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"Art & Music at the Mill" continues this month with four exciting events.
From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, families are invited to bring a picnic to Mill Pond Park as they revel in the Celtic music of Matt and Shannon Heaton.
With engaging stage presence and masterfully crafted music, the Boston-based Heatons offer well-travelled Irish music from the heart.
Steeped in sessions in County Clare and brewed in the acoustic music scenes of Chicago and Boston, their flute/guitar/bouzouki instrumentals and sweet husband-and-wife harmony singing draw deeply from the Irish tradition.
Admission: $10 per person, under age 18 free.
Watch ACMi's video of the farmers' market.
The Arlington Farmers' Market, managed by Patsy Kraemer, in its 25th year at 29 Mystic St., Russell Common lot, continues Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 2 to 6:30 p.m.
From the July 27 market newsletter: "The market is at 'high harvest these weeks. Don't miss out on the fresh peaches, blueberries, corn, tomatoes, beans, squash, greens ....
"And for a cocktail aperitif, pick up some smoked salmon, smoked bluefish, cheese and burrata."
For more information, including a list of this year's vendors, please visit the market website >>
The Menotomy Grill & Tavern, which opened in 2013 in East Arlington, brews live music Thursday nights.
See who's performing Thursday night at 9 here >> The owners state there there is plenty of room for parking available and that there is never a cover charge.
UPDATED Aug. 6: For summer 2022, "Live Arts Arlington," an effort of the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture, brings live performance to the recently revamped Broadway Plaza on several successive Fridays. It is scheduled to continue almost until Labor Day.
The programming is to continue at 6 p.m. Aug. 12, with Seyyide Sultan, a belly dancer.
The music runs until 8. Audience members are being encouraged to bring their own chairs. All events are free of charge.
The Jason Russell House, the site of brutal fighting on April 19, 1775, is now open on weekends only. This started May 28 and is scheduled to continue through Oct. 30.
Visitors can also view a new exhibit at the house, called “Menotomy--Road to Revolution,” to learn the stories of Menotomy residents who mobilized to defend their homes and their village -- which later became the town of Arlington -- from retreating British troops.
The house is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Masks are required for admission.
UPDATED Aug 6: The Cutter Gallery Arlington has mounted a new exhibition, this one with an artist who is new to the gallery.
"Beauty from Ashes," by Isabella Rose, will run this month and next.The opening reception was held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday, Aug. 7. Gallery representatives hope the public will come by to suppport the gallery's efforts and to welcome this artist.
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Arlington-based CMK Homecare offers free monthly virtual Lunch & Learns for family caregivers.
The presentation by Samantha F. Gentel, Esq., of Generations Law Group, will be at noon Aug. 17 and is called "How to Have Important Life Conversations with Loved Ones." Adult children and their aging parents will learn how to broach the subject of what their parents wish regarding their golden years and end-of-life care, when the best time to have the conversation is, and who should be present for it. The talk will cover both sides of the conversation: how to give the information needed and how to be on the receiving end.
UPDATED July 21: Enjoy a fun and educational tour of Arlington’s historic Center on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m., —which includes several artistic and historical jewels. All ages are welcome.
This one-hour walking tour starts at the Dallin Art Museum, 611 Mass Ave, the yellow building located behind Whittemore Park in Arlington Center. Metered parking is available in the lot behind the building, off Mystic Street.
The museum contains nearly 100 works of artist and former Arlington resident Cyrus Dallin. It’s currently undergoing a redesign of its entryway and the Indigenous Peoples Gallery, and will reopen on weekends starting Saturday, July 23.
Suggested donation: $10 for adults, $5 for museum members and students, children 13 and under free. Register here >>
During the tour, you’ll see two of Dallin’s most iconic public sculptures: Menotomy Hunter and the Robbins Memorial Flagstaff. The hunter is a tribute to this land’s first people, the Massachusett Tribe.
UPDATED July 24: Jeffrey Alexander, who for years has organized Astronomy Nights at Robbins Farm, has scheduled three events, the second was held Saturday, July 23, and the third is set for Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m., when a first-quarter moon (half-way to full) shines in the Southern sky as night sets in.
On his website, Alexander wrote: "This is a great time to spot craters and see the way light from the Sun casts shadows across their rims. As the sky continues to darken, Saturn becomes visible in the South-East. As the night moves on, Jupiter rises in the East."
