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Fund-raiser ends for Chestnut fire victims

Abbott's logoThe Arlington Knights of Columbus #109 is collaborating with Abbott’s Frozen Custard and Andrina's Pizza to raise money for the Chestnut Manor Fire Fund.

Buy a kit for $40, and 25 percent of each sale goes to the Chestnut Manor Fund to help those affected by the fatal Jan. 22 fire

Each kit includes: one pint of vanilla custard, one pint of chocolate custard, chocolate sauce, M & Ms, rainbow sprinkles, pizza dough, marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese.

You have two ways to order: Sign up in the Knights lounge on the fund-raiser board or order through John Donato, at donatojohn68 at gmail.com.

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Arlington EATS reaches $1.25m campaign goal

UPDATED Feb. 17: Arlington EATS thanks the community for helping it reach its capital-campaign goal of $1.25 million.

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The nonprofit reached that substantial number as 2021 ended, and it acknowledges the generosity of so many neighbors. "Your kindness will increase access to food, provide connections to other agencies, and enable us to maintain our operations under one roof for the first time in 30 years," a current newsletter says, referring to the new headquarters at 117 Broadway.

"If the pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that we all need one another," the newsletter says.

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Ride for Food to aid rescue nonprofit ends

Paulette Schwatz and Peggy Gardiner Ride for Food for Food LinkPaulette Schwartz, left, and Peggy Gardiner Ride for Food for Food Link.

UPDATED, Oct. 4: The nine in-person Arlington participants (plus one adorable dog) had a great ride on lovely roads Sunday, Oct. 3, and are thrilled at the progress they have made.

They continue to accept donations through Halloween, Thanksgiving and until Giving Tuesday, on Nov. 30, as we enter the busiest season of the year for food insecurity. When the cold season brings heating costs, there is less money for food, and your support will help Food Link rescue more food.

Team members are bicycling, hiking, camping and kayaking this fall to fight hunger in a healthy way. All are a part of the Ride For Food team for Food Link, Arlington’s own food-rescue nonprofit.

The 10th annual Ride For Food, a charity event, took place Oct. 3, in Dedham, with 20 hunger-relief charities fielding teams. Because of the pandemic, however, there is a “do it yourself” virtual option.

Team captain Karin Turer says, “During last year’s Ride For Food, each participant did their own activity since there wasn’t an in-person ride – people got very creative and really enjoyed getting to do an activity at a time and place that was convenient to them. So when you add the uncertainty of planning with a pandemic around, having a virtual option makes sense.”

Sixteen people are on the team, pretty evenly split between those participating in the ride and others doing their own thing.

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Democrats collected food for Arlington EATS

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UPDATED Nov. 2: The Arlington Democratic Town Committee will be holding a food drive for Arlington EATS, the local food pantry.

Contributions will be collected on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m., at First Parish Church, at Pleasant Street and Mass. Ave.

Donations can be brought to the parking lot between the church and the library.

In addition to the usual items (canned tuna, peanut butter, pasta, etc.), Arlington EATS is requesting soup, cereals (especially Cheerios), honey, cake/cookie/brownie mix and snacks (pretzels, crackers, granola bars, etc.).

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Resident supported on Alzheimer's Walk

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Alzheimer's isn't waiting — and neither is Carmel Murphy-Kotyan of Arlington. She is participating in the Sept. 26 Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's, to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer's care, support and research.

Every dollar you donate helps the Alzheimer's Association provide care and support to those facing Alzheimer's and all other dementia, and advance critical research.

Will you support the resident's efforts by making a donation on her fund-raising page? Find it here >>  

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163nd Harvest Moon Fair at First Parish held

The Harvest Moon Fair, an annual fall fund-raiser, returns Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 to 3, at First Parish church.

holiday fairThe fair offers one-stop shopping and unique gift ideas at yard-sale prices.

Booths include arts and crafts, books, jewelry, holiday decorations, toys and puzzles, baked goods, attic treasures, electronics, fragile fancies, plants, pet supplies, a raffle for a beautiful quilt and more.

This is a great place for parents to give their kids some cash and set them loose at the fair to do their holiday shopping, while parents do their own, too.

And when you’re ready to sit down and have a bite, stop by the Harvest Moon Cafe for a delicious lunch, made on-site by church chefs, while enjoying some live music.

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Opa! 2019 Greek festival held

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After weeks of gloomy, rainy weather, it’s time to celebrate spring. The sun is shining, and Arlington’s annual Greek festival,  a major annual fund-raiser for St. Athanasius the Great Church and fun for young and old alike, is here.

Come and enjoy Greek culture – delicious food, live music and merchandise for sale – at 4 Appleton St.:

  • Thursday, May 30, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, May 31, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 2, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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SCOOP: AHS group nearly doubles $1,000 goal to aid cancer research

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UPDATED, June 27: Arlington's Got Talent was held Friday, June 26, and by the next day, the effort was nearing its goal of $1,000.

The live virtual talent show led by the AHS Scoops club invited Arlingtonians of all ages to connect and celebrate creativity, diversity and community, while raising money for the Jimmy Fund. 

For more details, click here >>

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4th Beats for EATS raises more than $80,000

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UPDATED, March 29: Beats for EATS raised more than $80,000 at the fourth annual fund-raising event at Arlington Town Hall on March 23.

Andi Doane, executive director of Arlington EATS and the Arlington Food Pantry, reported the amount and announced at the event that the two groups will now be known by one name: Arlington EATS.

In addition, the Arlington Food Pantry is now called the Arlington EATS Market, serving fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and meat available weekly for any Arlington resident who needs food.

She also announced that more than $10,000 from the event will be used to fund the summer lunch program, including an expansion of the program at Robbins Library. The group also debuted a new tag line: Neighbors Serving Neighbors.

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ACA's 3rd annual Blue Jean Ball raises about $20,000

UPDATED, Feb. 8: This year's Blue Jean Ball, the third annual, raised about $20,000 for the Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA), an amount exceeding its goal for this event.

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Aneleise Ruggles, representing the ACA, told YourArlington that an estimated 250 people attended at Town Hall on Feb. 1.


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"Funds raised at this event directly support our organization's mission to transform lives and build community through the arts," she wrote Feb. 7.

That money "will allow us to continue to present community programming, such as exhibitions, classes and workshops for children and adults; vacation arts camps and special annual events, like Open Studios, the Jug Bands Festival and Porchfest to Arlington and beyond."

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