last day for the Union Square Farmers' Market, 9 am to 1 pm.

Next Wednesday, November 25, is the last day for the Davis Square Farmers' Market, which starts at noon. I'm not sure whether it will end at 5 or 6 pm.

The Somerville Winter Farmers' Market at the Armory starts Saturday, December 5, from 9:30 am to 2 pm. It will be open every Saturday through the end of March, except that it will not be open on December 26.

(The Cambridge Winter Farmers' Market starts on Saturday, January 9 and runs until the end of April.)
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Shobu Aikido in Union Square is hosting a free week long Open Dojo event as part of Artweek Boston. It kicks off this coming Friday, September 25 with a demonstration and discussion at 7pm.

This will be followed by a week of free classes that members of the community (ages 15 and up) are invited to attend. No uniform is required, but we recommend workout clothing with short sleeves and pants that cover the knees.

The dojo is located at 34 Allen Street, Somerville. There is free parking both in front of the dojo and across the street, a safe place for bikes, and the dojo is also accessible by public transportation. Nearby bus routes include the 86, 87, 91, and CT2.

Class schedule is available on the website, but is as follows:

Saturday 10:00-11:30am
Sunday 9:30-10:30am sword class, 10:30am-12:30 regular class
Monday-Thursday, 6:30-8:00pm

Aikido is a martial art without competition. The harmonious and natural structure of aikido allows full contact and full speed training with very little risk of injury. The art of aikido unifies offense and defense and teaches the art of remaining neutral and balanced between the two. Based on the battlefield martial arts of Japan, aikido utilizes all methods of barehanded training as well as short staff and sword.

For more information, feel free to comment here, or email us at info@shobu.org.
[personal profile] ron_newman

The ninth Project MUM outdoor dance party will take place Saturday night, September 19, from 8 pm to midnight.

MUM used to stand for Music Under McGrath or Meet Under McGrath, but the event will now take place on the former Waste Management site at the corner of Poplar and Linwood streets, next to McGrath. (Even without the current McGrath construction, Project MUM has gotten much too large to ever fit under the highway again.)

At various times, MUM has been a project of the Nave Gallery or of SCUL, but now it's loosely under the auspices of Firefly Arts Collective.

Somerville Arts Council's Project MUM page

Project MUM's own website
[identity profile] obie119.livejournal.com
September 26th is the 10th annual “What the Fluff? A Tribute to Union Square Invention”, a festival celebrating the creation of Fluff in Somerville almost 100 years ago. The 2015 theme will be “Fluff X” – like the Super Bowl, Fluff is now rocking a Roman numeral!

The festival absolutely could not happen without our amazing volunteer crew. If you're looking for a unique Somerville Saturday, volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts in a wide variety of tasks. From the prize booth to kiddie games to the cooking contest, there are jobs to fit every personality. There are opportunities for you and friends to work together, and for mature children to work with their parents. We may be looking for a few expert volunteers to step into "fluff captain" roles so if you covet the straw hat, please let me know.

The Festival is at Union Square Somerville on September 26th (raindate September 27th) from 3 to 7 PM, with volunteers needed in two-hour shifts from 12:30 until 8:00 PM. If you can join us, please let me (Karin) know at volunteer AT unionsquaremain DOT com.

May the fluff be with you!
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[personal profile] cos
A new live music venue, Thunder Road, is opening up soon in Union Square. Vanyaland got a bunch of photos of the inside. They've already posted some shows on their schedule. Sadly it looks to be all 21+, at least so far. With TT's closing recently, the area could use another 18+ venue.
[identity profile] josephineave.livejournal.com
I noticed in the last couple of days that Pat's Towing in Union Sq. has emptied their lot and put up a sign that they have moved. Where did they go? Nothing is updated on their web site that I can find.

It's information I hope I never have to use, but it's good to know where the tow lot is when they take your car.
[personal profile] ron_newman
This Saturday is the last Somerville Winter Farmers' Market of the season, from 9:30 am to 2 pm at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.

The Cambridge Winter Farmers' Market continues until the end of April. It's open Saturdays, 10 am to 2 pm, at the Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender Street.

I haven't seen any official announcement about the Davis Square market's first day this spring. If they operate as they did last year, they'll open on Wednesday, May 20 and run through November 25. (Please comment if you know more.)

The Union Square Farmers' Market opens on Saturday, May 16, 9 am to 1 pm, running through November 21.

This year there will also be an Assembly Row Farmers' Market, Sundays 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, from June 7 through October 25.
[identity profile] francescadavis.livejournal.com

I received this email today.  This is the fund collected from the property tax surcharge.  Those monies will be dispersed and if you have thoughts, now is the time to be heard.

Good evening,

The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) received 15 applications for Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds totaling $8.8 million in December and wants to hear from you about which should receive funding. Please send your comments to Emily Monea at emonea@somervillema.gov or Emily Monea c/or SomerStat, 93 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143.

You can review the project proposals HERE as well as the applicants’ presentations from the community meetings. Comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31st.

Please forward this email to anyone who may be interested in joining the CPA conversation.



Emily Monea
Community Preservation Act Manager
Mayor’s SomerStat Office
City of Somerville
617.625.6600 x2118

Sign Up Now for CPA News

For Email Newsletters you can trust.

[personal profile] ron_newman

Every New Year's Day, the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission celebrates the January 1, 1776 raising of the First American Flag on Prospect Hill.

At 11:30 am, "George Washington" on horseback leads a short parade from the City Hall concourse to Prospect Hill Park. The main event starts at noon, featuring songs, readings, short speeches, military re-enactors (both Colonial and British), and refreshments (usually donuts, coffee, hot chocolate, and cider). I've enjoyed this event for many years and encourage all of you to attend it too.

In some years, the city has invited the public to climb the tower at the end of the ceremony. I don't know if it will be possible this year, since the tower has been undergoing some repairs.

To reach Prospect Hill from West Somerville, take the #87 bus to Union Square, then walk up Stone Avenue. Or take the #80 or #88 or #90 bus to McGrath Highway, and walk up Greenville Street or Prospect Hill Avenue to the park.

Here is the city's official press release about the event.


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