He wrote July 22: "When the sky gets on the darker side, join me up at Robbins Farm Park (probably about 8:45) for the next Arlington Astronomy Night.
"There won’t be any moon out then, so we’ll have as dark a sky as we can get for looking for 'deep sky' objects (these are things outside our own solar system). They won’t be as deep as [the James Webb Space Telescope], of course, but hopefully we’ll be able to make out a star cluster in our own galaxy.
UPDATED July 30: Delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic since 2019, the Town of Arlington plans to celebrate Town Day, set for Saturday, Sept. 17.
Come and see some familiar faces and make some new acquaintances. The location remains the same: on Mass. Ave., between Jason Street and Pleasant Street.
If you are a vendor or an organization, and you want to have a booth, you may sign up for one.
True Story Theater, based in Arlington, presents issues to the public by involving the audience through "playback" -- by drawing stories from them and having actor present the stories that arise.
Now you can hear the Mystic River as you walk along it for two miles in Arlington and Medford.
"Sound on Mystic" is an outdoor audio installation combining sound art, music, spoken word and ambience into an immersive experience.
After downloading the app, put on a pair of headphones, take a walk within the installation’s extensive boundaries and hear a diverse set of sound works that are all united by the river itself, and its complex legacy as a place of history and nature, community and conflict, labor and recreation.
How do I listen?
Until the pandemic shut it down March 15, 2020, Fugitive Productions brought Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local arts community, to share noncompetitive, five- to six-minute, true-life "Fugitive Stories" at Kickstand Cafe.
In 2015, the effort began producing events in West Acton. The response surpassed expectations. It has been the host for 200-plus shows and sold nearly 14,000 tickets to a wide variety of music, comedy, and storytelling events in Acton, Concord, Arlington, Sudbury, Maynard, Framingham, Stow and Lincoln — and then virtually.
That is ending. The effort has been booking for the past couple of weeks — music and comedy at Sanctuary in Maynard and a story-telling series at Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard.
Fugitive won’t be booking smaller rooms just yet, including Kickstand Cafe.
Cooped up? The Arlington Land Trust suggests some walking trails in and around Arlington.
Those at the nonprofit hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy during these difficult times. While social-distancing guidelines remain in place to protect us all from exposure to Covid-19, we also know how important it is to be outdoors and enjoy the bounties of spring in New England.
The land trust offers the following suggestions for safe walking around Arlington and in other nearby communities where conservation lands and parks are open.
Please check the websites of places you wish to visit ahead of time since many are still closed.
Registration opens to current families, new families
Kid Care Afterschool Program 2020-21 opened to new families on Wednesday, April 15. It opened for current families April 8.Registration for
"Current family" is defined as having a child registered for the Kid Care Preschool or Afterschool program during April 2020.
The enrollment fee of $50 per child. It is due at the time of registration and may be paid before that.
New video by Glenn Litton of Arlington.
UPDATED, March 11: A high-quality eight-minute video documentary viewable online, just updated, called“Mill Brook Rediscovered,” is part of an adapted version of a 2019 Old Schwamb Mill exhibit scheduled to be shown in Town Hall from March 2 to April 30. A reception was set for Sunday, March 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the second-floor gallery, but that has been postponed in view of the coranvirus.
“Mill Brook Rediscovered” was produced and directed by Arlington resident Glenn Litton under the auspices of the Schwamb Mill Preservation Trust. Litton is a former producer and executive producer for WGBH-TV, associated with Emmy-winning programs, including “The Advocates, “ “The Living Planet” and “Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale.” His own production company, DocuThis, based in Arlington.
More than 9,000 children and young adults are in state custody in Massachusetts under the Department of Children and Family Services. These young people have experienced abuse and/or neglect and are living in temporary situations.
The Foster Care Review Unit makes decisions regarding children who have been in foster care for six months or longer, assessing how well their needs are being met and what progress has been made toward establishing them in a permanent living situation. A volunteer from the Community is one member of the three -person panels that make these decisions.
The Meals on Wheels program of Minuteman Senior Services provides a hot lunch to homebound seniors.
Meals are delivered five days a week, 52 weeks a year, excluding holidays. These meals assist the older adult who is not capable of preparing at least one hot nutritious meal a day.
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