[personal profile] ron_newman
The City of Somerville is having a Veterans' Memorial Parade this Sunday, November 4, one week before the holiday it is celebrating. This appears to be a "make-up" of the rain-cancelled Memorial Day parade (which had also been scheduled to occur one week before that holiday).

The parade starts at noon at City Hall, running down Highland Avenue, through Davis Square, and up Holland Street to end in Teele Square (not at the Veterans' Cemetery on Clarendon Hill).
[personal profile] ron_newman
Arlington will shoot off fireworks over Spy Pond tonight at 7:45 pm, for Town Night.

Also, Mass Ave in Arlington Center will host Town Day tomorrow from 9:30 am to 3 pm. Enjoy a street party and learn about our neighboring town. If you like Somerville ArtBeat and the Cambridge River Festival, you'll like this too.

More info at this page.
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Somerville Local First proudly presents our annual Holiday Marketplace on Sunday November 26 from 11-5pm in the historic main hall of the Armory, located at 191 Highland Avenue.
 

This popular makers market returns this year with a list of 40+ amazing vendors ready to make your holiday shopping list obsolete. With jewelry, pet accessories, housewares, textiles, fragrances, leather goods, gifts, and specialty food items available – there is something for everyone!
 

Check out our Facebook invite for a complete list of vendors: https://www.facebook.com/events/764166223769619/

[personal profile] somervilleplanning
 Join us for our next round of Davis Square Neighborhood Plan discussions! To fulfill the goal of strengthening Davis Square as a Local Center, we will be showing potential development on sites in the Davis Square core.

These two meetings will build off of one another. The first will show site layouts, height, and potential jobs/housing numbers. The second will refine layouts based on your feedback and start to show design details. Both meetings are an open house format so drop by anytime.

Time
6-8 pm

First Meeting
Wednesday, November 1
First Church UCC
89 College Ave

Second Meeting
Monday, November 13
First Church UCC
89 College Ave
 

For questions please contact us at planning@somervillema.gov

[personal profile] ron_newman
Bernie Sanders is coming to ONCE Lounge, 156 Highland Avenue, next Monday, October 23, at 9:30 am. He will be endorsing progressive candidates for local office in Somerville and Cambridge. RSVP here.
[personal profile] somervilleplanning
Join the Somerville Planning Department for our second Davis Square Neighborhood Plan fall meeting. During the first meeting, participants identified and discussed various topics they wanted to be addressed in the plan, in the second meeting we will focus on three of those topics: Proactive Maintenance of Assets, Arts in the Square, and Housing Affordability. Participants, planners, and experts will brainstorm strategies on how to achieve these shared goals through broad-based collaboration between the city, local non-profits, residents, community partners, and businesses.

Thursday, October 19, 6 pm, in the Baptist Church at 31 College Avenue

To learn more about the Davis Square Neighborhood plan go to https://www.somervillebydesign.com/neighborhood-planning/davis-square/

If you have any questions about the event please contact us at planning@somervillema.gov

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Wednesday, Oct 11
6:30-8pm


Paramount Theater - Bright Family Screening Room
559 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111

https://hubweek.org/events/somerville-a-stat-documentary/

Alex Foster. Kevin Sullivan. Sean Curtis. They are all gone. Opioids took them one by one. They had shared a place called Somerville. A new STAT documentary takes an intimate look at a group of friends who grew up together, and who each fell prey to an epidemic.


More details over at the page, and a registration button.

[personal profile] somervilleplanning
Monday, September 25, 6-8 p.m.

Tufts Administration Building (TAB), 167 Holland Street, Senior Center, 2nd Floor

Join the City Planning Department for a special update and discussion on the Davis Square Neighborhood Plan. We’re excited to present this meeting with the help of a facilitator who specializes in a meeting format designed to give participants control of the discussion topics. First, city staff will offer an update on the plan started in 2013/14 as well as a look at next steps. Then, to address outstanding topics and ensure that any new ideas and goals are identified, our facilitator will use the Round Robin meeting format, which asks participants to bring up topics for small-group discussions. In short, participants will set the agenda for the night and also shape topics for the next meeting.

At the second meeting in this series on October 19 (at the Community Baptist Church, 31 College Ave. 6-8 p.m.), we’ll take a deeper dive into the community-selected topics and identify action steps to address the goals and needs related to each. City staff will bring in resources and experts on the topic areas selected in the first meeting to serve as a resource during discussions.

Whether your concerns are open space, traffic, parking, streetscape, bicycle infrastructure, housing or more, we hope you’ll join us.

Unfortunately we cannot monitor this page, so if have any questions or need any more information, please contact us at planning@somervillema.org

For more information about Davis Square Neighborhood Planning visit https://www.somervillebydesign.com/neighborhood-planning/davis-square/
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Friends just pointed me to this nerd comedy event coming up at the Armory. I am a fan of new ways to reach out on science topics in fun ways, and this sounds good to me. 

Saturday, September 30 at 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT. Ticketing info over at facebook. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/116424495686654/

Come hang out with Boston Skeptics and enjoy a night of comedy between science friends.

"You know how Larry the Cable Guy's act pretty much consists of him yelling "Git 'er done!" every five minutes or so? Scientist-turned-comic Tim Lee's material is the diametric opposite. Lee, who got his PhD before realizing where his true talents lay, blends science talk (complete with PowerPoint presentations) with comedy. The hilarious result is like what would happen if you crossed your high-school chem teacher with George Carlin"
- The Boston Phoenix
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HeatSmart CoolSmart SomervilleAt the Climate Commission meeting last night, we got an update on the heat pumps program that's running now. If you have been thinking about ways to reduce your carbon footprint, you really ought to take a look at these new and high-tech super efficient devices. Or if you know your heating equipment is getting up there in age, you should at least come and learn about these. And they can do heating as well as cooling. In my house, it looks like I'll be able to reduce my natural gas heating a lot and rely on my solar for much of my heating and cooling.

I've been resisting air conditioning over the years for a variety of reasons, but this new style of heating and cooling tech I can have both, with much less environmental impact (and noise). Also right now there are big rebates and low interest loans. It's hard to know how much longer good programs like this will run in our current political environment, you know?

So this event will give you the backstory on the tech. https://www.somervillema.gov/events/2017/10/04/heat-pumps-101

Wed Oct 4 2017 - 6:30pm

LOCATION
West Somerville Community School Cafeteria
177 Powderhouse Blvd.
Somerville, MA 02144
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From the ResiStat newsletter:

Styrofoam Recycling
If you've been saving up your expanded polystyrene (known to most people as Styrofoam) for the next recycling day, it's just around the corner. On Sat., Sept. 9, bring your Styrofoam to the Department of Public Works, 1 Franey Rd., from 9 a.m. to noon for recycling. On the City's website you can learn more about what's accepted and other details.

It's also a hazardous waste disposal day.

This only happens twice a year, and there's often very little publicity about it. (Sorry I wasn't organized enough to post this sooner.)
[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.
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Via the city: http://www.somervillema.gov/events/2017/09/09/5th-anniversary-celebration-community-preservation-act

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Highlights:

The walking tour will kick off at 12:30 p.m. with the groundbreaking for a CPA-funded affordable housing project at 163 Glen St. This former American Legion Post is being transformed to eight affordable homeownership units and three market rate homeownership units by the Somerville Community Corporation.
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The Desperate Measures Street Band will then lead a procession from the Community Growing Center to Prospect Hill Park to start the community celebration, which will begin at 2:30 p.m. CPA funds were used to stabilize the Prospect Hill Tower and are making a redesign of the park possible. The celebration will feature music, lawn games, and refreshments.


PS: I'll be there with my Powder House outfit on. And I heard there would be cake (no, really, that's not why I'm going...).
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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: https://twitter.com/MikeConnollyMA/status/885681479883395072

http://www.cambridgeday.com/2017/07/13/radical-gathers-activists-from-60s-today-to-look-at-the-history-and-future-of-protest/

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: http://somervilleartscouncil.org/artbeat/2017
[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.)
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Details of the event:

http://tuft.su/TuftsOutdoorMovie2017

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 www.medfordchamberma.com.
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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: https://www.facebook.com/events/199552960519040/

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